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                                                                            General School Information
Wellfleet Elementary School Staff ............. 2
                                                                                  School Closing .........................................12
                                                                                  Who Do You Call or Email?........................4
WES Committee & Council Members ......... 2                                       School Hours .............................................5
  (appendix A) .................................... 27 & 28
Nauset Administration ............................... 3                               General Information...................................8
Nauset & WES Mission Statements ............ 3                                        Medications................................................8
                                                                                      Birthday/Holiday Celebrations ..................5
Our Organization........................................ 3                            Wellness Policy.........................................49

   GENERAL INFORMATION                                                                Lunch Money ........................................9­10
                                                                                      Lunch Program .................................... 9­10
Academics                                                                   Miscellaneous
     Extra Help..................................................8                 Animals......................................................5
     Homework..................................................9                   Computers .................................................8
     Special Subjects.......................................13                     Childcare ...................................................8
                                                                                   Library .......................................................9
Attendance                                                                         P.T.A. .......................................................11
      Absences/Tardiness...................................5                       Personal Property.....................................11
      Moving .....................................................10               Photographs.............................................11
      Religious Obligations ...............................12                      Preschools................................................11
      Vacations .................................................15                Searches ..................................................12
                                                                                   Student Dress ..........................................14
Behavior & Discipline                                                              Volunteers................................................15
      Special Needs Regulations .......................13
      School­wide Discipline Plan ............. 16 ­ 26                     APPENDIXES
         ~ Levels of Intervention ............. 25 & 26
         ~ Sample Consequences ............. 17 ­ 24                                  A – School Committee ............................ 27 & 28
         ~ Suspension......................................24                         B ­ Nondiscrimination Policy .......................... 29
         ~ Think Sheet ......................................20                       C ­ Due Process
         ~ Discipline Form Letter ......................21                                 \Student Rights & Responsibilities........... 29
                                                                                      D – Discipline......................................... 30 & 31
Bus Information                                                                       E – Drug Free Environment.................... 31 & 32
       Bus Behavior/Consequences .............. 6 & 7                                 F – Physical Restraint Overview...................... 33
       Bus Notes............................................ 5 & 6                    G ­ Section 504 Services
                                                                                          \Summary of Regs. Student Records ....... 34 & 35
       Bus Safety..................................................6                  H – Overview of Special Education.......... 36 & 37
                                                                                      I – Child Abuse & Neglect ............................... 37
Communication                                                                         J – Homeless Children & Youth...................... 38
    Conferences/Report Cards.........................7                                K – Administration of Medication............ 38 & 39
    Non­Custodial Parents .............................10                             L – Emergency Medical Treatment .................. 39
    Notices/ & Internet Information.................7                                 M – Harassment Policy ........................... 39 & 40
    Visitors.....................................................15                   N – Sexual Harassment Policy ................... 40­42
    Backpack Mail ...........................................7                        O – Discrimination Complaints............... 42 & 43
                                                                                      P – Parent Notice/Teacher Qualifications........ 44
                                                                                      Q ­ Toxic Substance Control Act..................... 44
Dismissal                                                                             R ­ Computer/Internet Use Policy ............. 45­48
      Releasing/Picking Up Children ................12                                S – Field Trip Permission Slip......................... 49
      Supervision Before School........................15                             T – Synopsis of Federal Civil Rights Laws ....... 50
                                                                                      U – Wellness Policy ........................................ 51
                                                                                      V – Discipline/Sec.504 & ADA................ 52 & 53

                           WELLFLEET ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
                           100 Lawrence Road, Wellfleet, MA 02667
                                508­349­3101 * (fax 508­349­1377)
                                    Staffing & Telephone Extensions
Principal ...............................................................................................Teecia Kent
Kindergarten (ext. 18 & 27)....................................... Nancy Porteus & Jennifer Shuemaker
First Grade (ext.19) ................................................................................. Jo Ann Anderson
Second Grades (ext. 30 & 37)............................................. Colette Demeusy & Marie Seidel
Third Grades (ext. 33 & 29) .......................................................................... Laney O’Keefe
Fourth Grades (ext. 42)............................................................. Lee Miller & Heidi Clemmer
Fifth Grads (ext. 43 & 32) .......................................................... Cathy Kautz & Kathy Ferri
Title I/Remedial Reading (ext. 31) ........................................................... Mary Ellen Colton
Title I Math (ext. 39) .............................................................................Michaele Terkanian
Art (ext. 20)........................................................................................... Alexandra Roberts
Librarian (ext. 35)......................................................................... Marianne Millette­Kelley
Music­Instrumental (ext. 16)............................................................ Chuck Hollander­Essig
Music ­General (ext. 55)................................................................................ Mary Codinha
Physical Education (ext. 16)....................................................................... Sue Deschamps
Computer Teacher (ext 36)...........................................................................Barbara Felton
School Counselor (ext. 25) ........................................................................Dr. Maggie Mack
Special Education (ext 38 & 21) ............................................ Lynn Dalton & Kristen French
Speech & Language Pathologist (ext. 22) ............................................... Margaret Sherwood
Therapist, Occupational (ext. 65) ..................................................................Brian Convery
Therapist, Physical.......................................................................................Julie Edwards
Nurse (ext. 14)................................................................................... Claudia Cope­Crosen
Educational Assistants (ext. 56, 52, 64, 53 & 57))...................... Betsy Olson, Linda Hildreth,
                                                                                       Jean Giblin, & Robert Magher
Secretary to the Principal (ext. 11)................................................................ Renie Dumont
School Secretary, Volunteer Coordinator/Publicist (ext. 10) ...............................Janet Ferro
Cafeteria Staff (ext. 40)...................... Amy Patterson/Manager, Sue Tesson & Karen Murphy
Custodial Staff (ext. 13) ....Paul McHugh/Head Custodian, Leonard Piasecki & April Hayman

             Wellfleet Elementary                                               Wellfleet Elementary
              School Committee                                                    School Council

                 Jan Plaue, Chair                                       Principal:            Teecia Kent
                      Mort Inger                                        Teacher:              Mary Ellen Colton
                     Jill Putnam
                                                                        Parents:              Kerry Cox
           Margaret Ward­Donoghue
                                                                                              Kerin Brodie
                     Terri Frazier
                                                                        Community:            Matt Abar
                   (see appendix A)                                                           Katie Sugg

                        NAUSET REGIONAL and UNION #54 ADMINISTRATION
                                             Telephone: 508­255­8800
         Superintendent (ext. 100).............................................................. Michael B. Gradone
         Assistant Superintendent (ext. 160) ........................................................... Gail Briere
         Director of Student Services (ext. 200) .......................................................Ann Caretti
         Business Manager (ext. 220) ............................................................ Hans Baumhauer
         Technology Administrator (508­255­0016 ext. 216) ............................... Kathy Schrock

         Nauset Regional High School ......................Thomas Conrad, Principal (508­255­1505)
         Nauset Regional Middle School .......................Greg Baecker, Principal (508­255­0016)

                             MISSION STATEMENT of the NAUSET SCHOOLS

                   We exist to educate each student to the highest attainable levels of
                   academic excellence, social responsibility, and cultural awareness.

                                  VISION of the NAUSET SCHOOLS
Our vision is to be an exemplary public school system. That is, the Nauset Schools will continue to set
standards of teaching practice at optimum levels of effectiveness.

Nauset’s member communities provide the resources necessary to achieve this vision. The Nauset
Schools are accountable to those communities for excellent educational practice and strong student
achievement. This partnership requires the commitment of students, parents, and staff in an
educational contract which acknowledges concerted efforts by all.
                                                                      Adopted: November 10, 2005


    The Mission of Wellfleet Elementary School is to ensure that each child develops skills, knowledge,
    and respect for themselves and others. These are the foundation for life­long learning, responsible
       citizenship, and the realization of individual potential. We will accomplish this by providing
          a rigorous curriculum, outstanding teaching, and family and community involvement. 
                                                  OUR ORGANIZATION 

         The Wellfleet Elementary School, Kindergarten through fifth grade, is governed by the Wellfleet 
         School Committee.  The School Committee has five elected members and is the policy setting 
         body  for  the  school.    They  are  also  responsible  for  presentation  of  the  school  budget  at  the 
         Annual Town Meeting. 

         Wellfleet students in sixth through eighth grades attend Nauset Regional Middle School or the 
         Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School in Orleans.  Ninth through twelfth graders attend Nauset 
         Regional High School in North Eastham.  The regional schools are under the jurisdiction of the 
         Nauset  Regional  School  Committee,  which  includes  representatives  from  Eastham,  Orleans, 
         Brewster, and Wellfleet.  Wellfleet high school students are also eligible to attend the Cape Cod 
         Regional Technical High School in Harwich.  The elementary schools of the four towns share a 
         superintendent and a central office staff with the Nauset Regional Schools. 

         The  Massachusetts  Educational  Reform  Act  requires  that  every  public  school  establish  a 
         School  Council.    This  representative  committee  is  composed  of  the  Principal,  parents, 
         teachers,  and  community  members.    Parent  representatives  are  elected  formally  by  the 
         Wellfleet  Elementary  School  parents,  teachers  are  elected  by  school  staff,  and  community 
         members  are  appointed  by  the  Principal.    Council  meetings  are  open  to  the  public  and  are 
         publicly posted.  School Councils assist the Principal in: 

                  1.    adopting educational goals consistent with local and state policies, 
                  2.    identifying the educational needs of the students, 
                  3.    reviewing the annual school budget, and 
                  4.    formulating a School Improvement Plan.

                    WHO DO YOU CALL or E­MAIL?
                              phone: 508­349­3101
                                fax: 508­349­1377
                         Web Page: www.nausetschools.org

E­Mailing Staff
     All Wellfleet Elementary staff have e­mail that they check daily.
           Each e­mail address consists of:
                                                      the staff person’s last name
                                                   then the initial of their first name
                                                   ending with @nausetschools.org

    For example: Principal Teecia Kent’s address is: kentt@nausetschools.org

                                     Call 508­349­3101
                General Information: Janet Ferro, School Secretary (ext. 10)
                                                             – or –
                                                Email: ferroj@nausetschools.org

          Information, questions, or Your child’s teacher and leave a voice mail
       concerns about schoolwork, message (or e­mail). Teachers will return
                                     calls as soon as possible.
       behavior, or special classes:
       Questions about parenting, Dr. Maggie Mack (ext. 25),
    school adjustment, counseling, School Adjustment Counselor.
             or special education:               mackm@nausetschools.org

                       Bus information: Renie Dumont (ext. 11),
                                            Secretary to the Principal

     Questions of health or to let us Claudia Cope­Crosen (ext. 14),
     know why your child is absent: School Nurse

                   Dismissal changes: Janet Ferro (ext. 10),
                                            School Secretary

             Questions or concerns Teecia Kent (ext. 11),
        that need further attention: Principal

  We are always interested in hearing from you and happy to visit with you about any
             ideas, questions, concerns, or worries. Please keep in touch!

                            GENERAL INFORMATION 
                                    (ordered alphabetically) 

      On occasion a student will request permission to bring their pet to school for
      sharing or as part of a special project. While the request may at first appear
      reasonable, other students or teachers may not be able to tolerate animals due
      to allergies or being frightened of certain animals. The State of Massachusetts
      also has restrictions regarding particular animal species. Therefore, in the
      interest of all students and teachers, Nauset’s policy is that animals are not
      allowed in our building.


      School begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 2:15 p.m. All absences must be
      excused. It is important that children be in school every day. If your child will
      be absent from school for reasons other than illness, and you are not sure if it
      will be excused, please check with us first. Children who accumulate more than
      thirty un­excused absences may be recommended to repeat the school year.
      (Board policy 5113.1) 

                     If your child will be absent, please telephone (349­3101; ext. 14) 
                    to leave a message.  If we have not heard from you by 8:30 a.m., 
                                    we will call you to verify the absence. 
      If you do not have a phone, please send a note the next day explaining the
      absence. Under Massachusetts General Law, public schools are responsible for
      the safety and welfare of children and for knowing where each child is every school
                                 * T A R D I N E S S *
      If you drive your child to school, please be sure to arrive by 8:00 a.m. When
      students are late they miss the opening of the school day and often feel anxious
      and rushed. You set a good example for your children when you get them to
      school on time.
In accordance with Nauset’s Wellness Policy (see appendix U) we ask families to provide
nutritious foods for birthday and holiday celebrations.

                                         ­ Bus Notes ­ 

                A child must have a note to do anything other than going home the usual way. 

      Most children start the school day with a ride on one of our three buses. If your
      child is to get off the bus at a stop other than their regular one, you must send a
      note to that effect. Bus notes need to contain ALL pertinent information ­ the SIX
      important pieces of information to include in a bus note are:

        1) date at the top,
        2) classroom teacher’s name,
        3) your child’s name  (first and last), 
        4) specific instructions (i.e.: John Smith is to go to Billy Brown’s, OR is
           to go to the Town library, OR will walk home, etc.),
        5) what bus (1, 2, or 3) will transport your child (in light of these
           instructions), and
        6) your full name (clearly signed)
             Please use the “Bus Note Form” (distributed at the beginning of the
             year) or have your notes look similar to this:

                                                                       September 6
                Dear Mrs. Anderson,

                    Instead of going to afterschool childcare (WCCA), John Smith is to ride
                bus #3 to Billy Brown’s stop today.
                                                                Thank you,
                                                                Sally Smith

     If your child is to have the same modified bus instructions on a continuing
     basis, then send one “blanket note” (i.e. “Every Tuesday Julie Watson is to ride
     Bus #3 to Lucy Brown’s house.”). One note will apply for the year.

Bus Safety

     Your efforts and support are important in helping children behave safely on
     the bus. When bus safety rules are sent home, please review them carefully
     with your child. To promote safe student transportation, audio and video
     recording equipment is in place on some school buses and may be in use at
     any time.

Bus Consequences

             Bus transportation is a convenience offered by the school
                                                          - a privilege that may be revoked.

    The bus driver is in charge of safety on the bus. If the driver decides safety is
    a concern, he can revoke privileges to insure safety for everyone.

       1) The driver first gives children who misbehave a warning.

       2) A second offense in the same week requires the child to sit up front
          for the rest of the week.

       3) A third offense or any serious offense requires the bus driver to
          complete a written bus report that is sent home for a signature and
          may require a conference with the Principal to discuss the

       4) Further violations may result in loss of bus privileges and a
          meeting with the Principal.

    We ask that you be aware of children's behavior at bus stops, and help
    monitor them. Please teach children to wait safely for the bus, and never to
    run after a moving bus.


    It is important to keep the lines of communication open between home and
    school. Notes, phone calls, parent­teacher conferences, email messages, and
    report cards provide this communication. Sometimes conflicts may arise
    between children or between a child and a teacher or staff member. The best
    way to resolve this is to work directly with those involved. If no solution is
    reached, please contact the principal.

    ü Backpack Mail: Thursday is “notice day” at WES. Every effort is made to
      send all information home on Thursdays. Occasionally notices will be sent
      home on other days.
    ü Monthly Calendars: Monthly calendars are sent home in order to provide
      advance notice of dates of meetings, concerts, sport events, and other
      school activities.
    ü Telephone: Our voice messaging system will take your call. Due to
      classroom responsibilities, teachers will return calls at the end of their day.
    ü Internet Information: WES is proud to have its own site on the World
      Wide Web. Links to our lunch menu, current events, and school calendar
      are available. We encourage parents to keep in touch with teachers using
      e­mail.    Log­on to Nauset’s website @ www.nausetschools.org access
      information and contact staff.
    ü Report Cards: Report cards are issued three times during the school year.
      Parent conferences are held at the end of the first two terms. These
      conferences provide you with an opportunity to discuss your student’s
      progress, go over the report card, and ask questions.
    ü Conferences: Shortly after progress reports are sent home in November
      and March parent conferences will be held, both in the afternoon and
      evening. (Childcare is available at school during afternoon and evening

         conferences.) Teachers are available to meet with parents any time there is
         a need – please do not hesitate to request a meeting.


     Our school is wired to provide computer access throughout the school.
     Teachers and students have at least one computer workstation in their
     classroom. Parents must sign a Computer Use Policy in order for their
     children to use the Internet. Students are only allowed to use specific Internet
     sites chosen by a teacher. Teachers monitor all Internet usage. Parents and
     teachers     are      encouraged     to     communicate       using       e­mail
     (www.nausetschools.org). Computer Use Policy (see Appendix R)


     The Wellfleet Childcare Association (WCCA) operates a parent supported,
     non­profit childcare program for Wellfleet children from 2:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
     daily in our cafeteria. The program provides recreation, snacks, homework
     help, and enrichment activities for children in grades K­5. If you are interested
     in this after school childcare program, please call Margaret Ward, member of
     the Board of Directors, 508­349­7932, for more information.



     Some children may need extra help to succeed in school. Special educational
     services, Title I, and other programs provide such assistance. If we believe
     your child would benefit from extra help, we'll be in touch with you. If you’d
     like to refer your child, call your child’s teacher. A school team meets
     regularly to review student needs.


     Our school nurse is with us every day from 8:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. She'll be in
     touch with you about many things ­ immunizations, physicals, sore throats,
     head lice, etc. She also collaborates with teachers on various units in our
     Health program. Medication can be administered at school only with a
     doctor’s order. Please call if you need her assistance.
     If your child needs to take medicine during school hours, the parent/guardian
     must deliver it personally to the school nurse. School policy requires all
     medication be in the original prescription bottle and parents are required to
     sign a medication administration permission slip (available from the nurse’s
     office). The school nurse cannot dispense any medicines, including over­the­
     counter medications, without written permission.

                                    Health Insurance

    A low cost school accident insurance plan is available. We recommend this
    because there is no other school insurance. (The school and the Town do not
    carry insurance that will pay medical or dental bills for students injured during
    the usual school day activities in the gym or on the playground). If you did not
    receive an application form, please ask for one from the office.

                             AHERA Reinspection Report

    In accordance with federal law, a copy of the AHERA  (Asbestos  Hazard 
    Emergency  Response  Act)  Three Year Reinspection Report that pertains to
    asbestos and was completed by Universal Engineering is available for public
    inspection through the Principal’s office.


    We believe that homework improves learning by providing needed practice.
    Even in kindergarten we ask children to do things at home that can make
    their schoolwork more valuable. We do not usually assign work on weekends,
    during vacations, or on religious holidays. Please let us know if homework
    becomes a problem in any way.

INVITATIONS   (birthday parties, etc.)

    When every child in the classroom is invited, children may distribute
    invitations at school. If not every child, then we suggest you refer to the
    Student Directory for telephone numbers.


    Our school library is a very important place. Reading is the keystone of any
    elementary school program, and we hope to nurture a love of reading through
    frequent visits. All classes have times for library instruction and book
    selection. Students are responsible for books they checkout of the library. A
    replacement fee will be charged for lost or badly damaged books. Extra hands
    are always needed and welcome to re­shelve, catalogue, and tidy books.
    Please contact the school if you can help even one hour per month!


    We have a very fine breakfast and lunch program. The Breakfast Program is
    generously funded by the WES PTA and the Cape Cod Five Cent Savings Bank
    and is free to students. Lunch prices are:     $2.00 /student lunch
                                                   $ .50/milk only
                                                   $3.50/adult lunch
    Menus are sent home at the beginning of each month. In addition to the
    regular hot lunch, other choices for the week are listed on the monthly

    Free or Reduced Lunch

         Families receiving Food Stamps or AFDC assistance, or who have
         limited income may apply for reduced or free lunch. Applications are
         sent home the first day of school and are available from the office at any
         time during the year.
         Please provide your child with a healthy snack each day. Avoid sending
         candy, soda, or high sugar/fatty snacks.
   Lunch Money ­ Charges cannot accumulate; they must be paid immediately.

   School lunch cost is $2.00 (includes low fat or fat free milk). Milk purchased
   separately is $.50; and a double lunch is $4.00. Please send money for the week on
   Monday (rather than day by day). If a child forgets their money, or loses it, a
   "charge" will be allowed, but payment is required the following day.
Lunch Order Forms (available at the front desk and on the web: nausetschools.org) look
like this:

   HOT = H               Doubles = HH                           Sandwich of the week = SW
   Salad of the week = S Milk = M                               Peanutbutter & Jelly = PBJ

    Lunch (hot, salad, etc.): $2.00   Reduced: $0.40    Milk: $0.50    Doubles: add $2.00

    MONDAY              TUESDAY          WEDNESDAY          THURSDAY               FRIDAY

 NAME                                        TEACHER
 DATE                                        AMOUNT ENCLOSED:            $

               ~   Please place in sealed envelope before sending to school.   ~

   On Fridays, after finishing their lunch, all children will be offered a treat. This will
   be FREE of charge ­ students do not need to bring any money for this. In keeping
   with our Wellness Policy, treats will be as nutritious as possible.

   At times students may elect to eat their lunch with staff members to build
   relationships among students and staff members.

         If you expect to move, letting us know early can ease the transition. We will
         send transfer papers to the new school early, have progress reports ready, and
         generally make the best of a change for your child and you.


     As of 1998 Massachusetts law (General Laws Chapter 71, Section 34H)
     specifies detailed procedures that govern access to student records by parents
     who do not have physical custody of their children. Please provide the office
     with a copy of your child’s custody agreement. Their safety is vitally
     important to us. For more information, please contact the school principal.

      If your child has a parent who does not have physical custody and who would
      like to be kept informed about school happenings, they may provide 12 self­
      addressed legal or larger sized envelopes, with double postage. We will mail
      general information monthly, as well as notices of report cards and

     The PTA provides a way for parents and teachers to work together for the
     welfare of our children. This organization is always seeding new members and
     new ideas. Parents and staff may join the PTA anytime during the school year.
     For more information about the PTA, please call the school office.


     ·     Trading or purchase of items from other children is not permitted.
     ·     Please do not send expensive items without checking with the teacher.

     Unless the teacher or Principal has given specific permission these
     items are to be left at home:
     comic books; radios; remote control toys; CD players; tape recorders;
     skateboards; walk­man; in­line skates; sneaker skates; hard candy;
     lollipops; gum; cards; anything depicting graphic violence (including
     clothing, hats, etc.); or any kind of weapon (real or toy).


     Indoor and Outdoor Integrated Pest Management Plans have been filed
     with the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture. Copies of these
     planes are available in the main office.


     School Photos:           School photos are taken in the beginning of the school
                             year. Look for information in the Opening Day packet.

     General Photography: If you attend a school event, such as a play or a class
                          party, please remember some parents prefer not to
                          have their child's picture taken. Please do not take
                          general pictures ­ only those groups or shots in which
                          your child is participating.

     Wellfleet has an excellent program for pre­schoolers. If you would like more
     information, please call the Wellfleet Preschool Playgroup at 349­6252. You

may also call The Children’s Place at 240­3310 for information about any
services available for children on the outer Cape.

    Children will be released only to:
    1) custodial parent(s),
    2) the emergency contact people listed on the Essential Data Card, or
    3) a person authorized by the custodial parent (in writing or by phone call).

    For student safety, we are required to ask for an adult signature before
    students leave the school. Children are met in the cafeteria at dismissal
    (2:15 p.m.). Prior to 2:15 p.m., please report to the Main Office and we’ll
    call for your child to meet you.
    The circle in front of the school must be clear between 7:45 a.m. and 8:20
    a.m. and from 1:55 p.m. until the buses have left.

    ·   Please park across the road or in the parking lot.
    ·   Meet your child in the cafeteria and sign the sign­out sheet.
    ·   THERE IS NO PARKING IN THE CIRCLE. Never pass buses with flashing
        lights where students are loading or unloading. Bus drivers are mandated
        to report to the police those who pass the buses, even in the front circle.

                                      For safety reasons,
                        we teach children to walk only on the sidewalks.
                    Please do not cross the lawns or walk between vehicles.


    If you choose, you may keep students home from school to meet religious
    obligations. Such absences will be considered excused absences. Please
    notify us in advance or on the morning of the absence.


    If there is an unscheduled school closing, it will be announced on the radio
    between 6:00 ­ 7:00 a.m. (and often by 6:00 a.m.). Listen for Nauset Public
    Schools announcement on these stations: 
           WCOD/WXTK/WAVE:  95.1; 101.1; 106.1              WRKO: 7 News\AM680  WCVB\TV­5 
           WBUR\TV­5            WRZE/SCIB/WPXC: 96.3/102/103                WKPE         WQRC: 99.9 
           WFCC: 107.5                           WOMR                        WBZ\TV­4    WLVI\TV56 

    The school committees of the Nauset Region; Brewster, Eastham, Orleans and
    Wellfleet, believe that all students have the right to be educated in a safe and
    healthy environment.        To preserve this right, school officials will take
    appropriate action whenever it is felt that the health and safety of students are
    in jeopardy. One such action may include a search of students, lockers,
    desks, or other school property. Nauset Regional School District and Union
    #54 reserve the right to conduct a search whenever school officials have
    reasonable suspicion that the search will turn up evidence that a student has
    violated or is violating a law or rule of the school. This statement is intended

    to serve as notice of the School Department's right and intent to conduct
    searches when it is deemed reasonable.


    All students are expected to meet the requirements for behavior as set forth in
    this handbook. Chapter 76B of the Massachusetts General Laws, and 603
    CMR 28.00 of the Massachusetts Special Education Regulations, require that
    additional provisions be made for students who have been found by an
    evaluation TEAM to have special needs and whose program is described in an
    Individual Educational Plan (IEP). The following additional requirements
    apply to the discipline of special needs students:

    1.    The IEP for every special needs student will indicate whether the
    student can be expected to meet regular discipline code or if the student's
    handicapping condition requires a modification. Any modification will be
    described in the IEP.

    2.    The Principal (or designee) will notify the Director of Special Needs of
    the suspendable offense of a special needs student and a record will be kept
    of such notices.

    3.     When it is known that the suspension(s) of a special needs student
    will accumulate to ten days in a school year, a review of the IEP as provided
    in the Special Education Regulations will be held to determine the
    appropriateness of the student's placement or program. The TEAM will
    make a finding as to the relationship between the student's misconduct and
    his/her handicapping condition and either:

          a)    design a modified program for the student, or;

          b)    write an amendment to provide for the delivery of special
                education services during the suspension of any needed
                modification of the IEP relative to discipline code expectations.

    In addition, the Department of Education will be notified as required by the
    law, and the procedures promulgated by the Department of Education for
    requesting approval of the alternative plan will be followed. Please refer to the
    Interim Notice of Procedural Safeguards
    http://www.doe.mass.edu/news/news.asp?id=2520 for further information.

         (Special Needs Regulations ­ Section 504 Implementation Plan ­ See Appendix G & V)


    Each day of the week is brightened by the presence of one of our "special
    teachers". Mrs. Deschamps teaches physical education; Mr. Hollander­Essig
    teaches grades four and five Instrumental Music on Monday; Mrs. Codinha
    teaches General Music on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday; Mrs. Roberts
    teaches Art on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday; Ms. Millette­Kelley teaches

    Library and Enrichment projects daily; and Mrs. Felton teaches computers on
    Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.


    All students are expected to be clean and to dress appropriately for school
    and school functions.       Students and their parents have the primary
    responsibility for acceptable student dress and appearance. Teachers should
    exemplify and reinforce acceptable student dress and help students develop
    an understanding of appropriate dress for school.

    Student dress and appearance:

       1. Dress and appearance is to be safe, appropriate, and not disruptive to
          the educational process (wheelie sneakers and high heels are not
          allowed, brief or see­through garments are not permitted, and underwear
          is to be covered).
       2. Hats, bandanas, or other headgear shall not be worn in school unless it
          is part of a recognized religious practice, or special school activity.
       3. Clothing or adornments that are vulgar, obscene, libelous, or denigrate
          others with regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender,
          sexual orientation, or disability; and/or endorse the use of alcohol,
          tobacco, or illegal drugs; and/or encourage other illegal or violent
          activities are not allowed.

    Students who violate the student dress code will be required to modify their
    appearance by covering or removing the offending item and, if necessary or
    practical, replacing it with an acceptable item.


    As of 1975, the State Board of Education issued a complete set of regulations
    regarding the keeping of student records within our schools.            These
    regulations were adopted to insure the right of confidentiality and to provide
    for inspection of such records by parents and eligible students.

    There are basically two types of records. The first is the permanent record,
    which consists of the very basic information, such as name, address, phone
    number, birth date, parents, courses, and grades.          The second is the
    temporary record that consists of test scores, class rank, teacher evaluations,
    and extracurricular activities.

    Please be advised that in the Nauset Regional School District parents and
    eligible students may inspect, obtain copies at a reasonable fee, and have
    interpreted any data contained on the student’s record within 48 hours of
    written request. Requests should be made to the Principal or guidance
    counselor of the student’s school.


    There is no morning supervision before 7:50 a.m. Please do not drop your
    child off at school before 7:50 a.m., as we cannot accept responsibility for
    their safety.


    Students are assigned textbooks each year. Books should be treated with
    respect and returned in good condition. Parents must pay for lost or badly
    damaged texts.


    Please consult our school calendar and schedule your family vacations at the
    same time as school vacations. A child’s progress can be affected by vacation
    absences of any length. Please notify us at least one week ahead of time.
    Teachers will decide whether work will be sent home prior to vacation or
    saved and sent home when a child returns to school. Teachers have
    discretion about assigning work because it’s not possible to replicate all
    classwork. The parent will monitor and correct their child’s work. Students
    must be present for MCAS given in April and May (grades 3­5).
                                  Note: Vacations are recorded as unexcused absences.


    Our doors are always open to visitors. Please let us know in advance to be
    sure it is a good time. Teachers need to be with their class once school has
    started. If you want to talk with a staff member, please call to make an
    appointment ahead of time. Be sure to report to the office, sign­in, and
    obtain a visitor’s tag before going to any classroom. For safety and security,
    we need to know who is in the building at all times.


    We are fortunate to have a volunteer coordinator who organizes our volunteer
    services. Throughout the year we'll ask for help in a variety of areas, from
    shelving library books to showing your slides, helping individuals or small
    groups of children in the classroom, working with us on special projects, etc.
    Please let your child's teacher know if you are interested. Our C.P.R. (Class
    Parent Representatives) program organizes volunteers who coordinate closely
    with individual teachers.


School­wide Discipline Plan
I.   Bill of Rights

     In 1993 the Wellfleet Elementary School community developed a “Bill of
     Rights” which we use as a daily part of our school life. It is displayed
     throughout the school and discussed as often as needs arise. We intend to
     keep Wellfleet Elementary a safe and respectful environment in which
     learning can take place.

     We are a ONE RULE school:

                            To treat others the way we want others to treat us.

     This means we have the right to:
                 · be ourselves,
                 · not be teased because of race, religion, sex, or abilities,
                 · be safe from harm,
                 · be treated and judged fairly,
                 · get help from an adult when we need it,
                 · be free from hearing bad language,
                 · be un­bothered in class while trying to learn, and
                 · keep our property safe.

II   School Discipline ­ Statement of Purpose

     We believe that each child at Wellfleet Elementary School is an asset and is
     capable of appropriate behavior and social interaction. We know that
     behavior is learned, and so can be taught.

     The three principles upon which rules for conduct are based are: 
                      A.  Health & Safety 
                      B.  Respect for Rights and Needs 
                      C.  Respect for Property

      To reinforce discipline as an educational process we should always ask
      the question “What does this child need to learn?” This ensures
      discipline does not become punishment, but another opportunity to
      teach appropriate habits.

        Consequences are logical and related to the infraction, reserving
          major consequences for serious or repeated transgressions.

     III      Improvement Strategies

              Wellfleet Elementary uses a variety of techniques and practices to help
              students learn to assume responsibility for themselves.  During the first
              weeks of school, several exercises called “Guided Discovery” give us the
              opportunity to model, practice, and teach reasons and procedures for the
              following strategies:
                    •Stop & Think
                    •Buddy Teacher
                    •Use of Logical Consequences
                    •Incident Report
                    •Office Intervention
                    •Student/Family/Teacher Agreements
                    •Family Conference
                    •Teacher Support Team

              Most situations will be handled immediately within the classroom and in a
              manner that is respectful of all students. Loss of privilege is often the first
              consequence. When there is a pattern of continued misbehavior, a teacher
              may seek assistance from the Principal, School Adjustment Counselor,
              parents, and/or Teacher Support Team.

      It may help you to know a little more about what some of the more commonly
       used strategies are and what the terms mean. Following are some that are
              most often used with some examples and sample statements.

     Logical Consequences

              Our goal when children break rules is to first help them regain self­control
              and self­respect. If we are too harsh, we risk discouragement or vengeful
              defiance. If we are too lenient, we risk neglect and self­indulgence, leaving
              children confused. Logical consequences are directly related to the infraction
              and give children the opportunity to actively face mistakes and not avoid
                    There are four kinds of logical consequences in addition to naturally
                    occurring consequences:

1   Natural                            A child who doesn’t do work gets behind. A child who is a “bad
                                       sport” doesn’t get chosen for play. One who forgets warm clothes
                                       may get cold.

2   Reparations                        If you spill milk, you need to get a sponge and clean it up.
     (also known as ­“You break it,    Your work isn’t done because you’ve been chatting; you owe
                       you fix it.”)   yourself a thirty­ minute work time. When would you like to take
                                       it? It has to be done before you go home.
                                       When you knock someone down, you need to stop and see if they
                                       are all right and apologize.

3   Loss of Trust                        A child may say work is done when it is not.
                 (forfeit your rights)                 “I won’t be able to believe you when you say you are
                                                       done. You will need to show me your finished work
                                                       every day this week.”

                                         Children fool around in the bathroom.
                                                        “You’re not taking care of yourself in the bathroom.
                                                        You will have to wait until a teacher is free to go with
                                                        you for the next two days.”

                                         A child is rude to a teacher.
                                                        “When I speak to you and you are rude, you are
                                                        telling me that you don’t care to be in my group.
                                                        You are welcome to return when you are ready to
                                                        show respect.”

4   Forfeit Participation                Child talks continually during a group activity.
                        “ Time Out “                    “You are disturbing all of us. You need to stop or
                                                        leave the group.”

                                         Child makes negative or sarcastic remarks.
                                                      “You need to contribute helpful remarks or leave the

                                         A group is not able to cooperate.
                                                        “I hear a lot of bickering from this group. You need
                                                        to take a time­out and think about what you might
                                                        do to make it better. I will come back and hear one
                                                        solution from each of you.”

    The important qualities of logical consequences are:

        ·  They are delivered without anger, yet firmly, and emphasize that we have faith
           in the child’s ability to improve.
        · Consequences have time limits and show that the problem is not the person
           but the behavior.
        · They provide limits within a structure that are not rigid, but are clear.
        · The relationship to the infraction is very important ­ it must be practical and
           possible for both teacher and child, and make sense in terms of the problem.

    Some of the activities we use are outlined here.

    Stop & Think
    Stop & Think is an opportunity for small things to be attended to before they become
    big things. In order to be effective, stop & think has to be modeled and practiced so
    that children see it as a familiar, predictable procedure for reinforcing the boundaries
    of rules. It focuses on the behavior, not on the person. Explanations are not
    appropriate during stop and think ­ before or after only. It emphasizes choice and
    faith. Children choose to follow or not follow rules. When they lose their controls or
    make poor choices, stop and think can help them regain self­control or make another

Buddy Teacher
Sometimes classroom strategies do not work when a child is trying to regain self­
control. The teacher may elect to send the child to a buddy teacher, as an interim step
before sending a child to the office. The child is accompanied to another room where
he can refocus, cool off and decide how to return to the classroom. This is modeled
and practiced by the whole class several times before implementation. The children
know that choices help them avoid an office intervention. Once in the classroom, the
other children do not pay any attention to the child, nor does the buddy teacher. The
child’s teacher will send for the child when a short period of time has passed.

Staff Support Team (SST)
Within each school, there is a system of pre­referral in place for teachers to work with
colleagues to help each other with strategies and ideas for intervention with a child
who is experiencing difficulty. The problem may be a learning problem, behavioral
concern or a health problem. Teachers are required to attempt alternative strategies
before referring child for special services or special education. The TST provides the
opportunity for a selected group of staff members to create a plan for improvement.

Incident Reports and Think Sheets
Students sent to the office for disciplinary intervention are asked to complete a “Think
Sheet” to review the incident. The “Think Sheet” helps the student reflect on strategies
or ideas that may help in future situations and to practice problem solving.
Consequences are applied to help children assume responsibility for their actions and
words. (Note: this sheet may be completed with a teacher, office person, or other adult in
the building. The principal is always involved when there is a physical altercation).

A Think Sheet is used for review of the reasons for sending a child to the office. It
serves as a record from the child of what happened, who was involved, what preceded
the incident etc. In addition, an Incident Report may be sent home for a parent to
sign and return to school. Please call your child’s teacher if your child shares an
incident with you that school personnel may not know about. The principal may also
help resolve the incident.

                                      THINK SHEET
Name ____________________________________                 Date _________________________

Names of those involved:

Name of the adult present: ____________________________________________________________________

Where did this happen? _______________________________________________________________________

Did anyone see what happened?


What happened?

How do you think the other person feels?
Why do you think they feel that way?

List 2 ways you could stop this from happening again:



Student Signature ____________________________________________________________________________

     ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PLEASE DO NOT WRITE BELOW THIS LINE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

  Action Taken

  Date                            Adult’s Signature

                                         INCIDENT REPORT

Dear Parent/Guardian,                                                      Date: _______________________

Today, your child, ______________________________________________________________, was:

_____   sent to the office during ______________________________________________.
_____   sent to the “alternative lunchroom”.
_____   sent to a Buddy Teacher’s classroom from _______________________________.
_____   missed some/all recess.

For the following reasons:
_____ cafeteria behavior.
_____ lack of courtesy or respect for another student.
_____ lack of courtesy to a WES staff member.
_____ lack of cooperation to participate or follow directions/procedures in___________________________.
_____ teasing or bullying another student.
_____ making unsafe choice(s) in _______________________________.

Comments (optional): _____________________________________________________________________________
Additional Consequence (optional): ________________________________________________________________

                                        Signature: _________________________________________

                    (For more information about these loss of privileges, please review the
                School­wide Discipline Improvement Plan that appears in the Student Handbook.)

       Please indicate that you have received this notice by signing and returning it to school
tomorrow. If you have any questions or would like further clarification, please call me at 349­3101.

                                                             Thank you,
                                                             Teecia Kent, Principal


  Family Comment (optional): _______________________________________________________________


  Classroom Teacher: ______________________________________________________________________

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_____ parent       _____ teacher    _____ special     _____ cafeteria     _____ principal         _____ office

IV    Expectations and Consequences

       What We Expect                         Reasons                      Consequences
                                                                     Driver will give verbal warning.
                                    In order to be safe:
 Bus –                                                               2nd offense in same week may require
 Safety is the absolute priority.   1) Students must remain          child sit in an assigned seat.
                                                                     3rd offense requires a written bus
                                                                     report that must be signed by the
                                    2) Voices should be kept at      parent/ guardian (with copy to the
                                       conversational level.         classroom teacher).

                                    3) Teasing, intimidation,        Further violations may result in loss
                                        verbal or physical           of bus privilege and meeting with
                                        harassment will not be       Principal and driver.
                                                                     The driver is in charge of the bus and
                                                                     may choose other consequences. A
                                                                     written report may be submitted
                                                                     immediately depending on the
                                                                     severity of the behavior.

                                                                     At the discretion of the Principal, bus
                                                                     transportation can be withdrawn.

     What We Expect                            Reasons                        Consequences
 Cafeteria –
 All students will have a safe,     In order to have an enjoyable    Temporary loss of privilege to eat
 relaxing environment in            mealtime break, dangerous,       lunch with classmates.
 which to eat lunch.                disruptive, or rude behavior
                                    cannot be accepted.              Assist in clean­up (if applicable).

                                                                     Responsible for apologizing or
                                                                     making amends.

                                                                     Parent may be called.

                                                                     Loss of privilege or free time in
                                                                     order to make­up lost learning
                                                                     time (if classroom time is
 Courtesy –
 Everyone will feel confident       Learning requires a safe         Temporary loss of privilege to
 that others will treat them        environment. Words, gestures,    participate in learning
 with respect.                      and tone of voice are powerful   experience.
                                    forms of communication and
                                    need to reflect courtesy.        At teacher discretion,
                                                                     parent/guardian may be

                                                                     Responsible for apologizing or
                                                                     making amends.

                                                                     Loss of privilege or free time in
                                                                     order to make­up lost learning

 Compliance ­
 Students will cooperate,        Learning should be challenging   Temporary loss of privilege to
 participate, and follow         and allow students to develop    participate in the learning
 directions in all learning      their potential.                 experience.
                                 We will offer a learning         Parent may be contacted.
                                 environment free from
                                 unnecessary interruption.        Responsible for apologizing or
                                                                  making amends.

                                                                  Loss of privilege or free time in
                                                                  order to make­up work or lost
                                                                  learning time.

                                                                  Conference with Principal may be

      What We Expect                      Reasons                         Consequences

                                                                  Immediate removal from learning
 Aggression –                    Our school will be free of       environment ­ send to Principal.
 Keeping the school free         harassment in any form; i.e.,
 of violence and                 bullying, verbal or physical     Parent/guardian will be contacted
 aggression allows               aggression.                      and meeting with them may be
                                                                  required before student returns to
 students and staff to feel      Any act of aggression is         classroom.
 safe and have an                considered serious.
 effective learning                                               Loss of privilege or free time in
 environment.                                                     order to make­up work or lost
                                                                  learning time.

                                                                  Responsible for apology or
                                                                  making amends.

V.     Examples of Loss of Privilege/Free Time may take many forms.
Logical consequences provide children with opportunities to understand and
improve their behavior. Loss of privilege/free time encourages students to make the
right choices and to take responsibility for their learning.

The following are examples of loss of free time or privilege:

Loss of Recess                At the teacher’s discretion, a child may be asked to sit out
                              on the sidelines for a defined period of time or become an
                              “active observer” during recess.

                              Staff supervised lunch area (classroom) separate from
Alternative Lunch             cafeteria will be used for students having difficulty
                              meeting cafeteria safety and behavior expectations.

After School Detention        This usually takes place in the office from 2:15 until 3:00
                              p.m. Parents will be notified by the Principal or classroom
                              teacher and parents will be responsible for transportation.

Suspension               This is a serious consequence that can only be applied by
                         the Principal. All communication comes from the
                         Principal in writing and in person.

In more serious situations, the following may also be used:

                      When a student is required to meet with the Principal, the
Office Intervention
                      Think Sheet will be reviewed with the child. Sufficient time
                      for cooling off and planning for an orderly return to the
                      classroom may take some time.            Consequences will be
                      assigned beyond the time in the office ­ sometimes there are
                      a few steps including check ­ in with the Principal for update
                      on the situation. Children are occasionally sent to the office
                      for a time­out, but this is usually not the first step.

                      The Principal, teachers, or the family may request a
Family Conference     conference to discuss behavior concerns and jointly plan
                      ways to help the child improve in daily learning. Agreements
                      may be assessed periodically for effectiveness; each party has
                      responsibility for communicating and assessing progress.
                      This can be a very powerful tool for consistency and
                      continuity between home and school.

VII.   Positive Behavior Recognition

           Students are recognized for positive behavior in their classrooms and at
           other school events as appropriate.

VIII. Levels of Intervention

        There are three levels of misconduct and consequences. In all
        cases a discussion of the misbehavior will be held with all those
        involved. A student plan for improvement must be written as part of
        any continuing problem. We teach children to assume responsibility
        for apology or replacement of any property.

        1. Classroom Level

        Classroom and special area teachers will handle most situations
        involving such things as being uncooperative, teasing, disrespect,
        etc.    (These would include minor playground and cafeteria
        infractions as well.) Loss of privilege is usually a first consequence.
        The teacher will usually handle the infractions directly with the child
        alone. However, if a second instance of misbehavior occurs, the
        teacher will telephone home or send a note.                     Usually,
        communication at this point helps alleviate the problem. If it does
        not, then a teacher conference is required and a more formal plan
        instituted. Involvement of the counselor and/or the Principal may
        be appropriate if the plan requires their support.

        2. General School Level

        The Principal usually deals with more serious infractions related to
        playground and cafeteria or when a second intervention is required.
        Beyond required restitution, continued loss of privileges or after
        school detention can be required. School bus infractions in the
        early stages fall in this category, as do those involving minor
        contraband. The Principal will contact the family and a plan for
        improvement will be worked out, which will include the classroom
        teacher and child if necessary.

        3. Most Serious Level

        Misbehavior at this level will result in an immediate office referral. The
        Principal will meet with those involved and notify the classroom teacher
        and the family. A family conference may be held and an improvement plan
        be developed. Examples of such misbehavior are:

          ü fighting or physically harming another person
          ü stealing
          ü gross disrespect or teasing (vulgarity, gestures, disobedience, etc.)
          ü sexual harassment
          ü possession of unlawful substances or weapons (including knives of
            any types)
          ü leaving the school grounds without permission. (NOTE: Firearms
            possession can result in permanent expulsion from school.)

   Continued Serious Misbehavior

    A conference involving the family, the Principal, teacher and a
    counselor will be required. Extended periods of after school
    detention or suspension from school, and or referral for out of
    school intervention, may be necessary, depending on the
    nature of the situation. An improvement plan or contract will
    be required. Suspensions are time limited and a last resort,
    and are used to allow for planning to address the issue.

Due Process:    See Appendix C.

Discipline of Students Under Sections 504 and ADA: See Appendix V.

                                          Appendix A



Occasionally, a parent or other citizen may become dissatisfied with the action of a teacher,
administrator, or other school district employee. It is the intent of the school committee that all
parties to a complaint be treated fairly and impartially and that the complaint be settled
according to the merits of the case.

Because the school committee may ultimately have to render a decision it is inappropriate for a
school committee member to discuss in the community individual complaints citizens may have
against a teacher, administrator, or other school district employee. Upon receiving a complaint,
a school committee member will urge the person making the complaint to follow the steps
outlined below.

The steps a parent or citizens will take in seeking to resolve a complaint will differ according to
the position of the employee. However, the following procedure for resolving a conflict between a
parent and a teacher will serve as a guide for how other disputes will be settled:

Step 1 – The parent is encouraged, first of all, to attempt to resolve the complaint directly with
the teacher on an informal basis.

Step 2 – If the parent is not satisfied with the decision or action of the teacher, the parent may
appeal to the building principal.

Step 3 – If the parent is not satisfied with the building principal’s decision or action, the parent
may appeal to the Superintendent of Schools. At this point, the parent will be encouraged to
put the complaint in writing, specifying the circumstances of the complaint, including such
details as the date, time, location of the incident, and the names of all persons involved.

Step 4 – Should the superintendent’s review and subsequent decision not be satisfactory, the
parent may bring the complaint to the attention of the school committee by requesting that the
superintendent place the item on the agenda for its meeting.

Adopted: June 11, 1979



All regular and special meetings of the school committee shall be open to the public and the
news media. Because the school committee desires to hear the viewpoints of citizens
throughout the district, it shall offer suitable time for citizens to be heard.

Recognizing its responsibility for proper governance of the schools and, therefore the need to
conduct its business in an orderly and efficient manner, the school committee shall schedule a
period for public participation called Citizens Speak which will normally occur at the beginning
of a meeting. Citizens Speak may be reopened at the discretion of the chair with the consensus
of the committee before a formal vote is taken on any agenda item. At times the school
committee shall set a time limit on the length of the period and the time limit for individual

                                  Appendix A (cont.)

speakers. The length of time scheduled and the time limit for individual speakers shall be
stated by the chair of the school committee. The time limits may be extended by action of the
committee. The chair of the school committee shall be responsible for recognizing all speakers,
who shall properly identify themselves, and for maintaining proper order and obtaining
adherence to any time limits set. The intent of these rules is to allow everyone a fair and
adequate opportunity to be heard.

Citizens who wish to have the school committee take action on a particular item may request
the committee to do so. This request shall be submitted in writing to the committee and may
at the discretion of the committee be included as an item at the next regularly scheduled
meeting. The intention of these rules is to:

1.      To allow the superintendent to take direct action when policies have already been
established by the school committee on the subject of the request.

2.     To provide the school committee with time to obtain necessary information and give
thorough thought in situations where a policy does not exist, a change of policy is proposed, or
an exception to policy is requested.

Speakers may offer such objective criticisms of school operations and programs as concern
them. In public session the school committee will not hear personal complaints of school
personnel. Other channels provide for school committee consideration and disposition of
legitimate complaints involving individuals.

The school committee vests in its chair or other presiding officer authority to terminate the
remarks of any individual when they do not adhere to the rules established above.

Comments and questions at a regular meeting may deal with any topic related to the school
committee's conduct of the schools. Comments at special meetings must be related to the call
of the meetings. Questions asked by the public shall, when possible, be answered immediately
by the chair or referred to the superintendent or designee for reply. Questions requiring
investigation shall be referred to the superintendent or designee for consideration,
investigation, and later response.

questions may be directed to individual members and they may give their own personal
opinions but it shall be understood that those opinions may not reflect the consensus of the
committee as a whole.

Amended:      March 1988
Adopted:      April 1988     Orleans School Committee
              May 1988       Eastham & Wellfleet School Committees
              June 1988      Brewster & Nauset Regional School Committees

                                         Appendix B

                                NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY

The Nauset Public Schools do not discriminate in their educational programs or activities or in
their admissions or employment policies on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin,
age, sexual orientation or disability. Accordingly, employees of this district are required to
comply with the provisions of this policy and the following federal and state laws: Title VI and
Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and
Chapters 151B and 622 of the Massachusetts General Laws.

This policy will be distributed on an annual basis to all students, parents, and employees of the
Nauset Public Schools. Complaints of violations of this policy will be handled in accordance
with the procedure set forth in the Nauset Public Schools Discrimination and Harassment
Complaint Procedure, which will also be distributed annually to all students, parents and

Adopted:       Brewster School Committee ­ 1/14/98
               Eastham School Committee ­ 12/14/98
               Orleans School Committee ­ 12/14/98
               Wellfleet School Committee ­ 12/15/98
               Nauset Regional School Committee ­ 1/7/98

                                         Appendix C



The privileges and rights of all students shall be guaranteed without regard to race, religion,
sex, creed, or national origin.

Students shall have the right to advocate change of any law, policy or regulation. Students may
exercise their right to freedom of expression through speech, assembly, petition, and other
lawful means. The exercise of this right may not interfere with the rights of others. Freedom of
expression may not be utilized to present material which tends to be obscene or slanderous, or
to defame character, or to advocate violation of federal, state, and local laws, or official school
policies, rules, and regulations.

Students may present complaints to teachers or administration officials.               Adequate
opportunities shall be provided for students to exercise this right through channels established
for considering such complaints.

Reference:     Department of Education Guidelines ­ Student Records and Regulations
               General Laws of Education ­ Chapter 71, Sections 82­86

Adopted:       February 2, 1977

                                         Appendix D



The school committee believes that student behavior should reflect the standards of good
citizenship expected of members of a democratic society. Self­discipline is one of the immediate
important goals of education, and its practice is of great concern to the committee.

It is expected that students shall conduct themselves in keeping with their level of maturity,
acting with due regard to constituted authority. This includes conformity to school rules and

Consideration for the rights and privileges of others, cooperation with all personnel in the school
community, and basic self­respect shall be the cornerstones of our guiding principles.

High personal standards of courtesy, decency, clean language, honesty, morality and wholesome
relationships with others shall be maintained. Respect for real and personal property, pride in
one's work and achievement within one's ability shall be expected of all students.

All employees of the schools shall share responsibility, as designated by the principal, for
supervising the behavior of students.

Discipline should be administered in such a manner that the dignity of the student be
maintained. Humiliation of a student will not be tolerated by the school committee or the
administration. The committee deplores the use of threats.

The use of force is deplored in solving discipline problems. However, when it is required,
minimum force may be used in the following situations: (a) to protect another person from
personal attack or imminent threat thereof; (b) to so protect oneself; (c) to remove a recalcitrant
pupil from a class or from one part of the building to another ­­ and in such event at least one
other professional employee should be present to assist; (d) to protect the child from doing harm
to oneself or others. If minimum force is used in the above situations, it shall be reported to
the school principal who will report it to the Superintendent of Schools when considered

Administrators shall have the authority to suspend.

Any of the following actions may subject a student to expulsion by the principal under the terms
of M.G.L. 71:36H:

1. Found on school premises or at school­sponsored or school­related events, including athletic
   games, in possession of a dangerous weapon or a controlled substance. 

2.  Who assaults a principal, assistant principal, teacher, educational assistant or other
    educational staff member on school premises or at school­sponsored or school­ related
    events including athletic games.

Any of the following actions will subject a student to suspension, expulsion, subject to school
committee action, or other disciplinary measures:

1. Intentionally causing or attempting to cause damage to school property; or stealing or
   attempting to steal school property.

                                        Appendix D (cont.)

2. Intentionally causing or attempting to cause damage to private property; stealing or attempting
   to steal private property.

3. Intentionally causing or attempting to cause physical injury to another person except in self­

4. Using or copying the academic work of another and presenting it as his own without proper

5. Repeatedly and intentionally      defying    the   valid authority of supervisors, teachers, or

The above prohibited actions will be printed in a handbook or other publication and made available
to students and parents.

Adopted:      Brewster School Committee ­ 1/14/98
              Eastham School Committee ­ 12/14/98
              Orleans School Committee ­ 12/14/98
              Wellfleet School Committee ­ 12/15/98
              Nauset Regional School Committee ­ 1/7/98

                                           Appendix E

                             DRUG FREE ENVIRONMENT ­ STUDENTS

Possession, use, manufacture, and sale or distribution of drugs and alcohol or other controlled
substances are prohibited by law. The Nauset Public Schools will take all necessary steps to prevent
any of the above activities from taking place on school premises or as a part of any of its activities.
These steps will include investigation of reports of actual or suspected possession, use,
manufacture, sale or distribution of any of these illegal substances.

The Nauset Public Schools will provide information about available drug and alcohol counseling and
rehabilitation, and re­entry programs that are available to students.

Procedures to determine the need for and severity of disciplinary measures will be consistent with
other school department policies and relevant local, state or federal statutes pertaining to expulsion,
and possession, use, manufacture, sale or distribution of illegal substances or alcohol.

Adopted :     February 2002

                               MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING

In accordance with procedure for participation in the Governor’s Alliance Against Drugs, an
agreement of Understanding is formed between the Nauset Regional School District and the Police
Departments of the member towns of Brewster, Eastham, Orleans, and Wellfleet.

In order to better meet the needs of our communities and to better serve the youth entrusted to our
care, cooperation between the Nauset schools and local Law Enforcement Officers is imperative. The
school officials and the Police Departments agree to the following handling of substance abuse
incidents occurring during school hours, on school grounds, or at school functions.

                                                Appendix E (cont.)


A.    Student found/admitting to being under the influence of, or in possession of a chemical

Ø         School Response:
     1.   Teacher brings student to the office, or notifies the office, of the information..
     2.   Nurse contacted to question and/or observe student.
     3.   Upon confirmation of substance abuse, principal contacts the home and directs a referral to the
          Student Assistance Team. Parents (guardians) are requested to come to school and take student home;
          if parents (guardians) cannot be contacted, or parents (guardians) are not cooperative, the student will
          be kept under supervision until referred to the police.
     4.   Report is filed by nurse and placed in student’s folder.
     5.   Student cannot return to school until a conference is held with the parents (guardians), student,
          principal or designee, and appropriate school staff.

Ø         Interaction with Police:
     1.   Administration notifies the local police in all cases when a student is found/admitting to being under
          the influence of, or in possession of, a chemical substance.
     2.   All contraband is turned over to the police.

Ø         Student Intervention:
     1.   Student is referred to the School Adjustment Counselor and School Psychologist.
     2.   First Offense: Five (5) day suspension ­ not readmitted until parents (guardians) come in for conference.
     3.   Second Offense: Five (5) ­ ten (10) day suspension ­ not readmitted until parents (guardians) come in for
          conference. Re­admission consideration dependent upon student enrollment in Substance Abuse
     4.   Third Offense: Ten (10) day out­of­school suspension with consideration for expulsion. Student not
          readmitted until student and parents (guardians) have a hearing with School Committee ­ student
          expelled from school for the remainder of the school year.
     5.   For all offenses student will be placed on 90­day social probation that may be reduced upon
          participation in a four­session substance use evaluation at Cape Cod Human Services.

B.    Student found selling or distributing chemical substance, or with intent to distribute.

Ø         School Response:
     1.   Teacher asks student for substance and escorts the student to the office. If student refuses, teacher is
          to keep student under observation to best of his/her ability, and contact office.
     2.   Administrator, with a witness present, searches the student, searches the student’s locker, and
          questions the student pursuant to reasonable search procedure of the law.
     3.   School administrator notifies parents (guardians).
     4.   School administrator notifies police.
     5.   Police meet with parents (guardians), student, and school administrator.
     6.   Student is removed from school.
     7.   Report is filled out by school administrator and placed in student’s file.

Ø         Interaction with Police:
     1.   Police are notified and asked to come into school and meet with appropriate school staff, parents
          (guardians), and student.
     2.   All contraband is turned over to the police.

Ø Student Intervention:
     1.   First Offense: Ten (10) day suspension. Student readmitted after a parent (guardian) conference at the
          end of two­day suspension.
     2.   Second Offense: Ten (10) day out­of­school suspension. Legal action recommended (CHINS/C & P).
          Student readmitted after ten­day out­of­school suspension and a conference with Superintendent of
          schools, parents (guardians), and student.
     3.   Subsequent Offenses: Hearing with Superintendent and School Committee. Expulsion from school for
          remainder of school year. Legal action taken through the appropriate channels.

For all offenses student will be placed on 30­90 day social probation that may be reduced upon
participation in a four­session substance use evaluation at Cape Cod Human Services.

                                               Appendix F

                                   Physical Restraint Overview

School personnel provide a safe environment for all students. In order to protect student(s) or school
personnel from imminent, serious physical harm school personnel may have to physical restrain a
child. Please be aware that physically restraint is a method of last resort. Physical restraint would
not be used as a method to punish students or as a response to property destruction, disruption of
school order or verbal threats.

   Use of physical restraint on any student enrolled in a publicly­funded education program 

 1.     The district has developed and implemented staff training at least annually on the use of restraint 
        consistent with regulatory requirements.  Such training occurs within the first month of each school 
        year and, for employees hired after the school year begins, within a month of their employment. 
 2.     The district administers physical restraint on students only when needed to protect a student and/or a 
        member of the school community from imminent, serious, physical harm. The district implements 
        restraint procedures consistent with Department of Education regulations in order to prevent or 
        minimize any harm to the student as a result of the use of physical restraint. 
 3.     The district has developed written procedures regarding appropriate responses to student behavior 
        that may require immediate intervention.  Such procedures are annually reviewed and provided to 
        school staff and made available to parents of enrolled students. 
 4.     The district has developed and implemented reporting requirements and procedures for 
        administrators, parents and the Department of Education consistent with the regulations. 
 5.     The district has developed and implemented any applicable individual waiver procedures consistent 
        with the regulations. 

 M.G.L. c. 71, s. 37G; 603 CMR 46.00 

Our physical restraint school policy was developed in accordance with the Massachusetts General Laws
which can be found at http://www.doe.mass.edu/lawsregs/603cmr46.html section=03 .

                                            Appendix G

                            Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act

Section 504 is a federal statute that prohibits discrimination on the basis of a handicap in any
program or activity that receives Federal Assistance. According to the law, a person with a handicap
is one who:
 1.     has a mental or physical impairment which substantially limits one or more major life
        activities, such as caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing,
        learning, and working,
 2.     has a record of such impairment, or
 3.     is regarded as having such an impairment.

Specifically, the School District has certain responsibilities under the Act. These responsibilities
include the identification, evaluation, and the determination of whether or not a child is eligible to
receive accommodations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.


The Nauset Regional School District is in compliance with Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act
and with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you have a handicap or suspect a handicap that
requires or may require accommodations to participate in school, please contact the principal of your
child’s school or Ann Caretti, 504 Coordinator.

                                                    Ann Caretti, 504 Coordinator
                                                    Nauset Regional School District
                                                    78 Eldredge Park Way
                                                    Orleans, MA 02653
                                                    Tele: 508­255­8800
                                                    Fax: 508­240­2351 

                             Massachusetts Department of Education 

                                 Summary of Regulations
                                 Pertaining to Student Records

The Student Record Regulations adopted by the Board of Education apply to all public elementary
and secondary schools in Massachusetts. (They also apply to private day and residential schools that
have state approval to provide publicly­funded special education services.) The regulations are
designed to insure parents’ and students’ rights of confidentiality, inspection, amendment, and
destruction of student records, and to assist school authorities in carrying out their responsibilities
under state and federal law.

The regulations apply to all information kept by a school or school district on a student in a way that
the student may be individually identified. The regulations divide the record into two parts: the
transcript and the temporary record. The transcript includes only the minimum information
necessary to reflect the student’s educational progress. This information includes name, address,
course titles, grades, credits, and grade level completed. The transcript is kept by the school district
for at least sixty years after the student leaves the system.

 The temporary record card contains the majority of the information maintained by the school about
the student. This may include such things as standardized test results; class rank; school­
sponsored extracurricular activities; evaluations and comments by teachers, counselors, and other
persons; disciplinary records; and other information. The temporary record is destroyed within five
years after the student leaves the school system.

                                        Appendix G (cont.)

The following is a summary of the major provisions of the Student Record Regulations concerning
the rights of parents and eligible students. Under the regulations, “eligible students” are at least 14
years old or have entered the ninth grade; they may exercise these rights just as their parents may:

Inspection of Record

A parent or an eligible student has the right to inspect all portions of the student record upon
request. The record must be make available within two days after the request, unless the parent or
student consents to a delay.

The parent and eligible student have the right to receive a copy of any part of the record, although
the school may charge a reasonable fee for the cost of duplicating the materials.

The parent and eligible student have the request to have parts of the record interpreted by a
qualified professional from the school, or may invite anyone else of their choice to inspect or
interpret the record with them.

Confidentiality of Record

Except where the regulations specifically authorize access by third parties, no individuals or
organizations other than the parent, eligible student and school personnel working directly with the
student are allowed to have access to information in the student record without the specific,
informed, written consent of the parent or eligible student.

Amendment of Record

The parent and eligible student have the right to add relevant comments, information, or other
written materials to the student record. In addition, the parent and eligible student have a right to
request that information in the record be amended or deleted. They are entitled to meet with the
principal (or the principal’s designee) to discuss their objection to information that is in the record,
and to receive a written decision. A parent or eligible student who is not satisfied with the
principal’s decision may appeal to higher authorities in the school district.

Destruction of Records

The regulations require school authorities to destroy a student’s temporary record within five years
after the student transfers, graduates, or withdraws from the school system and give them the
opportunity to receive a copy of any of the information before it is destroyed.

The above is only a summary of some of the more important provisions of the Student Records
Regulations that relate to the rights of parents and eligible students. The Student Record
Regulations are included in the Code of Massachusetts Regulations at 603 CMR 23.00. For more
detailed information, please review the regulations (copies of which should be available in every
public school) and the Questions and Answers guide published by the Massachusetts Department of
Education 1995. the student transfers, graduates, or withdraws from the school system. School
authorities are also allowed to destroy misleading, outdated, or irrelevant information in the record
from time to time while the student is enrolled in the school system. In each case, the school must
first notify the parent and eligible student and give them an opportunity to receive a copy of any of
the information before it is destroyed.

The above is only a summary of the more important provisions of the Student Record Regulations
that relate to the rights of parents and eligible students. The Student Record Regulations are
included in the Code of Massachusetts Regulations at 603 CMR 23.00. For more detailed
information, lease review the regulations (copies of which should be available in every public school)
and the Questions and Answers guide published by the Massachusetts Department of Education in

                                            Appendix H

Overview of Special Education: Referral, Evaluation, and Eligibility Determination

Chapter 71B of the General Laws is Massachusetts’ special education law (know as chapter 766 of
the Acts of 1972, but amended many times since that year). The Special Education Regulations are
codified in 603 CMR 28.00. The purpose of 603 CMR 28.00 is to ensure that eligible Massachusetts
students receive special education services designed to develop the student’s individual educational
potential in the least restrictive environment in accordance with applicable state and federal laws.

(1) Referral for Initial Evaluation ­ A student may be referred for an evaluation by a parent or any
person in a caregiving professional position concerned with the student’s development. The school
shall send written notice to the child’s parent()s) within 5 school days of receipt of the referral. The
school shall provide the student’s parent(s) with an opportunity to consult with the Special
Education Coordinator to discuss the reasons for the referral, the content of the proposed
evaluation, and evaluators used.

(2) Initial Evaluation ­ Upon consent of the parent, the school district shall provide or arrange for
the evaluation of the student by a multidisciplinary team within thirty (3) school days.

(3) Annual Reviews and Three­Year Re­evaluations ­ The school district shall review the IEPs and
the progress of each eligible student at least annually. Additionally, every three years, or sooner if
necessary, the school shall, with parental consent, conduct a full three­year re­evaluation consistent
with the requirements of federal law.

(4) Convening the Team ­ Within forth­five (45) school working days after receipt of the parent’s
written consent to an initial evaluation or re­evaluation, the school shall: provide an evaluation,
convene a Team meeting to review the evaluation data, determine whether the student requires
special education, and if required, develop an IEP in accordance with state and federal laws.

(5) Eligibility Determination ­ The Team shall examine the evaluative data, including information
provided by the parent, and make one of the following determinations:
The student is eligible. If the student has one or more of the educational disabilities defined at 603
CMR 288.02(7) and if, as a result of an educational disability(ies), the student is unable to progress
effectively in the general education program without the provision of specially designed instruction,
or is unable to access the general curriculum without the provision of one or more related services,
the Team shall determine that the student is eligible. An educational disability refers to the
following: autism, developmental delay, intellectual impairment, sensory impairment, neurological
impairment, emotional impairment, communication impairment, physical impairment, health
impairment, and specific learning disability.
The student is not eligible. If the Team determines that the student is not eligible, the Team
chairperson shall record the reason for such finding, list the meeting participants, and provide
written notice to the parent of their rights in accordance with federal requirements with ten (10) days
of the Team meeting.

(6) Parent Response ­ No later than thirty (30) days after receipt of the proposed IEP and proposed
placement, the parent shall: Accept or reject the IEP in whole or in part; request a meeting to discuss
the rejected portions of the IEP or the overall adequacy of the IEP; or if mutually agreed upon, accept
an amended proposal. Parent’s Rights brochures may be obtained from the special education
coordinator or special education teachers.

                                           Appendix H (cont.)

                  Overview of Special Education Discipline Procedures
Removals of Up to Ten School Days at a Time

    ·   School personnel shall remove a child with a disability for up to ten school days, and for
        additional removals of up to ten school days for separate acts of misconduct, as long as the
        removals do not constitute a pattern.

Providing Services During Periods of Disciplinary Removal

    ·   Schools do not need to provide services during the first ten school days in a school year that
        a child is removed.
    ·   During any subsequent removal that is for ten school days or less, schools provide services to
        the extent determined necessary to enable the child to appropriately progress in the general
        curriculum and appropriately advance toward achieving the goals of his or her IEP. In cases
        involving removals for ten school days or less, school personnel, in consultation with the
        child’s special education teacher, make the service determination.

Conducting Behavioral Assessments and Developing Behavioral Interventions

    ·   Meetings of a child’s IEP team to develop a behavioral assessment plan, or (if the child has
        one) to review the child’s behavioral intervention plan, are only required when the child has
        first been removed from his or her current placement for more than ten school days in a
        school year, and when commencing a removal that constitutes a change in placement.

    ·   If other subsequent removals occur, the IEP team members review the child’s behavioral
        intervention plan and its implementation to determine if modifications are necessary, and
        only meet if one or more team members believe that modifications are necessary.

Change of Placement; Manifestation Determinations

    ·   A change of placement occurs if a child is removed for more than ten consecutive school days
        or is subjected to a series of removals that constitute a pattern because they cumulate to
        more than ten school days in a school year, and because of factors such as the length of each
        removal, the total amount of time the child is removed, and the proximity of the removals to
        one another.

    ·  Manifestation  determinations  are  only  required  if  a  school  is  implementing  a  removal  that 
       constitutes a change of placement. 

                                                Appendix I
                                         Child Abuse and Neglect

The Nauset Schools are committed to the most vigilant response to instances of child abuse and neglect. To
that end, the committees direct that all professional and appropriate support staff receive regular professional
development designed to inform them of characteristics of abused and neglected children.

In reporting suspected abuse and neglect, professional staff shall follow whatever procedure the administration
provides. Notwithstanding any decision by a principal or designee that a particular situation does not warrant
a report to DSS, all professional staff shall be informed that the Nauset School Committees support them
should they conclude a report to DSS is warranted, and encourage them to make such report, consistent with
the requirements of MGL Chapter 51A.

The committees further instruct the administration to place special emphasis on awareness of warning signs
over time, rather than considering situations in isolation from one another. Abuse and neglect are often
cumulative, and cumulative vigilance is most likely to detect it.

Adopted:        February 2002

                                          Appendix J

                                 Homeless Children and Youth

The Nauset Schools will comply with the McKinney­Vento Homeless Education Act. Each
homeless child or youth shall have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education,
including, but not limited to, preschool, Title 1, special education, vocational and technical,
school nutrition, and English language learner programs. The Nauset Schools will immediately
enroll homeless children and youth, even if they do not have the documents required for
enrollment; i.e., medical records or proof of residency.         However, emergency contact
information is required at the time of enrollment consistent with the Nauset Public School’s

Unaccompanied students or students in state care or custody are entitled to the same
educational rights and services, including transportation, under the McKinney­Vento as any
homeless child or youth in the care of their parents(s) or guardian(s).

If a dispute arises over school enrollment, Nauset Public Schools will immediately enroll the
student pending resolution of the dispute. Nauset Public School shall inform the parent,
guardian or unaccompanied youth of the school’s decision and the parent or guardian’s right to
appeal the decision. Nauset Public School’s homeless liaison will carry out the dispute
resolution process.

Transportation of Homeless Children and Youth ­ The Nauset Schools, in compliance with the
McKinney­Vento Homeless Education Act, shall ensure that transportation is provided, at the
request of the parent, guardian or (in the case of unaccompanied youth) Nauset Schools’
liaison, to and from the school of origin. Furthermore:

·   If the homeless student continues to live in the area served by the district in which the
    school of origin is located, that district must provide or arrange transportation;
·   If the homeless student moves to an area served by another district, through continuing his
    or her education at the school of origin and the district in which the student resides must
    agree upon a method to apportion the responsibility and costs for transportation to the
    school of origin; and
·   If the districts cannot agree upon such a method, the responsibility and costs must be
    shared equally.


                                         Appendix K
                             ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION

It is the intent of the Nauset Schools that, whenever possible, prescription medication will be
administered to students outside of school hours. When administration is required during
scheduled hours, school nurses will be responsible for overseeing such administration.
Medications should be appropriately labeled with the student's name, name of medication,
dosage, frequency of administration and name of prescribing physician. While it is normally
the responsibility of the student to report to the nurse for medication, in occasional cases, staff
may have to seek out students to ensure proper care.

No parenteral (injection) medications may be given by the school nurse except:
adrenalin/epipen with a physician's written order; insulin with a physician's written order; and
Mantoux tests to the staff. In the case of a medical emergency, telephone orders from a
physician may be obtained for the administration of adrenalin or insulin.

                                         Appendix K (cont.)

Self­administration of prescription medication, including inhalers for asthma, may be
permitted at the discretion of the school nurse and with written permission from the child's

Tylenol and/or Benadryl may be administered to students in accordance with school physician


Elementary Schools ­ Students who are participating in a field trip and who are on
prescription medication shall, with written parental permission, be allowed to take that
medication under the supervision of a responsible adult.

Middle and High Schools ­ Middle and high school students, with written parental permission,
may assume responsibility of taking their own medications while on a field trip.

Adopted:        September 24, 1997

                                             Appendix L


                                 EMERGENCY TREATMENT COSTS

In the event of a medical emergency that may require treatment, the school will contact the
parent or, failing to reach a parent, will contact the student's physician. If neither can be
reached, or in a dire emergency, the school department will contact the town emergency center.
Costs ensued through the emergency center are the responsibility of the parent/guardian.

Amended:        November 1983

                                             Appendix M

The Nauset Public Schools are committed to equal employment and education opportunity for all
employees and applicants, students, and members of the school community without regard to race, color,
religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or disability in all aspects of employment and
education. The members of the school community include the school committee, administration, staff,
students, and volunteers working in the schools, while they work and study subject to school authorities.

The Nauset Public Schools are also committed to maintain a school and work environment free of
harassment based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, or disability. The
Nauset Public Schools expect all employees and members of the school community to conduct themselves
in an appropriate and professional manner with concern for their fellow employees and the students.

Harassment on the basis of sex, color, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, and disability in
any form will not be tolerated. Such harassment may include, but is not limited to unsolicited remarks,
gestures or physical contact, display or circulation of written materials or pictures derogatory to either
gender or to racial, ethnic, religious, age, sexual orientation or disabled individuals or groups.

                                         Appendix M (cont.)
In addition, sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual
nature constitute sexual harassment when:

1.            submission to such conduct or communication is made a term or condition either
              explicitly or implicitly to obtain or maintain employment or educational
              development and opportunity, or
2.            submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for
              employment or education decisions affecting such individual, or
3.            such conduct or communications has the purpose or effect of interfering with an
              individual’s work or educational performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or
              offensive work or educational environment.

Bullying is a form of harassment that can lead to chronic absenteeism, truancy, and even dropping out of
school. Bullying is defined as the act of one or more individuals intimidating one or more persons
through verbal, physical, mental, or written interactions. The school committees expect administrators
and supervisors to make clear to students and staff that bullying in the building, on school grounds, on
the bus or school sanctioned transportation, or at school­sponsored functions will not be tolerated and
will be grounds for disciplinary action up to and including suspension and expulsion for students, and
termination for employees.

Any violation of this policy should be brought to the attention of the assistant to the superintendent or to
any school building principal or assistant principal as soon as possible. An investigation will be
conducted in accordance with the procedure set forth in the Nauset Public Schools Discrimination and
Harassment Complaint Procedure. If a violation is found to have occurred, appropriate action will be
taken as set forth in the Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Procedure.

Any employee or member of the school community found to have engaged in harassment shall be subject
to the sanctions, including, but not limited to, warning, suspension, or termination subject to applicable
procedural requirements.

While this policy sets forth the goals of the Nauset Public Schools in providing a workplace and an
educational environment free of harassment of any kind including sexual harassment, the policy is not
designed or intended to limit Nauset’s authority to discipline or take remedial action for conduct in the
workplace or in an educational setting which is deemed unacceptable regardless of whether that conduct
is specifically described in or prohibited by this or any other school district policy. Under certain
circumstances, sexual harassment may constitute child abuse under Massachusetts Law, G.L.C. 119
Section 15A. The Nauset Public Schools shall comply with Massachusetts laws in reporting suspected
cases of child abuse.

Adopted as amended:     February 2002

                                             Appendix N

                                   SEXUAL HARASSMENT

The Nauset Public Schools are committed to promoting a workplace that is free of sexual
harassment. Sexual Harassment of employees occurring in the workplace or in other settings
in which employees may find themselves in connection with their employment is unlawful and
will not be tolerated by this organization. Further, any retaliation against an individual who
has complained about sexual harassment or retaliation against individuals for cooperating with
an investigation of a sexual harassment complaint is similarly unlawful and will not be
tolerated. In order to provide a workplace free from sexual harassment, this policy describes
conduct which is inappropriate and/or unlawful, and sets forth a procedure for handling such
conduct if encountered by employees.

Because the Nauset Public Schools takes allegations of sexual harassment seriously,
complaints of sexual harassment will be responded to promptly, and where it is determined
that such inappropriate conduct has occurred, Nauset will act promptly to eliminate the

                                         Appendix N (cont.)

conduct and impose such corrective action as is necessary, including disciplinary action where

Please note that while this policy sets forth Nauset’s goal of promoting a workplace that is free
of sexual harassment, the policy is not designed or intended to limit Nauset’s authority to
discipline or take remedial action for workplace conduct which is deemed unacceptable,
regardless of whether that conduct satisfies the definition of sexual harassment.

Massachusetts law defines sexual harassment as follows: “sexual harassment” means sexual
advances, requests for sexual favors, and verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

·    submission to or rejection of such advances, requests or conduct is made either
     explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of employment or as a basis for employment
     decisions; or
·    such advances, requests or conduct have the purpose or effect of unreasonably
     interfering with an individual’s work performance by creating an intimidating, hostile,
     humiliating or sexually offensive work environment.

Under these definitions, direct or implied requests by a supervisor for sexual favors in
exchange for actual or promised job benefits such as favorable performance reviews, salary
increases, promotions, increased benefits, or continued employment constitute sexual

The legal definition of sexual harassment is broad in addition to the above examples, other
sexually oriented conduct, whether it is intended or not, that is unwelcome and has the effect
of creating a work place environment that is hostile, offensive, intimidating, or humiliating to
male or female workers may also constitute sexual harassment.

While it is not possible to list every circumstance that may constitute sexual harassment, the
following are some examples of conduct which if unwelcome, may constitute sexual
harassment depending upon the totality of the circumstances, including the severity of the
conduct and its pervasiveness:

·    unwelcome sexual advances, with or without accompanying physical touching;
·    sexual epithets, jokes, written or oral references to sexual conduct, gossip regarding
     one’s sex life, comments on an individual’s body, comments about another’s sexual
     activities, deficiencies, or prowess;
·    displaying pornographic materials or sexually suggestive objects, pictures, cartoons;
·    unwelcome leering, whistling, brushing against the body, sexual gestures, suggestive
     or insulting comments;
·    inquiries into one’s sexual activities. 

All employees should take special note that, as stated above, retaliation against an individual
who has complained about sexual harassment, and retaliation against individuals for
cooperating with an investigation of a sexual harassment complaint is unlawful and will not be
tolerated by the Nauset Public Schools.

Any employee who believes that he or she has been subjected to sexual harassment has the
right to file a complaint with the administration. This may be done orally or in writing.

To file a complaint, contact the assistant superintendent. The assistant superintendent is also
available to discuss any concerns you may have and to provide information to you about the
policy on sexual harassment and the complaint process. Complaints may also be filed with
each individual school building principal, who will then refer the complaints to the assistant
superintendent for further investigation.

                                      Appendix N (cont.)

Complaints of sexual harassment will be investigated in a prompt, fair and expeditious
manner. The investigation will be conducted in such a way as to maintain confidentiality to
the extent practicable under the circumstances. The investigation will include a private
interview with the person filing the complaint and with witnesses. The person alleged to have
committed the sexual harassment will also be interviewed. When the investigation has been
completed, the person filing the complaint and the person alleged to have committed the
conduct will be informed, to the extent appropriate, of the results of that investigation.

If it is determined that inappropriate conduct has occurred, prompt action will be taken to
eliminate the offending conduct, and where it is appropriate, disciplinary action will be
imposed. (Please refer to Nauset’s “Discrimination Complaints: Investigation and Grievance
Procedures” for further information regarding the process to be utilized for investigation of
complaints of sexual harassment.)

If it is determined that inappropriate conduct has been committed by a Nauset employee,
depending upon the circumstances, various types of disciplinary or remedial action will be
taken. Such action may range from counseling to termination from employment, and may
include such other forms of disciplinary action as is deemed appropriate under the

In addition to Nauset’s own complaint process, employees who believe they have been
subjected to sexual harassment may file a formal complaint with either or both of the
government agencies set forth below. Using Nauset’s internal complaint process does not
prohibit an employee from filing a complaint with these agencies. The EEOC has a 180 day
time period for filing a claim, and the MCAD has a six month time period for filing a claim.

               The United States Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (“EEOC”)
               One Congress Street ­ Tenth Floor
               Boston, MA 02114     (617) 565­3200

               The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (“MCAD”)
               One Ashburton Place ­ Room 601
               Boston, MA 02108       (617) 727­3990

Adopted as amended by Joint School Committees ­ October 11, 2001

                                          Appendix O

                                 Discrimination Complaints:
                            Investigation & Grievance Procedures

The Nauset Public School Districts do not discriminate in their educational programs or
activities or in their admissions or employment policies on the basis of race, color, sex, religion,
national origin, or disability. Staff or student complaints of discrimination or harassment
based upon sex, race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or disability, should be
made to Assistant Superintendent Linda Medeiros.

This procedure applies to complaints pursuant to state and federal laws, particularly to
complaints under Title VI and Title IX, Chapter 622, Massachusetts General Laws Chapter
151B, Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

When a complaint of discrimination or harassment is made, the following investigative and
appeal procedures will be followed:

                                    Appendix O (cont.)

   1. Complaints may be made verbally or in writing. Complaints should be made promptly,
      within a short time after the occurrence giving rise to the complaint, to assure a prompt
      investigation and fair resolution. All complaints will be thoroughly investigated. Both
      the complainant and the subject of the complaint will be interviewed and given a full
      opportunity to state their case. Witnesses, if any, will also be interviewed. A record will
      be kept of each investigation.

   2. The complaints will be investigated within a reasonable time, usually not to exceed ten
      (10) school days after the complaint has been received. Both the complainant and the
      subject of the complaint will be informed of the result of the investigation, in writing. If
      the complaint is substantiated, the investigator will refer the matter to the proper
      supervisor or administrator for appropriate discipline, which may include suspension
      from employment or school or employment termination or expulsion from school.

   3. In the event of a complaint or subject of a complaint disputes the results of the
      investigation or resolution, he or she may further appeal to the Superintendent within
      ten (10) days of the investigator’s decision. Any request for appeal shall be made in
      writing. The Superintendent shall meet with the parties to hear the appeal, and shall
      review the records of the investigation. The Superintendent shall issue a decision
      within ten (10) days of the hearing.

   4. Further appeal may be taken to the School Committee within ten (10) days of the
      Superintendent’s decision. Such appeal must be in writing. The School Committee will
      hear the appeal and make its determination within ten (10) days of the School
      Committee hearing.

Nothing in this policy or procedure shall be deemed to affect a complainant’s right to other
remedies at law including the administrative appeal or lawsuit. Administrative agencies with
jurisdiction in these matters include:

The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (“MCAD”)
      Boston Office                      Springfield Office
      One Ashburton Place                436 Dwight Street, Room 220
      Boston, MA 02108                   Springfield, MA 01103

                The United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights
                                    33 Arch Street, Ninth Floor
                                        Boston, MA 02110

                              Massachusetts Department of Education
                                     State Board of Education
                                         350 Main Street
                                        Malden, MA 02148

               The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”)
                                   1 Congress Street – 10th Floor
                                        Boston, MA 02114

       Massachusetts Department of Education Bureau of Special Education Appeal
                                    State Board of Education
                                        350 Main Street
                                       Malden, MA 02148

                                          Appendix P

                      Notification to Parents of Teacher Qualifications

The Federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 requires school districts that receive federal Title I
funding to notify parents of their right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom
teachers who instruct their child.

As a recipient of these funds, Wellfleet Elementary School will provide you with this
information in a timely manner if you request it. Specifically, you have the right to request the
following information about each of your child’s classroom teachers:

    ·   Whether the teacher meets the state qualifications and licensing criteria for the grades
        and subjects he or she teaches.
    ·   Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or provisional status because of
        special circumstances.
    ·   The teacher’s college major, whether the teacher has any advanced degrees, and the
        field of discipline of the certification or degree.
    ·   Whether paraprofessional provide services to your child and, if so, their qualifications.

(Name of school) is committed to providing quality instruction for all students and does so by
employing the most qualified individuals to teach and support each student in the classroom.
If you would like to receive any of the information listed above for your child’s teacher, please
contact Principal Teecia Kent at 508­349­3101, ext 11.

Adopted:       7/04

                                          Appendix Q

                              Toxic Substance Control Act
On October 22, 1986, an amendment to the Toxic Substance Control Act was signed which
required all schools to determine the presence of asbestos containing building materials in all
school buildings. That amendment, called the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act
(AHERA) required that accredited inspectors visually inspect all school buildings and that bulk
samples of suspected materials be taken and analyzed where the material was not assumed to
be asbestos. It further required that management plans be created for individual buildings to
effectively deal with asbestos containing building materials, and that maintenance and
custodial personnel receive training. The plans were required to be implemented and training
completed by July 9, 1989.

Wellfleet Elementary School has complied with all AHERA regulations, and its management
plan is available for review by the public. In addition, Wellfleet Elementary School has
completed all reinspections that are required every three years. The most recent inspection
was concluded on June 7, 2002.

All asbestos containing materials have been evaluated to be in good condition and all necessary
actions have been taken to ensure the safety of all building occupants.

Please feel free to contact Susan Hyland, Business Manager, at 508­255­8800 if you have any
questions regarding this notice.

                                                       Appendix R

Internet Access

The Nauset Public Schools provides access to the Internet. The Nauset Public Schools strongly believes in the educational
value of electronic services and recognizes the potential to support the curriculum and student learning by facilitating
resource sharing, innovation, and communication. The Nauset Public Schools will make every reasonable effort to protect
students and teachers from any misuses or abuses as a result of their experience with the information network, but there
is no system in place to totally restrict student access. Please discuss the following use guidelines with your child and sign
where indicated. You and your child’s signature will indicate acknowledgement and understanding of these services. As a
user of this network, your child will be expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette.

Student Internet Access
The Web is a global database system providing access to information from around the world. Students have access to
Internet information resources and the local network through their classroom, library media center, or school computer
lab. There is an Internet protection and a network security system in place, but these systems are not intended to replace
appropriate student use and supervision by the classroom teacher.

E­mail is an electronic mail system, which allows students to communicate one­to­one with people throughout the world.
Email accounts have been assigned to each classroom teacher and will be assigned to a homeroom itself if needed for use
in a group project.

Unacceptable Uses
The following uses of the Nauset network are considered unacceptable:

1. Personal Safety and Personal Privacy You will not provide personal contact information about yourself. Personal
contact information includes your home address, telephone number, school address, etc. This information may not be
provided to an individual, organization, or company, including Web sites that solicit personal information. You will not
agree to meet with someone you have met online. You will promptly disclose to your teacher or other school employee any
message you receive or Web site you encounter that is inappropriate or makes you feel uncomfortable.

2. E­mail, Chat and Instant Messaging
Users of the Nauset networks are not permitted to use commercial Web­based mail (Hotmail, Gmail, YahooMail, etc.) on
any school computer, or any type of instant messaging including, but not limited to, AOL Instant Messenger, MSN
Messenger, and ICQ. Students who are over age 14 and/or have received parental permission may use their assigned
nausetschools.net student Web­based email account in support of their studies. Students are not permitted in online
Web­based chat rooms or social networks unless it is part of a collaborative sharing project under the direct supervision of
a teacher, and are prohibited from using IRC chat programs on any school computer.

3. Illegal Activities You will not attempt to gain unauthorized access to the network or to any other computer system
through the system or go beyond your authorized access. This includes attempting to log in through another person's
account or access another person's files. You will not make deliberate attempts to disrupt the computer system or destroy
data by spreading computer viruses or by any other means. You will not use the Nauset network to engage in any other
inappropriate act such as threatening the safety of another person, etc.

4. System Security You are responsible for any file space you have on the network or classroom computer and must take
all reasonable precautions to prevent others from being able to access your data. Under no condition should you provide
your password to another person. You will immediately notify a teacher or the system administrator if you have identified a
possible security problem. Do not go looking for security problems, because this may be construed as an illegal attempt to
gain access. No computer software or shareware may be downloaded or installed onto school machines at any time. If a
diskette of data is brought in from home, you will make every attempt to scan it for viruses before use. Adding a password
to a computer file is prohibited.
5. Respecting Resource Limits You will use the system only for educational and classroom activities. This includes
guided searching as assigned by a teacher or staff member, and does not extend to using the Internet for personal
recreation. Streaming video and audio for recreation purposes will not be allowed. This includes radio station feeds, movie
trailers, etc.

6. Copyright and Plagiarism You will respect the rights of copyright owners. Copyright infringement occurs when you
inappropriately reproduce a work that is protected by a copyright. If a work contains language that specifies appropriate
use of that work, you should follow the requirements. If you are unsure whether or not you can use a work, you should
request permission from the copyright owner. If you have questions, ask a teacher. You will not plagiarize works that you
find on the Internet. Plagiarism is taking the ideas or writings of others and presenting them as if they were yours.

                                                        Appendix R (cont.)
7. Inappropriate Access to Material You will not use the Nauset network to access material that is designated for adults
only or is profane or obscene, that advocates illegal or dangerous acts, or that advocates violence or discrimination towards
other people.

If you mistakenly access inappropriate information, you should immediately inform your teacher. This will protect you
against a claim that you have intentionally violated the Internet and Network Use Guidelines. Your parents should instruct
you if there is additional material they think would be inappropriate for you to access. The Nauset Public Schools fully
expects that you will follow your parent's instructions in this matter.

Disciplinary Actions
You should expect only limited privacy in the contents of your personal files or record of Web research activities on the
Nauset network. Routine maintenance and monitoring of the network traffic may lead to discovery that you have violated
this Policy, the Nauset Public Schools disciplinary code, or the law. The District will cooperate fully with local, state, or
federal officials in any investigation related to any illegal activities conducted through the Nauset network. In the event
there is a claim that you have violated this Policy or the Nauset Public Schools disciplinary code in your use of the Nauset
network, your parents and you will be provided with notice and opportunity to be heard in the manner set forth in the
Nauset Public Schools disciplinary code.

Limitation of Liability
The Nauset Public Schools makes no guarantee that the functions or the services provided by or through the Nauset Public
Schools system will be error­free or without defect. The District will not be responsible for any damage you may suffer,
including but not limited to, loss of data or interruptions of service. The Nauset Public Schools is not responsible for the
accuracy or quality of the information obtained through or stored on the system. The District will not be responsible for
financial obligations arising through the unauthorized use of the system. Your parents can be held financially responsible
for any harm to the system as a result of intentional misuse.

Please sign the form below and return it to your homeroom teacher. Please keep the above information for your reference.
(September 20____)

I have read the Nauset Public Schools Network and Internet Use Guidelines and understand I will be held responsible for any
misuse of the system. I understand I will not have Internet or network access until this form is returned and signed.

________________________________________________________________ _______________________
(Student name printed)                                                   (Homeroom)

________________________________________________________________ ________________________
(Student signature)                                                                                            (Date)

I have discussed the guidelines with the student listed above.

__________________________________________________________________ _______________________
(Parent/guardian signature)                                                                                  (Date)

Parent/guardian: please check one of these statements:

          I give permission for the student listed above to use the computers and the Internet in the classroom,
          library, and in lab situations. I understand there is an Internet protection and a network security system
          in place, but these systems are not intended to replace appropriate student use and supervision by the
          classroom teacher.

          I give permission for the student listed above to use computers in the classroom and in labs, but do not
          give permission for independent or small group use of the Internet. I understand the student may be
          viewing Internet sites when the sites are presented as part of a large­group demonstration by the teacher.

Updated 9/8/08 kbs 

Internet. Plagiarism is taking the ideas or writings of others and presenting them as if they were yours. 

9. Inappropriate Access to Material You will not use the Nauset network to access material that is designated for adults only or  is 
profane or obscene, that advocates illegal or dangerous acts, or that advocates violence or discrimination towards other people.

                                                      Appendix R (cont.) 

If you mistakenly access inappropriate information, you should immediately inform your teacher. This will protect you against a 
claim that you have intentionally violated the Internet and Network Use Guidelines. Your parents should instruct you if there is 
additional material they think would be inappropriate for you to access. The Nauset Public Schools fully expects that you will 
follow your parent's instructions in this matter. 

Disciplinary Actions 
You should expect only limited privacy in the contents of your personal files or record of Web research activities on the Nauset 
network. Routine maintenance and monitoring of the network traffic may lead to discovery that you have violated this Policy, the 
Nauset Public Schools disciplinary code, or the law. The District will cooperate fully with local, state, or federal officials in any 
investigation related to any illegal activities conducted through the Nauset network. In the event there is a claim that you have 
violated this Policy or the Nauset Public Schools disciplinary code in your use of the Nauset network, your parents and you will 
be provided with notice and opportunity to be heard in the manner set forth in the Nauset Public Schools disciplinary code. 

Limitation of Liability 
The Nauset Public Schools makes no guarantee that the functions or the services provided by or through the Nauset Public 
Schools system will be error­free or without defect. The District will not be responsible for any damage you may suffer, 
including but not limited to, loss of data or interruptions of service. The Nauset Public Schools is not responsible for the accuracy 
or quality of the information obtained through or stored on the system. The District will not be responsible for financial 
obligations arising through the unauthorized use of the system. Your parents can be held financially responsible for any harm to 
the system as a result of intentional misuse. 

Please sign the form below and return it to your homeroom teacher. Please keep the above information for your reference. 
(September 20___) 

I have read the Nauset Public Schools Network and Internet Use Guidelines and understand that I will be held responsible for any 
misuse of the system. I understand that I will not have Internet or network access until this form is returned and signed. 

________________________________________________________________  _______________________ 
     (Student name printed)                                             (Homeroom) 
________________________________________________________________  ________________________ 
     (Student signature)                                                   (Date) 

I have discussed the guidelines with the student listed above. 

Please check one of these statements: 

o  I give permission for the student listed above to use the computers and the Internet in the classroom, library, and in lab 
situations. I understand there is an Internet protection and a network security system in place, but these systems are not 
intended to replace appropriate student use and supervision by the classroom teacher. 

o  I give permission for the student listed above to use computers in the classroom and in labs, but do not give permission 
for independent or small group use of the Internet. I understand this student may be viewing Internet sites when the 
sites are presented as part of a large­group demonstration by the teacher. 

__________________________________________________________________  _______________________ 
       (Parent/guardian signature)                                          (Date)

                      Grade K­5 Student Computer & Network Use Agreement

·   I agree to respect the school’s computer hardware and software. I will treat equipment and software like it
    was my own. I will report to my teacher if I see someone hurting the hardware of software.

·   I agree to use the Internet at school only to find information for a school project.

·   I agree that I will not use any instant messaging or e­mail software on a school computer.

·   I agree I will send, receive, and display only information that is polite, good, and respectful to all people.

·   I agree to respect authors and artists who put their work on the Internet. I will not change work that is
    not my own. I will not use words, graphics, or information from the Internet and present the information
    as my own work. I will give credit to the authors and artists for their work.

·   I agree to respect my privilege of using the Internet by keeping my account name and password private.

·   I agree never to use my whole name, home address, or telephone number on the Internet.

·   I agree never to sign up for anything over the Internet without my parent/guardian’s approval.

·   I agree to tell my teacher if I locate a place on the Internet that makes me feel uncomfortable.

·   I understand using the network and the Internet at school is a privilege, not a right.

·   I understand I will lose my privilege to use the network and the Internet if I break any of these

    I have read this Grade K­5 Student Computer and Network Use Agreement
                           with my parent or guardian.
My name:
(Student Signature)

Print your name:

Parent/guardian’s signature:

Parent/guardian’s name:

Today’s date:

Grade:                  Teacher:

          Please return this signed form to the school office. Thank you!

                                                   Appendix S 

                                      Wellfleet Elementary School 
                                           PERMISSION SLIP 

     Dear Families and Friends,                                                               date  __________ 

     On ____________________________  a special field trip is planned for _________________’s 
     class. We plan to travel to ________________________________________________________. 
     We will leave school at _____________________ and return by _________________________. 

     Special conditions concerning our field trip: 

             _____  Students need to pack a bag lunch with disposable beverage container. 
             _____  We will travel by bus. 
             _____  We will be walking to our destination. 
             _____  Students need to wear clothing appropriate for the weather and activity. 

             _____  Other:       Wellfleet Elementary School Permission Slip 

My  child,  ______________________,  has  permission  to  participate  in  the  planned  field  trip  to 
     Please sign the permission slip below and return to school by ______________________. 
Please specify any medical concerns (i.e. medicine, dietary needs, physical restrictions): 

My child's teacher _______________________________ has my permission to administer my child's daily 
medication while away from school on this trip. 
Medication to be administered: ___________________________________________________________ 
Dosage: _______________________________ Time to be administered: _________________________ 

I  acknowledge  that,  despite  the  school’s  precautions  and  supervision,  participation  in  this  field  trip  may 
involve some risk of injury or property damage greater than that associated with a classroom­based activity 
and I consent to my child’s participation with that knowledge. 

______________________________________                    ______________________________________ 
Parent/Guardian Signature                                 Date

     If there are any questions, feel free to call the school (349­3101). 

                                                       Teecia Kent 

                                                        Appendix T

                                           SYNOPSIS OF FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS LAWS
                                           and DISTRICT COORDINATOR INFORMATION
                                                    NAUSET PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Synopsis of Laws             Gail M. Briere, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Ann Caretti, Director of Student Services
                                   Nauset Public Schools, 78 Eldredge Park Way, Orleans, MA (508) 255­8800
 Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964                                        Coordinator: Gail Briere ext. 160
 Statute prohibits discrimination on the grounds of race, color or national origin by recipients of federal financial
 assistance. This statute ensures that individuals are not excluded from participation in programs or activities receiving
 federal funds (or the benefits of) on account of their membership in one of these protected categories (42 USC S2000d).
 This statute has been interpreted to prohibit the denial of equal access to education because of a language minority
 student’s limited proficiency in English.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972                                     Coordinator: Gail Briere ext. 160
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 provides that no individual may be discriminated against on the basis of
sex in any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. Title IX requires that schools adopt and
publish a policy against sex discrimination and have grievance procedures through which students can complain of
alleged sex discrimination, including sexual harassment. State law requires Massachusetts employers to have a policy
against sexual harassment (MGL Ch.151B, S3A)

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973                                      Coordinator: Ann Caretti ext. 200
Section 504 provides that no otherwise qualified individual with a disability shall solely by reason of his/her disability, be
excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or
activity receiving federal financial assistance. The regulations implementing Section 504 require that the public schools
provide a free appropriate public education to each qualified handicapped person who is in the recipient’s jurisdiction,
regardless of the nature or severity of the person’s handicap. (34 CFR 104.33)

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990                                           Coordinator: Ann Caretti ext. 200
The regulations implementing the ADA provide that: “A public entity that employs 50 or more persons shall designate at
least one employee to coordinate it’s efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under this part, including
any investigation of any complaint communicated to it alleging its noncompliance with this part or alleging any actions
that would be prohibited by this part. The public entity must make available to all interested individuals the name, office
address, and telephone number of the employee or employees designated pursuant to this paragraph.” (34 CFR
Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974                               Coordinator: Ann Caretti ext. 200
This federal statute prohibits states from denying equal educational opportunities to an individual based on certain
protected classifications including national origin. It specifically prohibits denying equal educational opportunities by
failing to take appropriate action to overcome language barriers that impede equal participation by its students in its
instructional programs (20 USC S1203(f)

Mass. General Laws CH.76, S5 (also known as Chapter 622)                Coordinator: Gail Briere ext. 160
This state law provided that “no person shall be excluded from or discriminated against in admission to a public school
of any town, or in obtaining the advantages, privileges and courses of study of such public school on account of race,
color, sex, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation.”

Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965                    Coordinator: Gail Briere ext. 160
Title I is designed to help disadvantaged children meet challenging content and student performance standards. Staff
should know that special education students are not deemed ineligible for Title I services simply because they receive
special education services. Also school districts must ensure that Title I funds are not being misused (e.g. referring a
limited English proficient student to a Title I program in order to meet the student’s language needs rather than
providing an ESL program/class).
IDEA 2004, Massachusetts Chapter 71B & Chapter 688 (Transition Planning)                Coordinator: Ann Caretti ext.
IDEA entitles students who have special needs to a free appropriate public education from the ages of 3 through age 21.
School Districts file a Chapter 688 referral for students with severe disabilities who will need continued services and
supports after their eligibility for special education ceases.

No Child Left Behind
McKinney­Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act                                 Coordinator: Ann Caretti ext. 200
The goal of the McKinney­Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act is to ensure that each homeless child or youth has
equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, as provided to other
children and youths.

                                    Appendix U

            WELLNESS POLICY – Handbook Version
           (see Nauset Schools Policy Manual for complete policy)

                               Overview Statement

Demonstrating commitment to the full development of our students, the Nauset
School District endorses the following Wellness Policy. This policy shall define
the goals and means to further our students’ understanding of the important role
that good nutritional choices and physical activity will have on their lives.
Central to this policy statement is the belief that success will be achieved from
the combined efforts, encouragement and participation of teachers,
administrators, staff and parents. We recognize wellness as a critical component
to insure a student’s academic performance.

I. Nutrition Education Goals

The primary goal of nutrition education is to facilitate the voluntary adoption of
eating and other nutrition­related behaviors conducive to health and well­being.

II. Physical Activity Goals

The primary goal of physical activity is to provide opportunities for every
student to develop the knowledge and skills for specific physical activities,
regularly participate in physical activity, and understand the short and long­
term benefits of a physically active and healthy lifestyle.

III. Nutrition Guidelines for All Foods on Campus

Students’ lifelong eating habits are greatly influenced by the types of foods and
beverages available to them. Schools must establish standards to address all
foods and beverages sold or served to students, including those available outside
of school meal programs. Schools must ensure that reimbursable school meals
meet the program requirements and nutrition standards set forth under the 7
CFR Part 210 and Part 220.

Adopted: September 2006


                                     Appendix V

              Discipline of Students Under Sections 504 and ADA

Under various federal and state laws and regulations, students with disabilities may
not be discriminated against in discipline matters on the basis of their impairment. In
addition to the information stated in this packet, the following procedures will be
implemented to comply with federal law and regulations regarding students with
handicapping conditions.

       1.     Definition:

              A student with a handicapping condition is a student who has had, or is
              perceived to have a physical or mental impairment that substantially
              limits one or more major life activity. This category includes students
              who are found to have such an impairment currently, have a record of
              having such an impairment, or who are perceived as having such an

       2.     Procedure:

              In the event that a student is found to have violated a school rule after
              implementing the general due process procedures (notice and hearing)
              provided in this packet or under other school policies, the principal or
              his/her designees shall ascertain whether the student has been
              identified as a student with a handicap under Section 504.

              (a)    If the student has not been identified as handicapped, the
              principal will determine if circumstances surrounding the disciplinary
              incident suggest the existence of a handicap.

              (b)    In the event that the principal or his/her designee concludes that
              there is no reason to suspect a handicap, the student may be disciplined
              according to the regular disciplinary sanction.

              (c)    If the circumstances suggest that the student may have a
              handicapping condition, the principal or his/her designee shall refer the
              student to the 504 Team to evaluate whether the student has a

              (d)    If the student is identified or has previously been identified as a
              student with a handicap under Section 504 and/or is so identified upon
              an initial 504 evaluation, and the 504 Team determines that:

                    1.      the student is, or continues to be, handicapped;
                    2.      his/her handicap is related to the violation of school rules;
                    3.      the violation of school rules is not related to a failure to
                            accommodate the student’s handicap or an inappropriate or
                            unimplemented 504 plan.

           No disciplinary sanction permitted under this packet or under
           other school policies which would constitute discriminatory action
           or which would deny a student a free, appropriate, public
           education, will be imposed; provided however, the 504 Discipline
           of Students Under Sections 504 and ADA continued Team may
           determine that the student’s 504 plan should include
           modifications to address the student’s misconduct including, but
           not limited to, delivery of educational services at an alternative
           site, behavioral modification plans, or any other appropriate
           modification or accommodation or disciplinary consequence
           consistent with Section 504.

     (e)   In the event that the student previously has been identified as a
           student with a handicap under Section 504 and/or upon an initial
           504 evaluation, the 504 Team determines that the student is, or
           continues to be, handicapped but his/her violation of school rules
           is not related to his/her handicap, a failure to accommodate or an
           inappropriate or unimplemented 504 plan, regular disciplinary
           sanctions under the provision of this packet or other school
           policies may be imposed.

3.   Re­evaluation:

     Initial evaluations pursuant to this policy and re­evaluations of
     students with disabilities under Section 504 who may be subject to
     suspension or expulsion which substantially change their
     placement for more than ten cumulative days shall be conducted
     pursuant to Section 504. Determination of disability and disability
     relatedness under Subpart 2 a), c), d) & e) of this policy, by the 504
     Team pursuant to this policy will be made prior to the imposition a
     disciplinary sanction.

                  Wellfleet Elementary School 
                     PARENT HANDBOOK 

        Please read, check the appropriate response about
       the Parent Handbook, and sign the statement below.

____   I have received notification and will take responsibility for
       reading the 2008­2009 Parent Handbook and Nauset
       District Policies that are available on the website at:
                           choose: WES
                         choose: Handbook

____   I have no Internet access and would like a hard
       copy of the Parent Handbook and Nauset Policies,
       and will take responsibility for reading it.

Parent Signature

Student Name(s)

  Teacher (s) 

                 Please return by: Friday, Sept. 12, 2008.
                             Thank you!


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