Schoolwide Expectations

DPS is dedicated to creating an environment that promotes student success, balanced with student rights and responsibilities. Students have the right to a safe and equitable education that meets individual needs and abilities. Students share in the responsibility of establishing and maintaining a safe school environment and should not engage in disruptive activities that might interfere with the educational rights of others.

DPS encourages all families to engage in their children’s education. We expect parents and guardians to model professionalism and respect, and refrain from disrupting teaching or school-support operations. Such behavior can create an unsafe, unproductive or threatening environment for our students and staff members. If a parent or guardian violates this policy, he or she may be issued a warning about his or her behavior; may be invited to participate in mediation with school staff; or may be barred from entering school grounds. We want to help prevent conflicts by working together so we can maintain a positive and productive environment for our students and staff members.

It is essential that students attend school daily in order to acquire the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to be college and career ready. Per the Colorado School Attendance Laws, students are required to attend school up to age 17.

EXCUSED ABSENCES

Excused absences include illness, doctor’s appointments (with note), or transportation. Requests for any other reason or for extended absences must be approved by the principal or his/her appointee. Please note, students out for illness for more than 3 days require a note from a healthcare provider.

SUBMITTING EXCUSE REQUESTS TO SCHOOL

To request that an absence be excused, parents must call the Attendance Line (720-424-2770), sent a note through our online form, or drop off a handwritten note to our main office. Requests must include parent/guardian’s name, the name and ID number of the student, the dates(s) of the absence, the reason for the absence, and a telephone number where the parent can be contacted during the school day.

TRUANT AND HABITUALLY TRUANT

Truancy is an unexcused absence, or an absence without parent, guardian or school permission. A student is considered habitually truant if they have four unexcused absences in one month and/or 10 unexcused absences in the school year. Schools will notify parents or guardians of student absences by telephone, letter, conference or home visit. In order to support the family of a student who is habitually truant, DPS works to understand reasons for the student’s absences. We will work to provide support that could include meeting with the student’s family, counseling, tutoring, providing a referral to support programs, or implementing an attendance or medical plan. A truancy court proceeding may be initiated if the student continues to miss school.


TARDY POLICY

Students who are late to their classes during the school day (does not include late morning arrival) 3 or more instances are subject to Saturday School Intervention. [Per Saturday School Intervention policy: Students who fail to attend Saturday School Intervention for any reason lose their lunch and recess for 5 days. Students will go to the cafeteria to get their lunch and then walk to the pass room (detention room.)]

All Elementary (ECE-5) students are required to wear a school uniform daily. We cannot allow students to be at school without a school uniform as others will think it’s appropriate. If students show up to school without a school uniform, you will receive a phone and will be required to bring them a uniform. Please check their clothes before leaving your home. *This dress code does not regulate the exercise of an individual’s sincerely held religious beliefs.

TOPS:

  • Approved tops for elementary students include collared shirts (polo shirts, button down shirts or blouses) of any solid color or any official Howell graphic T-shirts.
    • Plain or graphic t-shirts that do not have the Howell design are not permitted.
  • Solid Khaki, Navy Blue, or Maroon Jumpers
  • Halter tops, tank tops, and thin-strapped tops are not permitted.

BOTTOMS:

  • Pants, Jeans, Skirts, Skorts, Jumpers, Capris and Shorts
  • Bottoms must be in a solid Black, Khaki, Navy Blue, or Jean color.
    • Denim jeans are permitted to have rips, holes, or frayed sections at the knee or below. Rips, holes, or frayed sections above the knee are NEVER permitted.
  • Pants are defined as having pockets and a zipper. No leggings allowed unless they are worn underneath a skirt, skort, shorts or jumper.
  • Bottoms must be free of graphics, decals, embroidery, and logos with the exception of small logos (no bigger than a quarter size)
  • Shorts, Skirts, Skorts, and Jumpers shall be no shorter than 3” above the top of the knee when standing.
  • Baggy or sagging bottoms are not permitted.

FOOTWEAR:

  • Footwear must be worn at all times.
  • Tennis shoes or sturdy, form-fitting shoes are recommended.
  • Backless, high-healed, or open toe shoes are not permitted.
  • Flip flops, crocs, slippers and shoes with wheels are not permitted.

MISCELLANEOUS:

  • All students are permitted to wear hoodies (hooded sweatshirts or jackets) in the building, but hoods must be down and cannot be worn while inside.
  • Hats, caps, hoods, bandanas and other headwear may not be worn during the school day unless for school sponsored activities. *Except for cultural purposes (ex: hijabs)
  • Students may not wear dark glasses while inside the school building (face or head) unless prescribed by a medical provider for a known medical condition.

Final determination of what is and is not permissible under this dress code will be made by School Administration and/or their designee(s).

Attire must not disrupt the school’s learning environment. It must meet reasonable standards of cleanliness and show respect for others. If a student violates the dress code and a staff member addresses it, the student will be asked to change or contact parent/guardian to bring a change of clothes and not wear that item again. Student appearance and attire should reflect appropriate choices for the educational setting and shall meet reasonable standards of safety and cleanliness while showing respect for others. Farrell B Howell dress code was approved by the Collaborative School Committee in conjunction with staff and family input and follows DPS Board Policy.

*This dress code does not regulate the exercise of an individual’s sincerely held religious beliefs.

Policy on DRESS CODE:

  • All shirts, blouses, sweaters, and sweatshirts of the student’s choice is permitted as long as they confirm to this dress code
  • All students are permitted to wear hoodies (hooded sweatshirts or jackets) in the building, but hoods must be down and cannot be worn while inside.
  • Denim jeans are permitted to have rips, holes, or frayed sections at the knee or below. Rips, holes, or frayed sections above the knee are NEVER permitted.
  • Skirts, dresses, and shorts, shall be no shorter than 3” above the top of the knee when standing.
  • Footwear must be worn at all times.
  • Tennis shoes or sturdy, form-fitting shoes are recommended.

The following items are NOT permitted:

  • Any clothing, paraphernalia, grooming, jewelry, hair coloring, accessories, or body adornments, that are or contain any words, symbols, or pictures that:
    • Refer to drugs, tobacco, alcohol or weapons
    • Are obscene, profane, vulgar, lewd or legally libelous, or sexual nature
  • No clothing – by virtue of color, arrangement, trademark, or other attribute denoting membership in gangs, associations, or clubs which advocate drug use, violence, or disruptive behavior that may threaten the safety or welfare of any person or to otherwise disrupt the school’s mission.
  • Inappropriately sheer, tight, loose, or low-cut clothing that bares or exposes the stomach, back, breasts, buttocks, or genitalia. (For example, the following items are prohibited under this section: garments made of fishnet, mesh, or similar material, and midriffs, halter tops, backless clothing, tube tops, muscle tops, revealing tank tops or sundresses, etc.)
  • No visible undergarments (male or female). This includes sleeveless undershirts.
  • Items which can be considered pajamas or other nightwear may not be worn to school.
  • No hats, headbands, sweatbands, bandanas, sunglasses or head coverings of any kind may not be worn during the school day unless for school-sponsored activities. *Except for cultural purposes (ex: hijabs)
  • Silky or mesh athletic shorts, biking shorts, swim or board shorts, cut-offs, or other inappropriate shorts will not be allowed. Yoga pants or leggings may only be worn under skirts, dresses, or shorts.
  • Backless, high-healed, or open toe shoes are not permitted.
  • Flip flops, crocs, slippers and shoes with wheels are not permitted.

Cell phones or any other electronics are not permitted to be used/visible in classrooms or hallways (i.e. iPods/MP3 players, Gameboys, tablets, smart watches, etc.). All headphones/earbuds should not be visible or turned on at anytime in the classroom or hallways. If an electronic device is heard or seen in class or hallway, it will be confiscated. The school is not responsible for any lost, stolen, or confiscated electronic devices. In case of emergency, a phone is available for student use in the main office. Students should only contact parents during the school day by the use of the phone in the main office.

*The school is not responsible for any lost, stolen, or confiscated electronic devices as students bring the devices at their own risk

*Cell phones may be subject to confiscation in some cases of habitual or discipline reasons and if student is serving In-School Suspension.

Student # of Cell Phone InfractionsActions
1st cell phone infractionInfraction incurred, student and parent/guardian notified. Teacher will confiscate cell phone and hand it over to the dean or office. Student will receive cell phone at the end of the day.
2nd cell phone infractionInfraction incurred, student and parent/guardian notified, After School Intervention will be assigned. Cell phone will be confiscated and parent/guardian will need to pick-up after school.
3rd cell phone infractionMandatory Family Meeting, Student Contract and Saturday School Intervention will be assigned. Cell phone will be confiscated and will only be given at the mandatory family meeting (please know this could take a few days).
4th cell phone infraction and aboveRecorded in student behavior record as “Habitual”, greater consequences.

At Howell we aim to help students develop leadership and communication skills. This will guide them in learning how to resolve conflict through restorative means. Our focus on building these skills within our student body helps our students develop into well-rounded, active citizens in our community.

We believe Howell’s restorative school culture is what sets us apart from other middle schools. So what is restorative practices all about? Our restorative school culture means we focus on relationship building among our students and staff. Restorative is synonymous with accountability and opportunity. Through relationship building and through conflict we are given the chance to teach our students how to identify behaviors that cause harm, how to accept responsibility for that harm, and how to use creative solution-focused actions in order for the offender to make things right. The restorative process seeks to identify everyone involved and provide opportunities for those most affected by the behavior to be heard and play an active role in deciding how the situation will be made right.

Restorative work comes in all forms

The restorative process at Howell can come in many forms. Restorative is used as a preventative and inclusive tool in the classroom. Students may also be involved in circle work with an academic focus or in response to a class-wide issue. Mediations between students, between staff or between students and staff are used as well.

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Students who fail to attend Saturday School Intervention for any reason lose their lunch and recess for 5 days. Students will go to the cafeteria to get their lunch and then walk to the pass room (detention room.)

Students must not possess or use alcohol, narcotics, marijuana, legal but unauthorized, or illegal substances on school grounds, in DPS-approved vehicles, at designated school bus stops or at school-sponsored events. There are disciplinary consequences for these misbehaviors.

This will be utilized for inappropriate behavior not listed above, such as insubordination or disrespect for staff, violation of DPS Zero Tolerance for gang activity, drugs, profanity/obscenity directed at a person, bullying, sexual harassment, theft, weapons, fighting, etc.

We encourage our families to visit our classrooms, and we recognize that family volunteers play an important role in the success of our school. In order to ensure that no unauthorized persons enter buildings with wrongful intent, all visitors and volunteers must first report to the school office to obtain school approval.

Visitors

School visits are by appointment only, please call the main office for more information.

According to the DPS Board of Education Policy on Visitors to Schools, only the following individuals are permitted to visit our school:

  • Parents/guardians of current students;
  • Other family members of current students who are approved by the student’s parent/guardian; and
  • Board members; and
  • Other persons invited by the principal, the superintendent or her/his designee or a board member for educational or official business purposes.

All visitors are required to check into the main office where they screened through our new Raptor Visitor Management system.

Visiting a school is a privilege, not a right, which may be limited, denied or revoked by a school administrator or designee based on considerations of student and /or staff safety, efficient school operations, maintenance of a proper educational environment, or failure to comply with the DPS Board of Education Policy on Visitors to Schools.

Volunteers

Volunteers within our school must complete a volunteer application and a no cost background check through the Volunteer Services department. More information and the appropriate forms can be found here: https://equity.dpsk12.org/get-involved/volunteer-services/

  • Who has to complete a volunteer application and background check? Anyone who plans to spend time and have a presence in the school with our students on a regular basis, or who will have responsibility for students directly including field trip escorts.