Policies

For the most up-to-date policies, please visit the RSU 57 School Board Policies page.

MASSABESIC CENTER FOR ADULT LEARNING

  1. Please note fire exists on the first night of class.
  2. Smoking is not permitted in the building or on the Massabesic complex. Students who smoke must do so off school grounds.
  3. Food and beverages are not allowed in classrooms. They may be consumed outside or in the front corridor by the front door. Please dispose of cans, cups, and wrappers properly.
  4. Classes are not scheduled on school holidays – Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving break, or Memorial Day. Some other holidays fall during school vacations.
  5. Cancellation of day school classes means that evening classes are automatically canceled. Listen to the radio and television stations after 4:00 PM. You may also check their websites or the Massabesic Center for Adult Learning Facebook page.
  6. Cancelled classes will be scheduled for make-up.
  7. Bathrooms are located in the classroom corridors and in the main lobby by the gym.
  8. Parking is available in the parking lot behind Massabesic East and on both sides of the Central Office. Handicapped parking is available across from the front door. Parking is not allowed in front of the building as this is an emergency lane.
  9. One break will be taken from 7:30-7:45 p.m. for academic classes. Doors will be locked after break. Students expecting rides will need to inform their drivers to wait outside for them.
  10. Cheating will be immediate grounds for dismissal.
  11. Any disturbance, destruction, violence, or violation of any of these policies will be grounds for dismissal from Massabesic Center for Adult Learning.

Cell Phone/Electronic Device Policy

  • In order to give our student body the opportunity to use these devices wisely and to make good decisions regarding when they are NOT to be used, the following expectations are to be followed:
    • Cell phone / electronic device use will be allowed during lunch and between classes.
    • Cell phone / electronic device use during class will be allowed per teacher discretion.
  • Teachers will be clear about their cell phone policies and will seek assistance from administration whenever necessary.
  • R.S.U. #57 is not responsible for damage, loss or theft of such devices.

Tobacco, Drugs, and Alcohol

The School Board and staff of the school unit support a safe and healthy learning environment for students, free of the detrimental effects of drugs and alcohol. Accomplishing this goal requires a cooperative effort among school staff, students, parents, law enforcement and organizations concerned with the use of drugs and alcohol by school-aged youth.

In order to promote the safety, health and well being of students, the Board endorses a three-pronged approach to address the issue of drug and alcohol use, prevention/education, intervention, and discipline. The Superintendent is responsible for developing appropriate administrative procedures, curricula and programs to implement this policy.

A. Prohibited Conduct

No student shall distribute, dispense, possess, use or be under the influence of any alcoholic beverage, malt beverage, fortified wine or other intoxicating liquor. Nor shall a student manufacture, distribute, dispense, possess, use or be under the influence of any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, anabolic steroid, any other controlled substance defined in federal and state laws/regulations, or any look-alike substance, or any substance which is represented to be a controlled substance.

These prohibitions apply to any student who is on school property, who is in attendance at school or at any school-sponsored activity, or whose conduct at any time or place directly interferes with the operations, discipline or general welfare of the school.

B. Disciplinary Action

Principals will suspend and/or recommend expulsion of students who violate this policy, based upon the facts of each case and in accordance with established disciplinary procedures. Students may also be referred to law enforcement authorities for investigation and/or prosecution.

C. Prevention/Education

The school unit will provide students with appropriate information and activities focused on educating students about drugs and alcohol and preventing their use. Programs shall teach students the use of drugs and alcohol is wrong and harmful; how to resist peer pressure; and the legal, social and health consequences of drug and alcohol abuse.

D. Intervention

The student will be referred to the school substance abuse counselor for evaluation. Students will be assisted in addressing their drug/alcohol problems and in continuing their educational program. Students will be provided with information and referral, if necessary, to aid them in obtaining assistance from appropriate community organizations. Student records concerning such interventions shall be kept confidential as required by state and federal laws.

Bullying

  • Bullying is not acceptable conduct in RSU#57 schools and is prohibited. It interferes with the mission of our school, to educate our students and disrupts the operation of our school.  Bullying affects not only students that are targets but also those who participate and/or witness such behavior.  Any student who engages in conduct that constitutes bullying will be subject to disciplinary consequences up to and including suspension and expulsion. For more information on what constitutes bullying, please visit: School Board Bullying Policy

Harassment/Sexual Harassment

  • Harassment of students because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, ancestry or national origin, or disability is prohibited.  Such conduct is a violation of Board policy and may constitute illegal discrimination under state and federal laws.  (See Policy ACAA)  Harassment includes but is not limited to verbal abuse based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, ancestry or national origin, or disability.  Harassment that rises to the level of physical assault, battery and/or abuse is also addressed in the Board policy JICIA – Weapons, Violence and School Safety.  Sexual harassment includes but is not limited to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or pressure to engage in sexual activity, physical contact of a sexual nature, gestures, comments, or other physical, written or verbal conduct that is gender based that interferes with a student’s education.  School employees, fellow students, volunteers and visitors to the school, and other persons with whom students may interact in order to pursue school activities are required to refrain from such conduct.

Weapons, Violence, and School Safety

  • Possession or use of a weapon in a school building or on school grounds is prohibited.  If a student is found to be in possession of a weapon or if he/she uses a weapon on school premises at any time, or at any school-sponsored activity, he/she is subject to administrative action, including suspension, expulsion and/or legal action.
  • A weapon is any article used or designed to inflict bodily harm and/or to intimidate other persons.  Examples include, but are not limited to, firearms, artificial knuckles, knives, chains and clubs.  Exceptions include, but are not limited to, bow and arrows used in physical education classes and martial arts equipment authorized for Karate classes held on school premises.
  • A weapon is also any article designed for other purposes that is used in a fashion to inflict bodily harm and/or intimidate other persons.  Examples include, but are not limited to belts, combs, pencils, files, compasses, scissors, lighters and firearm facsimiles.
  • For more information, visit the School Board’s Weapons, Violence, and School Safety Policy.

Affirmative Action

  • RSU #57 prohibits discrimination against and harassment of students because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, ancestry or national origin, age, or disability.  Students who feel that they have been discriminated against or harassed should contact the building administrator or the district’s Affirmative Action officer.   (Ref: Policies AC, ACAA)

FERPA Notice

  • The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 guarantees rights and privileges pertaining to student records. Parents have the right to review records of their children.  The principal or his/her designee is to meet with the parent to review and interpret the information contained in the student’s folder.  At no time are student records to be taken from the school to be reviewed by parents.  When the parent reviews records, a notation will be made with the name, date and relationship to the student indicated.
  • If a parent requests that any portion of the student’s record be removed, the principal and other appropriate personnel will determine the importance of this information.  If considered not relevant, it will be removed and destroyed immediately.  If there is a disagreement, the parent may appeal the issue to the Superintendent of Schools.  All requests for appeal will be in writing and must specify items being considered for removal.  The Superintendent will meet with the parent and give a written response to the request as necessary.
  • Unless there is a legally binding document to the contrary, non-custodial parents have the same rights of access to student records as custodial parents. However, this requirement is only pertinent to student records.  Access to student records does not entitle non-custodial parents access to students, teachers (for conferences etc.) or anything other than the records themselves.
  • Records or parts thereof may be released to a person or agency with legitimate interest, only after written consent for the release is obtained from the parent. Parents may obtain copies for a small copying fee.

 Questions? Call the adult education office: (207) 247-2022 Monday through Thursday (9:00 AM – 9:00 PM) or Fridays (9:00 AM – 3:00 PM)