SCHOOL HOURS Learners are permitted to enter the building at 7:10 a.m., and must report to their homerooms by 7:30 a.m. If a learner is late in reporting to homeroom (after 7:30 a.m.) he/she is marked tardy. Sixth grade learners who walk or ride to school by car should enter the building at the lower lobby entrance (cafeteria entrance). Seventh grade and eighth grade learners who walk or ride to school by car should enter in the upper lobby (gymnasium entrance). Learners are dismissed at 2:28 p.m. to begin to board the buses. All other learners are permitted to leave after the buses have departed.
REQUEST TO CHANGE LEARNER'S DISMISSAL TIME Because we must be accurate in accounting for learners at the end of the day, we ask that any change in your child's normal dismissal routine be put in writing and submitted to office personnel by 11:00 a.m. Office personnel must have ample time to record and verify changes, notify the learner, and notify the staff members who supervise dismissal.
EXCUSES FOR ABSENCES When a learner is absent from school, he/she is required to have a written excuse signed by his/her parent upon return. If a learner or parent does not submit the excuse to the school office within three days after his/her return, the absence will be recorded as unexcused.
SCHOOL DELAY/CANCELLATION School delays and cancellations are announced via the Call One System, and on local radio and television stations as soon as the information is available.
VACATIONS A learner may be granted one vacation not to exceed five days during the school year. The learner must be in good academic standing and meet attendance requirements - a learner may not have missed more than 5% of the school year at the time of the vacation request. Requests for exceptions may be reviewed by the school principal. The learner's parent or guardian must appear in person at the school to complete a Vacation Request Form. Forms will not be sent home with learners. Requests for vacations during the PSSA will not be granted.
IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENT Pennsylvania State Law requires learners to be immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, polio, mumps, measles, hepatitis B, rubella and varicella. This information must be recorded in the school medical records. Please access the following link for immunization information from the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Immunization Requirements
SCHOOL DANCES Dances are held as an extension of the school’s physical education program. The purpose is to promote physical activity and positive socialization. Dances are held for seventh grade and eighth grade learners only. Guests may not attend. The dances are sponsored by school organizations and run from 7:00 – 9:00 P.M. There are safety rules in place that govern all dances.
No learner is permitted to leave a dance early unless one of his/her parents comes to the door and requests for him/her to be released.
If a learner is riding home with another parent or sibling, a note should be written and given to one of the chaperones.
Learners should not walk home after dances. There is limited lighting in areas on Bell Street that make it difficult for motorists to see learners who may be walking.
LEARNER ACTIVITY FEE An annual activity fee of $50 is required of all middle school learners who seek the opportunity to participate in any or all of the extracurricular, club, or athletic programs offered by the School District. For parents/guardians with multiple children participating in activities in grades 7 through 12, there is a cap of $150 per family. This annual fee must be paid by the date established by the principal. Failure to pay this annual fee by the deadline will prevent a learner from participating in any extracurricular club or athletic program until such fee has been paid. For programs that require competitive processes among learners for final selection, payment of this fee only guarantees a learner the opportunity to participate in the selection process.
PROGRESS REPORTS Progress reports are available to parents online through the Powerschool portal; therefore, midterm progress reports are not mailed home. However, if you would like to receive a progress report by mail, please contact the school office at 724-238-6412.