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					                              Sandyston-Walpack School
                            Important Dates – 2010-2011

Issue of Report Cards
     Marking Periods             Period Ends         Report Cards Sent Home
            1                   11/3                   11/12
            2                   1/26                    2/4
            3                   4/1                     4/8
            4                   6/14                    6/14
                                         (or the last day of school)

Conferences
     Thurs., Nov. 18             -   6:00   -   8:00   P.M.
     Fri., Nov. 19               -   1:00   -   4:00   P.M.
     Thurs., April 14            -   6:00   -   8:00   P.M.
     Fri., April 15              -   1:00   -   4:00   P.M.



Early Dismissals at 12:33 P.M. - No lunch - snack only
     November 18, 19, & 24, 2010
     December 23, 2010
     April 14 & 15, 2011
     June 10, 13, & 14, 2011 or the last three days of school


Back to School Night
     Wednesday,September 22, 2010 - 7:00 p.m.



School Pictures - Wednesday, September 22, 2010 (Maude Randolph)
                  8:10 A.M. - Staff
                  8:20 A.M. - 8:30 A.M. - Preschoolers
                  8:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. - K-6 classes


NJASK   (New Jersey   Assessment of Skills and Knowledge
NJASK   – Grade 3 –   May 9 – 12, 2011 (makeups May 16 - 20)
NJASK   – Grade 4 –   May 9 – 13, 2011 (makeups May 16 - 20)
NJASK   – Grade 5 –   May 9 – 12, 2011 (makeups May 16 – 20)
NJASK   – Grade 6 –   May 3 – 6, 2011 (makeups May 9 - 13)




SANDYSTON-WALPACK BOARD OF EDUCATION
President
                                                           Ms. Ann Gillerlane

Vice President
                                                           Mrs. Jo-Ann Williamson

Members                                                    Mr. Richard Haskins
                                                           Ms. Kelli Pastor Hickey
                                                           Mrs. Nancy Kovar
                                                           Mrs. Cynthia Leppert
                                                           Mr. Michael Milligan III
                                                           Mrs. Abigail Perrelli
                                                           Mr. Greg Rosenkrans

Board Secretary                                            Mrs. Carole Kylish

Treasurer                                                  Mrs. Lois Kinney

The Board of Education meets the first Wednesday of each month at 8:00
P.M. preceded by a workshop meeting at 7:00 P.M.




SANDYSTON-WALPACK SCHOOL DAILY SCHEDULE

Buses Arrive                             8:23 A.M.

Classes Begin                            8:23 A.M.

Buses Leave School                       3:10 P.M.

Any student arriving after 8:23 A.M. is considered tardy.

Planned early dismissals will occur at 12:33 P.M.




Sandyston-Walpack School Rules
     Because the rules of the school cover a wide range of behaviors, the specific
regulations and associated disciplinary actions have been divided into categories:
General behavior, bus behavior, playground behavior, drugs and alcohol, teasing and
bullying, weapons, preparedness for class, student dress code, and cyber conduct.
     The following statements regarding school rules have been discussed with each
student and each student should be fully aware of each rule and the consequences for
following or not following the rules.
     In addition to school rules, each classroom has its own set of rules and procedures.
These will be sent home within the first week or so of school.
     School rules are listed below. Please discuss them with your child.
     1.   No one interferes with learning.
     2.   No one interferes with teaching.
     3.   Everyone and everything is at the right place at the right time.
     4.   Everyone respects all property.
     5.   Everyone respects the rights of others.

General Behavior
     Students are made aware of the rules at the beginning of each school year.     Rules
regarding student behavior are listed in this Handbook which is distributed to everyone
immediately after the opening day of school. Parents are advised of classroom rules at
the annual “Back to School Night”.
      Rules are expected to be followed. When students fail to follow the school rules,
a consequence should follow. It is the school’s practice to best fit the consequence to
the infraction and in many instances is handled based on the situation at hand.
     The most common consequence is a simple reprimand which may include a warning and/or
an explanation of what was inappropriate or dangerous about the behavior. Repeat of the
behavior may lead to consequences like “Time Out” (i.e. time out of play for 5 minutes
during recess), in-room (loss of recess for all or part of the specific session), parent
notification by student, teacher contact with parent, administrator contact with parent,
after school detention, and ultimately a temporary suspension from school.
     Most disciplinary actions are limited to a reprimand and/or some loss of recess.
When the behavior for which the action was given is repeated, the discipline becomes
greater. Whenever the behavior places anyone in danger, causes damage to property or
represents clear and open defiance of school rules, parents are notified and the
consequences will move immediately to the more stringent.

Bus Behavior/Conduct
      Safety on the school bus is directly related to pupil.
      The driver shall be in full charge of the school bus at all times and shall be
responsible for enforcing the rules of behavior. behavior and the disciplinary procedures
used on the bus.    The parents' attitude toward and cooperation with the bus driver and
superintendent is important in carrying out these procedures
      In cases where the driver reports a pupil for an infraction of the safety and
discipline procedures the following administrative action will be taken:
      1st offense - the superintendent will review bus conduct and safety rules with the
pupil
      2nd offense - the pupil will forfeit two recesses and the parent will be notified
      3rd offense - the pupil will have a 45 minute after school detention and be picked
up by the parent upon completion of the detention
      4th offense - the pupil will be suspended from the bus for three days and the parent
is to provide transportation to and from school
      Serious offenses could lead to suspension immediately.
      For additional information on bus behavior, please see “School Bus Behavior
Guidelines” printed in this Handbook.


Playground Rules/Behavior
     Teachers review playground rules and behavior with students at the beginning and
throughout the school year.      A copy of the playground rules is displayed in all
classrooms and is included in this Handbook.

Threatening Statements, Teasing/Bullying, and Acts of Violence
     Statements that cause anyone else to feel threatened cannot and will not be
tolerated at the school. Quite obviously then, acts of a violent nature will not be
tolerated either. Students and parents must be aware that threats, whether written or
spoken, will be taken seriously even if they are made in jest. Students who make threats
or act out or strike out violently toward others will be at risk for serious
consequences. Consequences may result in suspension from school, the involvement of NJ
State Police or referral of the incident to the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office. They
may include the requirement that the student participate in a risk assessment through a
mental health agency selected by the school district prior to being permitting to return
to school.
     For the most part, we have not experienced many incidents over the years that would
necessitate the fullest implementation of the consequences described above.      However,
every student and every parent must be fully aware that threats and violent acts could
have significant ramifications for the student, the parents, the school and the
community.
     Please   take  the   time  to   review  these   very  points   with  your  children.
Threatening statements are those that make another person feel threatened or to be
concerned that they could be the subject of some form of mental or physical injury or
harassment.   Violent acts are those actions taken in anger or without concern for the
outcome that result in someone being hurt or intimidated.        Whenever these kinds of
actions occur, school personnel have to make reasonable judgments as to the severity of
any such issues and temper the consequences to the action. But, when deemed necessary,
strong consequences will most definitely be imposed.
     Please set a time aside to have a family discussion on these very topics. Discuss
threatening statements. Define what is meant by a threat (a warning that one person may
do harm to another). Point out that the threat is considered to be one if the person who
is the object of the statement – spoken or written – feels threatened.     Point out that
such statements are completely unacceptable.     Make sure that your children understand
that making a threat, even in jest, may have strong consequences. Review what is meant
by a violent act. Again, point out that this could result in serious consequences that
everyone would hope to avoid.
     Please emphasize the seriousness of the consequences that could result from any acts
of violence or any threat.

Homework
     The Board of Education requires that homework, not busy work, becomes an integral
part of every student's learning experiences. The habit and discipline of doing homework
consistently is absolutely necessary.     The chief school administrator is required to
report yearly to the board of education on this concern.
     Homework should have a valid educational purpose and should pertain to the
objectives of the unit under study or the course being taken. These assignments must be
completed within the proper time frame and will be graded accordingly.
     Parents are encouraged to establish a set time and place for homework to be done.
They are also encouraged to monitor it. When too little or too much time is being spent
on homework, it should be discussed with the teacher.     Failure to complete homework on
time will result in consequences including parent notification, loss of recess, after
school detention, and/or reduction in homework grade.




Preparedness for Class
     From time to time, students forget their lunches, musical instruments, homework,
books, etc., just about anything that could be forgotten. Forgetting one's material is
understandable, however, it can become a bad habit that significantly impedes the
educational process and erodes the student’s level of responsibility.
     A student who frequently arrives at class without his/her books and other required
materials is unprepared. Such lack of preparedness often results in a loss of a recess
period and ultimately reflects in the report card grade. For some students, this doesn't
serve as a deterrent - the loss of recess or a lowered report card grade isn't enough.
As unfortunate as it is, it's even more unfortunate if the school allows irresponsible
habits to continue.
     The following actions will be taken when a student neglects to be prepared for class
(i.e. forgetting books or homework):
For grades 4-6: 1st offense - Student loses one recess period
                 2nd offense - Student is warned and loses one recess period, and parent
                 is notified.
                 3rd offense -Student is warned and loses two recess periods. The
                 parent is notified.
                 4th offense - Parent is notified and the student receives a 45 minute
                 afterschool detention. Transportation home will be provided by the
                 parent. For this reason, the detention will occur the next school day
                 after notification. Continued offenses will lead to a parent conference
                 and further disciplinary action.
     Problems of a similar nature at the K-3 level will be handled through teacher/pupil
and teacher/parent communication.
     Your cooperation in this matter will go a long way to bring about an improvement.
Please discuss this at home with your child.            Emphasize the need to develop
responsibility. Let him/her know that you will not be pleased to have to pick him/her up
at school when bus transportation is provided.      Be supportive if disciplinary action
becomes necessary.
     The Sandyston-Walpack Conduct/Discipline Policy #5131 is included in the Handbook.

Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program and Standards for Abuse
     The Sandyston-Walpack Board of Education recognizes the harmful effects of drugs and
alcohol abuse on our society and for the individuals who abuse them.     For this reason,
the Sandyston-Walpack Board of Education has implemented a drug prevention program in
grades K-6 and has adopted a firm policy on drug abuse on school property or in relation
to school activities on or off school grounds.
     As part of the health education program the district has adopted a drug and alcohol
prevention curriculum entitled “Here’s Looking at You.". The focus of this program is on
personal self-esteem and strategies to use to counteract peer pressure regarding drugs
and alcohol use. In addition, the DARE Program has been implemented in the sixth grade
health program.   For more information about these programs, contact our school nurse,
Mrs. Kerry Schultz, or our physical education/health instructor, Mr. Stephen Tiberi.
     The district policy sets strict standards of discipline regarding the misuse of
drugs or alcohol on school property or while in attendance at a school activity whether
on or off school grounds. Complicity with this prohibitive policy is mandatory and the
consequences for violation are very specific. The policy is cited below.

Possessing, Transmitting, or Selling Drugs or Alcohol
     Pupils suspected by any member of the school staff of possessing, transmitting, or
selling drugs or alcohol shall be reported promptly to the chief school administrator.
When such activity is confirmed by “hard evidence”, legal authorities shall be contacted.




Disciplinary Action
     Any pupil who has consumed any alcohol of any quantity will not be permitted to
attend school or any school function.
     When a pupil is confirmed as using, under the influence of, in possession of,
transmitting, or selling illicit drugs or alcohol, the following action shall be taken:
A. First Offense - The pupil shall be placed on temporary suspension until a conference
is held with the parents/guardians following which the pupil will be placed on school
probation until disposition of the case is made by legal and/or school authorities in
accordance with state law.       Such probation will include surveillance by school
authorities and may include exclusion from all school social and extracurricular
activities until such time as the pupil has demonstrated himself/herself worthy of the
return to these privileges.
B. Additional Offenses - The pupil will be subject to suspension through proper channels
until disposition of the case by legal and/or school authorities.       The pupil will be
under the jurisdiction of the parents/guardians during any such period of suspension.
C. General - A wide choice of action is possible in handling each pupil’s case ranging
from advice and rehabilitation to suspension and expulsion.     Whenever possible, a non-
punitive solution is preferable if predicted chances for recovery are good.
     Pupils with drug abuse, or other problems, may voluntarily go for advice to a
favorite or respected member of the school staff.      In such a case, the staff member
should advise and guide the pupil in any way possible while attempting to convince
him/her of the need for medical treatment and rehabilitation.       Should the pupil fail
after a reasonable time to avail himself/herself of the help offered, then action shall
be instituted. Students and parents may self refer or refer their children to the school
nurse or the district substance abuse coordinator at Kittatinny Regional High School
(973-383-1800).

Weapons and Dangerous Instruments
     Students are not permitted under the "Zero Tolerance for Guns Law" to have or
possess dangerous weapons in school.     A dangerous weapon may be defined as, but not
limited to, a pocket knife, switchblade knife, gravity knife, stiletto, blackjacks,
chains, brass knuckles, handgun, rifle, shotgun, machine gun, automatic or semi-automatic
rifle device, or instrument which can eject a solid projectible ball, slug, pellet,
missile, or gas and vapor by means of a shell or by action of an explosive or flammable
substance.   It includes firearms that are air guns or spring loaded or propelled by a
force from a spring elastic band, carbon dioxide or other gas as explained thoroughly in
the Sandyston-Walpack Board of Education policy entitled Weapons and Dangerous
Instruments (#5131.7).
     In addition, pupils are prohibited from using or bringing to school elastic bands,
fire crackers, caps, water pistols, certain glues, cleaning fluids, drugs or any other
item which may be hazardous to the pupils' health. Students shall not use any instrument
such as a baseball bat, scissors, ruler, etc., in a manner that is dangerous or
threatening to another student.
     A pupil convicted or found to be delinquent of possessing a firearm on any school
property, on a school bus, or at a school sponsored function, or a pupil committing a
crime with a firearm, shall be immediately removed from the school's regular education
program for a period of not less than one calendar year in accordance with Chapters 127
and 128 of the 1995 Zero Tolerance for Guns Act, and Policy #5131.7.
     A pupil who assaults a member of the school community with a weapon other than a
firearm on school property, on a school bus, or at a school sponsored function, must be
immediately removed from the school's regular education program in accordance with
Chapters 127 and 128 of the 1995 Zero Tolerance for Guns Act, and Policy #5131.7.
     The building principal will immediately notify the pupil's parent or legal guardian
if the pupil is found to be in possession of a firearm on school property or if a pupil
commits an assault upon members of the school community with a weapon other than a
firearm on school property.

Computer and Technology Violations
     Each student and each family agrees to and signs and “Appropriate Use Policy” for
school use of the Internet.     All students are expected to follow the policy and any
violation may lead to a temporary or permanent loss of computer privileges, parent
involvement, detention and possible suspension.
     Computers maintain a permanent record of the sites visited; students found visiting
inappropriate sites will be subject to parental notification and loss of privileges.
Students who use the computer as a means of cyber bullying will be dealt with under the
bullying and/or threatening statement provisions as well as the “Appropriate Use Policy”
provisions.

Student Dress Policy
     The Board of Education of the Sandyston-Walpack School recognizes the right of
students and parents/guardians to exercise personal judgement in matters of proper
student dress.     We strongly support parents in their efforts to insure the neat
appearance of each student, since appearance generally denotes good self-discipline as
well as a good attitude and demeanor.     Besides being neat, clean, and free of holes,
clothing should not be hazardous to the health and safety of self and others, nor detract
from or interfere with the educational environment.
     The following guidelines are to be considered as basic or minimum:
a. Footwear must be worn at all times. Shoelaces must be properly tied.
b.   Patches, slogans, words, symbols or pictures of an offensive or obscene nature may
not be worn.
c.   No tank tops, halter tops, muscle shirts, undergarments, midriff tops, or mesh net
tops are to be worn.
d. No blouses, undergarments or shirts which are cut off in any way are to be worn.
e.   Hats, exclusive of yarmulkes, and sunglasses are to be removed upon entering the
school building.
f. Shorts that are appropriate in style and wear will be permitted on the first school
day in May through the last school day in September.        All shorts must be mid-thigh
length, free of holes, and of substantial material (not the spandex shorts worn by bikers
in an athletic setting). Short-shorts and cut-offs are not acceptable school attire. The
administration reserves the right to modify this code as weather conditions dictate.
g. No metal studs, spikes, chains, or other potentially hazardous items that may cause
excessive wear and tear to school equipment and furniture.
h. No beepers, cellular phones, walkmen or portable radios, compact discs, tape players,
televisions, or other personal visual or listening devices, are to be used in school.
i. All children are required to wear sneakers during physical education classes.
j. Girls may not wear lipstick or make-up in school.
k. The wearing of earrings is discouraged.
     When necessary, parents/guardians will be contacted to bring in appropriate clothing
so that the pupil may return to class. All pupils whose dress is in violation of this
policy will be required to dress suitably before being permitted to return to class.
Recurring violations or refusal to comply with this policy will result in disciplinary
action.   The final decision in determining the suitability of dress will rest with the
administration of the school, subject to the usual appeals.




Sandyston-Walpack School Policies

1. Pupils may not transfer between buses, change bus stops, nor may they walk to or from
school without approval of the administrator.      If any change in normal routine is
requested (i.e. early pickup), a note for such a change must be sent to the office. The
district provides bus service for every child.

2. The administration strongly discourages the riding of bicycles to school.   Even if a
parent elects to have his/her child ride a bicycle and has prior approval of the
administrator, it is still not encouraged. If a parent still elects to have a child ride
a bicycle, the board requires that the child be provided with an approved and well fit
bicycle helmet in accordance with New Jersey law.

3.   PHONE USE Schedules and special activities should be known to pupils and parents
ahead of time, therefore limiting the use of the phone to pupils.
    Learning to be responsible for books, instruments, lunches, permission slips, etc. is
part of the learning process. Therefore, we encourage students to use the phone only in
emergencies, when necessary, and we encourage parents to discuss this privilege with
children in advance.

4.   Parents are requested to see their children do not bring radios, cell phones, tape
recorders, trading cards, and electronic games to school or on the bus.      There's no
opportunity during the day for students to use electronic equipment. Reading materials
with purely adult themes do not belong in an elementary school.     At its option, the
administration may confiscate such items for return to parents/guardians.       Repeated
offenders may receive other disciplinary action.

5. MAKE-UP WORK     Any student who is absent from school has the responsibility to make-
up work covered during their absence. The student will be given one day of make-up time
for each day absent, unless the assignment dictates additional time.

6.    ADMINISTERING MEDICATION    Diagnosis and treatment of pupil illness, including
prescription drugs, is NOT the responsibility of the school. The administration of
prescribed medication to a pupil during school hours shall be permitted only when failure
to take such medicine jeopardizes the health of a pupil, or the pupil would not be able
to attend school if the medicine were not made available to him/her during school hours.
Medication shall be defined as all medicines prescribed by a physician for the particular
pupil, including emergency medication in the event of bee stings, etc.
     Before any medication, whether prescription or over-the-counter, may be administered
to or by any pupil during school hours, the board shall require the written request of
the parent/guardian who shall give permission for such administration and relieve the
board of its employee's liability for administration of such medication.         In addition,
the board requires the written order of the prescribing physician which shall include:
     a. the purpose of the medication
     b. the dosage
     c. the time at which (or the special circumstances) medication shall be administered
     d. the length of time for which medication is prescribed
     e. the possible side effects of the medication
        These documents shall be kept on file in the office of the school nurse.
     f.   All   medication  shall   be   administered    by   the   school   nurse,  by   the
parent/guardian, or by the pupil himself/herself where the parent/guardian so
permits and the school nurse is present.       In emergency situations, however, students
may be permitted to self-administer medication when the nurse or parent/guardian is
not present, provided a physician authorizes such self-administration for life
threatening illness only and certifies that the student is capable of self-
administration,   and   the  parent/guardian    releases    the   school   district  of   any
liability.     Self-administration of medicine shall also apply to students who
participate in any off-site or after-school activity under the same conditions.
Self-administration of medicine shall be limited to the use of inhalers.
     g. Medications shall be securely stored and kept in the original labeled container.
     h.    The school nurse shall maintain a record of the name of the pupil to whom
medication is to be administered, the prescribing physician, the dosage and timing of
medication, and a notation of each instance of administration.
     i. All medications shall be brought to school by the parent/guardian and shall be
picked up by the parent at the end of the school year or the end of the period of
medication, which ever is earlier.
     Before any student shall be authorized to carry and/or use an inhaler on school
premises or at school functions off school property, the parent/guardian must file with
the school administration the following:
      A certification of a licensed physician that the pupil suffers from a
potentially life threatening condition which requires immediate use of an inhaler. The
physician shall also certify that the patient is trained in the use of the inhaler and is
capable of self-administration of the medication.
     The parent/guardian must provide an additional inhaler, identical to the one which
the pupil is authorized to carry, which shall be retained by the school nurse.
     The parent/guardian of any such child shall make a written request of the school for
permission to have the child carry and use an inhaler. Said request shall also include a
statement in form and substance acceptable to the board against any and all liability for
damage or injury arising out of the board approval of the request.

7. Each child is required to go outside for recreation unless a written request from a
doctor or parent is brought in by the child. It is presumed that if a child can be in
school, he can resume the regular school program and be outside for play periods. Please
see that your children are appropriately dressed for weather. Children should wear boots
when the ground is wet or snow covered, and hats, gloves, and warm outerwear during cold
weather periods.

8.   Pupils may not remain after school for any activities unless they are an enrolled
member of a school team or organization using the building, enrolled in the KEEP or Camp
Iliff programs, participating in a school sponsored activity, or are staying after school
with a member of the staff who has made prior arrangements with the parents.          This
pertains to athletic events as well.      Students may not remain after school to be a
spectator unless met by their parents or adult supervisor authorized by their parent.

9.   GIFTS TO SCHOOL PERSONNEL     Students and their parents are prohibited from the
presentation of gifts to school district employees on all occasions.       The Board of
Education shall consider as always welcome, and in most circumstances more appropriate,
the writing of letters expressing gratitude or appreciation to staff members. This is a
Board of Education policy and has been somewhat overlooked in recent years. Since it is
policy, it should be observed.
10.   ATTENDANCE/EXCUSES/TARDINESS   A student who arrives to school and signs in at the
main office after 8:23 A.M. is considered tardy. School begins at 8:23 A.M. and arrival
at school later than that time constitutes tardiness. Continual tardiness may result in
disciplinary action.    Tardiness to regularly scheduled classes will be handled by the
individual teacher and/or the superintendent.
     When a student is tardy for school, he/she must report to the office with a parent
or guardian prior to going to class.       The parent or guardian must sign the child in
noting the date and time of arrival. Good punctual attendance is an important element in
school success.
     The criteria to earn an attendance recognition award at the conclusion of the school
year will be as follows: Perfect Attendance recognition will be given to any student who
is present every day of the school year without having any day tardy (arriving after 8:23
A.M.), and without leaving school early.      Good attendance recognition will be given to
any student who is absent from school one half day or one full day or late to school no
more than one day without having left early any day.
     To be recorded as being present one full day, a pupil must be present at least one
hour during any forenoon, and at least one hour during any afternoon session.
     Please note that good attendance includes being in school on time and for the
duration of the day.     On occasion, emergencies may arise that necessitate having your
child released from school before the regularly scheduled dismissal (3:10). However, this
should be rare and not commonplace.      Instruction continues until the end of the day.
When children are dismissed early their departure disrupts the class and interferes with
learning.
    Parents are requested to call the school nurse between 8:30 and 9:00 A.M. to report a
child's absence for the day. The school nurse may be reached at 973-948-3263. If you do
not call the school to report your child’s absence, the school will make every attempt to
call you (at home or at work) to verify the absence. Parents should make medical, dental,
and other appointments at times when school is not in session.

11.   EXCUSED ABSENCES  Pupils receive an excused absence with a note from parents when
they are absent from school for the following reasons:
a. Illness - a pupil who is absent from school for five consecutive school days may be
required to present a doctor's certificate upon returning to school.        If there is a
contagion, a doctor's note is required for re-entry.
b.   Serious illness of a member of the family which necessitates the absence of the
student ( return after five days requires written verification of a doctor)
c.   Death in the immediate family (length of time to be determined in each individual
case by the chief school administrator)
d. Religious holidays as provided by the law
e. “Bring Your Child to Work” day
f. Such other absences with prior approval of the chief school administrator's office.
Pupils who plan to be absent for reasons other than the reasons above should seek
approval by presenting a note from home to the office of the chief school administrator.
     Regular attendance is essential if your child is expected to be successful in
school. Absence can be a major cause of a student’s lack of progress.
     The only excused absences by State law are 1). Quarantine, 2). Religious holidays,
and 3). Bring Your Child to Work Day. Students will not be excused during the day except
for important reasons.

12. UNEXCUSED ABSENCES Unexcused absences are those which do not come under any of the
definitions of excused absences.

13. TRUANCY Any unauthorized absence from school shall be considered truancy. Although
this is commonly thought of as an absence of which the parent is unaware, certain
absences of which the parents are aware will be treated in the manner of truancies.

14. REQUEST FOR EARLY DISMISSAL A request for early dismissal must be submitted to the
office before the first period of the day in question.


15. LEAVING SCHOOL DURING THE SCHOOL DAY    No pupil shall be permitted to leave school
premises during school session without permission of the chief school administrator or a
person authorized by the board. Pupils are not to leave the building because of illness
without the permission of the nurse. In the nurse's absence, permission must be secured
from the office. Pupils can only be released to the parent or someone designated by the
parent.

16.   PROMOTION/RETENTION  The decision for promotion or retention shall be made in the
best interest of the student. In cases where retention is recommended, the parents must
be informed and a conference with them should be sought. Final decisions shall rest with
the school authorities. Although teachers may recommend retention (as well as promotion),
the action shall be approved by the chief school administrator. Promotion or retention
should be based on the student's achievements in relation to his/her potential, student's
age and maturity, in addition to social, emotional, and personality status.

17.   PUPIL RECORDS In accordance with New Jersey Administrative code, parents and/or
guardians have access to their children’s records.    If you are interested in reviewing
your child’s records, please contact the superintendent.
     "Pupil record" means information related to an individual pupil gathered within or
without the school system and maintained within the school system, regardless of physical
form in which it is maintained.      Essential in this definition is the idea that any
information which is maintained for the purpose of second party review is considered a
pupil record.   Therefore, information recorded by any certified school personnel solely
as a memory aid, not for the use of a second party, is excluded from this definition.
     The school district accepts the responsibility to compile and maintain pupil records
and to regulate access to and security of such records in accordance with these rules and
regulations.
a. A non-adult pupil may assert rights of access only through his/her parents. However,
nothing in these rules shall be construed to prohibit certified school personnel, in
their discretion, from disclosing pupil records to non-adult pupils, or to appropriate
persons in connection with an emergency, if such knowledge is necessary, to protect the
health or safety of the pupil or other persons.
b. The parent shall either have access to, or be specifically informed about, only that
portion of another pupil's record that contains information about his/her own child.
c.    Pupil records are subject to challenge by parents on grounds of inaccuracy,
irrelevancy, impermissive disclosure, inclusion of improper information or denial of
access to organizations, agencies and persons. The parent may seek to:
1.   expunge inaccurate, irrelevant or otherwise improper information from the pupil
record.
2.   insert additional data as well as reasonable comments as to the meaning and/or
accuracy of the records.
3. request an immediate stay of disclosure pending final determination of the challenge
procedure as described in these regulations.
     To appeal, a parent must notify the chief school administrator in writing of the
specific issues relating to the pupil record.

18.   PROMOTION REQUIREMENTS/STANDARDS OF PROFICIENCY  Promotion from our public school
implies that students have satisfactorily completed the prescribed courses of study for
the several grade levels in accordance with their respective abilities to achieve and
that they have satisfactorily passed any examinations and other requirements set by the
faculty.    In addition, students shall have maintained a satisfactory record of
citizenship during their progression through the instructional program of the school.
Students who fail or receive unsatisfactory ratings in two or more major subjects may be
retained or required to attend summer school prior to advancing to the next grade.
Failure to achieve proficiency on either the language arts or the mathematics portion of
the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge may serve as an additional factor in
consideration for promotion or retention.

19.   Bringing pets to school should be confirmed with the teacher and administration
prior to bringing them to the building and only when it serves an educational purpose.
Pets are permitted in school for a limited amount of time and only under the supervision
of the parent.   Parents will be responsible for the pet while in school, and for its
transportation to and from school.   Under no circumstances will pets be allowed on the
school bus. Potential allergic reactions must also be considered prior to allowing a pet
in the building. For this reason, alternate options may be explored or the request may
be denied.
20. All doors of the Sandyston-Walpack School will remain locked during the school day
including the main doors in the front of the building.     These doors, however, will be
opened electronically after the visitor uses the button near the door or uses the
intercom system and identifies him or herself. For the protection of your children, we
must know all persons who are in the building. All parents and visitors must report to
the office and sign in upon entering the school, no matter what area is to be visited.
Any visitor wishing to go to any area of the school other than the main office area must
secure an identification badge/sticker.    Also, if you wish to visit a classroom for
observational purposes, arrangements should be made through the main office. We ask that
such arrangements be made at least a day in advance. These arrangements are not to keep
parents from visiting the classrooms, but to insure the safety of all students.       We
appreciate your cooperation.

21.   Parents wishing to pick up their child must be at the school prior to 3:10 P.M.
unless other arrangements have been made. If the parent is not here at this time, the
child will go home on the bus. As a safety precaution, children who are being picked up
at dismissal will be dismissed at the first bell and will meet the parent in front of the
main office.

22. A full service, cold lunch program will be offered to all students this school year
at the following prices: Student lunch (paid in full with milk) - $ 2.35
                          Student lunch (reduced price with milk) - $ .40
                          Adult lunch (with milk) - $ 2.85
                          Milk only (1/2 pint) - $ .35
    Milk can be paid by check (payable to Sandyston-Walpack School) for the marking
period at $ 15.75. Milk may be purchased on any day for $. 35 for ½ pint. Lunches will
be ordered in the morning before 9:10 A.M. with the classroom teacher. Money for lunches
or milk will be given directly to the cafeteria aide during lunch time.

23. Library and classroom materials are available for students' use.   Pupils who lose or
destroy materials are responsible for replacement costs.

24. SELLING BY PUPILS Pupils are prohibited from selling any items to other pupils or
adults during school hours and while on the school bus.    Please note this rule.   This
includes sales for youth organizations. (This policy has been overlooked, but it will be
enforced.)

25.   EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY The Sandyston-Walpack Board of Education affirms its
responsibility to ensure all students in the public schools equal educational opportunity
and all employees equal employment opportunity regardless of race, creed, religion, sex,
national origin, disability, and social or economic status.             To fulfill this
responsibility the Board has established an affirmative action plan and guidelines for
school and classroom practices. Likewise, we are an affirmative action employer. Please
contact the Affirmative Action Officer through the superintendent’s office if you have
any questions or concerns.

26. NO SMOKING ALLOWED Smoking and use of tobacco products shall be prohibited on school
property at all times, inside the building or anywhere on school grounds.    Smoking and
any other tobacco products are also prohibited on field trips and other school sponsored
activities. This shall include school buildings and school owned vehicles.


                               EMERGENCY CLOSING OF SCHOOL

For emergency closing of school, please listen to radio stations WNNJ-WIXL 103.7 FM or
1360 AM; WSUS 102.3 FM; WDLC/WTSX 96.7 FM or 1490 AM; or WHCY 106.3 FM.       Check with
television stations, WABC 7, FOX5, WNBC 4, consult the school’s webpage at
www.sandystonwalpack.org or check your e-mail if you signed up for the NJ Herald
Snowscoop. Parents will also be notified of emergency closings via telephone through the
Global Connect Parent Communications System.

                                DELAYED OPENING OF SCHOOL
Delayed opening procedures will be as follows:

1.   Announcement over stations listed above will be made in the A.M. that Sandyston-
Walpack School will have a two hour delayed opening (school will open at 10:23 A.M.). WE
WILL DISMISS AT THE REGULAR TIME. When a delayed opening is announced, keep listening to
the radio TV stations or on-line sources for possible changes.

2.   If conditions do not improve by 9:00 A.M., there will be an announcement via the
media stations noted above that we will be closed for the day. Parents will also be
notified of emergency closings via telephone through the Global Connect Parent
Communications System.



                            EMERGENCY EARLY CLOSING OF SCHOOL

An emergency early closing of school is a very rare occurrence. However, if it becomes
necessary to close early, announcements will be made over the radio stations noted above.
Every attempt to notify parents will be made, but when such situations do occur, there
usually is not much time. Parent notification may be made with the assistance of class
mothers and will also be made through the Global Connect Parent Communications System.

Please make sure you go over with your child what he or she should do in the event of an
emergency closing of school.   Let your child know precisely what steps to take should
they arrive home and you are not there.       Where should he/she go?     Who should be
contacted? What should be done first?

Although we’re always very hesitant about sending students home in an emergency early
closing, there are times when such a decision is necessary. It can occur when it is not
so obvious. Although most people would be aware of the possibility in a rapidly worsening
storm, a boiler problem or other mechanical difficulty at school could require an early
dismissal and no one would be expecting it.     Naturally every attempt would be made to
contact parents, but please help us avoid a problem that could occur if a child arrives
home unexpectedly without knowing what to do.


                                    BUS TRANSPORTATION

     The Board of Education recognizes its legal responsibility to transport, to and from
school, children who live a distance from the building.      The Board believes that the
safety and health of the children are the first consideration in transporting students.
All procedures established for pupil transportation have these two concerns in mind:
    1. The Board’s responsibility to transport children, and
    2. First and primary, the safety and health of those riding the buses.
     Bus routes and bus stops are carefully planned by the school administration and are
approved by the Board of Education.      Both the administration and the Board rely on
guidelines and safety recommendations made by the New Jersey Department of Education
Bureau of Pupil Transportation. Bus routes are planned to follow main thoroughfares and
roads that are considered adequate for safe bus travel. This includes the nature of the
roadbed, the width of the road, its grade and traffic conditions.           Bus stops are
determined in relation to population and safety. When considering safety for bus stops a
number of considerations are taken into account.       These include the overall traffic
pattern of the specific location, the line of sight, accessibility, road curves, road
grades, vision of the driver, and frequency of stops.
     Following extensive research with massive documentation, the New Jersey Bureau of
Pupil Transportation concluded that the least safe time to be on a school bus is when it
is stopped on the road, dropping off or picking up students. The Bureau has specifically
recommended that buses stop as infrequently as possible. With this in mind the Board has
maintained a practice of establishing stops with reasonable distances between them.
     In areas where a number of students live in close proximity to each other a safe
central location is selected for the bus stop. The stop tends to be maintained even if
the neighborhood population changes. This is done just for that reason; neighborhoods do
change continually and the stop cannot be moved continuously (a move in one direction may
be favorable in terms of one household and become unfavorable for another).
     Rules, regulations, and practices are established with a purpose.          Rules and
regulations serve the purpose best when they are consistent.        Reason, however, must
always prevail.   Recognizing this, the Board periodically reviews its routes and stops
and makes changes and adjustments that meet the highest possible standards of safety for
the greatest number of children. This review will occur on an annual basis and parents
will be notified prior to the opening of school in any given year for which a change is
contemplated.
     Concerns and questions regarding bus routes, bus stops, bus safety, etc., should be
directed to the school administrator.     All transportation issues that are beyond the
scope or authority of the administrator will be forwarded to the Board Transportation
Committee and final decisions will be made by the Board following the committee’s report.
     Elsewhere in this handbook there is an outline of school bus safety, bus conduct and
parent responsibility. When parents read and follow these guidelines, the Board’s efforts
to transport children safely are greatly enhanced.

Kindergarten Registration: Registration of preschool children is conducted by the nurse.
At this time, the immunization requirements and health policies of the school are
explained. You should have birth certificate and immunization records with you at this
time. If you have a child who will enter school next year, please call us to be sure the
school is aware.
     In the spring, the school conducts “Kindergarten Round-Up” for all children who have
registered for kindergarten for the next school year. Students and parents attend and a
general orientation is held.

Physical Screenings: Physical screenings including vision and hearing, and scoliosis are
conducted by the school. Each child is also weighed and measured which helps formulate
Body Mass Index (BMI).     This information is available in the child’s health record.
Results indicating a concern are reported to the parents by mail or telephone. This is
done to alert the parents and recommend that they have their physician check the child
for care and treatment. FIRST AID, ONLY FOR ACCIDENTS SUSTAINED AT SCHOOL, IS
ADMINISTERED BY THE HEALTH OFFICE. We are not responsible for care of injuries sustained
at home. If your child is ill or injured in school and needs further treatment, please
contact your family doctor.    In case of serious accidents, the parent will be notified
and students will be transported by emergency ambulance services.

Physical Education Excuses: Excuses from gym class should be presented to the school
nurse. Prolonged absence from these classes will require a doctor’s note of explanation.

Communicable Disease: If a student contracts a communicable disease, the parent should
notify the school nurse by calling 973-948-3263.      Suggestions may be made for the
student’s safe return to school.     If the school nurse suspects a student may have a
communicable disease, the parents will be notified to pick up the student.   A doctor’s
note is required for the student’s return to school.

Students at the Nurse’s Office: Students who do not feel well or are injured may be
referred to the nurse.    If a student is too ill to return to class within one class
period, the child’s parents will be contacted.        Parents should have some means of
transportation to pick up an injured or ill child at school.
     If a child has a fever, a sore throat, an upset stomach, or a rash, please keep
him/her at home. Please contact the nurse for any absence between 8:30 and 9:00 A.M. on
the day of the absence.
     Since promotion and maintenance of the health of our pupils is one of our primary
concerns and one that can greatly affect their academic work, the nurse would also
appreciate any medical information that comes to your attention through your family
doctor in order that we may keep this information on his/her current health record.
Thank you for your cooperation, and if we can be of any service, please call 973-948-
3263. The nurse will be in the school between 8:15 A.M. and 3:15 P.M.

Cases of Head Lice: Head lice could become a problem in our schools. As a preventative
measure, periodic head checks will be conducted by the school nurse. Children with this
problem will be excluded from school.   Before returning to school, a medicated shampoo
must be used and all nits must be removed from the hair shafts. These children must be
examined by the school nurse before returning to class.    A follow-up shampoo should be
used the following week.    Parents are urged to check their children’s heads frequently
and report all cases of head lice to the health office.

Family Life Education (see outline in this Handbook)
      Your school board has adopted a Family Life Education curriculum which is available
through the school office for your perusal. If this curriculum is in conflict with your
child’s conscience, or sincerely held moral or religious beliefs you may, as a parent or
guardian, present a signed statement to the superintendent to request excuse from the
particular area of instruction.     No penalties as to credit or graduation shall result
there from.
      The Board urges all parents to become familiar with these courses and to participate
in their development as provided by the administrative code.
      If you have any questions, please contact the Chief School Administrator at 973-948-
4450.

Student Grievance Procedure
     The school district’s existing grievance procedure shall be utilized to hear any
complaint or charge of discrimination.    The Affirmative Action Officer will serve as a
member of the grievance committee when such charges are heard.
     Students may submit a complaint to the Chief School Administrator (CSA).         If
necessary, the complaint will be brought before the district’s grievance committee which
consists of board members, a teacher association representative, administration, and in
some cases, students.
     Employees or parents may notify the CSA of any complaint.      As a final step, the
issue may be brought to the district’s grievance committee.
     Any individual or group with a charge of discrimination may also write to the New
Jersey State Department of Education, Office of Equal Opportunity, Trenton, N.J. 08625,
or for employment complaints, to the New Jersey Division of Civil Rights, 1100 Raymond
Blvd., Newark, N.J. 07102.
     The Sandyston-Walpack School District does not discriminate on the basis of race,
color, creed, religion, sex, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation or social or
economic status.
     The Affirmative Action Officer at the Sandyston-Walpack School may be reached by
calling 973-948-4450, or by writing to Sandyston-Walpack School, Affirmative Action
Officer, P.O. Box 128, Layton, N.J. 07851.



Search and Seizure
     The Board of Education and the school administration are very concerned about the
welfare of the children and their protection.    They are also concerned about students’
rights to privacy as well. In light of this, the school provides students with a desk, a
cubby and/or coat area for the keeping of school materials and necessary personal
effects.   At the same time, the school maintains the position that all areas of the
school are public property and not the private property of the individual student.
Desks, cubbies, and cloak areas are subject to search by the chief school administrator
on a regular basis if situations deem it necessary or at a time when in his/her
judgement, it is necessary to do so for the protection of property.
     The Board has a detailed policy regarding Search and Seizure. A copy of this policy
is available to anyone upon request.

Use of Library
     Our library is open every Monday and Wednesday for each class to use.      With the
assistance of our library aide, books are selected by the children for classroom use and
reading at home.
    Parents are encouraged to read with their children as often and regularly as
possible. Encourage your children to make good use of the library.
     Reading is a basic subject of elementary education.       A good reader is a good
student. Read to your child and have him/her read to you. Ask what book is being read
this week. Encourage the development of good reading skills.
Class Trips/Field Trips
     All students attending a Sandyston-Walpack sponsored field and/or class trip will be
required to ride the school’s bus to and from the activity.

School Parties
     Halloween is an exciting time for our pupils. Individual classes participate in our
costume parade, which we hope to have outside, weather permitting. In case of rain, the
parade will be held indoors. Cider is furnished by the school and children may be asked
to bring treats for their classroom party.
     Class holiday parties will be held in December.      Gifts may be exchanged between
children and refreshments are served.    No gifts are to be exchanged between pupils and
teachers.
     Birthday Parties K-3 – Pupils’ birthdays for a month will be celebrated at one time
each month during the last half of the school day.     This is subject to the individual
teacher’s wishes.
     Towards the end of the school year, we have our annual picnic.     This is a school
wide event.

After School Parties
     Parents often send party invitations to school and have them distributed in class.
This is acceptable as long as it includes all students in the class. If a child is not
invited to the party, he/she may feel rejected and uncomfortable.        It can be quite
disruptive to the day when students arrive at school with wrapped packages to be taken to
a party after school. It is best to keep parties and school separate.

Instrumental and Vocal Music
     The school offers both instrumental and vocal music opportunities for students
(instrumental   - grades 4-6).    The children who participated in their first year of
instrumental music will be involved in band the following year.        They are all very
enthused and excited over the prospect of playing together in a performing group.
Registration is popular encompassing most of the eligible students.
     Senior and Junior Chorus and Band will be performing in the Winter Concert and the
band performs again at its Spring Recital. The “All District” Concert is held during the
school year and 5th and 6th grade instrumentalists and vocalists have the opportunity to
perform at Kittatinny Regional High School with their peers from the sending districts.

Sandyston-Walpack PTO
     Meetings are held once per month here at the school.        Dates and times will be
announced. Please come with your new ideas and enthusiasm. The goal of this organization
is to provide some extras for the school and the students.
     Throughout the year the PTO sponsors special assembly programs. These programs are
fun and educational. The PTO also sponsors some class trips.
     The group is looking forward to an exciting year and with everyone’s help and
cooperation, they will experience another successful year.
     Notices of special events will be found in the newsletter.         If you have any
questions concerning the PTO, please call the school. The success of the PTO depends on
you.

Annual Notice of Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) Review
     This notice is for students, staff, and community members regarding the school’s
Asbestos Hazard Emergency Plan. This notice is in compliance with the federal Asbestos
Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA).     The Asbestos Management Plan, as required by
AHERA, is available for public review in the offices of the Sandyston-Walpack School.
Students, staff, or interested members of the public are invited to review the plan upon
request.

Asbestos Materials in the School
There are a few areas in the school where pipes and plumbing elbows still have some
coverings which may contain asbestos. Students and staff do not come in contact with
these areas and have no access to these areas. Some of the floor tiles in the building
may contain some asbestos materials, but these are not considered to pose any threat to
anyone.
     All areas mentioned above are inspected every six months by a certified inspector.
 Anyone wishing to review the inspection reports may do so by contacting the school
office.

Integrated Pest Management
As part of a school pest management plan, Sandyston-Walpack School may use pesticides to
control pests. The US Environmental Agency (EPA) and the NJ Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) register pesticides to determine that the use of a pesticide in
accordance with instructions printed on the label does not pose an unreasonable risk to
human health and the environment.    Nevertheless, The EPA and DEP cannot guarantee that
registered pesticides do not pose any risk to human health, thus unnecessary exposure to
pesticides should be avoided.    The EPA has issued the statement that where possible,
persons who are potentially sensitive, such as pregnant women, infants and children,
should avoid unnecessary pesticide exposure.
     To review the Integrated Pest Management Plan, please stop by the school office.

After School Programs
     The KEEP Program of Sparta has offered an after school daycare program for several
years now.   Daycare is provided at our school from 3:10 to 6:00 P.M. daily, and 12:33
P.M. to 6:00 P.M. on days when school dismisses early. Please note that if school closes
early due to inclement weather, KEEP will also be closed. They offer a flexible plan if
needed. To register, please call the KEEP offices at 973-383-2213.
     Iliff’s After-School Camp is another option for parents looking for after school
care. Iliff’s camp is located in Newton and registered students are picked up by Iliff
personnel here at Sandyston-Walpack School and transported to the camp. For information
and registration, please call the camp at 973-383-7231.


                                   COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES

Ala-Call:     A.A. & Alanon            800-322-5525

Alanon/Alateen                         973-744-8686

ASAP                                   973-579-8675

Alina Lodge                            908-362-6114

ASA/Addiction Specialists Assoc.       973-300-9797

Center for Mental Health, NMH          973-383-1533

Samaritan Inn                          973-827-8911

InHealth Associates                    973-579-6700

New Jersey Drug & Alcohol
   Prevention Hotline                  800-225-0196

Newton Mental Health Center            973-383-1533

St. Clare’s Chemical Dependency
   & EAP Services                      973-316-1888

Sunrise House                          973-383-6300

Sussex Council on Alcohol
    & Drug Abuse                       973-383-4787
SCHOOL FACULTY

Superintendent                 Mr. Bryan Hensz
Board of Education Secretary   Mrs. Carole Kylish
Grade 6                        Ms. Alison Adams
Grade 5                        Mr. Drew Shelton
Grade 4                        Mrs. Margaret Untig
Grade 3                        Mrs. Diane Green
Grade 2                        Mrs. Laura LoGiudice
Grade 1                        Miss Beth Greene
Kindergarten                   Miss Ashley Maggio
School Nurse                   Mrs. Kerry Schultz
Physical Education/Health      Mr. Stephen Tiberi
Gifted & Talented              Mrs. Karen Bulthaupt
Music                          Mrs. Jeanne Kaufhold
BSIP Instruction               Miss Kate Boyle
                               Mrs. Noreen Kilduff
                               Mrs. Patricia Witte
                               Mrs. Lisa Yanecko
Art                            Mrs. Karen Bulthaupt
Speech                         Mrs. Agnes Douma
Special Education              Ms. Jennifer McCarthy
                               Mrs. Debra Patterson
                               Mrs. Teresa Tonnesen
                               Mrs. Stacey Saporito
                               Mrs. Lisa Lehman
Foreign Language               Mrs. Patricia Witte
Library                        Mrs. Jacqueline Greene
Technology Teacher             Mrs. Stacey Tarbell
Technology Technician          Mr. Tyler Dennis
Classroom Aides                Mrs. Dawn Bruno
                               Mrs. Jeanne Fields
                               Mrs. Ann Iosco
                               Mrs. Joan Studer
                                                  Mrs. Wendy Wesighan
Cafeteria Aide                                    Ms. Kim Brook
School Secretary                                  Mrs. Gayle Hull
School Psychologist - Skylands Consultants        Dr. Harold MacMurren
Learning Consultant - Skylands Consultants        Mrs. Dorothy Callahan
School Social Worker                              Mrs. Amy Dippel
Building Custodian                                Mr. Raymond Trapp
Part-time Custodians                              Mr. Gary Olsyn
                                                  Mr. Mike Petrakian
District Bus Driver                               Mrs. Bessie Jane O'Neill




                       Family Life Education Outline


   I.    Family Structure and Function
         A. Social Development
         B. Role Identification
         C. Emotional Needs and Development
         D. Value Development

   II.   Growth and Development
         A. Cells – Organs – Tissues
         B. The Endocrine System
         C. Female Reproductive System
         D. Male Reproductive System
         E.   Social Diseases

   III. Development
        A. Physical
        B. Heredity

   IV.   Boy-Girl Relationships
         A. Friendships
         B. Dating
         C. Engagement – Marriage

   V.    Parenting
         A. Family Planning
         B. Conception and Pregnancy
         C. Pre-natal Care
         D. Labor – Birth
         E. Infant – Child Care

   VI.   Family Unit Trauma
         A. Separation/Divorce/Single Parents
         B. Abuse of Family Member
         C. Death of Family Member

   VII. Senior Family Members
            A.    Grandparents
            B.    Genealogy




              Sandyston-Walpack Consolidated School
                    2010-2011 School Calendar
 2/3/2011:Edited in February & April due to excessive snow days
                                                               Teacher Days          Student Days
September    1      (Wed)        Staff In-Service
             2      (Thurs)      Staff In-Service
             3      (Fri)        School Closed
             6      (Mon)        Labor Day – School Closed
             7      (Tues)       First Day for Students                20             18

October      11     (Mon)        Columbus Day – Teacher In-Service     21             20
                                 School Closed for Students


November     3     (Wed)       First Marking Period Ends (41 days)
             4, 5 (Thurs, Fri)NJEA Convention – School Closed
             18, 19(Thurs, Fri)Parent Teacher Conferences
                               Early Dismissal
             24    (Wed)       Early Dismissal
             25, 26(Thurs, Fri)Thanksgiving Recess – School Closed      18           18

December     23    (Thurs)       Early Dismissal
             24-31 (Fri, Fri)    Holiday recess – School Closed         17            17

January      3      (Mon)        School   Re-Opens
             17     (Mon)        Martin   Luther King Jr. Day - Teacher In-Service
                                 School   Closed for Students
             26     (Wed)        Second   Marking Period Ends (49 days) 21                20

February    21    (Mon)       Winter Recess – School Closed
            22    (Tues)      School OPEN                            18                   18
(Note of 2/3/2011: School will be open on February 22 due to excessive snow days.)
March       ---   -------           ---------------------            23                   23

April       1     (Fri)       Third Marking Period Ends (45 days)
            14, 15(Thurs, Fri)Parent Teacher Conferences
                              Early Dismissal
            18-21 (Mon-Thurs) Spring Recess – School Closed
            22    (Fri)       Good Friday – School Closed
            25    (Mon)       School OPEN
            26    (Tues)      School OPEN                           15                15
(Note of 2/3/2011: School will be open on April 25 due to excessive snow days.)
May         30    (Mon)       Memorial Day - School Closed          21                21
June          10, 13        (Fri, Mon) Early Dismissal
              14     (Tues)       Last Day of School and End of
                                  Fourth Marking Period (45 days)
                                  Early Dismissal                                   10               10
                            Total days                                              184             180

Early dismissals (12:33pm) November 18, 19, & 24, 2010; December 23 2010; April 14, & 15,
2011; June 10, 13, & 14, 2011 (or the last three days of school)

Special Notes and Considerations
    1. First five snow days will be added to the end of the year
    2. If we experience a significant number of snow days prior to January 31, 2011, the February Winter recess
        will be shortened or eliminated.
    3. Ten month employees are urged not to schedule vacations during the school year, September 1, 2010 to
        June 30, 2011, since emergencies or weather conditions could change the above calendar. We urge anyone
        to take out trip insurance if plans must be made.



                 Supervision of Students Before and After School

      Our school has experienced a number of children arriving early to school. School
starts at 8:23 A.M. We strongly encourage parents to have children ride buses to school.
Bus service is a major priority for our district and everyone is provided a seat on a
school bus. However, due to an ever increasing number of parents who drive their
children to and from school, we would like to review some procedures that enhance student
safety and protect the integrity of the full school day.
     Students are not allowed to remain at school after 3:10 P.M. without parental
supervision or prearranged supervision.


       Procedures for morning drop off of children will be as follows:

        All students will be dropped off in front of the building at the main entrance
        leading directly into the school office. Parents will pull into the driveway using
        the south end of the driveway, follow the one way flow of traffic, pull up to the
        front door and have the children get out of the car on the right hand side. If for
        any reason students must get out on the left side of the car, they should cross in
        front of their car and then proceed into the building. Parents should remain in
        the car and pull forward slowly as soon as their children have started up the
        steps. No student should be dropped off prior to 8:15 a.m.

        If it is necessary for parents to get out of the car for any reason (no matter how
        briefly) or to assist their children into the building, then they should park their
        car along the front and escort their children inside.

       Procedures for afternoon pick up of children will be as follows:

        When children are picked up in the afternoon, parents are asked to park in the
        front and report to the main office for pickup.

        All visitor parking will be limited to the front of the building.

        All buses will unload in the morning and load in the afternoon on the south end
              blacktop area.

        All faculty will park in the north end parking lot and this parking area will be
        reserved for faculty only.
                     SCHOOL BUS BEHAVIOR GUIDELINES
Proper behavior is expected on the bus.   This notice should be read and reviewed by all
students and their families.

Safety on the school bus is directly related to pupil behavior and the disciplinary
procedures used on the bus. The parents attitude toward and cooperation with the bus
driver and superintendent is important in carrying out these procedures.

The driver shall be in full charge of the school bus at all times and shall be
responsible for enforcing the rules of behavior.

On the Bus
1. When you enter the bus, go directly to your seat.
2. Remain seated and facing forward at all times while the bus is moving. Sit with feet
under the seat not in the aisle.
3. Keep your hands to yourself. Do not hit, push, or pull at anyone or his/her
clothing.
4. Keep your conversations limited to those near you. Shouting and yelling is
distracting to the bus driver and does not allow him/her to hear other traffic. No
profanity! Using profane and obscene language is forbidden.
5. Do not allow large objects, such as musical instruments or athletic equipment, to
block the aisle or emergency exits.
6. Throw nothing in the bus or out of the bus.
7. Do not extend your hands, elbows or head through the windows.
8. Refrain from any type of horseplay, such as chasing games, snatching hats, and
throwing ANYTHING.
9. Obey your driver’s directions immediately.

Getting Off the Bus
1. Do not stand until the bus has completely stopped.
2. Exit from your seats in turn, beginning with the front seats and progressing to the
rear seats.
3. Do not push or shove anyone.
4. Go directly home or where directed by your parents.
5. Throw nothing at anyone on the way.
6. Never chase a bus after it has pulled away from the bus stop and do not run back to
get something you left behind or dropped near the bus. (Even with large mirrors, a
driver may not see a small child very close to the body of the bus.)

In cases where the driver reports a pupil for an infraction of the safety and discipline
procedures, the administrative action that will be taken is listed under the section in
the beginning of the Handbook titled, “Bus Behavior/Conduct”.

Safety on the bus is a high priority at our school. Please encourage your children to
exhibit the same behavior on the bus that is expected in the classroom.

Sandyston-Walpack Playground Rules
For students’ safety the following are prohibited on the playground during school hours:
   - Running on any wood chip area
   -   Walking   up on or jumping on the slides
   -   Contact   sports, wrestling, fighting, etc.
   -   Playing   in the following areas: back porch, in front of school, in the woods
       (beware   of bears), on the bleachers or in the dugouts

Students must be visible at all times.

Note: To re-enter school during recess, permission by an adult is necessary. Upon
returning to playground, students must report to the same adult that the student has
returned from the building.

Grades 4-6 should not be in the lower playground during lunch recess.

All students must line up when the bell is rung.

Talking stops when in line so that the adult in charge can be heard.

In case of emergency, go to an adult.

DO’S
   -   Have fun
   -   Be careful
   -   Be considerate
   -   Take turns
   -   Share
   -   Be nice
   -   Go DOWN slides (not up)
   -   Run in the grass
   -   Line up quietly
   -   Hold all jump ropes and play balls still while in line
   -   Keep a safe distance from students on the swings

DON’TS
   - Push
   - Tackle
   - Wrestle
   - Fight
   - Run on woodchips
   - Play chicken games on swings
   - Play contact sports or games

				
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