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Long Trail enforces basic rules so the entire school community may learn in a safe and productive environment. The School will respond to actions deemed detrimental to Long Trail with appropriate punishment including but not limited to in-house restrictions, warning, probation, suspension or expulsion. Long Trail must also abide by state and federal laws; certain behaviors may have legal implications beyond the jurisdiction of Long Trail School.

Dress Code
Long Trail School values students for their individuality, their accomplishments, and their contributions to the School and the wider community and, therefore, does not prescribe a uniform style or type of dress for class or after school activities. Students are expected to dress in a manner that demonstrates respect for themselves and for those in our community. The following list may not be fully representative of acceptable clothing – it is expected that students will use good judgment.

  • Shoes must be worn at all times.
  • Shorts and skirts should be an appropriate length.
  • What is underneath should not be visible, which includes bras, bandeaus and boxer shorts.
  • Clothing should cover midriff and back and no excessive cleavage is allowed.
  • Shirts must be worn at all times, including during athletic activities.
  • Messaging/slogans/images with alcohol, drugs, disrespectful language are not allowed.
  • No pajamas or flannel drawstring pants.

Cell Phone Policy

  • All phones will remain on silent/vibrate at all times.
  • Students may text or call during break, study hall, or lunch only.
  • If there is an emergency, faculty/staff may grant permission to make a call outside of these parameters.
  • Calls may be made in Hunter Common Room, Whalen Common Room, Front Lobby, or on the patio outside Whalen (weather permitting).
  • No texting/calling in class or at a school function.
  • Smartphones may be used in class, at teacher discretion, for non-texting/calling purposes.
  • MS students may not text/call during the first 10 minutes of lunch

Failure to follow these rules will result in the following consequences:

  • First infraction – teacher takes the phone and gives it to the Dean of Students to hold for the remainder of the day. It will be given back just before the student leaves campus for the day.
  • Second infraction – same as first, in addition to the Dean of Students notifying the students Advisor, who will have a conversation with that student.
  • Third infraction – same as first and second, in addition to the Dean of Student notifying the parents and restrictions being placed on that student’s phone usage (i.e. – will not be permitted to bring it to school for some period of time).

Substance Abuse
The possession and/or use of illegal drugs, inhalants, tobacco, alcohol, or medications not specifically prescribed to the student is incompatible with the educational mission of the School. Additionally, the School expects students and their families to respect state and federal laws regarding alcohol and drug use when students are off-campus and students may face disciplinary action if found in violation of these laws.

Student Driving and Riding
Any student wishing to drive to school must complete and return a Student Driving and Parking Permission form to the Dean of Students. Students are expected to park in the designated area. Students who do not park in the designated area may lose their parking privilege.

Students must have a signed Student Riding with Student Driver Permission waiver on file in the Student Life Office if they wish to ride in a student driven vehicle. Waivers can be picked up from the Receptionist.

Guests on Campus
Students who wish to invite a guest onto campus must have approval from a Director of Student Life or the Head of School who will notify the faculty and staff. Approval must be obtained in advance.

Leaving Campus
Leaving school grounds during the day is only permitted when chaperoned by a faculty/staff member. Students must sign out with the Receptionist.

Respect for Personal Property
All students and adults are responsible for taking appropriate precautions to ensure the safety of their possessions. Keeping one’s property organized in whatever space it is being used will help others know to respect it. Stealing and/or causing the deliberate destruction of property does not meet with our community’s standards.

Fire Safety
All students and adults share the responsibility for fire safety around the campus. The presence of materials capable of starting a fire seriously endangers the lives and property of others. Tampering with fire alarms or other safety equipment is a violation.

Public Display of Affection (PDA)
All students and adults are asked to recognize the public aspect of school space and behave with respect for others. Students who disregard this expectation may face disciplinary action. The School has equal expectations for community members regardless of their sexual orientation.

The possession, storage or use of a weapon poses an unacceptable risk to the health and safety of all community members. Possession of weapons or imitation weapons that would lead an observer to reasonably believe that there is a weapon on campus is a violation of School rules and state laws.

Faculty and staff use the School’s email system to carry on the business of the school. Therefore, students are expected to check their email accounts daily. Students are held responsible for all information provided via this school-wide communication system.

The School reserves the right to search persons, clothing, backpacks, bags, purses, rooms, lockers, vehicles and any other places or property, including personal digital devices in order to ensure a safe school environment. Any items prohibited by law or by school regulation will be confiscated.

Bullying and Harassment Policy
Our community seeks to be a place where every individual is treated with sensitivity and respect. The School will not tolerate any type of harassment of an individual for any reason, including but not limited to ethnic or religious background, gender, sexual orientation, or race. Any member of the Long Trail School community whose actions or statements amount to harassment or intimidation of others will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action. The School has adopted the Vermont Department of Education model policy on harassment. A copy of this policy may be obtained from the Receptionist or online through the Vermont Department of Education’s website.

Bullying and harassment are dangerous and disrespectful behaviors that are not tolerated at Long Trail School. Respecting the rights of others is expected. The definition of bullying, according to Vermont State Law is: “Any overt or combination of such acts directed against a student by another student or group of students and which occurs during the school day on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored activity; is intended to ridicule, humiliate, or intimidate the students and is repeated over times.” Bullying and cyber-bullying includes verbal or online taunting regarding height, weight, socio-economic status, hairstyle, clothes, etc.

The definition of harassment, according to Vermont State Law is: “Any incident or incidents of verbal, written, visual, or physical conduct based on or motivated by a student’s or a student’s family member’s actual or perceived race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, disability, sex, sexual orientations, or gender identity that has the purpose or effect of objectively and substantially undermining and detracting from or interfering with a student’s educational performance or access to school resources or creating an objectively intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.” Some examples of harassment include:
Use of epithets, slurs, or insults about a person’s race, religion, color, national origin, marital status, disability, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity
Physical threats directed at someone because of her/his membership in a protected category
Taunts on manner of speech, behaviors, or customs

Students, faculty/staff members and parent/guardian may report complaints of bullying or harassment to any LTS employee, which will then be reported to the appropriate Director of Student Life.

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