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Our Commitment to Anti-Bullying
Baden Academy recognizes that a safe and civil environment in school is necessary for students to develop, create, learn, and achieve high academic standards. Therefore, bullying—like other disruptive or violent behaviors that could hinder a student's ability to learn and a school's ability to safely educate its students—is prohibited at Baden Academy. And because students learn by example, all school administrators, faculty, staff, volunteers, and students are expected to demonstrate appropriate behavior, treat others with civility and respect, and refuse to tolerate bullying.

Pennsylvania law defines bullying as an intentional electronic, written, verbal, or physical act directed at another student in a school setting that is severe, persistent, or pervasive. Such an act substantially interferes with education because it creates a threatening environment or disrupts the orderly operation of the school. For purposes of the law, “school setting” is defined broadly to include not just the school grounds, but also school vehicles, designated bus stops, and any school-sponsored and supervised activity sanctioned by the school, and any time spent necessarily traveling to and from these locations. It also extends to any other sites used by the school, as well as the school's server, electronic, web-based, Internet, or online programs. Additionally, any student who's out-of-school conduct materially and substantially interferes with the educational process in the school is also subject to this policy.

Our Expectations
  • Standards for student behavior must be set cooperatively through interaction among the administration, staff, parents/guardians, students, and community members of the school. These positive interactions produce an atmosphere that encourages students to grow in self-awareness, self-respect, and self-discipline and to develop a respect for others in their community and for shared community property.

  • Because bystander support of bullying can bolster bullying behaviors, we expect our staff to encourage all students to refuse to engage in these acts and to report them immediately to a staff member the school. Therefore, our school prohibits either active or passive support of bullying and encourages proactive, anti-bullying measures.
  • Baden Academy students must conduct themselves in a manner in keeping with their levels of development, maturity, and demonstrated capabilities with proper regard for the rights and welfare of other students, school staff, volunteers, and contractors.

Reporting and handling incidents of bullying
  • The board requires the CEO at the school to be responsible for receiving complaints alleging violations of this policy. All school employees are required to report alleged violations of this policy to the CEO. All other members of the school community, including students, parents, volunteers, and visitors, are encouraged to report any act that may be a violation of this policy. Reports may be made anonymously, but formal disciplinary action may not be based solely on the basis of an anonymous report without further investigation.

  • The board also requires the CEO to be responsible for determining whether an alleged act constitutes a violation of this policy. In so doing, the CEO must conduct a prompt, thorough, and complete investigation of each alleged incident. An investigation is to be conducted within three school days after a report or complaint is made known to the CEO.

  • The board prohibits reprisal or retaliation against any person who reports an act of bullying. After consideration of the nature, severity, and circumstances of the act, the administrator will determine the consequences and appropriate remedial action for a person who engages in reprisal or retaliation.

  • At the same time, the board prohibits any person from falsely accusing another of bullying. The consequences and appropriate remedial action for a person found to have falsely accused another of bullying might range from positive behavioral interventions up to and including suspension and/or expulsion. Consequences and appropriate remedial action for a school employee found to have falsely accused another of bullying include disciplinary action in accordance with school policies, procedures, and agreements.

  • The board requires that school officials annually disseminate the policy to all school staff, students, and parents, along with a statement explaining that it applies to all applicable acts of bullying that occur on school property, at school-sponsored functions, or in a school vehicle and to develop procedures for investigating and addressing any alleged violations of this policy.

  • Additionally, the board requires school officials to ensure that this policy and procedures for reporting bullying incidents are reviewed with the students within 90 days after the policy is adopted and at least once each school year after that. The school administration is required to develop procedures necessary to implement this policy, and to develop appropriate prevention, intervention and education strategies related to bullying.

  • Under the Children's Internet Protection Act, the board directs the school administration to protect children from harmful online content. Therefore, the school is required to teach acceptable use and online safety to students. The school's curriculum will include instruction for educating minors about appropriate online behavior, including interacting with other individuals on social networking websites and in chat rooms, and cyber-bullying awareness and response.

Consequences of bullying
  • Consequences and appropriate remedial actions for a student or staff member who commits persistent acts of bullying may range from positive behavioral interventions up to and including in-school or out-of-school suspension from the school. In the case of a student, it may also include expulsion or other disciplinary removal from the school, and in the case of a case of an employee, it may include suspension and/or termination, as set forth in the school’s approved code of student conduct and the employee handbook.

  • Consequences for a student who commits an act of bullying will be unique to the individual incident and will vary in method and severity according to the nature of the behavior, the developmental age of the student, and the student's history of problem behaviors and performance, and must be consistent with the school's approved code of student conduct. Remedial measures will be designed to correct the problem behavior; prevent another occurrence of the behavior; and protect the victim of the act. Depending upon the incident, expulsion may be recommended to the board.

The Baden Academy Charter School will comply with all applicable and related federal and state laws.
 
To report an act of bullying, contact Michelle Lennon, CEO of Baden Academy, at:
 
Baden Academy Charter School
1016 State Street
Baden, PA 15005
1-855-590-2227
michelle.lennon@badenacademy.org
Baden Academy Charter School is committed to offering a safe and supportive environment, one in which students, staff, and families can celebrate diversity and take the responsibility to maintain a culture of kindness and respect. We want to remain a school that is responsive to the needs of our students and one that advocates fairness and equality, regardless of race, color, ethnicity, disability, background, gender, or sexual orientation. 
 
In order to best support those in our school community, we are committed to the following four points:  
  1. Providing equitable access to our curricula and programs so  all students have the opportunity to thrive academically, creatively, socially, and emotionally.

  2. Continuously supporting and implementing authentic and inclusive teaching methods so our faculty can recognize and support students with a range of needs, viewpoints, and learning styles.

  3. Designing opportunities for curiosity, reflection, and personal expression to affirm the uniqueness of every person in our school community, as well as promoting the idea that different personal and cultural contexts can enrich everyone in that community.

  4. Encouraging active participation in community service to instill a regard for social justice and ethical decision making in our students, and to help them recognize the role they can play within the Baden Academy community and in the wider world.
Baden Academy’s Dress Code
It is Baden Academy’s goal to establish a healthy and positive educational environment for our students and staff every day, and that environment is affected by how those in our community present themselves. Baden Academy’s dress code and grooming policies are intended to (1) make sure our students are safe, (2) set standards of appropriateness and decency, and (3) prevent unnecessary distractions or disruptions.  
 
We recognize these codes should fall within community standards but reserve the right to determine what is most suitable for our school. This means we won’t allow any fashion or fad that poses a health or safety hazard to our students, or that is offensive, hurtful, or demeaning to others in any way. We also want to encourage both an attention to personal cleanliness and clothing that is age appropriate.

Students who are in violation of the dress code will need to immediately change into alternate clothing provided by either the school or a parent/guardian to correct the violation. If it is not feasible to correct the violation, the student must be sent home. Please note that any emerging trend that may not be specifically addressed below will be evaluated by the administration based on the general guidelines in this dress code.

Baden Academy’s dress code includes the following:

  • Shorts and skirts must reach the tip of the middle finger when the hands are fully extended down to the side. Slits in skirts and dresses must be an appropriate length. Shorts, capris, and “floods” are permitted from August through October and again from April through June, so please use common sense when choosing clothing for extreme temperatures and weather.

  • Shoes must be worn at all times. Slippers, flip-flops, strap sandals, and open-toed shoes that do not offer sanitary or safety protection aren’t allowed.

  • No apparel may constitute a threat to the health, safety, or welfare of others, including wallet chains, belts made of chain, etc.

  • No key chains with long straps can be worn around the neck. The key chain must be in the student's pocket for safety reasons.

  • All shirts, blouses, and pants must be properly buttoned in accordance with the design. Any see-through material must be worn with a garment underneath.

  • We can’t have slogans or sayings written across sensitive areas of the body, or have written or pictorial graphics that draw attention to sensitive areas of the body. Those areas include  places like the chest, buttocks, and pelvis.

  • No tank tops, crop tops, mesh clothing, or bare midriff styles.

  • No spandex clothing, biking pants, boxer shorts, or exercise clothing. Sweat suit clothing is allowed.

  • You cannot have a cane or cane-like item unless it’s been approved by the school nurse.

  • You cannot wear hats, sweat bands, head gear, or sunglasses in the building, with very specific exceptions, such as school spirit day or field day.

  • No clothing can display slogans or advertising of alcohol, tobacco products, or drug paraphernalia. Anything controversial or obscene, anything with sexual content, or anything that is offensive to ethnic groups are absolutely forbidden.

  • No bandannas or handkerchiefs on heads, around necks, hanging out of the pocket or tied to any body part. Any clothing identified as gang related is strictly prohibited.

  • No torn or ripped clothing.

  • All pants and shorts must be worn to the waist, and pants must be of a length—when unrolled—that do not touch the floor.

  • No oversized clothing, including pants, t-shirts, shirts, coats, and jackets.

  • No coats, jackets, or garments designed for protection from outside elements should be worn in the building during the school day.
  • No body piercings can be exposed, with the exception of the ears.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
This federal law protects the privacy of a student's educational records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. If you wish to read about this Act, the full document is accessible by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.
 
The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)
The PPRA is a federal law that affords certain rights regarding our conduct of surveys, collection and use of information for marketing purposes, and certain physical exams. These include the right to:

A. Consent before students are required to submit to a survey that concerns one or more of the following protected areas ("protected information survey") if the survey is funded in whole or in part by a program of the U.S. Department of Education. These areas include:

  • political affiliation or beliefs of the student or student's parent
  • mental or psychological problems of the students or student's family
  • sex behavior or attitudes
  • illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior
  • critical appraisals of others with whom respondents have close family relationships
  • legally recognized privileged relationships, such as with lawyers, doctors, or ministers
  • religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or parents
  • income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility.

 B. Receive notice and an opportunity to opt a student out of:
  • any other protected information survey, regardless of funding
  • any non-emergency, invasive physical exam or screening required as a condition of attendance, administered by the school or its agent, and not necessary to protect the immediate health and safety of a student, except for hearing, vision, or scoliosis screenings, or any physical exam or screening permitted or required under State law
  • activities involving collection, disclosure, or use of personal information obtained from students for marketing or to sell or otherwise distribute the information to others.
 
C. Inspect, upon request and before administration or use:
  • protected information surveys of students;
  • instruments used to collect personal information from students for any of the above marketing, sales, or other distribution purposes; and
  • instructional material used as part of the educational curriculum.

Note: These rights transfer from the parents to a student who is 18 years old or an emancipated minor under state law.
This Act, also known as the Pennsylvania Sunshine Law, is a series of laws designed to guarantee the public has access to the public records of governmental bodies in their state, including educational institutions. You may read the detailed document that explains the Right-to-Know Act by clicking on the link below. And if you need to make a request for public records from Baden Academy, the required form is also attached on the bottom of this page, along with the mandated fee structure.
One of the policies enforced by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX protects people in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance from discrimination based on sex. Title IX states that no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
 
Baden Academy Charter School's full Title IX policy is attached at the bottom of this page. Our Title IX Coordinator is Mr. Taren Nance, and the Deputy Coordinator is Ms. Michelle Lennon.
Baden Academy's Board of Directors, along with the school's administration, faculty, and staff, are committed to providing a school environment that promotes and protects children's health, well-being, and ability to learn by support healthy eating habits and physical activity. The policy that is attached below has been adopted by Baden Academy and is posted here to inform the public—including parents/guardians, students and others in the community—about this commitment to wellness. Anyone who is interested in serving on our Wellness Committee should contact Jennifer Spencer in Human Resources: jennifer.spencer@badenacademy.org