School Rules

School Rules

Long Trail enforces basic rules so the entire school community may learn in a safe and productive environment. The school will respond to actions deemed detrimental to Long Trail with appropriate punishment including but not limited to in-house restrictions, warning, probation, suspension or expulsion. Long Trail must also abide by state and federal laws; certain behaviors may have legal implications beyond the jurisdiction of Long Trail School.

Dress Code

Long Trail School values students for their individuality, their accomplishments, and their contributions to the school and the wider community and, therefore, does not prescribe a uniform style or type of dress for class or after school activities. Students are expected to dress in a manner that demonstrates respect for themselves and for those in our community. The following list may not be fully representative of acceptable clothing. It is expected that students will use good judgment.

  • Shoes must be worn at all times.
  • Shorts and skirts should be an appropriate length.
  • What is underneath should not be visible, which includes bras, bandeau tops and boxer shorts.
  • Clothing should cover midriff and back and no excessive cleavage should be visable.
  • Shirts must be worn at all times, including during athletic activities.
  • Messaging/slogans/images with alcohol, drugs, or disrespectful language are not allowed.
  • No pajamas or flannel drawstring pants.

Cell Phone Policy

  • Phones must be put away and/or may be collected by the teacher at the beginning of class.
  • All phones will remain on silent/vibrate at all times.
  • Students may text or call during break, study hall, or lunch only during the school day.
  • Students may not use their phones during Community Lunch.
  • MS students may not text/call during the first 15 minutes of lunch.
  • If there is an emergency, faculty may grant permission to make a call outside of these parameters.
  • No texting/calling in class or at a school function (ie. assemblies or meetings).
  • Phones may be used in class, at teacher discretion, for non-texting/calling purposes.

Failure to follow these rules will result in the following consequences:

  • First infraction: Teacher takes the phone and gives it to the Dean of Students to hold for the remainder of the day. It will be given back just before the student leaves campus for the day.
  • Second infraction: Same as first, in addition to the Dean of Students notifying the parents and restrictions being placed on that student’s phone usage (i.e. will not be permitted to bring it to school for some period of time).

Public Display of Affection (PDA)

All students and adults are asked to recognize the public aspect of school space and behave with respect for others. Students who disregard this expectation may face disciplinary action. The school has equal expectations for community members regardless of their sexual orientation.

Student Driving and Parking Policy

Any student wishing to drive to school must complete and return a Student Driving and Parking form to the Dean of Students. Driving and/or parking privileges may be revoked at any time if any of the following rules are violated; based on the needs of the school; student academics and behavior; safety concerns; or weather conditions.

Rules for student drivers:

  • Students must arrive on time to school.
  • Students may not depart during school hours without prior consent from the Dean of Students.
  • Pedestrians, joggers, and cyclists always have the right of way on campus.
  • A student must report any on-campus accidents, no matter how minor, to the Dean of Students.
  • All drivers are expected to drive slowly in the parking area and driveway.
  • A student must park in the designated student parking area unless otherwise instructed.
  • A student may not drive another student off campus without specific permission.
  • Students may not “hang out” in a car or the parking lot during the school day.

Student Riding Policy

A signed student automobile permission form must be completed and returned to the Dean of Students if a student wishes to ride in a vehicle with a LTS student, parent (other than his/her own), or faculty driver. Students are not allowed to leave campus during the school day with a student driver.

Leaving Campus

Leaving school grounds during the day is only permitted when chaperoned by a faculty/staff member with the exception of seniors.

Seniors in good behavioral and academic standing are afforded the following privileges:

  • Late arrival if they have a first period study hall.
  • Early departure if they have a last period study hall (unless participating in an extracurricular activity.
  • Campus departure at lunch to obtain food in Dorset only.
  • Extended lunch off-campus if they have a study hall after lunch.

To maintain privileges, seniors must:

  • Sign in and out at the front desk when leaving and returning.
  • Provide their own transportation.
  • Remain in good behavioral standing.
  • Maintain an average of 80 or above.
  • Be present at Community Lunch on Wednesdays.

Guests on Campus

Students may not bring guests from outside LTS on campus during school hours.

Respect for Personal Property

All students and adults are responsible for taking appropriate precautions to ensure the safety of their possessions. Keeping one’s property organized in whatever space it is being used will help others know to respect it. Stealing and/or causing the deliberate destruction of property violates with our community’s standards. Should an item go missing, LTS will aid the student in locating the item. However, if the item is not found, LTS is not responsible for replacement of or reimbursement for the missing item.

Fire Safety

All students and adults, share the responsibility for fire safety around campus. The presence of materials capable of starting a fire seriously endangers the lives and property of others. Tampering with fire alarms or other safety equipment is a violation.

Bullying and Harassment Policy

Our community seeks to be a place where every individual is treated with sensitivity and respect. Respecting the rights of others is expected. The school will not tolerate any type of bullying or harassment of an individual for any reason, including but not limited to ethnic or religious background, gender, sexual orientation, or race. Any member of the Long Trail School community whose actions or statements amount to bullying, harassment or intimidation of others will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action. The school has adopted the Vermont Department of Education model policy on harassment. A copy of this policy may be obtained from the receptionist or online through the Vermont Department of Education’s website.

  • Bullying: According to Vermont State Law, the definition of bullying is “Any overt or combination of such acts directed against a student by another student or group of students and which occurs during the school day on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored activity; is intended to ridicule, humiliate, or intimidate the student and is repeated over times.” Bullying and cyber-bullying include verbal or online taunting regarding height, weight, socioeconomic status, hairstyle, clothes, etc.
  • Harassment: According to Vermont State Law, the definition of harassment is “Any incident or incidents of verbal, written, visual, or physical conduct based on or motivated by a student’s or a student’s family member’s actual or perceived race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, disability, sex, sexual orientations, or gender identity that has the purpose or effect of objectively and substantially undermining and detracting from or interfering with a student’s educational performance or access to school resources or creating an objectively intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.” Some examples of harassment include:
    ~ use of epithets, slurs, or insults about a person’s race, religion, color, ~ national origin, marital status, disability, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity;
    ~ physical threats directed at someone because of his/her membership in a protected category;
    ~ taunts on manner of speech, behaviors, or customs.

Students, faculty and parents/guardians may report complaints of bullying or harassment to any LTS employee, which will then be reported to the Dean of Students.


The possession, storage or use of a weapon poses an unacceptable risk to the health and safety of all community members. Possession of weapons or imitation weapons that would lead an observer to reasonably believe that there is a weapon on campus is a violation of school rules and state laws. Any items prohibited by law or by school regulation will be confiscated and disciplinary action may be taken.

Drug and Alcohol Policy

The possession of illegal drugs, vape products, e-cigarettes, inhalants, tobacco, alcohol, and medications not specifically prescribed to the student is incompatible with the educational mission of the school. Students who are found in violation of this rule while on campus will face disciplinary consequences. A student who supplies alcohol or drugs to others may be subject to more severe disciplinary consequences, including suspension or dismissal. The school expects students and their families to respect state and federal laws regarding alcohol and drug use when students are off-campus and students may face disciplinary action if found in violation of these laws.

Students are prohibited from using illegal drugs, vape products, e-cigarettes, inhalants, tobacco, alcohol, and medications not specifically prescribed to the student. When a student’s work, behavior, or demeanor suggests the possibility of use, Long Trail School faculty are expected to inform the Dean of Students. Parents will be contacted and appropriate procedures will be recommended for assessment and counseling, which may include random urinalysis or other drug testing by an outside professional. Parents who do not accept the recommendations of the school will be given the option of withdrawing the student.

It should be noted that violations of the Drug and Alcohol policy do not go to the Honor Board and instead are handled solely by the Dean of Students and Head of School. Consequences for a violation of this policy include awareness education, counseling, community service, suspension and/or dismissal from school, as well as other consequences outlined in the Honor Board section of this handbook. If illegal drugs are found or are being distributed on campus, the school reserves the right to notify and involve local police enforcement.


The school reserves the right to search persons, clothing, backpacks, bags, purses, rooms, lockers, vehicles and any other places or property, including personal digital devices, in order to ensure a safe school environment. Any items prohibited by law or by school regulation will be confiscated and disciplinary action may be taken.


Long Trail School

Dorset, Vermont

Long Trail School

Dorset, Vermont