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Elementary School

Mission Statement

Mission Statement

The mission of the Braintree Public Schools, in partnership with parents and the community, is to prepare all students to become responsible and contributing members of a diverse and global society. We motivate and enable each student to develop intellectually, physically, socially, and emotionally through a rigorous and supportive educational program within an inclusive and safe environment that nurtures creative and critical thinking, the development of values, and the pursuit of lifelong learning.

Values

Values

The Braintree Schools recognize their shared responsibility with parents in developing students’ values. This shared responsibility includes educating the whole child and working toward developing a good and informed citizenry.

In support of the above, the following values are an integral part of the students’ overall education.

Achievement

Creativity

Inclusivity

Respect

Honesty

Courtesy

Courage

Kindness

Integrity

Cooperation

Responsibility

Empathy

Work Ethic

Perseverance

Loyalty

Citizenship

Fairness

Acceptance

Beliefs

Beliefs

Since excellence in instruction and student achievement is our primary objective, we are committed to the following beliefs:

  • Students should acquire a rigorous core of knowledge by thinking critically and creatively and making wise judgments in an inclusive environment that promotes higher level thinking skills across the curriculum.
  • All students can achieve academic proficiency and strive for excellence.
  • All students possess unique talents and gifts and should be encouraged to reach their maximum individual potential.
  • Students should be able to collaborate and communicate effectively through reading, writing, speaking, problem solving, the arts, and technology.
  • Students should acquire the knowledge, skills, and motivation necessary to achieve and maintain optimum health and lifelong wellness.
  • Students should develop a sense of self-discipline, self-respect, and self-reliance and demonstrate Social, civic, and environmental responsibility.
  • Students should acquire skills to adapt to an evolving and technologically advancing society.
  • Students should understand, respect, and appreciate the racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity of our society and the democratic principles upon which this nation was built.
  • A safe and orderly environment, free of prejudice, drugs, violence, bullying, hazing and harassment of any kind, is essential to promote student learning.
  • Ongoing opportunities for the professional growth and development of staff are essential for improving teaching and learning.
  • Parents, guardians, and caregivers, in partnership with schools, are an integral part of their child’s learning.
  • Community involvement should be actively solicited, encouraged, and developed.

Introductory Letter

Dear Parent:

The Braintree Elementary School Principals have worked together to develop this handbook in order to keep parents and students informed about policies of their schools.

This handbook contains many guidelines and policies that were inspired by the firm conviction that rules are most effective when they are clearly defined and when they are enforced with consistency and fairness.

It is recognized that learning takes place in a school environment that promotes a sense of order and security for children; and where everyone associated with that school environment, students, parents, teachers, support staff and principal, fulfills his or her expected responsibilities. This promotes a safe and productive learning experience for those who attend and whose right it is to receive a quality education.

This document reinforces our beliefs that:

  • All students and parents have the right to expect each school to have a stable, nurturing environment in which excellence of instruction may flourish.
  • All students and their parents have the right to expect prompt action in cases where unacceptable behavior interferes with teaching and learning.
  • Good discipline helps students in their adjustments to school and society.
  • Students need a structured climate for learning.
  • Students need to know the rules and regulations of the school and the penalties for violations of those rules and regulations.
  • Students must be assured that all rules and regulations will be consistently and impartially enforced.
  • Limitations and controls within a school are essential to a student’s personal development and to the smooth functioning of the school.
  • Adults who participate in the discipline process must have a positive attitude toward students and recognition of goals of good discipline.

Please familiarize yourself with this document and to review it with your child from time to time.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact your school.

We sincerely hope that your child’s elementary school years will be rich and rewarding.

Elementary School Administration

Archie T. Morrison Elementary
260 Liberty Street
781-380-0230
www.braintreeschools.org/morrison
John Riordan, Principal
Kathy Petrelli, Administrative Assistant

Donald Ross Elementary
20 Hayward Street
781-380-0240
www.braintreeschools.org/ross
Francis McGourty, Principal
Diane Intravaia, Administrative Assistant

Highlands Elementary
144 Wildwood Avenue
781-380-0190
www.braintreeschools.org/highlands
Nancy Pelletier, Principal
Alice Elstermeyer, Administrative Assistant

Hollis Elementary
482 Washington Street
781-380-0120
www.braintreeschools.org/hollis
Timothy MacDonald, Principal
Kathy Bakis, Administrative Assistant

Liberty Elementary
49 Proctor Road
781-380-0210
www.braintreeschools.org/liberty
Tara Boening, Principal
Elaine Couture, Administrative Assistant

Mary E. Flaherty Elementary
99 Lakeside Drive
781-380-0180
www.braintreeschools.org/flaherty
Stacey Soto, Principal
Gail Hulke, Administrative Assistant

Monatiquot School Kindergarten Center
25 Brow Avenue
781-794-8420
www.braintreeschools.org/mskc
Donna Anderson, Principal
Amy Seich, Administrative Assistant

School Committee

School Committee

  • Lisa Fiske Heger, Chairperson
  • Cyril Chafe
  • Tom Devin
  • Jennifer Aborn Dolan
  • George Kokoros
  • Kate Naughton
  • Joseph Sullivan, Mayor

District Administration

District Administration

  • Dr. Frank Hackett, Superintendent
  • James Lee, Assistant Superintendent
  • Jennifer Fay, Director of Personnel & Student Services
  • Edward Cronin, Director of Finance & Operations

Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

One of the goals in educating young children is to teach them the responsibility of making appropriate choices in their behavior. Rules are developed for individual classrooms as well as the entire building. These rules reinforce the necessity of safety, personal respect and self-discipline.

Parents, teachers, support staff, principals and students all have an important role in the Braintree Elementary Schools. When the following responsibilities are fulfilled by each of the respective members, then learning flourishes in a sound school environment.

Parent Responsibilities

  • To be aware of the physical, emotional, and educational needs of the child.
  • To encourage a positive attitude toward school.
  • To encourage positive hygiene and health habits.
  • To provide the child with adequate and suitable clothing for school.
  • To get the child to school daily and on time and to write a note if the child is absent or tardy.
  • To send a note if there is a change in a child’s dismissal routine.
  • To be aware of classroom activities and rules and to consult with the teacher periodically.
  • To supervise homework and to encourage reading at home.
  • To reinforce learning at home.
  • To encourage respect for the physical, emotional and social rights of others.
  • To encourage children to respect the religious, cultural and ethnic differences of others.
  • To encourage respect for authority and property.
  • To help children become independent, productive and responsible.
  • To become involved in school activities.
  • To provide written permission from a physician and the original prescription bottle for any medication to be taken in school.

School / Teacher Responsibilities

  • To provide a classroom atmosphere conducive to learning.
  • To provide meaningful and challenging instruction and activities to meet the students’ individual needs.
  • To encourage a positive self-image in students and to teach coping skills.
  • To be sensitive to students’ educational, social and emotional needs.
  • To encourage respect for the physical, emotional and social rights of others.
  • To provide a positive role model for the students.
  • To help prepare students to become interdependent, responsible and productive.
  • To provide proper adult supervision of students at all times to ensure safety.
  • To provide activities that promote school pride.
  • To respect the rights of all persons in the school.
  • To encourage respect for the religious, cultural and ethnic differences in others.
  • To encourage respect for authority and property.
  • To provide support and encouragement, direction, and guidance to students and parents.
  • To uphold the homework policy and to encourage reading at home.
  • To be responsive to parental needs and to keep parents informed of students’ progress and behavior.

Student Responsibilities

  • To respect the rights of all members of the school community.
  • To adhere to the school’s safety and behavior code.
  • To display effort, attention, and cooperation in school situations.
  • To familiarize themselves with and follow the Code of Conduct for the school.
  • To care for school property, respect the property rights of others and pay for materials that are lost or broken because of carelessness or misbehavior.
  • To behave appropriately in all learning and social situations commensurate with their emotional and educational level of development.
  • To be prepared for class assignments and to complete homework tasks, commensurate with individual ability.
  • To comply with the Braintree School Committee’s bus regulations.

General Student Behavior

Braintree Elementary School students are expected to conduct themselves in an orderly and respectful manner at all times. In addition, it is required that every Braintree Elementary School student adhere to the following procedures:

Building Procedures

  • All students shall report to their assigned areas upon arrival at school.
  • Tardy students shall report directly to the office.
  • Students are to walk in an orderly manner throughout the building at all times.
  • Vandalism and littering in the building are prohibited in all areas including bathrooms.
  • Students should proceed directly to and from special programs.

Recess Procedures

  • Students are to respect rights of other children playing in the area.
  • Students are to remain in designated areas.
  • There will be no rough playing or fighting or body contact games.
  • Students should not bring playground equipment to school.
  • If trouble arises, assistance should be sought from one of the adult supervisors.
  • No student will leave the playground or go into the building without permission.
  • When the bell rings, children shall line up in a quiet, orderly fashion. There will be no pushing or fighting.

Cafeteria Procedures

  • Students should always behave in a courteous and safe manner – no running, pushing or using food improperly.
  • Students are to eat only in designated areas.
  • All supervisory paraprofessionals, lunchroom personnel, and custodians are to be treated with respect and politeness.
  • Trash should be disposed of as directed by the supervisory paraprofessionals.
  • Considerate behavior in the lunchroom means:
  • Quiet conversations
  • Proper disposal of food in the trash receptacle
  • Keeping the lunch area neat and clean
  • Remaining in seats until permission to leave is given
  • Raising hands to request assistance

Classroom Procedures

  • Each classroom will have some individual rules and regulations to suit its own grade level needs. The following is a list of common rules for all classes:
  • Students are responsible for the proper use and care of books and other school materials and equipment.
  • Students must show respect, courtesy, and consideration for all members of the school community.
  • Bullying and harassment in any form will not be tolerated and will be subject to the discipline policy. (See full policy at www.braintreeschools.org/policies or a hard copy is available upon request from your child’s school.)
  • Toys, animals or personal audio-video equipment are not allowed without permission of the classroom teacher. If parents choose to send children with a cell phone, it must be turned off and kept in a backpack.
  • Students should behave in a way that promotes safety and protects themselves and others.
  • Disrespect, rudeness, improper language or inappropriate gestures are not allowed at any time.
  • Students may not leave a classroom without permission from the adult in charge.
  • Disruptive behavior that infringes on the rights of other children to learn will not be tolerated.
  • Bathrooms and the fixtures in these areas are to be used properly and only with permission.

Harassment

No form of harassment will be tolerated. These include sexual, racial, ethnic and religious harassment. Whenever any person or persons interfere by threats, intimidation or coercion with the exercise or enjoyment by any other person or persons of rights guaranteed under the law, it shall be considered “harassment”.

Nondiscrimination

Chapter 76, Section 5 of the Massachusetts General Laws provides that “Every person shall have the right to attend the public schools of the town where she/he actually resides, subject to the following section. No person shall be excluded from or discriminated against in admission to a public school of any town, or in obtaining the advantages, privileges and courses of study of such public school on account of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation.” Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1974 also prohibits discrimination on the basis of race and national origin. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 also prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. It is the policy of the Braintree Public Schools to abide by all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination.

Any student who believes he/she may have been the victim of discrimination will be informed by the Principal of the school’s grievance procedures and will, upon request, receive a copy of these procedures.

School Bus Regulations

The Braintree School Committee’s policy is to bus all kindergarten students at the end of the morning session and the beginning of the afternoon session and all elementary students who live more than one mile from school. Pupils are entitled to free transportation only when they conduct themselves in accordance with the rules and regulations of the School Committee and do their share to see that conditions on the buses are safe and satisfactory. Damage to school bus equipment shall be paid for by the offender.

A. PURPOSE: The School Committee’s concerns in regard to its school bus transportation operation are as follows:

  1. It should be as safe as possible.
  2. It should be as efficient and economical as possible.
  3. It should be flexible so that students can take part in the full educational program.
  4. It should maintain conditions on the buses which are in the best interest of the students from a mental, moral and physical consideration.
  5. It should promote an understanding by the public of the entire transportation program including safety, efficiency, and high standards of service.

B. RESPONSIBILITY

  1. In order to address these concerns, it is necessary that the school administrators, the bus drivers, and students and their parents/guardians work cooperatively. The Safety Officer and the Braintree Police Department coordinate the school transportation program with the local safety and traffic enforcement plan.
  2. The School Committee, in accordance with State statutes governing school bus operation, those of the Police Department and the Massachusetts Department of Motor Vehicles, has to set up operation rules and regulations.

C. ELIGIBILITY

Eligibility to ride the bus is determined by the School Committee. The guidelines vary depending on the grade of the student, the distance from the school, and whether or not there is a transportation fee.

D. BUS REGULATIONS

  1. Walkers are not permitted to ride a bus for any reason.
  2. Buses will depart on schedule and will not delay departure for tardy students.
  3. Students are permitted to ride only their assigned bus.
  4. Buses will stop only at designated stops.
  5. Students must get on and off their bus only at their assigned bus stop. Drivers will discharge riders only at their regular stops.
  6. Students are not permitted to cross main thoroughfares before getting on or after getting off the bus.
  7. In case of a road emergency, children are to remain on the bus unless requested to leave by the driver of the bus or designee.
  8. The School Department will condone only walking designated routes.

E. STUDENT CONDUCT

Students will be courteous to the driver, to fellow students, and to passers-by. Students must obey the bus driver at all times. Disorderly conduct will not be tolerated at bus stops, while loading or unloading buses, or during the ride to and from school.

  1. Morning Loading
    • Do not wait on private property or in the street.
    • Do not engage in any discourteous or unsafe behavior.
    • Do not move toward the bus until it has stopped.
    • Board the bus without pushing or crowding.

2. On the Bus

    • Sit where you are told.
    • Do not stand or change your seat until you arrive at your stop or at school.
    • Keep your hands, arms, feet, and head inside the bus.
    • Do not open or close windows, doors, or emergency exits, without permission from an adult.
    • Do not throw anything on the bus or at passing vehicles or pedestrians.
    • Do not contribute to any unnecessary confusion. (No shouting or singing.)
    • Do not litter.
    • Do not deface, damage, or tamper with any bus equipment.
    • Keep books, bags, packages, coats and other objects out of the aisle.
    • No open food or drink containers are permitted on the bus.
    • Smoking, eating, drinking, or transporting any illegal substances is forbidden.

3. Afternoon Disembarking

If it is necessary to cross the street (on side streets):

    • Cross immediately after getting off the bus.
    • Cross at least ten feet IN FRONT OF THE BUS.
    • Check for oncoming traffic in both directions.
    • Be alert to danger signals from the driver.

4.Extracurricular Trips

    • The above rules and regulations apply to any trip with school sponsorship.
    • Students must respect the wishes of chaperones appointed by the school.

F. VIOLATIONS AND PENALTIES

Students are entitled to transportation only when they conduct themselves in a safe and courteous manner and do their share to see that conditions on the bus are satisfactory.

  1. In order to maintain safe conditions, bus drivers may:
    • Assign a student to a specific seat.
    • Return disruptive students to their school to be left in charge of school authorities for that afternoon.
    • File a written report with the school administration within two days of a violation of these bus regulations.
  2. The school administration will:
    • Review the report with the student.
    • Determine the appropriate penalty if the complaint is valid.
    • Inform the student’s parent or guardian of the offense and penalty by a phone call followed by a note.
  3. Penalties
    • Damage to the bus or any bus equipment will be paid for by the offender.
    • The following guidelines will be used for bus conduct:
      • First offense – A phone call to parent followed by a note from the principal
      • Second offense – Loss of bus privileges for one week
      • Third offense – Loss of bus privileges for one month
      • Fourth offense – Loss of bus privileges for the remainder of the school year

TECHNOLOGY USE

The Braintree Public Schools’ Network & Technology Responsible Use Policy is distributed to students and parents/guardians at the beginning of the school year. In order for elementary school students to use BPS-owned or personal computing devices in school, they must understand the guidelines, and they and their parent/guardian must sign a responsible use contract. The policy includes, but is not limited to, the following prohibitions.

Network Use

All Braintree Public School employees and students are prohibited from:

  1. Using the Braintree Public Schools network access for any personal use
  2. Using any profane, vulgar, threatening, libelous, or criminal language when using the network for school business
  3. Accessing any prohibited sites on the Internet
  4. Overriding or encouraging students to override any firewalls established on the Internet access network
  5. Permitting another individual to use their password
  6. Disseminating any passwords, codes, access telephone numbers, or account numbers
  7. Committing any other action whatsoever which would in any way subject the employee and/or employer to a possible criminal or civil action.

The foregoing list is not all-inclusive and the Braintree Public Schools reserve the right to notify a user of any other impermissible action regarding the use of the Internet.

Computer Use

The computers and computer labs in the Braintree Public Schools are tools to be used for educational purposes. No person or persons shall:

  1. Tamper with or attempt to change any settings on any computer in the system without authorization
  2. Access or attempt to access the network without authorization
  3. Attempt to tamper with or alter any programs or the network on any computer in the system
  4. Attempt to access another student’s or staff member’s files
  5. Remove or tamper with any hardware, such as monitors, keyboards, mice, CPUs, scanners, printers, etc.

A violation of any of the above will result in consequences through the school discipline system and/or the loss of rights to use the computers/computer labs.

Network & Technology Responsible Use Policy, Policy IJNDB

Adopted by the Braintree School Committee, 6/12/2017

1. Introduction

This document formalizes the policy for responsible use of the Braintree Public Schools’ (BPS) computer network and computing devices owned by BPS or used on the BPS campus. All users, including students, teachers, staff, administrators, and organizations are covered by this policy and are expected to be familiar with its provisions.

2. User Responsibilities

The BPS computer network and all related technology systems are designed and maintained in compliance with state and federal law, including the Children’s Internet Protection Act and Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act Amendment. All use of the network to access the Internet is filtered via a firewall, and network activities harmful to minors or non-compliant with educational uses are prohibited (see Section 3). It is the responsibility of any person using BPS computer network resources to read, understand, and follow these guidelines. In addition, users are expected to exercise reasonable judgment in interpreting these guidelines and in making decisions about the appropriate use of BPS computer network resources. Any person with questions regarding the application or meaning of these guidelines should seek clarification from the BPS technology director or central office. Use of BPS computer network resources shall constitute acceptance of the terms of these guidelines. When a user is no longer a member of the BPS community, he or she shall no longer have user rights to network and technology resources.

A. BPS Computer Network Administrator Responsibilities

The administrator is responsible for making certain that all users understand and abide by the Acceptable and Unacceptable Uses as stated in this document (Section 3). If the BPS computer network administrator has reason to believe that any user is misusing the system, the administrator has the right to access the user’s account in order to review its use. It is also the responsibility of the administrator to report any misuse of the system to district administrators.

B. BPS Computer Network Educator Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of educators who are using BPS computer network tools with students to teach students about safe and responsible use of the Internet and the network (see also BPS Internet Safety Policy). Educators are responsible for monitoring students’ use of these resources and must intervene if students are using them inappropriately. Educators should make sure that students understand and abide by the Acceptable and Unacceptable Uses as stated in this document (Section 3). It is also the responsibility of the teacher to report any misuse of the system to his/her building administrator.

C. BPS Computer Network Student Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of students who are using BPS computer network tools to learn about safe and responsible use of the Internet. They are responsible for using these resources appropriately. They must abide by the Acceptable and Unacceptable Uses as stated in this document (Section 3). If a student is misusing the system, educators must follow appropriate disciplinary protocols, including but not limited to reporting the misuse to the BPS computer network administrator, who has the right to discontinue his/her use of the system.

3. Acceptable and Unacceptable Uses

The resources available to BPS computer network users are to be used for educational purposes. Users should not use BPS computer network to store any files that are not educational. BPS will educate all students about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms and cyberbullying awareness and response (see also BPS Internet Safety Policy).

It is unacceptable for users to use these resources for:

      • furthering any political or religious purpose
      • engaging in any commercial or fundraising purpose that is not relevant to or approved by the district
      • sending threatening or harassing messages
      • gaining unauthorized access to computer or telecommunications networks
      • interfering with the operations of technology resources
      • accessing or sharing sexually explicit, or obscene materials
      • intercepting communications intended for other persons
      • attempting to gain unauthorized access to the BPS computer network
      • logging in through another person’s account or attempting to access another user’s password or files, except where necessary for a teacher or administrator to do so
      • sending defamatory or libelous material concerning a person or group of people
      • furthering any illegal act, including infringing on any intellectual property rights
      • researching, storing, or sending information regarding weaponry, except in bona fide research as required by the district’s curriculum (for example, an assignment studying a war)
      • downloading, uploading, or distributing any files, software, or other material that is not specifically related to an educational project
      • downloading, uploading, or distributing any files, software, or other material in violation of federal copyright laws

As with any other form of communication, these systems may not be used to transmit or store messages or other data that are prohibited under existing BPS policies, such as those prohibiting sexual harassment, protecting civil rights, and maintaining a safe school environment. Users should take all reasonable precautions against receiving or downloading messages, images, or other data of this sort.

4. Privacy Protections beyond BPS

In compliance with state and federal privacy laws for minors accessing the Internet using school resources, BPS maintains a list of sites and services, along with the personally identifiable data on students that might be included as part of the terms of use for that site or service. Parents of children 13 and under retain the right to opt their students’ out of participation in services that require use of personally identifiable data. BPS administration expects staff and students to adhere to the list of approved sites and services when selecting educational resources for use in the classroom (see also Section 8).

5. No Expectation of Privacy within BPS

BPS computer network resources are the property of the Braintree Public Schools and are to be used in conformance with these guidelines. BPS administration retains the right to inspect any user’s virtual hard drive, school-owned computer, Internet history, or email (whether through a town server or through Google Apps for Education/G Suite) if a suspected violation of the network technology policy or any other district policy has occurred. In keeping with state and federal laws regarding public records, users should be aware that data and messages are regularly archived, even if they appear to have been deleted locally. In addition, an Internet firewall automatically checks all data moving between the local area network and the Internet and logs the sending and receiving destinations. Use of BPS Computer network technology resources constitutes consent for the BPS computer network staff to monitor and/or inspect any files that users create, any messages they post or receive, and any web sites they access should a disciplinary or safety situation warrant such access.

6. Passwords

Each user shall be required to use and maintain passwords that conform to BPS computer network guidelines. Users must take precautions to maintain the secrecy of their password so that other users will not be able to utilize that password for malicious purposes. If a user suspects that someone has discovered his or her password(s), the user should change the password(s) or contact technology services via the Help Desk for assistance in changing the password(s) immediately. BPS computer network users are responsible for all activity under their accounts.

7. Violations

Failure to observe these guidelines may subject users to termination of their BPS computer network accounts, including Google Apps for Education/G Suite accounts, email accounts, and accounts with other district-provided services. BPS administrators will be notified of any inappropriate activities by users, and users will be subject to recourse through other existing BPS policies as applicable. BPS administrators will also advise law enforcement agencies of illegal activities conducted through the BPS computer network and will cooperate fully with local, state, and/or federal officials in any investigation related to illegal activities conducted through the BPS computer network.

8. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Uses

The use of personal electronic device(s) on a school site is a privilege, not a right, that the Braintree Public Schools grants to any student who is willing to assume the responsibility of abiding by the guidelines as set forth in this Braintree Public Schools’ Technology Acceptable Use Policy. Noncompliance with applicable regulations may result in suspension or termination of privileges and other disciplinary action consistent with district policies.

Any student who receives approval from his or her classroom teacher to bring in an electronic device is also responsible for physically securing their device within the school site. Braintree Public Schools assumes no responsibility or financial liability for any damage the student or parent suffers, including but not limited to theft, physical damage, and loss of data or software malfunctions of the personal electronic device. If an electronic device appears to have been stolen, the student should immediately report the incident to the school administrator.

      • Students (who have received permission) may connect wirelessly to the BPS network for educational purposes. Personal electronic devices may not be used for entertainment, including but not limited to games, messaging, social media, streaming movies, music, or video viewing, while connected to the BPS network, unless instructed to do so.
      • Students must follow additional guidelines which a classroom teacher or BPS staff member might impose. The use of the electronic device(s) may in no way disturb the learning environment.
      • Students are strictly prohibited from using peer-to-peer file sharing software and messaging programs unless instructed by a teacher to do so.
      • Any student who is suspected of violating the Network & Technology Responsible Use Policy or any other BPS policy must yield their personal electronic device(s) to any Braintree Public Schools staff member upon request. Authorized personnel may inspect the system to determine whether any policies have been violated.

9. Disclaimers

The Braintree Public Schools make no warranties of any kind, either expressed or implied, for BPS computer services and resources. BPS is not responsible for any damages incurred, including but not limited to the following: loss of data resulting from delays or interruption of service, loss of data stored on BPS computer network resources, or damage to personal property used to access BPS computer network resources. BPS is not responsible for the accuracy, nature, or quality of information stored on BPS computer network resources or gathered through BPS computer network or the Internet. BPS is not responsible for unauthorized financial obligations incurred through BPS computer network-provided access. BPS accepts no liability for users who willfully ignore or violate terms of use on an Internet site or service via the BPS network. All provisions of this agreement are subordinate to local, state and federal statutes.


This policy is in compliance with state and federal telecommunications rules and regulations, including the Children's Internet Protection Act, the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act Amendment, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, and the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment.

Acknowledgements: Sections of this document were adapted from Quincy Public Schools, Hanover Public Schools, and Burlington Public Schools, the Massachusetts Office of Digital Learning, FCC and FTC recommendations, and federal laws.

Smoking / Tobacco Products

Smoking is detrimental to health. Smoking is forbidden when a pupil is on school grounds and within the schools. This rule applies when pupils are at bus stops or on school buses. If elementary students are observed using tobacco products, nicotine products , and/or paraphernalia (such as pipes, electronic cigarettes, etc.) on school property then the principal will arrange for a parent conference to discuss intervention strategies to prevent a recurrence. Other disciplinary measures may be taken if the violations continue.

Weapons

Possession or use of a knife, gun, or any other object or facsimile which may be considered or used as a weapon is prohibited on school property. School property is broadly defined to include the school building, on school grounds, at school sponsored events, at activities or events which may be conducted off school grounds, on school buses, and at or around the school bus stops, during loading and unloading procedures or on the way to or from school. Violation of this policy will be cause for suspension and, if warranted, reported to the Police Department and referred to the School Committee for expulsion. Students found in possession of a fire arm as defined by M.G.L. Chapter 269, Section 10, will be reported to the Braintree Police Department and referred to the School Committee for expulsion.

Alcohol and Drugs

Alcohol and other drug abuse is a national and societal problem reaching into our community of Braintree. To maximize the effectiveness of our efforts to achieve a community free of substance abuse, we recognize that the coordination and cooperation of the community as a whole are essential. Therefore the Chief of Police, with the support of the Office of the Mayor, and the Superintendent of Schools with the support of the School Committee, pledge to work together to address any incidents of drug and alcohol use, possession, and/or distribution. Procedures detailed in the Memorandum of Understanding, which can be found on the Braintree Public Schools website, will be followed.

Discipline

The normal sequence of penalties for violation of Braintree Elementary School Rules and regulations are listed below, although the severity of individual offenses may necessitate changes in this sequence:

Informal Discipline

  1. Verbal warning
  2. Loss of privilege
  3. School/parent conference

Formal Discipline I

A. In-School Suspension.

Assigned to a designated school area under the direct supervision of the Principal or his designee.

B. Out-of-School Suspension.

The school principal may suspend a student for not more than five consecutive (5) school days. When a student is suspended, the following procedures, and any other procedures required by law, will be followed:

    • Students will be suspended only to the custody of the parent(s), guardians(s), or another person designated by the parent(s) or guardian(s).

Suspension Policy

All students must be afforded due process whenever deprived of their education from regular classroom instruction or from other school activities through suspension.

The following steps will be taken upon receiving a complaint or information of possible student misconduct:

  • The administrator in charge will fully investigate the matter.
  • The student will be told the evidence against him or her and be given an opportunity to fully explain his/her side of the story.
  • A hearing with the student, his/her parents, and the administrator will be conducted.
  • If there is evidence that the student has violated a specific standard of conduct, then the administrator in charge may suspend the student by assigning an Out-of-School Suspension.

Decisions for all suspensions will be based on the best interest of the students’ growth and educational development in the opinion of the school administration.

Disciplining Students with Special Needs and 504 Plans

An underlying principle of Chapter 766 is that students with special needs must be treated in a manner that most closely resembles their peers in regular education, while at the same time considering their unique programming needs. The student’s Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan should include appropriate programs and strategies for addressing potentially disruptive behavior. Continuation of these behaviors may indicate that the student’s needs are not being met and a new I.E.P. or 504 may need to be developed.

Schedules

Daily Schedule for Elementary Schools

  • Students Enter Building, 8:35**
  • School Day Begins, 8:45
  • School Day Ends, 2:50 (12:10 on early release days, no lunch)

Daily Schedule for Monatiquot Kindergarten Center

  • Students Enter Building, 8:55**
  • School Day Begins, 9:00
  • Morning Kindergarten Dismissal, 11:30 (10:30 on early release days)
  • Afternoon Kindergarten Begins,12:05 (no afternoon K on early release days)
  • School Day Ends, 2:35 (11:55 on early release days, no lunch)

**Students should plan on arriving at school no earlier than the entrance time to ensure that there will be a staff member to greet them.

Parent Involvement

In Braintree, we believe that active involvement of parents in their child’s education is essential to success in school. Strong home-school partnerships benefit children, parents, teachers and the entire community.

Volunteers

Volunteers provide many invaluable services for our schools; from helping in the classrooms to chaperoning field trips. Notices will be sent home during the year offering a variety of opportunities to assist. All volunteers must have CORI checks (see "Safety" section) and should always be mindful of students’ privacy.

School Council

As mandated by the Education Reform Act of 1993, each elementary school has a School Council comprised of the principal, two teachers, three parents and a community representative. Each member of the Council serves for three years. The Council typically meets six times each year (September, October, January, March, April and May) to discuss school policies and procedures and to develop our School Improvement Plan.

Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)

The PTO is an organization of parents, guardians and teachers. The organization promotes communication, understanding and cooperation between all stakeholders in order to secure for every child the highest advantages in cognitive, physical and social education. The PTO coordinates various fundraisers throughout the year to supplement our teachers and staff with supplies and equipment and to provide cultural arts programs and field trips.

Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC)

The Special Education Parent Advisory Council is a volunteer parent advocacy council whose role is to represent the student population in Braintree with special educational needs. SEPAC information can be found at www.braintreeschools.org/sepac.

Attendance

All students shall report to their assigned areas upon arrival to school.

Absence

Students are expected to attend school unless they are ill or excused due to special circumstance. Excessive absences or tardiness over an extended period of time can diminish a child’s success in school, greatly impeding academic and social success. When your child is absent, please call our absentee hotline before 8:00 to let us know the reason he or she is not in school. If we do not hear from you, you can expect a phone call from school personnel to check on your child’s whereabouts. After an absence we request a note from a parent/guardian or doctor explaining the reason for the absence.

Tardiness

Students who enter the building after the school day begins are tardy and must report to the office. Repeated tardies will result in a parent/guardian meeting with the principal.

Dismissal

When a student is to be dismissed during the school day, a note from home stating the time and explaining the reason should be brought to school by the student on the morning of the dismissal.

In order for the student to be released, a parent/guardian or some authorized responsible adult must report to the front office to be recognized by the student and to sign the student out of the building.

If the student returns to school later in the day, he/she must sign in at the office before going to class.

In case of illness, the nurse or the office will release the student with the parent/guardian’s consent.

After School Programs

If your child is attending an after school program, please provide a note with pick up information or your child will be put on his/her regular bus or sent home as usual.

Family Vacations

If parents/guardians decide to go on a vacation of five days or less when school is in session, the student will be responsible for making up all work and will be allowed to make up tests scheduled during this period. The time limit for completion of all work is twice the number of vacation days.

If parents/guardians decide to take their child out of school for more than five days for what is clearly a vacation, the student will not to be allowed to take any tests or receive credit for any work which was scheduled during the absence. Parents/guardians in this circumstance should inform the principal at least two weeks in advance of the intended absence so the students’ teachers can prepare a description of what will be covered in class during the absence.

The laws of the Commonwealth clearly describe the responsibility of parents and school administrators regarding pupil attendance and what school authorities must do to enforce attendance. The following are two pertinent excerpts from Chapter 76, Section 1 & 2 of the General Laws of Education Relating to School Committees:

1. Regulation of School Attendance – Section 1

“The superintendent, or teachers insofar as authorized by him or by the school committee, may excuse cases necessary absence for the other causes not exceeding seven sessions or fourteen half-day sessions in any period of six months..."

2. Duties of Parents: Penalty – Section 2

“Every person in control of a child described in the preceding section shall cause him to attend school as therein required, and, if he fails to do so for seven day sessions or fourteen half-day sessions within any period of six months, he shall, on complaint by a supervisor of attendance, be punished by a fine of not more than twenty dollars..."

It is the policy of the school department that the Attendance Officer check absences.

Religious Holy Days

Religious holy days may be observed by some students during the school year.

  • Teachers will not give tests or quizzes or have programs which would place absent pupils at a disadvantage on religious holy days.
  • Teachers shall not announce forthcoming tests or quizzes on religious holy days or conduct reviews for tests or quizzes on those days. Tests or quizzes shall not be administered on the day following a religious holy day unless a notification has been given at least four (4) school days in advance of the religious holy day.
  • Teachers should be notified by principals two weeks prior to these holy days, whenever possible, or at the earliest possible date within that period.

No School / Delayed Opening

When school is cancelled or delayed, students and parents/guardians will be notified through our automated message system.  Occasionally, the opening is delayed for one or two hours to allow conditions to improve.  In addition, local radio and television stations carry cancellations.

Emergency Dismissal

On occasion, due to weather conditions or other circumstances, school is dismissed early. Parents/guardians are encouraged to make prior arrangements for the care of their children in the event that an emergency dismissal from school is necessary. Parents/Guardians will be notified through our automated message system.

Communication

Emergency Information

At the start of each school year, each child is sent home with an emergency information form to be filled out by a parent or guardian. This form includes important information on how to contact an adult should the need arise. It also asks for the name of a neighbor, friend or relative to contact should the parent be unavailable. In the case of serious emergencies, the name of the family physician is also needed. If any of this information changes during the school year, please be sure to let the school know.

Newsletter

A school newsletter is electronically distributed every month. Please let the school know when your email address changes, or if you require a printed copy, so that you can stay up-to-date on all school related activities.

Website

Please visit the school website for updated information.

District information can be found at www.braintreeschools.org.

Automated Messaging System

Braintree Alerts is Braintree’s communication system. It allows the Principal or Superintendent to create and send personalized recorded phone messages and/or emails with announcements and notifications.

Please be sure to inform our school office if your emergency contact information, telephone number or email address should change during the school year.

Back to School Night / Open House

Scheduled in early September, Back to School Night provides a brief overview of the school and allows you to meet your child’s teacher and learn about his/her classroom policies. It is not meant to be an individual conference.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Formal parent-teacher conferences are scheduled in the fall of each school year. We do our best to schedule families with more than one student on the same day or evening. Specific appointments can be made through the classroom teacher by writing a note to the teacher or contacting the teacher directly.

Health Room Policies

The school nurse is on duty each day. Parents/guardians and students are encouraged to see the nurse not only about specific health matters, but also about general physical health development.

Students must report to the health room with a pass from their teacher if they have an accident in school or become ill. Accidents on school premises are treated according to standard first-aid practices. Care beyond first-aid is the responsibility of the parents/guardians. The nurse will notify parents/guardians if further treatment is needed.

Ill students will be evaluated by the nurse who will determine if they should be sent home. Ill students may only be dismissed from school by the nurse. At the beginning of each year, parents/guardians are asked to fill out an emergency card listing both home and work telephone numbers and the name and phone number of an authorized person who can act in their behalf in case their child has to be sent home from school when they are unavailable. Students are not permitted to leave the building during school hours unless escorted by a parent/guardian or person authorized by the parent/ guardian.

It is the responsibility of parents/guardians to share medical information they feel is important to the health and safety of their child.

A doctor’s note/certificate, including when a student can return to PE class, is required for any student returning to school under the following conditions: a prolonged illness, an operation, an accident, and any restrictions on activity such as slings, casts, or crutches or an absence of five or more consecutive days.

Every year students are weighed and measured in their physical education classes. In addition, they are given a vision and hearing screening using methods approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Height and Weight Measurement of Children and Adolescents

Massachusetts regulations 105 CMR 200.500, (2009) for the Physical Examination of Children requires that Braintree Public Schools conduct a height, weight and BMI screening of each student in grades 1, 4, 7, and 10 (or, in the case of ungraded classrooms, by a student’s 7th, 10th, 13th and 16th birthday). BMI results will be calculated using a student’s age, gender, height, and weight. Results will be recorded in each student’s individual health record.

  • Prior notice of the screening and the benefits of the screening will be provided to the parent(s)/guardian(s). Measurement of height and weight will be done by trained Physical Education teachers. Every effort will be made to protect the privacy of the student during the screening process.
  • Parent(s)/guardian(s) may request to receive the screening results through a confidential mailing or other confidential communication method by submitting a written request to the school nurse.
  • School staff will not disclose the height, weight or BMI calculations of an individual student, either verbally or in writing to anyone other than the parent or individual student without written permission from the parent/guardian.
  • Parent(s)/guardian(s) may waive their child’s BMI screening by submitting written notification directly to the school nurse, not the physical education staff.

Fluoride

Grades 3-5 participate in a weekly fluoride mouth rinse program. Participation is voluntary and by parent/guardian permission only. There is no cost for participating.

Hearing & Vision Testing

Students in grades 1-5 participate in vision testing at the beginning of the school year. Additionally, students in grades 1-3 participate in hearing screenings. If a child fails the screening, parents/guardians will be notified and encouraged to have the child further evaluated by an eye doctor or physician.

Medications

When a student must take prescription medication during school, a written order from the student’s doctor and written permission from the parent/guardian is required. These forms are available from the nurse. A parent/guardian or adult designee must deliver the medication to the nurse where it will be counted. The parent/guardian and nurse must then sign that the medication was received. All medications must be in pharmacy or manufacturer labeled containers. The pharmacist will supply a second bottle for the school upon request. The nurse is only allowed to keep a 30-day supply of medication at a time. Students are not permitted to carry any medication with the exception of an insulin pump for treatment of diabetes, emergency epinephrine for a life threatening allergy and/or an inhaler for asthma as long as the nurse has received written physician orders, written parental permission and it is deemed safe for the student to carry these medications.

Tylenol/acetaminophen, Tums and Benadryl/diphenhydramine are the only over-the- counter medications that can be given to your child with only a written parent consent. All other over-the-counter pain relievers, cough medicines etc. must have a doctor’s order as well as parental written consent. It is also required that if you bring in any over- the-counter medication for your child it must be in an unopened package.

Physical Exams

All grade 4 students are required by law to have a physical exam by their physician prior to the start of the school year.

Postural Screening

Grade 5 participates in this mandated program sometime in the spring. It is not a diagnostic service but a program to identify young people who may have early signs of spinal problems and should have further medical evaluation. Parents/Guardians are notified of any unusual findings. Any parent/guardian refusing to allow their child to be screened in school must provide the school nurse with written documentation that the child has been screened by their physician. The documentation should include the date of the screening, the findings, and the signature of the physician.

School Insurance

The school offers accident insurance protection at a nominal cost to parents/guardians as a public service to its students. The insurance supplements other plans and provides protection for accidents occurring:

  1. While going to or returning home from school
  2. During school
  3. During any school sponsored activity and traveling to or from such activity

Safety

The security system requires that all visitors enter the building through the front door. Visitors must press a buzzer and be identified before the door lock is released. Upon entry all visitors must report to the front office to sign in. Visitors must also sign out when they leave.

We conduct regular fire and “remain in place” drills. Students should assume that every alarm is an emergency situation and listen carefully to instructions from administrators and teachers. It is our hope that by practicing these drills we will become better in handling situations and also minimize any fears your child may have during the school year.

Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI)

All volunteers will need to complete a CORI form and give a copy of their driver’s license to our office. This must be done every three years if you are going to volunteer for any school event such as chaperoning a field trip, guest reading, or serving as a classroom helper.

Lunch & Recess

The lunch period is 40 minutes long and includes 20 minutes for lunch and 20 minutes for recess. Students may purchase breakfast and lunch daily in the cafeteria at a very reasonable cost. Students may bring lunches from home and purchase water, milk and snacks separately. If needed, “nut free” tables are available.

Parents and students will receive forms for free and reduced price lunch and information about prepayment from the Food Service Department prior to the start of school. Forms are also available in the School Office and online at www.braintreeschools.org under the “Food & Nutrition” link. For further information, contact the Food Service Director, at 781-380-0144.

We try to get the children out for fresh air unless it is extremely cold or raining. We ask that parents make sure that their children are properly dressed for outdoor play including a warm jacket, hats, gloves/mittens etc. as needed. Additionally, we ask that parents label these items with a dark colored marker so that we can return items if they are lost or misplaced.

Students in full day kindergarten and grades 1 & 2 have an additional recess lasting 15 minutes in the morning. Students in grades K-2 have a daily snack and we ask that, due to the increased number of food allergies, snacks do not contain nut products.

Academic Information

Report Cards

Report cards are issued three times throughout the year for students in grades 1-5. Kindergarten students receive two report cards each year, usually in January and June. Parents/guardians are encouraged to contact their child’s teacher when questions arise regarding student achievement.

Progress Reports

If your child is on an individualized education plan (IEP) they will receive progress reports each marking period. These reports correspond to the benchmark goals established in the IEP.

K-5 Homework Policy

Approved by School Committee August 13, 2007

Homework in the Braintree Public Schools is an essential part of the school program. Assignments will vary in accordance to the needs of the class and will relate to classroom instruction. Homework assignments are intended to reinforce and extend learning initiated in the classroom and serve as a tool for teachers to assess student understanding of classroom instruction. Completion of routine homework can motivate students to develop good work habits, while increasing the opportunity for individual initiative and responsibility. Homework can also stimulate creativity, critical thinking and awareness that learning can take place outside of the classroom. The guidelines below indicate how students, parents, teachers and administrators all have a responsibility for the success of homework.

Homework Policy Guidelines for Students

  • Always do your best work
  • Record directions for homework in an assignment notebook.
  • Understand assignments clearly before leaving class
  • Bring home the proper materials to complete the assignments
  • Hand in completed assignments on time
  • Budget time properly for long-term assignments
  • Complete any work missed due to absence from class
  • Understand how homework will affect your class grade
  • Talk to your parents and teacher if you are having difficulty with homework
  • Homework will not be assigned during school vacation except for the completion of previously assigned long-term projects.

Homework Policy Guidelines for Parents

  • Be familiar with the philosophy and guidelines of the homework policy
  • Check your child’s assignment notebook
  • Provide a time and place to do homework assignments with limited interruptions
  • Actively supervise homework completion, assisting, but not doing the work
  • Oversee completion of long-term assignments to assist in understanding time management
  • Contact the teacher with questions or concerns especially if your child exceeds the allotted time frame
  • Homework will not be assigned during school vacation except for the completion of previously assigned long-term projects.

Homework Policy Guidelines for Teachers

  • Assign homework on a regular basis in keeping with the homework policy
  • Assignments may be on a daily basis or of a long-term type, such as a report
  • Students are to understand clearly all homework assignments
  • Require that each student have an assignment book
  • Homework may take the form of class, group, or individual assignments
  • Group projects should not be assigned as homework, unless students can work on their individual parts independently
  • Teachers should coordinate assignments, tests, and projects with other teachers, as appropriate, to avoid overburdening students.
  • Assignments should be discussed, checked and when appropriate, corrected and returned to students
  • Specific policies/practices of teachers are to be submitted to the principal and clearly communicated to students and parents
  • Teachers have the responsibility to communicate with parents of students who are falling behind in completing homework assignments
  • Homework will not be assigned during school vacation except for the completion of previously assigned long-term projects.

Homework Policy Guidelines for Administrators

  • Include this homework policy in all teacher, parent and student handbooks
  • Require teachers to communicate homework policy to students and parents
  • Make certain that teachers are implementing the homework policy consistently and uniformly
  • Assist teachers, when necessary, in implementing this homework policy
  • Observe use of homework during classroom visits
  • Review homework samples and assignments periodically
  • Give suggestions to teachers, when necessary, on how assignments could be improved
  • Develop homework incentive programs/practices with teachers and parents to assist and enhance homework completion

Time Frame of Homework Assignments

While it is understood that the time it takes to complete homework assignments may vary with each child, the times below are the general guidelines for each grade level. If your child is having difficulty on a consistent basis completing assignments within the time frames established, please contact your child’s teacher for assistance.

Kindergarten

  • Up to 15 minutes of reading* per night, Monday-Thursday

Grade 1

  • 15 minutes of reading* per night
  • 15 minutes of homework four nights per week, Monday-Thursday

Grade 2

  • 15 minutes of reading* per night
  • 15 minutes of homework four nights per week, Monday-Thursday

Grade 3

  • 15 minutes of reading* per night
  • 20 minutes of homework four nights per week, Monday-Thursday

Grade 4

  • 40-45 Minutes of homework four nights per week, Monday-Thursday
  • Students may be required to spend time on the weekends for any long-term assignments and required reading

Grade 5

  • 45-60 minutes of homework four nights per week, Monday-Thursday
  • Students may be required to spend time on the weekends for any long-term assignments and required reading

Students should be encouraged to read for pleasure on weekends and vacations.

* Reading also includes having adults reading to children.

If a student is experiencing difficulty, parents/guardians have the option of signing off at the upper time limit for completing homework, if the student has worked studiously and has produced quality work.

Make-up Work

Students who are absent a day or two should get their assignments by calling a friend. For absences of THREE or more days, a parent/guardian may call the school office to arrange for books and assignments to be collected. Calls should be made early in the day, and the materials should be picked up in the front office or the guidance office by the end of the day.

Students returning after an absence are responsible for seeing each of their teachers to check on the status of their work. Students must return for make-up sessions whenever requested to do so by the teacher. Failure to make up missed work will result in a loss of credit for the assignment.

Cheating/Plagiarism

Cheating involves the intentional attempt to pass off the work of another as one’s own and will not be tolerated.

Home/Hospital Instruction

Tutoring in the home or hospital is available when the school receives written confirmation from the student’s doctor that he/she must remain out of school for medical reasons for a period of fourteen school days or more.

Specials and Support Services

Art

An art teacher will instruct students in grades 1-5 once per week. Art appreciation, instruction in painting, drawing and design comprise much of the curriculum.

English Language Learners (ELL)

Students in grades K-5 whose first language is not English may receive special instruction. Eligibility for this service is determined based on a home language survey that a parent completes and teacher recommendation. Students who receive ELL instruction may take state assessments called MEPA and ACCESS.

IIT/Media

Students have weekly lessons that infuse technology into the curriculum. In addition, there is traditional book borrowing.

Music

Our vocal music teacher instructs students in music theory and appreciation and understanding of various types of music. In third grade students learn to play the recorder. Instrumental music lessons are available once per week for fourth and fifth grade students. Lessons are free of charge and occur during the school day. Parents/guardians should be aware that students will be responsible for missed class work that occurs when they are participating in instrumental music.

Physical Education

Students should come to school properly dressed for participation. This includes pants, shorts or skorts and sneakers. All students must take part in physical education classes unless the teacher or nurse receives a written note detailing the reason for being excused from class. If the excuse is for a short duration, a note sent by the parent/guardian is acceptable. For an extended time out of class, the student must be excused by a physician for medical reasons. Permission from the physician is also required in order for a student to re-engage in physical education activities after being excused.

During October and November, grade 4 students run, do sit-ups and push-ups, reach for their toes and stretch and their performance is recorded. This performance is compared to standards that have been set for all children at this age level, not classmates or peers, and reported to parents/guardians via a “Fitnessgram.” The purpose of Fitnessgram is to promote enjoyable regular physical activity and to provide the teacher, student and parent/guardian with information that will help the student maintain or improve his or her level of health related fitness.

Remedial Reading & Math

Specialists work with students in grades 1-5 who need additional assistance in reading and/or math. Support may be provided in the classroom or in small pull-out groups.

School Psychologist

Counseling services are available to help students develop academically, personally, and socially. The school psychologist conducts educational and psychological testing as part of a special education evaluation and coordinates plans for children who qualify for accommodations under Section 504. If you have concerns about your child’s emotional well-being that may be interfering with his or her learning, please feel free to contact the school psychologist.

General Guidelines

Bullying & Harassment*

Our school works very hard to address any issues of bullying. We recognize that bullying and intimidation have a negative effect on school climate. It is unacceptable for students to be made to feel intimidated or anxious because of bullying. We encourage all students to report incidences of bullying to an adult. Parents may also contact the Principal or the classroom teacher if they feel that a bullying incident has taken place at school. We also have a box near the nurse’s office where students can anonymously report an incident of bullying. Each incident is investigated thoroughly.

Grades K-3 participate in the Second Step Program that focuses on social development including empathy training, emotion management and problem solving.

Grades 4-5 participate in Steps to Respect which more directly teaches students how to identify, report and prevent bullying behaviors.

*Full policy can be found in this handbook.

Dress Code

  • Students are not permitted to wear hats in the building.(except on special occasions)
  • Shirts, tops, and all dresses may not expose the midriff.
  • Accessories which could reasonably be considered detrimental to student health and safety are not permitted in school.
  • Shirts, other clothing, or jewelry which displays a message or illustration of a profane nature, sexual connotation, violent advertisement or suggestive statement relating to drugs, alcohol or any illegal substances are unacceptable and may not be worn at school.
  • Pants and shirts must be worn in such a way as to not reveal undergarments or expose skin normally covered by undergarments. Undergarments many not be worn as outer clothing.

If a student is wearing an item of clothing not permitted by these guidelines, parents/guardians will be contacted to bring a change of clothing to school for the student, or the school will provide clothing if needed. The student will not be able to resume his or her regular schedule until his/her clothing is modified.

Field Trips

Field trips are an extension of the instructional program and provide enrichment. Children must return a signed parent permission slip prior to participating.

Invitations

Invitations to various events such as birthday parties should be distributed via the mail, and not on school grounds, unless all members of the class are to be invited. This same policy will be used for Valentine card distribution in February. This effectively eliminates the possibility of excluding children and hurting feelings.

Lost and Found

Please be sure to label all outerwear (jackets, coats, hats, mittens, etc.) and lunch boxes as they are easily misplaced. Check lost and found for items in a timely manner as unclaimed articles will periodically be donated to a worthy cause.

Physical Restraint

For safety reasons, all schools have a physical restraint policy in place that complies with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) regulations. If a student’s behavior poses a threat of imminent, serious, physical harm, they can be held until calm. Specific procedures are carried out by qualified, trained staff and parents are notified.

Student Records

Federal and state laws, including 603 CMR 23.00, provide parents and students with rights of confidentiality, inspection, amendment and destruction of student records. Authorized school personnel of any school to which a student seeks or intends to transfer will have access to a student’s complete record without further notice to, or receipt of consent from, the eligible student or parent. The temporary record of each student will be destroyed no later than seven years after the student transfers, graduates or withdraws from the Braintree Public Schools.

Telephones / Electronic Devices

Students are not permitted to use or carry cell phones, MP3 players, I-pods, CD/radio headsets, pagers or any other type of electronic equipment during school hours. (Cell phone use in classrooms for academic purposes is only allowed with the approval of the principal.) While we realize that cell phones have become an important way for parents to keep in touch with their children, these items have no place in the classroom. They must be turned off and left in the student’s bag, or with his or her teacher, during the school day. It is recommended that all electronic devices be left home, for the school cannot assume responsibility for lost or stolen personal property.

Students who wish to contact their parent/guardian, etc. may use their cell phones after school. If students are staying for an after-school activity, arrangements for a ride home should be made in advance. If necessary, students may use classroom or office telephones with permission of the teacher or office staff.

If found in a student’s possession during the school day, any of these items will be confiscated and held in the office until the end of the day, OR the students will be sent to the office. This infraction of school rules will be treated as a disruption in the classroom or a failure to follow school policy, and disciplinary action will be taken.

Skateboards, Rollerblades & Scooters

For safety reasons, students are not permitted to use skateboards, rollerblades or scooters as a means of transportation to or from school. In addition, their use on school property is prohibited.

Valuables

Valuables should not be brought to school. However, if it should be necessary, students should not leave such valuables in their desks or lockers. Money must be kept on one’s person. We encourage students to bring only the money they need to purchase items during the school day. It is the policy of the Braintree School Committee that the School Department will not accept any responsibility for any personal property. The intent of this policy is to stress that the student must be at all times responsible for the security of personal property that is brought to school. While we feel concern over the loss and theft of a student’s property, we are unable to be responsible for the security of such property. This does not imply that school personnel will not make every effort to assist students in recovering their property, and to punish anyone who is responsible for vandalizing the property of others.

Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 71, Sections 37H, 37H1/2 and 37H3/4

In order to maintain an environment conducive to teaching and learning we will declare unequivocally that weapons, illegal drugs, alcohol, and violent acts have no place in an academic setting.

The Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993 was signed into law on June 18, 1993. This law has a direct impact on some student discipline policies and procedures. The information contained below details policy and procedural changes that are now in effect in all schools in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Education Reform Act supersedes pertinent discipline policy and procedures that are outlined in the student handbook. These policies and procedures include:

Chapter 71, Section 37H:

A. Possession of Weapons / Drugs

B. Assault on School Personnel

It is important for students and parents to understand and be mindful of the information listed below:

Section 37H.

The superintendent of every school district shall publish the district's policies pertaining to the conduct of teachers and students. Said policies shall prohibit the use of any tobacco products within the school buildings, the school facilities or on the school grounds or on school buses by any individual, including school personnel. Said policies shall further restrict operators of school buses and personal motor vehicles, including students, faculty, staff and visitors, from idling such vehicles on school grounds, consistent with section 16B of chapter 90 and regulations adopted pursuant thereto and by the department. The policies shall also prohibit bullying as defined in section 37O and shall include the student-related sections of the bullying prevention and intervention plan required by said section 37O. Copies of these policies shall be provided to any person upon request and without cost by the principal of every school within the district.

Each school district's policies pertaining to the conduct of students shall include the following: disciplinary proceedings, including procedures assuring due process; standards and procedures for suspension and expulsion of students; procedures pertaining to discipline of students with special needs; standards and procedures to assure school building security and safety of students and school personnel; and the disciplinary measures to be taken in cases involving the possession or use of illegal substances or weapons, the use of force, vandalism, or violation of a student's civil rights. Codes of discipline, as well as procedures used to develop such codes shall be filed with the department of education for informational purposes only.

In each school building containing the grades nine to twelve, inclusive, the principal, in consultation with the school council, shall prepare and distribute to each student a student handbook setting forth the rules pertaining to the conduct of students. The student handbook shall include an age-appropriate summary of the student-related sections of the bullying prevention and intervention plan required by section 37O. The school council shall review the student handbook each spring to consider changes in disciplinary policy to take effect in September of the following school year, but may consider policy changes at any time. The annual review shall cover all areas of student conduct, including but not limited to those outlined in this section.

Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, all student handbooks shall contain the following provisions:

(a) Any student who is found on school premises or at school-sponsored or school-related events, including athletic games, in possession of a dangerous weapon, including, but not limited to, a gun or a knife; or a controlled substance as defined in chapter ninety-four C, including, but not limited to, marijuana, cocaine, and heroin, may be subject to expulsion from the school or school district by the principal.

(b) Any student who assaults a principal, assistant principal, teacher, teacher's aide or other educational staff on school premises or at school-sponsored or school-related events, including athletic games, may be subject to expulsion from the school or school district by the principal.

(c) Any student who is charged with a violation of either paragraph (a) or (b) shall be notified in writing of an opportunity for a hearing; provided, however, that the student may have representation, along with the opportunity to present evidence and witnesses at said hearing before the principal.

After said hearing, a principal may, in his discretion, decide to suspend rather than expel a student who has been determined by the principal to have violated either paragraph (a) or (b).

(d) Any student who has been expelled from a school district pursuant to these provisions shall have the right to appeal to the superintendent. The expelled student shall have ten days from the date of the expulsion in which to notify the superintendent of his appeal. The student has the right to counsel at a hearing before the superintendent. The subject matter of the appeal shall not be limited solely to a factual determination of whether the student has violated any provisions of this section.

(e) Any school district that suspends or expels a student under this section shall continue to provide educational services to the student during the period of suspension or expulsion, under section 21 of chapter 76. If the student moves to another district during the period of suspension or expulsion, the new district of residence shall either admit the student to its schools or provide educational services to the student in an education service plan, under section 21 of chapter 76.

(f) Districts shall report to the department of elementary and secondary education the specific reasons for all suspensions and expulsions, regardless of duration or type, in a manner and form established by the commissioner. The department of elementary and secondary education shall use its existing data collection tools to obtain this information from districts and shall modify those tools, as necessary, to obtain the information. On an annual basis, the department of elementary and secondary education shall make district level de-identified data and analysis, including the total number of days each student is excluded during the school year, available to the public online in a machine readable format. This report shall include district level data disaggregated by student status and categories established by the commissioner.

(g) Under the regulations promulgated by the department, for each school that suspends or expels a significant number of students for more than 10 cumulative days in a school year, the commissioner shall investigate and, as appropriate, shall recommend models that incorporate intermediary steps prior to the use of suspension or expulsion. The results of the analysis shall be publicly reported at the school district level.

Chapter 71, Section 37H ½ - Felony Complaints and Felony Convictions

Section 37H1/2.

Notwithstanding the provisions of section eighty-four and sections sixteen and seventeen of chapter seventy-six:

(1) Upon the issuance of a criminal complaint charging a student with a felony or upon the issuance of a felony delinquency complaint against a student, the principal or headmaster of a school in which the student is enrolled may suspend such student for a period of time determined appropriate by said principal or headmaster if said principal or headmaster determines that the student's continued presence in school would have a substantial detrimental effect on the general welfare of the school. The student shall receive written notification of the charges and the reasons for such suspension prior to such suspension taking effect. The student shall also receive written notification of his right to appeal and the process for appealing such suspension; provided, however, that such suspension shall remain in effect prior to any appeal hearing conducted by the superintendent.

The student shall have the right to appeal the suspension to the superintendent. The student shall notify the superintendent in writing of his request for an appeal no later than five calendar days following the effective date of the suspension. The superintendent shall hold a hearing with the student and the student's parent or guardian within three calendar days of the student's request for an appeal. At the hearing, the student shall have the right to present oral and written testimony on his behalf, and shall have the right to counsel. The superintendent shall have the authority to overturn or alter the decision of the principal or headmaster, including recommending an alternate educational program for the student. The superintendent shall render a decision on the appeal within five calendar days of the hearing. Such decision shall be the final decision of the city, town or regional school district with regard to the suspension.

(2) Upon a student being convicted of a felony or upon an adjudication or admission in court of guilt with respect to such a felony or felony delinquency, the principal or headmaster of a school in which the student is enrolled may expel said student if such principal or headmaster determines that the student's continued presence in school would have a substantial detrimental effect on the general welfare of the school. The student shall receive written notification of the charges and reasons for such expulsion prior to such expulsion taking effect. The student shall also receive written notification of his right to appeal and the process for appealing such expulsion; provided, however, that the expulsion shall remain in effect prior to any appeal hearing conducted by the superintendent.

The student shall have the right to appeal the expulsion to the superintendent. The student shall notify the superintendent, in writing, of his request for an appeal no later than five calendar days following the effective date of the expulsion. The superintendent shall hold a hearing with the student and the student's parent or guardian within three calendar days of the expulsion. At the hearing, the student shall have the right to present oral and written testimony on his behalf, and shall have the right to counsel. The superintendent shall have the authority to overturn or alter the decision of the principal or headmaster, including recommending an alternate educational program for the student. The superintendent shall render a decision on the appeal within five calendar days of the hearing. Such decision shall be the final decision of the city, town or regional school district with regard to the expulsion.

Any school district that suspends or expels a student under this section shall continue to provide educational services to the student during the period of suspension or expulsion, under section 21 of chapter 76. If the student moves to another district during the period of suspension or expulsion, the new district of residence shall either admit the student to its schools or provide educational services to the student under an education service plan, under section 21 of chapter 76.

Section 37: Section 37L of said chapter 71 General Laws is hereby amended by adding the following paragraphs:

In addition, any school department personnel shall report in writing to their immediate supervisor an incident involving a student’s possession or use of a dangerous weapon on school premises at any time.

Supervisors who receive such a weapon report shall file it with the superintendent of said school, who shall file copies of said weapon report with the local chief of police, the department of social services, the office of student services or its equivalent in any school district, and the local school committee. Said superintendent, police chief, and representative from the department of social services, together with a representative from the office of student services or its equivalent, shall arrange an assessment of the student involved in said weapon report. Said student shall be referred to a counseling program; provided, however, that said counseling shall be in accordance with acceptable standards as set forth by the Board of Education. Upon completion of a counseling session, a follow-up assessment shall be made of said student by those involved in the initial assessment.

A student transferring into a local system must provide the new school system with a complete school record of the entering student. Said record shall include, but not be limited to, any incident reports in which such student was charged with any suspended act.

Chapter 71, Section 37H3/4 – Requirements for Long and Short-Term Suspensions Section 37H3/4.

(a) This section shall govern the suspension and expulsion of students enrolled in a public school in the commonwealth who are not charged with a violation of subsections (a) or (b) of section 37H or with a felony under section 37H1/2.

(b) Any principal, headmaster, superintendent or other person acting as a decision-maker at a student meeting or hearing, when deciding the consequences for the student, shall exercise discretion; consider ways to re-engage the student in the learning process; and avoid using expulsion as a consequence until other remedies and consequences have been employed.

(c) For any suspension or expulsion under this section, the principal or headmaster of a school in which the student is enrolled, or a designee, shall provide, to the student and to the parent or guardian of the student, notice of the charges and the reason for the suspension or expulsion in English and in the primary language spoken in the home of the student. The student shall receive the written notification and shall have the opportunity to meet with the principal or headmaster, or a designee, to discuss the charges and reasons for the suspension or expulsion prior to the suspension or expulsion taking effect. The principal or headmaster, or a designee, shall ensure that the parent or guardian of the student is included in the meeting, provided that such meeting may take place without the parent or guardian only if the principal or headmaster, or a designee, can document reasonable efforts to include the parent or guardian in that meeting. The department shall promulgate rules and regulations that address a principal's duties under this subsection and procedures for including parents in student exclusion meetings, hearings or interviews under this subsection.

(d) If a decision is made to suspend or expel the student after the meeting, the principal or headmaster, or a designee, shall update the notification for the suspension or expulsion to reflect the meeting with the student. If a student has been suspended or expelled for more than 10 school days for a single infraction or for more than 10 school days cumulatively for multiple infractions in any school year, the student and the parent or guardian of the student shall also receive, at the time of the suspension or expulsion decision, written notification of a right to appeal and the process for appealing the suspension or expulsion in English and in the primary language spoken in the home of the student; provided, however, that the suspension or expulsion shall remain in effect prior to any appeal hearing. The principal or headmaster or a designee shall notify the superintendent in writing, including, but not limited to, by electronic means, of any out-of-school suspension imposed on a student enrolled in kindergarten through grade 3 prior to such suspension taking effect. That notification shall describe the student's alleged misconduct and the reasons for suspending the student out-of-school. For the purposes of this section, the term ''out-of-school suspension'' shall mean a disciplinary action imposed by school officials to remove a student from participation in school activities for 1 day or more.

(e) A student who has been suspended or expelled from school for more than 10 school days for a single infraction or for more than 10 school days cumulatively for multiple infractions in any school year shall have the right to appeal the suspension or expulsion to the superintendent. The student or a parent or guardian of the student shall notify the superintendent in writing of a request for an appeal not later than 5 calendar days following the effective date of the suspension or expulsion; provided, that a student and a parent or guardian of the student may request, and if so requested, shall be granted an extension of up to 7 calendar days. The superintendent or a designee shall hold a hearing with the student and the parent or guardian of the student within 3 school days of the student's request for an appeal; provided that a student or a parent or guardian of the student may request and, if so requested, shall be granted an extension of up to 7 calendar days; provided further, that the superintendent, or a designee, may proceed with a hearing without a parent or guardian of the student if the superintendent, or a designee, makes a good faith effort to include the parent or guardian. At the hearing, the student shall have the right to present oral and written testimony, cross-examine witnesses and shall have the right to counsel. The superintendent shall render a decision on the appeal in writing within 5 calendar days of the hearing. That decision shall be the final decision of the school district with regard to the suspension or expulsion.

(f) No student shall be suspended or expelled from a school or school district for a time period that exceeds 90 school days, beginning the first day the student is removed from an assigned school building.

BRAINTREE PUBLIC SCHOOLS BULLYING, HARASSMENT, SEXUAL HARASSMENT, DISCRIMINATION, HATE CRIMES AND HAZING POLICY

Revised June, 18, 2014 & Approved by School Committee August 18, 2014
Approved By School Committee - November 18, 2013

I. POLICY

A. The Braintree Public School District is committed to providing our students equal educational opportunities where all school community members (students, employees, and visitors) treat each other with respect in a safe learning environment free from any form of bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination and hate crimes. This policy is an integral part of the District’s comprehensive efforts to promote learning, eliminate all forms of violent, harmful, and disruptive behavior and enable students to achieve their personal and academic potential and become successful citizens in our increasingly diverse society.

The district prohibits bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, hate crimes, or any other victimization of students in our schools or school-related activities based on any of the following actual or perceived traits or characteristics, including but not limited to: race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, socioeconomic, status, homelessness, academic status, gender identity or expression, physical appearance, or sensory, disability, or by association with a person who has or is perceived to have one or more of these characteristics.

B. It is a violation of this policy for any administrator, teacher or other employee, or any student to engage in or condone bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination or hate crimes or to fail to report or otherwise take reasonable corrective measures when they become aware of an incident of harassment.

C. It is the responsibility of every employee to recognize acts of bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination and hate crimes and take every action necessary to ensure that the applicable policies and procedures of this school district are implemented.

D. Any employee or student who believes that he or she has been subjected to bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination or a hate crime has the right to file a complaint and to receive prompt and appropriate handling of the complaint. Further, all reasonable efforts shall be made to maintain the confidentiality and protect the privacy of all parties but proper enforcement of this policy may require disclosure of any or all information received.

E. The Building Principal/Designee shall be responsible for assisting employees and students seeking guidance or support in addressing matters relating to bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, and hate crimes. This policy is not designed or intended to limit the school’s authority to take disciplinary action or take remedial action when such harassment occurs out of school but carries over into school, or, is disruptive or substantially interferes with an employee’s work, personal life, a student’s school work, or participation in school related opportunities or activities.

Reports of cyberbullying by electronic or other means, occurring in or out of school will be reviewed and, when affecting work or school, will result in discipline. Parents of students alleged to have engaged in cyber harassment will be required to attend a meeting at which the activity, words or images subject to the complaint will be reviewed.

F. When a reported incident involves the principal or the assistant principal the Superintendent or designee shall be responsible and if the Superintendent is involved, the School Committee, or its designee shall be responsible for assisting employees and students seeking guidance or support in addressing matters relating to bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, and hate crimes

G. Whenever the evaluation of the Individualized Education Program team indicates that the child has a disability that affects social skills development or that the child is vulnerable to bullying, harassment or teasing because of the child’s disability, the Individualized Education Program shall address the skills and proficiencies needed to avoid and respond to bullying, harassment or teasing.

H. Braintree Public Schools will provide an annual report to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The following data will be collected and reported to the Department: 1) the number of reported allegations of bullying or retaliation; 2) the number and nature of substantiated incidents of bullying and retaliation; 3) the number of students disciplined for engaging in bullying or retaliation, and 4) other information required by the Department.[1] (The Department is required to analyze the data and to issue a report annually to the legislature which contains statewide aggregated data on the nature and frequency of bullying in schools.) Additionally, Chapter 86 requires school districts, charter schools, approved private day or residential schools, and collaborative schools, to administer a Department-developed student survey at least once every four years to assess “school climate and the prevalence, nature and severity of bullying in schools.

II. DEFINITIONS

A. Bullying/Harassment includes but is not limited to: physical contact or injury; threats of harm; demands for money; blackmail; extortion; non-verbal threats; intimidation; crude gestures; stalking; stealing or hiding possessions; excluding; isolating; spreading rumors or sending messages of an embarrassing, slanderous, or intimidating nature; repeated or pervasive teasing, taunting, tormenting, name-calling, belittling, mocking, put-downs, sarcasm, or demeaning humor; unwelcome touching.

Bullying, which is different than conflict, is the repeated, unwelcome use by one or more students or a member of a school staff of a written, verbal or electronic expression or a physical act or gesture or any combination thereof, directed at a target that: (i) causes physical or emotional harm to the target or damage to the target’s property; (ii) places the target in reasonable fear of harm to himself or of damage to his property; (iii) creates a hostile environment at school for the target; (iv) infringes on the rights of the target at school; or (v) materially and substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school. For the purposes of this section, bullying shall include cyber-bullying.

The behavior must interfere with an employee’s ability to perform his or her duties or with a student’s academic performance or ability to learn, or interfere with a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from services, activities, or privileges:

    • That are being offered through the school or district; or
    • During any education program or activity; or
    • While in school, on school equipment or property, in school vehicles, on school buses, at designated school bus stops, or at school-sponsored activities, at school-sanctioned events.

B. Cyber-bullying is bullying through the use of technology or any electronic communication, which shall include, but shall not be limited to, any transfer of signs, signals, writing, images, sounds, data or intelligence of any nature transmitted in whole or in part by a wire, radio, electromagnetic, photo electronic or photo optical system, including, but not limited to, electronic mail, internet communications, instant messages or facsimile communications. Cyber-bullying shall also include (i) the creation of a web page or blog in which the creator assumes the identity of another person or (ii) the knowing impersonation of another person as the author of posted content or messages, if the creation or impersonation creates any of the conditions enumerated in clauses (i) to (v), inclusive, of the definition of bullying. Cyber-bullying shall also include the distribution by electronic means of a communication to more than one person or the posting of material on an electronic medium that may be accessed by one or more persons, if the distribution or posting creates any of the conditions enumerated in clauses (i) to (v), inclusive, of the definition of bullying.

    • Cyber-bullying may occur through the use of data, telephone or computer software that is accessed through a computer, computer system, or computer network or any public education institute.
    • As used in this Section, “electronic communication” also means any communication through an electronic device including, but not limited to a telephone, cellular phone, computer or pager.

C. Sexual Harassment means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other inappropriate verbal, written or physical conduct of a sexual nature that takes place under any of the following circumstances:

  1. When submission to such conduct is made, explicitly or implicitly, a term or condition of employment, instruction, or participation in school activities or programs;
  2. When submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used by the offender as the basis for making personal or academic decisions affecting the individual subjected to sexual advances;
  3. When such conduct has the effect of unreasonably interfering with the individual's work, attendance at school or participation in academic or curricular activities, or
  4. When such conduct has the effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or learning environment through severe or pervasive behavior which substantially and materially interferes with work or school opportunities.

D. Discrimination is treating people differently, or interfering with or preventing a person from enjoying the advantages, privileges or courses of study in a public school because of his/her race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, or disability. A person may not be subjected to discipline or more severe punishment for wrongdoing, nor denied the same rights as others, because of his/her membership in a protected class.

E. Gender Identity: The term “gender identity” shall mean a person’s gender-related identity, appearance or behavior, whether or not that gender-related identity, appearance or behavior is different from that traditionally associated with the person’s physiology or assigned sex at birth.

F. Hate Crime is a crime motivated by hatred or bias, or where the target is targeted or selected for the crime at least in part because the person is a different race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation from the perpetrator or because the targeted person has a disability. A hate crime may involve a physical attack, threat of bodily harm, physical intimidation or damage to another’s property.

G. Hostile Environment means, a situation in which bullying causes the school environment to be permeated with intimidation, ridicule or insult that is sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter the conditions of the student’s education.

H. Hazing: The term “hazing” shall mean any conduct or method of initiation, even if consented to, into any student organization, whether on public or private property, which willfully or recklessly endangers the physical or mental health of any student or other person.

  1. Such conduct shall include, but is not limited to, whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the weather, forced consumption of any food, liquor, beverage, drug or other substance or any other brutal treatment or forced physical activity which is likely to adversely affect the physical health or safety of any such student or person, or which subjects such student or other person to extreme mental stress, including extended deprivation of sleep or rest or extended isolation.
  2. Whoever knows that another person is the target of hazing and is at the scene of such activity, shall, to the extent that such person can do so without danger or peril to himself or others, report such activity to an appropriate law enforcement official as soon as reasonably practicable. Whoever fails to report such behavior shall be subject to discipline.

I. Retaliation: is any form of intimidation, reprisal, or harassment directed against a student who reports bullying, provides information during an investigation of bullying, or witnesses or has reliable information about bullying.

J. School Staff includes, but is not limited to, educators, administrators, counselors, school nurses, cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers, athletic coaches, advisors to extracurricular activities, support staff, substitute employees or paraeducators

K. Target: is an individual whom bullying, cyberbullying, or retaliation has been perpetrated..

III. GUIDELINES/PROCEDURES FOR DEALING WITH BULLYING, HARASSMENT, SEXUAL HARASSMENT, DISCRIMINATION AND HATE CRIMES

In school systems, bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination or hate crimes may cross many lines. The situation may be an instance of staff member to staff member, staff member to student, student to staff member, or student to student. Guidelines for dealing with any of these charges are as follows:

  1. By law, harassment is defined by the target’s perception in combination with objective standards or expectations. What one person may consider acceptable behavior may be viewed as harassment by another person. Therefore, in order to protect the rights of both parties, it is important that the target or an administrator to whom a complaint was made or reported make it clear to the harasser that the behavior is objectionable.
  2. Staff members must always take every report of bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination or hate crimes seriously and take action immediately.
  3. If an instance of student to student bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination or a hate crime is reported to a staff member other than an administrator, the staff member should inform the Assistant Principal/Housemaster or the Building Principal and complete the designated forms.
  4. If a situation involving a charge of staff member to student bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination or hate crime is brought to the attention of any staff member, that staff member should notify the Building Principal or Assistant Superintendent immediately.
  5. In a situation involving a charge of student to staff member bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination or hate crime, the staff member should notify the Building Principal or Assistant Superintendent.
  6. In a situation involving a charge of staff member to staff member bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, or hate crime, the staff member should notify the Building Principal or the Assistant Superintendent.
  7. In all charges of bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination or hate crimes, the target should describe in writing the specifics of the complaint to ensure that the subsequent investigation is focused on the relevant facts. Oral and anonymous complaints will be reviewed but are inherently difficult to investigate and may not be procedurally fair; as a result no disciplinary action shall be taken on anonymous complaints unless independently verified by clear and convincing evidence. All other complaints will be reviewed based on a preponderance of evidence standard.
  8. Once a charge of bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, or hate crimes has been reported, including charges of physical harassment as well as threats to a person's safety or position in the school or work environment, the following course of action should be taken:
    • The Building Principal or designee will investigate the charge through discussions with the individuals involved and will use the designated forms for documenting the alleged incident. In situations involving a staff member, he/she should be informed of his/her rights to have a third party present at the time of the discussion. In situations involving students, the Principal or designee should interview the reporting staff member, target, witness(es)/bystander(s) and student alleged aggressor. Parents/guardians will be informed of the situation and invited to participate in discussions. It is important that the situation be resolved as confidentially and as quickly as the circumstances permit.
    • When a reported bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, and hate crimes incident involves the principal or the assistant principal as the alleged aggressor the Superintendent or designee will investigate the charge through discussions with the individuals involved and will use the designated forms for documenting the alleged incident. If the Superintendent is the alleged aggressor, the School Committee, or its designee shall be responsible for investigating the report, and other steps necessary to implement the Plan, including addressing the safety of the alleged target..
    • If the situation warrants, and the harasser and the target are willing to discuss the matter at resolution meeting in the presence of the Principal/designee or superintendent/designee, a supportive faculty member and/or parent should be included in the discussion. During this discussion, the offending behavior should be described by the target and administration, a request for a change in behavior should be made, and a promise should be made that the described behavior will stop. If circumstances do not permit a face to face meeting the administration will present the target’s position. Follow-up verification procedures will be explained. Failure to comply after a resolution meeting will result in appropriate discipline.
    • The matter shall be documented in a manner consistent with the severity of the behavior, the impact of the behavior on the target and the school, and the disciplinary consequences imposed by the administration.
  9. If after formal discussion with the involved parties, the Building Principal or designee determines that further action must be taken, the following would occur:
    • In instances involving student to student or student to staff member bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination or a hate crime the student would be held to the discipline code of the school. Legal action may also be initiated at this point.
    • In instances involving staff member to student and staff member to staff member bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, or hate crimes, findings would be reported to the Superintendent of Schools, or to the school committee or designee when the superintendent is the alleged aggressor for further action. Legal action may also be initiated at this point.
  10. Retaliation or false accusations against a person who reports bullying, provides information during an investigation of bullying, or witnesses or has reliable information about bullying shall be prohibited. If it occurs, it could be considered grounds for dismissal of staff personnel and/or removal from the educational setting for a student. A referral to law enforcement may be made.
  11. Problem Resolution: Any parent/guardian of the target wishing to file a claim/concern or seeking assistance outside of the district may do so with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Program Resolution System (PRS). That information can be found at: http://www.doe.mass.edu/pqa, emails can be sent to compliance@doe.mass.edu or individuals can call 781-338-3700. Hard copies of this information is also available at the Superintendent’s office.
  12. Confidentiality: Reports of bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, or hate crime should be kept completely confidential, involving as few people as possible, with the goal of protecting the target and stopping the behavior.

The District will respect the privacy of the complainant, the subject(s) of the complaint, and the witnesses to the extent possible consistent with its obligations under federal and state law and regulations and its Policy to investigate, report, and take appropriate disciplinary and corrective action, and consistent with applicable state and federal confidentiality laws and student record regulations.

For further information about these guidelines or help with sexual harassment, bullying, or hazing problems, or any other form of harassment, consult: the Assistant Superintendent of Schools at 380-0130, ext. 8479.

LEGAL REFERENCES

  1. Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Section 703
  2. Title IX of the 1972 U.S. Civil Rights Act.
  3. Chapter 151C, Massachusetts General Laws
  4. M.G.L. Chapter 76 § 5
  5. M.G.L. Chapter 269 § 17, 18, 19
  6. M.G.L. Chapter 71, § 370, 82,84,92
  7. Family and Education Privacy Rights Act
  8. Mass Student Records Laws and Regulations

Middle School

Mission Statement

The mission of the Braintree Public Schools, in partnership with parents and the community, is to prepare all students to become responsible and contributing members of a diverse and global society. We motivate and enable each student to develop intellectually, physically, socially, and emotionally through a rigorous and supportive educational program within an inclusive and safe environment that nurtures creative and critical thinking, the development of values, and the pursuit of lifelong learning.

Values

The Braintree Schools recognize their shared responsibility with parents in developing students’ values. This shared responsibility includes educating the whole child and working toward developing a good and informed citizenry.

In support of the above, the following values are an integral part of the students’ overall education.

Achievement

Creativity

Inclusivity

Respect

Honesty

Courtesy

Courage

Kindness

Integrity

Cooperation

Responsibility

Empathy

Work Ethic

Perseverance

Loyalty

Citizenship

Fairness

Acceptance

Beliefs

Since excellence in instruction and student achievement is our primary objective, we are committed to the following beliefs:

  • Students should acquire a rigorous core of knowledge by thinking critically and creatively and making wise judgments in an inclusive environment that promotes higher level thinking skills across the curriculum.
  • All students can achieve academic proficiency and strive for excellence.
  • All students possess unique talents and gifts and should be encouraged to reach their maximum individual potential.
  • Students should be able to collaborate and communicate effectively through reading, writing, speaking, problem solving, the arts, and technology.
  • Students should acquire the knowledge, skills, and motivation necessary to achieve and maintain optimum health and lifelong wellness.
  • Students should develop a sense of self-discipline, self-respect, and self-reliance and demonstrate Social, civic, and environmental responsibility.
  • Students should acquire skills to adapt to an evolving and technologically advancing society.
  • Students should understand, respect, and appreciate the racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity of our society and the democratic principles upon which this nation was built.
  • A safe and orderly environment, free of prejudice, drugs, violence, bullying, hazing and harassment of any kind, is essential to promote student learning.
  • Ongoing opportunities for the professional growth and development of staff are essential for improving teaching and learning.
  • Parents, guardians, and caregivers, in partnership with schools, are an integral part of their child’s learning.
  • Community involvement should be actively solicited, encouraged, and developed.

Keys To Success

Be prepared.

Respect yourself, other students, and the school staff.

Arrive at school and your classes on time.

Investigate something interesting.

Note your assignments.

Try your best.

Review your work and revise your writing.

Engage in class discussions.

Eat breakfast.


Meet your after-school responsibilities.

Identify your goals.

Do your homework.

Don’t endanger yourself or other students.

Lock your locker.

Experience after-school activities.


Study for quizzes and tests.

Cooperate with the teachers and staff.

Have fun.

Organize your notebook.

Organize your time.

Learn how to study.

Seek out extra help.

General School Information

Bell Schedule

  • Students Enter Building, 7:43 AM
  • Students Go To Lockers, 7:53 AM
  • Homeroom Period, 8:02-8:07 AM
  • Block 1, 8:10-8:54 AM
  • Block 2, 8:57-9:41 AM
  • Block 3, 9:44-10:28 AM
  • Block 4, 10:31-11:15 AM
  • Block 5, 11:18-2:51 PM
  • Lunch & Sustained Silent Reading
    • A 11:15-11:37 AM
    • B 11:40-12:02 PM
    • C 12:05-12:27 PM
    • D 12:30-12:51 PM
  • Block 6, 12:54-1:38 PM
  • Block 7, 1:41-2:25 PM
  • Extra Help Session Begins*, 2:30 PM
  • End of After-School Session, 3:10 PM
  • Late Bus 3:15 PM

*Extra help session from 2:30 – 3:10 is considered part of the school day.

*Only students with official school business should be in the building at this time.


School Calendar

 

2018-2019 School Calendar

Important Dates

  • Friday, October 5 - Midterm 1
  • Friday, November 9 - End Term 1
  • Friday, December 14 - Midterm 2
  • Monday, January 28 - End Term 2
  • Friday, March 8 - Midterm 3
  • Tuesday, April 9 - End Term 3
  • Friday, May 17 - Midterm 4
  • Wednesday, June 19 - End Term 4

Building Security / Visitors

The security system requires that all visitors enter the building through the front door. Visitors must press a buzzer and be identified before the door lock is released. Upon entry all visitors must report to the front office to sign in. Visitors must also sign out when they leave.

Guidance

In order to best serve our students, each student will have the same guidance counselor throughout middle school. All students are encouraged to use the services of the guidance department. Personal conferences are scheduled with each student yearly to discuss such things as study habits, educational progress, course selections, and personal and social concerns. In addition, counselors can also help students resolve conflicts with other students. Other services provided by counselors include testing and evaluation, dissemination of occupational and vocational information, orientation programs, and conferences with parents/guardians and referral agencies.

Media Centers

Our school has a very fine media center staffed with a certified media specialist. The media specialist will issue a pamphlet of regulations concerning the use of the center. The center is open on a rotating basis before school and after school. Students are encouraged to use the media center at this time.

No School - Delay

School is canceled only in severe weather conditions. Occasionally the opening is delayed for one or two hours to allow conditions to improve. Students and parents/ guardians will be notified through our automated message system. In addition, local radio and television stations carry cancellations.

Emergency Dismissals

On occasion, due to weather conditions or other circumstances, school is dismissed early. Parents/guardians are encouraged to make prior arrangements for the care of their children in the event that an emergency dismissal from school is necessary. Parents/Guardians will be notified through our automated message system.

School Insurance

The school offers accident insurance protection at a nominal cost to parents/guardians as a public service to its students. The insurance supplements other plans and provides protection for accidents occurring:

  1. Going to or returning home from school
  2. During school
  3. During any school sponsored activity and traveling to or from such activity

School Nurse and Health Room Policies

The school nurse is on duty each day. Parents/guardians and students are encouraged to see the nurse not only about specific health matters, but in connection with the total physical health development.

Students must report to the health room with a pass from their teacher if they have an accident in school or become ill. Accidents on school premises are treated according to standard first-aid practices. Care beyond first-aid is the responsibility of the parents/guardians. The nurse will notify parents/guardians if further treatment is needed.

All students will be evaluated by the nurse who will determine if they should be sent home. Ill students may only be dismissed from school by the nurse. At the beginning of each year, parents/guardians are asked to fill out an emergency card listing both home and work telephone numbers and the name and phone number of an authorized person who can act in their behalf in case their child has to be sent home from school when they are unavailable. Students are not permitted to leave the building during school hours unless escorted by a parent/guardian or person authorized by the parent/ guardian. A parent/guardian may give permission for their child to be transported by cab. However, transportation costs are the responsibility of the parent/guardian.

It is the responsibility of parents/guardians to share medical information they feel is important to the health and safety of their child with the transportation department and all before and after school programs/clubs including sport teams.

A doctor’s certificate is required for any student returning to school (or returning to PE class, extracurricular activities, etc.) under the following conditions: a prolonged or acute illness, an operation, an accident, or any restrictions on activity (e.g. sling, cast, crutches). Medical certification may also be required after an absence of five or more consecutive days.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires that all students entering grade seven must have a recent complete physical examination and up-to-date immunizations. In the fall of grade six, two health forms are mailed home to parents/guardians. This allows parents/guardians nearly a year to schedule a doctor’s appointment so that all requirements will be fulfilled prior to entering grade seven. For prompt, safe delivery, parents/guardians should mail completed physicals to the school nurse.

Every year students are weighed and measured in their physical education classes. In addition, they are given a vision and hearing screening using methods approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Postural screening is a mandated program. It commences sometime in the spring in grades 5 – 9. It is not a diagnostic service but a program to identify young people who may have early signs of spinal problems and should have further medical evaluation. Parents/Guardians are notified of any unusual findings. Any parent/guardian refusing to allow their child to be screened in school must provide the school nurse with written documentation that the child has been screened by their physician. The documentation should include the date of the screening, the findings, and the signature of the physician.

Body Mass Index (BMI) Screening

Height and Weight Measurement of Children and Adolescents: Massachusetts regulations 105 CMR 200.500, (2009) for the Physical Examination of Children requires that Braintree Public Schools conduct a height, weight and BMI screening of each student in grades 1, 4, 7, and 10 (or, in the case of ungraded classrooms, by a student’s 7th, 10th, 13th and 16th birthday). BMI results will be calculated using a student’s age, gender, height, and weight. Results will be recorded in each student’s individual health record.

  • Prior notice of the screening and the benefits of the screening will be provided to the parent(s)/guardian(s). Measurement of height and weight will be done by trained Physical Education teachers. Every effort will be made to protect the privacy of the student during the screening process.
  • Parent(s)/guardian(s) may request to receive the screening results through a confidential mailing or other confidential communication method by submitting a written request to the school nurse.
  • School staff will not disclose the height, weight or BMI calculations of an individual student, either verbally or in writing to anyone other than the parent or individual student without written permission from the parent/guardian.
  • Parent(s)/guardian(s) may waive their child’s BMI screening by submitting written notification directly to the school nurse, not the physical education staff.

Medications taken in school

When a student must take a medication during school, a written order from the student’s doctor and written permission from the parent/guardian is required. These forms are available from the nurse. A parent/guardian or adult designee must deliver the medication to the nurse where it will be counted. The parent/guardian and nurse must then sign that the medication was received.

All medications must be in pharmacy or manufacturer labeled containers. The pharmacist will supply a second bottle for the school upon request. The nurse is only allowed to keep a 30-day supply of medication at a time.

State regulations prohibit students from having any medication in their possession in school, on school property, or at any school sponsored event. Students are not allowed to keep any medication on their person, in their lockers, backpacks, pocketbooks, etc. This applies to all prescription and over-the-counter medications with the following two exceptions. Students prescribed an inhaler to treat asthma or an Epi-Pen to treat allergic reaction may carry them on their person only if (1.) they are properly labeled, (2.) the parent/guardian has notified the health office in writing and (3.) the parent/guardian has provided the required physician documentation. It is strongly recommended that a second set of medication be left in the health office in case the student forgets his/her inhaler or Epi-Pen.

Any student who has been prescribed an Epi-Pen to treat a life threatening allergy must provide the medication and a completed Epinephrine Emergency Action Plan, signed by the student’s physician, to the school nurse on or before the first day of school.  Without the appropriate paperwork and Epi-Pen, your child may be excluded from school until the requirements are met, in order to ensure and provide a safe and healthy environment for the children.  (All medical forms may be downloaded from the middle school’s website or obtained from the health office.)

Regulations Pertaining to Student Records

Section 34F of Chapter 71 of the General Laws gives parents or guardians, with certain restrictions, the right upon request to inspect any and all records in a public school that pertain to the individual student.

1.01 Rules Application of Rights These regulations are promulgated to insure parents' and students' rights of confidentiality, inspection, amendment and destruction of student records and to assist local school systems in adhering to the law. These regulations should be liberally construed for these purposes.

1.1 These rights shall be the rights of the student upon reaching 14 years of age or upon entering the 9th grade, whichever comes first.

1.2 If a student under the age of 14 and has not yet entered the 9th grade, these rights shall devolve to his or her parent.

School Food Service Information and Policies

The cafeteria provides a nourishing meal at a very reasonable cost. Students may bring lunches from home and purchase juice drinks, milk, chips, ice cream, and dessert separately. Correct change is appreciated but not necessary. The Braintree School Food Service Department provides Meal Prepayment Plans for students for all breakfast, lunch and ala carte items. Students will use their School identification number in accessing their lunch accounts. We strongly urge parents/guardians to take advantage of this service.Students will be told when their balance is getting low. Students are not allowed to charge any ala carte or snack items which would result in a negative lunch account balance.

Parents and students will receive forms for free and reduced lunch and prepayment information from the Food Service Department prior to the start of school in August or September. Forms are also available in the School Office and online at www.braintreeschools.org under the “School Lunch Program” link. For further information, contact Ms. Megan Ahrenholz, Food Service Director, 781-794-8473.

Cafeteria Rules

Students are expected to use good manners. In addition, there are three important rules that students should adhere to:

  1. Students may not leave the cafeteria without permission.
  2. Lunches must be eaten in the cafeteria. Students are not allowed to leave the cafeteria with any food or drink items of any kind.
  3. Students may not throw food, paper, or anything else – even across the table.

So that lunch is a pleasant time for all, students should adhere to the following procedure:

  1. Pass in a quiet and orderly manner through the corridors on the way to and from lunch. Remember that other classes are in session.
  2. Form a line; do not cut in or encourage anyone else to do so.
  3. Sit at the table of your choice, but once seated remain at that table.
  4. Talk in a quiet, pleasant manner.
  5. Clean up what you spill; ask for help if you need it.
  6. Return dishes, silverware, and trays to their proper place; dispose of all paper, plastic, etc. in the waste containers.
  7. At the end of lunch, quiet down and remain seated until a supervising staff member dismisses you.
  8. Leave your table and eating area clean.

Cafeteria Privileges may be Revoked for Improper Behavior.

Middle School Administration

East Middle School

305 River Street

Telephone number: 781-380-0170

Fax number: 781-848-4522

www.braintreeschools.org/east

 

John Sheehan, Principal 
john.sheehan@braintreeschools.org

Andrew Curran, Assistant Principal
andrew.curran@braintreeschools.org

 

South Middle School

232 Peach Street

Telephone number: 781-380-0160

Fax number: 781-380-0164

www.braintreeschools.org/south

 

Damon Rainie, Principal
damon.rainie@braintreeschools.org

Elaine Pagliarulo, Assistant Principal
elaine.pagliarulo@braintreeschools.org

 

School Committee

  • Lisa Fiske Heger, Chairperson
  • Thomas Devin, Vice Chairperson
  • Cyril Chafe
  • Jennifer Aborn Dolan
  • George Kokoros
  • Kate Naughton
  • Joseph Sullivan, Mayor

District Administration

  • Dr. Frank Hackett, Superintendent
  • James Lee, Assistant Superintendent
  • Jennifer Fay, Director of Personnel & Student Services
  • Edward Cronin, Director of Finance & Operations

Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities

STUDENT RIGHTS

  • I have a right to be happy and to be treated with care in my school. This means that others will not tease me, laugh at me, or intentionally hurt my feelings.
  • I have the right to be myself in my school. This means that no one will treat me unfairly because of my race, color, sex, religion, or national origin.
  • I have a right to be safe in my school. This means that no one will do such things as hit me, kick me, push me, threaten me, or physically hurt me.
  • I have the right to expect that my personal property will be safe and secure in my school.
  • I have a right to do my schoolwork in clean and pleasant surroundings.
  • As part of the learning process, I have the right to hear and be heard in my school. This means that no one will yell, scream, shout, make loud noises, or otherwise disturb me.
  • I have the right to learn about myself and others in my school. This means I will be able to express my opinions and feelings without being interrupted or ridiculed.
  • I have a right to expect that others will be encouraged to learn self-control and will be corrected if they abuse my rights.
  • I have a right to expect that all these rights will be mine in all circumstances.

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

  • I have the responsibility to treat other people with care. This means I will not tease or laugh at others, or try to intentionally hurt the feelings of others.
  • I have the responsibility to see others as individuals. I will not treat others unfairly because of their race, color, sex, religion, or national origin.
  • I have the responsibility to help make my school a safe place for all. This means that I will not do such things as hit anyone, kick anyone, push anyone, threaten anyone, or physically hurt anyone.
  • I have the responsibility to ensure the safety and security of all personal property by not damaging or stealing the property of others.
  • I have a responsibility to keep my school a pleasant place by picking up litter and by not defacing or destroying school property.
  • I have the responsibility to help maintain a calm and quiet school. This means that I will not yell, scream, shout, make loud noises, or otherwise disturb anyone around me.
  • I have the responsibility to see that others can learn about themselves and others in my school. This means I will not interrupt or ridicule others when they express their opinions and feelings.
  • I have a responsibility to learn self-control, and I will expect to be corrected if I abuse the rights of others.
  • I have the responsibility to protect my rights and the rights of others by fulfilling my responsibilities in all circumstances.

Study Skills and Techniques

Effective study skills, techniques, and habits are very important to student success.

Know What is Expected of You.

  • Copy your assignments correctly.
  • Know when your assignments are due.
  • Read and follow directions carefully.
  • Know what to study for quizzes and tests.
  • Ask the teacher for clarification if you are confused.
  • Listen for phrases like “This is important” and “Don’t forget.”

Participate Fully in Class.

  • Complete your assignments.
  • Study for quizzes and tests.
  • Be respectful and cooperative.
  • Take an active part in class discussion.
  • Come to class with the proper materials.
  • Take neat, organized notes on important ideas.
  • Listen carefully to your teacher and classmates.
  • Ask questions when you don’t understand something.

Take Pride in Your Work.

  • Check for errors.
  • Use the proper heading.
  • Put forth your best effort.
  • Make sure your work is neat, well organized, and complete.

Organize Yourself.

  • Use your assignment notebook every day.
  • Keep your notebook, locker, and home study area neat.
  • Keep a notebook or part of a loose-leaf binder for each subject.
  • Have a place at home where you can file old reports, tests, notes, etc.
  • Use a monthly calendar; list due dates, practices, games, lessons, etc.

Plan Your Homework Time.

  • Arrange your work in order of importance.
  • Set aside enough time to be able to finish your work.
  • Have a study buddy you can call if you need some help.
  • Choose a convenient time and try to stick to it each night.
  • Select a relatively quiet place with a desk or table for writing.
  • Be prepared with textbooks, notes, a dictionary, and writing materials.
  • Don’t wait until the last minute to study for a test or complete a project.
  • Don’t get distracted by computers, games, telephone calls, television, or music.
  • Spend the time concentrating on your homework but give yourself several short breaks.

Take Advantage of After School Extra Help and Make-up Sessions.

Share Your School Work with Your Parents/Guardians.

Academic Information

Cheating

The school promotes an environment where honesty is valued and where students are constantly encouraged to put forth their best effort. Cheating is considered to be any attempt to gain credit for knowledge or work not genuinely a student’s own.

In certain situations, such as homework, group work, and projects, classroom teachers have the responsibility for defining appropriate and inappropriate sharing of information. However, cheating on any academic exercise will result in a loss of credit for that exercise, and parents/guardians will be so notified by the teacher.

Students should be aware that plagiarism is considered a form of cheating. Plagiarism is the intentional presentation of another’s words, research, or ideas as one’s own.

Homework Policy

Middle School Homework Policy

Revision Approved: Braintree School Committee – May 9, 2011

Introduction

Homework in the Braintree Public Schools is an essential part of the school program. Assignments will vary in accordance to the needs of the class and will relate to classroom instruction. Homework assignments are intended to reinforce and extend learning initiated in the classroom and serve as a tool for teachers to assess student understanding of classroom instruction. Completion of routine homework can motivate students to develop good work habits, while increasing the opportunity for individual initiative and responsibility. Homework can also stimulate creativity, critical thinking and awareness that learning can take place outside of the classroom. The guidelines below indicate how students, parents, teachers, and administrators all have a responsibility for the success of homework.

Homework Policy Guidelines for Students

  1. Always do your best work
  2. Record directions for homework in an assignment notebook
  3. Understand assignments clearly before leaving class
  4. Bring home the proper materials to complete the assignments
  5. Hand in completed assignments on time
  6. Budget time properly for long-term assignments
  7. Complete any work missed due to absence from class
  8. Homework will count for 10-15% of the student’s grade. A separate grade will also be included for homework.
  9. Talk to your parents and teacher if you are having difficulty with homework
  10. Homework will not be assigned during school vacation except for the completion of previously assigned long-term projects.

Homework Policy Guidelines for Parents

  1. Be familiar with the philosophy and guidelines of the homework policy
  2. Check your child’s assignment notebook
  3. Provide a time and place to do homework assignments with limited interruptions
  4. Actively supervise homework completion, assisting, but not doing the work
  5. Oversee completion of long-term assignments to assist in understanding time management
  6. Contact the teacher with questions or concerns, especially if your child exceeds the allotted time frame.
  7. Homework will count for 10-15% of the student’s grade. A separate grade will also be included for homework.
  8. Homework will not be assigned during school vacation except for the completion of previously assigned long-term projects.

Homework Policy Guidelines for Teachers

  1. Assign homework on a regular basis in keeping with the homework policy
  2. Assignments may be on a daily basis or of a long-term type, such as a report
  3. Students are to understand clearly all homework assignments
  4. Require that each student have an assignment book
  5. Homework may take the form of class, group, or individual assignments
  6. Group projects should not be assigned as homework, unless students can work on their individual parts independently
  7. Teachers should coordinate assignments, tests, and projects with other teachers, as appropriate, to avoid overburdening students
  8. Assignments should be discussed, checked and when appropriate, corrected and returned to students
  9. Specific policies/practices of teachers are to be submitted to the principal and clearly communicated to students and parents
  10. Teachers have the responsibility to communicate with parents of students who are falling behind in completing homework assignments
  11. Homework will not be assigned during school vacation, except for the completion of previously assigned long-term projects.
  12. Homework will count for 10-15% of the student’s grade. A separate grade will also be included for homework.

Homework Policy Guidelines for Administrators

  1. Include this homework policy in all teacher, parent, and student handbooks
  2. Require teachers to communicate homework policy to students and parents
  3. Make certain that teachers are implementing the homework policy consistently and uniformly
  4. Assist teachers, when necessary, in implementing this homework policy
  5. Observe use of homework during classroom visits
  6. Review homework samples and assignments periodically
  7. Give suggestions to teachers, when necessary, on how assignments could be improved
  8. Develop homework incentive programs/practices with teachers and parents to assist and enhance homework completion

Time Frame of Homework Assignments

While it is understood that the time it takes to complete homework assignments may vary with each child, the times below are the general guidelines for each grade level. If your child is having difficulty on a consistent basis completing assignments within the time frames established, please contact your child’s teacher for assistance. The amount of work brought home may be impacted by any opportunities to complete assignments in school. Teachers will be aware of grade specific or school-wide evening commitments for students and adjust homework accordingly. Studying for quizzes/tests and work on long-term projects will be figured into the time guidelines.

  • Grade 6: 15 – 20 minutes of homework per course, per night, not to exceed one and one-half hours*
  • Grade 7: 20 – 25 minutes of homework per course, per night, not to exceed two hours*
  • Grade 8: 20–30 minutes of homework per course, per night, not to exceed two and one-half hours*
  • * If a student is experiencing difficulty, parents/guardians have the option of signing off at the upper time limit for a course’s daily homework if the student has worked studiously and has produced quality work.

Honor Roll

Honor Roll - Grades 7 and 8 Only

A student will be placed on Honor Roll if he or she earns at least a grade of B- in all subjects. The Honor Roll will be posted on the bulletin board outside of the main office. The Honor Roll will not be published in the newspaper. At the end of the school year, students who made the Honor Roll for the four consecutive marking periods will be recognized.

Human Sexuality Education

Human Sexuality Education (Approved by School Committee 6/23/97)

Parent Notification Law re: Human Sexuality Education

In accordance with Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 71, Section 32A, an Act Relative to Human Sexuality Education, the Braintree School Committee provides this notification to parents/guardians regarding curriculum which primarily involves human sexuality education or human sexuality issues. This notification, provided through the student handbooks at the middle school and high school levels, and through the newsletter at the elementary level, allows parents/guardians to exempt their child/children from any and all portions of the said curriculum through written notification to the school principal. No child exempted shall be penalized in any fashion, and will be given alternate assignments that comply with the time and learning requirement. Program materials will be made reasonably accessible to parents, guardians and others to the extent practicable.

Parents/guardians wishing to inspect and review program materials may contact the Health Education Coordinator, at Braintree High School.

Make-Up Work

Students who are absent a day or two should get their assignments by calling a friend or by accessing Aspen Parent Portal. For absences of THREE or more days, a parent/guardian may call the school office to arrange for books and assignments to be collected. Calls should be made early in the day, and the materials should be picked up in the front office or the guidance office by the end of the day.

Students returning after an absence are responsible for seeing each of their teachers to check on the status of their work. Students must return for make-up sessions whenever requested to do so by the teacher. Failure to make up missed work will result in a loss of credit for the assignment.

Physical Education Requirements

  1. All students must take part in physical education classes unless the teacher or nurse receives a written note detailing the reason for being excused from class.
    • If the excuse is for a short duration, a note sent by the parent/guardian is acceptable.
    • For an extended time out of class, the student must be excused by a physician for medical reasons. Permission from the physician is also required in order for a student to re-engage in physical education activities after being excused.
  2. Required Clothing: Sneakers, socks, pants or shorts, T-shirt or sweatshirt.
  3. Unexcused lack of participation and/or failure to change into appropriate clothing will result in a loss of credit for that day.

Concussions and/or Head Injuries

The Braintree Public Schools Athletic Department has established protocols for the prevention, training, management and return to activity decisions regarding students who incur head injuries while involved in extracurricular athletic activities including interscholastic sports. The protocol will be disseminated to all student athletes and band members and will be updated as appropriate.

Program of Studies

The middle schools run on a six-day cycle. Courses run for six days or for three out of the six days. Grade seven Reading, Writing, and Research and grade seven Health are semester courses.

Grade Six:

  • English, 6 Blocks per cycle
  • Math, 6 Blocks per cycle
  • Science, 6 Blocks per cycle
  • Social Studies, 6 Blocks per cycle
  • Pre-Algebra, 3 Blocks per cycle
  • Physical Education, 3 Blocks per cycle
  • Computer, 3 Blocks per cycle
  • Chorus, Band, or Orchestra, 3 Blocks per cycle
  • Art, 3 Blocks per cycle
  • Health, 3 Blocks per cycle

When recommended:

  • Reading, 3 Blocks per cycle
  • Math Connections, 3 Blocks per cycle
  • English Connections, 3 Blocks per cycle

Grade Seven:

  • English, 6 Blocks per cycle
  • Math, 6 Blocks per cycle
  • Science, 6 Blocks per cycle
  • Social Studies, 6 Blocks per cycle
  • Spanish/French, 3 Blocks per cycle
  • Physical Education, 3 Blocks per cycle
  • Reading, Writing, Research, 3 Blocks per cycle
  • Chorus, Band, or Orchestra 3 Blocks per cycle
  • Art, 3 Blocks per cycle
  • Health. 3 Blocks per cycle

When recommended:

  • Reading, 3 Blocks per cycle
  • Math Connections, 3 Blocks per cycle
  • English Connections, 3 Blocks per cycle

Grade Eight:

  • English, 6 Blocks per cycle
  • Math, 6 Blocks per cycle
  • Science, 6 Blocks per cycle
  • Social Studies, 6 Blocks per cycle
  • Spanish/French, 6 Blocks per cycle
  • Physical Education, 3 Blocks per cycle
  • Writing Workshop, 3 Blocks per cycle
  • Chorus, Band, or Orchestra, 3 Blocks per cycle
  • Art, 3 Blocks per cycle

When recommended:

  • Reading, 3 Blocks per cycle
  • Math Connections, 3 Blocks per cycle
  • English Connections, 3 Blocks per cycle

Progress Reports

Progress reports are issued at mid-term four times during the school year. They communicate the student’s current grade and homework grade in each class along with relevant comments on the student’s effort, behavior, participation, and other matters pertaining to classroom success. They must be signed and returned to the school 24 hours after their issue. Parent/guardian cooperation is requested and appreciated. Parents/guardians are encouraged to monitor their children’s progress using their access to Aspen Parent Portal.

If parents/guardians wish to contact a teacher or guidance counselor about their child’s progress, they may do so via a telephone call, note or email. Teachers are most willing to accommodate parents/guardians and encourage communication with the home.

Promotion Requirements

Students who fail English or math must take the course in summer school. Students with two or three failures in the academic subjects (English, math, science, social studies) will be recommended for retention unless two courses are made up in summer school. The passing grade for summer school courses is C-. Students who fail all four academic subjects will be automatically retained.

Report Cards

Report cards are issued four times during the school year. The purpose of these reports is to inform parents of student achievement. Grades are grouped according to the following assessments:

  • Superior: A, A-
  • High honors: B+
  • Honors: B, B-
  • Work of acceptable quality: C+, C, C-
  • Work of poor quality but passing: D+, D, D-
  • Unsatisfactory work – Failing: E, F
  • Withdrawn: W
  • Medically Excused: ME, M
  • Incomplete: INC, I

Report cards must be signed and returned to the school 24 hours after their issue. Parent/guardian cooperation is requested and appreciated.

Rules We Live By

After School Sessions

The school day ends at 2:25 PM for students who have fulfilled all of their obligations. If asked to do so by a teacher, students are responsible for reporting after school for extra help, to make-up work, and to serve teacher detention for behavioral issues. Failure to report after school is a serious offense; those who fail to report will be referred to the office and will be subject to office detention or demerits and will still owe the original time after school with their teacher.

Attendance Responsibilities

Absence

Students who are absent from school are required to bring in a note signed by a parent or guardian giving the date of absence and the reason for the absence. The note should be given to the homeroom teacher on the day the student returns to school.

Students who fail to bring in absence notes are subject to penalties. It is the policy of the Braintree School Department that the attendance officer will check absences. Parents/guardians are urged to cooperate with the school by sending notes promptly.

It is the policy of our schools that no student will be allowed to take part in any school activity, social or otherwise, if he or she has not attended school on that day.

Perfect Attendance: Religious holidays do not count against a student’s perfect attendance.

Excessive Absence

Research shows that academic success is closely related to student attendance. When students are absent from school, they cannot benefit from the direct instruction, the classroom discussions or the collaborative activities that are offered during the school day. Thus, it is essential the students attend classes.

Consequences for Excessive Absences

Excessive absence is defined as missing 10% or more of the days that school has been in session. After all regular avenues of communication have been exhausted, the following consequences will apply:

Students will not be allowed to participate in academic experiences such as field trips and non-academic activities such as team days, after-school activities, grade 7 and 8 ski trips, and end of the year field trips. During these times the students will remain in a structured, supervised setting where they will complete their academic assignments.

If a student’s attendance does not improve, he/she may face disciplinary action. Repeated truancies will result in a parent/guardian meeting with the principal, a meeting with the school resource officer, suspension, and/or referral to outside social agencies or the Norfolk County Probation Department.

Tardiness

Students who enter the building after the 8:02 bell are tardy and must report to the office. Students will be penalized for excessive tardiness. Repeated tardies will result in a parent/guardian meeting with the principal, a meeting with the school resource officer, suspension, and/or referral to outside social agencies or the Norfolk County Probation Department.

Students are expected to report to each class on time. Failure to do so may result in a disciplinary consequence. Students who have an excuse for being late must arrive with a pass.

Homeroom

At the 7:53 bell students should go directly to their lockers and then to homeroom. Students who have not checked in with their homeroom teacher by 8:02 are considered tardy. If it is necessary to do an errand during this time, students should get permission in advance from their homeroom teacher.

Dismissal

  1. When a student is to be dismissed during the school day, a note from home stating the time and explaining the reason should be brought to school by the student on the morning of the dismissal. The note should be brought to the office before homeroom.
  2. In order for the student to be released, a parent/guardian or some authorized responsible adult must report to the front office to be recognized by the student and to sign the student out of the building.
  3. In case of illness, the nurse or the office will release the student with the parent/guardian’s consent.
  4. If the student returns to school later in the day, he/she must sign in at the office before going to class.

Truancy

Students are required to attend school unless they are ill. Students who are absent without permission are considered “truant” and will be subject to disciplinary action. Students who are truant receive a failing mark for any missed work and are not permitted to make up any of the work missed. Repeated truancies will result in a parent/guardian meeting with the principal, a meeting with the school resource officer, suspension, and/or referral to outside social agencies or the Norfolk County Probation Department.

Family Vacations

If parents/guardians decide to go on a vacation of five days or less when school is in session, the student will be responsible for making up all work and will be allowed to make up tests scheduled during this period. The time limit for completion of all work is twice the number of vacation days.

If parents/guardians decide to take their child out of school for more than five days for what is clearly a vacation, this absence cannot be treated in the same manner as the case above or as one for illness, a family emergency, or a unique educational experience. The loss of critical learning time in the classroom caused by extended absence and the necessity to comply with the state regulation on school attendance become even more serious concerns under the circumstances. Accordingly, the student will have the same loss of privileges as other students who are absent for unauthorized reasons. That is, he/she will not to be allowed to take any tests or receive credit for any work which was scheduled during the absence. The administration will, however, request teachers to provide a description of the class work that will be missed during the absence in order that the student will have an opportunity to keep abreast of what will be covered in each of the subjects.

Parents/guardians in all of these circumstances should inform the principal of the school involved well in advance of the intended absence, and students should inform their teachers at least two weeks in advance of the absence in order to give them adequate time to prepare a description of what will be covered in class during the absence.

Backpacks

For safety reasons, backpacks cannot be used in the corridors or left on the floor in classrooms. Therefore, backpacks must remain in students’ lockers. Students have many opportunities during the day to go to their lockers for books and supplies.

Beverages

Students are not permitted to bring open containers of beverages of any kind into the building. All drinks must be consumed in the dining hall at lunch.

Dress Code

Students are reminded that school is a learning environment and a place of business. Students are expected to exercise maturity and responsibility in all matters including their dress and personal grooming habits. Students must meet normal standards of cleanliness and modesty, and may not pose a health or safety threat to the school in a way that disrupts the academic process. Students should take pride in their appearance, dress appropriately, and dress for success.

If a student is wearing an item of clothing not permitted by the Handbook guidelines, parents/guardians will be contacted to bring a change of clothing to school for the student, or the school will provide clothing if needed. The student will not be able to resume his/her regular schedule until his/her clothing is modified.

Specific dress code regulations:

  1. Students are not permitted to wear hats in the building
  2. Shirts, tops, and all dresses may not expose the midriff, navel, shoulders, back or show any cleavage. For example: tank tops, tube tops, and spaghetti straps are not permitted.
  3. Accessories which could reasonably be considered detrimental to student health and safety are not permitted in school.
  4. Shirts, other clothing, or jewelry which displays a message or illustration of a profane nature, sexual connotation, violent advertisement or suggestive statement relating to drugs, alcohol or any illegal substances are unacceptable and may not be worn at school.
  5. Pants and shirts must be worn in such a way as not to reveal undergarments or expose skin normally covered by undergarments. Undergarments may not be worn as outer clothing.
  6. The length of shorts, skirts, dresses, etc. must be no shorter than the length of the longest fingertip with the arms fully extended.

Although a student with offensive clothing may have inadvertently been allowed to attend one or more classes, this does not mean that a student cannot be referred for a dress code violation later in the day.

Electronic Devices

Students are not permitted to use or carry cell phones, Mp3 players, iPods, CD/radio headsets, pagers or any other type of electronic equipment during school hours, except with specific permission from a staff member. While we realize that cell phones have become an important way for parents to keep in touch with their children, these items can be a distraction in the classroom. Use of devices for photography or text messaging is prohibited. Devices should be turned off and left in the students’ lockers during the school day. The school cannot assume responsibility for lost or stolen personal property.

If a student is found to be using an electronic device during the school day, the item will be confiscated and held in the office until the end of the day, or the student will be sent to the office. This infraction will be treated as a disruption in the classroom or a failure to follow school policy, and disciplinary action will be taken.

Eligibility Policy

In order to participate in interscholastic sports, the school play, and student council, students may not have a grade of F in any subject on the previous report card. A student becomes eligible or ineligible for interscholastic sports or an activity when report cards are issued and the report card can be checked by the coach or supervising faculty member. A student who is ineligible for interscholastic sports may not practice with the team.

Fire & Safety Drills

Fire drills are held frequently during the school year. To ensure everyone’s safety, students should follow this procedure:

  1. Students file out of the building under the direction of their teachers. The proper exits to use are posted in each room.
  2. In the event of a blocked exit, students should file quickly to the nearest exit.
  3. Once outside, students should move to a point 100 feet from the building.
  4. Students who are not in classrooms should use the nearest exit.
  5. Students should walk, and no talking is allowed.
  6. Students should not take classroom materials with them.

For lockdown/remain-in-place drills, an announcement will be made over the PA.

  1. Students and staff who are not in a classroom should quickly report to the nearest designated safe room.
  2. All doors and windows should be locked.
  3. Fire alarms should be ignored unless instructed otherwise.

Gum

Students are not permitted to chew gum in school.

Hallways/Corridors

  1. At all times students should walk in an orderly fashion on the right-hand side of the corridor. Any unsafe behavior will be referred to administration, including—but not limited to—running, jumping, pushing/shoving, tripping, and dumping books.
  2. Students may not loiter in the corridors or bathrooms between classes.
  3. Students in the corridors during class time must have a pass.

Lockers

Homeroom teachers will assign each student a locker and a lock on the first day of school. Only school issued padlocks may be used.

Students are expected to adhere to the following:

  1. Lockers are to be kept locked at all times.
  2. Lock combinations are not to be shared with others.
  3. Lockers should not be defaced or damaged.
  4. Locker doors should not be forced open or shut.
  5. Any difficulties with locks or lockers should be reported to the office.
  6. Locks that are lost must be replaced at the current replacement cost.
  7. Lockers should be kept neat. Lockers are inspected periodically.

Lockers are the property of the Braintree Public Schools. Students should understand that they are not considered private property, and, as a result, a duly authorized administrator may inspect lockers at any time. In addition, lockers are subject to search when there is a reasonable suspicion that the search will reveal evidence of a violation of law or school rules, or the possession of obscene or other inappropriate material.

School Assemblies

Assemblies provide one of the few opportunities in school to learn formal audience behavior. Courtesy demands that students be respectful and appreciative.

  1. Do not take books or coats unless otherwise instructed.
  2. Proceed quietly and promptly.
  3. Sit in the seats designated by school staff.
  4. Quiet down immediately when asked to do so.
  5. Be courteous at all times. There should be no talking, whispering, whistling, stamping of feet, or booing.
  6. Applause should be generous and courteous.
  7. Do not leave the assembly until dismissed.

Skateboards, Rollerblades & Bicycles

For safety reasons, students are not permitted to use skateboards, rollerblades, scooters, or bicycles as a means of transportation to or from school. In addition, the unauthorized use of skateboards and rollerblades on school property at any time is prohibited.

Student Activities

School activities provide opportunities for students to nurture their curiosity and creativity, to develop their talents and leadership qualities, and to serve their school and community. Students are encouraged to participate in after school activities; however, they may do so only after their classroom obligations for the day are completed, and only if they are in school on the day of the activity. In order to participate in any activity, a student must be a member in good standing of the school community. Participation is a privilege, and as such, inappropriate or irresponsible behavior in school or during activities could result in the privilege being rescinded.

Activities other than those that follow vary from school to school and from year to year depending on the interests of faculty and students.

Student Council

The student council meets regularly during the school year under the direction of a faculty member. Student Council members represent and serve their fellow students in the conduct of the various activities sponsored by the Council and the school. Standards of scholarship and citizenship must be maintained consistently if a student is to remain eligible for membership in the Council.

School Dances

Students attending dances must obey the rules of the individual school. In addition, the following guidelines must be adhered to:

  1. No visitors or guests are permitted.
  2. Students must remain inside the building.
  3. Once students leave, they will not be permitted to return.
  4. Students may leave early only if a parent/guardian comes in to get them.

Field Trips

Students who go on in-state and out-of-state field trips are representatives of the school and of our community. Field trips may include, but are not limited to the following: music festivals, museums, plays, science activities, tours, cultural trips, or exchange programs. To participate, students must have written parental permission. Due dates for permission slips are determined by the staff member in charge.

All field trips are a privilege, and as such, inappropriate or irresponsible behavior could result in the privilege being rescinded. Students who are excluded from field trips are expected to attend school on the day of the trip.

Please note that other than for behavior reasons, all students are required to attend this school day activity.

Sports

Intramural sports which are offered in the fall, winter, and spring are open to all students and may include soccer, flag football, cross country, floor hockey, basketball, volleyball, softball, and track.

Currently interscholastic sports are limited to boys and girls basketball and soccer. See the eligibility policy in this section.

Student Safety

Students arriving in the morning and those waiting for the late bus in the afternoon must remain on school property. Students may not leave the building during the school day unless they are properly dismissed. Students are not to remain after school unless they have teacher permission or are participating in an extracurricular activity.

When they are in the building, students must be under the direct supervision of a staff member. Students may not enter the building in the morning except to report directly to a teacher or to a designated location. During the day, students must report to class on time. They may not linger in the hallways or the bathrooms. Students may not leave a room without the permission of the teacher. Students who are ill must report directly to the nurse’s office.

Technology Use

The Braintree Public Schools’ Network & Technology Responsible Use Policy is distributed to students and parents/guardians at the beginning of the school year. In order for middle school students to use BPS-owned or personal computing devices in school, they must understand the guidelines, and they and their parent/guardian must sign a responsible use contract. The policy includes, but is not limited to, the following prohibitions.

Network Use

All Braintree Public School employees and students are prohibited from:

  1. Using the Braintree Public Schools network access for any personal use
  2. Using any profane, vulgar, threatening, libelous, or criminal language when using the network for school business
  3. Accessing any prohibited sites on the Internet
  4. Overriding or encouraging students to override any firewalls established on the Internet access network
  5. Permitting another individual to use their password
  6. Disseminating any passwords, codes, access telephone numbers, or account numbers
  7. Committing any other action whatsoever which would in any way subject the employee and/or employer to a possible criminal or civil action.

The foregoing list is not all-inclusive and the Braintree Public Schools reserve the right to notify a user of any other impermissible action regarding the use of the Internet.

Computer Use

The computers and computer labs in the Braintree Public Schools are tools to be used for educational purposes. No person or persons shall:

  1. Tamper with or attempt to change any settings on any computer in the system without authorization
  2. Access or attempt to access the network without authorization
  3. Attempt to tamper with or alter any programs or the network on any computer in the system
  4. Attempt to access another student’s or staff member’s files
  5. Remove or tamper with any hardware, such as monitors, keyboards, mice, CPUs, scanners, printers, etc.

A violation of any of the above will result in consequences through the school discipline system and/or the loss of rights to use the computers/computer labs.

Telephone

Students who wish to contact their parent/guardian, etc. may use their cell phones after school. If students are staying for an after-school activity, arrangements for a ride home should be made in advance. If necessary, students may use classroom or office telephones with permission of the teacher or office staff.

Textbooks

Students are responsible for all textbooks issued to them.

  1. Teachers will keep a record of the number and condition of each book.
  2. Student and teacher names must be written on the inside cover of each book.
  3. Books must be covered within 48 hours after issuance.
  4. All damaged or lost books must be paid for.

Valuables

Valuables should not be brought to school. However, if it should be necessary, students should not leave such valuables in their desks or lockers. Money must be kept on one’s person. We encourage students to bring only the money they need to purchase items during the school day.

It is the policy of the Braintree School Committee that the School Department will not accept any responsibility for any personal property. The intent of this policy is to stress that the student must be at all times responsible for the security of personal property that is brought to school. While we feel concern over the loss and theft of a student’s property, we are unable to be responsible for the security of such property. This does not imply that school personnel will not make every effort to assist students in recovering their property, and to punish anyone who is responsible for vandalizing the property of others.

Visitors

Students are not permitted to have guests during the school day or at school-sponsored activities.

Discipline Code

A school cannot accomplish its goals unless there exists an atmosphere of cooperation and respect among students and between students and staff. In addition, learning can only take place in an environment that promotes a sense of order, safety, and security. It is our responsibility to provide an atmosphere that promotes socially appropriate behavior. Our students are expected to be courteous and polite, and to respect the rights and privileges of all members of the school community.

The ultimate goal of good discipline is to turn unacceptable conduct into acceptable behavior. Therefore, it is our task to assign consequences that are fair, consistent, and appropriate for middle school students.

Administration of the Discipline Code

The following factors will be considered when determining a consequence for undesirable behavior:

  1. Age and grade level of the student
  2. Frequency of misconduct by the student
  3. Level of seriousness of the particular misconduct
  4. Attitude evidenced by the student
  5. Any other relevant factor
  6. The I.E.P. for every special needs student will indicate whether the student can be expected to meet the regular discipline code or if the student’s handicapping condition requires a modification. Any modification will be described in the I.E.P and students on 504 plans.

Possible administrative actions that may be taken upon notification of a discipline issue include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Verbal admonition
  2. Contact parent/guardian
  3. Suspension from an individual class or team/grade activity
  4. Referral to guidance
  5. Referral to peer mediation
  6. Conflict resolution
  7. Hallway restriction
  8. Loss of dining hall privileges
  9. Loss of extra-curricular privileges
  10. Loss of field trip privileges
  11. Loss of leadership position
  12. Teacher detention
  13. Office detention
  14. Student/teacher/administrator conference
  15. Parent or guardian/teacher/administrator conference (with or without student)
  16. Demerits
  17. In-school suspension
  18. Out-of-school suspension
  19. Referral for counseling
  20. Referral to assistant superintendent
  21. Referral to outside agencies: DCF, police
  22. Expulsion

Detention

Detention is a consequence that requires a student to stay after school. Students are expected to meet their after school obligations. Failure to do so will result in further disciplinary action.

Teacher detention may be assigned for infractions of classroom rules, school rules, or other unacceptable behavior. The length of each detention and the number of afternoons will be determined by the teacher. Failure to report to teacher detention will result in additional detention and/or a referral to the office.

Office detention is assigned by the principal or the assistant principal. It begins at 2:30 and ends at 3:10 pm. Office detention takes precedence over all other school related obligations except reporting to a teacher. Students who miss detention must produce a note with an acceptable excuse from a parent/guardian or teacher. Failure to secure an excuse for missing detention or failure to report for detention will result in additional detention, demerits, or suspension.

Demerit System

Assigning demerits (or points) is a way to keep track of serious infractions of school rules. The principal or assistant principal assigns demerits after witnessing or uncovering inappropriate conduct or after receiving a discipline referral slip from a staff member. Demerits are assigned on an individual basis, and very few infractions carry a prescribed number of demerits thus allowing for flexibility of circumstances. An office referral is sent home describing the behavior and listing the assigned number of demerits. The referral must be returned to school with a parent/guardian’s signature.

A running tally of demerits is kept. Should a student accumulate twenty-five demerits, a hearing by the principal or his designee will be held to determine whether suspension is in order.

Just as demerits may be assigned for misbehavior, so too can they be removed if the student shows an improvement in the type of behavior for which the demerits were assigned.

Suspension

Any act which is not in to the best interests of the school and its community may result in immediate suspension by the principal or assistant principal. Suspension is a very serious consequence for a violation of school rules.

Suspension Policy

All students must be afforded Due Process whenever deprived of their education from regular classroom instruction or from other school activities through suspension.

The following steps will be taken upon receiving a complaint or information of possible student misconduct:

  • The administrator in charge will fully investigate the matter.
  • The student will be told the evidence against him or her and be given an opportunity to fully explain his/her side of the story.
  • A hearing with the student, his/her parents, and the administrator will be conducted.
  • If there is evidence that the student has violated a specific standard of conduct, then the administrator in charge may suspend the student by assigning an Out-of-School Suspension.
  • Decisions for all suspensions will be based on the best interest of the students’ growth and educational development in the opinion of the school administration.

Student Responsibilities

Students are expected to be truthful and to take responsibility for their choices and actions. Lying in the course of an investigation is a serious offense and could result in serious disciplinary consequences.

Students are expected to make up the work they miss during their suspension.

In-School Suspension

Students spend the day in the in-school suspension room. They are required to bring a lunch. During the day the student will be provided with school work by his/her teachers. The assigned work must be completed by the end of the day.

Out-of-School Suspension

Students spend the suspension time at home.

Suspendable Offenses

A student may be suspended for a specific offense, for multiple violations of the same school rule, for violent or repeated opposition to authority, or when the example of the student is injurious to, or subversive of discipline in the school. In addition, any repeated behavior already addressed with the student and parent/guardian may result in suspension.

It should be noted that it is impossible to foresee all infractions, and the school administration reserves the right to impose penalties for all acts contrary to proper behavior not expressly stated herein.

Students cannot participate in any school activity from the time they are suspended until they are reinstated.

Non-violent Behavior

  1. Theft
  2. Forgery
  3. Leaving class or school property without permission/skipping class
  4. Gambling: No cards are permitted in school.
  5. Extortion: Obtaining money, goods, or favors by threats of personal harm
  6. Vandalism: Writing on, defacing, or breaking/destroying property that is not your own.
  7. Truancy (repeated occurrences)
  8. Verbal or written disrespect or abuse of others with regards to gender, race, culture, religion or physical type, or any other form of discrimination.*
  9. Improper, profane, vulgar, or obscene language - spoken or written – in assignments, notes, on books, notebooks, etc.*
  10. Threatening language*
  11. Vulgar or obscene behavior, including gestures
  12. Defiance: Students are expected to comply with requests or directives from school personnel in a timely manner.

    *Including electronic communications to staff members or students

    Jeopardizing the Safety of Others
  13. Threatening behavior or intimidation
    Nor will students instruct other students to threaten or harm another student or staff member
  14. Throwing objects of any kind
  15. Possession of matches, lighter, or anything flammable in school or on school property
  16. Possession of a laser pointer
  17. Inciting a fight: Encouraging/instructing another student or students to do harm or fight
  18. Fighting
  19. Physical abuse or any other behavior which jeopardizes the safety of others, including, but not limited to, pushing, tripping, shoving, hitting, play-fighting or play-scuffling

    Illegal Acts (Please see Policies and References for a full explanation.)
  20. Hazing
  21. Harassment/Sexual harassment/Discrimination
  22. Use or possession of fireworks or other explosive/incendiary devices+
  23. Use or possession of drugs (including medications)+
  24. Use or possession of alcohol+
  25. Use or possession of a weapon (or anything that may be perceived as a weapon)+
  26. Use or possession of any tobacco product
  27. Assault of a staff member+
  28. False alarm+
  29. Bomb threat+
  30. Crank call

    “Possession” means having the item on your person, or having the item(s) in your locker, in your purse, in your backpack or book bag, or in your books or notebooks.

    + Offenses which are considered sufficiently severe that expulsion may be considered. Expulsion means the student will no longer be able to attend any school in the Braintree School District.

Hazing

Hazing is any conduct or method of initiation into any student organization/group, whether on public or private property, which willfully or recklessly endangers the physical or mental health of any student or other person. This includes any treatment or activity which is likely to adversely affect the physical health or safety of any such student or other person, or which subjects such student or other person to extreme mental stress.

Harassment

Whenever ANY person or persons, interfere by threats, intimidation or coercion, or attempt to interfere by threats, intimidation or coercion, with the exercise or enjoyment by any other person or persons of rights guaranteed under the law, it shall be considered HARASSMENT. Students should inform their parent(s) and school administrator immediately if they feel they have been the victim of such actions. The law strictly forbids the mental or physical harassment of secondary school youngsters. Such behavior will not be tolerated and will be dealt with promptly. No form of harassment will be tolerated.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is unwanted and unwelcomed sexual behavior which interferes with your right to get an education or to participate in school activities. Sexual harassment may result from words or conduct of a sexual nature that offends, stigmatizes, demeans, frightens, or threatens you because of your sex.

In school systems, sexual harassment may cross many lines. The situation may be an instance of staff member to staff member, staff member to student, student to staff member, or student to student

By law, the victim defines sexual harassment. What one person may consider acceptable behavior may be viewed as sexual harassment by another person. Therefore, in order to protect the rights of both parties, it is important that the victim make it clear to the harasser that the behavior is bothering him or her.

Physical harassment is any unwelcome contact such as bumping, touching, hugging, kissing, or pinching. Visual harassment is unwelcome exposure to sexually explicit photos, drawings, notes, or graffiti, and staring. Verbal harassment consists of unwelcome spoken words or sounds directed toward another, such as lewd or suggestive remarks, off-color jokes, comments on a person’s appearance, or gender-specific name-calling.

The harassment does not have to be directed at the victim, so long as the victim is affected by the conduct or communication and feels that it creates a hostile working environment. For example, a student sits between two others who continually make suggestive remarks or noises. If the middle student is offended, then he or she is said to have been subjected to a hostile environment.

Use or possession of fireworks or other explosive /incendiary devices

Possession or use of fireworks or other flammable materials of any type at school, on the grounds, on the buses, or at any school function is sufficient grounds for suspension from school.

Use or possession of drugs or alcohol

The use, possession, or sale/distribution of alcoholic beverages or controlled substances is forbidden by school policy and state law. The regulations are in effect during the school day, at all extracurricular activities, and all school functions. For a full explanation of the policy and the consequences, see the Memorandum of Agreement in Policies and References.

Use or possession of a weapon

Possession or use of a knife, gun, or any other object or facsimile which may be considered or used as a weapon is prohibited on school property. School property is broadly defined to include the school building, on school grounds, at school sponsored events, at activities or events which may be conducted off school grounds, on school buses, and at or around school bus stops, during loading and unloading procedures or on the way to or from school.

Violations of this policy will be cause for suspension and, if warranted, reported to the Police Department and referred to the School Committee for expulsion.

Students found in possession of a firearm as defined by Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 269, Section 10, will be reported to the Braintree Police Department and referred to the School Committee.

Use or possession of tobacco products

The consequences for middle school students found using or possessing tobacco products, nicotine products, and/or paraphernalia (such as pipes, electronic cigarettes, etc.) are as follows:

First Offense:

  • Three-day out-of-school suspension
  • $50 fine in the form of a “ticket”, or participation in Smoking Cessation Program run by the school nurse
  • Parent/guardian conference with administration

Second Offense:

  • Three-day out-of-school suspension
  • $100 fine
  • Mandatory Smoking Cessation Program (If not opted for prior)
  • Parent/guardian conference with administration

Third Offense:

  • Five-day out of school suspension
  • $100 fine
  • Mandatory meeting with parent/guardian and administration
  • Court referral (per G.L. C.40 Sec. 210)

Students found in the presence of the use of tobacco products, nicotine products, and/or paraphernalia may be subjected to search & seizure, and disciplined under the above policy.

MA General Laws, Chapter 71

Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 71, Sections 37H, 37H1/2 and 37H3/4

In order to maintain an environment conducive to teaching and learning we will declare unequivocally that weapons, illegal drugs, alcohol, and violent acts have no place in an academic setting.

The Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993 was signed into law on June 18, 1993. This law has a direct impact on some student discipline policies and procedures. The information contained below details policy and procedural changes that are now in effect in all schools in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Education Reform Act supersedes pertinent discipline policy and procedures that are outlined in the student handbook. These policies and procedures include:

Chapter 71, Section 37H:

A. Possession of Weapons / Drugs

B. Assault on School Personnel

It is important for students and parents to understand and be mindful of the information listed below:

Section 37H.

The superintendent of every school district shall publish the district's policies pertaining to the conduct of teachers and students. Said policies shall prohibit the use of any tobacco products within the school buildings, the school facilities or on the school grounds or on school buses by any individual, including school personnel. Said policies shall further restrict operators of school buses and personal motor vehicles, including students, faculty, staff and visitors, from idling such vehicles on school grounds, consistent with section 16B of chapter 90 and regulations adopted pursuant thereto and by the department. The policies shall also prohibit bullying as defined in section 37O and shall include the student-related sections of the bullying prevention and intervention plan required by said section 37O. Copies of these policies shall be provided to any person upon request and without cost by the principal of every school within the district.

Each school district's policies pertaining to the conduct of students shall include the following: disciplinary proceedings, including procedures assuring due process; standards and procedures for suspension and expulsion of students; procedures pertaining to discipline of students with special needs; standards and procedures to assure school building security and safety of students and school personnel; and the disciplinary measures to be taken in cases involving the possession or use of illegal substances or weapons, the use of force, vandalism, or violation of a student's civil rights. Codes of discipline, as well as procedures used to develop such codes shall be filed with the department of education for informational purposes only.

In each school building containing the grades nine to twelve, inclusive, the principal, in consultation with the school council, shall prepare and distribute to each student a student handbook setting forth the rules pertaining to the conduct of students. The student handbook shall include an age-appropriate summary of the student-related sections of the bullying prevention and intervention plan required by section 37O. The school council shall review the student handbook each spring to consider changes in disciplinary policy to take effect in September of the following school year, but may consider policy changes at any time. The annual review shall cover all areas of student conduct, including but not limited to those outlined in this section.

Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, all student handbooks shall contain the following provisions:

(a) Any student who is found on school premises or at school-sponsored or school-related events, including athletic games, in possession of a dangerous weapon, including, but not limited to, a gun or a knife; or a controlled substance as defined in chapter ninety-four C, including, but not limited to, marijuana, cocaine, and heroin, may be subject to expulsion from the school or school district by the principal.

(b) Any student who assaults a principal, assistant principal, teacher, teacher's aide or other educational staff on school premises or at school-sponsored or school-related events, including athletic games, may be subject to expulsion from the school or school district by the principal.

(c) Any student who is charged with a violation of either paragraph (a) or (b) shall be notified in writing of an opportunity for a hearing; provided, however, that the student may have representation, along with the opportunity to present evidence and witnesses at said hearing before the principal.

After said hearing, a principal may, in his discretion, decide to suspend rather than expel a student who has been determined by the principal to have violated either paragraph (a) or (b).

(d) Any student who has been expelled from a school district pursuant to these provisions shall have the right to appeal to the superintendent. The expelled student shall have ten days from the date of the expulsion in which to notify the superintendent of his appeal. The student has the right to counsel at a hearing before the superintendent. The subject matter of the appeal shall not be limited solely to a factual determination of whether the student has violated any provisions of this section.

(e) Any school district that suspends or expels a student under this section shall continue to provide educational services to the student during the period of suspension or expulsion, under section 21 of chapter 76. If the student moves to another district during the period of suspension or expulsion, the new district of residence shall either admit the student to its schools or provide educational services to the student in an education service plan, under section 21 of chapter 76.

(f) Districts shall report to the department of elementary and secondary education the specific reasons for all suspensions and expulsions, regardless of duration or type, in a manner and form established by the commissioner. The department of elementary and secondary education shall use its existing data collection tools to obtain this information from districts and shall modify those tools, as necessary, to obtain the information. On an annual basis, the department of elementary and secondary education shall make district level de-identified data and analysis, including the total number of days each student is excluded during the school year, available to the public online in a machine readable format. This report shall include district level data disaggregated by student status and categories established by the commissioner.

(g) Under the regulations promulgated by the department, for each school that suspends or expels a significant number of students for more than 10 cumulative days in a school year, the commissioner shall investigate and, as appropriate, shall recommend models that incorporate intermediary steps prior to the use of suspension or expulsion. The results of the analysis shall be publicly reported at the school district level.

Chapter 71, Section 37H ½ - Felony Complaints and Felony Convictions

Section 37H1/2.

Notwithstanding the provisions of section eighty-four and sections sixteen and seventeen of chapter seventy-six:

(1) Upon the issuance of a criminal complaint charging a student with a felony or upon the issuance of a felony delinquency complaint against a student, the principal or headmaster of a school in which the student is enrolled may suspend such student for a period of time determined appropriate by said principal or headmaster if said principal or headmaster determines that the student's continued presence in school would have a substantial detrimental effect on the general welfare of the school. The student shall receive written notification of the charges and the reasons for such suspension prior to such suspension taking effect. The student shall also receive written notification of his right to appeal and the process for appealing such suspension; provided, however, that such suspension shall remain in effect prior to any appeal hearing conducted by the superintendent.

The student shall have the right to appeal the suspension to the superintendent. The student shall notify the superintendent in writing of his request for an appeal no later than five calendar days following the effective date of the suspension. The superintendent shall hold a hearing with the student and the student's parent or guardian within three calendar days of the student's request for an appeal. At the hearing, the student shall have the right to present oral and written testimony on his behalf, and shall have the right to counsel. The superintendent shall have the authority to overturn or alter the decision of the principal or headmaster, including recommending an alternate educational program for the student. The superintendent shall render a decision on the appeal within five calendar days of the hearing. Such decision shall be the final decision of the city, town or regional school district with regard to the suspension.

(2) Upon a student being convicted of a felony or upon an adjudication or admission in court of guilt with respect to such a felony or felony delinquency, the principal or headmaster of a school in which the student is enrolled may expel said student if such principal or headmaster determines that the student's continued presence in school would have a substantial detrimental effect on the general welfare of the school. The student shall receive written notification of the charges and reasons for such expulsion prior to such expulsion taking effect. The student shall also receive written notification of his right to appeal and the process for appealing such expulsion; provided, however, that the expulsion shall remain in effect prior to any appeal hearing conducted by the superintendent.

The student shall have the right to appeal the expulsion to the superintendent. The student shall notify the superintendent, in writing, of his request for an appeal no later than five calendar days following the effective date of the expulsion. The superintendent shall hold a hearing with the student and the student's parent or guardian within three calendar days of the expulsion. At the hearing, the student shall have the right to present oral and written testimony on his behalf, and shall have the right to counsel. The superintendent shall have the authority to overturn or alter the decision of the principal or headmaster, including recommending an alternate educational program for the student. The superintendent shall render a decision on the appeal within five calendar days of the hearing. Such decision shall be the final decision of the city, town or regional school district with regard to the expulsion.

Any school district that suspends or expels a student under this section shall continue to provide educational services to the student during the period of suspension or expulsion, under section 21 of chapter 76. If the student moves to another district during the period of suspension or expulsion, the new district of residence shall either admit the student to its schools or provide educational services to the student under an education service plan, under section 21 of chapter 76.

Section 37: Section 37L of said chapter 71 General Laws is hereby amended by adding the following paragraphs:

In addition, any school department personnel shall report in writing to their immediate supervisor an incident involving a student’s possession or use of a dangerous weapon on school premises at any time.

Supervisors who receive such a weapon report shall file it with the superintendent of said school, who shall file copies of said weapon report with the local chief of police, the department of social services, the office of student services or its equivalent in any school district, and the local school committee. Said superintendent, police chief, and representative from the department of social services, together with a representative from the office of student services or its equivalent, shall arrange an assessment of the student involved in said weapon report. Said student shall be referred to a counseling program; provided, however, that said counseling shall be in accordance with acceptable standards as set forth by the Board of Education. Upon completion of a counseling session, a follow-up assessment shall be made of said student by those involved in the initial assessment.

A student transferring into a local system must provide the new school system with a complete school record of the entering student. Said record shall include, but not be limited to, any incident reports in which such student was charged with any suspended act.

Chapter 71, Section 37H3/4 – Requirements for Long and Short-Term Suspensions Section 37H3/4.

(a) This section shall govern the suspension and expulsion of students enrolled in a public school in the commonwealth who are not charged with a violation of subsections (a) or (b) of section 37H or with a felony under section 37H1/2.

(b) Any principal, headmaster, superintendent or other person acting as a decision-maker at a student meeting or hearing, when deciding the consequences for the student, shall exercise discretion; consider ways to re-engage the student in the learning process; and avoid using expulsion as a consequence until other remedies and consequences have been employed.

(c) For any suspension or expulsion under this section, the principal or headmaster of a school in which the student is enrolled, or a designee, shall provide, to the student and to the parent or guardian of the student, notice of the charges and the reason for the suspension or expulsion in English and in the primary language spoken in the home of the student. The student shall receive the written notification and shall have the opportunity to meet with the principal or headmaster, or a designee, to discuss the charges and reasons for the suspension or expulsion prior to the suspension or expulsion taking effect. The principal or headmaster, or a designee, shall ensure that the parent or guardian of the student is included in the meeting, provided that such meeting may take place without the parent or guardian only if the principal or headmaster, or a designee, can document reasonable efforts to include the parent or guardian in that meeting. The department shall promulgate rules and regulations that address a principal's duties under this subsection and procedures for including parents in student exclusion meetings, hearings or interviews under this subsection.

(d) If a decision is made to suspend or expel the student after the meeting, the principal or headmaster, or a designee, shall update the notification for the suspension or expulsion to reflect the meeting with the student. If a student has been suspended or expelled for more than 10 school days for a single infraction or for more than 10 school days cumulatively for multiple infractions in any school year, the student and the parent or guardian of the student shall also receive, at the time of the suspension or expulsion decision, written notification of a right to appeal and the process for appealing the suspension or expulsion in English and in the primary language spoken in the home of the student; provided, however, that the suspension or expulsion shall remain in effect prior to any appeal hearing. The principal or headmaster or a designee shall notify the superintendent in writing, including, but not limited to, by electronic means, of any out-of-school suspension imposed on a student enrolled in kindergarten through grade 3 prior to such suspension taking effect. That notification shall describe the student's alleged misconduct and the reasons for suspending the student out-of-school. For the purposes of this section, the term ''out-of-school suspension'' shall mean a disciplinary action imposed by school officials to remove a student from participation in school activities for 1 day or more.

(e) A student who has been suspended or expelled from school for more than 10 school days for a single infraction or for more than 10 school days cumulatively for multiple infractions in any school year shall have the right to appeal the suspension or expulsion to the superintendent. The student or a parent or guardian of the student shall notify the superintendent in writing of a request for an appeal not later than 5 calendar days following the effective date of the suspension or expulsion; provided, that a student and a parent or guardian of the student may request, and if so requested, shall be granted an extension of up to 7 calendar days. The superintendent or a designee shall hold a hearing with the student and the parent or guardian of the student within 3 school days of the student's request for an appeal; provided that a student or a parent or guardian of the student may request and, if so requested, shall be granted an extension of up to 7 calendar days; provided further, that the superintendent, or a designee, may proceed with a hearing without a parent or guardian of the student if the superintendent, or a designee, makes a good faith effort to include the parent or guardian. At the hearing, the student shall have the right to present oral and written testimony, cross-examine witnesses and shall have the right to counsel. The superintendent shall render a decision on the appeal in writing within 5 calendar days of the hearing. That decision shall be the final decision of the school district with regard to the suspension or expulsion.

(f) No student shall be suspended or expelled from a school or school district for a time period that exceeds 90 school days, beginning the first day the student is removed from an assigned school building.

A student being suspended for any other reason, pursuant to G.L. Chapter 71, §37H¾, shall be entitled to due process as shown below:

1. Except for Emergency Removals, prior oral and written notice of the charge shall be provided to the student, and to the student’s parent. The student shall be given the opportunity for a meeting/hearing with the principal before the suspension takes effect.

2. If the primary language of the student’s home is not English, the notice(s) shall be translated into the primary language spoken in the home.

The principal will make reasonable efforts to include the parent(s) in the meeting/hearing.

  1. If the principal notifies the student and student’s parents of intent to impose a long-term suspension (more than ten (10) days), the student shall have the following rights:

a. In advance of the hearing, the opportunity to review the student’s record and the documents upon which the principal may rely in making a determination to suspend the student or not;

b. the right to be represented by counsel or a lay person of the student’s choice, at the student’s/parent’s expense;

c. the right to produce witnesses on his or her behalf and to present the student’s explanation of the alleged incident, but the student may not be compelled to do so; and

d. the right to cross-examine witnesses presented by the school district;

e. the right to request that the hearing be recorded by the principal, and a copy of the audio recording provided to the student or parent upon request

  1. A parent attending the meeting/hearing for any suspension may request that the proceeding is audiotaped. All parties in attendance will be notified that the proceedings are being recorded.
  2. Following meeting/hearing, the principal will provide a written decision.
  3. If the principal imposes a long-term suspension, the student and/or parent may appeal the decision to the Superintendent of Schools.

Transportation Policy

TRANSPORTATION POLICY

A.PURPOSE:

The school committee’s concerns in regard to its school bus transportation operation are as follows.

1.It should be as safe as possible.
2.It should be as efficient and economical as possible.
3.It should be flexible so that students can take part in the full educational program.
4.It should maintain conditions on the buses which are in the best interest of the students from a mental, moral and physical consideration.
5.It should promote an understanding by the public of the entire transportation program including safety, efficiency, and high standards of service.

B.RESPONSIBILITY

1.In order to address these concerns, it is necessary that the school administrators, the bus drivers, and students and their parents/guardians work cooperatively.
2.The Safety Officer and the Braintree Police Department coordinate the school transportation program with the local safety and traffic enforcement plan.
3.The School Committee, in accordance with State statues governing school bus operation, those of the Police Department and the Massachusetts Department of Motor Vehicles, has to set up operation rules and regulations.

C.ELIGIBILITY

Eligibility to ride the bus is determined by the school committee. The guidelines vary depending on the grade of the student, the distance from the school, and whether or not there is a transportation fee.

D.BUS PASSES

1.Students will have their passes ready to show the bus driver each time they get on the bus.
2.A student who does not have a pass will not be allowed to ride on a school bus.
3.Any student losing a pass must report the loss to the school office; a temporary pass will be issued for one ride home. Students are allowed 5 temporary bus passes for the entire school year.
4.The student will be given a replacement on payment of one dollar ($1.00) along with a note from a parent/guardian.
5.Any student transferring a pass to another person will automatically lose his or her transportation privilege for a period of one week.

E. BUS REGULATIONS

1.Walkers are not permitted to ride a bus for any reason.
2.Buses will depart on schedule and will not delay departure for tardy students.
3.Students are permitted to ride only their assigned bus.
4.Buses will stop only at designated stops.
5.Students must get on and off their bus only at their assigned bus stop. Drivers will discharge riders only at their regular stops.
6.Students are not permitted to cross main thoroughfares before getting on or after getting off the bus.
7.There must be absolute quiet when approaching a railroad crossing stop.
8.In case of a road emergency, children are to remain on the bus unless requested to leave by the driver of the bus.
9.The School Department will condone only walking designated routes.
10. Late buses are only for students who remain after school for supervised activities.

Students are not permitted to loiter after school, nor are they permitted to leave school grounds and then return to take the late bus.

F. STUDENT CONDUCT

Students will be courteous to the driver, to fellow students, and to passers-by. Students must obey the bus driver at all times. Disorderly conduct will not be tolerated at bus stops, while loading or unloading buses, or during the ride to and from school.

1. Morning Loading

a. Do not wait on private property or in the street.

b. Do not engage in any discourteous or unsafe behavior.

c. Do not move toward the bus until it has stopped.

d. Board the bus without pushing or crowding.

2. On the Bus

a. Sit where you are told.

b. Do not stand or change your seat until you arrive at your stop or at school.

c. Keep your hands, arms, feet, and head inside the bus.

d. Do not open or close windows, doors, or emergency exits.

e. Do not throw anything on the bus or at passing vehicles or pedestrians.

f. Do not contribute to any unnecessary confusion. (No shouting or singing.)

g. Do not litter.

h. Do not deface, damage, or tamper with any bus equipment.

i. Keep books, bags, packages, coats and other objects out of the aisle.

k. No open food or drink containers are permitted on the bus.

l. Smoking, eating, drinking, or transporting any illegal substances is forbidden.

3. Afternoon Disembarking: If it is necessary to cross the street:

a. Cross immediately after getting off the bus.

b. Cross at least ten feet IN FRONT OF THE BUS.

c. Check for oncoming traffic in both directions.

d. Be alert to danger signals from the driver.

4. Extracurricular Trips

a. The above rules and regulations apply to any trip with school sponsorship.

b. Students must respect the wishes of chaperones appointed by the school.

G. VIOLATIONS AND PENALTIES

Students are entitled to transportation only when they conduct themselves in a safe and courteous manner and do their share to see that conditions on the bus are satisfactory.

1. In order to maintain safe conditions, bus drivers may:

a.Assign a student to a specific seat.
b.Return disruptive students to their school to be left in charge of school authorities for that afternoon.
c.File a written report with the school administration within two days of a violation of these bus regulations.

2. The school administration will:

a.Review the report with the student.
b.Determine the appropriate penalty if the complaint is valid.
c.Inform the student’s parent or guardian of the offense and penalty by a phone call followed by a note.

3. Penalties

a. Damage to the bus or any bus equipment will be paid for by the offender.

b. Bus conduct infractions will be dealt with in the following manner:

1. First offense – Loss of bus privileges for one week
2. Second offense – Loss of bus privileges for one month
3. Third offense – Loss of bus privileges for remainder of the school year

Policies, References & Consequences for Behavior Involving Legal Issues

Attendance

The laws of the Commonwealth clearly describe the responsibility of parents and school administrators regarding pupil attendance and what school authorities must do to enforce attendance. The following are two pertinent excerpts from Chapter 76, Section 1 & 2 of the General Laws of Education Relating to School Committees:

  1. Regulation of School Attendance – Section 1
    “The superintendent, or teachers insofar as authorized by him or by the school committee, may excuse cases necessary absence for the other causes not exceeding seven sessions or fourteen half-day sessions in any period of six months..."
  2. Duties of Parents: Penalty – Section 2
    " Every person in control of a child described in the preceding section shall cause him to attend school as therein required, and, if he fails to do so for seven day sessions or fourteen half-day sessions within any period of six months, he shall, on complaint by a supervisor of attendance, be punished by a fine of not more than twenty dollars..."

It is the policy of the school department that the Attendance Officer check absences.

Bullying, Harassment, Sexual Harassment, Discrimination, Hate Crimes and Hazing Policy

BRAINTREE PUBLIC SCHOOLS BULLYING, HARASSMENT, SEXUAL HARASSMENT, DISCRIMINATION, HATE CRIMES AND HAZING POLICY

Revised June, 18, 2014 & Approved by School Committee August 18, 2014
Approved By School Committee - November 18, 2013

I. POLICY

A. The Braintree Public School District is committed to providing our students equal educational opportunities where all school community members (students, employees, and visitors) treat each other with respect in a safe learning environment free from any form of bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination and hate crimes. This policy is an integral part of the District’s comprehensive efforts to promote learning, eliminate all forms of violent, harmful, and disruptive behavior and enable students to achieve their personal and academic potential and become successful citizens in our increasingly diverse society.

The district prohibits bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, hate crimes, or any other victimization of students in our schools or school-related activities based on any of the following actual or perceived traits or characteristics, including but not limited to: race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, socioeconomic, status, homelessness, academic status, gender identity or expression, physical appearance, or sensory, disability, or by association with a person who has or is perceived to have one or more of these characteristics.

B. It is a violation of this policy for any administrator, teacher or other employee, or any student to engage in or condone bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination or hate crimes or to fail to report or otherwise take reasonable corrective measures when they become aware of an incident of harassment.

C. It is the responsibility of every employee to recognize acts of bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination and hate crimes and take every action necessary to ensure that the applicable policies and procedures of this school district are implemented.

D. Any employee or student who believes that he or she has been subjected to bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination or a hate crime has the right to file a complaint and to receive prompt and appropriate handling of the complaint. Further, all reasonable efforts shall be made to maintain the confidentiality and protect the privacy of all parties but proper enforcement of this policy may require disclosure of any or all information received.

E. The Building Principal/Designee shall be responsible for assisting employees and students seeking guidance or support in addressing matters relating to bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, and hate crimes. This policy is not designed or intended to limit the school’s authority to take disciplinary action or take remedial action when such harassment occurs out of school but carries over into school, or, is disruptive or substantially interferes with an employee’s work, personal life, a student’s school work, or participation in school related opportunities or activities.

Reports of cyberbullying by electronic or other means, occurring in or out of school will be reviewed and, when affecting work or school, will result in discipline. Parents of students alleged to have engaged in cyber harassment will be required to attend a meeting at which the activity, words or images subject to the complaint will be reviewed.

F. When a reported incident involves the principal or the assistant principal the Superintendent or designee shall be responsible and if the Superintendent is involved, the School Committee, or its designee shall be responsible for assisting employees and students seeking guidance or support in addressing matters relating to bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, and hate crimes

G. Whenever the evaluation of the Individualized Education Program team indicates that the child has a disability that affects social skills development or that the child is vulnerable to bullying, harassment or teasing because of the child’s disability, the Individualized Education Program shall address the skills and proficiencies needed to avoid and respond to bullying, harassment or teasing.

H. Braintree Public Schools will provide an annual report to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The following data will be collected and reported to the Department: 1) the number of reported allegations of bullying or retaliation; 2) the number and nature of substantiated incidents of bullying and retaliation; 3) the number of students disciplined for engaging in bullying or retaliation, and 4) other information required by the Department.[1] (The Department is required to analyze the data and to issue a report annually to the legislature which contains statewide aggregated data on the nature and frequency of bullying in schools.) Additionally, Chapter 86 requires school districts, charter schools, approved private day or residential schools, and collaborative schools, to administer a Department-developed student survey at least once every four years to assess “school climate and the prevalence, nature and severity of bullying in schools.

II. DEFINITIONS

A. Bullying/Harassment includes but is not limited to: physical contact or injury; threats of harm; demands for money; blackmail; extortion; non-verbal threats; intimidation; crude gestures; stalking; stealing or hiding possessions; excluding; isolating; spreading rumors or sending messages of an embarrassing, slanderous, or intimidating nature; repeated or pervasive teasing, taunting, tormenting, name-calling, belittling, mocking, put-downs, sarcasm, or demeaning humor; unwelcome touching.

Bullying, which is different than conflict, is the repeated, unwelcome use by one or more students or a member of a school staff of a written, verbal or electronic expression or a physical act or gesture or any combination thereof, directed at a target that: (i) causes physical or emotional harm to the target or damage to the target’s property; (ii) places the target in reasonable fear of harm to himself or of damage to his property; (iii) creates a hostile environment at school for the target; (iv) infringes on the rights of the target at school; or (v) materially and substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school. For the purposes of this section, bullying shall include cyber-bullying.

The behavior must interfere with an employee’s ability to perform his or her duties or with a student’s academic performance or ability to learn, or interfere with a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from services, activities, or privileges:

  • That are being offered through the school or district; or
  • During any education program or activity; or
  • While in school, on school equipment or property, in school vehicles, on school buses, at designated school bus stops, or at school-sponsored activities, at school-sanctioned events.

B. Cyber-bullying is bullying through the use of technology or any electronic communication, which shall include, but shall not be limited to, any transfer of signs, signals, writing, images, sounds, data or intelligence of any nature transmitted in whole or in part by a wire, radio, electromagnetic, photo electronic or photo optical system, including, but not limited to, electronic mail, internet communications, instant messages or facsimile communications. Cyber-bullying shall also include (i) the creation of a web page or blog in which the creator assumes the identity of another person or (ii) the knowing impersonation of another person as the author of posted content or messages, if the creation or impersonation creates any of the conditions enumerated in clauses (i) to (v), inclusive, of the definition of bullying. Cyber-bullying shall also include the distribution by electronic means of a communication to more than one person or the posting of material on an electronic medium that may be accessed by one or more persons, if the distribution or posting creates any of the conditions enumerated in clauses (i) to (v), inclusive, of the definition of bullying.

  • Cyber-bullying may occur through the use of data, telephone or computer software that is accessed through a computer, computer system, or computer network or any public education institute.
  • As used in this Section, “electronic communication” also means any communication through an electronic device including, but not limited to a telephone, cellular phone, computer or pager.

C. Sexual Harassment means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other inappropriate verbal, written or physical conduct of a sexual nature that takes place under any of the following circumstances:

  1. When submission to such conduct is made, explicitly or implicitly, a term or condition of employment, instruction, or participation in school activities or programs;
  2. When submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used by the offender as the basis for making personal or academic decisions affecting the individual subjected to sexual advances;
  3. When such conduct has the effect of unreasonably interfering with the individual's work, attendance at school or participation in academic or curricular activities, or
  4. When such conduct has the effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or learning environment through severe or pervasive behavior which substantially and materially interferes with work or school opportunities.

D. Discrimination is treating people differently, or interfering with or preventing a person from enjoying the advantages, privileges or courses of study in a public school because of his/her race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, or disability. A person may not be subjected to discipline or more severe punishment for wrongdoing, nor denied the same rights as others, because of his/her membership in a protected class.

E. Gender Identity: The term “gender identity” shall mean a person’s gender-related identity, appearance or behavior, whether or not that gender-related identity, appearance or behavior is different from that traditionally associated with the person’s physiology or assigned sex at birth.

F. Hate Crime is a crime motivated by hatred or bias, or where the target is targeted or selected for the crime at least in part because the person is a different race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation from the perpetrator or because the targeted person has a disability. A hate crime may involve a physical attack, threat of bodily harm, physical intimidation or damage to another’s property.

G. Hostile Environment means, a situation in which bullying causes the school environment to be permeated with intimidation, ridicule or insult that is sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter the conditions of the student’s education.

H. Hazing: The term “hazing” shall mean any conduct or method of initiation, even if consented to, into any student organization, whether on public or private property, which willfully or recklessly endangers the physical or mental health of any student or other person.

  1. Such conduct shall include, but is not limited to, whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the weather, forced consumption of any food, liquor, beverage, drug or other substance or any other brutal treatment or forced physical activity which is likely to adversely affect the physical health or safety of any such student or person, or which subjects such student or other person to extreme mental stress, including extended deprivation of sleep or rest or extended isolation.
  2. Whoever knows that another person is the target of hazing and is at the scene of such activity, shall, to the extent that such person can do so without danger or peril to himself or others, report such activity to an appropriate law enforcement official as soon as reasonably practicable. Whoever fails to report such behavior shall be subject to discipline.

I. Retaliation: is any form of intimidation, reprisal, or harassment directed against a student who reports bullying, provides information during an investigation of bullying, or witnesses or has reliable information about bullying.

J. School Staff includes, but is not limited to, educators, administrators, counselors, school nurses, cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers, athletic coaches, advisors to extracurricular activities, support staff, substitute employees or paraeducators

K. Target: is an individual whom bullying, cyberbullying, or retaliation has been perpetrated..

III. GUIDELINES/PROCEDURES FOR DEALING WITH BULLYING, HARASSMENT, SEXUAL HARASSMENT, DISCRIMINATION AND HATE CRIMES

In school systems, bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination or hate crimes may cross many lines. The situation may be an instance of staff member to staff member, staff member to student, student to staff member, or student to student. Guidelines for dealing with any of these charges are as follows:

  1. By law, harassment is defined by the target’s perception in combination with objective standards or expectations. What one person may consider acceptable behavior may be viewed as harassment by another person. Therefore, in order to protect the rights of both parties, it is important that the target or an administrator to whom a complaint was made or reported make it clear to the harasser that the behavior is objectionable.
  2. Staff members must always take every report of bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination or hate crimes seriously and take action immediately.
  3. If an instance of student to student bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination or a hate crime is reported to a staff member other than an administrator, the staff member should inform the Assistant Principal/Housemaster or the Building Principal and complete the designated forms.
  4. If a situation involving a charge of staff member to student bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination or hate crime is brought to the attention of any staff member, that staff member should notify the Building Principal or Assistant Superintendent immediately.
  5. In a situation involving a charge of student to staff member bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination or hate crime, the staff member should notify the Building Principal or Assistant Superintendent.
  6. In a situation involving a charge of staff member to staff member bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, or hate crime, the staff member should notify the Building Principal or the Assistant Superintendent.
  7. In all charges of bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination or hate crimes, the target should describe in writing the specifics of the complaint to ensure that the subsequent investigation is focused on the relevant facts. Oral and anonymous complaints will be reviewed but are inherently difficult to investigate and may not be procedurally fair; as a result no disciplinary action shall be taken on anonymous complaints unless independently verified by clear and convincing evidence. All other complaints will be reviewed based on a preponderance of evidence standard.
  8. Once a charge of bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, or hate crimes has been reported, including charges of physical harassment as well as threats to a person's safety or position in the school or work environment, the following course of action should be taken:
    • The Building Principal or designee will investigate the charge through discussions with the individuals involved and will use the designated forms for documenting the alleged incident. In situations involving a staff member, he/she should be informed of his/her rights to have a third party present at the time of the discussion. In situations involving students, the Principal or designee should interview the reporting staff member, target, witness(es)/bystander(s) and student alleged aggressor. Parents/guardians will be informed of the situation and invited to participate in discussions. It is important that the situation be resolved as confidentially and as quickly as the circumstances permit.
    • When a reported bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, and hate crimes incident involves the principal or the assistant principal as the alleged aggressor the Superintendent or designee will investigate the charge through discussions with the individuals involved and will use the designated forms for documenting the alleged incident. If the Superintendent is the alleged aggressor, the School Committee, or its designee shall be responsible for investigating the report, and other steps necessary to implement the Plan, including addressing the safety of the alleged target..
    • If the situation warrants, and the harasser and the target are willing to discuss the matter at resolution meeting in the presence of the Principal/designee or superintendent/designee, a supportive faculty member and/or parent should be included in the discussion. During this discussion, the offending behavior should be described by the target and administration, a request for a change in behavior should be made, and a promise should be made that the described behavior will stop. If circumstances do not permit a face to face meeting the administration will present the target’s position. Follow-up verification procedures will be explained. Failure to comply after a resolution meeting will result in appropriate discipline.
    • The matter shall be documented in a manner consistent with the severity of the behavior, the impact of the behavior on the target and the school, and the disciplinary consequences imposed by the administration.
  9. If after formal discussion with the involved parties, the Building Principal or designee determines that further action must be taken, the following would occur:
    • In instances involving student to student or student to staff member bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination or a hate crime the student would be held to the discipline code of the school. Legal action may also be initiated at this point.
    • In instances involving staff member to student and staff member to staff member bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, or hate crimes, findings would be reported to the Superintendent of Schools, or to the school committee or designee when the superintendent is the alleged aggressor for further action. Legal action may also be initiated at this point.
  10. Retaliation or false accusations against a person who reports bullying, provides information during an investigation of bullying, or witnesses or has reliable information about bullying shall be prohibited. If it occurs, it could be considered grounds for dismissal of staff personnel and/or removal from the educational setting for a student. A referral to law enforcement may be made.
  11. Problem Resolution: Any parent/guardian of the target wishing to file a claim/concern or seeking assistance outside of the district may do so with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Program Resolution System (PRS). That information can be found at: http://www.doe.mass.edu/pqa, emails can be sent to compliance@doe.mass.edu or individuals can call 781-338-3700. Hard copies of this information is also available at the Superintendent’s office.
  12. Confidentiality: Reports of bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, or hate crime should be kept completely confidential, involving as few people as possible, with the goal of protecting the target and stopping the behavior.

The District will respect the privacy of the complainant, the subject(s) of the complaint, and the witnesses to the extent possible consistent with its obligations under federal and state law and regulations and its Policy to investigate, report, and take appropriate disciplinary and corrective action, and consistent with applicable state and federal confidentiality laws and student record regulations.

For further information about these guidelines or help with sexual harassment, bullying, or hazing problems, or any other form of harassment, consult: the Assistant Superintendent of Schools at 380-0130, ext. 8479.

LEGAL REFERENCES

  1. Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Section 703
  2. Title IX of the 1972 U.S. Civil Rights Act.
  3. Chapter 151C, Massachusetts General Laws
  4. M.G.L. Chapter 76 § 5
  5. M.G.L. Chapter 269 § 17, 18, 19
  6. M.G.L. Chapter 71, § 370, 82,84,92
  7. Family and Education Privacy Rights Act
  8. Mass Student Records Laws and Regulations

Network & Technology Responsible Use Policy

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1. Introduction

This document formalizes the policy for responsible use of the Braintree Public Schools’ (BPS) computer network and computing devices owned by BPS or used on the BPS campus. All users, including students, teachers, staff, administrators, and organizations are covered by this policy and are expected to be familiar with its provisions.

2. User Responsibilities

The BPS computer network and all related technology systems are designed and maintained in compliance with state and federal law, including the Children’s Internet Protection Act and Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act Amendment. All use of the network to access the Internet is filtered via a firewall, and network activities harmful to minors or non-compliant with educational uses are prohibited (see Section 3). It is the responsibility of any person using BPS computer network resources to read, understand, and follow these guidelines. In addition, users are expected to exercise reasonable judgment in interpreting these guidelines and in making decisions about the appropriate use of BPS computer network resources. Any person with questions regarding the application or meaning of these guidelines should seek clarification from the BPS technology director or central office. Use of BPS computer network resources shall constitute acceptance of the terms of these guidelines. When a user is no longer a member of the BPS community, he or she shall no longer have user rights to network and technology resources.

A. BPS Computer Network Administrator Responsibilities

The administrator is responsible for making certain that all users understand and abide by the Acceptable and Unacceptable Uses as stated in this document (Section 3). If the BPS computer network administrator has reason to believe that any user is misusing the system, the administrator has the right to access the user’s account in order to review its use. It is also the responsibility of the administrator to report any misuse of the system to district administrators.

B. BPS Computer Network Educator Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of educators who are using BPS computer network tools with students to teach students about safe and responsible use of the Internet and the network (see also BPS Internet Safety Policy). Educators are responsible for monitoring students’ use of these resources and must intervene if students are using them inappropriately. Educators should make sure that students understand and abide by the Acceptable and Unacceptable Uses as stated in this document (Section 3). It is also the responsibility of the teacher to report any misuse of the system to his/her building administrator.

C. BPS Computer Network Student Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of students who are using BPS computer network tools to learn about safe and responsible use of the Internet. They are responsible for using these resources appropriately. They must abide by the Acceptable and Unacceptable Uses as stated in this document (Section 3). If a student is misusing the system, educators must follow appropriate disciplinary protocols, including but not limited to reporting the misuse to the BPS computer network administrator, who has the right to discontinue his/her use of the system.

3. Acceptable and Unacceptable Uses

The resources available to BPS computer network users are to be used for educational purposes. Users should not use BPS computer network to store any files that are not educational. BPS will educate all students about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms and cyberbullying awareness and response (see also BPS Internet Safety Policy).

It is unacceptable for users to use these resources for:

  • furthering any political or religious purpose
  • engaging in any commercial or fundraising purpose that is not relevant to or approved by the district
  • sending threatening or harassing messages
  • gaining unauthorized access to computer or telecommunications networks
  • interfering with the operations of technology resources
  • accessing or sharing sexually explicit, or obscene materials
  • intercepting communications intended for other persons
  • attempting to gain unauthorized access to the BPS computer network
  • logging in through another person’s account or attempting to access another user’s password or files, except where necessary for a teacher or administrator to do so
  • sending defamatory or libelous material concerning a person or group of people
  • furthering any illegal act, including infringing on any intellectual property rights
  • researching, storing, or sending information regarding weaponry, except in bona fide research as required by the district’s curriculum (for example, an assignment studying a war)
  • downloading, uploading, or distributing any files, software, or other material that is not specifically related to an educational project
  • downloading, uploading, or distributing any files, software, or other material in violation of federal copyright laws

As with any other form of communication, these systems may not be used to transmit or store messages or other data that are prohibited under existing BPS policies, such as those prohibiting sexual harassment, protecting civil rights, and maintaining a safe school environment. Users should take all reasonable precautions against receiving or downloading messages, images, or other data of this sort.

4. Privacy Protections beyond BPS

In compliance with state and federal privacy laws for minors accessing the Internet using school resources, BPS maintains a list of sites and services, along with the personally identifiable data on students that might be included as part of the terms of use for that site or service. Parents of children 13 and under retain the right to opt their students’ out of participation in services that require use of personally identifiable data. BPS administration expects staff and students to adhere to the list of approved sites and services when selecting educational resources for use in the classroom (see also Section 8).

5. No Expectation of Privacy within BPS

BPS computer network resources are the property of the Braintree Public Schools and are to be used in conformance with these guidelines. BPS administration retains the right to inspect any user’s virtual hard drive, school-owned computer, Internet history, or email (whether through a town server or through Google Apps for Education/G Suite) if a suspected violation of the network technology policy or any other district policy has occurred. In keeping with state and federal laws regarding public records, users should be aware that data and messages are regularly archived, even if they appear to have been deleted locally. In addition, an Internet firewall automatically checks all data moving between the local area network and the Internet and logs the sending and receiving destinations. Use of BPS Computer network technology resources constitutes consent for the BPS computer network staff to monitor and/or inspect any files that users create, any messages they post or receive, and any web sites they access should a disciplinary or safety situation warrant such access.

6. Passwords

Each user shall be required to use and maintain passwords that conform to BPS computer network guidelines. Users must take precautions to maintain the secrecy of their password so that other users will not be able to utilize that password for malicious purposes. If a user suspects that someone has discovered his or her password(s), the user should change the password(s) or contact technology services via the Help Desk for assistance in changing the password(s) immediately. BPS computer network users are responsible for all activity under their accounts.

7. Violations

Failure to observe these guidelines may subject users to termination of their BPS computer network accounts, including Google Apps for Education/G Suite accounts, email accounts, and accounts with other district-provided services. BPS administrators will be notified of any inappropriate activities by users, and users will be subject to recourse through other existing BPS policies as applicable. BPS administrators will also advise law enforcement agencies of illegal activities conducted through the BPS computer network and will cooperate fully with local, state, and/or federal officials in any investigation related to illegal activities conducted through the BPS computer network.

7. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Uses

The use of personal electronic device(s) on a school site is a privilege, not a right, that the Braintree Public Schools grants to any student who is willing to assume the responsibility of abiding by the guidelines as set forth in this Braintree Public Schools’ Technology Acceptable Use Policy. Noncompliance with applicable regulations may result in suspension or termination of privileges and other disciplinary action consistent with district policies.

Any student who receives approval from his or her classroom teacher to bring in an electronic device is also responsible for physically securing their device within the school site. Braintree Public Schools assumes no responsibility or financial liability for any damage the student or parent suffers, including but not limited to theft, physical damage, and loss of data or software malfunctions of the personal electronic device. If an electronic device appears to have been stolen, the student should immediately report the incident to the school administrator.

  • Students (who have received permission) may connect wirelessly to the BPS network for educational purposes. Personal electronic devices may not be used for entertainment, including but not limited to games, messaging, social media, streaming movies, music, or video viewing, while connected to the BPS network, unless instructed to do so.
  • Students must follow additional guidelines which a classroom teacher or BPS staff member might impose. The use of the electronic device(s) may in no way disturb the learning environment.
  • Students are strictly prohibited from using peer-to-peer file sharing software and messaging programs unless instructed by a teacher to do so.
  • Any student who is suspected of violating the Network & Technology Responsible Use Policy or any other BPS policy must yield their personal electronic device(s) to any Braintree Public Schools staff member upon request. Authorized personnel may inspect the system to determine whether any policies have been violated.

8. Disclaimers

The Braintree Public Schools make no warranties of any kind, either expressed or implied, for BPS computer services and resources. BPS is not responsible for any damages incurred, including but not limited to the following: loss of data resulting from delays or interruption of service, loss of data stored on BPS computer network resources, or damage to personal property used to access BPS computer network resources. BPS is not responsible for the accuracy, nature, or quality of information stored on BPS computer network resources or gathered through BPS computer network or the Internet. BPS is not responsible for unauthorized financial obligations incurred through BPS computer network-provided access. BPS accepts no liability for users who willfully ignore or violate terms of use on an Internet site or service via the BPS network. All provisions of this agreement are subordinate to local, state and federal statutes.

This policy is in compliance with state and federal telecommunications rules and regulations, including the Children's Internet Protection Act, the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act Amendment, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, and the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment.

Acknowledgements: Sections of this document were adapted from Quincy Public Schools, Hanover Public Schools, and Burlington Public Schools, the Massachusetts Office of Digital Learning, FCC and FTC recommendations, and federal laws.

Adopted by the Braintree School Committee, 6/12/2017

Website and Social Media Policy

Website and Social Media Policy

Approved by School Committee 4/10/18

  1. IntroductionThis document formalizes the policy for the professional and personal use of websites and social media by Braintree Public Schools’ (BPS) employees in a responsible manner.  All users, including students, teachers, staff, administrators, and organizations are covered by this policy and are expected to be familiar with its provisions.

    For purposes of this policy, “Official Social Media” is understood to be content created by individuals or groups representing Braintree Public Schools, using accessible, expandable, and upgradable publishing technologies, through and on the Internet. Examples of Official Social Media include but are not limited to, district, school, club, team, PTO, or class websites, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, blogs, YouTube videos/channels, LinkedIn, Snapchat, NextDoor, and Flickr.

    For the purposes of this policy, “Personal Social Media” is understood to be content created by individuals for non-work related activities (e.g., a staff member establishing a Facebook page or a Twitter account for his or her own personal use). District employees should not use personal social media sites to communicate with students.

    For purposes of this policy, “Content” includes comment, information, articles, pictures, videos, or any other form of communicative content posted on official or personal social media sites.
     
  2. User Responsibilities for Official BPS Websites and Social MediaOfficial BPS Social Media sites will be used solely for communicating information about the Schools, including projects, events, and services. Examples include announcements; newsletters; emergency notifications; Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO), sporting, fundraising, or club events and activities; or meetings. School employees and representatives with website access through organizations such as PTO or Special Education Parents Advisory Council (SEPAC) may not engage in private messaging over official social media accounts. Official Social Media cannot be used to post political information or viewpoints; religious information or viewpoints; commercial information; information pertaining to an employee’s or school representative’s personal activities, matters, or interests; information which consists of content which is sexual, pornographic, or adult in character; or information which advocates or promotes the use of drugs, alcohol, or tobacco.
    • BPS Social Media Administrator ResponsibilitiesOfficial Social Media sites for individual schools and PTOs shall be administered and monitored by principals and their site administrators approved by [the principal and Superintendent or designee].  Usernames for these accounts shall be created using official school email addresses and shall be maintained through the Technology Department.

      Official Social Media sites for classes, other student groups, clubs, and athletic teams shall be administered and monitored by principals or their designees, the athletic director, coaches, club advisors, and their site administrators approved by [the principal and Superintendent or designee].  Usernames for these accounts shall be created using official school email addresses and shall be maintained through the Technology Department.

      Each administrator of an Official Social Media site will confirm with the appropriate principal and/or director that they have read and understand this policy.  It is the responsibility of each principal and director to provide a copy of this policy to their respective users.

      Principals, their designees, and site administrators shall monitor Official BPS Social Media sites for content requesting responses from the Schools. Site administrators may direct such requests to the principal or director for response. Site administrators shall monitor Content posted on Official BPS Social Media sites for Content in violation of this Social Media Policy.

      If a site administrator has reason to believe that any user is misusing the site, it is the responsibility of the administrator to report that potential misuse of the site to district administrators.
       
    • BPS Social Media Educator ResponsibilitiesIt is the responsibility of educators who are using Official BPS Social Media tools with students to teach students about safe and responsible use of social media (see also BPS Network and Technology Responsible Use Policy and Internet Safety Policy).  Educators are responsible for monitoring students’ use of these resources and must intervene if students are using them inappropriately. Educators should make sure that students understand and abide by the Acceptable and Unacceptable Uses as stated [below].  It is also the responsibility of the teacher to report any misuse of the Official BPS Social Media to his/her building administrator.

      Each administrator of an Official Social Media site will confirm with the appropriate principal and/or director that they have read and understand this policy.
       
    • BPS Social Media Student ResponsibilitiesIt is the responsibility of students who are using Official BPS Social Media tools to learn about safe and responsible use of these sites.  They are responsible for using these resources appropriately. They must abide by the Acceptable and Unacceptable Uses as stated in Section 9, Part C of this policy.  If a student misuses the resources, educators must follow appropriate disciplinary protocols, including but not limited to reporting the misuse to building administrators, who have the right to discontinue a student’s access to the official social media.
  3. Site and Account Requirements
    • Staff members will treat professional social media space and communication like a classroom or professional workplace.  The same standards expected in district professional settings are expected on professional social media sites. If a particular type of behavior is inappropriate in the classroom or a professional workplace, then that behavior is also inappropriate on the professional social media site.
       
    • Whenever possible, when establishing professional social media sites, users will consider the intended audience for the site and consider the level of privacy assigned to the site. The site should be a private network limited to a particular class or particular grade within a school. It is recommended practice for professional social media sites to be private networks, unless there is a specific educational need for the site to be a public network.
       
    • Staff members may only create professional social media accounts (i.e., accounts used exclusively for educational purposes) on district approved websites and platforms.
       
    • Staff will obtain their supervisor’s approval using the “BPS Social Media Registration Form” prior to setting up a professional social media presence. The form can be downloaded from:  []
       
    • All Official BPS Social Media channels must link to our Disclaimer page, located at [braintreema.gov/disclaimer.html].
       
    • All Official BPS Social Media sites should link back to the respective Page(s) on the BPS website where relevant information is available.
       
    • All social media sites are subject to Massachusetts public records and record retention laws, rules, regulations, and policies. Any content maintained in an online format (Social Media/Website) that is related to Town Business, including posted communication and communication submitted for posting, may be subject to public disclosure. The site administrators will maintain records in accordance with Massachusetts public records retention laws, rules, regulations and policies.  Site administrators will use the following guidance in order to comply with state and federal laws:
      • Except for inappropriate postings, staff shall not delete any message posted on a social media site, webpage, blog, homework page, etc. In cases of inappropriate postings, the posting is to be copied and sent to an administrator using your district email account. The posting is then to be deleted from the site.
         
      • Staff shall save all direct messages and communications conveyed through district affiliated social media sites. All email sent or received by district email accounts is archived for a minimum of seven years.
         
      • Staff shall comply with applicable copyright laws when posting information produced by another person or entity and shall cite all third-party sources of information posted or shared.
    • When a School employee or representative responds to a comment, in his/her capacity as a School employee or representative, the employee or representative should do so in the name of the School or organization, and the employee or representative shall not share personal information about himself or herself, or other School employees or representatives except as required for official business.
       
    • When posting to Social Media sites, school employees and representatives must do so in a way that is not defamatory. Defamatory communications are those that cause harm to the reputation of another person or cause that person to be ridiculed, held in contempt, or lowered in the estimation of the community. Defamatory statements will not be tolerated. Defamatory statements fall within conduct that is outside the scope of your employment and therefore, the Town of Braintree will not defend you from the consequences of your personal actions, nor will the Town indemnify employees against defamation-like suits that are determined to be in violation of this policy.
       
    • BPS employees and representatives may not use Official Social Media to post material which is illegal, which is in violation of federal or state laws regarding discrimination, or which constitutes criminal conduct. BPS employees and representatives may not use Official Social Media to post material which constitutes an unauthorized disclosure of proprietary or confidential information of BPS, personnel or student records or non-public labor relations information.
       
    • Site administrators must ensure that they have the right to post any Content being used on Official BPS Social Media.   This includes compliance with copyright laws, and federal privacy laws, particularly for images of students or students’ personally identifiable information.
       
    • Procurement and ethics laws largely prohibit municipal employees or agencies from endorsing products, businesses, or vendors. In addition, School resources, such as Official BPS Social Media entities should not be used for political purposes.
       
    • Any posted Content on Official BPS Social Media sites, including articles, pictures, photographs, likenesses, and images cannot under any circumstances identify children under the age of 18 by full name.  Individuals who do not wish to be depicted in images must return the form which expressly prohibits the Braintree Public Schools from using such image and likeness online. If such a prohibition exists, the picture, photograph, likeness, or image must be blurred in such a manner that the person cannot be identified or recognized. If that is not possible, the material cannot be used at all.  The following additional guidelines apply to posting photos or images of students: 
      • Images of individual students should not be posted.
         
      • Images of groups of students (three or more) are permissible, as long as the parents/guardians have provided media release permission to the school.
         
      • Students depicted in images are not to be identified by name.
    • Content posted to Official BPS Social Media sites shall conform with accessibility requirements detailed in Level A and Level AA Success Criteria and Conformance Requirements in WCAG 2.0 (incorporated by reference, see 702.10.1).  This standard is available for reference at: https://www.w3.org/.
       
    • Employees or representatives are prohibited from posting communications that could reasonably be construed as creating a hostile environment, defamatory comments, threats, intimidation, or harassment by any member of the public or BPS employees. Postings must be in conformance with all BPS Policies, including but not limited to, those concerning harassment, bullying, ethics and all state and federal law.
       
    • BPS reserves the right to deny access to any Official BPS Social Media sites to any person who violates the district’s Website and Social Media Policy, at any time and without prior notice.
       
    • Active communication and outreach may lead to increased inquiries from the media. If the site administrator for an Official BPS Social Media site is contacted directly by a reporter, he or she should refer media questions to the Principal’s or Superintendent’s office.
  4. Privacy Protections in Media beyond BPSIn compliance with state and federal privacy laws for minors accessing the Internet using school resources, BPS maintains a list of sites and services, along with the personally identifiable data on students that might be included as part of the terms of use for that site or service.  Parents of children 13 and under retain the right to opt their students’ out of participation in services that require use of personally identifiable data.  BPS administration expects staff and students to adhere to the list of approved sites and services when selecting educational resources for use in the classroom (see also Disclaimers in Section 7).
     
  5. No Expectation of Privacy within BPSOfficial BPS Social Media resources are the property of the Braintree Public Schools and are to be used in conformance with these guidelines. BPS administration retains the right to inspect any user’s Official Social Media account if a suspected violation of the Website and Social Media Policy or any other district policy has occurred.  In keeping with state and federal laws regarding public records, users should be aware that data and messages are regularly archived, even if they appear to have been deleted locally.  Use of Official BPS Social Media resources constitutes consent for school and district administrators to monitor and/or inspect any files that users create, any messages they post or receive, and any websites they access should a disciplinary or safety situation warrant such access.
     
  6. ViolationsFailure to observe these guidelines may subject users to termination of access to BPS Social Media and websites. BPS administrators will be notified of any inappropriate activities by users, and users will be subject to recourse through other existing BPS policies as applicable.  BPS administrators will also advise law enforcement agencies of illegal activities conducted through Official BPS Social Media sites or accounts and will cooperate fully with local, state, and/or federal officials in any investigation related to these activities.
  7. DisclaimersThe Braintree Public Schools make no warranties of any kind, either expressed or implied, for Official BPS Social Media websites and resources.  BPS is not responsible for unauthorized financial obligations incurred through Official BPS Social Media access.  BPS accepts no liability for users who willfully ignore or violate terms of use on an Internet site or service via a BPS Social Media account.  All provisions of this agreement are subordinate to local, state and federal statutes.
     
  8. Personal Social Media Guidelines for Staff
    • As a recommended practice, BPS employees are encouraged to use appropriate privacy settings to control access to their personal social media sites. However, be aware that there are limitations to privacy settings. Private communication published on the Internet can easily become public. Furthermore, social media sites can change their current default privacy settings and other functions. As a result, employees are responsible for understanding the rules of the social media site being utilized.
       
    • In order to maintain a professional and appropriate relationship with students, staff may not communicate with students who are currently enrolled in the District on personal social media sites.  This provision is subject to the following exceptions:  (a) communication with relatives and (b) if an emergency situation requires such communication, in which case the BPS employee should notify his/her supervisor of the contact as soon as possible.
       
    • Communication directly with students related to academic issues should occur in class or be directed through District-provided email accounts.
       
    • It is not recommended that staff members post or tag photos of other employees, volunteers, vendors or contractors on personal social media sites without prior permission of the photographed employee.
       
    • The posting or disclosure of personally identifiable student information or confidential information via personal social media sites, in violation of federal law, state law, or district policy is prohibited.
       
    • BPS employees should not use the BPS logo or make representations that their personal social media sites speak in an official BPS or school capacity. Use of the BPS logo that is automatically populated on personal social media sites, such as LinkedIn, is permitted.
       
    • The district has multiple policies regarding student and staff conduct which overlap with this regulation. It recognizes that the use of electronic communication technology in an educational setting presents new challenges to appropriate student and staff conduct. However, behavioral expectations will not be diminished in these settings and appropriate professional boundaries shall be maintained at all times and through all means of communications. As such, the District retains the right to moderate and restrict student and staff use on District-related pages. The District expects staff and students to maintain the same level of decorum in electronic communications, including the use of social media, as in face-to-face interactions. This regulation is intended to supplement existing regulations, not to supersede them.
  9. Personal Social Media Guidelines for Students
    • Students using personal social media should be aware of privacy laws and websites’ privacy policies.  Most information posted digitally can never truly be withdrawn and made private again.  Many popular social media sites require users to be 13 or older because they collect, and potentially sell or distribute, data in manners not compliant with federal law (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) for students under 13.  Students should be aware that if a website asks for a birthdate, this is usually a clue that it tracks a significant amount of user data, and that this tracked data may follow them as a digital footprint for years to come.
       
    • Students using personal social media should be aware of formal and informal voices, and the audience which may access or receive the post, comments, photo or image.  The manner in which students interact with peers on social media may reasonably differ from expectations for interaction with Official BPS Social Media accounts.  Students are expected to maintain the same level of decorum in electronic communications, including the use of official BPS social media, as in face-to-face interactions with teachers, staff, and classmates.
       
    • Students who use personal social media to interact with Official BPS Social Media must adhere to all school handbook policies regarding behavior.  Interaction with Official BPS Social Media is treated as a school setting.  This regulation is intended to supplement existing regulations, not to supersede them.
      • Acceptable uses of students’ personal social media to interact with official BPS social media include commenting on posts, posting pictures with permission, “following” official accounts, re-sharing official posts in their original form, and posting content to which students have the rights under copyright law.
         
      • Unacceptable uses of students’ personal social media to interact with Official BPS Social Media include all negative behaviors noted in BPS school handbooks, including but not limited to posting communications that could reasonably be construed as creating a hostile environment, defamatory comments, threats, intimidation, or harassment of any member of the public or the BPS community.  Students must not interact with Official BPS Social Media to post political information or viewpoints; religious information or viewpoints; commercial information; information pertaining to an employee’s or school representative’s personal activities, matters, or interests; information which consists of content which is sexual, pornographic, or adult in character; or information which advocates or promotes the use of drugs, alcohol, or tobacco.

This policy is in compliance with state and federal telecommunications rules and regulations, including the Children's Internet Protection Act, the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act Amendment, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, and the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment.

Acknowledgements:  Sections of this document were adapted from Town of Braintree, Gill-Montague Regional Schools, Pembroke Public Schools, the NYC Department of Education, and federal laws.

State of MA Nondiscrimination Policy

State of Massachusetts Nondiscrimination Policy

Chapter 76, Section 5 of the Massachusetts General Laws provides that “Every person shall have the right to attend the public schools of the town where she/he actually resides, subject to the following section. No person shall be excluded from or discriminated against in admission to a public school of any town, or in obtaining the advantages, privileges and courses of study of such public school on account of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation.” Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1974 also prohibits discrimination on the basis of race and national origin. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 also prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. It is the policy of the Braintree Public Schools to abide by all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination.

Any student who believes he/she may have been the victim of discrimination will be informed by the Headmaster/Principal of the school’s grievance procedures and will, upon request, receive a copy of these procedures.

Tobacco Products

In conjunction with the Board of Health, the Braintree Public Schools has developed the following policy as it relates to the use or possession of tobacco products, nicotine products, or paraphernalia (such as pipes, electronic cigarettes, etc.) [hereinafter referred to as “tobacco products”].

The Braintree Public Schools prohibit the use and /or possession of tobacco products in school buildings, facilities, school buses, on school grounds, and at school sponsored functions. Administrators will notify the parent or legal guardian and sports and activity directors of each infraction, mandate the confiscation of tobacco products, and require tobacco cessation programs.

The faculty and staff of the middle schools are committed to providing the students with a smoke-free environment. This policy hopefully will serve as a deterrent to those students who presently smoke. Additionally, an educational component is available to all students who are interested in learning about the dangers of smoking or needing assistance in stopping the use of tobacco products; the educational component is mandatory for those students that accumulate two tobacco products infractions.

It is important to understand that being in the possession of tobacco products—such as cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, or any other form of tobacco or nicotine product—is subject to confiscation and considered an infraction under the policy. Administrators will return the confiscated tobacco product to the violator’s parent or legal guardian upon request.

Students found in the presence of tobacco products may be subjected to search and seizure. If in possession of tobacco products, students will be disciplined by the conditions stated in the tobacco policy.

As a result of being in violation of the State Education Reform Law, State Fire Department Regulations, Braintree Board of Health Regulations, as well as town bylaws pertaining to Fire Prevention Regulations, students will be issued a citation by school administrators and must pay the imposed fine at the office of the Board of Health within 14 days, or they may contest the fine by requesting in writing a hearing in front of the Board of Health within 7 days after the citation has been served; if necessary, the Board will bring action to the court of jurisdiction.

Braintree school officials have been designated by the Braintree Board of Health to be their agents for this purpose and shall be responsible for the enforcement of this regulation.

The consequences for middle school students found using or possessing tobacco products are as follows:

First Offense

  • Three day out-of-school suspension
  • $50 fine in the form of a “ticket” or participation in Smoking Cessation Program run by the school nurse
  • Parent/guardian conference with administration

Second Offense

  • Three-day out-of-school suspension
  • $100 fine
  • Mandatory Smoking Cessation Program (If not opted for after first offense)
  • Parent/guardian conference with administration

Third Offense

  • Five-day out-of-school suspension
  • $100 fine
  • Mandatory meeting with parent/guardian and administration
  • Court referral (Site G. L. C40 Sec. 210)

Weapons

Possession or use of a knife, gun, or any other object or facsimile which may be considered or used as a weapon is prohibited on school property. School property is broadly defined to include the school building, on school grounds, at school sponsored events, at activities or events which may be conducted off school grounds, on school buses, and at or around school bus stops, during loading and unloading procedures or on the way to or from school.

Violations of this policy will be cause for suspension and, if warranted, reported to the Police Department and referred to the School Committee for expulsion.

Students found in possession of a firearm as defined by M.G.L., Chapter 269, Section 10, will be reported to the Braintree Police Department and referred to the School Committee.

Title 18 - United States Code "Gun Free School Zones Act of 1990"

It shall be unlawful for any individual knowingly to possess ...or discharge or attempt to discharge...a firearm at a place the individual knows or has reasonable cause to believe, is a school zone ...except on private property not part of the school grounds or licensed to do so by the State in which the school zone is located. School Zone means within 1,000 feet from the grounds of a public, parochial or private school... Violators shall be fined not more than $5,000, imprisoned for not more than 5 years, or both. The term of imprisonment shall not run concurrently with any other term of imprisonment imposed under any other provision of law.

Massachusetts General Law - Chapter 269, S. 10 - Prohibition against Firearms in Schools

Whoever, not being a law enforcement officer, and notwithstanding any license obtained by him under the provisions of chapter one hundred and forty, carries on his person a firearm as hereinafter defined, loaded or unloaded or other dangerous weapon in any building or on the grounds of any elementary or secondary school, college or university without the written authorization of the board or officer in charge of such elementary or secondary school, college or university shall be punished by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars or by imprisonment for not more than one year, or both. For the purpose of this paragraph, "firearm" shall mean any pistol, revolver, rifle, or smoothbore arm from which a shot bullet or pellet can be discharged by whatever means.

Information for Parents & Student Regarding Assaultive Behavior, Alcohol, Drugs & Weapons

Memorandum of Understanding Between the Braintree Public Schools and the Braintree Police Department

Approved by School Committee August 8, 2011

Statement of Purpose:

We agree that crimes committed by young people are a national and societal problem reaching into our community of Braintree. To maximize the effectiveness of our efforts to achieve a crime-free community, we recognize the coordination and cooperation of the community as a whole are essential. Therefore, the Chief of Police, with support of the Mayor and the Superintendent of Schools, with the support of the School Committee, pledge to follow the agreed upon procedures for communicating criminal activity.

We further agree to coordinate our efforts, when appropriate, with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

An agreement such as this is necessary since administrators, teachers, and other staff members are increasingly relied upon to monitor student behavior and to report unusual behavior that may indicate involvement with criminal activity. In these instances, the rights and responsibilities of school personnel and students and the role of police officers and law enforcement must be clearly understood.

This memorandum of understanding is an internal document between the parties and does not confer any rights, privileges or obligations nor is it enforceable against the parties hereto in any court, administrative hearing, or other forum. Any written or oral communication between the parties of the memorandum of understanding will be protected by all laws relating to privacy and confidentiality. This memorandum of understanding is in addition to, and does not supplant, policies of the Braintree Public Schools with regard to disciplinary procedures and codes of students conduct which are now or may be formulated and published in any student handbook.

Reportable Acts:

This memorandum of understanding concerns the report of mandatory reportable acts, which include assaultive behavior, the possession of weapons, a case where a student is believed to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or a case where a student is believed to be in a possession of or distributing any controlled substance. School personnel are not protected under any privilege statutes of the Commonwealth and, if called on to testify in court, they would be obligated to reveal any information relating to a crime, even if voluntarily confided to them by a student.

This memorandum of agreement also concerns the response of law enforcement agencies to criminal activity in a school setting.

Procedures and Responsibilities:

1.0 The School Superintendent designates the School Principal as the responsible school official in each school for handling all reportable acts. The Chief of Police designates the School Resource Officer or, in his or her absence, the Detective Bureau Commander, as the official responsible for handling all reportable acts. (The term “drugs,” where used in this document, includes alcohol and controlled substances.)

2.0 All individuals who are involved in this memorandum of understanding agree to the following:

2.1 All school staff members are under obligation to report any and all incidents of violence to the School Principal. The School Principal shall be responsible for reporting all serious incidents of violence to the School Resource Officer. A serious incident of violence shall include, but not be limited to, any actual or threatened assault involving at least one student against another student, teacher, administrator, or employee or member of the school community, which involves the infliction or threat of serious bodily assault or any actual or threatening physical assault, or bullying injury or psychological harm. The Braintree Police Department shall determine and pursue appropriate measures to hold alleged offenders accountable and to help maintain school safety as warranted.

2.2 The Braintree Public Schools, through its principals or their designees, shall continue to promptly notify the BPD liaison of any information regarding any “serious act of violence”. Serious acts of violence shall include, but not be limited to, (any sexual assault or any actual or threatened physical assault, or bullying) involving at least one student against another student, teacher, administrator or employee, occurring in a school facility or in connection with a school function, which results in bodily injury or psychological harm, or involves the possession or use of a weapon or is a civil rights incident.

2.3 The Braintree Public Schools, through its principals or their designees, shall continue to promptly notify the BPD liaison of any instance where a “weapon” is possessed by or taken from a student on school grounds or in connection with a school function. A weapon includes any item as defined in Massachusetts General Laws chapter 269, section 10, and any other object that BPD, in its discretion, feels warrants further attention by BPD.

2.4 The Braintree Public Schools, through its principals or their designees, shall continue to promptly notify the BPD liaison of any information regarding the possession, use or distribution of alcohol or drugs within a school facility or at any school function.

2.5 The BPD will likewise promptly report to the principal any incident of underage drinking, possession, use or distribution of alcohol, drugs, weapons, or acts of bullying or violence occurring within the Town of Braintree during school hours and non-school hours. The BPD shall assign an officer to serve as liaison to the Braintree Public Schools. The BPD shall continue to make the School Resource Officer available to the Braintree Public Schools during school hours. The School Resource Officer shall receive reports from the Braintree Public Schools principals or their designees regarding serious acts of violence, bullying, the possession or use of weapons, or the possession, use or distribution of alcohol or drugs occurring in a school facility or at any school functions.

Policy of Braintree Public Schools Relative to Illegal Distribution, Use, and Possession of Drugs:

3.0 Selling Drugs or Possession with Intent to Sell During Regular School Day or at Any School Sponsored Function:

3.1 Any student found selling, or in possession of a quantity of a controlled substance with intent to sell, shall be subject to expulsion by the Principal. The student shall be notified in writing of an opportunity for a hearing and have the right to representation, along with the opportunity to present evidence and witnesses at said hearing. Any student expelled shall have the right to appeal to the Superintendent of Schools. The student shall have ten days from the date of the expulsion in which to notify the Superintendent of his/her appeal. The student shall have the right to counsel at a hearing before the Superintendent.

4.0 Uses and/or Possession of Drugs or Alcohol during Regular School Day or at a School Sponsored Function:

4.1 First Offense: Any student found using and/or in possession or constructive possession of any form of drugs or alcohol during the regular school day or at school sponsored or related events, including athletic games, shall be subject to suspension or expulsion from school by the Principal. The student shall be notified in writing of an opportunity for a hearing and have the right to representation, along with the opportunity to present evidence and witnesses at said hearing. Any student expelled shall have the right to appeal to the Superintendent of Schools. The student shall have ten days from the date of the expulsion in which to notify the Superintendent of his/her appeal. The student shall have the right to counsel at a hearing before the Superintendent. A student who is suspended shall not participate in any extracurricular school activities for a period of three weeks, as outlined in the Chemical Health Policy in the Student-Parent Handbook. Student athletes will also be subject to an athletic suspension in accordance with the MIAA/Braintree High School Chemical Health Policy.

4.2 Second Offense: Any student found using and/or in possession or constructive possession of any form of drugs or alcohol during the regular school day or a school sponsored or related event, including athletic games, shall be subject to suspension or expulsion from school by the Principal. The student shall be notified in writing of an opportunity for a hearing and have the right to representation, along with the opportunity to present evidence and witnesses at said hearing. Any student expelled shall have the right to appeal to the Superintendent of Schools. The student shall have ten days from the date of the expulsion in which to notify the Superintendent of his/her appeal. The student shall have the right to counsel at a hearing before the Superintendent. A student who is suspended shall not participate in any extracurricular school activities for a period of six weeks, as outlined in the Chemical Health Policy in the Student-Parent Handbook. Student athletes will also be subject to an athletic suspension in accordance with the MIAA Braintree High School Chemical Health Policy.

5.0 Use and/or Possession of Drugs or Alcohol Outside of the Regular School Day and Off School Grounds

5.1Regardless of where any student is found using and/or in possession or constructive possession of alcohol or a controlled substance, or the distribution or intent to distribute a controlled substance takes place, paragraphs 4.1 and 4.2 will be followed as if the offense took place on school property with the exception that no suspension from school will be imposed.

Other Procedures:

6.0 The Principal or his/her designee will turn over to the School Resource Officer all confiscated illicit drugs and paraphernalia and weapons on the day that the violation took place and with a report. A written description of the confiscated material, which is signed by the receiving police officer, will be given to the school official.

7.0 The Principal or his/her designee will report any illegal or criminal conduct not outlined in Section 2.0 to the School Resource Officer. In such cases, students may be subject to disciplinary action and/or prosecution in the normal course, but in addition may be eligible to be diverted from prosecution in appropriate circumstances.

Any crime is a violation of school rules and is governed by this memorandum if it occurs in the school building, on school grounds, at school sponsored events, at activities or events which may be conducted off school grounds, on school buses, and at or around the school bus stops, during loading and unloading procedures or on the way to or from school.

8.0 The Braintree Police Department’s School Resource Officer will coordinate the Police Department’s action in cases of students found to be in possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia committing criminal activity. The BPD Detective Commander will coordinate record-keeping functions for the Police Department.

9.0 The Principal of the school will report to the parents and to the School Resource Officer all incidents of students found to be under the influence of drugs.

9.1 Reports of such incidents will be maintained by the Braintree Police Department as well as by the Principal.

10.0 The Braintree Alliance for Safe and Healthy Youth shall meet at least once each school year for the purpose of reviewing policies and procedures contained herein and for the purpose of assessing local conditions regarding illegal drug use and distribution of controlled substances.

11.0 The Braintree Police Department, through the School Resource Officer, shall report any violation of any drug law involving any student in the Braintree Schools to the Superintendent of Schools or the Principal of the student’s respective school.

12.0 This memorandum shall become part of the Codes for Student Conduct established in each school.

13.0 Every precaution will be taken by school officials and the Police Department to ensure that the educational program of students is not disrupted.

Appendix A, Role of the Office of the Norfolk District Attorney

The Norfolk District Attorney’s Office shall coordinate reported matters involving students with the Braintree Police Department and its designated liaison (school resource officer, police prosecutor) and the Braintree Public Schools and its designated liaison (school principal, school resource officer) as appropriate. The Norfolk District Attorney’s Office shall endeavor to consult with the Braintree Police Department regarding conditions of release, sentencing recommendations and other appropriate information that may enhance school and community safety, and the ability of the Braintree Public Schools and the Braintree Police Department to monitor court ordered conditions.

When a youth from the community has been charged with a felony, the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office will endeavor to confirm that information for the Braintree Public Schools and the Braintree Police Department that the youth has been notified of the charges and arraigned.

The Norfolk District Attorney’s Office shall participate in regular school safety (juvenile justice roundtable) forums with the Braintree Public Schools and the Braintree Police Department. Through these confidential forums, the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office shall bring together school administrators, police officers, prosecutors and representatives from the Departments of Probation, Youth Services and Children and Families, as appropriate, to share information about court-involved and at-risk youth, to the extent permitted by law. These professionals shall work together to maintain school and community safety by developing early intervention strategies, linking appropriate services, monitoring student progress and ensuring compliance with court ordered conditions. The Norfolk District Attorney’s Office shall endeavor to inform roundtable members, as necessary, of victims within the Braintree Public Schools to facilitate safety planning and enforcement of court ordered conditions. Any information discussed during such meetings shall be considered confidential and subject to privacy restrictions established by law.

High School

Mission Statement

P R I D E

Pride is the hallmark of Braintree High School. We support all learners toward mastering a rigorous curriculum that builds upon students’ strengths and addresses their individual needs. We are committed to ongoing reflection in our educational practice. We believe that a positive school climate comes from a sense of partnership and co-curricular involvement among all constituents in the school and community. This partnership is built upon respect for diverse ideas, experiences, and contributions. We are committed to providing a professional and educational environment that emphasizes personal well-being and responsibility; effective communication skills; critical thinking and problem solving; and creativity through the arts, sciences, and humanities, so that our students prosper as life-long learners and global citizens of the 21st century.

The essence of our mission statement can be found in the acronym PRIDE:
Partnership
Respect and Responsibility
Involvement
Diversity
Educational Excellence

School-Wide Expectations

Students at Braintree High School will:

  1. Be prepared and ready to learn.
  2. Think critically.
  3. Solve real-world problems.
  4. Communicate effectively.
  5. Develop self-discipline, self-respect, and self-reliance.

Administration

Braintree High School

Headmaster

Dr. Christopher Scully
christopher.scully@braintreeschools.org

Housemasters

  1. Andrew R. Delery
    andrew.delery@braintreeschools.org
     
  2. Nancy E. Moynihan
    nancy.moynihan@braintreeschools.org
     
  3. Matthew J. Riordan
    matthew.riordan@braintreeschools.org

Braintree High School Phone Number: (781) 848-4000

School Committee

  • Lisa Fiske Heger, Chairperson
  • Thomas Devin, Vice Chairperson
  • Cyril Chafe
  • Jennifer Aborn Dolan
  • George Kokoros
  • Kate Naughton
  • Joseph Sullivan, Mayor

Braintree Public Schools

  • Dr. Frank Hackett, Superintendent of Schools
  • James Lee, Assistant Superintendent
  • Jennifer Fay, Director of Personnel & Student Services
  • Edward Cronin, Director of Finance & Operations

General Information

School Hours

The high school office is open daily from 7:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

Administrators can usually be reached until 5:00 P.M.

House System

The high school is organized on a modified house plan.  This is accomplished by organizing the student body and faculty into three units. The plan, utilizing a Housemaster, secretary, guidance counselors, and homeroom teachers, provides for student identity on a continuing basis.  The subject teachers work closely with the Housemaster and the guidance counselors for the growth, development and success of the individual.

Term Dates/ Report Card Distribution Dates

Braintree High School updates and posts current term averages once every term to provide students and parents with the most current academic information.  In addition, report cards are distributed to students at the end of each term and can also be viewed by parents via Aspen.

To view current term average and report card distribution dates, please refer to the Braintree High School website at:  https://www.braintreeschools.org/bhsheadmasterspage

Please note: Paper Progress Reports are no longer issued at Braintree High School.  Parents may access their child’s current term average (mid-term progress report) through the Parent or Student Portal during the above window dates.  If a parent does not have access to the Parent or Student Portal, he or she may contact their child’s House Office and request a paper copy of the student’s current term averages.

Faculty and Staff Directory

Administration

  • Dr. Christopher Scully, Headmaster
  • Mr. Andrew Delery, Housemaster
  • Ms. Nancy Moynihan, Housemaster
  • Mr. Matthew Riordan, Housemaster

Art Department

  • Ms. Heidi Hurley, Director
  • Ms. Johanna Chase – 3
  • Mr. Joseph Keaney - 3
  • Ms. Marina Michaelidis - 1

Business Ed. Department

  • Mr. Joseph Belmosto - 2

English Department

  • Mr. Rock Roberts, Director
  • Ms. Marisa Ciani – 1
  • Ms. Dawn Culbertson - 1
  • Mr. Connor Daley - 3
  • Ms. Alyson Gorman – 2
  • Mr. Alex Jefferies – 3
  • Ms. Victoria Joyce – 2
  • Ms. Lisa Murphy - 3
  • Mr. Paul Nellis – 1
  • Ms. Emily Panza - 2
  • Mr. Eric Parry - 1
  • Ms. Anne Rodzwicz – 3
  • Ms. Courtney Rollo - 2
  • Ms. Samantha Sarantakis- 2
  • Ms. Alissa Wallenstein - 1
  • Ms. Kera Wiggin - 3

Family and Consumer  Science Department

  • Ms. Kelly Fox – 1
  • Ms. Haley McAuliffe - 1

World Language

  • Ms. Gail Ward, Director
  • Ms. Hillary Carpinella - 3
  • Ms. Mercedes Gutierrez Garcia - 3
  • Ms. Anny Jameson - 2
  • Mr. Kevin Jameson - 2
  • Ms. Jeanine McKinnies - 3
  • Ms. Meghan Murphy - 2
  • Mr. James Nichols - 2
  • Ms. Jessica Noone - 1
  • Ms. Abigail Nuňez - 2
  • Ms. Cristina Roffo - 3

Guidance Department

  • Mr. Anthony Garofalo, Director - (2277)
  • Ms. Stephanie Gandolfo - (2280)
  • Ms. Cynthia Gonsalves - (2260)
  • Ms. Carrie Kulick-Clark - (2273)
  • Mr. Thomas Mazza
  • Ms. Marsha Roos - (2274)
  • Ms. Jennifer Troy - (2276)
  • Ms. Susan Brady - Sch. Psychologist (2278)
  • Dr. Mary Ford-Clark - Adj. Couns. (2275)

Mathematics Department

  • Ms. Courtney Miller, Director
  • Mr. Kevin Clark - 2
  • Mr. Raymond Cooper - 3
  • Ms. Tristyn Eckler – 2
  • Ms. Heather Feener - 1
  • Ms. Madeline Jacob - 2
  • Ms. Katelyn Laubi - 2
  • Ms. Kelly Macko - 1
  • Mr. Robert McKinnies - 1
  • Ms. Christine Mulkerrins - 2
  • Ms. Dorothea Nelson - 2
  • Mr. Vincent Reardon - 1
  • Ms. Lauren Squires/Carol Skill - 3
  • Mr. Jason Williams - 1
  • Ms. Katherine Wood - 3

Media Center

  • Ms. Susan J. Smith - 3

Music Department

  • Ms. Rachel Hallenbeck, Director
  • Mr. David Buckley – 1
  • Ms. Cassandra Sulbaran – 1

Physical Ed. Dept.

  • Ms. Melonie Bennett, Director
  • Mr. Michael Denise, Athletic Director
  • Mr. Eric Langenthal - 1
  • Mr. William O’Connell – 1
  • Ms. Maura Ranieri - 1
  • Mr. Robert Ritz - 1
  • Ms. Kaileen Spaulding - 1

Science Department

  • Dr. Betsey Clifford, Director
  • Ms. Tess Arikian - 2
  • Ms. Catherine Caracciolo - 3
  • Mr. Darren Dembrow - 3
  • Ms. Peter DiMilla - 2
  • Mr. Truong Dinh - 2
  • Ms. Sandra Dziedzic – 3
  • Ms. Amy Ferguson
  • Ms. Molly FitzGerald - 2
  • Ms. Kira Jordan - 3
  • Ms. Stephanie O'Dwyer - 2
  • Dr. Jessica Passeggio - 3
  • Ms. Susan P. Smith - 2
  • Mr. Svetlin Tassev - 2
  • Ms. Amy Thornton - 3
  • Mr. Sebastian Wood - 3

Health Department

  • Ms. Melonie Bennett – Director
  • Mr. Eric Langenthal – 1
  • Ms. Emily Shanks - 1

Social Science Department

  • Mr. Gorman Lee, Director
  • Ms. Rachel Egbert - 1
  • Mr. Richard Flanagan - 3
  • Mr. Kyle Fredericks - 1
  • Mr. Matthew Freeman - 1
  • Mr. Mallory Haupert - 3
  • Mr. Matthew Howe - 1
  • Mr. Philip Krall - 1
  • Ms. Cynthia Lang - 1
  • Mr. Michael Pelletier - 3
  • Ms. Colette Picard - 1
  • Mr. Zachary Ritland - 2
  • Mr. Zachary Samuels - 1
  • Mr. Jamie Wiggin - 2

Special Education

  • Mr. Jeffrey Rubin, Interim Director
  • Mr. Matthew Baker - 3 (LECE)
  • Ms. Nicolette Brids - 2 (STRIVES)
  • Ms. Colleen Carter - 2 (STRIVES)
  • Ms. Alyson Dimeco – 1 (LECE)
  • Mr. Warren Dimmick – 3 (LECE)
  • Mr. Marc Duffy - 3 (Learning Center)
  • Ms. Denise Fleming – 3 (LECE)
  • Mr. David Flynn – 3 (LECE)
  • Ms. Kathleen Jenkins – 3 (Learning Center)
  • Ms. Jennifer Keane - 2 (Project Prove)
  • Ms. MaryBeth Keene – 1 (Speech)
  • Ms. Michelle Larkin - 2 (Learning Center)
  • Ms. Kimberly Lourenco - 2 (Project Prove)
  • Ms. Lynn Mills – 1 (LECE)
  • Ms. Maureen Nigrelli - 1 (Learning Center)
  • Ms. Lauren Reilly - 2 (Project Prove)
  • Ms. Amanda Patrick – 3 (LECE)
  • Dr. Petra Platt – 3 Coordinator, LECE
  • Ms. Lauren Reilly - 2 (Project Prove)
  • Ms. Stefanie Ritzau - 3 (LECE)
  • Mr. Steven Trocki - 3 (COAST)
  • Mr. Steven Wakelin – 3 (Learning Center)

Computer Technology

  • Ms. Rebecca Kidwell - Director of Technology and Accountability
  • Mr. Tom Fallano - Technology Coordinator
  • Mr. Evan Fernandes – Network Manager
  • Mr. Jonathan Brace - Technician
  • Mr. Michael Cristoferi - Technician
  • Mr. Hatim Fagrach - Technician
  • Ms. Cathy Kenny - Technician

Alternative Education

  • Mr. Michael Bochman, Director
  • Mr. Robert Crook - 1
  • Mr. Dwayne Dahlbeck - 1
  • Mr. Martin Dundon - 2
  • Mr. Michael Larkin - 1
  • Ms. Laura Lebo - 1
  • Ms. Catherine Mosesso - 2
  • Mr. Michael Tosone - 2

Home Instruction

  • Ms. Diane Radigan

English Language Education

  • Ms. Kellie Pendley, Coordinator
  • Ms. Patricia Bagnell - 1
  • Ms. Rebecca Fazio - 3

METCO Program

  • Mr. Justin Wilson, Director

Support Staff

Secretarial

  • Ms. Kathleen Finneran, Headmaster
  • Ms. Linn Casey, Special Services/Preschool
  • Ms. Pam Cushing, Special Services
  • Ms. Noreen Devlin, Special Services
  • Ms. Ann Frazier, Eng/Art/AV/Music/Technology
  • Ms. Marybeth Grieco, House 2
  • Ms. Rhonda Hill, Special Services
  • Ms. Karen Keefe, SS/Sci./World Lang./Math/Bus.
  • Ms. Paula Kelly, House 1
  • Ms. Margaret MacDonald, Guidance
  • Ms. Janis McLarnon, PE/Athletics/FCS
  • Ms. Catherine Pugsley, House 3
  • Ms. Janice Weitbrecht, Technology

Classroom Assistants (Paraprofessionals)

  • Ms. Nancy Bucknam - Special Services
  • Ms. Pamela Burke - Special Services
  • Ms. Jeanne Flaherty - Special Services
  • Ms. Virginia Holmes - Special Services
  • Mr. Matthew Lynch - Special Services
  • Mr. Timothy Lynch - Special Services
  • Ms. Patricia O’Neil - METCO
  • Ms. Marisa Ranalli - Special Services
  • Ms. Nicki Shaban - Special Services
  • Ms. Christine Sheehan - Special Services
  • Mr. Mark Troy - Special Services

Data Processing

  • Ms. Sandra Lyons - 1

Registrar

  • Ms. Susan Archdeacon

School Nurses

  • Ms. Jean Afzali, Director
  • Ms. Brenna Coughlin
  • Ms. Diane Bulman
  • Ms. Heidi Morris

Reception/Security

  • Receptionist - Ms. Susan Frazier
  • Building Monitor - Ms. Patricia Norton
  • Security - Mr. Michael Bradford
  • Security- Mr. Sam Waters
  • Security- Mr. Brian Murphy

Student Activities / Clubs

Fees

  • Students participating in ANY extracurricular activity (including clubs, dances, and proms) will be charged an annual fee of $50.00 per student, per year.

  • Students eligible for free or reduced lunch may request a fee waiver.

Eligibility

  • Fall Activities: Students participating in extracurricular activities must earn the equivalent of 25 credits or more from 5 major courses taken the previous year and maintain an overall average of 70 in all courses (based on final, not 4th term, grades). Students enrolled in five major courses only must pass all five in order to maintain eligibility.
  • Winter and Spring Activities: Students participating in extracurricular activities must earn the equivalent of 25 credits or more from 5 major courses taken the previous marking period and must maintain an overall average of 70 in all courses. Those students enrolled in only five major courses must pass all five in order to maintain eligibility.  If a student receives a No Credit (NC) grade in a course, they will lose 1 credit for the term.  Students must earn the equivalent of a minimum of 25 credits to remain eligible.  The student’s numeric average will reflect the earned grade.

For a complete list of activities, clubs, and honor societies (including selection procedures and criteria), please visit the Braintree Public Schools website at:  www.braintreeschools.org/bhsclubs

 

Academic Information

Please refer to the Braintree High School Program of Studies for the following information:

  • Graduation Requirements
  • Promotion Requirement
  • Class Rank – Mark Weighting System
  • Advanced Placement Program (AP)
  • Honor Roll

 For more information visit: www.braintreeschools.org/bhsprogramofstudies

Change of Program Procedures

Course, Teacher, and Schedule requests for Change

Program changes must be made by following the processes listed below:

Program Errors will be Corrected Immediately

  • When verification list differs from the printed schedule.
  • When prerequisites are not met to remain in a specific level.
  • When course load requirements are not met.

 Deadlines for Course/Level Changes

  • Requests for course changes will not be considered after the second full week of classes.
  • Requests for level changes in full year courses must be made no later than one week after term one report cards are distributed.  After this date, level changes may be approved by the appropriate academic director for the beginning of the second semester, but no later than the second week of the semester.
  • Requests for level changes in semester courses must be made no later than one week after the first progress reports are distributed.
  • Cases involving extenuating circumstances may be reviewed by the counselor and the academic directors on an individual basis.

Request for Level Change

  • Student discusses the request with the counselor.  If the student desires, at the conclusion of this conference, a Request for Program/Course Change form will be completed.
  • Student obtains teacher and parent comments and signatures.
  • If the counselor, student, parent and teacher approve of the request, the form will be forwarded to the appropriate Curriculum Director for review.
  • If the Director agrees that the change is appropriate, he or she will sign the form and return it to the counselor for processing.
  • If the Director does not agree, he or she will call the parent or counselor.
  • A parent/student/teacher/counselor/Director conference then will be arranged by the counselor to resolve the problem.
  • If agreement cannot be reached in Step F, the decision shall be referred to the Headmaster.  All appropriate information will be forwarded to him.
  • The counselor will summarize the data and record the final decision in the student’s temporary record file.

Request for Teacher Change

  • Requests for a teacher change must be referred to the appropriate Curriculum Director in writing.
  • The Director will call the parent to discuss the request.
  • A parent/teacher/counselor/Director meeting will be arranged by the appropriate Director, if necessary.
  • If agreement cannot be reached, the decision will be referred to the Headmaster.  All appropriate information will be forwarded to him.
  • Counselor will summarize the data and record the final decision in the student’s temporary record file.
  • All requests for course changes and/or teacher changes must be discussed during a student’s study period.  Students may not schedule appointments with counselors and/or administrators during regular class time.
  • Until the change has officially been made students are required to remain in the originally scheduled class(es)

Academic Integrity Policy

Braintree High School PRIDES itself on students putting forth their own best efforts and their best work on a daily basis. With that in mind, we maintain this Academic Integrity Policy to ensure that students are meeting these high standards:

Assignment Type

Red Tier

Homework

Extended Day Detention & "0" on assignment

  • Three incidents of yellow violations

Tests/Quizzes

Extended Day Detention & "0" on assignment

  • Any act involving intentional use of material that is not of student's origin or creation
  • Using unauthorized notes, material, or electronic devices in testing environment
  • Less than 20% copied, allowed to be copied, or collaborated on where prohibited
  • Obtaining an examination ahead of authorized issue

Projects/Papers/
Assignments

Extended Day Detention & "0" on assignment

  • Any act involving intentional use of material that is not of student's origin or creation
  • Copying, allowing copying, or collaborating where prohibited
  • Greater than 20% copied, plagiarized, or completed through online translator

Assignment Type

Yellow Tier (3 incidents of Yellow violations result in Red consequences)

Homework

Up to 3 Office Detentions; Grade of 0 on homework assignment

  • Turning in homework assignment where any of the violations below occur

Tests/Quizzes

Up to 3 Office Detentions & Grade between 50-100% of earned grade (teacher discretion)

  • Any act, intentional or not, that creates an unfair advantage for the offender while disadvantaging other students
  • Observed looking at another student's work during a test
  • Greater than 20% copied, allowed to be copied, or collaborated on where prohibited

Projects/Papers/
Assignments

Up to 3 Office Detentions & Grade between 50-100% of earned grade (teacher discretion)

  • Any act, intentional or not, that creates an unfair advantage for the offender while disadvantaging other students
  • Sharing personal work or graded work with another student
  • Less than 20% copied, plagiarized, or completed through online translator
  • Less than 20% improperly or inadequately cited, effort to correctly cite is evident
  • Unauthorized use of Cliffnotes, Sparknotes, or similar study resources when prohibited

Process

  1. Teacher will speak with student’s housemaster
  2. Teacher meets with student to talk about incident and inform of consequences
  3. Teacher communicates with parent/guardian to explain incident and consequences
  4. Teacher submits student referral in Aspen
  5. Housemaster meets with student to discuss incident and issue office consequences

Definitions of Plagiarism

Plagiarism includes the following:
  • Copying verbatim words, expressions, or ideas directly from another source without giving proper credit
  • Paraphrasing written ideas from a source and rewriting in one’s own words without attributing to the author
  • Adapting an idea from another source without giving proper credit
  • Downloading material from a website or any other source without citing that source in full
  • Copying includes copying passages, sentences, or parts of sentence
  • Purchasing academic material from a website or any other source and submitting it as one’s own work
  • Not following the prescribed method of citation as set forth by the teacher for the assignment

Examinations

Mid-year and final examinations are given in all year-long academic subjects. Each exam will count as one tenth of the final year grade for a total of twenty percent of the final grade.  Final examinations are administered in all semester courses in January (for first semester courses) and June (for second semester courses).  Their exams will count as one fifth or twenty percent of the final grade.

All students are required to take all scheduled exams.

In the event a student is absent on the day of an exam(s), the parent of that student must provide a medical note or reason for that absence as outlined under the Excused Absence Policy.  Also, the parent must contact the student’s House Office by 9:00 AM on the day of the exam.

Senior Final Exam Exemption Policy

Any senior at Braintree High School is eligible to be exempt from final exams (not mid-years) in any course (other than business) if the following criteria are met:

  • A B+ average or better – cumulative for all terms and January exam
  • No more than three unexcused absences for fourth term
  • This policy applies to second semester courses and full year courses. (English, Social Studies, and Family and Consumer Science must link with first semester courses). If there is no first semester course, the exemption criteria will apply to the second semester course only.
  • Eligibility must be maintained through the last day of classes

Failure Policy

Any student receiving a grade of “E” (50-59) for the final mark has the following options:

  1. Accept the mark and receive no credit.
  2. Attend Summer School to receive credit and/or meet prerequisite.

Any mark of “F” in a required course will necessitate the student repeating that course the following year.

The School Committee has approved the following regulations:

  • If a student fails English 9, 10, or 11 with the mark of E, he/she may attend Summer School for 2½ hours per day for 4 weeks, and receive 5 credits.
  • To make up a grade of E in a semester course (Grade 12), a student may attend Summer School for 2½ hours per day for 3 weeks, and receive 2 ½ credits.
  • Underclassmen may attend Summer School in order to receive course credit if they earned a final grade of ‘F’ in English only. Full year courses require 3 hours per day for 4 weeks.
  •  Although students are not required to attend Summer School, we strongly urge and recommend that students who fail English attend.  Students may repeat the course during the next school year or may transfer credit from another accredited summer school.

Please note that running of individual Summer School courses as well as the entire Summer School program as a whole depends on enrollment.

Homework Policy 9-12

To view this policy, please visit: www.braintreeschools.org/bhshwpolicy

Incomplete Grades

A teacher can assign an incomplete grade (I) for any given term if assignments and/or tests were not completed due to legitimate long-term absences.  The work must be completed in a time span, which does not exceed the length of the absence plus one day. In no case will a student be given a grade for any succeeding term until the incomplete grade has been changed.

Physical Education Attendance and Make-up Policy

Students must be in appropriate PE dress in order to participate and receive credit. Students attending class less than 75% of the term/semester who do not make up classes will fail. Loss of physical education class time due to absence from school must be made up within two weeks.

Students must pass all eight (8) semesters of physical education to be eligible to graduate.  To pass, a student must (unless medically excused) participate in 75% of the classes in a given term or semester. Students may make up class time missed due to absence from school through Fitness Center participation after school or by taking a class during a study period with the permission of the physical education teacher.  Seniors must complete their physical education requirement before finals, in order to participate in graduation.  

Exception:  Juniors and seniors who are members of varsity or junior varsity athletic teams must participate in Physical Education a minimum of one term per semester.  The term(s), which the athlete is exempt, must coincide with his/her sport season.  During that term(s) the athlete must attend a structured study.

Students will not use physical education time to make up loss of class time in other subjects.  Physical education time may not be used in order to take make-up exams, to receive remedial help in other subject areas, or to resolve scheduling problems.  These must be done on the student’s free time, during study periods, or after school.

Withdrawing or Transferring from School

Parents must notify the student’s House Office whenever a student withdraws or transfers from school.  The student must obtain a withdrawal form from the House Office that must be signed by all staff members as indicated on the form and returned to the House Office before the student departs.  Students are obliged to return all school property and to settle all financial obligations before releasing permanent record.

Student Services

Counseling and Guidance

There are guidance counselors in each house who will be working with you during your four years in high school. We hope you will get to know your counselor well.  He or she is available to help you with:

  • personal, social problems
  • academic or other school-related problems
  • choosing high school courses
  • career counseling
  • planning further education
  • achievement, academic and ability testing, interest inventories and their interpretation

We encourage you to sign up to see your counselor during any study.

Your counselor has reference materials pertaining to careers, military services, further education and many other areas. Students wishing to use guidance services and/or see their counselors during study periods must sign up for an appointment with their guidance counselor and receive a signed corridor pass for the appointment.

Nursing Services

Students who become ill or have an accident during the school day must report to the Nurse's Office with a pass from the teacher.  Accidents on school premises are treated according to standard first-aid practices.  Care beyond first-aid is the responsibility of the parent/guardian.  The nurse will notify the parent/guardian if further treatment is needed.  All accidents resulting in student injury will be reported to the House Office immediately and the nurse will complete an accident report.

The nurse will record the student’s time of arrival and departure, as well as his/her reason for the visit to the Nurse’s Office. Upon leaving the Nurse's Office the student should obtain a pass back to class.  If a student misses an entire class block, the student should obtain written proof from the nurse.  Failure to follow this procedure could result in a class cut.  When a student is making excessive use of the Nurse's Office, the nurse will contact the home and the respective guidance counselor and Housemaster, as needed.

Students reporting to the Nurse’s Office will be evaluated by the nurse, who will then make a determination if the student should be dismissed home.  Students may only be dismissed from school after the nurse speaks with the parent/guardian. At the beginning of each year, parents/guardians are asked to complete an emergency card listing both home and work telephone numbers and the name and number of an authorized person who can act on their behalf in case of an emergency and the parent cannot be reached.  Students who drive to school still need parent permission to be dismissed.  The nurse and parent will decide if the student is able to drive safely home.  

A student who contacts his or her parent for dismissal without first being evaluated by the nurse will not receive a dismissal note from the nursing staff.  The student will be referred to his or her House office for a dismissal note.

A physician’s certificate is required for any student returning to school under the following conditions:  an illness of five days or longer, an operation, an accident, or any restrictions of activity such as students with a sling, cast, brace, splint or crutches.

It is the responsibility of parents/guardians to share medical information they feel is important to the health and safety of their child with the transportation department and all before and after school programs/clubs, including sports teams.

For a complete list of our Nursing Services, please visit the Braintree Public School website at: www.braintreeschools.org/nursingservices

Concussions

To view this policy, please visit: www.braintreeschools.org/concussion

Physical Exam and Medication Policy

To view this policy, please visit www.braintreeschools.org/nursingservices

Wellness Policy

To view this policy, please visit www.braintreeschools.org/policies

Lunch

All students will be assigned a 25-minute lunch period during the fourth period of the school day.  While in the cafeteria, students must abide by the following regulations:

  • All food must be consumed in the cafeteria.
  • All personal litter must be cleaned from the tables and placed in the appropriate trash or recycling barrels.  All students sitting at a table are responsible for their area.
  • Students may only use the restrooms adjacent to the cafeteria.
  • Students should remain seated during the lunch period.
  • If a student does not follow the cafeteria rules he/she will be removed from the cafeteria.

Lunch Times:

  • 1st Lunch 10:40-11:08
  • 2nd Lunch 11:08-11:36  
  • 3rd Lunch 11:36-12:05   

Food Service Meal Plan

To view this policy, please visit: www.braintreeschools.org/food

Peer Mediation

If a student at BHS is having a conflict with another student, peer mediation is a process that might help to resolve the conflict quickly and peacefully.  Mediation is a way of helping students to solve conflicts by talking to each other.  The mediation session is facilitated by BHS students who have been trained to listen to those in conflict and help them to resolve their problem.  The goal of mediation is to help the parties make up their own solution to the situation that they are willing to live within the future.  A guidance counselor, teacher or Housemaster may refer a student for Peer Mediation.  In addition, any student who is interested in arranging a mediation session on their own should contact Dr. Clark or their guidance counselor.

New Peer Mediators are trained every other year on the recommendation of their guidance counselor or Housemaster.

P.T.O. - Parent/Teacher Organization

The Braintree High School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is an active group that meets at various times throughout the school year.  All parents are welcomed and encouraged to attend meetings.  Dates for the year are announced in September and a variety of school related topics are presented and discussed.  We encourage parents to make a small financial membership donation at the start of each school year.  The PTO annually supports senior scholarships, various school wide educational assembly programs, and other worthwhile school initiatives.  

Senior Study Hall

Senior Study in the cafeteria is a privilege, not a right.  Seniors will be assigned to the cafeteria for study if they meet the athletic/activity eligibility requirement.  Those students who do not meet the eligibility requirement will be placed in classrooms for study hall.  Eligibility will be monitored at the end of each term and assignments will be made accordingly.

School Facilities

Elevators

Elevators are not for general student use.  Any student who needs to use the elevator because of injury or other valid reason must obtain a pass from the nurse or appropriate staff member.

Lockers

Lockers are the property of the Braintree Public Schools.  Students must use their assigned locker and not share it with anyone else.  Students are not allowed to put their own locks on lockers.  If it is necessary, a student may obtain a padlock for his/her locker from the House Office.

Media Center

The Media Center is an integral component of our school.  It is open from 7:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Monday through Thursday, and Friday until 2:05 P.M.  We encourage its use by all students. Resources in the facility include books, periodicals, newspapers, computers, e-books, books on CD, and e-readers. Students may choose to visit and use the resources of the Media Center during each of their study periods.

The procedure students will use to go to the Media Center is:

  • Students assigned a study will report directly to the study, sign-in, and request a teacher pass.  The study hall teacher will regulate the number of students allowed to access the Media Center.  Study teachers will be notified of students signed in by the Media Center staff.

The lending policy of the Media Center is as follows:

  • Resources may be checked for two weeks and renewed for an additional two weeks if needed.
  • Periodicals and reference books may not be taken from the media area (beyond the circulation desk).

The Media Specialist welcomes the opportunity to assist all students in locating and using the various resources of the Media Center.  

Restrooms

Any student needing to use a restroom during class time should follow the sign in and sign out procedures set forth by the classroom teacher and use the restroom closest to their classroom.  During lunch, the restrooms on the first floor will be open and supervised. Loitering in restrooms will not be tolerated.

Activities/Events

Dances/Activities

Braintree High School activities are for Braintree High School students only, except for the Junior and Senior Prom. Students planning on attending a prom are required to sign a Dance Contract and have their parents sign it before purchasing a ticket.  Permission to bring a non-Braintree High School Student to the Junior or Senior Prom must be approved by the student’s respective housemaster. In addition, the guest must have an administrator from his or her high school sign that he or she is a student in good standing.  BHS students who bring a guest who is not a BHS student will be responsible for the behavior of the guest.  Any infraction of school rules will result in the removal of both the BHS student and his/her guest.  A completed contract must be presented in order to purchase tickets.

No middle school student or any person 22 years old or older will be allowed to attend any high school dance 

No tickets will be sold at the event.

Students must arrive to a dance or activity within 30 minutes of the posted start time.  The only exception will be to have the late arrival approved by the activity coordinator or a school administrator prior to the dance.  No student may leave and re-enter any dance.  The alcohol detection device is available and will be used, if necessary, at school dances and other school activities.

(See Alcohol Detection Policy)

Field Trips

Field trips are an educational experience and a privilege extended to our students.

Students who are involved in a field trip must have a signed parent permission form provided by the teacher. The trip is a school function and therefore the rules concerning student conduct are applicable.  This includes, but is not limited to, offenses listed in our Discipline Code, including the Chemical Health Policy.

Absence from class or school due to a field trip does not excuse a student from class work, homework, or previously announced tests.  It is the responsibility of the student to contact teachers in advance to fulfill all academic responsibilities.

Athletics

Teams

Braintree High School competes in the Bay State Conference in the following sports:

Fall

  • Football
  • Cross Country (B & G)
  • Soccer (B & G)
  • Field Hockey
  • Volleyball (G)
  • Golf (B)
  • Cheerleading
  • Dance Team
  • Swimming

Winter

  • Basketball (B &G)
  • Ice Hockey (B & G)
  • Indoor Track (B & G)
  • Gymnastics (B & G)
  • Wrestling
  • Cheerleading
  • Dance Team

Spring

  • Baseball (B)
  • Softball (G)
  • Tennis (B & G)
  • Outdoor Track (B&G)
  • Volleyball (B)
  • Golf (G)
  • Lacrosse (B & G)

Fees

  • All students participating in athletics will be charged an athletic fee of $150.00 per sport, excluding ice hockey.
  • The fee for Varsity Ice Hockey is $425.00 per season and the fee for Junior Varsity Ice Hockey is $350.00 per season. 
  • There is a family cap for sports fees of $1200.00 per year.
  • Students eligible for free or reduced lunch may request a fee waiver.

Eligibility

As a member school of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA), specific eligibility policies of this association are followed, as well as those adopted by the Braintree School Committee.

Academic Requirements:

The following policies prevail for Braintree High School student athletes:

  • Fall Sports:  Student-athletes must have earned the equivalent of a minimum of 25 credits from 5 major courses taken the previous year and have maintained an overall average of 70 in all courses(based on final, not 4th term, grades).  Those students enrolled in only five major courses must pass all five in order to maintain eligibility.  Any incomplete grade will be averaged in as a “0” and may affect eligibility.
  • Winter and Spring Sports:  Student-athletes must have earned the equivalent of a minimum of 25 credits from 5 major courses taken the previous marking period and maintain an overall average of 70 in all courses.  Those students enrolled in only five major courses must pass all five in order to maintain eligibility.  Any incomplete grade will be averaged in as a “0” and may affect eligibility.  Please Note:  Term II report cards determine eligibility for the conclusion of Winter Sports and the beginning of Spring Sports.
  • If a student receives a No Credit (NC) grade in a course, they will lose 1 credit for the term.  Students must earn the equivalent of a minimum of 25 credits to remain eligible.
  • The student’s numeric average will reflect the earned grade.
  • Braintree High School follows all Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) rules and regulations including those on academic eligibility.

Procedures to Determine Eligibility:

  • Prior to the first contest: Each sport, each marking term (no later than 5 days before the first contest):
    • Each coach will forward FINAL rosters to the Director of Athletics.  The Athletic Director will check the eligibility of each athlete, and forward any ineligible students to the headmaster and the Director of Guidance to be crosschecked with the list of ineligible students.
  • After term I, II and III:
    • The Athletic Director will check the eligibility of each athlete, and forward any ineligible students to the Headmaster and the Director of Guidance to be crosschecked with the list of ineligible students.
  • Participation at any time during the school year:
    • After the eligibility of all student athletes is determined by the sport season, team rosters will be distributed to the Headmaster, each Housemaster, the Director of Health Services and the Director of Physical Education.

 

Attendance Policy

To view this policy, please visit the BHS Athletic Handbook at:  www.braintreeschools.org/athletics

MIAA Athletic Discipline Code

To view this policy, please visit the BHS Athletic Handbook at: ww.braintreeschools.org/athletics

MIAA Chemical Health Rule

To view this policy, please visit the BHS Athletic Handbook at:  www.braintreeschools.org/athletics

Concussion and /or Head Injuries

To view this policy, please visit:  www.braintreeschools.org/athletics

Student Government

Student Council

Advisor: Ms. Jennifer Troy

The Braintree High School Student Council serves:

  • To act as a liaison between the administration and the entire student body
  • To work jointly with the administration, the faculty and the student body in solving school and community concerns
  • To encourage a higher quality of school morale and involvement
  • To promote a positive environment within the school
  • To recognize and protect the needs of students
  • To coordinate and lead school and community service projects

The BHS Student Council is comprised of 44 elected members, including Student Council Officers, Class Officers, and Class Representatives. 

The 4 Student Council Officers (President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer) are nominated each spring from amongst the current Council members, and elected from a vote by the entire student body to serve the following school year. 

Class Councils

Each of the Class Councils (freshmen, sophomore, junior, and senior) is comprised of 10 members, including the 4 officers and 6 representatives that are elected each year.  Elections are held in June of the previous year for the upcoming sophomore, junior and senior classes, and in the fall for the incoming freshmen.

To be eligible to run for class officer/class representative, a student must:

  • Be a member of that class, and be academically eligible at the time of elections
  • Obtain 10 signatures of classmates, 3 faculty members and his/her designated Housemaster, who will determine whether there have been any significant discipline issues on the part of this student.  If there are significant issues, the Housemaster may elect to not endorse the student’s candidacy, in which case, he/she will not be allowed to run for office.
  • Adhere to the regulations listed in the student Council Constitution and by-laws (specifically for current members seeking re-election)

In order to be elected for an officer position:

  • Candidates must receive 50.1% of their classmates’ votes.
  • Each candidate will be required to make a speech at an assembly of his or her classmates prior to the election.

In any category in which no candidate receives 50.1% of the vote, a run-off election will be held the next day, between the top two vote getters.  Any student, who is not elected to an officer position, will automatically be placed on the Class Representative Ballot.

Class Representative positions are granted to the top 6 vote recipients for each class.

Campaign posters may be placed in designated areas around the school.  All candidates who have met the eligibility requirements to run for office/representative will receive a written policy regarding speeches and campaigning, which must be adhered to.  Failure to adhere to this policy may result in termination of a student’s candidacy.

Student Officers

Student Council Officers

  • President: Bashar Abraham
  • Vice-President: John Harrington
  • Secretary: Molly Smith
  • Treasurer: Kaitlyn O'Rourke
  • Advisor: Ms. Jennifer Troy

Class of 2019 (Seniors)

  • President: Colleen Donahoe
  • Vice-President: Colin Babineau
  • Secretary: John Coyne
  • Treasurer: Cameron McArdle
  • Advisors: Dr. Jessica Passeggio & Ms. Hillary Carpinella

Class of 2020 (Juniors)

  • President: Matthew Barry
  • Vice-President: Colleen O’Riordan
  • Secretary: Sabrina Carnes
  • Treasurer: Kathryn Rowell
  • Advisors: Mr. Zachary Ritland & Ms. Katie Laubi

Class of 2021 (Sophomores)

  • President: Victoria Zahopoulos
  • Vice-President: Brooke Bonfiglioli
  • Secretary: Shannon Marston
  • Treasurer: Karim Mouline
  • Advisor: Ms. Haley McAuliffe

Class of 2022 (Freshmen)

  • Advisors: TBA

School Committee Representatives 2018-2019

  • Molly French
  • John Harrington
  • Molly Smith
  • Molly Tempesta

Students' Rights

  1. As guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, students have the right to freedom of expression, petition, and assembly through speech, the use of symbols, and the dissemination of written viewpoints as well as the right to assemble peaceably on school property provided that no disruption or disorder is caused within the school or its program. (Any expression made by the student(s) will not be deemed to be the expression of school policy, and school personnel will not be held responsible.
     
  2. Chapter 76, Section 5 of the Massachusetts General Laws provides that “Every person shall have the right to attend the public schools of the town where she/he actually resides, subject to the following section. No person shall be excluded from or discriminated against in admission to a public school of any town, or in obtaining the advantages, privileges and courses of study of such public school on account of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation.” Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1974 also prohibits discrimination on the basis of race and national origin. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 also prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. It is the policy of the Braintree Public Schools to abide by all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination.
     
  3. Any student who believes he/she may have been the victim of discrimination will be informed by the Headmaster/Principal of the school’s grievance procedures and will, upon request, receive a copy of these procedures.
     
  4. No student shall be discriminated against because of marriage, pregnancy, or parenthood and may require a physician's certificate stating that the student is under medical care.
     
  5. All students have the right to attend school without fear of harassment, threats, or reprisals. Any student violating these or any other civil rights of students will be dealt with by administration and, depending on the nature and severity of the violation, may be suspended from school for up to 10 days, expelled, and/or reported to the police department.

Bullying, Harassment, Sexual Harassment, Discrimination, and Hate Crimes Policy

Please refer to Braintree Public Schools District Policy.

Hazing

No student, employee or school organization under the control of the School Committee shall engage in the activity of hazing a student while on or off school property.  No organization that uses the facilities or grounds under the control of the School Committee shall engage in the activity of hazing any person while on school property.

The term “hazing” means any conduct or method of initiation into any student organization, whether on public or private property, which willfully or recklessly endangers the physical or mental health of any student or other person.  Such conduct shall include whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the weather, forced consumption of food, liquor beverage, drug or other substance, or any other brutal treatment or forced physical activity which is likely to adversely affect the physical health or safety of any such student or other person, or which subjects such student or other person to extreme mental stress, including extended deprivation of sleep or rest or extended isolation.

Any student who observes what appears to them to be the activity of hazing another student or person should report such information to the Headmaster including the time, date, location, names of identifiable participants and the types of behavior exhibited.

Students and employees of the Braintree School System are obligated by law to report incidents of hazing to the police department.

Any student who is present at a hazing has the obligation to report such an incident. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action by the school against the student and could involve suspension from school for up to three days. Any student who participates in the hazing of another student or person may, upon the approval of the Superintendent of Schools, be suspended for up to ten (10) school days.  

Any student determined by the Headmaster to be the organizer of a hazing activity may be recommended for expulsion from school, but will receive no less disciplinary action than that of a participant.

In all cases relating to hazing, students will receive procedural due process.

Legal References:  Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 269, Sections 17-19

Military Recruiters and Student Information

As part of the federally enacted “No Child Left Behind Act of 2001” Armed Forces recruiters are entitled access to secondary school students’ names, addresses and telephone numbers, unless we have received a request from a parent or guardian that such information not be released.  Recruiters traditionally request information prior to students’ junior and senior years.  Parents will receive notification in September of their child’s junior year with information on the process for opting out prior to October 1.  After that date, we will release lists to authorized military sources upon request, in order to comply with federal law.

Search and Seizure

The school administration reserves the right to search automobiles on school property, lockers, desks, gym bags, and/or other clothing of students when a determination has been made that such a search would be in the interest of safety and/or the health of that student or other students.

Such searches and subsequent seizure of substances and/or contraband will be conducted based on reasonable suspicion as a result of reliable reports from credible sources, personal observations of students engaging in prohibited conduct, and observations of suspicious behavior.  Such searches will not be performed in an arbitrary or capricious manner.

Any student who refuses a reasonable search on the part of administration will be referred to the Braintree Police and will face school disciplinary consequences for insubordination.

For a complete overview of the BPS Search and Seizure policy, please visit www.braintreeschools.org/policies

Student Records

Regulations pertaining to Student Records were developed by the Massachusetts State Board of Education to insure parents, students, and former students of their rights of confidentiality, inspection, amendment and distribution of student records.  The regulations have the force of law and apply to all secondary schools.

A student's record is that information that includes:

  1. Permanent Record (transcript)
  2. Temporary Record

The permanent record is made up of personal data, courses taken, grades, credits, and class ranks. The temporary record is made up of personal discipline record, progress reports, test scores, extracurricular activities, health records and other relevant educational information.

Students and parents or guardians have the right to review and have copies of any part of the student record and such access must be provided within two (2) consecutive weekdays of the initial written request; those students who are 14 years of age or older have the right to access their records with their parents or guardian.  Students eighteen years or older may request in writing that they alone have the right of access to their record.

The student and/or parent or guardian may add relevant information to the record or by request to the Headmaster, remove inaccurate, misleading or irrelevant information. Upon denial of such a request, an appeal procedure is available through the office of the Headmaster.

At least once during each school year the school will publish and distribute a routine letter to students and parents or guardians informing them of the above information.

Your student record is available to the professional staff and/or their designee. They do not need permission to see your records.  NO information in your student record is available to anyone outside the school system without written permission from you or your parent or guardian.  You also have the right to withhold individual parts of the records.  However, there are a few exceptions to this ruling:

  1.  The school must supply your records to a probation officer.  The school must release your records if there is a court order or subpoena.  In these cases, the school must notify you or your parent or your guardian before the records are released.  You can contest or question the court order by acting quickly through a lawyerThe Superintendent of schools may provide anonymous data to the Massachusetts Department of Education or independent researchers when required for research purposes.
     
  2. The Special Education Department may examine or copy your records if you are being referred for a Team evaluation and have signed permission for testing, or if you are a student with special needs.  
     
  3. A permanent sign-in sheet or log must be kept as a part of your temporary record.
     
  4. The temporary record, including the health record, of each student will be destroyed during the summer months immediately after the student’s graduation.  Two months prior to graduation, each senior will be notified through the Headmaster’s office that he/she may request a copy of the temporary record before the record is destroyed.
     
  5. Permanent records will be held for (60) sixty years.

Policies and Procedures

Buses/Late Buses, Bus Privleges

Braintree Public Schools has bus transportation available to all students who live at least two miles from Braintree High School.  The transportation fee is $180.00 per student.  The maximum transportation charge is $250.00 per family per year.

Students eligible for free and reduced lunch may request a fee waiver.

Late buses are provided for those bus students who must remain after school for academic, extracurricular, athletic, or disciplinary reasons.  A late bus pass, signed by the faculty member for whom the student has stayed, must be shown before the student can board the late bus.  Loitering after school will not be permitted and those students who violate this policy will face disciplinary action.  Late buses depart from Braintree High School at 3:20 PM, Monday through Thursday, from the front entrance.

If you have any questions or need to make special arrangements, please feel free to contact the Assistant Superintendent.

All school rules are in effect on school buses and around bus stops and during loading and/or unloading procedures.

Students must obey their bus driver at all times.  The driver may not remove a student from the bus for disciplinary reasons.  However, the driver must report all violations of safety regulations as well as any behavior problems to the appropriate Housemaster at the first opportunity.  The Housemaster has the authority to deny any student(s), at any time, the privilege of riding a school bus for a just cause.  The Housemaster must notify a parent or guardian in writing of all complaints received and action taken, and he/she must notify parents immediately by phone when a student’s riding privilege has been suspended.

Smoking, drug use, or consumption of alcoholic beverages on the bus are absolutely forbidden.

Students will be let off and picked up at the front entrance of the school building.  Students are required to enter the building and not leave school property.  Buses will stop only at regularly planned stops.

College Visits

When a junior or senior plans to visit a college or a college fair during a regular school day, the following procedures must be followed:

  • He/she must have written permission from a parent approved by his/her guidance counselor and Housemaster.
  • If the college confirms the visit, it will record as a field trip.
  • Two (2) college visits days will be allowed during both the junior and senior year.
  • Attendance at a college fair outside of BHS is considered one (1) visit.

Computer Use Policies

To view the following policies, please visit: www.braintreeschools.org/policies

  • Network & Technology Responsible Use Policy
  • Internet Safety Policy
  • Website and Social Media Policy

Food

Food can only be consumed in the cafeteria.  There is to be no eating of food in classrooms, corridors or the locker areas.  Students who violate this restriction will be asked to dispose of the food immediately.  Failure to do so or a repeat violation will result in disciplinary action.  All staff will strictly enforce this policy.

Fundraising by Students

Students at Braintree High School are allowed to participate in fundraising activities on a limited basis.  Such activities must have the approval of the Superintendent of Schools and the Headmaster.

Identification Card Policy

All students will be issued identification cards at the start of the school year and will be required to carry the identification card while in school. Students will be required to scan their ID card when signing in tardy for school and may be asked to show their cards upon entering any school sponsored dance and/or activity. Failure to show an identification card may result in the student being excluded from the event.

Lost and Found

Articles of clothing and books will be deposited in the Lost and Found located in House One.  Keys, money, wallets, pocketbooks, and other valuables will be turned into a House Office.  

Money or other valuables should not be left in lockers, as the school cannot assume responsibility for any lost or stolen personal property.  Any student who loses any personal and/or school property must report it to his/her respective House Office and fill out the appropriate form

Moment of Silence

In accordance with Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 71, Section 1A, B.H.S. will observe an announced moment of silence each morning.  This time can be used for meditation or prayer and no other activity will take place during this time.

Pledge of Allegiance

In accordance with the Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 71, Section 69, Braintree High School will display a flag in every classroom and all students will be asked to stand and “Pledge Allegiance to the Flag” every morning.

Residency Policy

To view this policy, please visit:  www.braintreeschools.org/policies

Student Travel

Please refer to Braintree Public School’s District Policy.

Visitors

Students are not allowed to bring visitors or guests to the school. All other legitimate visitors to our school will report to the reception booth and sign in. Visitors will receive a visitor’s badge to be worn while in the building.

Student Responsibilities

The code of conduct for students at Braintree High School is an integral and necessary aspect of our total educational environment. The Braintree High School student code of conduct proves an integral and necessary element in securing a positive educational environment. With the goal of providing and promoting student development, the following school regulations have been established:

Attendance Policies / Procedures

Daily Attendance

Daily attendance is taken within the first five minutes of the school day. Students who are tardy and fail to sign in at the front security booth are considered absent and truant for the day.

Absence from School

A student should never be absent from school without valid reason and a parent or guardian's knowledge. When a student is absent from school, parents are encouraged to notify their child’s House Office the morning of the absence. Otherwise, the automated caller will call the home of each student in order to notify the parent/guardian of the absence.  

  • House 1: (781) 848-4000, extension 7011  
  • House 2: (781) 848-4000, extension 7012  
  • House 3: (781) 848-4000, extension 7013

Upon returning to school after an absence, a student is required to present to their House Office a note of explanation signed by a parent or guardian stating the reason for the absence and the date(s) of the absence(s).

Excused Absences

Excused reasons for absence include:

  • Sickness or medical condition verified with a doctor’s note
  • Religious holidays
  • Bereavement absences after the death of a family member, up to 5 school days
  • Court appearances verified with a note from the court
  • School-sponsored events such as field trips, assemblies, etc.  
  • School-imposed absences for Out-of-School Suspensions
  • Documented college visitation (2 junior year and 2 senior year)
  • Extenuating circumstances as approved by the Housemaster 

Unexcused Absences

The following are considered unexcused absences:

  • Parent Phone Call
  • Sickness without a doctor’s note
  • An appointment to obtain a driver’s license
  • Family vacation  

Excessive tardiness to class is also unacceptable. Any student who is tardy to class twenty (20) minutes or more without a note from a Housemaster will have that tardiness count as an unexcused absence for that particular class.

Absence Due to Field Trips or School Functions

Students are responsible for keeping up with any work missed while they are on a school-sponsored trip. On the day following a field trip, students must have their homework completed and be prepared to take any previously announced test given in class.

Absence Due to a Class Cut

When a student is missing from any class or assigned study, the House Office is notified. If a class cut has occurred, the student will be issued disciplinary consequences (Please see Discipline Code on page 37 for further information)

Absence Due to Truancy

Truancy is an absence from school without a legitimate reason. Parents will verify when a child has been truant and a Saturday School Suspension will be issued.

The Braintree High School Administration does not condone/sponsor any type of “skip day” and such behavior is considered truancy.

Perfect Attendance

Perfect attendance certificates are awarded annually to any student who has not been absent officially from school during the entire school year. If a student is absent from his/her classes on a given day because of a school-imposed and/or sponsored absence (i.e., field trip, approved college visitation for seniors, etc.) that day will not count as an official day(s) absent. Any other type of absence such as court appearances, doctor’s appointments, funerals, etc., although excused, is considered a day absent from school. Students who are suspended from school are not eligible for perfect attendance.

 

Academic Consequences for Poor Attendance

Braintree High School has adopted an attendance policy that requires all students to attend a minimum of 90% of the sessions in each course, each term, to be eligible to receive credit for that course during that particular term. This means that the maximum number of unexcused absences a student can accrue during any marking term for any course is five (5). (Exception: Fourth term for seniors, three (3) absences is the maximum number)

If the student exceeds this number of absences, he/she will receive the grade earned for that course; however, the comment of “No Term Credit/Excessive Absence” will be added to the report card for that term and 1.00 credit will be withheld from that course at the end of the year (or semester in the case of a semester course). If the final grade is a passing grade, the student will have fulfilled the unit requirement for graduation in that particular department but will not be awarded full credit for the course. Due to this policy, it may be necessary for a student to enroll in extra courses to make up credits lost.

Example: If during the second marking period, a student has accrued six (6) or more unexcused absences in all five (5) of his/her courses, he/she will have five (5) credits withheld (one from each course) at the end of the year. This, of course, is assuming that that student completes the year with passing grades in all subjects. In this example, the student would earn a total of twenty (20) credits for the year instead of the twenty-five (25) credits he/she could have earned.

Tardiness Policy and Procedures

Tardiness to School

All students tardy to school must sign-in at the reception desk in the front lobby. Students in the main lobby at 7:34 AM are considered tardy when the one-minute warning is announced via the PA.  7:35 AM is when the tardy tone sounds for all students and the first class period begins.

The only tardies which will be excused will be those for medical appointments verified by a physician’s note, court appearances, family bereavement, and/or extraordinary circumstances determined by the House Office.

Tardiness to school is evaluated on a per term basis.

The consequences for tardiness to school in a given term are as follows:

  • Third Tardy:  Written warning to student
  • Fifth Tardy:  Office Detention
  • Eighth Tardy:  Extended Day Detention
  • Eleventh Tardy: Saturday School Suspension

8:30 AM Rule:  In order for a student to participate in any extracurricular activity, he or she must arrive to school by 8:30 A.M. and stay until 2:05.  Those students arriving after 8:30 or getting dismissed early, will not be eligible to participate in any school activity unless the tardy or dismissal qualifies as  “excused”, defined as a doctor’s appointment, court, or family funeral.

Tardiness to Class

Students who arrive to class late will be admitted by the teacher, but should present a valid pass and a reason for their tardiness.  In the absence of these, teachers will take appropriate disciplinary measures.  In addition, any student who misses more than 20 minutes of a class, without a valid reason, will be considered absent for the class.  In cases of repeated tardiness, students may be referred to the House Office. 
 

Senior Privilege

Senior Privilege- Excused Tardy to School

During Semester 2, seniors who have a study hall the first period of the day and who meet the requirements set forth in the permission form (based on Term 2 data), will be granted the privilege of arriving to school for the second period of the day (any arrival after 8:30 will be recorded as an unexcused tardy):

  • The individual student must meet the academic requirements set forth in Braintree High School’s academic eligibility policy
  • The individual student must also maintain an overall average of “75” in all classes that meet daily
  • The individual student must obtain written parental permission (Senior Privilege Permission Form)
  • Any student placed on Social Probation will be ineligible for this privilege for the duration of the Social Probation
  • The privilege may be suspended due to repeated disciplinary issues
  •  Any student caught abusing the privilege will have it revoked

The student must meet the following attendance requirement:

  • no more than 5 unexcused absences per term
  • no more than 8 unexcused tardies per term

Dismissal Procedures

Students are not permitted to leave school grounds at any time during the school day without a note from home and/or approval from the House Office. Dismissal notes must be turned in to the House Office prior to the beginning of school each day and must contain the name of the student, date of dismissal, time of dismissal, reason for dismissal, telephone number to verify and a parent/guardian’s signature.

If any of the above is omitted and/or a parent cannot be reached to confirm the dismissal, the student will not be allowed to leave the school.

If a student is dismissed from school without a legitimate reason, it is at the Headmaster’s discretion as to whether or not the student can return to school to complete the academic school day or participate in extracurricular activities.

Before leaving the building each student who is dismissed either by note or from the health office must sign out on the dismissal list at the reception desk in the front lobby.

Failure to sign out or dismissal from school using a false or forged note will result in a Saturday School Suspension and notification to parents.

Make Up Work Policy

Due to Absence

Students who have been absent from school have the responsibility to consult with all their teachers outside of class time, in regards to work missed during their absence, including the class that is dropped the day they return. Upon returning to school the time limit for the completion of all work, including the work required for the dropped class, will be the length of the absence plus one day. Work not made up by the given deadline will result in a “0.” Extension of this time limit will be granted at the discretion of the teacher involved or by the Housemaster, if extenuating circumstances have occurred.  

Due to Exclusion (suspension)

Students who are suspended from school are expected to complete all graded work missed during the time of their suspension.  The teacher will give the student those assignments that he or she can complete on his or her own. Credit will be given for these assignments. The time limit for the completion of work missed shall be the length of the suspension plus a day.  Work not made up by the given deadline will result in a “0.”
Due to Truancy or Cutting a Class

Students who are truant from school and/or cut a class (es) will not be allowed to make up missed assignments or assessments and will not receive credit for any work missed.  

Due to Field Trips or School Functions

Students are responsible for keeping up with any work missed while they are on a school-sponsored trip. On the day following a field trip, students must have their homework completed and be prepared to take any previously announced assessment given in class.

Work assigned prior to a student’s absence

Long term assignments and/or assessments assigned four school days or more in advance of an absence should be submitted and/or taken on the day they are due and are subject to the teacher’s policy. Extensions will not be granted as the student was aware of those assignments/assessments prior to their absence. Extenuating circumstances as approved by the Housemaster may result in an extension.  

Cell Phone / Electronic Devices/BYOD

Students are not permitted to use cell phones or any other type of electronic equipment for non-educational purposes during school hours, except while in study hall or the cafeteria.  However, it should be noted that students may not use any electronic device for the purpose of making phone calls during the school day.

It is recommended that all electronic devices be left at home, for the school cannot assume responsibility for lost or stolen personal property.  Students participating in the school’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative are expected to have those devices covered under personal insurance as the school’s insurance does not cover loss or damage to personal property.

If a student is found using an electronic device for non-educational purposes by a staff member in class or in an unauthorized area, the student will be told to put the device away and reminded of the Cell Phone/Electronic Device Policy.  A record of the incident will be forwarded to the student’s House Office.  Students who do not comply with this policy will be referred to the House Office for disciplinary action and repeat offenders will have their items confiscated.

Use of cell phones for photography purposes is prohibited, unless specified by a teacher as part of a lesson. Violators will have their cell phones confiscated and the device will be returned to parents.

In accordance with the regulations set forth by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the College Board, the use of cell phones during standardized testing is expressly prohibited.  This included, but is not limited to, the MCAS, PSAT, SAT and AP exams.  Any student caught using a cell phone during standardized testing will have his/her test confiscated and his/her test score will be invalidated.

The following guidance applies to students’ electronic devices as part of the BYOD initiative:

  • Students are expected to fully charge the device prior to each school day.  Use of outlets in the classroom for device charging is at the discretion of the teacher.  Secure areas for charging devices will be available, but students are responsible for device safety and security at all times.
     
  • Students using the school’s wireless network are bound by the Network & Technology Responsible Use Policy even if the device is personal property.
     
  • If a student does not have regular and reliable WiFi or ethernet on a computer (not a cell phone) at home, he/she or the family should contact the student’s guidance counselor, who will work with school resources to assist the student in participating in the BYOD initiative.
     
  • Any images or content on the electronic wallpaper, case, screensaver, or profile picture that a student employs (even on a personally-owned device) in school must be appropriate for the school community as outlined elsewhere in this handbook.

Parents needing to contact their child during the school day should contact him/her through the students’ House Office by calling 781-848-4000.  Please refrain from contacting your child via his/her cell phone during the school day for it interrupts the educational learning process.

Dress Code

Students are reminded that Braintree High School is a learning environment and a place of business.  Students are expected to exercise maturity and responsibility in all matters including their dress and personal grooming habits.  Parents are also expected to monitor the attire of their children.  Students must meet normal standards of cleanliness and modesty and pose no health or safety threat to the school in a way that disrupts the academic process.  Students should take pride in their appearance, dress appropriately and dress for success.

If a student is wearing an item of clothing not permitted by the handbook guidelines, parents/guardians will be contacted to bring a change of clothing to school for the student or the school will provide clothing if needed.  The student will not be able to resume his/her regular schedule until his/her clothing is modified.


Specific dress code regulations:

  • Teachers have the right to ask students not to wear hats in their individual classrooms.  When a teacher so instructs his/her students, everyone will remove their hats immediately upon entering that room.  No Hat stickers will be posted at the entrance of the rooms where teachers have chosen to use this option.
     
  • Hoods may not be worn at any time
     
  • Shirts, tops and all dresses may not expose the midriff, navel, shoulders, back, or show any cleavage.   For example, tube tops and spaghetti straps are not permitted.  All tank tops must have at least a one inch shoulder strap and not expose any undergarments
     
  • Accessories, which could reasonably be considered detrimental to student health and safety, are not permitted in school.
     
  • Shirts or other clothing, or jewelry, which displays a message or illustration of a profane nature, sexual connotation, violent advertisement or suggestive statement relating to drugs, alcohol or any illegal substances are unacceptable and may not be worn at school.
     
  • Pants and shirts must be worn in such a way as not to reveal undergarments or expose skin normally covered by undergarments. Undergarments may not be worn as outer clothing.
     
  • The length of shorts, skirts, dresses, skorts, etc., must be no shorter than the length of the longest fingertip with the arms fully extended.
     
  • Although a student with offensive clothing may have inadvertently been allowed to attend one or more classes, this does not mean that a student cannot be referred for a dress code violation later in the day.

Gambling / Games

Gambling on school grounds is strictly prohibited.  This includes but is not limited to the use of dice, coins, and/or cards.

Obligations to the School

Any student who owes an obligation to the school in the form of money, material, or time, must satisfactorily resolve the debt before they are allowed to attend senior events or receive their final report card.

Student Driving / Parking Policy

Students who drive a vehicle on school property must view that action as a privilege that is regulated by the following rules and responsibilities.  Failure to comply with these expectations will result in disciplinary action and a referral to the Braintree Police Department:

  • Driving: Students must proceed cautiously while driving anywhere on the high school grounds.  Many cars and pedestrians travel to and from school and any type of reckless driving is strictly prohibited.  Students who drive to endanger the safety of others will have their driving and parking privileges revoked, their parents will be notified and they will be referred to the Braintree Police Department.
     
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents on School Property:  Any student(s) involved in any type of motor vehicle accident while on school property will be referred to the Braintree Police Department for processing and assistance.
     
  • Permit: Students driving cars to school are required to have parking permits.  These permits will be issued through building security.  Parking stickers must be attached to the driver’s side rear window.  The security guard will check stickers daily.
     
  • Parking: Students must park their vehicles in the main parking lot in the front of the school adjacent to the football field.  All vehicles must be parked within the lines of the designated parking spaces.
     
  • Parking is prohibited in the following areas:
    • The staff parking lots adjacent to the tennis courts and at the rear of the school
       
    • The side road adjacent to the Industrial Technology section of the building
       
    • Any area designated as a No Parking Zone/Fire Zone
  • Any vehicle illegally parked can and will be towed.
     
  • Students may not go to their cars during the school day without permission from the House Office.
     
  • Drivers/owners are responsible if any other students are found in their vehicles during school hours.
     
  • Student drivers who are dismissed before the end of the regular school day must leave school grounds immediately.  Waiting for other students is prohibited.
     
  • Braintree High School is not responsible for personal property in vehicles parked on school grounds.
     
  • All precautions must be taken regarding the protection of your personal property.  Please lock your vehicle at all times.
     
  • The school administration reserves the right to search vehicles parked on school property when a determination has been made that such a search would be in the best interest of the safety and/or health of that student driver and others. 

Attention all Drivers:

The access road parallel to the Cable TV Station is closed to all traffic at Braintree High School from 2:05- 2:30 PM.  Parents should make arrangements to pick up students in the front parking lot.

Student Discipline

Discipline Code

The Braintree High School mission statement emphasizes respect and responsibility.   Students are expected to respect school rules and demonstrate responsible behavior at all times.  When a student fails to respect school rules and/or fails to act in a responsible manner, he/she will be given a disciplinary consequence in order to be held accountable for his/her actions.

A student’s failure to accept his/her school-wide responsibilities could result in one or more of the following consequences:

  • Teacher Detention: (within 24 hours or at teacher’s discretion)
     
  • Office Detention: (Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 2:15-3:00 pm)
     
  • Extended Day Detention: (Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday from 2:15-5:00 PM)
     
  • Suspensions:
    • Saturday School Suspension (8:15- 11:45 AM)
       
    • Out-of-School Suspension
  • Social Probation
     
  • Expulsion

Please note that it is impossible to describe all actions that are contrary to proper behavior at Braintree High School.  In those cases, the administration reserves the right to impose consequences that are not expressly stated in the following code.

Per order of the Memorandum of Understanding, administrators will notify the Braintree Police Department of all disciplinary cases deemed appropriate.

Teacher Detention

  • A teacher detention will be assigned for minor incidents occurring within the teacher’s jurisdiction (i.e. class disruptions and unacceptable tardiness to class).
     
  • Teacher detention takes precedence over all after school activities.  It will be served for a period of time after school as designated by the teacher but will not exceed 45 minutes in length.  If a student is unable to serve the detention on the original day, the teacher will assign an alternate afternoon session, which must be served as assigned.
     
  • Parents may be contacted at any time during the disciplinary process at the teacher’s discretion.
     
  • If a student fails to appear for the assigned detention, a conduct referral will be sent to the House Office for disciplinary action.  The penalty for cutting an assigned teacher detention without a valid excuse will be an office detention or an Extended Day Detention (this decision will be left to the discretion of the Housemaster).

 

Office Detention

  • Students who are acting in a rude and uncooperative manner will be removed from the classroom and sent to their respective House Office where an Office Detention may be issued.
     
  • Office Detention is held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:15-3:00 PM.
     
  • If a student is absent from school the day of an assigned office detention, that detention must be served on the first day the student returns to school after the absence.
     
  • Students should bring study materials and remain occupied during office detention.

Offenses for which office detention may be assigned include:

  • first class cut in any subject area and first study hall cut in each semester
     
  • repeated class disruption after teacher detentions have failed to solve the problem
     
  • misbehavior in the “common areas” of the school:  cafeteria, Media Center, corridors and school grounds, including the parking lot
     
  • presence in an unauthorized area (Off Limits) as determined by an administrator
     
  • behaving in a manner deemed contrary to proper student behavior not expressly listed above

Extended Day Detention (E.D.D.)

  • The main objective of the Extended Day Detention Program is to allow students to continue their academic class work in school and still be suspended for violations of the discipline code.
     
  • Parents will be notified in writing of the Extended Day Detention, stating the reason(s) for the assignment.  
     
  • On the third Extended Day Detention assignment, a face-to-face parent conference may be requested by the respective Housemaster.
     

Offenses for which Extended Day Detention (E.D.D.) may be assigned include the following:

  • cutting class and/or study hall (second and subsequent cuts)
     
  • failure to report to an assigned detention without a valid excuse or removal from Office Detention
     
  • excessive tardiness to school (see Tardiness Policy)
     
  • failure to follow the directive of a teacher and/or administration
     
  • being in an unauthorized area
     
  • unauthorized use of classroom phones
     
  • behaving in a manner deemed contrary to proper student behavior not expressly listed above

Extended Day Detention (E.D.D) Rules and Procedures:

  1. Students assigned to E.D.D must report to the E.D.D. room at 2:15 PM and remain until 5:00 PM.
     
  2. You are not permitted to do the following things during Extended Day Detention:
    • Talk or communicate with other students
    • Leave your assigned seat without permission
    • Listen to music, play cards or games, use computers, cell phones, or other elec. devices
    • Bring food and/or drinks
    • Sleep or put your head down on your desk
  3. Any infraction of the above will be handled in the following manner:
    • First Offense – Verbal warning with notation of offense and time it occurred.
    • Second Offense – Removal from E.D.D.
    • More serious infractions such as insubordination, profanity, vandalism or leaving without permission will result in an immediate removal.
  4. Students who are tardy, sent home, or fail to report to E.D.D. will receive a Saturday School Suspension or Out-of-School suspension.
     
  5. There will be one restroom break during Extended Day Detention.
     
  6. Students who become ill will be sent home and parents called.  If this occurs, the student will need to serve the Extended Day Detention in its entirety on the next scheduled session.
     
  7. Students are not permitted to participate in athletics or any extracurricular activity on the day of an Extended Day Detention.

 

Transportation to and from Extended Day Detention is the responsibility of the student/parent.

 

Any infraction of the above will be handled in the following manner:

  • First Offense:  Verbal warning with notation of offense and time it occurred.
     
  • Second Offense:  Removal from E.D.D. and referred to the House Office
     
  • More serious infractions such as insubordination, using profanity, vandalism, or leaving E.D.D. without permission may result in immediate removal and Out-of-School Suspension.

Suspension Policy

All students must be afforded Due Process whenever deprived of their education from regular classroom instruction or from other school activities through suspension.

The following steps will be taken upon receiving a complaint or information of possible student misconduct:

  • The administrator in charge will fully investigate the matter.
     
  • The student will be told the evidence against him or her and be given an opportunity to fully explain his/her side of the story.
     
  • A hearing with the student, his/her parents, and the administrator will be conducted.
     
  • If there is evidence that the student has violated a specific standard of conduct, then the administrator in charge may suspend the student by assigning an Out-of-School Suspension.
     
  • Decisions for all suspensions will be based on the best interest of the students’ growth and educational development in the opinion of the school administration.

Saturday School Suspension

  • The main objective for Saturday School Suspension is to penalize poor conduct and at the same time avoid missing academic instructional time.
  • Parents will be notified in writing for each assignment, stating the reason(s) for the assignment.   Decisions for all Saturday School Suspensions will be based on, in the opinion of the school administration, the best interest of the student’s growth and educational development.

Offenses for which Saturday School Suspension may be assigned include the following:

  • Truancy and/or excessive tardiness to school (see Tardiness Policy on page 24)
  • Leaving the school building without permission (driving privileges may be revoked if a vehicle is involved)
  • Any attempt to misrepresent a teacher, parent, or guardian, including but not limited to using a false or forged note,  behaving in a manner deemed contrary to proper student behavior not expressly listed above

Saturday School Rules and Procedures:

  1. Students should meet the Saturday School teacher in the main lobby by 8:15AM.
    Reporting to Saturday School tardy is unacceptable.  Any tardy student will not be allowed to enter.
  2. Students will be escorted to the Media Center and will be dismissed at 11:45AM.  Early dismissals for sport teams, going to work, etc. will not be allowed.
  3. Students are not permitted to do the following things while in Saturday School:
    • Talk or communicate with other students
    • Leave your assigned seat without permission
    • Listen to music, play cards or games, use computers, cell phones, or other electronic devices
    • Bring food and/or drinks into the media center
    • Sleep or put your head down on your desk
  4. Any infraction of the above will be handled in the following manner:
    • First Offense – Verbal warning with notation of offense and time it occurred.
    • Second Offense – Parents contacted and student will be sent home.
    • More serious infractions such as insubordination, profanity, vandalism or leaving without permission will result in an immediate removal.
  5. Students who are tardy, sent home, or fail to report to Saturday School will receive an Out-of-School suspension.
  6. We want your day in Saturday School Suspension to be productive. Students who fail to bring materials to work on will be provided something to do.
  7. There will be one restroom break during the Saturday School session.
  8. Students who become ill will be sent home and parents called.  If this occurs, a student will need to serve the Saturday School in its entirety on the next scheduled session.
  9. Students are not permitted to participate in athletics or any extracurricular activity on the day of a Saturday School Suspension.

Transportation to and from Saturday School is the responsibility of the student/parent.

Out of School Suspension

  • Out-of-School Suspension will be assigned by the administration for certain serious infractions of school rules.  Parent(s) or guardian(s) will be notified by telephone, followed by a letter, explaining the nature and length of the suspension.  If the parent(s) or guardian(s) of the student involved wishes to have a conference at this point, the request will be granted.
  • A student cannot participate in any school activity from the time he/she is suspended until he/she is reinstated.
  • Unless otherwise authorized by administration, a parent or guardian will be required to attend a re-admittance conference with administration, following the suspension
  • The school building and grounds are off limits to a suspended student. If a student violates this regulation, the police may be called for a trespassing complaint.
  • The student has the responsibility of requesting his/her make-up work.  The teacher will give the student those assignments that he/she can complete on his/her own.  Credit will be given for these assignments.  The time limit for the completion of work missed shall be the length of the suspension plus one day.
  • Upon request, the Guidance Department will assist in collecting work for a student who is suspended for more than 3 days.

Offenses for which an Out-of-School Suspension could be assigned:

  • Abusive disrespect or flagrant insubordination to a staff member
  • Use/possession or in the presence of tobacco products anywhere on school grounds, on school buses, or during school sponsored functions
  • Open profanity directed at another person
  • Stealing (restitution will be required)
  • Willful destruction of school property (restitution will be required)
  • Harassment/ bullying
  • Fighting in severe assault cases, the matter may be referred to the Braintree Police Department.
  • Use and/or possession of alcohol, drugs, or narcotics: legal action will be initiated
  • Possession of any type of incendiary device (i.e., fireworks)
  • Projecting any object in such a way as could cause an injury to another student
  • Possession of any instrument which may be construed as a weapon or facsimile thereof
  • Behaving in a manner deemed contrary to proper student behavior not expressly listed above

A student being suspended for any other reason, pursuant to G.L. Chapter 71, §37H¾, shall be entitled to due process as shown below:

  1. Except for Emergency Removals, prior oral and written notice of the charge shall be provided to the student, and to the student’s parent. The student shall be given the opportunity for a meeting/hearing with the principal before the suspension takes effect. 
  2. If the primary language of the student’s home is not English, the notice(s) shall be translated into the primary language spoken in the home. 

    The principal will make reasonable efforts to include the parent(s) in the meeting/hearing
     
  3. If the principal notifies the student and student’s parents of intent to impose a long-term suspension (more than ten (10) days), the student shall have the following rights:
    • In advance of the hearing, the opportunity to review the student’s record and the documents upon which the principal may rely in making a determination to suspend the student or not;
    • the right to be represented by counsel or a lay person of the student’s choice, at the student’s/parent’s expense;
    • the right to produce witnesses on his or her behalf and to present the student’s explanation of the alleged incident, but the student may not be compelled to do so; and
    • the right to cross-examine witnesses presented by the school district;
    • the right to request that the hearing be recorded by the principal, and a copy of the audio recording provided to the student or parent upon request
  4. A parent attending the meeting/hearing for any suspension may request that the proceeding is audiotaped. All parties in attendance will be notified that the proceedings are being recorded. 
  5. Following meeting/hearing, the principal will provide a written decision.
  6. If the principal imposes a long-term suspension, the student and/or parent may appeal the decision to the Superintendent of Schools. 

Chemical Health Policy

Overview

Braintree High School, in accordance with the MA Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA), recognizes the use of chemicals as a significant health problem for adolescents, resulting in negative effects on behavior, learning, and development. Braintree High School, in order to participate in MIAA athletics, is required to adopt the MIAA Chemical Health Policy as a minimum standard for its athletes.

In order to provide disciplinary equity for all students, Braintree High School has adopted its own, more comprehensive Chemical Health Policy. The Braintree High School Chemical Health Policy is intended to provide meaningful consequences for illegal and harmful activities, with the hope that families affected by these consequences will use their experience as an opportunity to teach and learn alternative healthy lifestyle choices.

Policy

The Chemical Health Policy States:  From the earliest fall practice (for all student athletes, all seasons) or from the first day of school (for all non-athletes), a student shall not, regardless of the quantity, use, consume, possess, buy/sell, or give away any beverage containing alcohol; any tobacco product (including e-cigarettes, vape pens and all similar devices); marijuana; steroids; or any controlled substance. This policy includes products such as “NA or near beer”. It is not a violation for a student to be in possession of a legally defined drug specifically prescribed for the student’s own use by his/her doctor. (Please note that carrying prescription medication is a violation of the Braintree High School Medication Policy. (To view this policy, please visit www.braintreeschools.org/nursingservices)

The practical application of the Braintree High School policy is carried out in partnership with the Braintree Police Department. By law, any underage person in the presence of the above described substances is deemed to be “in possession”. The police have the right to criminally charge students who have been deemed in possession, and these students are listed on a police report prepared by the officers at the scene.  Braintree High School considers law enforcement officials to be credible witnesses to events that take place outside of school.  Information detailed in a police report is the basis for determining when the consequences of the Chemical Health Policy will be imposed.

Chemical Health Policy Consequences

Those students who have violated the Chemical Health Policy will be subject to the following disciplinary consequences:

  • For offenses occurring on school grounds or at school sponsored events:
    • Suspension for a period of 1-10 days
    • Social probation
    • MIAA consequences
  • For offenses outside of school:
    • Social Probation
    • MIAA consequences

Alcohol Detection Policy

Braintree High School prohibits and does not tolerate the use or possession of drugs including alcohol. The Alcohol Detection Policy supports the Braintree High School Chemical Health Policy and the Memorandum of Understanding. Students exhibiting signs of alcohol consumption such as glassy eyes, slurred speech, unsteadiness on the feet, or the emission of an alcoholic odor may be required to take a test using an alcohol detection device administered by a school administrator. If a student tests positive for alcohol consumption he or she will receive two additional opportunities to take the test. Students who test positive for alcohol consumption or students who refuse to take the test upon determination that there is reasonable cause to suspect they have consumed alcohol, will be disciplined under the Braintree High School Chemical Health Policy and the Memorandum of Understanding as outlined.

Social Probation

Overview

Social Probation means that a student may not attend or participate in any school sponsored or related function or activity. This includes, but is not limited to, clubs, athletics, competitions, dances, proms, trips, banquets, and graduation.

Offenses for which Social Probation may be assigned:

  • Violation of the Braintree High School Chemical Health Policy
  • Violation of the Memorandum of Understanding
  • Any violation of the discipline code
  • Disruption or disturbance of any school sponsored activity or public assembly
  • Any action that threatens safety and security or disrupts the school environment not listed herein, which the administrator deems appropriate for Social Probation. This may include information received from the Braintree Police Department, per the Memorandum of Understanding, with regard to incidents that occur within them community, outside of the school day

Social Probation Guidelines:

  • A student who is under Out-of-School suspension is automatically under Social Probation from the moment it is assigned by the administration until the morning of the return date or date assigned by the administrator
  • For offenses not involving suspension, social probation is for a period of three (3) weeks from the date that the school notifies the student and parent/guardian; subsequent offenses will be six (6) weeks social probation.
  • Social Probation may carry over to the following school year
  • Any student who violates the terms of his or her Social Probation will receive an Out-of-School Suspension and will be placed on Social Probation indefinitely.
  • Students who are in a position of leadership may jeopardize their privilege to serve in that capacity. See next section for specific guidelines.
  • These rules are in effect seven days a week, 24 hours a day, from the first day of school to the conclusion of the academic year

Students who are members of the National Honor Society or Student Government may attend regularly scheduled meetings but will not be allowed to participate in other school sponsored activities during the period of the Social Probation. In addition, these organizations have internal ethics committees that will determine if students who hold leadership positions will be allowed to continue in their leadership role after the period of Social Probation has ended. A factor in the decision making process would be whether or not loss of leadership position would prevent the student from participating in the club or activity as a general member.

Students involved in Theatre Guild productions may rehearse but will not be allowed to participate in the production if the play/musical is within the dates of the Social Probation.

Students involved in any other school sponsored clubs and activities may attend regularly scheduled meetings but will not be allowed to participate in other school sponsored activities during the period of the Social Probation. The club advisors in conjunction with BHS administrators will determine if students who hold leadership positions will be allowed to continue in their leadership role after the period of social probation has ended. A factor in the decision making process would be whether or not loss of leadership position would prevent the student from participating in the club or activity as a general member.

Social Probation & MIAA Disciplinary Consequences

To view this policy, please visit: www.braintreeschools.org/athletics

Braintree Public Schools District Policies

High School

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Parent and Student Handbook PDF

2018-2019

Mission Statement

P R I D E

Pride is the hallmark of Braintree High School. We support all learners toward mastering a rigorous curriculum that builds upon students’ strengths and addresses their individual needs. We are committed to ongoing reflection in our educational practice. We believe that a positive school climate comes from a sense of partnership and co-curricular involvement among all constituents in the school and community. This partnership is built upon respect for diverse ideas, experiences, and contributions. We are committed to providing a professional and educational environment that emphasizes personal well-being and responsibility; effective communication skills; critical thinking and problem solving; and creativity through the arts, sciences, and humanities, so that our students prosper as life-long learners and global citizens of the 21st century.

The essence of our mission statement can be found in the acronym PRIDE:
Partnership
Respect and Responsibility
Involvement
Diversity
Educational Excellence

School-Wide Expectations

Students at Braintree High School will:

  1. Be prepared and ready to learn.
  2. Think critically.
  3. Solve real-world problems.
  4. Communicate effectively.
  5. Develop self-discipline, self-respect, and self-reliance.

Administration

Braintree High School

Headmaster

Dr. Christopher Scully
christopher.scully@braintreeschools.org

Housemasters

  1. Andrew R. Delery
    andrew.delery@braintreeschools.org
     
  2. Nancy E. Moynihan
    nancy.moynihan@braintreeschools.org
     
  3. Matthew J. Riordan
    matthew.riordan@braintreeschools.org

Braintree High School Phone Number: (781) 848-4000

School Committee

  • Lisa Fiske Heger, Chairperson
  • Thomas Devin, Vice Chairperson
  • Cyril Chafe
  • Jennifer Aborn Dolan
  • George Kokoros
  • Kate Naughton
  • Joseph Sullivan, Mayor

Braintree Public Schools

  • Dr. Frank Hackett, Superintendent of Schools
  • James Lee, Assistant Superintendent
  • Jennifer Fay, Director of Personnel & Student Services
  • Edward Cronin, Director of Finance & Operations

Student Officers

Student Council Officers

  • President: Bashar Abraham
  • Vice-President: John Harrington
  • Secretary: Molly Smith
  • Treasurer: Kaitlyn O'Rourke
  • Advisor: Ms. Jennifer Troy

Class of 2019 (Seniors)

  • President: Colleen Donahoe
  • Vice-President: Colin Babineau
  • Secretary: John Coyne
  • Treasurer: Cameron McArdle
  • Advisors: Dr. Jessica Passeggio & Ms. Hillary Carpinella

Class of 2020 (Juniors)

  • President: Matthew Barry
  • Vice-President: Colleen O’Riordan
  • Secretary: Sabrina Carnes
  • Treasurer: Kathryn Rowell
  • Advisors: Mr. Zachary Ritland & Ms. Katie Laubi

Class of 2021 (Sophomores)

  • President: Victoria Zahopoulos
  • Vice-President: Brooke Bonfiglioli
  • Secretary: Shannon Marston
  • Treasurer: Karim Mouline
  • Advisor: Ms. Haley McAuliffe

Class of 2022 (Freshmen)

  • Advisors: TBA

School Committee Representatives 2018-2019

  • Molly French
  • John Harrington
  • Molly Smith
  • Molly Tempesta

Faculty and Staff Directory

Administration

  • Dr. Christopher Scully, Headmaster
  • Mr. Andrew Delery, Housemaster
  • Ms. Nancy Moynihan, Housemaster
  • Mr. Matthew Riordan, Housemaster

Art Department

  • Ms. Heidi Hurley, Director
  • Ms. Johanna Chase – 3
  • Mr. Joseph Keaney - 3
  • Ms. Marina Michaelidis - 1

Business Ed. Department

  • Mr. Joseph Belmosto - 2

English Department

  • Mr. Rock Roberts, Director
  • Ms. Marisa Ciani – 1
  • Ms. Dawn Culbertson - 1
  • Mr. Connor Daley - 3
  • Ms. Alyson Gorman – 2
  • Mr. Alex Jefferies – 3
  • Ms. Victoria Joyce – 2
  • Ms. Lisa Murphy - 3
  • Mr. Paul Nellis – 1
  • Ms. Emily Panza - 2
  • Mr. Eric Parry - 1
  • Ms. Anne Rodzwicz – 3
  • Ms. Courtney Rollo - 2
  • Ms. Samantha Sarantakis- 2
  • Ms. Alissa Wallenstein - 1
  • Ms. Kera Wiggin - 3

Family and Consumer  Science Department

  • Ms. Kelly Fox – 1
  • Ms. Haley McAuliffe - 1

World Language

  • Ms. Gail Ward, Director
  • Ms. Hillary Carpinella - 3
  • Ms. Mercedes Gutierrez Garcia - 3
  • Ms. Anny Jameson - 2
  • Mr. Kevin Jameson - 2
  • Ms. Jeanine McKinnies - 3
  • Ms. Meghan Murphy - 2
  • Mr. James Nichols - 2
  • Ms. Jessica Noone - 1
  • Ms. Abigail Nuňez - 2
  • Ms. Cristina Roffo - 3

Guidance Department

  • Mr. Anthony Garofalo, Director - (2277)
  • Ms. Stephanie Gandolfo - (2280)
  • Ms. Cynthia Gonsalves - (2260)
  • Ms. Carrie Kulick-Clark - (2273)
  • Mr. Thomas Mazza
  • Ms. Marsha Roos - (2274)
  • Ms. Jennifer Troy - (2276)
  • Ms. Susan Brady - Sch. Psychologist (2278)
  • Dr. Mary Ford-Clark - Adj. Couns. (2275)

Mathematics Department

  • Ms. Courtney Miller, Director
  • Mr. Kevin Clark - 2
  • Mr. Raymond Cooper - 3
  • Ms. Tristyn Eckler – 2
  • Ms. Heather Feener - 1
  • Ms. Madeline Jacob - 2
  • Ms. Katelyn Laubi - 2
  • Ms. Kelly Macko - 1
  • Mr. Robert McKinnies - 1
  • Ms. Christine Mulkerrins - 2
  • Ms. Dorothea Nelson - 2
  • Mr. Vincent Reardon - 1
  • Ms. Lauren Squires/Carol Skill - 3
  • Mr. Jason Williams - 1
  • Ms. Katherine Wood - 3

Media Center

  • Ms. Susan J. Smith - 3

Music Department

  • Ms. Rachel Hallenbeck, Director
  • Mr. David Buckley – 1
  • Ms. Cassandra Sulbaran – 1

Physical Ed. Dept.

  • Ms. Melonie Bennett, Director
  • Mr. Michael Denise, Athletic Director
  • Mr. Eric Langenthal - 1
  • Mr. William O’Connell – 1
  • Ms. Maura Ranieri - 1
  • Mr. Robert Ritz - 1
  • Ms. Kaileen Spaulding - 1

Science Department

  • Dr. Betsey Clifford, Director
  • Ms. Tess Arikian - 2
  • Ms. Catherine Caracciolo - 3
  • Mr. Darren Dembrow - 3
  • Ms. Peter DiMilla - 2
  • Mr. Truong Dinh - 2
  • Ms. Sandra Dziedzic – 3
  • Ms. Amy Ferguson
  • Ms. Molly FitzGerald - 2
  • Ms. Kira Jordan - 3
  • Ms. Stephanie O'Dwyer - 2
  • Dr. Jessica Passeggio - 3
  • Ms. Susan P. Smith - 2
  • Mr. Svetlin Tassev - 2
  • Ms. Amy Thornton - 3
  • Mr. Sebastian Wood - 3

Health Department

  • Ms. Melonie Bennett – Director
  • Mr. Eric Langenthal – 1
  • Ms. Emily Shanks - 1

Social Science Department

  • Mr. Gorman Lee, Director
  • Ms. Rachel Egbert - 1
  • Mr. Richard Flanagan - 3
  • Mr. Kyle Fredericks - 1
  • Mr. Matthew Freeman - 1
  • Mr. Mallory Haupert - 3
  • Mr. Matthew Howe - 1
  • Mr. Philip Krall - 1
  • Ms. Cynthia Lang - 1
  • Mr. Michael Pelletier - 3
  • Ms. Colette Picard - 1
  • Mr. Zachary Ritland - 2
  • Mr. Zachary Samuels - 1
  • Mr. Jamie Wiggin - 2

Special Education

  • Mr. Jeffrey Rubin, Interim Director
  • Mr. Matthew Baker - 3 (LECE)
  • Ms. Nicolette Brids - 2 (STRIVES)
  • Ms. Colleen Carter - 2 (STRIVES)
  • Ms. Alyson Dimeco – 1 (LECE)
  • Mr. Warren Dimmick – 3 (LECE)
  • Mr. Marc Duffy - 3 (Learning Center)
  • Ms. Denise Fleming – 3 (LECE)
  • Mr. David Flynn – 3 (LECE)
  • Ms. Kathleen Jenkins – 3 (Learning Center)
  • Ms. Jennifer Keane - 2 (Project Prove)
  • Ms. MaryBeth Keene – 1 (Speech)
  • Ms. Michelle Larkin - 2 (Learning Center)
  • Ms. Kimberly Lourenco - 2 (Project Prove)
  • Ms. Lynn Mills – 1 (LECE)
  • Ms. Maureen Nigrelli - 1 (Learning Center)
  • Ms. Lauren Reilly - 2 (Project Prove)
  • Ms. Amanda Patrick – 3 (LECE)
  • Dr. Petra Platt – 3 Coordinator, LECE
  • Ms. Lauren Reilly - 2 (Project Prove)
  • Ms. Stefanie Ritzau - 3 (LECE)
  • Mr. Steven Trocki - 3 (COAST)
  • Mr. Steven Wakelin – 3 (Learning Center)

Computer Technology

  • Ms. Rebecca Kidwell - Director of Technology and Accountability
  • Mr. Tom Fallano - Technology Coordinator
  • Mr. Evan Fernandes – Network Manager
  • Mr. Jonathan Brace - Technician
  • Mr. Michael Cristoferi - Technician
  • Mr. Hatim Fagrach - Technician
  • Ms. Cathy Kenny - Technician

Alternative Education

  • Mr. Michael Bochman, Director
  • Mr. Robert Crook - 1
  • Mr. Dwayne Dahlbeck - 1
  • Mr. Martin Dundon - 2
  • Mr. Michael Larkin - 1
  • Ms. Laura Lebo - 1
  • Ms. Catherine Mosesso - 2
  • Mr. Michael Tosone - 2

Home Instruction

  • Ms. Diane Radigan

English Language Education

  • Ms. Kellie Pendley, Coordinator
  • Ms. Patricia Bagnell - 1
  • Ms. Rebecca Fazio - 3

METCO Program

  • Mr. Justin Wilson, Director

Support Staff

Secretarial

  • Ms. Kathleen Finneran, Headmaster
  • Ms. Linn Casey, Special Services/Preschool
  • Ms. Pam Cushing, Special Services
  • Ms. Noreen Devlin, Special Services
  • Ms. Ann Frazier, Eng/Art/AV/Music/Technology
  • Ms. Marybeth Grieco, House 2
  • Ms. Rhonda Hill, Special Services
  • Ms. Karen Keefe, SS/Sci./World Lang./Math/Bus.
  • Ms. Paula Kelly, House 1
  • Ms. Margaret MacDonald, Guidance
  • Ms. Janis McLarnon, PE/Athletics/FCS
  • Ms. Catherine Pugsley, House 3
  • Ms. Janice Weitbrecht, Technology

Classroom Assistants (Paraprofessionals)

  • Ms. Nancy Bucknam - Special Services
  • Ms. Pamela Burke - Special Services
  • Ms. Jeanne Flaherty - Special Services
  • Ms. Virginia Holmes - Special Services
  • Mr. Matthew Lynch - Special Services
  • Mr. Timothy Lynch - Special Services
  • Ms. Patricia O’Neil - METCO
  • Ms. Marisa Ranalli - Special Services
  • Ms. Nicki Shaban - Special Services
  • Ms. Christine Sheehan - Special Services
  • Mr. Mark Troy - Special Services

Data Processing

  • Ms. Sandra Lyons - 1

Registrar

  • Ms. Susan Archdeacon

School Nurses

  • Ms. Jean Afzali, Director
  • Ms. Brenna Coughlin
  • Ms. Diane Bulman
  • Ms. Heidi Morris

Reception/Security

  • Receptionist - Ms. Susan Frazier
  • Building Monitor - Ms. Patricia Norton
  • Security - Mr. Michael Bradford
  • Security- Mr. Sam Waters
  • Security- Mr. Brian Murphy

General Information

School Hours

The high school office is open daily from 7:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

Administrators can usually be reached until 5:00 P.M.

House System

The high school is organized on a modified house plan.  This is accomplished by organizing the student body and faculty into three units. The plan, utilizing a Housemaster, secretary, guidance counselors, and homeroom teachers, provides for student identity on a continuing basis.  The subject teachers work closely with the Housemaster and the guidance counselors for the growth, development and success of the individual.

Term Dates/ Report Card Distribution Dates

Braintree High School updates and posts current term averages once every term to provide students and parents with the most current academic information.  In addition, report cards are distributed to students at the end of each term and can also be viewed by parents via Aspen.

To view current term average and report card distribution dates, please refer to the Braintree High School website at:  https://www.braintreeschools.org/bhsheadmasterspage

Please note: Paper Progress Reports are no longer issued at Braintree High School.  Parents may access their child’s current term average (mid-term progress report) through the Parent or Student Portal during the above window dates.  If a parent does not have access to the Parent or Student Portal, he or she may contact their child’s House Office and request a paper copy of the student’s current term averages.

Academic Information

Please refer to the Braintree High School Program of Studies for the following information:

  • Graduation Requirements
  • Promotion Requirement
  • Class Rank – Mark Weighting System
  • Advanced Placement Program (AP)
  • Honor Roll

 For more information visit: www.braintreeschools.org/bhsprogramofstudies

Change of Program Procedures

Course, Teacher, and Schedule requests for Change

Program changes must be made by following the processes listed below:

Program Errors will be Corrected Immediately

  • When verification list differs from the printed schedule.
  • When prerequisites are not met to remain in a specific level.
  • When course load requirements are not met.

 Deadlines for Course/Level Changes

  • Requests for course changes will not be considered after the second full week of classes.
  • Requests for level changes in full year courses must be made no later than one week after term one report cards are distributed.  After this date, level changes may be approved by the appropriate academic director for the beginning of the second semester, but no later than the second week of the semester.
  • Requests for level changes in semester courses must be made no later than one week after the first progress reports are distributed.
  • Cases involving extenuating circumstances may be reviewed by the counselor and the academic directors on an individual basis.

Request for Level Change

  • Student discusses the request with the counselor.  If the student desires, at the conclusion of this conference, a Request for Program/Course Change form will be completed.
  • Student obtains teacher and parent comments and signatures.
  • If the counselor, student, parent and teacher approve of the request, the form will be forwarded to the appropriate Curriculum Director for review.
  • If the Director agrees that the change is appropriate, he or she will sign the form and return it to the counselor for processing.
  • If the Director does not agree, he or she will call the parent or counselor.
  • A parent/student/teacher/counselor/Director conference then will be arranged by the counselor to resolve the problem.
  • If agreement cannot be reached in Step F, the decision shall be referred to the Headmaster.  All appropriate information will be forwarded to him.
  • The counselor will summarize the data and record the final decision in the student’s temporary record file.

Request for Teacher Change

  • Requests for a teacher change must be referred to the appropriate Curriculum Director in writing.
  • The Director will call the parent to discuss the request.
  • A parent/teacher/counselor/Director meeting will be arranged by the appropriate Director, if necessary.
  • If agreement cannot be reached, the decision will be referred to the Headmaster.  All appropriate information will be forwarded to him.
  • Counselor will summarize the data and record the final decision in the student’s temporary record file.
  • All requests for course changes and/or teacher changes must be discussed during a student’s study period.  Students may not schedule appointments with counselors and/or administrators during regular class time.
  • Until the change has officially been made students are required to remain in the originally scheduled class(es)

Academic Integrity Policy

Braintree High School PRIDES itself on students putting forth their own best efforts and their best work on a daily basis. With that in mind, we maintain this Academic Integrity Policy to ensure that students are meeting these high standards:

Assignment Type

Red Tier

Homework

Extended Day Detention & "0" on assignment

  • Three incidents of yellow violations

Tests/Quizzes

Extended Day Detention & "0" on assignment

  • Any act involving intentional use of material that is not of student's origin or creation
  • Using unauthorized notes, material, or electronic devices in testing environment
  • Less than 20% copied, allowed to be copied, or collaborated on where prohibited
  • Obtaining an examination ahead of authorized issue

Projects/Papers/
Assignments

Extended Day Detention & "0" on assignment

  • Any act involving intentional use of material that is not of student's origin or creation
  • Copying, allowing copying, or collaborating where prohibited
  • Greater than 20% copied, plagiarized, or completed through online translator

Assignment Type

Yellow Tier (3 incidents of Yellow violations result in Red consequences)

Homework

Up to 3 Office Detentions; Grade of 0 on homework assignment

  • Turning in homework assignment where any of the violations below occur

Tests/Quizzes

Up to 3 Office Detentions & Grade between 50-100% of earned grade (teacher discretion)

  • Any act, intentional or not, that creates an unfair advantage for the offender while disadvantaging other students
  • Observed looking at another student's work during a test
  • Greater than 20% copied, allowed to be copied, or collaborated on where prohibited

Projects/Papers/
Assignments

Up to 3 Office Detentions & Grade between 50-100% of earned grade (teacher discretion)

  • Any act, intentional or not, that creates an unfair advantage for the offender while disadvantaging other students
  • Sharing personal work or graded work with another student
  • Less than 20% copied, plagiarized, or completed through online translator
  • Less than 20% improperly or inadequately cited, effort to correctly cite is evident
  • Unauthorized use of Cliffnotes, Sparknotes, or similar study resources when prohibited

Process

  1. Teacher will speak with student’s housemaster
  2. Teacher meets with student to talk about incident and inform of consequences
  3. Teacher communicates with parent/guardian to explain incident and consequences
  4. Teacher submits student referral in Aspen
  5. Housemaster meets with student to discuss incident and issue office consequences

Definitions of Plagiarism

Plagiarism includes the following:
  • Copying verbatim words, expressions, or ideas directly from another source without giving proper credit
  • Paraphrasing written ideas from a source and rewriting in one’s own words without attributing to the author
  • Adapting an idea from another source without giving proper credit
  • Downloading material from a website or any other source without citing that source in full
  • Copying includes copying passages, sentences, or parts of sentence
  • Purchasing academic material from a website or any other source and submitting it as one’s own work
  • Not following the prescribed method of citation as set forth by the teacher for the assignment

Examinations

Mid-year and final examinations are given in all year-long academic subjects. Each exam will count as one tenth of the final year grade for a total of twenty percent of the final grade.  Final examinations are administered in all semester courses in January (for first semester courses) and June (for second semester courses).  Their exams will count as one fifth or twenty percent of the final grade.

All students are required to take all scheduled exams.

In the event a student is absent on the day of an exam(s), the parent of that student must provide a medical note or reason for that absence as outlined under the Excused Absence Policy.  Also, the parent must contact the student’s House Office by 9:00 AM on the day of the exam.

Senior Final Exam Exemption Policy

Any senior at Braintree High School is eligible to be exempt from final exams (not mid-years) in any course (other than business) if the following criteria are met:

  • A B+ average or better – cumulative for all terms and January exam
  • No more than three unexcused absences for fourth term
  • This policy applies to second semester courses and full year courses. (English, Social Studies, and Family and Consumer Science must link with first semester courses). If there is no first semester course, the exemption criteria will apply to the second semester course only.
  • Eligibility must be maintained through the last day of classes

Failure Policy

Any student receiving a grade of “E” (50-59) for the final mark has the following options:

  1. Accept the mark and receive no credit.
  2. Attend Summer School to receive credit and/or meet prerequisite.

Any mark of “F” in a required course will necessitate the student repeating that course the following year.

The School Committee has approved the following regulations:

  • If a student fails English 9, 10, or 11 with the mark of E, he/she may attend Summer School for 2½ hours per day for 4 weeks, and receive 5 credits.
  • To make up a grade of E in a semester course (Grade 12), a student may attend Summer School for 2½ hours per day for 3 weeks, and receive 2 ½ credits.
  • Underclassmen may attend Summer School in order to receive course credit if they earned a final grade of ‘F’ in English only. Full year courses require 3 hours per day for 4 weeks.
  •  Although students are not required to attend Summer School, we strongly urge and recommend that students who fail English attend.  Students may repeat the course during the next school year or may transfer credit from another accredited summer school.

Please note that running of individual Summer School courses as well as the entire Summer School program as a whole depends on enrollment.

Homework Policy 9-12

To view this policy, please visit: www.braintreeschools.org/bhshwpolicy

Incomplete Grades

A teacher can assign an incomplete grade (I) for any given term if assignments and/or tests were not completed due to legitimate long-term absences.  The work must be completed in a time span, which does not exceed the length of the absence plus one day. In no case will a student be given a grade for any succeeding term until the incomplete grade has been changed.

Physical Education Attendance and Make-up Policy

Students must be in appropriate PE dress in order to participate and receive credit. Students attending class less than 75% of the term/semester who do not make up classes will fail. Loss of physical education class time due to absence from school must be made up within two weeks.

Students must pass all eight (8) semesters of physical education to be eligible to graduate.  To pass, a student must (unless medically excused) participate in 75% of the classes in a given term or semester. Students may make up class time missed due to absence from school through Fitness Center participation after school or by taking a class during a study period with the permission of the physical education teacher.  Seniors must complete their physical education requirement before finals, in order to participate in graduation.  

Exception:  Juniors and seniors who are members of varsity or junior varsity athletic teams must participate in Physical Education a minimum of one term per semester.  The term(s), which the athlete is exempt, must coincide with his/her sport season.  During that term(s) the athlete must attend a structured study.

Students will not use physical education time to make up loss of class time in other subjects.  Physical education time may not be used in order to take make-up exams, to receive remedial help in other subject areas, or to resolve scheduling problems.  These must be done on the student’s free time, during study periods, or after school.

Withdrawing or Transferring from School

Parents must notify the student’s House Office whenever a student withdraws or transfers from school.  The student must obtain a withdrawal form from the House Office that must be signed by all staff members as indicated on the form and returned to the House Office before the student departs.  Students are obliged to return all school property and to settle all financial obligations before releasing permanent record.

Student Services

Counseling and Guidance

There are guidance counselors in each house who will be working with you during your four years in high school. We hope you will get to know your counselor well.  He or she is available to help you with:

  • personal, social problems
  • academic or other school-related problems
  • choosing high school courses
  • career counseling
  • planning further education
  • achievement, academic and ability testing, interest inventories and their interpretation

We encourage you to sign up to see your counselor during any study.

Your counselor has reference materials pertaining to careers, military services, further education and many other areas. Students wishing to use guidance services and/or see their counselors during study periods must sign up for an appointment with their guidance counselor and receive a signed corridor pass for the appointment.

Nursing Services

Students who become ill or have an accident during the school day must report to the Nurse's Office with a pass from the teacher.  Accidents on school premises are treated according to standard first-aid practices.  Care beyond first-aid is the responsibility of the parent/guardian.  The nurse will notify the parent/guardian if further treatment is needed.  All accidents resulting in student injury will be reported to the House Office immediately and the nurse will complete an accident report.

The nurse will record the student’s time of arrival and departure, as well as his/her reason for the visit to the Nurse’s Office. Upon leaving the Nurse's Office the student should obtain a pass back to class.  If a student misses an entire class block, the student should obtain written proof from the nurse.  Failure to follow this procedure could result in a class cut.  When a student is making excessive use of the Nurse's Office, the nurse will contact the home and the respective guidance counselor and Housemaster, as needed.

Students reporting to the Nurse’s Office will be evaluated by the nurse, who will then make a determination if the student should be dismissed home.  Students may only be dismissed from school after the nurse speaks with the parent/guardian. At the beginning of each year, parents/guardians are asked to complete an emergency card listing both home and work telephone numbers and the name and number of an authorized person who can act on their behalf in case of an emergency and the parent cannot be reached.  Students who drive to school still need parent permission to be dismissed.  The nurse and parent will decide if the student is able to drive safely home.  

A student who contacts his or her parent for dismissal without first being evaluated by the nurse will not receive a dismissal note from the nursing staff.  The student will be referred to his or her House office for a dismissal note.

A physician’s certificate is required for any student returning to school under the following conditions:  an illness of five days or longer, an operation, an accident, or any restrictions of activity such as students with a sling, cast, brace, splint or crutches.

It is the responsibility of parents/guardians to share medical information they feel is important to the health and safety of their child with the transportation department and all before and after school programs/clubs, including sports teams.

For a complete list of our Nursing Services, please visit the Braintree Public School website at: www.braintreeschools.org/nursingservices

Concussions

To view this policy, please visit: www.braintreeschools.org/concussion

Physical Exam and Medication Policy

To view this policy, please visit www.braintreeschools.org/nursingservices

Wellness Policy

To view this policy, please visit www.braintreeschools.org/policies

Lunch

All students will be assigned a 25-minute lunch period during the fourth period of the school day.  While in the cafeteria, students must abide by the following regulations:

  • All food must be consumed in the cafeteria.
  • All personal litter must be cleaned from the tables and placed in the appropriate trash or recycling barrels.  All students sitting at a table are responsible for their area.
  • Students may only use the restrooms adjacent to the cafeteria.
  • Students should remain seated during the lunch period.
  • If a student does not follow the cafeteria rules he/she will be removed from the cafeteria.

Lunch Times:

  • 1st Lunch 10:40-11:08
  • 2nd Lunch 11:08-11:36  
  • 3rd Lunch 11:36-12:05   

Food Service Meal Plan

To view this policy, please visit: www.braintreeschools.org/food

Peer Mediation

If a student at BHS is having a conflict with another student, peer mediation is a process that might help to resolve the conflict quickly and peacefully.  Mediation is a way of helping students to solve conflicts by talking to each other.  The mediation session is facilitated by BHS students who have been trained to listen to those in conflict and help them to resolve their problem.  The goal of mediation is to help the parties make up their own solution to the situation that they are willing to live within the future.  A guidance counselor, teacher or Housemaster may refer a student for Peer Mediation.  In addition, any student who is interested in arranging a mediation session on their own should contact Dr. Clark or their guidance counselor.

New Peer Mediators are trained every other year on the recommendation of their guidance counselor or Housemaster.

P.T.O. - Parent/Teacher Organization

The Braintree High School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is an active group that meets at various times throughout the school year.  All parents are welcomed and encouraged to attend meetings.  Dates for the year are announced in September and a variety of school related topics are presented and discussed.  We encourage parents to make a small financial membership donation at the start of each school year.  The PTO annually supports senior scholarships, various school wide educational assembly programs, and other worthwhile school initiatives.  

Senior Study Hall

Senior Study in the cafeteria is a privilege, not a right.  Seniors will be assigned to the cafeteria for study if they meet the athletic/activity eligibility requirement.  Those students who do not meet the eligibility requirement will be placed in classrooms for study hall.  Eligibility will be monitored at the end of each term and assignments will be made accordingly.

School Facilities

Elevators

Elevators are not for general student use.  Any student who needs to use the elevator because of injury or other valid reason must obtain a pass from the nurse or appropriate staff member.

Lockers

Lockers are the property of the Braintree Public Schools.  Students must use their assigned locker and not share it with anyone else.  Students are not allowed to put their own locks on lockers.  If it is necessary, a student may obtain a padlock for his/her locker from the House Office.

Media Center

The Media Center is an integral component of our school.  It is open from 7:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Monday through Thursday, and Friday until 2:05 P.M.  We encourage its use by all students. Resources in the facility include books, periodicals, newspapers, computers, e-books, books on CD, and e-readers. Students may choose to visit and use the resources of the Media Center during each of their study periods.

The procedure students will use to go to the Media Center is:

  • Students assigned a study will report directly to the study, sign-in, and request a teacher pass.  The study hall teacher will regulate the number of students allowed to access the Media Center.  Study teachers will be notified of students signed in by the Media Center staff.

The lending policy of the Media Center is as follows:

  • Resources may be checked for two weeks and renewed for an additional two weeks if needed.
  • Periodicals and reference books may not be taken from the media area (beyond the circulation desk).

The Media Specialist welcomes the opportunity to assist all students in locating and using the various resources of the Media Center.  

Restrooms

Any student needing to use a restroom during class time should follow the sign in and sign out procedures set forth by the classroom teacher and use the restroom closest to their classroom.  During lunch, the restrooms on the first floor will be open and supervised. Loitering in restrooms will not be tolerated.

Activities/Events

Dances/Activities

Braintree High School activities are for Braintree High School students only, except for the Junior and Senior Prom. Students planning on attending a prom are required to sign a Dance Contract and have their parents sign it before purchasing a ticket.  Permission to bring a non-Braintree High School Student to the Junior or Senior Prom must be approved by the student’s respective housemaster. In addition, the guest must have an administrator from his or her high school sign that he or she is a student in good standing.  BHS students who bring a guest who is not a BHS student will be responsible for the behavior of the guest.  Any infraction of school rules will result in the removal of both the BHS student and his/her guest.  A completed contract must be presented in order to purchase tickets.

No middle school student or any person 22 years old or older will be allowed to attend any high school dance 

No tickets will be sold at the event.

Students must arrive to a dance or activity within 30 minutes of the posted start time.  The only exception will be to have the late arrival approved by the activity coordinator or a school administrator prior to the dance.  No student may leave and re-enter any dance.  The alcohol detection device is available and will be used, if necessary, at school dances and other school activities.

(See Alcohol Detection Policy)

Field Trips

Field trips are an educational experience and a privilege extended to our students.

Students who are involved in a field trip must have a signed parent permission form provided by the teacher. The trip is a school function and therefore the rules concerning student conduct are applicable.  This includes, but is not limited to, offenses listed in our Discipline Code, including the Chemical Health Policy.

Absence from class or school due to a field trip does not excuse a student from class work, homework, or previously announced tests.  It is the responsibility of the student to contact teachers in advance to fulfill all academic responsibilities.

Athletics

Teams

Braintree High School competes in the Bay State Conference in the following sports:

Fall

  • Football
  • Cross Country (B & G)
  • Soccer (B & G)
  • Field Hockey
  • Volleyball (G)
  • Golf (B)
  • Cheerleading
  • Dance Team
  • Swimming

Winter

  • Basketball (B &G)
  • Ice Hockey (B & G)
  • Indoor Track (B & G)
  • Gymnastics (B & G)
  • Wrestling
  • Cheerleading
  • Dance Team

Spring

  • Baseball (B)
  • Softball (G)
  • Tennis (B & G)
  • Outdoor Track (B&G)
  • Volleyball (B)
  • Golf (G)
  • Lacrosse (B & G)

Fees

  • All students participating in athletics will be charged an athletic fee of $150.00 per sport, excluding ice hockey.
  • The fee for Varsity Ice Hockey is $425.00 per season and the fee for Junior Varsity Ice Hockey is $350.00 per season. 
  • There is a family cap for sports fees of $1200.00 per year.
  • Students eligible for free or reduced lunch may request a fee waiver.

Eligibility

As a member school of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA), specific eligibility policies of this association are followed, as well as those adopted by the Braintree School Committee.

Academic Requirements:

The following policies prevail for Braintree High School student athletes:

  • Fall Sports:  Student-athletes must have earned the equivalent of a minimum of 25 credits from 5 major courses taken the previous year and have maintained an overall average of 70 in all courses(based on final, not 4th term, grades).  Those students enrolled in only five major courses must pass all five in order to maintain eligibility.  Any incomplete grade will be averaged in as a “0” and may affect eligibility.
  • Winter and Spring Sports:  Student-athletes must have earned the equivalent of a minimum of 25 credits from 5 major courses taken the previous marking period and maintain an overall average of 70 in all courses.  Those students enrolled in only five major courses must pass all five in order to maintain eligibility.  Any incomplete grade will be averaged in as a “0” and may affect eligibility.  Please Note:  Term II report cards determine eligibility for the conclusion of Winter Sports and the beginning of Spring Sports.
  • If a student receives a No Credit (NC) grade in a course, they will lose 1 credit for the term.  Students must earn the equivalent of a minimum of 25 credits to remain eligible.
  • The student’s numeric average will reflect the earned grade.
  • Braintree High School follows all Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) rules and regulations including those on academic eligibility.

Procedures to Determine Eligibility:

  • Prior to the first contest: Each sport, each marking term (no later than 5 days before the first contest):
    • Each coach will forward FINAL rosters to the Director of Athletics.  The Athletic Director will check the eligibility of each athlete, and forward any ineligible students to the headmaster and the Director of Guidance to be crosschecked with the list of ineligible students.
  • After term I, II and III:
    • The Athletic Director will check the eligibility of each athlete, and forward any ineligible students to the Headmaster and the Director of Guidance to be crosschecked with the list of ineligible students.
  • Participation at any time during the school year:
    • After the eligibility of all student athletes is determined by the sport season, team rosters will be distributed to the Headmaster, each Housemaster, the Director of Health Services and the Director of Physical Education.

 

Attendance Policy

To view this policy, please visit the BHS Athletic Handbook at:  www.braintreeschools.org/athletics

MIAA Athletic Discipline Code

To view this policy, please visit the BHS Athletic Handbook at: ww.braintreeschools.org/athletics

MIAA Chemical Health Rule

To view this policy, please visit the BHS Athletic Handbook at:  www.braintreeschools.org/athletics

Concussion and /or Head Injuries

To view this policy, please visit:  www.braintreeschools.org/athletics

Student Activities / Clubs

Fees

  • Students participating in ANY extracurricular activity (including clubs, dances, and proms) will be charged an annual fee of $50.00 per student, per year.

  • Students eligible for free or reduced lunch may request a fee waiver.

Eligibility

  • Fall Activities: Students participating in extracurricular activities must earn the equivalent of 25 credits or more from 5 major courses taken the previous year and maintain an overall average of 70 in all courses (based on final, not 4th term, grades). Students enrolled in five major courses only must pass all five in order to maintain eligibility.
  • Winter and Spring Activities: Students participating in extracurricular activities must earn the equivalent of 25 credits or more from 5 major courses taken the previous marking period and must maintain an overall average of 70 in all courses. Those students enrolled in only five major courses must pass all five in order to maintain eligibility.  If a student receives a No Credit (NC) grade in a course, they will lose 1 credit for the term.  Students must earn the equivalent of a minimum of 25 credits to remain eligible.  The student’s numeric average will reflect the earned grade.

For a complete list of activities, clubs, and honor societies (including selection procedures and criteria), please visit the Braintree Public Schools website at:  www.braintreeschools.org/bhsclubs

 

Student Government

Student Council

Advisor: Ms. Jennifer Troy

The Braintree High School Student Council serves:

  • To act as a liaison between the administration and the entire student body
  • To work jointly with the administration, the faculty and the student body in solving school and community concerns
  • To encourage a higher quality of school morale and involvement
  • To promote a positive environment within the school
  • To recognize and protect the needs of students
  • To coordinate and lead school and community service projects

The BHS Student Council is comprised of 44 elected members, including Student Council Officers, Class Officers, and Class Representatives. 

The 4 Student Council Officers (President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer) are nominated each spring from amongst the current Council members, and elected from a vote by the entire student body to serve the following school year. 

Class Councils

Each of the Class Councils (freshmen, sophomore, junior, and senior) is comprised of 10 members, including the 4 officers and 6 representatives that are elected each year.  Elections are held in June of the previous year for the upcoming sophomore, junior and senior classes, and in the fall for the incoming freshmen.

To be eligible to run for class officer/class representative, a student must:

  • Be a member of that class, and be academically eligible at the time of elections
  • Obtain 10 signatures of classmates, 3 faculty members and his/her designated Housemaster, who will determine whether there have been any significant discipline issues on the part of this student.  If there are significant issues, the Housemaster may elect to not endorse the student’s candidacy, in which case, he/she will not be allowed to run for office.
  • Adhere to the regulations listed in the student Council Constitution and by-laws (specifically for current members seeking re-election)

In order to be elected for an officer position:

  • Candidates must receive 50.1% of their classmates’ votes.
  • Each candidate will be required to make a speech at an assembly of his or her classmates prior to the election.

In any category in which no candidate receives 50.1% of the vote, a run-off election will be held the next day, between the top two vote getters.  Any student, who is not elected to an officer position, will automatically be placed on the Class Representative Ballot.

Class Representative positions are granted to the top 6 vote recipients for each class.

Campaign posters may be placed in designated areas around the school.  All candidates who have met the eligibility requirements to run for office/representative will receive a written policy regarding speeches and campaigning, which must be adhered to.  Failure to adhere to this policy may result in termination of a student’s candidacy.

Students' Rights

  1. As guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, students have the right to freedom of expression, petition, and assembly through speech, the use of symbols, and the dissemination of written viewpoints as well as the right to assemble peaceably on school property provided that no disruption or disorder is caused within the school or its program. (Any expression made by the student(s) will not be deemed to be the expression of school policy, and school personnel will not be held responsible.
     
  2. Chapter 76, Section 5 of the Massachusetts General Laws provides that “Every person shall have the right to attend the public schools of the town where she/he actually resides, subject to the following section. No person shall be excluded from or discriminated against in admission to a public school of any town, or in obtaining the advantages, privileges and courses of study of such public school on account of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation.” Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1974 also prohibits discrimination on the basis of race and national origin. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 also prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. It is the policy of the Braintree Public Schools to abide by all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination.
     
  3. Any student who believes he/she may have been the victim of discrimination will be informed by the Headmaster/Principal of the school’s grievance procedures and will, upon request, receive a copy of these procedures.
     
  4. No student shall be discriminated against because of marriage, pregnancy, or parenthood and may require a physician's certificate stating that the student is under medical care.
     
  5. All students have the right to attend school without fear of harassment, threats, or reprisals. Any student violating these or any other civil rights of students will be dealt with by administration and, depending on the nature and severity of the violation, may be suspended from school for up to 10 days, expelled, and/or reported to the police department.

Bullying, Harassment, Sexual Harassment, Discrimination, and Hate Crimes Policy

Please refer to Braintree Public Schools District Policy.

Hazing

No student, employee or school organization under the control of the School Committee shall engage in the activity of hazing a student while on or off school property.  No organization that uses the facilities or grounds under the control of the School Committee shall engage in the activity of hazing any person while on school property.

The term “hazing” means any conduct or method of initiation into any student organization, whether on public or private property, which willfully or recklessly endangers the physical or mental health of any student or other person.  Such conduct shall include whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the weather, forced consumption of food, liquor beverage, drug or other substance, or any other brutal treatment or forced physical activity which is likely to adversely affect the physical health or safety of any such student or other person, or which subjects such student or other person to extreme mental stress, including extended deprivation of sleep or rest or extended isolation.

Any student who observes what appears to them to be the activity of hazing another student or person should report such information to the Headmaster including the time, date, location, names of identifiable participants and the types of behavior exhibited.

Students and employees of the Braintree School System are obligated by law to report incidents of hazing to the police department.

Any student who is present at a hazing has the obligation to report such an incident. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action by the school against the student and could involve suspension from school for up to three days. Any student who participates in the hazing of another student or person may, upon the approval of the Superintendent of Schools, be suspended for up to ten (10) school days.  

Any student determined by the Headmaster to be the organizer of a hazing activity may be recommended for expulsion from school, but will receive no less disciplinary action than that of a participant.

In all cases relating to hazing, students will receive procedural due process.

Legal References:  Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 269, Sections 17-19

Military Recruiters and Student Information

As part of the federally enacted “No Child Left Behind Act of 2001” Armed Forces recruiters are entitled access to secondary school students’ names, addresses and telephone numbers, unless we have received a request from a parent or guardian that such information not be released.  Recruiters traditionally request information prior to students’ junior and senior years.  Parents will receive notification in September of their child’s junior year with information on the process for opting out prior to October 1.  After that date, we will release lists to authorized military sources upon request, in order to comply with federal law.

Search and Seizure

The school administration reserves the right to search automobiles on school property, lockers, desks, gym bags, and/or other clothing of students when a determination has been made that such a search would be in the interest of safety and/or the health of that student or other students.

Such searches and subsequent seizure of substances and/or contraband will be conducted based on reasonable suspicion as a result of reliable reports from credible sources, personal observations of students engaging in prohibited conduct, and observations of suspicious behavior.  Such searches will not be performed in an arbitrary or capricious manner.

Any student who refuses a reasonable search on the part of administration will be referred to the Braintree Police and will face school disciplinary consequences for insubordination.

For a complete overview of the BPS Search and Seizure policy, please visit www.braintreeschools.org/policies

Student Records

Regulations pertaining to Student Records were developed by the Massachusetts State Board of Education to insure parents, students, and former students of their rights of confidentiality, inspection, amendment and distribution of student records.  The regulations have the force of law and apply to all secondary schools.

A student's record is that information that includes:

  1. Permanent Record (transcript)
  2. Temporary Record

The permanent record is made up of personal data, courses taken, grades, credits, and class ranks. The temporary record is made up of personal discipline record, progress reports, test scores, extracurricular activities, health records and other relevant educational information.

Students and parents or guardians have the right to review and have copies of any part of the student record and such access must be provided within two (2) consecutive weekdays of the initial written request; those students who are 14 years of age or older have the right to access their records with their parents or guardian.  Students eighteen years or older may request in writing that they alone have the right of access to their record.

The student and/or parent or guardian may add relevant information to the record or by request to the Headmaster, remove inaccurate, misleading or irrelevant information. Upon denial of such a request, an appeal procedure is available through the office of the Headmaster.

At least once during each school year the school will publish and distribute a routine letter to students and parents or guardians informing them of the above information.

Your student record is available to the professional staff and/or their designee. They do not need permission to see your records.  NO information in your student record is available to anyone outside the school system without written permission from you or your parent or guardian.  You also have the right to withhold individual parts of the records.  However, there are a few exceptions to this ruling:

  1.  The school must supply your records to a probation officer.  The school must release your records if there is a court order or subpoena.  In these cases, the school must notify you or your parent or your guardian before the records are released.  You can contest or question the court order by acting quickly through a lawyerThe Superintendent of schools may provide anonymous data to the Massachusetts Department of Education or independent researchers when required for research purposes.
     
  2. The Special Education Department may examine or copy your records if you are being referred for a Team evaluation and have signed permission for testing, or if you are a student with special needs.  
     
  3. A permanent sign-in sheet or log must be kept as a part of your temporary record.
     
  4. The temporary record, including the health record, of each student will be destroyed during the summer months immediately after the student’s graduation.  Two months prior to graduation, each senior will be notified through the Headmaster’s office that he/she may request a copy of the temporary record before the record is destroyed.
     
  5. Permanent records will be held for (60) sixty years.

Policies and Procedures

Buses/Late Buses, Bus Privleges

Braintree Public Schools has bus transportation available to all students who live at least two miles from Braintree High School.  The transportation fee is $180.00 per student.  The maximum transportation charge is $250.00 per family per year.

Students eligible for free and reduced lunch may request a fee waiver.

Late buses are provided for those bus students who must remain after school for academic, extracurricular, athletic, or disciplinary reasons.  A late bus pass, signed by the faculty member for whom the student has stayed, must be shown before the student can board the late bus.  Loitering after school will not be permitted and those students who violate this policy will face disciplinary action.  Late buses depart from Braintree High School at 3:20 PM, Monday through Thursday, from the front entrance.

If you have any questions or need to make special arrangements, please feel free to contact the Assistant Superintendent.

All school rules are in effect on school buses and around bus stops and during loading and/or unloading procedures.

Students must obey their bus driver at all times.  The driver may not remove a student from the bus for disciplinary reasons.  However, the driver must report all violations of safety regulations as well as any behavior problems to the appropriate Housemaster at the first opportunity.  The Housemaster has the authority to deny any student(s), at any time, the privilege of riding a school bus for a just cause.  The Housemaster must notify a parent or guardian in writing of all complaints received and action taken, and he/she must notify parents immediately by phone when a student’s riding privilege has been suspended.

Smoking, drug use, or consumption of alcoholic beverages on the bus are absolutely forbidden.

Students will be let off and picked up at the front entrance of the school building.  Students are required to enter the building and not leave school property.  Buses will stop only at regularly planned stops.

College Visits

When a junior or senior plans to visit a college or a college fair during a regular school day, the following procedures must be followed:

  • He/she must have written permission from a parent approved by his/her guidance counselor and Housemaster.
  • If the college confirms the visit, it will record as a field trip.
  • Two (2) college visits days will be allowed during both the junior and senior year.
  • Attendance at a college fair outside of BHS is considered one (1) visit.

Computer Use Policies

To view the following policies, please visit: www.braintreeschools.org/policies

  • Network & Technology Responsible Use Policy
  • Internet Safety Policy
  • Website and Social Media Policy

Food

Food can only be consumed in the cafeteria.  There is to be no eating of food in classrooms, corridors or the locker areas.  Students who violate this restriction will be asked to dispose of the food immediately.  Failure to do so or a repeat violation will result in disciplinary action.  All staff will strictly enforce this policy.

Fundraising by Students

Students at Braintree High School are allowed to participate in fundraising activities on a limited basis.  Such activities must have the approval of the Superintendent of Schools and the Headmaster.

Identification Card Policy

All students will be issued identification cards at the start of the school year and will be required to carry the identification card while in school. Students will be required to scan their ID card when signing in tardy for school and may be asked to show their cards upon entering any school sponsored dance and/or activity. Failure to show an identification card may result in the student being excluded from the event.

Lost and Found

Articles of clothing and books will be deposited in the Lost and Found located in House One.  Keys, money, wallets, pocketbooks, and other valuables will be turned into a House Office.  

Money or other valuables should not be left in lockers, as the school cannot assume responsibility for any lost or stolen personal property.  Any student who loses any personal and/or school property must report it to his/her respective House Office and fill out the appropriate form

Moment of Silence

In accordance with Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 71, Section 1A, B.H.S. will observe an announced moment of silence each morning.  This time can be used for meditation or prayer and no other activity will take place during this time.

Pledge of Allegiance

In accordance with the Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 71, Section 69, Braintree High School will display a flag in every classroom and all students will be asked to stand and “Pledge Allegiance to the Flag” every morning.

Residency Policy

To view this policy, please visit:  www.braintreeschools.org/policies

Student Travel

Please refer to Braintree Public School’s District Policy.

Visitors

Students are not allowed to bring visitors or guests to the school. All other legitimate visitors to our school will report to the reception booth and sign in. Visitors will receive a visitor’s badge to be worn while in the building.

Student Responsibilities

The code of conduct for students at Braintree High School is an integral and necessary aspect of our total educational environment. The Braintree High School student code of conduct proves an integral and necessary element in securing a positive educational environment. With the goal of providing and promoting student development, the following school regulations have been established:

Attendance Policies / Procedures

Daily Attendance

Daily attendance is taken within the first five minutes of the school day. Students who are tardy and fail to sign in at the front security booth are considered absent and truant for the day.

Absence from School

A student should never be absent from school without valid reason and a parent or guardian's knowledge. When a student is absent from school, parents are encouraged to notify their child’s House Office the morning of the absence. Otherwise, the automated caller will call the home of each student in order to notify the parent/guardian of the absence.  

  • House 1: (781) 848-4000, extension 7011  
  • House 2: (781) 848-4000, extension 7012  
  • House 3: (781) 848-4000, extension 7013

Upon returning to school after an absence, a student is required to present to their House Office a note of explanation signed by a parent or guardian stating the reason for the absence and the date(s) of the absence(s).

Excused Absences

Excused reasons for absence include:

  • Sickness or medical condition verified with a doctor’s note
  • Religious holidays
  • Bereavement absences after the death of a family member, up to 5 school days
  • Court appearances verified with a note from the court
  • School-sponsored events such as field trips, assemblies, etc.  
  • School-imposed absences for Out-of-School Suspensions
  • Documented college visitation (2 junior year and 2 senior year)
  • Extenuating circumstances as approved by the Housemaster 

Unexcused Absences

The following are considered unexcused absences:

  • Parent Phone Call
  • Sickness without a doctor’s note
  • An appointment to obtain a driver’s license
  • Family vacation  

Excessive tardiness to class is also unacceptable. Any student who is tardy to class twenty (20) minutes or more without a note from a Housemaster will have that tardiness count as an unexcused absence for that particular class.

Absence Due to Field Trips or School Functions

Students are responsible for keeping up with any work missed while they are on a school-sponsored trip. On the day following a field trip, students must have their homework completed and be prepared to take any previously announced test given in class.

Absence Due to a Class Cut

When a student is missing from any class or assigned study, the House Office is notified. If a class cut has occurred, the student will be issued disciplinary consequences (Please see Discipline Code on page 37 for further information)

Absence Due to Truancy

Truancy is an absence from school without a legitimate reason. Parents will verify when a child has been truant and a Saturday School Suspension will be issued.

The Braintree High School Administration does not condone/sponsor any type of “skip day” and such behavior is considered truancy.

Perfect Attendance

Perfect attendance certificates are awarded annually to any student who has not been absent officially from school during the entire school year. If a student is absent from his/her classes on a given day because of a school-imposed and/or sponsored absence (i.e., field trip, approved college visitation for seniors, etc.) that day will not count as an official day(s) absent. Any other type of absence such as court appearances, doctor’s appointments, funerals, etc., although excused, is considered a day absent from school. Students who are suspended from school are not eligible for perfect attendance.

 

Academic Consequences for Poor Attendance

Braintree High School has adopted an attendance policy that requires all students to attend a minimum of 90% of the sessions in each course, each term, to be eligible to receive credit for that course during that particular term. This means that the maximum number of unexcused absences a student can accrue during any marking term for any course is five (5). (Exception: Fourth term for seniors, three (3) absences is the maximum number)

If the student exceeds this number of absences, he/she will receive the grade earned for that course; however, the comment of “No Term Credit/Excessive Absence” will be added to the report card for that term and 1.00 credit will be withheld from that course at the end of the year (or semester in the case of a semester course). If the final grade is a passing grade, the student will have fulfilled the unit requirement for graduation in that particular department but will not be awarded full credit for the course. Due to this policy, it may be necessary for a student to enroll in extra courses to make up credits lost.

Example: If during the second marking period, a student has accrued six (6) or more unexcused absences in all five (5) of his/her courses, he/she will have five (5) credits withheld (one from each course) at the end of the year. This, of course, is assuming that that student completes the year with passing grades in all subjects. In this example, the student would earn a total of twenty (20) credits for the year instead of the twenty-five (25) credits he/she could have earned.

Tardiness Policy and Procedures

Tardiness to School

All students tardy to school must sign-in at the reception desk in the front lobby. Students in the main lobby at 7:34 AM are considered tardy when the one-minute warning is announced via the PA.  7:35 AM is when the tardy tone sounds for all students and the first class period begins.

The only tardies which will be excused will be those for medical appointments verified by a physician’s note, court appearances, family bereavement, and/or extraordinary circumstances determined by the House Office.

Tardiness to school is evaluated on a per term basis.

The consequences for tardiness to school in a given term are as follows:

  • Third Tardy:  Written warning to student
  • Fifth Tardy:  Office Detention
  • Eighth Tardy:  Extended Day Detention
  • Eleventh Tardy: Saturday School Suspension

8:30 AM Rule:  In order for a student to participate in any extracurricular activity, he or she must arrive to school by 8:30 A.M. and stay until 2:05.  Those students arriving after 8:30 or getting dismissed early, will not be eligible to participate in any school activity unless the tardy or dismissal qualifies as  “excused”, defined as a doctor’s appointment, court, or family funeral.

Tardiness to Class

Students who arrive to class late will be admitted by the teacher, but should present a valid pass and a reason for their tardiness.  In the absence of these, teachers will take appropriate disciplinary measures.  In addition, any student who misses more than 20 minutes of a class, without a valid reason, will be considered absent for the class.  In cases of repeated tardiness, students may be referred to the House Office. 
 

Senior Privilege

Senior Privilege- Excused Tardy to School

During Semester 2, seniors who have a study hall the first period of the day and who meet the requirements set forth in the permission form (based on Term 2 data), will be granted the privilege of arriving to school for the second period of the day (any arrival after 8:30 will be recorded as an unexcused tardy):

  • The individual student must meet the academic requirements set forth in Braintree High School’s academic eligibility policy
  • The individual student must also maintain an overall average of “75” in all classes that meet daily
  • The individual student must obtain written parental permission (Senior Privilege Permission Form)
  • Any student placed on Social Probation will be ineligible for this privilege for the duration of the Social Probation
  • The privilege may be suspended due to repeated disciplinary issues
  •  Any student caught abusing the privilege will have it revoked

The student must meet the following attendance requirement:

  • no more than 5 unexcused absences per term
  • no more than 8 unexcused tardies per term

Dismissal Procedures

Students are not permitted to leave school grounds at any time during the school day without a note from home and/or approval from the House Office. Dismissal notes must be turned in to the House Office prior to the beginning of school each day and must contain the name of the student, date of dismissal, time of dismissal, reason for dismissal, telephone number to verify and a parent/guardian’s signature.

If any of the above is omitted and/or a parent cannot be reached to confirm the dismissal, the student will not be allowed to leave the school.

If a student is dismissed from school without a legitimate reason, it is at the Headmaster’s discretion as to whether or not the student can return to school to complete the academic school day or participate in extracurricular activities.

Before leaving the building each student who is dismissed either by note or from the health office must sign out on the dismissal list at the reception desk in the front lobby.

Failure to sign out or dismissal from school using a false or forged note will result in a Saturday School Suspension and notification to parents.

Make Up Work Policy

Due to Absence

Students who have been absent from school have the responsibility to consult with all their teachers outside of class time, in regards to work missed during their absence, including the class that is dropped the day they return. Upon returning to school the time limit for the completion of all work, including the work required for the dropped class, will be the length of the absence plus one day. Work not made up by the given deadline will result in a “0.” Extension of this time limit will be granted at the discretion of the teacher involved or by the Housemaster, if extenuating circumstances have occurred.  

Due to Exclusion (suspension)

Students who are suspended from school are expected to complete all graded work missed during the time of their suspension.  The teacher will give the student those assignments that he or she can complete on his or her own. Credit will be given for these assignments. The time limit for the completion of work missed shall be the length of the suspension plus a day.  Work not made up by the given deadline will result in a “0.”
Due to Truancy or Cutting a Class

Students who are truant from school and/or cut a class (es) will not be allowed to make up missed assignments or assessments and will not receive credit for any work missed.  

Due to Field Trips or School Functions

Students are responsible for keeping up with any work missed while they are on a school-sponsored trip. On the day following a field trip, students must have their homework completed and be prepared to take any previously announced assessment given in class.

Work assigned prior to a student’s absence

Long term assignments and/or assessments assigned four school days or more in advance of an absence should be submitted and/or taken on the day they are due and are subject to the teacher’s policy. Extensions will not be granted as the student was aware of those assignments/assessments prior to their absence. Extenuating circumstances as approved by the Housemaster may result in an extension.  

Cell Phone / Electronic Devices/BYOD

Students are not permitted to use cell phones or any other type of electronic equipment for non-educational purposes during school hours, except while in study hall or the cafeteria.  However, it should be noted that students may not use any electronic device for the purpose of making phone calls during the school day.

It is recommended that all electronic devices be left at home, for the school cannot assume responsibility for lost or stolen personal property.  Students participating in the school’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative are expected to have those devices covered under personal insurance as the school’s insurance does not cover loss or damage to personal property.

If a student is found using an electronic device for non-educational purposes by a staff member in class or in an unauthorized area, the student will be told to put the device away and reminded of the Cell Phone/Electronic Device Policy.  A record of the incident will be forwarded to the student’s House Office.  Students who do not comply with this policy will be referred to the House Office for disciplinary action and repeat offenders will have their items confiscated.

Use of cell phones for photography purposes is prohibited, unless specified by a teacher as part of a lesson. Violators will have their cell phones confiscated and the device will be returned to parents.

In accordance with the regulations set forth by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the College Board, the use of cell phones during standardized testing is expressly prohibited.  This included, but is not limited to, the MCAS, PSAT, SAT and AP exams.  Any student caught using a cell phone during standardized testing will have his/her test confiscated and his/her test score will be invalidated.

The following guidance applies to students’ electronic devices as part of the BYOD initiative:

  • Students are expected to fully charge the device prior to each school day.  Use of outlets in the classroom for device charging is at the discretion of the teacher.  Secure areas for charging devices will be available, but students are responsible for device safety and security at all times.
     
  • Students using the school’s wireless network are bound by the Network & Technology Responsible Use Policy even if the device is personal property.
     
  • If a student does not have regular and reliable WiFi or ethernet on a computer (not a cell phone) at home, he/she or the family should contact the student’s guidance counselor, who will work with school resources to assist the student in participating in the BYOD initiative.
     
  • Any images or content on the electronic wallpaper, case, screensaver, or profile picture that a student employs (even on a personally-owned device) in school must be appropriate for the school community as outlined elsewhere in this handbook.

Parents needing to contact their child during the school day should contact him/her through the students’ House Office by calling 781-848-4000.  Please refrain from contacting your child via his/her cell phone during the school day for it interrupts the educational learning process.

Dress Code

Students are reminded that Braintree High School is a learning environment and a place of business.  Students are expected to exercise maturity and responsibility in all matters including their dress and personal grooming habits.  Parents are also expected to monitor the attire of their children.  Students must meet normal standards of cleanliness and modesty and pose no health or safety threat to the school in a way that disrupts the academic process.  Students should take pride in their appearance, dress appropriately and dress for success.

If a student is wearing an item of clothing not permitted by the handbook guidelines, parents/guardians will be contacted to bring a change of clothing to school for the student or the school will provide clothing if needed.  The student will not be able to resume his/her regular schedule until his/her clothing is modified.


Specific dress code regulations:

  • Teachers have the right to ask students not to wear hats in their individual classrooms.  When a teacher so instructs his/her students, everyone will remove their hats immediately upon entering that room.  No Hat stickers will be posted at the entrance of the rooms where teachers have chosen to use this option.
     
  • Hoods may not be worn at any time
     
  • Shirts, tops and all dresses may not expose the midriff, navel, shoulders, back, or show any cleavage.   For example, tube tops and spaghetti straps are not permitted.  All tank tops must have at least a one inch shoulder strap and not expose any undergarments
     
  • Accessories, which could reasonably be considered detrimental to student health and safety, are not permitted in school.
     
  • Shirts or other clothing, or jewelry, which displays a message or illustration of a profane nature, sexual connotation, violent advertisement or suggestive statement relating to drugs, alcohol or any illegal substances are unacceptable and may not be worn at school.
     
  • Pants and shirts must be worn in such a way as not to reveal undergarments or expose skin normally covered by undergarments. Undergarments may not be worn as outer clothing.
     
  • The length of shorts, skirts, dresses, skorts, etc., must be no shorter than the length of the longest fingertip with the arms fully extended.
     
  • Although a student with offensive clothing may have inadvertently been allowed to attend one or more classes, this does not mean that a student cannot be referred for a dress code violation later in the day.

Gambling / Games

Gambling on school grounds is strictly prohibited.  This includes but is not limited to the use of dice, coins, and/or cards.

Obligations to the School

Any student who owes an obligation to the school in the form of money, material, or time, must satisfactorily resolve the debt before they are allowed to attend senior events or receive their final report card.

Student Driving / Parking Policy

Students who drive a vehicle on school property must view that action as a privilege that is regulated by the following rules and responsibilities.  Failure to comply with these expectations will result in disciplinary action and a referral to the Braintree Police Department:

  • Driving: Students must proceed cautiously while driving anywhere on the high school grounds.  Many cars and pedestrians travel to and from school and any type of reckless driving is strictly prohibited.  Students who drive to endanger the safety of others will have their driving and parking privileges revoked, their parents will be notified and they will be referred to the Braintree Police Department.
     
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents on School Property:  Any student(s) involved in any type of motor vehicle accident while on school property will be referred to the Braintree Police Department for processing and assistance.
     
  • Permit: Students driving cars to school are required to have parking permits.  These permits will be issued through building security.  Parking stickers must be attached to the driver’s side rear window.  The security guard will check stickers daily.
     
  • Parking: Students must park their vehicles in the main parking lot in the front of the school adjacent to the football field.  All vehicles must be parked within the lines of the designated parking spaces.
     
  • Parking is prohibited in the following areas:
    • The staff parking lots adjacent to the tennis courts and at the rear of the school
       
    • The side road adjacent to the Industrial Technology section of the building
       
    • Any area designated as a No Parking Zone/Fire Zone
  • Any vehicle illegally parked can and will be towed.
     
  • Students may not go to their cars during the school day without permission from the House Office.
     
  • Drivers/owners are responsible if any other students are found in their vehicles during school hours.
     
  • Student drivers who are dismissed before the end of the regular school day must leave school grounds immediately.  Waiting for other students is prohibited.
     
  • Braintree High School is not responsible for personal property in vehicles parked on school grounds.
     
  • All precautions must be taken regarding the protection of your personal property.  Please lock your vehicle at all times.
     
  • The school administration reserves the right to search vehicles parked on school property when a determination has been made that such a search would be in the best interest of the safety and/or health of that student driver and others. 

Attention all Drivers:

The access road parallel to the Cable TV Station is closed to all traffic at Braintree High School from 2:05- 2:30 PM.  Parents should make arrangements to pick up students in the front parking lot.

Student Discipline

Discipline Code

The Braintree High School mission statement emphasizes respect and responsibility.   Students are expected to respect school rules and demonstrate responsible behavior at all times.  When a student fails to respect school rules and/or fails to act in a responsible manner, he/she will be given a disciplinary consequence in order to be held accountable for his/her actions.

A student’s failure to accept his/her school-wide responsibilities could result in one or more of the following consequences:

  • Teacher Detention: (within 24 hours or at teacher’s discretion)
     
  • Office Detention: (Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 2:15-3:00 pm)
     
  • Extended Day Detention: (Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday from 2:15-5:00 PM)
     
  • Suspensions:
    • Saturday School Suspension (8:15- 11:45 AM)
       
    • Out-of-School Suspension
  • Social Probation
     
  • Expulsion

Please note that it is impossible to describe all actions that are contrary to proper behavior at Braintree High School.  In those cases, the administration reserves the right to impose consequences that are not expressly stated in the following code.

Per order of the Memorandum of Understanding, administrators will notify the Braintree Police Department of all disciplinary cases deemed appropriate.

Teacher Detention

  • A teacher detention will be assigned for minor incidents occurring within the teacher’s jurisdiction (i.e. class disruptions and unacceptable tardiness to class).
     
  • Teacher detention takes precedence over all after school activities.  It will be served for a period of time after school as designated by the teacher but will not exceed 45 minutes in length.  If a student is unable to serve the detention on the original day, the teacher will assign an alternate afternoon session, which must be served as assigned.
     
  • Parents may be contacted at any time during the disciplinary process at the teacher’s discretion.
     
  • If a student fails to appear for the assigned detention, a conduct referral will be sent to the House Office for disciplinary action.  The penalty for cutting an assigned teacher detention without a valid excuse will be an office detention or an Extended Day Detention (this decision will be left to the discretion of the Housemaster).

 

Office Detention

  • Students who are acting in a rude and uncooperative manner will be removed from the classroom and sent to their respective House Office where an Office Detention may be issued.
     
  • Office Detention is held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:15-3:00 PM.
     
  • If a student is absent from school the day of an assigned office detention, that detention must be served on the first day the student returns to school after the absence.
     
  • Students should bring study materials and remain occupied during office detention.

Offenses for which office detention may be assigned include:

  • first class cut in any subject area and first study hall cut in each semester
     
  • repeated class disruption after teacher detentions have failed to solve the problem
     
  • misbehavior in the “common areas” of the school:  cafeteria, Media Center, corridors and school grounds, including the parking lot
     
  • presence in an unauthorized area (Off Limits) as determined by an administrator
     
  • behaving in a manner deemed contrary to proper student behavior not expressly listed above

Extended Day Detention (E.D.D.)

  • The main objective of the Extended Day Detention Program is to allow students to continue their academic class work in school and still be suspended for violations of the discipline code.
     
  • Parents will be notified in writing of the Extended Day Detention, stating the reason(s) for the assignment.  
     
  • On the third Extended Day Detention assignment, a face-to-face parent conference may be requested by the respective Housemaster.
     

Offenses for which Extended Day Detention (E.D.D.) may be assigned include the following:

  • cutting class and/or study hall (second and subsequent cuts)
     
  • failure to report to an assigned detention without a valid excuse or removal from Office Detention
     
  • excessive tardiness to school (see Tardiness Policy)
     
  • failure to follow the directive of a teacher and/or administration
     
  • being in an unauthorized area
     
  • unauthorized use of classroom phones
     
  • behaving in a manner deemed contrary to proper student behavior not expressly listed above

Extended Day Detention (E.D.D) Rules and Procedures:

  1. Students assigned to E.D.D must report to the E.D.D. room at 2:15 PM and remain until 5:00 PM.
     
  2. You are not permitted to do the following things during Extended Day Detention:
    • Talk or communicate with other students
    • Leave your assigned seat without permission
    • Listen to music, play cards or games, use computers, cell phones, or other elec. devices
    • Bring food and/or drinks
    • Sleep or put your head down on your desk
  3. Any infraction of the above will be handled in the following manner:
    • First Offense – Verbal warning with notation of offense and time it occurred.
    • Second Offense – Removal from E.D.D.
    • More serious infractions such as insubordination, profanity, vandalism or leaving without permission will result in an immediate removal.
  4. Students who are tardy, sent home, or fail to report to E.D.D. will receive a Saturday School Suspension or Out-of-School suspension.
     
  5. There will be one restroom break during Extended Day Detention.
     
  6. Students who become ill will be sent home and parents called.  If this occurs, the student will need to serve the Extended Day Detention in its entirety on the next scheduled session.
     
  7. Students are not permitted to participate in athletics or any extracurricular activity on the day of an Extended Day Detention.

 

Transportation to and from Extended Day Detention is the responsibility of the student/parent.

 

Any infraction of the above will be handled in the following manner:

  • First Offense:  Verbal warning with notation of offense and time it occurred.
     
  • Second Offense:  Removal from E.D.D. and referred to the House Office
     
  • More serious infractions such as insubordination, using profanity, vandalism, or leaving E.D.D. without permission may result in immediate removal and Out-of-School Suspension.

Suspension Policy

All students must be afforded Due Process whenever deprived of their education from regular classroom instruction or from other school activities through suspension.

The following steps will be taken upon receiving a complaint or information of possible student misconduct:

  • The administrator in charge will fully investigate the matter.
     
  • The student will be told the evidence against him or her and be given an opportunity to fully explain his/her side of the story.
     
  • A hearing with the student, his/her parents, and the administrator will be conducted.
     
  • If there is evidence that the student has violated a specific standard of conduct, then the administrator in charge may suspend the student by assigning an Out-of-School Suspension.
     
  • Decisions for all suspensions will be based on the best interest of the students’ growth and educational development in the opinion of the school administration.

Saturday School Suspension

  • The main objective for Saturday School Suspension is to penalize poor conduct and at the same time avoid missing academic instructional time.
  • Parents will be notified in writing for each assignment, stating the reason(s) for the assignment.   Decisions for all Saturday School Suspensions will be based on, in the opinion of the school administration, the best interest of the student’s growth and educational development.

Offenses for which Saturday School Suspension may be assigned include the following:

  • Truancy and/or excessive tardiness to school (see Tardiness Policy on page 24)
  • Leaving the school building without permission (driving privileges may be revoked if a vehicle is involved)
  • Any attempt to misrepresent a teacher, parent, or guardian, including but not limited to using a false or forged note,  behaving in a manner deemed contrary to proper student behavior not expressly listed above

Saturday School Rules and Procedures:

  1. Students should meet the Saturday School teacher in the main lobby by 8:15AM.
    Reporting to Saturday School tardy is unacceptable.  Any tardy student will not be allowed to enter.
  2. Students will be escorted to the Media Center and will be dismissed at 11:45AM.  Early dismissals for sport teams, going to work, etc. will not be allowed.
  3. Students are not permitted to do the following things while in Saturday School:
    • Talk or communicate with other students
    • Leave your assigned seat without permission
    • Listen to music, play cards or games, use computers, cell phones, or other electronic devices
    • Bring food and/or drinks into the media center
    • Sleep or put your head down on your desk
  4. Any infraction of the above will be handled in the following manner:
    • First Offense – Verbal warning with notation of offense and time it occurred.
    • Second Offense – Parents contacted and student will be sent home.
    • More serious infractions such as insubordination, profanity, vandalism or leaving without permission will result in an immediate removal.
  5. Students who are tardy, sent home, or fail to report to Saturday School will receive an Out-of-School suspension.
  6. We want your day in Saturday School Suspension to be productive. Students who fail to bring materials to work on will be provided something to do.
  7. There will be one restroom break during the Saturday School session.
  8. Students who become ill will be sent home and parents called.  If this occurs, a student will need to serve the Saturday School in its entirety on the next scheduled session.
  9. Students are not permitted to participate in athletics or any extracurricular activity on the day of a Saturday School Suspension.

Transportation to and from Saturday School is the responsibility of the student/parent.

Out of School Suspension

  • Out-of-School Suspension will be assigned by the administration for certain serious infractions of school rules.  Parent(s) or guardian(s) will be notified by telephone, followed by a letter, explaining the nature and length of the suspension.  If the parent(s) or guardian(s) of the student involved wishes to have a conference at this point, the request will be granted.
  • A student cannot participate in any school activity from the time he/she is suspended until he/she is reinstated.
  • Unless otherwise authorized by administration, a parent or guardian will be required to attend a re-admittance conference with administration, following the suspension
  • The school building and grounds are off limits to a suspended student. If a student violates this regulation, the police may be called for a trespassing complaint.
  • The student has the responsibility of requesting his/her make-up work.  The teacher will give the student those assignments that he/she can complete on his/her own.  Credit will be given for these assignments.  The time limit for the completion of work missed shall be the length of the suspension plus one day.
  • Upon request, the Guidance Department will assist in collecting work for a student who is suspended for more than 3 days.

Offenses for which an Out-of-School Suspension could be assigned:

  • Abusive disrespect or flagrant insubordination to a staff member
  • Use/possession or in the presence of tobacco products anywhere on school grounds, on school buses, or during school sponsored functions
  • Open profanity directed at another person
  • Stealing (restitution will be required)
  • Willful destruction of school property (restitution will be required)
  • Harassment/ bullying
  • Fighting in severe assault cases, the matter may be referred to the Braintree Police Department.
  • Use and/or possession of alcohol, drugs, or narcotics: legal action will be initiated
  • Possession of any type of incendiary device (i.e., fireworks)
  • Projecting any object in such a way as could cause an injury to another student
  • Possession of any instrument which may be construed as a weapon or facsimile thereof
  • Behaving in a manner deemed contrary to proper student behavior not expressly listed above

A student being suspended for any other reason, pursuant to G.L. Chapter 71, §37H¾, shall be entitled to due process as shown below:

  1. Except for Emergency Removals, prior oral and written notice of the charge shall be provided to the student, and to the student’s parent. The student shall be given the opportunity for a meeting/hearing with the principal before the suspension takes effect. 
  2. If the primary language of the student’s home is not English, the notice(s) shall be translated into the primary language spoken in the home. 

    The principal will make reasonable efforts to include the parent(s) in the meeting/hearing
     
  3. If the principal notifies the student and student’s parents of intent to impose a long-term suspension (more than ten (10) days), the student shall have the following rights:
    • In advance of the hearing, the opportunity to review the student’s record and the documents upon which the principal may rely in making a determination to suspend the student or not;
    • the right to be represented by counsel or a lay person of the student’s choice, at the student’s/parent’s expense;
    • the right to produce witnesses on his or her behalf and to present the student’s explanation of the alleged incident, but the student may not be compelled to do so; and
    • the right to cross-examine witnesses presented by the school district;
    • the right to request that the hearing be recorded by the principal, and a copy of the audio recording provided to the student or parent upon request
  4. A parent attending the meeting/hearing for any suspension may request that the proceeding is audiotaped. All parties in attendance will be notified that the proceedings are being recorded. 
  5. Following meeting/hearing, the principal will provide a written decision.
  6. If the principal imposes a long-term suspension, the student and/or parent may appeal the decision to the Superintendent of Schools. 

Chemical Health Policy

Overview

Braintree High School, in accordance with the MA Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA), recognizes the use of chemicals as a significant health problem for adolescents, resulting in negative effects on behavior, learning, and development. Braintree High School, in order to participate in MIAA athletics, is required to adopt the MIAA Chemical Health Policy as a minimum standard for its athletes.

In order to provide disciplinary equity for all students, Braintree High School has adopted its own, more comprehensive Chemical Health Policy. The Braintree High School Chemical Health Policy is intended to provide meaningful consequences for illegal and harmful activities, with the hope that families affected by these consequences will use their experience as an opportunity to teach and learn alternative healthy lifestyle choices.

Policy

The Chemical Health Policy States:  From the earliest fall practice (for all student athletes, all seasons) or from the first day of school (for all non-athletes), a student shall not, regardless of the quantity, use, consume, possess, buy/sell, or give away any beverage containing alcohol; any tobacco product (including e-cigarettes, vape pens and all similar devices); marijuana; steroids; or any controlled substance. This policy includes products such as “NA or near beer”. It is not a violation for a student to be in possession of a legally defined drug specifically prescribed for the student’s own use by his/her doctor. (Please note that carrying prescription medication is a violation of the Braintree High School Medication Policy. (To view this policy, please visit www.braintreeschools.org/nursingservices)

The practical application of the Braintree High School policy is carried out in partnership with the Braintree Police Department. By law, any underage person in the presence of the above described substances is deemed to be “in possession”. The police have the right to criminally charge students who have been deemed in possession, and these students are listed on a police report prepared by the officers at the scene.  Braintree High School considers law enforcement officials to be credible witnesses to events that take place outside of school.  Information detailed in a police report is the basis for determining when the consequences of the Chemical Health Policy will be imposed.

Chemical Health Policy Consequences

Those students who have violated the Chemical Health Policy will be subject to the following disciplinary consequences:

  • For offenses occurring on school grounds or at school sponsored events:
    • Suspension for a period of 1-10 days
    • Social probation
    • MIAA consequences
  • For offenses outside of school:
    • Social Probation
    • MIAA consequences

Alcohol Detection Policy

Braintree High School prohibits and does not tolerate the use or possession of drugs including alcohol. The Alcohol Detection Policy supports the Braintree High School Chemical Health Policy and the Memorandum of Understanding. Students exhibiting signs of alcohol consumption such as glassy eyes, slurred speech, unsteadiness on the feet, or the emission of an alcoholic odor may be required to take a test using an alcohol detection device administered by a school administrator. If a student tests positive for alcohol consumption he or she will receive two additional opportunities to take the test. Students who test positive for alcohol consumption or students who refuse to take the test upon determination that there is reasonable cause to suspect they have consumed alcohol, will be disciplined under the Braintree High School Chemical Health Policy and the Memorandum of Understanding as outlined.

Social Probation

Overview

Social Probation means that a student may not attend or participate in any school sponsored or related function or activity. This includes, but is not limited to, clubs, athletics, competitions, dances, proms, trips, banquets, and graduation.

Offenses for which Social Probation may be assigned:

  • Violation of the Braintree High School Chemical Health Policy
  • Violation of the Memorandum of Understanding
  • Any violation of the discipline code
  • Disruption or disturbance of any school sponsored activity or public assembly
  • Any action that threatens safety and security or disrupts the school environment not listed herein, which the administrator deems appropriate for Social Probation. This may include information received from the Braintree Police Department, per the Memorandum of Understanding, with regard to incidents that occur within them community, outside of the school day

Social Probation Guidelines:

  • A student who is under Out-of-School suspension is automatically under Social Probation from the moment it is assigned by the administration until the morning of the return date or date assigned by the administrator
  • For offenses not involving suspension, social probation is for a period of three (3) weeks from the date that the school notifies the student and parent/guardian; subsequent offenses will be six (6) weeks social probation.
  • Social Probation may carry over to the following school year
  • Any student who violates the terms of his or her Social Probation will receive an Out-of-School Suspension and will be placed on Social Probation indefinitely.
  • Students who are in a position of leadership may jeopardize their privilege to serve in that capacity. See next section for specific guidelines.
  • These rules are in effect seven days a week, 24 hours a day, from the first day of school to the conclusion of the academic year

Students who are members of the National Honor Society or Student Government may attend regularly scheduled meetings but will not be allowed to participate in other school sponsored activities during the period of the Social Probation. In addition, these organizations have internal ethics committees that will determine if students who hold leadership positions will be allowed to continue in their leadership role after the period of Social Probation has ended. A factor in the decision making process would be whether or not loss of leadership position would prevent the student from participating in the club or activity as a general member.

Students involved in Theatre Guild productions may rehearse but will not be allowed to participate in the production if the play/musical is within the dates of the Social Probation.

Students involved in any other school sponsored clubs and activities may attend regularly scheduled meetings but will not be allowed to participate in other school sponsored activities during the period of the Social Probation. The club advisors in conjunction with BHS administrators will determine if students who hold leadership positions will be allowed to continue in their leadership role after the period of social probation has ended. A factor in the decision making process would be whether or not loss of leadership position would prevent the student from participating in the club or activity as a general member.

Social Probation & MIAA Disciplinary Consequences

To view this policy, please visit: www.braintreeschools.org/athletics

Braintree Public Schools District Policies

Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 71, Sections 37H, 37H1/2 and 37H3/4

Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 71, Sections 37H, 37H1/2 and 37H3/4

In order to maintain an environment conducive to teaching and learning we will declare unequivocally that weapons, illegal drugs, alcohol, and violent acts have no place in an academic setting.

The Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993 was signed into law on June 18, 1993. This law has a direct impact on some student discipline policies and procedures. The information contained below details policy and procedural changes that are now in effect in all schools in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Education Reform Act supersedes pertinent discipline policy and procedures that are outlined in the student handbook. These policies and procedures include:

Chapter 71, Section 37H:

A. Possession of Weapons / Drugs

B. Assault on School Personnel

It is important for students and parents to understand and be mindful of the information listed below:

Section 37H.

The superintendent of every school district shall publish the district's policies pertaining to the conduct of teachers and students. Said policies shall prohibit the use of any tobacco products within the school buildings, the school facilities or on the school grounds or on school buses by any individual, including school personnel. Said policies shall further restrict operators of school buses and personal motor vehicles, including students, faculty, staff and visitors, from idling such vehicles on school grounds, consistent with section 16B of chapter 90 and regulations adopted pursuant thereto and by the department. The policies shall also prohibit bullying as defined in section 37O and shall include the student-related sections of the bullying prevention and intervention plan required by said section 37O. Copies of these policies shall be provided to any person upon request and without cost by the principal of every school within the district.

Each school district's policies pertaining to the conduct of students shall include the following: disciplinary proceedings, including procedures assuring due process; standards and procedures for suspension and expulsion of students; procedures pertaining to discipline of students with special needs; standards and procedures to assure school building security and safety of students and school personnel; and the disciplinary measures to be taken in cases involving the possession or use of illegal substances or weapons, the use of force, vandalism, or violation of a student's civil rights. Codes of discipline, as well as procedures used to develop such codes shall be filed with the department of education for informational purposes only.

In each school building containing the grades nine to twelve, inclusive, the principal, in consultation with the school council, shall prepare and distribute to each student a student handbook setting forth the rules pertaining to the conduct of students. The student handbook shall include an age-appropriate summary of the student-related sections of the bullying prevention and intervention plan required by section 37O. The school council shall review the student handbook each spring to consider changes in disciplinary policy to take effect in September of the following school year, but may consider policy changes at any time. The annual review shall cover all areas of student conduct, including but not limited to those outlined in this section.

Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, all student handbooks shall contain the following provisions:

(a) Any student who is found on school premises or at school-sponsored or school-related events, including athletic games, in possession of a dangerous weapon, including, but not limited to, a gun or a knife; or a controlled substance as defined in chapter ninety-four C, including, but not limited to, marijuana, cocaine, and heroin, may be subject to expulsion from the school or school district by the principal.

(b) Any student who assaults a principal, assistant principal, teacher, teacher's aide or other educational staff on school premises or at school-sponsored or school-related events, including athletic games, may be subject to expulsion from the school or school district by the principal.

(c) Any student who is charged with a violation of either paragraph (a) or (b) shall be notified in writing of an opportunity for a hearing; provided, however, that the student may have representation, along with the opportunity to present evidence and witnesses at said hearing before the principal.

After said hearing, a principal may, in his discretion, decide to suspend rather than expel a student who has been determined by the principal to have violated either paragraph (a) or (b).

(d) Any student who has been expelled from a school district pursuant to these provisions shall have the right to appeal to the superintendent. The expelled student shall have ten days from the date of the expulsion in which to notify the superintendent of his appeal. The student has the right to counsel at a hearing before the superintendent. The subject matter of the appeal shall not be limited solely to a factual determination of whether the student has violated any provisions of this section.

(e) Any school district that suspends or expels a student under this section shall continue to provide educational services to the student during the period of suspension or expulsion, under section 21 of chapter 76. If the student moves to another district during the period of suspension or expulsion, the new district of residence shall either admit the student to its schools or provide educational services to the student in an education service plan, under section 21 of chapter 76.

(f) Districts shall report to the department of elementary and secondary education the specific reasons for all suspensions and expulsions, regardless of duration or type, in a manner and form established by the commissioner. The department of elementary and secondary education shall use its existing data collection tools to obtain this information from districts and shall modify those tools, as necessary, to obtain the information. On an annual basis, the department of elementary and secondary education shall make district level de-identified data and analysis, including the total number of days each student is excluded during the school year, available to the public online in a machine readable format. This report shall include district level data disaggregated by student status and categories established by the commissioner.

(g) Under the regulations promulgated by the department, for each school that suspends or expels a significant number of students for more than 10 cumulative days in a school year, the commissioner shall investigate and, as appropriate, shall recommend models that incorporate intermediary steps prior to the use of suspension or expulsion. The results of the analysis shall be publicly reported at the school district level.

Chapter 71, Section 37H ½ - Felony Complaints and Felony Convictions

Section 37H1/2.

Notwithstanding the provisions of section eighty-four and sections sixteen and seventeen of chapter seventy-six:

(1) Upon the issuance of a criminal complaint charging a student with a felony or upon the issuance of a felony delinquency complaint against a student, the principal or headmaster of a school in which the student is enrolled may suspend such student for a period of time determined appropriate by said principal or headmaster if said principal or headmaster determines that the student's continued presence in school would have a substantial detrimental effect on the general welfare of the school. The student shall receive written notification of the charges and the reasons for such suspension prior to such suspension taking effect. The student shall also receive written notification of his right to appeal and the process for appealing such suspension; provided, however, that such suspension shall remain in effect prior to any appeal hearing conducted by the superintendent.

The student shall have the right to appeal the suspension to the superintendent. The student shall notify the superintendent in writing of his request for an appeal no later than five calendar days following the effective date of the suspension. The superintendent shall hold a hearing with the student and the student's parent or guardian within three calendar days of the student's request for an appeal. At the hearing, the student shall have the right to present oral and written testimony on his behalf, and shall have the right to counsel. The superintendent shall have the authority to overturn or alter the decision of the principal or headmaster, including recommending an alternate educational program for the student. The superintendent shall render a decision on the appeal within five calendar days of the hearing. Such decision shall be the final decision of the city, town or regional school district with regard to the suspension.

(2) Upon a student being convicted of a felony or upon an adjudication or admission in court of guilt with respect to such a felony or felony delinquency, the principal or headmaster of a school in which the student is enrolled may expel said student if such principal or headmaster determines that the student's continued presence in school would have a substantial detrimental effect on the general welfare of the school. The student shall receive written notification of the charges and reasons for such expulsion prior to such expulsion taking effect. The student shall also receive written notification of his right to appeal and the process for appealing such expulsion; provided, however, that the expulsion shall remain in effect prior to any appeal hearing conducted by the superintendent.

The student shall have the right to appeal the expulsion to the superintendent. The student shall notify the superintendent, in writing, of his request for an appeal no later than five calendar days following the effective date of the expulsion. The superintendent shall hold a hearing with the student and the student's parent or guardian within three calendar days of the expulsion. At the hearing, the student shall have the right to present oral and written testimony on his behalf, and shall have the right to counsel. The superintendent shall have the authority to overturn or alter the decision of the principal or headmaster, including recommending an alternate educational program for the student. The superintendent shall render a decision on the appeal within five calendar days of the hearing. Such decision shall be the final decision of the city, town or regional school district with regard to the expulsion.

Any school district that suspends or expels a student under this section shall continue to provide educational services to the student during the period of suspension or expulsion, under section 21 of chapter 76. If the student moves to another district during the period of suspension or expulsion, the new district of residence shall either admit the student to its schools or provide educational services to the student under an education service plan, under section 21 of chapter 76.

Section 37: Section 37L of said chapter 71 General Laws is hereby amended by adding the following paragraphs:

In addition, any school department personnel shall report in writing to their immediate supervisor an incident involving a student’s possession or use of a dangerous weapon on school premises at any time.

Supervisors who receive such a weapon report shall file it with the superintendent of said school, who shall file copies of said weapon report with the local chief of police, the department of social services, the office of student services or its equivalent in any school district, and the local school committee. Said superintendent, police chief, and representative from the department of social services, together with a representative from the office of student services or its equivalent, shall arrange an assessment of the student involved in said weapon report. Said student shall be referred to a counseling program; provided, however, that said counseling shall be in accordance with acceptable standards as set forth by the Board of Education. Upon completion of a counseling session, a follow-up assessment shall be made of said student by those involved in the initial assessment.

A student transferring into a local system must provide the new school system with a complete school record of the entering student. Said record shall include, but not be limited to, any incident reports in which such student was charged with any suspended act.

Chapter 71, Section 37H3/4 – Requirements for Long and Short-Term Suspensions Section 37H3/4.

(a) This section shall govern the suspension and expulsion of students enrolled in a public school in the commonwealth who are not charged with a violation of subsections (a) or (b) of section 37H or with a felony under section 37H1/2.

(b) Any principal, headmaster, superintendent or other person acting as a decision-maker at a student meeting or hearing, when deciding the consequences for the student, shall exercise discretion; consider ways to re-engage the student in the learning process; and avoid using expulsion as a consequence until other remedies and consequences have been employed.

(c) For any suspension or expulsion under this section, the principal or headmaster of a school in which the student is enrolled, or a designee, shall provide, to the student and to the parent or guardian of the student, notice of the charges and the reason for the suspension or expulsion in English and in the primary language spoken in the home of the student. The student shall receive the written notification and shall have the opportunity to meet with the principal or headmaster, or a designee, to discuss the charges and reasons for the suspension or expulsion prior to the suspension or expulsion taking effect. The principal or headmaster, or a designee, shall ensure that the parent or guardian of the student is included in the meeting, provided that such meeting may take place without the parent or guardian only if the principal or headmaster, or a designee, can document reasonable efforts to include the parent or guardian in that meeting. The department shall promulgate rules and regulations that address a principal's duties under this subsection and procedures for including parents in student exclusion meetings, hearings or interviews under this subsection.

(d) If a decision is made to suspend or expel the student after the meeting, the principal or headmaster, or a designee, shall update the notification for the suspension or expulsion to reflect the meeting with the student. If a student has been suspended or expelled for more than 10 school days for a single infraction or for more than 10 school days cumulatively for multiple infractions in any school year, the student and the parent or guardian of the student shall also receive, at the time of the suspension or expulsion decision, written notification of a right to appeal and the process for appealing the suspension or expulsion in English and in the primary language spoken in the home of the student; provided, however, that the suspension or expulsion shall remain in effect prior to any appeal hearing. The principal or headmaster or a designee shall notify the superintendent in writing, including, but not limited to, by electronic means, of any out-of-school suspension imposed on a student enrolled in kindergarten through grade 3 prior to such suspension taking effect. That notification shall describe the student's alleged misconduct and the reasons for suspending the student out-of-school. For the purposes of this section, the term ''out-of-school suspension'' shall mean a disciplinary action imposed by school officials to remove a student from participation in school activities for 1 day or more.

(e) A student who has been suspended or expelled from school for more than 10 school days for a single infraction or for more than 10 school days cumulatively for multiple infractions in any school year shall have the right to appeal the suspension or expulsion to the superintendent. The student or a parent or guardian of the student shall notify the superintendent in writing of a request for an appeal not later than 5 calendar days following the effective date of the suspension or expulsion; provided, that a student and a parent or guardian of the student may request, and if so requested, shall be granted an extension of up to 7 calendar days. The superintendent or a designee shall hold a hearing with the student and the parent or guardian of the student within 3 school days of the student's request for an appeal; provided that a student or a parent or guardian of the student may request and, if so requested, shall be granted an extension of up to 7 calendar days; provided further, that the superintendent, or a designee, may proceed with a hearing without a parent or guardian of the student if the superintendent, or a designee, makes a good faith effort to include the parent or guardian. At the hearing, the student shall have the right to present oral and written testimony, cross-examine witnesses and shall have the right to counsel. The superintendent shall render a decision on the appeal in writing within 5 calendar days of the hearing. That decision shall be the final decision of the school district with regard to the suspension or expulsion.

(f) No student shall be suspended or expelled from a school or school district for a time period that exceeds 90 school days, beginning the first day the student is removed from an assigned school building.

Bullying, Harassment, Sexual Harassment, Discrimination, Hate Crimes and Hazing Policy

BRAINTREE PUBLIC SCHOOLS BULLYING, HARASSMENT, SEXUAL HARASSMENT, DISCRIMINATION, HATE CRIMES AND HAZING POLICY

Revised June, 18, 2014 & Approved by School Committee August 18, 2014
Approved By School Committee - November 18, 2013

I. POLICY

A. The Braintree Public School District is committed to providing our students equal educational opportunities where all school community members (students, employees, and visitors) treat each other with respect in a safe learning environment free from any form of bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination and hate crimes. This policy is an integral part of the District’s comprehensive efforts to promote learning, eliminate all forms of violent, harmful, and disruptive behavior and enable students to achieve their personal and academic potential and become successful citizens in our increasingly diverse society.

The district prohibits bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, hate crimes, or any other victimization of students in our schools or school-related activities based on any of the following actual or perceived traits or characteristics, including but not limited to: race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, socioeconomic, status, homelessness, academic status, gender identity or expression, physical appearance, or sensory, disability, or by association with a person who has or is perceived to have one or more of these characteristics.

B. It is a violation of this policy for any administrator, teacher or other employee, or any student to engage in or condone bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination or hate crimes or to fail to report or otherwise take reasonable corrective measures when they become aware of an incident of harassment.

C. It is the responsibility of every employee to recognize acts of bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination and hate crimes and take every action necessary to ensure that the applicable policies and procedures of this school district are implemented.

D. Any employee or student who believes that he or she has been subjected to bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination or a hate crime has the right to file a complaint and to receive prompt and appropriate handling of the complaint. Further, all reasonable efforts shall be made to maintain the confidentiality and protect the privacy of all parties but proper enforcement of this policy may require disclosure of any or all information received.

E. The Building Principal/Designee shall be responsible for assisting employees and students seeking guidance or support in addressing matters relating to bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, and hate crimes. This policy is not designed or intended to limit the school’s authority to take disciplinary action or take remedial action when such harassment occurs out of school but carries over into school, or, is disruptive or substantially interferes with an employee’s work, personal life, a student’s school work, or participation in school related opportunities or activities.

Reports of cyberbullying by electronic or other means, occurring in or out of school will be reviewed and, when affecting work or school, will result in discipline. Parents of students alleged to have engaged in cyber harassment will be required to attend a meeting at which the activity, words or images subject to the complaint will be reviewed.

F. When a reported incident involves the principal or the assistant principal the Superintendent or designee shall be responsible and if the Superintendent is involved, the School Committee, or its designee shall be responsible for assisting employees and students seeking guidance or support in addressing matters relating to bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, and hate crimes

G. Whenever the evaluation of the Individualized Education Program team indicates that the child has a disability that affects social skills development or that the child is vulnerable to bullying, harassment or teasing because of the child’s disability, the Individualized Education Program shall address the skills and proficiencies needed to avoid and respond to bullying, harassment or teasing.

H. Braintree Public Schools will provide an annual report to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The following data will be collected and reported to the Department: 1) the number of reported allegations of bullying or retaliation; 2) the number and nature of substantiated incidents of bullying and retaliation; 3) the number of students disciplined for engaging in bullying or retaliation, and 4) other information required by the Department.[1] (The Department is required to analyze the data and to issue a report annually to the legislature which contains statewide aggregated data on the nature and frequency of bullying in schools.) Additionally, Chapter 86 requires school districts, charter schools, approved private day or residential schools, and collaborative schools, to administer a Department-developed student survey at least once every four years to assess “school climate and the prevalence, nature and severity of bullying in schools.

II. DEFINITIONS

A. Bullying/Harassment includes but is not limited to: physical contact or injury; threats of harm; demands for money; blackmail; extortion; non-verbal threats; intimidation; crude gestures; stalking; stealing or hiding possessions; excluding; isolating; spreading rumors or sending messages of an embarrassing, slanderous, or intimidating nature; repeated or pervasive teasing, taunting, tormenting, name-calling, belittling, mocking, put-downs, sarcasm, or demeaning humor; unwelcome touching.

Bullying, which is different than conflict, is the repeated, unwelcome use by one or more students or a member of a school staff of a written, verbal or electronic expression or a physical act or gesture or any combination thereof, directed at a target that: (i) causes physical or emotional harm to the target or damage to the target’s property; (ii) places the target in reasonable fear of harm to himself or of damage to his property; (iii) creates a hostile environment at school for the target; (iv) infringes on the rights of the target at school; or (v) materially and substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school. For the purposes of this section, bullying shall include cyber-bullying.

The behavior must interfere with an employee’s ability to perform his or her duties or with a student’s academic performance or ability to learn, or interfere with a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from services, activities, or privileges:

  • That are being offered through the school or district; or
  • During any education program or activity; or
  • While in school, on school equipment or property, in school vehicles, on school buses, at designated school bus stops, or at school-sponsored activities, at school-sanctioned events.

B. Cyber-bullying is bullying through the use of technology or any electronic communication, which shall include, but shall not be limited to, any transfer of signs, signals, writing, images, sounds, data or intelligence of any nature transmitted in whole or in part by a wire, radio, electromagnetic, photo electronic or photo optical system, including, but not limited to, electronic mail, internet communications, instant messages or facsimile communications. Cyber-bullying shall also include (i) the creation of a web page or blog in which the creator assumes the identity of another person or (ii) the knowing impersonation of another person as the author of posted content or messages, if the creation or impersonation creates any of the conditions enumerated in clauses (i) to (v), inclusive, of the definition of bullying. Cyber-bullying shall also include the distribution by electronic means of a communication to more than one person or the posting of material on an electronic medium that may be accessed by one or more persons, if the distribution or posting creates any of the conditions enumerated in clauses (i) to (v), inclusive, of the definition of bullying.

  • Cyber-bullying may occur through the use of data, telephone or computer software that is accessed through a computer, computer system, or computer network or any public education institute.
  • As used in this Section, “electronic communication” also means any communication through an electronic device including, but not limited to a telephone, cellular phone, computer or pager.

C. Sexual Harassment means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other inappropriate verbal, written or physical conduct of a sexual nature that takes place under any of the following circumstances:

  1. When submission to such conduct is made, explicitly or implicitly, a term or condition of employment, instruction, or participation in school activities or programs;
  2. When submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used by the offender as the basis for making personal or academic decisions affecting the individual subjected to sexual advances;
  3. When such conduct has the effect of unreasonably interfering with the individual's work, attendance at school or participation in academic or curricular activities, or
  4. When such conduct has the effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or learning environment through severe or pervasive behavior which substantially and materially interferes with work or school opportunities.

D. Discrimination is treating people differently, or interfering with or preventing a person from enjoying the advantages, privileges or courses of study in a public school because of his/her race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, or disability. A person may not be subjected to discipline or more severe punishment for wrongdoing, nor denied the same rights as others, because of his/her membership in a protected class.

E. Gender Identity: The term “gender identity” shall mean a person’s gender-related identity, appearance or behavior, whether or not that gender-related identity, appearance or behavior is different from that traditionally associated with the person’s physiology or assigned sex at birth.

F. Hate Crime is a crime motivated by hatred or bias, or where the target is targeted or selected for the crime at least in part because the person is a different race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation from the perpetrator or because the targeted person has a disability. A hate crime may involve a physical attack, threat of bodily harm, physical intimidation or damage to another’s property.

G. Hostile Environment means, a situation in which bullying causes the school environment to be permeated with intimidation, ridicule or insult that is sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter the conditions of the student’s education.

H. Hazing: The term “hazing” shall mean any conduct or method of initiation, even if consented to, into any student organization, whether on public or private property, which willfully or recklessly endangers the physical or mental health of any student or other person.

  1. Such conduct shall include, but is not limited to, whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the weather, forced consumption of any food, liquor, beverage, drug or other substance or any other brutal treatment or forced physical activity which is likely to adversely affect the physical health or safety of any such student or person, or which subjects such student or other person to extreme mental stress, including extended deprivation of sleep or rest or extended isolation.
  2. Whoever knows that another person is the target of hazing and is at the scene of such activity, shall, to the extent that such person can do so without danger or peril to himself or others, report such activity to an appropriate law enforcement official as soon as reasonably practicable. Whoever fails to report such behavior shall be subject to discipline.

I. Retaliation: is any form of intimidation, reprisal, or harassment directed against a student who reports bullying, provides information during an investigation of bullying, or witnesses or has reliable information about bullying.

J. School Staff includes, but is not limited to, educators, administrators, counselors, school nurses, cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers, athletic coaches, advisors to extracurricular activities, support staff, substitute employees or paraeducators

K. Target: is an individual whom bullying, cyberbullying, or retaliation has been perpetrated..

III. GUIDELINES/PROCEDURES FOR DEALING WITH BULLYING, HARASSMENT, SEXUAL HARASSMENT, DISCRIMINATION AND HATE CRIMES

In school systems, bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination or hate crimes may cross many lines. The situation may be an instance of staff member to staff member, staff member to student, student to staff member, or student to student. Guidelines for dealing with any of these charges are as follows:

  1. By law, harassment is defined by the target’s perception in combination with objective standards or expectations. What one person may consider acceptable behavior may be viewed as harassment by another person. Therefore, in order to protect the rights of both parties, it is important that the target or an administrator to whom a complaint was made or reported make it clear to the harasser that the behavior is objectionable.
  2. Staff members must always take every report of bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination or hate crimes seriously and take action immediately.
  3. If an instance of student to student bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination or a hate crime is reported to a staff member other than an administrator, the staff member should inform the Assistant Principal/Housemaster or the Building Principal and complete the designated forms.
  4. If a situation involving a charge of staff member to student bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination or hate crime is brought to the attention of any staff member, that staff member should notify the Building Principal or Assistant Superintendent immediately.
  5. In a situation involving a charge of student to staff member bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination or hate crime, the staff member should notify the Building Principal or Assistant Superintendent.
  6. In a situation involving a charge of staff member to staff member bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, or hate crime, the staff member should notify the Building Principal or the Assistant Superintendent.
  7. In all charges of bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination or hate crimes, the target should describe in writing the specifics of the complaint to ensure that the subsequent investigation is focused on the relevant facts. Oral and anonymous complaints will be reviewed but are inherently difficult to investigate and may not be procedurally fair; as a result no disciplinary action shall be taken on anonymous complaints unless independently verified by clear and convincing evidence. All other complaints will be reviewed based on a preponderance of evidence standard.
  8. Once a charge of bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, or hate crimes has been reported, including charges of physical harassment as well as threats to a person's safety or position in the school or work environment, the following course of action should be taken:
    • The Building Principal or designee will investigate the charge through discussions with the individuals involved and will use the designated forms for documenting the alleged incident. In situations involving a staff member, he/she should be informed of his/her rights to have a third party present at the time of the discussion. In situations involving students, the Principal or designee should interview the reporting staff member, target, witness(es)/bystander(s) and student alleged aggressor. Parents/guardians will be informed of the situation and invited to participate in discussions. It is important that the situation be resolved as confidentially and as quickly as the circumstances permit.
    • When a reported bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, and hate crimes incident involves the principal or the assistant principal as the alleged aggressor the Superintendent or designee will investigate the charge through discussions with the individuals involved and will use the designated forms for documenting the alleged incident. If the Superintendent is the alleged aggressor, the School Committee, or its designee shall be responsible for investigating the report, and other steps necessary to implement the Plan, including addressing the safety of the alleged target..
    • If the situation warrants, and the harasser and the target are willing to discuss the matter at resolution meeting in the presence of the Principal/designee or superintendent/designee, a supportive faculty member and/or parent should be included in the discussion. During this discussion, the offending behavior should be described by the target and administration, a request for a change in behavior should be made, and a promise should be made that the described behavior will stop. If circumstances do not permit a face to face meeting the administration will present the target’s position. Follow-up verification procedures will be explained. Failure to comply after a resolution meeting will result in appropriate discipline.
    • The matter shall be documented in a manner consistent with the severity of the behavior, the impact of the behavior on the target and the school, and the disciplinary consequences imposed by the administration.
  9. If after formal discussion with the involved parties, the Building Principal or designee determines that further action must be taken, the following would occur:
    • In instances involving student to student or student to staff member bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination or a hate crime the student would be held to the discipline code of the school. Legal action may also be initiated at this point.
    • In instances involving staff member to student and staff member to staff member bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, or hate crimes, findings would be reported to the Superintendent of Schools, or to the school committee or designee when the superintendent is the alleged aggressor for further action. Legal action may also be initiated at this point.
  10. Retaliation or false accusations against a person who reports bullying, provides information during an investigation of bullying, or witnesses or has reliable information about bullying shall be prohibited. If it occurs, it could be considered grounds for dismissal of staff personnel and/or removal from the educational setting for a student. A referral to law enforcement may be made.
  11. Problem Resolution: Any parent/guardian of the target wishing to file a claim/concern or seeking assistance outside of the district may do so with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Program Resolution System (PRS). That information can be found at: http://www.doe.mass.edu/pqa, emails can be sent to compliance@doe.mass.edu or individuals can call 781-338-3700. Hard copies of this information is also available at the Superintendent’s office.
  12. Confidentiality: Reports of bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, or hate crime should be kept completely confidential, involving as few people as possible, with the goal of protecting the target and stopping the behavior.

The District will respect the privacy of the complainant, the subject(s) of the complaint, and the witnesses to the extent possible consistent with its obligations under federal and state law and regulations and its Policy to investigate, report, and take appropriate disciplinary and corrective action, and consistent with applicable state and federal confidentiality laws and student record regulations.

For further information about these guidelines or help with sexual harassment, bullying, or hazing problems, or any other form of harassment, consult: the Assistant Superintendent of Schools at 380-0130, ext. 8479.

LEGAL REFERENCES

  1. Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Section 703
  2. Title IX of the 1972 U.S. Civil Rights Act.
  3. Chapter 151C, Massachusetts General Laws
  4. M.G.L. Chapter 76 § 5
  5. M.G.L. Chapter 269 § 17, 18, 19
  6. M.G.L. Chapter 71, § 370, 82,84,92
  7. Family and Education Privacy Rights Act
  8. Mass Student Records Laws and Regulations

Expulsion Policy

A.  Certain offenses are considered sufficiently severe that expulsion will be considered.  Among these offenses are:

  • Possession of a dangerous weapon, included but not limited to a firearm, knife, chain, studded bracelet, rear-gas canister, and “metal star”
  • Possession of a controlled substance, included but not limited to, marijuana, cocaine or heroin (Massachusetts General Law Chapter 71, Section 37 H)
  • Assault on a staff member (Massachusetts General Law Chapter 71, Section 37 H)
  • Causing a major school disruption; i.e. pulling a false fire alarm
  • Falsely reporting the existence of an exploding device
  • Any other act that is deemed by the administration as serious enough in nature including being arrested for a felony even though it occurred off of school grounds.( Massachusetts Education Reform Act 37H 1/2)

B.  Those students who have violated any of the above infractions may be subject to the following disciplinary action:

  • Suspension from school for a period of 1-10 days for those offenses occurring on school grounds or at a school-sponsored events
  • Social Probation from all school activities for a period of three weeks from the date of the infraction
  • Expulsion hearing with the Headmaster
  • Expulsion from school
  • Referral to local law enforcement for criminal complaint

C.  Procedural due process for expulsion includes:

  • Written notice of the charges and adequate time to prepare for a hearing
  • The right to be represented by a lawyer or other advocate at the hearing
  • The right to present and question evidence and witnesses
  • The right to a reasonable prompt, written decision, including specific grounds for the decision

D.  Any student who has been expelled by the Headmaster shall have the right to appeal to the Superintendent

Approved by the Braintree School Committee August 8, 2011

 

Gun Free School Zones Act of 1990

Title 18 – UNITED STATES CODE
“GUN FREE SCHOOL ZONES ACT OF 1990”

It shall be unlawful for any individual knowingly to possess…or discharge…a firearm at a place the individual knows or has reasonable cause to believe, is a school zone…except on private property not part of the school grounds or licenses to do so by the State in which the school…School Zone means within 1,000 feet from the grounds of a public, parochial or private school.  Violators shall be fined not more than $5,000, imprisoned for not more than 5 years, or both.  The term of imprisonment imposed under any other provision of law.

Memorandum of Understanding Between BPS and BPD

Memorandum of Understanding between the Braintree Public Schools and the Braintree Police Department

Statement of Purpose:

We agree that crimes committed by young people are a national and societal problem reaching into our community of Braintree. To maximize the effectiveness of our efforts to achieve a crime-free community, we recognize the coordination and cooperation of the community as a whole are essential. Therefore, the Chief of Police, with support of the Mayor and the Superintendent of Schools, with the support of the School Committee, pledge to follow the agreed upon procedures for communicating criminal activity.

We further agree to coordinate our efforts, when appropriate, with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

An agreement such as this is necessary since administrators, teachers, and other staff members are increasingly relied upon to monitor student behavior and to report unusual behavior that may indicate involvement with criminal activity. In these instances, the rights and responsibilities of school personnel and students and the role of police officers and law enforcement must be clearly understood.

This memorandum of understanding is an internal document between the parties and does not confer any rights, privileges or obligations nor is it enforceable against the parties hereto in any court, administrative hearing, or other forum. Any written or oral communication between the parties of the memorandum of understanding will be protected by all laws relating to privacy and confidentiality. This memorandum of understanding is in addition to, and does not supplant, policies of the Braintree Public Schools with regard to disciplinary procedures and codes of students conduct which are now or may be formulated and published in any student handbook.

Reportable Acts:

This memorandum of understanding concerns the report of mandatory reportable acts, which include assaultive behavior, the possession of weapons, a case where a student is believed to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or a case where a student is believed to be in a possession of or distributing any controlled substance. School personnel are not protected under any privilege statutes of the Commonwealth and, if called on to testify in court, they would be obligated to reveal any information relating to a crime, even if voluntarily confided to them by a student.

This memorandum of agreement also concerns the response of law enforcement agencies to criminal activity in a school setting.

Procedures and Responsibilities:

1.0 The School Superintendent designates the School Principal as the responsible school official in each school for handling all reportable acts. The Chief of Police designates the School Resource Officer or, in his or her absence, the Detective Bureau Commander, as the official responsible for handling all reportable acts. (The term “drugs,” where used in this document, includes alcohol and controlled substances.)

2.0 All individuals who are involved in this memorandum of understanding agree to the following:

2.1 All school staff members are under obligation to report any and all incidents of violence to the School Principal. The School Principal shall be responsible for reporting all serious incidents of violence to the School Resource Officer. A serious incident of violence shall include, but not be limited to, any actual or threatened assault involving at least one student against another student, teacher, administrator, or employee or member of the school community, which involves the infliction or threat of serious bodily assault or any actual or threatening physical assault, or bullying injury or psychological harm. The Braintree Police Department shall determine and pursue appropriate measures to hold alleged offenders accountable and to help maintain school safety as warranted.

2.2 The Braintree Public Schools, through its principals or their designees, shall continue to promptly notify the BPD liaison of any information regarding any “serious act of violence”. Serious acts of violence shall include, but not be limited to, (any sexual assault or any actual or threatened physical assault, or bullying) involving at least one student against another student, teacher, administrator or employee, occurring in a school facility or in connection with a school function, which results in bodily injury or psychological harm, or involves the possession or use of a weapon or is a civil rights incident.

2.3 The Braintree Public Schools, through its principals or their designees, shall continue to promptly notify the BPD liaison of any instance where a “weapon” is possessed by or taken from a student on school grounds or in connection with a school function. A weapon includes any item as defined in Massachusetts General Laws chapter 269, section 10, and any other object that BPD, in its discretion, feels warrants further attention by BPD.

2.4 The Braintree Public Schools, through its principals or their designees, shall continue to promptly notify the BPD liaison of any information regarding the possession, use or distribution of alcohol or drugs within a school facility or at any school function.

2.5 The BPD will likewise promptly report to the principal any incident of underage drinking, possession, use or distribution of alcohol, drugs, weapons, or acts of bullying or violence occurring within the Town of Braintree during school hours and non-school hours. The BPD shall assign an officer to serve as liaison to the Braintree Public Schools. The BPD shall continue to make the School Resource Officer available to the Braintree Public Schools during school hours. The School Resource Officer shall receive reports from the Braintree Public Schools principals or their designees regarding serious acts of violence, bullying, the possession or use of weapons, or the possession, use or distribution of alcohol or drugs occurring in a school facility or at any school functions.

Policy of Braintree Public Schools Relative to Illegal Distribution, Use, and Possession of Drugs:

3.0 Selling Drugs or Possession with Intent to Sell During Regular School Day or at Any School Sponsored Function:

3.1 Any student found selling, or in possession of a quantity of a controlled substance with intent to sell, shall be subject to expulsion by the Principal. The student shall be notified in writing of an opportunity for a hearing and have the right to representation, along with the opportunity to present evidence and witnesses at said hearing. Any student expelled shall have the right to appeal to the Superintendent of Schools. The student shall have ten days from the date of the expulsion in which to notify the Superintendent of his/her appeal. The student shall have the right to counsel at a hearing before the Superintendent.

4.0 Uses and/or Possession of Drugs or Alcohol during Regular School Day or at a School Sponsored Function:

4.1 First Offense: Any student found using and/or in possession or constructive possession of any form of drugs or alcohol during the regular school day or at school sponsored or related events, including athletic games, shall be subject to suspension or expulsion from school by the Principal. The student shall be notified in writing of an opportunity for a hearing and have the right to representation, along with the opportunity to present evidence and witnesses at said hearing. Any student expelled shall have the right to appeal to the Superintendent of Schools. The student shall have ten days from the date of the expulsion in which to notify the Superintendent of his/her appeal. The student shall have the right to counsel at a hearing before the Superintendent. A student who is suspended shall not participate in any extracurricular school activities for a period of three weeks, as outlined in the Chemical Health Policy in the Student-Parent Handbook. Student athletes will also be subject to an athletic suspension in accordance with the MIAA/Braintree High School Chemical Health Policy.

4.2 Second Offense: Any student found using and/or in possession or constructive possession of any form of drugs or alcohol during the regular school day or a school sponsored or related event, including athletic games, shall be subject to suspension or expulsion from school by the Principal. The student shall be notified in writing of an opportunity for a hearing and have the right to representation, along with the opportunity to present evidence and witnesses at said hearing. Any student expelled shall have the right to appeal to the Superintendent of Schools. The student shall have ten days from the date of the expulsion in which to notify the Superintendent of his/her appeal. The student shall have the right to counsel at a hearing before the Superintendent. A student who is suspended shall not participate in any extracurricular school activities for a period of six weeks, as outlined in the Chemical Health Policy in the Student-Parent Handbook. Student athletes will also be subject to an athletic suspension in accordance with the MIAA Braintree High School Chemical Health Policy.

5.0 Use and/or Possession of Drugs or Alcohol Outside of the Regular School Day and Off School Grounds

5.1 Regardless of where any student is found using and/or in possession or constructive possession of alcohol or a controlled substance, or the distribution or intent to distribute a controlled substance takes place, paragraphs 4.1 and 4.2 will be followed as if the offense took place on school property with the exception that no suspension from school will be imposed.

Other Procedures:

6.0 The Principal or his/her designee will turn over to the School Resource Officer all confiscated illicit drugs and paraphernalia and weapons on the day that the violation took place and with a report. A written description of the confiscated material, which is signed and dated by the receiving police officer, will be given to the school official.

7.0 The Principal or his/her designee will report any illegal or criminal conduct, not outlined in Section 2.0 to the School Resource Officer. In such cases, students may be subject to disciplinary action and/or prosecution in the normal course, but in addition may be eligible to be diverted from prosecution in appropriate circumstances. Any crime is a violation of school rules and is governed by this memorandum if it occurs in the school building, on school grounds, at school sponsored events, at activities or events which may be conducted off school grounds, on school buses, and at or around the school bus stops, during loading and unloading procedures or on the way to or from school.

8.0 The Braintree Police Department’s School Resource Officer will coordinate the Police Department’s action in cases of students found to be in possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia committing criminal activity. The BPD Detective Commander will coordinate record-keeping functions for the Police Department.

9.0 The Principal of the school will report to the parents and to the School Resource Officer all incidents of students found to be under the influence of drugs.

9.1 Reports of such incidents will be maintained by the Braintree Police Department as well as by the Principal.

10.0 The Braintree Alliance for Safe and Healthy Youth shall meet at least once each school year for the purpose of reviewing policies and procedures contained herein and for the purpose of assessing local conditions regarding illegal drug use and distribution of controlled substances.

11.0 The Braintree Police Department, through the School Resource Officer, shall report any violation of any drug law involving any student in the Braintree Schools to the Superintendent of Schools or the Principal of the student’s respective school.

12.0 This memorandum shall become part of the Codes for Student Conduct established in each school.

13.0 Every precaution will be taken by school officials and the Police Department to insure that the educational program of students is not disrupted.

Peter A. Kurzberg, Superintendent of Schools
Paul H. Frazier, Chief of Police
Joseph C. Sullivan, Mayor

Appendix A

Role of the Office of the Norfolk District Attorney

The Norfolk District Attorney’s Office shall coordinate reported matters involving students with the Braintree Police Department and its designated liaison (school resource officer, police prosecutor) and the Braintree Public Schools and its designated liaison (school principal, school resource officer) as appropriate. The Norfolk District Attorney’s Office shall endeavor to consult with the Braintree Police Department regarding conditions of release, sentencing recommendations and other appropriate information that may enhance school and community safety, and the ability of the Braintree Public Schools and the Braintree Police Department to monitor court ordered conditions.

When a youth from the community has been charged with a felony, the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office will endeavor to confirm that information for the Braintree Public Schools and the Braintree Police Department that the youth has been notified of the charges and arraigned.

The Norfolk District Attorney’s Office shall participate in regular school safety (juvenile justice roundtable) forums with the Braintree Public Schools and the Braintree Police Department. Through these confidential forums, the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office shall bring together school administrators, police officers, prosecutors and representatives from the Departments of Probation, Youth Services and Children and Families, as appropriate, to share information about court-involved and at-risk youth, to the extent permitted by law. These professionals shall work together to maintain school and community safety by developing early intervention strategies, linking appropriate services, monitoring student progress and ensuring compliance with court ordered conditions. The Norfolk District Attorney’s Office shall endeavor to inform roundtable members, as necessary, of victims within the Braintree Public Schools to facilitate safety planning and enforcement of court ordered conditions. Any information discussed during such meetings shall be considered confidential and subject to privacy restrictions established by law.

Michael W. Morrissey, Norfolk District Attorney

Parent Notification Law re: Human Sexuality Education

In accordance with Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 71, Section 32A, an Act Relative to Human Sexuality Education, the Braintree School Committee provides this notification to parents regarding curriculum which primarily involves human sexuality education or human sexuality issues.  This notification, provided through the student handbook at the Middle School and High School levels and through the newsletter at the elementary level, allows parents or guardians to exempt their child/children from any and all portions of the said curriculum through written notification to the school principal.  No child exempted shall be penalized in any fashion, and will be given an alternate assignment, which complies with the time and learning requirement.  Program materials will be made reasonably accessible to parents, guardians and other to the extent practicable.

Parents or guardians wishing to inspect and review program materials may contact the Assistant Superintendent of Schools.

Prohibition Against Firearms in Schools

Massachusetts General Law - Chapter 269 S. 10

Prohibition against Firearms in Schools

Whoever, not being a law enforcement officer, and notwithstanding any license obtained by him under the provisions of Chapter one hundred and forty, carries on his person a firearm as hereinafter defined, loaded or unloaded or other dangerous weapon in any building or on the grounds of any elementary or secondary school, college or university shall be punished by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars or by imprisonment for not more than one year, or both. For the purposes of this paragraph, “firearm” shall mean any pistol, revolver, rifle or smoothbore arm from which a shot, bullet or pellet can be discharged by whatever means.

Any student who is found on school premises or at school-sponsored or school-related events, including athletic games, in possession of a dangerous weapon, including, but not limited to, a gun or a knife may be subject to expulsion from the school by the Headmaster.

Policy on Vaping/Smoking/Tobacco Products

In accordance with Board of Health regulations, Braintree High School has developed the following procedure as it relates to the use and/or possession of vaping, smoking, and tobacco products:

  • Vaping/smoking/tobacco products include the following:
    • cigarettes or cigars
    • pipes
    • e-cigarettes
    • juul devices or juul pods
    • vaping or vape pens
    • chewing tobacco
    • other similar products not mentioned
  • BHS prohibits the use and/or possession of vaping/smoking/tobacco products in school buildings, facilities, school buses, on school grounds, and at school sponsored functions.
     
  • Administrators will notify the parent or legal guardian and sports and club advisors of each infraction, as an infraction in the area of vaping/smoking/tobacco products is considered a violation of the chemical health policy.
     
  • Administrators will confiscate the vaping/smoking/tobacco product from the student.  The item will be returned to the violator’s parent or legal guardian upon request, unless confiscated by the Braintree Police.
     
  • Students found in the presence of vaping/smoking/tobacco products are subject to search and seizure.  
     
  • Students congregating in the presence of vaping/smoking/tobacco products may be viewed as guilty under this policy pending the outcome of administrator’s investigationConsistent with its practice for any suspected drugs or drug paraphernalia, the school will turn over confiscated vaping/smoking/tobacco products to the Braintree Police for drug testing.  If the product is found to contain marijuana, THC, or other controlled drug, the offense will be handled as a violation of the school drug policy instead of a vaping/smoking/tobacco infraction.

The consequences for vaping/smoking/tobacco infractions are as follows:

First Offense:

  • 1 Extended Day Detention
  • Social Probation for a period of 3 weeks
  •  Parent conference with a Housemaster may be requested
  • Notification to sports and club advisors

Second Offense:

  • 2 Extended Day Detentions
  • Social Probation for a period of 6 weeks
  • Parent conference with a Housemaster may be required
  • Notification to sports and club advisors

Third Offense:

  • 3 Extended Day Detentions
  • Social Probation for a period of 6 weeks
  • Parent conference with a Housemaster may be required
  • Notification to sports and club advisors

Subsequent Offenses:

  • Out-of-School Suspension
  • Indefinite Social Probation
  • Parent conference with administration may be required
  • Notification to sports and club advisors

Discipline Policy for Students with Disabilities

  1. Each Individualized Education Program (I.E.P.) or 504 Plan will indicate whether the student can be expected to meet the regular discipline code or note any modifications to the code.
  2. The Director of Special Services, the Director of Guidance, or a designee will receive, in writing, a copy of each suspension notice.
  3. Upon accumulation of ten school days of suspension in a school year,  a Team Manifestation Meeting will be held to review the I.E.P. or 504 Plan to:
  • determine the appropriateness of the student’s placement
  • modify or design a new I.E.P. or 504 plan
  • make provisions for temporary educational services
  • develop a long-term plan for educational services

It is the intent of Braintree High School to comply with the Massachusetts General Laws and Department of Education Regulations governing the disciplining of special education and 504 students

If you would like a hardcopy of the handbook please contact your student's House Office.

Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 71, Sections 37H, 37H1/2 and 37H3/4

Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 71, Sections 37H, 37H1/2 and 37H3/4

In order to maintain an environment conducive to teaching and learning we will declare unequivocally that weapons, illegal drugs, alcohol, and violent acts have no place in an academic setting.

The Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993 was signed into law on June 18, 1993. This law has a direct impact on some student discipline policies and procedures. The information contained below details policy and procedural changes that are now in effect in all schools in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Education Reform Act supersedes pertinent discipline policy and procedures that are outlined in the student handbook. These policies and procedures include:

Chapter 71, Section 37H:

A. Possession of Weapons / Drugs

B. Assault on School Personnel

It is important for students and parents to understand and be mindful of the information listed below:

Section 37H.

The superintendent of every school district shall publish the district's policies pertaining to the conduct of teachers and students. Said policies shall prohibit the use of any tobacco products within the school buildings, the school facilities or on the school grounds or on school buses by any individual, including school personnel. Said policies shall further restrict operators of school buses and personal motor vehicles, including students, faculty, staff and visitors, from idling such vehicles on school grounds, consistent with section 16B of chapter 90 and regulations adopted pursuant thereto and by the department. The policies shall also prohibit bullying as defined in section 37O and shall include the student-related sections of the bullying prevention and intervention plan required by said section 37O. Copies of these policies shall be provided to any person upon request and without cost by the principal of every school within the district.

Each school district's policies pertaining to the conduct of students shall include the following: disciplinary proceedings, including procedures assuring due process; standards and procedures for suspension and expulsion of students; procedures pertaining to discipline of students with special needs; standards and procedures to assure school building security and safety of students and school personnel; and the disciplinary measures to be taken in cases involving the possession or use of illegal substances or weapons, the use of force, vandalism, or violation of a student's civil rights. Codes of discipline, as well as procedures used to develop such codes shall be filed with the department of education for informational purposes only.

In each school building containing the grades nine to twelve, inclusive, the principal, in consultation with the school council, shall prepare and distribute to each student a student handbook setting forth the rules pertaining to the conduct of students. The student handbook shall include an age-appropriate summary of the student-related sections of the bullying prevention and intervention plan required by section 37O. The school council shall review the student handbook each spring to consider changes in disciplinary policy to take effect in September of the following school year, but may consider policy changes at any time. The annual review shall cover all areas of student conduct, including but not limited to those outlined in this section.

Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, all student handbooks shall contain the following provisions:

(a) Any student who is found on school premises or at school-sponsored or school-related events, including athletic games, in possession of a dangerous weapon, including, but not limited to, a gun or a knife; or a controlled substance as defined in chapter ninety-four C, including, but not limited to, marijuana, cocaine, and heroin, may be subject to expulsion from the school or school district by the principal.

(b) Any student who assaults a principal, assistant principal, teacher, teacher's aide or other educational staff on school premises or at school-sponsored or school-related events, including athletic games, may be subject to expulsion from the school or school district by the principal.

(c) Any student who is charged with a violation of either paragraph (a) or (b) shall be notified in writing of an opportunity for a hearing; provided, however, that the student may have representation, along with the opportunity to present evidence and witnesses at said hearing before the principal.

After said hearing, a principal may, in his discretion, decide to suspend rather than expel a student who has been determined by the principal to have violated either paragraph (a) or (b).

(d) Any student who has been expelled from a school district pursuant to these provisions shall have the right to appeal to the superintendent. The expelled student shall have ten days from the date of the expulsion in which to notify the superintendent of his appeal. The student has the right to counsel at a hearing before the superintendent. The subject matter of the appeal shall not be limited solely to a factual determination of whether the student has violated any provisions of this section.

(e) Any school district that suspends or expels a student under this section shall continue to provide educational services to the student during the period of suspension or expulsion, under section 21 of chapter 76. If the student moves to another district during the period of suspension or expulsion, the new district of residence shall either admit the student to its schools or provide educational services to the student in an education service plan, under section 21 of chapter 76.

(f) Districts shall report to the department of elementary and secondary education the specific reasons for all suspensions and expulsions, regardless of duration or type, in a manner and form established by the commissioner. The department of elementary and secondary education shall use its existing data collection tools to obtain this information from districts and shall modify those tools, as necessary, to obtain the information. On an annual basis, the department of elementary and secondary education shall make district level de-identified data and analysis, including the total number of days each student is excluded during the school year, available to the public online in a machine readable format. This report shall include district level data disaggregated by student status and categories established by the commissioner.

(g) Under the regulations promulgated by the department, for each school that suspends or expels a significant number of students for more than 10 cumulative days in a school year, the commissioner shall investigate and, as appropriate, shall recommend models that incorporate intermediary steps prior to the use of suspension or expulsion. The results of the analysis shall be publicly reported at the school district level.

Chapter 71, Section 37H ½ - Felony Complaints and Felony Convictions

Section 37H1/2.

Notwithstanding the provisions of section eighty-four and sections sixteen and seventeen of chapter seventy-six:

(1) Upon the issuance of a criminal complaint charging a student with a felony or upon the issuance of a felony delinquency complaint against a student, the principal or headmaster of a school in which the student is enrolled may suspend such student for a period of time determined appropriate by said principal or headmaster if said principal or headmaster determines that the student's continued presence in school would have a substantial detrimental effect on the general welfare of the school. The student shall receive written notification of the charges and the reasons for such suspension prior to such suspension taking effect. The student shall also receive written notification of his right to appeal and the process for appealing such suspension; provided, however, that such suspension shall remain in effect prior to any appeal hearing conducted by the superintendent.

The student shall have the right to appeal the suspension to the superintendent. The student shall notify the superintendent in writing of his request for an appeal no later than five calendar days following the effective date of the suspension. The superintendent shall hold a hearing with the student and the student's parent or guardian within three calendar days of the student's request for an appeal. At the hearing, the student shall have the right to present oral and written testimony on his behalf, and shall have the right to counsel. The superintendent shall have the authority to overturn or alter the decision of the principal or headmaster, including recommending an alternate educational program for the student. The superintendent shall render a decision on the appeal within five calendar days of the hearing. Such decision shall be the final decision of the city, town or regional school district with regard to the suspension.

(2) Upon a student being convicted of a felony or upon an adjudication or admission in court of guilt with respect to such a felony or felony delinquency, the principal or headmaster of a school in which the student is enrolled may expel said student if such principal or headmaster determines that the student's continued presence in school would have a substantial detrimental effect on the general welfare of the school. The student shall receive written notification of the charges and reasons for such expulsion prior to such expulsion taking effect. The student shall also receive written notification of his right to appeal and the process for appealing such expulsion; provided, however, that the expulsion shall remain in effect prior to any appeal hearing conducted by the superintendent.

The student shall have the right to appeal the expulsion to the superintendent. The student shall notify the superintendent, in writing, of his request for an appeal no later than five calendar days following the effective date of the expulsion. The superintendent shall hold a hearing with the student and the student's parent or guardian within three calendar days of the expulsion. At the hearing, the student shall have the right to present oral and written testimony on his behalf, and shall have the right to counsel. The superintendent shall have the authority to overturn or alter the decision of the principal or headmaster, including recommending an alternate educational program for the student. The superintendent shall render a decision on the appeal within five calendar days of the hearing. Such decision shall be the final decision of the city, town or regional school district with regard to the expulsion.

Any school district that suspends or expels a student under this section shall continue to provide educational services to the student during the period of suspension or expulsion, under section 21 of chapter 76. If the student moves to another district during the period of suspension or expulsion, the new district of residence shall either admit the student to its schools or provide educational services to the student under an education service plan, under section 21 of chapter 76.

Section 37: Section 37L of said chapter 71 General Laws is hereby amended by adding the following paragraphs:

In addition, any school department personnel shall report in writing to their immediate supervisor an incident involving a student’s possession or use of a dangerous weapon on school premises at any time.

Supervisors who receive such a weapon report shall file it with the superintendent of said school, who shall file copies of said weapon report with the local chief of police, the department of social services, the office of student services or its equivalent in any school district, and the local school committee. Said superintendent, police chief, and representative from the department of social services, together with a representative from the office of student services or its equivalent, shall arrange an assessment of the student involved in said weapon report. Said student shall be referred to a counseling program; provided, however, that said counseling shall be in accordance with acceptable standards as set forth by the Board of Education. Upon completion of a counseling session, a follow-up assessment shall be made of said student by those involved in the initial assessment.

A student transferring into a local system must provide the new school system with a complete school record of the entering student. Said record shall include, but not be limited to, any incident reports in which such student was charged with any suspended act.

Chapter 71, Section 37H3/4 – Requirements for Long and Short-Term Suspensions Section 37H3/4.

(a) This section shall govern the suspension and expulsion of students enrolled in a public school in the commonwealth who are not charged with a violation of subsections (a) or (b) of section 37H or with a felony under section 37H1/2.

(b) Any principal, headmaster, superintendent or other person acting as a decision-maker at a student meeting or hearing, when deciding the consequences for the student, shall exercise discretion; consider ways to re-engage the student in the learning process; and avoid using expulsion as a consequence until other remedies and consequences have been employed.

(c) For any suspension or expulsion under this section, the principal or headmaster of a school in which the student is enrolled, or a designee, shall provide, to the student and to the parent or guardian of the student, notice of the charges and the reason for the suspension or expulsion in English and in the primary language spoken in the home of the student. The student shall receive the written notification and shall have the opportunity to meet with the principal or headmaster, or a designee, to discuss the charges and reasons for the suspension or expulsion prior to the suspension or expulsion taking effect. The principal or headmaster, or a designee, shall ensure that the parent or guardian of the student is included in the meeting, provided that such meeting may take place without the parent or guardian only if the principal or headmaster, or a designee, can document reasonable efforts to include the parent or guardian in that meeting. The department shall promulgate rules and regulations that address a principal's duties under this subsection and procedures for including parents in student exclusion meetings, hearings or interviews under this subsection.

(d) If a decision is made to suspend or expel the student after the meeting, the principal or headmaster, or a designee, shall update the notification for the suspension or expulsion to reflect the meeting with the student. If a student has been suspended or expelled for more than 10 school days for a single infraction or for more than 10 school days cumulatively for multiple infractions in any school year, the student and the parent or guardian of the student shall also receive, at the time of the suspension or expulsion decision, written notification of a right to appeal and the process for appealing the suspension or expulsion in English and in the primary language spoken in the home of the student; provided, however, that the suspension or expulsion shall remain in effect prior to any appeal hearing. The principal or headmaster or a designee shall notify the superintendent in writing, including, but not limited to, by electronic means, of any out-of-school suspension imposed on a student enrolled in kindergarten through grade 3 prior to such suspension taking effect. That notification shall describe the student's alleged misconduct and the reasons for suspending the student out-of-school. For the purposes of this section, the term ''out-of-school suspension'' shall mean a disciplinary action imposed by school officials to remove a student from participation in school activities for 1 day or more.

(e) A student who has been suspended or expelled from school for more than 10 school days for a single infraction or for more than 10 school days cumulatively for multiple infractions in any school year shall have the right to appeal the suspension or expulsion to the superintendent. The student or a parent or guardian of the student shall notify the superintendent in writing of a request for an appeal not later than 5 calendar days following the effective date of the suspension or expulsion; provided, that a student and a parent or guardian of the student may request, and if so requested, shall be granted an extension of up to 7 calendar days. The superintendent or a designee shall hold a hearing with the student and the parent or guardian of the student within 3 school days of the student's request for an appeal; provided that a student or a parent or guardian of the student may request and, if so requested, shall be granted an extension of up to 7 calendar days; provided further, that the superintendent, or a designee, may proceed with a hearing without a parent or guardian of the student if the superintendent, or a designee, makes a good faith effort to include the parent or guardian. At the hearing, the student shall have the right to present oral and written testimony, cross-examine witnesses and shall have the right to counsel. The superintendent shall render a decision on the appeal in writing within 5 calendar days of the hearing. That decision shall be the final decision of the school district with regard to the suspension or expulsion.

(f) No student shall be suspended or expelled from a school or school district for a time period that exceeds 90 school days, beginning the first day the student is removed from an assigned school building.

Bullying, Harassment, Sexual Harassment, Discrimination, Hate Crimes and Hazing Policy

BRAINTREE PUBLIC SCHOOLS BULLYING, HARASSMENT, SEXUAL HARASSMENT, DISCRIMINATION, HATE CRIMES AND HAZING POLICY

Revised June, 18, 2014 & Approved by School Committee August 18, 2014
Approved By School Committee - November 18, 2013

I. POLICY

A. The Braintree Public School District is committed to providing our students equal educational opportunities where all school community members (students, employees, and visitors) treat each other with respect in a safe learning environment free from any form of bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination and hate crimes. This policy is an integral part of the District’s comprehensive efforts to promote learning, eliminate all forms of violent, harmful, and disruptive behavior and enable students to achieve their personal and academic potential and become successful citizens in our increasingly diverse society.

The district prohibits bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, hate crimes, or any other victimization of students in our schools or school-related activities based on any of the following actual or perceived traits or characteristics, including but not limited to: race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, socioeconomic, status, homelessness, academic status, gender identity or expression, physical appearance, or sensory, disability, or by association with a person who has or is perceived to have one or more of these characteristics.

B. It is a violation of this policy for any administrator, teacher or other employee, or any student to engage in or condone bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination or hate crimes or to fail to report or otherwise take reasonable corrective measures when they become aware of an incident of harassment.

C. It is the responsibility of every employee to recognize acts of bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination and hate crimes and take every action necessary to ensure that the applicable policies and procedures of this school district are implemented.

D. Any employee or student who believes that he or she has been subjected to bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination or a hate crime has the right to file a complaint and to receive prompt and appropriate handling of the complaint. Further, all reasonable efforts shall be made to maintain the confidentiality and protect the privacy of all parties but proper enforcement of this policy may require disclosure of any or all information received.

E. The Building Principal/Designee shall be responsible for assisting employees and students seeking guidance or support in addressing matters relating to bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, and hate crimes. This policy is not designed or intended to limit the school’s authority to take disciplinary action or take remedial action when such harassment occurs out of school but carries over into school, or, is disruptive or substantially interferes with an employee’s work, personal life, a student’s school work, or participation in school related opportunities or activities.

Reports of cyberbullying by electronic or other means, occurring in or out of school will be reviewed and, when affecting work or school, will result in discipline. Parents of students alleged to have engaged in cyber harassment will be required to attend a meeting at which the activity, words or images subject to the complaint will be reviewed.

F. When a reported incident involves the principal or the assistant principal the Superintendent or designee shall be responsible and if the Superintendent is involved, the School Committee, or its designee shall be responsible for assisting employees and students seeking guidance or support in addressing matters relating to bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, and hate crimes

G. Whenever the evaluation of the Individualized Education Program team indicates that the child has a disability that affects social skills development or that the child is vulnerable to bullying, harassment or teasing because of the child’s disability, the Individualized Education Program shall address the skills and proficiencies needed to avoid and respond to bullying, harassment or teasing.

H. Braintree Public Schools will provide an annual report to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The following data will be collected and reported to the Department: 1) the number of reported allegations of bullying or retaliation; 2) the number and nature of substantiated incidents of bullying and retaliation; 3) the number of students disciplined for engaging in bullying or retaliation, and 4) other information required by the Department.[1] (The Department is required to analyze the data and to issue a report annually to the legislature which contains statewide aggregated data on the nature and frequency of bullying in schools.) Additionally, Chapter 86 requires school districts, charter schools, approved private day or residential schools, and collaborative schools, to administer a Department-developed student survey at least once every four years to assess “school climate and the prevalence, nature and severity of bullying in schools.

II. DEFINITIONS

A. Bullying/Harassment includes but is not limited to: physical contact or injury; threats of harm; demands for money; blackmail; extortion; non-verbal threats; intimidation; crude gestures; stalking; stealing or hiding possessions; excluding; isolating; spreading rumors or sending messages of an embarrassing, slanderous, or intimidating nature; repeated or pervasive teasing, taunting, tormenting, name-calling, belittling, mocking, put-downs, sarcasm, or demeaning humor; unwelcome touching.

Bullying, which is different than conflict, is the repeated, unwelcome use by one or more students or a member of a school staff of a written, verbal or electronic expression or a physical act or gesture or any combination thereof, directed at a target that: (i) causes physical or emotional harm to the target or damage to the target’s property; (ii) places the target in reasonable fear of harm to himself or of damage to his property; (iii) creates a hostile environment at school for the target; (iv) infringes on the rights of the target at school; or (v) materially and substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school. For the purposes of this section, bullying shall include cyber-bullying.

The behavior must interfere with an employee’s ability to perform his or her duties or with a student’s academic performance or ability to learn, or interfere with a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from services, activities, or privileges:

  • That are being offered through the school or district; or
  • During any education program or activity; or
  • While in school, on school equipment or property, in school vehicles, on school buses, at designated school bus stops, or at school-sponsored activities, at school-sanctioned events.

B. Cyber-bullying is bullying through the use of technology or any electronic communication, which shall include, but shall not be limited to, any transfer of signs, signals, writing, images, sounds, data or intelligence of any nature transmitted in whole or in part by a wire, radio, electromagnetic, photo electronic or photo optical system, including, but not limited to, electronic mail, internet communications, instant messages or facsimile communications. Cyber-bullying shall also include (i) the creation of a web page or blog in which the creator assumes the identity of another person or (ii) the knowing impersonation of another person as the author of posted content or messages, if the creation or impersonation creates any of the conditions enumerated in clauses (i) to (v), inclusive, of the definition of bullying. Cyber-bullying shall also include the distribution by electronic means of a communication to more than one person or the posting of material on an electronic medium that may be accessed by one or more persons, if the distribution or posting creates any of the conditions enumerated in clauses (i) to (v), inclusive, of the definition of bullying.

  • Cyber-bullying may occur through the use of data, telephone or computer software that is accessed through a computer, computer system, or computer network or any public education institute.
  • As used in this Section, “electronic communication” also means any communication through an electronic device including, but not limited to a telephone, cellular phone, computer or pager.

C. Sexual Harassment means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other inappropriate verbal, written or physical conduct of a sexual nature that takes place under any of the following circumstances:

  1. When submission to such conduct is made, explicitly or implicitly, a term or condition of employment, instruction, or participation in school activities or programs;
  2. When submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used by the offender as the basis for making personal or academic decisions affecting the individual subjected to sexual advances;
  3. When such conduct has the effect of unreasonably interfering with the individual's work, attendance at school or participation in academic or curricular activities, or
  4. When such conduct has the effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or learning environment through severe or pervasive behavior which substantially and materially interferes with work or school opportunities.

D. Discrimination is treating people differently, or interfering with or preventing a person from enjoying the advantages, privileges or courses of study in a public school because of his/her race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, or disability. A person may not be subjected to discipline or more severe punishment for wrongdoing, nor denied the same rights as others, because of his/her membership in a protected class.

E. Gender Identity: The term “gender identity” shall mean a person’s gender-related identity, appearance or behavior, whether or not that gender-related identity, appearance or behavior is different from that traditionally associated with the person’s physiology or assigned sex at birth.

F. Hate Crime is a crime motivated by hatred or bias, or where the target is targeted or selected for the crime at least in part because the person is a different race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation from the perpetrator or because the targeted person has a disability. A hate crime may involve a physical attack, threat of bodily harm, physical intimidation or damage to another’s property.

G. Hostile Environment means, a situation in which bullying causes the school environment to be permeated with intimidation, ridicule or insult that is sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter the conditions of the student’s education.

H. Hazing: The term “hazing” shall mean any conduct or method of initiation, even if consented to, into any student organization, whether on public or private property, which willfully or recklessly endangers the physical or mental health of any student or other person.

  1. Such conduct shall include, but is not limited to, whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the weather, forced consumption of any food, liquor, beverage, drug or other substance or any other brutal treatment or forced physical activity which is likely to adversely affect the physical health or safety of any such student or person, or which subjects such student or other person to extreme mental stress, including extended deprivation of sleep or rest or extended isolation.
  2. Whoever knows that another person is the target of hazing and is at the scene of such activity, shall, to the extent that such person can do so without danger or peril to himself or others, report such activity to an appropriate law enforcement official as soon as reasonably practicable. Whoever fails to report such behavior shall be subject to discipline.

I. Retaliation: is any form of intimidation, reprisal, or harassment directed against a student who reports bullying, provides information during an investigation of bullying, or witnesses or has reliable information about bullying.

J. School Staff includes, but is not limited to, educators, administrators, counselors, school nurses, cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers, athletic coaches, advisors to extracurricular activities, support staff, substitute employees or paraeducators

K. Target: is an individual whom bullying, cyberbullying, or retaliation has been perpetrated..

III. GUIDELINES/PROCEDURES FOR DEALING WITH BULLYING, HARASSMENT, SEXUAL HARASSMENT, DISCRIMINATION AND HATE CRIMES

In school systems, bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination or hate crimes may cross many lines. The situation may be an instance of staff member to staff member, staff member to student, student to staff member, or student to student. Guidelines for dealing with any of these charges are as follows:

  1. By law, harassment is defined by the target’s perception in combination with objective standards or expectations. What one person may consider acceptable behavior may be viewed as harassment by another person. Therefore, in order to protect the rights of both parties, it is important that the target or an administrator to whom a complaint was made or reported make it clear to the harasser that the behavior is objectionable.
  2. Staff members must always take every report of bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination or hate crimes seriously and take action immediately.
  3. If an instance of student to student bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination or a hate crime is reported to a staff member other than an administrator, the staff member should inform the Assistant Principal/Housemaster or the Building Principal and complete the designated forms.
  4. If a situation involving a charge of staff member to student bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination or hate crime is brought to the attention of any staff member, that staff member should notify the Building Principal or Assistant Superintendent immediately.
  5. In a situation involving a charge of student to staff member bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination or hate crime, the staff member should notify the Building Principal or Assistant Superintendent.
  6. In a situation involving a charge of staff member to staff member bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, or hate crime, the staff member should notify the Building Principal or the Assistant Superintendent.
  7. In all charges of bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination or hate crimes, the target should describe in writing the specifics of the complaint to ensure that the subsequent investigation is focused on the relevant facts. Oral and anonymous complaints will be reviewed but are inherently difficult to investigate and may not be procedurally fair; as a result no disciplinary action shall be taken on anonymous complaints unless independently verified by clear and convincing evidence. All other complaints will be reviewed based on a preponderance of evidence standard.
  8. Once a charge of bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, or hate crimes has been reported, including charges of physical harassment as well as threats to a person's safety or position in the school or work environment, the following course of action should be taken:
    • The Building Principal or designee will investigate the charge through discussions with the individuals involved and will use the designated forms for documenting the alleged incident. In situations involving a staff member, he/she should be informed of his/her rights to have a third party present at the time of the discussion. In situations involving students, the Principal or designee should interview the reporting staff member, target, witness(es)/bystander(s) and student alleged aggressor. Parents/guardians will be informed of the situation and invited to participate in discussions. It is important that the situation be resolved as confidentially and as quickly as the circumstances permit.
    • When a reported bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, and hate crimes incident involves the principal or the assistant principal as the alleged aggressor the Superintendent or designee will investigate the charge through discussions with the individuals involved and will use the designated forms for documenting the alleged incident. If the Superintendent is the alleged aggressor, the School Committee, or its designee shall be responsible for investigating the report, and other steps necessary to implement the Plan, including addressing the safety of the alleged target..
    • If the situation warrants, and the harasser and the target are willing to discuss the matter at resolution meeting in the presence of the Principal/designee or superintendent/designee, a supportive faculty member and/or parent should be included in the discussion. During this discussion, the offending behavior should be described by the target and administration, a request for a change in behavior should be made, and a promise should be made that the described behavior will stop. If circumstances do not permit a face to face meeting the administration will present the target’s position. Follow-up verification procedures will be explained. Failure to comply after a resolution meeting will result in appropriate discipline.
    • The matter shall be documented in a manner consistent with the severity of the behavior, the impact of the behavior on the target and the school, and the disciplinary consequences imposed by the administration.
  9. If after formal discussion with the involved parties, the Building Principal or designee determines that further action must be taken, the following would occur:
    • In instances involving student to student or student to staff member bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination or a hate crime the student would be held to the discipline code of the school. Legal action may also be initiated at this point.
    • In instances involving staff member to student and staff member to staff member bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, or hate crimes, findings would be reported to the Superintendent of Schools, or to the school committee or designee when the superintendent is the alleged aggressor for further action. Legal action may also be initiated at this point.
  10. Retaliation or false accusations against a person who reports bullying, provides information during an investigation of bullying, or witnesses or has reliable information about bullying shall be prohibited. If it occurs, it could be considered grounds for dismissal of staff personnel and/or removal from the educational setting for a student. A referral to law enforcement may be made.
  11. Problem Resolution: Any parent/guardian of the target wishing to file a claim/concern or seeking assistance outside of the district may do so with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Program Resolution System (PRS). That information can be found at: http://www.doe.mass.edu/pqa, emails can be sent to compliance@doe.mass.edu or individuals can call 781-338-3700. Hard copies of this information is also available at the Superintendent’s office.
  12. Confidentiality: Reports of bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, or hate crime should be kept completely confidential, involving as few people as possible, with the goal of protecting the target and stopping the behavior.

The District will respect the privacy of the complainant, the subject(s) of the complaint, and the witnesses to the extent possible consistent with its obligations under federal and state law and regulations and its Policy to investigate, report, and take appropriate disciplinary and corrective action, and consistent with applicable state and federal confidentiality laws and student record regulations.

For further information about these guidelines or help with sexual harassment, bullying, or hazing problems, or any other form of harassment, consult: the Assistant Superintendent of Schools at 380-0130, ext. 8479.

LEGAL REFERENCES

  1. Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Section 703
  2. Title IX of the 1972 U.S. Civil Rights Act.
  3. Chapter 151C, Massachusetts General Laws
  4. M.G.L. Chapter 76 § 5
  5. M.G.L. Chapter 269 § 17, 18, 19
  6. M.G.L. Chapter 71, § 370, 82,84,92
  7. Family and Education Privacy Rights Act
  8. Mass Student Records Laws and Regulations

Expulsion Policy

A.  Certain offenses are considered sufficiently severe that expulsion will be considered.  Among these offenses are:

  • Possession of a dangerous weapon, included but not limited to a firearm, knife, chain, studded bracelet, rear-gas canister, and “metal star”
  • Possession of a controlled substance, included but not limited to, marijuana, cocaine or heroin (Massachusetts General Law Chapter 71, Section 37 H)
  • Assault on a staff member (Massachusetts General Law Chapter 71, Section 37 H)
  • Causing a major school disruption; i.e. pulling a false fire alarm
  • Falsely reporting the existence of an exploding device
  • Any other act that is deemed by the administration as serious enough in nature including being arrested for a felony even though it occurred off of school grounds.( Massachusetts Education Reform Act 37H 1/2)

B.  Those students who have violated any of the above infractions may be subject to the following disciplinary action:

  • Suspension from school for a period of 1-10 days for those offenses occurring on school grounds or at a school-sponsored events
  • Social Probation from all school activities for a period of three weeks from the date of the infraction
  • Expulsion hearing with the Headmaster
  • Expulsion from school
  • Referral to local law enforcement for criminal complaint

C.  Procedural due process for expulsion includes:

  • Written notice of the charges and adequate time to prepare for a hearing
  • The right to be represented by a lawyer or other advocate at the hearing
  • The right to present and question evidence and witnesses
  • The right to a reasonable prompt, written decision, including specific grounds for the decision

D.  Any student who has been expelled by the Headmaster shall have the right to appeal to the Superintendent

Approved by the Braintree School Committee August 8, 2011

 

Gun Free School Zones Act of 1990

Title 18 – UNITED STATES CODE
“GUN FREE SCHOOL ZONES ACT OF 1990”

It shall be unlawful for any individual knowingly to possess…or discharge…a firearm at a place the individual knows or has reasonable cause to believe, is a school zone…except on private property not part of the school grounds or licenses to do so by the State in which the school…School Zone means within 1,000 feet from the grounds of a public, parochial or private school.  Violators shall be fined not more than $5,000, imprisoned for not more than 5 years, or both.  The term of imprisonment imposed under any other provision of law.

Memorandum of Understanding Between BPS and BPD

Memorandum of Understanding between the Braintree Public Schools and the Braintree Police Department

Statement of Purpose:

We agree that crimes committed by young people are a national and societal problem reaching into our community of Braintree. To maximize the effectiveness of our efforts to achieve a crime-free community, we recognize the coordination and cooperation of the community as a whole are essential. Therefore, the Chief of Police, with support of the Mayor and the Superintendent of Schools, with the support of the School Committee, pledge to follow the agreed upon procedures for communicating criminal activity.

We further agree to coordinate our efforts, when appropriate, with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

An agreement such as this is necessary since administrators, teachers, and other staff members are increasingly relied upon to monitor student behavior and to report unusual behavior that may indicate involvement with criminal activity. In these instances, the rights and responsibilities of school personnel and students and the role of police officers and law enforcement must be clearly understood.

This memorandum of understanding is an internal document between the parties and does not confer any rights, privileges or obligations nor is it enforceable against the parties hereto in any court, administrative hearing, or other forum. Any written or oral communication between the parties of the memorandum of understanding will be protected by all laws relating to privacy and confidentiality. This memorandum of understanding is in addition to, and does not supplant, policies of the Braintree Public Schools with regard to disciplinary procedures and codes of students conduct which are now or may be formulated and published in any student handbook.

Reportable Acts:

This memorandum of understanding concerns the report of mandatory reportable acts, which include assaultive behavior, the possession of weapons, a case where a student is believed to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or a case where a student is believed to be in a possession of or distributing any controlled substance. School personnel are not protected under any privilege statutes of the Commonwealth and, if called on to testify in court, they would be obligated to reveal any information relating to a crime, even if voluntarily confided to them by a student.

This memorandum of agreement also concerns the response of law enforcement agencies to criminal activity in a school setting.

Procedures and Responsibilities:

1.0 The School Superintendent designates the School Principal as the responsible school official in each school for handling all reportable acts. The Chief of Police designates the School Resource Officer or, in his or her absence, the Detective Bureau Commander, as the official responsible for handling all reportable acts. (The term “drugs,” where used in this document, includes alcohol and controlled substances.)

2.0 All individuals who are involved in this memorandum of understanding agree to the following:

2.1 All school staff members are under obligation to report any and all incidents of violence to the School Principal. The School Principal shall be responsible for reporting all serious incidents of violence to the School Resource Officer. A serious incident of violence shall include, but not be limited to, any actual or threatened assault involving at least one student against another student, teacher, administrator, or employee or member of the school community, which involves the infliction or threat of serious bodily assault or any actual or threatening physical assault, or bullying injury or psychological harm. The Braintree Police Department shall determine and pursue appropriate measures to hold alleged offenders accountable and to help maintain school safety as warranted.

2.2 The Braintree Public Schools, through its principals or their designees, shall continue to promptly notify the BPD liaison of any information regarding any “serious act of violence”. Serious acts of violence shall include, but not be limited to, (any sexual assault or any actual or threatened physical assault, or bullying) involving at least one student against another student, teacher, administrator or employee, occurring in a school facility or in connection with a school function, which results in bodily injury or psychological harm, or involves the possession or use of a weapon or is a civil rights incident.

2.3 The Braintree Public Schools, through its principals or their designees, shall continue to promptly notify the BPD liaison of any instance where a “weapon” is possessed by or taken from a student on school grounds or in connection with a school function. A weapon includes any item as defined in Massachusetts General Laws chapter 269, section 10, and any other object that BPD, in its discretion, feels warrants further attention by BPD.

2.4 The Braintree Public Schools, through its principals or their designees, shall continue to promptly notify the BPD liaison of any information regarding the possession, use or distribution of alcohol or drugs within a school facility or at any school function.

2.5 The BPD will likewise promptly report to the principal any incident of underage drinking, possession, use or distribution of alcohol, drugs, weapons, or acts of bullying or violence occurring within the Town of Braintree during school hours and non-school hours. The BPD shall assign an officer to serve as liaison to the Braintree Public Schools. The BPD shall continue to make the School Resource Officer available to the Braintree Public Schools during school hours. The School Resource Officer shall receive reports from the Braintree Public Schools principals or their designees regarding serious acts of violence, bullying, the possession or use of weapons, or the possession, use or distribution of alcohol or drugs occurring in a school facility or at any school functions.

Policy of Braintree Public Schools Relative to Illegal Distribution, Use, and Possession of Drugs:

3.0 Selling Drugs or Possession with Intent to Sell During Regular School Day or at Any School Sponsored Function:

3.1 Any student found selling, or in possession of a quantity of a controlled substance with intent to sell, shall be subject to expulsion by the Principal. The student shall be notified in writing of an opportunity for a hearing and have the right to representation, along with the opportunity to present evidence and witnesses at said hearing. Any student expelled shall have the right to appeal to the Superintendent of Schools. The student shall have ten days from the date of the expulsion in which to notify the Superintendent of his/her appeal. The student shall have the right to counsel at a hearing before the Superintendent.

4.0 Uses and/or Possession of Drugs or Alcohol during Regular School Day or at a School Sponsored Function:

4.1 First Offense: Any student found using and/or in possession or constructive possession of any form of drugs or alcohol during the regular school day or at school sponsored or related events, including athletic games, shall be subject to suspension or expulsion from school by the Principal. The student shall be notified in writing of an opportunity for a hearing and have the right to representation, along with the opportunity to present evidence and witnesses at said hearing. Any student expelled shall have the right to appeal to the Superintendent of Schools. The student shall have ten days from the date of the expulsion in which to notify the Superintendent of his/her appeal. The student shall have the right to counsel at a hearing before the Superintendent. A student who is suspended shall not participate in any extracurricular school activities for a period of three weeks, as outlined in the Chemical Health Policy in the Student-Parent Handbook. Student athletes will also be subject to an athletic suspension in accordance with the MIAA/Braintree High School Chemical Health Policy.

4.2 Second Offense: Any student found using and/or in possession or constructive possession of any form of drugs or alcohol during the regular school day or a school sponsored or related event, including athletic games, shall be subject to suspension or expulsion from school by the Principal. The student shall be notified in writing of an opportunity for a hearing and have the right to representation, along with the opportunity to present evidence and witnesses at said hearing. Any student expelled shall have the right to appeal to the Superintendent of Schools. The student shall have ten days from the date of the expulsion in which to notify the Superintendent of his/her appeal. The student shall have the right to counsel at a hearing before the Superintendent. A student who is suspended shall not participate in any extracurricular school activities for a period of six weeks, as outlined in the Chemical Health Policy in the Student-Parent Handbook. Student athletes will also be subject to an athletic suspension in accordance with the MIAA Braintree High School Chemical Health Policy.

5.0 Use and/or Possession of Drugs or Alcohol Outside of the Regular School Day and Off School Grounds

5.1 Regardless of where any student is found using and/or in possession or constructive possession of alcohol or a controlled substance, or the distribution or intent to distribute a controlled substance takes place, paragraphs 4.1 and 4.2 will be followed as if the offense took place on school property with the exception that no suspension from school will be imposed.

Other Procedures:

6.0 The Principal or his/her designee will turn over to the School Resource Officer all confiscated illicit drugs and paraphernalia and weapons on the day that the violation took place and with a report. A written description of the confiscated material, which is signed and dated by the receiving police officer, will be given to the school official.

7.0 The Principal or his/her designee will report any illegal or criminal conduct, not outlined in Section 2.0 to the School Resource Officer. In such cases, students may be subject to disciplinary action and/or prosecution in the normal course, but in addition may be eligible to be diverted from prosecution in appropriate circumstances. Any crime is a violation of school rules and is governed by this memorandum if it occurs in the school building, on school grounds, at school sponsored events, at activities or events which may be conducted off school grounds, on school buses, and at or around the school bus stops, during loading and unloading procedures or on the way to or from school.

8.0 The Braintree Police Department’s School Resource Officer will coordinate the Police Department’s action in cases of students found to be in possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia committing criminal activity. The BPD Detective Commander will coordinate record-keeping functions for the Police Department.

9.0 The Principal of the school will report to the parents and to the School Resource Officer all incidents of students found to be under the influence of drugs.

9.1 Reports of such incidents will be maintained by the Braintree Police Department as well as by the Principal.

10.0 The Braintree Alliance for Safe and Healthy Youth shall meet at least once each school year for the purpose of reviewing policies and procedures contained herein and for the purpose of assessing local conditions regarding illegal drug use and distribution of controlled substances.

11.0 The Braintree Police Department, through the School Resource Officer, shall report any violation of any drug law involving any student in the Braintree Schools to the Superintendent of Schools or the Principal of the student’s respective school.

12.0 This memorandum shall become part of the Codes for Student Conduct established in each school.

13.0 Every precaution will be taken by school officials and the Police Department to insure that the educational program of students is not disrupted.

Peter A. Kurzberg, Superintendent of Schools
Paul H. Frazier, Chief of Police
Joseph C. Sullivan, Mayor

Appendix A

Role of the Office of the Norfolk District Attorney

The Norfolk District Attorney’s Office shall coordinate reported matters involving students with the Braintree Police Department and its designated liaison (school resource officer, police prosecutor) and the Braintree Public Schools and its designated liaison (school principal, school resource officer) as appropriate. The Norfolk District Attorney’s Office shall endeavor to consult with the Braintree Police Department regarding conditions of release, sentencing recommendations and other appropriate information that may enhance school and community safety, and the ability of the Braintree Public Schools and the Braintree Police Department to monitor court ordered conditions.

When a youth from the community has been charged with a felony, the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office will endeavor to confirm that information for the Braintree Public Schools and the Braintree Police Department that the youth has been notified of the charges and arraigned.

The Norfolk District Attorney’s Office shall participate in regular school safety (juvenile justice roundtable) forums with the Braintree Public Schools and the Braintree Police Department. Through these confidential forums, the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office shall bring together school administrators, police officers, prosecutors and representatives from the Departments of Probation, Youth Services and Children and Families, as appropriate, to share information about court-involved and at-risk youth, to the extent permitted by law. These professionals shall work together to maintain school and community safety by developing early intervention strategies, linking appropriate services, monitoring student progress and ensuring compliance with court ordered conditions. The Norfolk District Attorney’s Office shall endeavor to inform roundtable members, as necessary, of victims within the Braintree Public Schools to facilitate safety planning and enforcement of court ordered conditions. Any information discussed during such meetings shall be considered confidential and subject to privacy restrictions established by law.

Michael W. Morrissey, Norfolk District Attorney

Parent Notification Law re: Human Sexuality Education

In accordance with Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 71, Section 32A, an Act Relative to Human Sexuality Education, the Braintree School Committee provides this notification to parents regarding curriculum which primarily involves human sexuality education or human sexuality issues.  This notification, provided through the student handbook at the Middle School and High School levels and through the newsletter at the elementary level, allows parents or guardians to exempt their child/children from any and all portions of the said curriculum through written notification to the school principal.  No child exempted shall be penalized in any fashion, and will be given an alternate assignment, which complies with the time and learning requirement.  Program materials will be made reasonably accessible to parents, guardians and other to the extent practicable.

Parents or guardians wishing to inspect and review program materials may contact the Assistant Superintendent of Schools.

Prohibition Against Firearms in Schools

Massachusetts General Law - Chapter 269 S. 10

Prohibition against Firearms in Schools

Whoever, not being a law enforcement officer, and notwithstanding any license obtained by him under the provisions of Chapter one hundred and forty, carries on his person a firearm as hereinafter defined, loaded or unloaded or other dangerous weapon in any building or on the grounds of any elementary or secondary school, college or university shall be punished by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars or by imprisonment for not more than one year, or both. For the purposes of this paragraph, “firearm” shall mean any pistol, revolver, rifle or smoothbore arm from which a shot, bullet or pellet can be discharged by whatever means.

Any student who is found on school premises or at school-sponsored or school-related events, including athletic games, in possession of a dangerous weapon, including, but not limited to, a gun or a knife may be subject to expulsion from the school by the Headmaster.

Policy on Vaping/Smoking/Tobacco Products

In accordance with Board of Health regulations, Braintree High School has developed the following procedure as it relates to the use and/or possession of vaping, smoking, and tobacco products:

  • Vaping/smoking/tobacco products include the following:
    • cigarettes or cigars
    • pipes
    • e-cigarettes
    • juul devices or juul pods
    • vaping or vape pens
    • chewing tobacco
    • other similar products not mentioned
  • BHS prohibits the use and/or possession of vaping/smoking/tobacco products in school buildings, facilities, school buses, on school grounds, and at school sponsored functions.
     
  • Administrators will notify the parent or legal guardian and sports and club advisors of each infraction, as an infraction in the area of vaping/smoking/tobacco products is considered a violation of the chemical health policy.
     
  • Administrators will confiscate the vaping/smoking/tobacco product from the student.  The item will be returned to the violator’s parent or legal guardian upon request, unless confiscated by the Braintree Police.
     
  • Students found in the presence of vaping/smoking/tobacco products are subject to search and seizure.  
     
  • Students congregating in the presence of vaping/smoking/tobacco products may be viewed as guilty under this policy pending the outcome of administrator’s investigationConsistent with its practice for any suspected drugs or drug paraphernalia, the school will turn over confiscated vaping/smoking/tobacco products to the Braintree Police for drug testing.  If the product is found to contain marijuana, THC, or other controlled drug, the offense will be handled as a violation of the school drug policy instead of a vaping/smoking/tobacco infraction.

The consequences for vaping/smoking/tobacco infractions are as follows:

First Offense:

  • 1 Extended Day Detention
  • Social Probation for a period of 3 weeks
  •  Parent conference with a Housemaster may be requested
  • Notification to sports and club advisors

Second Offense:

  • 2 Extended Day Detentions
  • Social Probation for a period of 6 weeks
  • Parent conference with a Housemaster may be required
  • Notification to sports and club advisors

Third Offense:

  • 3 Extended Day Detentions
  • Social Probation for a period of 6 weeks
  • Parent conference with a Housemaster may be required
  • Notification to sports and club advisors

Subsequent Offenses:

  • Out-of-School Suspension
  • Indefinite Social Probation
  • Parent conference with administration may be required
  • Notification to sports and club advisors

Discipline Policy for Students with Disabilities

  1. Each Individualized Education Program (I.E.P.) or 504 Plan will indicate whether the student can be expected to meet the regular discipline code or note any modifications to the code.
  2. The Director of Special Services, the Director of Guidance, or a designee will receive, in writing, a copy of each suspension notice.
  3. Upon accumulation of ten school days of suspension in a school year,  a Team Manifestation Meeting will be held to review the I.E.P. or 504 Plan to:
  • determine the appropriateness of the student’s placement
  • modify or design a new I.E.P. or 504 plan
  • make provisions for temporary educational services
  • develop a long-term plan for educational services

It is the intent of Braintree High School to comply with the Massachusetts General Laws and Department of Education Regulations governing the disciplining of special education and 504 students