General Information

 

Visitors Welcome

Parents are always welcome at Bellingrath Middle School. To help protect students and school property and to prevent disruptive activity, school officials must know if any persons who are not members of the staff or student body are inside the building or on the grounds. All visitors who are in the building must immediately report to the main office, sign in and wear a visitor badge. We do not allow visitors in the classroom unless prior arrangements have been made with the classroom teacher or main office. All visitors are required to use our main entrance to enter the building.

Visitors

All visitors must report to the main office. Failure to do so may result in a charge of trespassing.

  • All Parents/Guardians and Community Members are invited and encouraged to visit the school. All those wishing to visit the classroom should contact the main office schedule the visit.
  • Parent/Guardian Conferences with Teacher and/or Principal
  1. Conferences must be held with the school principal during the school day as scheduled.
  2. Conferences with teachers must be held before or after school hours or during the teacher’s planning periods as scheduled through the school office.
  3. Parents/Guardians should notify the school if a scheduled conference cannot be kept.
  4. Mutual courtesy and respect should be shown throughout the conference.
  5. A parent-teacher conference should be attended only by the parents or guardian of the student, the student and the teacher (s). If the parent(s) or guardian(s) wish to have other persons attend the conference, he/she should notify the school principal in advance of the conference giving the name(s) of the additional person(s) who shall be in attendance.

Disruptive Visitors

Persons who become abusive or disruptive on school property will be subject to legal prosecution.

 

School Attendance

Daily participation in class is vital for academic success. Absences for any reason results in missed classroom discussions, activities, and opportunities to clarify assignments. Poor attendance will directly impact grades. Students need to assume responsibility to be in class each day, and to make up the work missed when they must be absent from

Attendance Policies

All students enrolled in the Montgomery Public School System, regardless of age, are required to be in continuous attendance in their designated school. The Code of Alabama (16-28-15) requires a written note from the parent/guardian, which states the reason for the student’s absence. Written documentation must be submitted within 3 days after the student’s return to school.

 Student Arrival and Dismissal

Students should arrive at school by 7:20 a.m. There is no supervisor for students who arrive prior to 7:20. Students will be dismissed by 2:45 p.m. If students do not walk home or ride the school bus, arrangements must be made for them to be picked up by 3:00 p.m. There is no supervision for students who remain on campus past their scheduled departure time. School telephones cannot be used by students to call home for transportation. They are reserved for emergencies and official school business.

 Tardy Students

Your assistance is strongly encouraged in helping students arrive at school by 7:20 a.m. Students may go to their lockers between 7:40 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. Students arriving after 7:45 a.m. will be marked tardy. If a student arrives after 7:50 a.m., he/she must be checked in by a parent or guardian through the office.

Check-Outs

Students must be in attendance a minimum of one-half of the instructional day to be counted present and to participate in extra-curricular activities. Early dismissals are discouraged. However, if it is necessary to check-out before one-half (1/2) of the school day (3 ½ hours or 11:15), or to check-in after one-half (1/2) of the school day (11:15 a.m.), the student will be counted absent. To ensure the safety of the students, no one will be allowed to check a student out except those whose name(s) are listed on the registration card. The school principal or designated representative must grant any exception to this policy. Individuals checking students out may be required to show a picture I.D. No written notes or telephone request will be accepted lieu of the names on the registration card. No students are allowed to be checked-out after 2:00 p.m. except in the case of an emergency.

 Excused Absences

Students can only be excused from Bellingrath by a parent and/or legal guardian.

The following are accepted reasons for excused absences:

1. Illness of the student (may require medical release upon request);

2. Illness of an immediate family member when the student's presence at home is necessary;

3. Emergency situations that require the student's absence;

4. Field trips and school-approved activities;

5. Medical or dental appointments. Confirmation of appointments may be required;

6. Other reasons deemed appropriate by the school administrator when satisfactory arrangements have been made in advance of the absence.

A student who must leave school during the day must bring a note from his/her parent. A student who becomes ill during the school day should, with the teacher's permission, report to the school nurse. The school nurse will decide whether or not the student should be sent home and will notify the student's parents as appropriate.

A student who is absent from school for more than a half-day for any reason will not be allowed to participate in school-related activities on that day or evening—ncluding athletic events, dances, musical performances, etc.

Students may be excused on a limited basis from a preplanned classroom activity or from selected portions of the established curriculum on the basis of a disability or for personal, religious or ethnic considerations.

 Pre-excused Absences

Students who are going to be absent, for reasons other than those listed, need to notify the school in advance. A note from a parent requesting permission for the student to be absent and stating the reason and date(s) for the absence(s) should be turned in to the Attendance Office

1. Prior to a planned absence, the student should arrange with each teacher any possible assignments.

2. Students arriving after 8:45am will be considered absent from school. Parents are unable to authorize absences that do not meet the defined criteria of an excused absence.

Unexcused Absences and Tardies

Appointments for haircuts, tanning, pictures, shopping, and other personal business are not excused. Oversleeping, missing the bus, and similar excuses are not considered excused absences. Absences will be considered unexcused when the parent is unaware of and has not authorized the absence.

Repeated unexcused absences and tardies will be reported to parents and the student will be subject to disciplinary action. Parents are responsible for making sure their children are in school.

 Make-up Work

The administration will always work with parents/guardians and students to complete make-up work for excused absences. However, absences due to vacations are NOT excused absence and students will not be allowed to make up any schoolwork. An assignment, homework or test missed during an excused absence, will receive an automatic “0”. Any student in grades K-6 who accumulate more than ten unexcused absences for the school year will not be promoted to the next grade. Any student in grades 7-8 who has more than five unexcused absences for a ½ credit course or ten unexcused absences for a full credit course in a semester in a class will not receive credit for that course. There may also be other requirements for students and their parents/guardians who fail to follow procedures, including appearing in court to explain why the student did not meet the attendance requirement. Please refer to Montgomery Public Schools Code of Student Behavior for complete details of this policy.

 Student Withdrawal

Parents are asked to notify the school at least one (1) day in advance of a student's withdrawal so that the parent/guardian may be aware of any damaged or lost books, materials, or any other outstanding debts. Upon completion of the withdrawal form, a transfer form will be issued. The student's records will be forwarded to the new school upon receipt of that school's request.

Communication

Parent Conferences

Conferences may be held before and after school or during teachers planning periods on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. It is more convenient for parents/guardians and teachers if appointments are made one (1) day in advance by calling the school office at 269-3623. THERE WILL BE NO CONFERENCES HELD DURING CLASS TIME.

PTA

Active participation and support by parents/guardians, teachers, students and administrators results in a successful PTA. All parents/guardians are urged to become active members of the PTA. Notices of PTA meetings will be sent home by the PTA President throughout the school year.

Questions, Concerns, and Problems

Bellingrath Middle School strives hard to communicate with parents/guardians on a regular basis to avoid problems. Sometimes questions or problems do occur. We encourage you to call or talk to the teacher, principal or the appropriate designee if questions, concerns or problems arise. The telephone number is 269-3623.

Bi-Weekly Progress Reports

To maintain effective communication, a school-developed bi-weekly progress report will be used to notify parents/guardians of student progress or the lack there of. Please pay close attention to the notes that teachers include on the progress report. Please help us to help your child.

Academic Achievement

His/her teacher grades each student as follows:

A 90-100 Excellent

B 80-89 Commendable

C 70-79 Fair to Average

D 60-69 Minimal

F 0 –59 Failure

I Incomplete- May be exchanged for the proper grade if the work is made up before the deadline which is normally two weeks.

Guidance

Bellingrath provides counseling services foro a variety of needs. Students and parents are encouraged to take advantage of the services available through the Bellingrath Counseling Office.

Bellingrath Counseling Services:

  • Assist with conflict resolution; involving friends, family, and teachers
  • Assist with organization and study skills
  • Refer parents and students to community agencies and resources
  • Arrange parent and teacher conferences
  • Help students deal with personal problems
  • Provide small group counseling, based on student needs

 Trip Permission (Board of Education Policy Code-IFCB)

Field trips may be scheduled for educational, cultural or other extracurricular purposes. All students are considered to be “in school” while participating in District-sponsored field trips. This means students are subject to the school’s student conduct rules, applicable Board policy and such other rules as may be deemed appropriate by the field trip supervisor.

Any student making a trip under the sponsorship of the school is required to have written permission from the parent or guardian to participate in the trip. This written permission will be the Montgomery Public Schools’ Trip Permission Form.

Accident Insurance

All students are encouraged to have accident insurance. Montgomery Public Schools does NOT provide accident insurance; thus each student’s parent or guardian is responsible for treatment of any injury that might occur while at school.

Reporting Accidents

It is the responsibility of the student or his/her parent/guardian to see that all accidents, major or minor, that occur on school grounds be reported to the school office as soon as possible. Students must report all accidents that occur on school property to the person in charge at the time of the accident.

Bellingrath Media Center

The Bellingrath Library Media Center (LMC) is an extended learning and information center for our students. The LMC houses a large collection of books and resources for all members of our school research needs, and access computers to complete assignments. The center houses more than eight thousand books and audio visual resources. Books and resources are selected in accordance with curriculum guidelines. Consideration is given to student interests and reading abilities in our collection development process. Students are allowed to check out books checked out and return them on time and in the condition needs. Students are asked to be responsible with books checked out and return them on time and in the condition the books were at the time of checkout. Students are allowed to check out books for a period of two weeks. Books returned late are assessed a late fee penalty of five cents per day.

Fund Raising

Student fund-raising activities at Belligrath Middle School are closely managed and controlled. As a general practice Bellingrath will conduct one large fund raiser in the fall.

 Unauthorized Sales

Students are not allowed to sell any items at school that are not part of an approved Bellingrath fund-raiser. Bellingrath cannot be responsible for the security of merchandise or money associated with such sales, and the sale of such merchandise can be disruptive to the instructional program.

School Closures

Very rarely it is necessary to close school. When extreme weather emergencies make it impossible for the school to stay open local Radio/TV stations will be notified. Should the weather look so bad that you suspect school might be closed or have a delayed opening, please listen to the media rather than calling the school.

Emergency Evacuation

Evacuation drills are for everyone’s protection. Students should avoid all talking, laughing, playing etc. Absolute adherence to the procedures can save lives. Teachers will monitor their students and will report any violation, lack of manners or lack of cooperation. ALL STUDENTS ARE TO BE FULLY AWARE OF ALL DRILL PROCEDURES.

Fire Drills

Fire and evacuation drills will be held frequently as well as bus evacuation drills. Short rings of the bell will signal students and staff to line up quietly and follow the evacuation procedures posted in each room. Three long rings of the bell will signal all clear.

Bomb Threat

A series of long and short rings of the bell will signal a bomb threat. Students and staff will evacuate the building according to the Fire Drill Procedures. Three (3) long rings of the bell will signal all clear.

Tornado Warnings

A continuous ringing of the bell will signal a Tornado Warning at which time students and staff will line up quietly and follow evacuation procedures. Three (3) long rings of the bell signal all clear

 Section 504

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is the enforcement arm of many laws, among them the individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and protection under the 5th and 14th Amendments to the Constitution in the form of Due Process guidelines provided for this part of the Civil Rights Code. Section 504 states, in part, “No otherwise qualified individual with handicaps in the United States shall, solely by reason of his/her handicap be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal funds or financial assistance... (Emphasis added) 29 USC, 794.” Section 504 is not new. It has been with us since 1973. It prohibits discrimination against handicapped persons, including students, parents, staff, and community members, by school districts receiving federal financial assistance. This includes all programs and activities of the school district

If a school district has reason to believe that, because of a handicap as defined under Section 504, a student needs either special accommodations or related services in the regular setting in order to participate in the school pro­gram, the district must evaluate the student; if the student is determined to be handicapped under Section 504, the district must develop and implement a plan for the delivery of all needed services. Again, these steps must be taken, even though the student is not covered by the IDEA special education provisions and procedures.

If you have any questions about Section 504 or if you be­lieve your student qualifies, please contact your student’s counselor.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

(PUBLIC LAW 105-17)Congress amended the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) in 1997. This law sets guidelines for states and local school districts in providing all handi­capped children with an appropriate education.

Under the IDEA, handicapped children are defined as intel­lectually disabled, hearing impaired, speech impaired, visu­ally handicapped, orthopedically impaired, learning disabled in a specified area, emotionally disturbed, autistic, or other health impaired. Handicapped children are protected under this law and their parents have certain rights guaranteed. The intent of the law is to provide a free and appropriate education to all children regardless of handicapping condition.

Students may qualify for specialized instruction and assis­tance in their regular classes under the provisions of IDEA. Parents may not be eligible to receive reimbursement if they place a student with a disability in a private program unless they have informed the school of their intention to make a unilateral placement and seek public funding in writing at least 10 business days in advance or at the student’s most recent individual educational plan (IEP) meeting. The school district is obligated to offer a program in the least restrictive environment and reserves the right to provide an appropri­ate education in district schools whenever this is possible.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

On July 26, 1990, Congress passed the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which provides comprehensive civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities in the areas of employment, public accommodations, State and local government services, and telecommunications.

Equal Educational Opportunity

No person shall, on the basis of age, disability, martial status, national origin, race, religion, color, or sex, be ex­cluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity provided or authorized by the District.

The school District staff is directed to make a continuous effort to provide equal educational opportunities for students and to eliminate those conditions which may cause discrimi­nation.

Student/Parent Complaints

The Montgomery School District Board recognizes the necessity for each school to develop and maintain an orderly procedure for resolving student/parent complaints. The following proce­dure will be followed for handling student/parent complaints:

1. Informal conferences between parties concerned.

2. Written appeal to the building principal within 5 calendar days for a hearing when step one (1) does not resolve the problem.

3. Written appeal to the superintendent within 15 calendar days, requesting a hearing when step two (2) does not resolve the problem.

4. Written appeal to the board within 10 calendar days, re­questing a hearing when step three (3) does not resolve the problem. Board decisions are final.

It is the purpose of appeals and hearings to provide access to appropriate school officials when an informal conference cannot resolve the problem. It is not the purpose of appeals and hearings to provide a forum through which non-related issues are conveyed. It is recommended that as many student problems as possible be handled through informal conferences.

Discrimination on the Basis of Sex Complaints

A student and/or parent with a complaint regarding possible discrimation of a student on the basis of sex should contact the Student Support Services.

Students with Disabilities Complaints

A complaint or concern regarding the identification, evaluation or placement of a student with disabilities or the accessibility of the District’s services, activities or programs to a student, should be directed to the special education director.

Students with Harassment Complaints

Harassment is strictly prohibited in all district programs and activities while on district property or on property under the jurisdiction of the district or while attending or engaged in district activities while away from district property.

A complaint regarding harassment by a member of the staff to a student, by a student to another student, or by a third party (volunteer, visiting guest speaker, etc.) to a student, should be filed with the principal. Harassment includes, but is not limited to, harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status or age.

Harassment is a violation of district policy and regulations and may also be a violation of criminal or other laws. Students whose behavior is found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to the investigation procedure which may result in discipline, up to and including suspension and expulsion.

Retaliation against a student because the student has filed a harassment complaint or assisted or participated in a harassment investigation or proceeding is also prohibited. A student who is found to have retaliated against another in violation of this policy will be subject to discipline up to and including suspension and expulsion. Any student who has knowledge of or feels he/she is a victim of harassment should immediately report his/her concerns to the building principal.

Parent Volunteers

There are a number of ways that parents can be involved at the middle school. Parents assist in classrooms, the library, the office, and with intramural activities. There are also opportunities to volunteer occasionally with activities such as school pictures, weight, height, and vision tests, the magazine sale, and others.

Parents who are interested in volunteering should make arrangements by contacting the appropriate teacher and/ or Parent Volunteer Coordinator.

HALL PASSES

Students will not be allowed in the halls unless they are accompanied by a teacher or they are in possession of a hall pass. Valid hall passes must state the student’s name, date, time and destination and signed by the teacher issuing the pass. No permanent passes will be allowed.

INSPECTION & CONFISCATION

Lockers, desks and other school property remain at all times the property of the Montgomery Public Schools and shall be subject to search at the discretion of the principal. Although a student may exercise control of his/her lockers as opposed to deny access by fellow students, the control is not exclusive against school officials.

Property of the Montgomery Public Schools may not be used for any unlawful purpose and any unlawful, disruptive or dangerous material found in or on the school premises may be confiscated.

Students may not bring electronic equipment cell phones, MP3 players, PSP, toys, games, jewelry (other than permitted by the dress code), weapons or any other dangerous items to school. These items will be confiscated and returned only to the parent/guardian. All items not picked up on the last day of school will be donated to charity.

LOCKERS

Lockers are available with built in combination locks for a rental fee of $5.00 per year. Students may rent a locker from their homeroom teacher. Students may not share lockers. Students are not to visit lockers during class period. All textbook exchanges should be made during the scheduled locker times.

 

The administrators, teachers and/or security will periodically check all student lockers.

Medication

All prescription medication must be registered in the school office.

A school nurse will supervise the taking of medication by students when the parent/guardian has filed a Medication Permission Form with the school office. Changes in medication or medication dosage will require a new permission form. Medication Permission Forms may be found in the Code of Student Behavior.

The current prescription bottle must be labeled with the child’s name and must indicate specific directions. Samples from doctors are acceptable but must be accompanied by doctor’s written orders to administer, including the child’s name, name of medication and the time and amount to be taken.

When a child is self-medicating with an inhaler, a doctor’s statement should be provided to verify the prescription.

TELEPHONES

The office telephone is for school business only. Messages are not taken for students nor will they be called out of class to the telephone. Relatives should call the school only in case of an emergency. School is dismissed at 2:45 each day. Transportation arrangements should be made before coming to school.

TEXTBOOKS

Textbooks are assigned to each student as a part of MPS’ effort to provide a unified curriculum. Textbooks are assigned to the individual student by number and condition. Students, parents/and guardians are expected to assume financial responsibility for all textbooks assigned to them which are lost or damaged. The first textbook covers are furnished to each student. Textbooks must be covered at all times. Lost or damaged textbooks must be paid for before replacements will be issued.

Bused Students

Students are required to be at the bus stop at the designated time. Students are to get on and off the bus in a quiet, orderly manner. For the safety of all, students must be seated while the bus is in motion and must be reasonably quiet. The bus driver is responsible for the passengers’ safety and welfare and is to be obeyed at all times. School bus misconduct or vandalism is reported by the driver to the principal or designee on a school bus misconduct report. Repeated offenses may cause suspension of the student from the bus for a period of up to ten (10) days or permanent removal from the bus. New Montgomery Public Schools policy states that “buses are to be treated as rolling class rooms. Therefore, students are subject to the same consequences as in the class room.”

School Bus Rules

The following are general rules that each student is expected to follow:

  1. Only a student assigned to a bus may ride.
  2. Permission to ride on a different bus is not given without written parental consent and a written note from the principal or designee.
  3. Students must board and depart at their assigned bus stop.
  4. In the event of a late bus, students should remain at the bus stop. Transportation will be called by the principal or designee.
  5. Students must remain seated while the bus is in motion.
  6. Students may talk quietly to seat mates only.
  7. Students must refrain from eating, drinking and chewing gum on the bus.
  8. Students may not bring pets, electronic equipment, toys, games or any other dangerous items on the bus.

Car Riders

Car riders are to be pick up and drop of on the North side of the school building. (off of E.D. Nixon)

Homework Plan

Homework should be expected on a regular basis in most academic classes. Elective classes will also be likely to assign homework.

  • Write down the exact assignment and its deadline in your notebook.
  • Know what books, materials, and information will be necessary to complete the assignment.
  • Understand the purpose of the assignment.
  • Ask questions about any portion of the assignment that is confusing.
  • Budget your time:

*Develop a schedule

*Divide assignments into manageable units

*Take a minute break

*Wait a day before refining a rough draft

into its final form.

  • Call or e-mail your teacher to check on grades. Parents are encouraged to obtain an I-Now password from the school.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment by staff, students, Board members, school volunteers, parents, school visitors, service contractors or others engaged in district business is strictly prohibited in the district. District includes district facilities, district premises and non-district property if the student or employee is at any district-sponsored, district-approved, district-related activ­ity or function, such as field trips or athletic events where students are under the control of the district or where the employee is engaged in district business.

Sexual harassment of students means unwelcome sexual advances, request for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

1. The conduct or communication has the purpose or effect of demanding sexual favors in exchange for benefits;

2. Submission to or rejection of the conduct or commu­nication is used as the basis for educational decisions affecting a student or employment or assignment of staff;

3. The conduct or communication is so severe, persistent or pervasive that it has the purpose or effect of unreason­ably interfering with a student’s educational performance or with an employee’s ability to perform his/her job; or creates an intimidating, offensive or hostile educational or working environment. Relevant factors to be considered will include, but not be limited to, did the individual view the environment as hostile; was it responsible to view the environment as hostile; the nature of the conduct; how often the conduct occurred and how long it continues; age and sex of the complainant; whether the alleged harasser was in a position of power over the student or staff member subjected to the harassment; number of individuals involved; age of the alleged harasser; where the harassment occurred; and other incidents of sexual harassment at the school involving the same or other students or staff.

Building principals, the compliance officer and the superinten­dent have responsibility for investigations concerning sexual harassment. All complaints and other reported incidents shall be investigated. The investigator shall be a neutral party having had no involvement in the complaint presented.

Step I Any sexual harassment information (complaints, rumors, etc.) shall be presented to the building principal, compliance officer or superintendent. All such information shall be reduced to writing and will include the specific nature of the sexual harassment and corresponding dates.

Step II The district official receiving the information or com­plaint shall promptly initiate an investigation. He/she will arrange such meetings as may be necessary to discuss the issue with all concerned parties within (5) working days after receipt of the information or complaint. All findings of the investigation, including the responses of the alleged harasser, shall be reduced to writing. The district official(s) conduct­ing the investigation shall notify the complainant (in writing) when the investigation is concluded. The parties will have an opportunity to submit evidence and a list of witnesses.

Step III If a complainant is not satisfied on Step II, he/she may submit a written appeal to the superintendent or des­ignee. Such appeal must be filed within (10) working days after receipt of the Step II decision. The superintendent or designee will arrange such meetings with the complainant and other affected parties as deemed necessary to discuss the appeal. The superintendent or designee shall provide a written decision to the complainant within (10) working days.

Step IV If a complainant is not satisfied with the decision at Step III, he/she may submit a written appeal to the Board. Such appeals must be filed within (10) working days after receipt of the Step III decision. The Board shall, within (20) working days, conduct a hearing at which time the complain­ant shall be given an opportunity to present the appeal. The Board shall provide a written decision to the complainant within (10) working days following completion of the hearing.

Step V If the complaint is not satisfactorily settled at the Board level, the student may appeal to the Regional Civil Rights Director, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Region X, 915 2nd Ave., Room 3310, Seattle, WA 98174-1099. Additional information regarding filing of a complaint may be obtained through the building principal, compliance officer or superintendent.

Changes in the above procedure may be made if an ad­ministrator is named in the complaint or reported incident.

Confidentiality will be maintained. The educational as­signments or study environment of the student shall not be adversely affected as a result of the good faith reporting of sexual harassment.

Students or parents with complaints not covered by this student handbook should contact the principal.

Reporting of Suspected Child Abuse

Any school employee who has reasonable cause or reason­able suspicion to believe that any child with whom he/she has come in contact has suffered abuse or neglect, as defined in state law, or that any adult with whom he/she is in contact has abused a child, will immediately notify the Children’s Services Division or the local law enforcement agency. The school employee shall also immediately inform his/her supervisor, building principal or superintendent.

Campus Boundaries

Bellingrath Middle School is a closed campus. That means students are to stay at school from the time they arrive until school is dismissed. Once at school, students are expected to stay in supervised area.

Student may leave campus only when pre-authorized by a parent, the school has granted permission, and the student has signed-out in the office.

Care of School Property

It is each student’s responsibility to show respect for all school property. A student who is found to have damaged school property will be held responsible for the reasonable cost of repairing or replacing that property. The school will notify students sand parents of all such charges. If the amount due is not within 10 calendar days of receipt of the school notice, the amount will become a debt owed and the student’s grade reports and records may be withheld.

Student Conduct

Students attending Bellingrath Middle School are governed by the policies and procedures of the Montgomery Public Schools and Bellingrath Middle School. These policies and procedures are listed in the Code of Good Student Behavior, this student/parent handbook and the teachers’ classroom rules. It is the responsibility of each student and parent/guardian to read these documents and be familiar with offenses and consequences.

Certain rules and regulations are necessary to enhance educational possibilities and to ensure a safe learning environment. Students will follow the Code of Good Student Behavior, the School Discipline Plan and the teachers’ Classroom Discipline Plan. Acts of misconduct include those student behaviors that seriously disrupt the orderly educational process in the classroom or other areas of school jurisdiction.

Certain acts of misconduct that may include illegal student behaviors and that seriously disrupt the orderly educational process in the classroom or other areas of school jurisdiction and are against Montgomery County Board Policy, laws of the City of Montgomery, laws of the State of Alabama, or laws of the United States of America, may result in law enforcement being called.

 

The classroom teacher will deal with general classroom disruptions by using his/her Classroom Discipline Plan.

School/Classroom Discipline Procedures

FIRST OFFENSE - Review the rules with the student. Warning.

SECOND OFFENSE - Conference with student; Alternative setting: in or out of room

THIRD OFFENSE - Telephone conference with parents

FOURTH OFFENSE - Face-to- Face conference with parents to discuss an alternative to suspension

FIFTH OFFENSE – See Guidance Counselor and/or the student is expected to remain for a 30 minute detention after school the following day (parent must be notified before detention begins). ENTRY IN DISCIPLINE LOG

SIXTH OFFENSE - Will result in an OFFICE REFERRAL

CLASSROOM RULES

The following are general rules that each student is expected to follow:

1. Enter classroom quietly. No yelling, screaming, or running while entering the room. Take your seat without disturbing others in your classroom or other classrooms.

2. Be prepared for class. Bring books paper, pencils, erasers and homework. It is the student’s responsibility to come to class with everything needed to participate, including all completed assignments.

3. Raise your hand to be heard. When you want to answer or ask a question, Always raise your hand, do not speak without permission.

4. Food is allowed only in the cafeteria. Gum and candy are not permitted in classrooms, halls or any other area on campus.

5. Respect the rights and opinions of others. Do not disturb, hit, poke or bother others in anyway. Do not disrupt the class by talking, getting out of your seat or by clowning around. Also, respect the views and opinions of others. Everyone does not see everything the same way and they are entitled to their own opinion(s).

6. Personal grooming is done in the restrooms only while at school. Combing, brushing hair, polishing nails and/or applying cosmetics is not permitted.

7. Protect and care for school property. Defacing any school property not limited to student desks, restroom walls, or hallway walls with scribbling, drawing or writings is not permitted and against both school and school board policy.

8. Safety Always. Think and act safely. Never throw anything at anytime and always follow the directions of the teacher.

Teacher Protections

All students are entitled to an education and a safe learning environment. Every effort will be made to ensure each students rights are respected. Along with these rights comes responsibilities. Teachers have the right to a safe working environment. Teachers right to be free from threatening language or threats of physical harm and verbal harassment is also protected.

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