For Parents



August 26, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

I am very excited to say hello to all our Bobcat families as we can’t wait to have everyone back at BAHS!  I hope that the summer has recharged everyone, and we look forward to the start of the school year on Wednesday, September 8th, 2021. The excitement level has been building here at Bel Air High and we hope that all of you are feeling the same way as all our teachers and staff are feeling. As a result of the changes in protocol, all students, faculty, and staff will be required to wear masks when in the building. While this is an inconvenience at times, it has not curbed our enthusiasm at all as we wait for all our Bobcats to be in the building. It has been a while since we all have been together so please take a few moments with your student to read and discuss this letter. If we can be of any help, please contact our main office between the hours of 7:00 am to 3:00 pm. I am excited to start a new year together and we look forward to welcoming our Bobcats back at BAHS.

 

START OF SCHOOL DAY

School will begin promptly at 7:27 a.m.  Students will report to homeroom first.  The expectation is that all students will be in their homeroom by 7:27 a.m. A warning bell will be rung at 7:22 a.m. Any student that is not in their homeroom by 7:27 will report to the Main Office to receive a late pass. I ask that you talk with your student and stress the importance of being on time to school and review the BAHS lateness policy. The building will open at 7:00 am for students.  Once students enter the building, they are not permitted to leave campus for any reason.

 

LAPTOPS

Each student will be provided a laptop in homeroom on the first day of school.  Students are responsible for the care of the device.  Students are expected to have their computers with them each day, along with their chargers.  Please have students fully charge their device in the evening to prepare for the next day.  An HCPS Device Agreement will be sent home with all students on the first day of school, please be sure to sign this form and return it to school asap.

 

LOCKERS

Students are assigned a locker and are not permitted to share a locker.  Students are responsible for their lockers and are not to share their combination with anyone.  Those who are taking Physical Education classes will be assigned lockers in that area as well.

 

WATER

As a result of COVID-19 and water fountains being shut off, students are reminded they are permitted to bring a clear water bottle that can be refilled at the various 5 filling stations around the school.

 

CELL PHONE POLICY

Students will place their cell phones in a teacher designated area as they enter each classroom.   Teachers will review with students the specific location for each room.  The phones will remain in the teacher designated area unless teachers explicitly tell students to take out the phones for instructional use. Cell phones will remain in the teacher designated area during bathroom visits, assemblies, and trips to the nurse/counseling office/main office.  Cell phones will be retrieved from the teacher designated area at the end of class at the direction of the teacher. School-appropriate cell phone use is permitted during class changes and lunch.  No phone calls are allowed to be made during the academic hours of 7:27 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Students may, as always, secure their cell phones in their lockers during the school day. If the cell phone policy is violated, it is a referrable offense.

PARKING

PARKING IS FOR PART-TIME SENIORS ONLY! Seniors that park on school property must follow all rules and regulations including attendance, discipline, lateness, and grades.  Students must complete the application process which includes watching the parking presentation, passing the online assessment, and completing the online information form.  It is the student’s responsibility to complete the application and submit all needed information.  Students will receive a confirmation email from Mr. Redmond with their assigned parking spot.  At that time, students can see Mrs. Lantry in the main office to drop off required documents and payment to receive their permit.  Parking Permits need to be picked up before the 1st day of school in order to park on campus during the first week.

 

STUDENT SCHEDULES and SCHOOL COUNSELORS

Student schedules will be up and available in HAC beginning August 27. Questions or concerns should be directed to our School Counseling Office, please email your student’s counselor.  Students with an incomplete or a scheduling error can sign up for a 10-minute Teams meeting with their school counselor on 8/31 & 9/1 via Bookings. Information and a link will be sent via email on 8/27.  On the first day of school students will be provided a paper copy of their schedule during homeroom.  The following is a list of our school counselors and the students they serve.  Last Name begins with:

A – F                            Edward Naus                [email protected]

G – Mi                          Lori Hackett                  [email protected]

Mj – P, All Biomed         Terry Knight                  [email protected]

Q – Z                            Brittany McKinney         [email protected]

 

GRADE LEVEL ADMINISTRATORS AND BELL SCHEDULE

9th Grade                     Mrs. Sara Collis            [email protected]

10th & 11th Grade         Mrs. Nitrease Quickley   [email protected]

12th Grade                    Mr. Jason Redmond     [email protected]




SCHOOL STORE

The School Store will be open every day from 7:00 a.m. to 7:20 a.m. Monday through Friday. Gym uniforms are $25.00. We accept cash or checks only. Every Friday is Bobcat Friday.  All students are encouraged to show their Bobcat Pride and wear their Blue and White apparel. There are many items to choose from including t-shirts, hoodies, sweats, PJ pants, hats and much more!  The school store will also be open during 9th and 10th grade orientation.    

 

STUDENT BEHAVIOR

It is expected that all students will follow the Harford County School Policies and Bel Air High School rules both during the school day and at all before and after school activities and events. Failure to follow the rules will result in disciplinary action that includes but is not limited to detention, Saturday detention, loss of after school privileges, removal from activity, suspension and referrals to the Superintendent of Harford County Public Schools for additional discipline. All students regardless of race, religion, gender, grade, socioeconomic standing, or any other category will be treated with respect and fairness. Any student that feels they are not being treated this way needs to report any incident immediately to an administrator. Students are responsible for what they say, tweet, and post on social media. All students are responsible for their own actions and will be held accountable for those actions. Students should bring any concerns to an administrator, counselor, teacher, coach, or club sponsor so the issue can be addressed.  We also have our School Resource Officer, Officer Krause, at school to assist in any matter. I encourage you to speak with your student about treating everyone with respect and to inform them to seek assistance if any issue or problem arises. We are always willing to work with students to resolve issues before they become more serious matters. Again, please encourage your student to be proactive and not reactive to situations.

 

NURSE’S OFFICE

Medication may be dropped off between the hours of 7:00 am to 3:00 pm, no appointment is necessary. Please verify your forms are signed by the prescribing physician and a parent/ legal guardian.  The medication to be dispensed must be in the original labeled pharmacy bottle. Please fill out, sign, and return the HCPS Discretionary Medication Form when your student brings it home. (This updates us to any changes in their medical history.)  Please call the health site with any questions, concerns, or updates between the hours of 7:00 am to 3:00 pm or email [email protected].

PTSA

We have a great need for help! All board positions open. Please contact Jaime Inskeep Meyers for more information at [email protected]Membership will be online this year through memberhub.  If you are on social media like the PTSA page on Facebook:  Bel Air High School - Maryland PTSA

 

IMPORTANT DATES

Orientation for 9th and 10th grade will be held on Friday, September 3rd.  9th grade is from 9:00 am to 11:00 am, and 10th grade will be from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.  This will be a self-paced tour and information session.  Parents are permitted.  Students and parents must wear a mask at all times.  Students will pick up schedules, have a chance to walk the building and follow their schedule, and purchase Physical Education uniforms.  Bobcat Gear for students and adults and game passes for athletic events for both students and parents will also be available for purchase.  Cash or check only.

 

Back to School Night is scheduled to be held on Monday, September 13th from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM.  

 

Please visit our school website:  mybahs.com for ongoing information and updates.

 

10th & 11th graders will receive a separate letter via email regarding PSAT information.

 

**If you did not receive a copy of this letter via email, please sign-up in the Parent Portal located on the HCPS.org website.

Everyone has been faced with so many trials and tribulations in the past year, but we are very encouraged to have some feeling of normalcy as we return to in-person learning.  The faculty, staff and administration have all been working very hard this summer in preparation for the upcoming academic year. Our building has maintained protocols to remain as safe as possible for students and staff.  I am excited for the start of the 2021-22 school year, and I hope that you enjoy the rest of the summer with your student, family, and friends. Don’t forget that school will start promptly at 7:27 a.m. on Wednesday, September 8th, 2021.  GO BOBCATS!

 

Sincerely,

Gregory Komondor

Principal