Violations of the Technology Acceptable Use Policy will result in disciplinary action, including possible suspension from school, monetary restitution and denial of access to computers and courses at F.H.S. Personal use of e-mail at school is not permitted. Students are to use computers in a responsible manner. Vandalism, theft and accessing protected files will not be tolerated. Monetary reimbursement will be required for any consultant fees paid by school system to restore/repair damage by such violations. A class form will be signed and maintained by computer department teacher.
Falmouth Public Schools understands the value of using various electronic devices for instructional purposes to enhance our students’ learning and educational opportunities. The school district may provide students with electronic devices for use during the school day. In addition, students may be asked to use their own electronic devices. The use of these devices will be for educational purposes and may not interfere with instruction. The taking, filming, or transmitting photographic or digital images of any person on school grounds without their permission is prohibited. The unauthorized taking and/or using of visual images or audio recordings in school or on school grounds is prohibited. This is a violation of the personal rights of staff and students, is illegal and will result in severe penalty.
Electronic devices, including but not limited to cellphones, watches, iPads, laptops, tablets, etc., can both enrich and disrupt the learning environment. Used in a responsible fashion, they can complement learning, and as such, teachers have the discretion to allow students to take advantage of this kind of technology in the classroom when it makes sense for educational and instructional purposes. Teachers likewise have the discretion to prohibit the use of any and all electronic devices during class time. Unless otherwise authorized by a teacher, devices must remain silent and not visible or in use during instructional time.
Between classes, students may check their devices and listen to their devices so long as the students are using earbuds/headphones, and so long as any noise from the device is not audible or disruptive to others. While Falmouth High School allows such use of electronic devices on campus, we highly respect and value personal interactions. Accordingly, we expect all students to use their devices in a way and in locations that shows respect and which do not disrupt the school environment. Greeting others and remaining “unplugged” at appropriate times demonstrates respect and consideration for others. A student listening to only one earbud at a time is not an example of remaining unplugged. If a faculty or staff member asks a student to remove earbuds/headphones and/or to stop using an electronic device, it is expected that the student will comply.
Falmouth High School reserves the right to limit and/or outright prohibit the use of any and all electronic devices, and students re required to abide by individual teacher’s classroom rules regarding such devices.
Students and their families must also remain mindful of the school’s rules regarding electronic devices and Academic Dishonesty (see Academic Dishonesty section herein).
Teachers are encouraged to collect and store students’ electronic devices during assessments, as is done during all state and national standardized assessments.
The inappropriate use of electronic devices may result in disciplinary measures as well as the temporary confiscation of the device. In this regard, students found using a device irresponsibly will be subject to the following consequences:
- First offense: Warning and a conversation about responsible use.
- Second offense: Device is temporarily confiscated by teacher or administrator, delivered to the Assistant Principals’ Office for safekeeping, and returned to the student at the end of the school day.
- Third offense: Device is temporarily confiscated by teacher or administrator, parent/guardian is required to retrieve the device, and/or administrative detention as assigned.
Any subsequent offenses or non-sanctioned use of an electronic device by a student will be subject to additional disciplinary measures, including but not limited to, loss of school privileges and/or suspension.
The school is not responsible for lost or stolen property. Students who find items of value, such as electronic devices, should bring them to the Main Office.
Students bringing electronic devices to school do so at their own risk, and the school is not responsible for attempting to retrieve lost or stolen property.
Elevator keys are available in the Assistant Principals’ Office for students who are unable to use stairs to get to classes as a result of injury or illness. A service fee of $10 will be assigned for keys not returned.
Firecrackers and any other explosive devices are illegal and are prohibited in school. Violation will result in the appropriate penalty being assigned.
Falmouth High School is responsible for providing each student a functioning locker. Students are responsible for the condition of their original locker beginning with the first day of school. Locker problems should be reported in writing to the Assistant Principals’ Office. Each student is assigned an individual locker. Students are not permitted to share lockers. Personal lockers, P.E. Lockers and team lockers are school property loaned to students for the purpose of temporarily storing books, school material and clothing. The school may have any or all lockers searched, including by canines, if there is reasonable suspicion that one might contain illegal material. The school does not assume any financial responsibility for property lost or stolen from lockers.
Students may place private locks on school lockers assigned to them with the condition that a combination or an extra key be left with the Assistant Principal. If the Assistant Principals’ Office does not have these, and access to the locker is necessary, the lock will be cut. Students are urged to keep lockers properly locked by rotating dials at least one full turn after closing.
Paint and Markers
The school supplies materials needed for shop, art and other classroom projects. Students should not be in possession nor have in lockers paint, markers and other materials that may be used in defacing or vandalizing school property. If such materials are discovered the appropriate penalty will be assigned up to and including out of school suspension.
Search of Students and their Personal Property
An administrator may search a student, of his/her personal property and belongings, and/or of his/her school-issued locker, if a school administrator considers that there is reasonable cause based on school rules dealing with theft, weapons, drugs, other illegal substances and/or activities. Families are hereby on notice that students have no expectation of privacy. Searches shall be conducted by at least one school administrator, and whenever possible, should be carried out in the presence of a second adult in a setting which protects the privacy of the student to the greatest degree possible. Searches should be only as complete as reasonable to find the specific materials under suspicion. Student property may be confiscated and need not be returned where its possession or use violates school regulations. Searches made pursuant to this section do not require prior notification of parents. Searches can include students’ outer clothing, handbags, backpacks, sports bags, lockers, notebooks and other forms of school work, desks, and automobiles when the automobiles are parked on school grounds or in the parking lot of a facility where a school event is taking place. Searches are justified whenever there are reasonable grounds to suspect that a search will uncover evidence that the student has violated a school rule or a state or federal law.
School Property – Loss, Theft, or Vandalism
All books and materials, academic or athletic, are loaned by the school and must be returned in good condition or paid for. Students are responsible for respectful care of school equipment and facilities. Intentional damage (vandalism) requires replacement, restitution, or repair. Appropriate penalties will be enforced. Cost of accidental damage must be met by payment. Lost and Found items should be brought to the principal’s secretary’s office.
Sports and Recreational Equipment
Sports and recreational equipment are not to be carried around the building. Skateboards and inline skates are not to be used on school property. They will be confiscated. The student will serve a detention. The item(s) will be returned to the student’s parent or guardian.
Standards of Dress - Student Guidelines
- Pursuant to the First and Fourteenth Amendments, students have the right to freely express themselves through their dress so long as doing so does not disrupt the educational process and/or impinge on the rights of others.
- Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 71, § 82, public high school students have the right to freely express themselves through their dress so long as doing so “shall not cause any disruption or disorder in the school.”
- Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 71, § 83, “school officials shall not abridge the rights of [high school] students as to personal dress and appearance except if such officials determine that such personal dress and appearance violate reasonable standards of health, safety and cleanliness.”
- Falmouth High School is a respectful community where we encourage acceptable and appropriate dress in accordance with all applicable laws. While we at Falmouth High School value the freedom to express individuality through dress, we also believe that all members of the school community must understand that respect is conveyed through behavior and appearance. To that end, it is necessary to outline reasonable guidelines on respectable dress that will not cause disruption or disorder within the school.
- When enforcing this dress code, the administration, teachers, and other school authorities are mindful of the constantly changing nature of the styles of dress and grooming in our society and the transient “fads” often evident in the dress and grooming of high school students.
- The primary responsibility for appropriate dress lies with the student and their parents or guardians. However, it is the school’s responsibility to make sure that school dress is appropriate, respectful, safe, non-disruptive, and non-offensive. In the interest of maintaining the required school climate essential to meaningful teaching and learning, the principal may ban dress that is inappropriate due to health, safety, and/or disruption to the educational process.
- Standards of Dress for students shall comply with the following guidelines:
- Dress must not interfere with the educational process or the rights of others to secure an appropriate education.
- Dress must not be destructive of school property (e.g., shoes that scratch the floors, or cleats).
- Hats, hoods, wallet chains and/or other chains that could inflict harm, and sunglasses shall not be worn in school.
- Dress or jewelry must not have comments or designs that are obscene, lewd, vulgar, or sexually suggestive.
- Dress or jewelry must not be directed toward or intended to harass, threaten, intimidate or demean an individual or group because of sex, color, race, religion, handicap, national origin or sexual orientation.
- Dress or jewelry must not advertise alcoholic beverages, tobacco products or illegal drugs.
- Dress/clothing worn in such a manner so as to reveal underwear or bare skin between the upper chest and mid-thigh is prohibited -- no undergarments or underwear of any kind, including bras, underpants, and/or boxers, should be visible. Low-hanging pants that expose underwear are prohibited.
- Tops and bottoms should not expose the belly or back.
- Pants, skirts, shorts, and dresses must be appropriate in length for the school setting and should not inappropriately expose the body.
- We ask for your understanding and cooperation when it comes to appropriate and respectful dress. Please know that a faculty member, staff member and/or administrator will speak discreetly with a student about inappropriate dress when necessary. The student may be asked to change clothes and to not wear the unacceptable clothes in the future. Failure to comply with dress code requirements and/or repeated instances of dress that are deemed inappropriate and disruptive to the school environment may result in disciplinary consequences.
Taking any personal property from another person or from that person’s locker is not permitted. Such theft or damage is not covered by school insurance policies, but may be covered by homeowner’s insurance. Students are encouraged to leave valuable personal property, including large sums of money, at home.
The possession of a dangerous weapon, including but not limited to, firearms, knives of any size, laser pens, mace or pepper spray, or any object that may be considered a weapon is forbidden. Canes or other similar devices are not to be used or carried unless the school nurse has on file a physician’s recommendation that a student use them. Violation will result in the appropriate penalty being assigned.