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1509 Hopewell Friends Road, Asheboro, NC 27205
Phone: (336) 381 - 3900 Fax: (336) 381 - 3905

School Handbook

Michael Crider Principal
Amanda Stone Assistant Principal
Lisa Cagle Lead Teacher
Pam Harden Counselor
Brittany Roberti Counselor

SWRMS Students and Parents:

It is with much excitement that I welcome you to Southwestern Randolph Middle School. Our school has plenty of opportunities to promote student growth in both academic classes and extra-curricular activities. We hope that you will find ways to get involved and stay connected within our school.

This handbook is to be seen as a general overview of procedures here at SWRMS. It is by no means an all-encompassing handbook on all expectations. Our goal was to give you, the community, the procedures that we use at our school as part of daily routines and procedures. Community members are expected to adhere to the guidelines in this handbook as well as those provided by Randolph County Schools Student Information Guide and Code of Conduct.

We hold true that procedures are in place to maintain order during a typical day. At SWRMS, students are expected to follow the guidelines outlined by the Board of Education, as well as rules and procedures enforced by the school and school personnel.

The Cougar Staff is dedicated to maintaining order in the school so that each student may receive the best education possible. Students must accept the responsibility of respect for the authority of the staff and obey their expectations.

We are excited to be a part of your education, and we want to see you grow and prosper in every way possible. If we work together, we will succeed.

Continuing the rise to greatness at SWRMS,

Michael G. Crider, Principal


This handbook is a supplement
to the Randolph County School System Student Code of Conduct that describes all board policies that pertain to students. You are encouraged to read both publications carefully.

In the event of absences, it shall be the responsibility of the student to bring to the teacher a note signed by the parent or guardian stating the reason for such absence. A principal may require any additional documentation deemed necessary to verify an absence. Notes shall be presented within two days of the student's return to school. Failure to comply will result in the absence being recorded as unexcused.

The doors to the school will be opened to students at 7:15 A.M. Students that are eating breakfast must report to the cafeteria as soon as they arrive; students not eating breakfast will report to the gym. Upon dismissal from the gym at 7:40 A.M., students will go directly to their first class.

The athletic insurance is excess only. Excess (secondary) insurance pays only after the parents' primary insurance has paid. If the parents have no other insurance, then the carrier will pay up to the limits of the policy. Parents and students must not be under the impression that this insurance will take care of everything or pay regardless of other insurance.

In order to qualify for public school participation, a middle school student must meet the following requirements:
• Academics - In grades six, seven and eight, the student must pass at least 3 of their 4 core courses each semester and meet promotion standards. If an athlete is academically eligible or academically ineligible at the start of the semester, that status is retained throughout the full semester. An athlete becomes eligible or ineligible on the first day of the new semester.
• Age - A student shall not participate on a middle school team if the student becomes 15 years of age on or before August 31 of that school year.
• Attendance - A player must be in attendance at least 85% of the previous semester (no more than 13 absences in a semester).
• Medical Form - The student must receive a medical examination each year (365 days) by a duly licensed physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant. The required medical forms must be completed, with signatures, and returned to the school prior to the student beginning practice for an athletic team.
• Semester Rule - No student may be eligible to participate at the middle school level for a period lasting longer than four consecutive semesters, beginning with the student's entry into the sixth grade.
• Absence - An absence from school means a student will not participate in any after school activities for that day.
• Discipline - SWRMS student-athletes serve as role models for all students. They are expected to follow all school and team rules. To remain eligible for athletics, students are allowed only one unsatisfactory conduct grade per quarter for all subjects. Student athletes who are assigned by an administrator to ISS (In-School Suspension) or a full day of IC (Intervention Center) or OSS (Out of School Suspension) will not participate in a practice or a game on the date(s) of the ISS, IC, or OSS. A student assigned to ISS for any part of a day, or all of a day, is considered to be assigned to ISS for that entire calendar date.
• Restrictions on Participation - Participation in extracurricular activities may be restricted by administration if a student (1) is academically ineligible, (2) has exceeded the number of absences allowed, (3) has violated the code of student conduct, or (4) has violated school rules for conduct.

Students in violation of attendance laws will be referred to the juvenile justice system for compulsory attendance violations. Students that are absent may not participate in any school activities on the day of the absence. This includes games, practices, clubs, dances, etc.

We encourage students to attend school-sponsored events to show school spirit for Southwestern Randolph Middle School. However, it is important you remember you are required to follow all school rules and regulations and to behave in a proper manner while in attendance at these events, or lose future opportunities to attend. School events have scheduled attendance times. Any student who is not picked up within 15 minutes after an event will be subject to losing the privilege of attending future activities.

BACKPACKS AND DUFFLE BAGS MUST BE LEFT IN LOCKERS. They will not be permitted in class due to limited space in the classroom.

Students are discouraged from bringing valuable items to school because the school will not be responsible if the items are lost, stolen, or damaged. This is especially true of jewelry, watches, electronic items, cell phones, money, skates, skateboards, etc. Playing cards, pokemon cards, CD players, and other items that might impact the classroom are prohibited. These items will be confiscated and will only be returned to a parent or guardian. Items not picked up will be donated to a local charity. Finally, students are encouraged to label their personal items, clothing, shoes, etc. with their names to discourage theft and so lost items may be returned to their owners.

RCSS Anti-Bullying Rules:
Rule 1: We will not bully other students.
Rule 2: We will help students who are bullied.
Rule 3: We will make it a point to include ALL children who are easily left out.
Rule 4: When we know someone is being bullied, we will tell a teacher and an adult at home.
Students who violate the bullying rules will receive school discipline.

Students must understand good behavior while on the school bus is of great importance and when a person misbehaves, he/she is putting the lives of other individuals in unnecessary danger. Therefore, bus misconduct must be handled in a serious manner. Students and parents are informed that riding the school bus is a privilege that may be taken away for serious or continuous misbehavior. Cameras are mounted on buses in order to better monitor discipline. Please encourage your child to follow all rules/procedures while riding the bus.

Bus passes cannot be issued for students to ride on a bus different from the one he/she is assigned unless a note from a parent is presented to the office prior to the student's lunch time. If emergency arrangements for transportation are necessary, please contact the front office as soon as possible so safe, appropriate plans can be made.

The school cafeteria provides breakfast and a hot lunch each day with a variety of foods from which students may choose a nutritional meal. The cafeteria is for eating and calm conversation among friends at your table. Rude or loud behavior is not appropriate.

Charges: Students in middle and high school are not allowed to charge in the cafeteria. However, arrangements have been made for students that occasionally forget their lunch money. The money must be paid back the next school day. Parents will receive a phone call as a reminder to send in the balance owed. Students will not be allowed to have a balance over $10.00 at any time. Please call the principal if you have any questions or concerns. We will work with you to ensure your child receives a hot meal.

Each student will be given a free/reduced meal application by their teacher at the beginning of the year or when enrolled. The forms may be filled out by the student's parents or guardian in order to determine if he/she qualifies for free or reduced meals. Forms must be filled out completely and returned to school. Free/reduced meal forms may be obtained at any time during the year if the family's financial situation changes.
Student Prices
Breakfast prices: Daily: $1.25
Reduced: Free
Lunch prices: Daily $2.35
Reduced $ .40
Prices may change, if Board approved.

All students and staff can prepay for their lunches. Parents must seek pre-approval from administration to attend lunch with their student and conversations with other students should be limited during this time. Any question/concerns regarding food services should be directed to the cafeteria manager.

In order to leave campus prior to the end of the instructional day, you must check out in the main office. Only a parent or legal guardian may check students out, unless they have authorized for a contact to do so. Persons picking up students will be asked to show proper identification prior to getting the student.

Please feel free to contact the school at (336) 381-3900 for information or to discuss any concerns that you may have. Please listen for the weekly voicemail that is sent out to parents every Sunday evening at 6:30 P.M. This will list upcoming dates and events for the upcoming two weeks. The school website will also have dates of upcoming events listed on its calendar.

Safety and order are cornerstones of any good academic program. Good behavior is the result of strong communication among students, parents, and school personnel. If inappropriate behavior occurs, a consequence will be assigned. Students need to know which behaviors are unacceptable and will not be tolerated at SWRMS. Administration will follow recommendations from the RCSS Code of Conduct when determining consequences for student behavior.

Bus riders are expected to report to their assigned bus immediately following the dismissal bell. Students who are car riders should exit the building using the gym entrance. Students are expected to be picked up by 3:15 unless under supervision for an extracurricular activity. Students remaining on campus for after school activities are reminded that school rules continue to apply. Before students commit to staying after school, they should be certain they have transportation as soon as the activity ends.

Students are expected to adhere to standards of dress and appearance that are compatible with a safe and effective learning environment. Examples of prohibited dress or appearances include, but are not limited to, those listed below:
• Head apparel (hats, headbands, scarves, bandanas, picks, combs, etc) or sunglasses may not be worn inside the building unless the headgear is worn based on a sincerely-held religious belief;
• Exposed undergarments;
• Halter tops, tank tops, spaghetti straps; (Sleeveless style shirts MUST be 3 inches in shoulder width. Layered straps making up the 3 inches is still a dress code violation.)
• Clothing that exposes the midriff, cleavage, or any other inappropriate areas;
• Pants that are baggy or drag the floor (pants & shorts must be worn around the waist);
• Short shorts or excessively short dresses and skirts; (Shorts, dresses, and skirts should be no shorter than 5 inches above the knee. Clothing shorter than 5 inches above the knee is still a dress code violation even when wearing undergarments such as tights underneath the garment.)
• Spandex or other very tight clothing, or excessive, oversized clothing;
• Leggings (must be worn with a tunic-length sweater/skirt);
• Sleepwear or bedroom slippers;
• Bare feet;
• Clothing that contains advertisements for tobacco, alcohol or drugs; pictures or graphics of nudity; words that are profane, lewd, vulgar or indecent or likely to be disruptive to the learning environment;
• Items that are potentially dangerous such as fish hooks, chains or spiked objects;
• Any symbols, styles, or attire frequently associated with gangs, intimidation, violence, or violent groups about which students at a particular school have been notified. School administrators are responsible for compiling and updating a list of prohibited gang attire or symbols and publicizing it to students.

Offenders will be asked to correct the problem or sit in an alternate location such as ISS. Repeat offenders will be subject to referral to the office for insubordination and consequences may be assigned accordingly.

Administration reserves the right to amend the dress code as needed.
Throughout the school year, students will participate in school wide drills to ensure safety during emergency situations. Students are expected to adhere to proper protocol for all drills.

Driver's Ed is offered to students who are at least 14 ½ years old. Participation is contingent upon good academic standing and is determined by administration. For additional information go to and click on Drivers Education or call (336) 318-6025.

When a student's cell phone is on campus, it should be powered off and concealed during the instructional day at times requested by a school employee. If an electronic device is in use at inappropriate times, the device is at risk of being confiscated, logged, and locked in the front office. A parent will be able to sign for the property in the main office on school days until 4:00pm. Administrators have the right to view text messages and pictures on a student's electronic device(s) if a school distraction occurs. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen electronic products and cannot look for lost electronics.

School fees are $12.00 and are payable to the school through the front office. Waiver forms are available for claiming exemption because of economic hardships.

Field trips are an extension to the instructional day. Parent involvement will be limited. Students going on a field trip are expected to adhere to school expectations and rules. If a student's school behavior on a regular basis is not appropriate or acceptable in the classroom or on the school bus, the administration may elect for the student not to participate in the field trip. Parents will be notified of this action prior to the scheduled trip.

We enjoy seeing our students receive special recognition; however we ask that parent/guardians refrain from sending flowers and gifts. Due to safety, flowers/gifts sent to school will be held in the office until the end of the day. Students will not be permitted to ride the bus with balloons or flowers. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Please no deliveries on Valentine's Day.

Guidance counselors are available to help students with school, home, and/or personal problems. To see a counselor, students should fill out a request form and place it in the box in the Guidance Office. A counselor will call the student to the office as soon as they are available. Students should get teacher approval before coming to the office if during school hours. We encourage all students to talk with a trusted adult if he/she has an immediate need and help will be provided.

Any student who is in the halls during the school day must have a hall pass, except during class changes, lunch, or when supervised by his/her teacher.

Harassment of any kind will not be tolerated. All students have the right to feel safe at school. ALL incidents of harassment should be reported to an administrator or guidance counselor immediately.

In cases of inclement weather, please monitor the school system website and local media stations. In most cases, you will receive a SchoolMessage call from the district office. If school is cancelled for any reason, all students must be off campus within 30 minutes. Please have a plan in place that you have clearly communicated with your child to ride a bus or have a different ride home. We have a limited number of telephone lines and need those to be available in case of an emergency situation. Please avoid calling the school on these days.

If a student gets sick at school, he/she will be referred by the classroom teacher to the office. If it is determined the student is too sick to remain at school, a parent/guardian will be contacted to make arrangements for the student to go home. Students will not be permitted to remain in the office for a long period of time.

Lockers are school property. By using the lockers, parents and students agree school authorities have the right to open, search, and remove unauthorized items. A locker will be assigned to students by their homeroom teacher. The student is responsible for the assigned lock. DO NOT share your combination with others. A student who loses or breaks the lock must pay for a replacement. Lockers should be kept as neat as possible. No marks or stickers should be added to the locker space. For safety reasons, NO personal locks will be permitted for use on academic lockers.

Lockers are available in the gym locker rooms for students' belongings. For safety reasons you will need to purchase a school approved lock from PTO to secure your property during PE class. If books or clothing are stolen from a student's locker, we will make every effort to help recover them; however, we are not responsible for lost items and will not replace them.

Lost and found items should be turned into the guidance office. If you are missing personal items, check the lost and found box in guidance because it will be purged at the end of each month. The school is not responsible for personal items.

It is the responsibility of the student to contact teachers to get make-up work. If the student is to be out consecutive days, the parent or guardian may contact the main office. Assignments will be available for pick up after 24 hours. All make-up work is to be turned in within three school days of the student's return to school or by special arrangement with teachers.

Members of the staff are not permitted to supply medication. If your child is taking a prescription drug, please contact the school nurse or office personnel for the correct procedures.

Messages from parents for teachers or students will be relayed to them during non-instructional times. Classroom instructional time will not be interrupted to deliver a message unless it is an emergency. Transportation messages are not deemed as emergencies. Students should know how to get home if school is dismissed early because of bad weather, or in case of emergency evacuation. Student messages will be delivered at lunch or the end of the day.


The Randolph County School System prohibits discrimination against students or employees in all its educational programs, employment activities, and admissions on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, or disability.
Inquiries or complaints: (336) 318-6029

Teachers are here to help each student and will be glad to work with him or her individually as needed. Please contact your child's teacher to discuss your concern by phone and/or arrange a conference. Each teacher has a phone extension with voice mail. Teachers may also request a parent-conference through notes, email, interim reports or report cards. It is in the best interest of the student for the teacher and parent to work together to support the needs of the student. Please also feel free to contact administration as needed.

Students are expected to dress-out for Physical Education. Sneakers, t-shirts, and gym shorts or sweat pants are ideal for PE.

Student misconduct may result in the loss of the following privileges:
• Bus transportation
• Locker use
• Participation in extracurricular activities
• Use of Technology and/or Internet access
• Other privileges as determined by the administration

By state law, the final decision of promotion and retention rests with the principal. Every student will be assessed individually and consideration will be made as to the effort that the student puts forth in each subject. The major factors for consideration are academics, attendance, test scores and teacher recommendation. All students are subject to local school board requirements as well as the N. C. promotion standards. Promotion decisions affecting a child in the Exceptional Children's program will include recommendations of the student's case manager.

Visitors on campus during the instructional day should enter through the main front entrance. Prior to entry, guests will utilize the monitoring system to enter. Please refer to the information provided by homeroom teachers regarding procedures for entrance using this system.

SWRMS is equipped with security cameras to provide a safer school environment for your child. They allow us to monitor areas throughout the day and anytime the school is used by outside groups. All cameras are connected to video recorders located in the offices of the principal, assistant principal and SRO.

All snacks/drink machines on SWRMS campus are turned off during the school day. Students are not allowed in the teacher's lounge to purchase items.
SWRMS is not responsible for money taken by machines when items are purchased after school day hours.

We have been encouraged to make parents aware of the importance of participating in the student accident insurance program. Please read the following paragraphs carefully:

Students are NOT automatically covered by insurance when an accident occurs at school. Therefore, insurance for dental and/or student accidents is available to you. The agent for these plans is American Advantage Marketing Group, Inc. and the policies are underwritten by The MEGA Life & Health Ins. Company. Information on these plans, along with a health care plan, are included in one brochure which will be given to your child. The brochure contains a payment envelope for your convenience. PAYMENT SHOULD BE MADE DIRECTLY TO THE COMPANY. The brochure should be kept by the parent for future reference as a summary of coverage. Directions for filing a claim may also be found in the brochure.

Please take a minute to review the plans available for your child. THE SCHOOL IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR STUDENT ACCIDENTS which occur in the school unless negligence is proven on the part of the school. Unfortunately, many parents are not aware of this until it is too late.

If a student has been suspended from school, parents will be notified by administration. Students are permitted to make up missed work. During the suspension, students are not allowed on any RCSS property.

Students must be at school, in their first period class, and ready to begin work by 7:50. Students arriving to school after 7:50 must be signed in at the front office by a parent or legal guardian.

The law requires students attending school do so for a "period equal to the time school is in session". Students with excessive tardies and/or early sign-outs will be referred to the attendance committee. The attendance committee will refer students as needed to the principal. Students must remain at school until 11:30 in order to be counted present. SWRMS only allows three tardies and/or early sign-outs before denying a Perfect Attendance Award. Parents must realize class time missed due to tardies and early sign-outs shall be considered as a factor in decisions regarding promotion and retention.

The office telephones are for school business. All arrangements for after-school rides or activities and personal messages must be made before coming to school. Students may use the telephone for very important reasons but must get permission from office personnel. Students must obtain a pass from a teacher to come to the office. Cell phones are to be shut down and concealed during the instructional day.

Students will be given adequate opportunities to use the restroom during the school day. Teachers will supervise the use of the restrooms during homeroom, classroom breaks, and lunch. Students will also be able to use them during their PE period. The student must have a hall pass at all times other than those times mentioned above. If any student has a medical problem that requires more frequent use of the restroom, a note from a physician explaining the problem will be necessary and teachers will be notified.

Parental involvement is a key component for student success. We welcome your participation in a variety of events. In order to be an active volunteer during the school day and/or at school sponsored activities/events, a volunteer packet must be on file with administration. Please pick up a packet from the main office and return at least 72 hours prior to the date volunteering to allow time for processing. Thank you for understanding the need to maintain the safety of all students.

We welcome visitors to our school. In order to keep our campus safe, all visitors must sign in through the computer located in the front office and wear a VISITOR sticker.

Dates to Remember:

Interim Reports: Sept. 27, Dec. 7
Feb. 25 , May 7
Report Cards: Nov. 8, Jan 31,
April 8, June 7
Please refer to the 2018-19 School Calendar for days school will be closed.

2018-19 School Fees:
Supply Fee $12.00
Art $5.00
Choral Music $5.00
Band $5.00

Class of 2025
7:50 - 8:55 Period 1 Core
8:57 - 9:57 Period 2 Core
9:59 - 10:59 Period 3 Core
11:01 - 12:16 Period 4 CT/Lunch
12:18 - 1:18 Period 5 Core
1:21 - 2:06 Period 6 1st Elective
2:09 - 2:55 Period 7 2nd Elective
Class of 2024
7:50 - 8:50 Period 1 Core
8:52 - 9:52 Period 2 Core
9:55 - 10:40 Period 3 1st Elective
10:43 - 11:28 Period 4 2nd Elective
11:31 - 12:46 Period 5 CT/Lunch
12:48 - 1:48 Period 6 Core
1:50 - 2:55 Period 7 Core
Class of 2023
7:50 - 8:35 Period 1 1st Elective
8:38 - 9:23 Period 2 2nd Elective
9:26 - 10:26 Period 3 Core
10:28 - 11:28 Period 4 Core
11:31 - 12:46 Period 5 CT/Lunch
12:48 - 1:48 Period 6 Core
1:50 - 2:55 Period 7 Core

According to the AHERA regulations any new school built after October 12, 1988 could have a statement signed by the
architect, engineer or LEA Designee stating that no asbestos building material was used in constructing the school. This statement along with how we make the required annual notification to staff and parents that no asbestos is in the school makes up the management plan required by AHERA. Each school's Management Plan is available to the public for inspection upon request.
This school contains NO ASBESTOS!
Any questions concerning the school's Management Plan can be directed to Larry Chilton, the RCS LEA Designee (318-6096).

Expecting Excellence Without Exception!