Our positive school climate is anchored in these school norms: respect, responsibility and rigor. They guide scholarly behavior throughout the school and are the basis for compliments given to members of our community who demonstrate our norms of respect, responsibility and rigor. Specific compliments are written on diamond-shape papers on the table by the compliment bulletin board outside the Lower School Learning Center. Families are welcome to give compliments to scholars spotted exemplifying our school norms. For example, being responsible in the hallway requires that scholars politely walk, open doors and maintain a quiet tone. Being rigourous asks that scholars have fun and challenge themselves while staying safe. Being responsible on the school bus means following the direction of the bus driver and staying seated. A responsible scholar in the cafeteria will enjoy lunch, relax, eat the food, clean up and recycle.
Attendance each and every day of school is essential to your child’s growth and development. If your child has to be absent, please call 617-635-7717 and send a note on the following day so that we can excuse the absence. More than four unexcused absences in a trimester or more than twelve absences in one year, may result in no credit for the academic year.
Non-Negotiable School Rules
- Scholars are expected to arrive to school each day properly dressed for a school setting. (There is currently no school uniform.)
- Scholars and faculty should remove hats when they enter the school building.
- Electronic devices including cell phones, music players, virtual pets, and electronic games are not allowed in school. They must be out of site and turned off when scholars are on school premises. (First offense will result in the device being taken and returned at the end of the day. The second offense will result in the device being taken and returned at the end of the day and a parent or guardian will be contacted. The third offense will result in a parent or guardian coming to the school to retrieve the device.)
- All food, unless specific permission is granted, must be consumed in the cafeteria. (K1 scholars eat lunch in their classroom.)
- Physical violence of any kind, including hurting or threatening to hurt another person will not be tolerated and may result in suspension.
- Bullying, sexual or verbal harassment including using racial or ethnic slurs, profanity or obscene language will not be tolerated and may result in suspension.
- Leaving school premises or cutting classes is not allowed and may result in suspension.
- Disrupting school or classroom activity will not be tolerated and may result in suspension.
- Damaging or stealing private property will not be tolerated and may result in suspension.
- Bringing a weapon or controlled substances will result in suspension and possible expulsion.
Code of Conduct
The BTU School is governed by the Boston Public School Code of Conduct (pdf), which describes rules that all Boston Public School students must follow. Students who break a rule in the Code of Conduct may be suspended or even expelled. A suspension is not being allowed to attend school for up to three days. In some cases, the school leader may recommend that a student be suspended for up to ten days or be transferred to another school for the remainder of the school year. A student may be suspended for serious offenses, including:
- Hurting, bullying or threatening to hurt another person
- Bringing a dangerous object to school
- Damaging or stealing private property
- Sexually harassing another person
- Verbal harassment, using racial or ethnic slurs, profanity or obscene language
- Disrupting school or classroom activity
- Leaving school without permission or cutting classes.
Before a teacher leader can suspend a student, he or she must first hold a hearing at the school and invite the student and student’s parent or guardian to the hearing. The teacher leader hears the evidence and decides whether the student should be suspended. A parent or guardian can appeal the decision to the Cluster Leader within ten school days.
Partnership between the Boston Teachers Union School and Families
We need families and caring adults to help us succeed with each child. Together, we can work to meet realistic but challenging goals for academic achievement. Our partnership is a two-way street. We share a vision for competent and confident BTU School graduates with the skills to succeed in future academic and social endeavors as a curious and hard-working scholar, a caring person, and a community-minded individual.
We will communicate with families through a home/school folder, ConnectEd calls, regular personal phone calls, weekly notices, at least two family conferences a year, several family events/exhibitions/workshops, and a report card for each trimester. Families are welcome to visit the school at all times.