School Policies

Attendance Policy

Student daily attendance is important because students are more likely to succeed in academics and social development when they attend school consistently. It is difficult for the teacher and the class to build their skills and progress if a student is frequently absent from blended or remote learning.

  • A student with a 90% attendance rate is a student that has been absent 18 school days which is equal to one month of school. If a student has an attendance rate less than 90% that student is considered chronically absent.

School attendance is required by law and is critical to students’ success in school and life.

  • Research shows that children who miss 10 or more days of school in a given school year are less likely to graduate from High School. Missing even two (2) days a month adds up to 20 DAYS a year. In addition, national data shows that students with more absences score lower on standardized tests, no matter their age, demographic group, or state or city.

We want to help ensure that every student has strong attendance every year.

  • Families are encouraged to establish a daily routine and follow the school's calendar to support consistency.

  • PLEASE NOTE: Parents are NOT PERMITTED to take their child out of the school for an extended time (more than 3 absences) to attend to personal business, family matters or to vacation. Please schedule personal business, family matters, or vacations for days and times when our students are not required to attend school.

Uniform Policy

Here at Middle School 217Q we have a student dress code policy. The dress code consists of a collared polo shirt (navy blue or grey) with our school logo, and either navy blue or khaki pants. Girls may choose to wear a navy blue or khaki skirt/skort.

There are many benefits in having our students wear a uniform to school everyday:

  • Promotes a more effective learning environment
  • Fosters school unity and pride
  • Improves student performance
  • Fosters self-esteem
  • Eliminates label competition
  • Simplifies the dressing process in the morning
  • Teaches students appropriate dress and decorum in their “work” place
  • Help to improve student conduct and discipline

Understanding all the benefits wearing a school uniform lends to our school environment any student who is out of uniform will receive a phone call home to inform the parent and may be subjected to stay for detention.

Parents and students purchase the polo shirt fromNeedleheads located at: 88-01 Myrtle Ave, Glendale, NY 11385 / Phone: (718) 850 - 4252.

  • Parents may also purchase the polo shirt from any available manufacturer; however, the school logo must be displayed.
  • No designer emblems are permitted on the polo shirt. Needleheads is the only store in our community that will embroider the polo shirt with the school logo.
  • For navy blue or khaki pants/skirt/skort parents may shop at any school uniform store.

Cookies Department Store provides 10% discount for MS 217 Students. Cookies is located at 166-21 Jamaica Avenue, NY 11432.

Grading Policy for 2020-21

We thank you for your continued support of your children and our school.

During these difficult times, it is important that we consider many of the struggles families are experiencing. At the same time, we know that students and families are aspiring to work hard and achieve greatness this year. Therefore, during this first marking period, we are focusing on providing students with multiple opportunities to demonstrate their understanding. We are engaging students in ongoing feedback to help them advance their learning and feel successful.

This means that student report cards for the first marking period will reflect students’ level of understanding and mastery so far. Teachers will use the abbreviations below and their numerical equivalents to communicate your child’s progress in each subject area so far:

School ID Policy

Students must have their ID cards daily.

Students can download the mobile app titled "Stocard" here > and setup their account. The next time they attend school, the student can show our school staff their digitized ID card.

The purpose of the ID is to permit all school staff and school safety agents the quick ability to identify intruders. Students not carrying their ID cards are in violation of our school safety procedures and create an unsafe school environment. We are grateful to you for your support and cooperation.

*Please note- Upon re-opening of MS 217 ID policies are subject to change.