Von Tobel Middle School Home

Frequently Asked Questions

We know that when you have a question, you want answers right away. To help you stay informed, we’ve compiled a list of some of the questions most frequently asked of our office staff. If you need more details, please read our student handbook, found in the quick links section of our Home page. You can always call our front office with additional questions or for clarification.


What is the dress code for Von Tobel Middle School?

Von Tobel Middle School follows the mandatory Standard Student Attire policy, which follows the guidelines of Regulation 5131. You may find information about the regulation and the attire policy on our district website. In general, our policy is as follows:

Males

  • Pants/shorts in khaki, navy, white, black, and orange
  • We do not allow blue jeans, or stretch pants/jeggings
  • Students may wear sweaters or sweatshirts in solid khaki, navy, white, black, and orange, with or without the school logo, over approved shirts (no patterns or words)
  • We do not allow sweat suits or sweatpants
  • Shirts in solid khaki, navy, white, black, and orange (no patterns or words) with or without the school logo, long- or short-sleeved with collars
  • Ties in solid khaki, navy, white, black, and orange, solids or patters (no words)

Females

  • Pants/shorts in khaki, navy, white, black, and orange
  • We do not allow blue jeans, or stretch pants/jeggings
  • Students may wear sweaters or sweatshirts in solid khaki, navy, white, black, and orange, with or without the school logo, over approved shirts (no patterns or words)
  • We do not allow sweat suits or sweatpants
  • Blouses or shirts in solid khaki, navy, white, black, and orange (no patterns or words) with or without the school logo, long or short- sleeved with collars
  • Skirts or skorts in solid khaki, navy, white, black, and orange
  • Jumpers in solid khaki, navy, white, black, and orange

Please read the student handbook, found in the quick links section of the Home page, for more information about appropriate school attire.

Back to Top

What is tardy lockout?

Von Tobel Middle School conducts tardy lockouts every day, every class period. Students who do not get to class on time receive a tardy slip and must serve 30 minutes of detention on the following day. Students with repeat tardies face in-house suspension, placement on an RPC, or suspension.

Back to Top

Can my child bring a cell phone to school for emergency use?

We permit cell phone usage before school, during lunch, and after school only. Students must turn off and put away phones at all other times. Students may never use the camera option on their cell phone while at school. If a student does not follow cell phone rules, a teacher will confiscate the phone and turn it into the principal’s office. Parents are the only people who can pick up a confiscated cell phone. The school is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged cell phones.

Back to Top

My child must be absent from school. What is the procedure for absences and make-up work?

Attendance is critical to academic success; therefore, district policy dictates Von Tobel’s attendance policy:

  • We consider any student who misses 30 minutes of a class period absent for that period.
  • We may retain a student who exceeds 20 absences during the school year.
  • We may refer a student that is truant three times during a school year for educational neglect.
  • Parents must request make-up work within three days of the absence.
  • A student receives a minimum of three days to complete makeup work.
  • A student who has 10 unexcused absences in a quarter loses credit in that class.

In addition, students must bring a note excusing their absence upon their return to school. For an example of an acceptable absence note format, please refer to the student handbook, found in the quick links section of our Home page.

Back to Top

Does the school have a homework policy?

Homework is an extension of the school day. It is an opportunity to practice and reinforce what the student learned during the day. We expect students to set aside time each day for independent study at home. Parents should expect one hour of homework Monday through Thursday, at a minimum. Teachers identify and explain homework expectations for parents and students. Students can receive additional help during opportunity period from 8:15 to 8:55 a.m., Monday through Friday.

Back to Top

What are student aides?

Participating in the student aide program is an elective choice for eighth graders. The counselors place aides with teachers and in offices within the school setting. Student aides must have at least a B grade average, good attendance, teacher recommendation, and permission from a counselor. Our student aides are very important to the smooth functioning of the sites where they work. Each aide has an identification badge and is trusted to run errands, enter classes to deliver requests for students, and to learn various procedures used in offices and classrooms. We want students of good character and utmost trustworthiness.

Back to Top