Whitworth-Buchanan Middle School

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School Policies

*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 not allowed to use their cell phone or electronic device’s carrier signal.
    • 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.
No amount of time will be spent in an attempt to locate and recover lost or stolen items. Bring device at your own risk.
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. In-School Suspension Minutes – Students who are assigned ISS are assigned minutes based on the disciplinary level. These ISS minutes need to be served within a certain amount of consecutive school days or the student will either be assigned another level of ISS, or be assigned Out of School Suspension. It is the responsibility of the student to make certain that all minutes are served. Students can serve these minutes in the ISS room before school, at lunch/recess, or after school. Students who misbehave will be removed at the discretion of the ISS 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. Administrative Detention - Will be assigned on Thursdays from 2:50pm-3:50pm. Failure to report to Administrative Detention will result in ISS minutes. Students who receive more than three detentions within a semester may be assigned to In-School Suspension.
4. Mini-School Isolation - A student is required to complete the Mini-School Isolation contract throughout the day. Student is expected to sit in an isolation desk in each class as he or she progresses through their regular schedule. The student’s hallway time is restricted. At lunch, student will sit in isolation.
5. Homeroom 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.
6. 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:
1. Verbal Warning; marked in the student’s agenda
2. One Day Silent Lunch; parent contact
3. One Day Mini-School Isolation; parent contact
4. Detention, assigned by the teacher; parent contact
5. Office referral; parent contact.
**** Administration reserves the right to assign Isolation, ISS, OSS, or remand based on severity of infractions.
Dress Code
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. Undergarments must be covered at all times.
  3. Shoes must be worn at all times. (No plastic/rubber thongs, flip-flops, house shoes, or athletic sandals/slippers).
  4. 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.
  5. Hats, sunglasses and bandannas are prohibited in the building.
  6. 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. Biking shorts, spandex, tights, pajamas, or boxer shorts are not permitted to be worn as pants. Shorts and pants are to be hemmed or stitched; no cut-offs are allowed. Holes are only permitted at or below the knee.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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, Classroom Isolation, in-school suspension, and/or other disciplinary action as deemed appropriate.
1st Dress Code Violation Warning - Documented by HR Teacher
2nd Dress Code Violation One-Day Mini School Isolation
3rd Dress Code Violation Two-Day Mini School Isolation
4th and any additional Dress Code Violations Office referral
A student is provided the opportunity to call home in the morning from his or her Homeroom class and correct their dress code offense. However, if a change of clothing cannot be provided then he or she will remain in Classroom Isolation for the entire day. 
Eligibility Requirements:  Attend Rallies, Dances, & Incentive-Based Field Trips

Students must meet the following requirements during the grading period of the event. Any ISS or OSS assigned 5 school days prior to the beginning of the grading period of that event will be subject to administrative discretion.



  • 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 ISS minutes.
  • A student cannot be assigned 300 ISS minutes for one occurrence.
  • A student cannot be assigned OSS.
PLEASE NOTE: the mini school may release a contract for end of the year functions.  All students must meet these requirements in order to purchase a ticket and/or attend.


End of the Year Carnival

  • A student cannot be assigned OSS during the second semester in order to attend.
  • All fines, charges, and/or textbook costs MUST be paid prior to carnival ticket purchase.
****Please note the Mini School may release a contract for end of the year functions. All students must meet these requirements in order 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.
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. Tardies to school are counted per nine week grading period; consequences for unexcused tardies are as follows:
1st Tardy Warning* - Documented by the Attendance Secretary
2nd Tardy Administrative Warning – Attendance Dean calls home/Documented
3rd Tardy Silent Lunch assigned by the Attendance Dean
4th Tardy 2 Days Silent Lunch (Attendance Dean)
5th Tardy Administrative Detention (Attendance Dean)
6th Tardy 1 Day ISS (Attendance Dean)
7th Tardy 2 Days ISS (Attendance Dean)
For additional policies and information, please see the WBMS Student Handbook here.