MOOSUP ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

 

2016-2017

 

STUDENT AND PARENT

HANDBOOK

 

 
 
   

Fostering a Family-School Partnership

 

 

 

    Moosup Elementary School

                                                                                                              August 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


                                                                      


 

      Moosup Elementary School
                                                                                                                                             August 2016

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers,

 Welcome to Moosup Elementary School, home of our mascot, the Chocolate Moose! The entire faculty and staff have been excitedly preparing for another wonderful school year full of meaningful learning opportunities for your child. The connection between home and MES is vital.  We are so pleased to have you in our school community!
 We are dedicated to providing a rich learning environment for your child.  With your support we can create a school community that fosters learning, responsibility, respect, kindness, and caring among our students.
 This Handbook has been prepared to help address your questions and provide suggestions for ensuring a productive school year.  We have also included district procedures, policies and regulations mandated by state law.  This information includes guidelines we all must follow in order to protect our students and create an environment where every child is respected and can learn.  Please visit our district website at www.plainfieldschools.org for updated information throughout the school year.  There is also a link to the MES website. 
 On the first day of school your child will be given a dark blue Home-School Communication folder.  This is the only folder that your child needs.  One side is designed to hold notices/messages between home and school.  The other side is for student work.  PLEASE MAKE IT A DAILY PRACTICE TO CHECK YOUR CHILD’S BLUE HOME-SCHOOL FOLDER AND RETURN IT TO SCHOOL THE FOLLOWING DAY.
 Communication between home and school directly affects your child’s success in school.  We welcome your notes, phone calls, emails, and visits.  They are key ingredients to shaping a true partnership.  In your child’s Home-School folder we are including blue “Quick Notes” which you may find convenient to use to communicate with school personnel.  Let us know if you need more.  Working together as a team, we know your child will experience a positive, productive, and rewarding year.

 On behalf of the entire faculty and staff, I welcome your family to MES!

Sincerely,

 

Colleen Lugauskas
Principal

 ****Signature Page*****

 

Please sign and return to Moosup Elementary during the first two weeks of school.


We have read and reviewed the Student and Parent Handbook.

 

Parent Name ________________________________________


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MOOSUP ELEMENTARY SCHOOL


OUR MISSION

The mission of Plainfield Public Schools is to promote academic excellence and personal development. In conjunction with rigorous instruction and high expectations, we will work collaboratively with families and the community for our students to develop skills necessary to succeed in college or career choice, challenging them to become life-long learners and responsible, productive citizens.

 


OUR VISION

To develop an enriched community
of caring and creative life-long learners
who strive to excel in the ABC’s:
Academic Achievement, Behavior, Character.

 


Moosup Elementary School
Behavior Purpose Statement


At Moosup Elementary School adults and children treat each other with respect. We take responsibility for our learning and strive for a safe and kind school for all.


EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

Every student is encouraged to develop and achieve individual educational goals.  The district will provide every student with equal educational activities regardless of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, 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 sources.

Mr. Bryan Klimkiewicz is the designated district compliance officer, who will coordinate with the nondiscrimination requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

The Plainfield School District does not discriminate on the basis of disability by denying access to the benefits of district services, programs, or activities.  To request information about the applicability of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) interested persons should contact Mr. Bryan Klimkiewicz.

 

 PLAINFIELD BOARD OF EDUCATION

 

Mr., Douglas Smith, Chairperson
Mrs. Kathleen Barry, Vice Chairperson
Ms. Audrey Lemieux, Secretary
Mrs.Cynthia Arpin
Mr. Steven Boettcher
Mr. Michael Cartier
Mrs. Christi Haskell
Mrs. Cheryl Hull
Mr. Peter Migneault

 

CENTRAL OFFICE STAFF

Mr. Kenneth DiPietro, Superintendent
Mr. Ronald Lussier, Business Manager
Mr. Bryan Klimkiewicz, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services
Mrs. Rena Cadro, Director of Curriculum and Grants
Mrs. Augusta Gilberti, Supervisor of Special Services

 
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Moosup Elementary School               860 564 6430

MES FAX        860 564 6175

Nurse’s Office       860 564 6185

Transportation        860 564 7017

  


TABLE OF CONTENTS

A.............................................................................................. 1-3
AIDS Education
Advertising
Alcohol and Drug Use Policy
Allergies
Arrival at School
Asbestos
Assemblies
Attendance/Truancy Policy
Awards and Recognition

B................................................................................................ 3-5
Bicycles
Birthday Invitations
Board of Education
Breakfast Program
Bullying
Bus Guidelines

C............................................................................................. 5-10
Cellular Phones/Devices
Class Schedule
Code of Conduct (Behavior Expectations)
Conferences and Visits
CST (Child Study Team)

D................................................................................................. 10
Destruction of Records
Dismissal
Dress Code

E..............................................................................................10-11
Early Dismissal
Emergencies

F................................................................................................. 11
Field Trips
Fire/Intruder Alert Drills

G................................................................................................. 11
GAP (Guidance Assistance Program)

H............................................................................................  11-14
Head Lice (Pediculosis)
Healthy Food Choices
Health Services
Homework

J................................................................................................  14
Jump In!

K................................................................................................. 14
Keeping the School Informed

L............................................................................................  14-15
Library
Lost and Found
Lunch Program

M................................................................................................ 15
Mandated Reporter
Medication
Monthly Phone Call

N................................................................................................ 16
No School Announcements/Delayed Opening/Early Dismissal

O................................................................................................ 16
Open a Book...

P............................................................................................ 16-17
Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)
Playground/Recess Expectations
Professional Qualifications
Promotion and Retention

Q................................................................................................ 17
Quiet Time

R................................................................................................ 17
Recess and Illness
Report Cards

 

S.............................................................................................. 17-18
School Expectations
Searches
Sexual Harassment Policy
Snack Time
Special Services
Steps to Protect a Child’s Right to Special Education

T.............................................................................................. 18-19
Testing Program
Textbooks and School Property

U................................................................................................ 19
Unique

V................................................................................................ 19
Valuables
Volunteers

W............................................................................................. 19-20
Weapons and Dangerous Instrument Policy
Website

X................................................................................................ 20
Xtra

Y................................................................................................ 20
You

Z................................................................................................ 20
Zoom In!

   

AIDS EDUCATION
Section 10-19(b) of Connecticut General Statutes requires that Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) instruction be offered.  It is recommended that some instruction be offered at least once during the kindergarten through grade 2 sequences, grade 3 through 5 sequences, grade 6 through 8 sequences, and grade 9 through 12 sequences.  The Plainfield Public Schools will meet the State’s recommendations for the kindergarten through grade 2 sequence and the grade 3 through 5 sequence by offering AIDS instruction to the first, third, and fifth grade classes.

ADVERTISING
The public school maintains careful control on the way in which students are exposed to materials and announcements, other than those related directly to school sponsored programs and activities.  Caution is exercised to prevent exploitation of the system and its students.  District prescribed standards shall be met.

ALCOHOL AND DRUG USE POLICY (BOE Policy 5031)
The use, possession, and/or sale of alcoholic beverages and non-prescribed drugs, and drugs not prescribed for the individual in possession are forbidden on all school property.  This prohibition applies to all students participating in all officially sanctioned school activities wherever they are conducted.  This prohibition includes transportation to and from such activities on school buses and/or other officially sanctioned transportation facilities.  Discipline up to and including expulsion may be applied for violation of the above at the discretion of the Board of Education. 

Recognizing that drug use and abuse may be indicative of serious underlying problems, every effort will be made to offer a student help and assistance, including early identification, referral for treatment, and after care support.  Disciplinary procedures will be administered with the best interest of the student, school population, and community in mind.

The Plainfield Public Schools staff, in cooperation with local law enforcement officials, will work collectively in an effort to help students understand the serious legal, social, and medical consequences associated with alcohol and drug abuse.

ALLERGIES
With increasing frequency, children are attending school with a variety of allergies. We are committed to making our school environment healthy for everyone and to protecting students who may have allergies to specific food items, medications, stinging insects and/or animal fur.
A severe allergic reaction can cause significant illness and even death. Therefore all MES teachers and parents are asked to be especially vigilant regarding possible allergic items in the classroom, other areas of the school, and on the bus. Should your child’s learning environment need to restrict certain items in order to protect classmates, you will be notified.

ARRIVAL AT SCHOOL
Children can arrive at school between 8:45 and 9:00. The school is not adequately staffed for supervision before that time.   Buses arrive between 8:45-9:00 AM.  Walkers should arrive no earlier than 8:45 AM.  When driving your child to school in the morning, please drop him/her off at the crosswalk in the driveway.  A staff member will be on duty to assist your child. Please have your child seated on the passenger side of the vehicle to allow for safe drop off.


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ARRIVAL AT SCHOOL continued…..

If you walk your child into the school, please drop him/her off in front of the office.  We ask that you do not walk your child to his/her classroom.  If you need to see your child’s teacher, we would be happy to make an appointment for you.

If your child arrives at school late, after 9:00 AM, a parent or guardian or other adult family member must accompany him/her to the office. The child will be given a pass to take to his/her teacher.  Otherwise, your child may be incorrectly considered absent.

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 occupants.  The district has on file plans showing the location of asbestos in each building and measures are undertaken to comply with regulations to maintain a safe school environment.  Request to review these plans may be made in the school office.

ASSEMBLIES
Periodically throughout the school year, assemblies are conducted that add to and enrich our school curriculum.  Students are expected to enter and leave in an orderly manner.  Pencils, pens, books, hats, toys, and other objects are not to be brought to the assembly.  Students listen attentively and avoid excessive talking and movement.  Everyone is expected to behave in a polite and respectful manner.  Students who fail to comply with these expectations may lose the privilege of remaining at the assembly or attending the next assembly.

ATTENDANCE/TRUANCY POLICY Summary (BOE Policy 5113)
Monthly attendance awards are presented to students. The class attaining the greatest percentage of “Perfect Attendance” each month receives special recognition.

In compliance with the truancy policy law, the following procedures will be followed:

1. The parent/guardian should phone the school before 10:00 AM to report their child’s absence with the reason.  The guidance clerk will call parents/guardians who have not phoned the school reporting the student’s absence with a reason.
 
2.  Upon returning to school, the child is to bring a note explaining the absence.  A full explanation is necessary, especially information about communicable diseases, i.e. chicken pox, strep throat, etc., in order to alert other parents and staff members.

           3.  We encourage families to plan family trips and or vacations when school is
           not in session.                              

In order to take full advantage of all that Moosup Elementary School has to offer, students should make every effort to be in school each day. Good attendance is a major contributor to academic success. Therefore, we at MES work closely with the home to monitor student attendance.

State law reads that absences from school will be considered excused if written documentation of the reason for the absence has been submitted within ten school days of the student’s return to school.  For the tenth absence and all absences after, a student’s absences from school are considered excused for the following reasons:

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ATTENDANCE/TRUANCY POLICY (continued)


1 Student illness (Note:  all student illness absences must be verified by an appropriately licensed medical professional, which includes the school nurse, to be deemed excused, regardless of the length of absence)
2 Student’s observance of a religious holiday;
3 Death in the student’s family or other emergency beyond the control of the student’s family;
4 Mandated court appearances (additional documentation required);
5 The lack of transportation that is normally provided by a district other than the one the student attends (no parental documentation is required for this reason); or
6 Extraordinary educational opportunities pre-approved by district administrators and in accordance with Connecticut State Department of Education guidance.

A student’s absence from school shall be considered unexcused unless they meet one of the following criteria:
A.  The absence meets the definition for an excused absence (including documentation requirements); or
B. The absence meets the definition of a disciplinary absence.


ATTENDANCE PROCEDURE (K-8)
ABSENCES:

Research shows regular attendance is the single most important factor in school success.  The following represents the legal mandates and district policy/regulations for grades K-8.
1. If a student is absent from school, the parent(s) or other person having control of the student, will contact the school. 
2. If no contact is received, the school will make a reasonable effort to notify the parent or other person having control of the student by telephone of the student’s absence.  A record of these attempts shall be maintained.  If a parent/guardian does not contact the school, this absence will be recorded as unexcused.
3. Responsibility for completion of missed classwork lies with the student.  Unless a student has an extended illness, all make-up work will be completed within three days after the student returns.
 An attendance letter will be sent home if a student has an accumulation of six absences.  Additional letters may be sent at any time if attendance continues to be a concern.  When a student has four unexcused absences in one month, an attendance letter will be sent home
       If the student has four (4) unexcused absences in any one month or ten (10) unexcused absences in one year, the student will be identified as per Connecticut state law “truant”.  The Superintendent may file a written complaint with the Superior Court for Juvenile Matters for a Family with Service Needs and/or the Department of Children and Families.
       A student who is identified as a habitual “truant” or who has excessive absences (30 or more), excused or unexcused, may be subject to the following consequences:
a) Promotion to the next grade may be contingent upon the student successfully completing a summer school program;
b) The student may be retained in the same grade to acquire the skills necessary for promotion to the next grade level.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
Each month, students will be recognized and honored for their good effort, achievement, positive character traits, and consistent attendance.

“Spotlight Awards” include Reader of the Month, Writer of the Month and Mathematician of the Month.  We also discuss and practice specific character traits all year.

By the month, beginning in September, these traits are honored:
Good Listening        Respect         Responsibility        Kindness to Others      Safety       Helpfulness
Friendliness          Honesty        Cooperation     Thoughtfulness 

BICYCLES
Due to reasons of safety for your child and others, bicycles are not allowed at school.  We cannot be responsible for their damage or loss. Skateboards, roller blades, “heelies”, and scooters are not to be ridden or brought to school.
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BIRTHDAY/CELEBRATIONS AND INVITATIONS

Please do not send birthday invitations to your child’s friends at school, unless the entire class is being invited to the celebration. Following this procedure will prevent hurt feelings or exclusion. We also ask that you do not have gifts or flowers delivered to the school as this is disruptive to the learning process.   As a Healthy School we encourage healthy food choices whenever possible.  Understanding that your child may wish to celebrate their special day with a shared snack we ask you contact your child’s teacher ahead of time to plan for this.

(We ask that you refrain from sending sugary items such as cupcakes and cookies. Please consider sending items such as popcorn, pretzels, cut up vegetables or fruit with dip, animal crackers, yogurt cups or cheese and crackers. Instead of food, “treats” might include stickers or pencils. As many students have reported food allergies, it is especially important that communication with the classroom teacher occur prior to sending in shared food items to ensure all our students’ food safety needs are met.) 

BOARD OF EDUCATION
The Board of Education is committed to the betterment of all students and staff in the Plainfield School District. The BOE meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7:00 PM in the high school library.  We encourage you to attend whenever possible.                                                                                         

BREAKFAST PROGRAM
Breakfast is available to all students between 8:45 and 9:00 AM. Students eat their breakfast in the cafeteria and then report directly to their class. The cost is $1.90 or $.30 for students qualifying for reduced meals. Students who qualify for free lunch may also receive free breakfast. Breakfast is NOT served on delayed opening days.

BULLYING/CYBERBULLYING – Policy 5012 (Summary)
In accordance with state law, any form of bullying behavior, whether in the classroom, on school property, or at school sponsored events, is forbidden. Bullying activities of any type are inconsistent with the educational goals of the school district and are prohibited at all times. Any individual who engages in bullying activity on school property or at a school sponsored activity is subject to discipline.

Bullying is any overt act by a student or group of students directed against another student with
the intent to ridicule, harass, humiliate, defame, or intimidate while on school grounds or at a school-sponsored activity. These acts are repeated over time and may be directed at the same student or additional students.
“Cyber bullying” includes but is not limited to the following misuses of technology: harassing, teasing, intimidating, defaming or terrorizing another person by sending or posting inappropriate and hurtful email messages, instant messages, text messages, digital pictures or images, or website postings, including blogs.
Any person who believes he or she has been the victim of bullying should report the matter to any teacher or member of the school district administration. Any school employee, contractor or volunteer with knowledge or belief of conduct that may constitute bullying, whether by witnessing such act or by receiving student reports of bullying, shall report the alleged acts immediately to an appropriate school district official designated by this policy. Students may anonymously report acts of bullying to teachers and school administrators. Parents or guardians of students may also file written reports of suspected bullying. If upon investigation, it is determined that bullying has occurred, appropriate action shall be taken. Such action may include, but is not limited to, warning, suspension, or expulsion. Disciplinary consequences will be sufficiently severe to deter further violations.

 

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BUS GUIDELINES

Parents are encouraged to monitor their children at the bus stop.  Students waiting at bus stops are expected to behave in an appropriate and safe manner.  When the bus arrives at the bus stop in the morning, students should line up and enter the bus in an orderly fashion without any pushing or shoving.  Once a child has entered the bus, he/she must comply with school rules and policies.

There is to be no fighting, physical, or verbal harassment of any kind.  Students should not act in a way, which may cause damage to someone else’s property.  Profanity and vulgar gestures or language are not permitted. 

Students are to remain seated in the bus and keep their hands and belongings inside the windows.  Shouting and any other behavior that might distract the bus driver will not be tolerated.  Students are expected to address the driver in a friendly and courteous manner.

Bus drivers will send a written notice to the Principal when any of the above rules are broken.  The Principal will speak to the student about the reported behavior.  A copy of any warning notice will be sent to the parent(s).  If a student continues to misbehave after having received a warning notice from the Principal, he or she may be suspended from riding the bus for a period of time to be determined by the Principal.

Any change of transportation must be submitted in writing to the school by the parent or legal guardian for the Principal’s approval with at least 48 hours notice  No changes will be accepted via the telephone, as the caller cannot be verified. Changes requested strictly for social reasons (a child wants to play at another child’s house) will not be approved. 

CELLULAR PHONES - Personal Communication Devices/Cell Phones (BOE Policy 6027)

BOE Policy 6027 allows students to have cell phones and other personal communication devices in school with the following conditions:
1. They may only be used for educational purposes and under the direction of staff or administration.
2. Students are not permitted to access, view, record, display, or distribute inappropriate images or recordings.
3. Students are not permitted to take photographs, video and/or audio recordings with or without the knowledge and consent of the individual(s) being photographed or recorded.
4. The school accepts no responsibility for lost or stolen electronic devices including cell phones.

Any student using personal communication devices in violation of the policy will be subject to disciplinary action. Students using a device during class time will be asked to discontinue use and to put it away in a pocket, bag locker, etc. If use continues, the device will be confiscated and the administrator will contact parent/guardian to retrieve the device.

CLASS SCHEDULE
The school day begins at 9:00 AM.  Individual teachers maintain their own academic schedule, from 9:00 AM-3:27 PM.  The Kindergarten schedule is 9:00-11:40 AM K and 12:50-3:27 PM K.          
 

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CODE OF CONDUCT

Our School Code of Conduct represents our vision, values and expectations for how everyone in our school community will behave. There are four guiding principles:
 I am responsible: Only I can control what I say and do.

 I am respectful: I will treat others as I want to be treated.

 I am safe:  I will obey all rules in school, on the playground, and on the bus. I will                  not bring unsafe items to school.
  
 I am kind:  I will care about others and treat them politely. I will let others know                  I am concerned about them.

Moosup Elementary School Behavior Expectations
Location Responsible Respectful Safe  Kind
Assembly Leave no trace, clean your space.
Limited entry and exit Follow the “Give me five” rule.
Stay seated on your bottom. Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself.
 Treat others the way you would like to be treated.
Use appropriate applause and response to the speaker/performer.

Bus Leave no trace, clean your space.

Enter and exit the bus in an orderly manner.

 Follow the “Give me five” rule.
 
Follow directions the first time they are given.
 Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself.

Sit bottom to bottom and back to back.
 Treat others the way you would like to be treated.

Cafeteria Leave no trace, clean your space.

Choose one of your classroom tables.

Take only the food you signed up for. Follow the “Give me five” rule.

Use utensils and napkin appropriately.

Enter and exit quietly.
 Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself.
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Walk at all times.

Keep your chair on all “4’s” and feet remain under the table.  Treat others the way you would like to be treated.

Follow the voice scale.

Classroom Leave no trace, clean your space.

Return homework and folders each day.

Be focused while working on class work.
 Follow the “Give Me Five” rule

Eyes on teacher during lessons. 

Raise your hand and wait to be called on before speaking. Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself. 

Walk in the classroom

Sit with all 4 chair legs on the floor.
 Treat others the way you want to be treated.

Include others in games and activities.

Share class materials.

Hallway Leave no trace, clean your space.
 
Report hazards. Follow the “Give me five” rule.

Move silently as a group. Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself. 

Walk at ALL times.

Walk with eyes forward.
 Treat others the way you would like to be treated.

Turn in found items to an adult.

Follow the voice scale.

Playground Report to an adult when arriving late.

Line up when the bell rings

Leave no trace, clean your space.
 Follow the “Give me five” rule.

Practice good sportsmanship.

Enter the building quietly.
 Report problems to the nearest adult.

Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself.

Follow the playground rules and routines.
 Include others in games and play.

Take turns. Share with others.

Apologize and be forgiving.

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CODE OF CONDUCT (continued…)

The First Step:
The first step in fostering appropriate school behavior is establishing clear rules and standards. When students understand what is expected of them, they learn how to make appropriate choices for behaving in a variety of situations. The goal of our school’s approach to discipline is to teach children that they are responsible for their behaviors and the choices they make, using a positive approach. Moosup Elementary School uses a Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) framework to promote common behavior expectations.

Common Behavioral Expectations:
Our school rules focus upon maintaining a safe and welcoming learning setting; highlighting respect for other people; responsibility for our actions while being safe and kind. These are all important in creating the positive school climate that is conducive to learning. Maintaining appropriate behavior needs to be a cooperative effort between the child, the teacher, the parents and the school administration. Teachers and parents working together will increase the effectiveness of this discipline code. We ask parents to support our efforts to provide a safe and welcoming school environment where each child can learn academically as well as socially and become a responsible person.

General School Rules:
1. Students are expected to be polite and respect others at all times.
2. To honor the learning of others, students are expected to walk facing forward, on the right-hand side of the hallways, and adhere to the voice scale rules.
3. Hands, feet and objects to yourself at all times.
4. Use polite and kind language. Clothing with offensive language and/or graphics will not be permitted.       
5. Listen to and follow the directions of staff at all times.   
6. When behaviors result in damage/monetary loss to the school district, other students or staff, the district may ask parents to compensate financially for the loss.
7. Weapons or other potentially dangerous items (such as fireworks, ammunition, matches or lighters) are prohibited on school grounds.
8. Alcohol and tobacco are not permitted on school grounds.
9. Personal electronic games or equipment such as CD Players and IPODS are NOT permitted at MES. These will be confiscated and returned only to the parents. Calculators and spell checkers are allowed with teacher permission.
10. While teachers may choose to have classroom pets, other animals are not to be brought to school without specific permission from the administration.
11. All school property must be treated with respect. Repairs or replacement of damaged property will be the responsibility of the parents.

Problem Solving/Reflection Sheet:
As part of our discipline process, students may be asked to complete a Problem Solving/Reflection Sheet. The Reflection Sheet is used as a teaching tool. The goal is to have students become more aware of their behavior and to identify a better way to manage a problem in the future. The adult assigning the Reflection Sheet reviews it with the student and determines the appropriate consequence. Parents will be contacted when a Reflection Sheet is assigned.
Special Considerations
When a student exhibits inappropriate behavior and corrective measures are necessary, the child’s age and ability level, as well as the seriousness of the offense and previous infractions, will be taken into consideration.  Acts of behavior considered unacceptable consist of 2 levels (Major/Minor).

 

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CODE OF CONDUCT (continued)

Each level denotes the degree of severity of the offense.  Each level of intervention is designed to assist the student in developing skills that are necessary for responsible student conduct and build future decision making skills.  In addition, breaches of conduct on school grounds, school transportation, or any other school-sponsored activity shall be subject to the School Code of Conduct. The administration retains the right of assigning discipline to a student.

See the included Behavior Report Form for specific behaviors, definitions and possible consequences.

 Consequences for Behaviors classified as Minor (see Behavior Definitions on the back of the Behavior Referral Form) *** See Behavior Report Form in Appendix

Minor Offences – Teacher Actions

Conference with student: School faculty or staff will talk with the student about his/her behavior. A  Problem Solving/Reflection sheet may be completed.

Modeling of expected behavior:  School faculty or staff will model and help the student practice the appropriate behavior.

Present/review problem solving strategies: School faculty or staff will present/review different ways the student may have handled the situation and ideas for handling any future similar situation. A Problem Solving/Reflection sheet may be assigned/completed.                                   
   
Loss of privilege: The student may be temporarily removed from one or more class activities.

Time Out (In class/Buddy Classroom): Student will be given the opportunity to have a brief
time out either in their classroom or a neighboring classroom. This provides the student
with a “cool down” space and time to rethink their actions.

Parent notified or contacted: Parent contact may either be by phone call, email or a copy of
the Behavior Report Form may be sent home.

Individualized instruction: School faculty or staff will work with the student, instructing them
on the appropriate behavior for the situation.

Natural consequence: At times faculty and staff will strive to use natural consequences to
student behavior (i.e. misuse of property – item taken away)

Consequences for Behaviors classified as Major (see Behavior Definitions on the back of the Behavior Referral Form)

Major Offenses – Administrator Actions

Conference with student: School administrator or designee will talk with the student about his/her behavior. A Problem Solving/Reflection sheet may be completed.

Modeling of expected behavior:  School administrator or designee will model and help the student practice the appropriate behavior.

 

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CODE OF CONDUCT (continued)

Present/review problem solving strategies: School administrator or designee will present/review different ways the student may have handled the situation and ideas for handling any future similar situation. A Problem Solving Reflection Sheet may be assigned/completed.
                                            
Loss of privilege: The student may be temporarily removed from one or more class activities.

Office Time Out: Student will be given the opportunity to have a brief to extended
time out under the guidance of the administrator or designee.

Parent notified or contacted: Parent contact may either be by phone call, email or a copy of
the Behavior Report Form may be sent home. This contact may be from the administrator, the
designee or the classroom teacher.
  
Individualized instruction: School administrator or designee will work with the student,
instructing them on the appropriate behavior for the situation.

Natural consequence: At times the administrator or designee will strive to use natural
consequences to student behavior (i.e. property damage – student will make restitution for item or
“work it off” doing some type of job at the school)

 After school detention: The administrator or designee will assign the child to after school
detention. This may only happen after the parent contact is made due to the fact that parents
will to need to give permission and provide transportation.

Referral made to School Climate Specialist or Support Specialist: The administrator may
make the referral to the School Climate Specialist/Support Specialist when they feel the
student shows a pattern of repeated concerning behaviors or a pattern of escalation of
behavior. They may also make this referral based on the severity of the student’s behavior.
There may be a meeting called to devise a plan to support the student in making appropriate behavior choices. Parents would be invited to give their input into any such plans.

Infractions will be handled in accordance with Board policies (i.e. police involvement, student
suspension, and expulsion.)    

CONFERENCES AND VISITS –
We at Moosup Elementary School welcome and encourage visitors to the school.  Upon arrival, please report directly to the office and sign in.  For conferences with teachers, it is always best to schedule an appointment.  Call the school at 564-6430 to do this.  Teachers can then provide their undivided attention to your concerns.  We ask that parents not deliver items to the classroom during the academic day as this interrupts the learning process.

When parents or guardians would like a more formal observation or visit to their child’s classroom, they should contact the child’s teacher and the building principal to arrange this.

Occasionally, parents will send notes to teachers and desire a response in the form of a phone call, letter or e-mail.  Our teachers are more than willing to respond, however, it is not always possible on the same day.  Teachers always strive to respond as quickly as possible. We ask for your patience in this regard.

 

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CHILD STUDY TEAM (CST) 

Our Child Study Team meets regularly to discuss student needs. Parents are notified of these meetings and often attend. Other members of the CST include your child’s teacher, our school psychologist, school social worker, additional staff working with your child such as the reading teacher, and the principal. We’ll discuss your child’s progress and brainstorm strategies and possible “next steps” to address the concern(s). Additional meeting(s) may be scheduled if warranted. This process is also initiated when school attendance becomes a concern.
   
DESTRUCTION OF RECORDS
Parents and former students (18 years old and older) are informed by the School District when educational records are scheduled to be destroyed and are advised on how they may obtain copies of the records before destruction.  Notice (regarding record destruction) will also be placed in local newspapers.

DISMISSAL
Students are not to leave the building until their normal dismissal time. Students taking buses will be dismissed as the buses arrive. Walkers exit through the cafeteria.  Students must walk single file on the stairs and through the halls in an orderly manner.  Teachers will direct students to the appropriate exits. 

DRESS CODE
A student’s overall appearance should fall within the generally accepted definitions of neatness and cleanliness.  Students are expected to be dressed appropriately for learning so as not to distract other students or teachers, disrupt the education process, nor pose a health or safety threat to anyone.  Clothing should be free from promotion of or reference to drugs, alcohol or tobacco, and offensive signs, symbols, or words. The appropriateness of dress will be determined by the school administration.                                

The following clothing styles are specifically prohibited:

1. High-heeled shoes, clogs, or flip flops (sandals with backs are permitted)
2. “See-through” styles and/or mesh style shirts, blouses, midriff tops, spaghetti straps, and underwear worn as outer garments;
3. Hats (including bandannas and other headgear) except in ‘special circumstances’ approved by the administration;
4. Short shorts (Shorts will be permitted as long as they are mid thigh length)  
5. Make-up, body glitter, and dangling earrings.
6. Artificial fingernails.
        7.  Purses and pocketbooks (wallets containing lunch money are acceptable)

EARLY DISMISSAL
Instructional time in the classroom is of the utmost importance for a student in school. Students being dismissed early create an interruption to the instruction in the classroom. To reduce interruption to your child’s learning, we respectfully request that you make any appointments for your child after school hours whenever possible.

Students being dismissed before our regular dismissal time need to bring a note to their teacher when they arrive in the morning stating the purpose and the time of the dismissal. It should also state who is picking the child up and a phone number where a parent/guardian can be contacted. Only people who are listed on the Student Information/Registration Form may pick-up students from school. If parents/guardians wish to have someone added to or removed from the list, please notify the office in writing. Picture identification is required before a student is released.


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EMERGENCIES

Every attempt will be made to notify parents if injury or illness occurs during the school day.  IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT YOUR EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION BE KEPT UP TO DATE. Decision making becomes most difficult when we cannot reach parents, or someone you designate, in times of emergency.

FIELD TRIPS
Field trips are extremely valuable extensions of school experiences.  As such, they provide great benefits to the educational development of our children.  Field trips are planned for the purpose of providing enriching learning experiences.  Parents of students at M.E.S. are notified of planned field trips and must sign a permission slip approving their children to go on the trip.

Parents/Guardians may volunteer to help chaperone field trips. (Please see “Volunteers” for specific application procedures.) All students participating in the trip will be transported from and back to school in school sponsored vehicles. No parent vehicles will be used for this purpose. Parents/Guardians are asked to not bring any other child with them, given your chaperone duties and the safety of all children. Parents/Guardians may not ride on the school bus, unless there is a specific need, to be approved by the Principal.

Please remind your children that that they represent Moosup Elementary School. Students are expected to behave in a courteous, respectful manner and are reminded that all school rules apply during a field trip.  Modification of field trip participation will depend on appropriate behavior of students.

FIRE/INTRUSION ALERT DRILLS
Fire drills and other safety drills are conducted on an average of once a month.  Teachers will review instructions for each type of drill with their class.  Instructions for evacuating the building are posted in each room, and EXIT signs help guide occupants out of the building.
                                              
GAP (GUIDANCE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM)
GAP, a state funded, grant based program, has been operating in the Plainfield Public Schools for twenty-two years.  Nationally known as “Primary Project”, it is recognized as one of five exemplary research-based prevention programs in the nation for enhancing a child’s success in the classroom.  GAP is an early detection and prevention program that seeks to enhance learning and reduce social, emotional, and school adjustment difficulties.  Children are selected for the program through a screening process performed by the classroom teacher, the school social
worker and the GAP child associate. A carefully selected and trained child associate works
with children once a week.  The child’s competencies and strengths are reinforced and built upon through individual and small group activities. Parents will be notified when their child is being considered for GAP.

HEAD LICE (Pediculosis) (Policy # 5141.221)
All children at some point in their lives will likely be exposed to or contract head lice. Head lice are troublesome pests but are rarely cause for serious illness. Protect your child by teaching them to not share combs, brushes, hats, stuffed toys or jackets with others. For further information, please refer to the brochure, “Parent’s Guide to Controlling HEAD LICE”, sent home during the first week of school.

HEALTHY FOOD CHOICES
Our school is committed to providing students with healthy foods. Foods sold in our cafeteria meet USDA standards and Connecticut Healthy Snack Standards. Decreasing fat and sugar content is a priority.


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HEALTHY FOOD CHOICES (continued…)

We encourage parents to promote healthy food choices by packing snacks and lunches that include fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and also refrain from including processed, sugary treats.

Students enjoy sharing “treats” for their class to celebrate a birthday or special occasion. (We ask that you refrain from sending sugary items such as cupcakes and cookies. Please consider sending items such as popcorn, pretzels, cut up vegetables or fruit with dip, animal crackers, yogurt cups or cheese and crackers. Instead of food, “treats” might include stickers or pencils. As many students have reported food allergies, it is especially important that communication with the classroom teacher occur prior to sending in shared food items to ensure all our students food safety needs are met.) 

HEALTH SERVICES
The primary objective of our school health program is to promote the well being of children so that maximum learning can take place.  This is accomplished through a process of screenings at
various points in the year.  The school nurse will conduct the screenings.  Parents will be notified if it is felt that follow-up is needed.
The school health officer’s rulings on communicable diseases, which warrant exclusion, are as follows:

Chicken Pox/Varicella  Out of school usually until all lesions have disappeared.
Measles/Rubella   Out of school until rash disappears.                                        
German Measles/Rubella  Out of school one week.
Whooping Cough/Pertussis            Out of school usually at least 3 weeks.
Scarlet Fever/Scariatina  Out of school until a physician permits student to return.
Pediculosis (Head Lice)  See BOE Policy 5141.221
     
HOMEWORK
Philosophy:

Homework is a valuable aid to help students make the most of their school experience.

Homework strengthens academic skills, reinforces concepts students learn in class, helps students learn responsibility and develop positive study habits, and helps parents stay aware of student progress.

Homework is an independent activity to be accomplished outside of the school day to reinforce concepts learned in class. Some homework may require parental help. Unfinished class work or work missed due to absences, although accomplished outside of the school day, is not included in the school’s definition of homework.

Objectives:
1. To develop a student’s higher level thinking skills
2. To reinforce learning through practice
3. To develop good study habits, self-discipline and a sense of responsibility
4. To encourage independent learning
5. To aid in the development of positive work habits
6. To promote positive parental involvement

 
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HOMEWORK (continued…)

Students’ Responsibilities:

1. Make a list of homework assignments.
2. Assume responsibility for obtaining the proper resources and materials.
3. Take home all books and materials needed to complete the assignment,
4. Complete and return homework on time and to the best of his/her ability.
5. Complete unfinished class assignments.
6. Be aware that the content, appearance and corrections of all assignments are important elements in the grading process.
7. Be responsible for finding out about and making up work missed when absent.
8. In the absence of a specific daily assignment, the student should review, preview or improve his/her present assignment, work on long-term assignments, and read.                                         

Parents’ Responsibilities:

1. Arrange a quiet, suitable area with adequate workspace, for your child to work.
2. Encourage your child to complete homework assignments (in a timely manner) on time.
3. Emphasize to the child the value and importance of homework.
4. If a child requests, give assistance only until he/she can work adequately alone.
5. Be aware of teacher expectations in relation to homework assignments.
6. Communicate with teacher to clarify any homework concerns.
7. Consult with your child’s teachers when the total homework time exceeds reasonable limits. Budget time realistically.

Teachers’ Responsibilities:
1. Explain homework expectations to the students and parents at the beginning of the school year and subsequently, if necessary.
2. Assign homework on a regular basis consistent with our school’s guidelines.
3. Provide for students’ learning strengths and weaknesses by individualizing assignments when appropriate.
4. Properly evaluate record and return every homework assignment within as short a time as possible after its completion. The results of evaluation should be reflected in the student’s overall grade.
5. Give consideration to students who may not have adequate time for homework preparation due to religious observance, illness or school vacation.

Suggested Time Allotment:

 The following guidelines have been established for the assignment of homework in the Plainfield Public Schools:
Grades K-2  10-20 minutes each school night
Grades 3-6  30-60 minutes each school night
Grades 7-12    In middle and high school, the amount of homework will vary by subject. Most                
                       middle and high school students will also have homework projects such as research papers and  
                       oral reports that may have long-range deadlines. Help may be needed in organizing
                       assignments and planning work times to make sure homework is turned in on time.


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HOMEWORK continued…

If your child is not able to complete the assigned homework in the above stated time frame, on a consistent basis, please contact the teacher to discuss possible strategies to assist with this matter.                                     

JUMP IN!
Jump into your child’s educational experience at M.E.S.  Become involved! There are many ways to volunteer!

KEEPING THE SCHOOL INFORMED
When completing your child’s information sheet, please provide the school with your home and work information as well as a minimum of two emergency contacts.  If at any time these numbers change during the school year, please notify the office as soon as possible. This information is extremely important to maintain communication, especially in an urgent situation.
                                                        
When completing the information sheet, please note if there are any legal restrictions regarding adults who may not remove your child from school. A legal document must be provided to the school to ensure your child’s safety.  If there are any changes throughout the school year regarding divorce decrees, restraining orders, adoption papers, etc. please provide this information to the school immediately.

LIBRARY
The following guidelines apply to the use of the Library:

 1.  All books may be signed out for 2 weeks.
 2.  A child may not borrow books unless previous ones have been returned.
 3.  The borrower will pay for damaged or lost books.
 4.   Report cards may be withheld if book payments have not been made.

LOST AND FOUND
A Lost and Found area is located in the All-Purpose Room.  Parents are requested to periodically check the Lost and Found area for any items that the child might be missing. Periodically throughout the year, unclaimed items will be donated to charity.

LUNCH PROGRAM
The lunch waves are as follows: 12:00-12:30 (Grade 1), 12:30-1:00 (Grade 2), and 1:00-1:30 (Grade 3). Students may purchase lunch in the morning on a weekly basis or they may put money on their account at any time; otherwise they pay each day upon arrival. If a student has lost or forgotten to bring money, they will be given a basic, complete meal consisting of a sandwich, vegetable, fruit, and milk. Parents will be notified if charges are not paid.   
  
Forms for free and reduced breakfast/lunch will be distributed on the first day of school and processed as soon as possible. Reduced price for lunch is $.40.  Chartwells, our food service provider, offers an online prepayment option.  Parents can access this feature through our district website: plainfieldschools.org Under resources select “My Payments Plus” to create an account. This account can be used to make payments but can also be used just to check account balances as well.

Lunch Costs:
Complete Lunch $2.65            Milk only $.50                       Frozen Dessert $1.00


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LUNCH PROGRAM (continued…)

Please Note: As a school, we promote healthy eating and wise food choices. They may spend $1.00 per day, in addition to their regular lunch cost. Low fat frozen desserts are sold only on Wednesdays. Students will be permitted to buy only one per day.

We expect students to follow these guidelines so that everyone may enjoy a pleasant, healthy environment for eating and socializing.  Please also see the Behavior Expectations under the Code of Conduct.

1. Walk in quietly under guidance of classroom teacher.
2. Food must be kept on tray; students do not share food.
3. A “Peanut Free” table (or other allergen free table) is designated for students with food allergies; others may join them to eat together.
4. Talk in quiet voices.
5. Stop talking when the “Give Me 5” signal is requested.
6. Students needing to leave their seats or use the bathroom must ask for permission.
7. Food and litter will be cleaned up by students once they finish eating. The floor area   
    around the table will also be monitored.

The privilege of eating in the cafeteria may be restricted or denied for those students who have to be warned frequently about their inappropriate behavior.  A student will be assigned to a specific seat in the cafeteria or other arrangements will be made for the student to eat in an alternate place, if necessary.

MANDATED REPORTER
Connecticut law mandates professionals who work regularly with children to report suspected child abuse and neglect. These “mandated reporters” include school teachers, administrators, social workers, psychologists, nurses and paraprofessionals. Mandated reporters must make an oral report to DCF or a law enforcement agency within 12 hours of suspicion, and must submit a written report within 48 hours.

MEDICATION
Due to Connecticut State law, the school nurse, principal, or teachers are not allowed to give any medication- narcotic, prescription, non-prescription, or cough drops- to any pupil without specific written authority from the student’s attending physician and written permission from the parent or guardian.  Forms for this purpose are available at school.  The medicine needs to be delivered to the school nurse (to be kept under lock) by a responsible adult, in the original container, labeled with the child’s name, and directions for administering.

Medication cannot be sent to school in a lunch box with directions to the child to take it at a specific time.  Any child with medication will be referred to the principal and school nurse. The medicine shall be confiscated and held under lock until an adult can come to retrieve it.
Prescribed medication should not be administered during school hours if it is possible to achieve the desired effect by giving the medicine at home.

MONTHLY PHONE CALL
The Principal will send out monthly phone calls via the School Messenger System to give information on upcoming events. A school calendar will be sent home and posted on the school website on a monthly basis. It will include school events, classroom happenings, and informational updates. Teachers will also keep parents informed of news from their classrooms with classroom newsletters.

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NO SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS/DELAYED OPENING/EARLY DISMISSAL

A delay or school closing on a scheduled school day will be announced in the following manner:
 1.  The fire alarm will sound in Moosup and the other villages at 6:30 AM.
 2.  The radio and television stations listed below will carry the announcement.
3. When possible we will also use the School Messenger System (District Wide Phone System) to notify you of any school delays, closures or early dismissals due to weather or other emergencies. Please be sure that you provide us with updated phone numbers.
   
        AM Radio stations            FM Radio Stations                      TV Stations

WTIC- 1080           WDRC 102.9         WILI 98.3           NBC         (Ch. 4)
WINY- 1350 AM in Putnam        WCTY 97.7           105.1                       WFSB 3    (Ch. 3)
                 WHCN  105.9       WKSS  95.7
                             
Occasionally, it becomes necessary to close school early.  Should this event occur the following procedure will be used:                                                                                                                  
           1. The early closing will be announced over the same radio stations as the school cancellations.
2. When possible we will also use the School Messenger System (District Wide Phone System) to notify you of early dismissals due to weather or other emergencies . Please be sure that you provide us with updated numbers.
3. Please make your child aware of his/her plan should school close early. No child should be at home unsupervised.

OPEN A BOOK...
Open a book and read to your child and with your child.  It really makes a difference!

PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION (PTO)
Moosup Elementary School has an active and very welcoming PTO.  Please watch for announcements early in the school year.  All parents and guardians hold membership in the PTO and are urged to attend meetings or programs.  Meetings are held on the first Monday of the month at 6:30 PM in the M.E.S. Library.  Free child care is always available! 

PLAYGROUND/RECESS EXPECTATIONS
Recess -
Students should come to school dressed appropriately for the weather and are expected to go outside weather permitting. Recess is held outdoors except when it is raining or when the temperature (including the wind chill factor) is below 20 degrees.  Only children wearing boots may play in the snow. Others must stay on the cleared areas of blacktop.

All students begin their recess running twice around the perimeter of the playground blacktop under staff supervision. This activity provides a “warm up” to a productive recess period.

Playground -
Recess is a time for positive, safe interactions among students. It is a time to relax, enjoy friendships and use those large muscles!  Please see the Moosup Elementary School Behavior Expectations Chart under Code of Conduct.
                                       
 
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PLAYGROUND/RECESS EXPECTATIONS (continued…)

Playground Consequences:
1. Removal from the game, activity or piece of equipment.
2. Time out on the wall.
3. Loss of a portion of the recess time.
4. Office referral/parent contact.

Playground Rewards:
Students who follow all playground expectations MAY receive an “Extra recess time” card. This will entitle the student to have an extra 5 minutes of recess.

Buddy Bench:
The MES playground has a Buddy Bench. Students who are looking for a friend to play with, sit on the bench and other students may either go over and ask them to play or they may find another student already on the bench that will be interested in playing with them.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
The school will provide, upon your request, information regarding the professional qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers. Such information can include areas of certification, degree majors and major fields of study. Should your child receive services from a paraprofessional, his/her qualifications will also be provided, if requested.

PROMOTION AND RETENTION
Moosup Elementary School promotes those students who have made satisfactory progress both academically and developmentally.  A student may be considered for retention if failure has occurred in the year end average for more than one subject. Parents should feel free to contact the teacher with any concerns regarding academic performance. The principal has the final authority regarding the promotion/retention of any student.
    
QUIET TIME
Quiet time with your child is important.  Put some time aside to talk about his/her school day.

RECESS AND ILLNESS
Occasionally parents will request that we keep a student in at recess time if he/she has a cold or other symptoms.  It is our practice that if children are well enough to be in school, they are well enough to go outside for recess.  It is generally agreed that the fresh air and a moderate amount of exercise are more beneficial to good health than remaining indoors.  Any other requests for exclusion from recess or physical education must be accompanied by a physician’s written excuse.

REPORT CARDS
The purpose of report cards is to provide parents with a frame of reference upon which to track their child’s academic growth.  Report cards are issued 3 times a year in November, March and the last day of school in June. Specific dates are noted on the District Calendar.

SCHOOL EXPECTATIONS
It is important that students have a voice. During the first few weeks of school, all students discuss universal rules/expectations that will help ensure a safe and productive learning environment. These expectations will be explicitly taught so that all MES students and staff develop a shared understanding of the expected behaviors. Please see the MES Behavior Expectations chart under Code of Conduct.


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SEARCHES (BOE Policy 5025)

A student may be searched by administrators if there are reasonable grounds for suspecting that the search will turn up evidence that the student has violated, or is violating, either the law or the rules of the school.  The scope of the search must be reasonably related to the objectives of the search and not excessively intrusive in light of the age and the sex of the student and the nature of the suspected violation.

The Board of Education authorizes the search of student desks, storage areas and other school property used by students. Such searches may be conducted for the presence of weapons, contraband, or the tangible results of a crime.  Such searches will be justified at their inception and as actually conducted, be reasonably related in scope to the circumstances, which justified it in the first place.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY Summary (BOE Policy 5145.31)
 It is the policy of the Board of Education that any form of sex discrimination or sexual harassment is prohibited, whether by students, Board employees or third parties subject to the control of the Board. Students, Board employees and third parties are expected to adhere to a standard of conduct that is respectful of the rights of students. Any student or employee who engages in conduct prohibited by this policy shall be subject to disciplinary action.
Should sexual harassment be alleged, Board policy dictates that it shall be thoroughly investigated, that there shall be no retaliation against the victim of the harassment, and that the problem/concern shall be appropriately addressed.  The Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, Mr. Bryan Klimkiewicz, is responsible to oversee Title IX issues as directed by the Superintendent.                                              

SNACK TIME
Snacks will be eaten at a time and place designated by the classroom teacher. We encourage parents to provide nutritious snacks, containing a minimum of sugar and “empty calories.” Suggestions include popcorn, pretzels, cut up vegetables or fruit with dip, animal crackers, yogurt or cheese and crackers. “Soda” such as Coke or Pepsi is not permitted.

SPECIAL SERVICES
The Plainfield School District provides for the special education needs of children.  Moosup Elementary School is committed to full compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Programs, supports, and services are available for children with a variety of needs. Parents are a vital part of the Planning and Placement Team process and are always encouraged to participate. Please contact the principal or the student’s case manager with questions regarding your child’s special educational needs.
 
STEPS TO PROTECT A CHILD’S RIGHT TO SPECIAL EDUCATION
Procedural Safeguards:  The parent of a child who needs or may need special education and related services can expect that school personnel will follow certain specific steps to ensure full compliance with state and federal law. Procedural Safeguards describing your rights are distributed at least once annually and can also be are found on our District website: www.plainfieldschools.org. You may request a printed copy by calling the office of Pupil Personnel Services: 564-6401.

TESTING PROGRAM
Our school district frequently monitors students’ educational growth.  We assess students throughout the year, using standardized tests as well as tests designed by our teachers. Children are assessed individually and/or in groups. Full reports of testing outcomes will be made available to parents and discussed at conferences. Other tests may be administered for special education purposes.  These would be discussed and determined at a PPT meeting and require written parental consent.

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TEXTBOOKS AND SCHOOL PROPERTY
Once a student has been issued an item of school property, the full responsibility for the care of that item rests with the student.  Reimbursement will be required for damaged and lost textbooks, library books, and other educational materials.  We expect students to help keep our school and the surrounding grounds neat and clean at all times.

UNIQUE
Each and every child at M.E.S. is unique and we value that uniqueness! 

VALUABLES
The school administration and staff cannot be responsible for valuables that students bring to school. We request that students leave all items of value at home.  Note: CD Players, IPODS, Walkmans, electronic games, collection cards (such as Pokemon) or toys including stuffed animals are NOT permitted in school unless expressly requested by the classroom teacher for a specific academic or behavioral purpose.

VOLUNTEERS
We encourage all parents, guardians or caregivers, to become involved in their child’s education.  One way to do this is to be an active school volunteer.  The teachers appreciate your help throughout the year. All volunteers (including chaperones on field trips) must complete the application process and be approved. Applications are available in the school office. Once the individual is approved, you may volunteer as long as your child is enrolled in the Plainfield Public Schools.

WEAPONS AND DANGEROUS INSTRUMENT POLICY (BOE Policy 5020)
The Plainfield Board of Education recognizes that possession and/or use of a weapon or
dangerous instrument by a student is detrimental to the welfare and safety of the students and staff within the school district. 

Possession and/or use of any weapon or dangerous instrument in any school building, on school grounds, in any school vehicle, or at any school sponsored or approved activity, is prohibited.  For purposes of this policy, “weapon” and “dangerous instrument” include, but are not limited to, any: pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun, air gun, spring gun, slingshot, bludgeon, artificial knuckles, knife, chemical weapon, explosive device, “stun” gun, or other electric shock producing device, any device having a sharp point or edge, such as an ice pick or razor, and any other similarly dangerous instrument capable of inflicting injury.

Possession of an instrument that might otherwise be considered a “dangerous instrument” such as a baseball bat, tool, or laboratory device, is permitted if such instrument is in a student’s possession because, and to the extent that, such instrument is necessary for the student to participate in an approved school program, extra curricular activity, science fair, or other similar event.
                                           
Whenever a school administrator has a reasonable suspicion that a student is in possession of a weapon or dangerous instrument, such administrator is authorized to conduct an unannounced inspection of such student’s locker, desk, vehicle parked on school property, the pockets of the student’s clothing, and/or any purse, gym bag, or other receptacle belonging to or under the control of the student. 

Any search by an administrator must be reasonably related to the objectives of the search, and must not be excessively intrusive in light of the age and sex of the student.  A student found to have in his or her possession any weapon or dangerous instrument will have that item confiscated, and will be subjected to school discipline, which may result in suspension and/or expulsion.

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WEAPONS AND DANGEROUS INSTRUMENT POLICY (continued)

In any case in which there is a possible violation of a criminal law which relates to the possession and/or use of a weapon or dangerous instrument, the school administration will work cooperatively with police, prosecutors and other law enforcement authorities.

Students and staff will be provided with a written copy of this policy annually.  Any teacher, employee, student, parent, school volunteer or other member of the school community who reasonably believes that a student is in violation of this policy, should refer the matter to the building administrator or other appropriate administrator in charge.

WEBSITE
Use our school website: www.plainfieldschools.org   Monthly events, classroom activities and school policies are updated regularly. The PTO also has a website: www.mespto@plainfieldschools.org.
  
XTRA
Xtra efforts by parents create a better learning experience for children.  Show them you care by taking an active role in their education.

YOU
You make the difference in your child’s life.  Become involved!

ZOOM IN!
Zoom in on your child’s educational experience! 

 

 
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APPENDIX

 

Plainfield Public Schools Calendar

School Faculty and Staff

Floor Plans

Behavior Report Form

Notification of Rights Under FERPA

Weapons and Dangerous Instruments    Policy  5020

Student Drug and Alcohol Use   Policy 5031

Student Attendance and Truancy   Policy 5113
    
Students Pediculosis    Policy 5141.221 

 Policy Regarding Sex Discrimination and 

Sexual Harrassment (Students)  Policy 5145.31

 

 


SCHOOL CALENDAR     * See Plainfield Public Schools Website

 
   

              MOOSUP ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FACULTY AND STAFF
   2016-2017
                                                                                                                7/14/2016
  Room VM       Room VM
 MES OFFICE        NURSE  
  Mrs. Colleen Lugauskas Principal 0                  Ms. Patricia Silvaggio 112 - Health 1104
  Mrs. Donna Barber Secretary 0        
  Mrs. Debra Day Guidance Secretary 1107        PUPIL PERSONNEL  
                                                                              Ms. Elizabeth Leichter T/Th-PM/F School Psychologist 1112
 KINDERGARTEN                                                Mrs. Melissa Martin Behavior Management Specialist 1180
  Mrs. Sally Kausch 211 1151                               Mrs. Susan Page    W 8:00-10:30 Physical Therapist 
  Mrs. Kristen McDermott      212 1152                 Ms. Sara Russo SPL 1108
  Mrs. Julie Sumner 107                                        Mrs. Jackie Hoffower T/F 9-2:30 Occupational Therapist 1179
                                                                             Mrs. Jillian Weitknecht School Social Worker 1113
 GRADE 1          
  Mrs. Jillian Lecy 208                                          GAP /PLAYGROUP  COORDINATOR 
  Mrs. Megan Isbell 209 1154                               Mrs. Lisa Church 108 1181
  Mrs. Sarah Jarmon 210 1155                             Mrs. Jennifer Nottage                                (K-attend)    108   
  Mrs. Kathryn Ledogar 101 1156         
                                                                             PARAPROFESSIONALS 
 GRADE 2                                                            Mrs. Dina Bertrand   
  Mrs. Kristen Brindamour 104 1157                    Ms. Linda Bertsch   
  Mrs. Dianne McBroome 105 1159                     Mrs. Tonya Charlwood   1188
  Mrs. Lisa Robertson 106 1161                           Mrs. Cassandra Corcoran   1189
  Mrs. Rachel Wlodarczyk 103 1160                    Miss Jenna Deloge   1187
                                                                             Mrs. Judy Griffin   1190
 GRADE 3                                                            Mrs. Cynthia Kulla   1191
  Mrs. Leigh Anderson  317 1162                         Ms. Jessica Lyon1186   
  Mrs. Brenda Bourque 316 1163                         Mrs. Wendy McGale   1192
  Mrs. Melissa Curran 320 1164                           Mrs. Patricia Ravenelle   1193
  Mrs. Elizabeth Munro 318 1166                         Mrs. Tammy Roy   1194
                                                                             Ms. Melissa Seagraves   
 SPECIAL EDUCATION/REMEDIAL                   Mrs. Darlene Sleboda   1106
  Miss Tracey Bennett– Grade K/1   319 1167     Mrs. Beth Tetreault      1195
  Mrs. Marcia Danna – Math             325 1168          
  Mrs. Eva Eszterhai -  Reading        321 1169           
  Mrs. Lisa Irons– Grade 2/3             114 1171          
  Mrs. Kristen Trahan - Reading       314 1158      CAFETERIA  
                                                                              Ms. Patti Beaver   1117
 SPECIALS                                                           Mrs. Dennyse Heon
  Mrs. Jean Gladue   326 -          Art 1177             Mrs. Virginia Egan
  Ms. Laura Kahler    326 -          Art 1178        
  Mrs. Teresa DeLuca 323 -   Music 1175             CUSTODIANS  
  Miss Bethany Croxton 323 - Music 1176             Mr. Walter Wozniak Head Custodian 1105
  Mr. James Hynes Gym - Phys. Ed. 1173             Mr. Peter York 2nd Shift Custodian 1196
  Ms. Heather Pekarovic Gym - Phys. Ed. 1174     Mr. Arthur Barber 2nd Shift Custodian 
                                                                                Mr. Stephen Jankowski 2nd Shift Custodian 
 READING TUTORS           
  Mrs. Linda Gluck                         314  1153           Volunteer Grandparents 
  Mrs. Sandra McCourt                  110  1183           Catherine Wilson  
  Mrs. Millie Sokolowski 319           
  

Mrs. Lynette Morse                     Building Sub 

LITERACY INTERNS   1185         
Mrs. Miranda Johnson           1172

 

FLOOR PLANS
MOOSUP ELEMENTARY SCHOOL                                             
2016-2017


UPPER FLOOR – Grade 3
MAIN FLOOR – Grade K/1

LOWER FLOOR – Grade K/1/2

 
7/2015

 

 

Building Floor Plans (Individual Floors (3 pages)
See Secretary for copy

  


Behavior Referral Form  (BRF)
        See Secretary for copy

 


 PLAINFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS 

651 NORWICH ROAD
PLAINFIELD, CT 06374
(860) 564-6401
(860) 564-6477 (FAX)


Douglas F. Smith, Chairman                                                                                                                                                            Kenneth R. Di Pietro    
Board of Education                                                                                                                                                                           Superintendent of Schools
________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Bryan Klimkiewicz                                                                                                                                                                             Augusta Gilberti
Assistant Superintendent                                                                                                                                                                  Supervisor of Special Education

Notification of Rights Under FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), 20 U.S.C. § 1232g, et seq., affords parents and eligible students (i.e., students over 18, emancipated minors, and those attending post-secondary educational institutions) certain rights with respect to the student's education records.  They are:

 (1) The right to inspect and review the student's education records within forty-five  
                        (45) calendar days of the day the District receives a request for access.

Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect.  The principal will make arrangements for access and notify the parents or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

(2) The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the parents or eligible student believe are inaccurate or misleading, or otherwise violate the student's privacy rights.

Parents or eligible students who wish to ask the District to amend a record should write the school principal, clearly identify the part of the record the parents or eligible student want changed, and specify why it should be changed.

If the District decides not to amend the record as requested by the parents or eligible student, the District will notify the parents or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment.  Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parents or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.

(3) The right to privacy of personally identifiable information in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

One exception that permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to a school official with legitimate interests.  A school official is a person employed by the District as an administrator, supervisor, instructor or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the Board of Education; a person or company with whom the District has outsourced services or functions it would otherwise use its own employees to perform (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee; or a parent, student, or other volunteer assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.  A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

Upon request, the District discloses a student's education record without consent to officials of another school, including other public schools, charter schools, and post-secondary institutions, in which the student seeks or intends to enroll, or is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes of the student’s enrollment or transfer.

(4) 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.  The name and address of the agency that administers FERPA is:

  Family Policy Compliance Office
  U.S. Department of Education
  400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.
  Washington, DC 20202-4605


 Unless notified in writing by a parent or eligible student to the contrary within two weeks of the date of this notice, the school district will be permitted to disclose "Directory Information" concerning a student, without the consent of a parent or eligible student.  Directory Information includes information contained in an education record of a student that would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed.  It includes, but is not limited to, the parent’s name, address and/or e-mail address, the student’s name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, photographic, computer and/or video images, date and place of birth, major field(s) of study, grade level, enrollment status (full-time; part-time), participation in school-sponsored activities or athletics, weight and height (if the student is a member of an athletic team), dates of attendance, degrees, honors and awards received, the most recent previous school(s) attended and student identification numbers for the limited purposes of displaying a student identification card.  The student identification number, however, will not be the only identifier used when obtaining access to educational records or data.  Directory information does not include a student’s social security number, student identification number or other unique personal identifier used by the student for purposes of accessing or communicating in electronic systems unless the identifier cannot be used to gain access to education records except when used in conjunction with one or more factors that authenticate the user’s identity, such as a PIN or password.

 The school district may disclose directory information about students after they are no longer in enrollment in the school district.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, the district will continue to honor any valid objection to the disclosure of directory information made while a student was in attendance unless the student rescinds the objection.

 An objection to the disclosure of directory information shall not prevent the school district from disclosing or requiring a student to disclose the student’s name, identified or institutional email address in a class in which the student is enrolled.  Parents and/or eligible students may not use the right to opt out of directory information disclosures to prohibit the school district from requiring students to wear or display a student identification card.

 The written objection to the disclosure of directory information shall be good for only one school year.  School districts are legally obligated to provide military recruiters and institutions of higher learning, upon request, with the names, addresses and telephone numbers of secondary school students, unless the secondary student or the parent of the student objects to such disclosure in writing.  Such objection shall be in writing and shall be effective for one school year.  In all other circumstances, information designated as directory information will not be released when requested by a third party unless the release of such information is determined by the administration to be in the educational interest of the school district and is consistent with the district’s obligations under both state and federal law.

 

 

 
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 5020

PLAINFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS


WEAPONS AND DANGEROUS INSTRUMENTS POLICY


The Plainfield Board of Education recognizes that possession and/or use of a weapon or dangerous instrument by a student is detrimental to the welfare and safety of the students and the staff within the school district. Possession and/or use of any weapon or dangerous instrument in any school building, on school grounds, in any school vehicle, or at any school sponsored or approved activity, is prohibited. For purposes of this policy, “weapon” and “dangerous instrument” include, but are not limited to, any: pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun, air gun, spring gun, slingshot, bludgeon, artificial knuckles, knife, chemical weapon, explosive device, “stun” gun, or other electric shock producing device, any device having a sharp point or edge, such as an ice pick or razor, and any other similarly dangerous instrument capable of inflicting injury.
Possession of an instrument that might otherwise be considered a “dangerous instrument” such as a baseball bat, tool or laboratory device, is permitted if such instrument is in a student’s possession because, and to the extent that, such instrument is necessary for the student to participate in an approved school program, extra curricular activity, science fair or other similar event.
Whenever a school administrator has a reasonable suspicion that a student is in possession of a weapon or dangerous instrument, such administrator is authorized to conduct an unannounced inspection of such student’s locker, desk, vehicle parked on school property, the pockets of the student’s clothing, an/or any purse, gym bag or other receptacle belonging to or under the control of the student. Any search by an administrator must be reasonable related to the objectives of the search, and must not be excessively intrusive in light of the age and sex of the student. A student found to have in his/her possession any weapon or dangerous instrument will have that item confiscated, and will be subjected to school discipline, which may result in suspension and/or expulsion.
In any case in which there is a possible violation of a criminal law which relates to the possession and/or use of a weapon or dangerous instrument, the school administration will work cooperatively with police, prosecutors and other law enforcement authorities.
Students and staff will be provided with a written copy of this policy annually. Any teacher, employee, student, parent, school volunteer, or other member of the school community who reasonably believes that a student is in violation of this policy, should refer the matter to the building administrator or other appropriate administrator in charge.


Proposed: 1/13/94
Adopted: 2/10/94
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PLAINFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS


STUDENT DRUG AND ALCOHOL USE POLICY

The use, possession, and/or sale of alcoholic beverages and non-prescribed drugs, and drugs not prescribed for the individual in possession are forbidden on all school property. This prohibition applies to all students participating in all officially sanctioned school activities wherever they are conducted. This prohibition includes transportation to and from such activities on school buses and/or other officially sanctioned transportation facilities. Discipline up to and including expulsion may be applied for violation of the above at the discretion of the Board of Education.
Recognizing that drug use and abuse may be indicative of serious underlying problems, every effort will be made to offer a student help and assistance, including early identification, referral for treatment and aftercare support. Disciplinary procedures will be administered with the best interest of the student, school population and community in mind.
The Plainfield Public Schools staff, in cooperation with local law enforcement officials, will work collectively in an effort to help students understand the serious legal, social and medical consequences associated with alcohol and drug abuse.
School personnel will apply the following terms and regulations, or combinations thereof, in enforcing these policies.


Adopted: 9/14/94
Revised: 3/11/98
Reaffirm: 3/11/15

 

 


                                                                                                                                              5113

STUDENT ATTENDANCE AND TRUANCY


Regular and punctual student attendance in school is essential to the educational process. Connecticut state law places responsibility for assuring that students attend school with the parent or other person having control of the child. To assist parents and other persons in meeting this responsibility, the Board of Education, through its Superintendent, will adopt and maintain procedures to implement this policy.
Legal References:
Connecticut General Statutes §10-220
Connecticut General Statutes §10-184
Connecticut General Statutes §10-186
Connecticut General Statutes §10-198a
Guidelines for Reporting Student Attendance in the Public School Information System (Connecticut State Department of Education, January 2008)
Connecticut State Department of Education Circular Letter C-2, Utilizing Local Support Resources Prior to Referral of Students for Family with Service Needs (August 4, 2009)
Connecticut State Board of Education Memorandum, Definitions of Excused and Unexcused Absences (June 27, 2012)
Connecticut State Department of Education, Guidelines for Implementation of the Definitions of Excused and Unexcused Absences and Best Practices for Absence Prevention and Intervention (April 2013)

ADOPTED 10/08/2014

 

  

 


 5141.221

Students
Pediculosis (Head Lice)


The Board of Education authorizes the Superintendent of Schools to work with the School Medical Advisor in an effort to develop and implement regulations concerning pediculosis or head lice. The regulations are to include identification, treatment procedures, and notification process which will insure prompt and medically accurate action for students having pediculosis. The regulations are also to include assertive procedures which will reduce the opportunity of spreading pediculosis to other students.
The Board of Education (Board) is committed to maximizing students’ academic performance and physical wellbeing in a healthy and safe environment. The Board recognizes that head lice infestations do not pose a health hazard, are not a sign of uncleanliness, and are not responsible for the spread of any disease. Misinformation about head lice causes anxiety for parents/guardians and school staff. The goals of providing a healthy and safe environment for students with head lice are to (1) maximize academic performance; and (2) minimize absences due to unnecessary exclusion from school of students with head lice.
The school nurse will annually provide information to families of all students on the symptoms, treatment, and prevention of head lice. Parents are encouraged to check their children’s heads for lice if the child is symptomatic. The school nurse may check a student’s head if the student is demonstrating symptoms.
Management on the Day of Diagnosis
The Board recognizes that head lice infestation poses little risk to others and does not result in additional health problems. The management of pediculosis should proceed so as to not disrupt the education process. Nonetheless, any staff member who suspects a student has head lice will report this to the school nurse or Principal. District employees will act to ensure that student confidentiality is maintained in order to avoid embarrassment.
The Principal or school nurse will notify the parent/guardian by telephone or other available means if their child is found to have head lice. Verbal and written instruction for treatment will be given to the family of each identified student. Based upon the school nurse’s recommendation, other children who were most likely to have had direct head-to-head contact with the assessed child may be screened for head lice. The principal in consultation with the Superintendent or Superintendent Designee, may send more targeted information to families of students when a specific classroom has a high incidence of pediculosis.
The Board recognizes that The American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Association of School Nurses discourage “no nit” policies. Therefore, no student will be excluded from attendance solely based on the grounds that nits may be present. In addition, the school nurse is encouraged to offer extra help or information to families of children who are repeatedly or chronically infested.

Legal Reference: American Academy of Pediatrics, Clinical Report on Head Lice
Infestation, September 2002, Revised February 2007.
Adopted: 4/13/16 

 

 


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POLICY REGARDING SEX DISCRIMINATION AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT (STUDENTS)


It is the policy of the Board of Education that any form of sex discrimination or sexual harassment is prohibited, whether by students, Board employees or third parties subject to the control of the Board.  Students, Board employees and third parties are expected to adhere to a standard of conduct that is respectful of the rights of students.  Any student or employee who engages in conduct prohibited by this policy shall be subject to disciplinary action.

The Superintendent of Schools shall develop Administrative Regulations implementing this Policy.

Definitions

Sex discrimination occurs when a person, because of his or her sex, is denied participation in or the benefits of any education program receiving federal financial assistance.

Sexual harassment:  In a school setting, sexual harassment is conduct that 1) is sexual in nature; 2) is unwelcome; and 3) denies or limits a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from a school’s educational program.  Sexual harassment can be verbal, nonverbal or physical.  Sexual violence is a form of sexual harassment.  Sexual harassment creates a hostile environment if the conduct is sufficiently severe or pervasive such that it interferes with or limits a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the school’s program.  Although not an exhaustive list, the following are examples of sexual conduct prohibited by this policy:

1. Statements or other conduct indicating that a student’s submission to, or rejection of, sexual overtures or advances will affect the student’s grades and/or other academic progress.

2. Unwelcome attention and/or advances of a sexual nature, including verbal comments, sexual invitations, leering and physical touching.

3. Display of sexually suggestive objects, or use of sexually suggestive or obscene remarks, invitations, letters, emails, text messages, notes, slurs, jokes, pictures, cartoons, epithets or gestures.

4. Touching of a sexual nature or telling sexual or dirty jokes.

5. Transmitting or displaying emails or websites of a sexual nature.

 

 

 

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6. Using computer systems, including email, instant messaging, text messaging, blogging or the use of social networking websites, or other forms of electronic communications, to engage in any conduct prohibited by this policy.

Sexual Violence:  Sexual violence is a form of sexual harassment.  For the purposes of this policy, sexual violence refers to physical acts that are sexual in nature, perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to the victim’s use of drugs or alcohol.

Procedure

It is the express policy of the Board of Education to encourage victims of sex discrimination or sexual harassment to report such claims.  Students are encouraged to promptly report complaints of sex discrimination or sexual harassment to the appropriate personnel, as set forth in the Administrative Regulations implementing this Policy.  The district will investigate such complaints promptly, take interim measures, and take corrective action where appropriate.  The district will maintain confidentiality to the extent appropriate.  The district will not tolerate any reprisals or retaliation that occur as a result of the good faith reporting of charges of sexual harassment or sex discrimination.  Any such reprisals or retaliation will result in disciplinary action against the retaliator.

The school district will periodically provide staff development for district administrators, and periodically distribute this Policy and the implementing Administrative Regulations to staff and students in an effort to maintain an environment free of sexual discrimination and sex harassment.

Sex discrimination and/or sexual harassment may also constitute bullying behavior under the Board’s Bullying Behavior in the Schools Policy. 


Legal References: United States Constitution, Article XIV
 Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681, et seq.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 34 C.F.R § 106.1, et seq.
Gebser v. Lago Vista Independent School District, 524 U.S. 274 (1998)
Davis v. Monroe County Board of Education, 526 U.S. 629 (1999)
Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Revised Sexual Harassment Guidance:  Harassment of Students by School Employees, Other Students, or Third Parties, 66 Fed. Reg. 5512 (Jan. 19, 2001).
Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education Dear Colleague Letter: Sexual Violence (April 4, 2011).
 Constitution of the State of Connecticut, Article I, Section 20.
ADOPTED: 2/11/15

 


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