Frost Family Information

ATTENDANCE

Regular attendance is key to academic success.  Students bear the responsibility for obtaining their assignments when they are absent from school. Homework may be obtained on FCPS 24/7 Learning. After three consecutive days of absence, class assignments that are not available on the internet may be requested through the student services office at (703) 426-5026.

Parents should notify the school of any student absence.  Parents can do this one of two ways:

  1. Call the attendance line at 703-426-5702 and leave a message.

                                            OR

  1. Use our online form. Please note the following: If you have multiple students attending Frost who will be absent on any given day, you must complete the form for each individual student. This form reports an absence for the current day only. If a student is absent for multiple days, please report the absence each day using this same form.

If phone contact or completion of the online form is impossible, students must bring a written note when they return to school. Any absence without prompt notification will be considered unexcused. 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 must check out through the health room. Students must have a teacher pass to enter the health room.  Parents must come into the school building to sign out their child, and parents must show photo identification to school staff.

School begins at 7:30 a.m. Students are expected to arrive on time for school and all classes. A student is on-time if he or she is in the classroom when the bell rings. The current policy for unexcused tardy arrival is as follows:

  • 1st Unexcused tardy - Warning
  • 2nd  Unexcused tardy - Teacher/student problem solving conversation
  • 3rd  Unexcused tardy – Teacher determined intervention and contact home. If appropriate, intervention through Student Services.
  • 4th Unexcused tardy - Referral to appropriate administrator

 

MEDICATIONS

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 at the 8th grade schedule up on August 23rd from 8:00 -11:00 am, Frost Walk-Around from 1:00-3:00 PM on August 24th, the 7th grade Back to School night on August 31st , and the 8th grade Back to School night on September 7th. If you have any questions, or would like to drop off medications at that time, please feel free to do so.

SAFETY

We take your child's safety very seriously.  Student Rights and Responsibilities will be reviewed with all students.  We are a Positive Behavior & Interventions Support (PBIS) School!  Students are expected to, “be in the zone,” by being a good citizen and demonstrating their responsible, honest, respectful behavior on a daily basis.

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.  Children are not permitted to leave the school grounds and return to ride late buses. 

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 may be granted permission to ride a different bus when a note is received by the school from parents of all children involved in the special request. The form can be obtained from the front office. 

DRESS CODE

This dress code is outlined in Regulation 2601.30P. This can be viewed at https://www.fcps.edu/srr.

The following are excerpts from the text of the county policy and regulation:

"All students are expected to dress appropriately for K-12 educational environment.  Any clothing that interferes with or disrupts the educational environment is unacceptable.  Clothing with language or images that are vulgar, discriminatory, or obscene or clothing that promotes illegal or violent conduct, such as gang symbols, the unlawful use of weapons, drugs, alcohol, tobacco or drug paraphernalia, or clothing that contains threats is prohibited.  Clothing should fit, be neat and clean, and conform to standards of safety, good taste and decency.  Clothing that exposes cleavage, private parts, the midriff, or undergarments, or that is otherwise sexually provocative, is prohibited.

Examples of prohibited clothing include, but are not limited to: sagging or low-cut pants, low-cut necklines that show cleavage, tube tops, halter tops, backless blouses or blouses with only ties in the back, clothing constructed of see-through materials, and head coverings unless required for religious or medical purposes.

Parents of students requiring accommodation for religious beliefs, disabilities, or other good causes should contact the principal.  Students not complying with this code will be asked to cover the non-complying clothing, change clothes, or go home.  Repeated infractions will result in a conference with the school counselor and if necessary, follow-up with an administrator.   

FINANCIAL MATTERS

Fee collection will begin the first week of school.  Your student will receive a flyer detailing the fees the first week of school. Please make checks payable to Frost Middle School.  A separate check is needed for each fee.  Please write your child's first and last name, student id number, and the purpose on the memo line of each check.  (For example, Rachel Lee 123456-Art fee.)  Do not send checks before the first day of school.

COMMUNICATION WITH YOUR STUDENT'S TEACHERS

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 assignment and to view additional class information.  You are able to email your child’s teacher through FCPS 24/7 Learning as well.

Parent SIS Accounts are available for all parents to access your child's attendance, class performance, and more.  Learn more about registering for a or accessing your Parent SIS account here.

MEALS

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. Students who received free or reduced lunch fees last year will continue to receive the benefit for at least 10 days while applications are processed.  FCPS Office of Food and Nutrition Services mail applications to parents and guardians in August.  Applications are also available in Student Services.  Learn more here.

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT

Seventh grade back to school night will be on Thursday, August 31st at 6:30 P.M.  Eighth grade back to school night will be Thursday, September 7th, at 6:30 P.M.  You will have an opportunity to visit with your child's teachers and meet our administrators and counselors. This evening is for parents only.  We look forward to seeing you.

SCHOOL PICTURES

School pictures will be taken on Friday, October 6.  Make-up pictures will be taken Friday, November 17.

LATE BUS TRANSPORTATION

Late buses are provided for after school activities including academic assistance. Late buses begin on Monday, September 18. Buses run on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.  Late buses leave Frost at approximately 4:30 P.M. Students are asked to notify their parents in advance if they plan to take the late bus home.

E-NOTIFY COMMUNICATION (formerly KIT Basic)

Parents of Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) students and employees of the school system are automatically enrolled to receive e-Notify Communications. FCPS central offices and schools use this system to communicate emergency, delayed opening and school closing information, attendance, and other essential communications. Contact information from the student information system and the employee databases are uploaded to the Blackboard Connect system. It is important that parents keep their child’s emergency contact information up to date. Parents should whitelist to ensure they receive important messages from their children's school and the district. Contact information may also be updated online through weCare@School, a feature of FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard).

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.

FORGOTTEN ITEMS

Lunches and books may be left at the main office. Students should come between classes to retrieve their items or they will be delivered to them at lunch.  This will eliminate class disruptions.