Policies and Procedures
St. Tammany Junior High School 2022-2023 Student Handbook
Vincent E. DiCarlo, Principal
Harry Dixon III, Assistant Principal
Tania H. Woods, Assistant Principal
Theresa C. Earhart, Technology Resource Teacher
Dear Parents and Students:
Welcome to St. Tammany Junior High School, home of the Wildcats! We are looking forward to an exciting and productive 2022-2023 school year and have prepared this handbook in order to foster improved communication between your home and the school. In addition to all St. Tammany Parish School Board policies relating to students, all students are responsible for the rules and regulations that are specific to St. Tammany Jr. High as stated in this publication. The regulations of the St. Tammany Parish School Board that affect students are not repeated here, but are in effect at all times. We need your cooperation in providing the best learning experience for your child and our student. Please take time to read this handbook thoroughly along with your child. This publication must be with the student at all times. Additional changes in rules and regulations will be issued as they occur. It is the responsibility of the student and his/her parents to know and to follow all policies affecting student life, those of the St. Tammany Parish School board and those of St. Tammany Jr. High. On behalf of the faculty and staff I would like to extend an open invitation for you to visit our school, become an active member in the PTA and volunteer program. We are excited to have both you and your child with us at St. Tammany Jr. High and cooperatively look forward to working with you. I look forward to being part of a positive and exciting atmosphere during this upcoming school year.
Sincerely, Vincent E. DiCarlo, Principal
- Philosophy St. Tammany Jr. High
- Vision Statement
- Mission Statement
- St. Tammany Junior High's Parental Involvement Policy
- St. Tammany Parish Public Schools Title I Parents' Right to Know Parent and Family Engagement Best Practices
- PARENT AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT BEST PRACTICES
- District and School Responsibilities for Parent and Family Engagement
- General Information Sheet
- Arrival and Dismissal
- Breakfast and Lunch Programs
- Caps, Hats, and Hoodies
- Clubs and Organizations
- Conduct at School Events
- Dance Policy
- Field Trips
- Emergency Crisis Drills
- Food and Beverages
- Hall/Rest Room Pass
- Harassment and Bullying
- Health Records
- I.D. Cards
- Medication Policy
- Parent/Teacher Association and School Volunteers
- Parent Teacher/Administrator Conference
- Radios, Earbuds, CD, MP3, IPod, Cell Phones, Apple Watches
- Report Cards and Interim Reports
- Student Insurance
- Tardiness to School
- Tardiness to Class
- Transferring Students and Grades
- Uniforms/Dress Code
- Withdrawal of Students
- Student Fees
- Education of Children and Youth in Homeless Situations
- Grading Scale 2022-2023
Philosophy St. Tammany Jr. High
The school community of St. Tammany Junior High School believes that the children, as individuals, have unique needs, desires, and expectations, and that the school is a basic institution for the development of intellectual, physical, social, emotional, moral and motivational growth enhancing the purposes of St. Tammany Junior High School:
• The preparation and development of each child's academic skills, skills, abilities, interests and responsibilities as they relate to his needs, desires, and expectations in the real world.
• The supplementation and reinforcement of the instruction provided in the home, community, and other educational agencies.
• The promotion of self-discipline and self-motivation.
• Guidance in the areas of respect for self, respect for authority, and respect for individual rights.
The vision of St. Tammany Junior High School is the proactive involvement of the entire school community for intellectual stimulation, moral guidance, and exemplary models for living to encourage every student to aspire to the attainment of the full development of their powers-intellectually, socially, emotionally, and morally.
St. Tammany Junior High's Parental Involvement Policy
We are committed to nurturing a partnership with parents in an effort to provide a quality education for all of our students. A Parent/Student handbook is sent home at the beginning of each school year with the student. Teachers post grades weekly through JPAMS. All teachers maintain up-to-date web pages for your viewing of lesson plans. The school's website is always up-to-date with information to keep everyone involved and to assist with academic learning. All teachers and administration are easily accessed through e-mail communication. An interim reports are sent at the 4 ½ weeks period with report cards at the end of every 9 weeks period. It contains the student’s academic performance for the respective 9 weeks period. St. Tammany Jr. High provides many opportunities that encourage family members to participate in student learning such as Open House, Family Nights, Field Day, parent/teacher conferences and classroom performances. We also utilize parents through our various volunteer opportunities such as school volunteers in chaperoning school sponsored events. guest speakers and presenters. By working with educators to improve student achievement, parents provide a vital link between the school and the students.
St. Tammany Parish Public Schools Title I Parents' Right to Know Parent and Family Engagement Best Practices
PARENTS' RIGHT TO KNOW The Every Student Succeed Act (ESSA) requires school districts to inform parents and families about their right to receive information on the professional qualifications of their children's teachers. Parents and families have the right to know:
• Whether all employed personnel have met state qualification and licensing criteria for the position they hold within the school
• If any personnel is employed under provisional status where state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived
• All college degrees and general areas of certification held by teachers, and qualifications of the paraprofessionals .
Whether their child receives services by paraprofessionals and their qualifications Teacher Certification/Degree information can be verified at ww.teachlouisiana.net
PARENT AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT BEST PRACTICES
St. Tammany Parish Public School System believes that Parent and Family Engagement (PFE) is important for children to achieve success. Parents and families are key partners with the schools. PFE includes programs, services, and activities at the school and district level.
• Involve families in developing and reviewing the district's PFE Plan
• Hold yearly Federal Programs, PFE Stakeholders', and PFE activity planning meetings
• Support STPPS Title I schools In planning and carrying out their PFE activities
• Annually review and monitor PFE activities and school-wide programs outlined in the School Improvement Plans
• Provide a Title I PFE resource page and presentations for school personnel use
• Develop Trite I PFE survey to evaluate PFE plans and use results to plan future PFE programs and adjust PFE policies and procedures
• Invite parents to a school meeting highlighting their school's educational programs, curriculum, and PFE opportunities
• Offer PFE activities at various times which support learning goals at home
• Involve parents In the planning, review, and implementation of PFE programs
• Provide parents with timely information about the school PFE policy
• Provide families with opportunities to volunteer, participate, and observe in the school and classroom
• Maintain communication with families
• Provide each student with the Compact for Student Success outlining responsibilities of students, parents, and teachers in the educational process
• Support all students in their effort to achieve success
General Information Sheet
Principal-Vincent E. DiCarlo 985-643.1592
Assistant Principal-Tania Woods 985-643-1592
Assistant Principal-Harry Dixon 985-643-1592
Administrative Assistant-Theresa Earhart 985-643-1592
Counselor-Carmen Butler 985-643-1592
Mental Health Provider-Crystal Petit 985-643-1592
Librarian-Sharon Watson 985-643-1592
Cafeteria Manager-Donna Naquin 985-641-1037
SBLC Chairperson-Lisa Minnick 985-643-1592
St. Tammany School Board - Covington 985-646-4900
St. Tammany School Board-Slidell Annex 985-646-4917
School Address-701 Cleveland Avenue, Slidell, Louisiana 70458
School Web Address-www.sttammanyjunior.stpsb.org
School Fax Number 985-643-5873
It is very important that students attend school each and every day. If a student is sick, the following procedure must be followed. (Also, it is VERY IMPORTANT that you DO NOT MAKE APPOINTMENTS ON EXAM DAYS OR STATE ASSESSMENT DAYS).
I. When returning from an absence, turn in your doctor's/parents note to the Student Services Office for entry into the computer system and filing when the student returns to school. Excused absences are granted in (3) circumstances: illness of student, death in the family, and absence due to a school related activity. Students have 48 hours to turn in a verified note in order to be considered excused.
2. A doctor's excuse is needed to make up either a nine-week or semester examination.
3. No one will be permitted to check out on days of nine week or semester examinations unless ill.
4. Students may not participate in extracurricular events after school if they have not been present during the entire school day. When it is necessary for students to leave school during the school day, they shall not participate in any school activity that night.
5. Students on school sponsored field trips or school sponsored activities are not counted absent.
Arrival and Dismissal
Students may not enter campus prior to 6:55 A.M., unless he/she has a specific appointment to be on the campus. Classes will begin promptly at 7:25 A.M. Upon arrival, all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders will report directly to the cafeteria and bring their breakfast to 1st or 2nd hour class to eat breakfast and ready themselves for the day.
Bus Riders must ride the bus that has been assigned to him/her. To ride a bus home other than the assigned bus, the student must bring a note from his/her parents and tum it into Student services by 7:30 A.M. on the day he/she wishes to ride the bus. The note has to be verified by the office, and if we are unable to reach the parents, the student will not be allowed to make the change. All bus rides will be dismissed at 2:36 P.M. by odd and even class number.
Car Riders should be dropped off and picked up in front of the school on Cleveland Avenue. Note that during school hours, this street is a one-way street that exits on Sgt. Alfred Drive. Students may not cross the street to meet their drivers. Students who walk or who are Car Riders will be dismissed at 2:36 P.M.
Concerning early dismissal, we encourage you to schedule your child's doctor and dental appointments round school hours. If this is not possible, you must come to the main office FIRST to check out your child. The teacher will not release a child to anyone who has not signed out through the main office. We request that you do not check students out after 2:00 P.M., if at all possible. Only individuals that are listed on the student's emergency card will be given permission to check out a student. Picture I.D. is required for adults that wish to check a student out of school.
The athletic program includes the following sports; football, volleyball, basketball, soccer, softball, and track. In order to be eligible, students must:
1. Be seventh or eighth grade students
2. May not have reached his/her 15th birthday before September 1st of the current school year.
3. Must pass four major subjects (English, Math, Science, Social Studies) with a 1.5 GPA for every 9 weeks period and be "in good standing" status or not have failed two or more subjects with a 1.5 GPA.
4. Must complete a physical examination.
5. Must be covered by an insurance policy. Information regarding team try-outs, team participation, practices and scheduled events will be communicated by the Head Coach prior to the season.
Breakfast and Lunch Programs
During the first week of school, all children will be given an application for free or reduced breakfast and lunch to take home to their parents. Only those wishing to apply need return the forms. Please keep in mind we are required to provide every parent with an opportunity to apply. You may apply online or through a hard copy document. YOU MUST APPLY EVERY YEAR FOR THIS SERVICE. Your application from the previous year does not apply to the new school year. You will be charged. A monthly menu is prepared and distributed at the beginning of each month.
Breakfast may be purchased in the cafeteria each morning between 7:00 A.M. and 7:25 A.M. at a cost of $.75 for 6-8 grades paid lunch or reduced price of$.30. Visitors may eat or $4.25. Lunch may be purchased for $1.30 for 6th graders, or a reduced price 7 of $.40 for 7th & 8th graders paid lunch is $1.55 or a reduced of $.40. Students may bring their own lunch from home, however commercial fast food and/or canned soda are NOT ALLOWED. Visitors may eat lunch for $3.45. Visitors should notify the cafeteria manager, Mrs. Naquin (641-1037) at least one day in advance to allow food preparations. Parents are encouraged to complete an online free/reduced lunch application at https:// cafefr.stpsb.org/ at the beginning of July. Prices subject to change per St. Tammany Parish School Board.
Clubs and Organizations
St. Tammany Jr. High has a number of academic and service organizations, which supplement the school program, develop school spirit and offer a variety of opportunities for self-expression and development. Information concerning these activities may be obtained from the faculty sponsor of the organization. Every student is strongly encouraged to take part in at least one of the extracurricular activities of the school. NO student, however, should attempt to participate in these activities to the point that grades suffer, or he/she is unable to perform his/her duties efficiently.
Any events proposed or planned by any organization must be cleared through the principal in order to prevent conflicts and disappointments. Each sponsor and student is responsible for following The St. Tammany Parish School Board Regulations for Student Organization and Clubs. The sponsor and officers should be familiar with all requirements set forth in the booklet entitled, "Superintendent Requirements", for St. Tammany Parish School Board Student Organizations and Clubs. You may obtain a copy of this booklet from the main office. Organizations at St. Tammany Jr. High: Cheerleaders, Band, Chorus, Beta Club, P.A.W.S, Spanish Club, Science Club, Student Council
Conduct at School Events
Students who participate in school events of any kind make great personal sacrifices. Those students, who are spectators at school events, are subject to the same rules that are observed in school and owe the participants every consideration and respect possible. Students must refrain from use of abusive language and inconsiderate treatment at all school sponsored events.
1. All dances will begin at 6:30 P.M. and end at 9:00 P.M. Students must be picked up no later than 9:45 P.M.
2. Upon arrival, all participants are asked to sign in on the roster. Students may bring one guest provide the required Guest Pass permission form is turned in by the due date. ST JH students that choose to bring a guest to a dance accept responsibility for the behavior of their guest.
3. ID cards must be shown at all dances.
4. All participants must be signed in for the dance by 7:30 P.M. and will not be allowed to leave until 9:15 P.M.
Disciplinary Action Requirements:
1. Friday Detention: - Student must report to the afterschool Friday detention at 2:45 P.M. and remain with the discipline coordinator until 6:00 P.M. The school uniform must be worn when serving a Friday detention - along with School ID. Failure to serve will result in either an ISS or OSS.
2. In School Suspension--- (ISS)-Report to Student Services when the 1'' bell rings with all materials for that day.
3. Out of School Suspension---Do not report to St. Tammany Jr. High.
A. First Suspension - Parent and student conference with Administration before returning to class.
B. Second Suspension - A letter from the Child Welfare and Attendance Officer must be secured from the Slidell Annex before returning to school.
C. Third Suspension - A letter from the Discipline Supervisor at the St. Tammany Parish School Board Office must be secured before returning to school.
D. Fourth Suspension The student is recommended for expulsion and remains Out of school until a hearing is held to determine the consequence.
Lunch Detention Policy: Lunch Detentions may also be issued by Teachers and Administrators. School Lunch Detentions will be issued for students that are given a temporary ID and do not pay $1.00 for that temporary ID. It will be served the day of the infraction.
After-School Detention Policy and Lunch Detentions: Teachers may assign personal detentions to students for inappropriate behavior that takes place anywhere on the St. Tammany Jr. Campus. The student will be given 24 hour notice to secure transportation. After school detentions will be held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2:45 P.M. until 3:45 P.M. Any student that does not attend a scheduled afternoon detention will automatically be issued a Friday detention (2:40 - 6:00 P.M.)
Excused absences are returned the next morning (or the next school day in the event of a holiday) signed by the parent stating the reason for the absence. Only (I) absence per disciplinary assignment may be excused. The missed day will be reassigned. All notes will be verified. If a student fails to bring a note on Monday morning, he/she will be suspended for two days. A student with excessive disciplinary problems may forfeit student privileges, field trip participation, and extra-curricular participation. The administration will identify students with serious and/or multiple offenses that have not been remedied by normal disciplinary procedures. Student leaders must be role models for the student body. The officers of all student organizations must have a clean disciplinary record and exemplary behavior in their classes. Students must actively participate in the educational process in order to be academically successful. Learning will not take place without reasonable expectation of student work. Students who refuse to work cooperatively with their teacher will be disciplined.
Cheating is defined as giving or receiving help in any phase of class work, tests, homework, reports, exams, etc. A student caught cheating on a test, homework assignment, project, plagiarism copy/paste or any other assignment shall receive a zero for his/her numerical grade on that particular assignment. A referral will be written and sent to the office to document the incident. Whether you give of receive information during an examination or an individual assignment, the offense is the same. You will receive a zero for the work.
When field trips are approved by the school administration, students must meet identified criteria in order to attend the event. Information sheets are given to students prior to the event. For events that require reservations, students will not be issued refunds for non-participation in the event. Students will wear the designated school uniform and will be expected to follow all school expectations during the trip. Parents that wish to support field trips by volunteering as chaperones are asked to contact the school office. Parents that attend field trips may not bring along small children.
Food and Beverages
1. Food and beverages are not allowed in the school building. This includes food brought in before school begins.
2. Gum chewing is prohibited on the school campus and in the buildings.
3. Students are prohibited from selling candy or other food items on the campus or in the buildings.
4. Students are not allowed to have fast foods(hamburgers, pizzas, etc.) delivered to them at the school during the lunch period or at any other time. This is a direct violation of the state and federal regulations regarding school.
5. Students may purchase bottled water at school or bring from home in an appropriate sealed container. may be taken into the classroom, if permitted by teacher.
Hall/Rest Room Pass Any student in the hall during class periods must have a hall pass or rest room pass from a teacher to justify being out of class. Students must sign in and out of the classroom.
Hall/Rest Room Pass Any student in the hall during class periods must have a hall pass or rest room pass from a teacher to justify being out of class. Students must sign in and out of the classroom.
Harassment and Bullying
Sexual harassment, bullying and other inappropriate behaviors are violations of the law. Sexual harassment will not be tolerated, condoned or overlooked. Bullying occurs when a person(s) willfully subjects another person (victim), to an intentional, unwanted and unprovoked, hurtful verbal, physical, emotional or sexual action at any school site or school sponsored activity or event. Students or parents of students experiencing harassing behaviors are encouraged to report such incidents to the Principal's office. All reports will be investigated an appropriate action will take place. In the event of a criminal investigation, the school system will cooperate fully with law enforcement agencies in conducting investigations. Students are given a copy of the STPSB Sexual Harassment policy and Bullying policy at the beginning of the school year. Additional copies are available copies are available in the Parent Resource Center and in the main office.
- A STJH regulation student identification card is made for each student at the beginning of the school year.
- Students are required to wear their ID cards at all times during the school day.
- The ID card must be clearly visible and worn with a clip by the collar.
- The ID card cannot be defaced and/or altered in any way. No attachments, sticker, pins, etc. may be placed on the ID. No other photos, other than the one taken for the ID may be placed on the ID. If a student defaces his/her ID, the student will be required to purchase a new one ($5.00) and serve an after school detention.
- When attending school-sponsored activities, the ID card must be presented if requested.
- ID cards will be required at all school dances.
- It is the responsibility of each teacher to check that students are wearing their ID.
- If a student is spotted in the hall during the change of class or at Lunch without his/her ID, a lunch detention will be issued.
- After securing a temporary ID, Students will serve a lunch detention the day of the infraction if $1.00 isn't paid for a temporary ID.
1. The library will open each day at 6:55am. It will close at the dismissal bell at 2:36 P.M.
2. Students must have their I.D. cards to check out materials. Internet users must have a Technology Agreement signed and on file.
3. Overdue books result in a fine of $.10 per day for every school day overdue.
4. Periodicals do not circulate; they are to be used in the library. Back files are available upon request.
5. Payment for lost books shall be based on the current list price if the book is in print. If the book is out of print, an average current replacement cost for a comparable book as suggested by the library selection catalogs or recommendations by the American Library Association will determine replacement costs.
6. If a student has an overdue book, he/she may not check out additional books from the library until the fine is paid, and the book is returned.
7. Library check-out privileges will be restored when students have either paid the fines, returned lost books, or either paid or negotiated with the librarian and/or principal as to reasons why the fine cannot be paid.
8. The excuse note for an absence must be presented upon return of overdue books.
As a general principle, medications are not to be given at school; ill students should be sent home. Students convalescing from an acute illness should remain at home until the need for medication no longer exists. All medical notes must be cleared by our school nurse. Students are not allowed to have any drugs in their possession on the campus. Special circumstances exist for a health problem that can be expected to be of a long duration. When such a condition exists, the following St. Tammany Parish School Board Medical Policy will be adhered to. The parent is responsible for notifying the school of any abnormalities in the health of his/her child. Any student who is required to take medication during the regular school day must comply with the parish medical regulations. Those regulations must include the following: 1. Parish Medical Forms--- filled out by physician and parent detailing name of drug, dosage and time interval. Forms may be picked up in the Main Office. 2. Medication must be brought in a container that meets acceptable pharmacy standards-it must be labeled by Dr. or Pharmacist. This includes any over-the counter medication. 3. A recent I.D. photo of student-must accompany forms and medication. For the wellbeing of the student, effective communication among the school, parents, school nurse, and physician is very important. Parents are urged to maintain close contact with the school during the child's illness.
Parent/Teacher Association and School Volunteers
PTA will be organized the first month of school. This organization will be a member of the state and national organizations. PTA encourages families to help their children, the school, and the community. If you would like to be a school volunteer, please contact the school at (985)643-1592 and Ask for the school volunteer coordinator. Your interest and involvement is always appreciated.
Parent Teacher/Administrator Conference
Communication is an essential part of the educational program. We feel it is very important for parents to keep in close contact with their child's teacher concerning his/her progress. Please remember to schedule a conference in advance so a time that is convenient for all can be established.
Radios, Earbuds, CD, MP3, IPod, Cell Phones, Apple Watches
ARE ALLOWED AT STJH CAMPUS----during the regular school day. If any of the above electronic devices are brought to school. It is the students’ responsibility not to use the electronic items.. Student and Teacher will sign a confiscation form and item will be turned into office.
CONSEQUENCE FOR USAGE/POSSESSION
1st Offense-Item confiscated, picked up by parent - Possession
Offense-Item confiscated, picked up by parent - Friday Detention - Usage
2nd Offense-Item confiscated, picked up by parent - ISS
3rd Offense-Item is confiscated, choice of 2 day out-of-school suspension or item held until end of year
Report Cards and Interim Reports
In the middle of each nine-week period, interim reports are given to students who are doing poorly. Report cards are issued to all students following the end of each nine-week period. After signing a receipt, it is the responsibility of the student to see that his/her parents gets these reports. Report cards are mailed out at the end of the second semester. Please make certain that we have your correct address on file.
The school does not carry accident insurance on each student. Student insurance is available at a nominal cost and is optional. When a student is insured under this plan and is injured, he/she will be given a claim form by the Main Office. This form must be completed by his/her parent and presented to the doctor or hospital. The school merely acts as a medium in making available the insurance and assumes no liability either for the injury or the subsequent negotiations with the insurance company.
Tardiness to School
Students arriving after the tardy bell (7:30AM) are to report directly to Front Office to receive a tardy admit slip. The student should present a note from the parent indicating the reason for tardiness. After 3 unexcused tardies to school, the student and parent will receive a written notice. On the 5th unexcused tardy to school, the student will receive a Friday detention. Any unexcused tardy received after the 5th will lead to ISD.
Tardiness to Class
Tardy to class is interpreted as "Body has to be through the threshold of the door when the bell rings: from change of class schedule." Each student will receive I free tardy for each class. For the 2"' tardy a one hour after school detention will be issued and on the 3'd tardy a Friday detention (2:45 - 6:00 p.m.) will be issued. Students will receive written notice of all detentions. Students that fail to attend an after school detention, will receive a Friday detention, and a student that fails attend a Friday detention will be suspended out of school. Students who are tardy to class more than three times during a semester can receive a suspension.
All textbook, Chromebooks, Novels and Workbooks are the property of STPSB. Student use of state-owned books carries with it the basic responsibility of proper use and care. If a book is damaged beyond use or is not returned at the end of the session or when the student transfers out of the class, the student must make payment at the original cost of the book.
Transferring Students and Grades
Students who are transferring into St. Tammany Jr. High must report to the Slidell School Annex to obtain a Letter of Assignment to the school, they are to attend. Once they have obtained this letter they report to St. Tammany Jr. High to register with the following documents:
I. State Certified Birth Certificate
2. Proof of Residency
3. Social Security Card
4. Health Record of Required Immunization DTP Polio MMR Hepatitis B HIB VARJCELLA
5. Report Card/Records from Last School/LEAP21 Results(For In-State Transfer/Withdrawal Slip)
6. Assignment Letter (if applicable)
7. Custody Papers (if applicable A parent/guardian must be with a student to register.
Once enrolled in St. Tammany Jr. High, students will see the guidance counselor to schedule their classes. Student transferring into St. Tammany Jr. High can count on having all credit work entered on their permanent records.
St. Tammany Jr. High students must wear the designated school uniform.
Shirts/tops- must be polo style, solid colors only in Royal Blue or Grey (ash or heather) with a collar, standard short or long sleeve. Minimum 6 inch sleeve length. No emblems or logos are allowed except the optional school approved logo on all uniform shirts.
Uniform shirt is to be the outer most garments with no undershirt visible at the sleeve or hemline. Tank tops and undershirts are not to be worn as outer garments.
For cold weather, short or long sleeve T-shirts, turtlenecks or mock turtlenecks may be worn underneath the short sleeve uniform shirt but must match the color (royal blue, ash/heather grey) or the uniform shirt and not decorated in any manner.
Winter outerwear (jackets, coats, sweaters) must zip, snap, or button from top to bottom, can be any color. Pullover sweatshirts or jackets are permitted if they are plain royal blue, ash/heather grey, white or yellow gold without hoods. The school uniform shirt must still be worn under the pullover. St. Tammany Jr. High athletic/team pullover outerwear is acceptable.
For security reasons, shirts may not hang below the pockets on a regular pair of slacks or shorts. A long shirt that hangs below the pocket must be tucked in to the uniform bottoms. It is strongly recommended that students wear uniforms that fit properly, and that they wear belts with shirts tucked in.
No bandannas, hats or unnatural colored hair/sculptured hair allowed.
Unreasonably oversized or undersized shirts. sweatshirts. pullovers. or jackets are unacceptable and will not be allowed. The principal will determine what is oversized and extreme.
Bottoms: (boys and girls)
Boys: cotton twill pants, shorts in regular khaki or sand color are allowed at finger tip length.
Pants may not be decorated in any manner. No other colors or fabrics are allowed.
Girls: Cotton twill pants, shorts, skirts, culottes, split skirts, and skorts are acceptable provided they meet the dress code length requirements. Warm up suits and tan colored pants are not permitted. Minimum length of dresses, skorts, skirts, and shorts must be at least at the fingertip or below when standing erect with arms extended down the sides or not be more than 5 inches above the knee or fingertip length.
Bottom garments worn by students must be secured at the waist with no undergarments revealed. Oversized pants, bell bottomed, elephant let, wide leg pants, low cut hip huggers, overalls, and overall shorts are unacceptable.
Unreasonable oversized pants are considered extreme in style and will Not be allowed.
The Principal will determine what is oversized and undersized and extreme.
Shoes- Flip flop or backless thongs are not permitted. Backless shoes are permitted as long as 3/4 of front of foot is covered. No house slippers or decorated backless beaded slipper/see through slippers allowed.
Hair - Males - length may not fall below the base of the collared shirt. Afros or teased styles may not exceed three inches in height. Hair arranged in a manner that is detrimental or a distraction to the performance of normal educational activities, such as covering the eyes, will be prohibited. Hair must be clean and not unusually colored (natural color). Sculptured hairstyles that include pictures, symbols, letters, Mohawks and numbers will not be permitted.
Facial Hair - students are prohibited from wearing beards or goatees. Sideburns may be worn to the base of the earlobe, but pork chop style is prohibited. Students may wear a neatly trimmed mustache but handlebar styles are prohibited.
Hair - Females -must wear their hair in a conventional style. Hair in rollers or curlers, excessively teased or arranged in a manner detrimental or distracting to the performance of normal educational activities will be prohibited. Hair also must be clean and not unusually colored (natural color). Sculptured hair styles that include pictures, symbols, letters, and numbers will not be permitted. Extensions added to natural hair must be a natural hair color.
Unreasonable hair length, hair style. and hair color, extreme in nature and causing a distraction to the normal educational process, will be determined by the discretion of the Principal.
All visitors shall report to the office immediately upon arrival at St. Tammany Jr. High. The school policy is to accept only those visitors who have legitimate business to attend to at the school. Guests and visitors must register in the main office. Visiting in the classroom is not permitted. Parents of students, however, are always welcome at appropriate times. All legitimate visitors must sign in at the office and secure a visitor’s pass that they must wear.
Education of Children and Youth in Homeless Situations
The McKinney-Vento act is a federal law passed in 1987 to help people experiencing homelessness. The act requires states and school districts to make sure students in homeless situations can attend and succeed in school.
The McKinney-Vento Act applies to all children and youth who do not have a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, including children and youth who are living in the following situations: Doubled-up housing with other families of friends because they lost their home or their family is having temporary financial problems; Living in a motel/hotel because of economic hardship or loss of housing; Living in an emergency or transitional shelter, domestic violence shelter, or in a Runaway/homeless youth shelter; Living in a vehicle of any kind; trailer park or campground without running water and/or electricity; abandoned building; substandard housing; bus/train station; A waiting foster care placement; or abandoned in a hospital.
Children and youth in homeless situations have the right to the following:
- Attend and succeed in school no matter where they live or how long they have lived there;
- Enroll in school despite the lack of a permanent address of lack of school and immunization records, or birth certificates and other documents; Receive services comparable to those offered to non-homeless children and youth;
- Get transportation to school; Access educationally related support services;
- Make sure that disagreements between students and schools are resolved quickly.