Cityside Student Handbook

Student Handbook

Dear Students & Parents,
Middle School is a commitment to the education of the total student. At Cityside we strive to establish a positive, student-oriented approach to education, recognizing the uniqueness of individuals during a period of great physical, social, emotional, and intellectual change. Structured to gradually bridge the gap between the dependent elementary school environment and the self-directed high school years, Cityside Middle School promotes individual readiness for responsible decision-making needed in a democratic society.

Please note: Whenever “administrator” is named, it shall mean principal or assistant principal or designee.

Each element of the Middle School program of instruction is designed to maximize the acquisition of knowledge, development of useful skills, and attainment of positive social values. With this in mind, the instructional program of CITYSIDE is structured and administered to reflect the following objectives:

  • Basic Exit Skills — to challenge students with sufficient cognitive experiences within the areas of math, language arts, practical arts, science, and social studies. This will allow the acquisition of basic subject knowledge necessary to build a solid educational foundation.
  • Exploration — to promote and encourage student interest in creative, developmental and participatory activities in an atmosphere that supports adolescents as they experience success and failure in learning situations.
  • Guidance — to help point the way for the emerging adolescent in their growth toward self-realization, independence, a good self- image, and responsible behavior.
  • Fine Arts Appreciation — to promote programs enabling students to participate in and enjoy art, music, and drama activities.
  • Physical — to provide challenges designed to help the emerging adolescent meet and accept his or her unique physical needs and development.
  • Socialization — to provide students with the opportunity to accept others for whom they are, to realize their role in society and their obligations to others, and to understand the value of individual differences.

Discipline Plan

Our M.S. vision…

“Together, we value the experience of lifelong learning.”  We:

Work to be the best we can be.

Take responsibility for our own behavior.

Treat ourselves and others with dignity and respect.

Work to create a positive, safe, caring, and orderly school climate.

Focus on the prevention of discipline problems.

Work to develop a strong and supportive relationship between the parents, students, and staff.


Take pride in being educators, knowing they have the single, most important job in the world.

Believe that all children are “winners” and help every student to be recognized as such.

Commit to making CITYSIDE the most effective school anywhere.

Set professional goals and work to attain them.

Treat everyone with dignity and respect.

Create a positive influence on students, parents, and colleagues by:
a) being “solution-oriented” when facing a problem rather than grumbling or complaining.
b) during a conflict, discovering the other person’s positive intention.
c) communicating concerns or disagreements directly to the proper recipient.
d) treating information about school in a confidential and professional manner.

Establish high standards and expectations for themselves and students in relation to behavior, work habits, and academic performance.

Communicate and consult with students and parents—frequently and in a variety of ways–about the student’s behavior and academic performance.

Make decisions based on what is best for the student.

Volunteer to assist and spend extra time in student/staff activities.

Work continually to improve their instruction, knowledge, and skill.

Make suggestions to the administrator on ways the school can be more effective.

An effective school is created by the attitudes and behaviors of the staff (teachers, support personnel, and administrator). We become like the people with whom we associate. If we expect our students to be positive, supportive, accepting, and respectful of others, it is essential that we model this behavior for them.


Take pride in themselves and have confidence that they can be successful.

Set goals and work persistently to attain them.

Take responsibility for themselves—the way they look, talk, and act.

Treat themselves and others with dignity and respect.

Attend school regularly.

Get to school and class on time.

Exercise good study skills and work habits.

Have good manners—say “please” and “thank you,” and are friendly and courteous to everyone in our school.

Are honest with themselves and respect the property of others.

Put forth their very best effort in whatever they do. If they make a mistake, correct it, and move ahead.

Follow classroom rules and policies.

Help to keep the school clean.

Volunteer to improve their class, school, and community.

Schools are places where students gain the knowledge and skills to be responsible, contributing, and independent members of our society. Success in life is dependent not only on knowledge and skill, but also on attitude and self-concept. All of these are molded and shaped in the educational process. Our goal is to develop life-long learners.


Communicate to the child that he or she:
a) has a parent that loves him/her;
b) is a special and important person;
c) will be successful in school;

Make sure the child:
a) gets at least eight hours of sleep each night;
b) receives breakfast before coming to school;
c) arrives at school on time.

Help the child learn to take responsibility for his/her behavior.

Set realistic yet high goals for performance in school—both behaviorally and academically.

Continually encourage the child to stretch to be the best he/she can be.

Support the child when there are problems or when progress is not being made.

Read to, or encourage the child to read a book, magazine, or newspaper at least fifteen minutes a day.

Communicate and consult with the teacher, on a regular basis, about the child’s performance. This is done by phone, in writing, or in person.

Show interest in the child’s efforts in school by asking questions each day about what he/she:
a) learned in school.
b) enjoyed doing during the day.
c) was proud of during the day.

Notify the school of health or other problems which might interfere with the child’s performance.

“Winning Students” are created by a team effort by student, teacher, and most importantly, the parent. The attitude, expectations, and behavior of the parent play a crucial role in the child’s success in school.


Are present to start class or work on time.

Are prepared for class or whatever activity in which they are involved.

Always perform at their best.

Always act with safety and common sense in mind.

Stop and ask oneself before saying or doing something to another person, “Would I like this done to me?” If the answer is “yes,” then they proceed. If the answer is “no,” they stop immediately and find another way of handling the situation.

Each teacher has developed a Classroom Management Plan that establishes the expectations for the individual classrooms. “Winners” are self-disciplined and take responsibility for their behavior. “Winners” treat others with dignity and respect. “Everyone is a winner” at Cityside.


Our ultimate goal is for all students to develop an internal source of control—to become an independent, responsible, and contributing member of our society. For this to occur, we must communicate to the students what we expect of them and reinforce that behavior when they demonstrate it. Eventually, they must learn to assess their own performance and reward themselves. All staff is encouraged to immediately reinforce acceptable behavior or performance. Following are some procedures which will help us to reach our goal:

Tell the child the specific behavior you observed and how it helps their citizenship.

Recognize positive behavior with positive notes given to the child telling him/her to feel proud.

Mail a note home on a postcard to the parent/guardian recognizing an effort made by the child.

Call or email the parents just to tell them the good news about their child and the good behavior at school.

Whenever behavior is being changed, there will be “peaks and valleys.” Behavior will improve, then slip back, then improve. Patience, persistence, and reinforcement all play a critical role in behavior change.

All staff is encouraged to immediately deal with inappropriate student behavior when it occurs. In the event a student acts in a manner which is inappropriate for the education setting, this procedure will be followed:

When a student breaks a rule, the adult at the scene will handle the problem.

Any staff member may also send the student to the Chix Building Character Room (“CBC Room”) where they will be able to work with an adult who will help them talk through their behavior and develop a plan for what they can do to make the situation better and what they might do differently in the future.

If the classroom teacher sees a pattern developing, the teacher will implement a plan to change the student’s behavior.

If the inappropriate behavior continues, the teacher will notify the parents by phone or in writing. This is where the parent and the teacher develop a strategy with the child to solve the problem.

 If the child still chooses not to control himself/herself, the administrator becomes involved by re-examining the behavior and suggesting modification techniques.

If the first four steps are unsuccessful, the student will become a “focus of concern” for our Student Support Team (SST). Maybe there are other services available in the community or district to help with a problem of this severity. Exclusion, suspension, and/or expulsion may be considered throughout this process.


The administrator maintains records of significant disciplinary action on Infinite Campus taken with a student. This Discipline Plan is reviewed by the administrator in cooperation with the School Improvement Team. If changes are recommended, they will be discussed with the entire faculty.

Attendance at Cityside

It is the responsibility of the parent, guardian or those having control and charge of a child to follow the established building procedures regarding notification of an absence or intended absence from a class or classes. When a student reaches an excessive (10% of days) amount of absences, excused or unexcused, a letter will be sent home and added to their CA60 file. If no improvement is made in the students attendance, the school may refer the student to the OAISD truant officer.


With an excused absence the student has as many days as the number of absences to make up his/her work, which must be done to the satisfaction of the teacher to receive credit. The student is responsible for taking the initiative for make-up work.

When an absence occurs, the following procedures must be followed:

On the day of an absence, a parent/guardian should telephone the attendance office at 748-3205 before 9:00 a.m. and give the following information:
1) student’s name and grade;
2) reason for the absence;
3) the number of days the student will be absent. If the student will be absent for more than one day the parent/guardian should inform the office; otherwise, a call will be necessary each day the student is absent.

Between 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. each school day and anytime during the weekends, a voice mail system will be in operation. Please leave your message for the attendance secretary.

Students will be considered unexcused or truant if parents do not notify the attendance office by the end of the school day following the absence. The absence will remain unexcused until parent notification.

Only in special cases with prior office arrangements will notes be substituted for parental phone calls.


With an unexcused absence, the student has as many days as the number of absences to make up work, but the student may or may not receive credit at the discretion of the teacher/team. The student is responsible for taking the initiative for make-up work.

The school will accept any absence from school as long as a parent or guardian calls in. Authorized school activities (athletic competition, field trips, band trips, etc.) that take students out of the normal school day will not be counted as days absent on student school records. For those activities, however, all classroom assignments are to be made up in advance. It is the student’s responsibility to see all teachers prior to such activity.

Unexcused/truant absences will be subject to the following disciplinary action up to and including suspension and court referral:
1) First offense — warning/grace;
2) Second offense — up to equal amount of time missed will be served in detention;
3) Third offense — possible referred to Intermediate School District Truant Officer;
4) Fourth offense – possible referral to Ottawa County Juvenile Court Choice Program for action and recommendations.


Students are considered tardy to class when they are not in their assigned classroom when the class begins. An attendance mark of tardy is given to a student when he/she is up to 10 minutes late to class without a valid reason. After 10 minutes the student is considered absent and coded unexcused for the hour.

Consequences for Tardiness:

0 – 4 Tardies – No Consequences

5th  Tardy – One lunch detention

10th Tardy – 3 lunch detentions & meeting/phone call with parent.

15th Tardy – 1 hour after school detention, 2:45 – 3:45.

20th Tardy – One day in-school detention.

Tardy consequences will be reset at the start of the semester.


Zeeland Public Schools, in partnership with the OAISD, have developed common language for defining truancy.  Below outlines the specifics of the truancy policy:



Chronically absent means absent for 10% or more of the enrolled school days in a school year, whether absenteeism is due to unexcused, excused. (For instance, missing 3 days of school the first month of the year; 8 days in the first half of the year; or 18 days in the entire school year.)

Note: All absences for the school year should be counted, even if they have carried over from a different school.  Attendance shall be continuous and consecutive for the school year (sec 1561) and not start over each semester/trimester.

Disciplinary absence means absences that result from school or district disciplinary action and are neither unexcused nor excused absences. (Does not count against chronic absenteeism).

Late Arrival/tardy means arriving to school or class after start time unless excused = 1-10 minutes late

Early Dismissal  means leaving school or class early prior to dismissal, unless excused =1- 10 minutes

Unexcused absence means an absence that is neither excused nor disciplinary.  Ten late arrivals and/or early dismissals = one unexcused absence.

Truant means a student who has 8 or more unexcused absences in a school year

MCL 712A.2(a)(4)

Excused absence means the following:

Student illness/injury/residential treatment (with doctor’s note or verified by parent)

Medical appointments (with doctor’s note)

Religious holidays

Lice (3 days)

Funeral/death in family

Mandated court appearances (documented-only if children are required per subpoena).

Placement by Juvenile Court in detention.

Educational opportunities approved by school officials

Travel (5 days with school official approval)

Unexcused absence is any absence not accounted for above, examples of unexcused absences include, but not limited to:

Staying home to baby-sit


Travel (more than 5 days in school calendar or any travel days without prior approval)

Needed at home


Missed bus

Child is not immunized

Sickness (not documented or verified by parent)

Chronic lice (over 5 days, CPS referral may be suggested/should be considered).

Willful truancy (skipping/student refuses to attend school per parent/guardian, or reported as a run away).

Failure to notify school


Attendance Policy: Chronic Absenteeism, 10%-Whether excused or unexcused:

At any time during the school year if a student has absences that have reached 10% of their school days as being absent, this should initiate the following steps by the district addressing concerns. It is recommended that these check marks be made at 30 days of school, 60, 90, 120, 150.


At any time during the school year a student has tardies (late arrivals and early dismissals) that have reached 20% of their school days, or any combination of the above, the following steps should be initiated:

At 5 days absent (or at 10% of their school days being absent) a district identifies a potential attendance problem

At 7 absences (or continued absences after identified attendance issue) district sends out an attendance letter addressing concerns of absences.

At 10 absences (or continued absences after identified attendance issue) district attempts to contact parent/guardian to discuss attendance issues and offer any support as needed. District also attempts to confirm that parent/guardian received attendance letter.

At 12 absences (or continued absences after identified attendance issue) district attempts to contact parent/guardian and schedules school meeting to complete Truancy Meeting Forms and offer any resources that might be helpful.

At 15 absences (or continued absences after identified attendance issue) and the district has exhausted all resources and interventions and attendance has not improved, a referral to the ISD is made via the Truancy Data Manager (TDM). After a referral has been made, all absences must have a doctor’s note in order to be marked excused.

*Schools can refer a student to truancy prior to 15 absences as long as the student has missed 10% of the school year.


At least one week prior to departure, it is requested that students clear through the attendance office any family trip, recreation trip, or necessary planned absence of three or more days.


If a pupil is ill or for any other reason needs to leave class or school, he/she must report to the office. No student should ever leave school without permission from the office. A parent must sign their child out at the office. If he/she is too ill to come to the office, the teacher should make the necessary arrangements. If the parents/guardian cannot be reached, the child must remain in school.


Students who are unable to attend school due to illness will not participate in athletics or extracurricular activities on the day of the absence. Students must be in attendance at least half of the day if they wish to participate in any after-school activity.

Students have the responsibility to follow all of the rules of conduct established by the school district. No student has the right to disobey rules established for responsible conduct and a safe and effective learning environment. School faculty have the responsibility to understand and enforce student rules of conduct, school regulations, and assist students in achieving responsible behaviors.


The following specific rules of conduct shall apply to all students of CITYSIDE.

Public display of affection is not acceptable.

Students shall not possess, use, or display tobacco in any form including vapor/e-cigarettes.

Students shall not sell, be under the influence of, or have in their possession alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, narcotics of any kind, or any substance that looks like and/or is represented to be alcohol or a drug, regardless of its content.

Students shall not damage or destroy either public or private property.

Students shall not fight, engage in verbal abuse, or threaten other students. It is the responsibility of students who are having difficulties, to seek the assistance of a teacher, counselor, or administrator to help resolve the problem.

Students shall not throw snowballs or any other objects which might in any way injure a person or property.

Students shall not trespass on private property

Food and beverages may be consumed only in designated areas.

CITYSIDE is a closed campus; students are not to leave the building or grounds without specific authorization.

Students shall not wear coats, hats, hoods, sunglasses, gloves, chains hanging out of the pants, or any other attire which would present a health hazard or attract undue attention to the wearer.

Students shall, upon request, identify themselves to school district personnel. Disrespectful language and/or attitude will not be tolerated. Students are expected to respond to and carry out all appropriate requests by school staff. Staff members have the authority to question misbehavior of any form.

Students shall not carry, possess, or use any item which constitutes a “dangerous weapon” under state law or local ordinances.

Students shall not steal or be involved in an act of extortion against another student or school personnel.

Students shall not forge the signature of a parent/guardian or school personnel.

Students shall not use profane, obscene, or vulgar language, either in written or verbal form. The making of obscene gestures and gang signs is also prohibited.

Students shall not use or be in possession of any item which might disrupt the learning atmosphere or present a safety hazard at school or school-related events. Some examples would include but are not limited to, any item that looks or is represented to be knives, matches, lighters, firecrackers, smoke bombs, combustible materials, laser pointers, squirt guns, pea shooters, paper wads, rubber bands or propellant devices, any gang-related sign or symbol.

Students shall not sell or trade any item at school unless authorized by the administrator. Students shall not harass each other in any way. This includes name-calling, touching, following, etc.


Zeeland Public Schools does not discriminate on basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, height, weight, marital status, handicap, disability or limited English proficiency in any of its programs or activities


The following is the Code of Conduct which the Zeeland Public Schools’ Board of Education expects students of the Zeeland Public Schools to adhere to while enrolled in this school system. The code, as set forth herein, applies to the expected conduct of all pupils from kindergarten through grade twelve. It also identifies board categories of student misconduct, defines conditions under which students may be suspended or expelled, and specifies the procedural due process safeguards which will be utilized for the benefit of the student in its implementation. Contents of this shall become a part of general school board policy.


The primary objective of student discipline and control is to provide a school environment that is conducive to learning. Every activity must be able to be justified educationally, and complete attention must be directed to the teaching-learning process. Discipline may be defined as the control of conduct by the individual himself or by external authority. It includes the entire program of adapting the individual child to life in society and involves two major emphases:

To guide the pupil so that he/she enhances the immediate efforts of teachers and other pupils in the learning situation, and that, therefore, the pupil behavior does not have a detrimental effect in the classroom, on the instruction which should be taking place, or on the school system.

To assist the pupil in becoming a responsible, productive, and self-disciplined citizen within the school, in preparation for assuming adult responsibilities. At least by the time the pupil reaches high school age, it is expected that the pupil will assume personal responsibility for his or her own behavior. The school system has a responsibility to assist each individual pupil to assume more responsibility for his/her own actions as the pupil matures and gains experience. While it is recognized that children and youth can be controlled through fear and actual physical restraint, the purpose of the school is to help students develop self-control and self-discipline. For this reason:

Discipline and control must be treated as an individual matter for each pupil. Each student must be dealt with as an individual according to his age and maturity, experience and interest, and values.

The best discipline is preventative in nature rather than regulatory and restrictive. A student’s behavior in school is directly related to many internal and external factors, including the student’s self-image, the student’s motivation to learn, and the understanding and support the student receives from parents, teachers, and other adults.

Since boys and girls are basically motivated to learn and to meet standards of acceptable behavior, the role of teachers and other school employees should be of guiding pupils in understanding establishing and maintaining these acceptable behavioral standards.

Every effort shall be made by administrators and faculty members to resolve problems through effective utilization of school district resources in cooperation with the student and parent or guardian. Restorative justice will be used to resolve conflicts.  When some form of punishment is to be imposed, school officials are encouraged to give consideration to various alternative forms of discipline before imposing suspension or recommending expulsion. Some alternatives are:

Permanent or temporary loss of the privilege to participate in extracurricular activities, including athletics.

CBC Room – students may be sent to the Chix Building Character room where they will be able to work with an adult who will help them talk through their behavior and develop a plan for what they can do to make the situation better and what they might do differently in the future.

In-school suspension: Removal from a particular class or classes and provision for tutorial and guidance services in a restricted environment.

School bus suspension: Denial of school bus riding privileges based on misconduct constituting an abuse of that privilege.

A student may be detained by a teacher during non-class time in order to reinforce classroom philosophy and specific goals and direction of the class. Students are given the option of staying that day or the following day in order to make transportation arrangements. For continued problems in the classroom, parents will be notified by the teachers by phone and/or mail regarding specific situations and necessary steps for needed improvement. Parents may be asked to come to school for a parent/ student/teacher/administrator conference.

Restitution: Repayment agreed to by the student for the cost or expense incurred by the school district or others arising out of the student’s misconduct.

If these or other alternatives are inadvisable, inappropriate, or unsuccessful, then expulsion from school, either through suspension or expulsion, may be necessary. These are defined as follows:


Removal of a student from school for a specific period of time, terminating at the end of the specified period and/or upon the fulfillment of a specified set of conditions. Subject to the provisions of paragraph V: B following a suspension will be limited to no more than 10 school days.


The temporary or permanent removal of a student from school for a period of time extending beyond the limits provided by suspension (ex. in excess of 10 school days). Expulsion may be recommended by the administration but only the Board of Education has the authority to expel a student. The Board of Education does not have to take any formal action on a student who withdraws from school rather than face an expulsion procedure. Expulsion will be invoked when, on the sole discretion of the Board of Education, based on factors such as the seriousness of the offense alleged and the student’s record of prior offenses, the Board of Education concludes that lesser discipline will not serve the needs of the school district. Parents shall be informed and involved in any case of a student exhibiting a history of unacceptable conduct. Records of such involvement shall be maintained in the administrator’s office. The administrator shall be responsible for documenting evidence to support any action of suspension, expulsion, as well as any prior efforts to solve the problem in situations where the student has demonstrated a history of unacceptable conduct. Such documentation shall be in writing. This information shall be open to the student.

The authority of the Board of Education to authorize suspension or expulsion and to make reasonable rules and regulations regarding discipline is granted in Sections 1261, 1300, and 1301 of the “School Code of Michigan” (MCLS 380,1261,1300 and .133). Section 1311 authorizes suspension or expulsion for the following reasons; gross misdemeanor, persistent disobedience.

Assuming the responsibility granted to it by law, the Zeeland Public School’s Board of Education established the following categories of misconduct(while a student is under jurisdiction of the school) as those which may result in suspension or expulsion from the Zeeland Public Schools. These categories are general in nature and are not deemed to the inclusive.



Misuse of books, materials, and equipment

Defacing, littering, damaging or other destruction of property

Trespassing (unauthorized presence in a building)

Misuse of driving and parking privileges

Possession of stolen property


Violation of state laws, local ordinances, approved safety and fire codes

Violation of laws pertaining to civil disobedience, inciting or attempting to incite riots, or disruptive demonstrations

Personal verbal attacks on teachers, administrators, other school personnel, or the school system

Use of profane and/or obscene language, or possession of pornographic material.

Possession of weapons or explosives

Misconduct at school sporting activities, games, plays, etc.

Use and possession of tobacco on school property or at school-sponsored activities

Defiance of the lawful instruction of school district personnel

9) Cheating and lying in connection with scholastic activities

10) Refusal to furnish identification when requested to do so by school authorities while on school property or at school-sponsored events


Violation of compulsory attendance laws and regulations

Persistent tardiness

Failure to attend school regularly

Continued failure to apply self to studies

Skipping school:
a) Leaving school without parents’ knowledge
b) Failure to report to classes after riding to school on a school bus


Physical attacks or threats to students, teachers, administrators or other school employees



Bullying, hazing, continual or persistent annoyance, disrespect or harassment of a fellow student or school employee

Conduct or behavior which jeopardizes the safety of himself and/or others.

Persistent disobedience and/or breaking of school rules and regulations.

Other misbehavior (conduct not described above which is detrimental to the normal functioning of the school, school activities, or the education process).

The commission or participation in other activities defined as criminal under the laws of the State of Michigan or the violation of other state or local laws and ordinances while in a school building, on school property or at or en route to school-sponsored events is prohibited.*(refer to paragraph IV) Disciplinary action may be taken by school authorities regardless of whether or not criminal charges or proceedings before juvenile authorities result. When a student’s commission of or participation in a criminal activity occurs in a non-school contest, school officials may, nevertheless, impose an appropriate punishment including suspension or expulsion, when such punishment is reasonably necessary to protect the interests of the school district.

In situations involving use or possession of drugs or alcohol on school property or at school-sponsored activities the following guidelines will be used:

As in any disciplinary situation, students involved will get a chance to express their side of the story and they will be afforded all aspects of due process.

Parents will be notified regarding the incident before a final decision is made as administrators will be seeking input from parents.

In every situation, the proper legal authorities will be notified with the potential of charges filed.

School action may include short-term suspension, long-term suspension, or expulsion. Board of Education action is required for long-term suspension and expulsion.

If recommended by school administrators and counselors, outside counseling for the individual and family may be recommended prior to re-entry into school.

In order to re-enter school, the student must be able to demonstrate the ability to be a solid contributing member of the student body and must have demonstrated an effort to get back into good standing. Evaluation after re-entering school to validate the standing of the student will be made.


Participation in extracurricular activities, including interscholastic athletics, is a privilege, not a right, and students shall be bound by the school district’s policies, procedures and rules governing participation in such activities which may require of the student an even higher standard of conduct than that which is set forth herein.


Students at or en route to school-sponsored or school connected off-campus events shall be governed by school district rules and regulations and are subject to the authority of school district officials. Failure to obey the rules and regulations and/or failure to obey the lawful instructions of school district official may result in loss of eligibility to attend school-sponsored, off-campus events, and may also result in other discipline, including suspension or expulsion.


Pursuant to the authority granted by the school code, the Board of Education of the Zeeland Public School delegates to its superintendent and/or its building administrator, the authority to suspend a student from school for up to ten school days. Expulsion may only be imposed by the Board of Education.

Factors to be considered before suspending or expelling a student:

students age

students disciplinary history

whether the student has a disability

the seriousness of the violation or behavior

whether the violation or behavior committed by the student threatened the safety of a student or staff member.

whether restorative practices will be used to address the violation or behavior

whether a lesser intervention would properly address the violation or behavior


Except in situations of emergency where immediate suspension is necessary to protect the welfare of other students, faculty, or staff to prevent the destruction of school property and/or to prevent serious disruption of the educational process, so suspension shall be imposed until the student shall have been:

Afforded the opportunity to meet with the administrator, who will impose the suspension.

Informed of the specific charges which would be the basis for disciplinary action which may be taken against him.

Given the right to tell the administrator any relevant information that would support his defense.

If in an appropriate situation a student has been suspended immediately pursuant to paragraph 1, he will be afforded the rights set forth in paragraph 1:1a-c, at the earliest practical opportunity.

If a student is suspended by the administrator, the administrator will:

Immediately notify (via telephone if possible and with a subsequent letter) the parents or guardian of the student as soon as possible of the suspension, the reasons for it, and the steps necessary to effectuate the student’s return.

Meet with the parents or guardian and the student, if necessary, at the earliest possible opportunity to plan the satisfactory return of the student to the school setting or, if expulsion may be recommended to the Board of Education, to discuss the matter further with the student and his parents or guardian for the purpose of obtaining their input as to whether there is a legitimate basis for an expulsion and, whether under all the circumstances, expulsion is an appropriate remedy.

If the parents or guardian are dissatisfied with the administrator’s action, they may appeal immediately to the superintendent to review the decision. Further appeal to the Board of Education may be arranged at the Board’s discretion. This appeal must take place within two school days of suspension.


The building administrator may recommend expulsion where, in his judgment, it is warranted by the circumstances. The superintendent shall review that recommendation and shall have the authority to reject a recommendation for expulsion and set some lesser degree of discipline. A student and his/her parent or guardian must be given written notice of the intention to expel and the reasons therefore, and an opportunity to appear with a representative before the Board or Superintendent to answer the charges. The student and/or his/her guardian must also be provided a brief description of the student’s rights and of the hearing procedure, a list of witnesses who will provide testimony to the Board or Superintendent, and a summary of the facts to which the witnesses will testify. The hearing may be private, but the Board or Superintendent must act publicly.


The procedure set forth above for the expulsion of general education students shall be followed.

If the Board determines to expel (i.e. suspend for more than ten school days) the special education student, an Individualized Education Planning Committee (I.E.P.C.) meeting will be convened pursuant to the laws and regulations governing special education.

In accordance with the rules governing the I.E.P.C. process, the parent has a right to request a hearing.

If the parent requests a hearing through the I.E.P.C. process and the hearing officer rules against expulsion, the school district will either adhere to the decision to seek legal advice as to what procedure to follow.

Pending any hearing through the I.E.P.C. process, the student shall be enrolled. Even though the expulsion issue is pending, the student would be expected to follow school rules.


The following violations of school district and Middle School Policies or rules may be cause for suspension from CITYSIDE for up to ten (10) days:

The length of the suspension will be determined by school authorities. The parent/guardian will be notified of the action taken and will have complete custody of their child during the suspension. In every situation the proper legal authorities will be notified with the potential of charges filed. Students are banned from school property and from participating in any school-sponsored activities during the length of the suspension. If recommended by school administrators and counselors, outside counseling for the individual and family may be recommended prior to re-entry into the school. In order to re-enter school, the student must be able to demonstrate the ability to be a solid, contributing member of the student body and must have demonstrated an effort to get back into good standing. Evaluation after re-entering school to validate the standing of the student will be made. The student will be re-admitted to school after the suspension is served and a meeting is held with the student, parent and appropriate administrator.


All dangerous controlled substances as so designated and prohibited by Michigan statute.

All look-alike material reported to be a controlled substance will be treated as an illegal drug.

All chemicals which release toxic vapors.

All alcoholic beverages.

Any other illegal substances so designated and prohibited by law.

Habitual truancy,

Violation of smoking, drugs, or drinking regulations, (students will be informed of legal consequences & information about any drug/alcohol counseling & rehabilitation, and re-entry programs that are available to students.

Fighting in school jurisdiction,

Using profane, obscene, vulgar language and gestures, or possession of pornographic materials, or gang-related issues,

Verbal abuse or physical assault of school personnel, direct disobedience or gross disrespect toward school personnel, or students.

Propelling of dangerous objects,

Willful destruction of school/private property,

Theft of school or private property,

Habitual class misconduct or failure to adhere to school or class rules and regulations,

Throwing food,

Misconduct in alternative learning center,

Other such student violations so gross in nature that the health or safety of students or staff would warrant suspension.

Sexual Harassment — Board policy clearly states that sexual harassment includes all unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and verbal or physical contacts of a sexual nature.



Zeeland Public Schools encourages the use of student technology when that use enhances the educational experiences of our students. Zeeland Public Schools discourages the use of student technology when that use distracts the user from the classroom experience, disrupts the educational experience of others, or compromises the integrity of the classroom. Students and parents should also be aware that electronic items are often targeted for theft.

Electronic devices such as, but not limited to, Cell Phones/Radios/Recorders CD/DVD/ and MP-3 players, are allowed to be used by students in common areas of the school buildings and grounds; before or after school. Students may not use electronic devices in restrooms or locker rooms for any reason. Electronic devices may be used in the classroom with permission of the class instructor. Prior approval from the instructor must be given for a student to use any electronic device during class time and is at the sole discretion of the instructor.

iPads – Please consult your iPad policies and procedures manual for questions concerning the use and care of the iPad. Students are responsible for the care and all information acquired and stored on the iPad, while in their possession. While games, music, videos, and sound use are allowed in school; students are not allowed to play music or videos out loud anywhere on campus without permission from a teacher or administrator.

Consequences for misusing iPad include lunch detentions & conferences with parents/guardians.


Users will be subject to disciplinary action considered appropriate through the established discipline procedures of Cityside Middle School including loss of all computer privileges during a specific period of time, for a violation of any of the above-mentioned responsibilities.


Students are allowed to take a cell phone to school.  The cell phone must remain in the student locker (backpack during pandemic) from 7:30 am - 2:30 pm.  Students may check their phone for messages during passing time in between class periods. 


Any student in the Zeeland Public School District may be interrogated by law enforcement officers on school property during school hours in the presence of a school official or his/her designated representative. Law enforcement officers are permitted to arrest a person without a warrant in the case of a felony where the officer has a probable cause to believe that the person, including a minor child, has committed a felony, or a misdemeanor. Every attempt to contact parents will be made.


These students represent a wide range of issues: chronic absenteeism, chronic academic failure, behavior issues, social and/or emotional difficulties, and students in life crisis situations. The problems experienced not only impact their own academic and social-emotional development, but their behavior impacts the school system as a whole. Some students are best served by a smaller environment as they attempt to deal with their frustrations. The Redpoint Intervention Program may be alternative placements to help students find success.


Although retention is practiced to maintain educational standards and to prevent future school failure, research clearly demonstrates that retention is not an effective method to achieve this goal. There may, however, be unique circumstances when retention may be used.

Retention will not even be considered unless a student receives an F in three or more classes, over three or more marking periods. If this occurs, retention is far from automatic. The decision to retain will be reviewed by the child study team (CST) and appropriate treatment targeted to the student’s needs will be provided in addition to retention. Parents can assume their child will be promoted unless the alternative of retention has been discussed during the school year. Parents will be involved in any retention decision. In some cases, alternative arrangements may be made (in writing and with an administrators signature) to meet the course requirements through other means.


The purpose of a homework policy is to emphasize the importance of homework, not to insist on a preset number of hours. Homework can vary according to the type of class and the speed at which a student works and learns.

Homework is important. It is an extension of the learning that takes place in school. Homework can provide practice and drill that reinforces classroom learning and can provide opportunities for independent study, research, and creative thinking. Parents can help their children by arranging a quiet, comfortable place for the students to work and by seeing that assignments are completed. Contact your student’s teaching team regarding questions about homework or homework policies.

The Board of Education acknowledges the educational validity of out-of-school assignments as adjuncts to and extensions of the instructional program of the schools in grade K to 12.

“Homework” shall refer to those assignments to be prepared outside of the school by the student or independently while in attendance at school.

The Superintendent shall develop rules for the assignment of homework according to these guidelines:

Homework should be a properly planned part of the curriculum to extend and reinforce the learning experience of the school.

Homework should help students learn by providing practice in the mastery of skills, experience in data gathering, and integration for knowledge, and an opportunity to remediate learning problems.

Homework should help develop the student’s sense of responsibility by providing an opportunity for the exercise of independent work and judgment.

The number, frequency, and degree of difficulty of homework assignments should be based on the ability and needs of the student and take into account other activities which make a legitimate claim on the student’s time.

As a valid educational tool, homework should be assigned with clear direction and its product carefully evaluated.

The school should recognize the role of parents by suggesting ways in which parents can assist the school in helping a student carry out assigned responsibilities.

Homework should always serve a valid learning purpose; it should never be used as a punitive measure.


The following will be considered when making homework assignments:

If students are spending more than 2 hours an evening doing homework, check with the counselor or team leader to see if more assistance with study skills is needed.

Materials necessary to complete a homework assignment will be considered when making the assignment.

Allowance for different assignments is necessary as homework assignments are sometimes short term, sometimes long term; sometimes product orientated, sometimes routine memorization, etc.

Reviewing notes, recopying notes and studying for tests are a type of homework. Multiple tests occurring on the same day will require time management on the part of the student.

Teachers will notify students, in advance, what constitutes a late homework assignment and how the last assignment will be handled.

Students will be held accountable for their homework whenever it is given. It will be returned to them, fully corrected, in a reasonable amount of time. If it is important enough to give, it is important to the student to have it returned within a short period.



While fashion changes, the reason for being in school does not. Students are in school to learn. Any fashion (dress, accessory, or hairstyle) that disrupts the educational process or presents a safety risk will not be permitted. Personal expression is permitted within these general guidelines. Students should consider the following questions when dressing for school:

Does my clothing expose too much?

Does my clothing advertise something that is prohibited to minors?

Are there obscene, profane, drug-related, gang-related, or inflammatory messages on my clothing?

Would I interview for a job in this outfit?

Am I dressed appropriately for the weather?

Do I feel comfortable with my appearance? (yes)

Following are the Middle School rules for proper attire and grooming:

Dress is expected to be neat and modest.

Shoes are to be worn at all times.

Shorts and skirts must be of appropriate length. (Must be fingertip length when the wearer is standing straight with arms at the side)

The following types of clothing are prohibited:

excessively short or tight clothing;

cut-off jeans or ripped jeans above the knee;

tank tops, undershirts, muscle shirts as primary attire;

“sagging” pants worn low

pajama pants or slippers

garments with offensive or crude slogans, sexual innuendos, put downs, gang symbols, mottos, advertising alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, etc.

see-through shirts, blouses or shorts, or bare shoulders;

coats, hats, hoods, gloves and bandannas;

jewelry and other attire which could cause injury to others.

Dress disruptive to the educational process is prohibited. When the dress code is violated, the student will be provided with a clean, appropriate garment to wear. The student’s article of clothing will be kept in the office until the replacement garment is returned.


Students should leave the school and school grounds promptly after classes or activities are dismissed. Students should not be in the building without the supervision of a teacher or coach. There is to be no unnecessary “hanging around” before school, between classes, or after school. Non-students are not permitted on campus at any time unless they have been registered as an official guest in the main office. Students from another district may not visit classes without prior permission from administration. This privilege will be used under rare circumstances.


The same general rules for behavior apply in the cafeteria as in the classroom. If a student disrupts the lunch program, he/she will be assigned to the lunch detention until signs of improved behavior become apparent.

Follow these simple rules:

Stand quietly in line until it is your turn to pick up your lunch. Students will need to know their ID# or have an ID card in order to access their account.

No cutting in line or saving places at tables.

Don’t throw anything in the cafeteria.

Clean up after yourself.

No food or beverage is taken out of the cafeteria, unless special permission is granted.

If a student does not wish to purchase the lunch for the day, an a la carte line is available. Occasionally, a student will forget his/her lunch money. If this should ever happen, see one of the cooks in the cafeteria. No money will be lent, but a sandwich will be provided for the student.


Cheating is a serious compromise of a student’s integrity and will not be tolerated. If cheating is discovered, the student’s work will be confiscated. A failing grade will automatically be recorded for the work; parents will be notified by the teacher, and possible disciplinary actions taken. A second offense will result in possible suspension from school.


Students are not allowed to leave the school campus before or during school hours for any reason without the knowledge and consent of the administrator’s office. Permission to leave the school grounds will only be granted upon written or verbal request from the student’s parent or guardian. Once students have been delivered to the school property they may not leave without a parent signing them out through the school office.

Parent Portal

Parents are able to track the progress of their son/daughter by signing up for the Parent Portal. The Parent Portal is a password-protected website that allows parents to view the following information in real time—teacher grade books, report cards, attendance records, discipline records and other student information. If parents have not yet signed up for the Parent Portal, check with the office for information about this simple process.


Your classroom teacher will issue all the textbooks you need. You are responsible for these books until they are returned. Inside the cover of the book is a book number and a textbook sticker or stamp. The sticker or stamp must be filled out accurately. It is important that you write your name clearly in ink so that the book can be returned in case it is lost.

Each book is given a rating according to its condition. If the book is returned damaged, torn pages, writing in book, etc., you may pay a fine, based on the rating condition of the book when it was issued to you. At the time of the issue, please call any existing damage to the attention of the teacher. Questions on condition of textbooks should be directed to the teacher.

Parent Advisory

Throughout the year, parents are invited to join the administrators and other school personnel in an informal setting to learn about upcoming events, discuss the development of middle school aged students and share thoughts, comments and concerns about Cityside Middle School and Zeeland Public Schools. These meeting dates will be announced well in advance. The agenda and the minutes will be mailed to the City Team before and after each meeting.

Volunteers - Bridge

Parents are encouraged to become involved in their child’s education by volunteering in the classroom, building, or district. Your choice of taking the time to be involved sends the message to your child that education is important. BRIDGE is the district’s volunteer program. You can become connected by filling out a “Volunteer Opportunity” sheet that lists the volunteer needs of your child’s building. Please fill out the sheet and return it to the classroom teacher or secretary’s office. When you are needed you will be called.

Safety is a primary concern of the district. The “Volunteer Opportunity sheet provides a means of identification, as well as a way of knowing how you want to be involved. Another safety measure is to have all volunteers sign in at the office, providing name, address and location in building. This way we know who you are and can find you if needed. Also, please wear a name tag. This shows our staff and students that you are a “safe” person, and should be in the building.

Conferences & Teacher Contact

Parent/teacher conferences can and should be scheduled throughout the year when questions arise or concerns surface. Parents are asked to make an appointment with a specific teacher or team, or to call them during their conference period if a phone call is the only conference time available or needed. Student involved conferences are held at the 9 weeks point to comply with district wide services. The student is the central focus of that conference. To contact a teacher please call 748-4777 for a directory.


A professional counselor is a full-time staff member at our school. He/She is available to assist students with questions regarding class scheduling, career choices, social problems, and crisis situations. Students are encouraged to make use of this professional.

Honor Roll

We believe in recognizing students who achieve academically during each six-week grading period. There are two ways students will be recognized each term. First, students can make the Honor Roll. The Honor Roll is for any student with a 3.0 grade point average or above, with no single grade lower than a C-. Students will also be recognized by making the Principal’s Honor Roll. This list represents students who have earned nothing lower than an A- in all of their classes in a given term. These lists will be on display both in the school and on the Cityside website.

Champion Chix

We believe in objectively recognizing students who meet all the requirements we have for them at school. At the end of each marking period, we will publish a list of “Champion Chix”, which are the students who have no tardies, no late assignments, no missing assignments and no discipline referrals.

Arrival and Dismissal

Students being delivered to or picked up from Cityside should only use the south side of the Main Avenue entrance. Do not use the bus drive (back driveway) for drop off or pick up between 7:00 – 8:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. The doors to Cityside will not open until 7:00 am each morning or when the first bus arrives. Parents are strongly encouraged to not bring their child to school before 7:00 am., as they may well be locked out of the building. At the end of the day, students no participating in after school activities, will be asked to leave the building by 2:55 pm.


A locker with a combination lock is issued to each student at the beginning of the school year. As student numbers increase students may be asked to share a locker. Students are expected to keep their lockers clean and not to abuse them in any way. Lockers are the property of the school and may be searched at anytime.

The school cannot be responsible for valuables left in lockers. Sometimes there may be special circumstances which require a student to carry significant cash or valuables to school. Cash or valuables can be safeguarded by registering them and leaving them in the main office.


Please remember that Zeeland city ordinance requires the registration of all bicycles. In addition, it is suggested that students record their bicycle serial numbers. When traveling to and from school, students must obey all traffic regulations.

The school assumes no responsibility for bicycles. However, provisions have been made to safeguard bikes by requiring them to be properly parked and locked in the school bike racks. Bicycles are not to be ridden off school grounds during the school day except with prior approval.

Address & Telephone Changes

It is very important that every student maintain an up-to-date address and telephone number record at the school office. Notify the school immediately if you have a change of address or telephone number during the school year.

Telephone Use

All staff members have a phone in their classroom for appropriate use. In emergency situations a telephone is available for student use in their classroom or the front office before school, during lunch and after school.
When illness and/or emergencies arise, a student may use the Main Office telephone with the permission of the office staff. We will not permit calls during the day unless it is an emergency situation.

Telephone messages to students during the school day should be of an emergency nature only. Students are not called out of class for phone calls. Important messages will be delivered to students in the classroom at an appropriate time.

Emergency Information

In case of emergency, each student is required to have on file at the school office the following information:

  1. Parent(s) or guardian(s) name(s).
  2. Complete and up-to-date address.
  3. Home phone and parent(s) work phone.
  4. Emergency phone number of friend or relative.
  5. Physician’s name and phone.
  6. Medical alert information.


The school charges a variety of fees for different services and materials. Some of these fees are for optional activities and some are required of all students. Fees should be paid promptly. If a student or his family has a financial problem which affects the payment of school fees, the situation should be brought to the attention of the administration where suitable arrangements can be made.

Blood-Borne Pathogens

ZPS is subject to federal and state regulations to restrict the spread of hepatitis B virus (HBV) and human immune deficiency virus (HIV) in the workplace. These regulations are designed to protect employees of the District who are, or could be, exposed to blood or other contaminated bodily fluids while performing their job duties.

Because of the very serious consequences of contracting HBV or HIV, the district is committed to taking the necessary precautions to protect both students and staff from its spread in the school environment.

Part of the mandated procedures includes a requirement that the District request consent from a person who is bleeding to be tested for HBV and HIV. The law does not require parents or guardians to grant permission for the examination of their child’s blood, but it does require the District to request that consent. Although we expect that incidents of exposure would be rare, the District wishes to notify parents of these requirements ahead of time. That way, if a situation does develop; all parties will understand the reason for the District’s request and will have had an opportunity to consider it in advance. These are serious diseases, and the Zeeland School District sincerely hopes that through proper precautions and cooperation they can be prevented from spreading. For any questions or concerns, please contact Mary Colton at 748-3014.


If a student must have medication administered during the school day, a physician’s signature is required on a student medication form that is available in the school office. All medication must be brought to the school in its original container by a parent/guardian and be stored in the front office for the safety of the student and others. For proper dispensation, storage and administration of medication, the following guidelines should be observed:

  1. The building administration shall designate, in writing, employees to administer medication to pupils only when following points 2 through 5 below.
  2. Parent or guardian of the pupil of the Zeeland Public Schools’ student shall provide the school administrator with written permission to store and dispense the medication by completing the consent and release form that available in the main office.
  3. Medication shall be under the exclusive and secure control of the designated school employee(s).
  4. Medication shall be dispensed only after a student medication form is completed and signed by the physician that has prescribed the medication(s). A parent’s signature is required on this form as well. The student medication form is available in the school office.
  5. Except in the event of an emergency, the dispensation of the medication to a pupil shall take place in the presence of another adult.
  6. All medications will be properly destroyed after July 1st of each school year.

Cancellation of school takes place only during circumstances such as extreme weather, equipment failure, or public crisis. The school board and administrators are aware of the hardship which can be caused by an abrupt cancellation. Therefore, school will not be canceled unless a significant safety risk has been created by unusual circumstances. Every practical means is used to notify parents of a cancellation, including radio, website, TV, and newspapers. In the unusual circumstance where school must be canceled during the school day, you should establish a procedure with your son or daughter to follow in case of an emergency.

Questions like: How do I get home? How do I get in the house? Who do I call when I get home? Can friends come over? Am I responsible for anyone else besides myself? and many others that apply to your own circumstances should be answered before these emergencies occur.

Following is the District Policy regarding delay or cancellation of school during inclement weather.

District considers these options for busing during bad weather:
During the winter, school officials travel before dawn to see if roads are safe for bus travel. If conditions appear hazardous, an announcement is called into the radio stations listed below, normally no later than 6 a.m. This procedure can also apply during the fall and spring when fog, ice storms or violent thunderstorms materialize.

School officials consider three busing options in bad weather:

  1. Permit buses to run regular routes at the normal time or use the modified plan as published in the Zeeland Spotlight
  2. Announce a two-hour delay.
  3. Announce the closing of schools.

Your Child’s Safety is Our First Concern

Your school has made plans to safeguard your child when severe weather strikes West Michigan.


Tornado Watches

A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for development of a tornado. During a tornado watch, Zeeland Public Schools will keep children in the buildings. If a watch is in effect during regular dismissal time, students will be kept in the building until the tornado watch has been called off by the National Weather Service or until civil authorities or the superintendent announce dismissal on the radio stations listed below. During a tornado watch, parents may choose to pick up their youngsters from school.

Tornado Warnings

A tornado warning means a tornado has been sighted by an official agency in the area. Your child will be taken to a designated shelter in the school building during such a warning. For safety reasons, parents will not be allowed to pick up their children during a tornado warning. All persons should take immediate cover.
Listen to the radio. During any bad weather, please do not call the school. Telephone lines need to be open for emergency communications. If a school building is damaged during a tornado, children will be transported to an alternative shelter. Please tune to the area radio stations listed below for school announcements.

During bad weather, tune to these stations:


  • WHTC 1450 AM
  • WOOD 1300 AM
  • WWJQ 99.3 FM
  • WGHN 92.1 FM

Local TV:

  • WWMT 3
  • WOOD-TV 8
  • WZZM-TV 13

Sign up for the Z For Me and receive up-to-the-minute messages about school closings or delays via email. For details on how to join, call 748-3003

Field Trips

Field trips within Zeeland and to nearby points of interest are scheduled by various classroom teachers throughout the school year. These trips are designed to supplement different aspects of the classroom curriculum and to introduce students to the resources of the community. Parents will receive notices of field trips well in advance of the scheduled trip date. Parents sign a general field trip permission form at the beginning of each school year. Sometimes a small amount of money may be requested from each student to help defray transportation or facility use costs. Parents are encouraged to volunteer as chaperones for field trips. Special events may require special field trip forms.

Transportation Board Policy

It is the policy of the Board of Education to provide transportation for those District students whose distance from their school makes this service necessary within the limitations established by State law and the regulations of the State Superintendent of Instruction. Such laws and rules shall govern any question not covered by this policy.

Bus routes shall be established so that an authorized bus stop is available within reasonable walking distance of the home of every resident student entitled to transportation services. Each student will be allowed to have one (1) pick-up location and one (1) drop-off location, be it home or a caregiver, and shall not be permitted to use any other bus without prior written permission from the Director of Transportation or designee.

Transportation Responsibilities

Riding a school bus is a privilege and convenience for students and their parents; as such, everyone accepts certain responsibilities to ensure student safety while utilizing this service. Students and parents are advised that the Zeeland Public Schools student code of conduct will be enforced relevant to student behavior on the school bus. The school will cooperate with parents and law enforcement agencies relevant to behavior to and from school.

Students and parents are advised of the following responsibilities as per the Michigan Regulations for School buses, Bulletin #431 and local policy:

District Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of Zeeland Public Schools to:

  1. Develop bus routes and schedules.
  2. Determine the mile computation as required by the Board of Education and State requirements.
  3. Provide appropriate student information to bus drivers.
  4. Provide vehicles that meet or exceed the requirements of state law pertaining to vehicles utilized to transport school students.
  5. Provide appropriate insurance coverage.
  6. Hire certified and qualified staff.
  7. Provide ongoing training for the transportation staff.
  8. Recommend to the Superintendent when schools should be closed due to inclement weather.
  9. In conjunction with Building Principals, develop and administer disciplinary procedures for students who exhibit inappropriate bus riding behaviors.

Parents Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of each parent to:

  1. Provide for your students’ safety to, from, and while at the bus stop.
  2. Have the student at the bus stop at least five (5) minutes ahead of the scheduled stop time.
  3. Always stress SAFETY at stop locations and on the bus.  STUDENTS ARE TO STAY OFF THE ROAD AT ALL TIMES WHILE WAITING FOR THE BUS.
  4. Make sure each child has a backpack for lunch, school books, etc.
  5. No pets or large items such as large boxes, sleds, skateboards, bats, etc. are allowed on the bus.  Items which are sharp or breakable should be carried in a box.  Laser pointers are prohibited and will be confiscated.  Loose hanging items attached to the backpacks such as key chains are prohibited due to safety concerns.
  6. Make arrangements to have an appropriate person at home at the designated drop-off time after school.
  7. Sign the blue School Bus Misconduct Notice slip, if your child receives one for an infraction of the bus rules. The child must return the signed slip to the bus driver before allowed back on the bus.
  8. Check Parent Portal for up to date Bus stop and times.

Students Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of each student to:

  1. Observe classroom conduct while riding the bus. The same rules apply to the bus as in the classroom.
  2. Ride the assigned bus and use a specific bus stop; only assigned students may ride school-bound or homebound buses. In addition, students may ride only their assigned bus, getting on and getting off at their designated stop.  The Director of Transportation may grant permission for students to ride a different bus or use a different stop. Such permission may be granted only after receiving appropriate written request form from the parent/guardian for a specified period of time subject to the following conditions and limitations:
    1. The requested change must not result in overcrowding of any bus, alteration of any regular bus route, bus stop, or time schedule, or in any way interfere with the regular operation of the transportation system.
    2. Emergency and/or unusual reasons may be approved by the Director of Transportation.
    3. To assure no overloads, we do not allow students to bring home friends (either from another bus run or from a non-busing area) for parties, scouts, homework, etc.). It is the parents’ responsibility for this type of transportation.
  3. Obey the driver at all times and report promptly to school officials when instructed to do so.
  4. Stay in their seat facing forward while the bus is in motion.
  5. Keep hands and feet to themselves.
  6. Place all carry-on items on ones lap.
  7. State law mandates that no animals or glass containers be allowed on buses. No pets or large items such as large boxes, sleds, skateboards, bats, etc. are allowed on the bus.  Items which are sharp or breakable should be carried in a box.  Laser pointers are prohibited and will be confiscated.  Loose hanging items attached to the backpacks such as key chains are prohibited due to safety concerns.
  8. Refrain from eating or drinking on the bus.
  9. Leave the bus only with the consent of the driver.
  10. Enter or leave the bus only at the front door after the bus has come to a stop, except in case of emergency.
  11. Stay off the roadway while waiting for the bus.
  12. Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop and then board or leave the bus promptly.
  13. Talk in a normal tone of voice while on the bus and use appropriate language.
  14. Do not destroy property and report any damage observed to the driver.
  15. Help keep the bus clean, sanitary, orderly and safe.

Bus Rules

Follow these bus rules – same as all class rooms

  1. Be polite to everyone on the bus.
    The bus driver may assign seats
    3.  For everyone’s safety, do not distract the driver.
    4.  Do not swear or use inappropriate words.
    5.  Electronic devices including; iPod’s, iPad’s and cell phones are to be kept to yourself
    and not shared with others.
    6.  No photographs or videos to be taken on the bus.
    7.  Remain seated at all times.  Do not change seats.
    8.  Keep head, hands and feet inside the bus.
    9.  Keep hands to yourself.
    10.  No smoking or lighting matches/lighters.
    11.  Do not deface or destroy anything on the bus.
    12.  Keep aisle clear of feet, backpacks and bodies.
    13.  Schools buses are a NO-BULLYING ZONE!
    14.  Do not eat or drink on the bus; keep the bus clean
    15.  All sports gear is to be enclosed in a sport bag.
  1. Misbehavior on Bus: Penalty at discretion of principal depending on circumstances (may include removal from bus for 1 to 10 days or permanent removal from bus by a formal hearing). Serious misbehavior on the bus may also be cause for punishment up to and including suspension or expulsion from school.

Student Crossing Procedure:

To Board the Bus:
  1. Students wait in a group at the designated bus stop at least 10 feet away from the edge of the roadway and watch the bus driver for the signal to cross.
  2. Bus drivers will display a sign (see below) to indicate when it is safe to cross the street.
  3. Students proceed directly across the road always staying well in front of the bus and board the bus.
  4. Do not stop in the middle of the street or cross behind the bus.
  5. Bus stops will be placed at legal locations consistent with Board policy or if required by law.
When Exiting the Bus:
  1. Students exit the bus and take 10 giant steps in front of the bus staying on the side of the street.
  2. Students stand in a group and look to the bus driver for the signal to cross.
  3. Bus drivers will display a sign to indicate when it is safe to cross the street.
    Red stop sign means “STOP”
    Yellow smile face means “CROSS SAFELY”
  4. Students proceed to a point even with the left side of the bus and stop.
  5. Students look left and right for passing cars.
  6. Students look to the driver for instruction to complete the crossing.
  7. Do not cross behind the bus.
  8. If a paper or article goes under the school bus, always ask the bus driver for help.
  9. Do not get mail from roadside mailboxes until after the bus leaves the stop

About Us

The Zeeland Public Schools Transportation Department’s mission is to provide the safest and most efficient means of transporting your students to and from school.

Did you know the yellow bus is 27 times safer than an automobile when comparing modes of transportation to and from school?

We have a staff of 59 professionally trained and certified school bus drivers who use the utmost care bringing your students to and from school each day.  Our staff of 3 full time certified professional mechanics maintains our fleet with a commitment to safety and reliability.  Our administrative and office staff, consisting of the Transportation Director, 2 full time and 1 part time secretaries, strives to provide prompt and courteous services to all students with integrity and efficiency.

The Zeeland School District consists of approximately 94 square miles, which are serviced by 52 school buses on 167 regular bus runs, transporting approximately 9,000 students daily.  The vehicles travel more than 600,000 miles annually for regular education.

The average ride on a school bus is approximately 10 miles/35 minutes long.  This means that your student, over a 13-year period, may travel up to 47,320 miles (twice around the world) or 2,839 hours (354 eight hour work days) on a school bus

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To contact the ZPS Transportation Center, please call 616.748.3425 or email our transportation office staff:

Director of Transportation:


The list below includes all of the activities that have been offered to the students of Cityside in recent years. There is no guarantee that all of these activities will be offered in a given school year. We will strive to have as many extra-curricular activities for our students, but the final list of sports, clubs and activities is dependent on finances and the availability of coaches and instructors.


All student clubs must have a teacher supervisor present at all times.

There are only 6 Schedule B payments allotted for clubs.  Once these have been assigned, the teacher must run the club voluntarily without compensation.

Students must meet with the principal for club approval before the club may be publicized or have the first meeting.

If possible, the club meetings will be held in the teacher supervisor’s room.  If this is not an option due to size of the club or type of club, an alternate location will be assigned based on room availability.

Any club expenses will be the responsibility of the members of the club unless the club is a schedule B club and the funds have been allocated in the budget before the school year begins.

Any outside volunteers that work with the club must go through the district background check.


In order to help our students understand the importance of giving back to their community, we will plan a fund-raiser each holiday season, and use the money raised to adopt local families for the holidays. The method of fund-raising will change from year to year.

For: 6th, 7th & 8th grade students

Located At: Cityside

When: November & December

Cost: Donations from students

Contact Person: Chix in Action Leader


Students who are interested in drawing, building, designing and/or creating are welcomed. The Art Club goes to the Art Institute of Chicago usually every year.

For: 6th, 7th & 8th grade students

Located At: Cityside

When: Afternoons 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: Funded by fundraiser, small cost may be incurred. All students will be charged for the bus and travel to the Chicago Art Institute.

Contact Person: Art Teacher


Separate 7th & 8th grade teams. Teams are cut to approximately 15-18 players. The athletes compete with other area teams, and develop basketball skills.

For: 7th & 8th grade students

Located At: Cityside

When: Jan. – March (girls) Nov. – Dec. (boys)

Cost: No cost

Contact Person: Athletic Director


An evening spent with classmates enjoying a variety of high activity games planned by volunteer parents and Assistant Principal. Lots of food will be provided.

For: 7th & 8th grade students

Located At: Cityside

When: A Friday evening

Cost: Not available at this time.

Contact: Assistant Principal


There is a group of 8th graders who agree to read certain books and then meet periodical to discuss what they have read

For: 8th grade students

Located At: Cityside

When: Periodic meetings throughout the year (schedule varies yearly)

Cost: Most books are checked out from the teacher collection or library. There can be costs associated if students want to purchase books

Contact Person: Language Arts Teacher


Instead of having a graduation or an honor’s night, we end the year celebrating with the entire 8th grade class. There will be some objective recognition of achievement by our students, but the focus is to celebrate ALL 8th graders and the three-year journey they are about to complete

For: 8th grade students

Located At: Cityside Middle School

When: End of the school year, in the evening

Cost: None

Contact Person: Principal’s Secretary


We believe in objectively recognizing students who meet all the requirements we have for them at school.  At the end of each marking period (terms 1-3), we will publish a list of “Champion Chix”, which are the students who have no unexcused tardies, no unexcused absences, no late assignments, no missing assignments and no discipline referrals.

For: 6th, 7th & 8th grade students

Located At: Cityside

When: At the end of each marking period

Cost: none

Contact Person: Counseling Secretary


This is an after school activity for students to compete in chess matches on a local and regional level. (May not be available every year.)

For: 6th, 7th & 8th grade students

Located At: Cityside

Cost: None at the present time

Contact: Chess Coach


This is a facility available to students before school 7:10am to 7:35am and during lunch times with staff supervision to participate in various games and activities.

For: 6th, 7th & 8th grade students

Located at: Cityside

Cost: None

Contact: Assistant Principal


The Chix In Action (CIA) are students who meet to plan various events that impact Cityside Middle School. It is the closest thing to a Student Council we have. Students must apply and be recommended by teachers as well.

For: 7th and 8th grade students

Located At: Site TBA

When: Periodic meetings throughout the year (schedule varies yearly)

Cost: None

Contact Person: CIA Leader


Each fall, the Cityside Players put on a musical. We strive to have as many students involved as possible as actors, signers, dancers and crew members. Each spring, there is a more traditional play that features students from both Cityside and Creekside.

For: 6th, 7th & 8th grade students

Located At: Cityside Lokers Auditorium

When: Everyday after school beginning after tryouts

Cost: Optional make-up kits, t-shirts etc.

Contact Person: Play Director


There is one team for 7th and 8th grade boys and girls from both Cityside and Creekside. We hope to add more teams as the program grows.

For: 7th and 8th grade students

Located At: Practice starts at Cityside after school daily during the season

When: Fall season

Cost: varies

Contact Person: Athletic Director


We have separate teams for both 7th & 8th grade that are made up exclusively for Cityside students. They play other area schools

For: 7th and 8th grade boys

Located At: Practice site TBA

When: Practice every day after school in fall (Football is the one sport where practices start before school starts)

Cost: varies

Contact Person: Athletic Director


We may offer an afternoon time for students to participate in a golf outing weekly during the Spring to various golf courses within the area.

For: 8th grade students

Located At: Cityside

When: After school one day a week in season

Cost: Varies depending on sight


This is the middle school division of the ZHS F.I.R.S.T. team. Students will build robots to perform multiple tasks and also compete with other teams within the state.  Try-outs may be necessary.

For: 6th, 7th & 8th grade students who are not in a fall sport.

Located At: Cityside

When: Late September through December

Cost: None

Contact Person: Coach


The M-Step Program is designed to test student’s state wide. It is a testing instrument that is being constantly updated and re-designed to measure minimum standards for select grades. Assessments in reading and math for 7th graders; science, social studies, and writing for 8th graders.

For: 6th, 7th & 8th grade students

Located at: Cityside

When: End of January – During exam week.

Cost: No charge

Contact Person: Assistant Principal


These are open agenda meetings. Discussion will focus on school happenings and how they can be improved and communicated to others. Qualifications: Regular attendance and a positive attitude.

For: Cityside parents

Located at: Cityside

When: 2 - 3 meetings per school year

Contact: Principal & Assistant Principal


A club for students who perform anonymous acts of kindness for teachers, staff, and other students. The club’s goal is to make the world a kinder place in which to live.

For: 6th, 7th, & 8th grade students

Located At: Cityside

When: Second Semester

Cost: Little or none

Contact Person: Counselor


The Middle School Ski Club gives students the opportunity to alpine ski. By being in a group, students receive reduced lift and rental rates. The club begins before Christmas and takes trips through February, usually every other Monday.

Who: 6th, 7th & 8th grade students

Located At: Bittersweet in Allegan

When: Usually every other week depending on weather

Cost: Varies each year—fees for ski pass, lift ticket, rental and transportation.

Contact Person: Ski Club Coach


We have separate 7th & 8th grade teams. Cuts are made and teams are composed of approximately 20 to 24 players. Athletes compete against other area schools and develop skills.

For: 7th & 8th grade students

Located At: Cityside & competing schools

When: Fall– Boys; Spring – Girls – Practice after school

Cost: Varies

Contact Person: Athletic Director


There is one combined 7th & 8th grade team. Cuts are made and the team consists of 16 to 22 players. Athletes compete against other area schools and develop skills.

For: 7th & 8th grade girls

Located At: Cityside and competing schools.

When: Spring sport, practice after school

Cost: Varies

Contact Person: Athletic Director


This is an after-school study session during which students can receive help with all subject areas.

For: 6th, 7th, & 8th grade students

Located At: Cityside

When: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 2:35 – 3:20

Cost: None

Contact Person: Assistant Principal


Swimming involves learning strokes and how to become part of a team. Swim meets are twice a week and one invitational on a Saturday. On the diving team, cuts are made due to high numbers and availability of boards.

For: 7th & 8th grade students

Located At: Cityside Pool

When: Practice daily after school. Girls’ session is November through January; Boys’ February through March

Cost: Varies

Contact Person: Athletic Director


The “Chix Mix” is the most recent name of the annual Cityside Talent Show. This show is open to any 6th, 7th or 8th grader with an act they want to share with their classmates. Students must tryout in order to participate. The Chix Mix is currently run my the Cityside Dance Teacher, but it could be lead by any adult in the building.

For: 6th, 7th & 8th grade students

Located At: Cityside

When: Varies

Cost: None

Contact Person: Cityside Dance Teacher


There is one combined 7th & 8th grade team. Learning basic skills, competition in singles and doubles with other area schools is what these athletes will be exposed to weekly.

For: Creekside/Cityside Combined 7th & 8th grade students

Located At: Creekside & competing schools

When: Practice every day, matches twice a week, Fall sport (girls); Spring sport (boys)

Cost: Racquet, shorts & shirt

Contact Person: Athletic Director


Free-will offerings of canned and dry goods are donated by students and faculty in homeroom to be delivered to area distribution centers.

For: 6th, 7th & 8th grade students

Located At: Cityside

When: Week before Thanksgiving.

Cost: Donated items

Contact Person: CIA Leader


This is our school store. It is open most days after school and is run by Cityside students. They sell primary school supplies and treats.

For: 6th, 7th, & 8th grade students

Located At: Cityside – Main Hallway

When: Open before school for school supplies only. Open after school for candy bars.

Cost: Whatever you purchase

Contact Person: Special Education Instructor


7th and 8th grade combined into one team. No cuts are made. Track includes co-ed running events and field events. The athletes compete with area schools.

For: Creekside/Cityside 7th & 8th grade boys & girls

Located At: Creekside & competing schools

When: Practice after school, in the Spring. Usually 2 meets per week.

Cost: Varies

Contact Person: Athletic Director


Separate 7th & 8th grade teams. Teams are cut to approximately 15 players. Volleyball skills are taught, and competition is between league schools.

For: 7th & 8th grade girls

Located At: Cityside, and competing schools

When: Everyday after school, matches are twice a week – September and October

Cost: Varies

Contact Person: Athletic Director


Show support for your students & staff. Volunteers fill a void by providing extras staff cannot. Some examples of volunteer efforts include: tutoring, baking, phone calls, chaperones, etc. Please sign in at the office each time you volunteer.

For: Parents, senior citizens…anyone interested in sharing their time & talents

Located At: Cityside, home or curricular places

When: Please fill out your Volunteer Opportunity Sheet to tell us how you would like to get involved

Cost: Time you want to give

Contact Person: Building Coordinator


We have combined 7th & 8th grades into one team. No cuts are made. Athletes learn skills, cooperation, and discipline. Competition is between area schools.

For: Creekside/Cityside 7th & 8th grade boys

Located At: Creekside & competing schools

When: Late Winter at the end of January; practice every day with matches twice a week

Cost: Varies

Contact Person: Athletic Director


Dear Parents,

We sincerely hope all parents will encourage their children to take part in some athletic activity. We believe that athletic participation will help each student to adjust to the Cityside and Creekside environment quicker and will aid in the development of new and positive attitudes. In addition, physical fitness and health should show marked improvement while self-confidence rises. As educators we have the welfare of our students uppermost in our minds. A well organized athletic program will meet your student’s needs for self-expression, improved mental alertness, and positive physical and emotional growth. It is our hope and goal to maintain a program that is sound in purpose and will further each student’s education and social maturity.

A student who elects to participate in athletics is voluntarily making a choice of self-discipline and dedication. These are the reasons we place such emphasis on good training habits. We are striving for excellence and do not want our athletes to settle for mediocrity.


Purpose of the athletic code: The athletic code establishes uniform standards for all student athletics and details the penalties for violations of these standards. This code is threefold. It will include expected behavior for academics, practice, and games.


Athletes must be passing five out of six classes to participate. An eligibility list will be given to all teachers. If an athlete is deemed ineligible, you will not be able to compete until grades and/or work ethic improves.

You must be in school at least half the day to compete in that day’s contest. Special consideration may be granted from the principal or athletic director.


Be on time and prepared to listen and learn.

Lock all belongings in the locker room.

Respect your teammates and coaches. No put downs!

Communicate to your parents when practices will be completed.

Communicate with your coach if you cannot attend or will be late to practice.

An emergency contact form must be completed and turned into the office before an athlete may participate in practices.


A physical exam is needed from a doctor prior to the first game or contest.

Stay with your team and coach at all times.

Show respect to both your opponent and their facilities, win or lose.

If you wish to not ride the bus home from an away contest, you MUST give your coach a note from your parents for permission.

Remember that bus rules are the same for athletic contests as they are for school.


Proper Supervision – Athletes are not to be in the locker rooms, gymnasium, or athletic facility, unless properly supervised by their coach. Once a practice or contest has been completed, the athletes are to leave the building as soon as possible.

Team Membership (Cut Sports) – In some sports at Cityside and Creekside, limiting team size is necessary. When this occurs, the coach will explain to the athletes the criteria for making the team before practices begin. Students not making the team are welcome to discuss the reasons with the coach. However, a coach’s decision is final.

Coaches Regulations – Individual coaches may institute other regulations for their particular sport not contained in this handbook. These regulations are to be written and distributed to all athletes at the beginning of each season.


Responsibility to Yourself - As an athlete, you will be challenged to maintain high academic, emotional, mental, and physical standards. Self-discipline, full effort, positive attitude, and a strong respect for self and authority will help you achieve your goals.

Responsibility to Your Team - As an athlete and a member of a team, your teammates will look to you for leadership, requiring you to put forth your best effort and attitude at all times. You are to put the team goals before any personal goals and awards that you may seek to gain.

Responsibility to Family & Friends - As an athlete, expectations will increase even among family members. Your family will look to you for strength of character and as a role model for siblings and friends. Athletic participation will be difficult without the encouragement of your family and friends. It is the responsibility of every athlete to show appreciation for those who attend your games, meets, contests, etc.

Responsibility to your School - As an athlete, you are a representative of your school at all times. As a school leader, your conduct and attitudes are viewed as that of Cityside and Creekside. This position should always be viewed as an honor and privilege.

Responsibility to your Community - As an athlete, your community takes pride in you and your team and will view you as a role model. It is your responsibility to set a good example for upcoming athletes and to contribute positively to the community.


There are situations that may require a conference between the coach and the parent. These are to be encouraged. It is important that both parties involved have a clear understanding of the other’s concerns. When these conferences are necessary, the following procedure should be followed to help promote a resolution to the issue of concern. Remember, communication equals success! Both parenting and coaching are extremely difficult vocations. By establishing an understanding of each position, we are better able to accept the actions of others and provide greater benefits to the student. As parents, when your son or daughter becomes involved in our programs,you have a right to understand what

expectations are placed on your student-athlete. This begins with clear communication from the coach of your student athlete’s program.


Philosophy of the coach.

Expectations the coach has for your child as well as the players.

Locations and times of all practices and contests.

Team requirements, i.e., fees, special equipment, off-season conditioning, etc.

Procedure should your child be injured during participation.

Team rules and guidelines.


Concerns expressed directly to the coach.

Notification of any scheduled conflicts well in advance if possible.


As your child becomes involved in athletic programs at Cityside and Creekside, he or she will experience some of the most rewarding moments of his or her life. It is important to understand that there also may be a time when things do not

go the way you or your child wishes. At these times, discussion with the coach is encouraged.


Coaches are professionals. They make judgment decisions based on what they believe to be the best for all athletes involved. For continued success of the team, please let the following be left to the discretion of the coach.

Playing time

Play calling

Team strategy

Other athletes


Develop emotional control, honesty, and a sense of real teamwork;

Learn that an individual’s contribution to the team is more important than personal goals or desires;

See that the success of a program is not determined by a team’s win/loss record;

Learn the value of cooperation, discipline, and hard work’

Practice good sportsmanship;

Represent their team, school, and community with PRIDE!