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Student Dress Code

General dress regulations for students shall be based on personal cleanliness and respect for each other.  Clothes and grooming shall be neat and reflect pride in oneself and one’s school.  Students shall remember at all times that they represent their school to the community.  Therefore, ordinary community standards of good taste and modesty should be observed.

Students attending Ardmore Middle School and Ardmore High School have specific dress regulations that can be found in their student handbooks and under the high school and middle school tabs.


Tobacco Use Prohibited

Smoking, the use of electronic cigarettes, chewing or any other use of tobacco by staff, students, and members of the public is prohibited on, in or upon any school property any time; 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  All students, faculty and staff are responsible for adhering to this policy.  Employees are warned that violation of this policy may lead to dismissal action.  Students violating this policy will be disciplined and/or suspended from school.  Patrons who violate this policy will be asked to leave the school premises.


Legal & Custodial Issues

If there is a dispute about custody or the ability to pick up a child from school, the school must have a copy of legal documents specifying custody, otherwise both parents have legal rights to a child if they are listed on the birth certificate.  The school cannot deny a "parent" (who is listed on the birth certificate and provides proper ID) from picking up a child from school without legal paperwork denying that person’s parental rights.  


Family Education Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)

In accordance with the policy of the board of education, the following regulation shall govern the release of student records to students and members of the student’s family, legal custodian or legal guardian.

Statement of Rights

Parents and eligible students have the following rights under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act and this policy:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education record;
  2. The right to exercise a limited control over other people’s access to the student’s education record.  This includes prohibiting the viewing of incident videos involving students by.  Only school personnel will view video incidents.
  3. The right to seek to correct the student’s education record, in a hearing, if necessary;
  4. The right to report violations of the FERPA to the Department of Education; and
  5. The right to be informed about FERPA rights.

All rights and protections given parents under the FERPA and this policy transfer to the student when the student reaches 18 or enrolls in a post-secondary school.

The information provided above is a condensed version of the Board Policy.  For a complete copy of the policy, contact your principal or the superintendent’s office.


Personal Property

Personal items are the responsibility of the student. It is suggested that items be marked with the student’s full name.  As a reminder, the school is not responsible for personal items.

Students are not to bring toys, radios, excessive money, valuables, electronic machines to school (MP3 players, IPods, headphone sets) or any electronic games, etc. to school.   

ATTENTION PARENTS:  Each year we have one or two students at an elementary school who innocently bring a toy gun or knife to school.  We are bound to follow the law of the Weapons-Free School Act, which requires schools to consider a toy gun at school as serious as a real gun.  Knives are the same, even if they are a small pocket knife.

Please help us help your child by checking their backpack before they go to school each day for any items that are considered inappropriate.  We do not want your child to be the one that gets to school with an item considered a weapon and have to suspend them possibly for an entire school year.

 

Students have no expectation of privacy concerning lockers, desks, or other school property.  Trading of articles is not to take place at school.  The exchanging of personal jewelry, articles of clothing, money, playing cards, collector cards, etc., will not be permitted.  


Wireless Telecommunication Devices

Students are extended the privilege of possessing a cell phone on school grounds; however, this use is limited to non-school days or after the end of the school day.  Students are not extended the privilege of possessing any other wireless telecommunication device, including but not limited to beepers and pagers.

Whenever school is in session, whether or not the student has class, cell phones may not be used.  These devices must be in the “off” position, not be visible, nor used before the end of the school day on school days (this includes before school).

This rule is also in effect after school and on non-school days where a quiet atmosphere is necessary such as detention, Saturday School, and performances, etc.  Failure to follow the above procedures will result in consequences.

Disciplinary actions that could be taken include:

  •         Short-term confiscation of the device;
  •         Long-term confiscation of the device;
  •         Parental conference;
  •         Loss of privilege to possess and/or use;
  •         Detention and/or in-school suspension;
  •         Short-term suspension;
  •         Long-term suspension;
  •         Other disciplinary action as deemed appropriate by the school principal.

The use of cell phones for cheating or the taking and displaying of inappropriate photos will not be tolerated.  Possession of and/or the use of a cell phone for any clandestine or illegal activity is prohibited by both state and federal law as well as district policy.  Students who use a cell phone for cheating, taking/displaying of inappropriate photos or any clandestine or illegal activity will result in the most restrictive, stringent consequences as well as the notification of the legal authorities.

Theft or loss of a cell phone is the sole responsibility of the owner and is not the responsibility of the school site or school district, unless the cell phone has been confiscated for improper usage and is in the possession of the school.


Inclement Weather - Making the Decision to Close School

As soon as the district receives word from the Emergency Management Office or the National Weather Service that bad weather is predicted, we begin to monitor the situation very closely.  Receiving advanced notice of possible weather is very beneficial.  With that said, we all know in Oklahoma that our weather can change for the better or worse very quickly.  As parents and staff members, everyone needs as much advance notice as possible to plan for a day when school may not be in session or a day when it is in session and getting to school could take longer.  We will do our best to provide you with this advance notice when possible.  Our bottom line is always for the safety of our students and our staff.  

How will I be notified if school is closed?

Upon reaching the decision, the Superintendent or his designee, will notify parents by any or all of the following:

School Messenger call service
Posting on Facebook
Posting to the Website
Posting to ACS Cable Access Channel 60
Local radio & TV stations

**As a reminder:  Absent an announcement of closure, school will be in session.**

School Visitors|Expectations|Guidelines

Visitors to any school facility must obtain a visitor’s pass at the building principal’s office.  Parents are requested not to send or allow siblings to visit students in the classroom.  Staff members are not normally expected to have personal visitors during the school day.    Agents or other persons shall not visit teachers during school hours for the purpose of selling books or other articles without written consent from the superintendent or superintendent’s designee.


All outside counseling agencies and their counselors must receive pre-approval to see students during the school day through the office of the superintendent.  All counseling agents must also check in the office and obtain a visitor's badge.

The superintendent, principal or their designee of any school shall have the authority to order any person out of the school building and off the school property when it appears that the presence of such person is a threat to the peaceful conduct of school business, school activities, and/or school classes.  


Classroom Visitation

In order to provide school children with a reasonable opportunity to study and learn, it is the policy of the Ardmore Board of Education to restrict classroom visitation to a minimum.

Any person who needs to visit a classroom or other school facility must obtain permission from the building principal’s office.  Visitors on school property without permission may be asked to leave the premises.

The principal is authorized discretion in permitting visitation, and the board of education declares its support of any decision made by a principal in denying visitation to any person.

Classroom visitors will respect classroom decorum and will not interrupt the class in any way.  Visitors who disrupt the classroom in any manner will be required to leave the school grounds.