Student and Parent Responsibilities
For Middle and Upper School
A Prerequisite to Success
Regular and punctual attendance of classes is of paramount importance, not only for academic success, but also for developing good work ethics. School is a student's job, and a job cannot be done well if one is frequently absent or tardy. In order to help students be successful in school and in future endeavors, the following policies will apply.
Hours of Operation
The school buildings are open from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. every school day. The school cannot accept responsibility for students when teachers are not present to supervise them. Students should not arrive at school before 7:45 a.m. and must leave by no later than 3 p.m. unless they are involved in after-school athletics or activities. Students remaining on campus after 3 p.m. must be under the supervision of a teacher, tutor, or coach.
The school day begins promptly at 8 a.m. and all students are expected to be in their homerooms at that time. Middle School students must report to the gym lobby as soon as they arrive at school and must be in their homerooms before the 8 a.m. bell. (A warning bell rings at 7:55 a.m.) The school day ends at 2:45 p.m.
Late Arrival Policy
Students who are tardy to school should sign in at the main office. The Middle or Upper School Dean will determine whether to excuse a tardy; a note from a parent stating the reason is generally required. Tardies due to students' or parents' oversleeping will not be excused. An excused tardy may occur if a student has a doctor's or dentist's appointment, although the school urges families to schedule such appointments after school, if at all possible. If an appointment must be scheduled in the early morning, the parent should telephone the office in advance, and the student should bring a note from the doctor or dentist when arriving to school.
In the Middle School, five tardies will be considered equal to one absence for the purpose of determining Perfect Attendance Awards. Excessive tardies will result in disciplinary consequences.
Upper School students are allowed two unexcused tardies per semester. A third tardy will result in detention. Detentions and/or Saturday morning work details will be assigned for further tardies at the discretion of the Dean. Note that students who arrive after 8:20 a.m. without a valid reason may be penalized for skipping class.
Tardies to Classes: Unexcused tardies to classes during the school day will not be tolerated. In general, a detention will be assigned upon the third unexcused tardy, and the teacher and/or Dean may assign additional penalties at their discretion for habitual tardiness. Those who miss more than 10 minutes of a class without a valid excuse may be penalized for skipping a class.
Early dismissals are granted if a student is ill, if there is a family emergency, or if the parents have made a reasonable request for such a dismissal. Parents are urged to schedule doctor and dentist appointments after school whenever possible.
Upper School students who feel they need to leave school early because of illness must secure permission to leave from a teacher or the Dean, and report to the front office, where their parents will be telephoned. Middle School students who feel ill should report to the Middle School Dean before going to the office. Students will not be released from school without the permission of their parents.
Students who are planning in advance to leave school early should bring a note from their parents to the front office before school. The note should contain the time of the early dismissal, the purpose for leaving, and whether the student is to return to school. An early dismissal slip will be issued and the student will be allowed to leave class at the pre-arranged time. Upper School students must sign out at the office; parents of Middle School students must sign out their children.
Students who leave school without permission will be considered skipping school and may not be excused by their parents after the fact. Once a student arrives to school in the morning, he or she may not leave campus again until the end of the school day (or in the case of a senior, until his or her next free period), unless permission has been secured as outlined above.
Any time a student will not attend school, the parent should call and inform the school. If the absence is for illness, death of a family member, family emergency, and the like, the parent should call the front office. If the absence is for a family trip, planned in advance, the parent should call the Middle or Upper School Dean to discuss the absence as far in advance as possible. Please note that if at all possible, family trips should be planned to coincide with school vacations. If parents do not notify the school in advance of a trip, the school reserves the right to consider the absence unexcused.
Students are responsible for making up all work missed during an absence. If a student needs to get assignments to work on while he or she is at home sick, the school needs the request for assignments by 10 a.m. in order to allow time for teachers to receive and respond to the request.
If a student misses more than 20 days of school during the school year, Byrnes reserves the right to deny the student credit for his or her classes, unless there are extenuating health circumstances causing the absences. (Absences due to athletic contests or school-sponsored events will not be included in the 20-day limit.) The school will review such cases on an individual basis.
No student may participate in any extra-curricular activity or practice if he or she misses more than half of the academic day without approval of a Dean or the Headmaster.
In the case of inclement weather, unless announcements are made during school hours, families should watch television stations WBTW (Channel 13) or WPDE (Channel 15) or listen to radio station WJMX (AM 970) for announcements. When weather conditions cause dismissal during school hours, students who drive to school will be instructed to drive straight home, and parents of all other students will be called to pick up their children.
Rules and Expectations
Students at The Byrnes Schools are expected to conduct themselves with courtesy, honesty, and respect for themselves and others at all times. The rules enumerated below outline the general expectations of the school, but violations of the spirit as well as the letter of the policies will be taken into account when an apparent violation of the rules has taken place.
The Byrnes Schools operates on three tiers of rules; the more serious the offense, the more serious the consequence. In addition, repetition of minor offenses increases the seriousness with which the school regards the offense. All rules apply to students at any time they are on campus, in transit to and from school, on any school property, at any school function, or at any other time when students represent Byrnes. However, if Byrnes officials learn of egregious student conduct elsewhere, the school reserves the right to pursue the incident according to the school's rules and regulations.
In general, discipline for Middle and Upper School students resides in the hands of the administration and faculty.
Tier One Rules
Violation of Tier One rules will normally result in expulsion.
1. Possession, use, purchase, distribution, or transport of illegal drugs or illegally obtained prescription drugs or drug paraphernalia.
2. Possession, use, purchase, distribution, or transport of alcohol.
3. Possession of knives, explosives, firearms, or other weapons.
4. Physical, verbal, or written abuse of any faculty or staff member.
5. Hazing, defined as repeated physical or verbal abuse of another student, such that the student no longer feels safe at school. Any form of sexual harassment will be considered an act of hazing. (The complete official school policy on sexual harassment is contained in the Faculty Manual. Any student or parent may request a copy of the sexual harassment policy at any time. The Byrnes Schools complies with all state and federal statutes regarding harassment.)
6. The intentional use of explicit language which denigrates members of a racial, ethnic, or religious group, either individually or collectively.
7. Possession of school keys. If a student finds a school key, he or she should immediately turn it in to the Headmaster or Deans.
8. Wanton or willful destruction of school property or of the property of others.
10. Incompatibility, defined as flagrant or consistent defiance of the basic routine of the school.
11. Any actions away from school which might tarnish the good name of the school (for example, criminal activity).
Tier Two Rules
Violation of Tier Two rules will normally result in suspension, although particularly flagrant violations of Tier Two rules may result in expulsion. Other provisions of the penalty may include monetary restitution to the school, work detail (including weekends and vacations), letters of apology, loss of leadership positions, forfeit of positions on a school team, probation, etc. Repeated violations of these rules will be treated as a Tier One Offense.
1. Cheating - Generally, students who cheat on an exam, essay, test, quiz, or other kind of assignment will receive a zero for that assignment.
2. Lying to a faculty or staff member.
3. Forging a teacher's or parent's signature or changing grades on tests, interim reports, or other school material.
4. Insubordination, defined as willful disobedience to written or oral instructions of a faculty or staff member.
5. Skipping school, class, or Town Meetings, clubs, and other required activities.
6. Leaving campus without permission. Only seniors are allowed to leave campus during the school day, and only by properly signing out and in.
7. Possession or use of tobacco in any form.
8. Possession of non-prescription or prescription drugs without permission.
10. Being in an out-of-bounds area during the school day (8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.). Middle and Upper School students are expected to remain in the immediate vicinity of the three major buildings at all times. Off-limit areas include distant areas of the campus, the woods alongside the campus, the parking lot, and the Lower School. Students may go to the parking lot only if they have written permission from a teacher. Note: once a student arrives to school in the morning, he or she may not leave campus again until the end of the school day (or in the case of a senior, until his or her next free period), unless permission has been secured from the school to leave early.
11. Inappropriate sexual conduct.
13. Possession of fireworks.
14. Irresponsible use of technology. This includes using school computers or computer devices to visit inappropriate Internet sites, download inappropriate materials, send e-mail inappropriately, delete or alter software on school computers, and the like. It also includes using any computer or computer device in any location to sabotage school computers and networks, or to defame the school’s reputation or that of any member (faculty, student, parent, etc.) of the school community. See the Computer Acceptable Use Policy for more details.
15. Possessing a false identification.
Tier Three Rules
Violation of these rules may result in detention or work detail on weekends or vacations. Repeated violations of these rules, or an egregious violation of these rules, may cause the offense to be treated as a Tier Two or even Tier One violation.
1. Dress Code violation.
2. Excessive tardiness.
3. Public display of affection.
4. Food, drink, or gum chewing in any classroom building. (Food and drink are permitted only in the cafeteria; chewing gum is prohibited in all school buildings. Food to be consumed for lunch must be contained in a closed lunch box or lunch container and kept within the student’s locker.)
5. Inappropriate language or behavior which offends others or disrupts a learning environment.
6. Violation of other classroom rules established by a teacher.
Drug Abuse Policy
Byrnes acknowledges that substance abuse and chemical dependency are significant problems of concern for society at large and especially for adolescents. As an educational institution, Byrnes seeks to educate both students and parents about these problems and to help students who may have developed an addiction problem. Nonetheless, the school's first priority is to provide a safe environment and to facilitate successful completion of the school's curriculum.
Quite simply, substance abuse is incompatible with the educational process. For this reason, use of illegal substances or alcohol and use of prescription drugs without proper permission are listed as Tier One rules which generally result in expulsion.
By attending Byrnes, a student and his or her parents acknowledge the school's right to search his or her locker, car, possessions, or person at any time he or she is on campus, participating in a school activity, or otherwise representing Byrnes.
It has been the faculty's experience that drug and alcohol use rarely takes place on campus. Nevertheless, professionals are now in substantial agreement that drug or alcohol use on a regular basis, regardless of location or time, has an impact on the student's work and school life. If a student's behavior, personality, grades, or relationships with others change noticeably, resulting in marked change in functioning in school, the school will consult with parents, discuss the situation, and recommend counseling and perhaps diagnostic evaluation. If, after expressing concerns about drug involvement to the parents, those factors which initially were the cause for concern continue unabated, the administration may require a student to take a drug test. Such a test will be at the student's expense, and will not take place until the parents have been notified.
If the student tests positively, yet there is no direct evidence of drug possession or use at school, the student will be required to submit random drug tests throughout the remainder of his or her enrollment at Byrnes. If the student tests positively on a random test, he or she will be required to withdraw from school.
The school is in a difficult position in attempting to prevent student use and abuse of drugs and alcohol. School activities are always chaperoned, but the school is alsoconcerned about student gatherings not under school sponsorship. The faculty and administration appeal to parents not to support parties at which alcohol is served and to discourage unsupervised gatherings of young people where they might experiment with drugs or alcohol.
The school promotes educational programs about the dangers of drug and alcohol use and abuse, and is open to suggestions from parents and students for other preventative efforts.
"Today I give you two examinations, one in trigonometry and one in honesty. I hope you pass them both, but if you fail one, let it be trigonometry."
- Madison Sarratt, quoted on Vanderbilt University's website, www.vanderbilt.edu/HonorCouncil/honor.htm
The Byrnes Schools considers academic dishonesty to be of the utmost concern. Cheating is using or attempting to use unauthorized help on academic work that is submitted as one's own. It is also the giving of such assistance to others.
Cheating has occurred when a student:
· copies from a fellow student;
· uses words or ideas of others as his or her own (see plagiarism, below);
· receives unauthorized help from others;
· works together with another student on an assignment intended to be an independent effort; Unless a teacher specifically states otherwise, students may not copy homework from other students, nor may students work together on an assignment unless the teacher specifically authorizes them to do so.
· alters a teacher's grades or gradebook;
· uses unauthorized notes, study aids, cheat sheets, notes written on the hand, books, or other such information on an exam, test, or quiz; Note that any items which could be used for cheating - cheat sheets, etc. - will be considered prima facie evidence of cheating, whether or not the teacher actually observed cheating.
· glances at another student's paper during an exam, test, or quiz; or
· obtains or attempts to obtain unauthorized copies of exams, tests, or quizzes or the questions appearing on them.
Note that cheating has also occurred when a student:
· talks with other students about an exam, test or quiz he or she has taken which the others have not taken; or
· assists another student on an assignment in an unauthorized manner.
In these cases, the student giving the information or assistance may be penalized as severely as the student receiving the unauthorized information or assistance.
On first violation, cheating is considered a Tier Two offense (with the student usually receiving a suspension as part of the penalty), unless the case is particularly egregious, in which the violation can be treated as a Tier One offense (with the student being reviewed for expulsion). A second violation will result in a more severe penalty, and may be regarded as a Tier One offense.
Plagiarism is defined as the attempt to present the original words or thoughts of someone else as one's own. Plagiarism, according to Princeton University, is simply the "use of any source, published or unpublished, without proper acknowledgment." Using someone else's exact words or a paraphrase of his or her ideas without proper acknowledgment is plagiarism. When students plagiarize, they steal another's words or ideas, and then lie by claiming them as their own. Plagiarism is considered a form of cheating, a Tier Two offense. However, an especially serious plagiarism infraction, such as turning in as one's own an essay downloaded or purchased from the Internet, may be regarded as a Tier One offense.
Plagiarism is easier than ever to commit, as computers can readily be manipulated to copy and paste information from websites or CD-ROMS directly into one's text document. Any such copying - in which a sentence, paragraph, or even a whole paper is intentionally lifted from another source - constitutes a flagrant case of plagiarism and will be treated as a very serious cheating violation.
Avoiding plagiarism for the beginning writer can be tricky. An unskilled student might commit plagiarism by simply copying a short phrase word for word from another source without enclosing it in quotation marks and attributing it to the source. To help students fully understand this very important concept, English teachers work with students to train them in the proper methods of research and documentation. If a student is ever in doubt over whether something he or she is writing may be plagiarism, he or she should ask the teacher for clarification.
For more information, Princeton University has published a seminal pamphlet on academic integrity, which provides examples of plagiarism and explanations of how to avoid it. It is available on-line at www.princeton.edu/pr/pub/integrity.
To remind students of the importance of personal integrity in all academic pursuits, Byrnes students are now expected to write out and sign the Byrnes Honor Pledge on tests, essays, and other major assignments. The pledge is as follows:
“On my honor as a Byrnes student, I pledge that I have neither given nor received any assistance on this assignment.”
Teachers may also require students to write out and sign the pledge on minor assignments, such as quizzes or workbook exercises. Alternatively, teachers may ask students to write “Pledged” and sign their names on minor assignments.
Detentions are generally assigned for students violating Tier Three rules. The penalty is the student's loss of free time. To insure that the time is well spent, the student is usually required to perform a work detail. In the Upper School, detentions are served on weekdays from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. For more serious infractions, Saturday morning detentions may be assigned at the discretion of the Dean.
Students must serve their detention on the day assigned, unless they receive permission in advance from the Dean to change it. Serving a detention takes precedence over athletic practice, athletic contests, and off-campus employment. Seniors who do not have a sixth period class must return to school at 2:45 to serve their detention. Failure to report to detention will result in increased penalties.
In the Middle School, detentions follow the same general pattern as the Upper School.
Suspension is generally assigned for students violating Tier Two rules. Because Byrnes does not have a large staff that can provide in-school supervision for students serving suspension, all suspensions are to be served at home under the parents' supervision. While their student is suspended, Byrnes requests that parents plan to have an adult present at home or have their student participate in supervised community service with a local charity.
Students who are suspended are allowed to make up missed assignments. Teachers are not expected to re-teach any missed material to students who were absent from school because of a suspension.
Students may not participate in or attend athletic practice, athletic contests, or any other school-sponsored events on the day of their suspension. Suspended students are not permitted to come to the Byrnes campus or to attend a Byrnes off-campus activity or sporting event during the time of their penalty.
A student who is dismissed from school is no longer allowed to attend classes, receive academic credit, or participate in any activities sponsored by The Byrnes Schools. A dismissed student's transcript will reflect grades earned in his or her last completed semester. In addition, to facilitate matriculation at another school, Byrnes will provide current averages in classes taken during the semester in which the expulsion occurred.
A student who is dismissed within 20 days of the end of the semester may, at the Headmaster's discretion, take final exams separately from the rest of the students.
Re-Admission to Byrnes
Students who have been dismissed from Byrnes and have successfully completed one academic year (two complete semesters) at another institution without disciplinary problems may apply for re-admission.
Computer Acceptable Use Policy
Using Byrnes’ computer network and accessing the Internet through Byrnes computers is a privilege which comes with many responsibilities. Byrnes’ administration and faculty believe that the information available to students through computers and the Internet can provide students with a global perspective and can be an invaluable research and learning tool.
However, as there are countless pages of inappropriate material available to any user of the Internet, the school has procedures in place to restrict access to such materials and limit inappropriate use. It should be noted that control of all on-line activities is impossible. Therefore, all users who access the Internet through Byrnes are required to adhere to strict ethical and legal guidelines. The policies which follow address many areas of technology and its use and misuse. These must be adhered to by all Byrnes students. There are also lots of “gray” areas; students must learn to exercise common sense and apply high standards of conduct to ensure they comply with the letter and spirit of these provisions.
If Byrnes users violate any of these rules and regulations, their actions will be reviewed by the administration and appropriate punishments will be enforced. Punishments can include suspension or expulsion.
Computer and Internet Rules and Regulations
Before using Byrnes's computer network and before accessing the Internet through the school, students must sign the Byrnes Computer Acceptable Use Policy, promising to abide by the following rules and regulations:
1. Access to computers and the Internet from Byrnes must be in support of education and research. Students must refrain from accessing any newsgroups, links, listservs, or other areas of cyberspace that would be offensive to any students, teachers, or parents because of pornographic content; racial, ethnic, or minority disparagement; advocation of violence; or illicit/illegal content.
2. Byrnes does not permit the use of various free e-mail services such as hotmail, juno, lycos, etc., on its computers. In addition, accepting e-mail that does not enter through the Byrnes mail server is susceptible to viruses. Students are expected not to access these services from Byrnes' computers or network.
3. No software may be installed on a Byrnes computer, and no files of any type may be downloaded or copied without the explicit permission of the Byrnes’ computer teacher and system administrator, Ms. Mary Lou Finklea. This includes programs which conflict with the Byrnes network, such as Instant Messenger.
4. Byrnes has placed certain security restrictions on computers to protect its computer and network resources. Attempting to subvert or avoid the security restrictions is considered attempting to damage school property.
5. Students may not change or modify system configurations or control panels without the permission of the system administrator. Students may not deface, damage, or render inoperable a computer or its components or software.
6. Students may not use personal CD-ROMS, DVD’s, floppy disks, and other media without permission. If permission is secured, students must scan such media for viruses before each use.
7. Students are responsible for monitoring and appropriately rejecting materials, links, dialogue, and information accessed or received by them.
8. Students must accept responsibility for keeping copyrighted materials from entering the school via the Internet. Students therefore must not download software, games, music, graphics, videos, or text materials that are copyrighted.
9. Students must accept responsibility for using downloaded text in an appropriate manner. Violation of copyright laws will not be tolerated. Students will not post, distribute, or use without permission material that was created by someone else. Students are reminded that plagiarism is a form of cheating.
10. Students will be courteous and use appropriate language while using Byrnes' computer network or Internet access. Students therefore will refrain from swearing, or using any forms of obscene, harassing, or abusive language. Students who are a victim of such harassment must report the abuse immediately to the system administrator, a teacher, or the school counselor.
11. While using the Internet at Byrnes, students are not permitted to reveal personal information including addresses, telephone numbers, debit or credit card numbers, of themselves or others.
12. Using the Internet and electronic mail is not private. The system administrator has access to all Internet sites visited and e-mail sent or received by students.
Students who suspect a security problem related to Byrnes's computer network or on the Internet must notify the system administrator or a member of the administration immediately. Students may not demonstrate the problem to other students.
Any user legitimately identified as a security risk or with a history of problems with other computer systems may be denied access to the Internet through Byrnes’ computers and network. Any user attempting to maliciously harm or damage the data of another user or an area of the Internet will be denied access to the Internet through Byrnes. This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading of computer viruses.
Student use of the school network and the Internet should be reasonable and should be related to educational purposes or personal development. No commercial use of Byrnes’ network resources is permitted, nor may the network or Internet be used for illegal purposes. Please note that the system administrator and the Byrnes’ administration will determine what constitutes inappropriate use and that their decisions are final. The system administrator may close the access of any user at any time or restrict access to certain types of resources to ensure the best use of the network for the entire community.
Also note that the use of any computer, computer device, network, or Internet connection in any location to sabotage school computers and networks is strictly prohibited and may result in suspension or expulsion from the school. Likewise, the construction or manipulation of any website in any location to defame the school’s reputation or that of any member (teacher, student, parent, etc.) of the school community is forbidden as well and may also result in suspension or expulsion from the school.
School dress for all Middle and Upper School students should reflect the fact that students are at school for the purpose of education, not recreation. In effect, school is the students' "job," and they should be attired accordingly.
The code below reflects the school's sense of what is in good taste, but may not cover all situations. In addition, Byrnes students represent the school to the broader community whether they are on or off campus.
The overall expectation of all students is that their dress should be neat and modest. Students and parents are reminded that many items of clothing which may be appropriate in social settings are not appropriate for school. Prevailing fashions may not always reflect what the school considers appropriate. Students and parents are also reminded that Middle and Upper School students are highly visible to Lower School students and even serve as role models.
The school requests that parents help enforce the dress code by ensuring that students are appropriately attired before leaving home. Students not in compliance may be sent home to change. Classes missed during this time are considered unexcused.
The dress code applies all school day, until 2:45 p.m. It applies to all places on campus, including the gymnasium (with the exception of athletic attire, which is worn in physical education classes). Students are expected to use common sense for after school campus events: for example, boys may wear a hat at a basketball game, but may not wear earrings or clothing advertising alcohol to any school function.
1. All clothing should be clean and should not be torn or tattered.
2. Fatigues and camouflage clothes are not to be worn.
3. No clothing may be worn which promotes or advertises alcohol, tobacco, or drug use, nor may clothes display sexual references or innuendo.
4. Hair must be of a naturally occurring color. Radical hair styles are not permitted.
5. Hats and head coverings are not to be worn in the halls, classrooms, or cafeteria.
6. No exotic body piercing is allowed, nor are tatoos.
7. Long wallet chains may not be worn.
8. Beach and shower shoes are not permitted. All shoes must stay on the feet and not “pop” off while walking.
9. Students in Physical Education classes must have appropriate athletic dress and footwear. Students who do not have appropriate clothes will have their grade penalized.
The areas of greatest concern for boys are facial hair, hats, baggy pants, and visible undergarments. Boys must adhere to the following:
1. No facial hair is allowed.
2. Earrings and other exotic body piercing are not permitted.
3. Hair must be worn above the collar.
4. Excessively baggy pants which sag below the waist are not to be worn.
5. Proper undergarments must be worn at all times and must be completely covered by outer garments.
The area of greatest concern for girls is excessively revealing clothing. Girls must adhere to the following:
1. All shorts must reach the fingertips when arms are held at the side. All skirts must be long enough to cover appropriately. Any slits in skirts must stop at the fingertips when arms are held at the side.
2. All tops must cover appropriately. Bare midriff, strapless, backless, or spaghetti strap tops and blouses or shirts which are excessively low-cut in front are not allowed. Tank top straps must be at least two inches wide and must completely cover undergarments.
3. Proper undergarments must be worn at all times. Undergarments must be completely covered by outer garments. The back and midriff must be covered at all times. No see-through, transparent, or sheer fabrics through which undergarments can be seen may be worn on campus.
The following items may not be brought into the school building: cell phones, beepers, portable stereos, portable hand-held games, laser pointers, walkman-style tape or CD players, cigarette lighters, Cliff's Notes or other comparable items, and skateboards. Such items may be confiscated if brought to school. Cell phones must be left in cars during the school day, but may be carried by students on some athletic and field trips provided that permission is granted by a coach or teacher.
Middle School students must remain in the cafeteria during lunch. Upper School students may remain in the cafeteria, go outside (within the in-bounds area of the campus), or, if they remain quiet and studious, go to their lockers and study in a classroom (if a teacher grants permission) or the library (with the librarian’s permission). No student may bring food or drink into the classroom buildings, unless it is confined within a closed lunch box or lunch container and kept within the student’s locker. Students should remember that classes are held during both lunch periods, so it is important to remain quiet in the halls and around the windows of the buildings.
All students in the Middle and Upper School (except seniors, for whom it is a senior privilege to be exempt) perform lunch clean-up duty during the school year. Most students serve in this capacity for one or two weeks. During this time they sweep or mop the floor and clean countertops and tables. The Byrnes faculty believes that this school service helps inculcate within students a sense of ownership and pride in the school.
School-Sponsored Special Events
All non-athletic school-sponsored special events - dances, cookouts, field trips, outdoor activities, ski trips, foreign travel, and the like - whether sponsored by teachers, student organizations, or parent groups, must be approved in advance by the administration. This will ensure that the proposed activities are relevant to the school's mission, and that the logistics (dates, times, location, transportation, etc.) are practicable. All proposed activities need to be brought to the attention of the Middle or Upper School Dean or Headmaster at least four weeks in advance of the event.
All school-sponsored special events will be chaperoned. School rules are always in force during school-sponsored activities. It is imperative that students be on their best behavior while representing the school off-campus. Middle and Upper School students may be asked to dress up for a field trip, depending on the destination.
Off-Campus Field Trips and Overnight Trips
Off-campus field trips and overnight trips require that students return a permission slip signed by the parents. If a permission slip is not received before the trip, the student may jeopardize his or her attendance on the field trip.
While on overnight trips, whether for athletic teams, Explorers Club, Model UN, or any other purpose, students must follow the rules and curfews established by the chaperones. In addition to regular school rules, the following rules apply for all overnight trips:
1. Students violating Tier One or Tier Two rules will be sent directly home with the transportation cost being billed to the parent. The student will be subject to disciplinary action upon return to school. The penalty may include dismissal from the organization or team sponsoring the trip.
2. Any damage to a hotel room by a student will be paid for by the student. Any student making a long distance phone call from a hotel or using other hotel services is responsible for paying for the cost of such items.
Traffic Flow: Pick-up and Drop-off
The following traffic controls are in effect at all times: The traffic lanes immediately in front of the main building are one-way from the entrance at the gymnasium to the exit on the Lower School side of campus. The student parking area to the right of the gym (next to the football field) has two-way traffic. Students driving the wrong way on any school road will be subject to loss of driving privilege.
For maximum safety of all students, all drivers on campus must comply with the following rules:
1. Follow the campus speed limit: 10 miles per hour.
2. Obey the traffic signs (direction, stop, yield, do not enter, no parking, etc.)
3. Obey the faculty traffic monitor during morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up.
4. Parents wishing to come into the school must park in the designated parking places for visitors, not the curbside drop-off/pick-up lane.
5. All pedestrians must use crosswalks and designated walkways, not the driveways.
Driving Permits & Regulations
Driving to school is a privilege allotted to those ninth through twelfth grade students who have a valid South Carolina driver's license, have completed a parent permission form, and have purchased a $15 parking permit. The following regulations govern the conduct of student drivers on campus. A student driver who violates any of these regulations may lose his or her student driving privilege.
1. Parents must supply the Upper School Dean's office with the make, model, license plate number, year, and color of each vehicle their child will drive to school. If this information changes during the school year, parents must let the Upper School Dean's office know immediately.
2. Student drivers must be in good disciplinary standing. Any student who violates a Tier Two or Three rule may forfeit the student driving privilege.
3. Student cars must be parked in areas around the gymnasium designated for students. Students who park anywhere else on campus will receive a penalty, including the possible loss of the student driving privilege.
4. A student who drives to school may not transport another student in his or her car to or from school without the permission of both students' parents and the permission of one of the following: the Headmaster, Upper School Dean, or Athletic Director. Siblings, however, are permitted to ride to and from school with their brothers or sisters of driving age.
5. Student drivers must obey all road signs on campus to ensure the safety of children, teachers, parents, and guests. Students must drive slowly on campus, never exceeding 10 m.p.h., and paying particular attention to the fact that students frequently use the roadways as walkways to get around campus. Student drivers should particularly be careful to keep an eye out for Lower School children.
6. Student drivers may not be late for school. Students who violate this regulation will receive a penalty for tardiness. Those who are late repeatedly may lose their driving privileges.
7. Student drivers who are not seniors may not leave campus before 2:45 p.m., unless their parents have arranged for special permission with the front office (for routine doctor's appointments) or the Upper School Dean (for unusual circumstances) and the student driver has signed out in the front office.
8. The clipboard for signing out and signing back in is in the front office. When signing out and signing back in, students must sign for themselves; friends who are leaving campus together may not sign for each other.
9. Seniors in good standing with the school may leave the campus during lunch and during free periods, but they must sign out and sign back in with the front office, and they must be on time to any class they may have following their absence. From time to time, however, teachers may require individual seniors to remain on campus for part or all of lunch or during a free period for academic or disciplinary reasons. Tardiness to class will be treated the same way as a tardy in the morning. Seniors may also leave school after their last class. Seniors may not leave campus during morning break, Town Meetings, or Friday Clubs. Seniors may not at any time take an underclassman off campus during the school day, nor may they bring food back to campus for underclassmen.
10. Student drivers may not drive to extracurricular events away from school unless they have secured the permission of their parents and at least one of the following: the Headmaster, Upper School Dean, or Athletic Director.
11. The school reserves the right to revoke a student's driving privilege if the student fails to adhere to any of these regulations, or if the school has reason to believe the student has been driving recklessly on or off campus.
12. During the school day, students may not go to their cars for any reason without the permission of the Upper School Dean.
At the beginning of the year, the Middle and Upper School Deans assign lockers upon payment of a five dollar fee. Students are not allowed to share lockers, nor may they change to another locker. Lockers should be kept neat and clean at all times. Students may decide whether or not to use locks, but if a lock is used, it must be a combination lock, and the combination must be given to the Dean. Nothing should be attached to the outside surface of a locker. Damaging or defacing lockers is considered a serious offense.
All prescription medication must be turned into the main office with a note from the student's parents authorizing the school to dispense according to the instructions on the label. The office staff will not administer such medications at school unless they have proper authorization.
The school keeps non-prescription pain medication, such as Tylenol, on hand, but will not dispense it without permission of the parents.
Students who keep prescription medication in their possession or share it with other students are in violation of a Tier One rule and risk expulsion.
The telephone on the counter in the main office is for student use in the case of an emergency. All students must ask permission before using this phone. It is available for use only during lunch and break, not during class time.
Messages for Students
Parents generally should not plan on talking to their children during the school day. Ordinarily, classes will not be interrupted to deliver messages to students except in emergency situations.
Students are not allowed to have visitors on campus unless their parents have called the school to ask permission. All approved visitors must sign in at the main office and receive permission from the appropriate Dean. Visitors to campus who do not have appropriate permissions will be asked to leave. Students who have visitors to campus are responsible for their guests' behavior.