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MEDFORD SCHOOL COMMITTEE 2009 - 2010
Mayor Michael J. McGlynn Chairperson City Hall Medford, MA 393-5500, ext. 408 Mrs. Ann Marie Cugno Vice-chair 871 Fellsway (781) 396-1783 Mr. William J. Brady Secretary 2 Newport Avenue (781) 396-5832 Mrs. Lena DiGiantommaso 79 Golden Avenue (781) 396-9130 Mr. Alfred P. Pompeo 11 Woods Edge Road (781) 393-1982 Mr. Robert Emmett Skerry 72 Terrace Road (781) 396-9092 Mrs. Paulette Van der Kloot 146 Pine Ridge Road (781) 488-3366

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Student Handbook
Medford Vocational-Technical High School
Medford, Massachusetts

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This Student Handbook was prepared and printed by the students of the Graphic Arts Department Medford Vocational-Technical High School

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Medford School Committee....................................... 2 Welcome ...................................................................... 5 History ......................................................................... 5 The Philosophy of the Vocational School ............... 5 Student Council .......................................................... 6 School Personnel .................................................... 7, 8 Students Rights and Responsibilities ...................... 8 Graduation ................................................................ 11 Placement ................................................................... 12 Rank-In-Class............................................................ 12 Grade Weight Table.................................................. 12 Standards for Selection of Honor Roll Students .. 13 Final Exams ............................................................... 13 Make-Up Work ......................................................... 13

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Illness ......................................................................... 27 Transportation .......................................................... 27 Safety-Belt Policy ...................................................... 28 Advocate-Facilitator Program ........................... 28-32 Mediation Program .................................................. 33 Tardy-To-Class Regulations .................................... 38 Tardiness Policy ........................................................ 38 Dismissals.................................................................. 38 Notes and Reports.................................................... 39

Guidance Services .................................................... 13 How to Make Use of Guidance Services............... 13 Scholarships and Financial Aid.............................. 14 College Board Exam Test Dates.............................. 14 Cooperative Program .............................................. 14 Student Quarterly Evaluations .............................. 14 Make-Up Policy ........................................................ 14 Senior Make-Up Policy............................................ 15 Homework ................................................................ 15 Partial Course Credit ............................................... 15 Promotion Policy ...................................................... 16 Student Council ........................................................ 17 Voke Memories Book ............................................... 17 National Honor Society ........................................... 17 Resource Center........................................................ 18 Tech Prep ................................................................... 18 Athletics ..................................................................... 18 Academic Requirements ................................... 19 Eligibility............................................................. 19 Time Allowed for Participation ....................... 19 Age Limits .......................................................... 20 Graduation ................................................................ 20 Eighteen Year Old Regulations .............................. 20 Working Certificates ................................................ 20 Voter Registration..................................................... 21 Insurance ................................................................... 21 Visitors ........................................................................ 21 Lockers ....................................................................... 22 Lost and Found......................................................... 22 Field Trips .................................................................. 22 Student's Study Skills Guide ............................. 23-25 Health Services ......................................................... 25 Medical Conditions .................................................. 26 Free and Reduced Lunch ........................................ 27 Student Records........................................................ 27 Pregnant Students .................................................... 27

STUDENT SERVICES

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Discipline Process .................................................... 39 Administrative Detention ....................................... 39 Major Offenses .......................................................... 40 Other Offenses .......................................................... 41 Radios, Headsets and Audio/Visual Devices ...... 43 Due Process ............................................................... 43 Disciplining Students with Special Needs ........... 43 Administrative Regs. - Procedure for Drug Cases 44 Drugand Alcohol Policy ......................................44-48 Restraint of Students................................................. 48 Laws Affecting Students ......................................... 48 Alcohol-Chapter 272 ......................................... 48 Bomb Scares........................................................ 48 Drugs ................................................................... 49 Laws Pertaining to Special Education ............ 49 Equal Education Opportunity ........................ 50 Fire Alarms ......................................................... 50 Firearms .............................................................. 50 Fireworks ............................................................ 50 Handicap............................................................. 51 Hazing ................................................................. 51 Right To Know Law .......................................... 51 Search and Seizure............................................. 51 Student Advisory Committee .......................... 52 Summary of Regulations Pertaining to Student Records ......................................... 52 Prohibited Use of Tobacco (No Smoking) ...... 53 Weapons .............................................................. 54 Amendments to Chapter 266 (new Graffiti Law) .......................................... 54 Sexual Harassment ............................................ 55 Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act .. 56 Title IX ................................................................. 57 Policy Notification ............................................. 57 Agreement with Police .................................57-60 What You Should Know .......................................... 61 Acceptable Use Policy .............................................. 62 2009 - 2010 School Calendar ................................... 63 Time Schedule (Bells)............................................... 64 Attention Students ................................................... 66 Emergency Telephone Numbers ............................ 67

CODE OF CONDUCT

WELCOME I would like to extend a welcome to all members of the incoming freshmen class. Also, it is a pleasure to see all of our upperclassmen return for another school year. Students who attend a vocational school participate in a dual curriculum. Academic achievement and vocational competencies present you with additional challenges. Education is the foundation for future success. Successful students pay attention to detail, work hard and take advantage of every opportunity presented to them. The school exists for the students. Be part of your school. Take the opportunity to participate in clubs, athletics, and all extra-curricular activities. Our goal is to graduate a well-rounded individual. We have a sincere interest in every individual who attends the Vocational school. If you should need any assistance please contact me, your guidance counselor, your teachers or any member of the Vocational staff. The Medford Vocational-Technical High School will be a better place, because you chose to enroll here. William C. Mahoney, Director HISTORY The Medford Vocational-Technical High School opened in the fall in 1930. There were 135 students enrolled in six departments with a faculty of eleven teachers and a director. Today there are three hundred students with a faculty of forty. Training is offered in ten departments. They are Auto Mechanics, Autobody, Cabinet Making/Carpentry, Child Care, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Drafting, Electricity, Graphic Arts, and Metal Fabrication/HVAC. The school has always operated an evening school program. During the war years this program was very rewarding to industry and armed services in that it trained skilled workers and offered pre-induction courses for students. In June, 1954, the name was changed to the Melvin V. Weldon Vocational High School, in honor of the first director who retired at that time. Upon occupation of the new school in September, 1970, the name was changed to the Medford Vocational-Technical High School. THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE VOCATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL The aim of the Vocational-Technical High School is to prepare young men and women for useful and profitable employment through the development of occupational skills required for the performance of satisfactory work under actual employment conditions. In the junior and senior year, one half of the time is devoted to shop work and the other half to related and academic work. The laboratory method of instruction is used in the related classes and is very closely correlated to the shop work. This assures a thorough training in shop and in technical information. The school attempts to prepare the student intellectually, morally, and physically for that vocation for which the students seems best fitted by nature, ability, and opportunity. At the completion of training, the school places the student in the industry for which the student has been prepared, keeps in touch with the students progress and encourages promotion.
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TO ALL STUDENTS This handbook has been prepared and issued to you so that you may have a convenient source of information about the organization, rules and activities of the school. Your success as a student may depend, from the start, on your ability to adjust to the particular environment in the school and in your chosen department. We hope you will be as happy as the many hundreds who have preceded you. May you find in the classroom , shops, and laboratories the education and training that will lead to a happy life. STUDENT COUNCIL The Student Council welcomes you as members of the Medford Vocational-Technical High School and presents this handbook to you with the sincere hope that it will make your high school years easier and worthwhile. Please read it carefully and keep it for future reference. We are proud of our school and enthusiastic about our future. We hope you will share in our enthusiasm and our growth. NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY The Medford Public Schools insures against discrimination in education programs and employment on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation and disability. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Diane McLeod, ADA Coordinator Office of Human Diversity & Compliance Medford City Hall, Room 214 Medford, MA 02155 781-393-2501 Beverly Shea Section 504 Coordinator Special Education Director Medford Public Schools 489 Winthrop Street Medford, MA 02155 781-393-2229

Inquiries concerning the application of nondiscrimination policies may also be referred to the Regional Director, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, J.W. McCormack, P.O.C.H., Room 222, Boston, MA 02109-4557. For additional information please refer to the policy prohibiting harassment and violence on page 28.

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SCHOOL PERSONNEL
William C. Mahoney .................................................................................................... Principal/Director Charles A. Durney ...................................................................................... Assistant Principal/Director GUIDANCE Jill Sawyer CAREER COUNSELLOR Alice Beth Tierney COOPERATIVE COORDINATOR Thomas Ritchie (Part Time) AUTOBODY DEPARTMENT Peter Missick ....................................................................................................................V105, Joseph Kinch ....................................................................................................................V105, ............................................................................................................................................

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AUTO MECHANICS DEPARTMENT Robert Dell'Ova ...............................................................................................................V216, Related Charles Jannone...............................................................................................................V221, Shop CARPENTRY Joseph Grinley .................................................................................................................V211, Related Shop CHILD CARE DEPARTMENT Michelle Farquarson .......................................................................................................V205, Shop ....................................................................................................... Related CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY Terry Camara .................................................................................................................. V212 .................................................................................................................. V212 COSMETOLOGY DEPARTMENT Sandra Gianino ................................................................................................................V118, Shop Janice DePace ..................................................................................................................V120A, Related CULINARY ARTS DEPARTMENT Dennis Moriarty ..............................................................................................................V122, Shop Robert Drobneck ........................................................................................................... V120 Related
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ELECTRICAL DEPARTMENT Thomas Ritchie ............................................................................................................................V203, Shop Richard Cormio ...................................................................................................................... V201, Related GRAPHIC ARTS DEPARTMENT James A. Sampson .......................................................................................................................V202, Shop Angelo LiCausi ...........................................................................................................................V202, Shop B206, Related METAL FABRICATION - HVAC DEPARTMENT Robert Small ............................................................................................................................... V219, Shop John Manetta. ..............................................................................................................................V219, Shop NURSING ASSISTANT William Casey . ...................................................................................................................... V116, Related Linda Trofimow .................................................................................................. V116, Shop

ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT .............................................................................................................B211, Social Studies John Brown. ......................................................................................................................V114, Academics Pam Cremens-Ahern ................................................................................................. B-214, Mathematics Scott Volmer. .............................................................................................................. V101, Social Studies Marcel Bocko. ...........................................................................................................B310, Physics, Science Ray Dyer ........................................................................................... V218B, Health, Physical Education Rebekah Kerr. ......................................................................................................................... B211, English James Campbell, .......................................................................................................... B216, Mathematics Melissa Holland. .................................................................................................................... B309, Science SPECIAL EDUCATION Doreen McNeil ...................................................................................................................................... E T L Holly Farnum ................................................................................................................. Generic Specialist Stephanie Conserva . .................................................................................................... Generic Specialist Kelly Madigan ............................................................................................................... Generic Specialist Anthony Faradie ............................................................................................................. Generic Specialist Karley Perrin .................................................................................................................... Generic Specialist OFFICE Claire Citrano........................................................................................................ Stenographer and Clerk Mrs. Anna Glencross........................................................................................................... Accounts Clerk
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STUDENTS RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES The Constitution of the United States guarantees certain rights to all individuals including students, teachers and staff. These rights do not operate alone, but often blend with other rights in a public school setting. A STUDENT HAS THE RIGHT TO BE TREATED WITH RESPECT AND DIGNITY HOWEVER A student is expected to treat teachers, school personnel and his/her fellow students with respect. Using abusive or obscene language, bullying, annoying other students, or behaving in a disorderly manner violates this most important right. HOWEVER Students are expected to conduct themselves in such a way that they do not impair the quality of education for themselves or others. Students are expected to respect the rights of others to an education and to refrain from disruptive or distracting behavior in school. A STUDENT HAS THE RIGHT TO FAIR TREATMENT UNDER REASONABLE RULES AND REGULATIONS HOWEVER Students are responsible for acquiring a knowledge of the schools rules and regulations published in the handbook which is made available to all students. The enjoyment of these rights brings with it the obligation to support and uphold the school's rules and policies. A STUDENT HAS THE RIGHT TO BE SECURE IN HIS/HER PERSON OR PROPERTY The Fourth and Fifth Amendments guarantee the right to security of persons and property to all citizens HOWEVER Students must refrain from violating the personal and property rights of others. Students must avoid fighting and other acts of violent behavior. Experience shows that fights are frequently by mutual agreement and may, therefore, result in penalties for both participants. Students shall not steal or interfere with the property of other students and shall not commit acts of vandalism on school building or grounds. A STUDENT HAS THE RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION HOWEVER The student does not have the right to libel or slander another person (to expose a person to public ridicule or to harm his reputation) or the right to use obscenities. Freedom of speech does not protect the use of what the courts refer to as fighting words, inciting a riot or advocating lawless behavior. Freedom of expression is not unrestricted as to time and place. Profanities/obscenities: such words that incite and degrade, are not tolerated in school corridors, classrooms, and shops. If a student is told to cease such behavior and it is ignored or refuted, disciplinary actions will result from the Assistant Director's office. Students must recognize that teachers have the right to direct or restrict classroom discussion or assigned written material in classes.
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A STUDENT HAS THE RIGHT TO A MEANINGFUL EDUCATION

A STUDENT HAS THE RIGHT TO DUE PROCESS OF LAW This means essentially that when disciplinary action is taken you are entitled to certain procedural rights. HOWEVER Students must obey the school rules. In the Goss case the court points out that the Constitution does not shield a student from penalties "properly imposed" (Goss vs. Lopez) Students must exercise self-discipline the classroom and throughout the school so that the rights of others will not be violated and the school can carry out its assigned function -- education. RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF PARENTS AND STUDENTS 1. It is the responsibility of the Medford School Committee to establish school policies; the rules and regulations pertaining to discipline must be available, and in print, and must not be in conflict with local, state, or federal laws. It is the responsibility of the parents to see that their children arrive on time on all scheduled school days and attend all classes. 2. Reasonable punishment is permissible when a written rule filed with the State Department of Education has been violated. 3. Most classroom problems should be resolved by the teacher and the pupil involved. If this is not the case, the pupil (or the pupil and parent) may arrange to confer with the following in order: 1) Assistant Director, 2) the Director, 3) the Superintendent of Schools, and/or 4) the School Committee 4. A Level II Suspension is a serious matter and can only be affected by the Director or his designee; if a suspension stands, it becomes part of the pupil's school record. Within twenty-four (24) hours, the Director is obliged to notify the home, the Superintendent of Schools, and the School Committee. 5. Pupil exclusion can only be authorized by the Headmaster. However, students may appeal to the Superintendent of Schools. 6. Pupils who have school-related problems or are seeking answers to educational questions, or "just want an adult view," should arrange meetings with their Guidance Counselor, teacher, department head, School Nurse, or any adult that the pupil feels might be of help. Most adults would be happy to assist at a mutually agreed upon time. 7. Students may obtain their attendance, academic and discipline records with reasonable notice. Appearance and Attire: Students are encouraged to wear clothing consistent with the serious and dignified purpose of education. Students' dress and grooming should be the responsibility of the individual and his/her parents under the following guidelines: 1. Clothing, hair and/or beard must be neat, clean, and of a style that would not present a health or safety hazard and would also be accepted by a potential employer. 2. An individual shop may specify its own dress code and these regulations must be adhered to by the individual student. 3. No clothing or jewelry may be worn that displays obscene, racial or ethnically insulting remarks or symbols, is sexually suggestive or encourages drinking or taking drugs. The assistant director will be responsible for the determination of what is obscene under the following guidelines:
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GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS

•Obscenity • In many cases, speech or material is obscene if, taken as a whole ( not just isolated parts of it ), it meets all three (3) of the following conditions: A. It appeals to the prurient interests of minors (in other words, arouses lust); B. It describes nudity or sexual conduct in a way that most adults in the community think is clearly offensive for minors; C. It lacks serious literary, artistic, political, scientific, or other value for minors. ` 4. Personal appearance, dress or grooming must not disrupt the educational process nor threaten the health or safety of another individual. Shorts, tank tops, or any brief clothing, are not permitted. No hats, hoods, or any form of headgear are permitted to be worn in the building during the school day and will be confiscated by the assistant director. If a hat is necessary in certain shops, those hats must be removed when leaving the shop (ie. basement, lunch). 5. Violations of the appearance/attire regulation will result in the student being sent home for a change of clothes.

Attendance: School attendance is extremely important and is one of the primary causes of student failure! Parents (or guardians) must require children and youths of school age to attend school. GRADUATION A high school diploma is awarded to you upon the satisfactory completion of Grade 12. A Vocational School Trade Certificate is awarded to you upon satisfactory completion of your Trade Area. CREDIT REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION Graduation Credit Requirements: The following indicates the number of credits required to graduate: Class of 2007: 112 credits Credits needed for promotion - The following chart indicates the minimal number of credits by grade level needed for student promotion to the next grade level. 9th grade to 10th grade — 26 credits 10th grade to 11th grade — 54 credits 11th grade to 12th grade — 80 credits Requirements for Eligibility for M.H.S. Diploma-The following Course Subjects are required for graduation: A. Four years of English Take and Pass B. Three years of Math to include Algebra and Geometry* Take and Pass C. Three years of Science to include Biology and Chemistry* Take and Pass D. Three years of Social Studies to include World History I, World History II and U.S. History Take and Pass E. Three years of Foreign Language for College Prep students Take and Pass F. One year of Computer Education Take and Pass G. Two years of Health Take and Pass H. Two years of Physical Education Take and Pass
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I. One course in Fine Arts Take and Pass J. Four years of community service (60 Hours required, 15 hours per year) K. Passing grades on the MCAS - ELA and Math tests L. Passing grades on the MCAS - Science - ( starting with the class of 2010) MVTHS - Additional requirements for students attending the Vocational School A. Fourth year of Math Take and Pass B. Physics will replace chemistry as third science course C. Physical Education - (no requirement starting with the class of 2003) D. Fine Arts - No requirement PLACEMENT It is a plan of the school to place its graduates in industry, and it aims to keep in touch with them and to be familiar with their work in order that, should opportunity offer, it may be helpful in securing positions and promotions. RANK - IN - CLASS The standing of each pupil in his class is determined annually on the basis of a quality point weighted system. Rank - In - Class is one of the criteria schools and colleges request for high school students seeking admission. The following subjects are excluded from Rank - In - Class calculations: Physical Education, Drivers Education, Office Assignment and Work Study. If a tie results among the first three ranked students, all subjects will be considered to adjust the order in class. Course levels range from 6 to 10 based on degree of difficulty, achievement expectation, and acceleration. Level 6 courses are determined and assigned by the Dept. of Special Education. Level 7 courses are BASIC, concentrating on fundamentals concepts and/or remediation, plus all shop and related programs. Level 8 courses are STANDARD, emphasizing essential content material in college preparatory and business education subjects the Technical program. GRADE WEIGHT TABLE Basic (Level 7) A+ =9.0 A =9.0 A=8.2 B+ =7.8 B =7.5 B=7.2 C+ =6.8 C =6.5 C=6.2 D+ =5.5 D =5.3 D=5.2 (ALL LEVELS): E/F/NCR =0.0
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A+ A AB+ B BC+ C CD+ D D-

Standard (Level 8)

=9.5 =9.5 =8.7 =8.3 =8.0 =7.7 =7.3 =7.0 =6.7 =6.3 =6.0 =5.7

A+ A AB+ B BC+ C CD+ D D-

Resource (Level 6) =8.5 =8.5 =7.7 =7.3 =7.0 =6.7 =6.3 =6.0 =5.7 =5.3 =5.0 =4.7

STANDARDS FOR SELECTION OF HONOR ROLL STUDENTS 1. Highest Honors will be determined on a quarterly marking basis. 2. To receive "Highest Honors" at the end of a quarterly marking period, a pupil must earn an "A" in all his/her subjects except Physical Education and Drivers Education. 3. To receive "Honors" one must earn a mark of "A" in half his/her credits and no mark lower than "B" in other credits. 4. T o receive Merit Roll recognition at the end of a quarterly marking period, a pupil must earn any combination of "A's" or "B's" in all subjects. FINAL EXAMS Final exams will be given in all subjects that meet at least four (4) times a week. Students will take their exams in their regularly assigned classrooms, supervised by their respective teachers. Textbooks will be collected on the day of the exams. Final grade exam will count for 1/10 of the student's yearly work. MAKE-UP WORK When a pupil has been absent, it is his/her responsibility to make up the work lost during absence by arrangement with that subject teacher. Make-up work for student's absence due to illness is to made up to teacher's satisfaction within two (2) weeks from the date of absence.

STUDENT SERVICES
GUIDANCE SERVICES Guidance services are available to you through the Guidance Office. These services are intended to help you make the most of your educational, technical, and personal opportunities. Counseling is offered to assist you to make suitable decisions regarding educational plans, to overcome personal difficulties and to assist in developing strengths that will enable you to live with yourself and others in a positive and constructive way. HOW TO MAKE USE OF GUIDANCE SERVICES Counselors will call upon you periodically concerning matters which pertain to you. The best way to use their services is by contacting them when you have a need for information or assistance. You may make an appointment to meet with a counselor in one of two ways: 1. Drop in to see your counselor before school, at lunch, or after school. An appointment date will be set at that time. 2. Fill out an appointment request form available in the Vocational School Office.

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SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AID Information about post secondary educational scholarships and financial aid may be obtained by making an appointment with your guidance counselor. COLLEGE BOARD EXAMS ATP Exams will be given at Medford High School on the following dates; interested students should check with the Guidance Bulletin for filing deadlines. SAT Exams and Achievement Exams will be given concurrently. Therefore, students may register on any of the listed dates for either the SAT or the Achievement Tests. COLLEGE BOARD EXAM 2008 - 2009 TEST DATES Date Oct. 15, 2008 Oct. 18, 2008 Oct. 4, 2008 Nov. 1, 2008 Dec. 6, 2008 Jan. 24, 2009 Mar. 14, 2009 May 2, 2009 June 6, 2009 May 4-8, 2009 May 11-15, 2009 Exam PSAT PSAT SAT I/SAT II SAT I/SAT II SAT I/SAT II SAT I/SAT II SAT I SAT I/SAT II SAT I/SAT II A P Exams A P Exams Deadline Sept. 9, 2008 Sept. 26, 2008 Nov. 5, 2008 Dec. 26, 2008 Feb. 10, 2009 March 31, 2009 May 5, 2009

COOPERATIVE PROGRAM This program is for 12th grade students who are in good standing and provides for alternate weeks of on-the-job experience and for regular academic and related programs. Job placement in this program is directly related to the student's area of trade training. The depth, variety, and scope of work experiences vary with each cooperative employer, the details being finalized in the Cooperative Agreement. STUDENT QUARTERLY EVALUATIONS 1. Warning forms must be given out two weeks prior to the closing of grades. 2. Warning forms must be given to students if a failing grade is to be given on the grade report. 3. Students are required to return the student evaluation forms signed by a parent/guardian within three school days or the student will remain after school with the subject teacher. MAKE UP POLICY/ SUMMER SCHOOL Students with a final average of "F" (0-59 percentage) will be eligible to: 1. Students who fail a course at the High School or Middle School level may take up to two courses each year in Summer School. 2. These courses will meet 30 instructional days for two hours each and have an additional final exam period of two hours.
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3. Students must pass these courses with a grade of C- or better to obtain credit. 4. Middle School students who fail more than two major subjects and do not remediate their failures will not be promoted or transferred to the High School. 5. A Middle School student who is not promoted to the High School for a second consecutive year will be assigned to a remedial transition program at the High School with emphasis on the basic skills and core subject proficiency. 6. Special Needs students will be governed by their IEP's and appropriate State and Federal guidelines. 7. Each Summer School course will have a $200.00 fee to be paid by student. Failure to pay fee will result in no course credit. 8. Students who fail shop or a related/shop combination must withdraw from the program. SENIOR MAKE UP POLICY 1. Students with an cumulative average of 50-59 percent will be given consideration for possible passing following Senior dismissal in June, if the following requirements are met: A. Passing of a departmental prepared exam. B. Regular attendance in his/her scheduled class until two (2) days prior to graduation. 2. Students with an average of less than 50 percent may remain in attendance if they so desire to obtain additional curriculum review. 3. Students with an average of less than 50 percent in course(s) needed for graduation may qualify for a diploma in August, upon the completion of their academic deficiencies through a University Extension Program or a summer school program. HOMEWORK Students are expected to do a minimum of one hour study each night with the exception of some nights of shop week. Homework should be done in a quiet area with a minimum of interruptions. Homework includes studying for tests, keeping up notebooks, as well as regular written assignments. PARTIAL COURSE CREDIT A. Student may acquire partial course credit when: 1. Student enters a course anytime after the first quarter (prorated on a quarterly basis). 2. Student leaves a course with a passing grade to enter an approved alternative course of study. 3. The changes requiring partial credit are in the best educational interests of the student. 4. The student obtains departmental and administrative approval. B. A student may petition the Director or his designee for a review of a lower-level decision. Such a request will be reviewed and evaluated on an individual basis. C. Partial course credit will be prorated on a quarterly basis as follows: 5 Credit Course 4 Credit Course 3 Credit Course 2 Credit Course 1 Credit Course Quarterly Credit Value one and one-quarter one three-quarters one-half one-quarter
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Medford Public Schools
Medford, MA 02155
May 2004

Promotion Policy for Middle and High School Students
• *Students must pass both English and mathematics at each grade level in order to be promoted to the next grade level. Students may still be promoted if they fail one subject other than mathematics or English • Students who fail mathematics or English must make up the subject in summer school and achieve a passing grade of C- or better if they wish to be promoted to the next grade level. • There will be an appeal process for students who take the remedial program yet fail to obtain a passing grade. The principal will have the right to transfer a student to the next grade level upon granting of the appeal. Specifics to the Policy for High School Level *A student who fails either English or mathematics must attend summer school in order to be promoted to the next grade. Students who do not attend summer school will not be promoted. Students who take and pass the remedial course will move on to the next grade level. There will be an appeal process identical to the appeal process for middle school for students who fail the summer program. A student who fails summer school remains a non-promote until the course is success fully made up; however the student may take courses he/she has passed at the next grade level. For example, a 9th grade student fails mathematics. He/she fails summer school mathematics and is not granted an appeal. This student will remain a 9th grader; however, he/she will take grade 10 courses for all subjects other than mathematics. When the student has made up the appropriate credits in mathematics he/she will advance to the 10th grade class. MCAS will not be taken until the student has properly advanced to grade 10.

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STUDENT COUNCIL This group of student representatives is recognized by the school authorities as the official voice of the student body. Its suggestions are given every consideration, for the primary purpose is to promote the welfare of the student body and the general welfare of the Vocational-Technical High School. To be eligible for the council a student should be in good academic standing and should demonstrate qualities of cooperativeness and good school citizenship with faculty, administration, and fellow students. The President is a member of the High School Student Council. Many of our school policies and programs are the result of activities or suggestions from this group. The President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer are elected by members of the new council. This is your Student Council. It is here to serve you, the students. It can only function, however, by your participation and support. At the beginning of the school year, the election of officers, for student council will be held. These officers are: President, who presides over meetings; Vice-President, who presides in the President's absence; Treasurer, who is concerned with financial affairs; and Secretary, who keeps an accurate account of all meetings. Any student elected to a class office, student council office or club office, involved in major disciplinary issues will be subject to removal from that office. SCHOOL ACTIVITIES Students of the school are eligible for all High School activities, providing their work is satisfactory: i.e. Football, Baseball, Basketball, Track, Band, Class activities, etc. Students are encouraged to be as active as possible in extracurricular activities. VOKE MEMORIES BOOK The "Voke Memories" Book is a yearbook that is created and produced exclusively at the VocationalTechnical High School. The book highlights the shops and the students as well as their senior year activities. The book is designed, laid out, and edited by the students of various Vocational-Technical shops, then printed by the Graphic Arts Students. The editors work in conjunction with the Voke senior class advisor to sell ads that defray the cost of producing the book so there is no charge to the students. NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY Students of the Vocational High School are eligible for membership in the National Honor Society. Anyone chosen is inducted into Phi Alpha Epsilon Chapter of Medford High School. To be selected for this society a student must meet a high standard of achievement in scholarship, be of sound character, have demonstrated leadership and given of his/her time and talents to the services of his/her school or community.
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RESOURCE CENTER The school Resource Center is located on the ground floor of building B. There are over 16,000 books with emphasis on reference and nonfiction books correlated with the curriculum. Adjoining the library are: teacher's lounge, audiovisual rooms, magazine storage, and the librarians office. To borrow a book from the library, the student must sign his name and homeroom number on the card in the back of the book signed out through the main desk. Books must be returned on or before the due date. Students in the Resource Center for study or special research, work quietly and show respect for other students at work. Students must adhere to regulations established for the Resource Center, or lose library privileges. TECH PREP Students at Medford Voc-Tech High School can improve their technical skills for the workplace and receive credit or advanced placement in college through the federally funded Tech Prep Program. Tech Prep is a program of study that links the last two years of high school with two years of post-secondary education, resulting in a two year associate's degree or certificate in an occupational field. Eligible graduates of Medford Vocational-Technical High School may enter any school with whom MVTHS has a current articulation agreement. Students must meet a particular set of requirements to be eligible for Tech Prep College credits. This criteria includes a demonstrated excellence in one of the applicable fields of study, a high academic competency level, recommendation by instructors, a positive student record, and completion of graduation credits. For further information on Tech Prep, students should see their Guidance Counselor. ATHLETICS Students representing Medford High School on athletic teams must meet the following requirements: 1. Students must pass a physical examination. 2. Students will be expected to attend regular practice sessions unless they have an approved medical excuse. 3. Students will be expected to maintain good sportsmanship at all times. 4. Students will be expected to attend school regularly. Students must be in attendance the days of practice and games. Chronic tardiness to school on the day of or the day after an event will not be tolerated. 5. Students suspended from school are not eligible to practice or participate in games during the time they are suspended.

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ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS To be eligible at the start of the fall season, students must have final passing grades for the previous year in the equivalent of 4 major subjects. To be eligible for the second marking period of this academic year, a student must satisfy the academic standard in the equivalent of four major subjects during the first marking period. It is at this point (i.e. with the start of the second marking period in 1987-88) that the academic eligibility is certified only on the last marking period, and not cumulatively. As further examples, to be eligible during the third quarter of the school year (and each year thereafter) a student must satisfy the academic standards (i.e. passing the equivalent of 4 major subjects) utilizing the 2nd quarter grades only. Finally, fall eligibility will continue to be determined on the final year's grades. A student must have passed the equivalent of 4 major subjects as reflected in his/her final grades for the previous year (i.e. only fall eligibility remains cumulative). ELIGIBILITY Medford High School's interscholastic program is governed by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association with regard to eligibility. The Medford policy is as follows: At the time the quarterly report card is issued, a student must have passing grade in the equivalent of four 1 year major courses, or that student will be ineligible to participate in scheduled games. Students suspended from school are ineligible to participate in or attend interscholastic sports during the time of suspension. Any student suspended twice during a single playing season shall be ineligible for interscholastic sports for the remainder of the school year. Many other rules governing athletics are mandated by the MIAA as well as Medford. The Athletic Director is responsible for the dissemination of these rules. Rules requiring interpretation will be the sole responsibility of the Principal working in conjunction with the Athletic Director. TIME ALLOWED FOR PARTICIPATION A student shall be eligible for interscholastic competition no more than 6 consecutive semesters beyond the 9th grade. a. No student shall be eligible for scholastic athletic competition for more than eight (8) semesters beyond the 8th grade in a 4 year high school, or six (6) semesters beyond the 9th grade in a 3 year high school. A student may not participate for more than four seasons of any sport after the completion of grade 8. b. In special cases where a pupil has been absent from school because of an accident or illness which would prevent school attendance, the Standing Committee on Athletics shall have the authority to waive one or more of the periods of eligibility as defined below, for said pupil, upon presentation of a doctor's certificate and the approval of the school during the period of absence because of an accident or illness. c. Periods of eligibility shall coincide with season limits for each sport. d. A student who has participated in at least one interscholastic contest shall be deemed to have participated for a season in that sport. e. Athletes and Cheerleaders will not be allowed to participate in interscholastic programs offered by the Medford High School Athletic Department unless he/she agrees to: 1. - Attend all practices, scrimmages and games, including those during school vacation weeks. (Documented illness or prior approval by the Athletic Director and Coach are exceptions.)
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2. - Adhere strictly to the Medford High School substance abuse policy. 3. - Observe such other rules as may be made by the Headmaster, Athletic Director, Coach and /or Trainer. These rules are included in the sports information packet available through the Athletic Office or the Coach. AGE LIMITS A pupil shall be under 19 years of age. However, the individual may compete during the remainder of the school year, provided his/her nineteenth (19th) birthday occurs on or after September 1st of that year. For grade nine (9) competition a player shall be under 16 years of age. However, the student may compete during the remainder of the school year provided that the 16th birthday occurs on or after September 1st of that year. GRADUATION A student must be an undergraduate of any secondary school. Any student who has the credits required for a diploma shall be regarded as a graduate with some exceptions per Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association. EIGHTEEN-YEAR-OLD REGULATIONS Attendance policies for students who have reached 18 years of age. Once a person reaches the age of eighteen, Massachusetts Law (G.L. C.4, S.7, CL.50 and 51) holds that he/she is a legal "adult". This means that an eighteen-year-old is entitled to certain rights in school that other students do not have. Consistent with the definition of an adult is the ability of such students to sign school-related official documents, including report cards, permission slips, absence notes, etc., in his/her own behalf. To exercise your right, you must see the Guidance Counselor first. The school retains the right and responsibility, however, to continue to keep parents informed of the grades, absences, etc. Students aged eighteen or older who are enrolled at MVTHS will remain responsible to the same school regulations as all other students consistent with the same statutes. They are thus subject to discipline on the same basis as pupils who have not attained the age of eighteen. In addition, it should be noted that parents do retain the right of access to the school records of their children, regardless of age, pursuant to G.L. C.71, S.34E. WORKING CERTIFICATES SIMPLE RULES TO FOLLOW: Work permits for vocational students must be obtained in the vocational office only. This includes summer vacations. The student must have a job before requesting a work permit. Students should report to the vocational school office after school to make out the proper papers. FOURTEEN TO SIXTEEN YEARS OF AGE 1. Form A. "Promise of Employment." To be filled out in ink by the student's employer. 2. Number of Hours Per Day must be the actual number of hours each day and not total number of hours for the week. This side is to filled out before the student sees the doctor for a physical examination. The following information must be presented before employment. Permit will be issued to any student between the ages of fourteen (14) and sixteen (16). 3. Form B. "School Record". To be filled out at the office of the school.
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4. Birth Certificate or Baptismal Record. A birth certificate or baptismal record with date and place of birth must be presented at the office. 5. Note from parent: A note from students father or mother, or guardian stating that he/she will accept all responsibility for the student's working must be presented. SIXTEEN TO EIGHTEEN YEARS OF AGE Please be sure to bring in your birth certificate or baptismal record (stating date and place of birth) the first time you apply for your working certificate. VOTER REGISTRATION The Assistant Voter Registrar is located in the Library/Media Center. Students who are citizens of the United States and will be eighteen (18) by election day are eligible to register at any time during the school year. INSURANCE The School Department has made available to all students in the City a group accident policy. Students are advised to take this protection, especially in this highly industrial setting. VISITORS The school accepts only those adult visitors, who have legitimate business at school. All visitors must report to the office first in order to receive a visitors pass. Visitors of students, including younger brothers and sisters, are not permitted at school.

SEARCH AND SEIZURE LAW AND POLICY ON STUDENT LOCKERS AND DESKS The legality of a search of a student should depend simply on the reasonableness, under all the circumstances, of a search... “Under the circumstances, a search of a student by a teacher or other school official will ‘be justified at its inception’ when there are reasonable grounds for suspecting that the search will turn up evidence that the student has violated or is violating either the law or the rules of the school. Such a search will be permissible in its scope when the measures adopted are reasonably related to the objectives of the search and not excessively intrusive in light of the age and sex of the student and the nature of the infraction.” — New Jersey v. T.L.O. 53 U.S.L.W., 3083, 4087-4088

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LOCKERS 1. Locker assignments are the responsibility of Mr. Durney. Students are assigned a locker that normally will be their locker during their enrollment in the Vocational School. 2. Students should not swap, change or give their locker to another student when they leave or graduate the school. 3. Students should not share their locker combinations with anyone. Once this is done there is no security to the locker. 4. Locker problems are to be reported to Mr. Durney immediately on the proper form. These forms are available in the Vocational school office from the secretaries. 5. Any thefts from lockers are to be reported immediately to Mr. Durney or Mr. Mahoney. 6. Students are urged not to store valuables ( leather coats, pocketbooks, wallets, jewelry, etc.) in their lockers. If it is necessary to have large sums of money or jewelry in school, it is strongly suggested that these items be brought to the Vocational school office where they will be kept in the safe. 7. Certain items may not be stored in lockers or desks (including, for example, weapons, illegal drugs, alcoholic beverages, stolen property, etc.) 8. The administration and the locker supervisor reserve the right to change a locker assignment when this change is in the best interest of the student and in keeping with school manage ment procedures. 9. Student lockers, including shop lockers, are subject to search by administrative personnel upon reasonable suspicion that contents therein may be dangerous or illegal. LOST AND FOUND Any student who finds a lost article is required to turn this item in to the Assistant Director office. Students who lose an article are requested to notify the office as soon as possible. FIELD TRIPS Field trips may be scheduled during the year. They are a valuable portion of the students' educational experience. They are preceded by an orientation session and followed by discussion and evaluation. Parental permission must be obtained for all field trips. Students on field trips represent the school and are under the teacher's supervision during the entire trip, therefore subject to the same rules, regulations, and penalties as when at School.

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MEDFORD PUBLIC SCHOOLS STUDENT'S STUDY SKILLS GUIDE I. ON CLASSROOM STANDARDS A. Be prepared (pencil, book, notebook). B. Be prompt. C. Be there. II. ON HOW TO STUDY A. Establish a place habit and time habit with regular schedule. B. Schedule your study period for the time of day your mind works best. C. Study in a comfortable, uncluttered area with good lighting. D. Make a resolution to ignore all distractions—no T.V. etc. E. Pace your work so that you study in chunks, with evenly spaced breaks. F. Understand that what you have read must be accompanied by a certain amount of memorization. G. Reinforce memory and learning by using as many of your senses as possible. 1. Read the text out loud; talk to yourself; explain your new knowledge to a friend. 2. Take notes; rewrite in your own words; draw diagrams or charts. 3. If possible use flip cards and other visual aids. H. Try to have a clear notion of what important concepts are to be mastered. III. ON THE STRATEGY OF STUDY A. Survey of Book/Chapter 1. Read the preface 2. Find out as much as possible from the book from contents. 3. Leaf through book and read summaries if available. 4. Study the headings in each chapter. 5. Read and locate the points under each headings that reflect upon the heading. 6. Read the chapter summary where available. B. Question 1. Ask yourself questions about the various headings. 2. Use the author's questions when available. C. Read actively 1. Remind yourself to understand and remember what you read. 2. Note important terms-italicized words or phrases. 3. Read everything—tables, graphs, and illustrations. D. Recite E. Review 1. Separate central ideas from secondary ideas. 2. Rereading—Read the material you find difficult to follow or understand.

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IV. ON HOMEWORK A. Write assignments in a special section of your notebook. B. Copy assignments clearly, carefully, and completely. C. Be sure you understand the assignment; if not ask questions. D. Get help from the teacher, but not too little; to be on your own. E. Take home all books and study materials you will need. F. Think about the assignment thoroughly. G. Read the assignments thoroughly. H. Make an outline in your notebook. I. Talk back to your books. Recite keys ideas out loud. Ask yourself questions. J. Prepare to ask questions in class. Be prepared to participate in discussions. Know what you want the teacher to clarify. K. Review key ideas, and key paragraphs before exams. V. ON TAKING NOTES A. Use a notebook with a separate section for each subject. B. Good note taking starts before class by studying the assignment on which the lecture will be based. C. Don't trust your memory. Write things down. D. Don't write down anything you already know. E. Avoid scribble mania. Don't write too much—look up, listen and concentrate. F. Organize your topics in a structured/outline form. G. Include facts, formulas, lists or diagrams used by the teacher to clarify an idea. H. Make legible notes so you won't waste time recopying. I. Don't let your notes cool off. Review them as soon as possible after class to clarify vague points. J. Make note of any question still unanswered and check with your teacher. K. Remember, you can never replace your notebook, so don't lose it. VI. ON PREPARING FOR EXAM A. Keep up with assignments throughout the year. B. Allow several hour-long review sessions during the week before the test. C. Reread the main ideas, concepts and formulas from the textbook. Work out problems with paper and pencil. D. Study your outlines and class notes. E. Review vocabulary, key formulas, rules and definitions. F. Make a list of main points and key details. Repeat them out loud; rewrite them; rephrase them in your own words. G. Study the questions and summaries at the end of your textbook chapters, as well as the teacher's review questions and problems. H. Review on your own, then with friends who have also prepared for the exam.

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VII. ON TEST TAKING A. Essay form 1. Survey entire test. 2. Note credit allotment per question. 3. Read instructions carefully (underline key words). 4. Allot proper time to each essay according to difficulty. 5. Think 6. Outline response before writing. 7. Be thorough—use detail, examples. 8. Re-read essays. a. To be sure the question is answered. b. To correct mechanics. B. Objective Form 1. Survey entire test. 2. Read instructions carefully (underline key words). 3. Watch for absolutes e.g. "only", "always", "never". 4. Watch time. 5. Consider all choices in multiple choices. 6. Check answers before passing in test.

HEALTH SERVICES
The school health services work with students, parents, teachers and other staff to promote optimum health for academic success. The school health services provide emergency care, identification and assessment of student health problems, communication with parent/guardian, monitoring of immunizations, and promotion of health through various screening programs. ALL MEDICAL RECORDS MUST BE AT SCHOOL PRIOR TO ENROLLMENT 1. Physical Examinations - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health requires that all schoolage children have periodic physical examination. At MVTHS new students entering are required to have a physical examination. A school physical and immunization form will be sent/given to all students entering MVTHS. 2. Parents are required to provide emergency phone numbers to be kept on file and updated as necessary. 3. Health Services will notify parents or guardians of children whose immunizations are not properly updated. Parents/guardians are expected to have their children properly immunized within 15 days of such notice. Failure to do so will result in the child being excluded from school until the requirement is met. 4. Students participating in athletics must have a yearly examination prior to commencing training in the athletic program. 5. Medical excuses which will permit a student a student to refrain from participating in Physical Education: must be signed by a private physician. The school nurse will then process a medical excuse, and a copy of the excuse will be sent to the physical education instructor. The student will still be required to attend class. In addition, a written assignment given by the physical education instructor must be completed each month.
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Students with medical conditions that might impact during their school day, are asked to make the school nurse aware of such. In order to protect your child's confidentiality, the school nurse will devulge medical information to those individuals specifically designated by you. DISPENSING MEDICATION TO PUPILS IN THE MEDFORD PUBLIC SCHOOLS NO Medication, including Aspirin, is to be dispensed to any pupil while under school supervision, except in the following circumstances: When a parent requests that a pupil take medication during the school day, the following procedure is used: Our school district requires that the following forms must be on file in your child's health record before we begin any medicine at school. 1. Signed consent by the parent or guardian to give medicine. Please complete the consent form and give it to your school nurse. 2. Signed medication order. The written medication order form should be taken to your child's licensed presciber (your child's physician, nurse practitioner, etc.) for completion and returned to the school nurse. This order must be renewed as needed and at the beginning of each academic year. 3. Medicines should be deliverd to the school in a pharmacy or manufacturer-labeled container by you or a responsible adult whom you designate. Please ask your pharmacy to provide seperate bottles for school and home. No more than a thirty-day supply of the medicine should be delivered to the school. 4. Inhalers may be kept with the student, with the permission of the parent and physician. 5. TYLENOL - Tylenol may be given to students of grades 9-12 dispensed by a Registered Nurse, with a written standing order by the School Physician. Parental consent must be obtained. This parental consent form must be kept on file in the Nurse's Office and must contain information about any current medications, history of known allergies. Tylenol will only be given if all criteria has been met. Crutch Walking - Any pupil attending school or planning to attend school on crutches, must present a written recommendation from his/her family doctor, indicating the pupil is capable of handling himself/herself in the school environment. Forms are available in the Health Office, M.H.S. that must be filled out and signed by the family physician. Any pupil reporting to school on crutches without written permission as indicated, will be sent home. Postural Screening Program - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health now requires that all students in grades 5-9 have postural screening done annually. Postural screening is done to detect early curvatures of the spine or other postural defects. Parents or guardians will be notified if any positive signs are found. Vision & Hearing Testing Program - The vision and hearing of all students are tested in grade 10. Parents or guardians will be notified if a student needs further examination by a doctor.
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MEDICAL CONDITIONS

Massachusetts Law requires that students who return to school after being out with a contagious disease must have a doctor's note. Reporting Illness or Injury - Any student who becomes ill or injured during the school day must report to the nurse's office. Under no circumstances should an ill or injured student leave the school without reporting to the health office. The student will be dismissed according to the dismissal procedure listed below. Dismissal due to Illness or Injury a. Transportation is not provided by the school unless it is an emergency. (Ambulance) b. The parent or legal guardian will be notified to pick up an ill or injured student at the school. c. When the parent or legal guardian cannot be reached, relatives who will care for the student will be called. Students will not be allowed out of school without a responsible party to care for them. d. In emergency cases an ambulance will be immediately transport the student to the Lawrence Memorial Hospital and the school will notify the parent or guardian. FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH Free and reduced lunch applications will be distributed to all students at the beginning of the school year. Families who wish to apply for participation in this program are to return the completed form directly to the Vocational School Office via the student. Families will be notified of their eligibility for the program. If a family's economic situation changes during the school year, an application can be submitted at any time. STUDENT RECORDS State regulations now allow parents and students, once they reach the age of 14, or the ninth grade, whichever comes first, to inspect, receive a copy of, add to, or request deletion or amendment of any information concerning the student that is kept by the school or school committee and that is organized in such a way that the student may be individually identified. (The only exception to this automatic right of access concerns information kept in the personal files of school employees and not shared with anyone else.) Parents and eligible students will be allowed access to the students' records within two consecutive school days after their request. The student's temporary record will be destroyed 5 years after graduation, withdrawal or transfer. The permanent record will be destroyed 60 years following graduation, withdrawal or transfer. PREGNANT STUDENTS Pregnant students have the right to attend school with a doctor's permission. The administration reserves the right to ask the doctor for a certificate to this effect. ILLNESS If you become ill, report to your classroom teacher. The teacher will make out a "Nurse's Pass": which you will present to the office for permission to see the Nurse or Doctor. TRANSPORTATION All cars parked on school property will be subject to search and seizure policy as outlined on page 21 of this handbook.
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Resident students may apply in the Main Office for a M.B.T.A. Student Badge. Students who drive cars to school must park them in the area assigned and must not move them until their school day is completed. Cars are not to be occupied during the school day. Cars parked in Restricted Areas are subject to be towed. Students who are driving dangerously or speeding are subject to disciplinary action, including loss of parking privileges. All operators and passengers of motor vehicles are required to properly fasten safety belts when driving on school property. Any operator of a vehicle in which the driver or any passenger is not wearing a safety belt or is not otherwise properly restrained in an infant or child seat will receive the following penalties: STUDENTS • First time student offender will receive a written warning, and parent/guardian will be notified. • Second-time student offender will lose parking privileges at the high school for two weeks, and parent/guardian will be notified. • Third-time student offender will then have his/her parking privileges at the high school revoked for the remainder of the school year, and parent/guardian will be notified: OTHERS • Any other operator who is not a student will receive a warning and safety education material. Any school administrator, staff member, or police officer may report a violation of this policy to the appropriate school authority.

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POLICY PROHIBITING HARASSMENT AND VIOLENCE
I. GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY It is the policy of the Medford Public Schools to maintain a learning and working environment that is free from sexual orientation harassment, sexual harassment, and violence. The School District prohibits any form of sexual orientation harassment, sexual harassment, and violence. It shall be a violation of this policy for any pupil, teacher, administrator, or other school personnel of the School District to harass a pupil, teacher, administrator, or other school personnel through conduct or communication of a sexual nature as defined by this policy. (For the purposes of this policy, school personnel includes school board members, school employees, agents, volunteers, contractors or persons subject to the supervision and control of the district.) It shall be a violation of this policy for any pupil, teacher, administrator, other school personnel of the School District to inflict, threaten to inflict, or attempt to inflict sexual violence or harassment upon any pupil, teacher, administrator, or other school personnel. The School District will act to investigate complaints, either formal or informal, verbal or written, of sexual orientation harassment, sexual harassment, and violence and to discipline or take appropriate action against any pupil, teacher, administrator, or other school personnel who is found to have violated this policy.
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II. DEFINITION OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT A. Sexual Harassment Definition Sexual harassment consists of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually motivated physical conduct or other verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature when: 1) submission to such conduct or communication is made either explicitly or implicitly, of obtaining or retaining employment, or of obtaining an education; or 2) submission to or rejection of that conduct or communication by an individual is used as a factor in decisions affecting that individual's employment or education; or 3) that conduct or communication has the purpose or effect of unreasonably or substantially interfering with an individual's employment or education, or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive employment or educational environment. 4) Under Massachusetts' Fair Education Practices, Chapter 151C of the Mass. General Laws: Sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature exist when: a) submission or rejection of such advances, requests or conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of the provision of the benefits, privileges, or placement services or as a basis for the evaluation of academic achievement; or b) such advances, requests or conduct have the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's education by creating an intimidating, hostile, humiliating or sexually offensive educational environment. Sexual Harassment may include but is not limited to: 1) unwelcome verbal harassment or abuse; 2) unwelcome pressure for sexual activity; 3) unwelcome, sexually motivated or inappropriate patting, pinching, or physical contact, other than necessary restraint of pupil(s) by teachers, administrators. or other school personnel to avoid physical harm to persons or property; 4) unwelcome sexual behavior or words, including demands for sexual favors, accompa nied by implied or overt threats concerning an individual's employment or educational status; 5) unwelcome behavior or words directed to an individual because of gender; 6) unwelcome behavior or words directed to an individual because of sexual orientation. B. Sexual Violence Definition Sexual violence is a physical act of aggression or force or the threat thereof which involves the touching of another's intimate parts, or forcing a person to touch any person's intimate parts. Intimate parts include the primary genital area, groin, inner thigh, buttocks, or breast, as well as the closing covering those areas. Sexual violence may include but is not limited to. 1) touching, patting, grabbing, or pinching another person's intimate parts, whether that person is of the same gender or the opposite gender; 2) coercing, forcing or attempting to coerce or force the touching of anyone's intimate parts; 3) coercing, forcing or attempting to coerce or force sexual intercourse or a sexual act on another, or; 4) threatening to force or coerce sexual acts, including the touching of intimate parts or intercourse on another.
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C. Assault Definition Assault is: 1) an act done with intent to cause fear in another of immediate bodily harm or death; 2) the intentional infliction of or attempt to inflict bodily harm upon an other; or 3) the threat to do bodily harm to another with present ability to carry out the threat. III. REPORTING PROCEDURES Any person who believe he or she has been a victim of sexual harassment or violence in any form defined above, by a pupil, teacher, administrator, or other school personnel of the School District, or any other person with knowledge or belief of conduct which may constitute sexual harassment or violence toward a pupil, teacher, administrator, or other school personnel should report the alleged acts immediately to an appropriate School District official designated by this policy. Many times situations involving non-physical harassment can be quickly and quietly resolved if the harasser and the victim can be persuaded to sit down and talk things over in the presence of a third party. Nothing in this policy shall prevent any person from reporting harassment or violence directly to a District Human Rights Office or to the Superintendent. A. In Each School Building The building's Principal is the person responsible for receiving oral or written reports of sexual harassment or violence at the building level. Any adult School District personnel who receives a report of sexual harassment or violence shall inform the building principal immediately. Upon receipt of a report, the Principal must notify the School District designee immedi ely, without screening or investigating the report. The principal may request. but may not insist upon a written complaint. A written statement of the facts alleged will be for warded as soon as practicable by the Principal to the designee. Failure to forward any harassment or violence report or complaint as provided herein will result in disciplinary action against the Principal. If the complaint involves the building Principal, the complaint should be made or filed directly with the Superintendent or the designee by the reporting party or complainant. B. In the District The School Board hereby designates Gwen Blackburn as the designee to receive reports and complaints of sexual harassment or violence. If the complaint involves the designee, the complaint shall be filed directly with the Superintendent. The School District shall conspicuously post the name of the designee including mailing address and telephone numbers. C. Submission of a good faith complaint or report of sexual harassment or violence will not affect the complainant or reporter's future employment, grades or work assignments. D. Use of formal reporting forms is mandatory. E. The School District will respect the privacy of the complainant, the individual(s) against whom the complaint is filed, and the witnesses as much as possible, consistent with the School Department's legal obligation to investigate, to take appropriate action, and to conform with any discovery or disclosure obligations.
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IV. INVESTIGATION By authority of the School District, the designee, upon receipt of a report or complaint alleging sexual harassment and violence, shall immediately undertake or authorize an investigation. The investigation may be conducted by School Department officials or by a third party designated by the School District. The investigation may consist of personal interviews with the complainant, the individual(s) against whom the complaint is filed, and others who may have knowledge of the alleged incident(s) or circumstances giving rise to the complaint. The investigation may also consist of any other methods and documents deemed pertinent by the investigator. In determining whether alleged conduct constitutes a violation of this policy, the School District should consider the surrounding circumstances, the nature of the behavior, past incidents or past continuing patterns of behavior, the relationships between the two parties involved and the context in which the alleged incidents occurred. Whether a particular action or incident constitutes a violation of this policy requires a determination based on all the facts and surrounding circumstances. In addition, the School District may take immediate steps, at its discretion, to protect the complainant, pupils, teachers, administrators, or other school personnel pending completion of an investigation of alleged sexual harassment or violence. The investigation will be completed as soon as practicable. The designee shall make a written report to the Principal and Superintendent upon completion of the investigation. If the complaint involves the Superintendent, the report may be filed directly with the School Committee. The report shall include a determination of whether the allegations have been substantiated as factual and whether they appear to be violations of this policy. V. SCHOOL DISTRICT ACTION Upon receipt of the report, the Principal and/or Superintendent will take appropriate action. Such action may include, but is not limited to warning, suspension, exclusion, expulsion, transfer, remediation, termination, or discharge. In any determination involving discipline of a staff member or student, the School Committee will be informed of the action taken. Superintendent action taken for violation of this policy will be consistent with requirements of applicable collective bargaining agreements, state, federal law, and School District policies. If the complaint involves the Superintendent, the School Committee will take appropriate action. The result of the School District's investigation of each complaint filed under these procedures will be reported in writing to the complainant by the School District in accordance with state and federal laws regarding data or records privacy. VI. REPRISALS The School District will discipline or take appropriate action against any pupil, teacher, administrator, or other school personnel who retaliates against any person who reports alleged sexual harassment or violence or any other person who testifies, assists, or participates in an investigation, or who testifies, assists or participates in a proceeding or hearing relating to such harassment or violence. Retaliation includes, but is not llmited to, any form of intimidation, reprisal, or harassment.
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VII. RIGHT TO ALTERNATIVE COMPLAINT PROCEDURES These procedures do not deny the right of any individual to pursue other avenues of recourse, which may include filing charges with the state, initiating civil rights action, or seeking redress under state criminal statutes and/or federal law. VIII. HARASSMENT OR VIOLENCE AS ABUSE Under certain circumstances, alleged harassment or violence may also be possible abuse under state law. If so, the duties of mandatory reporting under such statutes may be applicable. Nothing in this policy will prohibit Medford Public Schools from taking immediate action to protect victims of alleged harassment, violence, or abuse. IX. DISSEMINATION OF POLICY AND TRAINING A. This policy shall be conspicuously posted throughout each school building in areas accessible to pupils and staff members. B. This policy shall appear in the Student Handbook. C. The Medford Public Schools will develop a method of discussing this policy with ` students and employees. D. This policy shall be reviewed periodically for compliance with state and federal law. X FALSE ACCUSATIONS Because of the serious and private nature of this harassment offense, false accusations of harassment are, and will be treated as a disciplinary offense and will result in the same level of punishment as that applied to one who engages in harassment behavior. TITLE IX -- CHAPTER 622 It is the policy of the Medford School Department not to discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religion, color, national origin, or handicap in its educational programs, activities of employment policies as required by Title IX Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Specifically, it reaffirms its policy against discrimination related to race, religion, sex, national origin or handicap in the admission, instruction, counseling, or dismissal of students regarding any courses or programs offered at Medford High School. The Committee further indicates its acceptance of all federal and state laws and regulations dealing with the civil rights of parents, students, and employees of the School Department, as outlined in Chapter 622, Acts of 1971. If any student feels as though his or her rights have been violated, they may contact the following school personnel and submit their complaint in writing. The complaint forms may be picked up in a Submaster's Office. William C. Mahoney, Principal/Director Charles Durney, Assistant Director Vocational High School Vocational High School Director of Multicultural/ESL Department 2nd Floor, Building C Mediation Room 3rd Floor, Building C (across from Mr. Polcari's Office) Ms. Jane Furhing, Mediator

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THE MEDFORD HIGH SCHOOL MEDIATION PROGRAM The Mediation program at Medford Vocational-Technical High School works with students to resolve conflict. Some examples of conflict with which the program has been involved, include rumors, fights, relationship issues, and racial incidents. Cases are referred to mediation by submasters, counselors, administrators, students and parents. When the referral source has a case they feel is appropriate for mediation, they contact the mediation coordinator with the names of the students involved and the nature of the case. The coordinators then contacts and interviews the students involved to get an understanding of the dispute. The coordinator also explains the mediation process and asks the parties if they are willing to mediate. If they agree to participate the meeting is scheduled. Trained student mediators assist peers who are involved in conflict, as peers tend to listen to each other. Students receive twenty hours of training. After completing the requirement, they are chosen, based on suitability and availability, to mediate the dispute. Mediation is voluntary and confidential. Sessions usually last one class period and most result in agreements. Be Safety Conscious! GENERAL SAFETY RULES 1. Always receive permission from the instructor before using a machine. 2. Never use a machine until you are conversant with the safety rules governing the operation of that machine. 3. If anything goes wrong throw off power immediately and report to the instructor. 4. Never leave a machine with loose adjustments. 5. Never talk to anyone working on a machine. 6. Never attempt to oil, repair, or set up a machine while it is running. 7. Always use guards. 8. Never start, use or operate a machine while its running. 9. Never look about while operating machinery. 10. Never talk while operating machinery. 11. Never use any machinery without wearing goggles or safety glasses. 12. Never try to stop any machinery with your hands. 13. Never wash your hands with gasoline, solvent, lacquer, thinner or turpentine. 14. Always follow directions of your instructor. 15. Use safety glasses at all times. 16. Wear a proper uniform and safety shoes at all times. SAFETY Safety is taught in all shops, laboratories and classrooms of the school. Each shop or labratory has it own set of Safety Rules. Be sure you familiarize yourself with the rules of your particular department. All our equipment is safeguarded by approved devices as recommended by the State Department of Labor and Industries. Be sure you are familiar with all guards and make proper use of them. The only well trained worker is the safe one. Obey your instructor, and follow instructions carefully.
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STUDENT SHOP REGULATIONS 1. Glasses, where required, must be worn at all times. 2. Safety shoes, where required, must be worn at all times and be removed when passing to and from areas outside the shop. The wearing of sneakers will not be permitted. 3. Shop uniforms must be worn at all times and placed in lockers each and every time they are Removed. Students shall be personally responsible for willful damage and loss of the same. Uniforms must be cleaned each week. 4. No student may procure or purchase parts form local vendors during the school day. All such parts, when properly ordered will be delivered. 5. All students will use appropriate tags for tools and other material. Students shall be responsible for willful damage and loss of the same. 6. All students must obtain a request form, issued by the shop instructor and approved by the coordinator, for the purpose of having work or services performed in any shop. 7. No student will be allowed to work or enter any shop area without the presence of an instructor. 8. No student may park his or her vehicle in any shop area. Such vehicles will be towed at his or her expense. 9. Long hair must be tied back or covered with a net. Long hair must not cover the eyes. 10. Failure to wear proper safety equipment in the shop/work area: (Students must wear prescribed safety equipment in laboratories, vocational shops and on outside work projects.) First Offense, student will be assigned a two (2) page report on importance of safety equipment in shop. Second Offense, student will be assigned one (1) After-School-Detention* and a five (5) page report on injuries caused by a lack of proper safety equipment; Third Offense, one (1) In-School Suspension*. 12. Tools removed from shop without specific authorization from Shop teacher, may be considered a weapon as defined on page 53. ACCIDENT REPORTS All accidents, no matter how trivial, must be reported to your instructor. In case of an accident in the gymnasium, a report must be made to the physical education instructor before returning to the Vocational High School. This procedure is important. FIRE DRILL Unannounced Fire Drills are held frequently throughout the year. The rule of absolute silence must be maintained in passing, and all students must walk, not run. On reaching the outside of the building, all students should remain in formation until the signal to return is given. Everyone in the building must participate in the fire drills. A steady, constant sounding of the Fire Horn is the signal for evacuation of the school building. REGULATIONS IN REGARD TO FIRE DRILLS Exits to be used will be posted and announced for that particular room. If the alarm should sound when students are in a corridor, a lavatory, or in the lunchroom, they must file quietly to the nearest exit.
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FIRE EGRESS FIRST FLOOR V-101 and V-103 Enter corridor, turn left, file out by the side door at the front of the school. V-105 File out over head doorway on front of building. V-110 Enter corridor, turn right, file to end of corridor front exit. V-112 Enter corridor, turn right, file to end of corridor front exit. V-114 Enter corridor, turn right, file to end of corridor front exit. V-116-118 Enter corridor, turn left, climb one flight of stairs to exit. V-120 Enter corridor, to stairwell, climb one flight of stairs to exit. V-122 Enter corridor, to stairwell, climb one flight of stairs to exit. SECOND FLOOR Electrical shop and related room Enter main corridor outside each room, turn right and file outside. SHOPS All related shops file out overhead and side doorways (front of Vocational wing.) RELATED AND CLASSROOMS (Academic) V-212 Painting and Decorating File across into Metal Fabrication Shop and out doorway. V-214 Sheet Metal Related File across into Sheet Metal Shop and out doorway. V-216 File across into auto shop and out doorway. V-218-220 Enter corridor, turn right, file out end doorway by the gym cage. Science Lab File into Metal Fabrication Shop and out doorway. B-211 Go left along the corridor by the Vocational Office and out to courtyard. B-212 Go right along the corridor by the Vocational Office and out to courtyard. B-213 Go left along the corridor by the Vocational Office and out to courtyard. B-214 & B-216 Go left along the corridor by the Vocational Office and out to courtyard. Gym "Cages" Leave via exit nearest to rear of building and out to driveway. B-309 Go out the door to stairway and then down one level to the Vocational Office corridor and out to courtyard.
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UNIFORMS - PROTECTIVE SHOES
Uniforms and protective shoes (no sneakers) are required when working in a shop. This necessary for your safety and for the protection of your street clothes. Every precaution is taken in the shops to protect clothing. Shorts are NOT allowed to be worn in shop. Lockers are available for all students. You should come to school neatly dressed. Anytime you leave the Vocational High School, street clothes must be worn. This includes the lunchroom, assemblies, and special errands. Remember that a young person who is neat and clean in appearance is an asset to any group or organization. At the conclusion of shop week, all lockers must be cleaned out and the shop clothes taken home and laundered for the next shop week.

UNIFORMS FOR THE SHOP
Automotive Department Blue shirt and blue trousers, safety shoes Auto Body Department Blue jeans with dark blue shirt, safety shoes Cabinet Making Department Brown shirt and blue trousers, safety shoes Cosmetology Department Solid White "Tee" shirt, solid white sneakers Culinary Arts White shirt or coat, check pants or white pants (minimum of two (2) complete uniforms) Electrical Department Khaki shirt with blue jeans, safety shoes Graphic Arts Department 3/4 length dark shop coat, short sleeve shirt, safety shoes Metal Fabrication/HVAC Department Green trousers and green shirt, safety shoes

EYE PROTECTION
The school will enforce and the student shall comply with the following statute: G.L. Chapter 71, Section 55C as amended on March 4, 1966. The Massachusetts School Eye Safety Law. Each teacher and pupil of any school, public or private shall, while attending school classes in industrial art or vocational shops or laboratories in which caustic or explosive chemicals, hot liquids or solids, hot molten metals, or explosives are used or in which welding or servicing of vehicles, heat treatment or tempering of solid materials, or any similar dangerous process is taught, exposure to which may be a source of danger to eyes, wear an industrial quality eye protective device, approved by the Department of Public Safety. Each visitor to any such classroom or laboratory shall also be required to wear such protective device.
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ATTENDANCE POLICY Regular attendance at school is the cornerstone of a successful high school education. Good attendance has been shown to have a direct, positive relationship to scholastic achievement and overall success in school. To be considered in attendance, students must arrive before 9:35a.m. and be in attendance for at least four (4) hours fourty minutes of the school day. Parent-Guardians are required to call the Vocational School Office between 7:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon when their son or daughter is to be absent form school. The telephone number is 393-2207 A. Excused Absences: Sickness shall be regarded as a legitimate cause of absence or tardiness. A written statement is required of the parent or guardian on return of the pupil to school. If a student has had extenuating medical circumstances, and has supportive documentation from a physician, it must be submitted to the Assistant Director no later than two (2) weeks (10 days) after the student's return to school. 1). The Assistant Director will forward the original documentation to the Health Office. 2). The Health Office will verify and give medical excuses for valid notes from a licensed health care provider only. The school nurse will contact the medical office whenever necessary to verify documentation. 3). Any note deemed to be forged, stolen, or altered in any fashion will be considered invalid In addition, such an incident will be considered a suspendable offense. B. Unexcused Absences: 1. Truancy--student absent from school without parental permission. 2. In-School Truancy--student fails to sign into school upon arrival but is physically present. 3. Student found in violation of the above, will be suspended from school. Parental conference to be arranged. 4. All classes missed due to a truancy will be considered a class cut and have to be made up within two (2) weeks of the date of the violation (refer to Class Attendance Policy.) C. Excessive Absences: 1. Student absent three (3) times within a four week attendance period will have their home notified by mail. Parent(s) will be notified to contact the Assistant Directors Office for follow-up conference. 2. The Parent-Guardian will be notified by mail by the Assistant Director when their son's/ daughter's absences record reaches six (6) and twelve (12) absences. A parental conference will be held with the Assistant Director to discuss the reason(s) for the excessive absenteeism. 3. Students who are absent from school more than twelve (12) days, exclusive of Home Instruction, must repeat their entire academic program. No student in this category is eligible to make up any part of his/her program other than by repeating his/her course of study. The right of student appeal to the Director, based on extenuating circumstances, would be considered. D. Shop Attendance Policy: Students are allowed three (3) excused absences per quarter from shop without penalty. After this time a grade of zero is recorded for that day, since it is impossible to make up shop. In case of extended absences, the individual situation will be considered. E. Class Attendance Policy: 1. Students are required to attend all regularly scheduled academic and study hall assignments per student program. 2. Students who may be passing in a given course, but who have cut class three (3) times during the quarter will be given a grade of "E" for the quarter. 3. Students who may not have exceeded two (2) class cuts are required to make up work missed to the teacher's satisfaction within two (2) weeks from the date missed.
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Failure to complete work required will result in grade reduction for the quarter. Students may be penalized no more than one-half letter grade per cut. 4. Students who are tardy to their period one class or any other class during the day without a written, legitimated excuse are to be held accountable for making up work missed before being given full credit for class attendance. 5. Home notification of class cuts, as stated in the Discipline Code underProcedural Policies Class Cuts, will be followed. 6. Make-up Due to Illness: Make-up for student's absences due to illness is to be made up to the teacher's satisfaction within two (2) weeks from the date of the absence. TARDY-TO-CLASS REGULATIONS Tardy-to-class violations will not be tolerated. Students who are late to class will return to the teacher's class to make up work missed because of tardiness. A student sent to the Assistant Director for repeated offenses will receive one hour of administrative detention. If a late to class exceeds 10 minutes, it will constitute a class cut. TARDINESS It has been our experience that punctuality or lack of it is usually a result of habit. Excessive or even periodic tardiness in the school situation will seriously hamper the student's opportunities for future employment in industry. It is very important that tardy students check in with the office or they will be marked absent for the day. Students who may be tardy because of appointments with the doctor, dentist, court or Registry of Motor Vehicles, will supply a note from their parents to the Assistant Director's office the preceding day. TARDINESS POLICY Each student is expected to arrive at school in time to be in homeroom at 7:45 a.m. every day. All students are to pass to their homerooms at the sounding of the 7:40 warning bell. Students are not to be permitted to loiter in or around the building. A. Students who come to school tardy without a written, legitimate excuse will be subject to the following: 1. Students who are tardy three (3) times in four week attendance period will have their homes notified by mail, and will be assigned detention. 2. Students who are tardy five (5) times in a four week attendance period will be suspended from school with a parental conference to follow. 3. Students who are tardy after 8:30 will be assigned detention on first violation. B. Students who are late to school due to bus problems are to note the Bus Number-Stop and report same to the Assistant Director upon arrival at school. DISMISSALS You should request dismissal only in case of an emergency. Appointments and errands that can be done before or after school hours are not considered emergencies. Time lost due to dismissal should be made up. A note from your parent or guardian requesting dismissal should be presented to your homeroom teacher previous to the opening of school. The teacher makes out a dismissal slip which is sent to the office approval.
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Telephone dismissals are discouraged and will only be considered in case of emergency. Parents are required to pick up students on a telephone dismissal. Dismissal for the purpose of going to work is not allowed. All students are dismissed must sign out in Vocational office. NOTES AND REPORTS FROM HOME You must bring a note from home, signed by your parent or guardian when: a. You request dismissal from school. b. You are absent form school. You must bring an absent note signed by your parent/guardian the day you return to school. OVERDUE NOTES AND REPORTS If you fail to return a note, mid-quarter evaluation, or report card at the scheduled time, the note will be expected the next day by your homeroom teacher. The second day you will be sent to the office with an "Overdue Report Slip". The missing note or report must be delivered to your homeroom instructor the following day. Failure to return the note will require the student to remain after school with the homeroom teacher.

CODE OF CONDUCT
BEHAVIORAL PHILOSOPHY In high school, as in later life, you will be what you choose to be. The Medford School Committee, administration, staff, and faculty expect all students at MVTHS to act at all times in a manner which indicates that they respect themselves, respect authority, and respect the rights and property of others. Students who consistently ignore the rules and regulations of the Code of Conduct through inappropriate behavior will be subject to disciplinary action as they have disrupted the educational process, posed a health or safety threat to others or themselves, or have violated the rights of others in some way. Disciplinary procedures at MVTHS may involve one or more of the following: 1. Student, teacher, administrative conference 2. Letter home to parent 3. Loss of privileges 4. Assignment to teacher/administration detention 5. Restitution for damages 6. Suspension 7. Expulsion DISCIPLINE PROCESS Teachers have the right to detain a student after school for violations of school or class regulations. Students must remain after school when instructed by a teacher to do so. Failure to return will result in the student being referred to the Assistant Director's office for disciplinary action. ADMINISTRATIVE DETENTION Assignments to this detention will be made only by the Director or Assistant Director. Students assigned to administrative detention should report to Vocational office. 1. Must arrive no later than 2:35
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2. Remain until 3:30 3. Students must bring homework or written assignments to complete while serving detention; those students who do not conform to this will not be given credit by teacher in charge and an additional session will be assigned. 4. A student may stay after for makeup work only and may be given credit for detention upon notification from the teacher. MAJOR OFFENSES Grounds for Immediate Suspension 1. Fighting *All parties will be suspended 2. Cheating 3. Stealing 4. Possession of non-prescription drugs, alcohol, or weapons 5. Hazing 6. Vandalism (restitution required for damages) 7. Verbal abuse to school personnel 8. Bomb scare 9. Willful violations of safety regulations 10. False alarms 11. Possession of inappropriate or obscene literature 12. Students must identify themselves when requested to do so by school personnel. Failure to do so will result in a suspension. *Note: Coming to and from school, which includes the bus stop are extensions of the school itself and the rules regarding behavior are the same as in school. *Grounds for Suspension for not less than 5 days nor more than the Maximum Time Period of Ten (10) Days: 1. Racially discriminatory/abusive behavior 2. Manufacturing and/or possession of drug paraphernalia, burglary tools and weapons on school property. 3. Extortion * Students who engage in this type of behavior will not only be suspended for the maximum time period, but may also be referred to the Headmaster for expulsion after a Due Process Hearing. Note: When in the judgement of the administration, the health or safety of a student is endangered or the behavior of a student substantially disrupts the educational process, the administration will recommend to the Headmaster that said student be excluded from school. PHASE 1 - DISCIPLINARY ACTION Administrative Level - Submaster A. Violations of General Rules and Regulation of the School The teachers and the Submasters shall be responsible and accountable for student discipline, with the Headmaster becoming involved when necessary. In Medford High School the following guidelines shall be followed with regard to particular disciplinary cases as listed: Level 1: In School Suspension Program The following guidelines will determine which students are to be placed in the In School Suspension Program.
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Level 1 will include students who violate the following rules and regulations: Tardiness, truancy, smoking, class cutting, restricted areas, and classroom and discipline policies. The disciplinary procedures listed in the Student Handbook are to be followed before assigning a student to the program. All In School Suspension will include a parental conference and a referral to the respective Guidance Counselor. Level 2 Suspension: Major School Violations Students may be suspended from school for up to ten (10) days and/or recommended for exclusion to the Superintendent of Schools for the following violations: Arson, assault, battery, fighting, possession or use of explosives (including fireworks), extortion, blackmail, coercion, forgery, gambling, larceny, theft, vandalism, intimidation of school personnel, interference with school authorities, possession of weapons (including knives), sale and possession of drugs, students who fail to identify themselves upon request by personnel employed in Medford Public School System. When a student has been suspended from Medford High School/Medford Vocational-Technical High School, the suspension includes all classes, school functions, including athletic games, and other extra-curricular activities both on and off school premises. Under no circumstances will he/ she be allowed in school or on school grounds during the suspension period. If he/she is found within the building or on school grounds, it will be considered trespassing and appropriate action will be taken. B. Assignment of Suspensions Level 1 Suspensions may be given by the Director, Asst. Director or designee. Level 2 Suspensions may be given by the Director, or his designee with notification of suspension to the Superintendent of Schools and the School Committee. All suspensions shall be recorded on the Temporary Record of the student. Pursuant to the Educational Reform Act of 1993 and 1994 all student handbooks will contain the following provisions: A. Any student who is found on school premises or at school-sponsored or school-related events, including athletic games, in possession of a dangerous weapon, including, but not limited to, a gun or a knife, or a controlled substance as defined in Chapter 94C, including, but not limited to, marijuana, cocaine, and heroin, may be subject to expulsion from the school or school district by the school principal. B. Any student who assaults a principal, assistant principal, teacher, teacher's aide or other educational staff on school premises or at a school-sponsored or school-related events, including athletic games, may be subject to expulsion from the school or the school district by the principal. C. Any student who is charged with a violation of either paragraph (a) or (b) shall be notified in writing of an opportunity for a hearing; provided, however, that student may have representation, along with the opportunity to present evidence and witnesses at said hearing before the principal. After said hearing, a principal may, in his discretion, decide to suspend rather than expel a student who has been determined by the principal to have violated either paragraph (a) or (b); provided, however, that any principal who decides that said student should be suspended shall state in writing to the school committee his reasons for choosing the suspension instead of expulsion as the most appropriate remedy. In this statement, the principal shall represent that, in his opinion, the continued presence of this student in the school will not pose a threat to the safety, security, and welfare of other students and staff in the school. D. Any student who has been expelled from a school district pursuant to these provisions shall
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have the right to appeal to the Superintendent. The expelled student shall have ten (10) days from the date of expulsion in which to notify the superintendent of his/her appeal. The student has the right to counsel at a hearing before the superintendent. The subject matter of the appeal shall not be limited solely to a factual determination of whether the student has violated any provisions of this section. E. When a student is expelled under the provision of this section and applies for admission to another school for acceptance, the superintendent of the sending school shall notify the superintendent of the receiving school of the reasons for the pupil's expulsion. Long Term Suspension under M.G.L. Chapter 71, Section 37H 1/2 1. Upon the issuance of a criminal complaint charging a student with a felony, or upon the issuance of a felony delinquency complaint against a student, a principal may suspend such student for a period of time determined to be appropriate by said principal if said principal determines that the student's continued presence in school would have a substantial detrimental effect on the general welfare of the school. The student shall receive written notification of the charges and the reasons for suspension prior to the suspension taking effect. The student shall also receive written notification of his right to appeal and the process for appealing such a suspension; provided, however, that such suspension shall remain in effect prior to any appeal hearing conducted by the superintendent. The student shall have the right to appeal the suspension to the superintendent. The student shall notify the superintendent in writing of his request for an appeal no later than five (5) calendar days following the effective date of the suspension. The superintendent shall hold a hearing with the student and the student's parent or guardian within three calendar days of the student's request for an appeal. At the hearing, the student shall have the right to present oral and written testimony on his behalf, and shall have the right to counsel. The superintendent shall have the right to overturn or alter the decision of the principal, including recommending and alternate educational program for the student. The superintendent shall render a decision of the appeal within five (5) calendar days of the hearing. Such a decision shall be the final decision of the city, town, or regional school district with regard to the suspension. 2. Upon a student being convicted of a felony or upon adjudication or admission in court of guilt with respect to such a felony or felony delinquency, the principal may expel said student if such principal determined that the student's continued presence in school would have a substantial detrimental effect on the general welfare of the school. (Due process procedures including notification, request for an appeal and appeal hearing mirror those procedures outlined in item one (1) above.) Upon expulsion of such student, no school or school district shall be required to provide educational services to such student.

OTHER OFFENSES
1. Cutting class. First offense--detention for each period missed will be doubled. Second offense-In-School suspension for 1 day. 2. Failure to report to administrative detention. First offense--detention doubled. Second offense will lead to Suspension for 1 day. 3. Failure to return report cards, warning notice or other school documents sent to the home on a timely basis and referred to the Assistant Director's office will result in two (2) hours of detention for each missing document. Excessive failure to return documents may result in a day of in-house suspension.
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RADIOS, HEADSETS, AND AUDIO VISUAL DEVICES No student may bring a radio, headset, beeper, cellular phone, laser pointer or other audio/ visual material within school building. Playing music may create audio disturbance and is a potential distraction from the educational climate of the school. School personnel will not be responsible if a students electronic device is lost or stolen. These materials will be confiscated and will not be returned until the student's parent or guardian calls the school and speaks to the Assistant Director. Students may also receive detention. The administration at MVTHS believes that students who face possible suspension or expulsion have rights that should and must be protected. In keeping with that belief, the following due process procedures have been established: 1. In cases where the suspension will be short of duration (less than ten full days) the student is entitled to an informal hearing with the Assistant Director and also entitled to the following: A. Notice of the charges against him/her (either written or oral). B. An explanation of the evidence in support of the charges. C. An opportunity to present his/her side of the story. 2. In cases where the suspension will be long term or there is a genuine factual dispute, or the suspension is likely to cause unusual harm, the student is entitled to a formal hearing and also entitled to the following: A. The right to written notice clearly specifying all of the evidence upon which the alleged violation is based. B. Access to documented evidence before the hearing. C. The right to have adequate time to prepare for the hearing. D. The right to present witnesses. E. The right to cross-examination. F. The right to an unbiased determiner of facts (this will normally be the Assistant Director, unless he/she is personally involved in the case). DISCIPLINING STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS All students are expected to meet the requirements for behavior as set forth in this Handbook. Chapter 71B of Massachusetts General Laws, known as Chapter 766, required that additional provisions be made for students who have been found by an evaluation team to have special needs and whose program is described in an Individual Plan (IEP). The following additional requirements apply to the discipline of special needs students: 1. The IEP for every special needs student indicates 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 IEP. 2. The Assistant Director will notify the Special Education Office of a suspendable offense of a special needs student, and a record will be kept of such notices. 3. When it is expected that the suspension(s) of a special needs student will accumulate to ten (10) days in a school year, review of the IEP as provided in Section 333 of Chapter 766 regulations will help to determine the appropriateness of the student's placement or program. The team will make a finding as to the relationship between the student's misconduct and his/ her handicapping condition, and either: A. Design a modified program for that student or
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DUE PROCESS

B . Write an amendment to provide for the delivery of special education services during the suspension, and any needed modifications of the IEP relative to discipline code expectations. In addition, the Department of Education will be notified as required by law, and the procedures promulgated by the Department of Education for approval of the alternative plan will be followed. The above is only a summary of the regulations of pertaining to disciplining students with special needs. If more information is desired, a copy of regulations may be obtained from the Special Educational Department.

1. - Teachers must report all cases involving drugs, or suspicion of drug abuse, to the appropriate adminis trator. (Drugs, for the purpose of this regulation, shall include but not be limited to alcohol.) The exception to this procedure shall be the case of a student who is so disabled that a question of his/her safety is posed, at which time he/she shall be escorted to the Health Suite, where he/she will receive the necessary attention from the School Nurse. 2. - Each case involving the use of drugs in the school must be reported to the Submaster and Headmaster. 3. - If a case involves the sale or possession of drugs, the case should be handled by the Administration. The Administration must notify the Juvenile Authority and Security Office. 4. - If a student is in possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, the student will be recommended for expulsion by the Headmaster with the approval of the Superintendent of Schools. 5. - Students found to be using drugs or in possession of drugs will be subject to expulsion/suspension and will be referred to a Drug Rehabilitation Program. 6. - Teachers may contact the Health Department for services on cases in which the student has not displayed any drug-related behavior on school premises but has indicated a need for assistance. 7. - The Administrator will set up a parental conference involving the student, parents, school adminis tration, and the counselor. 8. - In cases of repeated drug or alcohol use by students, the Administration may require a letter from a physician or licensed mental health facility before readmitting the student to school. 9. - In cases of possession or sale, the Administrator may request placement outside of the physical facility; or the Headmaster may recommend exclusion with the approval of the Superintendent of Schools.

Procedure for Drug Abuse Cases

GOALS The Medford Public Schools wish to provide the optimum learning environment for our community of learners and therefore the Medford Public Schools promote a substance-free atmosphere. However, the Medford Public School System recognizes that certain individuals use/ abuse drugs and alcohol. The use of these substances poses a potential danger to the individual using as well as the entire student body and staff. This policy recognizes the importance of a three-prong approach to drug and alcohol use: prevention, enforcement, and rehabilitation. The policy pertains to all vehicles and all containers and compartments within vehicles while under school jurisdiction; all school facilities, school grounds, and all school sponsored functions and events regardless of their location. State law mandates that anyone within 1,000 feet of school building convicted of possessing drugs with intent to distribute or actually distributing receive a mandatory two-year jail sentence. School lockers, desks and all other school fixtures are considered school property. The school system reserves the right to conduct periodic inspection of all school property.
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DRUG AND ALCOHOL POLlCY

Medford Public Schools

DEFlNITION OF DRUGS

The term drug includes all illegal drugs. It also includes over the counter medication, prescription medication, inhalants, or any substance that has not received medical clearance from the school health office for use by a specific student.

POLICY

Students with legitimate medical needs must be identified and cleared in the health office. Any student needing to take medication must follow the Medford Public Schools Medication Policy. No student can transport medication to school as per policy. Any illegal use of drugs and /or the misuse of prescribed or over the counter medications as defined in the Medford Public Schools Medication Policy constitutes abuse. No person shall possess, have under his/her control, sell, dispense, purchase, administer, transport, be in the presence of, possess with intent to sell, or conceal alcohol or any controlled drug or any substance represented to be a drug or alcohol. No person shall ingest, inject, inhale, or otherwise introduce into the human body nor be under the influence of any drug or alcohol. No person shall possess, have under his/her control, sell, dispense, purchases, transport, possess with intent to sell, or conceal any drug paraphernalia or objects used for the containment or dispensing of alcohol. Student athletes/cheerleaders and a parent/guardian of each must attend a mandatory chemical awareness session prior to the start of each season as a requirement of eligibility. On an annual basis all students will sign an acknowledgment of having read the drug and alcohol policy after they have done so. School property, including lockers, may be periodically checked for drugs/alcohol at the discretion of the administration when there is reasonable suspicion of a violation of school rules. Students will not be allowed access to their cars/vehicles during the school day unless accompanied by a school official.

PREVENTlON

The comprehensive health curriculum shall address the issues of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco throughout a student's academic experience. A variety of age-appropriate methods will be used; including, but not limited to, the established core curriculum, DARE, specific tobacco programs, and CASPAR (Alcohol/Drug Education). Tobacco education and tobacco cessation programs will be offered during the school year. The school will provide training and review of its drug/alcohol policies each year to all staff. Chemical awareness programs will be offered to all parents annually. Local law enforcement, with approval of the principal or his/her designee, may periodically provide assistance in maintaining a drug/alcohol free environment. This may include both announced and unannounced
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visits by the canine drug detection unit, in accordance with procedures promulgated by the Middlesex District Attorney's Office. DEFINITION OF ABUSE: Students are not allowed to possess any drug or medication in school. Students who need inhalers, insulin, and epi-pens must be identified by the health office as having permission to carry their medication. Any illegal use of drugs and/or the misuse of prescribed or over-the-counter medications as defined in the Medford Public Schools Medication Policy constitutes abuse. Any use of alcohol, including medications containing alcohol, is forbidden and considered abuse. DEFINITION OF SUSPICION OF SUBSTANCE USE OR ABUSE Suspicion is defined as: Recognition that a student's or individual's behavior or appearance is out the ordinary, with or without evidence.

POLlCY ENFORCEMENT

All students are expected to meet the requirements for behavior as set forth in this handbook. Any student who poses an immediate threat to the safety of himself/herself or others will be suspended regardless of their regular/special education status. Additional provisions are made for individual students who have been found to need an Individual Education Plan. The Individual Education Plan of all students must state whether the student is able to meet the discipline code or if some modification is needed. A representative of the special education department will participate/advise in the disciplinary procedures for students with lEPs to interpret all modifications of the IEP and pertinent legal issues. Students without a modified discipline code shall be subject to the discipline outlined below. Any staff member who suspects that a student is in violation of the school drug/alcohol policy is required to report the situation immediately to the appropriate administrator of that building (Submaster, Assistant Principal, Assistant Director. Principal, or Director for evaluation. The appropriate administrator is then responsible to notify the school resource officer or designee. Staff members must be assured of confidentiality in reporting. It is recommended that one individual in each building be identified as the appropriate administrator. The appropriate administrator must report all incidents, regardless of severity or outcome, in writing to the head administrator. If the administrator determines probable ingestion of drugs or alcohol, the student must be escorted to the health office for medical evaluation. If the nurse determines the student must be medically evaluated, the student will be transported via ambulance to the nearest medical facility. When there are reasonable grounds to believe or where facts and circumstances give rise to reasonable suspicion that a person has violated or is violating either the law or the rules of the school as outlined in this policy and that a search will turn up evidence, a search conducted by school officials will be permissible if its scope is reasonably related to the objectives of the search. This policy in no way limits or restricts existing search policies.
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The Medford Public Schools have a Memorandum of Agreement with the Medford Police. Any student found to be in violation of the policy must be reported to the school resource officer or police designee. In the case of medical emergencies, the health office will notify the parent/guardian. The administrator in charge will handle all other communications between the school and parent/guardian. VIOLATlON Not withstanding the possibility of expulsion, the following disciplinary policy is recommended. The principal reserves the right to increase the penalty, based on the circumstances of each case. First Offense The school administrator notifies the school resource officer or designee. A student in violation will be suspended for three days. The student will be immediately removed from the school by parent/guardian or transported to the nearest medical facility if necessary. Social probation imposed for one month. * Reentry must be accompanied by medical evidence that the student is drug/alcohol free. Certain drugs may require further and/or repeated drug screening.** The director of Guidance will refer the student to an inhouse counselor for continued follow-up and monitoring of the treatment plan. The parent/guardian must meet with school administration to discuss a specific plan for the student, including monitoring of behavior as well as treatment. Second Offense within One Year of First Violation The police resource officer is notified. A student in violation will be suspended for six days. The student will immediately be removed from the school by parent/guardian or transported to the nearest medical facility if necessary. Social probation imposed for two months.* Reentry must be accompanied by medical evidence that the student is drug/alcohol free. Certain drugs may require further and/or repeated drug screening.** The parent/guardian must agree to enroll said student in an outpatient drug/alcohol treatment program. The student must agree to adhere to the treatment plan recommended by the program. The Director of Guidance will refer the student to an in-house counselor for continued follow-up and monitoring of the treatment program. Failure to meet the treatment program requirements will result in an exclusionary hearing. Third Offense within One Year of First Violation The police resource officer is notified. A student in violation will be suspended indefinitely, minimum ten days, until an exclusionary hearing takes place. Social probation period - indefinite. DISTRIBUTING If a student is found to be selling, distributing or in possession of a quantity sufficient to be charged with the intent to distribute drugs or alcohol, the Principal or designee will immediately notify the parent and the police for mandatory removal of the student. There will be Out of School Suspension and possible exclusion by the Principal. The police will take appropriate action under the law regarding the sale of drugs in proximity to school buildings. An incident report must be completed and forwarded to the head administrator.

CONFISCATED DRUGS/ALCOHOL/PARAPHANELlA

All confiscated drugs/alcohol or paraphernalia must be immediately turned over to the police resource officer or his/her designee. A receipt should be obtained.

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REHABlLlTATlON The Medford Public School System is committed to the academic achievement of all students. A student who is experiencing difficulty with drugs/alcohol will be supported through health services, counseling services, and administration. The school system will make every attempt to provide parent/guardian with referral for available community resources. The schools will annually review all policies and health curriculum to discourage students from engaging in risk-taking behaviors and encourage positive, healthy, life choices. All students are encouraged to see their counselor, nurse, or police resource officer if they feel they are in need of assistance with alcohol or drugs. The school's support services will assist students to receive appropriate referrals. The implementation of this policy will utilize all applicable due process, statutes, regulations, and guidelines. * Social Probation - Violation of the drug/alcohol policy is a serious infraction of the Code of Discipline in the Medford Public Schools. Students will lose the privilege of attending all school-sponsored events for the duration indicated. One "month" is twenty-eight calendar days. Seniors in violation of the drug/alcohol code will jeopardize participation in graduation exercises. **Medical Evidence - The parent/guardian is ultimately responsible for the medical clearance of a student. Rev. 12/01

The Medford Public Schools complies with the provisions of 603 CMR sect. 46.00 dealing with the restraint of students in the public schools. To that end, the policy developed pursuant to those regulations is available upon request from the principal, the Director of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services and the Superintendent’s office. Further, the policy is posted in the main bulletin board of the school near the office. LAWS AFFECTING STUDENTS ALCOHOL - CHAPTER 272 Alcoholic beverages by law are not allowed on school premises. Students found with, or reported using alcoholic beverages on school property are subject to a breathalyzer test and suspension from school and/or legal action. G.L. Chapter 272, Section 40A. Alcoholic beverages: gift, sale, delivery or possession of any alcoholic beverages, except for medical purpose, in any public school building, or on any premises used for public school purposes, and under the charge of a School Committee or other public board or officer, shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than thirty days or fine of not more than one hundred dollars ($100), or both. BOMB SCARES The calling of a bomb scare is a felony punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for up to twenty years and by a fine up to ten thousand dollars ($10,000), (MGL CH. 269 Section 14A). Persons making such reports will be suspended and referred to the police. G.L. Chapter 269, Section 14(A). Whoever, knowing the same to be false, transmits or causes to be transmitted to any person by
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RESTRAINT of STUDENTS

telephone or other means, a communication falsely reporting the location of any explosive or other dangerous substance or contrivance thereby causing anxiety, threat, fear, or personal discomfort to any person or group of persons, shall be punished by not more than two and one half years (2 1/2) or by fine not more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000) or by both such fine and imprisonment in a jail or house of correction. DRUGS Drugs, Possession, Use, or Sale of: State law defines in a very precise manner the various classes of "controlled substances." Students should be made aware of the fact that the possession, use and/or sale of illegal drugs may result in their being fined and/or imprisonment. A police officer has powers, in certain circumstances, to arrest persons without a warrant. An officer may hold persons of school age in protective custody for being present in a place where illegal drugs are discovered. The police power of the state cannot be diminished or compromised by the actions of a school official seeking to help a student who has broken the law. The school, however, independent of the police and the court, can take action against a student who possesses, uses, and/or sells illegal drugs in school. Apprehension for possession and/or use of illegal drugs will, under the guidelines of the Educational Reform Act of 1993 subject the student to a Hearing with the Director/Headmaster which can result in suspension or expulsion. M.G.L. Chapter 94, Section 32J, Drug Free School Zones; Includes Parks or Playgrounds Elements of the Statute: 1. Any person who violates the provisions of the Drug or drug paraphernalia distribution or possession sections 32, 32A, 32B, 32C, 32D, 32F, or 32I 2. While in or on, or within one thousand feet of the real property comprising a public or private elementary, vocational, or secondary school whether or not in session 3. Or within one hundred feet of a public park or playground. Penalty: This crime is a fifteen-year felony with a minimum mandatory of two years. Note: Lack of knowledge of school boundaries shall not be a defense to any person who violates the provisions of this section. LAWS PERTAINING TO SPECIAL EDUCATION CHAPTER 766 Chapter 766 was passed in July, 1972 by an act of the Massachusetts State Legislature. This law guarantees every child in Massachusetts the right to a free and appropriate public education, regardless of handicap or special education need. A child with special needs is one whose physical, emotional, or learning problems may require special services. Chapter 766 contains the following important provisions: *Right to an evaluation--Every child from 3 through 21 years of age in Massachusetts who doesn't have a high school diploma and who is suspected of having special education need has the right to an evaluation from the local school system. *Parents and student involvement--Parents and guardians, as well as students above the age of 14, must be involved in all decisions made during the 766 evaluation process. The law specifies the procedures to be followed if the parents or the student questions the proposed educational plan.
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EQUAL EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY Chapter 622 of the ACTS OF 1971, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Chapter 622: No person shall be excluded from or discriminated against in admission to a public school of any town, or in obtaining the advantages, privileges and courses of study in such public school on account of race, color, sex, religion or national origin. Title IX: No person shall on the basis of sex be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in educational activities or employment under any educational program or activity. Section 504: No otherwise qualified handicapped individual in the United States, as defined in Section 7 (6), shall solely by reason of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. Grievance procedure for Title IX, Chapter 622, Section 504. Any student in this district who believes he or she has been discriminated against may file a written complaint with the Title IX Coordinator or Chapter 622 Sex/Race Equity Committee in Medford.

SNOWBALLING

The throwing of snowballs on school property is forbidden at all times. This applies to those initiating and participating in this dangerous activity. Serious physical injury could be caused. Therefore, snowball throwing will not be tolerated. Students violating this rule will be subject to major suspension.

FIRE ALARMS

Whoever, without reasonable cause, by outcry or the ringing of bells, or otherwise, makes or circulates or causes to be made or circulated a false alarm of fire shall be punished by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars, or more than five hundred dollars, or by imprisonment in a jail or house of correction for not more than one year. (M.G.L. Chapter 269, section 13). Pulling a false alarm could result in a major suspension or possible exclusion.

FIREARMS

The following paragraph was added to G.L.C. 71, Section by Chapter 150 of the Acts of 1987: Whoever, not being a law enforcement officer and notwithstanding any license obtained by him under the provisions of Chapter One and Forty, carries on his person a firearm as hereafter defined, loaded or unloaded, in any building or on the grounds of any secondary school, college or university, shall be punished by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars or not more than one year in a jail or house of correction, or both. For the purpose of this paragraph "firearm" shall mean any pistol, revolver, rifle, or smoothbore arm from which a shot, bullet or pellet can be discharged by whatever means.

FIREWORKS

According to General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: No person shall sell or have in his/her possession, under his/her control or use, or explode, or cause to explode, any combustible or explosive composition or substance, or any other article, which was prepared for the purpose of producing a visible or audible effect by combusting, explosive, deflagration or detonation. Whoever shall sell or keep for sale any fireworks in violation of this section shall be punished by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars ($100) or by imprisonment for not more than one year or both.
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HANDICAP Section 504 Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 guarantees the right of disabled people to equal opportunity and the freedom from discrimination in all programs and activities which receive federal financial assistance. Section 504 states: No otherwise qualified handicapped individual in the United States ...shall, Solely by reason of his (sic) handicap be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. If you have any questions regarding the regulations of Section 504, contact the supervisor of Special Needs. HAZING Chapter 665, January 1988 - AN ACT increasing the penalties of hazing. Chapter 269 of Massachusetts General Laws is hereby amended by striking out sections 17 & 18, inclusive, and inserting in place thereof the following two sections: Section 17. Whoever is a principal organizer or participant in the crime of hazing, as defined herein, shall be punished by fine of not more than three thousand dollars ($3,000) or by imprisonment in a house of correction for not more than one year, or both such fine and imprisonment. The term "hazing" as used in this section and sections eighteen & nineteen, shall mean any conduct or method of initiation into any student organization, whether on public or private property, which wilfully or recklessly endangers the physical or mental health of any student or other person. Such conduct shall include whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the weather, forced consumption of any food, liquor, beverage, drug or other substance, or any other brutal treatment or forced physical activity which is likely to adversely affect the physical health or safety of any such student or other person, or which subjects such students or other person to extreme mental stress, including extended deprivation of sleep or rest or extended isolation. Notwithstanding any other provisions of this section to the contrary, consent shall not be available as defense to any prosecution under this action. Section 18. Whoever knows that another person is the victim of hazing as defined in Section 17 and is at the scene of such crime shall, to the extent that such person can do without danger or peril to himself or others, report such crime to an appropriate law enforcement official as soon as reasonable practicable. Whoever fails to report such crime shall be punished by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000). RIGHT TO KNOW LAW General Law C. 111F Right to Know Law On September 26, 1984, Massachusetts enacted the Right to Know Law. The Act requires all employees, public or private, who make, process or use stored substances which the Department of Health deems toxic or hazardous to label, should inform students and employees about the substances and safety precautions and to provide detailed written information to these individuals upon request. SEARCH AND SEIZURE The legality of a search of a student should depend simply on the reasonableness, under all the circumstances, of the search. Under ordinary circumstances, a search of a student by a teacher or
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other school official, will be "justified at its inception" when there are a reasonable grounds for suspecting that the student search will turn up evidence that the student has violated or is violating either the laws or the rules of the school. Such a search will be permissible in its scope when the measures adopted are reasonably related to the objectives of the search and not excessively intrusive in light of the age and sex of the student and the nature of the infraction. New Jersey vs. T.L.O. 53 U.S.L.W. 4083, 4087-4088 The court noted that this standard of "reasonableness" should permit school administrators and teachers "to regulate their conduct according to the dictates of reason and common sense," while at the same time ensuring that "the interests of the students will be invaded no more than is necessary to achieve the legitimate end of preserving order in the school." Id. at 4088. STUDENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE In 1972 the State Legislature established by statute Student Advisory Committees to School Committees. G.L. Chapter 71, Section 38M. Student Advisory Committee: School Committees of cities and towns and regional school districts shall meet at least once every other month, during the months school is in session, with a student advisory committee to consist of five members to be composed of students elected by the student body of the high school or high schools in each city, town or regional school district. **Added by St. 1972, C95. SUMMARY OF REGULATIONS PERTAINING TO STUDENT RECORDS The State Board of Education has adopted regulations pertaining to student records. The development of these regulations, which have the force of law, was mandated by state laws enacted in 1972 and 1974. The regulations apply to all public elementary and secondary schools. (They also apply to all private schools which have state approval to provide special education services under Chapter 766, the Special Education Act). They are designed to insure parents' and students' rights of confidentiality, inspection, amendment, and destruction of student records, and to assist school authorities in their responsibilities for the maintenance of student records. The following is a summary of the major parent and student rights regarding their student records, as provided by the regulations pertaining to student records: Inspection of Record: A parent or a student, who has entered the 9th grade or is at least 14 years old, has the right to inspect all portions of the student record upon request. The record must be available to the parent or student no later than two days after the request, unless the parent or student consents to a delay. The parent and student have the right to receive copies of any part of the record, although a reasonable fee may be charged for the cost of duplication of the materials. Finally, the parent and student may request to have parts of the record interpreted by a qualified professional of the school or may invite anyone else of their choosing to inspect or interpret the record with them. Confidentiality of Record: With a few exceptions, no individual or organization but the parent, student, and school personnel working directly with the student are allowed to have access to information in the student record without the specific, informed, written consent of the parent or the student. As of 1998 Massachusetts law (General Laws Chapter 71, Section 34H) specifies detailed procedures that govern access to student records by parents who do not have physical custody of their children. For more information, please contact the school director.
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Amendment of Record: The parent and student have the right to add relevant comments, information, or other written material to the student record. In addition, the parent and the student have a right to request that information in the record be amended or deleted. The parent and student have a right to a conference with the school Director to make their objections known. Within a week after the conference, the Director must render a decision in writing. If the parent and student are not satisfied with the decision, the regulations contain provisions through which the decision may appeal to higher authorities in the school system. Destruction of Record: The regulations require that certain parts of the student record, such as the temporary record, be destroyed a certain period of time after the student leaves the school system. School authorities are also allowed to destroy misleading, outdated, or irrelevant information in the record from time to time while the student is enrolled in the school system. Before any such information may be destroyed, the parent and student must be notified and have the opportunity to receive a copy of any of the information before its destruction. The above is only a summary of the regulations pertaining to student records. If more information is desired, a copy of regulations may be received from the school administration. PROHIBITED USE OF TOBACCO (No Smoking) The Educational Reform Act of 1993, shall prohibit the use of any tobacco products within the school building, the school facilities, or on the school grounds or on school buses by any individual including students, at any time of the day or night. This include all extra curricular activities, i.e. athletic games, school dances, etc. Smoking is not permitted within 1000 feet of school property. The administration, Department Heads, Teachers or any Supervisory personnel are responsible for enforcing this law. CITY OF MEDFORD TOBACCO ORDINANCE The City of Medford, County of Middlesex, Massachusetts, hereby makes the following ordinance in the interest of and for the preservation of public health. A regulation affecting smoking and the sale, vending and distribution of tobacco and tobacco products in the City of Medford: Sec.1. Purpose: The City Council declares that the purpose of this ordinance is to provide for local enforcement of existing state laws regarding sales to minors and smoking on school property. Sec. 2. Definitions: The following words and phrases, whenever used in this article, shall be construed as defined in this section: "Establishment" means any sole proprietorship, partnership, joint venture, corporation, or other business entity formed for profit making purposes, including retail establishments where goods are sold. "Municipal Buildings" means any and all buildings owned or occupied by any department or agency of the City of Medford. "Schools" means any public or private educational facility with one (1) or more students. "Smoking" means inhaling, exhaling, chewing, burning, or carrying any lighted cigar, cigarette, weed or other plant in any manner or in any form. "Tobacco" means cigarettes, chewing or spitting tobacco, snuff or tobacco in any of its forms. Sec. 3. Prohibition of Smoking in Schools and Municipal Buildings: Smoking by any individual, including school personnel, shall be prohibited in all Schools, as
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defined above, within the City of Medford. This prohibition shall be effective 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and shall include private offices, private areas, school grounds, school buses, and all school events such as banquets, award dinners, dances and indoor athletic events. Smoking by any individual, including city personnel, shall be prohibited in all Municipal Buildings, as defined above, within the City of Medford. This prohibition shall be effective 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and shall include private offices and private areas. Sec. 4. Penalties for Section 3: Any person who smokes in a prohibited or non-smoking area shall be fined as follows: a. Ist violation, not less than $25.00 and the option to complete a TAP program on tobacco education. b. 2nd violation, not less than $50.00 and the requirement to successfully complete a tobacco education six (6) week course. (Students would not receive the required credits in P.E../Health for that particular year until he or she successfully completed the TAP program.). c. 3rd violation, not less than $75.00 and the requirement to successfully complete a TAP program or a smoking cessation course at school or a local hospital. d. 4th and subsequent violations, not less than $100.00 and requirement to enroll in a smoking education/ cessation program. Students violating this policy will receive a citation by personnel designated by the Superintendent. You will have the following alternatives in the matter: 1. I choose to pay the above fine WITHIN 21 DAYS OF THE DATE OF THIS NOTICE. I enclose a check or money order payable to the City of Medford. Payments may be mailed or paid in person at City Clerk's Office, 1st Floor, City Hall between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday. 2. I desire to contest this matter. I request a non-criminal hearing, and am enclosing a copy of the citation WITHIN 21 DAYS OF THE DATE OF THIS NOTICE to: Clerk Magistrate, Somerville District Court, 175 Fellsway, Somerville, MA 02145.
In addition to the above penalties, a student at Medford High School will be subject to the following disciplinary actions:

A. First Violation: assigned to detention, home notified. B. Second Violation: suspension from school.

WEAPONS

Students that sell, possess, or carry weapons shall be expelled. The weapons are to include, but are not limited to, knives, firearms, clubs, realistic facsimile of weapons, any item that can be used as a weapon and any device that includes a blade. Also, students may be expelled or suspended for other serious violations such as: arson, assault, batter, explosives (including fireworks), possession or selling drugs, alcohol, extortion, blackmail, coercion, larceny-theft, vandalism, intimidation of school personnel. These rules apply to high school and after hours activities. The staff may utilize metal detectors consistent with the Medford Public School policy. IN ALL CASES, PRINCIPAL WILL HAVE A HEARING TO REVIEW FACTS OF WEAPONS VIOLATION INCIDENT. Decisions of the Principal to EXPEL can be appealed to the Superintendent of Schools, pursuant to G.L. Chapter 71, Section 37H.

AMENDMENTS TO CHAPTER 266 (New Graffiti Law) Chapter 266 Section 126A: Whoever intentionally, willfully and maliciously or wantonly, paints, marks, scratches, etches or otherwise marks, mars, injures, defaces, or destroys the real or personal
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property of another including but not limited to a wall, fence, building, sign, rock, monument, gravestone, or tablet, shall be punished by imprisonment in state prison for a term of not more than three years or by imprisonment in a house of correction for not more than two years. Chapter 266 Section 126B: Whoever sprays or applies paint or places a sticker upon a building, wall, fence, sign, tablet, gravestone, monument or any other object or thing on a public way or adjoined to it or in public view, or on public property, such person known or commonly known as "taggers" and such conduct or activity known or commonly known as "tagging", or other words or phrases associated to such persons, conduct, activity, and either as an individual or in a group, joins together with said group, with the intent to deface, mar, damage, mark or destroy such property, shall be punished by imprisonment in a house of correction not more than two years. A police officer may arrest any person for commission of the offenses prohibited by this section without a warrant if said police officer has probable cause to believe that said person has committed the offense prohibited by this section. THIS SECTION IS A THREE YEAR FELONY Upon conviction of either 126A or 126B, the individual's driver's license shall be suspended for one year. If the individual convicted is under the age of 16 then one year shall be added to the minimum age eligibility for driving. These statutes also require those convicted for violating either of them to pay for the removal of the damage. THIS SECTION IS A MISDEMEANOR WITH A STATUTORY RIGHT OF ARREST IN PRESENCE OR ON PROBABLE CAUSE. NOTE: This change is very significant. Chapter 266 Section 126 was a misdemeanor which provided for no right of arrest. Chapter 266 Section 126A provides an officer with a felony right of arrest. Chapter 266 Section 126B allows an officer to arrest with a misdemeanor portion if the crime is committed in his presence as well as a past misdemeanor right of arrest. This crime also penalizes those convicted by requiring them to pay for the removal of the damage as well as effecting their driving privileges in the Commonwealth.
Sexual harassment is an issue of gender-based discrimination and is illegal under both the federal Civil Rights Act, Title VII and, in schools, under Civil Rights Act, Title IX. Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act defines Sexual Harassment as: "Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal and physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when: 1. Submission of such conduct is made a term or condition of employment. 2. Submission or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis of employment decisions. 3. Such conduct unreasonably interferes with work performance, or creates and intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment." Students are protected from sexual harassment under Title IX regulations which state that, "No person in the United States shall be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity and, in addition, under General Laws Chapter 151C, Which states, it shall be unfair educational practice for an educational institution to sexually harass students in any program or course of study receiving federal funds." We strongly supports these laws protecting individuals from sexual harassment.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

DEFINITION Unwelcome sexual advances of one person towards another is sexual harassment. Harassment can take any of the following forms: • Unwanted sexual contact such as touching, kissing, hugging, etc. • Uninvited sexually suggestive phone calls, notes, or letters. • Unwelcome requests and offers for sexual favors. • Uninvited sexual jokes, remarks, threats, teasing, or propositions. • Uninvited and intentional touching, cornering or pinching.
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• Display or distribution of sexually offensive posters, art, or photographs. Sexual harassment may be student to student, staff to student, student to staff, or staff to staff. According to the Massachusetts guidelines it is important to remember that sexual harassment, or the existence of a sexually hostile environment is determined from the viewpoint of a reasonable person in the victim's situation. Resolving the Issue Should the question of sexual harassment occur the following steps should be taken: 1. The victim must tell the harasser that this behavior is bothering him/her and that he/she would like it to stop. 2. If the behavior continues, the victim should report the situation to a teacher, guidance counselor, or administrator. Many times situations involving non-physical harassment can be quickly and quietly resolved if the harasser and the harassed agree to sit down and talk things over in the presence of a third person. 3. If the harassed does not agree to meet the harasser, the harassed should write a letter to the harassed including the following: a. An exact description of the behavior including who, where, and when b. A description of how the behavior made the person feel i.e., embarrassed, upset, angry, uncomfortable, afraid, etc. c. Who, if anyone observed the incident. d. A request that the behavior stop because of these negative feelings and because sexual harassment is against the law. This letter should be signed and dated by the harassed with an indication that a copy of the letter has also been given to the Assistant Director and the Equity Committee. (This protects the harassed from retaliation and provides proof that the harassed has made it clear to the harasser that the behavior is unacceptable and must stop.) The letter will be hand-delivered to the harasser by the Assistant Director. After reading the letter in the presence of the Assistant Director, the harasser can request a meeting with the harassed or can write their own letter stating their interpretation of the situation including: a. An exact description of the situation. b. A description of how this accusation makes him or her feel, i.e., angry, surprised, sorry, confused, etc. c. A promise that the behavior will stop. This letter will be hand-delivered to the harassed by the Assistant Director. Reports of sexual harassment are kept completely confidential and involve only as few people as possible to protect both parties. The goal should be to stop the behavior rather than to punish anyone unless the behavior is so severe that the victim has suffered severe emotional and/or physical harm. Retaliation in any form against any person is forbidden. If it occurs, it could be considered grounds for dismissal of staff personnel or removal from the educational setting by both parties, this will become an administrative matter. ASBESTOS HAZARD EMERGENCY RESPONSE ACT As required by the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) of October 17, 1978 the Medford Vocational-Technical High School was inspected for the presence of Asbestos Containing Building Materials (ACBM) by Hub Testing Laboratories. The results of this inspection, the chosen response actions, and details concerning operations and maintenance activities are contained in the Asbestos Management Plan. A copy of the Management Plan, as required by CFR 40 Part 763, is available for your inspection at the Vocational School Office.
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TITLE IX In compliance of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. ss. 1681 itseq., and the implementing regulations; and Chapter 622 of the Acts of 1971, M.G.L. c. 76ss. 5 and 16, and the implementing regulations, the following policy is in effect.

POLICY NOTIFICATION It is the policy of the Medford Vocational-Technical High School that no student shall be excluded from or discriminated against in admission to educational programs and activities or in obtaining the advantages, privileges and courses of study on account of sex, race, color, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. Inquiries regarding the above may be made to the Director at 489 Winthrop St., Medford, MA (781) 393-2207 or the Director of the Office For Civil Rights, Dept. of Education, Washington, D.C.

MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT
MEDFORD PUBLlC SCHOOLS and MEDFORD POLlCE DEPARTMENT I. - GENERAL PRINCIPLES The Medford Public Schools and the Medford Police Department do hereby agree to coordinate their efforts to prevent substance abuse and violent behavior by the students of Medford Public Schools. This agreement may be modified as required and agreed to by the parties in furtherance of substance abuse and violence prevention objectives. Furthermore, The Medford Public Schools and the Medford Police Department agree to respond effectively and cooperatively to incidents of school delinquency, truancy, and criminal behavior. Such joint efforts will focus on incidents, which have taken place on school grounds, within school property, at school sponsored events, and/or locations in which students of the Medford Public Schools have gathered. This agreement is entered into pursuant to the Laws of the Commonwealth and ordinances of the City of Medford that deal with substance abuse, issues of violence and such incidents which would require: A law enforcement response in a school setting; A law enforcement response during any school sponsored activity, even if the event is off school grounds; or A law enforcement response in a community setting involving students of the Medford Public Schools.
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II. - SCHOOL AND POLICE DEPARTMENT DESIGNATED LIASONS In order to facilitate timely, clear and effective communications between the school and police personnel, the Medford Public Schools and the Medford Police Department agree to identify individuals who will function as Designated Liasons. A. The Medford Public Schools Designated Liasons, by school , are: School Headmaster/Principal Assistant Headmaster/Principal Guidance Counselors B. The Medford Police Department Designated Liaisons are: Juvenile Officer School-Based Community Resource Officer Community Service Unit (personnel) III. - REPORTING GUIDELINES A. MANDATORY SCHOOL REPORTS TO POLICE DEPARTMENT 1. The below listed Mandatory Reportable Incidents will be immediately reported to the Medford Police Department if such incident occurred: a. b. c. d. e. on school property; within 1,000 foot radius of school property; at a school-sponsored function; in a school owned or contracted vehicle; or anywhere in the community if it involves a student of the Medford Public Schools.

2. The following is a list of Mandatory Reportable Incidents: a. any incident in which any individual is reasonably suspected of, or determined to be, possessing, selling, distributing, or ingesting alcohol, inhalants, or any controlled substance as defined in M.G.L. C. 94C drugs or alcohol; b. any incident, excluding accidents, which results in serious personal injury or significant property destruction, or where there is threat of such activity; c. possession of a dangerous weapon as defined M.G.L. C. 269 S.10 or any object capable of causing concern, alarm, harm, or disrupting the general welfare of the school community; d. all sexual assaults and rapes, or instances of serious accosting annoying or serious harassment of persons; e. any incident involving serious domestic abuse, dating violence or violation of M.G.L. 209-A Domestic Abuse Law;
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f. any incident involving the serious physical or sexual abuse of a child (in addition to a report filed with department of Social Services) ; g. any incident involving an actual or suspected hate crime or violation of civil rights. B. POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS TO THE SCHOOL The appropriate Police Department Designated Liaisons will inform the appropriate School Designated Liaison of: 1. ARRESTS Subject to applicable statutes and regulations governing confidentiality, the Medford Police Department will notify the Medford Public Schools of the arrest or filing of a complaint application against any student of the Medford Public Schools. 2. ISSUES OF SAFETY/NON-CRIMINAL ACTIVITY The appropriate Police Department Designated Liaison shall report to the appropriate School Designated any non-criminal activity involving students of the Medford Public Schools if the: a. activity poses a serious or imminent threat to the safety or general well being of the student, other students, faculty, or administrative personnel; b. making of such report would facilitate supportive intervention by school personnel on behalf of the student; c. activity involves actual or possible truancy. IV. PROCEDURAL GUIDELINES A. INTRODUCTION

The primary concern of educators is to provide a safe, nurturing climate in which learning can take place. As recent news accounts have shown, any school is at risk for illegal substance use, possession, distribution, as well as acts of violence and disruptive behavior. When preventing or dealing with such occurrences, it is crucial for everyone’s well being that a safe nurturing environment conducive to the educational process be maintained to the greatest degree possible. It is through cooperative and proactive efforts of the Medford Public Schools and the Medford Police Department that such maintenance can occur. In order to maintain a safe school environment, the Medford Public Schools reserves the right to search in and on all school property for contraband, objects capable of causing concern, harm, alarm, or disruption of the general welfare of the school community, or controlled substances in accordance with state laws and local ordinances.
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B.

REPORTING PROCEDURES FOR EMERGENCY SITUATIONS Definition: An emergency situation is any incident that poses a threat to human safety or which may result in serious property damage. A teacher, administrator or employee having knowledge of an emergency situation shall immediately notify or cause to be notified both the Medford Police Department (911) and the School Headmaster/Principal or Assistant Headmaster/Principal or an appropriate designee.

C.

REPORTING PROCEDURES FOR NON-EMERGENCY SITUATIONS A teacher, administrator or employee having reasonable grounds to believe that a student has committed an act categorized either as a mandatory or discretionary reportable act, shall take or cause the student to be taken to the appropriate Designated School Liaison.

D.

NECESSARY FOLLOW-UP BY A NON-REPORTING OFFICIAL A teacher or other school employee having reasonable knowledge of facts pertinent to the reportable act shall: 1. prepare and submit a report on the incident to the appropriate Designated School Liaison; 2. notify him/her of the existence of any physical evidence; and 3. take reasonable steps to maintain any pertinent physical evidence in a secure place.

E.

RESPONSIBILITY OF THE DESIGNATED SCHOOL LIAISON Once a Designated School Liaison has been made aware of an incident, it is his/her responsibility to: 1. determine if the incident is subject to mandatory reporting; 2. if the incident is subject to the mandatory reporting, notify the Police Department Designated School Liaison, parent(s) or guardian(s); and 3. notify the Police Liaison of the existence of pertinent physical evidence and take reasonable steps to maintain it in a secure place, and forward any related reports concerning the incident to the Medford Police Department.

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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ADULT vs. JUVENILE At 17, you become an adult in the eyes of the criminal justice system. You will be prosecuted as an adult for any offense committed on or after your 17th birthday. ALCOHOL If you are convicted of possession of alcohol and you are under 21, you are subject to a $50 fine ($150 for the second offense) and a 90-day motor vehicle license suspension. You do not have to be driving drunk in order to be convicted of operating under the influence of alcohol. The Commonwealth must merely prove that the consumption of alcohol lessened or diminished your ability to operate a motor vehicle safely. DRUGS If you are convicted of possession of a controlled substance such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, etc. . . . the Registry of Motor Vehicles will suspend your license for 1 year. If you are under 16 the Registry of Motor Vehicles may withhold your license until you turn 18. If you are convicted of possession of narcotics with intent to distribute within 1000 feet of school property and you are over 17 years old, there is a mandatory minimum incarceration period of 2 years. You will be convicted of this offense whether or not you even know there was a school property in the area. GUNS If you are over 17 years old and are convicted of carrying a firearm without a valid FID card, there is a mandatory minimum incarceration period of one year. If you are under 17 and convicted of possession or carrying a firearm without a valid FID card, there is a mandatory period of commitment to DYS for 6 months on a first offense, one year for a second offense. It is illegal for someone under the age of 18 to be in possession of a BB gun if they are not accompanied by an adult or in possession of a license from the chief of police of their hometown. It is illegal to carry a gun on school property without written authorization of the officer in charge of that school, even if you have a valid FID card. GRAFFITI/TAGGING If you are convicted of "tagging" property, your driver's license will be suspended for one year. You are also subject to possible incarceration and you can be fined triple the amount of damage that you have caused or up to $1,500, whichever is greater. Your parents can also be held liable for the damage that you have caused. ACCESS TO THE COMPUTER NETWORK AND THE INTERNET The Medford Public Schools supports the rights of students and staff to have reasonable access, in school, to various information formats and believes it is incumbent upon students and staff to use this educational advantage in an appropriate and responsible manner.
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Grade Six - Grade Twelve - Medford Public Schools Medford, Massachusetts 02155
The Medford Public Schools supports the rights of students and staff to have reasonable access, in school, to various information formats and believes it is incumbent upon students and staff to use this educational advantage in an appropriate and responsible manner. I accept that using computers and accessing the Internet is an educational advantage afforded me by the Medford Public School District and that inappropriate use of computers may result in my loss of their utilization and other possible disciplinary action. I accept that the primary use of computer resources and the Internet is to support research and education. I will follow all copyright regulations and will not copy programs or pirate software. I will not take hardware, software or computer supplies provided by the school district. I will not invade the privacy of others or access the network or files of any business, person, or agency with intent to steal, subvert, destroy, or view information that is not appropriate. I understand that electronic mail (e-mail) is not guaranteed to be private. People who operate the system have access to all mail and that all Internet can be monitored. I will not access information that is considered dangerous or potentially damaging, such as instructions on the preparation of illegal or dangerous mechanisms or activities. I will not conduct business transactions, commercial activities or political lobbying. I understand that for my safety I will not give out my full name, home address or telephone number, or school information to strangers that I meet on-line. I agree not to meet with any stranger that I have met online. I will not publish personal information about other users or pretend to be someone else when sending or receiving information. I will be polite and use appropriate language. I will not swear, use vulgarities, harass others, use ethnic or racial slurs, access inappropriate websites, engage in hacking or vandalism, or transmit or view obscene or offensive material. I understand that I am prohibited from downloading or installing any personal software with inappropriate material on school technology. I will not degrade or disrupt school or Internet network services or equipment, as such activity is considered a crime under state and federal law; this includes but is not limited to tampering with computer hardware and software, vandalizing data, invoking computer viruses or attempting to gain access to restricted or unauthorized network services. I will promptly disclose to my teacher or other school employee any message or information that I receive that is inappropriate or makes me feel uncomfortable. I understand that Principals, or their designees, will be responsible for disseminating and enforcing policies and enforcing procedures in the buildings under their control and will ensure that all users complete and sign an agreement to abide by the policies and procedures. All such agreements are to be maintained at the building level.
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ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY

Acceptable Use Policy Agreement

MEDFORD PUBLIC SCHOOLS
SCHOOL YEAR 2009-2010

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BELL SCHEDULES
REGULAR TIME SCHEDULE
WARNING: .....................................7:40 Home Room ....................... 7:45 - 7:50 PERIOD 1 ............................ 7:53 - 8:49 PERIOD 2 ............................ 8:52 - 9:48 PERIOD 3 .......................... 9:51 - 10:47 PERIOD 4 ........................ 10:50 - 11:46 Lunch .............................. 11:49 - 12:20 PERIOD 5 .......................... 12:23 - 1:25 PERIOD 6 ............................ 1:28 - 2:30

HOME ROOM ACTIVITY DAY
WARNING ...................................... 7:40 Home Room ........................ 7:45 - 7:50 PERIOD 1 ............................. 7:53 - 8:44 PERIOD 2 ............................. 8:47 - 9:38 Home Room ...................... 9:41 - 10:08 PERIOD 3 ......................... 10:12 - 11:03 PERIOD 4 ......................... 11:06 - 11:57 Lunch ............................... 12:00 - 12:30 PERIOD 5 ........................... 12:33 - 1:30 PERIOD 6 ............................. 1:33 - 2:30

EARLY RELEASE TIME SCHEDULE
WARNING .......................................7:40 Home Room ........................ 7:45 - 7:54 PERIOD 1 ............................. 7:57 - 8:35 PERIOD 2 ............................ 8:38 - 9:16 PERIOD 3 ............................. 9:19 - 9:57 PERIOD 4 ......................... 10:00 - 10:38 PERIOD 5 ......................... 10:41 - 11:19 PERIOD 6 ......................... 11:22 - 12:00

EXTENDED HOME ROOM PERIOD
WARNING ...................................... 7:40 Home Room ........................ 7:45 - 8:15 PERIOD 1 ............................. 8:18 - 9:10 PERIOD 2 ........................... 9:13 - 10:05 PERIOD 3 ......................... 10:08 - 11:00 PERIOD 4 ......................... 11:03 - 11:55 Lunch ............................... 11:58 - 12:28 PERIOD 5 ........................... 12:31 - 1:29 PERIOD 6 ............................. 1:32 - 2:30

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MEDFORD PUBLIC SCHOOLS
MEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS 02155
Dear Parent/Guardian, In compliance with the law: Section 32A of Chapter 71 of the General Laws (see copy below), we are sending this parental/guardian notification form to you. Academic Year 2009 - 2010

During our first scheduled OPEN HOUSE meeting, you will have an opportunity to visit with the Health Teacher and view the Sexuality Curriculum before it is taught. You will have an o p p o r t u n i t y t o a s k q u e s t i a n s o f t h e H e a l t h Te a c h e r , I f y o u w i s h , you may arrange with the Heaith Teacher for an individual meeting (at a mutually convenient time) - in order to view the Sexuality Curriculum. If you do not wish your child to take the Sexuality Unit or certain sections of the unit, your child will be given an optional educational experience. All inquiries regarding the Sexuality Curriculum should be completed by October 30th - Please sign the form below and have your child return this form to their Health Teacher within 10 school days. Thank you for your cooperation. Sincerely, Eileen DiBattista, RN Health Coordinator
An Act Relative To Sex Education

Roy E. Belson Superintendent

Chapter 71 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 32 the following section: Section 32A. Every city, town, regional school district or vocational school district implementing or maintaining curriculum which primarily involves human sexual education or human sexuality issues shall adopt a policy ensuring parental/guardian notification. Such policy shall afford parents or guardians the flexibility to exempt their children from any portion of said curriculum through the written notification to the school principal. No child so exempted shall be penalized by reason of such exemption. Said policy shall be in writing, formally adopted by the school committee as a school district policy and distributed by September first, nineteen hundred and ninety-seven and each year thereafter to each principal in the district. A copy of each school district's policy must be sent to the Department of Education after adoption. To the extent practicable, program instruction materials for said curriculum shall be made reasonably accessible to parents, guardians, educators, school administrators and others for inspection and review. The Department of Education shall promulgate regulations for adjudicatory proceedings to resolve any and all disputes arising under this section.

PARENTAL NOTIFICATION FORM
Name of Student: Signature of Parent or Guardian:
Please have your child return this signed form to their Health Teacher by the end of the second week of school. 65

Home Room

ATTENTION STUDENTS In the space provided below, please list any suggestions or changes you feel should be made in next year's (2010-20011) Student Handbook. Tear out this page and return to the Vocational office.

Please be sure to fill out form on reverse side of this sheet.

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HOT LINES Area Crisis Team -Tri-City Mental Health.....................................1-800-867-1111 Boston Children's Service ..........................................................................267-3700 Samaritans-suicide-crisis ...........................................................................247-0220 Alcohol Information ........................................................................ 1-800-252-6465 Lawrence Memorial Hospital....................................................................396-9250 Rape Hotline ................................................................................................492-7273 National RUNAWAY Switchboard ................................................ 1-800-621-4000 Venereal Disease Hotline ................................................................ 1-800-227-8922 Pregancy Hotline.............................................................................. 1-800-322-5014 ABUSE Child Abuse Hotline ........................................................................ 1-800-792-5200 Mass. Prevention of Cruelty to Children ...................................... 1-800-922-5200 Choate Memorial Hosp. Crisis Line (Woburn) ........................ 933-6700 ext. 301 Incest Survivors (Women) .........................................................................254-8807 Tufts New England Medical Ctr. Family Crisis ......................................956-5732 AIDS Aids Hotline (Mass.) ........................................................................ 1-800-235-2331 Boston City Hops. (Community Epidemiology) ....................................534-5916 ALCOHOL Alateen - For Alcoholic Parent problem ..................................................843-5300 Alanon ..........................................................................................................843-5300 Alcohol Info Referral-Doctor's Hosp. ........................................... 1-800-252-6465 Southwood Community Hosp. (Alcohol Hotline) ...................... 1-800-331-2900 Alcoholic Anonymous................................................................................426-9444 Center for Alcoholic Problems ..................................................................499-5051 Project COPE (Lynn) ...................................................................................581-9270 State of Mass. Reg. Prevention Ctr. ............................................... 1-800-334-5512 ALATEEN- for Alcoholic Parent problem ...............................................843-5300 Riverway Counseling Associates..............................................................395-1565 ANOREXIA-BULIMIA Anorexia, Bulimia Care, Inc. .....................................................................492-7670 SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASE Operation Venus Hotline ................................................................ 1-800-334-5512 Mass. General Hospital ..............................................................................726-2748 SUICIDE Bridge Over Troubled Waters....................................................................423-9575 Contact..........................................................................................................244-4350 Samaritans....................................................................................................247-0220 Samariteens .............................................................................247-8050 or 536-6262 MISCELLANEOUS

EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBERS

Boston Guild for the Hard of Hearing ......................................... 267-4730 Cancer Information Hotline ................................................1-800-422-6237 Boston Teen Line Info & Referral Service .................................... 534-5700 Community Service Network (The Food Pantry) ...................... 438-1977 Mass Poison Center..........................................232-2120 or 1-800-682-9211 United Way ............................................................................1-800-231-4377
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Medford is

Mustang Country
This booklet was prepared and printed by the staff and students of the Graphic Arts Department at the Medford Vocational Technical High School

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•Obscenity • In many cases, speech or material is obscene if, taken as a whole ( not just isolated parts of it ), it meets all three (3) of the following conditions: A. It appeals to the prurient interests of minors (in other words, arouses lust); B. It describes nudity or sexual conduct in a way that most adults in the community think is clearly offensive for minors; C. It lacks serious literary, artistic, political, scientific, or other value for minors. ` 4. Personal appearance, dress or grooming must not disrupt the educational process nor threaten the health or safety of another individual. Shorts, tank tops, or any brief clothing, are not permitted. No hats, hoods, or any form of headgear are permitted to be worn in the building during the school day and will be confiscated by the assistant director. If a hat is necessary in certain shops, those hats must be removed when leaving the shop (ie. basement, lunch). 5. Violations of the appearance/attire regulation will result in the student being sent home for a change of clothes.

Attendance: School attendance is extremely important and is one of the primary causes of student failure! Parents (or guardians) must require children and youths of school age to attend school. GRADUATION A high school diploma is awarded to you upon the satisfactory completion of Grade 12. A Vocational School Trade Certificate is awarded to you upon satisfactory completion of your Trade Area. Starting with the Class of 2010, vocational students will have the opportunity to earn a Certificate of Proficiency, given by the state board of education. CREDIT REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION Graduation Credit Requirements: The following indicates the number of credits required to graduate: Class of 2008: 112 credits Credits needed for promotion - The following chart indicates the minimal number of credits by grade level needed for student promotion to the next grade level. 9th grade to 10th grade — 26 credits 10th grade to 11th grade — 54 credits 11th grade to 12th grade — 80 credits Requirements for Eligibility for M.H.S. Diploma-The following Course Subjects are required for graduation: A. Four years of English Take and Pass B. Three years of Math to include Algebra and Geometry* Take and Pass C. Three years of Science to include Biology and Chemistry* Take and Pass D. Three years of Social Studies to include World History I, World History II and U.S. History Take and Pass E. Three years of Foreign Language for College Prep students Take and Pass F. One year of Computer Education Take and Pass G. Two years of Health Take and Pass
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