• SHARON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

     

    Superintendent: Dr. Victoria Greer

    Assistant Superintendent: Elizabeth Murphy

     

    SHARON MIDDLE SCHOOL

    Student / Parent / Guardian Handbook

     

    Principal:  Kevin O’Rourke

    Assistant Principal:  Trelane Clark

     

    The Sharon School Committee and the administration of the Sharon Public Schools review district policies on a continuous basis.  Updates are sometimes made after the beginning of a school year that cannot be reflected in a Student / Parent Handbook that was finalized in late June.  Therefore, it is important to note that any policy referenced in this handbook may have an updated version on the district website.  For the most recent version of all school district policies, please visit the district website at www.sharon.k12.ma.us. Policies can be found under the "School Committee" heading.

     

    Approved by Sharon Public Schools School Committee: 9/4/2019

     

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

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    LETTER FROM THE ADMINISTRATORS …………………………………………………………………….... 4        

                                                                                                                                             

    IMPORTANT DATES ……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 5        

                                                                                                   

    FACULTY AND STAFF LIST……………………………………………………………………………………………6        

                                                                                                   

    DAILY BELL SCHEDULE …………………………………………………………………………………………        7       

                                                                                                   

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ……………………………………………………………………………… . 8       

                                                                                                   

    SCHOOL PROCEDURES.………………………………………………………………………………………………...9

                Arrival…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

                Attendance……………………………………………………………………………………………………………...

                            Absences……………………………………………………………………………………………………….

                            Tardiness……………………………………………………………………………………………………….10

                            Dismissal……………………………………………………………………………………………………….

                            Absences due to family travel………………………………………………………………………………..11

                            MCAS absences………………………………………………………………………………………………

                Emergency Drills and Lockdowns……………………………………………………………………………………

                Lockers…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

                Lost and Found…………………………………………………………………………………………………………

                Library…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

                Passes……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

                                                                                                                           

    COMMUNICATIONS………………………………………………………………………………………………………12

                Home/School Partnership and Communication……………………………………………………………………..

                No School Announcements……………………………………………………………………………………………

                Advisory and Morning Announcements……………………………………………………………………………..

                Weekly Email and Updates……………………………………………………………………………………………

                Notices and School Newsletters………………………………………………………………………………………

                Signed Notes and Permission Forms…………………………………………………………………………………                                                                                                                                  

    STUDENT HEALTH ISSUES………………………………………………………………………………………………..13

                School Nurse…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

                Health Records…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

                Medications………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

                Immunizations and Assessments………………………………………………………………………………………

                Communicable Conditions……………………………………………………………………………………………..         

     

    ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS…………………………………………………………………………………………..14

                Classes……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

                Homework Guidelines…………………………………………………………………………………………………..

                Academic Responsibilities……………………………………………………………………………………………...15

                Midterm Reports…………………………………………………………………………………………………………

                Report Cards………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

                Extra Help/Makeup Work………………………………………………………………………………………………..

                Teacher Recommendations for Private Schools……………………………………………………………………….

                Academic Contracts………………………………………………………………………………………………………

                Specials……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………16                

    STUDENT ACTIVITIES.........................................................................................................................................................17

                Student Council……………………………………………………………………………………………………………

    School Musical and Drama Performances………………………………………………………………………………

    Jazz Band……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

    Math Counts/Math Teams…………………………………………………………………………………………………

    Intramural Sports…………………………………………………………………………………………………………...

    Stem Club

    Robotics Club

                                                                                                                                                   

    BEHAVIORAL EXPECTATIONS……………………………………………………………………………………….18

                School Code of Cooperation………………………………………………………………………………………………

                Cheating/Plagiarism………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

                Use of Phones……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

                Electronic Devices………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

                Computer Use……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

                Dress Code………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….19

                Cafeteria Expectations……………………………………………………………………………………………………..20

                Assemblies…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...

                Respect for School Property………………………………………………………………………………………………21

                Passing from Class to Class…………………………………………………………………………………………………

                Teacher Issue Detentions……………………………………………………………………………………………………

                Office Referrals, Detentions, Suspensions…………………………………………………………………………………

                Cheating/Plagiarism………………………………………………………………………………………………………...22

                Behavior Contract…………………………………………………………………………………………………………....

                Chart of Consequences…………………………………………………………………………………………………..…24

                Special Needs Discipline Policy…………………………………………………………………………………………..25

                SMS Substance Abuse Policy………………………………………………………………………………………………

                Sharon Public Schools Substance Abuse Policy………………………………………………………………………...26

               

    APPENDIX A: SHARON PUBLIC SCHOOL DISRICT POLICIES AND STATE LAW………………….30

                                                   

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    SHARON MIDDLE SCHOOL:

    A Community of Respect

     

    Principal:  Kevin O’Rourke

    Assistant Principal:  Trelane Clark

     

    WELCOME TO THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR AT SHARON MIDDLE SCHOOL!

    August 2019

     

    Dear Students, Parents and Guardians of Sharon Middle School,

    Welcome to Sharon Middle School! We are excited for the start of a new school year with our dynamic faculty as the cornerstone of our learning community. Our talented teachers are dedicated to meeting the needs of every student and developing the whole child. We continue to offer a wide array of specials to provide a diverse experience for our middle school students, but reflect upon what we can do to meet the changing needs of our middle level students so that we are able to fine tune and improve the educational opportunities offered to our students. 

    Sharon Public Schools has adopted the following five core values which spell HEART: Honesty/Integrity, Equity, Acceptance, Respect/Kindness, Teamwork. You will hear and see these values referred to and addressed throughout this school year. Please allow your teachers, counselors, friends, and principals to help when you need to remember what HEART is and what matters most to you. This means asking for help in classes, seeking out adults who can support your friendship and other concerns, or even speaking up when you see or feel something is unjust. Why? Because Your HEART MATTERS! Why? Because YOU MATTER!

    And finally, but most importantly, we will seek this year to strengthen and renew our connections with all of you, our parent and community partners, whose support is essential as together we guide our middle school students through the exciting intellectual, social and emotional journey that this age has to offer. 

    Welcome to a year of new beginnings…

    Mr. Kevin O’Rourke             Principal                                                                                        

    Ms. Trelane Clark                Assistant Principal

     

     

    SHARON MIDDLE SCHOOL – Important Dates 2019-2020

     

    FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

    Wednesday

    August 28

    LABOR DAY – NO SCHOOL

    Friday & Monday

    August 30 & September 2

    SMS OPEN HOUSE - GR. 7 & 8

    Wednesday

    September 11

    SMS OPEN HOUSE - GR. 6

    Thursday

    September 12

    EARLY RELEASE - ALL SCHOOLS

    Tuesday

    September 24

    ROSH HASHANAH – NO SCHOOL

    Monday & Tuesday

    September 30 & October 1

    TERM 1 MIDTERM

    YOM KIPPUR – NO SCHOOL

    Thursday

    Wednesday

    October 3

    October 9

    INDIGENOUS PEOPLE’S DAY – NO SCHOOL

    Monday

    October 14

    EARLY RELEASE - ALL SCHOOLS

    END OF TERM ONE – PORTAL CLOSE

    Tuesday

    Thursday

    November 5

    November 7

    VETERAN’S DAY – NO SCHOOL

    Monday

    November 11

    EARLY RELEASE - ALL SCHOOLS

    Wednesday

    November 13

    PORTAL OPENS TERM 1 GRADES

    THANKSGIVING RECESS – NO SCHOOL

    Thursday

    Wednesday-Friday

    November 14

    November 27-29

    EARLY RELEASE - ALL SCHOOLS

    Wednesday

    December 11

    TERM 2 MIDTERM

    DECEMBER RECESS – NO SCHOOL

    Monday

    Monday-Wednesday

    December 16

    December 23 – January 1

    MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY – NO SCHOOL

    Monday

    January 20

    EARLY RELEASE - ALL SCHOOLS

    Tuesday

    January 28

    END OF TERM 2 – PORTAL CLOSE

    PORTAL OPENS TERM 2 GRADES

    FEBRUARY RECESS – NO SCHOOL

    Tuesday

    Tuesday

    Monday-Friday

    January 28

    February 4

    February 17-21

    TERM 3 MIDTERM

    EARLY RELEASE - ALL SCHOOLS

    Friday

    Wednesday

    March 6

    April 1

    EARLY RELEASE - ALL SCHOOLS

    Tuesday

    April 7

    END OF TERM 3 – PORTAL CLOSE

    GOOD FRIDAY – NO SCHOOL

    Wednesday

    Friday

    April 8

    April 10

    APRIL RECESS – NO SCHOOL

    Monday- Friday

    April 20-24

    TERM 4 MIDTERM

    EARLY RELEASE - ALL SCHOOLS

    Tuesday

    Thursday

    May 19

    May 21

    MEMORIAL DAY – NO SCHOOL

    Monday

    May 25

    LAST DAY OF SCHOOL (IF NO SNOW DAYS)

    Wednesday

    June 17

     

    FACULTY & STAFF   2019 – 2020

    To reach a staff member by email, use the following model: firstinitiallastname@sharonschools.net      Phone: 781-784-1560

     

    Building Administrators & Office Staff              Department Coordinators   

    Mr. K. O’Rourke, Principal                                       Ms. E. Burke, 6-12 Science                                       Ms. R. Smoler, 6-12 ELA

    Ms. T. Clark, Assistant Principal                              Mr. C. Fazzio, 6-12 Social Studies                            Ms. C. Jones, K-12 METCO

    Ms. C. Shuffain, Admin. Assistant                            Mr. T. Gorsuch, 6-12 Math                                        Mr. R. Pomer, 6-12 Guidance

    Ms. K. Wald, Admin. Assistant                                 Dr. K. Dahlen, 5-12 World Languages

    Mr. R. Ripley, Transitions Assistant                       

    Ms. K. McGrath, School Assistant

    Ms. A. Abrams, 6-8 Special Education 

                     

    Guidance Counselors                      School Psychologists                        School Adjustment Counselor                 Nurse                                           

    Ms. M. Merrigan, gr. 6   518            Ms. J. Connors                   411          Mr. M. Balan                      117                   Ms. M.A.Nathan, RN       401                                    

    Mr. C. Walsh        gr. 7   206           Mr. J. Oppenheim              114           

    Ms. R. Sisitsky,  gr. 8     215                     

    Ms. M. Walsh,  gr. 8       215 

    Librarian                                          Clinical Consultant                               Tech Support                                         Speech and Language                                                  

    Ms. S. Fuller                                        Ms. L. Gallagher                                     Mr. C. Lindsey            403                  Ms. R. Dragonetti           107

    Ms. J. Galford                                                                                                                                                          Ms. K. Jardin                  517

    DLP                                                        TBL                                                               ASD

    Ms. V. Cormier 216                                 Ms. S. Harrison 116                                      Ms. S. Feeney 109                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

    Grade Six Teams                                                   Grade Seven Teams                                              Grade Eight Teams

    6A                                                                                 7A                                                                                8A

    Ms. J. Talbot (English/Science)          511            Ms. S. Lehr (Social Studies)               204               Mr. E. Dewitt (Social Studies)                 311

    Ms. R. Canelli (Math/SS)                   509            Ms. V. Ordway (Science)                   210               Ms. L. Scarborough (Science)                  302

    Ms. S Rohan  (SPED)                        516            Ms. C. Moore (English)                     200                Ms. M. Graham(English)                        313

                                                                           Ms. M. Herbstzuber (Mathematics)   202                Ms. J. Naughton (Mathematics)               309

    6B                                                                   Ms. K. Ellston (SPED)                       213                Ms. S. Allen (SPED)                                  412

    Ms. J. Martin     (English)                   501                                                                                     

    Mr. J. Connolly (Science)                   505        

    Mr. A. Marrone (SS)                            507           7B                                                                             8B

    Ms. K. Healy (Math/Science)             503           Ms. L. Smolcha (Social Studies)        205               Ms. S. Macks (Social Studies)                  303

    Ms.. S Rohan  (SPED)                        516          Ms. E. Silver (Science)                       208             Mr. G. Warren (Science)                            300

                                                                          Ms. M. Burdett (English)                    201               Ms. M. Robinson (English)                       301

    6C                                                                 Ms. L. Chin (Mathematics)                 203               Ms. A. Monty (Mathematics)                    305

    Ms. R. Miller (English/SS)                 513           Ms. M. Lanzel (SPED)                          218               Ms. C. Pearson (SPED)                            409                    

    Ms. R. Shores (Math/Sci)                   512           Ms. E. Coulibaly (Leap)                406-LSR            Ms. S. Naughton (LEAP)                            TBD

    Ms. H. Laithy-Berens(Math/SS)         515

    Ms. N. Pearlstein  (SPED)                  516            7C                                                                             8C

                                                                           Ms. S. Ross (Science/Math)              214                  Mr. W. Fine (Social Studies)                   308

    6D                                                                  Ms. J. Brenner-Letich (SS/English)  211                    Mr. S. Flaherty (Science)                        304

    Ms. E. Rose (English/SS)                   510           Ms. M. Lanzel (SPED                       218                   Ms. K.. Sullivan (English)                     312

    Ms. N. Schechner (Math/English)      508                                                                                         Ms. K. Kaplan (Mathematics)                 310

    Ms. E. Matunis  (Science/SS)             506                                                                                        Ms. C. Pearson (SPED)                           409                    

    Ms. N. Pearlstein  (SPED)                  516         

    Ms. K. Greene (LEAP)                        504                Instructional Assistants 

                                                                                Mr. D. Foran (TBL)                  Ms. H. Magier (6C/D)              Mr. N. Cittadino (TBL)

    World Language Teachers                                   Ms. M. Angelos (DLP)            Ms. M. Paluzzi (ASD)              Mr. B. Hallahan (DLP)           

    Ms. Y. Zhan (Chinese)                       223                Ms. A. Hardy (7A)                    Ms. M. Deluca (TBL)               Ms. S. Kaveti     (ASD)           

    Ms. E. Johnson (Spanish)                   209                Ms. K. Howarth (ASD)            Ms. C. Van Dam (7B)              Ms. P. Bolgen    (8B)

    Ms. N.  Hadden (Spanish)                   221               Ms. P. Gorman (DLP)              Mr. J. Warriner (ASD)             Ms. D. Holzinger (8A)

    Mr. C. Szczepanski (French)              222                                                                                       

    Ms. K. Gulley (Spanish)                     219             

    Ms. A. Massouda (Spanish)               502                Custodians

    Ms. J. Eichelburg (French)                 211               Mr. M. Thibodeau, Head Custodian        

    Dr. K. Dahlen (French)                       211              Mr.  S. Clark

    Ms. A. Archambault (French)            220                Mr. C. Holton                                                                                                                  

    Specialists                                                                                                                                             

    Mr. R. Votalato (Music)          101           Ms. L. Ethier (Strings)                               106           Ms. M. Fox  (Math)                                            115                                            

    Mr. W. Greely (Music)            104           Ms. J. Michaud (Technology)                   102             Ms. K. Whiteside (Physical Ed./Health)          Gym

    Ms. E. Sammons (Drama)       105           Mr. R. Kowalski (Technology)                100              Mr. R. Vandenabeele (Physical Ed.Health)     Gym

    Ms. D. Coco (Art)                     113         Mr. M. Whipple (Technology)                 103              Mr. D. Whitham (Physical Ed./Health)           Gym

    Ms. K. Ramocki (Art)              111           Ms. H. Gershman (ELL/Reading)            519              Mr. P. Caruso (Physical Ed./Health)                Gym

    Ms. K. Engel (Reading)  406-LSR              Ms. S. Kotsalidis (ELL)                             519          Ms. L. Trail (Life Skills)                                     502

                     

                                                                                                              

    DAILY BELL SCHEDULE

    2019 – 2020

    Times

    Title

    # Minutes

    7:45 - 7:50

    Advisory

    5 minutes

    7:53: - 8:40

    Period 1

    47 minutes

    8:43 - 9:30

    Period 2

    47 minutes

    9:33 - 10:20

    Period 3

    47 minutes

    10:23-10:54

    Advisory

    31 minutes

    Lunch Block
    10:57 - 11:25
    11:28 - 11:56
    11:59 - 12:27

    Period 4

    59 minutes

    12:30 - 1:17

    Period 5

    47 minutes

    1:20- 2:10

    Period 6

    50 minutes

     

    Notes:

    There are seven days in a cycle.  These days follow each other consistently throughout each school day of the year – unless changes need to be made (to the periods / days) based on certain events such as MCAS - PARCC testing, our peer leader programs, or for some assemblies.

     

    Each grade is assigned a lunch period based on which group is having Specials during the lunch block/period 4.


    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    WHAT IFs

     

    WHAT IF......You forgot your lunch or lunch money? I forgot something I need for school that day?

    Parents may bring in lunches as well as any other items a student has forgotten at home and leave them at the front office counter with the student’s name on it.  The office does not call students out of class, so students must periodically check back.  Also, it is suggested that parents put money on a student’s lunch account in case of an emergency.  If a student is without lunch, they will be allowed to charge a lunch from our cafeteria, but that amount must be paid back immediately.   

     

    Work hard with your family to develop a plan to ensure that you are prepared for school each day. Pack your bag the night before. Put your belongings at the door. Create a checklist and use it each morning and evening. Set a reminder on your phone. Yes, we all forget things at times. But it is important that as a middle school student, you become increasingly responsible for your learning and other needs. Sometimes you may just have to do without and try again the next day. 

    Students are allowed to use the office phone to call home but should ask to come to the office at a time when you are not missing classroom instruction (i.e. first thing in the morning, advisory time, lunch.). If your parent is bringing anything to school that you have forgotten, they will be asked to put your name on it and leave it on the counter in the office. We do not call the students to come to the office in order to avoid interrupting the learning that is occurring in those classes. You need to check the office counter periodically between classes.

     

    WHAT IF.....I miss my bus?

    If it is in the morning, have your parents/guardians drive you to school.  If your parents have left for work, call them for advice. Do not walk to school without their permission. If it is after school, please notify a staff member – even if you have your own cell phone and could call your parent.  On Monday or Wednesday, you can take the late bus at 3:50 p.m. if you have a bus tag.  Do not walk home without parental permission and checking in with a staff member.

     

    WHAT IF.....You would like to speak with your guidance counselor?

    Go to the Guidance Office and make an appointment. The guidance offices are located in room 215 (grade 8), room 206 (grade 7), or 518 (grade 6).

     

    WHAT IF.....You are not getting along with a teacher? 

    Try talking to the teacher or talk to your guidance counselor in order to work out a plan.  It may be necessary to have your parents call on your behalf to talk with or arrange for a conference with the teacher.

     

    WHAT IF.....You are out of school for a long time?

    Consult the section in this handbook on "make-up work.” It is your responsibility to check in with your teachers.  Ask your guidance counselor for help if needed.

     

    WHAT IF.....You want more extra help than the help sessions provided during the school day?

    Make arrangements with the individual teacher to create a time that works for both of you. Making an effort to get extra help shows that students are concerned about learning and that they are making the effort to improve. Teachers will allow for the make up of missed homework, tests, and quizzes if the student has had an excused absence. No students should be in the building after dismissal unless they are under a staff member's supervision. Students awaiting transportation after extra help sessions must wait in the cafe. Students should not be on school grounds without permission and/or supervision of a school staff member.

     

    WHAT IF.....You forget your locker combination?

    Students are encouraged to provide their homeroom teacher with a copy of their locker combination or key at the beginning of the school year.  Thus, you can ask your homeroom teacher should you forget the combination.

                   

    WHAT IF…..You skip a teacher or office detention or are absent on a day you had in school suspension?

    Your name will be reported to an administrator for disciplinary follow-up. Usually, you will speak to an administrator/teacher and serve the consequence following school day.

     

    WHAT IF…..You or someone you know is being bullied/harassed?  

    You should tell an adult in the building immediately.  Many students feel that this is being a “snitch,” but everyone has a right to feel safe at Sharon Middle School. We cannot create a safe school climate without students’ help. There is a bullying reporting form that you can fill out anonymously, or you can speak confidentially with your guidance counselor, principal, assistant principal or a teacher. The adults in the building will respect your privacy as they investigate the situation. There are serious consequences for any student who retaliates against someone who reports bullying/harassment. If someone does retaliate against you, please inform the office immediately.  

     

    WHAT IF.....You do not know which late bus to take home?

    Check the late bus routes posted in the front hall on the office windows.  You may always ask the bus driver.  He/she will tell you which bus goes closest to your house.  Students must display their bus tag.

     

    WHAT IF.....You do not find your ‘WHAT IF’ here?

    Ask your teacher, the principal, the assistant principal or any other adult in the building.

     


     

    SCHOOL PROCEDURES

    Arrival & Dismissal

    Arrival

    • Students arrive to school between 7:20 and 7:40 a.m. In good weather, students will gather in front of the school building. In the case of inclement weather, 6th and 7th graders should report to the gym and 8th graders should report to the cafeteria. Expectations for appropriate school behavior apply while students are waiting for the beginning of school. 
    • Bicycles
      • Bicycles must be parked and locked in the bicycle rack located in front of the building near the gym entrance. Students may not ride bicycles on the front sidewalks, the bus loading areas, or by the front exits. Use your helmets at all times. Skateboards and rollerblades are prohibited on school property.

    Dismissal

    • Students are dismissed to their lockers at the 2:08 p.m. bell. Please gather your belongings quickly and head to your dismissal plan.
    • Students are not to leave the building until the 2:10 p.m.
    • Early Dismissals: Bring a note written by a parent/guardian to the main office in the morning stating the time of dismissal. Parent/guardian may also call in advance of the dismissal. Any students being dismissed before 2:10 must be signed out in the Main Office by a parent/guardian by 1:45 p.m. Please minimize any disruptions to the class if leaving early. Walk-in dismissals without prior notification to the office may be subject to delays.
    • In order to be considered present for a school day you must be picked up after 11:10 a.m. or arrive by 11:10 a.m. (This is considered a half day of school.) Students must be in school for more than half the school day in order to maintain eligibility to participate in any after school or evening activities (including rehearsals) on that day. Any student who is late to school, or who is dismissed from school prior to fulfilling this requirement, will be considered absent.

     

    Attendance

    Regular and punctual school attendance is essential for success in school. The Committee recognizes that parents/guardians of children attending our schools have special rights as well as responsibilities, one of which is to ensure that their children attend school regularly, in accordance with state law. Therefore, students may be excused temporarily from school attendance for the following reasons: illness or quarantine; bereavement or serious illness in family; weather so inclement as to endanger the health of the child; and observance of religious holidays. The principal or designee of each school may excuse cases of necessary absence for other excusable causes not exceeding 7 day sessions or 14 half day sessions in any period of 6 months. Parents/guardians will promptly notify the school of any absence or tardiness of a child. This will be required in advance for types of absences where advance notice is possible. Each school will establish the method by which parents/guardians shall notify the school in the event of absence or tardiness. If the absence is for a reason other than those reasons allowed under this policy or in the school handbook, then the absence will be considered “unexcused.”

     

    Absences

    ABSENCES DUE TO ILLNESS

     In all events, and regardless of how many absences have occurred to date, students should stay home if:

     

    • A temperature over 100°F. Please remember that Tylenol, Advil, etc. can mask the effects of a fever. Your child should be fever-free (without medication) for 24 hours before returning to school.
    • Vomiting and/or diarrhea (unrelated to a known, non-communicable condition) within 24 hours before returning to school
    • A severe cold with fever, sneezing, and thickened nasal discharge
    • A cough that keeps a child awake at night, worsens with increased activity, or is combined with other symptoms
    • A persistent red, sore throat, especially if the tonsils are enlarged
    • A severe and persistent earache
    • Redness in the whites of the eyes, yellow discharge, and matted lashes are symptoms of conjunctivitis (pinkeye). A doctor should be consulted, as this may be highly contagious.
    • Rashes can be difficult to evaluate. If they are all over the body, blistery, oozing, or painful, they could be a sign of a contagious infection. Please check with your school nurse or your doctor before you send your child to school.

     

    If you are unsure whether to send your child to school, please call your school nurse. If you are keeping your child home from school, please call and notify your school on the day of absence. In instances of chronic or irregular absence reportedly due to illness, the school administration may request a physician's statement regarding the absences.

    Sharon Middle School Nurse: 781- 784-1560, ext 6005

     

    HOME OR HOSPITAL TUTORING:

    Students who will be out of school for an extended or chronic illness may be eligible for home or hospital tutoring if the absence will extend beyond, or are reasonably expected to accrue to, fourteen days and the situation meets the home/hospital regulations. (603 CMR 28.03 (3) (c), 28.04 (4)).

     

    MAKE-UP WORK:

    Students who have missed school or a class are expected to make up missed assignments, tests, and other school work. Students who know that they will miss school because of planned activities (including college visits, exchange trips, field trips, academic competitions, etc.) should notify the affected teachers in advance in order to make arrangements with the teacher for making up work and with classmates to take class notes and record assignments on their behalf.

     

    EARLY DISMISSAL:

     No pupil will be dismissed from school before the close of the school day, except in case of illness or other emergency, unless the school receives a request from the parent/guardian. All cases of early dismissal will be recorded. Students may not leave the school building until the person receiving the student has been properly identified. No student may leave the school grounds without permission of the principal or his/her designee.

     

    UNEXCUSED OR CHRONIC ABSENCES :

    An unexcused absence or tardy may include, but may not be limited to, repetitive or chronic absence or tardiness due to illness or injury not documented by a doctor or other medical professionals, truancy, family vacations, undocumented absences, and non-emergency family situations. • Parents and students are reminded that Massachusetts Law requires compulsory attendance for students. We strongly discourage family vacations when school is in session. In addition to compromising the attendance law, family vacations interrupt the educational process of each course in ways that make-up work cannot reverse. Teachers are not required to give out homework assignments prior to a family vacation.

     

    Students’ understanding of the importance of day-to-day schoolwork is an important factor in the shaping of their character. Parents/guardians can help their children by not allowing them to miss school needlessly. • Chronic absenteeism may lead to academic failure for the year and retention of the student.

     

    UNEXCUSED ABSENCE NOTIFICATION:

     

    Each school is required to notify a student's parent/guardian within 3 days of the student's absence in the event the parent/guardian has not informed the school of the absence. Each school will use reasonable efforts to confirm all absences of children in grades K – 12 on the same day, if possible.

    • Each school will notify a student's parent/guardian if a student has at least 5 days in which the student has an unexcused absence for 2 or more periods. In such case, each Principal, by whatever title they may be known, or designee shall contact any student and that student's parent/guardian to develop action steps to improve student attendance. The parties may seek input from other relevant school staff and/or officials from relevant public safety, health and human service, housing, and nonprofit agencies.
    • Parents/guardians are encouraged to contact school staff and work collaboratively with them to correct the reasons that the student is missing school.

     

    HABITUAL TRUANCY:

     Under state law, a student may be considered “habitually truant” for willfully accruing 8 unexcused absences in a quarter. In such case, school officials may file a CRA (Child Requiring Assistance) or a CHINS (Child in Need of Services) petition with the Juvenile Court which could result in a hearing before a Juvenile Court Judge. Prior to the filing of a CRA, Families and Students will be required to work with school administrators to improve the student’s attendance.

     

    DROPOUT PREVENTION:

    No student who has not graduated from high school shall be considered to have permanently left public school unless an administrator of the school which the student last attended has sent notice within a period of 5 days from the student's tenth consecutive absence to the student and the parent or guardian of that student in both the primary language of the parent or guardian, to the extent practicable, and English. The notice shall initially offer at least 2 dates and times for an exit interview between the superintendent, or a designee, and the student and the parent or guardian of the student to occur prior to the student permanently leaving school and shall include contact information for scheduling the exit interview. The notice shall indicate that the parties shall agree upon a date and time for the exit interview, and that interview shall occur within 10 days after the sending of the notice. The time for the exit interview may be extended at the request of the parent or guardian and no extension shall be for longer than 14 days. The superintendent, or a designee, may proceed with any such interview without a parent or guardian if the superintendent, or a designee, makes a good faith effort to include the parent or guardian. The exit interview shall be for the purpose of discussing the reasons for the student permanently leaving school and to consider alternative education or other placements.

     

    The superintendent or a designee shall convene a team of school personnel, such as the principal, guidance counselor, teachers, attendance officer and other relevant school staff, to participate in the exit interview with the student and the parent or guardian of the student. During the exit interview, the student shall be given information about the detrimental effects of early withdrawal from school, the benefits of earning a high school diploma and the alternative education programs and services available to the student.

     

    The provisions of this section shall not apply to a student who has completed the regular course of education, or apply to a student whose absences have been excused, nor shall this section be construed to permanently exclude a student who wishes to resume his education.

     

    POLICY IMPLEMENTATION:

    The School District is required to comply with state laws on school attendance. If there is a conflict between state law and this policy, then state law will prevail.

     

    The School Committee directs the Superintendent to develop guidelines for the implementation of this policy and to publish these guidelines in the appropriate handbooks. These guidelines will include procedures to monitor student attendance, to communicate with parents/guardians about student attendance, and to intervene if a student has a pattern of poor attendance.

     

    MCAS Testing and Absences

    • Grades 6 through 8 MCAS: March 30 – May 22. Be in school on time, every day of testing.
    • If you are tardy or absent on an MCAS testing day, you will have to take the test on a scheduled Make-Up Day.

     

    Tardiness

    • After 7:45 a.m. students are considered tardy and must report to the office for a pass before going to homeroom or to class. The office logs all tardies as excused” or “
    • All late arrivals are considered “unexcused” unless one of the following occurs:
      • A parent/guardian provides a reason for the tardy;
      • A student arrives with official stationery from the appointment that caused him/her to be late to school on that day;
      • The administration has previously determined and has on record that extenuating circumstances exist that warranted special allowances (i.e. medically documented illnesses).

    In these cases, the late arrival is considered “excused” and the student will be permitted to make up any missed assignments and/or assessment with the exception of MCAS, which may need to be made up on a different day.

    • Students who accrue a series of “unexcused tardies” in an academic quarter will have the following consequences at the discretion of the Principal or Assistant Principal:

     

     

    Unexcused Tardiness

    Consequences

    3 times tardy in a quarter

    Verbal warning to student and letter to parent

    5 times tardy in a quarter

    Lunch detention that day and each day tardy after that for the quarter

    8 times tardy in a quarter

    Mandatory parent meeting and student will be restricted from after school activities for the duration of the quarter.

    12 times tardy cumulative for all quarters by May 1st

    May become ineligible for class trips, including by not limited to  Washington DC.

     

    Emergency Drills and Lockdowns     

    • Exit the building as quickly, quietly and safely as possible.
    • Be silent while teachers take attendance.
    • Students may not return to the building until the “all clear” signal is given.
    • If you are not in your classroom when the fire alarm sounds or during a lockdown, leave through the nearest exit, classroom, and look for your advisory teacher or the nearest adult at the track.

     

    Lockers

    • Books and personal property should be kept in lockers.
    • You may bring locks that can be used on lockers.
    • Leave electronics and other valuables at home. The school cannot be responsible for items lost/stolen from lockers.
    • You are responsible for maintaining a clean locker. Do not keep food in your locker overnight.
    • Lockers are school property and may be searched at any time for inappropriate items.

     

    Lost and Found

    • Lost and Found items may be found/placed in the wooden cubbies in the cafeteria and in the gym lobby.
    • Any items of value (watches, eyeglasses, phones, etc.) should be turned into and will be kept in the main office.
    • The ‘lost and found’ cubbies will be periodically emptied and items will be thrown away or donated to an appropriate organization.

     

    Passes These procedures are necessary for the safety of all students. 

    • YOU must request a pass from a teacher whenever you need to move within the building (i.e. restroom, nurse, another classroom, office, etc.) – before or during school. Students are to follow any additional procedure for signing out of a room that is set up by the staff member in charge of that room.
    • If you don’t have a pass, you may be sent back to retrieve one from the teacher who gave your permission to leave. If you have not been given permission to leave a classroom space or you are not being accompanied by an adult, you may not leave.
    • Please use the restroom between classes or during the last five minutes of a class period.
    • Students must use the restroom closest to the classroom.

     

    Passing from Class to Class

    • Each passing period is 3-4 minutes in length. Students can help to maximize safety and minimize hallway congestion by doing the following:
      • Walk on the right side of the corridor.
      • To avoid injury or hurting others, please walk and be patient wherever there is a crowd of students.
      • Keep moving to your next class. Limit side conversations.
      • Keep your hands to yourself.
      • Use of book bags is not allowed when passing from class to class and may only be used when students are entering or leaving the building.

     

    ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS

    Classes

    5 academic classes: English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Foreign Language. 

    Specific classroom and homework expectations will be discussed during the first week of school.

    Check Schoology for homework, assignments and assessments. 

     

    Homework Guidelines

    • Homework is assigned in most classes, and is expected to be completed when due.
    • If you feel you are spending too much time on homework, please speak to your teacher. In general, you should be spending about (including reading):
      • 6th grade - 1.5 hours every night
      • 7th grade - 2 hours every night
      • 8th grade - 2.5 hours every night
    • Use your planner. If the planner is lost, you may purchase another one at the main office until our supply is gone.
    • Your Learning is YOUR Responsibility!

     

    Academic Responsibilities

    Students' responsibilities are to:

    • try your best
    • participate in class discussions and learning activities as directed and appropriate for the class
    • bring your planner and other materials to each class period each day
    • write down assignments, including all directions, in your planners
    • keep your materials organized
    • hand in work done thoughtfully and on-time
    • plan carefully for long-term assignments
    • call a classmate or check Schoology for assignments when absent
    • ask questions when needed to clarify assignments or and advocate for yourself when are struggling in a class
    • request assignments and follow-up instruction, as needed, after any missed classes

     

    Midterm Reports & Report Cards

    • Halfway through each quarter (about 4 weeks) you will receive a midterm report electronically through PowerSchool.
    • Reports cards are distributed at the end of each quarter.
    • All assignments are to be completed and turned in by the date when grades close unless you have made clear arrangements with the teacher prior to grades closing.
    • The deadline for completing this work is ten school days following the issue of the report card unless there are serious extenuating circumstances.
    • No incomplete grades are issued during the last grading period.

     

    Academic Contracts

    • You may be placed on an Academic Contract if you receive more than one grade below a C-. An academic contract is a clear set of guidelines specifically written for you. An Academic Contract is in place until the end of the term. Your team of teachers will meet with you to discuss ways to support you to be successful.  It will outline the steps that YOU need to take and what your teachers will do to support you. An Academic Contract may list things that you will not be eligible to participate in until your grades improve. A letter and a copy of the contract will be sent home.

     

     

    Specials

    Students in every grade have two specials a day. The specials vary depending on the grade. The frequency of the meeting time for specials also varies.

    Specials Breakdown 2019-2020

    Grade 6

    Connections:                                                         meets 1 time a cycle for a semester

    Library:                                                                 meets 1 time a cycle for a semester

    Programming Communications:                               meets 2 times a cycle for a semester

    Health:                                                                  meets 2 times a cycle for a semester

    Art:                                                                        meets 3 times a cycle for a semester

    Inventions Through Time:                                        meets 3 times a cycle for a semester

    Learning Center:                                                     meets 1 time a cycle for a full year

    Fitness:                                                                  meets 1 time a cycle for a full year

    Music/Band/Strings/Chorus:                                    meets 2 times a cycle for a full year

    Physical Education:                                                 meets 2 times a cycle for a full year

     

    Grade 7

    Engineering and Design:                                         meets 4 times a cycle for a quarter

    Art:                                                                        meets 4 times a cycle for a quarter

    Connections:                                                           meets 1 time a cycle for a semester        

    Sculpture/Fine Arts:                                               meets 1 time a cycle for a semester

    Business Technology:                                             meets 4 times a cycle for a semester

    Learning Center:                                                   meets 1 time a cycle for a full year

    Drama:                                                                meets 1 time a cycle for a full year

    Life Skills:                                                            meets 1 time a cycle for a full year

    Physical Education:                                              meets 2 times a cycle for a full year

    Music/Band/Strings/Chorus:                                 meets 2 times a cycle for a full year

     

    Grade 8

    21st Century Media Skills:                                    meets 1 time a cycle for a semester

    Health:                                                               meets 2 times a cycle for a semester

    Life Skills:                                                          meets 2 times a cycle for a semester

    Physical Education:                                              meets 2 times a cycle for a semester/1x a cycle the other semester

    Programming Design:                                           meets 4 times a cycle for a semester

    Art:                                                                    meets 4 times a cycle for a semester

    Learning Center:                                                   meets 1 time a cycle for a full year

    Drama:                                                                meets 1 time a cycle for a full year

    Fitness:                                                               meets 1 time a cycle for a full year

    Music/Band/Strings/Chorus:                                  meets 2 times a cycle for a full year

     

    Physical Education/Fitness

    Gym Clothes - Dress Code: 

    • Bring and wear proper workout clothing (i.e. athletic pants or shorts, a tee shirt or sweatshirt, and properly laced athletic sneakers).
    • If you are not appropriately dressed for PE/Fitness class will be asked to sit out and complete an alternate assignment.
    • Use the lockers to store your belongings. You may choose to bring a lock.

    Non-Participation: 

    • A note from a parent or guardian or a physician must be submitted to the school nurse and a copy to the physical education teacher for any student who will miss physical education/fitness classes for an extended period of time.
    • Those students may be expected to complete alternate assignments.

     

    COMMUNICATION

    Advisory and Morning Announcements

    • Report to advisory by 7:45 am. Advisory is a 5 minute block of time in the morning. Daily attendance is taken in advisory and announcements are made at this time.
    • Advisory also meets for 30 minutes after period 3 each day.
    • The purpose of advisory is to help every student form a connection with a teacher and a smaller community of peers where you can set goals toward achieving academic, social and emotional success through lessons on community building, goal setting, character development and skill building.

     

    Communication to Families / Weekly Email Updates/Forms

    • SMS publishes a weekly newsletter that is emailed to parents if they provide an email address to the school. This weekly newsletter provides details, information, and announcements of school-related items. Periodically notices and other information will be sent home to parents through you (the student) in order to communicate about school events. 
    • Parent information will also be posted on the Sharon Middle School web site.
    • Turn in any notes/permissions slips signed by parents. If not, it could result in missed opportunities for you!

     

    No School Announcements

    • Starting at 6:30 a.m. all "NO SCHOOL" and "DELAYED OPENING" announcements will be announced via Twitter, @SharonSchools, as well as the district website, sharon.k12.ma.us. You may also tune in to local radio stations as well as television channels 4, 5 and 7 and local cable TV channel 8 for up to date announcements.

     

    STUDENT HEALTH ISSUES

    School Nurse

    If you need to go to the nurse, you must have a pass from your teacher. The nurse's office is located across from the main office. If the nurse is not there, you should report to the main office and one of the administrative assistants will assist you. YOU MAY NOT CALL/TEXT A PARENT/GUARDIAN ON YOUR CELL PHONE DURING THE SCHOOL DAY IF YOU ARE ILL. The adults in the building are here to help take care of you. If you have a health condition, the school nurse will already have communicated this to your teachers. You are NOT to have any medications on you, including any over the counter medications, in your pocket or backpacks. Medication must come to school in the prescription labeled container or original packaging, must be kept in the nurse’s office and dispensed by the school nurse.

     

    Communication

    Your parents are responsible for notifying the school nurse of the following:

    • A new medical diagnosis or change in your health status.
    • A newly prescribed medication.
    • A serious injury, illness or hospitalization.

     

    STUDENT ACTIVITIES

    There are numerous activities in which students can participate.  They represent opportunities for students to follow a particular interest or to take a risk and try something new.  Some of the organizations are listed below.  In order to participate, students must maintain appropriate academic and behavioral standards.  Students may be removed from any activity (club, musical, play, student council, sports, etc.) or not allowed to join an activity, if they have been placed on a behavior or an academic contract.

     

    Student Council

    The Student Council will be the official student government organization of the middle school. The student body will elect its members. The Student Council aims to

    • uphold the school’s core values;
    • promote good will among students, faculty, staff, and administrators;
    • to be of service at any time to the school
    • to provide training in responsible citizenship;
    • to create a yearlong series of activities to help develop school spirit among all members of the school community.

     

    Other Activities May Include:

    • School Musical and Drama Performances
    • Jazz Band
    • Math Counts/Math Team
    • Intramural Sports
    • STEM Club
    • Robotics Club
    • Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA)
    • Girls Learn International (GLI)
    • Peer Leaders
    • Science Fair
    • Spelling/Geography Bee
    • DREAMS Club (Diversity, Righteousness, Equity, Anti-Racism in Middle School)
    • and MORE!

     

    BEHAVIORAL EXPECTATIONS

    Core Values

    Sharon Middle School has adopted the 5 core values from the Sharon Public Schools District Plan which spell the word HEART: Honesty, Equity, Acceptance, Respect/Kindness, Teamwork. These core values will guide the work that adults and students engage in in our community. Embracing these values will help each student to reach the level of independence that becomes so important at this age. It will also engender a positive school climate in which everyone has the opportunity to reach his/her academic potential and exhibit healthy socio-emotional behaviors in a safe, welcoming environment.

    These values translate into behavioral expectations that can help us to function as a community and allow students and teachers to feel comfortable at school. It is expected that students adhere to these school expectations during the school day and at all school events outside of school hours, and hopefully, in their daily lives.

     

    Expectation 1: HONESTY: Assume responsibility for your work and your behavior. Choose truth at all times.   Act with integrity- act always as if no one is watching.

     

    Expectation 2: EQUITY: Understand and acknowledge that every student/adult has a right to learn and work in an environment in which they are welcomed and included. Everyone has a right to get what they need in order to be successful.

     

    Expectation 3:  ACCEPTANCE: Accept the unique differences of other members of the SMS Community. All are welcomed here and deserve to be treated as such.

     

    Expectation 4: RESPECT/KINDNESS: Respect yourself, others, and school property. If you are respectful, then you agree to be kind and considerate to everyone; be prepared to help others; keep all electronic equipment off and away (not visible) during school hours; be responsible for attending all classes and arriving on time, ready to learn; and behave appropriately at all times.

     

    Expectation 5:  TEAMWORK: Recognize that engaging in teamwork is often one of the most effective methods of being successful in school. Willing participation in teamwork makes for a collaborative, fun school environment for all.

     

    The goal at all times is to assist students, who have made a mistake or have behavioral difficulties, to understand why the behavior causes problems for themselves or for other students and to help them to make better choices in the future. Teachers or team leaders will notify parents of any ongoing issues. If the behavior occurs outside of the classroom, if your offenses are repetitive, or if the incident interferes with the learning of other students, you may be sent to the office. Students who exhibit behaviors that are outside of our Core Values and Behavior Expectations will be subject to consequences. Consequences will often involve a conversation about your role in the incident and options for solving the issue or engaging in learning opportunities. Actual consequences for any given incident may vary based on the circumstances surrounding the incident. Parents will be notified as necessary depending on the offense.

     

    A Sample List of Behaviors that will be addressed by Teachers or Administrators

    • Intentional Disruption/Disrespect of others
    • Careless, hurtful remarks, rudeness, teasing
    • Encouraging peer aggression, bullying or harassment
    • Bullying or Harassment (includes cyber- bullying with cell phones or the internet)
    • Threats /Hate symbols and Hate speech
    • Cheating/Plagiarism
    • Stealing/damaging school/student/adult property
    • Unsafe/Inappropriate physical interactions (pushing, hitting, etc.)
    • Fighting/Attacking
    • Inappropriate Cafeteria Behavior
    • Inappropriate/Unsafe Bus Behavior
    • Use/Possession/Sale of Drugs/Alcohol or other Substances or Paraphernalia
    • Possession of Weapons/Making/Using an object as a weapon
    • Misuse of Electronic Devices/Cell Phones/Internet/Social Media

     

    Use of Phones 

    No phone calls are to be made during school hours without permission of school personnel.

     

    Electronic Devices

    Please see the district website at https://www.sharon.k12.ma.us/Page/291 for the full disclosure on electronic devices. Extra-educational electronic devices brought to school from home by students, including but not limited to: cell phones,  video or tape recorders, cameras, MP-3 players, hand-held video-game systems, CD and/or DVD players, portable radios or televisions, are not to be turned on, used or visible during the school day unless written or verbal permission is granted by an administrator. Electronic devices for educational purposes including but not limited to: smartphones, tablets or laptops may be brought into school but may only be used during instructional time with the express permission of the teacher and building administration, and in accordance.

     

    Since cell phones are the most common of the accessories, they must be turned off before entering the building (and in cases of inclement weather, must be turned off when exiting the cafeteria and/or gym upon the beginning of the school day).  It is strongly suggested that students, as well as parent(s)/guardian(s), be aware of some of the school’s concerns with regard to their use including: text messaging, emailing, Instagram, cheating (See Cheating and Plagiarism), taking photographs, recording video or any social media apps/websites. None of these actions are sanctioned by the school, and no form of photography or video recording is permitted on school property, or on school-provided transportation, as such owners of cell phones should be cognizant of the legal difficulties that improper use can present.

     

    Air Pods/Ear-buds/Phones Prohibited

    Wireless Air pods or other wireless ear-buds or headphones are prohibited.   There have been concerns and issues of students using these secretly.  The significant expense and potential disruption and has made the decision to leave these devices home.

     

    Students found using any of the aforementioned electronic devices in violation of this policy will be subject to the following consequences:

     

                - First offense:              Item confiscated and returned to student at the end of the school day

                - Second offense:          Item confiscated and parent/guardian is required to retrieve the item

     

    Any subsequent offenses or non-sanctioned use of any electronic device by a student will be subject to additional disciplinary measures, including but not limited to suspension.

     

    It should also be noted that the school is not in any way responsible for lost or stolen property; therefore, it is our expectation that students who find items of value, such as electronic devices, return them to the office immediately.  Failure to do so will subject a student to the disciplinary consequences associated with being in possession of stolen property.  Legal consequences (as well as school consequences) are possible if any of these devices or computers is used to send or receive inappropriate or bullying messages.  No student should ever take a picture of someone without the person’s permission.  See Appendix A School District Policies and State Law

     

    Inappropriate Use of Photos/Videos

    Any student that requests inappropriate, revealing photos or videos of classmates or students who send or post revealing or inappropriate photos or videos will be suspended from school. The school will address any inappropriate communication through electronic devices. This behavior can happen at any time or any place and will be subject to school discipline issue as well as potentially a criminal issue.

     

    Dress and Apparel

    In order to ensure that the educational atmosphere at Sharon Middle School is as conducive to learning as possible, dress and apparel appropriate for a school setting are required at all times. This means that clothing or accessories that may present a health or safety problem are prohibited.  In addition, clothing/accessories that distract students from the regular learning environment are prohibited. This being said, students are encouraged to take pride in their personal appearance so that it reflects the qualities of appropriate dress and good grooming.

     

    The following list constitutes a sampling of items that the administration may consider inappropriate for a school setting, or potentially compromising to the health, safety, and well-being of others:

    • Chains, bandanas, metal spikes (including but not limited to: wrist/neck bands)
    • Clothing/apparel that depicts lewd, obscene, derogatory, degrading, sexual, violent, homophobic, or racist remarks, gestures, or activities
    • Clothing/apparel that promotes alcohol, tobacco, or drug use/paraphernalia
    • Students are expected to be neat and clean in appearance and to be dressed in a way that is appropriate for a learning environment.
    • Visible undergarments or underwear, or clothing that is see-through in nature, are not considered appropriate for school.
    • Any other item not listed herein which could be perceived as something that could pose a health risk to the individual, or endanger the safety or welfare of the individual or others in the building

     

    In the interest of being able to easily identify students and maintain a safe environment, hoods, hats, and other items that get in the way of being able to identify students (i.e. sunglasses) may not be worn in the building during the school day. Hoods will be required to be removed and hats may be confiscated. Legitimate religious articles are the only exception.

     

    Any student whose clothing/apparel is deemed potentially problematic or in violation of the dress and apparel guidelines as determined by a school administrator or other school official will be required to change into something appropriate. The administration will address dress code related concerns by having an administrator (or designated school official) of the same sex speak with the student in a private setting so that the student is not embarrassed.

     

    Celebratory clothing worn collectively by a group of people invited to a particular social event is strongly discouraged because it has a negative impact on our school culture and climate, and by its nature excludes students. It includes t-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, etc. that are given out at social events outside of school.

     

    Any school dress code enforcement actions should minimize the potential loss of educational time. Administration and enforcement of the dress policy shall be consistent with the Sharon Public Schools equity policies on race, gender, religion, and sexual orientation.

     

    Cafeteria Expectations

    Monthly lunch menus are posted in school. The price for these lunches is fixed and will be $3.25/3.50. Each family will receive information on how parents can set up a pre-paid lunch account with our school dining service so that students do not need cash to pay for lunch.

    The cafeteria should always be a safe and relaxed environment for everyone. All school rules and expectations apply in the cafeteria.  The following are specific guidelines that students must follow:

    1. Students should line up outside of the cafeteria and wait for a cafeteria supervisor to notify them that it is time for them to enter.
    2. Students should store their classroom materials and other personal items in the cubbies against the wall.
    3. Students may NOT save seats for others.
    4. Students must be respectful in the food server area, waiting for their turn in line, and not touching food that does not belong to them or that they are not purchasing.
    5. Students must clean up AFTER THEMSELVES.
    6. Students will take turns cleaning the table based upon the number posted daily without switching seats;
    7. Students must ask for permission from a cafeteria supervisor to leave the cafeteria, including for restroom/water.
    8. Students will take turns sitting in the outdoor patio at the discretion of the cafeteria supervisors.  Prior cafeteria behavior will be a factor in this determination.
    9. A cafeteria supervisor will dismiss students once their table and floor area is cleared.
    10. Please do not bring cakes, cookies, brownies, candy and other items for celebration of birthdays and holidays.
    11. If you have a food allergy, please contact our Food Service Director to address any concerns. Sharing of food in the cafeteria and other places in the building is strongly discouraged due to the number of food allergies. 

    The student practice of bringing cakes, cookies, brownies, candy and other items for celebration of birthdays and holidays is strongly discouraged in the cafeteria as it is counter to the spirit of our District Wellness Policy, it places students with allergies at potential risk, it creates a mess at the table, and finally it creates a climate of exclusion as frequently not all students at a table or section of the cafeteria are included in the celebration.

     

    Please note that our cafeteria staff makes every effort to avoid food products containing peanut or sesame, but we cannot guarantee that our food is allergen free.  If your child has a food allergy, please contact our Food Service Director, Molly Van Cott to address any concerns. Sharing of food in the cafeteria and other places in the building is strongly discouraged due to the number of food allergies. 

     

    Monthly lunch menus are posted in school. The price for these lunches is fixed and will be $3.25/3.50. Each family will receive information on how parents can set up a pre-paid lunch account with our school dining service so that students do not need cash to pay for lunch.

     

    For Complete Sharon Public Schools Anti-Bullying Policy see Appendix A: SCHOOL DISTRICT POLICIES AND STATE LAWS

     

     

    Teacher Issued Detentions

    Some teachers may choose to assign a lunch or after school detention rather than making an office referral. After school detentions will be held from 2:10–3:30 in a teacher classroom Monday or Wednesday when there is a late bus.

     

     

    Office Referrals, Detentions, and Suspensions

    After teachers have tried a variety of strategies for working with a student or if a student’s behavior warrants it, an administrator may be asked to intervene.  This intervention is called an office referral. Once a student is referred to the office, the Principal, Assistant Principal or a designee may assign a consequence including but not limited to an administrative/office detention.  Parents will be notified by phone of an after school detention or suspension. Letters will be sent home for all lunch detentions.

     

    Office/Administrative detentions will be served in the In-School Suspension room. The detention supervisor will maintain a quiet atmosphere so that the student can study or read.

     

    • Office detentions may be during lunch or after school.
    • During lunch detentions, students bring their lunches to the in-school suspension room and eat quietly separate from their classmates.
    • After school detentions are held from 2:10 – 3:45 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday in the in-school suspension room.
    • Each student will do his/her homework or read silently.
    • Students may not talk, engage in games or violate any accepted school guideline.
    • No visitors are allowed in office detention.
    • A 24-hour notice is given to students for all assigned teacher or office detentions.

     

    Detentions may also be held on additional afternoons with prior parent notification to arrange transportation home for the student.  Detention takes priority over extra-curricular activities and all personal plans – with the exception of previously scheduled medical appointments.

     

    Cheating and Plagiarism

    Honesty is a school value at Sharon Middle School, and it should be assumed that cheating and plagiarism are not acceptable.  As such, it cannot be reiterated enough that students need to clearly understand what constitutes cheating and/or plagiarism.  The most common forms have been listed below:

     

    • Looking at another student ‘s paper during an exam, test, quiz, or other form of assessment;
    • Carrying information into an exam, test, quiz, or other form of assessment with the intent of using it inappropriately;
    • Receiving information (by any means) during an exam, test, quiz, or other form of assessment;
    • Copying another student’s work to complete an assignment;
    • Providing unapproved information to another student (by any means) during an exam, test, quiz, or other forms of assessment;
    • Sharing materials for the purpose of using them inappropriately to complete an assignment;
    • Plagiarizing or taking credit for work that is not your own, such as copying another student’s work, a textbook, or an internet source while not giving credit to where you got the information (see Sharon Public Schools. Grades 6-12, Research and Writing Guide).

     

    In light of the efforts that the faculty and staff routinely make to educate students about the inappropriateness of cheating and/or plagiarism, it is incumbent upon students to ensure that dishonesty will not be suspected when they submit or complete an assignment. 

     

    Therefore, students are strongly encouraged to seek out their teachers and to ask questions about the use of content or materials that may call into question the authenticity of a student’s final submitted work.  Parents and guardians also need to be cognizant of the fact that while the school certainly encourages and understands efforts at home to guide, assist, and support the learning process, a student’s final submitted work should be reflective of his/her current knowledge and ability level, as anything submitted by a student that seems contrary to what a teacher has become familiar with from the student makes it difficult for a teacher to accurately assess the academic progress of the students. 

     

    Cheating and plagiarism violate our school value of honesty and our school Code of Conduct. A person who cheats not only harms the person who is doing the cheating, it will lead to school consequences.  Please see the Chart of Consequences. Additionally, in all cases, a student will receive a grade of zero (0) on the assignment or form of assessment. He/ She will be required to discuss the impropriety at a meeting with his/her parent(s)/guardian(s) and the appropriate administrator.

     

    Suspension

    Suspension from classes means that a student has behaved in a manner that has caused the principal or assistant principal to suspend the student’s right to participate in the educational process for part of a day, one full day, or sometimes even longer.  Suspension is given for those situations where the student has shown, by his/her behavior, the need to be separated from the rest of the school population. 

     

    In-School Suspension (ISS) is held in a room in or near the main office. Students are supervised at all times and teachers will provide appropriate work for the time that a student will be in suspension.   Students may also be asked to do work related to the infraction. 

     

    Out-of-School Suspension (OSS) is served by the student at home.  A reentry meeting involving the parent/guardian and the student may be required when a student returns to classes from either the ISS or OSS. Notice to the parents of the suspension will occur before the student may be asked to leave school for an OSS. Students will be told the length of the suspension when it is initiated – unless further investigation is required to determine the seriousness of the offense. If an administrator has reason to believe that a suspension will not be an effective deterrent to future misbehavior, an alternative plan such as a behavior contract will be developed that involves significant parental involvement. This plan will be finalized with team, guidance counselor and parental input.  (See additional information about suspensions in the district policy section.)

     

    A student who engages in any of the behaviors listed below will be suspended from school for a period of time lasting no less than ten (10) school days.  The student will also be subject to an expulsion hearing.  An immediate referral to the police department will be made which may result in court appearances and further court ordered discipline.

    In-school suspension is not an option for the behaviors listed below: 

    • Using, possessing, distributing, or selling controlled or banned substances or items purported to be controlled or banned substances, including but not limited to: drugs, alcohol, dangerous weapons, and pyrotechnics (see Substance Abuse and Expulsion)
    • Arson, or starting a fire
    • Assaulting or threatening serious bodily harm to a member of the faculty, staff or other adult persons authorized to be on school property (see Chapter 71, section 37H and 37H 1/2)
    • Any assault or threat of violence that disrupts the operation of the school and/or requires the intervention of the police or other law enforcement.

     

    The Principal retains the right and responsibility to all students and staff to issue penalties for acts not stated herein, to examine any mitigating factors that - in the Principal’s judgment - should be considered, and to utilize penalties stated herein as guidelines (which may be adjusted to reflect the seriousness of the conduct in question).  Furthermore, though progressive discipline is generally used, the Principal reserves the right to apply all provisions of this handbook consistent with what he/she determines to be in the best interest of the learning environment and educational processes in the school.

     

    In all cases, the decision of the administrators may be appealed.  See the appeal process in the Student Handbook.

     

    Due Process

    Before a student is suspended from the middle school for ten days or less, the student has the right to receive:       

    1. Oral or written notice of the charges and evidence against him/her.
    2. The opportunity to present his/her side of the story to an administrator

     

     

    Expulsion

    Please see Appendix A

     

    Behavioral Contract Restrictions

    Students who receive 5 referrals due to inappropriate behavior will be considered for placement on a behavioral contract.  A behavioral contract is a clear set of guidelines specifically written for the individual student.   It takes effect immediately upon the student’s meeting with his/her team or with an administrator to discuss the contract.  It will indicate the steps that the student needs to take for the period of time that he or she is on this contract.  Repetitive or serious behavioral incidents that occur within classroom as well as those dealt with by school administrators may also trigger the immediate start of a contract. Teachers will notify parents/guardians and administrators of any ongoing concerns.  A letter and a copy of the contract will be sent home.  Upon receipt of the letter, the parent/guardian may contact the school secretary to arrange for a conference with the team. 

     

     

    Any suspension from school will result in a Behavior Contract Restriction. During the time covered by the contract, the student will not be allowed to participate in any extra-curricular activities (sports, musical, dances, etc.), or attend any field trips.  All behavior contract /restrictions due to suspensions will remain in place for the entire school year.  These suspensions will result in the student becoming ineligible for all off campus trips.  (E.g. 8th grade Washington D.C. )  additionally, any student who is placed on two separate contracts during the course of an academic year will be unable to participate in any school-wide activities or field trips.

     

    At the end of the contract:

    • If the contract is fulfilled, then the behavioral issue is deemed corrected and the student is eligible to participate in all school activities;
    • If the contract is violated, then an administrator or the team will meet with the student to process the violation. The contract will be extended for an additional 5 school days and other steps may be put in place to assist the student in making progress.  Parents/guardians will be notified of the extension and any changes to the contract;
    • If a second contract extension is required, then an in-school suspension will occur. In addition, a meeting will be held with the student, parent/guardian, team member and an administrator to discuss the student’s lack of progress. 

     

    NOTE: An administrator, in conjunction with team members, may review academic status or behavioral offenses for a student based on extenuating circumstances that may arise.  The school administrators reserve the right to review the behavior or academic record of any student and to make adjustments and accommodations to his/her participation in school activities.

    Related Conduct Code Information, Policies, Regulations, and Laws Smoking and Smokeless Tobacco

    (ADC)
    The use of any e-cigarette product and paraphanellia is prohibited on school grounds and vehicles as well as school-sponsored events.  These products include but are not limited to nicotine, tobacco, marajuana, or any other substance used with the e-cigaretter device.  Students should not possess any nicotine or tobacco products, including juul pods of any kind or flavor, e-cigarettes, or variations thereof. Students found to be in possession of nicotine or tobacco product will have the product confiscated and turned over to a parent/guardian.
    Additionally, any student found to be vaping or smoking, or to be selling or distributing nicotine or tobacco products will be subject to the following disciplinary consequences:

    1st offense:2nd offense:3rd offense:

    Three (3) day out-of-school suspension
    Five (5) day out-of-school suspension
    Five (5) day out-of-school suspension and mandatory enrollment in a smoking cessation program

    Tobacco and nicotine products include, but are not limited to: cigarettes, e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, cigars, cigarillos, pipes, hookahs, bidis, and kreteks.
    Students who are willing to participate in, and complete, a smoking cessation program upon a first or second offense finding may have their suspensions reduced by one (1) school day. In light of the fact that some individuals may have difficulty refraining from smoking, the school will work with local health organizations to provide referrals for students and staff to smoking cessation programs, and to offer such programs on-site as need and interest dictate.

    Chart of Consequences

    In cooperation with parents and staff, the following chart of consequences was developed to set guidelines for dealing with inappropriate behaviors. Actual consequences for any given incident may vary based on the circumstances surrounding the incident. The goal at all times is to assist students, who have made a mistake or have behavioral difficulties, to understand why the behavior causes problems for themselves or for other students and to help them to make better choices in the future. Teachers or team leaders will notify parents of any ongoing issues. If the behavior occurs outside of the classroom, if the student’s offenses are repetitive, or if the incident interferes with the learning of other students, he/she may be sent to the office.

     

    The process for office referrals includes: removal of a student from the class (if behavior is disruptive), a written intervention form from the staff member who reports the incident, a written response from the student explaining the incident in his/her words, and a meeting between an administrator and the student.  If additional information is required or an investigation needed, consequences will not be assigned until further details have been determined. A guidance counselor may also participate in discussions with the student. Parents are notified in writing of all office referrals and may receive a phone call when appropriate. The superintendent will be notified of all suspensions. Following certain incidents of a serious nature involving violence or a concern relative to any child’s safety, an administrator may require an emergency psychological evaluation before a student is allowed to return to school.

     

     

    BEHAVIOR

    CONSEQUENCE

    1

    Careless, hurtful remarks,

    1st offense / mild: warning

     

    rudeness, lying

    2nd offense / moderate: lunch detention

     

     

    3rd offense / serious incident: after school detention

     

     

     

    2

    Teasing

    Consequences depend not only on the number of times the behavior has occurred but also on the seriousness of the incident itself. A first-time occurrence can require more serious, immediate consequences.

     

    Encouraging peer aggression, bullying or harassment

    Consequences will range from lunch detention to out of school suspension and police involvement depending on the nature of the incident.

     

    Bullying / Verbal or written harassment / threat / hate symbols and speech (includes cyber- bullying with cell phones or the internet)

    Consequences depend on the situation, but may result in in-school or out of school suspension. Police will be notified of any incident of a threat, bullying or harassment. See additional information in the district policy section. Parents/guardians of the victim and bully are notified in all cases.

     

     

     

     

    3

    Cheating / plagiarism

    Parents/guardians are notified in all cases.

     

    (includes copying homework; see additional info below)

    1st offense: Both the student who cheats / copies the work, as well as the student who allows it, receive zeroes on the assignment, project or assessment.

     

     

    2nd offense: Students involved receive a zero and after school detention

     

     

     

    3rd offense: Students involved receive a zero and an in-school suspension. A meeting is held with the parent/guardian, student, and an administrator / teacher.

     

     

     

    4

    Stealing/damaging school property

    Restitution required and parent/guardian contact made for all offenses; police are notified.

     

    Stealing/damaging someone else’s property in school

    1st offense: in school suspension

     

    (This includes stealing food or drink from the cafeteria.)

    2nd offense: out of school suspension; meeting with parent/guardian & student held with administrator

     

     

     

    5

    Pushing, hitting, tripping, wrestling (physical aggression)

    Varies depending on the severity of the incident – will range from 2 lunch detentions to suspension

     

     

     

    6

    Fighting (physical aggression/attack)

    Student(s) is (are) placed immediately in ISS; parent/guardian is contacted.

     

     

    1st offense: 3-5 days in-school suspension

     

     

    2nd offense: 5-10 days out of school suspension; reentry meeting required with parent/guardian, administrator, and student

     

     

    3rd offense: 10-15 days out of school suspension; reentry meeting required with parent/guardian, administrator, and student; possibility of expulsion

     

     

    Police involvement may occur with any incident.

     

     

    Note: any student involved in the fight is suspended; students are expected to notify an adult and not to retaliate or to participate for any reason.

     

     

     

    7

    Inappropriate lunch behavior

    removal from lunch

     

    (throwing/purposely dropping/spilling food/drinks)

    1st offense: lunch detention

     

    (taking other students’ food or selling one’s food)

    2nd offense: 2 lunch detentions

     

    (running/cutting in line)

    3rd offense: after school detention

     

    (refusing to clean up)

     

     

     

     

    8

    Bus behavior

    1st offense: warning / lunch detention or after school detention depending on the type of offense

     

    (See more details in the district policy section of the handbook.)

    2nd offense: after school detention and possible loss of bus privilege for up to 10 days

     

     

    3rd offense: 3 – 5 days in school suspension; loss of bus privilege for up to 10 days

     

     

     

    9

    Dress code

    1st offense: warning

     

    (See more details below.)

    2nd offense: lunch detention

     

     

    3rd  offense: half day in-school suspension

     

     

     

    10

    Weapons/drugs

    See the district policy section of the handbook.

     

    Note: Any toy replica of a weapon, knife or similar implement is NOT allowed and will be confiscated.

    If a replica or model of a weapon is needed for drama or for a presentation, a parent/guardian must bring the article to the office and pick it up at the end of the day or when it is no longer needed.  A teacher must make prior arrangements with an administrator before the article can be brought to the school.

     

    Special Needs Discipline Policy

    Special Needs Students: With the respect to removal of students with special needs from public school, Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 71B, Section 3 states: "No School Committee shall refuse a school-age child with special needs admission to, or continued acceptance in public school without prior approval of the Department of Education."

     

    No child shall be denied an alternative form of education approved by the Department. For the purposes of this statute, the Department of Education has developed procedures which protect students with special needs from suspension of more than 10 cumulative days in a school year. However, nothing in these procedures is intended to limit the provisions of Section 331 of the Chapter 766 regulations for emergency evaluation and placement in instances of dangerously assaulting or self-abusive behavior..."

    1. The Individual Education Program (I.E.P.) for every special need’s student will indicate whether the student can be expected to meet the regular discipline code or if the student's handicapping condition requires a modification. Any modification will be described in the I.E.P.
    2. The principal or designee will notify the Student Services office of the suspendable offense of a special needs student. Records will be kept of such notices.
    3. When it is known that the suspension(s) of a special needs student will accumulate to more than ten days in a school year, a review of the I.E.P. as provided in Section 333 of the Chapter 766 regulations will be held to determine the appropriateness of the student's program. The team will make a finding as to the relationship between the student's misconduct and his/her handicapping condition and either:
    4. Design a modified program for the student, or
    5. Write an amendment to provide for the delivery of special education services during the suspension and any needed modification of the I.E.P.

     

    In addition, the Department of Education will be notified as required by law, and the procedures promulgated by the Department of Education for requesting approval of the alternative plan will be followed.

     

     

    Sharon Middle School Substance Abuse Policy 

    Statement of Intent

    Sharon Middle School recognizes the right of every student to a school environment that is drug and alcohol free. This substance abuse policy is part of a comprehensive effort by the Sharon School Department to protect that right by preventing the illegal use and abuse of drugs, alcohol, and mood- or mind-altering substances by students. It is the intent of the Sharon Schools that the School Department responds swiftly and firmly to all violations of the policy with disciplinary procedures and/or rehabilitative efforts that are positive, compassionate, and individualized.

    1. to involve the student, parent(s), or guardian(s) in efforts to help the student;
    2. to discipline summarily any student found to have violated the substance abuse policy;
    3. to inform the Chief of Police or his designee of the violation.

    The Sharon Middle School continues to provide, without penalties, assistance to any student voluntarily seeking drug and alcohol treatment and advice.  This policy applies to students in the middle school.

     

    Sharon Public Schools Substance Abuse Policy 

    Part I

    Types of ‘substances’

    For the purpose of this policy, the word "substance" includes alcohol, drugs, and mood- or mind-altering substances. It may also include paraphernalia that may be used in the sale or use of drugs. The use, possession, distribution, or sale of such substances, including alcohol, is a statutory offense, punishable by law. Since this is a legal matter, students, parents, and citizens of our community must recognize that neither the school nor the students have any immunity from the law regarding such substances. If illegal possession or sale is discovered on school property, the administration must notify the Sharon Police Department, and the suspected material or substance must be turned over to the Police. Parents will also be notified and the offending student will be given due process rights.

     

    Prescription and Over-the Counter Medications

    A student possessing or using prescription or over-the-counter drugs, medicines, or controlled substances on school premises for the treatment of an existing medical condition will not be considered in violation of the substance abuse policy. However, the use or possession of such prescription and over-the-counter drugs must be in accordance with our medication policy. All prescription and non-prescription medications must be given to the school nurse in a pharmacy-labeled container. Parents must also provide a written order from the prescribing physician and written permission for their child to take the medication.

     

    Students Seeking Voluntary Drug/Alcohol Assistance

    The school will provide, without penalties, assistance to any student who voluntarily comes forward seeking drug and alcohol treatment/advice. Such student must not be currently in violation of the Substance Abuse Policy. School personnel will:

    1. immediately consider the best possible means of helping the student, including the use of members of the school staff, student services, team conferences, or private and community resources;
    1. involve the parent(s) and/or guardian(s) as soon as appropriate as an important factor in helping the individual student;
    2. give the student the opportunity to make up any schoolwork missed.

     

    Consequences for Violating the Substance Abuse Policy

    Any student found by the principal of the school or by his assistant or designee to have violated the substance abuse policy will be subject to the following administrative actions:

     

    First Offense:

    • If a student is found to be under the influence of a substance, including alcohol, the parent or guardian will be called to remove the student immediately from school property, and the police will be notified. If the student's parent(s) or guardian(s) cannot be reached or, if reached, are unwilling or unable to pick up the student, the police department shall be apprised of the facts and requested to take protective custody of the student.

     

    • A student found to be in violation of the Substance Abuse policy will be suspended from school for ten school days (except as outlined in number 3 below). During the period of suspension, the student will lose credit for all schoolwork missed, including examinations, and will not be allowed to make up the lost credits.

     

    • The parent(s) or guardian(s) and student must meet with the principal and/or assistant principal and appropriate staff the following school day for the purpose of determining a specific plan for monitoring the student's subsequent behavior and securing appropriate rehabilitative action. At this meeting various options for substance abuse counseling will be presented and discussed.  These may include referral to outside agencies.  If the student and his of her parent(s) agree to participate in such counseling/rehabilitative program, the suspension period will be reduced automatically to five school days.  The parent(s) or guardian must present documentation that plans have been made for the student to participate in counseling/rehabilitative program before the end of the five-day period or suspension will continue for the full ten days.

     

    • If the parent or guardian does not cooperate with school authorities in the adoption and execution of a specific plan for monitoring the subsequent behavior of their child or ward, school authorities may file a "Child in Need of Services" petition with the Juvenile Court of the Stoughton District Court, alleging (as the case may require) that the child lacks the proper attention of his/her parent or guardian, or that the child's parent or guardian is unwilling, unable, or unavailable to provide the needed care, discipline, or attention that the child's behavior warrants. Such a petition may seek an order directing that the Department of Children and Families be notified and summoning the student and parent or guardian to appear before the Court to show cause why the child should not be committed to the custody of the Department of Children and Families. The Sharon School Department may also petition the Court for other orders as appropriate.

     

    Subsequent Offenses:

    • If a student is found to be under the influence of a substance, including alcohol, the parent or guardian will be called to remove the student immediately from school property, and the police will be notified. If the student's parent(s) or guardian(s) cannot be reached or, if reached, are unwilling to pick up the student, the police department shall be apprised of the facts and requested to take protective custody of the student.

     

    • A student found to be in violation of the Substance Abuse Policy for the second time within the academic year, will be suspended from school for a period of time as determined by the principal. The suspension will be for a period of no less than seven (7) days nor more than fifteen (15) days.  During the period of suspension, the student will lose credit for all schoolwork missed, including examinations, and will not be allowed to make up the lost credits.

     

    • For a subsequent offense, the student will be subject to exclusion from school for the remainder of the school year. The student will be allowed to return to school at the commencement of the next school year, but only under the conditions as the Principal may determine.

     

    • School authorities may file a "Child in Need of Services" petition with the Juvenile Court of the Stoughton District Court, alleging (as the case may require) that the child lacks the proper attention of his/her parent or guardian, or that the child's parent or guardian is unwilling, unable, or unavailable to provide the needed care, discipline, or attention that the child's behavior warrants. Such petition may seek an order directing that the Department of Children and Families be notified and summoning the student and parent or guardian to appear before the Court to show cause why the child should not be committed to the custody of the Department of Children and Families. The Sharon School Department may also petition the court for any other order it deems appropriate

     

    Part II

    Sharon Secondary School Substance Abuse Policy

    Procedures

    These procedures are to be considered part of the Sharon Secondary School Substance Abuse Policy and shall be followed whenever school personnel shall have reason to suspect that a student is in violation of the Substance Abuse Policy. These procedures will be followed for both first and subsequent offenses.

    • Notify the principal.
    • Question the student.
    • Conduct a search, if it is warranted.
    • Confiscate substances.
    • If a violation of the Substance Abuse Policy has occurred, initiate administrative action. (See "Consequences for Violating the Substance Abuse Policy".)
    • Provide a written report to the Superintendent of Schools and the offending student.
    • Schedule a hearing before the School Committee, if the violation is a second or subsequent offense.

     

    1. Procedures for Notifying the Principal: Whenever a teacher or member of the staff of the school has reason to suspect that any student is under the influence of, possesses, or intends to distribute drugs, alcohol, or mood or mind-altering substances (as defined elsewhere in this policy), the teacher of staff member will immediately notify the building principal.

     

    1. Procedures for Questioning the Student: The principal or his designee will immediately inform the student of the accusation and ask the student whether the accusation is true. If the student denies the accusation, the principal will repeat the nature of the evidence against him/her, and inform him/her that he/she may, if desired, present his/her side of the story.

     

    If the student's explanation satisfies the principal that the student has not violated the substance abuse policy, the incident will be closed without penalty.

     

    If the student's explanation does not satisfy the principal that the student has not violated the substance abuse policy, the principal will question the student to ascertain:

    • the kind and amount of substance involved;
    • when, where, from whom, and under what circumstances the substance was obtained:
    • if, when, and where such substance was last consumed and in what quantity;
    • whether the student still has in his possession or has in his immediate control, more of such substance;
    • when, where, to whom, and under what circumstances such substance may have been sold or distributed.

                                                                           

    If the student is found to be so under the influence that it appears that he/she is not capable of understanding or responding to the accusation, the pupil's parent(s) or guardian(s) shall be called, given an explanation of the charges and condition of the student, and told that a hearing before the principal will be held the next school day at a specified time and place for the purpose of giving the student the opportunity to tell his/her side of the story.

     

    1. Procedures for Conducting a Search: The student's locker, any area under his/her immediate control, and his or her person will be searched whenever there is cause or reason to believe that the student has in his/her possession any substance or item, the possession of which constitutes a criminal offense under the laws of Massachusetts. The search of the student's person will be made by the principal, assistant principal, or designee of the principal who is of the same sex as the alleged suspect and in the presence of a third party, also of the same sex as the alleged suspect.

     

    1. Procedures for Confiscating Substances: School authorities shall seize and retain substances as follows:
    • The principal or his/her designee, in the presence of another staff member, shall place the evidence into a container or envelope for safekeeping. This container shall be labeled with the date and time of seizure; a visual description of the contents; and the signatures of both the administrator and witness.
    • The Sharon Police Department shall be notified immediately.
    • The principal shall safeguard all substances until turned over to the police department for analysis, at which time the principal shall receive a receipt for all substances so transferred.
    • Whether a student found in possession of a substance shall be subject to criminal action shall be determined solely by the Sharon Police Department.

     

    1. Procedures Upon Determination that a Violation Has Occurred. If the principal is convinced that the pupil has violated the Substance Abuse Policy, or if the student elects not to give his/her side of the story, the principal shall:
    • immediately initiate disciplinary and/or rehabilitative administrative actions as outlined elsewhere in this Policy (See Part I, "Consequences for Violating the Substance Abuse Policy");
    • immediately notify the Superintendent of Schools that a violation of the Substance Abuse Policy has occurred;
    • immediately notify the Chief of Police or his designee of the violation.
    • prepare and deliver to the Superintendent and the offending student a complete, detailed written report setting forth the evidence, how the evidence was obtained, the conclusions of the principal; the disciplinary and/or rehabilitative action initiated; and the place where the evidence is being safe-guarded. Such written report shall be delivered to the Superintendent and the student as soon as is reasonably practical.

     

    1. Procedures for Scheduling a Hearing for a Subsequent Offense. In the case of a second or subsequent offense, a written notice shall also be served on the pupil and his/her parent(s) or guardian(s) scheduling a hearing before the School Committee for the purpose of determining whether he/she should also be expelled from school and informing them that the student may be represented by an attorney of his/her choice. The hearing before the School Committee shall be scheduled at the earliest possible date approved by the Superintendent of School.

     

    NOTE:  In the interest of insuring a drug-free environment and adhering to all regulations and policies related to the school's zero tolerance for the possession and use of any illegal substances, the administration may conduct periodic searches of the school and the school grounds.  Such searches will be made in cooperation with the Sharon Police Department and may utilize drug-detection dogs as a means of indicating reasonable suspicion of the presence of illegal substances in student lockers and bags.  Students found to be in possession of illegal substances as a result of such searches will be subject to the penalties contained in the Sharon School Committee's Substance Abuse Policy.  (See Above)

     

    Please note that rights not granted to Sharon Middle School through this handbook may in fact still be granted to the school under the Massachusetts General Laws.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    APPENDIX A

     

    SCHOOL DISTRICT POLICIES

    AND

    STATE LAWS

     

     

    School Bus Rules and Regulations – Sharon Public Schools Policy EEAA

     

    Questions and Answers Re: Student Transportation System – Sharon Public Schools Policy EEAA-E

     

    SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS AND ACCOMMODATIONS – Sharon School Committee Policy IHBA

     

    SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND ASSAULT – Sharon Public Schools Policy ACAB

     

    NONDISCRIMINATION – Sharon Public Schools Policy AC

     

    STUDENT RECORDS REGULATIONS – Sharon Public Schools Policy JRA-R

     

    STUDENT SUSPENSION POLICY = Sharon Public Schools Policy JKD

     

    ELECTRONIC DEVICES - Sharon Public Schools Policy JICB

     

    HOME HOSPITAL EDUCATION – Sharon Public Schools Policy IHBF       

     

    HOMELESS STUDENTS – Sharon Public Schools Policy JFABD                                                       

    GENERAL POLICY FOR HOME EDUCATION – Sharon Public Schools Policy IHBG

    MALICIOUS DAMAGE TO SCHOOL PROPERTY = Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 266-Section 98

     PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – Massachusetts General Law Chapter 71, Section 69

    SMOKING ON SCHOOL PROPERTY - Sharon Public Schools Policy ADC

    PROHIBITION OF HAZING – Sharon Schools Policy JICFA

    SHARON PUBLIC SCHOOLS ANTI-BULLYING POLICY – Sharon Public Schools Policy JICFB

    Sharon Public Schools Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan