Students must report to the cafeteria immediately, when the bell rings to designate the start of lunch. If students are not at the High School cafeteria by 10:40 on Monday or 10:50 on Tuesdays through Fridays, they will not be able to go to the cafeteria. The restrooms in the 7th grade building will be open from 11:00 to 11:25.
Students: Breakfast $1.00
Reduced Breakfast $0.40
Reduced Lunch $0.40
Extra Milk $0.50
Extra O.J. $0.50
Adults: Breakfast $1.50
Applications for free and reduced lunch must be completed at the beginning of each year. Applications may be obtained in the cafeteria or main office. Cafeteria prices are subject to change after the printing of this agenda. It is the policy of Riverdale Middle that students not be allowed to charge any meals. However, no student is refused a lunch because he forgot his money. The student must inform a server and he will be given a bag lunch.
Restroom Use During Class
Students are required to have their agendas to receive a bathroom pass. Teachers must sign and indicate the time on the appropriate day in the agenda to indicate to other teachers when the student utilized his bathroom pass. There is a schedule for restroom usage each day; however; students must be aware of the valuable class time they are missing by requesting a pass to the restroom. Restrooms are open before school and during the lunch period.
Teachers may refuse a pass to any student who appears to be abusing restroom privileges. If a child has a medical problem that necessitates frequent restroom use, the parent is to produce a doctor’s note which states that need and bring it to the school office.
Students must be present a minimum of 160 days, to be eligible to receive credit for their courses. To be excused, a physician must verify an illness. To receive credit for a course, a student cannot miss more than fourteen (14) days. If a student misses fifteen (15) or more days, he/she will not receive credit for the course, regardless of the grade earned. Any student who has six or more un-excused absences will be automatically referred to Juvenile Court through the Family In Needs of Services (FINS). Riverdale Middle will verify doctor’s notes from students.
Students arriving after 7:20 am but before 7:30 am are tardy to school and must report directly to homeroom. Students arriving after 7:30 am must report directly to the attendance office to check-in. Attendance office is in the Discipline Office (Room 29).
In cases of illness, students requesting to checkout are to obtain a “check-out” form from the teacher. Students must fill out the form completely. The student must be sent to the office with a sick slip so his/her parent/guardian can be called. The student will return to class and wait. When someone arrives to sign him/her out, he/she will be called to the office. ONLY PERSONS LISTED ON THE STUDENT’S EMERGENCY CARD MAY SIGN THE STUDENT OUT OF SCHOOL. ADDITIONALLY, THE ADULT CHECKING THE STUDENT OUT OF SCHOOL MUST SUPPLY A PICTURE ID. PARENTS SHOULD MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO AVOID THE TIME PERIOD BETWEEN LUNCH (10:40 – 11:35) AND THE HALF HOUR BEFORE DISMISSAL (2:00 – 2:30).
An early intervention counselor is available to assist students, teachers, and parents. Students may request to see the counselor by completing a Counselor Request Form and submitting it to the counselor’s office during homeroom or the change of class. A pass to report to the counselor’s office at a specified time will be placed in the homeroom folder. The student will report to the counselor at the scheduled time unless the teacher denies permission due to testing, etc. No student is to be issued a pass to the counselor’s office unless the teacher feels it is an emergency.
Guidance services include working with students/parents/teachers on educational problems, personal/social problems, family-related issues, educational/career planning, and testing. The counselor can assist in providing referrals to outside agencies. The counselor’s number is 831 – 0876.
Students are scheduled into honors classes primarily by using their standardized test scores and by teacher recommendations. A student may be removed from an honors class at the end of the first nine weeks if they receive a failing grade in that class. A student may be removed from an honors class for the next school year if they do not maintain a passing grade in subsequent grading periods. A student may be removed from an honors class if they fail to complete a required project (e.g. science/social studies fair project, English I book reports, etc.)
Homework is an important tool in helping students learn and must be included as an integral part of the instruction program. Meaningful and productive homework assignments can be a positive experience and a reinforcement tool.
Homework will be assigned a minimum of two (2) times per week in each academic subject. An attempt should be made by the subject area teacher to insure that no overnight assignment will require more than 30 minutes to complete. Assignments completed in class are not considered homework. All homework assignments are reviewed and/or graded by the teacher on the day the assignment is due.
It is the responsibility of the student to initiate and complete make up work. In order for make-up work to be given, a note explaining the absence, whether the absences are excuse or un-excused, must be received within (5) days after the student returns to school, whether absences are excused or un-excused.
- For excused, absences of five (5) or more consecutive days, the student must initiate and complete make-up work within ten (10) school days after returning to school.
- For excused absences of less than five (5) consecutive days, the allotted time to make up the work is left to the discretion of the teacher; however, it should not exceed ten (10) school days.
- For un-excused absences, a student must bring a note from the parent/guardian explaining the absence before any make-up work will be given.
Students may not get credit (grades) for make-up work while suspended from school unless it is an In School Suspension.
Throughout the year there will be various field trips and activities. When a field trip or activity is planned, all students are expected to behave appropriately. Additionally attending activities is a privilege. Inappropriate behavior, in or out of class, may result in a student being denied the opportunity to attend. Inappropriate behavior on a field trip or activity may result in the student being prohibited from attending future activities.
Any student suspended, In-School or Out-of-School, will not be allowed to attend/participate in activities (e.g. dances, athletic events, pep rallies, Test Fest, field trips, . . )
Activities (e.g. but not limited to athletic events practices, and tutoring) start at 2:35, if not before. STUDENTS ARE NOT TO LEAVE CAMPUS AND RETURN. Students who do not report immediately to the activity are to be turned away.
One extra-curricular activity that our students truly enjoy are our dances. We have several dances spread throughout the school year. Dances are held in the school gym, they are from 7pm to 9:30 pm and tickets are sold the week before the dance, or students can pay at the door. In order to insure that the students behavior is appropriate and that their safety is a priority we have established and continue to maintain the following policies:
The style of dress for each of the dances varies. We will not admit students who do not follow the specified dress code guidelines.
Any student suspended (in-school or out-of-school) at the time of the dance will not be admitted.
Any student expelled cannot attend the dance (even if they go to Jefferson Community school).
Only student in 6th, 7th or 8th grade may attend.
If a RMS student chooses to bring a guest, not enrolled at RMS, the guest must have a letter from the school they attend. The letter must be on school letterhead, signed by the principal, and state that they are a student in good standing at that school. Guests can only be a 6th, 7th or 8th grader.
Any student failing to comply with the above guidelines will not be admitted to the dance.
Each student will be issued a lunch card. This is for that student and no one else (it has their name on it and a bar code). Passing off a lunch card to someone else or using someone else’s card will be treated as if it were fraud or theft.
Fire/Evacuation Drills and Emergency Warnings
The purpose of a fire drill is to ensure the safety of all students in the event of an actual fire. The regulations for procedures to be followed during the fire drills are posted in every classroom. Each student should be familiar with these rules.
A fire drill is signaled with the sounding of the fire alarm. When a drill is signaled the students are to leave classrooms in an orderly manner, with the instructor at the head of the rank. The students will move quickly and quietly through the halls and out of the buildings. Students will follow their teachers to the assigned areas, stand quietly at least 25 feet from any building and away from all streets and bus lanes. At the “ALL CLEAR” signal, students will return to the classroom they occupied when the alarm sounded.
Locks and Lockers
Hall lockers do not exist at Riverdale Middle School. Students are issued a set of textbooks to leave at home. Teachers have classroom sets of books for students to use at school. Students are issued lockers for P.E. and should bring a lock from home to secure personal belongings while dressed out for P.E. These locks cannot be left on the locker and must be removed at the end of each P.E. class.
Lost and Found
Students are responsible for the proper care of all books, supplies, instruments, and furniture issued by the school. Any lost, stolen, or misplaced material is the responsibility of the student.
The lost and found is located in the Discipline Office of the school. A student having lost a purse, gym suit, jewelry, or any other article may obtain permission from the office staff to look for the lost article(s) in the lost and found. Textbooks that are found are sent to the teacher who issued them.
Any student who is injured at school must report the injury to his teacher immediately. The teacher will send the student to the Discipline Office and notify the main office immediately. The teacher must complete an Accident/Incident Report and file it in the main office. It is imperative that we have emergency numbers on file to reach parents in an emergency including home, work, cell, and relatives’ numbers.
If possible, parts are advised to give medication to their children at home an on a schedule other than during school hours. Students are not permitted to have in their possession any medication (prescription or non-prescription) while under school supervision expect when ordered by the physician for an urgent need (i.e., asthma inhaler. ) and after consultation between the parent, designated school staff and the school nurse.
It is the policy of the Jefferson Parish Public School System that all medication, prescription or non-prescription, that is brought to school, must be kept in the office and will be dispensed by school personnel only. This can be arranged by following the procedures outlined in the handbook entitled “Procedures and Policies for Parents and Students” which is given to students at the beginning of each school year. Violation of this policy will result in a suspension.
Off Limit Areas
If a student is not moving toward class, he/she is considered loitering. A student’s schedule will indicate the area in which he/she should be.
If a student does not have a class or a pass to be in a given area, then the student is in an “Off Limits” area. Students changing classes or having a pass should use the most direct route to their assigned classes. Students may not be on the high school campus at any time except breakfast, or lunch.
Students roaming the halls or campus will be subject to disciplinary action.
The field is “Off Limits” at all times except for designated activities.
Before school the area between the 6th grade building and the main building is “Off Limits.
Detentions are held for no more that one hour after school. The student and parent must sign the detention notice and return it to school. Transportation must be arranged in advance. Detentions are not usually canceled on rainy days.
Detentions issued by administrators are held Monday through Thursday from 2:30 pm to 3:05 pm.
Detentions issued by teachers may be held any day of the week and can be a:
morning detention which is held from 6:55 am to 7:15 am.
lunch detention which is held for 15 minutes but cannot start before 11:10 on Mondays or 11:15 on other days.
after school detention which may start at 2:30 but may not extend beyond 3:30.
Failure to serve an administrative detention on the day it is scheduled, will result in a disciplinary consequence. Detentions can only be rescheduled by receiving a request from a parent.
Students are allowed to carry electronic communication devices on school grounds. However, these devices must be turned COMPLETELY OFF and must not be visible or audible while students are on school grounds or on school buses. Students shall be personally and solely responsible for the device and its’ use. The school assumes no responsibility for theft of damage of telecommunication devices or for the unauthorized use of such devices.
Our school business hours are from 7:00 am until 2:30 pm daily. Parents and members of the business community are welcome to visit Riverdale Middle. However, the safety and security of our students and staff is our top priority, we require all visitors to “check-in” at the Main Office and receive a Visitor’s Pass. Permission must be obtained from an administrator before anyone may visit a classroom. All visitors are required to check out in the Main Office.