School t-shirts are available for $8.00. Students may also wear solid color black, blue, red, and tan polo, dress, or t-shirts.
Clothing should be clean and modest with no inflammatory or vulgar messages, and with no advertising of illegal substances. Sweat pants and stretch pants are not permissible.
Safety is a high priority for REAL and want students, parents, and staff to be confident in the cleanliness and safety policies and procedures of the school. Due to the rapidly changing circumstances related to the COVID virus, policies regarding school safety procedures are subject to change.
- At present, the use and wearing of masks is optional.
- Students should maintain social distancing guidelines and follow the direction of the staff.
- Students should regularly wash hands with soap or use the waterless disinfectant that will be available.
- Students should not share pencils, pens, school supplies, ear buds, food, drink, etc.
Our goal is to have a school wide attendance rate above 95% in order to promote academic success. It is imperative that your child arrive at school on time and be in attendance daily.
Absences are excused for the following reasons:
- Doctor’s visit
- Extended illness (verified by doctor)
A doctor’s note is required and the student must provide the documentation on the date he/she returns to school from the absence.
Tardies and early dismissals are very disruptive to classes. Tardies and early dismissals are excused for doctor’s visits with a doctor’s note when returning back to school.
3 unexcused tardies and/or unexcused early dismissals will be recorded as 1 unexcused absence.
The student must also be present for more than 50% of the academic day to be counted present.
An attendance committee will review all excessive absences if the attendance issue has not been resolved with the school social worker. The committee may include: School Social Worker, Youth and Family Alternatives Representative, Student Services Representative and Principal/designee.
It’s the Law!
Florida Statute 1003.26 requires regular school attendance of children between the ages of six (6) and sixteen (16).
Florida Statute 1003.24 makes parents and legal guardians responsible, and criminally liable, for ensuring that their children attend school.
We have an excellent lunch and breakfast program. Breakfast and lunch are served free of charge to ALL students. A menu will be available monthly.
Some students bring their own lunches. If the student brings a thermos with his lunch, please make sure the thermos is non-breakable. If you choose to bring your child a lunch, please remember…NO GLASS BOTTLES/CONTAINERS OR CARBONATED DRINKS ALLOWED.
PERSONAL DATA INFORMATION
Please notify the Main Office immediately if you have a change in address, home, work or emergency phone numbers. Two new proofs of residency are required when you move. The school records need to be kept up-to-date. In case of emergency, we MUST have a current phone number through which you may be contacted. All permanent changes must be made in person by the individual who originally enrolled the student.
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The Dress Code does not allow for clothing with colored trim, stripes, embroidery, decoration, etc. It also does not provide for overalls (overalls with pants or shorts), sweat pants, knit pants/ skirts, leggings, etc. A small logo is acceptable. School administrators will determine if clothing is appropriate for school and complies with district rules. For more specific information on the student dress code, please refer to the Code of Student Conduct.
Other dress code rules:
- Jeans/Khaki pants or shorts
- Book bags are not used at any location
- A belt is required if the garment has belt loops.
- Shirts (including t-shirts) must be tucked in.
- Shorts/skirts must be mid-thigh or longer.
- Shoes must be safe and appropriate. No slides or flip flops, shoes must be closed in.
- Clothes must be appropriate size, with waist of garment worn at student’s waist.
- Clothing that is too tight or too loose is not appropriate for school.
*Administration reserves the right to request a change of clothing for inappropriate dress or to recommend changes on anything deemed distracting to the learning process.
Field trips: Field trips are an extension of the learning environment and a privilege for students. Students are expected to behave as if they were at school. Students who have an outstanding lunch account or owe for lost books will be required to clear debts before paying for a field trip. Chaperones will be invited by teachers and must be an approved volunteer prior to the field trip. Chaperones are expected to follow the guidelines of the district volunteer handbook.
Birthday parties: We do not provide time for birthday parties at school. Gifts, flowers and balloons may not be delivered to the school. Party invitations may not be distributed during school hours.
School/Class parties: Classroom parties will be held at the discretion of the Principal and Teacher. It is the discretion of the teacher to determine if volunteers are needed. All food items sent in must be store bought and pre-packaged. Home-made food will not be accepted at any time.
We welcome and encourage any parent to become an Official Volunteer. We can always benefit from a extra pair of hands to help assist us in the classroom and lunchroom. If you have any questions about becoming a volunteer, please contact the Office. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at our school, you must first fill out an online application and be approved by the district. Click here to submit an application!
If you are moving away from the school, we hate to see you go! However, here are a few things you must do before you leave. Parents must notify the Main Office IMMEDIATELY when a student is to be withdrawn from the school. Your notification to the Main Office that your child will be withdrawing will enable us to complete his/her school records and provide you with necessary documentation for entry into his/her next school. Several items must be returned to the school prior to the withdrawal, and they are as follows: Textbooks, Library Books, and outstanding balances on cafeteria accounts for meals must be paid in full. Upon request, any credit balance on a student’s account can be forwarded to the enrolling school (if it is within Polk County), or the positive balance can be refunded.