School Notices and Policies
POLICY: Parent/Student Rights
In connection with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
On behalf of Thornton Academy’s sending public school districts, Thornton Academy provides parents/guardians with all the rights granted by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (“Section 504”) to parents and their children who are identified as disabled. It is the policy of the school to inform parents of decisions about their children and of their rights if they disagree with any of those decisions.
Parents of children who are identified as disabled have the following rights under this policy:
- To have their child take part in, and receive benefits from, public education programs without discrimination because of his/her disability
2. To have the school advise them of parents’ rights under federal law
3. To receive notice from the school with respect to the identification, evaluation, educational program or placement of their child
4. To have their child receive a free appropriate public education according to the Department of Education’s 504 Regulations, including: the right to be educated with non-disabled students to the maximum extent appropriate; the right to reasonable accommodations, modifications, and related aids and services necessary for the child to benefit from his/her educational program.
5. To have their child educated in comparable facilities and receive comparable services to those provided to non-disabled students
6. To have decisions regarding their child’s evaluation, program and placement based upon a variety of information sources, and made by persons familiar with the student, the evaluation data, and the placement options
7. To have their child re-evaluated periodically, to the extent necessary, including before any significant changes are made to their child's educational program or placement
8. To have their child receive an equal opportunity to participate in extra-curricular school activities
9. To examine all relevant educational records relating to decisions regarding their child's identification, evaluation, education program, and placement
10. To obtain copies of educational records at a reasonable cost unless the fee would effectively deny parents access to the records
11. To receive a response from the school to reasonable requests for explanations and interpretations of their child's records;
12. To request amendment of their child's educational records if there is reasonable cause to believe that they are inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of the privacy rights of the child. If the school refuses this request for amendment, parents have the right to be notified within a reasonable time and advised of the right to a hearing.
13. To file a complaint through local complaint procedures regarding any alleged violation of the Rehabilitation Act
14. To request an impartial hearing, to be conducted by a person who is not an employee of the district, to dispute decisions or actions regarding their child's identification, evaluation, educational program or placement as a student with a disability. Parent(s) and child may take part in the hearing and have an attorney represent them at their own expense.
Questions about how to request a hearing may be forwarded to Thornton Academy’s 504 Coordinator, whose name and contact information is updated annually and listed below.
15. To have the decisions made by hearing officers or others reviewed in state or federal court
504 Coordinator — 2016-2017:
Amy Glidden (email@example.com)
207-282-3361, ext 8136
The Board of Trustees has adopted a nondiscrimination policy. Thornton Academy does not discriminate by race, age, color, ancestry or national origin, religion, gender, gender identification, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, marital, veteran, or any other legally protected status in admission to, access to, treatment in or employment in its programs and activities.
Employee and student complaint procedures are available which provide for the prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging discrimination and harassment. For more information, to make an inquiry, or file a complaint concerning the above statement, contact the Office of the Associate Head (ext. 4404).
POLICY: Academic Honesty
An integral aspect of preparing students for a changing world involves the development of appropriate and ethical choices with regard to each individual’s actions within the community. It is our charge as educators to provide all students with the proper tools to identify improper use, avoid plagiarism and cheating, collaborate responsibly with others, and to appreciate the inherent value in academic honesty. The following policy will guide the Thornton Academy community in adhering to our standards of academic integrity.
Academic Honesty is defined as valuing and demonstrating positive regard for personal integrity and truthfulness, as well as, the intellectual property rights of others.
Thornton Academy Employees will:
- Model and teach academic integrity so that all students are able to produce original work.
o Share exemplars of original vs. unoriginal work
o Teach how to properly cite the work of others
o Post research and style guidelines on course Moodle pages
- Use the shared skills and resources provided to create original work. When students feel they are not in a position to produce original work, they will seek assistance from their instructor(s) so they can avoid an infraction.
o Make use of resources provided by faculty and staff, including the Student Guidelines posted on the library’s Moodle page
o Seek assistance from appropriate faculty or support staff
- Support students and staff in creating a community where students will create original work.
o Guide students in taking advantage of academic resources provided by faculty and/or posted on course Moodle pages, thorntonacademy.org, etc.
o Communicate with staff when a student is struggling with an assignment
o Support the faculty in helping students recognize the importance of this policy and the value of academic honesty
If a teacher determines there is sufficient evidence of academic dishonesty on the part of a student, the following actions will be taken:
- The teacher will discuss the incident with the student(s) involved.
- The teacher will complete the Infraction Form and provide a copy to the student and to the Deans Office.
- The teacher will notify the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) to discuss the infraction and subsequent consequences.
- If the student chooses not to appeal, the Deans Office will record the incident in PowerSchool and retain the documentation.
Range of Consequences
Academic Honesty infractions are cumulative during the student’s entire attendance at Thornton Academy.
For a first offense, a teacher will impose one or more of the following consequences:
- Require the student to resubmit the assignment for a modified grade
- Assign a reduced grade or zero (0) for the assignment
- Assign a before or after-school teacher detention
For subsequent or multiple offenses, a teacher will impose one or more of the above AND one or more of the following consequences after consulting with an administrator:
- Reduce a student’s quarter grade by a maximum of 10 percentage points
- Revoke AP or honors weight for a course
- Notify post-secondary institutions, including academic or other bodies
- Retract letters of recommendation, or other awards and commendations
- Recommend an appropriate course placement/level change
It is the responsibility of the student to demonstrate why the allegation of academic honesty should be overturned. A student may exercise their right to appeal the allegation by following the process below:
1. Within 5 school days of being notified of the allegation, the student must return the completed Infraction Form to the Deans Office.
2. The student must attach a written statement and substantiating documentation that demonstrates grounds for appeal.
3. The Appeals Committee, consisting of two members of the faculty and one administrator, will consider the documentation and decide to either uphold or dismiss the allegation. The committee may request additional information from appropriate parties.
4. The student and teacher will be notified of the committee findings in writing. The decision of the Appeals Committee on these matters is final.
5. Upon completion of the process, the Deans Office will take appropriate action with regard to filing the decision.
POLICY: Animals On Campus
Service Animals: The following rules shall govern the use of service animals at Thornton Academy.
1. General Conditions
a. Only qualified individuals with disabilities are eligible to use service animals in school.
b. Use of a service animal by a person with a disability will be allowed in school when the animal is required to perform work or tasks directly related to the individual’s disability.
c. The Academy will not be responsible for the training, feeding, grooming or care of any service animal permitted to attend school under this policy. It shall be the responsibility of the individual with a disability or designated handler to ensure the proper care and supervision of the service animal.
d. All service animals must be kept on a harness, leash, or tether unless this prevents the animal from performing his/her specific work or tasks with the individual. The animal must be under the control of the individual with a disability or designated handler at all times.
e. The individual with a disability (or in the case of a student, the student’s parent(s)) is liable for any damage to school or personal property and any injuries to individuals caused by the service animal.
f. Individuals with service animals may access the same areas that individuals without disabilities are authorized to access.
2. Administrative Review of Service Animals
a. Whenever a service animal is in school or on school property (and it is not obvious that the dog qualifies as a service animal, e.g., guide dog for a blind person), an administrator or other authorized school official may ask:
i. Whether the service animal is required because of a disability;
ii. What work or task(s) the animal has been trained to perform.
b. When it is anticipated that a service animal is going to be on campus with an employee, student, volunteer or other frequent visitor to the school, the individual using the service animal [or in the case of a student, the student’s parent(s)] is expected to notify an administrator in advance.c. The following must be provided to the school:
i. A description of the work or task(s) the animal is trained to perform
ii. Documentation of liability insurance
iii. A copy of the animal’s license
iv. Current certification from a veterinarian that the animal is in good health
v. Proof of current rabies vaccination
vi. Evidence that the student or employee can appropriately supervise care for, and control the animal at school, or, depending on the circumstances involved, that there is a plan for a handler to be present to care for and control the animal.
d. The school shall not provide staff support to care for or control a service animal, but may provide support to the student using the service animal as need in a particular instance (i.e., accompanying a young student who takes a service animal outside to relieve itself).
e. Any handler (parent or other person) accompanying the service animal must have approval to work in the school from the Maine Department of Education and undergo the State criminal background check.
3. Removal or Exclusion of Service Animals from School: An administrator or other authorized school official may require that a service animal be removed from the school or other school property under any of the following circumstances:
a. The service animal poses a direct threat to the safety of individuals at the school, causes a significant disruption of school activities or otherwise jeopardizes the safe operation of the school;
b. The service animal demonstrates that it is unable to perform reliably the work or tasks that it was represented as being able to perform;
c. The service animal is not under the full control of the person with a disability, or the authorized handler.
d. The service animal is sick (e.g., vomiting), infested with parasites, has an infection of the skin, mouth, or eyes, or otherwise presents a threat to public health;
e. The service animal demonstrates that it is not sufficiently trained to relieve itself outside the school building; and/or
f. The service animal’s presence significantly impairs the learning of students and/or fundamentally alters the nature of any school program.
Therapy Animals: The following rules shall govern the use of therapy animals at Thornton Academy.
1. Visits by trained therapy animals are welcome but must be approved ahead of time.
a. This requirement applies for both occasional and repeating visits. The following requirements apply:
i. Evidence of up-to-date certification from a recognized therapy dog organization (e.g., AKC Therapy Dog Program) must be on file with the Administrators Office.
ii. Vaccination and licensure records must be on file with the Director of Campus Security.
iii. Animals must be leashed and remain in the proximity of the owner/handler at all times.
2. Individuals wishing to utilize therapy animals at Thornton Academy should see the Associate Head for more information or to make arrangements for therapy animal use.
Pet/Companion Animals: The following rules shall govern the accommodation of pets and companion animals at Thornton Academy.
1. Pet/companion animals are not allowed in classrooms, offices, or other business-oriented spaces on campus.
2. The ownership of pet/companion animals is allowed in Thornton Academy housing at the discretion of the Headmaster.
a. Pet/companion animals must be leashed or confined to a crate or kennel when on the Thornton Academy campus, with the exception that pet/companion animals may be loose within a dorm family’s personal apartment, not including hallways or common areas.
b. Family pets must be licensed and meet all required animal regulations currently in force in the City of Saco.
c. Pet owners must provide proof of renters insurance that includes coverage for pet-related incidents. Contact the Finance Director for more information.
d. Outdoor clean up of pet waste is the owner’s responsibility.
Class attendance is a basic requirement for academic success and earning credits steadily toward graduation. Classroom instruction and discussions are important parts of each course. When a student misses class, that part of the instruction cannot be replaced. Attendance is an important component of learning. In an adult world, good attendance at work is also expected and required. Parents have an interest and responsibility to help the school ensure their students’ attendance.
Thornton Academy defines excused absences for the following reasons:
1. Personal illness
2. An appointment with a health professional that must be made during the regular school day
3. Observance of a recognized religious holiday when the observance is required during the regular school day
4. A family emergency
5. A planned absence for a personal or educational purpose that has been approved in advance
Thornton Academy has adopted clear guidelines regarding school and class attendance. All students are expected to arrive at school on time and attend all assigned classes every day.
School begins at 8:30 a.m. Daily attendance is noted on student report cards. Students who arrive after 8:30 must check in at the Attendance Office and will be marked “tardy.”
When a Student Is Absent
- A parent/guardian MUST call the Attendance Office the day the student is absent and leave a message with the Attendance Office.
- Absences must be called in by 12pm (noon) the day of the absence. If notification is not received, the student will be listed as “absent unexcused.”
- In order for the absence to be excused, it must fall under one of the Academy’s definitions of excused absences (see p. 1). Parents/guardian must provide a written reason by note or email to the class dean for the absence.
- No corrections will be made after 48 hours and the absence may remain unexcused. Messages are received 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Unexcused absences will result in a grade of 0% for the day and may result in consequences outlined in the handbook. Parents/guardian will be contacted regarding unexcused absences.
When a Student Is Tardy
- A parent/guardian MUST call the Attendance Office before the student checks into school.
- Parents/guardians must provide a written reason by note or email to the class dean for the tardy. For the tardy to be excused, it must fall under one of the Academy’s definitions of excused absences (see above). If this is not provided, students will not be allowed to make up any work in the class that was missed, including tests and quizzes. The student may also receive additional consequences, such as detention. Tardies exceeding 50% of the block count as a full block towards a student’s absenteeism count.
A student must have permission from a parent/guardian to leave campus. A parent/guardian must call or email the Attendance Office prior to the dismissal time. The student will receive a pink dismissal slip, and should check out through the Attendance Office upon leaving. Students are not allowed to leave and then have a call placed afterwards.
A student cannot be excused or released from any class or study hall without a pass. Teachers take attendance each block and record any absences and tardies. Class attendance record will be part of a student’s final grade.
Students will have up to one week from the day of return from an excused absence to make up work for any missed classes. Students cannot make up work from an unexcused absence. Unexcused absences include class cuts, truancy, absences or tardies without parental notification and documentation.
Planned Family Vacations
Students must complete a form prior to the dates of vacation and return the form to the Deans Office. If this form is not submitted to the Deans Office prior to the dates of the planned absence, those days will be logged as unexcused and the student will not be able to make up any work missed.
Students must attend school or have an excused absence on the day of any extracurricular activity in order to participate in the activity. Any appeals should be discussed with the class dean, coach/advisor and Director of Student Activities.
To reach the Attendance Office: Call 282-3361 and press 1
To reach a class dean: Call 282-3361, ext 4442
CONSEQUENCES FOR INDIVIDUAL ATTENDANCE INFRACTIONS
Unexcused Absence (Truancy): Unexcused absences may result in a grade of 0% for the day and one point off the quarter grade. Parents will be contacted regarding unexcused absences.
1st Offense: One (1) Friday detention (assigned by the Dean, served on Friday for 2½ hours; failure to serve will result in an out-of-school suspension the following academic day), parental, teacher and guidance notification
2nd Offense: Two (2) Friday detentions; parental, teacher and guidance notificatio
3rd Offense: One-day out-of-school suspension, and a conference with parent/guardian
Continued absence from school may result in an administrative truancy intervention.
Unexcused Tardy to Class: All Offenses: A one-point deduction from the quarter grade and parental, teacher and guidance notification. A teacher detention may also be assigned.
Unexcused Tardy to Study Hall:
1st Offense: Office detention (assigned by a dean, served on Tuesday through Friday for one hour; failure to serve results in automatic Friday detention and parent/guidance notification)
2nd Offense: One (1) Friday detention, parental, teacher and guidance notification
3rd Offense: Two (2) Friday detentions, parental, teacher and guidance notification.
Please note that excessive tardiness may lead to a parent/guardian conference and/or result in further disciplinary action.
Not checking in (tardy to school) and not checking out (dismissal from school):
1st Offense: Office detention, parental, teacher and guidance notification
2nd Offense: One (1) Friday detention, parental, teacher and guidance notification
3rd Offense: Two (2) Friday detentions, parental, teacher and guidance notification
Class Cut: Class cuts will result in a grade of 0% for the day and one point off the quarter grade.
1st Offense: Office detention, parental, teacher and guidance notification
2nd Offense: One (1) Friday detention, parental, teacher and guidance notification
3rd Offense: One-day out-of-school suspension, parental, teacher and guidance notification
1st Offense: Friday detention, parental, teacher and guidance notification.
Other offenses: May result in an out of school suspension or conference with parent/guardian. Please note that leaving campus during a class may also result in loss of credit.
IN CASES OF MULTIPLE ATTENDANCE INFRACTIONS
Any student who accumulates more than 12 absences in a year-long or 7 absences in a semester-long course (excused or unexcused) will not receive credit in that class towards graduation. Each semester of a 2-credit class will be treated as a yearlong course as it relates to this attendance policy. A tardy or dismissal that is more than half of a block will also count as an absence. A student who loses credit can stay in the class and earn a grade for the transcript. Students who continue to miss class may be removed per the discretion of the deans and the administration.
A student may appeal this provision within five (5) days of being notified of the loss of credit. Appeals must be initiated by the student or a parent. The appeals committee will be made up of the dean, guidance counselor and associate head. Parents/guardians will be encouraged to attend the appeals session. Documentation of the reasons behind the accumulative absences will be required before any appeals are considered. The committee will make a recommendation as to whether the student receives credit. The dean will make the final decision in consultation with the associate head. Results of the appeal will be placed in the student’s cumulative file. Only absences with documented reasons will be considered in the appeal and these reasons need to fall under the list of excused absences as defined by Thornton Academy.
Thornton Academy does not tolerate bullying or harassment of any sort, through any form of personal contact (either physical or verbal) or any form of electronic medium (“cyber-bullying”). All reports of bullying will be taken seriously, investigated thoroughly with the oversight of the Headmaster, and acted on promptly and appropriately.
Bullying is defined as unwanted, aggressive behavior among students that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time (source: www.stopbullying.gov).
Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose (source: www.stopbullying.gov). Examples of bullying include but are not limited to:
- Physically intimidating behavior such as repeated jostling, shoving, or tripping
- Repeated or pervasive taunting, name-calling, belittling, mocking, put-downs, or demeaning humor
- Damaging or manipulating a student’s relationships with others through gossip, spreading rumors, and practicing social exclusion
- Making non-verbal threats and/or intimidating another student by use of aggressive, menacing, or disrespectful gestures
- Posting slurs or rumors, or displaying material that is disparaging, violent, abusive, profane, or sexually oriented about a student
- Posting misleading or fake photographs, digital video footage, or a social networking website of a student
- Impersonating or representing another student through use of the target student’s electronic device or account to send e-mail, text messages, instant messages (IM), or phone calls
- Sending threatening messages via any means
- Taking and/or sending embarrassing or sexually-oriented photographs of a student to other students
Any individual, including an individual outside the school (e.g., a parent or community member) may make a bullying report, regardless of whether he/she was the target of the bullying. Retaliation for reporting incidents of bullying is strictly prohibited; consequences will apply. A false report of bullying made knowingly also carries consequences.
Any student or employee found to have bullied another individual, retaliated for the report of bullying, or made a false report of bullying will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including suspension, expulsion or discharge.
A bullying report may be made to a staff member or directly to any of the following individuals:
Middle School: Guidance counselor
Upper School: Class deans
Associate Head for School Administration
Bullying report forms are available from:
- The TAMS office
- The Administrators Office
- The Deans Office
FMI: Associate Head for School Administration, Middle School Principal
POLICY: Campus Parking
The Campus Parking policy protects the safety of students, staff, and visitors using Thornton Academy’s parking lots. The intent is to create a clear and efficient process to determine appropriate use of the parking lots on campus.
- Only Junior and Senior students are permitted to bring vehicles to school.
- Students must be positive school citizens, and in good standing.
- Any student bringing a vehicle to school must have an active driver’s license
A valid parking pass must be displayed while parked on campus. Students must park properly and only in the two designated student lots, which are near Linnell Gymnasium and near the Scamman Science Building.
PLEASE NOTE: Parking around the retainer pond will be nose-in parking from the corner of the Facilities Building toward Route 1 to the island at the stop sign. Parking from the Facilities building to the loading dock will be parallel parking only.
Violations are divided into four categories: Parking Violations, Safety Violations, Attendance Violations, and School Policy Violations/Criminal Activity. Thornton Academy reserves the right to skip steps in the below timelines based on the seriousness of the violation.
Thornton Academy retains the right to have a vehicle towed if the need should arise. If a student parks on campus while their parking privilege is suspended or has been revoked the vehicle will be subject to a boot or may be towed. School administration will further address such issues at their discretion.
Parking violations include, but are not limited to:
- Parking without a permit
- Double parking
- Parking in Visitor Parking zone
- Parking in fire lanes
- Parking in Handicap Reserved spaces without permission
- Parking in staff parking areas
- Blocking the loading dock area
- Parking in the bus loops
- Engine idling or revving
Parking Violations will be enforced in the below manner:
- First Offense: Parking ticket
- Second Offense: Wheel Boot and 10-Day parking suspension
- Third Offense: Wheel Boot and 30-Day parking suspension
- Fourth Offense: Wheel Boot and 90-Day parking suspension
- Fifth Offense: Revocation of parking privileges
Safety Violations include but are not limited to:
- Stop sign violations
- Failure to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks
- Spinning or squealing tires
- Excessive acceleration
- Excessive or unsafe speed
Safety Violations will be enforced in the below manner:
- First Offense: 10-Day Parking Suspension
- Second Offense: 30-Day Parking Suspension
- Third Offense: 90-Day Parking Suspension
- Fourth Offense: Revocation of parking privileges
Note: Safety Violations will be referred to the Saco Police Department for investigation and charges will be brought forth when applicable.
Attendance Violations include any violation of the Attendance Policy that would result in punitive measures being taken against a student. Attendance Violations will be enforced at the discretion of school administration and may include suspension or revocation of the student’s parking privileges.
School Policy Violations/Criminal Activity include but are not limited to:
- Drug Violations
- Alcohol Violations
- Weapon Violations
- Bullying as outlined in the school bullying policy
If any student’s vehicle is used in furtherance of any violation under this section, that student will be held accountable under this section regardless of their physical proximity to the violation.
School Policy Violations / Criminal Activity will be enforced in the below manner:
- First Offense: 60-Day Parking Suspension
- Second Offense: Revocation of parking privileges
POLICY: Management of Concussion
and Other Head Injuries
Thornton Academy recognizes that concussions and other head injuries are serious and could result in significant brain damage and/or death if not recognized and managed properly. The Academy adopts this policy to promote the safety of students participating in school activities, including but not limited to extracurricular athletic activities and interscholastic sports, and to provide academic support for students identified with concussive or other head injuries.
Prior to the beginning of each sports season and each academic school year, school personnel (including volunteers) identified by the Concussion Policy Management Team, must be made aware of this school policy and standards of care related to the management of concussive injuries and participate in concussion awareness training that includes recognizing signs and symptoms that may suggest a concussive or other head injury.
Coaches (including volunteers) are required to successfully complete the NFHS concussion management course (per the Maine Principals Association guidelines).
STUDENT AND PARENTS/GUARDIANS
Prior to the beginning of each individual student's sports season (at least annually), students intending to participate in school-sponsored athletic activities and parents/guardians of these students will be provided information including:
- A. The risk of concussion and other head injuries and the dangers associated with continuing to participate when a concussion or other head injury is suspected;
- B. The signs and symptoms associated with concussion and other head injuries;
- C. The school's protocols for:
- 1. Removal of the student from the activity when the student is suspected of having sustained a concussion or other head injury,
- 2. Evaluation,
- 3. Return to participation in school activities and academics.
The student participating in sports and his/her parent(s)/guardian(s) must sign a statement acknowledging that they received and read this information before the student is allowed to participate in any school-sponsored athletic activity.
MANAGEMENT OF CONCUSSIVE AND OTHER HEAD INJURIES
It is the responsibility of staff members involved in school activities and trained in the signs and symptoms related to concussion and/or other head injury, to act in accordance with this policy when the Staff member recognizes that a student may be exhibiting such signs and symptoms of a concussion. Any student suspected of having sustained a concussion or other head injury during a School activity including but not limited to participation in interscholastic sports, must be removed from the activity and academics immediately. A student and his/her parent(s)/guardian(s) will be informed of the need for an evaluation for brain injury before the student is allowed to return to participation in school activities and academics.
*No student is permitted to return to the activity or to participate in other school activities or academics on the day of the suspected concussion.
Any student having sustained a head injury is prohibited from further participation in any school activities or academics until he/she is evaluated for concussion. If a concussion is suspected, the student must be removed from school activities and academics and evaluated by a licensed health care provider trained in concussion management.
If a concussion is confirmed, the student is not permitted to return to participation in any school activities or academics until medically cleared to do so by a licensed health care provider trained in concussion management. The use of the Acute Concussion Evaluation (ACE) Care Plan is the expected form of communication regarding medical clearance (a copy of the ACE form is available in the school nurse's Office and on the Thornton Academy website.) It is the responsibility of the parent to provide the necessary and appropriate documentation. The ACE form must be returned to the school nurse prior to attending any class. More than one evaluation by the student's health care provider may be necessary before the student is cleared for full participation.
Coaches and other school personnel shall comply with the student's treating health care provider trained in Concussion management recommendations regarding gradual return to participation. If at any time during the return to full participation in school activities and academics the student exhibits signs and symptoms of concussion, the student must be removed from the activity and academics and be re-evaluated by the treating licensed health care provider trained in concussion management.
"Please refer to the Athletic Training Department's Concussion Protocol.
School personnel should be alert to cognitive and academic issues that may be experienced by a student who has suffered a concussion or other head injury. The athletic trainer will notify the school nurse and coach (as applicable) when a concussion injury has occurred during a Thornton Academy athletic event to which the trainer provided care and/or when he/she has knowledge of a suspected head injury. Notification will occur within the same school day or at the start of the next calendar day. Parents are encouraged to report suspect or known concussion or other head injuries that occur outside of school related activities to the school nurse. It is the responsibility of the parent to inform the school of signs and symptoms related to concussion or head injuries that are recognized while the student is not in school.
The school nurse will then institute the following steps: -contact the parent to acquire medical recommendations from the child's treating licensed health care provider, inform the parent of Thornton Academy's concussion policy -share medical recommendations with the student's guidance counselor, the nurse will notify all school personnel responsible for supporting the academic needs of the student including but not limited to: homeroom advisor, dean, & classroom teachers (including study hall) School personnel shall accommodate a gradual return to full participation in academic activities as appropriate, based on the recommendation of the student's concussion trained health care provider and appropriate designated school personnel.
CONCUSSION POLICY MANAGEMENT TEAM
The Headmaster will appoint a Concussion Policy Management Team which may include: the school nurse, the Director of Athletics, the Director of Student Services, the Director of Guidance, the Middle School Principal, & members of the Athletic Training Department. The team shall oversee and implement this policy and related standards of care for concussive head injuries. This team will identify the school personnel who shall be trained in concussion signs and symptoms and the school activities covered by this policy.
The policy and/or related standards of care should be reviewed when generally accepted protocols change.
POLICY: Credit for Online Courses
Of the 22 credits required for graduation, up to 6 credits may be earned outside of Thornton Academy’s traditional course offerings. To be eligible for online courses, a student must be actively working towards graduation requirements. Requirements for online course approval are listed below.
- 1. Applicants must demonstrate an inability to access comparable course work through a traditional Thornton Academy course
- 2. Applicants must either:
- a. Present an extenuating circumstance that has led to credit deficiency and a need to earn credit via an alternative pathway (it is deemed that a traditional “bricks and mortar” course would create barriers to the student’s success), such as online course options, or
- b. Demonstrate a desire and ability to access an online course, not otherwise available at Thornton Academy (to the student)
- 3. Applicants must be willing to pay the full tuition amount for enrollment in the course.
- 4. Applicants must be enrolled at Thornton Academy full time.
- Exceptions are at the discretion of the Headmaster and/or his designee.
- 5. Applicants must have junior or senior status during enrollment in the course.
- Exceptions are at the discretion of the Headmaster and/or his designee.
- 6. Applicants must be willing and able to maintain regular communication with the Thornton Academy online course coordinator.
- 7. Applicants must have reliable access to the Internet either at Thornton Academy or at home.
- 8. Applicants must submit applications two weeks prior to the start of a new semester.
- Applications received after that date will be maintained in order of receipt and may be considered based on course availability.
- 1. The Director of Academics and other designated members of the online course committee will review all applications received by the stated deadline. Historical grades and attendance of the applicant will be considered in the process.
- 2. Eligible students will be notified via letter of acceptance. The letter will identify the date by which payment must be received and the total amount owed, as applicable.
- 3. Eligible students will be registered into the Edmentum system on the first day of each semester.
- 4. The Online Course Coordinator will provide necessary log-in access to the student and serve as the primary point of contact with questions or concerns related to progress within the online course.
- 5. Late applications may be considered within two weeks of the first day of a new semester. Exceptions to this will be at the discretion of the online course committee.
Policy: Dual Enrollment
Dual enrollment refers to a student’s concurrent enrollment in high school and post-secondary classes.
Under certain circumstances (e.g., to complete a high school graduation requirement) and with prior approval, a high school student may take one or more college courses concurrently with high school enrollment, and have such courses on recorded on his/her Thornton Academy transcript.
Before enrolling in a post-secondary course:
- A student must consult his/her guidance counselor prior to arranging to take a college course while enrolled at Thornton Academy.
- After receiving approval and completing necessary forms, the student may apply for the course, and supply registration information to the guidance counselor.
Following course completion:
- Students must request an official post-secondary transcript be sent from the college to Thornton Academy for inclusion on the Thornton Academy transcript. Documentation is due as soon as the final grade is completed.
- Such courses will be considered honors level classes but will not count toward Thornton Academy honor roll status.
- College courses taken with the intention of earning needed graduation credits for TA must be completed by the end of December of the student’s senior year.
Note: If interested in transferring dual enrollment credit(s) to a college/university program, students should request to have an official post-secondary transcript sent from the dual enrollment college directly to the college/university in which they enroll. After consideration, individual institutions may or may not award credit for college courses taken through dual enrollment.
Thornton Academy is a large and diverse campus built on a foundation of trust, respect, and acceptance. Creating a safe, welcoming environment for students and staff members is a primary goal; any and all forms of harassment that create an intimidating or hostile environment which interferes with an individual’s educational or professional performance will not be tolerated. Thornton Academy prohibits all forms of unlawful harassment, i.e., harassment based on an individual’s race, color, age, religion, national origin, gender, gender identification, sexual orientation, or disability. Thornton Academy’s policy is more stringent than what is mandated by law; it includes harassment of any kind (verbal, physical, emotional, sexual) through any means (physical acts, threats, or gestures, and all forms of communication including verbal, the written word, and electronic communications).
Rules of conduct apply to students while they are on campus or at a school sponsored event such as an athletic competition, dance, performance, or field trip. The Academy reserves the right to take action on any behavior that occurs off campus that may impact the educational experience or safety of Thornton Academy students and staff. Students who are referred to the School Resource Officer (SRO) may be charged with a crime.
Any student who believes that the spirit or letter of this harassment policy has been violated should make a report to a dean, guidance counselor, SRO, or administrator. Any attempt by a student or employee to retaliate against a person who makes or provides information regarding a claim of harassment is also strictly prohibited. No one will be reprimanded or punished in any way for initiating an inquiry or complaint in good faith.
POLICY: Planned Absence
Thornton Academy’s Attendance Policy states: Class attendance is a basic requirement for academic success and earning credits. Classroom instruction and discussions are important parts of each course. When a student misses class, that part of the instruction cannot be replaced. Attendance is an important component of learning. In an adult world, good attendance at work is also expected and required. Parents have an interest and legal responsibility to help the school ensure their student’s attendance. Additionally, they have an obligation to ensure that all absences fall under one of the following categories outlined in the State of Maine truancy laws.
Any student who accumulates more than twelve absences in a year-long course, or seven absences in a semester-long course (excused or unexcused), will not receive credit in that class towards graduation. Refer to the Attendance Policy in the Student Handbook for details.
A planned absence for a personal or educational purpose, that has been approved in advance, is an excused absence. Such absences will count toward loss of credit. In the event of a medical absence, please provide any additional medical documentation. A Planned Absence form, available at the Deans Office, must be filled out and turned into the Deans Office five (5) days prior to the first day of the planned absence.
POLICY: Medication Administration
It is the policy of Thornton Academy that only essential medications will be administered to students during school hours. Whenever possible, the schedule of medicine administration should allow a student to receive all prescribed doses at home.
A If it is necessary for a student to take medication during school hours, the school nurse or designee(s) will administer the medicine in accordance with the following:
1 The “Thornton Academy Health Services: Release to Administer Medication” consent form must be completed. Documentation of a physician’s order may be required if the medication is a prescription drug. A physician’s order will be required if the medication is an over the counter drug, and the dose exceeds the “standing order” dosage.
2 Any prescription medication must be sent to school in a pharmacy labeled container. Any non-prescription drug must be sent in the original container.
3 An “Over the Counter Medication Consent Form” must be signed annually by a parent/guardian.
B The school nurse’s designee/unlicensed personnel administering the medication will comply with the following:
1 Participation in medication training before receiving authorization to administer medications
2 Refer to this medication policy as necessary
3 Verify that a signed permission form is on file.
4 Follow the prescription instructions.
5 Record the administration of each medication.
6 Document any adverse effects of medication administration.
7 Consult with the school nurse as appropriate.
C Parents or legal guardians should be advised that:
1 The school nurse’s designee(s) may administer medications based on label directions
2 Changes in the medication administration will be made according to a physician’s order only.
3 Medication consent forms must be completed annually.
4 Parents must provide all prescription medications and administration equipment needed by the student.
5 Emergency medications (i.e., inhalers, Epi-Pen) may be carried by the student as directed by the physician and with the school nurse’s knowledge.
6 Parents are responsible for authorizing the removal of the medication from school at the end of the school year or on the last day of the student’s enrollment. Medication left a school seven (7) days after the last student day will be dispensed.
D The school nurse may administer over the counter medication authorized by a standing order from the school physician after assessing the student, and obtaining written or oral permission from the parent.
E Thornton Academy reserves the right to refuse requests to administer medications to a student if any of the criteria outlined above are not met.
F Anaphylactic Emergencies
1 Parents or legal guardians will be responsible for providing precise instructions from their physician for action to be taken when a student contacts an allergen, which may cause an anaphylaxis (e.g., bees, wasps, nuts, other foods, latex)
POLICY: Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment of employees and students is specifically prohibited by law and will not be tolerated at Thornton Academy.
Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination defined as unwelcome sexual advances. These include but are not limited to:
- Suggestive or lewd remarks
- Unwanted hugs, squeezes, touches, kisses
- Suggestion of or request for sexual favors, delivered in any format (e.g., verbally, by text, through social media)
- Retaliation for complaining about sexual harassment
- Other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that interferes with an individual’s work or school performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or educational environment
Any individual, student or adult, who feels that he/she has been subjected to sexual harassment by another student or adult should report the incident without fear of reprisal. Students may report to any dean, guidance counselor, social worker, teacher or administrator. Employees may report to his/her supervisor or to the Headmaster directly. Each incident so reported will be investigated promptly under the supervision of the Headmaster. Any student or employee found to have sexually harassed another individual will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion or discharge.
FMI: Rene Menard (x4402), Carol Taranko (x4468) or Tiffany Robert (x4407)
Incidents of sexual harassment may also be reported directly to the Maine Human Rights Commission (207-289-2326).
Skateboards and Hoverboards of any kind are not allowed on any Thornton Academy property during or after school hours.
This policy supersedes any previous written or unwritten policy on the above stated devices.
Social Work Services
The mission underlying the provision of Social Work services at Thornton Academy is to support, develop, and assist in the implementation of student services, and the goals and objectives of the school by providing support to students and staff in the area of social/emotional health, as it relates to students’ overall well-being and academic progression.
This is accomplished by:
- identifying the needs and barriers of individuals, small groups, and the school community
- providing short-term solution focused counseling
- assisting students in developing skills needed for their personal growth and development
- collaborating with internal & external supports, including but not limited to teachers, guidance counselors, school nurses, and deans
- providing case management referrals and collaboration with school based and community resources and support
- fostering communication between and among all constituents, both in and outside of school
- providing relevant education and training
The School Social workers are licensed mental health professionals who:
- operate under the Thornton Academy Student Services Team umbrella
- balance overlapping roles within the school, with various expectations, responsibilities, and obligations
- participate in milieu work including classroom observation, support within the classroom, and/or providing education
- refer students to higher level of support and/or treatment when indicated
- provide crisis assessment and intervention
- connect students and families to community resources
- function as a service provider for students who receive special education services via an individual plan
- provide substance use assessment to students
Confidentiality is an underlying principle of school social work. However, at times it may be necessary for the school social worker to share confidential information that is relevant to the educational needs of the student. This information is specific to academics and/or affects the social-emotional well-being of the student. Information is not shared with outside providers without a signed release from a parent/guardian. It is the preference of the school to inform parents of social work support for individual students.
Exceptions to these rules of confidentiality involve:
- safety concerns (e.g., someone is a danger to themselves, a danger to others and/or someone is endangering a child)
- well-being concerns of a student
In addition, there may be acknowledgement of a student accessing school social work in the student information system.
POLICY: Student Immunization
Prior to enrollment at Thornton Academy, all students must present evidence of immunization for each disease as required by state regulation (MDOE, Chapter 126).
Non-immunized students are not permitted to attend school except in the following circumstances:
- A student’s parent/guardian provides a written statement that the student will be immunized within 90 days of enrollment or first attending classes at Thornton Academy, whichever comes first.
- This exception may be utilized one time only.
- A student’s parent/guardian provides a written statement of opposition to immunization due to religious belief and/or philosophical reasons.
- Such a statement must be provided annually.
- A student’s primary care provider indicates in writing that immunization against one or more of the covered diseases is inadvisable medically.
- Such documentation must be provided annually.
A period of 21 calendar days may be granted to allow for the transfer of health records from one school to another.
When a homeless students lacks documentation of immunization, the student will be referred to the Student Services Department (homeless services coordination).
All students who are not immunized for any of the above circumstances shall be excluded from school during an outbreak of the vaccine-preventable disease for which the student is not immunized. The exclusion will be for the danger period defined by rule (DOE Chapter 126).
The School Nurse will submit Thornton Academy’s Immunization Report to the Maine Department of Human Services, Bureau of Health, annually by December 15.
POLICY: Acceptable Use
Thornton Academy is a community built upon trust. This trust demands that our technological resources be used for educational purposes in meeting our mission to “prepare students for a changing world, challenging all to learn, grow, innovate and succeed.” We also believe that it is about everything and everyone. Therefore our use of technology must be as open as possible while providing sufficient safeguards. Our rules are based on three principles: respect yourself, respect others and respect property, so the concept of personal responsibility is important to the school and to the use of any of the technology resources available and/or used on campus.
In order to achieve our mission, meet educational objectives, enhance communication between faculty, staff, students and parents, encourage collaboration and provide for the betterment of the community, Thornton has integrated the use of technology assets across the curriculum. Many courses maintain a web-based component or require computer or Internet access to complete lessons that help realize our educational objectives. We understand that access to the Internet may make available material of questionable educational value and that access to such material is impossible to control totally even with a degree of filtering. But we firmly believe that the value inherent in the total resources available far outweighs the possibility that some members may intentionally or unintentionally access material that conflicts with Thornton’s educational goals. Therefore, use of technology resources including the Internet requires the personal responsibility to act in a respectful, ethical, unselfish, efficient and legal manner.
The use of Thornton Academy’s technology resources and access to the Internet is a privilege that provides wonderful educational benefits as well as new responsibilities. Depending on the circumstances and degree, any inappropriate use of our technology resources, the TA Network or Internet would result in appropriate consequences ranging from a warning to legal action. Such rules also apply to personally owned technology devices used on the Thornton Academy campus. A sampling of the use of technology that violates the spirit or intent of Thornton Academy’s Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) follows. Any action not explicitly prohibited below should not be equated with tacit permission. Behaviors inconsistent with Thornton’s AUP include but are not limited to:
- Circumventing TA’s web filtering system.
- The use of proxies to access restricted web pages.
- Using online chat, mail, social networking, or VOIP to harass, intimidate or libel.
- Sending hate mail, chain letters or use of discriminatory remarks.
- Using any electronic device or the web to plagiarize or cheat.
- Sharing or misusing ID’s and passwords, installation of software or attempts to access private servers or databases.
- Physical damage to equipment.
- Violating copyright or other intellectual property laws or licensing agreements including MP3s, videos, podcasts, etc.
- School officials will deem what constitutes inappropriate use and the consequences of such misuse. Their decision will be final.
- User members should understand that school and law enforcement officials may access personal files at any time and any communication on that device is not considered private communication.
Thornton Academy’s Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) will be explained and clarified to employees and students at the beginning of, and as needed, throughout each school year. Parents will receive a copy of the AUP in the August mailing. The AUP will be reviewed annually; the Board of Trustees will approve any major changes. The basis for this policy is that of accepting the personal responsibility to use technology resources including the Internet in an appropriate and respectful manner.
Thornton Academy’s Acceptable Use Policy will be explained and clarified to employees and students at the beginning of, and as needed, throughout each school year. Parents will receive a copy of the AUP policy in the August mailing. The AUP will be reviewed annually, and the Board of Trustees will approve any major changes. The basis for this policy is that of accepting the personal responsibility to use technology resources including the Internet in an appropriate and respectful manner.
Thornton Academy iPad/Laptop User Agreement
The policies, procedures, and information within this agreement, in addendum to the 2009 board-passed Thornton Academy Acceptable Use Policy, apply to all devices issued at the Thornton Academy Upper and Middle School, including iPads, laptops, or digital devices owned by Thornton Academy. In addition to these expectations, teachers may set additional requirements for use in their classroom. Thornton Academy believes the use of school-issued technology resources is a privilege, not a right, is not transferable or extended by students to people or groups outside of Thornton Academy, and terminates when a student is no longer enrolled. While the issued devices is in the possession of the student for the academic year, it remains the property of Thornton Academy, and it is the responsibility of the student to properly care for and use the device. The iPad/Laptop Protection Program offers protection against costly repairs or theft; however, in the event that student damage or the loss of a device is not covered by the iPad/Laptop Protection Program, the cost of the repair or replacement will be the responsibility of the student and family. Intentional damage is not covered by the policy and a family may be responsible for the cost of restitution and subject to possible criminal charges.
This user agreement is provided to make all users and guardians aware of the responsibilities associated with efficient, ethical, and lawful use of technology resources. If an individual violates any of the terms and conditions named in this policy, privileges may be modified or terminated, access to Thornton’s technology resources may be denied, and the appropriate disciplinary and/or legal action shall be applied. Findings of misuse by any teacher or administrator will require appropriate disciplinary action as outlined in the Student Handbook and may be shared with the School Resource Officer (SRO) who will determine if criminal charges should be issued.
Please read ALL the conditions below. In order to affirm the Thornton Academy Acceptable Use Policy, users will do the following:
- Once issued a device, the user is responsible for it at all times. If a device is lost, the user or his/her family are obligated to report it to the Technology Department within 24 hours.
- If a device is lost, the user or his/her family are obligated to replace the device.
- Users will keep food and drinks away from devices.
- Users will be aware that teacher, staff, and administrators maintain ownership of the device at all times and may “look” at what any student is doing on their device or have stored on that device at any time.
- Users are responsible for recharging their device at home.
- Users will keep their device in the school-issued protective case at all times.
- Users will use their device in a responsible and ethical manner.
- Users will be responsible for any inappropriate use or neglectful care of the device issued to them.
- Users will be aware that they are responsible for their device, it’s use and content, at all times, and will be aware of the risks of allowing other people or students access to their assigned device.
- Users will use appropriate judgment for all content production and viewing on their school device.
- Users will be aware of the Thornton Academy’s Academic Honesty Policy and will not use the school’s device to cheat, copy or plagiarize.
- Users acknowledge that the device and its storage are primarily for academic use, and therefore all academic uses take priority over personal applications; therefore any personal apps, images, photos, music, or other data that is uploaded and interferes with this policy must be deleted at the request of any teacher or administrator regardless of cost paid by students or parents.
- Users will return their device at the end of each school year. Users who graduate early, withdraw, or are un-enrolled from Thornton for any reason must return their device and accessories on the date of their departure.
In order to uphold the Acceptable Use Policy, users will refrain from the following:
- Users will not use their device to record audio, video or image capture to share or post in any forum without explicit permission from instructors and those in the video or image.
- Users will not remove the identification tags from the device or the protective case.
- Users will not physically mark up (modify/decorate) the device or the protective case. The device should be clean at all times and appear in the same condition it started the year in. (Do not write on it, put stickers, tape or otherwise modify or decorate it).
- Users will not use their school device to harass, bully, or otherwise intimidate others.
- Users will not access, upload, download, or distribute offensive, profane, threatening, or sexually explicit materials.