Middle school dances are a privilege that all students must earn! Dances are reserved for middle school students only. The Guest Policy permits a student to invite one Williamsburg area middle-school aged guest to attend the dance as his or her guest. The completed dance guest permission form completed by the parent/guardian is required by noon on the day of the dance and must be approved by the administration. Guest slips may be picked up in the main office.
Since dances are a privilege, a student loses his or her privilege of attending the next dance if he or she is not a student in good standing. This includes but is not limited to students who have two or more in school suspensions or one or more out of school suspensions. Students who are absent on the day of a dance or any other celebration or extracurricular activity may not attend the event. The administration reserves the right to deny admittance to the dance to any student or guest. All dances begin at 6:30 pm and end promptly at 9:00 pm. If students are not picked up on time, they may be denied the privilege of attending the next dance. Please make all possible efforts to pick up your child by 9:00 pm. Parents are encouraged to chaperon dances.
Toano Middle School students are expected to obey all school and dance rules and to conduct themselves as ladies and gentlemen at all times. The dance rules are as follows:
- Students are not to arrive before 6:30 p.m.
- Students are to walk - not run - during the dance.
- The uniform dress code is not in effect for the dances. See the following page for the Dance Dress Code Policy.
- Students are to remain in the gym/cafeteria area or in the gym hall during the dance.
- No food or drink will be allowed in the gym. All trash must be placed in the proper receptacles.
- Bathrooms are to be used for their intended purposes. Students are not to spend the evening in them.
- Students are to treat all teacher and parent chaperons courteously and follow the instructions they are given.
- Students are to stay in the building until they are ready to leave the dance. They may not leave and re-enter the building. Students are to remain in the dance area until its completion unless they are leaving the dance with their parent/guardian.
- If a TMS student brings an approved guest to the dance, that student is to see that the guest knows about and obeys all TMS school and dance rules. The student must complete a dance guest permission form (available in the office) and obtain approval by noon on the day of the dance. Normally, any guests must be Williamsburg area middle school student. Any exceptions must be approved by administration.
- The dance ends at 9:00 p.m. Any student not picked up by 9:30 p.m. will not be allowed to attend the next dance.
RULES FOR DANCING
- Students are expected to dance upright. Students are not to dance down on the floor.
- Students are not to crowd together. When standing or dancing as a group, students must leave enough space in between them to allow for a person to walk through easily and for an adult to see into the center of the circle.
- Students are not permitted to perform dances/moves that may endanger themselves or others.
- Students are to dance face-to-face or side-to-side. Students are not to dance front to back.
- During slow dances, there is to be visible space between dancers.
Students who are in violation of these rules will receive one warning from a chaperon, teacher, or administrator. Students who continue to misbehave will be taken to a teacher or an administrator and may be instructed to sit for a short time, asked to call a parent/guardian to pick them up, or told they are not allowed to attend the next dance. Some inappropriate behaviors may result in a referral to administration.
TMS SCHOOL-RELATED (DANCE) DRESS CODE
The responsibility for the appearance of the students in WJC Schools rests with parents and students themselves. Attire cannot be disruptive to the school environment, must comply with the health code of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and may not interfere with the educational process or pose a threat to the safety of the student or those about him or her. Student dress will reflect positively on the students, school, and learning environment, and should ultimately reflect standards of dress in the workplace at large.
All undergarments must remain properly under the appropriate cover or clothing. Torn, ripped, or slashed clothing may not be worn. Clothing or clothing accessories which are form-fitting, suggestive, provocative, disruptive, defamatory, distracting, or revealing are not permitted. School administrators reserve the right to make decisions concerning questionable and inappropriate school attire. If contacted by school administration, parents may be summoned to school to provide acceptable clothing or pick the student up from the dance. Students unable to correct their dress may be placed in an alternative setting for the remainder of the dance. Repeat violations of the dress code will result in further consequences.
The Following Dress Code Will Be In Effect For School-Related Activities During The School Year
- Students are responsible for keeping themselves, their hair, and their clothing clean.
- Clothing/accessories bearing obscene, offensive, profane, suggestive or abusive statements or images will not be permitted.
- Clothing must not advertise/advocate/promote activities illegal to minors.
- Shoes must be worn at all times.
- Pants must be worn at the waistline. Sagging is not permitted.
- Shorts/skorts/dresses/skirts shorter than 3 inches above the knee are not acceptable. All articles of clothing worn from the waist must not be shorter than 3 inches above the knee.
- Muscle T’s, spaghetti straps, strapless tops, mesh weave, fishnet, sheer and see-through clothing, crop tops, and the like are not allowed.
- Bandannas may not be worn or adorned in any fashion.
- Head wear, including headbands, do-rags, and sunglasses will be removed prior to entering the building.
- Hats may be worn at dances.
- Skin-tight clothing, such as biking shorts or spandex apparel, is not allowed.
- Very loose or baggy clothing or high heels may be prohibited if it presents a safety hazard (i.e. tripping).
- Clothing that shows midriff, cleavage, buttocks, or bare shoulders is not allowed.
- Heelies/wheelies type shoes are not allowed in school.
- Coats are not to be worn inside the building during the dance. Coats must be stored in designated areas upon arrival at the dance. Sweaters and light jackets may be worn during the dance.
- Students may not wear the hoods of hooded sweatshirts on their heads. Students may be asked to remove the sweatshirt if this occurs in the school building.
- No backpacks or book bags of any size are to be carried during the dance.
- Any clothing, make-up, hairstyle, or manner of appearance that disrupts the educational/school-related environment will not be allowed. Sleepwear/pajamas/slippers are not allowed.