It is everyone’s responsibility to help maintain an environment in which all can realize their fullest potential. Thus, Pembroke Hill fully expects students to endorse the school’s motto, Freedom With Responsibility, by accepting responsibility for their behavior.
Students must represent the school consistent with its standards and principles at all times, both on and off the campuses. Pembroke Hill students are expected to uphold the core values that are an integral part of the school’s culture: Respect, Compassion, Scholarship and Integrity.
Never permissible are misuse of technology, hazing, discrimination, harassment, cheating, plagiarism, stealing, destruction/defacing of property, possession of a dangerous weapon, threats of violence, violence, possession, use or being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or any behavior not in accordance with the school’s mission or core values.
Responsibilities Outside The School
A student enrolling in Pembroke Hill automatically becomes a representative of
the school in the community. Therefore, students should conduct themselves at all times in ways that will honor the school, obeying all laws and observing the norms of social behavior expected of Pembroke Hill students.
When a student’s misconduct outside of school is brought (with supporting details)
to the administration’s attention, the school will notify the parents. At this point, it is the responsibility of the parents to determine appropriate action.
A student’s actions outside school that exhibit a propensity or possibility of danger or harm to the members of the school community, the community at large or school property and/or which result in serious damage to the reputation of the school are a breach of contract between the family and the school. In such instances, the principal and the head of school will determine whether to take action that could result in disciplinary consequences, including but not limited to suspension or expulsion.
Harassment And Discrimination
The Pembroke Hill School does not discriminate in its practices or policies on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, sex, sexual orientation or age. Moreover, Pembroke Hill School does not discriminate against otherwise qualified students in any of the school’s programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, sex or sexual orientation of the student consistent with the school’s goal of maintaining a diverse student body.
We expect all members of the Pembroke Hill School community to conduct themselves
in a manner that is respectful to all individuals. Therefore, harassment or hazing of any type will not be tolerated.
Harassment is defined as:
Any unwelcome, overt or covert gesture, written, verbal or physical act, or any electronic communication that is reasonably perceived as being motivated by characteristics such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin ,gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or mental, physical or sensory disability, or by another distinguishing characteristic, that takes place on the property of The Pembroke Hill School or at any function sponsored by PHS and that negatively affects an individual of one or more of the aforementioned groups.
Specifically, these behaviors may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Repeated, unwanted/unsolicited contact that includes face-to-face contact, telephone calls, voice messages, text messages, electronic video and/or photography, electronic mail, instant messages, written letters, unwanted gifts;
- Verbal or written abuse, threats, harassment, coercion, or any other conduct that places another individual in reasonable fear of his/her safety through words or actions, directed at that person, or substantially interferes with the educational or personal environment of the individual; or
- Persistent offensive, threatening communication through the internet via email, chat rooms and other electronic devices.
In order to raise general awareness, members of the school community must be educated on the topic of harassment on a continuing basis. Methods of an educational component may include speakers, corporate panels, videos and assemblies.
Any person who subjects a member of the school community to harassment will face
consequences. Disciplinary action may include (but is not limited to) verbal warnings, parental notification, education on the topic of harassment ,counseling, detention or possible suspension. Disciplinary action will increase in severity in cases of repeat offenses or depending on the severity of the case. Any person with knowledge or information of harassment involving any member of the school community should report the incident to the person with whom he/she feels the most comfortable (adviser, teacher, class sponsor, school counselor, head of school, upper school principal, upper school assistant principal or dean of students).
No student or visitor to campus or school-sponsored functions regardless of where held may possess, transport, display, offer for sale, barter, use, threaten to use or exchange any gun, bomb, knife, or other dangerous weapon, or any object that might have a reasonable “look-alike” resemblance to a dangerous weapon. A dangerous weapon may be defined as any object that may cause a serious injury or fatal wound.
Violations of this policy will result in discipline consequences and could include notification of the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and expulsion.
One should not copy or allow homework, test, quizzes, papers or any academic work to be copied. Working together on problems or making editorial suggestions on a paper is a good learning process, but loaning or making use of another’s finished work is dishonest.
Plagiarism is always dishonest. If one uses the exact wording or paraphrased wording, or
even the ideas of another writer without giving proper credit in a footnote or other form of documentation, that person is guilty of plagiarism.
Possession or use of unauthorized notes or copying answers from another on an exam or making unauthorized material available to others is dishonest.
In a case of academic dishonesty, a grade of F can be assigned to the work and violations of this policy will result in disciplinary action. If students are found guilty of academic dishonesty a second time, they will be considered for expulsion.
Smoking and Use of Tobacco/Nicotine
Students may not smoke, use or be in possession of any tobacco product, electronic cigarette, or “vaping” paraphernalia on school property; at school-sponsored activities, programs, events, or on school-sponsored transportation. If a faculty member or administrator suspects a student is using nicotine in any manner, the student’s locker and personal belongings may be searched if warranted. If a student is found violating the policy, the student's parents will be contacted immediately. After examining all of the details regarding the infraction, the middle school administration will determine the consequences.
Alcohol And Illegal Drugs
The consumption of alcohol by anyone under the age of 21, in the state of Missouri, is prohibited by law. State and federal laws strictly prohibit the use of illegal drugs or controlled substances. Students may not drink, be in possession of, or be under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, or controlled substances (for which the student does not have a prescription) at school, on school property or at school-related functions. A student will be considered “under the influence” if it is detectable in any way. The school may request the student to voluntarily submit to testing for drug or alcohol usage, with prior parental permission. All violations are considered serious. Parents will be notified immediately when a suspected violation has occurred. All violations of the drug/alcohol policy will be handled through the middle school principal.
Phones And Electronic Devices
Mobile phones, smart phones, or any other electronic devices not issued by the school are prohibited in the classrooms, locker rooms, restrooms, and in the dining hall. Phones may only be used in the hallways during break and between classes. Electronics including, but not limited to, phones, cameras, and iPads (including school issued devices) are not permitted at lunch, in the restrooms, or in any part of the athletic facility. Students should leave their phones and personal electronics in their middle school lockers during classes, P.E., assembly, while using the restroom, and at lunch.
If a student is in possession of a phone or other electronic device not issued by the school while in a classroom, PE, assembly, restroom, or the dining hall, the device will be confiscated for the remainder of the day and a detention will be issued. For repeat offenders, more serious consequences will be issued, and restrictions may be placed on the student’s electronic access at school.
School computers, iPads, Chromebooks, and other electronic devices should be used for school- related activities only. These devices are to assist in the educational process and are not for personal browsing, games, or personal communication. Any misuse of school issued electronics will result in a detention; further disciplinary action might be taken for repeat offenders.
Under no circumstances may a student, faculty member, or staff person be video recorded, audio recorded, or photographed without the permission of the individual. Students are only allowed to record and/or photograph under the direction of a teacher as it relates to an assignment. Furthermore, recordings and photographs taken for class are the property of the school and should only be used for school-related projects. Any misuse of video, audio, or pictures can result in disciplinary action.
Students are not permitted to carry backpacks in Boocock Middle School unless they are leaving the building or they have just entered the building and are on their way to their lockers.
The Pembroke Hill middle school believes that standards of neatness and appropriateness in clothing encourage an atmosphere that is conducive to learning, working, and discipline. Student’s dress should reflect the school’s core values of respect, compassion, scholarship and integrity.
The aim of the dress code is to create an inclusive, accepting, and reasonably informal atmosphere where students feel comfortable to express individuality.
Furthermore, it is felt that pride in one’s school and in one’s self is, in part, influenced by appearance. The student dress code supports our goal of inspiring students to learn while leaving primary decisions around student clothing and style to students and their parent(s)/guardian(s), who are responsible for ensuring a student’s clothing is a positive representation of their family and school.
At school and any school-sponsored event, student clothing must be worn in a way that private body areas are fully covered at all times with opaque fabric. Students are to be neat, clean, and well-groomed. Students must wear:
- A shirt with opaque fabric in the front, back, and on the sides under the arms which covers to the top of pants or equivalent at all times;
- Pants/jeans or the equivalent (a skirt, leggings, a dress or shorts);
The following clothing items may not be worn at a school or any school-sponsored event:
- Any article or apparel that displays obscene words, pictures or designs;
- Any article that conveys a sexually suggestive remark, a pro-alcohol message, a tobacco and/or drug message;
- Any item of clothing that exposes underwear;
- Hats while inside school buildings and in classrooms (except for medical or religious reasons);
- Any item that obscures the face, ears, or head (except for medical or religious reasons);
- Any item that impedes the learning process.
PE students are required to wear a uniform for class. This uniform is available in the Bookstore. On game days, students will dress up in accordance with the coach's recommendation.
Students will be informed of a dress code violation via email or in person. Students in violation will be provided three options to meet dress code standards:
- A student will be asked to put on their own alternative clothing, if readily available at school, for the remainder of the day.
- A student will be provided with temporary school clothing for the remainder of the day.
- If necessary, a student's parents may be called to bring alternative clothing for the student to wear for the remainder of the day.
- First Violation: Warning
- Second Violation: Two lunch duties, parent(s)/guardian(s) may be contacted
- Third, Fourth, Fifth Violation: Detention, parent(s)/guardian(s) contacted
- Sixth or more: To be determined by administration
Internet and Acceptable Use Statement
Pembroke Hill’s intent is to make Internet access available to further its educational goals and objectives. PHS does not have control of the information on the Internet. Certain sites have been blocked, but we realize it is impossible to limit access to all potentially objectionable material. Pembroke Hill believes that the benefits to educators and students having access to the Internet far exceed any disadvantages of inappropriate use. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the student to use the Internet in an acceptable and ethical manner. The use of the Internet at school is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in disciplinary action. Any unauthorized use that includes, but is not limited to, hacking of the PHS computer network, the school's servers, computers or others' files will be viewed as a major violation of privacy and will result in disciplinary action.
Although much of the responsibility for discipline falls to the principal and faculty, the head of school assumes ultimate responsibility. The head of school has complete discretion to dismiss any student who, in his judgment, after consultation with members of the faculty and administration, should be separated from the school for academic reasons or for unsatisfactory behavior.
Infractions of school rules and not adhering to content defined in this handbook can lead to disciplinary action or a recommendation from the principal to the head of school for permanent dismissal from the school.
As an educational institution, we strive to use disciplinary infractions as learning opportunities for our students. Discipline matters are also addressed in a confidential and respectful manner. To achieve these goals, all facets of a disciplinary infraction are taken into consideration by the principal and other administrators on a case-by-case basis. Only after an infraction has been thoroughly investigated will a disciplinary action be chosen.
Disciplinary and educational actions can include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Lunch room duty;
- Letters of apology;
- Dismissal from school;
- Restrictions from participating in co-curricular activities, athletics, etc.;
- A requirement to undergo an evaluation by a professional counselor (i.e., with assistance from school counselor);
- Requiring an educational component concerning disciplinary infraction. (i.e., written research paper);
- Disciplinary Probation;
- Other appropriate actions determined by the administration;
- In-school suspension;
- Out-of-school suspension; or