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WINCHESTER Public Schools

 

Student Handbook

School logo

 

Revised June 2019

 

 

 

 

CENTRAL OFFICE INFORMATION

338 Main Street, 4th Floor, Winsted, CT 06098

860-379-0706 – Phone

860-738-0638 - Fax

CONTACT INFORMATION (table below)

Name

Position

Phone Number

Email @winchesterschools.org

Melony Brady-Shanley

Superintendent

860-379-0706 Ext 1

860-921-1747 cell

melony.brady-shanley

Darlene Bentley

Executive Assistant to the Superintendent

860-738-5202

darlene.bentley

Charlene Passini

Director of Information Systems

860-738-5201

charlene.passini

Joseph Cifaldi

Director of Technology

860-379-0706 Ext 1

joe.cifaldi

Seamus Cullinan

Director of Student Services

860-738-5208

860-921-6241 cell

seamus.cullinan

Rose Beers

Executive Assistant to the Director of Student Services

860-738-5208

rose.beers

Linda Farnham

Executive Assistant Student Services

860-738-5207

linda.farnham

Nancy O’Dea-Wyrick

Director of Finance and Operations

860-738-5203

nancy.odeawyrick

Linda Goulet

Purchasing

860-738-5204

linda.goulet

Kim Ahrens

Payroll and Benefits

860-738-5205

kim.ahrens

 

HOURS OF OPERATION - 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

WEBSITE – www.winchesterschools.org

FACEBOOKhttps://www.facebook.com/winchesterctschools/

 

 

BATCHELLER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

201 Pratt Street, Winsted, CT 06098

860-379-5423 – Phone

860-379-6521 - Fax

CONTACT INFORMATION (table below)

Name

Position

Phone Number

Email

@winchesterschools.org

Rosanne Field

Principal

860-379-5423 Ext. 1

860-921-7545 (cell)

rosanne.field

Tiffany Melcher

Executive Assistant to the Principal

860-379-5423 Ext. 1

tiffany.melcher

Rosemarie Caferio

Student Services Secretary

860-379-5423 Ext. 4

rosemarie.cafiero

Ann Joy

School Nurse

860-379-5423 Ext. 2

ann.joy

Jessica Seymour

Preschool Teacher

860-379-5423

jessica.seymour

Kishana Pinnock

Preschool Teacher

860-379-5423

kishana.pinnock

Ashley Holland

Preschool Teacher

860-379-5423

ashley.holland

Deborah Alduini

Kindergarten Teacher

860-379-5423

deborah.alduini

Amy Brophy

Kindergarten Teacher

860-379-5423

amy.brophy

Kaitlin Fasino

Kindergarten Teacher

860-379-5423

kaitlin.fasino

Chelsea Schmidt

Kindergarten Teacher

860-379-5423

chelsea.schmidt

Samantha Carpinello

First Grade Teacher

860-379-5423

samantha.carpinello

Chiara DeBisschop

First Grade Teacher

860-379-5423

chiara.debisschop

Tina O’Marra

First Grade Teacher

860-379-5423

tina.omarra

Melanie Walker

First Grade Teacher

860-379-5423

melanie.walker

Kerry Charpinsky

Second Grade Teacher

860-379-5423

kerry.charpinsky

Kimberly Kaczmarcyk

Second Grade Teacher

860-379-5423

kimberly.kaczmarcyk

Katie Cimmino

Second Grade Teacher

860-379-5423

katie.cimmino

Debra Erickson

Library Media Teacher

860-379-5423

debra.erickson

Jackie Petriello

Music Teacher

860-379-5423

jacqueline.petriello

Susana Martinez-Bauer

Art Teacher

860-379-5423

susana.martinezbauer

Lisa Brochu

Physical Education Teacher

860-379-5423

lisa.brochu

Brenna Bourke

Special Education Teacher

860-379-5423

brenna.bourke

Stacy Maule

Special Education Teacher

860-379-5423

stacy.maule

Maria Summa

Special Education Teacher

860-379-5423

maria.summa

Myra Desroches

Reading Coach

860-379-5423

myra.desroches

TBD

Mathematics Coach

860-379-5423

 

Rachael Manzer

Science Coach

860-379-5423

rachael.manzer

Glenna Brooks

Inclusion Coach

860-379-5423

glenna.brooks

Marissa Rosenfield

Reading Teacher

860-379-5423

marissa.rosenfield

Patricia Ursaki

Social Worker

860-379-5423

pat.ursaki

Kelly Lasota

District-wide Psychologist

860-379-5423

kelly.lasota

Cassandra Murphy

District-wide Psychologist

860-379-5423

cassandra.murphy

Alexis Calder

Behavior Technician

860-379-5423

alexis.calder

Juliana Prignano

English Language Learner Specialist

860-379-5423

juliana.prignano

Annamari Curtiss

Speech and Language Pathologist

860-379-5423

annamari.curtiss

Kayla King

Occupational Therapist

860-379-5423

kayla.king

Tracy Reed

Physical Therapist

860-379-5423

tracy.reed

Ruthann Horvay

Family Resource Coordinator

860-738-5256

ruthann.horvay

Robin Bardino

Family Resource Parent Educator

860-738-5256

robin.bardino

Lisa Goulet

Family Resource Parent Educator

860-738-5256

lisa.goulet

Theresa Padin

Champs/STEAM Community Liaison

860-738-5256

theresa.padin

Rachel Keesler

EdAdvance Family Service Coordinator

860-626-3296

keesler@edadvance.org

Marguerite Griglun

EdAdvance Early Head Start Home Visitor

860-630-0073

 

Jennifer Favorite

School-Based Health Center

860-738-5284

favorij@chc1.com

 

HOURS:  8:25 AM – 3:10 PM

SCHEDULES:

Regular- Doors open for students at 8:00 AM; Instruction begins at 8:35 AM

Early Release- Dismissal at 1:10 PM

2 Hour Delay- Doors open for students at 10:00 AM; Instruction begins at 10:35 AM

TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION:

Bus Company Contact Information– All Star Transportation: Jodi Audia 860-379-0020

Drop-Off and Pick-Up Information–

  • Arrival: Parent and bus drop-off begins at 8:00 AM.  See details below.
  • Dismissal: Parent and bus pick-up begins at 3:10 PM.  See details below.

 

Bus Loop Information – Buses enter the bus front circle from the right and park for loading around to the flagpole area.  Students are loaded onto the buses by bus number and then depart at one time.

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL:

Arrival - Arrival is from 8:00 AM to 8:25 AM, and the expectation is that all students are in their seats in their classrooms by 8:35 AM. Students arriving after 8:35 AM must sign in at the office and will be recorded as tardy.

 

Dismissal – Batcheller students will be dismissed at 3:10 PM.  All students who are pick-ups will be dismissed from the side entrance and must be signed out by an adult. Adults who are picking up students must stand by the side entrance and wait for a custodian to open the door. Adults will wait in line until their student is dismissed from the cafeteria. Students who take the bus home will be dismissed through the front door. 

 

Delayed Opening/Early Release Schedule-  

  • In the event of inclement weather, all Winchester Public Schools will have a delayed opening/closure or early dismissal.  In the event of a change of schedule, families will be notified via an automated message system. 
  • In the event of a schedule change, the specific time will be announced in the automated message. 
  • There will be no breakfast served on days with delayed openings.  On days with early dismissal all children will have been provided lunch.

 

Additional Transportation Information-  

  • The Transportation Information Form must be returned even if you child will not require bus transportation. 
  • At the beginning of each school year, all eligible students will be assigned to a bus run by the Transportation Supervisor. 
  • Unless an exception is granted, all bus run assignments will be on a five-day per week basis. Changes in transportation are made for daycare purposes only.
  • All students will have one designated pick-up point in the morning and one designated drop-off location in the afternoon. 
  • Parents who wish to request a permanent change in bus transportation, only for daycare purposes, must contact the school office in advance of that change so that arrangements can be made in a timely fashion. 
  • Under no circumstances are students allowed to take a different bus other than they have been assigned. 

 

Drop-Off/Walking Information - Parent drop off will begin at 8:00 AM and will continue to 8:25 AM. If students are able to unlock their seat belt, open their door, and get out of the car quickly on their own, they can be dropped off at the front door of the school. Please abide by this systematic method so that the line for waiting cars does not get to be too long. If parents choose to drop off students, they must wait for their turn in line to reach a staff member greeting students. Parents cannot pass cars on the left once they have let their children out of the car. If parents want to walk children to the front of the school, or do not feel that their children can get out of a seatbelt and open a car door by themselves, they must park the car in the parking lot and walk children to the front door.  All children will say good-bye to their parents at the front door of the school. We have many staff members available to help get children to their classrooms. Please do not park in the side parking lot to walk students to the front door. That lot is for teachers only, and the spots near the school are identified for particular faculty or for those with handicaps.

 

Parent Pick-Up for Typically Bussed Students-  

  • Students who are going home in a different manner than they usually do must bring a note to school and give it to their teacher. 
  • If you wish to change the manner in which your child will get home, and you have forgotten to send a note, you must come into the school during the day by 1:45 PM, let the school secretaries know about the change, and wait for your child in the office.   If there is an emergency and you need to change transportation, you can also email the school secretaries at tiffany.melcher@winchesterschools.org.

 

BREAKFAST AND LUNCH:

A Grab ‘n Go breakfast is served between 8:00 - 8:25 AM. Students are allowed to bring school breakfast to their classrooms; however, we ask that students do not bring drinks or any food from restaurants or home into the classroom in the morning.   Students will also be encouraged to begin eating their breakfast right away in the cafeteria when they arrive prior to 8:25 AM.

 

Both breakfast and lunch will be free to all students this year.

 

CHAMPS AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM:

CHAMPS After School Enrichment Programs will be available to all students in grades K-6. For information regarding CHAMPS programs and registration, please contact Theresa Padin at 860-738-5262, 860-921-4562 (cell) or email champs@winchesterschools.org

 

FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER:

The Parents as Teachers Program (Baby Owls) for families with children prenatal through kindergarten entry is accepting new families.  Families can call (860)738-5262 to schedule their enrollment visits.

 

BATCHELLER SUPPLY LIST: (table below)

Preschool

Kindergarten

First Grade

Second Grade

Daily healthy snack

Daily healthy snack

Daily healthy snack

Daily healthy snack

Extra change on clothes labeled with child’s name

Extra change on clothes labeled with child’s name

Extra change on clothes labeled with child’s name

Sneakers for physical education

Sneakers for outdoors and physical education

Sneakers for physical education

Sneakers for physical education

Elmer’s Glue Sticks (4 sticks)

Rest time blanket or sheet labeled with child’s name

 

Elmer’s Glue Sticks (4 sticks)

Ticonderoga #2 Pencils (12 count, 1 box)

 

 

Ticonderoga #2 Pencils (12 count, 1 box)

Crayola Crayons (8 count)

 

 

Crayola Crayons (8 count)

Crayola Colored Pencils (1 pack)

 

 

Block Erasers (2 erasers)

Plastic Folders (5- red, orange, yellow, green and blue)

 

 

Expo Dry-Erase Markers (4 markers)

Expo Dry-Erase Markers (4 markers)

 

 

Tissues (1 box)

Assorted Colored Pens (1 package)

 

 

 

Hand Sanitizer (1 container)

 

 

 

Tissues (1 box)

 

 

 

Play-Doh (2 containers)

 

 

 

Small Pencil Case

 

PEARSON SCHOOL

2 Wetmore Ave

Winsted, CT 06098

860-379-7588 - Phone

860-379-0406 - Fax

CONTACT INFORMATION: (table below)

Name

Position

Phone Number

Email

@winchesterschools.org

Barbara Silverio

Principal

860-379-7588

860-921-7449 (cell)

barbara.silverio

Kim Roy

Assistant Principal

860-379-7588

860-921-6045 (cell)

kim.roy

Cathy Joy

Executive Assistant to Principal

860-379-7588

cathy.joy

Amy Pardue

Student Services Secretary

860-379-7588

amy.pardue

Julia Turtoro

School Nurse

860-379-7588

julia.turtoro

Shannon Ball

Third Grade Teacher

860-379-7588

shannon.ball

Cynthia Boyle

Third Grade Teacher

860-379-7588

cynthia.boyle

Tanya Corrado

Third Grade Teacher

860-379-7588

tanya.corrado

Jennifer Leach

Third Grade Teacher

860-379-7588

jennifer.leach

Kathy Martin

Fourth Grade Teacher

860-379-7588

kathy.martin

Elizabeth Neumann

Fourth Grade Teacher

860-379-7588

elizabeth.neumann

Kimberly Vaccari

Fourth Grade Teacher

860-379-7588

kimberly.vaccari

Kristin Xander

Fourth Grade Teacher

860-379-7588

kristin.xander

Adam Fassanella

Fifth Grade Teacher

860-379-7588

adam.fassanella

Victoria MacDonald

Fifth Grade Teacher

860-379-7588

victoria.macdonald

Denise McLaughlin

Fifth Grade Teacher

860-379-7588

denise.mclaughlin

Eric Neumann

Fifth Grade Teacher

860-379-7588

eric.neumann

Alyssa Chmura

Sixth Grade Teacher

860-379-7588

alyssa.chmura

Robin Masslon

Sixth Grade Teacher

860-379-7588

robin.masslon

Amanda Morin

Sixth Grade Teacher

860-379-7588

amanda.morin

Joel Nelson

Sixth Grade Teacher

860-379-7588

joel.nelson

Victoria Fontana

Library Media Specialist

860-379-7588

victoria.fontana

Rachel Rubino

Music Teacher

860-379-7588

rachel.rubino

Anastasia Bartus

Art Teacher

860-379-7588

anastasia.bartus

Vicki Brooks

Physical Education Teacher

860-379-7588

vicki.brooks

Brynn Davie

Special Education Teacher

860-379-7588

brynn.davie

Lorraine Ditz

Special Education Teacher

860-379-7588

lorraine.ditz

Marie Henry

Special Education Teacher

860-379-7588

marie.henry

Tammy Johnson

Special Education Teacher

860-379-7588

tammy.johnson

Joanna Petti

Special Education Teacher

860-379-7588

joanna.petti

Susan Goodenough

Reading Consultant

860-379-7588

susan.goodenough

Myra Desroches

ELA Coach

860-379-7588

myra.desroches

TBD

Mathematics Coach

860-379-7588

 

Rachael Manzer

Science/STEAM Coach

860-379-7588

rachael.manzer

Glenna Brooks

Inclusion Coach

860-379-7588

glenna.brooks

Susan Peck

Social Worker

860-379-7588

susan.peck

Kelley Thurmond

Guidance Counselor

860-379-7588

kelley.thurmond

Kelly Lasota

District-wide Psychologist

860-379-7588

kelly.lasota

Cassandra Murphy

District-wide Psychologist

860-379-7588

cassandra.murphy

Juliana Prignano

English Language Learner Specialist

860-379-7588

juliana.prignano

Kayla King

Occupational Therapist

860-379-7588

kayla.king

Tracy Reid

Physical Therapist

860-379-7588

tracy.reid

Nicolette Kovaks

Speech and Language Pathologist

860-379-7588

nicolette.kovacs

Theresa Padin

Champs/STEAM Community Liaison

860-379-7588

theresa.padin

Rachael Peterson

School-Based Health Center Counselor

860-379-7588

petersrchc1.com

Erin Hannan

School-Based Health Center APRN

860-379-7588

hannanechc1.com

 

HOURS:  8:15 AM – 3:00 PM

SCHEDULES:

Regular- Doors open for students at 8:15 AM; Instruction begins at 8:25 AM. Dismissal is at 3:00 PM

Early Release- Dismissal at 1:00 PM

2 Hour Delay- Doors open for students at 10:15 AM; Instruction begins at 10:25 AM

TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION:

Bus Company Contact Information– All Star Transportation: Jodi Audia 860-379-0020

Drop-Off and Pick-Up Information–

  • Arrival: Parent and bus drop-off begins at 8:15 AM.  See details below.
  • Dismissal: Parent and bus pick-up begins at 3:00 PM.  See details below.

Bus Loop Information – Buses park and load or unload students on Elm Street near the play scape. At dismissal time, students are loaded onto the buses by bus number and then depart at one time.

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL:

Arrival - Arrival is from 8:15 AM to 8:25 AM, and the expectation is that all students are in their seats in their classrooms by 8:25 AM. Students arriving after 8:25 AM must sign in at the office and will be recorded as tardy.

 

Dismissal – Pearson students will be dismissed at 3:00 PM.  All students who are walkers and pick-ups will be dismissed from the front entrances. Adults who are picking up third grade students must stand by the front entrance and wait for a staff member to open the door. Adults will wait in line until their student is dismissed by a teacher from the front doors. Students who take the bus home will be dismissed through the exterior doors. 

 

Delayed Opening/Early Release Schedule-  

  • In the event of inclement weather, all Winchester Public Schools will have a delayed opening/closure or early dismissal.  In the event of a change of schedule, families will be notified via an automated message system. 
  • In the event of a schedule change, the specific time will be announced in the automated message. 
  • There will be no breakfast served on days with delayed openings.  On days with early dismissal all children will have lunch provided

Additional Transportation Information-   

  • The Transportation Information Form must be returned even if your child will not require bus transportation. 
  • At the beginning of each school year, all eligible students will be assigned to a bus run by the Transportation Supervisor. 
  • Unless an exception is granted, all bus run assignments will be on a five-day per week basis. Changes in transportation are made for daycare purposes only.
  • All students will have one designated pick-up point in the morning and one designated drop-off location in the afternoon. 
  • Parents who wish to request a permanent change in bus transportation, only for daycare purposes, must contact the school office in advance of that change so that arrangements can be made in a timely fashion. 
  • Under no circumstances are students allowed to take a different bus than they have been assigned. 

 

Drop-Off/Walking Information - Parent drop off will begin at 8:15 AM and will continue to 8:25 AM. Parents may pull over to the side of the street near the front entrance of the school to drop off or pick up. It is imperative that students use the sidewalks and designated crosswalks. Before crossing the street, students should wait for the crossing guard to stop traffic and signal to students that it is safe to cross. Students should not be dropped off or picked up from the parking lot. It is unsafe for students to walk through the parking lot, and this causes congestion in the parking lot. Students who walk to school will not be directly supervised until 8:15 AM. Please make sure students do not arrive at school before 8:15 AM so that we can ensure safe supervision.

 

Bicycle Information-

Students who wish to ride their bicycle to school must provide a permission slip signed by his or her parent or guardian. Permission slips can be located in the main office at Pearson School.  Students are required by law to wear a helmet at all times when riding a bicycle.

 

Parent Pick-Up for Typically Bussed Students-  

  • Students who are going home in a different manner than they usually do must bring a note to school and give it to their teacher. 
  • If you wish to change the manner in which your child will get home, and you have forgotten to send a note, you must come into the school during the day by 1:45 PM, let the school secretaries know about the change, and wait for your child in the office.   If there is an emergency and you need to change transportation, you can also email the school secretaries at cathy.joy@winchesterschools.org.

BREAKFAST AND LUNCH:

A Grab ‘n Go breakfast is served between 8:15 - 8:25 AM. Students are allowed to bring school breakfast to their classrooms; however, we ask that students do not bring drinks or any food from restaurants or home into the classroom in the morning.   Students will also be encouraged to begin eating their breakfast right away in the cafeteria when they arrive prior to 8:25 AM.

 

Both breakfast and lunch will be free to all students this year.

 

CHAMPS AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM:

CHAMPS After School Enrichment Programs will be available to all students in grades K-6. For information regarding CHAMPS programs and registration, please contact Theresa Padin at 860-738-5262, 860-921-4562 (cell) or email champs@winchesterschools.org

PEARSON SUPPLY LIST: (table below)

Grade 3 – Grade 6

Ticonderoga #2 Pencils-1 box of 12

Blue or black pens

Cap erasers and

1 block eraser

Hand pencil sharpener

Homework folder

Highlighters

Pencil box or pouch

1 box of tissues

MISSION STATEMENT OF DISTRICT AND SCHOOLS

The mission of the Winchester Public Schools is to provide all students with high-quality curriculum and instruction that supports their academic and social potential while celebrating the values of kindness, perseverance, and citizenship.

 

VISION STATEMENT OF THE DISTRICT AND SCHOOLS

In a partnership of family, school and community, we strive to build a nurturing and caring community that enlightens, inspires, and empowers our students to explore their creativity, talents, and desires so all students can realize and achieve their dreams.

 

PREFACE

The material covered within this student handbook is intended as a method of communicating to students and parents/guardians regarding general district information, rules and procedures and is not intended to either enlarge or diminish any Board policy, administrative regulation or negotiated agreement. Material contained herein may therefore be superseded by such Board policy, administrative regulation or negotiated agreement. Any information contained in this handbook is subject to unilateral revision or elimination from time-to-time without notice. Consult the district’s website or the individual school’s website for any significant changes.

 

This booklet is written for our students and their parents/guardians. It contains required and useful information. Because it cannot be as personal a communication as we would like, we address students not directly as “you” but rather as “the student,” “students,” or “children.” Likewise, the term “the student’s parent” may refer to the parent, legal guardian, or other person who has agreed to assume responsibility for the student. Both students and parents/guardians need to be familiar with the District’s Student Code of Conduct and school safety and security plans which are intended to promote school safety and an atmosphere conducive for learning.

 

The Student Handbook is designed to be in harmony with Board policy. Please be aware that the handbook is updated yearly, while policy adoption and revision may occur throughout the year. Changes in policy that affect portions of this Handbook will be made available to students and parents through newsletters, web pages, and other communications.

 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY and non-discrimination

Each student is encouraged to develop and achieve individual educational goals. The district will provide every student with equal educational opportunities regardless of race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, religion, age, economic status, marital status, or disability. No student will be excluded on such basis from participating in or having access to any course offerings, student athletics, counseling services, employment assistance, extracurricular activities or other school resources. Programs and activities shall be accessible and usable by individuals with disabilities as prescribed by law.

Seamus Cullinan, Director of Student Services, is the designated district compliance officer, who will coordinate compliance with the nondiscrimination requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

 

ADMISSION/PLACEMENT

A student seeking enrollment in the Winchester Public Schools for the first time or following attendance in another Connecticut public school district, out-of-state attendance, private school attendance or admission through a bona fide foreign exchange program should contact the principal. A student who is transferring from non-public schools or schools outside the district will be placed at his/her current grade level pending evaluation and observation of the student after such assessment and consultation with the parents, the principal will determine the grade placement of the child.

The parent or person having control of a child seventeen years of age may consent to such child’s withdrawal from school. The parent or person having control of a child seventeen years of age may exercise the option by personally appearing at the school district office to sign a withdrawal form. This form will include an attestation from the school’s guidance counselor or a school administrator that the district has provided the parent or person with information on the educational options available in the school system and in the community. A student who has attained the age of seventeen and who has voluntary terminated enrollment in the district’s schools and subsequently seeks admission may be denied readmission for up to ninety school days from the date of such termination unless such student seeks readmission to the District not later than ten school days after such termination in which school accommodation will be provided not later than three school days after such student seeks readmission.

 

Students who are classified as homeless under federal law and do not have a fixed residence will be admitted pursuant to federal law.

 

ADVERTISING

The public schools maintain careful controls on the way in which students are exposed to materials and announcements, other than those directly related to school sponsored programs and activities. Caution is exercised to prevent exploitation of the system and its students. District-prescribed standards shall be met. All materials must be approved by the principal and superintendent prior to distribution.

 

age of majority

In all school matters requiring the approval or presence of a parent or guardian, the eighteen-year old student will be allowed to represent him/herself and sign all appropriate forms under his/her responsibility. However, the school reserves the right to contact parents regarding student issues. These include, but are not limited to, school attendance, school withdrawals, permission for psychological or academic testing, early dismissals, changes in courses, representation at PPTs, appeals, hearings, and access to or release of records.

 

AMERICAN WITH DISABILITIES ACT AND

SECTION 504 OF THE REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 ensures support for individuals with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities are provided a free and appropriate public education (FAPE), and are accommodated and employed without discrimination related to their disabilities.

 

It is the intent of the District to provide a free and appropriate public education to each Section 504/ADA qualified and eligible student with a disability within its jurisdiction, as defined in 28 CFR, Parts 35 and 36, of the Amendments to Americans with Disabilities Act, Title II and Title III.

 

Section 504 prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities (both students and staff members) by school districts receiving federal assistance of any kind for any program or activity. Districts may not discriminate against any person with a disability, regardless of whether the program or activity in which that person is involved receives federal funding directly.

 

All individuals who are disabled or “handicapped” are protected under Section 504. However, individuals who have been determined to be “handicapped” under Section 504 may not be considered disabled under IDEA. IDEA, which can be viewed as a subcategory of Section 504, provides for special programming or placement, while Section 504 protects the rights of individuals with handicaps. Under IDEA, students are qualified for services under 13 IDEA disabling conditions; specially designed individual education programs are planned for each student by Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams. Under Section 504, students with “handicaps” are entitled to special accommodations to ensure that they can participate in and benefit from public education and programs, and a 504 accommodation plan is designed for each student according to individual needs.

 

Section 504 is not an aspect of special education, but is, rather, a responsibility of the comprehensive general public education system. Unlike an eligibility system based on clinic categories of disabilities, Section 504 works on a more functional premise. Under 504 [29 U.S.C. & § 706(8)] a person is considered to have a disability if that person:

1.   has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of such person’s             major life activities.

2.   has a record of such an impairment, or

3.   is regarded as having such an impairment

 

While Section 504 provides a means for preventing discrimination against students with disabilities, this does not mean that 504 plans must focus on the disabling condition or on addressing the disability directly. Rather, 504 plans offer a means for focusing on students’ strengths, for capitalizing on what students bring to the instruction process - not on what they lack.

 

Students with disabilities, pursuant to Section 504 and/or ADA will be provided a free appropriate public education which may include, but is not limited to, providing a structured learning environment; repeating and simplifying instructions about in-class and homework assignments; supplemented verbal instructions with visual instructions; adjusting class schedules, modifying test delivery; computer-assisted instructions; using modified textbooks and tailoring homework assignments.

 

Should you have any questions regarding Section 504, please call either your child’s school principal or the Civil Rights Coordinator, Seamus Cullinan for the Winchester Public Schools at 860-379-0706.

 

Any eligible person, including any student, parent/guardian, staff member or other employee who feels that he/she has been discriminated against on the basis of disability may submit a written complaint to the district’s designated Section 504 Coordinator Seamus Cullinan within 30 days of the alleged occurrence.

 

ASBESTOS

Legislation requires all school buildings to be reevaluated to determine if asbestos is present and if it poses a significant health hazard to the building’s occupants. The District has on file plans showing the location of asbestos in each building and measures undertaken to comply with regulations to maintain a safe school environment. Request to review these plans may be made in the school office.

 

ASSEMBLIES

There are times when classes, grades, teams or the entire school may gather for assembly programs. These programs are arranged to bring information or entertainment to the student community. A student’s conduct in assemblies must meet the same standards as in the classroom.

 

ATTENDANCE

Connecticut state law requires parents to make sure that their children between the ages of 5 to 18 attend school regularly.* Daily attendance is a key factor in student success, thus any absence from school is an educational loss to the student. These rules are designed to minimize student absenteeism while providing students the opportunity to make up school work missed due to a legitimate absence.

 

Absence means an excused absence or an unexcused absence.

 

A student is considered to be “in attendance” if present at his/her assigned school, or an activity sponsored by the school, such as a field trip, for at least half of the regular school day. A student serving an out-of-school suspension or an expulsion will always be considered absent.

 

The parent or person having control of a child shall have the option of waiting to send the child to school until the child is six or seven years of age, upon signing an option form at the school district offices.

 

A child whose total number of absences at anytime during a school year is equal to or greater than 10% of the total number of days that the student has been enrolled at the school during the school year is considered a “chronically absent child.” The child will be subject to review by the district and/or the school attendance team.

 

All children attending district schools must obtain the required immunizations unless they have medical contraindications or religious objections. This obligation may be waived for homeless students.

 

A student must remain in school until age 18, unless he/she graduates or gets written consent from a parent/guardian on a district provided form to leave school at age 17.

 

Absence

Every attempt should be made to confine necessary appointments to after school, weekends and vacation periods. When a parent determines that an absence is necessary, parents are requested to contact the school between 8:00 A.M. and 9:00 A.M. on the day of the absence by telephoning the school.

 

If it is not possible to telephone the school on the day of absence, the parent is requested to send a written excuse to the school on the date of the student’s return. The student should submit the excuse directly to the office. Parents should contact the principal in order to take advantage of special services such as the collection of homework assignments for the student who must be out several days.

 

Excused Absence

A student’s absence from school shall be considered “excused” only if a written documentation of the reason for such absence has been submitted within ten (10) school days of the student’s return to school and meets the following criteria:

A.  For absences one through nine, a student’s absences from school are considered “excused when the student’s parent/guardian approves such absence and submits appropriate documentation to school officials. (Define required documentation.)

B.  Students receive an excused absence for the tenth absences and all absences thereafter, when they are absent from school for the following reasons:

      1.   Student illness, verified by a licensed medical professional, regardless of the length of the absence.

      2.   Students observance of a religious holiday.

      3.   Death in the student’s family or other emergency beyond the control of the student’s family.

      4.   Court appearance which are mandated. (Documentation required)

      5.   The lack of transportation that is normally provided by the district other than the one the student attends.

      6.   Extraordinary educational opportunities pre-approved by District administration and in accordance with Connecticut State Department of Education guidelines.

      7.   Additional 10 days for children of military service members.

     

A phone call with no written follow-up will automatically be coded as an unexcused absence. The responsibility for makeup of work lies with the student, not the teacher. Unless a student has an extended illness, all makeup privileges must be completed within three days after the student returns to school.

 

Unexcused Absence

Unexcused absences are those which do not fall under any of the excused absences. Students who have unexcused absences may be denied makeup privileges. Such absences may also be reflected in the student's final grade.*

 

Absences which are the result of school or district disciplinary action are excluded from the definitions.

 

Although the school will maintain records and keep parents informed within the limit of its capability, parents and students are expected to keep accurate attendance records and compare them to report cards when issued. Parents are also encouraged to contact the teachers, guidance counselors and administrators to get help in verifying attendance and attendance records at any time during the year.

 

 

Chronic Absenteeism

A student whose total number of absences at anytime during a school year is equal to or greater than the percent of the total number of days that such student has been enrolled at such school during the school year is considered to be a “chronically absent child,” Such a student will be subject to review by the attendance review team and the chronic absenteeism prevention and intervention plan developed by the State Department of Education. The District will also collect and analyze data on student attendance, truancy and chronic absenteeism for students with disabilities.

 

Leaving School Grounds/Release of Students From School

Under no circumstances may a student leave the school or school grounds during school hours. In the event it is necessary for a student to be dismissed early, a parent or guardian should send a written request to the office. Telephone requests for early dismissal of a student shall be honored only if the caller can be positively identified as the student’s parent or guardian. Children of single-parent families will be released only upon the request of the parent whom the court holds directly responsible for the child and who is identified as such in the school records, unless prior arrangements have been made with the school. Arrangements should be made with the building administrator for the parent or guardian to pick up the student in the school office. No student may be released in the custody of any individual, not the parent or guardian of the student, unless the individual’s name appears on the list maintained by the school’s principal as authorized to obtain the release of students.

 

If someone other than a parent/guardian picks up the student, the person appearing in the school office should bring a note of identification from the parent or guardian. The Board of Education does not condone/approve students leaving a school campus in third-party ride sharing vehicles; especially such service (Uber, Lyft) whose own policies explicitly prohibit minors from using them unless accompanied by an adult.

 

Tardiness

Students who are not in their homeroom/classroom by the start of school are considered tardy and must report directly to the office. A student discovered on school grounds who has not signed in at the office will also be considered tardy. A student who is repeatedly tardy may be considered truant. Students may be subject to disciplinary action including in-school suspension if the principal determines that tardiness is excessive.

*Students are late to school if they are not in their seats at the bell signaling the start of the first period class. If students arrive late, they must report to the office and sign in.

 

Truancy

Truancy is defined by statute as absence(s) from school without the knowledge or approval of parents/guardians and/or school officials. A student age five to eighteen** inclusive with 4 (four) unexcused absences in one month or 10 (ten) unexcused absences in a school year will be considered a truant.

Parents have the responsibility to assist school officials in remedying and preventing truancy. School staff are mandated by the state to report excessive absences or patterns of concern.

Information about truancy will also be posted in the annual district report cards required by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

 

AUTOMATED PHONE MESSAGING SYSTEMS

The Winchester Public School system uses an automated phone messaging system which gives school administrators the ability to easily contact parents/guardians immediately of news that needs to be communicated. Administrators have the ability to send personally prerecorded messages to the entire school community, or they can tailor transmissions to smaller groups, when needed.

 

BACKPACKS AND BOOK BAGS

Students find it useful to carry book bags, duffel bags and knapsacks. Students are allowed to carry/use these items to and from school only. Students do not need to carry all of their books and notebooks during the entire school day. Lockers should be used. Safety and comfort of both students and adults must be considered.

 

BEHAVIOR

Winchester Public Schools believes in using a positive approach to discipline. We strive to create an environment that is respectful, responsible, and safe for all students. We encourage students to begin to take responsibility for their actions, verbalize their feelings in a positive way, problem solve situations and learn from experiences. Behavioral issues will be dealt with on an individual basis. The consequences will vary depending upon the circumstances, all efforts will be made to resolve issues using a restorative approach.

Discipline Process:

1. Rules are posted and expectations are read to students daily;

2. Each teacher has a behavior management plan for classroom operations that includes: rewards, individual recognition, and consequences;

3.   Level 1 - discussed with parent;

Level 2 - written up on disciplinary form, sent to the office and home to the parent. Parent contact will be made by school personnel. A restorative action or a consequence will be imposed by school personnel.

Level 3 - written up on disciplinary form, sent to the office and home to the parent. The principal or designated personnel will contact the parent. A restorative action or a consequence will be imposed by the principal.

4. Disciplinary Actions:

      Student Counseling      Afterschool Detention

      Verbal Warning              Removal of Privileges

      Written Warning             School Community Service

      Writing Assignment       Financial Restitution

      Office Detention             In School Suspension

      Removal from Class      Out of School Suspension

      Alternative Recess         Alternative Lunch Setting

      Referral to Police           Expulsion

     

BOARD OF EDUCATION

Board members are unpaid elected public officials with the responsibility for governance of the school district. The members of the Winchester Board of Education are:

            Chairperson: Doug Pfenninger

            Secretary: Nora Mocarski

Members: Christine Royer, Michelle Hintz, Alexandria Propfe, Shana DeVoux, Dick Dutton, Cheryl McGlynn, Kristen Peterson

 

In order to perform its duties in an open and public manner and in accordance with state law, the Winchester Board of Education holds regular business meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM in the Town Hall - Hicks Room. Parents, students and other community members are encouraged to attend.

 

Meetings of the Board follow a planned and posted agenda. At a certain time in the agenda the Board chairperson will recognize individuals who want to make a statement, not more than 5 minutes in length, or to express a viewpoint. In addition, if they give advance notice to the Superintendent, individuals with relevant issues for discussion may have such issues placed on a future Board agenda for a more thorough discussion of the topic.

 

The Board’s main purpose is policy setting designed to improve student learning. Board members are interested in the public’s opinion on district issues, which can assist them in formulating policy which reflects community values and expectations.

 

board of education policy

Board of Education policies are available on the district’s website at https://www.winchesterschools.org/board-of-education/policies/index. The policies are subject to modifications by the Board at any time.

 

BULLYING

Bullying of a student by another student is prohibited. Such behavior is defined as the repeated use by one or more students of a written, oral or electronic communication, such as cyberbullying, directed at or referring to another student attending school in the same school district or a physical act or gesture by one or more students repeatedly directed to another student attending school in the same school district that:

      A.  causes physical or emotional harm to such student or damage to such student’s property,

      B.  places such student in reasonable fear of harm to himself or herself, or of damage to his or her property,

      C.  creates a hostile environment at school for such students,

      D.  infringes on the rights of such student at school, or

      E.  substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school.

 

Bullying shall include, but not be limited to, a written, oral, or electronic communication or physical act or gesture based on any actual or perceived differentiating characteristic, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, socioeconomic status, academic status, physical appearance, or mental, physical, developmental or sensory disability, or by association with an individual or group who has or is perceived to have one or more of such characteristics. (The student against whom the activity is directed must be attending school in the same district as the students engaged in the activity.)

Examples of bullying include, but are not limited to:

      1.   physical violence and attacks

      2.   verbal taunts, name-calling and put-downs including ethically-based or gender-based verbal put-downs

      3.   threats and intimidation

      4.   extortion or stealing of money and/or possessions

      5.   exclusion from peer groups within the school

      6.   the misuse of electronic communications for the purpose of bullying, harassing, or sexually harassing other students within school or out of school (“cyberbullying”)

      7.   targeting of a student based on the student’s actual or perceived “differentiating” characteristics such as race; color; religion; ancestry; national origin; gender; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; socioeconomic or academic status; physical appearance; or mental physical, developmental, or sensory disability.

 

Students who engage in any act of bullying, on school grounds, at a school-sponsored or school-related activity, function or program whether on or off school grounds, at a school bus stop, on a school bus or other vehicle owned, leased or used by the Board of Education, or through the use of an electronic device or an electronic mobile device owned, leased or used by the Board of Education, and outside of the school setting if such bullying:

      1.   creates a hostile environment at school for the victims,

      2.   infringes on the rights of the victim at school, or

      3.   substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school, are subject to appropriate disciplinary action up to and including suspensions, expulsion and/or referral to law enforcement official.

 

Student and/or their parent may file a written report of conduct they consider bullying. Students may also make an informal complaint of conduct that they consider to be bullying by verbal report to any school employee, who will promptly reduce the complaint to writing and forward it to the School Principal for review and action. The complaint procedure is also posted on the District’s website and the school website.

Students and parents are permitted to make anonymous reports of bullying. Parent written reports and student anonymous reports will be investigated by the School Principal but no disciplinary action shall be taken solely on the basis of an anonymous report.

 

The School Principal is responsible for taking a bullying report and investigating the complaint. Parents/guardians of the alleged perpetrator of the bullying act and the parents/guardians of the student against whom such alleged act was directed will receive prompt notification that such investigation has begun. Parents of students involved in a verified act of bullying will be invited to attend at least one meeting at school.

 

BUS CONDUCT

School transportation privileges are extended to students conditional upon their satisfactory behavior on the bus. Students may be suspended from transportation services for unsatisfactory conduct while awaiting or receiving transportation to and from school which endangers persons or property or violates a Board policy or administrative regulation.

 

CAFETERIA

All eating is to be done in the cafeteria. Food is not permitted elsewhere in the building. Rules of cleanliness are to be observed at all times. Misconduct in the cafeteria may be cause for receiving an assigned seat or forfeiting the right to eat in that location or such other disciplinary action deemed appropriate for the misconduct.

 

The District participates in the School Breakfast Program and the National School Lunch Program and offers to students nutritionally balanced meals daily. Free and reduced price lunches are available based on financial need. Information on this program can be obtained from Food Services.

 

The District complies with the professional standards for school nutrition personnel who manage and operate the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.

 

It is the intent of the Board of Education that schools take a proactive effort to encourage students to make nutritious food choices. Food and beverages offered for sale to students will meet federal and state standards and guidelines. All sodas and sports drinks will not be available for sale.

 

In conformity with applicable law, necessary accommodations will be provided, where required, for students with food allergies, including emergency procedures to treat allergic reactions which may occur.

 

Charging is not encouraged by the District but on those occasions that a student does not have money, they will be offered an alternative meal. Students will be able to charge two lunches and then a postcard bill will be sent to the family. If payment is not received a follow up letter will be sent from the Principal with the total amount due. Students may only be permitted to charge a reduced lunch if outstanding charges are not paid promptly.

 

CHANNELS OF COMMUNICATIONS

If there is a question about a student’s classes or work in school, it is best to first contact the person who is closest to the situation. In most cases this is the teacher. The proper channeling of complaints regarding instruction, discipline or learning materials is (1) teacher, (2) principal, (3) superintendent, (4) Winchester Board of Education.

 

CHEATING/PLAGIARISM (Academic Dishonesty)

Students are expected to pursue their school work with integrity and honesty. Cheating and plagiarism demonstrates a lack of integrity and character. That is inconsistent with District goals and values. All forms of cheating and plagiarism, including by electronic means, are not acceptable. The misrepresenting by students of homework, class work, tests, reports, or other assignments as if they were entirely their own work shall be considered forms of cheating and/or plagiarism. Consequences of cheating and/or plagiarism shall be academic in nature unless repeated incidences require disciplinary action. Consequences for cheating will take into account the grade level of the student and the severity of the misrepresentation.

 

CHILD ABUSE, NEGLECT AND SEXUAL ASSAULT

All school employees, including teachers, superintendents, administrators, coaches of intramural or interscholastic athletics, paraprofessionals and other professional school staff including guidance counselors, school counselors, paraprofessionals, social workers, psychologists, licensed nurses, physicians, licensed behavior analysts, and substitute teachers are obligated by law (C.G.S. 17a-101) to report suspected child abuse, neglect, or if a child is placed in imminent danger of serious harm or sexual assault by a school employee to the Connecticut State Department of Children and Families Services. Specific procedures governing the reporting of abuse and neglect are in effect, and staff receives training in their use, as required by state law.

 

Reporting of child abuse, neglect and sexual assault by a school employee is a responsibility which is taken seriously. If there is any doubt about reporting suspected abuse, neglect or a sexual assault a report will be made. The school will work with the parents and appropriate social agencies in all cases.

 

Child abuse is defined as any physical injury inflicted by other than accidental means or injuries which are not in keeping with the explanation given for their cause. Improper treatment such as malnutrition, sexual molestation, deprivation of necessities, emotional abuse, cruel punishment or neglect are also considered child abuse.

 

The Board of Education will post in each school the telephone number of the Department of Children and Families’ child abuse hotline, Careline, and the Internet web address that provides information about the Careline in a conspicuous location frequented by students. Such posting shall be in various languages appropriate for the students enrolled in the school.

 

CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE

The District collaborates with state and local child welfare agencies to ensure school stability for children in foster care. A child in foster care must remain in his/her school of origin if it is determined to be in the child’s best interest. Transportation will be arranged as required. The District’s Liaison for Homeless Students is Kelly Thurmond and is also the point of contact person for the education of children in foster care.

 

CLASS PLACEMENT

Every effort will be made to place students with teachers where a positive student-teacher relationship will be established. Parents will have an opportunity to provide information relative to placement. The final decision for placement rests with the principal or his/her designee.

 

CLOSING SCHOOL INFORMATION

In the event that school needs to be closed, announcements will be made on radio stations, local television stations, Facebook, and our mass messaging system via phone message, text, and email. Please keep your contact information updated.

 

COMPUTER RESOURCES

The District utilizes computer technology to broaden instruction and to prepare students for a computerized society. Use of these resources is restricted to students working under a teacher’s supervision and for approved purposes only. Students and parents will be asked to sign a user agreement regarding appropriate use of these resources. Violations of this agreement may result in withdrawal of privileges and other disciplinary action.

 

Students and parents should be aware that e-mail communications, using district computers, are not private and may be monitored by staff. Students may not access social media sites using District equipment, while on District property, or at a District sponsored activity unless the posting is approved by a teacher. The District will not be liable for information posted by students on social media websites, such as Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, etc., when the student is not engaged in District activities and not using District equipment.

 

The District reserves the right to monitor, inspect, copy, review and store at anytime and without prior notice any and all usage of the computer network and Internet access and any and all information transmitted or received in connection with such usage. All such information files shall be and remain the property of the School District and no user shall have any expectation of privacy regarding such material.

 

Federal law requires the district to place filtering devices on school computers to block entry to visual depictions that are obscene, pornographic, harmful or inappropriate for students as defined in the Children’s Internet Protection Act and as determined by the Superintendent or his/her designee.

 

The Board of Education is committed to aiding students and staff in creating a 21st Century learning environment. With teacher approval, students may use their own devices to access the Internet and collaborate with other students.

 

 

CONDUCT

Students are responsible for conducting themselves properly in a responsible manner appropriate to their age and level of maturity. They must accept responsibility for misbehavior and engage with school staff to identify how a different choice of action could result in a better outcome. The district has authority over students during the regular school day and while going to and from school on district transportation. This jurisdiction includes any school-related activity, regardless of time or location, and any off campus school-related misconduct, regardless of time or location.

 

Student responsibilities for achieving a positive learning environment in school or school related activities include:

      1.   Attending all classes, regularly and on time.

      2.   Being prepared for each class with appropriate materials and assignments.

      3.   Being dressed appropriately.*

      4.   Showing respect toward others, engaging in civil discourse.

      5.   Behaving in a responsible manner.

      6.   Paying required fees and fines.

      7.   Abiding by the code of conduct.

      8.   Obeying all school rules, including safety rules, and rules pertaining to Internet safety.

      9.   Seeking change in school policies and regulations in an orderly and responsible manner, through appropriate channels.

      10. Cooperating with staff investigations of disciplinary cases and volunteering information relating to a serious offense.

 

Students who violate these rules will be subject to disciplinary action and shall be referred when appropriate to legal authorities for violation of the law.

 

Students at school or school-related activities are prohibited from:

      1.   Engaging in academic dishonesty, including cheating, intentionally plagiarizing, wrongfully giving or receiving help during an academic examination and wrongfully obtaining test copies or scores.

      2.   Throwing objects that can cause bodily injury or damage property.

      3.   Leaving school grounds or school-sponsored events without permission.

      4.   Directing profanity, vulgar language, or obscene gestures toward other students or staff.

      5.   Disobeying directives from school personnel or school policies, rules, and regulations.

      6.   Being disrespectful or directing profanity, vulgar language, or obscene gestures toward teachers or other school employees.

      7.   Playing with matches, fire, or committing arson.

      8.   Committing robbery or theft.

      9.   Damaging or vandalizing property owned by the school, other students, or school employees.

      10. Disobeying school rules on school buses.

      11. Fighting, committing physical abuse, or threatening physical abuse.

      12. Committing extortion, coercion, or blackmail; that is, forcing an individual to act through the use of force or threat of force.

      13. Name-calling, making ethnic or racial slurs or derogatory statements that may substantially disrupt the school program or incite violence.

      14. Engaging in inappropriate physical or sexual contact disruptive to the school environment or disturbing to other students.

      15. Assaulting a teacher, staff member or other individual.

      16. Selling, giving, delivering, possessing, using, or being under the influence of drugs such as: marijuana; a controlled substance or drug; or an alcoholic beverage.

      17. Possessing a deadly weapon, dangerous instrument, firearm, martial arts weapon, or weapon facsimile.

      18. Possessing prescription drugs which are given to a person other than to whom the drug is prescribed.

      19. Smoking or using tobacco products, including electronic nicotine delivery systems (e-cigarettes) and vapor products.

      20. Hazing, bullying

      21. Behaving in any way that disrupts the school environment or educational process.

      22. Using electronic devices during the school day in school buildings, without prior approval of the principal.

      23. Violating the district’s Internet Safety policy and/or Online Social Networking Policy.

      24. Cheating, plagiarizing, including by electronic means.

      25. Threatening in any manner, including orally, in writing, or via electronic communication, a member of the school including any teacher, a member of the school administration or another employee, or a fellow student.

      26. Taking, storing, disseminating, transferring, viewing or sharing of obscene, pornographic, lewd or otherwise illegal images or photographs, whether by electronic data transfer of other means, including but not limited to texting and emailing.

      27. Violating any state or federal law which would indicate that the student presents a danger to any person in the school or to school property.

      28. Damaging in a willful manner school electronic equipment and/or software.

 

Dangerous Weapons and Instruments

No guns, knives or any other objects, including martial arts weapons and facsimiles of weapons, capable of threatening or causing injury or death may be brought onto school grounds. Any object used to cause injury will be considered a weapon. Violators will be subject to arrest and prosecution, as well as, appropriate disciplinary action. Any student found to possess a weapon on school grounds or during a school-activity may be expelled from school.

 

An expelled student may apply for early readmission to school. Such readmission is at the discretion of the Board of Education (unless the Board has delegated authority for readmission decisions to the Superintendent.) The Board or Superintendent, as appropriate, may condition such readmission on specified criteria.

 

Dress Code

Student dress may be regulated and students are encouraged to dress in clothing appropriate to the school situation. Restrictions on freedom of expression may be applied whenever the mode of dress is unsafe, disruptive to the educational process or contrary to law. Administrators will use reasonableness and discretion when determining the appropriateness of attire. The school staff will enforce the dress code in a consistent manner that does not reinforce or increase marginalization or oppression of any group based on race, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, cultural observance, household income or body type/size. Enforcement of the dress code will be gender neutral.

 

*Any school dress which impairs safety or increases the risk of injury to self or others, causes discomfort to others (e.g., uncleanliness, malodorousness, inappropriate language), causes distraction or disruption of the learning environment, advertises or advocates the use of alcohol or drugs, pornography, or is libelous or inherently contains unreasonable potential to upset and hurt others is prohibited.

 

Items not permitted:

1. Sleeveless clothing like halter, tank, spaghetti strap, or muscle shirts. Clothing must have enough sleeve material to cover the shoulder.

2. Clothing that has metal studs or chains including chains hooked to a wallet.

3. Clothing with oversized writing or graphics across the seat.

4. Excessive amounts of jewelry.

5. Head or face coverings - including hats, bandanas, and sweatbands, and sunglasses - except when worn for religious or medical reasons. Hoods are not be be worn inside during the school day.

6. Clothing designed for outerwear, worn inside the building.

7. Stickers, glitter, writing, or graphics worn on the face.

 

Smoking

Student shall not possess nor smoke or use tobacco products or e-cigarettes or vapor product devices on school property or at any school-related or school-sanctioned activity, on or off school property as provided by state and federal law.

 

 

Substance Abuse

As stated in the CONDUCT section of this handbook, the school prohibits the manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of alcohol or controlled substances on school grounds or during school activities. Any student in violation of this will be subject to the following disciplinary actions:*

 

In addition to the prohibition pertaining to alcohol, drugs, tobacco and inhalants, the Board of Education prohibits the use of performance-enhancing drugs, including anabolic steroids and food supplements, including Creatine, by students involved in school-related athletics or any co-curricular or extracurricular school activity or program, other than use for a valid medical purpose as documented by a physician.

 

Substance abuse or distribution of drugs and/or drug paraphernalia including alcohol may indicate serious, underlying problems. Every effort will be made to offer student assistance, including early identification, referral for treatment to private or community agencies and aftercare support.

 

Disciplinary procedures will be administered with the best interests of the student, school population and community in mind and with due consideration of the rights of students. However, consideration must be given to the fact that substance abuse is illegal and subject to criminal prosecution. Unauthorized possession, distribution, sale or consumption of dangerous drugs, narcotics or alcoholic beverages may result in a recommendation for expulsion.

 

Students are encouraged to consult with teachers, administrators and other professional staff on substance abuse problems. A staff member who is contacted by a student regarding a drug or alcohol problem may elect to keep that information confidential and not disclose it to any other person in accordance with state law. However, the student will be encouraged at the earliest appropriate time to seek help from parents or guardians.

 

In such cases, the decision to involve the parents/guardians will be arrived jointly by the student and educator unless, in the judgment of the educator, the mental or physical health of the student is immediately and dangerously threatened by drug/alcohol use. If such danger is imminent, the parents/guardians and health officials will be notified so that appropriate action can be taken.

 

As required by statute, instruction will be provided regarding the “knowledge, skills and attitudes required to understand and avoid the affects of alcohol, of nicotine, of tobacco, and of drugs.”

 

CORRIDOR BEHAVIOR

In order to insure student safety and that of others, students will keep to the right when passing in the corridors, adhere to the HANDS OFF policy, walk, move at a reasonable pace, not obstruct the passage of others, and use the doors on the right hand side. Students in the hallway during class time require a pass.

 

 

CYBER BULLYING

The District’s computer network and the Internet, and the personal electronic devices of students, whether accessed on campus or off campus, during or after school hours, may not be used for the purpose of harassment. All forms of harassment over the Internet, commonly known as cyber bullying, are unacceptable, a violation of District policy and of the District’s acceptable computer use policy and procedures. Cyberbullying means any act of bullying through the use of the Internet, interactive and digital technologies, cellular mobile telephone or other mobile electronic devices or any electronic communications.

 

Cyber bullying includes, but is not limited to, such misuses of technology as harassing, teasing, intimidating, threatening, or terrorizing another person by sending or posting inappropriate and hurtful e-mail messages, instant messages, text message, digital pictures or images, or website postings, including blogs. It is also recognized that the author (poster or sender) of the inappropriate material may be disguised or logged on as someone else.

 

Students and community members who believe they have been the victims of such misuses of technology as described, should not erase the offending material from the system. A copy of the material should be printed and brought to the attention of the the Principal or Director of Technology. All reports of cyberbullying will be investigated by the Principal.

 

In situations in which the cyberbullying originated from a non-school computer, but brought to the attention of school officials, any disciplinary action shall be based upon whether the conduct is determined to be severely disruptive of the educational process so that it markedly interrupts or severely impedes the day-to-day operation of school. Also, such conduct must be violative of a publicized school policy. Such conduct includes, but is not limited to, threats, or making a threat off school grounds, to kill or hurt a teacher or student.

 

Disciplinary action may include loss of computer privileges, detention, suspension or expulsion. A communicated threat or a hate crime will be reported to the police.

 

Students will be provided instruction about appropriate online behavior.

 

Defibrillators in Schools (AED’s)/Sudden cardiac arrest

Each school will have (1) one automatic external defibrillator (AED) and (2) school personnel trained in AED operation and cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The AED and trained personnel will be available during the school’s normal operational hours, at school-sponsored athletic events and practices on school grounds and at school-sponsored events not taking place during normal school operational hours. The school also has an emergency action response plan addressing the use of trained school personnel to respond to individuals experiencing sudden cardiac arrest or similar life threatening emergencies. Coaches, as required by law, review before beginning his/her assignment the State’s sudden cardiac awareness education plan. Parents of participating students will be provided with a copy of the State-adopted informed consent form authorizing their child to participate in the intramural or interscholastic athletics.

 

DISCIPLINE

A student who violates the district’s code of conduct shall be subject to disciplinary action. The (DISTRICT’S) disciplinary actions may include using one or more discipline management techniques, such as a restorative justice model, detention, removal from class, removal to an alternative education program, in school suspension, out of school suspension, and expulsion. Disciplinary measures will be appropriate for the offense. In addition, when a student violates the law that student may be referred to legal authorities for prosecution. Students are subject to discipline, up to an including suspension and expulsion for misconduct, which is seriously disruptive of the educational process and violates publicized board of education policy even if such conduct occurs off-school property and during non-school time. The school district believes that exclusionary discipline practices (suspension, expulsion) limit students’ access to classroom instruction and fail to improve student outcomes and school climate. These practices will be used as a last resort.

Detention

A student may be detained outside of school hours for not more than one hour on one or more days for violation of the code of conduct. The detention shall not begin, however, until the students’ parents have been notified of the reason for the detention (and can make arrangements for the student’s transportation on the day(s) of the detention).

 

Expulsion

Prior to an expulsion hearing, parents will be given notice of at least five (5) business days before such hearing. It will contain information about the legal rights of the student and parent and information concerning legal services that are provided free of charge or at a reduced rate that are available locally and how to access such services shall be provided to the student and his/her parent or guardian. An attorney or other advocate may represent any student subject to expulsion proceedings. The parent/guardian of the student has the right to have the expulsion hearing postponed for up to one week to allow time to obtain representation, except that if an emergency exists, such hearings shall be held as soon as possible after the expulsion as possible.

 

The Board of Education may expel a student in grades 3 through 12 inclusive, from school privileges if, after a full hearing, the Board finds that the student’s conduct endangers person(s), property or the educational process or is in violation of a publicized Board policy. Students who have been expelled for the first time may be eligible for an alternative educational program, as defined in accordance with State Board of Education standards.

 

Expulsion from school will result in the loss of all extra curricular and social privileges during the period of expulsion.

 

For any student under 16 years old who are expelled and students between 16 and 18 expelled for the first time and who have never been suspended, the Board of Education may shorten the length of or waive the expulsion period if the student successfully completes a Board specified program and meets any other conditions required by the Board. Such a Board-specified program does not require the student or the parent/guardian of the student to pay for participation in the program. Such students must be offered an alternative educational opportunity that complies with the State Board of Education’s “Standards for Alternative Educational Opportunities.”

 

Students in grades kindergarten through grade 12 inclusive are subject to mandatory expulsion for the possession and/or use of weapons, including martial arts weapons, or other dangerous instruments in any school building, on school grounds, in any school vehicle, or at any school sponsored activity for a calendar year. A student in grades kindergarten through grade 12 inclusive, who offers illegal drugs for sale or distribution on or off school grounds is also cause for expulsion for a calendar year. The Board may modify the expulsion period on a case-by-case basis.

 

Whenever a student is expelled, notice of the expulsion and the conduct for which the student was expelled will be included on the student’s cumulative education record. The record will be expunged if the student graduates from high school and the expulsion was not for weapon possession and/or for the sale or distribution of illegal drugs.

 

If students expulsion is shortened or the expulsion period waived based upon the fact that the student was expelled for the first time, has never been suspended and successfully completed a Board specified program and/or met other conditions required by the Board, the notice of expulsion will be expunged from the cumulative educational record if the student graduates from high school or, if the Board so chooses, at the time the student completes the Board specified program and meets other Board required conditions.

 

Expelled students, under age 16, will be offered an individualized learning plan as part of an alternative education. Students between ages 16 and 18 who are expelled, even for conduct that endangers others, will be offered an alternative educational opportunity if it is the students first expulsion (PA 16-147). Once a student is admitted to an alternative educational placement, an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) will be developed to govern the programming for the student during the period of expulsion.

 

A district student who has committed an expellable offense who seeks to return to a District school after having been in a juvenile detention center, the Connecticut Juvenile Training School or any other residential placement for one year or more, in lieu expulsion from the District, shall be permitted to return to the appropriate school setting within the District. Further, the District will not expel the student from any additional time for the offense(s).

 

Suspension

A teacher may remove a student from a class when the student deliberately causes serious disruption of the teaching and learning process within the classroom. School administrators will determine, using state guidelines, whether the suspension will be in-school or out-of-school.

 

The administration may suspend a student for infraction of school rules. Suspension is defined as an exclusion from school privileges for not more than ten (10) consecutive days, provided such exclusion shall not extend beyond the end of the school year in which suspension was imposed.

Students in preschool through grade 2, inclusive, may only receive in-school suspensions, unless, after an informal hearing, the administration determines that an out-of-school suspension is appropriate based on evidence that the students conduct on school grounds is of a violent or sexual nature that endangers persons.

 

However, no student shall be suspended without an informal hearing before the building principal or his/her designee at which time the student shall be informed of the reasons for the disciplinary action and given an opportunity to explain the situation, unless circumstances surrounding the incident require immediate removal. In such instance, the informal hearing will be held during the suspension.

 

Suspension from school will result in loss of extracurricular and social privileges during the period of suspension.

 

For any student suspended for the first time and who has never been expelled, the administration may shorten the length of or waive the suspension period if the student successfully completes an administration-specified program and meets any other administration-required conditions, which shall not incur an expense to the student of his/her parents.

 

DISTRIBUTION OF MATERIALS

Printed materials may be distributed to parents by students as a means of communications. All requests from groups or individuals to have students distribute materials to the community, with the exception of school-connected organizations, will be referred to the Office of the Superintendent to determine whether the request complies with school policy.

 

The principal or his/her designee may approve such distribution providing:

      1.   The material is related to the school, community, local recreational or civic activity.

      2.   The material does not relate to any religious belief or activity, or promote private gain.

      3.   The material does not promote any outside governmental political party, candidate or position.

      4.   Does not promote profit making organizations.

      5.   Does not advocate a position regarding a referendum question.

 

Materials that have a religious content maybe made available to students during non-instructional time. The District has the right to impose neutral time, place and manner restrictions on the dissemination of religious materials to ensure that students are aware that the materials are not endorsed or sponsored by the District.

 

Publications prepared by or for the school may be posted or distributed, with prior approval by the principal, sponsor or teacher. Such items include school posters, brochures, school newspapers and yearbook.

 

ELECTRONIC DEVICES AND GAMES (Radios, CD Players, Cell-Phones)

The school strives to maintain a safe and respectful learning environment while providing students will opportunities for reasonable access to cell phones and other electronic devices. This policy also recognizes the use of electronic devices for educational purposes with administrative permission or with teacher approval within the classroom. The possession and use of electronic devices at Winchester Public Schools is a privilege and a responsibility, not a right. Inappropriate use will result in the loss of privileges.

Students are solely responsible for any electronic devices brought to school. Do not leave them unattended. The school is not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen devices.

The devices are not allowed in classes, unless their use is part of the teacher’s lesson plan. Teachers have discretion concerning how the devices may be used for learning.

No recording, video or audio, or photographs may be taken in school unless it is part of a lesson and all appropriate privacy protections, such as contained in FERPA, are honored.

The sending, sharing, viewing or possessing pictures, emails or other material of a sexual nature in electronic or any other form on cellphones or other electronic devices is prohibited in the school setting.

 

equity and diversity

Students deserve a respectful learning environment in which their cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity is valued and contributes to successful academic outcomes. The school learning and work environment is enriched and improved by the contributions, perspectives, and the very presence of diverse participants.

 

Exemption from Instruction

A student will be exempted from instruction on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Bilingual Education, or Family Life and Sex Education upon receipt of a written request for such exemption from his/her parent or guardian. In addition, a student will be excused from participating in, or observing animal dissections as part of classroom instruction upon a written request from the student’s parent or guardian. The student must complete an alternate assignment determined by the school.

 

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Athletics

Athletics are considered an integral part of the school’s educational program. Whether participation is on the intramural, interscholastic, or class level, students have an opportunity to acquire qualities of fitness, self-discipline, and cooperation.

 

Student athletes may not participate in any intramural or interscholastic activity unless the student athlete and his/her parent/guardian completes the concussion education plan and sign the informed consent form.

 

The concussion education plan may consist of written materials, online training or videos, or in person training. The consent form includes a summary of the school/district’s concussion education plan and applicable school board concussion policies.

 

Student interscholastic activities shall be governed by the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) regulations. Eligibility for participation is determined by ability and scholarship and is governed by state law as well as the regulations of the CIAC.

 

Any student athlete who has not reported to school by noon will not be permitted to practice or play that afternoon or evening. Exceptions to this rule will be considered only if the player’s parent explains the unusual circumstances to the principal or designee.**

 

Clubs and Performing Groups

Student clubs, performing groups, athletic teams and other extracurricular activities may establish rules of conduct for participants that may be stricter than those of students in general. 
Please note:
 Sponsors of student clubs and performing groups may establish standards of behavior, including consequences for misbehavior, that are stricter than those for students in general. Any student athlete who has not reported to school by noon will not be permitted to practice or play that afternoon or evening. Exceptions to this rule will be considered only if the player’s parent explains the unusual circumstances to the principal or designee.**

 

Dances and Social Events

School dances may be scheduled periodically during the school year. Only legally enrolled students of this school may attend dances unless other arrangements have been made and approved by the administration. Students are expected to dress appropriately for all dances.

 

Standards of dress, admission costs, and other pertinent instructions for a particular dance will be announced prior to the dance.

 

FACILITIES

Certain areas of the school will be accessible to students before and after school for specific purposes. Students are expected to remain in the area in which their activity is scheduled to take place.

 

After dismissed and unless involved in a teacher/staff supervised activity, students are expected to leave the campus immediately.

 

FEES

Materials that are part of the basic educational program are provided without charge to students. A student is expected, however, to provide his or her own supplies of pencils, erasers, and notebooks. The student may be required to pay certain other fees or deposits, including:

      1.   Club dues.

      2.   Security deposits.

      3.   The materials for a class project that the student will keep.

      4.   Personal physical education and athletic equipment and apparel.

      5.   Voluntary purchases of pictures, publications, class rings, yearbooks, etc.

      6.   Student accident insurance.

      7.   Insurance on school-owned instruments, instrument rental and uniform maintenance.

      8.   Parking fees and student identification cards.

      9.   Fees for damaged library books and school-owned equipment.*

      10. Membership dues in voluntary clubs or student organizations and admission fees to extra                   curricular activities.

      11. Fees for driver training courses, if offered.

 

FIELD TRIPS

Field trips may be scheduled for educational, cultural, or extracurricular purposes. Any student whose behavior is considered detrimental to the well-being of other students may be barred from participation by the principal. While on a trip, all students are considered to be “in” school. This means that conduct and dress standards will be appropriate for the field trip activity. The Board of Education strongly encourages all transportation of student to be on buses or other transportation vehicles which conform to the requirements of law and regulations of the State Department of Education. The Board realizes that, on limited occasions, it may be more cost effective and/or responsive for school employees to transport small numbers of students in private automobiles.

 

The District does not endorse, sanction, sponsor or approve student travel to foreign countries by teacher-sponsored private trips/tours. Such programs are sponsored by outside agencies, not the Board of Education.

 

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Students will not be denied opportunity to participate in any class or school sponsored activity because of inability to pay for material fees, transportation costs, admission prices, or any other related expenses. Any student who needs financial assistance for school activities should contact a guidance counselor or school principal to request confidential help.

 

FIRE DRILLS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

Fire drills are held at regular intervals as required by state law. Students must follow the exit directions posted in each classroom. A crisis response drill will be substituted for one of the required monthly school fire drills every three months. Such crisis response drill will be planned and conducted with the local law enforcement agency. Such crisis response drills will incorporate the basic protocols of lockdown, evacuation, and shelter-in-place responses.

 

Students are expected to follow the direction of teachers or others in charge quickly, quietly and in an orderly manner.

 

The signal for a fire drill is a constant blast on a special horn. When the alarm sounds, students are to proceed along the posted exit routes in a quick, quiet and calm manner. Students should not return to the building until the return signal is given.

 

Local law enforcement and other local public safety officials will evaluate and provide feedback on fire drills and crisis response drills.

 

FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS

The Winchester Public Schools recognize that students have a right to bring into our schools, in a judicious manner governed by regulations, items for posting that are not considered obscene, libelous, disruptive, vulgar, and are deemed by the Administration to be consistent with community standards. Further, no expressed idea will be suppressed because it is not shared by the majority. However, expressions which involve false statements, disruptive or potentially dangerous content, the use of obscenities, and advocacy of violation of law or school regulations are unacceptable.

 

FOOD ALLERGIES

The school is committed to providing a safe environment for students with food allergies and to support parents regarding food allergy management. A plan based upon guidelines promulgated by the State Department of Education will be implemented for each student for the management of students with life-threatening food allergies and glycogen storage disease.

 

Substitutions to the regular meal provided by the school will be made for students who are unable to eat school meals because of their disabilities, when that need is certified in writing by a physician. Meal services will be provided in the most integrated setting appropriate to the needs of the disabled student. An Individualized Health Care Plan (IHCP) and an Emergency Care Plan (ECP) shall be developed and implemented for students identified with food allergies. Such students may also be eligible for accommodations and services under Section 504 and special education law.

 

The District’s specific plan for managing students with life-threatening food allergies will be posted on the District website.

 

A student with glycogen storage disease is permitted to have a parent/guardian or a person they so designate to provide food or dietary supplements on school grounds during the school day.

 

A student with an allergic condition may retain possession of an EpiPen or similar device while receiving school transportation services.

 

FUND-RAISING

Student clubs or classes, outside organizations, and/or parent groups occasionally may be permitted to conduct fund-raising drives for approved school purposes. An application for permission must be made to the Principal at least 30 days before the event. Except as approved by the Superintendent, fund-raising by any group is not permitted on school property.

 

All online fundraising activities are subject to administrative approval prior to the posting of any such fundraising solicitation. (Crowdfunding - See BOE Policy)

 

gifted and talented program

The school’s gifted and talented program provides opportunities for students to explore and extend their unique gifts and talents of intellect and talent.

 

GREEN CLEANING PROGRAMS

A green cleaning program to clean and maintain the school will be implemented by July 1, 2011. The program provides for the procurement and proper use of environmentally preferable cleaning products in the school. The cleaning products used meet standards approved by the Department of Administrative Services and minimize potential harmful effects on human health and the environment. Parents/Guardians may request a written copy of the District’s policy pertaining to the green cleaning program and a written statement which includes the names and types of environmentally preferable cleaning products used in the school and where in the building they are applied; the schedule for applying the products; and the names of the school administrator or designee whom the parent/guardian or student may contact for more information.

 

“No parent, guardian, teacher, or staff member may bring into the school facility any consumer product which is intended to clean, deodorize, sanitize or disinfect” (a required statement by law).

 

GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING

The school’s counseling department is committed to a program of comprehensive developmental services structured to anticipate and nurture the personal, social, career, and educational growth of all students as they pass through specific developmental stages. This complete program incorporates a school counseling curriculum, individual planning, responsive services and program management. Social services and counseling are rendered by professionally qualified members of the school staff. The responsibilities of the social workers and guidance/school counselors include helping the student function more successfully within the school environment.

 

The school counselor will use a variety of methods to assist students in overcoming barriers to learning, to make strong connections with the educational opportunities in the school and to ensure that every child learns in a safe, healthy and supportive setting.

 

Counseling is a opportunity to talk with someone about things that are important to students. These opportunities to talk may be personal, social, educational or vocational. Counselors will listen and be open and honest with students. Guidance/School Counselors are encouraged to issue appointment request forms to students. Appointments can also be are arranged by filling out a Guidance Appointment request form in the office or by stopping by the guidance office before school, between classes or after school.

 

Referral for psychological and/or psychiatric assistance by other social services agencies within or outside the school may also be recommended. Please note: The school will not conduct a psychological examination, test, or treatment without first obtaining the parents/guardian’s written consent.

 

HANDS-OFF POLICY

Students must refrain from all physical contact that is potentially unsafe or distracting to the educational process. Unacceptable behavior includes “horsing around”, just fooling around, poking, pushing, tripping, and/or jostling one another. The policy is HANDS-OFF. Students must also refrain from overt acts of affection. Violence will result in teacher/team and/or administrative consequences.

 

HARASSMENT STATEMENT

Every child has the right to feel safe, valued and comfortable in school. No one else’s behavior should ever make children feel afraid or embarrassed because of their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any disability they may have. The District prohibits harassment of any kind. Students are expected to treat other students and district employees with courtesy and respect; to avoid any behaviors known to be offensive; and to stop those behaviors when asked or told to stop.

 

Parents are urged to reinforce with their child(ren) that if he/she is harassed or sees harassment happening to someone else that he/she should report the behavior to a teacher or the principal. To maintain a productive and positive learning environment, the Board of Education will make every attempt to halt any harassment of which they become aware by calling attention to this policy or by direct disciplinary action, if necessary.

 

A student who believes he/she has been harassed is encouraged to report the incident to the principal or social worker. The allegations will be investigated and addressed and appropriate disciplinary action taken, where necessary.

 

Hate Crimes

Winchester Public Schools strives to promote a school climate in which racial, religious, ethnic, gender and other differences, as well as freedom of thought and expression are respected and appreciated. Ill behavior associated with "hate crimes" will be subject to disciplinary action.

 

HAZING ACTIVITIES

Students are prohibited from participating in any hazing activities. Hazing is any activity that recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purposes of initiation or admission into or affiliation with any student organization.

 

HEALTH SERVICES

The school health office is designed to provide care to students who become ill or are injured while in school.

 

A cumulative health file is maintained for each student. This file includes notations of past illnesses, results of physical examinations, and other pertinent health information. Vision and hearing tests are administered to students in grades K, 1, 3, 4 and 5. Postural screening will be done in grades 5 and 7 for female students and grade 8 or 9 for male students. The results are provided to the parents. An annual written notification of when these screenings, at no cost to parents, will be provided. Parents wishing to have these screenings conducted by their private physician are required to report the screening results to the school nurse.

Parents are encouraged to have oral health assessments for their child(ren) prior to school enrollment, in grade 6 or 7, and in grade 9 or 10. Such assessment may be conducted by a dentist, dental hygienist, physician, physician assistant (PA) or an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) trained in conducting such assessments. The results are to be provided to the school district’s designated representative school nurse. (Note: The school district has the option to provide for such oral assessment, with parental consent, at no cost to parents/guardians.)

 

Parents are notified of any deviation from the normal pattern of health and suggestions are given for follow-up. It is likewise important that parents notify the school nurse in case of a student’s illness. If a student is to be excused or limited for an extended period from participation in school activities, he/she is required to bring a statement signed by a physician. The school nurse is available to parents and students for conferences regarding health issues.

 

Administration of Medication

Parents of students requiring medication during school should contact the (school nurse). Special forms are required to permit the administration of medicine in school. They are available from the (school nurse). All medication must be in original container with proper labels.

 

In cases in which a student is able to self-administer medication, the parents or guardians must submit a signed statement that the medication must be taken during the school day and the student is capable of administering the medication. The statement must be accompanied by a physician’s, dentist’s or advanced practice registered nurse’s statement indicating the necessity and naming the medication, the strength, and the prescribed dosage. It must specify the schedule on which it is to be taken and the details of administration. Such statements must be renewed at the beginning of each school year.

 

A student with asthma or an allergic condition may carry an inhaler or an EpiPen or similar device in school at all times if he/she is under the care of a physician, physician assistant or advanced practical nurse and such practitioner certifies in writing that the child needs to keep an asthmatic inhaler or EpiPen at all times to ensure prompt treatment of the child’s asthma or allergic condition and to protect the child against serious harm or death. A written authorization of the parent/guardian is required.

 

A school nurse, or in the absence of the nurse, a “qualified school employee” may administer epinephrine in a cartridge injector for the purpose of emergency first aid to students who experience allergic reactions but were not previously known to have serious allergies and therefore do not have prior written authorization of a parent/guardian or qualified medical professional for the administration of epinephrine. Parents/guardians may submit in writing to the school nurse and school medical advisor that epinephrine shall not be administered to his/her child.

 

A school nurse, or in the absence of the nurse, a “qualified/school employee” may administer anti-epileptic medication to a specific student with a medically diagnosed epileptic condition that requires prompt treatment in accordance with the student’s individual seizure action plan. Written parental permission and written order from a physician is required.

 

A student with diabetes may test his/her own blood glucose levels if the student has written permission from his/her parents/guardian and a written order from a Connecticut licensed physician. The time or place of such testing shall not be restricted.

 

A school nurse or the principal will select a qualified school employee to, under certain conditions, give a glycogen injection to a student with diabetes who may require prompt treatment to protect him/her from serious harm or death. Written parental permission and written order from a physician are required.

 

The District does not allow the ingestion of marijuana for palliative (medical) use in any school, on school grounds or at school-sponsored activities, on or off school grounds.

 

Communicable/Infectious Diseases

Students with any medical condition which within the school setting may expose others to disease or contagious and infectious conditions may be excluded from school and referred for medical diagnosis and treatment. Additional information concerning this may be obtained from the school nurse.

 

Before a child may return to school after an absence due to such condition, parents and students may be required to submit medical evidence that their child has recovered sufficiently to prevent exposing others.

 

Disabilities

School district will not discriminate on the basis of disability as required under ADA, IDEA and Section 504 and C.G.S. 10-76a and any similar law or provision.

 

Emergency Medical Treatment

Parents are asked each year to complete an emergency information form for use by the school in the event of a medical emergency.

 

Health Records

School nurses maintain health records using the Connecticut “Health Assessment and Record Form.” These records are accessible to certified staff working with the child and to school health aides if permission is granted by the nurse or building administrator. Parents may request to inspect the health records of their child. Copies may be provided if requested. Original copies of the record are sent when a student transfers to another school in the state. If moving out-of-state, a copy will be forwarded. Health records are maintained for at least six years after the student graduates. The District will comply with the requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) to maintain the privacy of protected health information.

 

A diabetic student may test his/her own blood glucose level per the written order of a physician or advanced practice nurse stating the need and the capacity of the student to conduct self testing. Such self testing shall be done in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Commissioner of Education.

 

Homebound

Home instruction is available to students who are unable to attend school for medical and/or mental health reasons for a period of two weeks or longer as diagnosed by a physician, psychiatrist or the Planning and Placement Team. Home instruction may also be provided for those students who have been excluded from regular school attendance for disciplinary reasons.

 

Homeless Students

Homeless students, as defined by federal and state legislation, will have all programs, services, and transportation that other students enjoy and may continue to attend the school of origin. The local liaison for homeless children is Kelly Thurmond. The District has reviewed its existing policies and regulations to remove barriers to the enrollment and retention of homeless children and youth. Homeless children and youths are defined as “individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate night time residence”. Homeless children have the right to attend the school of origin “to the extent feasible,” unless doing so is contrary to the request of such student’s parent/guardian or unaccompanied youth.

 

A homeless student who is not in the physical custody of a parent/guardian, shall have full access to his/her educational and medical records in the Board’s possession.

 

ILLNESS

 

Immunizations

All students must be immunized against certain diseases and must present a certificate from a physical or local health agency. If the student should not be immunized due to medical or religious reasons, a statement from a physician or the parent as appropriate must be provided. The required immunizations are: Diphtheria, Tetanus, Polio, Pertussis, Measles, Mumps, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Varicella (Chickenpox), Meningococcal, Pneumococcal, Rubella, Influenza and Haemophilus Influenza Type B.* Parents or guardians of any children unable to have the mandated immunizations prior to initial school entry and the boosters as required in the later grades may have the immunizations, on the recommendation of the Board of Education, be paid by the town.

 

Parents/guardians wanting their children to be excused from immunizations if such immunizations are contrary to the religious belief of the child or of his/her parent/guardian must request such exemption in writing to the superintendent. The request must be officially acknowledged by any of the following: notary public, judge, clerk/deputy clerk of a court, town clerk, justice of the peace, attorney or school nurse. Such request must be made before initial entry into the school system and prior to entering grade 7.

 

In addition to the required immunizations for initial entry into school for kindergarten, regular and special education preschool programs, additional immunizations are required for entry into seventh grade and for entry into eight grade and ninth or tenth grade. The school must enroll any homeless student even if the student is unable to produce the required medical and immunization records.

 

For further information regarding immunizations contact the school nurse.

 

Physical Examinations

All students must present evidence of a physical examination upon enrollment to the district. (C.G.S. 10-204a) Health assessment shall also be required in grade 6 (or 7) and in grade 9 (or 10). All students in grades K and grades 1, 3, 4, 5 will undergo vision screening by the school nurse or school health aide. Hearing screening will be conducted for all students in grades K, 1, 3, 4, and 5. Postural screening will be conducted for all female student in grades 5 and 7 and for male students in grade 8 or 9. If a homeless student, as defined by federal statute, lacks immunization/medical records, the school will enroll the child and refer the parent/guardian to the district’s homeless liaison.

 

HOMEWORK

The purpose of homework is to help students become self-directed, independent learners and is related to the educational progress of the student. It serves to help all students reach their instructional goals.

 

Specific homework assignments may strengthen basic skills; extend classroom learning; stimulate and further interests; reinforce independent study skills; develop initiative, responsibility, and self-direction; stimulate worthwhile use of leisure time; and acquaint parents with the student’s work in school.

 

In order for homework to be an effective support for learning, the homework policy requires a partnership among the school system represented by the teacher, the student and their parents. Without this partnership in support of learning, students will not achieve their full potential.

 

Homework Expectations on Weeknights - Monday through Thursday

Kindergarten - 15 minutes

Grades 1 and 2 - 15 - 30 minutes

Grades 3 and 4 - 30 - 45 minutes

Grades 5 and 6 - 30 - 60 minutes

 

INSURANCE

School insurance is made available to families through a specific program. Brochures are distributed to all students at the beginning of each academic year. While the program is not mandatory, it is suggested that parents take advantage of the opportunity to provide adequate protection for their children while in school. Any such arrangements is contractual between the parent and insurance carriers and the Winchester Public School assumes no liability from disputes arising from such contract.

 

INVITATIONS

Students and/or parents may not distribute invitations to out-of-school activities, unless the whole class is being invited. Otherwise, feelings tend to get hurt and this may cause a disruption in learning.

 

items not permitted in school

In order to ensure student safety and the protection of personal property, parents/guardians are encouraged to monitor closely those items that are brought or worn to school by students. The following items are specifically prohibited on school grounds: weapons, including martial arts (real or fake), knives, razor blades, sharp items, skate boards, roller skates, roller blades, sneakers with wheels, baseball bats, lacrosse sticks, matches, caps, fireworks, laser pointers and portable game systems.

 

LASER POINTERS

Students are not permitted to possess or use laser pointers while on school property, while using District transportation, or while attending school-sponsored or school-related activities, whether on or off school property unless under a staff member’s supervision and in the contest of instruction. Laser pointers will be confiscated and students will be disciplined.

 

LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENT (LEP) STUDENTS (ENGLISH LEARNERS)

Parents of Limited English Proficient (LEP) Students/English Learners participating in a language instructional program will be notified within 30 days of their child’s placement in the program. The notification will include an explanation of why, a description of the program, and the parent’s rights to remove their child from the English Learners program. In addition, the notification will explain how the program will help the child to develop academically, learn English and achieve the standards necessary for promotion.

 

Students not meeting the English mastery standard or demonstrating limited progress will be provided with additional language support services which may include, but are not limited to, English as a Second Language program, sheltered English programs, English Immersion programs, summer school, after-school assistance, homework assistance and tutoring. Students after 30 months in a bilingual program will not be offered additional bilingual education.

 

lock down procedure

In the event of a critical emergency, all school personnel, including students, will follow the “Lock Down Procedures”. Students will be informed of specific actions they should take when a Lock Down Procedure is put into effect. Lock down drills, like fire drills, will occur periodically during the school year.

 

LOST AND FOUND

Any articles which are found in the school or on school grounds should be turned in at the (main office). Unclaimed articles will be disposed of (quarterly during the school year). Loss or suspected theft of personal or school property should be reported to the main office. Whenever practical, items brought to school should have a name placed on them to assure return to the rightful owner.

 

LIBRARY/MEDIA CENTER

Students are invited to use the books, magazines, newspapers, videos, CD’s and other materials, including computers, located in the media center. Students are responsible for any material they sign out. Materials must be returned to the librarian at the circulation desk. Students must pay for any materials they lose or damage. A student’s grades, transcript or report card may be withheld until a student’s obligation is met.

 

Guidelines have been established for the use of the Internet. Student violations of the guidelines can result in the termination of access privileges and in disciplinary actions. It is the policy of the Board of Education that all student must sign an acceptable use policy which indicates that a student agrees to use the Internet exclusively for educational purposes. Each contract must also include a signature from the student’s parent/guardian.

 

MAGNET SCHOOLS

It is recognized that some students may benefit from attendance at a magnet school not limited by school district boundaries. District students may enroll directly into a magnet school, with which the District does not have a participation agreement, on a space available basis. The District will be responsible for any tuition for such enrollment, but not for transportation, unless the magnet school is within the boundaries of the school district. Tuition will not be paid by the district for student placed by their parents/guardians in a pre-school (PK) magnet program. Parents/Guardians are required, not later than two weeks following an enrollment lottery for an interdistrict magnet school, to notify the district of their child’s enrollment or placement on a waiting list for enrollment in the coming school year.

 

MAKE-UP WORK

A student will be permitted to make-up tests and to turn in projects due in any class missed because of absence.

 

For any class missed, students may be assigned make-up work based on the instructional objectives of the subject or course and the needs of the student. The student is responsible for obtaining and completing make-up work within the time specified by the teacher.

 

MEDIA INVOLVEMENT

There will be times when the local newspapers or other media representatives will visit the school. Please ensure you have completed the release form in your registration packet.

 

medicaid billing for health-related services

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) allows certain health-related services provided under an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) to be covered by Medicaid. Such services could include audiologist services, evaluation and testing, nursing services, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, psychological services and/or social work services. Recent Connecticut legislation requires the Board of Education to determine a child’s Medicaid Services. The District is required to provide all IEP services, at no cost to parents, even if parent/guardians deny permission to bill Medicare.

 

MEDICAL (PALLIATIVE) USE OF MARIJUANA

Connecticut law authorizes, under specific conditions and for identified illnesses, the medical use of marijuana for both adults and minors. However, such use is not permitted on the school campus or school buses.

 

NATIONAL ASSESSMENT OF EDUCATIONAL PROGRESS (NAEP)

Federal legislation requires schools selected to participate in this national testing program to notify parents of children who will be taking the test of their right to exclude their child. Parents also have the right to inspect all NAEP data, questions and assessment instruments.

 

ON-CAMPUS RECRUITMENT

Students at the middle and high school level will be informed of the availability of (1) vocational, technical and technological education and training of technical high schools and (2) agricultural sciences and technology education at regional agricultural science and technology education centers. Full access for the recruitment of students by technical high schools, regional agricultural science and technology education center, magnet schools, charter schools will be provided. Military recruiters and institutions of higher learning shall have access to secondary school students’ names, addresses and telephone listings unless the student’s parent/guardians submits a written request that such information not be released without their prior written consent.

 

Opioid use and related disorders

The District, as required, will provide instruction on opioid use and related disorders, as part of its program of instruction.

 

OUT OF SCHOOL MISCONDUCT

Students are subject to discipline, up to and including suspension and expulsion for misconduct which is seriously disruptive of the educational process and is a violation of a publicized board policy, even if such conduct occurs off-school property and during non-school time.

 

Examples of off-school conduct that may result in such discipline include but are not limited to:

1. Sale, possession, use, or distribution of dangerous weapons, including  arts weapons;

2. Use, possession, or distribution of illegal drugs;

3. Violent conduct;

4. Making of a bomb threat;

5. Threatening to harm or kill another student or member of the staff; where any such activity has the reasonable likelihood of threatening the health, safety or welfare of school property, individuals thereon, and/or the educational process.

     

PARENT CONFERENCES

Parents are encouraged to become partners in their child’s educational successes. Conferences with teachers may be held at any time during the school year. Parents and students, as well as teachers, counselors or administrators may initiate a conference.

 

A parent or student may arrange a conference with an individual member of the school staff or a group conference with school staff members. Conferences are held during school hours but every effort will be made to accommodate parent schedules.

 

PARENT INVOLVEMENT/COMMUNICATIONS

Education succeeds best when there is a strong partnership between home and school based on communications, interactions and engagement. Parents/guardians are urged to encourage their children to put a high priority on education and to make the most of their educational opportunities available. Parents/guardians should become familiar with all of the child’s school activities and with the District’s academic programs, including special programs. Attendance at parent-teacher conferences, participation in campus parent organizations, attendance at board of education meetings and being a school volunteer are strongly encouraged.

 

PARENT-TEACHER ASSOCIATIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS

PTA/PTO is a vital link between the school, community and the parents it serves. Its aim is to support the school and coordinate efforts of parents/guardians to develop a closer relationship between home and school. Thus, parents are urged to join and take an active part in the PTA/PTO.

 

PESTICIDE APPLICATION

Only certified pesticide applicators shall be used in schools for any non-emergency pesticide use in school buildings or on school grounds. Pesticide applications are limited to non-school hours and when activities are not taking place. Areas to receive pesticide application will be posted and a written record of all pesticide applications will be maintained for five years. Parents/guardians and staff who want to receive advance notice of all pesticide use will be listed on a registry and such notice will be provided as required by law. Parents/guardians who want to be notified prior to pesticide applications inside their child(ren)’s school assignment area may contact the Superintendent. Note: If the district is implementing the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) concept, similar requirements as above must be met. Notice will be provided at least 24 hours in advance of the application of a pesticide either on the school’s homepage or on the school or district’s primary social media account.

 

 

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

All students enrolled in elementary school shall have included in the regular school day, time devoted to physical exercise, of not less than 20 minutes in total. This requirement may be altered by a Planning and Placement Team (PPT) for a child requiring special education and related services.

 

This daily period of physical activity for elementary school students can be a combination of planned physical education classes, recess, and/or teacher-directed classroom activities.

Students may not be required by school employees to engage in physical activity as a form of discipline during the school day. This restriction does not apply to brief period of respite/time-outs, referrals to a building administrator, or for safety reasons. Students in elementary school may not be denied participating in recess or in other sustained opportunities for physical activity during classroom learning as a form of discipline. Loss of recess or other physically active learning opportunities may be permitted on an administratively approved case-by-case basis.

 

PHYSICAL EXERCISE

All students in elementary school shall have in the regular school day, time devoted to physical exercise, of not less that twenty minutes in total, unless altered for a student by a Planning and Placement Team for a child requiring special education. Such physical exercise can be a combination of planned physical education classes, recess, and/or teacher-directed classroom activities. The period of physical activity will not be taken away from an elementary student as a form of punishment. In addition, students in all grades, K-12, cannot be assigned physical activity as a form of punishment.

 

School employees may not prevent a student in elementary school from participating in recess or in other sustained opportunities for physical activity during classroom learning as a form of discipline.

 

PLAYGROUND RULES

Rules include but are not limited to:

1. All students must wear safe clothing and shoes;

2. Play within the boundaries of the play area;

3. Play appropriate games - no dangerous activities;

4. Play on the equipment as it was meant to be used - no standing, go up and down in the right direction, etc.;

5. Report all misconduct or injuries to the duty staff member;

6. Keep your body - hands/feet to yourself;

7. Line up by walking when recess is over.

 

POSTERS

Signs and posters that students wish to display must be approved by the Principal. Posters displayed without authorization will be removed. Any student who posts such material without authorization shall be subject to disciplinary action.

 

PROPERTY, LOCKERS, AND EQUIPMENT

It is the policy of the Board to hold students responsible for any loss of or damage to the property of the school under the jurisdiction of the Board when the loss or damage occurs through fault of the student.

 

Any student damaging or defacing school property will be financially liable for restoring the property regardless of the condition of the property at the time of the destructive act, in addition to any other discipline up to and including arrest or civil prosecution as deemed appropriate.

 

In addition, anyone who witnesses such an act and fails to report it to the proper authorities will be considered as having contributed to that action. Such charges for damaged property will be exactly those which the school must incur to repair the damage.

Each student is assigned a (desk), (hall locker/cubby) and/or other equipment. These items are the property of the school, loaned to students for their convenience during the school year, should be kept in good order and not abused.

 

Searches of desks or lockers/cubbies may be conducted at any time there is reasonable cause to believe that they contain articles or materials prohibited by district policy. Parents will be notified if any prohibited items are found in the student’s desk or locker.

 

Students should not attempt to repair school equipment but should notify the (main office) immediately if it isn’t function properly. Any damage done will be the responsibility of the person to whom it was loaned for the current year. Students (may/may not) bring in locks from home and attach to assigned lockers. Students are warned not to bring large sums of money or valuables to school, liability for these items remains with the student.

 

PSYCHOTROPIC DRUG USE

School personnel is prohibited from recommending the use of psychotropic drugs for any student enrolled within the school system. School nurses, nurse practitioners, district medical advisor, school psychologists, school social workers and school counselors, may recommend that a student be evaluated by an appropriate medical practitioner. Further, the District is prohibited from requiring a child to get a prescription before he/she may attend school, be evaluated to determine eligibility for special education or receive special education.

 

READING (REMEDIAL)

The school will, in grades kindergarten through grade three, utilize State Department of Education developed or approved reading assessments to identify students reading below proficiency and to assist with the identification of students at risk for dyslexia.

 

recording of classroom/playground activities

The District prohibits the covert recording of classroom/playground activities. The recording of teachers or students in class is inherently disruptive of the educational process. Students, parents/community members violating this rule will be subject to discipline, confiscation of the electronic device, and possible police involvement.

 

 

RELIGION AND RELIGIOUS ACCOMMODATIONS

The school district acknowledges each individual’s rights to follow or not to follow religious beliefs and practices, free from discriminatory or harassing behavior. The District strives to provide religious accommodations to students in an equitable and appropriate way in accordance with District policies and corresponding guidelines.

 

REspect

All students, teachers, administrators, staff, parents and all who enter our school are expected to treat each other with respect.

 

SAFE AND DRUG-FREE SCHOOLS PROGRAM

Information regarding drug and alcohol information and policy and regulations are available in the school office.

 

SAFETY/ACCIDENT PREVENTION

Student safety on campus and at school related events is a high priority of the District. Although the District has implemented safety procedures, the cooperation of students is essential to ensure school safety. A student should:

      • Avoid conduct that is likely to put the student or other students at risk.

      • Follow the school’s code of discipline

      • Remain alert to and promptly report safety hazards, such as intruders on campus.

      • Know emergency evacuation routes and signals.

      • Follow immediately the instructions of staff who are over seeing the welfare of students.

 

SCHOOL CEREMONIES AND OBSERVANCES

The school district recognizes the value of certain ceremonies and observances in promoting patriotism and good citizenship among the students. Therefore, activities in schools commemorating national holidays such as, but not limited to, Martin Luther King Day, Veterans Day, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving and Presidents Day are encouraged. WPS reminds students, faculty and administration of the variety of religious beliefs, and all are urged to be conscious of and respect the sensitivities of others.

 

Activities related to a religious holiday or theme will be planned to ensure that the activity is not devotional, and that students of all faiths can join without feeling that they are betraying their own beliefs. Therefore,

1.   school and class plays shall not be overly religious, and church-like scenery will be avoided;

2.   religious music shall not entirely dominate the selection of music; and

3.   program notes and illustrations shall not be religious or sectarian.

 

Students shall be given the option to be excused from participating in those parts of a program or curriculum involving a religious theme which conflicts with their own religious beliefs. If a parent or student has any questions regarding the use of religious music, artwork and/or symbols in a particular course/activity, the Building Principal should be contacted.

 

An opportunity will be provided, at the beginning of each school day, for students to observe an appropriate period of silent meditation and to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Participation in these activities is voluntary. Nonparticipants are expected to maintain order and decorum appropriate to the school environment.

 

SCHOOL climate

School climate means the quality and character of school life with a particular focus on the quality of the relationships within the school community between and among students and adults. In order for teaching and learning to occur there must be a positive climate in which students are appreciative and accepting of individual differences and behave responsibly toward others. Students are encouraged to report bullying, discrimination or harassment to any faculty member or administrator and may request anonymity.

 

SCHOOL DISTRICT RECORDS

Interested persons may inspect “public district records” which are maintained at the office of the Superintendent of Schools, during normal hours of business. Copies of records, permitted by law to be disclosed, may also be attained.

 

SCHOOL SECURITY AND SAFETY

Each school in the District will develop and implement a school security and safety plan based upon the standards issued by the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection. Each school, as required by law, shall establish a school security and safety committee which will assist in the development and administration of the school’s security and safety plan. Each district school will conduct a security and vulnerability assessment every two years.

 

The District has developed, maintains, an emergency disaster preparedness and response plan for implementation as needed (“School Security and Safety Plan”). The plan is based upon the standards promulgated by the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Development and implementation of the plan includes collaboration with local and state emergency responders, (law enforcement, fire department, emergency rescue squads and local public health administrators). The plan, representing an all hazards approach, utilizes the four recognized phases of crisis management: (1) mitigation/prevention, (2) preparedness, (3) response, (4) recovery.

 

SEARCH AND SEIZURE

The right to inspect desks, lockers and other equipment assigned to students may be exercised by school officials to safeguard students, their property and school property. An authorized school administrator may search a student’s locker or desk under the following conditions:

      1.   There is reason to believe that the student’s desk or locker contains contraband material.

      2.   The probable presence of contraband material presents a serious threat to the maintenance of discipline, order, safety and health in school.

 

This document serves as advance notice that school board policy allows desks and lockers to be inspected if the administration has reason to believe that materials injurious to the best interests of students and the school are contained therein.

 

Under special circumstances, school officials may search students, particularly if there is reasonable suspicion that a student possesses illegal matter, such as a dangerous weapon or illegal drugs. Students must be aware that such items are forbidden both on school property and at school-related activities.

 

The District may use trained dogs to alert school officials to the presence of prohibited or illegal items, including drugs and alcohol. At any time, trained dogs may be used on lockers and vehicles parked on school property. Searches of classrooms, common areas or student belongings may also be conducted by trained dogs when students are not present. Drug-sniffing dogs will not be used to sniff students. A locker, a vehicle, or an item in the classroom to which a trained dog alerts may be searched by school officials.

 

SECLUSION/RESTRAINT/exclusionary time out, USE OF

List in this section the District’s position pertaining to the use of physical restraints, seclusion and exclusionary time outs as specified in PA 15-141 and PA18-51 and the revised policy and administrative regulations required by statute. Indicate when they maybe used and the applicable guidelines and reporting requirements. The use of restraint or seclusion will be used only by trained school staff as an emergency intervention only to prevent immediate or imminent injury to a student or others. Restraint or seclusion will not be used to discipline a student or because it is convenient or instead of a less restrictive alternative. Such use will also be constantly monitored by a school employee. When used, parents will be notified within 24 hours, but a reasonable attempt will be made to notify parents/guardians immediately after restraint or seclusion in initiated.

 

Seclusion will not be used as a planned intervention in a student’s behavioral intervention plan, IEP or 504 plan. Seclusion involves the involuntary confinement of a student in a room from which he/she is physically prevented from leaving. Physical restraint includes, among other things, carrying or forcibly moving a person from one location to another. Exclusionary time out is a temporary, continuously monitored separation of a student from an ongoing activity in a non-locked setting, for the purpose of calming such student or deescalating such student’s behavior. It may be used as a planned intervention. However, exclusionary time out may not be used as a form of discipline.

 

Service Animals

The Board of Education, in compliance with state and federal laws, allows service animals to accompany persons with disabilities on the District campus. A service animal is usually a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability. This does not include animals whose sole function is to provide emotional support, well-being, comfort, companionship, or therapeutic benefits, or to act as a crime deterrent.

 

SEXUAL ABUSE PREVENTION AND EDUCATION PROGRAM

Students in grades K-12 will be involved in a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program which teaches students age-appropriate techniques to recognize child sexual abuse and how to report it. Parents/guardians may permit their child to opt out of the awareness program or any part of it by notifying the school in writing of such a request.

 

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

The district wants all students to learn in an environment free from all forms of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is against state and federal laws. It is unwelcome sexual attention from peers, teachers, staff or anyone with whom the victim may interact. Sexual harassment, whether verbal or physical, includes, but is not limited to the following: (Give examples which are age appropriate.) Any student who believes that he or she has been subjected to sexual harassment should report the alleged misconduct immediately to his/her teacher, social worker, guidance counselor, administrator, school nurse or any responsible individual with whom the student feels comfortable, either informally or through the filing of a formal complaint.

 

The district will notify the parents of all students involved in sexual harassment by student(s) when the allegations are not minor and will notify parents of any incident of sexual harassment or sexual abuse by an employee.

 

A complaint alleging sexual harassment by a student or staff member may be presented by a student and/or parent in a conference with the principal or designee or with the Title IX Coordinator, Seamus Cullinan.

 

School health education

The district has a developmentally-appropriate sexual health education program for students in kindergarten through grade 12, inclusive, with the goal of providing young people with the knowledge and skills to promote their health and well-being while improving student outcomes and reducing risky sexual behavior.

 

SPECIAL NETWORKING SITES

Students may not access social media sites using District equipment, while on District property or at District-sponsored activities unless the posting is approved by a District representative/teacher/staff member. Social media websites are websites such as, but not limited to, Facebook, MySpace, You Tube, Flickr and Twitter.

 

The District will not be liable for information/comments posted by students on social media websites when the student is not engaged in District activities and not using District equipment. For safety purposes, the district employs both Internet filters and firewalls.

 

The School District reserves the right to monitor, inspect, copy, review and store at any time and without prior notice any and all usage of the computer network and Internet access and any and all information transmitted or received in connection with such usage. All such information files shall be and remain the property of the School District and no user shall have any expectation of privacy regarding such materials.

 

SPECIAL PROGRAMS

The district provides special programs such as but not limited to, gifted and talented, bilingual, learning disabilities and for those with other disabilities which affect a students success at school. A student or parent with questions about these programs should contact Seamus Cullinan, Director of Student Services; the coordinator of each program is available to answer questions about eligibility requirements, programs and services offered in the district or by other organizations.

 

The District utilizes the Response to Intervention (RTI) process which combines systematic assessment, decision-making and a multi-tiered delivery model to improve educational and behavioral outcomes for all students. Academic and behavioral support and targeted interventions will be provided for students who are not making academic progress at expected levels in the general curriculum. When students are experiencing difficulty with academics or behavior, every effort is made to provide support to help the child succeed within the regular classroom setting through the Response to Intervention (RTI) process.

 

For students in need of Special Education programs, a planning and placement team (PPT) is designed to provide communication and decision-making at the school level concerning the effective use of available resources. The team is also responsible for follow-up and periodic review of all students presently in Special Education and special services programs.

 

Any child identified as possibly needing special education and/or related services must be referred to a special education Planning & Placement Team for evaluation (PPT). The PPT will determine whether special education services are required. Parents must give their consent before any evaluation can be done or any services can begin. An Individualized Education Plan, based upon the diagnostic findings of the evaluation study will be developed by the PPT, with parental involvement. Parents will be informed regarding the use of scientific, research-based interventions. Parents have the right to have the school paraprofessional assigned to their child, if any, attend and participate in PPT meetings. Parents, as required by law, will be provided information at PPT meetings about their right to have advisors and paraprofessional attend PPT meetings.

 

A school must offer an IEP that is “reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate in light of the child’s circumstances.” Every child should have the chance to meet challenging objectives.

 

STUDENT DATA PRIVACY

Connecticut legislation, PA 16-189, (C.G.S. 10-234bb (a)) An Act Concerning Student Data Privacy, as amended by PA 17-200 and PA 18-125, restricts how student information may be used by (1) entities that contract to provide educational software and electronic storage of student records (“contractors”) and (2) operators of websites, online services or mobile applications (i.e., apps). Not later than five (5) business days after executing a contract with such contractors, the contract will be posted on the District’s website. The notice will include a brief description of the content and the purpose of the contract and will state what student information, student records or student-generated content may be collected as a result of the contract. Student information will be deleted by operators of websites, online services, or mobile apps upon student, parent, guardian or board of education request. Such operators may not create student profiles for use in targeted advertising and for purposes unrelated to school. Parents and students will notified of data breeches. Students and parents/guardians will be notified not later than two business days upon notice of a breach of security by a contractor to the Board of Education.

 

STUDENT RECORDS

A student’s school records are confidential and are protected by federal and state law from unauthorized inspection or use. A cumulative record is maintained for each student from the time the student enters the district until the student withdraws or graduates. This record moves with the student from school to school.

 

By law, both parents, whether married, separated, or divorced, have access to the records of a student who is under 18 or a dependent for tax purposes. A parent whose rights have been legally terminated will be denied access to the records if the school is given a copy of the court order terminating these rights.

 

The principal is custodian of all records for currently enrolled students at the assigned school. The Superintendent is the custodian of all records for students who have withdrawn or graduated. Records may be reviewed during regular school hours upon completion of the written request form. The record’s custodian or designee will respond to reasonable requests for explanation and interpretation of the records.

 

Parents of a minor or of a student who is a dependent for tax purposes, the student (if 18 or older), and school officials with legitimate educational interests are the only persons who have general access to a student’s records. “School officials with legitimate educational interests” include any employee such as an administrator, teacher, support staff, Board of Education member, attorney, agents, or facilities with which the district contracts for the placement of students with disabilities, as well as their attorneys and consultants, who are:

      1.   Working with the student;

      2.   Considering disciplinary or academic actions, the student’s case, an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for a student with disabilities under IDEA or an individually designed program for a student with disabilities under Section 504;

      3.   Compiling statistical data; or

      4.   Investigating or evaluating programs.

 

Certain other officials from various governmental agencies may have limited access to the records. Parental consent is required to release the records to anyone else. When the student reaches 18 years of age, only the student has the right to consent to release of records.

 

The parent’s or student’s right of access to, and copies of, student records does not extend to all records. Materials that are not considered educational records, such as teachers’ personal notes on a student that are shared only with a substitute teacher and records pertaining to former students after they are no longer students in the district, do not have to be made available to the parents or student.

 

A student over 18 and parents of minor students may inspect the student’s records and request a correction if the records are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy or other rights. If the district refuses the request to amend the records, the requestor has the right to a hearing. If the records are not amended as a result of the hearing, the requestor has 30 school days to exercise the right to place a statement commenting on the information in the student’s record. Although improperly recorded grades may be challenged, parents and the student are not allowed to contest a student’s grade in a course through this process. Parents or the student have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education if they believe the district is not in compliance with the law regarding student records. The district’s policy regarding student records is available from the principals or superintendent’s office.

 

Copies of student records are available at a cost of .25 per page, payable in advance. Parents may be denied copies of a student’s records (1) after the student reaches age 18 and is no longer a dependent for tax purposes; (2) when the student is attending an institution of post-secondary education; (3) if the parent fails to follow proper procedures and pay the copying charge; or (4) when the district is given a copy of a court order terminating the parental rights. If the student qualifies for free or reduced-price meals and the parents are unable to view the records during regular school hours, upon written request of the parent, one copy of the record will be provided at no charge.

 

Certain information about district students is considered directory information and will be released to anyone who follows procedures for requesting it, unless the parent objects to the release of any or all directory information about the child. This objection must be made in writing to the principal within ten school days after the issuance of this handbook. Directory information includes a student’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, major field of study, grade levels, photograph, e-mail address, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, awards received in school, and most recent previous school attended.

 

Military recruiters or institutions of higher learning shall have access to secondary school students names, addresses and telephone listings, unless a parent/guardian or secondary student aged 18 or over requests in writing that such information not be released.

 

The District will release to the Parent Teacher Association the names, addresses, telephone number and grade levels of students (unless the District is informed by September 15 of the school year that designation of such directory information has been refused as to a particular student) provided such information is to be used by the PTA for its own school activities or school business.

 

The District, when a student moves to a new school system or charter school, will send the student’s records to the new district or charter school within ten business days of receiving written notice of the move from the new district. Unless the parents/guardians of the student authorize the record transfer in writing, the sending District is required to send a notice when the records are sent to the new district.

 

Parents and eligible students have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the District to comply with the Requirements of FERPA. Complaints may be addressed to: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 5400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20202-4605.

 

The district’s HIPPA Privacy Officer is Seamus Cullinan.

 

STUDENT SUCCESS PLANNING

A student success plan for each student enrolled in grades six through twelve shall be created. Such student success plan shall include a student’s career and academic choices in grades six to twelve, inclusive.

 

The Student Success Plan (SSP) in an individualized student driven plan developed to address every student’s needs and interests to help the student stay connected in school and to achieve postsecondary educational and career goals.

 

 

SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS

Students are required to maintain high standards of behavior when being taught by a substitute teacher. Substitute teachers must be given the cooperation, courtesy and respect of all students. Misbehavior for a substitute teacher will result in teacher and office disciplinary action.

 

SURVEYS/STUDENT PRIVACY

Your child will not be required to participate without parental consent in any survey, analysis, or evaluation that concerns:

1.   political affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent;

2.   mental or psychological problems of the student or the student’s family;

3.   sex attitudes or behaviors;

4.   illegal, antisocial, self-incriminating and demeaning behavior;

5.   critical appraisals of other individual with whom respondents have close family relationships;

6.   legally recognized privileged or analogous relationships, such as those of lawyers, physicians and ministers;

7.   income; or

8.   religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or the student’s parents.

 

In addition, parents have the right to inspect, upon request, a survey that is to be administered by a school to a student, prior to its use. Parents will be notified at least two weeks in advance of any survey that will be given to their children.

 

Parents will be notified of any non-emergency, invasive physical examination that is required as a condition of attendance administered by the school and which is not necessary to protect the immediate health and safety of students. Parents will be given an opportunity to opt their child out of the exam. Hearing, vision and scoliosis screening are not subject to prior notifications.

 

The District will not collect, disclose or use personal information gathered from students for the purpose of marketing or selling that information or providing it to others for that purpose.

 

TARDY PROCEDURE

If a student arrives after the start of the official starting time, he/she is to report directly to the office for check-in. All tardy arrivals will be considered unexcused unless accompanied by a doctor’s note for illness and be signed by a parent. All unexcused tardy arrivals are subject to school disciplinary consequences.

 

TELECOMMUNICATION DEVICES

Students shall not use electronic telecommunications devices, such as but not limited to, a remotely activated paging device, cellular telephone and related devices while on school property, on school transportation or while attending a school sponsored activity on or off school property. Items of this nature may be confiscated. Camera cellphones are not permitted to be used during the school day and in areas where there is an expectation of privacy.

 

TEACHER AND PARAPROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

Parents have the right to request information about the professional qualifications of their child’s teacher(s). The response will indicate whether the teacher is certified for the subject matter and grade taught; the teacher’s undergraduate major and any graduate degrees or certifications a teacher may have. Parents will also be advised, if requested as to whether the child is provided service by paraprofessionals and their qualifications.

 

TESTING

All students in grades 3 through 8 inclusive and grade 11 shall annually take a statewide SBAC examination in reading, language arts and mathematics. Students in grades 5, 8 and 11 shall annually take a statewide mastery examination in science. Special education students participate in the testing programs except in the rare case when participation in an alternate assessment is detrimental to the student’s IEP. In order to graduate students must meet District standards for graduation, in addition to required course credits. The mastery examination test is one of the measures to be used to determine if students have met the identified standards. All English learners are required to participate in all content areas of the state summative assessment.

 

TEXTBOOK CARE AND OBLIGATIONS

Students are responsible for the care of books and supplies entrusted to their use. They will be assessed damage to textbooks, equipment or materials. In accordance with state law, the school reserves the right to withhold grades, transcripts, or report cards until the student pays for or returns the textbooks, library book or other educational materials.

 

TITLE I COMPARABILITY OF SERVICES

All district schools, regardless of whether they receive Federal Title I funds, provide services that, taken as a whole, are substantially comparable. Staff, curriculum materials and instructional supplies are provided in a manner to ensure equivalency among district schools.

 

TRANSFERS AND WITHDRAWALS

Students withdrawing from school must notify the guidance office one week in advance of their last day. At that time, they will be given forms for their parents to complete. Included will be a formal written statement of withdrawal and release of records form.

Records cannot be forwarded until all materials have been returned.

 

TRANSPORTATION

School transportation privileges are extended to students conditioned upon their satisfactory behavior on the bus. Unsatisfactory student behavior on the bus may result in suspension of transportation services or such other disciplinary action that is appropriate for misconduct.

 

The following rules shall apply to student conduct on school transportation:

      1.   Passengers shall follow the driver’s directions at all times.

      2.   Passengers shall board and leave the bus in an orderly manner at the designated bus stop nearest their home.

      3.   Passengers shall not stand while the bus is in motion.

      4.   Passengers shall keep books, instrument cases, feet, and other objects out of the aisle of the bus.

      5.   Passengers shall not deface the bus and/or its equipment.

      6.   Passengers shall not extend head, hands, arms, or legs out of the window nor hold any object out of the window nor throw objects within or out of the bus.

      7.   Passengers shall not smoke or use any form of tobacco.

      8.   Passengers shall not eat on the bus.

      9.   Usual classroom conduct shall be observed. Unruly conduct, including the use of obscene language, will subject the passenger to disciplinary action.

      10. Upon leaving the bus, the passenger will wait for the driver’s signal before crossing in front of the bus.

      11. Students must ride the bus to which they are assigned.

 

The following procedures shall be followed when a discipline concern arises on a bus serving a regular route or an extracurricular activity:

      1.   A conference involving the principal, the student passenger, the driver, and the parent(s) may be required.

      2.   The principal may suspend the student’s bus-riding privileges. If such a suspension occurs, the parents will be notified prior to the time the suspension takes effect.

      3.   In the case of serious misconduct that endangers the safety of other passengers or the driver, the driver shall have the authority to remove the student and call for law enforcement assistance. The principal and parents shall be notified of the situation as soon as possible. The student shall not be provided bus service again until a conference involving all persons listed above has been held.

 

Disciplinary sanctions and changes in transportation for a student with a disability shall be made in accordance with the provisions of the student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP).

 

All vehicles coming into or leaving the school grounds are subject to the regulations of the school.

 

TRANSPORTATION SAFETY COMPLAINTS/PROCEDURES

All complaints concerning school transportation safety are to be made to the Transportation Coordinator/District Business Manager/Finance Director. A written record of all complaints will be maintained and an investigation of the allegations will take place.

 

TUTORING

Teachers may not teach privately (tutor) students of the school in which he/she teaches. This does not apply to teacher of homebound children employed by the Board of Education.

 

VACATIONS

School policy strongly encourages the scheduling of family vacations and trips during times which coincide with school vacations. Student absences for reasons of a family vacation or trip that takes place when school is in session may be considered “unexcused absences,” in light of SBE guidelines.

 

Video Recorders on School Buses/SCHOOL CAMPUS
(
for School Security Purposes)

The district has installed video recording equipment on school buses to monitor school transportation and discipline. Tapes will be viewed by the administration. Students violating bus conduct rules will be notified and disciplinary action will be taken. Videotapes shall be treated as protected student records under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

 

Video equipment is used to enhance the safety and security of all individuals. It is also used to monitor student behavior in common areas or campus. The principal or his/her designee will review the tapes routinely and document students misconduct. Discipline will be in accordance with the District’s discipline policy. Any student, staff member, or visitor to the school is prohibited from tampering with or damaging the school’s video surveillance equipment.

 

VISITORS

Parents and other visitors are welcome to visit our schools. All visitors must first report to the main office. Visits to individual classrooms during instructional time shall be permitted only with the principals approval, and such visits shall not be permitted if their duration or frequency interferes with the delivery of instruction or disrupts the normal school environment.

 

All doors that open to the outside of any school must remain locked in order to preserve the safety and security of students and staff. Unauthorized persons shall not be permitted in school buildings or on school grounds. School principals are authorized to take appropriate action to prevent such persons from entering the building or from loitering on the grounds. Such persons will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

 

All visitors are expected to demonstrate the highest standards of courtesy and conduct. Disruptive behavior or uncivil discourse will not be permitted. Visits cannot interfere with the educational program of the school nor interrupt teaching activities.

 

WEBSITES

School web pages must contain material that reflects on educational purposes. School web pages are not to be used for personal, commercial or political purposes; and are considered a publication of the Board of Education. The Principal or his/her designee will approve all material posted on the school’s web page. Student maintaining personal web pages may be subject to disciplinary action for the content of such sites under certain conditions. The District/School is committed to ensuring accessibility of its website(s) for parents, students and members of the community with disabilities.

 

WELLNESS

Student wellness, including good nutrition and physical activity, is promoted through the District’s educational program, school activities, and meal programs. Federal and state standards will be met pertaining to all foods and beverages available for sale to students. A sequential program of physical education is provided, in addition to time in the elementary school day for supervised recess.

 

WITHDRAWAL FROM SCHOOL

If a student needs to withdraw from school during the school year, the student’s parent/guardian must complete a withdrawal form and obtain all necessary signatures. All books, materials, athletic equipment and other equipment loaned by the school must be returned or paid for by the student or his/her parents/guardians.

 

0000 - Mission Statement

0521 - Nondiscrimination

1110.1 - Parent Involvement

1110.3 - School Governance Councils

1250 - Visits to Schools

3521.1 - Pesticide Management Plan

3541.5 - Transportation Complaints

5110/5111 - Student Attendance

5112 - Attendance

5114 - Suspension/Expulsion/Due Process

5118.1 - Homeless Students

5121 - Examination/Grades/Ranking

5123 - Promotion/Acceleration/Retention

5125 - Student Records

5125.11 - Health/Medical Records

5131.6 - Drugs, Tobacco, Alcohol

5131.7 -
Weapons and Dangerous Instruments

5131.81 - Electronic Devices

5131.911 - Bullying

5131.913 - Cyberbullying

5132 - Dress and Grooming

5141.21 - Administration of Medications

5141.23 - Psychotropic Drug Use

5141.25 -
Accommodations for Students with  Special Dietary Needs

5141.4      - Reporting of Suspected Child Abuse

5141.5 - Suicide Prevention

5144.1 - Physical Restraint/Seclusion

5145.12 - Search and Seizure

5145.14 - On-Campus Recruitment

5145.4 -
Equal Opportunity/Non-Discrimination

5145.42 - Racial Harassment of Students

5145.5 - Sexual Harassment

6141.311 -
Limited English Proficiency Program

6141.312 - Migrant Students

51411.321 - Computer Acceptable Use Policy

6141.322 - Computers: Websites

6142.101 -
Wellness (Student and Nutrition   and Physical Activity)

6144.1 - Exemption from Instruction

6146 - Graduation Requirements

6146/6146.1 - Grading System

6154 - Homework

6162.4 - School Volunteers

6162.51 - Student Privacy/Surveys

6172.41 -
Title I Parent and Family Engagement

6172.6 - Virtual/Online Courses