Disciplinary Protocols

Detention:

the time a student is assigned to stay after school for infractions of the student code of conduct. Detentions may be assigned by a teacher or administrator. Teacher-assigned detentions are served with teachers. Administrative detentions are served in Room 161 and become part of a student’s disciplinary record.

For a period of thirty minutes after school (2:30-3:00pm), the student is required to be academically occupied.

All detentions must be served when assigned.

Employment, athletic events or practices, club meetings, performances, rehearsals or other after school commitments do NOT exempt students from completing their assigned detentions.

Suspension:

  • The time that a student’s right to attend school is temporarily revoked. Suspensions may be internal or external. Internal suspension is served in Room 161. External suspension is served away from school grounds.
     
  • Students suspended from school for disciplinary reasons will be given the opportunity to make-up all announced academic work such as papers, quizzes, tests, readings.
     
  • Students who are suspended from school for disciplinary reasons and who miss labs or other work unique to the classroom experience may be given readings or other independent assignments as a substitute for the classroom learning.
     
  • Students on internal or external suspension may not participate in any school-sponsored activity (athletic practice or event, club meeting, rehearsal or performance) during the term of suspension.
     
  • Students on external suspension may not be on school grounds unless participating in a scheduled administrative appointment.
     
  • A suspension which begins prior to the lunch block will be counted as beginning that day; a suspension which begins during or after the lunch block will be counted as beginning the next school day. Snow days or other school cancellations will not count toward serving a suspension.

Dean/administrator responsibilities in cases involving suspension:

  • Due process procedures
     
  • Contact parent/guardian regarding disciplinary consequences
     
  • Process referral form and re-entry plan
     
  • Notification of student’s guidance counselor, teachers, administrators, liaison, athletic director or club advisor as necessary regarding the terms of the suspension
     
  • Request that academic assignments be forwarded to the main office for parent/guardian to pick-up in cases of external suspension, or to the Dean’s Office in cases of internal
    suspension
     
  • Schedule a re-entry meeting to include student, parent/guardian, dean, guidance counselor and other appropriate staff
     
  • Arrange for translation at meetings for students and/or parents/guardians whose primary language is not English.
     
  • Guidance counselor responsibilities in cases involving suspension:
     
  • Follow up with teachers to verify that assignments have been brought to the main office or Dean’s Office
     
  • Notify parent/guardian regarding availability of assignments in cases of external suspension.

Teacher responsibilities in cases involving suspension:

  • Promptly provide academic assignments to the main office for parent/guardian to pick-up in cases of external suspension, or to the Dean’s Office in cases of internal suspension.

Suspension re-entry procedures:

  • Students suspended for five days or longer must have a re-entry meeting before being readmitted to school at the end of the suspension. Students suspended for less than five days may be required to have a re-entry meeting.
     
  • If the suspension is drug/alcohol-related, students are required to complete five meetings with the student assistance counselor.
     
  • Students returning from suspension may also be required to participate in monitoring meetings, counseling, community service and/or other activities related to improving behavior and becoming contributing members of the school community.

Expulsion: permanent exclusion from school.

  • A student found to have committed multiple infractions that earn 5 or more days of suspension according to the Code of Conduct may be subject to long-term suspension and/or expulsion.
     
  • A student found to have been in possession of a controlled substance or a dangerous weapon, or to have assaulted a member of the school staff may be subject to long-term suspension and/or expulsion (see the text of MGL Chapter 71, Section 37H in the District section of handbook).
     
  • A student charged with a felony which occurred off school grounds may be subject to long-term suspension and/or expulsion if the principal determines that "the student’s continued presence in school would have a substantial detrimental effect on the general welfare of the school" (see the text of MGL Chapter 71, Section 37H1/2 in the District section of handbook).