Easton Elementary School Phone (207) 488-7701
Wendi Malenfant Principal email@example.com P.O. Box 126 Easton, ME 04740
Fax (207) 488-2840
August 15, 2012 Parents and Students: On behalf of your teachers, support staff, administrators and school committee, it is a pleasure to welcome you to Easton Elementary School. We look forward to working with you in meeting your needs. We ask for your help, support and cooperation in providing a well-rounded education for our students. We often walk a fine line in balancing the needs of each individual with the need to ensure a safe and orderly environment for all students. Such a balancing act requires a close relationship between school and home. Easton Elementary School has an outstanding reputation. It will be our goal to work with staff, students, parents and other community members to continually fine-tune the educational process. We should never become satisfied with what we have, but continually strive to improve. Quality is an ever-evolving process. This handbook is presented as a guide for students and parents. Some general rules and regulations have been presented, but it must be understood that every possible situation cannot and should not be described here. Rather, common questions and concerns will be covered with a hope to establish a philosophical approach to issues. Please read and review this handbook. We invite parents to contact teachers, staff and administrators as appropriate when a concern first arises. Thank you for your support and cooperation. We look forward to working with you to make this the best year ever! Sincerely, ________________________ Wendi Malenfant Elementary Principal/Director of Special Projects
SCHOOL-FAMILY-COMMUNITY COMPACT The staff and parents of Easton Elementary School have high expectations for themselves and their students. In attempting to provide the highest quality instructional program to our students, the staff and the parents agree to implement the following programs and activities: Easton Elementary School agrees to: • • • • • •
Provide a safe, drug free environment for students; Provide an academic program that is rigorous and challenging; Provide parents with current information regarding school policies, practices and student performances; Meet with parents to explain Title I programs; Conduct conferences with parents at least two times per year, with follow-up as needed; Provide parents with information regarding how parents can foster learning at home, give appropriate assistance, monitor homework and give feedback to teachers.
We believe that the process of education is a partnership involving the child, the home, the community and the school. It is the school’s purpose to support the community and its families in whatever manner is necessary and reasonable in its ability to do so, and likewise it is the family’s responsibility to support the child and the school. Parents/Guardians can support the school by: • • • • • •
Sending children to school on time, dressed appropriately and prepared to learn; Limiting the amount of time children watch television; Reading to their children at least 15 minutes per night; Attending at least one parent/teacher conference; Assisting children on homework to ensure completeness and accuracy; and Supporting the Easton Parent/Community organization.
August 15, 2012
EASTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HANDBOOK Table of Contents Opening Letter School/Family/Community Compact Table of Contents Personnel Listing School Board Members Vision/Mission Statement General Rules Emergency Closings Attendance and Dismissals Written Excuses School Wide Discipline Playground Conduct School Lunch Policy Cafeteria Conduct School Bus Conduct Grading System Homework Policy Detention Library Rules School Nurse Fire Drills Lockdown Athletics Dress Code Bullying Policy Harassment Policy Hazing Substance Use and Abuse Policy Search and Seizure Consequences Maine Tobacco Law Use/Abuse at School Function Violation of State Laws Possession/Use of Weapons Bomb Threats Visitorâ€™s Policy Student Rights & Responsibilities Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Notice of Nondiscrimination Notice of Asbestos Inspection Notice of Restraint/Seclusion Policy
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EASTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PERSONNEL 2012/2013 Administration Georgette Ireland
Superintendent/Principal – Jr/Sr High School
Elementary Principal/Director Of Projects
Business Manager/Executive Assistant
Elementary Administrative Assistant
Faculty Tammey White
Grade 6 homeroom/Grade 5-8 Math
Grade 4 homeroom/Grade 4-6 Reading, Writing
Grade 5 hmrm/Grade 4-6 Science & SS, 4 Math
Ext. Kindergarten/Grade 4-6 Health, 5& 6 Spelling
Director Special Education/Resource Room
Robert Doar, Jr.
Special Education/Gifted & Talented
Phys. Ed/ Health, K-12
Music Director K-12
Support Staff Jill Barnes
Ed. Tech I
Ed. Tech I
One on One Ed. Tech II
Ed. Tech II
Ed. Tech II
Ed. Tech II
Ed. Tech II
Ed. Tech II – Library
EASTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PERSONNEL (conâ€™t) 2012/2013 Food Services Lori Gilman
Food Services Manager/Cook
Custodian/Bus Drivers Terry Clark
Director of Maintenance/Custodian/Bus Driver
Contracted Services Terri Brewer
EASTON SCHOOL BOARD 2012/2013 Gaylen Flewelling, Chairperson Tom Osgood, Vice-Chairperson Mary Lee Keep David Hopkins Sandy Flewelling
Easton School Department Vision
Easton Elementary School is committed to providing all students with varied opportunities to gain knowledge, skills, and a love of learning in order to reach their ultimate potential.
All citizens of the Easton Elementary School will work together to ensure that: • • • • • • •
Learning celebrates the successes of all students and staff and fosters an appreciation of lifelong learning Learning opportunities incorporate individual learning styles and a variety of instructional methods Professional development opportunities are meaningful and result in improved teacher effectiveness and increased student achievement Local resources are used to foster school improvement and support student growth Curriculum strives to integrate subject areas, technology, and students’ aspirations Students develop healthy relationship skills through reflection and communication Students are actively engaged in meaningful and practical learning opportunities
Adopted by the faculty in March 2008 School improvement is an ongoing process requiring the entire educational community to make a commitment to reflect, evaluate, and update school programs. Easton School Department will work closely with the community, teachers, and students to achieve maximum student performance by utilizing the advantages of a small school. Course offerings will be selected with the aim of broadening the curriculum scope while integrating disciplines, flexible scheduling, and 21st century skills.
Easton Elementary School Parent and Student Handbook This is a list of rules and regulations that will aid you in understanding what is expected in your school. Please read these over carefully so you become familiar with the expectations of your school. Parents are always welcome to visit the school. If you wish to discuss problems that arise at school with your child’s teacher, please call the teacher to set up an appointment at a mutually convenient time.. We encourage you to maintain contact with your children’s teachers throughout the year. GENERAL Rules Pertaining to All Students: 1.
All staff members, teachers, Ed. Techs, custodians, bus drivers, cooks and secretaries have full authority over students in ECP-6.
Students are not to be in the custodian’s quarters at any time and are not to use any custodial supplies.
Students are not to leave the school property without permission from the office.
Students are not to bring visitors to school without 24 hours prior permission from the teacher and the office.
6th grade students are loaned school lockers for their physical education classes. All lockers are subject to routine inspection. Locker privileges will be revoked for those misusing lockers. Students are responsible for lost combination locks.
Non-bus students are not to arrive at school before 7:30 am. The school assumes no responsibility for non-bus students prior to this time.
The Easton School Department assumes no supervisory responsibility for students on school property outside of school hours.
Regular bus students are to bring written permission from a parent or legal guardian if they wish to walk or ride bicycles to school. The school assumes no responsibility for those students in transit who ride their bicycles or walk to school. Students walking or riding bicycles home after school will be dismissed when the duty teacher dismisses them after the 2nd bus bell. Students who ride bicycles to school must wear helmets. 7
All students must go directly home after school unless they have written authorization from a parent or guardian or are involved in an organized school activity. Students are not to use the hall phone in the morning or until the last bus has left after school unless given permission by a staff member.
Gum chewing is not permitted in the school building.
Elementary students (ECP-6) are not to have motorized vehicles on school property.
Cell Phones, radios, walkmans, Gameboys, remote control cars and other similar electronic devices are not allowed at school.
Party invitations are not to be sent by way of the school. We ask that any party invitations be taken care of either by phone or by mail.
The school discourages bringing of toys to school; however, if your child does bring a toyâ€”the school does not accept responsibility for the item if it is lost or destroyed.
Students are not to smoke or to use drugs of any kind on school property. Students on medication must bring medication to the school nurse or the office where it will be dispensed according to prescription dosage.
Keeping a student after regular dismissal time for incomplete classwork or homework is permissible if, in the judgment of the teacher, it is appropriate for the situation. When after school detention is assigned, parents shall be notified of the time and expected departure of the child so transportation may be arranged.
PHYSICAL CONTACT: An important part of the school experience is growing through personal relationships. However, the school is an educational setting, and it is not considered to be an appropriate place to openly display affections to another individual. Inappropriate touching will be addressed individually with students by staff members. If the behavior continues, it will be handled through the office. THREATENING: As a safe and orderly environment is a major element in the educational process, physical or verbal threats will not be tolerated. Violation will result in disciplinary action. FIGHTING: Fighting and violence will not be tolerated in the school setting. Violation may result in suspension or further board action. PROFANITY: Obscene language or gestures (the use of profane or vulgar language or lewd behavior) will not be tolerated. Violation will result in detention or suspension. Vulgar or profane language addressed directly to a teacher or any other school employee may result in suspension.
Emergency Closings Due to poor traveling conditions or other emergencies, the schools may be closed on certain days. This decision is made by the Superintendent and will be broadcast on local radio stations, hopefully by 6:30 am. It is good practice to turn your radio on in the morning. Early dismissal from school, other than those that are previously announced, will only occur if, in the judgment of the superintendent, it will be safer to transport earlier in the day rather than to wait for the regular dismissal time. School closure and early dismissal will also be announced via telephone call and/or email using the AlertNow system. Attendance and Dismissals Regular school attendance is essential for a child to get maximum benefit from school. Although it is ultimately the parentsâ€™ responsibility to see that their children are in school, it is the schoolâ€™s duty to monitor attendance and take appropriate steps when excessive and/or unnecessary absences take place. Students who are or have been absent from school for a half day or more MUST HAVE either a written excuse OR a phone call from the parent to notify the school why the student is/was absent. If a student is absent more than 5 days consecutively, a note from the doctor is required. All late or dismissed students must check in or out through the office. In accordance with Maine State Law, students are required to attend school until the age of seventeen unless specifically listed conditions under the law are met. According to this law the only excusable absences from school are: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Personal illness Appointment with health professionals Observance of religious holidays Family emergencies Planned absences for personal or educational purposes which have been approved by school officials. Written Excuses
Students are permitted to stay inside during morning, noon or afternoon breaks when a written excuse is sent by the parent to school indicating that the child is to stay in due to health considerations. A doctorâ€™s note is needed if this is more than 3 days. It is hoped that parent and teacher discretion will be used regarding the need and frequency of student excuses.
Students are not to be in the building during noon recess unless they have a written excuse shown to the duty teacher, are in homeroom for disciplinary reasons, or for make-up work for a teacher. 9
Students are required to have a doctorâ€™s note if they are to be excused from PE class more than 2 times consecutively.
Bus students will be picked up and delivered to their homes unless alternate arrangements have been made in writing. If time does not allow for the change to be made in writing, then a call from a parent will be accepted. SCHOOL WIDE DISCIPLINE PROGRAM
The teachers and staff at Easton Elementary School have updated the school wide discipline plan for the 2012/2013 school year. The purpose for such a plan is to provide a safe and pleasant educational atmosphere that will benefit both students and teachers while trying to eliminate confusion and inconsistency. The following are the disciplinary guidelines that all students are expected to follow. PLAYGROUND General Rules students are asked to follow: 1.
Refrain from hitting, kicking or teasing another student.
Please use proper language at all times.
Use equipment properly and share with others.
Please stay in designated play areas.
Refrain from fighting (including play fighting).
Follow seasonal rules when implemented as necessary, such as: no snowballs, no King of the Mountain, etc.
Refrain from spitting.
Specific Rules: 8.
Any student showing disrespect to a teacher or to any school personnel is to be reported to the office.
Students are to be reported to the office for using any vulgar language, swear words, or obscene gestures.
Students may be sent to the office by a teacher for any reason which the teacher feels is a violation of the schoolâ€™s code of conduct.
Students will not throw snowballs or other objects which might cause injury while on the playground.
Playing dodge ball and kicking playground balls against the wall is restricted to the walls by the cafeteria.
Kickball should be played in designated areas.
Students in grades 5 and 6 only are allowed across the road to play on the soccer field, baseball field and basketball court. Tennis courts are off limits.
Students should remain in the designated playground area which extends from an imaginary line beyond the music room outer wall up to, but not including, the tennis courts. Seasonal restrictions may apply.
Students should line up in designated areas immediately after the bell rings.
The updated discipline plan will have two levels of consequences: Level I offenses are: 1. Improper use of equipment 2. Throwing inappropriate objects 3. Inappropriate manners Level I consequences will be an immediate time out against the wall. If a student receives five (5) time outs they will receive one-day loss of recess privileges. Parents will be notified. Seven (7) time outs will result in 3 days loss of recess privileges. Parents will be notified. Ten (10) time outs will be a 5-day loss of recess privileges. Parent and student are required to conference with the principal. Level II offenses* are: 1. Fighting 2. Disrespect to teachers 3. Disregard for others that could lead to injury or destruction of property. 4. Throwing rocks, stones and sticks *Students will be immediately sent to the office for the above infractions. Consequences: First offense: Silent lunch and loss of all recess privileges for 1 day. Parents will be notified. Second offense: will be notified.
Silent lunch and loss of all recess privileges for 3 days. Parents
Third offense: Silent lunch and loss of all recess privileges for 5 days and a mandatory conference with parents. Fourth offense:
ISS (In School Suspension)
Severe Clause: If, at any time, the administrators in charge feel that student behavior is extreme, the normal progression of consequences may be skipped and the administrator may invoke ISS or out of school suspension immediately. 11
SCHOOL LUNCH POLICY $25.00 Charging Policy When students have reached a $0 balance on their lunch/breakfast account (no money left in their account), a letter will be sent home notifying parents. When lunch/breakfast bills reach a total of $25.00, a notice will be sent home with the student. If no response is made to the notice, a follow-up phone call will be made and parents will be asked if they would like an application for free or reduced meals, or if they would like to set up a regular payment plan. Once a student has reached the limit of $25.00 worth of breakfast/lunch charges, that student will not be allowed to charge any additional meals. In such cases students should plan on paying for their lunch daily, bringing their own lunch or they will be provided with an alternative lunch by the cafeteria. HOT LUNCH PRICES (subject to change) Breakfast per day Breakfast per week
$ 1.15 Elementary/HS $ 5.75 Elementary/HS
Lunch per day Lunch per day
$2.00 Elementary ($10.00 per week) $2.50 H.S. ($12.50 per week)
Milk per day Milk per week
$ .25 $1.25
Due to the time involved in the collection of this money, we try to encourage those who desire lunch to bring their money on Monday morning to pay for the weekâ€™s lunches. However, circumstances which are understandable may warrant that a child cannot pay this way, whereby he/she may stop in the office before class in the morning and pay for lunch. Milk may be purchased by cold lunch students at a cost of $.25 and is not covered by the Free/Reduced lunch program. The lunch menu, subject to change, is published monthly and sent home with students. It is also posted on the school website (www.eastonschools.org) as well as in each classroom and the office. Parents wishing to join their student for lunch will be required to pay $4.15. This can be paid in the Elementary School office prior to lunch.
When many children congregate in a single space, the potential for excessive noise is high. Therefore, it is important that certain rules be followed to make the cafeteria as pleasant a place as possible. 1. Soft talk will be allowed providing that good judgment is used. If the noise becomes excessive, talking will be limited for a time. 2. Students should stay in line until seated. 3. Students should remain in their seats unless permission is granted to get up. 4. Students should keep the cafeteria clean and are expected to clean up their individual eating areas before being dismissed. 5. Grade 4-6 students leave their coats on the hooks in the main hallway before going to the cafeteria; they will retrieve them and line up to go outside when they are dismissed from the lunch room. Grades K-3 will leave their coats on the wall hooks in the main hallway when they come in from recess before going to the cafeteria; they will retrieve their coats once they are dismissed from the cafeteria to return to their classrooms. 6. Soda is not allowed in the cafeteria. 7. The juice machine is not to be used during school hours, except before school , at lunch and after school if student is staying for an event. STUDENT CONDUCT ON SCHOOL BUSES Students who live on school bus routes may ride the bus to and from school each day. However, those students have the responsibility to abide by the specific rules established by the school and by the bus drivers. In cases when a child does not conduct himself properly on a bus, such instances are to be brought to the attention of the building principal by the bus driver. Such cases may mean loss of bus privileges, and the parents of the children involved become responsible for seeing that their children get to and from school safely. Students must be responsible for having permission slips for getting off at another residence besides their own. Use of the phone for such purposes will not be allowed unless in an emergency of unforeseen circumstance at the schools discretion.
While the law requires the school district to furnish transportation, it does not relieve parents of students from the responsibility of supervision until such time as the child boards the bus in the morning and after the child leaves the bus at the end of the school day. Once a child boards the busâ€”and only at that timeâ€”does he or she become the responsibility of the school district. Such responsibility shall end when the child is delivered to the regular bus stop at the close of the school day. EASTON SCHOOL BUS RULES AND REGULATIONS For the safety of all students riding on buses and to maintain an efficient transportation system the following rules must be observed by students: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
Pupils must be on time Pupils must not stand on the bus or move from one seat to another Pupils shall not tamper with the emergency door, open windows or extend any part of their body out of the bus Pupils will be courteous and will not use profane language Pupils will refrain from crowding, pushing, scuffling, making excessive noise or throwing objects within or outside of the bus A pupil must pay for any damages he/she does to the bus Pupils will not eat, drink or smoke on the bus Pupils will help keep the bus clean Pupils must be seated before the bus moves Pupils must obey the driver who has complete charge of the bus
Drivers are authorized to enforce these rules, to assign seats as necessary and to take other appropriate disciplinary action in order to maintain safety and order. Failure to comply with the rules and to obey the driver could lead to suspension from the bus. GRADING SYSTEM Easton Elementary School has three (3) separate report cards, depending upon the grade level. The Kindergarten progress report covers outcomes expected to be met by the children as they move through the curriculum. The areas included are: Readiness Skills, Language Development, Work Habits and Attitudes, Motor Development, Number Readiness and Reading Readiness. Each are evaluated by an (S) for Satisfactory, (N) for Needs Improvement, or an (I) for Has Shown Improvement. An empty space indicates that the skill has not been covered at that time. Grades 1-2 evaluate subject areas, work characteristics, and social development using the following criteria: (S+) for Very Satisfactory work, (S) for Satisfactory performance, (S-) for Satisfactory but needs attention, (NI) indicating improvement is needed, (U) indicating Unsatisfactory progress, and (NE) showing that this area or subject is either not being evaluated or taught at this time. Grades 3-6 evaluate both subject areas and work characteristics and social development. Subject grades are: 14
90-100 80-89 71-79 65-70 Below 65
A B C D F
Excellent Good Satisfactory Below Average Failing
Evaluations of (S+) Very Satisfactory, (S) Satisfactory, (S-) for Satisfactory, but needs attention, (NI) Needs Improvement, (U) Unsatisfactory, and (NE) Not Evaluated will be used in work and social development areas. All reporting systems have additional space for teacher comments. HOMEWORK POLICY Philosophy/Rational The Easton School Department holds the belief that homework is an effective and appropriate instructional technique. As such, it can have a positive effect on development of character and can provide a vital link between the school and family. As an integral part of the educational experience, homework must be given important consideration along with other aspects of the instructional process. Homework can and should have different purposes at different grade levels. For younger students, homework assignments should foster positive attitudes, habits and character traits. A combination of both mandatory and voluntary assignments should be utilized. Assignment books should be implemented at the beginning of the year. All assignments should be written in the book and anything not completed at the end of the day becomes homework. DETENTION Keeping a student after regular dismissal time is permissible if, in the judgment of the teacher, it is appropriate for the situation. When after school detention is assigned, parents shall be notified of the time and expected departure of the child so transportation may be arranged. Detention may also be assigned during recess periods, before school, at noon and directly after school for minor problems. A record of school wide occurrences will be maintained. LIBRARY RULES The library is a quiet area and a level of quietness will be maintained at all times. This restriction will apply whenever the library is open. Food and drink are not allowed in the library. Any study halls held in the library will follow library rules. Students are responsible for lost or damaged books. Library materials are circulated on a oneweek loan period with renewal privileges. Any student having an overdue book may not take out another book until the overdue book is returned. Reference books and encyclopedias are not to be removed from the school building. They may be taken to the classroom with a signed note from the teacher. All magazines and books are to be handled with care. Anyone caught defacing library property will be required to pay for the damages. Library privileges may be withheld until restitution is 15
made. Students are held responsible for their books. Books that are lost or stolen will be paid for by the student to whom the book was assigned. If the book is found later, the student’s money will be refunded.
SCHOOL NURSE ACCIDENT PROCEDURE The nurse and/or office should be notified of any injury. A decision will be made as to its seriousness, and parents will be notified if appropriate. A student who appears to be seriously injured should not be moved by another student until trained personnel arrive on the scene. For all accidents of a potentially serious nature, an accident report needs to be filed and kept in the school office.
MEDICATIONS Under the law, only licensed personnel should be involved with the administration of any internal medication, including aspirin. Upon specific order of a doctor with a note of explanation and request from the parent, office personnel and the school nurse may administer medication. No medications, including aspirin, are to be stored in any instructional area either by students or employees because of the risk of unanticipated reactions by unauthorized users. Therefore all medications must be kept in the school office or nurse’s station where they will be administered provided the above conditions are met. FIRE DRILLS A fire drill is not a game! It is set up to prepare us for any emergency which could require us to evacuate the premises. Therefore, it is vitally important that we take it seriously. All rooms have a posted sign which indicates escape routes students should use during a fire drill. Rules during a fire drill: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Each class is to evacuate quickly and quietly from the room in a single file and leave the building by the exits designated. Each class is to move a safe distance away from the school and remain together. There shall be no “fooling around” during any drill. Each class will return to the room when the “all clear” has been given. Students shall re-enter as quietly as they left. Classroom doors should be closed after the class has left. Lights should be turned off and windows closed if time allows.
LOCKDOWN During the school year we will also practice LOCKDOWN DRILLS periodically. It is set up to prepare us for an emergency which will require us to stay in our rooms, very quietly, with doors locked and lights off. Rules during a lockdown: 1. When LOCKDOWN is called, move as quickly as possible to the nearest open room that can be locked from the inside. a. Lock door b. Close blinds and shut off lights c. Move to a safe place in the room and remain quiet until LOCKDOWN is over ATHLETICS Any student wishing to participate in interscholastic athletics sponsored by the Easton School Department must not fail more than the equivalent of a one-credit course (one class) in order to be eligible for the following quarter. A passing grade will remain at 70 for grades seven through twelve and 65 for grades five and six. The primary purpose of the athletic program at Easton Elementary School is to promote the physical, mental, social, emotional and moral well being of the participants. It is hoped that athletics in our schools will be a positive force in preparing youth for an enriching and vital role. The athletic program is an important and integral part of the total school program and is open to participation by all students regardless of individual differences. Through voluntary participation, the athlete gives time, energy, and loyalty to the program. He/she also accepts the training rules, regulations, and responsibilities which are unique to an athletic program. In order to contribute to the welfare of the group, the athlete must willingly assume these obligations, as the role demands that the individual make sacrifices not required of others. In addition to Easton Elementary Schoolâ€™s regular school rules, athletic program participants are also governed by the elementary school athletic code. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ATHLETIC CODE* 1.
General Regulations A.
Participants are required to submit proof of insurance, proof of physical wellbeing, a signed agreement to obey instructions, to abide by the athletic code, and parental permission for emergency medical treatment.
Any civil law violation or other conduct by an athlete that is determined by the coach and the school administration to be detrimental to the athlete, athletic program, or school may result in counseling for the student athlete and will result in suspension from athletics. 17
1st offense – 14 day suspension 2nd offense – Suspension for one calendar year C.
Athletes must travel to and from away contests in transportation provided by the school. The only exceptions are (1) injury to an athlete that would require alternate transportation and (2) prior arrangement between the athlete’s parent/guardian and the athletic director or principal to return with a parent/guardian. Prior arrangement between the athlete’s parent/guardian and the athletic director/principal for the athlete to ride with the parent/guardian must occur in the following way: Athlete provides a parent/guardian signed waiver form to the athletic director and the parent/guardian must verify these alternative travel arrangements directly with the athletic director either in person or by phone. This must occur prior to the athlete leaving for the athletic event.
A display of unsportsmanlike conduct during a practice or game will result in possible suspension. Depending on the nature and severity of the offense, the coach or Athletic Director will deal with this on a case-by-case basis.
Unexcused absence from a scheduled practice or game will result in disciplinary action handled by the coach and Athletic Director.
Completion of the season is a requirement in order for the athlete to be eligible for a letter or for any team or individual awards. Student athletes who have become academically ineligible or suspended for athletic code violations would not be eligible for awards under this clause. (Exception: Injury that limits completion of the season.)
Academic eligibility for inter-scholastic activities or competition is determined at quarterly progress report time, at the end of the ranking period, and at the end of the semester. A student must meet registration requirements and must not fail more than one class in order to be eligible until the next check. All Incompletes will be treated as failures. All students who are eligible according to the Maine Principals Association will be eligible during their first ranking quarter. Summer school credit for subjects failed during the regular school year may, upon approval of the administration, be used to meet eligibility requirements. Student athletes are to be in attendance at school the entire day of an athletic contest and the entire day following any athletic contest in which he/she has participated – unless excused by a physician and/or has prior approval of an administrator. The student must call no later than 8 A.M. for prior approval. In the case of Saturday contests, attendance on Friday is required.
Situations not covered by the Athletic Code will be handled by the coach and athletic director. The degree of punishment will depend on the seriousness of the offense.
*Subject to change. 18
EASTON DRESS CODE Extremes in dress and grooming which interfere with, disrupt, or are inappropriate for the educational process or setting will not be permitted. Dress and grooming must also meet reasonable standards of health and safety. Administration will interpret and apply the philosophy stated above. Particular attention is to be paid to the following items of clothing: Shorts of mid-thigh length and longer will be permitted. Girls’ dresses and skirts should meet the same requirement. Spandex may be worn as long as they are covered to mid-thigh length by shorts or a skirt. Clothing with holes should follow the same guidelines as the shorts policy with no holes above mid-thigh. Hats, headscarves and caps will not be worn in the building. This applies to male and female students. Clothing with inappropriate and/or suggestive language, slogans with graphics including alcohol and tobacco products will not be permitted. Clothing must cover the midriff & torso. Spaghetti straps & muscle shirts are not allowed. No one is completely free to wear what he or she chooses particularly in a social system like a public school. Good judgment on the part of each student and his/her parents is important when selecting appropriate clothing and safe footwear for school. This is not meant to be an all-inclusive list but simply a clarification of past and present interpretation of the Easton Dress Code Policy Students in physical educations classes are required to have appropriate gym attire, sneakers for K-5, and an appropriate change of clothes such as t-shirt, shorts or sweatpants for grade 6. BULLYING POLICY It is the intent of the Easton School Board to provide all students with an equitable opportunity to learn. To that end, the Board has a significant interest in providing a safe, orderly and respectful school environment that is conducive to teaching and learning. Bullying is detrimental to student learning and achievement. It interferes with the mission of the schools to educate their students and disrupts the operations of the schools. Bullying affects not only students who are targets, but also those who participate and witness such behavior. The Board also believes that promoting ethical and responsible behavior is an essential part of the school unit’s educational purpose. Ethics, responsible behavior and “character” are important if a student is to leave school as a “responsible and involved citizen” as described in the Guiding Principles of Maine’s system of Learning Results. Bullying interferes with the accomplishment of this goal. 19
Finally, the Board recognizes the well-publicized incidents of violence and threatened violence that have occurred nationally in the past several years. As research suggests a link between bullying and school violence, the Board seeks to avoid such incidents and instead take a systematic approach to bullying prevention and intervention. It is not the Board’s intent to prohibit students from expressing their ideas, including ideas that may offend the sensibilities of others, or from engaging in civil debate. However, the Board does not condone, and will take action in response to, conduct that interferes with students’ opportunity to learn, the educational mission of the Easton School Department and the operation of the schools. Bullying Prohibited Bullying, as defined in this policy, is not acceptable conduct in Easton schools and is prohibited. Any student who engages in conduct that constitutes bullying shall be subject to disciplinary consequences up to and including suspension and expulsion. A student’s bullying behavior may also be addressed through other behavioral interventions. Bullying Defined For the purpose of this policy, “bullying” means any physical act or gesture, or any verbally, written or electronically communicated expression that: A.
A reasonable person should expect will have the effect of:
Physically harming a student or damaging a student’s property;
Placing a student in reasonable fear of physical harm or damage to his/her property; or
Substantially disrupting the instructional program or the orderly operations of the school; or
Is so severe, persistent or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, hostile educational environment for the student who is bullied.
Application of Policy This policy applies to bullying that takes place at school or on school grounds, at any schoolsponsored activity or event, or while students are being transported to or from school or schoolsponsored activities or events. It also applies to bullying that occurs at any other time or place that substantially disrupts the instructional program, operations of the schools or welfare of students. Examples of conduct that may constitute bullying include, but are not limited to: 1.
Physical contact or injury to another person or his/her property;
Threats of harm to a student or to his/her possessions or to other individuals whether transmitted verbally, in writing or through cyberspace;
Blackmail, extortion, demands for protection money, or involuntary loans or donations;
Non-verbal threats and/or intimidations such as use of aggressive or menacing gestures;
Blocking access to school property or facilities;
Stealing or hiding books, backpacks or other possessions;
Repeated or pervasive taunting, name-calling, belittling, mocking, put-downs or demeaning humor relating to a student’s race, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ancestry, religion, disability, or other personal characteristics, whether or not the student actually possesses them, that could reasonably be expected to result in disruption of the instructional program or operations of the schools, or that results in a hostile educational environment for the student.
For the purpose of this policy, bullying does not mean mere teasing, put-downs, “talking trash,” trading of insults or similar interactions among friends, nor does it include expression of ideas or beliefs so long as such expression is not lewd, profane or does not interfere with student’s opportunity to learn, the instructional program or the operations of the schools. This does not preclude teachers or school administrators from setting and enforcing rules for civility, courtesy, and/or responsible behavior in the classroom and the school environment. The determination whether particular conduct constitutes bullying requires reasonable consideration of the circumstances, which include the frequency of the behavior at issue, the location in which the behavior occurs, the ages and maturity of the students involved, the activity or context in which the conduct occurs, and the nature and severity of the conduct. Delegation of Responsibility The Superintendent/designee will be responsible for developing and implementing procedures for: 1.
Student and parent reporting of bullying to staff and school administrators;
Staff reporting of bullying to school administrators;
Review of reports and investigation of bullying incidents;
Intervention with and/or discipline of students who engage in bullying;
Support for students who are victims of bullying;
Training staff and students in bullying prevention; and 21
Periodic evaluation of bullying prevention, intervention and training efforts in Easton schools and reporting to the Board upon request.
Reporting Students who have been bullied or who observe incidents of bullying are encouraged to report this behavior to a staff member or school administrator. Staff should report bullying to the building principal. Acts of reprisal or retaliation against any person who reports an incident of bullying are prohibited. Any student who is determined to have falsely accused another of bullying shall be subject to disciplinary consequences. Responding to Bullying In determining the appropriate response to students who engage in bullying behavior, school administrators should consider the ages and maturity of the students involved, the type of behaviors, the frequency and/or pattern of behaviors, the context in which the incident occurred, and other relevant circumstances. Consequences may range from positive behavioral interventions up to and including suspension, expulsion and/or reports to law enforcement officials. Dissemination of Policy Notice of what constitutes bullying, the Boardâ€™s prohibition against bullying, and the consequences for students who bully shall be communicated to students and parents through the student Code of Conduct and Student Handbook.
HARASSMENT POLICY Harassment of students because of race, color, sex, religion, ancestry or national origin, or disability is prohibited. Such conduct is a violation of School Committee policy and may constitute illegal discrimination under state and federal laws. Harassment includes, but is not limited to, verbal abuse based on race, color, sex, religion, ancestry or national origin, or disability. Harassment that arises to the level of physical assault, battery, and/or abuse is also addressed in the School Committee policies of weapons, violence and school safety. Sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or pressure to engage in sexual activity, physical contact or a sexual nature, gestures, comments, or other physical, written or verbal conduct that is gender-based that interferes with a studentâ€™s education. Harassment/sexual harassment is considered grounds for disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion. Students should report such incidents of either sexual harassment or general harassment to any member of the school staff which in turn will be handled using standard disciplinary protocol with the following consequences implemented: 22
CONSEQUENCES: FIRST OFFENSE 1.Verbal and written warning to be filed in permanent records 2.Inform parents 3.Apology to victim and assurance of no further such actions or behaviors hereafter SECOND OFFENSE 1.Same procedure as with first offense 2.Two-day suspension THIRD OFFENSE 1.Same procedure as with first offense 2.One week suspension 3.Student will undergo counseling and/or therapy HAZING Maine statute defines injurious hazing as “any action or situation, including harassing behavior that recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health of any school personnel or a student enrolled in a public school.” Injurious hazing activities of any type, either on or off school property, by any student, staff member, group or organization affiliated with this school unit are inconsistent with the educational process and shall be prohibited at all times. “Harassing behavior” includes acts of intimidation and any other conduct that recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health of a student or staff member. Acts of intimidation include extortion, menacing, direct or indirect threats of violence, incidents of violence, bullying, statements or taunting of a malicious and/or derogatory nature that recklessly or intentionally endanger the mental or physical health of another person, and property damage or theft. Persons who violate this policy may be subject to disciplinary action that may include suspension, expulsion, or other appropriate measures. If an organization affiliated with this school unit authorizes hazing, penalties may include rescission or permission for that organization to operate on school property or to receive any other benefit or affiliation with the school unit. These penalties shall be in addition to any civil or criminal penalties to which the violator of the organization may be subject.
SUBSTANCE USE AND ABUSE POLICY The Easton School Committee recognizes the adverse impact that the use and abuse of illegal substances has on the student user. Furthermore, we also recognize the negative impact on other students, staff and the educational environment when students use. Accordingly, we agree to take a strong stance to keep our schools drug and alcohol free by adopting the following policy regarding alcohol and other illegal drugs. The policy applies to school property and school activities from the opening day of the school year to the closing day of the school year. It also applies to students participating in summer school or other school related activities during the summer. Tobacco use and tobacco products are covered under a separate policy. SEARCH AND SEIZURE In the event of suspicion that a student is under the influence of, in possession of, or has sold or transferred alcohol or other illegal drugs, the school administrator shall take the following measures: 1.The administrator shall immediately conduct a search, with an adult witness when available, for suspected contraband. It may be necessary to search a students’ clothing, desk, locker, bookbag or other possessions if the administrator has sufficient reason to believe that contraband might be found on the student. In the absence of an administrator, teachers or other staff members may need to administer the search and will report the findings to an administrator as soon as possible. 2.If suspected contraband is found, police will be notified when appropriate. Suspected contraband may be turned over to police for verification or to be used as evidence. 3.The student’s parent or guardian will be notified and requested to come to the school immediately. CONSEQUENCES A.
Possession or Use of Alcohol or Other Illegal Drugs 1. First Offense a. Verification and/or confiscation b.Administrator meets with student c. Notification of police when appropriate d.Notification or parent/guardian e. Notification of superintendent f. Ten (10) day out-of-school suspension g.Offer guidance and/or rehabilitation information 2.
Second Offense (within calendar year—12 month period) Follow steps “a” through “g” above. h. Student will appear before the Easton School Committee to discuss options for continued educational program (possible expulsion).
Furnishing or selling of Alcohol or Other Illegal Drugs Follow “a” through “g” as listed for possession or use, first offense. h. Hearing before School Committee to examine the evidence regarding the charges. If the Committee agrees that the student has violated this policy, the student will be expelled for a minimum loss of one semester’s credits. If the violation occurs within the last 30 calendar days of the semester, the student will be permitted to complete the semester at home and the minimum expulsion will be the following semester. The 30-day exception will not apply to second semester seniors. Nothing in this section limits the Committee’s right to expel for more than one semester.
Maine Tobacco Law—As indicated previously, tobacco products of any type are prohibited on school grounds by students both in possession and use. Maine Law prohibits possession and use of tobacco products by anyone under the age of 18. Violation of this policy will result in: First Offense—1 day In School Suspension and notification of parents Second Offense—3 days Out of School Suspension, notification of parents and law enforcement for prosecution Third Offense—10 days Out of School Suspension, notification of parents and law enforcement for prosecution NOTE: For persons under age 18, Maine State Law requires a minimum fine of $100.00 for the first prosecution, $200.00 minimum for the second prosecution and a minimum fine of $500.00 for any subsequent prosecutions.
CHEMICAL USE AND/OR ABUSE AT A SCHOOL FUNCTION OR WHILE PARTICIPATING IN AN EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITY If a student is in the possession of or using a prohibited substance at a school function, the following will occur: 1. Removal from function 2. Call parent or guardian and police to assume responsibility 3. Notify school administrator 4. If parents cannot transport, have police transport 5. If student must be driven home, be certain two adults are involved in the process 6. Follow regular procedures for possession and/or use
Violation of State Liquor & Tobacco Laws Involving Minors The Easton School Department is committed to keeping its student body chemically free and supports state laws that forbid the sale and distribution of alcohol and other drugs to minors. When a school administrator receives information about a situation where the selling or furnishing of alcohol or other drugs to minors may occur or learns about student parties where violations occur, it is the school administrator’s job to: 1.Notify proper authorities such as the Bureau of Liquor Enforcement and 2.Call the parent, relate the information they have and inform them of liquor laws. POSSESSION OR USE OF WEAPONS POLICY In an effort to ensure a safe environment for students and employees, all persons are prohibited from the following conduct at all times on school premises, in any school vehicle, or at any school sponsored activity: A.
Possession or use of any weapon:
Knowing possession or use of articles commonly used or designed to inflict bodily harm and/or to intimidate other person. Examples of such articles include, but are not limited to, firearms, ammunition, explosives, “brass” knuckles, switchblades, butterfly knives, chains, clubs, and Kung Fu “stars.” B.
Use of any object as a weapon:
Use of any object as a weapon, although not necessarily designed to be a weapon, to inflict or to threaten bodily harm and/or to intimidate, coerce, or harass. Examples of such articles include, but are not limited to, belts, other articles of clothing, combs, pencils, files, compasses, scissors, and replicas of weapons. Administrators or other delegated school officials shall take appropriate action against any individual violating this policy, including, but not limited to, student discipline and/or action taken by law enforcement officials as appropriate. Students who violate this policy may be expelled under state law. BOMB THREATS The Board recognizes that bomb threats are a significant concern to the school unit. Whether real and carried out or intended as a prank or for some other purpose, a bomb threat represents a potential danger to the safety and welfare of students and staff and to the integrity of school property. Bomb threats disrupt the instructional program and learning environment and also place significant demands on school financial resources and public safety services. These effects occur even when such threats prove to be false. Any bomb threat will be regarded as an extremely serious matter and treated accordingly. The Board directs the Superintendent to react promptly and appropriately to information concerning bomb threats and to initiate or recommend suitable disciplinary action. 26
A. Conduct Prohibited No person shall make, or communicate by any means, whether verbal or non-verbal, a threat that a bomb has been, or will be, placed on school premises. Because of the potential for evacuation of the schools and other disruption of school operations, placement of a bomb or of a “look-alike” bomb on school premises will be considered a threat for the purpose of this policy. B. Development of Bomb Threat Procedures The Superintendent/designee shall be responsible for developing and implementing procedures specific to bomb threats as part of the school unit’s Crisis Response Plan. These procedures are intended to inform administrators and staff of appropriate protocols to follow in the event that a bomb threat is received and should include provisions to address: 1.Threat assessment (for the purpose of identifying a response that is in proportion to the threat, in light of what is necessary to ensure safety); 2.Building evacuation and re-entry (including selection of potential alternative sites for those who are evacuated); 3.Incident “command and control” (who is in charge, and when); 4.Communications, contacts and mandatory bomb threat reporting; 5.Parent notification process; 6.Training for staff members; and 7.Support services for students and staff. The initial bomb threat procedure will be subject to approval by the Board. The Superintendent/designee will be responsible for overseeing a review or evaluation of bomb threat procedures prior to the Board’s required annual approval of the school unit’s Crisis Response Plan, or following implementation of the procedure in response to a specific threat. C. Reporting of Bomb Threats A student who learns of a bomb threat or the existence of a bomb on school premises must immediately report such information to the building principal, teacher, the School Resource Officer or an employee in a position of authority. An employee of the school unit who learns of a bomb threat shall immediately inform the building administrator. The building administrator shall immediately take appropriate steps to protect the safety of students and staff in accordance with the school unit’s bomb threat procedure, as developed under Section C, and inform the Superintendent of the threat. All bomb threats shall be reported immediately to the local law enforcement authority, as provided in the bomb threat procedures. The Superintendent shall be responsible for reporting any bomb threat to the Department of Education within two business days of the incident. Reports will include the name of the school, the date and time of the threat, the medium used to communicate the threat, and whether or not the perpetrators have been apprehended.
D. Student Disciplinary Consequences Making a bomb threat is a crime under Maine law. Any student suspected of making a bomb threat shall be reported to law enforcement authorities for investigation and possible prosecution. Apart from any penalty imposed by law, and without regard to the existence or status of criminal charges, a student who makes a bomb threat shall be subject to disciplinary action by the school. The administration may suspend and/or recommend for expulsion any student who makes a bomb threat. The making of a bomb threat will be considered deliberately disobedient and deliberately disorderly within the meaning of 20-A M.R.S.A. Â§ 1001 (9) and will be grounds for expulsion if found necessary for the peace and usefulness of the school. In addition, a student who is found, after a hearing by the Board, to have brought a bomb to school shall be expelled from school for at least one year in accordance with 20-A M.R.S.A. Â§ 1001 (9-A) and Policy JICIA, except that the Superintendent may modify the requirement for expulsion based on individual circumstances. A student who has been identified through the IEP process as having a disability and whose conduct in violation of this policy is related to the disability shall be disciplined as provided in Policy JKF. Students may also face disciplinary consequences for: a. b. E.
aiding other students in making bomb threats failure to report a bomb threat
Lost Instructional Time Instructional time lost as a result of a bomb threat will be rescheduled at the earliest appropriate (or practicable) opportunity, as determined by the Board. VISITORâ€™S POLICY The board welcomes and encourages visits to school by parents, other adult residents of the community and interested educators. To insure order and the safety of the students and staff in the schools, it is necessary to establish guidelines governing school visits. The superintendent or building administrator may prohibit the entry of any person to a school if there is a perceived danger to the safety of the students or staff. 1.
Persons wishing to visit a school should make arrangements in advance, when possible, with the school office in that building. Pre-arrangements are not needed for volunteers or library visitors.
Upon arrival at the school, visitors must register at the office.
Visitors are asked to honor the safety and security of everyone by honoring these rules.
STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES Students have certain legal rights under federal/state constitutions and statutes as interpreted in pertinent court decisions. In connections with these rights are responsibilities that must be assumed by students. Among these rights and responsibilities are the following: A.
Civil rights, including the right to equal educational opportunity and freedom from discrimination; the responsibility not to discriminate against others;
The right to attend free public school in accordance with provisions of Maine statutes and policies of the School Committee: the responsibility to attend school as required by law;
The right to due process with respect to suspension, expulsion, or an administrative decision which a student believes has injured his/her rights; the responsibility to observe school rules and regulations essential for permitting others to learn at school;
The right to free inquiry and expression and to voice grievances; the responsibility to observe reasonable rules regarding these rights and to express themselves in a manner that does not materially or substantially disrupt the operation of the school or conflict with the school’s basic educational mission;
The right to privacy regarding the content of student records—as defined by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act—and the right to dress as he/she pleases within reasonable guidelines related to health, safety, and the avoidance of potential disruption; and
The right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures; the responsibility to comply with the school rules and policies.
NOTIFICATION OF RIGHTS UNDER FERPA FOR ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 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 45 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 students of a time and place where the records may be inspected.
The right to request the amendment of the studentâ€™s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate or misleading. Parents or eligible students may ask the Easton School District to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the school principal, clearly identify 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.
The right of 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 that 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); a 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 a 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. All education records must be sent to a school administrative unit to which a student applies to transfer. Prior consent of the parent or guardian is not required.
The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failure by the District to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA follows. Family Policy Compliance Office U.S. Department of Education 600 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20202-4605
NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION Easton School department does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, national origin, sex, or physical or mental disability, in admission to, access to, treatment in or employment in its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Wendi Malenfant Affirmative Action Coordinator PO Box 126 Easton, ME 04740 (207) 488-7700
Annual Notification of Asbestos-Containing Building Materials The Easton Elementary School in the Easton School Department has been inspected for the presence of Asbestos-Containing Building Materials (ACBM’s). A written plan (Asbestos Management Plan) for the management of ACBM’s has been developed. The asbestos management plan identifies the type and location of ACBM’s in school buildings and outlines operational procedures for proper building maintenance to minimize exposure to asbestos hazards. The school also maintains records of all asbestos reinspections, surveillance activities, and response actions. The school contains a minimum amount of asbestos. These records are available for inspection in the Superintendent’s office. Annual Notification of Use of Physical Restraint and Seclusion Policy On September 11, 2012, the School Board of the Easton School Department adopted a policy regarding the use of physical restraints and seclusion within our schools. A copy of this policy and procedures is available for review in the main office.