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Updates with Back to School Information, Dress Code and Cell Phone Policies

The first weeks of school have gone well, and it has been a pleasure for us to interact with the students during these first days. We have had homeroom meetings each morning so far, but beginning , Thursday, August 28, we will follow our regular schedule with students reporting directly to first period. If you have not sent your student's technology fee, Chromebook permission forms, and other beginning of year paperwork, please return these items by Friday, September 12. These items can be returned to the main office

We have had assemblies with each grade during the first days of school, and during that time, we have covered our school dress code, key aspects of the UCPS Student Code of Conduct, attendance/tardy information and more. In the scrolling announcements section of our website, we have included links to both our Marvin Ridge High School Student Handbook, and the Union County Public Schools Student-Parent Handbook for 2014-15 .

For quick reference, the Dress Code and Cell Phone policies are listed below. We wanted you to be aware of the content of these policies as we will be enforcing consequences. One item that has been added to the Dress Code is highlighted for your reference.

Marvin Ridge High School Dress Code
If a student’s dress or appearance is so unusual, inappropriate or disruptive to the learning environment, the student will be required to change the offending dress or appearance. Clothing that attracts undue attention to the body’s form or contour is inappropriate for school. Students are responsible for exercising good judgment in dress and grooming. Students who violate the Dress Code will report with a written pass to the front office; repeated offenses will be recorded and consequences will be issued. Every effort will be made to handle dress code issues within the first period class. Guidelines for high school dress include but are not limited to the following criteria:

  • Shorts, skirts, dresses, etc. must extend to a student’s fingertips when the student is standing up straight. No holes are allowed above the fingertip length.
  • Shirts, sweatshirts, blouses, or shorts that are worn with leggings, spandex pants, or yoga pants must extend to a student’s fingertips when the student is standing up straight.
  • Shirts must cover the torso (including the stomach, back, and cleavage) and straps must be at least 3 inches or 3 fingers wide.
  • No mesh or racer-back tops, see-through material, cut-off shirts, halters, skintight clothes, or clothing of any type that exposes the torso, profane words, drug or alcohol advertising, sexual innuendoes, or other unacceptable graphics.
  • Students must wear shoes (no bedroom slippers).
  • “Drag and sag” pants violate dress code.
  • No gang related clothing, paraphernalia or gang related tattoos.
  • Visible undergarments are prohibited at all times.
  • No hats worn inside the building.
  • No pajamas (including pajama pants), hats, or sunglasses (unless medically needed) are allowed in school.

*The administration reserves the right to set additional dress code rules on an individual basis if the student’s clothing is disruptive to the school environment.

Cell Phones
(Per Union County Public Schools Policy)
Except pursuant to an authorized instructional purpose and as an instructional tool under the guidance and direction of a staff member during a school activity, students will not use cellular phones, CD players, iPods, MP3 players, headphones and DVD players on campus from the first bell of the day through the last dismissal bell. Except as identified above, cell phones must be turned off and out of sight (in book bag, pocket, or purse) at all times. Use of a cell phone is defined to include, but is not limited to phone ringing,
talking on phone, taking pictures, browsing, gaming and text messaging. These items may be kept on campus in a locked vehicle without violating school policy. School is not responsible for loss or damage of any kind to the above named items.

  • First Offense: Confiscate items and return only to parents after the school day ends. If use of cell phone results in violation of other policies, including, but not limited to school based rules, further discipline may be applied.
  • Second Offense: Parent conference required and may include 1 day of In-School Suspension, After School Detention, or Saturday School.
  • Third Offense: Parent conference required and may include 1 day of In-School Suspension, After School Detention, or Saturday School. The student cannot bring the item to school for the remainder of the school year, except as authorized in writing by the school principal.


2014 Orange Crush Shirts are in!

Pre-ordered shirts will be available for pick-up during lunch on Friday, August 29.  A limited number of extra shirts will be available for physical purchase on Wednesday, September 3 during lunch.  All other shirts will be pre-order, either in person with cash or check on Wednesday, September 3 or online September 2-19.  This is the only Orange Crush shirt that includes our Wells Fargo Cup State Championship, so order yours as soon as possible!


Written by: Donna Cook, Principal
Posted: Aug 28, 2014 by Lisa Justice

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