BCHS Handbook for Students and Parents
It is the expectation of the school district that all students will behave in an appropriate manner at all school events, as outlined in the District Code of Conduct. The participation of students at school dances is also governed by the rules and regulations of the code.
• In order to attend school dances, students must be in good standing behaviorally.
• Students attending High School dances must be enrolled in grades 9 through 12 at Bethlehem Central High School. Students will be required to show their BCHS identification or other photo identification when they sign in.
• Invited guests from outside the district may attend when accompanied by a BCHS student and when a guest form has been completed and approved by the principal of the guest’s school. Students may pick up forms from the main office and must submit the form to the Bethlehem Central High School principal prior to 3:00 p.m. on the day preceding the dance. Guests attending high school dances can be no older than 19 years of age and must be approved in advance by the principal. No middle school students are allowed. Valid parental contact numbers for each guest must be provided and verified.
• Dances will begin at 8:00 p.m. and end at 11:00 p.m. Students are expected to leave the building immediately after the dance ends.
• Tickets will be purchased at the door. Students will sign in at the entrance when they purchase their ticket. A cap of 1,100 will be placed on the number of tickets sold.
• Students under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be subject to the penalties of the school district as outlined in the Code of Conduct.
• Chaperones may use passive alcohol sensors prior to and/or during the dances to more accurately determine whether or not a student has consumed alcohol. The passive alcohol sensor is a screening device and is not a Breathalyzer. This device will be used to check all students when they enter the dance and periodically during the event. If it is determined that the student has been drinking, parents will be called and disciplinary consequences will follow in accordance with the District Code of Conduct. If a chaperone or monitor suspects a student may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs at any time during the dance, the student will be removed and referred to an administrator or school resource officer for review and/or testing.
• Students may not enter the dance more than one hour past the start time of the dance. Athletes playing in away games or students participating in other BCHS events will be able to purchase a ticket and sign in upon their return to BCHS.
• Students must sign out if they leave earlier than one hour before the scheduled end of the dance. Students will not be re-admitted into the dance once they sign out.
• All coats, jackets, bags and purses will be placed in a secure coat-check area upon entrance. None will be allowed into the dance.
• No bottles of any kind may be brought on to the premises.
• The cafeteria will be open for students to purchase food and/or beverages during the dance. No food or beverages will be allowed outside the cafeteria.
• In order to maintain a safe environment, the dance floor must be accessible at all times. There must be sufficient space for students and chaperones to easily walk through the dance floor at any point.
• Chaperones will be zoned throughout the entrance and exit hallway, the dance floor and perimeter, the cafeteria, the breezeway and the bathroom hallway. Chaperones will also monitor the bathrooms.
• Appropriate dress is expected. Footwear will be worn at all times. Also, students will not be allowed to wear or carry sunglasses into the dances. Students will not be allowed to wear hats or head coverings, except for religious purposes, into the dances.