Student & Parent Handbook

Monique Reese, Principal
Breeanna Becker, Assistant Principal

School Address:                               2501 Seabury Road, Baltimore, MD, 21225
School Phone:                                  410-396-1357
School Website:                              www.baltimorecityschools.org/124
www.baybrookems.org
School Hours:                                  Elementary School: 9:30 a.m. – 4:10 p.m.
School Uniform:                             Elementary School: Navy Blue /Khaki Bottoms
Middle School: Black Tops /Khaki Bottoms
School Mascot:                                 Eagle

Dear Parents and Students,

I am pleased to provide you with the Bay Brook Elementary Middle School Student Handbook. This handbook provides you with valuable information about your school. It includes procedures, policies, and guidelines on topics such as absences, lateness, early dismissals, behavior, the dress code, and many more. It describes many of the rules and policies of Bay Brook Elementary Middle School as well as Baltimore City Public Schools.

It is intended that this handbook be read carefully by parents and students together. Both students and parents should become familiar with all of the information in the handbook. Teachers will review the handbook with students periodically throughout the school year.

I wish you an excellent and productive school year!

Sincerely,

Monique Reese
Principal

Vision

Transforming lives by instilling 21st century skills and inspiring lifelong learning.

 

Mission

Provide scholars with rigorous instruction in a restorative community. Scholars will develop critical thinking skills, technological literacy, and the ability to collaborate and communicate with others, preparing them for college, their careers, and the global community.

 

School Mascot

“Bruce” The Eagle

 

Culture and Climate Vision Statement:

It is the expectation that all Bay Brook Scholars are Respectful, Responsible, and Ready at all times. We employ a code of discipline that is based on reflection, restitution, resolution, reconciliation and where everyone is valued.

 

School Pledge

Today I will do my best
To be my BEST, because I am somebody
What I do today will make a difference in my life
My choices will affect me and those around me
I will listen
I will follow direction
I will be honest
I will respect the rights of others
I will learn something today
Because today matters
And my future is built one MOMENT at a time
I will OWN those moment

Attendance

No single factor contributes as much to success in school as punctual, daily attendance. Students must make a total commitment to daily and punctual attendance, thereby establishing a pattern of responsible behavior, which will also make them successful in their adult lives. Parents are charged with the responsibility of daily and punctual attendance of their children as required by the law. Parents should understand that grades are negatively affected by habitual poor attendance and lateness, and that poor attendance can result in failing a grade.

 

Absence

In the event of an absence, the day the student returns to school, they must bring a note, signed by the parent and dated, stating the reason for the absence. Maryland State Department of Education recommends that students miss no more than 10 days of school in a school year.

Maryland State Law (Section 7-301) requires regular attendance of all students between the ages of five and 16 years old. The parents of students who are unlawfully absent 20 days or more will be referred for attendance hearings and to Baltimore City Truancy Court. These parents are subject to legal fines of $50.00 per day for each day their child is absent past 20 days and/or imprisonment. The Bay Brook Elementary Middle School Administration will refer parents to court if their child is absent more than 20 days.

 

Lateness

Homeroom starts at 9:30 a.m., and students will be marked late if they are not in the classroom by 10:00 a.m. Students who arrive at school after 10:00 a.m. are to sign the late book in the main office and obtain a pass before reporting to class. Lateness adversely affects student and class performance and routine. Students who are late more than two times in a quarter or more than eight times in a school year are not eligible for perfect or good attendance awards and parties.

The bell schedule at School is as follows:
School Begins at 9:30 am          School Ends: 4:10 pm

A free breakfast program is available from 9:30-9:45 am but is not mandatory. Breakfast will not be available on days that City Schools declares a one or two-hour delay due to inclement weather.

2019.2020 Attendance Incentives

Monthly Attendance Incentives for STUDENTS

Month Date of the Incentive

 

Activity
September October 2, 2019 Popsicles
October November 6, 2019 Candy
November December 4, 2019 Chips
December January 8, 2020 Cookies
January February 5, 2020 Candy
February March 4, 2020 Candy
March April 1, 2020 Ice Cream
April May 8, 2020 Popsicles
May June 3, 2020 Ice Cream Bars

Monthly Attendance Incentives for PARENTS

Month Activity
November Gift Basket (Thanksgiving items)
February Gift Card
April Gift Basket
June Gift Card

Code of Conduct

Bay Brook Elementary Middle School is committed to providing an environment where teaching and learning take place every day in a safe and orderly learning environment. In order to accomplish this goal, Bay Brook Elementary Middle School follows the Baltimore City Public Schools Code of Conduct regarding all school rules. This Code of Conduct is distributed to all students at the beginning of each school year, and both students and parents should be familiar with the code.

A major responsibility of Bay Brook Elementary Middle School is to promote the growth of young men and women in self-discipline; appreciation of the rights of all people-students and staff; and understanding that responsibilities to others, as well as to oneself, go with these right.

The City Schools Code of Conduct is a guide to behavior that protects the rights and safety of all and promotes a school environment in which students can learn comfortably. The principles behind the City Schools Code of Conduct are the following:

  1. I respect others and myself. I am kind and courteous. I demonstrate positive verbal and non-verbal communication and positive behaviors.
  2. I am responsible for my behavior and the consequences for my behavior.
  3. I come to school on time, focused, and ready to work.
  4. I demonstrate behaviors that promote a clean, safe, and civil learning environment.
  5. I respect school property and the property of others.
  6. I present myself in appropriate and orderly fashion at all times and in all settings. I demonstrate personal honor and integrity at all times.

 Discipline Policy

Effective disciplinary policies are critical to the well-being of a school. Every effort will be made to correct disciplinary concerns immediately. When disciplinary infractions occur, there is a continuum of disciplinary actions that will be taken by administration and/or teachers.

Note on Bullying and Harassment:

          It is the policy of Baltimore City Public Schools to maintain a learning environment that is free from bullying and harassment. It shall be a violation of this policy for students to bully or harass other students or staff through conduct of a sexual nature or conduct designed to reduce dignity of that individual with respect to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, or parental status. Cyber-bullying is included in the City Schools Bullying and Harassment Policy. Violations of this policy will be cause for disciplinary action up to and including expulsion. Students who believe they have suffered bullying or harassment shall report such matters in a timely manner to a teacher, counselor, or building administration.

Dress Code & Uniform Policy

All students are required to wear the school uniform. The school uniform consists of khaki pants, skirts, shorts, or jumper worn with a solid royal blue shirt (Pre-K-5) or black shirt (Grades 6-8) such as a polo shirt, buttoned-down collar shirt, sweater, or sweatshirt.

Lockers
Book bags must fit within your locker. All students in grades 4-8 are required to have a combination lock for their locker. Students must provide their homeroom teacher with the combination for their lock. Students and parents/guardians are expected to know their locker combination number. Students should make sure their locker is locked every time it is used, and should not give their locker combination to anyone other than their homeroom teacher. Students must provide their own locks. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Restrooms/Lavatories|
Students must have a lavatory pass from the classroom teacher to use the lavatory, and must sign the classroom lavatory log. Students should use the facilities as quickly as possible and leave after washing their hands. All students have the responsibility of keeping the restrooms in a clean and orderly condition. Any student found not using the restrooms appropriately will be referred to the office and may receive disciplinary action and be required to make restitution for any damages.

 

 

Prohibited Items

Portable electronic devices, iPods, CD players, ear buds, headphones, laser lights, electronic games, trading cards, communication devices, toys, sunflower seeds, gum, skateboards, scooters, and other problematic items are not to be brought to school. These items are to be left at home. There are no reasons to bring the aforementioned items to school.

 

***A Note on Cell Phones: (ALERT—Change)

Cell phones are not to be used during school. The use of cell phones will result in disciplinary action. Cell phones will be collected at the beginning of the school day by the student’s homeroom teacher and locked up. Cell phones will be redistributed to students at dismissal each day.

 

Cafeteria

All students in Baltimore City are eligible to receive a free cafeteria lunch every day. If students do not want the lunch that is provided, they may bring their own packed lunch. It is expected that students behave appropriately in the cafeteria and follow the cafeteria rules and procedures.

 

Cafeteria Rules

  1. Walk into the cafeteria quietly and sit at assigned tables.
  2. Remain seated at all times unless you have been called to line, and you are moving directly to line.
  3. Do not throw anything in the cafeteria.
  4. Do not take any food that does not belong to you. This includes sharing and trading food.
  5. At the end of lunch all tables must be cleared of food and trash. Designated students will pass trash cans from table to table. All other students must remain seated. Each student is responsible for the cleanliness of their table and area.
  6. If the administrator or adult in charge gives the quiet signal by raising their hand and saying “Hands up once, hands up twice,” talking and movement must stop immediately.
  7. Be ready to move quietly, with your teacher, to class when you are called to line at the end of lunchtime.

 

Privileges/Responsibilities

   Students who are transported to and from Bay Brook Elementary Middle yellow bus or MTA buses are expected to follow specific guidelines. Certain behavior is expected of each child on the bus. Failure to obey the established rules will cause you to lose the right to ride the bus. The rules for bus behavior are listed below:

  1. Each student will conduct himself/herself in a courteous manner and follow the instructions of the bus driver.
  2. Profanity will not be allowed on the bus.
  3. Fighting will not be allowed on the bus and will be punished with a disciplinary removal.
  4. Throwing objects on the bus or from the bus windows will not be allowed.
  5. Hands and heads must be kept inside the bus.
  6. Each student will remain seated while the bus is in motion.
  7. Loud talking and yelling are not allowed on the bus.
  8. Eating and drinking is not permitted on buses.

MTA Bus Eligibility

Eligibility for MTA transportation is determined by the Transportation Department. Questions pertaining to eligibility for MTA transportation should be directed to this department.

 

MTA Bus Procedures

At the start of the school year, eligible students will be issued an MTA One Card. The One Card can be used on school days throughout the school year. It is similar in size to a credit card. If a student forgets or loses their One Card, they will have to pay $5 for a replacement.


Visitors

For security reasons, parents and visitors must enter the building from the front door only. Visitors must ring the doorbell located on the front door for admission into the school. Visitors must provide identification, sign the visitor’s log, and obtain a visitor’s pass from the main office. Visitors are required to provide state-issued identification cards to main office personnel. Identification cards will be scanned through a screening machine in order for main office personnel to conduct a background check. Only those visitors who are approved through the screening process will be issued a visitor’s pass and be permitted in the school. Baltimore City Code Article 24, Section 21, which is posted in the main lobby states, “It shall be unlawful for any person to enter any public school building owned or leased by the City of Baltimore or its agencies without immediately registering at the office of the principal or other designated head of that school.”

Parents are encouraged to visit and confer with teachers and administrators; however, parents must make an appointment in advance. After receiving a visitor’s pass and reporting to the main office, visitors will be directed to their conference or classroom visit. Teachers cannot be interrupted for conferences during instructional time or during times when they are supervising children.