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Dear Students and Families:
It is my pleasure to welcome you to a new and exciting school year!
The purpose of this handbook is to orient you, and help you get answers to questions you may have about Chittenden Central Supervisory Union (CCSU), a pre-k-12/Tech school system. This handbook provides you with information regarding policies, standards, legal requirements and protocols concerning school life and the expectations for a successful and safe school experience. In addition to important dates on the inside covers of this book, the 2016-2017 school calendars are available online at www.ccsuvt.org (or at your school).
For quick reference, the school directory information is located on the back cover, and contact information for the superintendent`s office and all school board members are also included within the handbook, and are available online as well. Please always feel welcome to call our schools and superintendent`s office with questions or guidance on finding information you may need. Your teachers and principals are also available to answer any questions you may have about information within this handbook.
We have a shared responsibility with creating safe and respectful learning environments, and towards that end, it is critically important for students and families to know and understand the expectations, procedures and requirements in this handbook. Please take some quality time to review this handbook together as a family. We look forward to developing strong connections and caring relationships with you as we begin a new year filled with amazing learning opportunities.
Judith DeNova, Superintendent
2016-2017 Calendar Dates (Grades PreK-8)
Hiawatha, Summit, Fleming, ADL
- Aug. 31 - First day of School
- Sept. 5 - No School (Labor Day)
- Oct. 17-28 - PreK-5 Flexible Parent/Guardian Conferences
- Oct. 19 - ADL Early Release, Parent/Guardian/Teacher Conferences at Night
- Oct. 20 - No School (PreK-8 Parent/Guardian/Teacher Conferences
- Oct. 21 - No School
- Nov. 21 - 25 - No School (Thanksgiving Break)
- Dec. 23 - Jan. 2 - No School (Winter Break)
- Jan. 16 - No School (Martin Luther King Jr. Observance)
- Feb. 27 - March 7 - No School (February Break)
- March 30 - No School & Parent/Guardian/Teacher Conferences for ADL
- April 24 - 28 - No School (Spring Vacation)
- May 19 - No School & Student-Led Conferences for PreK-5
- May 29 - No School (Memorial Day)
- June 16 - Last Day of School for Students (Tentative)
- Aug. 31 - First day of School
- Sept. 5 - No School (Labor Day)
- Oct. 17-28 - Flexible Parent/Guardian Conferences
- Oct. 20 - No School (Parent/Guardian/Teacher Conferences)
- Oct. 21 - No School
- Nov. 21 - 25 - No School (Thanksgiving Break)
- Dec. 23 - Jan. 2 - No School (Winter Break)
- Jan. 16 - No School (Martin Luther King Jr. Observance)
- Feb. 27 - March 7 - No School (February Break)
- March 30 - No School & Parent/Teacher Conferences
- April 24 - 28 - No School (Spring Break)
- May 19 - No School
- May 29 - No School (Memorial Day)
- June 16 - Last Day of School for Students (Tentative)
Chittenden Central Supervisory Union, a student-centered learning community, will maximize available resources through unified, collaborative leadership, as measured by continuous improvement in the areas of student achievement, safe and respectful learning environments, and the promotion of equity for all.
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Central Office Administrative Directory
Superintendent ........................................................ Judith DeNova
Exec. Director of Operations/Legal Counsel ............................ Paul O`Brian
Chief Financial Officer ............................................... Katherine Decarreau
Exec. Director of Human Resources ..................................... Deb Anderson
Exec. Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment .............. Amy Cole
Exec. Director of Technology .......................................... Vince Gonillo
Exec. Director of Student Support Services ............................ Erin Maguire
CCSU Central Office
51 Park Street - Essex Junction, VT 05452
(phone) 802-879-5579; (fax) 802-878-1370
Visit us online: www.ccsuvt.org
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School Board Member Directory
Essex Junction Prudential Committee
*Michael Smith ................ Chair .................. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jason DiRosa ................. Vice-Chair .................. email@example.com
Candace Morgan ................. Clerk ............. firstname.lastname@example.org
Patrick Murray .................. Member ................. email@example.com
*Marla Durham ................. Member ................. firstname.lastname@example.org
Union #46 School Board
*Brian Donahue .............. Chair................... email@example.com
*Erin Knox ................ Vice-Chair ............. firstname.lastname@example.org
Liz Subin ..................... Clerk .................. email@example.com
Daniel Tifft .................... Member ................. firstname.lastname@example.org
Cathy Printon ..................... Member ................. email@example.com
*Al Bombardier ................ Member ................. firstname.lastname@example.org
Westford School Board
*Mark Drapa ................... Chair .................. email@example.com
Andre Roy ..................... Vice-Chair ............. firstname.lastname@example.org
*Martha Heath ................. Clerk .................. email@example.com
Kim Phinney ................... Member ................. firstname.lastname@example.org
Christian Frenette ........... Member ................. email@example.com
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School Life and Expectations
Regular attendance at school is essential for academic progress. Vermont law requires regular school attendance by students. Parents and guardians of students enrolled in school (regardless of their age) are required by law to ensure their children’s attendance at school. We believe regular attendance is necessary to assure academic growth, as well as the development of responsible work and study habits. If your child will not be in attendance, please call the school or fill out the online absence form before the start of the school day and state the reason for the planned absence.
Note: CTE students must call the program instructor between 7:15 a.m. and 9:15 a.m.
When a student fails to attend school regularly, without an appropriate excuse, the child will be considered truant and the concern will be addressed. State law requires cases of truancy to be reported to law enforcement authorities and/or the Department of Children and Families. Absences may also result in academic consequences, such as retention, denial of credit for a class or program, removal from a class or program, and inability to participate in a school event or activity.
Following phone notification and online reporting, all absences from school require written explanation upon the student’s return to school. Please communicate with the principal (or designee) regarding any known extended absences. In addition, students in grades 9-12 must obtain an admission slip from the office. This slip is presented to each teacher on the student’s schedule for their signature. Students are required to make up the work missed. Making up work is not equal to being in class. We ask parents/guardians to keep travel limited to scheduled vacations.
Early Dismissal of Student by Parent/Guardian: Whenever possible, routine appointments should be scheduled outside the school day to preserve classroom instruction and avoid disruption. If a student must leave school before the end of the day, a parent/guardian must send a note to the office stating the reason for early dismissal, the student`s destination, and identify who will be picking up the student. Parents/guardians must go directly to the main office and must not go directly to the student`s classroom or program area.
To ensure student safety, you may be asked to identify yourself when requesting dismissal of a student in your care. No child will be dismissed directly from a classroom until the school office notifies the teacher. All students approved for early dismissal must be signed out in the main office.
Tardiness: Students are expected to be prompt to school, class, and study hall. Students who are late upon arrival to school must report to the main office, where they will receive a tardy admission slip. Students will be required to provide a written explanation for the tardiness or late arrival from their parents/guardians.
Excessive tardiness and late arrivals will result in parental/guardian contact and possible loss of extracurricular privileges, and other disciplinary consequences, including, but not limited to, detention and suspension.
Truancy: Staying in school is the first step to good education. A student shall be declared truant if he or she has had any absence from school for more than 20 days during the course of the year.
School interventions shall occur after a student misses 10, 15, 20 days. Continued truancy shall result in affidavits being filed with appropriate State agencies and the State Attorney General`s office.
- Students are only to use backpacks before and after school.
- Heavy backpacks can cause injuries and our hallways and classrooms are simply too crowded to accommodate students with backpacks during the school day.
- Instead, students may visit their lockers between classes to get any needed books or supplies.
Child Nutrition Services
CCSU believes that, in order to achieve their full academic potential, students` healthy eating patterns are essential. A well-planned and implemented school nutrition program positively influences students` eating habits. Consuming a variety of nutritious foods promotes healthy growth and development, and provides the necessary energy for learning. Refer to the Wellness Policy online at: www.ccsuvt.org/operations/food-service/nutrition.
Food and Beverages: Food and beverages are allowed at school during specified times and/or in designated areas. Unless approved by the principal, and at the discretion of the classroom teacher, consumption of snacks, candy, gum, and/or beverages is not permitted during instructional time.
Free Lunch and Breakfast Program: Free meals are available for students if the family qualifies under federal guidelines. For families that qualify for Reduced meals, they are now offered at no cost, with the State contributing to the "reduced" amount.
Information regarding these programs will be sent home with students the first day of 8 school and are also available at www.ccsuvt.org/operations/food-service. All information provided on these forms is kept strictly confidential. Please call the Child Nutrition Services Director at 879-5544 for more informations. Applications can be filed at any time during the school year.
Menus: Menus will be posted throughout the school, will be on the CCSU and school websites, and may be included in periodic newsletters and/or information sent home.
Overdue Accounts: Parents/guardians are encouraged to monitor their student`s accounts closely. Parents/guardians/students can view account balances, items purchased, and register for email "low account" notifications at www.myschoolaccount.com. If a student`s account is negative, or a purchase creates a negative account balance, the student and parent/guardian will be notified. The CCSU Child Nutrition Services will follow-up with the parent/guardian to arrange for payment, or to assist with the application process for the Free Lunch and Breakfast Program. The CCSU Child Nutrition Services operates on a debit system - meaning all accounts should be prepaid and have a positive balance. If accounts become delinquent, the CCSU Child Nutrition Services may close a debit account and require cash purchases. If, during the year, family financial conditions change, please notify the CCSU Child Nutrition Services or the school principal for Free Lunch and Breakfast Program information and an application, which can be filed at any time during the school year.
Payments: Meals must be prepaid - weekly or monthly prepayment is encouraged. Balances may be monitored by the parent/guardian/student at www.myschoolaccount.com.
(The food service number is the same as the Student ID Number.)
- ACH: For all schools, electronic transfers from savings/checking accounts will be accepted into child nutrition accounts using www.myschoolaccount.com. There will be a service provider fee of $1.95 per transaction. Transactions before 11:00 p.m. will be posted at 5:00 a.m. the next morning.
- Cash: Cash is always accepted for deposit into individual accounts or for payment of purchases on a daily basis.
- Check: For all schools, checks may be payable to the CCSU Child Nutrition Service. Payments are deposited in an account for the student and a debit system is used to purchase meals and adjust the account. Please write the student`s name or Student ID Number on the check to ensure proper posting.
Curricular and Extracurricular Connections
- Students in grade six are placed on one of two small teams-a two teacher or three teacher team. Science and math are taught separately and language arts and social studies are taught in a humanities format.
- Students in grades 7 and 8 are either on a two year looping team with four teachers who teach math, science, language arts and social studies (Team Alchemy or Team Nova) or are on a multiage team with two teachers who each teach two subjects (language arts/social studies and math/science) (Team Discovery).
- Algebra is an 8th grade seminar class that students may take on Friday mornings during homeroom and activity period. An additional algebra seminar class takes places one day a week during the school day. Successful completion of the regular grade 8 class and seminar allows students to enroll in geometry during their freshman year in high school.
- Students in the sixth grade will take a semester of French and a semester of Spanish for a 30 minute, every other day conversational program.
- At the end of the year, students will choose which language they would like to pursue in the seventh and eighth grade; both French and Spanish will be continued as full-period courses.
- A foreign language course is a three year commitment at ADL, which prepares students for the high school level 2 or sometimes even level 3 program.
- It is permissible for students who need additional academic support in their school day to delay their study of foreign language until they reach the 9th grade. These students are scheduled into math and/or reading support, ELL, or IEP basic skills classes.
- Students receive instruction in the following areas throughout their three years at ADL: Art, Family and Consumer Science, and Music.
Family and Consumer Science
- In sixth grade, students review the elements and principles of design through the exploration of many mediums.
- One point perspective is taught and many cultural connections are made through learning about the history and styles of various art forms.
- In seventh grade, students work towards a more thorough investigation and understanding of various mediums.
- Students will use the elements and principles of design with more purpose.
- Students are encouraged to problem solve and think more critically about their artwork.
- Two point perspective is introduced and diverse styles and genres of art continue to be explored.
- In eighth grade, students take more risks with finding their voice within their art.
- Many mediums are explored at one time to create greater depth within their work.
- Students collaborate in groups to design and build installation art using different tools and mediums.
- History of art and styles continue to be explored on a more contemporary level.
- Family and Consumer Science emphasizes skills essential for independent living through units of study in nutrition, food preparation, clothing construction, advertising, unit pricing and teen issues.
- Technology is an integral piece of the instruction in FACS as it is used to enhance consumer skills and to inform the school community about healthy choices. Microsoft Publisher, Photo Story, Power Point, moodles, Googledocs, blogging, and podcasting are some examples of technology that the students are exposed to during their time in this class.
- Service learning and hands on activities are a large part of the experience in Family and Consumer Science.
- Music is required of all sixth through eighth graders.
- Sixth grade music classes include instruction in music theory.
- Seventh grade music classes focus on music history.
- Eighth grade music classes investigate music composition and beginning guitar.
Physical Education and Health
- The band program at ADL is designed to accommodate each participant at the level best suited to his or her instrumental skills.
- The Concert Band is organized with the beginning to intermediate level student in mind.
- Wind Ensemble performs music which requires skills ranging from intermediate to advanced levels.
- Both bands provide an extension to the lessons each student receives during the week.
- Placement in either band is determined by the Band Director.
- A written statement of requirements for placement will be distributed to interested students at the beginning of the school year. Auditions may be scheduled any time following and, indeed, throughout the year.
- The Jazz Band is another small ensemble available to interested students who demonstrate appropriate skill. Orchestra
- The ADL Strings Orchestra program is available to all students in all grades.
- Orchestra meets on a daily basis during activity period and small ensembles are also formed for selected students.
- Physical education is a required course for all students and meets daily.
- The instructional phase is designed to give students a basic skills level ability in a number of activities.
- Illness and injury are reasons for absence from activities.
- Excuses for non-participation in physical education will require a note or telephone call from a parent or doctor.
- The school nurse, when warranted, will exercise her authority to excuse students from physical education.
- Students must change from their regular school clothing into the following physical education dress:
- Gym shorts (no snaps or buttons)
- T-shirt, or a shirt designed for exercise
- Sneakers and athletic socks
- Sweatshirts and long pants (clothes worn to class not acceptable) for cool days in the spring and fall, or nylon windpants or tops.
- Eyeglass holders for those who wear eyeglasses.
- Barrettes and/or rubber bands to keep hair under control.
- For several weeks each year, students participate in health classes instead of PE twice a week.
- The curriculum used is called the Michigan Model
- The intramural program is a voluntary program open to all students.
- It is designed to give students an opportunity to participate in an activity of particular personal interest.
- No special skills are necessary, and everyone who signs up for an activity will have ample opportunity to participate.
- A variety of activities is offered depending upon student interests, equipment, facilities, and field conditions.
- Typically, intramural programs operate two days per week from 2:45-3:30. The specific schedule is determined and announced each year, but generally intramurals take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
- An interscholastic athletic program involves competition with area schools.
- Students in grades 6 – 8 are eligible to try out for the various teams (girls – field hockey, gymnastics, soccer, basketball, softball, track and field, cross country, and cheerleading; boys – soccer, basketball, baseball, track & field, cross country, and cheerleading) provided their scholastic effort and school citizenship meet with the approval of the principal and faculty.
- It is not enough that our athletes, representing as they do their homes, school and Essex Junction, limit their good sportsmanship and good conduct to the gymnasium, the soccer field or the baseball diamond. All around good citizenship and qualities of leadership are an absolute requirement. Citizenship applies to attitude and behavior both on and off the field and includes one’s manner as a spectator, in the class and about the community.
- Students should keep in mind that participation in interscholastic athletics is not a right; it is a privilege.
- It is a matter of school policy that students participating in interscholastic athletics travel to away games well groomed and in school attire, although individual coaches may have more formal expectations.
- All students who participate in either intramural or interscholastic sports must have had a physical exam within the past two years. Documentation of the physical exam must be given to the school nurse prior to the start of any practices or games and will be filed as a part of the student’s health records.
- IN ADDITION, PARENTS/GUARDIANS MUST COMPLETE THE HEALTH QUESTIONNAIRE WHICH WILL COVER INTRAMURAL SPORTS FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR.
- Students planning to participate in a winter or spring interscholastic sport must also complete the same Health Questionnaire before the start of each sport. Interscholastic coaches will have these forms.
- Extracurricular activities are an important part of school life. We suggest that all students participate in as many activities as possible without allowing themselves to feel overwhelmed.
- The school offers the following activities as resources allow: three different bands, two choruses, hand bells, an art club, knitting club, games club, musical club, technology club, yearbook, peer leadership, Math Counts, Geo Bee, and other activities organized throughout the year.
- Student suggestions for other activities are always welcomed by the principal and staff.
Student Behavioral Expectations
It is essential that a productive learning atmosphere is maintained in the school to provide high academic performance, responsible citizenship, and enhanced student self-esteem. The goal of a school discipline plan is to maintain a safe and respectful learning community and to serve as a form of teaching which may include repairing harm done in situations of misconduct. Disciplinary procedures will be fair and consistent. Faculty and staff will communicate school rules to students.
Parent/guardians play a primary role in making a school discipline system successful. Reading and becoming familiar with the discipline philosophy, expectations, and process included or referenced in this section are important first steps.
Expectations: Students are expected to maintain standards of behavior considered appropriate for their age. Courtesy, consideration, and respect for people and property is expected of students while in school and at school-related functions, regardless of location.
Pursuant to CCSU policies, the School Administration may discipline or suspend a student or, with the approval of the School Board, long-term suspend a student for misconduct and violation of school district policy and expectations. Disciplinary consequences may also arise for misconduct that does not occur on school property, on a school bus, or at a schoolsponsored activity where the misconduct can be shown to pose a clear and substantial interference with another student`s equal access to educational programs.
Discipline Philosophy and Student Expectations Consequences: The consequence for every offense cannot be prescribed and may include disciplinary consequences and/or restorative practices. The Board believes every offense should elicit an appropriate consequence. It also recognizes the need for discretion and sensitivity with regard to the unique circumstances of each case.
Consequences for failure to meet student expectations and violations of school policies may result in, but not be limited to, disciplinary actions, including: loss of appropriate activity or privilege, disciplinary warning, detention, community service, probation, suspension, longterm suspension or other restorative or disciplinary actions as deemed appropriate by school administrators.
According to policy, students who violate drug and alcohol expectations will be removed from participation from all extra and co-curricular activities for three months. Co- and extra-curricular activities include: participation on sports teams, clubs, drama productions, attendance at athletic contests, dances, graduation exercises, and those school-sponsored organizations, activities, and events not directly related to the academic and/or testing programs. Violations of weapons policies may result in long-term suspension. Students and parents/guardians are encouraged to consult the district’s policy manual (available on-line at www.ccsuvt. org) for specific details on suspension and long-term suspension.
While out of school, the student is expected to work on school-related tasks and complete all homework. Suspension or long-term suspension may result in the loss of academic credit or 10 loss of grade for assignments due or tests taken during suspension or long-term suspension.
Chronic violation of student expectations will result in increased severity of disciplinary consequences and may ultimately result in long-term suspension and loss of credit.
Examples of behaviors that will result in disciplinary consequences include: insubordination or failure to comply with a reasonable request from staff; threats of any sort; profanity; bullying; harassment; fighting or assaulting behavior of any type on school premises or at any school function regardless of location; lying; stealing; hazing; trespassing; deliberate destruction of property; use of fraud in any school-related activity; willful creation of any safety hazard or mischievous activation of any type of safety or fire alarm.
The Administration and School Board may also discipline any student for misconduct on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored activity when the misconduct makes the continued presence of the pupil harmful to the welfare of the school, or the misconduct does not occur on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored activity where direct harm to the welfare of the school can be demonstrated. Additionally, the Administration and the School Board may discipline any student for misconduct that does not occur on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored activity where the misconduct can be shown to pose a clear and substantial interference with another student`s equal access to educational programs.
The administration will use discretion, where such flexibility is permitted, in the application of consequences. Disciplinary consequences imposed by the administration shall be final and not subject to appeal. What follows are guidelines, benchmarks, and portions/summaries of policies used most often.
Preparation for an active participation in learning: It is important for students to be engaged. Full and active participation means listening, talking, doing, creating, reading, laughing, thinking, drawing, searching, or anything else involved in the learning process. Being prepared for class means being on time, begin ready to start, having all necessary supplies, and completing homework before class begins.
Positive attitude toward learning: A positive attitude means trying new things, establishing goals, and becoming involved in one’s studies. Students must challenge themselves and put forth the effort to learn new content and skills.
Respect for self, others, and the environment: Respect is a central theme in all of our schools. Words and actions should be considerate of people and things. This means polite language, a helpful attitude, and a regard for property. Students are expected to be courteous and respectful to staff, faculty, and to one another.
Hazing, Harassment, Bullying and Retaliation
In the fall of 2015, as required by State law, CCSU consolidated the three policies which prohibit against harassment, hazing and bullying. To view the new policy and procedure (J01/J01R - Prevention of Harassment, Hazing and Bullying of Students), please visit: http://www.ccsuvt.org/forms-policies. Retaliation for making a report of HHB or participating in an investigation into allegations of HHB is prohibited. The School District will take appropriate action against any student, volunteer, contractor, or employee of the school district who retaliates against any person who makes a good faith report of HHB. Retaliation against a student can take many forms and includes, but is not limited to: any form of intimidation, reprisal, or continued hazing, harassment, and or bullying. A student that feels as they are experiencing retaliation for making a report of HHB or being involved in the investigation of an alleged HHB incident should immediately report the situation to a Designated Employee.
Each school campus has at least two Designated Employees that are charged with receiving and investigating reports of hazing, harassment and bullying. Any person who believes they have been the victim of hazing, harassment and/ or bullying or the victim of retaliation by making a complaint of such behavior, or any person with knowledge or evidence of conduct which may constitute hazing shall report the alleged acts immediately to a Designated Employee, a school administrator, coach or the superintendent’s office.
Teachers, administrators, volunteers, contractors, coaches, or other employees of the school district shall be particularly alert to possible situations, circumstances, or events which might include hazing, harassment, bullying and/or retaliation. Any such person who receives knowledge or evidence of conduct which may constitute these behaviors shall inform the building principal or assistant principal or Designated Employee.
The following is a list of Designated Employees for HHB reporting for each school campus:
ADL: Jennifer Wood, Amie Conger, and Nicole Williams
CTE: Robert Travers and Carolyn Dickinson
EHS: Ben Johnson, Louise Strong, Tom Faris, and Mark Floyd
Fleming: Dan Ryan and Amy Bigelow
Hiawatha: Tom Bochanski and Scott Evans
Summit: Suzanne Gruendling and Ashley Cate
Westford: Marcie Lewis and Vanessa Habedank
The CCSU School District is committed to providing all of its students with a safe and supportive school environment in which all members of the school community are treated with respect. It is the policy of CCSU to prohibit the unlawful harassment of students based on race, color, religion, creed, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability and other legally protected status under federal or state law.
CCSU holds the civil rights of individuals in great esteem and importance as we consider access to our school environments. We are dedicated to creating a safe and non-discriminatory environment for all students. Privacy is also an important issue for any student who feels a need for privacy regardless of gender identify or sex assignment. In order to be supportive and to create safe spaces for of all our students, all bathrooms and locker rooms across CCSU will be accessible to students and people in our schools based on their identified gender.
It is also the policy of CCSU to prohibit the unlawful hazing, harassment, bullying of its students and prohibits retaliation against students for making complaints of HHB or their involvment in an investigation into HHB.
CCSU shall address all complaints of harassment, hazing and bullying, and shall take appropriate action against any person - subject to the jurisdiction of the board - who violates this policy. Nothing herein shall be construed to prohibit punishment of a student for conduct which, although it does not rise to the level of harassment, bullying, or hazing as defined herein, otherwise violates one or more of the board’s disciplinary policies or the school’s code of conduct.
All CCSU schools should be a safe and kind learning environment, free from any bullying. Bullying is a form of dangerous and disrespectful behavior not permitted or tolerated within CCSU schools.
Definition: Bullying means any overt act or combination of acts, including an act conducted by electronic means, directed against a student by another student or group of students and which:
- Is repeated over time
- Is intended to ridicule, humiliate, or intimidate the student; and
- Occurs during the school day on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored activity, or before or after the school day on a school bus or at a school-sponsored activity; or does not occur during the school day on school property, on a school bus, or at a schoolsponsored activity and can be shown to pose a clear and substantial interference with another student`s right to access educational programs.
Reporting Bullying: If a student feels they are being bullied, and it is safe to do so, the student may tell that person to stop. Victims and witnesses are asked to report bullying to their grade-level administrator or, if this proves difficult, any teacher or staff member. Students may anonymously report acts of bullying to their teachers and school administrators, or can call the Safe Schools Hotline at 872-5888. Parents/guardians may file written reports of suspected bullying with the school. Any student or parent/guardian of a student who believes they have been a victim of bullying should report the matter immediately to the principal. All CCSU employees are required to advance reports of bullying to their respective administrator or supervisor immediately.
Consequences: Bullying will result in the bully being disciplined. The disciplinary consequences include the full range of disciplinary consequences outlined in CCSU discipline policies and the school discipline plan (e.g. confiscation of cell phone, denial of internet privileges, detention, loss of privileges, denial of participation in extra-curricular activities and sports). Disciplinary consequences may also include a recommendation to the school board for long-term suspension.
To the extent permitted by federal and state confidentiality laws, the school may notify the parent/guardian of the student who is a victim of bullying of the action taken to prevent further acts of bullying. The school will also provide notification to the parents/guardians of the student who commits a verified act of bullying of the school`s response and consequences of any further bullying by their child. Law enforcement authorities may be contacted upon verification of acts of bullying. It should be noted that misconduct, while serious, may not meet all the standards of bullying. However, it may be behavior that is subject to the full range of disciplinary actions utilized by the school including, but not limited to, suspension and long-term suspension.
Bullying incidences are subject to report requirements of the Vermont Secretary of Education. All CCSU schools will collect data on the number of reported and verified incidents of bullying. For more information on the bullying, please see policy J01 on the CCSU site.
All CCSU schools should be educational settings where students are free from harassment. CCSU schools are committed to providing a safe and respectful learning environment for all students. We support and value tolerance and responsibility, and expect students to treat each other and with respect. Harassment will not be tolerated in CCSU schools, and any student who participates in the harassment of another individual or group while at school or attending a school-sponsored activity will be subject to the full range of disciplinary actions utilized by the school. This includes, but is not limited to: detention, loss of extra-curricular privileges, suspension, and/or long-term suspension. Please note that harassment is behavior which can occur on and off school grounds. CCSU schools will take appropriate steps to respond to harassment that takes place off school grounds, provided it has a nexus to the school environment, and where the misconduct can be shown to pose a clear and substantial interference with another student`s equal access to educational programs.
Definitions and Examples: As it relates to students and the schools, "Harassment" means an incident or incidents of verbal, written, visual, or physical conduct, including any incident conducted by electronic means, based on or motivated by a student`s or a student`s family member`s actual or perceived race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability that has the purpose or effect of objectively and substantially undermining and detracting from or interfering with a student`s educational performance or access to school resources or creating an objectively intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.
Harassment can also include conduct such as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal, written, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature when submission to that conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term of condition of the student`s education, or submission or rejection of the conduct is used as a component for decisions affecting the student.
Harassment can also include conduct directed at the characteristics of the student`s or their family`s actual or perceived race or color, creed, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, or disability. It can include the use of stereotypes, racial slurs, comments, insults, derogatory remarks, gestures, threats, graffiti, display or circulation of written or visual material and taunts on the manner of a student`s speech or negative references to racial customs.
Examples of harassment based or motivated on the characteristics outlined above can include:
- Verbal: Foul, racist, offensive, or demeaning language; persistent teasing, offensive or degrading jokes or comments; embarrassing someone with comments or cracks, making fun of the way someone talks or looks, using degrading words to describe someone; repeatedly flirting with someone who`s not interested, participating in gossip, passing rumors or threats, etc.
- Non-Verbal: Gestures, graffiti or pictures on books, lockers, hats, clothing; suggestive, obscene or insulting sounds, whistling, leering; sexually suggestive objects, notes, or other writings of a teasing, insulting, racist or otherwise offensive nature; displays of obscene or sexually explicit materials.
- Physical: Unwanted contact which may include: touching, pinching, pushing, hitting or brushing up against someone`s body. Unwanted contact could also constitute assault and involve the police and DCF.
- Electronic Means: Includes harassing conduct which occurs via the internet or cell phone,such as email communication(s), web postings, voice mail(s), and texting.
Administrative Procedures: CCSU schools receiving notice of alleged conduct constituting harassment will promptly investigate the matter. After receiving actual notice (a written complaint or oral information that harassment may have occurred), the school official will provide the alleged victim and the alleged perpetrator (or their parents/guardians if under the age of 18) with a copy of the CCSU policy and procedure. The school official shall promptly initiate an investigation of the complaint no later than one school day from the filing of the complaint. The determination should be completed no later than five days from 16 the filing of the complaint with the designated person (unless special circumstances exist).
If harassment is found to have occurred, the school will take prompt and appropriate remedial action reasonably calculated to stop it. The privacy of the complainant, accused individual(s), and witnesses shall be maintained. If either the complainant or the alleged individual is under the age of 18, subject to state and/or federal laws protecting the confidentiality of personally identifiable student information, the complainant and the accused individual shall be informed in writing of the results.
CCSU schools also provide students with the opportunity to have an independent review of the final determination of the school or the school`s response to the documented harassment.
Consequences for Harassment: Documented acts of harassment will result in the perpetrator being disciplined. The disciplinary consequences include the full range of disciplinary consequences outlined in the CCSU student discipline policies and school discipline plan. These include, but are not limited to: afterschool detention, loss of privileges, loss of ability to participate in after-school and extra-curricular activities, mandatory remedial classes, parent/guardian conferences, and suspension. Disciplinary consequences may also include a recommendation to the school board for long-term suspension. The school will provide notice to the parents/guardians and complainant of the results of the investigation. The school will also provide clear notification to the parents/ guardians of the student who commits a verified act of harassment of the school`s response and consequences of any further harassment by their child. Law enforcement may be contacted upon verification of acts of harassment.
At all stages of the investigation an determination process, alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation are available to the complainant to resolve the complaint.
It should be noted that some misconduct, while serious, may not meet all the standards of harassment. However, CCSU schools may respond to such behavior in an appropriate manner to prevent misconduct from escalating to harassment. Therefore, it may be behavior that is subject to the full range of disciplinary actions utilized by the school, including, but not limited to suspension and longterm suspension.
Harassment incidences are subject to reporting requirements of the VT Secretary of Education. All CCSU schools will collect data on the number of reported and verified incidences of harassment. For more information on the harassment, please see policy J01 on the CCSU site.
Hazing means any intentional, knowing or reckless act commit ted by a student, whether individually or in concert with others, against another student:
- In connection with pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in any organization which is affiliated with the educational institution; and
- Which is intended to have the effect of, or should reason ably be expected to have the effect of, endangering the men tal or physical health of the student
- The goals are approved by the educational institution; and
- The activity or conduct furthers the goals in a manner that is appropriate, contemplated by the educational institu tion, and normal and customary for similar programs at other educational institutions.
- Any person who believes they have been the victim of hazing, or any person with knowledge or evidence of conduct which may constitute hazing shall report the alleged acts immediately to a school administrator or the superintendent.
- The building principal is the person responsible for receiving reports at the building level. Any person may report hazing directly to a school administrator or to the superintendent.
- Teachers, administrators, volunteers, contractors, or other employees of the school district shall be particularly alert to possible situations, circumstances, or events which might include hazing. Any such person who receives knowledge or evidence of conduct which may constitute hazing shall inform the building principal.
- The school district will take appropriate action against any student, volunteer, contractor, or employee of the school district who retaliates against any person who makes a good faith report of alleged hazing. Retaliation includes, but is not limited to: any form of intimidation, reprisal, or harassment.
Consequences: The building administrator (or designee), in accordance with established policy, procedures, and school rules, is responsible for managing student discipline in cases of hazing. Discipline and consequences will be at the discretion of the building administrator (or designee) after consultation with the superintendent. A range of disciplinary consequences including warning, suspension, exclusion from co- or extra-curricular opportunities, revocation of non-curricular privileges (i.e. parking, attendance at events, etc.), or long-term suspension may be applied. Repeat offenders should expect increasingly severe penalties.
In cases of student athletes, consequences for hazing violations may range from individual suspension from participation in athletic programs for a period of time to cancellation of an athletic schedule, depending on the magnitude of the incident and the number of athletes involved. Consequences for athletic hazing violations brought to the attention of the administration after-the-season may include restriction on subsequent athletic eligibility, revocation, or denial of athletic letter awards, and/or athletic probation.
Students having knowledge of the planning or occurrence of a specific hazing activity, and who fail to report it to the required officials as noted previously may be subject to discipline involving loss of non-curricular privileges.
Potentially illegal acts will be brought to the attention of law enforcement. For more information on the hazing, please see policy J01 on the CCSU site.
- Internet Acceptable Use Policy
Internet access is available to students and educators across the CCSU. The CCSU believes access to the internet offers vast, diverse, and unique resources to both students and teachers. Our goal in providing this service to educators and students is to promote educational excellence in our schools by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication. The network relies upon proper conduct of end users who must adhere to strict guidelines. These guidelines are provided so the user is aware of the required responsibilities. In general, this requires efficient, ethical, and legal utilization of the network resources.
If a user within CCSU violates any of these provision, their account may be terminated, and future access could possibly be denied. Further disciplinary measures may also be taken. An Electronic Information Resource Agreement (IIBH-E1) between CCSU and the and the user will be provided to students in grade 4 and to newly registered students, indicating the user who signed has carefully read the terms and conditions, and understands its significance. This agreement is maintained in each student`s permanent file and reviewed annually. The Agreement can be referenced online at www.ccsuvt.org/policies/policy-iibh-e.
Your signature, agreeing you have read the handbook, serves as your acknowledgement and acceptance of the expectations within the handbook and the Internet Use Agreement. Your signature indicates you agree to abide by the conditions and guidelines herein. This agreement is in effect for the duration of the student`s enrollment or until amended.
Terms and Conditions: These policies shall apply to:
- Users of electronic information resources which are utilized with equipment located or accessed in the district
- Users who obtain their access privileges through association with the district
Responsible Use Guidelines:
- I agree that the use of electronic information resources must be in support of education, research, and the educational goals and objectives of the district
- I agree not to submit, publish, display, or retrieve any defamatory, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, racially offensive, harassing, illegal material other than for educational purposes as approved by a district educator.
- I will protect my own and others` information. I will not reveal others` personal address or phone numbers.
- I will lock or log off my device when I am not using it.
- I understand that email is not private.
- I will not use the network in any way that would disrupt the use of the network by others.
- I understand that many services and products are available for free and acknowledge that I am responsible for any expenses incurred (such as online buying, research fees, etc.).
- I will not use the network for commercial purposes.
- I will follow the rules of the District`s Discipline and Required Student Behavior policy while using electronic information resources.
- I will not attempt to harm, modify, or destroy hardware or software, or interfere with system security.
- I will use a password that has at least one special character, is not a word that can be found in the dictionary and is at least six characters long.
- I agree not to bypass the district`s internet filter by using a proxy site, web browser plugin, or any other method.
- I agree not to intentionally hide, obscure, mask or encrypt data on the network.
- I agree not to connect district owned wireless devices to mobile hotspots on school property.
- I agree to not lock district owned devices by putting passwords on them or enabling lock screens.
- I agree to remove my unwanted or unused files regularly.
- I will not use, or attempt to use, others` electronic passwords or account information.
- Online behavior should reflect the same standards of honesty, respect, and consideration used face-to-face. Any speech that is considered inappropriate in the classroom is inappropriate online. This includes, but is not limited to: profanity; racist, sexist or discriminatory remarks; and personal attacks. All CCSU policies and procedures are relevant when using social media.
- Respect copyright and fair use guidelines. Refer to the U.S. Copyright Office (www.copyright.gov), along with Fair Use and CCSU Copyright Policy and Handbook and references.
- Be sure to familiarize yourself with all Terms and Conditions prior to using any online services including age requirements.
- The district reserves the right to log the use of all systems and monitor file server and cloud space utilization.
- The building administrator is authorized to close an account at any time through the System Administrator, whose decision may be appealed to the Superintendent. The decision of the Superintendent is final.
- The district is not responsible for any service interruptions, changes, or consequences arising there from, even if these arise from circumstances under the control of the district.
- The district makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied. Service is provided on an "as is, as available" basis.
- The district reserves the right to establish rules and regulations as may be necessary to maintain the operation of the electronic information systems.
- Infractions of the provisions set forth in this Agreement may result in the suspension or termination of access privileges and/or appropriate disciplinary action.
- Activities in violation of state and federal statutes will be subject to prosecution by those authorities. Disciplinary action may be taken by the district as appropriate. The administration, faculty, and staff of the district may request the System Administrator to deny specific user accounts due to inappropriate use.
- Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco
Maintaining a safe, positive learning environment free of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, weapons and assault/fighting: Students are expected to avoid any action that may endanger themselves or others. Students and adults are expected to attend school and school-related events free of the influence of drugs, tobacco, or alcohol. The use or possession of alcohol, drugs, and /or tobacco products is prohibited on school grounds, or during school activities (refer to “Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco listed under A below). Students must not carry or possess (openly or concealed) any type of weapon on school grounds or at a school activity (refer to “Weapons” listed under ‘B’ below). Students are expected to treat each other and staff with respect (refer to “Assault/fighting listed under C below).
- Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco: CCSU upholds a drug, alcohol, and tobacco-free environment. The possession, use, or sale of tobacco, alcohol, and/or drugs is prohibited. Please refer to CCSU Policy JFCHI: Alcohol and Other Drugs for more information.
Definition: The term “drug” is defined as a mood-altering substance to include, but not be limited to, the following categories: tobacco and nicotine products (including electronic cigarettes and vaporizers), illegal drugs and substances, inhalants, controlled drugs, prescription medication, and alcohol.
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program:In keeping with Title 16, VSA sections 1165 and 909, and other state and federal regulations, the School Board supports a comprehensive program which includes at least the following components: education/prevention programming and staff training; support and referral systems and cooperative agreements; immediate and emergency procedures; possession, use, and/or distribution intervention; performance and behavior-related interventions; and community awareness programming.
- Education/Prevention Programming: CCSU has implemented a welldeveloped sequential tobacco, alcohol, and drug abuse prevention education curriculum for elementary and secondary schools.
- Support and Referral Systems and Cooperative Agreements:Each school within the district has an in-school process for initial assessment, support, and, if necessary, referral to community resources for students affected by their own or another`s drug use.
- Immediate Procedures:Emphasis shall be placed on the welfare and rights of the individual to the extent such consideration does not jeopardize the welfare and rights of others. With regard to students, in-school procedures shall provide for an immediate response to any drug-related incident until the student has been discharged to the parent, guardian, social services, medical, or law enforcement agency. As part of school procedure, the administration shall be immediately informed by school staff of any violation of the law and/or school policy. The administration shall follow the appropriate legal procedures and due process for discipline.
- Emergency Procedures:In the event of an emergency involving alcohol or drug abuse, every precaution must be taken to protect the person`s health and well-being while protecting the health and well-being of the remaining school population.
- Possession, Use, or Distribution Consequences/Interventions:Any student discovered in a school building, on school property, or at a schoolsanctioned activity, having possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia, using or distributing drugs, or knowingly and willfully assisting another person in using or distributing drugs shall be disciplined with established school policy and procedure. The matter shall be referred to the police as necessary. Students found to be in violation of district policies, including drug, alcohol, and tobacco policies, will have their parking privileges revoked and will lose the opportunity to participate in campus-sponsored Drivers Education classes.
- Performance and Behavior-Related Problems: According to school procedures, a minimum of two staff persons shall be designated for consultation regarding a student whose behavior or performance may indicate a problem with alcohol or other drug use. These staff persons shall assist the determination of need for further screening, education, and counseling in referral to treatment.
Employees of the supervisory union (including contractors and drivers) shall report incidents and/or behavior of students, other employees, or visitors who display evidence of impairment. Employees shall report incidents to the principal (or designee) or the superintendent.
When a student is determined to be under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, they shall be discharged to a parent, guardian, social service, medical, or law enforcement agency.
Following appropriate consultation and deliberation, the parent or guardian of any student suspected of being under the influence of drugs shall be notified by school authorities. A course of action leading toward the determination of facts, and, if necessary, toward the treatment and rehabilitation of said student, shall be jointly considered by school authorities.
- Follow-Up Procedures: It is recognized retaining or returning persons to the school setting is desirable whenever such action is consistent with the individual`s own rehabilitation and well-being, and whenever such action does not interfere with the learning process for students and the maintenance of discipline and safety. Students may be required to seek professional guidance/rehabilitation as a condition of enrollment/re-enrollment in school or other alternative education program provided by the district.
- Prescription Drugs and Other Medication: Any student who must take medication during the regular school day shall do so in accordance with the district policy J9-R3 concerning the administration of medications. Also, see the health services section of this handbook.
- Community Involvement: CCSU shall provide for a program to inform the community about alcohol and other drug abuse prevention, intervention and education programs, and community-wide responsibility for effective alcohol and drug abuse prevention.
- First Offense
- Parents/guardians will be notified and the student sent home for the remainder of the day. The student must be picked up by a parent/guardian, social services, medical, or law enforcement agency.
- Notification under Emergency Conditions: if, in the opinion of the principal (or designee), an emergency situation exists, an area rescue squad and/or the local police will be called. The parent/ guardian will be notified prior to such action when possible, and in all other instances as soon as possible thereafter.
- Suspension for up to 10 days. Notification of Police: the principal or designee will notify the Essex Police Department in any instances of suspected or actual alcohol or drug use, possession, or distribution that would violate state laws.
- Upon re-entry to school, the student, parent/guardian must meet with an administrator, the school`s Substance Abuse Provider (if available), and show evidence of an appointment with a substance abuse counseling program. The student must comply with the counseling program`s treatment recommendations.
- Exclusion for 90 days from co- and extra-curricular activities. This applies to events sponsored by the school regardless of location. This can be modified to 30 days upon complying with recommendations from an outside counseling agency and in conjunction with the school SAP.
- While out of school, students are expected and responsible for all school related tasks. It is the student`s responsibility to contact their teachers and make appropriate plans for completion of assignments; students are encouraged to use the school website and/or email system.
- Second Offense - all of the above and:
- 10 days out-of-school suspension
- Third Offense - all of the above and:
- Minimum 10 days out-of-school suspension
- Further disciplinary action, up to and including: long-term suspension shall be recommended to the CCSU Superintendent.
- CTE Program Specific Drug Testing Procedures:If there is reasonable suspicion a student is under the influence of, or in possession of, drug paraphernalia, the student will immediately be sent to the administrative office (nurse`s office if it appears to be a medical issue). In addition to any disciplinary consequences, the following will be followed:
- The day the student is referred to an administrator, they are required to provide a urine sample for drug screening at a clinic utilized by the school for this purpose. Until results are received, the student may not use tools or equipment, or be placed in situations wherein injury to self or others may occur. Programs at school where such tools, equipment, or situations are present include: Apprenticeships; paid work experiences; Auto Tech I and II; Building Tech I and II; Childhood Education/Human Services I and II; Cosmetology I, II and III; Dental Assisting I and II; Driver Education; Graphic Design/Digital Publishing I and II; Natural Resources I and II; Pre-Tech; and Pro Foods I and II.
- In all school programs, a student shall not be placed on a paid or unpaid experience, and shall not be recommended for employment until/ unless drug screening results are negative.
- If screening results are positive, tainted, or diluted, the student must agree to cease use of drugs and submit to additional drug screening to document the cessation of drug use until a negative drug screen is obtained.
- Drug screening results must be negative and remain negative for the student to continue in the program.
- Additional random drug screening may be required.
- A second positive, tainted, or diluted drug screen shall result in a meeting with the student and parent(s)/guardian(s) to review program placement.
Discipline Procedures for Alcohol, Drug Sale, and/or Distribution:The following procedures will apply when a student is found selling and/or distributing alcohol or other drugs on school property or at school-sponsored activities, and will accrue during the entire school career of the student. School property includes all school buildings, athletic fields, and parking areas. Schoolsponsored activities include all athletic and co- and extra-curricular activities and events, regardless of location.
- First Offense
- 10 day suspension from school
- Parent/guardian/law enforcement notification. The principal may recommend long-term suspension to the school board.
- If the student returns to school, all policies relating to drug use and/or possession First Offense also apply.
- Second Offense
- Suspension and recommendation for long-term suspension. The student will be suspended or placed in an alternative educational setting until the school board makes a decision on long-term suspension.
- Police notification
- Parent/guardian conference
Participants in athletics and extra-curricular activities will face additional consequences as outlined in the school`s athletic eligibility, rules, and will be referred to the Athletic Director and/or activity advisor or coach.
- Discipline Procedures for Tobacco Use and/or Possession:In addition to the CCSU policy on Possession and Use of Tobacco Products, the following apply when a student is found in violation of the policy:
- Time in planning room, time-out, or in-school suspension
- Notification of parents/guardians
- Notification of law enforcement (if appropriate)
- Referral to appropriate school personnel
- Repeat offenders will be subject to suspension
CCSU will comply with federal and state laws in regarding the prohibition of weapons on campus, requiring school districts to provide for the possible long-term suspension of student who bring weapons to school.
- "To school" means any setting under control and supervision of the school district, including school grounds, facilities, and vehicles used to transport students to/from school or school activities. Students are not permitted to carry or possess (openly or concealed) any type of weapon, or facsimile or replica of a weapon, on school grounds.
- "Weapons" may include: handgun, knife, brass knuckles, nun-chucks, rifle, and any object which could be used to inflict serious injury. No knives of any length are acceptable on school property. Technical program students will be provided with all appropriate tools. These tools shall remain in the lab, shop, or work-site, and are not to be brought to school, in the possession of a student during breaks, or carried home.
Consequences: Any student who brings a weapon to school may be brought by the superintendent to the school board for a hearing. Any student who brings a firearm to school shall be brought by the Superintendent to the school board for a long term suspension hearing. The board may modify the long-term suspension on a case-by-case basis when it finds certain circumstances exist. In addition, any student who brings a weapon to school shall be referred to a law enforcement agency.
Assaulting and threatening behavior, including fighting or physical aggression, of any type on school premises or at any school function regardless of location will not be tolerated.
Consequences: Any student found in a school building, on school property, or at a school-sanctioned activity engaging in assault, threatening behavior, or physical aggression of any type shall be disciplined with established school policy and procedure. The matter shall be referred to police as necessary.
- Academic Honesty
Students are expected to hand in their own work appropriately citing the ideas of others. Students are also expected to take care that their behavior in testing situations is open and honest, an no assistance is provided to other students in testing. Students must use only approved aids in classroom, lab, testing, and performance situations. There shall be no academic dishonesty such as cheating, violation of copyright protection, willful plagiarism, or misrepresentation in any way of one`s work.
- "Cheating" is defined as using someone else`s work as your own, violating the conditions of the assignment, giving another student questions or answers from a test already taken, or speaking or using electronic messaging with someone during a test or quiz.
- "Plagiarism" is defined as the presentation of another`s work - the ideas, arguments, facts, or phraseology - as one`s own work. Unacknowledged quotation of another`s sentences, phrases, or keywords is plagiarism. Unacknowledged paraphrasing of someone else`s ideas or arguments is plagiarism. Using papers (in whole or in part) from the internet as one`s own work is plagiarism.
Subsequent offenses may result in the loss of credit for class(es) in which the offense(s) occurs, and/or possible retention. The appropriate school administrator will meet with the student and parent/guardian to inform the parties of the loss of credit, to review its impact on the student`s academic performance, and to reassert the school`s academic honesty expectations.
Vermont`s Flexible Pathways Act (Act 77) provides high school students who are Vermont state residents the opportunity to use two college course vouchers during their junior or senior years in high school. Students may apply for a voucher for the semester they wish to enroll in a dual enrollment course. The voucher covers the cost of tuition for a course of up to four credits at any participating Vermont college. The voucher does NOT cover the cost of materials, textbooks, or transportation. Dual enrollment courses provide both high school and college credit when successfully completed. Interested students should meet with their school counselor. For more information, please go to www.vtdualenrollment.org.
Early College: Early College is a full-year alternative to the senior year of high school. Students take courses in college, completing their senior year of high school and their freshman year of college simultaneously, tuition-free. For more information please contact your EHS School Counselor and go to education.vermont.gov/flexible-pathways/early-college. You can find information about one example of a science and technology-focused Early College program here: http://www.vtc.edu/vast-faqs.
Educational Support Services (EST/504/IDEIA)
Educational supports appropriate to the developmental level of students in a school are available to meet the needs of a variety of learning styles. It is CCSU policy to comply with state and federal laws concerning Act 117, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Special Education. Act 117 requires all schools to maintain a comprehensive system of educational supports and services resulting, to the maximum extent possible, in all students succeeding in the regular classroom.
Consistent with this policy, our schools will ensure a range of effective educational 30 supports and services will be available to all students. This includes special education services to those children who meet the criteria established by the rules and regulations of Vermont. A parent/guardian with concerns about their child`s academic development should consult with the student`s teacher to initiate access to educational supports and services.
For more information on related polices, please refer to www.ccsuvt.org/support or contact your building principal or the Executive Director of Student Support Services at 879-5575.
Educational Support Teams (EST): EST is in place to review concerns and needs of students in order to support their success. There are different levels of educational support and service available for students. Should a parent/guardian have a concern regarding student academic performance or behavior, they should contact the student`s classroom teacher. Parent/guardian concerns may be referred to the EST. Teachers may refer students to the EST as well. EST meetings allow teachers to work collaboratively to meet the needs of students and to establish follow-up procedures.
Electronic devices are prevalent in today`s society. It is important these devices be used to enhance learning, and not take away from learning occurring in the classroom. As such, the following apply in all CCSU schools:
- Students may use electronic devices in designated areas. The use of camera functions is strictly prohibited.
- Electronic devices may be used in academic classrooms at the discretion of the classroom teacher.
Emergency Preparedness and School Closings
We utilize an automated emergency notification system in the event of a school closing (due to weather or an emergency), which relies on the most up-to-date information you provide. Please notify each student`s school if any contact information changes (including 31 home/cell work phone, email, addresses, etc.).
School Closings: In the event of school closings, parents/guardians, students and employees shall be informed through radio and television stations, and by our emergency notification system. For a complete list of radio and television stations, visit www.vab. org/stations.htm, or contact the CCSU Central Office (879-5579). In addition, all school closing information will be posted to the CCSU web-site (www.ccsuvt.org) and on all school sites.
School closing notification is listed by school and posted as close to 6:00 a.m. as possible. If school is closed, all daytime and evening school activities, programs, and events are also cancelled, and notification will be posted online. Radio stations will be notified by 1:00 p.m. if evening adult classes and programs at CTE will also be cancelled.
Closings after school has started:If school must be closed before dismissal time, due to weather or other circumstances, announcements of the revised closing time will be made using the automated notification system, local radio/television stations, and the CCSU/school web-sites. If students need to be dismissed before the end of the school day, parents/guardians need to have an alternative plan in place and should communicate that plan to both their student and the school, with respect to who is authorized to pick up their child or who will be home to greet them. Generally, schools follow one of two alternatives:
- Students are dismissed (and transported if applicable), or
- Students are kept at school or at an alternative site (if the building is evacuated) until a parent/guardian arrives.
School Emergencies: In the event, CCSU has developed a School Safety Guide designed to minimize danger to all occupants of the building and to attend to the health and welfare of students.
In most emergencies, students will remain and be cared for at the school. In the rare event an emergency prohibits use of the buildings, or re-entry to the building (such as a 32 broken gas or water main, a fire, or toxic chemical spill), students will be transported via school transportation or walked to an evacuation site. During a school emergency, we ask parents/guardians to:
- Monitor your telephone and email: We will utilize an automated notification system to inform you of the emergency and provide guidance.
- Turn on your radio or television and go online: We will keep the media informed of any emergency. Check our web-site (www.ccsuvt.org) often for updates.
- Please do not telephone the school: We have limited phone lines and they must be used to respond to the emergency.
- Please do not come to the school unless requested to pick up your student: Any emergency may require emergency vehicles, workers, and/or law enforcement to have access to/from the building. During such a time, parents/guardians will be restricted from accessing school grounds. If the emergency necessitates relocation of staff and students, parents/guardians will be informed via the media and web-site. Parent/guardian identification may be required to dismiss a student. To dismiss a student to any adult other than the parent/guardian will require written permission from the student`s parent/guardian.
Please refer to the athletic eligibility rules at your student`s school for specific information on rules pertaining to extracurricular activity preparation, academic eligibility, attendance requirements, and locker room rules.
Essex High School Athletics: The EHS Athletics Digest is available at www.ccsuvt.org/ ehs/athletics, in the EHS athletics office, and from the EHS coaches and activity advisors.
School trips are an extension of educational programs, and all school rules and policies apply. Before a trip, parents/guardians will receive written notice containing all pertinent details necessary for a successful experience. Parent/guardian permission is required for a student to participate in a school trip. Students must use transportation arranged for the trip by the school.
Walking trips and other nearby activities are considered a regular part of the school program. Extended and overnight trips may require students and chaperones to complete participant contracts.
Fund-Raising and Solicitation
All fund-raising activities must be approved through the school principal (or designee), and must adhere to policies IGDF: School Fund-Raising Activities, JL: Student Solicitations, and J10: Wellness.
Guardianship and Parental Rights
It is the parents`/guardians` responsibility to provide documentation of legal decisions that effect custody or parental rights with regard to a student. If there are any changes in family or custody status that affect access to a student, student records, or residency, please notify the school immediately.
School nurses support student success by striving to remove health-related barriers to learning. Through health education and health care, the school nurse fosters an environment that promotes health, safety, and the well-being of every student and the school community.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a annual well child exam (which includes a physical) with your pediatrician for all children. CCSU supports this recommendation and supports all students seeing their doctor annually for this purpose.
Acute Illness: Students who are ill should not be in school. Illness includes, but is not limited to: vomiting, diarrhea, fever, persistent coughing or sneezing, and unexplained rashes. Parents/guardians should contact the school in the morning if their student will not be attending school due to illness. Students who become ill during the school day should report to the Health Office for evaluation. The Health Services Provider/School Nurse will assess the illness and contact parents/guardians as necessary. Students cannot leave without being released by either the Health Office or Main Office staff once the staff has contacted the parent/guardian or emergency designee. Parents/guardians/emergency designee are expected to make transportation arrangements for students released from the Health Office. Parents/guardians are asked to pick up their sick child as soon as possible.
Chronic Illness or Life-Threatening Allergy: Chronic illnesses and life-threatening allergies, such as food allergies, are a common yet serious condition. CCSU schools are committed to the requirements of Vermont`s Act 158: An Act Relating to Life Threatening Chronic Allergies and Illnesses in Schools, and the applicable provisions of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. To that end, all CCSU schools are prepared to offer safe and supportive environment accommodation for such conditions in a nondiscriminatory manner, enabling each student to meaningfully participate in school activities, including curricular and extra-curricular programs, meals, and recess. CCSU maintains school guidelines for managing students with life-threatening allergies and chronic illness, which include family, school, and student responsibilities. Prior to entry into school (or, for a student already in school, immediately after the diagnosis of a life-threatening allergic reaction), please notify the school administrator and/or school nurse to determine whether your student is eligible for protection under Section 504 due to life-threatening allergy or chronic illness. If your student has a food allergy or other chronic, life-threatening allergy or illness, it is your responsibility to inform the school of the condition so we may develop a plan to ensure your studentâ€™s safety in school activities. Whether or not it is determined that your student has a disabling condition and is eligible for protection under Section 504, an individualized health care plan will be developed to ensure that appropriate supports to address the studentâ€™s needs are provided, including during mealtimes for food allergies. Documentation of the chronic or life-threatening condition or allergy may be necessary in order for the school to evaluate the condition and to develop a plan, if necessary. A copy of the school procedures used by the school in these circumstances is available for parents/guardians and students.
Immunizations: Adequate proof of immunizations required by the State of Vermont must be on file in the School Health Office before the student starts school. Failure to comply with these State regulations will result in exclusion from school until the requirements are met. Requests for medical exemption must be signed by the physician. Parents/ guardians seeking exemption for philosophical or religious purposes must attest they have read and understand evidence based educational materials on immunization provided by the Vermont Department of Health. The philosophical and religious exemption form is now a separate form from the medical exemption form, and must be signed annually for all exempted students. These changes have been adopted by the VT Legislature to help keep Vermont`s children healthy. Parent/guardian educational materials and all necessary forms are available on the VT Department of Health`s website: www.healthvermont.gov.
Injuries: Accidents can happen in school buildings, on field studies, in school buses, and on school grounds. All serious injuries occurring during regular school hours must be reported to the School Nurse for evaluation and referral to outside medical care as necessary. An accident report will be filed on all serious injuries. School personnel may need to arrange for immediate transport to a health care facility in serious cases of illness or injury. Parents/guardians, or emergency designee, will be contacted to make those arrangements. In the case of emergency, 9-1-1 will be called and the parent/guardian, or emergency designee, will be contacted as soon as possible.
Nits and Head Lice: CCSU recognizes Pediculosis (head lice) is a common challenge for families and agencies dealing with students. While lice cannot be completely eliminated, CCSU encourages cooperative measures within the school community to control for lice and nits. CCSU emphasizes keeping students in school when head lice is detected, rather than sending them home, risking unnecessary loss of school time. CCSU practice is based on VT Department of Health recommendations, which states that children should be allowed to return to school after proper treatment, and should not be prevented from returning to school because of the presence of nits. It is the practice of CCSU member school districts to prevent, monitor, and manage outbreaks of head lice at the school level.
Non-Prescription Medication: School Health Office personnel administer non-prescription medication. A parent/guardian must complete and sign a Health Information Form yearly, and may indicate preference for their student to receive over-the-counter medications for the duration of each school year. Students may not carry any type of non prescription medication including but not limited to: ibuprofen, acetaminophen, cold/cough medicine of any type.
Prescription Medication: Prescription medications may be administered by district health personnel only when the following state regulations are complied with:
- Before the medication can be given, School Health Office personnel must have written orders from a physician detailing the name of the student, the drug dosage, and the time the medication is to be given.
- School Health Office personnel must have written permission from the student`s parent/guardian.
- The parent/guardian must bring the medication to school in a container appropriately labeled by the pharmacy or physician.
- All medications must be kept in the school health office in a locked cabinet.
- School Health Office personnel must administer all medications.
- Student may not carry any prescription medicine of any type on his/ her person.
Identification (ID) Badges
Student identification (ID) will be provided to all EHS/CTE students. Badges are to be used for admittance to school activities and events (such as dances, sporting competitions, etc.), for library use, or for security reasons. Students are required to identify themselves upon request, and failure to do so will lead to an administrative response.
All knives are considered weapons under district policy. No knives of any length or type are acceptable on school property. Technical program students will be provided with all appropriate tools. These tools shall remain in the lab, shop, or work-site, and are not to be brought to school, be in the possession of a student during breaks, or be carried home. Refer to the "Discipline Philosophy and Student Expectations" section for detailed information regarding CCSU policy against weapons.
Leaving School Grounds
No student shall, at any time during the day, leave the school grounds without permission from the main office or nurse`s office. Students who leave campus without permission will be listed as off school grounds with an unauthorized absence (commonly referred to as "skipping"). Parents/guardians will be notified and an administrative response will occur.
- Lockers are the property of school and may be opened by school personnel. Students should not have any expectation of privacy in lockers.
- Use of school lockers shall be consistent with school rules and CCSU policies. Unsafe or unsanitary conditions will result in loss of locker privileges.
- Only non-permanent decorations are allowed on the inside of the locker.
- Students should not share locker combinations to ensure that personal belongings are safe and secure.
- Any problems relating to lockers should be reported to the main office.
- The school is not responsible for personal belongings left in the locker room, outside of the lockers, or in the gym.
Lost and Found
Each school has a container for Lost and Found items where students and parents/guardians can check for lost items. Items lost on school buses are sent to the individual schools. Lost money and unique or expensive items such as jewelry, eyeglasses, and watches are held by school secretaries or safety officer.
Label all personal belongings. Each year, many valuable items with no labels go unclaimed. If not claimed within a reasonable period of time, these items - regardless of value - are donated to charity.
Personal Defense Items
Mace, pepper spray, or other personal defense items are not permitted on school property.
CCSU and its member school districts are not responsible for lost/stolen property. Should an item be missing, students are encouraged to check the school’s Lost and Found. Each school has a container for Lost and Found items where students and parents/guardians can check for lost items. Items lost on school buses are sent to the individual schools. Lost money and unique or expensive items such as jewelry, eyeglasses, and watches are held by office staff or safety officer.
Posters, Announcements, and/or Displays
Posters, announcements, and/or displays may be exhibited in the school for school-related events. Distribution of non-school-related materials is prohibited.
At the principal`s discretion, announcements for non-school events for students may be posted for a set amount of time in a designated areas of the school. At the principal`s discretion, literature for non-school-related events may be kept at the school office (or designated area) for students/parents/guardians to access.
Responding to Concerns
CCSU and its schools encourage open communications. Should a concern arise, students and parents/guardians are asked to first communicate directly with the staff member involved. Should a resolution not occur, or prove to be unsatisfactory, parents/guardians are encouraged to contact the principal to discuss the concern. If the concern is unable to be resolved at the school level, parents/guardians should contact the Superintendent’s Office.
School Board Meetings
All citizens are welcome to attend school board meetings. A schedule of meetings can be found at www.ccsuvt.org/school-boards. School board agendas are posted in: schools, libraries, municipal offices, and the CCSU Central Office, and included in the "Burlington Free Press" community calendar. Minutes, agendas, and much more can be found on the school boards` web-site. Regular meetings are also filmed (and posted online) by RETN (for the Union #46 School Board, the Essex Junction Prudential Committee and the CCSU Board) and LCATV (for Westford).
School choice refers to the educational alternatives available to parents/guardians who do not wish to send their children to the local district public schools to which they are assigned. All children are different with different needs and different talents. School choice programs allow parents or guardians to seek out the best and most appropriate educational opportunities for their children without financial penalty. Students, from Essex Town, Essex Junction or Westford, interested in attending other area high schools, beginning in the fall of 2016, need to complete and submit a School Choice Application form by March 1 (http:// content.ccsuvt.org/ehs/2013/02/Open_School-Choice-Application-Form-16-17.pdf). Completed applications should be submitted to the EHS School Counseling Office. Each year limited spots are available for each grade level. A lottery will be held if more applications are received than there are slots available. Students will be informed by April 1 of school choice decisions. Students selected for school choice need to inform the residence school, in writing, of their decision by April 15. Decisions will be communicated to receiving schools right away.
The Union 46 Board has established the following caps: Essex High School will receive no more than 20 students for the 2016-2017 school year. No more than 10 resident students will be allowed to attend other area high schools under the provisions of this law for the 2015-2016 school year.
Transportation for school choice students is the responsibility of the students’ families. Students must maintain the expected standards to retain their School Choice slot. For more information on the school choice law, visit: http://content.ccsuvt.org/ehs/2013/02/EDUMemo_2013_02_23_Public_High_School_Choice.pdf or contact the EHS Guidance Dept. at 857-7000 ext. 1016.
The dress code reflects our commitment to promote a positive, comfortable learning environment for all, as well as our continued effort to help prepare students for the workforce beyond school.
Students should arrive at school, school events, and/or functions dressed appropriately. Students are encouraged to have proper outdoor clothing, which takes into consideration the weather conditions. Parents/guardians are responsible for ensuring their student(s) meet these expectations.
Appropriate attire meets acceptable criteria for hygiene and safety, and does not distract from the learning process. Appropriate attire covers stomachs, backs, and undergarments. Tank-style tops have straps wider than two finger widths. Shirts have necklines no lower than four finger widths below the collar bone. Skirts and shorts are long enough so the hem falls at fingertip length or below when arms are placed at sides when standing.
Inappropriate attire includes items with obscene or vulgar terms; messages of hatred, violence, discrimination, sexual innuendo, or that promote the use of alcohol, drugs, and tobacco; halter tops, spaghetti straps, short skirts, and see-through items (unless that item covers other clothing that meets the dress code). Any item of clothing deemed by school personnel to be distracting, disruptive, or provocative is also inappropriate as school attire.
CTE School Dress Standard: CTE students are expected to dress appropriately for a professional work environment. Many programs require professional attire or uniforms.
Consequences: Students coming to school dressed inappropriately will be asked to change and/or face disciplinary consequences. Repeat offenses shall result in disciplinary action.
School Texts and Property/Equipment
Any student assigned school materials (including “minis,” laptops, and other electronic devices) is responsible for those items. Damage or destruction of school property will result in an administrative response and restitution to the district.
Search and Seizure
School authorities may search a student, student lockers, or bookbags. In addition, all automobiles parked in school lots may be subject to search by school officials. They may seize any illegal, unauthorized, or contraband materials discovered in the search. Law enforcement may be notified at the discretion of administration. This applies to any schoolrelated or school-sponsored event, such as school dances and field trips. Examples of unauthorized materials include, but are not limited to: lighters, matches, tobacco products, drugs (illegal and prescription), alcohol, and any type of weapon. For detailed information concerning Search and Seizure, refer to CCSU Policy JFG.
Students may not use skateboards, roller blades, scooters, or Heelies on school property.
If you wish to convey a message to a student or teacher during the school day, please call the school’s main number. Voice mail messages may be left for individual teachers. There are phones available for student use. Students need permission from their teacher to access these phones. The office and CTE program phones are for business use.
Title I Programs
All Essex Junction schools receive Title I federal funds, which assist in providing a highquality education for all students through supplemental learning experiences for students who may need extra support in meeting key standards in reading and/or math. Annual allocation of Title I funds is based on a school`s annual Free and Reduced Lunch data.
All Title I schools are subject to Title I federal regulations. Many of these regulations are in place to ensure parents/guardians have as much information as possible about teaching and learning in all our schools. Please be sure to review the Annual Report (available at www.ccsuvt.org or in print copies), which is released in the early spring of each year. It includes information about the Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) status and student achievement. In addition, school principals can provide information about HQT status and student performance.
For additional information about Title I programs, please contact the school principal or the CCSU Title I Coordinator (the Executive Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment). In addition, Title I information is available online.
School rules and policies are in effect on school buses to ensure student safety. We ask parents/guardians to cooperate with the school when informed of a problem. For everyone`s safety, students must be seated while the bus is in motion, and must be reasonably quiet. The bus driver is responsible for passenger safety and welfare, and is to be obeyed at all times. Students are expected to get on/off the bus in a quiet and orderly manner.
Athletic/Extra-Curricular Transportation: Students are required to ride the bus to/ from all events for which the school provides transportation. Exceptions for alternative transportation must be requested in writing by the student`s parent/guardian, and must be approved by the athletics/activities director or coach/advisor in advance. Only a responsible adult may provide transportation. Under no circumstances will a student be permitted to ride with another student, or drive him/herself to an event. While on the bus, students are expected to adhere to the rules of the bus driver and bus company, and to pick up all trash before exiting the bus. School rules are in effect during all transportation times.
School Bus and Other Vehicle Idling: In an effort to protect students` health and maintain air quality at our schools, Vermont state law requires school buses to limit idling while waiting for students to board/exit on school grounds. The law also requires the school bus engine remain off until the school bus is ready for departure, and any idling is limited to five minutes in any 60-minute waiting period. State Board rules allow for limited idling of school buses in specific circumstances, which include operating special equipment such as lifts, heating and cooling, defrosters, and any necessary services. While exceptions to the no idling requirement exist to account for weather-related situations, parents/guardians/students should dress appropriately, if using bus transportation.
Recognizing health concerns associated with vehicle exhaust, CCSU also strongly encourages the operators of all motor vehicles to limit idling of their vehicles while waiting or parked on school grounds, unless necessary for health, safety and welfare of the operator and students.
For more information on the law and rules, refer to 23 VSA Â§1282(f) and State Board of Education Rule 6001-6006 School Bus Idling.
Students Bussed to/from School: Students transported to/from school by bus must comply with safety rules/timetables for pick-up/drop-off. Students are required to be at the bus stop on time. The bus is not required to wait for students. Permission slips are required for any changes to normal drop-off/pick-up points.
Use of Motor Vehicles on School Grounds by Students at EHS/CTE: All motor vehicle safety and parking issues are handled by the School Safety Coordinator`s Office. Parent/guardian/student concerns should be addressed to the School Safety Coordinator at 879-5551. The school district is not responsible for any damage incurred to any motor vehicle while parked on campus.
Driving and parking on school grounds are privileges, not rights. Students who purchase parking permits are expected to adhere to the following guidelines:
- Students purchase a parking permit and clearly displays it on the vehicle at all times. There is a non-refundable fee of $85 for each student parking space. Students register on a seniority basis.
- The school property speed limit shall not exceed 15 mph.
- Erratic or unsafe driving practices or parking violations could result in loss of parking/driving privileges on school grounds, and/or legal prosecution.
- All vehicles must use the established roads and must be properly registered with the State of Vermont. All off-road vehicles are prohibited on school grounds.
- Students are responsible to check for parking/driving updates through the Daily Announcements.
- Student vehicles are subject to search by school officials if there is reasonable suspicion to believe the vehicle, its passengers, or its contents are violation of school rules or policies. If appropriate, law enforcement will be contacted.
Visitors: Visitors must park in approved areas and observe all regulations stipulated for students. Students who wish to park a car without a parking permit (for short-term only) on school grounds must obtain permission from the School Safety Coordinator and register the vehicle with him.
Students who willfully damage or destroy school district property and property of its agents will be held responsible for payment of damages. In addition, criminal charges may apply.
Guidelines and Procedures:
- Any teacher, employee, student, or public member in a school who witnesses willful damage will attempt to identify those responsible for the damage and will report to the principal immediately.
- In case of damage deemed significant by the principal, the principal will advise the superintendent.
- The principal will obtain an estimate of the damage and report it in writing to the superintendent.
- Upon receiving a report of willful damage, the school district will do any or all of
- Recover damages from parents/guardians or from the student (in the case of an independent student);
- File charges if deemed necessary by Administration
- In the case of damage deemed significant by the principal, the student may be suspended and/or be recommended for long-term suspension according to Policy JGD: Student Suspension.
Visitors and Volunteers on Campus
Volunteers make a difference and are an integral part of our schools. We welcome and encourage volunteer involvement. There are many ways to assist our schools. Contact a teacher directly, the Learning Center Coordinator, the Principal, or the PTO to find out how to support your school.
As part of our safe school efforts, individuals interested in volunteering in our schools must register using our Online Registration Form prior to performing volunteer services. If you do not have access to a computer with internet, paper forms are also available through the school. In order to protect our students from potential abuse or exploitation, we will also be performing a Vermont criminal record check screening on all individuals interested in volunteering in our schools or recreation department. Additional information can be found at: www.ccsuvt.org/hr/volunteers. All volunteers and visitors are expected to abide by all applicable CCSU policies and procedures, federal and state laws and regulations, and other administrative rules while providing service within our schools. "Expectations for Volunteers" (online at www.ccsuvt. org/new-volunteer) summarizes some of the key policies, procedures, and rules applicable to volunteers.
Below is an outline of some of the district safety and confidentiality standards and rules applicable to both volunteers and visitors:
- Plan your visit in advance by contacting your student`s teacher or administration so instruction is not disrupted.
- Please, enter through the main office doors, sign in, and wear a visitor pass while you are in the school or Central Office.
- All volunteers should document their hours both on and off campus in the volunteer log, located in the main office.
- Any information about a student observed during a visit cannot be shared.
Individuals or groups may be denied access to school grounds if the principal or designee determines the individual is acting, or can reasonably be anticipated to act, in a manner which disrupts normal educational functions. Affiliations with the school may include, but are not limited to: students, faculty, other district employees, and vendors. The principal or designee may refuse to allow persons having no legitimate business to enter property under the District`s control, and may contact law enforcement to remove unauthorized persons upon their refusal to leave peaceably upon request. Loitering or trespassing on school grounds/school buildings is prohibited.
Guest Students: Students wishing to bring a guest student to school must obtain prior approval from the main office.
In compliance with 16 VSA, §912 "Pupil Right to Refusal: Animal Dissection Law", any CCSU student has the right to be excused from participating in any lesson, exercise, or assessment requiring the student to dissect, vivisect, or otherwise harm or destroy an animal or any part of an animal to observe any of these activities, as part of a course or instruction. Any CCSU student and parent/guardian may exercise this right by completing the Opt-Out Form (available at www.ccsuvt.org/forms-and-policies) or the school`s main office. CCSU schools will provide alternative education methods for those students who choose to opt out of these activities so they may learn and be assessed upon the curriculum material. The Opt-Out Form must be completed within two weeks from the first day of school (or within the first two weeks of enrollment), or the student will be deemed to have opted-in to participation in course requirements.
Alternative Education Method: A student who is excused under this policy shall be provided with alternative methods through which they can learn and be assessed on material required by the course. The alternative methods shall be developed by the teacher of the course, in consultation with the principal if necessary.
Discrimination: No student shall be discriminated against based on their decision to exercise the right to be excused afforded by this policy.
Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA)
The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) requires written notice be given to workers and building occupants, or their legal guardians, that all schools have Management Plans for the safe control and maintenance of asbestos-containing materials found in their buildings. These Management Plans are available and accessible to the public at the main office of each school facility. The Property Services Director is the CCSU designated person for AHERA requirements. Currently, no AHERA work is in progress in any CCSU location. This notification is required per 40 CFR §763.93(g)(4).
Equal Access and Public Access
Equal Educational Opportunities (Policy JB): CCSU and its member districts will not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), ancestry, national origin, place of birth, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, or any other legally protected status under federal or state law. Appropriate measures will be taken within the context of Title VI, Title IX and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 guidelines and regulations to insure such compliance.
The board, in compliance with Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, affirms:
- The right of all students to equal treatment (including aid, benefits, services, and application of rules and regulations) without regard to gender.
- The right of every student to access all courses with regard to gender.
- That no student will be excluded on the basis of gender from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination in Health and Physical Education programs.
- That no student will be excluded on the basis of gender from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in athletics, intramural, or extra-curricular activities.
- That no student shall be excluded on the basis of gender from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in vocational programs and activities.
- The rights of all students to equal treatment without regard to marital or parental status.
- The right of every student to counseling without regard to gender, and with nondiscriminatory counseling instruments/materials.
- Step 1: The person who believes there is a basis for a grievance regarding equal educational opportunities will present the alleged grievance in writing on a standard form supplied by the CCSU office to the building principal or immediate supervisor within ten (10) workdays following the time when the aggrieved reasonably should have gained knowledge of its occurrence. The principal or immediate supervisor will attempt to resolve the grievance, and will respond within five (5) workdays following receipt of the completed form.
- Step 2: If the action of Step 1 fails to resolve the grievance to the satisfaction of the affected party, the aggrieved will, within five (5) workdays, submit such grievance in writing to the Superintendent or designee. The Superintendent or designee will reply in writing within five (5) workdays after the initial presentation of the grievance.
- Step 3: If the action of Step 2 fails to resolve the grievance to the satisfaction of the aggrieved party, the aggrieved part will, within five (5) workdays after receiving the written reply from the Superintendent or designee, submit such grievance to the member district school board for resolution. The member district school board will review the grievance and hold a hearing, if necessary, within twenty (20) workdays after receipt of the Step 2 response. The member district school board will reply to the grievance in writing within five (5) workdays thereafter, and the decision of the school board will be final. Reprisals taken by the member district school board or any of its members as a result of a grievance decision will be grievable.
- Step 4: The aggrieved party has the right to bypass the grievance procedure and make the complaint directly with federal officials. However, it is suggested the aggrieved parties follow the procedure as outline above. If the aggrieved party follows the grievance procedure and the grievance is not resolved, the party may then direct his/her complaint to the Office of Civil Rights or Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Contact information for the EEOC can be found at: hwww.eeocoffice.com/vermont-eeoc-offices.
English Language Learners (ELL)
CCSU is committed to ensuring all educational programs meet the diverse needs of all students. Students who are English Language Learners (ELL) in grades K-12 are provided with a comprehensive ELL Program staffed by highly qualified ELL teachers. These teachers focus on meeting the needs of all student sin the program in two areas: becoming proficient in the English language and adjusting to the school and community culture.
In order to develop language proficiency, students are provided with frequent, varied, and diverse opportunities to develop skills in four areas of communication: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. These opportunities are designed to promote greater success in the classroom in multiple academic areas. Cultural adjustment is also an important aspect of responsive ELL programming. Students are encouraged to share their cultural backgrounds as they explore similarities and differences with American and local cultures. The richness of a multicultural society is warmly communicated to all our ELL students and their families through the ELL program.
Student eligibility for ELL services begins with parent/guardian completion of the Home Language Survey for incoming students (included in the new student registration packet). For more information about ELL services, please contact the school principal or guidance counselor.
Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA) Notification
Policy JO: Student Records: FERPA affords parents and students over 18 years of age ("eligible students") certain rights with respect to the student`s education records:
- The right to inspect and review the student`s education records within 45 days of the day the school receives a request for access. CCSU will assume that either parent has the right to inspect, review, and release the student`s records unless evidence is provided demonstrating there is a legally binding instrument or court order providing the basis for specifically excluding a parent from such areas.
- The right to request the amendment of the student`s education records the parent or eligible student believes is inaccurate or misleading.
- 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 permitting disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the school 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 school 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. Upon request, the school discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll. The school will also release student records without prior consent or authorization under certain other exceptions, including: government officials and authorities as required by law, in health and safety emergencies, in connection with the application and receipt of financial aid, and (if required by state law) to accrediting organizations carrying out their official functions and to comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena after having made a reasonable effort to notify the parent or eligible student of the order or subpoena. Student information is provided to the State of Vermont concerning certain incidences of discipline and student behavior, including: bullying, harassment, physical restraint, suspension, and long-term suspension.
- The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the school to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office administering FERPA is Family Policy Compliance Office Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C., 20202-4605.
- The district has determined that student directory information is not harmful or an invasion of privacy, and therefore will release this information without first obtaining parent consent or prior authorization. The purpose of releasing such information is to enable the district to publish newsletters, yearbooks, directories, and similar publications, and to release information to media outlets concerning student academic and athletic achievements. The following directory information may be released or posted online (via the district web-site or CCSU Twitter account), or used in district publications, as stated above, without obtaining parental/guardian consent: student`s name, parent`s/guardian`s names, address, telephone number, email address, date and place of birth, grade level, field of study, enrollment status (e.g. full-time or part-time), participation in officially recognized activities and sports including audiovisual or photographic records of the openly visibly activities thereof (e.g. artistic performances, sporting contests, assemblies, service projects, awards ceremonies, etc.), weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees, honors and awards received, most recent previous school attended and photographs (including video) of regular school activities that do not disclose specific academic information about the student and/or would not be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy.
- If a parent/guardian, person acting as a student`s parent/guardian, or the student (if 18 or older) does not want the district to release the directory information listed below, they must notify the district in writing within 10 days of receiving this document that they don`t want directory information released. A non-disclosure form is part of each student`s Biographical Verification Form (BVD) at the beginning of the school year. If no written request is received in a timely manner, the school will disclose directory information without prior consent. Military recruiters and institutions of higher education are entitled under federal law (NCLB) to a list of names, addresses, and telephone numbers of high school students unless parents/guardians object to such release. If you parents/ guardians notify the school principal in writing of their wish to not release their student`s name, address and telephone number to recruiters and institutions of higher education, the school will honor the request at that time.
- Lists of student names and other directory information will not be made available except to school-related organizations, such as the PTO, at the discretion of the principal. Lists of such directory information are also provided to military recruiters and institutions of higher education.
Highly Qualified Teachers (HQT)
In compliance with the requirements of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law, parents/ guardians are entitled to request information about the professional qualifications of their student`s teacher for the current school year. The following information may be requested:
- College major/graduate certification or degree held by the teacher
- Qualifications of the paraprofessional (if paraprofessional are provided)
Students and families can become homeless for a number of reasons. The U.S. Department of Education defines homeless youth as youth who “lack a fixed, regular, and nighttime residence” or an “individual who has a primary nighttime residence that is a) a supervised or publicly operated shelter designed to provide temporary living accommodations; b) an institution that provides a temporary residence for individuals intended to be institutionalized including 49 welfare hotels, congregate shelters, and transitional housing for the mentally ill; or c) a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings".
Students and families experiencing homelessness can find support and have their questions answered by calling 879-5575. This is the direct line to Erin Maguire, Executive Director of Student Support Services who also serves as the Homeless Liaison Students experiencing homelessness are eligible for free and reduced lunch, academic intervention (if needed) and support with school supplies or other needs associated with school participation.
Students have the ability to maintain enrollment in the school of attendance during their period of homelessness as outlined in federal law. Student can also enroll in the school district where they are staying during their period of homelessness. The homeless liaison will review each case, consider the student’s needs, discuss the need for transportation to and from school in order to maintain attendance and school participation.
Homelessness is not a barrier to school attendance and we have supports in place to help students and families who are experiencing this circumstance. We are here to help!
We are committed to the safety and welfare of each student under our care. Under State law and CCSU policy, school personnel are mandatory reporters and are required to report suspected abuse or neglect to the Department of Children and Families (DCF) within 24 hours. School personnel are mandated to report all suspected cases of abuse or neglect to DCF.
Schools work with Child Protection Teams (which include the school nurse, principal, guidance counselor, classroom teacher, and other designated school personnel). These teams meet routinely to review the safety and well-being of students.
The CCSU School District is committed to providing all of its students, employees, families and visitors with a safe and supportive school environment in which all members of the school community are treated with respect and are free from discrimination of any kind. CCSU prohibits the unlawful discrimi- 50 nation of students, employees, families and visitors based on their actual or perceived race, age, color, religion, creed, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability and any other protected class under federal or Vermont law. CCSU shall uphold the requirements of Vermont’s Public Accommodations Act, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Title IX of the federal Education Amendments Act of 1972.
Applicants for admission, employment, services and facilities are hereby notified that CCSU does not discriminate on the basis of any person’s actual or perceived race, age, color, religion, creed, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability and any other protected category under federal or Vermont law in admission or access to, or treatment of, or employment in, it’s programs and activities.
The following person has been designated by CCSU to coordinate efforts to comply with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title IX, and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973:
51 Park Street
Essex Junction, VT 05452
Phone: (802) 857-7000 x4018
Fax: (802) 878-1370
Privacy Rights and Student Surveys
Surveys and evaluations can be a valuable resource for schools and communities in determining student needs for educational services. Surveys and evaluations are often essential to help schools determine where to focus instruction and resources to better help our students. CCSU schools will notify parents/guardians when a planned survey, analysis or evaluation will be conducted. Parents/guardians have the right to opt their student out of participating in certain surveys, as listed below.
Right to Opt-Out:Parents/guardians shall have the right to opt-out of participation in the administration of any survey which reveals information concerning on or more of the following topics. Additionally, no student shall be required, without parental/guardian consent, to take part in a survey, analysis, or evaluation funded by the U.S. Department of Education that reveals:
- Political affiliations or beliefs of a student or student`s parents/guardians
- Mental or psychological problems of a student or student`s family
- Sexual behavior or attitudes
- Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, and demeaning behavior
- Critical appraisals of other individuals with whom student respondents have close family relationships
- Legally recognized privileged or analogous relationships, such as those of lawyers, physicians, or members of the clergy
- Income (other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program for receiving assistance under such program)
- Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or the student`s parents/guardians
- The collection, disclosure and use of personal information gathered from students for the purpose of marketing or selling that information. This does not apply to the collection, disclosure or use of personal information collected from students for the exclusive purpose of developing, evaluating, or providing educational services for, or to students, such as: college or other postsecondary education recruitment, or military recruitment; book clubs, magazines, and programs providing access to low cost literary products; curriculum and instructional materials used in schools; tests and assessments; student recognition programs; and the sale by students of products or services to raise funds for school-related activities.
- The administration of surveys that include the subject areas listed above.
- The administration of any non-emergency, invasive physical examination or screening that is required as a condition of attendance, administered by the school that is not necessary to protect the immediate health or safety of a student or other students, and otherwise not permitted or required by state law.
Under Vermont law, the school a student attends is determined by where parents/guardians reside. At least one parent/guardian must reside in the district in order for their student(s) to attend school in that district. Verification of residency is required. Misrepresentation of residency is a violation of state law.
Notification is required if residency changes during the school year. Any non-residents are required to pay tuition.
Students and parents who are, or may be experiencing, homelessness should refer to the section on Homelessness in this handbook for assistance and guidance.
CCSU Policy Manual
The CCSU Board develops and maintains policies followed in all of our schools. This handbook contains information regarding frequently referred to policies. Students and parents/guardians are expected to consult the district’s Policy Manual for a comprehensive listing of all district policies, many of which are not included in this handbook. The Policy Manual can be accessed at: www.ccsuvt.org/forms-policies