School Policies

School Policies and Procedures

Arrival

Our doors open to students at 7:00 a.m. unless the student is expected for a supervised meeting (student council, teacher request, etc.).  Students eating breakfast may go to the cafeteria at 7:15 a.m. using the main doors only.  7th and 8th grade students not eating breakfast should either wait outside or report to the auditorium and wait to be dismissed to go to class around 7:35 a.m.  6th grade students not eating breakfast should report to the gym and wait to be dismissed at 7:35.  Students are not allowed to be at their lockers or in the hallways until 7:35.  First period begins at 7:45 a.m. and students are expected to be in their seats and ready to learn at this time. 

Tardiness

School starts promptly at 7:45 each morning.  Students arriving after this time will be assigned an automatic 15 minute detention to be served after school on the following Tuesday or Thursday.  Detention passes will be immediately issued to late students and should be signed by a parent or guardian.  Students arriving after 8:00 a.m. should report to the main office and sign in with the attendance clerk.  If tardiness becomes a recurring problem, disciplinary action will be taken and parents will be contacted. 

Dismissal

School is dismissed at 2:30 p.m. All students should be out of the building and off school property by 3:00 p.m.  Students are expected to leave the grounds immediately following dismissal unless required to remain for some activity or detention. 

Bicycles

Students who ride bicycles to school should observe the following rules: 

  • Place bicycle in the fenced-in area east of the building or the bike rack located at the west end of the building.
  • All bikes should be locked to the rack.
  • The fence gate at the east end of the building will be locked at 7:45 a.m. each morning and unlocked at 2:30 p.m. each afternoon. If you plan to leave during the day, you will have to contact a custodian or the office for the gate to be unlocked.

Meals

Each Weeks Middle School student uses a personal identification number.  This number allows only that student to spend money out of their account.  We encourage parents to put an ample amount of money into their student’s account.  It is important that each student not give identification numbers to any other student.  The lunch cashiers will notify your student if money in the account is low.

Breakfast

Students who choose to eat breakfast are to enter through the main door and proceed to the cafeteria.  Students will be allowed to enter this door at 7:15 a.m.  Only those students eating breakfast will be allowed in the cafeteria and must remain there until dismissed to go to first period.

Lunch

The lunch period is determined by the fifth period class.  Students are required to be in the cafeteria during their assigned lunch period.  Students are expected to comply with cafeteria rules.

Free and Reduced Priced Meal Applications

Free and Reduced Price meals are provided through a United States Department of Agriculture program.  Please complete the application form at registration. If you need an application during the year, please call the main office at 242-8449.  All students who do not have an approved meal application on file will be expected to pay full price for meals. 

Meal Prices

  • Student daily lunch: $2.40
  • Reduced price lunch: $0.40
  • Breakfast: $1.45
  • Reduced price breakfast: $0.30

Milk is included in the lunch price; extra milk may be purchased for $0.40 for all students (prices subject to change).

Discrimination Policy

The Des Moines Public Schools prohibits discrimination in educational programs and activities due to sex, race, national origin, creed, marital status or disability. A complaint procedure has been developed to handle these complaints. Employees, parents or guardians, students, and volunteers can file a complaint.

Briefly, the complaint procedure includes four steps.   

  • Talk to the principal about your complaint and try to solve the problem. 
  • If not satisfied, a complaint form must be filed within 15 working days and filed with the principal. A written response will be made within 10 working day by the principal. Individuals can get a complaint form from Mary Lynne Jones, District Complaint Officer, by calling (515)242-7781.
  • If not satisfied, the complaint can be made with the Executive Director of Elementary of Secondary Education within five working days after receiving the response from the principal. The Director will respond within 10 working days. 
  • If not satisfied, the complaint can be made with the Superintendent within five working days. A response will be made within 10 working days.