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Carthage Middle School Staff Handbook 2012-2013

PREFACE The Carthage Middle School Staff Handbook represents an attempt to clarify the procedures that every school needs in order to operate efficiently. Each summer the handbook is reviewed and updated to reflect any necessary changes. In order for these procedures to be effective, all teachers must review the handbook at the beginning of the school year and then use the handbook as a ready reference during the remainder of the school year. Specific topics related to the school improvement plan and administrative expectations for the upcoming school year will be highlighted at the first faculty meeting of the year.

MISSION STATEMENT "CMS CARES" The faculty and staff at Carthage Middle School challenge and motivate their students to achieve success through the promotion of character development, the acceptance of diversity, the importance of respect and responsibility, the quest for excellence, and the need for a safe and secure learning environment. (Adopted by Building Planning Team, December 1998)

ACADEMIC INTERVENTION SERVICES According to the July 1999 Revisions to Part 100 of the Commissioner's Regulations, school districts are required to provide academic intervention services (AIS) to students who score below the state-designated performance level on state assessments and/or who are at risk of not achieving the state learning standards. Academic intervention services are designed to help students achieve the learning standards in English language arts and mathematics for K-12 and in social studies and science for grades 4-12. These services include two components: (1) additional instruction and (2) student support services. The intensity of academic intervention services may vary but must be designed to respond to student needs as indicated from the results on state assessments and/or the district-adopted assessment procedures at each grade level. The district's Academic Intervention Services Plan was adopted by the Board of Education and became effective on July 1, 2000.

CARTHAGE MIDDLE SCHOOL STAFF HANDBOOK Table of Contents Preface Mission Statement Academic Intervention Services

Section One – “First Day” Information Important Dates and Testing Schedule Bell Schedule Delay Schedules for One Hour and Two Hour Delay Progress Reports and Report Card Period Dates

Section Two -- General Procedures Arrival and Dismissal of Students Assembly Programs Attendance Borrowing School Property Budgets, Requisitions, and Supplies Buildings/Facilities Use Buses and Student Transportation Cafeteria Duties Chaperoning Dances and/or Other Activities Class Registers Communication -- Memos, Notices, and Announcements Copy Room and Copying Material Corridor/Hallway Traffic Custodial/Maintenance Service Discipline Procedures Dress and Behavior Expectations Extra-Curricular Clubs and Activities Faculty Meetings Field Trips Fire Drills Fund Raising Grading and Report Cards Housekeeping Lunch Mail and Messages Motor Vehicles, Cars, Trucks, Etc. Pass System/Hallway Passport Personal Days Personal/Family Illness Plan Book Releasing a Student from Class School Closing or Delay Smoke Free Campus Study Hall/Learning Centers Supervision of Students Supervision on Buses Teacher Liability Teachers’ Conference/Work Rooms Telephones Tenth Period Visitors, Vendors, Salesmen, Reporters, Etc. Work Hours

Section Three -- Specific Procedures Health and Medical Services Accident, Illness, or Injury at School Emergency First Aid Student Medical Alert List Student/Staff Sickness Signs of Abuse, Illness, Problems Yearly Screening School Physicals Scoliosis Screening Sports Physicals School-Based Health Clinic

Counseling Services Assignment of Student to Class Drop-Out and/or Transfer Student Parent-Teacher Conferences Psychological Services Guidance/State Testing Program

Student Evaluation and Assessment Report Card Grades Numerical Grades Alpha Grades Incompletes Teacher Comments on Progress Reports and Report Cards Five Week Progress Reports Ten Week Evaluations Final or End-of-the-Year Exam Ten Week Marking Periods Honor Roll Student Awards Program and Criteria for Awards Final Grades Student Promotion Conference

Section Four -- Student Discipline Guidelines and Procedures General Student Expectations Student Discipline Referrals Sending Students to the Office Procedures for Tardiness Time-Out Room Late (5:25) Detention In-School Suspension (ISR) Suspension From School Law Enforcement Intervention Daily Conduct Expectations Student Dress Expectations Plagiarism and Academic Dishonesty

Section Five – Safety and Security Procedures CMS Safety Plan Fire Drills and Building Evacuation Procedures Fire Drills and Building Evacuation/Exit Plan CMS Building Map

Section Six – Special Education Information New York State Regulations and Information

To: From: Re: Date:

All Middle School Staff Amy Important dates for the 2012-2013 school year July 24, 2012

This is a tentative schedule for contractual meetings and special events at the Middle School for the 2012-2013 school year. Any changes will be noted in Daily Notes to staff.


Time: 10th period, 2:15 p.m. Place: Library • August 27 • Fri. October 12 • Fri. November 16 • Fri. December 7 • Fri. January 11 • Fri. February 8 • Fri. March 8 • Fri. April 19 • Fri. May 10 • Fri. June TBA


Time: 10th period, 2:15 p.m. Place: 5th grade Teachers’ Rm

BPT COMMITTEE MEETINGS Time: 3:00 -4:00 p.m. Place: Library


• Wed. September 5 • Wed. October 3 • Wed. November 7 • Wed. December 5 • Wed. January 2 • Wed. February 6 • Wed. March 6 • Wed. April 10 • Wed. May 1 • Wed. June 5 CMS SAFETY COMM. MEETINGS

• September 4 • Wed. October 3 • Wed. November 7 • Wed. December 5 • Wed. January 2 • Wed. February 6 • Wed. March 6 • Wed. April 10 • Wed. May 1 • Wed. June 5 CODE BLUE TEAM MEETINGS

Time: 10 period, 2:15 p.m. Place: 5th grade Conf. Rm.

Time: 10 period, 2:15 p.m. Place: 5th grade Conf. Rm.

Time: 10 period, 2:15 p.m. Place: 5th grade Conf. Rm.


• Wed. Sept. 12 • Wed. Oct. 10 • Wed. Nov. 14 • Wed. Dec. 12 • Wed. Jan. 30 • Wed. Feb. 13 • Wed. Mar. 13 • Wed. April 24 • Wed. May 8 • Wed. June 12 SFA COMPONENT MEETINGS

Time: 10th period, 2:15 p.m. Place: 5th grade Teachers’ Rm.

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Fri., September 7 Fri., October 26 Mon., November 19 Tues., December 11 Wed., January 9 Thurs., February 7 Wed., March 27 Mon., April 22 Wed., May 22 Fri., June 14


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Fri. September 28 Fri. November 30 Fri. January 25 Fri. March 22 Fri. May 31


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Fri., Sept. 21 Mon. March 4

Drill(s) will be planned and take place throughout the school year.

DISCIPLINE COMMITTEE MEETINGS Time: 10th period, 2:15 p.m. Place: 5th grade Conf. Rm • Wed.. September 19 • Wed. October 17 • Wed. November 28 • Wed. December 19 • Wed. January 16 • Wed. February 27 • Wed. March 20 • Fri. April 17 • Wed. May 15 • Wed. June 19 SBIT MEETINGS Time: 10th period, 2:15 p.m. Place: 5th grade Conf. Rm. • Fri., September 14 • Fri., October 19 • Fri., November 2 • Thurs., December 6 • Fri., January 4 • Fri., February 1 • Fri., March 15 • Fri., April 26 • Fri., May 3 • Fri., June 7

CMS BOOK FAIR Mon. , Nov. 14-Fri., Nov. 18 Mon., Mar. 25–Thurs., Mar.28

CMS SPELLING BEE Wednesday, January 16, 2013

PARENT CONFERENCE DAY Thursday, November 15

HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTION Wednesday, April 10, 2013

STAFF DEVELOPMENT DAYS Mon., August 27, 2012 Tues., August 28, 2012 Wed.,August 29, 2012 Tues., Sept. 4, 2012

MIDDLE SCHOOL PICTURES Thurs., September 20, 2012 Tues., March 12, 2013


Building Principal Patty Flynn Lesley Terry CC: Kylie Buker, Matthew Olmstead From: Amy St. Croix Re: Progress Report and Report Card Dates for 2012-2013 school year Date: August 14, 2012

Based on the school calendar for the upcoming year, the following dates are targeted for the Five Week Progress Report periods and the Report Card/Marking Period Quarters for the 2012-2013 school year.


Grades Due

Report Period Ending Date

Reports Sent Home

5 Week Progress Report 10 Week Report Card 15 Week Progress Report 20 Week Report Card 25 Week Progress Report 30 Week Report Card 35 Week Progress Report 40 Week/Final Report Card

Friday, October 5, 2012 Friday, November 9, 2012 Friday, December 14, 2012 Monday, January 28, 2013 Friday, March 1, 2013 Friday, April 12, 2013 Friday, May 17, 2013 Friday, June 21, 2013

Friday, October 5, 2012 Friday, November, 9, 2012 Friday, December 14, 2012 Monday, January 28, 2013 Friday, March 1, 2013 Friday, April 12, 2013 Friday, May 17, 2013 Friday, June 21, 2013

Friday, October 12, 2012 Friday, November 16, 2012 Thursday, December 20, 2012 Thursday, January 31, 2013 Friday, March 8, 2013 Friday, April 18, 2013 Thursday, May 23, 2013 Thursday, June 27, 2013

Note: Final exam and Regents Week: Wednesday, June 12–Thursday, June 21, 2013

Final Report Cards will be mailed to parents and students as soon as possible after grades are finalized. Students who need to attend Summer School will be contacted by their guidance counselors.

CARTHAGE MIDDLE SCHOOL DAILY SCHEDULE 2012-2013 SCHOOL YEAR Bus Unloading – 7:21 a.m. Student Arrival/Lockers Breakfast Pledge of Allegiance & Announcements

7:21-7:30 a.m. 7:30-7:39 a.m. 7:32 a.m.



7:39 – 8:21 a.m.



8:23 -- 9:04 a.m.



9:06 -- 9:47 a.m.



9:49 --10:30 a.m.



10:32 --11:13 a.m. Cafeteria 5/6 Team 5B

Cafeteria7/8 Team 7B

Lunch 1

10: 36 -- 11:06

Lunch 2 Lunch 3

11:15 -- 11:56 a.m. 11:16 -- 11:46 Team 6B 11:24 -- 11:54

Team 8B Team 7A

Lunch 4 Lunch 5

11:58 -- 12:39 p.m. 11:59 -- 12:29 Team 5A 12:07—12:37

Team 6A Team8A

Period 6

Period 7

Period 8

12:41 -- 1:22 p.m.

Period 9

1:24 -- 2:06 p.m. PM Announcements 2:04

First Dismissal

2:06-2:14 p.m. (Buses Leave)

Period 10

2:10 -- 2:45 p.m.

Second Dismissal

2:45-2:50 p.m. (Buses Leave)

Athletic Practices/Late Detention

2:45 -- 5:15 p.m.

CARTHAGE MIDDLE SCHOOL One Hour Delay Schedule 2012-2013 SCHOOL YEAR Bus Unloading – 8:20 a.m. Student Arrival/Lockers 8:20-8:30 a.m. NO BREAKFAST SERVED PLEDGE & ANNOUNCEMENTS 8:30-8:32 a.m. Period


8:32 – 9:10 a.m.

(38 min.)



9:12 – 9:48 a.m.

(36 min.)



9:50 -- 10:26 a.m. (36 min.)


5 Lunch 1

10:28 -- 11:10 a.m. (42 min.) 10:37-- 11:07 Team 5B Team 7B

Period 6 Lunch 2 Lunch 3

11:12 -- 11:54 a.m. (42 min.) 11:13 -- 11:43 Team 6B Team 8B 11:21 -- 11:51 Team 7A

Period 7 Lunch 4 Lunch 5

11:56 -- 12:38 p.m. (42 min.) 11: 57-- 12:27 Team 5A Team 6A 12:05 – 12:35 Team 8A

Period 4

12:40 -- 1:07 p.m. (27 min.)

Period 8

1:09 -- 1:36 p.m. (27 min.)

Period 9

1:38 -- 2:06 p.m. (28 min.) PM Announcements 2:04 p.m.

First Dismissal

2:06 -- 2:14 p.m. (Buses Leave)

Period 10

2:10 -- 2:45 p.m. (32 min.)

Second Dismissal 2:45-2:50 p.m. (Buses Leave) Athletic Practices/Late Detention Revised – June 2012

2:45 -- 5:15 p.m.

CARTHAGE MIDDLE SCHOOL Two Hour Delay Schedule 2012-2013 SCHOOL YEAR Bus Unloading – 9:20 a.m. Student Arrival/Lockers 9:20-9:30 a.m. NO BREAKFAST PROGRAM PLEDGE & ANNOUNCEMENTS 9:30-9:32 a.m. Period


9:32 – 9:53 a.m.

(21 min.)



9:55 – 10:16 a.m.

(21 min.)



10:18 – 10:39 a.m. (21 min.)


5 Lunch 1

10:41 -- 11:13 a.m. (32 min.) 10:41 -- 11:11 Team 5B Team 7B

Lunch 2 Lunch 3

11:15 -- 11:56 a.m. (41 min.) 11:16 -- 11:46 Team 6B Team 8B 11:24 -- 11:54 Team 7A

Lunch 4 Lunch 5

11:58 -- 12:39 p.m. (41 min.) 11:59 -- 12:29 Team 5A Team 6A 12:07 – 12:37 Team 8A

Period 6

Period 7

Period 4

12:41 -- 1:08 p.m. (27 min.)

Period 8

1:10 -- 1:37 p.m. (27 min.)

Period 9

1:39 -- 2:06 p.m. (27 min.) PM Announcements 2:04 p.m.

First Dismissal

2:06 -- 2:14 p.m. (Buses Leave)

Period 10

2:10 -- 2:45 p.m .

Second Dismissal

2:45 -- 2:50 p.m. (Buses Leave)

Athletic Practices/Late Detention Revised – June 2012

2:45 -- 5:15 p.m.

GENERAL PROCEDURES The day-to-day operations of the Carthage Middle School follow specific guidelines that are outlined in this section of the handbook. Since these guidelines and procedures are subject to annual revision, please review this information carefully. The topics in this section have been arranged in alphabetical order for the teachers' convenience. Specific sections regarding guidance services, media center information, fire and safety information, discipline guidelines, special education, and selected district policies are also included in the handbook. ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL OF STUDENTS All teachers and staff members are expected to supervise students during their arrival to school in the morning and their dismissal from school in the afternoon. With everyone's ongoing and consistent participation, the arrival and dismissal of students will occur in a safe and orderly manner. Please note the following guidelines for arrival and dismissal: • The school buses begin to unload students at 7:20 A.M. from the Cole Road side of the Middle School. •

In the morning, teachers should be outside their rooms or in specific assigned corridor locations by 7:20 A.M. Teachers should encourage students to go to their lockers and then report directly to their First Period class as quickly as possible. With Middle School students, this "encouragement" will probably need to occur on a daily basis. • In the afternoon, there are two dismissal times: 2:06 P.M. and 2:45 P.M. All teachers should encourage students to clear the halls and move to the bus loading areas in an orderly manner. At 2:06 dismissal, students board buses on the Cole Road side of the Middle School. At the 2:45 dismissal, Middle School students must exit by the doors on the backside of the building and load the Tenth Period buses on the front side of the High School. • No Middle School or High School students should use the connecting hallway (the tunnel) to the High School during morning arrival or afternoon dismissal times. • Teachers should enforce the standard corridor rules with students during arrival and dismissal. Students should walk, observe their own space, and talk in a normal tone of voice. • Teachers must pay attention to the traffic in the hall and the interaction between students and be prepared to take action when necessary. Students who disrupt the orderly and safe arrival and/or dismissal procedures should be referred directly to the office. PLEASE NOTE: Students are not allowed to hitchhike, walk, arrive at or leave school property by other means than permissible transportation (parents, buses, etc.) Any student observed arriving or leaving by an unauthorized or suspicious method should be reported immediately to the office. ADDITIONAL NOTE: Both building administrators are usually in the building each day until approximately 4:00 P.M. In case of an emergency, immediately contact the office.

ASSEMBLY PROGRAMS Assembly programs for Middle School students are offered at various times during the school year. Information related to the program, seating arrangement, time, etc., will be distributed to staff prior to the program. ATTENDANCE Teachers will use the “Infinite Campus” program to record daily attendance during each class period. Careful and accurate attendance record keeping is essential. “Infinite Campus” includes an “Attendance Calling Service” that contacts parents regarding student absence from class and/or school. Substitute teachers will record attendance using a paper copy of similar materials. The paper copy will be sent to the office each period for input into the computer. Unfortunately, teachers will no longer be able to print attendance sheets for substitutes in advance. Mrs. Flynn will print appropriate attendance sheets each morning as needed for substitutes. After teachers take attendance at the beginning of every period, please report any student not accounted for to the office by calling Mrs. Whattam (5839). Teachers are expected to review the following attendance procedures with their students during the first week of school. The information is in the student handbook/planner. • A student who has been absent from school will provide his/her First Period teacher with a written excuses explaining the reason for and the date(s) of the absence and signed by a parent or guardian. The note will be put in the nurse’s mailbox in the Main Office or sent to the nurse’s office before first period. • Any student who arrives at school after 7:30 A.M. is expected to sign in at the office. • When a student needs to leave school early, he/she must bring a written parental request to the office when he/she arrives at school in the morning. The student's name and the time to be excused will appear on the daily absence sheet.

BORROWING SCHOOL PROPERTY Board Policy allows the district to loan school equipment to staff members and/or community organizations as long as the school has reasonable assurance that the equipment will be used properly. Staff members who wish to borrow school equipment, i.e. a computer for a vacation or over the summer, must complete the appropriate forms in the office.

BUDGETS, REQUISITIONS, AND SUPPLIES Department chairs or coordinators will work with their teachers and the building principal to compile requisitions for supplies, equipment, and textbooks needed for the following school year in accordance with the proposed budget figures. These compiled requisitions become the Middle School operating budget when approved by district voting in May. Only money appropriated by this means can be spent unless an emergency arises and/or surplus funds are available. Requisition forms are available on-line via district web site under “Quick Links”, go to “Staff Access Page” and then “CCSD Forms.” Also, in the interest of economy, teachers should educate their students in the conservation of routine instructional supplies and the proper usage of textbooks and equipment. PLEASE NOTE: Teachers must order supplies and equipment only through the proper channels if they expect district payment for the goods.

BUILDING/FACILITIES USE The use of any Middle School or district room or facility including such locations as the cafeteria, gymnasium, library/media center, High School Large Group Instruction Room (L.G.I.), and auditorium must be approved well in advance. Building/Facility Use Forms are available in the office. Teachers should contact Mrs. Flynn in the office if they have specific questions related to scheduling activities for Middle School locations.

BUSES AND STUDENT TRANSPORTATION All students are expected to be transported to and from school by district buses. Students who wish to alter their regular bus assignment, such as ride a different bus, get off at a different stop, etc. need a permission note from their parents. They must report to the office in the morning to get an approved, signed bus pass to present to the other driver. The transportation of students to activities or events by staff members in private cars is discouraged. The use of district vehicles for such transportation is strongly recommended rather than the use of personal vehicles. Any staff member who transports students in a school-owned vehicle must have successfully completed an approved course in school bus safe driving practices. Riding a school bus is a privilege, and students who behave inappropriately on the bus will be disciplined in accordance with the bus conduct guidelines. Students who continue to misbehave and/or students who, in some way, endanger the safety of the driver and all other students on the bus may temporarily lose their bus riding privileges. In severe situations, the students will be referred for a Superintendent's Transportation Disciplinary hearing to determine the availability of district transportation for the remainder of the school year.

CAFETERIA DUTIES Although they are not assigned to direct supervision duty in the cafeteria, teachers are expected to escort students to the cafeteria and supervise students when they are lining up and waiting to be served, and also when the students are returning to the classroom area after lunch. Teachers must check the Bell Schedule for scheduled cafeteria drop-off and pick-up times.

CHAPERONING DANCES AND/OR OTHER ACTIVITIES The duty of chaperoning or supervising students at school dances or activities is considered to be a voluntary duty, as long as faculty members continue to accept student invitations to help with such events. Parents may also be invited to participate as chaperones. Club/activity advisors are expected to be the "head" chaperone for any scheduled dance or activity. A minimum of six faculty chaperones in addition to the advisor(s) is required for any dance or activity to be held. Once a teacher has agreed to chaperone a dance or activity, they are expected to attend. However, in the event of an emergency or conflict, the teacher is expected to notify the club advisor and the administration.

CLASS REGISTERS Teachers must use some type of class register for keeping records of student attendance and grades. The class average or attendance record of any student should be readily available at any time by referring to a teacher's class register/grade record for that student. Enough data on each student should be recorded to provide the basis for a fair grade for each report card period and for the final grade. See Section Two of this handbook for specific information related to grading procedures. Class registers must be updated on a regular basis throughout the school year. These class registers will be collected at the end of the school year and filed in the office in case there are any questions regarding student grades.

COMMUNICATION -- MEMOS, NOTICES, AND ANNOUNCEMENTS Communication within the Middle School is accomplished through memos to staff from the office, written notices and reminders for students and staff on the “Daily Notes” in Staff Folder, and public address (PA) announcements in the morning after the “Pledge”. If needed, afternoon announcements will be made at 2:04 P.M.

Staff members who have announcements of club meetings, upcoming activities, etc. are expected to write out the announcement on the forms available in the office and put the form in the "Announcement" folder. These will be posted to the “Daily Notes” in the staff folder as needed.

COPY ROOM AND COPYING MATERIAL Copying material for students is done primarily by Mrs. Marilyn Mallette, the Teachers' clerical aide. The "Copy Room" (Room 96) is accessed via the library/media center or via the connecting hallway directly behind the library. Teachers are asked to make their copying requests at least 24/48 hours in advance as much as possible. Mrs. Mallette can also arrange mass quantity printing of materials (100 copies or more) through the district Print Shop. Teachers are also advised to adhere to appropriate copyright restrictions. Teachers are requested to use the “Teacher’s Copy Machine” in the Copy Room rather than the office copy machine. Note: Due to increasing paper costs, use of colored paper will be curtailed as much as possible.

CORRIDOR/HALLWAY TRAFFIC All staff members are responsible for the supervision of all students in the building hallways during the school day. Corridor traffic is especially heavy during certain times of the day (morning arrival, lunch, and afternoon dismissal) that requires special attention by the staff. However, the following guidelines and practices apply to supervision of corridor/hallway traffic: • Teachers should step to the door to dismiss students and to supervise students passing between classes. • Traffic should keep to the right wherever possible and practical. • Students should take the most direct route between classes. • Middle School students are not allowed in the High School at any time without a pass from the office unless there is a special, announced rehearsal or athletic activity. • Students should not be in the hallways between classes without written permission (office pass or agenda hallway passport). Any student who cannot account for his/her actions should be immediately escorted to the office.

CUSTODIAL/MAINTENANCE SERVICE The custodial staff completes regular, day-to-day cleaning/custodial service during their work shift. Teachers who need additional custodial/maintenance service should follow these guidelines as established previously by the Building Advisory Committee and Building Planning Team: (1) Submit written request on appropriate maintenance form to the building principal. (2) Do not ask individual custodians for assistance unless it is an emergency. It is the head custodian's duty to assign work. (3) In an emergency, call the office for immediate assistance. (4) Please bring any continuing problems or issues to the building principal's attention.

DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES Teachers are expected to explain their individual classroom rules and discipline procedures to students during the first week of school. In order to establish consistent behavior expectations from class to class, each team also needs to develop and inform students of any specific "Team Rules." Since effective classroom management is essential to a productive learning environment, teachers are expected to handle minor behavior issues as much as possible without intervention from the office. Telephone contact with parents is often an effective way of solving particular discipline problems with most students. Assigning students to tenth period detention for a specific number of days is another option. Teachers are expected to refer students to the administration only after all possible intervention efforts and methods have been tried or in the event of any "severe clause" or serious behavior problem. Then the Middle School Office will assign appropriate consequences which may include late detention, Time-Out, ISSR, or Out-of-School Suspension for hallway, cafeteria and bus referrals, for severe clause situations, and when a student is referred to the office by a staff member. The parent/guardian will be notified by telephone or by mail. See “Section Four” of the Staff Handbook for more detailed information.

DRESS AND BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS Staff members are expected to set a positive example for students in dress and appearance, as well as speech, action, and attitude. Staff members need to model appropriate dress and behavior for students. This is another area where staff members can help "raise the standards". Staff members are expected to follow the district’s “Code of Conduct”.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES Carthage Middle School offers a number of extra-curricular activities for its students, including clubs, special musical performance groups, and sports intramurals. These clubs and activities are available during the tenth period provided that students do not have any other academic commitments or responsibilities. Teachers are encouraged to volunteer and become involved in extracurricular clubs and/or sports activities that match their personal interests and/or areas of expertise.

FACULTY MEETINGS Faculty meetings will be held on a monthly and/or as needed basis. Dates are listed on the “Important Dates” memo in the “First Day” Section of the Staff Handbook. Staff members who are not able to attend a meeting must notify the building principal.

FIELD TRIPS Before any group of students (which includes a club, a sports team, an academic class or team) makes plans for a field trip, the following arrangements must be made: (1) Written permission must be obtained from the building principal to plan the trip. A field trip request form must be secured in the office and submitted for approval at least three weeks in advance of the trip. (2) Students going on the trip must submit completed field trip permission and medical release forms. (3) A list of the students and adult chaperones going on the field trip and a copy of the planned agenda of the trip must be submitted to the building principal at least three days in advance of the trip for attendance purposes. An emergency telephone numbers list or a pre-arranged telephone chain is also helpful. (4) Pupils who will miss classes must clearly understand that a trip taken during regular school hours does not excuse them from doing their work. Students have to get the necessary assignments from teachers in advance. (5) When planning a trip, the teacher responsible for the trip must work with the transportation supervisor to insure that "adequate" supervision is provided on each bus. "Adequate" supervision is defined as at least one adult male and one adult female per bus carrying male and female students for extended trips outside school district boundaries.

FIRE DRILLS Fire drills are serious business for educators because too many students die each year due to fires or other emergency situations. New York State requires each building to have at least twelve fire drills during the school year, eight in the fall and four in the spring. State law also requires three emergency evacuation drills from busses each school year. A copy of the building evacuation plan and the fire drill/evacuation procedures are included in Section 5 -- “Safety and Security” -- of the Handbook. Teachers are expected to advise their students of the specific fire drill exit route from their classroom. They also are expected to review fire drill procedures outlined below with their students during the first week of school. Fire drills are planned to begin during the second week of school. Only the first fire drill of the year will be announced.

FUND RAISING To avoid conflicts, all school-sponsored group fund raisers, including sports teams, classes, or clubs, must be approved by the Board of Education and scheduled in advance for a specific length of time with building principal. Fund raisers should be planned with a specific goal/reason/purpose in mind. The Board of Education has an established policy regarding fund raising activities. Also, in accordance with state law, food items and/or candy, etc. cannot be sold in school before 1:00 P.M. Such inappropriate sales may jeopardize that group's fund raising activity, as well as approval of any future activities.

GRADING AND REPORT CARDS Teachers are expected to record sufficient grades and information for each student to be able to fairly evaluate the student's level of achievement. Teachers will use the “Infinite Campus” program to record progress report and quarterly report card grades and appropriate comments for each student. See Section Three of this handbook for more specific information related to grading procedures. Note: All progress reports and report cards are mailed home to parents as soon as possible after grades are submitted to the office.

HOUSEKEEPING Teachers are responsible for housekeeping in their classrooms each period. Teachers should immediately report any signs of missing or damaged property to the building principal.

LUNCH Teachers are allowed a thirty-minute, duty-free lunch period during the school day. The Middle School cafeteria serves lunches every full day of school. Teachers who wish to purchase lunches must use student lines but may cut the lines to save time during their lunch period. A refrigerator and a microwave are located each of the four Teacher Conference Rooms for staff convenience. Teachers who choose to leave the building during their lunch period must sign out in the office when they leave and sign in again when they return. Staff members may occasionally be asked to voluntarily assist in cafeteria supervision when the situation warrants their help. Teachers are also welcome to eat in the cafeteria with their students if they choose or to invite students to eat with them in their classrooms.

MAIL AND MESSAGES Teachers are expected to check their mail box in the main office when they arrive at school, after their lunch period, and at other convenient times during the school day. Messages will be placed in teacher mailboxes. Personal calls to teachers during work hours are discouraged except in an emergency. Teachers are asked to notify relatives and friends of this procedure.

MOTOR VEHICLES, CARS, TRUCKS, ETC. In order to promote high standards of safety for all students and staff members, drivers are asked to follow appropriate laws and regulations related to motor vehicles and parking. • Staff members are expected to obtain a Carthage Central "STAFF" parking permit for any vehicle they drive to school. See Mrs. Flynn in the office to secure a parking permit. • Staff members should park in the larger parking lot parking lot off Martin Street Road behind the High School and the Middle School. Parking spaces in the parking area near the office are reserved for administrators, secretaries, nurse, guidance counselors, school psychologists, and visitors. Staff members are reminded to observe rules of common sense, safety, and courtesy when driving on school property, not to mention the rules of New York State Motor Vehicle Law. • The maximum speed limit on school property and roadways is 10 MPH. • School buses and pedestrians have the right of way at all times. • Drivers must obey the staff member on duty in the parking lot. • Accidents of any kind should be reported immediately to the office.

PASS SYSTEM/HALLWAY PASSPORT Staff members are expected to sign the hallway passport section of the planner/agenda for any student who asks to leave the classroom for any purpose, i.e. bathroom, locker, office to use telephone, etc. This system will help teachers on each team manage student traffic in the hallways during the school day. Passport pages will be used on a quarterly basis, i.e. Page One for First Quarter, etc. The office provides pads of pre-printed white passes for use during tenth period, and the library provides pads of blue library passes for teachers to issue to students who wish to use the library/media center during a class or a study hall. Passes must include where the student is coming from, where the student is going, the time the student is leaving the room, and a teacher signature. Students called to the office or sent to the nurse should be issued a white pass by the teacher. Administrators, guidance counselors, secretaries, and the school nurse will issue white passes to students returning to a classroom from the office. Any student who misuses the pass system or is found wandering/loitering in the halls will be returned to teacher who signed the pass. The student should be restricted to the classroom and temporarily lose the privilege of hall/library passes. Continued misuse of the pass system will result in assignment to detention by that teacher.

PERSONAL DAYS Staff members who wish to take a personal day for reasons other than an emergency are expected to submit their request in writing to the building principal at least two school days in advance. Personal day request forms are available on-line or in the office from Mrs. Flynn.

PERSONAL/FAMILY ILLNESS Staff members who cannot report to work because of personal or family illness or any other emergency are asked to telephone the AESOP automated substitute line at 1-800-942-3767 or, preferably the night before. If Middle School staff members need to speak to an office staff member call Mrs. Amy St. Croix at 436-0442 or Ms. Patty Flynn at 486-7890.

PLAN BOOK A plan book is expected to be kept by each teacher. The type, style, and format of a teacher's plan book will be determined by personal choice, but the plan book must provide a place for the teacher to organize lesson plans for a given period of time. Plan books may be requested at any time by department chairs, coordinators, directors, or building administrators. Plans should be kept updated on a daily basis and be written for at least one week in advance. Mere assignments or topic headlines are not enough. General objectives/learner outcomes for an entire unit with specific daily objectives/expected student outcomes for each class period are an integral part of effective lesson plans. A substitute teacher who is called in to cover a classroom should be able to locate the day's lesson and assignment, as well as refer to a more detailed description/outline of how the day's lesson should be taught to the students. Thus, in addition to the benefits that a teacher gains from thoughtful, advanced planning, a teacher's plan book also provides any substitute with sufficient lesson plans and class work for the day.

RELEASING A STUDENT FROM CLASS Teachers should never release a student from class into the custody of any unauthorized person. Everyone, including a parent/guardian, must meet his/her child in the office and sign the student out of school before removing the student from the building. Students are usually authorized to leave class by a telephone call from the office. Teachers are asked to immediately report to the office any unauthorized visitors or observed attempts to remove children from the school building or from school grounds.

SCHOOL CLOSING OR DELAY In the event that district schools must be closed for the day or delayed for a period of time due to inclement weather or other emergency, announcements will be made between 6:00 and 7:00 A.M. on local television stations (WWNY Channel 7 or WWTI (Channel 50) and/or local radio stations, including WTNY 790 AM, WTOJ 103.7 FM, WWLF 106.7 FM, WATN 1240 FM, WBRV 900 AM, and/or WLLG 101.3 FM.

SMOKE FREE CAMPUS As per district policy and state legislation, Carthage Middle School is a non-smoking campus. No smoking is allowed in the building or on school grounds.

STUDY HALL/LEARNING CENTER Good study habits are essential to a student's daily preparation and long-term success in school. Staff members supervising a study hall must maintain a “Sign Out Log” (Copies are available in the office.). Each Learning Center period must begin with 1015 minutes of “Silent-Sustained Reading” as part of the building emphasis on increased literacy and reading skills. All Learning Centers are expected to follow the Carthage Middle School Learning Center Guideline.

SUPERVISION OF STUDENTS Teachers are expected to supervise the behavior of any and all students in the Middle School, not just the students on their particular team. Teachers are expected to set an example for students by being punctual. All classes should start on time. Students who report late to class without a pass should not be sent to the office for a pass. Instead, these students should be assigned to tenth period detention by that teacher. If, for some reason, it is necessary for a teacher to leave a classroom, he/she must ask a neighboring teacher to supervise his/her class until he/she returns. No group of students should be left without proper supervision.

SUPERVISION ON BUSES Teachers are not usually assigned to supervise students on buses unless they are accompanying a group of students on a class/club field trip or traveling with an athletic team or musical organization to a specific event or performance. However, the administration reserves the right to assign teachers to this kind of duty if necessary to insure the safety of students.

TEACHER LIABILITY Teachers assigned to any duties involving the direct supervision of students (classes, bus or corridor duty, etc.) may be liable for any student injuries sustained when the teacher is not physically present during the stipulated time of duty. Board Policy related to "Supervision of Students" covers teacher liability.

TEACHERS' CONFERENCE/WORK ROOMS A Teacher Conference Room is located in each wing. Teachers are expected to use these rooms for team meetings, for parent conferences, and for individual planning periods. Reasonable care and usage of furniture and other equipment is expected. Teachers are also expected to keep the room clean and neat, including the appliances.

TELEPHONES Office telephones and intra-school phones should be used for school business only. Teachers should inform students that classroom telephones are for teacher use only, and students should leave the telephone alone. Teachers need to periodically check their classroom telephone to make sure the telephone is secure and in place. The telephones in the teacher conference rooms have outside line access, but the telephones in the classrooms do not have outside access. Teachers are expected to use these telephones to call parents as needed during team planning meetings and/or individual planning periods. Teachers are also expected to reimburse the district for any and all personal toll charges. Students must have a pass from a teacher in order to use the telephone in the office. Teachers are expected to provide students with written permission instead of simply sending them to the office.

TENTH PERIOD Tenth period is an important education resource for both Middle School teachers and students. It is a part of the regular school day, strictly designed for remedial instruction, extra help for students, teacher assigned detention, and/or extra-curricular activities. Teachers are to be in their classroom and available to students during the tenth period (2:10-2:50 P.M.) and are responsible for supervising all students who have been directed to report to them for tenth period, regardless of the type of activity. Teachers are asked to please review the "TENTH PERIOD GUIDELINES” with students at the beginning of the school year, as well as periodically during the school year.

VENDORS, VISITORS, SALESMEN, REPORTERS, ETC. All visitors, vendors, etc, must report to the office upon entering the building and sign-in using the Visitor’s Log/Sign-In. They are issued a temporary pass or vendor’s ID card to wear in the building. Teachers are expected to refuse to speak with anyone who goes to their classroom unannounced and to direct such unauthorized students or adults to the office. If this occurs, teachers must notify the office immediately to report the unauthorized person's presence in the building. Occasionally, police officers, newspaper reporters, or case workers will want personal information on students or incidents involving students. Teachers are expected to not provide any such information unless it has been authorized by the building principal.

WORK HOURS The standard work hours for Middle School teachers are 7:20 A.M. - 2:50 P.M. Teachers and other staff members are expected to sign in by 7:20 A.M. in the Middle School office and to check their mail box for any messages or materials. Then they are to report to their classroom and/or hallway supervision post by 7:20 A.M. when the students leave the buses. During the school day, staff members are permitted to leave the building during their 30-minute lunch break provided they sign out in the office in the Staff Sign-Out Log when they leave and to sign in when they return to the building. Staff members who need to leave the building for an emergency at any other time during the work day are also expected to follow the same “Sign Out/Sign In” procedure. The teacher's regular workday ends at 2:50 P.M. Teachers who need to leave the building before that time are expected to notify the principal or assistant principal in advance of their departure. They are also expected to sign out in the Staff Sign-Out Log and to note the purpose/reason for their approved early departure. Teachers are encouraged to schedule any appointments after 3:30 P.M.

SPECIFIC PROCEDURES HEALTH AND MEDICAL SERVICES Mrs. Sherri Kamide is the school nurse. In collaboration with the Carthage Middle School Health Clinic, they supervise all student health services conducted at the Carthage Middle School. Teachers should send students with minor illness or injuries to the nurse’s office/clinic with a pass. Care will be administered according to the standing orders and procedures approved by the school physician and district policy. The nurse/clinic is the only staff member(s) authorized to administer medications according to written prescriptions. In addition to the nurse, Middle School students who are enrolled in the clinic will also have access to the School-Based Health Clinic in the Middle School. This clinic is staffed by a Physician’s Assistant on a daily basis. Accident, Illness, or Injury at School If a student or staff member has an accident, becomes seriously ill, or suffers an injury, he/she should not be moved. Call the nurse’s office (5816) for immediate assistance, and notify the office (5810 or 5814). If the nurse is unavailable, other staff members qualified to administer first aid will be contacted. In the case of a serious injury or illness requiring a physician, the parent or other responsible person will be notified immediately. A physician may be called with the consent of an administrator. All student injuries occurring in school or on the way to or from school on the bus and all employee injuries occurring in school or on school grounds must be reported to the school nurse within 24 hours. It is the individual’s responsibility to report any injuries. Mrs. Kamide will complete a “Student Incident Report” form or supply staff members with an incident report to be completed. All reports of injuries are filed with the district office. Emergency First Aid In case of an emergency, the following staff members are trained to administer first aid: ¾ ¾ ¾ ¾ ¾ ¾ ¾ ¾ ¾ ¾

Tammy Anderson – TA Rhonda Bretsch – PE Teacher Johnna Burto – Pool Manager Bill Escudero – Special Education Teacher Tracy Farr – Math Teacher Sherri Kamide – MS Nurse Patricia Sheehan – PE Teacher Katherine Stackel – Social Studies Teacher Julie Theiser – TA Brian Zevotek – Science Teacher

Student/Staff Sickness Students and staff members are strongly urged to remain at home if they are ill. It is very important to isolate such cases to prevent outbreaks among the student body and/or staff. Signs of Abuse, Illness, Problems Teachers should observe their students for signs or indications of abuse, illness, or other problems, such as vision/hearing defects or personal hygiene. Teachers are mandated reporters of such incidents. They must also notify the nurse, administrators, and/or guidance counselors regarding suspected cases. Yearly Screening The nurse screens new students and students in Grade 7 each year for vision and hearing. She also measures and records their height and weight. Teachers can refer other students for screening if they suspect a problem.

School Physicals Yearly school physicals are conducted by a school physician and the nurse for all 7th graders and all students new to the district. Also, any student enrolled in the school-based health clinic will receive a physical annually. Scoliosis Screening Scoliosis screening is completed on all Middle School students during specified Physical Education classes. Sports Physicals All candidates for athletic teams must have a sports physical conducted by an authorized school physician during the year. In addition, they will receive urinalysis screening. School-Based Health Clinic Parents may enroll students in the clinic at any time during the school year. The clinic is staffed by employees of the Carthage Area Hospital. Enrollment packets are included in the student’s “Back-To-School” envelope. Call 493-5020 for details.

COUNSELING SERVICES Two counselors service the pupil needs at Carthage Middle School. Ms. Kylie Buker provides services to the fifth and seventh grade students, and Mr. Matt Olmstead works with the sixth and eighth grade students. They provide individual and group counseling to students by appointment scheduled during study halls when possible. Appointments with the counselors are also made by student request. Mrs. Lesley Terry is the counseling department secretary. Assignment of Student to Class Teachers should not allow any student who has not been scheduled by the guidance office into their classrooms. Computer-produced class lists provide an initial check on attendance. During the first week of school, teachers are asked to note in pencil students who are absent and state the reason if known. Teachers are not to delete any student names from their class lists unless notified by the office. New students or students who have schedule changes will be given a copy of their individual schedule. The changes will appear on the Infinite Campus class list for the appropriate teachers. Drop-out and/or Transfer Students Students who are transferring to another school or who are dropping out of school during the school year are expected to “sign out” with the office. To sign out, the student obtains an individual transfer form from the guidance secretary. During his/her last day at the Middle School, the student must turn in any books/materials to his/her individual teachers and have the teachers sign the transfer form and provide an appropriate grade for his/her work in their class. The teacher’s signature on the form indicates that the student has returned all school property (books and materials). Parent-Teacher Conferences Parent/team conferences may be scheduled at the request of either party. The guidance secretary will make the arrangements when the team requests a conference. Notification of time, date, and place will be given to all concerned parties. Counselors will attend scheduled parent-teacher conferences whenever possible. Students will attend the conference unless otherwise requested by the parent or teachers. The counselor or team chairperson will takes notes that record the comments and/or suggestions made during the conference. These notes will be filed in the student’s guidance folder. Teachers should make every attempt to conference with the parents of students who are in danger of failing the subject/grade for the year.

A specific parent conference day has been designated to allow for multiple scheduling of afternoon and evening conferences after the first marking period. Students will be released early on Parent Conference Day. Psychological Services The services of a school psychologist are available. Mrs. Marquerite Nortz and/or Mrs. Vickie Landers provide psychological services to students in grades 5-8. Teachers/teams may make a referral for a complete psycho-educational assessment when they suspect an educational disability exists by requesting a referral form from the counselor. Completed referrals are forwarded to the Committee on Special Education, and testing is assigned to a school psychologist. Decisions regarding identification of students with special needs are the responsibility of the district’s Committee on Special Education (CSE). Guidance/State Testing Program The guidance counselors are responsible for arranging the administration of standardized achievement testing and district/state mandated assessments in most cases. A tentative schedule for Middle School student testing follows: TEST ADMINISTERED NYS ELA Assessment NYS Mathematics Assessment NYS Science Performance NYS Science Written Test Earth Science Regents Exam Foreign Language Regents Proficiency Exam In French and Spanish

GRADE 5, 6, 7, and 8 5,6, 7, and 8 8 8 8

DATE Tuesday, April 16th-18th Wednesday, April 24th-26th Wednesday, May 22nd-31st Monday, June 3rd TBA



STUDENT EVALUATION AND ASSESSMENT Report Card Grades Teachers will use numerical or alpha (letter) grades in conjunction with a comment to indicate student achievement on report cards. Teachers will be reminded of the deadlines for returning grades to data processing on the “Daily Notes” and/or weekly administrative notes. Information regarding procedures for teachers directly recording student grades and comments for report cards will be distributed to teachers before the end of the first marking period. Numerical grades will be used to report the student’s average percentage grade in a class based on his/her class work, homework, participation, effort, attitude, performance, and evaluations (tests and quizzes). Alpha grades are reserved for use with students assigned to Remedial Math, for LD Resource Room students for their resource class, and for 15:1 students for their mainstream classes. Teachers may assign a grade of “S” for 15:1 students showing academic progress and effort but earning a numerical grade less than 65%. No blank grades will be given for any student enrolled in a course. The final grade in a class will be determined by averaging the four marking period grades and the final exam grade. Numerical Grades Teachers will record the student’s marking period average and the final class average using numerical grades of 50-100. MINIMUM GRADE: The score of “50” is the lowest grade that can be given for a marking period/progress report grade. All exam grades, however, can be recorded as the actual grade received. MAXIMUM GRADE: The score of “100” is the highest grade that can be given for a marking period/progress report grade or exam grade. SOCIAL PROMOTION: The score “65” indicates that the student has received a passing grade based on effort and attitude, or equivalent to a “social promotion.” Alpha Grades Alphabetical grades indicate grades of “H” for honors, “S” for satisfactory, “U” for unsatisfactory, “IN” for incomplete, or “EX” for excused. Teachers will key in the appropriate abbreviation on the grade record lists. -- Satisfactory (S) -- Unsatisfactory (U) -- Honors (H) -- Incomplete (IN) -- Excused (EX) Incompletes If a student does not complete the course requirements within the marking period, then the teacher may record an “Incomplete” as the grade. However, the teacher must inform the student that he/she has two weeks to make up the missed work. Teachers must report the replacement grade to the office as soon as possible within that two week time frame. “Incompletes” cannot be left on the grade reports and cannot be used to determine the final grade in the class. Also, teachers may not record an “incomplete” as a final grade.

Teacher Comments for Progress Reports and Report Cards Any combination of the code numbers “1” to “23” may be used to convey particular comments related to the student’s achievement. Teachers can mark one or two appropriate comment(s), or they are not required to record any comments. The key to the quarterly comment code is as follows: 1. Is an excellent student. 2. Completes work in a satisfactory, consistent, and quality manner. 3. Demonstrates academic improvement. 4. Demonstrates positive effort. 5. Is a pleasure to have student in class. 6. Keep up good work habits and effort. 7. Needs to improve quality of homework/class work. 8. Needs to pay attention in class. 9. Needs to participate more in class. 10. Needs to bring required materials to class. 11. Needs to improve attitude. 12. Needs to improve effort. 13. Needs to complete assigned work on time. 14. Needs to be organized. 15. Not working up to ability. 16. Does not make up work after absences. 17. Needs to stay 10th period for extra help. 18. Has poor test and/or quiz grades. 19. Needs to take advantage of correctives/re-tests. 20. Poor attendance affects student performance. 21. Student’s behavior is disruptive to learning. 22. Contact the teacher at 493-5020. 23. Actual grade is lower than 50. Five Week Progress Reports Teachers and/or teams are expected to send parents five-week progress reports of student progress, behavior, and/or academic standing at the 5, 15, 25, and 35 week point in the school year. The progress report form will be computer-generated, and teachers will input the information as per directions from the data processing office. Teachers will input an approximate grade average for the five weeks of the marking period and may also input up to four specific comments. There is no place on these computer-generated progress reports for handwritten comments.

Five Week Report Fifteen Week Report Twenty-Five Week Report Thirty-Five Week Report

Progress Report Period Ending Date Friday, October 5, 2012 Friday, December 14, 2012 Friday, March 1, 2013 Friday, May 17, 2013

Progress Reports Sent Home Friday, October 12, 2012 Wednesday, December. 20, 2012 Friday, March 08, 2013 Thursday, May 23, 2013

Ten Week Evaluations Teachers are expected to administer a ten-week evaluation in some form, i.e. test, project, performance assessment. The evaluation should cover the material and concepts taught during that 10-week marking period. These evaluations should be given during the last week of the marking period or as close to that time as possible. Although the grades for 10-week evaluations are not printed on the student report cards, the score is 1/3 of that marking period’s grade.

Final or End-of-the-Year Exam A final exam that covers the entire course will be given at the end of the course. The score on that exam should be averaged as 1/5 of the final grade for full year courses or 1/3 for one semester courses (Technology, Home and Career Skills, and Health). Ten Week Marking Periods 2012-2013 School Year The following dates have been established for the 2012-2013 marking periods. Teachers will also be advised of due dates and other related grading information prior to the end of each marking period through a staff memo. ¾ First Quarter (Ten Week Marking Period) Wednesday, September 5, 2013 - Friday, November 9, 2012 Report Cards Issued: Friday, November 16, 2012 ¾ Second Quarter (Ten Week Marking Period) – End of First Semester Monday, November 12, 2012 –Friday, January 25, 2013 Report Cards Issued: Thursday, January 31, 2013 ¾ Third Quarter (Nine Week Marking Period) Monday, January 28, 2013 - Friday, April 12, 2013 Report Cards Issued: Thursday, April 18, 2013 ¾ Fourth Quarter (Ten Week Marking Period) – End of Second Semester Monday, April 15, 2013 - Friday, June 21, 2013 Final Exam and Regents Week: Wednesday, June 12 -Thursday, June 22, 2013 Final Report Cards will be mailed to parents and students as soon as possible after grades are finalized. Students who need to attend Summer School will be contacted by their guidance counselors. Honor Roll Honor rolls will be printed at the end of each marking period and should be posted in each classroom. The Middle School Honor Roll lists will also be published in the local paper. In addition, the Honor Roll achievement will be recorded on each student’s permanent record card. The parent of each student earning a designation on the honor roll will receive a bumper sticker that reads “This Parent has an Honor Roll Student at Carthage Middle School”. A student will only receive one bumper sticker per school year. All grades are now included in determining the Honor Roll status of each student. Honor rolls are reported in two categories: • High Honor Roll -- An average of 89.5 or above. • Honor Roll -- An average of 84.5 to 89.5. Student Awards Programs and Criteria The Student Award Program was established to highlight and emphasize student academic achievement during the school year. Grade level award programs will be held during tenth period to honor students who receive special designation. Parents and students will be invited to attend the program. At the end of each of the first three marking periods, award certificates will be issued to students identified by their teachers in the categories of “Outstanding Achievement” or “Outstanding Effort” in each academic and special area class. Each academic team will identify the specific students who will receive “Outstanding Citizenship” Awards and “Student of Academic Distinction" awards each quarter. Criteria for the quarterly awards were established by the Building Planning Team in November 1999 and revised in February 2002.

INDIVIDUAL TEACHER AWARDS IN EACH SUBJECT AREA Each teacher is limited to two awards per quarter per subject area, i.e. two “Outstanding Achievement” or two “Outstanding Effort” or one in each category (1) Criteria for “Outstanding Achievement” Award ¾ The student has demonstrated outstanding performance during the report card period. ¾ The student has an average of at least 90% or above in the subject area. ¾ The student consistently participates in a positive manner in class. ¾ The student meets and/or exceeds all class requirements. ¾ The student demonstrates excellent attendance, behavior, and attitude. (2) Criteria for “Outstanding Effort” Award (Formerly “Most Improved”) ¾ The student has demonstrated exceptional effort since the progress report or report card. ¾ The student has a passing average. ¾ The student participates in a positive manner in class. ¾ The student meets all class requirements. ¾ The student demonstrates good attendance, behavior, and attitude. TEAM AWARDS (1) Criteria for “Outstanding Citizenship” Award Note: Two per team: one to a girl and one to a boy ¾ The student demonstrates excellent attendance, behavior, and attitude. ¾ The student shows respect toward any and all students and staff members. ¾ The student performs “random acts of kindness” without benefit of rewards. ¾ The student displays respect for the school and school property. (2) Criteria for “Student of Academic Distinction” Award Note: There is no cap on the number of students eligible to receive this award. ¾ The student meets all the criteria for “outstanding achievement award” as listed above. ¾ The student has an average of 90 or above for all academic subjects on the team, i.e. Grade 5 – Soc. Studies, Math, Science, Language Arts (ELA), Reading, and Computer Applications Grade 6 -- Soc. Studies, Math, Science, Language Arts (ELA), Reading, and Technology/Health Grade 7 -- Soc. Studies, Math, Science, English, Reading, and Technology/Home and Career Skills Grade 8 – Soc. Studies, Math, Science/Earth Science, English, Reading, and Foreign Language ¾ The student has an overall average of 95 or above for all subjects on the report card. End-of-The-Year Awards Program An end-of-the-year awards ceremony will be held in June. Final Grades The final grade for a full year course will be computed by averaging the four marking period grades and the final exam grade. When an average results in a fraction of a point, the final grade should reflect the next highest whole point total. Final grades for one semester courses are computed by averaging the two marking period grades and the final exam grade. Final grades will be computed automatically by the computer system only if all grades, including the four marking periods and the final exam, are entered correctly. Since teachers are expected to determine final averages for students on the team failure list and/or any other student in danger of failing a class, teachers may supersede the computerized “final grade” by entering their own final grade for the student in the appropriate space.

STUDENT DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES It is the purpose of the Student Discipline section to provide teachers with an overview of guidelines and procedures used with students to provide a satisfying, productive, and safe environment in which all persons may gain a worthwhile school experience and satisfy the basic needs necessary within a school. Maintaining this type of environment is the responsibility of teachers, administrators, support staff, students, and parents. General Student Expectations In order to have a positive learning environment, it is necessary that certain conditions be established for all persons involved in the activities that take place at school. Parents, staff, and students will be made aware of the district’s Code of Conduct that was established in accordance with state legislation regarding Safe Schools. A.

Respect for physical and emotional rights of others The following inappropriate behaviors are prohibited and will not be tolerated: 1. Running and/or rowdiness in halls 2. Fighting of any kind 3. Use of profanities or obscene gestures 4. Harassment of students and/or staff members.


Respect for public and personal property The following inappropriate behaviors are prohibited: 1. Damaging and/or defacing of school property 2. Stealing of school and/or personal property 3. Littering in school or on school property


Respect for students to maximize potential/achieve highest possible level The following inappropriate behaviors are prohibited: 1. Deliberate acts of defiance in language and/or actions 2. Deliberate attempts to upset the teaching-learning process 3. Cheating and/or copying on tests or other required assignments


Respect for building procedures and schedules The following inappropriate behaviors are prohibited: 1. Falsely reporting an incident (bomb scare, weapon, etc.) 2. Excessive tardiness and/or truancy in class or school 3. Regular daily attendance (except on days when student is legally absent) 4. Deliberate acts of forgery


Specific regulations set down by State or local authorities The following inappropriate behaviors are prohibited: 1. Drinking, possessing, or being under the influence of alcoholic beverages on school property 2. Using, selling, furnishing, possessing or being under the influence of any narcotic or dangerous drug or look-alike substance on school property 3. Smoking, chewing of SKOAL or tobacco, or possession of tobacco on school property 4. Possessing a weapon or look-alike weapon on school property.


Audio/Electronic devices are not allowed to be used during school hours. This includes radios, tape players, walkmans, personal CD players, cell phones, Game Boys, etc. **If there is an educational need for these items to be brought to school, students are to keep the device in their locker while school is in session. Students may use CD players and headphones on the bus; however, these are not to be worn or used in school. Cell phones CD players must be turned off and kept in the student’s hall locker.

Student Discipline Referrals Before writing a student discipline referral for inappropriate behavior, a teacher is expected to take the following three steps: (1) move the student if possible, (2) keep student for 10th period corrective action, and (3) speak to parents via telephone call. If the behavior and/or problem persist after these steps have been taken, a discipline referral is written. All discipline referrals are done on-line. Teachers must use the drop down link to note what the discipline action was. Teachers need to be specific regarding the actual student behavior. Since the section on the referral that reads “Comments on Students” is what the parents are able to see, it is important for teachers to be accurate and to-the-point. A long, drawn out dissertation is not necessary.

Sending Students to the Office Students are not to be sent to the office unless it is an emergency. Resulting from ”Severe Clause” behavior. In the case of “Severe Clause” behavior, students must be escorted to the office by a staff member.

Procedures for Tardiness Any time a student is tardy to class, the teacher must mark it as part of Attendance Procedures on Infinite Campus. After a student is tardy three times, the staff member may write an office referral for continual tardiness.

Time-Out Room Procedures The Time-Out Room is located in the Commons area across from the Main Office. It is staffed by a teacher assistant. This classroom is designed to provide a place for teachers to temporarily send students who exhibit overtly disruptive behaviors within a classroom to the degree that these behaviors prohibit the teacher from instructing the other students. Sending a student to the TimeOut Room gives teachers an alternative discipline consequence for certain situations. The teacher will assign the student to 10th period for follow-up action. Procedures for the Time-Out Room include: • The teacher calls the Time-Out Room with the name of the student and complete reason for the student’s referral to time-out. • The teacher sends the disruptive student to the Time-Out Room. • The teacher should send any class work or assignment that needs to be completed by the student to the Time-Out Room with another student. • The teacher must call the student’s parents to notify them of the student’s inappropriate behavior and referral to the Time-Out Room. • The student will be sent back to his/her next class when his/her behavior is acceptable. • Students sent to Time-Out during the school day are expected to stay 10th period with the teacher to make up class time and/or work. Repeat referrals of students to the Time-Out Room from the same teacher will result in a discipline referral to the Assistant Principal, and the student will be assigned to additional discipline consequences.

Late Detention Procedures The information that follows outlines the rules of late detention at the Middle School and also lists student responsibilities while serving late detention. Any student who is assigned to late detention is expected to behave according to the following guidelines: ¾ Stay 10th period with teacher on the team. ¾ Secure necessary books/materials from locker to do the assigned work. ¾ Report to the office no later than 2:42 P.M. to meet detention supervisor. ¾ Work quietly and efficiently during late detention. No talking, moving around the room, etc. is allowed. ¾ Failure to follow directions of detention supervisor or failure to complete assignments can result in assignment to an additional day of late detention. ¾ Failure to report to late detention as assigned will result in further consequences, in addition to serving the assigned detention that was missed. All students assigned to late detention will automatically be transported home on the 5:15 P.M. bus run unless prior approval for parent pick-up is granted by the administration. Parents who plan to pick up their child at school after 5:15 detention must send a written note or contact us by telephone. Students must be picked up by 5:15 P.M., or they will take the bus.

In-School Suspension Room Procedures The following information outlines the in-school suspension procedure that provides a very structured learning environment using behavior modification techniques, counseling, and supervised academic work. The Middle School In-School Suspension Room is located in the Commons area, across from the Main Office, and is staffed by a teacher assistant. • Students placed in ISSR report to the ISSR room immediately upon arrival at school. The teacher assistant will report attendance to the office and to the nurse. • Instructional work will be disseminated to the students by the monitor in charge. These assignments are provided by the student’s teachers. The teacher assistant will supervise and assist the student’s completion of his/her assigned work as much as possible. • Students will work through the day in silence. Students may visit their teachers during the 10th period for help or clarification of assignments. Students will be allowed to use the bathroom twice (once in morning and once in afternoon. Students eat a single “bag” lunch in the in-school suspension room. • Students who become seriously disruptive will be taken immediately for a conference with administration to resolve the problem.

Suspension From School Any student suspended from school will also not be allowed to attend or participate in any type of school, athletic, or extracurricular activity during the suspension period. Days of the suspension will be counted from the next school day following the processing of the suspension, with the exception of 5-Day suspensions which will be inclusive of the periods on the day processed. A parental conference is required prior to the student’s return to school. The re-admit conference will be conducted during regular school hours by appointment.

Law Enforcement Intervention In an effort to provide a safe and orderly environment for students and staff, the School Resource Officer may be requested to investigate certain incidents that occur on school property involving CMS students.

Daily Conduct Expectations In order to provide a safe and orderly learning environment in all parts of the Middle School, certain expectations of daily conduct are established for Middle School students. Teachers are expected to review and discuss these expectations with their students at the beginning of the school year and repeat those discussions as needed during the school year. • Students must respect other people’s property. They have no business in any locker or desk but their own. They must show respect for other people’s property. STUDENTS SHOULD NOT LEAVE MONEY OR VALUABLES IN THEIR HALL LOCKER, GYM LOCKER, OR DESK. Students are encouraged not to bring valuable items to school. • Students are not allowed to go to the high school without written permission from the Middle School office. • STUDENTS SHOULD NOT KEEP THEIR LOCKERS SET, OR GIVE LOCKER COMBINATIONS TO ANOTHER STUDENT. • All students are expected to ride buses to and from school at all times unless written permission from the office allowing other means of travel is authorized. “HITCHHIKING” AND WALKING ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED. The school is not responsible for students who choose to violate this rule. • Students must ride only the bus to which they are assigned. A written request from a parent is necessary to have a bus assignment changed. Students should report to the Middle School office in the morning for a written bus pass. Bus drivers are instructed not to allow students without a pass to ride a different bus. • No students will be allowed to take orders or sell any kinds of merchandise at any time in the school unless it is authorized by the principal. (This is not only to protect the individual student but to ensure cooperation with class and club projects). • Students are not allowed to leave the school building without permission during school hours. • Snowball throwing is prohibited at all times on school grounds. • Students are to refrain from marking or defacing any furniture or part of the building. Students will be expected to make restitution for any property damaged or destroyed. This may be a suspension offense. • Possession or use of alcohol, tobacco products, and drugs or other illegal substances is not permitted in the school, on the school grounds, or on the bus at any time. Students are not to bring such substances or “look-alike” substances to school. A violation of this policy will mean immediate out-of-school suspension. • Fights between students will not be tolerated, and individuals will be suspended pending parent/guardian contact with the principal. • Students are forbidden by state and federal law to bring firearms, explosive materials, knives, look-alike weapons, or any instrument which may be used as a weapon to school. The consequences for such behavior or threatening such behavior can be as severe as a full-year suspension from school.

Student Dress Expectations Middle School students are expected to dress as if they were going to work. They are expected to adhere to appropriate dress and grooming standards at all times. If students arrive at school dressed inappropriately, the administration will require the student to change into suitable clothing. A state legislation mandated “CODE OF CONDUCT” was adopted by the district in July 2001 and contains specific guidelines regarding student clothing. Students are encouraged to use good taste in selecting appropriate clothing to wear to school. Good taste involves cleanliness, neatness, and properly fitting clothes. Suggested student dress expectations include: • NO HATS will be worn during the day in the Middle School. Hats are to be removed before entering the building and immediately placed in lockers. The no-hat policy includes bandanas, any type of head gear, etc. • ALL COATS will be kept in the student’s lockers and not worn in the classrooms during school hours. • T-SHIRTS OR OTHER CLOTHING THAT IS OFFENSIVE, LEWD, OR INAPPROPRIATE will not be allowed. This includes T-shirts with obscene or suggestive slogans and/or T-shirts that advertise alcohol, drug use or a weapon. • INAPPROPRIATE ATTIRE which is disruptive to classroom procedures will not be allowed. Pajamas, micro-mini skirts and bare midriff blouses are not allowed. • CLOTHING THAT REVEALS UNDERGARMENTS such as bra straps, boxer shorts, etc. is not appropriate attire for school. • PROPER FOOTWEAR must be worn at all times in the school building.

CARTHAGE MIDDLE SCHOOL SAFETY PLAN 2012-2013 School Year Please Note: Refer to the EMERGENCY PROCEDURES GUIDE (Flip Chart) for information related to various emergency procedures for specific situations, i.e. fire drills, bomb threats, lock downs, etc. In the event of an emergency situation, the Team Leader should inform any substitutes of the appropriate procedures. The following more detailed plans should be kept with your plan book. Do not discuss this plan with students or parents.

Section One: Bomb Threat Inside the Building (1) Contact the Building Principal regarding the received threat. School Resource Officer/State Police and the Superintendent of Schools are notified. Students and staff begin Shelter In Place procedures or evacuation to specified location if deemed necessary by the building principal. Directions will be given regarding student bookbags and coats. Teachers that do not have any students will assist with movement of students to the evacuation site and supervision at the site. (2) For evacuation, fire alarm will sound. Staff and students will evacuate outside according to regular fire drill evacuation plan. Do not lock the classroom door when evacuating. Staff members must take class registers, keys, and purses/briefcases with them and take attendance when they reach their designated area. Report any students not accounted for to their Team Leader or other designated persons listed below: Special Areas – Theresa Lorence Physical Ed. – Rhonda Bretsch Technology 1 – Steve Cummings Technology 2 – Andy Bayliss Library – Kathleen Rose-Gray * Member in charge of each Team or other area will report those students unaccounted for to the Building Principal. (3) If unable to evacuate to normal outside locations used during a fire evacuation, directions for Shelter In Place or other instructions will be given via a PA announcement or to individual classrooms by runners (see list in paragraph 5 below). Staff may be directed to evacuate their students to a specified location (high school auditorium, gymnasium, football field, or the bus garage). Directions will be specific by grade level and location if possible. Staff members and students must evacuate in an orderly manner to provide for the safety of all. Staff members are again reminded to bring their class registers and to take attendance as soon as specified location is reached. Classes must stay together for accountability purposes. Report any students unaccounted for to the Team Leader or other designated persons. (Refer to paragraph 2 above.) (4) In the event that the Bus Garage location is utilized, staff and students will be directed to proceed to that location. Students and staff may be evacuated by bus or by walking to that location if necessary. Students who walk must be directed to do so by staff in a safe, orderly manner preferably off the pavement of the roadway. (5) In the event of a power failure, staff members will be individually notified of the evacuation procedures by designated staff members using a door-to-door communication system by runners. 5th Grade Wing – Amy St. Croix 6th Grade Wing & Commons Area – Marquerite Nortz 7th Grade Wing – Matt Olmstead 8th Grade Wing & Special Ed. Hallway – Vickie Landers Special Areas (Including Cafeteria, Technology, Home Careers) – Kylie Buker (6) Law enforcement officers may request volunteer assistance from the School Safety Team and school staff to search the building. People who can be most helpful in looking for something unusual are the employees themselves because they know what belongs and may not belong in the building. It should be noted that the search for something unusual does not include touching or handling any suspect object that may be found. Any suspicious incidents noted or items found, secure that location, notify the School Resource Officer, other emergency personnel or the office regarding where the item is located or the incident occurred.

(7) Based upon the information received after the building search is completed, the Superintendent and Building Principal will decide the following: • Students & Staff re-enter the building and resume classes • Students & Staff re-enter the building within a set time frame • Students & Staff evacuate to another location • School dismissal

Section Two: Bomb Threat Outside the Building (1) Contact the Building Principal regarding the received threat. School Resource Officer/State Police and the Superintendent of Schools are notified. (2) Building Lock-out procedures will be initiated by Building Principal. Building occupants are to remain inside the building. All students and staff outside the building, i.e. a physical education class, will be notified to move inside the building as quickly as possible. No other persons except for emergency responders will be allowed inside the building. (3) The PA system or door-to-door communication system will be used to notify staff and students whether to remain inside their classrooms or offices, to return inside the building or other instructions. Classrooms or other areas of the building possibly affected by the threat may be instructed to move to another safer location inside the building. (4) Staff members will be notified when it is safe to resume their regular daily schedule and allow movement from classrooms and offices by students and staff. Staff members will also be notified of any other special instructions or procedures.

Section Three: Building Security Procedures – Lockdown In the event of a serious threat or emergency, it may be necessary to “lock down” the building to insure the safety and security of all. During a Lockdown, everyone needs to remain in the classroom or office and follow the procedures outlined below. (1) The following Public Address (P.A.) announcement will be made – “A LOCKDOWN IS NOW BEING INITIATED. This announcement will be repeated twice. Follow the Lock-down procedures below. Lockdown Procedures • Remain calm • Clear the hall by instructing nearby students or staff to enter your room or office. • If classroom or office is near a student bathroom, be sure all students/staff exit that bathroom and enter a nearby classroom or office • Lock your classroom or office door and stay inside • Disregard fire alarm if sounded unless instructed by messenger or intercom • Leave lights on and leave blinds open (if blinds are in the room) • Take attendance of all the students that are present in your room; list any missing students • Do not use the classroom phone or any cell phone except in an extreme emergency. • All student cell phones should be turned off. • Move students away from classroom door and windows if practical • Disregard any knocking at classroom doors • Keep students seated and quiet and continue with classroom instruction. • Listen for announcement that Lockdown is over or for further instructions (2) A messenger will be sent to areas without a P.A. such as the gym, cafeteria, and kitchen announcing the Lockdown. PE classes or any other classes outside the building should gather in a group, remain outside and in contact with the Middle School Office by walkie-talkie or cell phone to await further announcements.

FIRE DRILLS AND BUILDING EVACUATION PROCEDURES Fire drills are serious business for educators because too many students die each year due to fires or other emergency situations. New York State requires each building to have at least twelve fire drills during the school year, eight in the fall and four in the spring. State law also requires three emergency evacuation drills from busses each school year. Teachers are expected to advise their students of the specific fire drill exit route from their classroom. They also are expected to review fire drill procedures outlined below with their students during the first week of school. Fire drills are planned to begin during the second week of school. ¾ When the fire alarm sounds, students are expected to stand quietly and to leave the classroom in an orderly, quiet manner. There should be little or no talking during the fire drill until the students are safely outside the building. ¾ Teachers are expected to check that all students leave their classroom and to accompany their group to the appropriate exit and safe location outside the building. ¾ Teachers and students are expected to move through the halls in lines according to the space available in the corridor. Students are expected to walk quickly but not run. ¾ After leaving the building, students are expected to move away from the building to the area designated by their teacher. Students are not allowed in roadways or access routes or fire lanes that would be used by emergency vehicles in an actual emergency. ¾ Due to the serious nature of any fire drill or emergency evacuation, students should not be pushing or jostling others or engaged in any type of horseplay at any time during the drill. ¾ Occasionally, an exit will be blocked. Teachers must know what to do if this happens and know the nearest alternate exit route for their students. ¾ Teachers must use good common sense when reacting to any situation not covered by these standard fire drill procedures. If you have any questions, please contact the office.

CARTHAGE MIDDLE SCHOOL BUILDING EVACUATION PLAN 2012-2013 SCHOOL YEAR Fire exits for the building evacuation plan are listed below. Please check which exit you and your students are to use. Students and staff are expected to move quickly and quietly to the assigned exit and to leave the building. Please keep your group together and move away from the building. Staff members will review the fire drill procedures outlined in the Staff Handbook with their students within the first week of school and will stress the importance of practice evacuations. Please Note: If the planned exit route is blocked, use the next closest available exit. Building Location Office, Library, Time-Out Room & Commons Area Nurse’s office, and School-Based Health Clinic

Planned Exit Use Right Lobby Doors to Cole Road Use Right Lobby Doors to Cole Road

Fifth Grade Wing 5/6 Offices, and Room 510 (Teachers Conf. Room) 5/6 Cafetorium and Rooms 511-515 Rooms 516 – 519 & 530 (Music Room) Rooms 520-524 Rooms 525-527 (Computer Lab) and 5/6 Kitchen

Use Exit to the Left of the 5/6 Office Use Exit to the Left of Room 512 (Ms. McCullough’s Room) Use Exit to the Right of Room 518 (Mrs. Sholette’s Room) Use Exit to the Left of Room 522 (Mrs. Sullivan’s Room) Use Exit to the Right of Room 527 (Computer Lab)

Sixth Grade Wing Rooms 21, 22, 23, and 33 Rooms 24, 25, 34 Rooms 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32

Use Left Lobby Doors to Cole Road Use Exit to the Right of the 5/6 Office Use Exit to right of Room 30 (6th Gr. Connecting Hall)

Seventh Grade Wing Rooms 41, 42, and 57 Rooms 44, 45, and 46 Rooms 43, 47, 48, 54, 55, and 56 Rooms 49, 50, 51, and 52 Rooms 53, 58, 59, 60, and Copy Room

Use Exit to left of Room 41 in 6B connecting hall Use Exit by Room 44 (stay to left) Use Exit by Room 44 (stay to right) Use Exit opposite Girls Locker Room (stay to right) Use exit opposite Girls Locker Room (stay to left)

Eighth Grade Wing Rooms 61, 62, 76, and 77 Rooms 64, 65, 66, and 67 Rooms 63, 74 and 75 Rooms 68, 69, 70, and 71 Rooms 72 and 73

Use Exit in main hall across from Gym Entrance Use Exit by Room 64 (stay to left) Use Exit by Room 64 (stay to right) Use Exit by Room 73 (stay to right) Use Exit by Room 73 (stay to left)

All Other Building Areas (Special Areas, Etc.) Rooms 78, 79, Gym, Boys and Girls Locker Rooms Rooms 80 and 82 (Hansson/McGregor) Rooms 81 and 83 (Compeau/Newtown Technology Rooms 84 and 85 (Bayliss/Cummings) Rooms 88 (Bowman) and 99 (Thesier/Thoma Office) Rooms 89 (Lorence), 90 (Band Room), & Cafeteria Rooms 91, 92, 93, 94, and 95 Auxiliary Gym/Pool Print Shop and Custodial/Maintenance Area

Use Exit near to the Boys Locker Room/Room 79 Use Exit/Steps Outside Home/Careers Room Use Exit at the Foot of the Steps Near the Classroom Use Emergency Exit in Classrooms Use Exit down the hall to the right of rooms Use Exit down the hall outside the Band Room Use Exit in the main hall across from the Gym entrance Use Exit into Parking Lots (at side and/or end of area) Use Exit to Loading Dock and Steps Outside

See additional page for wheelchair bound students

Short Term Emergency Evacuation Plan Re: Wheelchair bound students

In the event that the Middle School building is evacuated, and a short term evacuation period is determined before re-entry to the building, the students bound to wheelchairs will evacuate according to the following procedures: • • • • • •

Student(s) will evacuate out the door closest to the main gymnasium. Student(s) will proceed down the sidewalk, exiting the sidewalk via the handicap accessible curb. Student(s) will proceed down the parking lot reentering the sidewalk via the handicap accessible curb, in front of the pool door entrance. Student(s) will proceed through the pool entrance and continue to travel through the High School, to the Main Office. Any personal nurse(s) or 1:1 aide(s) will accompany their students and remain with them for the entire evacuation. If the student is unable to evacuate through the Cole Road side of the building, proceed out to any wheelchair accessible exit, on the south side of the building (tennis court/athletic field side), and reenter the High School through either “the hole” entrance, reporting to the auditorium, or proceed around to the front of the High School and report to the High School’s main office.

In the event that the Middle School building is evacuated, and students need to leave the Carthage Middle School/High School campus, the students bound to wheelchairs will evacuate according to the following procedures: • • • • •

Student(s) will evacuate out the door closest to the main gymnasium. Student(s) will proceed down the sidewalk, exiting the sidewalk via the handicap accessible curb. Evacuation location of wheelchair bound students must be reported to a middle school administrator for accountability of the student(s). A handicap accessible bus will be waiting for student(s) to remove him/her from the campus and take them to the designated off campus site. Any personal nurse(s) or 1:1 aide(s) will accompany their student(s) and remain with them for the entire evacuation.


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