Social Guidelines and Expectations

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 student should seek the advice of a teacher or advisor.

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.

Bullying and Harassment
Expectations Regarding Mutual Respect and Appropriate Conduct
Bolles students and teachers are not allowed to tease, bother or embarrass anyone because of differences in looks, color, beliefs, size, abilities, gender or home country. Teasing or embarrassing a student can keep that student from being able to learn and can cause much harm to the student by making him or her afraid of being at school or attending school activities.

Some teasing, with improper language or touching, may be embarrassing to the opposite sex. For example, boys teasing girls or girls teasing boys. This is called sexual harassment and is not allowed at The Bolles School, whether it is by an adult or child. Anyone seen acting improperly in these ways should be reported. Report this behavior to a parent, teacher, or someone working in the school office. The Bolles School wants to help stop any behaviors that make a student feel uncomfortable or sad.

Whether we attend Bolles as students, or are employed by the school, there are reasonable expectations governing our conduct designed to help ensure that all in our community are treated with the respect mentioned prominently in our Values Statement, so that each student here is allowed the same opportunity to achieve success without bullying, insult, threat, or harassment. These expectations apply to all forms of conduct and communications, whether physical, verbal, written, or electronic that are consistent with the values set forth above and which go to the very core of this school.

Only those students willing to show respect for their fellow members of our community belong at Bolles. Students who choose to ignore this policy can expect significant consequences, including the possibility of suspension or expulsion from the school for particularly serious or repeated disregard of this critically important principle.
Please remember the Bolles Lower School Motto:
"I promise to show respect for myself and others and to be responsible for my actions, my words, and my work."

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.

Lower School Prescribed Dress Code
Lower school prescribed dress and personal appearance should be clean, healthy, and appropriate and reflect a standard of excellence. There may be occasions when the dress code will be relaxed to accommodate special events. "Regulation" means that the clothing is prescribed and must be purchased at Bolles' approved uniform provider, Lands' End.

Prescribed Dress — Lower School Boys
*ALL STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE AN ORANGE POLO SHIRT FOR FIELD TRIPS.
*TROUSERS: Regulation khaki or navy
*SHORTS: Regulation khaki or navy
*OXFORD SHIRTS: Regulation white or light blue or navy/white stripe with button down collar, long or short sleeves with Bolles logo
*POLO SHIRTS: Regulation polo shirts with Bolles logo in orange, navy and white
TURTLENECKS: Solid navy, white or orange turtlenecks
SWEATERS: Solid color cardigan, V-neck, or crew neck sweaters or sweater vest of student's choice
SWEATSHIRTS: Any Bolles sweatshirt
JACKETS AND COATS: Items of students' own choice: free of logos, words, advertising, etc., & reflect good taste (no denim)
SOCKS: Solid white or navy socks
SHOES: As the children are involved in outside play daily, footwear should be a closed toe, supportive tie or buckle rubber soled shoe. Athletic shoes are preferred.
BELTS: Solid navy blue, brown, or khaki. Belts must be worn on all
regulation items with belt loops.

Prescribed Dress ­— Lower School Girls
*ALL STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE AN ORANGE POLO SHIRT FOR FIELD TRIPS.
*SKIRTS/SKORTS: Regulation khaki, navy or plaid
*SLACKS/CAPRIS: Regulation khaki or navy
*SHORTS: Regulation khaki or navy
*JUMPERS/KNIT DRESS: Regulation navy, orange or plaid with Bolles logo
*OXFORD SHIRTS: Regulation white or light blue with button down collar, long or short sleeves with Bolles logo
*POLO SHIRTS: Regulation polo shirts with Bolles logo in orange, navy and white
TURTLENECKS: Solid navy or white turtlenecks
SWEATERS: Solid color cardigan, V-neck or crew neck sweaters or sweater vests of student's choice.
SWEATSHIRTS: Any Bolles sweatshirt
JACKETS AND COATS: Items of students' own choice: free of logos, words, advertising, etc., & reflect good taste (no denim)
SOCKS: Solid white or navy socks. Solid white or navy tights may be worn on cold days.
SHOES: As the children are involved in outside play daily, footwear should be a closed toe, supportive tie or buckle rubber soled shoe. Athletic shoes are preferred.
BELTS: Solid navy blue, brown, or khaki. Belts must be worn on all regulation items with belt loops.

The following are inappropriate for all students

  1. Dramatic haircuts and hair color
  2. Hair that is below the collar for boys
  3. Denim
  4. Oversized shirts
  5. Jackets and coats that are advertising vacation spots, teams and/or products, cartoon characters
  6. Sandals, flip-flips, or boots (Boots may be worn when it is 35° or lower for warmth)
  7. Hats or baseball caps
  8. Earrings for boys

Visitors and Guests
All parents, visitors, and guests of the School should report to the Lower School Office during the school day. Please do not deliver supplies, lunches, or pick up students for appointments by going directly to the classroom. Due to our Access Control System on all doors, students arriving late to school or forgotten lunches being delivered need to be taken directly to the office.

Discipline
Discipline at The Bolles School is thought of in terms of academic discipline as well as behavior. Children are expected to interact with one another in a positive, constructive manner so as not to impede the process of learning whether it be a game on the playground, a social studies lesson, or an art or music experience. Self control, proper language, and respect for peers and adults is emphasized and expected. We want parents to reinforce these feelings as well.

Academic discipline is a realization on the child's part that classwork and homework are expected to be completed in a timely and neat manner. Incomplete assignments and failure to prepare properly, lead to the child being under considerable pressure. Parents are asked to encourage academic discipline but not to create unreasonable expectations for their child.

Our lower school faculty is a caring and supportive group of professionals. They have a very keen sense of the individual and varied needs of the children. Discipline problems are dealt with for the most part by teachers with the full support of the lower school principal. We have very few problems because of the great support and interest of our teachers and parents in the children.



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