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Philosophically, Loomis is a two-chance school; we firmly believe that students can and do learn from their mistakes, particularly when supported and surrounded by the most influential adults in their lives, namely, their parents, advisors, teachers, coaches, and deans.
Loomis’ rules and regulations are outlined in great detail in the Student Handbook. You and your child must review these before the start of the year, since your child is accountable for adhering to them. We do want to take this opportunity to outline, in summary the 11 major school rules. Please note, again, that all rules are listed in detail in the Student Handbook and you and your child should review these before the beginning of the school year. These rules are subject to change.
Purchasing (or attempting to purchase), using, or possessing alcohol (or empty
alcohol bottles) or illegal drugs (including unauthorized prescription drugs), abusing
other potentially mood-altering substances (even if bought legally), or possessing drug
Customarily, two days of work for the school, to be completed on consecutive class
days as arranged by the student’s dean. The student is placed on Level II status for the
remainder of the school year at a minimum. The student and his/her parents are
expected to meet (or discuss by phone if a meeting is not possible) with the student’s
dean to discuss his/her disciplinary status.
A student who violates the drug/alcohol rule will be subject to random alcohol and/or
drug testing for one calendar year following the completion of the two days spent
working for the school. The student will be tested not more than three times in a term.
If a student tests positive, he/she will again be in violation of the drug/alcohol rule and
subject to additional disciplinary action. (Reminder: use of unauthorized prescription
drugs or misuse of one’s own prescriptions is a violation of school rules.)
A positive drug test in such circumstances constitutes a major rule violation. A
student testing positive will be evaluated by one of the counselors and will also be
required to meet with the school’s consulting psychiatrist for a formal assessment
(at the parents’ expense). A student will also be required to attend a substance
abuse educational class for no less than six weeks and will be subject to the
drug/alcohol testing program for one year.
1. When a student who has been out of the jurisdiction of the school returns to campus
showing evidence of having been drinking or using drugs.
2. When a student’s room or car on campus has alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs in it.
3. A student may be tested for drug or alcohol use when his or her behavior arouses the
immediate suspicion of a faculty member. For example:
a. A student is in a room where illegal substances are present or where it has been
established that another student in the room has violated the drug/alcohol rule.
b. A student smells of alcohol or marijuana (verified by two faculty members), or
exhibits signs of impairment — slurred speech, lack of physical coordination, or
signs of disorientation.
c. If a student has been identified as above and refuses to be tested, they will be
assumed to be under the influence and will be sanctioned.
Please note: The deans or designated faculty members are authorized to test with a
Breathalyzer all students who attend school dances.
4. Transferring (selling or serving as a conduit for the distribution of) any illegal drugs or
alcohol is considered a grave violation and will usually result in the offending student’s
required withdrawal from school. However, the Disciplinary Committee could convene to
consider the case carefully and debate extenuating circumstances. If the student and
his/her parents waive the right to a Disciplinary Committee review, the student will be
required to withdraw. Students who keep their places in school following a Disciplinary
Committee review will be suspended (four-day severance) following the Disciplinary
5. When an athlete violates training rules by using tobacco, or violates the drugs or alcohol rule,
he/she will serve a minimum of a one-game suspension.