Bartlett High School Student Expectations
Campus safety is a primary goal at Bartlett High School. With the current renovations to the campus it is imperative that students and parents are aware of the school rules and changes in Board Policy. All students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner befitting themselves, their home, school, and the Bartlett community. Students are expected to adhere to all school rules. Students are expected to follow the instructions of the administration, faculty members, bus drivers, and other school staff. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action by the school administration.
EXPECTATIONS OF BHS STUDENT BODY
- GOOD CONDUCT and sensitivity to others are expected by all parties in the classroom and throughout the campus.
- Expected behavior includes the following:
- Respect the teacher and his/her right to teach.
- Respect fellow students and their right to learn.
- Be prepared for class each day by having materials and homework.
- Follow the teacher’s directions the first time they are given.
- Completing make-up work (daily and tests) is the responsibility of the student. Each teacher will allow a minimum of one day make-up time for each day of excused absences. Students who are absent unexcused can suffer an academic penalty such as zero for work assigned during the unexcused absence.
- Student misconduct will not be tolerated. Misconduct will result disciplinary action. Depending on the degree and frequency of the misbehavior, disciplinary action by the administration will take the form of an administrative conference, behavior contract, detention, in-school-suspension (ISS), out-of-school suspension (OSS) or alternative school recommendation.
- Students should be aware that compliance with Bartlett City Schools Policy, the school’s authority to discipline, is not confined to the school grounds or the time school is in session. Disciplinary action may occur as a result of misconduct that occurs beyond our campus, such as at the bus stops, in the church parking lots, athletic contests, school-sponsored activities, as long as it occurs within a school “event, atmosphere or environment.”
- Any student who is suspended from school [OSS] is prohibited from attending or participating in any or all school-sponsored activities until such time that the student has been properly readmitted to school (the only exception being summer school).
- Students who have been guilty of misconduct and assigned ISS or OSS are subject to being excluded from representing Bartlett High School in extracurricular activities or events such as homecomings, cheerleading, class elections, and other school events.
- In accordance with Tennessee STATE LAW as it relates to student conduct, lockers and other storage areas, containers, book bags, and packages brought into the school by students or visitors are subject to search for drugs, drug paraphernalia, dangerous weapons or any property which is in the possession of the student including stolen property. Vehicles parked on the school property by students or visitors are subject to search for the same reasons.
- Students should not have items at school that violate state law or school board policy. All such items will be confiscated, and the school will not be responsible for such confiscated items. Possession of such items will result in immediate OSS.
BCS Policy 6040
In order for Bartlett City Schools to maintain a safe and orderly learning environment, the minimum standards for acceptable clothing during the school day are as follows:
- Tops of shoulders must be covered by a minimum of a 1-inch strap unless otherwise covered by an opaque top garment. Tops must also have sleeves and must completely cover the torso from the arm pits to the waist. The torso is defined as all parts of the body not including the arms, legs, neck, and head.
- Skin and undergarments must be covered with opaque (not able to be seen through) clothing from the underarm to mid-thigh. Mid-thigh is defined as the mid-point between and waist and mid-knee.
- All bottoms must be held at the waist, be appropriately sized, and of a safe length.
- Compression-style garments may be worn so long as an opaque top garment covers the entire torso below the armpits.
- Head apparel (such as hoods, hats, sunglasses, etc.) must not be worn inside the school building, except for religious or medical reasons. This includes skull caps, bandanas and doo rags.
- Footwear is required and must be safe and appropriate for indoor and outdoor physical activity.
- Prohibited items include the following: large, long, and/or heavy chains; chained accessories; and sleepwear, pajamas, and/or blankets.
- Clothing and accessories such as backpacks, patches, jewelry, and notebooks may not display (1) racial or ethnic slurs/symbols; (2) gang affiliations; (3) vulgar, subversive, or sexually suggestive language or images; nor promote inappropriate and/or illegal products such as alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs;
The school administration reserves the right to determine whether the student’s attire is within the limits of decency, modesty, and safety.
The Principal may allow exceptions in special circumstances, or for occasions such as holidays and special performances. The Principal may further prescribe dress in certain classes such as physical education, vocational education, and science labs.
Any student not attired in accordance with the policy shall be directed to correct the violation or spend the remainder of the day in in-school suspension (ISS). Repeat offenders shall be subject to additional measures which include parent conferences, in-school suspension, and out-of- school suspensions as described in the District-wide discipline policy. Any student not attired in accordance with policy shall be subject to the following consequences:
- Correct the violation or spend the remainder of the day in ISS or possibly be sent home for the day.
- Repeat offenders shall be subject to additional measures which include detention, ISS, OSS as described in the discipline policy (BCS Policy 6021).
- Once a student is on school property including parking lots, sidewalks etc. by way of bus or vehicle, he/she is not to leave campus until proper check-out or the end of the day. Violation of this policy will be considered skipping school and will result in disciplinary action.
- All absences are recorded UNEXCUSED until the student brings the appropriate note signed by a parent/guardian or doctor. All such notes should have a contact number. These notes must be presented to the student’s first period teacher within 48 hours of the absence. The Attendance Office cannot make changes to attendance after a 20 day report has been run.
- Students who check-in late (after 7:15) must have a note from a parent to be excused. After five unexcused check-ins, a student must be escorted by a parent or guardian to the attendance office. Five unexcused check-ins will constitute one unexcused absence for truancy and exam exemption purposes. Students may not check themselves in or out. After 10 or more tardies or absences (excused or unexcused), students are required to provide documentation from a doctor to receive an excused tardy or absence for reason of illness.
- Only parents, guardians, or designated persons listed in PowerSchool will be allowed to check a student out of school, and must come in to the attendance office to check out a student, the school will not accept emails for check outs.
- To expedite the check-out process, students who plan to leave school or have a parent pick them up for reasons defined in the Bartlett City Schools Attendance Policy must bring a note to their first period teacher requesting permission to check-out. All notes must be signed by the parent or guardian and include a confirmation telephone number. All notes will be confirmed before a student can leave campus. There will be no check-outs after 1:30p.m.
- Before leaving school for any reason during the school day, students must sign out in Attendance Office. Students are expected to keep up with their check-outs notes and report to the Attendance Office for check-out at the appropriate time. Leaving campus without parent knowledge or principal permission constitutes truancy and will result in ISS or OSS, depending on the circumstances.
- Students who are late to school, but arrive before 7:15 a.m., should report to first period. Students who arrive after 7:15 a.m. should sign into school in the Attendance Office with a parent.
- Students who are tardy to class will be handled through the following process: Teacher/student conference at Tardy #1, parent called at tardy #2 and at tardy #3 the student will receive a referral to an administrator. Tardy over 15 minutes to a class will be considered class cutting. Excessive tardiness to first period is considered truancy. Students who do not ride the bus to school and arrive late due to a transportation reasons will receive an unexcused tardy. Tardy Referral number 1 will consequence in Detention, Tardy Referral number 2 will result in ISS, Tardy Referral number 3 will result in OSS. Tardies will reset at the beginning of each nine-week grading period.
- Students are to attend all classes, including study hall. Students who are out of a class without prior written permission from the assigned classroom teacher, counselor, or administrator are “CUTTING CLASS.” Although Study Hall is a non-credit class, attendance is required. Students who cut class will receive ISS or OSS.
- A hall pass is required for any student to be out of class. Students found out of class without a hall pass will be returned to the assigned teacher and appropriate discipline action will be taken.
- BHS is governed by a “closed campus” regulation and students may not leave campus for lunch nor have lunch delivered to them.
- All students who participate in extracurricular activities [athletics, band, chorus, etc.] must be present at least three full periods during the school day to practice or to participate in a regularly scheduled event.
- There are NO “Senior Skip Days.”
- College visits are allowed for students who have Senior classification and meet attendance and academic standards. To receive an excused absence, these visits must be approved in advance through the College-Career Counselor. These visits do not count against exemption status.
- The Attendance Office provides forms to students who meet the legal requirements of Compulsory Attendance. To be eligible a student must pass 3 full units in CORE CLASSES the previous grading period and have fewer than 15 total or 10 consecutive unexcused absences in current semester. This form can be requested in writing from the Attendance Office Monday through Thursday of each week. The forms are $1.00; exact change must be presented and the form can ONLY be picked up on Friday from 9: 00a.m to 12:30p.m. Forms are only processed on Friday of each week. Due to the volume of work in the Attendance Office, walk-in and call-in requests will not be honored; please plan accordingly.
- Regular and punctual attendance to all classes and study hall including first period is an obligation of each student.
- In accordance with TCA Section 49-6-3001, students who are absent 5 or more days unexcused will be reported to Student Services as truant. Should there be a change in a student’s home address, telephone number or emergency numbers these changes must be reported to the Attendance Office immediately.
- In accordance with Bartlett City Schools procedures the Attendance office will run weekly truancy reports and monitor chronic absenteeism. Students who are designated as chronically absent run the risk of being placed in behavior intervention, losing parking privileges, revocation of driver’s license, and possible referral to Juvenile Court.
- Students have ample time (5 minutes) for class change. With narrow halls and stairwells, students are asked to keep to the RIGHT while passing.
- Students are expected to cooperate fully with all personnel assigned to our school. The staff includes: principals, teachers, teacher assistants, substitute teachers, student teachers, custodians, cafeteria workers, secretaries, bus drivers, and other school support personnel. If a student disagrees with a staff member, the student must not argue with the adult in charge, but discuss the issue with an administrator during non-instructional time. Problems may be easily averted this way and consequences for arguing or insubordination could be avoided.
- Organizations that operate outside the jurisdiction of the Bartlett City Schools will not be allowed to function on school property or at school sponsored events.
- Bartlett High School does not allow celebrations that include, but are not limited to balloons, flowers and other mechanisms that distract the learning environment.
- Breakfast is available for all students before school. With the exception of a late bus, it is the responsibility of the student to arrive at school early enough to complete breakfast and report to first period on time.
- Students should go directly from the classroom to the cafeteria for lunch. Students should return to class in the same manner. Students should not pass through halls or instructional areas of other buildings on the way to and from lunch.
- During their lunch periods, students are to use only the restrooms on the first floor of the E building. All other restrooms are off limits.
- Students may not eat their lunch in the classroom or remain in the classroom unattended during lunch. Student lunches and foods are limited to the cafeteria.
- A hall pass is required to be in any classroom building during the lunch period.
- During the lunch period, students are to respect teachers on hall duty as they monitor the hallways.
STUDENT ILLNESS, INJURY AT SCHOOL
- In the event that a student is injured at school, the accident/injury should be reported to the office immediately and an accident report should be completed.
- When a student becomes ill or needs help during the day, that student should inform a teacher or the nearest office. Students should not remain in any restroom.
- The school nurse will contact a parent or guardian if a student becomes ill during school.
LOCKERS AND VALUABLES
- Students are responsible for personal belongings as well as textbooks issued to them. Books should be covered. The school does not assume responsibility for lost, stolen, or damaged textbooks.
- All lockers, including those in the gymnasium, shop etc. are the property of the school. The school administration reserves the right to open and inspect lockers at any time. Lockers are to be cleaned out on the last day of the school term. The school will not be responsible for articles left in lockers at that time.
- Students are advised not be bring large amounts of money or valuable items to school. Bartlett City Schools and Bartlett High School will not be responsible if these items are lost, stolen, or misplaced.
- Items brought to school by family members may be left in the Attendance Office; however, we will not interrupt class time to deliver such items. Students are responsible for picking up their items between classes. We not will hold money for students. The Attendance Office will not assume responsibility for any items left for students.
- Only visitors with school-related business will be allowed on campus and must report directly to the Main Office with a photo-ID to obtain a Visitor’s Pass.
- The visiting of a student during the school day is not permitted. Visiting a teacher is allowed only with teacher’s permission and during his/her planning period, with a Visitor’s Pass.
- Parent Conferences are arranged through the Guidance Office. Parents must report first to the Main Office for a Visitor’s Pass.
- Students who ride the bus are under the supervision of the bus driver from the time they board the bus until they reach school in the morning and from boarding the bus until they arrive at their original destination after school.
- The school bus is considered an extension of the classroom and all rules and regulations apply while students are on the bus. “Bus rules and regulations” must be signed by parent or guardian and returned to the bus driver to indicate receipt. Riding privileges can be revoked for unsafe conduct or violation of bus rules.
- Pamphlets, flyers, or posters may not be distributed or posted on school property without approval of the administration.
- Telephones in offices are for business. Personal messages to students will not be delivered.
AREAS OFF LIMITS TO STUDENTS DURING THE SCHOOL DAY
- Students are not to be any designated construction areas.
- Students should not be in the parking lots (unless the student has an authorized pass signed by an administrator).
- Students should not be in vehicles parked on campus.
- Students should not be in any room set aside for staff only (teacher work areas, lounges or custodial offices).
- At lunchtime, with the exception of the library, all instructional buildings are off limits.
- Only the restrooms on the first floor cafeteria E Building are open for student use during their lunch period. No others permitted.
- Loitering behind or between buildings, in restrooms, in hallways, etc. is not permitted.
- No students are to be in any buildings including gyms after 2:15, unless they are under the direct supervision of a coach or faculty member and participating in a school activity such as tutoring, drama, band, athletic practice, cheerleading, etc.
- Students who are sick may not loiter or stay in a restroom, and should report directly to the clinic to see the nurse.
- Driving a vehicle to school is a privilege and a responsibility. Students are expected to arrive on time, properly park their vehicle and report to class.
- Parking permit hang- tags cost $30.00 and are required for on campus parking. A parking permit must hang on the vehicle’s rear view mirror with identification facing front of vehicle.
- Students who drive a vehicle to school are to park their vehicle, immediately secure their needed belongings and proceed directly to the main campus. A car may not be used as a locker. Students are not to return to their vehicles during the school day. Students who fail to register their vehicles and park in “assigned areas” will be issued a warning for the first incident. Any additional incidents will result in discipline action and possibly having their vehicle towed at owner’s expense. Students not parked properly (within lined space) will be denied parking privileges on the BHS campus.
- Students who drive may not leave campus during the school day without parent permission and proper check-out.
- All school rules and regulations apply in all campus parking areas and street parking areas around campus.
- All parking areas (student parking lots, street parking, and church lots) are unauthorized areas for students from 7:00a.m. to 2:00pm. Students may be in these areas only with written permission from the administration or our campus law enforcement officers.
- The speed limit in all parking areas is 5 mph. Students are required to operate vehicles in a courteous and safe manner in parking lots and on streets through campus. Unsafe operation of vehicles will result in loss of parking permit and/or further discipline action by administration and campus officer.
STUDENT BEHAVIOR and RESULTING DISCIPLINARY ACTION
- Students may have electronic communication devices as long as they are stored in a locker, backpack or carry-all. Teachers may allow students to use these devices for instructional purposes only. Unauthorized use or improper storage of a device will result in confiscation of said device (BCS POLICY 6023). First offense: Device taken up—Warning issued to student, parent may pick up device within 24 hours of notification in the Main Office during school hours. Second offense: Device taken— Student assigned Detention parent may pick up device within 24 hours of notification in the Main Office during school hours. Third offense: Student assigned TWO (2) days of OSS, parent may pick up device within 24 hours of notification in the Main Office during school hours. BCS is not responsible for the loss of electronic devices. Refusal to relinquish device to Bartlett City Schools faculty or administration constitutes non-compliance to Bartlett City Schools Policy and is viewed as insubordinate which consequences in OSS. (BCS Policy 6022).
- Lack of cooperation, excessive talking, being out of your assigned seat, repeatedly acting out and playing in the class will not be tolerated. The first priority of our school is safety to promote teaching and learning. Class misconduct will result in disciplinary action. Inappropriate public behaviors are detrimental to an atmosphere conducive to learning.
- Students selling or consuming, food, candy, or drinks, outside the cafeteria will have such items confiscated and may be referred to an administrator for disciplinary action.
- During lunch, students are restricted to the cafeteria. Students are not permitted to be in unauthorized area. Violations will result in disciplinary action ranging from an administrator conference to OSS.
- During the lunch period students are to respect teachers on hall duty as they monitor the hallways. To disrespect or not follow the directions of a hall monitor will result in disciplinary action ranging from an administrator conference to OSS.
- Classes are in session in other areas of the campus during all lunch periods. Excessive noise, loud, and boisterous behaviors or horse playing in the hallways, cafeteria or parking lot are disruptive to others and a violation of safety regulations. This type of misconduct will not be tolerated and will result in disciplinary action ranging from administrator conference to OSS.
- Instances of theft, vandalism, and profanity will not be tolerated on campus. Students engaging in such activities will be assigned in-school suspension or out-of-school suspension. In matters of opinion regarding these offenses, the judgment of teachers and/or administrators will prevail.
- Students who engage in fighting at school will be subject to out-of-school suspension, juvenile court summons and anger management classes upon readmission. Parents will be notified and required to check the student out for the remainder of the day. Incidents severe enough to result in a juvenile court summons will also consequence in OSS. Subsequent acts of aggression are subject to long- term suspension. Fighting violations are cumulative.
- Students found guilty of an unprovoked assault or attack on another student will be arrested and issued a long-term suspension.
- Bartlett City Schools Discipline Categories (BCS Policy 6038) and possible consequences:
- Zero tolerances—180 day suspension and arrest.
- 180 day suspension and appropriate notification to law enforcement authorities.
- Suspension and notification to law enforcement
- In-School-Suspension, Out-of-School Suspension, Possible Expulsion.
- Parent/Principal Conference, ISS, Detention.
- There will be zero tolerance for weapons, illegal drugs, and assault on school personnel. All laws that prohibit gambling, fighting, and possession of weapons will be in effect at school. In accordance with the guidelines established by Bartlett City Schools, offenses such as possession/use of drugs, alcohol, tobacco products, assault on school personnel, or any gang activity or violence may result in a long-term out-of-school suspension.
- Harassment of another student, verbal intimidation or immoral conduct, will result in disciplinary action Per Board Policy 6002. Student harassment will not be tolerated. Hazing and checking of students is forbidden behavior. Immediately report any such actions of this type to the school administration. Bartlett City Schools Harassment policy (6002) and procedures will be followed. Any student who intimidates or threatens violence against another individual will be subject to disciplinary action including arrest. Student harassment, intimidation or bullying will not be tolerated. Conduct aimed at defining a student in a sexual manner and conduct impugning the character of a student based on allegations of sexual promiscuity will not be tolerated.
- A. Tennessee law defines “harassment, intimidation, bullying and cyber bullying” as acts that substantially interfere with a student's educational benefits, educational opportunities, educational performance, that take place: (1) on school grounds, (2) at any school-sponsored activity, (3) on school-provided transportation, (4) at any official school bus stop, or (5) at any location from which electronic communications are sent and/or received, and that has the effect of:
- Physically harming a student or damaging a student's property;
- Knowingly placing a student in reasonable fear of physical harm to the student or damage to the student's property; or
- Creating a hostile educational environment.
- B. Alleged victims of sexual, racial, ethnic, and religious harassment or their parents or guardians shall report these incidents immediately to the Principal or building level administrator. Any reports made to staff should be forwarded to the Principal or building level administrator immediately “but no later than 24 hours” of the expressed concern. Anonymous reports may be made, however, disciplinary action may not be based solely on an anonymous report.
- Willful, persistent violation of school rules or conduct interfering with the educational process may result in a student being suspended 45 days (or more) and referral to the alternative school.
- Any student sent to an administrative office for inappropriate behavior and does not report promptly will receive OSS.
- Loitering in the hallways keeps others from getting to their classes and is not tolerated. Dangerous actions, running, pushing, tripping, etc. are violations of the school safety code and will not be tolerated. Loudness in speech or action is annoying to others and is unacceptable behavior. Any such infractions will result in disciplinary action.
- Gang activity (wearing clothes, colors, bandannas, flashing hand signs, gang writing, drawing, etc.), sororities, fraternities, and other organizations shall not operate in the Bartlett City School System. Students who are involved in these activities at school will receive OSS/possible expulsion.
- Sleeping in class, or in ISS is not permitted; violations will result in disciplinary action.
- Violations of ISS rules will result in OSS.