School Policies

Some of our School Policies Frequently Visited

DISTRICT TWO DRESS POLICY:

The dress code described in this administrative rule applies to all students enrolled in Spartanburg County School District Two schools.

Clothing and/or hair should not be so extreme or inappropriate to the school setting as to disrupt the educational process. Therefore, clothing deemed distracting, revealing, overly suggestive or otherwise disruptive will not be permitted.

Wearing accessories or clothing that could pose a safety threat to one's self or others is not allowed. This includes heavy chains not made as jewelry, fishhooks, multiple-finger rings (rings welded together resembling brass knuckles or rings that can be used as a weapon), studded bracelets or collars, nose/lip to ear chains, etc. Unusual body piercing that is disruptive to the order of the school, or is a distraction to the learning environment, will not be allowed.

Attire must not evidence membership or affiliation with a "gang" in any negative sense of the term. Bandannas and do rags are not allowed on campus and will be confiscated. Hats are not allowed in school buildings. Picks or combs are not allowed in hair. Hair items such as plastic headbands, barrettes and ribbons are permitted. School administrators will not be held liable for confiscated items.

Proper shoes must be worn at all times. Open back shoes are permitted. Shower shoes and bedroom slippers are not permitted.

Dress Code Policy:

  • Holes in jeans/pants are not allowed above the knee.
  • Blouses/tops made to be worn on the outside of the pants must extend at least to the waistline, No Skin (midriff) may be showing
    at any time. 
  • Shorts must be long enough that when a student stands straight and places their hands by their side, the shorts go beyond their
    fingertips. 
  • Attire must not be immodest, obscene, profane, lewd, vulgar, indecent or offensive.
  • Attire cannot reference or depict alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs or paraphernalia.
  • Lower garments should be of adequate length to assure modesty when the student is seated or engaged in school activities.
  • Pants must be worn at the natural waistline and undergarments are not to be visible. If they do not fit properly, a belt must be worn to keep them in place.
  • Shirts must be tucked in to the extent that belts or waistbands are clearly visible at all times unless it is clear that a weapon or contraband cannot be concealed under the shirt.
  • Sleeveless attire cannot reveal undergarments. Shirts cannot be tight, low cut or show cleavage. Shirts should be loose fitting and fully cover the upper body. Tank tops, halter-tops, shirts with spaghetti straps and see through shirts will not be allowed.
  • Clothing must cover waist, shoulders and back with no skin showing between the top garment and bottom garment.
  • Pants and slacks must not touch the floor (no bagging, sagging or dragging clothing).
  • No exposed undergarments.
  • No transparent or mesh clothing without an appropriate shirt underneath.
  • No clothing that is excessively form-fitting (i.e. spandex).
  • No sunglasses may be worn inside the buildings.
  • No wallet chains or other type chains that may be dangerous or disruptive.
  • Students may not continue to attend class wearing inappropriate clothing. Neither parents/legal guardians nor students will place the burden of enforcing the dress code solely on the school. Parents/legal guardians and students are expected to comply with this regulation to ensure that a comfortable, safe and non-confrontational environment is provided for all students. Administrators and faculty members are expected to strictly enforce the dress code at all times.

Violations of the dress code will result in the following:

  • Student's) will be required to return home and change into appropriate attire or parent/legal guardian can bring proper clothing to school or student will be sent to ISS.

Cell Phone Policy:

Students in grades 6-12 are permitted to have cell phones at school. The cell phones are not to be visible or used during the school day. Phones cannot be taken out at anytime during the school day or at anytime inside the school building. Cell phones should be turned off during the school day. Students are not to make or receive cell phone calls or texts during the school day. A violation of these rules will have the following consequences. These punishments are minimum consequences. Additional punishment could result if for instance a student disrupted class as a result of using his/her cell phone.

  • 1. 1st Offense: Confiscate phone and call the parent to pick it up. Phones will not be returned to student.
  • 2. 2nd Offense: 1 day ISS
  • 3. 3rd Offense: 1 day OSS
  • 4. 4th Offense: 2 days OSS
  • 5. 5th Offense: 3 days OSS and so on

TARDINESS: TO SCHOOL OR TO INDIVIDUAL CLASSES:

Students not in first period by 8:05 or in any scheduled class on time are considered tardy.

Any student arriving after the tardy bell rings at 8:05 must report to the office.

Consequences for Unlawful Tardiness:

10th-14th: Lunch Detention and notify parent

15th + : ISS notify parent

EARLY DISMISSAL:

RLMS will not dismiss students during the last period of the day unless there is an emergency. Students needing to leave school prior to the end of the day will be called between periods. Classes will not be interrupted for dismissing students, especially at the end of the day. All students must be signed out between classes. Students must be signed out by a parent or a person designated by the parent.

If a parent feels it necessary for a student to be dismissed early from school, the student must bring a written excuse to school the following day either signed by the parent/guardian or a medical provider. Any absence from class counts as one day’s absence from that subject(s), and the student is responsible for any missed work. After 10 non-medical absences from a period, the student will be counted as unexcused if any additional absences occur without a medical excuse. This includes early departures at the end of the day.

ABSENCES AND EXCUSES:

Students are expected to attend school regularly and present a valid writtenexcuse, signed by a parent/guardian or present a medical excuse for all absences. Students arriving late or leaving early also need to present a note for the missed periods. A valid excuse must list the date of absence, the reason, and the telephone number and signature of the parent/guardian. The excuse must be presented to the first period teacher or the front office.

  1. Lawful Absences shall include the following:
  2. Students who are ill and whose attendance in school would endanger their health or the health of others.
  3. Students who have a serious illness or death in the immediate family.
  4. Recognized religious holidays of their faith.

Note: Students who are suspended “in-school” will be counted present.

  1. Unlawful/Unexcused Absences shall include:
  2. Students who are willfully absent from school without the knowledge of their parents.
  3. Students who are absent from school without acceptable cause with the knowledge of their parents/legal guardians, i.e., students going out of town or on vacation.
  4. Students who are absent beyond 10 days without a medical excuse. Only 10 parent notes are accepted. After the 10th absence, medical excuses are required.

ATTENDANCE INTERVENTION

After three consecutive unlawful absences or a total of five unlawful absences, (for reasons other than suspension) the child is considered truant, and a school official will notify the parent to arrange a conference. The purpose of the conference will be to develop a plan in conjunction with the student and parent/guardian to improve future attendance. The plan shall be written and shall identify the specific reasons for the unlawful absence.

The district plan for improving students’ attendance shall include but is not limited to the following:

  1. Reasons for unlawful absences.
  2. Methods to resolve cause of unlawful absences.
  3. Action to be taken in the event unlawful absences continue.
  4. Signature of parent/guardian or evidence that an atempt has been made to involve parent or guardian.

TRUANCY – A child ages six to 17 years meets the definition of a truant when the child has three consecutive unlawful absences or a total of five unlawful absences. Students with ten or more unexcused absences can be referred to the Truancy Court. Parents will be notified as part of the intervention plan prior to being referred. All additional days are subject to approval and may result in credit being denied.

HABITUAL AND CHRONIC TRUANCY

The district may refer habitual and chronic truants to the truancy or family court in accordance with state board of education regulation 43-274. A "habitual" truant is a child who fails to comply with the intervention plan developed by the school, the child and the parent(s)/legal guardian(s) and who accumulates two or more additional unlawful absences. A "chronic" truant is a child who has been through the school intervention process, has reached the level of a "habitual" truant, has been referred to family court and placed on an order to attend school and continues to accumulate unlawful absences

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