Handbook last updated: 8/29/16
Our school staff joins us in extending a warm welcome to you as a member of our educational family at Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School. We hope you will become an active member of our school by getting involved in the many available school activities.
In many ways, Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School represents the best of two worlds in education. You can earn a high school diploma from a school accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and Certificate of Occupational Proficiency (COP) in a trade or occupation of your choice.
We do not make demands of you beyond what you can do, but we do expect that you will try to get the most out of your education by giving it your best effort. In order to learn, you will have to be here, thus good attendance is important. It is also expected that you will show respect for other people. It is important for you to realize that your rights in this book are accompanied by responsibilities. You are expected to use these rights wisely and to respect the rules and regulations outlined in this handbook.
Our goal is to provide you with the best educational experience possible. Although achieving your goals may not always seem easy, as good things often are not, we will provide you with the best assistance we can in order that your goals may be realized.
Upon graduation from Diman, you will have skills to last a lifetime and the recognition of having a diploma that was earned through diligence and determination.
Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School is accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. through its Commission on Technical and Career Institutions.
|Period 1||7:45 – 8:28 am|
|Period 2||8:31 – 9:14 am|
|Period 3||9:17 – 10:00 am|
|Period 4||10:03 – 10:46 am|
|Period 5||10:49 – 11:14 First Lunch|
|11:17||–||11:42 Second Lunch|
|11:45||–||12:10 Third Lunch|
|12:13||–||12:37 Fourth Lunch|
|12:41||–||1:06 Fifth Lunch|
|Period 6||12:13 – 12:56 pm|
|Period 7||12:59 – 1:42 pm|
|Period 8||1:45 – 2:28 pm|
Please refer to Diman's website for early dismissal schedules at www.dimanregional.org.
Calendar of Events 2016-2017
A complete school calendar is available at the Diman website www.dimanregional.org. Click on "Calendar."
The Greater Fall River Vocational School District, which is comprised of Fall River, Somerset, Swansea and Westport provides vocational-technical education to the residents of the Greater Fall River area at the high school, post-high school and adult level.
The Greater Fall River Vocational School District Committee is the governing body of the regional school district. In setting policies, the Committee welcomes input from the student body, parent/guardian, faculty and administration.
The primary objective of Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School is to develop in all students the highest degree of vocational and technical competency, and this vocational and technical competency must be integrated with technical knowledge, academic skills and cultural values as the basis upon which any good vocational-technical program is built. As we strive for this competence, we shall be ever cognizant of the importance of providing for personal development and civic responsibility.
We accomplish these objectives by providing occupational training in sixteen (16) different areas at the high-school level. This allows students with different potential and interests to select an area in which they can be successful.
Counseling is available to assist and advise students concerning personal adjustment, employment orientation, job opportunities and advanced educational opportunities upon graduation.
The school’s plan of instruction at the high-school level is based upon an alternating system of two (2) weeks in academic classes and two (2) weeks in their vocational area.
Regulations published on September 15, 2010 amended Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and requires Diman to publish a policy regarding the presence and use of service animals in schools. The regulations, which can be found at 28 CFR Part 35, require each school district to have this policy in place.
The school maintains an active placement bureau and is pledged to continue its close contact with industry partners in order to keep its training current and to meet the needs of industry.
ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT/ PRINCIPAL'S ROLE
The Assistant Superintendent/Principal is responsible for the overall operation and day-to-day activities of the high school. Situations requiring resolution beyond the scope of instructors, department heads, coordinators or the Dean of Students will be reviewed by the Assistant Superintendent /Principal.
ACADEMIC COORDINATOR'S DISCIPLINARY ROLE
Misconduct in academic classes and/or the Media Center will be dealt with by the Academic Coordinator whenever an academic instructor or the librarian considers the problem to be serious enough to warrant administrative attention.
VOCATIONAL COORDINATOR'S DISCIPLINARY ROLE
Misconduct in shops and/or shop related classrooms will be dealt with by the Vocational Coordinator whenever the shop or shop related instructor considers the problem to be serious enough to warrant administrative attention.
DEAN OF STUDENTS' DISCIPLINARY ROLE
Misconduct in areas other than indicated above will be dealt with by the Dean of Students. The Dean of Students will also resolve any discipline problems arising from the violation of attendance rules and regulations, as well as any misconduct while students are riding the school bus.
CANCELLATION OF SCHOOL / EARLY RELEASE
The announcement for cancellation of school or early release of school in case of inclement weather will be made through Connect Ed (the automated calling system). In addition, you may monitor the following radio stations: WPRO (FM) 92.3, WCTK (FM) 98.1, B101 (FM) 101.3, and WSAR (AM) 1480, as well as television channels 6, 10, 12 and FOX 25.
It is important to note that no school in Fall River does not necessarily mean no school at Diman Regional.
Please listen for the announcement, which will say:
Fire drills conducted at regular intervals are required by law and are an important safety precaution. It is essential that when the first signal is given, everyone should obey promptly and clear the building by the prescribed route as quickly and orderly as possible.
Emergency drills are held to prepare for various natural and/or artificial crisis situations. All staff and students should follow emergency code protocols.
HEALTH AND ACCIDENT INSURANCE
The student accident insurance policy covers students while attending school, while traveling directly to and from school and while participating in activities sponsored and supervised by school personnel.
It is mandatory for all students who participate in interscholastic athletics and students who are on the cooperative work programs to have school insurance OR a parent/guardian signed waiver of school insurance.
If there is an accident and a claim is to be made, please obtain an accident insurance form from the school nurse. If you need help or information in filling out the accident insurance form, please ask the nurse for assistance. Please note that this insurance is supplementary to any existing health or accident insurance coverage.
Every accident, no matter how minor, must be reported to the instructor in charge of the student.
Accidents are to be reported immediately. If the accident happens on school grounds, on a school related activity, or in the corridor, the occurrence of the accident must be reported to the school nurse or administration.
It is recommended that all students purchase at least the school-time insurance plan to cover those instances where an injury may occur, for which family medical insurance does not cover the total cost of the health care.
Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School assumes no liability for student injury unless such injury is a direct result of negligence on the part of the regional school district. Each student and his/her family assume all risk for injury, and, therefore, this insurance coverage may prove beneficial to you.
VISITORS TO THE SCHOOL
All visitors to the school having legitimate business must report to the Dean of Student’s Office for a visitor’s pass. All visitors must be escorted by an adult to their destination, with the exception of a Diman Vendors Pass. Any unauthorized persons within the building or on school grounds will be asked to leave. Visitors refusing to leave the building shall be considered as trespassers and will be subject to police intervention.
SUPERVISION OF STUDENTS
Students are adequately supervised between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 2:43 p.m. Students arriving before 7:30 a.m. or staying after 2:43 p.m., unless for a specific extracurricular /athletic event, do so at their own liability.
RESPONSIBILITY OF STUDENTS ARRIVING ON SCHOOL PROPERTY
STUDENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO REMAIN IN THEIR VEHICLE AFTER ARRIVING ON SCHOOL GROUNDS. Once students have arrived on school property, whether by car, bus or walking, they are to enter the building and prepare for the start of the school day. Students leaving school property, loitering on corners, going to the athletic fields, or otherwise not entering the building after arriving on school property, WILL BE DISCIPLINED.
PROCEDURES FOR USING K-9 DOGS IN OCCASIONAL SEARCHES OF SCHOOL BUILDINGS AND PARKING LOTS
Objective: To be used as a preventative measure to help control the problem of drug abuse at Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School. In addition, it will let students know we remain active in our efforts to eliminate drug abuse in identifying the individuals who supply drugs in our area.
Generally, and under most circumstances, the following procedures will apply:
GENERAL PROVISIONS OF REGULATIONS PERTAINING TO STUDENT RECORDS
Below are the general provisions of the Massachusetts Department of Education regulations pertaining to students’ rights and the maintenance of students’ records by the public schools of Massachusetts.
These rights shall be exercised by both the students and the parents/guardians or either one acting alone, if a student is from 14 to 17 years old or has entered Grade 9.
If a student is 18 years of age or older, he/she alone shall exercise these rights. However, the parent/guardian may continue to exercise the rights until expressly limited by such student.
The school shall maintain a student record consisting of a transcript of grades, which will be maintained for at least sixty (60) years after the student leaves school.
A temporary record will, also, be kept for each student containing information of importance to the educational process, such as relevant family background, test scores, class rank, health record, extracurricular school activities and evaluations by instructors, counselors and other school staff.
The temporary record will be destroyed seven (7) years after the student graduates, transfers or withdraws from Diman. At the time he/she leaves, the student will be advised of the eventual destruction of the temporary record and of the right of the student to obtain information from it.
An eligible student and the parent/guardian will have access to the student record at reasonable times. Students who wish to review their school records may do so by making an appointment with their Guidance Counselor (508-678-2891 extension 1510).
Authorized school personnel shall have access to student records; however, no information from the student record can be released to a third party (any person or private or public agency other than the student, the parent/guardian or school personnel) without the written consent of the student or the parent/guardian.
An eligible student and the parent/guardian shall have the right to add information, comments, data or other relevant material to the student record and may request that certain information contained in the record be deleted or amended. A prescribed procedure is outlined in the regulations if such a request is to be made.
At the beginning of each school year, students will be notified as to what types of information will be placed in the student records during the school year. Students will receive notification as to the general provision of the regulations pertaining to parent/guardian and student rights regarding student records. Detailed copies of the regulations pertaining to student records are available upon request in the Pupil Personnel Services Office.
INFORMATION TO BE PLACED IN STUDENT RECORDS
As required by the Department of Education regulations pursuant to student records and student rights, we are notifying you as to what types of information and data will be added to student records during the school year.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS/TELEPHONE NUMBER
Students should notify the Guidance Office as soon as possible when moving to a new address or when getting a new telephone number. The student should also notify the school nurse if the emergency telephone number to reach parent/guardian during the day has changed.
Any parent/guardian whose child is subject of a custody order is requested to file the order with the Director of Guidance. It is assumed that the submitted court order is the most recent and is in effect. If a custody agreement or order is not submitted, we will assume that there is joint custody and that both parents/guardians have equal rights.
As of 1998, Massachusetts Law (General Laws Chapter 71, Section 34H) specifies detailed procedures that govern access to student records by parent/guardian who do not have physical custody of their children. For more information, please contact the school Principal.
USE OF STUDENT PHOTOGRAPHS
From time-to-time, members of the school staff may take pictures of students or may engage professional photographers to take such pictures. These photographs may be used to promote the school and its programs or to highlight the accomplishments of individual students. Photographs may be used on the school’s website, in school publications, or in newspapers or other publications.
Parent/Guardians who wish that their children’s pictures not appear in such publications must notify the Assistant Superintendent-Director/Principal, in writing, of their objection. If the school receives no such notice, it shall assume that the student has granted permission to the school to use his/her likeness in a manner consistent with this section.
The following rules will be observed:
The nurse shall assist in planning and coordinating health programs, render services related to school health services, and serve as a health service person to instructors and students in general health matters and to render first aid.
The nurse will report to the student’s parents/guardians and the Dean of Students any serious illnesses or injuries that may occur. The law does not permit the nurse to treat or recommend treatment. Medication can be administered to students by the nurse only if she has written orders from a physician detailing the name of the drug, dosage, time and intervals to be taken and has written permission from the parent/guardian requesting that the school comply with the physician’s order. The medication must be brought to school in a container properly labeled by the physician or pharmacy and will be kept in the nurse’s office. The student requiring medication will be excused from class at the required time to take the medication. The school nurse may be reached by calling 508-678-2891, extensions 1770 or 1771.
The school physician shall serve as a consultant to the school nurse on medical matters and the school health program. Whenever necessary, the doctor shall confer with the school administration to coordinate medical services with health education service.
The doctor gives all freshmen and junior students an annual physical examination and examines all candidates for interscholastic sports prior to their participation.
Fall River students may obtain work permits at B. M. C. Durfee High School – 360 Elsbree Street (1st Floor).
Students seeking work permits should bring proof of their birthday (i.e. Birth certificate or baptismal certificate).
USE OF TELEPHONE
Telephone calls should be made before or after school ONLY. Use of the telephone during the school day is permissible ONLY with instructor and, then, administrative approval. Emergency contacts should be made through the school only and not via the individual student’s cell phone.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF PARENTS/GUARDIANS OF SCHOOL TRANSPORTED STUDENTS
The responsibility of transporting students to and from school each school day requires the cooperation of the parents/guardians of the students transported.
The following regulations are conveyed to the parents/guardians by the administration and School Committee of Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School.
SCHOOL BREAKFAST / LUNCH PROGRAM
The school cafeteria provides both nutritious breakfasts and lunches for interested students at a reasonable fee. All students are encouraged to eat a well-balanced breakfast and lunch; this is important to student health. Parents/guardians of Diman students may apply for free or reduced priced breakfasts/lunches at any time during the school year. Eligibility is determined by family income criteria established by the Federal Government. Applications are available through the Pupil Personnel Office. Students will not be permitted to charge their lunch.
Each instructor has one (1) school day per week that they are available until 3:28 p.m. Ask your instructor which day they have designated so you may obtain additional help or make-up work when necessary.
In an effort to improve student performance and MCAS test results, Diman has established an after-school homework support program open to all students. Certified teachers will be available for guided support in all content areas. Students may attend for extra help or for a controlled environment in which to complete homework.
The Director of Guidance is responsible for the overall operation and day-to-day activities of all guidance services, 504 Accommodation Plans, health services that are provided through the school nurse and also the coordination of Title IX and Chapter 622 grievance issues.
The Guidance Office is available to assist students and to provide them with educational, vocational, personal and social information and services.
The Guidance Office is located diagonally from the Administration Office. Appointments may be made directly with your counselor, requesting an appointment on the Diman website, or by signing up in the Guidance Office before 7:45 a.m., during lunch periods or after 2:28 p.m. any school day.
In addition to counseling, other services are available to students through the Guidance Office including:
MEDIA CENTER (Library)
The school Media Center is primarily a learning laboratory where the student can engaged in purposeful activities. Library materials, which are reflective of the intellectual needs of the student, are readily available.
The accessibility of Media Center materials is fast and easy with the center’s computerized system. No library card is needed. Students may charge out materials using their Student Identification Number.
The Media Center has over 7,000 books, including paperbacks, which will satisfy many interests and reading levels. Also available to the entire school community are periodicals, video and audiocassettes and the use of various computer programs. To use these programs, students must sign in: name, year of graduation and shop.
The Media Center has multiple computers with printing capability (most in color), which access both the Internet, and the Media Center book catalog.
Books, periodicals, vertical file and audiocassette materials have a two (2) week limit unless there is a waiting list. Current issues of periodicals do not circulate. Videos may be taken out overnight. Maximum number of items that can circulate per student is five (5).
Overdue notices are expected to be honored promptly. Lost materials will be charged for at the rate of the replacement cost.
Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School does provide assistance for students with limited English proficiency.
Diman is committed to developing the unique potential of each learner. Recognizing that Diman is committed to providing opportunities for the total growth of the whole student, a variety of extracurricular school activities is available. Students are encouraged to participate in at least one (1) activity annually while attending Diman.
Grade 10, 11, and 12 students become ineligible to participate in any sport/extracurricular activity when his/her failures of subjects total 7.5 credits/trimester or higher. Grade 9 students are ineligible upon attaining failing grades in three (3) or more subjects. Eligibility is determined by “report card to report card notification”. A student who is ineligible will not be eligible until report cards are distributed for the next trimester.
Students under suspension will be not be allowed to attend or participate in any social/extracurricular activity until the suspension has been served.
In order to participate in an extracurricular activity or to attend a school-sponsored event (dance, field trip, prom, athletic event, etc.), the student must be in attendance on the day of practice or event for four (4) full periods or be excused from school for a medical, legal or dental appointment as verified by a doctor’s note or legal document. Violators may be subject to game/event suspensions.
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
The National Honor Society (NHS) at Diman is a duly-chartered and affiliated chapter of this prestigious national organization. Membership is open to scholarship, leadership, service and character.
Students in grades 11 and 12 are eligible for membership. For the scholarship criterion, a student must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale or a “B” when a letter grade system is used. Scholastic averaging uses grades earned since the freshman year. Students who initially qualify under the minimum scholastic average will then be invited to complete a Student Information Packet that provides the necessary additional qualifying information for a five-member Faculty Council to select new NHS candidates. The information in the student packet must indicate that the candidate demonstrates strong personal character, as well as a history of leadership, experience and participation in both the school environment, as well as in the surrounding community. The information forms are carefully reviewed by the Faculty Council to determine membership eligibility. Candidates are notified regarding selection.
If a student is selected for the NHS, he/she will take on the responsibility of demonstrating leadership skills in many ways. NHS members are expected to volunteer a total of twenty-five (25) hours of community service within their community for various worthwhile projects. Approximately twelve (12) meetings per school year must be attended. Members will, also, be active fund-raisers and participants in NHS sponsored community service projects. Through diligent effort and serious commitment, the NHS member benefits him/herself and comes to appreciate their personal growth through civic and community pride derived from giving to others.
Diman is a member of the Mayflower League and competes with other high schools in baseball, boys’ and girls’ basketball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, boys’ and girls’ cross country, winter and spring track, golf, tennis, softball, volleyball and ice hockey.
A physical examination is required for all candidates for interscholastic sports competition. This examination must precede any organized practice in the sport concerned and is given by the school doctor.
All students participating in interscholastic sports competition must have school accident insurance or a waiver of school insurance and a permission form from a parent/guardian giving consent to participate. No student will be allowed to practice or compete without all of these requirements being met.
Diman athletes participate in the Immediate Post-concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing. IMPACT involves a 25-minute test battery that athletes completed on a computer. It can detect the subtle effects of a concussion, including changes in memory, visual motor skills, and information processing speed, and reaction time and symptom levels. Diman improves the value of this testing by having it online at the school and gives preseason baseline testing to its contact sports athletes. Should an athlete sustain a concussion during the season, this data is then available for comparison to post-injury test scores for better monitoring of the athlete’s recovery.
Eligibility rules for students to participate in interscholastic sports have been established by the Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators’ Association. Any student failing Shop or failing subjects totaling 7.5 is not eligible for participation.
The school also has an intramural sports program, which varies with the seasons and is conducted by the Physical Education Department. The same eligibility requirements for athletics pertain to intramurals as well. Some intramural activities include weight training, conditioning, volleyball, basketball and other areas depending on student interest.
There are three (3) separate branches of student government at Diman. Each branch is a communication link with the State Board of Education, the Regional School Committee the Administration and the student body.
Diman students are encouraged to take an active part in their student government. The three (3) separate branches are described below.
Student Advisory Council: Diman has two (2) separate seats on the Southeast Regional State Board of Education Student Advisory Council.
The Delegate and Alternate are chosen by the body in a general election held in March of each year.
Student Advisory Committee: The five (5) members of the Student Advisory Committee are chosen by the student body in a general election held annually in March. The Student Advisory Chairperson is the direct representative of the student body to the Regional School Committee and the Superintendent-Director.
Student Senate: The Senate is comprised of thirty-two (32) student representatives, two (2) from each shop.
In cases where student behavior is unacceptable and interferes with vocational, academic and disciplinary standards, the following DISCIPLINE POLICY will be employed:
UNAPPROVED will mean that the school policy and the administration does not accept the reasoning for the situation and, thus, any detention, Saturday school, and/or suspension incurred by the student is sustained and justified.
UNAUTHORIZED will mean that neither the parent/guardian nor the school administration accepts the reasoning for the situation and further that neither the parent/guardian nor school administration authorized the student to be engaged in such a situation. Unauthorized activities will result in detention, Saturday school and/or suspension dependent upon the offense and the frequency of the offense.
RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR STUDENTS ON SCHOOL BUSES
Remember it is a PRIVILEDGE to ride the school bus. Students are expected to be well-behaved and courteous. If students endanger the health and safety of others, this privilege can be taken away. The driver shall be considered to have the same authority as an instructor in the classroom.
One of the major functions of Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School is to provide every member of the student body with a sound academic and occupational background to enable the student to find employment after graduation.
Studies have shown that there is a high degree of correlation between the attitude, conduct and achievement of students and their dress and personal grooming. Frequently, employers call or visit the school seeking new employees. Invariably, they ask about attitude, conduct, achievement in shop and in the classroom and attendance; and in personal interviews, they observe the appearance of the student body.
The following dress code was developed by the members of Diman’s Handbook Committee which is made up of faculty members, students, and administrators,in cooperation with the school administration and the School Committee. All high school students will adhere to this dress code. Students who are in violation of this dress code will be assigned discipline and a school appropriate shirt will be issued by the Dean of Students Office.
The above-procedure will be followed up to and including the third violation. The fourth violation will require a parent/guardian/administrator conference at the school as well as a suspension after the due process procedures as followed:
****SHORTS ARE NOT PERMITTED IN ANY SHOP****
Safety Equipment and Clothing for Exploratory Students
Exploratory shirt, jeans (must be able to go over work boots) or work pants (Dickies, Carhartt, Work’n Gear,(appropriate for an industrial setting), belt, steel toed safety boots, safety glasses, hair net/hair ties
NETWORK AND INTERNET ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY FOR STUDENTS
Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School provides technology resources to its students for educational purposes. The goal in providing these resources is to promote educational excellence in Diman by facilitating resource sharing, innovation and communication with the support and supervision of the faculty and administration. The use of technology is a privilege, not a right.
With access to computers and people all over the world comes the potential availability of material that may not be of value in the context of the school setting. Diman firmly believes that the value of information, interaction, and the available research capabilities outweighs the possibility that students may obtain materials not consistent with the educational goals of the district.
Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School expects that all students use the computers and computer networks in a responsible, ethical and respectful manner. This policy intends to clarify these expectations. Violations of this policy may result in disciplinary action, a loss of computer privileges, and if appropriate, legal action.
Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School will cooperate with local, state or federal officials conducting an investigation related to any allegedly illegal activities conducted through the Diman computer network. Further, any work on school computers generates an electronic record that may be subject to public disclosure.
Students may not use personal laptop computers in school. Students who use school assistive technology devices must turn in the device at the end of each school year or upon request by a school administrator. Failure to do so, or damage or loss of such device will result in the student being required to pay replacement costs.
Users are expected to abide by the following guidelines for acceptable use of technology resources including the Internet. Users are personally responsible for their actions in accessing and using the school's computer resources.
It is unacceptable for users to access school resources for:
ALL STUDENTS MUST HAVE A SIGNED AGENDA BOOK OR CORRIDOR PASS. FAILURE TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN DETENTION FROM THE DEAN OF STUDENTS. The agenda book should not be shared. It should have the student’s name inside the book. Students should not go to any office (Administration, Business, Nurse, Guidance, etc.) during passing time. The correct procedure is for the student to report to his/her assigned location (including lunch) and obtain a pass for these purposes.
POLICY CONCERNING CONFISCATED ITEMS
All items confiscated may be dealt with in accordance with the DISCIPLINE POLICY. Any items that have been confiscated or turned into the Administration by a faculty member will be returned ONLY UPON PARENTAL /GUARDIAN CONFERENCE with the Administration. If the item confiscated presents an obvious harm to the student or the Diman community, Law Enforcement Officials may be contacted.
STUDENTS USE OF VEHICLES
Campus parking is a privilege. The student parking lot is located on the south side of the school. Students who drive vehicles to and from school are required to register their vehicles in the Dean of Students Office and obtain a sticker for their vehicles. Students are NOT to park their vehicles on the streets adjacent to the school, on the ramp, or on the roadway near the athletic field. Students who speed, drive recklessly, peel tires, fail to register their vehicles or otherwise do not exercise caution while driving on school property will be disciplined in accordance with the Discipline Policy. Upon arriving and parking at Diman, students are to exit their vehicles and immediately enter the building. Be aware, if a reasonable suspicion exists that a controlled substance is in a vehicle parked on school property, that vehicle is subject to a search.
DIMAN IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOSS INCURRED BY FIRE, THEFT OR ACTS OF VANDALISM OF STUDENT’S CARS. The driver agrees that Diman is not responsible for any loss or damage suffered by his/her as the result of using this parking facility; that Diman is providing to the driver only the privilege to park; that Diman is not responsible to insure, care for or safeguard the vehicle or its contents.
Assignment to SCHOOL DETENTION will be made by the school administration and will be held in a room designated by the administration. A minimum of 24 hour notice MUST be given.
Any student who has detention and fails to report for it will receive ADDITIONAL DETENTION / SATURDAY SCHOOL (one day). If a student who has a conflict with a SCHOOL DETENTION, he/she should report to the ADMINISTRATOR WHO ASSIGNED THE SCHOOL DETENTION where permission may be granted to change days/dates if the excuse is valid.
AN AFTER SCHOOL WORK RELATED EXCUSE IS NOT A VALID REASON TO BE EXCUSED FROM DETENTION OR SATURDAY SCHOOL.
Students may be detained at the close of the regular school day (after school) by an instructor for disciplinary reasons. Students MUST be given 24 hour notice. Instructors have the right and responsibility to do so. After-school appointments with classroom/shop instructors have priority over all other commitments including detention. Instructors shall keep a student for a MINIMUM of thirty (30) minutes.
Assignment to Saturday school will be made by the School Administration. It begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. and ends at Noon. Students must report with the appropriate amount of schoolwork to be completed for the duration. Saturday school will be assigned for failure to serve School Detention and other violations of the Discipline Code. With Administrative approval, a student may serve School Detentions in Saturday school. Out-Of-School Suspension days assigned due to failure to serve Saturday School are NOT School-Approved Absences.
Assignment of Suspension for a limited number of days will be made by the School Administration. There are two (2) types of conduct that are subject to Suspension: “gross misconduct” and “persistent disobedience”. Gross misconduct is defined as “willful and malicious acts, which seriously disrupt the educational environment”. Persistent disobedience includes acts, which also have a disruptive nature or are repeated over a period of time.
Suspensions will be administered according to the Discipline Code or for other infractions, which in the judgment of an administrator warrants such action. Three (3) suspensions, IN ANY ONE YEAR, for any violations of the Discipline Code, may result in a parent/guardian conference and a referral to the Assistant Superintendent-Director/Principal.
Any student who is suspended by the administration is not permitted to be on school grounds nor is he/she allowed to participate in or attend school-sponsored activities either at school or away from school during the period of suspension. Trespass charges may be filed in the District Court against students who violate this paragraph.
Student Discipline Regarding Suspension and Exclusion
(1) 603 CMR 53.00 is promulgated pursuant to the authority of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education under G.L. c. 69, §§ 1A and 1B, G.L. c. 71, §37H, and G.L. c. 71, § 37H¾
(2) The purpose of 603 CMR 53.00 is:
(a) for those discipline offenses subject to G.L. 71, § 37H¾, as set forth in 603 CMR 53.01(3)(a), to limit the use of long-term suspension as a consequence for student misconduct until other consequences have been considered and tried as appropriate;
(b) to promote engagement of a student's parent in discussion of the student's misconduct, and options for responding to it;
(c) to assure that every student who is expelled or suspended, regardless of the reason for suspension or expulsion, has the opportunity to receive education services to make academic progress during the period of suspension or expulsion; and,
(d) to keep schools safe and supportive for all students while ensuring fair and effective disciplinary practices.
(3) 603 CMR 53.00 sets forth, for all public preschool, elementary, and secondary schools and programs in Massachusetts, including charter and virtual schools:
(a) at 603 CMR 53.03 through 53.11, the minimum procedural requirements applicable to the suspension of a student for a disciplinary offense other than: a) possession of a dangerous weapon; b) possession of a controlled substance; c) assault on a member of the educational staff; or d) a felony charge or felony delinquency complaint or conviction, or adjudication or admission of guilt with respect to such felony, if a principal determines that the student's continued presence in school would have a substantial detrimental effect on the general welfare of the school, as provided in G.L. c. 71, §§37H or 37H½;
(b) the minimum requirements and procedures necessary to ensure that all students who have been suspended, in-school or out-of-school, or expelled, regardless of the type of offense, have an opportunity to make academic progress during their period of suspension, expulsion, or removal from regular classroom activities; and
(c) the requirements pertaining to school discipline data reporting and analysis.
ANY STUDENT CARRYING OR USING ANY TOBACCO PRODUCTS, LIGHTER OR MATCHES ON SCHOOL PROPERTY (school property includes sidewalks, school buses, parking lots, roads, athletic fields, etc.) WILL HAVE THE TOBACCO PRODUCT, LIGHTER OR MATCHES CONFISCATED AND THE FOLLOWING DISCIPLINE POLICY ENFORCED:
ANY STUDENT SMOKING OR USING ANY TOBACCO PRODUCT IN THE SCHOOL BUILDING OR ON A SCHOOL BUS WILL HAVE THE TOBACCO PRODUCT, LIGHTER OR MATCHES CONFISCATED AND THE FOLLOWING DISCIPLINE POLICY ENFORCED:
ARE SUBJECT TO: a minimum penalty of a verbal warning to a maximum of five (5) days OUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSION based upon the severity of the offense, the number of occurrences and the evidence presented. A parental/guardian conference may be required as a condition of re-admission.ANY OF THE FOLLOWING OFFENSES:
ARE SUBJECT TO: a minimum penalty of one (1) day of Saturday School, to a maximum penalty of exclusion, as determined by the Assistant Superintendent-Director/Principal in accordance with the provisions of the Education Reform Act of 1993, based upon the severity of the offense, the number of occurrences and evidence presented. A parental/guardian conference may be required as a condition of re-admission.The above-penalties do not exclude involvement by law enforcement agencies when so deemed necessary by the Administration. All of the above-disciplinary actions will involve a parental/guardian conference with the investigating administrator, the Assistant Superintendent-Director/Principal, the guidance counselor and, if a second-time offender, a referral for possible exclusion.
To report a bullying incident, visit the home page of the Diman website and under title “student pages” there is a bulleted link that will go right to the anonymous report.
All reports will be investigated. Please see bullying law at the end of the handbook.
SEXUAL HARASSMENT is described as any unwelcomed sexual advances, comments, touching or other inappropriate verbal or physical gestures made to any member of the faculty, staff, student body or groups thereof. It includes, but is not limited to, pressure for sexual activity or remarks with sexual or demeaning implications.
ANY OF THE FOLLOWING OFFENSES:
ARE SUBJECT TO: a minimum penalty of five (5) days out of-school suspension and a referral to the Assistant Superintendent-Director/Principal for hearing under the provisions of the Education Reform Act of 1993 that may result in exclusion. Consequences will be based upon the severity of the offense, the number of occurrences and the evidence presented. These offenses may, also, involve law enforcement agencies. A parental/guardian conference will be required as a condition of re-admission.
LAW ENFORCEMENT INVOLVEMENT
All students need to acknowledge that some specific infractions of this discipline policy constitute a criminal offense and that school personnel, in addition to the actions described above, are obliged by law to refer such instances immediately to legal authorities. Such infractions include, but are not limited to, assault and battery, extortion, theft, forgery, the pulling of false alarms, vandalism and possession, use or selling of drugs, narcotics, alcoholic beverages or firearms/weapons.
In dealing with alleged misconduct, the administration will investigate the incident and hear all available accounts of it.
The students will be offered the opportunity to raise any defense he/she thinks relevant and will be permitted at his/her option to submit a written statement of the facts relating to the alleged misconduct.
DUE PROCESS/STUDENTS' RIGHTS
The Assistant Superintendent/Principal, under the provisions of the Education Reform Act of 1993, has the authority to suspend and/or exclude any student after proper warning and the exercise of due process. The Assistant Superintendent/Principal will confer with the other Administrators take the necessary disciplinary action based upon their recommendation and after investigating the incident thoroughly. Suspension may be out-of-school or Saturday School at the discretion of the Assistant Superintendent/Principal.
DISCIPLINE/DUE PROCESS POLICY
The Diman educational community feels that a student has the inherent right to learn in an atmosphere, which is free from fear and promotes human dignity and respect. To promote and maintain an atmosphere conducive to the learning process, it is necessary to establish a code of responsibility, which is built upon the desire to protect that right.
The Education Reform Act of 1993 has enhanced the powers of the school principal to exclude those students who pose a danger to other students by virtue of the following:
DISCIPLINE/DUE PROCESS POLICY FOR SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS
Each special needs student will have indicated on his/her Individualized Education Plan (IEP) whether he/she will be required to meet the regular discipline policy or if a modification is required. Any modifications will be written into the IEP.
Special needs students who are required to meet the regular discipline policy will be subjected to the same rules and procedures as all other students with the following provisions:
Due to safety and security reasons, STUDENTS ARE NOT TO “SHARE” LOCKERS. Students who are found sharing lockers will be assigned detention. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
Students with the exception of DRAFTING, HEALTH CAREERS, DENTAL ASSISTING, ELECTRONICS and Business TECHNOLOGY will be assigned two lockers (one shop and one academic) during the school year. Students should have no expectation of privacy in a shop or hallway locker or computer program folder.
Students are responsible for learning their locker combinations promptly and under no circumstances should they reveal their locker combination to other students. Students are strongly advised not to leave large sums of money or valuables in their lockers. IF AT ANY TIME A STUDENT HAS A LARGE SUM OF MONEY, HE/SHE SHALL LEAVE IT IN THE BUSINESS OFFICE PRIOR TO SCHOOL AND PICK IT UP AT THE CLOSE OF SCHOOL. Lockers should be kept clean at all times.
It is suggested that students in academics go to their lockers before and after school and at the beginning and end of their lunch period.
The school has on file master keys or copies of combinations for lockers and retains the right to inspect lockers, desks and student workstations periodically for compliance with school rules and health concerns. The school will conduct periodic locker inspections during the school year. Certain items including weapons, illegal drugs, alcoholic beverages, stolen property, and explosives shall not be stored in lockers, desks or student workstations. Clothing items in gym and shop lockers must be cleaned periodically and should be taken home to do so. Food items should not be left in lockers overnight as this may contribute to a health problem. Routine folder maintenance will be conducted.
No personal items are to be brought to the locker room. It is highly suggested that students use their school locker to store personal items like pocketbooks, wallets, cell phones and items of value. Students are given the opportunity to use a locker in the locker room each P.E. class. Students will need to supply their own lock to be used.
Attendance is an important item on a student's record. Future employment may depend upon a student's attendance. It tells much about a student's attitude toward school, work, responsibility and habits of punctuality. All students are expected to be present every day school is in session. A student is not allowed on school grounds when absent from school. A student who is absent may not participate in any school activity that day; Saturday School will be assigned to a student who does participate in an activity and is marked absent.
Being absent from school falls into one of the following three (3) categories:
Any student who is absent from school must have a parent/guardian call in the absence by 11:00 a.m. on the DAY of the absence (508-678-2891 extension 1270) or must provide the student with a note explaining the absence upon his/her return to school. Remember: a call or a note is REQUIRED for all absences.
The note explaining the absence is to be brought to the Dean of Student's OFFICE BETWEEN 7:30 a.m. – 7:40 a.m. The student will then be issued a PLEASE ADMIT slip. All notes must contain a parent/guardian's home AND work telephone number.
No student who has been absent will be admitted to class/shop without a PLEASE ADMIT slip.
FAILURE TO BRING IN A NOTE upon the student's return to school explaining the absence will result in an administrative detention.
Students who are absent five (5) or more consecutive days due to illness MUST bring in a doctor's note to be readmitted to school.
ABSENCES FOR A TRIMESTER
A student who exceeds four (4) absences (excluding schoolapproved absences) within one (1) trimester will receive a grade of no greater than a 60% for that trimester. Parent excused absences do count toward school absences.
TARDINESS AND DISMISSALS
In an academic class, four (4) incomplete classes will equal one (1) unexcused absence. An incomplete class is caused by any tardy or dismissal that falls In an academic class, four (4) incomplete classes will equal one (1) unexcused absence. An incomplete class is caused by any tardy or dismissal that falls within a class period.
In shop, four (4) days tardy or four (4) dismissals will equal one (1) unexcused absence. Tardiness after 8:00 a.m. or dismissals prior to 2:00 p.m.. will be counted as unexcused absence for the remaining periods of the shop day.
Upon achieving the equivalent of five (5) unexcused absences in any class and/or shop, the student will receive a grade of no greater than 60% for the trimester in that class and/or shop.
ABSENCES FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR
A student who exceeds nine (9) absences excluding school approved absences in a school year will fail for the year. This applies to all academic and vocational classes including shop.
Upon attaining five (5) absences in one (1) school year (excluding school approved absences), a parent/guardian conference will be held with the Assistant Superintendent- Director/Principal, the Dean of Students and the student's guidance counselor. This is a mandatory meeting.
If a student feels that his/her absences beyond the ninth (9) day for a school year were of an exceptional nature, he/she may appeal his/her case to the Principal. The appeal from the student must be in writing within one (1) week of receiving notification of his/her failure for the trimester and/or the year.
GENERAL SHOP AND OTHER HALF-DAY STUDENTS
Any student who exceeds four (4) days absent (excluding School Approved Absences) within one (1) trimester will receive a grade of no greater than 60% for that trimester. Any student who exceeds nine (9) days absent (excluding School Approved Absences) will receive a grade no greater than 60% for the school year.
ALL REQUESTS FOR SCHOOL-APPROVED ABSENCES WILL REQUIRE WRITTEN DOCUMENTATION.
Credit Recovery shall be assigned to students who exceed four (4) absences in shop and academics per trimester and/or exceed nine (9) absences in shop and academics for the year. Credit Recovery is assigned by the Dean of Students. Credit Recovery takes place on scheduled Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Students must bring enough schoolwork to complete during the duration.
Students from the towns of Somerset, Swansea and Westport, Culinary Arts and Health Careers students, and any other student entering Diman from outside Fall River must be tuberculin tested. This can be done by your own private physician, by contacting the Health Department at your town hall or by going to the Government Center, Fall River Board of Health.
In particular, it is MOST IMPORTANT that the results of the tuberculin test are forwarded to the Diman School Nurse BEFORE the opening of school in September.
STUDENTS TARDY TO SCHOOL WITHOUT PARENT/ GUARDIAN/PROFESSIONAL NOTE OR CALL-IN WILL BE ASSIGNED DETENTION OR SATURDAY SCHOOL.
Students who are tardy will be admitted ONLY if they have obtained a “TARDY-ADMIT” slip from the Dean of Students Office.
Any student who needs to obtain an ADMIT SLIP from a previous day’s absence or a DISMISSAL SLIP for an excused dismissal MUST present the note from the doctor or parent/guardian prior to the 7:40 a.m. bell to avoid being marked tardy.
If a parent/guardian knows that his/her child will be tardy to school, the parent/guardian should call the school and/or write a note on the day of the tardy indicating the reason for the tardiness. Parent/Guardian calls/notes to excuse tardiness will not exceed four (4) in any one (1) school year.
Habitual and/or unauthorized tardiness will be dealt with as a disciplinary problem (Refer to DISCIPLINE POLICY). Tardiness to class/shop once the school day has begun will be dealt with by the classroom/shop instructor up to and including the third tardy. Students who are tardy more than three (3) times to any class/shop or in excess of five (5) minutes will be referred to the appropriate administrator for disciplinary action.
UNAUTHORIZED TARDINESS TO SCHOOL
School begins at 7:45 a.m. All students are to be ready for the school day at 7:45 a.m. when attendance is taken. Students in shop must be in full uniform and ready for attendance at the 7:45 AM bell. Students in academics must be in the classroom, seated and ready for attendance at the 7:45 a.m. bell.
Unless a parent/guardian has called the school and/or provided the student with a note on the day of the tardy with a maximum of four (4) notes/calls per school year, the following policy will be enforced concerning TARDINESS TO SCHOOL.
ALL UNAUTHORIZED TARDIES ARE ALSO UNAPPROVED TARDIES AND ARE SUBJECT TO THE PENALTIES OF THE ATTENDANCE POLICY. THERE WILL BE NO MAKE-UP WORK PROVIDED FOR UNAUTHORIZED TARDIES.
Any dismissal made by the school nurse is a SCHOOL-APPROVED DISMISSAL. Dismissal for a professional appointment (doctor, dentist, court, etc.) must be verified by a letter and presented to the Dean of Students office on the day of dismissal or upon return to school to be considered a School-Approved Absence. Regular dismissal notes from a parent/guardian must contain a parent/guardian’s home and work telephone number for verification. Dismissal notes should include the following information:
NO STUDENT WILL BE DISMISSED FROM SCHOOL UNLESS A DISMISSAL NOTE CAN BE VERIFIED BY A PARENT OR GUARDIAN.
Parent/Guardian must come into the Nurse’s office or Dean of Students office to dismiss his/her child unless other arrangements have been made, verified and approved.
A full day of school is from 7:45 a.m. – 2:28 p.m. Each period or portion of a period missed due to parent/guardian approved DISMISSAL will be counted as one-eighth (1/8th) of an absence.
*Note: An 11:00 a.m. dismissal does not constitute a full-day.
Habitual and unauthorized dismissals will be dealt with as a disciplinary problem (See DISCIPLINE POLICY).
The dismissal of any student via telephone conversation with a parent/guardian will be granted in emergency situations only. Fraudulent telephone calls will be subject to disciplinary actions. Dismissals shall not exceed four (4) in any school year. Exceeding this limit will result in discipline similar to the tardiness policy.
ABSENTEE /TARDY/DISMISSAL NOTES / TELEPHONE CALLS BY STUDENTS 18 YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER
Students at the age of 18 or older, living on their own, do not need parent/guardian permission for absences, tardiness, or dismissals. Eighteen (18) year-old students living with a parent/guardian must present a signed parent/guardian waiver form in order to exercise the same rights as students living on their own. The school will keep the parent/guardian informed about the student’s progress and whereabouts. All other students must have parent/guardian permission for absences, tardiness and/or dismissals.
UNAUTHORIZED ABSENCES FROM CLASS/SHOP (CUT)
The above-offense is subject to a minimum penalty of three (3) nights’ detention to a maximum penalty of five (5) days OUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSION, based upon the number of occurrences and the evidence presented. A parent/guardian conference may be required as a condition of re-admission.
An UNAUTHORIZED DISMISSAL occurs when a student forges a dismissal note from a parent / guardian / professional or in any other way attempts to leave school under false pretenses or, in fact, leaves the school building or school grounds without proper authorization, INCLUDING BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF SCHOOL.
The above-offense is subject to a minimum penalty of one (1) day of Saturday School to a maximum penalty of five (5) days out-of-school suspension, based upon the number of occurrences and the evidence presented. A parental/guardian conference may be required as a condition of re-admission.
UNAUTHORIZED ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL (TRUANCY)
The above-offense is subject to a minimum penalty of one (1) day of Saturday School to a maximum penalty of five (5) days out-of-school suspension, based upon the number of occurrences and the evidence presented. A parental/guardian conference may be required as a condition of re-admission.
Leaving school property before or once the school day begins constitutes an unauthorized dismissal and is subject to the above penalties. All unauthorized dismissals are, also, unapproved dismissals and are subject to the provisions set forth in the Attendance Policy. There will be no make-up work provided for an unauthorized dismissal.
Working at an outside job or attending a school-related activity off school grounds without approval from a school official during school hours (except Co-Op) will constitute truancy.
MAKE-UP POLICY FOR ABSENT STUDENTS
Attendance is essential for student success. The successful completion of coursework is required in each class and is evaluated as part of the overall assessment process in determining trimester grades.
Students who are absent in accordance with the Attendance Policy from a class/shop that meets every day must contact their instructors within two (2) school calendar days upon returning, except in extenuating circumstances. This meeting is required before or after school to arrange for make-up of coursework missed due to the absence(s). If the class meets on alternating days, contact with the teacher must be made on the day of the student’s return to school. It is the student’s responsibility to ask their instructors for make-up work. Students who DO NOT contact their instructors as noted may receive a failing grade for all missed work and/or make-up assignments.
All instructors shall include their Make-Up Policy as part of their Classroom/Shop Rules and Regulations that are distributed at the beginning of the year. All make-up work will be due in a reasonable time agreed upon by the instructor and student.
Any student who is medically excused must have a written note from a doctor with specific restrictions written in by the doctor. Please try to get permission from your doctor to be able to participate in class at some level. A written assignment will need to be completed for a grade.
Automotive Collision Repair
Building and Property Maintenance
Carpentry and Cabinet Making
General Shop (Gr. 9 only)
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
Machine Tool Technology
Metal Fabrication and Jointing Technologies
During their shop cycle, students will be permitted a fifteen (15) minute break at mid-morning. Provisions are made for milk and pastry to be purchased through the Culinary Arts Shop. Students’ shop break is a privilege, not a right. Student misbehavior in the shop may cause the student’s break to be canceled.
To provide each student with the utmost in learning opportunities, we suggest that each student have his/her own basic tool kit. The student will then learn to care for, maintain and appreciate a good tool set that can be added to over the years.
Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School has instituted a Cooperative Employment Program whereby students in Grade 12 will spend two (2) weeks in class and two (2) weeks in industry working in the occupation or trade they have been studying in school. Students are eligible to apply for the cooperative program at the start of the third term of their junior year and/or in their senior year.
The incoming freshmen will be cycled through shop exploratory programs. During this time, the student will explore shops which he/she has chosen, and the school has assigned. Incoming freshmen at Diman will not be automatically assigned a specific shop program. After every cycle is completed, the SHOP instructor will evaluate the student in the following areas: QUALITY OF WORK, EFFORT, POTENTIAL, CONDUCT/ ATTITUDE and AMOUNT OF WORK COMPLETED. After the program has ended, the student will be asked to submit to the Pupil Personnel Services office as to which shops he/she wishes to be placed permanently. The placement is based upon the performance of the student, the recommendation of the Shop Instructors and the desire of the student to enter the shop. Freshmen passing shop exploratory will receive five (5) credits.
In an attempt to focus recognition on seniors who have done an exceptional job in their vocational training, Diman annually sponsors the Outstanding Vocational Student Award Program.
At the end of the second Trimester of Grade 12, a senior will be nominated by shop and related instructors to represent their shop in this award program. All shop finalists will be invited to an annual banquet with their parent/guardian to receive recognition for their achievement.
Parent/guardian may make appointments for conferences with instructors, counselors or the administrators by telephoning the school at 508-678-2891 with the appropriate extension (see page 1) or by e-mail.
Based upon an overwhelming number of recent government, education, and private studies, success for Diman students, in the 21st century, will require that students have achieved a strong academic knowledge base, acquired vocational skills, knowledge, and competencies, and have developed “ 21st century skills” (critical thinking and problem solving, creativity,
collaborative skills, and oral and written communication skills). One important component for achieving such success at Diman will be the e-Portfolio. Thus, students at Diman will develop an electronic portfolio (e-Portfolio) over four years. Every student will take two technology courses which will facilitate the completion of his/her individual e-Portfolios.
The Diman e-Portfolio will focus upon the student, as a learner. It will consist of a collection of evidence integrating what the student has learned over time from the student’s perspective. Also, the student will demonstrate his/her application of 21st century skills through entries and a presentation. The entries and/or a presentation will demonstrate integrated content knowledge as well as critical thinking and problem solving skills, creative skills, collaborative skills, and communicative skills.
Students will create entries using various technologies and media. The prototype of the Diman e-Portfolio, involving assessment and feedback, reflection, application of technologies, and rubrics, will allow the student to demonstrate and validate their learning of 21st century skills.
During the first week of school, individual departments issue student specific criteria used to arrive at a trimester and final grade.
TRANSFERS WITHIN THE SCHOOL
Students who request consideration for a shop transfer MUST have a note from their parent/guardian indicating the reason for the transfer and their approval of the transfer.
A limited number of transfers will be considered if:
TRANSFERS TO ANOTHER SCHOOL
As required in Chapter 12, Section 11 of the Acts of 2010, Diman has developed a policy regarding the grade placement and eligibility for high school graduation of students leaving a Commonwealth Charter School and seeking to enroll in a district school. The policy ensures that all students who transfer into Diman are treated fairly and equitably.
TRANSFER FROM A COMMONWEALTH CHARTER SCHOOL
As required in Chapter 12, Section 11 of the Acts of 2010, Diman has developed a policy regarding the grade placement and eligibility for high school graduation of students leaving a Commonwealth Charter School and seeking to enroll in a district school. The policy ensures that all students who transfer into Diman are treated fairly and equitably.
Parents are encouraged to access and check regularly their child’s grades, attendance, and discipline using the Internet-based program – ASPEN. The Diman homepage provides a link to ASPEN.
Halfway into each marking trimester, instructors will notify parent/guardian with a mid-trimester progress report. The mid-trimester progress report will either be mailed home through the Pupil Personnel Services office, or it may be given to the student directly through the instructor. It is hoped that the parent/guardian of students who receive mid-trimester progress reports will consult with the instructors and that students will strive in the remaining weeks of the trimester to correct the difficulty that exists. Conferences between parent/guardian and instructors relating to mid-trimester progress reports can be made through the student’s guidance counselor. PLEASE CALL OR E-MAIL FOR AN APPOINTMENT. The school’s telephone number is 508-678-2891, extension 1500 or 1510 for PUPIL PERSONNEL SERVICES.
An Honor Roll is announced at the end of each marking trimester. If a student fails a PASS/FAIL course, he/she is ineligible for the Honor Roll. Curriculum level does not affect the Honor Roll calculations. The Honor Roll is published in the local newspaper(s) and also posted throughout the school.
Honor Roll Parameters
High Honors is awarded when a student has a 3.75 GPA for the trimester with all grades at 83 or higher.
Honors is awarded when a student has a 3.3 GPA for the trimester with all grades at 83 or higher.
Students will receive three (3) report cards during the school year. Sixty-five (65) is the minimum passing grade. The report card will show a mark for each trimester, as well as, yearly average.
Marks are based on class participation, assignments and tests. POOR ATTENDANCE WILL HAVE A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON STUDENT GRADES. (See Attendance Policy)
Students receiving a grade of “I” (INCOMPLETE) in any subject, MUST MAKE UP WORK WITHIN TWO WEEKS AFTER THE ISSUANCE OF REPORT CARDS. STUDENTS WILL BE NOTIFIED BY THEIR INSTRUCTOR to make-up the work that resulted in the grade “I”. At the end of this period, the student will be issued a numerical grade by the instructor based upon the work required and submitted to make up the incomplete grade. No credit is awarded for an incomplete grade.
Each trimester, together with subject and shop grades, every student will be evaluated by the shop instructor for attitude, Cooperation, Industry, Leadership and Personal Appearance. A student will be graded on a scale from 1 (high) to 5 (low) in each of these traits.
Report cards indicate a student’s achievement and progress in the academic/shop programs. If a student is experiencing difficulty with academic/shop work, a progress report MUST be mailed to the parent/guardian at the mid-trimester point or any time deemed necessary by the instructor. Issuing of the progress report is the responsibility of the instructor. The purpose of the progress report is to serve as notification to the parent/guardian that the student is not doing well in a subject/shop. A conference with the parent/guardian and the instructor is advisable at this time.
The parent/guardian must sign and submit a Diman sponsored permission slip for their son/daughter to attend a school-sponsored trip.
Transportation to a school-sponsored trip must be made in a school-approved vehicle. Student behavior is expected to reflect favorably on the school at all times. Students are to dress appropriately for these trips. Discipline will be issued to students who violate any school-related policy while on a school sponsored trip.
All textbooks need to be covered. All textbooks are the property of the Regional School District. Students are responsible for maintaining their textbooks and must replace lost or damaged books.
A passing average in shops will earn twenty (20) credits except freshmen who receive five (5) credits for exploratory and fifteen (15) credits for shop.
All successfully completed academic and related subjects, except as noted below, will receive credit equal to half of the total times the class meets per week (Example: US History meets 5 times per week which would earn 2.5 credits; ELA meets 10 times per week which would earn 5 credits) exclusive of single trimester courses.
All General Shop classes and students enrolled in the modified programs will receive credit equal to the total times the class meets per week (Example: Math meets 5 times per week which would earn 5.0 credits).
Grade point averages (GPA) and class rank are important to students seeking scholarships, financial assistance and other post- secondary endeavors. GPA and class rank are calculated using a system of levels and credits.
If a student enters Diman as a sophomore or junior, his/her transferred grades will be converted to GPA. Questions about ranking should be directed to the Pupil Personnel Services Office 508-678-2891 extension 1500 or 1510.
In order to receive a diploma from Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School, a student must earn a minimum of 140 credits. A student must have passed three (3) years of Shop Related, four (4) years of English Language Arts, four (4) years of Math, grade 9 and 10 Science courses, two years of Social Studies and three and one half (3 ½) years of Shop receiving a passing grade of at least 65 in each subject. All students must meet the MCAS test requirements in the subjects required by the state of Massachusetts. Students must earn a total of 140 credits in order to graduate.
In addition to subject and credit requirements, students must meet all attendance and discipline requirements (see Attendance Policy). Seniors who have not fulfilled disciplinary and attendance obligations will not receive their diploma until all disciplinary action has been served. Senior dues will be assessed to all graduating class members. One-half (1/2) of the total dues will be made by the end of January. The balance will be due by the end of the first week in May.
In order for a student to participate in graduation ceremony, the student must have fulfilled all requirements necessary to graduate. Students who must attend Summer School to help fulfill local requirements will not be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony. In the event of extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the student, such as illness or accident, a panel made up of the principal, an instructor and a guidance counselor shall review the extenuating circumstance and by majority vote decide if the student in question will be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony.
To matriculate from one grade to the next and to graduate, the student must have at least 65% in shop, shop related, English Language Arts and math and minimum total of 35 credits. Students must pass science freshman and sophomore year with a grade of 65%.
Students who receive a final grade below 65% in Shop and students who fail subjects totaling greater than 7.5 credits may apply for re-admission to Diman or may choose to transfer to another school. Any decision should be made only after the student and his/her parent consults with the student’s Guidance counselor.
In order to attend Summer School, a student must have an average no lower than 50% in the subject to be remediated. Students who fail any required subject will be mandated to successfully complete a make-up summer program with a minimum grade of 70% (C-) at Diman or any other approved Summer School for that subject. If students do not successfully make up the credits necessary for promotion at Summer school, they will be required to transfer to another high school or request to repeat the school year.
Diman Regional expects all students to conform to the standards of academic integrity established herein by the school district. Academic dishonesty – including plagiarism, cheating or copying the work of another, using technology (computers, mobile devices, applications, services, etc.) for illicit purposes, or any unauthorized communication between students for the purpose of gaining advantage during an examination – is strictly prohibited.
Academic dishonesty can be defined as representing someone else's work as your own. It can take many forms, including plagiarism, sharing another’s work, purchasing a term paper or test questions in advance, paying another to do the work for you, accessing someone else’s academic work, etcetera.
The Academic Integrity Policy covers all school-related tests, quizzes, reports, class assignments and projects, both in and out of class. The purpose of the Academic Integrity Policy is to prepare students for the world of work, college, or military where cheating and plagiarism have serious consequences.
Collaboration means to work together (with permission) in a joint intellectual effort where credit is shared. Teachers shall designate which assignments, tasks, or projects where collaboration is to be recommended or expected.
Plagiarism is using someone else’s ideas or phrasing and representing those ideas or phrasing as your own, either on purpose or through carelessness. When you use someone else’s words, you must put quotation marks around them and give the writer or speaker credit by citing the source. Even if you revise or paraphrase the words of someone else, if you use someone else’s ideas you must give the author credit. Some Internet users believe that anything available on-line is public domain. Such is not the case. Ideas belong to those who create and articulate them.
“Ideas or phrasing” includes written or spoken material from whole papers and paragraphs to sentences and even phrases – but it also includes statistics, lab results, art work, etc.
“Someone else” can mean a professional source, such as a published writer or critic in a book, magazine, encyclopedia or journal; an electronic resource such as material we discover on the World Wide Web; another student at our school or anywhere else; a paper writing “service” (online or otherwise) which offers to sell written papers for a fee.
Cheating includes, but is not limited to, copying or giving an assignment to a student to be copied (unless explicitly permitted by the teacher). Cheating also includes using, supplying, or communicating in any way unauthorized materials, including textbooks, notes, calculators, computers or other unauthorized technology, during an exam or project.
Forgery or stealing includes, but is not limited to, gaining unauthorized access to exams or answers to an exam, altering computer or grade-book records, or forging signatures for the purpose of academic advantage.
Facilitating academic dishonesty or helping someone else to commit an act of academic dishonesty is also strictly prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, giving someone a paper or homework to copy from or allowing someone to cheat from your quiz or test paper. Other forms of academic dishonesty include, but are not limited to, fraud, multiple submissions, electronic dishonesty, deception and misrepresentation.
The determination that a student has engaged in academic dishonesty shall be based on specific evidence provided by the classroom teacher taking into consideration written materials, observation, or information from others.
Students found to have engaged in academic dishonesty shall be subject to disciplinary as well as academic penalties. The minimum penalty for academic dishonesty is a zero for the assignment. Plagiarism/Academic dishonesty will result in disciplinary action (Saturday school). Ignorance of this policy is not excused and carelessness is just as bad as purposeful violation. At the very least, students who violate academic integrity standards have cheated themselves out of the experience of being responsible members of the academic community and have cheated their classmates by pretending to contribute something original which is, in fact, a cheap copy.
Students should consult with their guidance counselor prior to any request for withdrawal from school. Requests for withdrawals must be accompanied by a letter from the parent/guardian stating the reason or reasons for withdrawing.
Students that withdrawing from Diman must sign-out, turn in all books and school property, and clean out all lockers.
Requests for transfers and withdrawals are handled by Pupil Personnel Services Office, which holds a conference with the student and/or parent/guardian before granting the request.
The purpose of the Special Needs Department is to provide educational and vocational support to students in order to improve their participation in the total occupational education program at Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School. Any student at Diman is eligible for the services of the Special Needs Department for evaluation and possible remediation and training. The emphasis within all programs of instruction and supportive services is to minimize the separation of students from the regular educational program and to facilitate the optimal development of the students from the regular educational program and to facilitate the optimal development of the student’s personal, social and vocational potential.
Special needs students are integrated into the regular vocational-technical shops. It is the philosophy of Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School that the student should be integrated into vocational shop programs in order to validate the appropriateness of his/her enrollment in a technical high school.
Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 76, Paragraph 5, commonly known as Chapter 622 states:
“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 of such public school on account of race, color, sex, handicap, religion, national origin or sexual orientation.”
Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 states:
“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participating in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
In general, this means that Diman must provide educational opportunities to all students equally. The laws further require that Diman establish a procedure for students to register any complaints about discrimination or discriminatory practices if they feel they have been discriminated against. The following procedure has been established at Diman to allow students a quick settlement of any complaint that may occur.
If you have a complaint or feel that you have been discriminated against because of your race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or sex, register your complaint with your guidance counselor. If, in a brief conference, a satisfactory answer is not provided to you, your counselor will provide you with a form so that you can file your grievance in writing. When you have completed the form, return it to your counselor. You will get a written response within three (3) school days.
If you still are not satisfied, you may within three (3) school days register the written response with the Academic Coordinator, if the grievance emanates from the academic area, or with the Vocational Coordinator, if the grievance emanates from the shop area, which, in turn, will respond to you within three (3) school days.
If you are not satisfied, you may file your grievance with the Title IX and Chapter 622 Coordinator within three (3) school days, which, in turn, will provide you with a written response within three (3) school days.
If you are still not satisfied, you may file your grievance with the Assistant Superintendent-Director/Principal within three (3) school days. The Assistant Superintendent-Director/Principal will provide you with a written response within ten (10) school days.
If you are not satisfied, you may appeal to the School Committee within five (5) school days. The School Committee will respond to the complaint, in writing, no later than five (5) days after the next regular meeting of the Committee.
For those who choose, a complaint in an alternative way may be registered directly with the Office of Civil Rights, RKO General Building, Boston, Massachusetts. In addition, the School Committee has designated the Director of Guidance as Compliance Officer for both Title IX and Chapter 622, which are the Anti-Discrimination Laws.
If you have any general questions about either of these laws, you may direct those questions to the Director of Guidance at 508-678-2891, extension 1250.
Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School has developed and agreed upon this parent involvement policy in consultation with teachers, principals, program administrators, and parents/guardians/guardians of all students.
Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School welcomes the participation of parents/guardians in support of student learning and recognizes that parental involvement increases the opportunities for student success. It is the policy of Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School to foster and maintain ongoing communications with parents/guardians concerning their opportunities for involvement, their students’ eligibility for special programs, their students’ educational progress, the professional qualifications of their students’ teachers, and the status of the students’ school. Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School strives to provide such information in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon request, and, to the extent practicable, in a language that parents/guardians can understand. To the extent practicable, Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School shall provide full opportunities for the participation of parents/guardians with limited English proficiency, parents/guardians with disabilities and parents/guardians of migratory children, including providing information and school reports in a format and language such parents/guardians understand. Communications with parents/guardians shall, at all times, respect the privacy of students and their families.
It is the policy of Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School to consult parents/guardians, teachers, principals and program administrators of federally funded programs in the development and revision of the district's consolidated application for federal funds and in the process of school review and improvement. The process of school review includes timely publication and dissemination of the results of its annual progress report to parents/guardians, teachers, principals, and the school community.
Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School will notify parents/guardians of participating children at the beginning of each school year that they may request and the district will provide information on the professional qualifications of their child's classroom teachers and whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.
In order to build the capacity of schools and parents/guardians for strong parental performance, Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School will:
To ensure the effectiveness of this parent involvement policy, Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School conducts, with the involvement of parents/guardians, an annual evaluation of its parent involvement policy in improving the academic quality of the school, including identifying barriers to greater participation by parents/guardians in activities funded by Title I and Title II (A) grant programs. This evaluation will focus particular attention on parents/guardians who are economically disadvantaged, are disabled, have limited English proficiency, have limited literacy, or are of any racial or ethnic minority background. Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School will use the findings of this evaluation to design strategies for more effective parental involvement, and to revise, if necessary, the parental involvement policies described herein.
It is the policy of Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School to involve parents/guardians in the activities by monitoring to assure that the school will:
As a component of the school-level parental involvement policy, the school develops a school-parent compact that outlines how parent, the entire school staff, and students share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents/guardians will build and develop a partnership to help students achieve the State's high standards. These compacts, available in the school office and on the Diman Web Site, shall:
Section 17. Whoever is a principal organizer or participant in the crime of hazing, as defined herein, shall be punished by a fine of not more than three thousand dollars 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 in sections eighteen and nineteen, shall mean any conduct or method of initiation into any student organization, whether on public or private property, which willfully 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 student 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 a defense to any prosecution under this action.
Chapter 18 - Failure to Report Hazing
Section 18. Whoever knows that another person is the victim of hazing as defined in section seventeen and is at the scene of such crime shall, to the extent that such person can do so without danger or peril to himself or others, report such crime to an appropriate law enforcement official as soon as reasonably practicable. Whoever fails to report such crime shall be punished by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars.
Chapter 19 - Reporting Hazing
Section 19. Each institution of secondary education and each public and private institution of post-secondary education shall issue to every student group, student team or student organization which is part of such institution or is recognized by the institution or permitted by the institution to use its name or facilities or is known by the institution to exist as an unaffiliated student group, student team or student organization, a copy of this section and sections seventeen and eighteen; provided, however, that an institution’s compliance with this section’s requirements that an institution issue copies of this section and sections seventeen and eighteen to unaffiliated student groups, teams or organizations shall not constitute evidence of the institution’s recognition or endorsement of said unaffiliated student groups, teams or organizations.
Each such group, team or organization shall distribute a copy of this section and sections seventeen and eighteen to each of its members, plebes, pledges or applicants for membership. It shall be the duty of each such group, team or organization, acting through its designated officer, to deliver annually, to the institution an attested acknowledgement stating that such group, team or organization has received a copy of this section and said sections seventeen and eighteen, that each of its members, plebes, pledges, or applicants has received a copy of sections seventeen and eighteen, and that such group, team or organization understands and agrees to comply with the provisions of this section and sections seventeen and eighteen.
Each institution of secondary education and each public or private institution of post-secondary education shall, at least annually, before or at the start of enrollment, deliver to each person who enrolls as a full time student in such institution a copy of this section and sections seventeen and eighteen.
Each institution of secondary education and each public or private institution of post-secondary education shall file, at least annually, a report with the board of higher education and in the case of secondary institutions, the board of education, certifying that such institution has complied with its responsibility to inform student groups, teams or organizations and to notify each full time student enrolled by it of the provisions of this section and sections seventeen and eighteen and also certifying that said institution has adopted a disciplinary policy with regard to the organizers and participants of hazing, and that such policy has been set forth with appropriate emphasis in the student handbook or similar means of communicating the institution’s policies to its students. The board of higher education and, in the case of secondary institutions, the board of education shall promulgate regulations governing the content and frequency of such reports, and shall forthwith report to the attorney general any such institution which fails to make such report.
Chapter 71 – School Bullying
Section 37O. (a) As used in this section the following words shall, unless the context clearly requires otherwise, have the following meaning:-
"Approved private day or residential school", a school that accepts, through agreement with a school committee, a child requiring special education pursuant to section 10 of chapter 71B.
"Bullying'', the repeated use by one or more students or by a member of a school staff including, but not limited to, an educator, administrator, school nurse, cafeteria worker, custodian, bus driver, athletic coach, advisor to an extracurricular activity or paraprofessional of a written, verbal or electronic expression or a physical act or gesture or any combination thereof, directed at a victim that: (i) causes physical or emotional harm to the victim or damage to the victim's property; (ii) places the victim in reasonable fear of harm to himself or of damage to his property; (iii) creates a hostile environment at school for the victim; (iv) infringes on the rights of the victim at school; or (v) materially and substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school. For the purposes of this section, bullying shall include cyber-bullying.
"Charter school'', commonwealth charter schools and Horace Mann charter schools established pursuant to section 89 of chapter 71.
"Cyber-bullying'', bullying through the use of technology or any electronic communication, which shall include, but shall not be limited to, any transfer of signs, signals, writing, images, sounds, data or intelligence of any nature transmitted in whole or in part by a wire, radio, electromagnetic, photo electronic or photo optical system, including, but not limited to, electronic mail, internet communications, instant messages or facsimile communications. Cyber-bullying shall also include (i) the creation of a web page or blog in which the creator assumes the identity of another person or (ii) the knowing impersonation of another person as the author of posted content or messages, if the creation or impersonation creates any of the conditions enumerated in clauses (i) to (v), inclusive, of the definition of bullying. Cyber-bullying shall also include the distribution by electronic means of a communication to more than one person or the posting of material on an electronic medium that may be accessed by one or more persons, if the distribution or posting creates any of the conditions enumerated in clauses (i) to (v), inclusive, of the definition of bullying.
"Collaborative school'', a school operated by an educational collaborative established pursuant to section 4E of chapter 40.
"Department'', the department of elementary and secondary education.
"Hostile environment'', a situation in which bullying causes the school environment to be permeated with intimidation, ridicule or insult that is sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter the conditions of the student's education.
"Plan'', a bullying prevention and intervention plan established pursuant to subsection (d).
"Perpetrator'', a student or a member of a school staff including, but not limited to, an educator, administrator, school nurse, cafeteria worker, custodian, bus driver, athletic coach, advisor to an extracurricular activity or paraprofessional who engages in bullying or retaliation.
"School district'', the school department of a city or town, a regional school district or a county agricultural school.
"School grounds'', property on which a school building or facility is located or property that is owned, leased or used by a school district, charter school, non-public school, approved private day or residential school, or collaborative school for a school-sponsored activity, function, program, instruction or training.
"Victim'', a student against whom bullying or retaliation has been perpetrated.
(b) Bullying shall be prohibited: (i) on school grounds, property immediately adjacent to school grounds, at a school-sponsored or school-related activity, function or program whether on or off school grounds, at a school bus stop, on a school bus or other vehicle owned, leased or used by a school district or school, or through the use of technology or an electronic device owned, leased or used by a school district or school and (ii) at a location, activity, function or program that is not school-related, or through the use of technology or an electronic device that is not owned, leased or used by a school district or school, if the bullying creates a hostile environment at school for the victim, infringes on the rights of the victim at school or materially and substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school. Nothing contained herein shall require schools to staff any non-school related activities, functions, or programs.
Retaliation against a person who reports bullying, provides information during an investigation of bullying, or witnesses or has reliable information about bullying shall be prohibited.
(c) Each school district, charter school, approved private day or residential school and collaborative school shall provide age-appropriate instruction on bullying prevention in each grade that is incorporated into the curriculum of the school district or school. The curriculum shall be evidence-based.
[ Subsection (d) effective until July 23, 2014. For text effective July 23, 2014, see below.]
(d) Each school district, charter school, non-public school, approved private day or residential school and collaborative school shall develop, adhere to and update a plan to address bullying prevention and intervention in consultation with teachers, school staff, professional support personnel, school volunteers, administrators, community representatives, local law enforcement agencies, students, parents and guardians. The plan shall apply to students and members of a school staff, including, but not limited to, educators, administrators, school nurses, cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers, athletic coaches, advisors to an extracurricular activity and paraprofessionals. The consultation shall include, but not be limited to, notice and a public comment period; provided, however, that a non-public school shall only be required to give notice to and provide a comment period for families that have a child attending the school. The plan shall be updated at least biennially.
Each plan shall include, but not be limited to: (i) descriptions of and statements prohibiting bullying, cyber-bullying and retaliation; (ii) clear procedures for students, staff, parents, guardians and others to report bullying or retaliation; (iii) a provision that reports of bullying or retaliation may be made anonymously; provided, however, that no disciplinary action shall be taken against a student solely on the basis of an anonymous report; (iv) clear procedures for promptly responding to and investigating reports of bullying or retaliation; (v) the range of disciplinary actions that may be taken against a perpetrator for bullying or retaliation; provided, however, that the disciplinary actions shall balance the need for accountability with the need to teach appropriate behavior; (vi) clear procedures for restoring a sense of safety for a victim and assessing that victim's needs for protection; (vii) strategies for protecting from bullying or retaliation a person who reports bullying, provides information during an investigation of bullying or witnesses or has reliable information about an act of bullying; (viii) procedures consistent with state and federal law for promptly notifying the parents or guardians of a victim and a perpetrator; provided, further, that the parents or guardians of a victim shall also be notified of the action taken to prevent any further acts of bullying or retaliation; and provided, further, that the procedures shall provide for immediate notification pursuant to regulations promulgated under this subsection by the principal or person who holds a comparable role to the local law enforcement agency when criminal charges may be pursued against the perpetrator; (ix) a provision that a student who knowingly makes a false accusation of bullying or retaliation shall be subject to disciplinary action; and (x) a strategy for providing counseling or referral to appropriate services for perpetrators and victims and for appropriate family members of said students. The plan shall afford all students the same protection regardless of their status under the law.
A school district, charter school, non-public school, approved private day or residential school or collaborative school may establish separate discrimination or harassment policies that include categories of students. Nothing in this section shall prevent a school district, charter school, non-public school, approved private day or residential school or collaborative school from remediating any discrimination or harassment based on a person's membership in a legally protected category under local, state or federal law.
The plan for a school district, charter school, approved private day or residential school and collaborative school shall include a provision for ongoing professional development to build the skills of all staff members, including, but not limited to, educators, administrators, school nurses, cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers, athletic coaches, advisors to extracurricular activities and paraprofessionals, to prevent, identify and respond to bullying. The content of such professional development shall include, but not be limited to: (i) developmentally appropriate strategies to prevent bullying incidents; (ii) developmentally appropriate strategies for immediate, effective interventions to stop bullying incidents; (iii) information regarding the complex interaction and power differential that can take place between and among a perpetrator, victim and witnesses to the bullying; (iv) research findings on bullying, including information about specific categories of students who have been shown to be particularly at risk for bullying in the school environment; (v) information on the incidence and nature of cyber-bullying; and (vi) internet safety issues as they relate to cyber-bullying. The department shall identify and offer information on alternative methods for fulfilling the professional development requirements of this section, at least 1 of which shall be available at no cost to school districts, charter schools, approved private day or residential schools and collaborative schools.
The plan shall include provisions for informing parents and guardians about the bullying prevention curriculum of the school district or school and shall include, but not be limited to: (i) how parents and guardians can reinforce the curriculum at home and support the school district or school plan; (ii) the dynamics of bullying; and (iii) online safety and cyber-bullying.
The department shall promulgate rules and regulations on the requirements related to a principal's duties under clause (viii) of the second paragraph of this subsection; provided, that school districts, charter schools, approved private day or residential schools and collaborative schools shall be subject to the regulations. A non-public school shall develop procedures for immediate notification by the principal or person who holds a comparable role to the local law enforcement agency when criminal charges may be pursued against the perpetrator.
[ Subsection (d) as amended by 2014, 86, Sec. 1 effective July 23, 2014. For text effective until July 23, 2014, see above.]
(d)(1) Each school district, charter school, non-public school, approved private day or residential school and collaborative school shall develop, adhere to and update a plan to address bullying prevention and intervention in consultation with teachers, school staff, professional support personnel, school volunteers, administrators, community representatives, local law enforcement agencies, students, parents and guardians. The plan shall apply to students and members of a school staff, including, but not limited to, educators, administrators, school nurses, cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers, athletic coaches, advisors to an extracurricular activity and paraprofessionals. The consultation shall include, but not be limited to, notice and a public comment period; provided, however, that a non-public school shall only be required to give notice to and provide a comment period for families that have a child attending the school. The plan shall be updated at least biennially.
(2) Each plan shall include, but not be limited to: (i) descriptions of and statements prohibiting bullying, cyber-bullying and retaliation, including procedures for collecting, maintaining and reporting bullying incident data required under subsection (k); (ii) clear procedures for students, staff, parents, guardians and others to report bullying or retaliation; (iii) a provision that reports of bullying or retaliation may be made anonymously; provided, however, that no disciplinary action shall be taken against a student solely on the basis of an anonymous report; (iv) clear procedures for promptly responding to and investigating reports of bullying or retaliation; (v) the range of disciplinary actions that may be taken against a perpetrator for bullying or retaliation; provided, however, that the disciplinary actions shall balance the need for accountability with the need to teach appropriate behavior; (vi) clear procedures for restoring a sense of safety for a victim and assessing that victim's needs for protection; (vii) strategies for protecting from bullying or retaliation a person who reports bullying, provides information during an investigation of bullying or witnesses or has reliable information about an act of bullying; (viii) procedures consistent with state and federal law for promptly notifying the parents or guardians of a victim and a perpetrator; provided, that the parents or guardians of a victim shall also be notified of the action taken to prevent any further acts of bullying or retaliation; and provided, further, that the procedures shall provide for immediate notification pursuant to regulations promulgated under this subsection by the principal or person who holds a comparable role to the local law enforcement agency when criminal charges may be pursued against the perpetrator; (ix) a provision that a student who knowingly makes a false accusation of bullying or retaliation shall be subject to disciplinary action; and (x) a strategy for providing counseling or referral to appropriate services for perpetrators and victims and for appropriate family members of said students. The plan shall afford all students the same protection regardless of their status under the law.
(3) Each plan shall recognize that certain students may be more vulnerable to becoming a target of bullying or harassment based on actual or perceived differentiating characteristics, including race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, socioeconomic status, homelessness, academic status, gender identity or expression, physical appearance, pregnant or parenting status, sexual orientation, mental, physical, developmental or sensory disability or by association with a person who has or is perceived to have 1 or more of these characteristics. The plan shall include the specific steps that each school district, charter school, non-public school, approved private day or residential school and collaborative school shall take to support vulnerable students and to provide all students with the skills, knowledge and strategies needed to prevent or respond to bullying or harassment. A school district, charter school, non-public school, approved private day or residential school or collaborative school may establish separate discrimination or harassment policies that include additional categories of students. Nothing in this section shall alter the obligations of a school district, charter school, non-public school, approved private day or residential school or collaborative school to remediate any discrimination or harassment based on a person's membership in a legally protected category under local, state or federal law.
(4) The plan for a school district, charter school, approved private day or residential school and collaborative school shall include a provision for ongoing professional development to build the skills of all staff members, including, but not limited to, educators, administrators, school nurses, cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers, athletic coaches, advisors to extracurricular activities and paraprofessionals, to prevent, identify and respond to bullying. The content of such professional development shall include, but not be limited to: (i) developmentally appropriate strategies to prevent bullying incidents; (ii) developmentally appropriate strategies for immediate, effective interventions to stop bullying incidents; (iii) information regarding the complex interaction and power differential that can take place between and among a perpetrator, victim and witnesses to the bullying; (iv) research findings on bullying, including information about students who have been shown to be particularly at risk for bullying in the school environment; (v) information on the incidence and nature of cyber-bullying; and (vi) internet safety issues as they relate to cyber-bullying. The department shall identify and offer information on alternative methods for fulfilling the professional development requirements of this section, at least 1 of these alternative methods shall be available at no cost to school districts, charter schools, approved private day or residential schools and collaborative schools.
(5) The plan shall include provisions for informing parents and guardians about the bullying prevention curriculum of the school district or school and shall include, but not be limited to: (i) how parents and guardians can reinforce the curriculum at home and support the school district or school plan; (ii) the dynamics of bullying; and (iii) online safety and cyber-bullying.
(6) The department shall promulgate rules and regulations on the requirements related to a principal's duties under clause (viii) of the second paragraph of this subsection; provided, however, that school districts, charter schools, approved private day or residential schools and collaborative schools shall be subject to the regulations. A non-public school shall develop procedures for immediate notification by the principal or person who holds a comparable role to the local law enforcement agency when criminal charges may be pursued against the perpetrator.
(e)(1) Each school district, charter school, non-public school, approved private day or residential school and collaborative school shall provide to students and parents or guardians, in age-appropriate terms and in the languages which are most prevalent among the students, parents or guardians, annual written notice of the relevant student-related sections of the plan.
(2) Each school district, charter school, non-public school, approved private day or residential school and collaborative school shall provide to all school staff annual written notice of the plan. The faculty and staff at each school shall be trained annually on the plan applicable to the school. Relevant sections of the plan relating to the duties of faculty and staff shall be included in a school district or school employee handbook.
(3) The plan shall be posted on the website of each school district, charter school, non-public school, approved private day or residential school and collaborative school.
(f) Each school principal or the person who holds a comparable position shall be responsible for the implementation and oversight of the plan at his school.
[ Subsection (g) effective until July 23, 2014. For text effective July 23, 2014, see below.]
(g) A member of a school staff, including, but not limited to, an educator, administrator, school nurse, cafeteria worker, custodian, bus driver, athletic coach, advisor to an extracurricular activity or paraprofessional, shall immediately report any instance of bullying or retaliation the staff member has witnessed or become aware of to the principal or to the school official identified in the plan as responsible for receiving such reports or both. Upon receipt of such a report, the school principal or a designee shall promptly conduct an investigation. If the school principal or a designee determines that bullying or retaliation has occurred, the school principal or designee shall (i) notify the local law enforcement agency if the school principal or designee believes that criminal charges may be pursued against a perpetrator; (ii) take appropriate disciplinary action; (iii) notify the parents or guardians of a perpetrator; and (iv) notify the parents or guardians of the victim, and to the extent consistent with state and federal law, notify them of the action taken to prevent any further acts of bullying or retaliation.
[ Subsection (g) as amended by 2014, 86, Secs. 2 and 3 effective July 23, 2014. For text effective until July 23, 2014, see above.]
(g) A member of a school staff, including, but not limited to, an educator, administrator, school nurse, cafeteria worker, custodian, bus driver, athletic coach, advisor to an extracurricular activity or paraprofessional, shall immediately report any instance of bullying or retaliation the staff member has witnessed or become aware of to the principal or to the school official identified in the plan as responsible for receiving such reports or both. Upon receipt of such a report, the school principal or a designee shall promptly conduct an investigation. If the school principal or a designee determines that bullying or retaliation has occurred, the school principal or designee shall (i) notify the local law enforcement agency if the school principal or designee believes that criminal charges may be pursued against a perpetrator; (ii) take appropriate disciplinary action; (iii) notify the parents or guardians of a perpetrator; (iv) notify the parents or guardians of the victim, and to the extent consistent with state and federal law, notify them of the action taken to prevent any further acts of bullying or retaliation; and (v) inform the parents or guardians of the victim about the department's problem resolution system and the process for seeking assistance or filing a claim through the problem resolution system.
(h) If an incident of bullying or retaliation involves students from more than one school district, charter school, non-public school, approved private day or residential school or collaborative school, the school district or school first informed of the bullying or retaliation shall, consistent with state and federal law, promptly notify the appropriate administrator of the other school district or school so that both may take appropriate action. If an incident of bullying or retaliation occurs on school grounds and involves a former student under the age of 21 who is no longer enrolled in a local school district, charter school, non-public school, approved private day or residential school or collaborative school, the school district or school informed of the bullying or retaliation shall contact law enforcement consistent with the provisions of clause (viii) of the second paragraph of subsection (d).
(i) Nothing in this section shall supersede or replace existing rights or remedies under any other general or special law, nor shall this section create a private right of action.
(j) The department, after consultation with the department of public health, the department of mental health, the attorney general, the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association and experts on bullying shall: (i) publish a model plan for school districts and schools to consider when creating their plans; and (ii) compile a list of bullying prevention and intervention resources, evidence-based curricula, best practices and academic-based research that shall be made available to schools. The model plan shall be consistent with the behavioral health and public schools framework developed by the department in accordance with section 19 of chapter 321 of the acts of 2008. The resources may include, but shall not be limited to, print, audio, video or digital media; subscription based online services; and on-site or technology-enabled professional development and training sessions. The department shall biennially update the model plan and the list of the resources, curricula, best practices and research and shall post them on its website.
[ Subsections (k) to (n) added by 2014, 86, Sec. 4 effective July 23, 2014.]
(k) Each school district, charter school, approved private day or residential school and collaborative school shall annually report bullying incident data to the department. The data shall include, but not be limited to: (i) the number of reported allegations of bullying or retaliation; (ii) the number and nature of substantiated incidents of bullying or retaliation; (iii) the number of students disciplined for engaging in bullying or retaliation; and (iv) any other information required by the department. Said incident data shall be reported in the form and manner established by the department, in consultation with the attorney general; provided, that the department shall minimize the costs and resources needed to comply with said reporting requirements; and provided further, that the department may use existing data collection and reporting mechanisms to collect the information from school districts. The department shall analyze the bullying incident data and shall publish an annual report containing aggregate statewide information on the frequency and nature of bullying in schools. The department shall file the annual report with the attorney general and with the clerks of the senate and the house of representatives who shall forward the same to the chairs of the joint committee on education, the joint committee on the judiciary and the house and senate committees on ways and means.
(l) The department shall develop a student survey to assess school climate and the prevalence, nature and severity of bullying in schools. The survey shall be administered by each school district, charter school, approved private day or residential school and collaborative school at least once every 4 years. The survey shall be designed to protect student privacy and allow for anonymous participation by students.
The school official identified in the plan as responsible for receiving reports of bullying or retaliation shall verify the completion of the student surveys. All completed surveys shall be forwarded to the department. The department shall use the survey results to help assess the effectiveness of bullying prevention curricula and instruction developed and administered under subsection (c). The department shall collect and analyze the student survey data in order to: compare the survey results with the bullying incident data reported under subsection (k); identify long-term trends and areas of improvement; and monitor bullying prevention efforts in schools over time. The department shall make its findings available to the school official.
(m) Each school district, charter school, approved private day or residential school or collaborative school may adopt an anti-bullying seal to represent the district or school's commitment to bullying prevention and intervention.
(n) The department may investigate certain alleged incidents of bullying. If, upon completion of investigation by the department, a school district, charter school, approved private day or residential school or collaborative school is found to not have properly implemented its prevention plan as outlined in subsection (d), the department may require that school district, charter school, approved private day or residential school or collaborative school to properly implement the plan or take other actions to address the findings of the investigation.