School Guidelines and ProceduresThese guidelines and procedures relate to the conduct and procedures that are expected of Bolles students during the school day. Self-discipline is a distinguishing characteristic of Bolles students, enabling them to follow the guidelines with no problems. Most of the rules are positive in nature and indicate acceptable traits, while some are negative in nature and indicate conduct that should be avoided. Students and parents should be familiar with all guidelines and procedures in the Handbook.
Active participation in class activities is an integral part in the learning experience at Bolles. For this reason class attendance is essential. Activities Periods at the end of the school day are considered classes for this purpose. The attendance record of any student receiving more than seven (7) unofficial absences per quarter in any class will automatically be reviewed by the administration. A student receiving more than seven (7) unofficial absences per quarter in a class risks receiving a failing grade for the quarter in that class. Exceptions may be granted by the administration.
The Dean's Office makes a conscientious attempt to confirm the reasons for all absences as they occur. Parents will be notified when a student has accumulated four (4) unofficial absences from any class during the course of a quarter. When the student reaches seven (7) absences, the parent will again be contacted. At the eighth (8) absence, parents may be asked for further written verification or documentation concerning their child's absences to determine whether an appeal is necessary.
Unofficial absences include illness, family trips, parent-requested absences, holidays not observed by the School, and class cutting. The Dean's Office reviews all unofficial absences for possible disciplinary action.
School functions such as school-sponsored trips or teacher-approved absences, whereby the student is elsewhere on campus, are considered official absences.
1. Students are expected to attend all academic classes and to be prompt and prepared. Convocation is considered a class. Participation in either extracurricular or interscholastic art, athletic, and academic performances and competitions requires attendance in a majority of classes on the day of the event. In addition, parental notification or medical documentation must be provided prior to the student's participation in the event. Academic obligations (i.e. tests, papers, quizzes, etc.) must also be fulfilled on that day or arrangements made in advance with the teacher.
2. Absences from school must be reported to the School by calling 904-724-8850 by 9 a.m. the day of the absence.
a. Calls made before 8 a.m. will be received by the answering service.
b. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. parents of middle school students should call the Middle School Office at 724-8850. 3. The day the student returns to school, written verification of the absence from the parent or guardian must be presented at the Dean's Office.
a. The verification must include (1) student's name, (2) dates and periods missed, and (3) reason for absence and must be written and signed by the parent.
b. Official absences, which are School-sanctioned, do not require parent verification and readmits are not required. 4. If written verification of absence is not received before first period of the day returning, the student will be admitted to class with an unexcused readmit. The obligation can be removed if a note of absence verification is received by the School before 8:35 a.m. the following day.
5. Students who miss assignments, quizzes, or major tests because of a brief illness or official school absence should be given the same number of days they have missed to make up the work. To be fair to all students, this is standard procedure in all academic departments in the middle school. Extended absences will be dealt with on an individual basis and should include the student's advisor in the discussion so that the student is not overwhelmed by the amount of work he or she has to make up on a given day.
1. Students who report to class after the bell rings are considered tardy and must be sent to the Dean's Office to receive a readmit to class.
2. A student's first three unexcused tardies carries a penalty of one demerit, which is equivalent to one lunch-duty session. Afterwards, each additional unexcused tardy is one demerit.
3. Students who are more than a few moments late to a class should make every attempt to attend class in order to gain the academic benefits from being present for even part of the session. However, students who miss more than twenty minutes due to tardiness may be noted as being unexcused absent and incur the resulting academic penalty.
4. An excused tardy must be verified in writing by parent, guardian, or School representative. Students with notes for excused tardiness should report to the Dean's Office with their written excuse before reporting to class.
5. It is considered an Honor Code violation if a student receives a readmit to a class and does not attend the class.
1. If it is necessary to leave school during a class period, a written request from parents must be presented to the Middle School Office immediately before first period for a signature approval. Then, the signed request must be presented at the beginning of the class period to the involved teacher. Before leaving campus, students must bring the approved request to the Middle School Office and sign out. Students must also sign in on their return to campus.
2. If the student does not return to the School that day, the same procedure as for regular absences must be followed.
3. If a student is signed out during 8th Period or Activities Period, parents will not be allowed to park in the circle by the Main Office, as buses will be preparing to depart and will be in the circle.
1. Personal absences, such as vacation or travel, are discouraged when school time is missed. Should there be such absences, the principal must be notified in writing in advance. It is the student's responsibility to inform the teachers of his absence and arrange his work. Makeup work will be at the discretion of the teacher.
2. Should personal absences exceed the limit of seven (7), the School must be petitioned in writing to waive the requirement. The reason for the request must be stated.
Students who are ill or who are suspected of having a communicable disease must be removed from the classroom according to school policy to prevent the spread of infection through direct contamination (coughing, sneezing, talking, sharing articles, etc.). Students must be asymptomatic before returning to school. In other words, students must have no fever, vomiting, etc. for at least 24 hours prior to their return to school, or have a physician's note stating that the student is not contagious and/or is under treatment.
A Bolles athlete realizes that representing the School in sports is a distinctive privilege and that there is a certain code that must be willingly accepted in order to be the greatest possible asset to the School, the team, and the coach. Candidacy for any Bolles team indicates belief that obligations can best be fulfilled by adherence to the following provisions:
1. CONDUCT—Knowing that conduct both on and off the athletic field will be an example to the whole student body, nothing will be done to bring discredit to the athlete, the team, or the School.
2. SPORTSMANSHIP—Engaging in a particular sport, the athlete will do his best to follow the rules, to abide by officials' decisions, to refrain from the use of profanity and taunting, and to treat opponents with fairness. The athlete will be humble in victory and uncomplaining in defeat.
3. LOYALTY—Recognizing that loyalty to the School is vital to the success of any athletic endeavor, the athlete will do the following:
a. faithfully cooperate with the coach, the team members, and all School authorities
b. insure eligibility by maintaining high academic standards
c. take care of all School property and equipment issued
4. COURAGE—Accepting responsibility as a team member, the athlete will perform duties in a manner that will earn the respect of teammates and opponents alike.
5. PARENTS- The same appropriate conduct and positive attitude that is expected of students is required of their parents. Conduct to the contrary will not be tolerated and if persistent will result in the parent being banned from sporting events.
Regulations and Awards: School academic and state eligibility regulations must be adhered to in every respect in order to compete in interscholastic athletics. In awarding letters, the coach of the respective sport will submit a list of his recommendations to the director of athletics who will then make the final decision regarding such awards.
Eligibility: It is imperative that a certified copy of the birth certificate of each student who will compete in interscholastic athletics be presented to the School for registration with the Florida High School Athletics Association. The birth certificate MUST BE CERTIFIED BY THE STATE IN WHICH IT WAS ISSUED. Notarized photocopies are NOT accepted by the Florida High School Athletic Association. The birth certificate must be filed with the School not later than August 1. Academic eligibility standards are required by the Florida High School Athletic Association and are strictly enforced at Bolles.
Off-Season/Out-of-Season Training Policy for Bolles Athletes
Off- or out-of-season training by Bolles athletic teams is limited to weight training and conditioning activities. These activities must be organized and supervised at all times by a Bolles coach. Students, whether or not a member of a Bolles team, are not allowed to use a Bolles athletic facility for practice, weight training, or conditioning without direct supervision of a coach. Unsupervised free play or practice on School grounds is not permitted.
CHILD ABUSE REPORTING
School teachers and other personnel are mandatory reporters under the Florida child abuse reporting laws. Please understand that we must take our obligations seriously and if we assess that a situation requires it, we will make a report to child abuse authorities of situations that we reasonably suspect constitute abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Depending on the circumstances, we may not be able to communicate with parents about the report until authorized by child abuse authorities to do so. We ask for your understanding as we do our best to protect the children under our care.
COMPUTER AND SYSTEMS USAGE POLICY
The Bolles School computer network (including all School computer equipment and Internet access through school equipment, and personal network files of Bolles students, faculty, and staff) is provided for students to conduct research, to learn about computers, to facilitate learning, and to communicate with others. Access to network services is given to students who agree to act in a considerate and responsible manner. Access is a privilege, not a right, and access entails responsibility on the part of all network users.
The Bolles School has in place an Honor Code and a Values Statement, which apply to all areas of school life, including the use of school and/or personal computers and devices. Both the Honor Code and the Values Statement are displayed prominently on campus and are explained in this book.
The Bolles School policies as regards specific school computer and device usage are as follows:
1. Unauthorized access, alteration, and/or sharing of others' accounts, digital messages, and files is prohibited.
2. A school network account password is considered to be the personal property of the user and may not be used by another. It is also a violation to give your password to another student for any reason without authoritative supervision.
3. Attempting to subvert network security, to impair functionality of the network, or to bypass restrictions set by the administrators is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to:
• Altering the system settings, system files, or programs on a school computer or device in any way without the permission of the network administrator.
• Purposely uploading or downloading viruses
• Downloading or uploading programs that can be used as hacking tools
• Tampering with digital equipment or data infrastructure components. Assisting others in violating these rules is also considered unacceptable behavior.
4. Unlawful use or distribution of information is prohibited. This includes copyright violations such as software piracy as well as plagiarism. The network is a valid academic resource and use thereof is governed by the same rules as library resources. This includes the Internet. All information obtained through the Internet and other computer research tools must be cited when used in a student's work. Information gained from a web site is the same as information found in print resources. Students should see their classroom teacher for help in the proper methods of citing copyright-protected resources.
5. Using the network for commercial purposes or promoting illegal activities is prohibited.
This includes, but is not limited to:
• Uploading, downloading, or sharing of illegal or pornographic material
• Uploading, downloading, or sharing of copyrighted materials such as music, movies, and books
• Duplicating copyrighted materials with the intention to sell
• Sending threatening or harassing digital messages
• Use of profanity and other similar activities.
6. Before downloading files or programs from the Internet to a school computer or device, students should check with the teacher or lab supervisor. Students understand the right to use any electronic or mobile devices (“Device") at The Bolles School is a privilege and that in using my Device(s) I am, at all times, required to strictly abide by School values, policies and conditions.
The Bolles School policies as regards to allowed or required usage of personal electronic or mobile devices will be based on the following:
1. Students understand that their Device(s) is/are intended for academic purposes and that teachers will determine the level of access to and usage of any Device(s) in their classes.
2. Students will use their Device(s) in accordance with The Bolles School Honor Code Value System.
3. Students understand that any unauthorized recording, the unauthorized taking of pictures or the unauthorized taking of videos will not be tolerated and that if found doing so students will be subject to discipline up to and including expulsion from The Bolles School.
4. Students further understand that the unauthorized distribution or posting of any audio recordings, pictures or videos will not be tolerated and that if found doing so students will be subject to discipline up to and including expulsion from The Bolles School.
5. Students are solely responsible for protecting and securing their Device(s) including, but not limited to, against theft, damage, loss and all the other unforeseeable misfortunes which could occur.
6. Students are responsible for maintaining their Device(s), including, but not limited to, maintaining device updates, virus protection and a charged battery throughout the academic day.
7. Students realize it is a privilege to use their Device(s) on campus and at School-sponsored events. School personnel may confiscate their Device(s) if there is a reason to believe that School policies or regulations have been violated. If a violation has occurred, depending on the gravity of the offense, the Device(s) will either be returned to the student or to his/her parent/guardian at the end of the day or at the end of the School-sponsored event.
The previously listed policies exist to promote positive, responsible, and ethical use of technology by students. If a situation arises that is not specifically covered in these policies, a student is expected to apply the Honor Code and the Values Statement. If in doubt, the students should seek the advice of a teacher or advisor.
DISCIPLINE IN THE BOLLES MIDDLE SCHOOL
The Bolles middle school is a community of learners, and discipline in the middle school includes the development of academic discipline as well as appropriate behavior.
Students are expected to work with each other and with their teachers, coaches, and advisors in positive and constructive ways. Self-control, appropriate language, and respect for peers and adults are emphasized and expected. Parents are asked to re-enforce these behaviors. Academic discipline includes the realization on each student's part that class work, homework, and projects are to be completed as assigned. Teachers and advisors are eager to work with both students and parents in the development of study habits and academic discipline. The middle school faculty is a competent, caring, and supportive group of professionals committed to helping students as they develop academic and personal discipline. Students who have problems obeying the School policies are sent to the dean of students. The Dean's Office will assign work details during the school day or, in more severe cases, on Saturday mornings. Serious discipline problems are handled by the Disciplinary Committee.
Saturday Work Days
“Saturdays" are constructive work projects on school grounds given to students who have committed more serious offenses, or have failed to respond to normal disciplinary procedures. They are assigned by the Dean's Office. Most students in the Bolles middle school will not receive Saturday Work Days. Receiving a “Saturday" is a sign that a serious behavior problem exists that could become severe if not corrected. In all cases, parents will be notified of the nature of the problem and the date of the work day. “Saturdays" are supervised by the dean of students and usually are between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Failure to serve a Saturday Work Day could result in expulsion.
The following offenses are considered serious and can result in expulsion:
1. Possession or use of any nonprescription drug or alcohol or tobacco product on campus or at any school-sponsored event, on or off campus
2. Possession of any weapon, gun, knife, slingshot, pellet gun, martial arts weapon, mace, pepper spray, fireworks, or any other item used as a weapon
3. Serious or repeated violation of the school’s Honor Code
4. Disrespect for a teacher, staff member, or fellow student
5. Intentionally injuring or threatening to injure another student
6. Bullying or harassment.
7. Continued disregard for standard rules and regulations
The School works very hard to keep parents informed and the lines of communication open. Parent concerns regarding individual students should be directed first to the appropriate teacher — every effort will be made to solve any issue. In an effort to conserve and in keeping with our “tag it green" approach to everything we do, we limit paper communication when possible and send email notices every Tuesday. If you find that you are not receiving these notices or would like to change your email, please contact the School's Registrar's Office. We do not want you to miss any important information communicated. For regularly updated news and information, including photos and videos of events, visit our website.
Please note that neither parents nor outside interests are permitted to distribute or display any publication, announcement, advertisement, or other written or printed matter on any Bolles campus. This policy is intended to protect our families from receiving unwanted and/or unauthorized materials.
THE BOLLES MIDDLE SCHOOL DRESS CODE 2016-17
The Bolles Bartram Middle School Dress Code information can be found here.
In the event of any emergency that might result in closing the School or canceling classes, official news will be broadcast immediately utilizing the global emergency phone system. In addition, depending on power supply and access, global emails will be sent to all parents, information will be posted to the Bolles website and on the voice mail on the main school line (904-733-9292), as well as through local media outlets. Decisions regarding School closure because of inclement weather will be made by 6 a.m.
FOOD, DRINK, AND GUM
Food and drink are not permitted in classrooms or the auditorium. The chewing of gum is not allowed on campus. In addition, paper products such as cups, plates, and napkins may not be removed from the cafeteria.
Allergy Management Guidelines
The prevalence of severe allergies in the school setting is rising and can be life threatening. Using a multidisciplinary approach to care can minimize the risk of accidental exposure. This team collaboration between parents, physicians and key staff members will help to provide a safer educational environment for students with severe allergies.
Responsibilities of the Parent:
Parents of students with severe allergies are at the center of developing a successful plan that works for their child.
- Empower the student. Educate your child about:
- Their allergens and symptoms of anaphylaxis
- Importance of hand washing before and after eating
- Strategies to avoid allergens (i.e. not sharing food, moving away from people eating the allergen, putting down a barrier at the lunch table etc.)
- How and when to tell an adult that they are having an allergy related problem
- Annual Forms:
- Complete online emergency health information
- Meet with your physician to create an Allergy Action Plan. This needs to be submitted annually before the start of school.
- Medications: (School Day, After School Activities, Athletics)
- Provide emergency medications prescribed by your child’s health care provider BEFORE the first day of school. For Athletics, the trainers will need them prior to the first practice. Allergy Action Plan must accompany all emergency medications.
- If your child participates in any after school activities, an additional EpiPen will need to be provided.
- Check expiration of medication before bringing to school and keep up-to-date.
- Medication provided by parents will be carried on field trips and available during the school day. Stock EpiPens DO NOT travel on field trips.
- If the student self carries their EpiPen, the student/parent is responsible for making sure that the student has it for field trips, athletic and after school activities.
- Contact to be made before the start of school:
- School Nurse: Collaborate with the school nurse to help implement the emergency plan in the school.
- Athletic Trainers: Before first athletic practice.
- During the course of the school year, please communicate any changes in your child’s health or medication to the school nurse.
The goal is for the student to be empowered to manage his/her severe allergy based on the developmental level of the student.
- Student will be responsible by:
- Not sharing food.
- Reading posted allergen labels and warning signs, if age appropriate.
- Not eating foods with unknown ingredients or known to contain an allergen.
- Being aware of the allergen exposure risks (cafeteria, buses, playground etc.)
- Washing hands before and after eating.
- Advocating for themselves. Notifying an adult as soon as exposure and/or symptoms occur.
- Notifying an adult of any unkindness related to the allergy.
- Collaborate with parent and physician to ensure an Allergy Action Plan in place.
- Communicate Allergy Action Plan to teachers and key staff members.
- Work with parents, teachers, and other school staff to make the classroom atmosphere as safe as possible.
- Stock EpiPens will NOT be taken on field trips. Only student specific medications. All staff members will be trained annually on the use of Epi-pens. Magnus 911 cards will be issued to staff for field trips.
- Provide daily management and emergency assistance according to the Allergy Action Plan.
- Help to remind parents when medications are getting ready to expire.
- Communicate any changes in student’s condition and plan of care to key staff members.
- Have information on student’s allergy needs available for substitute clinicians and faculty
- Work with parents, school nurse, and other school staff to make the classroom atmosphere as safe as possible.
- Avoid the use of identified allergens in class projects and experiments. Class materials may be modified as needed. If an allergen is being used, parent must be notified.
- Use non-food items for prizes, gifts and rewards whenever possible. Parents will be notified at least 2 days in advance when food is being brought into a LS classroom for parties so that alternate treats can be made available.
- Have information on student’s allergy needs available for substitute teachers.
- Encourage hand washing before and after eating. Hand sanitizer is not effective on preventing contamination from food allergens.
- Participate in EpiPen administration training annually.
- Have rapid access to Epinephrine. If an anaphylactic reaction is expected, be prepared to take immediate action.
- Alert school nurse if they learn of a change in a student’s allergy.
- All coaches should be provided with allergy information for their participants. Any after school incidences (athletic games and practices) should be given to the Dean’s Office and School Nurse so that school personnel can be advised the next day.
- Tree Nut and Peanut containing foods are prepared in a designated area that is clearly marked to avoid any risk of cross contamination.
- All utensils, cutting boards, pans, aprons that come in contact with nuts and tree nuts in this area are washed and sanitized separately and clearly marked as being for the production of foods containing these allergens.
- Foods containing allergens are clearly marked in the dining line.
- All foods sold in the snack bar/café, containing allergens will be individually wrapped and marked accordingly.
- Made without gluten containing ingredient options are offered.
- All food service staff is trained annually in the proper techniques regarding allergens.
- Parents wishing to meet with food service personnel or for more specific information on how specific allergens are managed by our food service provider are asked to contact the Director of Dining Services at 904-256-5072.
- Ensure staff are trained in CPR and First Aid
- Ensure staff completes annual training on EpiPen and severe allergies.
Skateboards, Skates, Hoverboards, Scooters, etc.
Skates, skateboards, scooters or other such devices are prohibited on any of the Bolles campuses. This policy is in effect regardless of the time and includes every day of the year, not just school days. Effective January 6, 2016 and until further notice, self-balancing scooters, more popularly known as hoverboards, will not be permitted on any campus or in any Bolles School building. This action is being taken because of recent concerns by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the potential impact these devices may have on campus safety. Hoverboards include self-balancing scooters, battery operated scooters and hands-free segways. A statement from the U.S. CPSC Chairman on the safety of hoverboards may be found here.
The Bolles School maintains a policy prohibiting harassment or bullying of students based upon race, color, gender, sexuality, religion, national origin, age, physical condition or appearance, or handicap by students, faculty, or any individuals associated with The Bolles School. Harassment or bullying in violation of this policy has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with a student's school environment or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning environment. Harassment may be physical, emotional, or sexual and may be delivered through teasing and/or bullying.. Any activity that fosters or can be interpreted as hazing or verbal harassment either person-to-person or via communication venues will not be tolerated. Such conduct is defined as any behavior that creates an environment that limits a student's ability to participate in or benefit from the educational program. A claim by the offending student that such harassment or bullying was not the “intent” will not be a defense if the negative impact reasonably resulted Sexual harassment involves unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of sexual nature. Sexual harassment may also come in the form of physical or emotional harassment and may be delivered through teasing, bullying, etc. These behaviors may include, but are not limited to, the following if they are unwelcome to any individual exposed to the behavior:
• Using positions of authority to promise, directly or indirectly, the individual a reward, if the individual complies with a sexually oriented request.
• Using positions of authority to deny, directly or indirectly, an individual scholastic or athletic related opportunity, if the individual refuses to comply with a sexually oriented request.
• Using threats, directly or indirectly, to coerce compliance with a sexually oriented request.
• Engaging in sexually suggestive physical contact or touching another individual in a way that is unwelcome.
• Engaging in indecent exposure.
• Making sexual or romantic advances towards an individual and persisting despite the rejection of the advances.
• Making repeated and unwanted sexual jokes or innuendoes
• Making graphic commentary about an individual's body, sexual prowess, or sexual deficiencies.
• Unwanted sexual actions such as leering, whistling, or prolonged staring at private body parts.
• Displaying inappropriate sexually suggestive objects or pictures at school or during school functions.
Sexual harassment can involve males or females being harassed by members of either sex. Romantic or sexual relationships between any employee of The Bolles School and a student are strictly prohibited and will result in disciplinary action. This includes temporary students or individuals for whom The Bolles School is providing an organized service such as after-school programs or summer camps.
The Bolles School strongly encourages students who believe they are being harassed, or who believe that another student is being harassed, in violation of this policy to promptly notify his or her parents and any one of the following individuals:
• Tom Collins, Dean of Students
• Mindy Roberts, Dean of Students
• Brynne Plant, Director of Counseling Services, Bartram Campus
• Lisa Kemph, Chief Human Resources Officer
• Jack Milne, Head of Middle School
• Student's Advisor
Reporting of complaints or concerns should be made promptly so that rapid and constructive action can be taken. Therefore, while no fixed reporting period has been established, early reporting and intervention has proven to be the most effective method of resolving actual or perceived incidents of harassment. Any reported allegations of harassment will be investigated promptly. The investigation may include individual interviews with the complaining individual, the person accused of harassment and, where necessary, with individuals who may have observed the alleged conduct or may have relevant knowledge. The complaint, investigation, and resolution will be handled with sensitivity, and confidentiality will be maintained to the maximum extent practical and appropriate under the circumstances.
Misconduct constituting harassment will be dealt with appropriately. If an investigation results in a finding that this policy has been violated, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken. The discipline for serious or repeat violations is expulsion. If the complaining party is not satisfied with the resolution of his or her complaint of harassment, the complaining party may file a written appeal with the president.
The Bolles School will not tolerate retaliation against an individual for reporting harassment or assisting in providing information relevant to a claim of harassment. Retaliation is a serious violation of this policy and will be treated with the same strict discipline as would the act of harassment. Acts of retaliation should be reported immediately in accordance with the reporting procedure and will be promptly investigated.
Although we encourage students to participate in School-related athletics, clubs, associations, organizations and other groups, the School and Florida law expressly prohibit all forms of hazing. Hazing refers to any activity expected of a student to join or to continue membership or participation in any group where the activity produces or could be expected to produce mental, emotional or physical discomfort, humiliation, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule to the student, regardless of the student's willingness to participate. Hazing activities include, but are not limited to, acts of personal servitude (i.e., forced labor or service), sleep deprivation, restrictions on personal hygiene, yelling, swearing, insulting or demeaning verbal abuse, being forced to wear embarrassing or humiliating attire, consumption of vile or other non-food substances, consumption of alcohol, smearing of skin with vile substances, brandings, writing or marking on one's skin or clothes, physical beatings, paddling or other physical abuse, performing sexual simulation or sexual acts, stunts or dares that could result in physical injury or harm to a person's mental, emotional or social well-being, any act in violation of the law or School policy, and any other activity that could fall within the definition of hazing. If you think a particular activity could possibly be hazing, then it probably is. If you are not sure, then you need to contact a member of the Dean's Office, the Head of the Middle School, school counselor, or the Academic Dean, and ask.
A student violates this policy whenever he or she engages, assists, or attempts to engage or assist in the planning or committing of any hazing activity, whether on or off School property. A faculty member or other adult involved who knowingly allows such conduct is also guilty of hazing and is subject to disciplinary action by the School as well as that found under Florida law. Each student and adult is also responsible for immediately reporting any hazing activity or plans for any hazing activity a member of the Dean's Office, the Middle School Head, school counselor or the Academic Dean. The failure to make such a report is also a violation of this policy.
When the School administration becomes aware of any actual or planned hazing activity, the situation will be promptly investigated. Any student or adult found to have violated this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, including dismissal from the School and reporting to law enforcement authorities. No adverse action will be taken against any person who makes a good faith report of hazing activity.
To ensure a safe campus environment for all students, guests, and personnel, The Bolles School has the authority to search and confiscate any item(s) that may pose a danger to others. If a personal search is necessary, it will be performed in a manner that is respectful of the norms of decency and the emotional maturity of the student. The student's parent will be notified of the search as soon as reasonably possible. The Head of the middle school and authorized staff members may search, using any methods determined to be effective and reasonable by the head of school, a student's pockets, purse, backpack, gym bag, or other personal property; student lockers, desks, or other School property. No student may possess any illegal substance, object, or contraband that constitutes a threat to the health, safety, or welfare of any person or persons on School property. Contraband includes any substance or materials prohibited by School policy or state or federal law, including but not limited to controlled substances, drugs, alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, guns, knives, weapons (including mace or pepper spray), or incendiary devices. All items deemed to be illegal, illicit, disruptive, or a general nuisance to the educational process will be taken by staff. Storage, return, or the destruction of such items shall be at the discretion of the head of school or the head's designated agent. The cooperation of all students, parents, personnel, and guests will ensure a safe environment for our children.
MESSAGES AND TELEPHONE USE
1. Messages to students during the school day are discouraged because they interrupt classes. Should it be absolutely necessary for a parent to reach a student, please call the Middle School Dean's Office, (904-732-5703), and the message will be delivered as soon as possible.
2. Student use of cell phones for any reason (not just making phone calls or texting) during the school day (8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.) is strictly prohibited. Students are strongly urged to leave their cell phones at home or in their lockers during the school day. If a student is seen during that time in possession of a cell phone, whether or not the phone is in use, the cell phone will be confiscated and appropriate consequences assigned to the student. Repeat offenses will result in more serious consequences, including confiscation for extended periods of up to the balance of the school year.
3. Deliveries of gifts, flowers, and balloon bouquets are strongly discouraged. This practice is inconsistent with a good academic environment.
PENALTIES, SUSPENSIONS, EXPULSIONS
Since the Bolles student represents the School at all times, both on and off-campus, it should be understood that conduct which brings discredit to the student, his/her family, or the reputation of the School and its community may result in disciplinary action by the School.
Disciplinary measures described below should serve as a reminder to the offender that he or she has violated a School rule and should help to correct the behavior. The levels of disciplinary action relate directly to either the seriousness of the offense or the repetitiveness of it.
1. Demerit: A penalty given for minor infractions such as dress code violations, excessive tardiness, and gum chewing. Multiple demerits may be given for more serious offenses such as inappropriate language, class disruption, and unauthorized absence. Demerits accumulated during the last two weeks of the school year may result in an immediate Saturday session or an in-school suspension.
2. Saturday Session: A Saturday session may be assigned to students who fail to follow the rules and expectations of the School. The Dean's Office, Honor Court, or Disciplinary Committee can assign this consequence for inappropriate actions. These workdays are held on designated Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
3. Suspensions: In cases that involve serious offenses, a suspension of up to five days may be imposed. The academic penalty shall be the same as that assessed for an unexcused absence, which is a two letter-grade reduction for all tests and other work missed during said suspension. A suspension will also be imposed for the significant accumulation of demerits over the course of the school year, as follows: a one-day suspension for the accumulation of 20 demerits, followed by a two-day suspension if the total reaches 25 demerits. If a student accumulates 30 demerits, he or she shall appear before the Disciplinary Committee for its consideration of the facts and recommendation of consequences (which shall include a suspension, but may be significantly more severe, including a recommendation of expulsion, if the facts so warrant it).
4. Expulsion is defined as “the permanent removal from School resulting from severe infractions." Recommendations for expulsion may come from the Honor Court, Middle School Head or the Disciplinary Committee. The School President makes the final decision regarding expulsions and any appeal should be directed to that office.
5. Referral to the Disciplinary Committee: For severe infractions, accumulated penalties, or repeated unacceptable behavior, the student may be referred to the Disciplinary Committee and recommendations for action made by the committee to the president.
6. For Honor Code violations, the Honor Court will make the decision as to the punishment, with the Dean's Office administering the penalties. Any appeals will be to the Head of Middle School.
PUBLIC DISPLAY OF AFFECTION
The halls, classrooms, and other public areas of the School are not appropriate for public displays of affection. Guests, students, or faculty frequently travel these areas, and they should be able to do so without embarrassment. Friendship is encouraged, while public romance and physical expressions of mutual attraction (including hugging and hand-holding) are prohibited.
SCHOOL PROPERTY AND FACILITIES
The neatness and cleanliness of the dining commons, classrooms, bathrooms, hallways, patio, and all other areas of the School are the responsibility of The Bolles School students and staff. Students observed littering or defacing School property will be subject to disciplinary action. Students will be expected to pay for any damage they cause. Unintentional damage shall be reported to the Dean's Office immediately.
TOBACCO, ALCOHOL, AND OTHER CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES
1. Smoking is not permitted anywhere on campus during the academic day or at School-sponsored functions.
2. Student possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages of any kind is prohibited by the School and by State laws.
3. The possession, sale, use, or exchange of illegal drugs is prohibited by the School and by the State.
4. The abuse of legal, over-the-counter medications or herbal remedies is also prohibited.
5. Violation of any of the above rules will result in disciplinary action that may include probation, suspension, or expulsion from the School.
6. The faculty, administration, and Board of Trustees recognize that students' poor judgment may lead to abuse of these substances. It is our intention to educate students regarding the dangers that these substances present. The faculty and administration will seek to identify students in the School community whose actions indicate that they may be using drugs or alcohol. Where evidence exists that a student may be involved, his/her parents will be apprised of our concern and urged to seek professional help. In those instances where student behavior strongly indicates drug or alcohol use, the administration may require professional intervention and subsequent treatment, if indicated, in order for the student to continue enrollment at the School.
A major concern of the School is the safety of the students coming to school and returning home, as well as during the time on campus. Traffic signs and speed bumps have been installed so that there can be maximum safety and convenience for all concerned.
Bolles contracts for bus service and the carrier has established rules for bus conduct. These regulations will be given to each rider at the beginning of the school year. They are an extension of our code of conduct and violations are reported to the principal. Repeated violations may result in the offenders not being permitted to continue riding the bus. Parents who need to arrange for transportation should call 733-9292 and ask for the transportation director.
CARPOOLS and STUDENT DROP-OFF
Students brought to school by their parents or a carpool may arrive as early as 7:30 a.m. (not earlier please) at the designated drop-off area between the gym and athletic fields.
Pick up time for the middle school is between 3:45 p.m. and 4:10 p.m., by which time all students not involved in a sport or school sponsored activity should be picked up from the Bartram Campus. Those students remaining after 4:10 p.m. will have their accounts charged $16 per quarter hour or fraction thereof.
Pick up time for the middle school is between 3:45 p.m. and 4:10 p.m., by which time all students not involved in a sport or school sponsored activity should be picked up from the Bartram Campus. Those students remaining after 4:10 p.m. will have their accounts charged $16 per quarter hour or fraction thereof.
If students cannot be picked up by 4:10 p.m., they should ride the 3:45 p.m. shuttle to the Upper School San Jose Campus where they will be supervised in the Bent Student Center Canteen at no charge until 5:15 p.m. Parents will be able to pick them up there. The Middle School After School Program (MSAP) is being provided for the safety and security of our students and runs from 4– 6 p.m on the upper school campus. For those students remaining on campus after 5:15 p.m., there is a set charge of $8.00 per day. An overtime fee of $16 per ¼ hour or fraction thereof will be assessed for students picked up after 6 p.m.
Thank you for your cooperation in this most important matter.