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BCMS School Policies

Behavior Expectations

We believe that every student has a right to learn, and every teacher has a right to teach. Toward that end these expectations must be met by all students. Behavioral Expectations - Inappropriate behavior detracts from a positive learning atmosphere. Listed below are examples of student behavioral issues and their consequences. In these and other cases, privileges of participation (e.g., concerts, dances, field trips) may be denied a student for rule infractions. The Bethlehem Central Middle School’s Discipline Policy is based on three basic expectations:

Respect yourself and others in what you say and do

Respect school property and the property of others

Give your best effort in all that you do 

Students who choose not to meet these expectations by making inappropriate choices should expect the corresponding consequences.

View the list of choices and consequences 

Download the code of conduct [PDF] 


student dress code

All students are expected to dress in a safe, appropriate manner that does not disrupt or interfere with the educational process.

Recognize that extremely brief garments such as tube tops, net tops, halter tops, spaghetti straps, plunging necklines (front and/or back) and see-through garments are not appropriate.

Recognize that footwear is to be worn at all times. Footwear that is a safety hazard will not be allowed.

Recognize that the wearing of hats in school, except for a medical or religious purpose, may disrupt or interfere with the educational process.

Recognize that items that are vulgar, obscene, libelous, or denigrate others on account of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability are not appropriate.

Recognize that items that promote and/or endorse the use of alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs and/or encourage other illegal or violent activities are not appropriate.

Students who violate the student dress code shall be required to modify their appearance by covering or removing the offending item and, if necessary, or practical, replacing it with an acceptable item. Any student who refuses to do so shall be subject to discipline, up to and including in-school suspension for the day. Any student who repeatedly fails to comply with the dress code shall be subject to further discipline, up to and including out-of-school suspension. It is our desire to create an environment for learning that allows for respect and responsibility among all of our students.


zero tolerance for harassment

Students who feel they have been harassed in any manner are expected to immediately contact a staff member and report the incident. This includes gay put downs, racial or ethnic slurs and sexual comments.


nondiscrimination policy

No person served by the Bethlehem Central School District shall on the basis of sex or handicap be excluded from participation in, be denied benefit of, or be subjected to discrimination under any of the programs or activities sponsored or approved by the Bethlehem Central School District.


drug and alcohol policy

Our school district is firmly committed to the prevention of alcohol, tobacco, and other chemical substance abuse. Accordingly, the use, possession, distribution, or sale of alcohol and other drugs by students is strictly prohibited at all times on school property and any school-sponsored activities. Strong disciplinary measures will be taken for any student violating this school policy; parents and the Bethlehem Police Department will be contacted by the Principal.


acceptable use policy for network and internet

I understand that access to school computers is a privilege that I must use in a responsible manner.

I understand that I may only use school computers to access information for educational purposes; not for personal email, chat rooms, or to make purchases.

I understand that I must have a student and parent-signed Acceptable Use Policy to use the school computers.

I understand that I may only use school computers under the supervision of a teacher or staff member and, if I encounter an inappropriate site on the Internet, I will tell the teacher or staff member immediately.

I will be courteous and respect the rights of others who I encounter on the internet.

I will not upload or transmit any information without a teacher’s permission.

   I will never give personal information (full name, address, phone number, or my email address, etc.) about myself or any other person when using the Internet.