Welcome to Brentwood High School for the 2021-2022 school year! We are dedicated to providing all our students with an exemplary educational experience. We ask that all students and parents read through the content of this agenda to familiarize themselves with school policies and helpful information about BHS.
BHS Policies and Procedures
BHS Honor Pledge:
I pledge to uphold a high level of respect and integrity as a student representing Brentwood High School. I understand and will maintain the Honor Code in letter and spirit to help our school advance authentic learning. I will not lie, cheat, plagiarize or be complicit with those who do.
Academic Integrity Policy:
Brentwood High School expects all students to abide by ethical academic standards. Academic dishonesty includes plagiarism, cheating or copying the work of another, using technology for illicit purposes, or any unauthorized communication between students for gaining advantage during an examination. Brentwood High School’s Academic Integrity Policy covers all school-related tests, quizzes, reports, class assignments, and projects, both in and out of class.
The purpose of Brentwood High School’s Academic Integrity Policy is to prepare students for the reality created by the technology explosion, for the world of college and beyond, where cheating and plagiarism have dire consequences. Plagiarism is different from cooperation or collaboration. Teachers often expect, even encourage, students to work on assignments collectively. This is okay if the work is shown it is clearly relayed.
Having academic integrity means valuing and demonstrating positive regard for: Intellectual honesty, Personal truthfulness, Learning for its own sake, The creations and opinions of others (i.e., intellectual property) You are acting with academic integrity to the extent that you demonstrate these values, and in particular:
- Take full credit for your own work and give full credit to others who have helped you or influenced you, or whose work you have incorporated into your own. Plagiarism is to commit literary theft to steal and pass off as one’s own ideas or words, and to create the production of another. When you use someone else’s words, you must put quotation marks around them and give the writer or speaker credit by citing the source. Even if you revise or paraphrase the words of someone else, if you use someone else’s ideas, you must give the author credit. Some Internet users believe that anything available on-line is public domain. Such is not the case. Ideas belong to those who create and articulate them. To use someone else’s words or ideas without giving credit to the originator is stealing.
- Represent your own work honestly and accurately. Cheating is a serious violation of the process of education. It includes, but is not limited to, the willful giving or receiving of an unauthorized, unfair, dishonest, or unscrupulous advantage over other students in schoolwork or activities. Some examples are unauthorized copying of assignments (including computer documents and files); stealing another student’s homework and turning it in as one’s own; plagiarism; submitting pre-written work for set classroom exercises or tests; using unauthorized study aids, notes, books, data, or other information; selling or buying or sharing papers without authorization; altering an assignment or test after it has been graded; stealing tests or other unauthorized material, or passing such material stolen by others; talking or signaling to another student during a test or quiz; looking at another student’s answers during a test or quiz, or permitting another student to look at one’s own test or quiz; possessing or using “crib” or cheat sheets; leaving books open on the floor to view during a test or quiz; using unauthorized calculators, palm computers, or other electronic devices to obtain answers during tests or quizzes; passing test information on to students in other classes; computer fraud; sabotaging the project or experiments of other students. Intending to cheat is considered the same as cheating. Forgery or stealing includes, but is not limited to, gaining unauthorized access to exams or answers to an exam, altering computer or grade-book records, or forging signatures for the purpose of academic advantage.
- Collaborate with other students only as specifically directed and authorized. Collaboration is to work together (with permission) in a joint intellectual effort.
- Report breeches of academic integrity to a teacher, counselor, or administrator
Procedures for students, teachers, and administrators:
- Teachers will review and post the honor code in their classrooms or in their syllabi.
- Teachers will communicate their policy for late assignments and violation of the honor code.
- Students shall: Consult the teacher when a question of the honor code arises and do not tolerate infractions of the honor code.
- Students will sign a signature page to acknowledge they understand their teachers' expectations for assignments and grades.
- Administrators shall be fair and consistent when dealing with honor code violations and allow students the opportunity to explain their side.
Consequence for violation of the honor code:
The determination that a student has engaged in academic dishonesty is based on specific evidence provided by the classroom teacher or other supervising professional employee, taking into consideration written materials and observations.
Students who violate BHS academic integrity policy will be assigned Friday School and will participate in restorative reflection with their grade level assistant principal.
Attendance is a key factor in student achievement, and, therefore, students are required to be present each day that school is in session. Conditions for which a student’s absence may be excused are:
Illness of the student. The principal may require a doctor’s statement.
- Illness in the immediate family, which requires absence of the student from school. The principal may require a doctor’s statement.
- Death in the immediate family. Absence should not exceed 5 days.
- Religious holidays regularly observed by persons of the student’s faith. The principal may require a statement from the minister or other person recognized by the given religious group.
- Absences for other reasons may be excused if, in the judgment of the principal, the circumstances warrant.
If a parent or teacher feels that the principal has been either too harsh or too lenient in judging an absence as excused or unexcused, he should communicate this to the principal whose judgment, after further consideration of the matter, will be final at the school level. Parents may, if they still disagree, forward their complaint to the Director of Schools.
Athletic or Extra-Curricular Activities:
Students are expected to be present on the day of an extra-curricular activity or team sport. However, should they become ill or personal matters may prevent them from attending school; the following procedures are expected to be followed:
- Student must notify the activity sponsor or coach immediately; to enable them to make appropriate adjustments to a program or team.
- In the event the student situation changes in time for the activity or sport. The activity sponsor or coach will submit a formal appeal to the principal or assistant principal to participate.
- If a student is 15 or more minutes late to any class period, the student will be considered absent for that class period.
- In order to receive an excused absence for a college visit, a student must bring a statement from the college on school letterhead to verify the visit.
- Field Trips are considered school activities and are not counted as an absence from class.
- Semester and final exams in a subject shall not be required for high school seniors who have maintained an A average (91 and above) in the subject, no unexcused absences, and have not been suspended during the semester. Unless mandated by the state of Tennessee, seniors who meet the criteria for exemptions are not required to take final exams.
- Students involved in a traffic accident may receive an excuse absence/tardy with documentation from the proper school official.
Students who have had five unexcused absences within a school year will have violated the attendance laws of this state. The name of any student who has accumulated five unexcused absences the students name will be submitted to the Attendance Department for proper disposition. Administration shall report any child who habitually and unlawfully absents himself from school to the juvenile judge, where said judge shall deal with the matter as he may determine to be in the best interest of the child.
Ten (10) consecutive or fifteen (15) total unexcused absences during any semester result in a student becoming ineligible to retain a driver’s permit or license, or to obtain such if of age.
Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, chronic absenteeism will be a part of district and school accountability. The measure will be called the Chronically Out-of-School Indicator. This indicator will be based on what research calls chronic absenteeism, which is defined as a student missing 10 percent or more of the days the student is enrolled-for any reason, including excused absences and out-of-school suspensions. Excessive absences from school represent lost instructional time for a student. The department of education encourages districts and schools to carefully review attendance data throughout the school year to ensure supports are in place to maximize learning time for all students. To be successful in addressing chronic absenteeism, it is important that we view attendance as more than a legal or compliance issue and try to understand what factors may be contributing to a student’s absences. Furthermore, we can best serve students by viewing attendance as an opportunity to learn and chronic absences as an indication of barriers or conditions that are limiting that opportunity.
BHS students will be allowed 8 absences excusable with a parent note each academic year. After 8 excused absences, official documentation will be required to excuse the absence. This could include a doctor's note, official college visit, court documentation, travel sports documentation, etc. A doctor’s note is required for more than 3 consecutive days due to illness or injury.
Skipping School: Any student who is absent from class for an unacceptable reason is skipping, and the absence is unexcused. Lunch is a class period. Skipping during exam week may bring about an ISS assignment at the beginning of the next semester. Repeated violators may be referred to Juvenile Court and the Alternative Learning Center. Seniors are reminded that any form of suspension means a loss of exam exemptions.
Procedures for Absences:
- Parents should phone the Office of Student Services (615-472-4225) between 7:00 A.M. and 8:30 A.M. the day the student is absent. The fax number for the attendance office is 472-4241 or 615-472-4242.
- The Office of Student Services is open from 7:00 A.M. – 3:15P.M. Notes for excused absences shall include the dates absent, the reason for the absence, and the phone number where the parent or guardian may be contacted during the day. If the parent has not already called, the school will attempt to confirm the written verification by phone. If class time is missed while submitting the note, the student will also be given a tardy slip.
- After an absence, students are required to report to Student Services and pick up an admittance slip.
- A student should report to class before requesting a pass to the clinic, guidance, or the Office of Students Services. The absence from class will be considered unexcused for the class period if this procedure is not followed.
Make-Up Policies for Assignments:
- The student must take responsibility to get assignments when absent. It is recommended that the student go to his/her teacher during their office hours if the student cannot obtain adequate information from classmates.
- For absences of one to three days, a student may have up to three days to complete all make-up work. The teacher and the student will develop a plan for completing the assigned work upon return of the student.
- If a student misses one day and returns on a test day, then the student should have an extra day to make up the work unless the test was announced prior to the student’s absence and if no new material was introduced. Then the student should take the test on the scheduled day.
- If a student is absent on a test day, they will be expected to take the test the day they return.
- It is the student’s responsibility to notify his teacher of an absence prior to the field trip and to obtain assignments for the day(s) he will be out of class. At this time, the teacher will give the date the assignments will be due. If the test, assignment, or quiz has been scheduled prior to the field trip, the student is required to take the test no later than the day of his return.
Arriving During School Hours:
- A student arriving less than 15 minutes late will report directly to his/her first class. The teacher will determine whether it is necessary for the student to report to Student Services.
- A student arriving to school more than 15 minutes late must SIGN IN and bring a note to the Office of Student Services immediately upon arrival. The note must include the date, reason for the late arrival, the parent /guardian’s signature, and a phone number to contact the parent during the day. Students who submit forged or unauthorized notes will be subject to suspension. These notes must be confirmed by phone before a decision is made about whether the lateness is excused. If the student arranges a phone call impersonating a parent, all students involved will be subject to suspension.
- If a student has left school and is returning, the student should report to the Office of Student Services, sign in immediately, and secure a proper admittance pass.
Leaving During School Hours:
- Any student requesting an early dismissal should leave a note signed by his parent or guardian in the Office of Student Services before 7:40 A.M. All notes should contain the date, the specific reason for leaving, the parent or guardian’s signature, and the parent or guardian’s daytime phone number. The parent or guardian will be contacted prior to student release to verify the note.
- To leave campus early all students must sign out through the student services office.
- Parents are urged to schedule dental and medical appointments outside school hours. When such appointments cannot be scheduled outside school hours, parents must send a written request for dismissal to the school or call for the pupil in person. When the student returns, he should submit an official statement from the professional involved citing the date and time of the appointment.
- A student who becomes ill during the day should report to the clinic with a pass written by the teacher of his class. The student’s parent will be contacted to decide how best to care for the student.
- To go to the school parking lot during the school day, students must obtain a pass from an administrator.
- No pupil shall be sent from the school during school hours to perform an errand, retrieve forgotten items, or act as a messenger, except with the approval of the principal and the consent of the pupil’s parent or guardian. Errands are considered UNEXCUSED.
Unauthorized Absence from Class:
- When students arrive on campus in the morning, they should enter the building and may not leave the campus until dismissal.
- Any student out of his/her designated classroom should have a hall pass or note from the teacher of record. A note is required when a student reports to a different staff member. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain a hall pass.
- Any student in the halls during class time without an authorized pass will be referred to the Office of Student Services. The student will be given an unexcused admittance slip back to class. The student may be considered skipping.
- Except to move to classes, assemblies, and during lunch, students are not to be outside the building during the day without an authorized pass.
- Students found outside without a pass will be considered skipping class.
Electronic Cigarettes & Tobacco
Electronic Cigarettes Policy
Students are forbidden to be in possession of or to use electronic cigarettes in school buildings, on school grounds, in school vehicles/buses, or at school-sponsored activities, functions or events. Such electronic cigarettes will be confiscated and turned over to the school resource officer to determine the contents. Students will receive ISS for possession or use of the electronic cigarette and may receive other disciplinary consequences depending on the contents.
Prevention of Youth Access to Tobacco and Vapor Products Act:
- Limits places where products can be used to those places where smoking is allowed.
- Cannot smoke or use a vapor product within 100 ft. of any school entrance.
- Extends to all school grounds, includes public seating areas, bleachers, or public restrooms.
State law now specifically prohibits students from possessing or using tobacco on school grounds. Students in violation will be written a citation and will be cited to juvenile court with fines ranging from $10.00 to $50.00 per offense and community service as minimum penalties. In addition, such students may be subject to some form of suspension. Repeat offenders will receive extended suspensions and/or referral to the Alternative Learning Center. Possessions of tobacco in student vehicles on campus may cause students to lose parking privileges.
Library Media Center
To visit the library before school or after school:
- Students are welcome to visit the library to print or to check out a book only.
To visit the library during the school day:
- Students must report to classroom teacher and request permission to visit library.
- Each study hall classroom teacher can send up to two students at a time to visit the library. Students must stay in the library for the duration of the study hall period.
- Visit the locker and bathroom before entering the library.
- Students must sign in when entering the library. Stop at the sign-in desk upon entering to complete the sign-in process.
- If the library is full, students must report back to their assigned teacher.
- Students must sit in a chair. No sitting on the floor will be allowed.
- Students must follow the library rules. Otherwise, the student will be escorted back to class.
Computer Rules in Library:
Students must have a WCS Internet Acceptable Use Policy signed by student and parent on file. The computers in the library should be used for school work only.
Food and Drink Rules in Library:
- No food is allowed in the library.
- No drinks (except water bottles) are allowed in the library.
Other Library Policies:
- All books, except reference books, can be checked out for a two-week period. The fine is 10 cents per day that the book is overdue.
- Reference books can be checked out overnight only. The fine is one dollar per day that the book is overdue.
- A copy machine is available for student use.
- Students are welcome to visit the library to print or to check out a book only.
Each student will be issued an individual locker so he/she will have a secure place to store school supplies and personal items needed at school. Do not store valuables or money in your locker and do not give out your locker combination. If your locker is not working properly or you feel someone has tampered with it, inform Student Services.
The following rules apply to lockers:
- Do not deface or damage any part of your locker or any other (only put items inside the door that can easily be removed). Do not write, use tape, or put stickers on lockers.
- Do not switch lockers without administrative approval.
- Do not leave food, pop cans, etc., in lockers for extended periods of time.
- The administration retains the right to periodically inspect lockers for cleanliness. The student assigned a locker will be held responsible for all contents of that locker.
- Students are required to clean their locker at the year’s end.
- Students are not allowed to share lockers.
Students are reminded that lockers are the property of the school. Student lockers may be searched if there exists a “reasonable suspicion” that the locker contains any item that is either illegal or inappropriate.
In accepting a locker for use at BHS, students acknowledge they are responsible for keeping it clean and damage free. If during the year their locker becomes vandalized or damaged, they will notify Student Services within 24 hours for documentation or be held responsible for any unreported damage. At the end of the year all lockers will be inspected by Student Services. If a student’s locker is considered unacceptable, the parents and student will be contacted for further action.
Birthdays, team, and organizations congratulatory décor is permitted following the below procedures:
- 1. Décor may be affixed with painters' tape only.
- All décor must be removed by the next week.
- Decorating lockers for celebrations of any kind may not use glue, duct or packing tape or any other materials which may deface the locker.
End of the Year Locker Clean Out Expectations:
Students shall remove all textbooks, clothing, binders or any other personal items by the day and time indicated by the administration.
Student Drivers & Parking
Parking on school property is a privilege, not a right that may be afforded to high school students. Permission for students to park private motor vehicles in school parking lots during the school day must be secured from the principal. Students who wish to drive to park at their school shall comply with rules and regulations established by BHS and policies established by the School Board policy 6.311. Prior to obtaining a parking pass, all current drivers and their parents must sign the Student/Parent Safe Driving Agreement after completing the district approved driver safety program. A failure of a student to comply with the local school rules and regulations and School Board policy may be reason for revocation of school driving and parking privileges as well as other disciplinary action. Any student who drives to Brentwood High School and parks in the school lot during school hours must obtain a permit. Students shall have a valid operator’s license, vehicle registration, and show evidence of maintaining the minimum state requirements of financial responsibility and/or insurance to be considered for parking permit. "By issuance of this permit, neither Brentwood High School nor the Williamson County Board assumes any liability for any property damage to any private motor vehicle, or items of personal property left in/on them, including parking permits, while the motor vehicle is parked or operated on school property. The owner/operators of all private motor vehicles accept responsibility for their own property, and they are parking at their own risk." Parking permits shall be always displayed on the front view mirror while on campus during school and school activities. BHS School discipline shall include warning, detention, Friday School, and administrative review to determine if student shall have the privilege to drive and park on BHS property.
Only students who have registered their vehicle through Brentwood High School may park on campus. BHS students who are new drivers and their parents are required to complete the WCS Check Points, driving safety program. Students must always park in the appropriate parking lot spaces shown below with the BHS parking tag hanging from the rearview mirror:
- Seniors: Any available lot but not spots designated for faculty, staff, or visitors
- Juniors: Lots A, B or STEM
- Sophomores: Lot A or STEM
Students parking in Lot C must remove their vehicles by 3:15p.m. each day during marching band season. This lot is used immediately after school for band practice. Vehicles not moved by 3:15 PM will be towed at the owner's expense.
Students must obey all traffic signals, arrows, and laws. Students should drive courteously and safely and not drive over grass, medians, or curbs. The speed limit is 10 mph.
Once arriving at school each day, all occupants of the vehicle must promptly enter the building. Students are not allowed to reenter the parking lot at any time during the school day until being appropriately dismissed from school, unless they obtain direct permission from an administrator.
- Students apply for a parking pass online. The parking pass can be paid online or by check or cash. The cost of a parking tag is $15 per school year. If lost, parking tag must be replaced by purchasing a new tag for the full amount.
- Parking tags are non-transferable. Students are not to sell, give, or lend their tags to anyone else.
- Students without a parking tag must see Dr. Simmons in advance if needing to drive to school temporarily, even if it is for only one day.
- Again, to enable administration and safety officers to conduct supervision; parking passes shall always hang from the front rear view mirror while on BHS campus.
Student parking is a privilege. Any violation of the rules could result in detention, ISS, loss of driving/parking privileges, or towing of the vehicle at the driver’s expense.
Animals/Personal Pets Policy
Service animals are allowed. Personal pets such as dogs, cats, and others are not permitted. Consequences could include Friday School and in school suspension.
Technology and Chromebooks
Interscholastic activities in Williamson County Schools are an important part of the overall educational process. The athletic programs offer students expanded learning opportunities including self-discipline, self-esteem and teamwork. Students who participate in extracurricular activities tend to get higher grades, have better attendance and pose fewer discipline problems.
Annual Public Notices
Annual Public Notices including FERPA, Child Advocacy Groups Contact Information, Homeless Education, Rights of Children with Disabilities and Parent Responsibilities, Section 504 Notice, State Statutory Rights of Parents and Students, Teacher Information, and the Williamson County Schools Statement of Non-Discrimination can be found on the Annual Public Notices posted to the WCS website.
Statement of Non-Discrimination
Williamson County, in compliance with federal and state law, performs a countywide Child Find. Child Find uses screening to find students in both public school or private school located in the geographic region who may need special education services and supports.