LBSS Policies and Procedures
Lake Braddock Secondary School provides instructional services for students in grades 7-12.
All Lake Braddock Middle School students belong to an academic team consisting of students who have the same teachers for English, math, science, and social studies. One learning disabilities teacher is assigned to each team to coordinate services for learning disabled students on the team. In addition, there is a counselor and an administrator on each team. Elective classes are located in different wings of the building. PE classes and gym lockers are in the gymnasium.
Lake Braddock High School students in grades 9-12 are located in Subschools III-VI. Students are assigned to a subschool and counselor by alphabet. Each subschool has an assigned administrator.
Discipline in all Fairfax County Public Schools is governed by the Student Rights and Responsibilities booklet. It is important that parents and students read this document, which is distributed to all students during the first month of school.
We have defined two primary goals for discipline at Lake Braddock Secondary School. The first goal is to provide a safe and secure environment for students and faculty. The second goal is to have students show respect for self, others, and property.
The faculty and staff at Lake Braddock Secondary School are committed to helping students make good choices about their behavior. If students make poor decisions, they will receive appropriate consequences for inappropriate behaviors. Discipline is a process which may include teacher intervention, team intervention, counseling, conflict resolution, and finally administrative intervention. Violations of Student Responsibilities and Rights will be handled by the student's administrator. Specific action may range from counseling to detention, suspension or ultimately a recommendation for expulsion. Refer to the 2012-2013 Rules of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures for more details.
Counseling services at Lake Braddock Secondary School is an integral part of the total educational program. A staff of professional counselors, under the leadership of Directors of Guidance, provides student services which include individual and group conferences, academic planning, career awareness, individual assessment, school/family conferences, and referrals.
Counselors work with teams at the middle school and individual teachers at the high school to meet the needs of individual students and to provide classroom guidance activities to help students with self-awareness, career development, interpersonal relationships, problem-solving techniques, and decision-making skills.
A student wishing to see his/her counselor should obtain a pass from a teacher and stop at the counselor's office to make an appointment with him/her. A student can also leave a "request slip" by the counselor's door if the counselor is unavailable. In case of an urgent situation, the subschool can also assist students. Parents/guardians can make appointments by calling the counselor's direct phone line or through email.
The following Observation Guidelines have been developed in order to maintain a safe and secure learning environment at Lake Braddock Secondary School.
The health room is open from 7:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. daily. If a student becomes ill or needs medical attention, the teacher will issue the student a health room pass. Students may not go to the health room without a pass. If the health room is closed, the student should report to the appropriate subschool office. Students are not permitted to carry any medication. Health room staff may administer medications to students if appropriate forms have been filled out by parents and/or doctors and placed on file with the clinic. When emergency medical attention is required, the student shall be transferred to the nearest hospital and every effort shall be made to contact the parents.
Bus transportation is provided for students living more than one and a half miles from school. Riding the bus is a privilege, which may be denied to students who choose not to follow rules designed to ensure safety. Those rules include the following:
l. Stay seated and face front at all times.
2. Keep arms and heads inside windows.
3. Keep all talking to a conversational level so the bus driver can hear warning sounds while driving. Absolute silence is required at railroad crossings.
4. Obey the driver at all times.
5. Do not tamper with the emergency door.
6. Do not throw anything out the window.
7. Do not wave or shout at pedestrians or other vehicles.
8. Keep out of the road while waiting for the bus.
Late buses begin in mid-September. The following is a schedule of departure times:
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Late bus routes are posted in each sub school. Administrators and security will assist students in finding exact route information. A bus pass is required for every student riding a late bus.
Students will be issued a locker in their subschool and will be asked to sign an agreement for the use of that locker. Lockers will be issued when the emergency care card, address update form and bus regulation form have been signed by the parent/guardian and returned to the school. Lockers are used for the personal storage of books and clothing, and students assume responsibility for the care of lockers, books and belongings. Lockers are school property, and the principal or designee may open lockers in the presence of a witness to examine the contents when there is reason to believe that the locker contains drugs, weapons, stolen property, unsafe, or other unauthorized materials. Lockers should not be shared unless requested by administration. It is important that students not share their combination with anyone for any reason. If there is a locker problem, the student should see the subschool secretary.
HOW TO OPEN YOUR LOCKER
1. Turn right two whole turns and stop at your first number.
2. Then turn left one whole turn past your first number and stop at your middle number.
3. Now turn right and stop at your last number.
Regular attendance helps to develop good study habits, good citizenship, and a favorable attitude toward school work and activities.
When a student is absent, a parent/guardian needs to call the student's sub-school:
SS1 (703) 426-1181
SS3 (703) 426-1183
SS4 (703) 426-1184
SS5 (703) 426-1185
SS6 (703) 426-1186
It is important for parents to give the student's name and grade level, the date, and the reason for the absence. The county lists the following as excused absences:
1. Illness of the student
2. Death in the family
3. Doctor's or dentist's appointment
4. Observance of a religious holiday
5. Approved prearranged absences
6. Other reasons acceptable to the principal.
In order to be excused for any reason other than those listed under attendance, a parent/guardian must send a note to the subschool attendance secretary at least two days in advance stating the reason and dates of the proposed absence. The student will be given a form which is to be signed by each of the teachers and the subschool principal prior to the absence. An excused absence or a prearranged absence permits students to make up missed assignments. For unexcused absences, the teacher is under no obligation to furnish make-up work. Assignments missed and not made up will affect the grade.
Students must assume complete responsibility for making up any assignments missed.
Students who arrive late to school must report to their subschool office to sign in. A note is needed from a parent/guardian explaining the late arrival.
A student will not be given permission to leave school grounds for any reason
during the school day unless prior approval (written note or phone call) from
parent/guardian has been obtained. Any student leaving school grounds without approval will be subject to disciplinary action. Each student must sign out at his or her subschool office. Only authorized adults may accompany students from the building.
The Lost and Found is located in C-152. The room is locked so students must come to the main office and ask that the room be unlocked. Before checking the Lost and Found, students should first check each of their classrooms. Clothing and backpacks are kept in C-152, iPods and cell pods are kept in the security office; and glasses and keys are kept in the main office. Items unclaimed at the end of the year are given to charity.
All visitors must report directly to the main office or subschool secretaries' desk before visiting anyone or any part of the building. Students may not bring visitors to school.The office interrupts classes only to deliver messages to students in case of extreme emergency. If your parent brings something to the office for you, it is your responsibility to stop by the office to get it.
Inclement weather may cause delayed opening of school, early dismissal, or closing of school for the day. Radio and television stations (FCPS Channel 21) carry this news as soon as such decisions are made. Parents and students should not call the local school or administrative offices for this information. Parents/guardians should make alternate plans so that the family will be prepared if an early closing or delayed opening should occur.
The FCPS School Board has adopted a revised Dress Code.
The dress code can also be found in the Student Rights and Responsibilities booklet.
There are two honor rolls at Lake Braddock Secondary School: the all A honor roll, and the A-B honor roll. All students who make one of these honor rolls are recognized at the end of the grading period.
Students at Lake Braddock currently have access to the new library where over 50,000 items are available for checkout. The state-of-the-art library is located at the front of the building near the new main office. The new library provides shelving for all library materials, two online research labs, a research area for print sources, three teaching areas on the floor, a computer lab/classroom, a professional library, a television production studio, a student video-editing lab, and a video screening room. Students are able to search the online database for materials housed at Lake Braddock as well as those items housed at other Fairfax County Public Schools, which can then be accessed through inter-library loan.
The library subscribes to an array of online databases that can be accessed on school computers or through the LBSS website at
Many of the databases can also be accessed by our students from home with passwords supplied by the library staff. The combination of the print resources housed in the library and the online database subscriptions provides a comprehensive aggregation of resources to support the curriculum and the academic needs of the faculty and students. The library staff is always willing to help students and staff gain access to any materials that they might need to support their research.