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RJ Baskett Middle School

Frequently Asked Questions


Is it alright for my child to bring a cell phone to school?

Yes, students may bring cell phones and other wireless communications devices to school, but they must be powered completely off, not just set on silent or vibrate modes. In certain circumstances students may receive permission from the principal to keep their phone powered on during school hours.

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What are the rules regarding the use of medication on campus?

In circumstances in which a student needs to take a prescribed medication during the school day, please observe the following guidelines:

  • Parents must file a Medication Request and Authorization form with the principal before we will permit a student to take any medication during school hours.
  • All medications must be accepted and stored by the school nurse.
  • Only medication in its original prescription bottle, labeled with the date of the prescription, the student’s name, and exact dosage will be accepted and administered.

For further information, please refer to the student handbook located in the parent or student section of the quick links on our Home page.

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What is the dress code for R.J. Baskett Middle School?

We expect our students to dress in a way that shows respect for themselves, for others, and for their school. Students may not wear any clothing that distracts from the learning experience, causes any hazard to themselves or others, or causes property damage to our school.

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What if my child becomes ill while at school?

If a student becomes ill, we will attempt to notify a parent or guardian promptly, and we will care for the student in our nurse’s station until a parent or guardian arrives. No student may leave school grounds unless he/she is accompanied by either a parent or another approved adult (as listed on the student’s information form). If the situation is a medical emergency, we will follow standard emergency procedures.

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My child needs to be absent from school. What do I need to do?

When your child must be absent, we require a written statement regarding the cause of the absence. We strongly encourage students to make up any late work as soon as they return to school, regardless of the reason for the absence. For more details, please see our attendance policy.

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How do I register my child for school?

To register a student who is new to Mississinewa Corporation and R.J. Baskett, visit us at our office, and be sure to bring the following information:

  • Proof of residency
  • Certified copy or original birth certificate
  • Immunization records
  • Previous school records
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What is the discipline policy at R.J Baskett Middle School?

Part of our goal as educators is to develop students who will be successful in post-secondary education and throughout the rest of their lives. We believe that the best discipline is self-imposed, and students must learn to make responsible, moral, and ethical decisions. Our discipline policy ensures that we do our part in helping our students develop into successful, responsible adults.

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Does R.J Baskett Middle School offer a school lunch program?

Yes, we do offer school lunch, and students may also bring their own lunch to school. If the need exists, the school’s free and reduced-price meal program is available. Please contact our office for information about applying for this program. We do not permit students to leave the school during the lunch period without written permission from the principal. For a menu, refer to the student quick links on the Home page.

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I need to visit my child’s school during school hours. How do I get permission to do so?

At R.J. Baskett Middle School, we welcome visitors, particularly parents. Upon arrival, visitors must sign in at the office and obtain a guest pass. If you need to speak to a particular member of the staff, please call first, so that we can schedule an appointment that will be convenient for you both.

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How do I check my child out of school early for a doctor’s appointment or other obligation?

Stop in our office or call ahead, and let us know that you need to withdraw your child from class. When you sign him/her out, provide a reason why the student needs to leave, so we can excuse the absence.

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