Frequently Asked Qustions

Middle School Frequently Asked Questions

 

Questions
1)  How can I access my child's grades and records through the Parent Portal?
2)  What is the difference between excused and unexcused absences?
3)  Can my child bring their cell phone to school?
4)  If my child is absent, can I pick up his/her work?
5)  Can a family member pick up my child for an appointment?
6)  What is the school's policy regarding attendance?
7)  How does eligibility for extracurricular activities work?
8)  In the Parent Portal records, what do the attendance codes mean?
9)  Can I bring my child lunch?
10)  How can I add to my child's lunch plan?
 
Answers
1)  Q How can I access my child's grades and records through the Parent Portal?
A
To protect the security of all student information, Enid Public Schools requires that parents personally visit the school to receive their Parent Portal username and password. You will also be asked to sign a form acknowledging terms of use.
2)  Q What is the difference between excused and unexcused absences?
A
We ask that parents contact the school whenever their child will be absent so that we will know he/she is safe and in your care. Excused absences are recorded when a parent calls the school notifying office staff of the absence. An unexcused absence is one in which no call is made by the parent. We appreciate your cooperation.
3)  Q Can my child bring their cell phone to school?
A
Yes, under school policy, a student can have a cell phone at school. To avoid educational distractions, we ask that no one see or hear your child's phone. Is should by left off until the student leaves the campus at the end of the day.
4)  Q If my child is absent, can I pick up his/her work?
A
It is helpful to students to keep their class work current, even when they miss school. If your child is absent for two consecutive days, the school will collect his/her assignments and provide them to you upon request. Please call the school before noon on the second day so that we have time to coordinate with the teachers. If your child knows that he/she will miss in advance, assignments can be provided before the school days are missed.
5)  Q Can a family member pick up my child for an appointment?
A
For safety reasons, only individuals listed on your child's demographic record can check them out or visit them at school. Please review your child's information, kept in the office, to make sure every family member that you wish is listed in case of an emergency. Also, please inform the office as soon as possible if you have any changes throughout the school year.
6)  Q What is the school's policy regarding attendance?
A
A student must be in attendance at least 80% of the time according to Oklahoma law. Attendance is reported by the hour. A student may fail one class due to attendance. Student absences in which documentation can be provided verifying attendance at a funeral or a doctor's visit, do not count against a student's attendance. Please read the policy in the handbook for more details.
7)  Q How does eligibility for extracurricular activities work?
A
Students must be passing in their classes in order to participate on an ongoing basis in extracurricular activities. (Passing is considered 59.5% average or higher.) Each week a list of students who are not passing is generated in the office. The list is based on current, overall, semester grades. The first week that the student's name appears on the list, for any class, they are placed on probation and still allowed to participate in activities, pursuant to Oklahoma law and district policy. Students who are included on the list a second week are ineligible for competition. Once a student's name is no longer on the list, he/she is eligible and the cycle begins again.
8)  Q In the Parent Portal records, what do the attendance codes mean?
A
AE - Absent Excused; AN - Emergency, Dr., Court, etc.; AT - Truant; AU - Absent Unexcused; EI - ISIP; TU - Tardy Unexcused; ET - DCT (don't count tardy); EX - Saturday School attendance (absent or tardy was worked off in Saturday school); OS - Suspension; DCA - (Don't Count Absent) Codes; EA - Academics; EM - Music; EO - Stuco, etc.; ES - Sports
9)  Q Can I bring my child lunch?
A
You are very welcome to bring lunch to your child. Please drop the food by the office before their regular lunch time. For the safety of other students who may have allergies, food cannot be shared among students, so please bring only for your son/daughter.
10)  Q How can I add to my child's lunch plan?
A
This year, the middle school students will not have lunch cards that have to be replaced. Instead, they will use their thumbprint to identify themselves when going through the lunch line. When you send money for meals with your student, it will be added into an account that he/she can use for breakfast or lunch. The cost of breakfast is $1.25, while lunch is $2.75. Parents may complete an application for free- and reduced-lunch rates by visiting the EPS website at www.enidpublicschools.org.