Whitworth-Buchanan Middle School

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BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)

No amount of time will be spent in an attempt to locate and recover lost or stolen items.  Bring device at your own risk.

*Please refer to the handbook on the Rutherford County School District webpage for guidelines. The following are only a select number of guidelines taken from the handbook that students must follow:

  • Students will access the internet through the RCS-Secure Network, which is available in every building in our district. Students will utilize their RCS usernames and passwords to access the Wi-Fi.
    • Students are only allowed to use the RCS Wi-Fi for networking purposes and not their devices’ network.
      • Any such usage will be deemed as Unauthorized Usage of a Cell Phone or Electronic Device and disciplinary measures will be taken.
  • The teacher in the classroom has the final say on procedures in the classroom. If a teacher asks you not to use your device at a particular time, then you must follow those directions.
  • Personal devices must remain OFF at all times except when it is being used for instructional purposes, and permission has been granted by the instructing teacher.
  • As stated in board policy 6.312: “Unauthorized use or improper storage of a device will result in confiscation of the device and appropriate disciplinary action.” Possession of a personal device under the RCS policy is a privilege which may be forfeited by a student who fails to abide by all policies and procedures. Refer to the attached BYOD User Guidelines document for further guidance. Students may not use their device to get on any social media platform at the bus stop, on the bus, and/or during school hours.
  • The device may not be used to record, transmit, or post photographic images or video of a person or persons on campus during school activities including district provided transportation unless assigned by the teacher and allowed by the RCS Acceptable Use, Media Release, and Internet Safety Procedures.
  • Consequences for Unauthorized Usage of an Electronic Device:
1st offense for the school year will result in the phone being confiscated for the class period or event time.
2nd offense for the school year will result in the phone being confiscated and taken to the front office. The student may pick it up at the end of the school day.
3rd & further offenses will result in the phone being confiscated, taken to the front office, and only an authorized adult may pick it up from the front office.
Students are expected to conduct themselves according to the policy/procedures outlined in the Rutherford County Schools Student Code of Conduct. In accordance with Discipline Procedures of the Rutherford County School System, dispositions are outlined below. Disciplinary action will include appropriate hearings and reviews, and, in all cases, the rights of the individuals will be ensured and protected.
1. Expulsion (Zero Tolerance) – Removal of a student from the school system for an extended period of time or permanently by Board of Education action.
2. Suspension –
a. Out of School Suspension (OSS) - Removal of the student from the campus and exclusion from ALL school-sponsored activities during suspension by the Administration or the Board of Education.
b. Restriction Minutes – Students are assigned these minutes based on the disciplinary level. These minutes need to be served within a certain amount of consecutive school days.  It is the responsibility of the student to make certain that all minutes are served. Students can serve these minutes in the designated classroom before school or at lunch/recess. Students who misbehave will be removed at the discretion of the instructor and their minutes for that period will not be counted. 
Step 1: 100 Minutes - Must be served within 3 school days
Step 2: 200 Minutes - Must be served within 6 school days
Step 3: 300 Minutes – Must be served within 9 school days 
3. 1st period Isolation - A student is required to stay in a single classroom throughout the entire day. Student is expected to sit in an isolation desk, hallway time is restricted, and lunch will be isolated. This disposition is most often used for an uncorrected dress code offense.
4. Classroom Disciplinary Steps Students who choose not to meet these expectations and/or the guidelines from the Student Handbook and Code of Behavior and Discipline will receive consequences. Consequences are as follows:
Verbal Warning
Demerit 1: One Day Silent Lunch; parent contact
Demerit 2: EMD (Early Morning Detention starts at 7:05-7:40am); parent contact
Demerit 3: Restorative; parent contact
Demerit 4: Office referral; parent contact.
*** Administration reserves the right to assign Isolation, Restriction, OSS, or remand based on severity of infractions.****The Restorative consequence will be a duty chosen by the student from a school-produced list of choices that will last 25 minutes and no longer. If the student chooses to opt out of a restorative practice then he or she will be assigned 50 Restriction Minutes.
These steps will ensure parents are kept informed of their student’s behavior while at Whitworth-Buchanan. Please contact your child’s teacher by email or phone if you have any questions about his or her behavior and/or progress in class.
Dress Code

The Whitworth-Buchanan Middle School dress code has been devised with the idea of promoting a positive learning atmosphere and wholesome attitude for each student and the school as a whole. Any dress that is considered contrary to good hygiene, distractive or disruptive in appearance, or detrimental to the educational environment or the public image of the school will not be permitted. Decency, good taste, and the normal standards of the community are to be maintained in dress and grooming by all students. Students should follow these guidelines:

  1. Any clothing considered too revealing or extremely form fitting will not be allowed. No skin should be visible between shirts and pants while sitting or extending hands overhead. See-through materials, bare midriffs, open backs, low-cut tops, tube tops, tank tops, halter tops, mesh or sleeveless shirts are not permitted.
  2. Clothing cannot have holes above the knee where skin can be revealed.
  3. Undergarments must be covered at all times.
  4. Shoes must be worn at all times. (No plastic/rubber sandals, flip-flops, house shoes, or athletic sandals/slippers).
  5. All clothing must be size appropriate. Sagging is not allowed. Pants must be worn at the waist. All belts, buttons, and fasteners must be fastened at all times.
  6. Hats, sunglasses, and bandannas are prohibited in the building.
  7. Shorts, skirts, and dresses must be longer than the tip of the longest finger when the student’s arms are extended along the side of the body and all the way around the body when the student’s arms are by the side of the body. Biking shorts, spandex, tights, pajamas, or boxer shorts are not permitted to be worn as pants.
  8. Form-fitting clothes, such as those made with Lycra or spandex (including leggings/jeggings), are allowable only if they are worn under clothing that meets dress code. Students may wear leggings as long as their shirt, dress, skirt, or shorts is as long or longer than the tip of the longest finger all the way around the body when the student’s arms are by the side of the body.
  9. Clothing, accessories, or any item that pertains to or advertises substances which are illegal for teenagers (drugs, alcohol, tobacco products, etc.) or which are otherwise inappropriate (profanity, sex, obscenities, violence, gang related, etc.) are not to be worn or brought to school. No writing on the backside of pants/shorts.
  10. Scarves, hair-picks, stocking caps, hair curlers, or other head covering may not be worn to school. Hats cannot be worn on any part of the body. This includes, but is not limited to: attaching a hat to belt straps or having one’s hat in one’s back pocket. Hoodies may be worn, but the hood must stay down at all times.

When a student is found to be in violation of the above dress code the mini-school team lead, dean of students, or the principal will administer appropriate consequences. These consequences include, but are not limited to: calling parents to bring appropriate clothing, 1st period Isolation, Restriction Minutes, and/or other disciplinary action as deemed appropriate.


*A student is provided the opportunity to call home at the start of the day from their 1st period class and correct their dress code offense. However, if a change of clothing cannot be provided then he or she will remain in their 1st period Isolation for the entire day. We ask that you refer to the information about Homeroom Isolation under the heading of Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures.

1st Dress Code Violation Warning - Documented by Teacher*

2nd Dress Code Violation Warning - *

3rd Dress Code Violation Parent Phone Call - *

4th Dress Code Violation Hallway Restriction

5th Dress Code Violation Demerit (follow classroom misconduct steps)

Eligibility Requirements:  Attend Rallies, Dances, & Incentive-Based Field Trips

Students must meet the following requirements during the grading period of the event. Additionally, Restriction Minutes or OSS that is assigned five (5) school days prior to the beginning of the grading period of that event will result in ineligibility.


  • A student cannot have any failing grades based on the previous report card.


  • A student cannot have two or more discipline occurrences that result in Restriction minutes.
  • A student cannot be assigned 300 Restriction minutes for one occurrence.
  • A student cannot be assigned 2 or more days of OSS.

End of the Year Carnival

  • A student cannot be remanded at all within the school year to attend this event in May.
  • All school fees/charges must be paid to attend this event.


Please note the Mini School will release a contract for end of the year functions. All students must meet these requirements to purchase a ticket and/or attend.

Tardies to Class:

Students are expected to be in class prior to the class bell ringing. Promptness to each class is important. Students have four minutes between classes to visit lockers, restrooms, or move throughout the building. Tardies are counted per nine weeks for classroom tardiness. *Administration will on occasion conduct an ‘All School Tardy Sweep’. Any student tardy to class during that Administrative-Led process will at minimum be assigned a Warning on the first offense and then Administrative Detention on the next offense of such sweep.

1st Tardy Warning – Documented by teacher*

2nd Tardy Warning - *

3rd Tardy Parent Contact - *

4th Tardy Hallway Restriction - *

5th Tardy Demerit (follow classroom consequence steps) -*

Tardies to School:
Students are expected to be in class before 7:50 a.m. Any student arriving after 7:50 a.m. must be signed in by a parent/guardian with the attendance clerk in the office before being admitted to class. Parents are to make the necessary arrangements that will enable their children to arrive on time. Excessive traffic, car problems, etc. are not considered acceptable excuses. Excuse notes for tardies to school must be submitted within 3 school days of the tardy. 
For additional policies and information, please see the WBMS Student Handbook here.