General Information/School Policies

  • ASSEMBLIES

    Students are expected to follow established guidelines. Students are expected to behave in a mature manner during the assembly, and to be respectful of those leading the assembly. Inappropriate behavior will result in loss of assembly privileges and/or additional disciplinary action.

    BICYCLES/SKATES/SKATEBOARDS/SCOOTERS

    Skates, scooters, bicycles and skateboards are not to be ridden on school grounds due to potential liability. Bicycles are to be parked in the bike rack. The school is not responsible for theft or damage.

    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’s field-location when exiting the building. 

    In the event of an actual emergency, parents should understand that telephone calls only hinder emergency relief and that information concerning children and the amount of damage cannot be made immediately available. Parents will be notified by telephone of accidents or injuries as soon as possible.  Students will be released only to people listed on the student’s emergency card.  Please make sure the information is up to date.

    FEES 

    ASB Card: $25.00
    (Replacement ASB Cards $5.00/Replacement With No ASB Sticker $3.00)
    PE Class:        $ 8.00 for T-Shirt & $8.00 for Shorts
    Art Class:       $ 5.00

    FINES 

    Any student who has a fine is responsible to reimburse the school by the end of the semester. Students who have unpaid fines may not be allowed to participate in extra-curricular activities.

    FRAGRANT SPRAYS

    Airborne sprays such as cologne, hairspray, body deodorants etc. can cause chemically sensitive/asthmatic students to have life threatening reactions. Please do not use these at school.

    GUEST TEACHERS

    A substitute teacher has the same rights and responsibility as the regular classroom teacher and as such should be accorded the same respect. Any discipline problems with a guest teacher will be handled as a serious offense.

    HALL PASSES

    Student hall passes are provided by the YMS teacher and disclosed in their classroom rules/procedures.

    STUDENT VALUABLES/BACKPACKS

    Valuables are not to be brought to school.  The school is not responsible for lost/stolen personal items. 
    Searches are conducted according to board policy and any container may be searched and confiscated.

    LIBRARY

    The YMS library provides services and resources to our students, families, and staff. The library is available for student use in the morning and at lunch.

    LOST & FOUND

    Lost articles may be claimed from the lost and found at anytime. Articles not claimed within a reasonable amount of time will be donated to charity.

    VISITORS

    To provide the safest atmosphere possible, students from other schools are NOT permitted to visit YMS classes.  All visitors are required to report to the school office.  If a parent wishes to visit his/her student's classes, the visit must be cleared through the building administration with at least 24 hours notice to staff. Visitors are asked to dress appropriately for a school environment. All visitors will be issued and must wear a visitor’s pass.

    DRESS CODE

    Please reference the district student handbook for more specific information.

    ELECTRONICS

    Cell phones are allowed in the commons and during lunch time but not during class time. Cell phones are not allowed to be used in classrooms unless teacher directed. This includes listening to music, this also includes during homeroom. Cell phone should not be visible (must be in a pocket or in binder) when in the classroom.  Cell phones are never allowed in the bathrooms or locker rooms.  

    Electronic devices/nuisance items or any other items that are disruptive to the educational process will be confiscated. YMS will not be held liable for loss or theft. 

    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 the device must be picked up by PARENT/GUARDIAN.
    3rd Offense - Will be confiscated, student will receive a referral and two lunch detentions and the device must be picked up by PARENT/GUARDIAN.
    4th Offense and beyond – Further discipline.

    Use of CELL PHONES and CAMERAS are prohibited in the BATHROOMS/LOCKER ROOMS at all times.  VIDEO AND AUDIO RECORDING are prohibited at all times on campus. Rare exceptions may be made with staff supervision and with prior approval from administration. Violations of this policy will result in discipline beyond that for the prohibited use of electronics.

    FIELD TRIPS

    All students shall communicate with their teachers prior to missing class due to a school sponsored field trip. Students will also be responsible for work missed due to participation in the activity. All school and bus rules apply, including YMS dress code.

    HOMEWORK REQUESTS

    Students need to be absent at least three days before requesting homework from the office. Please allow 24 hours from the time of the request for staff to prepare the work.  Teachers may be reached through their e-mail accounts or contacted by telephone. It is the responsibility of the student to request make-up work upon returning to class.

    VACATIONS

    Students missing school due to a vacation must obtain prior approval from the attendance office, teachers, and administration.

    SCHOOL COUNSELING PROGRAM

    The YMS comprehensive school guidance and counseling program provides all students support for academic growth, career planning, and personal/social development. Families and students are encouraged throughout the year to contact school counselors to address any areas of concern. School counselors utilize multiple formats to provide support, outreach, prevention/intervention services and guidance curriculum to all students.  

    INDIVIDUAL PLANNING

    Individual planning for academic, career, or personal/social needs is available all year to all students. Students may seek academic advising or support for personal/social concerns by completing a “School Counselor Request Form” or by teacher/parent referral. Students are informed at the beginning of the year and at the semester of the Request Form and the confidentiality statement (see below). Multiple referrals or unresolved issues may result in parent/guardian contact, consultation, and/or referral for additional services. 

    SMALL GROUP SUPPORT

    Small groups are need-based support opportunities with identified students experiencing similar concerns. Based on referrals or student survey data, groups are created to meet the needs of students at YMS. Small groups are voluntary and typically meet once weekly for six to eight weeks. Support groups traditionally offered include the following: grief and loss, deployment support, new student transition, conflict management, friendship, and motivation.  

    SCHOOL GUIDANCE CURRICULUM

    Academic & Career Planning:

    • Student Portfolios/College and Career Readiness- Monthly advisory lessons delivered through homeroom for academic monitoring, goal setting, reflection, etc. in preparation for Student Led Conferences in fall and spring.
    • Where Are You Going? - Career development workbook used during advisory lessons to identify interest categories, expand depth of career knowledge, and increase awareness of post-secondary options.
    • Career Cruising/Xello - Online information system used to continue postsecondary planning/career exploration.
    • Classroom Guidance Lessons are taught every quarter in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades, addressing topics such as graduation requirements, harassment/bullying, respect and career education.

    CONFIDENTIALITY STATEMENT

    The student’s right to privacy is guarded as much as permitted by law, ethic, and school rules. School counselors are obligated to break confidentiality when there is potential harm to the student or others, concern of neglect or abuse, or a court of law that requires testimony or student records. School counselors often consult with other school professionals, but only share information necessary to achieving the goals of the consultation.