Bayfield Middle School

Student/Parent Handbook




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August, 2017

Dear BMS Families,

        We welcome you and your child to Bayfield Middle School.  Each year brings about new and exciting opportunities for both students and staff. Our staff is dedicated to providing a quality experience for all students.  We put in many hours of preparation so that students will have a positive education experience.

        Your role as a parent is vital to the success of your child and his /her teachers. I invite you to become involved with our school by participating in programs and activities, establishing good communication with your child and the teachers, and creating a productive environment to study at home.  Through email communications, our BMS website, our student management system, and notes home, we will make every effort to keep you updated with what is happening at school.  Please think about joining the BMS Accountability Committee to be a voice in helping to make decisions for our school.

        The purpose of this handbook is to serve as a reference for understanding the policies and procedures governing BMS. This handbook is written as a guide to help answer questions you may have about the school and our expectations for students.  The handbook is composed of two sections: the school section and the district policy section.  Please take the time to review both sections of the handbook.  By becoming familiar with the contents of this handbook, you will be better able to address issues or concerns with your child and with staff.  

        You can choose to receive a hard copy of this handbook, or access it online at  Whether accessing the handbook online, or in hard copy form, please return the signed acknowledgement sheet by August 31, 2017.   Signing this sheet does not imply that you agree to all of its contents, only that you have read and understand the policies and procedures contained within.  Your signature also signifies that you understand that state law requires that you provide a copy of dated immunization records for your child.

        We look forward to working with you and your student this year. The students and staff appreciate your support, cooperation, and encouragement. Here’s to a wonderful and productive year!


Tod Lokey

BMS Principal 

Sign here to acknowledge receipt of BMS Student-Parent Handbook.  Return this signature page to BMS office by August 31, 2017.

______________________________________                   __________________________________________   Student Name                                                Parent Name                                       Date


Board of Education

Tim Stumpf


Carol Blatnick

Vice President

Janie Hoover


Mike Foutz

Board Member

Daniele Hillyer

Board Member

Bayfield School District Administration

Amy Lyons


Bill Bishop


Dot Clemens

Human Resources

Teresa Foutz

District Nurse

Gary Martinez


Karen Rodberg

Instructional Services

Jeff Whitmore


Julie Whitmore


Russell Wise


Bayfield Middle School Staff

Tod Lokey


Mark Pommier

Dean of Students

Kristan Brooks

7/8 Mathematics

Harriet Brown

7/8 Science

Robert Candelaria

7/8 Mathematics

Liz Cartwright

7/8 Social Studies

Dan Cyr

School Resource Officer

Stephanie Dennison

Reading Interventionist

Erin Easton


Jamie Echeverri

School Secretary

John Farrar


Dave Foster

Physical Education

Donnel Gonzales

Attendance Clerk

Roxanne Henderson

Gifted & Talented

Holley Hughes

6 English / Social Studies

Lisa Jaramillo

6 English / Social Studies

Josh Kitchen

7/8 Science

Deanna McCarty

Special Education

Mike Milner

6 Math / Science

Molly Morningstar

7/8 English

Susan Nelson

6 Math / Science

Victor Pennell

Outdoor Education

Kari Pepper


Rachel Phelps

Band & Choir

Paul Pyatt

Career & Technical Ed

Amy Raso

Health Aid

Sarah Ripley

Special Education

Jerry Smith


Taylor Swanemyr

7/8 Social Studies

Lech Usinowicz


Mitch Wennerstrom

7/8 English

Nora Williams


Elizabeth Zabka

Library-Media Specialist


BMS Vision

We inspire all of our students to achieve, to think, to learn, and to care.

BMS Mission

Our mission at Bayfield Middle School is to

provide a positive, successful learning experience for our students.

BMS Core Values

Community | Effort | Integrity | Empathy

We believe in:

A learning environment that is inviting and safe,

diversity, teamwork, tolerance, and respect,

success for all,

the growth of the whole person,

active participation by all, and

high expectations for all.

BMS Student Responsibilities

I will respect myself and others.

I will respect school property and the property of others.

I will follow school rules and be aware of consequences.

I will be prompt, dependable and trustworthy.

I will do my best work each day.



        The main office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday.  On Fridays, the office closes at 3:30 p.m.


        The first bell rings at 7:50 a.m. and the final bell rings at 3:25 p.m.    First Period starts at 7:55 a.m.  Students should leave the building by 3:30 p.m.  Students are not allowed in the building before the start of school without permission.  Students should dress according to the weather conditions.  On those days when the weather is severe, students will be allowed to wait in the gym before school starts. Students who are eating breakfast will be allowed in the building at 7:25 a.m.  Please do not drop off students before 7:25 a.m.

        Delayed Start Days:  On some Wednesdays of each month there will be a Delayed Start.  On Delayed Start days, teachers start at 7:15.  Classes start at 9:30.  Students who are eating breakfast will be allowed in at 9:00 a.m. Class periods will be shortened slightly on late start days.  Read below for more information on Delayed Start Days. Please do not drop off students before 9:00 a.m. on Delayed Start days.


      In order to promote Professional Learning Communities (PLC) in the Bayfield School District, the school board has adopted a school calendar that has fourteen delayed start days throughout the school year. On a delayed start day, classes will begin at 9:30. Bus schedules have been adjusted accordingly and details will be mailed out to parents.

      The following days have been designated as the Delayed Start Days for the 2016-2017 school year: August 30, September 13, September 27, October 11, November 1, November 15, December 6, January 24, February 14, February 28, March 14, April 4, May 9.

      For families who need assistance on Delayed Start days, BMS has partnered with the La Plata County Boys and Girls Club to provide student programs with a 7:40 start time. Bus transportation will be provided to this early morning program. Details on the program and drop off points are available in the school office.

      We are committed as a district to take the necessary steps to continue to improve the quality of education for your children. The delayed start schedule will allow for valuable collaborative time to do just that – have a positive impact on students. More communication will follow concerning the bus schedules and morning programs. In addition, updates will be added to the district website. Thanks for all you do to support your child’s learning!


        A designated area is provided for parents to drop off students in the morning and to pick up students after school. The designated area is large loop in front of the school that loops back through staff and visitor parking. The loop is a one-way loop during pick up and drop off times.  In order to ensure a safe and smooth process, we ask that parents move as far forward in the drop off loop as possible to help us avoid congestion in this area and on Oak Drive.  Do not stop to unload in the student crosswalk area. Students should disembark from the right side of vehicles.

        The bus loop is off limits during the school day for traffic and for parking.           


        Parents are expected to inform the office when a student is to be absent for the day. Parents should call or email the office by 9:00 a.m.  Parents should leave a message on the school answering machine in the event the parent is not able to talk directly to a staff member.  If contact is not made on the day of the absence, the parent must write a note to send with the student upon the day of his or her return explaining the nature of the absence.  Failure to call or send a note will result in the absence being unexcused. Not all absences will be excused. Please see the Attendance Section below for more information (page 9).


      When a problem or concern arises with a student or a parent, it is important to follow the chain of contact established by the school.  The student or the parent should address any concerns directly with the staff member involved.  When requested, a third party may be included in the meeting.  Issues brought to the attention of the principal by a parent or student will be relayed back to the staff member involved so that the staff member can address the issue directly.  If the two parties cannot resolve the issue, either party may request a meeting with the principal.  

      Parents, students, and staff members are required to follow appropriate behavior in all conversations.  We are committed to maintaining open communication.  We expect everyone to work in a cooperative and respectful manner at all times.  

      Phone numbers and email addresses for staff are available on the BMS website: 


        BMS is a closed campus.  Once students arrive on campus they are required to remain on school grounds. Students are not allowed to go home for lunch.  

        Students are not allowed to play in the ditch.  Students are expressly prohibited from throwing any person in the ditch.  Students who violate the ditch rule will be given a suspension.  Food and drinks are not allowed outside on the playground or the baseball field.   Students are required to keep the campus clean and free of trash.  



                The school may be closed due to severe weather or mechanical breakdown.  Any change in the school day will be announced over the local radio stations KDGO, KPTE, KISZ, KIUP, KIQX, KRSJ, KAZX, and television stations KREZ and KOBF. A decision to call school off for the day or to have a delayed start due to weather conditions will be made by the superintendent by 6:00 a.m.  At this time, the superintendent will inform the local radio stations.  School closings will also be advertised on the school website:, which will be updated by 6 a.m. in the event of inclement weather.  Families will also be notified by text, email, or voicemail through our district notification system.  For this reason it is critical that student emergency contact information is kept up-to-date in the school office.


      We ask that students and parents respect the instructional time and efforts of staff by avoiding unnecessary interruptions during the school day.  Messages for students should be limited to emergency and important situations only.   Messages should be left in the main office.  Messages will be delivered to the student at the earliest appropriate time.  Messages received after 2:30 p.m. may not be delivered due to time constraints before the end of the school day.  Flowers and gifts should not be delivered to the school.  No instructional time will be interrupted to make these deliveries.  Only deliveries directly related to a class will be made.  


        Parents wishing to enroll a student must come to the office to fill in the necessary paperwork.  A copy of the enrollment packet is available on our website. All pertinent information should be provided. Information should be accurate and current. There may be a waiting period before a student is allowed to start school so that school officials can verify information provided in the enrollment packet. Providing false information may be cause to not enroll a student.  

        A student who is planning to withdraw from school must pick up a withdrawal form from the office.  This form is to be signed by the parent and the teachers.  The student must return all books and pay any charges.  The student then returns the form to the office. Student records may be held until materials are paid for or returned.


        By law, prescription medications and over-the-counter medications cannot be given at school without a written prescription from a physician and a signed consent form from the parent.  The prescription must be in the original bottle. All medications must be brought to school in a container appropriately labeled by the pharmacy or physician stating the student’s name, the name of the medication, the dosage, and the frequency. Parents, not the student, should bring the medication to the office.

         Parents have the option to come into the office and dispense medication in the absence of a prescription from a physician.  It is the responsibility of the student for coming to the office to take his/her medication and not the responsibility of the office to track the student down.  Students are not allowed to have any type of medication, prescribed or over-the-counter, in their possession on school grounds.  Some examples that students cannot have with them include: cough drops, Tylenol, Mydol, etc.  The only exception to this rule is that students who have a need for an inhaler can keep it with them.  Parents need to notify the office when this is necessary.  


        According to Colorado state law, all students must have a copy of a completed updated immunization record on file with the school.  This record must be provided to the school within two weeks of enrollment at BMS.  Failure to provide a complete, updated immunization record or failure to provide a parental exemption form will result in the student being excluded from attending school until the proper paperwork is provided.  A parental exemption is a signed written waiver stating that the parent does not want the child to be immunized for medical, religious, or personal reasons.  All seventh grade students are required to have proof of a second MMR immunization and the Hepatitis B series on record in the office.  For further information, please refer to the letter from the Colorado Department of Education located at the end of this handbook.  

        Additional information on Immunization requirements (Policy JLCB) can be found in the District Policy Manual, Policy JS, available in hard copy in the school office or on the District website:å

         Parents and community members are welcome to visit the school and classes at any time. All visitors must first sign in and obtain a pass from the main office.  All visitors will be required to wear a visitor tag at all times while on campus.  Visitors will sign the log sheet in the office when coming into the building and when leaving.  


        Student visitors wishing to attend classes with friends or relatives must receive approval from the principal.  If a student visitor wishes to eat lunch in the school, arrangements shall be made with the front office.  The school reserves the right to deny visitations requests if it is deemed that the visit will interfere with the educational process and/or is in violation of the district guidelines.  Any concerns or problems will be referred to the principal for final determination.


        The school has provided a phone for student use in the main office.  During the school day, students must receive permission to use this phone from the office.   Students shall get permission from their teacher if they are going to miss any class time when needing to use the phone.  Students are not allowed to use any classroom phones.  Students who misuse the phone may lose phone privileges and will only be allowed to use the phone in an emergency situation or when required by a school official.  Students should use the office phone during passing time, during lunch, before school, and after school.

         Student cell phones and electronic devices must be turned off and stored in student lockers during the school day, unless permitted by teachers for use in class. Violation of this policy and/or use that violates any other district policy shall result in disciplinary measures and confiscation of the electronic communication device.  The first offense may be resolved by a telephone conference between parent/guardian and school personnel.  The second offense and subsequent offenses require a personal conference between parent/guardian, student, and school personnel. The building principal or designee may also refer the matter to law enforcement, as appropriate. Should the problem continue, the item will be kept by the office until a parent or guardian can pick it up.  Repeated violations of the cell phone policy will result in more severe consequences being assigned to the student.  

Additional information on electronic devices, Internet use, and electronic communications can be found in the District Policy Manual, Policy JICJ, available in hard copy in the school office or on the District website:


      Students will be assigned a locker to be used for the school year. Each locker has a combination lock on it.  Students will be given the combination numbers at the start of school.  Students should not give out the combination to any other student and should keep the locker locked at all times.  

      Students are expected to keep lockers neat and orderly.  A student who has overstuffed his or her locker will be asked to clean it out.  If the student does not clean out the locker, the contents will be taken out and put in a bag and returned to the student to take home or properly store in the locker.  

      “Rigging” of lockers so that they remain open is not permitted and will result in disciplinary action.

The school has the authority and obligation to conduct locker searches at any time to ensure the safety of the students and property.  Locker searches will follow according to school law and district policy.

      Students are responsible for securing lockers in the locker rooms during P.E. and athletic events.  Students are responsible for providing a combination lock to be used in the locker room.  The locker rooms are not supervised at all times, therefore, it is up to the student to make sure his/her belongings are locked securely.

      Students should not bring items of value to school.  The school is not responsible for lost or stolen items from lockers.


        The middle school maintains a lost and found bin.  All items turned into the office or found will be placed in the bin. During the year, the lost and found items will be put out for students to go through.  After there has been a sufficient amount of time to claim items, any remaining items will be given to a local charity.  Items in poor condition will be discarded.

 TEXTBOOKS, IPads, Chromebooks, Computers

        Textbooks and the above listed electronic devices are loaned to the students for their use during the school year.  Students are responsible for their care and return.  Students will be required to pay for lost or damaged textbooks or electronic devices.   Any damage will be charged to the student. Charges will be levied at the end of the school year for items that have been damaged.  The fee charged for a lost or destroyed new textbook is price of book.  The price for a used textbook will be replacement price of the textbook.  Fees charged for damage to a textbook are:  Replace a New Book --- Cost, Replace Used book---Cost, Replaced cover---$10.00, Bent cover---$5.00, torn page or damaged page---$1.00 per page. Fees for damage to electronic devices will be assessed upon determination of the extent of the damage.  Failure to pay fees or charges may result loss of school privileges.  Students will be allowed to work off the fees in lieu of payment.  Arrangements will be made with the principal to do school service in these instances.


        Students are required to have permission from their teacher in order to be in the hall.  Students are required to have a hall pass when in the hallways.  Students in the hallways are required to be respectful of other classes by being quiet and they are to return to class promptly. Students out of class without permission or who are not in the place where authorized by the pass will be given an unexcused absence or tardy for that class and be subject to discipline.  If a student is going to the restroom, writing utensils, sharp objects or any other object that can be used to create graffiti or scratch stalls/walls are not allowed.  Acts of vandalism may be reported to the town marshal for content or the amount of damage done.  Students are only allowed to use the vending machines during passing time.  Students are expected to get to class on time and not be late to class due to a purchase at the vending machine.

        No hall passes shall be given during the first 15 minutes or last 10 minutes of class. This 15/10 rule is designed to ensure that all students transition to and understand the learning objectives of the class and complete the final informal assessments of the class. Students will respect the teacher’s right to ensure that these important times are followed.



        BMS will conduct a variety of Standard Response Protocol drills during the school year to prepare students and staff for a variety of emergency situations.  Students and staff members will participate in the following drills each year: fire drill, lockout drill, lockdown drill, shelter drill, and evacuation drill.  All procedures and protocols will be explained to staff and students before the practice drill is to take place. A review of the drill will be conducted by building and district staff for effectiveness in addressing the emergency situation after the drill has been completed.   A copy of the Standard Response Protocol can be found at the end of this handbook.

        In the event of an emergency, one main contact point will be established through the district office which will provide information to the public.  The school will make every effort to keep parents informed.


        School dances are held each quarter, in the afternoon from 1:00 to 3:25 p.m. Students will be given the option of attending the dance or attending another activity.  The other activities include a movie, a study hall, or a game room.  Students will not be allowed to check themselves out of the dance and leave school grounds.  There may be a charge to get into the dance to pay for expenses and to raise money for student council.  Only students enrolled at BMS are allowed to participate in the dances. Home-schooled students who attend one or more classes at BMS are welcome to attend dances.  Students are to follow proper behavioral expectations at dances.  Students who are checked out from the dance and out of school by the parent will not be considered absent.


        All students are expected to be ready to learn when they enter class.  This means students should have the necessary supplies to participate in the class.  Students are to be actively engaged in all learning activities planned for the class.  Nonessential items such as stuffed animals, toys, hats, bandanas, balls, sunglasses, I-Pods etc., are not permitted in class.  Food and/or drinks are not allowed in the classroom unless authorized by the teacher.  Teachers may allow students to bring water to class.  The water must be in a clear plastic container.  Flavored drinks are not allowed in class except for special occasions as authorized by the teacher.

        In order to help promote healthier choices at BMS, students are not permitted to have beverages that are considered to be high-energy drinks.  Any drink that has high levels of caffeine or any other chemical designed to produce energy-enhancing effects are included in this provision.  Students are not to bring and drink coffee on school grounds.  Students will be asked to dispose of the drink. Refusal or repeated violations of this provision will result in disciplinary consequences.  


        The District will make available to parents applications for a student insurance policy or the purpose of student coverage during the school day and/or for athletic activities.  This is a voluntary low-rate insurance program offered to all school children that is NOT a district program.  The Colorado Government Immunity Act, Section 24-10-101 of the Colorado Revised Statutes, substantially limits the liability of the school district.  Therefore, most student injuries or accidents would be covered under personal insurance policies or the District-offered student insurance and NOT by the District’s own insurance coverage.  This voluntary insurance program can be used for coverage of interscholastic sports sponsored by the middle school.


        Each student is required to have an emergency card on file in the office.  This card will be used for making contact with the parent/guardian.  Information on the card should be kept current.  People other than the parent or guardian should be listed in emergency cases when the parent/guardian cannot be contacted.  In order for a child to be released to someone other than the parent/guardian, the person’s name must be included on the card.  The card should also include necessary medical information.  Please report any changes on the emergency card as soon as possible.  

        Any information requested by a parent of a BMS student will be provided unless legal restrictions apply to a particular student.  The office requires that the office be made aware of any legal restrictions and to also provide the necessary written documentation in order for the office to honor any legal restrictions. This documentation will be kept in the student’s confidential cumulative records.


      Students are expected to come to school dressed appropriately all times.  Please monitor your child’s dress according to this policy. Your cooperation will be very helpful in preventing violations of this policy.

      Any student deemed in violation of the dress code shall be required to change into appropriate clothing or make arrangements to have appropriate clothing brought to school immediately.  In this case, there shall be no further penalty.

      Per District Policy, if the student cannot promptly obtain appropriate clothing, on the first offense, the student shall be given a written warning and an administrator shall notify the student’s parents/guardians.  On the second offense, the student shall remain in the administrative office for the day and do schoolwork and a conference with parents/guardians shall be held. On the third offense, the student may be subject to suspension or other disciplinary action as outlined in the school discipline code.

BMS Dress code guidelines:

-----Footwear is to be worn at all times.  Shoes with rollers are not permitted. Slippers are not permitted.  Students will need to wear the appropriate shoes for the conditions.  It is recommended that students not wear open toed-shoes during bad weather and during the winter months for safety reason.  

-----Shorts and dresses shall not be shorter than fingertip length for the student.  This rule applies even when the student is wearing an undergarment that extends below the shorts or dress.

-----Fishnet shirts, transparent clothing, spaghetti strap tops, racer back tops, and muscle shirts are not permitted.  Any style of top that reveals underwear is not permitted.  Tank tops or other similar clothing with straps narrower than three fingers/two inches in width are not permitted.

-----Hats, bandanas, and dark glasses are not to be worn indoors at any time.  These items should remain in student lockers.

-----Shorts and pants are to be worn with the waistband at hip level.  Pants/shorts should not be worn so as to reveal underwear.  Pajamas and pajama-style pants are not permitted.

-----Bare waistlines, backs, midriffs, or other style of clothing that is too revealing are unacceptable.  Shirts/tops should come below the waistline of the pant or dress. Inappropriate sheer, tight, or low-cut clothing that exposes traditionally private parts of the body including, but not limited to, the stomach, buttocks, back and breasts is not permitted.

-----Clothing that is cut or deliberately torn to reveal undergarments is not permitted.

-----No torn jeans above the knees.

-----Clothing that is worn as an undergarment cannot be worn as an outer garment.  Boxers are not permitted as outerwear.

----- Chokers, wristbands, or any other item of clothing that contain metal spikes are not permitted.  Clothing that is made up of any other sharp object, such as safety pins, is not permitted.

-----Any clothing, paraphernalia, grooming, jewelry, hair coloring, accessories, or body adornments that are or contain any advertisement, symbols, words, slogans, patches or pictures that:

        Students are required to dress nicely when traveling to away games, performing in public concerts, or participating in local, regional, or state competitions.  Sponsors and coaches will ensure that when our students visit other schools, a strict dress code be enforced.

        Additional information on Dress Code can be found in the District Policy Manual, Policy JICA, available in hard copy in the school office or on the District website:


        School employees may conduct searches when they have reason to suspect that a law or school rule has been violated or the health, safety, or welfare of students or staff may be in danger.  A search of a student’s person and /or personal effects shall be undertaken if there are reasonable grounds for an administrator to suspect that the student possesses a weapon, prohibited substances, objects that interfere with the school purposes and/or presents a threat to people/property or is a stolen item.  Personal searches must be limited in scope to objectives of search within the bounds of reason. When a search is conducted on a person or on personal effects, the administrator will conduct the search in private with an adult witness present.  The adult witness will be of the same sex as the student and the witness will not participate in the search.

        The extent of the search of a student's person or personal effects, as well as the means to conduct the search must reasonably be related to the objectives of the search and nature of the suspected violation.  Searches may be conducted without the prior consent of the parent/guardian.  However, the parent/guardian will be notified as soon as reasonably possible that a search was conducted. Anything found in the course of a search conducted by school officials which is evidence of a violation of school rules or which by its presence presents an immediate danger of physical harm may be seized and kept by the school as evidence in any proceeding involving a suspension or expulsion; or turned over to law enforcement; or be returned to the student or parent. A student's failure to cooperate with school officials conducting a search shall be considered grounds for disciplinary action.

        Lockers are the property of the school district. The school administrator or his/her designee for any reason without notice and without student consent or knowledge may conduct periodic general inspections of lockers.  A locker search may be conducted when a reasonable suspicion that a student may be in violation of school rules and/or the law.

        A search of a student’s cell phone may be done with parent permission to verify violation of school policy to ensure that no illegal content or violation of state law has occurred.  Students are not allowed to use cell phones during the school day.Students will be asked to power down their device before surrendering it to a staff member. .  

        Additional information on student interrogations, searches, and arrests can be found in the District Policy Manual, Policy JIH, available in hard copy in the school office or on the District website:



       The Bayfield School District 10 Jt-R has a detailed and rigorous attendance policy.  These details and rigor are based on the premise that the student who attends school regularly derives the maximum benefit from the instructional program and that the primary responsibility for attendance falls on the individual student and their parent(s).  The Colorado School Attendance Act 22-33-104(5)(a), C.R.S. states “The general assembly hereby declares that two of the most important factors in ensuring a child’s educational development are parental involvement and parental responsibility.  The general assembly further declares that it is the obligation of every parent to ensure that every child under such parent’s care and supervision receives adequate education and training.  Therefore, every parent of a child who has attained the age of six years on or before August 1 of each year and is under the age of seventeen years shall ensure that such child attends the public school in which such child is enrolled in compliance with this section.”  Under the law, parents and students who are in violation of the Colorado School Attendance Act are subject to severe penalties, including monetary fines, community service and incarceration.   Every child who has attained the age of seven or older, and is registered as a student in the Bayfield School District, will be held to the school district attendance policies and procedures.   It is our hope that the school and home can work together to make sure proper attendance is maintained and no other steps will need to be enforced. The Bayfield School District Board of Education and District Advisory/Accountability Committee have approved this policy.


        The following shall be considered excused absences and are listed in the district policy manual.

  1. Student who is temporarily ill or injured or whose absence is approved by the administrator of the school of attendance on a prearranged basis.  Prearranged absences shall be approved for appointments or circumstances of a serious nature only which cannot be taken care of outside of school hours.;
  2. Student who is absent for an extended period due to physical, mental or emotional disability;
  3. Student who is pursuing a work-study program under the supervision of the school;
  4. Student who is absent due to a bona fide religious observance when approved by the administrator of the school of attendance on a prearranged basis;
  5. Student who is absent due to a family emergency or hardship;
  6. Student who is absent due to attendance at any school-sponsored activity or activities of an educational nature with advance approval by the administration;

Student whose absence is permitted pursuant to C.R.S. 22-33-104(2).


        An unexcused absence is defined as an absence that is not covered by one of the foregoing exceptions. Continued unexcused absences and/or repeated tardiness may be considered cause for disciplinary action. In accordance with law, the district may impose appropriate penalties that relate directly to classes missed while unexcused.


        Students are to be in their assigned seats with books and necessary supplies needed for class when the teacher starts class.  Students have five minutes between classes to go to their locker or go to the restroom.  Any student who is receives three unexcused tardies during a semester will receive a phone call home.  Five unexcused tardies will result in the student being assigned to a school skills class.  On the eighth unexcused tardy, the student will be assigned an In-school Suspension.  The tardy policy will run semester to semester. Continual tardiness will result in additional consequences.


        Any student who is planning to be gone for three days or more will need to pick up a prearranged absence form from the office.  It is the responsibility of the student and parent to inform the school of extended absences.  Failure to make arrangements may be cause for making the absence unexcused.  The principal will decide if the absence is to be excused or not excused.  The nature of the absence and the student's attendance and academic record will be factors used to determine if the absence is to be excused.  It is the legal authority of the principal, not the parent, to decide what is to be considered an excused absence.

        The purpose of the pre-arranged absence form is to identify work that can be done before the absence, during the absence, and what is expected when the student returns.  The teachers will work with the student and parent to set a reasonable timetable for returning all work.  


        If a student is absent without a signed parental/guardian excuse or if the student leaves school or class without permission of the teacher or administrator in charge, the student shall be considered truant. Determination of an absence as excused or unexcused will be based upon the criteria stated in school policy.

        Students who are truant will serve time for time. For example, if a student is truant for one class, they will serve detention equivalent to the class time lost. A full day truant will equal a full day of in-school suspension. Students who are truant for a half day will serve a half day of in-school suspension. A student’s time in detention or in-school suspension is dedicated to quiet, productive study only to make up for the academic time in school lost through an unexcused absence. No phones, food, or drink are permitted.

        Penalties may include a warning, school detention, or in-school suspension. Academic penalties, out-of-school suspensions, and expulsions shall not be imposed for any unexcused or truant absence. The administration shall develop procedures to implement appropriate penalties, and may implement strategies to re-engage students with a high number of unexcused absences.

        A “Habitually Truant” student shall be defined as a student of compulsory attendance age who has four (4) total days of unexcused absences from school in any one month or ten (10) total days of unexcused absences during any school year. The determination of a “habitually truant” status for a student is calculated using the sum of unexcused absences converted to days and fractions of days. Said absences are cumulative, and need not be consecutive nor confined to one class. Absences due to suspension or expulsion shall not be counted in the total of unexcused absences for purposes of defining “habitual truant.”

        A plan shall be developed for a student who is declared habitually truant with the goal of assisting the child to remain in school. Outside agencies including but not limited to the SMART Team and La Plata Youth Services may be contacted. When possible, the child’s parent, guardian, or legal custodian will be expected to participate with district personnel during the development of the plan unless extenuating circumstances prevent their participation.


        When a student has accumulated five (5) absences, the attendance office will mail out an attendance notice and submit a copy to the counselor. The counselor will have a follow up meeting with the student regarding his/her attendance. The principal designee will also make a phone contact home.  When a student has accumulated seven (7) absences, a second letter will be sent requesting a conference with the parent(s), student, and counselor, or principal.   At this conference the student will be placed on an attendance contract which will address the reasons for the absence, and list steps which will be taken to improve the student’s attendance. Doctor’s notes may be required for additional absences. Parents will have the opportunity to schedule a conference with the counselor, teacher, or school's administration at any time concerning the attendance of their child.  

 *Note – all attempts will be made to mail out attendance letters when a student reaches target dates.  There will be times that the absences of a student move past target dates before a letter has been generated.

          Additional information on Attendance can be found in the District Policy Manual, Policy JH, available in hard copy in the school office or on the District website: 


        The curriculum and course offerings have been developed to meet state standards and to meet the needs of middle school students.  There are three types of classes offered at BMS:  core classes, exploratory classes and elective classes.   Core classes include math, science, social studies, and English language arts. Exploratory classes are classes that are quarter or semester classes and provide a variety of experience for this age group.  Students will be required to take all of the exploratory classes unless they are enrolled in an elective class.

Exploratory classes include: Spanish, Art, Computer, and P.E.  Additional exploratory classes may be offered.  Elective classes include Band, Orchestra, Choir, and others.  


        Parents are able to access student grades, school announcements, and other school information through the school's student management system.  The school district has assigned a user code and a password for each student to be used by the parent when gaining access.  The code and password will remain the same throughout the time the student stays in the Bayfield Schools.  Parents will be notified if there is a need to change this information.

        In accordance with policies regarding confidentiality, the code and the password information must be given directly to the parent or guardian.  This information will not be given over the phone.  The user ID and password will be mailed to parents at the start of the year.      

        Teachers will have five working days to grade and record an assignment from the due date.  This amount of time is necessary to allow for the volume of papers and/or the length of the assignments needing to be graded.  The web address to enter into the system is:  



        Homework is an important instructional tool used by teachers.  Students at BMS are expected to develop good study and homework habits. Students who choose to participate in extracurricular activities or events are expected to keep up with their assignments.  In order to promote quality performance, teachers are to coordinate with the school calendar and their fellow team members when making assignments. Please see the BMS website for a staff directory that includes information or links to teacher websites and homework information.


        Make-up work Make-up work shall be provided for any class in which a student has an excused absence unless otherwise determined by the building administrator or unless the absence is due to the student’s expulsion from school. It is the responsibility of the student to pick up any make-up assignments permitted on the day returning to class. There shall be one (1) day allowed for make-up work for each day of absence, up to a maximum of six (6) days. Make-up work shall be allowed following an unexcused absence or following a student's suspension from school with the goal of providing the student an opportunity to keep up with the class and an incentive to attend school. This work may receive full or partial credit to the extent possible as determined by the building administrator. Unless otherwise permitted by the building administrator, make-up work shall not be provided during a student's expulsion. Rather, the district shall offer alternative education services to the expelled student in accordance with state law. The district shall determine the amount of credit the expelled student will receive for work completed during any alternative education program.  



         Students who are not meeting standards, behind in school work, and/or having attendance problems may have the opportunity to attend Saturday School to make up missing work and other learning activities.  A student who is assigned by a teacher to attend Saturday School will be required to attend. Failure to attend will result in disciplinary consequences. Parents will need to keep the teacher informed if there is a problem attending the assigned session. Saturday School will be conducted when necessary or possible.  Saturday School times are 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Students are required to attend the entire time to receive credit for work.

        Parents will be notified when a student has been assigned to attend.  Students who fail to attend will not be given credit for missing work.  Students are to maintain good behavior and to do their own work.  Students who fail to follow Saturday School guidelines will be required to call home and have a parent come and pick the student up.  Students who have a poor academic record and fail to attend Saturday School will be considered for possible retention.


        Parents will receive two reports of their child’s performance each quarter.  At the midpoint of any quarter, a progress report will be sent home with the student to take home for the parent to review.  The progress report will include notice of deficiency for any class.  At the end of the quarter, a report card will be sent home in the mail.  The report card will contain a letter grade and the percentage grade.  The grading scale used at BMS is:

90-100%=A        80-89%=B        70-79%=C        60-69%=D        0-59%=F

        A variety of measures may be used to evaluate student progress, including test scores, homework, reports, daily class participation and projects.  Grades may be withheld for overdue books, nonpayment of fees, or nonpayment of library fines.


        Formal Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences will be held twice a year.   Fall conferences will be held from 4-8 p.m. on October 9 and October 18.  Spring conferences will be held from 4-8 p.m. on February 7 and 12.  BMS requires that students take ownership of their learning by conducting their conferences. The student will present a portfolio of his/her work to help guide the conference.  If a parent would like to meet separately with a teacher or with a group of teachers, the parent may request to do so during conference time.

        Parents and students are welcome to schedule personal conferences with a teacher or with a team of teachers at any time during the year.   Please call the office to make an appointment.  It is best to provide at least one day’s notice.  An appointment will be made based on time available during the week as identified in the schedule.


        Students who have achieved a grade point average of a 3.5 on a 4.0 scale with no grade lower than a C will be placed on the BMS Honor Roll.  The Honor Roll will be posted at the end of each quarter and students will receive recognition of their achievement.  


        Students enrolled in a P.E. class are required to dress out daily.  Students should bring a T-shirt, gym shorts, and tennis shoes.  The tennis shoes should be ones that are for gym use only so that the floor is not damaged.  To be excused from an activity for a day because of a temporary medical condition, a note must be sent with the student from the parent and given to the teacher.  To be excused for several days or from a series of P.E. activities, parents must inform the principal or the teacher explaining the need for being excused from participating in class.  

        In some cases, a doctor’s note will be requested to document illness or injury and to use as a guide for any doctor’s recommendation for participation.  Any student who is excused from participation may be required to do alternative activities or do make up work at a later time.  

       Students will be issued a P.E. locker and are required to have a lock.  Students should not bring any valuable items and store them in their P.E. or Sports locker. Students are to keep locker room clean at all times and to follow all locker room rules.  Students are to clean out lockers once they have finished the class or the sports season.  Students will be reminded to clean out lockers within the specified time.  Failure to clean out the locker may result in the lock being cut off and the locker cleared of its contents.  Students are not allowed to wear jewelry or piercings while engaged in physical activities.


        In order to maintain programs it is necessary to charge fees in some classes.  These fees cover the consumable supplies used for the particular class or activity by the student.  Teachers will send home a fee charge form with the student.  If you are unable to pay the fees, a request for waiver of fees is available in the office.  Fees will be charged for Library fines and lost or damaged books.

        Students who have failed to pay fees or charges may cause the student to be excluded from activities until paid.

        Fees may be waived for students who are on the free and reduced lunch program.  Any parent wishing to waive a fee must request so in writing or by phone call to the office of the principal and explain the reason for the request.  Students qualifying for a fee waiver will receive it without unnecessary embarrassment or public exposure of their need.  


        Students who have successfully completed the course requirements for their 8th grade year will be allowed to participate in the Continuation Ceremony and related activities held at the end of the year.  Students must pass three of four core classes and not have failed more than one year’s worth of exploratory and/or elective classes.   The parents of those students who are at risk of not meeting these standards will be informed at progress report time during the Fourth Quarter.  Students will be informed of current progress the week before the ceremony to minimize any surprises.  The final decision will be made on the last Monday before the ceremony and the parents informed by the next day.  

        The Continuation program is held on the last day of school in the evening for parents, family, and guests.  The program includes the awarding of Certificates of Continuation and handing out academic awards earned by students.  The 8th grade student who has the highest point accumulation total for their 8th grade year will be the class speaker at Continuation.

        Students are expected to dress appropriately.  Appropriate dress should reflect the age and intent of this rite of passage.  Boys are to wear a dress shirt and slacks.  Ties are recommended but not required.  Girls should wear dresses or slacks.


        Students must meet minimum requirements in order to be promoted to the next grade level.  Students at BMS are to pass three of four core classes and not be failing exploratory classes equal to one year’s credit.    Students who do not meet these standards will be reviewed for possible retention.  Retention of a student will be based on the above-mentioned criteria as well as a review of the overall profile of student performance and personal circumstances when making a final decision.  The final decision will be made by the principal based on consultation with the student's parents and teachers.

        Parents will be notified at the end of the first semester if their child is not meeting performance standards.  If performance does not improve, parents will be informed by certified mail by April 15 that retention is being considered.  Promotion of students will be made at the end of the school year.    Students retained in 6th and 7th grade will be retained for the entire school year.  

        In some cases students may be promoted on a 30-day review.  The purpose of the 30-day review will to ascertain the opportunity for success at this grade level.  At the end of the 30 days, a meeting will be held to determine if the student should be sent back to the previous grade level or remain in that grade level.

        Additional information on Promotion and Retention can be found in the District Policy Manual, Policy IKE, available in hard copy in the school office or on the District website:



        A School Nurse and a Health Aide are available at BMS on a limited basis.  Vision, hearing and scoliosis screenings are done during the school year.  For emergency care, only qualified personnel shall give treatment. Parents or the emergency contact person will be notified immediately when an emergency or serious situation arises.



        The middle school maintains a full-time librarian.  Students are responsible for returning materials to the library on time and in the same condition in which they were checked out.  Students will be assessed fines and charges for late, damaged, and unreturned items.  A student may be excluded from dances or other activities for nonpayment of fines.  

        Students are able to access the research lab during lunchtime and at other times with permission of a teacher.  Students are to have a Library pass designating what the student is to be working on.  Students are to follow all guidelines outlined in the student computer use agreement in order to keep the privilege of using the research lab.  


        The BMS lunch program provides two choices for student lunch---Hot Lunch and Salad Bar.  The price for student lunch is $3.00 for a Hot Lunch or a Salad.  Student Breakfast price is $1.50. Parents may purchase several meals in advance.  The amount will be recorded in an automated system run by the lunchroom cashier.  Students will be assigned a code to access their account.  The system will allow for any amount the parent wishes to pay for in advance.  Your child may also bring money each day to purchase a meal.  We now have the availability to pay for student lunches online. You may also set up an account to get email alerts when your student’s balance is low. An email will be sent out once a week for all negative balances. Go to to sign up. You will need your student’s PowerSchool student ID number to set up the account. You may monitor your student’s account online. Please call Julie Whitmore        or your school secretary if you have any questions.

        At the start of the school year, BMS will provide each student with an application for the Free or Reduced Lunch Program. It is important that the forms be filled out and returned to the school even if you choose to not take part in the program. This information is used to help establish the district funding guidelines from the state and federal governments.

         Parents, relatives, friends are welcome to eat lunch with students at any time.  Any person who wishes to do so should call the school office before 9:00 a.m. to help verify lunch count and should let the office know when he/she will be coming.  All visitors must check in to the office before going to the cafeteria.



        BMS has a full-time special education program. Special education students are integrated into the regular classroom, offered pull-out programs, and are regularly monitored by the resource teachers.  The local program complies with all Federal, State, and local rules governing placement in the program and providing the necessary services.  Parents will be included in every review of an Individual Education Plan (IEP) done annually.  

        The district maintains the services of a school psychologist, school social worker, speech and language specialist, and an occupational therapist as part of the San Juan Board of Cooperative Education Services (BOCES) staff.  These staff members service all four schools in the district.


          The primary goal of the school counseling program is to promote and enhance student learning through academic, career, personal, and social development.  A licensed, full-time school counselor works with all students to ensure that diversity and individual differences are respected. The counselor works with students to provide individual, small group, and large group counseling and referrals to the community professionals as needed.  The counselor is unable to provide the following services to children or to parents:  testifying in court in child-custody matters and providing intensive, long–term counseling services.

        Students have a right to expect confidentiality in counseling.  This means that information that is shared with the counselor will remain private or confidential unless disclosure is required by law and/or to prevent a harmful or dangerous situation to the student or others.  When a student’s personal situation is affecting the student’s academic performance the counselor may share information with school personnel.  The counselor will inform the student when information needs to be shared.

         Students must get permission from the teacher or the counselor in order to miss class time to visit with the counselor.   The counseling program is designed to ensure that each student has a successful experience in school.  Please contact the counselor at anytime if you have questions or concerns.  


        Riding a school bus to and from school is a privilege and not a right.  The privilege of riding a school bus is contingent upon a student’s good behavior and observance of established regulations for student conduct, both at bus stops and on board buses.  Students who do not abide by the bus rules must be dealt with as necessary to protect the welfare and safety of all bus passengers.          

        Listed below are the rules governing bus behavior.

1.        Students should arrive at the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is due in the morning, and go directly to the bus after school ends         for the day.  The bus cannot wait for a tardy student.

2.        Be orderly and respect other people’s property while waiting to board the bus.  Stay back at least five feet from the point where the bus         stops.  Wait to board until the bus comes to a complete stop.  If you must cross in front of the bus, wait for the driver’s signal then         cross ten feet in front of the bus.

3.        Upon boarding the bus, go at once to your seat and remain seated until it is your turn to get off the bus.

4.        No eating or drinking on regular routes except by permission of the driver.  Glass containers, gum and sunflower seeds are not allowed.

5.        No alcohol, smoking or tobacco in any form is permitted.

6.        Buses will not let students off at any location other than authorized bus stops.  Students must have a note from a parent and signed off by         the office to ride a bus which is not assigned to them.  A note will also be required for students to be dropped off at any stop that is         different from their regular stop.

7.        Passengers shall not tamper with any equipment or safety features on the bus.

8.        Passengers shall not fight, scuffle, use obscene language, talk or sing loudly, or throw objects in, on, or from the bus.

9.        The aisle shall remain clear at all times.  Passengers should keep books, lunch boxes and other objects in their lap.  Band instruments shall         remain in their cases.  Athletic gear must be kept in a zippered bag.

10.        Passengers shall not bring on live animals, explosives, flammables, dangerous weapons, or large objects on the bus.  Items that can be a         danger during a sudden stop or accident are not permitted on the bus.

11.        Students planning to have district students as guests in their home and are planning to have students ride their bus must make         arrangements with the bus driver beforehand.  Should a crowding situation occur, students who are regular route riders will be given         first priority.  Other students may not be allowed to ride if arrangements have not been made with the driver.

12.        Passengers shall cooperate with the bus driver and follow his/her instructions at all times.


        Per District policy, the bus driver always shall be in charge of the bus.  Rules and regulations, whether written or verbally issued by the driver, must be followed at all times. Parents/guardians may assist by reviewing the rules with their children and insisting that children comply with the school bus regulations.

        Drivers are instructed to report any infraction of the regulations to the Transportation Director.  Disregard for the bus driver’s verbal directions will be reported to the school principal and the parents/guardians by use of a bus misconduct report.

        A student who receives three bus conduct reports shall be deprived of transportation privileges following conferences with parents/guardians and school officials.  In the event of an infraction of a serious nature, a student may be deprived of transportation privileges even though it may be his or her first infraction.  Conferences will be held with the parents/guardians and principal.

       In the event that the infraction is severe in nature, the Transportation Director may request the school counselor meet with the student and give an assessment as to the student’s willingness or ability to abide by bus regulations.  Parents/guardians will be asked to attend this assessment.

       Additional information regarding Student Conduct on Buses can be found in the District Policy Manual, Policy JICC, available in hard copy in the school office or on the District website:


        Students who are in the 7th and 8th grades may choose to participate in a variety of interscholastic sports activities.  The goal of athletics at BMS is to provide an opportunity for athletes to participate in a sport, develop individual skills in the sport, and to promote teamwork in a competitive setting.  The sports program is divided into three categories of A, B, C levels.  The A and B levels are more competitive than the C Level.  Athletes will be assigned to teams based on a variety of factors including but not limited to: ability, grade level, team needs, and/or previous experience.  Coaches will make the determination and any questions should be directed to the coaches.    Students may participate in the following sports:

Boys: Football or Cross Country, Basketball, Wrestling, Track

Girls: Volleyball or Cross Country, Basketball, Track



        In order to participate in interscholastic sports, each student must adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. Attend the orientation meeting and sign-up.
  2. Provide proof of a current physical examination.
  3. Provide proof of insurance either through a family policy or by purchase of school insurance.  Provide a signed medical release form.
  4. Provide written parent permission to participate.
  5. Age to not exceed 15 by Aug. 1, 2014.
  6. Regularly attend practice and dress out.
  7. Maintain academic & behavioral standards in school.
  8. Abstain from usage of drugs, alcohol, and all tobacco products.
  9. Demonstrate good conduct on bus, at host school, and on athletic court/field.
  10. Participate in nine practices before participating in athletic contest.
  11. Maintain moral, legal, and ethical behavior.

        If these standards are not met, the administration and/or coach may limit practice/game time.  When it is deemed necessary, the coach and/or administrator may choose to release/remove the student from the team.



        An important outcome of the sports program is to develop among students and athletes a sense of sportsmanship.  It is an admirable quality to win with dignity and to lose with dignity.  Each participant from each school should be shown respect for their efforts on the field or on the court.  Officials will be given the same measure of respect for their efforts. Players, coaches, students, parents and fans will be expected to demonstrate proper and appropriate behavior at all contests.  The expected standards of conduct will be upheld by the game administrator or designee per district guidelines.  Violators will be addressed in accordance with the guidelines. Practices are closed to parents and visitors.  

        Student athletes are held to a higher standard of behavior than specified in the BMS Code of Conduct. Actions at practices or games that could result in immediate dismissal from a team include, but are not limited to: defiance, disrespectful language, or leaving a game or practice without notifying the coach. The coach is responsible for upholding standards of conduct both at practices and at games.

        Coaches may decide to hold higher standards for both grades and behavior.  They will make these expectations clear to parents at pre-season meetings and in their sport-specific handbooks.



        Students will travel in transportation provided by the district for the contests.    Students may ride with their parents after the game or contest.  The parent must sign out the student with the coach at the game site.  A student may ride with someone other than the parent if the student and parent make pre-arrangements with the principal and provides to the office with the necessary paperwork.  The paperwork must be turned into the office or to the coach before the activity.  



    It is the intention of the Board of Education that the district's schools help students develop individual knowledge, skills and competence and that students form behavior patterns that will enable them to be responsible, contributing members of society.  It is the goal at BMS that students develop self-responsibility and accountability for their behavior and their choices.  The staff will work closely with students and parents to help achieve these goals.


The principal may suspend or recommend expulsion of a student who engages in one or more of the following activities while in school buildings, on district property, when being transported in vehicles dispatched by the district or one of its schools, during a school-sponsored or district-sponsored activity or event and off school property when the conduct has a nexus to school or any district curricular or non-curricular event.

  1. Causing or attempting to cause damage to school property or stealing or attempting to steal school property of value.
  2. Causing or attempting to cause damage to private property or stealing or attempting to steal private property.
  3. Commission of any act which if committed by an adult would be robbery or assault as defined by state law.  Expulsion shall be mandatory in accordance with state law except for commission of third degree assault.
  4. Committing extortion, coercion or blackmail, i.e., obtaining money or other objects of value from an unwilling person or forcing an individual to act through the use of force or threat of force.
  5. Engaging in verbal abuse, i.e., name calling, ethnic or racial slurs, or derogatory statements addressed publicly to others that precipitate disruption of the school program or incite violence.
  6. Engaging in “hazing” activities, i.e., forcing prolonged physical activity, forcing excessive consumption of any substance, forcing prolonged deprivation of sleep, food, or drink, or any other behavior which recklessly endangers the health or safety of an individual for purposes of initiation into any student group.
  7. Violation of the district’s policy on bullying prevention and education.
  8. Violation of criminal law which has an immediate effect on the school or on the general safety or welfare of students or staff.
  9. Violation of district policy or building regulations.
  10. Violation of the district's policy on weapons in the schools.  Expulsion shall be mandatory for carrying, bringing, using or possessing a dangerous weapon without the authorization of the school or school district, in accordance with state law.
  11. Violation of the district's alcohol use/drug abuse policy.  Expulsion shall be mandatory for sale of drugs or controlled substances, in accordance with state law.
  12. Violation of the district’s violent and aggressive behavior policy.
  13. Violation of the district's tobacco-free schools policy.
  14. Violation of the district’s policy on sexual harassment.
  15. Violation of the district’s policy on nondiscrimination.
  16. Violation of the district’s dress code policy.
  17. Pocket knives (blade less than 3.5 inches) will not be allowed on campus. Larger blades qualify as a “dangerous weapon”.
  18. Throwing objects, unless part of a supervised school activity, that can cause bodily injury or damage property.
  19. Directing profanity, vulgar language or obscene gestures toward other students, school personnel or visitors to the school.
  20. Lying or giving false information, either verbally or in writing, to a school employee.
  21. Scholastic dishonesty which includes but is not limited to cheating on a test, plagiarism or unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing written work
  22. Making a false accusation of criminal activity against a district employee to law enforcement or to the district.
  23. Behavior on or off school property which is detrimental to the welfare or safety of other students or school personnel.
  24. Repeated interference with the school’s ability to provide educational opportunities to other students.
  25. Continued willful disobedience or open and persistent defiance of proper authority including deliberate refusal to obey a member of the school staff.

Additional information regarding Code of Conduct (Policy JICDA), Violent and Aggressive Behavior (Policy JICDD), Secret Societies and Gang Activity (Policy JICF), Drug and Alcohol Use by Students (Policy JICH), and Weapons at School (Policy JICI) can be found in the District Policy Manual, available in hard copy in the school office or on the District website:


     Per District Policy, the principal may develop a remedial discipline plan for any student who causes a material and substantial disruption in the classroom, on school grounds, in school vehicles or at school activities or events.  The goal of the remedial plan shall be to address the student’s disruptive behavior and educational needs while keeping the child in school.

        Students who have been suspended three times for causing a material and substantial disruption in the classroom, on school grounds, in school vehicles or at school activities or events during the school year shall be declared habitually disruptive students.  Any student enrolled in the district’s schools may be subject to being declared a habitually disruptive student.  Declaration as a habitually disruptive student shall result in the student’s expulsion.            

     Additional information regarding Student Discipline (Policy JK) and Suspension and Expulsion of students (Policy JKD/JKE) can be found in the District Policy Manual, available in hard copy in the school office or on the District website:


        In order to establish a safe and inviting environment for all our students, it is important to ensure that students demonstrate proper respect for one another.  Students must come to a school that is free of any bullying or harassing behavior.  Bullying and acts of harassment will not be tolerated.  Physical and verbal intimidation and threats are not permitted.  Name calling, teasing, gossiping, spreading falsehoods and pitting students against one another are not permitted.    Notes passed or electronic messages transferred from student to student that contain derogatory comments or other statements of an offending nature are not permitted.  Inappropriate language, comments, and/or contact of a sexual nature are not permitted. Racial or ethnic slurs and jokes are not permitted.  Any other negative comments that demean a person's status or beliefs are not permitted.  

        Students who violate these policies will be subject to intervention and/or disciplinary action.  The school will take a pro-active approach by providing counseling and/or mediation strategies to address problems.  Students who feel that they are being harassed, intimidated, or put in a situation that makes it a problem for her/him to feel safe at school should report the problem to a staff member as soon as possible.  Students may also report concerns anonymously through Safe2Tell. Safe2Tell is a preventative and anonymous program that empowers students to talk about concerns they have regarding safety at school.  Safe2Tell creates a forum for open discussions about issues that affect students today: self-harm, bullying, drugs/alcohol, Internet safety, fights, dating violence, vandalism and other dangerous behavior. 1-877-542-SAFE.

        Additional information regarding Bullying and Harassment (Policy JICDE) can be found in the District Policy Manual, available in hard copy in the school office or on the District website:


     The district is committed to maintaining a learning environment that is free from sexual harassment.  It shall be a violation of policy for any staff member to harass students or for students to harass other students through conduct or communications of a sexual nature or to retaliate against anyone that reports sexual harassment or participates in a harassment investigation.  

     Additional information regarding sexual harassment can be found in the District Policies section of this handbook.


        In order to implement the District Code of Conduct, Bayfield Middle School has established the BMS Discipline Code.  The discipline code for the building is divided into three levels.  The levels differ in the degree of the offense and the consequence for violating school rules.  Students are required to be familiar with all school rules and follow all directives of any staff member.  Listed below are the violations and their consequences.

Level  I

        Consequences will include: verbal warnings, formal written warnings, loss of recess time at lunch, removal from class for the period, or after school detention.  Violations include but are not limited to:

  1. Classroom misconduct, not being prepared, being tardy, disruptive behavior, not being on task, copying, not following directions, bringing food or drink without permission, failure to follow standards of conduct for substitute teachers, marking on desks or equipment, or any other class rule established by the teacher.
  2. Playground misconduct, playing too roughly, being outside of designated areas for lunch, eating on playground, throwing trash, tackling, tripping, wrestling, shoving, kicking, inappropriate use of playground equipment.
  3. Cafeteria misconduct, cutting in line, throwing food, leaving a mess, failure to place trays and utensils in proper place, being too loud, pushing and shoving.
  4. Dress code violations.  
  5. Inappropriate language and teasing.
  6. Failure to adhere to bus rules.
  7. Hall misconduct such as not having hall pass, running, roughhousing, being too loud, wasting time while out of class,         marking/hitting lockers, horseplay in bathrooms and locker rooms.
  8. Violation of phone policy.
  9. Unauthorized usage or possession of cell phones, pagers, and any other communication device.
  10. Inappropriate displays of affection such as hugging, holding hands and kissing.

Level  II

        Consequences will include: multiple after-school detentions, in-school suspension, or out-of-school suspension depending upon the nature and severity of the act and previous discipline history.  Violations include, but are not limited to:

  1. Truancy/ditching school or class.
  2. Physical assault on another student, fighting.
  3. Vulgar and/or obscene language or gestures directed at another person.
  4. Physical or verbal intimidation of other students.
  5. “Mooning,” “flashing,” or depantsing students.
  6. Directing racial, ethnic slurs at another person.
  7. Verbal, physical, and/or sexual harassment. Malicious gossiping and language that is inciting.
  8. Scholastic dishonesty. Blatant plagiarism.
  9. Displaying blatant disrespect to school personnel and other adults.
  10. Willful disobedience of authority.
  11. Acts of theft, vandalism, graffiti and defacing school and/or private property.
  12. Refusal to serve after school detention.
  13. Repeated Level I violations.
  14. Actions endangering the safety of self and others, such as recklessly throwing or shooting objects at another person
    (spit wads, snowballs, rocks, pencils or pens, lasers).
  15. Possession of tobacco or tobacco products, lighters and/or matches.  Verified use of tobacco products on campus, on the bus, or at school activities.

Level  III

        The consequence for a violation at this level will be an automatic out-of-school suspension.  In some cases expulsion is mandatory.  Violations include but are not limited to:

  1. Use, sale, possession of alcohol or illegal drugs.
  2. Inappropriate use of prescription drugs or medications and/or distribution of any chemical-altering substance.
  3. Violations of state law.
  4. Violation of District Weapon’s Policy.
  5. Sexual assault upon another person.
  6. Threatening or assaulting any school personnel.
  7. Malicious threats or attack against another student.


        For Level I violations, the teacher may give a student verbal and/or written warnings for a first offense.  If a violation of the code persists, the teacher may assign a lunch detention.  Lunch detention will be served with the assigning teacher, or the principal may assign school service. The next level of consequence if the student fails to follow code is to be assigned an after-school detention.



        Detention will be held after school from 3:25 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. when needed.  Detentions will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays. Arrangements to serve other than on these days must be made with the principal.   Parents will receive written notification of the detention and the date it is to be served from the student. Students are required to take discipline notice and have it signed by the parent and the student is to return it to the teacher who assigned the detention.  Students will need to make arrangements for transportation from school to home.  Students who miss a detention will serve two detentions.  Students who refuse to serve detention will fall under Level II code and will serve an In-school Suspension.  

        Students who do not adhere to all the standards of the detention will re-serve the detention. Students will be required to fill out the detention forms properly and appropriately.  In some cases, a student may be assigned a work detail by the principal as a consequence in lieu of being assigned into the detention room.  


        Students who are given an in-school suspension will spend the day in the office time out room.  Students are to bring their lunch.  Students will be given work to do during the course of the day.  Failure to do all assigned work will result in another in-school suspension being served.  There is no reduction in grade for work done during the in-school suspension.  Parents will be notified in writing or by phone of this consequence. In the case of fighting or other situation that may warrant an immediate isolation of the student, the student will be placed in the time out room and the parent informed later.  Students or parents who refuse the use of the time out room will result in the student being sent home as an out of school suspension.  An out of school suspension will result when a student has been recommend for a third in-school suspension.  This is a repeated violation of Level II policies.


        A student who receives an out-of-school suspension will be prohibited from being on school grounds or property during the time of the suspension.  He/she will not be allowed at any school activity.  Parents/guardians will be called by the child to inform the parent of the consequence and will make arrangements with the parent/guardian to be picked up.  If contact cannot be made, the student will be isolated from the other students for the rest of the day.  

        In some cases, a parent may come to school with his/her child in lieu of the student being suspended out of school.  Arrangements must be made with the approval of administrator.  Out-of-school suspensions will be part of the habitual disruptive definition.  Students will receive a 15% reduction in grade and the absence will be considered unexcused.  It is a requirement to have a contact with the parent when an out-of-school suspension has been assigned.

         Additional information regarding Suspension and Expulsion of students  (Policy JKD/JKE) can be found in the District Policy Manual, available in hard copy in the school office or on the District website:


        A teacher is authorized to immediately remove a student from the classroom if the student's behavior violates the code of conduct adopted by the School Board; is dangerous, unruly or disruptive; or seriously interferes with the ability of the teacher to teach the class to other students.  A student with a disability may be removed from class and placed in an alternative educational setting only to the extent authorized by state and federal laws and regulations.

        Removal from the class can be for formal or informal reasons. An informal removal is generally considered to be a "time out" for a short period of time with the student to be allowed to return to classes later in the same day.  A formal removal from class requires that the teacher follow procedures for getting the student to the office of the principal and informing the administrator the reason for the removal.  The administrator will notify the student's parents that the child has been removed from class.  The administrator will specify to the parent the reason for the removal, the duration of the removal, and the class student has been removed.  The parents have the opportunity to attend a conference with the teacher regarding the removal if it is desired.  In removal situation, the office time out rooms will be used.  

     Additional information regarding Disciplinary Removal from Classrooms (Policy JKBA) can be found in the District Policy Manual, available in hard copy in the school office or on the District website:


        When a violation of school rules occurs, the principal or designee may question potential student victims and witnesses without prior consent of the student's parents/guardians.  If a school official is investigating a report of child abuse and the suspected perpetrator is a member of the student's family, no contact will be made with the student's family.  Any interrogation with a student will be reasonably related to the objectives of the questioning.  If the student denies any involvement or culpability, the student will have the opportunity to present his or her side of the story.

        When law enforcement officials request permission to question a student who is in school or at a school activity, the principal shall ascertain that the law enforcement officer has proper identification.  Interrogations will be discouraged during class time unless there is an emergency or exigent circumstance. A school official shall be present during the interrogation.  Parents will be notified about the interrogation except in cases regarding abuse.  Parents will be invited to be present during interrogation either by speaker phone or in person.

        Students will be released to law enforcement officers if the student has been placed under arrest or if the student's parent/guardian and the student consent to a release. The school will make reasonable efforts to notify the student's parent/guardian.  

     Additional information regarding Student Interrogations, Searches, and Arrests (Policy JIH) can be found in the District Policy Manual, available in hard copy in the school office or on the District website:


The Bayfield School District 10 JT-R does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Dot Clemens, Director of Human Resources
Bayfield School District
24. S. Clover Drive
Bayfield, CO  81122

Amy Lyons, Superintendent
Bayfield School District
24. S. Clover Drive
Bayfield, CO  81122



        The middle school welcomes any parent or community member to serve on the school accountability committee otherwise known as BMS SAAC.  The purpose of the committee is to serve as an advisory committee for the school principal and staff as the school develops policies, budgets, and programs.  The parents who serve on the committee fulfill an important role in providing a well-rounded point of view as decisions are made.  The committee meets on September 18, December 4, March 51, and April 23 at 5:30 in the BMS Conference Room.  Any parent who interested in being a committee member should call the office or attend the meetings.  


        New policies and/or procedures may be added at any time according to need and with School Board approval.  Students and parents will be informed when a change has been made to policies governing Bayfield Middle School.



Bayfield School District - Electronic Information Resources


Electronic information resources are available to qualifying students in the Bayfield School District. These resources include access to the internet and other network files or accounts.  Our goal in providing electronic services to students is to promote educational excellence by facilitating research, resource sharing, innovation, and communication in compliance with district policies JS and JICJ.

Terms and Conditions of this Acceptable Use Agreement:

Each student accessing electronic district resources must sign and abide by this acceptable use agreement.  This agreement includes the use of personal devices to access electronic district resources.  Worldwide access to computers and people may involve the availability of materials considered to be inappropriate, illegal, or of no educational value.  On a global network it is virtually impossible to control all materials.  However, through a filtering and monitoring system, the district has taken precautions to restrict access to inappropriate materials.  

The district's network administrators may review student files and communications to maintain system integrity and to ensure that users are using the system appropriately and responsibly. Students shall have no expectation of privacy in any information stored on the district's servers, or in their use of school computers. The district reserves the right to monitor, inspect, copy, review and store (at any time and without prior notice) all usage of district computers and computer systems, including all internet and electronic communications access and transmission/receipt or materials and information.

The student signature at the end of this Acceptable Use Agreement is legally binding.  The combined signatures also indicate the student and parent/guardian have carefully read and understood the terms and conditions of appropriate use and thereby agree to abide.


Network Etiquette:  Each student is expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of user etiquette.


Prohibited Uses

No student shall access, create, transmit, retransmit or forward material or information that:

The following activities are also prohibited:


Sanctions for violations of any of the prohibitions may include loss of Internet access, restitution for costs associated with damages, school disciplinary action (including suspension or expulsion), and legal action. Inappropriate use of these resources may result in disciplinary action (including the possibility of suspension or expulsion, and/or referral to legal authorities).  The principal, or systems administrator may limit, suspend or revoke access to electronic resources at any time.

Service Disclaimer:  Bayfield School District makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the service it is providing. Bayfield School District will not be responsible for any damages the student may suffer while on this system. These damages may include, but are not limited to: loss of data as a result of delays, non-deliveries, mis-deliveries, or service interruptions caused by the system or by student error or omission. Use of any information obtained via the information system is at the student’s own risk. Bayfield School District specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy of information obtained through electronic information resources.


Rules of conduct are described in this "Student Acceptable Use Agreement for Bayfield School District" and apply when the electronic information system is in use. I understand any violations of the above provisions will result in the loss of my user account and may result in further disciplinary and/or legal action, including but not limited to suspension or expulsion, or referral to legal authorities.  I therefore agree to maintain acceptable standards and to report any misuse of the system to the appropriate teacher or administrator.  Also, should I choose to “publish” on the Internet, I will work under the guidance of a content sponsoring teacher.  

I have read this Acceptable Use Agreement and understand that Internet sites are filtered and that Internet use on my district computer may be monitored.  I hereby agree to comply with the above described conditions of acceptable use.  

Student Name (please print): ____________________________________ Grade: _____________

Student Signature: __________________________________________ Date: ______________


As the parent or guardian of the above named student, I have read this Acceptable Use Agreement and understand that Internet sites are filtered and that electronic information resource accounts may be monitored.  I understand my child may be disciplined for inappropriate or unacceptable use of electronic information resources.  I further understand that student use of the electronic information resource system is designed for educational purposes. I understand that it is impossible for Bayfield School District to filter or restrict access to all inappropriate materials.  I will not hold the Bayfield School District responsible for inappropriate or unacceptable materials my child may acquire on the network system.

I hereby give my permission and approve the issuance of an electronic account for my child.

Parent or Guardian Name (please print): ______________________________________________

Signature: ______________________________________________ Date: ________________

Acceptable Use Agreement approved by the Bayfield School District 10 Jt-R Board of Education.



    Bayfield School District is committed to school and student safety. Included in this handbook are key resources for students and parents to be aware of.


Schools across the region and state have a standard response to school safety issues. These include fire drills and all evacuations, lock-outs and lock-downs, and shelter in place. Standard responses and monthly training help everyone in the building react accordingly when real issues arise. They also help local law enforcement and support agencies work with schools and districts in the event of an emergency. Please see the Standard Response Protocol document included below.


Below is a letter from the Transportation and Safety Department that discusses a standardized system for reunifying students and parents in the event of a larger emergency. Please see the included reunification card. Filling this out in advance and keeping copies in family vehicles can help expedite the process.

SUBJECT: Student Reunification Process

Dear Bayfield Families,

As a part of our ongoing efforts to keep all students in our district safe, we want to share with you the procedures for reunification.  In the case of an emergency requiring us to move students off of our campuses, we may need to go through a formal process of reuniting students with their parents.  It is important that students, parents, and school staff understand how this process should work.

The District will announce where the reunification will take place via Alert Solutions, the same system we use to notify you for emergency and non-emergency events.  The alert will come via phone, text, and email so PLEASE make sure your information is updated in the Power School parent portal.

Attached to this letter, you will find a brief outline of the reunification process provided by the I Love You Guys Foundation.  This organization is also responsible for creating the Standard Response Protocols that all Bayfield Schools, all schools in our region, and most schools in Colorado use to respond to emergencies at their sites.

In the future, we plan to include this information in our handbooks and links can be found on our website under Departments > Safety. 

- BSD Transportation & Safety


Students and parents need a safe and anonymous way to report information that concerns them about the safety of any member of the school community. Please see the Safe2Tell information included in this handbook and add the phone number to your refrigerator or mobile device.

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