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Thompson Middle School 860-923-9380

Student/Parent Handbook 2016-2017


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Table of Contents Topic TMS Vision Statement Philosophy Goals Activities Attendance Behavior Expectations Cameras Cell Phone Use Clothing Worn by Students for Physical Education, Science Labs Communication with Staff Discipline Code of Conduct Discipline Code of Conduct – General Conduct Guidelines Eligibility for Extra-curricular Activities and/or Sports Enrichment Classes Field Trips Health Class Homework Policy Honor Roll Internet and Technology Use Interview of Students by Law Enforcement Personnel Locker Regulations Make-up Work Media Center/Library National Junior Honor Society Office Opening Exercises/Morning Announcements Outstanding Academic Achievement PBIS Petitions Progress Reports Promotion (Promotion, Acceleration, Retention) Protective Measures

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Pyramids of Intervention Report Cards/Grading School Cancellation/Delay/Early Dismissal School Nurse and Dismissals School Supplies/Books School Times Sports SRBI/Assistance Student Council Student Dress Tardiness to School Telephone/Cell Phone/Music/Electronic Device Use Unified Arts Visitors Services – Guidance Services – Interscholastic Athletics Services – Transportation Services – Special Services Board of Education Policies – Homework Board of Education Policies – Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Board of Education Polices – Drug and Alcohol Use by Students Board of Education Policies – Possession of Deadly Weapon or Firearms Board of Education Policies – Bullying Prevention and Intervention

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TMS Vision Statement Thompson Middle School depends upon the caring partnership of students, parents, and teachers to support the learning process. As active learners, students explore options that bring them closer to their educational goals within this partnership. Students will find their educational experience rewarding when they take ownership for their work, responsibility for their behavior, and contribute to the quality of our school. The Thompson Public School system does not discriminate against any person based upon sex, race, religion or creed.

Philosophy We believe in the concept of a middle school as a transition period between elementary school and high school. It is a developmental period in which students refine skills and accept more responsibility for themselves and their actions within their total environment. Therefore, the middle school will offer students a solid program of basic academic courses and a range of cocurricular and social activities. In addition, we will be sensitive to the physical, emotional, and intellectual changes that occur in early adolescent children and will accommodate the needs of the students at these stages of development. We will not discriminate in our educational programs or policies on the basis of race, sex, religion or physical ability. We further believe that success for individual students as well as for the total program can be accomplished best in an atmosphere of mutual respect, acceptance of regulations, tolerance for individual differences, encouragement of ideas, and cooperation between the school and home.

Goals Thompson Middle School will: 1. Be responsive to the needs of students. 2. Encourage students to continue their studies, reach their goals, and become responsible citizens. 3. Maintain an atmosphere of respect, integrity, and self-discipline. 4. Provide students with the opportunities to acquire and use with greater proficiency the basic skills necessary for continued learning, including: ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

learning to read well listening and viewing with understanding thinking critically, and solving problems communicating effectively, both orally and in writing understanding concepts and computing accurately in mathematics comprehending factors affecting the social, cultural, historical, scientific, and technological aspects of the world they live in expressing themselves through the fine arts and physical activities.

5. Enable students to increase their self-awareness and self-confidence and to achieve positive self-images. 6. Enable students to demonstrate responsibility and respect for themselves and others through decisions and actions in personal, social and academic situations. 7. Enable students to develop a sense of values. 8. Enable students to learn and practice skills of effective group interaction that will assist them in achieving worthy academic and vocational goals and to function in an ever-changing environment.


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General Information Activities All students are urged to participate in some extracurricular activity to realize the maximum educational benefit available at Thompson Middle School. Behavior at extracurricular activities must be consistent with established expectations of Thompson Middle School. (Please see the section Eligibility in extracurricular activities and/or sports for eligibility information). Band & Chorus - The band and chorus are both elective classes that meet every other day and do not require an audition. Previous musical experience is helpful but not a prerequisite. Students may join at the start of any semester and should speak with Mr. Leclerc or have a parent contact the office prior to joining. All band and chorus classes are designed for full year participation due to the performance nature of these courses. Students are required to purchase a performance polo shirt for $11.00 from Mr. Leclerc. Any student that is having difficulty with these classes or would like to switch to a different Unified Arts class may do so at the start of the next semester. 5th-grade band students must have their own instrument from home, loan one from TMS or rent an instrument through Gerry’s Music (information will be provided). Instruments from home should be brought into Mr. Leclerc for inspection as repairs may be necessary before it can be played. There is a charge of $60.00 to rent a TMS instrument (different from Gerry's Music Shop rental) and availability is limited. The TMS instrument rental can be paid in full or two installments of $30 during the first semester. A lottery may be used to select students if not enough school instruments are available to meet the demand. The band and chorus perform at a variety of school and community events throughout the school year including but not limited to:

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Community Day

Quinebaug Valley Music Festival ·

Variety Show

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Veteran’s Day assembly

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Winter and Spring concerts

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NJHS Induction Ceremony

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Tiger Pride Rally

Little League and Memorial Day Parades ·

Moving Up Ceremony

Please note that some performances are only for specific grades and/or ensembles. Parents that have any questions about the band and/or chorus should contact Mr. Leclerc directly. Dances - Dances for TMS students in grades 6-8 will be held on Friday nights during the school year from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm unless otherwise specified. Only Thompson Middle School students who are in good academic and behavioral standing may attend. A list of students attending the dance will be submitted to school administration prior to the start of lunch on the day of the dance to review the list of students attending the dance to ensure eligibility. No permission slips will be permitted at the door. TMS dances are open only to Thompson Middle School students. Guests from other schools will not be allowed to attend. Permission slips on school letterhead will be made available prior to the dance. The permission slip must be completely filled out and signed by your parent or guardian in order to attend the dance. Students who are absent from school the day of the dance or do not report to school by 10:45 am may not attend the dance. Students who are sent home ill by the nurse will not be eligible to attend the dance.


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Eligibility to attend the dance for those students who have been referred for disciplinary reasons or who have been suspended during the two weeks prior to the dance is at the discretion of the administration. Students may not leave the building once admitted to the dance. Students who misbehave at the school dance will receive appropriate consequences. Refreshments may be purchased. You must arrange your own transportation to and from the dance.

Attendance Attendance in school, which includes arriving at school on time each day, is vital to the academic and social success of your child. Student absences seriously impede academic progress and often result in missed school work which cannot be made up. Students are expected to attend school on time and on a consistent basis in order to maximize academic learning time. Students are permitted to the cafeteria for breakfast at 7:00 am and to their lockers at 7:15 am. Students arriving after 7:25 am will be marked tardy. Please be advised that a note and/or telephone call is required regarding all absences, dismissals, and tardies. Please Note: Email is not an acceptable method of reporting a child’s absence. Students with multiple absences tend to fall behind academically; therefore, your student may be invited to attend a Saturday School session as an intervention to get caught up. We strongly recommend students take advantage of this opportunity to make up missing assignments.

Students absent 3 or more consecutive days may be asked for a note from a physician excusing the absences. CT statute mandates that parents may only excuse up to 9 absences in a school year. On the 10 th and subsequent absences, there are specific reasons why an absence may be excused; otherwise, it is unexcused. Please see the CT Statute below:

Connecticut State Board of Education Definitions of Excused and Unexcused Absences Adopted June 27, 2012 The following definitions are for use by Connecticut school districts and schools for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of section 10-198a of the Connecticut General Statutes (Policies and procedures concerning truants), and for the purpose of reporting truancy, pursuant to subsection (c) of Section 10-220 of the Connecticut General Statutes. The use of these definitions for state purposes does not preclude districts from using separate definitions of excused and unexcused absences for their internal uses (including decisions on promotion/retention, grading, and disciplinary action). Excused Absences A student’s absence 1 from school shall be considered excused if written documentation 2 of the reason for the absence has been submitted within ten school days of the student’s return to school or in accordance with Section 10-210 of the Connecticut General Statutes and meets the following criteria: A. For absences, one through nine, a student’s absences from school are considered excused when the student’s parent/guardian approves such absence and submits appropriate documentation; and


7 B. For the tenth absence and all absences thereafter, a student’s absences from school are considered excused for the following reasons: 1. student illness (Note: all student illness absences must be verified by an appropriately licensed medical professional 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 emergencies 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. Unexcused Absences 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. Disciplinary Absences Absences that are the result of school or district disciplinary action are excluded from these definitions. The Connecticut State Board of Education policy states that “A student is considered to be ‘in attendance’ if present at his/her assigned school, or an activity sponsored by the school (e.g., field trip), for at least half of the regular school day. A student who is serving an out-of-school suspension or expulsion should always be considered absent.” A student not meeting the definition of ‘in attendance’ is considered absent. 2 Such documentation should include a signed note from the student’s parent/guardian, a signed note from a school official that spoke in person with the parent/guardian regarding the absence, or a note confirming the absence by the school nurse or by a licensed medical professional, as appropriate. Documentation should explain the nature of and the reason for the absence as well as the length of the absence. Separate documentation must be submitted for each incidence of absenteeism. For example, if a student is out sick two consecutive days, that student must submit the appropriate documentation covering both sick days. If a student is out sick two non-consecutive days, that student must submit the appropriate documentation following each absence. Schools should take steps to allow non-English speaking parents/guardians to submit documentation in their native language. 1

Upon a student’s tenth, unexcused absence a Child Study Team and/or Planning and Placement Team meeting will be scheduled. If determined necessary, a Family with Service Needs petition with the Superior Court will be filed. Perfect Attendance* A student who attends school daily from the start of school at 7:25 am until dismissal time at 2:10 pm without tardiness or dismissal will qualify for Perfect Attendance. There are no exceptions to be recognized for perfect attendance. Students with perfect attendance will be recognized at an awards ceremony on their last day of school. *Subject to TPS district policy review.


8 CT Truancy Statute The definition of “truant” is now “a child age five to eighteen, inclusive, who is enrolled in a public or private school and four or more unexcused absences from school in any one month or ten unexcused absences from school in any school year.” Conn. Gen. Stat. 10-198a requires that such policies include: (1) holding a meeting with the parents of any truant child within ten school days after the fourth unexcused absence; (2) coordinating services and referring such children to community agencies; (3) providing notification annually to parents of their obligations under the mandatory attendance laws; (4) obtaining a telephone number where parents can be contacted; and (5) providing notification to parents when their child does not arrive at school. Finally, the superintendent must file a “family with service needs” petition with the Superior Court if the parent or another person responsible for the education for the child fails to attend the meeting described in subparagraph (1) above or otherwise, fails to cooperate with the school in attempting to solve the truancy problem. A Practical Guide to Connecticut School Law, Fifth Edition, by Thomas B. Mooney, Shipman & Goodwin LLP. Attendance and extracurricular activities Students who are absent from school may not participate in any school activities during the afternoon or evening on the day of their absence. A student must be in school by 10:45 am in order to be eligible to participate in any school activities that day. Students who are sent home ill by the nurse are not allowed to participate in afterschool or evening activities. Students with an excessive number of tardies may be ineligible to participate in extracurricular activities. Ineligibility will be determined by the school administration The school administration also maintains the right to determine whether removal from any extracurricular activity and/or interscholastic athletics is warranted due to an excessive number of discipline referrals.

BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS Thompson Middle School has adopted a school-wide behavior and academic plan. This plan, called the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports plan (PBIS), is designed to increase student success by recognizing students’ positive contributions to the school and to proactively strive to prevent academic and behavioral issues. Thompson Middle School students are expected to: ● Exhibit the three PBIS traits for success: respect, responsibility, and safety. ● Arrive to class on time and be ready to learn. ● Have all necessary materials. ● Respect the rights of others. ● Wait until the teacher dismisses the class. ● Proceed through the halls in an orderly fashion. ● Leave all backpacks, tote bags, hats, etc. in lockers. ● Be honest: cheating, plagiarism, and forgery will not be tolerated. Disciplinary action will be at the discretion of the classroom teacher and/or Principal or Assistant Principal. ● Respect the rules of the classroom teacher. Gum, hard/soft candy is at the discretion of the teacher. There is no gum/hard/soft candy allowed in the media center or in the gymnasium or during PE class. Each teacher establishes the rules of conduct and discipline for his/her class, which conform to the overall policy of the school. It is the student’s responsibility to become aware of the particular requirements of each teacher.


9 Cafeteria & Food The Middle School has a breakfast program. Breakfast will be served in the cafeteria from 7:00 a.m. - 7:25 a.m. Each morning. Students need to be in their homeroom by 7:25 for attendance and morning announcements. Behavior guidelines while in the cafeteria for breakfast and lunch are as follows: ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

Follow the directions of the teacher on duty Be courteous and respectful Remain seated with both feet on the floor unless given permission to do otherwise Lights out means listen Keep your eating area clean No food or beverage is allowed outside of the cafeteria unless approved by the teacher Money is not available in the office for student lunches

Please note: A new application is needed from every household seeking free/reduced lunch at the start of the school year. Information regarding free and reduced lunches will be available during the first week of school and throughout the school year. If you previously received these lunches, you will continue to do so for the first 30 school days or until your new application has been processed. Applications can be picked up in any school office and can be filled out at any time if your income or household size changes throughout the school year. Payment for food services “MySchoolBucks” is an online pre-pay lunch system that is available for all parents to use. The link to this system is provided on our school’s website at www.thompsonk12.org under the Department (Nutrition) tab. Information is also available from the cafeteria. With “MySchoolBucks” you can complete the following: ● View account balances and meal purchases ● Schedule automatic payments ● Make payments anytime, anywhere, from the mobile app ● To sign up for a FREE “MySchoolBucks” account: Step 1: Go to myschoolbucks.com Step 2: Create your account Step 3: Pay with your credit/debit card or electronic check Parents/guardians are responsible for keeping their child’s “MySchoolBucks” Account up to date.

Cameras Cameras are located in the hallways in order to provide an additional level of security for our student body and staff.

Cell Phone Use Cell phone use (calling, texting, surfing the web or using any apps on the phone) during school hours is prohibited. Students needing to contact their parent(s) should seek permission to use the office phone. Any student who is not feeling well should seek permission to see the nurse. The nurse will assess the student’s health and disposition and determine the necessary treatment. The nurse will call the student’s parent and discuss the assessment and the recommendation of a dismissal or remain in school. If the nurse feels the child may remain in school and the parent prefers to have the child dismissed, the dismissal will be considered a parent dismissal and logged on the student’s attendance record. Cell phones should be off and out of sight during the school day.


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Clothing Worn by Students for Physical Education, Science Labs Students are expected to dress appropriately for school. Please refer to the dress policy. Additionally, students are expected to wear appropriate attire to physical education class. (i.e. Sneakers or footwear with a flat bottom that has no heel and a non-marking, rubber sole and clothing that is suitable for strenuous exercise. Additional safety precautions will be taken during science lab experiments.

Communication with Staff Administrators and staff are accessible via e-mail. All e-mail follows the format of first initial and last name as in the example below: jpopovich@thompsonpublicschools.org - Mrs. Popovich, Guidance Counselor The school website is as follows: www.thompsonk12.org The school phone number is: (860) 923-9380.

DISCIPLINE CODE OF CONDUCT 2016-2017 Standards of good citizenship are expected of all students. Individual conduct shall reflect consideration for the rights of others; respect for persons and property; and conform to school rules and regulations so to maintain a proper school environment. Because every act of misbehavior cannot be anticipated through school rules, teachers and administration may be required to make judgments in handling certain acts of misconduct that are not covered in this handbook. Teacher Detention Students who receive an after school teacher detention/office detention will be given a 24-hour advance notice unless previous arrangements have been made with a parent/guardian. Teacher detention/office detention will begin immediately after dismissal. It is the responsibility of the students to arrange transportation when assigned teacher detention/office detention. Lack of transportation does not excuse the student from detention. Minor Infractions Teachers will assign consequences to students who fail to observe the rules and regulations stipulated for individual classrooms and/or the school. Consequences may include the issuing of a warning, parent/guardian communication, lunch detention or after school detention. After School detention takes precedence over other school activities and appointments. Some examples include but are not limited to: ● Inappropriate language ● Defiance/disrespect/noncompliance ● Peer conflict ● Disruption (classroom, hallway, cafeteria, outdoors) ● Property misuse ● Technology violation (e.g. using cell phone, cell phone notification going off, cell phone not out of sight, student attempting to text, or use an app on phone) ● Misuse of technology (playing a game, listening to music/watching a video, not on correct web page, messaging) ● Tardy to class


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Lying Dress code violation Not having expected materials for class (e.g. book, homework, notes, writing utensil) Physical contact

Major Infractions ● 3 or more minor infractions of the same incident ● Inappropriate display of affection ● Abusive/inappropriate language ● Fighting/physical aggression ● Defiance/disrespect/insubordination ● Harassment ● Bullying ● Major disruption of the learning environment or cafeteria ● Property damage, misuse, or vandalism ● Technology violation (includes use of cell phone in school) ● Tardy to class (excessive amount of time without pass or permission) ● Skip class/truancy ● Forgery/theft ● Dress code violation ● Lying ● Cheating ● Inappropriate location/out of bounds area ● Use/possession of combustibles, drugs, tobacco, tobacco products, tobacco and/or drug paraphernalia, alcohol, and/or weapons After School Office Detention 1. Office detention begins at dismissal. The duration of the detention is at the discretion of the Principal or Assistant Principal. 2. Assignments to detention take precedence over other school activities and appointments.

GENERAL CONDUCT GUIDELINES Infraction

Insubordination / Refusal to follow directions

Minimum Consequence 1st Offense

Parent notification

Minimum Consequence 2nd offense ** does not have to be with the same teacher

LD

SWIS Referral Form Problem Behavior Definitions

Major Defiance


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Warning

Parent communication

Minor Other

Classroom Disruption

Warning

Parent communication

Minor Disrespect

Throwing objects (i.e. rocks, snowballs, pencils, erasers, etc.)

Warning

Parent communication and LD Major Physical Aggression

Possession of Open Containers of Liquid

Warning

1 OD

Minor Defiance

Display and/or Use of Electronic Device confiscated and Devices, Earbuds/Earphones without returned at the end of Teacher/Administrative Permission the day

Device confiscated and Parent Minor Electronic Pick Up required

Cell Phone Use Violation

Cell Phone confiscated and returned at the end of the day.

Cell Phone confiscated and parent must come in to pick up a cell phone.

Minor Electronic

Further noncompliance will result in cell phone confiscation, parent meeting, and behavior plan.

Major Electronic

Cell Phone confiscated; parent meeting

1 LD and change of clothing

Minor Dress Code

Public displays of affection, or other Warning – TD inappropriate behavior/action

1 LD

Minor Physical contact

Tardy to school

LD at 5 unexcused tardies

LD for every unexcused Tardy thereafter

Major Defiance

Late for Class

Warning

Parent communication and 1 LD

Minor Defiance

Selling items in school without permission

1 OD

2 OD

Major Other

Cutting Class

1 OD

2 OD

Major Defiance

Cutting Teacher Detention

1 OD

2 OD

Major Defiance

Misbehavior in Office Detention

2 OD

1 ISS

Major Defiance

Forgery

Telephone call to parent/ 1 ISS 1 OD

Major Lying/Cheating

Inappropriate Language / Swearing (verbal and/or written)

Warning

Major Abusive Language

Cell Phone Use Violation (3rd offense)

Dress Code Violation

Warning and change of clothing

Parent communication and OD


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Incident will determine the consequence and demerit points will be applied as per the discipline code.

Incident and bus behavior record will determine the consequence and demerit points will be applied as per the discipline code.

Leaving the Classroom without Permission

1 OD

1 ISS

Major Defiance

Leaving School without Permission

1 ISS

2 ISS

Major Defiance

Aggressive Behavior Pushing/Shoving/Kicking or Other Belligerent Acts (i.e. biting or spitting)

1 ISS – 1 OSS (depending 1 - 5 OSS (depending upon upon seriousness) seriousness)

Major-Fighting

Cheating and Plagiarism

1 TD and “0” on assignment

Major Lying/Cheating

Fighting, Assault ● To student ● To Staff Member

1 ISS – 3 OSS (depending 3 – 5 OSS (depending upon upon seriousness) seriousness) 3 OSS and police call Expulsion Option

Stealing, Vandalism

1 ISS – 1 OSS financial restitution / community service depending on the seriousness

Threat - Verbal, Written or Physical ● To Student ● To Staff Member

1 – 3 OD 1 ISS 1 ISS – 1 OSS (depending 1 - 3 OSS (depending upon upon seriousness) seriousness)

Major Abusive Language

Disrespectful/Abusive/Rude Defiant/Obscene/Argumentative Comments, Gestures or Written Statements ● To Student ● To Staff Member

1 – 3 OD

1 ISS

Major Abusive Language

1 ISS – 1 OSS

1 – 3 OSS

Turning in a false alarm / bomb threat

10 OSS Refer to Sped for meeting

Expulsion Option

Misuse of Computers/Technology

Warning

Parent communication and LD Minor Electronic

Possession of a Weapon

5 – 10 OSS (depending upon seriousness)

5 – 10 OSS (depending upon seriousness)

1 LD and “0” on assignment

Major Physical Aggression

1 – 5 OSS Major Lying/Cheating financial restitution / community service depending on the seriousness

Major Bomb Threat

Major Weapon


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Connecticut General Statute: 53 a-3

Gambling

1 ISS

1 OSS

Under the influence of drugs, inhalants, alcohol, possession of drugs, inhalants, alcohol or drug paraphernalia, or sale of the above

10 OSS Connecticut General Statutes: 10-154a, 10-212a, 21a240, 21a-243

10 OSS Major Other Connecticut General Statutes: 10-154a, 10-212a, 21a-240, 21a-243

Major Other

Smoking, use of tobacco, possession 1 OSS of smoking/tobacco materials (Including vape pens and cartridges)

1 -3 OSS

Major Other

Possession of pornographic / Inappropriate materials

1 ISS

1 -3 OSS

Major Disrespect

On School Grounds during OSS

1 additional day of OSS

1 additional day of OSS

Major Defiance

Sexual Harassment

Warning – 1 OSS (depending upon seriousness)

1 – 10 OSS (depending upon seriousness)

Major Harassment

Bullying / Harassment

Warning – 1 OSS (depending upon seriousness)

1 – 10 OSS (depending upon seriousness)

Major Harassment

Multiple Missing Assignments

Parent communication

1 LD

Minor Defiance

Multiple Behavior Referrals

OD

Multiple ODs

Major

Failure to Return Signed Materials

Parent communication

1 LD

Minor Defiance

Unauthorized Area/Wandering Halls Warning

Parent communication and LD Minor Defiance

Safety Issues – Misconduct during Fire Drill / Lockdown

1 OD

Parent communication and LD Major Defiance

Talking during a Classroom Test including standardized testing

Parent communication

Parent communication and LD Minor Disrespect

Racial Slur/Comment

Parent communication; OD

Parent communication; Multiple ODs

Copying another student’s Work or Allowing another student to copy

Redo assignment for Redo assignment for partial partial credit and parent credit and OD

Major Abusive Language

Minor Lying/Cheating


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communication

Inappropriate/Passing Notes

Parent communication

Key:

Parent communication and TD Minor Other

TD = Teacher Detention LD= Lunch Detention OD = Office Detention (After school detention) ISS = In School Suspension OSS = Out of School Suspension

Note: Other actions which display a gross disregard for the rights or property of others and/or for the orderly educational process of the school, chronic misbehavior or certain very serious behaviors may result in suspension up to 10 days in length and/or police referral and/or recommendation for expulsion from school. *** Administration reserves the right to alter consequences for any violation of the conduct code that is listed above and to determine consequences for any violation of the conduct code that may occur that is not listed. *** • Any OSS suspension will require a meeting with parent/guardian, student, and the Principal and/or Assistant Principal prior to the student resuming his/her daily schedule. • Please note: The TMS student handbook remains in full effect while a student is in school during school hours, while students are on school grounds, while students are at any school event and, in some cases, when infractions have occurred off school grounds.

Eligibility in Extracurricular Activities and/or Sports Participation in extracurricular activities and/or interscholastic athletics is a privilege and educational opportunity. To be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities and/or interscholastic athletics at Thompson Middle School, students are expected to maintain good academic standing and maintain appropriate behavior. Good academic standing means a student did not earn an academic rating of 59 or below neither in more than one academic subject nor in both Unified Arts classes. Eligibility to participate in extracurricular activities and/or interscholastic athletics in any given marking period will be determined by grades received in the preceding marking period on report cards or progress reports. In other words, fourth quarter grades will determine eligibility for the first marking term of the following school year; first-quarter grades will determine eligibility for second quarter activities; second quarter grades for third quarter activities and third quarter grades for fourth quarter activities. Any student who is not maintaining good academic standing will be ineligible to participate in extracurricular activities and/or sports.


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The following extracurricular activities and/or sports are included in this eligibility criteria: In order to participate in any of the activities listed below a student must meet the eligibility standards. Soccer Cross Country Basketball Baseball Track and Field Cheerleading Softball Kid’s Night Out Student Council School Sponsored Dances/Events Students participating in a sport or extracurricular activity should be mindful of the following: ● A student must be in school by 10:45 a.m. in order to be eligible to participate in any school activities that day. ● A student who is absent from school will be ineligible to participate or attend any extracurricular activity that day. ● A student who is sent home ill by the nurse is not allowed to participate in afterschool or evening activities. ● Any student who is subject to disciplinary action in school may be deemed ineligible to participate in any extracurricular activity and/or interscholastic athletics. This decision will be made by the school administration. ● The school administrators also maintain the right to determine whether removal from any extracurricular activity and/or interscholastic athletics is warranted. ● Any student serving a suspension (in-school/out of school) is not ineligible to participate in and/or attend any extracurricular activity.  Any student serving an out of school suspension is not allowed on school grounds during the suspension.

Enrichment Classes Unified Arts Enrichment classes are offered to all of our students. These Enrichment classes are offered during the student’s Study period once a week on a designated day for each grade. All students will be required to take an Enriched class on their designated day in place of their study period.

Field Trips Field trips are considered a regular day in school. They are offered as an extension of the classroom curriculum. Students not attending a field trip are expected to attend school during that day. Work and supervision will be provided. Permission slips and medical slips will be sent home with the student before each field trip. It is the responsibility of the parent to complete the forms, including medical information. It is the responsibility of the student to bring the slip to the teacher by the mandated deadline. If these conditions are not met, the student will not be allowed to attend the field trip. The Board of Education no longer funds transportation costs for class field trips. Parents/Guardians are required to pay these costs on a per-trip basis. The TMS student handbook remains in full effect during any school-sanctioned field trip. Students are expected to follow the instructions of all teachers and chaperones on the field trip. NOTE: The faculty and staff of TMS expect all students to represent TMS well. People judge your school and town by your behavior. We are proud of our reputation at the places we visit and count on you to maintain it.


17 Eligibility to attend a field trip is at the discretion of the administration. Students who have been referred for disciplinary reasons, who have been suspended during the two weeks prior to the field trip, or who have excessive absences, tardies, and/or dismissals may be ineligible to attend the field trip. (See Discipline Code)

Health Class In 6th grade, the male and female students enrolled in Health and Physical Education classes are divided and shown an approved video regarding Human Development/Puberty. Parents will be informed of when the video will be shown and given a permission slip to sign. Parents have the option to elect for their child not to participate in this lesson. In 8th grade, students enrolled in Health class will study a unit titled Human Development & the Reproductive System. Abortion as an alternative to family planning shall not be included in the curriculum in accordance with Section 10-16C of the CT General Statutes. Parents will be informed of when this unit will begin and given a permission slip to sign. Parents have the option to elect for their child not to participate in this unit. In cases where students elect to not participate in this unit, alternate assignments will be provided.

Thompson Middle School Homework Policy Philosophy We believe that meaningful homework is an extension of the regular school program and is fundamental to the individual’s learning and development. We believe that each grade level serves as the foundation for the next and that homework should be introduced early in a student’s schooling. Homework assignments should be given to reinforce and augment the lessons taught in class. The regular practice of homework encourages self-discipline, as well as, good work and study habits. It also helps develop responsibility by allowing students to follow through on their personal commitment to academic work. We recognize that homework activities extend the time of formal learning and may need to accommodate for students with different learning and organizational difficulties or those with other special needs. All homework activities should contribute to the student’s performance evaluation.

Time Limits The Thompson Middle school recognizes that a reasonable amount of study and preparation outside of the classroom is necessary for the scholastic growth of students. We are also aware that the amount of preparation may vary according to the individual. The student’s ability, maturity level, grade level and the subject matter of each class are determining factors in the amount of homework for which each child is responsible. In general, the amount of home preparation will increase as a child progresses through the middle school. (See TMS BOE Homework policy.)

Grade 5: Homework not submitted during the class period on the day it is due will result in a deduction of 10 points or 10% of the actual grade earned on the assignment. Homework that is two days late will result in a 20 point or 20% reduction of the actual grade given. Teachers will accept homework that is three or more days late for partial credit at the teacher’s discretion (to be spelled out in each teacher’s grading procedure).


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Grades 6-8: Homework not submitted during the class period on the day it is due will result in a 20 point or 20% reduction of the actual grade earned on the assignment. Homework that is submitted two or more days late will be accepted for partial credit at the teacher’s discretion (to be spelled out in each teacher’s grading procedure).

Student’s Responsibility ● legible work ● timely completion of work ● test preparation ● preparing assigned work ● understanding the purpose and requirements of the assignment ● understanding the directions and writing them in their agenda book ● understanding the evaluation process ● understanding that the content, structure, and appearance of all written homework assignments are important elements in the grading process ● obtaining and completing homework assignments for all missed school days (See Make-up Work Policy for timeframes concerning work completion), including absences for sickness, suspension or family vacation (in the latter case, students should endeavor to obtain work prior to leaving on the trip) ● planning time to complete homework realistically ● obtaining the proper resources and materials ● establishing a time for a regular pattern of review ● the integrity of their work ● meeting the deadlines and understand the consequences for not doing so ● request teacher assistance for extra help

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providing a quiet, suitable place with adequate work space for their child to work encouraging their child to complete homework assignments understanding the various types of homework, since the values differ under different circumstances and conditions providing a specific time for study monitoring assignments check teacher websites for assignments www.thompsonk12.org assure students attend school and are on time

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supplying each student with an outline of the curriculum at the beginning of each year explaining to students the homework policy and how it will be carried out in their respective classes communicating with parents of the children who are behind in completing homework assignments evaluating and recording each homework assignment within as short a time as possible after its completion individualizing homework assignments as needed relating homework to classroom curriculum, projects, and discussions considering the total homework load of the student using homework evaluation as part of the overall grade update assignments on the website


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Honor Roll To qualify for honors recognition a student must meet the following requirements each marking period . High Honors List: An average of 90 or better with no grade lower than a 90. Honors List: An average of 85 up to 89.99 with no grade lower than an 80. Academic Recognition: An average of 80 up to 84.99 with no grade lower than a 75. A student’s average each quarter is determined by the following: The average of the two unified arts grades is added to the four individual academic grades and these five grades are averaged together. A failing grade in more than one subject will make you ineligible for extracurricular activities for the following quarter. Fourth quarter averages will determine eligibility for the 1st quarter of the next school year. (See section on Eligibility). Grade point averages do not accumulate until 7th and 8th grade.

Internet and Technology Use The Media Center and Tech Ed Lab offer computers with connections to the Internet and access to an expanding body of computer software. The computer labs also offer computers with a wide variety of software. These computers represent a potentially powerful tool for education. As with any other tool, this can be misused. Students at Thompson, especially in accessing the Internet, must assume personal responsibility for using these computers for legitimate educational purposes. A student who wishes to conduct a search on the Internet must present a search plan to the classroom teacher or the media center supervisor before beginning any search on the Internet. When that planned search has been completed, the supervising teacher may check the topics searched to confirm that the student has only accessed legitimate sites. If the student’s search did not allow the student to access the needed information, the student must propose a new search in written form before searching other Internet sites. Time limits can and will be assessed by the supervising teacher. Students in the middle school will not be allowed to access their E-mail or to use Chat Rooms. Generally, these areas do not have an educational benefit. Use of computers in Thompson Middle School and access to the Internet is a privilege and must be treated as such by all users. If students misuse this privilege, Thompson Middle School has the right to take disciplinary action, remove computer and Internet privileges, and/or take legal action for any action characterized as unethical and unacceptable. (See Discipline Code of Conduct pg. 10) Unacceptable use includes, but is not limited to, the following activities: ● Using the Internet to access e-mail, send an e-mail or access chat rooms or any other inappropriate materials or sites. ● Violating institutional or third party copyrights, license agreements or other contracts. ● Installing unauthorized software on Thompson Middle School computers. ● Removing software and/or programs from Thompson Middle School computers. (This will be considered vandalism to school property). ● Using the Internet for commercial or political activity, submitting or publishing defamatory, racially offensive, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually oriented or threatening materials or messages on the Internet or using the Internet for illegal, harassing, vandalizing, inappropriate or obscene purposes or in support of such activities.


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Interview of Students by Law Enforcement Personnel The questioning of a student on school property, by legal or law enforcement agents, concerning a suspected criminal act requires the permission of the parent or guardian of such student. Unless an emergency or clear and present danger exists, as determined by the school official, the parent shall be given the opportunity to be present at the interview, designate a person to represent the parent's interest at the interview, or refuse to allow the interview to take place in school. If an emergency or clear and present danger exists, the Superintendent, principal or designated school personnel shall allow the interview to take place. In the case of alleged child abuse, if a Department of Children and Families (DCF) employee has requested assistance with the investigation, the interview will be allowed without notifying the parent(s). The student’s constitutional right to remain silent or to speak through a parent or attorney is not to be abridged. In the case of school officials requesting law enforcement response because of a possible criminal offense by a student during school activities (on or off school property), the above procedure is in force. However, the school official may file charges against the student that might result in arrest and removal from school property. If the law enforcement personnel have a valid warrant, access to the student shall be permitted in all cases. The above procedure of contacting the parent(s) and seeking permission shall not be in force with a valid warrant. If a student is removed from school property, every effort will be made to inform the parent, except in the case of suspected child abuse. In suspected child abuse, it is the responsibility of DCF to inform the parent(s). In the case of emergency or clear and present danger, the school official will cooperate with the police.

Locker Regulations ● Lockers are the property of the Thompson Middle School and may be inspected by school officials. School/law enforcement officials may search lockers, book bags, bags, personal and other school property for weapons, contraband or other evidence of a crime. ● All locks used must be issued by the school (free of cost). If you choose to bring a key lock from home, a duplicate key must be in the office. ● All locker assignments and combinations are on file in the main office. ● Lockers may not be shared. ● Lockers may not be exchanged. ● Students may not enter a locker other than their own (even if a student has permission from another) without a teacher or administrator present. ● Locks are to be returned to your homeroom teacher at the end of the school year. If you do not return your lock, Moving-Up Day Ceremony participation will be denied for 8th graders and next year’s schedule for 7th graders could be withheld. ● Replacement locks - $8.00 7th and 8th-grade students must sign a locker agreement and return it to their homeroom teachers. Agreements are due in the office by the end of the first week of school. Lockers in the gym locker rooms are available; however, students must provide their own locks for these lockers.


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Make-up Work Students are allowed two days for each day of unplanned illness / family emergency absences to complete work missed in their classes. If you are absent for more than one day and you wish to have someone bring your assignments and books to you or to have them picked up at the end of the day, please call the office before 7:45 so that they may be ready for you by the end of the day. Otherwise, work will be available the following day. Students who are on suspension or a planned vacation must return completed work on the day they return to school unless prior arrangements between the student and teacher have been made. All make-up tests, quizzes, and exams must be completed by students within two days unless teachers make other arrangements. Assignments may be checked on the school website: www.thompsonk12.org. Teachers update their sites regularly with weekly homework/assignments.

Media Center / Library The middle school media center is available for use by the students during their study period if it is not being used by another class. In addition, teachers may request that a student uses the media center during their classes. If the entire class goes to the media center, the teacher will go as well for supervision. To access the library during school, a student must obtain a pass from your classroom teacher. The pass must be completed properly with your full name and the reason for coming. You will sign in when you arrive and sign out about 5 minutes before the end of class. You may borrow books from the Media Center. Books are stamped with the due date in the back of the book. You will be allowed two weeks at a time to read a book and it may be renewed. Media Center materials are expected back on the date stamped on the back of the book. You will be given 1 extra day to return the book without penalty. After the extra day, you will be given an overdue notice. If the book is not returned, a note will be given to you. If the book still is not returned, disciplinary action may be taken and/or media center privileges may be suspended. As with any school book, lost media center books must be paid for. If the book is found and returned later, the money will be refunded. If books are not paid for, Moving-Up Ceremony participation will be denied for 8th graders. For returning students, their schedule for the following year will be held until the matter is resolved. It is important to note that students are not allowed to bring food/drink or chew gum in the media center.

National Junior Honor Society Students’ academic records are reviewed to determine scholastic eligibility for the National Junior Honor Society. Students must have a 3.2-grade point average (87) to be eligible. A seventh-grade student’s GPA will be determined at the end of the third marking period. Each of the three marking period averages will be averaged together. Eighth-grade students’ averages will be computed averaging their final seventh-grade average and each of the three Grade 8 marking period averages. The average of these will determine eligibility.


22 Students who are scholastically eligible are notified of their eligibility and are invited to apply for membership to the National Junior Honor Society. They are to obtain an Application/Student Activity Information Form from the advisor and hand it in by the determined deadline. The Application/Student Activity Information Form is reviewed by the NJHS faculty council. The NJHS faculty council will consist of several representatives from the faculty. The NJHS faculty council will assess each eligible student’s application outlining their leadership, service, character and citizenship. Candidates receiving a majority vote of the faculty council will be inducted into the National Junior Honor Society.

Office All students coming to the office should have a pass from their teacher. Students should not be coming to the office between classes. Students should report to their next period class in order to get permission from that teacher to avoid being late for class. The office personnel will not issue passes to students who come to the office between classes. Students who are late to class are subject to disciplinary action.

Opening Exercises/ Morning Announcements The morning announcements will begin from the office at approx. 7:26. The Pledge of Allegiance is recited in homeroom and a moment of silence is also observed. Information regarding the activities happening in the school, as well as, times for games, practices, rehearsals and other events will be noted. Please inform your parents.

Outstanding Academic Achievement To be eligible to receive this award, students must attain a 3.5 for every quarter for the school year. The Outstanding Academic Achievement awards are presented during a ceremony on the student’s last day of school.

PBIS “Responsible, Respectful, and Safe,” easily remembered, positively stated expectations that focus on preferred behaviors lay the foundation for Thompson’s implementation of PBIS. Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is based on principles of applied behavior analysis and the prevention approach and values of positive behavior. PBIS supports the success of ALL students. Effective classroom management and preventive school discipline are essential for supporting teaching and learning. PBIS [emphasizes] that classroom management and preventive school discipline must be integrated and working together with effective academic instruction in a positive and safe school climate to maximize success for all students. www.pbis.org

District-wide, Thompson is building a continuum of academic and behavioral interventions and supports that are rooted in positive discipline systems and pro-active educational interventions for all students.


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Petitions The Board recognizes that petitioning is a process that provides for exercising freedom of speech and procedure that can be advantageous for students and staff in furthering the educational mission of the school system. Any person who wishes to circulate a petition on school grounds while school is in session must first seek permission from the Principal.

Progress Reports Teachers and parents may contact each other at any time during a marking period if they feel work, effort or conduct is unsatisfactory. If you are doing poorly, academically or behaviorally, teachers will inform your parents. Halfway through each marking period, all students will be provided with a printed progress report (see the school calendar for dates). The progress report will also be e-mailed to your home as long as a valid email has been provided. This progress report is not to be considered a report card and only relays progress of your academic work at that time. It is not final. Additional progress reports may be requested by parents at any time. These are sent twice a marking period - about the third and sixth weeks of the term. They are sent for one term only and, if wanted, must be requested each marking period by parental note or phone call (860-923-9380).

Promotion Philosophy The Thompson Middle School recognizes that appropriate grade level placement is essential for students to have a successful educational experience and the opportunity to meet the goals and objectives set by our school. We realize that instruction must be suitable to a student’s academic, emotional, social and physical levels of development and that a student’s evaluation must be continuous and consistent.

Promotion, Acceleration, Retention For the purposes of this section, the five major subjects are defined in two categories, academic and unified arts. The academic category includes ELA, mathematics, science, and social studies. Unified Arts subjects are music (band and/or chorus), physical education, art, tech ed., and health. They are collectively considered a major subject. Students must pass a majority of Unified Arts subjects to receive a passing grade for this category. Promotion: Students who receive a passing grade in three major subjects and a passing average of Unified Arts classes will be promoted to the next grade. Acceleration: Students may be recommended for an accelerated (advanced) program by their teachers. The principal will review the recommendations and use the criteria for determining placement to make a decision. Retention: For a variety of reasons, some students will not be able to meet expected goals and objectives set in two or more major subjects. In these cases, the following conditions will prevail: A student whose final average is below a 60 in two or more subjects will be the subject of a Child Study Team meeting. The team will make a decision based on these final averages, as well as, other factors to determine whether the student is retained or promoted to the next grade. The team will use the criteria for determining placement to assist in making a decision.


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Administration Parents/Guardians/Advocates Academic teacher(s) Unified arts teacher(s) MS Guidance Counselor SPED teacher School Social worker High School Guidance Counselor (if the student is an 8th grader)

Mid-Year: Students in Academic Difficulty Parents will be informed following the third marking period if retention of their child is being considered. They will be encouraged to schedule conferences with those teachers in whose classes their child is having difficulty.

End-of-year Decisions If parents do not accept the decision of the Child Study Team, they may appeal in writing to the Superintendent of Schools. The Superintendent’s decision shall be final. All appeals must be finalized by August 1. Criteria for Determining Placement Individual differences and levels of development must be considered when grade placement and acceleration is being discussed. In each instance, the following factors will be considered in relation to the grade placement and level of class in which a student may be placed.

● Chronological age ● Ability as determined by standardized testing (if available) ● Academic achievement in all subject areas, especially basic skills, as determined by standardized tests and teacher evaluations and observations ● Level of physical development ● Emotional maturity ● Social maturity ● Attendance record ● Special services presently provided and other resources or programs available ● Work and study habit ● Future educational objectives


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Protective Measures Reasonable physical force may be used to the extent that a teacher or another person entrusted with the care and supervision of a minor for school purposes believes it necessary to ● protect him/herself or others from immediate physical injury ● obtain possession of a dangerous instrument or controlled substance, upon or within the control of such student ● protect property from physical damage ● restrain student or remove/move student to another area to maintain order ● physical force may not be used as a disciplinary measure

Pyramids of Intervention Thompson Middle School has adopted a three-tier intervention system, Pyramids of Intervention, to identify and provide academic and behavioral interventions for students who are underperforming in school. Level One -- Teacher Watch Interventions – at this level the teacher will differentiate instruction for the student while in the general education classroom. These are minor organizational interventions put in place as a positive intervention. Students who do not show improvement after a period of time will be placed on Level Two – Short Term Interventions – at this level more intensive interventions are implemented to assist the struggling learner. Students who do not show ample improvement at Level Two will be moved to Level Three – Individualized Intervention – at this level, they will receive more intensive, short term, individualized interventions to meet their needs.

Report Cards / Grading You will receive a report card four times during the school year. All report cards will be distributed by your homeroom teacher. You may be required by your teacher to bring back a signed report card to ensure that a parent or guardian has seen your report card. Report cards will also be e-mailed as long as we have a valid email address on file. Grades are determined by your performance on tests, quizzes, classwork, homework, projects, and class participation which will be explained to you at the beginning of the year. If you are absent on the last day of school, your final report card will be mailed along with any other certificates, etc.

School Cancellation / Delay / Early Dismissal You will be advised of a school closing or a delayed opening by radio announcements through WINY (1350 AM). You can also receive text alerts on your cell phone by visiting www.wfsb.com and subscribing to their free service. We also provide calls using the One Call Now system for closures, delays, and early dismissals. Information is also available on cable channels 3, 4, or 8. A delayed opening means that buses will pick you up 60min., 90 min., or two hours later than usual. On stormy days, be sure to listen to a local station. Severe weather occurring after the school day begins may be cause for early dismissal. The same radio station will be used to broadcast early dismissal times. Please review a plan with your children in the event they are dismissed early from school. There are system-wide planned early dismissal days built into the school calendar. Middle school students are dismissed at 11:30 on these days. Lunch will be served on these days (except for the last day of school).


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School Nurse and Dismissals If any student becomes ill or injured, he or she should ask their teacher for a pass to the nurse’s office. The nurse will assess the student’s health and disposition and determine the necessary treatment. The nurse will call the student’s parent and discuss the assessment and the recommendation of a dismissal or remain in school. If the nurse feels the child may remain in school and the parent prefers to have the child dismissed, this dismissal will be considered a parent dismissal and logged on the student’s attendance record. Any dismissal that is recommended by the nurse will be recorded as an excused absence. Students are not to use their cell phone to call home due to injury or illness during the school day. All students must be seen by the nurse for a nurse/health dismissal. The nurse will determine if a student needs to go home. ➢ ANY STUDENT WHO SEEKS DISMISSAL FROM SCHOOL DUE TO ILLNESS OR INJURIES BY CALLING/TEXTING A

PARENT DIRECTLY (USING THEIR CELL PHONE) WILL BE IN VIOLATION OF OUR STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT. ➢ THE NURSE WILL INITIATE A CELL PHONE DISCIPLINE REFERRAL FOR INAPPROPRIATE USE OF A CELL PHONE (SEE

CODE OF CONDUCT). THE NURSE WILL NOTIFY ADMINISTRATION OF THE INFRACTION FOR THE NECESSARY CONSEQUENCES.

Medication No medication/medicine is allowed in school (including aspirin, mouthwash, cough drops, etc.). If medicine is necessary during the day, you must have a note from your doctor and the permission of your parents. If you must take medicine during school, your parent must bring the medicine to the nurse’s office in the original container with the appropriate permission notes and directions for the medicine's administration. You are not allowed to have any medicine in your possession at any time. Please read the controlled drugs policy.

Live Animals Live animals are NOT allowed inside the TMS building for health reasons. The exceptions to this policy are assistive animals and short-term curriculum related animals.

Physical Examinations Physical examinations are required to be completed during grade 6. These exams are necessary. Vision and hearing are checked in the 5th grade. Females in the 5th and 7th grade and males in the 8th grade are checked for Scoliosis, with parental permission. To enter the 7th grade there are immunizations that are required, as well as, the completion of the physical that should have occurred while in 6th grade. The TMS school nurse will contact you during your 6th-grade year reminding you of this requirement.


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School Supplies/ Books Although the school provides almost all the materials you will need for your regular school work, you should have some basic supplies with you in each class. A suggested supply list for each grade can be found on the school’s website for the first few months of school. Students in grades 5 - 8 are provided with an Agenda to keep an accurate record of their assignments in it. It is your responsibility to keep all textbooks covered and in good condition. If you damage or lose a book or materials which are issued to you, you will not receive another until you pay for a replacement. If the book is found later, your money will be refunded. In the case of a lost Agenda, the replacement cost is $5. If books are not returned or returned damaged and not paid for Moving-Up Ceremony participation will be denied for eighth graders and the schedule for the upcoming year will be held for returning students. School locks will be issued to students in grades 7 and 8. (See Locker Regulations – for information concerning a missing lock).

School Times Students should report to their homerooms between 7:15 and 7:25. Attendance is taken by 7:25. Those students who arrive before 7:15 may report to the cafeteria to eat breakfast. Those students not having breakfast will report to the gymnasium. Students in the cafeteria will report to the gymnasium upon finishing their breakfast. Students who arrive at the school after 7:25 should report to the office for a tardy pass. All TMS students should use the Main Entrance to the Middle School to enter the building. Dismissal begins at 2:05. Bus students are dismissed out the back of the school and students being picked up by their parents and walkers are dismissed out the front of the school.

Sports Soccer, cross country, basketball, cheerleading, baseball, softball and track & field are offered during the school year. A mandatory Player/Parent meeting is required for each season (Fall, Winter and Spring). Eligible students must sign up when the season is announced by registering online. Try-outs will be held to select members of the teams with the exception of cross country and track & field where all participants are members of the team. (See Interscholastic Athletics for additional information, including the requirement of a yearly physical). Cancellation of all sporting events will not be made until 1:00. CIAC guidelines for middle school interscholastic athletics state the following eligibility standards: 1. Any member of the student body is eligible to participate in interscholastic athletics. 2. Students must meet the scholastic & discipline eligibility requirements of their own school in order to participate in interscholastic athletics. 3. Competitors must meet the requirement of good citizenship throughout the school. Students participating in a sport or extracurricular activity should be mindful of the following:


28 ● A student must be in school by 10:45 a.m. in order to be eligible to participate in any school activities that day. ● A student who is absent from school will be ineligible to participate or attend any extracurricular activity that day. ● A student who is sent home ill by the nurse is not allowed to participate in afterschool or evening activities. ● Any student who is subject to disciplinary action in school may be deemed ineligible to participate in any extracurricular activity and/or interscholastic athletics. This decision will be made by the Principal or Assistant Principal. ● Any student who is unable to follow the rules and expectations of the school (i.e. receive excessive disciplinary referrals) will forfeit their opportunity to participate in an extracurricular activity. ● The school administrators maintain the right to determine whether removal from any extracurricular activity and/or interscholastic athletics is warranted due to excessive unexcused absences, tardies, and/or dismissals. ● Any student serving a suspension (in-school/out of school) is not ineligible to participate in and/or attend any extracurricular activity. (See Interscholastic Athletics for additional information)

SRBI/Assistance When a student is in need of an academic intervention in order to help the student achieve grade level standards, the parent/guardian will be notified in writing. The need for the intervention may be based upon low academic performance, standardized test results and/or teacher recommendation. The possible intervention programs are Read Naturally, Study Island, Key Math, Just Words, Lexia, Symphony Math, Odyssey and My Sidewalks. In addition, when the student has completed their assigned program or has been switched to a different program, the parent/guardian will be notified in writing. There may be instances where an intervention may take the place of your student’s Social Studies class and you will be made aware of this change in writing as well.

Student Council Any student who is interested in Student Council will notify their homeroom teacher or the Student Council Supervisor by the second week of school. All students are eligible to participate as long as he/she is academically in good standing. Once admitted into the council, students must maintain an acceptable academic and/or behavioral standing. The Student Council Supervisor, in conjunction with the administration, may place a Student Council member on probation or dismiss a student from the Student Council if a student is not able to maintain an acceptable academic and/or behavior standing, or if there are excessive absences, tardies and/or dismissals from school.

Student Dress TMS administration, faculty, staff and community take pride in the appearance that our students present. We expect that all students will dress and groom themselves neatly in clothes that are suitable for school activities. The primary responsibility for expected dress lies with the student and the parent/guardian. 

Head-covering of any kind, including but not limited to scarves, bandana, masks, headbands, visors, kerchiefs, hats, caps, or hoods shall not be worn, carried, hung on belts or around the neck or kept in the classroom during regular school hours. Sunglasses, whether worn or carried, are not permitted during regular school hours. Approved coverings worn as part of a student’s religious practice shall not be prohibited by this policy.

Footwear standards are maintained for the prevention of accidents and injury. o Shoes appropriate for school activities must be worn at all times. o The student should avoid high-heeled shoes or sandal styles that make walking, running, or other activities less safe for students. Slippers are not permitted.


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Footwear which marks floors or is a safety hazard is not permitted.

Clothing and jewelry will be safe and free of writing, pictures or any insignia which: o Are considered crude, vulgar, profane, or sexually suggestive o Advocate violence o Advocate racial ethnic or religious prejudice o Advocate the use of tobacco, drugs or alcohol

Clothing or jewelry which is distracting or disruptive to the education program or which is gang-related or which poses a threat to the physical well-being and safety of the student or others will not be worn on campus or at school activities.

No clothing, article of clothing or manner of wearing clothes that inappropriately reveals the abdomen, chest/cleavage, back, buttocks, or undergarments/boxers when standing and sitting is permitted. o A minimum of 2” wide straps on shirts is required. o No spaghetti straps, strapless and low side cut tanks are permitted. o No pajama tops or bottoms are permitted. o No shorts, miniskirts, or pants which reveal the upper thigh or undergarments are permitted. o Spandex garments are allowed only if they are covered by shorts or skirts. o No see-through clothing/fabric is permitted unless it is covering other acceptable clothing.

Students found to be dressed inappropriately for school may be required to receive a change of appropriate attire from home or they may be sent home. The middle school office will call home. Students whose consistent lack of personal hygiene becomes offensive and/or disturbing to others will also be dealt with individually. These students may be referred to the school nurse.

Tardiness to School Attendance in school, which includes arriving at school on time each day, is vital to the academic and social success of your child. Student absences seriously impede academic progress and often result in missed school work which cannot be made up. Students are expected to attend school on time and on a consistent basis in order to maximize academic learning time. The only acceptable excuses for tardiness are sickness, doctor appointments, or an emergency situation. The school must receive a telephone call or note as to why the student is tardy. The school department provides bus service for most students, and this is the recommended means of transportation to a parent whose student is habitually late. It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure a student arrives at school on time – students must be in homeroom by 7:25am Please see Attendance Policy.

Telephone, Cell Phones, Music & Electronic Device Use The office telephone is available for student use only before school, lunchtime with a pass from the teacher/cafeteria supervisor and study period. If an emergency arises at another time, and you must use the phone; you are to get a pass to the office from your teacher and receive permission from the office staff to use the office phone. The office telephone is to be used for emergencies only. After school plans are to be made at home and do not constitute an emergency; therefore, permission to use the office phone for those purposes will not be granted. Telephone calls to parents must be made in the office.


30 Cell phones should remain off and out of sight throughout the school day, preferably in the student’s locker. Electronic devices (e.g. hand-held games, music devices, tablets of any type) should be off and remain in the student’s locker. Failure to do so will constitute disciplinary action. (Please see Discipline code of Conduct page 10).

Unified Arts There are 6 Unified Arts offered to our students – Art, Physical Education, Health, Tech Ed., Band and Chorus. Unified Arts run for half of the academic year and are offered on an alternating basis. One Unified Art will be offered on Days 1, 3, 5 &7 and the other will be on Days 2, 4 &6. These day assignments will alternate each quarter. You will be assigned 2 Unified Arts for the 1st semester. At the beginning of the 3rd quarter, which is the beginning of the 2nd semester, the Unified Arts classes will typically switch to two new options. *** Band and Chorus are the exceptions. Band and Chorus are full-year Unified Arts courses and there will be no switch at the second half of the year. ***

Visitors Students may not bring friends from other schools or relatives to visit our school during the regular day. Adults visiting our school must sign in at the middle school office to obtain a Visitor’s pass. The visitor will be asked to leave a picture ID (i.e. driver’s license) in the middle school office for the duration of their visit. Please see our Visitor’s Policy listed on our website, www.thompsonk12.org, for a full explanation of our Visitor’s Policy.

Services Guidance During the year, you may wish to talk with the guidance counselor. Your counselor is here to advise you on your academic achievement, to help you sort out social or personal concerns, to provide career information and to assist you with other situations or problems that may arise. Meetings are scheduled for all 8th graders to explore all their options for high school. Area school representatives including Ellis Regional Vocational Technical School, Killingly Regional Vocational-Agricultural School, and Marianapolis come to TMS to explain their programs. You or your parents are encouraged to contact the guidance counselor or administration if you have any questions or concerns regarding your education. If you would like to make an appointment with a teacher, administrator or counselor, please call the school at 860-923-9380.

Interscholastic Athletics It is the Thompson School Board’s policy to provide students interscholastic athletic competition in a variety of sports. Students shall be allowed to participate in individual sports on the basis of their physical condition and desire. Physicals are required after July 1st of the current school year. Qualified personnel shall be provided for coaching and supervise individual sports. Funding shall be appropriate and equitably distributed.


31 The purpose of school athletics is both educational and recreational. The program should encourage participation by as many boys and girls as possible and should be carried on with the best interest of the participants as the first consideration. This should be done without unreasonable interference with other obligations in the school community. It is recognized that well-organized and well-conducted athletic programs are a potent factor in the morale of the student body and an important phase of good community-school relations.

Prerequisites for All Team Candidates A yearly physical examination is required. This exam must be given prior to the beginning of tryouts by the school or student’s physician. The Interscholastic Sports Permission Form, which includes an important warning statement, must be completed by the candidate’s parent or guardian and submitted to the coach prior to any participation in an athletic contest. A separate form must be completed for each sport in which you are a candidate since it is kept on file by the coach.

Important: Please be advised that your signature on the permission slip also signifies that (1) you understand the warning statement; (2) you have read and agree to abide by all the rules and regulations contained in the athletic digest and all other team rules.

League Affiliation Thompson Middle School is a member of the CT Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC), which is affiliated with the National Federation of State High School associations. We are also members of the Quinebaug Valley Junior Conference (QVJC), a prestigious league comprised of the following schools, Putnam, Woodstock, Plainfield Central, Griswold, Pomfret, Canterbury, Killingly, Parish Hill, Brooklyn, St. Mary’s, Eastford, St. James, Plainfield Catholic, Lisbon St. Joseph’s and the Rectory School of Pomfret.

Thompson Middle School Commitment to Athletics Thompson Middle School is an educational institution having as a primary purpose the development of mature and responsible boys and girls. To this end, unquestionably, academics come first. However, the entire Thompson Middle School community is well aware of the many benefits of a sound athletic program and lends its support in every possible way. The Board of Education, the administration, and the faculty generate a positive attitude toward our athletic endeavors, a contribution for which we are truly grateful.

Thompson Middle School Athletic Department Philosophy The goal of the athletic department is to conduct a wholesome and worthwhile program that is consistent with and contributes to the basic philosophy of Thompson Middle School. As an integral part of the total education process, Thompson Middle School athletics make a significant contribution to the personal growth and development of the participants. To this end, we strive to increase the student's’ knowledge, contribute to their maturity, teach moral and ethical values and motivate them in the pursuit of excellence so we can help produce individuals to realize their self-worth and to reach their full potential. Our dedicated coaches are very much aware of their obligations and responsibilities as extremely visible representatives of our school. They are cognizant of the tremendous influence their position wields and will continually strive to instill the highest desirable ideals and character traits in our student athletes.


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Program Objectives of Thompson Middle School Athletics 1. To develop good citizenship and respect for rules and authority. 2. To provide an opportunity to exemplify and observe good sportsmanship. 3. To encourage student-athletes to achieve academic success and to keep athletics in proper perspective. 4. To teach and emphasize the fundamental skills of the individual. 5. To stress the importance of physical fitness, conditioning, health habits, and safety in athletics. 6. To provide an opportunity to develop lasting friendships with teammates and opponents. 7. To maximize the value of giving one's best effort, at all times, in the pursuit of individual and team success.

Thompson Middle School Athletes Other Benefits of Participating in Athletics Research confirms that there is a direct correlation between success in later life and participation in co-curricular activities, such as school athletics. Research also suggests that students who are participating in school athletics do better academically and are less likely to be behavioral problems in school than when not participating in sports. We, at Thompson Middle School, take great pride in our sports program that provides an exceptional opportunity for personal growth. Athletes learn to accept personal responsibility for success or failure and to recognize both limitations and strengths. Participants experience strong feelings of emotion, such as anger, determination, anticipation, exhilaration, bitterness, disappointment, joy, frustration, suspense, and many others. Very few situations in life offer such an opportunity to recognize and handle such intense feelings while on public display. Student athletes at Thompson Middle School learn about motivation, self-discipline, self-confidence, loyalty, leadership, sacrifice, extra effort, and a winning attitude; lessons which are invaluable in our competitive world. Team sports offer a unique opportunity to teach young men and women that working together within a group toward a common goal does accomplish positive and successful results.

Expectations of Athletes For the privilege of participating in athletics, all athletes must realize that more is expected of them than of other students in school. As an athlete at Thompson Middle School, you will be expected to make many sacrifices. Please read the following information carefully.

Specific Expectations 1. School eligibility rules must be complied with at all times. Eligibility rules become effective the day report cards are issued. Eligibility is determined each marking period for the subsequent term. The final academic average determines eligibility for the first term of the next year. 2. Use of alcohol, tobacco, controlled or illegal drugs: Athletes must stay in top physical condition in order to represent Thompson to the best of their ability. Each of these activities has a detrimental effect on athletic performance and will not be tolerated. The possession of, use of, or being under the influence of controlled or illegal drugs will result in a student being suspended from athletics. The distribution of any controlled or illegal drug will result in the student being suspended from athletics for one academic


33 year. The possession of, distribution of, or being under the influence of an illegally used prescribed drug or alcohol will result in a student being suspended from athletics. Discipline action will be in accordance with the Board of Education policy. 3. Possessing or consuming tobacco products outside of the building (including off campus) will result in a student being suspended from the team for the next two weeks. Students consuming tobacco products while in the Thompson Public School facility will have to serve 5 days of in-house suspension and 5 days out of school suspension before they may rejoin the team for practices or games. A second offense will result in a student being suspended from the team for the remainder of the season and disciplinary action will follow in accordance with the student handbook. 4. Conduct: The athletes represent the team, the school, the student body and the community, as well as themselves; therefore, any conduct which is detrimental to the image of the Thompson School System will be dealt with accordingly by the coach, athletic director, or administrator. If the situation is serious enough, a student may be removed from the team and or become ineligible for future sports programs. 5. All team members are expected to be well groomed and dressed neatly for all games. 6. All team members are expected to treat opponents, officials, coaches, and spectators with respect. 7. No unexcused absences from meetings, practices, or games are permitted. Vacations, jobs and other out of school activities are not valid reasons for missing meetings, practices, or games. It would not be fair to the other team members or students who were cut from the team. 8. All school uniforms, equipment, and supplies must be cared for by the athlete. Athletes are responsible for all items issued to them and will be held financially responsible for any of them damaged or not returned. Any student with an obligation to the athletic department may not participate in any other sport until the obligation is cleared. 9. Players must attend school on the day of a contest or they cannot compete. This also applies to practice. Any exceptions should be cleared, preferably in advance, through your coach or the principal. 10. Players must adhere to all rules and regulations a coach may require for his/her sport. 11. The minimum penalty to be imposed for the breaking of any of the above regulations shall be determined according to Thompson School System Policy. In addition to such penalty, any violator shall be suspended from participation for no less than one game and could be eliminated from that activity if circumstances deem it necessary. Each case involving violations of Athletic Department or team rules will be decided on an individual basis by the coach. The student-athlete may appeal his/her suspension first to the athletic director, second to the principal, third to the superintendent, and last to the school board if he/she so desires. Failure to comply with any of the listed expectations may result in temporary or permanent suspension from an athletic team. We feel strongly that coaches and parents together can make a significant impact on these young men and women and help to counter the tremendous peer pressure that faces all teenagers. By working together in this area, we can “nip in the bud� many potential problems. Together we can provide the necessary guidance, leadership, concern, and encouragement that are so important during their teenage years.

CIAC and Thompson Middle School Guidelines Soccer, cross country. basketball, cheerleading, baseball, softball and track are offered during the school year. Eligible students may sign up when the season is announced. Try-outs will be held to select members of the teams.


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any member of the student body is eligible to participate in interscholastic athletics

students must meet the scholastic requirements of their own school in order to participate in interscholastic athletics

competitors must meet the requirement of good citizenship throughout the school.

Injury & Insurance All injuries that occur while participating in athletics should be reported to the coach and the school nurse. If the injury requires medical attention by a doctor or treatment center, it is the athlete’s responsibility to secure an insurance form from the nurse on the next school day. This is very important. Once an athlete is treated by a physician, he/she must obtain the doctor’s permission in order to return to the activity. All Thompson Middle School athletes are covered by an Excess Insurance Policy. This means the student-athlete will be billed and his/her personal insurance will apply first. Bills not covered should be submitted through the school insurance. It must be noted that the school’s excess policy will not necessarily pay in full the claims that are made. All claims must be submitted within 90 days of the date of injury. Insurance questions should be referred to the school nurse.

Important: We are extremely concerned about the safety of Thompson Middle School athletes and urge all participants to report all injuries to the coaches and school nurse immediately. Our goal concerning injuries is to treat the injured person the way we would want a member of our family treated in a similar situation.

Athletic Participation: “A Privilege” It is important for students and parents to realize that participation in the Thompson Middle School athletic program is not a student right. Rather, it is a privilege which is afforded to those selected individuals who possess the ability, attitude, disposition, cooperative spirit, and desire to respect the student body and school community, in a manner which reflects favorably upon the reputation of Thompson Middle School. Athletics at Thompson Middle School are completely voluntary and no student is obligated to take part. Athletic participation is not a requirement for promotion. However, there are special standards and expectations in the areas of academics, citizenship, training, rules, sportsmanship, and grooming practices which must be complied with by the participants, and it is essential that students, athletes, and parents be familiar with all rules and regulations governing athletic participation at Thompson Middle School. Furthermore, as with all privileges, it is important to remember the school reserves the right to revoke the privilege if the participant does not conduct him/herself in an acceptable manner. We take great pride in our program and invite all students who are willing to accept the Thompson Middle School philosophy to be candidates for our athletic teams. This digest represents the combined efforts of the athletic department and the administration, and it has been formulated to provide student athletes and parents with a resource which will foster a better understanding of the Thompson Middle School athletic program. We hope you will familiarize yourselves with the rules and regulations that govern participation in our programs and do your part to support them. We encourage all parents to support our teams by attending as many athletic contests as possible. However, we wish to make it clear that coaches will not tolerate any interference whatsoever from parent’s relative to athletics and coaching decisions.


35 Each sport at Thompson Middle School is conducted in a manner that we believe is in the best interest of the school and the participants. Parents who disagree with a coach’s philosophy or methods, or cannot accept their son/daughter’s role on a particular team, have a family decision to make. The best advice we can give you is to allow your child to handle all team matters. You will be doing the athlete a favor while contributing to his or her growth, development, and maturity. As spectators at games, Thompson Middle School parents can significantly contribute to the fine reputation we have earned in the area of sportsmanship. We sincerely hope you will serve as role models for our student body by exhibiting the highest ideals of good sportsmanship. We must never lose sight of the fact that the participants in interscholastic athletics are only “youngsters”. Thompson Middle School parents have always been a tremendous asset to our program and we are extremely grateful for your excellent cooperation, support, and loyalty to Thompson Middle School athletics.

Transportation Bus Rules & Procedures ➢ Students must be waiting outside and must be visible at the bus stop. If your child is not visible to the driver, the bus will stop for five to ten seconds and then will proceed to the next stop. The driver will not sound the horn.

➢ Students may not take any other bus but their own. If a bus pass is required, the request must be in writing and be in the office first thing in the morning. The request must contain the parent/guardian’s name making the request along with a phone number where the parent/guardian can be reached to verify the request. The secretary, assistant principal or principal will issue the pass once the request is verified.

➢ Middle school students are not allowed to ride the elementary bus unless approved by both the transportation coordinator and the elementary school principal.

➢ Students, who reside within one and a half miles of the school’s physical address, are not eligible for bus transportation under the current Board of Education policy. If you ride your bicycle to school, it should be locked. Thompson Middle School is not responsible for damaged or stolen bicycles.

➢ If a student, regardless of age or grade, objects to being dropped off at a stop, he/she will be returned to school. ➢ Under no circumstances should a parent try to stop a bus for the purpose of a student boarding or disembarking from that bus. ➢ All bus stops will be based on the child’s physical address unless the Transportation Coordinator is notified on or before August 1st. Once bus stops have been finalized, they will remain in effect for the remainder of the year.

➢ In the event of an emergency that requires a change of bus for that day, a phone call should be made to the school or a note should be submitted to the school explaining the emergency. The administrator will determine the existence of an emergency.

➢ If you miss your afternoon bus, report to the office and arrange for your transportation home. If you need to make changes in transportation arrangements or have any questions regarding routes or schedules, please call the Transportation Coordinator at 923-9581.


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➢ School bus transportation may be withdrawn due to inappropriate behavior. The student’s behavior will be referred to the Administration for review and the appropriate disciplinary action will be decided. Inappropriate behavior is as follows but not limited to: ▪ Students should (a) not eat or drink on the bus (this includes gum) (b) cooperate with the driver and follow his/her instructions regarding the rules of the bus (c) not smoke or be destructive on the bus (d) stay in their seats at all times and talk softly to their friends around them (and) not have any physical contact with anyone on the bus (f) keep hands, feet, and head inside the seat compartment at all times and (g) not use abusive language.

FIELD TRIP BUS RULES & GUIDELINES When the bus leaves the school with students & adults, the driver is responsible for that vehicle. His/her main responsibility is to devote 100% of their attention to the road and driving the vehicle. Student Responsibility: - The same conduct in the bus as in the class. - Do not eat or drink on the bus. - Cooperate with the driver and listen to the chaperone. - Do not smoke or be destructive on the bus. - Stay in your seat and talk quietly to your friends around you. - DO NOT MOVE TO ANOTHER SEAT - Keep hands, feet, and head inside the seat compartment at all times. Driver Responsibility: - Do a complete pre-trip of the vehicle prior to the trip. - Sign off on the safety of the bus. - Make sure the vehicle is clean when you arrive at the pick-up point. - Have the vehicle fueled and check the first aid box for contents. - Drive to and from the event in a courteous and safe manner. - If it is necessary to pull off the road, please pull all the way over so that the vehicle is completely off the main travel road. - Be aware of the route and if necessary have a map with you. - Have a trip sheet with you for documentation of mileage and time. - Fuel the bus when the trip has ended Teacher/Coach/Chaperone Responsibility: - Discuss rules of the road with students prior to the trip. - Spread chaperones out among the students on the bus. - Adults and students must not change seats and everyone must keep their feet and bodies out of the aisles. - No eating on the bus. This means gum, candy, and drinks. - Group leaders are responsible for the behavior of the students. - Quiet voices for everyone. This makes for a pleasant trip - The adults should handle discipline.


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Transportation Coordinator: Kerry Tetreault (860) 923-9581 ext. 520. If the driver finds it necessary to enforce the rules, they will be reporting the incident to the bus coordinator.

Special Services Instruction is available for students with special education needs. Placement in these programs is made by the Planning and Placement Team. Referrals are made to the Director of Special Services by teachers, counselors, parents or students themselves. Upon receipt of the referral, a Planning and Placement Team meeting will be scheduled, to which parents will be invited. If it is determined that a child needs special services, the team and parent will plan an appropriate program. If you have any questions, please call 860-923-9581. Through the partnership of students, parents, school staff and community entities the goal of the Thompson Public Schools is to ensure success for all students within the general education classroom. To accomplish this goal, the schools in Thompson use a continuum of personnel and services to address student needs and are proactive in implementing a preventive, early intervention model in support of students.

Student Service Providers In addition to classroom teachers, educational paraprofessionals, and school administrators, there are other trained professionals who interact with students throughout their Pre-K – 12 experience in Thompson Public Schools. They are: School Counselors Pre-K - 12 The focus of the Thompson Public School Counselors is to assist students in academic, personal/social and career development and planning. The skills developed will be used to promote success in school and to prepare for postsecondary employment, training and life as a productive citizen in the community. School Counselors act as liaisons with parents, the school and community agencies. School Psychological Services PK-12 Works with students, staff and parents in the administration and interpretation of psychological data and develops and oversees educational intervention strategies. Communicates with community agencies and service providers to improve student’s school success. Homebound & Hospitalized Instruction Tutoring provided for students who are unable to attend school for an extended period of time. Recommendations by physician/PPT required. Speech/Language Services Speech/Language Pathologists provide service to students Grades PK-12 through the PPT/IEP/504 process or general education as determined by the Early Intervention Team. English Language Learners (ELL) Assistance provided to students whose primary language is not English. Occupational / Physical Therapy Fine/gross motor services provided to students Grades PK - 12 through the PPT/IEP/504 process. School Health Services Thompson Public Schools provides a registered nurse in each school who may be supported by a licensed practical nurse or a school health services paraprofessional.


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Continuum of Services for Thompson Students CST (Child Study Team) is a general education process where certified educational staff meets to discuss students who are demonstrating weaknesses in academic, social or behavioral areas in school. The CST may refer a student for SRBI. SRBI (Scientifically Researched Based Interventions or RTI) is a nationally recognized model of intervention that emphasizes the use of scientific, researched-based instruction across a continuum of general education settings to help struggling learners. SRBI is a general education initiative that includes several essential components: Common elements of SRBI are common assessments that monitor student progress, scientifically researched based interventions, early interventions, and the use of data to drive instructions and to make decisions regarding students. Section 504 is governed by the Americans with Disability ACT (ADA) and eligibility for 504 services is restricted to students who possess a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more life activities. Special Education is specially defined instruction, at no cost to parents, to meet the unique needs of a child identified with a disability in the least restrictive environment. Every child eligible for special education services is entitled to a free, appropriate public education (FAPE) under the Federal Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA) (20 U.S.C. §1400 et eq.). Special Education is governed by the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA). Further information regarding this continuum of services is available by contacting school administration or the Director of Special Services.

POLICY REGARDING SECTION 504 OF THE REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973 Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Section 504”) prohibits discrimination against individuals with a disability in any program receiving Federal financial assistance. To be protected under Section 504, an individual must be determined to: (1) have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; (2) have a record of such an impairment, or (3) be regarded as having such an impairment. In order to fulfill its obligation under Section 504, the Thompson Public Schools recognize a responsibility to avoid discrimination in policies and practices regarding its personnel, students, parents and members of the public who participate in school-sponsored programs. In this regard, the Thompson Public Schools prohibits discrimination against any person with a disability in any of the programs operated by the school system. The school district also has specific responsibilities under Section 504 to identify, evaluate and provide an educational placement for students who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity. The school district’s obligation includes providing access to free appropriate public education (“FAPE”) for students determined to be eligible under Section 504. Under Section 504, FAPE is defined as the provision of regular or special education and related services that are designed to meet the individual educational needs of a student with a disability as adequately as the needs of students without disabilities are met, and that are provided without cost (except for fees imposed on nondisabled students/parents). If the parent or guardian of a student disagrees with the decisions made by the professional staff of the school district with respect to the identification, evaluation, or educational placement of his/her child, a parent/guardian has a right to utilize the complaint procedures outlined in the Board’s Administrative Regulations, and/or may file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education.


39 Any student, parent, guardian or other individual who believes he/she has been discriminated against by or within the district on the basis of a disability may utilize the complaint procedures outlined in the Board’s Administrative Regulations, and/or may file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education. Anyone who wishes to file a complaint, or who has questions or concerns about this policy, should contact the Director of Special Services. Mr. Scott Sugarman, the Section 504 Coordinator for the Thompson Public Schools, at phone number (860) 923-9581. Legal References:

29 U.S.C. § 794 34 C.F.R. § 104 et seq. 42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq. ADA Amendments of 2008, Public Law 110-325

Protecting Students with Disabilities, Frequently Asked Questions About Section 504 and the Education of Children with Disabilities, Office for Civil Rights (March 17, 2011), available at http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/504faq.html Dear Colleague Letter, United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (January 19, 2012) Date Revised and Approved: January 14, 2013


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BOARD OF EDUCATION POLICIES HOMEWORK POLICY Thompson Middle School PHILOSOPHY We believe that homework is an extension of the regular school program and is fundamental to the individual’s learning and development. We believe that each grade level serves as the foundation for the next and that homework should be introduced early in a student’s schooling. Homework assignments should be given to reinforce and augment the lessons taught in class. The regular practice of homework encourages self-discipline, good work, and study habits. It also helps develop responsibility by allowing students to follow through on their personal commitment to academic work. We recognize that homework activities extend the time of formal learning and may need to accommodate students with different learning and organizational difficulties or those with other special needs. All homework activities should contribute to the student’s performance evaluation. TIME LIMITS The Thompson Middle School recognizes that a reasonable amount of study and preparation outside of the classroom is necessary for the scholastic growth of students. We are also aware that the amount of preparation may vary according to the individual. The student’s ability, maturity level, grade level and the subject matter of each class are determining factors in the amount of home preparation will increase as a child progresses through the middle school. RESPONSIBILITIES The student, parent, and teacher all have responsibilities regarding homework.


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Students’ Responsibilities ● legible work; ●

timely completion of work;

test preparation;

preparing assigned work;

understanding the purpose and requirements of the assignment;

understanding the directions;

understanding the evaluation process;

● understanding that the content, structure, and appearance of all written homework assignments are important elements in the grading process; ● obtaining and completing homework assignments for all missed school days, including absences for sickness, suspension or family vacation (in the latter case, students should endeavor to obtain work prior to leaving on the trip); ●

budgeting time realistically;

obtaining the proper resources and materials;

establishing a time for a regular pattern for review;

the integrity of their work;

meeting the deadlines and understanding the consequences for not doing so;

approaching work and schools seriously;

● understanding that there is never a time when there is no homework, as students may always review, preview or improve their present assignments. Parents’ Responsibilities Parents must assume the responsibility for: ●

providing a quiet, suitable place with adequate work space for their child at work;

encouraging their child to complete homework assignments;

● understanding the various types of homework, as the values differ under different circumstances and conditions; ●

providing a specific time for study;

monitoring assignments.


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Teachers’ Responsibilities Teachers must assume the responsibilities for: ●

explaining to students the homework policy and how it will be carried out in their respective classes;

communicating with parents of the children who are behind with completing homework assignments;

● evaluating and recording each homework assignment within as short a time as possible after its completion; ●

individualizing homework assignments as needed;

relating homework to classroom problems, projects, and discussions;

considering the total daily homework load of the student;

using homework evaluation as part of the overall grade.

Date Adopted: September 9, 1985 Date Revised:

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ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATIONS 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 forbidden, 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 the Board’s sex discrimination and sexual harassment policy shall be subject to disciplinary action.

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. 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.

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.

Complaint Procedure

1.

It is the express policy of the Board of Education to encourage victims of sex discrimination or sexual harassment to

promptly report such claims. Timely reporting of complaints facilitates the investigation and resolution of such complaints.


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As soon as a student feels that he or she has been subjected to sex discrimination or sexual harassment, he/she should

make a written complaint to [INSERT HERE THE NAMES OF APPROPRIATE SCHOOL PERSONNEL – PREFERABLY ONE OF EACH SEX] or to the building principal, or his/her designee. The student will be provided a copy of the Board’s policy and regulation and made aware of his or her rights.

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The complaint should state the:

A.

Name of the complainant,

B.

Date of the complaint,

C.

Date(s) of the alleged harassment/discrimination,

D.

Name(s) of the harasser(s) or discriminator(s),

E.

Location where such harassment/discrimination occurred,

F.

Names of any witness (es) to the harassment/discrimination, and

G.

A detailed statement of the circumstances constituting the alleged harassment/discrimination.

4.

Any student who makes an oral complaint of harassment or sex discrimination to any of the above-mentioned personnel

will be provided a copy of this regulation and will be requested to make a written complaint pursuant to the above procedure. In appropriate circumstances, due to the age of the student making the complaint, a parent or school administrator may be permitted to fill out the form on the student’s behalf.

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If the complainant is a minor student, the person to whom the complaint is given should consider whether a child abuse

report should be completed in accordance with the Board's policy on the Reports of Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect of Children.

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All complaints are to be forwarded immediately to the building principal or designee unless that individual is the subject of

the complaint, in which case the complaint should be forwarded directly to the Superintendent of Schools or designee. In addition, a copy of any complaint filed under this policy shall be forwarded to the Title IX Coordinator.

7.

Upon receipt of a sexual harassment or sex discrimination complaint, the Title IX Coordinator shall either promptly

commence an investigation of the complaint, or shall designate a school administrator to investigate the complaint. The Title IX Coordinator or designee shall consult with all individuals reasonably believed to have relevant information, including the complainant, the alleged harasser/discriminator and any witnesses to the conduct. The investigation shall be carried on discreetly, maintaining confidentiality insofar as possible while still conducting an effective and thorough investigation.


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The Title IX Coordinator or designee shall make a written report summarizing the results of the investigation and proposed

disposition of the matter. Consistent with state and federal law and as deemed appropriate by the Title IX Coordinator or designee, the findings of the investigation shall be shared with persons involved in the investigation.

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If the student complainant is dissatisfied with the findings of the investigation, he or she may file a written appeal to the

Title IX Coordinator, or, if he or she conducted the investigation, to the Superintendent of Schools, who shall review the Title IX Coordinator or designee written report, the information collected by the Title IX Coordinator or designee together with the recommended disposition of the complaint to determine whether the alleged conduct constitutes sexual harassment or sex discrimination. The Title IX Coordinator or Superintendent of Schools may also investigate the complaint further. After completing this review, the Title IX Coordinator or Superintendent of Schools shall respond to the complainant, in writing, as soon as possible.

If after a thorough investigation, there is reasonable cause to believe that sexual harassment or sex discrimination has occurred, the district shall take appropriate corrective action in an effort to ensure that the harassment/discrimination ceases and will not recur.

Retaliation against any individual who complains pursuant to the Board’s policy and regulations is strictly prohibited. The district will take actions necessary to prevent retaliation as a result of filing a complaint.

Copies of this regulation will be distributed to all students. Title IX Coordinator The Title IX Coordinator for the Thompson Board of Education is Dr. Michael Jolin, whose office is located at 785 Riverside Drive, North Grosvenordale, CT 06255-0835, and whose telephone number is (860) 923-9581. DATE ADOPTED:

5/10/99

Date Revised: November 12, 2012


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COMPLAINT FORM REGARDING SEX DISCRIMINATION AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT (STUDENTS)

Name of the complainant Date of the complaint

_______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________

Date of the alleged discrimination/harassment

________________________________________________________________

Name or names of the discriminator(s) or harasser(s)

_________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Location where such discrimination/harassment occurred

_________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Name(s) of any witness (es) to the discrimination/harassment.

__________________________________ ___________________________________

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Detailed statement of the circumstances constituting the alleged discrimination or harassment__________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________


47

DRUG AND ALCOHOL USE BY STUDENTS Policy Statement

The Board is required by Connecticut law to prescribe rules for the management and discipline of its schools. In keeping with this mandate, the use, sale, distribution or possession of controlled drugs, controlled substances, drug paraphernalia, as defined in C.G.S. Section 21a-240, or alcohol on or off school property or during any school-sponsored activity is prohibited. It shall be the policy of the Board to take positive action through education, counseling, discipline, parental involvement, medical referral, and law enforcement referral, as appropriate, in the handling of incidents in the schools involving the possession, distribution, sale or use of substances that affect behavior.

Definitions

(1)

Controlled Drugs: means those drugs which contain any quantity of a substance which has been designated as subject to

the federal Controlled Substances Act, or which has been designated as a depressant or stimulant drug pursuant to federal food and drug laws, or which has been designated by the Commissioner of Consumer Protection pursuant to C.G.S. Section 21a-243, as having a stimulant, depressant or hallucinogenic effect upon the higher functions of the central nervous system and as having a tendency to promote abuse or psychological or physiological dependence, or both. Such controlled drugs are classifiable as amphetamine-type, barbiturate-type, cannabis-type, cocaine-type, hallucinogenic, morphine-type and other stimulant and depressant drugs. C.G.S. Section 21a-240(8).

(2)

Controlled Substances: means a drug, substance or immediate precursor in schedules I to V, inclusive, of the Connecticut

controlled substance scheduling regulations adopted pursuant to C.G.S. Section 21a-243. C.G.S. Section 21a-240(9).

(3)

Professional Communication: any communication made privately and in confidence by a student to a professional

employee of such student's school in the course of the professional employee's employment. C.G.S. Section 10-154a (a) (4).

(4)

Professional Employee: means a person employed by a school who "(A) holds a certificate from the State Board of

Education, (B) is a member of a faculty where certification is not required, (C) is an administration officer of a school, or (D) is a registered nurse employed by or assigned to a school." C.G.S. Section 10-154a (a) (2).

(5)

Drug Paraphernalia: means any equipment, products and materials of any kind which are used, intended for use or

designed for use in planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, processing, preparing, testing, analyzing, packaging, repackaging, storing, containing or concealing, or injecting, ingesting, inhaling or


48 otherwise introducing controlled drugs or controlled substances into the human body, including but not limited to all items specified in C.G.S. Section 21a-240(20)(A), such as "bongs," pipes, "roach clips," miniature cocaine spoons, crack cocaine vials, tobacco rolling papers, and any object or container used, intended or designed for use in storing, concealing, possessing, distributing or selling controlled drugs or controlled substances. C.G.S. Section 21a-240(20) (A).

Procedures

(1)

Emergencies.

If an emergency situation results from drug or alcohol use, the student shall be sent to the school nurse or medical advisor immediately. The parent or designated responsible person will be notified.

(2)

Prescribed Medications.

The parent or guardian of any student who is required to take any prescribed medication during the school day shall so inform the school nurse or the person designated to act in the absence of a nurse. Such prescribed medication will then be administered to the student under the supervision of the school nurse or designee in accordance with C.G.S. Section 10-212a and the applicable regulations and in accordance with any Board policies and regulations concerning medication administration.

Students taking improper amounts of a prescribed medication, or taking a prescribed medication without proper notification and supervision of the school nurse or designee will be subject to the procedures for improper drug or alcohol use outlined in this policy.

(3)

Voluntary Disclosure of Drug/Alcohol Problem (Self-Referral).

The following procedures will be followed when a student privately, and in confidence, discloses to a professional employee, in a professional communication, information concerning the student's use, possession, distribution or sale of a controlled drug, controlled substance or alcohol.

(a)

Professional employees are permitted, in their professional judgment, to disclose any information acquired through a

professional communication with a student, when such information concerns alcohol or drug abuse or any alcohol or drug problem of such student. In no event, however, will they be required to do so. C.G.S. Section 10-154a (b).


49 (b)

Any physical evidence obtained from such student through a professional communication indicating that a crime has been

or is being committed by the student must be turned over to school administrators or law enforcement officials as soon as possible, but no later than two calendar days after receipt of such physical evidence, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Employees are encouraged to contact the school administrator immediately upon obtaining physical evidence. In no case, however, will such employee be required to disclose the name of the student from whom the evidence was obtained. C.G.S. Section 10-154a (b).

(c)

Any professional employee who has received a professional communication from a student may obtain advice and

information concerning appropriate resources and refer the student accordingly, subject to the rights of the professional employee as described in paragraph (a) above.

(d)

If a student consents to disclosure of a professional communication concerning the student's alcohol or drug problem, or if

the professional employee deems disclosure to be appropriate, the professional employee should report the student's name and problem to the school's building administrator or designee who shall refer the student to appropriate school staff members for intervention and counseling.

(4)

Involuntary Disclosure or Discovery of Drug/Alcohol Problems.

When a professional employee obtains information related to a student from a source other than the student's confidential disclosure, that the student, on or off school grounds or at a school-sponsored activity, is under the influence of, or possesses, uses, dispenses, distributes, administers, sells or aids in the procurement of a controlled drug, controlled substance, drug paraphernalia or alcohol, that information is considered to be involuntarily disclosed. In this event, the following procedures will apply.

(a)

The professional employee will immediately report the information to the building administrator or designee. The building

administrator or designee will then refer the student to appropriate school staff members for intervention and counseling.

(b)

Any physical evidence (for example, alcohol, drugs or drug paraphernalia) obtained from a student indicating that a crime

has been or is being committed by the student must be turned over to the building administrator or designee or to law enforcement officials as soon as possible, but no later than within two calendar days after receipt of such physical evidence, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. C.G.S. Section 10-154a (b). Because such evidence was not obtained through a professional communication, the name of the student must be disclosed to the building administrator or designee.

(c)

Search and Seizure of Students and/or Possessions: A professional employee who reasonably suspects that a student is

violating a state/federal law or a school substance abuse policy must immediately report his/her suspicion to the building


50 administrator or designee. The building administrator or designee may then search a student's person or possessions connected to that person, in accordance with the Board's policies and regulations if he/she has reasonable suspicion from the inception of the search that the student has violated or is violating either the law or a school substance abuse policy.

Any physical evidence obtained in the search of a student, or a student's possessions, indicating that the student is violating or has violated a state or federal law must be turned over to law enforcement officials as soon as possible, but not later than within three calendar days after receipt of such physical evidence, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. C.G.S. Section 10-154a(c). All school employees are encouraged to contact the school administration immediately upon obtaining physical evidence.

(5)

Consequences of the Use, Sale, Distribution or Possession of Controlled Drugs, Controlled Substances, Drug Paraphernalia

or Alcohol.

(a)

Any student in the Thompson Public Schools using, consuming, possessing, being under the influence of, manufacturing,

distributing, selling or aiding in the procurement of controlled drugs, controlled substances, drug paraphernalia or alcohol either on or off school property, or at a school-sponsored activity is subject to discipline up to and including expulsion pursuant to the Board's student discipline policy.

(b)

In conformity with the Board’s student discipline policy, students may be suspended or expelled for drug or alcohol use off

school grounds if such drug or alcohol use is considered seriously disruptive of the educational process. In determining whether the conduct is seriously disruptive of the educational process, the Administration and the Board may consider, among other factors: 1) whether the drug or alcohol use occurred within close proximity of a school; 2) whether other students from the school were involved, and 3) whether any injuries occurred.

(c)

If a school administrator has reason to believe that any student was engaged, on or off school grounds, in offering for sale

or distribution a controlled substance (as defined by Conn. Gen. Stat. § 21a-240(9), whose manufacturing, distribution, sale, prescription, dispensing, transporting, or possessing with intent to sell or dispense, offering or administering is subject to criminal penalties under Conn. Gen. Stats. §§ 21a-277 and 21a-278, the administrator will recommend such student for expulsion, in accordance with the Board’s student discipline policy.

(d)

Students found to be in violation of this policy may be referred by the building administrator to an appropriate agency

licensed to assess and treat drug and alcohol involved individuals. In such event, assessment and treatment costs will be the responsibility of the parent or guardian.


51 (e)

A meeting may be scheduled with appropriate school staff members for the purpose of discussing the school's drug and

alcohol policy with the student and parent or guardian.

(f)

Law enforcement officials may be contacted by the building administrator in the case of suspected involvement in the use,

sale or distribution of controlled drugs, controlled substances, drug paraphernalia or alcohol.

Legal References:

Connecticut General Statutes: Section 10-154a

Sections 10-233a through 10-233f

Section 10-212a

Section 21a-240

Section 10-221

ADOPTED:

June 14, 1993

REVISED:

February 9, 2004

Date Revised: April 29, 2013

Section 21a-243


52

POLICY REGARDING POSSESSION OF DEADLY WEAPONS OR FIREARMS

I.

Definitions:

A.

Deadly Weapon means "any weapon, whether loaded or unloaded, from which a shot may be discharged, or a switchblade knife, gravity knife, billy, blackjack, bludgeon, or metal knuckles." Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a-3 (6).

B.

Firearm means "any sawed-off shotgun, machine gun, rifle, shotgun, pistol, revolver, or another weapon, whether loaded or unloaded, from which a shot may be discharged." Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a-3 (19).

C.

Peace Officer means a state police officer, a member of the local police department, an inspector in the state Division of Criminal Justice, a sheriff, deputy sheriff or special deputy sheriff, a conservation officer or special conservation officer, a constable who performs criminal law enforcement duties, a special policeman, an adult probation officer, a Department of Correction official authorized by the Commissioner of Correction to make arrests in a correctional institution or facility, an investigator in the investigations unit of the Office of the State Treasurer, or any special agent of the federal government authorized to the provisions of Title 21 of the United States Code. Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a-3 (9).

D.

Real Property means the land and all temporary and permanent structures comprising the district's elementary and secondary schools, and administrative office buildings. Real property includes, but is not limited to, the following: classrooms, hallways, storage facilities, theaters, gymnasiums, fields and parking lots.

E.

School-Sponsored Activity "means any activity sponsored, recognized or authorized by a board of education and includes activities conducted on or off school property." Conn. Gen. Stat. § 10-233a (h).

II.

Prohibition of Deadly Weapons and Firearms

In accordance with Conn. Gen. Stat. § 29-28(e) and § 53a-217b, the possession and/or use of a deadly weapon or firearm on the real property of any school or administrative office building in this district, or at a school-sponsored activity, is prohibited, even if the person possessing the deadly weapon or firearm has a permit for such item.

III.

Peace Officer Exception


53 A peace officer engaged in the performance of his or her official duties who is in lawful possession of a deadly weapon or firearm may bring such item on the real property of any school or administrative office building in this district, or to a school-sponsored activity.

IV.

Other Exceptions

Persons in lawful possession of a deadly weapon or firearm may possess such item on the real property of any school or administrative office building in this district, or to a school-sponsored activity if:

A.

The person brings the deadly weapon or firearm on the real property of any school or administrative office building or to a school-sponsored activity for use in a program approved by school officials. In such case, the person must give school officials notice of his/her intention to bring such item, and the person must receive prior written permission from school officials.

B.

The person possesses the deadly weapon or firearm on the real property of any school or administrative office building or at a school-sponsored activity pursuant to a written agreement with school officials or a written agreement between such person's employer and school officials.

V.

Consequences

A. Unless subject to one of the exceptions listed above, any person who possesses a deadly weapon or firearm on the real property of an elementary or secondary school in this district, or administrative office building, or at a school-sponsored activity, whether or not the person is lawfully permitted to carry such deadly weapon or firearm, will be reported to the local police authorities once school officials become aware of its possession. B. A student who possesses and/or uses any deadly weapon or firearm on school property in violation of this policy shall be disciplined in accordance with Board of Education Student Discipline Policy.

C.

The Board of Education reserves the right to forbid anyone caught possessing a deadly weapon or firearm on the real property of its school buildings or administrative office buildings, or at a school-sponsored activity, from using any and all school facilities.

Policy approved by Policy Committee: April 1, 2013

Legal References: Connecticut General Statutes ยง10-233a, ยง 29-28(e), ยง53a-3 and ยง53a-217b.


54

BULLYING PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION POLICY The Board of Education is committed to creating and maintaining an educational environment that is physical, emotionally and intellectually safe and thus free from bullying, harassment, and discrimination. In accordance with state law and the Board’s Safe School Climate Plan, the Board expressly prohibits any form of bullying behavior on school grounds; at a school-sponsored or school-related activity, function or program, whether on or off school grounds; at a school bus stop; on a school bus or other vehicle owned, leased or used by a local or regional board of education; or through the use of an electronic device or an electronic mobile device owned, leased or used by Board of Education. The Board also prohibits any form of bullying behavior outside of the school setting if such bullying (I) creates a hostile environment at school for the student against whom such bullying was directed, (ii) infringes on the rights of the student against whom such bullying was directed at school, or (iii) substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school. Discrimination and/or retaliation against an individual who reports or assists in the investigation of an act of bullying are likewise prohibited. Students who engage in bullying behavior shall be subject to school discipline, up to and including expulsion, in accordance with the Board's policies on student discipline, suspension and expulsion, and consistent with state and federal law. For purposes of this policy, “Bullying” means the repeated use by one or more students of a written, oral or electronic communication, such as cyberbullying, directed at or referring to another student attending school in the same school district, or a physical act or gesture by one or more students repeatedly directed at another student attending school in the same school district, that: 1)

causes physical or emotional harm to such student or damage to such student’s property;

2)

places such student in reasonable fear of harm to himself or herself, or of damage to his or her property; 3)

creates a hostile environment at school for such student;

4)

infringes on the rights of such student at school; or

5)

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

Bullying shall include, but not be limited to, a written, verbal or electronic communication or physical act or gesture based on any actual or perceived differentiating characteristics, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, socioeconomic status, academic status, physical appearance, or mental, physical, developmental or sensory disability, or by association with an individual or group who has or is perceived to have one or more of such characteristics. For purposes of this policy, "Cyberbullying" means any act of bullying through the use of the Internet, interactive and digital technologies, cellular mobile telephone or other mobile electronic devices or any electronic communications. Consistent with the requirements under state law, the Thompson Board of Education authorizes the Superintendent or his/her designee(s), along with the Safe School Climate Coordinator, to be responsible for developing and implementing a Safe


55 School Climate Plan in furtherance of this policy. As provided by state law, such Safe School Climate Plan shall include, but not be limited to provisions which:

1) Enable students to anonymously report acts of bullying to school employees and require students and the parents or guardians of students to be notified annually of the process by which students may make such reports; 2)

enable the parents or guardians of students to file written reports of suspected bullying;

3) require school employees who witness acts of bullying or receive reports of bullying to orally notify the safe school climate specialist, or another school administrator if the safe school climate specialist is unavailable, not later than one school day after such school employee witnesses or receives a report of bullying, and to file a written report not later than two school days after making such oral report; 4) require the safe school climate specialist to investigate or supervise the investigation of all reports of bullying and ensure that such investigation is completed promptly after receipt of any written reports made under this section; 5) require the safe school climate specialist to review any anonymous reports, except that no disciplinary action shall be taken solely on the basis of an anonymous report; 6)

include a prevention and intervention strategy for school employees to deal with bullying;

7)

provide for the inclusion of language in student codes of conduct concerning bullying;

8) require each school to notify the parents or guardians of students who commit any verified acts of bullying and the parents or guardians of students against whom such acts were directed not later than forty-eight hours after the completion of the investigation; 9) require each school to invite the parents or guardians of a student who commits any verified act of bullying and the parents or guardians of the student against whom such act was directed to a meeting to communicate to such parents or guardians the measures being taken by the school to ensure the safety of the student against whom such act was directed and to prevent further acts of bullying; 10) establish a procedure for each school to document and maintain records relating to reports and investigations of bullying in such school and to maintain a list of the number of verified acts of bullying in such school and make such list available for public inspection, and annually report such number to the Department of Education and in such manner as prescribed by the Commissioner of Education; 11) direct the development of case-by-case interventions for addressing repeated incidents of bullying against a single individual or recurrently perpetrated bullying incidents by the same individual that may include both counseling and discipline; 12)

prohibit discrimination and retaliation against an individual who reports or assists in the investigation of an act of bullying;

13) direct the development of student safety support plans for students against whom an act of bullying was directed that address safety measures the school will take to protect such students against further acts of bullying; 14) require the principal of a school, or the principal's designee, to notify the appropriate local law enforcement agency when such principal, or the principal's designee, believes that any acts of bullying constitute criminal conduct; 15) prohibit bullying (A) on school grounds, at a school-sponsored or school-related activity, function or program whether on or off school grounds, at a school bus stop, on a school bus or other vehicle owned, leased or used by a local or regional board of education, or through the use of an electronic device or an electronic mobile device owned, leased or used by the local or regional


56 board of education, and (B) outside of the school setting if such bullying (I) creates a hostile environment at school for the student against whom such bullying was directed, (ii) infringes on the rights of the student against whom such bullying was directed at school, or (iii) substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school; 16) require, at the beginning of each school year, each school to provide all school employees with a written or electronic copy of the school district's safe school climate plan; and 17)

require that all school employees annually complete the training described in Conn. Gen. Stat. §10-220a.

The notification required pursuant to subdivision (8) (above) and the invitation required pursuant to subdivision (9) (above) shall include a description of the response of school employees to such acts and any consequences that may result from the commission of further acts of bullying. Any information provided under this policy or accompanying Safe School Climate Plan shall be provided in accordance with the confidentiality restrictions imposed under the Family Educational Rights Privacy Act ("FERPA") and the district's Confidentiality and Access to Student Information policy and regulations. The Thompson Board of Education shall approve the Safe School Climate Plan developed pursuant to this policy and submit such plan to the Department of Education. Not later than thirty (30) calendar days after approval by the Board, the Board shall make such plan available on the Board's and each individual school in the school district's website and ensure that the Safe School Climate Plan is included in the school district's publication of the rules, procedures, and standards of conduct for schools and in all student handbooks. Legal References: Conn. Gen. Stat. 10-145a Conn. Gen. Stat. 10-145o Conn. Gen. Stat. 10-220a Conn. Gen. Stat. § 10-222d Conn. Gen. Stat. 10-222g Conn. Gen. Stat. 10-222h Conn. Gen. Stat. §§ 10-233a through 10-233f Adopted: December 9, 2002 Date Revised: January 14, 2013

SAFE SCHOOL CLIMATE PLAN The Board is committed to creating and maintaining a physically, emotionally, and an intellectually safe educational environment free from bullying, harassment, and discrimination. In order to foster an atmosphere conducive to learning, the Board has developed the following Safe School Climate Plan, consistent with state law and Board Policy. This Plan represents a comprehensive approach to addressing bullying and cyberbullying and sets forth the Board’s expectations for creating a positive school climate and thus preventing, intervening, and responding to incidents of bullying. Bullying behavior is strictly prohibited, and students who are determined to have engaged in such behavior are subject to disciplinary action, which may include suspension or expulsion from school. The district’s commitment to addressing bullying


57 behavior, however, involves a multi-faceted approach, which includes education and the promotion of a positive school climate in which bullying will not be tolerated by students or school staff. I.

Prohibition Against Bullying and Retaliation

A. The Board expressly prohibits any form of bullying behavior on school grounds; at a school-sponsored or school-related activity, function or program whether on or off school grounds; at a school bus stop; on a school bus or other vehicle owned, leased or used by a local or regional board of education; or through the use of an electronic device or an electronic mobile device owned, leased or used by Board of Education. B. The Board also prohibits any form of bullying behavior outside of the school setting if such bullying (i) creates a hostile environment at school for the student against whom such bullying was directed, (ii) infringes on the rights of the student against whom such bullying was directed at school, or (iii) substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school; C. In addition to prohibiting student acts which constitute bullying, the Board also prohibits discrimination and/or retaliation against an individual who reports or assists in the investigation of an act of bullying. D. Students who engage in bullying behavior in violation of Board Policy and the Safe School Climate Plan shall be subject to school discipline, up to and including expulsion, in accordance with the Board's policies on student discipline, suspension and expulsion, and consistent with state and federal law.

II.

Definition of Bullying

A. “Bullying� means the repeated use by one or more students of a written, oral, or electronic communication, such as cyberbullying, directed at or referring to another student attending school in the same district, or a physical act or gesture by one or more students repeatedly directed at another student attending school in the same school district, that: 1.

causes physical or emotional harm to such student or damage to such student’s property;

2.

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

3.

creates a hostile environment at school for such student;

4.

infringes on the rights of such student at school; or

5.

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

B. Bullying shall include, but not be limited to, a written, verbal or electronic communication or physical act or gesture based on any actual or perceived differentiating characteristics, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, socioeconomic status, academic status, physical appearance, or mental, physical, developmental or sensory disability, or by association with an individual or group who has or is perceived to have one or more of such characteristics.


58 III.

Other Definitions

A. "Cyberbullying" means any act of bullying through the use of the Internet, interactive and digital technologies, cellular mobile telephone or other mobile electronic devices or any electronic communications. B. "Electronic communication" means any transfer of signs, signals, writing, images, sounds, data or intelligence of any nature transmitted in whole or in part by a wire, radio, electromagnetic, photo electronic or photo-optical system; C. "Hostile environment" means a situation in which bullying among students is sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter the conditions of the school climate; D. "Mobile electronic device" means any hand-held or other portable electronic equipment capable of providing data communication between two or more individuals, including, but not limited to, a text messaging device, a paging device, a personal digital assistant, a laptop computer, equipment that is capable of playing a video game or a digital video disk, or equipment on which digital images are taken or transmitted; E. "Outside of the school setting" means a location, activity or program that is not school-related, or through the use of an electronic device or a mobile electronic device that is not owned, leased or used by a local or regional board of education; F. "Prevention and intervention strategy" may include, but is not limited to, (1) implementation of a positive behavioral interventions and supports process or another evidence-based model approach for safe school climate or for the prevention of bullying identified by the Department of Education, (2) school rules prohibiting bullying, harassment and intimidation and establishing appropriate consequences for those who engage in such acts, (3) adequate adult supervision of outdoor areas, hallways, the lunchroom and other specific areas where bullying is likely to occur, (4) inclusion of grade-appropriate bullying education and prevention curricula in kindergarten through high school, (5) individual interventions with the bully, parents and school employees, and interventions with the bullied child, parents and school employees, (6) school-wide training related to safe school climate, (7) student peer training, education and support, and (8) promotion of parent involvement in bullying prevention through individual or team participation in meetings, trainings and individual interventions. G. "School climate" means the quality and character of school life with a particular focus on the quality of the relationships within the school community between and among students and adults. H. "School employee" means (1) a teacher, substitute teacher, school administrator, school superintendent, guidance counselor, psychologist, social worker, nurse, physician, school paraprofessional or coach employed by a local or regional board of education or working in a public elementary, middle or high school; or (2) any other individual who, in the performance of his or her duties, has regular contact with students and who provides services to or on behalf of students enrolled in a public elementary, middle or high school, pursuant to a contract with the local or regional board of education. H. “School-Sponsored Activity� shall mean any activity conducted on or off school property (including school buses and other school-related vehicles) that is sponsored, recognized or authorized by the Board of Education.


59 IV.

Leadership and Administrative Responsibilities

A.

Safe School Climate Coordinator

The Superintendent shall appoint, from existing school district staff, a District Safe School Climate Coordinator (“Coordinator”). The Coordinator shall: 1.

be responsible for implementing the district’s Safe School Climate Plan (“Plan”);

2. collaborate with Safe School Climate Specialists, the Board, and the Superintendent to prevent, identify and respond to bullying in district schools; 3. regarding bullying;

provide data and information, in collaboration with the Superintendent, to the Department of Education

4. meet with Safe School Climate Specialists at least twice during the school year to discuss issues relating to bullying the school district and to make recommendations concerning amendments to the district’s Plan. B.

Safe School Climate Specialist

The Principal of each school (or principal’s designee) shall serve as the Safe School Climate Specialist. The Safe School Climate Specialist shall investigate or supervise the investigation of reported acts of bullying and act as the primary school official responsible for preventing, identifying and responding to reports of bullying in the school. V.

Development and Review of Safe School Climate Plan

A. The Principal of each school shall establish a committee or designate at least one existing committee (“Committee”) in the school to be responsible for developing and fostering a safe school climate and addressing issues relating to bullying in the school. Such committee shall include at least one parent/guardian of a student enrolled in the school, as appointed by the school principal. B. The Committee shall: 1) receive copies of completed reports following bullying investigations; 2) identify and address patterns of bullying among students in the school; 3) review and amend school policies relating to bullying; 4) review and make recommendations to the Coordinator regarding the Safe School Climate Plan based on issues and experiences specific to the school; 5) educate students, school employees and parents/guardians on issues relating to bullying; 6) collaborate with the Coordinator in the collection of data regarding bullying; and 7) perform any other duties as determined by the Principal that are related to the prevention, identification and response to school bullying. C. Any parent/guardian serving as a member of the Committee shall not participate in any activities which may compromise the confidentiality of any student, including, but not limited to receiving copies of investigation reports, or identifying or addressing patterns of bullying among students in the school. D. The Board of Education shall approve the Safe School Climate Plan developed pursuant to Board policy and submit such plan to the Department of Education. Not later than thirty (30) calendar days after approval by the Board, the Board shall make such plan available on the Board's and each individual school in the school district's website and ensure that the Safe School Climate Plan


60 is included in the school district's publication of the rules, procedures, and standards of conduct for schools and in all student handbooks. VI.

Procedures for Reporting and Investigating Complaints of Bullying

A. Students and parents (or guardians of students) may file written reports of bullying. Written reports of bullying shall be reasonably specific as to the basis for the report, including the time and place of the alleged conduct, the number of incidents, the target of the suspected bullying, and the names of potential witnesses. Such reports may be filed with any building administrator and/or the Safe School Climate Specialist (i.e. building principal), and all reports shall be forwarded to the Safe School Climate Specialist for review and actions consistent with this Plan. B. Students may make anonymous reports of bullying to any school employee. Students may also request anonymity when making a report, even if the student’s identity is known to the school employee. In cases where a student requests anonymity, the Safe School Climate Specialist or his/her designee shall meet with the student (if the student’s identity is known) to review the request for anonymity and discuss the impact that maintaining the anonymity of the complainant may have on the investigation and on any possible remedial action. All anonymous reports shall be reviewed and reasonable action will be taken to address the situation, to the extent such action may be taken that does not disclose the source of the report, and is consistent with the due process rights of the student(s) alleged to have committed acts of bullying. No disciplinary action shall be taken solely on the basis of an anonymous report. C. School employees who witness acts of bullying or receive reports of bullying shall orally notify the Safe School Climate Specialist or another school administrator if the Safe School Climate Specialist is unavailable, not later than one (1) school day after such school employee witnesses or receives a report of bullying. The school employee shall then file a written report not later than two (2) school days after making such oral report. D. The Safe School Specialist shall be responsible for reviewing any anonymous reports of bullying and shall investigate or supervise the investigation of all reports of bullying and ensure that such investigation is completed promptly after receipt of any written reports. In order to allow the district to adequately investigate complaints filed by a student or parent/guardian, the parent of the student suspected of being bullied should be asked to provide consent to permit the release of that student’s name in connection with the investigation process, unless the student and/or parent has requested anonymity. E. In investigating reports of bullying, the Safe School Climate Specialist or designee will consider all available information known, including the nature of the allegations and the ages of the students involved. The Safe School Climate Specialist will interview witnesses, as necessary, reminding the alleged perpetrator and other parties that retaliation is strictly prohibited and will result in disciplinary action. VII.

Responding to Verified Acts of Bullying

A. Following investigation, if acts of bullying are verified, the Safe School Climate Specialist or designee shall notify the parents or guardians of the students against whom such acts were directed as well as the parents or guardians of the students who commit such acts of bullying of the finding not later than forty-eight hours after the investigation is completed. This notification shall include a description of the school’s response to the acts of bullying. In providing such notification, however, care must be taken to respect the statutory privacy rights of other students, including the perpetrator of such bullying. The specific disciplinary


61 consequences imposed on the perpetrator, or personally identifiable information about a student other than the parent/guardian’s own child, may not be disclosed except as provided by law. B. In any instance in which bullying is verified, the Safe School Climate Specialist or designee shall also invite the parents or guardians of the student who commits any verified act of bullying and the parents or guardian of the student against whom such act was directed to a meeting to communicate the measures being taken by the school to ensure the safety of the student/victim and to prevent further acts of bullying. The invitation may be made simultaneous with the notification described above in Section VII.A. The purpose of the meeting is to communicate to parents/guardians the measures being taken by the school to ensure the safety of the student involved and to prevent further acts of bullying. Normally, separate meetings shall be held with the respective parents; however, at the discretion of the Safe School Climate Specialist and with written consent of the parents/guardians involved, the meeting(s) may be held jointly. C. If bullying is verified; the Safe School Climate Specialist or designee shall develop a student safety support plan for any student against whom an act of bullying was directed. Such support plan will include safety measures to protect against further acts of bullying. D. A specific written intervention plan shall be developed to address repeated incidents of bullying against a single individual or recurrently perpetrated bullying incidents by the same individual. The written intervention plan may include counseling, discipline and other appropriate remedial actions as determined by the Safe School Climate Specialist or designee, and may also incorporate a student safety support plan, as appropriate. E.

Notice to Law Enforcement

If the Principal of a school (or his/her designee) reasonably believes that any act of bullying constitutes a criminal offense, he/she shall notify appropriate law enforcement. The notice shall be consistent with the Board’s obligations under state and federal law and Board policy regarding the disclosure of personally identifiable student information. In making this determination, the Principal or his/her designee, may consult with the school resource officer, if any, and other individuals the principal or designee deems appropriate. F. If a bullying complaint raises concern about discrimination or harassment on the basis of a legally protected classifications (such as race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability or gender identity or expression), the Safe School Climate Specialist or designee shall also coordinate any investigation with other appropriate personnel within the district as appropriate (e.g. Title IX Coordinator, Section 504 Coordinator etc.) VIII.

Documentation and Maintenance of Log

A. Each school shall maintain written reports of bullying, along with supporting documentation received and/or created as a result of bullying investigations, consistent with the Board’s obligations under state and federal law. Any educational record containing personally identifiable student information pertaining to an individual student shall be maintained in a confidential manner, and shall not be disclosed to third parties without written prior written consent of a parent, guardian or eligible student, except as permitted under Board policy and state and federal law. B. The Principal of each school shall maintain a list of the number of verified acts of bullying in the school and this list shall be available for public inspection upon request. Consistent with district obligations under state and federal law regarding student


62 privacy, the log shall not contain any personally identifiable student information, or any information that alone or in combination would allow a reasonable person in the school community to identify the students involved. Accordingly, the log should be limited to basic information such as the number of verified acts, name of the school and/or grade level and relevant date. Given that any determination of bullying involves repeated acts, each investigation that results in a verified act of bullying for that school year shall be tallied as one verified act of bullying unless the specific actions that are the subject of each report involve separate and distinct acts of bullying. The list shall be limited to the number of verified acts of bullying in each school and shall not set out the particulars of each verified act, including, but not limited to any personally identifiable student information, which is confidential information by law. C. The Principal of each school shall report the number of verified acts of bullying in the school annually to the Department of Education in such manner as prescribed by the Commissioner of Education. IX.

Other Prevention and Intervention Strategies

A. Bullying behavior can take many forms and can vary dramatically in the nature of the offense and the impact the behavior may have on the victim and other students. Accordingly, there is no one prescribed response to verified acts of bullying. While conduct that rises to the level of “bullying�, as defined above, will generally warrant traditional disciplinary action against the perpetrator of such bullying, whether and to what extent to impose disciplinary action (e.g., detention, in-school suspension, suspension or expulsion) is a matter for the professional discretion of the building principal (or responsible program administrator or his/her designee). No disciplinary action may be taken solely on the basis of an anonymous complaint. As discussed below, schools may also consider an appropriate alternative to traditional disciplinary sanctions, including age-appropriate consequences and other restorative or remedial interventions. B. A specific written intervention plan shall be developed to address repeated incidents of bullying against a single individual or recurrently perpetrated bullying incidents by the same individual. This plan may include safety provisions, as described above, for students against whom acts of bullying have been verified and may include other interventions such as counseling, discipline, and other appropriate remedial or restorative actions as determined by the responsible administrator. C. The following sets forth possible interventions which may also be utilized to enforce the Board’s prohibition against bullying: i.

Non-disciplinary interventions

When verified acts of bullying are identified early and/or when such verified acts of bullying do not reasonably require a disciplinary response, students may be counseled as to the definition of bullying, its prohibition, and their duty to avoid any conduct that could be considered bullying. Students may also be subject to other forms of restorative discipline or remedial actions, appropriate to the age of the students and nature of the behavior.

If a complaint arises out of the conflict between students or groups of students, peer or other forms of mediation may be considered. Special care, however, is warranted in referring such cases to peer mediation. A power imbalance may make the process intimidating for the victim and therefore inappropriate. In such cases, the victim should be given additional support. Alternatively, peer mediation may be deemed inappropriate to address the concern. ii.

Disciplinary interventions


63 When acts of bullying are verified and a disciplinary response is warranted, students are subject to the full range of disciplinary consequences. Anonymous complaints, however, shall not be the basis for disciplinary action. In-school suspension and suspension may be imposed only after informing the accused perpetrator of the reasons for the proposed suspension and giving him/her an opportunity to explain the situation, in accordance with the Board’s Student Discipline policy. Expulsion may be imposed only after a hearing before the Board of Education, a committee of the Board or an impartial hearing officer designated by the Board of Education in accordance with the Board’s Student Discipline policy. This consequence shall normally be reserved for serious incidents of bullying and/or when past interventions have not been successful in eliminating bullying behavior. iii.

Interventions for bullied students

The building principal (or another responsible program administrator) or his/her designee shall intervene in order to address incidents of bullying against a single individual. Intervention strategies for a bullied student may include the following: a.

Counseling;

b.

Increased supervision and monitoring of student to observe and intervene in bullying situations;

c.

Encouragement of student to seek help when victimized or witnessing victimization;

d.

Peer mediation or other forms of mediation, where appropriate;

e.

Student Safety Support plan; and

f.

Restitution and/or restorative interventions.

iv.

General Prevention and Intervention Strategies

In addition to the prompt investigation of complaints of bullying and direct intervention when acts of bullying are verified, other district actions may ameliorate potential problems with bullying in school or at school-sponsored activities. While no specific action is required, and school needs for specific prevention and intervention strategies may vary from time to time, the following list of potential prevention and intervention strategies shall serve as a resource for administrators, teachers and other professional employees in each school. Such prevention and intervention strategies may include, but are not limited to: a. school rules prohibiting bullying, harassment, and intimidation and establishing appropriate consequences for those who engage in such acts; b. occur;

Adequate adult supervision of outdoor areas, hallways, the lunchroom and other specific areas where bullying is likely to

c. Inclusion of grade-appropriate bullying education and prevention curricula in kindergarten through high school, which may include instruction regarding building safe and positive school communities including developing healthy relationships and preventing dating violence as deemed appropriate for older students; d. Individual interventions with the perpetrator, parents and school employees, and interventions with the bullied student, parents and school employees; e. School-wide training related to safe school climate, which training may include Title IX/Sexual harassment training, Section 504/ADA Training, cultural diversity/multicultural education or other training in federal and state civil rights legislation or other topics relevant to safe school climate; f.

Student peer training, education and support; and


64 g. Promotion of parent involvement in bullying prevention through individual or team participation in meetings, training, and individual interventions; h. Implementation of a positive behavioral interventions and supports process or another evidence-based model approach for safe school climate or for the prevention of bullying, including any such program identified by the Department of Education; i.

Respectful responses to bullying concerns raised by students, parents or staff;

j. Planned professional development programs addressing prevention and intervention strategies, which training may include school violence prevention, conflict resolution, and prevention of bullying, with a focus on evidence-based practices concerning same; k.

Use of peers to help ameliorate the plight of victims and include them in group activities;

l.

Avoidance of sex-role stereotyping;

m. Continuing awareness and involvement on the part of school employees and parents with regards to prevention and intervention strategies; n.

Modeling by teachers of positive, respectful, and supportive behavior toward students;

o. Creating a school atmosphere of team spirit and collaboration that promotes appropriate social behavior by students in support of others; p.

Employing classroom strategies that instruct students how to work together in a collaborative and supportive atmosphere.

D. In addition to prevention and intervention strategies, administrators, teachers and other professional employees may find opportunities to educate students about bullying and help eliminate bullying behavior through class discussions, counseling, and reinforcement of socially-appropriate behavior. Administrators, teachers and other professional employees should intervene promptly whenever they observe mean-spirited student conduct, even if such conduct does not meet the formal definition of “bullying.� X.

Improving School Climate

[Individual schools should use this section to outline affirmative steps to improve the quality of school climate as defined by a particular school and/or district. These strategies should align with school improvement plans, school climate assessments, and be based on current data available on the quality of school climate within the school and/or district including, but not limited to, the type, nature, frequency etc. of behavior that may constitute or lead to bullying, harassment or similar behavior. This section is intended to be broader in scope and should be targeted towards fostering positive school climate rather than exclusively preventing, investigating and otherwise responding to specific incidences of bullying.] XI.

Annual Notice and Training

A. Students and parents or guardians of students shall be notified annually of the process by which students may make reports of bullying. B.

The Board shall provide for the inclusion of language in student codes of conduct concerning bullying.


65 C. At the beginning of each school year, each school shall provide all school employees with a written or electronic copy of the school district’s safe school climate plan and require that all school employees annually complete training on the identification, prevention and response to bullying as required by law. XII.

School Climate Assessments

Biennially, the Board shall require each school in the district to complete an assessment using the school climate assessment instruments, including surveys, approved and disseminated by the Connecticut State Department of Education. The Board shall collect the school climate assessments for each school in the district and submit such assessments to the Connecticut State Department of Education.

Legal References: Conn. Gen. Stat. § 10-222d Conn. Gen. Stat. §§ 10-233a through 10-233f Connecticut State Department of Education Circular Letter C-8, Series 2008-2009 (March 16, 2009)

Date Adopted:

December 9, 2002

Date Revised:

January 14, 2013


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THOMPSON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

REPORT OF SUSPECTED BULLYING BEHAVIORS (School Employees Should File with the School Principal) (Parents and Students May File with the School Principal or Any Other School Employee)

Name of Person Completing Report: _______________________________________________ Date: __________________ Target(s) of Behaviors: _________________________________________________________________ Relationship of Reporter to Target (self, parent, teacher, peer, etc.): ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ _______ Report Filed Against: ___________________________________________________________________ Date of Incident(s): _____________________________________________________________ Location(s): ______________________________________

Time: __________________

Describe the basis for your report. Include information about the incident, participants, background to the incident, and any attempts you have made to resolve the problem. Please note relevant dates, times and places. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________


67 Indicate if there are witnesses who can provide more information regarding your report. If the witnesses are not school district staff or students, please provide contact information. Name Address Telephone Number ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________________

Have there been previous incidents (circle one)?

Yes

No

If “yes”, please describe the behavior of concern, the approximate dates and the location: ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________ Were these incidents reported to school employees (circle one) Yes No If “Yes”, to whom was it reported and when? ______________________________________________________________________________ Was the report verbal or written? ______________________________________________________________________________ Proposed Solution: Indicate your opinion on how this problem might be resolved in the school setting. Be as specific as possible. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________ I certify that the above information and events are accurately depicted to the best of my knowledge. ______________________________________________________________________________ Signature of Reporter Date Submitted Received by Date Received


68

3/26/12 THOMPSON PUBLIC SCHOOLS INTERNAL INVESTIGATION NOTES FOR BULLYING INVESTIGATION For Staff Use Only: Has student reporter requested anonymity?

Y

N

Does the school have parent/guardian consent to disclose that a complaint as to this student has been filed in connection with the investigation? Y N Administrative Investigation Notes (use separate sheet if necessary): ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________

Bullying Verified? Yes ___

No ____

Remedial Action(s) Taken: _______________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

(Attach bullying complaint and witness statements. If bullying is verified, attach notification to parents of students involved, invitation to parent meetings, and records of parent meetings). 3/26/12


69 THOMPSON PUBLIC SCHOOLS REPORT OF BULLYING FORM/INVESTIGATION SUMMARY For Staff Use Only: _______________________________________________________ School _____________________________________ Date _______________________ Location(s) _____________________________________________________________ Reporter Information: Anonymous student report Staff Member report

_____

_____ Name ________________________

Parent/Guardian report_____

Name ________________________

Student report

Name ________________________

_____

Student Reported as Committing Act: ______________________________________ Student Reported as Victim: ______________________________________________ Description of Alleged Act(s): _____________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ Time and Place: ________________________________________________________ Names of Potential Witnesses: ___________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ Action of Reporter: ______________________________________________________ Administrative Investigation Notes (use separate sheet if necessary): _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________


70 _______________________________________________________________________ Bullying Verified? Yes ___

No ____

Remedial Action(s) Taken: ________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ If Bullying Verified, Has Notification Been Made to Parents of Students Involved? Parents’ Names: _____________________________ Parents’ Names: _____________________________ Parents’ Names: _____________________________ Parents’ Names: _____________________________

Date Sent: ______________ Date Sent: ______________ Date Sent: ______________ Date Sent: ______________

If Bullying Verified, Have Invitation to Meetings Been Sent to Parents of Students Involved? Parents’ Names: _____________________________ Parents’ Names: _____________________________ Parents’ Names: _____________________________ Parents’ Names: _____________________________

Date Sent: ______________ Date Sent: ______________ Date Sent: ______________ Date Sent: ______________

Date of Meetings: _______________________________ _______________________________ If Bullying Verified, Has School Developed Student Safety Support/Intervention Plan? Y

N

(Attach bullying complaint and witness statements. If bullying is verified, attach notification to parents of students involved, invitations to parent meetings, and records of parent meetings). 3/26/12


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Thompson Public Schools Report of Bullying/Consent to Release Student Information

Date:

________________________________

Name of Student:

________________________________

School:

______________________________________

To Parent/Guardian: A report of bullying has been made on behalf of your child alleging that he/she has been the victim of bullying. In order to facilitate a prompt and thorough investigation of the report, the Thompson Public Schools may wish to disclose the fact that this complaint has been filed in connection with the investigation. (Please check one): _______ I hereby give permission for the Thompson Public Schools to disclose the fact that a complaint concerning my child has been filed as part of its investigation of that complaint. ______ I do NOT give permission for the Thompson Public Schools to disclose the fact that a complaint concerning my child has been filed as part of its investigation of that complaint. _________________________________________ Signature of Parent/Guardian Date _________________________________________ Name (Please print)

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