Bourne Middle School - Bourne Public Schools

Bourne Middle School - Bourne Public Schools
Bourne Middle School
STUDENT HANDBOOK GRADES 5-8
2016-2017
Bourne Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity,
religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or homelessness
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Preface
Bourne School Committee
The Bourne School Committee meets the first Wednesday of the month at 7pm, unless otherwise noted.
Please check the Town of Bourne Calendar for the most up to date location and times.
Members
Chairperson
MS. Ann Marie Siroonian
Vice Chairperson
Mr. Mitch McClain
Secretary
Ms. Erika Fitzpatrick
Members
Ms. Judith Froman
Mr. Christopher Hyldburg
Ms. Natasha Scarpato
Ms. Ronda Tobey
BPS Administration Contact Information
Office of the Superintendent and Directors………………………………………………………..508.759.0660
Steven Lamarche, Superintendent Susan Sleasman, Assistant Superintendent, Edward Donoghue,
Director of Business Services, Melissa Coelho, Administrative Assistant
Christina Stuart, Director of Special Education and Student Services....................508.759.0673
Bourne High School…………………………………………………………………………………………….508.759.0670
Amy Cetner, Principal
Jordan Geist, Assistant Principal
Bourne Middle School………………………………………………………………………………………..508.759.0690
Melissa Ryan, Principal
David Lundell, Assistant Principal
Peebles Elementary School…………………………………………………………………………………508.759.0680
Jane Norton, Principal
Bournedale Elementary School…………………………………………………………………………..508.743.3800
Elizabeth Carpenito, Principal
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Bourne Public Schools Mission Statement
The Bourne Public Schools is committed to connecting individuals to their growth potential;
engaging the community in ways to facilitate student achievement; guaranteeing a relevant, viable
curriculum; and assuring universal accountability that supports the maximum academic potential
and civic success of all students.
Bourne Public Schools Vision Statement
We are committed to fostering a community where each and every student of Bourne Public
Schools graduates with the knowledge, habits and skills to collaborate effectively as our diverse
society evolves. The Town of Bourne continually empowers students and staff to achieve personal
goals and demonstrate life-long learning.
Bourne Public Schools Civil Rights Laws/District Coordinator Information
All programs, activities and employment opportunities provided by the Bourne Public Schools are
offered without regard to race, color, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or
disability. Questions regarding implementation of these practices should be addressed to the
appropriate coordinator listed below:
Title VI: Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Prohibits discrimination, exclusion from participation, and
denial of benefits based on race, color or national origin in programs or activities receiving federal
financial assistance. Title VI is codified at 42 U.S.C. 2000d et seq.; regulations have been promulgated
under it in the Code of Federal Regulations at 34 CFR Part 100 (available at
http://www.ed.gov/policy/rights!reg/ocr/edlite-34cfr100.html)
Coordinators
Steven Lamarche
Superintendent
36 Sandwich Road
Bourne, MA 02532
508.759.0660
slamarche@bourneps.org
Susan Sleasman
Assistant Superintendent
36 Sandwich Road
Bourne, MA 02532
508.759.0660
ssleasman@bourneps.org
Section 504: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Prohibits discrimination, exclusion from participation, and denial of benefits based on disability in
programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance. Section 504 is codified at 29 U.S.C. 794;
regulations have been promulgated under it at 34 CFR Part 104 (available at
http://www.ed.gov/policy/rights/reg/ocr/edlite-34cfr104.html).
Coordinator
Susan Sleasman
Assistant Superintendent
36 Sandwich Road Bourne,
MA 02532 508.759.0660
ssleasman@bourneps.org
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Title IX: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
Prohibits discrimination, exclusion from participation, and denial of benefits based on sex in educational
programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. Title IX is codified at 20 U.S.C. 1681 et seq.;
regulations have been promulgated under it at 34 CFR Part 106 (available at
http://www.ed.gov/policy/righis/reg/ocr/edlite-34cfrl06.html).
Coordinators
Steven Lamarche
Superintendent
36 Sandwich Road
Bourne, MA 02532
508.759.0660
slamarche@bourneps.org
Susan Sleasman
Assistant Superintendent
36 Sandwich Road
Bourne, MA 02532
508.759.0660
ssleasman@bourneps.org
IDEA 2004: the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004
Governs special education. Most of IDEA 2004 is codified at 20 U.S.C. 1400 et seq.; regulations have
been promulgated under it at 34 CFR 300 (available at
http://www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/finrule/2006-3/081406a.html), effective October 13, 2006.
Coordinator
Christina Stuart
Director of Special Education and Student Services
75 Waterhouse Road Bourne, MA 02532
cstuart@bourneps.org
508.759.0673
Title 11: Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
Prohibits discrimination, exclusion from participation, and denial of benefits on the basis of disability in
public entities. Title II is codified at 42 U.S.C. 12131 et seq.; regulations have been promulgated under it
at 28 CFR Part 35 (available at http://www.ed.gov/policy/rights/reg/ocr/edlite-28cfr35.html) .
Coordinator, Christina Stuart
Director of Special Education and Student Services
75 Waterhouse Road Bourne, MA 02532
cstuart@bourneps.org/508.759.0673
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, reauthorized in December 2001
Part of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, ensures educational rights and protections for children and
youth experiencing homelessness and requires school districts to adapt to a new set of requirements
regarding the education of this needy at-risk population. Information on this act is available in the
Massachusetts Department of Education’s Homeless Education Advisories at
http://www.doe.mass.edu/mv/haa
Coordinator
Susan Sleasman
Assistant Superintendent
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36 Sandwich Road Bourne,
MA 02532 508.759.0660
ssleasman@bourneps.org
Transportation
Sue Downing
Transportation Director
75 Waterhouse Rd Bourne, MA 02532
508.759.670
sdowning@bourneps.org
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I. Bourne Middle School Expectations
Interdisciplinary Team Organization
Bourne students will be transitioning from their elementary school to a community middle school. As
your student progresses from a primary classroom with, often, the same teacher and classmates to a
school where they will experience many different teachers and classmates, a commitment must be
made to ensure success for everyone. A critical component of this transition is creating an opportunity
for every student to believe that he/she fits in and is building constructive connections with adults and
peers. As a staff, our efforts must concentrate on methods to alleviate all feelings of isolation and
segregation; therefore, teams of teachers and students have been established to promote success for
every student and teacher.
Bourne Middle School uses the middle school teaming approach to promote constructive social
interactions among students and to facilitate the potential for teachers to generate exceptional
academic goals by making meaningful connections across disciplines of study. Teams at each grade level
are structured to progressively move from the primary model of one teacher for multiple subjects to the
secondary model of one teacher for each subject. Teams are structured as follows:
Grade 5: two teachers per team; one for math and science and the other for English language
Arts and social studies
Grade 6: two teachers per team; one for math and science and the other for English language
Arts and social studies
Grade 7: 4 teachers per team; one for each subject (math, English language arts, science, and
social studies
Grade 8: 4 teachers per team; one for each subject (math, English language arts, science, and
social studies
Young adolescents and teachers benefit from the team organization at the middle school in several
ways:
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Students have a better sense of belonging and familiarity with classmates and teachers; they can
identify with a special membership on their team, participate in team activities, and have the
assurance of connectedness with teachers.
Students are recognized more frequently for their efforts as members of the team as well as for
their personal academic accomplishments because teachers and classmates are able to get to know
them and appreciate their accomplishments more quickly in the smaller circle of the team
environment.
A middle school student’s educational experience is much more coherent under the interdisciplinary
team organization. Teachers on the team are working toward the same general purpose and specific
goals for their students; when student expectations and classroom discipline are consistent,
students are successful.
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Scheduling Cycle
The Bourne Middle School schedule has been organized into seven periods of class each day. Students
will experience two rotations in their weekly schedule, a seven-day/six period rotation with a 1/2/3 class
rotation (exhibit 1.0). All students will have five classes that meet every day (math, English language
arts, science, social studies, and Seminar). The sixth class period for students in grades 5-7 will be an
Unified Arts class. Unified Arts classes meet every day for a quarter. Unified Arts classes include Digital
Literacy, Coding, Art, and Engineering Technology. Students in grade 8 will be scheduled for either a
World Language (French or Spanish ) or Title Math and/or Reading for their sixth class period. The
seventh class period for all students will be Health/Music/Physical Education, meeting every third day.
II. Attending School
Proof of Residency
RESIDENCY
In order to attend Bourne Public Schools, a student must actually reside in the Town of Bourne.
"Residence" is the place where a person dwells permanently, not temporarily, and is the place that
is the center of his or her domestic, social, and civic life. Proof of residency is needed for student
acceptance into the Bourne Public Schools. Temporary residence in the Town of Bourne, solely for
the purpose of attending a Bourne public school, shall not be considered residency.
The residence of a minor child is presumed to be the legal residence of the parent(s) or
guardian(s) who have physical custody of the child. Any student 18 years or older may establish
a residence apart from his or her parent(s) or guardian (&) for school attendance purposes.
RESIDENCY VERIFICATION
Families registering for the Bourne Public Schools or submitting a change of address must
demonstrate Bourne residency by presenting one document from each of three categories in
the following table:
A
B
C
Verification of Bourne
Address
Verification of Current
Residency at this Address
Verification of Identify
1. Dates with the past 60
days
2. Letter from approved
government/state
agency
A utility bill or work order
dated within the past 60
days, including:
1. Valid driver’s license
2. Valid vehicle
registration
A. Gas bill
B. Oil bill
3. Payroll stub
3. Valid Massachusetts
photo identification
card
C. Electric bill
4. Bank or credit card
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statement
5. Copy of Deed or record
of most recent
mortgage payment
D. Cellular/landline bill
4. Valid passport
E. Cable bill
5. A W-2 form dated
within the past year
6. Copy of lease and
record of most recent
rent payment
7. Legal affidavit from
landlord affirming
tenancy and record of
most recent payment
8. Section 8 agreement
6. Excise tax bill dated
within the past year
7. Property tax bill
dated within the
past 60 days
8. Letter from
approved
governmental/state
agency
9. Payroll stub
10. Band or credit card
statement
In order to verify residency, Bourne Public Schools reserves the right to request additional
documents and/or to conduct an investigation. Because residency can change for students and
their families during the school year, Bourne Public Schools may verify residency at any time.
All new applicants are required to present required proofs.
“Proof of Residency” does not apply to homeless students and families. Contact the
Transportation Coordinator at 508-759-0698 for assistance. If you are staying in a shelter,
bring a letter from the shelter staff stating that you are living there.
Insurance Coverage
Bourne Public School provides accidental insurance coverage for students who may be injured while
participating in interscholastic/intramural sports and physical education classes. The school district
and/or the Town of Bourne does not provide insurance coverage for any injury that may occur under
any other circumstance during the school day or school activity (i.e. playing during recess, utilizing
playground equipment).
School Calendar
BPS School Year Calendar- Please follow the link for the district calendar for information regarding
school opening, vacation days, holidays, in-service days, early release days, and report card dates.
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New 2016-2017 Bell Schedule and Rotation
8:06-8:50
(45)
Day 1
A
Seminar
Day 2
G
Music
8:52-9:36
(45)
B
Math
A
Seminar
Day 3
F
Engineering
Tech
G
Health
Day 4
E
Social Studies
Day 5
C
English
Day 6
B
Math
C
English
C
English
A
Seminar
B
Math
F
Engineering
Tech
G
P.E.
A
Seminar
9:38-10:22
(45)
10:24-11:08
(45)
C
English
D
Science
B
Math
C
English
E
Social Studies
F
Engineering
Tech
C
English
E
Social Studies
11:10-12:50
(100)
E
Social Studies
C
English
C
English
B
Math
Grade 5
LUNCH 11:10-11:30 (20)
RECESS 11:30-11:45 (15)
F
Engineering
Tech
CLASS 11:45-12:50 (65)
Grade 8
CLASS 11:10-11:30 (20)
LUNCH 11:30-12:00 (30)
CLASS 11:50-12:50 (50)
Grade 7
CLASS 11:10-12:00(50)
LUNCH 12:00-12:30 (30)
CLASS 12:30-12:50 (20)
Grade 6
CLASS 11:10-12:15 (65)
RECESS 12:15-12:30 (15)
LUNCH 12:30-12:50 (20)
12:52-1:36
(45)
1:38-2:22
(45)
F
Engineering
Tech
G
P.E.
G
Music
E
Social Studies
C
English
C
English
A
Seminar
G
Health
F
Engineering
Tech
E
Social Studies
C
English
B
Math
A
Seminar
School Cancellation
The BPS will utilize an Alert Now Emergency telephone system to communicate when school is
canceled or students are dismissed early. Please subscribe to E-News on our district website to
receive ongoing communication. In addition, parents, caregivers, students, and staff should stay
tuned to their radios and/or television for information regarding cancellation of school. Radio
stations, WXTK 95, WBZ 1030, as well as television channels 4 WBZ, 5 WCVB, 7 WHDH and 6 WFXT
will have delay and cancellation information.
Attendance Policy
Students must meet state laws and Bourne Public School requirements regarding attendance. State
school attendance laws require 180 days of school attendance. No more than 7 full days or 14 half
days of absence within a 6 month period are allowed for reasons such as personal illness (with a
doctor’s note or dismissal by the school nurse), death in family, family crisis, legal obligations, or
religious holidays. It is the policy of the Bourne Public Schools to enforce school attendance in
compliance with state law. Pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, ch. 76, §§1 & 2, Parents,
guardians and caregivers of children aged six to sixteen are obligated to send their children to
school unless otherwise provided by law. Absences are considered excused or unexcused. An
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absence will be considered unexcused unless permitted by law, School Committee policy and
procedures developed by the Superintendent.
Student Absence Notification Program
Absence Notes: When a student is absent, the parent must contact the main office in the morning.
On the day they return to school, students must submit a note from a parent/guardian and/or
appropriate documentation (i.e. doctor’s note) to the main office explaining the absence if the
absence meets the “exemption” criteria. Notes will be placed in the student’s.
Parent(s), guardians or caregivers will also be notified when a student who has at least five days in
which the student has missed two or more classes/periods (unexcused) or who has five or more
unexcused absences in the school year and a meeting will be scheduled with the building
Principal (or his/her designee), the Parent(s), Guardian or Caregiver and the student to develop an
action plan to improve the student’s attendance. Parents, guardians and caregivers are encouraged
to contact school staff and work collaboratively with them to correct the reasons that the student is
missing school.
Legal Ref: MGL c. 76 §§1, 1A, 1B & 2.
Arriving Late Procedures
Students are considered tardy to school if they do not report to their first period class by 8:00 AM.
Students are required to check in at the main office to receive a pass to class.
Early Dismissal Procedures
When students arrive in the morning, they must bring a note from parents/caregivers to the office that
includes the student’s full name, grade, the time to be dismissed, and the name of the person dismissing
him/her, the reason for dismissal, and a parent telephone number so that the dismissal may be verified.
Students will be called to the main office when the person dismissing him/her has arrived. The person
dismissing the student must sign the student out. An I.D. may be required of the person signing a
student out of the building. If there are any court decisions or documentation which restricts dismissal
to only certain identified adults, we need to receive a copy of this information. Adults who are
dismissing students must be listed on the student’s emergency card.
Clinical Dismissals: Only dismissals approved through the school nurse will be deemed “clinic
dismissal” and considered “exempted absences” from class. Students who are feeling ill are encouraged
to seek out the assistance of the school nurse. The school nurse will determine if a student should be
dismissed clinically and will notify the office of such dismissals.
Attendance Accommodations for Religious Holidays
Schools shall make reasonable efforts to accommodate the religious beliefs of students and staff
and Federal Law also mandates such accommodations. M.G.L. c. 151C, Section B.
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Guidelines for Participation in After School Functions or School Sponsored Activities
As with all extracurricular activities, students must be in attendance at school for the minimum
number of hours required by law to constitute a full day, approximately three hours and fifteen
minutes, in order to participate in either an after school function or a school sponsored activity.
Students who are suspended a full day of in-school or out-of-school on the day of a school
sponsored activity or after-school function will lose the privilege to participate. Legal Ref. MGL Ch.
272 Sec. 40A. Students dismissed by the school nurse for sickness or injury may not participate in
athletics after school.
Homeless Students: Enrollment Rights and Services
To the extent practical and as required by law, the Bourne School District will work with homeless
students and their families to provide stability in school attendance and other services. Special
attention will be given to ensuring the enrollment and attendance of homeless students not
currently attending school. Homeless students will be provided district services for which they are
eligible. (See Reference/ Addendum for Homeless Assistance contact information).
Meal Charge Protocol
The purpose of this protocol is to establish consistent meal account procedures throughout the
district. Unpaid charges place a financial strain on the food service department. The goals are:
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To treat all students with dignity in the serving line regarding meal accounts
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To support positive situations with district staff, district business policies, students
and parent/caregivers to the maximum extent possible
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To establish protocols that are age appropriate
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To encourage parent/caregivers to assume the responsibility of meal payments and to
promote self-responsibility of the student
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To establish a consistent district protocols regarding charges and collection of
charges.
Scope of Responsibility
The Food Service department: Responsible for maintaining charge records and notifying the
school district of outstanding balances.
The School District: Responsible for notifying the student’s parent/caregivers with written
documentation.
The Parent/Guardian: Immediate payment.
Administration
1. Student groups:
a) Elementary and Middle School students
a) will be allowed to charge a maximum of $10.00 (for the
reimbursable meal only).
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b) These meals will include only menu items part of the
reimbursable meal.
c) After the balance exceeds the threshold, the student may be
given a designated menu alternate1.
d) Sample: Cheese sandwich + veggie sticks + fruit + milk2
b) High school students: will be allowed to charge one meal.
2. No charges will be allowed for ala Carte foods and beverages.
3. Students with negative balances will be contacted by the district or the food service
department. This will be done either as a written letter, electronic e-mail, or phone call
to the household.
4. For departmental record-keeping, the district should be notified monthly of all
negative balances.
5. In the middle of May, all charging will be cut off:
a) Parents/Caregivers will be sent a written request for “Payment in Full”.
(The deposit requests will be mailed home.)
b) All charges not paid before the end of the school year will be carried
forward into the next school year.
c) Graduating seniors must pay all charges in full. Failure to do so may
result in not being allowed to participate in the graduation ceremonies.
6. If a financial hardship is suspected, families will be encouraged to apply for
free/reduced meals anytime during the school year.
7. As advised by the state agency, negative balances should not incur against the food
service revolving account.
III. Academic Information
Academic Integrity
Academic honesty is essential for the well-being of a school community. Bourne Public Schools
expects every student to be intellectually honest in the preparation of homework, class work,
projects, and lab reports, take home tests, essays, assessments, and other academic activities.
Effective evaluation of student work and instruction can only take place in an environment where
intellectual honesty is respected.
Students are expected to seek clarification from a staff member if they are uncertain about
requirements for any particular academic exercise. Students should constantly monitor their work
to assess its originality and seek explanation when they are uncertain. If a student is aware of a
violation of academic honesty, he/she is expected to communicate the knowledge both to the
person who has violated these standards and to a staff member. When a violation of academic
honesty is suspected, the individual instructor will discuss the matter confidentially with the
student.. If the determination is made that academic dishonesty did occur the teacher will
1
Designated Menu Alternate: Meets the nutritional qualifications of a reimbursable meal (2 oz meat/meat
alternate, at least one serving bread/grains, ½ cup serving fruits/vegetable, and 8 oz 1% fluid milk.)
2
Nutritional value of this sample menu: 565 calories, 25 grams protein, 2.5 mg iron, 700 mg. calcium, 890 IU
Vitamin A, 55 mg. Vitamin C.
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communicate the incident in writing to guidance, building administration, and parents/caregivers.
The consequence for academic dishonesty will include but is not limited to a zero for the
assignment. Additional consequences may include referral to National Honor Society/BLAST for
review of eligibility.
All members of our school community must address definitions of academic dishonesty. Students,
teachers, and families should all be concerned with the following:
Cheating: an act of deception, including giving and/or receiving information, by which a
student misrepresents that he or she has mastered information on an academic exercise
that he or she has not mastered.
Plagiarism: the presentation of words, concepts, sequence of ideas, graphs, or other visual
representations of others as one’s own. A student’s work that is not primarily his or her own
creation with copied, paraphrased, or summarized material without citation of sources is
considered plagiarism. Unintentional plagiarism is still plagiarism.
Grading System
Teachers create a class procedure for grading students. Procedures are based on departmental
objectives and standards of excellence. Teachers are expected to communicate their grading
process to parents and students so that all will understand the method that the teacher will use to
evaluate student work. Questions about how a grade was determined should be addressed to the
classroom teacher and/or the student’s guidance counselor. Grades are used for promotion, honor
roll, counseling, recommendations, and eligibility for extracurricular activities.
PowerSchool Access
PowerSchool Parent Portal is a tool that is integrated into the PowerSchool Student Information
System (SIS) that is specifically developed for parents and students.
PowerSchool Parent Portal gives parents and students access to real-time information including
attendance, grades and detailed assignment descriptions, school bulletins, lunch menus and
even personal messages from the teacher. Everyone stays connected: Students stay on top of
assignments, parents are able to participate more fully in their student's progress, and teachers
can use their grade book to make decisions on what information they want to share with
parents and students.
Please follow the instructions for access to the parent portal, as well as the quick reference
guide. If you have any questions, or have trouble accessing the portal, please contact Bourne
Middle School at 508-759-0690 and the office will be happy to assist you.
If you have questions about grades and/or assignments please email the teacher directly- just
click the teacher’s name and your email program will open.
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Homework
The Bourne School Committee endorses the assignment of meaningful homework to students to
reinforce skills, content or concepts taught in the classroom, to expand knowledge, or preview new
concepts. Assignments are expected to be of reasonable length and appropriate to the age level of
the student and the content being studied. Teachers are expected to review homework
assignments and provide feedback to students in a timely manner.
Testing Programs
The Bourne School Committee supports the use of testing as one method, among several, for
assessment of its goals relative to the achievement of students in the district’s schools. In addition
to the use of national standardized norm reference testing, statewide assessments will be
administered according to regulations set forth by the Massachusetts State Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education under Education Reform.
These tests will be used to help establish local achievement norms and provide longitudinal
assessments for graded groups as well as for individuals. In addition, they will be used to assess the
alignment of curriculum with the learning standards identified in Massachusetts State Curriculum
Frameworks for each subject area and the effectiveness of the delivery of instruction by teachers.
The data provided will be compared to national and state results to provide further evaluation and
give direction to the instructional program and aid in the development of educational plans for
students. In addition, the results of the assessment programs administered by the schools will be
shared with parents and the community.
Absentee Make-up of Assignments
Students are responsible for making up assignments due to absence and must see teachers on the
day of their return. Students are encouraged to contact fellow classmates for absences of three
days or less. A prolonged absence is defined as missing three (3) or more consecutive school days.
Parents should then contact the school who will facilitate contact with teachers and arrange for
make-up assignments. In some circumstances, teachers may use their own discretion in granting
additional time up to a maximum of 10 school calendar days. Assignments are available for
parental/caregiver pick-up at the close of school the day following the request.
Vacation Statement
Families are encouraged to take vacations during the regularly scheduled school vacations and
holidays as days students miss are considered an absence. Introduction to new material occurs
daily; the more frequently a student is absent, even if the absence is unavoidable, the harder it is
for the student to keep up with the class. Therefore, the responsibility of learning new material
presented during absences will belong to the student and his/her parents/caregivers. Make up of
material missed will be the same as outlined above and must be made up within 10 calendar school
days after the return to school.
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IV. Code of Conduct
As a community, establishing norms for behavior is necessary to make everyone’s work in the
Bourne Public Schools as personally and intellectually safe and productive as possible. The student
Code of Conduct describes the behavior that school staff expects from its students, conduct that is
prohibited and the disciplinary action that may result for violations of the Code of Conduct.
Please note that the prohibited conduct that is part of this code of conduct is not exhaustive and
that other behaviors that negatively impact the school environment may be addressed with
disciplinary action as well. This may include conduct that individual teachers have identified as
problematic for their individual classrooms and for their assigned students.
Responsibility to be a Good Student
Bourne Public Schools exists primarily to provide students with formal classroom training. Each
student enrolled must conduct himself/herself in a way that promotes the achievement of this goal.
Students are expected to: (a) arrive at school and classes promptly, (b) be in attendance every day
except for illness or family emergencies, (c) be prepared for classroom work, (d) contribute in
positive ways to the activities of each class, and (e) accept responsibility for any inappropriate
actions while working to be sure they are not repeated.
Respect for People
Every student, teacher, staff member, and visitor has the right to come to school without fear of
intimidation or coercion of any kind. Under no circumstances can any student be allowed to remain
in school if they pose a threat to the safety of another. Abusive language and behavior will not be
tolerated.
“No person shall be excluded from or discriminated against in ... obtaining the advantages,
privileges and courses of study (in a) public school on account of race, color, sex, religion, national
origin, or sexual orientation.” (MGL Ch.76, Sec. 5)
Bourne Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity,
religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or homelessness.
Rationale and Scope
The Code of Conduct and/or discipline code is in effect both at school and at school-sponsored
events, whether or not such events take place on school property (including, but not limited to, any
and all athletic activities and contests). Even misconduct that does not take place in school or a
school sponsored event can result in discipline if it is of a serious nature and has a direct
relationship to the school or causes substantial disruption to the school environment. The
procedures outlined in this section provide an explanation of our disciplinary process. In addition,
this section provides examples of conduct that is prohibited. However, not every type of prohibited
conduct can be listed. Students are expected to recognize that any conduct that is inconsistent with
maintaining an appropriate environment either at school or at a school-sponsored event could lead
to discipline, including suspension or expulsion.
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Classroom-Based Expectation and Discipline
Students can expect that teachers will have specific expectations, both disciplinary and academic,
for their individual classes. When a student does not adhere to these expectations, a teacher may
have the student remain after school, report before school, communicate with the parent via
telephone, mail or e-mail, and/or communicate with the principal or his/her designee. If a student’s
behavior does not improve, the teacher may invite the parent in for a conference and may
complete a discipline referral. In addition, teachers may make a discipline referral for a single
incident of serious breach of conduct. Students, who participate in disruptive behavior in a class
that interferes with the opportunity for other students to learn and for the teacher to teach, may
be removed from the class.
Class Disruption/ School Disruption
No student has the right to behave in a way that hinders the learning process. Every student and staff
member has the right to be treated with dignity and respect. Generally, the first response to disruptive
classroom behavior is from the classroom teacher. The teacher may move the student’s seat, contact
the parent/caregiver, conference with the student, or keep the student after school both as a discipline
consequence and as an opportunity to discuss the student’s behavior. If any of these initial teacher
efforts fail to produce a behavior change, the teacher may send the student to the office to speak with
an administrator who may assign an appropriate consequence. Students sent to the main office to
speak with an administrator for a discipline infraction, regardless of reason, must report
immediately to the Main Office. Failure to report to the office is considered another infraction.
Students who are asked to leave a class and refuse may be assigned a suspension.
Other disruptive behavior includes inappropriate physical contact, making excessive noise, misuse of
school equipment, willingly participating in unauthorized assembly, sit-in, protest meeting, etc. during
school hours, and /or on school property and is subject to disciplinary action.
Tardiness to Class
Each teacher will address the issue of tardiness with the student through parent/caregiver contact
and teacher assigned detention(s). Students who are late to class will not be sent to the office for a
pass. Any student tardy to class in excess of ten minutes should be referred to the office, as one
would be for a class cut.
Class Cutting
Students are expected to be in class on time. Students who cut class (unauthorized nonattendance
during an assigned period) will be subject to discipline.
Being in an Unauthorized Area
If a student is found in another area other than his/her assignment, this constitutes being in an
unauthorized area. This violation also relates to passage in an unnecessary hallway and use of other
areas of the school that are not related to a student’s assigned class.
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Displays of Affection
Displays of affection, such as kissing or embracing, that may make others uncomfortable or
embarrassed are not permitted. On the first reported offense, parents/caregivers may be notified
and both students and parents/caregivers informed that any future violations could result in
disciplinary action. No forms of lewd and lascivious behavior will be tolerated.
Language
Language that is rude, profane, or obscene, whether directed at students or staff members or used
in the presence of others, cannot be tolerated. Language that is abusive or threatening is even
more serious than language that is rude or profane.
Respect for Authority/insubordination
Insubordination is noncompliance with a reasonable request from any member of the staff.
Students must yield to the authority of staff members and comply with directions. When a student
feels a request or direction is unreasonable or unjustified, he or she is still expected to comply at
the time of the direction and later may appeal (at the conclusion of the class period, activity, or
assembly) first to the teacher, second to an administrator.
Throwing Food/Other Items In/Out of the Cafeteria
Every student has the right to eat lunch in a non-threatening environment. Therefore, throwing of
food or other items in the cafeteria is prohibited. Throwing of any object in the classroom, hallways,
at any assembly, or event may result in disciplinary action. The student may also be banned from all
future assemblies, and events. While on school property or while waiting at a bus stop, the
throwing of snow is strictly prohibited.
Horseplay, Fooling around, and Unnecessary Physical Contact
Students may not engage in horseplay (physical contact with friends or physically joking around
with peers) when such conduct causes discomfort for other students. Although horseplay or fooling
around may not intend to hurt someone, physical harm often accompanies such acts in a school
community. Others may also misconstrue such acts; therefore, all students are required to refrain
from participating in unnecessary physical contact.
Fighting/Assault/Battery
Pushing, punching, wrestling, or other types of physical force is not tolerated. Initiating, provoking,
or instigating a fight is not tolerated. An assault, defined as an attempt or threat to use unlawful
force against someone to physically hurt him/her, is not tolerated. A battery is an unlawful and
offensive touching of a person without his/her consent and is not tolerated. The determination as
to whether such behavior constitutes a fight rests with the staff member who observes the
behavior, not with the student participants.
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Leaving School Grounds, Activities, Field Trips/Leaving School without Permission
Once students are present in school or on school grounds or attending a field trip or an after school
student functions, they may not leave without permission from a teacher, staff member, or
chaperone as this presents a serious safety issue.
Students are not permitted to leave school grounds, unsupervised, during after school sessions or
activities and then return to school for the purpose of taking a late bus or arranging for a ride home.
After-school sessions are considered part of the school day for students who choose to utilize that
time as it is designed.
Vandalism and Theft
The intentional marring, damaging, or destruction of school property or the property of students
and staff constitutes vandalism. Taking the property of another without prior permission
constitutes theft.
Tobacco/Electronic Cigarettes Possession/Use
In accordance with MGL Ch. 71, Sec. 37H, smoking and the use of any other tobacco products are
prohibited in all areas of public school buildings, facilities, properties, and grounds. Possession of
tobacco products and/or possession of paraphernalia (lighters, rolling papers, electronic cigarettes
of any kind) cannot be tolerated. A student found with a lit cigarette will be considered smoking. If
smoke is detected coming from a group of students, all persons in the group will be considered to
have been smoking.
Possession, Use, Distribution, or Being under the Influence of Controlled Substances
Possession of a controlled substance(s) is a crime. There is no tolerance for possession, including
paraphernalia, use, or being under the effect of a controlled substance. Any student in possession
of (including paraphernalia), use of, distribution of, or under the effect of a controlled substance, of
any quantity, is in violation of the Student Code of Conduct. If, in the opinion of the principal/
designee, after consultation with the school nurse (if available) it is reasonable to conclude that a
student is involved in the possession, distribution, sale or illicit use of a controlled substance, the
principal/designee has the authority to suspend the student. Notification of parents/caregivers will
take place as soon as possible.
Breathe Alcohol Testing Procedures and Protocol
Alcohol use by a student is illegal and poses a serious threat not only to the student’s well-being,
but also to the well-being of the entire school community. Alcohol use will not be tolerated during
school hours, on school property, or at any school-sponsored activity or event during or after school
hours. Students who violate the school policy on use, possession, sales, or distribution may be
subject to disciplinary action including a possible suspension for up to 90 school days per MGL c.71
s. 37H ¾ . Breath alcohol testing may be used to determine if a student is under the influence of
alcohol. Any student who refuses to take a breath alcohol test will be subject to the same
disciplinary consequences if he/she is under the influence of alcohol.
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Bomb Threats and False Fire Alarms
Making a bomb threat or pulling a false fire alarm is a crime. Disciplinary consequences will be
imposed.
Possession/Exploding of Fireworks
Possessing or exploding fireworks is a crime. Disciplinary consequences will be imposed.
Standards of Dress
The primary responsibility for appropriate dress lays with the student and his/her parents/
caregivers. The school may institute certain restrictions on student dress when there is an
overriding, legitimate school purpose that is more important than the student’s right to dress as
they see fit. Since one of the purposes of the Bourne Public Schools is to create a safe, supportive
learning community, and since appropriate dress reflects positively on the school community,
students will be prohibited from wearing any clothing that detracts from the learning process or
otherwise compromises health, safety, or cleanliness.
We encourage students to dress in a neat and attractive manner that reflects pride in themselves and
their school. School is a student’s workplace, and we expect all students to conform to the following
standards of dress:
a. Clothing must be neat and clean.
b. Clothing displaying vulgar writing or symbols or sexual reference is not allowed.
c. Clothing with alcohol, tobacco, or controlled substance references will not be allowed.
d. Students are not permitted to wear head coverings (i.e. hats, hoods) during school hours
unless the principal or the principal’s designee grants permission. Students should remove
head coverings as soon as they enter the building. Head coverings should be placed in a
student’s locker at the beginning of the day and not be carried throughout the building
during the day. If they are carried or worn, they may be taken away by a staff member and
returned at the conclusion of the school day.
Proper shoes/sneakers must be worn. Open-toe shoes, sandals, and flip-flops are allowed in school
when the weather permits. In the event that a student appears to be unstable because of choice of
footwear, he/she may be required to wear shoes that are more appropriate. Students wear athletic
shoes to physical education classes and shoes or athletic shoes to Science, Engineering and
Technology Education classes. Teachers will give students a 24-hour notice if a planned activity or
lesson requires students to wear shoes or athletic shoes. Please remember that heels, platform
shoes, and plastic-soled shoes are slippery and dangerous on our floors.
Dress must not be of destructive nature or a safety concern. (Examples are excessive chains and
excessive spiked jewelry)
Any other apparel that the administration determines to be unacceptable to the standards of dress
will not be allowed.
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If a student wears something inappropriate to school, he/she will first be asked change in the
nurse’s office and then may be asked to call a parent/caregiver to request that clothing that is more
appropriate be brought to school. The school will have interim t-shirts or sweatpants so that
students may return to their studies as soon as possible.
Unacceptable Items
The school will confiscate any items that are deemed a distraction from or a disruption to the
educational process.
The item(s) will be taken, and parent(s)/caregivers(s) will be notified. In some cases, the confiscated
items will be returned to parent(s)/caregiver(s) at a time to be determined and in others they may
be handed over to the police. Students who bring unacceptable items to school are subject to
disciplinary action according to the Student Code of Conduct.
Unsupervised Students after School
Supervision for students is provided during regular school hours only. Students are prohibited from
remaining in the building or on school grounds before or after school without supervision, and such
conduct may lead to disciplinary action based on student misconduct, as described in this
handbook. In particular:
Students who are not supervised will be asked to leave the building after school hours.
Students should not loiter in the corridors or cafeteria after school.
Students should not loiter on school grounds or in the parking lots.
School Dances
Please be aware of the following policies and procedures regarding school dances:
a. No forms of the dance identified as “GRINDING” will be permitted.
b. Rules for appropriate dress and Code of Conduct that apply during extra-curricular activities also
apply at school dances.
c. Dances are for Bourne Public School students only, unless otherwise determined/ advertised by
school administrators.
d. Students may be required to complete a breath alcohol test before, during, or at the conclusion
of school dance.
Threat of Violence
The Bourne Public Schools are committed to providing an educational environment that is free of
threats of violence.
Procedure for Complaint and Investigation of Threat of Violence
All threats of violence will be reported by staff or students to the, principal, or principal’s designee
who will communicate with the parent/caregiver of those involved. The principal, or principal’s
designee will conduct an investigation of the complaint of violence and the investigation may
include:
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Separate, private interview with complainant and each person accused of violence.
Interviews of witnesses, if any.
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Written statements by complainant, accused, and witnesses.
All students are expected to cooperate fully in any investigation of a threat of violence.
At the conclusion of the investigation, the parent/caregiver will be notified as to whether or not the
information is substantiated, and steps that will be taken to protect the target of the threat.
Administrators will use their best efforts to keep information provided during an investigation of
confidential. Information will be shared with others on a need-to-know basis only.
Once a potential victim of violence has been identified, appropriate steps to protect the victim will
be taken. These may include:
a. Temporary separation of the parties
b. Calling a parent/caregiver to dismiss student from school
c. Modification of hallway passing class procedures
d. Shadowing a student
e. Implementation of schedule change
The principal or principal’s designee will conduct follow up interviews within 30 days.
Discipline Responses and Procedures
Responses are identified in each section of the Student Code of Conduct. However, the administrator
may make either exceptions to these, in favor of a lesser or a more severe consequence, depending
upon the circumstances of a specific incident. In determining the severity of the penalty or suspension,
the principal or designee may consider all relevant factors including the student’s previous disciplinary
record and the level of disruption of the educational process, the degree of danger to self, others, and
the school, in general, may also be considered as well as the degree to which the student is willing to
change his/her inappropriate behavior.
The following constitutes the most common consequences for student violations of the Student
Code of Conduct based on the nature of the violation.
a. Warning
b. Communication and/or Conference with parent(s)/caregiver(s)
c. Teacher detention
d. Administrative detention
e. Behavior contract-which identifies behavioral expectation, provides for supports from
school staff to meet expectations, and identifies consequences for inappropriate behavior.
f. In-school suspension
g. Out of school suspension up to 10 days
h. Out of school suspension for more than 10 days
i. Permanent expulsion by the Principal (M.G.L. c. 71, sec. 37H and 37H ½ and 37H ¾ )
j. Recommendation to the Superintendent and School Committee for permanent expulsion
(M.G.L. c. 76, sec. 16 and 17)
k. Restitution
l. Referral for a risk assessment
m. Referral for counseling
n. Referral to the Bourne Police Department
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o. Referral (51A) to the Department of Social Services
p. Loss of privileges, e.g. Senior Privilege, driving/parking privileges, school bus, social
probation
Corporal punishment is prohibited by statue in all public schools of the Commonwealth of
Massachusetts.
Teacher Assigned Detention
All teachers will handle their own detentions for minor incidents occurring within the teacher’s
jurisdiction. Teacher detentions will be communicated home and will be assigned with a 24 hour notice,
or the same day if communicated with a parent/caregiver. If a student does not report for a teacher
detention, the teacher will refer the student to administration. The administrator will discuss the issue
with the student and if no legitimate reason is given, the student will receive an administrative
detention.
Administrative Assigned Detention
Administrative detention(s) will be assigned by an administrator for misconduct and for repeated
misconduct of a minor nature. Some examples are habitual tardiness to school and/or class and
misbehavior on buses, in the cafeteria, in corridors, during classes, or during other activities.
Administrative detention will be assigned with a 24 hour notice, or the same day if communicated with a
parent/caregiver. Such detentions may be assigned after school, before school, or during lunch time.
Students who skip an assigned administrative detention may be assigned an in-school suspension.
After School Detention
Students should report to the main office by 2:30 PM. Students will be dismissed at 3:30 PM. This is a
silent detention with no cell phones or electronic devices allowed. Students who skip an after school
detention may be assigned an in-school suspension.
Lunch Detention
Students are to report directly to the front office at the start of their scheduled lunch period. Students
who bring their own lunch should bring it with them to the front office. Students who buy will then be
allowed to buy lunch in the cafeteria and report to the front office where they will eat. Students will be
dismissed at the end of the lunch period. Students that skip a lunch detention may be assigned an
administrative detention or an in-school suspension.
In-School Suspension
Students assigned to in-school suspension are to report directly to the front office at the start of the
school day. Students will be provided work by their teachers to be completed during the blocks that
they are assigned to in-school suspension. Students referred to the office for discipline issues during an
in-school suspension, may be assigned another day of in-school suspension, or for multiple infractions,
will be suspended out of school. Students assigned a full day of in-school suspension are not eligible to
participate in extracurricular activities after school, including athletics on the day of their suspension.
Please see this section for a complete explanation of the suspension process.
Out of School Suspension
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Students who suspended out of school are not allowed on school property for the duration of their
suspension, nor are they allowed to participate in extracurricular activities including athletics until
he/she has returned to school and completed a full day of attendance. Please see this section for a
complete explanation of the suspension process.
Social Probation
Participating in events or activities such as dances, banquets, class trips, athletics, or other
extracurricular activities is a privilege, not a right. Therefore, the Principal or his/her designees may
place a student on “social probation” and thus exclude a student from such participation if the
Principal/designee deems reasonably appropriate.
Student Obligations and Debt
Any obligation owed to the school in the form of books, supplies, cafeteria fees, athlectic uniforms,
and/or other school related fees must be reconciled before students can purchase tickets to school
sponsored events (i.e. homecoming dance, prom, middle school dances, and senior activities).
Interviews and Searches
School administrators shall have the authority, as deemed necessary, to interview students
regarding matters that are relevant to the school environment. In addition, school administrators
may search students and their personal belongings on school property when the administrator has
a reasonable basis for believing that the search will produce evidence that the student has violated
a school rule or a state or federal law. Lockers, desks, and similar areas assigned to students remain
the property of the school and are therefore subject to inspection by the school administration at
any time. In addition, as parking on school grounds is considered a privilege, vehicles may be
searched by school authorities if, in their opinion, reasonable suspicion exists that there may be an
infraction of a school rule. Under these conditions, the student will be required to unlock the
vehicle or be subject to disciplinary action for insubordination.
Notification of Police and other Authorities
School officials may impose school-based discipline for misconduct in accordance with our code of
conduct and procedures. Separate from any school based discipline, if the misconduct involves
suspected criminal activity of a serious nature, school administrators may notify the police or other
appropriate authorities. Acts likely to be reported include but are not limited to assaults that are
sexual in nature or that result in serious injury, serious disruption to the school assembly,
destruction of property (including graffiti, arson or vandalism), theft, hate crimes and other civil
rights violations, bomb threats and other threats of a serious nature, possession or use of a
dangerous weapon, possession or distribution of alcohol or a controlled substance as defined by
law, or coming onto school property under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. The school staff
will also consult with police officials under the district’s policy addressing bullying to determine
whether to report conduct prohibited by that policy. It is the prerogative of school officials to
impose discipline for violations of school rules and policies, whether or not police or other
authorities take action. Likewise, the police and other authorities, rather than school staff, are
responsible for making decisions as to the course of their investigation process and proceeding with
criminal charges.
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Security Camera Use
Surveillance cameras are in use in many areas of the school property. Appropriate disciplinary
action may be taken for misconduct that is recorded or observed from that security system.
Students and parents/caregivers are hereby notified that the content of recordings may be used in
a student disciplinary proceeding. The contents of the recording are confidential student records
and will be safeguarded. Recorded events will be retained, only if necessary, for use in a student
disciplinary proceeding or other matters as determined necessary by the administration.
Protocols Related to Camera Use
Live monitoring may be utilized at any time, particularly during any emergency protocol or
situation. In cases of serious incidents, such as violence, theft, or vandalism, the principal (or
designee), school resource officer liaison, or superintendent (or designee) may view the electronic
file captured by the web-based camera system.
Expulsion
Students are subject to expulsion (i.e, permanent exclusion) by the Principal for the conduct listed
below. (See also, M.G.L. ch. 71, §§37H)
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Possession of a dangerous weapon*
Possession of a controlled substance (such as marijuana, cocaine, or prescription drugs not
authorized by the school nurse)
Assault on teachers, administrative staff or other educational personnel
*This includes not only knives and guns, explosive devices and realistic replicas of such
weapons/devices, but also other objects used to assault another person or to otherwise create a
dangerous situation, such as a baseball bat, a pair of scissors, matches or a lighter. While such
objects would not always constitute “dangerous weapons”, administrators and educational
professionals will review the circumstances of each case and make a reasonable determination
about whether a particular object in a student’s possession constitutes a dangerous weapon in the
school setting. Any illegal weapon will be turned over to the Police Department. Any student who
brings a firearm to school must be expelled for a minimum of one school year, with exceptions
granted only by the superintendent. (The definition of a firearm includes but is not limited to guns
(including a starter gun), bombs, grenades, rockets, missiles, mines and similar devices.)
Students are also subject to long term suspension/expulsion by the Principal when
charged/convicted of a felony based upon the standards and procedures set forth in M.G.L. c.71,
§37H1/2.
Any student who is removed from school for a disciplinary offense under G.L. c. 71, §37H or §37H½
or §37H ¾ for more than ten consecutive or cumulative school days will have an opportunity to
receive educational services and make academic progress during the period of removal under a
school-wide education service plan, and will be so informed at the time of the
suspension/expulsion.
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PROCEDURES APPLICABLE TO CONDUCT COVERED BY M.G.L. C. 71, §37H AND 37H ½ AND 37H ¾
When considering the exclusion of a student from school for possession of a dangerous weapon,
possession of a controlled substance (such as marijuana, cocaine, or prescription drugs not
authorized by the school nurse), or assault on teachers, an administrator may place a student on
short term suspension (ten days or less) based upon an informal hearing, to be followed by a formal
hearing before the Principal within that period of suspension to determine whether to take
additional disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion from school.
The informal hearing will be in the form of a conference between the student and the principal or
designee. At this conference, the student (1) shall be informed of the reason for the conference, (2)
shall be given the opportunity to present his or her side of the story, and (3) shall be given a
decision on the suspension. If the administrator deems delay of the hearing necessary to avoid
danger or substantial disruption, this process may occur immediately after, rather than before, the
suspension.
Prior to putting a suspension into effect, the principal or designee shall make a reasonable effort to
telephone and inform the student’s parent, guardian or caregiver of the impending suspension; this
shall include attempts to contact the parents, guardian or caregiver at home and at work. Parents
may contact the school for additional information regarding the suspension.
A letter will be mailed to the parent, guardian or caregiver of the suspended student stating: a) The
reason for the suspension b) A statement of the effective date and duration of the suspension
A statement regarding whether or not the Principal will schedule a formal hearing to consider
further discipline, up to and including expulsion from school in accordance with M.G.L. c. 71, §37H
When considering a suspension/expulsion of a student charged with/convicted of felony, the
Principal will use the standards and procedures set forth in M.G.L. c.71, §37H1/2. In addition, prior
to initiating such procedures, the Principal may meet informally with the student and/or his/her
parents to review the charge and the applicable standards if the Principal deems appropriate.
Due Process: Procedures That Apply To Discipline For Conduct Not Governed By
M.G.L. C. 71, §37H and 37H1/2
In-School Suspension (for less than 10 cumulatively during a school year)
An in-school suspension is a removal of a student from regular classroom activities, but not from
the school premises. The procedure for an in-school suspension of no more than (10) school days
(consecutive or cumulatively for multiple infractions during the school year) will be as follows:
1. The administrator will inform the student of the disciplinary offense charged, the basis
for the charge, and provide the student an opportunity to respond. If the administrator
determines that the student committed the disciplinary offense, the administrator will
inform the student of the length of the student’s in-school suspension, which may not
exceed 10 days, cumulatively or consecutively, in a school year.
2. On the same day as the in-school suspension decision, the administrator will make
reasonable efforts to notify the parent of the disciplinary offense, the reasons for
concluding that the student committed the infraction, and the length of the in-school
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suspension. The administrator will also invite the parent to a meeting to discuss the
student’s academic performance and behavior, strategies for student engagement, and
possible responses to the behavior. Such meeting will be scheduled on the day of the
suspension if possible, and if not, as soon thereafter as possible. If the administrator is
unable to reach the parent after making and documenting at least two attempts to do
so, such attempts will constitute reasonable efforts for purposes of informing the parent
of the in-school suspension.
3. The administrator will send written notice to the student and parent about the in-school
suspension, including the reason and the length of the in-school suspension, and inviting
the parent to a meeting with the principal for the purpose set forth above, if such
meeting has not already occurred. The administrator will deliver such notice on the day
of the suspension by hand-delivery, certified mail, first-class mail, email to an address
provided by the parent for school communications, or by other method of delivery
agreed to by the administrator and the parent.
An in-school suspension of more than 10 cumulative days in a school year will be subject to the
procedures for long-term suspension.
Short-Term, Out-of-School Suspension (10 cumulative days or less during a school year)
Except in the case of an Emergency Removal, prior to imposing a short-term out-of-school
suspension (10 days or less in a school year) for conduct not covered by M.G.L. c. 71, §37H AND 37H
½, an administrator will provide the student and his/her parent oral and written notice and an
opportunity to participate in an informal hearing.
Notice: The written notice to the student and the parent will be in English and in the primary
language of the home if other than English, or other means of communication where appropriate
and will include the following:
a) The disciplinary offense; b) The basis for the charge; c) The potential consequences, including the
potential length of the student’s suspension; d) The opportunity for the student to have a hearing
with the administrator concerning the proposed suspension, including the opportunity to dispute
the charges and to present the student’s explanation of the alleged incident, and for the parent to
attend the hearing; e) The date, time, and location of the hearing; f) The right of the student and
the student’s parent to interpreter services at the hearing if needed to participate
Written notice to the parent may be made by hand delivery, first-class mail, certified mail, and
email to an address provided by the parent for school communications, or any other method of
delivery agreed to by the school and parent.
Efforts to Involve Parent: The administrator will make reasonable efforts to notify the parent of the
opportunity to attend the hearing. To conduct a hearing without the parent present, the
administrator must be able to document reasonable efforts to include the parent. The
administrator is presumed to have made reasonable efforts if the administrator has sent written
notice and has documented at least two (2) attempts to contact the parent in the manner specified
by the parent for emergency notification.
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Format of Hearing: The administrator will discuss the disciplinary offense, the basis for the charge,
and any other pertinent information. The student also will have an opportunity to present
information, including mitigating facts, that the administrator should consider in determining
whether other remedies and consequences may be appropriate. The administrator will provide the
parent, if present, an opportunity to discuss the student’s conduct and offer information, including
mitigating circumstances, that the administrator should consider in determining consequences for
the student.
Decision: The administrator will provide written notice to the student and parent of his/her
determination and the reasons for it, and, if the student is suspended, the type and duration of
suspension and the opportunity to make up assignments and such other school work as needed to
make academic progress during the period of removal. The notice of determination may be in the
form of an update to the original written notice of hearing.
The parent, guardian or caregiver shall be requested to attend a readmission conference with the
principal or designee upon the student’s return to school. At the principal’s discretion, the
conference may be held by telephone. Expectations for the student’s reentry to school shall be
outlined at this conference.
Long-Term Suspensions
Except in the case of an Emergency Removal, prior to imposing a long-term suspension (more than
10 days of suspension, whether in-school or out-of-school, whether consecutive or cumulative for
multiple offenses during a school year), an administrator will follow the procedures for short-term
suspension plus additional procedures as follows:
1. Notice: The notice will include all of the components for a short-terms suspension in Section B
above, plus the following: a) In advance of the hearing, the opportunity to review the student’s
record and the documents upon which the administrator may rely in making a determination to
suspend the student or not; b) The right to be represented by counsel or a lay person of the
student’s choice, at the student’s/parent’s expense; c) The right to produce witnesses on his or her
behalf and to present the student’s explanation of the alleged incident, but the student may not be
compelled to do so; d) The right to cross-examine witnesses presented by the school district; e) The
right to request that the hearing be recorded by the administrator, and a copy of the audio
recording provided to the student or parent upon request; and f) The right to appeal
administrator’s decision to impose long-term suspension to the superintendent.
Format of Hearing: The Hearing will afford the rights set forth in the notice above. The
administrator will also provide the parent, if present, an opportunity to discuss the student’s
conduct and offer information, including mitigating circumstances, that the administrator should
consider in determining consequences for the student.
Decision: Based on the evidence, the administrator will determine whether the student committed
the disciplinary offense, and, if so, after considering mitigating circumstances and alternatives to
long-term suspension, what remedy or consequence will be imposed, in place of or in addition to a
long-term suspension. The administrator will send the written determination to the student and
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parent by hand-delivery, certified mail, first-class mail, email to an address provided by the parent
for school communications, or any other method of delivery agreed to by the school and the
parent. If the administrator decides to suspend the student on a long-term basis, the written
determination will:
1. Identify the disciplinary offense, the date on which the hearing took place, and the
participants at the hearing;
2. Set out the key facts and conclusions reached;
3. Identify the length and effective date of the suspension, as well as a date of return to
school;
4. Include notice of the student’s opportunity to receive education services to make academic
progress during the period of removal from school (if more than 10 cumulative days);
5. Inform the student of the right to appeal the administrator’s decision to the superintendent
or designee.
6. Notice of the right of appeal will be in English and the primary language of the home if other
than English, or other means of communication where appropriate, and will include the
following information stated in plain language:
a) The process for appealing the decision, including that the student or parent must file a
written notice of appeal with the superintendent within five (5) calendar days of the
effective date of the long-term suspension; provided that within the five (5) calendar days,
the student or parent may request and receive from the superintendent an extension of
time for filing the written notice for up to seven (7) additional calendar days; and that
b) The long-term suspension will remain in effect unless and until the superintendent
decides to reverse the administrator’s determination on appeal.
No long-term suspension will extend beyond the end of the school year in which such
suspension is imposed.
Exception for an Emergency Removal
Notwithstanding the provisions for short or long-term suspension set forth above, a student who is
charged with a disciplinary offense may be removed temporarily from school if the continued
presence of the student poses a danger to persons or property, or materially and substantially
disrupts the order of the school, and, in the administrator’s judgment, there is no alternative
available to alleviate the danger or disruption.
The administrator will immediately notify the superintendent in writing of the removal and the
reason for it, and describe the danger [or disruption] by the student.
The temporary removal will not exceed two (2) school days following the day of the emergency
removal, during which time the administrator will provide the following, as applicable to the length
of suspension:
1. Make immediate and reasonable efforts to orally notify the student and the student’s
parent of the emergency removal, the reason for the need for emergency removal, and
other applicable matters;
2. Provide written notice to the student and parent as provided in Section B or C above, as
applicable;
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3. Provide the student an opportunity for a hearing with the administrator, as applicable,
and the parent an opportunity to attend the hearing, before the expiration of the two
(2) school days, unless an extension of time for hearing is otherwise agreed to by the
administrator, student, and parent.
4. Render a decision orally on the same day as the hearing, and in writing no later than the
following school day.
An administrator may not remove a student from school on an emergency basis for a disciplinary
offense until adequate provisions have been made for the student’s safety and transportation.
Appeal to the Superintendent
If a decision by an administrator, following the parent meeting, results in suspension of a student
for more than 10 cumulative school days for the school year, the student may appeal the decision
to the superintendent. In order to do so the student or parent must file a notice of appeal with the
superintendent within five (5) calendar days with a seven (7) day postponement option. The
superintendent must hold the hearing within three (3) school days of the student’s request, unless
the student or parent requests an extension of up to seven (7) additional calendar days. If the
appeal is not filed within this time frame, the superintendent may deny the appeal, or may allow
the appeal in his or her discretion, for good cause.
The following apply:
1. The superintendent will make a good faith effort to include the parent in the hearing. The
superintendent will be presumed to have made a good faith effort if he or she has made
efforts to find a day and time for the hearing that would allow the parent and
superintendent to participate. The superintendent will send written notice to the parent of
the date, time, and location of the hearing.
2. The superintendent will conduct a hearing to determine whether the student committed
the disciplinary offense of which the student is accused, and if so, what the consequence
will be. The superintendent will arrange for an audio recording of the hearing, a copy of
which will be provided to the student or parent upon request. The superintendent will
inform all participants before the hearing that an audio record will be made of the hearing
and a copy will be provided to the student and parent upon request.
3. The student will have all the rights afforded the student at the administrator’s hearing for
long-term suspension as described in Section C above.
4. The superintendent will issue a written decision within five (5) calendar days of the hearing
which meets the requirements for a long-term suspension as described in Section C above.
If the superintendent determines that the student committed the disciplinary offense, the
superintendent may impose the same or a lesser consequence than the administrator, but
will not impose a suspension greater than that imposed by the administrator’s decision.
The decision of the superintendent constitutes the final decision of the school district.
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Discipline of Students with Disabilities: Applies to Individual Education Programs and
Section 504 Plans
Student with disabilities are provided with additional due process protections in the context of
student discipline. Unless otherwise noted in a student’s 504 Plan or Individualized Education Plan
(IEP), students with disabilities are subject Code of Conduct. A 504 Team or IEP Team may
determine whether the student is able to conform his/her behavior to the regular discipline code or
if a modification is required. If a modified disciplinary code is required, it will be written into the IEP
or 504 Plan. The “Notice of Procedural Safeguards” outlines the special education process and
rights for parents and students. This Notice is generally provided to parents when a Team meeting
is convened, or can be provided upon request.
When a student with a disability violates the school’s disciplinary code, the school may suspend or
remove the student from the current educational placement for a period not to exceed ten (10)
school days. Anytime the school district removes a student with a disability from his/her current
educational placement for more than ten (10) consecutive school days in any school year, or for
more than ten (10) cumulative days when a pattern of removal is occurring, this constitutes a
“change in placement”. The school must convene a Team meeting to determine whether or not the
behavior is a manifestation of the students’ disability. If the behavior is a manifestation, the Team
must work to address the behavior using a functional behavioral assessment and/ or behavior
intervention plan, and the student will return to school. If the behavior is not a manifestation of the
student’s disability, then he/she is subject to the Code of Conduct, similar to his/her non-disabled
peers. However, a student who is serviced via an IEP must be provided some educational services,
such as tutoring after a 10 days of suspension.
When a special education student, possesses, uses, sells or solicits drugs or other illicit substances,
including look-alike drugs, on school grounds or at a school-sponsored event; carries a weapon to
school or to a school function; or inflicts serious bodily injury the school district may place the
student in an interim alternative education setting for up to forty-five (45) school days. Thereafter,
the student will return to the previously agreed upon educational placement unless either a hearing
officer orders another placement or the TEAM agrees to another placement. A change in placement
invokes certain procedural protections under the IDEA (the federal special education law) and
Section 504.
In the case of disagreement with the TEAM’s determination:
If the parent or student disagrees with the TEAM’s decision on the manifestation determination or
with the decision relating to the placement of the student in an interim alternative education
setting or any other disciplinary action, the parent has the right to request a due process hearing
from the Bureau of Special Education Appeals.
Special Education Students
Chapter 71, Sections 37H and 37H1/2 must be read and applied in conjunction with the Federal
Special Education Law (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA and Section
504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973) and other applicable laws. See Discipline of Students
with Disabilities: Applies to Individual Education Programs and Section 504 Plans above.
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SC Policy AC -approved 09.05.2012 NONDISCRIMINATION
Policy
Public schools have the responsibility to overcome, insofar as possible, any barriers that prevent
children from achieving their potential. The public school system will do its part. This commitment to
the community is affirmed in the following statements of School Committee intent to:
A. Promote the rights and responsibilities of all individuals as set forth in the State and Federal
Constitutions, pertinent legislation, and applicable judicial interpretations.
B. Encourage positive experiences in human values for children, youth and adults, all of whom
have differing personal and family characteristics and who come from various socioeconomic,
racial and ethnic groups.
C. Work toward a more integrated society and to enlist the support of individuals as well as groups
and agencies, both private and governmental, in such an effort.
D. Use all appropriate communication and action techniques to air and reduce the grievances of
individuals and groups.
E. Carefully consider, in all the decisions made within the school system, the potential benefits or
adverse consequences that those decisions might have on the human relations aspects of all
segments of society.
F. Initiate a process if reviewing policies and practices of the school system in order to achieve to
the greatest extent possible the objectives of this statement.
G.
The committee’s policy of nondiscrimination will extend to students, staff, the general public, and
individuals with whom it does business; 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 basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity,
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genetic information or testing, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability .
Procedures
A. The Superintendent shall designate a Civil Rights Officer for the school district.
B. If you have a complaint or feel that you have been discriminated against because of race, color,
religion, national origin, ethnicity, genetic information or testing, sex, sexual orientation, gender
identity, age or disability, see Policy ACB: ADULT ANTIHARASSMENT POLICY AND GRIEVANCE
PROCEDURE; Policy ACAB: ADULT SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY OF THE BOURNE PUBLIC SCHOOLS;
Policy ACEA: SECTION 504/ADA GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE; and/or Policy JIIA: STUDENT
ANTIHARASSMENT POLICY AND GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE for specific policies and procedures and
grievance procedures applicable to such complaints.
Policy References:
Title VI, Civil Rights Act of 1964
Title VII, Civil Rights Act of1964, as amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972
Executive Order 11246, as amended by E.O. 11375
Equal Pay Act, as amended by the Education Amendments of 1972 Title
IX, Education Amendments of1972
Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975
M.G.L. 71B:1 et seq. (Chapter 766 of the Acts of1972) M.G.L.76:5; Amended 2011
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M.G.L.76:16 Board of Education Chapter 622 Regulations Pertaining to Access to Equal Educational
Opportunity, adopted 6/24/75, as amended 10/24/78 Board of Education 603 CMR 26:00 Board of
Education Chapter 766 Regulations, adopted10/74, as amended through 3/28/78
Slurs Based on Race, Ethnicity, Disability, Religion, or Sexual Orientation Any student
who uses a slur based on race or ethnicity, disability, religion, or sexual orientation, whether verbal,
in symbol form, in a school building, on school grounds, on a school bus, or at any school sponsored
event, may be subject to disciplinary action.
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Included in this policy is the commitment of the Committee and its staff to make every effort to
comply with the letter and the spirit of the Massachusetts equal educational opportunities law
(known as Chapter 622 of the Acts of 1971), which prohibits discrimination in public school
admissions and programs.
V. BULLYING & HAZING POLICY
Policy
A. It is the policy of the Bourne Public Schools to provide a learning and working atmosphere
for students free from bullying and/or hazing. Bullying and/or hazing on the basis of race,
color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, genetic information or testing, sex, sexual
orientation, gender identity, age or disability (hereinafter “membership in a protected
class”) will not be tolerated. Complaints of bullying and/or hazing based on a student’s
membership in a protected class will be processed under the Student Anti-Harassment
Policy and Grievance Procedure, Policy JIIA.
B. It is a violation of this policy for any administrator, teacher or other employee, or any
student to engage in or condone bullying and/or hazing in school or to fail to report or
otherwise take reasonable corrective measures when they become aware of an incident of
bullying and/or hazing.
C. This policy is not designed or intended to limit the school's authority to take disciplinary
action or take remedial action when such bullying and/or hazing occurs out of school but
has a connection to school, or is disruptive to an employee's or student's work or
participation in school related activities.
D. Reports of cyber bullying by electronic or other means, occurring in or out of school will be
reviewed and, when a connection to work or school exists, will result in discipline. Parents
of students alleged to have engaged in cyber bullying and/or hazing will be invited to attend
a meeting at which the activity, words or images subject to the complaint will be reviewed.
A student disciplined for cyber bullying will not be readmitted to the regular school program
until his or her parent(s) attend such meeting.
E. It is responsibility of every employee, student and parent to recognize acts of bullying
and/or hazing, and take every action necessary to ensure that the applicable policies and
procedures of this school district are implemented.
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F. Any employee or student who believes that he or she has been subjected to bullying and/or
hazing 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 and/or all information received.
G. The Building Principal or designee shall be responsible for assisting employees and students
seeking guidance or support in addressing matters relating to any form of bullying and/or
hazing.
Definitions
Bullying Prohibited
Bullying may take a variety of forms. It is unacceptable in a school or work environment. As a result,
no student or employee shall be subjected to harassment, intimidation, bullying, or cyber bullying
in any public educational institute.
“Bullying and Cyber Bullying” means unwelcome written, electronic, verbal or physical acts or
gestures where a student or employee feels coerced, intimidated, harassed or threatened and
under the circumstances (1) may cause a reasonable person to suffer physical or emotional harm to
a student or employee, (2) may cause damage to another student’s or employee’s property, or
(3) may cause a disruptive or hostile school environment. 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 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:
a. That are being offered through the School District; or
b. During any education program or activity; or
c. While in school, on school equipment or property, in school vehicles, on school buses, at
designated school bus stops, at school-sponsored activities or at school sanctions events;
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” means any communication through an
electronic device including a telephone, cellular phone, computer or pager.
Hazing Prohibited
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.
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.
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Whoever knows that another person is the victim 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.
Retaliation Prohibited
Retaliation in any form against any person who has made or filed a complaint relating to bullying
and/or hazing is forbidden. 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.
Guidelines for Investigating Bullying and/or Hazing Claims
Complaints of bullying and/or hazing based on a student’s membership in a protected class as
defined in paragraph IA will be processed under the Student Anti-Harassment Policy and Grievance
Procedure, Policy JIIA. In school systems, hazing may take many forms and 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 charge of hazing are as follows:
A. By law, hazing is defined by the victim’s perception in combination with objective standards
or expectations. What one person may consider acceptable behavior may be viewed as
hazing by another person. Therefore, in order to protect the rights of both parties, it is
important that the victim make it clear to the harasser that the behavior is objectionable.
B. In all charges of hazing, bullying, or intimidation, the victim 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 verified by clear and convincing evidence. All other
complaints will be reviewed based on a preponderance of evidence standard.
C. Any school employee that has reliable information that would lead a reasonable person to
suspect that a person is a target of hazing, bullying, or intimidation shall immediately report
it to the administration; each school shall document any prohibited incident that is reported
and confirmed, and report all hazing, intimidation, bullying or cyber bullying and the
resulting consequences, including discipline and referrals, to the Superintendent’s office as
they occur.
D. A good faith report from a staff member renders the staff member immune from discipline
for making a report and is considered to have been made in the course of the staff
member’s employment for purposes of M.G.L. c. 258. As a result, the school district shall
indemnify staff members from any cause of action arising out of good faith report of hazing
or the district’s subsequent actions or inaction in connection thereto.
E. If an instance of student to student hazing is reported to a staff member other than an
administrator, the staff member must inform the Assistant Principal or the Building
Principal.
F. If a situation involving a charge of staff member to student hazing is brought to the
attention of any staff member, the staff member should notify the Building Principal or
Assistant Superintendent immediately.
G. In a situation involving a charge of student to staff member hazing the staff member should
notify the Building Principal or the Assistant Superintendent.
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H. In a situation involving a charge of staff member to staff member hazing the staff member
should notify the Building Principal or the Assistant Superintendent.
I. Once a charge of hazing has been made, including charges of mental, emotional or 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 should investigate the charge through discussions with the individuals
involved. In situations involving allegations against 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 should engage the appropriate classroom or special subject area teacher.
Parents will be informed of the situation and invited to participate in resolution discussions. It is
important that the situation be resolved as confidentially and as quickly as the circumstances
permit.
If the harasser and the victim are willing to discuss the matter at a resolution meeting in the
presence of the Principal/designee or Assistant Superintendent, a supportive faculty member
and/or parent should be included in the discussion. During this discussion, the offending behavior
should be described by the victim 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 fact to face meeting the administration will present the victim’s position. Follow-up
verification procedures will be explained. Failure to comply after a resolution meeting will result in
appropriate discipline.
J. If after a resolution meeting with the involved parties, the Building Principal determines that
further disciplinary action must be taken, the following could occur:
1. In instances involving student to student or student to staff member hazing, the student
may be subject to discipline including but not limited to counseling, suspension, and in
appropriate cases expulsion.
2. In instances involving staff member to student and staff member to staff member
hazing, findings will be reported to the Superintendent of Schools for further action.
Personnel action may also be initiated at this point, consistent with the applicable law
and collective bargaining agreement.
In all cases a referral to law enforcement will be considered by the Principal or Superintendent
based on the circumstances. School officials will coordinate with the Police Department to identify a
police liaison for hazing cases.
Confidentiality:
Reports of bullying and/or hazing should be kept completely confidential, consistent with necessary
investigation procedures, with the goal of protecting the victim and stopping the behavior.
For further information about these guidelines or help with bullying and/or hazing problems or any
other form of harassment, consult the Assistant Superintendent of the Bourne Public Schools.
If the alleged harasser is responsible for conducting an investigation, the Superintendent or School
Committee shall designate an alternative Harassment Coordinator, who is the Assistant
Superintendent.
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If the alleged harasser is responsible for conducting an investigation, the Superintendent or School
Committee shall designate an alternative Harassment Coordinator, who is the Assistant
Superintendent.
Additional Information Regarding Bullying
“Bullying is when someone repeatedly and on purpose says or does mean or hurtful things to
another person who has a hard time defending himself or herself.” (Dan Olweus)
Bullying is a type of behavior that someone does on purpose over and over again to hurt someone
else. There are different ways that someone can be bullied:
1. Verbal Bullying is when someone calls you names, teases or even threatens you.
2. Physical Bullying is when someone might hit you, spit on you or trip you when you are
walking.
3. Social or Psychological Bullying can be when someone doesn’t let you play with their group
of friends, tells other people mean things about you or spreads rumors, gives you dirty looks
or says mean things about you on the computer or phone messages.
There are three different ways you could be a part of bullying.
1. You could be the target, or the person who has their feelings hurt or feels unsafe by the
same person over and over again.
2. You could be the bully, or the person who is hurting someone else on purpose over and over
again.
3. You could be a bystander. This is someone who sees bullying happening to the same person
over and over again by the same bully.
Your school has a Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan to make sure that bullying does not
happen here. Whenever you feel that you are being bullied, seeing someone else being bullied, or
feel that you are not being nice to someone and need to ask for help to stop, teachers are the best
people to talk to, but any adult in your school will help you.
Tattling is not the same as asking an adult to help you. Tattling is when someone tells a teacher
about something that happened once just to get someone else into trouble. Asking for help when
you are bullied or know that bullying is happening is not tattling; someone is getting hurt and it
must not be allowed. Bystanders should speak up and help if they can, but if they are not able to
speak up they should walk away and tell an adult. Never stand by and watch bullying occur.
Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan
Introduction
Bourne Public Schools expects that all members of the school community will treat each other in a
civil manner and with respect for differences. Bourne Public Schools is committed to providing a
learning and working environment for students, employees, and visitors that is free from bullying
and cyber bullying. This commitment is an integral part of our comprehensive efforts to promote
learning and to prevent and eliminate all forms of bullying and other harmful and disruptive
behavior that can impede the learning process. Bourne Public Schools supports this commitment in
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all aspects of our school community, including curricula, instructional programs, staff development,
extracurricular activities, and parent /guardian involvement.
Consistent with state, and federal laws, and the policies of Bourne Public Schools, no person shall
be discriminated against on account of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation,
or gender identity. Nothing in this plan, however, prevents the schools or district from taking action
to remediate bullying and/or cyber bullying based on a person’s membership in a legally protected
category under local, state, or federal law, or district policies. Bourne Public Schools takes specific
steps to create a safe, supportive environment for vulnerable populations in the school community,
including transgender students, and to provide all students with the skills, knowledge, and
strategies to prevent or respond to bullying, harassment, teasing, and any forms of retaliation.
Bourne Public Schools will not tolerate any unlawful or disruptive behavior, including any form of
bullying, cyber bullying or retaliation in our school buildings, on school grounds, or in/during schoolrelated activities. All reports and complaints of bullying and retaliation will be promptly
investigated, and the administration will take prompt action to end such behavior and restore a
sense of safety for all.
Per Chapter 86 of the Acts of 2014 which amended G.L.c.71 §370, we recognize that certain
students may be more vulnerable to become targets of bullying, harassment, or teasing based on
actual or perceived characteristics including race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex,
socioeconomic status, homelessness academic status, gender identity or expression, physical
appearance, sensory disability, or by association with a person who has or is perceived to have one
or more of these characteristics. The district/schools will identify specific steps it will take to create
a safe, supportive environment for vulnerable populations in the school community, including
transgender students, and provide all students with the skills, knowledge, and strategies to prevent
or respond to bullying, harassment, or teasing.
Definitions
Aggressor is a student/adult who engages in bullying, cyber bullying, or retaliation.
Bullying is defined as the repeated use by one or more persons of a written, verbal or electronic
expression or a physical act or gesture or any combination thereof, directed at a target that: 1)
causes physical or emotional harm to the target or damage to the target’s property; 2) places the
target in reasonable fear of harm to himself or herself or of damage to his/her property; 3) creates
a hostile environment at school for the target; 4) infringes on the rights of the target at school; or 5)
materially and substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school
[Massachusetts General Laws (M.G.L.) c.71, § 370)].
Confidentiality is the expectation that anything done or revealed will be kept private.
Cyber bullying is bullying through the use of technology or electronic devices such as telephones,
cell phones, computers, and the Internet. It includes, but is not limited to, email, instant messages,
text messages, and Internet postings (M.G.L.c.71, § 370).
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Hostile environment is 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
condition of a student’s education (M.G.L.c.71, § 370).
Retaliation is any form of intimidation, reprisal, or harassment directed against a person who 1)
reports bullying, 2) provides information during an investigation of bullying, or 3) witnesses or has
reliable information about bullying.
Target is a student against whom bullying, cyber bullying, or retaliation has been perpetrated.
Expectations
It is a violation of this plan for any administrator, teacher or other employee, or any student to
engage in or condone bullying in school or to fail to report or otherwise take reasonable corrective
measures when made aware of an incident of bullying. This plan is not designed or intended to limit
the school’s authority to take disciplinary action or take remedial action when such bullying occurs
out of school but has a connection to school, or is disruptive to an employee’s or student’s work or
participation in school related activities. Reports of bullying occurring in or out of school will be
reviewed and, when a connection to work or school exists, will result in a complete investigation
and possible disciplinary action and corrective measures.
Bullying is hereby prohibited 1) on school grounds, property immediately adjacent to school
grounds, at school-sponsored or related activities/functions both on and off school grounds, at
school bus stops, on busses or other vehicles owned, leased, or used by Bourne Public Schools; 2)
through the use of technology or an electronic device owned, leased, or used by Bourne Public
Schools; 3) at a location, activity, function or program that is not school-related, or through the use
of technology or electronic devices that are not owned, leased or used by Bourne Public Schools if
the bullying creates a hostile environment at school for the target, infringes on the rights of the
target at school or materially and substantially disrupts the educational process or the orderly
operation of a school.
Retaliation in any form against any person is forbidden. If retaliation occurs, it could be considered
grounds for dismissal of staff or personnel, and removal from the educational setting for a student.
Reporting
It is the responsibility of every employee, student, and parent to recognize acts of bullying and take
every action necessary to ensure that the applicable policies and procedures of Bourne Public
Schools are implemented. Any employee or student who believes that he/she has been subjected
to bullying 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.
The safety of suspected targets is our first consideration once a complaint is received. A safety
assessment is made immediately and provisional accommodations are implemented by appropriate
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staff members as deemed necessary; the designated official for reporting (DOR) also immediately
notifies the Transportation Director of both suspected target and aggressors.
Due to confidentiality issues, professional judgment is used in information disclosure. If there is an
injury or emergency on school property, or the incident involves a former student under the age of
21 on school grounds, the Police Resource Officer liaison (PRO) is immediately notified. The PRO
liaison is also notified if criminal charges have been filed.
At least once every four years beginning with the 2015/2016 school year, the district will administer
a Department of Elementary and Secondary-developed student survey to assess school climate and
the prevalence, nature, and severity of bullying in our schools. Additionally, the school or district
will annually report bullying incident data to the Department.
Per G.L. c. 71
Reporters
Designated officials for reporting are as follows: 1) school principals at each school level; 2) the
Assistant Superintendent at district level; 3) the Transportation Director for bus incidents; 4)
Director of Student Services for anonymous reports. The Police Resource Officer liaison is the law
enforcement liaison. The Superintendent of Schools has oversight for district compliance with this
plan. Each DOR has a voice mail box and designated email address. Mail should be directed to
building principals or the Assistant Superintendent.
All oral reports, in person or via telephone, are recorded on the Incident Report Form. Each
designated official for reporting maintains a binder of these reports.
The principal or designee shall inform the parent or guardian of the target about the Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education’s problem resolution system and the process for accessing
that system, regardless of the outcome of the bullying determination. Any parent wishing to file a
claim/concern or seeking assistance outside of the district may do so with the DESE 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.
Investigation
The DOR is responsible for conducting a prompt investigation. The nature and duration of an
investigation will depend on the circumstances, including the type, severity and frequency of the
alleged conduct. The goal is to obtain an accurate and complete account of all incidents and
circumstances deemed relevant to the allegations in the complaint. The investigation will generally
include personal interviews with the complainant, the subject(s) of the complaint and others who
witnessed or may have potentially relevant knowledge about the alleged incident giving rise to the
complaint. Confidentiality guidelines will be followed. Review of documents, videos, voice mails,
emails, websites, text messages, instant messages, and other items deemed relevant may also be
included.
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Throughout the investigatory and complaint resolution process, the DOR will make reasonable
efforts to regularly inform the complainant and the subject of the complaint and their
parents/guardians of the status of the investigation and estimated timing for making a
determination. While the DOR will attempt to complete the investigation in three school days, no
investigation will exceed fifteen school days except for good cause or with consent of all parties.
Claims involving physical violence or serious threats of harm will be expedited.
The DOR, in consultation with the Assistant Superintendent, will take all steps deemed necessary to
protect to the extent practicable the complainant, witnesses, and other individuals from further
incidents or retaliation pending the outcome of the investigation. These steps may include, but are
not limited to, ordering interim disciplinary action, appropriate adult supervision, reassigning
classroom seating, temporarily transferring the student subject of the complaint from classes with
the complainant or to an alternative school assignment, instructing the alleged aggressor to avoid
contact and maintain appropriate safe distance from the alleged target while on school property
and at school events and monitoring compliance with any court-ordered protective orders. All
interviewees, alleged targets, and alleged aggressors will be warned against retaliation and made
aware of the prohibition to speak about the matter in order to maintain the integrity of the
investigation. All interim safety measures will be monitored for success.
Confidentiality – Information from a student record of a target or aggressor may not be disclosed to
a parent unless the information is about the parent’s own child. Disclosure of bullying or retaliation
to a local law enforcement agency is allowed under 603 CMR 49.06 without the consent of a
student or his/her parent. Such communication must protect privacy of targets, student witnesses,
and aggressors to the extent practicable under the circumstances. Student record information
about a target or aggressor may be disclosed in connection with a health or safety emergency if
such information is necessary to protect the health and/or safety of the student or other individuals
per 603 CMR 23.07(4) (e), 34 CFR 99.31(a) (10), and 99.36.603 CMR 49.07(3). This is limited,
however, to instances where there is an immediate and significant threat; all such disclosures must
be documented with reasons why the health and/or safety emergency existed. All employee
records are confidential.
Documentation and Records
The district has Bullying Prevention and Intervention Incident Forms for reporting and documenting
bullying claims and investigations. Every DOR keeps written records of all oral interviews and
written responses during the investigation. All investigatory reports, written items, documents,
videos, and other types of evidence are kept in each DOR’s binder.
Responses to Bullying
1. Teaching Appropriate Behavior Through Skills-Building
Once the DOR determines that bullying or retaliation has occurred, he/she will use a range of
responses that balance the need for accountability with the need to teach appropriate behavior as
required by M.G.L.c. 71 § 370(d)(v). These may include:
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 Offering individualized skill-building sessions based on our anti-bullying curricula;
 Providing relevant educational activities for individual students or groups of students, in
consultation with guidance counselors and other appropriate school personnel;
 Implementing a range of academic and nonacademic positive behavioral supports to help
students understand pro-social ways to achieve their goals.
 Meeting with parents/guardians to engage parental support and to reinforce the antibullying curricula and social skills building activities at home;
 Adopting behavioral plans to include a focus on developing specific social skills
 Making a referral for evaluation.
2. Taking disciplinary action
If the DOR decides that disciplinary action is appropriate, the action will be determined on the basis
of facts found by the DOR including the nature of the conduct, the age of the students involved, and
the need to balance accountability with the teaching of appropriate behavior. Discipline will be
consistent with the plan and the district/school code of conduct.
Discipline procedures for students with disabilities are governed by the federal Individuals with
Disabilities Education improvement Act, which should be considered in cooperation with state laws
regarding student discipline.
If the DOR determines that a student knowingly made a false allegation of bullying or retaliation,
that student may be subject to disciplinary action.
Parents of students alleged to have engaged in bullying or retaliation will be invited to attend a
meeting at which the activity, words, and/or images subject to the complaint will be reviewed. A
student disciplined for bullying or retaliation will not be readmitted to the regular school program
until his/her parents/guardians attend such a meeting.
3. Promoting Safety for the Target and Others
The DOR will consider what adjustments, if any, are needed in the school environment to enhance
the target’s sense of safety and that of others. One strategy that may be used is to increase adult
supervision at transition times and in locations where bullying is known to have occurred or is likely
to occur. Within a reasonable period of time following the determination and the ordering of
remedial and/or disciplinary action, the DOR will contact the target to determine whether there has
been a recurrence of the prohibited conduct and whether additional supportive measures are
needed. If so, the DOR will work with appropriate school staff to implement them immediately.
Training and Professional Development
Annual Staff Training: Annual training for all school staff will include staff duties as outlined in The
Plan, an overview of the steps that the DOR will follow upon receipt of a report of bullying or
retaliation, and an overview of the bullying prevention curricula to be offered at all grades. All
school staff will be trained in supporting the safety of particularly vulnerable populations, including
transgender students. Staff members hired after the start of the school year will participate in
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school-based training during the school year in which they are hired unless they can demonstrate
participation in an acceptable and comparable program within the last two years.
Ongoing Professional Development: As required by M.G.L. c. 71, § 370, the content of school and
district wide professional development will be informed by research and will include information
on:
 Appropriate supports for particularly vulnerable populations, including transgender
students;
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Developmentally, age-appropriate strategies to prevent bullying;
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Developmentally, age-appropriate strategies for immediate, effective interventions to stop
bullying incidents;
Information regarding the complex interaction and power differential that can take place
between and among an aggressor, target, and witnesses to the bullying;
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Research finding on bullying, including information about specific categories of students
who have been shown to be particularly at risk for bullying in the school environment;
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Information on the incidence and nature of cyber bullying;
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Internet safety issues as they relate to cyber bullying.
Professional development will also address ways to prevent and respond to bullying or retaliation
for students with disabilities that must be considered when developing students’ Individualized
Education Programs. This will include a particular focus on the needs of students with autism or
students whose disability affects social skills development.
Additional areas identified by Bourne Public Schools for professional development include:
 Promoting and modeling the use of respectful language;
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Fostering an understanding of and respect for diversity and difference, including gender
identity and expression;
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Building relationships and communicating with families;
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Constructively managing classroom behaviors;
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Using positive behavioral intervention strategies;
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Applying constructive disciplinary practices;
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Teaching students skills including positive communication, anger management, and
empathy for others;
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Engaging students in school or classroom planning and decision-making;
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Maintaining a safe and caring classroom for all students.
Specific Bullying Prevention Approaches
All staff will be trained to recognize that certain students may be more vulnerable to become targets of
bullying, harassment, or teasing based on actual or perceived characteristics including race, color,
religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, socioeconomic status, homelessness academic status, gender
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identity or expression, physical appearance, sensory disability, or by association with a person who has
or is perceived to have one or more of these characteristics. Training will include developing awareness
and sensitivity to this vulnerability and enhanced vigilance to prevent bullying, harassment or teasing.
Bullying prevention curricula will be informed by current research which emphasizes the following
approaches:
 Using scripts and role plays to develop skills;
 Empowering students to take action by knowing what to do when they witness other
students engaged in acts of bullying or retaliation, including seeking adult assistance;
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Helping students understand the dynamics of bullying and cyber bullying, including the
underlying power imbalance;
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Emphasizing cyber safety, including safe and appropriate use of electronic communication
technologies;
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Enhancing students’ skills for engaging in healthy relationships and respectful
communications;
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Engaging students in a safe, supportive school environment that is respectful of diversity
and differences.
Initiatives will also teach students about the student-related section of The Plan including how and
when the district/schools will review The Plan with them.
General Teaching Approaches that support bullying prevention Efforts: The following approaches
are integral to establishing a safe and supportive school environment and will be emphasized in the
Bourne Public Schools. These underscore the importance of our bullying intervention and
prevention initiatives:
 Setting clear expectations for students and establishing school and classroom routines;
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Creating safe school and classroom environments for all students with regard to:
o Disabilities, physical appearance, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender students and
homeless students;
Using appropriate and positive responses and reinforcement, even when students require
discipline;
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Using positive behavioral supports;
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Encouraging adults to develop positive relationships with students;
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Modeling, teaching, and rewarding pro-social, healthy, and respectful behaviors;
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Using positive approaches to behavioral health, including collaborative problem-solving
conflict resolution training, teamwork, and positive behavioral supports that aid in social
and emotional development;
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Using the Internet safely;
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Supporting students’ interest and participation in non-academic and extracurricular
activities, particularly in their areas of strength.
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Counseling and Other Services: Each school in the Bourne Public School District has an on-site
social worker or adjustment counselor who works with students and parents/guardians. Upon
request, referrals are made to the following community-based organizations:
 Crisis Intervention Cape Cod and Islands, 24-hour Access
 Child and Family Services
 Family Continuity
 Bay View Associates
 MSPCC
 Support groups at the Bourne Community Center
 Cape Cod Neighborhood Support Coalition
 2-1-1
 Community Health Center
 Bourne Early Childhood Council
 The PRO liaison also works with parents as warranted.
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Students with Disabilities: As required by M.G.L.c.71B, §3, as amended by Chapter 92 of the Acts of
2010, when the IEP Team determines the student has a disability that affects social skills
development or the student may participate in or is vulnerable to bullying, harassment, or teasing
because of his/her disability, the Team will consider what should be included in the IEP to develop
the student’s skills and proficiencies to avoid and respond to bullying, harassment, or teasing.
Collaboration with Families
Bourne Public Schools will offer education programs for parents/guardians that are focused on the
parental components of the anti-bullying curricula and any social competency curricula used by the
district or schools in collaboration with the PTA, School Councils, Title 1 Advisory Council, and
Special Education Parent Advisory Council. Bourne Public Schools provides presentations for
parents on bullying and cyber bullying from the assistant district attorney’s office and MARC. We
have also held parent and community meetings to address Internet Safety and share the school’s
current devices to protect students and staff.
Each year Bourne Public Schools will inform parents/guardians of enrolled students about the antibullying curricula being used. This notice will include information about the dynamics of bullying,
including cyber bullying and online safety. Bourne Public Schools will send parents’ written notice
each year about the student-related sections of this plan and the district’s Internet Safety Policy. All
notices and information made available to parents will be in hard copy and electronic formats and
in the language most prevalent among them. This plan and related information will be posted on
the Bourne Public Schools website.
Notice
Bourne Public Schools will provide students and parents/guardians, in age appropriate terms and in
their most prevalent language, annual written notice of the relevant sections of the Bullying
Prevention and Intervention Plan. Bourne Public Schools will annually provide written notice of and
training on The Plan to all school staff. Relevant sections of The Plan will be included in Bourne
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Public Schools student and faculty handbooks and will also be posted on the Bourne Public Schools
website.
Hazing
The Bourne Public Schools offer various opportunities for students to participate in clubs, activities,
and sports programs. As students take part in their academic or extra-curricular programs, they may
not engage in the practice of “hazing.”
The following statute of the Commonwealth is required to be included and followed by each school
in its student handbook and rules and regulations.
Ch. 269, S.17. CRIME OF HAZING: DEFINITION: PENALTY SEC. Whoever is a principle organizer or
participant in the crime of hazing as defined herein shall be punished by a fine of not more than
three thousand dollars or by imprisonment in a house of correction for not more than one year, or
by both such fine and imprisonment. The term “hazing” as used in this Section and in Sections 18
and 19, shall mean 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. Notwithstanding any other provisions of this section to the contrary, consent
shall not be available as a defense to any prosecution under this action.
Ch. 269, Sec. 18. Duty to Report Hazing
Whoever knows that another person is the victim of hazing as defined in Section 17 and is at the
scene of such crime shall, to the extent that such person can do so without danger or peril to
himself or others, report such crime to an appropriate law enforcement official as soon as is
reasonably practicable. Whoever fails to report such crime shall be punished by a fine of not more
than $1000.00.
Ch.269, Sec.19. HAZING STATUTES TO BE PROVIDED: STATEMENT OF COMPLIANCE AND DISCIPLINE
POLICY REQUIRED Each secondary school and each public and private school or college shall issue to
every group or organization under its authority or operating on or in conjunction with its campus or
school, and to every member, plebe, pledge, or applicant for membership in such group or
organization, a copy of this Section and Sections 17 and 18. An officer of each such group or
organization and each individual receiving a copy of said Sections 17 and 18 shall sign an
acknowledgment stating that such group, organization, or individual has received a copy of said
Sections 17 and 18.
Each secondary school and each public and private school or college shall file, at least annually, a
report with the regents of higher education and, in the case of secondary schools, the Board of
Education, certifying that such institution has complied with the provisions of this section and also
certifying that said school has adopted a disciplinary policy with regards to the organizers and
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participants of hazing. The Board of Regents and, in the case of secondary schools, the Board of
Education shall promulgate regulations governing the content and frequency of such reports, and
shall forthwith report to the attorney general any such institution which fails to make such report.
In addition to the penalties described in Ch. 269, Sec. 17, the following administrative action will be
taken:
1. Any student who is present at a hazing and fails to report the incident may be suspended
from all extracurricular activities for a period of time and may receive additional disciplinary
action.
2. Any individual who is found guilty of hazing will be excluded from all extracurricular
activities for a period of time and may be suspended or recommended for expulsion from
school.
Under Section 18 of Chapter 269 of the General Laws, any employee of the Bourne Public Schools
who is present at a hazing or has knowledge that a hazing incident has taken place and fails to
report such incident to his/her immediate supervisor will be subject to administrative disciplinary
action, which could include reprimand, suspension, or dismissal. Legal Ref.: MGL Ch. 269, Sec. 17,
18, 19
CONFIDENTIALITY
All employees of Bourne Public Schools are responsible for adherence to and implementation of the
Bourne School Committee Policy concerning confidentiality of student records that follows. Each
building has specific procedures in place to ensure the confidentiality of student records.
Harassment or Discrimination
The Bourne Public Schools are committed to providing an educational environment that is free of
harassment and discrimination. This applies to all students at all school-sponsored activities.
Harassment or discrimination of any form will not be tolerated.
Harassment or discrimination may include but not be limited to:
1. Repeated or persistent offensive remarks including name calling, teasing, jokes, rumors, or
other derogatory or dehumanizing remarks
2. Intimidations for favors
3. Overt threats or demands
4. Unwanted physical contact of a person or person’s clothing
5. Display or circulation of written materials or pictures of a derogatory nature
6. Unwelcome gestures
Procedure of Complaint and investigation of harassment or discrimination
Students are encouraged to report incidents of harassment or discrimination to a teacher or
administrator. All complaints of harassment or discrimination must be reported by staff or students
to the principal, or the principal’s designee. All complaints of harassment or discrimination are fully
investigated and appropriate steps will be taken to remedy the situation. All students are expected
to cooperate fully in any investigation of harassment or discrimination.
Administrators will use their best efforts to keep all of the information that is provided during an
investigation of harassment or discrimination confidential. This means that such information will be
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shared with others on a need-to-know basis only. An investigation of a complaint of harassment or
discrimination will be conducted by the principal or the principal’s designee. The investigation may
include:
1. Separate, private interviews with the complainant and each person accused of harassment,
bullying or discrimination
2. Interviews of witnesses, if any
3. Written statements by complainant, accused, and witnesses
At the conclusion of the investigation, the principal, or the principal’s designee will prepare and
recommend an appropriate action. Parents or caregivers will be notified and additional actions may
include:
1. Develop a contract of expectations
2. School disciplinary action
3. And/or Police notification
Additionally, any student found engaging in harassment or discrimination, condoning harassment or
discrimination, or retaliating in cases of harassment or discrimination is subject to disciplinary
sanctions from warning up to and including suspension.
The principal or principal’s designee will conduct follow up interviews within 30 days.
Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault or Gender-Based Discrimination
All persons associated with the school system are expected to conduct themselves at all times to
provide an atmosphere free from sexual harassment, sexual assault and gender-based
discrimination. Any person who engages in sexual harassment, sexual assault or gender-based
discrimination while acting as a member of the school community will be in violation of this policy.
Sexual harassment, sexual assault and gender-based discrimination in school are unwanted sexual
attention from anyone the victim may deal with in school or at school related activities. Sexual
harassment, sexual assault and gender-based discrimination are defined by the victim. The
following behaviors are not allowed: staring or leering with sexual overtones, spreading sexual
gossip, unwanted sexual comments, pressure for sexual activity, any unwanted physical contact of a
sexual nature, and/or displaying material that is sexually offensive or creates a hostile environment.
Any student who believes she/he has been the victim of sexual harassment, sexual assault or
gender-based discrimination should speak to a trusted adult in the school as soon as possible. If a
student is accused of sexual harassment, sexual assault or gender-based discrimination, she/he will
have a hearing with the principal, or principal’s designee. The purpose of the hearing is to decide if
sexual harassment, sexual assault or gender-based discrimination has taken place. Also present will
be advocates to represent both the accused and the victim. The advocates will be chosen by the
victim and the accused and will be persons in the school familiar with the issue,
i.e. guidance counselors. It is strongly recommended that advocates have the same job title or
similar duties. Each incident will be handled individually and as confidentially as possible.
If the investigation indicates sexual assault or substantiates sexual harassment or gender-based
discrimination, the principal or principal’s designee will contact;
a. Bourne Police Department
b. Superintendent
c. Director of Special Education and Student Services
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d. School Nurse
e. Department of Children and Families
At the conclusion of the investigation, the principal, or the principal’s designee will prepare and
recommend an appropriate action. Parents or caregivers will be notified and additional actions may
include:
1. Develop a contract of expectations
2. School disciplinary action
3. and/or Police notification
Additionally, any student found engaging in sexual harassment, sexual assault or gender-based
discrimination or retaliating in cases of sexual harassment, sexual assault or gender-based
discrimination is subject to disciplinary action.
SC Policy JIIA
Adoption Date: 2/18/2013 J -Students
Student Anti-Hazing and Grievance Procedures
Policy
It is the policy of the Bourne Public Schools to provide an atmosphere for students free from
discrimination and/or harassment. Discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of race, color,
religion, national origin, ethnicity, genetic information or testing, sex, sexual orientation, gender
identity, age or disability will not be tolerated. Retaliation against any student or other individual
who has complained of discrimination, including harassment, or individuals, who have cooperated
with an investigation of such a complaint, is also unlawful and will not be tolerated. The District will
promptly investigate, remedy any harm, seek to prevent recurrence of such conduct, and has
developed procedures to accomplish this end. The district is responsible for providing a
nondiscriminatory educational environment free from harassment and, to that end, will enforce this
policy in cases where harassment of a student is the result of actions not only by its agents and/or
employees but also by other students, outside contractors of the district, and/or others.
Definitions
A. Discrimination: Treating persons differently, or interfering with or preventing them from enjoying
the advantages or privileges afforded to others because of their membership in a protected class.
B. Harassment: Oral, written, graphic, electronic, or physical conduct relating to a person’s actual or
perceived membership in a protected class that is sufficiently severe, pervasive or persistent so as
to interfere with or limit that person’s ability to participate in the District’s programs or activities.
C. Hostile Environment: Harassment also occurs when conduct (e.g., physical, verbal, graphic, or
written) based on a person’s protected class status creates a hostile environment which interferes
with and/or limits the ability of a student to participate in or benefit from the services, activities or
privileges provided by the Bourne Public Schools. To determine whether a hostile environment
exists, the harassment must be severe, pervasive or persistent. The harassment must in most cases
consist of more than casual or isolated incidents to establish a violation of this policy. In some cases,
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a hostile environment requiring appropriate responsive action may result from a single incident that
is sufficiently severe. Additionally, the age and cognitive ability of the students involved and the
special nature and purposes of the educational setting will be considered. If it is determined that
the harassment was sufficiently persistent, pervasive or severe that it would have adversely
affected the enjoyment of some aspect of the District’s educational program by a reasonable
student of the same protected class and similar age and development as the victim, the district will
find that a hostile environment existed.
Harassing conduct based on a person’s protected class status may include, but is not limited to:
a. Degrading, demeaning, insulting, or abusive verbal or written statements;
b. Taking personal belongings, taunting, teasing, name-calling, or spreading rumors;
c. Drawing or writing graffiti, slogans, visual displays, or symbols on school or
another’s property;
d. Telling degrading or offensive jokes;
e. Unwanted physical contact of any kind;
f. Physical violence, threats of bodily harm, physical intimidation, or stalking;
g. Threatening letters, emails, instant messages, or websites that come within the
scope of the District’s disciplinary authority;
h. Defacing, damaging, or destroying school or another’s property.
Harassment Prohibited
Harassment: Unwelcome verbal, written or physical conduct directed at a person based on his/her:
a. Disability -disability or perceived disability, including but not limited to damaging or
interfering with use of necessary, equipment, imitating manner of movement, using
disability-related slurs, or invading personal space to intimidate.
b. National Origin -national origin, ancestry, or ethnic background including but not
limited to negative comments about surnames, customs, language, accents,
immigration status or manner of speaking.
c. Race -race or color, including but not limited to racial slurs or insults based on
characteristics of a person's race or color, racial graffiti or symbols, hostile acts
based on race, nicknames based on racial stereotypes, negative comments about
appearance, imitating mannerisms, taunting, or invading personal space to
intimidate.
d. Religion -religion, including but not limited to derogatory comments about religious
beliefs, traditions, practices (includes non-belief), or religious clothing.
e. Gender Identity -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, including but not limited to slurs or insults, imitating mannerisms, taunting, or
invading personal space to intimidate.
f. Sexual Orientation -actual or perceived sexual orientation, including but not limited
to anti-gay slurs or insults, imitating mannerisms, taunting, or invading personal
space to intimidate.
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Sexual Harassment:
Quid pro quo sexual harassment occurs when a person explicitly or implicitly conditions
participation in a program or activity or bases a decision concerning a student on her/his
submission to unwelcome sexual advances, request for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical
conduct of a sexual nature, whether or not the other person submits to the conduct. Quid pro quo
sexual harassment, occurs, for example when a school employee causes a student to believe s(he)
must submit to sexual advances to receive a better grade than deserved, or is threatened with a
loss of a promised college application recommendation unless the student dates the employee.
Hostile environment sexual harassment occurs when unwelcome sexual advances, requests for
sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature by a student, a
school employee, or third party on school property or at school related activities is sufficiently
severe, pervasive or persistent so as to interfere with or limit a person’s ability to participate in or
benefit from the District’s programs or activities by creating a hostile educational environment. A
victim may also be someone affected by conduct directed toward another individual of the same
protected class. Sexual harassment may occur adult to student, student to student, adult to adult,
male to female, female to male, female to female, and male to male.
Depending on the circumstances, sexual harassment may include, but is not limited to:
a. Verbal forms of sexual harassment, including repeated unwanted requests for dates,
sexual rumors, sexually explicit jokes, howling, whistles, catcalls, soliciting
conversation regarding sexual activity and experiences, making unwanted genderbased references to a person’s physical characteristics;
b. Written forms of sexual harassment, including offensive sexual notes, emails or
other writing; sexual comments about the victim written in public places;
c. Nonverbal forms of sexual harassment, including offensive gestures, following or
stalking another, cornering or blocking a person, leering, pressuring for sexual
activities;
d. Visual forms of sexual harassment, including displaying sexually suggestive or
sexually provocative photographs, pictures, objects, cartoons, or posters; or
e. Unwelcome physical touching, including grabbing, groping, squeezing, sexual
fondling, kissing, brushing against another’s body, body hugs, and other unwelcome
contact.
It is a violation of this policy for any administrator, teacher or other employee, or any student to
engage in or condone harassment in school or to fail to report or otherwise take reasonable
corrective measures when they become aware of an incident of harassment.
This policy is not designed or intended to limit the schools authority to take disciplinary action
and/or to take remedial action when such harassment occurs out of school but has a connection to
school or is disruptive to a student's work or participation in school related activities. Reports of
cyber harassment by electronic or other means occurring in or out of school will be reviewed and,
when a connection to school exists, will result in discipline.
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Grievance Procedure
A. Any student who believes that he or she has been subjected to discrimination and/or harassment
has the right to file a grievance and to receive prompt and equitable handling of the grievance.
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 on any and all
information received.
B. Any person who believes she or he has been subjected to discrimination and/or harassment may
file a grievance. This procedure does not deny the right of the grievant to file formal grievances
with state and federal agencies and/or to seek private counsel for grievances alleging
discrimination. Any complaints of discrimination on the basis of disability, other than harassment,
should be brought under the Section 504/ADA Grievance Procedure, Policy ACEA.
C. It is against the law and a violation of this policy for the Bourne School District to retaliate against
anyone who files a grievance or cooperates in the investigation of a grievance.
D. The Bourne School District will make appropriate arrangements to ensure that disabled persons
are provided other accommodations, if needed, to participate in this grievance process. Such
arrangements may include, but are not limited to, providing interpreters for the deaf, providing
digital recordings of material for the blind, or assuring a barrier-free location for the proceedings.
The Civil Rights Officer, Assistant Superintendent Susan Sleasman, will be responsible for such
arrangements.
Initiating a Grievance
1. A student or parent of a student who believes that the student has been harassed or otherwise
discriminated against is encouraged to report this information immediately to the Principal. If the
student reports to another school staff person, and or if a school staff person observes the
harassment, the staff person shall report to the Principal. If the grievance is against the Principal,
the report can be made to the Civil Rights Officer or the Superintendent of Schools.
Reports/grievances are to be filed within ninety (90) days of the date the student, or parent on
behalf of a student filing the grievance becomes aware of the alleged discrimination and/or
harassment. The time limit may be extended for good cause.
2. The Principal, or designee, from here forward “Principal”, will process the grievances in a fair,
expeditious and, to the extent possible, confidential manner. Upon receipt of a grievance, the
Principal, of appropriate, shall make the person filing the grievance aware of the availability of
interim measures such as counseling, stay away mechanisms, and/or services or accommodations
while the grievance is being investigated.
3. A grievance must be in writing but, if necessary, the Principal will assist the student or parent in
writing the complaint.
4. The grievance should state the problem(s) or action(s) alleged to be discrimination and/or
harassment, identify any witnesses and written evidence, and what the person believes will stop
the discrimination and or make the student feel safe from further discrimination. The Principal’s
investigation shall include an interview of the grieving party and the accused; securing any physical
and/or documentary evidence; and/or interviewing any other witnesses to events relevant to the
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grievance. This investigation must be thorough, affording all interested persons an opportunity to
present witnesses and/or submit evidence relevant to the grievance.
5. The Principal will submit a written report of the investigation to the parties within thirty (30) days
of the receipt of the written grievance, which shall include the following
a. A clear statement of the allegations of the grievance.
b. A statement of the facts as found by the Principal and the basis for such findings.
c. A list of all witnesses interviewed and documents reviewed during the investigation.
d. The Principal’s conclusion as to whether or not a hostile environment was found applying
a preponderance of the evidence standard of review to the evidence.
e. If a violation occurred, information about corrective action and reported to each party to
the extent allowed under applicable confidentiality laws.
6. In the event that it is determined that discrimination and/or harassment in violation of this policy
has occurred, the Bourne Public Schools will act promptly to take the actions necessary to end the
discrimination and prevent its reoccurrence. Such steps include but are not limited to counseling,
development of a safety plan, discipline of students up to and including expulsion, discipline of
employees up to and including termination; as appropriate, and if not done previously, referral of
perpetrators to law enforcement; restricting contact between perpetrators and the victims.
Additionally, the Bourne Public Schools will promptly take reasonable steps to remedy the effects of
the discrimination and/or harassment on the victims thereof.
7. The Civil Rights Officer will maintain the files and records of the Bourne School District relating to
such grievances.
8. Either party may appeal the decision of the Principal by writing to the Superintendent of Schools
within 10 days of receiving the Principal’s decision. The appeal will not be a de novo review of the
Principal’s decision. Rather the appealing party must explain why he or she believes the factual
information was incomplete, the analysis of the facts was incorrect, and/or the appropriate legal
standard was not applied, and how this would change the District’s determination in the case.
Failure to do so may result in the denial of the appeal. The Superintendent of Schools shall issue a
decision on the appeal no later than 15 days after its filing. A copy of said decision will be mailed to
all parties and their representatives, if any, on the date it is issued.
Other Options for Complaining Party
Using the Bourne Public Schools' investigation and grievance procedure does not prohibit the filing
of a formal complaint with the government agencies set forth below. Each of the agencies has a
designated time period for filing a claim. Please contact these agencies to learn about their
applicable time frames.
At any time during the process, a grievant may file a complaint with any of these agencies.
Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
Department of Education Office of Civil Rights
J.W. McCormack Post Office and Courthouse
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5 Post Office Square, 8 Floor Boston, MA 02109-4577
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The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD)
One Ashburton Place Sixth Floor, Room 601 Boston, MA 02108 617.994.6000 TTY: 617.994.6196
Cellular Telephones, Portable Listening Devices, Cameras, Video Recording Devises
and other Electronic DevicesAll mobile/cellular phones, CD players, MP3 players, portable listening devices, cameras, and other
video recording devises may infringe on student safety and is a distraction to the Bourne Public
Schools’ learning environment. Students must obtain permission from school administration for use
of cameras and other video recording devices. Exceptions will be made for students with disabilities
who require the use of such technology as part of their IEP or 504 Plans. The school will not be
responsible for these items if they are damaged or stolen. In an emergency, a student may be
contacted via the school office. If a student needs to contact home, he/she may utilize the office
telephone. Students using prohibited items during school are subject to disciplinary action outlined
in the Student Code of Conduct. In addition, devices may be confiscated, and repeated violations
will result in a parent/caregiver having to pick up the device at the main office.
Responsible Use Guidelines
Introduction:
Bourne Public Schools (BPS) believe the teaching of safe and responsible online behavior is essential
for all BPS users and is best taught in partnership between home and school.
Twenty first century learning presents increasing amounts of time online to learn, socialize, and
share. To be safe and to gain the greatest benefit from the opportunities provided through an
online environment, all BPS users need to learn to be responsible digital citizens, particularly when
no one is watching.
Safe and responsible behavior is explicitly taught at our school and parents/caregivers are
requested to reinforce this behavior at home.
Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)
Congress enacted the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, 15 U.S.C. §6501, et seq. (COPPA) in
1998. COPPA required the Federal Trade Commission to issue and enforce regulations concerning
children’s online privacy. The Commission’s original COPPA Rule became effective on April 21, 2000.
The Commission issued an amended Rule on December 19, 2012 that became effective on July 1,
2013.
Bourne Public Schools works diligently to comply with COPPA requirements. Bourne Public Schools
does not collect student personal information or transmit such information directly to online
entities for the purpose of creating web based accounts.
Expectation of Privacy
Bourne Public Schools monitors the use of the school department’s network to protect the integrity
and optimal operation of all computer and system networks. There is no expectation of privacy
related to information stored and transmitted over this network. The information on the network in
general files and email is not private and is subject to review by the network manager at the
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request of administration to substantiate inappropriate activity and to comply with requests of law
enforcement agencies as part of their investigations.
Part A: School support for the use of digital technologies:
At Bourne Public Schools we:
Have policies in place which outline the values of the school and expected behaviors when
students use digital technology and the Internet. Bourne School Committee Policies IME and
KF-RA
Use software designed to block access to certain sites and filter content as required by the
Children’s Internet Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. §254 (CIPA).
Make an effort to correct any known gaps in the filtering of information without unduly
inhibiting the educational use of age appropriate content by staff and students.
Educate students about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other
individuals on social networking Web sites and in chat rooms and cyber bullying awareness
and response.
Provide supervision and direction in online activities and when using digital technologies for
learning.
Use mobile technologies for educational purposes.
Part B -User Agreement When I use digital technology I agree to:
Inform teachers or administrators of any inadvertent access to inappropriate material, in order that
there is appropriate modification of the filtering profile.
Support others by being respectful in how I communicate with them and never write or participate
in online bullying (includes forwarding messages and supporting others in harmful, inappropriate or
hurtful online behavior). See Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan at
http://www.bourneps.org/BPIP
Talk to a teacher or administrator if user feels uncomfortable or unsafe online or sees others
participating in unsafe, inappropriate or hurtful online behavior.
Seek to understand the terms and conditions of websites and online communities and be aware
that content I upload or post is added to my digital footprint.
Protect my privacy rights and those of other users by not giving out personal details including full
names, telephone numbers, addresses and images.
Use the Internet for educational purposes while in school and use the equipment properly.
Abide by copyright procedures when using content on websites (ask permission to use images, text,
audio and video and cite references where necessary).
Think critically about other users’ intellectual property and how I use content posted on the
Internet.
Not interfere with network security, the data of another user or attempt to log into the network
with a user name or password of another user.
Not to cause intentional damage to hardware or software, or the creation or distribution of viruses,
worms or other forms of electronic mayhem.
Not create, display or transmit threatening, racist, sexist, obscene, or abusive or harassing language
or materials. Bourne School Committee Policies AC, ACA, ACAB, ACB, ACBA, ACE and AF.
Not reveal my password to anyone except the system administrator.
Not bring or download unauthorized programs, including games, to the school or run them on
school computers. Saving inappropriate files to any part of the system, including but not limited to:
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music files, movies, video games of all types, including ROMs and emulators, offensive images or
files, programs which can be used for malicious purposes, Any files for which you do not have a
legal license, Any file which is not needed for school purposes or a class assignment.
Comply with teachers' request to shut down the technology device.
Not touch or use other users' devices, computer systems, files/data or computer networks without
their permission.
Waste limited network or bandwidth resources by streaming music or video unnecessarily.
Be a safe, responsible and ethical user whenever and wherever I use it.
When I use my mobile phone, mp3, tablet, or other mobile device I agree to:
Keep the device on silent during class times and only make or answer calls and messages outside of
lesson times – except for approved learning purposes.
Protect the privacy of others and never post or forward private information about another person.
Only take photos and record sound or video when it is part of an approved lesson.
Seek permission from classroom teacher or administrator before taking photos, recording sound,
and/or videotaping them.
Seek appropriate (written) permission from individuals involved before publishing or sending
photos, recorded sound or video to anyone else or to any online space
Be respectful in the photos I take or video I capture and never use these as a tool for bullying.
Users take full responsibility for his or her technology device and keeps it secure at all times. The
school is not responsible for the security of the technology device.
Charge my device prior to bringing it to school and runs off its own battery while at school.
Consequences for Violation of Responsible Use Guidelines
Use of the computer network and Internet is an integral part of research and class work, but abuse
of this technology can result in loss of privileges. Users who use technology devices, digital
resources, and network infrastructure, along with information technology inappropriately may lose
their access privileges and may face additional disciplinary or legal action. The length of time for
loss of privileges will be determined by building administrators. If the user is guilty of multiple
violations, privileges can be removed for one year or more.
USER STATEMENT
User Responsibilities:
I acknowledge and agree to follow these guidelines: I understand that my access to the Internet and
mobile technology at school will be renegotiated if I do not act responsibly.
I also understand the school network and email accounts are owned by Bourne Public School and
that Bourne Public Schools has the right to access any of the information used through these
services at any time.
I understand that this Responsible Use Guidelines also applies during school excursions, camps and
extra-curricular activities.
Responsible Lab and Studio Use
Students in the Bourne Public Schools will have many opportunities to engage in hands-on activities
in a variety of Lab and Studio settings. Examples include but are not limited to:
 Engineering Day Activities
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Science Labs
Innovation Studio Visits (open to all students, K-12)
Art Classrooms
Aquaponics Lab
In each setting, students will have access to age-appropriate tools and materials. Our teachers will
teach safety protocols and safety equipment will be provided when appropriate. Each lab, studio,
and classroom has established rules and safety procedures which students are made aware of.
Students are expected to follow all lab/studio rules and use safety equipment appropriately when
issued. Students who do no follow the lab/studio rules may lose their right to participate in hands-on
activities.
STUDENT AGREEMENT:
Student(s) will agree to follow the safety rules in lab, studio, and classroom settings. Student(s)
understand that the safety procedures and precautions are for my own safety as well as the safety of
others. Student(s) also agree to follow the general rules of appropriate behavior for a classroom at
all times to avoid accidents and to establish a safe learning environment for everyone. Student(s)
understand that if he/she does not follow the rules and safety precautions may lose my right to
participate in hands-on learning activities.
PARENT AGREEMENT:
Parent(s)/Caregiver(s) give permission for their student to participate in hands-on, lab, and studio
activities and to use age-appropriate tools and materials. Parent(s)/Caregiver(s) understand that
their child is expected to follow all rules and use safety equipment in order to participate in hands-on
learning activities.
VI. Procedures & Activities
Athletic Eligibility
Bourne High School provides some opportunities for grade 8 students to become involved in its
athletic programs, through securing a waiver from MIAA. Grade 8 students who wish to try out for
any athletic team/cheerleading that has an approved waiver must follow the athletic eligibility
criteria set forth by Bourne High School, including providing proof of a current physical exam prior
to being allowed to participate. Students must be considered present according to the state
attendance regulations to participate, practice or attend all school activities on the day of the
event. Exceptions may be made by the principal or his/her designee.
Interscholastic Athletic Eligibility Rules
The violation of any eligibility rule may result in forfeiture of a game won. If, in your opinion, there
is any doubt concerning your eligibility, consult the Principal. The rules apply to all teams, varsity,
junior varsity, and freshman, all grades, and both girls and boys sports. The Committee on Athletics
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of M.I.A.A. resolves all questions of eligibility. The MIAA handbook is available online through the
MIAA website (www.miaa.net).
You are not eligible:
1. If you are not a member of some secondary school for two (2) months, exclusive of summer
vacation months, preceding the contest.
2. If you transfer from another school and participated in a specific varsity sport the previous
year at that school. Under these conditions you will be ineligible for a full calendar year.
You may, however, participate and be eligible in any other varsity sport which you did not
participate in the previous year. Consult the Principal and Athletic Director for further
clarification on eligibility of transfer.
3. If you transferred to your present school after the season for the sports began.
During the last marking period preceding the contest, a student must secure a passing grade in at
least five classes (meeting on a full time basis) of prepared work. Exceptions may be made for
students enrolled in AP courses where lab blocks limit the number of classes a student is eligible to
take Prepared work is defined as any subject or course in which credit is allowed toward the high
school diploma. To be eligible for the fall marking period, students are required to have final passing
grades for the previous year in the required number of periods of prepared work.
The academic eligibility of all students shall be considered as official and determined only on the
date when the report cards for that ranking period have been issued to the parents of all students.
a) A student who repeats work upon which she/she has once received credit cannot count that
subject a second time for eligibility.
b) A student cannot count for eligibility any subject taken during the summer vacation, unless that
subject has previously been pursued and failed.
c) Students receiving special education services and whose plan calls for a more restrictive
placement then a regular course at Bourne Middle School may be declared academically eligible by
their principal provided that all other eligibility requirements are met.
d) Students who are academically ineligible to participate in athletics are also not allowed to
participate in practices.
Athletic Handbook and Fees
Please follow the link for the BHS Athletic Handbook for complete information, and click here to pay
athletic fees online.
Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) Plan
The AHERA Management Plan is available for review in the school office during normal school
hours. Please contact Edward Donoghue, Director of Business Services at
edonoghue@bourneps.org or 508-759-0660 with any questions.
Cafeteria
Our school community includes students with severe food allergies, particularly to peanuts. Strict
guidelines have been implemented to prevent life threatening allergic reactions. If students have
eaten any peanut products prior to coming to school, make sure that hands are thoroughly washed
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and teeth brushed before arrival. If students must eat peanut products at lunch, we ask that these
products be placed in airtight containers. Any students that do consume peanut products during
lunch must visit the school nurse’s office at the conclusion of lunch prior to the start of their next
class. Additionally, food brought to school in a quantity intended to be shared will not be allowed.
Some examples include; Dominos Oreo cookie dessert, a can of frosting, a plate of cupcakes, a cake,
a big bag of peanut M&M’s etc.
If parents/caregivers are concerned about a food allergy that a student has, please notify the
cafeteria and the school nurse with this information. A warning will appear on the cashier’s screen
for a quick review of the items on the student’s meal tray.
All food consumption will take place in the cafeteria. At the high school and middle school levels
classroom/team parties/celebrations including those prior to holidays, long weekends, weekends or
school vacations are not permitted.
Every student will have his/her own personal lunchroom account based on the current student ID
number. Students can access their accounts on the PIN pads located at every register. It is strongly
recommended that all students remember their numbers as this will make the lunch lines move
faster.
We encourage parents/caregivers to deposit money into a student’s account through our online
system, although cash will be accepted. If parents/caregivers want to ensure students are spending
money only on complete lunches, they can designate that monies paid into a student account be
limited to the purchase of regular and alternative meals only. Ala carte items may be paid for with
cash or from pre-paid monies if no limits are set. When sending in money by check or cash, please
include the student’s ID number on the check or envelope so it is deposited into the correct
account. This system allows students to charge only if there is money in their account —negative
balances are not allowed.
If a student has qualified for free or reduced price lunches, this information is securely contained
within the system and the meal will be processed just as it is for all other students. There is no need
to be concerned for a potentially uncomfortable situation for the student. To receive the free or
reduced price of food, students may only take the items that are offered with the day’s complete
meal, i.e. choice of one entrée and veggies, one side, milk, fruits and one dessert. All other items
are at an additional, but reduced charge.
Eating in the lunchroom is a privilege. If students are uncooperative or disrespectful, or have
excessive tardies to school, they will lose the privilege of eating lunch with friends for a certain
number of days.
Guidance
Guidance services are available for every student in school; in addition, each counselor is available
one afternoon per week from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Students should see the schedule in the guidance
office for exact afternoons. Students wishing to visit a counselor should contact the counselor or
the secretary to arrange for an appointment.
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Guidance Procedures:
Appointment passes to the guidance office must be obtained in advance. Students should report to
the guidance office before first period to make an appointment with their guidance counselor.
Students may stop by the guidance office between periods to make an appointment with their
guidance counselor if they have time to do so, however, they will not be given a late pass to class. A
pass for an appointment in the guidance office is not a late pass to class! Students may also make
an appointment to see their guidance counselor during lunch if they are given permission to do so
by the teacher on lunch duty at the stairs.
Teachers are not to give students passes to the guidance office. Exceptions may be made to
students who have an emergency or who are visibly upset. Students out of class on a bathroom
pass may not visit the guidance office. Students who report to the guidance office without a valid
pass will be sent back to class. Teachers may deny or delay a pass to the guidance office at their
discretion. Passes to guidance must be signed by a teacher before students leave class.
Library/Learning Commons
Rules and Regulations:
The library will be open during the school day from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. The
library/learning commons specialist will attempt to have the library open afternoons during the
week. Students should check the schedule posted in the library.
All books are loaned for two weeks. Books may be renewed for another two weeks by bringing
them to the library and renewing their loan. Reference books must be used in the library.
A fine (overdue charge) of five cents per school day is charged for hard-cover books not returned on
time. Lost or damaged books will be paid for by the person who signed them out.
Books will not be checked out to anyone who has overdue books or who owes overdue fines.
Destructive or disruptive behavior will result in a referral to the school administration.
VII. School Related Activities
Eligibility for Extra-Curricular Activities:
To be eligible to participate in all extra-curricular activities such as, athletics, cheerleading, drama
club, Student Council, , etc., students must pass a minimum of five major classes that meet full time
per week.
Students who are tardy after 8:00 a.m. will not be eligible to participate in extracurricular/athletic
activities on that afternoon unless excused by an administrator. A violation of the Chemical Health
rule of the MIAA will result in loss of all extracurricular activity privileges for a time period that
aligns with the rule. Students dismissed by the school nurse for sickness or injury may not
participate in athletics after school.
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Conduct
The following regulations will govern the conduct of all students at activities sponsored by a class or
organization affiliated with Bourne Middle School:
1. All students will refrain from smoking, chewing, or use of tobacco in any form.
2. Dress and behavior will be in accordance with school rules.
3. The use, serving, or consumption of any alcoholic beverage on school property or at school
functions is prohibited. Further, a student shall be barred from any school-sponsored
activity if he/she has been drinking alcoholic beverages prior to his/her attendance at, or
participation in, said school sponsored activity.
4. Once the student enters the school building to attend the school sponsored activity, he/she
will not be able to leave and reenter unless permission has been obtained from the faculty
advisor in charge of the activity.
Disciplinary action taken for violation of any of the above regulations will be at the discretion of the
administration. Specific regulations regarding athletics are found in the Student-Athlete Handbook.
Care of School Property
The Bourne Public Schools maintenance and custodians work very hard to keep our school clean
and safe. Their job is very difficult, and they need everyone’s cooperation in order to keep our
schools clean and pleasant place in which to learn. Clean corridors, walls, tables, and desks
enhance school pride. As such, students involved in vandalism will be subject to disciplinary action,
including possible suspension. They must also make restitution for materials and labor necessary to
repair any damage.
Directory Information Notice
Bourne Public Schools has designated certain information contained in the education records of its
students as directory information for purposes of the Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA)
and the Student Record Regulations at 603 CMR 23.00. The following information regarding
students is considered directory information: 1) name 2) address 3) telephone number 4) date and
place of birth 5) major field of study 6) participation in officially recognized activities and sports 7)
weight and height of members of athletic teams 8) dates of attendance 9) degrees, honors and
awards received 10) post high school plans of the student. Directory information may be disclosed
for any purpose at the discretion of the principal, without the consent of a parent/caregiver or an
eligible student. Parent/caregivers of students and eligible students have the right to refuse to
permit the designation of any or all of the above information as directory information. In that case,
this information will not be disclosed except with the consent of a parent/caregiver or student, or
otherwise allowed by FERPA and 603 CMR 23.00. Parents/caregivers or students refusing to have
any or all of the designated directory information disclosed must file written notification to this
effect with the school principal on or before October 1 of that school year.
Copies of the federal or state student records regulations will be provided upon request.
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SC Policy -JRA-R Student Records
603 CMR 23.00 is promulgated by the Board of Education pursuant to its powers under M.G.L. c. 71 and
34D which directs that "the board of education shall adopt regulations relative to the maintenance of
student records by the public elementary and secondary schools of the commonwealth," and under
M.G.L. c. 71 and 34F which directs that "the board of education shall adopt regulations relative to the
retention, duplication, and storage of records under the control of School Committees, and except as
otherwise required by law may authorize the periodic destruction of any such records at reasonable
times." 603 CMR 23.00 was originally promulgated on February 10, 1975 and was reviewed and
amended in June 1995. 603 CMR is in conformity with federal and state statutes regarding maintenance
of an access to student records, and are to be construed harmoniously with such statues.
Application of Rights
603 CMR 23.00 is promulgated to insure parents' and students' rights of confidentiality, inspection,
amendment, and destruction of student's records and to assist local school systems in adhering to the
law. 603 CMR 23.00 should be liberally construed for these purposes.
1. These rights shall be the rights of the student upon reaching 14 years of age or upon entering
the ninth grade, whichever comes first. If a student is under the age of 14 and has not yet
entered the ninth grade, these rights shall belong to the student's parent.
2. If a student is from 14 through 17 years or has entered the ninth grade, both the student and
his/her parent, or either one acting alone, shall exercise these rights.
3. If a student is 18 years of age or older, he/she alone shall exercise these rights, subject to the
following: The parent may continue to exercise the rights until expressly limited by such student.
Such student may limit the rights and provisions of 603 CMR 23.00 which extend to his/her
parent, except the right to inspect the student record, by making such request in writing to the
school principal or Superintendent of Schools who shall honor such request and retain a copy of
it in the student's record. Pursuant to M.G.L. C. 71 and 34E, the parent of a student may inspect
the student record regardless of the student's age.
4. Notwithstanding 603 CMR 23.01(1) and 23.01(2), nothing shall be construed to mean that a
School Committee cannot extend the provisions of 603 CMR 23.00 to students under the age of
14 or to students who have not yet entered the ninth grade.
Definition of Terms
The various terms as used in 603 CMR 23.00 are defined below:
Access: shall mean inspection or copying of a student record, in whole or in part.
Authorized school personnel: shall consist of three groups:
1. School administrators, teachers, counselors, and other professionals who are employed by the
School Committee or who are providing services to the student under an agreement between
the School Committee and a service provider, and who are working directly with the student in
an administrative, teaching, counseling, and/or diagnostic capacity. Any such personnel who are
not employed directly by the School Committee shall have access only to the student record
information that is required for them to perform their duties.
2. Administrative office staff and clerical personnel, including operators of data processing
equipment or equipment that produces microfilm/microfiche, who are either employed by the
School Committee or are employed under a School Committee service contract, and whose
duties require them to have access to student records for purposes of processing information
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for the student record. Such personnel shall have access only to the student record information
that is required for them to perform their duties.
3. The Evaluation Team that evaluates a student.
Eligible student: shall mean any student who is 14 years of age or older or who has entered 9th grade,
unless the School Committee acting pursuant to 603 CMR 23.01(4) extends the rights and provisions of
603 CMR 23.00 to students under the age of 14 or to students who have not yet entered 9th grade.
Evaluation Team: shall mean the team which evaluates school-age children pursuant to M.G.L. c. 71B
(St. 1972, C. 766) and 603 CMR 28.00.
Parent: shall mean a student's father or mother, or guardian, or person or agency legally authorized to
act on behalf of the child in place of or in conjunction with the father, mother, or guardian. The term as
used in 603 CMR 23.00 shall include a divorced or separated parent, subject to any written agreement
between parents or court in order governing the rights of such parents that is brought to the attention
of the school principal.
Release: shall mean the oral or written disclosure, in whole or in part, of information in a student record.
School-age Child with Special Needs: shall have the definition as that given in M.G.L. c. 71B (St. 1972,
c. 766) and 603 CMR 28.00.
School Committee: shall include a School Committee, a board of trustees of a charter school, a board of
trustees of a vocational-technical school, a board of directors of an educational collaborative and the
governing body of an M.G.L. c. 71B (Chapter 766) approved private school.
Student: shall mean any person enrolled or formerly enrolled in a public elementary or secondary school
or any person age three or older about whom a School Committee maintains information. The term as
used in 603 CMR 23.00 shall not include a person about whom a School Committee maintains
information relative only to the person's employment by the School Committee.
The student record: shall consist of the transcript and the temporary record, including all information,
recording and computer tapes, microfilm, microfiche, or any other materials, regardless of physical form
or characteristics concerning a student that is organized on the basis of the student's name or in a way
that such student may be individually identified, and that is kept by the public schools of the
Commonwealth. The term as used in 603 CMR 23.00 shall mean all such information and materials
regardless of where they are located, except for the information and materials specifically exempted by
603 CMR 23.04.
The temporary record: shall consist of all the information in the student record which is not contained in
the transcript. This information in the student record which is not contained in the transcript. This
information clearly shall be of importance to the educational process. Such information may include
standardized test results, class rank (when applicable), extracurricular activities, and evaluations by
teachers, counselors, and other school staff.
Third party: shall mean any person or private or public agency, authority, or organization other than the
eligible student, his/her parent, or authorized school personnel.
Policy References
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, P.L. 93-380, Amended P.L. 113-382, 1994
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M.G.L. 66:10; 71:34A, B, D, E Board of Education Student Record Regulations adopted 2/10/77 and June
1995
Notification of Rights under FERPA
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students who are 18 years of
age or older ("eligible students") certain rights with respect to the student's education records. These
rights are:
1. The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days after the school
receives a request for access.
a. Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal [or appropriate school official] a written request that identifies the records they wish to inspect. The school official
will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and
place where the records may be inspected.
2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or
eligible student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s
privacy rights under FERPA.
a. Parents or eligible students who wish to ask the school to amend a record should write the
school principal [or appropriate school official], clearly identify the part of the record they
want changed, and specify why it should be changed. If the school decides not to amend
the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the school will notify the parent or
eligible student of the decision and of their right to a hearing regarding the request for
amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to
the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.
3. The right to provide written consent before the school discloses personally identifiable
information (PII) from the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA
authorizes disclosure without consent.
a. One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials
with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the school as
an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or
medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel) or a person serving on the school board.
A school official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of the school who
performs an institutional service of function for which the school would otherwise use its
own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use
and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, auditor, medical
consultant, or therapist; a parent or student volunteering to serve on an official committee,
such as a disciplinary or grievance committee; or a parent, student, or other volunteer
assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a
legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to
fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
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b. Upon request, the school discloses education records without consent to officials of another
school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll, or is already enrolled if the
disclosure is for purposes of the student’s enrollment or transfer. [NOTE: FERPA requires a
school district to make a reasonable attempt to notify the parent or student of the records
request unless it states in its annual notification that it intends to forward records on
request.]
4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures
by the [School] to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office
that administers FERPA are:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202
[Optional] See the list below of the disclosures that elementary and secondary schools may make
without consent.
FERPA permits the disclosure of PII from students’ education records, without consent of the parent or
eligible student, if the disclosure meets certain conditions found in §99.31 of the FERPA regulations.
Except for disclosures to school officials, disclosures related to some judicial orders or lawfully issued
subpoenas, disclosures of directory information, and disclosures to the parent or eligible student, §99.32
of the FERPA regulations requires the school to record the disclosure. Parents and eligible students have
a right to inspect and review the record of disclosures. A school may disclose PII from the education
records of a student without obtaining prior written consent of the parents or the eligible student –
a. To other school officials, including teachers, within the educational agency or institution whom
the school has determined to have legitimate educational interests. This includes contractors,
consultants, volunteers, or other parties to whom the school has outsourced institutional
services or functions, provided that the conditions listed in §99.31(a)(1)(i)(B)(1) - (a)(1)(i)(B)(2)
are met. (§99.31(a)(1))
b. To officials of another school, school system, or institution of postsecondary education where
the student seeks or intends to enroll, or where the student is already enrolled if the disclosure
is for purposes related to the student’s enrollment or transfer, subject to the requirements of
§99.34. (§99.31(a)(2))
c. To authorized representatives of the U. S. Comptroller General, the U. S. Attorney General, the
U.S. Secretary of Education, or State and local educational authorities, such as the State
educational agency in the parent or eligible student’s State (SEA). Disclosures under this
provision may be made, subject to the requirements of §99.35, in connection with an audit or
evaluation of Federal- or State-supported education programs, or for the enforcement of or
compliance with Federal legal requirements that relate to those programs. These entities may
make further disclosures of PII to outside entities that are designated by them as their
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authorized representatives to conduct any audit, evaluation, or enforcement or compliance
activity on their behalf. (§§99.31(a)(3) and 99.35)
d. In connection with financial aid for which the student has applied or which the student has
received, if the information is necessary to determine eligibility for the aid, determine the
amount of the aid, determine the conditions of the aid, or enforce the terms and conditions of
the aid. (§99.31(a)(4))
e. To State and local officials or authorities to whom information is specifically allowed to be
reported or disclosed by a State statute that concerns the juvenile justice system and the
system’s ability to effectively serve, prior to adjudication, the student whose records were
released, subject to §99.38. (§99.31(a)(5))
f.
To organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, the school, in order to: (a) develop,
validate, or administer predictive tests; (b) administer student aid programs; or (c) improve
instruction. (§99.31(a)(6))
g. To accrediting organizations to carry out their accrediting functions. (§99.31(a)(7))
h. To parents of an eligible student if the student is a dependent for IRS tax purposes.
(§99.31(a)(8))
i.
To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena. (§99.31(a)(9))
j.
To appropriate officials in connection with a health or safety emergency, subject to §99.36.
(§99.31(a)(10)
k. Information the school has designated as “directory information” under §99.37. (§99.31(a)(11))
Eligible Students
Students who, upon reaching the age of 18, wish to limit their parent’s or guardian’s rights to amend the
student’s records pursuant to 603 CMR 23.00, must do so in writing by filling out the appropriate form
available in the main office. Please note that parents/guardians have the right to inspect the student
records if the student is a dependent for IRS tax purposes (see “h” above).
Eligible Student Dismissal/Tardy documentation
All dismissals/tardies must be in writing and be accompanied by supporting documentation (i.e. an
appointment card or a signed note/letter from a service provider). Only dismissals/tardies for purposes
of illness (supported by school nurse), medical appointment, bereavement, religious holiday, college
visits, or legal matters will be permitted make-up privileges. Eligible students who do not bring in
appropriate documentation for dismissals/tardies may also lose credit in the course(s) they have missed
due to excessive absences or tardies. Please see the attendance policy for more information.
Confidentiality Concerning Individual Educational Plans and 504 Accommodation Plans
All documents pertaining to the student are confidential including IEPs and 504 Plans. It is important
that this confidentiality is respected as every IEP and 504 includes information relevant to the student’s
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performance and disability. Psychological and related reports may also be included in the file. These
documents are written annually and are updated throughout the year as needed.
All discussions and information shared during an IEP or 504 meeting is confidential. All comments and
conversations in the student support services department are confidential and should not be discussed
with others. Specific concerns regarding a student should not be discussed with anyone outside the
school setting who is not directly involved with the student unless the parent has provided a written
consent or release of information. Any discussions and/or recommendations regarding a student’s
IEP/504 Plan should only occur within the context of the Team meeting
Emergency Planning and Procedures
The Emergency Planning and Procedures document is available for review in the school office
during normal school hours. Please contact the building principal to schedule an appointment or for
any questions.
Extra Help for Students
Teachers are expected to provide extra help for students who may need additional assistance in
accordance with the guidelines established in their collective bargaining agreement. This help may
be provided either before or after regularly scheduled hours. Teachers are also expected to
establish the times they will regularly be available for extra help to students and publicly post the
times in the classroom.
After School Hours
BMS Policy-After School Hours: At the close of school daily (2:22 p.m.) all students are required to
leave the building and school grounds unless they remain for sanctioned school programs, such as
extra-help, club participation, teacher detention, make-up, athletics, etc.
Students remaining after school for valid reasons upon dismissal from their activity are to leave the
building immediately or wait for their ride in the main foyer area. Students should not remain in
the academic wings, gym, or cafeteria as supervision is not provided.
This procedure of waiting in the main foyer also applies to students who arrive to school prior to
7:45 a.m. Under no circumstances should students enter the academic wings, gym or cafeteria
prior to 7:45 a.m. as supervision is not provided.
Fire Drills and Building Evacuations
Fire drills at regular intervals are required by law and are an important safety precaution. Students
are expected to know the evacuation route from any position in the building and be familiar with
the fire regulations posted in each room. Fire drills will be held to practice the safest ways to empty
our building. When the alarm rings, please walk in a quiet and orderly manner and follow the
directions of the school staff.
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Health Services
Student health and physical well-being is very important to us. If a student becomes ill or hurt
during the school day, our school nurse is available to help. Students who are ill or get hurt must
report to the health office for assessment. The nurse will contact either the parent/caregiver or
designated emergency contact person after a clinical assessment is made. When this occurs, the
parent/caregiver has the responsibility of providing transportation home and any further necessary
care. Students who are ill are prohibited from calling parents/caregivers from their cell phones.
Except in an emergency, students need a pass to see the school nurse. If the nurse determines that
a student is too ill to remain in school, she/he will call home to make arrangements for dismissal. If
a student has had a contagious disease such as chicken pox or strep throat, the school nurse may
readmit the student only after the designated period of isolation and a required note from a
physician. The Department of Public Health and the Academy of Pediatrics recommends that school
age children should remain at home for 24 hours if they have vomited or have had a fever. Each
year, Student Emergency information Forms are distributed to be updated at home by
parents/caregivers. The form must be completed accurately and returned to the school. The form is
kept on file in the nurse’s office to help in emergency care for a sick or injured student and for
contacting parents/caregivers. This form must be updated by the family as changes occur in family
situations, i.e. work schedule, new telephone numbers, emergency contacts. Please do not list as
emergency contacts individuals who are without transportation.
Administering of Medication
The Bourne Public Schools recognizes the importance of providing a certified nurse in each of its
schools to monitor and supervise the storage and administration of prescribed drugs and
medications and to provide health related services to support the well-being and safety of students
and staff in the building.
The purpose of this regulation is to insure that uniform standards for the safe and proper
administration of medications are provided for students and to assure that students requiring such
medication will receive it in a timely, safe, and appropriate manner.
Under normal circumstances, students may not carry medication in school unless they have
received specific approval to do so from the building administration and a required written
permission request from doctors and parents/caregivers is on file in the nurse’s office.
Unless otherwise approved, the school nurse shall be responsible of the management and
distribution of all medications to students in accordance with the regulations of 105 CMR
210.000 and MGL Chapter 94. Exceptions would include the possession and self-administration of
any prescribed medications for asthma, related respiratory diseases, cystic fibrosis, and diabetes as
specified in MGL Chapter 7l, Section 54B.
All other medications must be kept in the nurse’s office and will only be dispensed by the school
nurse. A doctor’s order and written permission from parents/caregivers must be on file in the
nurse’s office. All orders and permissions for medication must be renewed each school year.
While every effort will be made to obtain a nurse or school staff member trained in medication
administration during field trips and short term special school events, the school committee
recognizes that the school nurse may delegate the administration of prescription medication to a
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responsible adult. In such cases the parent/caregiver must give written consent and the school
nurse must instruct the responsible adult on how to administer the medication to the child.
Additionally, approval to delegate administration and distribution of medications may only be given
on a limited basis to unlicensed personnel who have been granted this authority by the School
Department and provided the School Department be registered with the Division of Food and Drugs
of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
All medical excuses for modification of student programs, i.e. physical education, must be brought
to the nurse who will process them. When a routine physical exam is planned with the student’s
physician, please request a medical record form from the nurse so that the findings of that exam
can be entered into the record.
Mandatory Reporting
The Bourne Public Schools affirms its responsibility to provide for the safety and well-being of
students. This responsibility extends to complying with the Massachusetts Mandatory Child Abuse
and Neglect Reporting Statue, Chapter 119, Section 51 A. The Bourne Public Schools recognizes that
because of their sustained contact with school-age children, school employees will actively carry
out the letter and spirit of the law. It is expected then, that when any staff member in his/her
professional capacity, has reasonable cause to believe that a child under the age of eighteen years
is suffering the effects of any form of child abuse and neglect, that the staff member will report
his/her concerns to the building principal for consideration of reporting to the Department of
Children and Families. A copy of G.L. c. 119 §21 may be found at:
http://www.mass.gov/legis/laws/mgl/119-51a.htm.
Home or In Hospital Educational Services-CHECK WITH CHRISTINA
Regulations require school officials to offer educational services for students confined to the
hospital or home for medical purposes. Such educational services shall not be considered special
education unless the students have been determined eligible for such services, and the services
include services on the students’ IEP. The criteria for home/ hospital services is as follows:
1. The student’s physician must complete a Department of Education form 28R13; Physician’s
Statement for Temporary Home or Hospital Education 603 CMR 28.03(3) (c) and submit it to
the Director of Special Education and Student Services for approval.
2. At a minimum the physician’s signed notice must include information regarding:
a. The student was admitted to a hospital or was confined to home;
b. The medical reason(s) for the confinement;
c. The expected duration of the confinement;
d. The medical needs of the student should be considered in planning the home or
hospital education services; and
e. A specific anticipated date of return to school.
Forms must be completed by a physician, including pediatricians, or any other M.D. but will not be
accepted from a Ph.D. or Ed.D.
Students whose medical condition permits them to complete their course work with the assistance
of the tutor will receive credit for the course.
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The district will assign an appropriate tutor selected from district staff, privately contracted tutors,
or an agency. Every attempt will be made to provide tutoring in each subject area. The school
district determines the number of instructional hours per day or per week based on the educational
and medical needs of the individual student
Lockers
Lockers are not private property. They are school property and may be opened and inspected by
school officials at any time. Every BHS student is assigned a locker and is not permitted to share
lockers with classmates. Students are to keep their lockers locked at all times. Students who fail to
do this run the risk of losing whatever is stored in the lockers. The school is not responsible for lost
articles; if a lock becomes inoperable this should be reported to the main office immediately. In
physical education classes students should leave their wallets, jewelry, electronic devices and other
valuables in locked lockers.
Lost, Stolen and Damaged Materials
Students assume financial responsibility for all materials and equipment issued to them by the
school. In the event such material is lost, stolen, damaged, or defaced, teachers will notify the
student and the office of the material involved and the fee to be assessed.
Charges for lost, damaged, or defaced material and equipment will be applied according to the
following:
 First Year (new material) full replacement cost
 Second Year 80% of thereplacement cost
 Third Year 60% of replacement cost
 Fourth Year 40% of replacement cost
 Fifth Year and older 20% of replacement cost or $15.00 rebinding fee, whichever is greater.
Parental Notification Law
Massachusetts General Laws chapter 71, Section 32A, known as the Parental Notification Law,
requires that parents/caregivers be notified about any curriculum that primarily involves health and
sexual education. The goal of the comprehensive Health Education curriculum, which incorporates
the State’s Health Frameworks, is to promote the health and well-being of our students. The
instructional materials utilized may include class texts, various handouts and video presentations. If
you would like to review these materials at school, please call your school’s office to arrange a
convenient time to do so.
Each student’s privacy will be respected throughout the instruction of the curriculum. Materials will
be presented in a balanced and age appropriate way that makes clear that people may have strong
religious and moral beliefs about health related issues and that these beliefs must be respected.
Under Massachusetts Law you may exempt your child from any portion of the curriculum that
primarily involves human sexual education or issues pertaining to human sexuality. To request an
exemption, mail a letter to the principal. No student who is exempted from this portion of the
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curriculum will be penalized. An alternative assignment may be provided to students who are
exempted.
Photography or Video Taping of Students
The Bourne Public Schools has, on occasion, the need to use photographs or videotape of various
school activities and classes. The school has photographs in local newspapers, provides video
programming designed for instructional and informational purposes, which appears on cable,
broadcast stations and the district or school web site. The school hereby notifies parents/caregivers
that unless a written objection is received in the office of the principal by September 15 of the
school year, the school will assume the rights to use photographs or video tape were students may
appear or be heard.
Physical Education
By Massachusetts State Law, it is required that students take physical education. Any student
wishing to be excused for the day from physical education class for health reasons should bring a
note from his/her parent/caregiver and present it to the nurse before school in the morning. A
doctor must request long-term excuses.
Local Wellness Policy SC Policy AG-approved 09.05.2012
I. Purpose
Based on research conducted by the Center for Disease Control, the Bourne Public School District –
School Committee acknowledges the direct correlation between health and academic success.
Therefore, we will provide the necessary resources in nutrition, health and physical education,
school based activities and food services to promote healthy lifestyles and maximize student
performance. In accordance with Public Law 108-265, Section 204 Child Nutrition and WIC
Reauthorization Act 2004, and Public Law 111-296, The Child Nutrition Reauthorization Healthy,
Hungry Free Kids Act of 2010, Healthier US Schools Challenge and the Richard B Russell National
School Lunch Act section 9f and 17a, the following guidelines shall be implemented.
II. Policy
The BPSD-SC will create a School Wellness Advisory Committee (SWAC) appointed by the
Superintendent. The School Committee will elect a School Committee member to the School
Wellness Advisory Council. The SWAC will establish and assess goals for Nutrition Education,
Nutrition Promotion, Health and Physical Education, Physical Activity, and other school based
activities that promote school wellness in accordance with the MGL 223, Chapter 111, 105 CMR
215.00. The SWAC will conduct an assessment of implementation annually and report to the School
Committee, public, and all stakeholders within the school community. At the conclusion of each
school year, recommendations will be presented to the School Committee for action. Food available
on school campus will follow USDA Regulations and MA School Nutrition Standards for Competitive
Foods and Beverages.
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Physical Restraint
Massachusetts’ regulations provide for guidance for school staff that may be required to restrain a
student. Students may, in rare circumstances, require physical restraint when non-physical
intervention would not be effective and the students’ behavior poses a threat of imminent, serious
physical harm to themselves and/or others. Such physical restraint is limited to the use of such
reasonable force as necessary to protect students or other members of the school community from
assault or imminent, serious physical harm.
Selected staff from each school building and the building principals are trained in depth on the use
of physical restraint. Only personnel who have received training pursuant to 6O3CMR 46.03
(2) or 603 CMR 46.03 (3) shall administer physical restraint on students. School principals and/or
trained staff who have administered physical restraint will adhere to the physical restraint
regulations outlined in 603 CMR 46.00 in terms of the proper administration of and reporting
requirements regarding physical restraint. The training requirements contained in 603 COM
46.00 shall not preclude a teacher employee, or agent of Bourne Public Schools from using
reasonable force to protect students, other persons, or themselves from assault or imminent,
serious physical harm.
The Director of Special Education and Student Services will be informed of any physical restraint
that has resulted in physical injury or any physical restraint that has lasted longer than five (5)
minutes. A written report is to follow on the next school day containing information required by
603 CMR 46.06 (4). The Director of Special Education and Student Services will maintain records of
all such reports and make same available to the School Committee or Department of Elementary
and Secondary Education upon request. The principal or the Director of Special Education and
Student Services will inform the parents/caregivers of students who have been restrained as soon
as possible and follow with a written report within three school days.
All school staff shall be provided with training regarding pursuant to 603 CMR 46.03 (2) or 603 CMR
46.03 (3). Complaints regarding restraint procedures should be directed to the Director of Special
Education and Student Services and promptly investigated.
Pregnancy
Pregnant students shall be encouraged to continue their education at Bourne High School.
Students who become pregnant may continue to attend their regular school program until delivery,
unless their physician recommends a change from that regular program because of complications.
Free academic tutoring is available if a pregnant student is unable to be present in school because
of health reasons. Forms are available in the guidance office.
Student Risk-Assessment
The following administrative procedure is utilized when a student is considered a potential risk to
self or others in the school.
1. Referral to administration for full investigation: principal, assistant principal, and/or the
school nurse;
2. Parent/caregiver will be contacted;
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3. Student will be removed from school and will be recommended to have an independent
risk-assessment.
4. Parent/caregiver will be provided with a list of elements to be included in the independent
risk-assessment.
5. Student will return to school as per principal or designees’ decision based upon the
outcome of the independent risk-assessment and subsequent conference with the student’s
parent/caregiver.
6. Disciplinary action or further intervention is possible based on individual circumstances and
formulation of a student re-entry plan.
7. When necessary, contact will be made by the principal or designee to any parent/ caregiver
of other students directly involved or implicated.
8. The student will be monitored for a period as deemed appropriate by the principal or
designee.
Section 504 School Accommodation Plan
Programs, activities, and services are open to all students, including those with disabilities. When a
student requires specific accommodations unique to a disability that substantially impairs a major
life function, the principal or principal’s designee convenes a team to determine eligibility for a
Section 504 Accommodation Plan. Procedures, in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation
Act are followed in these circumstances.
SC Policy ACEA
Adoption Date: 1/29/2013 A Foundations and Commitments
Section 504/ADA Grievance Procedure
I. Policy
It is the policy of the Bourne School District to provide a learning and working environment free
from discrimination of any kind. In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
(Section 504) and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) the District prohibits
discrimination on the basis of disability and retaliation against persons exercising their rights under
these laws. The Bourne School District has adopted this internal grievance procedure to provide for
prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging any action prohibited bisection 504 and
Title II (i.e. failure to implement a 504 plan). Any complaints of harassment of students on the basis
of disability should be brought under the Student Anti-Harassment Policy and Grievance Procedure,
Policy JIIA. If you disagree with the 504 team’s decision regarding the identification, evaluation, or
placement of a student, you can contact the Massachusetts Bureau of Special Education Appeals at
www.doe.mass.edu/bsea/ or 617.626.7250.
Any student, parent, or third party who believes she/he has been subjected to discrimination on the
basis of disability may file a grievance under this procedure. It is against the law for the Bourne
School District to retaliate against anyone who files a grievance or cooperates in the investigation of
a grievance. This procedure does not deny the right of the grievant to file formal complaints with
other state and federal agencies or to seek private counsel for complaints alleging discrimination.
The Section 504 and Title regulations may be examined in the office of the Assistant Superintendent
Susan Sleasman, 36 Sandwich Road, Bourne, MA 02532 (508.759.0660), who has been designated
to coordinate the efforts of the Bourne School District to comply with Section 504/Title II. The
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Section 504/ADA Coordinator will maintain the files and records of the Bourne School District
relating to such grievances.
II. Procedure:
A. Parents, students and/or other interested parties may file a grievance under this policy. Grievances
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must be submitted in writing to the Section 504/ADA Coordinator at the below listed address within
ninety (90) days of the date the person filing the grievance becomes aware of the alleged
discriminatory action. Persons seeking assistance in filing a complaint may contact the Section
504/ADA Coordinator prior to filing and assistance will be provided to them. This time limit may be
waived as determined by the Section 504/ADA Coordinator on a case by case basis to avoid
injustice. It is the policy of the Bourne School District to process all grievances in a fair, expeditious
and confidential manner to the extent possible.
B. A complaint must be in writing, containing the name and address of the person filing it. The
complaint must state the problem or action alleged to be discriminatory and the remedy or relief
sought. The 504/ADA Coordinator will reduce an oral complaint to writing, if necessary.
C. The Bourne School District will make appropriate arrangements to ensure that persons with
disabilities are provided other accommodations, if needed, to participate in this grievance process. Such
arrangements may include, but are not limited to, providing interpreters for the deaf, providing digital
recordings of material for the blind, or assuring a barrier-free location for the proceedings. The Section
504 Coordinator will be responsible for such arrangements.
D. Upon receipt of a grievance, the 504/ADA Coordinator shall make the complainant aware of the
availability of interim measures such as counseling, stay away mechanisms, and/or services or
accommodations while the grievance is being investigated and decided.
E. Informal Process: If the complainant consents, the 504/ADA Coordinator will transmit the grievance
to the appropriate principal or immediate supervisor for possible informal resolution. The informal
resolution process may be terminated at any time by either the complainant or the Bourne School
District, and the formal complaint process will then be utilized. If no informal resolution is achieved
within 14 days of such referral, the complainant will be referred to the formal process.
F. Formal Process: A complainant may pursue the formal complaint process at any time. The Section
504/ADA Coordinator (or her/his designee) shall conduct an investigation of the complaint. Generally,
the investigation will take no longer than 14 school days from the date the formal complaint is filed.
This investigation will be thorough, affording all interested persons an opportunity to submit evidence
and present witnesses to the complaint.
1. The Coordinator will make a determination using the preponderance of the evidence
standard. If the Coordinator finds that discrimination occurred, the Coordinator will act
promptly to take the actions necessary to end the discrimination, prevent its
reoccurrence, and take reasonable steps to remedy the effects of the discrimination
and/or harassment on the victims thereof. Such steps can include, but are not limited
to, discipline of students and/or employees; counseling for the victim and/or
perpetrator; restricting contact between perpetrators and the victims of such conduct,
and/or services or accommodations.
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2. Upon conclusion of the investigation, the Section 504/ADA Coordinator (or her/his
designee) will prepare and issue to both parties a written report of the investigation
which shall include the following:
i. A clear statement of the allegations of the grievance and remedy sought by
the complainant.
ii. A statement of the facts as found by the Coordinator.
iii. A list of all witnesses interviewed and documents reviewed during the
investigation.
iv.The Coordinator’s conclusion as to whether or not discrimination was found.
v. If a violation occurred, information about corrective action consistent with
applicable confidentiality laws.
3. Appeals: Either party may appeal the decision of the Section 504/ADA Coordinator by
writing to the Superintendent of Schools within 10 days of receiving the Section
504Coordinator’s decision. In the appeal, the party must explain why he or she believes
the factual information was incomplete, the analysis of the facts was incorrect, and/or
the appropriate legal standard was not applied and how this would change the Districts
determination in the case.
4. The Superintendent of Schools will issue a response to the appeal no later than 10 days
after its filing. A copy of said decision will be mailed to all parties and their
representatives, if any, on the date it is issued.
III. Other Options for Complaining Party
At any time during the process, a grievant may file a complaint with either of the following:
Massachusetts Department of Education Program Quality Assurance 350 Main St. Malden, MA 021485023
U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights J.W. McCormack Post Office and Courthouse 5 Post
th
Office Square, 8 Floor Boston, MA 02109-4577 617.289.0111
Non-Custodial Parent’s Right of Access to Records
Parents who do not have custody of their children may not be entitled to receive information from
their child’s student records, such as report cards, discipline reports and the like. Parents who do
not have custody, but want access to their child’s student record information must submit their
request in writing to the Principal.
Upon receipt of the request the school must immediately notify the custodial parent by certified
and first class mail, in English and the primary language of the custodial parent, that it will provide
the non-custodial parent with access after 21 days, unless the custodial parent provides the
principal with documentation that the non-custodial parent is not eligible to obtain access as set
forth in Massachusetts regulations, 603 CMR 23.07(5)(a).
The school must delete the address and telephone number of the student and custodial parent
from school records provided to non-custodial parents. In addition, such records must be marked to
indicate that they shall not be used to enroll the student in another school.
Upon receipt of a court order, which prohibits the distribution of information pursuant to M.G.L.
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c.71 Sec. 34H, the school shall notify the non-custodial parent that it shall cease to provide access
to the student record to the non-custodial parent.
Substitute Teachers
If the regular classroom teacher is absent and a substitute teacher is teaching for the day, students
are expected to act in the same courteous and cooperative way they do when their own teacher is
present. Please keep in mind that a substitute teacher is a member of the community and will form
an impression of Bourne Public Schools from his or her experiences in the classroom. We want that
impression to be a very positive one.
Transportation Procedures
Notice of use of video/audio cameras on school buses
Digital cameras can record both what is said and done on the bus. The video/audio cameras will be
used to monitor student behavior to maintain order on the school buses, specifically to promote
and maintain a safe environment. Students and parents/caregivers are hereby notified that the
content of the recording may be used in a student disciplinary proceeding. The contents of the
recording are confidential student records and will be safeguarded. Recorded events will be
retained, only if necessary, for use in a student disciplinary proceeding or other matters as
determined necessary by the administration.
Arrival and Departure by Car – UPDATE TO MAKE SCHOOL SPECIFIC
Parents/caregivers that drive their students to school should drop them off at the designated
parent/caregiver drop-off location at the cafeteria entrance at the back of the building. Students
should exit and enter the vehicles once they are located along the sidewalk. Parents should not
drop off and pick up students by parking in the front lot where the buses are located. In order to
maintain the safety of all students entering and leaving school, students should not be dropped off
in the middle of parking lots and walk through traffic and buses. Please be aware that parking is
allowed only in designated areas. If students are being picked up after school, parents/caregivers
must park away from the buses and at the designated parent/caregiver drop-off locations.
Buses
This is a special service that the town provides for students and should be appreciated. Students
should bear in mind that continued or severe offenses on the buses could lead to the loss of bus
riding privileges. The bus driver has fill authority and responsibility to enforce order and maintain
discipline by direct command to the students. In the event of a discipline problem with a student,
the driver will deliver the student to his/her destination and then notify the administration via Bus
Conduct Report.
Students with Disabilities
Students with identifiable disabilities will be expected to conform to all rules and regulations unless
otherwise stated in the student’s Individual Education Program. When the total number of days of
suspension from bus privileges approaches ten, the student’s team will convene to discuss possible
modifications to the student’s transportation section of the Individualized Educational Program.
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Permanent Alternative Destination Procedure
A parent/caregiver may apply, in writing, to the school for transportation to and/or from a sitter or
work place provided that the request is of a permanent nature and provided that the pick-up and
drop-off locations are within the town of Bourne. The request must contain the name, address, and
telephone number of the responsible person who will receive the student. All such requests must
be in writing and sent to the respective school’s main office.
Bus Passes
Bus transportation routes and bus stops are established from the enrollment at the elementary and
middle school and through transportation applications at the high school level. Bus applications for
high school students only are processed each year and requires a fee. The fee for high school bus
transportation may be paid online with a check or credit card or at the main office of the high
school with cash or a check. Transportation is only arranged for students to and from home.
Emergency bus passes may be obtained by contacting the main office of each school. The principal
or his /her designee will review all emergency bus pass requests Parents/caregivers must
communicate, in writing to the main office of their student’s respective school, any change or
adjustment to your student’s assigned bus route.
Bus Code of Conduct
The ride to and from school is essentially an extension of the school itself; therefore all of the
information provided under the Student Code of Conduct applies to student behavior on a bus.
Improper conduct aboard the bus is to be treated as a school offense, subject to disciplinary action.
This may well mean a denial of the privilege of transportation. In the interest of safety and wellbeing of all students being transported, students, parents/caregivers, teachers, administrators, and
bus drivers must understand and practice the following additional safety expectations.
1. The student should be on time and waiting for their respective bus. Drivers will not wait for
students to exit houses.
2. Students shall stand at the designated place while waiting for the school bus. They shall
respect other people’s property, and display manners that indicate consideration and safety
for others.
3. Students shall never approach a school bus until it has completely stopped and the door is
opened. In boarding the bus, they should proceed in an orderly manner, single file.
4. Students, who must cross the street to board the school bus, are reminded to wait until the
bus comes to a complete stop and the driver has turned on the flashing red lights.
5. Students exiting the bus, who must cross the street to proceed home, cross only in front of
the bus when the blinking lights are on and the stop sign is extended.
6. Never run beside a bus, chase after a bus or pick up anything that has fallen near the wheel
of a bus.
7. Students shall not open windows without permission. STUDENTS SHALL REMAIN SEATED AT
ALL TIMES. Do not throw anything out of the window. Do not put your hands, arms or any
parts of your body out of the window at any time. Do not open the rear exit emergency
door unless there is an emergency or if you are directed by the driver to do so.
8. Students should not distract the bus driver’s attention from driving.
9. The driver is in full charge of the bus students therein. He or she shall have the right to
assign students to specific seats within the bus and shall accept as his/her responsibility the
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obligation to report to the administration the names of any students who seriously
misbehave.
Bus Stops
Authorized bus stops will be located at designated areas, accessible to students from within and/or
surrounding neighborhoods. Students will be required to walk to a common stop. The maximum
walking distance for a bus stop by state law is one mile. Door to door bus service is not provided.
Bus routes as a rule do not enter cul-de-sac areas. Bus stops may only change through the
authorization of the Director of Business Services.
Once a student boards the bus, he or she becomes the responsibility of the Bourne Public Schools.
Such responsibility shall typically end when the student is delivered to the regular bus stop at the
close of the school day. The parent/caregiver is responsible for the behavior and safety of the
student between the residence and the designated bus stop and while waiting at the bus stop.
Procedures for Infractions of the Student Code of Conduct on School Buses
The procedure for handling infractions of the Student Code of Conduct on school buses shall be as
follows:
f. First Offense -A bus conduct discipline form is completed by the driver and given to
the principal of the school for disciplinary action. The principal addresses the issue
with the student and decides on a course of action depending upon the offense.
g. Second Offense -A bus conduct discipline form is completed by the driver and given
to the principal of the school for disciplinary action. Parent/caregiver may be
requested to come to school for a conference or address issue with the student,
signature and comments may be requested and returned to the principal. Bus
privileges may be revoked.
h. Third Offense -A bus conduct/discipline form is completed by the driver and given to
the principal of the school for disciplinary action. Transportation privileges may be
taken away from the student for the remainder of the year, and the parents shall be
so notified in writing by the principal of the school the student attends.
Copies of all infractions and administrator responses are forwarded to the Transportation
Coordinator. A copy also gets forwarded to the bus company.
Driving to School:
Students who want to park on school grounds must apply for parking permits. The permit will be
issued at the BHS main office upon receipt of a completed application form. A copy of the student’s
license is also required.
Drivers must adhere to rules and regulations stated on the application and must display the permit
while the vehicle is parked on school grounds during the academic day. Parking permits are nontransferable.
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Failure to park in assigned parking spot, or parking on school grounds without a valid permit will
result in meeting with administrator, suspension of driving privileges, and/or disciplinary action
leading up to suspension.
Should a parking permit become lost or stolen, a replacement must be obtained. Replacements are
available from the main office for a $10 fee.
All operators and passengers of motor vehicles are required to properly fasten their safety belts
while on school property. Any operator of a vehicle in which the driver or any passenger is not
wearing a safety belt or otherwise properly restrained in an infant or child seat will be subject to
discipline.
Parking on school grounds is considered a privilege. It is understood that the vehicle may be
searched by school authorities if, in their opinion, reasonable suspicion exists that there may be an
infraction of a school rule. Under these conditions, the student will be required to unlock the
vehicle or be subject to disciplinary action for insubordination.
All drivers are subject to driving regulations distributed at the time of the application.
Students driving to school:
a. May park only in assigned parking space in student parking lot. Vehicles illegally or
improperly parked in unauthorized places will be ticketed and/or towed away at the
owner’s expense.
b. May not park in the front row of the student parking lot. This space is for drop
off/pick up purposes only. Cars parked in the front row will be ticketed and/or
towed at the owner’s expense.
c. May not park in the middle school staff parking lot. If the high school student
parking lot is full, students must park in the middle school lot located outside the
gymnasium (near the fields).
d. Must lock all cars and vehicles upon arrival at school and may not visit them again
until dismissal time or other times authorized by the administration.
e. Must obey all posted and written safety and traffic regulations as well as to display
maturity and common sense in the operation of their vehicles.
f. Must maintain a speed limit of 10 miles per hour at all times when entering and
leaving school property.
g. Must not park or drive on grass.
Students found in violation of these rules are subject to the loss of driving to school privileges. The
school assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to any vehicle or its contents.
Work Permits
Work permit applications are processed at Bourne High School in the guidance department.
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Contents
Preface ____________________________________________________________________________ ii
Bourne School Committee _________________________________________________________ ii
Members_______________________________________________________________________ ii
BPS Administration Contact Information ______________________________________________ ii
Bourne Public Schools Mission Statement _____________________________________________ iii
Bourne Public Schools Vision Statement ______________________________________________ iii
Bourne Public Schools Civil Rights Laws/District Coordinator Information ____________________ iii
I. Bourne Middle School’s Expectations ___________________________________________________ 1
Bourne Middle School Scheduling Cycle_______________________________________________ 2
II. Attending School _______________________________________________________________ 1
Proof of Residency _______________________________________________________________ 2
Insurance Covergae ______________________________________________________________ 3
School Calendar _________________________________________________________________ 3
New 2016-2017 Bell Schedule and Rotation ___________________________________________ 4
School Cancellation_______________________________________________________________ 4
Attendance Policy ________________________________________________________________ 4
Student Absence Notification Program _______________________________________________ 5
Absence Notes ________________________________________________________________ 5
Arriving Late Procedures ________________________________________________________ 5
Early Dismissal Procedures ______________________________________________________ 5
Clinical Dismissals: _____________________________________________________________ 5
Attendance Accommodations for Religious Holidays __________________________________ 5
Guidelines for Participation in After School Functions or School Sponsored Activities ________ 6
Homeless Students: Enrollment Rights and Services___________________________________ 6
III. Academic Information ______________________________________________________________ 7
Academic Integrity _______________________________________________________________ 7
Cheating _____________________________________________________________________ 8
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Plagiarism: ___________________________________________________________________ 8
Grading System __________________________________________________________________ 8
PowerSchool Access ______________________________________________________________ 8
Homework _____________________________________________________________________ 9
Testing Programs ________________________________________________________________ 9
Absentee Make-up of Assignments __________________________________________________ 9
Vacation Statement ______________________________________________________________ 9
IV. Code of Conduct _________________________________________________________________ 10
Responsibility to be a Good Student ________________________________________________ 10
Respect for People ______________________________________________________________ 10
Rationale and Scope _____________________________________________________________ 10
Classroom-Based Expectation and Discipline __________________________________________ 11
Class Disruption/ School Disruption _________________________________________________ 11
Tardiness to Class _______________________________________________________________ 11
Class Cutting ___________________________________________________________________ 11
Being in an Unauthorized Area __________________________________________________ 11
Displays of Affection __________________________________________________________ 12
Language ___________________________________________________________________ 12
Respect for Authority/insubordination ____________________________________________ 12
Throwing Food/Other Items In/Out of the Cafeteria _________________________________ 12
Horseplay, Fooling around, and Unnecessary Physical Contact _________________________ 12
Fighting/Assault/Battery _______________________________________________________ 12
Leaving School Grounds, Activities, Field Trips/Leaving School without Permission _________ 13
Tobacco/Electronic Cigarettes Possession/Use ______________________________________ 13
Vandalism and Theft __________________________________________________________ 13
Possession, Use, Distribution or Being under the Effect following use of Alcohol ___________ 13
Breathe Alcohol Testing Procedures and Protocol ___________________________________ 13
Bomb Threats and False Fire Alarms ______________________________________________ 14
Possession/Exploding of Fireworks _______________________________________________ 14
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Standards of Dress ____________________________________________________________ 14
Unacceptable Items ___________________________________________________________ 15
Unsupervised Students after School ______________________________________________ 15
School Dances _______________________________________________________________ 15
Threat of Violence ____________________________________________________________ 15
Procedure for Complaint and investigation of Threat of Violence _______________________ 15
Discipline Responses and Procedures________________________________________________ 16
Teacher Assigned Detention ____________________________________________________ 17
Administrative Assigned Detention _______________________________________________ 17
After School Detention ________________________________________________________ 17
Lunch Detention______________________________________________________________ 17
In-School Suspension __________________________________________________________ 17
Out of School Suspension ______________________________________________________ 17
Social Probation ______________________________________________________________ 18
Student Obligation an Debt _____________________________________________________ 18
Interviews and Searches _______________________________________________________ 18
Notification of Police and other Authorities ________________________________________ 18
Security Camera Use __________________________________________________________ 19
Protocols related to camera use _________________________________________________ 19
Expulsion ___________________________________________________________________ 19
Due Process: Procedures That Apply To Discipline For Conduct Not Governed By M.G.L. C. 71, §37H
and 37H1/2 ____________________________________________________________________ 20
In-School Suspension (for less than 10 cumulatively during a school year) ________________ 20
Short-Term, Out-of-School Suspension (10 cumulative days or less during a school year) ____ 21
Long-Term Suspensions ________________________________________________________ 22
Exception for an Emergency Removal _____________________________________________ 23
Appeal to the Superintendent ___________________________________________________ 24
Discipline of Students with Disabilities: Applies to Individual Education Programs and Section 504
Plans _________________________________________________________________________ 25
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Special Education Students________________________________________________________ 25
Policy _________________________________________________________________________ 26
Procedures ____________________________________________________________________ 26
V. BULLYING & HAZING POLICY_________________________________________________________ 27
Policy _________________________________________________________________________ 27
Definitions _____________________________________________________________________ 28
Bullying Prohibited ____________________________________________________________ 28
Hazing Prohibited_____________________________________________________________ 28
Retaliation Prohibited _________________________________________________________ 29
Guidelines for Investigating Bullying and/or Hazing Claims _______________________________ 29
Confidentiality:_______________________________________________________________ 30
Additional Information regarding Bullying _________________________________________ 31
Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan ____________________________________________ 31
Introduction ___________________________________________ Error! Bookmark not defined.
Definitions __________________________________________________________________ 32
Expectations _________________________________________________________________ 33
Reporting ___________________________________________________________________ 33
Reporters ___________________________________________________________________ 34
Investigation ________________________________________________________________ 34
Documentation and Records ____________________________________________________ 35
Responses to Bullying _________________________________________________________ 35
Training and Professional Development______________________________________________ 36
Specific Bullying Prevention Approaches _____________________________________________ 37
Collaboration with Families _______________________________________________________ 39
Notice ________________________________________________________________________ 39
Hazing ________________________________________________________________________ 40
Ch. 269, Sec. 18. Duty to Report Hazing ___________________________________________ 40
CONFIDENTIALITY ____________________________________________________________ 41
Harassment or Discrimination _____________________________________________________ 41
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Procedure of Complaint and investigation of harassment or discrimination _______________ 41
Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault or Gender-Based Discrimination _______________________ 42
Student Anti-Hazing and Grievance Procedures _____________________________________ 43
Policy ______________________________________________________________________ 43
Definitions __________________________________________________________________ 43
Harassment Prohibited ________________________________________________________ 44
Sexual Harassment: ___________________________________________________________ 45
Grievance Procedure __________________________________________________________ 46
Initiating a Grievance __________________________________________________________ 46
Other Options for Complaining Party _____________________________________________ 47
Cellular Telephones, Portable Listening Devices, Cameras, Video Recording Devises and other
Electronic Devices- ______________________________________________________________ 48
Responsible Use Guidelines _____________________________________________________ 48
Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) ______________________________________ 48
Expectation of Privacy _________________________________________________________ 48
Consequences for Violation of Responsible Use Guidelines ____________________________ 50
User Responsibilities: __________________________________________________________ 50
Responsible Lab and Studio Use ________________________________________________________ 50
VI. Procedures & Activities ____________________________________________________________ 51
Athletic Eligibility _______________________________________________________________ 51
Interscholastic Athletic Eligibility Rules ____________________________________________ 51
Athletic Handbook and Fees _______________________________________________________ 52
Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) Plan ________________________________ 52
Cafeteria ______________________________________________________________________ 52
Guidance ______________________________________________________________________ 53
Guidance Procedures: _________________________________________________________ 54
Library/Learning Commons _______________________________________________________ 54
VII. School Related Activities___________________________________________________________ 54
Eligibility for Extra-Curricular Activities: ______________________________________________ 54
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Conduct ____________________________________________________________________ 55
Care of School Property __________________________________________________________ 55
Directory Information Notice ______________________________________________________ 55
SC Policy -JRA-R Student Records ___________________________________________________ 56
Application of Rights __________________________________________________________ 56
Definition of Terms ___________________________________________________________ 56
Notification of Rights under FERPA _________________________________________________ 58
Eligible Students______________________________________________________________ 60
Eligible Student Dismissal/Tardy documentation ____________________________________ 60
Confidentiality Concerning Individual Educational Plans and 504 Accommodation Plans _____ 60
Emergency Planning and Procedures ________________________________________________ 61
Extra Help for Students ___________________________________________________________ 61
After School Hours ______________________________________________________________ 61
Fire Drills and Building Evacuations _________________________________________________ 61
Health Services _________________________________________________________________ 62
Administering of Drugs ___________________________________________________________ 62
Mandatory Reporting ____________________________________________________________ 63
Home or In Hospital Educational Services ____________________________________________ 63
Lockers _______________________________________________________________________ 64
Lost, Stolen and Damaged Materials ________________________________________________ 64
Parental Notification Law _________________________________________________________ 64
Photography or Video Taping of Students ____________________________________________ 65
Physical Education ______________________________________________________________ 65
Local Wellness Policy ____________________________________________________________ 65
Purpose ____________________________________________________________________ 65
Policy ______________________________________________________________________ 65
Physical Restraint _______________________________________________________________ 66
Pregnancy _____________________________________________________________________ 66
Student Risk-Assessment _________________________________________________________ 66
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Section 504 School Accommodation Plan ____________________________________________ 67
Section 504/ADA Grievance Procedure ____________________________________________ 67
Non-Custodial Parent’s Right of Access to Records _____________________________________ 69
Substitute Teachers _____________________________________________________________ 70
Transportation Procedures ________________________________________________________ 70
Notice of use of video/audio cameras on school buses _______________________________ 70
Arrival and Departure by Car ____________________________________________________ 70
Buses ______________________________________________________________________ 70
Students with Disabilities_______________________________________________________ 70
Permanent Alternative Destination Procedure ______________________________________ 71
Bus Passes __________________________________________________________________ 71
Bus Code of Conduct __________________________________________________________ 71
Bus Stops ___________________________________________________________________ 72
Driving to School: _______________________________________________________________ 72
Work Permits __________________________________________________________________ 73
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