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Can you please provide clarification on the "short shorts" policy in the dress code?

  • Q: Who follows this dress code and what does it say about the length of shorts?

    A: Dana Middle follows the same dress code used by Correia Middle and Point Loma High School. Below is an excerpt from our dress code:

    No revealing necklines, strapless shirts, tank tops, or halter tops. A jacket, sweater, sweatshirt, etc. may not be worn to cover-up inappropriate clothing.
    No sagging pants. Shorts or boxers underneath pants should not be exposed. Shorts and skirts must be of mid-thigh length or greater.
    You can view a complete copy of your dress code in your student’s planner or online.

    Q: Why are you enforcing this policy?

    A: We want Dana students to “dress for success”. Wearing short shorts may be appropriate for the beach or other casual events. We are preparing our students to be successful young adults. We need them to wear clothing at school that represents the image we want them to portray in the workforce.

    Q: What is the purpose of including the “mid-thigh” comment in your dress code?

    A: Most schools use “mid-thigh” or “finger tip length” as a way of helping parents gain a better perspective of the type of clothing that is appropriate for school. Garments “in this ballpark” are appropriate for school. Some students have been found wearing shorts with an inseam of less than two inches. Less than three inches is inappropriate for school.

    Thank you for helping us promote a safe and positive school environment.
  • What are the elegibility requirements for various activities on campus?

    The information below was taken from the Dana School Policies section of our website. The same information was distributed to students and parents via the school planner.

    Criterion for attending a reward assembly, event, or activity (does not include monthly grade level assemblies)

    Please follow this link to view eligibility requirements.

    Criterion for performers in Instrumental Music and the Variety Show
    Students performing (both on and off campus) in Instrumental Music related activities must meet the same criteria described above.

  • What is Honor Roll? How do students qualify?

    Q: What is Honor Roll?
    A: Honor Roll acknowledges students who have earned both academic and citizenship excellence. Students earning Honor Roll are publicly acknowledged during a Grade Level Assembly.
    Q: How do students earn Honor Roll at Dana?
    A: Students recognized for earning honor roll at Dana must meet ALL of the criteria below:
    Academic GPA of 3.7 or above for the current grading  period
    Citizenship GPA of 3.7 or above  for the current grading period
    No detentions or Friday school detentions for the current grading period
    No suspensions for the current grading period
    Q: Has Honor Roll changed from last year? Why?
    A: Yes. The criterion of Honor Roll has changed from 3.5 through 4.0 GPA in both academic and citizenship to to 3.7 through 4.0 in both categories. Dana Middle is fortunate to have a large percentage of high performing students. 75% of our students scored proficient or advanced in Language Arts on the CST. 78% scored proficient or advanced in Mathematics on the CST. 48% of Dana students earned a 3.5 or higher GPA during the first mark reporting period of the 2012-13 school year. In an effort to raise the bar for students of this caliber, we changed our honor roll criteria. We recognize the demands this may place on some students and families, our intention is to promote the ethic of taking your current success to the next level.

    After discussion with staff and parents, we decided it was a high priority to recognize our highest achieving students in front of our peers. The decision was made to do this at grade level assemblies where all students are present.

    All students in SDUSD are expected to meet A-G high school graduation requirements. An increased number of students are taking Advanced Placement (AP) courses in high school. Preparing students to meet these goals is the responsibility of every school a child attends during their K-12 educational experience.

    Q: When are these events held?
    A: Students will be recognized for honor roll after every six week grading period. Recognition will occur during our regularly scheduled monthly grade level assemblies. Please visit the calendar section of our website for dates and times.

    Q: How is Honor Roll calculated? Is Honor Roll cumulative?

    A: Yes. A job-aid with visual diagrams representing relationships between progress reports and report cards is available for download.The job aid also provides details on how to calculate academic and citizenship GPA. 

    Because we believe students learn from their mistakes, the eligibility criteria for detentions, Friday schools, and suspensions applies only to the current grading period.

    We have additional FAQs on understanding and calculating GPAs and progress reports & report cards.    
  • What is the SDUSD cell phone policy?

    On December 9, 2003, the Board of Education approved Policy H-6980, which outlines the rules for student possession and use of cellular phones, pagers and other electronic signaling devices on school campuses, on school buses and at school-sponsored activities, while under the supervision and control of school district employees.

    All students may use these devices on campus before school begins and after school ends. Students in high school grades 9-12 also may use such devices during the lunch period.

    These devices must be kept out of sight and turned off during the instructional program. Unauthorized use of such devices disrupts the instructional program and distracts from the learning environment. Therefore unauthorized use is grounds for confiscation of the device by school officials, including classroom teachers. Repeated unauthorized use of such devices may lead to disciplinary action. Please view our discipline policy for additional details.
    The school does not take responsibility for the loss, damage, or theft of cell phones.  We recommend cell phones be stored in backpacks and small locks be utilized.
  • How do I find information about student fees?

    Recently the issue of fees, charges, deposits, donations and fundraising related to courses and activities has been at the forefront of public attention locally and nationally. The District Legal Services has a guide for District staff and parents, with the twin goals of school-community cooperation to support programs and legal compliance while providing that support. Taken as a whole, the intent of this Guidance is to emphasize that the question is not whether schools and their communities can raise money to support programs – they can – but how funds can be raised through lawful means.  You can visit the district's comprehensive website by clicking on this link.
    The Constitution of the State of California requires that we provide a public education to students free of charge.  A student’s right to a free education is for all school/educational activities, whether curricular or extracurricular, and whether a student gets a grade for the activity or class.  Subject to certain exceptions, a student’s right to a free public education means that we cannot require you or your students to purchase materials, supplies, equipment or uniforms for any school activity, nor can we require you or your student to pay security deposits for access, participation, materials, or equipment. Your school may require students to attend a fundraising event; however, if they are unable to raise funds for the event, we cannot prevent students from participating in an educational activity.
    These exceptions are:
    • Charges for optional attendance as a spectator at a school or District sponsored activity.
    • Charges for food served to students, subject to free and reduced price meal program eligibility and other restrictions specified in law.
    • Paying the replacement cost for District books or supplies loaned to a student that the student fails to return, or that is willfully cut, defaced or otherwise injured, up to an amount not to exceed $10,000.
    • Fees for field trips and excursions in connection with courses of instruction or school related social, educational, cultural, athletic, or school band activities, as long as no student is prevented from making the field trip or excursion because of lack of sufficient funds.
    • Medical or hospital insurance for field trips that is made available by the school district.
    • Charges for required medical and accident insurance for athletic team members, so long as there is a waiver for financial hardship.
    • Charges for standardized physical education attire of a particular color and design, but the school may not mandate that the attire be purchased from the school and no physical education grade of a student may be impacted based on the failure to wear standardized apparel “arising from circumstances beyond the control” of the student.
    • Charging for the parking of vehicles on school grounds.
    • Charges for the rental or lease of personal property needed for District purposes, such as caps and gowns for graduation ceremonies.
    • Fees for school camp programs, so long as no student is denied the opportunity to participate because of nonpayment of the fee.
    • Reimbursement for the direct cost of materials provided to a student for property the student has fabricated from such materials for his/her own possession and use, such as wood shop, art, or sewing projects kept by the student.
    • Reimbursement for the actual cost of duplicating public records, student records, or a prospectus of the school curriculum.
    • Fees for transportation to and from school, and transportation between school and regional occupational centers, programs or classes, as long as the fee does not exceed the statewide average nonsubsidized cost per student and provided there is a waiver provision based on financial need.
    • Fees for transportation of pupils to places of summer employment.
    • Tuition fees charged to pupils whose parents are actual and legal residents of an adjacent foreign country or an adjacent state.
    • Tuition fees collected from foreign students attending a District school pursuant to an F-1 visa, equal to the full unsubsidized per capita cost of providing education during the period of attendance.
    • Fees for an optional fingerprinting program for kindergarten or other newly enrolled students, if the fee does not exceed the actual costs associated with the program.
    • Fees for community classes in civic, vocational, literacy, health, homemaking, and technical and general education, not to exceed the cost of maintaining the community classes.
    • Deposits for band instruments, music, uniforms and other regalia which school band members take on excursions to foreign countries.
    • Charges for eye safety devices, at a price not to exceed the district's actual costs, in specified courses or activities in which students are engaged in, or are observing, an activity or the use of hazardous substances likely to cause injury to the eyes.
    For more information visit www.sandi.net/staff/studentfees
  • How much does lunch cost? Can I pay online? How can I apply for a free or reduced lunch?

    Dana Middle will distribute the free/reduced lunch application as part of the opening of school packet sent home with all students on the first day of school. Parents applying for a free or reduced lunch will need to pay until the application can be processed by the SDUSD Food Services department.

    The SDUSD Food Services department has put together a website to provide information on the following topics:
    *prices for breakfast and lunch
    *free/reduced lunch information
    *directions for prepayment online
    Please visit the SDUSD Food Services website for more information.
  • What types of snacks can my student bring to school? Are there birthday parties at school?

    Occasionally health concerns arise in the school setting that require enlisting the support of parent/guardians and classmates to help make the classroom a safe and healthy place for all. This letter is to inform you that we have several students at our school with severe allergies to peanuts/tree nuts. Strict avoidance of all nut products is the only way to prevent a life threatening allergic reaction. Even touching a small amount of a product or accidental ingestion containing nuts could result in a life-threatening situation. We are asking your assistance in providing our students with a safe learning environment.

    If exposed to peanuts/tree nuts some students may develop a life-threatening allergic reaction that requires emergency medical treatment. To reduce the risk of exposure, no nut products will be allowed in your child’s classroom(s) this year. Please do not send food containing nuts for any class snacks, treats, or crafts. Please read ingredient labels carefully. Any exposure to nuts through contact or ingestion can cause a severe reaction.

    Many teachers offer a nutritional break in the classroom. Given the increase of students with food allergies (including life-threatening dairy allergies) and students with strict dietary restrictions (such as diabetes and eosinophilic esophagitis) it is imperative you send snacks that meet our healthy and safe nutritional requirements. Also, if you plan on bringing treats (such as birthday treats) to your child’s classroom, you must notify the classroom teacher two weeks in advance so that we can arrange for dietary accommodations as needed. Any class treats brought directly to the classroom without prior notification will not be distributed to the class.

    Since lunch is eaten in the lunch court, your child may of course bring peanut butter, peanut or nut products for consumption at lunchtime. In the lunch court there is a special table designated where no nuts are allowed. Any classmate with a lunch from the cafeteria lunch program (all menu items are nut-free) may sit at this table along with students with severe allergies. If your child sits at this table with a peanut or nut product, s/he will be asked to move to another table. This plan will help to maintain safety in the classroom while allowing classmates without allergies to enjoy peanut/nut products in a controlled environment.

    Please remind your child not to share any food, eating utensils, or food containers with other students.

    We appreciate your support of these procedures. We believe all families understand a parent/guardian’s concern and worry about safety and the opportunity for their children to feel fully integrated in all classroom activities, and are grateful for your help in ensuring that our environment is conducive to this goal. If you have any questions regarding ingredient lists or other questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or the school nurse.
  • What are the SDUSD High School A through G graduation requirements?

    Please follow this link for more information about the SDUSD High School A through G graduation requirements.
  • What should I do when my child forgot his/her........?

    Children may forget to take their lunch, homework, textbook, or jacket to school. Parents delivering a forgotten item to their child should sign-in at the main office, obtain a visitors badge, and then walk the item to your child's classroom. To expedite the check-in process, It would be helpful if you knew your child's schedule.

    Unfortunately the office staff does not have the resources to personally deliver your item for you. Balloon bouquets are not allowed on campus.