Information for Students

Student Dress Code

The Board of Education of the School District of Philadelphia adopted a uniform policy for all students. The mandatory, basic uniform for all McKinley students is:

Navy blue collared shirt; (NO t-shirts) Shirts must be plain (no writing, logos, or hoodies)
Navy blue pants; Navy blue skirts/dresses knee length or longer.  Navy blue pants, tights, or leggings can be worn under skirts/dresses.
Shoes/sneakers must cover the feet. Sandals are not permitted.
Disciplinary action will be taken against students refusing to wear the school uniform. There is a definite relationship between good dress habits, good work habits, and proper school behavior. In order to promote this positive relationship, the following regulations concerning proper dress have been adopted for all students:

Hats, caps, and headscarves are not to be worn in the building. This applies to both boys and girls.
Shorts, skirts, and dresses cannot be shorter than 3 inches above the knee.
Spaghetti straps, tube tops, transparent or very short blouses that expose the midriff, are not permitted.
Jeans, sweat pants, baggy pants, and sweatshirts/sweaters/shirts with hoods ARE NOT permitted.  If wearing these, students will be asked to remove them before entering the classroom.
Hair curlers are not permitted.
Sunglasses are not to be worn in the building.
Large and/or expensive jewelry (earrings) are not appropriate for school and should be left at home.
Because of their association and identification with gangs, the following articles of clothing are NOT permitted:  bandannas, durags, headgear or any article of clothing or jewelry bearing guns, gang symbols, names, initials, insignias or anything else which signals gang affiliation.


Physical Education is a subject required of each student by Pennsylvania state law. Students may be excused only upon presentation of a physician’s certificate (note). Students are required to wear a gym uniform and sneakers (navy blue shorts/sweat pants & navy blue t-shirt). T-Shirts and pants may be purchased at the school.


Students receiving transportation services are expected to demonstrate excellent behavior at all times while riding the bus to and from school.

1.       Students must be seated at all times.

2.       Students shall not extend their head or arms out of the windows at any time.

3.       The throwing of objects in or out of the bus is not permitted. No littering.

4.       There shall be no profanity, shouting, loud talking, whistling, loud laughing, and scuffling, spitting, or disorderly or improper conduct of any kind on the bus.

5.       Eating and drinking are not allowed on school buses.

6.       Enter and leave the bus through the front doors, only after the bus has come to a complete stop.

7.       Students must go directly to the bus-loading zone as soon as school dismisses and line up in an orderly manner.


The following will be the disciplinary action policy for students that receive bus referrals:

1st Offense                   Administrative warning

2nd Offense                1-day bus suspension

3rd Offense                 3-day bus suspension

4th Offense                 5-day bus suspension

5th Offense                  10-day bus suspension


The number of days may vary depending on the seriousness of the offense. Riding the school bus is a service not a right and may be revoked if safety rules are not observed.

Bell Schedule

Homeroom Arrival – 8:20 – 8:30

1st Period – 8:30 – 9:15

2nd Period – 9:15 – 10:00

3rd Period – 10:00 – 10:45

4th Period – 10:45-11:30

5th Period – 11:30 – 12:15

6th Period – 12:15 – 1:00

7th Period – 1:00 – 1:45

8th Period – 1:45 – 2:45

Dismissal Period – 2:45 – 3:00



Regular attendance ensures the continuity of the educational program essential for growth.  Students are expected to arrive to school on time at 8:20 AM.  If your child is absent or sent to school late, it is the responsibility of the parent to notify the teacher in writing of the reason.  It is also the responsibility of the child to make up any missed work during the absence. Changes to the Attendance Policy: After nine (9) cumulative absences for illness for which a parent writes an excuse note, the 10th absence for illness must be accompanied by a physician’s note. Attendance will be carefully monitored and legal action will be taken in cases of repeated unexcused absences.



Students who arrive to school after 8:20 AM will be marked late.  Students who arrive after 8:35 must enter the building through the main entrance and get a late note at the front desk. Changes to the Attendance Policy: If a student arrives after 10 AM or leaves before 1 PM without a valid excuse note, the student will be marked as half day unexcused. Two half days will add up to one full day absence. Continued lateness to school causes unnecessary disruption and will result in disciplinary action.  It is essential that students be on time for class.  Students will be held accountable for missed work.


Lunch / Breakfast Programs

At McKinley, all students are eligible to receive a free breakfast and lunch.   Breakfast is served in all classrooms each morning at 8:20 AM. Students are not permitted to enter the building before 8:20 AM.  Students are expected to follow rules, demonstrate respect for each other, and for the adults that supervise breakfast, lunch, and recess in the schoolyard. There are three lunch periods:


10:45 AM – 11:30 AM

6th – 8th Girls (Lunch / Recess)

6th – 8th Boys (Recess / Lunch)

11:30 PM – 12:15 PM

K & 1st Grades (Lunch / Recess)

4th Grade (Recess / Lunch)

12:15 PM – 1:00 PM

2nd Grade & A2 (Lunch / Recess)

A3 & 5th Grade (Recess / Lunch)


Students who willfully and repeatedly ignore school rules during breakfast / lunchtime will be subject to disciplinary action.  In order to make lunch a pleasant experience, students will:

1.     Be seated at their assigned table.

2.     Remain seated until called.

3.     Leave all tables in satisfactory condition.

4.     Place all waste in trashcans.

5.     Remain in the lunchroom during the entire lunch period.

6.     Wait to be dismissed.


Glass bottles are not permitted in the building.