Cell Phone Policy



Tilden Middle School encourages good attendance. Coming to school each day is very important to the learning process. ScholarChip will be used to accurately take daily attendance. Students who arrive after 8:35 AM are counted as late. Illness or family emergencies often necessitate a child to be absent from school. Upon the student’s return to school he/she must bring a note to the advisor from home explaining the nature of the absence. Until such a note is received, a student’s absence will be counted as “unexcused”. If the absence is of significant duration, please contact the school counselor so that arrangements for assignments and homework can be made. All assignments missed due to absence are to be made up by the student. Continual absences will result in a referral to truancy and/or family court. Students may also receive an “F-Attendance” grade for courses regardless of the student’s numerical academic grade.

Reporting to School

Students are expected to report to school early enough to pass through the security/scanning process. All students are to enter though the front doors marked student entrance. Students caught entering the school through an unauthorized door, or opening an unauthorized door to let another individual into the school, will be considered trespassing and will be subject to severe disciplinary action.

Lateness to School

All students who arrive late to school must obtain a late slip. Students reporting late without a note signed by their parent will be subject to disciplinary actions as per the Code of Student Conduct under Level I Offenses. For repeated violations, a student will be suspended. Students who arrive after advisory will be held in the late room the parents will be notified.

Religious Observation

Students who are absent from or late to school because of participation in a religious obligation must present a note from their parent or guardian stating the place and time of the obligation.

Early Dismissal Policy 

Early dismissal will be granted only when the parent/guardian comes to school for the student and shows valid identification. Early dismissals are granted for certain types of medical and personal emergencies. Medical and dental appointments should be scheduled after school hours.

For medical emergencies, see the school nurse. All students being dismissed early due to illness or any family emergencies must have a parent or guardian to pick them up and sign them out of the main office.

Leaving the Building

Only students with early dismissals are permitted to leave the building prior to the end of the school day. Students who leave school without permission will be subject to disciplinary actions.

Class Attendance/Lateness/Cutting

Students have 3 minutes to get from one class to the next. Cutting class is detrimental to a student’s academic performance and often contributes to behavior, which is disruptive to the entire educational program. Students are cutting class if they are marked present in school but do not attend class. Students who cut class will receive a zero for that class and will not be permitted to make up missed work. Missing class due to a late arrival without an acceptable excuse is considered as a “late cut.” Chronic cutting leads to subject failure and will result in disciplinary action.

Hall Passes

Hallways are places of quiet movement and socialization. Hall walking is against school policy and will not be permitted. Failure to comply will result in disciplinary action. Students must have a signed and dated hall pass to move through the halls during class time.

ACT 29 of 1995 (TRUANCY)

Students who report to school and cut classes are considered to be truant by the courts. Students cutting school are truant. Truancy petitions will be prepared and turned over to the proper authorities for legal action(s), including fines, etc. to students and parents/guardians. Act 29 provides for a $300 fine and allows the court to impose parent education classes and community service sentences for parents of a truant child, who do not show that they took reasonable steps to ensure their child’s school attendance. It provides that the parent and child must appear at a hearing before the district magistrate.

Emergency Closing of Schools

Announcements will be made over the radio and local TV beginning at 5:30 am. Mid-day weather closing is also announced via the local media. If, for any emergency, schools must be closed during the school day for other than weather, the administration will announce the closing to the students.


Uniform Policy  

Tilden’s Uniform Policy

Below this information is a link to the uniform colors of all of the schools in the School District of Philadelphia.

All students are expected to be in uniform every day. Tilden has a specific uniform combination that each student should come dressed in each day.  This includes:

Khaki pants
Black polo or collared button-down shirt
Black sweater (optional)

Khaki pants or skirt. Skirt must be no more then two inches above the knee.
Black polo or collared button-down shirt
Black sweater (optional)
** Hoodies WILL NOT be tolerated in the classroom –  this includes sweatshirts and/or sweaters with a hood.

**NO t-shirts (unless they display a Tilden logo..), open-toed shoes, slippers, or sandles will be permitted.

***Please see the Student Handbook for more specific information concerning the uniform policy.


Discipline Office

Uniform Information