Saugerties Central School District

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 ALCOHOL, DRUGS AND OTHER SUBSTANCES (STUDENTS):  POLICY 7320

The Board of Education recognizes that the misuse of drugs and/or alcohol is a serious problem with legal, physical, emotional and social implications for the entire community. Therefore, the consumption, sharing and/or selling, use and/or possession of alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, counterfeit and designer drugs, or paraphernalia for the use of such drugs is prohibited at any school-sponsored event or on school property at all times. The inappropriate use of prescription and over-the-counter drugs shall also be disallowed. Persons shall be banned from entering school grounds or school-sponsored events when exhibiting behavioral, personal or physical characteristics indicative of having used or consumed alcohol or other substances.

Through the collaborative efforts of staff, students, parents/legal guardians and the community as a whole, a certifiable comprehensive program shall be developed addressing alcohol and other substances to include the following elements:

Primary Prevention

          Preventing or delaying alcohol and other substance use/abuse by students shall be the major focus of a comprehensive K-12 program in which proactive measures of prevention and early intervention are emphasized. This program shall include:

a)     A sequential K-12 curriculum that will be developed and incorporated into the total educational process. This curriculum shall be concerned with education and prevention in all areas of alcohol and other substances use/abuse;

b)    Training school personnel and parents/legal guardians to reinforce the components of the policy through in-service and community education programs with up-to-date factual information and materials.

c)     An effort to provide positive alternatives to alcohol and other substances use/abuse through the promotion of drug/alcohol-free special events, service projects and extracurricular activities that will develop a positive peer influence.

Intervention

          School-based intervention services shall be made available to all students, grades K-12, and provided by prevention professionals who are appropriately trained in this area. The purpose of intervention is to eliminate any existing use/abuse of alcohol and other substances and to identify students considered to be at risk for use/abuse. Intervention programming shall include:

a)          Counseling of students in groups and as individuals on alcohol and other substance use/abuse. Counselors shall be appropriately trained and skilled school staff assigned for this purpose.

b)         Referring students to community or other outside agencies when their use/abuse of alcohol and other substances requires additional counseling or treatment. Referral is a key link in school and community efforts and the process is basic to the dissemination of information regarding available counseling and health services.

c)          Providing a supportive school environment designed to continue the recovery process for students returning from treatment. A re-entry program may include continuing student and/or family counseling and emphasizing positive alternatives to alcohol and other substance use/abuse.

d)         Developing a parent network to serve as a support group and provide a vehicle of communication for parent education;

e)          Ensuring confidentiality as required by state and federal law.

Disciplinary Measures

          Disciplinary measures for students consuming, sharing and/or selling, using and/or possessing alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, counterfeit and designer drugs, or paraphernalia for the use of such drugs shall be outlined in the District’s policy on Student Rights and Responsibilities.

Staff Development

          There shall be ongoing training of District staff about the components of an effective alcohol and other substances program. Training shall include, but not be limited to, District policies and regulations and the staff’s role in implementing such policies and regulations. Teachers shall be trained to implement the District’s K-12 alcohol and other substance prevention curricula; intervention staff shall be suitably trained to carry out appropriate services.

Implementation, Dissemination and Monitoring

          It shall be the responsibility of the Superintendent to implement the alcohol and other substances Board policy by collaboration with school personnel, students, parents/legal guardians and the community at large.

          Additionally, copies of Board policy shall be disseminated to District staff, parents/legal guardians and community members. The Superintendent shall biennially review the policy and support appropriate modifications, as needed.

                                                                   Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act

                                                                   Amendment of 1989

                                                                   (Public Law 101-226)

 
 
 

CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES:  POLICY 7611

The Board of Education recognizes the existence of individual differences in the intellectual, social, emotional and physical development of children attending school in the District. In recognizing these differences the Board supports a system of services offered in the least restrictive environment for children with disabilities which includes:

a)      Education in regular classes with or without support services, education in a resource room, education for part of the day in a special class, full time education in a special class, home instruction and education in a residential setting.

b)      Providing for the education of students with disabilities with non-disabled peers to the extent appropriate.

c)      Consideration of the location of a school program(s) to a student’s residence, before placement into an educational program.

d)      Adoption of written policies and procedures ensuring that students with disabilities are provided appropriate opportunities to earn a high school diploma in accordance with Commissioner’s Regulations.

e)      Allocation of appropriate space within the District for special education programs that meet the needs of students with disabilities.

f)        Assurance that appropriate space will be available to meet the needs of resident students with disabilities who attend special education programs provided by BOCES.

Federal Law – Public Law 101-476

Individuals with Disabilities

Education Act

State Law – Education Law Sections

4401-4407

Commissioner’s Regulations Sections

200.2(b)(3), 200.6(a)(1), 100.5 and 100.9

 
 

 
 

  1999      3280                                     

           Community Relations                                                       

SUBJECT:    COMMUNITY USE OF SCHOOL FACILITIES

It shall be the policy of the Board to encourage the greatest possible use of school buildings for community-wide activities in accordance with law.  This is meant to include use by recognized civic, social, fraternal, and religious organizations.  Groups wishing to use the school facilities must secure written permission from the Superintendent or designee and abide by the rules and regulations established for such use.  The Superintendent, at his/her discretion, may consult with the Board of Education.

Individuals or groups requesting the use of school facilities must purchase organizational liability insurance to the limit described in the District's regulations and present a Certificate of Insurance so attesting unless this requirement is waived by the Board by Resolution.  The Superintendent may develop such rules and regulations for the use of our school buildings as he/she deems necessary and ensure that a copy is forwarded to persons and organizations requesting such use.  Eligible groups refusing to pay facility use fees shall be denied approval to use facilities in the future until outstanding fees are paid.

Effective July 1, 1999, the following requirements for use of school facilities are established:

1.                   The regular school program and approved school activities have preemptive use of school facilities

at all times.

2.                   District affiliated organizations, such as PTA’s, the PTSA and Booster Clubs, whose primary

purpose is to foster community support for the school district and raise funds for the District’s

general extracurricular programming and/or assist in enhancing the regular school program, and organizations whose membership is comprised of District staff when raising funds for scholarships to be awarded to District students on a non-discriminatory basis, have priority for use over other community organizations and may use the facilities free of charge to the extent that budgetary appropriations approved by the votes are available.

3.                   Other registered not-for-profit organizations whose membership is made up of a majority of District residents (as attested by the organization) may use the facilities free of charge to the extent they are available and to the extent that budgetary appropriations approved by the voters are available, provided that funds raised by such organization’s use of District facilities does not primarily profit any individual or profit-making entity.  Preference will be given to community organizations serving youth.

4.                   All other groups that may legally use the school facilities will be charged pursuant to a reasonable fee schedule for costs such as heat/electricity, custodial/maintenance, equipment, etc.

Education Law Section 414

Adopted: 2/21/94

Revised/First Reading Waived: 9/16/96

Second Reading & Adopted 9/16/96

Revised/First Reading: 8/3/98

Second Reading: 8/24/98

Revised & First Reading; Second Reading Waived & Adopted:  6/7/99

   

                                                                               

SUBJECT:   COMMUNITY USE OF SCHOOL FACILITIES

It shall be the policy of the Board to encourage the greatest possible use of school buildings for community-wide activities in accordance with law.  This is meant to include use by recognized civic, social, fraternal, and religious organizations.  Groups wishing to use the school facilities must secure written permission from the Superintendent or designee and abide by the rules and regulations established for such use.  The Superintendent, at his/her discretion, may consult with the Board of Education.

Individuals or groups requesting the use of school facilities must purchase organizational liability insurance to the limit described in the District's regulations and present a Certificate of Insurance so attesting unless this requirement is waived by the Board by Resolution.  The Superintendent may develop such rules and regulations for the use of our school buildings as he/she deems necessary and ensure that a copy is forwarded to persons and organizations requesting such use.  Eligible groups refusing to pay facility use fees shall be denied approval to use facilities in the future until outstanding fees are paid.

Effective July 1, 1999, the following requirements for use of school facilities are established:

1.                   The regular school program and approved school activities have preemptive use of school facilities

at all times.

2.                   District affiliated organizations, such as PTA’s, the PTSA and Booster Clubs, whose

                primary purpose is to foster community support for the school district and raise funds for the District’s general extracurricular programming and/or assist in enhancing the regular school program, and organizations whose membership is comprised of District staff when raising funds for scholarships to be awarded to District students on a non-discriminatory basis, have priority for use over other community organizations and may use the facilities free of charge to the extent that budgetary appropriations approved by the votes are available.

3.                   Other registered not-for-profit organizations whose membership is made up of a majority of District residents (as attested by the organization) may use the facilities free of charge to the extent they are available and to the extent that budgetary appropriations approved by the voters are available, provided that funds raised by such organization’s use of District facilities does not primarily profit any individual or profit-making entity.  Preference will be given to community organizations serving youth.

4.                   All other groups that may legally use the school facilities will be charged pursuant to a reasonable fee schedule for costs such as heat/electricity, custodial/maintenance, equipment, etc.

Education Law Section 414

Adopted: 2/21/94

Revised/First Reading Waived: 9/16/96

Second Reading & Adopted 9/16/96

Revised/First Reading: 8/3/98

Second Reading: 8/24/98

Revised & First Reading; Second Reading Waived & Adopted:  6/7/99

 

SUBJECT:   COMMUNITY USE OF SCHOOL FACILITIES

It shall be the policy of the Board to encourage the greatest possible use of school buildings for community-wide activities in accordance with law.  This is meant to include use by recognized civic, social, fraternal, and religious organizations.  Groups wishing to use the school facilities must secure written permission from the Superintendent or designee and abide by the rules and regulations established for such use.  The Superintendent, at his/her discretion, may consult with the Board of Education.

Individuals or groups requesting the use of school facilities must purchase organizational liability insurance to the limit described in the District's regulations and present a Certificate of Insurance so attesting unless this requirement is waived by the Board by Resolution.  The Superintendent may develop such rules and regulations for the use of our school buildings as he/she deems necessary and ensure that a copy is forwarded to persons and organizations requesting such use.  Eligible groups refusing to pay facility use fees shall be denied approval to use facilities in the future until outstanding fees are paid.

Effective July 1, 1999, the following requirements for use of school facilities are established:

1.                   The regular school program and approved school activities have preemptive use of school facilities

at all times.

2.                   District affiliated organizations, such as PTA’s, the PTSA and Booster Clubs, whose primary

purpose is to foster community support for the school district and raise funds for the District’s

general extracurricular programming and/or assist in enhancing the regular school program, and organizations whose membership is comprised of District staff when raising funds for scholarships to be awarded to District students on a non-discriminatory basis, have priority for use over other community organizations and may use the facilities free of charge to the extent that budgetary appropriations approved by the votes are available.

3.                   Other registered not-for-profit organizations whose membership is made up of a majority of District residents (as attested by the organization) may use the facilities free of charge to the extent they are available and to the extent that budgetary appropriations approved by the voters are available, provided that funds raised by such organization’s use of District facilities does not primarily profit any individual or profit-making entity.  Preference will be given to community organizations serving youth.

4.                   All other groups that may legally use the school facilities will be charged pursuant to a reasonable fee schedule for costs such as heat/electricity, custodial/maintenance, equipment, etc.

Education Law Section 414

Adopted: 2/21/94

Revised/First Reading Waived: 9/16/96

Second Reading & Adopted 9/16/96

Revised/First Reading: 8/3/98

Second Reading: 8/24/98

Revised & First Reading; Second Reading Waived & Adopted:  6/7/99


 

                                                          

 SUBJECT:     STUDENT DRESS CODE

     

              The Saugerties Central School District has an obligation to help students make positive decisions that lead to success in life, including choosing appropriate dress for a variety of situations.  The District has therefore developed a standard of dress and grooming that balances personal expression with providing a school environment that is safe and conducive to learning.

                This dress code was developed collaboratively by a committee of teachers, administrators, students, and parents.  Students and parents have the primary responsibility for adhering to the student dress code. All adult members of the school community share responsibility for reinforcing and exemplifying acceptable student dress and appearance.

                This standard of dress is to be followed during school hours and at school functions.  It applies to all students, male and female.  The Principal and his/her designee shall exercise appropriate discretion in implementing this policy, on the basis of students’ religious beliefs or medical conditions, or the nature of special events (i.e. proms, field trips, special ceremonies, etc.).

                Presenting a bodily appearance or wearing clothing which is disruptive, provocative, revealing, profane, vulgar, obscene, or which endangers the health and safety of others is prohibited.  The following are considered to be inappropriate dress, grooming, and appearance and are prohibited in school and at school functions:

·         Any dress or appearance that constitutes a threat or danger to the health and safety of students (e.g. heavy jewelry, heavy chains, or jewelry with spikes of sharp edges that can injure the student or others.)

·         Any form or article of clothing designed primarily for outdoor use, while attending class or before/after school indoor activities (e.g. parkas, rain or trench coats, vests, jackets, gloves, mittens, sunglasses in the school building unless worn for medical reasons, etc.)

  • Any form or article of clothing designed primarily for in-home use (e.g. bathrobes, certain pajamas, etc.)
  • Shirts (including blouses and tops) that are revealing.  Shoulder straps must be the wearer’s second and third finger or more in width.  Exposure of bare midriffs, plunging necklines (front and back), or cleavage (front and back), e.g. halter-tops, strapless tops.  Underwear must be covered by outer garments.
  • Skirts and skirt slits shorter than the wearer’s fingertips when arms hang straight at the wearers’ side, short shorts, or clothing with holes, cut-outs, or tears that expose inappropriate amounts of skin.
  • Any dress or appearance that encourages or advocates the use of illegal drugs, alcohol, and/or tobacco.
  • Any dress or appearance that advocates or encourages illegal or violent crimes, or gang related activity and/or colors.
  • Any dress or appearance that advocates discrimination, insults, is libelous or denigrates self or others based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.
  • Any dress or appearance with messages that encourage or advocate sexual activity.
  • The wearing of hoods at all times, the wearing of all headgear excluding hair accessories in the building (unless worn for religious or medical reasons) (including all types of hats, bandanas, and related head wear, but excluding hair accessories such as barrettes, scrunchies, picks, etc.)
  • Any dress or appearance that constitutes a disruption to the educational process.
  • Any clothing or apparel that conceals the identity of the individual wearing it.

 

In addition to the above, the following guidelines apply:

 

·         Appropriate footwear must be worn at all times to ensure personal safety and the safety of others.

·         Students must be dressed in appropriate clothing and protective equipment as required for physical education classes, participation in athletics, science laboratories, family and consumer science, and technology classes.

  • If a student feels uncomfortable being addressed by a staff member of the opposite gender regarding dress code issues, that student should request to meet instead with a staff member of the same gender.

Click here to see the DRESS CODE.

 

 

Adopted:  5/9/94

Revised/First Reading Waived:  2/7/06

Second Reading & Adopted:   2/7/06
Revised & Adopted - June 2008

                  

 SUBJECT:    EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

It is the policy of this District to provide, through a positive and effective program, equal opportunities for employment, retention and advancement of all people regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, political affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, military status, or disability. 

Sexual orientation is defined as heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, or asexuality, whether actual or perceived.

The term “military status” means a person’s participation in the military service of the United States or the military service of the state, including but not limited to, the armed forces of the United States, the army national guard, the air national guard, the New York naval militia, the New York guard, and such additional forces as may be created by the federal or state government as authorized by law.

Provisions will be provided for the publication and dissemination, internally and externally, of this policy to ensure its availability to interested citizens and groups.

Job descriptions for all District positions shall be developed and maintained by administration, reflecting the essential functions that an employee must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation. 

Additionally, administration shall establish grievance procedures that provide for the prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging discrimination.  Those intending to file a grievance due to alleged discrimination must follow the grievance procedure as established by the District.

(continued)

                                                                           2003     6120

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                                                                           Personnel

SUBJECT:    EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

                                               


 

Age Discrimination in Employment Act,

29 United States Code (U.S.C.) Section 621

                                   

Americans With Disabilities Act,

42 United States Code (U.S.C.) Section 12101 et seq.

Prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability.

                                                                       

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973,

29 United States Code (U.S.C.) Section 794 et seq.

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,

42 United States Code (U.S.C.) Section 2000-d, et seq.

Prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color or

national origin.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,

42 United States Code (U.S.C.) Section 2000-e et seq

Prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color,

Religion, sex or national origin.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972,

20 United States Code (U.S.C.) Section 1681 et seq.

Prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex.

New York State Civil Rights Law Section 40-c

Prohibits discrimination on the basis or race, creed, color,national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status or Disability.

New York State Executive Law Section 290 et seq.

Prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, race, creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, military status, or marital status.

New York State Military Law Sections 242 and 243


 


 

Adopted:  4/19/94

Revised/First Reading:  11/25/96

Second Reading & Adopted:  11/25/96

Revised/First Reading:  8/19/03

Second Reading & Adopted:  10/7/03

 
 
 
 

 
 

ANNUAL FERPA NOTICE

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”) affords parents/guardians and students over 18 years of age (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records, including:

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/Guardians or eligible students should submit to the Principal a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The Principal will make arrangements for access and notify the parent/guardian 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/guardian or eligible student believes are inaccurate or misleading.

Parents/Guardians or eligible students may ask the School District to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write to the 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/guardian or eligible student, the District will notify the parent/guardian or eligible student of the decision and advise him/her of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent/guardian 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 student’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); a person serving on the Board of Education; 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.

Upon request, the District discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.

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

                        600 Independence Avenue, SW

                        Washington, DC  20202-4605

 

          Medication Policy

September 2004

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Parents and guardians who have children with identified allergic reactions should be aware of the District’s medication policy.  The following is an outline of the Saugerties Central School District’s Emergency Procedures for Allergic Reactions.

I.                    Identified Student:

Follow directions of the family physician - instructions, medication and permission in respective Health Offices.  Area to be designated by School Nurse.

II.                 Unexpected Reactions (no history of allergy but develops hives):

1.       Ice pack application.

2.       Report to parent and family or school physician.

3.       Follow M.D. order, i.e. Benadryl by mouth, etc.  Obtain verbal order if medication is ordered and request written order from physician to be sent to respective Health Office.

4.,        Follow up with parent and physician. 

III.  &nbs, p;            Unexpected Severe Reactions (no previous history):

Symptoms – swelling (especially tongue and eyelids), difficulty breathing, altered

                   consciousness, light headedness, poor circulation, scratchy throat,

                   tightness of throat, hoarseness.

Immediate First Aid -

1.   &nb, sp;   Call family physician or school physician

2.       Follow M.D. orders, i.e., Epi-Pen, etc.

3.       Administer Epi-Pen injection, if ordered

   Under 50 lbs. – 0.15 mg

                                     &, amp;, amp;a, mp;, amp;, amp;, nbsp;   Over 50 lbs. – 0.3 mg

4.       Follow by Benadryl (1 tablet by mouth), if ordered

         Under 60 lbs. – 25 mg

         Over 60 lbs. – 50 mg

      Request written order from physician to be sent.

5.       Notify administrator and parent.

6.       Transport to medical facility, via ambulance. <, /FONT>

<, P style="MARGIN-TOP: 0in; MARGIN-BOTTOM: 0in; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px">Because treatme, nt will include Benad, ryl and Epinephrine, it is your responsibility to notify the school nurse in writing upon receipt of this letter if your child has ever had a reaction to either treatment. 

If you have any further questions, please contact the health office in your child’s school.

Sincerely,

Ravi Ramaswami, MD

School Physician

 
 
 

PARENT INVOLVEMENT:  POLICY 7660

The Board of Education recognizes the rights of the parent/legal guardian to be fully informed of all information relevant to the identification, or change in identification, evaluation and educational placement of a child with a disability.

All due process procedures for parents/legal guardians and children in the Commissioner’s Regulations shall be observed by the School District.

Surrogate Parents

          In the event that no parent or legal guardian for a child with a disability can be identified or after reasonable efforts, the whereabouts of the parent or legal guardian cannot be determined, or the child with a disability is a ward of the state, the Board shall assign an individual to act as a surrogate for the parents or legal guardians. The person selected as a surrogate shall have no interest that conflicts with the interest of the child he/she represents, and shall have knowledge and skills that insure adequate representation of the child.

          It is the duty of the School District to determine whether a child needs a surrogate parent and to assign a surrogate parent in the manner permitted under New York State law.

                                                                   Education Law Sections 4401, 4402

                                                                   Commissioner’s Regulations Section 200.5

 

2004    7532                                  

                                                                                                            Students

 

SUBJECT:  BULLYING: PEER ABUSE IN THE SCHOOLS

 

 

         The Board of Education is committed to providing a safe and productive learning environment within its schools.  Bullying of a student by another student is strictly prohibited on school property, in school buildings, on school buses, and at school sponsored events and/or activities whether occurring on or off campus.  The Board of Education shall require the prohibition of bullying - along with the range of possible intervention activities and/or sanctions for such misconduct - to be included in the District Code of Conduct for all grade levels.

 

         For purposes of this policy, the term "bullying" among children is defined, in general, as: "a variety of negative acts carried out repeatedly over time.  It involves a real or perceived imbalance of power, with a more powerful child or group attacking those who are less powerful."  Bullying can take three forms:

 

         a)      Physical (including, but not limited to, hitting, kicking, spitting, pushing, taking personal belongings);

 

         b)      Verbal (including, but not limited to, taunting, malicious teasing, name calling, making threats); and

 

         c)      Psychological (including, but not limited to, spreading rumors; manipulating social relationships; or engaging in social exclusion, extortion, or intimidation).

 

         Bullying may also occur as various forms of harassment and/or hazing of students by other students (including "pledging" and/or a student's initiation into or affiliation with a school or student related organization or team).

 

         The District also prohibits "Internet bullying" (also referred to as "cyber-bullying") including the use of instant messaging, e-mail, web sites, chat rooms, and text messaging when such use interferes with the operation of the school; or infringes upon the general health, safety and welfare of District students or employees.

 

         However, it is important to note that a single negative act as enumerated above may also constitute "bullying" (if not more serious misconduct) based upon the particular circumstances such as the seriousness of the act and/or the intent of the actor.

 

         Any student who believes that he/she is being subjected to bullying behavior, as well as any other person who has knowledge of or witnesses any possible occurrence of bullying, shall report the bullying to any staff member or the building principal.  The staff member/building principal to whom the report is made (or the staff member/building principal who witnesses bullying behavior) shall investigate the complaint and take appropriate action to include, as necessary, referral to the next level of supervisory authority and/or other official designated by the District to investigate allegations of bullying.  Investigation of allegations of bullying shall follow the procedures utilized for complaints of harrassment within the School District.  Allegations of bullying shall be promptly investigated and will be treated as confidential and private to the extent possible within legal constraints.

 

         The Board prohibits any retaliatory behavior directed against complainants, victims, witnesses, and/or any other individuals who participate in the investigation of allegations of bullying.  Follow-up inquiries and/or appropriate monitoring of the alleged bully and victim shall be made to ensure that bullying behavior has not resumed and that all those involved in the investigation of allegations of bullying have not suffered retaliation.

 

         Personnel at all levels are responsible for taking corrective action to prevent bullying behavior of which they have been made aware at School District sites or activities and/or reporting such behavior to their immediate supervisor.  Further, staff training shall be provided to raise awareness of the problem of bullying within the schools and to facilitate staff identification of and response to such bullying behavior among students.

 

         Prevention and intervention techniques within the District to prevent against bullying behavior and to support and protect victims shall include building-level and classroom-level strategies and activities as determined by administration.  Individual intervention will be provided by appropriate staff members to bullies, victims and their parents to help ensure that the bullying stops.

 

         Rules against bullying shall be publicized District-wide and shall be disseminated as appropriate to staff, students and parents.  Disciplinary sanctions for violation of this policy shall be outlined in the District Code of Conduct as enumerated above and may also be incorporated in staff and student handbooks.

  

 First Reading:     3/02/04

Second Reading

  and Adopted:    4/13/04


 
 
PRESCRIPTIVE MEDICATION:  POLICY 7513

The Board of Education shall not be responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of pupil illness. The administration of prescribed medication to a pupil during school hours will be permitted when necessary to allow a student to maintain an optimal state of health, remain in school, and/or participate more fully in the educational program.

For purposes of this policy “medication” shall include all medicines prescribed by a licensed prescriber and any over the counter drug.

Only medication in its original prescription container, labeled with the date of prescription, pupil’s name, exact dosage and frequency and method of administration will be dispensed by the school nurse-teacher/school nurse or nurse’s trained designate. Parents or guardians may also administer medication to their child in the health office.

          Before any medication may be administered to any pupil by any school personnel during school hours, the Board shall require the written request of the parents or guardian and the written order of the licensed prescriber. Both documents shall be kept on file in the Health Office. The parent or guardian shall deliver the medication directly to the Health Office in its original prescription container.

          All students requiring medication during school hours must receive their medication from the school nurse-teacher/school nurse or the nurse’s trained designate and may not carry and/or self-administer their own medication unless the student has been expressly allowed to do so. If the school nurse-teacher/school nurse receives a request and reason for same from the licensed prescriber, and parent or guardian to permit a student to carry and self-administer his/her own medication, the principal, school nurse-teacher/school nurse and school physician will consult and make a determination on an individual basis. Such request will be made via the form which is attached.

 
 

 

SEXUAL HARASSMENT OF STUDENTS REGULATION:  7531R

DISTRICT COMPLAINT PROCEDURES:

I.            Complaint Officer(s)

The Board of Education shall appoint Title IX Complaint Officer(s) at its annual reorganization

meeting, or as needed during the year.  Reasonable attempts shall be made to appoint at least one male and one female Complaint Officer.

II.            Reporting of Complaints

All complaints of sexual harassment must be reported to one of the Title IX  

Complaint Officers appointed by the Board of Education.

1. A student (or his/her parent/guardian) who believes that she/he has been subjected

    to sexual harassment should immediately consult with any staff member with whom

    the student (parent/guardian) feels comfortable (e.g., a teacher, guidance

    counselor, school nurse, building principal, the Superintendent of Schools, or a

    Title IX Complaint Officer).

2. Any staff member who is consulted with in accordance with paragraph "1" above

    shall:

A.  Provide a copy of the Student Sexual Harassment Policy and Regulations

     to the student or parent/guardian.

B.  Promptly report the complaint or inquiry to one of the Title IX Complaint

     Officers.

C.  Maintain complete confidentiality and secrecy that a complaint or inquiry

     has been made.

D. NOT attempt to influence any further actions on the part of the student,

    except to tell the student to talk to his/her parent/guardian.

3. Any staff member who becomes aware of a possible incident of sexual

    harassment shall promptly report it to a Title IX Complaint Officer.

            4. Any staff member who fails to report a possible incident or complaint of

                sexual harassment may be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with

                law and any collectively negotiated agreement.

   

III.            Investigation of a Complaint

1.  Upon receipt of a complaint, the Title IX Complaint Officer shall:

A.  Conduct a preliminary investigation to determine whether to proceed

      personally or to designate or request a different investigator.

B.  Determine whether or not the complaint can be handled in an informal

      manner with the Title IX Complaint Officer acting as a mediator.

C. Discuss the above actions with the Superintendent, unless the

                             Superintendent is the subject of the complaint, in which case the Title IX

                             Complaint Officer should consult with the President of the Board of

                             Education.

D. Report the incident to the police and/or other appropriate authorities if the

     behavior constitutes or may constitute a crime.

E.  Ensure that any investigation or mediation is conducted within 30 calendar days from receipt of the complaint.

2.         If, after consultation, the Title IX Complaint Officer determines that a more formal investigation is warranted, any investigation must adhere to the following:

A. During the investigation, the investigator must protect the confidentiality of

     the complainant, the victim, the accused, and all witnesses to the extent

     practicable.  The investigator shall inform all parties of the need for

     confidentiality.

B. The investigator must immediately notify the parents/guardian of any child,

     other than witnesses, that an investigation is taking place, the nature of the

     complaint, and the nature of the child's involvement.

C. The investigator must conduct a thorough, prompt and impartial

     investigation.

D. The investigator must seek out relevant documents.

E.  The investigator must interview any and all witnesses, including the accused, the victim, and the complainant.

F. The investigator must keep accurate documentation and records.

G. The complainant, victim and accused may bring their attorney or union

     representative (if applicable) to any meetings, any children may also be

     accompanied by their parents/guardian.

H. The investigator must notify the accused that she/he is the subject of a

     sexual harassment complaint investigation when appropriate.

3.  As soon as possible upon completion of any investigation, the investigator shall

     issue a written factual report containing:

A. A summary report for distribution to the parties and School District

     officials as needed. This report shall contain :

a.  A summary of the complaint and findings.

b. A determination of whether or not the behavior constitutes sexual

    harassment.  (The investigator may find that the evidence is

    inconclusive.)

c.  Recommended action, if any.

B. The investigative information shall be sealed and kept on file by a Title 

     IX Complaint Officer so designated by the Superintendent to maintain

     such files, including:

a. Copies of all related written documents, including the summary

    report.

b. Copies of any handwritten notes taken during the investigation and

    interviews.

c. Any further written details deemed by the investigator to be

    informative or useful to a better understanding of his/her findings.

4. The following individuals shall be given a copy of the summary report:

A.  The victim

B.  The complainant (if applicable)

C. The accused

                                                           

                       

5. The Superintendent (or President of the Board of Education, if the Superintendent

     is the subject of the investigation) shall review the summary report and shall

    determine whether or not formal disciplinary action is needed. Formal discipline of

    students or staff shall be in accordance with law, District Policy and any applicable

    collectively negotiated agreement.

IV.       Appeal Procedure

The victim (or his/her parents/guardian if a minor) and/or the accused may appeal the findings and/or recommendations of the investigation, as contained in the summary report.

A. The appeal must be in writing.

B. The appeal must be made within 30 calendar days from the date of receipt of the

    written results of the investigation.

C. The appeal is made to the Board of Education, who shall review all relevant

     information within 30 calendar days of the date of the filing of the appeal.

D. The determination of the Board of Education is final insofar as the District Policy

     is concerned.

V.            Distribution of Policy and Information

A.         The Superintendent of Schools shall implement specific and continuing

             actions to notify

students, parents/guardians, employees and prospective students and employees that the District does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the educational programs or activities which it operates, as required by Title IX.  Such actions may include, but are not limited to:

1.           Annual publication in local newspapers and/or School District    

              publications.

2.            Announcements in school sponsored publications.

3.            Memoranda or other written communications distributed to

               students and employees.

B.            The Superintendent shall provide students and staff with training regarding

                awareness of and sensitivity to issues involving sexual harassment.

C.           The Superintendent shall insure that all students, parents/guardians and staff

               are informed of the name, office address and office telephone numbers of

               any and all Title IX Complaint Officers, and that such information is posted

               conspicuously and updated, as needed.

D.          The District Policies on sexual harassment of students/employees shall

              always be distributed with a copy of the applicable regulations.


 

Transportation Child Care Policy

General Provisions - Transportation to and/or from licensed or unlicensed child care providers must be requested in writing by the child's parent(s) or legal guardian(s) by no later than April 1st preceding the next school year. In the event a family moves into the School District after April 1st, the request must be made within thirty days of establishing residence in the School District.

In no event will the School District transport students between a child care location, whether licensed or unlicensed, and a child's home.

Students attending a licensed or unlicensed child care provider location less than a .5 mile from the school they are attending are not eligible for transportation but must meet all eligibility requirements. Parents and/or guardians must notify the School District of their child care arrangements.

All requests for exceptions to these guidelines must be in writing and must indicate reasons. These requests must be directed to the principal of the school in the attendance zone of the student's residence. The building principal will review the requests and forward recommended requests to the Superintendent for final determination.

Licensed Child Care Providers - The District will transport students in Grades K-8 to licensed child care providers (pursuant to the Social Services Law) who are located anywhere within the boundaries of the School District. The student normally would attend the school within the attendance zone in which he/she resides; however, a parent may request in writing, according to procedures in Paragraph 1 of General Provisions, that the student attend the school in the attendance zone of the licensed child care provider.

A request for transportation to a licensed child care provider must be for five (5) days a week (to school and /or from school) for the entire school year.

Unlicensed Child Care Providers - The District will transport students in Grades K-8 to unlicensed child care providers only if the child care provider is located within the attendance zone of the school the student attends. However, a parent may request in writing, according to procedures in Paragraph 1 of General Provisions, that a student attend an unlicensed child care provider in a different attendance zone than the attendance zone of the student's residence. In this exception, the student would attend the school in the attendance zone of the unlicensed child care provider only if it were in the best interest of the student, there is room in the student's grade level, there is no additional expense to the School District and the transfer is for the entire school year.

A request for transportation to an unlicensed child care provider must be for five (5) days a week (to school and/or from school) for the entire school year.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Last Modified on March 7, 2003
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