ADDITIONAL STUDENT INFORMATION
Our goal is to provide an environment conducive to learning and free of ongoing disruptions, as well as to assure parent(s)/guardian(s) that students are under direct supervision. Times when students need to leave the classroom, learning lab, library, or assigned area, teachers should have the student sign out using the student sign-out form on their Chromebook or personal device.
Some of the students at BFUHS will have a Learning Lab scheduled during the regular school day. The Learning Lab is part of the school day in which students have the opportunity to catch up with their work or plan ahead. Learning Labs are not periods of time designed for social purposes, phone calls, leaving the building or the school campus.
Learning Labs provide an excellent opportunity to study, do homework, visit the library for school related purposes, engage in sustained reading, work quietly on projects in small groups, arrange an appointment with a school counselor or arrange for assistance/meetings with a teacher, advisor, or administrator. These meetings must be pre-arranged.
ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED IN A LEARNING LAB AS IT IS IN ALL OTHER PERIODS OF THE SCHOOL DAY. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each Learning Lab period. Even if students have made pre-arranged appointments for part of the period (i.e., guidance counselor, nurse, coach, advisor, library, etc.), and have already obtained a signed/dated pass. Students must first report to their assigned Learning Lab for attendance purposes each period.
The Library/Media Center is available to the students, faculty, and staff with support from the library/media specialist between the hours of 8:00 AM and 3:25 PM on school days.
Teachers must sign-up at the circulation desk and online if they intend to bring a class of students to the library/media center.
Students may come to the library/media center from their learning labs, lunch, and during any other free period, but only with permission from a teacher, the library media specialist or administration. If the student accesses the library with the pass from the library/media specialist, the student must show that pass to his/her teacher, and then report back to the library/media center and sign in. [Seniors making use of Senior Privilege may not use that time to stay in the library. Senior Privilege is designed to give seniors the opportunity to leave campus during time not scheduled for a class. Students that sign out as part of the Senior Privilege process must leave the school grounds.]
Library/Media Center rules must be observed at all times. These rules are posted at the circulation desk. All materials must be checked out at the circulation desk. Respect the rights of others. The Library/Media Center is a quiet place for the purpose of reading, research, or study.
Each student will be issued a 1 to 1 Chromebook while attending BFUHS. Students will be responsible for the computer, case, and power cable (see IT guide for computer protocol). Students may purchase their model when they graduate or return it.
The Vermont State School Nurses' Association recognizes that at the present time, many children are able to attend regular school because of the effective use of medication in the treatment of chronic disabilities or illnesses. We believe that it is more desirable for medication to be administered in the home. However, any student who is required to take medication during the regular school day must comply with the school regulations.
These regulations include:
Written orders from a physician including the name of the drug, dosage, reason, and times at which it is to be taken.
Written permission from the parent/guardian of the student requesting that the school district comply with the physician’s orders.
Medication must be brought to school in a container appropriately labeled by the pharmacy or physician and immediately delivered to the school nurse.
A locked cabinet in the health office will be provided for the storage of medications.
Students should NOT bring medication to school. Disciplinary Action may be taken if a student is found in possession of medication, even over the counter medication.
Over the counter medication for pain relief and indigestion can only be obtained from the Health Office with written permission of the parent.
Students who need to visit the nurse may only do so with a pass from their teacher. Should the need arise to visit the nurse between classes, the student must first report to their next scheduled teacher for attendance first.
Students becoming ill during the school day may not leave school independently, but must report first to the nurse. The nurse will decide, following her assessment, the necessity to go home. The school nurse will first inform the parent/guardian, after which the student will be released from school.
If students are absent for over two days in a row OR if they have been seen by a physician for an illness or an injury, the parent should contact the school nurse (463-3944 ext. 211) so that there will be appropriate follow-up at school.
The nurse does not write passes to miss a gym class. Health concerns, both long term and short term, that may impact a student’s ability to participate must be brought to the attention of the Physical Education teacher(s) as soon as possible, students may be required to provide documentation from a physician.
Vermont Immunization Law (VSA 18, Chapter 23, Subchapter 4) requires new students and transfer students to be immunized before school entry unless exempted from immunization for medical, religious, or moral reasons. Section 1125 of the law allows local school boards to expand immunization requirements to other grades. Effective July 1, 1980, the Board of Education, in accordance with the regulations governing the above law, extended immunization requirements to all grades and all students.
Students reporting to the cafeteria during their assigned lunch period are to remain in the cafeteria during the entire assigned lunch period. The patio will only be open for lunches when adequate supervision is available and is approved by cafeteria supervision. Students will be dismissed from the cafeteria by the bell. Alternative lunch venues will be at the discretion of the administration. Expectations are that students will engage in appropriate conduct which demonstrates respect for fellow students, cafeteria workers, custodians, and supervisors. No students, except for those seniors with approved open campus privileges, are allowed to leave school grounds during lunch.
Cell Phones must be silenced while in school. They must be put away, out of sight, at the beginning of each block or assembly and only used with the explicit permission of the teacher. Students who fail to follow this policy may have the cell phone confiscated by the teacher.
*Teachers may follow this policy with other smart devices.
School phones are not for student use unless permission is given by a staff member. Students should not use school phones without first given permission to do so. Cell phones are considered an electronic device, see above.
The responsibility for the dress and grooming of a student rests primarily with the student and their parents or guardians.
Allowable Dress & Grooming
Students must wear clothing including both a shirt with pants or skirt, or the equivalent, and shoes.
Shirts and dresses must have fabric in the front and on the sides.
Clothing must cover undergarments, waistbands and bra straps excluded.
Fabric covering all private parts must not be see through.
Hats and other headwear must allow the face to be visible and not interfere with the line of sight to any student or staff. Hoodies must allow the student face and ears to be visible to staff.
Clothing must be suitable for all scheduled classroom activities including physical education, science labs, tech ed, and other activities where unique hazards exist.
Specialized courses may require specialized attire, such as sports uniforms or safety gear.
Teachers have discretion to require head coverings be removed in instructional or assessment scenarios
Non-Allowable Dress & Grooming
Clothing may not depict, advertise or advocate the use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana or other controlled substances.
Clothing may not depict pornography, nudity or sexual acts.
Clothing may not use or depict hate speech targeting groups based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation or any other protected groups.
Clothing, including gang identifiers, must not threaten the health or safety of any other student or staff.
If the student’s attire or grooming threatens the health or safety of any other person, then discipline for dress or grooming violations should be consistent with discipline policies for similar violations.
Our schedule is a 4 x 4 block schedule. Most classes meet daily. Some classes may meet on alternate days – which are designated purple (day 1) and white (day 2) days. It is important to check your schedule to see when your classes meet and also check the "flag" in the main office to see if it is a purple or white day. This is especially important following school closings due to unforeseen circumstances, such as weather, etc.
The morning and afternoon assembly schedules exist to afford us the opportunity to have events at our school for our students while maintaining all four blocks of instruction. The use of these schedules will be announced in advance and the bell system will be adjusted accordingly.
Fire Drills/Emergency Evacuations
Directions for leaving the building at the time of a fire drill or emergency evacuation are posted in all class areas. Teachers will discuss procedures, but it is important that students check these postings. For the safety of all students, these instructions should be followed with careful attention. Our goal for fire drills is a safe and orderly evacuation of the building in less than one minute.
School Closing/Delayed Opening
It sometimes becomes necessary to close school or delay opening at the last minute because of circumstances beyond the control of school personnel (i.e., poor weather, loss of electricity). The superintendent is solely responsible for this decision. If the decision is made to close school or delay opening you can expect to receive an automated call as soon as possible after the decision has been made. Additionally, this information will be posted on the WNESU website (wnesu.org), and will be publicized on local TV and radio including WCAX in Burlington, VT, WKNE in Keene (FM 103.7), WKVT in Brattleboro (FM 92.7), WWOD in West Lebanon (FM 104.3), and WTSA in Brattleboro (FM 96.7, AM 1450.).
Valuables (Lost and Found, Theft)
Because we do not have secured student lockers outside of the gym locker rooms, students are encouraged to take personal responsibility for their belongings. Students must not assume that cubbies are secure. Locks and lockers (property of BFUHS) are available to all students through the Physical Education Department upon request.
Lost and Found - Students missing item(s) should notify the office. Students who find lost articles are asked to bring the items to the office.
Lost/Damaged School Property - BFUHS furnishes students with books and other types of equipment for their use in the classroom and for co-curricular activities. The students and their parents/guardians are responsible for replacement costs of books, equipment, or uniforms that have been damaged, lost, or stolen. Transcripts will be held until such accounts are settled.
Lost/Damaged Personal Property - Students are cautioned to refrain from bringing large amounts of money, phones or electronic devices, cameras, or other valuables to the school building. If it is necessary to do so, bring the money/valuables to the office so they may be kept in the school safe, otherwise the school cannot be responsible for loss. (Students are not allowed to enter the safe.)
Theft - Students are responsible for taking reasonable precautions to secure their personal belongings according to the above guidelines and suggestions. The administration is to be notified immediately should a theft occur, especially after all reasonable precautions have been observed. Theft will not be tolerated at BFUHS.
Posters and Announcements
Many bulletin boards exist throughout our school. Any announcement placed on these boards must be approved by office personnel before being put on display. Whoever posts an announcement is responsible for its timely removal. Any items on display must be free of violence, sexuality, religion and drug use.
The Union High School District #27 recognizes that the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution protects students from unreasonable searches and seizures. However, the district further recognizes that a student's right to be free from an unreasonable search or seizure must be balanced with the necessity of providing a safe and secure learning environment for all students. School officials will be guided by the necessity of observing that balance and maintaining order and discipline in the school in order to fulfill their duties "in loco parentis" to protect the general welfare of the entire school community.
Students are allowed the privilege of driving their vehicle to school. Permissible vehicles include only those legally registered for operation on public thoroughfares. Unauthorized vehicles include dirt bikes, 3- and 4-wheeled ATVs, and any vehicle whose primary function is off-road work or recreation. The only exception to this expectation is a snowmobile provided that the operator has filed the proper permission paperwork with the administration and that the snow conditions preclude any damage to school grounds.
Because it is our goal to provide a safe environment, students must abide by the driving and vehicle regulations listed below. FAILURE TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN THE LOSS OF DRIVING PRIVILEGES.
Parking will only be allowed in designated areas in the front of the building or at the side of the building along the tree line. Students will park only in the “General Parking” (white lines) areas and will not park in “Staff Parking” (yellow lines) nor “Reserved Parking” (front) areas. Students shall not park in the area behind the gym.
Parking passes must be displayed by all vehicles that are parked at the high school, except as described below. Prior to receiving a pass, a registration card must be filled out. Vehicles which are parked without a pass may be towed at owner’s expense.
The areas near the back entrance to Hadley Field and near the entrance to the soccer/field hockey fields are designated as “Open Parking” areas. Passes are still required to park in these areas. However, there is no plan to plow these areas in the winter. They are only available for parking outside of the snow season.
Staff shall not park behind the gym unless specific permission is granted by the Principal or Assistant Principal.
If you have a valid parking pass and cannot find a legal parking space, park in the “Visitor Parking” spaces then IMMEDIATELY report to the office. Arrangements will then be made to temporarily park your car for the day. (This should only be a problem if cars are parked in general parking which do not have valid parking passes.)
Violations of these rules may result in removal of the vehicle from an invalid parking area AT OWNERS EXPENSE and loss of parking privileges.
After parking their car in the morning, students may not enter the parking lot during the school day without permission from the administration. Neither may student(s) sit in a vehicle during the school day.
A student may apply for a driving permit from Brattleboro or Springfield Vocational Center. A student who decides to drive independently to the vocational center must follow these guidelines:
Unless actively involved in a co-curricular activity or given permission by the school administration for a special event, the student should not drive to BFUHS before departing for the center or stop by BFUHS after classes at the center.
A student who is excessively tardy or absent at the Vocational Center due to transportation problems may have his/her driving privilege revoked at the discretion of the administration.
If a vehicle is parked illegally, the person to whom the vehicle is registered with the school will be held accountable for any penalties. In short, if you register your car with the school and someone to whom you loan the car (a friend or sibling) parks the car illegally, YOU will pay for the towing. (Please ensure that anyone who borrows your car and brings it to school is aware of these parking regulations.)
Any violation of traffic laws (not wearing seatbelts, violations of graduated driver license provisions, any unsafe driving, etc.) may be cause for revocation of driving privileges for a period of time.
Open Campus Policy (Senior Privilege)
The Bellows Falls Union High School Board of Directors seeks to encourage academic excellence and personal responsibility through its OPEN CAMPUS policy. The High School expects that members of the senior class will demonstrate a level of maturity that is consistent with their grade placement. Therefore, it shall be the policy and procedure of the Bellows Falls Union High School to allow members of the senior class who are in good academic standing as evidenced by a “B-” (80%) or better average across their subject areas, with no individual grades below a “C-” (70%), and up to date and complete with their senior Project to be eligible for Open Campus privileges. Seniors who are determined to be eligible and have returned signed permission forms are granted the privilege of leaving the school building and campus during learning lab time or during lunch time. Eligible students must follow their schedule if they are in the building.
The conditions of the open campus are as follows: (1) students under the age of eighteen must have on file a signed parent permission form; (2) students will sign in and out with the attendance officer or attendance secretary; (3) students will not attempt to leave and return during scheduled class breaks; and (4) students are required to attend all scheduled classes. While taking advantage of Senior Privilege, students must leave school grounds. If students remain on school property, they must follow their schedule.