- Frontier Middle School
- 2021-22 Frontier Middle School Student Handbook
2021-22 Frontier Middle School Student Handbook
Show your Falcon Pride
Students of Frontier Middle School,
Welcome to Frontier Middle School, home of the Falcons! Frontier is a school with high academic and behavioral expectations. We will teach you behavioral expectations as well as help you become high school and college ready through the classes you take.
You will be challenged on a daily basis to do your best at Frontier. We expect all of our students to be the best person they can be. We expect you to attend and be on time to all classes, complete your daily assignments on time, and follow the expectations.
We teach all students and staﬀ Falcon Pride. Falcon Pride is something staﬀ and students exhibit everyday. Falcon Pride is being safe, respectful and responsible.
This handbook is a guide to help you succeed and is a resource for you throughout the year if you have any questions about our policies and procedures. This handbook is not all inclusive of all the district and school rules and policies.
We hope you have a great year! FALCON PRIDE!
Bethany Aoki, Principal
Nikkii Mesa, Assistant Principal
Tina Stariha, Associate Administrator
2021-22 Student Schedules
All students wishing to participate in sports, activities or clubs must purchase an ASB card before they turn out. The ASB oﬃce is open during all lunches unless otherwise posted. Please make all payments at the ASB oﬃce. ASB cards provide discounts on school dances and yearbooks, and also allow students to attend Bethel School District athletic events at reduced prices. Many local businesses also provide discounts for cardholders.
The executive cabinet of Frontier’s ASB is made up of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, a club liaison, and a Senator for each grade level. The executive cabinet meets regularly to review and discuss student issues.
ASB Mission Statement:
We, the Associated Student Body of Frontier Middle School will strive to create a positive atmosphere for all students, where all students enthusiastically show school spirit, do what is expected of them, and strive to do their best. We will promote cultural diversity, recognize students for their positive attitudes and great leadership, and encourage students to get involved so that their inﬂuence is recognized by future classes. We will recognize students for their excellent achievements as well as encourage all students’ involvement in school and community activities. Together we will continue to make a diﬀerence.
Frontier’s yearbook is pre-sold in the beginning, middle, and the end of the school year. We encourage you to purchase early, since only a few extra are ordered, and there may not be any available in June. The price of a yearbook will be determined in the fall and information will be sent home as soon as it is available.
Frontier has a long tradition of student activities. Students are encouraged to participate in music, drama, student publications, athletics, student government, and the many co-curricular and extra-curricular activities and clubs sanctioned by the school. Non-ASB, student-initiated groups are permitted at FMS. If you are interested in starting a club, ﬁnd an advisor, write up a plan, and bring it to the ASB oﬃce. Participation in any extracurricular club or activity may be denied based upon school behavioral and/or academic expectations. Decisions to restrict participation will be made by the school administration.
Dances will be held several times throughout the year, with the following guidelines:
- Concession stand is open for pop, candy, and novelty items
- Please pick up students Students picked up more than 30 minutes late after the conclusion of a dance will not be able to attend the next after school dance.
- No guests
- Dress code is the same as during the school
- Suspended students or students who did not attend school on that day cannot attend the
- Participation in dances may be denied based upon school behavioral and/or academic Decisions to restrict participation will be made by school administration.
- Parents interested in chaperoning, please call the ASB Advisor or front oﬃce.
In order for ASB to keep the convenience of vending machines, we need your cooperation. All revenue generated from machine sales goes to ASB for student use, and include the following guidelines:
- Vending machines may not be used during class time
- Misuse of school vending machines will result in the machines being turned oﬀ for a designated amount of time
- Only water is allowed in classrooms or hallways except by permission for special occasions
- Food and/or beverages outside the commons will be conﬁscated and/or thrown away
- No refunds can be granted for vending machine malfunctions
All students are required to attend all assemblies and follow the rules of behavior described in assembly expectations in the chart above. Failure to attend an assembly without an excuse from the Attendance Oﬃce constitutes truancy. Students who are disruptive, disrespectful, inattentive, or otherwise inappropriate at an assembly are subject to disciplinary action.
All students at Frontier are encouraged to turn out for a sport. In order to participate in a sport, students must purchase an ASB card, have a physical, and have all other paperwork completed and turned in to their coach before they can practice. Students must also maintain academic eligibility per the WIAA rules and regulations and Bethel School District rules. This means students must be passing 5 out of 6 of their classes to be eligible for athletics. Students not meeting such standards will be put on academic probation.
Requirements to Play:
To turn out for a sport, you must have:
- A current physical on ﬁle in the oﬃce
- A parent/student athletic agreement form on ﬁle in the oﬃce
- An ASB card
- Met the season’s grade requirement
- Must be passing ﬁve of six classes
- Pay to Participate fees paid
- Demonstrating behavior per the Athletic Code of Conduct
Sports oﬀered by season, all students are eligible to play all sports except Football, Football is for 7th and 8th grade students only.
Sports Oﬀerings by Season:
Girls Cross Country
Track and Field
Most games begin at 3:30 p.m., here or away. Starting times will vary. Monthly sports schedules are in the newsletter, calendar, and posted on Frontier’s website, but sometimes dates change at the last minute.
Players and parents should maintain regular communication with their coach.
Bethel Recreation coordinates intramural teams at Frontier for 6th grade students. These teams require volunteer coaches. If you are interested in playing on a recreational team or have questions about Bethel Rec. contact the Frontier Recreation Coordinator. All sixth grade athletics at FMS will be coordinated through Bethel Recreation, as they are not WIAA interscholastic athletics.
Athletes will earn certiﬁcates for participation and recognition at assemblies. In addition, each sport usually conducts some kind of end-of-the-season event at which individual athletes are recognized.
The Frontier Middle School counseling center staﬀ would like to welcome you! We believe that our counseling department is an equal and complementary component of the total school program! Students must develop sound emotional and interpersonal skills in order to reach their potential. It is our goal to play an instrumental role in providing experiences that will help all students to explore their unique talents and to build skills for success now and in the future.
Students can see the FMS counselors by scanning the QR code and completing the request form. A counselor will send you an appointment time and pass as soon as they get the request. For emergencies please get permission and a pass from a staﬀ member prior to coming to the oﬃce. If the counselor is unavailable, an appointment will be made for a later time. It is preferred that students see the counselors before or after school or during lunch to reduce missed class time. The counselors can help with personal or school problems and/or academic issues.
Parents can contact the school counselors at (253) 683-8300 with issues regarding their child and counselors can help facilitate meetings with teachers. The following counseling services are available:
- Academic advising
- Brief individual/group counseling
- Referrals to community resources
- Conﬂict resolution/mediation
- Parent/teacher meetings
- Student scheduling
Library & Technology Resources
Students are welcome to use the library on a drop-in basis before and after school and during lunches. Otherwise, students must have a written pass signed by the teacher to use the library during class time. Check out the library web page: library.bethelsd.org, then click on Frontier Library. The library catalog can be searched from any online search engine. There are numerous resources on the home page to help students with research and reports. Students are encouraged to spend time reading, researching and writing in the library. During lunch, students must have a pass to go to the library. Chess, checkers, and cards are available for student enjoyment. Books and materials are checked out on a loan basis and students are responsible for paying for lost or damaged materials. A student ID or ASB card is required to check out all materials. Please see “Reward Activities and Fines” in Frontier Policies for more information about clearing ﬁnes.
When issued a book, students are to inspect it, report any damage, and have the teacher sign oﬀ on the form provided to indicate they accept the book with the current condition and are responsible to return it without any additional damage. Students are responsible for returning the exact same textbook they checked out.
Students whose books are lost, stolen, or destroyed are responsible for replacement costs. Book covers are required in order to protect the books.
iPad & Electronic Devices Expectations
All students at Frontier Middle School are provided with an iPad. iPads are for educational use only. The iPad is not personal property and is owned by the Bethel School District. It is not a right, but rather a privilege. It may be searched for content at any time and for any reason. Any misuse of iPads will not be tolerated at FMS. iPads must be brought fully charged prior to school and the Bluetooth must remain activated at all times. iPads need to be in the protective case issued by the Bethel School District at all times. Damage that occurs to iPads that are not in the approved cases will not be covered by insurance. Vandalism or graﬃti on iPads in the form of stickers, markers, carvings, removal of barcodes, etc. is considered damage and will be ﬁned appropriately.
If your iPad is not fully charged at the beginning of the school day, it is not kept safely in the case, or it is used for non-educational purposes, you may receive progressive discipline consequences, including removal of the device. Intentional damage of the iPad or supportive accessories will not be covered by insurance. If intentional damage occurs, your device may be removed for the remainder of the school year.
iPad use in the classroom:
- Use it as the teacher asks
- Keep Bluetooth ON!
- Only use Bethel School District provided accounts and login You MAY NOT use the iPads for any personal accounts or logins.
- When the class is using the iPad, keep the iPad on task and on the teacher-approved
- It is your responsibility to manage your own logins and You must write them down or create a plan to understand the importance of using passwords and managing them so content isn't lost when they have to be reset.
- When the class is not using the iPads, keep the iPad face down on the desk
- Don’t forget: iPads are for educational use only!
- Pictures and videos are prohibited without teacher permission
- iPad content is public record and can be used as evidence in an investigation
- We do not need student or parent permission to conﬁscate or search the iPad
- Use of your device in any form of cyberbullying will not be tolerated.
iPad use iaround school:
- iPads are not allowed to be open or used in the hallways
- Keep the iPads out of the bathrooms and locker rooms
- Do not touch another person's device for any No one is allowed to use or "borrow" your device. You will be held responsible for content and damage occurred while not in your care.
- Do not access social media or associated apps.
- Take care of your iPad; do not drop it, eat around it, or otherwise destroy
Frontier Middle School IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST OR STOLEN IPADS!
Technology & Internet Use
All use of district technology and the district’s Internet must be in support of education and research consistent with the educational purposes of the Bethel School District.
- Students will not post personal contact information about Personal contact information includes home address, telephone, school address, work address, etc. Students will promptly disclose to a staﬀ member any message they receive that is inappropriate or makes them feel uncomfortable.
- Use of the district network to access pornographic material, inappropriate text ﬁles, chat rooms/hangouts, email, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and other social media sites, or ﬁles dangerous to the integrity of the district, will be subject to disciplinary action consistent with district discipline policies.
- Use of the district network to submit, publish, or display any defamatory, inaccurate, racially oﬀensive, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, or threatening materials or messages to either public or private computers will be subject to disciplinary action consistent with district discipline policies.
Students involved with any of the above violations will be assigned progressive discipline and may have limited access to technology and the internet.
***In the fall, students will need to have their parents sign “Policy 2022” form, and return it to school. Students that don’t return this by the designated date in the fall, will not be able to continue using school computers. This will be communicated to students and parents several times after school begins in September.
Digital Citizenship is the responsible, respectful, and safe use of technology. With the addition of iPads at FMS, students are expected to demonstrate digital citizenship in their daily use of their district-issued device. Digital Citizens at Frontier Middle School observe Falcon Pride in their use of technology.
- Respect the ideas and opinions of others
- Communicate kindly with others
- Communicate responsibly online
- Give proper credit when using the work of others
- Think before posting or sending anything
- Stand up to cyberbullying
- Post productive, inspirational and positive comments
- Protect private information online
The Frontier health room is an emergency facility and should be kept free for that use. It is used for incidental and emergency treatment, NOT long term care. The health clerk is on duty during the school day and a nurse is here two to three days a week. It is vitally important that we have updated emergency numbers on ﬁle so we may reach parents in an emergency. This includes all numbers possible, such as home, work, cellular, next of kin, etc. Please make sure that the person picking up your child is listed on the emergency card. For the safety of your child, picture identiﬁcation is required.
Please consider the following guidelines related to accessing the health room or feeling sick at school:
“I Feel Sick”: If you feel ill, sign out using the QR code and GET A PASS from your teacher to go to the health room immediately. The health clerk will check you in, take your temperature, and phone your parents if you need to go home. Please stay home if you feel ill before school.
Emergencies and First Aid: Care will be given up to the limits of state law. An aid car will be summoned for injuries or illnesses which are judged to require more than basic ﬁrst aid. It is very important that you have current emergency contacts and phone numbers on ﬁle in the health room.
Picking Up Ill or Injured Students: If your student becomes ill or injured at school and needs to go home, he or she can only leave with someone listed on their emergency card. Please be sure that anyone who you may want to pick up your student is listed on that card.
Health Screening: Each year, specialists for vision, hearing, scoliosis and kyphosis screen seventh grade students. If you or your parents have questions, please talk to the health clerk or nurse.
Immunizations: Every student must have proof of immunization on ﬁle at the school before the ﬁrst day of attendance. All students must be immunized according to WAC 248-100-163. You can be excluded from school if your immunizations are not complete. For details, please see the health clerk. (BSD policy #5435)
Medications: In order to administer medication at school, whether prescription or over-the-counter medication, state law requires written instructions from the doctor and parent. Medications must come in the original container with the student’s name clearly printed on it. The permission and instructions are good for one school year. Medications are stored in a locked cupboard at the school. A physician must speciﬁcally order medications that need to be carried by the student, such as an inhaler or Epi-Pen. (i.e. a doctor may write, “student is to carry inhaler at all times.”). If you are un- able to obtain a note signed by the doctor, a parent must come to the health room and personally administer the medication to the student. This requirement applies to all forms of medications, even over-the-counter preparations.
Infectious Disease: Infectious diseases are common among school-age children. “Infectious Diseases” are deﬁned in WAC 246-100-076. It is the policy of the Bethel School District to exclude students who are suspected of or have been diagnosed by a physician as having an infectious disease. (BSD policy #5436).
Lice: Bethel School District has a “no nit” policy. If you have any lice or eggs in your hair, dead or alive, you cannot attend school. If you think you have head lice, please see the health clerk. Do not be embarrassed if you have them – lice like to live in clean hair! The nurse or health clerk will help you and your parents learn how to remove the lice. You will be checked again before you can return to school. (BSD policy 5346.5)
Insurance: An insurance program, whereby a private company oﬀers an accident insurance policy covering the student during school hours, is available to all students. An information sheet is sent home at the beginning of the year. They are also available in the attendance oﬃce. We encourage all students who participate in athletics or other extracurricular activities to take advantage of this option.
School Start and End Times
School starts at 7:30 a.m. Bus transportation is provided to every student who lives in the FMS boundary area. The oﬃce is staﬀed from 6:45 am until 3:00pm. The building will be open to students at 7:00 a.m. Students must remain in the commons, library, or courtyard until the 7:20 a.m bell. School ends at 2:00 p.m. Unless students are involved in a planned activity and supervised by an adult, they must be out of the building and oﬀ campus by 2:20 p.m.. All students in afterschool programs are expected to be picked up by 4:15 p.m. or ride the activity bus home (when available). No supervision will be available after 4:15 p.m.
Attendance is crucial and is one of the primary indicators of success in school. At Frontier Middle School we expect all students to attend every class daily. Learning at Frontier is designed to take place in class, and we recognize a direct correlation between attendance and achievement. Daily attendance is one of the keys to a student’s educational success. Every subject taught requires a student’s active and continuous involvement in order to develop skills and knowledge in the particular subject. Most classroom experiences cannot be duplicated on an individual basis; an absent student loses the experience of lecture, discussion, group work and activities, and participation. At FMS, our goal is that all students have regular attendance.
Frontier’s attendance policies and procedures are in accordance with Bethel School District policies #5250-5255. They are summarized for you in the following paragraphs. Full language of the policies are available upon request.
District Policy 3121 - Daily Attendance
Parents are responsible for sending their children to school as required by RCW 28A.225.10; to make sure their children are in school on time each day; to encourage their children to come to school with a mental attitude which fosters learning; to communicate accurately with the school concerning child’s absence.
Students are responsible for attending school regularly and remaining in school until they are oﬃcially excused. Any student whose absence is not excused shall be the focus of remedial eﬀorts to attend class daily.
School staﬀ are responsible for notifying students of the attendance policy in their classes and reporting student attendance; requiring written excuses from a parent or guardian for all cases of students’ absences; for bringing to the attention of parent’s students’ attendance patterns that may adversely aﬀect a student’s academic growth.
District Policy 3122 – Pre-Arranged Absences
Students whose parents pre-approve their absence for 3 or more days need to ﬁll out a Pre-Arranged Absence Form. If the activity is not of educational value and adversely aﬀects the educational progress of the student, the principal may deny approval of a prearranged absence.
The following are the steps for a pre-arranged absence:
- Bring a note from a parent or guardian
- Get a Planned Absence Form from the oﬃce.
- Turn the signed form into the Attendance Oﬃce at least 3 days prior to leave.
- Students will make up all work and tests as determined by their Parents may request homework through Family Access.
- It is a student’s responsibility to check with teachers about work to be made up and when the work is to be turned in.
District Policy 3122 - Make-Up Work
A student will have the right to make-up work for an excused absence provided arrangements are made with the teacher to do so within a reasonable length of time. A student may be required to make-up work for unexcused absences.
Attendance and Activities
Any student participating in an after school or evening activity is expected to attend classes on the day of the scheduled activity. Attendance for all classes the following day is also expected. For weekend activities, attendance in classes the previous Friday is required. Failure to comply with these attendance regulations will result in a student being declared ineligible and not allowed to participate.
Excused or Unexcused Absences
Parents are asked to call the Attendabce Office in the morning if their child will not be attending school that day. Excused abscences are defined as illness, family emergencies, bereavment, professional appointments, participation in authorized school related activities and opportunities of extrordinary educational value outside of school.
Extraordinary circumstances causing a student to be absent may be subject to administrative review. To be excused, absences must have a note from the parent/guardian within three days of the absence.
Excessive absences will lead to parent contact, counseling and referral to administration. Excessive absences may lead to requirement of a doctor’s note to be excused. Absences can also cause a student to fail a class and be referred to the truancy board.
Parent running behind
Missed the bus
No parent phone call/ParentVue communication
Late ride or no ride
School authorized activities
Please also be aware of the following district-approved excused reasons to be absent or tardy: *Excessive “personal” absences will be subject to review with a counselor or administrator.
Returning from an Absence
- A note is required upon returning to school following an absence
- Students check in with the Attendance Oﬃce with note and get an admit slip
- State-approved absences will be excused within the 72-hour window of the date of absence
- Doctor’s notes may be required for excessive absences due to illness and for 3 days or more
- Unexcused absences are considered truancy
- Absences can also cause a student to fail a class and be referred to the BECCA Bill
Unexcused absences are subject to a BECCA conference. The BECCA Bill supports the state mandate for students to attend school regularly. For 3 or more unexcused absences, parents may be called in for a conference, at which time attendance and grades will be reviewed to initiate an action plan for attendance and making up assignments.
When a student has excused absences for two or more days, requests for assignments may be made by calling 253-800-8392. We encourage parents to check ParentVue or Canvas to gather student’s homework before they make a request from the school. Homework will be provided for students who are suspended out of school.
To be dismissed early from school for an appointment you must bring a note to the attendance oﬃce before school, signed by your parent or guardian stating the time and reason and receive an early dismissal pass. Parents must pick up students in the oﬃce and sign them out at that time. Parents may be asked to show picture identiﬁcation. If your student is to leave school with someone other than yourself, that person’s name must be included on the note stating they may pick up your student, and picture ID will be required. Any
person not listed as ﬁrst family pickup on registration forms will require our oﬃce to verify the person/s requesting the pick-up of that student is ok. If ﬁrst family cannot be reached, we will not release the student.
**Please make sure that it is speciﬁed on registration forms who may pick up your student early from school, this includes emergency contact.
Tardies are enforced based on site-based management. Each building enforces tardies at its own discretion. Frontier’s tardy policy for excused and unexcused reasons follows the same above guidelines for absences. After 4 tardies to school (“morning tardies”), students will be subject to progressive discipline unless a note is on ﬁle. Excessive excused tardies interfere with academic readiness. Students who receive multiple excused tardies may be required to attend a meeting with parents and administration.
Students are allowed four minutes of passing time between classes. At Frontier, “on time to class” means being in your seat when class begins, so watch the clock! Students not meeting this expectation will be considered tardy and progressive discipline will apply. Students also need to follow each teacher’s expectation for the start of class, which will vary depending on the teacher and the lesson for the day.
*Teachers may also hold students two minutes after class as an immediate consequence for tardies.
Amount of Tardies
Lunch Detention assigned
6 or more detentions
Frontier School-Wide Expectations
We expect every Frontier student to speak and act in ways that are Safe, Responsible, and Respectful at all times—and in all areas of the school. To help you meet these expectations, we have clariﬁed what that looks like in each area of the school.
Policies to Promote Safety
Masks: A mask must be worn to cover the mouth and nose. Design on mask must be school appropriate, no marking, logos, insignia, symbols may be obscene, oﬀensive, suggestive, or advocate disruptive or illegal activity, drugs, tobacco, or alcohol. Gator or bandana’s are not allowed to be worn as an appropriate form of mask.
Bus Passes: Students must bring a note from home; no phone calls will be accepted. Students must bring their note to the oﬃce in the morning or at lunches. All notes will be delivered by 1:00 p.m. No changes for student pick will be accepted after 1:00 p.m. unless it is an emergency situation.
Closed Campus: FMS campus is a closed campus whereby students are not allowed to leave campus at any time during the school day without parent permission cleared through the Attendance Oﬃce. Students must also stay within designated areas. Closed campus means that all visitors and non-students are not allowed on campus without approval through the administrator. Any FMS student who arranges for a non-student to come onto the campus is responsible for that person’s behavior and may be subject to disciplinary action if the non-student disrupts the school environment, poses a threat to safety, or engages in criminal activity.
Emergency Closure of School: On days when the weather is questionable or there is another reason school may be closed, there is no direct notiﬁcation to students. Students and parents are expected to listen to local radio and television stations for information about possible closure. If school is closed, there is no staﬀ available in the building and all activities, including athletic practices and concerts, are cancelled.
Students should not come to the campus. School phones will not be answered on emergency closure days. The district’s transportation director and superintendent decide early in the morning if students can safely reach school in case of ice, snow, or other conditions. When a decision is reached, it is relayed via robo-call, and to the local radio and television stations listed for broadcast. Bethel’s district website will announce the status of school closures. The following explanations of diﬀerent options will help students and parents understand schedules in the event of closures or delays:
School Closed: All schools will be closed. All meetings, ﬁeld trips, after-school activities, etc. will be cancelled for the day unless speciﬁc exceptions are mentioned.
School Open, Limited Bus Transportation: Limited transportation provided. Main roads may be the only ones traveled by buses, which may leave on time, but could run late.
School Open, One (or More) Hours Late: Buses are delayed and school will begin late but students will be dismissed at the regular time unless otherwise announced.
No Out-of-District Special Education Classes: No class for Special Education students who travel to other districts for part or all of their instruction.
When there is a widespread emergency in process, these stations will be continually updated:
Every 30 minutes:
KIRO TV 7
KOMO, 1000 AM
KRPM, 106,1 FM
KCIS, 630 AM
KRPM, 770 AM
KIXI, 880 AM
SLSY, 92.5 FM
KSER, 90.7 FM
KLAY, 1180 AM
KPLU, 88.5 FM
Every 15 minutes:
KIRO, 710 AM
KING, 1090 AM and TV 5
KMPS, 1300 AM and 94.1 FM
KOMO TV 4
**You can also ﬁnd snow/ice/emergency reports on the Internet at: http://schoolreport.org. Please visit the Bethel School District website, www.bethelsd.org, for information about Bethel schools and transportation.
Evacuation Procedures: Fire drills/building evacuations are conducted once a month, as required by regulation. Emergency lock- down and earthquake drills are practiced two times a year.. Exit routes and instructions are posted in each classroom and work area, all staﬀ and students are required to abide by procedures for such drills. Any student who refuses to leave the building, follow instructions or otherwise refuses to cooperate during an evacuation or emergency drill is subject to disciplinary action and will be reported to authorities.
In the event of any type of emergency all students will be held in the rear of the building. The front gates will be closed and parents will need to provide picture ID before their student can be released.
Student Discipline All behaviors resulting in student discipline will be in accordance with state and district policies. Disciplinary interventions may include: think time, restoration activity, lunch detention, after school detention, In-school suspension and/or out of school suspension.
Bikes, Skateboards, etc.: Due to the traﬃc conditions and narrow roads, Frontier has been declared a “non bike-riding school”, and students are not allowed to ride bicycles to school (BSD policy 5426). Use of skateboards and rollerblades on school property is prohibited at all times (BSD policy #5427).
School-Sponsored Events: Students at all school-sponsored events are governed by school district rules and regulations and are subject to the authority of school district employees whether the event takes place on or oﬀ the school grounds. Students who have been suspended from school are not to be in attendance at after school or evening events.
Transportation: If you ride to and from school in a car, please be careful of the traﬃc around the school at the beginning and end of the day. Watch for other cars, and do not walk out in front of traﬃc. If you are picked up
by someone other than your parent or guardian, that person must be listed on your emergency card, or be accompanied by a note from your parent. Bus service is provided by the Bethel School District for all Frontier students. It is your responsibility to meet your bus on time. It is a privilege for students to ride the bus. Bus drivers have the authority to discipline students for misconduct related to school district rules. A student who is cited for misconduct is given a form to take home, have a parent sign, and return to the bus driver. Misconduct may result in suspension of bus riding privileges. The Bethel School Transportation department will answer questions about bus routes, time schedules, or bus discipline. Please call transportation directly if you have any questions or concerns. (BSD policy #6400) Frontier’s buses have video cameras installed in them. Transportation Department staﬀ members screen the videotapes for infractions. If you do not follow the Bus Riding Safety and Conduct Procedures, you can lose your bus riding privileges.
Please Follow These Bus Riding Safety and Conduct Procedures:
- While loading, unloading or being transported, the student is under the jurisdiction of the driver whose reasonable direction must be obeyed promptly and willingly
- The student shall ride a regularly assigned bus unless speciﬁcally authorized to ride another by the building principal, supervisor of transportation or designee.
- Students shall not use vulgar or obscene language or gestures while being transported on a school bus or while waiting at bus stops and loading zones.
- With the exception of ordinary conversation, students shall observe regular standards of classroom conduct while on a school bus.
- Students shall not be permitted to leave the bus other than at their regular stop without the written authorization of the building principal or an administrator of transportation.
- Each student may be assigned a seat by the driver in which he/she shall be seated at all times unless authorized to change seats by the bus driver or supervisor of transportation.
- Eating on the bus is not permitted.
- Balloons, skateboards and other objects that interfere with the safety of students and driver are not permitted.
- Students shall not throw refuse on the ﬂoor or from the school bus windows.
- Students shall not have or use tobacco products, drugs, alcohol, paraphernalia, matches, lighters or any other ﬂammable or sparking device on the school bus.
- Students shall not open a bus window without authorization of the driver and at no time shall any student extend any part of his/her body (hands, feet, head, ) outside the school bus, whether the bus is in motion or stopped.
- Students shall not carry on a bus any object that may constitute a danger to another student (sticks, breakable containers, ﬁrearms, straps, pens extending from clothing, chemicals, explosives, and skate boards).
- Students may take only those music instruments that can be secured on the student’s lap or between their legs and that won’t disrupt the loading and unloading of students, i.e., flute, clarinet, trumpet, violin, trombone, and alto saxophone are allowed; drums, tenor saxophone, cello, bass viola, baritone horn, and French horn are not allowed.
- Animals, insects, reptiles, ﬁsh, or fowl are not permitted on the bus with the exception of medical alert dogs.
- Bus aisles shall be kept clear of all books, personal eﬀects and belongings of students, except as authorized by the driver, building principal or supervisor of transportations.
- Students shall not distract the driver by talking to him/her unnecessarily or obstruct his/her view in any direction.
- Students shall remain seated while the bus is in motion and are not to get on or oﬀ the bus until the bus has come to a full stop.
- Students shall board the bus in an orderly manner and remain within the bus driver’s view at all times.
- Students shall cross the highway in front of the bus only after verifying it is safe to do so and after obtaining the consent of the driver.
- Students shall leave home in time to arrive at the bus stop five (5) minutes prior to the bus departure time.
- At the bus stop, students shall remain out of roadways and avoid pushing, shoving and damaging private property surrounding the bus In general, they shall remain orderly and disciplined while awaiting the arrival of the bus.
- Students who must walk along a highway to and from a bus-loading zone must walk where practicable on the left-hand side of the road facing oncoming traﬃc. This also applies to students leaving the bus-loading zone in the evening.
- In event of an emergency, students shall follow emergency procedures as established by emergency exit drills.
- Parents and/or guardians of students who damage school buses shall be responsible for proper restoration or reimbursement to the school district.
- Students shall go directly to and from school bus-loading zones and not loiter or run errands between the stop and home.
- Unlawful discharge of a laser in the ﬁrst degree is a class C felony.
Visitors and Pets: Visitors are not allowed during the school day, including lunches and before and after school, unless approved through the main oﬃce. Visitors must sign in at the main oﬃce and wear an identiﬁcation badge while in the building. Pets are not allowed at school.
Policies to Promote Responsibility
Buying/Selling Items at School: Do not bring items to sell at school. This includes food, drinks, candy, toys, and other personal items. The selling or purchasing of items by students at school is strictly forbidden and may result in disciplinary action. Anything bought/sold at school must be part of a school sponsored activity or fundraiser.
Cafeteria and Food: Students may have food and beverage items in the Cafeteria only. Otherwise, food and beverages (other than water) are not allowed in non-eating areas including hallways, classrooms, and parking lots. The only exceptions are special circumstances arranged through the principal. No fast food will be allowed, unless prearranged for special occasions through administration. Students are restricted to the cafeteria and courtyard only during lunchtimes. All garbage must be cleaned up from under and on top of tables. Students are not allowed to share food or drinks with other students.
Cheating: Cheating is by deﬁnition an action done by a student to supply work for another student, or turn in work, use work, or rely on work that is not his/her own (other than in an assigned group work situation). The judgment of the teacher or staﬀ member who discovers cheating is ﬁnal. In the ﬁrst instance of cheating, the student must re-do the work or an equivalent assignment for a chance to demonstrate understanding, this will be assigned either independently or during a lunch or after school detention. Subsequent cheating will result in progressive disciplinary action.
Reward Activities and Fines: If you have ﬁnes (including lunch ﬁnes), are failing classes, have an unexcused absence the day of the event, or fail to participate in Student Led Conferences, may not be allowed to participate in reward-like activities (i.e. dances, ﬁeld day, awards assembly, ﬁeld trips, assemblies, excused pre-arranged absences, release of purchased yearbook to students, etc.) You may be required to satisfy your academic, or ﬁnancial, obligations ﬁrst, before you can participate.
Grading: Grades in each class are recorded as letter grades A, B, C, I. Grades in each class are determined by the teacher according to his/her course expectations. Teachers may include attendance as part of the participation grade in a class. If you have questions about a grading policy or individual class or assignment grade, please contact the teacher directly.
Hall Passes: When leaving class for the bathroom you will need to do three things:
- Get your teacher’s permission to leave
- Wear that teacher’s lanyard-style hall
- Sign out using QR code
**The purpose for these requirements is to monitor abuse of bathroom trips out of class and for school staﬀ to easily identify which students have permission to be in the halls during class time. If a teacher sees that you are asking to leave classes frequently, he/she may deny your request and/or contact your parents or school administration.
Social Media: Social Media is a valuable tool for communication when used responsibly and with careful consideration of how certain media and messages aﬀect the social, mental and emotional rights of others.
Any student who shares messages that may be considered Bullying/Intimidation/Harassment or a safety concern for individuals may be addressed by Law Enforcement and school administration. If the shared content is deemed a disruption to the “educational environment” of any student in the school. Additionally, any technology used to video tape other students and/or staﬀ without their permission will result in disciplinary action.
Student Use of School Phones: A phone in the small room in the front oﬃce is available for student use with adult permission. You must have a pass to be on the phone during class time and check in with the oﬃce.
Oﬃce telephones are for communication with parents/guardians only and are not to be used for social reasons. If you feel sick, request a pass to go to the health room and the health clerk will help you. Cell phones are not allowed to be used during academic hours and must be put away at all times. Students will need to turn in cell phones to the oﬃce or campus safety if they continually violate the cell phone policy.
Additionally, maybe placed on a cell phone plan for repeated oﬀensives. Students who need to contact their parents should use the school phone or a classroom phone if they have received teacher permission.
Use or Possession of Tobacco: It is against State Law and School District policy to be in possession or use any tobacco product (including electronic cigarettes and e-cig “juice”) on school district property or at any school sponsored activity, by students or parents. Additionally, minors in possession of tobacco may be subject to criminal sanctions and a $75.00 mandatory ﬁne and court appearance. School discipline will be imposed for violation of the tobacco policy.
Theft: If you have something stolen, report it to the campus safety oﬃcer immediately. Students are urged to leave extra money and valuables at home. Frontier will not assume responsibility for money or valuables. It is recommended to pay for ASB cards, yearbooks and lunch tickets with a check or online.
Clothing & Attire Regulations
In addition to the above guidelines, the following specific limitations are to be observed. This is not a complete list, as every year fads and trends change and develop that we cannot always anticipate, so the decisions of the school administration will be final in matters of dress code and student appearance.
1. No blankets, costumes, or capes are allowed at school.
2. Flags: Physical Flags are not permitted to be worn at school as an article of clothing. This includes but is not limited to as a cape, scarf, headdress, or shawl. Students are permitted to wear shirts/sweatshirts/coats/shoes or jeans that have an image of a flag on it.
3. Bandanas are not allowed at school.
4. “Sagging” is not allowed (belt line needs to be at, or above, the hip level), multiple requests for the same student to pull up his/her pants will result in disciplinary action and parent contact.
5. Any clothing, grooming, or behavior that symbolizes, represents, or can be construed as exhibiting gang-related activity or hatred toward another person or group is not permitted. This includes any item containing different types of flags including and not limited to confederate flag and/or swastika, display of gang colors, or other clothing that implies gang membership or affiliation.
6. All shirts must have sleeves and cover the entire midriff area. No bare shoulders are allowed, cold shoulder shirts are allowed. Brief garments such as halter-tops, bare midriffs, bare backs, tube tops, tank tops, spaghetti straps and plunging necklines are not appropriate. Undergarments must be covered at all times.
7. Necklines must not be lower than three inches width from the bottom of the neck.
8. Shorts, skirts, must be no shorter than mid-thigh or fingertip length, and undergarments must be covered at all times.
9. All students must wear footwear designed for public use at all times. Slippers may not be worn at school.
10. Sunglasses or gloves may not be worn inside the school building.
11. Clothing may not advertise or promote alcohol, tobacco, drugs, or weapons.
12. No painting of your face.
13. No large open holes in pants above the thigh
14. Any see-through clothing must not reveal areas which are required to be covered.
15. Hats, hoods, and other headgear may not be worn during the school day. Hats are to remain in student backpacks. if brought to school. They cannot be carried around throughout the day. Confiscated hats, etc. must be picked up by parents.
Jeans, pants, slacks, and sweatpants are acceptable and must be worn at the hips with no undergarments showing. Pajama bottoms/bed clothes are NOT to be worn at school unless it is for a spirit week. When arms are fully extended, pants can not have large holes above the knee. Ex. pockets through holes should not be visible.
Shorts, Skirts, Skorts
Bottoms must be worn at the hips. When arms are fully extended, the garment hem must be below the ﬁngertips.
SHIRTS MUST COVER ALL UNDERGARMENTS, THE SHOULDERS, AND THE STOMACH.
Spaghetti straps and sheer or lace fabrics are not permitted. Tank tops or sleeveless shirts must cover the shoulders. Gaps or arm holes may not bare the side of the body.
Footwear must be designed for public use. It must have hard soles. Bedroom slippers, shoes with wheels and light-up shoes are NOT permitted.
Hats, Headwear, Sunglasses
These items are to remain in backpacks throughout the entirety of the school day and are NOT TO BE WORN in the building or during the school day on any part of the body.
NO bandanas are to be worn on any part of the body. Bandanas are considered gang paraphernalia. School discipline will apply. (Policy 3241.3)
Markings, Insignias, Symbols, Logos
Sagging, display of gang colors, or other clothing which may imply gang membership or aﬃliation is NOT permitted. No marking, logos, insignia, symbols, or jewelry may be obscene, oﬀensive, suggestive, or advocate disruptive or illegal activity, drugs, tobacco, or alcohol.
Jewelry and accessories need to be minimal to eliminate disruptions and for safety reasons. Any attire with any type of spikes, studs, metal or chains of any length can be dangerous and are not allowed. If a student is asked to remove an item, compliance is required.
Face painting, and/or writing on the face or body is not permitted.
A mask must be worn to cover the mouth and nose. Design on mask must be school appropriate, no marking, logos, insignia, symbols may be obscene, oﬀensive, suggestive, or advocate disruptive or illegal activity, drugs, tobacco, or alcohol. Gator or bandana’s are not allowed to be worn as an appropriate form of mask.