Each student will be required to have a student ID card provided during the first month of school. For sports and after school clubs, students will be required to purchase an ASB sticker for their identification card. The purchase of an ASB sticker reduces the cost of ASB dance admission and yearbooks. Replacement ID cards may be purchased in the office.
Various assemblies will be scheduled throughout the school year. Students are expected to follow established guidelines. All students are to walk to the assembly with their teachers and sit quietly in the designated areas. Students are expected to behave in a mature manner during the assembly, and to extend the proper courtesies to those people conducting the presentation. At the conclusion, students will remain seated until specifically dismissed. Inappropriate behavior will result in loss of assembly privileges and/or additional disciplinary action.
We do not accept flowers, balloons, gifts, etc. as they are disruptive to the learning environment. Latex balloons are not allowed in the building. Please do not have personal gifts sent to school.
Bicycles, skates, skateboards and scooters are not to be ridden on school grounds. Bicycles are to be parked immediately in the bike rack provided upon arrival to school. Helmets are highly encouraged. Please wear a helmet for safety. Students should bring their own bike locks. The school is not responsible for theft or damage. Skateboards and scooters must be checked in at the office. Due to safety concerns and liability issues, skateboards, scooters, and bikes may not be ridden on school grounds. These items are disruptive and present a safety hazard and may be confiscated. If items in the office cause damage, create a mess, or become an issue, students may lose this privilege.
BUSSES AND BUS PASSES
Students riding a bus other than their usual bus to/from home must bring a signed note from the parent/guardian with the name of student they are to go home with, and the date. Notes must be approved through the office and must be delivered before school. If you need to call in end of day transportation changes, please call the school no later than 30 minutes before the end of the school day to ensure we have time to deliver the message to student; otherwise, we cannot ensure message delivery.
All school rules and regulations apply to bus conduct. School bus drivers have the authority to discipline students for misconduct related to School District Rules (WAC 180.40.230). Misconduct may result in suspension of the bus riding privileges. The Students’ Rights and Responsibilities Policy will be applied at school, at school bus stops, away from school, at school events, functions or activities and for transportation on school vehicles. ALL SCHOOL RULES APPLY AT THE BUS STOP. Any questions related to bus misconduct should be directed to the Director of Transportation at 458-3300. School discipline may also be applied.
To help keep our school clean GUM is not allowed. Trash cans are also readily available inside classrooms, hallways and outside building entrances to facilitate the proper disposal of trash.
Cell phones and/or personal electronic devices may not be used in the building from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm. unless otherwise directed by a staff member. 1st Offense – will be confiscated and can be picked up by student after school in the office. 2nd Offense - will be confiscated, student will receive a referral and a lunch detention and can be picked up by student after school in the office then parent will be contacted. 3rd Offense - will be confiscated, student will receive a referral and two lunch. 4th Offense and beyond – Further discipline. Students are highly encouraged to keep electronics in their backpack or locker during the day.
While on school district property or while attending school-sponsored or school-related activities, students shall not use cell phones or other personal communication devices in a manner that poses a threat to academic integrity, disrupts the learning environment (See page 22) or violates the privacy rights of others. Students are responsible for devices they bring to school. The District shall not be responsible for loss, theft, or destruction of devices brought onto school property.
Ridgeline Middle School is a closed campus. This means ALL students must remain on campus at all times unless supervised by a staff member or parent. Once a student arrives on school grounds in the morning, he/she is not to leave campus until school is dismissed at the end of the day. Students who are not currently enrolled at RMS are not permitted on campus during school hours without permission from the administration. School grounds include all of the properties within the sidewalks or roads (in the absence of a sidewalk) that border Ridgeline Middle School. Students are not allowed in areas designated as "closed" during certain hours of the day. These include but are not limited to: the track, the baseball fields, the hallways and the parking lots.
The administration and staff at Yelm Community Schools recognize that many parents/guardians would like to play a greater role in their child’s education. To make it easier for you to get involved, each parent/guardian is provided the ability to view their student’s information anytime, day or night, with a Family Access Login.
New Users: To obtain a Family Access login, please contact RMS Registrar at 360-458-1100 Option 2 (or you can visit her in the office). She will provide you with a generic login and password which will require you to change upon your first log-in.
If you forget your password, go to the login page to recover account information. You will receive an email to reset your password. You can also update your email and contact phone number. Please ask our school office staff if you need assistance.
Family Access is available through a link at the top of every page on this website
Progress reports will also be sent home periodically by classroom teachers and posted electronically in Skyward Family Access, keeping both students and parents informed of the student’s academic progress. Report card grades are printed quarterly at the end of each term. Ridgeline’s website, is another source of information for students and parents regarding upcoming events and activities. Our phone number is 360-458-1100. Parents may also communicate with teachers and staff via email.
Yelm students and families have a way to report crimes or dangerous situations anonymously. Thurston County CrimeStoppers is a 24-hour manned call center to receive anonymous tips anytime. Report a Crime by:
- Calling 800-222-TIPS(8477)
- Submitting Online - Download the P3 App to your mobile device
As always, tipsters remain 100% anonymous and could possibly be rewarded up to $1,000. Remember to save your “tip number” in order to follow up and receive a reward. Anyone having knowledge about dangerous situations or crimes (past, present or future) can report a tip.
EMERGENCY PROCEDURES AND DRILLS
Students will practice fire, earthquake and lockdown drills throughout the school year. Emergency drills are to be taken seriously. Students are expected to maintain classroom conduct throughout the entire drill and to be informed of the exit route for each of their classrooms. Students are to report to their homeroom location when allowed to exit the building.
In the event of an actual emergency, parents should understand that telephone calls will only hinder emergency relief and that information concerning children and the amount of damage cannot be furnished. Parents will be notified by telephone of any accidents to children as soon as possible. Students will only be released to people listed on the student’s emergency card. Please make sure the information is kept current.
When it is necessary to evacuate the Ridgeline campus, an offsite emergency evacuation location will be used. Students and staff will rendezvous at St. Columban Catholic Church located at 506 First Street.
Parents, guardians, or adults picking up students must sign out students from the office or designated release station. Adults picking up students should follow the school’s procedures under all circumstances so the school is always aware of the student’s safety and whereabouts.
Any student who has acquired a fine/obligation (which can include lost or damaged text books and/or library books) is responsible for satisfying that obligation by the end of the semester. Requests for records/transcripts and report cards will be held until all fines have been paid. All fines/obligations must be paid before end of the year activities and trips.
FOOD SERVICE/MEALS AT SCHOOL
The breakfast and lunch program is provided by our district’s Food Service department. Breakfast is served every morning at 7:00am. Lunch is served at 10:48am (1st lunch) and 11:42am (2nd lunch). Daily menus are made available monthly for students or accessible at Menus. Meal prices are listed below. Individual milk purchase is $0.50.
Free and Reduced*
*Subject to change
Meal Payment Options
Students may pay cash to the cafeteria cashier or pay via debit or credit card in the office, with the office Kiosk for online payments (see Online Payments on page 7). Money should be deposited before school begins. Checks are to be made payable to RMS for any amount. Panhandling for food or money will not be tolerated. (NOTE: Food service payments are imported twice a day at 6:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Payments made after 6:30 a.m. will not be posted to student’s food service account until 10:30 a.m. Payments made after 10:30 a.m. will not be posted until the following school day at 6:30 a.m.)
Free and Reduced Meals
Meal benefits are available to families that meet income guidelines. Free and Reduced applications are available online through Skyward Family Access. Paper applications are available at school upon request or on our website. If you have questions regarding your child’s meal account, please contact your school. For assistance with Free and Reduced application, please contact the district Food Service Department at (360) 400-1151.
Airborne sprays such as cologne, hairspray, and breath and body deodorants are not allowed at school as they can cause chemically sensitive/asthmatic students to have life threatening reactions.
A substitute teacher is an important visitor whose impression of our school will be carried into the community. Substitutes are to be treated with respect, and students are expected to be polite and helpful. Any discipline problems with a guest teacher will be handled as a serious offense.
Throughout the school day, students may need to use the library, restroom, or other areas outside of the classroom. To be excused from class, students must use their own planner hall pass or a note signed by a RMS staff member. Hall pass sheets torn out of a planner are not valid.
Illness should be reported to the teacher who may refer the student to the office. All phone calls home due to illness must be made from the Health Room. Parent notification, if warranted, will occur in the office. Students must have a pass to the office. In case of an accident, no matter how minor, the injury must be reported immediately to the teacher. If the injury requires medical attention, students must report to the school office before going to the doctor. The office personnel will, if necessary, contact the nurse. In the case of severe accidents/acute illness, emergency care will be given and the parents will be notified.
Life Threatening Illness
If your child has an illness, which has the potential to cause death during the school day YCS must be made aware prior to the student’s first day of school. Examples of these conditions would be seizures, diabetes, allergies requiring an Epi Pen, severe asthma and/or any other condition that is considered to be life threatening. Parents/guardians are responsible to report this information to the Registered Nurse assigned to that school. Parents/guardians must provide the medication in its original container along with the medication authorization form prior to the first day of school. Students will be excluded from school until these requirements are met. (RCW 28A.210.320, District Policy 3413)
In order to protect children against a number of childhood diseases, Washington State Law requires that all children enrolled to YCS be immunized against varicella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, rubella, mumps and hepatitis b as appropriate. Parents may submit the Exemption from Immunization form. However, students will be excluded from school if they do not meet the requirements of the law. (RCW 28A.210.060, District Policy 3413)
In order to safeguard the school community from the spread of certain communicable diseases YCS will comply with the State Board of Health rules and regulations within the most current Infectious Disease Control Guide, provided by the State Department of Health and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. (District Policy 3414)
YCS requires signed authorization forms for the dispensing of any prescription or non-prescription medicines to students. All medications require written permission and instructions from a person licensed to prescribe as described in RCW 28A.210.260 & 270, District Policy 3416 as well as the parent/guardian. (Forms are available in the Health Room.)
Physicians may fax this information to our school at 360-400-1256. Every effort should be made to schedule the administration of medication outside of school hours. If this is not possible, it must be understood by the parent(s) and/or guardian(s) that the medication will be administered by a trained staff member.
All medication to be administered requires:
- proper label with the student's name, name of medication, dosage, and time to be administered;
- written orders from a licensed prescriber detailing the name of the medication, dosage, time to be given, and the expected duration of administration; and
- that medication is brought to school in the original container appropriately labeled by the licensed prescriber for the prescription drugs or by manufacturer for non-prescription drugs.
- Medications must be brought to school by a parent or guardian.
Non-prescription or over-the-counter medication, including cough drops, aspirin, cold medication, etcetera, may only be authorized by a parent and/or guardian and must have written orders from a licensed prescriber detailing name of medication, dosage, time to be given and expected duration of administration. It must be administered only under the direction of, and in the presence of the school nurse, health room assistant or trained staff member. A student may utilize tobacco cessation medications under the guidance of a licensed prescriber, with parent/guardian consent and only under the direction of the school nurse. Misuse of prescription/non-prescription drugs will be subject to suspension or expulsion. All prescription and non-prescription medication will be kept in a locked cabinet.
A copy of this regulation shall be available to the parents/guardians who request administration of medication in the school. The parents/guardians shall agree in writing as a part of the request form that because of the schedule and other responsibilities, it is permissible for a dosage or dosages to be delayed or missed. If the parents/guardians refuse to accept that condition, the District shall reject the request.
Common Health Care Procedures
- Accident or Head Trauma: Parents will be notified regarding any incident that necessitates an accident report. In addition, any student who suffers trauma to the head at school will be assessed in the health room and parents will be notified.
- Allergy Accommodations: Latex Allergy - Yelm Community Schools prohibits the use of all latex products, including latex balloons, due to severe allergies. Peanut Allergy - Please refrain from sending any peanut products due to severe allergies.
- Diarrhea: Any student who has been having diarrhea will be sent home and may return to school when they have been free of diarrhea for 24 hours.
- Fever: Any student with a fever of 100.4 or higher will be sent home and may return to school once the child has been fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication.
- Injury: If any child has an injury that prohibits them from participating in PE or other school activities, a note from the physician is needed to excuse participation. Please be sure the doctor includes when student can return to normal activity or provide a separate note.
- Lice: The Infectious Disease Control Guide no longer recommends long-term exclusion for pediculosis/head lice. Head lice is a nuisance condition and is not known to transmit infection from person to person. Any student who presents with live lice will be sent home for treatment. Students may return to school when no live lice are present.
- Rash: Any student with an undiagnosed rash will be sent home from school in order to be evaluated by a healthcare provider. The parent/guardian will be asked to provide a note from a healthcare provider upon return to school.
- Vomiting: Any student who has been vomiting will be sent home and may return to school when they have not vomited in 24 hours.
The RMS library provides services and resources to our students, families and staff. Students are encouraged to use these resources often to become successful and independent in using a wide variety of media. The library is available for student use in the morning and at lunch after students have signed out with the cafeteria supervisor.
LOCKERS/STUDENT VALUABLES/BACKPACKS/BOOK BAGS
Lockers are provided as a privilege. They are district property and may be inspected by unannounced checks. The student will be held responsible for the condition of the locker, including its regular cleaning, and a fine may be assessed for damage to a locker. Searches are conducted according to board policy, and any container may be searched and confiscated. Locker assignments will be made the first week of school, and students may be assigned a locker partner. Once you receive a locker, you may not leave that locker and place your belongings in another person’s locker. At no time can you give your combination to another person. Students must notify the office of any locker or locker partner problems immediately. Access to lockers is before and after school and before and after lunch. Valuables are not to be left in lockers or brought to school. The school/district is not accountable for lost/stolen personal items. If an item is valuable, leave it at home. Backpacks/book bags are to be placed in the locker before school begins and must remain in the locker until the end of the school day.
The following are rules/guidelines for student use:
- Lockers shall be locked at all times and combinations shall be kept private.
- Student must use assigned locker only.
- No personal locks may be used.
- Lockers shall be kept free of graffiti.
- Jamming of, damage to, or theft from a locker is a suspendable offense.
- The school does not insure the lockers’ contents.
- Throughout the year the school reserves the right to bring in law enforcement and law enforcement dogs trained to find illegal drugs and to do random searches.
Loitering is not allowed in any hallway or on campus during the day, before, or after school hours. After school, a student is expected to leave campus by 2:15 p.m. unless attending a supervised school activity. Students are not to loiter on school grounds. When parents drop off students before school, the student will enter the building through the doors closest to the Commons. Students waiting to be picked up after school will wait at the main entrance. If a student wishes to receive help from a teacher after school, the student must arrange to do so in advance. Students may not wait on campus to attend athletic events and may return at 3:15pm.
LOST & FOUND
The school maintains a collection of lost and found items. Lost articles may be claimed upon proper identification in the office. It is strongly recommended that you have articles of clothing and all possessions clearly marked with student names. Those articles not claimed within a reasonable time frame will be given to charity.
RMS cannot guarantee that messages taken after 1:30 pm will be delivered to students.
NO EXCUSES UNIVERSITY
Ridgeline Middle School is a No Excuses University School (NEU). NEU is a national network of schools who are committed to building college and career readiness for all students through building exceptional school systems.
Online Payments for Student Meals and fees
As a convenience to families, Yelm Community Schools provides an easy way to make online payments from home or work, 24/7. With just one login, you can make payments for any child in your household using Discover, VISA or MasterCard credit or debit cards. This link is available by clicking the icon at the top of any district or school website.
Online payments can be used to replenish a student's food service account or pay for any existing fines or fees, such as class fees, athletic fees or ASB activities
Yelm Community Schools is fully compliant with all data protection laws, including PCI Data Security Standards. Yelm School District does not store your billing or payment information at any time. Any personal information you enter related to your credit card through this website is purged immediately. Any contact information you enter is stored for your convenience when using our website. Information you provide to us will only be used by Yelm Community Schools. We will never sell or rent your personal information to third parties.
There is a standard format for all users and their passwords.
- User Name is the parent's Family Access ID(aka. Skyward Login ID)
- Password (created by user)
Note: Cookies must be enabled on your web browser. All school offices have a Kiosk for your convenience.
Each student must purchase a planner for $5. Students are required to carry their planners with them to all classes and use them to manage their time and work. It is the responsibility of the student to keep his/her planner free from graffiti and inappropriate language. Students are also responsible for keeping the planner intact with all appropriate pages in order. If a planner is lost, students must purchase a new one through the office.
Students can report issues of inappropriate behavior using the online tool STOP!t. It is a safe and secure tool which is 100% anonymous, 100% of the time. Students report anonymously via mobile app, web, or phone hotline service.
DISTRICT INTERNET/TECHNOLOGY POLICY
The district is dedicated to promoting and instilling principles of digital citizenship and media literacy in students and encourages guardians to play an active role in the process of educating students. While the district takes great care to monitor and filter inappropriate websites, students are expected to be responsible users of their access and the educational technology tools made available. For a complete list of Student Responsible Use Guidelines, review the Student Rights and Responsibility Handbook and/or Policy and Procedure 2022/P on the district website.
Student will be given a unique user login and password to access educational technology tools. The login portal icon is available at the top of the school and district website for students to access at school or home. It is essential students keep this information private to ensure security of their school files and online accounts.
Students are encouraged to use the school’s computers/network and the Internet connection for teacher-assigned, educational work. Network connected computers are available in the library, computer lab and classrooms. The term computer or computer equipment includes: chrome books, computers, system units, displays, mice, keyboards, speakers, microphones, scanners, video projectors, video cameras, printers, hubs, switches, routers, patch panels, wiring, connectors, programs, and any other piece of equipment or software which is part of the school's computer system. Students should use the computers for teacher-approved activities only. Please reference the district Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) for specific expectations. Misuse may result in loss of computer privileges or other disciplinary action.
There is a telephone in the office for student use during the school day.
All visitors are required to report to the school office to make arrangements and receive assistance in conducting their business. To provide the safest atmosphere possible, students from other schools are NOT permitted to visit RMS classes. If a parent wishes to visit his/her student's classes or teachers, the visit must be cleared through the building administration. Arrangements must be made at least 24 hours in advance so parent and teacher can confer before and after the visit. All visitors will be issued and must wear a visitor’s pass. After-school visitors are also required to report to the school office to sign in and receive assistance in visiting a classroom.
Volunteers are a vital part of our students' education. To volunteer in a school during the school year, an application must be completed online. All volunteers must receive clearance through the Washington Access to Criminal History (WATCH) before volunteering. Clearance is granted for one school year only. Volunteer Application Link - Help Counter. For more information, contact our Volunteer Coordinator Office at 360-458-6100.