School Expectations

  • Attendance & Tardy Procedures

    The normal instructional day at Durant Road Middle School is from 8:15 am to 3:00 pm. For a student to be counted as present for the day, he/she must attend at least half of the instructional day (arrive prior to or leave after 11:40 am).  


    As explained in the Parent/Student handbook, and Wake County School Board Policy:
    If your child is absent from school a note must be submitted within 2 days of his/her return to school, or the absent will be recorded as unexcused. A doctor’s note should be submitted in case of illness for more than 3 days in a row. A parent’s note must include the student’s first and last name, dates absent, reason for the absence, parent’s signature and phone number.
    An absent is considered excused if one or more of the following conditions exist:

    • Illness or injury, which makes the student physically unable to attend school.
    • Medical/Dental Appointment for the student.
    • Death in the family
    • Court – when child is under subpoena to appear
    • Religious Observances
    • Participation in a valid Educational Opportunity, with prior approval as documented on the “Request for Excused Absence for Educational Reasons” form. (Form can be obtained on line or at the school)
    Regular and punctual school attendance is one of the most critical factors in a student's academic success. Punctuality is essential to promoting a learning environment that is free of classroom interruptions. Students are expected to arrive to school and all classes on time. A tardy will be recorded for each student who arrives after the official start time for each class period. Students are required to monitor transition time between classes. The following tardy policy will be implemented to avoid classroom disruption, maximize student learning, and to instill the basic principle of responsibility and common courtesy:
     Tardy To Class     Consequences
     1st Tardy  Warning
     2nd Tardy  Teacher Consequence
     3rd Tardy     Teacher Consequence + Parent Phone Call
     4th Tardy  Administrative Consequence
    Students need to be in Homeroom before the morning bell, if they arrive on campus after 8:15 am they should report directly to the main office for an Admissions Pass. Tardies are considered unexcused unless a note due to illness or doctor’s appointment is presented. Tardies due to Late Bus arrival are excused.

  • Dress Code

    To help keep our students focused on learning without distractions, we expect each one to dress appropriately. Our code of student conduct prohibits disruptive, provocative, revealing, profane, vulgar, offensive, obscene or unsafe clothing or bodily appearances. Here are some examples.
    Don't wear:
    • exposed undergarments
    • sagging pants
    • see-through or excessively short, tight or revealing clothes
    • bare midriff or strapless shirts
    • clothing with lewd, indecent or vulgar messages or illustrations
    • clothing that advertises products or services illegal to minors
    • head coverings
    • chains, spikes or other accessories that could be perceived as or used as a weapon
    • clothing that violates the school system's policies against gang and gang-related activities
    Principals may use their discretion in implementing the dress code, including making reasonable accommodations on the basis of their student's religious beliefs or medical conditions. 
    For more information, see Board Policy 6410: Code of Student Conduct.
  • Electronic Use

    When students enter the school building, all electronics should be turned off and out of sight. The electronics should remain off and out of sight unless directed by a teacher. This policy applies to the arrival time, the instructional day, and the dismissal time. Teachers may allow students to use electronics at their own discretion during the arrival time, the instructional day, and the dismissal time.
    While students' devices should be turned off and out of sight throughout the instructional day, there will be opportunities for proper use of electronics and other devices related to instructional needs. Teachers may allow for a BYOD environment in their classroom throughout the school year to supplement their instruction. Students are responsible for appropriate use of their own device during these opportunities, and the teacher will outline what is the appropriate use in their classroom. This will be facilitated at the discretion of the classroom teacher.

    Some examples of appropriate use are researching a topic, watching a video, taking notes, collaborating, listening to podcasts, listening to music to help focus, view teacher websites, etc.
    Some examples of inappropriate use are taking pictures of other students or staff, filming inappropriate activities, social media, listening to music without headphones, etc.
    If student devices are used inappropriately, teachers will confiscate them. Items confiscated by staff members (i.e. cell phones, iPods, etc.) are the responsibility of the staff member. These items should be turned into the office for safekeeping. If confiscated, the item will be labeled with the student's name and the date, and the staff member who confiscated the item will contact the parent.