A student seeking enrollment in Thompson Brook School for the first time or following attendance in another Connecticut public school district, out-of-state attendance, private school attendance or admission through a bona fide foreign exchange program should contact the district’s central office. All district enrollment is completed at the central office. A student who is transferring from non-public schools or schools outside the district will be placed at his/her current grade level pending evaluation and possible observation of the student after such assessment and consultation with the parents, the principal will determine the grade placement of the child.
Nonresidents may attend school on a tuition basis provided space is available. Nonresident students from other school districts within the state, (districts in the Hartford, New Haven, Bridgeport and New London regions) who apply pursuant to Board of Education regulations, may enroll in particular programs or schools within the district on a space available basis, without payment of tuition, as part of the inter-district public school attendance program called Open Choice. The Regional Educational Service Centers will determine which school districts are close enough to make transportation feasible. The parent or person having control of a child seventeen years of age may consent to such child’s withdrawal from school. The parent or person having control of a child seventeen years of age may exercise the option by personally appearing at the school district office to sign a withdrawal form. This form will include an attestation from the school’s guidance counselor or a school administrator that the district has provided the parent or person with information on the educational options available in the school system and in the community. A student who has attained the age of seventeen and who has voluntary terminated enrollment in the district’s schools and subsequently seeks admission may be denied readmission for up to ninety school days from the date of such termination unless such student seeks readmission to the district not later than ten school days after such termination in which school accommodation will be provided not later than three school days after such student seeks readmission. A student, nineteen years of age or older may be placed in an alternative school program or other suitable educational program if he/she cannot acquire a sufficient number of credits for graduation by age twenty-one. Students who are classified as homeless under federal law and do not have a fixed residence will be admitted pursuant to federal law.
Transportation will be provided by the district to a student who previously transferred to another school in the district under the previous NCLB option for schools identified for school improvement.
Parents of students attending Avon Public Schools have the option to enroll their child(ren) in a magnet school with which the district is a nonparticipating district, if the magnet school has unused student capacity. The district will pay any tuition charge. (Does not include tuition for a preschool magnet program.)
The Avon Public Schools maintain careful controls on the way in which students are exposed to materials and announcements, other than those directly related to school sponsored programs and activities. Caution is exercised to prevent exploitation of the system and its students. District-prescribed standards shall be met.
AMERICAN WITH DISABILITIES ACT AND SECTION 504 OF THE REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 ensures support for individuals with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities are provided a free and appropriate education (FAPE), and are accommodated and employed without discrimination related to their disabilities.
Section 504 prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities (both students and staff members) by school districts receiving federal assistance of any kind for any program or activity. Districts may not discriminate against any person with a disability, regardless of whether the program or activity in which that person is involved receives federal funding directly.
All individuals who are disabled or “handicapped” are protected under Section 504. However, individuals who have been determined to be “handicapped” under Section 504 may not be considered disabled under IDEA. IDEA, which can be viewed as a subcategory of Section 504, provides for special programming or placement, while Section 504 protects the rights of individuals with handicaps. Under IDEA, students are qualified for services under 13 IDEA disabling conditions; specially designed individual education programs are planned for each student by Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams. Under Section 504, students with “handicaps” are entitled to special accommodations to ensure that they can participate in and benefit from public education and programs, and a 504 accommodation plan is designed for each student according to individual needs.
Section 504 is not an aspect of special education, but is, rather, a responsibility of the comprehensive general public education system. Unlike an eligibility system based on clinic categories of disabilities, Section 504 works on a more functional premise. Under 504 [29 U.S.C. & § 706(8)] a person is considered to have a disability if that person: 1. Has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of such person’s major life activities. 2. Has a record of such an impairment, or 3. Is regarded as having such an impairment
While Section 504 provides a means for preventing discrimination against students with disabilities, this does not mean that 504 plans must focus on the disabling condition or on addressing the disability directly. Rather, 504 plans offer a means for focusing on students’ strengths, for capitalizing on what students bring to the instruction process - not on what they lack.
Should you have any questions regarding Section 504, please call either your child’s school principal or the Civil Rights Coordinator, Kelly Grant for the Avon Public Schools at 860-404-4710.
ANIMALS AND PETS
According to Board policy, animals are not allowed in school.
Legislation requires all school buildings to be reevaluated to determine if asbestos is present and if it poses a significant health hazard to the building’s occupants. The district has on file plans showing the location of asbestos in each building and measures undertaken to comply with regulations to maintain a safe school environment. Request to review these plans may be made in the school office.
BOARD OF EDUCATION
Board members are unpaid elected public officials with the responsibility for governance of the school district. The members of the Avon Public Schools Board of Education are:
Chairperson: Houston Putnam Lowry
Vice-Chairperson: Debra Chute
Secretary: Katharine Zirolli
Members: Jacqueline Blea, Ken Birk, Jason Indomenico, Peggy Roell, Jay Spivak, Laura Young
In order to perform its duties in an open and public manner and in accordance with state law, the Avon Board of Education holds regular business meetings on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM in the Avon High School community room. Parents, students and other community members are encouraged to attend.
Meetings of the Board follow a planned and posted agenda. At a certain time in the agenda the Board chairperson will recognize individuals who want to make a statement, not more than 5 minutes in length, or to express a viewpoint. In addition, if they give advance notice to the Superintendent, individuals with relevant issues for discussion may have such issues placed on a future Board agenda for a more thorough discussion of the topic.
The Board’s main purpose is policy setting designed to improve student learning. Board members are interested in the public’s opinion on district issues, which can assist them in formulating policy which reflects community values and expectations.
Thompson Brook School encourages parents and family members to volunteer as a chaperone for field trips and other special events throughout the year. All adult chaperones will be asked to be fingerprinted and agree to a background screening to ensure the safety of all our students. Many local police departments provide fingerprinting and background check services. There is generally a fee which will be paid directly to the department conducting the services. Found below are the phone numbers of local police departments that offer finger printing services for your convenience:
Avon = (860) 677-9746
West Hartford = (860) 523-5203
Canton* = (860) 693-0221
Farmington* = (860) 675-2400
Simsbury * (860) 658-3100
*Must be a resident of the town or work in the town to utilize their services.
All school employees are obligated by law (C.G.S. 17a-101) to report suspected child abuse, neglect, or if a child is placed in imminent danger of serious harm to the Connecticut State Department of Children and Families Services. Specific procedures governing the reporting of abuse and neglect are in effect, and staff receive yearly training in their use.
Reporting of child abuse and neglect is a responsibility which is taken seriously. If there is any doubt about reporting suspected abuse or neglect a report will be made. The school will work with the parents and appropriate social agencies in all cases.
Child abuse is defined as any physical injury inflicted by other than accidental means or injuries which are not in keeping with the explanation given for their cause. Improper treatment such as malnutrition, sexual molestation, deprivation of necessities, emotional abuse, cruel punishment or neglect are also considered child abuse.
Every effort will be made to place students with teachers where a positive student-teacher relationship will be established. Parents will have an opportunity to provide information relative to placement. The final decision for placement rests with the principal or his/her designee. Each spring TBS staff spend a great deal of time and put a lot of effort into the placement of children in classes for the next school year. Among other considerations, heterogeneously grouped classes are created that have a balance of boys and girls, a representation from all the year’s previous classes, and for grade five, a balance of students from PGS and RBS. All of this is done while also trying to anticipate any personnel changes which may be made for the next school year. Students who are new to TBS will be placed in classrooms based on the information provided to the school through the child’s official records. New students will also be screened by a certified member of the school’s staff. This information may also be used to place the child in an appropriate classroom. After all these factors are taken into account, very little flexibility remains to consider additional possibilities. Therefore, it is impossible to honor individual requests for specific teachers. A request for a specific teacher will not be considered.
District resources have been invested in computer technology to broaden instruction and to prepare students for an increasingly computerized society. Use of these resources is restricted to students working under a teacher’s supervision and for approved purposes only. Students and parents will be asked to sign a user agreement regarding appropriate use of these resources. Violations of this agreement may result in withdrawal of privileges and other disciplinary action.
Students and parents should be aware that e-mail communications, using district computers, are not private and may be monitored by staff. Students may not access social media sites using district equipment, while on district property, or at a district sponsored activity unless the posting is approved by a teacher. The district will not be liable for information posted by students on social media websites, such as Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, etc., when the student is not engaged in district activities and not using district equipment.
The district reserves the right to monitor, inspect, copy, review and store at any time and without prior notice any and all usage of the computer network and Internet access and any and all information transmitted or received in connection with such usage. All such information files shall be and remain the property of the Avon Public Schools and no user shall have any expectation of privacy regarding such material.
Federal law requires the district to place filtering devices on school computers to block entry to visual depictions that are obscene, pornographic, harmful or inappropriate for students as defined in the Children’s Internet Protection Act and as determined by the Superintendent or his/her designee.
DEFIBRILLATORS IN SCHOOLS (AED’s)
Each school will have (1) one automatic external defibrillator (AED) and (2) school personnel trained in AED operation and cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The AED and trained personnel will be available during the school’s normal operational hours, at school-sponsored athletic events and practices on school grounds and at school-sponsored events not taking place during normal school operational hours. The school also has an emergency action response plan addressing the use of trained school personnel to respond to individuals experiencing sudden cardiac arrest or similar life threatening emergencies.
DISTRIBUTION OF MATERIALS
Printed materials may be distributed to parents by students as a means of communications. All requests from groups or individuals to have students distribute materials to the community, with the exception of school-connected organizations, will be referred to the office of the superintendent to determine whether the request complies with school policy.
- The principal or his/her designee may approve such distribution providing:
- The material is related to the school, community, local recreational or civic activity.
- The material does not relate to any religious belief or activity, or promote private gain.
- The material does not promote any outside governmental political party, candidate or position.
- Does not promote profit making organizations.
- Does not advocate a position regarding a referendum question.
Materials that have a religious content may be made available to students during non-instructional time. The District has the right to impose neutral time, place and manner restrictions on the dissemination of religious materials to ensure that students are aware that the materials are not endorsed or sponsored by the District.
Publications prepared by or for the school may be posted or distributed, with prior approval by the principal, sponsor or teacher. Such items include school posters, brochures, school newspapers and yearbook.
EXEMPTION FROM INSTRUCTION
A student will be exempted from instruction on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Bilingual Education, or Family Life and Sex Education upon receipt of a written request for such exemption from his/her parent or guardian. In addition, a student will be excused from participating in, or observing animal dissections as part of classroom instruction upon a written request from the student’s parent or guardian. The student must complete an alternate assignment determined by the school.
GREEN CLEANING PROGRAMS
A green cleaning program to clean and maintain the school will be implemented by July 1, 2011. The program provides for the procurement and proper use of environmentally preferable cleaning products in the school. The cleaning products used meet standards approved by the Department of Administrative Services and minimize potential harmful effects on human health and the environment.
Parents/Guardians may request a written copy of the District’s policy pertaining to the green cleaning program and a written statement which includes the names and types of environmentally preferable cleaning products used in the school and where in the building they are applied; the schedule for applying the products; and the names of the school administrator or designee whom the parent/guardian or student may contact for more information.
“No parent, guardian, teacher, or staff member may bring into the school facility any consumer product which is intended to clean, deodorize, sanitize or disinfect” (a required statement by law).
GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING
Social services and counseling are rendered by professionally qualified members of the school staff. The responsibilities of the counselors include helping the student function more successfully within the school environment. The district’s comprehensive counseling program strives to assist students in acquiring critical skills in the academic, career, and personal/social aspects of development.
School counselors will use a variety of methods to assist students in overcoming barriers to learning, to make strong connections with the educational opportunities in the school and to ensure that every child learns in a safe, healthy and supportive setting.
The school health office is designed to provide care to students who become ill or are injured while in school. The health program offered in the Avon Public Schools will be administered by a registered nurse in each school building (Board Policy #6120). There is a registered nurse in the building throughout the school day. Occasionally, a substitute nurse may be working in the health room. In addition to your child’s pediatrician/family practitioner, there is a school medical advisor, Dr. Rosenberg, who is available to the nurse for consultation. If your child is under a physician’s care for a health problem or if you notice a change which may affect his/her school day, please inform the school nurse or teacher as appropriate. If your child has a food allergy or other health issue, contact the school nurse to develop a health care plan.
Parents are notified of any deviation from the normal pattern of health and suggestions are given for follow-up. It is likewise important that parents notify the school nurse in case of a student’s illness. If a student is to be excused or limited for an extended period from participation in school activities, he/she is required to bring a statement signed by a physician. The school nurse is available to parents and students for conferences regarding health issues.
Administration of Medication
Whenever possible, try to give your child his/her medication at home. Parents of students requiring medication during school should contact the school nurse. Special forms are required to permit the administration of medicine in school. They are available from the school nurse. All medication must be in original container with proper labels. All medication must be brought to the school by the parent/guardian and delivered only to the school nurse. Students are not allowed to carry or take medication in school unsupervised.
In cases in which a student is able to self-administer medication, the parents or guardians must submit a signed statement that the medication must be taken during the school day and the student is capable of administering the medication. The statement must be accompanied by a physician’s, dentist’s, or advanced practice registered nurse’s statement indicating the necessity and naming the medication, the strength, and the prescribed dosage. It must specify the schedule on which it is to be taken and the details of administration. Such statements must be renewed at the beginning of each school year.
A student with asthma or an allergic condition may carry an inhaler or an epipen or similar device in school at all times if he/she is under the care of a physician, physician assistant or advanced practical nurse and such practitioner certifies in writing that the child needs to keep an asthmatic inhaler or epipen at all times to ensure prompt treatment of the child’s asthma or allergic condition and to protect the child against serious harm or death. A written authorization of the parent/guardian is required.
Students with any medical condition which within the school setting may expose others to disease or contagious and infectious conditions may be excluded from school and referred for medical diagnosis and treatment. Additional information concerning this may be obtained from the school nurse.
Before a child may return to school after an absence due to such condition, parents and students may be required to submit medical evidence that their child has recovered sufficiently to prevent exposing others.
Emergency Information Card
Emergency cards are kept on file in the health room for every student and are updated annually. Emergency telephone numbers and special health information are listed on the front side of the card. Please notify the school if there is any change in the emergency information during the school year. An “Authorization for Administration of Standing Order Medication” is on the reverse side of the emergency card. Parent/legal guardian authorization is necessary for your child to receive “standing order medication” in school, such as Tylenol or Benadryl for allergic symptoms. The medicines are authorized by the school medical doctor to be given as considered necessary by the school nurse. A completed and signed emergency card is important in the event that the school should need to contact you for dismissal or referral of your child for medical care. In addition, your written permission is necessary for your child to receive standing order medication. Therefore, please complete both sides of the emergency card and return it to the school that your child will be attending.
Registered nurses and other trained staff will provide first aid treatment to students in emergency situations.
School nurses maintain a cumulative health file for each student which includes the results of physical exams and other health information. These records are accessible to certified staff working with the child if permission is granted by the nurse or building administrator. Parents may request to inspect the health records of their child. Copies may be provided if requested. Original copies of the record are sent where a student transfers to another school in the state. If moving out-of-state, a copy will be forwarded. Health records are maintained for at least six years after the student graduates. The District will comply with the requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) to maintain the privacy of protected health information.
Home instruction is available to students who are unable to attend school for medical and/or mental health reasons for a period of two weeks or longer as diagnosed by a physician, psychiatrist or the Planning and Placement Team. Home instruction may also be provided for those students who have been excluded from regular school attendance for disciplinary reasons.
Homeless students, as defined by federal and state legislation, will have all programs, services, and transportation that other students enjoy and may continue to attend the school of origin. Parents who find themselves homeless should contact the school principal for guidance on how to proceed.
Before being permitted to attend the Avon Public Schools, the Avon Board of Education requires proof of the state mandated immunizations. The form must be signed by the student’s health care provider and submitted to the school nurse prior to starting school. If the student should not be immunized due to medical or religious reasons, a statement from a physician or the parent as appropriate must be provided. The required immunizations are listed on the State of Connecticut Health Assessment Record form which will be provided to students upon registering.
For further information regarding immunizations contact the school nurse.
All students must present evidence of a physical examination upon enrollment to the district. The physical examination must be documented on a “State of Connecticut Department of Education Health Assessment Record” form (C.G.S. 10-204a). Health assessment shall also be required in grade 5 before entering grade 6, and in grade 9. All students in grades K-6 and grade 9 will undergo vision screening by the school nurse or school health aide. Hearing screening will be conducted for all students in grades K- 3, grade 5 and grade 8. Postural screening will be conducted for all students in grades 5 through 9.
School insurance is made available to families through a specific program. Brochures are distributed to all students at the beginning of each academic year. While the program is not mandatory, it is suggested that parents take advantage of the opportunity to provide adequate protection for their children while in school. Any such arrangements is contractual between the parent and insurance carriers and the Avon Public School assumes no liability from disputes arising from such contract.
LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENT (LEP) STUDENTS / ESOL
Parents of Limited English Proficient (LEP) Students participating in a language instructional program will be notified within 30 days of their child’s placement in the program. The notification will include an explanation of why, a description of the program, and the parent’s rights to remove their child from the LEP program. In addition, the notification will explain how the program will help the child to develop academically, learn English and achieve the standards necessary for promotion.
Students not meeting the English mastery standard or demonstrating limited progress will be provided with additional language support services which may include, but are not limited to, English as a Second Language program, sheltered English programs, English Immersion programs, summer school, after- school assistance, homework assistance, and tutoring. Students after 30 months in a bilingual program will not be offered additional bilingual education.
It is recognized that some students may benefit from attendance at a magnet school not limited by school district boundaries. District students may enroll directly into a magnet school, with which the District does not have a participation agreement, on a space available basis. The District will be responsible for any tuition for such enrollment, but not for transportation, unless the magnet school is within the boundaries of the school district. Tuition will not be paid by the district for student placed by their parents/guardians in a pre-school (PK) magnet program. The State Department of Education for the 2013-2014 school year is responsible for preschool tuition costs for all RESC magnets.
Only certified pesticide applicators shall be used in schools for any non-emergency pesticide use in school buildings or on school grounds. Pesticide applications are limited to non-school hours and when activities are not taking place. Areas to receive pesticide application will be posted and a written record of all pesticide applications will be maintained for five years. Parents/guardians and staff who want to receive advance notice of all pesticide use will be listed on a registry and such notice will be provided as required by law. Parents/guardians who want to be notified prior to pesticide applications inside their child(ren)’s school assignment area may contact the Director of Facilities for Avon Public Schools.
Student safety on campus and at school related events is a high priority of the district. Although the district has implemented safety procedures, the cooperation of students is essential to ensure school safety. A student should: Avoid conduct that is likely to put the student or other students at risk. Follow the school’s code of discipline Remain alert to and promptly report safety hazards, such as intruders on campus. Know emergency evacuation routes and signals. Follow immediately the instructions of staff who are over seeing the welfare of students.
Connecticut schools offer a range of educational program to meet the diverse needs and career aspirations of its students in a variety of settings, including comprehensive local schools, regional vocational-technical schools, vocational agriculture centers, charter schools and magnet schools. These programs serve to prepare student for college, the workplace and active citizenship.
The Open Choice program allows urban students to attend public schools in nearby suburban towns. Suburban and rural students are allowed to attend public schools in a nearby urban center. Enrollments are offered on a space-available basis in grades K-12. The Program includes Hartford, Bridgeport and New Haven and their surrounding districts.
SCHOOL DISTRICT RECORDS
Interested persons may inspect “public district records” which are maintained at the office of the Superintendent of Schools, during normal hours of business. Copies of records, permitted by law to be disclosed, may also be attained.
The District utilizes the Response to Intervention (RTI) process which combines systematic assessment, decision-making and a multi-tiered delivery model to improve educational and behavioral outcomes for all students. Academic and behavioral support and targeted interventions will be provided for students who are not making academic progress at expected levels in the general curriculum.
For students in need of Special Education programs, a planning and placement team (PPT) is designed to provide communication and decision-making at the school level concerning the effective use of available resources. The team is also responsible for follow-up and periodic review of all students presently in Special Education and special services programs.
Any child identified as possibly needing special education and/or related services must be referred to a special education Planning & Placement Team for evaluation (PPT). The PPT will determine whether special education services are required. Parents must give their consent before any evaluation can be done or any services can begin. An Individualized Education Plan, based upon the diagnostic findings of the evaluation study will be developed by the PPT, with parental involvement. Parents will be informed regarding the use of scientific, research-based interventions.
A student’s school records are confidential and are protected by federal and state law from unauthorized inspection or use. A cumulative record is maintained for each student from the time the student enters the district until the student withdraws or graduates. This record moves with the student from school to school.
By law, both parents, whether married, separated, or divorced, have access to the records of a student who is under 18 or a dependent for tax purposes. A parent whose rights have been legally terminated will be denied access to the records if the school is given a copy of the court order terminating these rights.
The principal is custodian of all records for currently enrolled students at the assigned school. The superintendent is the custodian of all records for students who have withdrawn or graduated. Records may be reviewed during regular school hours upon completion of the written request form. The record’s custodian or designee will respond to reasonable requests for explanation and interpretation of the records.
Parents of a minor or of a student who is a dependent for tax purposes, the student (if 18 or older), and school officials with legitimate educational interests are the only persons who have general access to a student’s records. “School officials with legitimate educational interests” include any employee such as an administrator, teacher, support staff, Board of Education member, attorney, agents, or facilities with which the district contracts for the placement of students with disabilities, as well as their attorneys and consultants, who are:
1. Working with the student;
2. Considering disciplinary or academic actions, the student’s case, an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for a student with disabilities under IDEA or an individually designed program for a student with disabilities under Section 504;
3. Compiling statistical data; or
4. Investigating or evaluating programs.
Certain other officials from various governmental agencies may have limited access to the records. Parental consent is required to release the records to anyone else. When the student reaches 18 years of age, only the student has the right to consent to release of records.
The parent’s or student's right of access to, and copies of, student records does not extend to all records. Materials that are not considered educational records, such as teachers’ personal notes on a student that are shared only with a substitute teacher and records pertaining to former students after they are no longer students in the district, do not have to be made available to the parents or student.
A student over 18 and parents of minor students may inspect the student’s records and request a correction if the records are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy or other rights. If the district refuses the request to amend the records, the requestor has the right to a hearing. If the records are not amended as a result of the hearing, the requestor has 30 school days to exercise the right to place a statement commenting on the information in the student’s record. Although improperly recorded grades may be challenged, parents and the student are not allowed to contest a student’s grade in a course through this process. Parents or the student have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education if they believe the district is not in compliance with the law regarding student records. The district’s policy regarding student records is available from the principal’s or superintendent’s office.
Copies of student records are available at a cost per page, as determined by the district office, payable in advance. Parents may be denied copies of a student’s records (1) after the student reaches age 18 and is no longer a dependent for tax purposes; (2) when the student is attending an institution of postsecondary education; (3) if the parent fails to follow proper procedures and pay the copying charge; or (4) when the district is given a copy of a court order terminating the parental rights. If the student qualifies for free or reduced-price meals and the parents are unable to view the records during regular school hours, upon written request of the parent, one copy of the record will be provided at no charge.
Certain information about district students is considered directory information and will be released to anyone who follows procedures for requesting it, unless the parent objects to the release of any or all directory information about the child. This objection must be made in writing to the principal within ten school days after the issuance of this handbook. Directory information includes a student’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, major field of study, grade levels, photograph, email address, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, awards received in school, and most recent previous school attended.
Military recruiters or institutions of higher learning shall have access to secondary school students names, addresses and telephone listings, unless a parent/guardian or secondary student aged 18 or over requests in writing that such information not be released.
The District will release to the Parent Teacher Organization the names, addresses, telephone number and grade levels of students (unless the District is informed by September 15 of the school year that designation of such directory information has been refused as to a particular student) provided such information is to be used by the PTO for its own school activities or school business.
The district, when a student moves to a new school system or charter school, will send the student’s records to the new district or charter school within ten business days of receiving written notice of the move from the new district. Unless the parents/guardians of the student authorize the record transfer in writing, the sending district is required to send a notice when the records are sent to the new district.
Parents and eligible students have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of education concerning alleged failures by the District to comply with the Requirements of FERPA. Complaints may be addressed to: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 5400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20202-4605.
TEACHER AND PARAPROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
Parents have the right to request information about the professional qualifications of their child’s teacher(s). The response will indicate whether the teacher is certified for the subject matter and grade taught; the teacher’s undergraduate major and any graduate degrees or certifications a teacher may have. Parents will also be advised, if requested as to whether the child is provided service by paraprofessionals and their qualifications.
All students in grades 3 through 8 inclusive and grade 10 or 11 shall annually take a mastery examination in reading, language arts and mathematics. Students in grades 5, 8 and 10 or 11 shall annually take a statewide mastery examination in science. Special education students participate in mastery testing programs except in the rare case when participation in an alternate assessment is detrimental to the student’s IEP.
Teachers may not teach privately (tutor) students of the school in which he/she teaches. The school building may not be used for private tutoring purposes. This does not apply to teacher of homebound children employed by the Board of Education.
Parents are welcome to visit TBS. All visitors must first report to the office to sign in and receive a visitor’s badge. Visits to individual classrooms during instructional time shall be permitted only with the principal’s approval in advance, and such visits shall not be permitted if their duration or frequency interferes with the delivery of instruction or disrupts the normal school environment.
Unauthorized persons shall not be permitted in school buildings or on school grounds. School principals are authorized to take appropriate action to prevent such persons from entering the building or from loitering on the grounds. Such persons will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
All visitors are expected to demonstrate the highest standards of courtesy and conduct. Disruptive behavior will not be permitted. Friends and family members, other than parents, are not permitted to “shadow” students during the school day.
School web pages must contain material that reflects on educational purposes. Teachers are not required to maintain websites or post assignments or homework on their site. Many teachers do utilize websites as a means of communication and as a method of providing both students and parents with important information. Parents should inquire with their child’s teacher about the use of their website. School web pages are not to be used for personal, commercial or political purposes; and are considered a publication of the Board of Education.
Student wellness, including good nutrition and physical activity, is promoted through the District’s educational program, school activities, and meal programs. Federal and state standards will be met pertaining to all foods and beverages available for sale to students. A sequential program of physical education is provided, in addition to time in the elementary school day for supervised recess.
Students withdrawing from school must notify the office at least one week in advance of their last day. At that time, they will be given forms for their parents to complete. Included will be a formal written statement of withdrawal and release of records form. On their last day of attendance, students will be given a form that must be signed by each of their teachers. This form will indicate their grade at the time of withdrawal and that all materials have been returned. Records cannot be forwarded until all materials have been returned.