Austin Middle School


Below are a few important policy summaries that we have listed here for your convenience. To view all of the School Board Policies; Please visit the PCSD Board Policy Website available Here (eBoardsolutions.com).

Attendance


The Paulding County Board of Education believes in the importance of regular school attendance. While students are encouraged to be at school every day possible, we realize that at times students must miss school for legitimate reasons. 

If your child is absent from school, please send the homeroom teacher a written note within three (3) days of the date of the absence. All excuses will be evaluated by the principal or his/her designee to determine if the excuse is lawful/excused or unlawful/unexcused. Phone calls from the parent to the school or from the school to the parent do not result in the absence being excused.

Excused absences are:


Personal illness
When attendance by the student would endanger the health of him/herself or others
A serious illness or death in the student's immediate family
When the student absence is mandated by a government agency such as a court
Observance of religious holidays
When conditions render attendance impossible or hazardous to student health/safety

Please see Paulding County Board Policy JB (External Website)

Student Dress Code


The Paulding County School Board and administration acknowledge that good grooming and personal attire positively affect student achievement and conduct while helping prepare all students for later success in the world of work. This dress code was developed through the direction of the superintendent and with the cooperation of parents, students, teachers, and administrators.

This dress code is designed to reduce the likelihood of distraction or disruption and to maintain an academic focus in the classroom and on campus.

The administration reserves the right to determine if items of clothing are too casual, too revealing, or too distracting for school dress.

Approved for School Wear


Pants and Shorts
Length must be appropriate (5" from the top of kneecap as measured by a ruler or the width of a 3 x 5 index card); Size appropriate-waist, seat and inseam; must be hemmed or cuffed; Cannot be altered from their original form.

Skirts and Dresses
Skirts must be size appropriate and be worn at waistline; Shoulders must be covered and arm holes must be tight fitting; Length must be appropriate (3" from the top of the kneecap as measured by a ruler or the length of a 3 x 5 index card); Slits in skirts must be appropriate (no slit above the three inch rule); Cannot be altered from their original form.

Shirts and Blouses
Must be size appropriate; Long or short sleeved, dress shirt, polo type, sleeveless with appropriate, tight-fitting armholes (no tank tops, no halter tops, no spaghetti straps); T-shirts or sweatshirts must have no writing, pictures, or graphics that unreasonably attract the attention of other students or cause disruption or interference with the operation of the school (e.g., vulgarity, sexual innuendo); Shirttails must be below the belt line even with arms raised above the head or when the student is seated; Cannot be altered from their original form.

Shoes
All students must wear appropriate shoes (examples: dress, tennis, flip-flops, clogs).

Not Approved for School Wear


Pants with holes, appearance of a hole, frays, rips, or tears above the knees; No patches above the knees; Pants that touch the ground or floor Wide legged pants, skin-tight pants, form-fitting clothing; Pants, dresses, skirts, and shirts that have frayed ends; See-through clothing; Sleeveless shirts, blouses, without appropriate (tight-fitting) armholes; Deep-scooped necklines; Clothing that shows the bare midriff, bare back or the bare shoulders; Pajamas, bedroom shoes, or other sleepwear; Articles of clothing which advertise or display the symbols of drugs, tobacco products or alcoholic beverages; Clothing which may be considered racially insensitive or which displays or implies profane or obscene language or symbols; Emblems, insignias, badges, tattoos, or other symbols where the effect thereof is to unreasonably attract the attention of other students or cause disruption or interference with the operation of the school; Headgear is prohibited and must be kept out of sight on the school campus during the school day. This includes, but is not limited to, caps, hats, hoods, bandanas, wave caps, sweatbands, sunglasses, or any other head covering. No headphones, combs, rakes, curlers, or picks can be worn in the hair. Exceptions for religious or medical reasons to be granted by the principal. Chains hanging from wallets or clothing; Exposure of undergarments of any type; Display or wearing of any gang articles, paraphernalia or clothing that can be construed as being gang related (e.g. bandanas, sweat bands, head rags, etc.); Jewelry that is offensive, distracts, or is studded or pointed is unacceptable. Heavy chains are not allowed.

Notes:
Uniforms for school related activities are acceptable as approved by the school administration. Female cheerleaders must wear warm-ups under cheerleading uniforms except during games and pep rallies.

The school administration reserves the right to alter the dress code for special occasions or extracurricular activities. Parents who require an exemption from the dress code for religious, cultural or short-term medical reasons may make application to the principal.

This dress code regulation may be modified by the principal at grades K-5.

Home School Policy


An Important notice regarding Home schooling Children with Disabilities.


Please see Paulding County Board Policy JBC(4). This is the policy for validating home school credit. It can be found here.
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