SEYMOUR MIDDLE SCHOOL
COUGARS Handbook for Students and Parents
2012 – 2013 1
Seymour Middle School 211 Mountain Road Seymour, CT 06483 203 - 888 â€“ 4513
Administrative Directory Board Of Education Yashu Putortiâ€“ Chairperson James Garofolo Saundra Gesek Kristen Harmeling Jay Hatfield Peter Kubik, Jr. Jennifer Magri Fred Stanek Ed Strumello
Superintendent of Schools Ms. Christine Syriac
Associate Superintendent Mrs. Nancy Snopkowski
Assistant Superintendent of Finance & Operations Mr. Rick Belden
Principal Mrs. Bernadette Hamad
Assistant Principal Mr. Ernie DiStasi
Seymour Middle School Signature Page Handbook (Please check when completed)
___ I have read and discussed with my child the policies of the Seymour Board of Education, as outlined in the Seymour Middle School Parent-Student Handbook. Publication Permission (Please check one)
___ I give permission for my child’s name and picture(s) to be used in publications.
___ I do not give permission for my child’s name and pictures(s) to be used in publications. *Examples of publications include newspapers and school or district website.
Computer and Internet Use (Please check when completed)
___ I have read and discussed with my child, and we have both signed the Computer and Internet User Agreement and Parent Permission Form found on the reverse side of this page. Please sign, detach and return this page to your child’s homeroom teacher within one (1) week of receiving this document. Thank You! ______________________________________ Parent/Guardian Signature
Student Name (Print)
6141.321 Form #2 SEYMOUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS Seymour, CT Computer and Internet User Agreement and Parent Permission Form
After reading the Rules and Codes of Ethics for School Computer Users, please complete this form to indicate that you agree with the terms and conditions outlined. The signatures of both student and parent/guardian are mandatory before access may be granted to the Internet. This document, which incorporates the rules and codes, reflect the entire agreement and understanding of all parties. As a user of the Seymour Public School District computer network, I have read and hereby agree to comply with the outlined rules and codes of ethics. Student Signature: ______________________________ Date: ____________________ Student Name: _________________________________ (please print) Studentâ€™s School: _______________________________ Grade: __________________
As parent/legal guardian of the student signing above, I grant permission for my child to access computer service networks such as electronic mail and the Internet. I have read and agree to the rules and code of ethics. I understand that some materials found on the Internet may be objectionable; therefore, I agree to accept responsibility for guiding my child and conveying to him/her appropriate standards for selecting, sharing, and/or exploring information and media. I agree to hold harmless the Seymour Public Schools and employees of the school district for any misuse of access to the computer services networks that my child commits. I understand that once signed this agreement is legally binding on me.
Parent/Guardian Signature: ________________________ Date: ___________________ Parent/Guardian Name: ___________________________ (please print) Street Address: ___________________________________________________________ Home Telephone: ______________________
Work Telephone: __________________
TABLE OF CONTENTS Topic
Preamble Welcome Message from the Principal Mission Statement School Colors and Mascot Dress Code Emergency Telephone Information Visitors Important Dates for 2012-2013 School Year Public School Choice
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Policies: Accommodating Dietary Needs 12 Affirmative Action Plan 12 Aids Instruction Policy 15 Alcohol/Drugs and Tobacco 15 Asbestos Management 16 AHERA Annual Update Notice 17 Green Cleaning Program 18 Bullying Policy 19 Child Abuse 23 Discipline/School Rules/Three Level IV 24 Referrals Rule 25 Discipline Policy â€“ Code of Conduct 26 Electronic Devices 55 Equal Employment Opportunity Non56 Discriminatory Policy Family Educational Rights/Privacy Act (FERPA)-56 School Rec. Field Trip Policy 57 Grievance Procedure/Title IX Infractions 58 Homeless Students 58 Homework Policy 59 Internet Use Policy 60 Medication Policy 63 No-Child-Left-Behind (Federal Legislation) 5
Pest Management Pesticide Application Pledge of Allegiance Promotion/Retention Safe Educational Environment-SBE Search and Seizure Student Records/Confidentiality Suicide Policy Statement Title IX Discrimination & Sexual Harassment General Directory: Academic Honesty Assemblies Attendance Buses Cafeteria Early Dismissals Extended School Year Services (ESY) Extra-Curricular Activities Extra Help Fire Drills Grade Reporting (Progress Reports/ Report Cards) Guidance Homerooms Honor Roll Library Media Center Nurseâ€™s Office Passes Physical Education Schedule School Cancellations Student Council Student Handbooks Student Insurance Student Lockers/Locks Telephone Calls Textbooks Valuables Visitors to the School 6
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Seymour Middle School Preamble: The purpose of this handbook is to familiarize students and their parents with the various rules, regulations and policies that govern students at Seymour Middle School. Students and their parents are encouraged to review the contents of this handbook so that everyone involved may become acquainted with the policies and procedures that are needed to provide students with a positive, safe and supportive learning environment.
Welcome Message from the Principal The staff at Seymour Middle School welcomes you to a school where school spirit and academic excellence are standards toward which the entire school community strives. The information in this handbook is designed to inform you and your parents about school regulations and procedures. As you know, regulations and procedures are developed for the good of all. A student who has learned to accept responsibility for self-discipline is well on the way to being more mature and respected.
Mission Statement Seymour Middle School, in partnership with the community, is committed to providing a safe environment that promotes social, emotional, and physical health. It encourages personal responsibility and accountability from all its members in an environment where teaching and learning are exciting. Our mission is to empower our students to become life-long learners and reach their highest potential. We will provide a nurturing environment that promotes dignity, mutual respect, and embraces diversity.
School Colors and Mascot The school colors for Seymour Middle School are blue and gold. To complement our school colors, the cougar has been selected as our official school mascot.
Dress Code DRESS CODE [Refer to the “Dress Code/Inappropriate Attire” section of this handbook - Seymour Public Schools policy 5132] The Board of Education encourages students to dress in clothing appropriate to the school situation. Restrictions on freedom of student dress may be applied whenever the mode of dress in question: 1. is unsafe either for the student or those around the student. 2. is disruptive to school operations and the education process in general. 3. is contrary to law. Any school dress which impairs safety or increases the risk of injury to self or others, causes discomfort to others (e.g., uncleanliness, malodorousness, inappropriate language), causes distraction or disruption of the learning environment, advertises or advocates the use of alcohol or drugs, sexual suggestiveness, depicts or advocates the use of violence or weapons, or is libelous or inherently contains unreasonable potential to upset and hurt others is prohibited. Sexually provocative clothing – short shorts/skirts, see-through clothing, and garments designed or worn in such a manner as to expose parts of the body constituting what generally is considered immodesty is prohibited. Articles that are part of one’s attire but are also designed so that they can be used as weapons, rings that simulate brass knuckles, belt buckles with sharp edges, nailed or cleated shoes, jewelry obviously designed to inflict injury is prohibited. Teachers in particular subjects may require specific grooming/apparel rules for the safety of students, such as pulling back long hair in a laboratory setting, closed shoes, and wearing goggles. Students must wear proper and safe footwear. Any footwear deemed dangerous to the student or others will be prohibited. Flip-flops and any shoe without a back are prohibited.
Emergency Telephone/Email Information If parent/guardian’s home/work telephone number or email address changes, it is essential that the school office be made aware of this in writing. An up-todate “emergency number” of a relative or friend should also be in our files. This information is needed in case an emergency arises. All telephone numbers and email addresses are kept strictly confidential.
Visitors All visitors must report to the main office to sign in and receive a Visitor Pass.
Important Dates for the 2012-2013 School Year 1. Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Classes Begin-Early Dismissal –Prof. Dev. Staff (12:40 p.m.)
2. Monday, September 10, 2012
Meet-The-Teachers Night (6:30-9:00 p.m.)
3. Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Professional Development, Early Dismissal (12:40 p.m.)
4. Friday, September 24, 2012
School Pictures Taken
5. Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Professional Development, Early Dismissal (12:40 p.m.)
6. Monday, October 8, 2012
Columbus Day Recess
7. Tuesday, October 16, 2012
8. Thursday, November 1, 2012
Early Dismissal, Students (12:40 p.m.)
9. Tuessday, November 13, 2012 Thursday, November 15, 2012 Thursday, November 16, 2012
Parent-Teacher Conferences / Eve Parent-Teacher Conferences / Eve Parent-Teacher Conferences / Day
Important Dates for the 2012-2013(continued) 10.Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Election Day – No School for Students – Full Day Teacher In-Service
11.Tuesday, November 12, 2012
Veteran’s Day – School in Session
12.Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Early Dismissal, Students (12:40 p.m.)
13. Tuesday, November 13, 2012 Thursday, November 15, 2012 Thursday, November 16, 2012
Parent-Teacher Conferences / Eve Parent-Teacher Conferences / Eve Parent-Teacher Conferences / Day
14.Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Early Dismissal (12:40 p.m.)
15. November 22 - 23,2012
16.Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Professional Development, Early Dismissal (12:40 p.m.)
17.December 24 – 31, 2012
Holiday / Christmas Recess
18.Tuesday, January 1, 2013
New Year’s Day Recess
19.Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Professional Development, Early Dismissal (12:40 p.m.)
20.Monday, January 21, 2013
Martin Luther King Day Recess
21.Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Professional Development, Early Dismissal (12:40 p.m.)
22.February 18 – 19, 2013
Presidents Day – Winter Recess
23.Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Professional Development, Early Dismissal (12:40 p.m.) 10
Important Dates for the 2012-2013 (continued) 24. Friday, March 29, 2013
Good Friday Recess
25.Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Professional Development, Early Dismissal (12:40 p.m.)
26. April 15 – 19
27. Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Professional Development, Early Dismissal (12:40 p.m.)
28. Monday, May 27, 2013
29. Wednesday, June 12, 2013 (tentative ) Early Dismissal – 12:40 p.m. 30. Thursday, June 13, 2013 (tentative)
Early Dismissal – 12:40 p.m.
31. Friday, June 14, 2013
SCHOOL YEAR ENDS - (tentative)
“Public School Choice” In Connecticut Connecticut celebrates a long tradition of excellence and innovation in education. Its schools offer a range of educational programs to meet the diverse needs and career aspirations of its students in a variety of settings including comprehensive local schools, regional vocational-technical schools, vocational agriculture centers, charter schools, and magnet schools. All these programs serve to prepare students for college, the workplace and active citizenship. The Open Choice program allows urban students to attend public schools in nearby suburban towns. It allows suburban and rural students to attend public schools in a nearby urban center. Enrollments are offered by school districts on a spaceavailable basis in grades K-12. Lotteries are used to place students when there are more applications than spaces available. The program includes Hartford, Bridgeport and New Haven and their surrounding districts. Public School Choice in Connecticut: A Guide for Students and Their Families 2007 – 2008 11
Accommodating Students with Special Dietary Needs The Board of Education believes all students, through necessary accommodations, where required, shall have the opportunity to participate fully in all school programs and activities. In some cases a studentâ€™s disability may prevent him/her from eating meals prepared for the general population. Substitutions to the regular meal will be made for students who are unable to eat school meals because of their disabilities, when that need is certified in writing by a physician. Meal service shall be provided in the most integrated setting appropriate to the needs of the disabled student. All schools are also responsible for developing and implementing guidelines for the care of food-allergic students. Such guidelines shall include, but not be limited to, staff development, strategies for identifying students at risk for life-threatening allergic reactions and means to manage the studentâ€™s allergy including avoidance measures. (Review full Seymour Public Schools policy 5141.25)
Affirmative Action Plan Grievance Procedure For Discrimination On Basis Of Race, Sex Or Handicap The Office for Civil Rights enforces several Federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance from the Department of Education. Discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin is prohibited by Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; sex discrimination is prohibited by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972; discrimination on the basis of disability is prohibited by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and age discrimination is prohibited by the Age Discrimination Act of 1975. OCR enforces the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act (Section 9525 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001). [http://www.ed.gov/OCR] U.S. Department of Education Office For Civil Rights 33 Arch Street, Suite 900 Boston, Massachusetts 02110-1491 12
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Informal Level A. Any student, parent/guardian, staff member or applicant to a program who feels that he/she has been discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or handicap shall contact the designated Associate Superintendent within 30 days of the alleged occurrence to discuss the nature of the complaint. The Associate Superintendent shall maintain a written record which shall contain the following: 1. Full name and address of complainant. 2. Full name position of person(s) who allegedly discriminated against the complainant. 3. A concise statement of the facts constituting the alleged discrimination. 4. Dates of the alleged discrimination. B. At the time of the alleged discrimination complaint is filed, the Associate Superintendent shall review and explain the grievance procedure with the complainant and answer any questions. The Associate Superintendent shall begin investigating the complaint as soon as practical, but in no case more than (10) working days from the time the complaint was received. Within this time limit, the Associate Superintendent shall meet informally with the complainant and individual(s) against whom the complaint was lodged, and shall provide confidential counseling where advisable and shall finally seek informal agreement between the parties concerned. Every attempt shall be made to seek a solution and resolve the alleged discrimination complaint at this level. C. If the complainant is not satisfied with these initial informal procedures and within twenty (20) school days from the date of the original discussion with the Associate Superintendent, more formal procedures may be initiated by the complainant to further explore and resolve the problem internally. D. The Associate Superintendent shall present the written alleged discrimination complaint to the Principal of the building who may 13
resolve the complaint alone or may take the complaint to the Civil Compliance Panel. E. The Principal shall inform all parties of the date, time, and place of the scheduled grievance panel hearing and of their right to present witnesses or representatives, if desired. The Associate Superintendent shall provide assistance to the complainant in understanding the grievance panel process. A written record of all panel hearings shall be kept. The panel shall hear and fully review the case within fifteen (15) days of the hearing and shall send its recommendations in writing to the Principal within five (5) working days of the hearing. The Principal shall review the recommendations, reach a decision regarding the case, and communicate his/her decision in writing to the parties concerned and to the Superintendent of Schools within five (5) days. F. If the complainant is not satisfied with the Principal’s decision, he/she may submit a written appeal to the Superintendent of Schools within ten (10) days. The Superintendent shall review all aspects of the case and within ten (10) days shall decide for or against the recommendation of the Principal. G. If the complainant is not willing to abide by the Superintendent’s recommendation, he/she may submit a written appeal to the local Board of Education within fifteen (15) days of the Superintendent’s decision. With at least five (5) days notice given prior to the hearing, the Board of Education shall inform all parties involved of the date, time and place of the hearing and the right to present witness(es) and to legal counseling or other representation, if desired. The Board of Education shall hear all aspects of the appeal and shall reach a decision within twenty (20) days of receipt of the written appeal. The decision shall be presented in writing to the complainant at its next regularly scheduled meeting. The Secretary of the Board of Education shall inform the parties of the Board’s action within five (5) working days of the Board’s meeting. Any person may also file a complaint of illegal discrimination with the Office for Civil Rights, Washington, D.C. at the same time he/she files the grievance during or after use of the grievance process, or without 14
using the grievance process at all. If a complaint is filed with the Office for Civil Rights, it must be filed in writing no later than 180 days after the occurrence of the possible discrimination. Inquiries concerning the application of non-discriminatory policy to the practices and policies of the Seymour School System may be addressed to: Ms. Christine Syriac Superintendent of Schools Seymour Board of Education 98 Bank Street Seymour, CT 06483 The Seymour Board of Education is an Equal Opportunity Employer
AIDS Instruction Policy Connecticut General Statutes 10-19b mandates AIDS instruction be infused in the K-12 curriculum beginning with the 1989-90 school year. It also mandates the local Board of Education to adopt a policy allowing parents or guardians to excuse their children from this instruction upon written request. In meeting this mandate, the Seymour Board of Education adopted the following policy: A student will be exempted from instruction on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), or Family Life and Sex Education upon receipt of a written request for such exemption from his/her parent or guardian. However, it is our strong recommendation that all students receive this information. Any questions or concerns pertaining to this policy can be addressed by contacting the office of the Superintendent of Schools.
Alcohol/Drugs and Tobacco [Review full Seymour Public Schools policy 5131.6] The school district prohibits the manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of alcohol or controlled substances on school grounds or during school activities. Any student in violation of this will be subject to disciplinary actions as outlined in policy 5131.6. 15
Substance abuse or distribution of drugs and/or drug paraphernalia including alcohol may indicate serious, underlying problems. Every effort will be made to offer student assistance, including early identification, referral for treatment to private or community agencies and aftercare support. Disciplinary procedures will be administered with the best interests of the student, school population and community in mind and with due consideration of the rights of students. However, consideration must be given to the fact that substance abuse is illegal and subject to criminal prosecution. Unauthorized possession, distribution, sale or consumption of dangerous drugs, narcotics or alcoholic beverages is considered grounds for expulsion. Students are encouraged to consult with teachers, administrators and other professional staff on substance abuse problems. A staff member who is contacted by a student regarding a drug or alcohol problem may elect to keep that information confidential and not disclose it to any other person in accordance with state law. However, the student will be encouraged at the earliest appropriate time to seek help from parents or guardians. In such cases, the decision to involve the parents/guardians will be arrived jointly by the student and educator unless, in the judgment of the educator, the mental or physical health of the student is immediately and dangerously threatened by drug/alcohol use. If such danger is imminent, the parents/guardians and health officials will be notified so that appropriate action can be taken. Students shall not smoke or use tobacco products on school property or at any school-related or school-sanctioned activity, on or off school property as provided by state and federal law.
Asbestos Management Plan â€“ Seymour Middle School Review full Seymour Public Schools policy 3516.12] Legislation requires all school buildings to be reevaluated to determine if asbestos is present and if it poses a significant health hazard to the buildingâ€™s occupants. A formal asbestos management program has been in place in the Seymour Public Schools since 1986. The purpose of the program is to identify any asbestos containing materials that may be in our schools and take steps to make sure these materials do not present an exposure hazard to the students, faculty or staff. The 16
plans are in compliance with the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act of 1986 (AHERA). Requests to review these plans may be made in the school office or by contacting the Director of Facilities, Wayne Natzel at 888-4513 Ext 1221. AHERA ANNUAL UPDATE NOTICE SEPTEMBER 2011 SEYMOUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS SEYMOUR MIDDLE SCHOOL In compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act, (AHERA), in December of 1986, the Seymour Board of Education (SPS) performed inspections of each of the school buildings for asbestos-containing building materials. The inspection findings and asbestos management plans have been on file in each of the school administrative offices since that time. The EPA requires that buildings be re-inspected for asbestos materials every three years. Re-inspections have occurred every three years since 1990; the last one will be completed by yearâ€™s end 2011. A licensed asbestos inspector performs these reinspections. A licensed management planner reviews the results of these reinspections and recommends actions to safely manage the asbestos material in the schools. The results of the re-inspections are on file in the management plan in each school's administrative office. All parents, faculty and staff members may view the management plans during normal school hours, (M-F, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) at the main school office or at the Board of Education Office at 98 Bank Street in Seymour. Any questions regarding the Plan can be answered by calling the Director of Facilities office at 203-888-4513. The custodial and maintenance staff has received the required Asbestos Awareness training and are annually retrained. This training is designed to alert the custodial and maintenance staff as to the types of asbestos containing materials in their buildings and to instruct them in methods to use to work safely around these materials. The asbestos containing materials in the schools are inspected twice a year by a trained designated person. There is an ongoing abatement program to remove or repair any materials determined to present a hazard to the school occupants. 17
At Seymour Middle School, there are no known asbestos containing materials in the building. THIS NOTICE IS POSTED ON WWW.SEYMOURSCHOOLS.ORG . IT IS ALSO PUBLISHED IN THE STUDENT HANDBOOK DISTRUBUTED AT THE START OF SCHOOL IN SEPTEMBER 2012.
GREEN CLEANING PROGRAM IN SCHOOLS (CT PUBLIC ACT 09-81) The State of Connecticut is requiring that each local and regional board of education implement a green cleaning program for all school buildings and facilities in its district. Seymour Public Schools is committed to the implementation of this law by providing the staff and, upon request the parents and guardians of each child enrolled in each school with a written statement of the school districts green cleaning program as well as making it available on its web site annually. The policy will also be distributed to new staff hired during the school year and to parents or guardians of students transferring in during the school year. 1. Green cleaning program means the procurement and proper use of environmentally preferable cleaning products as defined by the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) for all state owned buildings, schools and facilities. DAS currently requires that environmentally preferable cleaning products be independently certified by one of two third party certified organizations: Green Seal or Eco Logo 2. By July 1, 2011 and thereafter no person shall use a cleaning product in a public school unless it meets the DAS standard. 3. The types of cleaning products covered in this legislation include: general purpose, bathroom, and glass cleaners, floor strippers and finishes, hand cleaners and soaps. The preferred green cleaning products used by this school district are listed on attachment â€œAâ€? 4. Disinfectants, disinfectant cleaners, sanitizers or antimicrobial products regulated by the federal insecticide, fungicide and rodenticide act are not covered by this law.
The following statement will be part of this school districts program as stated in the new law: “NO PARENT, GUARDIAN, TEACHER OR STAFF MEMBER MAY BRING INTO THE SCHOOL FACILITY ANY CONSUMER PRODUCT WHICH IS INTENDED TO CLEAN, DEODORIZE, SANITIZE OR DISINFECT” The implementation of this program requires the support and cooperation of everyone including administrators, faculty, staff, parents, guardians and facilities staff. Any questions concerning the program can be direct to the Director of Facilities at 203-888-4513.
Bullying Policy [Review full Seymour Public Schools policy 5131.911] The Board of Education promotes a secure and happy school climate, conducive to teaching and learning that is free from threat, harassment and any type of bullying behavior. The Board expressly forbids any form of bullying behavior by students, teachers, administrators or other employees. The Board’s commitment to addressing bullying behavior involves an approach that includes education and promotion of a school climate in which bullying will not be tolerated by students and staff. Appropriate disciplinary action may include suspension, expulsion, and/or referral to law enforcement officials. Examples of bullying include, but are not limited to: 1. Physical violence and attacks 2. Verbal taunts, name-calling and put-downs including ethnically-based or gender-based put-downs 3. Threats and intimidation 4. Extortion or stealing of money and/or possessions 5. Exclusion from peer groups within schools Definition: Bullying behavior by any student in the Seymour Public Schools is strictly prohibited, and such conduct may result in disciplinary action, including suspension and/or expulsion from school. “Bullying” means any overt acts by a
student or a group of students directed against another student with the intent to ridicule, harass, humiliate or intimidate the other student while on school grounds, at a school-sponsored activity, or on a school bus, which acts are committed more than once against any student during the school year. Bullying outside of the school setting may also be addressed if it has a direct and negative impact on a studentâ€™s academic performance or safety in school. Students and/or parents may file verbal or written complaints concerning suspected bullying behavior, and students shall be permitted to anonymously report acts of bullying to teachers and school administrators. Any report of suspected bullying behavior will be promptly reviewed. If acts of bullying are verified, prompt disciplinary action may be taken against the perpetrator, consistent with his/her rights of due process. Board policy and regulation #5131.911 set forth this prohibition and the related procedures in detail, and are available to students and their parents/guardians upon request. Formal Complaints Students and/or their parents or guardians may file written reports of conduct that they consider to be bullying. Such written reports shall be reasonably specific as to the actions giving rise to the suspicion of bullying, including time and place of the conduct alleged, the number of such incidents, the target of such suspected bullying, and the names of any potential student or staff witnesses. Such reports may be filed with any teacher or administrator, and they shall be promptly forwarded to the Building Principal for review and action in accordance with Section IV of Board policy and regulation #5131.911. Informal/Verbal Complaints by Students Students may make informal complaint of conduct that they consider to be bullying by verbal report to a teacher or administrator or other professional employee such as a guidance counselor, school psychologist, nurse or social worker. Such informal complaints shall be reasonably specific as to the actions giving rise to the suspicion of bullying, including time and place of the conduct alleged, the number of such incidents, the target of such suspected bullying, and the names of any potential student or staff witnesses. A teacher, other professional employee, or administrator who receives an informal complaint shall promptly reduce the complaint to writing, including the information provided. Such written report by the teacher, other professional employee and/or administrator shall be promptly forwarded to the Building Principal for review and action in accordance with Section IV of Board policy and regulation #5131.911.
Anonymous Complaints Students who make informal complaint as set forth above may request that their name be maintained in confidence by the teacher(s) and administrator(s) who receive the complaint. Should anonymity be requested, the Principal or his/her designee shall meet with the student to review the request for anonymity and the impact that maintaining anonymity of the complaint may have on the investigation of the complaint and/or possible remedial action. At such meeting, the student shall be given the choice as to whether to maintain the anonymity of the complaint. Anonymous complaints shall be reviewed and reasonable action will be taken to address the situation, to the extent such action may be taken that (1) does not disclose the source of the complaint, and (2) 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.
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5131.913] The Districtâ€™s computer network and the Internet, whether accessed on campus or off campus, during or after school hours, may not be used for the purpose of harassment. Cyberbullying includes, but is not limited to, the following misuses of technology: harassing, teasing, intimidating, threatening, or terrorizing another person by sending or posting inappropriate and hurtful e-mail messages, instant messages, text messages, digital pictures or images, or Web site postings, including blogs. It is also recognized that the author (poster or sender) of the inappropriate material is often disguised (logged on) as someone else. Such behavior will result in disciplinary action. In instances where the cyberbullying originated from a non-school computer, but brought to the attention of school officials, any disciplinary action shall be based on whether the conduct is determined to be severely disruptive of the educational process so that it markedly interrupts or severely impedes the day-to-day operations of a school. Such conduct includes, but is not limited to, threats, or making a threat off school grounds, to kill or hurt a teacher or student. Students and community members, who believe they have been the victims of such misuse of technology, should not erase the offending material from the system. A copy of the material should be printed and brought to the attention of the school Principal or Director of Technology. The administration shall fully investigate all reports of cyberbullying.
Bullying Prevention Program: A comprehensive program to address bullying at all school levels is essential to reduce incidents of bullying. Therefore, a bullying prevention program shall be implemented for all Seymour Public Schools that strives to develop a school environment: Which firmly limits unacceptable behavior; Where non-hostile, non-physical negative consequences are consistently applied in cases of violations of rules and other unacceptable behaviors; Where adults act as authorities and positive role models; and Where students are included in efforts to improve the school climate. Students, parents of students, and teachers shall be notified of this prohibition against bullying and the penalties for violating the prohibition by the posting of such information at each school and by the inclusion of such information in student handbooks, parent handbooks, and teachers’ manuals. 1. Students are encouraged to anonymously report acts of bullying to teachers, the principal, or assistant principal. 2. Parents or guardians of students may file written reports of suspected bullying with the school principal or assistant principal. 3. Teachers and other school staff who witness acts of bullying or receive student or parent reports of bullying are required to notify the principal or assistant principal immediately. 4. The principal of each school shall designate a school administrator to investigate reports of bullying. 5. The designated school administrator is required to investigate written reports and to review any anonymous reports of bullying. Upon review of the suspected bullying, the designated school administrator will report his/her findings to the school principal. The report shall include a recommendation regarding discipline where necessary. 6. The parents or guardians of students who commit any verified act of bullying and of the students against whom such acts were directed shall be notified in
writing. Such notification shall include a description of the school staff response to such acts and any resulting consequences stemming from such act, as well as the consequences of committing further acts of bullying. 7. Appropriate corrective action will be taken by school administrators to insure that the bullying behavior does not continue and to prevent retaliation against anyone reporting the bullying. The corrective action may include disciplinary action where appropriate. 8. Each of the Seymour Public Schools shall maintain a list of the number of verified acts of bullying, and shall make such list available for public inspection. Legal References: Connecticut General Statutes: Public Act No. 02-119 C.G.S. 10-233g Policy Accepted: January 21, 2003 Policy Adopted: March 3, 2003 Regulation Approved: July 21, 2003
Child Abuse – Reporting [Review full Seymour Public Schools policy 5141.4] The Board of Education recognizes that a student’s mental and physical health will have an effect on the student’s ability to obtain the most benefit from attending school. In order to increase the student’s ability to learn while in school, The Board of Education realizes the importance of identifying students who may be suffering from abuse, neglect or placed in imminent danger of serious harm. Pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes 17a-101, as amended, any certified personnel, paraprofessionals, professional school staff including guidance counselors, social workers, psychologists, licensed nurses, and coaches of intramural or interscholastic athletics, are obligated by law to first report suspected child abuse, neglect, or if a child is placed in imminent danger of serious harm to the Connecticut State Department of Children and Families Services. Specific procedures governing the reporting of abuse and neglect are in effect, and staff receives yearly training in the procedures. Reporting of child abuse and neglect is a responsibility which is taken seriously.
Child abuse is defined as any physical injury inflicted by other than accidental means or injuries which are not in keeping with the explanation given for their cause. Improper treatment such as malnutrition, sexual molestation, deprivation of necessities, emotional abuse, cruel punishment or neglect are also considered child abuse.
Discipline/School Rules At Seymour Middle School, rules are necessary to promote order and efficiency. Some rules are to safeguard property, some to protect the rights of others, and some to protect the health and safety of all. For your own protection, a student is not permitted to leave a classroom, work area, or cafeteria without permission from someone in charge. We trust that you will accept these rules graciously and thus make Seymour Middle School a most orderly and efficient school. As there are many stairways, fire doors, and similar places of danger in the school building, walk at all times, keeping to the right! The discipline policy of the Board of Education will be strictly enforced at Seymour Middle School. Most children of middle school age behave themselves well and positively contribute to establishing a pleasant, safe, and well-ordered school. If at any time you have a problem in school that you cannot readily solve, see a teacher, administrator, guidance counselor or some other staff member for help. However, the following steps will be taken, if needed, to promote discipline. Teachers will give you rules to follow in their classrooms. Obey these classroom rules because they are intended to help you. Teachers will confer with students, notifying parents, if necessary. A teacher has the right to keep a child after school after giving the child 24 hours notice. Parents will be notified in writing (the student will bring home the written notification) when a child has been assigned a detention. If you have to stay after school for any reason, make sure your parents are aware of this. Remember: A teacher has the right to keep a disobedient child after school with 24 hours notice. Administrators will confer with the students, notifying parents if necessary. If necessary, a student will be placed in a controlled isolated situation by the administration. In an extreme case, suspension will be imposed with notification sent to the Superintendent of Schools.
Treat your fellow students and staff in a friendly, courteous manner. We are sure you will be treated with similar respect. Fighting usually leads to suspension!!! Students should develop habits that will help us keep our school clean and safe. The following acts are prohibited at Seymour Middle School: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
The use of loud, boisterous, profane, vulgar language (spoken or written). Running in the halls, cafeteria, or classroom. Damaging, defacing or stealing school or personal property. The use of violence, force, coercion, threat or intimidation. Intentionally causing or attempting to cause physical injury to another person. 6. Possession of a dangerous weapon. 7. Being under the influence or in possession of any drug or intoxicant. 8. Open disrespect of an adult employee of the school. 9. Disruption of any school or organized activity. 10. Smoking in the building, on school grounds or on a school bus. 11. Fighting on school property, bus, or to and from home. 12. Throwing snowballs or other objects on school property or to and from school. 13. Unauthorized absence from class/school. 14. Lack of necessary materials for classroom participation. 15. Eating of food except in the cafeteria. 16. Selling any items in school. 17. Possession of and/or shooting rubber bands. 18. Public displays of affection, including hugging, and locking arms, which block students from passing during transitions. 19. Possession of an electronic device (including cell phones/iPods) during the school day. 20. Gum chewing anywhere.
Three Level IV Referrals In order to determine eligibility for participation in school events and activities, a Level IV Referrals Rule has been established for all critical offenses. A Level IV referral is one in which an administrative intervention is required. A Level IV referral can occur if the student has already been referred to Levels I, II, III and it is a recurring issue, or the offense is so serious that the student is referred directly
to an administrator. If a student should receive a Level IV referral three times, he or she is on probation and will not be permitted to participate in any extracurricular school activity (Including but not limited to sport teams, extended school day, field trips, class trips, attending SMS games and shows as a spectator). The student must then go 30 school days without a critical office referral to be eligible to again participate or attend in a school activity or event. A critical referral offense is one in which the office referral results in the consequence of an administration detention, a bus suspension, or an in/out of school suspension. Once a student goes 30 school days without a critical office referral, the student can resume full participation. During this time, the student may attend school activities and events as long as he/she does not receive a critical office referral. If the student does receive a critical office referral, the student will once again be placed on probation and is eliminated from attending school activities and needs to go 30 school days without a critical office referral before he/she is eligible to attend school activities. If a student receives a critical office referral before the 30-day probationary period has elapsed, the 30-day count would begin once again starting with the day after the critical referral was filed. Once a student receives one (1) critical referral, a warning letter will be sent home and a meeting will be held with the student which will include the administrator and school counselor. The studentâ€™s parent/guardian will also be contacted by telephone and/or letter to inform them that their child has three (3) critical referrals. The Three Level IV Referral Rule is a guideline to promote good discipline at Seymour Middle School.
5114 Students Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process The Seymour Board of Education in recognizing its moral and legal responsibilities to the total community, including parents, students and school personnel, is highly desirous of continued pride in its
public schools. Recognizing that with every legal right that an individual in the public school possesses, an equal sense of responsibility must be shared by each individual for the common goal of respecting the rights of others in our schools. It is the purpose and philosophy of the Seymour Board of Education to outline necessary administrative procedures that will provide for a fair but firm approach in promoting proper conduct of students in the Seymour Public Schools. Removal/Suspension/Expulsion The Board of Education recognizes the necessity of fair and judicious rules and guidelines to aid in the positive conduct of students and the administration of the schools in a manner resulting in the benefit of all students. The Board authorizes its teachers to remove students from class when they deliberately cause a serious disruption of the educational process within the classroom. The Board authorizes the administration of the its schools to suspend students whose conduct on school grounds or at a schoolsponsored activity is violative of a published policy of such board, is seriously disruptive of the educational process, or endangers persons or property or whose conduct off school grounds is violative of such policy and is seriously disruptive of the educational process. In making a determination as to whether conduct is seriously disruptive of the educational process, the administration may consider, but such consideration shall not be limited to: (1) whether the incident occurred within close proximity of a school; (2) whether other students from the school were involved or whether there was any gang involvement; (3) whether the conduct involved violence, threats of violence or the unlawful use of a weapon, as defined in section 29-38, and whether any injuries occurred, and (4) whether the conduct involved the use of alcohol. Further, the Board may expel a student from school after an opportunity for a full hearing conducted under procedures covered in the law for such conduct. I. Definitions 27
A. Dangerous Instrument means any instrument, article or substance which, under the circumstances in which it is used or attempted or threatened to be used, is capable of causing death or serious physical injury, and includes a "vehicle" or a dog that has been commanded to attack, except a dog owned by law enforcement agency when such dog is in the performance of its duties under the direct supervision, care and control of an assigned law enforcement officer. B. 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. C. Electronic Defense Weapon means a weapon which by electronic impulse or current is capable of immobilizing a person temporarily, but is not capable of inflicting death or serious physical injury. 2 D. Emergency means a situation in which the continued presence of the student in school poses such a danger to persons or property or such a disruption of the educational process that a hearing may be delayed until a time as soon after the exclusion of such student as possible. E. Exclusion means any denial of public school privileges to a student for disciplinary purposes. F. Expulsion means the exclusion of a student from school privileges for more than ten (10) consecutive school days. The expulsion period may not extend beyond one (1) calendar year. G. Firearm, as defined in 18 U.S.C ยง921, means (a) any weapon (including a starter gun) that will, is designed to, or may be readily converted to expel a projectile by the action of 28
an explosive, (b) the frame or receiver of any such weapon, (c) a firearm muffler or silencer, or (d) any destructive device. The term firearm does not include an antique firearm. As used in this definition, a "destructive device" includes any explosive, incendiary, or poison gas device, including a bomb, a grenade, a rocket having a propellant charge of more than four ounces, a missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than one-quarter ounce, a mine, or any other device similar to any of the devices described herein; or any weapon (other than a shotgun or shotgun shell which the Attorney General finds is generally recognized as particularly suited for sporting purposes) that will, or may be readily converted to, expel a projectile by explosive or other propellant, and which has a barrel with a bore of more than Â˝" in diameter. The term "destructive device" also includes any combination of parts either designed or intended for use in converting any device into any destructive device or any device from which a destructive device may be readily assembled. H. In-School Suspension means an exclusion from regular classroom activity for no more than ten (10) consecutive school days, but not exclusion from school, provided such exclusion shall not extend beyond the end of the school year in which such inschool suspension was imposed. No student shall be placed on in-school suspension more than fifteen (15) times or a total of fifty (50) days in one (1) school year, whichever results in fewer days of exclusion. I. Martial Arts Weapon means a nunchaku, kama, kasari-fundo, octagon sai, tonfa or chinese star. J. Removal is the exclusion of a student from a classroom for all or part of a single class period, provided such exclusion shall not extend beyond ninety (90) minutes. K. School Days shall mean days when school is in session for students. L. School-Sponsored Activity means any activity sponsored, recognized or authorized by 29
the Board and includes activities conducted on or off school property. M. Seriously Disruptive of the Educational Process, as applied to off-campus conduct, means any conduct that markedly interrupts or severely impedes the day-to-day operation of a school. 3 N. Suspension means the exclusion of a student from school and/or transportation services for not more than ten (10) consecutive school days, provided such suspension shall not extend beyond the end of the school year in which such suspension is imposed; and further provided no student shall be suspended more than ten (10) times or a total of fifty (50) days in one school year, whichever results in fewer days of exclusion, unless such student is granted a formal hearing as provided below. O. Weapon means any firearm facsimile, BB gun, any blackjack, any metal or brass knuckles, any police baton or nightstick, any dirk knife or switch knife, any knife having an automatic spring release devise by which a blade is released from the handle, having a blade of over one and one-half inches in length, any stiletto, any knife the edged portion of the blade of which is four inches and over in length, any martial arts weapon or electronic defense weapon, or any other dangerous or deadly weapon or instrument, unless permitted by law under section 29-38 of the Connecticut General Statutes. P. Notwithstanding the foregoing definitions, the reassignment of a student from one regular education classroom program in the district to another regular education classroom program in the district shall not constitute a suspension or expulsion. II. Scope of the Student Discipline Policy A. Conduct on School Grounds or at a School-Sponsored Activity: 1. Students may be disciplined for conduct on school grounds or at any schoolsponsored activity that endangers persons or property, is seriously disruptive of the educational process, or that violates a publicized policy of the Board. B. Conduct off School Grounds: 30
1. Students may be suspended or expelled for conduct off school grounds if such conduct is seriously disruptive of the educational process and violative of a publicized policy of the Board. In making a determination as to whether such conduct is seriously disruptive of the educational process, the Administration and the Board of Education may consider, but such consideration shall not be limited to, the following factors: (1) whether the incident occurred within close proximity of a school; (2) whether other students from the school were involved or whether there was any gang involvement; (3) whether the conduct involved violence, threats of violence, or the unlawful use of a weapon, as defined in section Conn. Gen. Stat. ยง 29-38, and whether any injuries occurred; and (4) whether the conduct involved the use of alcohol. In making a determination as to whether such conduct is seriously disruptive of the educational process, the Administration and/or the Board of Education may also consider whether such off-campus conduct involved the use of drugs. III. Actions Leading to Disciplinary Action, including Removal from Class, Suspension and/or Expulsion Conduct which may lead to disciplinary action (including, but not limited to, removal from class, suspension and/or expulsion) includes conduct on school grounds or at a schoolsponsored activity (including on a school bus), and conduct off school grounds, as set forth above. Such conduct includes, but is not limited to, the following: 4 1. Striking or assaulting a student, members of the school staff or other persons. 2. Theft. 3. The use of obscene or profane language or gestures, the possession and/or display of obscenity or pornographic images or the unauthorized or inappropriate possession and/or display of images, pictures or photographs depicting nudity. 4. Violation of smoking, dress, transportation regulations, or other regulations and/or policies governing student conduct. 5. Refusal to obey a member of the school staff, law enforcement authorities, or school volunteers, or disruptive classroom behavior. 6. Any act of harassment based on an individual's protected status, including but not limited to, age, marital status, present or past history of mental disability, mental retardation, learning disability or physical disability, including, but not limited to, blindness, gender identity or expression, sex, sexual orientation, race, color, 31
religion, disability, national origin or ancestry. 7. Refusal by a student to identify himself/herself to a staff member when asked, misidentification of oneself to such person(s), lying to school officials or otherwise engaging in dishonest behavior. 8. Inappropriate displays of public affection of a sexual nature and/or sexual activity on school grounds or at a school-sponsored activity. 9. A walk-out from or sit-in within a classroom or school building or school grounds. 10. Blackmailing, threatening or intimidating school staff or students (or acting in a manner that could be construed to constitute blackmail, a threat, or intimidation, regardless of whether intended as a joke). 11. Possession of any weapon, weapon facsimile, deadly weapon, martial arts weapon, electronic defense weapon, pistol, knife, blackjack, bludgeon, box cutter, metal knuckles, pellet gun, air pistol, explosive device, firearm, whether loaded or unloaded, whether functional or not, or any other dangerous object or instrument. The possession and/or use of any object or device that has been converted or modified for use as a weapon. 12. Possession of any ammunition for any weapon described above in paragraph 11. 13. Unauthorized entrance into any school facility or portion of a school facility or aiding or abetting an unauthorized entrance. 14. Possession or ignition of any fireworks, combustible or other explosive materials, or ignition of any material causing a fire. Possession of any materials designed to be used in the ignition of combustible materials, including matches and lighters. 5 15. Unauthorized possession, sale, distribution, use, consumption, or aiding in the procurement of tobacco, drugs, narcotics or alcoholic beverages (or any facsimile of tobacco, drugs, narcotics or alcoholic beverages, or any item represented to be tobacco, drugs or alcoholic beverages), including being under the influence of any such substances. For the purposes of this Paragraph 15, the term "drugs" shall include, but shall not be limited to, any medicinal preparation (prescription and non-prescription) and any controlled substance whose possession, sale, distribution, use or consumption is illegal under state and/or federal law. 16. Sale, distribution, or consumption of substances contained in household items; including, but not limited to glue, paint, accelerants/propellants for aerosol canisters, and/or items such as the aerators for whipped cream; if sold, distributed or consumed for the purpose of inducing a stimulant, depressant, hallucinogenic 32
or mind-altering effect. 17. Possession of paraphernalia used or designed to be used in the consumption, sale or distribution of drugs, alcohol or tobacco, as described in subparagraph (15) above. For purposes of this policy, drug paraphernalia includes any equipment, products and materials of any kind which are used, intended for use or designed for use in growing, harvesting, manufacturing, producing, preparing, packaging, storing, containing or concealing, or injecting, ingesting, inhaling or otherwise introducing controlled drugs or controlled substances into the human body, including but not limited to items such as "bongs," pipes, "roach clips," 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. 18. The destruction of real, personal or school property, such as, cutting, defacing or otherwise damaging property in any way. 19. Accumulation of offenses such as school and class tardiness, class or study hall cutting, or failure to attend detention. 20. Being on school grounds while on out-of-school suspension or expulsion without permission from the appropriate members of school administration. 21. Making bomb threats or other threats to the safety of students, staff members, and/or other persons. 22. Defiance of school rules and the valid authority of teachers, supervisors, administrators, other staff members and/or law enforcement authorities. 23. Throwing snowballs, rocks, sticks and/or similar objects, except as specifically authorized by school staff. 24. Unauthorized and/or reckless and/or improper operation of a motor vehicle on school grounds or at any school-sponsored activity. 6 25. Leaving school grounds, school transportation or a school-sponsored activity without authorization. 26. Use of or copying of the academic work of another individual and presenting it as the student's own work, without proper attribution; or any other form of academic dishonesty, cheating or plagiarism. 27. Possession and/or use of a hand held electronic device such as cellular telephone, radio, walkman, CD player, blackberry, personal data assistant, walkie talkie, Smartphone, mobile or handheld device, or similar electronic device, on school 33
grounds or at a school-sponsored activity in violation of Board policy and/or administrative regulations regulating the use of such devices. 28. Possession and/or use of a beeper or paging device on school grounds or at a school-sponsored activity without the written permission of the principal or his/her designee. 29. Unauthorized use of any school computer, computer system, computer software, Internet connection or similar school property or system, or the use of such property or system for inappropriate purposes. 30. Possession and/or use of a laser pointer, unless the student possesses the laser pointer temporarily for an educational purpose while under the direct supervision of a responsible adult. 31. Hazing. 32. Bullying, defined as the repeated use by one or more students of a written, verbal 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: a) causes physical or emotional harm to such student or damage to such studentâ€™s property; b) places such student in reasonable fear of harm to himself or herself, or of damage to his or her property; c) creates a hostile environment at school for such student; d) infringes on the rights of such student at school; or e) substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school. 7 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. 33. Cyberbullying, defined as 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. 34
34. Acting in any manner that creates a health and/or safety hazard for staff members, students, or the public, regardless of whether the conduct is intended as a joke. 35. Engaging in a plan to stage or create a violent situation for the purposes of recording it by electronic means; or recording by electronic means acts of violence for purposes of later publication. 36. Engaging in a plan to stage sexual activity for the purposes of recording it by electronic means; or recording by electronic means sexual acts for purposes of later publication. 37. 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. 38. Any action prohibited by any Federal or State law. 39. Any other violation of school rules or regulations or a series of violations which makes the presence of the student in school seriously disruptive of the educational process and/or a danger to persons or property. IV. Discretionary and Mandatory Expulsions A. The administration may consider recommendation of expulsion of a student in a case where there is reason to believe the student has engaged in conduct described at sections II.A. and II.B., above. B. The administration must recommend expulsion proceedings in all cases against any student whom the administration has reason to believe: 1. was in possession on school grounds or at a school-sponsored activity of a deadly weapon, dangerous instrument, martial arts weapon, or firearm as defined in 18 U.S.C. § 921 as amended from time to time; or 8 2. off school grounds, possessed a firearm as defined in 18 U.S.C. § 921, in violation of Conn. Gen. Stat. § 29-35, or possessed and used a firearm as defined in 18 U.S.C. § 921, a deadly weapon, a dangerous instrument or a martial arts weapon in the commission of a crime under chapter 952 of the Connecticut General Statutes; or 3. was engaged on or off school grounds in offering for sale or distribution a controlled substance (as defined in 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. Stat. §§21a-277 and 21a-278. 35
The terms “dangerous instrument,” “deadly weapon,” electronic defense weapon,” “firearm,” and “martial arts weapon,” are defined above in Section I. C. Upon receipt of an expulsion recommendation, the Superintendent may conduct an inquiry concerning the expulsion recommendation. If the Superintendent or his/her designee determines that a student should or must be expelled, he or she shall forward his/her recommendation to the Board of Education so that the Board can consider and act upon this recommendation. D. In keeping with Conn. Gen. Stat. § 10-233d and the Gun-Free Schools Act, it shall be the policy of the Board to expel a student for one (1) full calendar year for: the conduct described in Section IV(B)(1), (2) and (3) of this policy. For any mandatory expulsion offense, the Board may modify the term of expulsion on a case-by-case basis. V. Procedures Governing Removal from Class A. A student may be removed from class by a teacher or administrator if he/she deliberately causes a serious disruption of the educational process. When a student is removed, the teacher must send him/her to a designated area and notify the principal or his/her designee at once. B. A student may not be removed from class more than six (6) times in one school year nor more than twice in one week unless the student is referred to the building principal or designee and granted an informal hearing at which the student should be informed of the reasons for the disciplinary action and given an opportunity to explain the situation. C. The parents or guardian of any minor student removed from class shall be given notice of such disciplinary action within twenty-four (24) hours of the time of the institution of such removal from class. VI. Procedures Governing Suspension A. The principal of a school, or designee on the administrative staff of the school, shall have 36
the right to suspend any student for breach of conduct as noted in Section II of this policy for not more than ten (10) consecutive school days. In cases where suspension is contemplated, the following procedures shall be followed. 9 1. Unless an emergency situation exists, no student shall be suspended prior to having an informal hearing before the principal or designee at which the student is informed of the charges and given an opportunity to respond. In the event of an emergency, the informal hearing shall be held as soon after the suspension as possible. 2. If suspended, such suspension shall be an in-school suspension unless, during the informal hearing, the principal or designee determines that the student: (a) poses such a danger to persons or property or such a disruption of the educational process that he or should be excluded from school during the period of suspension; or (b) the administration determines that an out-of-school suspension is appropriate based on evidence of (i) the studentâ€™s previous disciplinary problems that have led to suspensions or expulsion of such student, and (ii) previous efforts by the administration to address the studentâ€™s disciplinary problems through means other than out-of-school suspension or expulsion, including positive behavioral support strategies. 3. Evidence of past disciplinary problems that have led to removal from a classroom, suspension, or expulsion of a student who is the subject of an informal hearing may be received by the principal or designee, but only considered in the determination of the length of suspensions. 4. The principal or designee shall make reasonable attempts to immediately notify by telephone and/or other means the parent or guardian of a minor student following the suspension and to state the cause(s) leading to the suspension. 5. Whether or not contact is made with the parent or guardian of such minor student, the principal or designee shall forward a letter promptly to such parent or guardian to the last address reported on school records (or to a newer address if known by the principal or designee), offering the parent or guardian an opportunity for a conference to discuss same. 6. In all cases, the parent or guardian of any minor student who has been suspended shall be given notice of such suspension within twenty-four (24) hours of the time of the institution of the suspension. 7. Not later than twenty-four (24) hours after the commencement of the suspension, 37
the principal or designee shall also notify the Superintendent or his/her designee of the name of the student being suspended and the reason for the suspension. 8. The student shall be allowed to complete any classwork, including examinations, without penalty, which he or she missed while under suspension. 9. The school administration may, in its discretion, shorten or waive the suspension period for a student who has not previously been suspended or expelled, if the student completes an administration-specified program and meets any other conditions required by the administration. Such administration-specified program shall not require the student and/or the student’s parents to pay for participation in the program. 10 10. Notice of the suspension shall be recorded in the student's cumulative educational record. Such notice shall be expunged from the cumulative educational record if the student graduates from high school. In cases where the student’s period of suspension is shortened or waived in accordance with Section VI.A(9), above, the administration may choose to expunge the suspension notice from the cumulative record at the time the student completes the administration-specified program and meets any other conditions required by the administration. 11. If the student has not previously been suspended or expelled, and the administration chooses to expunge the suspension notice from the student’s cumulative record prior to graduation, the administration may refer to the existence of the expunged disciplinary notice, notwithstanding the fact that such notice may have been expunged from the student’s cumulative file, for the limited purpose of determining whether any subsequent suspensions or expulsions by the student would constitute the student’s first such offense. 12. The decision of the principal or designee with regard to disciplinary actions up to and including suspensions shall be final. 13. During any period of suspension served out of school, the student shall not be permitted to be on school property and shall not be permitted to attend or participate in any school-sponsored activities, unless the principal specifically authorizes the student to enter school property for a specified purpose or to participate in a particular school-sponsored activity. B. In cases where a student’s suspension will result in the student being suspended more than ten (10) times or for a total of fifty (50) days in a school year, whichever results in 38
fewer days of exclusion, the student shall, prior to the pending suspension, be granted a formal hearing before the Board of Education. The principal or designee shall report the student to the Superintendent or designee and request a formal Board hearing. If an emergency situation exists, such hearing shall be held as soon after the suspension as possible. VII. Procedures Governing In-School Suspension A. The principal or designee may impose in-school suspension in cases where a student's conduct endangers persons or property, violates school policy, seriously disrupts the educational process or in other appropriate circumstances as determined by the principal or designee. B. In-school suspension may not be imposed on a student without an informal hearing by the building principal or designee. C. In-school suspension may be served in the school that the student regularly attends or in any other school building within the jurisdiction of the Board. D. No student shall be placed on in-school suspension more than fifteen (15) times or for a total of fifty (50) days in one school year, whichever results in fewer days of exclusion. 11 E. The parents or guardian of any minor student placed on in-school suspension shall be given notice of such suspension within twenty-four (24) hours of the time of the institution of the period of the in-school suspension. VIII. Procedures Governing Expulsion Hearing A. Emergency Exception: Except in an emergency situation, the Board of Education shall, prior to expelling any student, conduct a hearing to be governed by the procedures outlined herein and consistent with the requirements of Conn. Gen. Stat. § 10-233d and the applicable provisions of the Uniform Administrative Procedures Act, Conn. Gen. Stat. §§ 4176e to 39
4-180a, and Â§ 4-181a. Whenever an emergency exists, the hearing provided for herein shall be held as soon as possible after the expulsion. B. Hearing Panel: 1. Expulsion hearings conducted by the Board will be heard by any three or more Board members. A decision to expel a student must be supported by a majority of the Board members present, provided that no less than three (3) affirmative votes to expel are cast. 2. Alternatively, the Board may appoint an impartial hearing board composed of one (1) or more persons to hear and decide the expulsion matter, provided that no member of the Board may serve on such panel. C. Hearing Notice: 1. Written notice of the expulsion hearing must be given to the student, and, if the student is a minor, to his/her parent(s) or guardian(s) within a reasonable time prior to the time of the hearing. 2. A copy of this Board policy on student discipline shall also be given to the student, and if the student is a minor, to his/her parent(s) or guardian(s), at the time the notice is sent that an expulsion hearing will be convened. 3. The written notice of the expulsion hearing shall inform the student of the following: a. The date, time, place and nature of the hearing. b. The legal authority and jurisdiction under which the hearing is to be held, including a reference to the particular sections of the legal statutes involved. c. A short, plain description of the conduct alleged by the administration. 12 d. The student may present as evidence relevant testimony and documents concerning the conduct alleged and the appropriate length and conditions of expulsion; and that the expulsion hearing may be the studentâ€™s sole opportunity to present such evidence. e. The student may cross-examine witnesses called by the Administration. f. The student may be represented by any third party of his/her choice, including an attorney, at his/her expense or at the expense of his/her parents. g. A student is entitled to the services of a translator or interpreter, to be provided by the Board of Education, whenever the student or his/her parent(s) or guardian(s) requires the services of an interpreter because he/she/they do(es) not speak the English language or is(are) disabled. h. The conditions under which the Board is not legally required to give the 40
student an alternative educational opportunity (if applicable). i. Information about free or reduced-rate legal services and how to access such services. D. Hearing Procedures: 1. The hearing will be conducted by the Presiding Officer, who will call the meeting to order, introduce the parties, Board members and counsel, briefly explain the hearing procedures, and swear in any witnesses called by the Administration or the student. 2. The hearing will be conducted in executive session. A verbatim record of the hearing will be made, either by tape recording or by a stenographer. A record of the hearing will be maintained, including the verbatim record, all written notices and documents relating to the case and all evidence received or considered at hearing. 3. Formal rules of evidence will not be followed. The Board has the right to accept hearsay and other evidence if it deems that evidence relevant or material to its determination. The Presiding Officer will rule on testimony or evidence as to it being immaterial or irrelevant. 4. During the hearing, the charges will be introduced into the record by the Superintendent or his/her designee. 5. Each witness for the Administration will be called and sworn. After a witness has finished testifying, he/she will be subject to cross-examination by the opposite party or his/her legal counsel, by the Presiding Officer and by Board members. 13 6. After the Administration has presented its case, the student will be asked if he/she has any witnesses or evidence to present concerning the charges. If so, the witnesses will be sworn, will testify, and will be subject to cross examination and to questioning by the Presiding Officer and/or by the Board. The student may also choose to make a statement at this time. If the student chooses to make a statement, he or she will be sworn and subject to cross examination and questioning by the Presiding Officer and/or by the Board. Concluding statements will be made by the Administration and then by the student and/or his or her representative. 7. In cases where the student has denied the allegation, the Board must determine whether the student committed the offense(s) as charged by the Superintendent. 8. When considering the length and conditions of expulsion, the Board may not review notices of prior expulsions or suspensions which have been expunged from the studentâ€™s cumulative record, except as so provided in Section VI.A (9), 41
(10), (11), above, and Section X, below. The Board may ask the Superintendent for a recommendation as to the discipline to be imposed. 9. Where administrators presented the case in support of the charges against the student, such administrative staff shall not be present during the deliberations of the Board either on questions of evidence or on the final discipline to be imposed. The Superintendent may, after reviewing the incident with administrators, and reviewing the student’s records, make a recommendation to the Board as to the appropriate discipline to be applied. 10. The Board shall make findings as to the truth of the charges, if the student has denied them; and, in all cases, the disciplinary action, if any, to be imposed. While the hearing itself is conducted in executive session, the vote regarding expulsion must be made in open session and in a manner that preserves the confidentiality of the student’s name and other personally identifiable information. 11. The Board may, in its discretion, shorten or waive the expulsion period for a student who has not previously been suspended or expelled, if the student completes a Board-specified program and meets any other conditions required by the Board. The Board-specified program shall not require the student and/or the student’s parents to pay for participation in the program. 12. The Board shall report its final decision in writing to the student, or if such student is a minor, also to the parent(s) or guardian(s), stating the reasons on which the decision is based, and the disciplinary action to be imposed. Said decision shall be based solely on evidence presented at the hearing. The parents or guardian or any minor student who has been expelled shall be given notice of such disciplinary action within twenty-four (24) hours of the time of the institution of the period of the expulsion. 14 E. Presence on School Grounds and Participation in School-Sponsored Activities During Expulsion: During the period of expulsion, the student shall not be permitted to be on school property and shall not be permitted to attend or participate in any school-sponsored activities, except for the student’s participation in any alternative educational program provided by the district in accordance with this policy, unless the Superintendent specifically authorizes the student to enter school property for a specified purpose or to participate in a particular school-sponsored activity. F. Stipulated Agreements: 42
In lieu of the procedures used in this section, the Administration and the parents (or legal guardians) of a student facing expulsion may choose to enter into a Joint Stipulation of the Facts and a Joint Recommendation to the Board concerning the length and conditions of expulsion. Such Joint Stipulation and Recommendation shall include language indicating that the parents (or legal guardians) understand their right to have an expulsion hearing held pursuant to these procedures, and language indicating that the Board, in its discretion, has the right to accept or reject the Joint Stipulation of Facts and Recommendation. If the Board rejects either the Joint Stipulation of Facts or the Recommendation, an expulsion hearing shall be held pursuant to the procedures outlined herein. If the Student is eighteen years of age or older, the student shall have the authority to enter into a Joint Stipulation and Recommendation on his or her own behalf. If the parties agree on the facts, but not on the disciplinary recommendation, the Administration and the parents (or legal guardians) of a student facing expulsion may also choose to enter into a Joint Stipulation of the Facts and submit only the Stipulation of the Facts to the Board in lieu of holding the first part of the hearing, as described above. Such Joint Stipulation shall include language indicating that the parents understand their right to have a hearing to determine whether the student engaged in the alleged misconduct and that the Board, in its discretion, has the right to accept or reject the Joint Stipulation of Facts. If the Board rejects the Joint Stipulation of Facts, a full expulsion hearing shall be held pursuant to the procedures outlined herein. IX. Alternative Educational Opportunities for Expelled Students A. Students under sixteen (16) years of age: Whenever the Board of Education expels a student under sixteen (16) years of age, it shall offer any such student an alternative educational opportunity. B. Students sixteen (16) to eighteen (18) years of age: 1. The Board of Education shall provide an alternative educational opportunity to a sixteen (16) to eighteen (18) year old student expelled for the first time if he/she requests it and if he/she agrees to the conditions set 43
by the Board of Education. Such alternative educational opportunity may include, but shall not be limited to, the placement of a pupil who is at least sixteen years of age in an adult education program. Any pupil participating in an adult education program during a period of expulsion shall not be 15 required to withdraw from school as a condition to his/her participation in the adult education program. 2. The Board of Education is not required to offer an alternative educational opportunity to any student between the ages of sixteen (16) and eighteen (18) who is expelled for the second time, or if it is determined at the hearing that (1) the student possessed a dangerous instrument, deadly weapon, firearm or martial arts weapon on school property or at a schoolsponsored activity, or (2) the student offered a controlled substance for sale or distribution on school property or at a school-sponsored activity. 3. The Board of Education shall count the expulsion of a pupil when he/she was under sixteen years of age for purposes of determining whether an alternative educational opportunity is required for such pupil when he/she is between the ages of sixteen and eighteen. C. Students eighteen (18) years of age or older: The Board of Education is not required to offer an alternative educational opportunity to expelled students eighteen (18) years of age or older. D. Students identified as eligible for services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”): Notwithstanding Sections IX.A. through C. above, if the Board of Education expels a student who has been identified as eligible for services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”), it shall offer an alternative educational opportunity to such student in accordance with the requirements of IDEA, as it may be amended from time to time. E. Students for whom an alternative educational opportunity is not required: The Board of Education may offer an alternative educational opportunity to a pupil for whom such alternative educational opportunity is not required as described in this policy. X. Notice of Student Expulsion on Cumulative Record Notice of expulsion and the conduct for which the student was expelled shall be included on the student’s cumulative educational record. Such notice, except for notice of an expulsion based upon possession of a firearm or deadly weapon, shall be expunged from the cumulative 44
educational record by the Board if the student graduates from high school. In cases where the student’s period of expulsion is shortened or waived in accordance with Section VIII.D(14), above, the Board may choose to expunge the expulsion notice from the cumulative record at the time the student completes the Board-specified program and meets any other conditions required by the Board. 16 If the student has not previously been suspended or expelled, and the administration chooses to expunge the expulsion notice from the student’s cumulative record prior to graduation, the administration may refer to the existence of the expunged notice, notwithstanding the fact that such notice may have been expunged from the student’s cumulative file, for the limited purpose of determining whether any subsequent suspension or expulsion by the student would constitute the student’s first such offense. XI. Change of Residence During Expulsion Proceedings A. Student moving into the school district: 1. If a student enrolls in the district while an expulsion hearing is pending in another district, such student shall not be excluded from school pending completion of the expulsion hearing unless an emergency exists, as defined above. The Board and/or administration shall retain the authority to suspend the student or to conduct its own expulsion hearing. 2. Where a student enrolls in the district during the period of expulsion from another public school district, the Board may adopt the decision of the student expulsion hearing conducted by such other school district. The student shall be excluded from school pending such hearing. The excluded student shall be offered an alternative educational opportunity in accordance with statutory requirements. The Board shall make its determination based upon a hearing held by the Board, which hearing shall be limited to a determination of whether the conduct which was the basis of the previous public school district’s expulsion would also warrant expulsion by the Board. B. Student moving out of the school district: 45
Where a student withdraws from school after having been notified that an expulsion hearing is pending, but before a decision has been rendered by the Board, the notice of the pending expulsion hearing shall be included on the student’s cumulative record and the Board shall complete the expulsion hearing and render a decision. If the Board subsequently renders a decision to expel the student, a notice of the expulsion shall be included on the student’s cumulative record. XII. Procedures Governing Suspension and Expulsion of Students Identified as Eligible for Services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”) A. Suspension of IDEA students: Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the Administration suspends a student identified as eligible for services under the IDEA (an “IDEA student”) who has violated any rule or code of conduct of the school district that applies to all students, the following procedures shall apply: 1. The administration shall make reasonable attempts to immediately notify the parents of the student of the decision to suspend on the date on which the decision to suspend was made, and a copy of the special education procedural safeguards must either be hand-delivered or sent by mail to the parents on the date that the decision to suspend was made. 17 2. During the period of suspension, the school district is not required to provide any educational services to the IDEA student beyond that which is provided to all students suspended by the school district. B. Expulsion and Suspensions that Constitute Changes in Placement for IDEA students: Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary, if the administration recommends for expulsion an IDEA student who has violated any rule or code of conduct of the school district that applies to all students, the procedures described in this section shall apply. The procedures described in this section shall also apply for students whom the 46
administration has suspended in a manner that is considered under the IDEA, as it may be amended from time to time, to be a change in placement: 1. The parents of the student must be notified of the decision to recommend for expulsion (or to suspend if a change in placement) on the date on which the decision to suspend was made, and a copy of the special education procedural safeguards must either be hand-delivered or sent by mail to the parents on the date that the decision to recommend for expulsion (or to suspend if a change in placement) was made. 2. The school district shall immediately convene the student’s planning and placement team (“PPT”), but in no case later than ten (10) school days after the recommendation for expulsion or the suspension that constitutes a change in placement was made. The student’s PPT shall consider the relationship between the student’s disability and the behavior that led to the recommendation for expulsion or the suspension which constitutes a change in placement, in order to determine whether the student’s behavior was a manifestation of his/her disability. 3. If the student’s PPT finds that the behavior was a manifestation of the student’s disability, the Administration shall not proceed with the recommendation for expulsion or the suspension that constitutes a change in placement. 4. If the student’s PPT finds that the behavior was not a manifestation of the student’s disability, the Administration may proceed with the recommended expulsion or suspension that constitutes a change in placement. 5. During any period of expulsion, or suspension of greater than ten (10) days per school year, the Administration shall provide the student with an alternative education program in accordance with the provisions of the IDEA. 6. When determining whether to recommend an expulsion or a suspension that constitutes a change in placement, the building administrator (or his or her designee) should consider the nature of the misconduct and any relevant educational records of the student. 18 C. Transfer of IDEA students for Certain Offenses: School personnel may transfer an IDEA student to an appropriate interim alternative educational setting for not more than forty-five (45) school days if the student: 1. Was in possession of a dangerous weapon, as defined in 18 U.S.C. 930(g)(2), as amended from time to time, on school grounds or at a school-sponsored activity, or 2. Knowingly possessed or used illegal drugs or sold or solicited the sale of a controlled substance while at school or at a school-sponsored activity; or 47
3. Has inflicted serious bodily injury upon another person while at school, on school premises, or at a school function. The following definitions shall be used for this subsection XII.C.: 1. Dangerous weapon means a weapon, device, instrument, material, or substance, animate or inanimate, that is used for, or is readily capable of, causing death or serious bodily injury, except that such term does not include a pocket knife with a blade of less than 2.5 inches in length. 2. Controlled substance means a drug or other substance identified under schedules I, II, III, IV, or V in section 202(c) of the Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. 812(c). 3. Illegal drug means a controlled substance but does not include a substance that is legally possessed or used under the supervision of a licensed health-care professional or that is legally possessed or used under any other authority under the Controlled Substances Act or under any other provision of federal law. 4. Serious bodily injury means a bodily injury which involves: (A) a substantial risk of death; (B) extreme physical pain; (C) protracted and obvious disfigurement; or (D) protracted loss or impairment of the function of a bodily member, organ, or mental faculty. XIII. Procedures Governing Expulsions for Students Identified as Eligible for Educational Accommodations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Section 504”) Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary, if the Administration recommends for expulsion a student identified as eligible for educational accommodations under Section 504 who has violated any rule or code of conduct of the school district that applies to all students, the following procedures shall apply: 1. The parents of the student must be notified of the decision to recommend the student for expulsion. 19 2. The district shall immediately convene the student’s Section 504 team (“504 team”) for the purpose of reviewing the relationship between the student’s disability and the behavior that led to the recommendation for expulsion. The 504 team will determine whether the student’s behavior was a manifestation of his/her disability. 48
3. If the 504 team finds that the behavior was a manifestation of the studentâ€™s disability, the Administration shall not proceed with the recommended expulsion. 4. If the 504 team finds that the behavior was not a manifestation of the student's disability, the Administration may proceed with the recommended expulsion. XIV. Procedures Governing Expulsions for Students Committed to a Juvenile Detention Center A. Any student who commits an expellable offense and is subsequently committed to a juvenile detention center, the Connecticut Juvenile Training School or any other residential placement for such offense may be expelled by the Board in accordance with the provisions of this section. The period of expulsion shall run concurrently with the period of commitment to a juvenile detention center, the Connecticut Juvenile Training School or any other residential placement. B. If a student who committed an expellable offense seeks to return to a school district after having been in a juvenile detention center, the Connecticut Juvenile Training School or any other residential placement and such student has not been expelled by the board of education for such offense under subdivision (A) of this subsection, the Board shall allow such student to return and may not expel the student for additional time for such offense. XV. Early Readmission to School An expelled student may apply for early readmission to school. The Board delegates the authority to make decisions on readmission requests to the Superintendent. Students desiring readmission to school shall direct such readmission requests to the Superintendent. The Superintendent has the discretion to approve or deny such readmission requests, and may condition readmission on specified criteria. XVI. Dissemination of Policy The Board of Education shall, at the beginning of each school year and at such other times as it 49
may deem appropriate, provide for an effective means of informing all students, parent(s) and/or guardian(s) of this policy. XVII. Compliance with Reporting Requirements A. The Board of Education shall report all suspensions and expulsions to the State Department of Education. B. If the Board of Education expels a student for sale or distribution of a controlled substance, the Board shall refer such student to an appropriate state or local agency for rehabilitation, intervention or job training and inform the agency of its action. C. If the Board of Education expels a student for possession of a deadly weapon or firearm, as defined in Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a-3, the violation shall be reported to the local police. 20 Legal References: Connecticut General Statutes: §§ 4-176e through 4-180a and § 4-181a Uniform Administrative Procedures Act) §§ 10-233a through 10-233e Suspension and expulsion of students. § 10-233f In-school suspension of students. §29-38 Weapons in vehicles §53a-3 Definitions §53a-206 (definition of “weapon”) Packer v. Board of Educ. of the Town of Thomaston, 246 Conn. 89 (1998). State v. Hardy, 896 A.2d 755, 278 Conn. 113 (2006). State v. Guzman, 955 A.2d 72, 2008 Conn. App. LEXIS 445 (Sept. 16, 2008). Public Act 11-115, An Act Concerning Juvenile Reentry and Education. Public Act 11-126, An Act Concerning Adult Education. Public Act 11-232, An Act Concerning the Strengthening of School Bullying Laws. Public Act 11-157, An Act Concerning Juvenile Justice Federal law: Honig v. Doe, 484 U.S. 305 (1988) Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 20 U.S.C. 1400 et seq., as amended by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004, Pub. L. 108446. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. § 794(a). 50
18 U.S.C. § 921 (definition of “firearm”) 18 U.S.C. § 930(g)(2) (definition of “dangerous weapon”) 18 U.S.C. § 1365(h)(3) (identifying “serious bodily injury”) 21 U.S.C. § 812(c) (identifying “controlled substances”) 34 C.F.R. § 300.530 (defining “illegal drugs”) Gun-Free Schools Act, Pub. L. 107-110, Sec. 401, 115 Stat. 1762 (codified at 20 U.S.C. § 7151) Policy adopted: June 18, 2012 Seymour Public Schools Seymour, Connecticut 238924v48 - 21 Seymour Board of Education CERTIFIED MAIL - RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED & U.S. MAIL (Parent)1 (Parent's Address) (Non-custodial Parent, if applicable) (Parent's Address) Re: Expulsion Hearing Concerning Student Name; d.o.b. Dear (Parent/Guardian): In accordance with the Seymour Board of Education Policy (policy # & title), I am writing to advise you that the Seymour Board of Education (the "Board") will hold a formal hearing concerning your (son/daughter), (Name of Student) to consider the recommendation of (name of administrator) that (he/she) be expelled from school. This hearing is being held pursuant to Section 10-233d and Sections 4-176e to 4-180a, inclusive, and Section 4-181a of the Connecticut General Statutes and the Seymour Board of Education Policy (policy # & title), a copy of which is enclosed. The Board intends to conduct the hearing in executive session, due to the confidential nature of this hearing. The hearing will address the allegations that your (son/daughter) violated Board Policy (cite Student Discipline Policy number and any other specific policy number on date), by engaging in the following conduct: (The law governing these hearings requires a short, plain statement of the facts to be included within this notice letter, and should be inserted here. Example: carrying a knife on the school bus on a specified date and brandishing it at other students on the bus). 51
(State whether you considered such conduct to endanger persons or to be seriously disruptive of the educational process). (If the student has admitted to this conduct, note the admission here). 1 If the Student is aged 18 or older, this notice should be sent directly to the student, with copies to the parent(s). 238924v48 - 22 The hearing has been scheduled for (date, time, place). You and your (son/daughter) are asked to attend this hearing. Your (son/daughter) has the right to be represented by an attorney at your expense, has the right to cross-examine administration witnesses, and may present relevant evidence, both documentary and testimonial, concerning the allegations. The hearing will be the parties' sole opportunity to present such evidence. The Board may also question witnesses. An opportunity will also be given for the administration and your (son/daughter) or his/her representatives to present argument concerning the evidence presented at the hearing. If you need the services of a translator or an interpreter for this hearing, please let me know as soon as possible. The administration may recommend expulsion from school for up to one calendar year. The Board has discretion to adopt any period of expulsion up to one calendar year. As mentioned above, your (son/daughter) has a right to be represented, at your own expense, by legal counsel or other representative at the expulsion hearing. Obtaining an attorney or other representative is the responsibility of the family. Very low income families may be able to obtain free advice or legal representation through Statewide Legal Services, Inc. (â€œSLSâ€?). To apply for such assistance, those families should contact SLS immediately at 1-800-453-3320. In the event your (son/daughter) is expelled as a result of the scheduled hearing, and your (son/daughter) is between the ages of sixteen (16) and eighteen (18) and has not been expelled before, the Board shall offer to your (son/daughter) an alternative 52
educational opportunity if she/he wishes to continue her/his education. The Board is not required to offer an alternative educational opportunity to any student between sixteen (16) and eighteen (18) years of age who is expelled for possession of a firearm, deadly weapon or dangerous instrument or sale or distribution of a controlled substance on school grounds or at a school-sponsored activity, or to students who are eighteen years of age or older. If you have any questions, please call my office at (number). Sincerely, (Name of Superintendent) SeymourPublic Schools Cc: Chairman, Seymour Board of Education (Name of Special Education director) (Name of Principal at school that student attends) (Frederick Dorsey, Seymour Board of Education attorney) (Name of Administration’s Attorney, where applicable) 238924v48 - 23 AGREEMENT NAME OF SUPERINTENDENT, (Superintendent of Schools for Seymour Public Schools, NAME OF STUDENT and NAME(S) OF PARENTS (the parents of NAME OF STUDENT) agree as follows with respect to the Superintendent's request that NAME OF STUDENT be expelled from _______________ School: 1. NAME OF STUDENT (D.O.B. _________) is currently enrolled as a _____ grade student at ____________ School. 2. NAME OF STUDENT admits that he engaged in the following conduct on or about _________________, 2012: 3. NAME OF STUDENT’s conduct, as described above, violates Seymour Board of Education Policy _________ (Student Discipline). 4. Subject to the approval of the Seymour Board of Education (the “Board”), NAME OF STUDENT shall be expelled from school, effective _____________, 2011 and continuing through ___________________, 2012, under the following conditions: a) During the period of expulsion, the Board will provide NAME OF STUDENT with an alternative education opportunity deemed appropriate by the Administration. 53
b) During the period of expulsion, NAME OF STUDENT will not be permitted to be on school grounds and will not be permitted to attend or participate in any school-sponsored activities, with the sole exception of his participation in the alternative education program. c) Prior to ________________________, the Superintendent will review NAME OF STUDENT’s conduct, as well as his attendance and effort level in the alternative educational program, for the purpose of determining, in the Superintendent’s sole discretion, whether NAME OF STUDENT should be readmitted to school on or about _________________________________. d) If the Superintendent determines that NAME OF STUDENT should be readmitted to school early in accordance with the preceding section, and if NAME OF STUDENT subsequently commits any offense that would warrant suspension and/or expulsion under the policies of the Board, the Superintendent may reinstate NAME OF STUDENT’s expulsion for the remainder of the expulsion period, through _____________________, without the need for any further proceedings before the Board. 238924v48 - 24 5. All parties to this Agreement request that this Agreement be presented to the Board for the Board’s consideration, in lieu of the submission of any other evidence by the Superintendent and/or NAME OF STUDENT or his/her parents, and they agree that this Agreement is sufficient for the Board to expel NAME OF STUDENT from school. 6. The Superintendent, NAME OF STUDENT and NAME OF PARENT understand that this Agreement is subject to the approval of the Board. In the event that the Board does not approve this Agreement, the Superintendent, NAME OF STUDENT and NAME OF PARENT agree that the expulsion hearing concerning NAME OF STUDENT shall be rescheduled to a mutually agreeable date for the purposes of conducting an evidentiary hearing before the Board concerning the Superintendent’s expulsion request. NAME OF STUDENT and NAME OF PARENT agree that NAME OF STUDENT will remain out of school until the evidentiary hearing has been completed. NAME OF STUDENT and NAME OF PARENT also agree that the Board’s consideration of this proposed Agreement will not disqualify any member of the Board from serving as a Board member in the evidentiary hearing, and they hereby waive any right to make such a claim in any proceeding in any forum. 7. NAME OF STUDENT and NAME OF PARENT enter into this Agreement voluntarily and with a full understanding of the provisions of this Agreement. Date: NAME OF SUPERINTENDENT 54
Superintendent of Schools Date: NAME OF STUDENT Student Date: NAME OF MOTHER and/or NAME OF FATHER Parents of NAME OF STUDENT
Electronic Devices Use of Beepers/Paging devices/Cellular telephones/Cameras/Video cameras/Digital Music or Video recorders or players/Portable video games etc. [Review full Seymour Public Schools policy 5131.81] Disciplinary action may be taken against any student for using a cellular telephone or other electronic devices, such as pagers, laser pointers and attachments that is otherwise not banned by this policy, in any manner that disrupts the educational environment, including using the device to cheat, signal others, or otherwise violate student conduct rules. Unless otherwise banned under this policy, all electronic devices must be kept off and out of sight during the regular school day, unless prior permission has been obtained from administration. Students using such devices without permission will be referred to administration. Administration will determine whether to return the item at the end of the day to be taken home by the student or whether the parent will be contacted to pick up the item. Use of cameras, video cameras, cell phones, iPods, or other electronic devices with the ability to record pictures, video, or audio is prohibited. If a student chooses to bring an electronic device to school the school district will not be responsible for loss or theft of such an item. All electronic devices, headphones and other listening devices are to be powered down and stored in a studentâ€™s locker or backpack upon entering the school building. Possession of electronic devices during the school day may result in a discipline referral. Under no circumstances are cell phones to be used or on a studentâ€™s person during the school day. Students who repeatedly break the Electronic Devices policy will face escalating consequences. 55
Equal Employment Opportunity Nondiscriminatory Policy The Seymour Board of Education recognizes its responsibility to the principles of affirmative action and equal employment opportunity and is committed to ensuring that these principles are carried out as provided by applicable law. Equal employment opportunity means showing neutrality with regard to the race, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, religion, age or other legally protected class of individuals as provided by applicable state and federal law in an employment decision or context. This policy statement is based on both the spirit and the letter of the state and federal anti-discrimination laws, regulation and executive orders. The superintendent will appoint a staff designee as the Equity Officer who, in cooperation with all staff members, will execute this policy. Accepted 11/20/1995
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) For School Records The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over eighteen (18) years of age (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. They are: 1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within five (5) days of the day the District receives a request for access. Parents or eligible
students should submit to the school principal (or appropriate school official) a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The principal will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. 2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate or misleading. Parents or eligible students may ask Seymour Middle School to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write a letter to the school 56
principal, clearly identifying the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the District decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the District will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing. 3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the studentâ€™s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the District as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); person serving on the School Board; a person or company with whom the District has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. Upon request, the District discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll. The Seymour Middle School will attempt to notify parents of this request. 4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the District to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:
Family Policy Compliance Office U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W. Washington, DC 20202-4605
Field Trips Frequently, throughout the school year, students participate in field trips, class trips, and athletic events away from school. When this happens, it is always with 57
the approval of the parent/guardian. Any student participating in a field trip must turn in a completed Class Trip Medical Information Sheet and a School Trip Permission Slip prior to the trip. When a student returns from a field trip, class trip, or athletic event after regular school hours, the responsibility for providing transportation for the student rests with the parent/guardian. At all times, we will try to provide you with the approximate time of return. Students are not required to go on field trips. This matter is left strictly up to the student and the parent/guardian concerned. Administration reserves the right to deny a student’s participation on a field trip due to disciplinary concerns and/or academic concerns. Students, who are not in good academic standing, failing more than 2 subjects, may not be able to participate on field trips. Expected Student Behavior: The Seymour Board of Education’s discipline policies, all Board of Education policies, and all school rules and regulations shall be in effect during each trip. A complete copy of this Seymour Board of Education Policy (#6153, a-e) can be obtained from the Building Principal/Assistant Principal(s) or the Superintendent of Schools located at 98 Bank Street, Seymour. Policy Adopted – Seymour Board of Education: February 2, 2004
Grievance Procedure – Students (Regarding Title IX Infractions) A copy of the Student Grievance Procedure regarding Title IX Infractions (Regulations Implementing Education Amendments of 1972 Prohibiting Sex Discrimination in Education) can be obtained from the building Principal/Assistant Principal(s) or the Superintendent of Schools located at 98 Bank Street, Seymour.
Homeless Students [Review full Seymour Public Schools policy 5118.1] Homeless students, as defined by federal and state legislation (McKinney Vento Act), will have all programs, services, and transportation that other students enjoy and may continue to attend the school of origin. The local liaison for homeless children is the Associate Superintendent of Schools, Christine Syriac (203-8884564). 58
Instruction Homework The Purpose of Homework The most important purpose of homework is to monitor student progress in order to individualize instruction. Instructional Goals For The Purpose Of Homework Are: 1. Practice – reinforce understanding and help students master what is taught in class. 2. Preparation - introduce material to be presented in future lessons in order to provide the maximum benefit when the new material is covered in class by providing background information or experiences. 3. Extension – involves the transfer of previously learned skills to new situations. This often requires the application of abstract principles to circumstances not covered in class. 4. Skill Integration – Integrative homework requires the application of many separately learned skills and concepts to produce a single product. Non-Instructional Goals For The Purpose Of Homework Are: 1. To promote good work habits 2. To develop independent study and organizational skills 3. To increase parental awareness of the school program Creating Homework That Has Value: Teachers’ attitudes toward homework play a key role in students’ homework efforts. Educators must be thoughtful about what they assign as well as the purpose of the assignment, the time it will take to complete the assignment, and the value of the completed work. 1. Homework assignments should be well planned, have a clear purpose and be aligned with current instruction. 2. Homework directions should be explicit. 3. Homework assignments should encourage ownership by customizing tasks to fit student learning 59
styles, interests and abilities. 4. Homework should challenge, motivate and entice students to learn. 5. Homework should be structured so students can accomplish it independently with relatively high success. 6. Homework assignments should not require parents to have to purchase excessive resources not typically found in the home. Amount Of Time Spent On Homework: The quality of homework assignments is more important that the quantity of work a student is to complete or the amount of time a student must put in to complete the work at home. Homework assignments should be aligned with a learning goal with a focused strategy for increasing understanding. Time is a necessary consideration when assigning homework, but should not be the goal. The following items should be taken into consideration when assigning homework: 1. Instructional objectives of the class 2. Capabilities of the student 3. Grade level 4. Additional homework assignments of the student 5. Other responsibilities and obligations
At Seymour Middle School, homework is given in all subjects to enable the student to practice those skills and concepts taught in the classroom. Homework also encourages creativity in writing, researching, applying skills and learning independently. Good homework habits usually mean good grades! Teacher homework assignments can be found â€œon lineâ€? at http://www.edline.net/pages/Seymour_Middle_School. Parents and students are encouraged to access homework assignments off the web site in order to stay current with their assignments. If a child is absent from school for three (3) consecutive days, homework requests will be honored by calling the school at 8884513.
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INTERNET ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY [Review full Seymour Public Schools policy 6141.321] The Internet, a global electronic information infrastructure, is a network of networks used by educators, businesses, the government and numerous organizations. The Board of Education believes that the Internet is a valuable tool that should be used in schools to educate and inform students, much like books, magazines, videos and other informational sources. The Board of Education endorses student use of the Internet for learning and research which enhances information available through other mediums. This includes the participation in distance learning activities, asking questions of and consulting experts, communicating with other students and individuals, and locating material to meet the educational needs of the students of the Seymour Public Schools. While the Internet can provide students with a vast array of educational and informational resources, it can also be a window through which students could access information which is neither pertinent to nor appropriate for an educational setting. The availability of such electronic information does not imply endorsement by the Board of Education of its content nor of the use of such information by students and staff. It is important to give students assistance and guidance in accessing information which is beneficial to their education and equally important to recognize that total monitoring of studentsâ€™ access to the Internet would be impossible. Therefore, individual users of the Seymour Public Schools Network are responsible for their use of the network and are expected to use it responsibly. The school district is providing access to its computer networks and the Internet for only educational purposes. The use of the Internet is a privilege. Failure to adhere to the established guidelines may result in the loss of Internet access, disciplinary action and/or referral to legal authorities. To ensure appropriate usage, all students and parents must read the Acceptable Use of the Internet policy 6141.321 and both the parent and student must sign the Computer and Internet User Agreement and Parent Permission Form. Students without a signed form will not be permitted to access the Internet. The computer and internet permission form is on Page 4 of this handbook. Please review this policy with your child, sign and return the form during the first week of school to your childâ€™s homeroom teacher. Regulations: 61
The smooth operation of the Internet relies upon the proper conduct of the end users who must adhere to strict guidelines as outlined in the Board of Educationâ€™s Internet Use Agreement and the following regulations: 1. The computer systems are the sole property of the district. 2. Such systems are provided solely for the purpose of carrying out the educational needs and concerns of the district. 3. Personal use for any reason is prohibited. 4. The district reserves the right to monitor the use of such systems by students and employees. 5. The transmission of copyrighted or other legally protected material is prohibited. 6. The transmission of confidential or sensitive information should not be over risky means of communication. 7. The transmission of any harassing, threatening or intimidating message is prohibited. 8. Breaches of the policy will result in disciplinary action. 9. Any illegal or improper use of the system should be reported immediately by students or employees. Internet Use Agreement-General: Internet access is now available to students and teachers in the Seymour Public Schools. With access to computers and people all over the world also comes availability of material that may not be considered to be of educational value in the
context of the school setting. The District has taken precautions to restrict access to controversial materials. However, it is not possible to control all materials and users. It is believed that valuable information far outweighs the risk of inappropriate material. The smooth operation of the network relies upon the proper conduct of the users who must adhere to strict guidelines. The guidelines require efficient, ethical and legal utilization of the Internet. The signatures on this document are legally binding and indicate the parties read the terms and understand their significance. Internet Use Agreement â€“ Terms and Conditions: 1. Acceptable Use â€“ The use must be in support of education and research and consistent with the educational objectives of the Seymour School District. 62
2. Privileges – The use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right and inappropriate use will result in the cancellation of those privileges. 3. Network Etiquette – Users are expected to abide by the rules of network etiquette including: a. Politeness. Not sending abusive messages to others. b. Using appropriate language. No swearing, vulgarities or other inappropriate language. c. Illegal activities are strictly prohibited. d. No revealing personal address or phone numbers or self or other students or colleagues. e. No personal email f. No using the network in such a way that it disrupts use by others. g. All communications and information should be assumed to be private property. 4. Warranties – The Seymour School District makes no warranties of any kind for the service it is providing. 5. Security – Security is a high priority. Another person’s account cannot be used without their written permission. Attempts to log on as a system administrator will result in cancellation of privileges. Anyone identified as a security risk will be denied access to the Internet. 6. Vandalism – Vandalism will result in loss of privileges. Entire policy can be found on our main webpage at www.seymourschools.org Policy adopted February 2, 2004
Medication Policy There are many times when children are required to receive medication during school hours. Parents are asked to review the following rules applying to the administering of medication during school hours: 1. No child may, during school hours, administer to himself/herself, or carry on his/her person or in his/her locker, etc., any medications for self-administration or administration by others. (For the policy concerning Epi-Pens and inhalers see #6 in this list of medication rules). 2. Any school staff member who, in school, observes a child carrying, or giving himself/herself medication, shall report such student to the principal or health 63
aide, who shall immediately ascertain from the child’s parent (guardian) whether such medication has been prescribed by a physician. 3. School personnel may not administer medication to a school child unless the parent (guardian) has previously filled out and signed the prescribed form procurable from the child’s physician or school. 4. Only a school nurse, and only under a doctor’s prescription, may place drops into a child’s ears, eyes or nose. Other medications may be administered by the principal or designated teachers, as well as by the nurse. 5. No medication including aspirin, ibuprofen or an aspirin substitute containing acetaminophen shall be administered without the written authorization of a physician or dentist and the written authorization of a parent or guardian. a) Such authorization shall be submitted on the Seymour Board of Education Medical Authorization Form H-1. 6. Self-administration of medications by students is not allowed. With permission signed by a physician and parent, the exception to this is an EpiPen and/or inhaler used for allergic reactions that could possibly be life threatening.
A complete copy of the Seymour Board of Education Administering Medication Policy (#5141.21) is available from the Building Principal/Assistant Principal or from the Superintendent of School at 98 Bank Street, Seymour. Policy Adopted – Seymour Board of Education: July 21, 2003
“No-Child-Left-Behind” Legislation As a parent, you have a right under the Federal No Child Left Behind Act to request information regarding the professional qualifications of any teacher/paraprofessional your child has in any school in Seymour that receives Title 1 funds, information on the level of achievement of your child, and timely notice that your child has been taught for four or more weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified. Additional information concerning “No-Child-Left-Behind” 64
can be obtained from the office of the principal or from one of the assistant principals.
Pest Management/Pesticide Application [Review full Seymour Public Schools policy 3524.1] The Board of Education believes that structural and landscape pests can pose significant hazards to people, property and the environment. Pests are living organisms such as plants, animals or microorganisms that interfere with human uses for the school site. Strategies for managing pest populations will be influenced by the pest species and the degree to which the population poses a threat to people, property or the environment. Further the Board also believes that pesticides can also pose hazards to people, property and the environment. The intent of this policy is to ensure the health and safety of students, teachers, staff and all others using district buildings and grounds. Areas to receive pesticide application will be posted and a written record of all pesticide applications will be maintained for five years. Parents/guardians and staff who want to receive advance notice of all pesticide use will be listed on a registry and such notice will be provided as required by law. Parents/guardians who want to be notified prior to pesticide applications inside their child(ren)’s school assignment area may contact the Director of Facilities, Mr. Wayne Natzel (203888-4513 ext.1121).
Integrated Pest Management Plan September 2011 In compliance with Connecticut State Public Act #99-165, “An Act Concerning Notice of Pesticide Applications at Schools and Day Care Centers”, and Public Act #05-252, “An Act Concerning Pesticides at Schools and Day Care Centers”, Seymour Public Schools (SPS) hereby advises you that policies concerning the use and application of pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides are in use and available for review in the main office at each school. SPS has developed two policies relating to this Public Act: 1) General Pest & Rodent Control, 2) Ornamental Turf Control. Each policy describes the procedures for applying pesticides and herbicides, and the brand names of the products to be used. 65
You have the right under the law to register your name as one to be notified in the event that an application of these controlled substances becomes necessary at your school. If an emergency condition requires immediate use of one of these substances, the school will attempt to notify you as soon as possible to advise you of the event. To receive notification of these applications, you must request registration of your name in writing and sending it to the Principal of your school. THIS NOTICE IS POSTED ON WWW.SEYMOURSCHOOLS.ORG IT IS ALSO PUBLISHED IN THE STUDENT HANDBOOK DISTRUBUTED AT THE START OF SCHOOL IN SEPTEMBER 2011.
Pledge of Allegiance Seymour Public Schools shall ensure that time is available each day for students under its jurisdiction to recite the “Pledge of Allegiance.” This policy shall not be construed to require any person to recite the “Pledge of Allegiance.” Legal Reference: Connecticut General Statutes §10-230(c), Policy on the Reciting of the “Pledge of Allegiance.”
Promotion/Retention [Review full Seymour Public Schools policy 5123] Student promotion is dependent on each student’s mastery and acquisition of basic learning objectives. Normally, students will progress annually from grade to grade. Students who fail to master basic learning objectives at a normal rate will be considered for retention. Schools shall identify students in danger of failing and being at risk for retention. Prior to deciding on retention for a student not mastering the appropriate skills, the district shall provide and may require the student to attend one or more alternatives for remedial assistance. In all cases of promotion or retention, the parent/guardian is to be fully involved and informed throughout the decision making process. Parents will be notified as early as possible that retention is being considered and except in very unusual circumstances, no later than March 15. The Principal shall be responsible for making the final decision as to retention and assignment. 66
Safe Educational Environment â€“ Resolution of the Seymour Board Of Education Whereas, the Seymour Board of Education is unconditionally committed to providing a safe educational setting free from harm through violence, intimidation or threat; and Whereas, the Board recognizes that harm can exist regardless of whether it is physical or psychological, real or implied, purposeful or unwitting; and Whereas, actual, implied or threatened harassment, violence, intimidation or hazing in any form is harmful and not conducive to our commitment for providing a safe setting for all students, staff and visitors to our school community. Now, thereof, be it resolved that the Seymour Board of Education hereby reinforces its policy that it has not, does not and will not tolerate any action which recklessly or intentionally endangers the health or safety of any student in the Seymour School System, any member of the Boardâ€™s staff or any visitor whether for the purpose of initiation, admission into or affiliation with, as a condition for continued membership in a sporting activity or student organization, or for any other reason which involves any of the following:
1. Any assault on a person; 2. Requiring any activity that would subject a person to extreme mental stress; 3. Confinement of a person in any way; 4. Requiring the ingestion of any substance; 5. Requiring indecent exposure of the body; 6. Any violence, intimidation or threat; or 7. Any other physical or mental activity which adversely affect the health or safety of the person.
Any student who is aware of any such activity that may have occurred in the past, is presently occurring or that occurs in the future should bring it to the attention of school authorities. The Board of Education hereby directs its staff to immediately report any such information which he or she acquires to his or her supervisor who shall thereafter immediately report the same to the Chairman of the Board of Education so as to create a safe and secure educational environment for all. Adopted 6/30/1996
SEARCH AND SEIZURE [Review full Seymour Public Schools policy 5145.12] Desks and school lockers are property of the schools. The right to inspect desks, lockers and other equipment assigned to students may be exercised by school officials to safeguard students, their property and school property. An authorized school administrator may search a student’s desk, locker or other school property if at the inception of the search there is reasonable cause to believe that the search will turn up evidence that the student has violated or is violating either the law or school rules. This document serves as advance notice that school board policy allows desks and lockers to be inspected if the administration has reason to believe that materials injurious to the best interests of students and the school are contained therein. A search of a student’s handbag, gym bag or similar personal property carried by a student may be conducted if there are reasonable grounds for suspecting that the search will turn up evidence that the student has violated or is violating either the law or the rules of the school. A student’s other effects are also subject to the same rule. Effects may include motor vehicles located on school property. A student may be searched if there are reasonable grounds for suspecting that the search will turn up evidence that the student has violated or is violating either the law or the rules of the school. Such evidence may include, but is not limited to weapons, contraband material or the fruits of crime.
Student Records; Confidentiality [Review full Seymour Public Schools policy 5125] A student’s school records are confidential and are protected by federal and state law from unauthorized inspection or use. A cumulative record is maintained for 68
each student from the time the student enters the district until the student withdraws or graduates. This record moves with the student from school to school. By law, both parents, whether married, separated, or divorced, have access to the records of a student who is under 18 or a dependent for tax purposes. A parent whose rights have been legally terminated will be denied access to the records if the school is given a copy of the court order terminating these rights. The principal is custodian of all records for students at the assigned school. The principal is the custodian of all records for students who have withdrawn or graduated. Records may be reviewed during regular school hours upon completion of the written request form. The record’s custodian or designee will respond to reasonable requests for explanation and interpretation of the records. Parents of a minor or of a student who is a dependent for tax purposes, the student (if 18 or older), and school officials with legitimate educational interests are the only persons who have general access to a student’s records. “School officials with legitimate educational interests” include any employee, agents, or facilities with which the district contracts for the placement of students with disabilities, as well as their attorneys and consultants, who are: 1. Working with the student; 2. Considering disciplinary or academic actions, the student’s case, an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for a student with disabilities under IDEA or an individually designed program for a student with disabilities under Section 504; 3. Compiling statistical data; or 4. Investigating or evaluating programs. Certain other officials from various governmental agencies may have limited access to the records. Parental consent is required to release the records to anyone else. When the student reaches 18 years of age, only the student has the right to consent to release of records. A student over 18 and parents of minor students may inspect the student’s records and request a correction if the records are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy or other rights. If the district refuses the request to amend the records, the requestor has the right to a hearing. If the records are not amended as a result of the hearing, the requestor has 30 school days to exercise the 69
right to place a statement commenting on the information in the student’s record. Although improperly recorded grades may be challenged, parents and the student are not allowed to contest a student’s grade in a course through this process. Parents or the student have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education if they believe the district is not in compliance with the law regarding student records. The district’s policy regarding student records is available from the principal’s or superintendent’s office. Certain information about district students is considered directory information and will be released to anyone who follows procedures for requesting it, unless the parent objects to the release of any or all directory information about the child. This objection must be made in writing to the principal within ten school days after the issuance of this handbook. Directory information includes a student’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, awards received in school, and most recent previous school attended. Military recruiters or institutions of higher learning shall have access to secondary school student’s names, addresses and telephone listings, unless a parent/guardian or secondary student aged 18 or over requests in writing that such information not be released. The District, when a student moves to a new school system or charter school, will send the student’s records to the new district or charter school within ten business days of receiving written notice of the move from the new district. Unless the parents/guardians of the student authorize the record transfer in writing, the sending District is required to send a notice when the records are sent to the new district. Parents and eligible students have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of education concerning alleged failures by the District to comply with the Requirements of FERPA. Complaints may be addressed to: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 5400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20202-4605.
Suicide Policy Statement [Review full Seymour Public Schools policy 5141.5] 70
The Seymour Board of Education recognizes that suicide is a leading cause of death among young people and is a concern to this school system and the community it serves. It is the policy of the Board of Education to actively respond in any situation where a student verbally or behaviorally indicates suicidal ideation, intent to attempt suicide or to do physical harm to himself/herself. The Board of Education recognizes the need for youth suicide prevention procedures and will establish program(s) to identify risk factors for youth suicide, procedures to intervene with such youth, referral services and training for teachers, other school professionals and students to provide assistance in these programs. It is recognized by the Board of Education that suicide is a complex mental health issue and that, while school staff members may identify potentially suicidal youth, they should not as educators make clinical assessment of risk nor provide in-depth counseling or treatment but refer the youth to the appropriate agency for such assessment and counseling. If deemed necessary by the School a clinical assessment may be required and written documentation may be required and submitted to the Principal or designee stating that “the student is no longer at risk to harm himself/herself or others.”
Therefore, any school employee who may have knowledge of a suicide threat or of a student at risk must take the proper steps to immediately report this information to the school administrator or his/her designee who will in turn notify the appropriate school officials and the students’ parents.
TITLE IX DISCRIMINATION & SEXUAL HARASSMENT [Review full Seymour Public Schools policy 5145.5] Each student is encouraged to develop and achieve individual educational goals. The district will provide every student with equal educational opportunities regardless of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, economic status, marital status, or disability or any other basis prohibited by local, state, and federal law. No student will be excluded on such basis from participating in or having access to any course offerings, student athletics, counseling services, employment assistance, extracurricular activities or other school resources. 71
The district wants all students to learn in an environment free from all forms of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is against state and federal laws. It is unwelcome sexual attention from peers, teachers, staff or anyone with whom the victim may interact. Sexual harassment, whether verbal or physical, includes, but is not limited to the following: insulting or degrading sexual remarks; threats or suggestions that a student’s submission to or rejection of unwelcome conduct will in any way influence a decision regarding that student, or conduct of a sexual nature which substantially interferes with a student’s learning. Any student or other individual who feels he or she has been denied an equal opportunity in violation of this policy should immediately bring his or her complaint to the attention of the building Title IX designee for this purpose the principal and/or assistant principal, or the District Title IX Coordinator. Contact information for the Title IX designees in each building can be found in the main office of each school in the district. The District Title IX Coordinator is Nancy Snopkowski, Associate Superintendent and can be reached at the Board of Education offices, 98 Bank Street, Seymour, CT, of by calling 203-888-4564.
Academic Honesty Policy While attending Seymour Middle School, students are expected to conduct themselves with integrity. When one cheats or aids someone in cheating, one violates a trust. The decision that a student’s action constitutes cheating will be determined by the professional judgment of each teacher. The following guidelines may assist the teacher in making this determination: I.
Academic Dishonesty is defined as follows: Copying, faxing, or duplicating assignments that will each be turned in as an “original”. Exchanging assignments by printout, disk transfer, network, wireless or modem, and then submitting them as “originals”. Writing formulas, codes, or key words on your person or objects for use on a test when prohibited. Using hidden and/or unauthorized reference sheets during a test. Using programmed materials in electronic or battery-operated devices when prohibited. 72
Exchanging answers with others when prohibited (either giving or receiving answers). Taking, stealing, and/or using an assignment from someone else and submitting it as your own. Giving an assignment to someone else for the purpose of submitting it as his/her own. Submitting material (written or designed by someone else) without giving the author/artist name and/or source (e.g., plagiarizing or submitting work created by internet sources, family, friends, or tutors.) Not following additional specific guidelines for academic honesty as established by teacher or by team. Unauthorized acquisition, use, and/or distribution of a teacher’s test materials or answer sheets. Unauthorized use of teacher files, grade book, computer files and grading programs. II.
Students in violation of this policy will incur the following penalties:*
1st Offense Per Class: Automatic “0” on the assignment or test. Parental notification by the teacher to explain the specifics of the incident. If necessary, a parent conference to include the teacher, parent, student, administrator, and guidance counselor. An Academic Honesty Policy referral form is placed in the student’s disciplinary file. A copy of the Academic Honesty Policy will be mailed to the student’s parent(s). 2nd Offense Per Class: Automatic “0” (zero) on the assignment or test.
Parental notification by the teacher to explain the specifics of the incident as well as to arrange for a parent conference to include the teacher, parent, student, administrator, and guidance counselor. An Academic Honesty Policy referral form is placed in the student’s disciplinary file. A copy of the Academic Honesty Policy will be issued to the student’s parents. 3rd Offense Per Class: Automatic “0” (zero) on the assignment or test. Parental notification by the teacher to explain the specifics of the incident as well as to arrange for a parent conference to include the teacher, parent, student, administrator, and guidance counselor. An Academic Honesty Policy referral form is placed in the student’s disciplinary file. A copy of the Academic Honesty Policy will be issued to the student’s parents. The student will not be allowed to participate in any up-coming school events and activities (including field trips and class trips). (Refer to the “30 Day” not permitted to participate policy). The student may be referred to his/her administrator for further disciplinary action.
*Academic Honesty Policy referral form(s) remain in the student’s disciplinary file until they leave Seymour Middle School.
Assemblies Assemblies are a very important part of a student’s school life. Throughout the school year, we expect to have several assemblies planned for all grades. Good assembly manners are expected and demanded from all students. The school 74
administration reserves the right to deny a student’s participation in a assembly due to disciplinary and/or academic concerns.
Attendance Parents and students should do all in their power to avoid tardiness or absences that are not necessary. Lack of student success is often due to poor attendance. Under normal circumstances, students are expected to be present every day that school is in session. If a child is absent, a parent should call the school in the morning, 888-4513, prior to 9:00 a.m. and leave a message by selecting #2 on the menu pick. After 9:00 a.m., call the main line at 888-4513 and dial “0”. Students absent with justified cause will be given every reasonable opportunity to make up work missed. In cases of extended absences (3 or more days), parents are encouraged to contact the school for work that may be completed at home. Homework is available through the school website at www.seymourschools.org. Homework requests over the telephone will not be taken unless a child is absent three (3) or more days in a row.
Tardy students must report to the main office for a pass to class. Excessive tardiness will result in disciplinary action. Students with three (3) or more unexcused tardies will receive two (2) lunch detentions and will receive additional consequences for every unexcused tardy thereafter.
Buses Rules & Regulations: By administrative policy of the public schools, the drivers of our school buses are responsible for maintaining reasonably proper behavior on the part of the students who enjoy the privilege of public school transportation. A “notification” will be sent to the student for one (1) or more of the following reasons: 1. Failure to remain seated while the bus is in motion. 2. Scuffling and fighting. 3. Use of cameras, and video or audio recording devices. 4. Repeatedly engaging in loud and boisterous conduct. 75
5. Profanity. 6. Throwing or causing articles to fly through or out of the bus. 7. Extending parts of the body out of the bus. 8. Eating on the bus. 9. Smoking on the bus. 10. Destruction of property belonging to others. Riding a school bus is a privilege that may be granted or denied by the Seymour Board of Education. While riding on a school bus, all students must abide by the rules of conduct as listed above. The bus driver will report any misconduct of bus students to the building principal or his/her designee on each occasion it occurs. The principal or his/her designee will use the following procedures in acting on reports of misconduct of bus pupils. Depending on seriousness of the offense, he/she may bypass the first steps in the procedure for handling the violation of bus regulations. A school penalty may also be issued in addition to a childâ€™s loss of riding the bus privilege.
Bus Misconduct: 1. First charge of misconduct: a. Conference with student. 2. Second charge of misconduct: a. Conference with student. b. Notification to the parents of a possible loss of transportation privileges on the next charge of misconduct. 3. Third charge of misconduct: a. Conference with student. b. Notification to the parents of suspension of riding privileges. 4. Fourth charge of misconduct: a. Conference with student. b. Notification to the parents of a one week suspension of riding privilege. 76
c. Student transportation may be reinstated only by a hearing of the parents and the student before the Transportation Committee of the Seymour Board of Education. Procedure for Family Emergency Bus Stop Changes – Should a circumstance come up that you need to change your child’s bus stop for a small temporary amount of time, you must contact your child’s school main office. They will instruct you that you need approval from Central Office. Central Office will approve emergency bus stop changes on a case by case basis. Your child must ride the bus in which he/she is assigned. For safety purposes we cannot approve the switching of buses for a play date, after school party, or because your child wants to go to a friend’s after school.
Cafeteria The school cafeteria is maintained as a vital part of the school’s health program to encourage good nutrition – a well-balanced lunch is offered at a reasonable price ($2.50). For those who qualify, Federal Free/Reduced lunch forms are available from the cafeteria and School Lunch Program manager. The cafeteria also offers breakfast every morning beginning at 7:40 a.m. The cost of breakfast is $1.50, $.30 reduced rate, and students who receive a free lunch will receive a free breakfast. The lunchroom management and all students will adhere to the following cafeteria guidelines: Seymour Middle School 2012-2013 Cafeteria Rules 1.
Students are to enter the cafeteria in an orderly manner, go straight to their seats, and wait to be called to get their lunch by one of the supervisors.
Students are to be respectful in how they act and speak towards the cafeteria crew, custodians, supervisors, and their peers.
Students may only get into lunch line once and must make all of their purchases for that day within that transaction. Students must then go directly to their seats with their food.
When students clear their trash and have disposed of it properly, they must return directly to their seats.
Students are not allowed to leave the cafeteria until they are excused by a supervisor. Prior to being dismissed, students must wipe off their table and the area underneath the table must be free of any trash.
No food or beverages may leave the cafeteria. Unfinished food and drinks must be either consumed or disposed of properly.
Free and reduced rate lunches cannot be sold or used by any other student other than to whom it was issued.
Upon the discretion of administration, an entire grade’s lunch wave will be issued assigned seating if behavior is not in accordance with the guidelines above.
Early Dismissals Early dismissals will be granted periodically upon parental request. Preferably, all dismissal requests should be in writing and signed by a parent.
Extended School Year Services (ESY) Extended School Year Serviced (ESY) is made on an individual basis based on the needs of the student who receives special education services. The type of service, amount of service and duration of the ESY program for eligible children is determined by the needs of each individual child who is eligible for ESY services. During a student’s annual review, criteria should be reviewed to determine a child’s eligibility for services, including discussion regarding a child’s eligibility for ESY and what that program would entail.
Extra Curricular Activities Seymour Middle School sponsors numerous programs of activities that will follow your needs, talents and abilities. If a student is absent from school on a particular day, he/she will not be permitted to take part in any after-school activities, unless the building principal grants special permission for cause. A member of an athletic team is considered academically eligible to participate on any Seymour Middle School interscholastic team if he/she is passing four (4) core academic courses during the marking period. In order to participate in an interscholastic teamâ€™s practice or game, a student must have arrived at school no later than 11:00 a.m. on that same day.
Extra Help Students who need extra help should see their teacher(s) to schedule an appointment in order to avoid conflicts.
Fire Drills/Safety Drills The Seymour Board of Education requires that safety drills (such as a Fire Drill or a Lock-Down Drill) be held on a monthly basis. Directions for fire drills are posted in every classroom. Students should learn the directions in each room in which they have a class. The signal for a fire drill is given by the sounding of a horn in the corridors. When the signal is given, students should follow instructions promptly, and in all seriousness â€“ no pushing, no running, no stopping, and no talking.
Grade Reporting (Progress Reports and Report Cards) Progress reports are posted on-line every two weeks. All progress reports will be posted through Ed-line. If a parent conference is desired, parents are encouraged to call the school to make an appointment. At the end of each marking period, report cards are mailed home. 79
Guidance Guidance services are available to you and your parents. The school has two fulltime counselors who meet with students periodically to discuss problems and concerns. You are encouraged to make appointments with your counselor if you would like to discuss a problem. Such appointments should be made before or after school. If the problem is such that it must be handled immediately, get a pass from the teacher whose class you are in, then proceed to the guidance office. In addition to the services mentioned above, counselors aid students in the selection of high school courses, provide occupational information, orient students to the Middle School, and consult with parents. If parents wish to meet with the counselors, they may do so by calling for an appointment - telephone number 203888-4513.
Homerooms On the first day of the school year, each student is assigned to a homeroom. Throughout the school year, your homeroom teacher, as well as your subject teachers, will be only too happy to help you in any way that they can. Feel free to seek advice and help whenever you need it. All students should enter the building no earlier than 7:40 a.m. Walkers should not enter school grounds before 7:40 a.m. Students should not be dropped off at school before 7:40 a.m. on regular school days or 9:40 a.m. on 2 hour delayedopening days. First period classroom doors open at 7:40 a.m. All students are requested to go to their TEAMS after entering the building. By 8:00 a.m., everyone must be seated in their first class. Daily attendance is taken at 8:00 a.m., followed by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and morning announcements. * Those students wanting breakfast should go to TEAM after breakfast. Loitering in the corridors and lavatories prior to the start of school is not allowed.
Honor Roll The Honor Roll is determined quarterly and is based upon the report card for each of the four (4) marking periods. 80
FIRST HONORS -
All “A”s and not more than one “B” in all subjects
SECOND HONORS -
A combination of all “A”s and “B”s.
The rating is as follows: Achievement -
A - Excellent B - Good C – Average D - Passing F – Failing
Numerical Equivalents A+ A AB+ B B-
97, 98, 99, 100 93, 94, 95, 96 90, 91, 92 87, 88, 89 83, 84, 85, 86 80, 81, 82
C+ C CD+ D DF
77, 78, 79 73, 74, 75, 76 70, 71, 72 67, 68, 69 63, 64, 65, 66 60, 61, 62 0 - 59
Library/Media Center Students are strongly encouraged to use the Library/Media center for informational and independent reading needs. The Library is open during school hours and the print resources are available during homework club. The SMS catalog and links to recommended sources of information for middle school students are available 24/7 on the library web page. Our physical library contains over 10,000 print volumes and 32 computers for student use. Students may borrow, print and audio books for a period of two weeks. Materials may be renewed twice as long as there are no requests for them. Students with overdue materials or outstanding fees will have their borrowing privileges limited. If a book is lost or destroyed, the student must pay the replacement cost of the book, plus a $2.00 processing fee charged by the vendor for “library processing”. This fee is charged to SMS by the book distributor and includes necessary procedures to have the new book shelf-ready. If a student has an outstanding obligation to the Library/Media Center (e.g. overdue book, fine, or lost book) at the end of the academic year, the student may not be
given their final report card until this obligation has been satisfied. Please direct any questions regarding these policies to the Library Media Specialist.
Nurse’s Office In case of illness or injury, you are to report to the Nurse’s Office that is located on the main floor near the Cafeteria. If you are in a class, a pass should be secured from your teacher before you report to the nurse’s office.
Passes Students are not to leave a classroom or work area without a pass from the teacherin-charge. Passes must be returned to the teacher-in-charge of the class you are entering for attendance. LAV passes are not appropriate for use as a telephone pass.
Physical Education Physical education is an integral part of the school's educational program. If there is a physical reason for a student not to participate in this program over an extended time, a physician's note should be sent to the instructor. For short-term illnesses, a parent's note will suffice. The instructor will assign the excused student appropriate reading and/or written work pertaining to physical education. Students not participating in physical education class will not get credit for that day. Only students wearing sneakers will be allowed on the gym floor.
Schedule Seymour Middle School’s schedule sequence is based on the day of the week. The sequence is listed below. The sixth grade class will have lunch at 11:00 a.m. and their Unified Arts classes will be during blocks B& C. The seventh grade class will have lunch at 11:45 a.m. and their Unified Arts classes will be during blocks F & G. The eighth grade class will have lunch at 12:30 p.m. and their Unified Arts classes will be during blocks D and E. Below is a sample schedule for each grade.
Below is a sample schedule for each grade. SAMPLE SCHEDULE GRADE 6 TIME
8:008:45 8:459:30 9:3010:15 10:1511:00 11:0011:30 11:3012:30 12:301:00 1:001:45 1:452:30
DAY 10 LA
Content Lit SCI
Content Lit MATH
Content Lit LA
Content Lit LA
Content Lit SS
Content Lit SCI
Content Lit MATH
Content Lit LA
Content Lit LA
Content Lit SS
DAY 5 MATH MATH SCI LA LUNCH UA UA SS
DAY 6 MATH MATH SS SCI LUNCH UA UA LA
SAMPLE SCHEDULE GRADE 7 BLUE TEAM TIME 8:00-8:45 8:45-9:30 9:30-10:40 10:40-11:45 11:45-12:15 12:15-1:00 1:00-1:45 1:45-2:30
DAY 1 MATH MATH LA SS LUNCH UA UA SCI
DAY 2 MATH MATH SCI LA LUNCH UA UA SS
DAY 3 MATH MATH SS SCI LUNCH UA UA LA
DAY 4 MATH MATH LA SS LUNCH UA UA SCI
SAMPLE SCHEDULE GRADE 7 RED TEAM TIME 8:00:9:10 9:10-10:15 10:15-11:0 11:00-11:45 11:45-12:15 12:15-1:00 1:00-1:45 1:45-2:30
DAY 1 LA SS MATH MATH LUNCH UA UA SCI
DAY 2 SCI LA MATH MATH LUNCH UA UA SS
DAY 3 SS SCI MATH MATH LUNCH UA UA LA
DAY 4 LA SS MATH MATH LUNCH UA UA SCI
DAY 5 SCI LA MATH MATH LUNCH UA UA SS
DAY 6 SS SCI MATH MATH LUNCH UA UA LA
SAMPLE SCHEDULE GRADE 8 GOLD TEAM TIME 8:00-8:45 8:45-9:30 9:30-10:15 10:15-11:00 11:00-11:45 11:45-12:30 12:30-1:00 1:00-1:35 1:35-2:30
DAY 1 MATH MATH LA UA UA SCI LUNCH SCI SS
DAY 2 MATH MATH SS UA UA LA LUNCH LA SCI
DAY 3 MATH MATH SCI UA UA SS LUNCH SS LA
DAY 4 MATH MATH LA UA UA SCI LUNCH SCI SS
DAY 5 MATH MATH SS UA UA LA LUNCH LA SCI
DAY 6 MATH MATH SCI UA UA SS LUNCH SS LA
SAMPLE SCHEDULE GRADE 8 WHITE TEAM TIME 8:00-8:55 8:55-9:40 9:40-10:15 10:15-11:00 11:00-11:45 11:45-12:30 12:30-100 1:00-1:45 1:45-2:30
DAY 1 SS SCI LA UA UA LA LUNCH MATH MATH
DAY 2 LA SS SCI UA UA SCI LUNCH MATH MATH
DAY 3 SCI LA SS UA UA SS LUNCH MATH MATH
DAY 4 SS SCI LA UA UA LA LUNCH MATH MATH
DAY 5 LA SS SCI UA UA SCI LUNCH MATH MATH
DAY 6 SCI LA SS UA UA SS LUNCH MATH MATH
School Cancellations/Delayed Opening When hazardous weather conditions exist without the hope of early improvement, school will be cancelled and announcements of the cancellation will be on the below-listed radio and television stations. A delayed opening procedure for the Seymour Middle School will be implemented as follows: The delayed opening of schools will take place on days when bad weather conditions make a normal opening inadvisable, but the likelihood of improved weather conditions make a delayed opening of school a reasonable course of action. On delayed opening days, all morning classes will begin two (2) hours after their normal starting time and bus runs will be made two (2) hours later than usual. All school closings will be at the normal time. 84
On stormy days, turn to any one of the stations listed below for delayed openings or closings. “No School” announcements are made several times between 6:00 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. Also, feel free to check the following web site for “No School” cancellations: www.seymourschools.org. The Superintendent of Schools will communicate with homes using the telephone with regards to school cancellations/delayed openings and other important announcements using the “Connect Ed” feature whenever possible. Radio Stations: WICC (AM) 600 WEZN (FM) 99.9
WATR (AM) 1320
WELI (AM) 960 KC101 (FM) 101.3
WVIT – Channel 30
WTIC – Channel 3
Television Stations: WTNH – Channel 8
Student Council The Student Council is very involved in a variety of school activities which may include the following: holding dances, participating in assemblies, assisting at parents' visitation, assisting at faculty basketball games, etc. The middle school personnel have been pleased with the work and contributions of our Student Council. Members are selected by classroom election. Representatives must display good citizenship in the school and community. You are urged to vote for students who will contribute to the good of the school.
Student Handbook The school administration shall publish and annually revise a handbook containing information about the School District and about the individual schools and the rules and regulations with which students are expected to conform. The school administration is responsible to ensure that the handbook does not conflict with any school district policies, or State, or Federal law. The handbook shall be distributed to all students sometime during the first two (2) weeks of each school year and to all new students when they enroll for the first time. The tear-out Signature Pages found at the front of the handbook (pages 3 and 4) are to be filled 85
out and returned to the student’s homeroom teacher within one (1) week of receipt of the handbook.
Student Insurance Student group insurance is paid for individually by parents, and is available at a nominal fee on a voluntary basis. This policy usually covers all accidents occurring from the time the student leaves home until they return. Although this is a voluntary form of insurance, parents are encouraged to give it serious consideration for their child’s protection. Students participating in the sports program are advised to purchase this insurance.
Student Lockers/Locks You will be assigned a locker for your use upon arrival at school, during the time allotted for lunch, and at the end of the last period of the day. The use of the lockers is limited to the keeping or storing of those articles which, by the nature of their presence on school property, do not violate any applicable state or local law, regulation or ordinance. It is expected that lockers will be kept clean and orderly. Locker problems are to be reported to the main office. If the school administration has reasonable cause to believe that there is an article in the student’s locker which does not conform to these limitations, the principal or his designee shall have the authority to open and inspect the locker for the suspected article. This authority shall be exercised in such a way as to give respect to the privacy of the student’s locker consistent with the safety and welfare of the occupants of the school. Locks will be supplied to all students. A fee of $6.50 will be charged for lost locks. Do not give your combination to other students.
Telephone Calls Use of the office telephone is for emergencies only.
Textbooks All regular textbooks are furnished free-of-charge by the Seymour Board of Education to each student. A student should not accept a textbook that is in poor 86
condition unless it is brought to the attention of a teacher. Students are fully responsible for the safekeeping of their textbooks. Textbooks lost or damaged beyond use must be paid-for-in-full at once, so that another book can be issued to the student. All books must be covered within three (3) days after the book has been issued to the student.
Valuables Money, jewelry, and other valuables should never be left in desks, lockers, or lockers in the locker room at any time. Do not carry large sums of money and other valuables to school. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen items. E-readers may be used if permission is obtained from an administrator.
Visitors to the School Parents and other visitors are welcome to visit district schools. All visitors must first report to the main office. As part of the Seymour Public Schools Emergency Crisis Plan all visitors who come to our schools must among other things produce identification and state their reason for the visit to the school.
Visitors must sign in/out and state the reason for the visit. Visitors must wear an identification badge while in the building. Visits to individual classrooms during instructional time shall be permitted only with the principalâ€™s approval, and such visits shall not be permitted if their duration or frequency interferes with the delivery of instruction or disrupts the normal school environment. Unauthorized persons shall not be permitted in school buildings or on school grounds. School principals are authorized to take appropriate action to prevent such persons from entering the building or from loitering on the grounds. Such persons will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. All visitors are expected to demonstrate the highest standards of courtesy and conduct. Disruptive behavior will not be permitted.