Following is a message from BFA Board President Matt Keillor
 
The Board of Directors works for students, parents and patrons of BFA in promoting the vision and mission of the school. As a governing board, BFA’s board sets policies and has oversight over financial matters of the school while focusing on the long-term strategic direction of the school.
 
Following the recent issuance of Tri-County Health Department’s Public Health Order, there have been a number of inquiries from parents regarding compliance and enforcement. The Board has communicated that BFA will comply with the Order and require face coverings for all students ages 2 and up. The Board is currently seeking information from the Tri-County Health Department regarding enforcement for noncompliance and will communicate that information in a subsequent, official communication.

 
Official communications regarding the Order and information related to the Board’s oversight will come from three sources: (1) the BFA website; (2) the official Ben Franklin Academy Facebook page; and/or (3) email communications from Principal Simpson. Communications from any other source or platform are not controlled or endorsed by the Board.
 
The Board takes bullying and harassment very seriously. As a reminder, BFA’s bullying/harassment policy states:
 
Bullying/Harassment
Harassment or Bullying is any gesture or written, verbal, graphic or physical act (including electronically transmitted acts) that is reasonably perceived as being motivated by either by any actual or perceived characteristic, such as race, color, religion. Behavior on or off school property which is detrimental to the welfare or safety of other students or school personnel including intimidation, hazing, bullying, or threatening will not be tolerated. 
 
Bullying, which is a form of harassment, where a person willingly subjects another person to an intentional, unwanted and unprovoked hurtful, verbal, electronic expression, written and/or physical action(s) or gestures which result in the victim feeling oppressed or threatened. This form of harassment has the purpose of substantially interfering with a student’s educational performance and/or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment. Examples or types of bullying may include, but are not limited to:
  • Physical Bullying – punching, shoving, poking, choking, hair pulling, beating, biting, tripping and pinching.
  • Verbal Bullying – such as hurtful name-calling, teasing, spreading rumors or gossip; or threats directed orally or in writing.
  • Emotional Bullying – rejecting, terrorizing, extorting, defaming, humiliating, blackmailing, rate/ranking of personal characteristics such as race, color, creed, religion, sex, disability, perceived sexual orientation, academic performance, social status.
  • Sexual Bullying – inappropriate or obscene language or gestures, touching, grabbing, pinching, or exposing private body parts.
  • Cyber-Bullying– tormenting, threatening, taunting, ranking, degrading, harassing, humiliating, or otherwise targeting a student or staff member using the Internet, including social networking sites and e-mail, interactive and digital technologies, or mobile phones or inviting others to join in these acts.
Complaints regarding bullying will be promptly and appropriately addressed. Bullying of any kind – either by students or parents – will not be tolerated. If bullying is found to have occurred, swift action will be taken in accordance with BFA’s disciplinary policy.
 
Thank you for taking these issues seriously and helping us maintain a culture that is conducive to learning