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Parent/Student Handbook

Palm Middle School
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2022-2023
 

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Attendance
  • Gate opens at 7:50am
  • Breakfast will be served from 7:50 am -8:25am  
  • Warning bell:  8:25am
  • School starts at 8:30am- This means you need to be in your assigned seat by 8:30am.
  • When you are absent you MUST do one of the following: 
    • Have your parents log into Q Parent Portal to report the absence
    • Email the attendance clerk Mrs. Ingram at [email protected] to report the absence  
    • Bring a note to the attendance office. 
    • Call 951-571-4260 X23015 to report an absence
    • NOTE: Per District policy, this MUST be done within three business (3) days or you will be marked truant. 
  • Students are to remain in class for the first 10 minutes and last 10 minutes of class to minimize distractions and students missing instructional information; emergency or serious circumstances will be exceptions.

Tardy and Truancy Policy 


Attending school regularly is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare yourself for success-both in school and life. When you make school attendance a priority, you get better grades, develop healthy life habits, avoid dangerous behaviors and have the greatest chance at graduating high school. EC Section 48200, Compulsory Education Statutes, require all children between the ages of 6 and 18 to attend school on time. In order to adhere to EC Section 48200; Palm Middle School will be conducting weekly electronic tardy and truancy sweeps and assigning interventions based on number of tardies and truancies. A student is considered tardy if they are less than 30 minutes late to school or class. A student is considered truant if they are late 30 minutes or more, late to class without a valid excuse, or unexcused absence. 

  • Tardy Sweeps
  • Conducted randomly throughout the day. 
  • Teachers stand at doors, when the bell rings, doors are closed and locked.
  • Students caught outside after bell, will be “swept” and given tardy sweep consequences.
  • Students will be allowed to return to class with a “Tardy Sweep Pass” to give to the teacher.

Interventions for repeated Tardies (Per Week)

  • 1-2  Period Tardies - Teacher Classroom Interventions (Parent Notified) 
  • 3-5 Period Tardies - 1 Administrative Lunch Detention (Parent Notified) 
  • 6- 10 Period Tardies -  Administrative After School Detention(s) (Parent Notified and Counselor Referral)
  • 11+ Period Tardies - Saturday School/Attendance Contract  (Parent Meeting )
  • *Excessive tardies may result in mandatory Saturday Academy (Ed. Code ZO1) 

Breakfast and Lunch


  • Free breakfast starts at 7:50am
  • Free lunch with two (2) different line options (Combo/Pizza) 
  • No food or drinks past yellow lines or designated areas
  • Use trash cans and clean up after yourself
  • Good citizenship and behavior is always expected
  • Food should be eaten at the lunch tables; other areas not allowed
  • Stand in line respecting the person in front and behind you
  • Be respectful to Cafeteria Staff
  • Be on time to class following your scheduled lunch
  • Double Lunching is considered truant and you will receive a consequence 

Cell Phone Usage


Phones are NOT permitted during the school day!

    • If a student has a matter that requires contacting a parent, they must do so under supervision and with the permission of a staff member using a landline.
    • If a student has a cell phone it must be turned completely off (not just to vibrate), and it must be unseen.
    • Any staff member who sees a student using a cell phone or having it in plain sight may confiscate the phone. Due to the theft of cell phones on campus we strongly encourage students to leave phones in a secure place or at home. 
    • Cell phones may be used after the student has walked to the front of the school complex. They are not to be used inside classrooms, buildings, or the quad without the expressed permission of staff.
  • NO CELL PHONE SHOULD BE USED TO RECORD ANY ACTIVITIES ON CAMPUS, INCLUDING FIGHTS.

NOTE: Neither Palm Middle School nor the Moreno Valley Unified School District are responsible for lost or stolen cell phones. 


General Rules


ITEMS NOT ALLOWED AT SCHOOL: 

  • Drugs & Alcohol
  • Water or Sport Drink Bottles with alcoholic beverages
  • Vape Pens/Devices, E-Cigarettes, Hookahs, etc. 
  •  Air Pods, gaming devices,cameras, video cameras, slime or toys of any kind 
  • Markers (Permanent, and Sharpies)- 
  • When taken away they will NOT be returned 
  • Lasers or Laser Pens of any kind
  • Ball equipment of any kind is to remain at home.
    • Water balloons or water guns
    • Guns, knives, or any type of weapon
    • Poppers/Snap caps
    • Stink bombs
    • Lighters/matches
    • Firecrackers/Fireworks
    • “Any other object that is determined to distract from the educational process.”
  • Items Not Allowed Will Be Confiscated
  • Violation #1- Student can pick it up at the end of day
  • Violation #2 & Beyond- Parent Contacted and the Parent MUST pick it up when they can

Fighting


  • Self Defense is not an excuse recognized by Palm Middle School or the Moreno Valley Unified School District
  • Confronting and or arguing with another student is considered “Pre-Fight” behavior and a SUSPENDABLE OFFENSE
  • Mutual combat is NOT allowed at anytime
  • “Friendly Fades” are suspend-able offenses and not allowed
  • Videotaping and/or posting fights is NOT allowed and will result in MAJOR discipline
  • Assault
  • Jumping or planning to jump another student 

Consequences for violating the fighting policy may lead to suspension up to 5 days: Refer to the MVUSD Sequential Discipline Guide. 


Sexual Harrassment


If it makes another person feel uncomfortable, then it is inappropriate:

  • Verbal/Written (Unwanted & Unwelcome) 
  • Comments about body parts
  • Sexual rumors or stories
  • Sexual suggestions or threats
  • Comments about sexual orientation
  • Non-Verbal
  • Staring or pointing at a person’s body parts
  • Display of obscene sexual material
  • Obscene gestures
  • Writing a person’s name along with remarks or drawings in a public place
  • Physical
  • Grabbing or touching in a sexual way
  • Tearing or pulling at a person’s clothes
  • Touching, bumping, or brushing against someone
  • Kissing or holding a person against her or his will
  • Mooning or exposing oneself
  • Pulling down clothes or “pantsing” other students
  • Important to report immediately (as opposed to two or three months later) to:
    • Teacher
    • Administrator
    • Counselor or Another adult on campus

Hands Off Policy

The following are not permitted:

  • Kissing
  • Arms around each other
  • Squeezing
  • Horse playing or rough housing aka “We were just PLAYING”

Zero Tolerance for Bullying

Bullying Definition 

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.

Types of Bullying

Verbal: Saying or writing mean things. This is the most common form of bullying, often starting in elementary school and peaking in middle school. Examples include:

  • Teasing
  • Name Calling

Social: Making someone feel excluded or humiliated.  This behavior is often carried out by a group and can be especially hard to recognize. Examples include:

  • Telling someone whom they can and cannot be friends with 
  • Spreading rumors

Physical: Hitting, kicking or threatening to hurt someone. This is the easiest form of bullying to identify. Examples include:

  • Hitting

Cyber: Writing mean or inappropriate things online. Examples include:

  • Ridiculing someone publicly
  • Sending unwelcome emails or text messages

Consequences for violating the bullying policy may lead to suspension. Refer to the MVUSD Sequential Discipline Guide. 

Transportation


  • Bus
  • Behave on the bus or you may lose the privilege of riding.
  • Consequences may be issued at school for poor behavior on the bus.
  • Bikes/skateboards/scooters: HELMETS MUST BE WORN!
  • You are allowed to ride your bike, scooter, and skateboard to school.
  • You must “walk your bike/skateboard/scooter” once you are on campus.
  • Bikes/scooters/skateboards are to be locked up at the Bike Rack located next to the K Building.
  • Walking/Drop Off
  • Use crosswalks
  • Clear the campus within 10 minutes of dismissal 
  • Once you are on campus you are NOT allowed to leave without permission from school for any reason.
  • Students are NOT allowed to stand, play, sit, or walk through the flower beds/bushes as you await your pick-up

Puma Student I.D. Cards

IDs are used to gain permission to the restroom, check out equipment, purchase student store items, check out books, travel for field trips and eat lunch. Students must always carry their ID badges during the school day.  ID badges will be issued to each student at the beginning of the year or when they enter the school as a new student free of charge.    

  • If you lose or damage your ID, you must get it replaced 
  • Replacement IDs are $5.00 in the student storeroom G111
  • You may purchase a PUMA Lanyard in the student store 

Campus Wide Hall Passes


  • Students must always have a pass when out of class
  • Every teacher will have a Sign Out Sheet and Campus Wide Passes located in their room
  • When leaving class:
    • Follow your teacher’s procedure for requesting permission to leave
    • Make sure you have your ID
    • Sign Out 
    • Place Pass around your neck along with your ID 
    • Go to your destination 
    • Return in a timely Manner
    • Sign In

Dress Code

Pumas Always Dress for Success

    • Shoes must have a heel strap. Steel-toed shoes, cleats, shoe skates, slippers (house slippers), and flip flops are not allowed. Crocs must be worn WITH an ankle strap. 
    • Inappropriate wording of sayings, pictures depicting tobacco, drugs, alcohol, weapons, gang-related names, or symbols, or that are sexually suggestive are not allowed on shirts, pants, socks, etc. Palm and the district may reserve the right to declare unacceptable any item of clothing, printing or accessories depicting any logo that has been identified to be gang related (including sport team jerseys). 
    • Shirts, pants, skirts, or shorts with bandana like print in any color are deemed gang related and are not permitted. 
    • Sleepwear clothing (pajamas), and costumes are not to be worn to school at any time (exceptions: ASB Spirit days).
  • Dresses, skirts, and short length shall be no shorter than mid-thigh (to the fingertips of the extended hand) 
  • No shirt shall be worn that shows any portion of stomach, is too low cut that shows cleavage, is “off the shoulder,” fishnet, spaghetti straps, see-through or low on the sides and shows skin or bra. 
  • All shorts, pants, jeans etc. that are ripped/torn/distressed shall be worn ONLY with stretch pants or leggings underneath regardless of the size of the rips. No skin can show under the rips/holes in jeans/pants. When standing, and hands are placed at your side, skin MUST be covered.
  • Undergarments must always be covered by clothing. 
  • Jewelry and accessories such as spiked bracelets, chokers, spikes embedded in the body, etc. are not permitted. 
  • School may ask students to cover tattoos or body art that is deemed likely to cause a disruption of the school environment. 
  • No muscle shirts, undershirts, or cut-off tank tops may be worn at any time. 
  • Hats are allowed. However, hats must always face forward. All hats, beanies, and hoods must be removed inside any building, including classrooms
  • Sunglasses are allowed, however they must be removed inside any building, including classrooms. 

Dress Code Violation Consequences

  • Students found in violation of the Dress Code will be given loaner clothes and/or parents will be called to bring new clothes for the day (if before the start of the school day). 
  • Students will have their items kept in the office until loaner clothing is returned 
  • Students who are given loaner garments MUST return them washed and cleaned
  • 1st – warning /change clothes 
  • 2nd – 1 lunch detention/change clothes/parent contact
  • 3rd – 2 lunch detentions/change clothes/parent contact/Counseling Referral 
  • 4th and Beyond - Administrative Detention/change clothes/parent contact

Bell Schedules

NOTE: Four flex days will be added for testing (May 15, 16, 18, 19, 2023)

BREAKFAST SCHEDULE: 7:50 to 8:25

FIRST LUNCH SCHEDULE

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Advisory

8:30 to 8:40

Advisory

8:30 to 8:40

3rd Period

8:30 to 9:00

Advisory

8:30 to 8:40

Advisory

8:30 to 8:40

1st Period 

8:45 to 9:35

2nd Period

8:45 to 9:35

6th Period

9:05 to 9:35

6th Period

8:45 to 9:35

7th Period

8:45 to 9:35

2nd Period

9:40 to 10:30

3rd Period

9:40 to 10:30

7th Period

9:40 to 10:10

7th Period

9:40 to 10:30

1st Period

9:40 to 10:30

3rd Period

10:35 to 11:25

6th Period

10:35 to 11:25

4th/5th Period

10:15 to 10:45

1st Period

10:35 to 11:25

2nd Period

10:35 to 11:25

Lunch

11:25 to 12:05

Lunch

11:25 to 12:05

1st Period

10:50 to 11:20

Lunch

11:25 to 12:05

Lunch

11:25 to 12:05

5th Period

12:10 to 1:00

5th Period

12:10 to 1:00

2nd Period

11:25 to 11:55

5th Period

12:10 to 1:00

5th Period

12:10 to 1:00

6th Period

1:05 to 1:55

7th Period

1:05 to 1:55

Advisory: PRIDE Time

12:00 to 12:30

2nd Period

1:05 to 1:55

3rd Period

1:05 to 1:55

7th Period

2:00 to 2:50

1st Period

2:00 to 2:50

Lunch

12:30 to 1:10

3rd Period

2:00 to 2:50

6th Period

2:00 to 2:50

SECOND LUNCH SCHEDULE

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Advisory

8:30 to 8:40

Advisory

8:30 to 8:40

3rd Period

8:30 to 9:00

Advisory

8:30 to 8:40

Advisory

8:30 to 8:40

1st Period 

8:45 to 9:35

2nd Period

8:45 to 9:35

6th Period

9:05 to 9:35

6th Period

8:45 to 9:35

7th Period

8:45 to 9:35

2nd Period

9:40 to 10:30

3rd Period

9:40 to 10:30

7th Period

9:40 to 10:10

7th Period

9:40 to 10:30

1st Period

9:40 to 10:30

3rd Period

10:35 to 11:25

6th Period

10:35 to 11:25

4th/5th Period

10:15 to 10:45

1st Period

10:35 to 11:25

2nd Period

10:35 to 11:25

4th Period

11:30 to 12:20

4th Period

11:30 to 12:20

1st Period

10:50 to 11:20

4th Period

11:30 to 12:20

4th Period

11:30 to 12:20

Lunch

12:20 to 1:00

Lunch

12:20 to 1:00

2nd Period

11:25 to 11:55

Lunch

12:20 to 1:00

Lunch

12:20 to 1:00

6th Period

1:05 to 1:55

7th Period

1:05 to 1:55

Advisory: PRIDE Time

12:00 to 12:30

2nd Period

1:05 to 1:55

3rd Period

1:05 to 1:55

7th Period

2:00 to 2:50

1st Period

2:00 to 2:50

Lunch

12:30 to 1:10

3rd Period

2:00 to 2:50

6th Period

2:00 to 2:50


MINIMUM DAY SCHEDULE

1st Period

8:30 to 9:00

2nd Period

9:05 to 9:30

3rd Period

9:35 to 10:00

4th/5th Period

10:05 to 10:30

6th Period

10:35 to 11:00

7th Period

11:05 to 11:30