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allowed. If students must leave because of illness, they should report to the school nurse who
will call their parents and inform the MS Office. Students may not excuse themselves from
campus without a note in writing from their parents. If students are remaining after school
for a social or other school activity, they may not leave campus until the designated departure
time. If they do depart the campus, they may not return without the expressed permission of
the Associate Principal/Principal.
Security and Smart Cards
Students should make all cafeteria purchases with their Smart Card. If a student leaves or
forgets his/her Smart Card at home, a cafeteria coupon may be obtained in the MS Office.
Students should produce their card at the school gate to register their entry and exit from
campus. If a student does not have their security ID card, they may be asked to produce
alternative identification in order to sign in and have their photograph taken. This may result
in a delay or refusal to enter the school. Students are expected to carry their ID cards with
them at all times.
Throughout the year, students have the opportunity to plan and participate in school socials.
These are held after school and they are marked on the calendars as “MS Social.” Students are
expected to arrive on time for the social unless given expressed permission from the Principal
and are also expected to stay until the official ending time. If they need to leave early students
are expected to seek special permission from the supervising teacher/administrator.
Harassment and Bullying
ASB believes that every child has the right to learn without fear in an atmosphere of mutual
trust and respect. Every student is expected to be responsible for his/her own behavior, to
exercise self-discipline and to refrain from behavior which interferes with other students’ right
to learn or endangers the health or well-being of others. ASB will not tolerate harassment
It is acknowledged that bullying and/or harassment cause distress and fear, and it is
recognized that bullying is not a normal part of growing up. Individual children have different
levels of tolerance, and it is important for all students to understand this and the effect their
behavior may have on others’ well-being. It is also recognized that while the victim’s safety
and well-being are paramount, many children who engage in bullying may themselves have
emotional or psychological concerns which may need to be addressed by their parents and
Harassment is improper behavior that is directed at and is offensive to another student or
a member of the staff and that the student knows (or ought to know) would be unwelcome.
It includes objectionable conduct or comments, on a one-time or repeated basis, which
demeans, belittles or causes humiliation or embarrassment, and includes harassment based
on grounds of discrimination which are prohibited - race, national or ethnic origin, color,
religion, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, physical appearance or disability.