by Jeremy Potter | Jan 28, 2021 | Featured News 1
The following dress code must be adhered to during the regular and exam school days and at all required school functions, whether on RFM School property or elsewhere. The dress code for special classes will be specified by those departments. The rules and regulations covered in the handbook are subject to revision or addition at any time. If you are unsure about an article of clothing, bring it to the school to be approved by administration before wearing.
Dress Code Philosophy
Clothing represents an important personal expression of one’s self. Race, gender, heritage, age, and wealth can all influence how one dresses. Our students are each different; differences that we celebrate as a school. It is our hope that a Munroe Education encourages students to grow and define a feeling of self as stated and supported by our school’s mission and philosophy. Enforcement of a dress code often causes friction between students and many adults in their lives, including parents and faculty. It is the goal of the administration and staff to encourage the celebration of self, while avoiding the potential conflicts that can result from extremes in fashion or the meaning behind certain fashions that are counter to our mission.
How a person dresses tells a story about who they are and influences how others may treat them. We would encourage all students covered by the dress code to dress as they would imagine dressing for their future occupation. Success is the result of hard work and goal setting. Dressing for the role students hope to possess in the future helps to build good habits and allows a student to see themselves as they want others to see them.
UNIFORM FOR GRADES K Through 5th
All tops, with the exception of overcoats, must contain the official school logo. Embroidered logos are available through our online sources, our new partner M&M Monogramming, and Allen Sports. Heat-press transfers are also available through Allen Sports. Uniform pieces available online must be purchased through our approved sources:
French Toast Official School Wear – (https://www.frenchtoast.com/schoolbox/schools/Robert-F.-Munroe-Day-School-QS44AGD)
Along with the approved online sources above, there are several local vendors including JC Penney, Wal-Mart, Old Navy, Signature and Gymboree that have uniforms which will duplicate the styles chosen by RFM from the online companies.
Boys – Grades 3K- 5
Pants or Shorts: Khaki or Black (No carpenter or cargo styles may be worn)
Shirt: Oxford button down – White – Short or Long Sleeve (Tucked)
Collared Polo– White, Red, Black, or Gray – Short or Long Sleeve
Unisex Polo – White, Red, Black, or Gray – Short or Long Sleeve
Crewneck Tee – White, Red, Black, or Gray – Short or Long Sleeve
Belt: Black, Brown, or Khaki
Sweater: Cardigan zipped or button, pullover, or vest – White, Red, Black, or Gray
Sweatshirts: Hooded pullover, hooded zipped or crewneck, free from lettering or graphics except school branding – White, Red, Black, or Gray
Fleece: Jacket zipped, pullover, vest, or cardigan – White, Red, Black, or Gray
Socks: Solid White or Solid Black
Shoes: Closed Toe – (Tennis Shoes are strongly encouraged) – Sandals, Flip Flops, Crocs, Heelies or backless shoes are not permitted.
Accessories: Hats may not be worn in the school buildings during the regular school day.
Hair: Hair must be cut or styled so that it does not cover a child’s eyes. No Mohawk cuts. Hair may not be dyed a color beyond the realm of normal, natural hair color.
Jackets or Coats: They must be neat, well maintained (no rips, tears, or stains), solid colors only, and free from graphics or lettering, with the exception of RFM branded graphics or logos.
Girls – Grades 3K – 5
Pants: Khaki or Black
Jumper: Red, Black, Khaki, or Approved Munroe Plaid
Dress: Polo style – Red or Black – Short or Long Sleeve
Shorts, Skorts, Skirts, Capris: Khaki, Black, or Approved Munroe Plaid
No fringe, gems, or other adornments may be added to pants, jumpers, dresses, shorts, skorts, or skirts.
Shirt: Oxford button down – White – Short, ¾, or Long Sleeve
Peter Pan Collar Shirt – White or Gray – Short or Long Sleeve
Over-blouse – Red or Gray – Short or Long Sleeve
Collared Polo – White, Red, Black, or Gray – Short or Long Sleeve
Crewneck or Scoop-neck Tee – White, Red, Black, or Gray – Short or Long
Belt: Black, Brown or Khaki
Sweater: Cardigan zipped or buttoned, pullover, or vest – White, Red, Black, or Gray
Tights and Leggings: Solid White or Solid Black – No holes or runs, leggings must be ankle length.
Accessories: No body piercing tattoos or makeup will be permitted. Earrings are permitted, but must hang no lower than one inch below the lowest part of the earlobe. Girls must wear proper foundation garments under clothing when necessary. Undergarments must not be visible.
Hair: Girls’ hair must be kept neat and clean. Hair may not be dyed a color beyond the realm of normal, natural hair color.
Uniform Travel Wear – All Lower School Student
As a measure of safety and security students will be required to wear the following uniform options, unless the nature of the field trip calls for another type of dress.
Bottoms: Khaki – Bottom of choice
Shirts: Polos – Red – Short or Long sleeve – with school logo
Crew or Scoop-neck Tee – Red – Short or Long sleeve – with school logo
Sweater: Cardigan zippered or button down, pullover, or vest –Red
Sweatshirts: Hooded pullover, hooded zipped or crewneck – Red
Fleece: Jacket zipped or ½ zip, pullover, vest, or cardigan – Red
On approved non-uniform days all students must adhere to regular Dress Code as stated below.
The spirit of the dress code is that students arrive at school looking neat, clean, professional, and ready to attend class. Clothing that is in any way offensive or would not be appropriate in a professional environment will not be allowed. Using the dress code as a means of being provocative or exhibiting extreme dress or styles will not be allowed.
Specific regulations follow:
Personal Appearance & Accessories
All students must maintain a neat appearance. Inappropriate makeup and extreme or ill-fitting clothing will not be permitted.
Students will not wear clothing bearing suggestive or offensive slogans or ones that advocate violence, alcohol, tobacco, sex, or drugs. Students will not wear clothing bearing any political statement, image, or slogan, regardless of political party or intent.
No hats (of any style) or caps are permitted. If a hat is needed for an athletic event or a school sponsored activity it must remain in the student’s bag or locker until it is needed and then worn ONLY at the specific event. If hats are visible (worn or otherwise visible) during the school day (not at specified event) the hat will be confiscated and not returned to the student.Clothing should not be tight fitting.
Body piercing or tattoos that are visible are not allowed. Ear piercings only are permissible, but no chains may be worn on the ear, and spacers are not permitted.
Frayed or torn clothing may not be worn. All pants must be properly hemmed.
All students must wear proper foundation garments underclothing. Undergarments must not be visible. Undershirts may be worn and may be visible.
Girls’ and boys’ hair must be kept neat and clean. Hair must be cut and styled so that it hangs no longer than the top of the eyebrow in front.
Boys must be clean-shaven. Sideburns will be allowed to the lowest point of the earlobes.
Artificial hair is permitted if it looks natural. Subtle highlighting of hair is permitted.
All students must wear shoes that completely cover the toes and have a back. Cleated shoes, Sandals, Flip Flops, Crocs, Heelies or backless shoes are not permitted. Shoes must fit so that they do not come off if the student runs.
Shirts and Tops
No tee-shirts (including long sleeve) will be allowed with the exception of school-branded gear. Tee-shirts may be worn under shirts and may show.
All shirts or tops must be button up or collared shirts (polo type shirts are acceptable), with sleeves. The shirts must cover just below the collar bone, but a tee-shirt may be worn under the shirt to assure proper coverage. Shirts may not have printing, images, words, or logos with the exception of a small logo (5 inches or less) on one side of the shirt. The logo may be related to the brand of the shirt or related to a topic and of a style not prohibited by the dress code.
Shirts may not be cropped as to reveal the midriff or backside or undergarments at any time, including when hands are raised or when bending over.
Shirts may not be skin tight or so tight as to reveal the lines of the undergarment underneath.
Shirts may not be so light colored as to be see-through.
Team uniforms may be worn as top only per coaches instruction on designated days. Exceptions may be made for specific team or club uniforms for special situations as announced.
Examples of Acceptable Dress Shirts
Shorts and Pants
Students may wear Capri, Jeans, Slacks, or Khaki style pants, all with belt loops. Shorts and skirts are permitted.
Shorts and skirts that meet the same requirements as pants may be worn provided they touch the knee cap when standing without any need to adjust.
No athletic wear of any kind such as but not limited to; work-out pants, joggers, or sweatpants.
Belts are not required unless pants do not stay up on their own.
Pants may not have holes of any kind or be ripped or distressed in any way.
All pants must be neat and clean at all times and worn in the manner that they were intended to be worn in.
No sagging pants at any time.
Overalls may be worn providing that all buttons or snaps are fastened correctly. Shirts worn under overalls must be long enough to conceal undergarments and skin.
Pants should not have elastic around the legs.
Pants can not be form fitting as to show underwear, for example legging and jeggings.
Examples of Acceptable Dress Pants
Any jackets, sweatshirts, coats, or any other winter gear are to be neat, well maintained (no rips, tears, or stains), solid colors only, and free from graphics or lettering, with the exception of RFM branded graphics or logos smaller than 4 inches.
Sweaters may be worn with proper undergarments worn underneath.
Any top meant to be worn out (such as a sweatshirt, sweater, blouse, etc.) must sit at least 4 inches below the top of the lower garment which it is worn, without any pulling of the garment down to the correct position.
One piece dresses may be worn provided the dress naturally hangs to the knee cap while standing. A tee-shirt may be worn under a dress to assure that the collar bone is covered. Dresses are not required to have a collar.
Gym clothes or clothing to be worn for outdoor events or classes, such as when a class will be working outdoors, with teachers permission. These garments may not be worn in any other area at any time.
In the event that a student is out of dress code, the student will be issued a dress code approved piece of clothing and parents will be billed $25.00
Students taking a PE class in grades 6-12 on an elective day are encouraged to come to school in Physical Education Dress. Changing areas are significantly limited. Students will be allowed to stay in PE Dress for the entire school day.
Student should consider a change of clothes since no showers are available. The change of clothes may be athletic gear.
Physical Education Dress Code
1. Plain Red, Gray, Black short-sleeved shirts (Munroe t-shirts are preferred, correct size or loose fitting). Team practice gear is acceptable.
2. Plain Red, Black or Gray shorts (must be within three inches of the top of the knee, no sagging allowed, shirts must be tucked, correct size or loose fitting). Team workout gear is acceptable. Leggings must be covered by shorts or pants as noted above,
3. Plain Black or Gray Sweatpants (with drawstring).
4. Sweatshirts for cold days (Munroe Logo only) or of a single color with no logo, picture, print, or words larger than 4 inches. .
5. Footwear- Running Shoes, Basketball Shoes, Cross Training Shoes and Tennis Shoes. All socks must be visible above the ankle. Other shoes including Sandals, Flip Flops, Crocs, Heelies or backless shoes are not permitted.
It is mandatory that all students wear PE attire that adheres to standard Munroe Dress Code policy.
Students bring their own lunches to school.
Please contact Dawn Bot at email@example.com or 850-856-5500. Transportation is not available for students 3-4 years olds.
COVID19 Response: Students will be required to have a temperature check before boarding and will need to wear a mask at all times.
Robert F. Munroe offers optional transportation before and after school. For the 2020-2021 school year, the school plans to serve the following general locations:
Quincy, FLHavana, FLSneads, FL
One Child $900Two Children: $1200Three Children $1400
One WayOne Child $750Two Children $1100Three Children $1125
Florida Council of Independent Schools
FCIS was founded in 1954 by a small group of independent private school leaders to establish high standards for nonpublic schools. It is a professional educational association that evaluates and accredits independent schools throughout the state of Florida. FCIS assures that each member school maintains high standards and its independence. In serving the students of Florida, FCIS promotes educational, ethical, and professional excellence on the part of owners, trustees, administrators, faculty, and staff in member schools.
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
Founded in 1895, SACS CASI accredits over 13,000 schools and school systems throughout the United States and overseas. SACS CASI is an accreditation division of AdvancedED. AdvancedED is also the parent organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and the National Study of School Evaluation (NSSE).
We anticipate drop off to take longer as we must screen each student. In addition, we will be maintaining social distancing for all students during pick up. As such, we are altering the school hours as follows to help drop Off and Pick Up run smoothly.
Parents are asked to abide by the pick-up and drop-off times. Parents with children in multiple grades may elect to pick up each child at the set time or wait until the later time to pick up.
7:50 AM – 8:25 AM – Student Drop-off
8:30 AM – 2:00 PM – School Hours
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – After School Activities
2:00 PM – 5:45 PM – After School Care
7:45 AM – 8:00 AM – Drop Off Window
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM – School Day
3:00 PM – 3:15 PM – Pick-Up
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM – After School Activities
3:15 PM – 5:45 PM – Aftercare
8:00 AM – 8:20 AM – Drop Off Window
8:20 AM – 3:15 PM – School Day
3:15 PM – 3:30 PM – Pick-Up
3:30 PM – 5:45 PM – Aftercare
8:15 AM – 8:30 AM – Drop Off Window
8:30 AM – 3:25 PM – School Hours
4:00 PM – All US students not in athletics must be off-campus
3:30 PM – 6:00 PM – Most Varsity and JV Sports (6 – 12)
Early Learning Academy (k3 – k4) – Infants do not have ½ days
8:30 AM – 11:30 PM – School Hours
11:30 PM – 5:45 PM – After School Care
Normal Drop Off Times
12:05 PM – 12:15 PM – Lower School Pickup (k – 2)
12:15 PM – 12:25 PM – Lower School Pickup (3 – 5)
12:25 PM – 12:40 PM – Upper School Pickup (6 – 12)
12:05 PM – 5:45 PM – Extended After School Care (k – 5) – Additional Fee
Each day from 7:45 AM – 8:30 AM and 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM Old Mount Pleasant Road will be designated as ONE WAY. The right side of the road will be used for the Lower School. The left side will be for the Upper School.
Drop off and pick up will be utilizing the LS pavilion. The right side of the road will be reserved for LS only. This area used rain or shine.
Drop off and pick up will utilize Old Mt. Pleasant Road. Parents should keep traffic to one lane only. Kindergarten uses the last drop off, 1st grade uses the first dropoff on Mt. Pleasant. Lower School students will go to the right side of the road, while Upper School students will use the left side. Upper School uses the yellow lane and the Auditorium (near Bus Stop) in the event of rain.
Students are encouraged to begin applying to the school college program as early as 8th grade. Students accepted into the program begin working towards a college degree, which can be awarded at the same time as the high school degree.
Most teachers in the High School are also college professors, and teach college classes at our school to the high school students. Many of our High School students take advantage of the area’s most comprehensive advanced college credit program. Through a partnership with local colleges, our students are able to take classes with our teachers. By their senior year, Dual Enrollment students declare a major and can pursue college electives in the field of their interest, such as engineering, computer science, and nursing.
Munroe offers more college credit courses than any other high school in the area. In 9th and 10th grade students have access to a rotating selection of Advanced Placement courses in Social Studies, Science, and Art. These include:
AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental, AP Physics, AP Comparative Government, AP Human Geography, AP Art, AP Statistics, AP Psychology, AP Computer Science
Students accepted into the Dual Enrollment Program get access to our rotating schedule of college courses, including:
Enc 1101 (English), Enc 1102 (English), Chm 1020 (Chemistry), Lit 2000 (Literature), Enl 2000 (British Literature), Amh 2010 (American History), Amh 2020 (American History), Fin 1100 (Financial Literacy), Fin 1110 (Business Finances), Geb 1011 (Business), Sls 1510 (College Success), Eco 1213 (Economics), Mac 1105 (College Algebra), Mac 1140 (Precalculus), The 2000 (Theater Appreciation), Evr 1001 (Environmental Science), Oce 1001 (Oceanography), Bot 1000 (Plant Science), BSC 2085 (Anatomy)
Additional college elective classes in a variety of subjects are offered through our partnership with local colleges.
Our students are able to participate in the 2+2 Florida College Program, offering guaranteed admission to Florida colleges like the University of Florida and Florida State University.
It’s hard to believe that another year has begun on our beautiful campus. Each year that passes makes even more thankful for our
Robert F. Munroe family. We watch our wonderful children thrive here and are thankful to have you partner with us in creating an outstanding learning environment for their growth.
Your support each year has been vital in our continued success. Robert F. Munroe is a special place. We are blessed with a faculty and staff of dedicated professionals who provide rigorous academic instruction for our children while fostering personal growth for all. They teach a well-rounded curriculum in an atmosphere of mutual respect, which fosters supportive parent/teacher/student communication. Your support of the Annual Fund is vital to the success of RFM.
As you consider supporting the Annual Fund, please remember that every gift is important, regardless of size. It is easy to make a one-time gift or set up a recurring gift over the course of the year through the convenience of online giving.Every gift brings us closer to achieving our goal.
“Robert F Munroe has been an integral part of our family and our community since our arrival in Gadsden County 27 years ago. Both our children are alumni and were well prepared for the transition to college life. We have felt that being part of the Robert F Munroe family has carried an obligation to continue the stewardship of those who came before us to ensure that this school remains a vibrant part of our community, both now and in the future. Financial support of academics, athletics and social fraternity is at the core of that stewardship. We are grateful for the support of those past and present that aids in the continuance of the tradition that is fundamental to the Robert F Munroe Day School family.”
Crystle May, Marcelle May Rhodes and two of the May grandchildren
“Giving to the Annual Fund is an important, tangible element of support which all members of the Robert F. Munroe Day School community should provide. Although there is a business aspect to the Annual Fund – fills a need not fully funded by tuition – we enjoy knowing that our pledge assists RFM in attracting and retaining the best students and the best faculty in this area. The direct impact on people, which Annual Fund dollars deliver, is our continued motivation to support our Annual Fund” – Bradford & Crystle May. The May family has had two children and two grandchildren graduate/attend Munroe. Crystle taught at Munroe for 20 years and she now has a daughter that teaches here
At Munroe we believe that school should encompass more than just gaining academic knowledge. We believe that a well-rounded education includes not just teaching traditional classes but also teaching our students to be people of integrity and character.
The 2017-2018 school year saw the implementation of our Character Education Program. In keeping with the view that we are not simply charged with ensuring our students receive an elite, academic education but also a well rounded education regarding character, integrity, and citizenship, Munroe instilled a Character Education Program to address these topics. We are excited about this program and are looking forward to a great 2018-2019 year. Here is what will be offered:
UPPER/MIDDLE SCHOOL SCHEDULE
August 13th: Upper/Middle Schools Review Code of Conduct
September 10th: Upper/Middle Schools (Integrity;Class discussions/Writing)
September 17th: Upper/Middle Schools (Review Integrity)
October 15th: Upper/Middle School (Trustworthiness; Class discussions/Writing)
October 22nd: Upper/Middle School (Review Trustworthiness)
November 5th: Upper/Middle School (Respect; Class Discussion/Writing)
November 13th: Upper/Middle School (Review Respect)
December 3rd: Upper/Middle School (Honesty; Class Discussion, Writing)
December 10th: Upper/Middle School (Review Honesty)
January 14th: Upper/Middle School (Responsibility; Class Discussion/Writing)
January 22nd: Upper/Middle School (Review Responsibility)
February 4th: Upper/Middle School (Caring; Class Discussion/Writing)
February 11th: Upper/Middle School (Review Caring)
March 11th: Upper/Middle School (Citizenship; Class Discussion/Writing)
March 18th: Upper/Middle School (Review Citizenship)
April: All Grades 3-12th (Community Involvement)
April 1st: Why Community Involvement is Important
April 8th: What Projects interest Class
April 15th: Pick School Wide Project to begin implementing
LOWER SCHOOL SCHEDULE
August 20th: Lower School Review Code of Conduct
September 17th: Lower School (Honesty)
October 22nd: Lower School (Compassion)
November 13th: Lower School (Obedience)
December 10th: Lower School (Gratefulness)
January 22nd: Lower School (Generosity)
February 11th: Lower School (Responsibility)
March 18th: Lower School (Patience)
We want to be a school that parents and students are proud to be a part of. We believe that the atmosphere we are promoting is conducive to all students being able to be successful, however we do maintain a high code of conduct for our staff and students and unreservedly expect that it is maintained and will separate those who cannot or will not abide by it.
Robert F. Munroe Timeline
1968 School concept became reality when a group of dedicated citizens banded together to create what became known as Robert F. Munroe Day School in the rural community of Mt. Pleasant.
1969 School was incorporated as a non-profit day school to be known as Gadsden Day School. The death of board member Robert Fraser Munroe prompted the board to change the name to Robert F. Munroe Day School.
1970 Grades 1 through 12 opened to students. S.M. Eubanks is first headmaster.
1973 Munroe plays their first tackle football game, losing by a 20-9 score to Perry.
1977 The “in town” kindergarten was opened in Quincy.
1978 Baseball team makes it to the finals of Class A in the state championship series.
1980 Ms. Mary Emma Bassett becomes Head of School.
1981 The Bates Science Building was built and dedicated to Mortimer Boulware Bates and George Davis Bates, Jr. Three rooms in Bates Building are furnished and equipped by: Claude Earl Harnett, Julia Munroe Woodward & John Allen Blitch, Joshia Taylor “Joe” Budd, Jr.
1983 Library is built and named the Mary Gray Munroe Library in honor of Robert F. Munroe’s mother.
1987 John Allen Blitch Child Development Center for kindergarten and pre-school dedicated to John Allen Blitch.
1986 Preschool groundbreaking for K3 and K4.
1990 Billy Don Grant Student Center built through generosity of Billy Don Grant.
1992 Leslie Jones takes over as the headmaster.
1994 Girls’ basketball team defeats Graceville 39-36 to win the Class A State Championship.
1997 Elementary building for first and second grade dedicated as the VanLandingham & Mahaffey Building for Hall VanLandingham and Jimmy Mahaffey. Elementary building for third, fourth, and fifth grade dedicated as the Julia Munroe Woodward Elementary Building.
1998 Gymnasium extensively remodeled and named the Byron and Isabel Suber Complex. Baseball and softball fields completed and games dedicated as the Julia Munroe Woodward Elementary Building.
2000 Rick Keyser becomes the fourth headmaster.
2003 Michael Knight named fifth headmaster.
2005 Auditorium remodeled and named the Carolyn Brinson May Auditorium.
2007 Alumnus, Jimmy Harris, hired as the sixth headmaster.
2010 Kindergarten dedicated in memory of Susan Middleton Hinson. Suzie Johnson named Head of School.
2016 Angus T Hinson Elementary Science Lab & Maker’s Space opened in his memory. Gym lobby dedicated and scholarship given in honor of Mr. Woodrow’s 46 years at Munroe for his retirement.
This plan was developed by the entire school community. Meetings were held with the Board of Trustees, the Strategic Planning Committee, parents, faculty, staff, and students. Meetings were held as brainstorming sessions in which individuals were given the chance to provide feedback on a number of topics. Then groups were formed that allowed for more reflection on the ideas presented. Finally, groups were asked to refine their thoughts into definable goals. These goals were consolidated, with themes developed and expanded upon. The final version was then revised and approved by the Strategic Vision Committee and the Board of Trustees. The full plan can be found here: 2018-2022 Strategic Plan
The school stands as one of Gadsden County’s most important institutions. Most people have some connection to the school, either directly or indirectly. The future of the area’s growth and development depend on the community having an educational institution that allows families the option of a place for their children to obtain a quality education.
We are committed to expanding our connection to the community by taking full advantage of all our area has to offer. This includes building partnerships with post-secondary educational institutions, partnering with small businesses to create unique learning opportunities, and working closely with large businesses to give our children real-world experiences. Together these partnerships will prepare our students for the future and allow them to envision a future filled with possibilities.
We are committed to helping each child at our school reach their full potential, in mind and body. We believe that quality instructors, small class sizes, a well-developed curriculum, and research-based instructional techniques will promote a learning environment that fosters student engagement and a love of learning.
Athletics has always been an important part of our school, and we are committed to reviving our athletic program to support a grassroots system that gives youth in our area a place to grow and develop in sports that provide opportunities to play in college. We will provide athletic teams, lead by quality coaches, that compete for and win championships.
The world is changing rapidly, and we are committed to preparing our students to be the leaders and innovators of the future. Through innovative academic courses and programs, our students will get a head start in fields related to medical, technology, programming, and innovation. Within our programs we will offer leadership opportunities, encouraging students to develop future-ready skills through student-driven projects that allow them to solve real-world problems.