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School Life handbook 2013–14

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New Hampton School cultivates lifelong learners who will serve as active global citizens. NEW HAMPTON SCHOOL’S MISSION STATEMENT

New Hampton School defines global citizenship as: n

Experiencing, exploring, and appreciating world cultures, traditions,

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Connecting to relevant economic, social, and political issues

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Engaging with real world issues to gain optimism, compassion, and

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Using analytical thinking and social skills to be creative and to communicate

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Increasing awareness of our relationship and responsibility

histories, languages, and religions.

to gain a sense of international-mindedness.

empathy for individuals and communities that differ from those we know. effectively through academics, athletics, artistic expression, and service. to global sustainability.

Members of the New Hampton School Community demonstrate: Respect: for self, others and New Hampton School by: n Working to our potential and making sound, healthy decisions. n Empathizing with others—exercising kindness and compassion and celebrating differences as strengths. n Caring for our campus home and stewarding the School’s legacy. Responsibility: to evolve, make positive decisions and contribute by: n Growing every day and taking full advantage of the many resources afforded by NHS. n Practicing honesty and integrity in all matters—always thinking before acting. n Contributing to all areas of school life—academics, athletics, residential, advisor group—in order to foster a strong campus community and positively impact the world beyond our campus boundaries.

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Contents School Mission and Core Values .......................................................................................... 1 Welcome Letter ........................................................................................................................ 4 Community Expectations ....................................................................................................... 5

School Life

School Life Curriculum............................................................................................................ 6 Advisor Program....................................................................................................................... 6 Personal Presentation Standards.......................................................................................... 7 Dress Standards • Cell Phone Use • General Behavior Standards

Attendance and Participation Expectations....................................................................... 8 Attendance Consequences • Special Absence Requests

Meals.......................................................................................................................................... 10 Swimming................................................................................................................................. 11 Bikes, Skateboards, and Rollerblades................................................................................. 11 Job Program............................................................................................................................. 11 Student Council....................................................................................................................... 12 Student Activities.................................................................................................................... 12 The Crum Student Center..................................................................................................... 12 Student Postal Services.......................................................................................................... 12 Debit Card................................................................................................................................. 13 Health Services........................................................................................................................ 13 General Health Requirements and Information • Medication Policy

Athletic Training Services.................................................................................................... 17 Counseling Services................................................................................................................ 18 Health Information Privacy Policy • Counseling Services Available • Reproductive Health Substance Use, Prevention and Tobacco Cessation Programs • Sanctuary Health Leave of Absence and Separation

Partnership with Local Police and Fire Services............................................................. 22 Campus Safety.......................................................................................................................... 22

Boarding Student Life

House Information.................................................................................................................. 24 House Parents • House Proctors • Guidelines

Fire Safety and General Prevention................................................................................... 25 Room Inspections.................................................................................................................... 26 Room Damages........................................................................................................................ 26 House Check-in and Lights-Out Times ............................................................................ 27 Food Delivery.......................................................................................................................... 28


Visitation Privileges............................................................................................................... 28 Non-New Hampton School Guests..................................................................................... 29 Leaving Campus...................................................................................................................... 30 Weekend Sign-Out Procedure • Transportation for Weekend Leaves Other Transportation Issues

Automobile Use and Policies for Boarding Students..................................................... 31 Daily Transportation Needs • Bus Services • Vacation Travel

Laundry Services..................................................................................................................... 33

Day Student Life

General Expectations............................................................................................................. 34 Automobile Use....................................................................................................................... 34 Absence Notification............................................................................................................... 35 Inclement Weather Policy.................................................................................................... 35 Off-Campus Expectations...................................................................................................... 35 Guardianship Policy............................................................................................................... 35

Major School Expectations

Expectations and Standards of Conduct............................................................................ 36 The Discipline Process........................................................................................................... 38 Disciplinary Contracts • Dean’s Warning • Probation Temporary Separation (Suspension) • Permanent Separation or Withdrawal (Dismissal) Failure to Comply • Failure to Thrive • Alcohol and Drugs

Notice to Law Enforcement of Student Conduct............................................................ 41 Other Discipline Issues.......................................................................................................... 42 Drug Testing • Student Room Searches • Acceptable Use Policy for Technology Community Restitution • Restriction

College Counseling ................................................................................................................ 44 Disciplinary Policy with Regard to College Reporting Requirements

Appendix

Technology Information/Acceptable Use Policy............................................................ 45 School Calendar ...................................................................................................................... 51 Contact Information .............................................................................................................. 52


JUNE 2013

Dear parents and students, Welcome to the wonderful world of New Hampton School! Whether a new or returning student, freshman or senior parent, I encourage you to read the contents of this School Life Handbook carefully. Culture is conveyed in a community in many different ways. One of the goals of this handbook is to communicate what is important to us as we live and learn at New Hampton School. While often acknowledged as the rule book, the School Life Handbook is much more. It articulates our shared expectations and emphasizes the values that will guide the way in which we engage in our work and treat each other during the school year. The contents become a pact by which we enter and navigate the year. Our community is built upon the foundation of respect and responsibility and nurtured through relationships. Honesty and integrity govern all of our actions and decisions. You will frequently hear about the balance between responsibility and privilege; between relinquishing some individual needs and wants in deference to communal purpose and aspiration. This Handbook conveys these communal expectations. New Hampton School offers unparalleled opportunities in a safe and supportive environment. I extend my best wishes for a year full of growth and contribution.

Sincerely,

ANDREW MENKE HEAD OF SCHOOL


COMMUNITY EXPECTATIONS

New Hampton School is an intimate learning community of boarding and day students, faculty, families, and staff. As such, expectations of behavior exist to help maintain a civil community that exemplifies our school mission and embodies our core values. We expect NHS students to embrace and act in accordance with our core values. NHS guides students toward an active pursuit of these ideals. All students, parents, faculty, and staff are asked to acknowledge the spirit of the following community expectations and to uphold them. With emphasis on the values of respect and responsibility, our attitudes and behaviors should model and be guided by the following principles: n Honesty in all matters n Safety and respect for self and for others n Attendance and participation n Honor and respect for New Hampton School This School Life handbook provides information regarding aspects of life at New Hampton School. It serves as a resource of answers to questions about the people, programs, and places that make up our educational community. This handbook articulates the core values and expectations which ensure mutual respect between all members. As with any community, we are governed by expectations and standards of conduct. This handbook outlines the process followed and consequences for a student not meeting the school’s expectations. The contents of this handbook are subject to change at the school’s discretion.

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School Life The School Life Office dedicates to a mission of fostering, facilitating, and promoting positive behaviors and growth within our community of students. Through relationship building and an emphasis on life skills and learning experiences, students have opportunities for development in all aspects of their life at New Hampton. The School Life Office is home to the dean of students, associate dean of students, and assistant to the School Life Office. The administrator on duty (AOD) is an extension of the School Life Office, as are advisors, house parents, the student activities director, the School’s health center, and counseling services. The AOD supervises the campus from 4 pm until 8 am and may be reached by cell phone during that time period (1-603-4554900).

SCHOOL LIFE CURRICULUM

The School Life Curriculum delivers programs designed to educate and develop students outside of the formal classroom setting. The School Life Office team presents a curriculum of topics centered on citizenship education and personal development. Ranging from time-management and goal-setting to drug and alcohol, bullying, tolerance, and other issues, the school is dedicated to providing students with information and discussion time on numerous life-related educational issues. All members of the student body and faculty participate in scheduled sessions which often utilize outside resources.

ADVISOR PROGRAM

Chief among the responsibilities of our faculty is to serve as a student advisor. The advisor-advisee relationship provides a foundation for all manner of student support, counseling and guidance. A student should feel comfortable approaching his/her advisor with any concerns or problems. Advisors connect with their advisees regularly throughout the week. The advisor facilitates communication with parent(s) or guardian(s). We value frequent communication with parents by utilizing a variety of media, such as cell phone, e-mail, and text messaging. Parents receive regular updates on their child’s overall progress. Parents are encouraged to contact and connect with their child’s advisor in order to communicate concerns or ask questions about their child’s progress, performance, and well-being. Although we are a boarding school, we intend and hope to work closely with parents in the guidance and growth of their child during his/her time at New Hampton School. Parents should contact the dean of students with concerns regarding their child’s advisor. 7


Advisor groups are provided a budget to allow for meals and/or activities. Advisor group size averages five or six students and is organized according to graduating class. The School Life Office assigns advisors, and a student must petition through the School Life Office to request a change in advisor.

PERSONAL PRESENTATION STANDARDS

New Hampton School recognizes the individuality of personal appearance, language, and behavior, and we expect members to dress and act in a respectful manner at all times. During the time of day when classes are in session, expectations focus on learning, with a seriousness of academic purpose, and a respect for self and all other members of the community. At the conclusion of the academic day, on weekends, and during other free times, informal appearance and behaviors should remain acceptable for a community setting. Dress Standards, Cell Phone Use, and General Behavior Standards Appearance, language, and behaviors of members of the New Hampton School community should model the following: Respect for self and for others (at all times of day, seven days a week) n Hats, caps, hoods, and sunglasses will be removed upon entering any school building, except residential houses, the gym, Milne Lounge and Crum Student Center. n Headphones are not allowed in the dining hall. n Cell phone use on campus is a privilege, not a right. The privilege is granted in order to allow students to stay in contact with family and friends. Use of a device for phone calls is prohibited in any academic building, the library, McEvoy Theater, and the dining hall. n Community members shall wear clothes that cover their chest, stomach, hips, and underclothes. n Clothes with messages that support or advocate drugs, alcohol, or tobacco are not permitted. Clothes with language having racist, sexist, or otherwise offensive tones, messages, symbols, or pictures are not permitted. n Language and behaviors around campus will show a respect for all members of the school community, which includes students, guests, staff, faculty, and their families. n Displaying behaviors and/or the use of profane or otherwise offensive language is not acceptable. Seriousness of academic purpose While classes are in session and during lunch: n Attire is clean and in good repair. n Shirts and footwear are worn at all times. n Pants, shorts, skirts, or dresses are worn and fit properly (pants, shorts, and skirts worn at or above the hips, and shorts and skirts no shorter than mid-thigh). 8


n No athletic shorts or pants; no sweat pants; no exercise pants; no pajama pants n

Leggings may be worn only with a dress or skirt of appropriate length

n Sleeveless tops will have straps at least one inch wide. n

Headphones and accompanying electronics will remain out of sight and

not in use.

Pride in our school There are occasions when higher standards of dress are required. Examples include Convocation, Community Dinners and Meetings, campus tours, class presentations, traveling with an athletic team, taking part in a field trip, Baccalaureate and Commencement, and other formal events. The following options apply for formal school functions: n Men wear a suitcoat or blazer, dress pants with a belt, a full button-down front, collared shirt, with a tie. Dress footwear is required. No athletic footwear. n Women wear a dress with straps or sleeves, slacks or a skirt with a blouse, dress teeshirt, or sweater. Skirts and dresses can be no shorter than mid-thigh. Dress footwear is required. No athletic footwear. n Men or Women can wear formal attire representing his or her international and/or cultural background. The School Life Office will determine appropriateness of a student’s appearance, language, or behavior, and a student may be asked by a faculty or staff member at anytime to change his or her clothing, language, or behavior to align with school expectations.

ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION EXPECTATIONS

Participation in classes, school events, and other activities contributes to the learning and living experience for students. New Hampton School students are required to participate in many school programs, including (but not limited to) Academics, Orientation, Experiential Learning, three seasons of co-curricular activities, School Life programs, and Commencement ceremonies. Participation in these activities is mandatory and a requirement for graduation. Failure to participate places a student’s continued enrollment at risk. n If a student misses more than ten percent of any academic course or other required activity, he or she risks not receiving credit for that program. A warning and limit will be issued to a student missing too many obligations, whether excused or unexcused. n Unexcused absences from class have academic consequences that affect a student’s grade point average. n Excused absences for the purpose of participation in another approved NHS program and/or deemed worthy of educational merit by the director of studies do not count against the student’s attendance record. n In the event of illness or injury, boarding students (or day students while on campus), must be excused by the Health Center prior to missing a school obligation. A day

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student’s parent must call the School Life Office to inform the school about his or her child’s absence in the event of illness. Any missed commitment, without permission or excuse from the appropriate school representative, counts as an unexcused absence. This is not limited to academic class, and includes all school obligations, such as school meetings, and other required events. Three times late to a class during one quarter of the year constitutes one unexcused absence. All absences are processed through the School Life Office. When a student has been reported absent from an event, the School Life Office notifies him or her and the advisor via e-mail. Advisors contact and inform parents of any absence concerns. Students consistently failing to meet the minimum standards of attendance during the school year place their continued enrollment at risk. They will have their enrollment invitation withheld for the next school year and face the possibility of a separation from school. Reinstatement of the invitation depends on an evaluation by the faculty and administration at the end of the year.

Attendance Consequences n Three unexcused absences in any one year: Dean’s warning, attendance contract, loss of weekend privileges, and three service hours. n Six unexcused absences in any one year: loss of weekend privilege, six service hours, and updated attendance contract. n Nine unexcused absences in any one year: suspension from school. n Twelve unexcused absences in any one year: likely to face permanent separation from school. Special Absence Requests Requests to depart school and miss any school obligations must be made in advance and be approved by the School Life Office. Weddings, funerals, and significant religious events are examples of requests that receive approval from the School Life Office. Approval for other types of events are subject to review by the School Life Office. If obligations are academic, then the Academic Office must also approve the absence prior to its occurrence. Absences for college admission visits must be approved by the College Counseling Office. Parents of seniors and postgraduates are asked to make every effort to schedule college visits during vacations and long weekends that do not conflict with the school calendar. A student wishing to make a request must pick up an “orange sheet” from the School Life Office and obtain appropriate signatures as described on the sheet prior to its submission for review. The properly signed sheet must be returned to the School Life Office no later than 48 hours preceding the requested absence. Do not assume the absence will be approved. The School reserves the right to approve or deny any request. Students that leave 10


without prior approval and/or for whom the absence is not approved will be considered unexcused from all missed obligations, and will face academic and disciplinary consequences. Please keep in mind that excessive absences from school, whether excused or unexcused, will likely impact a student’s overall academic performance and may impact their continued enrollment.

MEALS

The dining experience at New Hampton School plays a significant role in the quality of life for our campus community. With a great deal of pride, our food service staff offers a delicious, healthy selection, appealing to a wide range of tastes and dietary needs. Most meals are buffet style, offering students the chance to sit where they choose and arrive and depart within the scheduled mealtimes. Thursday lunches in the fall are mixer lunches. Faculty sit among the students and students are asked to sit at assigned tables. Six times during the year, the faculty and students sit family-style for a formal meal followed by an evening program. In addition to the scheduled mealtimes, the dining hall opens throughout the day, functioning as a common area and offering cereal, toast, fruit, and beverages for a break in the formal routine. In the spirit of respect and responsibility, we ask that food be eaten in the dining hall and that all utensils and glassware be taken to the dishroom when done. Utensils and glassware cannot be taken from the dining hall. Students stopping by “on the go” should please bring their own containers, rather than leave with one of the school’s glasses or other dishware. Meals are served according to the following schedule: Fall/Spring Breakfast (Note: required for all 9th-grade boarding students for the first semester) n Monday–Saturday 7:00–8:00 am n Sunday Brunch 10:30 am–12:30 pm Lunch n Monday–Friday n Saturday n Sunday Brunch

11:45 am–12:45 pm 11:00 am–noon 10:30 am–12:30 pm

Dinner n Sunday–Saturday

5:00–6:30 pm

Winter Breakfast and Dinner are same as Fall/Spring but lunch is later: 12:15–1:00 pm

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SWIMMING

We have two ponds on the campus grounds and the Pemigewasset River is a short walk down the road. Scenic Lakes Winnipesaukee, Newfound, and Squam are a brief drive away. Students who wish to swim on campus do so at their own risk and must observe the following rules: n Swimming may happen only during the daylight. n Students swim on their own will. No forcing of a person into the pond will be permitted. n Use of the “buddy system”; no swimming alone. n No diving. n Do not disturb any objects or wildlife in or around the pond. n Stay off the walls and away from the drainage headworks. Students may not leave campus without permission, and swimming off-campus is permitted only when under the direct supervision of a New Hampton School faculty member or coach. The faculty member or coach is responsible for supervision but is not a trained lifeguard, so students still swim at their own risk. In all cases, common sense should be used when students are near, on, or in the water.

BIKES, SKATEBOARDS, AND ROLLERBLADES

Bikes, skateboards, and other such modes of transportation can be fun and a quick means of getting around campus, but they also present hazards if not used safely. Bikes, skateboards, scooters, and rollerblades are not to be used after dark and are not to be used indoors at any time. Students are to exhibit caution at all times. Use of an approved and properly fitted and secured helmet is required for all members of the community. Those choosing to do any of these activities without such protection do so at their own risk. Violation of these rules will result in the confiscation of the equipment. Bikes and skateboards should be locked or otherwise secured when not in use. Town ordinance prohibits the riding of skateboards, scooters, and rollerblades on town roads. The local police do take notice.

JOB PROGRAM

In keeping with the promotion of the values of respect and responsibility, all students participate in the school’s on-campus sustainability program. Jobs are assigned to each advisor group. Advisors supervise and assist with the assigned tasks. Jobs include cleaning and the collection of trash and recycling materials.

STUDENT COUNCIL

Student council is a student group advised by a faculty member and led by the student body president and vice president. Elections for student council members are held each 12


spring and fall. With the help of the faculty class deans, the student council members are responsible for running class meetings, building school spirit, advancing the efforts of their class and participating in the governance of the school. As their community service, members attend all student council functions and activities including regular meetings during the academic year.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

A full life is afforded students through participation in academic and co-curricular activities, so their leisure time is of prime importance. The Student Activities Office devotes its efforts to providing creative and engaging outlets on weekends and other free times of the year. The director of student activities organizes on-campus weekend events, as well as off-campus trips and activities. Students are encouraged to speak with the director about ideas and opportunities. On-campus weekend activities include a hypnotist, magicians, live bands, a talent show, movie nights and more. There is a movie bus on Saturday night and shopping trips every Sunday. Off-campus activities include local hiking expeditions, rock-climbing, bowling, or student-choice trips. Husky Festival, Winter Carnival, and Spring Fest are seasonal weekend events offering two days of fun activities and games. The Student Activities Office is located in the Moore Center. A bulletin board near the office posts information and sign-up sheets.

THE CRUM STUDENT CENTER

The Crum Student Center is located in the Moore Center, adjacent to the Memorial dining room. The student center includes the Campus Store, post office, snack bar, pool, foosball, and ping-pong tables, and the Milne Lounge, which is open all day and includes four computer terminals with Internet access and a television. The snack bar in the Crum Student Center (affectionately known as “The Dog Pound Café”) is open in the afternoons and every evening. The Campus Store offers convenience to the New Hampton School community. Clothing, school and personal supplies, and other items are available for purchase.

STUDENT POSTAL SERVICES

Students are assigned a personal mailbox. The box is located in the school’s “Post Office” in the Crum Student Center. Mail should be addressed to the student’s name, New Hampton School, 70 Main Street, New Hampton, NH 03256. Mailboxes should be checked daily. Packages sent to students via UPS should be addressed to the student’s name, New Hampton School, 34 Dr. Childs Road, New Hampton, NH 03256. Students who wish to send packages via UPS may obtain packing instructions from the switchboard operator in Crum Center post office. UPS charges must be prepaid. Please do not have packages sent C.O.D.

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DEBIT CARD

A New Hampton School debit card system helps students manage allowance money and a variety of other school expenses. New Hampton School students are required to have a New Hampton School debit card in order to make purchases on campus, and withdraw from their allowance at the Campus Store. The student is responsible for informing parents when the balance is low and money may be added to debit accounts via an online portal accessible on the website (newhampton.org). Permission is required ( by fax, e-mail, phone, or mail) for extra cash prior to withdrawal. Replacement debit cards cost $15 (subject to change). Forms are available in the post office. Please keep your debit card in good condition!

HEALTH SERVICES

The Health Services Staff consists of Cynthia Glidden, R.N., Nurse Manager; Adam Tyson, A.T.C, Head Athletic Trainer; Dan Petrocelli, School Counselor; Wilma Hyde, A.P.R.N, Nurse Practitioner; and Viking Hedberg, M.D., M.P.H., School Physician; and their staffs. The Health Center hours are as follows: n Monday through Friday: 7:00 am–7:30 pm n Saturday: 7:00 am–noon n Sunday: 10:00 am–noon The Health Center has oversight from Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth, Plymouth Pediatrics. The nurse manager, Cindy Glidden, RN will be on-campus during the day Monday through Friday. The daily clinic for acute illness and injuries will be held from 10:00am until noon, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The nurse practitioner will be available by appointment. A fee of $35.00 will be billed to students account to see the nurse practitioner. The Athletic Training staff will be available at the athletic center and on the fields for guidance about prevention and the evaluation and treatment of athletic injuries. The School Counselor is available to discuss emotional or behavioral concerns, to provide students with support during difficult times, and to assess problems and recommend appropriate interventions. The administrator on duty or other School Life Office representative handles any health-related issues or problems during the hours when the Health Center is closed. General Health Requirements and Information All students are required to have an annual comprehensive health assessment performed by a licensed health provider prior to arriving at New Hampton School. This assessment is needed to ensure your student is healthy enough to participate in New Hampton School life and includes a careful history and complete physical examination. Students will not be allowed to participate in athletic activities or be in residence on campus unless we have record of this assessment signed by your student’s primary care clinician.

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New Hampton School requires that every student be fully immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, polio, mumps, measles, rubella, chicken pox, hepatitis B and meningococcal disease unless there is a medical contraindication. Immunizations to prevent these diseases are safe, effective and necessary in the close living environment found in boarding schools. We also encourage all adolescents to be immunized against human papilloma virus or HPV. We recommend this vaccine for both females and males consistent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We also encourage immunization for hepatitis A given many students will travel to endemic areas at some point during their schooling. We strongly encourage students living on campus to receive influenza immunizations each fall, which New Hampton School can arrange. We believe our low incidence of influenza is closely tied to the high proportion of students, faculty and staff who receive annual influenza immunizations. New Hampton School will provide your student with high quality school nursing services, day infirmary care, preventive and rehabilitative care for sports injuries, brief behavioral and emotional assessments, brief supportive counseling and treatment coordination, and on-site medical care for minor illnesses and injuries. There are no additional fees for these services. We encourage communication between parents and the Health Services Staff. However, it is not always possible for the staff to communicate with parents regarding minor health issues. We rely on your child to keep you informed in many of these instances. In the event of a potentially serious injury or illness, New Hampton School staff will make every reasonable attempt to contact the student’s family in a timely fashion. Communication is often done via e-mail as this allows all relevant parties (student, parents, nursing, coaches, School Life Office, athletic training staff, etc) to be informed. Students too ill to attend class will be cared for during the day at the Health Center. Meals for ill students will be served in the Health Center. Students too ill to attend class will not be permitted to spend the day unsupervised in their residential house room. Students can either rest in infirmary rooms, or if able, be in the Health Center’s day room where they can get homework done, use the computers, or relax with a cup of hot tea and light snacks. This day program reduces the spread of infectious diseases on campus and allows ill students to be cared for and monitored closely. The NHS Health Center provides students with routine over-the-counter medications including ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and cold medications when appropriate. Allergy shots prepared by the student’s allergist can be administered by the nurse during the APRN’s daily clinic. There are no additional charges for any of the above services. The scope of services offered by the Health Center is purposely limited to keep the costs of a New Hampton education reasonable. Sometimes students may need care that goes beyond the scope of the services provided by the New Hampton School. It is important 15


to realize that you, or your insurance company, are responsible for the costs of all medical or behavioral health services not provided by the school. For this reason, health insurance is required of all students. If you have questions about how to obtain health insurance, please contact the Health Center for information. For those families insured under a managed care plan, please be familiar with your health plan’s requirements concerning referrals to emergency and non-network clinicians in the Plymouth, NH area to avoid any unpleasant surprises. Prior to the student being referred for health care services beyond that provided by New Hampton School, the Health Services Staff will make every reasonable effort to contact the parent/guardian to discuss the additional services recommended. Parents are responsible for the costs incurred for additional services. Flu Preparedness As students return to campus we are taking many steps to care for the health and well being of our community. To help our campus prepare for the flu we take the following steps: n Educating students and staff about the flu n Asking students and staff to stay home when ill n Boarding students who live within reasonable distance will be sent home n Students need to remain at home until they have been a febrile for 24hrs n Providing alcohol-based hand sanitizer n Cleaning surfaces frequently n Developing a plan to include further developments and recommendations Medication Policy Medications, even over-the-counter medications, can be harmful if not used appropriately. Our policy is designed to protect student safety and optimize the health of our students. n The Health Center needs to be informed of any medication that is in the possession of

a student whether it is a prescription or over-the-counter medication.

n We discourage having students bring over-the-counter medications to school. If a stu-

dent has a cold or headache, he or she can come to the Health Center, be evaluated by a nurse, and receive the appropriate medication AND health education. n Controlled drugs like narcotic pain relievers and stimulant drugs used to treat ADHD are dangerous if misused. Students may not have any controlled drug (narcotics, ADHD medications, etc) in his or her possession except in special situations. If a student is caught with unauthorized controlled drugs, police will be notified and appropriate legal action pursued. n Any controlled medication needs to be brought to the Health Center by a parent, guardian, or authorized adult or mailed directly to the Health Center. A student may not transport controlled medication onto campus. n We request that you have a sufficient supply of medication at home for school breaks. If you need to have your child bring medication home, please let the Health Center

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know so that we can work out a plan with you. Again, students cannot transport controlled drugs. n If the student will be taking a weekend that is not sponsored by the school, please call the Health Center in advance to assure that your child gets his or her medication n NHS uses Walgreens in Tilton, NH for our student’s prescriptions. This pharmacy delivers medications directly to the Health Center on a daily basis. Contact information is:

Walgreens of Tilton 4 Sanborn Rd, Tilton, NH 03276 Phone: 603-286-1932 Fax: 603-286-1938

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Health Center Staff. The “Medical Clearance Form” that parents need to download from CareFlow Health and bring to the child’s primary care clinician meets this requirement. Over the counter medications will be administered as clinically appropriate by the school nurse. Such medications include fever reducers and pain medications like ibuprofen or acetaminophen, cough and cold remedies, allergy medications, heart burn medications, head lice treatment, and anti-itch creams. Parents or guardians need to notify the Health Center in writing if they do not wish his or her student to receive any specific over-the-counter medication. At the discretion of the School Nurse Manager, when a student demonstrates adequate responsibility, the risks are limited and the family is comfortable, the student will be allowed to keep limited quantities of prescription medications for self-administration. This plan will be documented in the student’s health record. Students are expected to be responsible for their own health. The nursing staff is not responsible for finding students or constantly reminding them to take their medications. If adherence to a medication treatment becomes a problem, the Health Center will communicate concerns to the parent or guardian. If a student continues to not adhere to needed treatment, the Health Center will notify his or her Advisor, Dean of Students, and/or the School Life Office to develop a plan of support. Parents are strongly encouraged to purchase tuition refund insurance if they have doubts as to the student’s ability to manage his or her health needs within the NHS community. The better a residential hall parent, advisor or coach is informed about a student’s health, the better the New Hampton School community can care for your student. Information about medications will be shared discreetly with adults in the community on a need-to-know basis as described in the Privacy Policy.


New Hampton School recognizes its responsibility to provide a system through which a student may take his/her medication as prescribed by his/her physician. A school nurse dispenses all medication in the Health Center during regular Health Center hours. The Health Center keeps a detailed record of when a student visits the Health Center to receive his/her medication. The responsibility for getting to the Health Center for daily intake of prescription medication rests with the individual student, not the school. Any student who consistently fails to take his/her medication as prescribed by his/her physician will be placed on a Medication Compliance contract and will face the possibility of suspension and eventual permanent separation from school if the pattern continues. n At the end of the evening shift, the school nurse reports students who have not re-

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ceived their medication. She/he sends this list to the School Life Office (SLO), the Counseling Office, and the student’s advisor. The school nurse will communicate concerns to parents regarding medication compliance. All communication regarding medication compliance with parents/doctors will be documented and copied to the SLO for the student’s file. When a student does not take his/her prescribed medication on four occasions within a one-month period, the SLO will meet with that student and require him/her to sign a Medication Compliance contract. Parents will be notified by the SLO. If the student fails to take medication as prescribed while on a Compliance contract, he/she will likely be suspended from school. If the student continues to fail to take medication as prescribed, he/she will face the possibility of being asked to withdraw from New Hampton School.

ATHLETIC TRAINING SERVICES

New Hampton School employs two full-time, licensed and certified Athletic Trainers. Their responsibilities include caring for athletic injuries, educating coaches and athletes about preventing injuries, and managing the procedures for returning a student-athlete to play following an injury. The athletic trainers administer the pre-season ImPact concussion testing for athletes participating in contact sports. There is a trainer present at all practices and home games. All athletic injuries are reported to an athletic trainer, and he or she will determine if an injury requires missing a game or practice. The Athletic Trainer communicates with the coach to provide updates on the status of an injured athlete. The Athletic Training Staff communicates regularly with the Health Center to ensure that athletes recovering from injuries are safe and healthy. In addition to our school physician, New Hampton School has access to a variety of orthopedic and sport medicine specialist’s for referral. For additional information on the New Hampton School athletic training facilities, please refer to the School web site.

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COUNSELING SERVICES

The Health Services Staff at New Hampton School promotes health and wellness in our community. The counseling office is open daily and appointments can be made easily and confidentially. Services are available to all students. New Hampton employs a full-time counselor who works with our students on short-term issues. Students can seek help from the counselor on their own, or a house parent, advisor, or other adult member of the community may refer a student to the school counselor. In certain instances, a student may be required to attend counseling as part of a response plan from a disciplinary situation. If long-term counseling is deemed necessary during the admission process or the course of the year, the student may be referred to a local consulting therapist. The school counselor, in consultation with parents, makes this determination. All costs for outside counseling will be the responsibility of the parents, and the individual therapist will handle billing for these sessions. When a student works with an outside therapist, the school counselor acts as a liaison, gathering and sharing information from advisors, tutors, house parents, faculty, and coaches. Health Information Privacy Policy Consistent with the New Hampton School core values of “respect” and “responsibility,” the Health Services Staff is committed to respecting student and family privacy while providing our faculty and staff with the health information he or she needs to fulfill his or her responsibilities. Information will be shared only on a “need-to-know” basis to optimize the well-being and safety of the student. Student health information will be protected by the Health Services Staff consistent with State and Federal law except: n Staff (coaches, teachers, advisors, dorm parents, etc as appropriate) will be made aware of injuries or illnesses that affect a student’s ability to safely participate in athletics and other school activities or require specific care. n Often New Hampton School Staff act in loco parentis. For example, a faculty member may accompany a student to the emergency department for an injury. To provide your student with the appropriate care, information needs to be shared between the Health Services Staff, treating health care providers and NHS staff members. n Not every situation can be anticipated that may require the sharing of protected health information with New Hampton School Staff. We believe our students have sufficient maturity to decide with whom protected health information will be shared. By signing the Authorization for Health Care at New Hampton School, parents empower their student to guide how protected health information will be shared. Prior to any health information being shared by a member of the Health Services Staff or other health professional with a New Hampton School Staff member, the health professional will clarify with the student what information will be shared, with whom and for what

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purposes. This may be done via e-mail, and a copy routinely will be sent to the student to ensure transparency and build trust. The Health Services Staff will be particularly careful in protecting “sensitive” health information such as information relevant to mental health, sexuality, substance use or family concerns unless the student gives permission to share such information. Such information will be tightly guarded unless the student is at risk or presents a risk to the community, consistent with State and Federal laws. If any student or family member feels their privacy has not been appropriately respected, he or she is encouraged to address this directly with the person who he or she believes has violated their privacy, the Nurse-Manager, the School Physician, or the Dean of Students. Counseling Services Available Individual counseling provides an opportunity for a student to discuss important problems and feelings. We offer short-term assistance and guidance on social and academic life, and make referrals to off-campus therapists for longer term needs. In accordance with New Hampshire State law, children age 14 or older may access confidential care for sexually transmitted diseases, reproductive healthcare, and substance abuse. New Hampton School provides access to a local Planned Parenthood’s Teen Clinic on a monthly basis. A student can work with a health care provider on such issues as gynecological health, STD/HIV testing, and birth control. There are times when the support New Hampton School can offer is not enough to meet the needs of the student. In these instances, the School, the student, and the student’s family must consider a leave of absence. Situations of continual self-harming behavior (cutting, eating disorders, disordered thinking/behaviors, and suicidal ideation) or other behaviors that place the student or the community at risk will be brought before the Health Services Staff and School administration for review. In order to fully support all students, it is imperative that the school receives emotional health history and other relevant information. Notify the Health Care/Counseling providers if there is important information to be shared. If you feel your child will require counseling support during the year, please notify the New Hampton School Counselor at (603) 6773455. Reproductive Health New Hampton School seeks to affirm and support young people in their search for appropriate expressions of intimacy and affection. The school is aware, however, of the potential for damaging physical, emotional, and social consequences that can result from intimate sexual contact. Therefore, the school expects students to abstain from sexual intimacy. 20


However, New Hampton School is aware that students will make their own decisions about sexual intimacy. NHS professional staff and faculty are available to all students who want to discuss reproductive health and other related issues. It is the school’s position that sexual intimacy between students is not appropriate while they are under the school’s jurisdiction and the school reserves the right to take disciplinary action when respect for the boundaries of this policy is compromised. Students found to be engaging in sexual activity while under the school’s jurisdiction will be referred to our counseling office in consultation with the dean of students. It is important to note that in some cases and under certain circumstances sexual activity may violate state laws (The Safe School Act [RSA-D]) and that school personnel are required to report such actions to local authorities. (www.gencourt.state.nh.us/ rsa/html/ XV/193-D/193-D-mrg.html) Support services for students with questions regarding sexual intimacy or issues of sexuality are provided through our Counseling Office and Health Center. New Hampton School acknowledges the surgeon general’s report that recognizes HIV as an infection that cannot be spread by casual contact, and that the best means of preventing the spread of the virus that causes AIDS is through education. New Hampton School will make every effort to make it possible for HIV-infected persons who are students or employees to be sustained as members of the school community. Substance Use Prevention and Tobacco Cessation Programs New Hampton School expects its students to remain substance-free while members of our community. At the same time, we recognize that adolescents of all ages are at risk of substance use. As an educational institution, we have a responsibility to provide access to information and prevention programs. Drug and alcohol education is offered as part of the School Life curriculum. Off-campus counseling with licensed drug and alcohol counselors can be arranged through the counseling office. New Hampton School is a tobacco-free environment. All members of the community are expected to comply with this policy. Any student who is unable to comply with this policy may be separated from school or required to take a health leave of absence. We do, however, recognize the addictive nature of nicotine and would prefer to help students “kick the habit.” Students are encouraged to speak to the school counselor for more information about cessation support.

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Sanctuary New Hampton School expects students to remain drug and alcohol free while enrolled. However, in the spirit of health and safety, NHS does provide a student this sanctuary policy: If a student involved (or not involved) in the consumption of substances judges that his/her health or that of another student is in jeopardy, he or she can, through this policy, contact an adult member of the community for help without any hesitation or fear of disciplinary action. To use the sanctuary policy, the student must proactively seek out help. The main purpose of sanctuary is to promote safety, individual responsibility, and trust. It is not meant to promote drinking or drug use or to be used as a means of protecting a friend from disciplinary action if caught by an adult. Without this first call for help, the person suffering may not be able to receive necessary medical attention. This policy cannot be used once confronted by a faculty member or anyone of authority. No matter what part the informer plays in the situation, by actively seeking help, the informer will remain confidential. The only people who will be aware of the informer are those immediately involved and the dean of students. No disciplinary consequences will be put on the informer’s record. Steps will be taken to provide appropriate care and support for the student in danger, which will most likely involve contacting the local Emergency Medical Services. After providing appropriate medical care for the student, a sanctuary event will take these actions: 1. The school will call parents and inform them of what happened and what actions will be taken. 2. The student will be expected to leave campus for a period of time to ensure his/her safety. The school counselor will help make arrangements for the student’s substance use assessment by a licensed drug and alcohol counselor. 3. The student will be expected to follow all recommendations made by the drug and alcohol counselor. In the event that a student needs the safety of the sanctuary policy more than once during their time at NHS, a health leave will be required. Abuse of the policy may result in disciplinary action for students involved. A student who has not taken any part in the consumption of a substance can claim sanctuary for an at-risk peer an unlimited amount of times. Health Leave of Absence and Separation New Hampton School is committed to providing access to an appropriate level of health care. A student may be required to take a health leave of absence when NHS determines that a medical, emotional, or psychological condition cannot be treated at the school, or the student’s physical or mental health is at risk. A health leave of absence is not considered a form of disciplinary action. There are three types of health leaves, each based on the amount of time the student is absent from school.

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n Short-Term Health Leave is defined as an approved absence from school for health

reasons lasting no longer than four weeks.

n Extended Health Leave is defined as an approved absence from school for health rea-

sons that exceed four weeks but last less than one academic year.

n Health Separation is defined as an absence from school for health reasons that will

require more than one calendar year. Appropriate members of the Health Services Staff and the School administration determine when a health leave is needed and make decisions about appropriate courses of action. In the event that a student is required to take a health leave of absence, he or she will be expected to leave campus with a parent or guardian as soon as possible. The School administration will decide when a student on leave can return and under what circumstances. If the leave is of sufficiently short duration (less than four weeks), the student may petition for academic credit during a Health Leave of absence, assuming he or she makes up all necessary work. In an emergency situation, the student will be taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital for examination. Parents will be responsible for taking custody of their child from that point until the school can determine the next course of action. Further details on the issues discussed above are available from the School Life Office.

PARTNERSHIP WITH LOCAL POLICE AND FIRE SERVICES

New Hampton School works closely with local authorities and other services to provide a safe campus environment. The School employs a full-time safety resource officer (SRO) who is a member of the Town of New Hampton police force. Local police visit the school, give presentations, and spend time becoming familiar with our physical campus, faculty, and students. When laws are violated on campus, the School works in conjunction with local authorities in addressing the situation. The dean of students meets regularly with the chief of police, maintaining open communication and a positive relationship between the School and the local services and people who serve our community. Under the Safe School Act (New Hampshire RSA 193-D), the law requires New Hampton School to report to local law enforcement any act of theft, destruction, criminal threatening or violence. (This includes, but is not limited to, illegal sale or possession of a controlled drug and the unlawful possession of alcohol or intoxication.)

CAMPUS SAFETY

The senior administrators and the majority of the faculty reside on campus and there are people around at all times of day and during the night. The School employs a security staff to monitor the campus after 10 pm. In addition, the School may use video surveillance in certain areas of campus to ensure safety for all members of the community.

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Boarding Student Life Thirteen residential houses provide on-campus living for approximately eighty percent of our student body. Faculty and their families reside in apartments connected to each house. Houses vary in occupancy size from seven to just over 30 students, and each has a unique layout. Each house has a team of four faculty who serve as house parents. The dean of students oversees the residential program, and works directly with all house parents, the student activities director, and Health and Counseling Services. The School Life Office is committed to supporting a healthy and nurturing living experience for boarding students, helping their stay to be comfortable and as family-style as possible.

HOUSE PARENTS

House parents play a vital part in the boarding community and commit to providing a safe, enriching residential community for our students. To this end, each house parent strives to make the student house a community where mutual respect, trust, friendship, and support prevail as values. House parents connect with students during supervision of evening study times, snack and meal times, and through participation in other activities and excursions.

PROCTORS

In the spirit of student leadership and responsibility, NHS uses a student proctor system to help faculty members manage houses, to provide student leadership on campus, and to assist younger and/or newer students in transitioning to the challenges of daily life at a boarding school. Proctors are selected through the School Life Office and participate in training before school starts and ongoing during the year. In addition to modeling good citizenship, healthy habits and choices, and working with house parents, proctors assist students with personal and/or school-related challenges. Proctors also contribute to the governance of the school and participate in School Life Curriculum programs.

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HOUSE GUIDELINES

New Hampton School supports the student’s need to personalize his/her surroundings, and we maintain focus on what is in the best interest of the community. In order to promote healthy and safe living habits, NHS upholds the following expectations for residential life in student houses. n Students are expected to keep their rooms neat and clean at all times. We expect

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furnishings to be arranged and rooms to be maintained in a manner conducive to responsible living and study habits. House parents inspect rooms on a regular basis. Display of alcohol, drug-related, pornographic, or sexually explicit posters is not permitted. Empty beer cans, liquor bottles, smokeless tobacco tins, and cigarette packages may not be used as room decorations. Only school-provided furniture is permitted in student houses. No couches, chairs, or other large items should be brought to campus. Prescription medication must be managed by the Health Center and in compliance with the School’s policies. Certain medications must be stored and managed by the Health Center. (See Medication policies for details.) The school is not responsible for loss or damage to personal possessions. Students are discouraged from bringing expensive and/or valuable belongings to school, or keeping large sums of cash in their rooms. Liability for theft or damage lies with the owner, not New Hampton School. We encourage students to bring a footlocker and an adequate lock to secure it. The use of a smaller lock box that will fit in a bureau or desk drawer is recommended for wallets, passports, airplane tickets, and the like. Also, students should lock their door and windows when they are not in the room. No pets of any type are allowed. Students are prohibited from having any type of television or refrigerator in their room. Exceptions may be made for proctors. Space in student rooms is at a premium, so ALL computer monitors must be less than 24 inches on the diagonal measurement (including proctors). The use of paint or marking pens on doors, walls, or furniture is prohibited. Draperies, rugs, or other types of hangings may not be used as partitions that prohibit visual access, limit physical egress and entrance to the room, or cover walls and windows. Mattresses shall be placed on school-provided bed frames. Mattresses shall not be placed on the floor or on other makeshift bed frames. Screen or storm windows may not be removed. Disassembling, removing, or stacking house furniture is prohibited. No stickers, tacks, or reflectors of any type on the walls, ceiling, or door. School furniture may not be taken outside of the building.

FIRE SAFETY AND GENERAL PREVENTION

n Upon the first indication that an alarm has sounded, students must leave the building

through exits designated by lighted exit signs. Do not attempt to take anything with

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you. Once outside of the building, join your house parent and house mates, until you receive further direction from your adult leader. Each house will drill these procedures regularly. Smoking, lighters, candles, incense, and other flame or unapproved heating devices are not permitted. Creating a fire hazard in or around any campus building constitutes a violation of Major School Expectation with serious disciplinary consequences, which in all likelihood results in permanent separation from school. Because of the danger of electrical fires, all cooking utensils are prohibited. Also prohibited in student rooms are flat irons, coffeepots, corn poppers, hot plates, toasters, microwave ovens, refrigerators, immersion coils, etc. Fabric tapestries must be nonflammable or fireproofed. Only approved multiple-outlet plugs and extension cords are permitted. Paper and flammable plastic lampshades may not be used. High-intensity lamps and spotlights in which the bulb is tightly enclosed are prohibited. Bulbs in student lamps should not exceed a 60-watt rating. Nothing should be hung from sprinkler pipes. Freestanding items which might impede an exit route are prohibited Tampering with fire extinguishers or fire safety equipment is prohibited. Familiarize yourself with their locations. Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action. Electrical equipment is subject to house parent approval. The Safety Committee makes regular inspections of all student rooms, student facilities, and other facilities where students, faculty, and employees reside, play, or work.

ROOM INSPECTIONS

Weekly room inspections are performed on Tuesday evenings by the house parent on duty. For reasons of health and safety, students are expected to keep their rooms clean, neat, and orderly at all times. Those students who fail room inspection will be room-restricted for the remainder of the evening or until they clean their room to meet the satisfaction of the house parent on duty. Students consistently failing inspections or not agreeing to clean their room after being asked may be reported to the School Life Office and face disciplinary consequences.

ROOM DAMAGES

Students are responsible for proper care of their assigned room and are prohibited from removing any items that are the property of the school. Rooms are routinely inspected during school vacations and at the end of school. Any damages or missing school property will be documented and forwarded to the Business Office for appropriate billing to a student’s account. Any expense for general damage to the residential house is divided among the occupants unless the person responsible for the damage is identified. A list of damage and replacement costs is available in the Business Office. At the end of the year, students are expected to leave their rooms in the condition in which it was when they moved in. Rooms not left in this condition are subject to a cleaning fine of up to $250.

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CHECK-IN AND LIGHTS-OUT TIMES

Boarding students are expected to check into their respective houses every night by 7:45 pm, including Saturdays. It is the responsibility of the student to make sure that he or she has been properly checked in. On any night when there are classes the next day, study time starts at 8:00 (unless changed to accommodate a special school function). During evening study hall: n Students remain in their rooms, quiet and on-task. n Students may not leave the house without permission from the house parent on duty. n Freshmen, sophomores, and any students not in good academic standing are required to keep their doors open. n Students may not leave the house until 8:45 pm, unless they have a note signed by one of their teachers requiring extra help or research in the library (study hall passes are available during the day). n Students may ask permission from the house parent on duty to go to the library at 8:45 pm. They will not be permitted to check into the library unless they have a pass properly signed by the house parent. After the study period, 11th-graders, 12th-graders, and post-graduates are permitted to leave the house—but remain on campus—until 10:30 pm, when they are required to return to their house. Students are expected to be in their rooms, settled down, and ready for bed by their specified lights out time. The house parent on duty reserves the right to require a student to shut his/her lights off and get into bed at any point after the respective lights-out time. A student needing more study time may make a request in advance for “late lights” (as long as they have used earlier time productively). Students who repeatedly violate the lights-out policy may be placed on restriction.

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9th-graders DAY n Sunday–Friday n Saturday

CHECK-IN 10:00 pm 11:00 pm

LIGHTS OUT 10:30 pm 11:30 pm

10th-graders DAY n Sunday–Friday n Saturday

CHECK-IN 10:00 pm 11:00 pm

LIGHTS OUT 10:30 pm 11:30 pm

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LIGHTS OUT 11:00 pm midnight

LIGHTS OUT 11:00 pm midnight

FOOD DELIVERY

Several local restaurants offer delivery of pizza and other foods. Students may place orders in the evening, but delivery times are restricted during evening study time (8:00–10:00 pm) and after 10:30 pm. For security reasons, delivery personnel are not welcome beyond the front entry to the house.

VISITATION PRIVILEGES

As a coeducational boarding school, NHS defines Visitation privileges as the opportunity for sophomore, junior, and senior/PG men and women to visit one another in their respective house areas. Visitation privileges are meant to allow students to visit with members of the opposite sex, not to provide a time for sexual intimacy. Ninth-graders are not permitted visitation privileges. Violation of visitation privileges is an infraction of a Major School Expectation with the potential for serious disciplinary consequences, including permanent separation from school. Common Room Visitation Privileges This can happen only in the Common Room of the house and during specified times and under certain conditions. The following expectations apply: n A house parent must be present and notified that a guest is in the building

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n Common room visitation privileges Sunday evening through Friday may occur from

5 pm until 7:30 pm and 10:00–10:25 pm. On Saturday, common room visitation is permitted from 7:45 pm until 10:45 pm. n Common room visitation privileges may occur on Sundays after 1 pm n Students are not permitted to walk down hallways, corridors, or stairwells at any point during a common room visitation. n Students must be invited guests of a member of that house. At any point a student may be asked to leave by a proctor or house parent. Also, house heads reserve the right to restrict or ban common room visitation if they feel that the expectations are not being respected or adhered to. In-Room Visitation Privileges (juniors/seniors only) Juniors and seniors are allowed to host room visitations with members of the opposite sex under the following conditions: n House parent is present in the student house space. If the house parent on duty is not available during visitation hours, then room visitation cannot occur during that time. n The host must check the guest in and out with a house parent in the building. n The room cannot be dark and the door must be open more than shoulder width. n Students are not permitted to lie down on a bed or other furniture. n Students are responsible for ending the visit prior to the end of visitation hours. Designated hours for room visitation are as follows. n Visitation may occur at 10:00 pm on Monday through Friday evening. n Between 7:30 and 11 pm on Saturday nights. n Between 1 and 5 pm on Sunday, only if the house parent on duty remains in the building. At any point, a house parent reserves the right to decline a request for room visitation, even during the designated hours, or to ask the participants to leave the room if the house parent is uncomfortable with the situation. Violation of any one of the above conditions constitutes a visitation privilege infraction, which is considered a violation of a Major School Expectation and can result in serious disciplinary consequences.

NON-NEW HAMPTON SCHOOL GUESTS

If a student would like to have a non-New Hampton School guest visit, he or she must obtain approval from the dean of students prior to the arrival of the guest. The guest’s parent or guardian must call permission into the School Life Office. While on campus, the guest must abide by New Hampton School’s standards of conduct. When there is a day or evening co-curricular activity on campus, a student may bring a guest provided the guest comes in dress appropriate for the occasion and provided that the dean of students is notified. Guests on campus should be introduced to the dean of students and/or the administrator on duty. School Life Office permission is required in

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order for a boarding student to host a gender appropriate guest in their room for an overnight stay. Guests may be asked to leave campus at any time for any reason.

LEAVING CAMPUS

Students are expected to remain inside campus boundaries at all times. n Boarding students must be granted permission to leave campus for any reason. They may not travel in a vehicle with anyone other than their parent or guardian without permission from the School Life Office. n Campus boundaries are defined as the area inside the following four roads: Main Street from Caswell house all the way to the church (exceptions: Ebbels and Draper Houses), Shingle Camp Hill Road, Dr. Childs Road to the parking lot, and NH Route 104. n Students are prohibited from walking on Rt 104 under the interstate highway bridge. There are no sidewalks and it is not safe. n The woods behind the hockey rink and Kennedy Field are private property and considered off-campus. n Students who wish to travel outside the campus boundaries for biking, walking, or jogging, must obtain permission from a house parent, the administrator on duty, or the School Life Office and sign out in the house. n Students may walk to Palazzi Field for school-sanctioned activities. Weekend Sign-Out Procedure Although NHS encourages students to remain on campus and participate in campus activities, boarding students may request permission to leave campus overnight on weekends. Some weekends are designated as “community weekends� when all boarding students are required to remain on campus. The following expectations must be met in order for weekend departure to be approved: n A student’s parent or guardian gives permission to the assistant to the School Life Office at 603-677-3435 by Friday at noon. n A weekend request is submitted to the School Life Office no later than Friday by noon. n Students indicate their exact overnight destination and means of transportation to and from campus. n A student being hosted by another family or adult over the age of 21 ensures that the School Life Office has been provided with verbal or written permission from both his or her parent or guardian and the hosting adult. n The dean of students approves.

Students who fail to meet the standards described may not be permitted to leave for the weekend and will face disciplinary consequences if they leave without permission. Once permission is granted:

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n Boarding students are not permitted to return to campus before 1 pm on Sunday with-

out express permission from the administrator on duty, the associate dean of students, or the dean of students. n Boarding students must be back on campus no later than 7:30 pm on Sunday evening, unless prior approval for a later return is granted by the School Life Office. The dean of students or associate dean of students reserves the right to deny a request for a weekend departure if he/she deems the weekend problematic in any way. Students will not be permitted to sign out for destinations where there is a lack of appropriate adult supervision. Transportation for weekend leaves Safety is of primary importance to the school whenever students travel to and from campus. The following options may be considered for weekend leave transportation (we encourage parents and/or guardians to drive): n Riding in a car operated by his or her parent or legal guardian. n Riding in a car operated by the parent or legal guardian of the hosting student, if taking a weekend to another student’s home (with parent permission). n Riding in a car operated by an approved driver over the age of 21 (with parent permission). n Riding in a car operated by his or her sibling over the age of 18 (with parent permission). n Concord Trailways bus (with parent permission). n With parent permission from all involved students, riding in a car operated by a day student (if taking a weekend to THAT day student’s home). Other Transportation Issues For any transportation needs or information, contact the School Life Office at 603-6773435.

AUTOMOBILE USE AND POLICIES FOR BOARDING STUDENTS

n For reasons of safety, liability, and parking facility limitations, boarding students are

not permitted to keep vehicles on campus or in the vicinity of campus for any reason without the express approval of the dean of students. A request in writing (clearly explaining the reasons) must be made in advance. Reasons for the request must be for special circumstances and not a matter of convenience. Permissions are limited and granted at the discretion of the Dean of Students. Boarding students who bring vehicles to campus without approval face disciplinary consequences. n Without parental permission and permission from the School Life Office, a boarding student may not be in the car of a day student, or any person other than his/her parent or legal guardian. Due to concerns for student safety, this is a major school expectation with consequences when violated.

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n The School Life Office or an administrator on duty can permit a student to ride in a

vehicle operated by another student’s parent or legal guardian. (With prior written permission from a parent or legal guardian.) n A boarding student may, at restricted times of the day and under special circumstances, be granted the privilege of riding with a day student. (With prior written permission from a parent or legal guardian.) Daily Transportation Needs The school can arrange transportation for a student during the week for health and educational purposes. There is a fee associated with this service, to be billed through the Business Office. Bus Services Concord Trailways runs several buses daily between the Concord bus terminal and South Station in Boston. If necessary, the school will arrange for a student to be transported to Concord. There is also direct service to New Hampton every day, and arrangements can be made to pick up students at the New Hampton bus terminal if needed. For more information, contact the School Life Office or Concord Trailways at 1-800-639-3317; www. concordtrailways.com. Vacation Travel Please make vacation travel arrangements early and respect the integrity of the NHS calendar. Do not arrange travel plans that interfere with a student’s ability to attend and participate in required activities, including commencement (required for all students). Students may not return to campus prior to 5 pm on the school’s scheduled return day. The school provides drop-off and pick-up service to and from Manchester Airport and Boston’s Logan Airport, as well as South Station in Boston for all school vacations and at the end of the year. NHS buses operate based on the following schedule: n Departures from New Hampton School to Boston’s Logan Airport, Manchester Airport,

and Boston’s South Station: NOON

n Departures from Logan Airport returning to NHS. Meet in the Terminal A baggage

claim area of Delta Airlines: 6:00 pm

n Departures from Manchester Airport returning to NHS. Meet at the main entrance: 6:00 pm

n Departures from Boston’s South Station returning to NHS. Meet in food court area of

the train station: 7:00 pm If they wish to reserve a seat on the school-provided transportation, parents and students are responsible for communicating their vacation travel information ahead of time to the School Life Office. Space is limited and students who have not made reservations in advance may be forced to take private transportation if there are not enough seats on the school-chartered buses. Parents or students failing to cancel a reservation within 24 hours of the scheduled departure will be charged the full rate. Students who fly into Logan or 32


Manchester are encouraged to provide the School Life Office with appropriate flight information in case the flight is delayed or cancelled. Parents and/or students should contact the administrator on duty at 603-455-4900 if they encounter travel problems on the day of their return. Parents or guardians are responsible for assuring that their child successfully accesses school-provided transportation. Traveling students should have the resources to seek alternative plans in the event that they miss the school’s transportation. If overnight lodging at Logan Airport becomes necessary, the Hilton, at 617-569-9300, can serve as a helpful resource. Private transportation can be arranged with Lakes Region Airport Shuttle Services, 888-386-8181 or 603-344-0585.

LAUNDRY SERVICES

In the interest of convenience, hygiene and cleanliness, New Hampton School can arrange laundry and dry cleaner services for students. Students and parents can sign up for this service during registration. There will be a weekly exchange of two sheets, one pillowcase, and three bath towels for each boarder. Blankets are not provided with the service. Card-operated washers and dryers located in the basement of Berry Hall are available for everyone’s use. In addition, some residential houses also have laundry facilities. A bed and bath linen service is recommended for all boarding students.

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Day Student Life Weekend activities, evening athletic, theater, or dance events, as well as additional happenings on campus add to a student’s experience. Day students are encouraged to participate in all aspects of school life. There are specific expectations in place to assure appropriate supervision for day students while on campus.

GENERAL EXPECTATIONS

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search in library, or participation in a school-sanctioned program), during the evenings of Sunday-Friday we ask all day students to depart campus no later than 7:30 pm When day students are on campus, they are expected to participate in the same capacity as a boarding student and live by the same expectations regarding campus life. Day students are expected to participate in all required community events. On Saturday evenings, day students are welcome to participate in activities on campus until 11 pm Day students are welcome to be on campus on Sundays during the day. Day students waiting to be picked up must wait in the Moore Center. On an occasional basis, day students are permitted to stay in the houses overnight, provided that they obtain permission ahead of time from the School Life Office.

AUTOMOBILE USE

Safety is of primary concern to the school when considering rules about automobile use by students. The following guidelines must be met by day students using cars: n Without permission from the School Life Office, a day student is forbidden from transporting boarding students in his/her car. A day student may not have a boarding student in his/her car for any reason. (Prior written permission from day student’s parent is required.) n A day student may use his/her car for the purpose of commuting to and from school each day. n A day student may not ride in a car with another day student without prior written permission from both students’ parent or legal guardian. n A day student parks in either the hockey rink lot or the lot behind Meservey Hall, and may not move his/her car until he/she departs campus at the end of the day. n A day student may not park on Main Street or in the ARC parking lot, which is reserved for faculty and guests. Violation of any rule pertaining to automobile use will result in disciplinary consequences, ranging from the loss of driving privileges to permanent separation from school.

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ABSENCE NOTIFICATION

In the event of illness, a day student’s parent or guardian must call the School Life Office (603-677-3435) by 8 am on the morning of the absence. Students will be responsible for collecting their work. Please see the attendance policy on page 8 for further explanation.

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY

New Hampton School rarely cancels classes for inclement weather. However, it is the prerogative of day parents to keep their child home after notifying the school (see absence notification) or request that the student leave early in the event of bad weather and unsafe driving conditions. Our policy follows that of the local public school’s cancellation. If the day student’s hometown has cancelled school due to unsafe driving conditions, NHS will generally excuse the day student.

OFF-CAMPUS EXPECTATIONS

All students are required to observe and abide by the same expectations and standards of conduct that apply on the New Hampton School campus. As New Hampton School expectations govern student behavior on- and off-campus, failure to uphold school policy can result in disciplinary consequences at school and may jeopardize a student’s continued enrollment.

GUARDIANSHIP POLICY

All day students must reside with a parent, legal guardian, or family member subject to the School’s approval. Students are not permitted to live “on their own” in an off-campus apartment or family residence. Students not complying with this policy place their continued enrollment in jeopardy.

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Major School Expectations and Standards of Conduct New Hampton School expects that students join our community with goals of participating in and benefiting from the richness of our living and learning environment. In this environment, we understand that each student matures and experiences growth through the choices he or she makes everyday. The School’s expectations and standards provide the structure within which a student is free to make decisions. As life is a series of decisions followed by consequences, we endeavor to help students learn to make choices that affect their lives in positive ways. We uphold standards of conduct and expect members to model, be guided by, and follow them. We believe that students should have the chance to make amends for and learn from mistakes, but certain actions or conduct may be deemed egregious and/or significantly harmful to the community and therefore warrant immediate and permanent separation from the school, regardless of the student’s record or current standing. A decision regarding separation is the sole discretion of the head of school. Acts for which the head of school will in all likelihood choose a “zero-tolerance” stance include, but are not limited to: n Presenting any life-threatening danger

n Creating any unauthorized open or smoldering flame, use of any unauthorized heating

device, or presenting any fire hazard in a building

n Physical or sexual assault

n Hazing, racism, bullying, or harassment n Willful destruction of school property n Theft

n Sale and/or distribution of drugs and/or alcohol n Any unauthorized possession of school keys.

In order to maintain a healthy living and learning environment, the following expectations are upheld. These expectations apply both on and off campus while a student is enrolled at New Hampton School.

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MAJOR SCHOOL EXPECTATIONS Honesty in all matters n We expect students to be honest and forthright in all situations and relationships from the classroom to the house, and in all other circumstances. Safety and respect for self and for others n We expect students to refrain from the consumption or possession of drugs and alcohol, possession of drug paraphernalia or alcohol containers, and illicit use or possession of prescription or other types of medication. This prohibition includes remaining in the presence of illicit substance use or possession. n As a tobacco-free campus, we expect students to refrain from any tobacco use and/or possession. n We expect that no student shall commit an act of theft or be involved in any unauthorized use or possession of school or personal property. This includes unauthorized possession of school keys or access to unauthorized areas of school property. n We expect that no student shall create any open flame or fire hazard in or around any school building. n We expect boarding students to remain in their assigned residence hall between evening house check and 6 am. n We expect students to respect all campus boundaries and to not leave campus without permission, including departing for a weekend. n We expect students to abide by the School’s Acceptable Use Policy (see Appendix) We expect students to abide by automobile use policies. n We expect students to abide by guidelines for visitation privileges. See visitation privileges and guidelines, page 21. n We expect students to refrain from gambling of any kind. n We expect that no student shall be found in possession of any dangerous weapon, including firearms, knives, pellet guns, paintball guns, or fireworks. Use or possession of may result in immediate separation and may be subject to state laws and penalties. n We expect students to abide by the Medication Policy. n We expect students to refrain from physical and/or verbal violence. n We expect all students to abstain from participation in or being in the presence of any form of harassment, hazing, and/or bullying. Each member of the community has the right to be free of harassment and to thrive in an environment of personal safety. In accordance with New Hampshire State Law (RSA 193-F:3): I. (a) “Bullying” means a single significant incident or a pattern of incidents involving written, verbal, or electronic communication, or a physical act or gesture, or any combination thereof directed at another pupil which: 1. Physically harms a pupil or damages a pupil’s property; 37


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Causes emotional distress to a pupil; Interferes with a pupil’s educational opportunities; Creates a hostile educational environment; or Substantially disrupts the orderly operation of the school.

(b) “Bullying” shall include actions motivated by an imbalance of power based on a pupil’s actual or perceived personal characteristics, behaviors, or beliefs, or motivated by the pupil’s association with another person and based on the other person’s characteristics, behaviors, or beliefs. The following examples will be considered unacceptable encroachments on another person’s safety: n Uninvited pressure for sexual intimacy. n Any form of retaliation or false accusations against a victim, witness, or anyone else who in good faith provides information about an act of bullying or cyberbullying. n Verbal, physical, mental or emotional exertion of strength over another person, whether explicit or implicit. n Making obscene or suggestive sexual remarks. n Insulting or making fun of any other person. n Making comments that are demeaning with respect to race, religion, ethnic origin, gender, family circumstances, disabilities, or sexual orientation. n E-mail, voice mail, text messages, Facebook, Skype, or other modes of communication used in a manner that is offensive, derogatory, obscene, harassing, unlawful or otherwise inappropriate. n Threatening another person, either physically or verbally, or engaging in any form of unprivileged physical contact. Attendance and participation n We expect students to comply with the attendance policy and to participate in all school programs. Refer to attendance and participation expectations, page 9. Honor our School n We expect all members of the community, while on or off campus grounds, to act in a way that brings honor to New Hampton School. n Conduct detrimental to the welfare of the school can result in permanent separation from the school.

THE DISCIPLINE PROCESS

A student choosing not to live by the school’s expectations and standards faces consequences for his or her choice. Violation of any of the school’s major expectations and standards puts a student’s continued enrollment at risk. Being in the presence of an act that runs counter to the school’s expectations and standards is considered a major violation.

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In most cases, the first step in the discipline process involves the student meeting with the associate dean of students to discuss the situation. When possible, this meeting includes the student’s advisor. Depending on the nature of the act, the associate dean of students (through council with the dean of students) determines how the school will handle each situation. In all cases, a student’s level of citizenship, academic commitment, and overall contribution to the school community plays a role in the outcome of the discipline process. A student’s disciplinary record is cumulative during his/her career regardless of the period of time between incidents.

Disciplinary Contracts When a student has violated a school expectation or standard, he/she is placed on a Disciplinary Contract that outlines the specifics of what the school expects from that student following an incident. The student is expected to sign the contract in the presence of the associate dean of students and the student’s advisor. Refusing to sign a contract indicates a student’s interest in withdrawing from school. The student signs two copies. One copy remains in the School Life Office, and the student retains the second. A copy of the contract is mailed home to the parents/guardian(s). Dean’s Warning A dean’s warning is a non-probationary response from the dean of students pertaining to a particular incident or a pattern of behavior. The response follows a discussion with the dean or associate dean of students, the student, and the student’s advisor. Students who commit a repeat offense after a dean’s warning will face more serious disciplinary action. A dean’s warning is considered a formal disciplinary action and becomes part of the student’s disciplinary record. Probation A student may be placed on probation as a consequence to his/her choice not to abide by school expectations and standards. Students are placed on probation for a minimum period of one full semester or as much as the remainder of their enrollment. When a student reaches the end of his/her probation period, he or she will be required to meet with the associate dean of students and his/her advisor to ensure that the student successfully met the requirements of the probation (i.e., counseling, service hours, etc.). Probation is considered a highly sensitive status. Students on probation remain at school under heightened scrutiny, and, as such, are held to a continued high standard of conduct and citizenship. When a student on probation violates a major school expectation or standard, the head of school will most likely separate that student from school, immediately and permanently.

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Temporary Separation (Suspension) The school recognizes the inconvenience and cost that families face as a result of a student’s temporary separation from school, and we believe that there are occasions when a student’s separation from the school community is both necessary and appropriate. Students violating a major school expectation may be temporarily separated from school. The dean of students has the authority to temporarily separate a student from school and he and/or the head of school determine the duration of the separation. Students who have been temporarily separated from school are not permitted on campus or to participate in any school functions during their suspension. It is the responsibility of the student’s family to make the necessary arrangements for supervision during the period of separation. Students may be in contact with teachers and are expected to make up the work they have missed within forty-eight hours of their return to campus. The advisor assists with assignment gathering. Temporarily separated students are permitted to return after 5 pm on the assigned day of their return. Permanent Separation or Withdrawal (Dismissal) The head of school has the ultimate authority to permanently separate a student from school. In the event of permanent separation, whenever possible the head of school and/or dean of students meets with the student to explain the decision and answer any questions. The parents will be notified promptly of the decision. Students who have been permanently separated from school must vacate campus within the same day, no later than 6 pm. It is the responsibility of the family to make arrangements for the student to vacate campus. Students permanently separated from school may not return to campus for one calendar year. Students who elect to withdraw from school at any point in the discipline process must leave campus by the same day and may not return to campus for one calendar year. Students who withdraw in the midst of major disciplinary activity will be categorized as “Withdrawn” on school records. A student who withdraws or is permanently separated from school prior to completion of the school year, regardless of the circumstances, is no longer considered enrolled at New Hampton School. A withdrawn or otherwise permanently separated student’s official academic transcript will document the date of withdrawal/separation and the grades and credits earned through that date. Once withdrawn/separated, a student will not be permitted to complete coursework for further academic credit. The head of school reserves the right to remove a student from campus immediately if, in his sole discretion, he determines that student’s conduct may potentially threaten the student’s own personal safety or the personal safety of any member of the community. Depending upon the circumstances of the case, the removal may be permanent, or it may be continued until such a time as an appropriate fact-finding proceeding or hearing may be arranged.

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Failure to Comply The expectation is that a student and his/her family will cooperate with the School’s requests. In the event that a student or student’s family refuses to comply with the School, the School will be left with no choice other than to permanently separate that student from school. Failure to Thrive There are occasions when permanent separation results, not from a specific incident, but because the student’s whole profile indicates “failure to thrive.” This means failing to cope with, or to benefit from, the academic or social aspects of the school community. It is common in these cases to see attendance issues, poor academic performance, lack of interest, irresponsible behavior, substance abuse, and/or disrespect to self and others. This behavior is destructive for the whole community. The head of school, in his discretion, reserves the right to suspend or permanently separate any student who has demonstrated such a failure to thrive. Alcohol and Drugs In the event that a student is involved or suspected of being involved in the use or possession of alcohol, drugs, or drug paraphernalia, the School will take every precaution to ensure the safety of any and all students involved or potentially involved. It is of primary importance to assess the level of intoxication to determine the best protocol in providing for a student’s safety. This will include, but not be limited to, the use of tests that indicate the presence of drugs or alcohol, and contacting the local emergency medical services and/or police. If it is determined that a student is under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, parents will be contacted as soon as possible and may be asked to take their child into their own care. The student will be subject to charges for any applicable State laws.

NOTICE TO LAW ENFORCEMENT OF STUDENT CONDUCT

The school will inform the appropriate law enforcement agency of student acts of theft, destruction, and violence as required by law (Safe School Zone law [RSAD], www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/XV/193-D/193-D-mrg.html), or as otherwise deemed appropriate, including conduct involving assault, unlawful possession or distribution of controlled drugs, and unlawful possession of a firearm, or other dangerous weapon. Students are also advised that Federal and State of New Hampshire laws provide for the imposition of substantial penalties for those convicted of certain conduct, including in some instances mandatory revocation of driver’s licenses, mandatory minimum fines, and even mandatory minimum periods of incarceration where certain conduct (such as distribution of a controlled drug) occurs in the area of a school. In the State of New Hampshire anyone 17 years or older may be treated as an adult. New Hampton School is covered by the New Hampshire Drug Free School Zone law (RSA 193-B). Under the Drug Free School Zone law, a drug-free school zone is broader than just 41


the school grounds and includes any property used for school purposes by the school, whether or not owned by the school, areas within 1,000 feet of any such property, and areas within and immediately adjacent to school buses. Likewise, under the Safe School Zone law, a safe school zone includes school property and school buses as well as any property, public or private, at which a school-sponsored or school-related event occurs. New Hampshire law also prohibits any person under the age of twenty-one from purchasing or possessing any liquor or alcoholic beverage. New Hampshire law prohibits anyone under the age of twenty-one from being intoxicated by the consumption of an alcoholic beverage and defines intoxication, for those under twenty-one, to be an alcohol concentration of .02 or more.

OTHER DISCIPLINE ISSUES Drug Testing New Hampton School reserves the right to test any student who appears to be under the influence of drugs, or when there is just cause and sufficient reason to suspect recent use while under the school’s jurisdiction. The procedure is conducted under direct supervision in the school’s Health Center. A urine sample is collected and assessed. A positive result on the test, or a refusal of the test constitutes a violation of a major school expectation. New Hampton School reserves the right to randomly test a student who has a history of use or who has been previously involved with substance use while a member of this community. The school believes that drug testing is an effective deterrent to further use and that random testing may be in the best interest of the school community, the individual, and the student’s family. No student will be placed on random drug testing without receiving proper documentation and notification from the School Life Office. A student who tests positive for drug use while subject to random testing will be in violation of a major school expectation and typically will be permanently separated from school, regardless of when or where the use occurred (e.g., at home during a school vacation). Any act of altering or tampering with a drug test procedure will be considered a serious act of dishonesty and result in the student being considered for immediate and permanent separation from school. Student Room Searches While we want our residential houses to provide “a home away from home” and allow a place of comfort and quiet for students, it should be noted that student rooms are the property of the school and the school reserves the right to enter, inspect, and/or search rooms and school furniture at any time and without prior notification. The dean of students authorizes any room search and, when deemed appropriate, the house head and the student(s) whose room is being searched are present when the search takes place. At the 42


discretion of the dean of students, a room may be searched without following the above procedure. Acceptable Use Policy for Technology The purpose of the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) is to clarify what users can and cannot do while using their own personal device and/or the technology-related resources provided by the New Hampton School. It covers most relevant device usage issues that might arise and can easily and thoroughly be read in less than ten minutes. This policy integrates with the school standards of respect and responsibility by extending those principles to the use of personal devices as well as the technology resources provided by New Hampton School. When using technology, New Hampton School users are expected to meet the same established standards of respectful behavior they are expected to meet when in the classroom, in the house, and on the playing field. Any violation of this Policy will be considered a violation of a Major School Rule. Acts of extreme disrespect toward a community member or the school (including hazing, bullying, or any form of sexual, racial, or ethnic harassment, or defamation of character) are unacceptable anytime, including while using technology. Acts involving dishonesty, lying, cheating, vandalism, plagiarism, pornographic material and failure to behave in a courteous and considerate manner are also unacceptable while using technology. This includes broadcasting such material from any device in any way. For example: naming your computer or shared iTunes library in an offensive manner. (Please refer to the Appendix for Important Technology Information and Acceptable Use Policy.) Electronic Device Search Policy Any electronic device (cell phone, tablet, lap top, etc‌) is subject to a reasonable search if suspicion arises that the device contains evidence of a violation of school policy or the law. Community Restitution A student may be assigned work hours as part of a disciplinary response plan. The student will be given a work hours card by the School Life Office, and is required to complete the assigned number of hours within an allotted period of time. If the card is not properly signed and returned to the School Life Office by the deadline additional hours will be assigned, or the student may be assigned to a mandatory work crew. Work hours must be performed on a student’s own time (i.e., not in lieu of an afternoon activity), and students can be assigned restitution anywhere on campus. An adult supervisor must sign the card for the work hours to be official.

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Restriction Boarding students may be placed on restriction for violating house regulations (e.g., room inspection or check-in), or as a result of rule infractions. Students will typically be placed on restriction for anywhere from three days to two weeks. Students on restriction must: n Remain on campus, unless the student is with a team or on a school-sponsored event. Any exception will require special permission from the dean of students. n Remain in their assigned house after 7:45 pm check-in, and are not permitted visitation privileges. n Observe a 9 pm curfew on Saturday night.

COLLEGE COUNSELING

The College Counseling Office serves as a support system for the student and his or her family throughout the college process. Starting formally in the fall of junior year and going through senior year, the College Counseling Office provides guidance and advice on every aspect of the college process, from discovering academic and co-curricular interests, to exploring a breadth of educational opportunities, to sitting for appropriate standardized testing, to visiting colleges, to having access to college representatives on the New Hampton School campus, to applying to college, to deciding where to attend college after graduating from New Hampton School. The College Counselors will offer standardized testing advice and test date reminders in a timely manner throughout a student’s time at school. Most importantly, the College Counseling Office serves as the conduit for all transcript and recommendation materials between New Hampton School and the colleges, even as early as a student’s junior year. Disciplinary Policy with Regards to College Reporting Requirements New Hampton School will report student disciplinary information to colleges and universities according to the guidelines articulated below. Those offenses which occur after Registration Day of a student’s senior year which result in a sanction of probation or a sanction of temporary or permanent separation from the School will be communicated to colleges and universities. If a student has such an offense, the School will report the date and nature of the offense, and the sanction imposed and the date it was imposed. The School will report to colleges and universities any significant change in a student’s academic status or qualifications, between the time of recommendation and graduation, including but not limited to the following: probation, temporary or permanent separation, withdrawal form school, loss of leadership distinction. The School shall promptly notify the student and his/her parents of any such report. All other information regarding a student’s prior disciplinary record in Grades Nine, Ten, and Eleven will not be disclosed unless the student and his/her parents consent to the dis-

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closure of additional information. In that event, the School will share with the student and the parents the information it proposes to disclose before such disclosure. This policy establishes the obligation a student has to report disciplinary history when presented with the question. If the student has a disciplinary violation that he/she intends to disclose in an application, the student is encouraged to discuss that fact in advance with the director of college counseling at New Hampton School.

Appendix TECHNOLOGY INFORMATION / ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY

Information is a form of property, and e-mail is a form of speech (see also section titled “Electronic Mail” below). Obtaining a password or access to another’s folder or e-mail on the New Hampton School network is a form of theft, just as real as using a stolen key to enter someone’s room. Similarly, taking advantage of a user who has failed to log off a computer is the same as entering a room that has been left unlocked and then stealing, reading a personal letter, or destroying property. In addition, posting a message under another user’s login name is a form of dishonesty, just as is plagiarism or lying. Finally, since e-mail is a form of speech, it cannot be used to harass others. Electronic Mail The rules of conduct concerning the use of e-mail require special mention. New Hampton School treats e-mail as analogous to ordinary paper mail. We expect all users to respect the privacy of an e-mail message. In most circumstances, no one will read personal mail unless the recipient gives permission. On the other hand, the recipient may choose to share an e-mail with others. As a matter of manners, one should not share an e-mail message unless the author has agreed. E-mail and other electronic signals traveling over the school network and the electronic contents of any machine attached to our network will be considered property of the school. Every attempt will be made to respect a user’s privacy with regard to e-mail; however, there are occasions when it may become necessary for someone other than the addressees to review an e-mail or e-mails, and New Hampton School reserves the right to perform such a review at any time, without any stated reason. The following list is not comprehensive, but contains a few examples of occasions that may prompt someone other than the addressee to read an e-mail message: n Prompted by reasonable cause or belief that a user’s use of the network may be affecting the operation of the network or otherwise violating this Acceptable Use Policy, 45


school administrators with the help of a network administrator may investigate a user’s e-mail account. n All e-mail sent from or received by any computers at New Hampton School may at any time be inspected by local, state or federal authorities. n If an e-mail is addressed incorrectly, it will be returned to the system administrator so that it may be directed to the correct destination. n To troubleshoot technical difficulties, a network administrator may need to inspect e-mail messages passing through the New Hampton network, whether those messages were sent from a school account or not. If it is determined that a user has engaged in improper use of e-mail (which includes harassing others or obtaining access to another person’s account), his or her e-mail privileges can be discontinued and other disciplinary action may be taken depending on the circumstances. Public Messages Public e-mail messages (those sent to groups of people either via address lists or FirstClass conferences) should follow ordinary rules of appropriate public language. Especially since such messages are public, they should not contain any language or content that the author would not be willing to share at an all-school meeting. This includes but is not limited to derogatory or slanderous commentary against a person or people. Network Access and Services As set forth above, signals traveling over the school network and the electronic contents of any machine attached to our network will be considered property of the school. This means that New Hampton School network administrators reserve the right to inspect and sometimes interrupt data traveling over the school’s network for the purpose of evaluating and maintaining secure and efficient network operations on the school campus. It logically follows that, if you elect to use your own personal computer on the school network, you agree to allow a Technology staff member to inspect the machine to assure compliance with network policies and to repair security breaches such as computer viruses. This is an industry norm, and by using our network services you agree in advance to comply. As indicated by our school philosophy and spirit of community, every effort will be made to respect your personal privacy when possible, however, all images, videos, or other electronic files must meet the standards of the School’s acceptable use policy. Certain types of non-academic traffic are restricted at the school: instant messaging, peer2peer Internet file sharing, online gaming, offsite e-mail and online transactions. They are restricted in the following ways: none of the above activities are permitted to take place on a school computer. However, the following activities are permitted from a computer that you own, brought to campus and registered to your name with the school technology department (see Technology department x3454 for instructions): instant messaging, online gaming and online transactions (such as non school-related online business, stocks and 46


banking). The activities stated in the previous sentence are not necessarily supported and guaranteed to work, but they are not expressly forbidden when performed in compliance with the guidelines laid out by this policy. On the other hand, file sharing with tools such as Kazaa, LimeWire, Bearshare, eDonkey, and many others are expressly forbidden because on a large scale it sacrifices the stability of our network. This includes any legal use of the protocols/ports that these programs use. For example Blizzard Software uses BitTorrents to distribute their updates but since peer-to-peer traffic in general is not allowed, these updates will not function on the NHS network. If you have a legitimate need to obtain files electronically, seek the assistance of technology personnel. Our policy regarding personal computers is explained under the subheading “Internet Access.” Unapproved Wireless Networks Wireless networks that are not approved of or setup by the Technology Department are not allowed on New Hampton School’s campus. Such networks cause interruptions in the security and efficiency of the school’s network. Unapproved wireless networks on campus will be located and disabled. The owner of the wireless equipment will also be subject to suspension of network access. Important information regarding passwords: You will be issued a username and password that you will use to access network services at the school. These credentials identify you on our local network and on the Internet and, like a social security number, credit card number, or driver’s license number, can be used by a person with bad intentions to steal your identity. Therefore, your password should be kept private. Only Technology personnel at the school and a certain few others that they appoint have access to your password, and you should keep your password private. DO NOT SHARE YOUR PASSWORD. A TECHNOLOGY EMPLOYEE WILL NEVER NEED TO ASK YOU FOR YOUR PASSWORD. You are responsible for your account and password, and any actions traced to that account. Do not attempt to use another person’s account under any circumstances, even with their permission. Do not attempt to circumvent security measures or blocks on any computers, whether on the New Hampton School network or elsewhere. You are expected to immediately report any security threats you perceive against the school to the Technology office. Any behavior that proves disruptive in any way to the New Hampton community or any third party on the internet may result in immediate revocation of access rights, privileges, etc. Copyrighted Material Another issue is the use and/or transferal of stolen (“pirated”) software and media. Commercial software, music, films, and other media are copyrighted works, and users must respect the rights of the copyright holders. Since information is a form of property, violation of copyright is a form of theft. Only legally-obtained software may be used on school 47


networks. The network is an academic resource, and use thereof is governed by the same rules as library resources. Although New Hampton School recognizes that the use of illegal software and music is a common practice, this does not in any way make it a legal or ethical practice, and such use is expressly forbidden. Internet Access The New Hampton School provides access to the Internet, including the ability to access computers at other locations. When using the Internet through New Hampton School’s Internet connection, you are a representative of the New Hampton School. In that role, you must conduct yourself in a way that is not hurtful to others or their property. Use of inappropriate language, bullying, harassment, etc., addressed to off-campus persons will be treated no differently than if addressed to other New Hampton School community members. It is not permissible to use our Internet connection to attempt to circumvent the security provisions of another computer on the Internet. It is not permissible to send messages under the name of another or anonymously. As previously stated, users of any computer on New Hampton School’s network, including personal computers, must realize that all data that travels on New Hampton’s network becomes the property of the school, including web and e-mail traffic. Any e-mail or web pages viewed using our network may at any time be subject to review and monitoring by the school. All restrictions described in the Acceptable Use Policy also apply to the use of computers and e-mail across the Internet. Violation of any of these policies could result in the suspension or revocation of network privileges and possible confiscation of personal computer equipment. Safety When using the Internet you should be very cautious. Some people who use the Internet are very dangerous. There have been a number of cases of people with criminal intent using the Internet to identify and pursue potential victims. To protect your personal safety, we strongly suggest that you never give out personal information (address, phone number, etc.) over the Internet, just as you would not give this information to a stranger on the street. Technology Resources While it is true that New Hampton School students are taught to be respectful and responsible, we expect all users to treat all equipment with respect and care. Users must assume financial responsibility for repairs occasioned by misuse of such equipment. Users should recognize that the computers, network, Internet, and e-mail systems are shared resources, and should not be overused by any individual to the detriment of others. Other Policies The technology department is entrusted with the responsibility to ensure the highest reasonable levels of reliability and security of the school network and the systems attached to it. As a result, there may be other network policies or guidelines posted in public forums throughout the year. These policies are to be considered an extension of the Acceptable 48


Use Policy and you are responsible for complying with them on equal merit at all times. This of course means that you must keep up with relevant public announcements via e-mail, as you are responsible for knowledge of their content. These guidelines are intended to assist the New Hampton School community in obtaining the greatest possible benefit from the technology resources we provide.

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2013-14 School Calendar September

January

1

Proctors Arrive by Noon

6

Boarding Students Return by 7:30 pm

3

Registration — Preseason Sports

7

Classes Resume

3

Registration — New International Students

25-26

Winter Carnival / Community Weekend**

6

Registration —All Students

7-8

Community Weekend**

February

7-8

Orientation - All Students

8

Long Weekend Begins at Noon*

8 Convocation

11

Boarding Students Return by 7:30 pm

9

First Semester Classes Begin

12

Classes Resume

24

Class of 2014 & 2015 College Fair

27

Grandparents’ Day

March

October

3-8

Project Week

8

Spring Break Begins at Noon †

16

Sophmore & Junior PSATs

24

Boarding Students Return by 7:30 pm

17-19

Parents Weekend

25

Classes Resume

18-19

Class of 2015 College Workshop

19

Long Weekend begins at 12:00 noon*

22

Boarding Students Return by 7:30 pm

23

Classes Resume

April (no events scheduled)

May

November

15

Last Day of Classes

2

Admissions Open House

16

Review Day (all classes)

9

Powder Keg Day at Tilton

17-18

Reading Period Prior to Exams**

(no departures until after events)

22

Thanksgiving Break Begins at Noon †

19-22

Second Semester Exams

22 Baccalaureate 23 Commencement

December 2

Boarding Students Return by 7:30 pm

3

Classes Resume

19

Winter Holiday Break Begins at Noon

30-31

June 1

* All houses closed/NHS closed by noon ** No off-campus or weekend permission granted

† (designated students, houses open until 8 am the following day)

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Reunion Weekend

Reunion Weekend (cont.)


Contact Information ALL NUMBERS IN AREA CODE 603 School Telephone Number

Phone Numbers

Facilities

Main Switchboard, 8:00 am–4:00 pm

Absences

Kirk Beswick: 677-3470

677-3400

677-3435

For emergency contact after 4:00 pm and

Academic Policy

Finances/Business Office on weekends, please contact adults in

Grades/Scheduling

the following order: Admission n

Administrator on Duty (AOD )

n

House Parent

n

Dean of Students, Chris Little

Administrator on Duty (AOD) Cell Phone (all calls after 4:00 pm and weekends) 455-4900

Jill Duncan: 677-3411

Anna Koester: 677-3431 Anna Koester: 677-3431

Suzanne Buck: 677-3401 Head of School’s Office Advisor/Advisee Questions

Beth Dodge: 677-3425

677-3435 Health Center Alumni Affairs

Cindy Glidden: 677-3456

Cindy Buck: 677-3414 International Students

Chris Little, Dean of Students

Arts

Cell Phone: 455-0398

Amy Wilson: 677-3513

Fax Numbers

Athletics

Academic Office: 677-3483

Jamie Arsenault: 677-3440

Katerina Farr-Williams: 677-3561 Parents/Grandparents Weekend Cindy Buck: 677-3414 Permission for Campus Absences

Academic Support Program: 677-3487 Admissions Office: 677-3481

Campus Store

Athletics Office: 677-3486

Carol Stazinski: 677-3464

Administrative Assistant: 677-3435 Residential House Questions

College Counseling: 677-3488 Business Office: 677-3482

Counseling Needs

Development Office: 677-3489

Dan Petrocelli: 677-3455

Jacque Little: 677-3437 Student Activities

Facilities: 677-3490 General/Bookstore: 677-3480

College Counseling

Head of School Office: 677-3485

677-3420

Beth Grosart: 677-3544 Technology

School Life Office: 677-3484 Communications

Eric LaCroix: 677-3454

Will McCulloch: 677-3417 Transcript Requests Service Learning

Lara Arsenault: 677-3430

Jonathan Schwab: 677-3508 Vacation Travel Dean of Students

Administrative Assistant: 677-3435

Chris Little: 677-3436 Weekend Travel Permission Development Sandy Colhoun: 677-3413 Disciplinary Questions

Administrative Assistant: 677-3435 Important E-mail Addresses n

Chris Little Dean of Students

Jacque Little: 677-3437

clittle@newhampton.org E & R Laundry 800-243-7789

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Jacque Little Associate Dean of Students jlittle@newhampton.org

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New Hampton School - School Life Handbook 2013-2014  

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