Effective January 29, 2018
LONG TRAIL SCHOOL Student-Parent Handbook
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COMMUNICATION MISSION AND CORE VALUES WHO TO CONTACT FACULTY AND STAFF ACADEMIC CALENDAR SCHOOL MAP DAILY SCHEDULE SCHOOL RULES HONOR CODE DISCIPLINE ATTENDANCE ACADEMICS CLUBS & ORGANZATIONS HEALTH & WELLNESS ELECTRONIC CITIZENSHIP EXTRACURRICULAR ELIGIBILITY ATHLETICS DRAMA FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS PARENT ASSIOCIATION
Welcome to the Long Trail family!
Stay connected and informed about all of the exceptional experiences happening here at Long Trail. We use a variety of methods to get information out, so that all of our families can use the vehicle with which they are most comfortable. Website longtrailschool.org The website should be your first stop when looking for information. Most information which parents are looking for can be found online. Use the SEARCH feature to find what you need when you are not sure where to look. The search bar can be found in the sidebar of any page or in the bottom right-hand column on the home page. Weekly Newsletter longtrailschool.org/e-news E–News is emailed to all families each Thursday and contains important notices and events for upcoming weeks. Social Media You can follow Long Trail on these social media platforms: • facebook.com/longtrailschool • youtube - search for LongTrailSchool • longtrailschool.smugmug.com • instagram.com/longtrailschool Family Directory The Buzz Book is Long Trail’s family directory. It lists the student’s name, grade, DOB, address, parents, phone numbers and email addresses. Families will receive a copy of the Buzz Book at the beginning of the school year. Grade Reports educate.tads.com Long Trail uses Educate to post grade reports. Parents receive an email from the Dean of Academics with the link and log-in information for each parent in August. In Educate, you can view your child’s class schedule, grades and keep track of his/her lunch/School Store account. Student Images in Long Trail Media Long Trail School frequently uses photographs and videos of students in various publications as well as on social media pages. Parent permission is granted as part of the TADS enrollment process. If you prefer that we not use your child’s likeness in an individual setting, be sure to check the “I DO NOT grant permission” box in TADS. In any event, please expect that your child will appear in group settings or activities without individual identification.
OUR BELIEFS At Long Trail, we believe that the way we teach must be creative and dynamic and mindful of the differences among students. These are the beliefs that shape our approach: • Learning how to think is more important than being told what to think. • Curiosity and conversation motivate. • Children deserve a safe, welcoming, and supportive school where everybody is known and valued. • Diversity improves the educational experience. • A dynamic classroom responds to the individuality of each child. • A balance of challenge and support moves learners to greater understanding and skill. • Teaching and learning work best in small groups. • Education is a shared responsibility.
CORE VALUES At Long Trail School, we strive to educate the whole child and teach our students to be compassionate citizens of society. We embrace the following five Core Values in every aspect of life at Long Trail, in the classroom and beyond. • Integrity — Determine what’s right, then do it • Kindness of Spirit — Practice empathy, compassion, respect • Openness — Engage freely in dialogue; listen, be open, speak • Social Responsibility — Give back • Stewardship — Care for the school, its resources, the environment, and the community
and core values
MISSION Long Trail School creates lifelong learners who aspire to reach their individual potential in an engaging, supportive community.
The Schoolâ€™s phone number is 802-867-5717. Each faculty/staff member has his/her own extension. The receptionist answers the phone Monday through Thursday from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm and Friday from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm and can transfer you to the appropriate person to answer your questions. The School is closed on Saturday and Sunday. Head of School Seth Linfield x101 email@example.com
Athletics Tim Smith x143 firstname.lastname@example.org
Academic Concerns, Schedules or Grades Mary Ellen Mega x203 email@example.com
Transportation Dana Tifft x100 firstname.lastname@example.org
US Student Activities & Concerns Beth Bove x107 email@example.com
International Program Andrea Thulin x277 firstname.lastname@example.org
MS Student Activities & Concerns Mary Beth Oâ€™Donnell x204 email@example.com
Giving Laura Callen x161 firstname.lastname@example.org
Communications Chelley Tifft x190 email@example.com
College Counseling Scott Magrath x156 firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Billing Patti Nisco x164 email@example.com
Parent Association Beth Bove x107 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lunch/School Store Accounts or Other Payments Business Office Assistant x165
Admissions Katie Redding x106 email@example.com
Attendance, Schedules or Grades Irene Goyette x178 firstname.lastname@example.org
Email & Computer Accounts Jeremy Crumb x202 email@example.com
Faculty emails are [first initial][last name]@longtrailschool.org. Exception: firstname.lastname@example.org EXT.
Beth Bove Laura Callen Courtney Callo Colleen Fiore Seth Linfield Mary Ellen Mega Patti Nisco Mary Beth O'Donnell Katie Redding Chelley Tifft Dana Tifft
107 161 141 173 101 203 164 204 106 190 100
Director of Upper School Student Life Director of Development/Philanthropy and IB English Director of Institutional Advancement and LTStudies International Director of Support Services Interim Head of School Dean of Academics & Faculty Business Manager Director of Middle School Student Life Director of Admissions and IB History Director of Marketing Director of Operations
Kileen Adler Anna Bean Hakan Brosnan Jill Burke Kim Clark James Gallen Geoffrey Gee Rebecca Hanlan Tess Kahn Anharad Llewelyn Ernie Luikart Deb MacDonald Jackie McKinstry Joe McVicker
225 170 250 148 110 179 216 173 135 206 176 145 224 n/a
Bill Meyer Amy Newbold Yvonne Panarello Kim Rizio Jen Rosenthal Jody Sanderson Francois Secordel Tim Smith Todd Smith Kelley Swarthout Erika Tyler Annie Vickery Tracey Wesley Scott Worland
149 219 275 147 166 133 142 143 213 109 215 144 104 159
Jeremy Crumb Business Assistant Irene Goyette Scott Magrath Krista McClellan Kim Murphy Joan Rizio Andrea Thulin Deb Sheldon
202 165 178 156 180 191 n/a 277 n/a
faculty & staff
ACADEMIC CALENDAR 2017-18 21 28 X 11 18 25
AUG/SEPT 2017 22 23 F 29 30 31 5 6 7 12 13 14 19 20 21 26 27 28
F 1 8 15 22 29
2 X 16 23 30
OCTOBER 3 4 5 10 11 12 17 18 19 24 25 26 31
6 13 20 27
6 13 20 27
4 11 18 X
5 12 19 X
6 13 20 X
7 14 21 X
F F 15 X X
X 8 X 22 29
JANUARY 2018 X 3 4 9 10 11 16 17 18 23 24 25 30 31
5 12 19 26
5 12 X 26
FEBRUARY 1 6 7 8 13 14 15 X X X 27 28
Dec. 1: Faculty In-Service
Jan. 1 & 2: Holiday Vacation
Feb. 19-23: Winter Vacation
Dec. 8: Faculty In-Service Dec. 22-29: Holiday Vacation
Jan. 15: Martin Luther King Day Holiday Jan. 26: 2nd Quarter & 1st Semester End Jan. 29: 2nd Semester Begins
Feb. 20: President's Day
MARCH 5 12 19 26
6 13 20 27
7 14 21 28
1 8 15 22 29
2 F 16 F 30
2 9 X 23 30
3 10 X 24
APRIL 4 11 X 25
5 12 X 26
April 16-20: Spring Vacation
Mar. 9: Faculty In-Service Mar. 23: Faculty In-Service Mar. 30: 3rd Quarter Ends
3 10 17 X
Nov. 3: 1st Quarter Ends Nov. 20 & 21: Parent Conferences (no classes) Nov. 22-24: Thanksgiving Holiday
Oct. 9: Columbus Day Holiday Aug. 28: New Student Orientation Day/ New IB Student Day/1st Semester Begins Aug. 29: School Opens for All Students Sept. 4: Labor Day Holiday Sept. 29: New MS student parent conference No school for MS students
NOVEMBER 1 2 7 8 9 14 15 16 X 21 X 28 29 30
6 13 X 27
7 14 21 X
1 8 15 22 29
MAY 2 9 16 23 30
3 10 17 24 31
2 9 16 X
4 11 18 25
May 25: Commencement May 28: Memorial Day Holiday
JUNE 4 5 6 7 11* 12* 13* 14* 18 19 20 21
1 8 15 22
June 15: Last day, 12:30 bus departure, 4th Quarter & 2nd Semester End, 8th Grade Moving up Ceremony
(X) School Closed for faculty & students
(F) Faculty In-Service
Student Days 1st Semester Student Days 2nd Semester Total Student Days -
school closed for students
(*) Exams & MS Project 12:30 bus departure
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Main Parking Lot
Head of School
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KITCHEN Deb S
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HUNTER COMMON ROOM
Hunter Center, Upstairs
7 Tuesday 8:00-8:05 Advisory 8:07-8:25 Morning Meeting 8:27-9:09 Class 2 9:11-9:53 Class 3 9:53-10:01 Break 10:03-10:45 Class 4 10:47-11:29 Class 1 11:29-11:59 Lunch 12:01-12:43 Class 7 12:45-1:27 Class 8 1:27-1:35 Break 1:37-2:19 Class 6 2:21-3:00 Class 5
Monday 8:00-8:05 Advisory 8:07-8:25 Morning Meeting
8:27-9:11 Class 1
9:13-9:57 Class 2
10:09-10:53 Class 3
10:55-11:39 Class 4
12:09-12:24 Extended Break
12:26-1:10 Class 6
1:12-1:56 Class 7
2:08-3:00 Class 8
1:48-3:00 Class 5
12:41-1:46 Class 6
12:24-12:39 Extended Break
10:49-11:54 Class 4
9:34-10:39 Class 3
Friday 8:00-8:05 Advisory 8:05-9:10 Class 2 9:12-10:17 Class 7 10:17-10:27 Break 10:29-11:34 Class 8 11:35-12:30 E-class/Assembly/Grade Level Meetings
2:08-3:00 Class 7
1:12-1:56 Class 6
12:26-1:10 Class 8
12:09-12:24 Extended Break
10:55-11:39 Class 2
10:09-10:53 Class 1
9:13-9:57 Class 4
8:27-9:32 Class 1
8:07-8:25 Morning Meeting
8:15-8:25 Morning Meeting 8:27-9:11 Class 3
Thursday 8:00-8:05 Advisory
Wednesday 8:00-8:13 Advisory
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 While Smart Phones, iPods, and other similar hand-held personal devices are permitted on campus, LTS values personal interactions. We expect all community members to use their digital devices in a way, and in locations, that show respect. Greeting each other and remaining ‘unplugged’ at the appropriate times demonstrate respect and consideration for others. Each member of our community is expected to abide by the following: • All phones will remain on silent/vibrate at all times. • Students may text or call during break, study hall, or lunch only. • 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 (calculator, Google, etc). • Texting/calling is not allowed in the hallways at any time or at tables during meals. 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. 8
Student Driving and Riding Any student wishing to drive to school must complete and return a Student Driving and Parking Permission form to the Director of Upper School Student Life. Students are expected to park in the back lot near the greenhouse. Students who do not park in the designated area may lose their parking privilege. Students must have a signed 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.
Seniors in good behavioral and academic standing are afforded open-campus privileges. They must have the Senior Privileges Permission Slip on file in the Director of Upper School Student Life’s Office prior to utlizing the privileges. 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. Weapons 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.
Searches 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.
Email 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.
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.
HonorCode LTS Honor Code â€œWe are honor bound to display the utmost respect for ourselves, each other, and our resources in a manner that fosters in us a desire and capacity for exceptional growth and learning. We will not lie, cheat or steal in any form nor will we endure the faltering of those who do. We will strive to improve the Long Trail School environment by continually building upon our personal integrity and encouraging it in others, thus promoting a more distinguished and harmonious community.â€? Honor Code The Honor Code is an important guiding principle of the Long Trail community. Developed by the Student Council, the Code outlines the conduct expectations that the community has for each member. To serve as a constant reminder, the Code is painted on the wall of the Whalen Common Room, a main gathering area on campus. Each fall, students and faculty recite the Honor Code at Assembly and new students sign their name to acknowledge their agreement with the Code. Honor Board A Director of Student Life and/or the Head of School may at his/her discretion decide to refer an infraction to the Honor Board. The Honor Board is a trained judicial review group composed of faculty, staff and students. Four faculty or staff members are elected by their peers for each school year. Five student members include the president and vice president of the Student Council and one elected student from the 10th, 11th and 12th grades. The Honor Board makes recommendations to the Head of School, who has final decision on all disciplinary matters.
Disciplinary case records are kept in the appropriate Director of Student Life’s office for a period of five years. Disciplinary Possibilities • In-House Restrictions • Disciplinary Warning • Disciplinary Probation • Suspension • Dismissal/Withdrawal Evaluation/Rehabilitation Under certain circumstances, as in the case of any drug or alcohol offense, the student may also be required to attend an evaluation/rehabilitation program in addition to one of the disciplinary possibilities above.
We believe that children learn from mistakes. The discipline process is the school community’s response to a concern that a member has violated the values that we hold dear. The process is intended to further educate the student about the School’s values and expectations, to hold the student responsible for her/his actions, to remind the student of her/his commitment to the community, and to educate the community as well. Students are expected to cooperate in the investigations of infractions.
Reporting Discipline to Colleges/Universities Long Trail’s discipline policy helps to ensure a safe and comfortable learning environment. Discipline is regarded as part of the educational process and is typically an internal matter. However, colleges and universities have become increasingly concerned with their own students’ conduct and behavior and now routinely ask about a student’s high school discipline record. At Long Trail, students are expected to answer truthfully and report any major school infraction that resulted in a change in status since ninth grade and any criminal convictions. LTS will also report to colleges and universities any major infraction during the student’s 9th-12th grade years. The director of college counseling will report any relevant information at the time the college application is submitted, during the application review or after an admissions decision is made, depending upon when the infraction occurs.
Disciplinary Program This Disciplinary Program (sometimes referred to “Program”) reflects one overall approach to discipline across the Long Trail School educational team. This Program is intended to provide consistency across all grades and classes in dealing with day-to-day and more serious disciplinary problems. Please note, however, that because the purposes of discipline - restoration, rehabilitation, deterrence, education and punishment - are so diverse, and the facts and circumstances of any particular situation so specific, that the scope and conditions of any discipline are ultimately within the discretion of the Head of School or his designee. All Long Trail students are held accountable for their behavior on or off campus. All disciplinary decisions are the sole discretion of the School. Violations of school rules are dealt with on a caseby-case basis, in light of the specific circumstances and the welfare of the entire school community. Students who violate school rules should expect swift consequences. The School reserves the right to determine that a particular action or attitude, whether listed below or not, is so injurious to the health 12
of the community as to warrant a studentâ€™s separation from the School regardless of a studentâ€™s previous disciplinary status. In such cases, the Head of School may dismiss a student immediately if he thinks it is in the best interest of the School. The explanation that is set forth here regarding this Program should not create any expectations in our students or families that it will be followed in every instance, as the Head of School or this designee retains the discretion to depart from this Program in determing discipline. A step program is a system for addressing student behavior that is not responsive to the classroom management plan on a consistent basis. Students and parents should familiarize themselves with this Step Program in an effort to avoid confusion if the studentâ€™s behavior warrants this level of intervention.
Step 1: Phone call and warning from the classroom teacher. If a student fails to observe a rule after the teacher has reminded the student of the rule being violated, the teacher will contact a parent by phone to discuss the misbehavior and inform the Director of Middle School/ Upper School Student Life by recording the step in the Students of Concern log. Step 2: Phone call home from the Director of Student Life. If similar behavior continues, the Director of Student Life will call a parent of the student to explain the violation and the procedure that will follow if the behavior continues. The Director of Student Life will record this in the Students of Concern log. This student will be brought up at the monthly Students of Concern meeting.
Step 3: Detention. If, after progressing through the first two steps, the student continues to misbehave, the student will be required to attend after-school detention. The Director of Student Life will contact a parent by phone and send an email. After-school detention is a 1 hour period supervised by staff and has special rules. It is not be confused with staying after school for a teacher. A student will be ineligible for all extracurricular activities until the detention is satisfactorily completed. A student who is ineligible loses all privileges including, but not limited to: field trips, school dances, athletics and clubs.
A student may proceed directly to Step 3 if he or she: 1. directly challenges the authority of any staff member; 2. disobeys or acts disrespectfully toward an adult during a school-related activity; 3. is involved in a fight; 4. is in possession of items that do not belong to him/her without permission; 5. uses profanity, vulgarity or an obscenity; 6. fails to attend classes without a valid excuse; 7. throws, spits, or shoots any object in school or on school grounds; 8. fails to come before or after school upon the request of a teacher for disciplinary reasons (without a valid excuse); or 9. defaces school or private property during a school activity or school-sponsored event. At any time during the program, the student may be removed from the Students of Concern list, if no other violation occurs within 30 school days.
The student and parent will be given a written explanation for the next step should the student’s behavior continue to violate school rules. The student will be placed on Step 5 if the objectives of the plan are not met within 30 days. Step 5: Extended removal from class, temporary loss of privileges and in-school assignment. This step can be handled through before or after school time, as well as during the school day. In all cases, the student will be provided class work and given credit for any work completed during that time. When a student receives a Step 5, the Director of Student Life will contact a parent in writing. The duration of Step 5 will be determined by the Director of Student Life and Dean of Academics. While on Step 5, the student must: • arrive on time to report for placement and assignments; • remain silent, complete schoolwork or read; • bring appropriate materials for daily and/or make-up assignments; • stay awake and have proper posture throughout the day; • understand that carelessly done work will not be accepted as fulfilling requirements; • bring lunch to be eaten in the assigned place.
Step 4: Behavior Plan. If another violation occurs within 30 school days, the student and parents will be required to attend a conference to devise a behavior plan.The student and Director of Student Life will develop a behavior plan with input from the teacher involved. If a parent is unable to be present while the plan is being developed, the plan will be sent home for a parent’s signature. The Director of Student Life will have a conference with the student after the plan is developed.
While on Step 5, the student will not be eligible for extracurricular activities. If no other violation happens after 30 days, the student will be eligible again to participate in all school activities. A student will be placed directly on Step 5 if he or she: • commits an act of gross disobedience or misconduct which is evidenced by a severe violation of the Long Trail Honor Code; • verbally harasses, provokes, or threatens an adult or another student; • is involved in a physical fight; • uses tobacco, alcohol or any other illegal drugs on school property or at school-sponsored activities (If the student has proof of therapy or attendance in a drug/alcohol program to educate and support himself/herself, the suspension may be reduced); • vandalizes school or private property at any school-sponsored event; • steals at school or during any school-sponsored event; or • is in possession of any type of a weapon at school or during any school-sponsored event (possession of knives and/or guns will result in immediate removal from school property). No discipline of less than three days out-of-school break shall be appealable to the Head of School.
There is a limit to the number of absences that a student can accrue. Excused absences are not considered under the policy described below. A student may not exceed 10 absences per class per semester. For classes that only meet twice a week, a student may not exceed 5 absences per class per semester. Students who exceed this limit may expect quarter grades to suffer. Extracurricular participation in activities such as sports, clubs and organizations, performances and/ or school sponsored events may be jeopardized. A student whose health prevents him/her from staying within these limits will meet with the Dean of Academics to determine the next appropriate steps, which may include a leave of absence. Attendance is an essential part of the school experience and the School cannot reasonably accommodate extended absences. The Long Trail School community values shared educational experiences. Therefore, it is our expectation that students will attend all regularly scheduled school appointments including classes, athletic and arts commitments, trips, all school meetings and special activities. We expect and appreciate parentsâ€™ cooperation in these policies. Routine medical and dental appointments should be made after school, during vacations or on weekends. Students are expected to initiate all conversations regarding absences. Unless it is an emergency, this contact should be made ahead of time. During an absence, it is expected that students will make up all missed work in a timely fashion. The school day begins at Long Trail at 8:00 am. Students are expected to arrive no earlier than 7:30 am. In addition, students are expected to depart campus within 15 minutes of their last school obligation, including after-school activities. For safety purposes, students who are late to school or departing early MUST sign in and out with the Receptionist.
Reporting Absences A parent/guardian must call, email or send a note to the Receptionist to report an absence. Failure to report the absence within 72 hours will result in the absence being recorded as unexcused. Students must serve a supervised after-school detention for unexcused absences. An after-school detention will take priority over extracurricular obligations. Students are responsible for initiating the process for making up work after an absence. Illnesses: Parents must contact the Receptionist by 7:30 am. Students who become ill during the day must report immediately to a Director of Student Life who will assist the student with arrangements to go home. Planned absences: The School must be alerted, in advance, if a student plans to miss a class, athletic commitment or special program. A Planned Absence Form (available on the website or from the Receptionist) must be completed and submitted two days prior to the planned absence. Failure to complete the form in a timely manner will result in absences being considered as unreported/ unexcused.
Weather The School will make its own determination about whether to close school, open late, or close early for inclement weather. This information will be on the school’s voicemail system, distributed via One Call Now (an automated message sent to all families), on Facebook and on Instagram. An announcement will be posted on the School’s website and with local television and radio stations. Students are expected to complete homework due that day and check their school email account for any changes.
Lateness (Tardy) Students who are late to school must report immediately to the Receptionist. The first tardy will result in a warning, the second in an after-school detention. The third tardy will result in a meeting with the student, parents, and the Dean of Academics.
Leave of Absence A leave of absence is provided for the management of physical or emotional illness that interferes with a student’s ability to participate in the School’s program, has an undue negative impact on others, and/or is beyond the practical limits of community. The School may initiate a leave of absence, or the family may request a leave in writing. A student on long-term leave will likely receive pass/fail grades in the term(s) where s/he has accrued significant absences. In some instances, the student may be required to repeat course work. Absences accumulated during medical leave will not count towards final absence totals.
Leaves of absence are confidential and are not recorded on a student’s permanent academic record. Release of this information requires consent from the student and family. When a leave is extended beyond one semester, a decision about the student’s ability to hold her/his place in school will be made. If a student is unable to return to school for physical or mental health reasons, it is expected that the student will withdraw. In the case of withdrawal for medical reasons, the student may be eligible to apply for readmission.
academics The Program Long Trail School provides students with a rigorous course of study that ensures their success for the future. The curriculum challenges students to establish a strong foundation while providing the skills required to succeed in the 21st century. Our curriculum emphasizes independence and empowers students to become thinkers and creators who embrace learning. LTS is dedicated to small classes that allow teachers to provide attention to each individual. Diploma Requirements In order to qualify for a diploma, Upper School students must be currently enrolled and in good standing in the School. They must satisfy the various departmental requirements regarding level of study and proficiency and must successfully complete all requirements. Students are highly encouraged to take courses in all disciplines each year. Successful completion (passing grade) of a full-year course earns one (1) credit. Successful completion (passing grade) of a semester course earns one-half (1/2) credit. A student must earn a minimum of six (6) credits each semester. Required credits may be met by summer school with prior approval from the Dean of Academics. Students may also complete summer work in order to accelerate into a higher-level course for the following year with prior approval; however, this summer work will not fulfill graduation requirements. Credit Transfer LTS will honor all courses granted credit by the sending school provided the school is an accredited secondary school. LTS will not apply middle school credits to its upper school requirements, nor does it accept independent study credit from other secondary schools. Middle School Acceleration Middle school students enrolled in an upper school level course will receive diploma credit for this work. International Baccalaureate Diploma IB Diploma candidates must complete course work in six subject areas and pass exams in each. They must also take the Theory of Knowledge course, write an Extended Essay based on the study of an original problem, and complete an extracurricular requirement in three areas: Creativity, Action, and Service. The IB Programme is a natural fit with the vision of the School and the upper school curriculum. The IB emphasis on critical thinking, depth of learning, research, and writing skills underscores the philosophy of our program. The IB Handbook provides detailed information on expectations, costs, and offerings.
academics Courses A complete course of studies listing can be found on our website under Academics or About/Documents. Commendations & Expectations A system of commendations and expectations is provided to assist students in developing academic skills and adhering to community norms. Students may receive kudos for exemplary behavior, effort or performance. They also can expect to receive notification of issues when a teacher notices a pattern or behavior that requires attention (i.e. not completing homework). Commendations and expectations are shared with families via email, phone calls or direct contact. Evaluation Students are evaluated in many ways, depending on the individual department’s goals and methods. Homework, classroom performance, tests, and quizzes as well as special projects, papers, and lab reports are some methods of assessment. In each course, faculty will review evaluation methods and grading policies. Teachers will also provide the student with their homework and late work policies. Grades And Comments Students receive grades four times a year. Comments are written at the end of the first quarter, the end of the first semester, the end of the third quarter, and the end of the second semester. In June, the academic year grade is calculated for each course. GPA is calculated and is reflected on the student’s transcript. Long Trail uses Educate by TADS to post grade reports. Parents receive an email from the Dean of Academics with the link and log-in information for each parent in August. In Educate, you can view your child’s class schedule, grades and keep track of his/her lunch/School Store account. Academic Honors Honors are awarded for students at the end of the first and second semesters and for year-long performance. The honors bestowed on scholars include: • High Honors: upper school students with grades of 93 or above in all courses (91 for IB courses) • Honors: all students with grades of 90 or above in all courses (88 for IB courses)
academics Suggested Homework Guidelines As faculty, we believe that homework should be meaningful. Our policy is based on the premise that students should live balanced lives. We also view academic work at school and at home as a partnership between the students, parents, and faculty. Homework is an opportunity for students to develop academic skills, demonstrate a commitment to their education, build responsibility, and develop selfdiscipline. Completion of assignments allows students to take advantage of class time to ask clarifying questions and broaden their understanding. If a student is spending an inordinate amount of time on work outside of the classroom, it is imperative that s/he reach out to her/his teachers. Grades 6 and 7 Mathematics: 10 minutes per night Humanities: 10 minutes per night Science: 10 minutes per night on Mon. and Wed. Languages: 10 minutes per night on Tues. and Thurs./Fri. Overall expectation: 30 minutes for core subject assignments plus an additional 20 minutes per night of reading
Grades 8, 9 and 10 Core Subjects: 20 minutes per night (per subject) 3 of the 4 nights per week
Total time expectation: 50 minutes per night
Total time expectation: 80 minutes per night
Grades 11 and 12 Core Subjects: 30 minutes per night per subject
Overall expectation: Overall expectation: 20 minutes per core subject area 30 minutes per core subject area per night per night
Total time expectation: 90-120 minutes
National Honor Society The National Honor Society (NHS) was established in the 1920s to recognize outstanding students of scholarship, promote leadership and develop the character of high school students. These purposes translate into the criteria that LTS uses as membership for our local chapter and all members are expected to maintain the societyâ€™s expectations. A faculty committee reviews eligible students in grades 10-12 for consideration in National Honor Society. Students must have attended LTS for at least one full year prior to consideration. The criteria for membership includes consistent grades in all courses above an 85 (82 for IB courses) as well as demonstrated excellence in leadership, service, and character within the Long Trail community. Student Clubs Student clubs or other extracurricular groups may be formed with the permission of the Student Council. Clubs at LTS are student-directed organizations that have been established to explore shared interests, to provide opportunities to develop leadership skills, and to provide forums for students and faculty to work together outside of the classroom. Each club must have a faculty advisor. The handling of funds for all student clubs and organizations is under the supervision of the advisor and a Director of Student Life.
Ambassadors LTS Ambassadors seek to foster a welcoming community for all students, celebrate diversity on campus, and promote unity and connection between different student groups at LTS. LTS Amabassador elections are held in the spring for rising 7-12 grade students. Grade 6 representatives are elected at the start of the following school year.
Student Council In keeping with LTS philosophy, leading some components of school life hones leadership skills, encourages compassion, develops a sense of responsibility, and ensures that the community is embraced by peers. Student Council elections are held in the spring for rising 7-12 grade students. Grade 6 representatives are elected at the start of the school year.
If a student becomes ill or injured while at school, s/he must go to a Director of Student Life or, during athletics, a coach. S/he may not leave campus without an adult’s knowledge and permission. Appropriate over-the-counter medications may be given, based on permission given by a parent or guardian at the start of the school year. A parent or guardian will be contacted if it is necessary for a student to go home. General Medication Policy Your child may require some type of medication while at school. This may be a medication taken only for a few days, or one taken every day. Therefore, it is essential that parents follow these guidelines: • Students shall not bring any over-the-counter or prescribed medications to school without the consent of a Director of Student Life. Those medications will be held by a Director of Student Life and dispensed accordingly. • All prescription medications must be submitted to a Director of Student Life in the original pharmacy-prepared containers, labeled by a United States licensed pharmacist. The label must provide the name of the student, name of the medication, dosage, frequency, healthcare provider’s name and date of the original prescription. • School policy prohibits students from self-administering any medication, prescription or over-the-counter. • Students who require asthma inhalers, diabetic medications, or an Epi-Pen should carry these medications with them at all times. All medications must be properly labeled with the student’s name. • A Director of Student Life or a designee may dispense over-the-counter medications, as needed, in accordance with standard package dosing instructions.
Medical Records and Health Insurance All students are required to have health insurance coverage. All medical information is maintained by the Directors of Student Life and is separate from other School records.
In general, all information in a student’s medical file is confidential. However, there may be times when the School must release information from the student’s medical file in order to facilitate proper medical care. We may also need to call medical providers to discuss the student’s care. It may also be necessary to discuss confidential information about the health and well-being of a student with appropriate adult members of the community. Health Forms Health information is completed online through TADS as part of the annual enrollment process. A hard copy of the student’s immunization record is required yearly. Parents are expected to accurately complete all information. It is expected that the School will be notified in writing of any changes that arise during the year. Counseling Long Trail does not employ a behavioral health professional or on-site counselor. A Director of Student Life may discuss options for counselling with parents/students.
electronic citizenship Every community member who uses Long Trail School computers or its wireless network is accountable for upholding our Core Values of Integrity, Kindness of Spirit, Openness, Social Responsibility and Stewardship. Because every member of our community has basic rights and responsibilities, it is considered unethical to violate these rights or ignore these responsibilities. Access to the system is considered a privilege rather than a right. Students and adults are reminded that the technological world is public and permanent. Appropriate use of the computer systems and network should always be ethical, reflect academic honesty and community standards, show restraint in the consumption of shared resources and be in compliance with this policy. It should demonstrate respect for intellectual property, ownership of data, system security, and individuals’ rights to privacy and freedom from intimidation, harassment, and unwarranted annoyance. The technological world does not provide context for communication. To that end, students and adults are reminded that some expressions used in everyday language will be taken in a literal sense and will be acted upon accordingly – even to the extent of involving the appropriate authorities. If Long Trail School believes that a user may be in violation of the law, this policy, or any other School rules of conduct; that a person or property is in jeopardy; or that the best interests of Long Trail School otherwise so require, Long Trail School reserves the right to gain access to a user’s files or to email messages to/from the user. In addition, Long Trail School reserves the right to disclose the contents of such files or messages to third parties as required or permitted by law. Long Trail School is a “mandated reporter” of child and sexual abuse, and thus may be required to report to the Department of Children and Families (DCF) if it is aware of electronic sharing of sexual pictures of minors. Our system employs a content filtering system that will filter undesirable web content from entering the network. However, no filtering system can effectively block all inappropriate internet content. Users accessing the internet do so at their own risk. Student Accounts Students receive a user name and password to sign in to the Long Trail network as well as a Google account. Passwords are generic and should be changed immediately to keep the accounts secure. Students should ONLY use their own account information, not that of another student. Students should contact the Systems Manager if they have problems logging on or if they feel someone else is using their account. Acceptable Use Policy The use of personal technology is permitted on the Long Trail School campus. However, students and adults are expected to use these devices properly and within the guidelines set forth by Long Trail School. Personal technology is subject to confiscation or search in the event that Long Trail School believes (a) that a user may be in violation of the law, this AUP, or any other School rules of conduct, (b) that a person or property is in jeopardy, or (c) that the best interests of Long Trail School otherwise so require.
The following guidelines apply to all Long Trail students interested in participating in athletics, drama and any other school-sponsored extracurricular activity. Please refer to the appropriate sections for policies specific to athletics and drama. Participation in extracurricular activities is a privilege that is earned by students. Students must meet certain academic, behavioral, physical (for athletes) and Vermont Principals Associationâ€™s (VPA) guidelines to participate. Academic Requirements Student athletes and actors are students first, and athletes and actors second - and must maintain satisfactory classroom performance. To participate, students must have a grade of 70 or higher in individual courses and an overall average of 73 or higher in all courses combined. Eligibility is determined by the final grade indicated on report cards received at the close of the period immediately preceding the relevant sports/activity season. Student athletes and actors must also maintain good academic standing on a daily basis. A student may be withheld from one or several rehearsals, practices, meetings, or activities for academic underachievement. Probation A student who is found to be ineligible may be allowed to participate after a minimum of one week if certain conditions are met as determined by the Dean of Academics and Director of Athletics. Incompletes Students ineligible due to a grade of an â€œIncompleteâ€? may participate after completion of the work and provided they meet all other eligibility requirements and the conditions stated above.
Appeal Process An academically ineligible student may appeal to the Dean of Academics & Facutly if s/he feels the grade(s) is unfair or inaccurate. Appeals must be made by the student and/or parent/guardian within five days of the reported grade. Daily Attendance Students must check into school by 11 am or arrive on schedule and be in attendance until 11:00 am to be eligible to practice, rehearse, compete or perform on any given day. Students are also expected to be present and on time for school the day after a competition or performance. If these policies are violated, a student could be suspended from participation in the next scheduled game or performance. Vermont Principals Association VPA eligibility rules apply to all students, both boys and girls, in grades 6-12, and apply to all activities, athletic and non-athletic, sanctioned or sponsored by the VPA, of which Long Trail School is a member.
athletics Long Trail bases the success of our athletic program not on wins but on the quality of the athlete’s experience. To help ensure the greatest possible experience, Long Trail strives to provide the best possible coaching, facilities and equipment as well as to schedule competitions against optimally challenging opponents. Athletes also share responsibility by supplying commitment, enthusiasm and dedication. This means attending, with a positive attitude, ALL possible practices, games and team events. This is especially true of varsity level student-athletes. Marble Valley League In varsity cross country, soccer, basketball, baseball and softball, Long Trail competes as a Division IV member of the Marble Valley League. Physical Health To participate in Long Trail athletics, all students are required to have had a doctor’s physical examination and approval within 24 months before they compete in any practice or game. Any student who incurs an illness or injury that causes the student to miss a significant amount of class or practice time or necessitates a doctor’s appointment will need to submit a return to athletic participation form that is signed by the physician before s/he can return to practice and competition. Non-School Sports Students frequently participate in sports outside of school and we encourage that participation. However, Long Trail expects commitment to our school teams to be the student’s first priority should a conflict arise. Students choosing to participate in a non-school team event over a LTS team event should expect consequences as decided by the coach – including decreased playing time and/or dismissal from the team. The coach must be informed of any conflicts well in advance, but we expect that all students will honor their commitment to our teams for the season. Try-Outs Long Trail School firmly believes in the tremendous benefits of a well-structured athletic program and strongly encourages all interested and dedicated students to participate. We are very proud of our inclusive philosophy of participation and our diverse array of sports. We never cut an athlete. In sports where multiple levels are offered, we will place an athlete at the appropriate level to ensure a positive and meaningful experience. Competition Schedules longtrailschool.org/calendar All team schedule information may be found on the Long Trail website’s events calendar. Team emails are sent if there are changes, such as a change in venue or postponement due to weather. Team Pages longtrailschool.org/team-pages Each athletic team has a page on our website (found under Student Life/Athletics) with the coach’s contact information, team roster, directions and a link to the competition schedule.
athletics Commitment One of the most important aspects of team participation is commitment. LTS respectfully requests that all student-athletes who try out for our teams, with their parents, are prepared to commit to the team for all practices and competitions for the duration of the season. Family trips during a sport season can affect team performance and chemistry. Student-athletes must arrange jobs and other activities around practices, contests and play-offs. Team Level & Playing Time Middle School: The goal of middle school teams is to emphasize individual skill development, fun, sportsmanship, and instill a fundamental understanding of team play, strategies, and rules. Fairly equitable playing time should be expected. Attendance, proper behavior, a willingness to learn, and individual skill development are factors in how much playing time a participant sees. Junior Varsity: Junior varsity teams are for students who are not yet physically ready or experienced enough for varsity competition. In junior varsity, the emphasis shifts to a more advanced and competitive team concept. Participants should expect to play at various levels over the course of a seasion. All Upper School students, regardless of grade level, are eligible to play on JV teams. Varsity: Varsity teams are the most competitive level; participation typically requires several years of experience and/or advanced skill. The level of play is more demanding both physically and mentally. Coaches will strive for fair playing time for students; however, playing-time decisions will be based mainly on skill level. More emphasis is placed on winning, while maintaining a well-rounded sense of fun. Participation at Multiple Levels Some athletes may play at multiple levels within a sport but will never play more than the maximum number of games allowed for an individual in a season. Communication of Athletic Concerns We strongly encourage a student-athlete to talk to the coach about any issues during the season. This is not only the most direct means of communication, but also a valuable method of teaching responsibility. However, situations may arise when parents find it necessary to voice a concern. If this is the case, please first contact the coach. If you cannot reach him/her or if the meeting does not provide satisfactory resolution, contact the Director of Athletics.
athletics Concussions A concussion is an injury to the brain that changes the way the brain functions. Recent research has greatly enhanced our understanding of concussions but there is still much to discover about these injuries. Please educate yourself about concussions by visiting the Athletics page of Long Trail’s website to access helpful materials. Students and parents must sign a form acknowledging the availability and receipt of this information. Parents and athletes are also encouraged to watch an informative 20 minute video on concussions at www.nfhslearn.com. Concussion Management Action Plan and Return to Play Protocol • Long Trail will follow a Concussion Management Action Plan in the event of a possible concussion. • An athletic trainer, coach, or official will make the initial decision to remove the athlete from play when a concussion is suspected. • Upon this initial assessment, an athlete must then seek an official medical diagnosis from a health care provider. • If a concussion is confirmed, the athlete must sit out from athletic participation for the health care provider’s prescribed period of time. Additionally, this information will be shared with the dean of academics and appropriate teachers so that an academic plan may be implemented as the injury heals. • The athlete may be cleared to return to play only with the signed permission of a health care provider. • Long Trail School’s athletic director or head coach will inform the parent or guardian when a student is suspected of suffering a concussion. Sportsmanship The goal of interscholastic athletics is to give young men and women the opportunity to expand their educational horizons by experiencing fair and friendly competition with peers. Ingrained in that opportunity is respect for the rules, regulations, opponents and officials. Long Trail subscribes to this goal and will strive in all athletic events to achieve that objective. Student-athletes who engage in acts of poor sportsmanship that require the coach or official to suspend that person from further practice or play shall be held accountable for those acts as deemed appropriate by the Director of Athletics. Additional school consequences may be necessary if the student-athlete has been found in violation of the school’s policies.
athletics Practices Coaches provide a practice schedule for the season. By VPA Guidelines, Long Trail athletic teams are permitted to practice 5-6 days a week, though most teams range 3-5 practices a week. The length of practices is generally 1.5 hours. Coaches are responsible for providing supervision during meeting hours. MIDDLE SCHOOL athletes need to have seven (7) and UPPER SCHOOL athletes ten (10) practices before they may compete interscholastically. Any student that has 3 or more absences from practices, games, or competitions may be dismissed from the team. Dismissal from Team Any student that withdraws, is suspended or dismissed from a team may not be eligible for any team or league awards. A student who is not an active member of a team at the end of the season may not attend the sports banquet as a member of that team. Any paid fees are not refundable if a student leaves or is dismissed from a team. Rest between Seasons Athletes must have seven (7) days between the start of an athletic season and the conclusion of the previous season to comply with the VPA rules and regulations. Uniform and Equipment Returns Students must return all school issued equipment, uniforms and supplies to the coach washed and clean within two (2) school days of the final contest. Students who fail to do so will be billed for the value of missing items. Failure to pay the bill could result in the withholding of report cards and/or diplomas. All of our uniforms are made of synthetic materials. Please pay attention to the cleaning instructions. You should typically wash your uniforms inside out to help protect the integrity of the garment. Uniforms that are damaged due to improper care will be replaced at the studentâ€™s expense.
athletics Competition Transportation The following guidelines have been established for the safety of all Long Trail student-athletes: • If transportation is provided, all team members will ride the bus to and from the game*. • In no instance will a student-athlete be allowed to ride with another student regardless of permission from the parent/guardian. • Proper bus behavior is expected and will be covered with coaches and team prior to each season by the Director of Athletics. • Only team members (and support personnel) are allowed on team buses. • Team members will properly dispose of all trash. Buses be clean at the end of a trip. • Athletes MUST be promptly picked up at the end of games and practices. Coaches will report to the Director of Athletics an athlete who is repeatedly picked up late. *The following exceptions must be approved directly with the coach prior to the event: Parents/guardians who attend an event may wish to take their child home with them. In special circumstances, students may travel to the contest or may return home by other means. This may only occur if a permission note from a parent/guardian is received prior to the game or event.
Change in Sport and Two Sport Policies Except in unusual cases, students WILL NOT be permitted to change sports during the season, or to participate in more than one sport per season. Students should make every effort to honor their initial commitment to a sport or activity. Exceptions must be discussed in advance with, and receive the approval of, the head coach(es) and the Director of Athletics. NCAA and Collegiate Eligibility In order for students to participate in intercollegiate athletic activities upon completion of high school, the NCAA requires certain minimums on high school core courses and SAT/ACT test scores. It is also necessary for high school students who wish to compete in Division I or II collegiate athletics to register with the NCAA Clearinghouse. For more information, contact the Director of Athletics.
Long Trail bases the success of its drama program on the quality of the drama participantâ€™s experience. To help ensure the greatest possible experience for all participants, Long Trail strives to provide the best possible direction, facilities and equipment. Student participants also share responsibility in creating a positive experience by supplying commitment, enthusiasm and dedication. This means attending, with a positive attitude, ALL possible rehearsals and productions. All participants are expected to assist in any set construction/painting as needed by the drama production and tech directors, as well as setup and strike for all productions. Student participants are expected to treat their fellow actors and technicians, scripts, costumes, props, facilities and equipment with the utmost respect. Any form of abuse may result in expulsion from the production and may affect the opportunity to participate in future productions. Eligibility is a privilege, not a right.
Productions Fall: Students in grades 6-12 may participate in the fall musical. Auditions are held in late August and rehearsals begin the first week of school. Students may audition for a role in the cast or assist as part of the tech crew, depending on their interests and the productionâ€™s needs. Students participating in a fall sport may join the ensemble for the fall musical but cannot expect a role in the production. Winter: Students in grades 9-12 are eligible to audition in early January for the VPA-sponsored Vermont One-Act Drama Festival. Advanced middle school students may participate with the approval of the Drama Production Director. All participants in the One-Act Festival must commit to ALL rehearsals, participation at the Regional Drama Festival (weekend in March), the State Drama Festival (weekend in early April) AND the New England Drama Festival (late April). Participation may require a monetary commitment by students for meals and lodging at the various festivals.
Spring: Students in grades 6-12 may participate in the spring play. Auditions are held in early January and rehearsals begin at the end of January. Students may audition for a role in the cast or assist as part of the tech crew, depending on their interests and upon the productionâ€™s needs. Costumes, Drama Props and Set Policy The Drama Department purchases props, costumes, and set materials out of a finite budget each year for the purpose of enhancing its productions. Long Trail School expects that all actors and students will respect these items and use them only for the express purpose for which they are intended. Costumes and props are assigned to specific actors by the director, and the student is responsible for maintaining and returning them in good condition at the end of the production. Students may be billed for damaged or unreturned costumes or props. Set pieces and scenic props must be treated with respect both on stage and back stage by all students. Items may only be borrowed for other school classroom use after obtaining approval of the theater director, and must be returned in good condition. Items not returned will be billed to the borrower.
Costs of Collection In the event the School must engage counsel to collect past due accounts, parents must pay all of the School’s expenses of enforcement and collection of tuition and fees and related expenses and interest, including attorney’s fees and costs of suit.
Tuition Refund Policy The obligation to pay tuition and fees for the entire academic year is unconditional. The obligation to pay tuition and fees will not be affected by illness, withdrawal, suspension, dismissal or absence of the student from school for any reason. No portion of such tuition and fees paid or outstanding shall be refunded or cancelled, notwithstanding absence, withdrawal, or dismissal of the student from the school for any reason. Where a town pays tuition, if absence, withdrawal, or dismissal of the student causes Long Trail to return the tuition payment to the town, or causes cancellation of unpaid future town tuition, the parents are obligated to pay the School an amount equal to the returned and/or unpaid town tuition in addition to the differential parent tuition. https://tads.com Late Payments Long Trail uses TADS to handle billing and payments. TADS charges a $35 late fee for missed or late payments. This fee is not assessed through LTS and cannot be waived or refunded.
Tuition and Fees Monthly statements, parent loan payments, academic or class fees, activity fees and tuition payments and/or payment plans are to be paid in full when due. Library and classroom book fees must also be timely paid. If any student has unreturned library items or lost classroom books (or books returned in poor condition), s/he will be charged for replacement. All grades will be held until a student’s accounts are fully paid.
Long Trail Parents Association provides exceptional opportunities for all students to reach their potential.
Every Parent Is A Member of the LTPA! The Long Trail Parents Association seeks to support and strengthen the mission of the school through a partnership between the school community and all parents. The LTPA does so through numerous social, enrichment and fundraising events throughout the school year. The LTPA is split into three groups: • Grade Level Parents lead by Kristen Zens • Friends of Athletics lead by Deb Sheldon • Friends of the Arts lead by Jean McMullen
Ways To Get Involved Attend a Meeting: You will receive notification of meeting dates and times through weekly E-News. Volunteer: Long Trail School relies heavily on volunteerism. Whether you give time in the library, provide clerical work or help out at a fundraising event, every effort is appreciated and makes an impact.
Events: The Welcome Back Picnic is one of the LTPA’s annual events. Another event includes providing lunch for the faculty twice a year. This year we plan on having more parent-only social events to get to know one another better. Fundraising: The LTPA raises funds to support the school’s mission and members decide what to fund. Fundraising plans for this year include: • Concessions at the Middle School Fall Classic Soccer Tournament, fall and spring plays and music concerts • Holiday wreath sales • Java House - an evening of entertainment provided by LTS students, families, faculty and friends • Bingo nights
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Published on Jan 25, 2018