Student Parent Handbook 2018-2019 Part 1 Academics and Behavior (for translation)

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HOLLISTON HIGH SCHOOL

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Student-Parent Handbook

2018 - 2019



Nicole A. Bottomley Tracy R. Conte

Principal Student Services Administrator


Anne M. Connoni Matthew J. Baker

Assistant Principal Athletic Director

Patrick F. Kelley

Assistant Principal





Holliston High School

370 Hollis Street

Holliston MA 01746

Phone: 508-429-0677

Fax: 508-893-6053


It is the policy of Holliston Public Schools not to discriminate on the basis of race, gender, gender identity, religion, national origin, color, homelessness, sexual orientation, age or disability in its education programs, services, activities, or employment practices.



Use the links below to navigate through the Student/Parent Handbook. If you have any questions please contact Holliston High School.


Holliston High School

Academic Information

Behavioral Expectations/
Sanctions

Extracurricular Activities

Student Support Services

Core Values & Beliefs

Code of Conduct

Chain of Communications

PTO (Parent-Teacher Organization)

 

Attendance


Attendance

Class cuts

College Visits

Dismissals

Emergency School Closing

Making Up Work

“Skip Days”

Tardiness to School

Tardiness to Class

Truancy

 

General School Information


Buzzer System

Emergency Response Plan

Gymnasium

Hours & Bell Schedule

Lunch/Cafeteria

Lockers

Messages for Students

PTO

Student ID Cards


Academic Levels Accelerating in a Course of Study

Access to Records

Advanced Placement

Availability of Courses

Class standing

Credits

Directed Study Block

Extramural Academic Program

Final Examinations

Grade Reporting

Graduation

Homework

Honor Roll

Innovative Curriculum

Making Up Work

MCAS

National Honor Society

Promotion/Retention

Repeating Courses

Schedule Changes

School-to-Career Internship

Summer Reading Program

Summer School

Transcripts


Alcohol & Drug Use

Bullying & Prevention

Buses

Cheating/Plagiarism

Discipline/SPED

Discrimination

Dog Sniff Searches

Dress/Appearance

Electronic Devices

Harassment

Hazing

Memorandum of Understanding

Office Detention

Parking Lot/Automobiles

Recreational Equipment

Return after Suspension

Saturday School

Searches/Interrogations

Suspension and Expulsion

Teacher Detention

Tobacco Products Policy

Willful Destruction of Property



Activities & Athletics: Rules

Behavioral Expectations

Dances

Participation in Activities

Participation Fees

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Class & Club Funds

Class & Club Meetings

Class Officers Elections

Class Trips/Dues

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Athletic Eligibility

Athletic Squad Rules

Bona Fide Team member

Fan Participation

Interscholastic Athletics

Pre-season Responsibilities

Program Goals for Team Levels

MIAA Chemical Health Rule

Athletic Equipment

Taunting Rule

Team Selection


College Visits

Guidance Information

Special Education

Student Records

Transcripts


Health Services


Accident, Illness, Injury

Emergency Dismissal Forms

Health Regulations

Medication Procedures

Physical Exams

Religious Objections

Return to School/Accident

Student Health/Accident Insurance


Library Services


Access

Collections

Circulation Procedure

Overdue Books












Core Values, Beliefs, and Learning Expectations


CORE VALUES:

Responsible, Resourceful and Reflective Citizens in a Collaborative Environment.


BELIEFS:  

The Holliston High School community believes our students should…

  • be persistent, life long learners

  • be independent thinkers

  • develop healthy lifestyles and make appropriate decisions

  • develop deep and enduring academic understandings

  • be exposed to a variety of intellectual and cultural experiences

  • appreciate the fine and performing arts

  • effectively and appropriately utilize technology


ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS:

Our goal is that Holliston High School students will…

  • write effectively

  • read critically

  • speak with clarity

  • apply reasoning and problem solving skills

  • collaborate with others

SOCIAL EXPECTATIONS:

Our goal is that Holliston High School students will…

  • practice respect for self and others in various environments

  • cooperate with others in and out of the classroom

CIVIC EXPECTATIONS:

Our goal is that Holliston High School students will…

  • be responsible and contributing members of their communities














CODE OF CONDUCT

All members of the Holliston High School community - the administration, faculty, staff, students, parents, and volunteers, are committed to the proposition that every person at Holliston High School has the right to learn and work in a positive, mutually respectful environment.  Each of us has the responsibility to demonstrate a positive attitude, and to respect the school as a place of learning and to respect each other. In order to achieve this goal, all members of the school community will:


  • Treat others as we would have others treat us;

  • Accept our differences;

  • Practice common courtesy, friendliness and the use of appropriate language;

  • Be cooperative, attentive and supportive in class and in school activities;

  • Accept the ideas of others in and outside class with an open mind and polite attention;

  • Solve problems with thoughtful dialogue;

  • Support one another in our efforts to do our best as we pursue our individual goals;

  • Value the environment within and without the school and maintain school facilities free from litter and vandalism;

  • Take responsibility for our own actions and be ready to accept the rewards and/or consequences of those actions.


Because we all share the responsibility for setting and maintaining standards of respectful behavior, all members of the school community will be responsible for setting a positive example while on school grounds, school buses, or at school-sponsored events.  We know that school safety and a respectful school culture are promoted by dealing with problems when they are small, before they escalate into more dangerous behaviors. Therefore, we are committed to establishing a high standard of behavioral expectations. Certain behaviors are not tolerated.  Those behaviors and their consequences are listed in detail elsewhere in this Handbook. They include, but are not limited to:


  • Harassment, bullying and threatening behavior of any kind that creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment;

  • Conduct that interferes with school discipline;

  • Malicious destruction of property;

  • Possession of alcohol, drugs, drug paraphernalia, or weapons, including facsimiles of guns or other weapons; and

  • Possession or use of tobacco and tobacco products.


At the beginning of the year, all students sign and acknowledge they have read and understand the Code of Conduct for Holliston High School.


Chain of Communication

One of the goals set for Holliston High School is to increase communications among students, parents, teachers, and administrators.  Therefore, any concerned individual should feel comfortable contacting any member of the Holliston High School administration, faculty, or staff.  In all instances, initial contact should be made directly to the teacher or coach.  If you have any further concerns, please be aware of the following chain of communications:


1) Appropriate Department Leader

2) Appropriate Administrator Ms. Anne Connoni, Assistant Principal (grade 9 & 11)

Mr. Patrick Kelley, Assistant Principal (grade 10 & 12)

Mr. Tracy Conte, Student Services Administrator

Mr. Matthew Baker, Athletic Director

3) Principal Ms. Nicole Bottomley, Principal


General School Information

 


School is in session: 7:30 – 2:03

Early release dismissal: 10:40 (11:00 on Examination Dates)

Main Office hours: 7:00 – 3:00

Guidance Office hours: 7:00 – 3:00

Library hours: 7:25 – 3:00 (Monday - Thursday)

7:25 – 2:03 (Friday)


Bell Schedule


SCHOOL HOURS – 7:30 A.M. – 2:03 P.M.


BLOCK

START

END

DURATION





PERIOD A

7:30

8:47

77 minutes

    passing

8:47

8:51

        4 minutes





PERIOD B

8:51

10:08

77 minutes

    Passing

10:08

10:12

        4 minutes





DIRECTED STUDY BLOCK

10:12

10:53

41 minutes

    Passing

10:53

10:57

        4 minutes





PERIOD C

10:57

12:42






    1st Lunch

10:57

11:22


    CLASS

11:25

12:42

77 minutes





    2nd Lunch

11:36

12:01


    CLASS

10:57

11:36

39 minutes

    CLASS

12:04

12:42

38 minutes





    3rd Lunch

12:14

12:42


    CLASS

10:57

12:14

77 minutes

    Passing

12:42

12:46

        4 minutes





PERIOD D

12:46

2:03

77 minutes


Rotating Schedule


Please note:  the schedule of periods will rotate over a four-day cycle as indicated below.

“A” Day

“B” Day

“C” Day

“D” Day





A

B

C

D

B

C

D

A

“B” - Directed Study

“C” - Directed Study

“D” - Directed Study

“A” - Directed Study

C

D

A

B

D

A

B

C



School Committee

Title

Code

Policy

Care of School Property Issued to Students

JICB


The text of School Committee Policy – Code JICB – “Care of School Property Issued to a Student” may be found on the Policy Website.  In the event of a violation of this, the guidelines outlined below will be followed.


Holliston High School Guidelines regarding the Care of School Property Issued to a Student


Students are responsible for and are expected to maintain proper care of all school property issued to them.  Once issued, students are responsible for payment of any items lost, stolen, or damaged. Each item not returned will be assessed at a rate comparable to the current replacement cost.  All students provided a school-issued Chromebook are offered the ability to purchase insurance for the device at a cost of $40 per year. For additional information about Chromebook computers provided by the high school and the insurance offered, please see the Technology Program located on the Holliston High School website.


Emergency Response Plan

Holliston Public Schools believe that the best strategy for dealing with emergencies is preventing them.  Therefore, time and resources have been focused on district programs and activities for the identification and prevention of violence.  A school climate of respect is a core value at all levels. Social competency, skill training, and implementation exist in Pre-K – Grade 4 in each classroom; peer mediation is a focus for the Middle and restorative justice for the High Schools.


All schools will conduct drills to ensure that students and staff are familiar with the essential requirements of moving to designated areas and/or responding to an evacuation plan. The plan will undergo periodic review and continual updates.


During the 2013 – 2014 school year, Holliston High School implemented Intruder Response Protocols (IRP).  Each year, students and faculty undergo IRP training to ensure readiness in the event of an emergency. These protocols empower students and faculty to make educated decisions about evacuation, hiding out in classrooms or taking action based on the available information and safety of students.


Evacuation (Fire Drill)

Periodic evacuation (fire drill) drills will be held.  The signal will be a prolonged ringing of the fire alarm.  Directions for swift and orderly evacuation of the building are posted in all rooms.  Good order is to be maintained during the drill.


When the first signal rings:


  1. Each group should leave the room and exit the building in a quiet orderly manner.

  2. Two students of the first group reaching an outside exit shall be delegated by the teacher in charge to hold the outside doors until all groups have passed through.

  3. If the signal rings during a passing period, go down the nearest stairway and out the nearest door.

  4. Remain at least 100 feet away from the building, off the road and driveways, and 50 feet away from the fire trucks.  Student should stay with their teacher(s) and other members of their class to facilitate an attendance check.

  5. Teachers must take attendance to make sure all students are accounted for and report any missing or extra students to school administration.

  6. Return inside when the all clear is sounded.



Buzzer System

Holliston High School, in conjunction with the support of the Holliston Police Department and the Holliston Fire Department, has implemented a buzzer system to enter the facility.  As is the case with all the other schools in the district, several doors will be open and unlocked prior to the start of classes (7:30 AM) allowing students and staff to enter school quickly and efficiently.  Doors will be locked just after the bell rings at 7:30 AM.  Following the bell all students, staff and visitors will only be allowed to enter the school via the front door. To request entry, a visitor should press the button on the entry system and respond to the questions from the office staff who will determine if the visitor has a legitimate reason to be allowed entry into the building. All other doors at HHS will remain locked throughout the entire school day, although the door near the cafeteria may be unlocked by an administrator during a period of high traffic, but only if that administrator physically stations themselves near the door when it is unlocked.


Holliston Parent Teacher Organization (PTO

The Holliston Parent Teacher Organization is a volunteer parents group that works closely with the school administration and teachers to provide Holliston's children in grades PreK-12 with special programs and services during the school year.  Each school has a dedicated group of volunteers from the Holliston PTO working to provide information, special programs, and grants. Money raised through dues and several fund raising activities is used to support many different programs at all levels of the system. For more information about the association and how to become involved, visit www.HollistonPTO.org.


Lunch/Cafeteria

The cost of food may not be charged.  As soon as students have finished eating, they must bring their trays, utensils, milk container, etc. to the place designated.  Students are reminded that food/beverages should be consumed only in designated areas.


Students and their families may apply for free/reduced lunch assistance through the Main Office, Guidance, or the cafeteria cashiers at any time.


At lunchtime and at any other time during the school day, the parking lot and loading dock areas are off limits.


School Committee

Title

Code

Policy

Collection of Payment for School Meals

EFDA


The text of School Committee Policy – Code EFDA – “Collection of Payment for School Meals” may be found on the Policy Website.  The guidelines outlined below will be followed at the High School.



Lockers

Students must use the lockers assigned to them for the current school year, and they are accountable for that locker and its contents.  Opening another student’s locker is a suspendable offense. Since lockers are school property, students are reminded that they are subject to inspection by Administration at any time, and they should not have any reasonable expectation of privacy.


Students cannot place personal padlocks on their assigned lockers.  Students should report broken/jammed lockers to the Main Office.


It is the student’s responsibility to make sure corridor and Physical Education lockers are secured. At no time should students carry large sums of money around the school or keep money in lockers.  Loss of personal or school-issued properties is the responsibility of the individual student. The school does not carry insurance to reimburse students for lost or stolen articles.



Messages for Students

When possible, during the school day, students are called to the office to pick up messages.  In case of emergency, students are called to the office immediately. The school cannot assume responsibility for delivering personal messages to students if students do not respond when their name is called.


Notices

All notices of club meetings, athletic and social events, general information for the day, and specific instructions are posted on the school website on a daily basis.  Additionally, selected notices are announced over the public address system following the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence. Students responsible for notices must have them approved by their advisor before presenting them to the office.  Students are expected to be attentive during daily P.A. announcements.


All posters and other advertising must be approved by the administration.


Student Identification Cards

All students will have a picture identification card produced for them.  Students are urged to carry their picture I.D. with them at all times. Picture I.D. cards may be required to check out either circulating books or reference books and reserve materials from the library and are necessary to gain entry to school dances held on campus.  A five-dollar ($5.00) fine will be charged to replace a lost or damaged picture I.D. card.



Academic Information

 


Academic Levels

Each course has an academic level rating, which indicates program demands and the relative degree of educational challenge:


Advanced Placement

Honors courses

College Preparatory I courses

College Preparatory II courses


The rating system is an overall measure of the demands of Holliston High School’s program and a factor used in conjunction with a student’s course grades to determine the student’s decile ranking in their graduating class.  Therefore, summer school courses and other off-campus courses are not included in rank calculation.


Quality Points

A weighted quality point is assigned for each letter grade at each academic level (see accompanying chart).  Each final grade on a student’s transcript is assigned a quality point value. Dividing the total quality points received by the total credits earned arrives at the quality point average (Q.P.A.).  Weighted refers to the fact that similar grades will receive different points based on “level” of difficulty of course.


The following chart is to be used for determining quality points for credits earned in each one (1)-credit course.  Divide by 2 for 1/2 credit and by 4 for 1/4 credit courses:

MARK              AP Honors            CP I CP II

  A+             38      36              30    24

   A             36      34              28    22

   A-             34      32              26      20

   B+             32      30              24     18

     B             30      28              22     16

   B-             28      26              20     14


   C+             26      24              18     12

   C             24      22              16     10

   C-             22      20              14       8


   D+             20      18              12       6

   D             18      16              10       4

   D-             16                    14                8       2


   F              0       0                0       0


Accelerating in a Course of Study

In some instances, students have advanced skills and knowledge in particular subject areas and wish to move through the course sequence in an accelerated fashion.  Students are allowed to do so under the following circumstances.

  • Eighth grade teachers may recommend students for entry into the High School course sequence at a different point than normally prescribed.  Those recommendations must be made by the last day of the student’s eighth grade year.

  • Once students enter the high school course of studies the student must petition the principal to accelerate through the course of studies (including the summer between their 8th and 9th grade years).  In order for the principal to approve an accelerated course the following conditions must be met:

  • The course must be pre-approved by the principal

  • The course must be offered at an institution that is accredited by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges or a similar, regional accrediting body.

  • The curriculum in the proposed course must closely align with the course offered at the high school.

  • Students must successfully complete the proposed course and pass the high school final exam with an 85% average.

Other provisions for Course Acceleration:

  • Students and their families are responsible for all costs associated with the course

  • The course must not interfere with other coursework the student is engaged in at HHS

  • Successful completion of the requirements provides the student with advanced standing in the sequence of courses.  Credit for the course will not appear on the HHS transcript; however, guidance counselors will work with students to submit independent transcripts from the sponsoring institution as part of the college application process.

  • If the student moves through all of the available courses at HHS the school is not obligated to offer or arrange for further coursework.

  • Students must meet all graduation requirements for HHS, including the total number of credits needed, the number of credits needed in each department, two and half credits earned during second semester senior year and any other requirements listed in the Program of Studies.

  • Any exception must be approved by the high school principal.

Access to Student Records

A student who is at least eighteen years old who wishes to limit the right of his/her parent should make that request in writing to the Principal.  However, the parent will continue to retain all rights until expressly limited by the student. As provided in M.G.L. c.71, §34E, the parent of any student enrolled in Holliston High School retains the right to inspect the student record, regardless of the age of the student.




Advanced Placement Program

The Advanced Placement (AP) Program is a cooperative education endeavor of the College Board.  This program is national and allows students to complete college level course work while attending Holliston High School.  This is accomplished by providing practical descriptions of college-level courses to interested schools and the results of examinations based on these descriptions to the college of the student’s choice.  Participating colleges, in turn, grant credit and/or appropriate placement to students who have done well on the examinations. Thus, the Advanced Placement Program extends educational opportunities available to students by effectively relating college-level courses at the high school to appropriate credit and placement at the college the students eventually attend.


  1. All Advanced Placement Classes will receive Level 0 credit, whether or not the student takes the Advanced Placement Examination.


  1. All students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses are required to take a final examination at the conclusion of the course irrespective of their intention regarding the College Board examination.  Exception: Seniors with an A- or better course average may, at the teacher’s discretion, be exempt from the final examination.

                                                  

Availability of Courses

The Program of Studies contains a wide variety of courses, some of which are limited in enrollment.  Staffing decisions are made in light of course enrollment and available resources. Low enrollment or staffing constraints may result in the cancellation of some courses and/or sections of courses.  A Semester Block course may be modified to a Term Block course. Students enrolled in Three-Term Block courses may have a change of instructors at term breaks. Changes are not limited to those listed.  Within the courses allowed, student needs will be of prime importance when any modification is put into place. Additionally, students may be able to enroll in the TEC Online Learning Program. Course offered through TEC Online Learning Program may or may not follow the same calendar for the start and end of the term.  It is important to confirm this information with the course instructor and the Holliston High School guidance staff. For further information regarding online classes, please refer to the Program of Studies.


Class Standing

Holliston High School provides students and colleges with information regarding class standing using a decile system.  A student in the 1st decile is in the top 10% of his/her class.  A student in the 2nd decile is in the second 10 % and a student in the 3rd decile is in the third 10% and so on.  Holliston High School provides information to colleges and seniors regarding information about grade distribution and class standing using a Histogram.  The Histogram uses the student’s Quality Point Average (Q.P.A.) to illustrate how the student compares with other students in his/her class. The chart identified under the Academic Levels heading is used for determining quality points for credits earned in each (1) credit course (divide by 2 for ½ credit courses)


Credits

Credits are granted for all courses and are entered into student records upon successful completion of each course.  The Program of Studies booklet contains the credit value for courses. Credits may also be granted for successful completion of summer school work.


Directed Study Block

To enhance the effectiveness of this time block, the following guidelines will be followed.  


Students remain in their regularly scheduled second block class.  This extended time may be used for quiet generalized study, program enrichment, and/or course remediation; dependent upon the individual academic needs of each student.


Since teachers may often be involved in either enrichment activities or remediation efforts, they cannot accept students on a “drop-in” basis.  Therefore, it is important for students to plan ahead with their teachers if, for academic issues, they wish to visit an alternate classroom.


  • Students may be permitted to travel to another one of their scheduled teacher’s classroom ONLY if there is communication and approval between the two teachers involved. “Call then Walk.”


  • Unverified absences from the Directed Study Block component of the Block Two classroom are treated as a class cut with the assignment of detentions and/or suspension.  Following the short passing time, students returning tardy to their Block Two Directed Study classroom will receive the same consequence as if they are tardy at the beginning of a class.


  • Directed Study Block time on Fridays will be devoted to the Advisory Program.


Senior DSB Privilege

It is the intent of Holliston High School to support and teach students to make good choices and to use their time wisely.  Senior privileges are meant to help our students prepare for life after high school. Seniors must apply for, and meet, the requirements before the privilege will be granted.  If a senior has DSB privilege s/he is able to leave the school premises during the DSB period on Friday “Advisory” dates.


REQUIREMENTS:

  • Seniors must maintain passing grades in all subjects throughout the duration of the school year as indicated on quarterly mid-term reports and term report cards.

  • Seniors must maintain good discipline records, i.e. no suspensions, no DSB or class cuts, or chronic tardiness to school.

  • Seniors must obtain parent/guardian permission on the form provided.

  • Seniors must observe the guidelines for tardiness (to class and school) and absences as found in the Student & Parent Handbook.


LOSS OF DSB PRIVILEGE:

  • Loss of the Senior DSB privilege begins on the date that consequences are assigned for an infraction.

  • Failure to maintain a passing grade in all courses.

  • Involvement in a discipline problem that results in suspension, Saturday School, or that the Administration deems worthy of loss of privilege.

  • Arriving to school late six or more times in a term.

  • Taking a student who does not have senior privileges off campus.

  • Parents may rescind permission at any time.


Seniors who lose their Senior DSB privilege will be assigned to their Homeroom for Friday DSB and are responsible for checking in at both the beginning and conclusion of the DSB period.


REGAINING DSB PRIVILEGE:

If the loss of the DSB privilege was due to a disciplinary consequence or for violation of the tardiness procedure, a student may “earn back” the privilege by demonstrating a six school day “clean record” – free of any disciplinary incidents or tardiness.  If the loss of privilege is due to a failing grade on either a mid-term report or term report card, a student may “earn back” the privilege by producing a progress report with all passing grades. Any student who attempts to exercise his/her Senior DSB Privilege after these privileges have been suspended will be subject to more severe consequences up to and including suspension.


Extramural Academic Program

Occasionally students and their parents elect to participate in temporary, educationally approved programs outside of Holliston High School for a portion of the school year.  Examples are Ski School, Snowboarding School, Equestrian School or other accredited programs pre-approved by the Principal. In such approved, non-medical situations when this program constitutes the entirety of the student’s academic day, the student will be withdrawn from Holliston High School for the duration of this alternative setting and reenrolled upon his/her return.  Grades for students whose parents elect an alternative, approved program are not integrated with the grades from Holliston High School and are listed separately on the student’s high school transcript. Additionally, a Holliston High School grade point average will not include grades for courses taken in these elected programs outside of Holliston High School. Attendance in these programs does not exempt a student from meeting the Holliston High School graduation requirements as outlined in this handbook.


Final Examinations

A final examination/final assessment is given in all courses except by administrative waiver due to the uniqueness of course content.  Final examination grades are listed separately on student grade reports and are included when the final grade for the course is calculated.


Goals for Final Examinations include:


  • To provide a meaningful "summary" activity at the conclusion of a major segment of academic work.

  • To provide an opportunity for students to compensate for poor academic accomplishment during the semester.

  • To provide teachers with a measure of the degree to which the enduring understanding of the course were met by the class as well as by individuals.


Procedures for Final Examinations:


  • Examinations are given over a specified two-day period, with two block courses scheduled for each day.

  • Examinations are a full scheduled block in duration.  Students finishing early must remain quietly in the examination room.

  • Examinations count twenty percent of the final course grade, and therefore, are extremely important!  They must be approached seriously. Among other reasons, they provide an excellent opportunity for students to demonstrate their mastery of the course material.

  • Examinations are a culminating learning experience for all students; therefore it is important that parents and students plan to ensure attendance during the examination period.  All students must take examinations when scheduled. Make-up examinations, by nature, are difficult to cope with and if delayed, may cause the student to receive an "incomplete" at the end of the term.  "Illness" or "serious family emergencies" are the only valid excuses for make-ups. Parents must call the school and speak to the principal to explain any student absence before the student is allowed to take the examination.

  • Students MAY NOT take final examinations in advance of the regularly scheduled examination date without administrative approval.

  • Students whose families request permission to take the end-of-year (second semester) final examination on an alternate date from the regularly scheduled examination period, for reasons such as employment or vacation, may, at the discretion of the principal, take the final examination during the summer vacation months or upon return to school in September.

  • Commitment to school-endorsed programs, e.g. Boys’ State, Girls’ State, will be honored.  Students elected to attend Boys’ or Girls’ State will either take their Final Exams prior to attending Boys’ or Girls’ State or will be exempt from their Final Exams.  

  • Seniors with an A- (or better) course average at the end of each course, may, at the teacher’s discretion, be exempt from the final exam.


Guidance Information


College Visits

Juniors and seniors are encouraged to visit colleges and universities to explore avenues and areas of interest.  High School juniors are permitted one excused absence during their junior year for purposes of visiting college(s).  Seniors are permitted up to two excused absences during their senior year for purposes of visiting college(s). In order for these absences to be excused, students must submit documentation by the college admissions office confirming the student’s participation.  

Student Records


School Committee

Title

Code

Policy

Student Records and Directory Information

JRA


The text of School Committee Policy – Code JRA – “Student Records and Directory Information” may be found on the Policy Website.   The guidelines outlined below will be followed at the High School.


Federal and state laws provide parents and eligible students (those who are age 14 or older or in the ninth grade) with rights of confidentiality, access, and amendment relating to student records.  Copies of the Massachusetts Student Records Regulations, 603 CMR 23.00, (“Regulations”), which detail these rights are available in the office of the Principal and the office of the Superintendent.  The following is a general overview of the provisions in the Regulations.


Access and Amendment:

A parent or eligible student has a right to access student records and to seek their amendment if the parent or eligible student believes them to be inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student's privacy rights.  In order to obtain access or to seek amendment to student records, please contact the Building Principal. Records must be made available within ten days of the initial request, except in the case of non-custodial parents, as described below.


Access by Non-custodial Parents:

Massachusetts General Laws c. 71, §34H (“Section 34H”) governs access to student records by a parent who does not have physical custody of a student.  Section 34H requires a non-custodial parent seeking access to submit a written request and other documentation to the Principal on an annual basis. Information may not be provided to non-custodial parents until they have complied with the statutory requirements.  Parents who have questions or concerns regarding access to records by non-custodial parents are requested to contact the Building Principal for detailed information regarding the procedures that must be followed under Section 34H.


Confidentiality:

Release of student records generally requires consent of the parent or eligible student.  However, the Regulations provide certain exceptions. For example, staff, employed or under contract to the district, have access to records as needed to perform their duties.  The Holliston Public Schools also releases a student’s complete student record to authorized school personnel of a school to which a student seeks or intends to transfer without further notice to, or receipt of consent from, the eligible student or parent.


Release Of Student Record Information:

With few exceptions, information in a student's record is not released to a third party without the written consent of the eligible student and/or a parent having physical custody of a student less than 18 years of age.  Two notable exceptions are:


  1. Directory Information - Directory information includes a student’s name, address, telephone listing, date, and place of birth, major field of study, dates of attendance, weight and height of members of athletic teams, class, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, degrees, honors and awards, and post-high school plans.


  1. Recruiting Information for the Armed Forces and Post Secondary Educational Institutions - Upon request from military recruiters and/or representatives of post secondary educational institutions, the Holliston Public Schools will provide the name, address, and telephone listing for all secondary students.


If an eligible student and/or parent do not want Directory Information or Recruiting Information released, they must notify the Principal in writing by no later than the end of September.  Otherwise, this information is released without further notice.


Please be aware that a parent and/or eligible student may specify that only certain types of Directory Information or Recruiting Information may be released and that the parent and/or eligible student may rescind a release at any time during the school year by providing notice in writing to the Principal.  


Please refer to the Student Record Regulations for a description of other circumstances in which student records may be released without the consent of a parent or eligible student.


Transcripts

Student Transcript Request forms are available in the Guidance Office.


Student transcripts show course names, levels, final grades, and credits earned.  Transcript packets may also include test scores, class rank, GPA, counselor recommendations, current schedule and report cards upon written request.


Requests to have student transcripts mailed must be received in the Guidance Office at least ten (10) days prior to the deadline to allow adequate time to process the request. First transcripts are provided free of charge, subsequent transcripts will have a $5.00 processing fee to have a transcript sent.  


Grade Reporting

Grading information is widely available through iParent.  Parents who wish to receive hard copies of these reports can request them through the main office.


Progress Reports

Progress reports are issued by teachers generally at the middle of each marking period. Teachers submit progress reports for all students primarily indicating academic progress and may include comments for other specific reasons, such as commendations.  


Student Grade Reports

Term grade reports show courses taken, teachers’ names, student grades, and teacher comments.


Student grade reports are issued four times a year at the conclusion of each term. Report cards are digitally published through our PowerSchool student information system. Parents who wish to receive hard copy of this report can request the report through the main office.


Evaluation of Student Performance

At the beginning of each course, each teacher will provide an explanation of course expectations, methods of evaluation, and the grading system. These may be provided electronically or written.


Letter Grades


A   Excellent A+   97-100 A   93-96 A-   90-92


  • Consistently does work of very high quality.

  • Exhibits excellent reading habits both in required work and in the use of supplementary materials.        

  • Presents written work promptly, neatly prepared, well organized, and free from errors.

  • Participates actively and intelligently in class discussion.

  • Possesses excellent knowledge of the subject matter.

  • Shows initiative in relating knowledge to new situations or problems.

  • Always assumes responsibility for making up work missed during absence.


B   Good B+   87-89 B   83-86 B-   80-82


  • Frequently does required work of high quality.

  • Exhibits good reading habits both in required work and in the use of supplementary materials.

  • Presents written work promptly, neatly prepared, well organized, and relatively free from errors.

  • Possesses a good knowledge of the subject matter.

  • Generally assumes responsibility for making up work missed during absence.

  • Understands assignments clearly, follows directions accurately, and answers questions appropriately.


C   Average C+   77-79 C   73-76 C-   70-72


  • Does acceptable quality work that is required.

  • Exhibits good reading habits both in the classroom and in the use of supplementary materials.

  • Presents written work promptly, neatly prepared, well organized, yet sometimes in need of correction or occasional revision.

  • Is attentive, and takes a reasonably active part in class discussion.

  • Shows some resourcefulness or ingenuity in relating knowledge to new situations or problems.

  • Usually assumes responsibility for making up work missed during absence.

  • Generally understands assignments clearly, follows directions accurately, and answers questions appropriately.


D   Poor and Barely Proficient D+   68-69 D   66-67 D-   65


  • Usually does the required work, but of poor quality.

  • Does little reading or practices poor reading habits both in class and in the use of supplementary materials.

  • Presents written work, which is sometimes late or poorly prepared, and frequently in need of correction and revision.

  • Participates infrequently and often ineffectively in class discussion.

  • Possesses meager knowledge of the subject, as shown by tests.

  • Presents infrequent or poor quality intellectual projects.

  • Shows little resourcefulness or ingenuity in relating knowledge to new situations or problems.

  • Frequently fails to assume responsibility for making up work missed during absence.

  • Requires considerable extra assistance.


F   Failing Below 65


  • Student does less work than is required and work of very poor quality.

  • Does very little reading or practices poor reading habits in class or in the use of supplementary materials.

  • Presents carelessly prepared written work, frequently late, and usually in need of revision.

  • Takes little active interest in class discussion or does not profit from class discussion.

  • Usually unable to apply knowledge to new situations or problems.

  • Has not reached satisfactory level of achievement in spite of frequent re-teaching and assistance from the teacher.

  • Usually fails to assume responsibility for making up work missed during absence.


Withdrawing Grades – “WP” or “WF”

Students withdrawing from a course will receive either a final grade of “WP” if the student is passing at the time of withdrawal or a “WF” if the student is failing the class at the time of withdrawal.


A grade of WF (withdraw / fail) will be included in annual calculation for both GPA and QPA.  In calculating the QPA, credit will be assigned commensurate with the time spent in the class that was dropped.


A grade of WP (withdraw / passing) will not be factored into either the annual GPA or QPA calculations.


Withdrawing Grades – “WE”

A Withdrawn Excused is entered for a students who has experienced difficulties including but not limited to, medical issues, family circumstances, grieving or disaster that the Principal has deemed beyond the student’s control, detrimental to his/her academic performance and is thereby excused.


Incomplete Grades

Students may receive an incomplete term or final grade due to excused absences or with administrative approval.  Students will have a two-week time-period, or other administratively approved time frame, in which to complete course requirements.  Teachers will collaborate with the student, family, and guidance to determine an appropriate plan and timeline for the completion of work.  If this is not completed, work will be recorded as a zero. Likewise, if a student does not take or make up a final exam, a zero is averaged into the final course grade.  


No Credit Earned – “N”

Students may receive a grade of “N” if they fail to gain credit for a course, in which they have a passing grade, as the result of the attendance procedures or if they fail to gain credit as the result of administrative removal due to disciplinary actions.


Graduation


Overview

To receive a diploma, students must meet all requirements listed in the Student & Parent Handbook (refer to Graduation Requirements).


In addition, all outstanding obligations and discipline issues were satisfied in order to graduate. Any student who has not met all of the requirements for graduation as listed in this handbook is not permitted to participate in the graduation ceremony.


Students found to be involved in any action(s) deemed in violation of school discipline procedures may forfeit their opportunity to participate in any or all of the activities planned during the calendar of events for seniors including the graduation ceremony (refer to Behavioral Guidelines).


Graduation Performances

Each year the Valedictorian, Salutatorian and Class President speak at graduation.  The Valedictorian and Salutatorian are determined based on the calculation of QPA at the conclusion of Term 3 of his or her senior year.


Student musicians performing at graduation will be selected through an audition process and chosen by administration.


Graduation Ceremony

Graduation practices are mandatory for all students intending to participate in the ceremony.  During these practice sessions the mechanics regarding student involvement within the ceremony are reviewed, practiced, and refined.    


On graduation day students convene one hour prior to graduation for final preparations.  It is not considered in good taste to wear any decorations on the gown, including flowers, except for awards presented by the school.  Students not appropriately attired as judged by an administrator are not allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony.


School Committee

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The text of School Committee Policy – Code IKFB – “Graduation and Diploma Policy” may be found on the Policy Website.  


It is the intent of the School Committee to offer each graduating Holliston High School student an opportunity to thank a current or retired Holliston school department employee who has made a significant contribution to that student’s education.


Graduating students have the opportunity to invite a current or retired Holliston school department employee to hand them their diploma at graduation exercises, subject to the discretion of the High School Principal.  Current or former School Committee members may present diplomas to family members.


Those students choosing to take advantage of this policy will submit, in writing, to the High School Principal, a request including the employee’s name.


All other students will have their diplomas handed to them by the School Committee Chairperson, or someone delegated by said chairperson.


Graduation Requirements


Diplomas are granted to students who completed the requirements for graduation as established in the curriculum approved by the Holliston School Committee.


All students are required to pass the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) tests.  Presently students must pass the English Language Arts, mathematics, and Science and Technology/Engineering portions of the MCAS test.


For a student entering the high school after freshman year from schools that use other credit structures, the high school administration will determine the requirements necessary for graduation.


All students must earn 26 credits for graduation.  All students must meet the following minimum requirements:


Prescribed Credits:

  • English (4.5 credits): to include (1) semester core credit each year and (.5) Essay Writing credit by the end of sophomore year

  • Fine and Performing Arts (1 credit)  

  • Foreign Languages (2 credits):  defined as (2) credits of core course work in the same Foreign Language (a waiver for extenuating circumstances is available, information may be obtained through the Guidance Offices)

  • Mathematics (4 credits):  To include (1) credit junior or senior year ***

  • Science (4 credits):  To include (.5) Science, Engineering and Technology credit during the Freshman year (except students taking course 310 or 311) and (1) credit sophomore, junior and/or senior year***

  • Social Studies (4 credits): To include (1) credit junior or senior year. Sequence of courses:  United States History I, Modern World History or Advanced Placement European History, United States History II or Advanced Placement United States History; junior and/or senior elective offerings.

  • Wellness (2.0 credits): To include (.5) credits each year.  Sequence of courses: Wellness 9, Wellness 10, Wellness electives junior and senior years. A student must complete Wellness 9 and Wellness 10 prior to enrolling in Wellness electives junior or senior year.

             

***The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education Admission Standards for entrance into the Massachusetts State University System has been updated.  The updates to the minimum entrance standards are as follows:


  • Starting with Fall of 2016, to be eligible for admission, students will need to complete 4 courses of high school mathematics and 1 course credit must be completed during their senior year.  Based on these minimum requirements students need to complete either:

*Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II and 1 full credit beyond Algebra II your senior year

*Geometry, Algebra II, and 2 full credits beyond Algebra II (one must be your senior year)

  • Starting with the Fall of 2017, to be eligible for admission, students will need to complete 3 courses (from Natural Science and/or Physical Science) including 3 courses with laboratory work.

All students must be enrolled in four (4) subjects during each term.  Students may select between Three-Term Block courses, Semester Block courses, and Term Block courses in filling out their schedules.  Upon successful completion with a grade of 65 or above, a student will receive 1½ credits for each Three-Term Block course, 1 credit for each Semester Block course, and ½ credit for each Term Block course.


Seniors must earn a minimum of 5 credits during their senior year with at least 2.5 of those credits earned during the second semester.


Homework


School Committee

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Homework

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The text of School Committee Policy – Code IKB – “Homework” may be found on the Policy Website.  


The Holliston Public Schools believes that homework contributes to the understanding of and engagement with the curriculum, the practices of skills and the reinforcement of learning.  It enriches school experiences and promotes a permanent interest and joy in learning. It stimulates individual initiative, personal responsibility, and self-direction.


Holliston High School believes that all homework should be purposeful, age and developmentally appropriate, and engaging.


Homework will not be assigned during the four scheduled vacation periods:

Thanksgiving, December, February and April. Any exceptions require the prior approval of the

building principal.



Honor Roll

The Honor Roll at Holliston High School is based on a student’s numerical term grade average which will be converted to an alpha grades on report cards.  This is calculated at the end of each term block. Students will earn distinction according to the following criteria:


Principal’s List 92.50 – 100.00

High Honors 88.00 – 92.49

Honor Roll 82.50 – 87.99


To be eligible for Honor Roll, students must maintain a full course load for the term, may not have any grade lower than a B-, nor have an incomplete grade.


Awards are presented on the basis of honor roll placement and are mailed home to those recipients during the early weeks of summer vacation.  The award designations are as follows:


  • Silver Certificate: earned by placing on the Honor roll three times in any year.

  • Gold Certificate: earned by placing on the Honor roll at least six terms of two consecutive years.

  • Academic Letter: earned by placing on the Honor Roll at least nine times of three consecutive years.

  • Academic Pin: earned by placing on the Honor roll at least thirteen terms during their high school years.

Innovative Curriculum

Chapter 71, Section 13 of the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts stipulates:  In every public high school having not less than one hundred and fifty pupils, any course not included in the regular curriculum shall be taught if the parents or guardians of not less than thirty pupils or of a number of pupils equivalent to five percent of the pupil enrollment in the high school, whichever is less, request in writing the teaching thereof, provided said request is made and said enrollment is completed before the preceding August 1st and provided a qualified teacher is available to teach the course; and provided that this course is approved by a 2/3 vote of the full membership of the School Committee.  The teaching of any course as provided by this section may be discontinued if the enrollment of pupils falls below fifteen. Such courses as may be taught under this section shall be given the same academic credit necessary for a high school diploma as is given to similar courses taught in said public high school, provided that the School Committee shall make a determination as to the credit equivalency of such course prior to its being offered.  



Dual Enrolment

The Holliston School Committee recognizes that a number of alternative programs exist that are not predicated upon the traditional four-year high school experience but which nevertheless may offer new challenges and educational opportunities for certain students in conjunction with the Holliston High School experience.  High school students in Massachusetts have the opportunity to enroll in a Dual Enrolment Program at any Massachusetts State College or University. Dual Enrolment is a specific program recognized and sponsored by the Department of Education. In this program, the student takes college courses (1 or more) and receives appropriate high school credit for the college course(s). The costs are paid by the state.  Participation in a Dual Enrolment programs is subject to the approval of the high school principal.  A request must be made to the principal in writing by February 1st of the year prior to enrolment.  Students who participate in in a Dual Enrolment programs will not graduate early but rather will graduate with their class at the normal time.



Making Up Work

Make-up Work if Absent (short term absence):

Students are expected to make up work missed during absences within a reasonable period of time to be arranged with the teachers.  Work not made up may be recorded as a zero. In cases of extenuating circumstances, administrators and/or teachers will consider exceptions.


Make-up Work if Absent (long term absence):

Testing:  All tests and quizzes for students who experience long term absences or chronic medical conditions will be administered under the supervision of the teacher or main office personnel. All homework requests should be made to the guidance department.


Make-up Work If Suspended:

Being suspended is a serious consequence of inappropriate behavior.  It denies the student the opportunity to benefit from classroom activities and teacher instruction.  However, suspension is not meant to be an academic punishment. Students who are suspended are eligible to make up work for full credit   Students are expected to complete all work missed within five (5) school days of his/her return from suspension. In extenuating circumstances, school administration may grant additional time for making up work.  Failure to make up work within the allotted time may result in a zero.


Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS)

Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) was implemented in response to the Education Reform Law of 1993, which required that MCAS be designed to:


  • Report on the performance of individual students, schools, and districts

  • Serve as one basis of accountability for students, schools, and districts (for example, beginning with the Class of 2003, grade 10 students must pass the MCAS tests as one condition of eligibility for earning a high school diploma).  


The Federal No Child Left Behind Law requires annual testing in grades 3-8 and high school.


Students are required to pass the MCAS grade 10 tests in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science and Technology/Engineering as one requirement for a high school diploma. Students are given multiple opportunities, if necessary, to pass the test.  Students must also meet local graduation requirements for high school graduation, for example, completion of required coursework.


The Education Reform Law of 1993 requires the participation of all public school students in the grades being tested.  This law ensures that all students are provided with an opportunity to learn the material covered by the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks’ academic learning standards.


Home-school students are not enrolled in the public school system and are, therefore, NOT required NOR entitled by law to participate in MCAS.


National Honors Society/Aristos Chapter

A sophomore or junior student who achieved a Quality Point Average of 28.0 is academically eligible for consideration for election to the Aristos Chapter of the National Honor Society.  The Quality Point Average (Q.P.A.) is the entry-level requirement for those invited to become members, and it must represent enrollment in a full academic course load at Holliston High School or its equivalent as determined by the Faculty Council.  All candidates must have spent at least one semester at Holliston High School. Grades for all subjects for which credit is given are used to compute the scholastic average.


Students who wish to become National Honor Society members must also supply the Faculty Council with evidence of their service, character, and leadership qualification through submission of a portfolio.  Candidate portfolio guidelines are posted online on the Holliston High School Aristos Honor Society website. To begin the portfolio process, a sophomore or junior who attends Holliston High School is notified of grade point average eligibility.  The Faculty Council, a committee of five faculty members appointed by the Principal, serves as the administrative body that selects and reviews membership, approves constitution and by-law changes, and regulates the society’s activities. This body reviews a candidate’s credentials and offers an invitation to those whom they select.


Once members, students must exhibit good character at all times, participate in 15 hours of service to the school and community each semester, maintain a Q.P.A. of 28.0 or above, and complete a leadership project each year as stipulated in the chapter by-laws.  The local chapter’s by-laws are available online on the Holliston High School Aristos Honor Society website. Members also must attend the annual induction event and mandatory National Honor Society service projects.


A faculty advisor serves as a liaison between the Faculty Council and chapter members.  The advisor’s role is that of a student advocate. Any concerns regarding the National Honor Society or its members, not adequately explained in the by-laws, should be addressed to the advisor.


Promotion/Retention


Grades 9-11

A student’s grade placement is determined prior to the beginning of each school year.  Students who do not meet the required credits for promotion will be reclassified and remain in the newly assigned grade until the necessary credits are earned for grade advancement.


Therefore, students who fall behind in grade placement are encouraged to attend summer school in order to remain with their original classes.  Students who have fallen behind and have been reclassified may regain placement with their original classes and/or meet graduation requirements by earning the required credits to advance.  Students should check with their Guidance Counselor for appropriate course placement.


Credit Requirements needed to enter Grade:


Grade 10: 5.0

Grade 11: 11.0

Grade 12: 18.0


Correspondence courses will not be considered as part of the program or graduation requirements. Students expecting to receive credit for off-campus courses, such as summer school, must obtain prior approval from the Principal. Transfer credits are subject to approval by the Principal.


Repeating Courses – Academic Procedures

If a student passes a course but fails to meet a grade prerequisite for a sequential course, the course may be repeated to meet the prerequisite, but credit will be granted only once.


A.  A student who fails a class will receive an “F” grade and 0.00 credits, which will remain permanently on the student’s transcript and will be used in the calculation of GPA and class rank.


Option 1:  Summer School, provided the failing grade is above 55.  The summer school grade and appropriate credit will be noted on the transcript.  This grade and credit is not used in the calculation of GPA and class rank.


Option 2:  Repeat Class, provided there is availability.  A student who repeats a class will have the class, grade and credit earned added permanently to the transcript, which will be used in the calculation of GPA and class rank, along with the previously failed grade.


B.  A student who passes a class and receives credit may repeat that class at the same academic level (provided there is an opening in the class) to improve the grade.  In this case, the repeated class and grade are added to the student’s transcript. Although the original class and grade will still remain on the student transcript, credit will be assigned to the higher grade and used in the calculation of the student’s GPA and class rank.


Schedule Changes

Discrepancy in Courses Selected and Teacher Recommendations

If students or parents wish to override a course recommendation, they must request an override meeting with the appropriate department leader.  Information about the override process is made available by guidance during the course selection process.


Add/Drop:

Add or drop requests will be honored within the first 5 days of the course commencing.

Students must attend all assigned classes until they receive notification that all parties have approved the changes.  Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action.


Level Change Requests:

Level change requests must be initiated not later than the first 10 school days of a course.  Such requests should be initiated through the student’s counselor. Any exceptions will be subject to administrative review. Students must attend all assigned classes until they receive notification that all parties have approved the changes.  Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action.


Semester Block Withdrawals:

Students may withdraw from a semester block class only at the conclusion of one term and with parental and administrative approval.  Students will receive the grade earned for the term grade. The final grade will become a “WP” - withdrawal passing if the student is passing the term or a “WF” – withdraw failing if the student is failing the class at the end of one term.


Administrative Removal from Class

Students who are removed administratively from a course because of behavioral problems shall lose credit for the course and not be allowed to make up the course in summer school.  When a student is administratively removed from a course, the final grade for the course is an F. This grade is included in the calculation of the student’s class rank.


School-to-Career Internship Program

Holliston High School students are encouraged to develop career interests and abilities through involvement in the School-to-Career Internship Program.  Participation in this program is based upon satisfactory completion of prerequisites and administrative approval. Students must be in good academic and behavioral standing to participate in this program.


The Internship Program is designed to assist seniors as they begin to make career decisions.  Internships afford students the opportunity to understand the relevance of classroom academics to the world of work while learning about available career options.  Students must secure the endorsement of their Guidance Counselor and an Administrator based upon a proven record of maturity, responsibility, academic success, and good attendance and discipline records.


The Career Internship Program allows students to:

  • Identify and explore career fields before they commit to years of preparation.

  • Receive academic credit from their high schools for their internship experiences.

  • Discover the relevance of their academic studies to work.

  • Learn the standards and expectations of the working world.

  • Evaluate their employment skills and needs.

  • Test their decision-making abilities in workplace settings.


Seniors may elect an internship program as an out-of-school experience.  Transportation is the responsibility of the student. The internship is scheduled for a minimum of 50 hours per term.


The student is expected to be present at the internship placement according to the time schedule established between the sponsor and the intern.


The intern is responsible to notify the sponsor if he or she is unable to attend the internship because of illness.  Holliston High School expects an intern to take his/her placement seriously and consequently attendance is mandatory.


If for some reason the intern decides that the placement is not appropriate, the student must notify in writing the coordinator and/or their guidance counselor by the end of the first week of the term as if he or she were enrolled in a “normal program”.  The student will then have the option of dropping the internship and taking a class.


Interns are required to write weekly journals provided by their coordinator. Seniors are permitted the maximum of two terms of career internship per year. ALL out-of-school work internships/placements must be arranged through the Internship Program.  Holliston High School is not responsible for monitoring students at work sites.


Summer Reading Program

Some departments have specific summer reading assignments in addition to the traditional Advanced Placement program requirements.  These readings and assignments may be secured from classroom teachers, department directors, or found on the school website.


Summer School

Summer school is not offered at Holliston High School but is available locally.  Registration and application materials may be obtained from the Guidance Office early in June.  No more than two credits may be earned each year through summer school participation. Guidance Counselor and Administrative approval is required for all summer school courses.  Courses may be taken for make-up/review purposes or enrichment.


With a final grade of 55 or better, the student is eligible to attend summer school to repeat a subject failed during the year.  With a final grade of 65 or better, the student is eligible to attend summer school to improve the subject grade in order to meet a prerequisite requirement.  If

registration approval is requested for a summer school course out of the area, the counselor must be provided with an official catalog and course description before consideration of approval.  All summer school courses, whether taken for make-up review, original credit, or enrichment, are recorded on the student’s permanent record.


Credit is awarded under either of the following circumstances:


1. The student successfully passed a course failed during a regular academic year.


2. The student passed a course for which credit was denied due to absences.

Attendance Information

 


Massachusetts Law requires compulsory attendance for all students. Chapter 76, section 1 of the Massachusetts General Laws requires all children between the ages of six and sixteen to attend school. The school must uphold state laws relative to student attendance.


For the complete Holliston Public School’s School Committee policy visit -- HSC School Absence and Dropout Prevention Policy


Students under the age of sixteen are covered by the compulsory attendance law and are required to attend school “during the entire time the public schools are in session”.  School committees are permitted to specify the conditions under which absences from school may be excused. Generally, absences are excused for illness or quarantine, death or serious illness in the family, observance of a religious holiday, weather so inclement as to endanger the health of the child, or any other exceptionally urgent reason.  High School juniors are permitted one excused absence during their junior year for purposes of visiting college(s). Seniors are permitted up to two excused absences during their senior year for purposes of visiting college(s). In order for these absences to be excused, students must submit supporting documentation from the college(s) visited.


Whenever students find it necessary to be absent from school, parents should call the Main Office to report the absence.  All students, regardless of their age, are subject to school procedures relating to truancy and unauthorized absenteeism. Students under the age of sixteen are subject to the compulsory attendance law - a part of which deals with habitual truancy and habitual absenteeism.


Attendance Daily


Holliston High School Guidelines regarding Daily Student Attendance

Time lost from class is irretrievable, particularly in terms of teacher’s instruction and the opportunity for interaction and exchange of ideas.  Excessive absences (including tardiness and dismissals that result in class absences) will result in incomplete and unsatisfactory work, affecting course grades.


Students arriving to campus from 7:30 A.M. onward are considered as present to school for the day and are therefore subject to all existing school procedures as outlined in this handbook.  Students may not elect to depart from campus unless they follow the established dismissal procedures.


Students legitimately leaving school grounds after 7:30 A.M. need to present documentation to the Main Office following school dismissal procedures.


Students who are absent from school must do the following:


  1. Have a parent or legal guardian call the high school office at 508-429-0677 before 9:00 A.M. on the day of absence.  This verifies the absence (i.e., not truant) and allows the student the opportunity to make up any work missed during the period of absence.  

  2. A student whose absence was not reported by a parent or legal guardian on the day of absence is required to present a note from the parent or legal guardian at the Main Office upon re-entry to school.

  3. If a student fails to have his/her absence verified, the absence will be considered truancy.  Truancy will result in student discipline.

If a student misses 15 minutes or more of a class period due to tardiness or dismissal, an absence is recorded.


If a student misses less than 15 minutes of a class period due to tardiness, dismissal or a combination of both (example: late return to class from the Senior Lunch privilege), a class absence will be registered for every three incidents recorded.


For students who have five tardies (excused or unexcused) or five absences (excused or unexcused) per term, an internal review will be conducted by the school based team to identify, if necessary, whether appropriate interventions and/or accommodations are needed.  For students with seven tardies or absences (excused or unexcused) per term a staff member will make contact with parent/guardian and a meeting may be held.  For those students who reach 10 days of tardies or absence (excused or unexcused) per term a letter regarding absences will be mailed home and the parent/guardian will continue to work with the school regarding missed educational time.  


Failure to meet the attendance requirements will directly affect a student’s ability to earn credit.  Students who exceed 6 (six) absences in a term block course, 12 (twelve) absences in a semester block course, or 18 (eighteen) absences in a three-term block course will lose credit for that course.  Different or additional consequences will be at the discretion of the administrator.


When a student fails to receive credit for any course due to the attendance procedure, the final grade that is achieved will be recorded as an “N” (no credit) on that student’s permanent record.


If the student successfully completes the course in which credit has been denied because of absences, the credit may be reinstated upon successful completion of the same course in summer school or during a subsequent regularly scheduled term.  


In order to take part in any athletic or extracurricular activities, a student must be present for at least 50% of the day.  Students must be present for 3 hours and 17 minutes, anything less will exclude a student from taking part in any after school or evening activity.  


EXCEPTIONS

FAMILY VACATIONS DURING SCHOOLS TIMES ARE NOT EXCUSED ABSENCES.


Some missed school days are for reasons beyond circumstances controllable by a student and will not count in calculating the maximum limit.  Observance of religious holidays and bereavement (death in the family), when confirmed in writing by parents/guardians are two such circumstances.   Additionally, students who experience long-term, medically induced absences (i.e. mononucleosis, surgery, etc.), psychiatric illness, or have documented chronic medical conditions should petition the principal for a waiver.


A doctor or nurse practitioner’s note will excuse absences for an ongoing, chronic, or long-term illness (long-term illness involves three or more consecutive days of absence) provided that the note is written on the doctor’s or nurse practitioner’s stationery, showing the name of the student and stating that the student was under his/her care for a particular time interval. Any homework requests can be made to the guidance department during the student’s absence.


Class Cuts

All students are to attend all classes and assigned meetings unless excused by an administrator or the nurse.  An unverified absence from class occurs when a student who is not absent or dismissed from school or excused from attendance by a member of the school staff, fails to attend an assigned class.


Students who cut classes will receive a zero for work missed or due that day.  Additional disciplinary action as described below will be taken in all cases of class cutting.


  • First cut of any assigned class per term: two office detentions will be assigned.  


  • Second and subsequent cut(s) of any assigned class: the student is assigned a Saturday School for each class cut.


If a student cuts the same class three times for a term course or six times in a semester course, loss of credit for that course will occur.


Dismissals

A written note from a guardian stating a reason and time for dismissal should be brought to the Main Office before going to the first period of the day.  A parent/guardian is the only one who may request a dismissal of a student from school. Students who are in attendance for less than 50% of the school day will be listed as absent.


Students may not leave the school building and/or the school property without specific, prior permission from the Main Office and their parent.  Dismissal notification from a parent/guardian “after the fact” – following a student’s departure from the building or campus will be considered a violation of this procedure and subject to disciplinary action.


  • Students returning from dismissal shall report to the Main Office for re-admittance to classes and other school activities.

  • Any student who is in attendance less than 50% of the day is ineligible to attend any school functions.

  • Dismissals from school resulting in a student missing 15 minutes or more of class time will be recorded as an absence from that class.  

  • Dismissals from a class of less than 15 minute duration will accumulate – either solely due to dismissals or in conjunction with tardy dates – resulting in a class absence being registered for every three incidents recorded.


Emergency School Closing


School Committee

Title

Code

Policy

Emergency School Closing

EBCD


The text of School Committee Policy – Code EBCD – “Emergency School Closing” may be found on the Policy Website.


Methods and procedures for emergency cancellations are currently being updated based upon the Holliston Public School District’s adoption of Power School and Bright Arrow.


Tardiness to Class

The Main Office does not issue passes for unexcused tardiness to class. Students who are habitually tardy to class are referred to the office.


Tardiness to class resulting in a student missing 15 minutes or more of class time will be recorded as an absence from that class.  


Tardiness to a class of under 15 minutes in duration will accumulate – either solely due to tardiness or in conjunction with dismissal dates – resulting in a class absence being registered for every three incidents recorded.


Tardiness to School

A student who arrives to school after the first period bell is tardy to school and must report directly to the Main Office.  He/she should present a note at the time of arrival to verify the tardiness. If a student forgot to secure or is unable to present a note at this time, they will be considered as an unverified tardy to school. Failure to present a note or verifying the tardiness through a phone call to a parent/legal guardian will result in the assignment of office detention(s), Saturday School, or suspension(s).


All issues relating to tardiness to school need to be resolved on the day of tardiness.


Students are given passes to enter their first period classes.  No student is allowed to enter class without this pass.


A student who is tardy must check in with the teacher whose classes were missed to obtain assignments and to make arrangements for make-up work.


Students with excessive tardy dates are subject to after-school detentions, Saturday school and/or suspension.  


The following disciplinary action will be administered for excessive tardiness (per term) with or without parent/guardian verification.  Students will be referred to an administrator by an attendance secretary as indicated below:


  • Initial referral (fifth tardy per term): 2 office detentions

  • Second and subsequent referrals (sixth tardy per term): 1 Saturday School/each tardy

Chronic tardiness to school may result in the assignment of school suspension.


Truancy

Any student who is absent for all or part of the school day without the knowledge/consent of his/her parent/guardian or who leaves school during the school day without prior knowledge and consent of school authorities and of his/her parent/guardian shall be considered truant.


Being truant and/or being late for class or missing a class deliberately is serious and disciplinary action will be taken.  


An unexcused absence from school occurs when both parents and the school expect the student to be in attendance.  For students under 16 years of age, in addition to school disciplinary action, the truancy officer may be involved.


  • First and second offense per term:  2 Saturday Schools assigned. Parents will be notified of the offense and of the procedure.  

  • Third and subsequent offense(s): out-of-school suspension and/or Saturday School may be assigned.  Parent Meeting necessary for student re-admittance.

  • Fifth offense(s): there will be a family meeting to implement an attendance plan.

In all cases of truancy, any work missed will be recorded with a grade of zero. All issues relating to truancy need to be resolved on the day in which the truancy is being addressed.


“Skip Days”

Holliston High School does not recognize and will not accept the concept of an organized skip day.  Individuals who skip school will face consequences as identified under Truancy. If more than 20% of a class is absent from school on a given day, the class may lose privileges that may including, but not limited to: Class trips, proms and Class Day (In-School Graduation).


Behavioral Expectations Information

 


School Committee

Title

Code

Policy

Student Discipline

JK


The text of School Committee Policy – Code JK – “Student Discipline” may be found on the Policy Website.  In the event of a violation of this policy, the guidelines outlined below will be followed.


Behavioral Expectations – Statement of Intent

Students, employees, volunteers and visitors are all responsible for setting the standard for respectful behavior.  Therefore, we expect that all members of the school community, while on school grounds, on school buses, or at school-sponsored events will be responsible for setting a positive example.


The behavioral guidelines that follow, in addition to the specific School Committee policies concerning student behavior (the full text of these policies may be found in the Holliston School System Policy Website), provide authority to impose distinct forms of discipline on an escalating scale--detention, Saturday school, suspension, and permanent expulsion--depending upon the nature and severity of the offense committed.  The discipline code at Holliston High School is administered within the guidelines set forth by Massachusetts General Laws, regulations of the State Department of Education, and the U.S. Supreme Court with regard to due process for students.


School rules and regulations apply to all school-sponsored events whether or not they take place inside the school building or on school grounds.  


The Administration reserves the right to prohibit any behavior it believes interferes or might interfere with the educational process or any behavior that seems contrary to the school philosophy.  In so doing, the administration may assign appropriate penalties.


Alcohol and Drug Policy


School Committee

Title

Code

Policy

Alcohol and Drug Use by Students

JICH


All students have a right to receive an appropriate education in an environment free of alcohol and drugs.  The Holliston School committee encourages educational programs that provide every student with an understanding of the physical, psychological, social and legal dangers associated with alcohol and drug use.


In addition, the Holliston School committee encourages a spirit of cooperation and sharing of appropriate information about suspected use of alcohol or drug abuse between the Holliston Public Schools, the Holliston Police Department, and parents/guardians in an attempt to eliminate alcohol and drug use by students.

Students shall not possess, use, sell, give or otherwise transmit alcohol, drugs, or drug paraphernalia or be under the influence of alcohol or any illegal drug or regulated substance, as defined in M.G. L. Chapter 94C on any school property or at any school-sponsored activity or event away from or within the school.  This includes the use of any illegal drug or regulated substance prior to attendance at, or participation in, a school-sponsored activity.


It is a violation of this policy if on any school property or at any school-sponsored event away from or within the school:


  • A student is in possession of or under the influence of drugs or alcohol at a gathering.

  • A student purposely tries to avoid detention with the intent of violating this policy.

  • A student intentionally aids and abets another student to violate this policy.


Alcohol “breathalyzers” may be used to determine whether or not a student is under the influence of alcohol. Any student who refuses to cooperate with the police will be subject to the same disciplinary consequences as if they were under the influence of drugs or alcohol.


Students who violate this policy will be disciplined in accordance with school regulations and regulations published in the student handbook including but not limited to suspension or expulsion from any extracurricular activities, events or school organizations including athletic teams, and/or suspension or expulsion from school.


The building principal will have discretion in determining the appropriate disciplinary measures, including whether or not a student shall be suspended, from which activities, and for what period of time.  The School Committee will make a final determination if expulsion for alcohol-related violations is recommended by the building principal.


All school staff members must report to the building principal each and every known incident, suspected incident, or suspected pattern of use, possession or trafficking in alcohol or drugs or drug paraphernalia, or if any student is believed to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.


Holliston High School Disciplinary Procedure regarding Alcohol and Drug Use by Students


On School Grounds or School-Sponsored Activity Violations


Overview

The procedure outlined below, in conjunction with school rules and regulations, is the procedure for Holliston schools regarding the discovery of drugs and/or alcohol in school, on school grounds or at school-sponsored functions.  The four situations under consideration are:


  • a student found to be in possession of drug-related paraphernalia

  • a student found under the influence of drugs or alcohol

  • a student found to be in possession of drugs or alcohol

  • a student found to be distributing drugs or alcohol


Upon finding a student believed to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, a faculty member will immediately contact either the Assistant Principal or the Principal.  The exception would be if there is cause for medical attention, the student shall be taken directly to the nurse who will then notify the Principal or Assistant Principal of the situation.  Next, school administration will investigate the situation and parents will be notified and required to respond and remove the student from school grounds for the period of time as stipulated by the Administration.  


In the case of a student found to be distributing or having drugs or alcohol in his/her possession, a juvenile officer may be directly involved.  It should be noted that the school retains the right to randomly conduct periodic searches of students’ lockers, clothing, book bags and vehicles.


Consequences

In addition to the suspension and expulsion process authorized by M.G.L. 71, s. 37H if a student is involved in a drug or alcohol related incident on school property before, during or after school or at any school sponsored event, he/she may expect the following penalties:


  1. When a student has been found with drug-related paraphernalia in his/her possession, with drugs and/or alcohol in his/her possession, or to be drinking or to have taken drugs, the following actions will be taken:


  • Notification of parents;

  • Notification of police;

  • Suspension from school (possible expulsion for drug and alcohol involvement).  The student will be removed from school grounds by a parent or guardian upon notification of such an incident.  At the discretion of the Principal a conference involving the student, parent, appropriate administrator, and student’s guidance counselor is held.

  • Suspension from all extracurricular activities and clubs for the next two consecutive weeks and for interscholastic athletics, the student will lose eligibility for the next consecutive interscholastic contests totaling 25% of all interscholastic contests in that sport.   For the student, these penalties are determined by the season the violation occurs, but if the penalty is not commenced or completed during the season of violation, the penalty shall commence or carry over to the student’s next season of actual participation. This may affect the eligibility status of the student during the next academic year.

  • One calendar year social suspension of all listed activities (refer to the end of this section for a more detailed explanation and list of activities).

  • The School District retains any and all statutory rights that it may have, including but not limited to its ability to initiate an expulsion hearing pursuant to Massachusetts General Law. ch.71, 37G.


  1. When a student has been found in violation a second or subsequent time(s) with drug-related paraphernalia in his/her possession, with drugs and/or alcohol in his/her possession, or to have been drinking or to have taken drugs, the following actions will be taken:

  • Notification of parents;

  • Notification of police;

  • Suspension from school (possible long term suspension or expulsion for drug involvement).  The student will be removed from school grounds by a parent or guardian upon notification of such an incident.  At the discretion of the Principal a conference involving the student, parent, appropriate administrator, and the student’s guidance counselor shall be held.

  • Suspension from all extracurricular activities and clubs for the next six consecutive weeks and for interscholastic athletics, the student will lose eligibility for the next consecutive interscholastic contests totaling 60% of all interscholastic contests in that sport.  For the student, these penalties will be determined by the season the violation occurs, but if the penalty is not commenced or completed during the season of violation, the penalty shall commence or carry over to the student’s next season of actual participation. This may affect the eligibility status of the student during the next academic year.

  • One calendar year social suspension of all listed activities (refer to the end of this section for a more detailed explanation and list of activities).

  • The School District retains any and all statutory rights that it may have, including but not limited to its ability to initiate an expulsion hearing pursuant to Massachusetts General Law. ch.71, 37G.


  1. When a student is found to be distributing drugs or alcohol, the following actions are taken:


  • Notification of parents;

  • Notification of police;

  • Suspension pending disciplinary action based on initiation of expulsion hearings for drug involvement;

  • Suspension from all extracurricular activities and clubs for the next two consecutive weeks and for interscholastic athletics, the student will lose eligibility for the next consecutive interscholastic contests totaling 25% of all interscholastic contests in that sport.   For the student, these penalties are determined by the season the violation occurs, but if the penalty is not commenced or completed during the season of violation, the penalty shall commence or carry over to the student’s next season of actual participation. This may affect the eligibility status of the student during the next academic year.

  • One calendar year social suspension of all listed activities (refer to the end of this section for a more detailed explanation and list of activities).

  • The School District retains any and all statutory rights that it may have, including but not limited to its ability to initiate an expulsion hearing pursuant to Massachusetts General Law. ch.71, 37G.


  1. When a student is found to be distributing drugs or alcohol; a second or subsequent time(s), the following actions will be taken


  • Notification of parents;

  • Notification of police;

  • Suspension pending disciplinary action based on initiation of expulsion hearings for drug involvement;

  • Suspension from all extracurricular activities and clubs for the next six consecutive weeks and for interscholastic athletics, the student will lose eligibility for the next consecutive interscholastic contests totaling 60% of all interscholastic contests in that sport.  For the student, these penalties will be determined by the season the violation occurs, but if the penalty is not commenced or completed during the season of violation, the penalty shall commence or carry over to the student’s next season of actual participation. This may affect the eligibility status of the student during the next academic year.

  • One calendar year social suspension of all listed activities (refer to the end of this section for a more detailed explanation and list of activities).

  • The School District retains any and all statutory rights that it may have, including but not limited to its ability to initiate an expulsion hearing pursuant to Massachusetts General Law. ch.71, 37G.


One Calendar Year Social Suspension

Any student who appears under the influence of and/or in possession of drugs or alcohol in school, on school grounds or at a school-sponsored event will lose the privilege of participating in many of the extracurricular school-wide and class activities for a period of one calendar year from the date of the infraction.  These social activities include:


  • Holding an elected Class Office

  • Holding a leadership position (including team captain)

  • Class trips

  • Dances (including semi-formals and proms)

  • Homecoming

  • Drama and musical productions (non-curricular)

  • Junior Scavenger Hunt

  • Mr. HHS,

  • Senior Auction

  • Senior Class day activities

  • Senior Showcase


For first offenses: After consultation with school administration, a combination of 4 sessions of drug/alcohol education classes with one of the school adjustment counselors and prohibition from extracurricular activities for a period of at least ten weeks is assigned. The classes are scheduled once per term and students are not allowed to attend extracurricular activities until they complete all four sessions. If an infraction occurs just prior to a class beginning, then the social probation will last ten weeks. Second and subsequent offenses would result in a full year of social activities suspension and further, more punitive sanctions.


In our quest to provide a safe and orderly environment for students at school-sponsored events, the following procedures will be in effect for all school activities, including Semi-Formal events and Proms.


Breathalyzer:


  • Upon reasonable suspicion that a student or attendee/guest is consuming alcohol at a school sponsored event, is under the influence of alcohol, or is in possession of alcohol, as determined by school officials, a breathalyzer test could be requested.  The student’s or attendee’s/guest’s failure to comply would result in removal from the activity, notification of parents/legal guardians and further disciplinary action including, but not limited to suspension from school.


  • If administered and the test is positive, the student will be:

    • removed from the event

    • detained by the police or an administrator until a parent or guardian picks him/her up

    • subject to appropriate discipline as referenced in this handbook


Off-Site Violations

Students who are involved in extracurricular activities, events, and school organizations including athletic teams will be subject to discipline if they are listed in a police report as having failed any part of the sobriety testing or if they refuse to cooperate with law enforcement.  Refusal to take a sobriety test is viewed the same as having failed the test.


Specific to extracurricular activities, events or school organizations including athletic teams, the penalties for violation of this rule are:


Extracurricular activities and clubs:


  1. First Violation: the student shall lose eligibility for the next two (2) consecutive weeks of the club or activity in which the student is a participant.

  2. Second and Subsequent Violation(s): the student shall lose eligibility for the next six (6) consecutive weeks the student is a participant.


Interscholastic Athletics: (MIAA regulations)


Please refer to the MIAA Chemical Health rule for specific consequences and penalties.

Bullying & Prevention


School Committee

Title

Code

Policy

Bullying

JICFB


The text of School Committee Policy – Code JICFB – “Bullying” may be found on the Policy Website.  In the event of a violation of this policy, the guidelines outlined below will be followed.


Bullying of any type has no place in a school setting.  The Holliston School district will endeavor to maintain a learning and working environment free of bullying.


Bullying is defined as the act of one or more students or member of the school staff, intimidating one or more persons through verbal, physical, mental, written or electronic interactions.  Bullying can take many forms and occur in virtually any setting. It can create unnecessary and unwarranted anxiety that will affect attending school, walking in corridors, eating in cafeterias, playing in the school yard or recreation areas, participating in or attending special and extra-curricular activities, or riding on the bus to and from school each day.


Examples of bullying include, but are not exclusive to:

  • Intimidation, either physical or psychological

  • Threats of any kind, stated or implied

  • Assaults on students, including those that are verbal, physical, psychological and emotional

  • Attacks on student property


The School Committee expects administrators and supervisors to make clear to students and staff that bullying in the school building, on school grounds, on the bus or school sanctioned transportation, or at school-sponsored functions is not tolerated and is grounds for disciplinary action up to and including suspension or expulsion for students.


The district will promptly and reasonably investigate allegations of harassment, including bullying.  The principal of each building is responsible for handling all complaints by students alleging harassment, including bullying.


Faculty who witness bullying acts must report the student(s) for disciplinary action.  Disciplinary action may result in suspension and/or referral to police authorities for criminal prosecution when appropriate.


Any student found to have engaged in the act of bullying shall be subject to the following disciplinary actions:


  • First offense – suspension from school for up to five (5) days

  • Second offense – suspension from school for up to ten (10) days

  • Subsequent offense – suspension from school for an indeterminate period necessary to bring a recommendation of exclusion/expulsion to the School Committee.


BULLYING PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION

On May 3, 2010 Governor Patrick signed an Act Relative to Bullying in Schools.  This new law prohibits bullying and retaliation in all public and private schools, and requires schools and school districts to take steps to address bullying incidents.  The law was updated in July 2013 to expanded the list of possible aggressors/perpetrators to include school staff members. Parts of the law (M.G.L. c. 71, § 37O) that are important for students and parents or guardians to know are described below.


These requirements will be included in the school’s or district’s Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan, which must be finalized no later than December 31, 2010.  The Plan will include the requirements of the new law, and also information about the policies and procedures that the school or school district will follow to prevent bullying and retaliation, or to respond to it when it occurs.  In developing the Plan, schools and districts must consult with school and local community members, including parents and guardians.


Chapter 86, Section I(3) provides that each bullying plan shall recognize that certain students may be more vulnerable to becoming a target of bullying or harassment based on actual or perceived differentiating characteristics, including race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, socioeconomic status, homelessness, academic status, gender identity or expression, physical appearance, pregnant or parenting status, sexual orientation, mental, physical, developmental or sensory disability or by association with a person who has or is perceived to have 1 or more of these characteristics.


Definitions


Perpetrator ​is a student or a member of a school staff including but not limited to an educator, administrator, school nurse, cafeteria worker, custodian, bus driver, athletic coach, advisor to an extracurricular activity, or a paraprofessional who engages in bullying, cyberbullying, or retaliation.


Bullying ​is the repeated use by one or more students or by a member of a school staff including but not limited to an educator, administrator, school nurse, cafeteria worker, custodian, bus driver, athletic coach, advisor to an extracurricular activity, or a paraprofessional of a written, verbal or electronic expression or a physical act or gesture or any combination thereof, directed at a victim that: (i) causes physical or emotional harm to the victim or damage to the victim’s property; (ii) places the victim in reasonable fear of harm to himself/herself or of damage to his/her property; (iii) creates a hostile environment at school for the victim; (iv) infringes on the rights of the victim at school; or (v) materially and substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school. Bullying includes cyberbullying.


Cyberbullying is bullying through the use of technology or any electronic communication, which shall include, but shall not be limited to, any transfer of signs, signals, writing, images, sounds, data or intelligence of any nature transmitted in whole or in part by a wire, radio, electromagnetic, photo electronic or photo optical system, including, but not limited to, electronic mail, internet communications, instant messages or facsimile communications.  Cyberbullying shall also include:

  • The creation of a web page or blog in which the creator assumes the identity of another person or the knowing impersonation of another person as the author of posted content or messages, if the creation or impersonation creates any of the conditions enumerated in clauses (i) to (v), inclusive, of the definition of bullying.

  • The distribution by electronic means of a communication to more than one person or the posting of material on an electronic medium that may be accessed by one or more persons, if the distribution or posting creates any of conditions enumerated in clauses (i) to (v) inclusive, of the definition of bullying.



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 conditions of the student’s education.


Victim ​is a student against whom bullying, cyberbullying, or retaliation is directed.


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


Prohibition Against Bullying


Bullying is prohibited:

  • on school grounds,

  • on property immediately adjacent to school grounds,

  • at a school-sponsored or school-related activity, function, or program, whether it takes place on or off school grounds,

  • at a school bus stop, on a school bus or other vehicle owned, leased, or used by a school district or school,

  • through the use of technology or an electronic device that is owned, leased or used by a school district or school (for example, on a computer or over the Internet),

  • at any program or location that is not school-related, or through the use of personal technology or electronic device, 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 education process or the orderly operation of a school.


Retaliation against a person who reports bullying, provides information during an investigation of bullying, or witnesses or has reliable information about bullying is prohibited.

Reporting Bullying


Anyone, including a parent or guardian, student, or school staff member, can report bullying or retaliation.  Reports can be made in writing or orally to the assistant principal, principal or another staff member, or reports may be made anonymously.  


Anne Connoni, Assistant Principal 508-429-0677 ext. 1103 connonia@holliston.k12.ma.us

Patrick Kelley, Assistant Principal 508-429-0677 ext. 1105 kelleyp@holliston.k12.ma.us

Nicole Bottomley, Principal 508-429-0677 ext.1106 bottomleyn@holliston.k12.ma.us


Anonymous Reporting Form: http://hollistonps.wufoo.com/forms/holliston-high-school-bullying-reporting-form


School staff members must report immediately to the principal or his/her designee if they witness or become aware of bullying or retaliation.   Staff members include, but are not limited to, educators, administrators, counselors, school nurses, cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers, athletic coaches, advisors to an extracurricular activity, or paraprofessionals.


When the school principal or his/her designee receives a report, he or she shall promptly conduct an investigation.  If the school principal or designee determines that bullying or retaliation has occurred, he or she shall (i) notify the parents or guardians of the target, and to the extent consistent with state and federal law, notify them of the action taken to prevent any further acts of bullying or retaliation; (ii) notify the parents or guardians of an aggressor; (iii) take appropriate disciplinary action; and (iv) notify the local law enforcement agency if the school principal or designee believes that criminal charges may be pursued against the aggressor.


For detailed information regarding Bullying Prevention and Intervention, please refer to the Holliston Public Schools Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan and the Holliston School Committee’s Bullying Prevention Policy (JICFB): HSC Bullying Prevention Policy



Professional Development for School and District Staff


Schools and districts must provide ongoing professional development to increase the skills of all staff members to prevent, identify, and respond to bullying. Staff must complete the district’s annual Bullying Prevention and Intervention training.


The content of such professional development is to include, but not be limited to: (i) developmentally appropriate strategies to prevent bullying incidents; (ii) developmentally appropriate strategies for immediate, effective interventions to stop bullying incidents; (iii) information regarding the complex interaction and power differential that can take place between and among an aggressor, target, and witnesses to the bullying; (iv) research findings on bullying, including information about specific categories of students who have been shown to be particularly at risk for bullying in the school environment; (v) information on the incidence and nature of cyberbullying; and (vi) Internet safety issues as they relate to cyberbullying.


Additional information about the school’s or district’s Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan will be made available when it is finalized.


For the latest bullying intervention plan and updates to the law, refer to the District Website.


Buses

School buses are an extension of the school and students are under the jurisdiction of the school while riding. Students should keep hands and heads inside the bus at all times, and refrain from loud talking and horseplay that may divert the driver’s attention and make safe driving difficult.  State law prohibits smoking on school buses. Students are not permitted to leave their seats while the bus is in motion. The school department or the transportation company is not responsible for articles left on the bus.


Bus rules apply to the regular daily buses to and from school, late buses, field trip and athletic buses, and all bus trips by the high school.


To ensure the safety of all students who ride in buses, it may occasionally be necessary to revoke the privilege of transportation from a student who abuses general rules.  Parents of children whose behavior and misconduct on school buses endangers the health, safety, and welfare of other riders are notified that their children face the loss of transportation privileges in accordance with the information indicated below.


Non-Cooperative Behavior:

  • First offense: verbal warning to student and parent notification

  • Second offense:  up to five school days suspension of riding privileges

  • Subsequent offense: up to ten school days suspension of riding privileges


Endangering Behavior:

  • First offense: up to five school day suspension of riding privilege

  • Second offense: up to ten school days suspension of riding privilege

  • Subsequent offense: loss of riding privilege for the remainder of the school year


Cheating/Plagiarism

The following behaviors are examples of cheating/plagiarism on homework assignments, laboratory reports, written or oral projects, research projects, quizzes, tests, final examinations or other assigned tasks associated with a student’s course work.


Students are cheating when they attempt to copy or borrow another student’s work, or when they allow another student to copy their work; when they attempt to gain any information from another student or from any unauthorized materials; and when they use anyone else’s words or ideas without documentation, including information from the Internet.


Other examples of plagiarism include:

  • Buying or stealing an essay or response.

  • Hiring someone to write the report or assignment.

  • Copying ideas, phrases, or words from the internet or reference sources without documentation and using them in an assignment.

  • Using someone’s ideas without reference to that person.

  • Using notes from research that are actually direct or paraphrased quotations.

  • Copying/pasting photographs, illustrations, graphs, or other visual aids without citing the source.


A teacher who determines that a student is guilty of the above offenses shall take all reasonable and necessary steps to address this first with the student and his/her parents, may give a grade of zero for the work in question, and may then refer this matter to an administrator.  Violations may result in loss of privileges such as special student passes and membership in the National Honor Society and will lead to appropriate disciplinary action, including but not limited to suspension. A student who disagrees with the teacher’s finding that s/he is guilty of cheating or plagiarism can appeal this finding to the Principal.


Discipline of Students Eligible for Special Education Services

All students are expected to follow the Holliston’s Code of Conduct, unless otherwise determined by the student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Team and written in the student’s IEP or 504 Plan.  Federal and state laws provide certain procedural rights and protections relating to discipline of students who are identified under such laws as having special needs based upon a disability. A brief overview of these rights is provided below.


In general, if a student violated Holliston’s disciplinary code, the school may suspend or remove the student from his or her current educational placement for no more than 10 consecutive school days in any school year.  If the student possesses, uses, sells or solicits illegal drugs on school grounds or at a school-sponsored event; carries a weapon to school or a school function; or inflicts serious bodily injury upon another person at school or a school-sponsored event, the school may place the student in an interim alternative educational setting for up to 45 school days.  If the student is placed in an interim alternative education setting as a result of a disciplinary action, he/she may remain in the interim setting for a period not to exceed 45 school days. Thereafter, he/she will return to the previously agreed-upon educational placement unless parents or Holliston High School initiated a hearing on the disciplinary action taken by the district and a hearing officer orders another placement, or the parents and Holliston agree to another placement.


Any time Holliston wishes to remove the student from his or her current educational placement for more than 10 consecutive school days in any school year, or if a student is removed for disciplinary reasons for more than a total of 10 days in any school year when a pattern of removal is occurring, this is a “change of placement.”  A change of placement invokes certain procedural protections under federal special education law. These include the following:


  1. Prior to any removal that constitutes a change in placement, the school must convene a Team meeting to develop a plan for conducting a functional behavioral assessment that will be used as the basis for developing specific strategies to address your child’s problematic behavior.  If a behavioral intervention plan was previously developed, the Team will review it to make sure it is being implemented appropriately, and will modify it if necessary.


  1. Prior to any disciplinary removal that constitutes a change in placement; the school must inform parents that the law requires the school district consider whether or not the behavior that forms the basis of the student’s disciplinary removal is related to his or her disability.  This is called a “manifestation determination.” Remember that the parent always has the right to participate as a member of the group of people making this determination.


Consideration of whether the behavior is a manifestation of the student’s disability:

The law provides that Holliston and the parent, along with relevant Team members, must consider all evaluation information, observational information, the student’s IEP and placement; and must determine whether the student’s behavior that prompted disciplinary removal was a manifestation of his or her disability.  The behavior is considered a manifestation of the student’s disability if the conduct in question was caused by, or had a direct and substantial relationship to the student’s disability, or was a direct result of the school district’s failure to implement his or her IEP.


If the manifestation determination decision is that the disciplinary behavior was related to the student’s disability then he/she may not be removed from the current educational placement (except in the case of weapon or drug possession or use, or serious bodily injury to another) until the IEP Team develops a new IEP and decides upon a new placement and parental consent to that new IEP and placement is obtained, or a Hearing Officer orders a removal from the current educational placement to another placement.  


If the manifestation determination is that the behavior was not related to the student’s disability, then the school may suspend or otherwise discipline the student according to the school’s code of student conduct, except that for any period of removal exceeding 10 days the school district must provide the student with educational services that allow him/her to continue making educational progress.  Holliston must determine the educational services necessary and the manner and location for providing those services.


In the case of a disagreement with the Team’s determination:

If the parent disagrees with the Team’s decision on the “manifestation determination” or with the decision relating to placement of the student in an interim alternative education setting or any other disciplinary action, the parent has the right to appeal the Team’s decision by requesting an expedited due process hearing from the Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA).


Discipline of Students Whose Eligibility for Special Education is Suspected:

The IDEA protections summarized above also apply to a child who has not yet been found eligible for services under the statute if the district is “deemed to have knowledge” that the child was eligible for such services before the conduct that precipitated the disciplinary action occurred.  The IDEA provides that a school district is “deemed to have knowledge” if: (1) the child’s parent had expressed concern in writing to district supervisory or administrative personnel or the child’s teacher that the child needs special education and related services; (2) the child’s parent had requested an evaluation of the child to determine eligibility for special education services; or (3) the teacher of the child or other school district personnel had expressed specific concerns about a pattern of behavior by the child directly to the district’s director of special education or to other supervisory personnel.  However, a school district is not “deemed to have knowledge” if the district evaluated the student and determined that the child was not eligible for special education services or the child’s parent refused an evaluation of the child or IDEA services.


If the school district has no knowledge that a student is an eligible student under the IDEA before taking disciplinary measures against the student, the student may be disciplined just as any other student.  If, however, a request is made for an evaluation to determine eligibility while the student is subject to disciplinary measures, the district must conduct the evaluation in an expedited manner. Pending the results of the evaluation, the student must remain in the educational placement determined by school authorities, which may include suspension or expulsion without services.  If the student is determined eligible for an IEP as a result of the evaluation, the school district must provide the student with special education and related services in accordance with the IDEA.


Discrimination

Discrimination, or lack of opportunity to equal access to the programs and offerings of the Holliston Public Schools, to any person because of race, age, color, creed, religion, national origin, ethnic background, marital status, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or unless required by law by membership or activity in an employee organization or political party is forbidden.  Staff members will act in a way that insures that this philosophy is maintained and will work for a goal of equality in all situations. Discrimination in any form violates state and federal laws, and, therefore, the policies of the Holliston School Committee.


Complaint Procedures:  

Any student who feels he/she was or is the subject of discrimination must report the discrimination to the building Principal or to the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee.


Discrimination Investigation:


Any individual who believes she/he has been harassed or who has witnessed or learned about the

harassment of another person in the school environment, should inform the principal as soon as possible.  If the individual does not wish to discuss the issue with the principal, or if the individual believes that the issue requires further attention, the individual should inform the Superintendent of Schools or Title IX/622 Coordinator, Dr. Bradford Jackson, at 370 Hollis Street, Holliston, MA 01746, 508-429-0654 or the Director of Student Services, Ms. Margaret Camire, who can be reached at 370 Hollis Street, Holliston, MA 01746, 508-429-0662.


An investigation of the incident will take place, in compliance with School Committee Policy ACAA and Title IX/Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.  Holliston High School Administration will contact Dr. Bradford Jackson, Superintendent of Schools and the Title IX coordinator of Holliston Public Schools.  Dr. Jackson, as the Title IX Coordinator for the Holliston Public Schools, will have the responsibility to coordinate efforts to comply with obligations under Title IX and the Title IX regulations.  Dr. Jackson will coordinate the investigation of complaints received pursuant to Title IX and the implementing regulations. The Holliston High School administration will conduct the investigation and consult with Dr. Jackson throughout the process.  Following the completion of the investigation, Holliston High School administration will file a formal written report with Dr. Jackson.  This report must include a description of the incident(s), a narrative of the findings, and the final outcome.  Holliston High School administration will also share findings with the complainant(s), while maintaining confidentiality to the extent consistent with the district's obligations under Federal and State law.


Dog Sniff Searches

Periodically, in cooperation with the Holliston Police Department, dogs, which are trained to detect the presence of drugs, will go through the school and search for drugs on the premise.  The purpose is to insure that Holliston High School remains a drug-free, safe environment for learning by all.


Dress/Appearance

Students are not allowed to wear articles of clothing or accessories that interfere with safety or that are disruptive, offensive, disrespectful, discriminatory, or otherwise inappropriate for a high school community, or that interfere with learning.  Footwear must be worn at all times by all persons in the school and on school grounds.


The school administration and staff reserve the right to make decisions in cases where the dress, appearance, or behavior of one student may interfere with the learning process for other students.  


Each teacher has the right to restrict the wearing of hats or other items that might interfere with learning or safety.  Exceptions will be made for a documented or known instructional, safety, religious and/or medical reason


Proper attire is required for participation in all physical education classes.


Electronic Devices

Electronic devices including phones, cameras and music listening devices may be used in the common areas of the school (hallways, cafeteria, school grounds, etc.) during the school day. However, use of such devices in classrooms during class time is allowed only at the discretion of the classroom teacher.  Such devices will be confiscated by school personnel and brought to the Main Office if they are used at inappropriate times or in inappropriate settings.


Due to privacy concerns and issues surrounding confidentiality, unauthorized use of video, cellular or audio equipment or taking still pictures is prohibited.  Video or Audio recording of any individual without their knowledge and/or consent is strictly prohibited and against school policy. Such behavior may receive consequences, including possible suspension.


School Committee

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Code

Policy

Technology Acceptable Use Policy

IJNDB


The text of School Committee Policy – Code IJNDB – “Technology Acceptable Use Policy” may be found on the Policy Website.  In the event of a violation of this policy, the guidelines outlined below will be followed.


Holliston High School Guidelines and Disciplinary Policy regarding the Technology Acceptable Use Policy

Violation of the provisions of the Acceptable Use Policy may result in disciplinary action including but not limited to suspension or revocation of privileges, suspension or expulsion from school, and criminal prosecution.


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Code

Policy

Harassment

ACAA


The text of School Committee Policy – Code ACAA – “Harassment” may be found on the Policy Website.  In the event of a violation of this policy, the guidelines outlined below will be followed.


Holliston High School Guidelines and Disciplinary Policy regarding Harassment

Any student found to have engaged in the act of harassment shall be subject to the following disciplinary actions:


  • First offense – suspension from school for up to five (5) days

  • Second offense – suspension from school for up to ten (10) days

  • Subsequent offense – suspension from school for an indeterminate period necessary to bring a recommendation of exclusion/expulsion to the School Committee.


School Committee

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Code

Policy

Hazing (Prohibition of)

JICFA


The text of School Committee Policy – Code JICFA – “Prohibition of Hazing” may be found on the Policy Website.  In the event of a violation of this policy, the guidelines outlined below will be followed.


Holliston High School Disciplinary Procedure Regarding Hazing

The School Committee forbids hazing of any kind.  Should an alleged instance of hazing occur, the provisions of M.G.L. Chapter 269 Sections 17, 18, 19 shall be adhered to.  The Superintendent and Committee Chair shall be notified of the circumstances of the complaint and action taken.


Any student found to have engaged in the act of hazing shall be subject to the following disciplinary actions:


  • First offense – suspension from school for up to five (5) days

  • Second offense – suspension from school for up to ten (10) days

  • Subsequent offense – suspension from school for an indeterminate period necessary to bring a recommendation of exclusion/expulsion to the School Committee.


Memorandum of Understanding with Holliston Police Department

The Holliston Public Schools and the Holliston Police Department have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding in order to prevent and eliminate substance abuse and acts of violence in our community.  As provided in that Memorandum of Understanding, school personnel agree that certain activities by Holliston students will be reported to the Police Department and that both the School and Police Departments will act cooperatively in addressing issues involving violence, hate crimes, possession and use of alcohol or controlled substances, and possession and use of firearms or other weapons.  School personnel retain the prerogative to impose school-based discipline in connection with any and all acts that occur on school grounds, including school buses, and at school-sponsored or related functions, including but not limited to field trips, athletic events, or dances. A complete copy of this Memorandum of Understanding is available in the office of each building Principal and in he office of the Superintendent.


Parking Lot/Use of Automobiles

Students driving cars or motorbikes to school are to use the main parking lot.  The first two rows closest to the building are reserved for staff parking. All vehicles parked in the parking lot and other designated areas are required to have a student or staff parking permit.  Vehicles must be parked properly in designated parking spaces. Student parking permits are issued on a first-come-first serve basis. Holliston High School is limited to the number of parking spots available in the designated parking area. When space becomes limited students will be issued stickers on a priority basis considering year of graduation and personal need.  Students parking in non-designated “student” parking areas or unauthorized areas are subject to disciplinary action including detention, suspension of driving privilege, and/ or suspension from school. Additionally, parking in a non-designated area may result in the vehicle being towed. Cars without visible parking permits are subject to towing without warning.


Students who choose to purchase a parking permit will be issued one permit.  If this permit is lost or stolen, the student will be responsible for the purchase of a new permit.


Students are not to loiter on school grounds or in parked vehicles.  The parking lot is out-of-bounds at all times during the school day. Students may be in the parking lot during the school day only when leaving with an authorized dismissal or pass.


The speed limit anywhere on school grounds must not exceed 5 M.P.H.  No cars are to pass any school buses while they are unloading or loading students in the bus area.  Smoke shows, wheelies, excessive speed, and riding on a car fender will result in the loss of the privilege to drive to school.  Careless driving is subject to police action. Additionally, students found littering the parking lot are subject to suspension of their driving privilege.


Students who use their vehicle to violate school attendance and behavioral expectations or aid and abet others to do so (i.e. leaving school grounds without Administrative approval, alcohol and/or drug) may lose or have their parking privileges temporarily suspended.


In accordance with Massachusetts State Law Chapter 90 Section 13A, all operators and passengers of motor vehicles are required to properly adjust and fasten safety belts while operating their motor vehicle.


The Holliston School District does not assume any responsibility for damage to student’s vehicles while parked in any high school parking lot.


Recreational Equipment

Recreational items/equipment such as Frisbees, hackey-sacs, skateboards, roller-blades, playing cards, dice and other items/activities of this nature are not permitted in school.  All such items will be confiscated and sent to the Main Office. Offenders will be subject to the discipline code including warnings, detentions, and/or suspension.


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Code

Policy

Searches and Interrogations

JIH


Searches by school officials of students and their possessions are conducted in such a way as to protect each student’s rights to personal privacy consistent with the responsibility of the school system to provide an atmosphere conducive to the educational process.


Students and their personal belongings, including purses, backpacks, clothing, and student vehicles, on school property or at school events, are subject to search by school personnel to the extent that school personnel have a reasonable basis for suspecting the search would reveal evidence that the student has violated the law or school rules.  In the event of search of a student or the student’s belongings, parents are notified as soon as practical following the search.


Except as otherwise necessary due to exigent circumstances, searches of students and their personal belongings are conducted by a school administrative staff member in the presence of another adult in a private location.  In all cases the nature of the search must be reasonably related to the object sought and not excessively intrusive in light of the age and gender of the student.


In the event a student is found to be in possession of an object or substance which may give rise to a crime, such object or substance will be given to the police.  Other objects or substances prohibited by school rules or which are otherwise disruptive to the school environment may be held by school officials for later return to the student’s parent or guardian.


When school officials refer a student to the police, the student’s parent or guardian is notified as soon as practical.


School Committee

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Code

Policy

Tobacco on School Premises

ADC


The text of School Committee Policy – Code ADC – “Tobacco on School Premises” may be found on the Policy Website.  In the event of a violation of this policy, the guidelines outlined below will be followed.


Smoking or the use of snuff or chewing tobacco or any other tobacco product (including electronic cigarettes, vaporizers, or any pipes) is not permitted in school or anywhere on school grounds.  Additionally, possession of cigarettes, snuff, chewing tobacco or other tobacco products (including electronic cigarettes, vaporizers, or any pipes) is not permitted. These items will be confiscated and sent to the office.  Electronic cigarettes and vaporizers with or without tobacco are not permitted on school grounds and are subject to the same consequences.


Students found in possession of tobacco products (including electronic cigarettes, vaporizers, or any pipes) will be subject to disciplinary actions as indicated below:


  • First offense:  1 Day Out of School Suspension or Diversion Program through HHS




In accordance with town bylaws, any person smoking on school grounds will be subject to a $100 fine.  The school resource officer or any other Holliston Police Department officer will issue citations.


Students found using any tobacco product (including electronic cigarettes, vaporizers, or any pipes) will be subject to disciplinary actions as indicated below:


  • First offenses:  1 Day Out of School Suspension or Diversion Program through HHS and $100 fine

  • Second and subsequent offense:  1 Day Out of School Suspension and $100 fine


Please note that if multiple people are found in a bathroom stall and vaping or smoking is occurring, there may be consequences issued for all students.


School Committee

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Code

Policy

Willful Destruction of School Property

ECAC


The text of School Committee Policy – Code ECAC – “Willful Destruction of School Property” may be found on the Policy Website.


Any student found to have engaged in the act of willfully destroying school property is subject to the following disciplinary actions:


  • First offense – suspension from school for up to five (5) days

  • Second offense – suspension from school for up to ten (10) days

  • Subsequent offense – suspension from school for an indeterminate period necessary to bring a recommendation of exclusion/expulsion to the School Committee.


Parents and students will be made aware of the legal implications involved.  Reimbursement will be sought for all or part of any damages.


BEHAVIORAL SANCTIONS


Teacher Detention

Teachers may require a detention for any infraction of classroom or school rules.  The teacher should notify the student where to report after school and must not keep the student beyond the late bus departure time.  If a teacher’s detention for a student conflicts with the student’s office detention, the student should attend the teacher’s detention.  The student should bring a note to the office from the teacher once the detention is served, and the office detention will be rescheduled.  


Office Detention

It is impossible for the district to identify in the handbook the full set of behaviors that might result in the assessment of detention(s).  As the need arises, additional infractions may be added to the procedure.


Students who are issued an office detention will be responsible for serving the detention on the day(s) issued unless excused by an administrator.   Outside employment, athletics or other school events are not valid reasons for missing detention.


Office detention is held from 2:05 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.  Students who are late to detention within the first 15 minutes will not be admitted unless they have a pass from a teacher.  Regardless, no student will be admitted to detention after 2:20 p.m. and must report to the office.


A student who misses detention without being excused before Second and subsequent offense:  1 Day Out of School Suspension and by an administrator will receive the following penalties:


  • First violation per term:  2 office detentions

  • Second and subsequent violations per term:  1 Saturday School for each offense


Students who miss detention for excused or verified purposes (absence, dismissal, etc.) will automatically be rescheduled for the next available date.  


If a student needs to reschedule a detention, parents must make appropriate arrangements with the student’s assistant principal or designee.


Administrators will remain in communication with Club and Activity Advisors and Coaches of students who miss their assigned detention(s) to ensure students meet their disciplinary obligations.


Expectations for Office Detention:


Duration:  

  • 2:10 to 2:50 for a single office detention session

  • 2:10 through 3:15 for a double office detention session


Environment:  Students are expected to maintain a quiet environment throughout the duration of their after school session(s).  Students are encouraged to bring homework and/or materials for quiet reading.


Prohibited:  Computer use, electronic devices (cell phones, headphones, CD players, MP3 players, iPods, etc.)


Saturday School

Saturday school is scheduled from 8am – 11am and transportation is NOT provided.  Saturday School is held twice a month from October through June. Students arriving tardy between 8:00 – 8:15 are assigned an additional office detention but may serve Saturday School for the day in question.  Students arriving tardy after 8:15 are not admitted and are assigned an additional Saturday School. This program is designed to provide consequences for disciplinary, academic and attendance problems and to encourage proper behavior in the regular high school setting. Saturday School takes precedence over jobs and other scheduling conflicts students may have.  Students are expected to work on academic assignments for the entire 3 hours and therefore must arrive with all necessary materials (pen/pencil, textbook, homework assignments). Students who cut Saturday School or are asked to leave as a result of behavior issues are assigned 2 Saturday Schools. Students who cut 2 or more Saturday Schools are subject to out-of-school suspension up to 5 days or at the discretion of the administration.


SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION


Suspension: Offenses

The suspension of any student is used as a disciplinary measure in the case of a serious offense upon the part of the student, or when, in the opinion of the administration, a continuum of offenses deems it necessary to use this kind of action.  Suspension is utilized to modify student behavior. The duration of each suspension is at the discretion of the administration.


During the time of suspension, a student may not participate in any sports practice, games or extracurricular activities.  Further, the student is not to be present on school grounds during the suspension time without authorization by school administration.  A student who violates this requirement will be suspended an additional day.


It is impossible for the district to identify in the handbook the full set of behaviors that might result in a student's suspension and/or expulsion from school.  Nonetheless, the following behaviors may result in a student's suspension or expulsion:


Offenses that may result in Out-of-School Suspension:


  • Alcohol/Drug Policy violation: possession or use or distribution of a controlled substance (possible expulsion)

  • Assault of a school staff member (possible expulsion)

  • Being charged or convicted of a felony or felony delinquency (possible expulsion)

  • Being found outside the building and/or leaving school grounds (second and subsequent offenses)

  • Class cutting (third and subsequent offenses per term will result in suspension)

  • Detention Procedure violation (third and subsequent offenses per term will result in suspension)

  • Disrespect through language or actions to an administrator or faculty member

  • Disruptive behavior in a large group setting such as the cafeteria, assemblies, or rallies

  • Emergency Response Actions and Plans: non-compliant behavior

  • Endangering the safety of others

  • Engaging in activities of a sexual nature

  • Extortion

  • Failure to comply with a staff member’s request (defiant, oppositional behavior)

  • Fighting or assault

  • Gambling and/or sale of gambling materials (e.g. football cards)

  • Harassment of another student or staff member on the basis of that person's race, religion, sex, national origin, handicap, or sexual orientation

  • Hazing Policy violation

  • Improper use of a motor vehicle on school grounds (In addition, the administration reserves the right to suspend or revoke parking privileges)

  • Insolent behavior, disrespectful conduct, obscene language

  • Lying to an Administrator (dependant upon the degree of severity)

  • Profanity within an educational setting.

  • Repeated and/or intentional failure to comply with directives of school personnel

  • Tobacco Policy violation

  • Tampering with fire alarm boxes and/or fire extinguishers

  • Theft of personal and/or school property, plus restitution

  • Threatening a member of the staff (implied or direct)

  • Trespassing on school property during non-school hours (excluding appropriate use of athletic fields or track)

  • Truancy

  • Use and/or possession of any type of firework  

  • Vandalism of school property (including graffiti)

  • Video or Audio recording of any individual without their knowledge and/or consent

  • Weapons Policy violation (possible expulsion)


Or any other behavior of sufficient severity as determined by the school administration.



Suspension Procedures

Except in an emergency that warrants the immediate removal of a student from school, each student has the right to be notified of the offense with which he/she is charged and the right to be heard and present his/her side of the story to a school administrator prior to suspension.  The administrator will make every effort to notify the student and his/her parents orally and in writing of the decision to impose the suspension prior to the start of the suspension.


In an emergency, where the continued presence of the student in school poses a danger to the health and safety of themselves, to others, or to property, or poses a threat of disrupting the academic process, the student may be immediately suspended from school, without a hearing, but such hearing will be scheduled as soon as possible thereafter.  Any property in the possession of a student that constitutes a danger or threat shall be confiscated immediately and held by an administrator and may be turned over to the police.


EDUCATION SERVICES AND ACADEMIC PROGRESS UNDER SECTIONS 37H, 37H1/2 AND 37H3/4:


Any student who is suspended for less than ten (10) days, shall have the opportunity to earn credits, as applicable, make-up assignments, tests, papers, and other school work as needed to make academic progress during the period of his or her removal from the classroom or school. The principal shall inform the student and parent of this opportunity in writing when such suspension or expulsion is imposed.  Any student who is expelled or suspended from school for more than ten (10) consecutive days, whether in school or out of school, shall have an opportunity to receive education services and make academic progress toward meeting state and local requirements, through the school-wide education service plan.

   

Procedural Due Process


A student will not be excluded from school without being afforded appropriate due process as set forth below. If, however, a student’s continued presence in school 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, a student who is charged with a disciplinary offense may be removed temporarily from school before receiving due process pursuant to an Emergency Removal (see below for more information).


Short Term Suspension


Except in the case of an Emergency Removal (see below), 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.


1. 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; 22

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, email to an address provided by the parent for school communications, or any other method of delivery agreed to by the school and parent.


2. 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.


3. 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.


4. 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.


Long Term Suspension


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-term suspension in Section C above, plus the following: 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;

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

b) 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;

c) The right to cross-examine witnesses presented by the school district;

d) 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

e) The right to appeal administrator’s decision to impose long-term suspension to the superintendent.


2. 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.


3. 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 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:

a) Identify the disciplinary offense, the date on which the hearing took place, and the participants at the hearing;

b) Set out the key facts and conclusions reached;

c) Identify the length and effective date of the suspension, as well as a date of return to school;

d) Include notice of the student’s opportunity to receive educational services to make academic progress during the period of removal from school (if more than 10 cumulative days);

e) Inform the student of the right to appeal the administrator’s decision to the superintendent or designee. 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.


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 )


• 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 for more than ten consecutive 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.


Procedures Applicable to Conduct Covered by M.G.L. C. 71, §37H AND 37H ½


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.


1. 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.


2. Prior to putting a suspension into effect, the principal or designee shall make a reasonable effort to telephone and inform the student’s parent or guardian of the impending suspension; this shall include attempts to contact the parents or guardian at home and at work. Parents may contact the school for additional information regarding the suspension.


3. A letter will be mailed to the parent/guardian of the suspended student stating:

a) The reason for the suspension

b) A statement of the effective date and duration of the suspension

c) 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 parents to review the charge and the applicable standards if the Principal deems appropriate.


Exception for 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:

• 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;

• Provide written notice to the student and parent;

• 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.

• 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:

• 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.

• 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.

• The student will have all the rights afforded the student at the administrator’s hearing for long-term suspension.

• The superintendent will issue a written decision within five (5) calendar days of the hearing which meets the requirements for a long-term suspension. 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.


Returning to School After an Out-of-School Suspension

Parental conferences may take place before the student is readmitted on the next school day after the out-of-school suspension period.  If deemed necessary by an Administrator, a student may not be allowed to return unless accompanied by a parent or guardian for a personal conference.


Suspension and Expulsion

A long-term suspension is one that extends for more than ten school days.  Expulsion is the complete removal of a student as a member of the Holliston Public School educational community.  Any issue that may result in a long-term suspension must be referred to the Principal for investigation. During the period of investigation, the student may be suspended for up to ten days as described above.  Prior to the conclusion of the ten days, the Principal must offer the student and his/her parents the opportunity for a hearing. Any decision to extend the period of suspension may be appealed to the Superintendent.  Except for violations of

M.G.L. c.71, s. 37H, s.37H½ and s.37H3/4 described in the District Handbook, the decision to expel a student can only be made by the School Committee following a hearing.  At that hearing, the student and his/her parents have the right to be present, to hear the evidence in support of the expulsion, to present evidence on behalf of the student, and to be represented by counsel at their own expense.        


The text of the School Committee Policy regarding Long Term Suspension or

Expulsion and suspension and/or expulsion pursuant to M.G.L. c. 71 s.37H, s.37H½ and s.37H3/4 may be found on the Policy Website.


Suspension/Expulsion Pursuant to M.G. L. c. 71 s.37H and s.37H½


Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary,

  1. Any student who is found on school premises or at school-sponsored or school-related events, including athletic games, in possession of a dangerous weapon, including, but not limited to, a gun or a knife, or a controlled substance as defined in Chapter 94C, including, but not limited to, marijuana, cocaine, and heroin, may be subject to expulsion from the school or school district by the Principal.


  1. Any student who assaults a Principal, Assistant Principal, teacher, teacher’s aide, or other staff member on school premises or at school-sponsored or school-related events, including athletic games, may be subject to expulsion from the school by the Principal.


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


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


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


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


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


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


Students should note that the definition of “assault” includes not only harmful or offensive contact, but also threatening such contact. Additionally, students should be aware that the federal Gun Free Schools Act mandates that any student who brings a firearm to school be expelled for a minimum of one year, with exceptions granted only by the Superintendent. Under this Act, a firearm includes not only a gun but also an explosive device.


Not withstanding the provisions of section eight-four (of chapter seventy-one) and sections sixteen and seventeen of chapter seventy-six:


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


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


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


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


Suspension/Expulsion Pursuant to M.G. L. c. 71 s.37H3/4


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


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


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


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


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


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