Students shall attend and shall be punctual to all classes and activities to which they are assigned. If a student does not attend his/her assigned class or activity, the absence shall be reported to the attendance secretary. When a student’s absence from school and/or class is not cleared, the parent / guardian will be notified. Please call in a student’s absence within 72 hours to 682-8000 x5702.
Leave the name of the student, reason for absence, and grade level within 72 hours.
All tardies must be cleared by a parent/guardian by phone or by note, and the reason for tardiness must be given. Only those reasons which are beyond the student’s control will be listed as “excused” (e.g., “Mom overslept,” “Dad couldn't find the keys,” “There was an accident causing traffic hold up”). The student oversleeping or getting a late start are not excusable reasons, but a note listing these reasons will “clear” the tardy, meaning we have been notified that the parent(s)/guardian(s) are aware of the tardy; however, this will still be an unexcused tardy.
Foothill Middle School is a closed campus. All visitors must check in at the main office. Parents may visit their student’s class with prior notice. Please submit your request at least 48 hours in advance. Approval is subject to determination of the extent of disruption that will result. Alternate visit dates may be provided if necessary.
Leaving School During School Hours: Permits to Leave
If a student is leaving prior to the end of the school day, the student should bring a note signed by a parent/guardian to the office prior to the start of that school day with the time of departure; reason; and parent’s/guardian’s signature. The student will receive a permit-to-leave which they will show to their teacher at the start of the appropriate period and then the student will leave at the designated time and meet their parent/guardian. You do not need to come to the office. IF a student does not bring a signed note, then the parent/guardian must come to the office to sign their student out. Students can only be released to those listed on their emergency sheet.
If you withdraw from Foothill Middle School for any reason, except promotion, you must secure a clearance slip from the office. You will need to report to the librarian for approval of clearance in the library and the cafeteria for any balance due. Next; report to all of your teachers for their signatures and return text books. Return the slip to the office for the actual transfer.
It is very important that the emergency sheet be kept up to date in the office. Students can be released only to parent/guardian or persons named on the Emergency Sheet. If you plan to be out of town for any number of days, be sure to notify the office so that the staff will know to whom they may release your student in the event of illness or emergency. It may be that the individuals who are caring for your student while you are away are not listed on the sheet. Consequently, the office cannot allow the caretaker to remove your student from school for any reason unless you have notified the office beforehand.
There is no pay phone available on campus. Students may use the office telephone when ill, in need of a lunch or lunch money, or when they have a school-related emergency only. The phone is not to be used for casual conversations about daily doings or after school activities. The telephone is available before and after school, and during brunch and lunch with permission. A student may use their cell phone in the office only with permission from the office staff.
A forgotten lunch, school work, PE clothes, personal items, or other items related directly to school curriculum should be delivered to the office. The items will either be delivered directly to the student or a blue pass will be issued for the student to pick up the items in the office. Delivery of balloons, cookies, cakes, flowers, etc. should not be sent to school nor will related items be delivered to the classroom during school hours.
If your child requires medication during the school day, a parent/guardian must fill out an “Authorization To Administer Medication During School Hours” form and have the form signed by a physician. The required form is available in the office or on line at the District Web Site. The medications must be in their original container for over-the-counter and prescription medications must have the student’s name on the label. If an occasional use of medication; i.e. missed a dose at home, headache, allergies, etc., a parent/guardian may come to school with the medication and the parent/guardian may administer the medication directly to the student. Students are not to carry any medications (e.g., inhalers, over the counter medications, etc.) without the required medication form signed by a doctor and consent of the principal. Students are not to share any medications with other students.
Accidents or Illness at School & Minor First Aid
In case of accident or illness occurring at school, the student should report at once to one of the following:
- Teacher—if accident occurs in the classroom
- Teacher on duty—if accident happens on campus
- Office Staff
- Campus Supervisor
If a student is unable to report, he/she should ask another student to do so for him. Under no circumstances should a student leave school without written permission from the office and a signed note from a parent.
This is a State Law for the protection of the student.
Minor first aid is administered in case of injury. If necessary, parents/guardians are called to pick-up their children for medical attention of injuries or illness.
Whenever a student is going from one room to another location during class time, he/she is required to have a hall pass. It is the responsibility of both students and teachers to see that this rule is observed at all times.