Frost Family Information
Frost Middle School is committed to providing our students with a high-quality education. Academic success relies upon excellent school attendance. Children who come to school on time every day are building critical life skills they will use the rest of their lives. Like strengthening a muscle, building positive attendance habits early on makes a difference for our children today and for our adults of tomorrow. Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school and themselves.
Per the Student Rights and Responsibilities, students are fully responsible for completing any missed assignments. Teachers may assist the student and parent or guardian in identifying missed work but are not obligated to provide make-up assignments for unexcused absences. The best way to keep your child up-to-date is through your child’s Google Classroom and/or parent Blackboard account.
Below are important updates to the FCPS and Frost attendance policies:
- When a student accumulates five unexcused days of absence in a school year the school will contact the parents and a plan will be developed.
- If the student continues to have unexcused absences in the same school year, and accrues a total of ten unexcused absences, a conference will be scheduled, and the attendance officer will be notified.
- If the student is non-responsive to interventions, or the parent is intentionally disregarding compulsory attendance laws, the attendance officer may file a complaint with the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
Please remember to call the attendance line at (703) 426-5702 to report all absences. If the school is not notified of the reason for the absence within three (3) days, it will automatically be recorded as an unexcused absence. When contacting the school, please include the child’s name and specific reason for the absence. Justifiable absences include those due to illness of the student, death in the family, medical or dental appointment, personal religious obligations, or other reasons acceptable to the principal. Family trips must be prearranged through the office. Missing the bus is not considered an excused absence. Early dismissals require that students bring a note signed by their parents to the office at the beginning of the day and that they meet their parents in the office at the assigned time. Students who become ill during the day will check out through the health room. Students need to have a teacher pass to enter the health room. Parents will need to come into the school building to sign out their child, and parents must show photo identification to school staff.
FROST TARDY POLICY
School begins at 7:30 a.m. Students are expected to arrive on time for the start of school and all classes, including first period. School bus transportation is provided for all students who live across Route 236/Little River Turnpike and Olley Lane. Students are either assigned to a bus or designated as walkers. It is important to note that Kiss and Ride experiences heavy traffic that may result in delays. Students assigned to a bus are strongly encouraged to use bus transportation. Tardies due to missed bus or Kiss and Ride congestion will not be considered excused.
A student is on-time if he or she is in the classroom when the bell rings. To ensure student safety, we monitor full day and period attendance. The current tardy policy* is as follows:
- 1st tardy – Verbal warning from teacher
- 2nd tardy – Teacher/student problem solving conversation
- 3rd tardy – Teacher assigned consequence and contact home
- 4th or more – Discipline referral to administrator
*Tracking of tardies by class period restarts each quarter
Students should use their student planner as their pass to leave class with teacher permission and signature. It is the student’s responsibility to have the planner with them every day and in all classes. Students may purchase a new planner if the one provided at the beginning of the school year is lost. Replacement planners can be purchased in the main office for $5.00.
Communication is key to our relationships with families and the community. E-Notify (Blackboard Connect) is part of the FCPS crisis communication service. Emergency, attendance and essential outreach messages are distributed via email, telephone and text. It is an automatic enrollment service for parents of FCPS students and employees of the system. It draws contact information from the student information system and the employee databases. FCPS central offices and schools use E-Notify for three types of messages: emergency, attendance, and outreach. It is important that parents keep their child’s emergency contact information up to date with the school. Contact information may also be updated online through @email, a feature of FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard).
“News You Choose” delivers information of a non-essential nature and is sent from the Frost Middle School office or PTA. Its delivery is similar to E-Notify, but parents have the ability to opt in or out of these communications. A variety of topics are offered such as school system news, budget information, and the latest information from designated schools.
FORGOTTEN ITEMS FROM HOME
Lunches, school supplies, and other student items may be left at the main office. To ensure that there is minimal disruption to instruction, students will not be called from class to pick up items. However, they will be called from Falcon Focus or during lunch to retrieve items. Students may also come between classes to pick up their items.
CONTACTING YOUR CHILD’S TEACHER(S)
All Frost teachers have access to e-mail. Faculty e-mail addresses are posted on the Frost Middle School website. You can find the e-mail addresses by clicking the staff directory link on our website.
Although technology makes home/school communication easier, it does not change the fact that teachers have only one 50-minute planning period per day. Your child’s teachers will make every effort to respond to e-mails and phone calls within 48 hours. We would like to promise “instant” responses, but the time demands during the teaching day make that impossible. Please know that we share a common goal: success for your child. Please use http://fcps.blackboard.com to access homework and classroom assignments and to view additional class information.
This dress code is outlined in Regulation 2601.31P.
Class fee collection begins the first week of school. Preferred fee payment method is online through MySchoolBucks at www.myschooolbucks.com. Fees should be available for payment by the end of the first week of school. If online payment is not possible, then checks may be made payable to Frost Middle School. A separate check is needed for each fee. Please write your child’s first and last name, as well as the class name on the memo line of each check (John Smith, Art Fee).
A debit system similar to the one used at automated teller machines is available for meal purchase. Most Frost students use this system, eliminating the need to carry cash. Student will use the same lunch ID number that they have used in previous FCPS school buildings. Applications for free or reduced lunch fees are available in Student Services. Free and reduced-price meals are available for those families that qualify. Applications are online at FCPS.edu. Put “free and reduced-price meals” in the search engine and select the first link.
In addition, families may be eligible to receive financial support for class fees by completing the “Consent to Share” information section on the free and reduced-price meals form. *Students are not allowed to order lunch deliveries.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAMES
Woodson High School policy does not allow any unescorted 7th and 8th students at high school activities, including football games. High school games are social/athletic activities for students in grades 9-12 who generally require less direct adult supervision than middle school students. In the interest of building support for the outstanding programs and activities in our pyramid, you are encouraged to consider accompanying your child and a group of friends to selected high school events. Even though your middle school child may not want you to sit too close, having parents on hand can provide needed supervision and security.
LOST & FOUND
Items can be found on the shelves in the cafeteria (books, coats, binders, etc.) or in the main office (glasses, keys or valuable items). Items left are donated by the PTA at midyear and at the end of the year.
Children who need to take medication during school hours must have a signed authorization on file. Prescription medications require the signatures of both the parent and the physician. Inhalers and epi-pens require separate authorization. All medical forms can be accessed on the internet. Forms are also available in the health room.
Over-the-counter (OTC) medications are drugs that can be purchased without a doctor’s prescription and are used for relief of symptoms on a temporary basis. With parent and physician authorization, OTC medication may be given on an “as needed” basis throughout the school year. Example: antihistamines for allergic reactions. In all other cases, OTC medications may be given for up to ten consecutive days with parent authorization. Examples: medications for cough and cold relief.
ALL medications must be kept in the health room and taken under adult supervision. Middle school children are not permitted to carry medication, including OTC medications. However, middle school children may carry prescription inhalers or epi-pens with the permission of their parents and the authorization of their physician.
Leslie Grottle, our School Health Aide, will be available during the New Student Orientation “Walk Around Frost” on August 22 from 1:00- 3:00 pm; during 8th grade Schedule Pick-Up from 7:00 – 9:00 am; and for Back-to-School Night on September 5. You will be able to ask any questions or drop off forms and medications at that time.
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES | 24/7 EMERGENCY NUMBERS
If you are in crisis, text NEEDHELP to 85511, call 1-800-273-TALK, or dial 911; TTY dial 711. CrisisLink Regional Hotline: 703-527-4077 (CrisisLink is a hotline for individuals in crisis or family/friends seeking guidance for how to help a loved one).
At Frost, we are committed to maintaining a safe and positive school community. Frost’s Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) program teaches students the behavior expectations in our school community and celebrates their efforts when those are met.
Please encourage your child to walk to and from the bus stop/school building with friends. Students should report any suspicious people or unusual activity to their parents and to the school. Students must be under the direct supervision of a staff member if participating in after school activities or if remaining after school for academic assistance.
School pictures will be taken on Friday, October 11. Make-up pictures will be taken on Friday, November 8.
School bus transportation is provided for all students who live across Route 236/Little River Turnpike and Olley Lane. Students are to ride the school bus assigned to them, from the closest bus stop in proximity to their home address, as designated by transportation. Students are either assigned to a bus or designated as walkers. It is important to note that Kiss and Ride experiences heavy traffic that may result in delays. Students assigned to a bus are strongly encouraged to use bus transportation.
Students may be granted permission to ride a different bus when a note is received by the school from the parents of all children involved in the special request. The form can be obtained from the front office.
LATE BUS TRANSPORTATION
Late buses are provided for after school activities including academic assistance. Students are asked to notify their parents in advance if they plan to take the late bus home. Late buses run on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Late buses leave Frost at approximately 4:30 P.M. Please note that the Wednesday late bus is shared with Woodson High School, potentially resulting in later drop-off times. *Students are not permitted to leave the school grounds and return to ride a late bus.
FCPS GRADING SCALE
Designates the status of a student who consistently demonstrates accurate and complete knowledge of content and skills specified in the FCPS Program of Studies (POS) and applies that knowledge to solve problems in a variety of settings.
Designates the status of a student who demonstrates knowledge of content and skills specified in the FCPS POS, with some improvement needed in accuracy and/or consistency in performance, applying that knowledge to solve problems in a variety of settings.
Designates the status of a student who demonstrates knowledge of basic content and skills specified in the FCPS POS, but requires additional practice and instructional experiences to acquire skills necessary to solve problems.
Designates the status of a student who needs significant practice and instructional experiences to acquire the knowledge of basic content and skills specified in the FCPS POS necessary to solve problems. As a final mark, it is not necessarily sufficient to meet the prerequisite requirements
Designates the status of a student who has not demonstrated the basic knowledge of content and/or skills specified in the FCPS POS and requires additional practice and instructional experiences in order to succeed.
Frost Middle School has partnered with the Positivity Project to empower students to build positive relationships and become their best selves.