THE GUIDE TO BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR STUDENTS & FAMILIES

  • In this Guide, you will find a list of resources and information that will be useful for future meetings and community input opportunities that will take place in the coming months and years. Please familiarize yourself with these tools and the information provided to maximize your opportunity to participate in shared decisions.  

    View the Guide online.

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    Our policies have only one goal: to create safe, healthy, and welcoming learning environments that prepare every student for success. With your support, feedback, and involvement, we can reach that goal together.

    Why is this Guide important? 

    • It explains many of the policies that affect students, such as:
      • What students must complete to be promoted to the next grade 
      • The district’s expectations for maintaining a safe, healthy, and welcoming learning environment for students and staff, and how we help students when they do not meet these expectations. 
    • It describes the many ways families can support their children’s learning at school and home. 
    • It explains the many rights that are guaranteed by law to students and their parents, such as:
      • The right to be treated equally, regardless of race or disability,
      • The right to participate in school decision-making,
      • The right to know the qualifications of a child’s teacher,
      • The right to privacy regarding student records, 
      • It also advises parents and students about what to do if they think their rights may have been violated.
    • It gives helpful information on many topics, such as testing, transportation, health services, and school cancellations.
    • It has directories of contact information for our schools and offices, a checklist for solving problems, education resources for families, and the school-year calendar (inside the front cover).
    • School-Based Rules: In addition to state and federal laws and the district’s Code of Conduct, each school has its own set of policies, approved by the School Site Council. Your Principal or Head of School will give you a copy of the school-based rules along with this Guide.