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Parents:

As you prepare for the school year, please review the procedures below regarding electronic communication devices and student dress.  Students are strongly encouraged to leave valuable items at home as the school will not be responsible for searching for or replacing lost/stolen electronic devices.  At Metz, we expect that our students are dressed appropriately and that their attire does not interfere or disrupt the school day.  It is important to note that shorts and skirts must extend to the fingertip length with arms straight, that spaghetti strap tops are not permitted and that flip-flops are not permitted.  Administrators and staff will address inappropriate clothing by asking the student to modify their clothing ( ex:  put on sweat pants, turn a shirt inside out, put on tennis shoes, etc.).  We appreciate your help with keeping our students focused on learning.

Thank You-

Metz Administration 

ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION DEVICES (ECD)

The MCPS Student Code of Conduct prohibits the unauthorized use of beepers, recorders, portable cellular phones, camera phones, and other such portable electronic communication messaging devices, or other electronic devices by students during school hours.  This includes, but is not limited to, IPods, Blackberries, Bluetooth devices, wireless internet email, instant messenger, picture and text transmission devices, PDA's, MP3 players, digital cameras, video games and scanners (School Board Policy 7-59 ) 

STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO TURN THEIR CELL PHONES, PAGERS, BLUETOOTH DEVICES, AND OTHER SUCH PORTABLE ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION DEVICES (ECD) OFF UPON ARRIVAL TO SCHOOL. THESE DEVICES ARE NOT TO BE USED OR BE VISIBLE DURING THE SCHOOL DAY.  

First violation:  If the ECD, is visible, goes off, or is used during school hours, it may be confiscated. If confiscated, The ECD will only be returned to the student's parent/guardian.   

Second violation:  The ECD will be confiscated. The student will be subject to disciplinary action, including suspension. The ECD will only be returned to the student's parent/guardian.  

Third and subsequent violations:  The ECD will be confiscated and will not be returned to the student's parent/guardian until the end of the semester or school year. The student will be subject to disciplinary action, including suspension. 

Confiscated devices that are not picked up by July 1 will be discarded.

Students may not record (audio or video) classroom activities without permission of the principal/designee. 
 

Manassas City Student Code of Conduct #8 Dress

Students must attend school and school activities dressed in appropriate clothing and accessories that do not detract from or disrupt the educational environment or draw undue attention to the individual.  All students are expected to refrain from dressing in a manner that distracts other students from learning, interferes with order in the school, constitutes a threat to the health and safety of others or shows prejudice or disrespect toward other individuals or institutions. For reasons of health and safety, footwear must be worn at all times.

Dress, that is inappropriate in the school setting, includes, but is not limited to:

  • Clothing, jewelry, buttons/badges or personal belongings that have inappropriate printed

    messages about drugs, alcohol, tobacco, sex, weapons, nudity or vulgarity.

  • Items that make fun of race, religion, ethnic group or gender.
  • Underwear, including boxer shorts, worn as an outer garment and/or not covered by

outerwear.

  • Chains, fish hooks, safety pins worn as jewelry, multi-finger rings, any type of studded

    bracelet or collar, nose/lip to ear chains, excessive dramatic make-up/face painting.

  • Pants are to be worn at the waist and at no time should any undergarments (underwear, jogging pants, shorts or gym shorts) be exposed.
  • The midriff will be covered. Any article of clothing designed to reveal any portion of the midriff (male or female) is prohibited.
  • Shorts and skirts must extend to at least the fingertips with arms extended straight down the side of the body when standing. Slits in shorts and skirts that reveal the body above the fingertips when standing are prohibited.
  • Costumes or other clothing worn for special school activities must have the prior approval of the building administrator and activity sponsor.

Building administrators have the authority to determine what appropriate dress is. Any manner of dress or overall personal presentation that disrupts the learning environment will not be tolerated. Administrators will contact the parent/guardian of any student deemed to be dressed inappropriately. Administrators will take disciplinary action for dress that is deemed disruptive to the learning environment which may include: after school detention, in-school detention, Saturday school (if available), out-of-school suspension or recommendation for expulsion. 

See School Board Policy 7-51

 

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