Policies & procedures
It is important that we start out the year on the right foot, so to speak. Communicating our policies, procedures, rules and expectations is key.
First Day of School
The first day of school is August 8th.
Back to School Events
6th grade Transition (Bison Camp - July 27th from 9 am - 12 pm )
7th/8th Grade Bison Camp - July 27th 1 pm - 4 pm
Meet the Teacher (To be announced)
Student Schedules will be accessible August 2
- Visible school ID Required at all times (provided)
- Shirts: Red, White, Black or Navy Blue Polo
- Pants/Shorts/Skirts: Khaki, Navy Blue, Black pants: no denim, leggings or jeggings
- Hoodies: No Hoodies allowed.
- You may wear a solid-colored white, red, navy blue or Bison pullover sweatshirt. It can have a small “Nike” or other small logo in upper right-hand corner, no large logos or print.
- No crocs or slides permitted
- No sagging
- No CELL PHONES; must be off and secured inside of backpack (may NOT be visible in pockets,etc.)
- No earbuds, airpods, or headphones
- Backpack: Clear bag or backpack only
Importance of IDs: Our goal is to ensure our Bison are provided a safe learning environment, a part of campus safety is ensuring that all students, staff, and visitors are wearing visible IDs. Doing so allows for all individuals on campus to be immediately identified as belonging to our school and allows the campus to identify who may enter the building
O'Banion has met the conditions required by the GISD School Board to implement a standardized dress code for all students. For more information, visit the district's standardized dress code page.
To report an absence, contact the front office at 972-279-6103. After a student has been absent at least three consecutive days, a parent or guardian may call the school office and request the make-up work. Upon return to school after an absence, a note including the student's name, ID#, and reason for absence signed by a parent or a doctor is required.
In the morning, students need to enter from the cafeteria doors between 8:15am - 8:45am. They may pick up their breakfast (free to all students) and then report directly to 1st period to eat it.
Looking for your child's bus route information? It is available in Skyward starting August 1st.
Parents of school bus riders can check Skyward Family Access in the Portfolio area.
Login into your parent Skyward account. On the left, go to portfolio. Then choose “2022-23 School Year Bus Info Letter”.
Parents who need assistance with registering new students can call the Transportation call center at 972-494-8530.
Staggered dismissal will be as listed below:
4:08 - All car riders
4:11 - All Walkers
4:14 - Walk All Bus Riders to the Cafeteria
The school clinic is open during school hours. Students needing to visit the clinic must get a clinic pass from their teacher. Visiting the clinic between classes is not allowed unless it is an emergency.
We will continue with W.I.N. (What I Need) this year during 1st period. This period allows for intervention (math and reading) and enrichment opportunities (SEL, College Career Readiness) for our Bison.
Student Management Focus
O'Banion Middle School's goal is to ensure all students are provided with a safe and comfortable learning environment. To ensure that we provide that type of environment for our Bison, part of our student management plan will be to continue with the implementation of Leveled In-school Suspension (ISS). There are two stages to our leveled ISS:
Stage 1 is regular assignment to ISS, number of days assigned will depend on the code of conduct violation.
Stage 2 is assigned to students who are displaying persistent misconduct/misbehavior.
NOTE: students involved in fighting, vandalism, non-THC vapes (and other offenses as determined by administration) will automatically be assigned to Stage 2.
A student may be assigned to stage 2 ISS based on type of discipline violation. Students with persistent disciplinary infractions will automatically be assigned to stage 2.
When assigned to stage 2 ISS, students are not permitted to:
- Ride the school bus to or from school.
- Walk to and from school.
Students must be brought to school by parent/guardian, both parent/guardian and student must report to the front office by 8:30am to sign-in. ISS teacher will be waiting to receive ISS students to escort them to get breakfast and go to ISS classroom.
Students must be picked up by parent/guardian in the front office at 3:30 pm. And signed out. Students who are not picked up by 3:30 pm may result in additional days in ISS.
While in ISS, students will have opportunities to reflect on the behavior that resulted in ISS placement, they will accomplish this through SEL lessons and other activities that will allow for intentional, inclusive, and respectful ways of reflecting and responding to the behavior. Our goal is to empower students to learn from unacceptable choices, to understand their impact, and to grow personally in their ability to make more sound decisions and resolve problems.
Online Student Services Request
Do you need to enroll your child, request a transfer, withdraw or request a transcript? It's easy to start common processes at home. Visit the Online Student Services page to get started.
If you have additional questions, please contact the campus data clerk:
To support our mission of providing an exceptional education to all students, we have created policies designed to help your student have the best possible education experience.
- Student Code of Conduct & Handbook (PDF)
- Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) (PDF)
- Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)-Spanish (PDF)
- Parent Involvement
Visit the Policies page on the district website for additional polices and related information.