Other Important Information and PoliciesOFFICIAL HONOR CODE
In coming to Bolles, students are committing themselves to adherence to the Honor Code: "I will not lie, cheat, steal or tolerate those who do." They should study the Code and direct questions concerning it to one of the Honor Council members. As used in the Honor Code, the words "he," "his," or "him" are intended to include, and shall apply equally, to both male and female students.
Section 1. The regulations concerning student conduct in regard to lying are:
a. In any instance in which a student is asked a question, either pertaining to his conduct or to School business, he is on his honor to tell the truth or he may remain silent.
b. Deliberate verbal or written falsification is a form of lying and, therefore, a violation of the Code.
c. Deliberately allowing a false assumption to be drawn also constitutes lying.
Section 2. The regulations concerning student conduct in regard to cheating are:
a. Students are on their honor neither to give nor receive any unauthorized information in any form of schoolwork where credit is earned or lost.
b. In a testing or make-up setting, students are not permitted to have access to any material, including but not limited to texts, study guides or notes of any kind, unless previously authorized by the teacher. Also prohibited in these settings are any accessible electronic or other devices that could provide unauthorized aid to the student taking the test or to other students who have yet to take it.
c. Teachers, with consent from the Honor Council, will determine what constitutes authorized and unauthorized information.
Section 3. The regulations concerning student conduct in regard to stealing are:
a. Students are on their honor not to steal; no student has the right to take or to use anything which is not his property without the express consent of the rightful owner or author.
b. This aspect of the Honor Code applies to stealing at all times, including away from campus.
c. Unauthorized borrowing of an item is also a violation under this section.
Section 4. Toleration of lying, cheating, or stealing is an Honor Code offense. If a student witnesses another student committing any of these violations, he must promptly:
a. Report the incident to the Honor Council chair or faculty advisor as set forth in Article III, below; or
b. At a minimum, confront the student and tell him that his act was a violation of the Honor Code and either suggest he turn himself in, or warn that student that if another violation is witnessed then the witnessing student will have no choice but to report the incident to the Honor Council; or
c. Notify the teacher of the class in which the violation occurred that he suspects a breach of the Honor Code has taken place (without being compelled to identify the student committing said breach) and that the teacher may wish to take steps to remedy the breach or prevent future occurrences.
Section 1. The Honor Council shall be the sole judge of honor offense cases.
Section 2. The Honor Council is selected by a committee composed of the outgoing seniors of the Honor Council and the Council's faculty sponsor, with final approval by the Associate Head of School for Student Life. The term of membership on the Council is one year. A student may apply to be considered as a candidate for the Honor Council by contacting the Honor Council faculty advisor.
Section 3. The Honor Council ideally should be composed of four (4) seniors, three (3) juniors, two (2) sophomores, and one (1) freshman. It shall have no more than eleven (11) students.
Section 4. Students who have not been at Bolles for at least two quarters may not be appointed to the Honor Council.
Section 5. The term of the Honor Council is from the beginning of the fourth quarter of one year to the fourth quarter of the next; members may be re-appointed to the Council. Seniors on the Honor Council remain on the Council during the fourth quarter in an advisory capacity.
Section 6. The seniors on the previous Honor Council, in conjunction with the Honor Council advisor, shall elect from the new members a chair whose duties are
a) to determine with the Honor Council advisor the validity of all accusations and to decide whether to convene the Honor Council when an accusation is made;
b) to conduct proceedings at all sessions of the Honor Council;
c) to announce at all sessions the decision of the Council. He shall also 1) maintain a record of all accusations and of all action taken on them; 2) place approved cases on the agenda; 3) notify the president, associate head of school/student life, registrar, Dean's Office, the accused student's advisor, and the person reporting the offense of the outcome of each session of the Council; 4) publicize the Honor Council and the Honor Code to the members of the faculty.
Section 1. The process by which a case is brought before the Honor Council is as follows:
a. If a student or faculty member feels that an honor offense has been committed, he contacts the Honor Council chair or faculty advisor.
b. The Council advisor meets with the accused student and determines whether a valid case exists. If it is decided that a case does not exist or should be disposed of alternatively, the person reporting the offense is thus informed. If the Council advisor feels that the charge warrants a hearing the persons involved, including all witnesses, and the accused student's advisor are notified and the Council convenes.
c. If it is determined that a valid case exists, the student will be given the opportunity to discuss this with his or her parent(s). The student advisor shall also contact a parent and confirm that the parent is aware of the case.
Section 2. Students who commit honor offenses may turn themselves in; their integrity in doing so will be taken into account by the Honor Council.
Section 1. A session of the Honor Council shall proceed as follows:
a. The accused student appears before the Council while the chair reads the charge against him.
b. The accused either admits guilt or declares his innocence; if he chooses the latter, the person reporting the offense will also be expected to testify. In certain cases documented, written testimony, or evidence may also be admissible.
c. All statements and claims of both parties are directed alternately to the Honor Council. All questions, information, and rebuttals exchanged shall be mediated through the Council chair.
d. After the Honor Council is satisfied that all relevant information has been presented, the members shall arrive at a decision in private. The Council may reach its decision through consensus; if there is dissension, the chair conducts a vote.
e. If the accused student is found guilty, the Council determines a penalty either by consensus or by a vote.
f. If a student feels that he has been treated unjustly, he may appeal to the Associate Head for Student Life within twenty-four hours following the decision; this requirement may be extended only in extraordinary circumstances.
Section 2. Students have the right to remain silent; however, the Honor Council may take failure to respond to its questions into consideration in its judgments.
Section 3. Students brought before the Honor Council have the right to have their advisor present at the session.
Section 4. The Honor Council advisor may give suggestions, opinions, and information to the Council members, but may not participate in the judging of students, nor may the advisor challenge or question witnesses or members of the Council.
Section 5. The accused student may present witnesses or other evidence.
Section 6. The maximum penalty for a student found guilty of an offense is a recommendation to the President, and Associate Head of School for Student Life, that the student be expelled. Honor Council members may be removed from office at the discretion of the Honor Council president and Honor Council advisor for conduct a) unbecoming of an Honor Council member or b) detrimental to the integrity of the Honor Council.
Section 1. The Honor Council may hold sessions as the chair or advisor deems necessary; the Council requires six (6) members to convene. More than one case may be reviewed during a session.
Section 2. When an accused student is summoned before the Honor Council, the chair shall notify the student's advisor, person reporting the offense, and teacher of the outcome of the case.
Section 3. An Honor Council member shall disqualify himself when a) he feels that he is unable to judge a case objectively, b) he himself brings a case before the Council, or c) is a witness.
Section 4. The proceedings of an Honor Council session are closed to all except those directly involved. The identity of the person reporting the offense and opinions set forth by members of the Council during a case is privileged information; divulgence of these or any aspects of a Council session constitutes a special honor offense.
Section 5. All records of Honor Council cases are kept confidential and filed with the Honor Council advisor, with immediate access limited to the Honor Council chair, and faculty advisor, and Associate Head of School for Student Life; the Council may use its discretion in granting other persons such access.
CONSTITUTION AND CODES
Student Government Constitution
Section 1. All legislative, executive, and judicial powers granted by the administration to the students shall be vested in the Student Government.
Section 2. All legislative powers granted to the student shall be vested in the Student Council. The administration and/or its delegates have the power to veto legislation of the Council.
Section 3. The Council shall consist of 28 representative members, elected from his or her respective class. The class presidents, class representatives and a representative from each residential campus shall serve as members of the Student Council.There will be one president per class and 7 senior representatives, 6 junior representatives, 5 sophomore representatives, and 4 freshmen representatives.
Section 4. The Executive Officers of the Student Council are a) president, b) vice president, c) parliamentarian, d) sub-committee chair, e) secretary
Section 5.The Chair of the Honor Council shall serve as an ex-officio member of Student Council with privileges of voting and participation in discussions.He/she is not eligible for elective office of the Student Council.
Section 6.Any student may attend the Council’s meetings and may speak if recognized by the Chair.
ARTICLE II - Elections
Section 1. Elections for Student Council representatives shall take place at the end of both semesters.Elections for class presidents will be held at the end of the first semester. Students who are running for class president or representative shall provide the Director of Student Activities with an application and speech by the specified deadline.No late paperwork will be accepted.
Section 2. a. Students who are elected to Student Council are required to attend one leadership retreat within the year that they hold office.
b. Students who are running for class president for grades 11-12 are required to have fulfilled one of the following in their high school careers:
1. The student must have held an office in his or her class, or
2. The student must currently hold or have held the position of president in an active club, or
3. The student must have been a chair or co-chair of a major school activity.
c. Students who are running for Student Council president must have completed two prior semesters of service on the Council. The president of the Senior Class may not serve as president of the Student Council.
d. Students who are running for Student Council vice president, sub-committee chair or parliamentarian must have completed two prior semesters of service on the Council.
Section 3.Students who are running for any position must have and must sustain the following criteria:
a. A “C” average or better
b. No Honor Court offenses
c. No Disciplinary Committee offenses
d. Academic eligibility
Any student who violates the above conditions during his or her term of office shall be removed from office and will not be eligible to run the following semester.
Section 4.Students who are running for Student Council or class representative will give pre-approved speeches prior to elections at a mandatory class meeting unless there are the exact or fewer number of candidates as there are positions. Voting shall take place following the speeches.If absent, that student’s speech will not be read but their name shall remain on the ballot.
Section 5.Student Council Executive Officers shall be elected by the Council by secret vote. They are to be elected in the order presented in Article 1, Section 4.All executive positions last for one semester.
ARTICLE III – Position Responsibilities
Section 1.The duties of the president of the Student Council are a) to act as chair of all meetings, b) to appoint all committees, c) to supervise all Student Council activities, d) set the agenda, e) toparticipate in the annual Ring Ceremony, f) to have the tie-breaking vote.
Section 2. The duties of the vice president of the Student Council are a) to act as chair in the president’s absence, b) to work with the Club Coordinator to submit reports on all chartered studentorganizations, c) to act as chair at all meetings of the Club Presidents Organization.
Section 3. The duties of the secretary of the Student Council are a) to record and publicize all official actions of the Council, b) to keep readily available a list of all current legislation of the Council. A rough draft of the minutes must be given to the Director of Student Activities by Wednesday.
Section 4.The duties of the parliamentarian of the Student Council are a) to act as the source authority on matters of parliamentary procedure, b) to take attendance at all Student Council meetings, c) to maintain a list of Student Council members’ participation in activities.
Section 5:The duties of the Sub-Committee Chair of the Student Council are a) to oversee the sub-committee meetings, b) to manage sub-committee projects, c) to maintain budgets and facilitate payment for projects.The Chair will not serve on a sub-committee.
Section 6.The Council may impeach an officer with a majority vote. At the following regular meeting the officer may be removed from his office by a two-thirds vote of the remaining Council.Good cause for the expulsion must be clearly stated in the indictment and recorded in the minutes. Dismissal from office, as a result of impeachment or of failure to meet academic or absence standards, as defined in the Student Council Constitution and Bylaws, shall be recorded in the minutes of the next meeting.
Section 7. The Director of Student Activities and the administration hold the right to expel any member of the Student Council for good cause.
Section 8.Upon the removal of a class president or representative from office, the remaining president and/or representatives from that grade shall nominate an individual to fill the position until the end of the term. To be appointed, the nominee must be approved by Student Council with a two-thirds majority vote and must meet the qualifications requisite for all members as stated in Article II, Section 3.
Section 1.The Student Council shall have the power to a) appoint all other members of the student government, b) maintain a court system, c) charter and /or revoke student clubs and organizations, d) make all laws necessary to carry out any portion of this constitution.
Section 2. The following documents are of this constitution and are to be treated as such: a) the Bylaws, and b) the Student Honor Code.
Section 3. This constitution and its subsidiary parts may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the Council after being available to the school public for the period of one full week.
UPPER SCHOOL ACADEMIC DAY BELL SCHEDULE
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8:35 - 9:25 a.m.
9:30 - 10:15 a.m.
10:20 - 10:45 a.m.
10:50 - 11:35 a.m.
11:40 a.m. - 12:25 p.m.
11:40 a.m. - 12:25 p.m.
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Payment of Tuition and Fees
The School strives to provide the highest quality education while maintaining affordable fees. We depend on the timely payment of tuition and registration fees to cover our obligations. Enrolling your child requires a financial commitment much like any other major purchase. Please make school tuition a budget priority. Failure to make tuition/fee payments by the contractual dates may result in a child being removed from school or not being allowed to take examinations. Transcripts and student records cannot be forwarded to another school if there is an outstanding balance in his/her account, or if there are other outstanding debts.
Student Records and Information
Requests for student records and transcripts must be directed in writing to the School Office. The School reserves the right to withhold student transcripts and records for non-payment of tuition or fees.
The School makes reasonable efforts to ensure that both natural parents (or legal guardians) receive substantially the same information (transcripts, records, appointments, etc.). The School must rely upon the correctness and completeness of parental information when the student is enrolled. In situations of divorced or separated parents, if one parent believes that the other parent is not entitled to receive certain information, the parent wishing to restrict information provided by the School must provide the School with a court order that is still in effect that specifically restricts the other parent from receiving such information.
Students who reach 18 years of age while enrolled in the School are bound by all student and parent obligations in this Handbook. Student’s continued enrollment after reaching 18 years of age evidences the student’s agreement with this requirement. In addition, even after the student turns 18 the School will continue to share all health/medical, disciplinary, grades, progress reports, and other information with the student’s parents/legal guardians throughout student’s enrollment at the School. Should a student have a concern about particular information being shared with his/her parents/legal guardians, the student should consult with Head of Upper School.
The Bolles Office of Communications utilizes weekly global emails to communicate news, events and activities of the School. This allows the School to present information to constituents from a single source with consistent timing and frequency. Global emails are distributed on Tuesdays (unless a holiday changes the schedule, or there is an emergency notice), and include important information in regard to our students’ activities and news from the School. We make every effort to market all school events and opportunities via email, including: calls for volunteers to manage the PA Farmers Market; After School Advantage program notices; information on Bolles Camps; and various School fundraisers.
As such, School leaders must insist our constituents not use other means of distribution for messaging, including via Monday folders in the lower schools, fliers and other printed materials. When appropriate, additional marketing of an event or activity is done through mailings, the School website, social media, print ads, news releases and/or the School marquees. In addition, only Bolles events and news is promoted unless it is a community service activity which is placed under “Building A Force of Goodness” tagline and posted to the website. No outside company names are distributed.
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BOLLES, beloved Alma Mater, Tower high thy mighty walls. Mem'ries of our days here linger; Learned we in thy hallowed halls. Closely bonded by our friendship, Proud we stand with voices raised; Youthful days of Bolles we treasure — Knowledge, strength, tradition praised. As the river flows before us, We move forward to succeed. Called to seek our lives victorious, Words of noble tutors heed. Ever fondly we remember; Days spent here are now our gain. Led to learn for sake of wisdom — Cherished, Bolles, you will remain.
Lyrics by Julie Cheves Babcock Music by William Schirmer
THE BOLLES FIGHT SONG
On, on Bolles School We are right, For the fight, to-night Get that ball, and hit that line, Every bulldog star will shine, We'll ere be true, To the orange and blue. As we roll, to that goal, var-sa-tee, We will kick, pass, and run, Til the battle is won, And bring home the victory.
Words and music by permission of The University of Kentucky Adapted by J. Frank Callihan
As required by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) dated October 30, 1987 (40 CFR Part 763, Subpart E), The Bolles School retained a consultant to perform inspections of our buildings for asbestos-containing building material. Section 763.93 (g)(4) of the AHERA regulations requires us to notify you annually of the availability of our asbestos management plan for your review. The inspection findings and an asbestos management plan are on file, and available for your review, in our operations office.
Section 763.92(b) of the AHERA regulations requires us to perform periodic surveillances of the asbestos material every six months. Asbestos inspectors perform these surveillances and an accredited management planner reviews the results of the surveillances every three years. No significant changes in the asbestos material were noted during the most recent surveillance of our school.
Asbestos presents a health hazard only when fibers become airborne and are inhaled. The mere presence of asbestos material does not present a health hazard. The Bolles School has significantly reduced asbestos material, and where it does exist it is fully encapsulated. The asbestos material meets all AHERA safety standards and we will continue to manage and or remove the material in place, as recommended by the accredited management planner.