Minor Violations

Minor violations include, but are not limited to:

  • Running in the school building
    • Students are to walk in the building at all times. Running is a safety concern for the safety of all students.  
  • Eating, drinking, or leaving garbage in the building, other than in designated areas
    • All eating and drinking in the building should be done in the cafeteria, unless a teacher gives specific permission for students to do so in the classroom. All garbage should be deposited in the proper receptacle. Leaving garbage on the tables at lunch or dropping food onto the floor is a violation.
  • Dress and grooming violations (BOE Policy 7:160)
    • Students are expected to dress in a manner which will not disrupt the educational process, constitute a health or safety hazard, or violate civil law. The following guidelines for student dress and appearance will be in effect:
      • Students must dress and groom themselves in a manner that does not present health or safety hazards, that does not disrupt the educational process and that is within the bounds of good taste.
      • All students shall be clean in personal grooming and attire, and wear clothing in the manner and for the purpose for which it was designed.
      • According to State Health Standards, feet will be covered at all times by footwear with complete soles.
      • The display of obscenities and/or vulgarity on clothing will not be permitted. This includes handwriting on clothing, backpacks, or school supplies.
      • Clothing that displays, promotes, advertises, or makes references to or symbolizes alcohol, tobacco, or drugs is prohibited.
      • Clothing that promotes violence or intolerance of any sort is prohibited. This includes clothing depicting any type of weapon.
      • All hats, caps, bandanas, and other head wear are to be removed immediately upon entering the building and must remain off until the student is out of the building. The hat or cap must be placed in the student’s locker and must remain there until the student leaves the building.
      • Coats, jackets, and other garments commonly considered as outerwear by the school administration must remain in the student’s locker during the school day.
      • Modesty in dress is expected. Bare torsos and revealing will not be tolerated. This includes, but may not be limited to:
        • Strapless tops
        • Tops with spaghetti or very thin straps
        • Tops which do not cover undergarments completely
        • Low-cut tops that expose cleavage
        • Shorts or skirts must extend lower than the student’s knuckles when standing upright
        • Tops or pants that expose the torso, expose underwear or bras, or are see-through
        • Nighttime clothing shall not be worn (pajamas, or pajama-style pants, or slippers)
        • Pants need to be worn appropriately around the waist, not hanging below the hip. No undergarments of any sort should be visible.
        • Shoes with laces must have laces tied at all times
        • Sunglasses, unless required for eye problems, will not be permitted in the building.
        • Physical education uniforms are not to be worn as proper school attire unless permitted by a school administrator.
        • Students are not allowed to carry backpacks, purses, book bags, or other items of this nature while in the building. These items are only to be used upon entry and exit of the building and should be kept in the student’s locker during the school day.
        • Rules regarding dress also apply at assemblies, concerts, plays, games, and other school events
  • Inappropriate use of electronic devices (BOE Policy 7:190)
    • The following items are prohibited from being used/visible during the school day:  cell phones, radios, MP3 players, iPods, portable DVD players, gaming devices, personal digital assistants (PDA) and other similar items that disrupt the educational environment or violate the right of others, including using the device to take photographs in any area of the school, to cheat, or otherwise violate student conduct rules.  
    • Students who use school email for purposes other than educational use are in violation of the electronic devices policy and may be subject to disciplinary action based on the level of offense.
    • All electronic devices must be kept off and out of sight during the school day unless:
      • The supervising teacher grants permission
      • The use of the device is allowed in a student’s IEP or 504 Plan.
      • It is needed in an emergency that threatens the safety of students, staff, or other individuals
    • Students using cell phones during regular school hours (7:40 a.m. – 3 p.m.) should expect to have the phone confiscated.  It will be given back to the student at the end of the school day. Repeated violations will result in the phone being kept by administration and released to a parent or guardian only.   
    • Chromebooks are issued to students as educational tools. In the classroom, students are in violation of the technology policy if they are on an unauthorized or inappropriate site during instructional time, or if they are using the Chromebook for inappropriate behavior which violates the Code of Conduct.
    • Rotolo Middle School is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • Inappropriate displays of affection
    • In order that Rotolo Middle School relationships remain at the highest level, we have what we call the “Hands-Off Policy”. This is strictly adhered to in the building and on the campus, and normally this needs no further explanation. Public displays of affection are a violation of this Hands-Off Policy.
  • Being in unauthorized parts of the building
    • Students may be in the hallways during passing times or during class with a proper pass. Students should bring the necessary materials and supplies to class and should not find it necessary to leave the classroom to go to their lockers or elsewhere during class time. The Main Office and Student Services will not issue passes to students who are late between classes. During the school day, students should receive a pass from their previous teacher if they are held for a period of time that will make them tardy to their next class.
  • Failure to report to assigned schedule
    • Students should follow their schedule and bell schedule for each class of the day. Students may only go to the library, Main Office, Student Services, the nurse, the guidance counselor, an administrator, the drinking fountain, the restroom, or to their locker with an proper pass from a staff member. Taking it upon themselves to go to one of these areas without a pass can be considered skipping a class.
  • Failure to serve teacher assigned detention
    • Teachers may issue detentions for any number of classroom rule or procedure violations. If a student does not serve his/her assigned detention, the teacher will assign a double detention. Failure to serve these assigned detentions will result in an office discipline referral.