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Important Return To School Information

posted Jul 26, 2021, 3:58 PM by Sheila Wooten-Jones

July 26, 2021 

Dear Parents: 

Welcome to Royal Palm Middle School/ACPA!  We are looking forward to a great 2021-2022 school year with you and your child, as we are return to a more traditional school setting.  We realize the strain of COVID-19 on all of us as a community.  We are preparing to maintain safety protocols and mitigations for all students and staff to ensure good health practices, while being able to build valuable relationships with our Royal Palm/ACPA students, staff and parents. 

School Begins – Monday, August 9, 2021

School Hours – 8:15 am – 3:15 pm

Wednesday Dismissal – 1:45 pm every Wednesday 

OPEN HOUSE/MEET THE TEACHER –Thursday, August 5, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

In an effort to maintain safety protocols, we are requesting families to adhere to the following Open House schedule:

4:00 – 4:30          Last names beginning with A - G

4:30 – 5:00          Last names beginning with H – L

5:00 -  5:30          Last names beginning with M – Q

5:30 – 6:00          Last names beginning with R - Z 

Parking for Open House

Parking is available in the staff lot off Butler, the front office lot, and the north lot (behind Cardinal Academy).  

After entering campus, the first stop will be in the Cafeteria.  Class lists will be posted with Homeroom teacher name and room number.  Students will receive a class schedule in Homeroom.  Students will have an opportunity to walk campus, locate their classrooms and meet their teachers.  Masks are encouraged for everyone on campus 

Transportation- Masks ARE required on school buses.

Bus route information may be accessed at beginning the week of July 26 for Regular and Special Education students. This link and bus route information can also be accessed through the WESD website at 

To access individual bus information parents will use the following username and password:

Username = Student ID

Password = Date of Birth (Format MMDDYYYY)

Postcards with bus route information will NOT be sent to homes by mail.  Parents can contact Transportation at (602) 896-5270 with questions. 

School Messenger

To ensure good communication, parents will receive a phone message and email from Royal Palm periodically.  These messages will be sent through School Messenger informing parents of important date and events. It is essential for the school office to have current and updated email and phone numbers for parents. 

General Information

Royal Palm is a no backpack school.  Classroom teachers will have textbooks and Chromebook devices available for students to use in their classes.  Because students do not have textbooks or Chromebooks to carry between classes, backpacks are not permitted.  Students may  bring a 3-ring binder (or zipper Trapper Keeper) with pencils, pens and paper.  

Physical Education (PE) Class

Students will not be “dressing out” for PE this school year. Students may bring a change of clothes, but it is not required.  Student do need to wear shoes that are suitable for running. 

Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast and lunch is provided free of charge. Royal Palm is a recipient of the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) through USDA to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students. 

Dress Code

When shopping for school clothes this summer, please be aware of the Royal Palm dress code.  Students at RP should dress in a way that reflects pride in themselves and their school.  The dress code is based on Washington School Board Policy.

Parents are highly encouraged to review the Royal Palm Handbook with their child.  The Handbook can be found on the Royal Palm website.  

·         Students are expected to wear their school provided ID at all times for safety purposes.  Replacement IDs must be purchased from the office for $2.  All students will be issued a WESD ZPass to be applied to their ID as a bus pass to be worn with the student ID card.

·         Head coverings are not allowed anywhere on campus unless for religious or medical reasons.

·         Pants/shorts must fit appropriately and have a 3” inseam or longer.  Pants and shorts with holes and/or rips are not permitted.

·         “Sagging” is not permitted.

·         Belts must fit appropriately and not hang from the waist.

·         Shoes must be worn at all times.  Flip-flops, slippers, slides and shower shoes are not permitted.  Traditional “Crocs” may be worn with the back strap.

·         Shirts/blouses must have sleeves that cover the entire shoulder.  Shirts must be long enough so that when the arms are raised, no skin is visible.  NO cleavage may be exposed.  No undergarments or straps should show.

·         Pajamas, sleepwear, loungewear, etc. are not permitted.

·         Clothing may not contain profane symbols or vulgar language.

·         Bandannas are not permitted (either worn or dangling from pockets).

·         Hair styles should not be a distraction in class.

·         Jewelry/accessories may not display profanity, provocative or suggestive statements, obscenities, advertising for drugs, alcohol, or gang identification. Jewelry may not be a distraction or disruptive.  Spikes or studs on bracelets, belts, rings, necklaces, or earrings are not permitted.  Wallet chains are not allowed.  Sunglasses may be worn outdoors only and must be worn appropriately.

·         There may be exceptions to the rules during school-sponsored events/activities. (Administrative discretion)  

PTO (Parent Teacher Organization)- WE NEED YOU!  J

The Royal Palm PTO is a valued organization that provides support to staff and students.  The PTO supports teachers with materials and supplies for classrooms, PBIS incentives for students, and a luncheon for staff during Teacher Appreciation Week.  These additional supports are greatly appreciated.  During the pandemic PTO did not participate in fundraising. 

PTO is asking all parents who shop at Fry’s (Kroger) grocery store to register for the Fry’s Community Rewards Program.  This is easy (will take 2-3 minutes) and it’s FREE to you! Kroger donates a percentage of Community Rewards to our PTO.  Again, this does not cost the shoppers anything and it would help our PTO (and students and staff) tremendously.  Follow the directions below to do this.

1.       Go to

2.       Select Sign In

3.       Sign in with Google or enter y our email and password then select ‘Sign In’

4.       Select ‘Enroll Now’

5.       Under ‘Find Your Organization’ enter Royal Palm Middle School

6.       Click ‘Enroll’

If you have registered correctly, you will see a confirmation page stating, ‘You have successfully enrolled Community  Reward.’  Our PTO and school community appreciates you, in advance, for doing this! 

We look forward to a wonderful school year with you and your child.




Darcy Estrada                     Tameri Bayus

Principal                               Assistant Principal