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					Reed Intermediate School




Student/Parent Handbook
         2005-06
                                    Reed Intermediate School
                                                3 Trades Lane
                                               Newtown, CT 06470


Dear Students,

      Welcome to Reed Intermediate School. The staff and I are looking forward to welcoming our students
back to school on August 30th! The design of this new building supports teaching and learning wonderfully,
and our instructional staff is dedicated to supporting every student to be successful. I am confident that you
will have a wonderful school year.

      The purpose of this handbook is to provide you with the most essential information about the school. It
is designed to be a reference that you can use over and over as the need arises. This handbook contains key
district policies, information related to the academic curriculum and the operating procedures for the school.
Each year, the handbook will be updated to include new information.

      We include this handbook in the Student Planner because the planner will be a document that you will
use in every single class, and you will take it home each night to record homework completed. Therefore, it
will be with you at all times. As you grow and develop, it is important for you to begin to take responsibility
for knowing what is expected of you in terms of behavior, homework, etc. Teachers will use the handbook
on the first days of school to help explain these expectations. One of your homework assignments on the
first week of school will be to review the handbook with your parents or guardians.

    I also encourage you and your parents to visit the school website. The site includes the handbook, as well
as other pertinent school related information. Your parents can always find a complete copy of this
handbook on the web if they have questions when you are at school. We will continue to add new material to
the website on a daily basis. The website is an up-to-date resource for any changes that occur after the
handbook is published.

                                     http://www.newtown.k12.ct.us/~reed/

     Finally, we ask that you and your parents provide us with feedback about how well the handbook and
website work for you. The purpose of these two resources is to inform you and support you. If something
works well for you, or if you have a suggested change, please let us know. I look forward to hearing from
you.


Sincerely,




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                                         Table of Contents
Topic                                                        Page

Reed Intermediate School Mission and Beliefs                 5
Calendar of Events                                           6
Contacting School Personnel                                  7
Contacting PTA                                               8

Operating Procedures
       Access to Building                                    9
       Arrival and Dismissal                                 9
       Attendance, Tardies and Early Dismissals              10
       Bikes, Skateboards, Scooters and Rollerblades         10
       Bus Information                                       10
       Communicating Student Progress
               (inc. Conferences and Report Cards)           11
       Custody Information/Rights of Non-Custodial Parent    11
       Dress Code                                            12
       Emergency Closings/ Late Openings                     12
       Expectations for Responsible Behavior                 13
       Field Trips                                           15
       Health Services                                       15
       Hall Passes                                           16
       Lockers                                               16
       Prohibited Items                                      16
       Lost and Found                                        16
       Lunch Program                                         16
       Parking                                               16
       Pets in School                                        16
       Privacy                                               17
       Programs and Activities                               17
       Reed Adventure Program                                17
       Safety and Security                                   17

School Program Information
       Homeroom Information                                  19
       Lunch, Recess and Learning Lab                        19
       Special Classes (Fine and Practical Arts)             19
       Library/Media Center Information                      19
       Student Assistance Team                               20
       Counseling Services                                   20

School Maps
       Main Floor (Upstairs)                                 21
       Lower Level (Downstairs)                              22

District Policies                                            23-34




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Reed Intermediate School Mission and Beliefs
We, the staff, students and parents of Reed Intermediate School, work together to create a safe, nurturing and
challenging environment. We inspire each other to become life-long learners who respect diversity and embrace
opportunity and change. Together, we are unwavering in our pursuit of excellence.

We believe that basic human needs of safety, competence, belonging, fun and freedom must be fulfilled for
individuals to be successful.
    • We encourage students to develop independence by providing them with choices and encouraging them
        to fulfill dreams.
    • We honor individual dignity, compassion and a harmonious environment as essential to growth and
        development.
    • We provide a secure school environment that insures student safety and inspires student trust.
    • We strive to provide every student with a sense of belonging while nurturing individual identity.
    • We provide an environment that encourages appropriate risk-taking and fun in the teaching and learning
        process.

We believe that learning respect and responsibility is a continuing process. In our school, every individual will feel
respected and be respectful.
    • We recognize and respect the gifts that make us different.
    • We demonstrate personal responsibility and know the boundaries of others.
    • We act honestly, fairly and with integrity.

We believe that staff, parents and students share the responsibility for creating student success.
   • Students will be challenged and supported to succeed every day.
   • Every child possesses unique gifts that can contribute to his or her learning and the learning of others.
   • Educational opportunities are rich and varied to meet individual learning needs.
   • Students demonstrate an awareness of their roles and potential for contribution to the school, the
       community and the greater world.
   • Students perceive learning as meaningful and ongoing.
   • Technology enhances teaching and learning.
   • Every member of the school community sets goals and reflects on his or her progress to maintain
       continuous improvement.




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                                             Calendar of Events
This calendar of events lists only the programs and activities that have been scheduled as of July 1, 2005.
Please refer to The Weekly Reed or log onto the school website for a more up-to-date calendar of events.

August, 2005
22 -              New Parent/Student Orientation
30                First Day of School
31                Open House – Grade 5

September, 2005
5                 Labor Day/Schools Closed
7                 “Welcome Picnic” for Incoming Fifth Graders, Families and New Families 5:45- 8:00 p.m. @RIS
13                Open House – Grade 6
14 and 15         Student Picture Day

October, 2005
4                 Rosh Hashanah/Schools Closed
10                Columbus Day/Schools Closed for Students/Staff Development Day
13                Yom Kippur, Schools Closed
27                Parent Teacher Conferences

November, 2005
8                 Election Day/Schools Closed for Students/Staff Development Day
11                Veterans Day/Schools Closed
14,15,16,17,18    Parent Teacher Conferences/Early Dismissal
23                Early Dismissal
24-25             Thanksgiving Recess

December, 2005
26-31             Holiday Recess

January, 2006
2                 Day after New Years Day/Schools Closed
9                 Grade 5 Chorus and Orchestra Concerts, 7:00 p.m. (snow date 1/23)
10                Grade 6 Chorus and Orchestra Concerts, 6:45 p.m. (snow date 1/24)
16                Martin Luther King Day/Schools Closed
17                Grade 5 Band Concert, 6:45 p.m. (snow date 1/31)
19                Grade 6 Band Concert, 6:45 p.m. (snow date 1/26)

February, 2006
20-24             Winter Break

March, 2006
20, 21,22,23,            Parent Teacher Conferences/Early Dismissal

April, 2006
12                Chamber Orchestra, RIS Singers, and Jazz Ensemble Concerts, 7:00 p.m.
14                Good Friday/Schools Closed
17-21             Spring Break

May, 2006
29                Memorial Day/Schools Closed

June, 2006
5                 Grade 5 Chorus and Orchestra Concerts, 7:00 p.m.
6                 Grade 6 Chorus and Orchestra Concerts, 6:45 p.m.
7                 Grade 5 Band Concert, 6:45 p.m.
8                 Grade 6 Band Concert, 6:45 p.m.
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                                                      Contacting the School
               (Includes staff hired before June 1, 2005- See the Website for a complete list.)
                                    To Reach               Phone Number
                                  Main Office                  270-4880
                                  Attendance Line              270-4644- Ext. 7333
                                  Health Office                270-4883
                                  Guidance Office              270-4884
                                  Food Service                 270-4886
                                  School Psychologist          270-4892
                                  Social Worker                270-4893
                                  Education Connection         426-7861

   Contacting Office and Guidance Staff:
                      Last Name             First Name       Email:
                      Denniston            Donna             dennistond@ newtown.k12.ct.us
                      Salvatore            Anthony           salvatorea@newtown.k12.ct.us
                      McFadden              Betty            mcfaddenb@newtown.k12.ct.us
                      Cowden                Christen         cowdenc@newtown.k12.ct.us
                      Fedak                 Cara             fedakc@newtown.k12.ct.us
                      Gellert               Bea              gellertb@newtown.k12.ct.us
                      Grustas              Jenny             grustasj@newtown.k12.ct.us
                      Nostrand              Kathy            nostrandk@ newtown.k12.ct.us
                      Shortsleeve           Phyllis          shortsleevep@newtown.k12.ct.us
                      Soucar                Denise           soucard@newtown.k12.ct.us
                      Welton                Jennifer         weltonj@newtown.k12.ct.us

Regular and Special Education Instructional and Support Staff:
                                                                         Email:
Last Name     First Name           Role                     Voice Mail   name@newtown.k12.ct.us
Altenburger   Mike                 Spec Ed                     6115      altenburgerm@ newtown.k12.ct.us
Beaudry       Jill                 Grade 5                               beaudryj@newtown.k12.ct.us
Bernson       Peter                Grade 5                     1352      bernsonp@ newtown.k12.ct.us
Beierle       Phil                 Band                        1397      beierlep@ newtown.k12.ct.us
Breyan        Chris                Grade 5                     1239      breyanc@ newtown.k12.ct.us
Brown         Matt                 Grade 6                     1318      brownm@ newtown.k12.ct.us
Calero        Kim                  Grade 6                     1233      calerok@ newtown.k12.ct.us
Caloras       Cheryl               Grade 5                     1345      calorasc@ newtown.k12.ct.us

Cedor         Nancy                Sp Ed                       2270      cedorn@ newtown.k12.ct.us
Choniski      Angela               Art                         3701      choniksia@ newtown.k12.ct.us
Cunningham    Joan                 Grade 5                     1037      cunningham@ newtown.k12.ct.us
Dalton        Matt                 Grade 5                     1356      daltonm@ newtown.k12.ct.us
Danenberg     Carol                School Psychologist                   danenbergc@newtown.k12.ct.us
Divanno       Petrice              Grade 5                     1377      divannop@ newtown.k12.ct.us
Drabik        Maura                Grade 6                     1028      drabikm@ newtown.k12.ct.us
Erickson      Kathy                Grade 5                     1400      ericksonk@ newtown.k12.ct.us
Failla        Michelle             Health                      3711      faillam@ newtown.k12.ct.us
Finelli       Al                   Grade 6                     1083      finellia@ newtown.k12.ct.us
Gallagher     Kelly                Grade 6                     1034      gallagherk@newtown.k12.ct.us
Handler       Nancy                Grade 6                     1366      handlern@newtown.k12.ct.us

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Hiscavich     Michelle        Music              1218      hiscavichm@ newtown.k12.ct.us
Hull          Jonathan        Grade 5             TBD      hullj@newtown.k12.ct.us
King          Karen           Grade 5            1071      kingk@ newtown.k12.ct.us
Kohn          Pam             Reading Spec       1305      kohnp@ newtown.k12.ct.us
Lane          Karen           Grade 6            1045      lanek@ newtown.k12.ct.us
Lynch         Gael            Grade 6            1357      lunchg@newtown.k12.ct.us
Mace          Lara            Grade 5            1007      macel@ newtown.k12.ct.us
Marcoux       Kelly           Grade 5            3707      oharek@ newtown.k12.ct.us
Martenson     Lil             Grade 5            1030      martensonl@ newtown.k12.ct.us
McCabe        Janet           Grade 6            1346      mccabej@ newtown.k12.ct.us
McGuire       Tim             Grade 6            1247      mcguiret@newtown.k12.ct.us
Myhill        Eric            Grade 6            1371      myhille@ newtown.k12.ct.us
Napolitano    Tim             Grade 6                      napolitanot@newtown.k12.ct.us
Nasinska      Mary Ellen      Speech/Language              nasinskam@newtown.k12.ct.us
Neeb          Rich            Grade 6                      neebr@newtown.k12.ct.us
Nolte         Bob             Band               1057      nolter@ newtown.k12.ct.us
O’Neill       Rosanne         PE                 1076      oneillr@ newtown.k12.ct.us
Pachniuk      Valerie         Grade 6            1372      pachniukv@ newtown.k12.ct.us
Pannone       Jean            Spec Ed            1051      pannonej@ newtown.k12.ct.us
Phillip       Pat             Nurse             270-4883   philipp@ newtown.k12.ct.us
Roodhuyzen    Jim             Grade 6            1042      roodhuyzenj@ newtown.k12.ct.us
Royal         Ken             Tech Spec.         1339      royalk@ newtown.k12.ct.us
Schubert      Dana            DARE              270-4239   DARE@ newtown.k12.ct.us
Sicbaldi      John            Grade 5            1382      sicbaldij@ newtown.k12.ct.us
Smith         Georgia         Grade 5            1240      smithg@ newtown.k12.ct.us
Smith         Mardi           Orch Gr 5          1054      smithm@ newtown.k12.ct.us
Stentiford    Todd            Grade 6            1341      stentifordt@ newtown.k12.ct.us
Strait        Sara            Grade 6            1337      straits@ newtown.k12.ct.us
Swanson       Gina            Grade 6            3709      swansong@ newtown.k12.ct.us
Tennenbaum    Michelle        Gen. Music         1317      tennenbaumm@ newtown.k12.ct.us
Tischio       Carla           Grade 5            1243      tischioc@ newtown.k12.ct.us
Tracy         Marguerite      Math               1035      tracym@ newtown.k12.ct.us
Vaccaro       Michelle        Grade 6            1293      vaccarom@ newtown.k12.ct.us
Vetrano       Sharon          Spec Ed            1392      vetranos@ newtown.k12.ct.us
Ward          Sue             Art                1259
                                                           wards@ newtown.k12.ct.us
Washicko      Al              Grade 5            1064
                                                           washickoa@ newtown.k12.ct.us
Wilkinson     Gary            Grade 5            1038
                                                           wilkinsong@ newtown.k12.ct.us

                                Contacting the Reed Intermediate PTA

          Role                   Name                  Phone                      E-mail
   President             Marina Moscovici          364-1077              marinam2@charter.net
   1st V. President      Cathy Roche               270-7178              groche@sbcglobal.nert
   2nd V. President      Tracy Tenney              270-1628                 tracyt4@aol.com
   Secretary             Debbie Vaughan            270-3324
   Treasurer             MaryAnn Jacob             426-4404


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                                         Operating Procedures
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Access to the Building
Parents and community members are welcomed into our building and recognized for the valuable contributions
they make to the learning community. At the same time, we recognize the obligation to establish procedures that
maintain the safest environment possible. The following procedures have been established in consultation with
parents, staff and the Newtown Police Department to assure a safe learning environment:
    • Closed Campus- Students must remain on school grounds at all times unless signed out by an authorized
        parent or guardian.
    • All visitors to the school campus must report to the office for permission to be in the building. To insure
        student safety, there will be no exceptions to this policy.
    • Visitor’s Entrance-The only entrance that will be open for public access during the school day will be the
        Main Entrance. Other doors will be locked and monitored electronically from the Main Office.
    • Visitors are required to sign a Visitor Log in the Main Office and must wear a Visitor’s Badge to be
        allowed beyond the lobby of the building. This procedure will be strictly enforced and individuals who are
        not wearing the badges will be asked to return to the Main Office.
    • Video Surveillance- The entrance to the building is monitored by video surveillance at all times.
    • Students may enter the building, accompanied by a parent, and have access to lockers after school until
        5:00 p.m. At that time the corridors of the building will be locked for the evening.

Arrival and Dismissal

Arrival
The school lobby is open and supervised for student drop off at 8:00 a.m. They may be dropped off earlier only if
they have a teacher issued pass to attend an organized before school activity (e.g. club, extra help session or
Library/Media Center) or are enrolled in the day care program, Reed Adventure Program.

Dismissal
Students will be dismissed from homerooms each afternoon at 2:44 p.m.

Parent Pick-Up Procedure- When parents are picking up students, they need to send a note to the homeroom
teacher each morning. They may also send one note if they plan to pick up a student on a regular basis.
Students whose parents have sent notes will be called to the Cafetorium before the first bus wave. Parents may
park in front of the building and must come into the Cafetorium to pick up students. Authorized adults must sign
out any student that they are picking up.

Pick-Up notes must include the following information:
    • Student name
    • Date of pick-up (Include the time if you must pick up the student before dismissal)
    • Teacher’s name
    • Name of person picking the student up

The PTA offers Pick-Up note-pads to parents at the cost of $1.00 per pad. This project is not a fund-raiser, but
covers the cost of printing the pads. These pads are provided as a benefit to parents, but they will greatly
improve our efficiency if the pads are used. We will get all the standard information we need.

Picking Students Up Before the End of the School Day
Parents must send a note (including student’s name, homeroom teacher, time of pickup and who is picking up the
student) to the homeroom teacher on the day of the early dismissal. Students will remain in class until the person
picking them up comes to the school office and signs them out.

We ask that parents not call the school office during the day to arrange pick-ups. When circumstances occur that
necessitate parents calling during the day, the call must be received by 1:30 p.m to assure that we can contact
the child without interrupting instruction for all children in the classroom. After that time, we cannot process these
messages unless it is a legitimate emergency.




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Attendance, Tardies and Early Dismissals
Regular Attendance
Regular attendance is required by CT State Statutes because it is essential to the learning process. Absences
for illness or family emergencies are excused. Absences for vacations are unexcused.

Absence Due to Illness
When students are ill and cannot attend school, parents are asked to call:

                Attendance Line at 270-4644, Press extension 7333
Please leave a message indicating the student’s name, classroom teacher and why the student is absent. Calling
the Attendance Line helps the office because staff will not need to call your home to verify absences. Your
cooperation in always providing this information to the office is greatly appreciated.

Parents are strongly discouraged from allowing their children to be absent from school for vacations or reasons
other than illness. Much of the instruction in the classroom involves experiments and learning activities that
cannot be replicated outside of the classroom environment. Teachers cannot provide alternate “vacation”
assignments that provide the same learning opportunities students miss when they are absent.


Tardies- Timely arrival at school is important. Regular and timely attendance teaches responsibility. It also
allows the classroom teacher to begin instruction and continue without stopping to catch up students who arrive
late. When students are tardy more than three times in one month, the Administration will contact parents to
discuss the reason for the late arrivals.

Students who arrive in the classroom after 8:17 a.m. are considered tardy. Students arriving at school later than
8:17 a.m. must go to the office for a late pass.

Make-Up Work– When a student is going to be absent for more than one day, parents should ask for make-up
assignments and homework as soon as the student is feeling well enough to complete them. Many teachers post
this information on websites, but you may also send an email or leave a voice message for the teacher to inform
him or her that you need the work.


Bikes, Skateboards, Scooters and Rollerblades
We strongly discourage students from riding bikes to Reed Intermediate due to the dangerous traffic on
Wasserman Way. There are no bike lockers or racks on the property.

Skateboards, scooters and rollerblades are prohibited on school grounds.


Buses
All buses at Reed Intermediate will load and unload in the bus drop-off area at the back of the school. Buses will
arrive at approximately 8:11 a.m. and leave at 2:45 p.m. in the afternoon.

Due to the fact that buses are full, we cannot issue passes for students to ride other buses.

Bus Expectations
Students are expected to behave responsibly and in a way that insures the safety for themselves and others while
riding the bus.
     1. Students will remain seated at all times.
     2. Students will keep arms, legs, head and any materials inside the bus at all times.
     3. Students will observe all safety rules when entering or exiting the bus.
     4. When a student must cross the street after exiting the bus, he/she should check both directions for on-
         coming cars and proceed only on the signal from the driver.
     5. Students will form an orderly line to load and unload buses.
     6. There is to be no eating and drinking on buses.
     7. Students are asked to help keep buses clean.
     8. The driver has the right to assign seats on the bus.
     9. Bus privileges will be revoked for students who will not demonstrate responsible bus behavior.



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Communicating Student Progress
Conferences- Regularly scheduled conferences will be held during the days of October 27, November 14, 15,
16, 17, 18 and March 7, 8, 9, 10. Students will have early dismissals on these dates so that teachers can
schedule conferences with individual parents.

The purpose of conferences is to give parents a formal update on student progress. When parents have a
problem or concern, they should not wait for the regularly scheduled conference to discuss the problem with the
teacher. Teachers prefer to know about any concerns as soon as they arise so that they can address the
problem. There are numerous ways to contact teachers outlined in this handbook. Please contact teachers early
to let them know about a concern.

Report Cards- Report cards will be issued to both fifth and sixth grade students three times during the year.
Marking period dates end just before parent conferences and report cards will be distributed at that time. If we
are closed for several snow days, we may adjust the dates during the year to allow for equal number of days in
marking periods. The last report card will be sent home with the student on the last day of school, unless
otherwise noted.

Retention- Students who fail more than two academic subjects will be required to repeat a grade. Students who
fail Language Arts (reading and /or writing) or Mathematics must successfully complete summer school to qualify
for promotion to the next grade. Science and Social Studies are not offered in summer school.

Communications
Effective communication is essential if we are to work together to create the best learning environment and help
students be successful. The planned communications are as follows:

The Weekly Reed- The Weekly Reed is sponsored by the PTA. It is a one-sheet, weekly newsletter designed to
provide parents with concise, timely information. It is designed to be your “one-stop” access to the information
that you need. The Weekly Reed will be distributed regularly. Teachers, parents and students can provide
information to The Weekly Reed for publication. We will print information from other organizations if it is pertinent
to our students and as space allows. We cannot attach flyers and sign-up forms for outside organizations. We
will publish a short paragraph about the sign up and provide forms for students to pick up in the school office.
Guidelines for submitting information for publication will be printed in the Weekly Reed in the fall.

Parent Communication with the School- Parents are encouraged to keep the school informed about anything
that might impact a student. We have numerous ways to contact the school and encourage parents to use them
to keep us informed.

During the school day, parents sometimes need to get messages or bring in items to be delivered to their
children. We ask that you observe the following procedures:
     • Call before 1:30 p.m. Except in legitimate emergencies, we cannot accept routine messages to children
        after this time.
     • Students learn responsibility by practicing it. We encourage parents to let students take responsibility for
        getting to school with the things that they need. If they forget homework or lunch, it is not necessary to
        bring it in for them. We won’t let them go without lunch and the teacher will make arrangements for the
        assignment to be turned in the following day. By allowing them to experience this responsibility, we instill
        greater self-reliance and confidence.
     • There are times when students forget items that must be delivered. In that event, items may not be taken
        to students in classrooms. Bring the item to the Main Office and we will deliver it to the student.
     • Students will not be allowed to use phones to arrange pick-ups for social events that they plan during the
        day. They must plan these events in advance and have parents send notes to teachers.
     • Do not leave time-sensitive or emergency information in voice mailboxes or send it by e-mail.
        Teachers may not have a chance to check these communications before school is out. If there is
        an emergency or if it is essential that a child receive a message before leaving school, call the
        office and talk to someone who can make sure that a student gets a message.

Custody Information/ Rights of Non-Custodial Parent
The school must be notified of any custody restrictions that exist in regard to a particular student. To enforce the
restrictions, we must be provided with a copy of the legal document outlining the restrictions that we must
observe. Unless restricted by a court order, non-custodial parents have the same rights to access and
information as custodial parents. Ideally, custodial and non-custodial parents will share information. When
necessary, we will provide copies of information (such as The Weekly Reed, report cards, etc.). We will send
duplicate information home with the student or parents can provide us with self-addressed stamped envelopes
and it will be mailed weekly.
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Dress Code
Students are expected to dress in a manner that is appropriate and not distracting to other learners. When
clothing does not meet the dress code, students will call home or wear clothing that we have available in the
office. We make specific exceptions to the dress code on special school spirit days, such as “Hat Day”.

    1. Students must wear footwear at all times. Closed-toe footwear is strongly recommended for safety.
    2. They may not wear articles of clothing displaying inappropriate words/pictures or having references to
       drug/alcohol/tobacco or violence.
    3. Short midriff t-shirts, off the shoulder tops, extremely high cut shorts or skirts or other very brief articles of
       clothing are not allowed. The “rule of thumb” for length of skirts and shorts is that the article of clothing
       must reach below the thumb when the student’s arm is hanging by his or her side.
    4. Outerwear, including jackets, coats, headgear (including hats) and sunglasses may not be worn inside
       the building.
    5. Chains and bandanas may not be worn.
    6. Students must wear pants at their waists, and shirts must reach the top of the pants.
    7. Underwear, including bra straps, must not be visible.
    8. Backpacks must be stored in lockers during the day. Some situations may require administrative
       exceptions to this rule.

Emergency Closings/Late Openings

Emergency Call Chain
All parents will be asked to provide us with emergency contact information. The information will be kept on file in
the school office. This information will also be used to create emergency call chains. In the event of an early
closing due to weather, the PTA will provide a courtesy call to those parents who have indicated that they wish to
receive this call.

Sources for Information about Early Dismissals and Late Openings
As soon as the Superintendent announces a delay or early dismissal, the information is posted in the following
places:

Radio- WINE, Brookfield, 940AM on your dial                          Television Channels:
Radio- WLAD, Danbury, 800 AM on your dial                            3, 8 and 30 (6 on Cable)
Radio- WICC, Bridgeport, 600AM on your dial

      This information is also posted on the Newtown website: newtown.k12.ct.us and on the Reed
                                       Intermediate School Website

Late Opening
In the event of a late opening, school will open 90 minutes later than normal. The daily schedule will be
compressed to accommodate this situation. On these days, school will begin at 9:51 a.m. Parents may begin
dropping students off at 9:30 a.m. on Late Opening days.


Early Dismissals
When an Early Dismissal is announced, Reed Intermediate will dismiss at 12:43 p.m.

We ask that parents not call the school office on these days to change pick-up arrangements unless it is an
absolute emergency. The Emergency Call Chain is in effect for this purpose. The safest and most efficient way
to get the students home is to allow them to ride the buses. Given the size of the school, our office staff will have
a difficult time handling a huge volume of changes and messages. Please plan for the Emergency Dismissals
and allow the Emergency Call Chain to work for you.

In the event that we have not been able to reach a parent or guardian, and have not been instructed that the child
will be picked up, children will be sent home on buses. Parents are advised to make sure that their fifth and sixth
graders understand what they are to do in these circumstances.




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Expectations for Responsible Behavior
Discipline is an opportunity to teach and encourage students to engage in more appropriate behavior. The
ultimate goal of any disciplinary action is for the student to strive to behave more appropriately. Below is a
summary of the procedures we will follow in disciplinary incidents. The procedures are consistent with the
philosophy of the Newtown Model of Continuous Improvement.

Behavioral Standards
   • Students will behave in a manner that maintains a safe learning environment for themselves and others.
   • Students will behave respectfully to other students and adults in the building. We will not tolerate
       rudeness, insolent or any form of bullying behavior toward other students or toward staff members.
   • Students will attend school regularly and on time.
   • Students will demonstrate integrity in their work.
   • Students will dress in manner that maintains a productive learning environment.
   • Students will use appropriate language when speaking and writing. We will not tolerate inappropriate
       language in any form.

Restitution Process for Resolving Conflicts or Behavior Problems
   • When a student violates school rules, teachers and other school personnel will help them develop plans
        to correct the mistakes or to make restitution. Depending on the nature of the error that the student
        made, an administrator may be involved in developing the plan.
   • Community service is one form of restitution that we assign. Our intent in assigning community service is
        to help a child make up for his or her behavior by helping others. In doing so, students gain, rather than
        lose, self-esteem in the process and are less likely to repeat a behavioral offense.
   • Students who have been through this process and continue to demonstrate inappropriate behavior will be
        referred to an administrator. Serious incidents will be referred to an administrator immediately.
   • When appropriate, a consequence for a particular behavior will be assigned in addition to making a plan.
   • Students who continue to demonstrate inappropriate behavior after this type of intervention will be
        referred to the Student Assistant Team to discuss how to address the problem.
   • Parents will be notified of disciplinary plans and any consequences that are assigned.
   • We adhere to the following guidelines of disciplinary responses. Because each situation is unique, the
        administration may modify the response based on the circumstances.

                                           Disciplinary Guidelines
Our goal is to provide a safe and orderly learning environment. In order to maintain this environment, teachers
and administrators must be consistent in their expectations and in the consequences imposed when students do
not meet the expected standard of behavior during school hours and activities (including field trips, bus stops and
bus rides and after-school activities). Please note that inappropriate behavior on the bus may also result in
suspension from the bus.

Classroom teachers will typically handle the behaviors in the chart listed below. The consequences listed are
for initial offenses. Repeated offenses will be referred to the administration for progressive discipline.

         SITUATION/BEHAVIOR                              NORMAL CONSEQUENCE will include
                                                         RESTITUTION and:
1        Cheating                                        See District Policy 7-410
2        Possession      of   electronic  equipment      Item is surrendered and delivered to the
         including beepers, cell phone, personal         office to be picked up by parent. Parent
         stereo, radio, phone or other cameras, etc.     is called.
3        Inappropriate dress                             Student is sent to the office to call home
                                                         for appropriate clothing or to put on
                                                         clothing available in the office.
4        Minor altercations between students             Call to both parent
                                                         Teachers will use restitution and assign a
                                                         consequence if necessary
5        Minor hallway or classroom disturbances         Teachers will use restitution and assign a
                                                         consequence if necessary
6        Tardy to class                                  When students are tardy to class without
                                                         justification, teachers will use restitution
                                                         and assign a consequence if necessary
7        Disrespect       (including     inappropriate   Teachers will use restitution and assign a
         language)                                       consequence if necessary
                                                         Call home
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Administrative Referrals-The behaviors listed below warrant an immediate referral to an administrator. The lists
below describe normal consequences that students can expect to occur as a result of specific behaviors. The
consequences listed represent a range that may be imposed depending on the nature of the infraction. More
serious consequence when behaviors are repeated. When community service is assigned, it will be related to the
offense whenever possible. Because situations vary, there will be times when teachers or administrators deviate
from the normal consequence (other than those required by Board Policy) for a given behavior.

Administrative Level Response

             SITUATION/BEHAVIOR                                NORMAL      CONSEQUENCE             will
                                                               include RESTITUTION and:
SAFETY
1            Possession or use of drugs or alcohol             See District Policy 7-701 and 7-701.1
2            Possession or use of tobacco or tobacco           See District Policy 7-502
             products/paraphernalia such as lighters or        In or Out of School Suspension
             matches                                           Referral to police when applicable
3            Possession or use of a weapon as                  In or out of school suspension
             defined by CT Statute                             Referral to police when applicable
4            Possession of any item that could be              Item will be surrendered for parent
             considered dangerous such as certain              pick up in main office
             types of glue that produce dangerous              Community service
             fumes,     white     out, roller  blades,         In-or-out of school suspension
             skateboards, water pistols, aerosol spray
             cans, laser pens
5            Intentional false alarms                          Community service
                                                               In-or-out of school suspension
                                                               Referral to the Fire Marshall or Youth
                                                               Officer if applicable
6            Physical or verbal threat of violence             Community service
             against a student or staff member                 In or out of school suspension
                                                               Referral to appropriate professional for
                                                               evaluation and/or counseling
                                                               Referral to police when applicable
7            Assault (physical attack) against a student       In or out of school suspension
             or staff member                                   Homebound pending PPT
                                                               Referral to police when applicable
8            Fighting (both students involved in fight)        Community service
                                                               In or out of school suspension
9            Bullying                                          See District Policy 8-605
RESPECT
1            Sexual harassment                                 See District Policy 7-704
2            Verbal abuse including                            Student calls parent to repeat his/her
             obscenities/profanity directed at a staff         statement
             member(s) or student(s)                           In or out of school suspension
3            Vandalism or stealing school property             Financial restitution
                                                               Community service
                                                               In or out of school suspension
                                                               Referral to police when applicable
4            Serious cafeteria disturbance                     Loss of seating privilege/ free time
                                                               Community service in cafeteria
5            Insubordination (blatantly refusing to            Student calls parent to repeat his/her
             follow a directive)                               statement
                                                               In or out of school suspension
ATTENDANCE
1        Truancy                                               In school suspension
                                                               Referral to SAT
                                                               Referral to Youth Officer/DCF/Family
                                                               with Service Needs
2            Cutting a class                                   Make up class time
                                                               In school suspension
                                                               Referral to SAT

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Students and parents should refer to the Board of Education policies regarding student behavior. These policies
are included in this Handbook.

Field Trips
Field trips are designed to provide students with cultural experiences and to help them connect classroom
learning with the real world. The following procedures will apply to field trips:
    • Notification- Parents will be notified in writing of any field trip. Parents must provide permission for
          students to participate in field trips.
    • Cost- The cost of field trips will vary depending on the nature of the trip. No child shall be excluded from
          participation due to inability to pay. In these circumstances, parents should contact the Principal or
          Assistant Principal directly and the matter will be handled confidentially.
    • Medical Concerns- The school nurse will review all proposed field trips. When necessary, she will work
          with students, parents and teachers to arrange for the administration of medication or to make other
          accommodations.
    • Spending Money Limit- Teachers will advise parents as to the spending money limit when applicable.


Health Services
State law requires a physical examination prior to school entrance in Connecticut as well as in 6th grade. All
physicals must be performed by a qualified practitioner of medicine and should include an immunization update.
State and local law require the following immunizations before entry into school:
     • Polio: Physician’s verification of three doses; the last dose given after the fourth birthday.
     • Diptheria/Tetanus/Pertussis: Physician’s verification of four doses; the last dose given after the fourth
        birthday.
     • Measles/Mumps/Rubella vaccination: Physician’s verification of immunization after twelve months of
        age and a second dose before entering 7th grade.
     • Tuberculin Testing: Foreign and foreign born students entering from a high risk country (Central &
        South America, Philippines, Asia, Haiti, India, Russia, Africa, Dominican Republic) are required to provide
        verification of a Mantoux tuberculin test given in the USA, including the date given and the results of the
        test.
The appropriate forms must be filled out for medical or religious exemptions. They are available in the health
office.

Emergency Health Information/Tylenol Permission Form
This form is sent home the beginning of each school year. It should be filled out completely and returned to the
Health Office promptly. Tylenol will only be given to your child with this written parent permission. It is the
parent’s responsibility to notify the school nurse of any changes to your child’s health during the school year.

Health Screening
Grade 5: Vision, hearing and scoliosis.
Grade 6: Vision and scoliosis.

Administration of Medication
School personnel may only administer medications during school hours with the written permission of a parent
and the written order of a physician. (This includes over the counter medication). Medication forms can be
obtained from the school nurse. Medication should be brought to school by the parent in its original container.
Prescription drugs should be properly labeled by a pharmacist with the student’s name, doctor’s name, name of
medication, and directions for administration. Medication should never be sent in with a student or placed in
a lunch box or backpack. Students who wish to carry asthma inhalers also need the appropriate
medication authorization form on record in the health office.

Exclusion of Contagious Disease
During the course of the school year, children contract many of the familiar childhood diseases. The following list
includes some of the most common diseases requiring exclusion. It is essential that these diseases be reported
to the school nurse either by phone or by a note to the office. It will help us alert other parents of potentially
contagious illnesses present in the school.
     • Chicken Pox: Exclude 7-10 days after the first eruption.
     • Conjunctivitis (Pink eye): May return to school after 24 hours of treatment.
     • Impetigo: Exclude until appropriate treatment has been started.
     • Lice: Exclude until appropriate treatment has been started and the child is nit free. The school nurse
         must check the child before returning to school.
     • Ringworm: Exclude until appropriate treatment has been started.
     • Scabies: Exclude until appropriate treatment has been started.

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    •   Shingles: Exclude from school if fever is present and/or lesions are exposed.
    •   Strep Throat: Exclude for 24 hours after treatment has been started.

General Health Guidelines
   1. Children who have a temperature of 100 degrees or more, or who are vomiting will be sent home at the
       discretion of the school nurse and/or school personnel. School policy recommends that a child should
       remain at home for 24 hours after his or her temperature has returned to normal.
   2. First aid will be given if your child is injured at school. If the ambulance or further medical attention is
       necessary, we will attempt to notify you immediately.
   3. Children with a rash may be excluded pending diagnosis. A written diagnosis from the physician may be
       required on the student’s return to school.
   4. Parents are required to call the school in the morning to report their child’s absence. Please
       report all contagious diseases such as strep throat, pneumonia, conjunctivitis, mono and
       impetigo.
   5. Parents are responsible for reporting any special health problems and allergies to the school nurse. If
       medication is required a written request from the parent is required (See above “Administration of
       Medication”).
   6. All children who have had an injury, an operation, or an illness that may require modification of their
       Physical Education (PE) classes must have a doctor’s note to excuse them from PE, as well as a note
       when they are able to resume PE.

Hall Passes
Students will be required to have a hall pass or be on a list of participants to enter the building before 8:00 a.m.
(earliest parent drop off time for the regular school day.) Teachers will issue passes to students who need to
come early for extra help or to do research in the Library/Media Center. Students must present these passes to
be allowed to go to classrooms or the Library/Media Center before school.

During the day, teachers will issue passes for students to go to the Library/Media Center, the Main Office and
other locations in the building.

Lockers
Each student will be provided with a locker equipped with a lock. Students will be taught how to open and lock
the locks when they arrive at Reed Intermediate. Lock combinations are changed annually to protect students’
belongings while stored in their lockers. Lockers are located directly outside of students’ homerooms. Students
should not share their locker combinations with anyone else. No adhesive decorations may be attached to a
locker

Prohibited Items
Cell phones, electronic games and electronic music/video players and cameras are not allowed in school. If
students bring such items to school for use on the bus ride, they must be stored in backpacks and locked in
lockers at all times during the school day. These items may not be used during school hours. Beepers are not
allowed on school premises at any time.

Lost and Found
We will maintain a Lost and Found in the Cafetorium. Items will be kept for approximately 1 month and then
donated to charity.

Lunch Program
A new vendor, Chartwells, will provide the Food Service Program. Detailed information about the program will be
distributed in the summer letter. There is no increase in the basic lunch price of $2.05 for the 2005-06 school
year. The direct line to the Food Service Director is 426-7637.

Parking
Parents and visitors should park in the parking lot in front of the school

Pets in School
Because many students have severe allergic reactions to pets, animals may not be in the school building without
prior approval of the school nurse.




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Privacy
Distribution of Student Information- The school will not release information about students, including directory
information, without parent permission. When a school directory is compiled, parents will be asked to complete a
form allowing this information to be included. If parents do not want to participate in the Emergency Call Chain
because it means a release of information, they should complete the form so the school has the information, but
indicate that the information is not to be distributed to PTA.

Video-tape and Photography Policy- In the fall, parents will be asked to sign a form indicating whether or not
we have permission for their children to be video-taped or photographed (e.g. for the Newtown Bee). We will
honor those requests. Parents should be aware that no permission is required for video-taping that is conducted
in classrooms when teachers prepare the required portfolios to submit to the State of CT Certification Board
(B.E.S.T. Program) or for videotaping or photos taken of public performances such as concerts and plays.

Programs and Activities
We recognize that fifth and sixth grade students need to be involved in meaningful activities. We have listed
some of the activities that we are currently planning. Please be advised that there may be a small materials or
snack fee for participation in some of the activities. Service clubs and academic support, such as the Homework
Club, will not be subject to fees. Parents are notified of sign-ups through the Weekly Read and students are
notified through morning announcements. Students must pick up forms in the office to sign-up.

Student Council- Student Council provides the democratic process for student involvement in school decision
making. It also plans and operates social events, fund-raising and other opportunities for student involvement.

Intramurals- Reed Intermediate does not have sports teams that compete against other schools. We offer some
intramural sports that are announced at the beginning of each season.

Activities- Below is a sample of the kinds of clubs and activities that we have offered in the past.
    • School Newspaper
    • Lego Robotics Club
    • Drama (sponsored by Newtown Youth Services)
    • Chess (sponsored by Newtown Youth Services)
    • Art and Literature Magazine
    • Jazz Band
    • Reed Singers

Reed Adventure Program
The Reed Intermediate School Adventure Program exists to provide a safe, healthy, worry-free environment for
the child who cannot be home with a parent. The focus is to meet the developmental needs of each individual
child through successful, enriching and quality experiences that enhance self-esteem. The program staff provides
snack and various age-appropriate activities for the children. Some of the indoor/outdoor activities include arts &
crafts, sports, games, use of computers, quiet time and a chance to work on homework. The students get to plan
some of the activities and events for the program.

The Adventure Program will be held Monday through Friday at the Reed Intermediate School from 2:45-6:00 p.m.
on days when school is in session. On scheduled half days of school, the program will begin immediately
following dismissal.

During school vacations, there will not be a full day program. In case of a school closing or an emergency early
dismissal, the after school program will not operate.

For more information, call EDUCATION CONNECTION School Age Child Care at 1-800-852-4314.

School Safety and Security
We have developed our school operating procedures with student safety in mind. The procedures outlined in the
handbook will be strictly enforced to maintain a safe environment. The safe environment includes the following:
   • We will maintain a strict policy for building access.
          o No one will be allowed to enter the building during the day except by the Main Entrance.
          o Visitors will not be allowed to go to classrooms unless teachers are expecting them. Parents
                must make specific appointments to meet with a teacher.


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            o    Visitors may not be in the building without signing in the main office and visibly displaying a
                 badge that will be issued upon sign-in.
              o Visitors must sign out of the office when they leave. It is important for student safety that we
                 know who is in the building at any given time.
    • We have developed an Emergency Plan that we will follow in the event of a building emergency. We will
         conduct drills of emergency procedures with students throughout the year.
    • The Newtown Police Department provides us with a D.A.R.E. Officer, Dana Schubert, who will spend
         most of his time at Reed Intermediate. He will be helping monitor the safety and security of the building.
    • We will electronically monitor doors. There is a video camera that will monitor the main entrance at all
         times. Each door is equipped with an electronic sensor so that we know if any door other than the main
         entrance is accidentally left open.
    • The entire staff will be actively observant. Visitors without badges will be directed to return to the main
         office.
The only way for us to provide a safe environment is with the cooperation of every single parent, teacher and
student. We will work to make these restrictions as efficient for you as possible, but we will observe them. We
ask for your cooperation and help in creating a safe school environment for all.




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School Program Information

Homerooms
At Reed Intermediate, students will be assigned to a homeroom teacher. Each teacher will work in a two-teacher
team, and this team will share in teaching the two classes. Each cluster, or two teacher team, work in adjoining
classrooms separated by a flexible divider that can be opened for whole team instruction.

Lunch, Recess and Learning Lab
Each day, students will have a Lunch/Recess period and a period of Learning Lab. (For more information about
the Lunch Program, see that section of the Handbook.) The Learning Lab is a period of time when students are
assigned to classrooms. During this time, teachers are reviewing information taught, giving extra help or
enrichment or assisting students with research or projects. No new content is taught during this period because it
is the time when students will be pulled out for music lessons, remedial help and other “pull-out” type activities.
Therefore, students will not have to miss critical instruction when they are pulled out for these types of activities.

Cycle Days
The Reed Intermediate School will operate on a Cycle Day Schedule. The reason for using such a schedule is to
make sure that the students have equal learning time in all the special classes. When classes are scheduled on a
particular day of the week, such as Monday, students may miss that class over and over depending on how the
holidays and snow days fall.

With the Cycle Day schedule, classes are scheduled on Days 1-5. If there is a snow day on Day 3, students
won’t miss those classes because we will pick up with Day 3 when we return after the snow day. We print the
cycle days in the Weekly Reed each week so that parents are aware of the Cycle days.

Special Classes
During the course of the 5 day cycle, students will participate in a range of Fine and Practical Arts Classes.

    •   Each week, Grade 5 students will attend:
           o 2 periods of General Music/Chorus, Band or Orchestra
           o 1 period of Art
           o 1 period of Health (including D.A.R.E.)
           o 2 periods of Physical Education
           o 1 period of a “rotation”. During the year, they will rotate through 3 programs:
                      Computer- including training in application software
                      Project Adventure- a team-building, physical education program
                      Special Arts- a special visual art mini-course
    •   Grade 6 students will attend:
           o 2 periods of General Music, Chorus, Band or Orchestra
           o 1 period of Art
           o 2 periods of Physical Education
           o 2 periods of a “rotation” including:
                      Health
                      Project Adventure
                      Computer
                      Music Technology
                      Special Arts

All students will attend special classes with their homerooms, thus allowing for integration of fine and practical arts
with the academic curriculum.

Library/Media Center

Mission Statement
Our mission is to create an atmosphere and collection that encourages, stimulates and supports the reading and
learning needs of our community.

Library Hours
Specific hours to be announced in September.

Program Design
Our Library/Media Center is an open facility that allows students to come in anytime during the school day, with a
pass signed by the teacher, to read, do research or check out materials.

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Materials Available
Our collection consists of a variety of materials appropriate for students in Grades 5 and 6, including but not
limited to:
     • Magazines
     • Hard cover books
     • Newspapers
     • Audio books
     • Paperbacks




Special Programs
During the year, the Library/Media Center will offer some special programs. These programs will be determined
by student interest and will be advertised in The Weekly Reed and on our web site. Programs may include such
events as Grandparent’s Night, Astronomy Night, etc.

General Mills Box Tops
We collect General Mills box tops at Reed Intermediate School as a fundraiser to help build our book collection.
This simple fundraiser is a great way to add to our collection at no cost to the community. Additional information
is available in the Library/Media Center.

Volunteers
Volunteers are always needed in the Library/Media Center. Contact Ginny Snowden, the Library/Media
Specialist.



Student Assistance Team
The Student Assistance Team Program provides a process to identify and monitor forms of support that the
school will provide to students and parents to address a range of problems that they may encounter. When a
student is experiencing difficulty of any type, whether it be social, emotional or academic, the members of the
Student Assistance Team gather information to assess the problem and work with students and families in
developing plans of action to address problems. Teachers, parents, administrators and students themselves can
ask for the Student Assistance Team to be involved in developing the plans. Once the plan is implemented, the
Team monitors the success of the plan.

Counseling Services

Reed Intermediate has two full time Guidance Counselors, a part-time School Psychologist and a part-time Social
Worker. Parents can contact the Guidance Office to discuss any concerns that may require counseling services.




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                                                             DISTRICT POLICIES


VANDALISM (Policy 3-501)
Vandalism is a serious act and requires serious consequences. When vandalism occurs and the responsible persons are identified,
reimbursement for repairs/replacements will be established. Responsibility for payment will be determined by the designated school
administrator and obtained through legal procedures, if necessary. Other legal sanctions or disciplinary action that may be obligatory
under laws or in keeping with Board of Education policy or practice will be pursued.
Adopted 3/12/96

STUDENT RECORDS (Policy 7-303)
The records of the Newtown school system concerning individual students shall be used for the promotion of the welfare of the student.
THIS POLICY WILL COMPLY WITH STATE AND FEDERAL LAWS.

Parent(s), legal guardian(s), or student who is 18 years of age or older, and hereinafter called adult student, shall have the right to inspect
and review the student’s record maintained by the school system upon written request by the parent(s), legal guardian(s), or adult student.
Such requests shall be complied with as expeditiously as possible.

Parent(s), legal guardian(s), or adult student, shall be provided with an opportunity to challenge the inclusion or correction of any
incomplete, inaccurate, or inappropriate information in the student’s record. Such challenge shall be subject to appeal to the Office of the
Superintendent. (The entire policy is available in all school offices.).
Adopted 5/25/76; Revised 4/10/84, 2/15/94

REMOVAL, SUSPENSION, OR EXPULSION PROCEDURES (Excerpts from Policy 7- 401)
Rationale
Education cannot proceed without an atmosphere of good order and discipline necessary to effective learning. Good order and discipline
are viewed as being positive rather than negative; helping the student to adjust, rather than as punishment; as turning unacceptable
conduct into acceptable conduct. Good order and discipline may be described as the absence of distractions, friction, and disturbances
which interfere with the optimum functioning of the student, the class, and the school.

Students as Citizens
As citizens and members of the school community, all students have a right to an education and basic security. Students have right to due
process before these rights are restricted. It is the expectation of the Newtown Public Schools that responsible students respect
constituted authority and obey the duly constituted rules and regulations. The responsible student also reflects respect and consideration
for the personal and property rights of others and has an understanding of the need for cooperation with all members of the school
community.

Reasons for Removal, Suspension, or Expulsion
A good cause for removal, suspension, or expulsion will be:
- Continued and willful disobedience; open defiance of school official; disruptive conduct or language; theft; vandalism; fighting; carrying
     or having in one’s possession firearms, deadly weapons, dangerous instruments, or martial arts weapons; threatening assault upon
     or assaulting pupils or school employees; drunkenness; the possession, sale, or distribution of drugs proscribed by state or federal
     narcotics laws; or other actions inimical to good discipline in the schools or seriously disruptive of the educational process.
- If such conduct occurs (1) anywhere on school grounds, during a school session, or anywhere at a school-sponsored activity, trip or
     on school-provided transportation; or (2) off school grounds and is seriously disruptive of the educational process.

Suspension
The Board of Education authorizes its administration to suspend from school privileges for up to ten consecutive days any pupil whose
conduct on school grounds or at a school-sponsored activity is violative of a publicized policy of the board or is seriously disruptive of the
educational process or endangers persons or property or whose conduct off school grounds is violative of board policy and is seriously
disruptive of the education process.

Parental Notification
The parents or guardians of any student who is involved in a removal/suspension/expulsion proceeding must be informed of such
disciplinary action within 24 hours.

(The entire policy is available in all school offices.)
Adopted 5/11/76; Revised 1/9/79, 12/11/84, 1/12/93, 3/12/96, 3/11/97

ELECTRONIC INFORMATION NETWORK (Policy 7- 407)
The Board of Education recognizes that students must become frequent and proficient users of the technology necessary for twenty-first
century work and communication. To that end, the Board encourages prudent and appropriate use of the Internet or other electronic
information networks in order for the students and staff to participate in distance learning activities, to ask questions of and consult with
experts, to communicate with others, and locate material to meet educational developmental needs. (The entire policy is available in all
school offices.)
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Adopted 9/10/96
The following code outlines rights and responsibilities of network users:
Student Code of Conduct for Information Technology
Overview
“The Board of Education recognizes that students must become frequent and proficient users of the of the technology necessary for
twenty-first century work and communication.” (From Board of Education Policy 7-407) The school system is pleased to offer students
access to information technology for educational purposes.

Electronic information research skills are now a fundamental part of our students’ education. The district will teach students the skills
necessary to discover, evaluate the accuracy of, and use information from the web. Board policy 7-407 states:

Because the Internet is a “fluid environment,” the information available to students is constantly changing; therefore, it is impossible to
predict with certainty what information students may access. Just as the purchase, availability, and use of other media does not constitute
endorsement of their contents by the district, neither does making electronic information available to students imply endorsement of that
content.

The district cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information students find on the Internet. Nor can it fully protect a student from reaching
inappropriate sources. However, the district has installed a filtering system to minimize this possibility.

The district will take reasonable steps to ensure that students use information technology responsibly. It is important for parents and
students to understand the privileges and responsibilities that follow.

Privileges
Students may
     • use available technology, including network services in their daily learning
     • examine a broad range of opinions and ideas in the educational process, including the right to locate, use, and exchange
         information and ideas using network services
     • use information found on the web as long as it is for educational purposes, such as research for reports.

Responsibilities
Students will
    • cite electronic sources from which they receive information
    • maintain the privacy of their own user accounts
    • respect the privacy of other users’ accounts
    • use computers and the network appropriately
    • follow all school rules for appropriate behavior on the computer network just as they would in a classroom or on school grounds
    • report inappropriate behaviors and uses to an administrator or staff member

Inappropriate behavior includes hacking and altering system/network configurations. It also includes the installation of software without the
permission of a staff member.

Safety
When students are using the computer network and communicating with others, they should realize that
    • they cannot always be sure what others are telling them is true
    • absolute privacy cannot always be guaranteed; they need to think carefully about what they say and how they say it

Students should not give out personal information, including their home phone number or address to anyone. If students feel there is a
problem or are uncomfortable with the information someone is giving or asking of them, they should tell their teacher or another staff
member immediately.

Network Monitoring
The school district reserves the right to
    • monitor computer use in the school]
    • review files and messages stored on network servers.
    • (File space is comparable to a school locker.)

Inappropriate use of the Newtown Public Schools’ network may result in loss of user privileges or other disciplinary actions. 4/30/01




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_________________________________________________________________________________________________
                                    Newtown Public Schools
                        SAMPLE Agreement Regarding Use of Information Technology


We have reviewed and understood the Code of Conduct, including the privileges and responsibilities of students.


___________________________________                                 ___________________________________
     Parent Name – Printed                                                         Student Name – Printed

___________________________________                                 ________ ___________________________
       Parent Signature                                                                Student Signature


Date _________________________

Please return to the individual at your daughter’s/son’s school as specified in the accompanying letter.




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       CHEATING (Policy 7-410)
       The Newtown Public Schools will not tolerate cheating. One of the cornerstones of Newtown’s Success-Oriented School Model is the
       expectation that students will value their own work and respect the work of others. Cheating is wrong. It harms both the student who is
       honest and the student who cheats. All students may be compromised and placed at an academic disadvantage by the student who
       cheats. Students who cheat may well avoid study and preparation but fail to reap the gains from them.
         Teachers must clearly articulate the valuable opportunity offered by study groups or other planned activities in which students are
       encouraged to investigate and share their findings with other students, which would not violate this policy.
         It is our aim to support and protect the students who do not cheat, to deter those who might consider doing so, and to punish those
       who do cheat. To discourage cheating in our schools, the following actions will be taken:

       Middle School
         When they enter the Middle School, students will be asked to read and sign the statement of understanding on cheating. If cheating
       occurs on a test, quiz, homework assignment, or class activity, the student will earn no credit for the assessment or assignment. If
       cheating occurs on a research paper, the teacher will determine whether the student will correct the work and/or receive a grade
       reduction or zero, based on the extent of the plagiarism.
         The student will meet with all cluster teachers and/or involved exploratory teachers. The teacher will inform the guidance counselor of
       the incident for further counseling and record keeping. The teacher or counselor will inform the parent of the incident. If the cheating
       involved another student who was unaware of the cheating, the two will go to the Solution Room to make a plan whereby the student
       who cheated makes restitution to the student who was unaware of the cheating.

       Definition of Cheating
       Tests and quizzes
       • It is cheating to use unauthorized notes during a test or quiz.
       • It is cheating to copy another student’s work during a test or quiz.
       • It is cheating to allow another student to see one’s answers during a test or quiz.
       • It is cheating to give information to students who have not yet taken the test.
       • It is cheating for students who have not yet taken the test to receive information.
       Homework and class activities
       •    It is cheating to copy another student’s work.
       •    It is cheating to allow another student to copy one’s work.
       Note: Sharing ideas in a group as directed by the teacher is not cheating.
                                                                         Research
       It is cheating to plagiarize by copying another person’s work from any resource (periodical, book, Internet, etc.) and submit it as one’s
       own.
       It is cheating to plagiarize by paraphrasing or using parts of another person’s work (ideas, written work, diagrams, charts, etc.) without
       citing it as a resource in context or in a footnote.
       Implementation
       Adoption of this policy by the Newtown Board of Education is just the beginning. Student review of this policy has made it clear that its
       implementation requires a thoughtful process of education involving students, teachers, administrators, and parents, including a
       comprehensive evaluation of this policy after one year.
                                                                     Adopted 10/12/99

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                                                       NEWTOWN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
                                            STATEMENT OF UNDERSTANDING ON CHEATING
I have read the policy on cheating and understand its content. I understand that the consequences for cheating include loss of credit and
notification of my guidance counselor. If I cheat, I understand that I may lose eligibility for National Honor Society and other scholarships
and honors.

Student’s Signature _________________________________________________Date_________________
I have read the policy, understand the consequences for cheating, and discussed the policy with my son or daughter.

Parent’s Signature__________________________________________________




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STUDENT DRESS AND GROOMING (Policy 7 - 500)
The Newtown Board of Education believes that students’ attire should not disrupt the educational process, destroy property, or impair
health and safety. Accordingly, the Board establishes the following standard for student attire:
1. Students should not wear clothing, footwear, or accessories that pose a risk of injury to persons or damage to property. For example,
     some footwear, such as black-soled shoes may mark floor tile or other property, and wooden clogs present a hazard on stairways.
2. Dress should be appropriate, e.g., abbreviated attire as found in gym clothing, beach wear, and similar garments designed for physical
     activity are not considered suitable dress for school.
3. Dress should not be distractive, e.g., see-through apparel, shirts and other clothing advertising alcohol, tobacco, or drugs, sexual
     activity or preference, vulgar expressions. Clothing styles should not reflect association or affiliation with gang-related dress codes.
4. Students should maintain a reasonable cleanliness of person and of wearing apparel.
5. Shirts and shoes are to be worn at all times. The school administration is responsible for the implementation of this policy. The
     principal and/or vice principal shall determine whether or not a particular article of clothing, or other item, or appearance conforms to
     the above standard.

It is recognized that, as a part of their supervisory responsibilities, all teachers are to assist in making this policy effective.

Action for violation of any of the above standard may include any or all of the following:
a. Individual counseling
b. Sending the student home to change and return to school
c. Parental conference
d. Suspension for insubordination (refusal to change and/or follow the directions of the building administration).
Adopted 9/5/55 Updated 10/25/77, 10/10/95

USE OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS (Policy 7- 502)
The Board of Education recognizes the health consequences of tobacco use and the reports from various medical sources identifying
health hazards for tobacco users/smokers and nonsmokers. It is the desire of the Board to provide a safe and healthful environment for
students and adults who use school premises.

The Board of Education prohibits smoking and the use of tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, pipe, tobacco, chewing tobacco or
snuff, at any time, by anyone, in school buildings, on school property, or on transportation provided by the Board of Education.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE (Policy 7-701)

The Newtown Board of Education recognizes the serious societal problem of substance abuse. As the central developmental institution of
the community’s youth, the schools play an important role in the early detection of substance abuse, the protection of children from the
use, promotion, possession, and sale of alcohol and drugs (as defined in this policy) or any controlled substances (including prescription
drugs) as defined in the Penal Code of the State of Connecticut.

Recognizing the potential of each student and that drug or alcohol abuse and dependency can seriously impair a student's ability to learn,
the schools will take positive actions to prevent such abuse and dependency. These actions will include, but are not limited to, substance
abuse prevention education, early intervention, parental involvement, medical and/or assessment referral, and police involvement in the
handling of incidents in the schools involving the possession, sale, and/or use of drugs and/or alcohol. The schools will work in partnership
with families and other institutions seeking treatment for substance abusers.

School properties may be inspected by school authorities in the interest of the maintenance of health and safety. Inspections for the
location of drugs, alcohol, weapons, poisons, missing properties, and other hazardous or life threatening materials, are matters relating to
health and safety and may be regarded as reasonable purposes for inspection by school personnel (See search and seizure policy #7-
402B)

In the event that the student is under the influence of, or in possession of, or engaged in illegal activity involving drugs and/or alcohol,
he/she will be suspended from school, referred to an appropriate treatment agency, and considered for expulsion. The sale of drugs
and/or alcohol requires a mandatory expulsion hearing under this policy. Parents will be contacted and will be actively involved in the
education and treatment plan of the student. In cases of the illegal activity of possessing, and/or selling drugs and/or alcohol, the police
department will be notified. Disciplinary procedures for violation of this policy will be detailed in the policy.

Adopted 10/13/87
Modified 2/13/90, 10/11/94, 8/8/95, 10/10/95, 5/13/97, 6/23/04, 1/4/05




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SUBSTANCE ABUSE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES (Policy 7-701.1)

I. DEFINITION OF TERMS
    “Drug” shall include any controlled drug, controlled substance and restricted drugs and/or substances as defined in the Connecticut
    General Statutes.
    Examples of the above include, but are not limited to, marijuana, hashish, anabolic steroids, LSD, amphetamines, barbiturates,
    narcotics, chemical solvents, glue, look-alike substances and any capsules or pills of any substance not registered with the Nurse,
    annotated within the student’s health record and given in accordance with the school district procedures for the administration of
    medication to students in school.

        “Alcohol” shall include any alcoholic liquor or alcoholic beverage as defined in the Connecticut General Statutes.
        Examples of the above include, but are not limited to, alcohol, beer, spirits, and wine.

        “Student Assistance Team (SAT)” is a multi-disciplinary team composed of school personnel (teachers, staff, administrators, nurses,
        counselors) and other members of the community. This team reviews and makes recommendations for all aspects of the student
        learning experience including academic performance, social adjustment, and healthy growth and development.

        “Sale” is any form of delivery which includes barter, exchange or gift, or offer therefore, and each such transaction made by any
        person whether as principal, proprietor, agent, servant, or employee.

        “Possession” is to possess or hold, without any attempt to sell drugs and/or alcohol as defined by this policy.

        “Drug Paraphernalia” includes any item that in the school’s judgment can be associated with the use of drugs and/or alcohol.

II.     PROCEDURES FOR HANDLING SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROBLEMS
        A. Voluntary Disclosure

              1.   If a student voluntarily tells a staff member of a drug, alcohol, or other substance abuse problem in advance of a suspicion
                   by, or report to, a staff member, the staff member must make every effort to guide the student to appropriate professional
                   help, without regard to whether the student is or is not presently under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or other substance.

              2.   If the student will allow disclosure of the problem, the staff member will share the information received with the principal and
                   the school's student assistance team and/or social worker.

              3.   The student assistance team and/or social worker will arrange a conference with the parent(s)/guardian(s) of the student.
                   Professional assistance to help the student overcome the problem will be discussed and encouraged.

              4.   The student assistance team and/or social worker will maintain contact with the student and the family regarding the
                   problem.

        B. Suspicion of Active Involvement With Alcohol or Drugs

              1.   If a student is suspected of being under the active influence of alcohol or controlled drugs while on school property and/or
                   during a school sanctioned activity, the student is to be taken to the school nurse, if available, or designee for medical
                   attention. The parents are to be notified immediately and advised of the abnormal behavior observed and requested to take
                   the student to the family physician or to the hospital.

              2.   If the parents are not available or transportation is not at their disposal, the school nurse, the school doctor, the principal or
                   designee shall accompany the student to the hospital.

              3.   If the symptoms are considered serious, the nurse shall or designee shall have the student taken to the hospital by
                   ambulance while the principal or designee attempts to contact the parents.

III.          DISCIPLINARY CONSEQUENCES OF ALCOHOL AND/OR DRUG ABUSE
       Upon reasonable belief by school personnel, pursuant to section IIB of this policy, that a student is under the influence of or in
       possession of drugs and/or alcohol, during school, on school grounds, or during school activities, said students will be in violation of
       this policy, and the following steps will be taken:

         First Offense:

         a.   The nurse, if available, or designee will determine whether the student is in need of urgent medical attention. If so, the nurse or
              designee will administer any first aid required and/or immediately request emergency services and will notify the student’s
              parent(s)/guardian(s). The administration will be informed of the student’s condition.


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     b.   The administration will conduct an investigation. Upon verification of a violation of this policy, violators will be suspended from
          school for a minimum period of five days.

     c.   The parents or guardians of the student or students involved will be contacted by the administrator and notified of this incident.
          Parents will be required to participate in education about substance abuse, the stages of addiction, and parent resources. The
          student will be required to:

                             (1) Complete an assessment by a Board-chosen agency licensed to evaluate drug and alcohol problems at
                                 parent/guardian expense.
                             (2) Demonstrate compliance with the treatment program as recommended after the assessment.
                             (3) Agree to a behavioral contract between the student, school administration, and a representative of the
                                 assessment group.
                             (4) Sign a release which shall grant the school right to formal written and/or oral communication with the
                                 treatment agency.

     d.   The student will be referred to the Student Assistance Team. This team will gather information to look at the academic
          performance and social adjustment of the student to school and make recommendations pertaining to support services and
          academic program adjustment as appropriate.

     e.   The student will be excluded from all school-related extracurricular activities for a period of 60 calendar days. If the 60-day
          period is not concluded by the end of the school year, the remaining days will resume at the start of the next school year.

     f.   If the substance abuse involves an illegal action, the police will be notified.

     g.   The failure of the student to comply with part (c)(1-4), will subject said student to a recommendation to the Board of Education
          for expulsion from the Newtown School System for up to one calendar year, pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes Section
          10-233d.


     Second Offense:

     a.   The nurse, if available, or designee will determine whether the student is in need of urgent medical attention. If so, the nurse or
          designee will administer any first aid required and/or immediately request emergency services and will notify the
          student’s parent(s)/guardian(s). The administration will be informed of the student’s condition.

     b.   The administration will conduct an investigation. Upon verification of a violation of this policy, violators will be suspended from
          school for a minimum period of five days.

     c.   If the substance abuse involves an illegal action, the police will be notified.

     d.   The parents or guardians of the student or students involved shall be contacted by the administrator and notified of this incident.

     e.   Any student found to be in violation of this policy for the second time during his/her tenure in the Newtown School System shall
          be externally suspended and recommended to the Board of Education for expulsion from the Newtown School System up to one
          calendar year, pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes Sec. 10-233d.

     Any student actions that violate sections IIB of this substance abuse policy and said actions are off school grounds and are seriously
     disruptive of the educational process shall, if not covered by the mandatory expulsion proceedings of section IV, be subject to the
     discipline penalties set forth in Section III.

IV. SALE OR DISTRIBUTION OF ALCOHOL AND/OR DRUGS

         The administration shall recommend expulsion proceeding in all cases where there is reason to believe that a student was
engaged on or off school grounds in selling and/or offering for sale alcohol and/or drugs, as defined in this policy, which act and/or offer
may be subject to criminal penalties under the Connecticut General Statutes.

         Upon receipt of an expulsion recommendation, the Superintendent may conduct an inquiry concerning the expulsion
recommendation. If the Superintendent, or designee, determines that a student must be expelled, in accordance with this provision,
he/she shall recommend the student for expulsion to the Board of Education so that the Board can consider and act upon the
recommendation pursuant to Board policy and Connecticut General Statute 10-233d.




Legal Reference: Connecticut General Statutes
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10-154a             Professional communications between teacher or nurse and student.
                     Surrender of physical evidence obtained from students.
10-221d   Boards of education to prescribe rules, policies, and procedures.
10-223d   Expulsion of pupils.
10-233e   Notice as to disciplinary policies and action
21a-240   Definitions. (8) “Controlled drugs”
21a-277   Penalty for illegal manufacture, distribution, sale, prescription, dispensing.
21a-278             Penalty for illegal manufacture, distribution, sale, prescription or administration by non-drug-dependent person.


Adopted 10/13/87
Modified 2/13/90, 10/11/94, 8/8/95, 10/10/95, 5/13/97, 6/23/04, 1/4/05


CHILD ABUSE (Policy 7- 703)
The Newtown school system acknowledges that child abuse is a major problem affecting students and their families. It is the school
system’s responsibility to foster positive youth development. Therefore, it is in the best interest of the students for the Newtown school
system to take a proactive stand in prevention and identification of child abuse.

The Newtown school system recognizes its moral and ethical responsibility to provide appropriate intervention for students and their
families. At the same time, the Newtown school system recognizes that child abuse is a complex issue. While school personnel may
suspect child abuse, they cannot make clinical assessment of risk and provide in-depth counseling, but they must refer the student to the
Department of Children and Families.
Therefore, any school employee who may suspect child abuse must take the proper steps as specified in administrative procedures to
report this information. Adopted 6/12/90; Modified 2/13/95, 10/10/95

SEXUAL HARASSMENT (Policy 7- 704)
It is the policy of the Newtown Board of Education that all of its employees and students should be able to enjoy work and school
environments free of sex discrimination and sexual harassment.

Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other offensive verbal or physical conduct that is
sexual in nature. Sexual harassment also includes the display or circulation of written materials or pictures degrading to gender. Sexual
harassment undermines learning by creating an intimidating, hostile, and offensive school environment. Any sexual harassment by staff
members or other students is strictly forbidden and will not be tolerated.

A student who believes that he/she has been subjected to sexual harassment by either a staff member or another student is encouraged to
make it clear to the offender, if possible, that such behavior is offensive and should be stopped. The student is encouraged to bring the
matter to the attention of a building administrator or guidance counselor with whom he/she is comfortable discussing the matter. If the
building administrator or guidance counselor is unable to resolve the matter to the satisfaction of the student being harassed, then the
building administrator or guidance counselor, or the complaining student if those responsible do not take action, shall bring the matter to
the attention of the Title IX Coordinator (Assistant Superintendent of Schools). The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for investigating all
cases of sexual harassment in a timely manner and for presenting the findings of the investigation to the superintendent of schools and the
pertinent building administrator for further action if necessary.

All reports of sexual harassment will be treated as confidential. Retaliation against any student for complaining about sexual harassment is
prohibited. Violations of this policy will not be tolerated.
Adopted 3/12/96

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY (Policy 8-602)
The Newtown Public Schools do not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, handicap or disability
or any other legally recognized protected status in any of its educational programs. The Newtown Board of Education designates the
Assistant Superintendent of Schools as the Title IX, Title VI, Title VII, and Section 504 Compliance Officer.

HARASSMENT OF STUDENTS (Policy 8-603) The Newtown Board of Education affirms the right of all students to be protected from
intimidation, discrimination, physical harm, and/or harassment. Harassment or discriminatory behavior that denies civil rights or access to
equal educational opportunities includes indecent, vulgar, or abusive epithets or gestures that are targeted at an individual or group. Such
harassment or discriminatory behavior is not acceptable under this policy. It shall be an aggravating circumstance that the harasser selects
the victim’s race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disability; this shall be evidence that the victim was chosen because of
that characteristic.

Procedure
Staff members must inform the principal of any harassment incident that comes to their attention.
A student and/or parent may file a formal written complaint with the building principal. In all cases, the principal will thoroughly investigate
the incident while protecting the due process and privacy rights of all parties to the complaint. The principal or designee must inform the
parents involved. Following communication with the children, parents, and/or teachers involved, the principal will keep a written record of
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the incident. If, in the principal’s judgment, the level of harassment is of such a high degree of severity that it merits suspension beyond
five days or expulsion, the principal must bring the case to the Superintendent of Schools for further action.

If a student commits a second harassment offense, a meeting of the principal with the student and parent(s) must occur. The principal or
parent(s) may request that the Superintendent of Schools or the Assistant Superintendent attend this meeting.
The principal shall be responsible for discipline in this second case after consultation with the Superintendent of Schools. In severe cases,
the principal may bring the case to the Superintendent for further action. If, after investigation, the principal has determined that a third
offense has taken place, the student shall be presented to the Board of Education for consideration of lengthy suspension or expulsion. In
all cases of harassment, the principal will be responsible for taking appropriate actions to protect the victim from further harassment.
Adopted 10/10/95

HAZING PROHIBITION (Policy 8- 604)
     Purpose
The purpose of this policy is to maintain a safe learning environment that is free from hazing for students and staff. Hazing activities of any
type are inconsistent with the educational goals of the school district and are prohibited at all times.

Any student who engages in hazing is subject to discipline up to and including expulsion and/or referral to law enforcement officials. Any
board employee who permits hazing is subject to discipline, up to and including termination of employment and/or referral to law
enforcement officers.

General Statement of Policy
A. No student, teacher, administrator, volunteer, contractor, or other employee or agent of the school district (her and after collectively
    referred to as "staff") shall plan, direct, encourage, aid, or engage in hazing.
B. No staff member of the school district shall permit, condone, or tolerate hazing.
C. Implied or expressed consent by a person being hazed does not lessen the prohibitions contained in this policy, and will not be
    considered as a defense or mitigation of any alleged violation of this policy.
D. A person who engages in an act that violates school policy or law in order to initiate another person or to be initiated into or affiliated
    with a student organization shall be subject to discipline for that act.
E. The school district will investigate complaints of hazing and take appropriate action including but not limited to discipline against any
    student or staff member of the district who is found to have violated this policy.
F. Hazing activities are seriously disruptive of the education process. This policy applies to behavior that occurs on or off school property
    and during, before or after school hours.

Definitions
A. "Hazing" means committing an act that creates a substantial risk of harm to a person or property for the purpose of initiation or
admission into, affiliation with or continued membership or affiliation with a student organization, or for any other purpose. The term
"hazing" includes, but not limited to:
  1. 1.Any type of physical brutality including but not limited to whipping, beating, striking, branding, electronic shocking, or requiring an
        ingestion or placing a harmful substance in or on the body.
  2. Any type of physical activity including but not limited to sleep deprivation, exposure to weather, confinement in a restricted area,
        calisthenics, or other activity that subjects the student to an unreasonable risk of harm or that adversely affects the mental or
        physical health or safety of the student.
  3. Any activity involving the consumption of
  4. Any alcoholic beverage, drug, tobacco product, or any other food, liquid, or substance that subjects the student to an unreasonable
        risk of harm or that adversely affects the mental or physical health or safety of the student.
  5. Any activity that intimidates, bullies, or threatens the student with ostracism, that subjects a student to unreasonable stress,
        embarrassment, shame, or humiliation, that adversely affects the mental health or dignity of the student, or discourages the student
        from remaining in school.
  6. Any activity that causes or requires the student to perform a task that involves violation of state or federal law or school district
        policies, rules or regulations.
B. “Student organization" means any group having students as its primary members or participants. It includes, but not limited to, grade
levels, classes, teams, clubs, activities, or particular school events. A student organization need not be recognized as an official school
organization to come within the terms of this definition.

Reporting Procedures
A. Any person who believes he or she has been the victim of hazing or any person with knowledge or belief of conduct that may constitute
    hazing shall report the alleged acts immediately to the building principal.
B. Staff members of the school district shall be particularly alert to possible situations, circumstances, or events that might include hazing.
C. Submission of a good faith complaint or report of hazing will not be used by the school district to affect the complainant's or reporter's
    future employment, grades, or work assignments.

School Action
The school district will investigate reports of hazing and will take any action deemed appropriate to rectify the situation and protect the
individuals involved. Such action may include discipline of students up to and including expulsion and/or discipline of staff up to and
including termination and the reporting of such staff or students to law enforcement officials.
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Reprisal
The school district will discipline or take appropriate action against any student or staff member of the school district who retaliates against
any person who makes a good faith report of alleged hazing against any person who testifies, assists, or participates in an investigation, or
against any person who testifies, assists, or participates in a proceeding or hearing relating to such alleged hazing. Retaliation includes,
but is not limited to, any form of intimidation, reprisal, or harassment. Adopted 8/8/00

BULLYING
(Policy 8-605)
The purpose of this policy is to maintain a student-learning environment that is free from bullying. Bullying activities of any type are
inconsistent with the educational goals of the school district and are prohibited at all times. Any individual who engages in bullying activity
on school property, on school transportation, or at a school sponsored activity will be subject to school district action.

Definitions
     A. “Bullying” means any overt acts by a student or a group of students directed against another student with the intent to ridicule,
          humiliate or intimidate that other student while on school grounds, on school transportation or at a school sponsored activity
          when such acts are repeated against the same student over time.
     B. Bullying can be physical or verbal in nature and can include, but is not limited to, physical violence and attacks, verbal taunts,
          threats and intimidation, extortion or stealing of money and possessions and/or malicious exclusion from peer groups. Physical
          or verbal abuse, based on protected class status (including but not limited to age, race, gender, religion, sex, disability, and/or
          national origin) may also constitute bullying.
     C. The district recognizes that sexually harassing conduct and hazing also fall within the definition of bullying; however, these acts
          will be handled under Separate district policies with respect to the reporting, investigation and subsequent disciplinary action.

General Statement of Policy
   A. The district will actively prevent bullying through planned, ongoing, and systematic promotion of positive social behaviors for
         students and staff.
   B. No student, volunteer, contractor or employee of the school district shall engage in, encourage, aid, or consent to bullying.
   C. No student, volunteer, contractor, or employee of the school district shall permit, condone, or tolerate bullying.
   D. Apparent permission or consent by a person being bullied does not lessen the prohibitions contained in this policy.
   E. Bullying activities are seriously disruptive of the educational process in that they impact student physical and emotional welfare
         as well as the welfare of the school community.
   F. The school district administration will investigate complaints of bullying and will take appropriate action and/or discipline against
         any person who if found to have violated this policy.

Reporting Procedures
    A. Any person who believes he or she has been the victim of bullying may report the matter to any teacher or member of the school
         district administration. Whenever possible, reports of bullying should be made to building administrators, who are responsible for
         receiving and investigating incidents of bullying. Any school employee, contractor or volunteer with knowledge or belief of
         conduct that may constitute bullying, whether by witnessing such conduct or by receiving student reports of bullying, shall report
         the alleged acts immediately to an appropriate school district official designated by this policy. Students may anonymously
         report acts of bullying to teachers and school administrators. Parents or guardians of students may also file written reports of
         suspected bullying.
    B. The building administration is responsible for receiving reports and investigating bullying at the building level. However, any
         person may report bullying directly to the Superintendent or his/her designee.
    C. The building administration will notify the Superintendent and the Director of Pupil Services of any reported incidents of bullying.
    D. Teachers, administrators, other employees of the school district, volunteers and contractors shall be particularly alert to possible
         situations, circumstances or events which might include bullying. Any such individual who receives a report of, observes, or
         otherwise acquires knowledge or belief of conduct which may constitute bullying must inform the building administration
         immediately.

School District Action
A. Upon receipt of a complaint or report of bullying, school administrators shall undertake or authorize an investigation.
B. If upon investigation it is determined that bullying has occurred, the Superintendent or his/her designee will take appropriate action.
     Such action may include, but is not limited to, guiding the student to make reparations, pupil service intervention, warning, detention,
     suspension, or expulsion, and/or referral to law enforcement agencies. If disciplinary action is taken, consequences will be sufficiently
     severe to deter violations.
C. The parents or guardians of students who engaged in acts of bullying and the parents or guardians of students against whom such acts
     were directed shall be notified by the Superintendent or his/her designee of the results of the investigation. The notification shall
     include a description of the response of school staff to such acts and any consequences that may result from the commission of
     further acts of bullying.
D. A list of the verified number of acts of bullying shall be maintained and shall be available for public inspection.
E. The Superintendent shall be responsible for developing an intervention strategy for school staff to deal with bullying.
F. Appropriate language shall be included in student codes of conduct concerning bullying.
Adopted 1/14/03 Legal Reference: P.A. 02-119 Cross Reference: Board Policy (Suspension, Expulsion, Sexual Harassment, Hazing)
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COMMUNICATION GUIDELINES FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS (Policy 9 - 101)
The following guidelines are established so that the students and/or parents may bring concerns to the attention of the most appropriate
parties and have a process by which issues may be expressed, considered, and resolved.
a. When a concern emanates from a classroom situation, students or parents should first discuss it with the teaching staff member most
directly involved. Any of the parties may request that the principal attend that meeting.
b. When the situation is one that is commonly resolved by the assistant principal, he/she should be consulted. If the matter remains
unresolved, it may be submitted to the principal.
c. If the parties concerned feel that the discussion has not led to a satisfactory conclusion, they may proceed to discuss the matter with the
building principal in an attempt to reach an amicable conclusion.
d. Concerns about a district policy or practice may be brought directly to the building principal.
e. Concerns about district policy or practice may be brought directly to the Superintendent.
f. Matters not satisfactorily resolved at the school level may be appealed to the Superintendent. The appeal should be in writing and
specify the nature of the problem.
g. The Superintendent shall attempt to resolve the matter as quickly as possible and shall communicate a written decision and explanation
to the parties concerned.
h. When a decision is communicated by the Superintendent and is not deemed satisfactory by the parties involved, they may request a
review of the decision by the Board of Education. Such request shall be submitted in writing. A committee of the Board of Education shall,
through a fact finding process, review the Superintendent’s decision. The committee shall report the results of its fact finding and
recommend appropriate action to the Board. The Board of Education shall render a written decision in a timely manner.
Adopted 7/25/78; Amended 9/14/82, 12/12/95

Pesticide Application Notice
In accordance with Public Act No. 99-165, Newtown Board of Education recently approved a pesticide application policy that includes an
integrated pest management plan. The plan requires that alternative methods be employed prior to using a pesticide, which is defined as a
fungicide on plants, an insecticide, a herbicide, or a rodenticide. Whenever it is deemed necessary to apply a pesticide, it will be done
during a period when school is not in session and there are no planned activities on school grounds. All individuals applying pesticides will
hold the proper State of Connecticut certificates. Children will not be allowed to enter an area where application has been made until it is
safe to do so according to the provisions on the pesticide label. The plan also provides for pesticide application notification to parents and
guardians of enrolled students of Newtown School, as well as its staff. Notification will be posted at each school prior to application of any
pesticide.
However, parents or guardians may request individual prior notification by returning the form below to the school. If you register for
notification, you will be advised of the planned date and location of the pesticide application and its active ingredients. Requests for
additional information should be directed to Dominick Posca, Supervisor of Building and Grounds at 426-7615.




Yes, I would like to be notified when pesticides will be applied.

School: _______________________________________________________Child’s Grade: ______________________________

Parent’s Name: _________________________________________________Phone: ______________________________

Business Phone: ________________________________________________Email: _______________________________

Address:
_________________________________________________________________________________________________________

            Also provide me with a copy of the Board’s Pesticide Application Policy.



This form is available in the office if you wish to register to be notified.




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