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High School Handbook

BPS Circular Logo Achieving/Creative/InclusiveBraintree High School
Parent and Student Handbook

2017-2018

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.

Welcome Letter

Welcome to BHS

July 2017

Dear Student and Parent:

On behalf of the faculty and administrators of Braintree High School, we welcome you to BHS, “where quality education and school pride are always present”. Whether you are a member of the senior class preparing to meet the challenges of graduation and further education or whether you are entering BHS as a freshman, full of questions and excitement, we encourage all of our students to embrace our school’s mission of PRIDE.

This handbook explains the various policies, procedures and programs that are the essence of our school. Students and parents should review the handbook together and utilize it as a guide over the course of the school year. We also direct your attention to the Philosophy and Mission Statement contained in this handbook.

The table of contents outlines the important components of our school such as Academic Information, Policies and Procedures, and Activities and Events. The information pertaining to these and other concepts clarifies the expectations for student achievement and your own personal success while a student at BHS. When you review our PRIDE acronym, you will see that these key elements of our school, such as Partnership, Respect and Responsibility, and Involvement are common themes in the handbook. Lastly, Braintree High School has a long standing tradition of Educational Excellence and our faculty takes great pride in establishing an enriched educational climate for our students.

The partnership among members of our school community is the foundation of our school’s success. This involves parents, community members, students and faculty and staff working together to enhance the educational experience of our students. Whether that be achieving Honor Roll status, selection to an Honor Society or participation in a club or athletic team, this partnership supports the goals, talents and interests of “our” students. Our administrators, counselors, coaches, advisors, and teachers encourage you to be involved in activities that will enrich your high school experience. Meeting new friends, expressing and showcasing your talents and interests and participating in a club, sport or activity, will make your “BHS Experience” unforgettable. Review the Activities and Events section in the handbook.

To our students, the BHS community has high expectations for you and we wish you a safe, prosperous and exciting school year. Be focused and do your very best in all your endeavors.

To parents, we encourage you to become involved in your child’s high school experience. There are many programs such as Freshman Orientation, College Planning, Financial Aid and Pre-Prom meetings that provide parents with guidelines and information that will assist you and your son/daughter. School Council, PTO, Project Graduation and other committees solicit your participation and encourage your input and energy in improving the “BHS Experience” for all of us. We are here to serve you as well as your children.

Sincerely,
BHS Administration Team


The information contained in this handbook has been approved by the Braintree School Committee, and a copy is on file with the State Department of Education. Because this handbook details the rights and responsibilities of each student and outlines the discipline code and the consequences for various infractions of Braintree High School rules, it is important that each student and his/her parent read this document thoroughly.

Administration

Braintree High School

Interim Headmaster

Andrew R. Delery
adelery@braintreema.gov

Housemasters

  1. Michael E. Larkin (Interim)
    mlarkin@braintreema.gov
  2. Nancy E. Moynihan
    nmoynihan@braintreema.gov
  3. Matthew J. Riordan
    mriordan@braintreema.gov

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


School Committee

  • Lisa Fiske Heger, Chairperson
  • Thomas Devin, Vice Chairperson
  • Cyril Chafe
  • George Kokoros
  • Kate Naughton
  • David Ringius
  • Joseph Sullivan, Mayor

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

Student Officers

Student Council Officers

  • President: Meghan Murphy
  • Vice-President: Meghan O’Rourke
  • Secretary: Meghan Carney
  • Treasurer: Sean Morin
  • Advisors: Ms. Meghan Thomas & Ms. Jennifer Troy

Class of 2018 (Seniors)

  • President: Patrick Sullivan
  • Vice-President: Julia Doherty
  • Secretary: Paige Shanley
  • Treasurer: Michael Wishart
  • Advisors: Dr. Mary Ford-Clark & Mr. Kevin Coyne

Class of 2019 (Juniors)

  • President: Bashar Abraham
  • Vice-Presiden: Colleen Donahoe
  • Secretary: Molly Smith
  • Treasurer: Cameron McArdle
  • Advisors: Ms. Melissa Heller

Class of 2020 (Sophomores)

  • President: Trinh (Julie) Bui
  • Vice-President: Colleen O’Riordan
  • Secretary: Delia Lee
  • Treasurer: Bridget Bognanno
  • Advisors: Mr. Zachary Ritland & Ms. Katie Laubi

Class of 2021 (Freshmen)

  • Advisors: TBA

School Committee Representatives 2017-2018

  • Michael Baumgartner
  • Edmund Bousaleh
  • Sean Morin
  • Patrick Sullivan

Faculty and Staff Directory

Administration

  • Mr. Andrew Delery, Interim Headmaster
  • Mr. Michael Larkin, Interim 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
  • 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. Rachel Soss - 3
  • Ms. Alissa Wallenstein - 1
  • Ms. Kera Wiggin - 3

Family and Cons. Sci. Dept.

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

World Language

  • Ms. Gail Ward, Director
  • Ms. Hillary Carpinella – 3
  • Ms. Melissa Heller – 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. Cynthia Gonsalves - (2260)
  • Ms. Carrie Kulick-Clark - (2273)
  • Ms. Marsha Roos - (2274)
  • Ms. Meghan Thomas - (2280)
  • 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
  • Ms. Lauren Squires – 3
  • Ms. Sandy Stonebraker - 1
  • 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 (2124)
  • Ms. Maura Ranieri- 1
  • Mr. Eric Langenthal- 1
  • Mr. William O’Connell – 1
  • Mr. Robert Ritz- 1
  • Ms. Emily Shanks - 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. Kira Jordan - 3
  • Mr. Richard Newton- 2
  • Dr. Jessica Passeggio - 3
  • Dr. Stephen Ribisi – 1
  • Ms. Susan P. Smith – 2
  • Ms. Grace Steinley- 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
  • Ms. Nicolette Brids- 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. Dana Haberman 1 (Learning Center)
  • Ms. Kathleen Jenkins – 3 (Learning Center)
  • Ms. MaryBeth Keene – 1 (Speech)
  • Ms. Kimberly Lourenco - 2 (Project Prove)
  • Ms. Lynn Mills – 1 (LECE)
  • Ms. Lisa Murphy – 3 (LECE)
  • Ms. Maureen Nigrelli - 1 (Learning Center)
  • Ms. Lauren Reilly - 2 (Project Prove)
  • Ms. Amanda Patrick – 3 (LECE)
  • Dr. Petra Platt – 3 Coordinator, LECE
  • Mr. Steven Trocki - 3 (COAST)
  • Mr. Steven Wakelin – 3 (Learning Center)
  • Ms. Danielle Wallace – 3 (LECE)

Computer Technology

  • Ms. Rebecca Kidwell- Interim Director of Technology and Accountability
  • Mr. Tom Fallano- Interim Technology Coordinator
  • Mr. Evan Fernandes – Network Mgr.
  • Mr. Michael Cristoferi- Technician
  • Mr. Hatim Fagrach- Technician
  • Mr. Nate Ferrarelli- Technician
  • Ms. Cathy Kenny - Technician

Alternative Education

  • Mr. Michael Bochman, Director
  • Mr. Kevin Coyne - 1
  • Mr. Robert Crook - 1
  • Mr. Dwayne Dahlbeck – 1
  • Mr. Martin Dundon - 2
  • Ms. Michelle Larkin- 2
  • 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

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. Laurie Melchionda, Director
  • Ms. Frances Barron
  • Ms. Rosemary Donoghue

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.

Interim Headmaster

  • Andrew R. Delery

The Headmaster is responsible for every aspect of administering the high school.

Housemasters

  • House 1 – Michael E. Larkin (Interim)
  • House 2 - Nancy E. Moynihan
  • House 3 - Matthew J. Riordan

The Housemasters direct and coordinate all activities within their respective houses and are responsible to the Headmaster for the general administration of the entire school.

No School/Delayed Openings Announcements

Announcements of no school and/or delayed school openings due to inclement weather will be made on Boston TV stations, Channels 4, 5 and 7, and radio stations WBZ, WHDH and WJDA between 6:00 and 7:30 A.M. In addition, all parents will receive a Connect-Ed phone call from the Superintendent of Schools.

Connect-Ed

Connect-Ed, a computerized telephone message system, is used to expand communication between BHS and parents. Through Connect-Ed, parents are notified of a school closing because of inclement weather, as well as meetings and other important information. In the case of BHS closing or having a delayed start because of bad weather, parents and students will receive a telephone call early in the morning or, in some cases, the night before.

Term Dates/ Report Card Distribution Dates

  • First Term: September 6, 2017-November 9, 2017
  • Second Term: November 13, 2017-January 23, 2018
  • Third Term: January 29, 2018-April 6, 2018
  • Fourth Term: April 9, 2018-June 13, 2018*
    *Tentative Date

Report Cards Issued:

  • November 16, 2017
  • February 2, 2018
  • April 13, 2018
  • June 29, 2018 (tentative date)

Current Term Average (Progress Report) Dates on Aspen Portal

  • First Term: October 10-13, 2017
  • Second Term: December 18-22, 2017
  • Third Term: March 5-9, 2018
  • Fourth Term (Gr 9-11) May 14-18, 2018
  • Fourth Term (Gr 12) May 7-11, 2018

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

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Credits Necessary to Earn a Diploma: 115

Department

Credits

Number of Year-long Courses

Additional

Requirements

English

20

4



Mathematics

20

4

Must Complete Algebra II

Science

15

3

Must complete Biology and 2 physical science courses

Social Studies

15

3

Must complete American History, World History, and American Government

World Language

10

2



Creative/Applied Arts

5

1



Physical Education

8

4 (8 Semester Courses that meet 2 days per cycle)



Electives

22

22 additional credits must be obtained through selection of elective courses




  1. All students must carry five major courses each semester plus Physical Education. A major course is defined as a course that meets every day during the 7-day cycle. In addition, freshmen will also be scheduled to take Health Education
  2. Completion of one of the following two conditions in both the English Language Arts and Mathematics MCAS to earn a competency determination:
    • Meet or exceed the Proficient scaled score of 240 on the English Language Arts and Mathematics grade 10 MCAS test,
      Or
    • Meet or exceed the Needs Improvement scaled score of 220 on the English Language Arts and Mathematics grade 10 MCAS tests and fulfill the requirements of an Educational Proficiency Plan
  3. In addition to the above requirements, students must attain a minimum of Needs Improvement (scaled score of 220) on one of the high school end of course science MCAS tests in Biology, Chemistry, Introductory Physics, or Technology/Engineering to meet their science competency determination
  4. All academic, discipline, financial, and/or procedural obligations must be fulfilled two school days before graduation.

    Promotion Requirements

    In order to be promoted to the respective grades, students must earn a minimum of the credits listed below:

    • Sophomore: 25
    • Junior: 55
    • Senior: 85

    Class Rank-Mark Weighting System

    Class Rank – Mark Weighting System

    The high school uses a mark-weighting system recommended by the National Association of Secondary Principals. Mark weighting is used to determine a student's rank in class.

    Class rank is cumulative, based upon final (end-of-year) grades for grades 9, 10, 11 in academic courses that meet daily. Rank is computed at the end of each grade to assist students in making realistic plans for further education. Senior rank is recomputed at the end of each term. The rank at the end of Term 3 is used for the purposes of selecting a class valedictorian and salutatorian.

    A list of courses used in the computation of rank is on file in the Headmaster’s office.

    GRADE

    %Value

    1AP

    1

    2

    3

    4

    A

    94-100

    5.0

    4.7

    4.3

    4.0

    3.7

    A-

    90-93

    4.7

    4.3

    4.0

    3.7

    3.3

    B+

    87-89

    4.3

    4.0

    3.7

    3.3

    3.0

    B

    83-86

    4.0

    3.7

    3.3

    3.0

    2.7

    B-

    80-82

    3.7

    3.3

    3.0

    2.7

    2.3

    C+

    77-79

    3.3

    3.0

    2.7

    2.3

    2.0

    C

    73-76

    3.0

    2.7

    2.3

    2.0

    1.7

    C-

    70-72

    2.7

    2.3

    2.0

    1.7

    1.3

    D+

    67-69

    2.3

    2.0

    1.7

    1.3

    1.0

    D

    63-66

    2.0

    1.7

    1.3

    1.0

    0.7

    D-

    60-62

    1.7

    1.3

    1.0

    0.7

    0.4

    E

    50-59

    0.0

    0.0

    0.0

    0.0

    0.0

    F

    0-49

    0.0

    0.0

    0.0

    0.0

    0.0

    Advanced Placement Program

    The Advanced Placement Program, which the College Board has sponsored since l955, offers able and ambitious secondary school students an opportunity to study one or more college-level courses and then, depending on examination results, to receive advanced placement, credit, or both when they enter college.

    Contingent upon enrollment, Braintree High School offers the following Advanced Placement courses:

    English

    Social Studies

    Mathematics

    Science

    English Language

    US History

    Statistics

    Biology

    English Literature

    European History

    Calculus AB

    Physics

    Government/

    Politics

    Calculus BC

    Chemistry

    Human Geography

    Computer Science

    Environmental Science

    Psychology

    World Language

    Art

    Music

    Spanish Language

    Studio Art

    Music Theory

    French Language


    Each AP course concludes with an exam administered in May. Students enrolled in AP course are required to take the AP exam at the end of the year. Readers from schools and colleges then grade the examination on a five-point scale: 5, extremely well qualified; 4, well qualified; 3, qualified; 2, possibly qualified; 1, no recommendation.

    Each candidate's grade report, examination booklet and other materials in support of his/her application for advanced placement or credit are sent in July to the college she/he will enter. It is then up to the individual college to decide whether and how it will recognize the work.

    Change of Program

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

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
    6. 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
    • Greater 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

    Please refer to District Policy section of the handbook

    Honor Roll

    Braintree High School students earn Honor Roll status each term by attaining excellent grades in all courses, which meet every day.

    The three honor roll categories are:

    • Maximum Honors: All A’s and A-‘s in all subjects
    • High Honors: All A/ A-‘s, with one (1) B+/B/B-
    • Honors: All grades B- or better

    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.

    Make-up Work

    1. Due to absence - students who have been legitimately absent from school have the responsibility to consult with their teachers outside of class time in regard to all work missed during their absence. Upon returning to school the time limit for the completion of such work will be the length of the absence plus one day. Extension of this time limit will be granted at the discretion of the teacher involved. Work not made up by the given deadline will result in a zero
    2. 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 zero.
    3. Due to truancy or cutting a class - Students who are truant from school and/or cut a class (es) will not be allowed credit for any work missed. There could be a significant drop in term grades when students choose to miss a class (es) on purpose.

    Parent-Teacher Conferences

    The school encourages parents to contact a student's teachers and guidance counselor at any time during the school year to arrange conferences to discuss student progress.

    There will be four (4) school-wide Parent/Teacher Conferences scheduled for this year. The first of these sessions will be a group “Back-to-School” night in late September and subsequent sessions will be individual conferences after the first marking period (two evenings in November) and at the mid-point of the third marking period (an evening in March). Information regarding the on-line sign up procedures will be communicated to parents in the weeks prior to conferences.

    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.

    Progress Reports

    Parents may access their child’s current term average (mid-term progress report) through the Parent or Student Portal during the specified dates listed on page 5. 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.

    Report Cards

    Report cards are issued to students and parents at the conclusion of each of the four (4) terms. Letter grades and comments indicate student progress. Please refer to page 5, General Information, for specific distribution dates. The final report card will be mailed home unless a student has not met his/her financial obligations with the school.

    Study Period Policy

    In accordance with the Massachusetts Department of Education's Time & Learning mandate, all students have been provided with 990 hours of instructional learning time each year. Everyone has been assigned to five major classes, physical education and structured study periods.

    Study periods have been assigned to the cafeteria (seniors only) or to individual classrooms. Attendance will be taken and a quiet atmosphere conducive to study will be maintained.

    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.

    Students are required to bring appropriate learning material to these studies, which reflect long or short-term assignments given by teachers. Students will be expected to utilize this time period in a constructive fashion and will have the choice of:

    1. Remaining in their study location
    2. Accessing the resources available in the main area of the Media Center
    3. Attending prearranged appointments with counselors, teachers, advisors, and/or administrators.

    Note: Students wishing to report to an alternate location for study must supply a preauthorized pass to their study hall teacher before leaving study hall.

    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

    The school nurse is the primary coordinator of health services within the school building and is on duty each day. Parents/guardians and students are encouraged to see the nurse not only for specific health matters, but also in connection with all matters relating to student health and welfare.

    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.

    Students who need to use the Nurse's Office during a class period must obtain a permission slip from the classroom teacher, or if between periods, from the teacher of the next class.

    The nurse will record the student’s time of arrival and departure, as well as his/her reason for the visit to the Nurses 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 with an emergency should report directly to the Nurses Office, with the assistance of an adult.

    Students reporting to the Nurses 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.

    Concussions

    Please refer to Braintree Public Schools District Policy section

    Physical Exam and Medication Policy

    Please refer to Braintree Public Schools District Policy section

    Wellness Policy

    Please refer to Braintree Public Schools District Policy section

    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 Room Times and Assignments:

    • 1st Lunch 10:40-11:08 1st floor, 2nd floor, and physical education classes
    • 2nd Lunch 11:08-11:36 freshmen and all study halls
    • 3rd Lunch 11:36-12:05 3rd Floor classes
    • Note: Lunch assignment may change on occasion due to teacher needs

    Food Service Meal Plan

    The Food Service Department provides Meal Prepayment Plans for students for all breakfast, lunch and ala carte items. Students will use their Braintree High School identification number in accessing their lunch accounts. Students will be told when their balance is getting low. Parents may be notified when account balance reaches below the allocated expenditure. Student transactions and account balances may also be viewed online at the website listed on the monthly menu. Students are not allowed to charge any food service purchases resulting in a negative account balance, unless otherwise arranged through the food service director. If a student needs to charge, he or she will be provided with a cheese or nut-free sunflower seed butter sandwich, milk and up to two servings of fruit and/or vegetables.

    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 Food Service Office, at each House Office and online at www.braintreeschools.org under the School Lunch Program link. For further information contact Ms. Megan Ahrenholz, Food Service Director, at extension 7045.

    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.

    PTO

    The Braintree High School Parent Teacher Organization (P.T.O.) is an active, viable group that meets four times during the school year. There is a nominal membership fee of $10.00 per family. All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend meetings. Meeting dates for the year will be announced in September. A variety of school related topics are presented and discussed.

    The P.T.O. annually supports four scholarships, various school-wide educational assembly programs and other worthwhile school initiatives.

    Tutoring

    Those students desiring student tutors during school hours or after school should contact their guidance counselor. National Honor Society student tutors are available in the Media Center during school hours.

    For additional tutoring services, including private tutoring, contact the respective department directors

    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

    Restroom facilities are available for students on all floors of the building including the locker rooms. 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 the Dance Contract (see below) 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. No middle school student or any person 22 years old or older will be allowed to attend any high school dance. A special contract must be completed and signed by both the student and his/her guest before the housemaster approves. 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 on page 42)


    Sample Braintree High School Dance Contract

    I agree to abide by the BHS Chemical Health Policy and the Memorandum of Understanding, which is in the 2017-2018 Student/Parent Handbook.

    This memorandum provides for consequences for use and/or possession of drugs or alcohol during a school sponsored function. These consequences include the following:

    • Suspension or expulsion from school
    • Loss of privilege to participate in any extracurricular school activities, which may carry over to the following school year

    Student #1 Information

    Student’s Name:
    Student’s Signature:

    Parent’s Signature:
    Parent’s Phone #:

    Student #2 Information (BHS or Non-BHS)

    Student’s Name:
    Student’s Signature:

    Parent’s Signature:
    Parent’s Phone #:

    School if Non-BHS:
    School’s Administrator’s Signature if Non-BHS:
    (Signature verifies that the student is 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.

    Completed contract must be presented in order to purchase tickets.

    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 a one-time Athletic fee of $225.00 per year with a family cap of $450.00, with the exception of Varsity and Junior Varsity Ice Hockey. The fee for Varsity Ice Hockey is $400.00 per year with a family cap of $800.00. The fee for Junior Varsity Ice Hockey is $325.00 per year with a family cap of $650.00. (Students may participate in other sports at no additional cost.)

    Students eligible for free or reduced lunch are eligible to 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

    All Student Athletes are expected to adhere to the following attendance policy:

    • Players are expected to attend ALL practices and games. Daily attendance is imperative in the basic development of basic skills, fundamentals and serves as a foundation for team discipline, unity, spirit, commitment and loyalty.
    • Players are encouraged to stay after school to make up ANY schoolwork. Upon arriving tardy for practice the player must produce a note from a teacher stating the reason for his/her tardiness.
    • Players who miss practice or contest for ANY reason should provide the coach with a note explaining the reason.

    Unexcused absences will be dealt with in the following manner:

    Attendance at Practice:

    • On the first unexcused absence from practice: Suspension up to and including one athletic contest, at the coach’s discretion.
    • On the second unexcused absence from practice: Suspension from next two consecutive athletic contests
    • On the third unexcused absence from practice: Expulsion from the team for the remainder of season

    Attendance at a Contest:

    • First unexcused absence from contest: Suspension from team each date of offense for a minimum period of one contest (allowed to practice, not allowed to participate in contest).
    • Second unexcused absence from a contest: Expulsion from team for the remainder of season

    Athletic Vacation Policy

    To fulfill season scheduling commitments and obligations set forth by the Bay State Conference, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA), and the Braintree High School Athletic Department, athletic practices and contests must be scheduled during school vacation dates. With this in mind, all Student Athletes are expected to attend ALL practices, scheduled scrimmages, and games at all levels!

    It is not in the best interest of The Team, if individual student-athletes cannot fulfill season scheduling commitments and obligations during a specific school vacation period.

    The only exceptions are as follows:

    • Planned family vacations in which the student/athlete will be in the company of his/her parents and have so informed the coach in writing at least two weeks in advance of the scheduled vacation dates. For season planning purposes, the Athletic Director and Coach would welcome correspondence at the time in which the family vacation is confirmed.
    • At the individual coaches’ discretion because of unforeseen or extenuating circumstances that occur within the specific vacation week.

    It is understood that enforcement of this policy is to encourage commitment by the student/athlete to his/her team and teammates. The first priority of the Athletic Department is to those student/athletes who are faithful to the adherence to the fairness and tradition of a team player.

    MIAA Athletic Discipline Code

    Rule 63.1

    • Student-Athletes may not represent their school if they are on in-house or out-of-house disciplinary suspension (this includes Saturday school suspension). A suspended student is ineligible for practice or competition for at least the number of days (or partial days) equal to the number of days of the suspension.
    • Local policies will determine the actual days of ineligibility.

    MIAA Chemical Health Rule

    Please refer to the Student Discipline section

    Concussion and /or Head Injuries

    Please refer to the District Policy section

    Student Activities / Clubs

    Fees and Eligibility

    Fees

    • Students participating in ONLY extracurricular activities will be charged a one-time fee of $150.00 per student with a family cap of $300.00. Any student participating in Athletics may participate in extracurricular activities at no additional cost.
    • Students eligible for free or reduced lunch are eligible to request activity 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.

    Academic Decathlon: Advisor TBA

    This national program is intended to provide a challenging academic experience to approximately twenty students from all four-grade levels. Participating students must represent a variety of levels of academic achievement from "A" students to "C" students. The program includes objective testing, oral presentations and an oral quiz in subject areas including Art, Social Science, Economics, Science, Mathematics, Literature, and Music. There will be two Saturday competitions with outside schools.

    Anime Club: Ms. Dawn Culbertson

    Students meet to watch, discuss, and participate in activities related to Anime.

    Art National Honor Society: Ms. Heidi Hurley and Ms. Marina Michaelidis

    Braintree High School is a Charter Member of the National Art Association’s Art Honor Society. Candidacy for the NAHS is open to students who have been nominated by their art teacher and completed a semester of an art class with a grade of B+ or higher. Students do not apply for membership in this association. Nomination and membership is based on art scholarship, service and character. Membership dues are $15.00 a year. NAHS Activities throughout the year include: Art workshops, teaching Creative Art Classes to Middle School Students, teaching Project Prove Art Classes, mural painting, Field Trips and guest artist lectures. Students must fulfill 20 art related service hours per school year. In the spring there is combined art exhibit of NAHS student work, honor graduation cord and induction ceremony.

    Astronomy Club: Dr. Svetlin Tassev (Room 347)

    The goal of the Astronomy Club is to cultivate interest in physics and its applications to astronomy. The club activities include lectures, laboratory experiments, night-time observations and outreach.

    Best Buddies: Ms. Lauren Reilly

    Best Buddies is an international organization started by Anthony Shriver which matches individuals with disabilities and their typical peers for one to one friendships. The Braintree High School Chapter matches students from Project Prove with other BHS students for friendships, and works to promote an inclusive school environment in which everyone’s strengths and talents are celebrated and appreciated. Proceeds from our fundraising efforts go toward supporting the activities of the club.

    BHS News: Mr. Paul Nellis

    BHS News provides students the opportunity to write and produce stories of value to teenagers in multimedia formats including publishing online stories, podcasts and video. Storytellers wanted.

    Bible Study: Mr. Kevin Jameson

    The Bible Study Club is open to all students and faculty and is non-denominational. During Bible Study Club, a passage (s) of the Bible is read and then discussed as a group. The conversations can be insightful, intriguing, and are always interesting.

    Clay Club: Ms. Johanna Chase

    The Clay Club is open to all students, whether or not they have worked with clay. In Clay Club, students will work on both individual and group projects, including artistic pieces of work to be sold at a Fundraiser. Work will be fired and glazed in food-safe glazes. Students must sign up before the end of September, and be able to attend on a regular basis.

    Cultural Awareness Club: Mr. Philip Krall

    The Cultural Awareness Club was created to help promote our school's diverse student body and to provide additional learning opportunities for students regarding other cultures besides their own. Students meet once month and plan ways to help celebrate and raise awareness of different cultures. Students have also had the opportunity to attend the annual Anti-Defamation Youth Congress held in Boston. The club is always open to new ideas to help engage the student body in the task of raising awareness of our diverse student body. All Braintree High School students are welcome.

    Environmental Club: Ms. Nicki Shaban

    Students at Braintree High School have acknowledged the environmental needs of our school and community. Issues such as recycling, educational awareness programs and community projects will be the focal point of the students’ activities. Membership is open to all students at the high school.

    French National Honor Society: Ms. Meghan Murphy

    Students are recommended at the end of the first term by their teachers to become members of this honorary group based on character, scholarship, and active interest in French. Students become eligible for membership at the end of their third year of study.

    The members at large elect student officers and meetings are held periodically to plan for activities. Members offer in-school tutoring services to students having difficulty in French. Whenever possible, the society will sponsor related activities, such as a field trip to Quebec, movies, plays, art exhibits, musical performances or lectures.

    French Tour / Home-Stay Visit: Ms. Melissa Heller

    With sufficient enrollment, a ten-day tour of Paris including a family stay will be arranged for interested students of French. This program is usually offered every other year and occurs during the April vacation with departure on Thursday and return on Sunday. The financial obligation is the student’s responsibility.

    Future Educators of America Club: Ms. Diane Radigan

    Future Educators of America is a club at Braintree High School for Braintree High School students in grades 10-12 who express an interest in exploring teaching as a career. The club’s purpose is to provide activities and guidance for students interested in the field of education. The principle of service is also emphasized—service that develops character, fosters learning, and promotes teaching. Phi Delta Kappa, the professional fraternity in education, is a national sponsor and supporter of the Future Educators of America. The club meets regularly to organize events and activities

    Gay Straight Alliance: Ms. Christine Mulkerrins and Dr. Stephen Ribisi

    The Gay Straight Alliance is a youth led, school based, club. It is open to all members of the student body to provide a welcoming and safe environment for discussion and group activities regarding issues pertaining to all students especially those who are gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgendered. As part of the Gay Straight Alliance students are welcome to express their personal concerns regarding harassment, bullying (name calling), within the school community and in the larger community. The alliance also advocates for acceptance of all students regardless of their sexual orientation, race, or religion.

    Green Team: Advisor TBA

    The Green Team is a student led group working on creating a more “Green Environment” for Braintree High School. The focus is on recycling throughout the building, as well as creating opportunities to promote environmentally sustainable choices for the entire Braintree High School community.

    History Club: Dr. Gorman Lee

    The History Club is a student directed club focused on exploring historical documents, artifacts and current events for deeper understanding of the surrounding world. Students spend time examining local and state history by tapping into the community resources available to them such as the Braintree Historical Society and National Park Service. Members are also eligible to enter and participate in the National History Day competition. The goal of the History Club is to empower students to research, analyze, and scrutinize evidence so they can reexamine the way they learn about history. They are encouraged to think critically and historically to go beyond a traditional textbook and search for their own historical truth.

    Interact Club: Ms. Carrie Kulick-Clark

    The Braintree High School Interact Club is a community-based organization sponsored by the Braintree Rotary Club. Many community-based activities are planned each year.

    Jazz Band: Mr. David Buckley

    The Jazz Band is an ensemble for talented musicians, which focuses on repertoire from the jazz genres. The group is chosen by audition, and performs in school and community concerts.

    Key Club: Advisor TBA

    The Braintree High School Key Club is a community-based organization sponsored by the Braintree Kiwanis Club. Club members are involved in community projects as well as school projects, each of which is organized and run so that some segment of the greater Braintree community benefits.

    Literary Magazine (Stone Soup): Mr. Paul Nellis

    Stone Soup is Braintree High School's student magazine. It contains short stories, essays, poems, artwork and photography. Students evaluate, select and publish the works submitted by the student body.

    Math Team: Ms. Katherine Wood and Ms. Kelly Macko

    The Math Team is an academic club for students who have a serious interest in mathematics. All students are welcome to develop their math skills practicing for and competing in meets of the Southeastern Massachusetts Mathematics League.

    Mock Trial: Ms. Catherine Caracciolo

    Braintree High School's Mock Trial team competes in the Massachusetts Bar Association Mock Trial Tournament, which runs from Mid October to March. Students must defend or prosecute a case as lawyers by coaching witnesses and developing lines of questioning for the upcoming trial. The season consists of three trials held at regional courthouses before experienced attorneys and judges.

    Model U.N. : Ms. Colette Picard

    Students are selected for varsity or junior varsity competition in which a student prepares a case and argues it for a monthly resolution. Competition includes weekend travel to regional high schools and national tournaments. This is a yearlong program.

    National Honor Society: Ms. Gail Ward

    BHS National Honor Society Selection Procedures

    1. Candidacy for the BHS National Honor Society (NHS) is open to only juniors and seniors who have attended BHS for a minimum of one semester. Selection is a privilege, not a right. Students do not "apply" for a membership. Instead, they are invited to submit information in support of their candidacy to be reviewed by a five member Faculty Council, representing the Faculty of BHS
    2. At the end of the second term of the Junior year and at the end of terms one and two of Senior year, students who have met the cumulative GPA requirement of 6.500 (on a scale of 8.000) are invited to submit further information regarding their credentials for SCHOLARSHIP, LEADERSHIP, SERVICE, and CHARACTER. This additional student information assists the Faculty Council to ascertain the degree to which a student candidate meets the overall selection criteria. The packets must be completed, signed by both student and parent, and returned to the advisors by the specified deadline. Note that late or incomplete forms are taken as negative indicators and will have an impact on selection.
    3. Additional input collected from such sources as school records for academics, attendance, guidance, conduct, and administrative or professional teacher records may also be considered. In particular, a list of all scholastically eligible students is sent to members of the faculty and staff who are invited to either to recommend or to not recommend the student based upon their knowledge of the student, as well as to elaborate on the strengths and weaknesses of any active student candidates in the areas of SCHOLARSHIP, LEADERSHIP, SERVICE, and CHARACTER. If a faculty or staff member does not recommend a student, an explanation must be included. A single instance of non-recommendation will not necessarily eliminate the applicant.
    4. Upon reviewing each active candidate's credentials, activity information, faculty evaluation, and other factors, the Faculty Council will give individual consideration to and conduct a review of every student in making a final decision.
    5. All active candidates will be informed of the decision of the Faculty Council. If not selected, the candidate will be contacted personally by the advisor and will have the opportunity to review the decision. If selected, the candidate is notified in writing.
    6. Students and parents wishing to appeal the outcome of the selection process should first meet with the advisor. Should the student and/or parents still not be satisfied, the next level of discussion should take place with the Headmaster.

    Parents of the inductees will be invited to a special induction ceremony held each year in April. NHS Members annually engage in fund-raising activities and community service projects. These funds are used to help support the annual activities such as the teacher appreciation day, adopt-a-family, holiday baskets, the annual induction ceremony and to fund the NHS scholarship.

    Peer Mediators: Dr. Mary Ford-Clark

    Students trained as Peer Mediators will be assigned by Dr. Clark to mediate problems between students in an attempt to solve conflicts. New Peer Mediators will be trained each year. Anyone interested in being a Peer Mediator should contact Dr. Clark in the Guidance Office.

    Photo Club: Ms. Marina Michaelidis

    The purpose of the Photo Club is to give all students, regardless of means or ability, the opportunity to explore the medium of photography, from early historic and analog processes to digital and alternative printmaking processes.

    Robotics Club: Dr. Svetlin Tassev

    The Robotics Club is for students interested in exploring the world of robotics and engineering. The club meets weekly; the focus is to make robots while making friends. The students work on various engineering challenges throughout the year. Examples include: creating robots to complete a variety of tasks, the Rube Goldberg Machine design contest, and the building of a working trebuchet.

    S.A.D.D. Peer Leaders: Ms. Kelly Fox

    This is a student-initiated program founded to encourage a happy, healthy drug and alcohol free lifestyle. The group provides education and awareness programs to Braintree High School students and the community regarding drinking/driving consequences. The members pledge is not to drink and drive, not to ride with someone who is drinking, and not to let friends drink and drive.

    Science Club: Mr. Sebastian Wood

    The goal of the Science Club is to provide students who have an interest in any or all of the scientific subjects with the opportunity to compete in various events throughout Massachusetts. The Science Club will send teams to compete in the Women of Science competition at Bedford High School, the Science Bowl at UCONN, and the Science Olympiad at Framingham State University. The Science Club is open to students in all grades, who are curious about science and want to learn more than what is taught in the classroom.

    Show Choir: Ms. Rachel Hallenbeck

    The Show Choir is a choral ensemble of 24 students chosen by audition. The group performs in school and community concerts.

    Spanish National Honor Society: Ms. Cristina Roffo

    Students are recommended at the end of first term by their teachers to become members of this honorary group based on character, scholarship, and active interest in Spanish. Students become eligible for membership at the end of their third year of study.

    The members at large elect the student officers and meetings are held periodically to plan for activities. Members offer in-school tutoring services to students having difficulty in Spanish. Fund raising activities are held to help those in need in the Hispanic community.

    Spanish Tour / Home-Stay Visit: Mr. Kevin Jameson

    With sufficient enrollment, a ten-day tour of Madrid including a family stay will be arranged every other year for interested students of Spanish. The program is scheduled with a departure on the Thursday before April vacation and the return by Sunday at the end of vacation. The financial obligation is the student’s responsibility.

    Spanish and French National Honor Societies Requirements

    Requirements for Membership in the French and Spanish National Honor Societies (Established: 2005-2006)

    • GPA of at least 6.5 (same as that of the National Honor Society)
    • Enrollment in at least second half of year 2 in French or Spanish and Junior year status
    • A “B+” or better average in the current language course (three quarters including mid-term examination)
    • Nomination by selection committee composed of French and Spanish teachers for exemplary performance in language studies
    • Continued enrollment in foreign language for the following year

    In order to remain a member in good standing after induction, the following conditions apply:

    • B+ average maintained in the language
    • Attendance at 2 of 3 sponsored activities during the year
    • Regular attendance at meetings
    • Fulfillment of service project requirements as determined by faculty advisor
    • Dues kept up to date

    Appeals Process: An Appeals Committee consisting of the President of the National Honor Society in French or Spanish, a current student member, 2 faculty members, and the Director of Foreign Languages will consider any appeals.

    String Band: Mr. David Buckley

    The String Band performs in school and community concerts.

    String Quartet: Ms. Cassandra Sulbaran

    The String Quartet is an orchestral ensemble chosen by audition. The group performs in school and community concerts.

    Theatre Guild: Mr. Dwyane Dahlbeck

    The Braintree High School Theatre Guild presents professionally produced performances twice each year. The organization is operated and funded by students, through fundraising and ticket sales. Open auditions are held twice yearly (in September and December), and all students are encouraged to audition.

    The Theatre Guild is a member of the Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild and competes in the state drama festival competition.

    Also, BHS has chartered a chapter of the International Thespian Society and annually inducts members. Entry into this select group is earned by focused service to the BHS Theatre Guild.

    Video Tech Club: Mr. Paul Nellis

    Students in the video tech club assist in the production of video content for extracurricular activities at Braintree High School. Students interested in getting involved should stop by and speak with Mr. Nellis in room 297.

    Yearbook: Ms. Marsha Roos and Ms. Susan J. Smith

    Braintree High School Wampatuck Yearbook is published once a year for the graduating class. It is a 184 page, full color document that is developed by a staff of students. These students have an interest in design, photography and journalism. All students take this activity as a course which meets during the school day. Full grade credits are given for accomplishments, teamwork, meeting deadlines and effort. Interested students fill out an application in the spring and submit it to Mrs. Roos in guidance or Mrs. Smith in the Media Center. Space is limited.

    Student Government

    Student Council: Ms. Meghan Thomas and 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 getters 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.

    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:

    • 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 lawyer.
    • The Superintendent of schools may provide anonymous data to the Massachusetts Department of Education or independent researchers when required for research purposes.
    • 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.
    • A permanent sign-in sheet or log must be kept as a part of your temporary record.
    • 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.
    • Permanent records will be held for (60) sixty years.

    Policies and Procedures

    Bulletins/Announcements

    Information pertaining to students will be announced in the morning. Student attendance is recorded and published daily. Cancellation of afternoon activities will be announced daily before the end of the school day.

    The Headmaster’s bulletin is published weekly and contains that week's activities as well as advance notices. In addition, students and parents are encouraged to check the Braintree High School link at braintreeschools.org for current announcements and upcoming activities.

    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 are eligible to 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

    Please refer to the District Policy pages for the following:

    • Network & Technology Responsible Use Policy
    • Facebook, Social Networking, & Use of Technology of School Personnel Policy
    • Illegal Use of Computers
    • Internet Use Policy
    • Website Policy

    Fire Drill / Evacuation Plan

    • Fire/Evacuation procedures are posted in all classrooms and student/staff areas in the school.
    • Each classroom is assigned to an exit and to a zone outside of the building.
    • Teachers will familiarize students with the exit procedures for each classroom and inform students as to what zone their classroom is assigned.
    • Students will exit the building in an orderly manner remaining with their teacher and classmates.
    • After exiting the building, classes will continue to remain together in their assigned zone while teachers take attendance.
    • If a student is not in a classroom at the time the fire alarm signals, he/she should leave the building through the closest exit. Once outside, he/she should find the nearest zone and report to a teacher. The student should make certain that his/her name is given to the teacher who will record it on the attendance sheet.
    • All classroom teachers will be taking attendance immediately using the pink attendance sheet, and will note any additional students who may have “joined” their classes.
    • Students will return to same classroom/area that they were in at the time of original alarm. The teacher will take attendance and all will wait for further instructions via the PA.

    Teachers should review emergency procedures outlined in their “Crisis Management Handbook” to assure a safe classroom atmosphere in the event an emergency occurs.

    No students or staff are to return to the building until notified by Administration.

    Food and Drinks

    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 in to 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.

    Off Limits Areas

    Students are not allowed to leave the building for any reason without written permission from the House Office.

    During class time, a student found anywhere in the building without an appropriate pass from a staff member is considered to be off limit and is subject to disciplinary action.

    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

    Please refer to Braintree Public Schools District Policy

    School Security

    Braintree High School is equipped with a visitor’s reception booth, surveillance cameras, and security guards to ensure the safety of students and staff. It is expected that all students, staff, and visitors will cooperate and comply with all security personnel requests or directives.

    Student Travel

    Please refer to Braintree Public Schools 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

    1. 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.
    2. 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).
    3. 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
    4. 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.
    5. Makeup Work Policy
      • Regardless of the reason for an absence, students are responsible for all missed work and assignments (class work, homework, quizzes, tests, projects etc.)
      • Work assigned during a student’s absence: The time limit for completion of all work is the length of the absence plus one day. If a student is absent due to a school-sponsored event or field trip, all make-up work is due immediately upon their return (See section H).
      • Work assigned prior to a student’s absence: Long term assignments and/or assessments assigned four school days or more in advance of an unexcused 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.
    6. Planned and/or Prolonged Absences
      • While Braintree High School does not endorse extended absences from school, if such a decision is made, the student’s House Office must be notified in writing of the dates and reason for the extended absence at least two weeks prior. All planned absences are subject to the Excused and Unexcused Absence and Makeup Work policies (See sections C, D, and E).
      • Students should make every effort to notify their teachers prior to a planned absence(s) and discuss arrangements regarding missed work. If a student is absent for more than three days due to a medical situation or other reason, the student should contact his or her guidance counselor for home assignments.
    7. 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.
    8. 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.
    9. Class Cutting
      • 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) and will not be allowed to make up missed assignments or assessments. The student’s academic average will be significantly affected if a quiz or test was given that day
    10. 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.
    11. 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.

    Tardiness Policy and Procedures

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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 following requirements (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, see below)
        • 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

    Senior Privilege Permission Form

    • Violations of the rules as set forth in the Privileges Agreement will result in a loss of these privileges. The eligibility guidelines for senior privileges are as follows:
      • The individual must be academically eligible based on the Braintree High School’s eligibility policy.
      • The individual must also maintain and an overall average of a 75 in all classes that meet daily.
      • The individual must not be on Social Probation.
        • If this is the case he or she will be ineligible for the duration of their probation.
      • The individual must meet the attendance requirements:
        • No more than 5 absences per term
        • No more than 8 tardies per term
      • The individual must not incur repeated disciplinary actions or the privilege may be suspended.
      • The individual must not abuse the privilege or it will be revoked.

    I, ____________________________________ wish to participate in the Senior Privilege Program. I have read and fully understand rules, procedures and responsibilities governing Senior Privileges and I agree to abide by them. I understand that these privileges may be revoked for any infraction of the procedures and agreements, as well as all other established school rules and regulations.
    Student Signature _____________________________ Date: ___________
    I, __________________________________ request that my son/daughter
    ___________________________________ be allowed to participate in the Senior Privileges Program. The school, staff, administration, Braintree School Committee and the town of Braintree shall not in any way be responsible for his/her supervision, nor for any injuries or mishaps that occur to him/her during his/her movements to and from the school grounds and during activities in which he/she shall participate while off the school grounds. I have read and thoroughly understand the rules, procedures, and responsibilities. Therefore, I authorize my son/daughter to participate in the Senior Privileges Program, and I assume responsibility for him/her when he/she is not on school grounds.
    Parent/Guardian Signature: ____________________________Date:__________
    Housemaster Signature: ________________________________

    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.

    Cell Phone / Electronic Devices

    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.

    Dress Code for Dances

    Administration understands that styles for formal wear are different than the clothing students wear to school every day. As students plan for formal and semi-formal dances (Homecoming and Junior/Senior Proms), they should keep in mind the spirit of the dress code as they select their attire for the evening event. Students should dress appropriately for the occasion, which in such cases would include evening dresses (with spaghetti straps, for example). However, students should not select anything that would show a blatant disregard for the Braintree High School dress code (for example, dresses with bare midriffs).

    If you have any questions about what is appropriate, please check with your Housemaster.

    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.

    Yearbook

    Any student expecting to graduate in June and would like their photo in the BHS Wampatuck Yearbook must submit a photo to the yearbook adviser by the required September deadline. Failure to meet the deadline will result in the photo being omitted. It is the student's responsibility to assure that the correct photo is submitted. Yearbooks are distributed at the end of May. Spring supplements may be available the following October and contain the spring activities. The supplements are a part of the yearbook and are free of charge.

    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 (please see District Policies)

    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 on page 33)
    • Failure to follow the directive of a teacher and/or administration
    • Being in an unauthorized area
    • Unauthorized use of classroom phones
    • Harassment/ bullying
    • 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 Supervision

    • 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 )
    • 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 elec. 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, VAP 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. Please see page 78 for further details.)

    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.

    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 (page 40)
    • Violation of the Memorandum of Understanding (pages 73-76)
    • 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

    Social Probation & MIAA Disciplinary Consequences

    For athletes: In accordance with MIAA Rule 62.1, students involved in sports may practice but will not be allowed to participate in games or scrimmages during the social probation period. Rule 62.1 is explained in detail by the BHS Athletic Department and below. In addition, athletes who are team captains will not be allowed to hold their team leadership positions if they are in violation of the BHS Chemical Health Policy.

    If a student is unable to participate in interscholastic sports due to injury or academics, the penalty will not take effect until that student is able to participate again.

    • First Violation: When the Principal confirms, following an opportunity for the student to be heard, that a violation occurred, the student shall lose eligibility for the next consecutive interscholastic contests totaling 25% of all interscholastic contests in that sport. No exception is permitted for a student who becomes a participant in a treatment program. It is recommended that the student be allowed to remain at practice for the purpose of rehabilitation. All decimal part of an event will be truncated i.e. All fractional part of an event will be dropped when calculating the 25% of the season.
    • Second and Subsequent Violations: When the Principal confirms, following an opportunity for the student to be heard, that a violation occurred, the student shall lose eligibility for the next consecutive interscholastic contests totaling 60% of all interscholastic contests in that sport. All decimal part of an event will be truncated i.e. All fractional part of an event will be dropped when calculating the 60% of the season. See chart on following page.
    • If after the second or subsequent violations the student of his/her own volition becomes a participant in an approved chemical dependency program or treatment program, the student may be certified for reinstatement in MIAA activities after a minimum of 40% of events provided the student was fully engaged in the program throughout that penalty period. The high school principal in collaboration with a Chemical Dependency Program or Treatment Program must certify that student is attending or issue a certificate of completion. If the student does not complete program, penalty reverts back to 60% of the season. All decimal part of an event will be truncated i.e. All fractional part of an event will be dropped when calculating the 40% of the season. See chart on following page.
    • Penalties shall be cumulative each academic year, but serving the penalty could carry over for one year. Or, if the penalty period is not completed during the season of violation, the penalty shall carry over to the student’s next season of actual participation, which may affect the eligibility status of the student during the next academic year. (e.g. A student plays only football: he violates the rule in winter and/or the spring of same academic year: he would serve the penalty [ies] during the fall season of the next academic year.
    • If, while serving a penalty for violation of the Chemical Health Policy and the beginning of a new athletic season coincide, the student will be granted the opportunity to try out for an athletic program.

    1st Offense - 25%

    # of Events / Season

    # of Events / Penalty

    1-7

    1

    8-11

    2

    12-15

    3

    16-19

    4

    20 or over

    5



    2nd Offense - 60%

    # of Events / Season

    # of Events / Penalty

    1-3

    1

    4

    2

    5-6

    3

    7-8

    4

    9

    5

    10-11

    6

    12-13

    7

    14

    8

    15-16

    9

    17-18

    10

    19

    11

    20 or over

    12

    2nd Offense w/Dependency Program - 40% if in the program throughout the penalty period

    # of Events / Season

    # of Events / Penalty

    1-4

    1

    5-7

    2

    8-9

    3

    10-12

    4

    13-14

    5

    15-17

    6

    18-19

    7

    20 or over

    8

    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.

    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

    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

    Policy on Facebook, Social Networking and Use of Technology by School Personnel

    Policy on Facebook, Social Networking and Use of Technology by School Personnel

    Approved by School Committee 5-9-2011

    The Superintendent of Schools and the School Principals will annually remind current staff members and orient new staff members concerning the importance of maintaining proper decorum in the on-line, digital world and adhering to appropriate boundaries in the student/teacher relationship. The School Department’s policy with regard to teacher interactions with students and families utilizing technology, such as electronic mail, social networking websites and cell phones, is as follows:

    1. Online Interactions With Students Using Facebook and Similar Internet Sites or Social Networks, or Via Cell Phone, Texting or Telephone

    a.Staff members shall adhere to appropriate professional behavior in their relationships with students in all electronic communication.

    b. Staff members may not list current Braintree Public School students as “friends” on networking sites.

    c.All e-contacts with students should be through the district’s e-mail account and telephone system, except in emergency situations. Inappropriate contact via email or phone is prohibited and failure to adhere to this will be subject to discipline.

    d.All contact and messages by coaches and club/activity advisors with team members shall be sent to all team members, except for messages concerning medical or academic privacy matters. Messages from coaches will be copied to the athletic director. The school principal will be copied on all contact and messages from coaches and club/activity advisors.

    2. Privacy of On-Line Content

    Staff members are reminded that items placed on-line are never fully private and may affect how students, parents, administrators and peers perceive them. Posting items with sexual content and those exhibiting or advocating use of alcohol and/or illegal drugs is inappropriate.

    Illegal Use of Computers

    Copying certain commercial software is illegal. Any student found copying software on Braintree Public Schools’ computers would be referred to the Headmaster for a suspension hearing, as well as to the Superintendent of Schools for further action, if necessary. The student will also be subject to prosecution for possible copyright violation.

    • Any student who uses the terminals to tamper with administrative records stored in the computer will be suspended by the Headmaster and referred to the Superintendent of Schools for appropriate action, which may include expulsion. The student will be withdrawn from any course using computers in which he/she is enrolled and will lose the privilege of using the computer terminals within the Braintree Public Schools.
    • Students are assigned computer access by their subject teacher. Unauthorized use of computers may result in an Extended Day Detention for a first offense and will result in an Out of-School Suspension, exclusion from class, or expulsion for subsequent offenses.

    Unauthorized use will include, but not be limited to, the following:

    • Accessing an account or file other than the one assigned.
    • Copying software (i.e., programs, files without permission of the student’s subject teacher
    • Accessing copyrighted software without permission of the student’s teacher (i.e., playing games).
    • Any activity that causes damage to the computer equipment, memory or files
    • Any activity that infringes upon the rights of others.

    Internet Use Policy

    The Braintree Public Schools has a detailed Network & Technology Responsible Use Policy on file in all school offices. A summary of that policy is as follows:

    • The primary purpose of the Internet connection is educational. It is essential that everyone who uses this connection understand that purpose.
    • Network storage areas may be treated like school lockers. Network administrators may review files and communications to maintain system integrity and insure that users are using the system responsibly.
    • Braintree Public Schools strongly condemns the illegal distribution of software, otherwise known as pirating. Any students caught transferring such files through Internet, and any whose accounts are found to contain such illegal files, shall immediately have their accounts permanently revoked. In addition, all users should be aware that software piracy is a federal offense and is punishable by fine or imprisonment.
    • All Braintree Public Schools employees and students are prohibited from using the Braintree Public Schools Internet access for any personal use; using any profane, vulgar, threatening, libelous, or criminal language when using the Internet for school business; accessing any prohibited sites on the Internet; downloading papers, overriding or encouraging students to override any firewalls established on the Internet access network; permitting another individual to use their password, dissemination of any passwords, codes, access telephone numbers, or account numbers; and/or 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 reserves the right to notify a user of any other impermissible action regarding the use of the Internet.

    Website Policy

    The Braintree Public Schools use multiple websites for communication purposes to the community and the world. Websites are maintained by schools, departments and the system. These websites are publications of the Braintree Public Schools (BPS). These websites represent the BPS and also act as a teaching tool and learning resource for students, faculty and staff.

    With these goals in mind, The Braintree Public Schools (BPS) establishes the following policies about all of its websites:

    • All material contained in any BPS website must be approved by the Superintendent or his designee. Unless otherwise appointed, the designee is the principal in charge of the school using the site, or the director in charge of the department using the site.
    • BPS websites are maintained by the administrator overseeing the site or his/her designee. All material submitted for posting to any website must be in an acceptable electronic format.
    • Information on any BPS website must be about events occurring in the BPS or directly related to events occurring in the BPS.
    • No advertising is allowed on any BPS website.
    • BPS websites cannot be used for political activity, accessing objectionable material, accessing material that may create a hostile educational environment, accessing confidential student or employee information, accessing illegal information, or transmitting copyrighted material without authorization of the copyright holder.
    • BPS websites cannot contain links to any websites that have not been approved by the Superintendent of Schools or his designee. Links cannot logically lead to any website screened out by the BPS internet filtering system or any other objectionable website. Links are not allowed to any teacher’s or student’s personal website unless these are websites maintained by the BPS and subject to its regulations.
    • The Braintree Public Schools also establishes the following additional policies governing its websites and any other websites maintained by its employees or volunteers:
    • Students’ last names cannot appear.
    • ●The contact person for any postings must be an administrator, teacher or coach.
    • Posted material must not include any personal information about students or employees. For example, personal activities, personal phone numbers, street addresses, personal email addresses, and names of other family members cannot appear.
    • Group pictures of three or more students can appear as long as the students are not identified in the picture caption or in any accompanying posted material.
    • Individual pictures of students cannot appear.

    Approved by the Braintree School Committee June 19, 2008


    Concussion Policy (Grades 6-12)

    Purpose:

    This policy provides for the implementation of MA 105 CMR 201.000, Head Injuries and Concussions in Extracurricular Athletic Activities. The purpose of this policy is to provide information and standardized procedures for persons involved in the prevention, training management and return to activity decisions regarding students who incur head injuries while involved in extracurricular athletic activities[1] including but not limited to, interscholastic sports, in order to protect their health and safety as required by Massachusetts law and regulations. The requirements of the law apply to all public middle and high schools, however configured, serving grades six through high school graduation. In addition to any training required by law, the following persons shall complete one of the head injury safety training programs approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) as found on its website: coaches; certified athletic trainers; trainers; volunteers; school and team physicians; school nurses; athletic directors; directors responsible for a school marching band; employees or volunteers; and students who participate in an extracurricular activity and their parents. This policy provides the procedures and protocols for the Braintree Public Schools (BPS) in the management of and prevention of sports-related head injuries within the district or school.

    Upon the adoption of this policy by the School Committee, the Superintendent shall ensure that the Department of Public Health receives and affirmation on school district letterhead that the district has developed policies and the School Committee has adopted a final policy in accordance with law. This affirmation shall be updated by September 30, 2013 and every two years thereafter upon review or revision of its policies.

    Record Maintenance

    The BPS Athletic Director or designee shall maintain the following record for three years or, at a minimum, until the student graduates, unless state or federal law requires a longer retention period:

    • Verifications of completion of annual trainings;
    • All Registration/Permission/Medical Forms and Pre-participation Head Injury/Concussion reporting forms;
    • Annual physical exams;
    • Report of Head Injury During a Sports Season forms;
    • Post Sports Related Head Injury Clearance and Return to Play Protocols.
    • Physician Head Injury Notification and Academic Accommodations Forms

    These records will be made available to the Department of Public Health and DESE upon request or in connection with any inspection or program review.

    This policy also applies to volunteers who assist with extracurricular athletic activities. Such volunteers shall not be liable for civil damages arising out of any act or omission relating to the requirements of law, unless such volunteer is willfully or intentionally negligent in his act or omission.

    Most student athletes who sustain a concussion can fully recover as long as their brain has time to heal before sustaining another hit; however, relying only on an athlete’s self-report of symptoms to determine injury recovery is inadequate as many high school athletes are not aware of the signs and symptoms or the severity concussive injuries pose, or they may feel pressure from coaches, parents and/or teammates to return to play as quickly as possible. One or more of these factors will likely result in under diagnosing the injury and a premature return to play. Massachusetts General Laws and Department of Public Health regulations make it imperative to accurately assess and treat student athletes when concussions are suspected.

    Student athletes who receive concussions may appear to be “fine” on the outside, when in actuality they have a brain injury and are not able to return to play. Incurring a second concussion can prove to be devastating to a student athlete. Research has shown that young concussed athletes who return to play before their brain has healed are highly vulnerable to more prolonged post-concussion syndrome or, in rare cases, a catastrophic neurological injury known as Second Impact Syndrome The following protocol will discuss and outline what a concussion is, the mechanism of injury, signs and symptoms, management and return to play requirements, as well as information on Second Impact Syndrome and past concussion syndrome. Lastly, this policy will discuss the importance of education for our athletes, coaches and parents and other persons required by law.

    This protocol should be reviewed on a yearly basis with all staff to discuss the procedures to be followed to manage sports-related concussions. This protocol will also be reviewed on a yearly basis by the athletic department as well as by nursing staff. Any changes in this document will be approved by the School Committee and given to athletic staff, including coaches and other school personnel in writing. An accurate synopsis of this policy shall be placed in the student and faculty handbooks..

    Athletic Concussion Regulations

    Section I. What is a concussion?

    A concussion is defined as a transient alteration in brain function without structural damage, but with other potentially serious long-term ramifications. In the event of a concussion, the brain sustains damage at a microscopic level in which cells and cell membranes are torn and stretched. The damage to these cells also disrupts the brain at a chemical level, as well as causing restricted blood flow to the damaged areas of the brain, thereby disrupting brain function. A concussion, therefore, is a disruption in how the brain works; it is not a structural injury. Concussions are difficult to diagnose because the damage cannot be seen. A MRI or CT scan cannot diagnose a concussion, but they can help rule out a more serious brain injury to a student athlete. Because concussions are difficult to detect, student athletes must obtain medical approval before returning to athletics following a concussion.

    Section II. Mechanism of Injury:

    A concussion is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or body. Any force that causes the brain to bounce around or twist within the skull can cause a concussion. A bump, blow or jolt to the head or body can be caused by either indirect or direct trauma. The two direct mechanisms of injury are coup-type and contrecoup-type. Coup-type injury is when the head is stationary and struck by a moving object such as another player’s helmet, a ball, or sport implement, causing brain injury at the location of impact. Contrecoup-type injury occurs when the head is moving and makes contact with an immovable or slowing moving object as a result of deceleration, causing brain injury away from the sign of impact. Indirect forces are transmitted through the spine and jaw or blows to the thorax that whip the head while the neck muscles are relaxed. Understanding the way in which an injury occurred is vital in understanding and having a watchful eye for athletes who may exhibit symptoms of a concussion so these student athletes can receive the appropriate care.

    Section III. Signs and Symptoms:

    Signs (what you can see):

    • Confusion
    • Forgets plays
    • Unsure about game, score, opponent
    • Altered coordination
    • Balance problems
    • Personality change
    • Slow response to questions
    • Forgets events prior to injury (retrograde amnesia)
    • Forgets events after injury (anterograde amnesia)
    • Loss of consciousness (any duration)

    Symptoms (reported by athlete):

    • Headache
    • Fatigue
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Double vision/blurry vision
    • Sensitivity to light (photophobia)
    • Sensitivity to noise (tinnitus)
    • Feels sluggish
    • Feels foggy
    • Problems concentrating
    • Problems remembering
    • Trouble with sleeping/excel sleep
    • Dizziness
    • Sadness
    • Seeing stars
    • Vacant stare/glassy eyed
    • Nervousness
    • Irritability
    • Inappropriate emotions

    If any of the above signs or symptoms are observed after a suspected blow to the head, jaw, spine or body, they may be indicative of a concussion and the student athlete must be removed from play immediately and not allowed to return until cleared by an appropriate allied health professional.

    Protocol:

    Section IV. Pre-participation Requirements and Training

    Concussion training is a pre-participation requirement and must be completed prior to practice or competition. The following persons annually shall complete one of the head injury safety training programs approved by Braintree Public Schools (BPS):

    • Coaches;
    • Assistant Coaches;
    • Certified Athletic Trainer;
    • School Physician;
    • School Nurses;
    • Guidance Counselors;
    • Middle and High School classroom teachers and specialists;
    • Athletic Director;
    • Person responsible for a school marching band, whether employed by a school or school district or serving in such capacity as a volunteer;
    • Employees or Volunteers assisting with athletics;
    • Students participating in extracurricular athletic activity;
    • Parents/Guardians of a student who participates in an extracurricular athletic activity.

    This requirement may be met by:

    • Completing an approved free online program. The on-line courses can be found at:
      http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/online_train...
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    • The training must be repeated every subsequent year.
    • Students and parents must complete the Pre-participation Head Injury/Concussion Reporting Form, as well as sign that they have completed one of the above on-line courses and attach a copy of the certificate and return to the Athletic Director.
    • Coaches/Assistant Coaches must provide a certificate of completion of one of the on-line courses to the athletic director.
    • The athletic director will maintain all certificates of annual training or and training session rosters, Interscholastic Registration/Permission/Medical Forms and Pre-participation Head Injury/Concussion reporting forms for three years or, at a minimum, until the student graduates, unless state or federal law requires a longer retention period. The school nurse shall maintain all Physical Exams, Report of Head Injury forms, Medical Clearance forms and any other pertinent medical information in the individual student health record for a minimum of three years or until the student graduates unless state or federal law requires a longer retention period.
    • Game officials must also complete an approved training annually and provide BPS with verification of completion upon request.

    Additionally, students who plan to participate in extracurricular athletic activities, as well as their parents, must complete and sign the pre-participation Interscholastic Registration/Permission/Medical Form prior to each season of participation. The questionnaire will be distributed through the athletic department. The questionnaire will be reviewed by the athletic trainer and school nurse prior to athletic participation. The school nurse will provide appropriate follow-up when necessary. Annually, students are also required to provide a physical exam to the school nurses’ office and the school nurse will report clearance to the athletic director. Additionally, no student shall be medically cleared for extracurricular athletic activities until the athletic trainer and school nurse have reviewed the Pre-participation Head Injury/Concussion Reporting Form, the Interscholastic Registration/Permission/Medical Form and Physical Exam form and reported clearance to the athletic director.

    Braintree Public Schools may use a student’s history of head injury or concussion as a factor to determine whether to allow the student to participate in an extracurricular athletic activity or whether to allow such participation under specific conditions or modifications.

    Additional parental requirement:

    If a student sustains a head injury or concussion during the season, but not while participating in an extracurricular athletic activity, the parent shall complete the Report of Head Injury During a Sports Season form and submit it to the athletic trainer who will review it with the school nurse.

    Section V. Exclusion from Play

    • Any student, who during a practice or competition, sustains a head injury or suspected concussion, or exhibits signs and symptoms of a concussion or loses consciousness, even briefly, shall be removed from the practice or competition immediately and may not return to the practice or competition until medically cleared by a duly licensed physician, a duly licensed certified athletic trainer in consultation with a licensed physician, a duly licensed nurse practitioner on consultation with a licensed physician, or a duly licensed neuropsychologist in coordination with the physician managing the student’s recovery.
    • If an EMT is covering a sporting event, and an athlete sustains a head injury or suspected concussion they shall be removed from practice or competition immediately and may not return to practice or competition until medically cleared by a duly licensed physician, a duly licensed certified athletic trainer in consultation with a licensed physician, a duly licensed nurse practitioner on consultation with a licensed physician, or a duly licensed neuropsychologist in coordination with the physician managing the student’s recovery.
    • The coach/assistant coach shall communicate the nature of the injury directly to the parent in person or by phone immediately during or after the practice or competition in which a student has been removed from play due to a head injury, suspected concussion signs and symptoms of a concussion, or loss of consciousness. The coach/assistant coach must also provide parents/guardians with the following forms:
      1. Head Injury Notification and Home Instruction Form
      2. Physician Head Injury Notification and Request for Academic Accommodations Form
      3. Post Sports Related Head Injury Medical Clearance and Return to Play Authorization Form
    • The coach/assistant coach or his or her designee shall communicate, by the end of the next business day, with the Athletic Director and the Athletic Trainer that the student has been removed from practice or competition for a head injury, suspected concussion, signs and symptoms of a concussion, or loss of consciousness. The coach/assistant coach must also complete the Report of Head Injury During a Sports Season Form and give it to the Athletic Trainer by the end of the next business day. The Athletic Trainer will then communicate this information to the School Nurse who will make contact with the student’s guidance counselor.
    • The student shall not return to practice or competition unless and until the student provides medical clearance. The coach/assistant coach or athletic trainer shall provide the necessary forms for the student to take to their medical provider. This includes a letter explaining the need for the medical clearance from the primary healthcare provider, academic accommodations, and gradual return to play protocol.

    Section VI. Return to Play

    A BPS multidisciplinary team will develop a plan for the student’s academics and return to play. This team may consist of athletic trainer, school nurse, teaching staff, guidance counselor, primary care physician or physician managing the student’s recovery, and parent.

    The plan shall include the academic recovery plan recommendations from the physician and multidisciplinary team and the return to play protocol of the athletic trainer.

    Students must be symptom free and medically cleared in order to return to play. The following individuals may authorize a return to play:

    • A duly licensed physician;
    • A duly licensed certified athletic trainer in consultation with a licensed physician;
    • A duly licensed nurse practitioner in consultation with a licensed physician, or
    • A duly licensed neuropsychologist in coordination with the physician managing the student’s recovery.

    Gradual Return-to-Play Protocol

    • Stage 1: No activity
    • Stage 2: Light aerobic exercise (walking, swimming, or stationary cycling) keeping intensity to 70% of maximum predicted heart rate; no resistance training
    • Stage 3: Sport-specific exercise (skating drills in ice hockey, running drills in soccer); no head impact activities
    • Stage 4: Non-contact training drills, progression to more complex training drills, eg, passing drills in football and ice hockey; may start progressive resistance
    • Stage 5: Full-contact practice following medical clearance, participate in normal training activities
    • Stage 6: Return to play
    • Final return to play in the Braintree Public Schools requires the approval of the athletic trainer.

    Section VII. Athletic Director Responsibilities

    • The Athletic Director completes an annual Concussion training.
    • The Athletic Director participates in the biannual review and revision of the policy.
    • The Athletic Director shall:
      • Ensure the annual training of coaches, staff, parents/guardians, volunteers and students;
      • Maintain records of annual trainings, certificates, affidavits, and/or attendance rosters for three years;
      • Ensure that all Interscholastic Registration/Permission/Medical Forms and Pre-participation Head Injury/Concussion reporting forms are completed and submitted prior to participation in any extracurricular athletic activity;
      • Review all pre-participation forms and forward to the athletic trainer and school nurse those forms indicating a history of head injury.
      • Ensure that all students meet the physical exam requirements consistent with 105 CMR 2000.000 prior to participation in any extracurricular athletic activity;
      • Ensure that the medically cleared list is provided to all coaches, assistants, and volunteers and that no student participates without this clearance;
      • Ensure that Report of Head Injury During a Sports Season forms are completed by parents/guardians or coaches and reviewed by the athletic trainer and school nurse;
      • Ensure that athletes are prohibited from engaging in any unreasonably dangerous athletic technique that endangers the health or safety of an athlete, including using a helmet or any other sports equipment as a weapon;
      • Ensure that Braintree Public School issued athletic equipment is properly maintained, reconditioned and certified in accordance with National Operating Committee for Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE);
      • Maintain all Interscholastic Registration/Permission/Medical Forms and Pre-participation Head Injury/Concussion reporting forms for three years;
      • Inform parent/guardian that, if all necessary forms are not completed, their child will not participate in extracurricular athletic activities;
      • Include concussion information in student athletic handbook;
      • Develop a plan to communicate and provide language-appropriate educational materials to parents with limited English proficiency;
      • Report annual statistics to the Department of Public Health:
        • The total number of Head Injury Reports received from both coaches and parents;
        • The total number of students who incur head injuries and suspected concussions when engaged in any extracurricular athletic activities.

    Section VIII. Athletic Trainer Responsibilities

    • The athletic trainer shall complete the annual Concussion training.
    • The athletic trainer shall participate in the biannual review and revision of the policy.
    • The athletic trainer shall:
      • Review in collaboration with the school nurse the Pre-participation Questionnaire and Report of Head Injury Report forms;
      • In the case of multiple concussion reported on the pre-participation form, collaborate with the school nurse to contact the parents/guardians and the students primary care provider regarding the decision to allow a player with repeat concussions to participate in a sports season;
      • Identify students with a suspected head injury or concussion that occur in practice or competition and complete a side line evaluation consisting of the Standardized Assessment of Concussion (SAC) test and Signs and Symptoms check list;
      • Refer students with a report of a head injury to their physician for further evaluation;
      • Monitor the symptoms of students with head injuries and maintain written documentation of such monitoring;
      • Will administer the ImPACT Test within 24-72 hours following the suspected head injury;
      • Determine Gradual Return- to- Play schedule based on receiving a physician signed Post Sports Head Injury Clearance and Authorization Form and completed Physician Head Injury Notification and Academic Accommodations Form and ImPACT Test scores are back to baseline score;
      • Implement the Gradual Return-to-Play Protocol;
      • Collaborate with coaches to ensure that the Concussion Return-to-Play protocol is being followed;
      • Notify the athletic director and school nurse of any student athlete diagnosed with a concussion or head injury;
      • All Concussion Return-to-Play protocols for students with head injury or concussion will be sent to the School Nurse for placement in the student’s health record folder.

    Section IX. Coach/Assistant Coach and Band Instructor Responsibilities

    • The coach/assistant coach and band instructor completes the annual Concussion training and provides the athletic director with a certificate of completion.
    • The coach/assistant coach reviews the pre-participation information provided by the school nurse regarding a student’s history and/or risk of head injury.
    • The coach/assistant coach shall:
      • Ensure that all student athletes have completed ImPACT baseline testing prior to participation;
      • Ensure that all student athletes are on the medically cleared list prior to participation;
      • Identify athletes with head injuries or suspected concussions that occur in practice or competition and remove them from play;
      • Communicate the nature of the injury directly to the parent/guardian in person or by phone immediately during or after the practice or competition in which a student has been removed from play due to a head injury, suspected concussion signs and symptoms of a concussion, or loss of consciousness;
      • Provide parents/guardians with the following forms:
        1. Head Injury Notification and Home Instruction Form
        2. Physician Head Injury Notification and Academic Accommodations Form
        3. Post Sports Related Head Injury Medical Clearance and Return to Play Authorization Form
      • Promptly notify the Athletic Director and Athletic Trainer of any student removed from .5
      • Complete the Report of Head Injury Form for any student with a head injury or suspected concussion that occurs during practice or competition and give to the Athletic Trainer;
      • Ensure that no student athlete returns to play until cleared by a physician and the athletic trainer and you have received this notification in writing from the athletic trainer;
      • Teach techniques aimed at minimizing sports-related head injury;
      • Discourage and prohibit athletes from engaging in any unreasonably dangerous athletic technique that endangers the health or safety of an athlete, including using a musical instrument, helmet or any other sports equipment as a weapon;
      • Ensure that Braintree Public School issued athletic equipment is properly maintained, reconditioned and certified in accordance with NOCSAE.

    Section X. School Nurse Responsibilities

    • The School Nurse completes the annual Concussion training and provides the athletic director with a certificate of completion.
    • The School Nurse shall participate in the biannual review and revision of the policy.
    • The School Nurse shall:
      • Review all Registration/Permission/Medical Forms and Pre-participation Head Injury/Concussion Reporting forms;
      • In the case of multiple concussion reported on the pre-participation form, collaborate with the athletic trainer to contact the parents/guardians and the students primary care provider regarding the decision to allow a player with repeat concussions to participate in a sports season;
      • Review all annual physical exams and record in computerized health record program;
      • Review all Report of Head Injury forms in conjunction with the Athletic Trainer;
      • Maintain all physical exams, Report of Head Injury forms, Medical Clearance forms and any other pertinent medical information in the individual student health record;
      • Share on a need to know basis any head injury information regarding a student that may impact their ability to participate in extracurricular athletic activities or places a student at greater risk for repeated head injuries;
      • Complete symptom assessment when student athlete enters Health Office with questionable concussion during school hours. Repeat in 15 minutes;
      • Observe students with a concussion for a minimum of 30 minutes;
      • If symptoms are present, notify parent(s)/guardian(s) and instruct parent(s)/guardian(s) that student must be evaluated by an MD:
        • If symptoms are not present, the student may return to class;
        • If symptoms appear after a negative assessment, MD referral is necessary;
      • School nurse will notify teaches and guidance counselors of any students or student athletes who have academic accommodations or modifications related to their concussion;
      • Participate in the reentry planning for students to discuss any necessary accommodations or modifications with respect to academics, course requirements, homework, testing scheduling and other aspects of school activities consistent with a graduated reentry plan for return to full academic and extracurricular athletic activities after a head injury and revising the health care plan as needed;
      • Monitor recuperating students with head injuries and collaborate with teachers to ensure that the graduated reentry plan is being followed;
      • Allow students who are in recovery to rest in Health Office when needed;
      • Develop plan for students regarding pain management;
      • Yearly provide educational materials on head injury and concussion to teachers and support staff.

    Section XI. Guidance Counselor Responsibilities

    • Guidance Counselors will complete the annual Concussion training and provides the athletic director with a certificate of completion.
    • One Guidance Counselor will be appointed to participate in the biannual review and revision of the policy.
    • The Guidance Counselor shall:
      • Be designated as the contact or “point person” once informed by the school nurse that a student has been diagnosed with a concussion;
      • Will work with the student on organizing work assignments, making up work and giving extra time for assignments, tests/quizzes and plans in terms of MCAS participation;
      • Assist teachers in following the recovery stage and academic accommodations for student; Convene meeting and develop rehabilitative plan as needed;
      • Notify teachers to decrease workload if symptoms reappear;
      • Recognize and educate teachers that the student’s ability to perform complex math equations may be different from the ability to write a composition depending on the location of the concussion in the brain;
      • Educate staff on the educational impact concussions may have on students;
      • Communicate with school nurse and athletic trainer any concerns or report of students progress and give any medical reports to school nurse

    Section XII. Classroom Teacher/Specialist Responsibilities

    • Every classroom teacher/specialist grade six through twelve will complete the annual Concussion training and provide the athletic director with a certificate of completion.
    • The Classroom Teacher/Specialist shall:
      • Follow the academic guidelines set forth in the Braintree Public Schools “Academic Expectations During Post Concussion Recovery Plan”;
      • Work in conjunction with the guidance counselor to implement the recommendations and accommodations set forth for the individual student;
      • Communicate with the guidance counselor and/or school nurse regarding the student’s progress, academic needs, and/or any additional issues or concerns.

    Section XIII. Parent/Guardian Responsibilities

    • Parent/Guardian will complete the annual Concussion training and provides the athletic director with a certificate of completion.
    • The Parent/Guardian shall:
      • Complete and return to athletic director the registration/Permission /Medical Forms, Pre-participation Head Injury/Concussion Reporting forms and annual physical form;
      • Inform the Athletic Director if your child sustains a concussion outside of school hours and complete the Report of Head Injury During a Sports Season form and give to athletic director;
      • Watch for changes in your child that may indicate that your child does have a concussion or that your child’s concussion may be worsening. Report to a physician:
        • Loss of consciousness
        • Headache
        • Dizziness
        • Lethargy
        • Difficulty concentrating
        • Balance problems
        • Answering questions slowly
        • Difficulty recalling events
        • Repeating questions
        • Irritability
        • Sadness
        • Emotionality
        • Nervousness
        • Difficulty with sleeping
      • Encourage your child to follow concussion protocol;
      • Enforce restrictions on rest, electronics and screen time;
      • Reinforce academic accommodations and gradual return to play plan;
      • Communicate about your child’s progress, academic needs or concerns with guidance counselor;
      • Observe and monitor your child for any physical or emotional changes;
      • Recognize that you child will be excluded from participation in any extracurricular athletic event if all forms are not completed and on file with the athletic department.

    Section XIV. Student and Student Athlete Responsibilities:

    • Student Athletes or students participating in the Marching Band will complete the annual Concussion training and provide the athletic director or band director with a certificate of completion.
    • Student Athlete shall:
      • Return to athletic director the Registration/Permission/Medical Forms, Pre-participation Head Injury/Concussion Reporting forms and annual physical form prior to participation in athletics;
      • Complete Baseline ImPACT Test prior to participation in athletics;
      • Report all symptoms to athletic trainer and/or school nurse;
      • Follow academic accommodations and return to play recovery plan;
      • Rest;
      • No athletics;
      • Be Honest;
      • Keep strict limits on screen time and electronics;
      • Don’t carry books or backpacks that are too heavy;
      • Tell your teachers and guidance counselor if you are having difficulty with your class work;
      • See the school nurse for pain management;
      • Return medical clearance form to athletic trainer prior to beginning gradual return to play protocol;
      • Return to sports only when cleared by physician and the athletic trainer;
      • Report any symptoms to the athletic trainer and/or school nurse and parent(s)/guardian(s) if any occur after return to play;
      • Students who do not complete and return all required trainings, testing and forms will not be allowed to participate in sports.

    Section XV. Post Concussion Syndrome:

    Post Concussion Syndrome is a poorly understood condition that occurs after a student athlete receives a concussion. Student athletes who receive concussions can have symptoms that last a few days to a few months, and even up to a full year, until their neurocognitive function returns to normal. Therefore, all school personnel must pay attention to and closely observe all student athletes for post concussion syndrome and its symptoms. Student athletes who are still suffering from concussion symptoms are not ready to return to play. The signs and symptoms of post concussion syndrome are:

      • Dizziness
      • Headache with exertion
      • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
      • Fatigue
      • Irritability
      • Frustration
      • Difficulty in coping with daily stress
      • Impaired memory or concentration
      • Eating and sleeping disorders
      • Behavioral changes
      • Alcohol intolerance
      • Decreases in academic performance
      • Depression
      • Visual disturbances

    Section XVI. Second Impact Syndrome:

    Second impact syndrome is a serious medical emergency and a result of an athlete returning to play and competition too soon following a concussion. Second impact syndrome occurs because of rapid brain swelling and herniation of the brain after a second head injury that occurs before the symptoms of a previous head injury have been resolved. The second impact that a student athlete may receive may only be a minor blow to the head or it may not even involve a hit to the head. A blow to the chest or back may create enough force to snap the athlete’s head and send acceleration/deceleration forces to an already compromised brain. The resulting symptoms occur because of a disruption of the brain’s blood autoregulatory system which leads to swelling of the brain, increasing intracranial pressure and herniation.

    After a second impact a student athlete usually does not become unconscious, but appears to be dazed. The student athlete may remain standing and be able to leave the field under his/her own power. Within fifteen seconds to several minutes, the athlete’s condition worsens rapidly, with dilated pupils, loss of eye movement, loss of consciousness leading to coma and respiratory failure. The best way to handle second impact syndrome is to prevent it from occurring altogether. All student athletes who incur a concussion must not return to play until they are asymptomatic and cleared by an appropriate health care professional.

    Section XVII. Concussion Education:

    It is extremely important to educate coaches, athletes and the community about concussions. On a yearly basis, all coaches must complete the online course called “Concussion In Sports: What you Need to Know”. This course is offered by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). Student athletes also need to understand the importance of reporting a concussion to their coaches, parents, athletic trainer and other school personnel. Every year student athletes and parents/guardians will participate in educational training on concussions and complete a certificate of completion. This training may include:

    The school district may also offer seminars, speakers, and discussion panels on the topic of concussions. Seminars offer an opportunity for the certified athletic trainer, athletic director and nurse leader to speak about concussions on the field at practices and games and to discuss the protocol and policy that the district has enacted. Providing education within the community will offer the residents and parents of athletes an opportunity to ask questions and voice their concerns on the topic of brain injury and concussions. When it comes to concussions, everyone needs to be aware of the potential dangers and remember that a concussion is a brain injury. Whenever anyone has a doubt about a student athlete with a concussion, sit them out and have them see the appropriate healthcare professional.

    The Braintree Public School system takes the safety of student athletes seriously. All members of the school staff are expected to follow these policies and protocols to support the health and safety of student athletes. Failure to comply with the letter or spirit of this policy could result in progressive discipline for staff and or forfeiture of games. If students or parents have concern that the policy is being violated, they should contact the athletic director.

    Approved by the Braintree School Committee April 12, 2012



    [1] Extracurricular Athletic Activity means an organized school sponsored athletic activity generally occurring outside of school instructional hours under the direction of a coach, athletic director, or marching band leader including, but not limited to, Alpine and Nordic skiing and snowboarding, baseball, basketball, cheer leading, cross country track, fencing, field hockey, football, golf, gymnastics, horseback riding, ice hockey, marching band, rifle, rugby, soccer, skating, softball, squash, swimming and diving, tennis, track (indoor and outdoor), ultimate frisbee, volleyball, water polo, and wrestling. All interscholastic athletics are deemed to be extracurricular athletic activities. LEGAL REFS: M.G.L. 111:222; 105 CMR 201.000

    Expulsion Policy

    Expulsion Policy

    • 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)
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.

    Homework Policy

    Teachers at Braintree High School share in the belief that homework is intended to reinforce and extend learning initiated in the classroom and can be used by students as a tool to prepare for discussions, lessons, and assessments. The frequency and length of homework assignments varies by teacher and subject but should always be designed with these objectives in mind. Teachers will attempt to vary assignments in accordance with the needs of the class and ensure that these assignments are related to classroom instruction. Completion of homework is considered necessary for success in a class and therefore teachers should incorporate the completion of homework for no less than 5% and no more than 15% of a student’s final term grade.

    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.

    Physical Exam, Medication and Screenings Policy

    The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in accordance with State Law, Chapter 71, Section 57 and School Committee regulations, requires that all students entering grade 11 have a recent (within one year) complete physical examination and up-to-date immunizations. In the winter of grade 10, a physical exam form will be emailed home. Please make an appointment upon receiving this notification so the requirement can be fulfilled prior to entering grade 11. For prompt, safe delivery, parents/guardians should mail the completed physical form to the health office.

    When a student must take medication during school, a written order from the student’s physician and written permission from the parent/guardian is required. These forms are available from the nurse or can be downloaded on the BHS website. 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 medication must be in pharmacy labeled or manufacturer labeled containers. The pharmacist will supply a second bottle for the school upon request. Only a thirty-day supply of medication may be left at school.

    With written parent/guardian permission, the school nurses are able to administer Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Tums or Benadryl to students during the school day. These forms are available from the school nurse or may be downloaded from the BHS website.

    Students are not allowed to carry any medication on their person, in their lockers, backpacks, pocketbooks, etc. with the exception of an inhaler to treat asthma and/or an Epi-Pen to treat an allergic reaction and/or if wearing an insulin pump to treat diabetes. Students prescribed these medications may carry them on their person only if they are properly labeled and the parent/guardian has notified the Nurses Office in writing and 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 will be excluded from school until the requirements are met. This is to ensure and provide a safe and healthy environment for your child. (All medical forms may be downloaded from the BHS website, www.gpvillage.com/bhs , under the school health services link, or obtained from the health office.)

    Students who are found to be in possession of any medication (prescription or over-the-counter) are subject to disciplinary consequences.

    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.

    Hearing and Vision Screening

    Massachusetts regulations 105 CMR 200.400 for the Physical Examination of Children requires that Vision and Hearing Screenings be completed once during high school. BPS has designated grade 10 for these screenings. For any student who does not pass the vision and/or hearing screening, a written notice with the screening results will be sent to the parent/guardian. Proof of a comprehensive eye examination performed by a licensed optometrist or ophthalmologist chosen by the child’s parent/guardian indicating any pertinent diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, recommendation, and evidence of follow-up treatment, if necessary, shall be provided to the school. For any student not passing the hearing screening, proof of a comprehensive hearing examination performed by the students primary care provider, audiologist or ENT chosen by the child’s parent/guardian indicating any pertinent diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, recommendation, and evidence of follow-up treatment, if necessary, shall be provided to the school.

    Postural Screening

    Massachusetts General Law Chapter 71 Section 57 requires Postural Screening to be completed for all students in grade 9. This program is intended as a supplement to the young person's primary health care. Its purpose is not to provide medical diagnosis, but rather to detect possible early signs of spinal problems which should have further medical evaluation. For any student who does not pass the postural screening, a written notice with the screening results will be sent to the parent/guardian. Proof of an evaluation by your child’s primary care provider indicating any pertinent diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, recommendation, and evidence of follow-up treatment, if necessary, shall be provided to the school.


    Residency Policy

    Every person shall have the right to attend the public schools of the town where he actually resides (Chapter 76, Section 5). However, if a child resides temporarily in the town other than the legal residence of their parent or guardian for the special purpose of attending school, then the School Department may recover tuition from the parent (Chapter 76, Section 6).

    Students living in Braintree not with their parent or legal guardian must:

    • Provide legal verification that the student is residing in Braintree - Two notarized letters are required. This needs to be done by way of notarized letter from the parent stating with whom and where the child is living, as well as a notarized letter from the individual with whom the child will be living.
    • Verification of Residency of individual with whom student is living: The person with whom the child will be living needs to provide the school proof of their residency.
    • Verification of Residency must also be confirmed through residency checks by the Braintree Police Department. Students found not to be residing at the location specified will not be allowed to attend the Braintree Public Schools.
    • If the person with whom the child is living in Braintree has legal custody/guardianship, then, with proof of custody/guardianship, the child may continue to attend school at no cost.
    • If the person with whom the child is living does not have legal guardianship, we would require the parent to pay tuition to attend BPS.
    • If the child’s parents are divorced, they share joint custody, and one parent lives in the town of Braintree and the other does not, the child must sleep in the home of the parent who resides in Braintree at least Monday through Thursday evening.

    Revised July 3, 2012

    Policy on Smoking/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:

    • 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 B.H.S. 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 not an option for those students that accumulate two tobacco infractions.
    • It is important to understand that being in possession of tobacco products, i.e., cigarettes, e-cigarettes/vapor pens, cigars, chewing tobacco or any other form of tobacco are 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.
    • In addition, all students must realize that an obvious display of tobacco products indicates to the administration the intent to violate the state law prohibiting smoking in public buildings.
    • Students found in the presence of the use 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.
    • Students congregating in the presence of cigarette smoke will be viewed as “guilty of smoking” under this policy. Therefore, it is strongly suggested that students who do not smoke should not be present where students are smoking.
    • 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 by-laws 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 students found possessing/using or in the presence of tobacco products at B.H.S. are as follows:

    • First Offense:
      • 3 days of Extended Day Detention
      • $50.00 fine in the form of a ticket or participation in a Smoking Cessation Program run by the accredited school nurse
      • Social Probation for a period of 3 weeks
      • Parental Conference with a Housemaster may be requested
      • Notification to sports and activity directors
    • Second Offense:
      • 3 days of Extended Day Detention
      • $100.00 fine in the form of a “ticket”
      • Mandatory participation in a Smoking Cessation Program run by the accredited school nurse
      • Social Probation for a period of 6 weeks
      • Parental conference will be mandatory
      • Notification to sports and activity directors
    • Third Offense:
      • 3 day Out-of-School Suspension
      • $100.00 fine in the form of a “ticket”
      • Indefinite Social Probation
      • Mandatory meeting with administrators and parents
      • Notification to sports and activity directors

    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.

    Student Travel

    All student trips, which include late night, overnight, or out-of-state travel, must have prior approval of the School Committee. If fundraising activities are planned to raise money for such trips, approval by the School Committee is required. The School Committee will also consider the educational value of the trip in relation to the cost, prior to granting approval. Overnight trips should offer significant educational benefits to students that clearly justify the time and expense of the trip. Such trips should be appropriate for the grade level.

    Teachers and other school staff are prohibited from soliciting privately run trips through the school system and in the schools. The School Committee will only “review for approval” school-sanctioned trips. The School Committee will not review or approve trips that are privately organized and run without school sanctioning.

    Transportation

    The use of vans or private automobiles for trips planned to include late night or overnight student travel is prohibited. Late night or overnight trips will use commercial motor coaches or transportation provided through the Braintree Public Schools.

    Trips planned to include late night or overnight student travel will include a pre-trip check of companies, drivers, and vehicles. CORI checks will be conducted in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 71, section 38R.

    The Superintendent or designee will ensure that the selected carrier is licensed for passenger transportation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The district will not contract with any carrier that has a safety rating of “conditional” or “unsatisfactory”. FMCSA ratings are available at http://www.safersys.org/.

    The contract with the carrier will prohibit the use of subcontractors unless sufficient notice is given to the district that allows verification of the subcontractor’s qualifications.

    Trip Scheduling

    Overnight accommodations should be made in advance with student safety and security in mind. Whenever possible, trip schedulers should avoid planning student travel between the hours of midnight and 6:00 AM, due to the increased risk of vehicular accidents during this time period.

    Whenever possible, overnight trips should be scheduled on weekends or during school vacations to minimize lost classroom time. Non-academic field trips are considered “optional school programs” and do not count toward meeting structured learning time requirements. (Refer to the Massachusetts Department of Education publication Student Learning Time Regulations Guide)

    Trip itineraries must leave enough time for drivers to rest in conformity with federal hour-of-service requirements and common sense.

    Trip scheduling should take into account the likelihood of delays due to weather, traffic, stragglers, and other unanticipated factors.

    The school will provide the appropriate substitute coverage for any students not participating in the school sponsored trip.

    Wellness Policies on Physical Activity and Nutrition

    In 2010, Congress passed the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act, the federal law funding school “nutrition programs.” The law requires all school districts receiving federal funds for school meals to establish a wellness policy.

    The health and well-being of the children in Braintree Public Schools have traditionally been addressed in several ways. The Braintree Public Schools Strategic Plan for 2010-2015 includes the belief that “Students should acquire the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to achieve and maintain optimum health and lifelong fitness.” Similarly, the Massachusetts Curriculum Health Framework Core Concept addresses wellness through health literacy, self-management skills, and health promotion. Comprehensive health education teaches fundamental health concepts, promotes habits and conduct that enhance health and wellness, and guides efforts to build healthy families, relationships, schools and communities. The goals of BPS Strategic Plan and the Health Curriculum Framework are central to the development of the Braintree Public Schools Wellness Policy.

    This policy has been developed to meet the requirement and is based on the following:

    • Children need access to healthful foods and opportunities to be physically active in order to grow, learn, and thrive;
    • Children need to understand the implication of healthy habits for self and society;
    • Good health fosters student attendance and education;
    • Obesity rates have doubled in children and tripled in adolescents over the last two decades, and physical inactivity and excessive calorie intake are the predominant causes of obesity;
    • Heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes are responsible for two-thirds of deaths in the United States, and major risk factors for those diseases, including unhealthy eating habits, physical inactivity, and obesity, often are established in childhood;

    The Braintree Public School District is committed to providing school environments that promote and protect children’s health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity. Therefore, it is the policy of the Braintree Public School District that:

    • The Braintree Alliance for Safe and healthy Youth will engage students, parents, teachers, food service professionals, health professionals, and other interested community members in developing, implementing, monitoring, and reviewing this policy.
    • All students in grades K-12 will have opportunities, support, and encouragement to be physically active on a regular basis.
    • Foods and beverages sold or served at school will meet the nutrition recommendations of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, will comply with all State and Federal laws and will adhere to food safety and security guidelines.
    • A Registered Dietician will provide students with access to a variety of affordable, nutritious, and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students; will accommodate the religious, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the student body in meal planning; and will provide clean, safe, and pleasant settings.
    • All schools in our district will participate in available federal school meal programs, including the School Breakfast Program, and the National School Lunch Program. An afternoon snack program is available at Braintree High School.
    • Schools will provide nutrition education and physical education to foster lifelong habits of healthy eating and physical activity, and will establish linkages between health education and school meal programs, and with related community services.


    TO ACHIEVE THESE POLICY GOALS:

    Braintree Alliance for Safe and Healthy Youth

    The Braintree Alliance for Safe and Healthy Youth will develop, implement, monitor, review, and, as necessary, revise the district wellness policy.

    Nutritional Quality of Foods and Beverages Sold and Served on Campus School Meals

    Meals served through the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs will:

    • be appealing and attractive to children;
    • be served in clean and pleasant settings;
    • meet, at a minimum, nutrition requirements established by local, state, and federal statutes and regulations;
    • offer a variety of fruits and vegetables;
    • offer low fat and/or fat free milk daily; offer a variety of bread and bread products, including an assortment of whole grain bread products.

    Breakfast

    To ensure that all children have breakfast, either at home or at school, in order to meet their nutritional needs and enhance their ability to learn

    • Braintree Public Schools will operate the School Breakfast Program;
    • The Food Services Director will notify parents and students of the availability of the School Breakfast Program;
    • Schools will reinforce the importance of a healthy breakfast through newsletter articles, take-home materials, or other means provided from the food services department.

    Free and Reduced-Priced Meals

    The Director of Food Services will mail applications to all families each August. Braintree Public Schools will make every effort to eliminate any social stigma attached to, and prevent the overt identification of, students who are eligible for free and reduced-price school meals.

    Meal Times and Scheduling

    Braintree Public Schools:

    • will provide students with at least 10 minutes to eat after sitting down for breakfast and 20 minutes after sitting down for lunch (to the extent possible);
    • will schedule lunch periods between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.;
    • will not schedule tutoring, club, or organizational meetings or activities during mealtimes, unless students may eat during such activities;
    • to the extent possible, will schedule lunch periods in elementary schools to follow recess periods;
    • to the extent possible, will schedule physical education classes to be held before lunch or at least 20 minutes after the consumption of lunch.

    Qualifications of School Food Service Staff

    A Registered Dietician will administer the school meal program. As part of the school district’s responsibility to operate a food service program, we will provide continuing professional development for all nutrition professionals in schools. Staff development programs should include appropriate certification and/or training programs for the registered dietician, school nutrition managers, and cafeteria workers, according to their levels of responsibility.

    Sharing of Foods and Beverages

    Braintree Public School staff will discourage students from sharing their foods or beverages with one another during meal or snack times, given concerns about allergies and other restrictions on some children’s diets.

    Nutrition Information

    For all food and food products made available on campus is readily available for review. The Food Services Department may review all food and beverage items sold or provided to students.

    À la carte and competitive foods

    In accordance with the Massachusetts School Nutrition Law, (http://www.malegislature.gov/Laws/SessionLaws/Acts/2010/Chapter197) all foods sold or provided to students outside of the National School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program (aka competitive foods, see definitions below) will meet the standards outlined below. The standards will apply from 30 minutes before the beginning of the school day to 30 minutes after the end of the school day, with the exception of vending machines which shall comply with these standards at all times.

    Competitive foods are defined as foods and beverages sold or provided in:

    • School cafeterias offered as à la carte items
    • School buildings, including classrooms and hallways
    • School stores
    • School snack bars
    • Vending machines (including the staff/faculty room)
    • Concession stands
    • Booster sales
    • Fundraising activities
    • School-sponsored or school-related events
    • Any other location on school property

    This applies to classroom incentives, classroom parties, celebrations (birthdays, holidays, etc.) during the school day including 30 minutes before the beginning of the school day to 30 minutes after the end of the school day. This does NOT apply to an individual’s snack or lunch for self consumption. Snacks or foods brought into the school building for distribution to multiple students must comply with the standards below. For more information about the standards contact the director of Food and Nutrition services Megan Ahrenholz (781) 380-0144 or mahrenholz@braintreema.gov.

    Beverages

    Food

    Juice

    • 100% fruit or vegetable juice;
    • no added sugar
    • Portion Limit: 4 oz (no calorie limit)

    Calories

    • No more than 200 calories per food item; except a la carte entrées which shall not exceed calories of comparable NSLP entrée items.

    Milk & Milk Substitutes

    • Must be 1% or Fat Free
    • 8 oz portion limit
    • Flavored milk & milk substitutes contain no more than 22 g sugar per 8 oz.

    Fat & Saturated Fat

    • No more than 35% of total calories from fat*
    • No more than 10% of total calories from saturated fat*
    • All foods to be trans fat free.
    • * Exceptions: 1 oz nuts, seeds, nut butters or reduced-fat cheese.

    Sugar

    • No more than 35% of total calories from sugar*
    • *Exceptions: 100% fruit w/ no added sugar; and non-fat or low-fat yogurt, including drinkable yogurt, w/no more than 30 g total sugar per 8 oz package

    Water

    • Contains no added sugar, sweeteners or artificial sweeteners, but may contain natural flavorings and/or carbonation.

    Sodium

    • No more than 200 mg sodium per item; except a la carte entrées which shall contain no more than 480 mg sodium per item.

    Grains

    • All bread and other grain-based products must be whole grain (i.e. whole grain should be listed first in the ingredient statement)

    Food & Beverages

    • No food/ beverage shall contain artificial sweeteners
    • No food/beverage shall contain more than trace amounts of caffeine
    • A packaged item may contain no more than one serving per package

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    Water

    To comply with the requirements of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 and the Massachusetts Act Relative to School Nutrition, water will be made available to all students during the school day without charge. Each Braintree Public School will have water fountains available for students to consume water. In schools which do not have a fountain inside or immediately outside the cafeteria, water will be provided in cups at no charge, as needed.

    Snacks

    Snacks sold or provided by any employee of Braintree Public Schools or other enrichment program from 30 minutes before the beginning of the school day to 30 minutes after the end of the school day will meet the nutrition standards outlined above. This includes classroom incentives, classroom parties and celebrations. It is not necessary to involve food to reward a class or student. Braintree Public School wants to be consistent in promoting a healthy environment, implementing the standards during the entire school day prevents sending mix messages.

    Schools will assess if and when to offer time for snack consumption based on timing of school meals, children’s nutritional needs, children’s ages, and other considerations. At the beginning of the school year the district will disseminate an “A-List” of healthful snack items to teachers, after-school program personnel, and parents/guardians. The “A-List” is a list of products that meet the Massachusetts Action for Healthy Kids’ and Massachusetts Competitive Food and Beverage Standards. The list will include suggestions for snacks that will make a positive contribution to children’s diets and health, with an emphasis on serving fruits and vegetables as the primary snacks and water as the primary beverage. The “A-List” will be available on the Braintree Public Schools website under the School Lunch Program link, in all school cafeterias, and on all individual schools websites.

    Food Safety and Food Security

    All foods made available through the food services department will comply with state and local food safety and sanitation regulations. Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plans and guidelines are implemented to prevent food borne illness in schools. For the safety and security of the food and facility, access to the food services operations area are limited to Food Services Staff and authorized personnel.

    Nutrition and Physical Activity Promotion

    The Braintree Public School District aims to teach, encourage, and support healthy eating by students through:

    • nutrition education will be integrated into the physical education, and health education curriculum;
    • promoting fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, low-fat and fat-free dairy products, healthy food preparation methods, and health-enhancing nutrition practices;
    • emphasizing caloric balance between food intake and energy expenditure (physical activity/exercise);
    • linking with school meal programs, other school foods, and nutrition-related community services;
    • Promotion of media literacy in nutrition.

    Integrating Physical Activity into the Classroom Setting

    Students need opportunities for physical activity beyond physical education class. Toward that end:

    • classroom health education will complement physical education by reinforcing the knowledge and self-management skills needed to maintain a physically-active lifestyle and to reduce time spent on sedentary activities, such as watching television;
    • opportunities for physical activity will be incorporated into other subject lessons as possible

    Communications with Parents

    The Braintree Public School district will support parents’/guardians’ efforts to provide a healthy diet and daily physical activity for their children. The Food Service director will provide nutrient analyses of school menus and will offer an explanation of the analysis upon request.

    The physical education department with permission from building principal will provide information about physical education and other school-based physical activity opportunities before, during, and after the school day; and support parents’/guardians’ efforts to provide their children with opportunities to be physically active outside of school. Such supports will include sharing information about physical activity and physical education through school newsletters, or other take-home materials, special events, or physical education homework.

    Staff Wellness

    The Braintree Public School District highly values the health and well-being of every staff member. Staff members are encouraged to use the physical fitness centers located at Braintree High School, East Middle School and South Middle School before and/or after school hours.

    Physical Activity Opportunities and Physical Education

    Physical Education (P.E.) K-12

    All students in grades K-12, including students with disabilities, special health-care needs, and in alternative educational programs, will participate in physical education classes equivalent to:

    • Kindergarten - One 30 minute period per week
    • Full Day Kindergarten - Two 30 minute periods per week
    • Grades 1 & 2 Two 30 minute periods per week
    • Grades 3 & 4 Two 35 minute periods per week
    • Grade 5 Two 40 minute periods per week
    • Grades 6 – 8 Three 45 minutes periods per six day cycle
    • Grades 9 –12 Two 49 minute periods per seven day cycle

    A certified physical education teacher will teach all physical education classes. Physical education classes will be an environment where students learn, practice and are assessed on developmentally appropriate motor skills, social skills and knowledge. Physical education classes will include instruction in individual activities as well as competitive and non-competitive team sports to encourage life-long physical activity. Adequate equipment will be available for all students to participate in physical education classes. Physical activity facilities on school grounds will be safe. Physical education classes will provide a physical and social environment that encourages safe and enjoyable activities for all students. In collaboration with the nursing department Body Mass Index (BMI) results will be sent home to students in grades 1, 4, 7 and 10 in the fall informing parents/guardians of their child’s height, weight, body mass index, and 4th grade students will receive a Fitnessgram profile. Information will be provided to families to help them incorporate physical activity into their lives through the individual school newsletters.

    Daily Recess

    All elementary school students will have daily-supervised recess, preferably outdoors, during which schools should encourage, verbally and through the provision of space and equipment, moderate to vigorous physical activity. To the extent possible, schools will endeavor to schedule recess prior to lunch since research indicated that physical activity prior to lunch can increase the nutrient intake and reduce food waste.

    Physical Activity Opportunities Before and After School

    The middle and high schools will offer extracurricular physical activity programs, such as physical activity clubs or intramural programs. The high school, and middle schools as appropriate, will offer interscholastic sports programs. Braintree Public Schools will offer a range of activities that meet the needs, interests, and abilities of all students, including boys, girls, students with disabilities, and students with special health-care needs.

    Use of School Facilities Outside of School Hours

    The Braintree Public School facilities are available to community agencies and organizations after the school day, on weekends, and during school vacations. Any school employees, person, groups or organization that uses BPS facilities and plans to serve food must submit a temporary food permit application along with a building permit, not later than one week prior to the event. In addition, all bake sales will follow the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Braintree Board of Health regulations as described in M.G.L. c.94, s1. Contact the building principal to obtain a building permit, a temporary food permit application and for information on rental of facilities.

    Other School Based Activities

    Support for health of all students is demonstrated by:

    • in accordance with Massachusetts State Regulations, 105 CMR 2000.000, health screenings will be conducted as follows:
      • Hearing screening – will occur in the year of school entry and annually through grade 3 (or by age 9 in the case of ungraded classrooms), once in grades 6 through 8 (ages 12 through 14 in the case of ungraded classrooms), and once in grades 9 through 12 (ages 15 through 18 in the case of ungraded classrooms);
      • Vision screening - will occur in the year of school entry and annually through grade 5 (or by age 9 in the case of ungraded classrooms), once in grades 6 through 8 (ages 12 through 14 in the case of ungraded classrooms), and once in grades 9 through 12 (ages 15 through 18 in the case of ungraded classrooms);
      • Postural screening – will occur annually in grades 5 through 9 (ages 11-15 in the case of ungraded classrooms);
      • Height, Weight and BMI (Body Mass Index) screening will occur in grades 1, 4, 7 and 10. Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidelines are followed during all health screenings;
    • to the extent possible, an annual health fair for grade 11;
    • assisting children who do not have health insurance by linking parents with Mass Health or the Children’s Medical Security Plan.

    Monitoring and Policy Review

    The superintendent or designee will ensure compliance with this district-wide wellness policy. In each school, the principal or designee will ensure compliance with those policies in his/her school and will report on the school’s compliance to the school district superintendent or designee.

    School food service staff, at the school or district level, will ensure compliance with nutrition policies within school food service areas and will report on this matter to the business manager.

    The Physical Education Director will monitor compliance with the physical activity portion of the policy.

    The superintendent or designee will develop a summary report every three years on district-wide compliance with the district’s established nutrition and physical activity wellness policies, based on input from schools within the district. That report will be provided to the school board and also distributed to all school improvement councils as well as the Braintree Alliance for Safe and Healthy Youth, parent/teacher organizations, school principals, and school health services personnel in the district.

    Every three years, the school district will review the wellness policy including the nutrition and physical education policies and program elements. The district will, as necessary, revise the wellness policy and develop work plans to facilitate their implementation.

    Revised by Braintree School Committee June 17, 2013

    In 2010, Congress passed the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act, the federal law funding school “nutrition programs.” The law requires all school districts receiving federal funds for school meals to establish a wellness policy.

    The health and well-being of the children in Braintree Public Schools have traditionally been addressed in several ways. The Braintree Public Schools Strategic Plan for 2010-2015 includes the belief that “Students should acquire the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to achieve and maintain optimum health and lifelong fitness.” Similarly, the Massachusetts Curriculum Health Framework Core Concept addresses wellness through health literacy, self-management skills, and health promotion. Comprehensive health education teaches fundamental health concepts, promotes habits and conduct that enhance health and wellness, and guides efforts to build healthy families, relationships, schools and communities. The goals of BPS Strategic Plan and the Health Curriculum Framework are central to the development of the Braintree Public Schools Wellness Policy.

    This policy has been developed to meet the requirement and is based on the following:

    • Children need access to healthful foods and opportunities to be physically active in order to grow, learn, and thrive;
    • Children need to understand the implication of healthy habits for self and society;
    • Good health fosters student attendance and education;
    • Obesity rates have doubled in children and tripled in adolescents over the last two decades, and physical inactivity and excessive calorie intake are the predominant causes of obesity;
    • Heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes are responsible for two-thirds of deaths in the United States, and major risk factors for those diseases, including unhealthy eating habits, physical inactivity, and obesity, often are established in childhood;

    The Braintree Public School District is committed to providing school environments that promote and protect children’s health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity. Therefore, it is the policy of the Braintree Public School District that:

    • The Braintree Alliance for Safe and healthy Youth will engage students, parents, teachers, food service professionals, health professionals, and other interested community members in developing, implementing, monitoring, and reviewing this policy.
    • All students in grades K-12 will have opportunities, support, and encouragement to be physically active on a regular basis.
    • Foods and beverages sold or served at school will meet the nutrition recommendations of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, will comply with all State and Federal laws and will adhere to food safety and security guidelines.
    • A Registered Dietician will provide students with access to a variety of affordable, nutritious, and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students; will accommodate the religious, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the student body in meal planning; and will provide clean, safe, and pleasant settings.
    • All schools in our district will participate in available federal school meal programs, including the School Breakfast Program, and the National School Lunch Program. An afternoon snack program is available at Braintree High School.
    • Schools will provide nutrition education and physical education to foster lifelong habits of healthy eating and physical activity, and will establish linkages between health education and school meal programs, and with related community services.

    TO ACHIEVE THESE POLICY GOALS:

    Braintree Alliance for Safe and Healthy Youth

    The Braintree Alliance for Safe and Healthy Youth will develop, implement, monitor, review, and, as necessary, revise the district wellness policy.

    Nutritional Quality of Foods and Beverages Sold and Served on Campus School Meals

    Meals served through the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs will:

    ●be appealing and attractive to children;

    ●be served in clean and pleasant settings;

    ●meet, at a minimum, nutrition requirements established by local, state, and federal statutes and regulations;

    ●offer a variety of fruits and vegetables;

    ● offer low fat and/or fat free milk daily; offer a variety of bread and bread products, including an assortment of whole grain bread products.

    Breakfast. To ensure that all children have breakfast, either at home or at school, in order to meet their nutritional needs and enhance their ability to learn:
    Braintree Public Schools will operate the School Breakfast Program;

    ●The Food Services Director will notify parents and students of the availability of the School Breakfast Program;

    ●Schools will reinforce the importance of a healthy breakfast through newsletter articles, take-home materials, or other means provided from the food services department.

    Free and Reduced-priced Meals. The Director of Food Services will mail applications to all families each August. Braintree Public Schools will make every effort to eliminate any social stigma attached to, and prevent the overt identification of, students who are eligible for free and reduced-price school meals.

    Meal Times and Scheduling. Braintree Public Schools:
    will provide students with at least 10 minutes to eat after sitting down for breakfast and 20 minutes after sitting down for lunch (to the extent possible);

    ●will schedule lunch periods between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.;

    ●will not schedule tutoring, club, or organizational meetings or activities during mealtimes, unless students may eat during such activities;

    ●to the extent possible, will schedule lunch periods in elementary schools to follow recess periods;

    ●to the extent possible, will schedule physical education classes to be held before lunch or at least 20 minutes after the consumption of lunch.

    Qualifications of School Food Service Staff. A Registered Dietician will administer the school meal program. As part of the school district’s responsibility to operate a food service program, we will provide continuing professional development for all nutrition professionals in schools. Staff development programs should include appropriate certification and/or training programs for the registered dietician, school nutrition managers, and cafeteria workers, according to their levels of responsibility.

    Sharing of Foods and Beverages. Braintree Public School staff will discourage students from sharing their foods or beverages with one another during meal or snack times, given concerns about allergies and other restrictions on some children’s diets.

    Nutrition information. For all food and food products made available on campus is readily available for review. The Food Services Department may review all food and beverage items sold or provided to students.


    À la carte and competitive foods. In accordance with the Massachusetts School Nutrition Law, (http://www.malegislature.gov/Laws/SessionLaws/Acts/2010/Chapter197) all foods sold or provided to students outside of the National School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program (aka competitive foods, see definitions below) will meet the standards outlined below. The standards will apply from 30 minutes before the beginning of the school day to 30 minutes after the end of the school day, with the exception of vending machines which shall comply with these standards at all times.

    Competitive foods are defined as foods and beverages sold or provided in:

    ●School cafeterias offered as à la carte items

    ●School buildings, including classrooms and hallways

    ●School stores

    ●School snack bars

    ●Vending machines (including the staff/faculty room)

    ●Concession stands

    ●Booster sales

    ●Fundraising activities

    ●School-sponsored or school-related events

    ●Any other location on school property

    This applies to classroom incentives, classroom parties, celebrations (birthdays, holidays, etc.) during the school day including 30 minutes before the beginning of the school day to 30 minutes after the end of the school day. This does NOT apply to an individual’s snack or lunch for self consumption. Snacks or foods brought into the school building for distribution to multiple students must comply with the standards below. For more information about the standards contact the director of Food and Nutrition services Megan Ahrenholz (781) 380-0144 or mahrenholz@braintreema.gov.

    Beverages

    Food

    Juice

    100% fruit or vegetable juice; no added sugar

    Portion Limit: 4 oz (no calorie limit)

    Calories

    No more than 200 calories per food item; except a la carte entrées which shall not exceed calories of comparable NSLP entrée items.

    Milk & Milk Substitutes

    Must be 1% or Fat Free

    8 oz portion limit

    Flavored milk & milk substitutes contain no more than 22 g sugar per 8 oz.

    Fat & Saturated Fat

    No more than 35% of total calories from fat*

    No more than 10% of total calories from saturated fat*

    All foods to be trans fat free.

    * Exceptions: 1 oz nuts, seeds, nut butters or reduced-fat cheese.

    Sugar

    No more than 35% of total calories from sugar*

    *Exceptions: 100% fruit w/ no added sugar; and non-fat or low-fat yogurt, including drinkable yogurt, w/no more than 30 g total sugar per 8 oz package

    Water

    Contains no added sugar, sweeteners or artificial sweeteners, but may contain natural flavorings and/or carbonation.

    Sodium

    No more than 200 mg sodium per item; except a la carte entrées which shall contain no more than 480 mg sodium per item.

    Grains

    All bread and other grain-based products must be whole grain (i.e. whole grain should be listed first in the ingredient statement)

    Food & Beverages

    ●No food/ beverage shall contain artificial sweeteners

    ●No food/beverage shall contain more than trace amounts of caffeine

    ●A packaged item may contain no more than one serving per package

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    Water

    To comply with the requirements of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 and the Massachusetts Act Relative to School Nutrition, water will be made available to all students during the school day without charge. Each Braintree Public School will have water fountains available for students to consume water. In schools which do not have a fountain inside or immediately outside the cafeteria, water will be provided in cups at no charge, as needed.

    Snacks

    Snacks sold or provided by any employee of Braintree Public Schools or other enrichment program from 30 minutes before the beginning of the school day to 30 minutes after the end of the school day will meet the nutrition standards outlined above. This includes classroom incentives, classroom parties and celebrations. It is not necessary to involve food to reward a class or student. Braintree Public School wants to be consistent in promoting a healthy environment, implementing the standards during the entire school day prevents sending mix messages.

    Schools will assess if and when to offer time for snack consumption based on timing of school meals, children’s nutritional needs, children’s ages, and other considerations. At the beginning of the school year the district will disseminate an “A-List” of healthful snack items to teachers, after-school program personnel, and parents/guardians. The “A-List” is a list of products that meet the Massachusetts Action for Healthy Kids’ and Massachusetts Competitive Food and Beverage Standards. The list will include suggestions for snacks that will make a positive contribution to children’s diets and health, with an emphasis on serving fruits and vegetables as the primary snacks and water as the primary beverage. The “A-List” will be available on the Braintree Public Schools website under the School Lunch Program link, in all school cafeterias, and on all individual schools websites.

    Food Safety and Food Security. All foods made available through the food services department will comply with state and local food safety and sanitation regulations. Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plans and guidelines are implemented to prevent food borne illness in schools. For the safety and security of the food and facility, access to the food services operations area are limited to Food Services Staff and authorized personnel.

    III. Nutrition and Physical Activity Promotion

    Nutrition Education and Promotion. The Braintree Public School District aims to teach, encourage, and support healthy eating by students through:

    ●nutrition education will be integrated into the physical education, and health education curriculum;

    ●promoting fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, low-fat and fat-free dairy products, healthy food preparation methods, and health-enhancing nutrition practices;

    ●emphasizing caloric balance between food intake and energy expenditure (physical activity/exercise);

    ●linking with school meal programs, other school foods, and nutrition-related community services;

    ●Promotion of media literacy in nutrition.

    Integrating Physical Activity into the Classroom Setting. Students need opportunities for physical activity beyond physical education class. Toward that end:

    ●classroom health education will complement physical education by reinforcing the knowledge and self-management skills needed to maintain a physically-active lifestyle and to reduce time spent on sedentary activities, such as watching television;

    ●opportunities for physical activity will be incorporated into other subject lessons as possible

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    Communications with Parents. The Braintree Public School district will support parents’/guardians’ efforts to provide a healthy diet and daily physical activity for their children. The Food Service director will provide nutrient analyses of school menus and will offer an explanation of the analysis upon request.

    The physical education department with permission from building principal will provide information about physical education and other school-based physical activity opportunities before, during, and after the school day; and support parents’/guardians’ efforts to provide their children with opportunities to be physically active outside of school. Such supports will include sharing information about physical activity and physical education through school newsletters, or other take-home materials, special events, or physical education homework.

    Staff Wellness. The Braintree Public School District highly values the health and well-being of every staff member. Staff members are encouraged to use the physical fitness centers located at Braintree High School, East Middle School and South Middle School before and/or after school hours.

    IV. Physical Activity Opportunities and Physical Education

    Physical Education (P.E.) K-12. All students in grades K-12, including students with disabilities, special health-care needs, and in alternative educational programs, will participate in physical education classes equivalent to:

    ●Kindergarten - One 30 minute period per week

    ●Full Day Kindergarten - Two 30 minute periods per week

    ●Grades 1 & 2 Two 30 minute periods per week

    ●Grades 3 & 4 Two 35 minute periods per week

    ●Grade 5 Two 40 minute periods per week

    ●Grades 6 – 8 Three 45 minutes periods per six day cycle

    ●Grades 9 –12 Two 49 minute periods per seven day cycle

    A certified physical education teacher will teach all physical education classes. Physical education classes will be an environment where students learn, practice and are assessed on developmentally appropriate motor skills, social skills and knowledge. Physical education classes will include instruction in individual activities as well as competitive and non-competitive team sports to encourage life-long physical activity. Adequate equipment will be available for all students to participate in physical education classes. Physical activity facilities on school grounds will be safe. Physical education classes will provide a physical and social environment that encourages safe and enjoyable activities for all students. In collaboration with the nursing department Body Mass Index (BMI) results will be sent home to students in grades 1, 4, 7 and 10 in the fall informing parents/guardians of their child’s height, weight, body mass index, and 4th grade students will receive a Fitnessgram profile. Information will be provided to families to help them incorporate physical activity into their lives through the individual school newsletters.

    Daily Recess. All elementary school students will have daily-supervised recess, preferably outdoors, during which schools should encourage, verbally and through the provision of space and equipment, moderate to vigorous physical activity. To the extent possible, schools will endeavor to schedule recess prior to lunch since research indicated that physical activity prior to lunch can increase the nutrient intake and reduce food waste.

    Physical Activity Opportunities Before and After School. The middle and high schools will offer extracurricular physical activity programs, such as physical activity clubs or intramural programs. The high school, and middle schools as appropriate, will offer interscholastic sports programs. Braintree Public Schools will offer a range of activities that meet the needs, interests, and abilities of all students, including boys, girls, students with disabilities, and students with special health-care needs.

    Use of School Facilities Outside of School Hours. The Braintree Public School facilities are available to community agencies and organizations after the school day, on weekends, and during school vacations. Any school employees, person, groups or organization that uses BPS facilities and plans to serve food must submit a temporary food permit application along with a building permit, not later than one week prior to the event. In addition, all bake sales will follow the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Braintree Board of Health regulations as described in M.G.L. c.94, s1. Contact the building principal to obtain a building permit, a temporary food permit application and for information on rental of facilities.

    Other School Based Activities. Support for health of all students is demonstrated by:

    ●in accordance with Massachusetts State Regulations, 105 CMR 2000.000, health screenings will be conducted as follows:

    a.Hearing screening – will occur in the year of school entry and annually through grade 3 (or by age 9 in the case of ungraded classrooms), once in grades 6 through 8 (ages 12 through 14 in the case of ungraded classrooms), and once in grades 9 through 12 (ages 15 through 18 in the case of ungraded classrooms);


    b.Vision screening - will occur in the year of school entry and annually through grade 5 (or by age 9 in the case of ungraded classrooms), once in grades 6 through 8 (ages 12 through 14 in the case of ungraded classrooms), and once in grades 9 through 12 (ages 15 through 18 in the case of ungraded classrooms);

    c.Postural screening – will occur annually in grades 5 through 9 (ages 11-15 in the case of ungraded classrooms);

    d.Height, Weight and BMI (Body Mass Index) screening will occur in grades 1, 4, 7 and 10. Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidelines are followed during all health screenings;

    ●to the extent possible, an annual health fair for grade 11;

    ●assisting children who do not have health insurance by linking parents with Mass Health or the Children’s Medical Security Plan.

    V. Monitoring and Policy Review

    Monitoring and Review. The superintendent or designee will ensure compliance with this district-wide wellness policy. In each school, the principal or designee will ensure compliance with those policies in his/her school and will report on the school’s compliance to the school district superintendent or designee.

    School food service staff, at the school or district level, will ensure compliance with nutrition policies within school food service areas and will report on this matter to the business manager.

    The Physical Education Director will monitor compliance with the physical activity portion of the policy.

    The superintendent or designee will develop a summary report every three years on district-wide compliance with the district’s established nutrition and physical activity wellness policies, based on input from schools within the district. That report will be provided to the school board and also distributed to all school improvement councils as well as the Braintree Alliance for Safe and Healthy Youth, parent/teacher organizations, school principals, and school health services personnel in the district.

    Every three years, the school district will review the wellness policy including the nutrition and physical education policies and program elements. The district will, as necessary, revise the wellness policy and develop work plans to facilitate their implementation.

    Revised by Braintree School Committee June 17, 2013