FHS Guidebook

  • FHS GUIDEBOOK Fall 2021

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR

    Rigor, Respect, Responsibility

    Falmouth High School

    874 Gifford Street
    Falmouth, MA 02540
    (508) 540-2200

    Mr. Thomas McManamon, Interim Principal - tmcmanamon@falmouth.k12.ma.us

    Mr. Henry St. Julien, Assistant Principal - hstjulien@falmouth.k12.ma.us

    Mrs. Rebecca Vieira, Interim Assistant Principal -rvieira@falmouth.k12.ma.us

    Ms. Audra Reilly, Special Education Building Administrator - areilly@falmouth.k12.ma.us

    Mr. Alan Kazarian, Director of Guidance - akazarian@falmouth.k12.ma.us


    Regular School Day - 7:22am-2:03pm | Early Release Day - 7:22am-11:15am

     

    Introduction

    • Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year!
    • We are extremely excited to be starting the 2021-2022 school year with ALL students back in school full-time, and have developed this FHS Guidebook which we ask that you read through in its entirety as it highlights important information designed to help students and their families start the school year off on the right foot.
    • You can also refer to this helpful FAQ section on our website:  Frequently Asked Questions / Home.
    • As always, we will strive to emphasize and model our core values of Rigor, Respect, Responsibility, and we remain committed to educating and supporting all students as they navigate their high school years.  We recognize that in transitioning back to school after last year, students may have many questions and concerns.  I can assure you that all of us at FHS are prepared to support students and families in every way possible.
    • Should you have concerns as we start off the school year, our teachers and administrators are always available to speak with you (Staff Directory / Home), and we have a fabulous team of counselors on board in our Guidance Department (Guidance Department / Home; Adjustment Counselors / Home).  We also offer a variety of other resources and supports to help students navigate this transition back to school and the high school experience in general, so please do not hesitate to reach out to us.  All of us here at FHS are committed to supporting the academic, social, and emotional needs of our students.  
    • In addition to reaching out to us here at FHS, HandholdMA.org is a user-friendly website for Massachusetts families who may be worried or have questions about their children’s mental health.  HandholdMA was created by the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, the Massachusetts Office of the Child Advocate, and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services in partnership with parents/guardians who have gone through challenging experiences with their own children.  The HandholdMA website offers a variety of tips, tools, and resources to help families make decisions with confidence.  

    The First Weeks of School

    • Note that dismissal at the end of the school day on Wednesday 9/8 is at 1:45 pm instead of our usual 2:03 pm.  We dismiss early on the first day to allow students sufficient time to exit the school and locate their buses.
    • Thursday 9/9 and Friday 9/10 - On Thursday 9/9 and Friday 9/10, our schedule will not include Clipper Time - instead, students will follow this bell schedule on 9/9 and 9/10:  FHS Bell Schedule (With No Clipper Time).pdf.
    • During our Clipper Time period on Monday 9/13, we will be hosting the following events:
    • Senior Class Meeting in the Auditorium with all members of the FHS senior class.  
    • Junior Class Chromebook Distribution in Clipper Time Mentor Monday classrooms - all juniors are designated to receive a new Chromebook.  In order to receive a new Chromebook, juniors who currently have school-issued Chromebooks MUST bring their Chromebooks and chargers with them to return, at which time they will be given a new Chromebook and charger.  Any junior who does not already have a school-issued Chromebook, but would like one, will get one on 9/13.
    • Freshmen and Sophomores will report to their Clipper Time Mentor Monday room assignments.
    • Tuesday 9/14 and Wednesday 9/15 - To allow students time to get better acclimated with their Clipper Time Mentors, all students will report to their Clipper Time Mentor Monday room assignments on both Tuesday 9/14 and Wednesday 9/15.
    • Thursday 9/16 and Friday 9/17 - On Thursday 9/16 and Friday 9/17, students will report to their Clipper Time teacher assignments in accordance with their Clipper Time Schedule as it appears in our online scheduling program, Enriching Students, which we use exclusively for Clipper Time scheduling.  For information regarding Enriching Students, please visit the Enriching Students website: Enriching Students: School Scheduling Software for Flex Time and RTI.  
    • Here are instructions regarding how students will access Enriching Students:  ENRICHING STUDENTS STUDENT ACCCESS.pdf.
    • Week of 9/20 - Starting with the week of 9/20, we will begin to follow our traditional Clipper Time Schedule which involves Mentor Monday on every Monday, and Clipper Time periods with teachers every tuesday through Friday.
    • Monday 9/20 - All students report to their Clipper Time Mentor Monday room assignments.
    • Tuesday 9/21 - Friday 9/24 - All students report to their Clipper Time teacher assignments in accordance with their Clipper Time Schedule in Enriching Students.

    School Supplies

    • Teachers will notify students during the first week of school what supplies they will need for the courses they are taking.
    • For the first day, students should bring a notebook and some pencils/pens, as well as their school-issued Chromebook.  For students who have opted not to have a school-issued Chromebook, they should bring their own laptop/computer.
    • If any student needs assistance with purchasing school supplies, please contact Principal Mary Gans by email at mgans@falmouth.k12.ma.us or by phone at 508-540-2200 ext. 4050.  We are more than happy to assist you in this regard.

    Attendance

    • It is extremely important for students to follow their daily schedule and attend all of their classes.  Attendance is a legal mandate, and is taken daily by teachers in every class.
    • If not feeling well, students should stay home, and their families should contact their own health care provider, FHS School Nurse Sharon O’Connor (phone = 508-540-2200 ext. 3090 or 3091; email = soconnor@falmouth.k12.ma.us), and/or District COVID Team (phone = 774-392-6477; email COVIDTEAM@falmouth.k12.ma.us).  For more information, here is a link to the FHS Health Office:  FHS Health Office.  
    • Unlike other schools in the Falmouth School District, FHS does not have a Safe Arrival phone line for parents/guardians to call to notify the school that your child is going to be absent.
    • At FHS, when your child is going to be absent from school, parents/guardians are not required to call or email FHS to notify us, although they certainly may do so.
    • When a student is absent, it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to write a note within five (5) days after the student returns to school.  Notes should include the following information:
      • Student’s full name
      • Date(s) of and reason for absence
      • Signature of parent/guardian
      • Parent/guardian home and cell phone numbers
    • Additional information regarding Attendance can be found in the Student Handbook here:  Student Handbook / Attendance

    Tardy & Early Dismissal Procedures

    • Students who are late to school must check in at the Assistant Principals’ Office where they will be issued a tardy pass.
    • Whenever possible, students should bring a note to school with them when they are late explaining why they are late (e.g., doctor’s appointment, etc.).
    • Students are expected to be at school by 7:22 am.  Students who arrive after 7:22 am are considered tardy - these students should buzz in at the Auditorium Entrance which leads directly to the Assistant Principals’ Office where tardy students are required to check in when they arrive.  
    • A note from home is required for students needing to be dismissed early from school.  Students should bring a note directly to the Assistant Principals’ Office. 
    • If students are being dismissed early and are being picked up by a parent or guardian, please wait outside in your car in the half circle in front of the school, and please call the school at 508-540-2200 to let us know you are out front.  We will send your child out to meet you.
    • It is important to note that as set forth in our Student Handbook, participation in extracurricular activities, athletics, and school-sponsored events (e.g., chorus, band, color guard, and marching band activities and events, etc.), is a privilege.   As such, attendance at school is required in order for students to be allowed to participate in and/or attend such activities and events.
      • Students who are absent on the day of an activity or event, unless the absence is an excused absence, are not allowed to participate in and/or attend the activity or event scheduled for that day. 
      • Students are considered absent if they report to school after 8:30 am on the day of the scheduled activity or event. 
      • Likewise, if a student is dismissed early from school on the day of an activity or event, the student will not be allowed to participate in and/or attend the activity or event unless excused.
      • Students who are absent on a Friday are not allowed to participate in and/or attend activities and events scheduled for that day, as well as those scheduled for the following weekend.
    • Rights of 18 Year Old Students - FHS recognizes the rights of 18 year old students, specifically with respect to the writing of absence, tardy, or dismissal notes, the school requires a letter from the parent/guardian giving the student permission to write their own notes.  This letter will be reviewed by the Principal/Assistant Principal.  The administration also recognizes the need and obligation to continue to keep parents/guardians informed relative to the student’s academic progress, disciplinary status, and general whereabouts.

    Health & Safety Protocols

    • If your child is not feeling well, please keep them home and contact your own health care provider, FHS School Nurse Sharon O’Connor (phone = 508-540-2200 ext. 3090 or 3091; email = soconnor@falmouth.k12.ma.us), and/or the District COVID Team (phone = 774-392-6477; email COVIDTEAM@falmouth.k12.ma.us).  For more information, here is a link to the FHS Health Office:  FHS Health Office.  
    • Masks are required indoors at FHS.
    • Masks are not required outdoors except under ceratin circumstances.
    • Masks are required on all school buses.
    • Mask breaks will take place during the school day.  Lunch is considered a mask break.
    • Students are not allowed to share food or drink while at FHS. 
    • While our water fountains will not be in use, we have water bottle filling stations throughout the school that students are allowed to use.
    • Hand sanitizing stations and wipes are available throughout the school, and students are strongly encouraged to use them on a regular basis.
    • COVID-19 Symptoms - If any student (vaccinated or unvaccinated) is experiencing the following symptoms, they must follow the applicable testing and quarantine response protocols for symptomatic individuals:
      • Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills
      • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
      • New loss of taste or smell
      • Muscle aches or body aches
      • Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough)
      • Sore throat, when in combination with other symptoms
      • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea when in combination with other symptoms
      • Headache, when in combination with other symptoms
      • Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms
      • Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms
    • The complete guidance issued by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE) can be found here:  https://www.doe.mass.edu/covid19/on-desktop/protocols/protocols.pdf

    • Keep in mind that if a student (vaccinated or unvaccinated) has symptoms, they are eligible to be tested at school only if symptoms developed during the school day. 

    Reporting COVID-19 Vaccinations

    • You can report your child’s vaccination information by contacting the District COVID Team by phone at 774-392-6477 or by email at COVIDTeam@falmouth.k12.ma.us.
    • Having this information on file is critical as it will assist us in making quarantine decisions when contact tracing is necessary - quarantine protocols differ depending on vaccination status.

    Health Office - Student Medications at School Protocols

    • Some students need to take medications during the school day.  Here are the protocols to follow:
      • This medication consent form must be completed and signed by parent/guardian and physician - this applies to both prescription and over the counter medications:  Falmouth Public Schools Parent.Guardian Medication Consent Form.pdf.
      • All prescription medications must be in the original container and properly labeled with your child’s name. All over the counter medications must be in original packaging and must be labeled as appropriate for age. Ask your pharmacist for an extra labeled bottle if medication must come into school.
      • Please remember to check expiration dates.
      • A 30 day maximum supply will be accepted.
      • All medications must be brought to the FHS Health Office by a parent/guardian.  Students are not allowed to transport medications to/from home.
      • Certain emergency medications can be carried by the student with specific permission from physician, parent and school nurse. Examples are EpiPens, inhalers, and insulin pumps.
      • Parents/guardians should contact FHS School Nurse Sharon O’Connor by email at soconnor@falmouth.k12.ma.us or by phone at 508-540-2200 ext. 3090 or 3091 to schedule a medication drop-off time.
      • Please also visit these links which have additional important information and details regarding medications at school:  Student Services / Medication at School; and FHS Health Office / Medications at School.

    Students’ School Email Accounts

    • All students are given a school email account.
    • Students should check their school email frequently as email is a primary form of communication that we use here at FHS.

    Email Communication & Parent/Guardian Email Addresses

    • Please keep in mind that our primary form of communication with families is via email, so please make sure your email address is accurate on the student information/emergency contact form that will come home on the first day of school.
    • You can expect regular communications with important information regarding upcoming events and general school news.
    • The best way to communicate with teachers at FHS is via email.  

    PowerSchool

    • As noted above, PowerSchool is a vital form of communication between FHS and home, and is a helpful tool for students and their parents/guardians to use to monitor student progress.  

    Schoology

    • Schoology is the Learning Management System (LMS) that all FHS teachers and students began using last year.
    • Schoology is where teachers post playlists, assignments, homework, announcements, etc. 
    • Schoology is accessed by students via their school email accounts - if students go to this link from our website and scroll down and click on the Schoology icon, they should be able to access Schoology:  Links for Students / Links for Students.
    • It is extremely important that students check the Schoology pages for each of their courses on a regular, daily basis.

    Classrooms

    • Classrooms have returned to their pre-COVID-19 configurations with desks 3 feet apart.
    • Note that students are no longer required to sanitize their desks when entering a classroom and when leaving a classroom.
    • Outdoor classroom spaces are available at FHS, and teachers are encouraged to utilize these spaces whenever feasible and whenever weather and/or instructional practices allow.
    • We no longer have one way hallways and stairways so students can use the most efficient routes to reach their classrooms.

    Cafeteria Set-Up - Breakfast & Lunch Waves

    • Our cafeterias are set up with individual desks set 3 feet apart from each other.
    • Every morning, breakfast is available free of charge for any student who wants one.
    • Students will eat their breakfast in Cafeteria B, and then move on to their Homeroom/Period 1 class.
    • We have 2 lunch waves at FHS, and 3 cafeterias at FHS.
    • Due to the number of individual desks we can fit into each of our 3 cafeterias, we have set up our Small Gym as a cafeteria for freshmen.  
    • Students will be allowed to sit wherever they want during lunch, but will be required to scan a QR code at their chosen seat which allows us to know who was sitting where for accurate contact tracing purposes should contact tracing be necessary.
    • Students are allowed to have their masks off while eating and drinking during lunch, but will be encouraged to wear their masks during lunch when they are not eating or drinking.
    • We also will be encouraging students to eat lunch outside as much as possible.
    • While students can certainly bring their own lunches to school, lunch meals will be available every day free of charge for any student who wants a school lunch.
    • Students are not allowed to share food or drinks during breakfast, lunch or any other time during the school day.

    Student Lockers

    • Unlike last year when students were not assigned lockers, students will be assigned lockers this year.
    • Locker information will be provided to students during the first week of school.

    Student Bathrooms

    • We will continue to follow strict student bathroom rules similar to those we had in place last year. 
    • Only 2 to 3 students at a time will be allowed in each student bathroom.  This will be supervised by School Monitors.
    • For health and safety reasons, and in order to avoid crowds in bathrooms, students will not be allowed in bathrooms during transition times between class periods.  Bathrooms will be closed during transition times.
    • Students will go directly to class, and if they need to use the bathroom, their teacher will give them a pass.  Again, for health and safety reasons, each classroom teacher will allow only one to two students at a time out of the classroom in order to go to the bathroom.
    • For contact tracing purposes, students will be required to date and sign out on a destination sheet when they are given a pass to go to the bathroom (or to any other location - e.g., Guidance, Health Office, etc.).
    • Bathrooms and hallways are closely monitored by our School Monitors and Staff Assistants.

    Arrival & Dismissal Practices

    Bus Transportation

    • Late Buses
      • Unlike last year, we will once again have late buses after school on Wednesdays and Thursdays which allows students to stay after school for whatever reason they deem necessary.  Late buses depart FHS at 4:15 pm sharp.  For the FHS late bus schedule, please refer to this link:  FHS Late Bus Schedule 2021-2022
    • As noted above, students are required to wear masks at all times on school buses.
    • Students who are riding buses to and from school will enter and exit FHS through the Main Entrance and/or Auditorium Doors. 
    • The District's Director of Transportation, Mr. Greg Kennedy, is the primary contact for any and all bus inquiries.  Mr. Kennedy can be reached by email at gkennedy@falmouth.k12.ma.us or by phone at 508-548-0151 ext. 176.

    Parent/Guardian Drivers - Drop-Off/Pick-Up

    • Parents/guardians who are driving students to school will enter the campus via the Gifford Street Entrance near the FHS tennis courts where they will be directed by staff to the student drop-off/pick-up area behind the school near the lower level Cafeterias.
    • Please follow all posted signs and instructions from our staff who are directing traffic.
    • Once parents/guardians have dropped off and/or picked up students, they will continue to drive straight ahead behind FHS past the turf field and will exit via the Gifford Street Exit adjacent to the softball field.
    • Students will be allowed to enter Falmouth High School starting at 7:10 am so plan your drive to FHS and drop-off time accordingly.
    • Students are dismissed at 2:03 pm, so again, plan your drive to FHS and your pick-up time accordingly.  
    • Students who are being dropped off and/or picked up by parents/guardians will enter and exit FHS via the lower level Cafeteria B Doors.

    Student Drivers/Student Parking

    • During the 2021-2022 school year, FHS is not charging student drivers a fee to park in the Student Parking Lot.
    • While no fee is being charged, each student driver MUST register their car with the FHS Student Activities Office prior to or during the first week of school. 
    • Once registered, student drivers will be issued an FHS Student Parking Sticker which must be affixed to their car’s windshield.
    • Any student who obtains their driver’s license during the school year can register their car at that time.
    • Students who plan to drive themselves to school should enter the high school campus via the Gifford Street Entrance near the tennis courts, park in Lot A which is our Student Parking Lot.
    • Students will be allowed to enter Falmouth High School starting at 7:10 am.
    • Student drivers and their student passengers, if any, will enter and exit FHS via the Side Doors that face the Student Parking Lot. 
    • For more information regarding student parking registration and stickers, please contact Student Athletics & Activities Secretary, Ms. Amy McKenzie, by email at amckenzie@falmouth.k12.ma.us or by phone at 508-540-2200 ext 3037.

    Student Bikers/Walkers

    • Students who walk or bike to school will enter and exit FHS via the Main Entrance Doors or the Auditorium Doors. 

    Visitors & Volunteers

    • Visitors, including parents, guardians, other family members, and volunteers are allowed in the school building this year!
    • All visitors should buzz in at the Main Entrance where they will be required to sign in, as well.
    • As long as a mask mandate is in effect, all visitors must wear masks while indoors at FHS.
    • If families need to drop something off or pick something up for a student, please buzz in at the Main Entrance and go directly to the Main Office Window where a staff member will assist you.
    • If a student leaves an item on the bus or at school, please call FHS at 508-540-2200 or Lucini Bus Lines at 774-255-9101.

    Extracurricular Activities

    Spectators at Extracurricular Activities & Events

    • Unlike last year, there is no limit on the number of spectators allowed at FHS extracurricular activities and events.
    • As long as a mask mandate is in effect, spectators must wear masks for any activity or event taking place indoors at FHS.

    Behavior Expectations

    • Falmouth High School’s motto is Rigor, Respect, and Responsibility.  We expect students to engage in the Rigor that an FHS education offers them, to treat each other with Respect, and to take Responsibility for their actions so that everyone in our school community can have a welcoming and positive experience.
    • At FHS, while we take our Code of Conduct seriously, we do so through a restorative lens which emphasizes positive relationship building among all of us here at FHS with a commitment to doing our best to proactively prevent problematic incidents.  Our students have always been excellent with respect to following school rules, including those set forth in this Guidebook, and in our Student Handbook which can be found here:  Student Handbook / Student Handbook.

    Falmouth’s Vision of the Graduate - #IAmACLIPPER

    • FHS, like all high schools in New England, is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).  As part of the accreditation process, school districts are required to develop a district-wide Vision of the Graduate which captures what we expect the students who travel through our school system and graduate from FHS to achieve.
    • According to NEASC, a district’s Vision of the Graduate “emphasizes a holistic view of expectations for students, including the transferable skills, content, understandings, and disposition that students should have by the time they graduate and a method of assessing a student's progress toward that vision.”
    • You will be hearing consistent messages throughout the year regarding the district’s Vision of the Graduate.

    Overall Health & Safety Protocols

    • Transition to full-time in-person school requires all of us at FHS to adhere to the following applicable protocols which we will have in place: 
      • Rigorous hygiene, handwashing, and hand sanitizing.
      • Use of masks/face coverings.
      • Staying home when sick.
    • Families can continue to help mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 at FHS by doing the following:
      • Checking their children daily for any COVID-19 symptoms.
      • Keeping children home from school if they are sick or have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19.
      • Supporting the use of masks in school and on the bus.
      • Continuing to follow state guidance on health and safety outside of school.
      • Ensuring children are current on all standard vaccinations and consider the medical community’s strong recommendation for an annual flu vaccine.
      • Contacting the District COVID Team by email at COVIDTeam@falmouth.k12.ma.us or by phone at 774-392-6477 with any COVID-19 questions or concerns - families may also contact FHS School Nurse Ms. Sharon O’Connor by email at soconnor@falmouth.k12.ma.us or by phone at 508-540-2200 ext. 3090 or 3091 with any questions you may have regarding your child’s health.

    Helpful Links

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