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Dean's Office

Welcome to the Dean's Office Page!

The mission of the Deans' Office is to support the discipline code at J.M. Tate High School and ensure that our campus is safe. It is also our desire to help foster a learning community that motivates students to achieve their highest potential. The school's discipline code promotes mutual respect among faculty and students and protects the rights of all individuals to pursue their education.

Dean Information

11th & 12th Grade Dean 
Athletic Director
Greg Blackmon
Phone: (850) 937-5471

Behavior Coach
Tony Gage
Phone: (850) 937-5490

Mr. Abney
10th Grade Dean
Clyde Abney
Phone: (850) 937-5474

9th Grade Dean
Morgan Knowles
Phone: (850) 937-5473



Attendance Procedures

Improving attendance has been mandated by the state and continues to be a school goal. Although we have improved our attendance rate over the past several years, we must continue our efforts to give students the best opportunity to succeed. Therefore, it is imperative that you ensure your children’s attendance everyday. Please do not make vacation plans during the school year. Those absences cannot be excused, but more importantly, students who attend regularly are significantly more successful than those who are frequently absent. State law provides for excused absences for the following reasons:

  • Illness when supported by a doctor’s statement
  • Death in the immediate family
  • Or prearranged absence with the consent of the school.

We offer some latitude in requiring a doctor’s note when a child is ill unless the absences become excessive. If there are extenuating circumstances, please contact the school and share the information with the attendance clerk, Mrs. Waters. If additional information is necessary, she can refer you the appropriate person. Parents are required to call the attendance office, 937-2300, ext. 261, within three days of the absence to get it excused. A weekly report is transmitted to the state regarding absences, and students who accrue 10 or more unexcused absences in a 90 day period may lose their driver’s license.

Dress Code

The following guidelines will be consistent in all middle and high schools in Escambia County:

  • Shorts, skirts, slits, or dresses should be no more than two inches above the knee or longer.
  • Midriff tops, halter tops, tank tops, and shirts or dresses with spaghetti straps are not permitted.
  • Garments made of spandex or spandex-like material are not permitted.
  • Any garment with obscene or offensive language or that advertises drugs or alcohol is not permitted.
  • The waistband of shorts, skirts, slacks, and similar garments shall not be worn below the waist.
  • All pants and trousers shall be worn with belts except sweat pants which are clearly manufactured and designed to be worn without a belt.
  • Athletic wear with an elastic waist may be worn without a belt.
  • Hats are not to be worn in the buildings, and no bandanas are allowed.
  • Undergarments may be not exposed.

Safe Harbor Law

If a student who is in possession of an item of contraband (such as a pocket knife, drugs, etc.) voluntarily surrenders the item as soon as he/she realizes that it is in his/her possession to a responsible staff member, then the student may be eligible for mitigation, in whole or in part, of the penalty for possessing the item as appropriate under the circumstances.  To qualify for this provision, such surrender must occur prior to the beginning of any investigation or search that might uncover the item.

Safe Harbor Law approved by the school board on Tuesday, October 21, 2008.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

All students will be given a Rights and Responsibility Handbook during the first week of school. In it is excellent information regarding district policies and about what is expected of Escambia County students. Please take time to familiarize yourself with the information contained in this hand book because it answers many questions.

Prescription drugs are not to be in the possession of any student when on campus. Please refer to district policy regarding the appropriate handling of prescription medications which is included in the Rights and Responsibilities Handbook. If a student is to take any medication on campus, the medication is to be provided to the health nurse or aide in the clinic along with the doctor’s directions regarding the dispensing of the medication. A student who carries a prescription medication even when the prescription is for him/her is in violation of district policy and is in danger of serious disciplinary action which may include expulsion.