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  • Attendance

Absences are excusable for; illness, recovery from an accident, required court attendance, professional appointments, death in the immediate family, observation or celebration of a religious holiday, and such other good cause as may be acceptable to the Superintendent of Schools. Families must call and report their student(s) absent prior to 8:00  a.m. by calling the designated School Attendance Line.    

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  • Behavior & Conduct

Dedham Public Schools believe that academic integrity and honesty are cornerstones of learning in  a democratic society. Fundamental to the development of character is a willingness to be honorable and  responsible. Specifically, we wish to emphasize our concern in two areas: cheating and plagiarism

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  • School Operations
  • Student Health

Any accident that occurs on school property is to be reported immediately to the Main Office and the  name or names of the people involved and a brief description of their injuries, if known, should be  included in the report. The Main Office will immediately inform the Health Office and either the Nurse or  Principal/teacher will respond.

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  • Athletics
  • Behavior & Conduct

Respect for the sport in which a Dedham student athlete participates also demands respect for the opponents and game officials. IF ANY STUDENT, IN ANY SPORT,  WILLFULLY, FLAGRANTLY, OR MALICIOUSLY ATTEMPTS TO INJURE AN OPPONENT, HE/SHE  SHALL NOT PARTICIPATE IN ANY SPORT SEASON FOR ONE YEAR FROM THE DATE OF THE INCIDENT.

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  • Behavior & Conduct

Bullying and Cyberbullying are strictly prohibited in all instances in accordance with Mass General Law.  Instances where bullying creates a hostile environment at school for the victim, infringes on the rights of the victim at school or materially and substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of school should be reported and will be carefully reviewed by administration.  

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  • Transportation

Transportation is available to all Dedham students who live more than two (2) miles from school. Students living 2 miles or less from their school are not eligible for bus transportation, and must instead walk, bike or arrange for their own transportation. 

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  • Athletics
  • Student Health

Concussion or Traumatic Brain Injury can occur whenever there is a blow or jolt to the head.  DPS seeks to prevent concussions and provide a safe return to activity, both academic and athletic, after a head injury. 

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  • Attendance

If a student knows they cannot reach a room on time, the student is to obtain a pass from the teacher who can account for their tardiness. If the student cannot obtain a pass at that time, the receiving teacher will admit the student and then decide whether the student should stay after school or  bring a pass, which can be obtained later.

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  • Attendance

Dismissal for reasons other than illness is discouraged when appointments can be made after school  hours.  If, however, such a dismissal is absolutely necessary, it can be authorized by one of the administrators. A note from the student’s parent/guardian is necessary; a dismissal request by phone or  fax cannot be honored. 

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  • Attendance

A doctor or nurse practitioner’s note will excuse an absence(s) from class as long as the proper documentation is provided. Absence may also be excused (with proper documentation) for court appearances and death in the immediate family or death of a classmate.

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  • Attendance

Occasionally a student must be absent from school for an extended period of time. If a child requires an extended absence, the parent/guardian must contact the building principal or their designee to discuss the nature of the extended absence and ensure that appropriate policies and procedures are followed.

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  • Communication

Our educators and administrators are committed to the success and well-being of all our students and will work diligently to resolve concerns, maintain confidentiality, and return communications in a timely manner.  

Much like we ask students to stay present and focused in the classroom, we ask the same of our teachers.  So, please be patient if you do not receive an immediate response to a message.

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  • Student Health

Every Dedham Public School building has a full-time nurse on duty during regular school hours. The nurse is responsible for maintaining accurate health records for all of our students, administering first aid and overseeing the general health needs of all our students while they are attending our schools.   The school nurse can be reached by telephone or email if you have any questions about guidelines for school attendance or if you are in need of any health-related information. 

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  • Communication

School social media accounts are used to share school updates, interesting snapshots from the school day and celebrate school achievements and news.   DPS does not regularly monitor social media channels.  Questions, concerns and ongoing issues should be communicated directly to the appropriate school staff via telephone or email.

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  • School Operations
  • Student School Life
  • Transportation

If a DHS student must drive to school, the car must be parked in the student lot at the pool. Cars are not to be parked in the teachers’ assigned spaces or on the streets around the school. Students violating this regulation risk having their vehicles tagged or towed.

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  • Communication
  • Student Information

Occasionally, we may post class pictures or exemplary work completed by students on the DPS website, classroom web page or our private DPS Intranet. Additionally, digital video photography may be used to film school events that could appear on Dedham’s local cable access station or local newspaper.

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  • School Operations
  • Transportation

Students who are walking to and from school should walk on the sidewalks and not on the roads.  During inclement weather, when conditions are slippery, extra caution should be taken. For the safety of all students, pets who accompany students and families walking to school will not be allowed on school grounds. 

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  • School Student Safety

According to the Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993, students may be expelled for possession of a dangerous weapon on school property, school buses, or at school events. 

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