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					                            Amvet Boulevard School
                                        Student & Parent
                                           Handbook




                                                       2010-2011



                                          North Attleborough CORE VALUES
                                                               Student Achievement
                                                          Respectful Learning Community
                                                                    Collaboration
                                                                      Resources
At Amvet Boulevard School we foster educational and personal growth through personal connections and rigorous academics working
collaboratively, staff, parents and students will share responsibility for all learners.



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                                 North Attleborough School Deparatment
                                             6 Morse Street
                                     North Attleborough, MA 02760
                    508-643-2100 – phone     508-643-2110 – FAX    NASCHOOLS.NET-Internet Address

Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Rice                   Assistant Superintendent Ms. Susan Cullen
Business Administrator    Mr. David Flynn                Director of Grounds and Facililties Mr. Kyle Kummer
Director of Special Needs Mrs. Julieann Hoell            Director of Transportation Mr. Gideon Gaudette

                                 Amvet Boulevard Elementary School
                                                70 Amvet Boulevard
                                           North Attleborough, MA 02760
    508-643-2155 – Phone        508-643-2184 – FAX/Absentee Hot Line     NASCHOOLS.NET-Internet Address

                                    Mrs. Mary Alice Gruppi, Principal
                                           Mrs. Kerrin Nugent, Secretary
                                           Mrs Lisa Mooney, School Nurse


          Kindergarten        Mrs. Nancy Siewers
                              Mrs. Paula Uthoff

          Grade 1             Mrs. Tracey Chretien
                              Mrs. Ellen Cournoyer
                              Mrs. Gail Lumnah


          Grade 2             Mrs. Susan LaFortune
                              Miss Susan Latimer
                              Mrs. Joanne McDonnell

          Grade 3             Mrs. Charlene Baer
                              Mrs. Cindy Boyle
                              Mrs. Kelly Stapleton

          Grade 4             Mrs. Denise Bennett
                              Mrs. Sharon Hanrahan
                              Mrs. Brooke Kelly

          Grade 5             Mrs. Corinne Brems
                              Mrs. Laura Croteau
                              Mrs. Christine Yeomans




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        EAP Class Ms. Beth LaRocque
                           Mrs. Lee Gifford
                           Joyce Gallagher (Nurse)

        Resource            Mrs. Barbara Bowery
                            Mrs. Laura DelBonis

        Occ. Ed.            Mrs. Joanne Garlick
        P.T.                Mrs. Sandy Boyden


        Reading             Mrs. Marsha Goldstein
                            Mrs. Diane Guyot


        Speech              Mrs. Lavinia Ellis

        ELL                 Mrs. Heather Johnson




Phys. Ed.           Mrs. Kristen Johnson

Art                 Mrs. Melanie Walker

Music               Ms. Valerie Smith

LibrarianMs. Laurie Pleshar

Paraprofessionals
                    Mrs. Debbie Amato
                    Mrs. Mary Beth Berkley
                    Mrs. Michele Clark
                    Ms. Megan Coogan
                    Mrs. Victoria Fournier
                    Ms. Karen Gauthier
                    Mrs. Donna Gimler
                    Mrs. Marie Innarelli
                    Mrs. Karen Lennon
                    Mrs. Vickyann Viscusi
                    Mrs. Janine Willox


Custodian          Mr. Steven Hagerty (Head)
                   Mr. Roger Letourneau

Cafeteria           Mrs. Michelle Marchand (Head)




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                                 ANNUAL ASBESTOS REPORT
The Annual Asbestos Report is available in the office.

                                          ATTENDANCE
                        Please see the North Attleborough Public Schools
             Parent and Student Guide: School Attendance for additional information
Students are expected to attend school every day unless they are ill. If your child will be absent
please call the absentee hot line- 643-2184. We will call to verify absences if we have not heard
from you.
Please send a note to your child's teacher explaining your child's absence upon the return to
school.
Students who have an unexcused absence may not participate in any after school or evening
programs that day.

State law requires schools to notify the Attendance Officer if a student is absent more than
seven days in a six month period, regardless of reason (medical or otherwise, Chapter 76,
Section 1). We also notify the Attendance Officer of students who are chronically tardy.
Students late to school miss important morning messages and directions and their late entry
into the classroom can be disruptive to learning.

Children who enter the school after 11:37 or are dismissed from school for the day
prior to 11:37 are marked absent for the day.
 Students arriving after 8:30 must stop at the office to get a tardy slip. If you know that
your child will be late please call the office so that a lunch can be ordered, if needed.

There is no better indicator of school success than good attendance. Family vacations taken
while school is in session are not excused absences. Families are strongly urged to plan family
vacations during times, which are consistent with the traditional school vacation periods, as
contained in the school calendar. Important daily instruction takes place that no amount of
make up can replace. Teachers are not required to provide homework in advance for students
who will be absent for purposes of family vacations. Students will, however, be required to
make up missing assignments. If your student must miss school time, please check the MCAS
schedule for grades 3-4 and 5. Students who miss the test receive a warning grade.
                                            ALLERGIES
A child with a severe allergy may be a member of your child’s class. It may be necessary to
implement various precautions to help prevent serious health matters. The situations will be
handled on a case-by-case basis and parents will be informed of special measures that may
need to be taken. Please contact the school nurse if you have any questions or concerns.
Please REVIEW THE ATTACHED WELLNESS POLICY FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.
                                 ANIMALS BROUGHT TO SCHOOL



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Dogs must be leashed and under your control at all times. The dog officer will be notified if any
dog is seen unleashed in the schoolyard.
We discourage children from bringing a pet to school for show and tell or other projects because
of the large number of students and school staff with allergies. Arrangements to bring a pet to
school must be approved in advance by the teacher and principal in consult with the school
nurse.

                                             BICYCLES
                                        Grades 3, 4 & 5 Only
Students in grades 3, 4, & 5 may ride a bicycle to school if they meet the following guidelines:
     The student has a helmet and other protective devices according to state law.
     The student assumes full responsibility for the proper storage of the bicycle.
Skateboards, scooters, and roller skates cannot be used anywhere on school property.
Motorized Skateboards, Mini-motorbikes, and Power Boards MAY NOT be operated on the
grounds of North Attleborough Schools by anyone under the age of sixteen. These motorized
vehicles are prohibited from being brought into the school.

                                       BUS TRANSPORTATION
Because our school system core value is respect, our goal is to be consistent at all elementary
schools with regard to misbehavior and bullying on the bus.
Bus transportation is provided to students who reside outside the walking distance. This service
is a privilege granted to those eligible students. A student’s privilege to ride the bus can be
withdrawn with or without parent notice if a student’s behavior warrants it. A Bus Misconduct
Report will be sent home to notify parents of the behavior.
Consequences for disciplinary referrals-
Students who choose to misbehave on the bus will receive:
First Misconduct Report: Warning- a written notice or phone call to parents.
Second Report: bus privileges will be suspended for five days
Third Report: Students who receive a third notice will lose their bus privileges for ten days.
Parents must make an appointment to speak with the principal and a representative of the bus
company.
Fourth Report: Suspension of bus privileges for the remainder of the school year (including field
trips).
Students may only ride the bus to which they are assigned and must get on and off only at their
designated stop. Any changes require permission from the principal and the bus company
including requests for students invited to another child's home after school. Most school buses
are filled to capacity and there is no additional room for non-eligible students.
If there is a change in your child’s school bus dismissal you must send in a note to inform the
office. We cannot accept a child’s request not to take the bus without a note from the parent
giving permission.
NO eating or drinking is allowed on the bus, for many safety reasons. With the increasing
number of students with life-threatening food allergies, extra diligence is needed. Student
lunches and/or snacks must be kept in lunchboxes or backpacks. No food may be eaten or
shared while on the bus.
                                         CLASS PLACEMENTS
Elementary age students are placed in heterogeneous classes (classrooms with mixed abilities).
Placement decisions are made at the school by professionals who work with your child. Grade
level teachers, resource teachers, other service providers, and the principal, with information


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provided by the parents, make placement decisions with the principal being responsible for final
placement decisions.
To make balanced classes, student placement decisions will take into consideration the child’s
gender, developmental level, cognitive abilities, learning style, work habits, individual needs,
and school behaviors. Other factors considered are class size, social composition, and peer
relationships.
We value the insight of parents. However, we do not accept requests for specific placements.
Please remember that parent information is only one of the many criteria we use when making
class lists.

                                      CLASS ROOM ROUTINES
Each teacher has a unique repertoire of skills and routines for classroom management.
Regardless of the style, our staff shares the common goal of providing the most conducive
atmosphere for learning. At the beginning of the year your child may grumble about how the
‘new teacher’ doesn’t do things the way the ‘old teacher’ did. This is part of the normal
transition process and completely expected. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any
questions or concerns.


                     CONSEQUENCES FOR INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR
A copy of the North Attleboro Elementary Schools Discipline Code is included with this
handbook. Please sign the receipt included in the principal’s letter and return to school as soon
as possible.

                                “Cupcake” Reminder
Although we appreciate your enthusiasm for celebrations, please do not send food for the
classrooms. This includes cupcakes, cake, doughnuts, candy or other snacks for your child’s
classmates. Pencils and other non-food items might be acceptable if you wish to extend them
to the entire class.
                                           DETENTION
A child may be kept after school as a consequence of poor behavior. Parents will be advised in a
conference or by phone prior to the assignment of detention. The principal or a teacher
monitors the students. Detention ends at 3:30 p.m. Parents are required to provide
transportation for the student after detention is served or students follow their normal dismissal
routine

                                       DISMISSAL FROM SCHOOL
Bus students: Students who ride school department buses gather in the auditorium to wait for
their buses. For obvious safety reasons it is extremely important for children to sit quietly while
waiting for their bus to be called. They must have reading materials with them at all times.
They exit quietly in a line to their buses under the direction of the school staff. Unless we
receive a note from the parent indicating a change in this routine, bus students must ride the
bus. We will NOT accept a student’s request to change their regular dismissal routine.
Walkers: Students who are met by a parent or caregiver or walk home are dismissed at the side
exit and supervised to the crossing guard area. Unless you specifically request your child wait
for you in the office, students will be dismissed to the walker line. Unless we receive a note from
a parent indicating a change, walking students must follow this routine. Do not drive through or
park in the parking lot; it is exclusively for staff parking and school buses.


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After school programs: Students enrolled in the YMCA After School Program are escorted to
the auditorium where they wait for the bus to the Community location. (Hockomock School’s
Out Program: 508.695.7294) Please notify the school office and the Y program if there is any
change in your child’s regular dismissal routine.
Early Dismissal: Occasionally, parents request that their child be dismissed early. Parents must
send a note to the office through the classroom teacher indicating the time of the dismissal.
The student will be called to the office when the parent arrives. No child will be dismissed unless
picked up by a parent or designated adult LISTED ON THE EMERGENCY CARD. (Please keep all
emergency information current to avoid confusion). Please be prepared to show identification
when picking up a child.
Students are dismissed ONLY from the office, not from the classroom or the nurse’s office. The
person dismissing the student must sign the dismissal log maintained in the school office.

                                           DRESS CODE
Children should dress appropriately for school and the weather. Clothing should conform to
reasonable standards of modesty and cleanliness. Tee shirts and other clothing with messages
should be appropriate for elementary school children. Tank tops; tops with spaghetti-straps and
tops that bare the midriff are not allowed. Clothing that contains obscenities, sexual references
or references to drugs, alcohol, weapons and/or racist remarks is not acceptable.
Hats, hoods and bandannas are not to be worn during the school day unless they are part of a
sanctioned activity
Sneakers are the recommended footwear. For obvious safety reasons, shoes without straps or
backs are not appropriate, including flip-flops and clogs and open toed sandals. Students
should wear appropriate clothing and footwear on the days they have physical education
classes. The teacher will provide that schedule to you.
Sneakers that convert to roller blades are not permitted in school for obvious safety reasons.

                                          Emergency Procedures
Should an emergency or disaster situation ever arise in our area while school is in session, all
North Attleborough Public Schools have made preparations to respond effectively to such
situations, with the assistance of the North Attleboro Police and Fire Departments.
Responses to the various situations vary, but the students will either evacuate the building or
they will shelter in place. In some circumstances students may relocate to another building. We
do practice some drills.
Each faculty member in every school has an Emergency Procedures Guide reviewed it carefully.
Some situations will dictate that the students need to remain at school. If the situation allows
that parents may dismiss their children, our regular dismissal procedures will be used. A parent,
guardian, or other adult listed on the emergency card will sign out the child in the office. Two
teachers will accompany students in the walker line to assure that students are picked up by an
appropriate adult.
In the event of any emergency response, a sign will be posted in the front window in the lobby
designating the nature of the response. If we need to relocate to another building, the sign will
indicate the relocation site.

                                           FIELD TRIPS
The school plans many field trips that enhance classroom learning throughout the year.
Students must have a signed permission slip to attend a field trip. Students without a signed
permission slip may be assigned to another classroom while the class is on the trip.


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Permission for field trips can only be given by a parent with legal custody, not a friend or
stepparent.
Students who are not allowed to attend a field trip because of poor behavior may be assigned to
another classroom while the class is on the trip. Teachers are required to notify parents prior to
the trip and to discuss alternate plans for the student.

                                  FIELD TRIP CHAPERONE POLICY
During the course of the school year students participate in many out-of-school activities such
as field trips, enrichment programs, or tours to other schools. Chaperones provide essential
assistance to students and teachers attending such events. A good chaperone praises and
encourages students, helps build a caring and supportive rapport with students, and acts as an
exemplary role model for students.
To ensure the safety of all our students and to enhance the learning opportunities chaperones
must follow these guidelines:

       Chaperones (and all school volunteers) must submit to a mandatory CORI background
        check.

    A new protocol required all new applications and a photo ID be brought to the:

                                 Human Resources Office 2nd Floor
                                  Woodcock Administration Building
                                           6 Morse Street
                                            508.643.2175

       Chaperones must follow a standard of ethics regarding the confidentiality of
        information that might be learned while supervising children;
       Chaperones may not bring other children on a field trip;
       Chaperones must comply with all requests and directions of the teachers and
        professional staff;
       Chaperones must not smoke at any time during a field trip;
       Chaperones may use cell phones and pagers in emergencies only;

Chaperones, as a representative of the school, must dress appropriately for the activity and
clothing must conform to reasonable standards of modesty.
                                             Fire Drills
Fire Drills and other emergency evacuation procedures are held periodically during the year.
Students are expected to leave the building in an orderly, quiet manner. The teacher will take
attendance to assure that all children are accounted for. Each class forms a quiet line away
from the building and remains outside until an All Clear bell is sounded.

                                         FRAGRANCES
Many students and staff have allergic reactions to scents. Please do not allow your child to wear
perfumes, after-shave lotions or other scented lotions to school.
Another area of concern is latex allergies. Please do not send in balloons or any other items that
may contain latex.
We have an excellent video in the district you may borrow if you desire more information.
Please contact your school nurse if you are interested.


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                                FREE AND REDUCED PRICE LUNCH
Students may be eligible for free or reduced price lunches ($.40) if they have a completed and
approved application on file. (A new application for each child is required each year.) Parents
may complete an application any time during the year but this benefit is not retroactive. Please
note that milk is only served with a complete meal or can be purchased for $ .50 (including
Kindergarten). Federal regulations do not permit the distribution of free milk to a student who
brings a lunch from home even if the student is eligible for a free lunch.
We allow a students to charge a lunch if they forget their money. However, full payment is
expected the next day.

                                          HEALTH SERVICES
                                             School Nurse
a. School Nurse hours are from 8:30 AM until 2:44 PM daily.
    The role of the nurse includes providing first aid for illness or injury, administering medication,
    and maintaining the health records of our students. The School Nurse is present during school
    hour to address health issues that occur during the school day. She will contact you if, in her
    professional opinion, your child is too sick to return to class. Please do not send your child to
    school if you suspect a fever, rash, or other signs of illness.
b. In cases of accidents, the school nurse will contact the parent.
c. Please do not hesitate to make us aware of any situation that may affect
   your child such as changes in family routines and/or family illness.
d. Sick students are not allowed to walk home.
e. Children who leave school for doctor’s appointments and reenter the
   same day must report to the office before returning to their
   classrooms.

                                           Health Records
    a. The school physician(s), Family Medicine Group of South Attleboro, serve the school in
       an advisory capacity.
    b. A medical record is kept for each student from kindergarten through High School. The
       school should be notified of any information that may be pertinent to this record, such as
       serious allergies, asthma or any condition requiring daily medication.
    c. Please help us keep school health records current by delivering copies to the School
       Nurse of any immunizations, vision and hearing screenings, physical examinations, or any
       new medications initiated. Any of the above, done over the summer months, should be
       forwarded to the School Nurse in September, who will add the information to your child's
       records.
    d. Physical examinations are required when entering Kindergarten, Grades 4,
      7, and 10. These need to be done by your child’s physician. If you do not
      have a physician for your child, please contact the School Nurse.
    e. The School Nurse conducts mandated state screenings for vision, hearing, dental, and
       scoliosis with referral to outside medical agencies when indicated, and monitoring and
       assessing students’ health needs in the school setting.

                                   Medication Taken At School
a. If your child requires medication during school hours please consult the
  School Nurse regarding State Mandated Medication Regulations, and the


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   necessary paperwork. This paperwork may also be found under Health on
   the North Attleborough Public Schools Website (www.naschools.net).
b. ALL medications require a doctor’s order. We currently have a doctor's order listing cough
     drops, Tylenol, Ibuprofen, or Benadryl only. These require a parent signature (please see the
     nurses copy of the emergency card). Please note that cough drops are considered medication
     and must be kept in the nurse's office
d. Whenever possible medication should be scheduled during hours when
   students are not in school.

Medications are not to be transported by children. All medications must be in a
pharmacy container or manufacturer’s labeled container with the child's name.
Medications cannot be dispensed to a child unless the prescription is written
specifically for that child.

                                          Illness at School
a. Without a doctor’s note, the school nurse may determine whether your child is well enough
   to return to school after an illness, and whether he/she should be sent home because of an
   illness commencing during school hours.

b. Diagnosed cases of Poison Ivy, Poison Oak and other types of contact
     dermatitis are caused by allergic reactions to plants, chemicals, etc. They are not infectious
     diseases. Please consider your child’s comfort when sending him/her to school. If cases are
     very weepy in nature, we will consider universal precautions as well.


                                    Communicable Diseases
a. During the school year, children’s communicable diseases such as impetigo,
   chicken pox, pediculosis (head lice, etc.) are prevalent.
b. The most common symptoms to look for are high temperatures, flushed
   appearance, inflammation of the eyes, rashes, drowsiness and swollen glands. Any student
   with a rash should be seen by a doctor to determine the cause. Please send a note to us as
   to the medical diagnosis. One hundred percent cooperation in this matter will help not only
   your child but also the hundreds of others in his/her school.
c. Students with infectious diseases may not return to school before the end of the minimum
   period of isolation prescribed by the Massachusetts Department of Health as follows:

     Chicken Pox…when pox are completely dry.
     Whooping Cough…*Please advise the School Nurse of diagnosis and
     treatment. Return to school policies vary depending upon the stage of the illness.
     Impetigo…usually 24 hours after treatment has begun and lesions are clear
     Mumps…9 days or until swelling has subsided, whichever comes first.
     Ringworm…same as above.
     Conjunctivitis…after school nurse’s evaluation, a child may be sent home
     Strep Infection…24 hours after antibiotic treatment begins.
     Scarlet Fever… same as above.
     Fifth Disease…By the time the rash develops, the contagion is over.
     However, notify the school nurse so that pregnant school staff can be alerted.
     Pediculosis (head lice)…until no nits remain in hair. * Students must be


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     checked by the nurse before returning to the classroom.

                       Returning to School after Absence Due to Illness
a. Children can return to school 24 hours after their temperature has returned to normal.
   (1000 or more) without the aid of fever reducing medicine.
b. Children can return to school only when they have had 1 full day (24 hours) of a
   prescribed medication.
c. Children can return to school 24 hours after their last episode of vomiting or diarrhea.

                                          Notes Required
a. A note from a parent is required after any absence.
b. A note from a doctor is required after your child has been absent for 5 or more days.
c. A note from a doctor or the discharge sheet if any emergency treatment has occurred;
     i.e., sprained or broken bones, asthma treatments
d. Any medical condition or accident, which may limit physical education activities, must
     be followed up with a note from your doctor; particularly if this affects recess or
     physical education.
When a student is injured so as to require a splint or a cast, the student will not be able to
participate in gym or recess for his/her own safety and that of his/her classmates. When the
splint or cast is removed a note from the attending physician stating the student can return to
all activities is required.


                                   HIGHLY QUALIFIED STAFF
Under provisions of NCLB (No Child Left Behind) federal education legislation, parents have a
right to know about the qualifications of their child(ren)'s teachers. Parents who have children
in Title I Schools (Amvet School is a Title I School) can inquire through the principal and get a
timely response. This information is also provided on our school's Report Card that is available
in the school office and also available to parents and distributed in April.

                                              HOMEWORK
Homework serves an important purpose. It complements daily instruction and helps develop a
student’s sense of responsibility, and contributes to self-directed learning. Homework also
helps to provide life-long work and study habits.
Homework is the responsibility of the student. While we encourage parents to provide a
suitable atmosphere for homework, we expect children to complete work by themselves. This is
the one way that a teacher is able to determine a child’s understanding of key concepts and
skills. If the work is not solely that of the child then the teacher may not be able to
appropriately assess a student’s progress toward meeting grade level expectations.


                                             INSURANCE
Liability insurance is offered through a private company for a premium. The insurance covers
accidents going to and from school, at school, or while involved in a school activity. Applications
are sent home at the beginning of school and claim forms are available in the office.




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                           KEEP EMERGENCY INFORMATION CURRENT

                                       Emergency Cards
        Your child will bring home two emergency cards. Please make sure that they are filled
out and returned accurately as soon as possible. Reminder, please include those adults to
whom you may want to dismiss your child from school in your place.

  If the information changes during the school year, please notify the office of any updates.

Please keep your address, and home and work numbers current and please notify the school if
     there are any changes in the information you provide at the beginning of school. Please
 complete and return the two Emergency Forms sent home at the beginning of the school year
  and the list of names of persons who are allowed to dismiss your child from school in case of
emergency or illness. Please notify these persons that you have them listed and that they could
receive a call from the school in case of an emergency. (We have had situations when a person
  listed on the emergency card was not aware they were on the list!) WE WILL NOT RELEASE A
STUDENT TO A PERSON NOT LISTED ON THE EMERGENCY CARD. All persons should be prepared
                   to show identification when picking up a student from school.

                         LEGAL CUSTODY & NON-CUSTODIAL PARENTS:
                             ACCESS TO STUDENT INFORMATION

Anyone (parent, grandparent, other relative, friend) having a court order granting legal and/or
physical custody of a child must file a copy of that order with the principal of the child’s school.

If parents indicate on the white emergency card that a child does not reside with both parents,
they may be asked to provide current legal documentation that awards custody to them.

Access Procedures for Non-Custodial Parents. As required by M.G.L. c. 71, § 34H, a non-
custodial parent may have access to the student record in accordance with the following
provisions.

        (a) A non-custodial parent is eligible to obtain access to the student record unless:

     1. the parent has been denied legal custody based on a threat to the safety of the student
        or to the custodial parent, or
     2. the parent has been denied visitation or has been ordered to supervised visitation, or
     3. the parent's access to the student or to the custodial parent has been restricted by a
        temporary or permanent protective order, unless the protective order (or any
        subsequent order modifying the protective order) specifically allows access to the
        information contained in the student record.

        (b) The school shall place in the student's record documents indicating that a non-
        custodial parent's access to the student's record is limited or restricted pursuant to 603
        CMR 23.07(5)(a).
        (c) In order to obtain access, the non-custodial parent must submit a written request for
        the student record to the school principal.



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       (d) Upon receipt of the request the school must immediately notify the custodial parent
       by certified and first class mail, in English and the primary language of the custodial
       parent, that it will provide the non-custodial parent with access after 21 days, unless the
       custodial parent provides the principal with documentation that the non-custodial
       parent is not eligible to obtain access as set forth in 603 CMR 23.07 (5)(a).
       (e) The school must delete the electronic and postal address and telephone number of
       the student and custodial parent from student records provided to non-custodial
       parents. In addition, such records must be marked to indicate that they shall not be
       used to enroll the student in another school.
       (f) Upon receipt of a court order which prohibits the distribution of information
       pursuant to G.L. c. 71, §34H, the school shall notify the non-custodial parent that it shall
       cease to provide access to the student record to the non-custodial parent.
Regulatory Authority:
603 CMR 23.00: M.G.L. c. 71, 34D, 34F.
Permission for field trips and dispensing medication can only be given by a parent with legal
custody, not a friend or step-parent.

                                  LIBRARY BOOK CIRCULATION
Library volunteers assist students in taking out and returning library books. Students may not
take out a book if they have not returned any previously charged out book. You will be required
to reimburse the school for any lost or damaged library books or magazines.

                                         LOST & FOUND

A Lost & Found box is kept near the office for items found with no label identifying the owner.
Please remind your child to check the box if an item is missing. We occasionally make donations
of unclaimed items to charity. Please label your child’s belongings.

                                        LUNCH PROGRAM

The school offers a hot lunch daily including milk and dessert. Menus are distributed to all
students at the beginning of the month and published in the local newspapers and on the local
school cable channel. Individual meals cost $2.25. An advance purchase ticket for $22.50 entitles
a student to ten (10) lunches. Lunch tickets may be used at any time during the year and do not
have to be used on consecutive days. Please make checks out to North Attleborough Food
Service. (There is a $25 fee for checks returned to us unpaid). Free and Reduced Lunch
applications can be turned in at any time during the year.

                                   Daily Lunch $2.25
                             Milk (Grades 1-6) $ .50
                                        Snacks $ .60
                           Milk (Kindergarten) $ .50
                                 Bottled drinks $ .60
                                  Ticket for 10 lunches $22.50




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                              MASSACHUSETTS COMPREHENSIVE
                                 ASSESSMENT SYSTEM (MCAS)
Annually, North Attleborough students in grades K - 10 participate in the Massachusetts
Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS). School principals annually notify the parents and
students of the specific MCAS testing schedule. Students in grades 3, 4, & 5 participate in the
statewide testing program. Attendance on testing days is crucial! Remember, if a child misses
the test and does not make it up, s/he must have a medical excuse signed by a physician or s/he
receives a performance level of WARNING (failing) and the school is penalized as well. Please do
not schedule any appointments or vacations during the testing period and mark your calendars
as follows:
            Grade 3,4, 5   Reading/Language Arts         March 22- April 4
            Grade 4        Composition                   March 22, Make up 3/31
            Grade 3,4,5    Math                          May 10-24
            Grade 5        Science and Technology        May 11-24
            Grade 5        History and Social Studies    May 12-24



                                      PARENT CONFERENCES

Please make an appointment with your child's teacher if you have a concern about the
academic, social, or emotional progress of your child. Teachers will request a conference with
parents if they have a concern as well. The sooner these concerns are addressed the sooner
they can be resolved. For obvious safety and supervision reasons we do not allow teachers to
meet with parents in the hallway outside a classroom. When you make an appointment the
teacher can meet and discuss concerns without interruption and in confidence.

                                  PARENT DROP-OFF & PARKING
Please park in designated areas only. Please do not use the traffic circle in front of the school
before or after school as this area is reserved for school buses only. Please be mindful of ALL
students when dropping off or picking up your child.

                                       PARTY INVITATIONS
Please do not send party invitations to school. Children who do not receive an invitation will
remember the feeling of being left out much longer than the fun that children who are invited
will remember.

                          PERSONAL PROPERTY BROUGHT TO SCHOOL
 Many children are eager to bring their favorite toys, games, etc. from home, but we urge
parents not to permit children to bring them into school. Books are the preferred personal item
that children should have and have available while waiting in the gymnasium and auditorium at
the beginning of the day and at dismissal while waiting for their bus to be called.
Items that may not be brought to school: hand held video games, cell phones, personal CD
headsets, remote control toys, laser pointers, etc. (Please refer to other restrictions in the
discipline section.)
     We do not allow children to buy or trade personal items with other children.
PLEASE IDENTIFY CLOTHING, LUNCH BOXES, PERSONAL BELONGINGS, etc., WITH YOUR CHILD’S
NAME




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                                           PICTURES
No pictures taken during the school day or at school events may be posted on the internet.

                           PROMOTION AND RETENTION STUDENTS
Elementary Grades

Advancement:
If it is determined by the school administration that there is little to be benefited/gained from
retaining a student and that student is not in need of a core evaluation, the student may be
advanced to the next highest grade after a conference between the principals involved in
consultation with the parent/guardian. If there is not agreement between the administration of
both schools the decision will be referred to the Assistant Superintendent who will render a
decision which will be implemented by the principals after consultation with the parents.

Retention:
The student will be retained in a grade when it has been determined by the administration, in
consultation with the teachers and parents, that child will benefit by repeating that grade.

            1.      A child can be retained only once at any grade level.
            2.      There are to be no more than two retentions in the first through sixth
                    grades.
            3.      No child is to be retained unless prior notice (by the close of the third
                    marking period whenever possible) is given to the principal.
            4.      A parental conference must be held for all retentions.
            5.      No student is to be retained for a second time or advanced, without having
                    been referred for evaluation.
NOTE:

     1.     All principals are reminded of the requirements of Section 315 of Chapter 766
            Regulations and encouraged to refer for evaluation those students whose
            presenting problems involve cognitive issues or appear to be intrinsic in nature.
     2.     Retention decisions concerning students currently enrolled in special education are
            to be made by the Team, including administrative and parental representation.

                                    RECESS- Be Respectful!
Except in extreme weather conditions, students are expected to go outside for recess. Please
make sure that your children wear appropriate clothing.
Recess Reminders:
     Follow directions first time given;
     Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself;
     Use play equipment appropriately;
     No return to school for forgotten items;
     No skateboards, bicycles, roller blades permitted;
     No dodge ball type games;
     No hard baseballs or other such equipment;
     Eat snacks in designated areas;
Throw all trash in containers.



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                                   REPORTING CHILD ABUSE

School personnel are mandated reporters regarding knowledge or suspicion of child abuse or
neglect. We are required to notify the Department of Social Services when children disclose
information that indicates they are in danger or in a potentially harmful situation.

                                REQUESTS FOR HOMEWORK
Homework requests for absent students are honored when possible. Packets may be picked up
in the office after 3:00 p.m.
                                  SCHOOL CANCELLATIONS
When school is canceled because of inclement weather the announcements will be made by:
      The sounding of three double blasts of 2-2-2 on the fire station horns;
      Radio stations: WRX 103.7; WCKT 98.1; WPRO 92.3
      Television stations: WRKO Channel 7 StormForce , CBS 4 BostonWJAR, Channel 10
         WeatherNet, WCVB Channel 5 Weather Center, WPRI Channel 12 Eyewitness News
     
                                       SCHOOL HOURS

8:05  No Student should arrive before 8:05 a.m. because there is no adult
      supervision available. Parents may enroll their children in the YMCA
      before school program to provide childcare.
      (YMCA: 508.699.0919)
8:30 Official start of the school day. Students are considered tardy if they arrive after 8:30
               and must report to the office to get a tardy slip.
11:07 End of morning Kindergarten session.
12:07 Begin afternoon Kindergarten session.
2:44 Dismissal time for all students.

                                 SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHS,
                            NEWSPAPER PHOTOGRAPHS, & VIDEOS

A professional photographer takes photographs of the students in the autumn. Notices are sent
home in advance. You are not obligated to purchase any photos but we do photograph every
child in the school for records.
Occasionally the local newspaper photographs programs and projects in the school and we also
videotape programs and special projects in the school. If you do not want your child
photographed or identified in the newspaper or to not appear in a videotape of a program,
please indicate so on the appropriate form.

                                          SCHOOL RULES
Every community requires a set of laws, rules, and regulations that must be followed and
consistently and fairly enforced for the community to be successful.
Amvet Boulevard School supports an assertive discipline policy that informs students of the
appropriate standards of behavior and the rewards for making appropriate choices and the
consequences for making inappropriate ones.
We practice the District’s Core Value of Respect for each other.




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                                 SCHOOL SUPPLIES AND MATERIALS
The school provides most school supplies to the students for their use and we expect proper
care and attention to be given to these materials. The student or parent must replace lost or
destroyed textbooks, library books, supplies, and materials.
Occasionally a teacher will request that a student bring in a special article or item for a project.
Please contact the office if this is a concern for you.

                              TELEPHONE USE AND CELL PHONES
Students are not permitted to use a personal or family cell phone in school.
School telephones are available for student use only for an emergency.


                                         Teacher Voice Mail

Parents may leave voice mails for teachers, and other staff members. However, any important
and/or time sensitive messages must never be left on a teacher’s voice mail, particularly messages
regarding a child’s transportation and/or after school plans

                              VISITORS and VOLUNTEERS at SCHOOL

Norht Attleborough Public Schools require all volunteers to have a background check from the
                              Criminal System History Board
       A new protocol requires all new applications and a photo ID be brought to the:
                                   Human Resources Office
                            Woodcock Administration Building
                                      6 Morse Street
                                       508.643.2175

                                                Visitors
Parents, volunteers and friends are welcome to visit our school. However, for the safety and
security of our students and staff all visitors must stop at the office first to obtain a ‘Visitors
Pass’. All parents, visitors and volunteers must enter through the main entrance and proceed to
the office for the pass. Parents and visitors are not permitted to wander the hallways or go to a
classroom without permission.
For obvious safety and supervision reasons we do not allow teachers to meet with parents in the
hallway or outside their classrooms. Please make an appointment with the teacher to discuss
concerns you may have about your child’s progress. When you make an appointment the
teacher can meet and discuss your concerns without interruption, without leaving the classroom
unsupervised, and in confidence.
Forgotten items from home including homework, lunches, band instruments, etc. may be left in
the office for delivery at a time that will not disrupt the classroom routine.
EXTERIOR DOORS ARE LOCKED TO PREVENT UNLAWFUL ENTRY INTO THE SCHOOL FOR THE
SAFETY OF CHILDREN AND STAFF.




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       The following section includes important policies for your review.
Sexual Harassment, Bullying & Hazing Policy                   Bus Behavior
No Smoking Policy                                             North Attleborough Discipline Code
Physical Restraint Use                                        Dangerous Weapons
Non-Discrimination Practices                                  Section 504 (IDEA)
FERPA – Student Records                             Allergy Guidelines                  Internet Safety
Use/ Technology                            Entrance Age

                           SEXUAL HARASSMENT, BULLYING & HAZING POLICY
All persons associated with the North Attleborough Public Schools including, but not necessarily limited to, the
committee, the staff, and the students are expected to conduct themselves properly, reflecting the core values of the
North Attleboro School District at all times, so as to provide an atmosphere free from sexual harassment, bullying,
hazing and intimidation. These terms are collectively referenced as “harassment”. Any person who engages in
harassment while acting as a member of the school community will be in violation of this policy. It shall be a violation
of this policy for any employee or any student of the North Attleborough School Department to engage in or condone
harassment in school or to fail to report or otherwise take reasonable corrective measures when they become aware
of an incident of harassment.
This policy is in effect during the normal school day as well as at all school sponsored activities and while riding on
North Attleborough school buses.
Students and employees are protected from harassment under the provisions of the State and Federal law since
courts have found harassment to take many forms. It is the responsibility of every employee, student or parent to
recognize acts of harassment and take every action necessary to ensure that the applicable policies and procedures of
this school district are implemented.
Any retaliation against an individual who has complained about harassment or retaliation against individuals for
cooperating in an investigation of a harassment complaint is similarly unlawful and will not be tolerated.
Because the North Attleborough School Committee takes allegations of harassment seriously, we will respond
promptly to complaints of harassment and where it is determined that such inappropriate conduct has occurred, we
will act promptly to eliminate the conduct and impose such corrective action as is necessary, including disciplinary
action where appropriate.
Please note that while this policy sets forth our goals of promoting a workplace and school environment that is free of
harassment, the policy is not designed or intended to limit our authority to discipline or take remedial action for
workplace or school conduct which we deem unacceptable, regardless of whether that conduct satisfies the definition
of harassment.
This policy also is not designed or intended to limit the school’s authority to take disciplinary action or take remedial
action when such harassment occurs out of school but has a connection to school, or is disruptive to or materially and
substantially interferes with an employee’s work, personal life, a student’s school work, participation in school related
opportunities or activities.
Reports of cyber bullying by electronic or other means, occurring in or out of school will be reviewed and, when a
connection to work or school exists, may result in discipline. Parents of students alleged to have engaged in cyber
harassment will be invited to attend a meeting at which the activity, works or images subject to the complaint will be
reviewed.
Definition of Sexual Harassment
Unwelcome sexual advances; requests for sexual favors; or other verbal, written, electronically transmitted, or
physical conduct of a sexual nature may constitute harassment where:
      1. Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of employment,
           instruction or participation in school activities or program.
      2. Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used by the offender as the basis for making
           personal or academic decisions affection the individual subjected to sexual advances.
      3. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work, attendance at
           school or participation in academic or curricular activities, or

     4.   Such conduct has the effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or learning environment
          through severe or pervasive behavior which substantially and materially interferes with work or school
          opportunities.
While it is not possible to list all circumstances that may constitute sexual harassment, the following are some
examples of conduct, which if unwelcome, may constitute sexual harassment depending upon the totality of the
circumstances, including the severity of the conduct and its pervasiveness:




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    Unwelcome sexual advances — whether they involve physical touching or not.
    Sexual epithets, jokes, written or oral references to sexual conduct, gossip regarding one’s sex life; comment on
     an individual’s body, comment about an individual’s sexual activity, deficiencies, or prowess;
 Displaying sexually suggestive objects, pictures, cartoons;
 Unwelcome leering, whistling, brushing against the body, sexual gestures, suggestive or insulting comments;
 Inquiries into one’s sexual experiences; and,
 Discussion of one’s sexual activities.
Definition of Bullying
            Bullying may take a variety of forms. It is unacceptable in a school or work environment. As a result no
            student or employee shall be subjected to harassment, intimidation, bullying, or cyber-bullying in any public
            educational institute:
           "Bullying" means repeated written, verbal or electronic expression or a physical act or gesture or any
                 combination thereof, directed at a victim that: (i) causes physical or emotional harm to the victim or
                 damage the victim's property; student or
                 employee, (ii) places the victim in reasonable fear of harm to himself or of damage to his property; (iii)
                 creates a hostile environment at school for the victim; (iv) infringes on the rights of the victim at
                 school; or (v) materially and substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a
                 school.
    The behavior must interfere with an employee’s ability to perform his or her duties or          with a student’s
academic performance or ability to learn, or interfere with a student's ability to participate in or benefit from services,
activities, or privileges:
That are being offered through the school district; or
               b. During any education program or activity; or
                 c. While in school, on school equipment or property, in school vehicles, on school buses, at
                       designated school bus stops, at school-sponsored activities, at school-sanctioned events; or
            2. "Cyber-bullying" means, bullying through the use of technology or any electronic communication,
                 which shall include, but shall not be limited to, any transfer of signs, signals, writing, images, sounds,
                 data or intelligence of any nature transmitted in whole or in part by a wire, radio, electromagnetic,
                 photo electronic or photo optical system, including but not limited to, electronic mail, internet
                 communications, instant messages or facsimile communication. Cyber-bullying shall also include (i)
                 knowing impersonation of another person as the author of posted content or messages, if the creator
                 or impersonation creates any of the conditions enumerated in clauses (i) to (v), inclusive, of the
                 definition of bullying. Cyber-bullying shall also include the distribution by electronic means of a
                 communication to more than one person or the posting of material on an electronic medium that may
                 be accessed by one or persons.

                Cyber-bullying may occur through the use of data, telephone or computer software that is accessed
                    through a computer, computer system, or computer network or any public education institute.
               As used in this Section, "electronic communication" also means any communication through an
               electronic device including, but not limited to a telephone, cellular phone, computer or pager.
          3.        "Hostile environment" means, a situation in which bullying causes the school environment to be
               permeated with intimidation, ridicule or insult that is sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter the
               conditions of the student's education.
Definition of Hazing
The term "hazing" shall mean any conduct or method of initiation, even if consented to, into any student
organization, whether on public or private property, which willfully or recklessly endangers the physical or mental
health of any student or other person.
          1.        Such conduct shall include, but is not limited to, whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics,
                    exposure to the weather, forced consumption of any food, liquor, beverage, drug or other
                    substance or any other brutal treatment or forced physical activity which is likely to adversely
                    affect the physical health or safety of any such student or person, or which subjects such student
                    or other person to extreme mental stress, including extended deprivation of sleep or rest or
                    extended isolation.
          2. Whoever knows that another person is the victim of hazing and is at the scene of such activity, shall, to
                    the extent that such person can do so without danger or peril to himself or others, report such
                    activity to an appropriate law enforcement official as soon as reasonably practicable. Whoever
                    fails to report such behavior shall be subject to discipline.
Guidelines for Investigating Harassment Claims



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          In school systems, harassment may take many forms and cross many lines. The situation may be an instance
of staff member to staff member, staff member to student, student to staff member, or student to student.
Guidelines for dealing with any charge of harassment are as follows:
                            1. By law, harassment is defined by the victim's perception in combination with objective
                                 standards or expectations. What one person may consider acceptable behavior may be
                                 viewed as harassment by another person. Therefore, in order to protect the rights of
                                 both parties, it is important that the victim or an administrator to whom a complaint
                                 was made or reported make it clear to the harasser that the behavior is objectionable.
          In all charges of harassment, the victim should describe in writing the specifics of the complaint to ensure
                     that the subsequent investigation is focused on the relevant facts. Oral and anonymous
                     complaints will be reviewed but are inherently difficult to investigate and may not be procedurally
                     fair; as a result no disciplinary action shall be taken on anonymous complaints unless
                     independently verified by clear and convincing evidence. All other complaints will be reviewed
                     based on a preponderance of evidence standard.
                     Any school employee that has reliable information that would lead a reasonable person to suspect
                     that a person is an instigator/participant or a target of harassment, bullying, or intimidation shall
                     immediately report it to the administration; each school shall document any prohibited incident
                     that is reported and confirmed, and report all incidents of discrimination, harassment,
                     intimidation, bullying or cyber-bullying and the resulting consequences, including discipline and
                     referrals, to the Superintendent's office as they occur.
                     A good faith report from a staff member renders the staff member immune from discipline for
                     making a report and is considered to have been made in the course of the staff member's
                     employment for purposes of M.G.L. c. 258. As a result, the
                     school district shall indemnify staff members from any cause of action arising out of a good faith
                     report of harassment or the district's subsequent actions or inaction in connection thereto.
                     If an instance of student-to-student harassment is reported to a staff member other than an
                     administrator, the staff member must inform the Assistant Principal, or the Building Principal.
                     If a situation involving a charge of staff member to student harassment is brought to the attention
                     of any staff member, the staff member shall notify the Building Principal or Assistant
                     Superintendent immediately.
                     In a situation involving a charge of student to staff member sexual harassment the staff member
                     should notify the Building Principal or Assistant Superintendent.
                     In a situation involving a charge of staff member to staff member harassment the staff member
                     should notify the Building Principal or the Assistant Superintendent.
                     Once a charge of harassment has been made, including charges of mental, emotional or physical
                     harassment as well as threats to a person's safety, property or position in the school or work
                     environment, the following course of action should be taken.
                     a.          The Building Principal should investigate the charge through discussions with the
                                 individuals involved. In situations involving allegations against a staff member, he/she
                                 should be informed of his/her rights to have a third party present at the time of the
                                 discussion. In situations involving students the Principal should engage the appropriate
                                 classroom or special subject area teacher. Parents will be informed of the situation and
                                 invited to participate in resolution discussions. It is important that the situation be
                                 resolved as confidentially and as quickly as the circumstances permit.
                                            b.         If the harasser and the victim are willing to discuss the matter at
                                 resolution meeting in the presence of the Principal/designee or
                                 Superintendent/designee, a supportive faculty member and/or parent should be
                                 included in the discussion. During this discussion, the offending behavior should be
                                 described by the victim and administration, a request for a change in behavior should be
                                 made, and a promise should be made that the described behavior will stop. If
                                 circumstances do not permit a face-to-face meeting the administration will present the
                                 victim's position. Follow-up verification procedures will be explained. Failure to comply
                                 after a resolution meeting will result in appropriate discipline.
                                            c.         The matter shall be documented in a manner consistent with the
                                 severity of the behavior, the impact of the behavior on the victim and the school, and
                                 the disciplinary consequences imposed by the administration.




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                    10.                  If after a resolution meeting with the involved parties, the Building Principal
                               determines that further more formal investigation or additional disciplinary action must
                               be taken, the following could occur:

                    a.          In instances involving student to student or student to staff member harassment, the
                                student may be subject to discipline including but not limited to counseling, suspension,
                                and in appropriate cases expulsion.
                                b.         In instances involving staff member to student and staff member to staff
                                member harassment, findings will be reported to the Superintendent of Schools for
                                further action. Personnel action may also be initiated at this point, up to and including
                                discharge consistent with the applicable law and collective bargaining agreement.
                                c.         In all cases a referral to law enforcement will be considered by the Principal or
                                Superintendent based on the circumstances. School officials will coordinate with the
                                Police Department to identify a police liaison for harassment cases.
11.        Retaliation & False Accusations
           Retaliation or false accusations in any form against any person who has made or filed a complaint relating
          to harassment are forbidden. If either action occurs, it could be considered grounds for dismissal of staff
          personnel and/or removal from the educational setting for a student. A referral to law enforcement may be
          made.
12.        Confidentiality:
           Reports of harassment should be kept completely confidential, consistent with necessary investigation
           procedures and legal restraints on the dissemination of information about students with the goal of
           protecting the victim and stopping the behavior.
 For further information about these guidelines or help with sexual harassment, bullying, or hazing problems, or any
other form of harassment, consult the Harassment Coordinators:
           Harrassment Coordinators/Grievance Officers: Ted Barrett, North Attleborough High School, One Wilson
Whitty Way, North Attleborough — 508-643-2115, and Catherine Calicchia, Human Resource Department, Woodcock
Administration building, 6 Morse St., North Attleborough – 508-643-2100 are the sexual harassment grievance
officers and are vested with the authority and responsibility of processing all sexual harassment complaints in
accordance with the procedures set out above.
LEGAL REFERENCES
1.        Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Section 703
2.        Title IX of the 1972 U.S. Civil Rights Act.
3.        Chapter 151 B, Massachusetts General Laws
4.        M.G.L. Chapter 76 § 5
5.        M.G.L. Chapter 269 § 17, 18, 19
6.        M.G.L. Chapter 71, §370, 82, 84, 93, 37 et seq
7.        Family and Education Privacy Rights Act
8.        Mass Student Records Laws and Regulations
Adopted March 17, 1997
Amended February 2, 2004
Amended June 2, 2008
Amended June 15, 2010



                           BUS PROCEDURES AND RULES FOR RIDING SCHOOL BUSES


1.        Pupils who have to walk for some distance along the highway to the bus-loading zone should
          abide by the appropriate highway regulations for pedestrian traffic.
2.        Pupils should be on time at the designated school bus stops.
3.        Pupils should stay off the road at all times and conduct themselves in a safe manner while
          waiting for the bus.
4.        Bus riders are not to move toward the bus at the loading zone until the bus has been brought to
          a complete stop.
5.        Pupils must cross the highway only in front of the school bus after looking to be sure that no
          traffic is approaching from either direction.


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6.        The driver is in full charge of the bus and pupils.
7.        A pupil may be assigned a seat by the bus driver or Principal. He/she will sit in the assigned seat
          at all times unless permission to change is given by the Principal and/or driver.
8.        Except for ordinary conversation, classroom conduct must be observed. Loud talking and
          laughing or unnecessary confusion diverts the driver’s attention and may result in a serious
          accident.
9.        Fighting, roughhousing, profanity, or improper actions will not be permitted.
10.       Pupils are to assist in keeping the bus clean by not littering. Pupils must also refrain from
          throwing objects out of the windows.
11.       No pupil shall, at any time, extend his/her head, hands, or arms out of the windows whether the
          school bus is in motion or standing still.
12.       Pupils who are seated must remain so while the bus is in motion.
13.       Each pupil must see that his/her books and personal belongings are kept out of the aisles.
14.       There is to be no eating, drinking or smoking on the bus.
15.       The bus driver shall notify the Principal in a timely fashion of any misconduct that, in the driver’s
          opinion, warrants a reprimand. The parent will be notified by the Principal of any referral of
          misconduct by the bus driver.
16.       A pupil’s privilege to ride on a bus may be forfeited for a designated period of time, with or
          without prior notice to the parents if, in the judgment of the principal, the seriousness of an
          offense warrants a forfeit of the riding privilege.
17.       Pupils must ride to and from school on the bus to which they have been assigned unless the
          Principal grants an exception.

The above rules and regulations will apply to any trip under school sponsorship.

                                                TOBACCO USE

THIS IS A TOBACCO FREE SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT. State law prohibits the use of any tobacco product
within the school, on the school grounds, or on school buses by any individual, including school personnel.
If you escort your child to school and you smoke, you must extinguish your tobacco product before you
get to the school grounds. Please do not discard your cigarette butts on school property


                                               DISCIPLINE CODE

The ability of the student to respect the rights of others in our school community is a primary objective of
our schools. Through our educational processes, students, staff, and community will develop values that
will encourage a sense of respect for the rights of others. Along with the development of these values, it is
also recognized that the fostering of positive self-esteem in each student is a priority.

                                             RESPONSIBILITIES
Parents, students, teachers, support staff, and principals all have an important role in North Attleborough
Schools. When the following prerequisites are fulfilled by each of the respective members, then learning
can flourish in a sound school environment.

Parents’ Responsibilities

         To be aware of the physical, emotional, and educational needs of the child.
         To encourage a positive attitude toward school.
         To encourage positive hygiene and health habits.
         To provide the child with adequate and suitable clothing for school.
         To get the child to school daily and on time and to write a note if the child is absent.



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        To be aware of the classroom activities and rules and to consult with the teacher periodically.
        To supervise homework and to encourage reading at home.
        To reinforce learning at home.
        To encourage respect for the physical, emotional, and social rights of others.
        To encourage children to respect the religious, cultural, and ethnic differences of others.
        To encourage respect for authority and property.
        To help children to become independent, productive, and responsible.
        To become involved in school activities.

Students' Responsibilities

        To apply their interests, skills, and abilities to improve themselves.
        To attend school daily, except when ill, to be on time, and to do all the work associated with each
         subject.
        To understand the Discipline Code and to adhere to it.
        To help create a school where staff and students can work and learn together.
        To respect the religious, cultural, and ethnic diversity of all students, parents, teachers, and other
         faculty members.
        To exercise self-control in observing school rules and regulations.
        To respect the rights of all students and staff.
        To be responsible for their own property.
        To respect school property by helping maintain a clean building and grounds
        To respect the property of others and pay financial obligations such as lunch charges and lost or
         destroyed textbooks or materials.
        To complete homework in a timely manner.
        To assume responsibility for keeping up with work missed due to absence or exclusion.

Teachers’ Responsibilities

        To provide a classroom atmosphere conducive to learning.
        To provide meaningful and challenging instruction and activities to meet the students’ individual
         needs.
        To encourage the development of self-esteem in students.
        To exercise fair, reasonable, and just treatment.
        To be sensitive to students’ educational, social, and emotional needs.
        To respect religious, cultural, and ethnic diversity.
        To provide a positive role model for the student.
        To help prepare students to become independent, responsible, and productive.
        To provide proper adult supervision of students at all times to ensure safety.

Support Staff’s Responsibilities

        To become familiar with the Discipline Code and adhere to it.
        To respect the rights of all persons in the school.
        To be sensitive to the needs of students.
        To exercise fair, reasonable, and just treatment.
        To work cooperatively with persons involved to resolve problems as they arise and to prevent
         their recurrence.
        To provide a positive role model for the children.
        To encourage respect for the physical, emotional, and social rights of others.



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        To encourage respect for the religious, cultural, and ethnic differences in others.
        To encourage respect for authority and property.
        To inform teachers and administrators when problems occur.

Principal’s Responsibilities
     To assure a building conducive to learning where the educational, social, and emotional needs of
         students are met.
     To assure and provide quality educational programs taught by competent personnel in order to
         achieve high standards of excellence.
     To assure fair, reasonable, consistent, and just treatment of all members of the learning
         community.
     To provide a positive role model.
     To provide support and encouragement, direction, and guidance to students, parents, and staff.
     To work cooperatively with students, parents, teachers, and other school staff to resolve
         problems as they arise and to prevent their recurrence.
     To explain the Discipline Code and enforce its rules reasonably, fairly, and consistently.
     To encourage respect for the physical, emotional, and social rights of others.
     To encourage respect for the religious, cultural, and ethnic differences in others.
     To encourage respect for authority, property, and the building itself.
     To be responsive to parental needs and to keep parents informed of students’ progress and
         behavior.

                                                CONSEQUENCES
It is our wish that a proper educational environment exist at all times. However, if a student does not
accept his or her responsibilities in the educational setting or commits infractions of the Discipline Code,
he or she will be assessed consequences as listed herein. It should be noted that it is impossible to list all
infractions. Thus, the administration retains the right to impose
penalties for improper behavior not expressly stated herein. Consequently, we will take individual
differences into account in our response.
No two situations are exactly the same. Normally, the first response to a behavior problem is a verbal
reprimand. Should a problem continue, the teacher has a range of alternatives to apply
which include counseling, changing seat assignment, missing recess, contacting parents, and keeping the
student after school for a time not to exceed 45 minutes.
We realize that students have after school obligations and transportation needs. Consequently, they will
be afforded the opportunity to stay after school on the afternoon following the infraction unless same day
detention can be mutually arranged between teacher and parent or guardian.
If such steps are ineffective, or if the problem is of a more serious nature, then the teacher will bring the
issue to the attention of the Principal. The Principal will fully investigate the matter. The student will be
afforded the opportunity to hear the complaint and respond with his or her side of the story.
At this point the Principal has a range of options that include:

                 Verbal reprimand;
                 Use of a time out period;
                 Recess detention;
                 Parental contact or conference;
                 School adjustment counselor intervention;
                 After school detention;
                 In-school suspension;
                 Out of school suspension.

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                                                SUSPENSION
The school principal may assign a suspension (1-3 days) for certain serious infractions of school rules. All
students will be afforded due process whenever excluded from regular classroom instruction or from
other school activities through the suspension period. The right to due process includes the right to a fair
hearing prior to the suspension. Parents will be notified immediately by a telephone call followed by a
letter explaining the nature and length of the suspension.
The following steps will be taken upon receiving a complaint or information of possible suspendable
misconduct by a student:

        The Principal will fully investigate the matter.
        The student will be given an opportunity to fully explain his or her side of the story.
        The Principal may hold a post-investigation conference with the student and his or her parents or
         guardians.
        If there is evidence that the student has violated a specific published standard of student conduct
         then the Principal may suspend the student.
        A suspension will take effect at 8:30 on the morning of the next school day and will remain in
         effect for a period depending on the condition of suspension. Students cannot participate in any
         school activity during this time.
        If the cause for suspension is fighting or insubordination, the student may be excluded from class
         immediately.
        Unless otherwise authorized, a parent or guardian will be required to attend a conference with
         the Principal to effect readmittance of a student following suspension.
        The school building and grounds are out of bounds to a suspended student. If a student violates
         this regulation, an additional suspension will be imposed.


                               OFFENSES WHICH MAY INCUR SUSPENSION

        Insubordination
        Disrespectful address
        Fighting
        Profanity
        Stealing
        Destruction/defacing school property
        Setting off any type of firecrackers
        Smoking
        Possessing in one’s clothing or carrying on one’s person any instrument that may be construed as
         a weapon is strictly prohibited. Among items in this category are slingshots and knives.

                                              SEVERE CLAUSES
Certain offenses are considered sufficiently severe that authorization of readmittance to school can be
made only through the office of the Superintendent of Schools. Among these are:

        Assault and/or battery on a staff member
        Possessing a firearm
        Causing a major school disruption
         ---Pulling a false alarm
         ---Falsely reporting the existence of an exploding device
        Possessing, distributing, or selling drugs and/or alcohol.




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                                               EXPULSION
When a condition merits consideration of expulsion of a student from school, the Principal will address
the matter in writing to the Superintendent, who in turn, shall take the matter to the School Committee if
he or she believes such action is appropriate.


                                         CORPORAL PUNISHMENT
Massachusetts General Laws prohibit School Committee employees from the use of corporal punishment
of any pupil. The provision of the law does not preclude an employee or agent of the School Committee
from using reasonable force, as is necessary, to protect pupils from injury to self or others.

                                      EDUCATION REFORM ACT OF 1993
Under the Education Reform Act of 1993 any student found in possession of a dangerous weapon or a
controlled substance or who assaults a school staff person will be subject to expulsion.
The Education Reform Act also prohibits the use of any tobacco product within the school buildings, the
school facilities, or on the school grounds or on school buses by any individual, including school
personnel.

                                PHYSICAL RESTRAINT POLICY COMPLIANCE
North Attleborough complies with the provisions of 603 CMR, Sect. 46.00 dealing with restraint of
students in the public schools. To that end, the policy developed pursuant to those regulations is available
upon request from the Principal, the Director of Special Education, and the Superintendent’s office.
Further, the policy is posted on the main bulletin board near the school office.

                                       DANGEROUS WEAPONS POLICY
Any student who is found on school premises or at school sponsored related events, including athletic
games, in possession of a dangerous weapon, including, but not limited to, a gun or knife shall be
suspended by the Principal for a period of up to ten days after appropriate hearing and may be subject to
expulsion from the school or school district by the Principal.
Any student who is charged with a dangerous weapon violation shall be notified in writing of an
opportunity for a hearing; provided, however, that the student may have representation, along with the
opportunity to present evidence and witnesses at said hearing before the Principal.
In cases involving a firearm as defined by the Gun-Free Schools Act of 1994 (1) the student, determined to
have brought the weapon to school, must be expelled for a period of not less than one year. The statutory
definition of ‘firearm’ (2) includes any weapon that will, or can readily be converted to, ‘expel a projectile
by means of an explosive.’ The definition also includes the ‘frame or receiver of such a weapon,’ or any
form of explosive or gas device. Included in this definition are ‘starters’ pistols, BB guns, pellet guns, and
mace or other gas canisters.
Any student who has been expelled from the school district pursuant to these provisions shall have the
right to appeal to the Superintendent. The expelled student shall have ten days from the date of the
expulsion in which to notify the Superintendent of the appeal. The student has the right to counsel at a
hearing before the Superintendent. The subject matter of the appeal shall not be limited solely to a
factual determination of whether the student has violated any provisions of this policy.
When a student is expelled for violations of the Dangerous Weapons Policy and applies for admission to
another school for acceptance, the Superintendent of the sending school shall notify the Superintendent
of the receiving school of the reasons for the pupil’s expulsion.
(1) 20 U.S.C. s. 2701
(2) 19 U.S.C. s 921

                                             NOTICE REGARDING
                                     NON-DISCRIMINATION PRACTICES
The North Attleborough Public School District provides Equal Educational and Employment Opportunities
without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, and disability.


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The School District complies with all applicable State and Federal Laws, including, but not limited to, Title
VI, Title VII, Title IX of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the
Rehabilitation Act, General Laws, Chapter 622 and 766.

If you believe that your child is being discriminated against in any manner, you may contact:

Dr. James Rice, Assistant Superintendent
504 Coordinator
John Woodcock Administration Building
6 Morse Street
North Attleboro, MA 02760
(508) 643-2100

Mr. Ted Barrett
Sexual Harassment Officer
North Attleboro High School
One Wilson Whitty Way
North Attleboro, Ma 02760
(508) 643-2115

You may also contact:

U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
33 Arch Street
Suite 900
Boston, MA 02110-1491
                                                          SECTION 504 ACCOMODATION PLANS

 Section 504 identifies a handicapped person as anyone with a physical or mental disability that
substantially limits one or more of such major life activities as walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, working,
or learning. Section 504 makes local school districts responsible for providing an appropriate education
for all physically and mentally handicapped students at public expense. For information, contact Section
504 Coordinator, Dr. James Rice, Assistant Superintendent, John Woodcock Administration Building, 6
Morse Street, North Attleborough, MA 02760. He can be reached at (508) 643-2100. Individuals who
believe they have been discriminated against in any of the District’s educational or employment activities
can file an internal, written grievance complaint with the appropriate officer.

                                NOTIFICATION OF RIGHTS UNDER FERPA
                              FOR ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS

 The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age
   (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. These rights are:

1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the School
receives a request for access. Parents of eligible students should submit to the School Principal a written
request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The School official will make arrangements for
access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be
inspected.

2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible
student believes are inaccurate. Parents or eligible students may ask the School to amend a record that



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they believe is inaccurate. They should write the School Principal, clearly identify the part of the record
they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate. If the School decides not to amend the record as
requested by the parents or eligible student, the School will notify the parents or eligible student of the
decision in writing and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment.
Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student
when notified of the right to a hearing.

3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s
education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One
exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate
educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the School as an administrator,
supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health medical staff and law enforcement unit
personnel); a person serving on the School Board; a person or company with whom the School has
contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a
parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or
assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate
educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her
professional responsibility.

4. Destruction – The student’s transcript shall be maintained by the school department and may be
destroyed 60 years following his/her graduation, transfer, or withdrawal. During the time the student is
enrolled in a school, the principal or a designee shall periodically review and destroy misleading,
outdated, or irrelevant information contained in the temporary record. Parent notification will be given
and the parent has the right to receive a copy prior to its destruction. The temporary record shall be
destroyed no later than 7 years after graduation, transfer, or withdrawal. Notification will be issued.

5. Notification – The general provisions of 603 CMR 23.00 regarding parent and student rights
concerning Student Records are made available upon request in the Superintendent’s or Principals’
Offices.

6. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by
the School District to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that
administers FERPA are:

                                      Family Policy Compliance Office
                                       U.S. Department of Education
                                        400 Maryland Avenue, SW
                                       Washington, DC 20202-4605

                SCHOOL GUIDELINES FOR MANAGING STUDENTS WITH FOOD ALLERGIES



          Food allergies can be severe and occasionally life threatening. The foods most likely to cause
allergic reactions are peanuts, tree nuts, dairy products, egg soy, wheat, fish, and shellfish. Allergic
reactions to the above listed foods can range from milk skin irritations to severe reactions, which may
cause anaphylactic shock or even death.

PURPOSE
         The following guidelines assume that managing potentially life-threatening allergies in school is a
shared responsibility among students, parents, principals, teachers, custodians, food services and health
care professionals. These guidelines are intended to:



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        Minimize the risk of allergic reactions of students with known food allergies while at school.
        Ensure that all information provided by parents of allergic children is provided to the appropriate
         school staff.
        Foster cooperation and communication between parents and school staff in determining
         effective strategies to minimize an allergic reaction while in school.
        Educate school staff, students and their families about food allergies and ways to reduce the risk
         of an in-school reaction.

PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES
    Notify the school of the child’s allergies.
    Provide medical documentation from the child’s health care provider.
    Provide a list of foods and/or ingredients that would cause a life-threatening reaction.
    Provide an order for epinephrine by a licensed provider as well as any other medication needed.
       Deliver medication(s) to school in original pharmacy-labeled container(s).
    Collaborate with the School Nurse and multidisciplinary school team to develop an Allergy Action
       Emergency Plan (AAP) and/or Individual Health Care Plan (IHCP).
    Meet with the classroom teacher to review AAP and/or IHCP. Participate in classroom education.
    Educate child in the self-management of their allergy as age-appropriate including: safe and
       unsafe foods, strategies for avoiding the allergen, symptoms of an allergic reaction, how and
       when to tell an adult a reaction is starting and how to read food labels.
    Provide a medical alert bracelet/necklace for the child. Provide a photo of the child (when
       appropriate).
    Accompany child on field trips, if possible.
SCHOOL RESPONSIBILITIES
    Establish a basic medical emergency plan for the building for use in any medical emergency.
    Ensure that an Individual Health Care Plan (IHCP) and/or Allergy Action Plan (AAP) is created for
       each child with a life-threatening allergy.
    Develop a mechanism whereby substitute teachers are notified about student with life-
       threatening allergies.
    Adopt and maintain a no-sharing/no trading food policy including eating utensils.
    Eliminate the use of food for rewards.
    Encourage the use of non-food items to recognize special events.
    Teach students and staff proper hand washing techniques.
    Establish a cleaning protocol for classrooms, cafeteria and other areas of the building.
    Notify parents in advance of any school activities that require the use of food.
    Ensure that all bus drivers have functioning emergency communication devices.
    Reinforce no-eating practice on buses.
FOOD SERVICES DIRECTOR RESPONSIBILITIES
    Provide time for training to food service staff.
    Familiarize self with laws protecting students with food allergies as they relate to food services.
    Maintain food labels from each food served to a child with allergies for at least 24 hours
       following service.
    Provide food ingredient list for parents, when requested.
    Post the student’s Allergy Action Plan (AAP) in prominent area, when indicated.
    Participate in multidisciplinary team meetings.
    Create specific areas in cafeteria that will be allergen safe.
SCHOOL NURSE RESPONSIBILITIES
    Develop an Individualized Health Care Plan (IHCP) and/or an Allergy Action Plan (AAP) with
       parents/guardians and multidisciplinary school team (when appropriate) prior to school entry or
       when a new life-threatening food allergy is diagnosed.




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        Communicate the above plan(s) to school staff that have a “need to know” (e.g., principal,
         teachers, specialists, food service personnel, bus drivers, etc.).
        Communicate with classroom parents regarding ways to reduce the risk of a reaction while in
         school.
        Determine the need for an allergen-free classroom.
        At the beginning of each school year, provide education and training of school staff to review the
         signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis and epi-pen administration.
        Conduct in-service and education for appropriate staff for individual students that have life-
         threatening allergies as described in the IHCP and/or AAP.
        Post a list of students who require epi-pens for allergic reactions in the health office. IHCPs
         and/or AAPs will be available in their health record.

          The North Attleborough Public Schools cannot guarantee that a student will never experience an
allergy related event while at school. The above guidelines, as well as the protocol developed for
students with food allergies, were created to minimize the risk of life-threatening reactions of allergic
students while in school.
PROTOCOL FOR STUDENTS WITH FOOD, INSECT, LATEX ALLERGIES
     1. A documented doctor’s order, either on an official order from or on a report from the allergist,
          will identify the allergy, the potential reaction and treatment to be provided.
     2. A conference is held with parents, nurse, teacher, principal, etc., to discuss the student’s
          individual situation and to set up a plan of action (emergency health plan) to meet his needs in
          the school setting. Each year the plan will be updated and adjusted as needed. The care plan
          may require modifications of these protocols with parental permission and in accordance with
          the district’s guidelines.
     3. A copy of the child’s emergency plan will be identified in the classroom – in the substitute folder,
          and elsewhere as noted in the plan. An epi-pen, if required to be kept in the classroom, will be
          kept in an easily accessible, yet secure location. Parents will supply an extra epi-pen so that one
          can be kept in the classroom as well as in the nurse’s office.
     4. The school staff is given a list of the children with medical problems including those with peanut
          allergies on a “need to know” basis.
     5. The staff in each affected classroom is offered training to use the epi-pen (including
          paraprofessionals). Part of the training includes instructions on the signs and symptoms of an
          allergic reaction according to state regulations.
     6. Extra pictures of the child are provided for cafeteria staff, which identifies the child and his/her
          allergies.
     7. Parents are instructed to provide child’s entire snack (beverage if applicable), and to provide a
          snack for special occasions for their child – or they may leave a supply for their child in the
          classroom.
     8. The school nurse will determine if there is a need to establish a peanut free classroom and/or
          table in the cafeteria.
                a. The nurse will send a letter to all parents in the class, explaining the life threatening
                    facts, according to the care plan. This letter will advise that no foods containing the
                    food (that the child is allergic to) can be sent in.
     9. If a peanut free table is required, the school nurse will work with the food services staff and the
          custodial staff to ensure proper cleaning, identification. A plan will be developed to ensure that
          the table is used appropriately.
                a. The allergen free table will be identified as such with a laminated sign. Only students
                    whose food does not contain the allergen may sit at this table.
                b. The table will be cleaned with a separate cleaning cloth to avoid cross contamination
                    from other tables.
                c. Students who sit at this table will have their meals checked and will be asked to move if
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            d.   Food service workers may be asked to assist the student should he/she request an
                 allergen free meal (i.e., pizza) by providing the meal to the table to prevent student’s
                 exposure to allergen in the line.
            e.   Staff who regularly monitor the lunchroom will be offered epi-pen training.

First Reading: September 7, 2004
Second Reading and Adoption: October 4, 2004




                               NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
                     Student Internet Safety and Technology Use Policy

INTRODUCTION
The purpose of this Policy and Contract is to outline the acceptable use of technology hardware,
software, systems, networks, websites, Internet connections and/or other equipment,
hereinafter referred to as “technology,” belonging to, or in the possession and/or control of, the
North Attleborough School District (NASD).

NASD will not be liable for the actions of anyone connecting to the Internet. All users shall
assume full liability, legal, financial, or otherwise, for their actions.

NASD may make changes in this Policy and in the Contract at any time, with or without prior
notice to students or other users, or parents.

Any failure to comply with this Policy shall constitute misconduct by the user and may result in
discipline and/or legal action against the user.

I.      PRIVACY

        The Internet is not private. All documents emails and postings are archived and can be
        found in the future.

        NASD can and does monitor all computer use. All messages, files, sounds, image and
        information created, sent, or retrieved over NASD technology are the property of the
        NASD. NASD reserves the right to monitor, inspect, copy, review, delete, destroy,
        maintain and/or store at any time without prior notice any and all messages, data and
        information created, sent or retrieved over NASD technology. All files shall be and
        remain the property of the NASD, and no user shall have any expectation of privacy
        regarding such materials. Likewise, all users shall have the expectation that NASD will
        not use information stored on their servers for commercial purposes. However, all
        information maintained by the NASD on its technology equipment, networks, and/or
        website(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records law, and NASD may be
        required to make such information available to members of the public, regardless of the
        anticipated use of such information.




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       NASD has the right to access information stored in any user folder or documents on the
       current user screen. Each computer keeps a history of all Internet sites visited, which
       can be retrieved if necessary.

II.    PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY

       By signing the Contract, the user agrees to follow all rules outlined in the Policy and to
       report violations of the Policy by other students to the site administrator (e.g. teacher,
       lab assistant, paraprofessional, media specialist, building administrator). Use of NASD
       technology is a privilege and not an entitlement. It is expressly agreed that NASD may,
       acting in its sole discretion, limit or deny that privilege to any user at any time. Use of
       personal technology must be in compliance with the student handbook and this Policy.

III.   TERM OF THE PERMITTED USE

A student who returns a properly signed Contract will have access to NASD technology. The
student and/or the parent/guardian must sign the Contract upon entrance to NASD and upon
entrance to the Middle School. A signature must be on file for each student.
        A.      ACCEPTABLE USES
                Educational Uses
                NASD provides access to its computer networks and the Internet for educational
                purposes only. Specific approved uses include, but are not limited to

                *       research
                *       distance learning
                *       communication and activities that support our educational mission
                *       educational or vocational searches

       B.       Unacceptable Uses of Network
                The following uses are considered unacceptable:

            1. Violating the law or encouraging other to violate the law.
            2. Transmitting offensive or harassing messages, including cyber-bullying.
            3. Using NASD technology for a primarily commercial, social and/or entertaining
               nature, with no related educational purpose.
            4. Using NASD technology to view, transmit or download pornographic or
               otherwise objectionable materials.
            5. Using NASD technology o transmit confidential materials. Providing private
               information about oneself and any other individual over the Internet including
               credit card or social security numbers (unless for approved uses, such as college
               or employment applications).
            6. Using NASD technology to download and/or use any program, partial program,
               peer-to-peer software or game.
            7. Using the network to cause harm to others or their property.
            8. Using the network to access, modify or destroy a file that has been created by
               another.
            9. Sharing passwords or assigned accounts.



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           10. Knowingly engaging in activities that expose NASD technology to computer
               viruses, harmful software, or physical damage.
           11. Hacking activities or circumventing security measures on school or remote
               computers.
           12. Unauthorized copying, downloading, or distributing of copyrighted software or
               materials. This includes, but is not limited to: email, text files, program files,
               image files, database files, sound files, music files, and video files.
           13. Plagiarizing
           14. Spamming or the unauthorized use of NASD distribution lists for emails. This
               includes creating or forwarding chain letters or pyramid schemes of any type.
           15. Distributing jokes, stories, or other materials that are based upon slurs or
               stereotypes relating to race, gender, ethnicity, nationality, religion, or sexual
               orientation.
           16. Bypassing NASD filtration (e.g., use of proxy servers).
           17. Any other use deemed unacceptable by NASD.

      C.       Netiquette
               All users must abide by rules of network etiquette, which include the following:

           1. Be polite.
           2. Avoid offensive language.
           3. Forward or redistribute e-mail messages and/or e-mail addresses only with the
              permission of the sender.
           4. Be considerate when sending attachments with an e-mail.

IV.   INTERNET SAFETY
      A.    Individual Responsibility

               Every user must take responsibility for his or her use of the network and
               Internet. If a student finds the other users are visiting offensive or harmful sites,
               he or she is encouraged to report such use to the site administrator.

      B.       Personal Safety

               If someone attempts to arrange a meeting as a result of an Internet contact, the
               student is to report the communication immediately to the site administrator.

      C.       Confidentiality of Student Information

               Personally identifiable information and/or images of students may not be
               disclosed or used in any way on the Internet without the permission of a
               parent/guardian, or if the student is 18 or over, the permission of the student.
               If the user has any doubts or questions about providing information over the
               Internet, the user is urged to contact the site administrator or supervising
               teacher before providing such information.

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                  NASD either by itself or in combination with the Internet Service Provider (ISP)
                  utilizes filtering or blocking software or other monitoring technologies to
                  prevent students from accessing visual depictions that are (1) obscene, (2)
                  pornographic, or (3) harmful to minors. Although filtering software and
                  monitoring efforts are designed to make the Internet an educational and safe
                  experience, they cannot completely, eliminate the risk that students will be able
                  to access inappropriate material.

                  The term “harmful to minors” is defined by the Communications Act of 1934 (47
                  USC Section 254 [h] [7], as meaning any picture, image, graphic image file, or
                  other visual depiction that

         taken as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to a prurient interest in nudity,
          sex, or excretion.
         Depicts, describes, or represents, in a patently offensive way with respect to what is
          suitable for minors, an actual or simulated sexual act or sexual contact, actual or
          simulated normal or perverted sexual acts, or a lewd exhibition of the genitals.
         Taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value as to minors.

                  CIPA (Children’s Internet Protection Act) mandates that filtration be in place.

V.        VIOLATIONS OF THE POLICY

          Failure to follow the Policy can, at the discretion of NASD result in
         restricted technology access
         loss of technology access
         other disciplinary action
         referral to law enforcement personnel and/or legal action including, but not limited to,
          criminial or civil prosecution and/or penalty under appropriate state and federal laws.

VI.       WARRANTIES/INDEMNIFICATION

          NASD makes no warranties of any kind, either express or implies, in connection with its
          provision of access to and use of its technology provided under this Policy. NASD shall
          not be responsible for any claims, losses, damages, injuries or costs or fees (including
          attorney’s fees) of any kind suffered or incurred, directly or indirectly, by any user
          arising from use of NASD technology.

          By signing the Contract, the user takes full responsibility and agrees to hold harmless
          and indemnify officers, and the town’s employees, agents, representatives,
          administrators, teachers, volunteers and staff from any and all claims, losses, damages,
          injuries or costs or fees (including attorney’s fees) of any kind resulting from the user’s
          access to the NASD technology, including, but not limited to, any fees or charges
          incurred through the purchases of good or services by the user. The user or, if the user
          is a minor, the user’s parent/guardian agrees to cooperate with the district in the event
          of the school’s initiating an investigation of a user’s access to its computer network and




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        the Internet, whether that use is on a school computer or on another computer outside
        the network.

VII.    UPDATES

        If the account information initially provided changes, it is the user’s responsibility to
        report such changes immediately to the site administrator. Users may be asked, on
        occasion, to re-sign the Contract.

VIII.   PUBLISHING ON THE INTERNET

        NASD requires that all publications of school, grade, department, group or project pages
that are displayed on any NASD webpage be created and reviewed within the guidelines
established by NASD.

        A.       North Attleborough School District’s Website

                 The purpose of the NASD website is to encourage and enhance teaching and
                 learning and to provide accurate and timely information about our school
                 system.

                     1. All webpages will be official publications of NASD.
                     2. The district webmaster will oversee all NASD webpages.

        B.       Publishing Guidelines

                 NASD has established guidelines for publishing on the district’s website:

                     1. NASD webpages must have common elements of consistent form and
                        quality content, and must follow copyright laws and software license
                        regulations.
                     2. All subject matter including links should relate to curriculum,
                        instruction, school activities, general information supporting student
                        safety, growth, and learning, or information of interest to the public.

        C.       Safety Procedures for Publishing on the Internet

             1. Parent/guardians not wishing to have their children’s images, voice or work
                published on the Internet should contact their building principal or designee, in
                writing.
             2. Students shall not be identified by home addresses, telephone numbers or e-
                mail addresses.

IX.     ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS

        Electronic communications, including but not limited to, r-mail, messaging, voice over
        IP, blogging, audio and video broadcasting, chat rooms, wikis and social networking are
        prohibited unless those applications are required for educational purposes. If a student


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        receives a threatening or harassing e-mail or message, it should not be erased. It is the
        student’s responsibility to immediately notify the site administrator.

FILE: IJNDBB

This Policy was approved by the North Attleborough Public School Committee
June 8, 1998
Amended: June 3, 2002
Amended: November 2, 2009

                                        ENTRANCE AGE

In an attempt to permit children to enter kindergarten and first grade at the time most
appropriate for them individually, the school committee establishes the following policy on
entrance age effective September 2008.

            1. A child who will have attained the age of five years by August 31, may be
               enrolled in kindergarten of the North Attleborough Public School. There are no
               exceptions to this requirement.
            2. A child who will have attained the age of six years by August 31, may be enrolled
               in grade one of the North Attleborough Public Schools. There are no exceptions
               to this requirement.
            3. Initial admission of children to other grades will involve a consideration of both
               chronological age and readiness of the children to do the work of those grades.

LEGAL REFS.:            M.G.L. 15:1G

                        Board of Education Regulations for Entrance to First Grade and
                        Kindergarten, adopted 7/20/71
FILE: JEB
North Attleborough Public Schools
Amended February 13, 2007
Adopted March 5, 2007




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