Frequently Asked Questions
Not sure about school policy on a specific issue? Here you find answers to some of your most frequently asked questions. You can find more information about these and many other subjects in our Student Handbook. If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, please don’t hesitate to call our office.
- Because of a work conflict, I can’t be home when my child arrives. I’ve made arrangements for her to stay at a friend’s house. Can she ride the bus home with this friend?
- My child is involved in Tiger athletics but is having trouble communicating with his coach. He is ready to quit. What should I do?
What is the dress code for Capitan Middle School?
We expect our students to dress in a way that shows respect for themselves, for others, and for their school. Students may not wear any clothing that distracts from the learning experience. Specifically, we do not allow:
- Shirts that expose the midriff or undergarments
- Shorts that do not pass the “fingertip-length” test or are designed specifically for other activities like swimming and biking
- Clothing that promotes drug- or gang-related activity or contains sexually explicit messages
- Hat and head coverings in the building
- Spikes, chains, or similar jewelry that can destroy property
- Nose rings, body piercings (other than in the ear), and tattoos must be removed or covered while at school and school related events
We reserve the right to determine whether a student’s clothing is appropriate for school. For more details regarding our dress code, please review the student handbook.
What happens if my child becomes ill at school?
If your child becomes ill, we will attempt to notify you or your designated emergency contact promptly and will care for your child in our nurse’s station until a parent or guardian arrives. Students may not leave school grounds without a parent or other approved adult (as listed on the student’s information form). If the situation is a medical emergency, we will follow standard emergency procedures.
My child has prescription medication. How should he handle that?
All medications (prescription and over-the-counter) are handled by our school nurse. If your child needs medication, please request a permission form from the school nurse indicating the date, time, and dosage of all medications. For the safety of every student, no medicines may be self-induced. The nurse is located in the elementary building. Any student in need of medication must go through the school office to receive a pass for the nurse.
Can my child use the school library for homework assignments?
Absolutely! We have an excellent library on campus that students may use by appointment during the hours of 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Teachers often give library passes to students who have completed their daily workload. Students may check out books for two-week periods. Reference material and audio/visual items are available for use in the library only. We also have a great digital reference section accessible through our website.
Because of a work conflict, I can’t be home when my child arrives. I’ve made arrangements for her to stay at a friend’s house. Can she ride the bus home with this friend?
With written parental permission, the principal can give special permission for students to ride a different bus home. Please remember that all school bus rules still apply:
- Keep body parts inside the bus at all times.
- Be safe when crossing the street; always walk in front of the bus.
- Remain seated at all times.
- Keep voices low.
- Students are responsible for their own behavior.
Bus drivers are in charge on the school bus. They have the authority to discipline misbehavior by assigning seats, restricting noise, and revoking bus privileges.
My child is involved in Tiger athletics but is having trouble communicating with his coach. He is ready to quit. What should I do?
Sports teams are a great way to build community, sportsmanship, perseverance, and individual responsibility, but quitting only teaches that there is always an easy way out. If your child is struggling, arrange time with the coach to talk about what is going on. Perhaps there has been a misunderstanding. Perhaps your son/daughter has missed an important instruction. Maybe his/her friends went out for track instead and he/she wants to join them. There could be a number of reasons your child wants to quit. Encourage him or her to talk with you about what is happening at practice, then approach the coach with an attitude of respect. If you still have concerns, speak with our athletics director, but remember that without special permission, quitting will affect your child’s grade for the semester and make him ineligible for other sports.