Electronic Devices

  • Cell phones / personal electronic devices may be used on school grounds before school, during lunch, between classes, and after school.
  • Cell phone / personal electronic devices use is prohibited in classrooms, restrooms, and school offices.
  • During instructional time and within instructional spaces, cell phones / personal electronic devices must remain out of sight and in silent mode.
  • Instructional time is defined as:
    • Core classes – science, math, ELA, and Social Studies. 
    • PE
    • All Electives
    • Flight Time
    • Flex Time
    • Assemblies, student performances during school hours
    • Other events during the school day
  • Unless explicitly allowed by a staff member for educational purposes and connected to a school provided device, headphones/ earbuds/ airpods may only be used during non-instructional times. 
  • Bluetooth speakers and other amplified listening devices are not allowed on the SMS campus.
  • District policy states that audio and video recording while on school property is not permitted without administrator approval.
  • If students need to place a phone call / text during the day, they should request to go to the main office to use an office phone or make a call during the allowed cell phone times.
  • The school and its staff are not responsible for any damage to or theft of a student’s cell phone or any other personal electronic device.

School Impact:

If students violate the school’s cell phone / personal listening device policy, the following may occur:


First violation: The student’s cell phone / personal listening device will be confiscated by a staff member and held in the main office until the end of the school day. The student may pick it up at the end of the day. The student’s parents will be contacted via email. 

Second violation: The student’s cell phone / personal listening device will be confiscated and held in the main office until the end of the school day. The student may pick it up at the end of the day. The student’s parents will be contacted via email.

Third violation: The student’s cell phone / personal listening device will be confiscated and held in the main office until the student’s caregiver, or authorized family member, is able to come to pick it up. The student will be required to check their phone in to the office every morning, and will check it out at the end of the day through the remainder of the trimester. This violation count and plan will be reset at the beginning of each Trimester. Failure to follow these expectations may result in additional discipline.

*In the event that a student refuses to hand over their phone / personal listening device to the adult, this will count as a double violation of the school policy. 

In the classroom:

  • 1st Offense: warning (this can be individual or whole class reminder)
  • 2nd Offense: student hands over their phone and the phone is brought to office by a staff member 

If the student refuses to hand over their phone:

  • This will be considered a double violation

Phone violations restart every trimester. 

Communication: When the phone is brought to the office, communication goes to families from the front office staff. Communication informs families of the policy and the progression of consequences with each phone violation. When students are placed on a phone plan, staff will be informed via email.

Attendance/Tardies

Being on time to class means: 

  • Students are in the correct classroom when the bell rings.

If students are in the hall, or in the expected location for that classroom, when class starts – they will be marked tardy or absent by their classroom teacher (more than 15 minutes late to class = skipping).  If a student arrives more than 15 minutes after the start of class, they will be marked absent. This will be counted as skipping and will be handled by DOS/Admin. Five tardies in a week, across all classes, will result in a consequence.

School Impact:

  • 1st Offense: One lunch detention
  • 2nd Offense: Two lunch detentions
  • 3rd Offense: pattern continues
  • If tardy concerns continue, additional consequences and supports will be implemented. 

Tardies restart every trimester.

Communication: DOS will monitor all tardies and communicate to families and teachers of the student, when consequences are implemented.

Restroom Use

Students may use the restroom during passing time, during lunch, recess, and before and after school. 

If students require a restroom break during class time, they must ask their teacher. Teachers will only allow one student to use the restroom at a time. When students leave their classroom to use the restroom they must sign out from their classroom and utilize a hall pass. Students must also leave all personal items in the classroom. When they return to the classroom, they must sign back in and check in with their teacher. Students are encouraged to remain in class during the first and last ten minutes.

Potential Impacts:

  • Detention/ISS
  • Community Service
  • Escorted restroom use
  • CICO – behavior support plan

* We will continue with the practice of using color-coded restroom passes. Students should be using the restrooms located in their classroom wing, unless that restroom is closed. In this event students should use the next closest restroom.

Bias Incident and Hate Speech

All students are entitled to a high quality educational experience, free from discrimination or harassment based on perceived race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability or national origin. We will respond to hateful and biased occurrences in the same way as we deal with physical harm or other threats towards our students.

Our process includes an Immediate response from Administrator, Dean, or Counselor who will then:

  • Investigate and begin a fact-finding process.  
  • Meet with all students involved to learn about their direct experience. This includes the individual causing harm, the impacted individual and any witnesses.
  • Contact the family of the impacted individual and share our understanding of what occurred.
  • Center response around the impacted individual and identify ways to heal.
  • Contact the family of the individual causing harm and hold the student accountable for their actions. 

Potential Impacts:

  • Safety plan for the impacted individual
  • Educational opportunities
  • Detention/ISS/OSS
  • Mediated restorative conversation, potentially including families/caregivers
  • No contact agreement

Student Conduct

  • Students should walk in a safe and controlled manner at all times when in the halls.  This means students should not be engaged in rough-housing and horseplay type activities involving unsafe or inappropriate physical contact.
  • Running in the halls is not permitted.
  • Intentionally invading other student’s personal space is not permitted. 
  • If students choose to use a locker they may only use the locker that was assigned to them.
  • Appropriate language is expected at all times – there is never a reason to use offensive, vulgar, or mean language in the school building, towards peers of staff.
  • If rough-housing and horseplay type activities involving unsafe or inappropriate physical contact continue after documentation, student conference, and family partnership, future events may be treated as a fight. 
  • If inappropriate language continues after documentation, student conference, and family partnership, we will implement appropriate discipline measures. 
  • Inappropriate language directed at any staff member will result in the student being removed from the space that this interaction occurred. Prior to returning to their regular schedule the student will be involved in a restorative conversation with Administration/DOS and any impacted individuals. Appropriate discipline measures may be implemented.

Potential Impacts:

  • Detention/ISS/OSS
  • Community Service
  • Restorative Conversation
  • CICO – behavior support plan
  • Counselor Check-In
  • Class Escort
  • Mental health services
  • Referral to Building Level Tier 2

Student Aide Positions

Student Aide Responsibilities Agreement (linked and outlined below):

Being a Student Aide is a privilege and a commitment. Your assistance and hard work help the classroom run smoothly, and contribute to a positive classroom environment. 

Please read through the following expectations:

  1. I will cooperate with the teacher I am assigned to and follow the rules of his/her classroom.
    1. listen to the instructions/directions the teacher gives
    2. ask questions if I am unsure what to do
    3. use time efficiently to complete every task to the best of my ability
    4. clean up my area/supplies before leaving the classroom
  1. I will demonstrate respect for other students, especially those I am working with. 
    1. talk kindly and respectfully with everyone
    2. model positive behavior working with all students
    3. show patience when working on tasks/with students 
    4. have a good attitude
  1. I will act responsibly while completing tasks outside of the classroom.
    1. have a hallway pass
    2. remember that other classes are in session
    3. go directly to and from your destinations (places)
    4. electronics are off and away
  1. I will keep all paperwork that you come in contact with, deliver, sort through and or/file confidential.
    1. keep student scores/grades to myself
    2. keep student behavior/situations to myself
    3. keep student information to myself
  1. I will show professionalism in my work.
    1. arrive on time
    2. appropriately dressed
    3. appropriate language 

If a student is unable to fulfill any of the expectations mentioned above, and any additional expectations agreed upon with the supervising staff member, the student may be moved from this role into a different elective class.

Communication: 

  1. Supervising staff member will review the responsibilities agreement with student. 
  2. Both the student and staff member will sign the agreement. 
  3. Staff member will turn agreement into Admin/DOS.
  4. Admin/DOS will communicate the agreement to families.