Absences should be called in before 9 a.m. on the day of the absence. An answering machine is available 24 hours a day at (313) 432‑4601.Please leave your name, your child's name and the date they will be absent. 
    In the event that your child has an EXTENDED ABSENCE over 3 days, please contact the attendance office to obtain homework assignments.

    For an early dismissal, students must bring a note to the attendance office between 8:10 and 8:20 a.m.before class begins. A pass will then be given to the student permitting him/her to leave class as the designated time. Students will not be released without a parent, guardian, or person designated on the emergency card coming to the attendance office window to sign out the student.

    Tardiness includes late arrival to school or to individual classes during the day that is unexcused. Excused tardiness will relate only to medical or unavoidable appointments. Oversleeping or car troubles are not acceptable reasons for excusing tardiness. A parent telephone call does not determine excused or unexcused status. Penalties relating to tardiness include office referrals that may result in after-school detentions, same-day detentions, or Saturday school. Please refer to the student planner for additional information.

    ANY unexcused absence from classes or school (skipping) for any portion of the day may result in a Saturday School or alternative action determined by a building administrator. Students and parents should understand that leaving the campus during lunch without permission constitutes an unexcused absence.

    We encourage all students to have a “study buddy” in each class who can be called for assignment and updating. In addition, online grade level homework calendars are updated weekly. Parents of students absent from school due to illness may request assignments from the attendance office (313) 432‑4601 on the third day of absence. The office will request assignments from teachers. Any assignments submitted by teachers will be available for pick-up at the end of the day of the request.

    All students that have had their Lifetouch photo taken have been given a photo ID.  If a student loses his or her ID card, the student can request a new one in the office at a cost of $2.00 for the first replacement, and $5.00 for additional replacements.  Replacement ID's will take 2-3 days to complete.

    The Parcells Middle School community believes that standards of neatness, modesty, and appropriateness in clothing and accessories encourage an atmosphere conducive to learning, work, and discipline.  Adherence to the dress code is expected of all students. Parents should assist the school in enforcing these standards by sending students to school each day in proper attire. Please see the district dress code guidelines updated during the 2017-18 school year. Below are administrative guidelines for Parcells, which are common practice at all three middle schools.
    1. Determination of appropriate dress is made by the administration.  However, any faculty member may question whether attire is acceptable and direct a student to the office.
    2. Students may wear slacks, jeans or shorts to school. Yoga pants and leggings must be worn with an appropriate top. Tights or tight stretch pants may not be worn as slacks. Shorts must have an inseam. Pants must be worn so that underwear cannot be seen. Tight skirts, skirts with slits, tight shorts and tight tops are not allowed. Skirts and dresses worn to school must cover undergarments and adequately cover a portion of the thigh at all times.
    3. Clothing should be clean and in good repair.
    4. All tops must have sleeves or straps. Straps must fit sufficiently so they do not fall off shoulders. Undershirts, low-cut or bare midriff blouses are not permitted. Students are expected to wear clothing that adequately covers the chest, back and mid-section.
    5. T-shirts with alcohol, cigarette, drug, violent, hate or other inappropriate messages are not allowed. Students are expected to wear clothing that does not use or depict hate speech targeting groups based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation or any other marginalized group per district policy 5517 - ANTI-HARASSMENT
    6. Shoes are to be worn at all times in school. Students are expected to wear shoes that enable them to safely participate in all school activities. Flip flops and other shoes without a strap on the heel are only allowed at the middle and high school levels.
    7. Outerwear such as jackets, hats and roller blades should be removed when entering the building (religious or health-related headwear excluded).
    8. To reduce distractions in school, hairstyle, jewelry and make-up should be worn in moderation.  Headbands must serve the functional purpose of holding your hair back and may not be worn as style/decoration.
    9. For safety reasons (crowded hallways, excessive weight on student's backs), backpacks/book bags may be carried to and from school but must be stored in lockers during the school day. Students may not carry backpack/book bags into classrooms while classes are in session.
    10. School dress standards are applicable while attending extracurricular or school-related activities, including field trips.
    11. Exceptions to the dress standards may be designated "Spirit" days, "Dress Up" days, or other exceptions approved by the administration.

    Any apparel worn by students that administrators consider inappropriate or unacceptable in fit, style or message will result in the loss of a pride point.  Offenders may be required to change clothes or remain in the office until appropriate clothing is brought from home.  Students who have repeat offenses will be assigned detention, Saturday School, or other consequences.

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