BMS Student Handbook

Derek Swenson                                                           Ryan Powers

Superintendent                                                           Assistant Superintendent











       Williams Intermediate School





                                Bridgewater Middle School







Raynham Middle School



Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School Committee Members


            Ms. Patricia A. Riley, Chairperson

                        Mr. Michael Dolan - Vice Chairperson  

            Dr. Susan Prewandowski – Secretary/Clerk              

            Mrs. Julie Scleparis

            Mr. L. Anthony Ghelfi

            Mr. Jason Hammond

                        Mrs. Lillian Holbrook

                        Mr. Kevin Moreira




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Table of Contents



        Vision and Mission

        Principal’s Message

Contact Information

School Hours

District Calendar

School Conferences

School Cancellation/Delay Information








        Religious Holiday Observances




Grade Level Structure

Academic Intervention

After School Assignment

Homework Assignments

Honor Roll

National Junior Honor Society

Progress Reports

Report Cards

Student Advancement, Placement, and Retention

Student Promotion

Student of the Month




Health Services

Medication Policy

Health Examinations

Mental Health

Screening Programs

Hearing and Vision Tests

BMI Screening Program

Postural Screening

Head Lice


Immunization Requirements

First Aide


Food Allergies

Health Education

Health Insurance


Student Emergency Forms

Health Regulations

School Physician/School Nurse



Emergency Drills




Code of Conduct


Classroom Behavior

Corridor Rules

Dress Code

Gum Chewing

Care of School Facilities

Discipline and Consequences

Electronic Devices

Internet - Acceptable Usuage

Extra Curricular Activities


Co Curricular Activities - Field Trips/Assemblies




                Students with Disabilities
                Suspension, Expulsions  and Due Process - Chapter 71

General Administrative Authority
Bullying and Harassment
Title IX
Student Records
Chapter 622
Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act
Parent Notification Relative to Sex Education
Classroom Observations
Wellness - food offerings
Acceptable Use Policy
Google Apps for Education
McKinney Vento Homeless Policy









1.1 District Vision and Mission

Vision Statement

The district, in partnership with its communities, will provide outstanding educational opportunities and resources for all students to achieve academic excellence in order to realize their potential and to succeed as responsible citizens in a global society.


Mission Statement

The mission of the Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District is to provide excellence in education for all students in an environment that values the individual.


2 Principals’ Message -


Dear Student,


On behalf of the faculty and Administration, we welcome you to the M.G. Williams Intermediate School. We hope that your time with us is both exciting and educationally profitable.

            Intermediate school is a time of change. The workload and social adjustments are greater here than at the elementary level. You will be expected to attend school regularly, complete all assignments and behave appropriately. Your school year will be filled with many new opportunities.

            Our staff is strongly committed to your academic growth as a student. Throughout the year, we will focus on our partnership with you and your parents to ensure that all students have an opportunity to learn according to the Massachusetts State Frameworks. These state standards will enable our teachers to better prepare you for continued academic success.

            The Williams Intermediate School is a learning community whose culture is based on our theme

of “Caring, Cooperative and Respectful.” We strive to reflect these qualities in all our words and actions.

            Please take the time to review this agenda book, along with your parents, to learn about the Williams Intermediate School. Using your agenda book is one simple step you can take to make your day easier. Your agenda book must be with you at all times.


Best wishes for a happy, safe and productive school year.




Nancy P. Kirk


M. G. Williams Intermediate School











3 Contact Information

BMS Grade  8 at BRRHS

415 Center Street

Bridgewater, MA  02324

(508)-697-6902 x11120 phone; 508-279-2233 fax


BMS Grade 7 at Williams Intermediate School

200 South Street

Bridgewater, MA 02324

(508) 697-6968 phone;  (508) 697-6775 fax


Raynham Middle School

420 Titicut Road

Raynham, MA 02767

(508)977-0504 phone; (508)977-0659 fax


Williams Intermediate School

200 South Street

Bridgewater, MA 02324 

(508) 697-6968 phone; (508) 697-6775 fax



4 School Hours

8:10-8:20 a.m. homeroom

2:40 p.m. dismissal


5 District Calendar

Please see attached for Bridgewater Raynham Regional School District academic year calendar and important events.













6 School Conferences

                                    Release Days                                      Evening Conferences

            Bridgewater Middle School

                        Thursday, December 14, 2017                        Thursday, December 14, 2017

                        Thursday, March 22, 2018                              Monday, December 18, 2017

                                                                                                Thursday, March 22, 2018


Raynham Middle School       

Thursday, December 14, 2017                        Thursday, December 14, 2017

                        Thursday, March 22, 2018                              Monday, December 18, 2017

                                                                                                Thursday, March 22, 2018


Williams Intermediate School

Thursday, December 14, 2017                        Thursday, December 14, 2017

                        Thursday, March 22, 2018                              Tuesday, December 19, 2017

                                                                                                Thursday, March 22, 2018



7 School Cancellation/Delay Information

It is a school system policy to hold school on stormy days.  The decision as to whether or not a child should attend school shall be left to parental discretion. In the case of inclement weather, the Superintendent’s office may utilize the option of delaying the opening of school by one and one-half (1 ½) or two (2) hours.  This option may be used in place of a school cancellation if weather prediction and the cleaning of roads, sidewalks and parking lots warrant it. In the event that the Superintendent’s office utilizes a delayed opening, all school schedules may be delayed one and one-half or two hours for staff and students.  This means all bus pick-ups will occur 1 ½ or 2 hours later than usual.  Bus pickups will be at the same designated locations at the delayed times.  School property must be plowed and shoveled and staff will also be arriving late.  Please drop off children at school 1 ½ or 2 hours later than usual.


In the case of severe weather forecasts or impassable roads, school may be cancelled. When it is deemed wise to have no school or when a delayed opening is appropriate, such notice shall be broadcast over radio stations between 6:45 a.m. and 7:15 a.m. Notification will also be made to home phones, cell phones, and/or e-mail through the AP Notifier Alert System.


Students should not call either the school or the fire station regarding cancellation of school.


7.1 School Dismissal

Parents are alerted to the fact that occasionally due to severe weather or other emergency conditions, school may be dismissed during the school day at any time.  It is impossible for the school system to notify all parents prior to an emergency dismissal.  Therefore, it is suggested that parents work out plans with friends or relatives to care for their children in anticipation of such an emergency dismissal.  AP Notify, our call alert system, will be used to notify parents




8.1 School Attendance

Parents and teachers should encourage children to attend school regularly.  All students are assigned a full schedule and are expected to follow that schedule.  Students who do not attend a scheduled class or event may be subject to suspension for each class or activity not attended.  Student attendance follows MGL Chapter 76:


Every person in control of a child described in section one shall cause him to attend school as therein required, and, if he fails so to do for seven day sessions or fourteen half day sessions within any period of six months, he shall, on complaint by a supervisor of attendance, be punished by a fine of not more than twenty dollars. No physical or mental condition capable of correction, or rendering the child a fit subject for special instruction at public charge in institutions other than public day schools, shall avail as a defence unless it appears that the defendant has employed all reasonable measures for the correction of the condition and the suitable instruction of the child. The Boston juvenile court shall have jurisdiction within the territorial limits described in section fifty-seven of chapter two hundred and eighteen of complaints hereunder. The Worcester juvenile court shall have jurisdiction, concurrent with the central district court of Worcester, of complaints hereunder. The Springfield juvenile court shall have jurisdiction, concurrent with the district court of Springfield, of complaints hereunder. The Bristol county juvenile court shall have jurisdiction, concurrent with all of the district courts of Bristol county, of complaints hereunder, and the presiding judge of said court shall establish hearing dates on a circuit basis to be held in such respective courts. Complaints hereunder brought in other district courts shall be heard in the juvenile sessions thereof.


8.2 Tardiness

Arriving to school on time in the morning is essential.  Students should recognize the importance of punctuality. Doors open at 8:10 a.m. and students must be in homeroom by 8:20 a.m. Students arriving in homeroom after 8:20 a.m. must report to the office for a tardy pass.  Students are expected to provide a dated and signed doctor’s note or proof of attendance at a legal proceeding to excuse a tardy. Once checked in at the office, students should report to their homeroom teacher before going to a scheduled class. If a student arrives at school after 11:40 a.m., he/she will be marked absent and tardy for the day. If a student is habitually late for school, a parental conference may be required, and repeat offenders will be subject to an office detention after three incidents of tardiness. Various steps and procedures will be outlined with the parent and enforced by the office of the Principal.


9 Arrivals

10 Upon arrival at school each day, students should go to their locker and then report directly to homeroom. An attendance rate of 92% or above is required for ALL students in order to meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) as outlined in the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) federal legislation. We request that parents advise the school, by phone, when their child is to be absent for any reason. This will eliminate needless telephoning by the school nurse. Calls may be left on the answering machine anytime between 5:00 p.m. and 7:15 a.m. Without such notification, the nurse or office personnel may call the parents’ home or workplace to inquire about the nature of the student’s absence. A student’s absence or tardiness must be reported by a written note in accordance with the “Code of Conduct” contained in this book. Unless there are unusual circumstances, no student should be absent more than 8 days per school year.. “Skip days” are unauthorized and not permitted


10.1 Dismissal

All requests for dismissals are to be brought to the office before school begins.  If a student is dismissed before 11:40a.m., he/she will be marked absent and dismissed for the day. No student shall ever be excused early or at the close of school from his/her normal bus assignment merely by verbal request of the student even though the student may state that the parent who shall have legal custody of the student in the case of divorce or separation shall have authorized the request.  It is extremely important that whenever a student shall be either dismissed early from school or shall be taking a route home other than his/her normal route, that an administrator feels the request for dismissal originated from the parent who has legal custody of the student in the case of divorce or separation and not from an unauthorized person.


10.2 Make-Up Work

Students who are absent are required to make up the work missed in each class.  A minimum of three days absence from school must pass before a parent can request an assignment sheet.

     The procedure for all make-up work is as follows:

  1. For short-term absence (one or two school days) the student is responsible for completing all school work and any tests or quizzes that were missed, within one day of returning to school.
  2. For long term absence (three or more school days) the student will have up to one week, but no longer than one week, to complete all missed work including tests and quizzes.The number of days a student may have up to one week shall be determined by and at the discretion of each subject teacher.All make-up work after that time can be graded as a zero.The teacher has the right to grade all incomplete work as a zero.


10.3 Religious Holiday Observances

Parents have the right to determine when their children will be absent from school because of religious observances, and students will not be penalized or deprived of make-up opportunities for such absences or pressured to choose between school attendance and religious observance.  An absence from school for any reason must be recorded as such on attendance records.  No test or quiz is to be scheduled or administered on a religious High Holiday


11 Vacations

Parents, who plan vacations other than those built into the regular school calendar, do so at risk to their child’s education.  Students are responsible for work and content missed while on vacation and it is their responsibility to see their individual teachers upon return to make arrangements to make up work missed.  If the student does not complete the work within the same number of days the student was absent, the teacher has the right to grade all missed work as a zero, including tests and quizzes.





12 Grade Level Structure

Grade Five and Six

All grade five and six students are assigned to a team.  Each team will receive instruction in math, science, social studies, and reading/language arts from members of that team.  In addition, all grade five students will receive instruction in physical education/health, art, music and computer science. Grade six students will receive instruction in the following areas: art, music, world cultures, and physical education/health.


Grade Seven

Grade seven has two teams.   The students are mixed heterogeneously. Specialists include  

math plus, physical education/health, art, and computer science.


Grade Eight

Grade eight has two teams.  Each team will have one Accelerated Math class, and all other classes are mixed

heterogeneously.  Specialists include math plus, art, world cultures, and physical education/health.


13 Academic Intervention

In the event that students are not working to their potential an intervention plan will be put into place to ensure homework completion and academic effort.  These interventions, although mandatory, would follow initial communication by the team with the family over the concerns and suggestion for their child’s progress.

Level 1 It is mandatory that students stay for extra help and it is recommended that they attend Homework Club.

Level 2 In addition to the interventions above, students will be mandated to attend homework club.  Students will report to teachers for extra help, as needed, then report to homework club afterward.

Level 3 If students are still not showing academic progress, the administration will institute an academic contract focusing on work production, behavior, and effort.  Reports will be collected weekly and if the guidelines are not met, students will be required to stay after school to complete any missing work.

These interventions are important to ensure our students’ future success.  As students improve and increase their personal responsibility, the levels of intervention will be reduced.

13.1 After School Assignment

If a student is required to stay for more than one after-school assignment, he/she will stay for the teachers in the following order:

  1. After school extra help session with a teacher
  2. Detention for a classroom teacher
  3. Office detention
  4. Extra-curricular activities

It is the responsibility of each student to know where he/she is to report, and for which teacher he/she is to stay after school.


If a student cannot stay for an after school assignment, he/she must present written documentation from home prior to the assigned date with a substantial reason.  This written documentation must be submitted to the office in the morning on the day the student is assigned to stay.  A parental call may take the place of a note.  It is the responsibility of the parent to provide on-time transportation at the close of extra help.


13.2 Homework Assignments

Homework is an extension of the curriculum that improves student performance by reinforcing material presented in the classroom.  It is an important link between school and home that allows parents to become involved with their children’s education.


Homework gives students the opportunity to practice skills without the pressure of time and to apply principles based upon work begun in the classroom.  It may enrich school experiences and promote a permanent interest in learning.  A secondary goal of homework is to stimulate individual initiative and personal responsibility, and maintain enthusiasm for learning.


Homework also encourages students to organize their time, to work independently, to use good study skills and to develop self-discipline.


The teacher shall be responsible for helping students and parents understand the reasons for homework and his/her procedures for giving and evaluating homework assignments.


The care with which a homework assignment shall be given, the quality of the responses of students, and the nature of the follow-up activities in the classroom shall be of greater importance than the quantity of work in a homework assignment.


The amount of homework and the length of time available to the student to complete the assignment shall be appropriate to the age, ability and maturity of the student.


A student shall not be given a homework assignment which requires resources and references which are not accessible to him/her.  Also, homework should not be assigned to an individual or a class for disciplinary reasons.


At the middle school level, a teacher shall be aware that homework requirements shall vary according to subject matter at the high school level and shall work primarily toward preparing a student for this task.  Teaching teams should take care that a schedule of homework is worked out amongst the middle school teachers, so that a student shall not be overburdened on any given night and under-burdened on another.


The time required to complete homework assignments will vary at all grade levels according to the nature of the subject being studied and the needs and abilities of the students.  [The following is a guideline for weekly homework assignments.]

            Kindergarten               ½ to 1 hour

            Grades 1-2                  1½ to 3 hours

            Grade 3-5                    3 to 6 hours

            Grade 6-8                    4 to 9 hours

            Grade 9-12                  5 to 10 hours  





13.3 Honor Roll

The following criteria are used for the honor roll, which is published at the end of each marking period:

     Categories               Highest honors; honors

     Highest Honors      All A’s in all subject areas

     Honors                    A combination of A’s and B’s in all subject areas.


     Conduct and effort grade must be 1, 2, or 3 in all subjects to be named to the Honor Roll


13.4 Junior Honor Society

Students in grades 7 and 8 may be recommended for induction to the JHS provided all necessary requirements are fulfilled in a timely manner. Bylaws for the NJHS will be made available to interested parties at the main office.


13.5 Progress Reports

An academic progress report provides a means of communication between teachers and parents concerning the progress of a student.  These reports issued midway through each marking period, are distributed through the Parent Portal and require a digital signature.


Progress reports will be sent out on:

     Trimester 1 - Friday, October 20, 2017

     Trimester 2 - Friday, January 19, 2018                             

     Trimester 3 - Friday, April 27, 2018


13.6 Report Cards

Report cards are issued four times a year.  Letter grades A, B, C, D, and F are used to designate a student’s progress. 

A+= 97 – 100     B+ = 87 – 89    C+ = 77 – 79    D+ = 67 – 69    F = 59 or below

A  = 93 – 96       B   = 83 – 86     C   = 73 – 76    D   = 63 – 66    I  = Incomplete

A- = 90 – 92       B-  = 80 – 82    C-  = 70 – 72    D-  = 60 – 62


The numbers 1—5 are used for effort and conduct in our reporting system.  (1—Excellent, 2— Very Good, 3—Satisfactory, 4—Needs Improvement or 5 – Does Not Meet Minimum Standards)


Report cards will be distributed on: December 13, 2017, March 21, 2018, Last day of school


13.7 Student Advancement, Placement, Retention

Students will be placed at Raynham Middle School in the appropriate “Grade Level”.  This placement falls into the categories of:

Acceleration -The movement of a student from a grade level to a succeeding grade level during a school year or the multiple promotion of a student at the end of a school year.

            Promotion-The placement of a student at the succeeding grade level based on the student’s attainment of minimal standards for that grade level.

            Advancement- The placement of a student in the succeeding grade level in spite of the fact that the student has not achieved minimal standards of academic achievement for that grade level.

            Retention - The repeating of a student’s placement in a given grade for the following school year.


13.8 Student Promotion Policy

It is helpful for parents and students to be aware of the criteria for promotion to the next grade:

1.   Regular attendance

2.   Passing grade in all subjects

3.   Age appropriate social development

4.   Completion of all required coursework


These criteria will be reviewed at the end of the first marking term and each marking term thereafter.  Students not meeting this standard will be considered for non-promotion by the building principal.


At the end of the 4th marking term, a student who has not received a passing grade in no more than two subjects may attend an approved summer school program with prior approval of the principal.  Students who fail three or more subjects may not attend summer school and will not be promoted.


Students who have failed one or two subjects, may attend a recognized summer school for courses offered in Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies and Spanish.


A student must have a 90% summer school attendance record and attain a grade of C or better to receive credit for the course.  Students must successfully attain credit in each failed course during summer school in order to be promoted.


Placement of a student in grade level, team, classroom or instructional group is the sole responsibility of the principal.


The principal considering the individual student’s accomplishment in relation to grade level expectations will make the final promotion decision, with input from parent, staff and student.


13.9 Student of the Month

The Student of the Month award recognizes the many deserving students in our school.  A Student of the Month:

  • 1Continues to maintain high academic standards or has made significant improvement in raising his/her academic standards.
  • 2Has demonstrated through his/her actions, the value of school citizenship, cooperation and respect for adults and/or teachers.
  • 3Sets an example for fellow students of the value of hard work, honesty and empathy.


The Student of the Month will attend a breakfast with his/her parents.  A certificate will be awarded as well as recognition on a monthly bulletin board outside the main office displaying the names and pictures of Students of the Month.  Students will be selected during the months of October through May.  All Students of the Month will be invited to attend a special field trip during the month of June.












Health Services

The basic purpose of the health program is to assure that each child attains the greatest benefit from the educational opportunities provided by the school and grows into a healthy adult in the future. Policies have been developed to protect the health and promote the safety of all children while in school.




Any student who is sick or hurt in school should report to the nurse’s office. If the school nurse feels that a student should be dismissed, the parent or guardian will be called.


Medication Policy

It is more desirable for medication to be administered in the home.  However, any pupil who is to receive medication at school must comply with the following school regulations:

a) Written orders from a physician detailing the name of the drug, dosage, and time interval medication is to be taken. (Form A) (This includes psychotropic medications.)


b) Written permission from the parent or guardian of the pupil requesting that the school district comply with the physician.


c) Medication must be brought to school by the pupil’s parent or guardian in a container appropriately labeled by the pharmacy with the child’s name affixed to the container. Unused medication must be brought home in the same manner.


d) A locked cabinet will be provided for the storage of medication.


e) Short-term medications that are to be administered for less than 10 days require the parent to sign consent forms B or C.


Health Examinations

Physicals are scheduled for the entering child, pupils in grades 3 and 6, and 10, children demonstrating special needs and for all new pupils in our system. We strongly urge that the child’s own physician perform this very important examination for reasons of privacy, required immunizations, a more thorough appraisal, immediate treatment if necessary, and to develop the good health practice of seeing a physician at regular intervals. A current physical of not more than 12 months previous, is required of all athletes before participating in any sport.


Mental Health

If a student is determined by the school guidance counselor, nurse or school administrator to be a safety risk to self or others, or evidence of self-injury is found, the student shall be referred for services. Documentation, by a certified mental health professional, of the student’s safety to return to the school setting will be required. A re-entry meeting will be scheduled.


Screening Programs

All screening programs begin in the fall of each year.  Dates vary based on availability of the screener and the classroom schedules. Parents may opt-out of any screening procedure with a written note to the school nurse.


Hearing and Vision Tests

Hearing and vision tests are done annually for all pupils by a screener who is trained by the Department of Public Health. If your child fails the first screening, she/he will then be given an individual re-test by the school nurse who will notify you if there is a failure. Extensive follow-up work is done by the school nurse to insure each child will receive needed care. If you need help in making arrangements to have your child seen by a physician, please call your school nurse. In addition to the routine vision and hearing screening, individual tests are given by the school nurses throughout the year as needs are indicated by parental request, classroom teachers, other Pupil Personnel and private physicians.



BMI screening is required in grades 1, 4, 7, and 10 by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The result of your child’s BMI screening is strictly confidential, and will not be discussed with anyone other than you. All height and weight are done in a confidential manner. Parents may choose to opt-out if they notify the school nurse in writing.


Postural Screenings

Postural Screenings (for curvature of the spine) in grades 5 through 9 are conducted by the physical education teachers as mandated by the MA Department of Public Health.  It is NOT a diagnostic service, but a program to identify young people who should have further medical evaluation.  Follow-up is done by the school nurse who will notify you of any unusual findings.


Head Lice

Your child will now be in close contact with many of his/her team members. Head lice are communicable and can easily be spread in such conditions.  A child with lice will be excluded from school until cleared for re-entry by the school nurse. A child may only be re-entered into school after evidence of satisfactory treatment has been determined. If evidence of nits are found the child will be refused re-entry. Transportation must be provided by the parent.


SBIRT -  (Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment)

In March, 2016, the Massachusetts Legislature passed bill House, No. 4056 which outlines the requirements for public schools in the Commonwealth to engage in substance use prevention and education.


Recent legislation has mandated that we provide the SBIRT screening at the Middle level. The CRAFFT screening tool is used, and is the most commonly utilized substance use screening tool in Massachusetts for adolescents.  Student screening sessions will be brief (approximately 5 minutes),  and will be conducted confidentially in private, individualized sessions by the school nurse or mental health professional with each 8th grade student. Students who are not using substances will have their healthy choices reinforced by the screener. The screener will provide brief feedback to any student who reports using substances, or is at risk for future substance use. If needed, the student will be referred to our


guidance department for further evaluation.   All students will receive some educational material and a resource list at the time of the screening.


Immunization Requirements

See chart on this link:


First Aid

First aid, as defined by the American Red Cross, is the immediate and temporary care given in case of accident or sudden illness. Our first aid regulations are reviewed annually, approved by the school physician and distributed to all school personnel responsible for the care of your child at the start of each school year. The school is not responsible for diagnosis or treatment, therefore, request to “have the nurse check” something that has happened at home will, in turn, be referred to you for a visit to your physician.



A school based public access defibrillation program is available. Automated external defibrillators are positioned throughout the building to provide early defibrillation following sudden cardiac arrest according to EMS protocol.


Food Allergies

If your child has moderate to severe food allergies, it would be well to teach your child to question her/his lunch at school - (or any food eaten out of the home) i.e. - nuts or peanut butter in cookies. To avoid all concerns, it would be best for your child to bring lunch from home.


Health Education

School health services personnel act as a resource for parents, pupils and teachers in providing counseling and materials regarding special needs of pupils as well as classroom units in health education such as nutrition, menstruation and smoking.


Pupil Health Insurance

If your child is not covered by a health insurance plan, please contact the school nurse for free or low-cost insurance options.



Parents should notify the school nurse of any hospitalization for illness or surgery. A note from the doctor will be necessary to return to school so follow-up care can be provided as necessary.


Student Emergency Forms

Each year you will be required to complete a student emergency form giving information regarding work phone numbers, neighbors’ names (in case you are not at home), means of transportation, phone number, etc. Also, we request information regarding any emergency treatment your child may need for allergies, medication prescribed by a physician or any condition your child may have requiring our special consideration. This sheet should be filled out and returned to the school promptly. Your school nurse may call you to more fully understand your child’s situation. Information to her/his teachers is given in a professional, confidential manner.

a) Children will ONLY be dismissed by person(s) listed on student emergency form.


b) There must be two alternate numbers to call. Even if the parent is not employed outside the home, it is often necessary to call someone else in the event of dentist appointments, grocery shopping, etc.


c) It is important for the school to be informed of changes during the school year, of employment, home address, phone numbers, etc.


d) In the event your child is injured and ambulance transportation has been arranged, treatment cannot be instituted until parent is reached.


e) There are no facilities for keeping ill children in school. The schools do what is best for your child. Please help. Your child will have a cumulative health record started on her/his entering kindergarten, which will follow her/him throughout high school. All appraisals, with consequent follow-up are diligently recorded.


All of us in our community as school nurses, school physician, Board of Health, and other agencies, are helping you, the parents, who are the most important member of the health services team, to achieve the best health for your child. We’re always available, please call us.


Health Regulations

Communicable Diseases Control. Teachers and nurses are alert for contagious diseases and signs of illness. Your child may be requested to see a physician for diagnosis (to obtain a certificate to return to school) if there is some question of contagion. Our school physician will do this (with no treatment involved) at no charge.




According to School Health Regulations, your child will be required to have a certificate of readmission from your family physician or school physician AFTER SHE/HE HAS BEEN EXCLUDED FROM SCHOOL WITH A CONTAGIOUS DISEASE. These certificates may be issued by the school physician by appointment only at no charge.


Some of these contagious diseases include:


Chicken Pox

Infectious Hepatitis



Scarlet Fever


Strep Throat



Pupils absent 5 days or less with a non-contagious disease may be readmitted with a note from the parent. Pupils absent more than five days with a non-contagious disease may be readmitted with a certificate from the family physician or school physician.


School Physician

 George F. Gagne, M.D.

481 Bedford St. Bridgewater, MA 02324

Tel.# (508) 697-3123


School Nurse

Students desiring to see the school nurse should notify their classroom teacher. Students have the responsibility of recognizing the rights and human dignity of themselves and other students. For example, students must refrain from self—tattooing and other activities that can cause bodily harm.



The Guidance Department is organized and prepared to assist students with  personal, educational and adjustment issues. Students wishing to see their counselor should get a pass to the guidance office from their classroom teacher. Parents/Guardians wishing to make an appointment with their child’s guidance counselor may call the school to do so.


All eighth grade students planning to apply to either Bristol Plymouth Regional Technical High School or Norfolk County Agricultural School should contact their guidance counselor as soon as possible.


Lunch/ Cafeteria

The School Lunch Program was created to provide every student with a nutritionally balanced meal during the regularly scheduled lunch periods. Lunch may be purchased for a price of $3.00.


Menus are available on the school website, Free and reduced price lunches are available for eligible families. Applications for free and reduced lunch will be available in the Main Office.


Cafeteria Behavior: All students using the school cafeteria are expected to behave in an appropriate manner by respecting the rights of fellow students. All students are expected to pass to and from the cafeteria quietly, especially while moving through areas where classes are in session. Improper behavior in the cafeteria will lead to loss of eating privileges in the cafeteria.

Repeated offenses could lead to suspension from school.


Meal Payment Procedures: The purpose of this procedure is to establish consistent meal account processes throughout the district. Unpaid balances place a financial strain on the Food Service Department and the District.


The goals of this procedure are:

  • To treat all students with dignity in the serving line regarding meal accounts
  • To support positive situations with district staff, district business procedures, students and parent/guardian to the maximum extent possible
  • To establish procedures that are age appropriate
  • To encourage parent/guardian to assume the responsibility of meal payments and to promote self-responsibility of the student
  • To establish consistent district procedures regarding unpaid balances and collection of unpaid balances.


Scope of Responsibility

The School District:

  • Support the Food Service Department in Cafeterias with meal payment procedures
  • Assist the Food Service Department in collecting negative balances on student accounts.

The Food Service Department:

  • Responsible for maintaining student account balances and notifying the District of negative account balances. Responsible for notifying the student’s parent/guardian with written documentation.


  • Immediate payment of monies owed.




  • Administration
  • Middle school students without money to purchase a lunch will be provided maximum of (2) meals ($6.00) on their cafeteria account under extenuating circumstances. Payment for any lunch provided is the responsibility of the parent/guardian. The meals will consist of one (1) regular meal on the first occurrence, and one (1) cheese sandwich plus fruit/veggies and milk on the second occurrence for a total of ($6.00) on their cafeteria account. Only meals are available for purchase.


  • When a student has been provided with a lunch without payment, cafeteria cashiers will inform the student verbally and inform the Principal. A letter will go home to the parent indicating that the child has received a meal without payment. The letter will also indicate that the child who has a negative balance without funds to pay for a lunch will receive a cheese sandwich if their cafeteria balance is not paid. In addition, the School will place a phone call home to inform the parent/guardian of the student’s account status.


  • Any student with a negative cafeteria balance will not be allowed to purchase a la carte items until the negative balance is paid off. 4. If negative balances remain prior to the end of the school year, students may not be allowed to participate in grade level privileges (e.g. field days, attending graduation, attending proms, etc.)


  • If a financial hardship is suspected, families will be encouraged to apply for free/reduced meals anytime during the school year. Outstanding balances are still the responsibility of the parent/guardian.


Approved by the Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School Committee: Date: 2/11/2015


Lunch is served each day at our school or it may be brought from home. The price of the school lunch, including milk, is $3.00. Students who carry lunch can purchase milk for $.50.


Free and Reduced Lunch: Applications for Free and Reduced lunches are available at the main office.


Emergency Drills

Fire drill: A fire drill is practice to prepare for any emergency that would require the evacuation of the school. These drills will be strictly supervised and may take place at any time. The classroom teacher is in charge and will lead the class out of the building to a designated area a reasonable distance away. Students are required to remain quiet and to stay with the classroom teacher at all times. Attendance will be taken outside. To emphasize the seriousness of such fire drills, the school will hold several such practices throughout the year.


Shelter in Place: Shelter in place means tightened security.  This means it has been deemed necessary to take extra security measures within the school building, 


Lockdown: In cases where it is we will practice all school  shelter in place and lockdowns at unannounced intervals throughout the school year.








Riding the school bus to and from school and school related functions is a privilege extended to qualified students by the Bridgewater-Raynham School Committee.


1. Students should be at their bus stop five minutes prior to their scheduled pick up. Students should wait well back from the roadway until the bus has completely stopped, the door has been opened and the lights are flashing before approaching the bus.


2. Students will only be picked-up and unloaded at their regularly scheduled bus stops.


3. Students shall enter the bus in an orderly fashion, go directly to a seat and remain seated until the destination is reached and the bus is at a complete stop. On reaching their destination, students shall leave the bus in an orderly fashion and get safely away from the bus.


4. Bus windows may be opened only with the permission of the bus driver. Students shall keep hands, arms, heads and belongings inside the bus.


5. There will be no smoking or tobacco products and related paraphernalia on the school bus.


6. If it is necessary to cross the street, the student shall cross in front of the bus.


7. Students are expected to help the driver in keeping the inside of the bus clean by not eating, drinking, littering, or throwing objects around the bus.


8. Students shall keep their hands off the person and property of others.


9. Students shall keep the aisles clear. Books, lunch boxes, athletic equipment and musical instruments should be placed under the seat or held by the student.


10. In order not to distract the driver, students shall converse quietly.


11. Students are not to touch any safety equipment on the bus. The emergency door is for emergency use only.


12. The bus driver shall have the same authority as the classroom teacher and as such, has the right to establish reasonable rules on the bus, including the right to assign seats to the students.


Any violations of the above rules and regulations should be reported in writing by the bus driver to the administrator of the school that the student attends. Please note that each bus may have surveillance equipment installed. Under no circumstances should the driver put pupils off the bus going to or coming from school. When incidents are reported to the administrator, he/she will take appropriate measures to correct the problem, which may include suspension of bus privileges. When such action has been taken, it will then become the responsibility of the parents to provide transportation for the child to and from school each day. Continued misbehavior may result in a student losing her/his bus riding privilege for an indefinite period of time.






School Bus Suspension:  A student’s privilege of riding the bus will be suspended if his/her behavior becomes detrimental to the safety of any person on the bus. No warnings will be given.​

The usual school bus suspension procedure is as follows: ​

First Offense: One-day suspension from riding the bus

Second Offense:​ Two-day suspension from riding the bus ​

Third Offense: Three-day suspension from riding the bus.


In addition, the parent(s) must meet with the student, bus driver or bus company representative and principal before the privilege of riding the bus is restored. ​


Subsequent Offense: A conference between the student, parent(s) and principal. The Director of Pupil Personnel, the bus driver and/or the bus company representative will be asked to attend the meeting, if necessary. This offense may result in a long-term suspension or expulsion from riding the bus. A student will be suspended for the following reasons:

  • Creating a fire or safety hazard
  • Fighting
  • Throwing any object in or from the bus



Code of Conduct

The purpose of the code of conduct is to establish and maintain a safe secure, pleasant and orderly school environment. The Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District does not discriminate based on a student’s race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.


The atmosphere of a school reflects the attitudes of its students and staff toward the school and one another. The school’s atmosphere depends on the caring, cooperation, and respect of its members on a day-to-day basis. It is our goal that students will learn self-discipline, self-control, and an understanding of the consequences of behavior so they will develop the maturity and good judgment necessary to become productive citizens of their school and their community.


The discipline code applies to any student who is on school property, who is in attendance at school or at any school sponsored activity.



Being courteous to teachers, school employees, other students, and visitors is a respectful practice in our school district.. Each of us should strive to be considerate of others at all times, and each student should respect teacher’s judgments. Students who are rude, discourteous, or insubordinate will be subject to disciplinary action. Swearing or the use of inappropriate language that is severely degrading, humiliating or embarrassing to another student is strictly prohibited.


Use of such language will result in disciplinary action as determined by the administration.


Classroom Behavior

In addition to the general school conduct code, teachers will enforce fair, firm and consistent discipline within their classrooms. Any student sent out of the room by the classroom teacher or by a substitute will receive consequences ranging from detention to suspension, depending on the nature of the infraction and the number of offenses.




Corridor Rules

In order to ensure a smooth passing between periods, students should keep to the right when leaving classrooms, walking in the corridors and especially on the stairs. There will be no yelling or running in the corridors. Students should be very careful not to come in physical contact with any other person when passing through corridor doors. Misbehavior in the corridors or on the stairs will result in disciplinary action.


Dress Code/Physical Education Attire

The school recognizes the First Amendment’s guarantee of expression applies to students. A student’s style of dress is an individual statement of who they are. School, however, is a preparation for life and we believe that there is a relationship between good dress habits, work habits, and appropriate behavior. Reasonable regulations of student attire can further the school’s educational mission by minimizing disruptions and help create an environment which reflects the serious and important purpose of education.


Students are expected to dress in a manner that does not disrupt the educational process and to wear clothing suitable for a school environment. Staff may request a student to alter dress deemed inappropriate or excessively revealing. Final determination of a dress code infraction will be made by school administration. The following procedures of dress will be adhered to at all times:


a.) Clothing and accessories which promote drugs, alcohol, tobacco, sex, violence, profanity, and/or are deemed “gang “related will not be allowed.


b.) Safe and appropriate footwear will be worn at all times for health and safety reasons.


c. ) Hats, caps, stocking hats, hoods, bandanas in any form, and head coverings are not to be worn in school.


d.)  Undergarments should not be visible.


Upon the first violation of the dress code, the student will be instructed to call home for a change of clothes or given appropriate garments to wear. Repeated violations may result in further disciplinary action. Physical education outfits are recommended for neatness, comfort and freedom of movement. All students must wear sneakers for gym. Jewelry should not be worn during physical education classes.


Gum Chewing

Chewing gum in the building or outside during physical education classes is not allowed. 


Care of School Facilities

All students should take pride in their school and themselves so that no damage or destruction occurs. Students responsible for defacing lockers, desks or other school property will be referred to administration. Girls' and boys' lavatories are to be kept clean. Students responsible for removing fixtures, defacing or damaging the restroom facilities will also be referred to administration. Students will be held liable for school property, which is damaged, defaced, or broken, and their parents will be billed for the repair of the damaged property.  Consequences for the action will also be given to all student(s) involved.










There may be times when a student’s behavior will not meet the expectations that are set forth by the school and disciplinary action will be taken. The goal of discipline is to hold the student accountable for his/her behavior while increasing their self-awareness. The discipline process is viewed as a learning experience which gives students the opportunity to reflect on his/her behavior and make better choices in the future.


Our system of discipline is progressive in nature. The building administrators will use his/her discretion to increase the consequence levied depending on the severity of the offense, the frequency of the offense, and the student’s prior disciplinary record. Administrators will assign a consequence that is aligned with the seriousness of the infraction.


Infractions include but are not limited to:

a) tardiness to school and classes

b) use of unauthorized electronic devices including but not limited to cell phones and ipods

c) misbehavior in a class, homeroom, the cafeteria, or in the corridor

d) swearing

e) failure to report to a teacher or office detention assignment

f) misbehavior in office detention

g) violation of dress code

h) any behavior that is deemed disruptive to the learning process

i) smoking or possession of tobacco products or related products

j) possession of paraphernalia or facsimiles, (look alikes) or use/possession of any controlled substances including alcohol, marijuana or unauthorized prescription medications

k) bringing dangerous articles or materials to school

l) civil rights violations

m) physical or verbal intimidation or threats of physical harm

n) causing physical harm

o) profane or obscene language/gestures directed at a staff member

p) truancy

q) leaving school building without permission

r) opposition to authority

s) repetition of offense after notice

t) failure to report for office detention

u) violation of Internet policy

v) graffiti, vandalism, arson, destruction of school property

w) cheating / plagiarism / forgery

x) repeated disruption of class

y) dishonesty

z) bullying/harassment


Drugs and Alcohol

Use, possession, or sale/distribution of alcoholic beverages or controlled substances is forbidden by school policy and state law. The regulations are in effect during the school day and at all co-curricula activities, including athletics, and school functions. 


Use and/or possession of alcoholic beverages:

a) notification of parents

 b) mandatory parental conference

c) 5 day suspension out-of-school

d) not allowed to attend or participate in any school events or cocurricular activity, including athletics, for 30 days.


A determination will be made by the administration as to whether a referral should be made to an appropriate treatment program. 


Distribution of and/or sale of alcoholic beverages :

a) notification of parents

b) mandatory parental conference

c) notification of police department

d) 10 day suspension out-of-school

e) not allowed to attend or participate in any school events or co-curricular activities, including athletics, for 30 days.


 Use and/or possession of a controlled substance

 a) notification of parents

b) mandatory parental conference

c) 5 day suspension out-of-school

d) notification of Police Department

e) not allowed to attend or participate in any school events or co-curricula activity, including athletics, for 30 days.


A determination will be made by the administration as to whether a referral should be made to an appropriate treatment program.


 Distribution of and/or sale of controlled substance

a) notification of parents

 b) mandatory parental conference

c) notification of Police Department

d) 10 day suspension out-of-school with a possible recommendation for an additional 5 days

e) review of case by School Committee for possible exclusion;

 f) not allowed to attend or participate in any school events, co-curricula activities or athletics for 30 days 


No Smoking Policy and Smokeless Tobacco Policy

Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District is committed to having a smoke free/ tobacco-free environment for its students, staff and guests. Our general population will not be exposed to the hazards of secondary smoke. Smoking or possession of tobacco-related products, including e-cigarettes, and/or paraphernalia (including, but not limited to matches, lighters, rolling papers, etc.) is prohibited on school property and at all school sponsored activities. State law bans smoking on school property.



 The Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District and the Bridgewater Police Department agree to coordinate their efforts to prevent student drug and alcohol abuse in school, on school grounds, at school functions, and on school buses. The building principal or designated school official will act as the resource person for referral of all drug or alcohol related incidents. School nurses and guidance counselors will act as support personnel during the referral process. Staff members are to report all incidents of the use or possession of any drugs or alcohol by students.


Students seeking voluntary drug/alcohol assistance will be referred to the appropriate resource person or treatment center. However, students should be advised that there is no confidentiality protection under the law.



 School Procedure and Response

1. Student suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. No contraband found.

 a. Teacher will refer student to assistant principal.

b. Assistant principal will notify parents and encourage counseling or treatment if appropriate.

c. School nurse will examine student to determine the physical condition of the student.


2. Student found or admitting to being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. No contraband found.

a. Teacher will refer student to the assistant principal.

b. School nurse will examine student to determine the physical condition of the student.

c. Assistant principal will notify parents and recommend counseling or treatment.

d. School discipline code will be enforced.

e. Police department will be notified.


3. Student selling, distributing or found in possession of drugs or alcohol.

a. Teacher will refer student to assistant principal.

b. Assistant principal will notify parents and recommend counseling or treatment.

c. School discipline code will be enforced.

d. Police will be summoned and contraband will be turned over to the police department.


In order to maintain a safe school environment the administration may perform:

• Student searches

• Locker/property searches

• Canine drug searches (in conjunction with the Bridgewater-Raynham Police Department)


Dangerous Weapons

A student found to be in possession of a dangerous weapon on school property shall be subject to “Student Discipline Procedures as required by the Educational Reform Act” as listed in Section III, I of this handbook. Dangerous weapons include but are not limited to: guns, knives, toy guns, replica guns, paintball guns, water pistols, toy knives, sling shots, pea shooters, firecrackers , M-80’s, stink bombs, etc.


Possession of Firearms

Possession of a firearm on school property is a crime as indicated in the paragraph below-G.L. c269, s.10 by Chapter 150 of the Acts of 1987:

Whoever not being a law enforcement officer, and notwithstanding any license obtained by him under the provisions of Chapter 140, carries on his person a firearm as hereinafter defined, loaded or unloaded, in any building or on the grounds of any secondary school, college or university without the written authorization of the board or officer in charge of such secondary school, college or university shall be punished by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars or by imprisonment for not more than one year, or both. For the purpose of this paragraph, “firearm” shall mean any pistol, revolver, rifle, or smoothbore arm from which a shot, bullet, or pellet can be discharged by whatever means.


Tiered Disciplinary System

The Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School district strongly believes that the consequences for violating the conduct code be appropriate for the infraction. Therefore, we have designed a progressive disciplinary system with a variety of options for dealing with behavioral issues. The following information describes the nature of each consequence. The administration reserves the rights to make decisions regarding the type of consequence individual students receive for various conduct violations.




Teacher Detention

Teacher detentions are assigned at the discretion of the teacher for minor infractions and violations of procedural and conduct policies of the classroom.


Lunch Detention

During a lunch detention, students will eat in an area designated by the administration.


Office Detention

Office detentions are assigned for repeated minor infractions or any violation of the conduct code as deemed appropriate by the administration. Office detention is generally held after school until 3:30 P.M. Students will be given twenty-four hours notice in order that they may arrange for transportation home. Students given detention are to report immediately at the close of the regular school day. Detention will be orderly and silent with all participants seated. Students are required to complete school and/or homework throughout the detention period. If a student violates the rules of  detention, further consequences will be given as deemed appropriate by the administration. Failure to report to office detention will result in further disciplinary consequences.


Community Service

Community Service is a consequence reserved for times that the administration feels it is appropriate for the student to give back to the school community by completing tasks related to the offense. Community Service is assigned only after permission of the parent has been obtained, and is always supervised by an adult.


Social Exclusion

Administrators reserve the right to deny attendance to co-curricula activities for any student that has not earned the privilege of participation.  Any student who falls behind academically due to a lack of effort on his/her behalf, violates an academic contract, presents excessive truancy issues, is a habitual offender of school rules and policies, is suspended, or has an unmet financial obligations to the school may be socially excluded. Students who are identified for exclusion will forfeit the privilege of attending, or participating in activities conducted by the school.


Students that have been excessively disciplined during the school year may forfeit all privileges pertaining to school extra-curricular activities for the remainder of that academic year. In cases, however, where students have displayed marked improvement in conduct and effort and upon recommendation of the school staff, the student may be allowed to attend the next school event.



In-school Suspension

A student assigned to In-School suspension will attend school during the regular school hours, but will not be allowed to attend her/his classes, or eat lunch with classmates. She/he will be assigned to the designated in-school suspension area with at least one staff member, and work will be provided by the classroom teachers.


Students will be required to complete work in each assigned subject area.  Work not done during the day will be completed for homework.   Tests and quizzes will be given in the designated area.  Work not completed will result in a zero as a grade.  Students are expected to be quiet and respectful during their time in suspension.  Any student referred to the office from in-school suspension will be required to complete an additional day of suspension.



Out of School Suspension

Serious violations of the Code of Conduct will result in out-of-school suspension. Behavior such as fighting, committing assault, stealing, vandalism, possessing or using alcohol, possessing or using drugs, explosives or other prohibited materials, making false alarms, bomb threats, lewd or threatening behavior, inappropriate language, disrespect of a staff member, any form of bullying, and any other behavior deemed inappropriate by the administration, may result in suspension. In cases of repeated violations of other disciplinary rules, suspension may be imposed as a last resort after other attempts have been made to resolve the problem.


When a student is suspended, the parent/guardian will be notified by telephone, if possible, and by letter in the student’s and/or parent’s primary language.  If the suspension occurs during the school day, the parent/guardian may be required to transport the student home. Suspended students will not be permitted in school, on school grounds or at school events without prior approval by the administration.


Any student receiving a suspension within the last 30 days of school may be ineligible for end of the year activities.


Schoolwork  will be available, and must be picked up in the main office. The student is responsible for making arrangements to make up all tests and quizzes.  Any work that is not made up will result in a zero as a grade.


Due Process

Short Term Suspensions: No student will be suspended without participating in an informal hearing before the administration. At this hearing, the student will be informed of the reason(s) for the suspension and will be given an opportunity to respond. In cases which require the immediate removal of a student, the informal hearing will be held as soon after the suspension as possible.


When a student is suspended, the following procedure will be followed:


1. Provide notice to student and parent/guardian: In every instance of suspension, the school will notify parent/guardian of the student by telephone and in writing about the suspension and state the cause(s) leading to the suspension.


This notification shall include:

a.) the number of days of suspension