Boarding Life

Our boarders learn to make good choices in their daily lives and find their own unique passions and purpose – all while forging lifelong friendships with students from around the globe.

Regulations

A student's dormitory is his or her home at TASIS. Boarding students are expected to respect the privacy of others and are never to be in another student's room unless by invitation, with approval of the Faculty Resident, and unless accompanied by the resident student.

Closed Campus

TASIS The American School in England is a closed campus. Unless students have special permission or are visiting the Thorpe Village Post Office and Shop, all students, day and boarding, are expected to remain on campus and in dress code during the academic day.

Computers

Computer use in the dorms is subject to the Acceptable Use Policy For School Computers. Students will be expected to adhere to best and highest standards of practice and decorum when utilizing a computer in the dormitory. During study periods or after lights out in the dormitory, computers may not be used for email, Internet activity not related to academics, or similar communications. Unauthorized use of computers will result in disciplinary action.

Decorations

Students may decorate their rooms within the bounds set by decency and good taste. Decorations should not damage or deface the room in any way. Students will be billed for the cost of repairs for any damage incurred during the year. Decorations must be hung according to the guidelines set by Housekeeping and Faculty Residents.

Dormitory Hours

All students are to return to their dormitories by the following times:

Sunday through Thursday: Check-in 10:00 p.m. (grades 9-12),
Lights-out 10:30 p.m. (grades 9-11)

11:00 p.m.    (grade 12)
Friday and Saturday: Check-in 11:30 p.m. (grades 9-12),
Lights-out  Subject to the dorm policies (grades 9-12)

Boarding students are expected to observe the lights-out times. Students out of their dorms after check-in times are liable to severe disciplinary action, including the possibility of suspension or dismissal from school. Students should not be out of their dorms before 6:00 a.m. Dormitory hours apply to all school trips unless exceptions are made by the chaperone for particular events.

Electrical Appliances

Heaters, fans, cooking appliances, refrigerators, televisions, and sun lamps are not permitted in the rooms. Faculty residents may define additional requirements for the dormitory as needed.

Evening Study Hall

Boarding students in grades 9 through 12 who have shown their ability to study independently are granted the privilege of independent evening study; all others will attend supervised study hall. During study hours (7:15-9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday) these students may work in their own rooms. They may leave the dormitory to use the library, music practice rooms, or computer room if they obtain permission from the administrator-on-duty before 7 p.m. Quiet is to be maintained. There is to be no movement from place to place during the evening study hours. If abused, this privilege may be withdrawn at any time.
Parents of boarding students should note that students may not receive telephone calls during evening study periods.

Overnight Travel Permissions

All boarding students in good social standing have permission to travel away from school overnight on school-sponsored chaperoned trips. Subject to written parental permission and the school's prior receipt of an invitation, boarding students may also stay overnight at the homes of other TASIS England students. In addition, parents may designate other, non-TASIS families whom their children may visit. This again will be subject to the receipt of an invitation and the student's satisfactory academic and social standing. Overnight permissions will only be granted on the understanding that an approved adult chaperone will be present.

Students intending to spend a weekend night off campus must submit an online application form to the Boarding Office by 4 p.m. on the Wednesday preceding the weekend. An invitation from an acceptable adult host must also be submitted to the school and should be given by telephone through the Boarding Office or email to gcalton@tasisengland.org no later than 5:00 p.m. on that Thursday preceding the weekend.

Pets

Students are not permitted to have pets on campus.

Room Inspections

Students are expected to keep their rooms neat and tidy at all times. Daily room inspections will be completed by Faculty Residents and Prefects.

Sign-Out Procedure

Boarding students are required to sign out with a faculty/duty team/staff member whenever they leave campus to travel beyond the village of Thorpe; boarding students will sign in upon return.

Music

Students are allowed to have and play music in their rooms as long as this does not interfere with the comfort and interest of other members of the community. No loud music is to be played during the academic day or evening study hall periods. During study hall hours, students with independent study privileges may only play their music in their rooms with the use of headphones.

Telephones

Students may not make or receive phone calls during study hall periods or after check-in times. Mobile phones are to be switched off and may not be used for any purpose during designated study periods or after check-in in the dormitory. Unauthorized use of mobiles phones will result in disciplinary action.

Vehicles

Boarding students are allowed to have and ride bicycles in accordance with their off-campus permissions. They are not allowed mopeds, motocycles, or automobiles. Boarding students are never to ride in cars driven by other students. Specific permission for exceptions will be considered only when formal affidavits have been received from both the passenger's and the driver's parents.

Weekday Off-Campus Permissions

Providing that it does not conflict with any school commitment, students may leave the campus for any destination with the School Vicinity on weekday afternoons after 3:30 p.m. All students must return to campus by 7:00 p.m.

Weekend Check-Ins

All boarding students are required to meet various weekend check-ins unless they have permission to be off campus. This is to ensure a student's welfare and to establish his or her whereabouts.

Weekend meal check-ins are as follows:

Friday Dinner–5:30-7:00 p.m. 
Saturday Lunch–12-1:00 p.m.
Saturday Dinner–5:30-6:45 p.m.
Sunday Brunch–11:30-1:00 p.m.
Sunday Dinner–5:30-7:00 p.m.

Non-Senior boarding students must also check in with the duty team in the Faculty Room at the following times on Friday and Saturday evenings:

8:45 p.m. - 9:15 p.m. (grades 9 and 10)
10:15 p.m. - 10:45 p.m. (grade 11)

Weekend Curfew Times

All boarding students must have returned to campus by the following times and remain on campus for the rest of the night:

Friday and Saturday:
8:45-9:15 p.m. (9th Graders)
9:15-9:45 p.m. (10th Graders)
10:15-10:45 p.m. (11th Graders)
11:00-11:30 p.m. (12th Graders)

Sunday: All students must be back on campus by 7:00 p.m.

On the weekends all students must check in with the duty team on return to campus.

Weekend Day Travel Permissions

Local Town Permission
TASIS England defines the School Vicinity as the area bounded by the neighboring towns of Windsor, Eton, Egham, Staines, Chertsey, and Virginia Water, including Windsor Great Park. The school grants local town permission to students in grades 9 through 12 unless parents specifically request that it be withheld. All students must return to campus at the time prescribed for their grade.
London Travel Permission

Since the School is close to London and all its cultural offerings, boarding students with London Travel Permission granted by their parents may leave campus at the weekend to visit the city or other destinations outside the School Vicinity. It is required that 9th grade students and first semester 10th grade students, with London Travel Permission, travel with one or more fellow TASIS students. It is also recommended that all students, regardless of age or class standing, travel with other TASIS students.

London Travel Permission applies only to students who have written permission on file. Individual adherence to appropriate standards of conduct and dress is expected and required, as is observance of the approved itinerary. All students must return to campus at the time prescribed for their grade.

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