Student Handbook

You can download a PDF of the current Middle School Student Handbook below. Parents, please be sure to sign and return appropriate pages from the Handbook that are found in the Student Agenda Book.


MILLIS MIDDLE SCHOOL

245 PLAIN STREET

MILLIS, MA 02054

www.millisps.org


MILLIS SCHOOL COMMITTEE

Mr. Marc Conroy, Chair

Ms. Jennifer Soule, Secretary

Mr. Steve Catalano, Member

Mr. Sean Doherty, Member

Ms. Denise Gibbons, Member

ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM


NANCY GUSTAFSON Superintendent of Schools 376-7000


MAUREEN KNOWLTON Principal, Millis Middle School 376-7014

ROBERT MULLANEY Principal, Millis High School 376-7010

JASON PHELPS Principal, Clyde Brown School 376-7003

SUE ANNE MARKS Director of Student Services 376-7021

CHARLES GRANT Director of Student Affairs and Athletics 376-7025

KAY TESSIER Director of Technology 376-7008

JOAN LYNN Director of Curriculum, Assessment 376-7021

and Professional Development

JOHN ENGLER Director of Operations

GREETINGS


Dear Parents, Step Parents and Guardians,


As you read through this handbook, please know that our first priority is the well­being of each child in our school. We understand your hopes for a positive and successful educational experience and we recognize your concerns. As such, we will continue to strive to build relationships and a school culture that supports learning.


The attached Student Handbook is distributed to all Millis Middle School students at the beginning of the school year. It contains valuable information regarding school policies and procedures, and we urge you to please take the time to review it with your child. The handbook has been updated from last year and it is very important that all returning students and families review it carefully. This handbook also serves a homework assignment book, therefore students are expected to keep it for the entire school year.


Enjoy these middle school years with your child. Remember that during these years, parents play a key role in assisting in the development of life­long learners and encouraging family communication. Remember also, that during these years, your child will experience many rapid and sometimes difficult developmental changes ­­ physically, socially, emotionally, and intellectually. Through open lines of communication we can maintain a strong partnership that supports and benefits your child and ensures the best possible outcomes. Be assured that this journey through the middle years will result in your child’s readiness for his/her future in high school and beyond. We look forward to working with you to provide your child with the very best education possible!

Sincerely,

Maureen Knowlton, Principal

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The central purpose of our school is the achievement of academic excellence. Our school community strives to empower all students to succeed in a changing world.



MILLIS MIDDLE SCHOOL PHILOSOPHY


The Middle School is dedicated to providing an environment of educational excellence and equal opportunity for all students. All students will have an opportunity to develop their individual talents and excel academically, physically, socially and emotionally. Students will have the opportunity to receive the care and support services needed to progress successfully through the unique period of adolescence; they will be exposed to a rich, varied and intellectually challenging curriculum designed for middle school students. The school environment will be safe, healthy, clean, attractive and conducive to learning and achieving. All students will be increasingly encouraged to be responsible for their learning, accountable for their actions, and respectful of the rights of others.


TEAM CONCEPT


We believe middle school students need structure and guidance during these early adolescent years. The team concept has allowed middle school to focus on these needs of early adolescence. The team coordinates with other staff members, parents and students in order to provide the most positive and meaningful programs possible. Parents/Guardians may request a team meeting during the school year. Parents should contact the team leader. Grade five will have a scheduled conference for parents during the year.


We also have a Unified Arts Team comprised of our art, music, technology, skills and physical education teachers. Our Student Support Team is made up of counseling special needs teachers and specialized staff working to support regular and special needs students.


The end result is that we function as one "family" dedicated to promoting a student-centered atmosphere. We strive to meet the needs of each class, each child and every family at Millis Middle School.

 

HARASSMENT POLICY


The Millis Public Schools, in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 76 Section 5 is committed to maintaining a school environment free from harassment and discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or sexual orientation. Any harassment or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or sexual orientation will not be tolerated.


The Millis Public Schools procedures in regards to complaints of alleged harassment are as follows:

  1. Student should notify a counselor, nurse, school psychologist, or teacher.

  2. The matter is referred to the principal immediately.

  3. When the principal receives a complaint of harassment, an investigation is conducted in a fair and expeditious manner. The investigation is conducted in such a way that confidentiality is protected to the extent practical under the circumstances.

  4. If it is determined that harassment has occurred, the Millis Public Schools will take action as is appropriate under the circumstances including disciplinary action.

  5. Disciplinary measures will be based on the nature of the offense as well as the development level of the accused student.

  6. Upon the completion of the investigation the written report is sent to the Director of Pupil Personnel Services (Coordinator of Title IX and Chapter 622). (The complete Millis Public Schools harassment Policy may be found in the School Committee Policy Book and every classroom in Millis Public Schools.)



SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY


Sexual harassment will not be tolerated in the Millis Public Schools. There is an extensive, detailed policy relative to sexual harassment which is posted in each classroom, school library and school office. Copies of this policy may be obtained by contacting any building principal, guidance counselor, or the Superintendent of Schools. This policy covers student sexual harassment, staff to student sexual harassment, student to staff sexual harassment and staff sexual harassment.


If you feel uncomfortable because of comments or actions of others, speak to any faculty member with whom you feel comfortable. He or she will put you in contact with someone who can help you through the various steps of the policy.


If you wish to speak directly with someone about any possible harassment issue, please call our Title IX Coordinator, at 508-376-7021.



RACIAL HARASSMENT POLICY


Racial harassment will not be tolerated in the Millis Public Schools. There is an extensive, detailed policy relative to racial harassment that is posted in each classroom, school library, and school office. Copies of this policy may be obtained by contacting any building principal, guidance counselor, or the Superintendent of Schools. This policy covers student to student racial harassment, staff to student racial harassment, student to staff racial harassment and staff to staff racial harassment.


If you feel uncomfortable because of comments or actions of others, speak to any faculty member with whom you feel comfortable. He or she will put you in contact with someone who can help you through the various steps of the policy. If you wish to speak directly with someone about any possible harassment issue, please call 508-376-7014.

HAZING POLICY


Hazing is prohibited in any Middle School club, organization, team or activity. There will be no acceptance of any activity that "willfully or recklessly endangers the physical or mental health of any student or other person." School must remain a place where children can learn in a safe and positive learning environment.


Students contributing to an act of hazing shall be suspended from school according to the suspension guidelines established by the School Committee, and the local police department shall be informed. Students convicted of hazing are liable to the legal ramifications of the law (Chapter 536), including a fine of not more than $1,000.00 and/or imprisonment.


Any student who knows that another person is the victim of hazing is encouraged and expected to inform the principal or the police. Failure to report such an incident will require the school to so inform the police. By law, such a person may receive a fine not to exceed $500.00.


BULLYING POLICY #5.10.14


Bullying is defined as intentional, repeated hurtful acts committed by one or more children against another. Bullying can consist of direct behaviors such as teasing, threatening, hitting and stealing, as well as indirect behaviors such as causing other students to be socially isolated through intentional exclusion from peer activities. Bullying most often happens in the halls, at lunch, on the bus or out on the playing fields. Millis Middle School will not tolerate bullying. The consequences of bullying will depend on the severity of the action. Students and parents who see or hear of this type of behavior should report it to the administration so that action can be taken. “The Millis Public Schools has a comprehensive Bullying and Other Forms of Aggressive Behavior Policy. Harassment, intimidation, or bullying toward a student, whether by other students, staff, or third parties is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated. A copy of this policy may be obtained from the building principal.”



ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS


Although student abilities vary, each student is expected to produce his/her best work. The student is primarily responsible for learning, as well as for the quality of his/her achievement.


Report Cards


Report cards are issued three times a year, during the months of December, March and June. Each marking period is approximately sixty days long. Teachers explain and discuss their grading policies at the beginning of the year and before report cards are issued. Parents are requested to acknowledge its receipt by signing the return slip.


The report card will contain the grade the student has earned in each subject area. The number of days absent and tardy each trimester will be recorded.


The final report card will reflect not only progress in the last trimester, but will also indicate the "final grade," which is an average for the entire year.


Progress Reports are sent home at the middle of the first two marking periods. Trimester three reports will be sent out for grade averages below a “C” or any significant change in progress.


Marking System

A+ = 98 - 100 C+ = 78 - 79

A = 93 - 97 C = 73 - 77

A- = 90 - 92 C- = 70 - 72

B+ = 88 - 89 D+ = 68 - 69

B = 83 - 87 D = 63 - 67

B- = 80 - 82 D- = 60 - 62

F = Less than 60

INC = Incomplete


Modified Marking System - When teacher demands of special education students are modified, the mark will reflect the student's achievement in relation to that modified set of criteria. Such grades will have an apostrophe next to the grade.


Honor Roll


Principal's List - Students must receive at least an A- or better in all letter-graded subjects

and Satisfactory (SAT) or better in all other areas.

Honors Requirements - Students must receive at least a B+ average with only one B in

letter-graded subjects and Satisfactory or better in all other areas.

Merit Requirements - Students must receive at least a B average with only one B- in

letter-graded subjects and Satisfactory or better in all other areas.


Promotion/Retention


From time to time, it becomes necessary and beneficial to retain a student. The primary reason for retention should be a failure to master the basic skills in the major academic areas. Before this decision is reached, however, there should be dialogue between school and home. It is recognized that each case is different. Factors to be considered include goals for the retention, expectations for the child, the student's overall ability, motivation, learning rate and style, age, peer relationships and parental attitudes.


Retention Policy: (from School Committee Policy Manual 5.2.2)


Failure of one course: In all cases, the principal reserves the right to have the final decision regarding retention/promotion. Should a student fail one subject (below 60%), that child will either successfully complete an accredited summer school or will successfully complete twenty (20) hours of tutoring in that subject. In either case, students must then meet Millis standards by completing and passing a proficiency test in that subject.


Failure of two or more subjects: In all cases, the principal reserves the right to have the final decision regarding retention/promotion. Should a student fail two or more courses, then that child becomes a serious candidate for retention. The child then must demonstrate knowledge in the subject areas failed by successfully completing summer school or successfully completing twenty (20) hours of tutoring in each subject. In either case, the student will then be required to take a proficiency test to determine competency and to meet Millis standards.


Regulation 315 of Chapter 766 specifies that the principal of a school attended by a child in a regular education program who, in mid-year, presents a substantial risk of non-promotion, or who in fact is not promoted at the end of the year, shall be responsible for determining whether a referral for a Team Meeting shall be made.


While the regulation does not mandate a Special Education Team Meeting, given the importance of non-promotion where the overall development of the child is concerned, it is particularly important that the principal gives serious consideration to each case whether or not the possibility of a special needs condition exists.



HOMEWORK


What is homework?

Homework is defined as any work planned or approved by the teacher to be completed by the student outside of the regular classroom without the immediate and direct supervision of the teacher.


What are the objectives of homework?

The objectives for homework are:

1. To develop independent work habits in the learner.

2. To give added practice for skills being developed in an area.

3. To use as a diagnostic tool for individual or class teaching.

4. To give the learner the opportunity to organize and plan time.

5. To give the learner opportunities to use resources in the community.

6. To enable the learner to get more out of his/her classroom time with the teacher.

7. To broaden learning through independent research and discovery.


Respective Responsibilities:


STUDENTS

1. Record the directions for homework in an assignment notebook.

2. Make sure the directions are clearly understood.

3. Maintain an appropriate study environment.

4. Accept responsibility for completing assignments and keeping material in order.

5. Complete written assignments individually unless instructed otherwise.

6. Budget time properly for long-term assignments.

7. Recognize that homework is not limited to written assignments, but includes studying, reading, and/or researching.

8. Comply with each teacher’s homework policy, particularly regarding penalties for late papers.

9. Self-correct homework to avoid repetition of errors in the future.


PARENTS

1. Provide suitable place for study.

2. Establish a consistent study time.

3. Check student assignments in notebook.

4. Oversee long-term assignments and assist student in learning to budget time accordingly.

5. Encourage student to accept responsibility for completing homework assignments.

6. Assist with- but do not do- the work.

7. Recognize that homework is not limited to written assignments, but includes studying, reading, and/or researching.


Guidelines for Homework Assignments at Grade Levels

In addition to these daily assignments, students may also be assigned short and long term projects as determined by the teachers.


Kindergarten: One 15-minute assignment per week and additional assignments are optional.

Grades One: Approximately 15 minutes three times a week.

Grade Two: Approximately 30 minutes four times a week.

Grade Three: Approximately 45 minutes four times a week.

Grade Four: Approximately 60 minutes four times a week.

Grade Five: Approximately 60 minutes four times a week.

Grades Six: Three to five assignments each night lasting approximately 90 minutes in total per night.

Grades Seven and Eight: Assignments in all subjects. Students should be studying and doing homework for a minimum of 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Grades Nine through Twelve: Assignments in all subjects. Students should be studying and doing homework for a minimum of 2 to 2 1/2 hours



SCHOOL POLICIES


ATTENDANCE (376-7015)


Unless a child is sick, students are expected to be in school every day. Attendance is taken during homeroom promptly at 8:00 a.m. Students arriving after 8:00 a.m. will be considered tardy. Unless a parent/guardian contacts the office the tardy will be unexcused. Unexcused and unjustified absences are taken seriously and will result in a required conference with the student, team leader, teacher and parent. Detention and/or other disciplinary action may be taken. Excessive absences accumulating to thirty-five (35) days or more could result in retention.


Because we are concerned for the welfare and safety of our students, we ask parents to call the Middle School office at 376-7014 BEFORE 8:00 a.m. to register their child's absence or reason for being late. Our office will contact parents who have not called in during the morning hours.



ABSENT NOTES


A parent or guardian of an absentee should send a note to the office stating the reason for the absence. When a student has been absent from school for five days or more due to illness, a certificate of good health from a physician must be given to the school nurse. The school also requires such certification for any contagious or infectious disease regardless of the duration.



MAKE-UP WORK


If absent, it is the student's responsibility to report to each subject teacher upon return and arrange to make up work missed. Students have the right to assignment extensions equal to the amount of time absent.




CALLING SCHOOL FOR ASSIGNMENTS


Assignments may be obtained by calling fellow students, or if absent for more than two days, by telephoning the office and making arrangements to have the team leader collect make-up work for the absent pupil. Such requests must be received by 9:00 a.m. to ensure that all work can be collected. Requests made after 9:00 am. may require a 24-hour time span to collect appropriate materials. We feel that students who are ill should make up work at school when they return and are feeling better.



MESSAGES FOR CHILDREN


To leave a message for your child, please call the office. Since all school announcements are made only at 10:32 a.m. and 2:05 p.m. each day, your child will not receive your message immediately. Emergency situations are always dealt with immediately. PLEASE DO NOT CALL OR TEXT YOUR CHILD ON A CELL PHONE.



SCHOOL HOURS


The school day begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 2:20 p.m. Students should not arrive prior to 7:30 a.m., as there is no supervision for them. Prior to 8:00 a.m. middle school students should report immediately to the cafeteria.


EARLY DISMISSAL


Students needing to be dismissed early from school must bring a note from their parent/guardian giving a reason for the dismissal. The note should be brought to the principal's office before the beginning of school. Students will receive a pass from the office to be dismissed from class. They will report to the office at the assigned time and await the adult designated to sign them out of school. Should the student return to school, he/she should check in at the office again for a reentry pass. Every effort should be made to make appointments after school.


For safety reasons, dismissals by phone are not allowed during the school day. A parent wishing to have a child dismissed during the school day must come to the school office and sign for the student's dismissal.



AFTER SCHOOL


We have many clubs and activities that take place after school. In addition, students may remain for extra help, or be requested by a teacher to remain for one reason or another. Students are expected to go directly to their clubs or activities immediately following dismissal. Students will fulfill all academic or disciplinary responsibilities prior to attending any athletic, club or after-school function.



TRUANCY


Truancy is against the law. Truancy is defined as being absent from school, class, study hall, or other assignments without permission of parents or school officials. Offenders will meet with the Principal and their parents at school. Detention and/or other disciplinary action may be taken. Students will be required to make up missed assignments



FAMILY TRIPS


Family vacation trips during the school year are not encouraged. A written note explaining the upcoming trip should be sent to the office at least a week in advance. Students are responsible for all work missed and will make up assignments upon their return to school. Students will have one day per day out of school to complete the work missed.



TELEPHONE USE


Student use of the office telephone is limited to school-related matters. Use of cell phones is not permitted during the school day (this includes texting).



PHYSICAL RESTRAINT PROCEDURES


The Millis Public Schools has established written procedures regarding appropriate responses to student behavior that may require immediate physical intervention. Please contact the building principal if you wish to see these procedures.


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MILLIS PUBLIC SCHOOLS

ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY (AUP)

COMPUTER NETWORK POLICY FOR STUDENTS



Purpose

The purpose of the Millis Public Schools' computer network is to advance and promote education for pre-kindergarten through grade 12. It is intended to assist its users in the collaboration and exchange of information among all that are concerned with education.



Goal

The goal of the Millis Public Schools is to promote innovation and educational excellence for all learners pre-kindergarten through grade 12. To achieve this goal, the network must provide high quality information and communication resources to the educational community in an equitable, cost-effective manner, while promoting a safe and secure environment for use of the network and respect for the individual rights of all users.



Users

Primary users of the Millis Public Schools' network are teachers, administrators, other educators, and students. Under certain circumstances, network administrators may permit a non-educator to use the network, provided the individual demonstrates that his/her use furthers the purpose and goals of the network and public education in general.



Statement of Responsibility

The use of the network is a privilege. The user is responsible for what he/she says and does on the network. Communication with thousands of others is quick and easy. Therefore it is important for the user to stop and think before communicating and to show respect for other people and for their ideas.


It is beneficial for all users to keep the network running efficiently. Each user must take responsibility for keeping down costs and avoiding system disruption.


Network administrators will make reasonable efforts to maintain reliable service. They cannot, however, absolutely guarantee that the system will always be available or operating correctly. Student users should assume that none of their data is private or confidential. Any communication or data may be subject to review by network or school administration.


Internet access is available on every computer with network access in the Millis Public Schools. In general, the Internet is itself a complex network of regional, state, national, and international networks. This requires users to adhere to the same rules and guidelines outlined here for our network, as well as to any additional network policy procedures required, when the Internet connects them to other networks.



RESPONSIBLE STUDENT USE OF THE NETWORK/INTERNET


SECURITY AND SAFETY

Students will:

• Be responsible for all activity/use under their account/access.

• Be responsible for the security and privacy of their passwords.

• Respect the privacy of others concerning mail, files, and other intellectual property.

• Respect all network security provisions and reasonably protect the computers and software from viruses and file damage.


Students will NOT:

• Use other students’ accounts and/or passwords.

• Lend accounts or passwords to other students.

• Reveal any personal information about themselves, their families, or other students, other than their first name and school district, in any emails, chat room postings, or other Internet forums.

• Attempt to meet any previously unknown person or persons contacted through the Internet.

• Deliberately attempts to alter or destroy data of another user, including by use of a virus.

• Harass or intimidate other network users either through email or Internet postings.

• Alter the configuration of a computer or network without permission of instructional staff.

• Damage, vandalize, or violate the security of any computer, computer system, or network.


BEHAVIOR AND PROPERTY


Students will:

• Be polite and act responsibly and appropriately when using the network/Internet.

• Accept the responsibility to use the network only for educational purposes.

• Use language that is considered acceptable, non-threatening, and non-offensive.

• Respect the copyright laws and licensing associated with intellectual property including, but not limited to, the works of artists, poets, writers, songwriters, and software producers.

• Understand that use of the network is a PRIVILEGE not a RIGHT.

• Understand that violation of this policy will result in possible loss of network - Internet privileges and or other disciplinary action.


Students will NOT:

• Use the network for the transmission of any material in violation of any U.S., State, or Local regulations including, but not limited to the following: copyrighted material; threatening, racist, sexist, obscene, and pornographic material; or information protected by trade secret.

• Download files or programs and will not join listserves, newsgroups, or chat rooms without expressed permission of instructional staff.

• Use the network for commercial purposes, product advertisement, or political lobbying.

• Use the network for illegal activities, or in support of illegal activities.

• Use computers - network to play non-educational games or other non-academic activities.

• Intentionally waste resources such as paper, ink cartridges, ribbons, disks, storage space, etc.

• Use the network for any purpose that is inconsistent with the educational purpose intended



CONSEQUENCES


Appropriate behaviors for network use follow the general guidelines for all appropriate behaviors and are outlined in individual school handbooks. Specific consequences for inappropriate network/Internet behavior are as follows:


• Any violation of the Acceptable Use Policy may result in the cancellation of network privileges and disciplinary action. Network and school administrators will determine what is appropriate use of the network and computer systems. The administration of the Millis Public Schools may direct network administrators to deny, revoke, or suspend specific user privileges. Any user identified as a security risk or having a history of computer or network related problems might be denied access to the network.


• Tampering with computer security systems will be considered vandalism, destruction, and defacement of school property.


• Vandalism will result in cancellation of privileges, disciplinary action, and possible legal action. Vandalism in this instance is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy computer system hardware and/or user data on our network or other networks on the Internet and includes, but is not limited to, the downloading, uploading, or creating of computer viruses.


• The Millis Public Schools makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the services it is providing. The Millis Public Schools will not be responsible for any damages suffered. This includes loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, mis-deliveries, or service interruptions caused for any reason.



Network Guidelines for Student Use


Certain behaviors have gained acceptance on the network - some because they avoid misunderstanding and maintain privacy and others because they help other users avoid a waste of time or help conserve system resources. As the user joins the on-line community, these behaviors should be practiced:


  • Include name and school at the bottom of email messages.

  • Keep all passwords private

  • Check email frequently and delete or file outdated messages.

  • Never be vulgar or offensive ....... no swearing.

  • Never publicly criticize or anger others.

  • Be careful when using sarcasm and humor; without face-to-face communications, a joke may be misinterpreted or viewed as criticism.

  • When quoting in a message, attribute the quotation to its author or source.

  • Use all capitals only to highlight a word; if used for an entire message, people will think the user is shouting.

  • Make the "subject" as descriptive as possible.

  • Never send personal messages to conferences, discussion lists, or newsgroups.

  • Briefly restate or quote any question being answered.

  • Keep messages in the electronic mailbox (or trash) to a minimum because overload slows down the operation of the network.

  • Limit line length and avoid using control characters, so messages can be read on any system.

  • Remain within the disk quota.



For More Information


Please direct questions or concerns about the Millis Public Schools Network to the following school personnel:


Technical Issues: Computer Systems Manager

Instructional Issues: Principal

Policy Issues: Superintendent's Office



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DISCIPLINE POLICY


STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT


Most students conduct themselves in a mature and responsible manner. They understand the rules and consequences of the school and demonstrate a desire to cooperate with their teachers, have pride in their school and are eager to take part in the many activities offered at the school and desire to be successful.


All students need structure and a clear understanding of limits; however, some students need more reinforcement of limit setting than others do.


We believe the key is found in two words, respect and pride. Students need to respect themselves, know who they are, expand that concept of respect to include peers, adults and property. We believe respect results in pride for who they are and what they are capable of achieving. With pride, a person can set his/her goals higher and higher.


SERIOUS OFFENSES


The infractions listed below may result in the issuance of a D.A.F. or action taken by the team leader or principal:

  1. Cutting class(es)

  2. Cheating

  3. Forging

  4. Snowball throwing

  5. Littering school grounds

  6. Failing to report after school for any staff member

  7. Use of any communication device, i.e. a cellular phone or beeper

  8. Bringing food out of the cafeteria without permission

  9. Any other infraction deemed serious and not listed above


MAJOR OFFENSES


Infractions listed below demand consideration of immediate suspension of up to five days. The severity of the infraction may prompt a recommendation of expulsion.


The principal or his designee may assign a conduct grade of C, D or F on that term's report card.


  1. Fighting, profanity or obscenity and gambling

  2. Verbal or physical assault on a staff member or student

  3. Stealing or destruction of school or another individual's personal property

  4. Possession or use of tobacco or tobacco products.

  5. Possession or use of alcohol, drugs or any other illicit substances

  6. Possession of any dangerous weapon

  7. Possession and/or igniting explosives or incendiaries of any kind

  8. Verbal or written threats directed toward staff or student

  9. Tampering with fire fighting equipment or tampering with alarm system

  10. Chronic truancy

  11. Repeated serious infractions and other infractions deemed serious, but not listed above

SUSPENSION PROCEDURE


No suspension shall exceed five consecutive school days unless the Superintendent or her designee has granted prior approval of said action.


In suspension cases the applicable procedure as noted below shall be used:


  1. A student shall be given a hearing prior to suspension, and the reason for suspension shall be discussed.

  2. Before sending a pupil out of the school building, the parent or guardian shall be notified by telephone that this is being done.

  3. If the parent or guardian cannot be reached by telephone, the student shall be kept in the school office until dismissal time.

  4. If the suspended student is disrupting the school process, in a situation where the parent cannot be reached by telephone, the police shall be called and the situation explained.

  5. In all suspension cases where a parent or guardian cannot be reached by telephone, a follow-up certified letter shall be sent to the parent or guardian on the same day as the suspension, if possible. This letter will make it clear to the parent or guardian that the pupil will not be reinstated until a satisfactory parent-school conference has been held.

  6. A pupil shall have the opportunity to make-up assignments and tests missed during a period of temporary suspension. The responsibility for making such arrangements rests with the student. All work must be made up within the proportionate number of days suspended, i.e., two days suspension - two days for makeup.


CHAPTER 71, SECTION 37H EXPULSION/EXCLUSION


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


  1. Any student who assaults a principal, assistant principal, teacher, teacher aide or other educational staff on school premises or on school-sponsored school related events, including athletic games, may be subject to expulsion from the school or school district by the principal.


  1. Any student who is charged with a violation of either paragraph (a) or (b) will be notified in writing of an opportunity for a hearing; provided, however, that the student may have representation, along with the opportunity to present confidence and witnesses at said hearing before the principal. After said hearing, a principal may, at his discretion, decide to suspend rather than expel a student who has been determined by the principal to have violated either paragraph (2) or (b).

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


  1. When a student is expelled under the provisions of this section, no school or school district within the commonwealth shall be required to admit such student or to provide educational services to said student. If said student does apply for admission to another school or school district, the superintendent of the school district to which the application is made may request and shall receive from the superintendent of school expelling said student, a written statement of the reasons for said expulsion.


37H1/2 Felony complaint or conviction of student; suspension; expulsion; right to appeal

Notwithstanding the provisions of section eighty-four and sections sixteen and seventeen of chapter 76:


  1. Upon the issuance of a criminal complaint charging a student with a felony or upon the issuance of a felony delinquency complaint against a student, the principal or headmaster of a school in which the student is enrolled may suspend such student for a period of time determined appropriate by said principal or headmaster if said principal or headmaster determines that the student’s continued presence in school would have a substantial detrimental effect on the general welfare of the school. The student shall receive written notification of the charges and the reasons for such suspension prior to such suspension taking effect. The student shall also receive written notification of his right to appeal and the process of appealing such suspension; provided, however, that such suspension shall remain in effect prior to any appeal hearing conducted by the superintendent. The student shall have the right to appeal the suspension to the superintendent. The student shall notify the superintendent in writing of his request for an appeal no later than five calendar days following the effective date of the suspension. The superintendent shall hold a hearing with the student and the student’s parent or guardian within three calendar days of the student’s request for an appeal. At the hearing, the student shall have the right to present oral and written testimony on his behalf, and shall have the right to counsel. The superintendent shall have the authority to overturn or alter the decision of the principal or headmaster, including recommending an alternate educational program for the student. The superintendent shall render a decision on the appeal within five calendar days of the hearing. Such decision shall be the final decision of the city, town or regional school district with regard to the suspension.

  1. Upon a student being convicted of a felony or upon an adjudication or admission in court of guilt with respect to such a felony or felony delinquency, the principal or headmaster of a school in which the student is enrolled may expel said student if such principal or headmaster determines that the student’s continued presence in school would have a substantial detrimental effect on the general welfare of the school. The student shall receive written notification of the charges and reasons for such expulsion prior to such expulsion taking effect. The student shall also receive written notification of his right to appeal and the process for appealing such expulsion; provided, however, that the expulsion shall remain in effect prior to any appeal hearing conducted by the superintendent. The student shall have the right to appeal the expulsion to the superintendent, in writing, of his request for an appeal no later than five calendar days following the effective date of the expulsion. The superintendent shall hold a hearing with the student and the student’s parent or guardian within three calendar days of the expulsion. At the hearing, the student shall have the right to present oral and written testimony on his behalf, and shall have the right to counsel. The superintendent shall have the authority to overturn or alter the decision of the principal or headmaster, including recommending an alternate educational program for the student. The superintendent shall render a decision on the appeal within five calendar days of the hearing. Such decision shall be the final decision of the city, town or regional school district with regard to the suspension.



Massachusetts General Laws-Chapter 71, Section 37H3/4


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


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


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


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


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


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



DISCIPLINE OF STUDENTS WHO HAVE 504 PLANS


Students with 504 plans have similar protections to those with IEPS. The 10 day suspension limit applies to students with 504 plans, as does the requirement to hold a manifestation determination before suspensions of more than 10 days or expulsions. The major difference between IDEA 504, if a student’s behavior is determined not to be related to his/her disability, the district is not required to provide any education services during the period of long term suspension or expulsion. Further, a 504 student whose offense involves drugs or alcohol and is currently using drugs or alcohol can be suspended or expelled like any other student and has no right to a manifestation determination.


Chapter 76: Section 5. Place of attendance; violations; discrimination


Section 5. Every person shall have a right to attend the public schools of the town where he/she actually resides, subject to the following section. No school committee is required to enroll a person who does not actually reside in the town unless said enrollment is authorized by law or by the school committee. Any person who violates or assists in the violation of this provision may be required to remit full restitution to the town of the improperly-attended public schools. No person shall be excluded from or discriminated against in admission to a public school of any town, or in obtaining the advantages, privileges and courses of study of such public school on account of race, color, sex, religion, national origin or sexual orientation.



BUS POLICY


Any students misbehaving or causing damage on a bus may lose their bus privileges, and may be subject to disciplinary action.




FIRE DRILL BEHAVIOR


The school conducts several fire drills to prepare students and staff for an emergency. Students must consider the drills to be serious. Each student should be aware of the route to the outside from each of his/her classrooms. When the fire drill bell rings, classes should move quickly and quietly outdoors and should remain together as a group. In the event that some other directions are to be given, classes should remain sufficiently away from the path of emergency vehicles until their teachers give them further instruction.



NON-DISCRIMINATION AND COMPLIANCE WITH LAW


The Millis Public Schools are committed to promoting multi-cultural understanding, appreciation and harmony, to insuring that no student is denied access to any educational program or other activity of the Millis Public Schools for reason of race, color, ethnic background, national origin, religion, gender or sexual orientation, and to compliance with all applicable state and federal law, including state and federal civil rights and anti-discrimination laws relating to the employment practices, the educational programs and all other activities of the Millis Public Schools. Students and staff of the Millis Public Schools shall not, at any time, do or say anything that would, in any way, tend to cast any aspersion on the race, color, ethnic background, national origin, religion, gender or sexual orientation of any individual or group.



STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES


STUDENT SUPPLIES


Students are expected to bring with them supplies that are needed to accomplish tasks in each class. The minimum supplies each child should bring to class include:


Pens, pencils, a calculator, notebooks, assignment notebooks, a ruler and any other materials requested by individual teachers.



RESPONSIBILITY FOR TEXTBOOKS


All textbooks must be covered.


If a student loses a schoolbook, the student will be issued a second book so as not to impede educational progress. At the end of the school year, payments must be made for lost books. The child's final report card will not be issued, and at the beginning of the next school year books will not be issued until his/her book account is cleared. If the books are returned, the payment will be refunded. Lost or damaged books will be assessed as follows:


first year: cost of book

second year: 75% cost of book

third year: 50% cost of book

fourth year: 25% cost of book



LOCKER ASSIGNMENTS AND USE

Each pupil will be assigned a locker by his/her homeroom teacher. Students may go to their lockers before school in the morning, after second period, before and after lunch, and after dismissal at the end of the day or at the discretion of each team. Valuable articles should not be left in lockers but checked in at the office if they must be brought to school at all.


Students are reminded that the lockers are the property of Millis Middle School. Under no circumstances may they leave anything that is prohibited by the school in the locker. THE LOCKER MAY BE OPENED AND INSPECTED BY THE PRINCIPAL OR HIS DESIGNEE AT ANY TIME


STUDENT DRESS

All students are expected to dress in a manner that will be a credit to their family, to our school, and to our town. All clothing should be neat, clean, appropriate, and safe for school wear and activities, including class trips.


Forms of attire that are disruptive to the educational process or unsafe will not be allowed. Shoes must be worn and tied at all times. The Principal will determine whether certain attire disrupts the educational process.


LATE TO CLASS

Students are required to provide a late slip to explain tardy arrival to any class. Those who are late without a valid explanation or pass will be required to stay after school. A D.A.F. will be administered, and work will not be made up for credit. The office does not issue passes for students who are late to class.



CORRIDOR PASSES

All students out of their assigned classes must have a pass.



USE OF RESTROOMS

Unnecessary use of restrooms is discouraged. It is disruptive to have students leaving and entering classrooms during a lesson. Students should try to limit the use of restrooms to homeroom, lunch, and in between classes.


VALUABLES

Students are advised to be especially careful regarding their personal belongings. The office should be notified immediately when any item is lost. THE SCHOOL WILL ASSUME NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY LOST OR STOLEN ARTICLES, BUT WE WILL TRY TO AID IN THE RECOVERY OF SUCH ARTICLES. THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE LOSS OF ANYTHING LIES SOLELY WITH THE STUDENT. Students should not bring radios, tape recorders, walkman or CDs to school.



LOST AND FOUND

We urge all students to put their names or some mark of identification on any and all articles of clothing. Each year we accumulate 5-10 cartons of unidentified clothing. Unclaimed clothing is donated to charity.


STUDENT ACTIVITIES


STUDENT COUNCIL


The Middle School has its own Student Council that provides leadership in developing school and community service programs. The Student Council represents all the students in the Middle School. The student body elects officers each September, while each class elects Student Representatives. Candidates are required to have and maintain a C cumulative average, with no conduct mark below a C. Any suspension will mean a probable loss of involvement in Student Council; the Principal will make the final decision. Members work with the faculty and administration to help formulate school policies. The council sponsors a range of student activities due to safety and developmental issues, the participation of middle level students in high school interscholastic athletics, should be restricted.



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TRI-VALLEY LEAGUE PRINCIPALS

GUIDING PRINCIPLES


  1. High school interscholastic athletics are intended to provide athletic opportunities for students in grades 9-12. A major emphasis of these programs is to ensure maximum participation.


  1. In instances where local communities have chosen for educational reasons to configure their secondary programs other than 9-12 the T.V.L. Principals will abide by M.I.A.A. regulations pertaining to their participation.


  1. The T.V.L. Principals acknowledge the position of the Middle Level Principals Association that, due to safety and developmental issues, the participation of middle level students in high school interscholastic athletics, should be restricted.


  1. Nonetheless,in instances of extenuating circumstances where the maintenance of an existing athletic program is in jeopardy, due to low participation, the T.V.L. Principals will consider the inclusion of middle level students.



MASSACHUSETTS INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION


Interscholastic Athletic Eligibility Rules


The violation of any rule may result in forfeiture of a game won or the elimination of a student from participation for one year. A mistake could spoil a season. If there is any doubt concerning eligibility, consult your principal or athletic director. The rules apply to all teams (i.e. varsity, sub varsity and freshman girls' and boys' sports.


A student is not eligible who:


  1. Was not a member of a school for the previous two (2) months, exclusive of summer vacation, and who has not received a report card preceding the contest. (Reference: rule #65)

  2. Transferred from any school to a MIAA member school. (Reference: rule #66) (*)

  3. Has not secured during the last marking period preceding the contest (e.g. second quarter marks and semester grades determine third quarter eligibility) passing grades in the equivalent of four major subjects. To satisfy this equipment, a student must have passed sufficient courses so as to be earning for that marking period credits totaling the equivalent of four 1-year major English courses. A student cannot at any time represent a school unless that student is taking courses that would provide credit equivalent of four 1-year major English courses. To be eligible for the fall marking period, students are required to have passed for the previous academic year that equivalent of four 1-year major English courses. The academic eligibility of all students shall be considered as official and determining only on the date when report cards for that ranking period have been issued to the parents of all students. Incomplete grades may not be counted toward eligibility. (Reference: rule #67)


*At the end of each marking term middle school students must pass five core subjects to remain eligible.


  1. After first entering Grade 9, twelve (12) consecutive athletic seasons have passed, regardless of participation. (Reference: rule #68) (**)

  2. Becomes 19 years of age before September 1. (Reference: rule #69)

  3. Has graduated from any secondary school. (Reference: rule #70)

  4. Was "persuaded" or influenced to transfer to the present high school by a coach, athletic director, principal or other person connected with the school. (Reference: rule #56)

  5. Practices or plays more than once in any one day with a school team and a non- school team. (Reference: rule #60)

  6. Is put out of a game for fighting or flagrant unsportsmanlike conduct. This includes but is not limited to, the use of threatening, abusive or obscene language. If it is the second time during the season, then you are disqualified from any further participation in that sport season for one full year. (Reference: rule #63)

  7. Physically assaults an official. (Such a student is ineligible in all sports for one full year.) (Reference: rule#63)

  8. In the judgment of the game official, willfully, flagrantly or maliciously attempts to injure an opponent, in any sport. (Such a student will be immediately excluded from participation in that sport season for one year.) (Reference: rule #63)

  9. During the season of practice or play uses or consumes, possesses, buys/sells or gives away any beverage containing alcohol, any tobacco product, steroids, marijuana or any other controlled substance. (Reference: rule #71)

  10. Additionally only awards of no intrinsic value and approved by the MIAA may be accepted by a student as a result of participation in school or non-school competition in a sport recognized by MIAA. (Reference: rule #62)

  11. A student is not eligible for MIAA tournament participation unless he/she is regularly present and actively participated in all school team practices and competitions. (Reference: rule #99)


**There are some exceptions or variations to this rule. Consult your principal or athletic director if there is any possible doubt.


The MIAA has established a procedure that provides a full and multifaceted review of all requests to set aside an eligibility requirement for an individual high school student. The waiver process (#93) is published in the MIAA Blue Book.


IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT THE MIAA RULES LISTED ABOVE ARE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS AND EACH SCHOOL MAY EXCEED THESE SHOULD THEY SO CHOOSE.




MILLIS PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Policy # 5.11.3.2

SUSPECTED HEAD INJURY/CONCUSSION POLICY

For Extracurricular Athletic Activities

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Millis Public Schools have developed this policy to address the identification and proper handling of suspected head injury for students. It is in compliance with Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 111, section 222 and 105 CMR 201: Head Injuries and Concussions in Extracurricular Athletic Activities, including school based athletics and marching band.


Definitions


For the purposes of this policy, consistent with the 105 CMR 201.007, the following words shall have the following meaning:


Concussion means a complex disturbance in the brain function due to direct or indirect trauma to the head, related to neurometabolic dysfunction, rather than structural injury.


Head Injury means a direct or indirect trauma to the head including a concussion or traumatic brain injury.


Second impact syndrome means a potentially lethal condition that can occur when a person sustains a head injury prior to the complete healing of a previous brain injury causing dysregulation of cerebral blood flow with subsequent vascular engorgement.


Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) means a complex pathophysiological process affecting the brain, induced by traumatic biomechanical forces. TBI may be caused either by a direct blow to the head, face, neck or elsewhere on the body with an impulsive force transmitted to the head. TBI includes, but is not limited to, a concussion.


Qualified Medical Provider means that care is provided by a licensed physician, a licensed neuropsychologist, a nurse practitioner, or a certified athletic trainer in consultation with a licensed physician.


Roles and Responsibilities


Athletic Director shall be responsible for the implementation of this policy and any accompanying procedures as it relates to students in grades 6 through 12 who participate in extracurricular athletic activities and / or marching band. The Athletic Director is required to review this policy every two years.


Coaches are required to instruct students in form, technique and skills that minimize sports-related head injury and are directed to discourage and prohibit students from engaging in any unreasonably dangerous athletic technique that endangers the health and safety of a student, including a helmet or any other sports equipment as a weapon.


Students who engage in unreasonably dangerous behavior while participating in extracurricular athletic activities will be subject to the code of conduct and possible disciplinary consequences.




Training


As specified in the law, the Millis Public Schools Athletic Department shall require annual training in the prevention and recognition of a sports-related head injury, including second impact syndrome and keep documentation of the training on file for the following people: Coaches, Certified Athletic Trainers (ATC), Volunteers, School Physicians, School Nurses, Athletic Director, Marching Band Directors, Parents of students who participate in an extracurricular athletic activity, and students who participate in an extracurricular athletic activity.


Prerequisites to Participation in Student Athletics or Marching Band

At or before the start of each sport or band season, students / parents shall provide the following information:

  1. Documentation of the student's annual physical examination

  2. A completed Pre-Participation Head Injury or school based equivalent/Concussion Reporting for Extra Curricular Activities ("Pre-Participation Form"), which shall include:

    1. A comprehensive history with up-to-date information relative to concussion history, any history regarding head, face or cervical spine injury and/or any history of co-existent concussion injuries; and

    2. Signatures of both the parent and the student.

    3. A certification of completion for any Department approved online course or a signed acknowledgment as to their receipt of Department approved written materials. Certification for completion of the online course is valid for one school year.


If the student/parent fails to provide any of the above information, the student will not be permitted to participate in the activity, tryouts or practices.


Reporting Requirements

Any time a concussion is suspected during practice or games, the student-athlete will be removed from participation and will not be allowed to return the same day. Parents will be notified by whomever the injury is reported to so that the parent can take the student for medical evaluation and treatment.


The athlete will not return to play without the written clearance from a qualified medical provider and only after the completion of the Return To Play document. A graduated return to activity protocol will be overseen by the athletic trainer or qualified medical provider.


The school nurse or designee will notify the academic teachers of the affected student athlete and provide either written or emailed guidelines for concussion accommodation plans.


The athletic trainer will provide final notification of clearance to all coaches, the athletic director and the school nurse.


All coaches, volunteers, athletic trainers and others involved with Millis Public School athletics are responsible to follow the procedures and protocols associated with this policy. Failure to do so will result in penalties including but not limited to personal sanctions.


First Reading: 1/10/12

Second Reading: 1/24/12

Third Reading: waived

Adopted: 1/24/12

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GUIDELINES


  1. No middle school student will replace a position that could be held by a high school student.

  2. Waivers will be sport and level specific and determined on a case-by-case basis.

  3. Waiver requests for the following year will be submitted at the May meeting unless these are extenuating circumstances.

  4. If approved, waivers will be granted on an annual basis.

  5. The approval of all waivers must be by unanimous vote of the T.V.L. Principals.



Procedures for 7th and 8th grade athletes to participate at the high school level:


  1. No middle school student will be allowed to replace a position that could be held by a high school student.

  2. Middle school students are only allowed to play at the lowest available level.

  3. In order for a middle school student to participate, s/he must be sure to have a permission slip signed by a parent or guardian, the school nurse and the Middle School Principal.



INTRAMURALS


The Middle School offers numerous intramural sports for students. Students will need insurance coverage vis-a-vis a home policy or the school insurance program to participate.


The intramural program has been established to provide a fun and learning sports experience for all students. There are no team cuts; however, should a student sign up for a sport, consistent follow through in making games/practices is expected. Should a student not meet this obligation, he/she will be cut from the sport.


The program also attempts to develop and encourage school spirit. Several games/meets with neighboring towns may be arranged to help promote spirit. Past offerings have been flag football, tennis, volleyball, basketball, track, softball and golf.



CLUBS


Students are encouraged to make full use of their school by signing up for after school clubs and activities. Activities normally begin at the close of school and last for at least one hour. If a student chooses to remain until the close of the program, transportation will be the responsibility of the parent. Activities that have been offered in the past include Odyssey of the Mind, Challenger, Math Counts, Jazz Band, yearbook, bowling club and others.



DANCE


The Middle School Student Council sponsors dances for grades six, seven and eight during the year, and only our eighth graders in the late spring.


The dances for grades seven and eight begin at 7:00 p.m. and are over at 9:30 p.m. Parents are expected to pick up their children promptly at 9:30 p.m. The dances are open to Millis Middle School students only. Once a student enters the dance, he/she will not be allowed to leave until the end of the function. If a student must be dismissed early, a parent or other family member must come in person before the student is allowed to leave. Parents are requested to leave a telephone number where they can be reached during the dance.


This year our sixth grade students may have dances in the afternoon.



STUDENT SERVICES


GUIDANCE


Guidance services are available here at Millis Middle School. Our counselor works with regular education and special needs youngsters on a regular daily basis. Parents and students should feel free to contact our counselor at 376-7014.


Our guidance counselor functions as an advocate for our students. She meets with team leaders, staff and administrators in order to facilitate a better understanding of our students. Our counselor is always ready to serve you.



HEALTH SERVICES


The health office is located on the first floor. It is for use by students who have to leave regular class activities due to illness or injury. Students must obtain a pass to the Health Office from the teacher. The nurse will issue a return pass.


The nurse only with parental permission will dismiss students from the health office. Students must be accompanied out of school by a parent or an adult designated by a parent or guardian.


All accidents should be reported to the nurse. The health office is for the sick and injured. This service should not be abused. The nurse will report chronic visitors to the health office to the principal.



STUDENT INSURANCE


Student accident insurance is available to all students enrolled at Millis Middle School. The insurance form is distributed to each student early in the school year. When the insurance form is distributed, please take it home and investigate the coverage contained.



STUDENT SUPPORT TEAM


The Student Support Team consists of a guidance counselor, special needs teachers, a replacement program teacher and an aide, speech and language therapist, and a school psychologist. This group of professionals works together to aid regular education teams to help our students.


Some students receive services from the student support team, and may have an I.E.P. (Individualized Educational Plan). This plan is put into place after a team evaluation.


Services from the Student Support Team are coordinated through each regular education team and the team leader. If at any time parents feel the need of these services; they should contact the team leader or principal.



MEDIA CENTER


The Media Center is a place for serious research and study. Students are expected to go about their business quietly. Students may use these facilities under the direction of a teacher, or independently. Students must report to the media center with a pass if they arrive independently. No more than three students are permitted entry under one pass.


Any student being disruptive will be directed to return to his/her regular class by the librarian. Chronic offenders may be denied a media center privilege.


Students are required to return all books on time so that they may be available to other students.


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SCHOOL HEALTH SERVICES

Millis Public Schools employ nurses who are responsible for serving the Millis Public Schools. During the school day the nurses perform a number of duties, including but not limited to, administering first aid, providing assistance for injuries or illnesses that occur during the school hours and manage chronic conditions that a child may have. They are responsible with state mandated school health regulations.


EMERGENCY INFORMATION:


At the beginning of each academic year, families are asked to fill out an emergency form identifying relatives or friends school personnel should contact in the event of illness or injury when a parent/guardian cannot be reached at home or at their place of business.


Parents/guardians should notify the school promptly of any changes in the list of emergency contacts. These will be available via Millis website.


ILLNESS AT SCHOOL:


A student must receive permission from his/her teacher to visit the nurse.


  • At the time of the visit the nurse will record the student’s name, time of arrival, reason for the visit, assessment of the problem and intervention.

  • Parents/guardians will be notified when there is serious illness or injury, repeated visits during the school day for the same complaint or frequent visits to the nurse.

  • Parents/guardians will be asked to pick up their child if their child’s recorded temperature is 100 degrees or more.

  • In the event that a student requires immediate medical attention (911) will be called, the parents/guardians will be contacted if possible and the student will be sent to the Emergency Room (preference to the designated hospital, if possible.)

  • Only those injuries or illnesses occurring in school or on the school bus going to or from school, or on the school grounds during school hours are the responsibility of the school personnel. The school nurse will not treat children injured outside of school hours. The treatment or the arrangement for treatment of home injuries, illnesses, rashes, etc., is the parents/guardians responsibility.


  • The school nurse may not legally diagnose a child’s medical condition.


  • The school has the responsibility for immediate first aid care as well as notifying parents, who, in turn, have the responsibility for transporting the student home or to a doctor at their expense. It is the responsibility of the parent to arrange for the taxi if this is the means of transportation of choice. Under no circumstances shall any school personnel call a taxi for a child.


  • The discretion of the school nurse will be used when the parent/guardian cannot be reached for a reason that would require parental notification. If the child needs to be treated, a memorandum from the Health Office will be sent home.

  • Accidents are to be reported to the school nurse and the Principal. This includes any and all accidents. The teacher in charge of the class or activity in which the accident occurred must submit an accident report to the office before the end of the day. This report must include the assessment of the school nurse.


  • Treatment and after care of injury or illness is the responsibility of the family and their family physician.


  • No student shall be dismissed without being accompanied by a responsible adult, or with parental permission. It should be made certain that a qualified adult will be there when the injured or sick child arrives home.



RETURNING TO SCHOOL FOLLOWING ABSENCE:


When a child has been absent from school for five (5) days or more due to illness or hospitalization, a note from their physician stating that they may return to school is required. The school also must have a physician note for any contagious or infectious disease regardless of the five-day rule. (Some examples are: measles, mumps, chicken pox, etc.)


  • If the student was not treated by a physician the school nurse will consult with the school physician, if necessary, to determine a proper course of action. If it is determined that the student needs to be evaluated by a physician prior to returning to school, the parent will be notified and will be responsible for making an appointment with a physician.


  • Do not send your child back to school if he/she has a temperature of 99.6 or above.


  • Your child should be fever free for a full 24-hours before returning to school.


  • If your child’s physician prescribes an antibiotic for a contagious or infectious condition such as strep throat or conjunctivitis, your child may not return to school until he/she has received a full 24-hour dosage of the prescribed antibiotic.



ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION AT SCHOOL:


The school nurse cannot administer medications of any kind solely on parent or guardian request unless we receive a written order from a physician and a parental authorization form.


Medications will be administered at school only under the following conditions:


  1. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) may be given by the school nurse with written and/or one time telephoned permission of a parent.


  1. A written note from the doctor must accompany the medication requesting that the dose be administered at school. The order must also include the name of the medication, dose to be administered, time(s) for administration, any known allergies or side effects, and the reason for medication. The only exception to this policy for prescription medications requiring administration for ten (10) days or less. Under these circumstances the pharmacy or manufactured-labeled container may serve as the doctor’s order if the school nurse has no questions. Each time a prescription medication is changed or the dosage is adjusted, a new order must accompany all mediations. Physician’s orders may be brought in or faxed to the Health Office.

  1. State law (105CMR210.005) requires written authorization by the parent/ guardian, which contains approval to have the school nurse administer the medication. A parental authorization form, which is available in the Health Office, must accompany all medications.

  1. All medications must be plainly labeled and brought to school in the original pharmacy or manufacturer-labeled container.

  1. When it is necessary for a child to take medication at school, a parent/guardian or a responsible adult must bring the medication to school. The student should not bring medication to school. There is a safety factor to consider regarding bottle breakage or other children taking the medication. Please contact the school nurse if you require special arrangements.


  1. There shall be a new licensed prescriber order for all medications at the beginning of each academic school year. A new licensed prescriber order will also be required when there are any changes made in the type or dosage of medication.


  1. No student will be allowed to carry any medications (this includes inhalers unless he/she has a physician’s letter/order allowing them to carry them) during the school day. All medications are to be brought to and kept in the Health Office. The school nurse will dispose of any medication left in the Health Office after the last day of school.



PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS:


Massachusetts State Law requires that children have a physical examination at intervals throughout his/her school career. The Millis Public Schools require physical examines when entering kindergarten and before entering grades 3, 7 and 10. A yearly physical examination by a physician is required if a child participates in interscholastic sports. Parents may have examinations performed by a private physician.


IMMUNIZATIONS:


All students must be immunized as required by the state law (Massachusetts Department of Public Health 105CMR220.000) before visiting or being admitted to school. This requirement applies to all newly enrolled students, transfer students, visiting students and exchange students. Parents should realize that a “booster” of tetanus toxoid should be given prior to entering the 7th grade.


NEW STUDENT ENROLLMENT:


All incoming students must register with the nurse. Documents that are required are:

-Complete copy of student record from previous school (M.G.L.Chp71, Section 37L.)

-Birth certificate copy

-Complete immunization record

-Current physical exam report

-Completed student registration form

-Health history form

-Medical and Emergency Information Form


The nurse must review and sign the Student Registration Form before enrollment.



SCREENINGS:


As required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, students are screened for vision, hearing and postural deviations. Parents will be notified of any problems that are discovered during the screening. In order for a child to be excluded from postural screening, written verification from a physician stating that this exam has been done must be given to the Health Office.


HEAD LICE:


Periodically, school health personnel examine the hair and the scalp of each student for the presence of head lice and nits. A student who has head lice and or nits will be sent home with directions for treatment.

-A student may not return to school until seen and determined by the school nurse to be lice and nit free.

-If you child has been exposed to or treated for head lice, even on a weekend or during vacation, please inform the school nurse.



PHYSICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM:


If a student is unable to participate in Physical Education/Health, they must submit a note from their physician stating the reason for and duration of restriction.

  • All long-term medical restrictions from physical education must be renewed yearly.


  • Any fracture, sprain, etc. that requires a cast, crutches, ace bandage, sling or splint will automatically exclude a student until a physician’s note is received.

a. Instruction for outdoor excess should be included in the physician’s note as well.


Please refer to the following website for the state laws applicable to school nursing: www.doe.mass.edu


All Health Office forms will be available via the Millis website for the 2016-2017 school year.



PHOTOGRAPHING OR VIDEOTAPING STUDENTS


Every year, newspapers come to Millis Middle School and write articles and take photographs of assemblies, classroom activities, and many events that occur here which relate to our students. Also students are sometimes videotaped for the local cable channel and may have student work displayed on the Millis School District Website and/or in our School Newsletter. Some parents may not wish their child to be either photographed, videotaped, or have their work displayed.


Should you wish to have no photos, videos, or any of your child’s work displayed, please draft a letter stating this and sends it to the school office so that it may be included in your child’s records. If you allow these things for your child then no letter is required.


STUDENT RECORDS


  1. School district shall provide a complete copy of a student’s school records to any public school into which the student seeks or intends to enroll, upon receiving verification from any source that the student may be transferring out of this school district.

  2. Incoming students must provide a complete copy of their student record from their prior school (M.G.L.Chp71, Section 37L).



RELEASE OF STUDENT INFORMATION


A school may release a student’s name, address, telephone listing, date and place of birth, major field of study, dates of attendance, weight and height of members of athletic teams, class, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, degrees, honors and awards, and post-high school plans without the consent of the eligible student or parent: provided that the school gives public notice of the types of information it may release under 603 CMR 23.07 and allows eligible students and parents a reasonable time after such notice to request that this information not be released without the prior consent of the eligible student or parent. Such notice may be included in the routine information letter required under 603 CMR 23.10.


Although I had previously requested under Massachusetts Department of education 603.CMR 23:00: Student Records, Section 23.07 A that the above listed information relative to my son/daughter ____________________________________ not be released, I am now rescinding this restriction.



_______________________________________________

Signature of Parent or Guardian


_____________________________________

Date


_________________________________

School Attended by Son or Daughter



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Required Notification of Rights under FERPA (The Family

Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) for Elementary

and Secondary Schools


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s educational records. Their rights are:


The right to inspect and review the student’s education records. In no event shall such access be delayed more than two consecutive business days after the initial request unless the requesting party consents to a delay.


The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate.


Parents or eligible students may ask the School to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate.


They should write the School Principal, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate. If the School decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the School will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.


The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.


One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the School as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person or company with whom the School has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist).


A School official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.


Upon request, the School discloses education records without consent to officials of another school or district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.


The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the School District to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA are:


Family Policy compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20202-4605



I have reviewed this handbook with my child.


____________________________________ _____________ Parent, Guardian, Step-Parent Signature DATE


____________________________________ _______________

Student Signature DATE



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Power School Parent/Student Access


Acceptable Use Guideline


1. The sole purpose of PowerSchool Parent/Student Access is to provide academic/attendance data to parents/guardians for their student(s) only and to provide this same data to the student.


2. The parent/guardian is given a username and password specific to each student that attends the Millis Middle School. It is the sole responsibility of the parent/guardian to protect the security of this username and password. Each student will be issued a different username and password and will be expected to secure his/her access. The district accepts no responsibility in the event the username and password is shared, given, stolen, or in any other way, becomes the possession of a person other than the parent/guardian/student. In the event of a username and/or password being compromised, the parent/guardian can contact the Millis Middle School office to have them changed.


3. Only one parent/guardian is given the access information via U.S. mail. The district does not give this information in person, over the phone, email, or fax. The parent/guardian and student must sign and return an agreement before this information is mailed home.


4. Users of this system shall not use a username and password that has been assigned for use to another individual. Individual student information should be kept confidential.


5. The PowerSchool Parent/Student Access system is secured by SSL encryption, the recommended industry standard. Users of the system should be aware that most email communications are not encrypted, nor can they be guaranteed to be private.


6. Student access differs from parent access only in that students cannot email their teachers through the system. Students should always go to their teachers directly about their academic progress.


7. Email communication between parent/guardians and teachers should be kept to informational dialog (i.e. work passed in, grade received, meeting dates). Information that is personal in nature should not be communicated via email but rather through a teacher conference.


8. Abusive language or harassment of any kind will not be tolerated and will result in immediate termination of access.


9. Should misuse of the above conditions occur, access will be terminated.



Request for Power School Parent/Student Access


This form should be completely filled out and returned to your student’s homeroom teacher. By signing this agreement you acknowledge that you have received and read the PowerSchool Parent/Student Access – Acceptable Use Guidelines.


I, ______________________________, am the parent or guardian of _________________

And I wish to request electronic access to his/her grades and attendance. I have read the guidelines document with my child.


My child and I will adhere to these guidelines.


My current mailing address is:


Street Address: _________________________________________________________________________


City, State, Zip: _________________________________________________________________________


Student name (PleasePrint)____________________________________________________________


Student signature: _______________________________________________________


Parent/Guardian name (Please Print _________________________________________


Parent/Guardian signature:  ________________________________________________


Date: ________________________________________





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