CANTON INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL
39 Dyer Avenue
Canton, Connecticut 06019
Dr. Jordan Grossman, Principal
CIS Website: www.cantonschools.org/cis
Canton Public Schools - Vision
Canton Public Schools is an educational community where all learners of
varying abilities and talents are equally valued. Our community develops
citizens who creatively solve problems, demonstrate ethical behaviors and
make a difference in the world through their commitment, respect and
sense of global community.
Canton Intermediate School Mission Statement
The Canton Intermediate School Community
--develops the whole individual;
--fosters mutual respect, support, and tolerance;
--challenges and nurtures students to become
enthusiastic, lifelong learners
for a rapidly changing world.
Official School Hours
8:05 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
(First Bell 7:55 a.m.)
Early Release time: 12:20 p.m.
TO REPORT STUDENT ABSENCES
Call the CIS Health Room at 693-7792
Health Room Fax: 693-5838
Canton Intermediate School
Regulations for Acceptable Use of Technology
Reasons for this Policy
The Canton Board of Education provides students
and teachers with a Computer Network and access
to the Internet. Therefore, the Board of Education
must also write guidelines so that the network and
Internet are used properly. Every year, everyone
who will use a computer in the Canton Schools
must read the policy and agree to follow the rules.
Some of these rules are for school use. Some of
the rules apply even when you are at home.
Everyone agrees to follow these rules by signing
the Acceptable Use Contract.
If you forget the rules, a copy of the rules can be found on the school’s website.
1. I will use the school computers and school Internet only for school-related
2. If I am unsure if what I want to do is OK, I will ask a teacher.
3. I will not view or download UNACCEPTABLE PICTURES or information from
4. I will not DELETE another person’s work on the computer. I will not COPY
another person’s work using the computer.
5. I will not TOUCH other students’ computers while they are logged on, unless they
ask me for help and the teacher says it is OK to help.
6. I will not FORGE something on the computer. This means I will not put someone
else’s name on something that is bad or not permitted, even when working on the
computer at home.
7. I will not use another student’s or a teacher’s personal information for any reason,
including their LOG-IN names and PASSWORDS.
8. I will not do anything to DAMAGE the computer equipment or the files.
9. I will not REMOVE or SWITCH the mice, cables, or keyboards unless I am asked
to do so by a teacher.
10. I will not SWEAR or use impolite language when I am online, even when working
on the computer at home.
11. I will not pretend to be someone else online and THREATEN or make hurtful
comments about other people at CIS, even when working on the computer at home.
12. I will not play GAMES on the Internet at school, unless I have a teacher’s
13. I will not BUY something or SELL something on the Internet at school.
14. I will not TELL any personal information on the Internet – I will not tell my last
name, my address, my telephone number, my school address, or any information
about my parents on the Internet.
15. I will not MEET anyone I have talked to on the Internet, even when working on the
computer at home.
16. I know the use of a computer and the Internet is a privilege, not a right.
17. I know breaking the rules may mean I lose
the right to use the computers or Internet at
18. I will not take food or drinks near any
2009 – 2010 Technology User Agreement:
Student must sign the acceptable use policy below by September 11, 2009 or the
account will be turned off.
I, __________________________________ (typed or printed name), understand
the rules and will follow the rules. I understand that these rules apply even when I
am at home and not supervised by my parents.
Parent or guardian must also sign the acceptable use policy before September 11,
2009 for student to have continued access to the CBOE Computer Network.
Parents and guardians should read and consider both versions of this policy, as
there are protections in the full version that are not included here.
I, _________________________________________________(typed or printed
name), have read Canton Board of Education’s “Regulations for Acceptable Use of
Technology,” and I understand that this access is designed for educational
purposes only. I also recognize that it is impossible to restrict access to all
inappropriate materials. However, I accept responsibility for my child’s
Parent/Guardian’s Signature: ________________________________________
Food or Drink will not be taken or consumed in computer classrooms or near any
CANTON INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL
2009 - 2010
ACKNOWLEDGMENT – Please return by Friday, 9/11/09
I have read the Canton Intermediate School handbook. I
understand the school regulations/policies and agree to abide
Student Signature Date
I have reviewed the CIS handbook and I will help my child
abide by school policies.
Parent/Guardian Signature Date
Attention Students: At the start of the second week of school,
your teacher will check for signatures on both sides of this
page. Be sure to read and sign both sides yourself and share it
with your parents/guardians to read and sign. Please return
this form, signed on both sides, by Friday, September 11. 2009.
BOARD OF EDUCATION NON-DISCRIMINATION
In compliance with regulations
implementing Title VI, Title VII of the
Board of Education meetings are
Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of
typically scheduled for the second and
Education Amendments of 1972
fourth Thursdays of the month at 7:30
(H.E.W. Office of Civil Rights), Section
p.m. at the Canton Community Center.
504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973,
Please refer to monthly CIS newsletters
the Civil Rights Act of 1987, the
to confirm dates of 2009-2010 Board of
Americans with Disabilities Act, and
appropriate state laws, the Canton Board
of Education adopts the following
Board of Education Members statement:
Lou Daniels, Chair
Carlene Rhea, Vice Chair The Canton Board of Education as a
Patti White, Secretary matter of policy does not knowingly
Susan Crowe condone discrimination on the basis of
Leslee Hill sex, age, race, religious creed, national
Beth Kandrysawtz origin, color, marital status, sexual
Sue Saidel orientation, ancestry, present or past
Kyra Sheehan history of mental disorder, mental
Jonathan Webb retardation, learning disability or
physical disability, in treatment, or
employment, or admission or access to
P.T.O. Officers educational programs, and services
President: Angie Abbott provided or operated by the Canton
Vice President: Elizabeth Haynes Board of Education.
Secretary: Amanda Turano
Treasurer: Amy Pelehach The Non-Discriminatory Compliance
Officers for the Canton School System
Title IX/Equity Officer – Mrs. Lori
DeVito – 693-7707
Mr. Kevin Case, Superintendent of
Sec. 504 Officer – call Superintendent’s
office – 693-7704.
Ms. Lynn McMullin, Assistant
Superintendent of Schools
In order to provide prompt, equitable
Mrs. Mary-Louise Dorpalen, Director,
resolutions of citizen, student and
Pupil Personnel Services
employee complaints, the Board of
Mr. Jerry Domanico, Business Manager
Education has adopted a grievance
procedure that is available in the
Superintendent’s and all school offices.
DIRECTORY, 2009 - 2010
Principal: Dr. Jordan Grossman SUPPORT STAFF
Administrative Assistant: Mrs. Lorie Carlson
Secretary: Mrs. Roxy Austin Paraeducators:
Secretary: Mrs. Janet Kochanowski Mrs. Ruth Ann Golis
Nurse: Mrs. Jackie Crowley Mrs. Deb Gula
Nurse’s Aides: Mrs. Lisa Bahre Mrs. Jan Haller
Mrs. Kate Ciccarillo Mrs. Kelly Holley
Miss Karaugh Kochanowski (504)
Mrs. Denise Dauria Grade 4, Room 102 Miss Krystle Maisch
Mrs. Beth Dropick* Grade 4, Room 105 Mrs. Jackie Marciano
Miss Carrie Futterleib Grade 4, Room 104 Mrs. Eleni Nicholas
Miss Allison Godbout Grade 4, Room 106 Mrs. Stella Richardson, (Library Media Aide)
Mr. Erik Perotti Grade 4, Room 107
Mrs. Kristy Uveges Grade 4, Room 103 Literacy Specialists:
Mrs. Theresa Gerlando
Mr. Tim Barth Grade 5, Room 101 Mrs. Terri Humphrey
Mrs. Kama Cawley Grade 5, Room 100
Mrs. Kathy Magarian* Grade 5, Room 201 Tutors:
Mrs. Tricia Reynolds Grade 5, Room 301 Mrs. Patricia Andersen
Mrs. Rebecca Truscio Grade 5, Room 302 Mrs. Kris Collins
Mrs. Barbara Silverio* Grade 5, Room 305 Mrs. Barbara Emerson
Mrs. Leslie Moore
Mr. Patrick Allen* Grade 6, Room 208 Mrs. Maryann Schuppe
Mrs. Tina Roy Grade 6, Room 209
Mrs. Jennifer Perry Grade 6, Room 206
Miss Tracey Reichen Grade 6, Room 204 Custodians
Miss Christie Stepensky Grade 6, Room 207 Mr. David Dubay Head Custodian
Miss Jennifer Weinberg Grade 6, Room 203 Mr. Rob Howland Custodian
*Grade Team Leaders Mr. James Conlon Custodian
Mr. Jim Varasconi Custodian
Mrs. Peggy Dykema
SPECIALISTS Mrs. Marjorie Eldridge
Ms. Deborah Beaudoin Art
Mrs. Debra Blaine ESL Specialist
Mr. Andy Buckle Technology Curriculum Specialist
Mr. Mark Buonfiglio Instrumental Music
Ms. Kelly Conway Library Media Specialist
Mrs. Lisa Deltano K-6 Math and Science Coordinator
Mrs. Lori DeVito Social Worker
Mrs. Marjorie Eldridge Enrichment Program
Mrs. Helen Farmer Occupational Therapist
Mrs. Elizabeth Halsey Special Education, Gr. 5/6
Mrs. Diana Hiza Special Education, Gr. 6
Ms. Vicki Holbrook-Duran Speech & Language
Mrs. Lynn Kaufman School Counselor
Mr. Scott LaRock Physical Education
Mr. Chris Markkanen General Music
Ms. Claire McCarthy General/Instrumental Music
Mrs. Jennifer Merriam Special Education, Gr. 5
Mrs. Rebecca Mikus Language Arts Consultant
Mr. Bill Phelps Health Education - Wednesdays
Mr. John Pierce School Psychologist
Ms. Lee Randall Special Education, Gr. 4/5
Mrs. Jennifer Stevens Building Substitute
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Canton Public Schools Vision/Canton Intermediate School Mission Statement
Canton Intermediate School Regulations for Acceptable Use of Technology
2009-2010 Student/Parent/Guardian Technology User Agreement Tear out Signature Sheet
2009-2010 Student/Parent/Guardian Handbook Acknowledgment Tear out Signature Sheet
Letter from the Principal
Board of Education Information
Directory of Faculty and Staff
Table of Contents
The School Day………………………………………………….. 1
Office Sign-In……………………………………………………. 1
Reporting School Progress………………………………………..1
CIS Observation Practices……………………………………….. 2
Telephone, E-mail………………………………………. 3
ALERTNOW Phone Message System………………………….. 3
Cell Phones and Personal Electronic Devices…………………… 3
Lost and Found…………………………………………………... 3
Financial Obligations……………………………………………. 3
Lockers and Desks………………………………………………. 4
Responsive Classroom…………………………………………… 4
Character Counts………………………………………………… 4
No School/Early Closings………………………………………...5
Transportation/Student Drop-offs and Pick-ups………………….5
Health, Illness, Injury……………………………………………. 8
Wellness Policy………………………………………………….. 8
CIS Lunch Program………………………………………………9
CIS Safety………………………………………………………... 9
Special Areas of Instruction
Physical Education…………………………………….... 10
A.C.T. (Enrichment Program)………………………….. 11
Library Media Center…………………………………… 11
Computer Lab…………………………………………… 11
School Computer Use…………………………. 11
Misuse of the Internet…………………………... 11
Volunteer Program……………………………………… 11
Book Fair……………………………………………….. 12
Computer Club………………………………………….. 12
Student Council (SAC)…………………………………. 12
Field Trips………………………………………………. 12
Financial Assistance……………………………………. 12
Student Responsibility and Code of Student Conduct
Parent and/or Guardian Responsibility…………. 13
CIS Community Behavior Expectations………………... 14
Dress for Success………………………………………. 14
Canton Public Schools - Policies:
Firearms, Weapons, Drugs & Felonies………… 21
Drug and Alcohol Regulations………………….21
Sexual Harassment Policy………………….…... 22
Suspension/Expulsion Policy…………………... 23-25
Students-Assignment of Students……………….26
Psychological Services………………………………….. 27
Social Worker Services…………………………………. 27
Special Education………………………………….......... 27
Student Intervention Team……………………………….27
Speech and Language Program…………………………. 28
Title I Services………………………………………….. 28
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)………….. 28
Floor Plan of Building
Calendar, Canton Board of Education*
*Please note on Canton Public Schools Calendar, 2009-2010, the Tentative Last Day of
school and the June Early Release days, which are also tentative, based on make-up days for
emergency closings. In the Spring, please call CIS school office at 693-7717 to confirm.
THE SCHOOL DAY REPORTING SCHEDULE 2009-2010
Canton Intermediate School students begin their November 16: Report Cards Issued
day at 7:55 a.m. when the first bell sounds and November 17, 18*, 19: Parent Teacher Conf.
March 22: Report Cards Issued
they go to their classrooms. The official start of March 23, 24, 25*: Student/Parent/Teacher Conf.
the day is at 8:05 a.m. when Morning Last School Day: Report Cards Issued
Announcements begin. Students should not *Evening conferences as well as daytime
arrive at school prior to 7:30 a.m. as we have (Additional Communication As Needed)
no supervision available before that time.
School ends at 2:45 p.m. HOMEWORK
Homework is an important aid in helping
OFFICE SIGN-IN students make the most of their school
A surveillance camera allows office personnel experience. It reinforces what has been taught
to view those entering the building. Upon in class, prepares students for upcoming class
arriving at the school office, visitors must stand topics, teaches students to work independently,
where they can be identified and then “buzzed” and develops self-discipline, responsibility and
into the office. organizational skills. Homework may be for
reinforcement, extension, or enrichment of
All visitors, guests and parents/guardians are studies previously presented in class.
• Sign in and out of the CIS office; A conscientiously working student can expect to
• Speak with office personnel, stating spend approximately one hour per night
purpose of visit and destination; completing assigned homework. Students in
• Obtain an identification badge. grade six can expect up to 1½ hours of
Lunchtime/recess visits are not allowed. homework per night beginning in January of the
Students who wish to have a visitor must school year. This will help them to be prepared
contact the main office at least one day in for homework requirements of the Middle
advance of the anticipated visit. These School. For the first marking period, fourth
procedures are for our students’ protection. graders will be given forty-five minutes of
homework per night, four nights per week. This
REPORTING SCHOOL PROGRESS should make the transition from grade three to
Student report cards are formally issued three grade four a smoother one.
(3) times each school year. Parent/Guardian-
It is expected assigned homework will take no
teacher conferences are scheduled for all pupils
longer than the above time allotments. If your
during the first marking period. A special
child has completed the designated amount of
parent/student/teacher conference will be
homework time, has been conscientious and is
scheduled in March for each student. Of course,
still not finished with homework, the
necessary conferences may be arranged at other
parent/guardian may send a note to the teacher
times by calling the school at 693-7717.
explaining the problem. Students will not be
If a student is not making satisfactory progress, penalized for this and may be given additional
the teacher will notify parents/guardians by completion time at school or at home. If the
phone, note, interim form or e-mail. child is regularly spending significantly longer
Parents/guardians with any questions regarding time periods than the above, please contact the
school progress are urged to call the school teacher immediately. It is understood children
office and leave a message. The teacher will with special needs may have their homework
respond at the earliest possible free moment but and time modified according to their individual
no longer than two school days (unless absent). educational programs.
Parents/guardians should not hesitate to
Research consistently shows parents/guardians
communicate any concerns with the school.
are a key factor in children’s achievement in
school. It indicates, therefore, that
parents/guardians must play an important role in
the homework process. We ask All visitors, guests and parents/guardians are
parents/guardians to establish homework as a required to:
top priority for their children. Make sure • Sign in and out of the CIS office;
children do homework in a quiet environment. • Speak with office personnel, stating
Establish a daily homework time. Provide purpose of visit and destination;
positive support when homework is completed. • Obtain an identification badge.
Lunchtime/recess visits are not allowed.
Contact the teacher if the child is having Students who wish to have a visitor must
problems with the homework. contact the main office at least one day in
advance of the anticipated visit. These
Students have responsibilities for meeting
procedures are for our students’ protection.
homework requirements. It is expected all
assignments will be completed. Students will HOME/SCHOOL
turn in work done to the best of their abilities.
Students are responsible for making up
homework assignments missed due to absence.
CIS sends home a monthly newsletter via
If there is a legitimate reason why a student is “e-notice” at the beginning of each month.
unable to finish or do homework, please send a Additionally, we have a web page--
note on the day the homework is due stating the www.cantonschools.org/cis
reason it is not complete. If the student has If you would like a hard copy of e-notices,
diligently worked on the assignment for the please contact the main office at the beginning
allotted homework time and has not completed of the year.
the work, parents/guardians may send a signed Feel free to contact any staff member regarding
note to the teacher describing the difficulty. problems your child may be experiencing.
Students will not be penalized. The
parent/guardian must sign the note.
Principal Coffeehouse is an opportunity for
Finally, if a student completes his/her parents/guardians to meet with the Principal
homework before the allotted time, it is required with no set agenda. No appointment is
the student spend the rest of homework time necessary, but this is not a time when you will
doing independent reading. be able to speak about individual student
concerns. If you do have concerns regarding
HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS ARE your child, do not hesitate to set up a meeting
POSTED ON THE CIS WEBSITE FOR YOUR with me. Principal Coffeehouses will be held in
CONVENIENCE: www.cantonschools.org/cis the CIS conference room during the year.
Dates/times are listed below. There are both
CIS OBSERVATION PRACTICES morning and evening times to meet the needs of
Twenty-four hours prior to an observation, the entire school community.
parents/guardians must arrange the observation
in writing with the teacher responsible for the Tuesday, September 15, 2009 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
class being observed as well as with the Tuesday, October 20, 2009 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
principal (This helps avoid an observer arriving Tuesday, January 26, 2010 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
on a day when the students are being tested or Tuesday, February 23, 2010 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
engaged in an activity likely to make children Tuesday, April 13, 2010 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
unusually self-conscious). Tuesday, May 18, 2010 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
OFFICE SIGN-IN TELEPHONE (693-7717)
A surveillance camera allows office personnel Uninterrupted instructional time is very
to view those entering the building. Upon important to our students. We will only allow
arriving at the school office, visitors must stand students to receive outside calls or messages in
where they can be identified and then “buzzed” emergency situations. Students are not
into the office. allowed to make calls from the classroom.
Students may use the office telephone when CELL PHONES/
absolutely necessary with staff permission only. PERSONAL ELECTRONIC DEVICES:
The school office is staffed from 7:30 a.m. to (CD players, i-Pods, cameras, electronic games
4:00 p.m. In emergencies, the school secretary and toys, etc.): Students are not allowed to
will deliver parent/guardian messages to use cell phones in school. Personal Electronic
students. Please, IF AT ALL POSSIBLE, DO Devices are not allowed in school and, for
NOT CALL THE OFFICE after 12:00 p.m. security reasons, should remain at home.
TO DELIVER A MESSAGE TO YOUR Students who are required by parents/guardians
CHILD. Students may be at band or other to have a cell phone must keep it in the “Off”
locations. It is often difficult to deliver a position in lockers during all school hours.
message during the last hour of school. Again, Students who remove their cell phone from their
every time a message is sent to a student, locker and subsequently lose it or any personal
instruction in the classroom is disrupted. electronic device may not spend time retrieving
Thank you for your understanding. them during school hours. Cell phones and
personal electronic devices will be confiscated
CONTACT BY E-MAIL and kept in the office where they can be
An efficient and quick way to contact a staff retrieved at the end of the day.
member is through e-mail. While sometimes a
conference or telephone conversation is
necessary, information can also be
At the beginning of the school year, children
communicated through e-mail. Any staff
will receive insurance information.
member can be contacted electronically by
Parents/guardians should sign the form whether
using the staff member’s first initial, last
or not they want the coverage. Signed forms
firstname.lastname@example.org For example,
should be returned to the school as soon as
Teachers check their e-mail daily.
CIS WEBSITE LOST AND FOUND
Canton Intermediate School maintains a website We have Lost and Found Boxes located in the
to provide information to students and parents. cafeteria against the left wall as you enter.
Individual teachers have homework assignments Parents/Guardians are requested to place the
posted on this site. Parents can use the website child’s name on all of his/her outer clothing,
to communicate by e-mail with teachers. The boots and lunch boxes. Students and parents
web address for CIS is www.cantonschools.org may check the Lost and Found at any time.
and click on Canton Intermediate School.
ALERTNOW PHONE/E-MAIL Damage to textbooks, chairs and other school
MESSAGE SYSTEM equipment is the responsibility of the student
The Canton School System uses an automated and will require payment.
phone/e-mail message system to quickly get
information to parents/guardians. FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS
Parents/guardians are phoned/e-mailed by Final report cards may be withheld until a
Central Office in the event of an emergency. student has met all of his/her financial
Principals use the system to contact obligations.
parents/guardians with a variety of messages l. Textbooks - Students are expected to return
including distribution of report cards, PTO all school textbooks at the end of each course. If
news, etc. If a parent/guardian does not want to a book is damaged or lost, the student will be
be part of this system, please contact Lorie expected to pay the repair or replacement cost.
Carlson in the main office at 693-7717. 2. Library Books - Students will be billed for
any library books not properly returned. At
present there is no fine system in the library for
late return of books. Students are expected to
return or renew books on the due date. (See • The greatest cognitive growth occurs
section on Library and Media Center for through social interaction.
3. Accidental Damage - If a student • There is a set of social skills children
accidentally damages school property, he/she need in order to be successful
must accept liability. Arrangement for academically and socially: cooperation,
replacement or financial restitution will be made assertion, responsibility, empathy, and
on an individual basis. No disciplinary action self-control.
will be taken with students who voluntarily
report accidents to the office. • Knowing the children we teach—
4. Vandalism - Vandalism is defined as a individually, culturally, and
willful act of destruction. Students apprehended developmentally—is as important as
in acts of vandalism will be subject to: knowing the content we teach.
a. full restitution for damages;
b. appropriate disciplinary action; • Knowing the families of the children we
c. possible referral to the police. teach and inviting their participation is
essential to children’s education.
LOCKERS AND DESKS
The student lockers at CIS are in excellent • How the adults at school work together
condition. It is extremely important that each is as important as individual
student treat lockers with respect and care. competence: lasting change begins with
Lockers should never be overloaded, forced the adult community.
shut, slammed, kicked or defaced in any
For more information on Responsive
manner. Students who mistreat lockers will be
subject to serious disciplinary consequences.
Lockers and desks are school property and are
subject to inspection at any time by the
superintendent, principal or their designated
Our school is a “Character Counts” School. As
agent. No locks are permitted on lockers.
a school we uphold the following six pillars of
RESPONSIVE CLASSROOM character: Responsibility, Citizenship, Respect,
Canton Intermediate School has formally Trustworthiness, Caring and Fairness. These
adopted the Responsive Classroom philosophy. pillars guide us in all we do in our school. Both
The staff is trained in this approach to teaching students and staff have established principles for
and learning. Each day, students and their each of the six pillars of character.
teacher participate in a morning meeting.
ALL CIS STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO
Classmates gather in a circle to greet one
LIVE BY THE FOLLOWING
another, to listen and respond to one another’s
news, to practice academic and social skills, and
to look forward to the events in the day ahead.
The guiding principles of responsive classroom
All CIS students are responsible for the school
environment. Students are responsible for
• The social curriculum is as important as themselves. They will look at their actions and
the academic curriculum. the consequences for these actions. Students
will meet all school requirements, be positive
• How children learn is as important as role models for others and always try their best.
what they learn: process and content go
hand in hand.
All CIS students are expected to follow the
school rules. Students will keep our school BUS RULES
environment safe and clean. The bus driver has immediate authority over
students at all times students are on his/her bus.
RESPECT The bus driver is fully occupied driving the bus
All CIS students should treat individuals with and alert to traffic, pedestrians and other
respect and expect the same in return. Students hazards. Therefore, it is particularly important
need to be courteous and polite. Everyone will children abide by the following specific rules of
have respectful behavior at all times while in safety and courtesy.
school. 1. Students shall at all times be courteous to the
bus driver and follow his/her instructions.
TRUSTWORTHINESS Students shall not disturb or distract the driver.
All CIS students will show trustworthiness by The bus driver is in charge of the bus and all of
respecting people’s privacy. Students will be the students riding on it.
good listeners, help solve problems and share
their thoughts and ideas in a safe environment. 2. No student may ride on a bus other than the
CARING one he/she is assigned unless a note from his/her
All CIS students will treat everyone as they parent/guardian has been approved by the
would like to be treated. They will show caring principal or Business Manager (child care
by being aware of people’s feelings. purposes only). No special stops shall be added
to a bus route for social affairs, recreation or
FAIRNESS religious instruction.
All CIS students will show fairness while 3. Students shall be at their assigned pick up
playing games at recess or while in the school points five (5) minutes prior to the published
environment. Students will listen and be open time for their stop. No child shall be allowed to
to different opinions. board the bus at any point other than
published/approved stops. STUDENTS MUST
For more information on Character Counts:
BE IN CLEAR VIEW OF THE DRIVER.
4. Students shall enter or leave the bus only by
NO-SCHOOL – EARLY CLOSING the front door except in cases of emergency.
An ALERTNOW message will be sent and When entering or leaving the bus, students shall
announcements will be made on the radio and avoid crowding or in any way disturbing others.
television stations listed below as well as on the IF IT IS NECESSARY FOR A STUDENT TO
website: www.cantonschools.org Please CROSS THE STREET TO GET ON OR OFF
discuss with your child the procedure he/she THE BUS, THE STUDENT SHALL CROSS
should follow in the event no one is at home IN FRONT OF THE BUS. NOTE: The bus
when an early dismissal occurs. shall not proceed until the child is safely off the
AM STATIONS FM STATIONS TV STATIONS traveled portion of the street.
WTIC – 1080 WRCH – 100.6 WVIT – Ch 30
WDRC – 103.0 WFSB – Ch 3
WKSS – 95.7
5. No student shall leave the bus except at
his/her stop or at the school.
The following schedule is observed if school is 6. Bus windows shall not be opened without
delayed due to weather conditions: permission from the driver. Students shall not
2 hour delay 10:05 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. extend anything out of the window.
Please Note: 7. No indecent or profane language, rowdy
Lunch will not be served on early-release days. behavior or loud talking shall be permitted.
Students shall not converse with the bus driver
while the bus is in motion. THERE SHALL BE During morning and afternoon student drop-offs
NO SMOKING ON THE BUS. Students and pick-ups, please drive down the designated
should refrain from damaging or abusing the car lane accessed from Dyer Avenue and exit
bus or throwing papers or materials. Students onto Simonds Avenue. PLEASE HAVE
shall be held liable for any damage or abuse YOUR CHILD EXIT THE CAR ON THE
caused by them. PASSENGER’S SIDE AND CROSS THE
BUS LANE AT THE LINED SPOTS ONLY,
8. Books, chairs, instruments, equipment or WHERE THE CROSSING GUARD IS
articles shall not be placed in the driver’s area of LOCATED. Any drop-offs and pick-ups
the bus or in the school bus aisles. between the hours of 11:30-1:30 must be made
9. Hazard-creating articles such as water from Simonds Avenue only. This is due to
pistols, knives, etc. are not to be carried on the student recesses. Students being picked up at
bus. Do not eat on the bus; do not leave articles dismissal must have their names checked off
behind when leaving the bus. by the crossing guard.
10. Students should not move about the bus BIKE RIDERS
while the bus is operating. You may ride your bike to and from school if
your parents permit. You must wear a helmet,
as it is a Connecticut State law. Park and lock
Penalties for Violation: your bike in the bike rack at school. Please be
The bus driver shall report to the school sure to ride on the right side of the road with
principal any student who violates any of the other traffic. Obey all traffic signs and stay
above rules and regulations. The principal may alert. Plan to arrive at school no earlier than
withhold transportation privileges from any 7:30 a.m. Cross the street only where a traffic
student who violates any of the above rules and guard is stationed.
regulations. The principal will provide
consequences for inappropriate behavior. The WALKERS
principal shall notify the student’s parent/ Please be careful on your way to and from
guardian of any violations and the discipline school and take the following precautions:
applied. • Cross the street where the crossing guard
ACCIDENT PROCEDURE: If at any time a is located.
bus should be involved in an accident, students • Always use the sidewalks.
should follow these procedures: • If there is no sidewalk, walk single file
• Listen to and follow the directions of the on the left side of the road facing traffic.
bus driver; • Don’t take shortcuts.
• If an older student is assisting the bus • Respect private property.
driver, follow his or her direction; • Don’t accept rides from anyone you and
• Exit the bus in a quiet and orderly your family don’t know very well.
manner; • Don’t loiter – walk directly to and from
• Stand off the road; school.
• Do not leave the area where the bus has • Plan to arrive at school no earlier than
stopped until told to do so. 7:30 a.m.
Bus Route information is available at each
All Canton Intermediate School’s paved areas
school and on our website,
are busy parking lots. It is very dangerous to
skateboard in these areas at any time. Children
may not bring skateboards to school or
STUDENT DROP-OFF AND PICK-UPS
skateboard on school property at any time.
ATTENDANCE 91-303, defines a “truant” as a child enrolled in
a grade from kindergarten to eight, inclusive, in
SCHOOL ATTENDANCE: a public or private school who has four
Regular and punctual attendance is a must for unexcused absences from school in any month
success at school. Doing makeup work at home or ten unexcused absences from school in any
is a poor substitute for actual participation in the school year and a “habitual truant” as any such
teacher-directed learning process at school. child who has twenty unexcused absences within
Please plan any family vacations for those a school year.
times when school is not in session. Vacation
taken while school is in session is posted as an The names of truant students are reported to the
unexcused absence. Four unexcused absences State. If a parent/guardian does not verify
in any month constitute truancy as defined by his/her child’s reason for absence with the
Connecticut Statutes (see below). Teachers are office, an unexcused absence is recorded.
not required to provide homework information
prior to a vacation taken during while school is PARENT/GUARDIAN NOTES
in session. Please refer to school website. We Notes should be brought to the school office
know there may be emergencies, and we will do whenever there is a change to the student’s
our best to help you in these instances. routine. Examples include: absence; removing
the student from class for an appointment; early
TARDINESS dismissal; permission to walk to the library;
(Arrival in the classroom past 8:05 a.m.) Tardy permission to stay after school; change of phone
pupils are to secure a tardy admission slip from or address and going home other than the usual
the Health Room before going to their manner—walking, riding bike, different bus,
classroom. Please help your child avoid being different bus-stop, etc.
tardy. The beginning of the school day is one of
the most critical times of our students’ ABSENCES
education. During the early morning, 1. Parents/guardians are required to call the
information is disseminated, classroom morning school at 693-7792 (Health Room/Attendance
meetings occur, or students attend academic, art, phone) before 9:00 a.m. any day of absence. If
music, or physical education classes. The a student is absent and we have not been called,
academic tone for instruction is set and we will call the parents/guardians. This may be
expectations are determined. When your child an unexcused absence.
misses this time due to tardiness, he/she is 2. If a student is absent for one day, the teacher
missing a great deal. In addition, joining a will help the student make up the missed work
group already in progress can begin your child’s the next day.
day in confusion.
3. If a student is going to be absent for two or
Parents/guardians will receive a letter from the more days and is well enough to do some
CIS office if your child is tardy three or more schoolwork, a parent can request work when
times. If the nature of the tardiness is calling (before 9:00 a.m.) to report the absence.
unexcused (decision by the Principal), the The teacher will get the work together and have
student will serve a detention after school it on the office counter by 2:30 p.m. on day two
following the third tardy. Parents/guardians of illness for parent pickup. If absence
will be expected to pick up students in the continues, parents should leave completed work
office. when picking up the next day’s work.
Homework assignments are posted on the CIS
TRUANCY website for your convenience:
When will students be determined to be “truant” www.cantonschools.org/cis
and “habitually truant” according to the truancy
law? 4. Since homework is usually based on a review
Section 10-198(A) of the Connecticut General of class work or enrichment, assignments will
Statues, as amended by Section 4 of Public Act
not necessarily be available to students who are called. First aid will be administered for
absent due to vacations not on the school all minor injuries.
calendar. It is expected that any missed work
will be made up upon return on school. 4. All accidents, occurring at school or en
route to or from school, are to be reported
5. Excessive absences could result in a student to the school immediately. If the student
not meeting grade level expectations and being is insured under the school accident
retained in that grade. insurance program, the parents/guardians
should request accident claim forms from
SCHOOL ARRIVAL the CIS Health Room.
Students should not arrive at school prior to
7:30 a.m. (unless specific arrangements have 5. Supervised play periods (recesses) are part
been made with a staff member). WE HAVE of the regular school day. A physician
NO SUPERVISION AVAILABLE BEFORE must authorize in writing exclusion from
7:30 A.M. recess. Children are expected to come to
school properly clothed for the weather
It is the responsibility of the student to sign the conditions. This means heads and hands
classroom attendance sheet upon arrival at are covered as well as legs (no shorts) and
school. a warm coat. In the interest of student
EARLY DISMISSAL health: If the school feels the student is
Early dismissal is discouraged since it interrupts not dressed appropriately for the cold
class continuity and instruction. If it is weather recess, i.e., lack of a coat, he/she
absolutely necessary to remove a student prior will be notified they cannot participate in
to 2:45 p.m., the office should be notified. A recess and will be supervised in the office.
note should accompany the child to school. A notification indicating the child did not
Students will be dismissed from the office only. participate in outdoor recess will be sent
home to the parent. If the parent/guardian
HEALTH, ILLNESS, INJURY feels the child’s dress was appropriate, the
parent/guardian would sign the form
1. Parents/guardians will receive an giving approval for the student to
Emergency Information Card (for Health participate in outdoor recess with the lack
Room records) and Annual Student of a coat. If the student chooses not to
Information form (for the office records) follow the parent/guardian directive for
to be completed and returned to the CIS appropriate dress for outdoor recess, the
office. It is essential that our Health Room student will receive disciplinary action.
and office have updated and current Administration of medication:
emergency information. Connecticut State law requires a physician’s
written order and parent’s or guardian’s written
2. Children who are ill or show signs of authorization for medicinal preparations to be
becoming ill should not be sent to school. administered at school. Forms for this purpose
If a child becomes ill at school, the are available in the school office or at the State
parents/guardians will be called and asked Department of Health.
to provide transportation. There must be
an adult to receive and take care of an ill CANTON BOARD OF EDUCATION
child. WELLNESS POLICY
3. When a child suffers a serious accident at In an effort to promote an understanding of the
school, parents/guardians will be notified benefits of nutrition on overall health and
immediately. If parents cannot be disease prevention, the Canton Board of
reached, the family physician will be Education adopted a wellness policy at its
6/22/06 meeting. This policy is described on
the website: www.cantonschools.org which
includes a link to the list of foods that meet the Funding of the Student Cafeteria Account
Connecticut State Department of Education System will be in advance through Café Prepay
guidelines. Your students will see a heightened (see school website) or by Check Only made
emphasis on nutrition education which shall be payable to: Canton Public Schools Cafeteria
integrated into the Health Curriculum taught in Program. Parents or Guardians may deposit any
the first through twelfth grades. Other ways in amount of money into the student’s account.
which this policy will be implemented include Money will be drawn from the general balance
changes to the school cafeteria menu, parental for meals, milk and snack purchases. It is
guidelines for alternate, healthful snacks for recommended that a minimum fund balance of
student celebrations, and an ongoing review of $10.00 be maintained in each account.
foods offered at school functions. Payment Procedure:
-Checks may be brought to school by your child
CANTON INTERMEDIATE to the cafeteria or School Office;
SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM -Checks may be sent by mail to your school to
Students have the option of bringing a bag lunch the attention of: Canton School Cafeteria
or purchasing hot lunch. Lunches are available Program, c/o Canton Intermediate School, 39
at a reasonable price in the school’s cafeteria. Dyer Ave, Canton CT 06019
Families eligible for free or reduced price -Parents/Guardians may use Café Prepay
lunches may obtain applications in the school
office. In the cafeteria, students are expected to In either case, funds must be in a sealed
practice the good table manners learned at envelope marked to the attention of “Canton
home. These include: leaving the table and School Cafeteria Program.” Include a slip inside
surrounding area clean and neat and putting each envelope with your child’s name,
trash in proper containers. Absolutely no food homeroom teacher’s name, and payment
purchased will leave the cafeteria area. amount.
Cafeteria Account Payment System Parents/Guardians will be provided with an
A computerized Student Cafeteria Account account update each week only if the account
System has been instituted at the CIS Cafeteria. balance is below the $10.00 minimum. These
This system adds flexibility to payment options updates will be sent home with your child on an
and helps improve cafeteria line efficiency. The “as needed” basis. If your child’s account
system also allows us to provide parents or should reach a zero dollar balance, we will
guardians with a report on what each student has allow a maximum of three emergency meals.
purchased within a specified time frame These emergency meals will be charged to your
including payment dates, amounts, and current account which will put your individual account
balance. Additionally the system has the means into a deficit.
to track and control a student’s special
limitations or dietary restrictions.
Each student has an individual account. Funds A surveillance camera allows office personnel
are to be provided by the parent or guardian in to view those entering the building. Upon
advance. Your child will then draw against arriving at the school office, visitors must stand
those funds to pay for their lunches. Students where they can be identified and then “buzzed”
state their name when they come through the into the office.
lunch line. The system then accesses the
All visitors, guests and parents/guardians are
student’s account and draws from the balance.
As a security precaution, the system displays the
• Sign in and out of the CIS office;
student’s photo on the screen. This photo is
then used for recognition to ensure the correct • Speak with office personnel, stating
account is being charged. purpose of visit and destination;
• Obtain an identification badge. 10. Good sportsmanship is to be shown
Lunchtime/recess visits are not allowed. always.
Students who wish to have a visitor must
contact the main office at least one day in 11. Students are to play safely on the swings
advance of the anticipated visit. These and other playground equipment. Only
procedures are for our students’ protection. one child is to be on a swing. Children
are not to hold hands with other students
FIRE DRILLS while swinging.
Fire Drills are required by law. It is important
students respond promptly and clear the 12. Roughhousing on the playground is not
building using the posted route as quickly and permitted.
quietly as possible. The teacher will accompany SPECIAL AREAS OF
the students and tell them when to return.
SCHOOL SAFETY PLAN
School officials have worked with town officials PHYSICAL EDUCATION
to develop safety plans for a variety of The physical education program is an integral
emergencies (i.e. bomb threats, suspicious part of the total education process for all
intruder, hostage situation, hazardous material students. Some of the components of the
incident, hurricane, etc.). In our effort to be program include:
proactive, stay-put (lockdown) drills will be • Physical Fitness
conducted with staff and students during the • Ropes Course Challenges
year. • Recreational and Leisure Games
• Team Sports
PLAYGROUND RULES • Manipulative Skills
The Six Pillars of Character must be followed • Cooperative Games and Activities
along with the enforcement of the following • Sportsmanship
playground rules during the school year:
• Human Anatomy
1. Students must follow appropriate rules when
playing all games. Students in grades 4-6 have two physical
education classes each week. Sneakers are
2. Tackle football is not permitted.
required for participation and class credit.
3. Blocking during touch football is not Sneakers must always be worn in the gym.
If students are to be excused for medical
4. Slide tackling in soccer is not permitted. reasons, a note to the nurse or physical
education teacher is required. If a child is to be
5. Piggyback riding is not permitted.
excused for more than two (2) consecutive
6. Students must use appropriate physical education classes, the note must be
language at all times. from a doctor.
7. Students should pick up and return ART
equipment on the way to and from In line with the National and State Visual Arts
recess. Standards, it our goal at CIS to further students’
artistic literacy. Students will explore various
8. Students may not leave the playground art media and techniques, respond and critique
without permission. their work and the work of others, and express
9. If there is snow on the playground, only their thoughts, ideas and ideals artistically.
children who are wearing boots will be They will become skilled problem solvers and
allowed on the field. gain an aesthetic appreciation for the visual arts,
as well as for the world around them.
Students receive one art class per week and • to provide ongoing student assessment
extra time for integrated lessons throughout the and identification;
year. An art club is offered for interested • to integrate gifted programming
students during recess time. Please remember to strategies into the regular classroom; and
have students dress appropriately on days of art. • to offer enrichment opportunities to all
Students are encouraged to wear smocks which students inside and outside of the
are provided. classroom.
MUSIC LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER
The CIS classroom music program offers the The Library Media Center is considered the hub
students a wide variety of experiences, fostering of the school. Each class visits the LMC
and enhancing music appreciation and regularly. Opportunities for book exchange,
enthusiasm. They will have the opportunity to storytelling activities, information retrieval and
sing, dance/move, play instruments and listen to library skills are provided. Students are allowed
the highest quality of music. They will also to visit the LMC on an individual basis. LMC
learn and improve upon the basic music materials and resources, both print and non-
fundamentals necessary for excellent print, support curriculum needs. Faculty,
musicianship. Students meet with the music students, parents and visitors are always
teacher two periods per week. Chorus is offered welcome in our library-media center. Students
to all students once per week and is mandatory are not charged fines for overdue books or other
for all students in Grade 4. Chorus is optional library materials. However, students are
for Grades 5 and 6. Chamber Singers is an charged for lost or damaged books or library
auditioned group that meets before school once materials. It is expected all matters will be
per week. settled by end of school.
The instrumental program at CIS is designed to COMPUTER LAB
enhance the children’s knowledge, interest and Each class has a designated period scheduled
enthusiasm in music. weekly in the Computer Lab. Our primary goal
is to use technology to improve instruction and
Students are given the opportunity to play a learning. The computer technology staff and
musical instrument beginning in Grade 4 and teachers work together in the lab and/or
continuing through grade 6 and beyond. Each classroom. Students have the opportunity to
student receives one half hour small group come to the lab individually, as needed.
lesson in addition to one band rehearsal per
week. Advanced students are given further School Computer Use and Misuse of the
opportunities to perform in small chamber Internet: Parents/Guardians and students
ensembles. Additional benefits to the program must read the Regulations for Acceptable Use
include listening skill development, discipline, of Technology and return the signed 2009-
memory training, increased and academic 2010 Technology User Agreement at the
awareness. beginning of this handbook.
A.C.T. (Achieving Critical Thinking) ACTIVITIES
Our enrichment teacher works regularly in the
classrooms on enrichment projects/activities
The Canton Intermediate School PTO enriches
with the students. The primary goals of the
our school in many ways. Volunteers work in a
Enrichment Program are:
variety of capacities throughout the school. The
• to create an instructional environment
room parent/guardian program, implemented by
encouraging the development and
the PTO, is of continuing service to the teachers
demonstration of gifted behaviors in all
and students during the year.
The Computer Lab uses volunteers as computer Field trips are chosen to coordinate with and
tutors. Our “expert” parents often enrich our enhance the school program. Advance notice of
curriculum by presenting special lessons on a field trips will be sent to parents/guardians.
variety of topics in their areas of interest or Parent/guardian permission will be needed for
expertise. Parents always are encouraged to field trips.
volunteer and/or visit our school. All non-staff
members entering CIS must report to the office FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
immediately upon arrival. They will be asked No student will be excluded from CIS-
to sign in and out and wear badges. sponsored activities due to financial hardship. If
assistance is needed, please contact Dr. Jordan
P.T.O. Grossman, Principal.
The goals of the Parent-Teacher Organization
are to encourage and coordinate parent/guardian STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY AND
involvement within the school, as well as to CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT
foster parent/guardian interaction and
communication. The PTO sponsors several STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY
fund-raisers to help purchase necessary Students are to conduct themselves properly, in
materials needed to enrich the educational a manner prescribed by the teacher, and they
programs taking place in the school. The PTO must comply with the applicable rules and
provides fabulous enrichment activities to our policies of the school.
students and families.
Students are expected to:
The PTO holds both daytime and evening 1. Develop good habits, such as:
meetings. Membership and dues will be • Attending school daily.
discussed during the CIS Parent Night. All • Arriving to classes punctually.
parents/guardians are encouraged to join and • Working well independently and
participate in this organization. in groups.
• Using appropriate language.
• Maintaining good health habits.
The Book Fair is a CIS annual event held during
November conferences. The PTO conducts the 2. Assume responsibility for their
Book Fair. The books offered are selected to actions by:
foster good reading habits and a love of • Being self-disciplined.
• Making his/her own decisions
despite peer pressure.
• Accepting the consequences for
The CIS Computer Lab is available to interested
their own behavior including
students during lunch/recess on designated days.
penalties for inappropriate
Under the direction of a trained adult,
stimulating educational programs are offered
• Using time wisely.
during this period.
• Completing work on time.
STUDENT COUNCIL (SAC) • Having good study habits.
The Student Council is composed of • Practicing neatness.
representatives from all Grade 4-6 classes, • Doing all assigned work.
selected by the students. The council meets
regularly to discuss important school issues, 3. Maintain a positive attitude by:
concerns and to plan student-directed events. • Being proud of personal
All students may attend meetings. accomplishments.
• Being trustworthy.
• Having academic integrity. • Being in the appropriate seat and
ready when the bell rings.
4. Respect the rights of others by: • Being prepared for each class
• Allowing others to concentrate with appropriate materials and
on their work. assignments.
• Allowing others to assume • No gum chewing
responsibility for their own
actions. 9. Participate in assigned academic
• Learning to resolve differences in activities, such as:
appropriate ways. • Attending all classes.
• Realizing that their behavior will • Bringing supplies as required for
directly affect others. classroom work.
• Respecting others’ property. • Talking when it is appropriate.
• Following instructions.
5. Treat others with respect by: • Doing all assignments.
• Working and interacting well
with others. 10. Assume responsibility for
• Being courteous. maintaining the learning
• Being polite and helpful. environment, such as:
• Caring for others. • Coming to school well groomed
• Displaying affection and dressed appropriately.
appropriately. • Walking quietly in the school
• Appreciating others’ hallways.
accomplishments. • Staying in the classroom seat as
• Expressing opinions and ideas in required.
a respectful manner so as not to
slander others. 11. Take care of the school, such as:
• Helping keep it clean.
6. Treat teachers and school staff with • Keeping it free from destruction.
respect by: • Cooperating with school staff on
• Being cooperative. vandalism cases.
• Being attentive. • Helping keep the school a safe
• Listening to teachers. place to be.
• Being polite.
PARENT AND/OR GUARDIAN
7. Respect the authority of teachers and RESPONSIBILITY
other school staff by: Parents/Guardians have the responsibility to:
• Listening to them.
• Following their directions. 1. Ensure that their child complies with
• Questioning the classroom district and school policies, rules and
teacher appropriately. regulations.
• Seeking changes in school rules
2. Assist their child to attend school
and policies in an appropriate
well groomed and dressed
and responsible manner through
3. Communicate regularly with the
8. Obey all school and classroom rules school concerning their child’s
and procedures, such as: academic progress and conduct.
4. Provide for the physical needs of the self-disciplined, mature and
child. responsible individual.
5. Participate in parent/guardian-
teacher conferences and other CIS COMMUNITY BEHAVIOR
activities in which their child is EXPECTATIONS
Students proceed to their lockers or classrooms
6. Cooperate with and support the after morning bell rings.
teachers and the school
administrators in their efforts to • Be silent and pay attention to morning
achieve and maintain a quality announcements.
• Walk in hallways; stay to right.
7. Discuss report cards and classroom
assignments with their child. • Be reasonably quiet in the hallways and
display appropriate behavior.
8. Inform the school of any problems or
conditions in the home which affect • Be silent when passing working groups in
their child. hallways or classrooms in session.
9. Provide a work area free of • No sliding down staircases, touching
ceiling or locker slamming.
interruption where their child may
study and do homework.
• At assemblies:
10. Maintain up-to-date home, work, and o Focus on speakers or performers;
emergency telephone numbers at the do not talk or make inappropriate
o Clap appropriately.
11. Prepare the child emotionally and o Do not leave an assembly unless
socially to be receptive to learning it is an emergency. Only the
and discipline. back door should be used.
12. Encourage the child to develop • Follow cafeteria rules which are posted on
proper study habits at home. the cafeteria wall.
13. Send their child to school regularly
and on time. DRESS FOR SUCCESS
Students are expected to dress and groom
14. Teach their child to respect authority. themselves for the business of school so as to
neither distract other students nor teachers,
15. Insist that the child spend a disrupt the education process or pose a health or
minimum period of time studying safety threat to anyone. Any attire that
each day. interferes with the learning process or could be
injurious to the health and safety of any student
16. Assist the child to assume will not be allowed. Student dress should be
responsibility for appropriate modest and in good taste for an educational
behavior and to accept the setting. It is the responsibility of each student to
consequences of inappropriate understand the dress code. While the following
behavior. is not an all-inclusive listing, specific items that
are not permitted for wear include:
17. Cooperate with the school in a. hats
assisting their child to grow into a
b. flip-flops It is imperative that bullying be identified only
c. clothing with alcohol, tobacco or other drug when the specific elements of the definition are
messages met, because the designation of conduct as
d. clothing having indecent writing, indecent bullying carries with it special statutory
pictures or indecent slogans obligations. Any misconduct by one student
e. clothing which exposes bare back and against another student, whether or not
midriffs appropriately defined as bullying, however, will
f. clothing which exposes undergarments subject the perpetrator to disciplinary action in
g. strapless clothing accordance with the Board’s policies on student
h. halter tops disciplinary suspensions and expulsion.
i. spaghetti straps I. Definition
j. clothing which overexposes the chest and/or In accordance with state law and Board policy,
thigh areas “bullying” means any overt acts by a student or
k. pants worn below the waist a group of students directed against another
l. sweatshirt hoods cannot be worn on the head student with the intent to ridicule, harass,
humiliate or intimidate the other student while
Coats should not be worn to class. Shoes (foot on school grounds, at a school-sponsored
wear) must be worn at all times. Clothing activity, or on a school bus, which acts are
should be neat, decent and clean. committed more than once against any student
during the school year.
The school administration or assigned designee In accordance with this definition, the following
has the authority to deal immediately with any factors should be considered before identifying
violators of the dress code. Students dressed conduct by a student or group of students as
inappropriately will be asked to arrange for a bullying in violation of Board policy. The
clothing change. With repeat offenders determination that conduct does not constitute
parents/guardians will be notified and bullying under state law and Board policy,
disciplinary consequences may be levied. however, does not restrict the right of the
The intent is to encourage all concerned to Administration and of the Board of Education to
dress, groom and conduct themselves in keeping impose appropriate disciplinary consequences
with an atmosphere reflecting sensitivity to and for student misconduct.
respect for self and others and the overall • Types of conduct. Bullying can take
functions of the school. many forms and can include many
different behaviors having the overt
BULLYING REGULATION intent to ridicule, humiliate or intimidate
5131.911 another student. Examples of conduct
Students that could constitute bullying include:
Bullying 1. Physical violence and/or attacks;
The following sets forth the procedures to 2. Verbal taunts, name-calling and
implement Board Policy 5131.911 concerning put-downs, including taunts based on
the prohibition against bullying. Bullying ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual
behavior is strictly prohibited, and students who orientation, or other protected and/or
are determined to have engaged in such individual characteristics;
behavior are subject to disciplinary action, 3. Threats and intimidation (through words
which may include suspension or expulsion and/or gestures);
from school, in accordance with the Board’s 4. Extortion or stealing of money and/or
Student Discipline policy. The district’s possessions.
commitment to addressing bullying behavior, • Ridicule, humiliation, and/or
however, involves a multi-faceted approach, intimidation. Bullying behavior is more
which includes education and the promotion of than misconduct. Such behavior is
a school atmosphere in which bullying will not marked by the intent to ridicule,
be tolerated by students or staff. humiliate or intimidate the victim. In
evaluating whether conduct constitutes under Conn. Gen. Stat. §10-233d(a),
bullying, special attention should be paid however, school officials are authorized
to the words chosen or actions taken, to impose discipline for such off-campus
whether such conduct occurred in front conduct only if such conduct markedly
of others or was communicated to interrupts or severely impedes the
others, how the perpetrator interacted day-to-day operation of the school.
with the victim, and the motivation, II. Complaint Processes
either admitted or appropriately inferred, A. Publication of the Prohibition Against
of the perpetrator. Bullying and Related Procedures
• Repeated incidents. Bullying behavior The prohibition against bullying shall be
in violation of Board policy must be publicized by including the following
committed more than once against any statement in the student handbook of
student during the school year.” An each of the district schools:
isolated incident, however egregious, is “Bullying behavior by any student in the
not “bullying” under state law and Board Canton Public Schools is strictly
policy. Similarly, numerous acts of prohibited, and such conduct may result
misconduct against different students in disciplinary action, including
may not constitute “bullying” under state suspension and/or expulsion from
law and Board policy. Conversely, school. “Bullying” means any overt acts
where there are repeated incidents of by a student or a group of students
bullying against a single individual or directed against another student with the
recurrently perpetrated bullying intent to ridicule, harass, humiliate or
incidents by the same individual, the intimidate the other student while on
responsible administrator shall develop a school grounds, at a school-sponsored
case-specific intervention to address activity, or on a school bus, which acts
such repeated incidents of bullying, are committed more than once against
which may include both counseling and any student during the school year.
discipline. Bullying outside of the school setting
• Location. Bullying behavior in violation may also be addressed if it has a direct
of Board policy must occur on school and negative impact on a student’s
grounds, at a school-sponsored activity, academic performance or safety in
or on a school bus. Conduct that school. Students and/or parents may file
occurs off-campus (e.g. harassment over verbal or written complaints concerning
the Internet, physical intimidation in the suspected bullying behavior, and
community) may be considered bullying students shall be permitted to
under this Policy if it has a direct and anonymously report acts of bullying to
negative impact on a student’s academic teachers and school administrators. Any
performance or safety in school. report of suspected bullying behavior
Conduct that would otherwise be will be promptly reviewed. If acts of
considered bullying occurring bullying are verified, prompt
off-campus (and outside of any disciplinary action may be taken against
school-sponsored activity) may subject the perpetrator, consistent with his/her
the perpetrator to disciplinary action. rights of due process. Board policy and
Discipline for such conduct, if it has a regulation #5131.911 set forth this
direct and negative impact on a student’s prohibition and the related procedures in
academic performance or safety at detail, and are available to students and
school, may be imposed if such conduct their parents/guardians upon request.”
violates a publicized policy of the Board B. Annual Notification of the Complaint
and is seriously disruptive of the Process
educational process. Unless such The process by which students may
conduct triggers a mandatory expulsion make formal, informal, and anonymous
complaints as set forth below shall be receive the complaint. Should
publicized annually in the student anonymity be requested, the Principal or
handbook of each of the District schools. his/her designee shall meet with the
C. Formal Complaints student to review the request for
Students and/or their parents or anonymity and the impact that
guardians may file written reports of maintaining anonymity of the complaint
conduct that they consider to be may have on the investigation of the
bullying. Such written reports shall be complaint and/or possible remedial
reasonably specific as to the actions action. At such meeting, the student
giving rise to the suspicion of bullying, shall be given the choice as to whether to
including time and place of the conduct maintain the anonymity of the
alleged, the number of such incidents, complaint. Anonymous complaints shall
the target of such suspected bullying, be reviewed and reasonable action will
and the names of any potential student or be taken to address the situation, to the
staff witnesses. Such reports may be extent such action may be taken that (1)
filed with any teacher or administrator, does not disclose the source of the
and they shall be promptly forwarded to complaint, and (2) is consistent with the
the Building Principal for review and due process rights of the student(s)
action in accordance with Section IV alleged to have committed acts of
below. bullying. No disciplinary action shall be
D. Informal/Verbal Complaints by taken solely on the basis of an
Students anonymous report.
Students may make informal complaint III. Staff Responsibilities and Intervention
of conduct that they consider to be Strategies
bullying by verbal report to a teacher or A. Teachers and Other School Staff
administrator or other professional Teachers and other school staff who
employee such as a guidance counselor, witness acts of bullying, as defined
school psychologist, nurse, social worker above, shall promptly notify the
or therapist. Such informal complaints Building Principal and/or his/her
shall be reasonably specific as to the designee of the events observed, and
actions giving rise to the suspicion of shall promptly file a written incident
bullying, including time and place of the report concerning the events witnessed.
conduct alleged, the number of such Promptly is defined as no longer than the
incidents, the target of such suspected next school day. Teachers and other
bullying, and the names of any potential school staff who receive student or
student or staff witnesses. A teacher, parent reports of suspected bullying shall
other professional employee, or promptly notify the Building Principal
administrator who receives an informal and/or his/her designee of such report(s):
complaint shall promptly reduce the Formal written complaints shall be
complaint to writing, including the forwarded to the Building Principal or
information provided. Such written his/her designee.
report by the teacher, other professional Informal complaints by a student
employee and/or administrator shall be received by a certified teacher shall be
promptly forwarded to the Building reported on the Report of Bullying Form
Principal for review and action in and forwarded to the Building Principal
accordance with Section IV below. or his/her designee.
E. Anonymous Complaints Informal complaints by a student that are
Students who make informal complaint received by non-certified school staff
as set forth above may request that their shall be verbally reported to the
name be maintained in confidence by the Principal and/or his/her designee.
teacher(s) and administrator(s) who
In addition to addressing both informal of bullying are verified, a
and formal complaints, teachers and recommendation for intervention,
other professional staff members are including disciplinary action. Where
encouraged to address the issue of appropriate, written witness statements
bullying in other interactions with shall be attached to the report. This
students. Teachers and other written report is confidential and for
professionals may find opportunities to internal use only; it shall not be shared
educate students about bullying and help with the family of either the perpetrator
eliminate bullying behavior through or the victim, except as provided by law
class discussions, counseling, and (e.g. court order/subpoena).
reinforcement of socially-appropriate When a student making an informal
behavior. Teachers and other complaint has requested anonymity, the
professional employees should intervene investigation of such complaint shall be
promptly whenever they observe student limited as is appropriate in view of the
conduct that has the purpose or effect of anonymity of the complainant. Such
ridiculing, humiliating or intimidating limitation of investigation may include
another student, even if such conduct restricting action to a simple review of
does not meet the formal definition of the complaint (with or without
“bullying.” discussing it with the alleged
B. Administrator Responsibilities perpetrator), subject to receipt of further
1. Investigation information and/or the withdrawal by
The Principal (or other responsible the complaining student of the
program administrator) shall be condition that his/her report be
promptly notified of any formal or anonymous.
informal complaint of suspected 2. Remedial Actions
bullying received by any building a. Non-disciplinary Interventions
administrator, teacher or other When verified acts of bullying are
professional employee. Under the identified early and/or when such
direction of the Building Principal or verified acts of bullying do not
his/her designee, all such complaints reasonably require a disciplinary
shall be investigated promptly. In order response, students may be counseled as
to allow the District to adequately to the definition of bullying, its
investigate all formal complaints, the prohibition, and their duty to avoid any
parent of the student suspected of being conduct that could be considered
bullied must complete a consent form bullying.
that allows their District to release that If a complaint arises out of conflict
student’s name to those third parties between students or groups of students,
who the District contacts as part of its peer mediation may be considered.
investigation of that complaint with Special care, however, is warranted in
regard to the investigation of informal referring such cases to peer mediation.
complaints, the parent of the student A power imbalance may make the
suspected of being bullied must process intimidating for the victim and
complete the above-referenced consent therefore inappropriate. In such cases,
form so long as that student has not the victim should be given additional
requested anonymity. support. Alternatively, peer mediation
A written report of the investigation may be deemed inappropriate to address
shall be prepared when the the concern
investigation is complete. Such report b. Disciplinary Interventions
shall include findings of fact, a When acts of bullying are verified and a
determination of whether acts of disciplinary response is warranted,
bullying were verified, and, when acts students are subject to the full range of
disciplinary consequences. Anonymous teachers and other professional staff
complaints that are not otherwise members in each school:
verified, however, shall not be the basis a. Respectful responses to bullying
for disciplinary action. concerns raised by students, parents
In-school suspension and suspension or staff;
may be imposed only after informing the b. Planned professional development
accused perpetrator of the reasons for the programs addressing bully/victim
proposed suspension and giving him/her problems;
an opportunity to explain the situation, c. Data collection to document
in accordance with the Board’s Student bully/victim problems to determine
Discipline policy. the nature and scope of the problem;
Expulsion may be imposed only after a d. Use of peers to help ameliorate the
hearing before the Board of Education, a plight of victims and include them in
committee of the Board or an impartial group activities;
hearing officer designated by the Board e. Avoidance of sex-role stereotyping
of Education in accordance with Board (e.g., males need to be strong and
policy. This consequence shall be tough);
reserved for serious incidents of bullying f. Awareness and involvement on the
and/or when past interventions have not part of staff and parents with regards
been successful in eliminating bullying to bully-victim problems;
behavior. g. A curriculum that promotes
c. Interventions for Bullied Students communication, friendship,
The Building Principal (or other assertiveness skills, and character
responsible program administrator) or education;
his/her designee shall intervene in order h. Modeling by teachers of positive,
to address repeated incidents of bullying respectful, and supportive behavior
against a single individual. Intervention toward students;
strategies for a bullied student may i. Creating a school atmosphere of
include the following team spirit and collaboration that
• Counseling; promotes appropriate social behavior
• Increased supervision and monitoring of by students in support of others;
student to observe and intervene in j. Employing classroom strategies that
bullying situations; instruct students how to work
• Encouragement of student to seek help together in a collaborative and
when victimized or witnessing supportive atmosphere.
victimization; IV. Reporting Obligations
• Peer mediation where appropriate. A. Report to the Parent or Guardian
3. General Intervention Strategies of the Perpetrator
In addition to the prompt investigation of If after investigation, acts of bullying
complaints of bullying and direct by a specific student are verified, the
intervention when acts of bullying are Building Principal or his/her
verified, other district actions may designee shall notify the parent or
ameliorate any potential problem with guardian of the perpetrator in writing
bullying in school or at of that finding. If disciplinary
school-sponsored activities. While no consequences are imposed against
specific action is required and school such student, a description of such
needs for such interventions may vary discipline shall be included in such
from time to time, the following list of notification.
potential intervention strategies shall B. Reports to the Victim and his/her
serve as a resource for administrators, Parent or Guardian
If after investigation, acts of bullying information, which is confidential
against a specific student are information by law.
verified, the Building Principal or 5131.911
his/her designee shall notify the ANNUAL BULLYING NOTICE
parent or guardian of the victim of The Canton Board of Education will notify
such finding. In providing such students annually of the process by which they
notification, care must be taken to may anonymously report acts of bullying to
respect the statutory privacy rights of teachers and school administrators. This
the perpetrator of such bullying. The wording will be included in student handbooks.
specific disciplinary consequences Bullying behavior by any student in the Canton
imposed on the perpetrator, as Public Schools is strictly prohibited, and such
reflected in the student's educational conduct may result in disciplinary action,
records, shall not be disclosed to the including suspension and/or expulsion from
parents or guardian of the victim, school.
except as provided by law (e.g., “Bullying” means any overt acts by a student or
court order/subpoena). The parents a group of students directed against another
of the children involved in the student with the intent to ridicule, harass,
bullying incident shall be invited to humiliate or intimidate the other student while
attend at least one meeting at school. on school grounds, at school-sponsored activity,
C. Notices shall be simultaneously or on a school bus, which acts committed more
mailed to the parent/guardian with than once against any student during the school
whom the student primarily resides year. Such overt acts, which occur off-campus
and the other parent/guardian if (and not at a school sponsored activity) may
requested. This mailing requirement also constitute bullying if it is determined that
shall be in effect for as long as the they have a direct and negative impact on a
student attends the school in which the student’s academic performance or safety in
original request is made. school.
D. List of Verified Acts of Bullying Students may file verbal or written complaints
The Principal of each school shall concerning suspected bullying behavior, and
maintain a list of the number of verified students shall be permitted to anonymously
acts of bullying in the school, and this report acts of bullying to teachers and school
list shall be available for public administrators. In addition, parents may also file
inspection upon request. The list shall written complaints concerning suspected
be reported annually to the Department bullying behavior. Any report of suspected
of Education in such manner as bullying behavior will be promptly reviewed. If
prescribed by the Commissioner of acts of bullying are verified, prompt disciplinary
Education. Given that any determination action may be taken against the perpetrator,
of bullying involves repeated acts over consistent with his/her rights of due process.
time, each report prepared in accordance Board policy and regulation # 5131.91 set forth
with Section III (1) above that includes this prohibition and the related procedures in
verified acts of bullying shall be tallied detail, and are available to students and their
as one verified act of bullying unless the parents/guardians upon request.
specific actions that are the subject of Informal/Verbal Complaints of Bullying by
the report involve separate and distinct Students
acts of bullying. The list shall be limited Students may make complaints of conduct that
to the number of such verified acts of they consider to be bullying by verbally
bullying in the school, and it shall not set reporting to a teacher, administrator, or other
out the particulars of each verified act, professional employee such as a guidance
including but not limited to any counselor, school psychologist, nurse, social
personally identifiable student worker or school therapist. Student complaints
of bullying should specify the actions giving
rise to the suspicion of bullying, including the FIREARMS, WEAPONS, DRUGS
time and place of the conduct alleged, the AND FELONIES
number of such incidents, the target of such Students should be aware that several
suspected bullying, and the names of any Connecticut laws can have an impact on their
potential student or staff witnesses. A teacher, ability to attend public school. The content of
other professional employee, or administrator these laws and policies is summarized below:
who receives a student complaint shall promptly
reduce the complaint to writing, including the 1. It is illegal for students to bring firearms,
information provided by the student. The knives, dangerous weapons or dangerous
written report by the teacher, other professional instruments to school. These items
employee and/or administrator shall be should never be brought on to school
promptly forwarded to the building Principal (or grounds. Being in possession of such
other responsible program administrator) for items in school may result in arrest by
review and action. the police and suspension and expulsion
Formal/Written Complaints of Bullying from school.
Students and/or their parents or guardians may 2. Students who illegally possess a firearm
also file formal written complaints of conduct outside of school or who use a firearm,
that they consider to be bullying. Such written dangerous weapon or dangerous
reports should specify the actions giving rise to instrument in the commission of a crime
the suspicion of bullying, including time and and are arrested by the police for such an
place of the conduct alleged, the number of such act will be reported to school officials by
incidents, the target of such suspected bullying, the police. Such actions may result in
and the names of any potential student or staff suspension or expulsion from school.
witnesses. Such reports may be filed with any 3. Students who possess, distribute or sell
teacher or administrator, and they shall be illegal drugs in school or outside of
promptly forwarded to the building Principal for school are subject to arrest by police.
review and action. Such actions are reported by the police
Anonymous Complaints of Bullying to school officials and may result in
Students who make complaints of bullying to a suspension or expulsion from school
teacher and/or administrator may request that (see the entire Canton School Drug
their name be maintained in confidence by the Policy below).
teacher(s) or administrator(s) who receives the 4. All felonies and Class A misdemeanors
complaint. Should anonymity be requested, the committed outside of school are reported
Principal or his/her designee shall meet with the to school officials by the police. School
student to review the request for anonymity and officials are required by Connecticut
the impact that maintaining anonymity of the state law to meet and determine if it is
complaint may have on the investigation of the safe for students involved in these
complaint and/or possible remedial action. At activities to remain in school.
such meeting, the student shall be given the
choice as to whether to maintain the anonymity
of the complaint. Anonymous complaints shall CANTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
be reviewed and reasonable action will be taken DRUG AND ALCOHOL
to address the situation, to the extent such action REGULATIONS
may be taken that (1) does not disclose the There are serious consequences for using,
source of the complaint, and (2) is consistent possessing, selling, dealing or giving away
with the due process rights of the student(s) alcohol, illegal drugs, narcotics and/or restricted
alleged to have committed acts of bullying. No drugs by students in the Canton Public Schools.
disciplinary action shall be taken solely on the
basis of an anonymous report. Definition:
A drug may be defined as any mood-altering
chemical used to affect behavior, promote abuse
or psychological or physiological dependence. concerns and suggestions for
These substances include alcohol and all parent/guardian action. In the event
controlled substances defined by CT State that the student is in possession of
Statues (Section 21a-240). Among these, but alcohol or controlled
not limited to, are amphetamine type, substances/drugs or in possession of
hallucinogens, morphine type, cannabis type, related paraphernalia, the police will
cocaine type, barbiturate type, steroids, and be contacted.
other stimulant or depressant drugs. Also 3. Resources – the parent/guardian may
included are any substances prescribed by a be referred by the building
physician that are not used in the prescribed administrator to appropriate outside
manner. agencies and will be made aware of
in-school resources for help.
Search: 4. Other – the student may also be
School administrators may search a student’s subject to any other consequences as
car, locker, bag, and backpack and may demand outlined in school handbooks.
that a student empty his/her pockets if they have
reasonable cause to believe that the student
possesses chemicals or objects related to the
A Connecticut law which went into effect in the
drugs defined above.
fall of 2000 forbids public school students from
possessing or using laser pointers in school
Consequences of alcohol or other drug
(Students are only permitted to do so under the
possession, use, and/or distribution by
direct supervision of a teacher in a classroom
setting). Students are never to bring laser
Any student in the Canton Public Schools in
pointers to school without the specific
possession of, using/misusing, or under the
permission of the Principal. Students are not
influence of alcohol or controlled
permitted to purchase laser pointers while on
substances/drugs, or in possession of related
school field trips.
paraphernalia on school premises or on/at a
school-sponsored activity shall be subject to
the following penalties: CANTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY
1. Suspension/Expulsion – immediate It is the policy of the Board of Education to
suspension from school for ten (10) maintain a learning environment that is free
school days and possible from sexual harassment. The Board of
recommendation to the Board of Education prohibits any form of sexual
Education for expulsion. Expulsions harassment. All complaints of sexual
may last 11 to 180 days. In harassment will be investigated promptly in
accordance with the Canton Board of accordance with administrative procedures.
Education Policy (Section 5114): Sexual harassment is defined as unwanted and
students offering for sale, or unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature which
possessing with intent to sell, a interferes with a student’s right to learn, study,
controlled substance on or off school work, achieve or participate in school activities
grounds shall be expelled for one full in a comfortable and supportive atmosphere. In
calendar year. addition to school policies, sexual harassment is
2. Contact/Conference – the school will illegal and is prohibited by federal and state
contact the parent/guardian in order laws.
to inform them of the incident. A As a student at Canton Intermediate School, you
conference will be held with the have the right to participate in all school and
student’s parent/guardian and the classroom activities in an atmosphere free from
building administrator to discuss the sexual harassment. You have a responsibility
extent of the problem and share
not to engage in sexual behaviors that are
unwelcome or offensive to others. CANTON BOARD OF EDUCATION
SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION POLICY
If you are concerned that sexual harassment A student may be suspended or expelled for
may be occurring, ask yourself the following conduct on school property or at a school-
questions: sponsored activity that endangers persons or
• Is the behavior of a sexual nature? property, is violative of a publicized policy of
• Is the behavior unwelcome by anyone the Board, or is seriously disruptive of the
involved? educational process, including but not limited to
• Does the behavior make you or any one or more of the following reasons:
other person feel uncomfortable? a. Conduct causing danger to the physical
• Does the behavior interfere with well- being of himself/herself or other
anyone’s ability to learn or to enjoy people that is not reasonable necessary
school or classroom activities? for self-defense.
• Does the behavior involve one person b. Intentionally causing or attempting to
trying to have some power over another cause physical injury to another person
person? that is not reasonably necessary for self-
• Is the behavior part of a pattern of defense.
repeated behavior? c. Intentionally causing or attempting to
• Would you want this behavior to be cause damage on school property or
directed toward a member of your family material belonging to staff (private
or toward a friend? property).
There are many types of behavior that could be d. Stealing or attempting to steal private or
considered sexual harassment. Some examples school property or taking or attempting
of these would be: to take personal property or money from
• Staring or leering at parts of someone any other person.
else’s body e. The use, either spoken or written on
• Comments, gestures or jokes of a sexual clothing, of obscene or profane language
nature or gestures on school property or at a
• Displaying of sexual pictures or objects school -sponsored activity.
• Spreading sexual rumors or commenting f. Deliberate refusal to obey the directions
about sexual behavior or orders of a member of the school
• Repeated pressuring for dates or staff.
unwanted sexual activity g. Harassment and/or hazing/bullying on
the basis of that person’s race, religion,
• Touching, grabbing and pinching
ethnic background, gender or sexual
• Asking for sexual favors in exchange for
grades, promotions or participation in
h. Open defiance of the authority of any
teacher or person having authority over
• Physical sexual assault the student, including verbal abuse.
• If a student thinks that he/she is being i. Threatening in any manner, including
sexually harassed, he/she should report orally, in writing, or via electronic
the problem to the Principal, the school communication, a member of the school
guidance counselor, the social worker, a including any teacher, a member of the
teacher and their parents/guardians. school administration or any other
Students are encouraged to take action employee, or a fellow student.
and get help when needed. Ignoring j. Blackmailing a member of the school
sexual harassment is not a way to stop it. community, including any teacher,
Additional information or help is available from member of the school administration or
the Canton Schools District Title IV any other employee or fellow student.
Coordinator: School Social Worker, 693-7707
k. Possession of a firearm, deadly weapon, u. Violation of school rules and practices or
dangerous instrument, or martial arts Board policy, regulation or agreement,
weapons, as defined in Section 53a-3, including that dealing with conduct on
such as a pistol, knife, blackjack, etc. school buses and the use of school
l. Possession of any weapon or weapon district equipment.
facsimile, including but not limited to v. Violation of any federal or state law
knife, pistol. which would indicate that the violator
m. Possession, transmission, distribution, presents a danger to any person in the
selling, use of consumption of alcoholic school community or to school property.
beverages, dangerous drugs or narcotics w. Lying, misleading or being deceitful to a
or intoxicant of any kind or any school employee or person having
facsimile of a dangerous drug, narcotic authority over the student.
or intoxicant of any kind. x. Unauthorized leaving of school or
n. Knowingly being in the presence of school-sponsored activities.
those who are in possession of, using, y. Unauthorized smoking.
transmitting, or being under the
influence of any dangerous drug, SUSPENSION FOR CONDUCT OFF
narcotic, hallucinogenic drug, SCHOOL GROUNDS
amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana,
alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant of any 1. Students are subject to suspension for
kind. conduct off school property and outside of
o. Participation in any unauthorized school-sponsored activities in accordance with
occupancy by any group of students or law, for conduct that violates a publicized policy
others of any part of any school, school of the Board and is seriously disruptive of the
premises or other building owned by any educational process, including but not limited to
school district after having been ordered the following:
to leave said school premises or other a. Conduct leading to a violation of any
facility by the Principal or other person federal or state law if that conduct is
then in charge of said school building or determined to pose danger to the student
facility. himself/herself, other students, school
p. Participation in any walkout from a employees or school property.
classroom or school building by any b. Adjudication as a delinquent or a
group of students and refusing to youthful offender as a result of a felony
immediately return to said classroom or if the conduct leading to the adjudication
school building after having been is determined to pose a danger to the
directed to do so by the Principal or student himself/herself, other students,
other person then in charge of said school employees or school property.
classroom or school building. 2. In making a determination as to whether
q. Intentional incitement which results in conduct is “seriously disruptive of the
an unauthorized occupation of, or educational process,” the administration, Board
walkout from, any school building, of Education or impartial hearing board may
school premises, facility or classroom by consider, but such consideration shall not be
any group of students or other persons. limited to; (1) whether the incident occurred
r. Repeated unauthorized absence from or within close proximity of a school; (2) whether
tardiness to school. other students from the school were involved or
s. Intentional and successful incitement of whether there was any gang involvement; (3)
truancy by other students. whether the conduct involved violence, threats
t. The use or copying of the academic of violence or the unlawful use of a weapon as
work of another and the presenting of it defined in Section 29-38 and whether any
as one’s own without proper attribution. injuries occurred, and (4) whether the conduct
involved the use of alcohol, narcotic drug,
hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate SUSPENSION PROCEDURE
or marijuana. 1. The administration of each school shall have
the authority to invoke suspension for a
MANDATORY EXPULSION period of up to ten days or to invoke in-
It shall be the policy of the Board to expel a school suspension for a period of up to five
student for one full calendar year if: days of any student for one or more of the
1. The student, on grounds or at a school- reasons stated above. The administration
sponsored activity, was in possession of a shall have the authority to immediately
firearm, as defined in 18 U.S.C. 921*, as suspend from school any student when an
amended from time to time, or deadly emergency exists as that term is defined
weapon, dangerous instrument or martial above.
arts weapon, as defined in C.G.S. 53A-3; or If an emergency situation exists, the hearing
the student, off school grounds, did possess outlined above shall be held as soon as
such firearm in violation of C.G.S. 29-35 or possible after the exclusion of the student.
did possess and use such a firearm, 2. In the case of suspension, the administration
instrument or weapon in the commission of shall notify the student’s parents and the
a crime; or the student, on or off school Superintendent of Schools within twenty-
grounds offered for sale or distribution a four (24) hours of the suspension as to the
controlled substance, as defined in name of the student who has been suspended
subdivision (9) or C.G.S. 21a-240, whose and the reason therefore. Any student who
manufacture, distribution, sale, prescription, is suspended shall be given an opportunity
dispensing, transporting or possession with to complete any class work including, but
intent to sell or dispense, offering or not limited to, examinations which such
administering is subject to criminal penalties student missed during the period of his/her
under C.G.S. 21-277 and 21a-278. suspension.
2. Such a student shall be expelled for one 3. Except in the case of an emergency, as
calendar year if the Board of Education or defined above, a student shall be afforded
impartial hearing board finds that the student the opportunity to meet with the
did so possess or so possess and use, as administration and to respond to the stated
appropriate, such a weapon or firearm, charges prior to the effectuation of any
instrument or weapon or did so offer for sale period of suspension or in-school
or distribution such a controlled substance. suspension. If, at such a meeting the student
3. The Board may modify the period of a denies the stated charges, he/she may be at
mandatory expulsion on a case-by-case that time present his/her version of the
basis. incident(s) upon which the proposed
4. A firearm, as defined by C.G.S. 53a-3 suspension is based. The administration
includes any sawed-off shotgun, machine shall then determine whether or not
gun, rifle, shotgun, pistol, revolver, or other suspension or in-school suspension is
weapon, whether loaded or unloaded from warranted. In determining the length of a
which a shot may be discharged, or a suspension period, the administration may
switchblade knife, a gravity knife, billy, receive and consider evidence of past
black jack, bludgeon or metal knuckles. disciplinary problems which have led to
*A firearm; currently defined by 18 removal from a classroom, in-school
U.S.C. 921, is any weapon that can expel a suspension, or expulsion.
projectile by an explosive action and includes 4. No student shall be suspended more than ten
explosive devices, incendiaries, poison gases, times or a total of fifty (50) days in one
and firearm frames, receivers, mufflers or school year, whichever results in fewer days
silencers. of exclusions, unless a hearing as provided
in paragraph H (5) is first granted.
5. No student shall be placed on in-school
suspension more than fifteen times or a total
of fifty (50) days in one school year, including results of teacher-made tests and other
whichever results in fewer days of measures of skill and content mastery,
exclusion, unless a hearing as provided in standardized results, criterion-referenced tests
paragraph H (5) is first granted. and teacher observation of student performance.
The teacher shall take into consideration the
PROMOTION/RETENTION learning potential of the student and the effects
The Board of Education is dedicated to the best any handicapping condition may have on that
total and continuous development of each student. The Principal shall direct and aid the
student enrolled in its schools. Therefore, the teachers in their evaluations and review grade
District will establish and maintain the highest assignments in order to assure uniformity of
standards required for each grade and monitor evaluation standards.
student performance in a continuous and
systematic manner. The administration and In all cases of promotion or retention, the
faculty shall establish a system of grading and parent/guardian is to be fully involved and
reporting academic achievement to students and informed throughout the promotion/retention
their parents/guardians. The system shall also decision making process. Parents will be
determine when promotion and graduation notified as early as possible that retention is
requirements are met. being considered and, except in very unusual
circumstances, no later than April 15. A
The Board desires to minimize/eliminate the subsequent meeting will take place no later than
practice of promoting students to the next grade June 1. The Principal shall be responsible for
level for social reasons when they are failing making the final decision as to retention and
academically. The Board expects students to promotion.
progress through each grade within one school
year. To accomplish this, instruction should 5122
accommodate the varying interests and growth Students
patterns of individual students and include Assignment of Students
strategies for addressing academic deficiencies Children transferring from schools outside
when needed. Students shall progress through Canton shall be placed according to the best
the grade levels by demonstrating growth in interests of the child and at the discretion of the
learning and meeting standards of expected Principal. The former grade level shall be a
student achievement. general guide to placement, but consideration
should also be given to the child’s age, record and
Schools shall identify students at risk for achievement, and social, emotional and physical
retention. Prior to deciding on retention for a maturity.
student not mastering the appropriate skills, the
district shall provide and may require the Assigning Students To a Teacher and Classes
student to attend one or more alternatives for in Grades K-12
remedial assistance. Opportunities provided for Each building Principal will have the
supplemental and remedial instruction to assist responsibility and the authority for assignment
the student in overcoming his/her academic of each student to his or her class and, therefore,
deficiencies may include but are not limited to: his or her teacher with the best interests of the
Title 1 tutorials, math and language arts lab child in mind. Principals will not take requests
support, other in school assistance, after school to place children with particular teachers. The
programs, summer school, summer assignments, parent(s) is/are encouraged to consult with their
and cross-age tutoring or student mentoring. Principal or designee in the spring prior to
classroom assignments concerning the child's
Pre-K-8 learning style, specialties and difficulties, and
In evaluating student achievement each teacher particular needs, personal or educational. The
shall make use of all available information, parent(s) is/are also encouraged to discuss with
the building Principal the child's progress in the worker talks with students and family members,
fall once classes are under way. However, the when necessary, to help them consider possible
Principal will make the final determination in solutions to problems and assists them in their
placing all children. selection of appropriate alternatives. In addition
to counseling, the social worker serves as
Legal Reference: Connecticut General Statutes consultant to school personnel and as a
community resource. To offer the most positive
10-221(b) Boards of Education to prescribe rules. experience for students, the social worker works
closely with and receives referrals from
STUDENT SERVICES guidance counselors, school administrators,
GUIDANCE ancillary staff, teachers and parents/guardians.
Canton Intermediate School has a Student interviews with the social worker are
comprehensive school counseling program scheduled by appointment or if the social
which is an integral part of the total educational worker is available, a student may drop in.
program. The school counselor, through regular
sessions with each homeroom, presents a SPECIAL EDUCATION
systematic and structured curriculum. The Special Education staff services children
who are identified by a Special Education
The guidance activities help students in mandated Planning and Placement Team. The
understanding the school environment, staff offers instruction and remediation of
developing school success skills, understanding deficits through an integrated program of
self and others, developing decision-making and reading, writing, spelling, oral language, and
problem-solving skills, developing interpersonal mathematics. The particular structure of the
and communication skills and developing a program varies to accommodate the age ranges
sense of community. In addition, the school and specific needs of the students with as much
counselor offers individual and group independence and integration into the
counseling and consultation. mainstream as possible.
The school counselor is available for Diagnostic services, consultation with
consultation with individual students, teachers classroom teachers and direct instruction are
and parents/guardians. components of the special education program.
Physical therapy, occupational therapy and
PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES adaptive physical education services are also
The school system may provide psychological available to students identified through the
services to children who are experiencing Planning and Placement Team process.
difficulties and are in need of evaluation. The
school psychologist uses a wide assortment of STUDENT INTERVENTION TEAM
tests to measure both achievement and potential Our collaborative assistance team meets on a
for learning. Parent/guardian permission is weekly basis. Members of the team include:
required prior to any testing. In addition to the the principal, classroom teacher, school
above, the school psychologist offers individual counselor, special education teachers, language
and group counseling and consultations. arts consultant, K-6 math/science coordinator,
and school psychologist. The team follows the
SOCIAL WORKER Response to Intervention (RTI) model.
The school social worker serves as a support
resource person. By utilizing interviewing This is not a special education process, but
techniques, psychodynamics in human behavior, rather a regular education team that meets to
and an understanding of the family and its social discuss children experiencing difficulties,
environment, the school social worker counsels seeming to inhibit academic growth. The team
students individually and in groups. The social may:
• Offer specific strategies to the classroom 2. The right to request the amendment of the
teacher. student’s education records that the parent
• Offer to observe the child in the classroom or eligible student believes are inaccurate or
to gather data. misleading.
• Collect more information by conducting • Parents or eligible students may ask
an informal screening. Canton District to amend a record
• Recommend a formal referral be started. that they believe is inaccurate or
The team tracks each child’s progress. Careful misleading. They should write the
notes are kept of the meeting, recording school principal, clearly identify the
concerns and actions taken by the team. part of the record they want
changed, and specify why it is
SPEECH AND LANGUAGE PROGRAM inaccurate or misleading.
This special education program services • If the District decides not to amend
students whose speech and language deficits the record as requested by the parent
adversely affect their academic performance. or eligible student, the District will
These delays can be in the areas of verbal notify the parent or eligible student
expression, comprehension, articulation or of the decision and advise them of
stuttering. their right to a hearing regarding the
request for amendment. Additional
Sessions are held one to several times a week, information regarding the hearing
individually or in small groups, depending on procedures will be provided to the
the child’s needs. Consultation with the parent or eligible student when
classroom teacher and parents is critical to notified of the right to a hearing.
integrating therapeutic and curriculum goals
3. The right to consent to disclosures of
into a meaningful and natural environment.
personally identifiable information
Parental support and supervision is essential to
contained in the student’s education records,
the success of this program.
except to the extent that FERPA authorizes
disclosure without consent. One exception
TITLE I SERVICES
which permits disclosure without consent is
Students may receive supplementary help in
disclosure to school officials with legislator,
math and/or language arts. Achievement scores,
supervisor, instructor, or support staff
classroom performance, and/or teacher
member (including health or medical staff
recommendation identify those receiving help.
and law enforcement unit personnel); a
Services may be a combination of small group
person serving on the School Board; a
and/or individual time in language arts,
person or company with the whom the
additional classroom support in math.
District has contracted to perform a special
task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical
Canton Schools Notification of Rights consultant or therapist); or a parent or
under FERPA For Elementary and student serving on an official committee,
Secondary Institutions such as a disciplinary or grievance
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act committee, or assisting another school
(FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 official in performing his or her tasks. A
years of age (“eligible students”) certain rights school official has a legitimate educational
with respect to the student’s education records. interest if the official needs to review an
They are: education record in order to fulfill his or her
1. The right to inspect and review the student’s
education records within 45 days of the day Upon request, the District discloses education
the District receives a request for access. records without consent to officials of another
school district in which a student seeks or
intends to enroll.
4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S.
Department of Education concerning
alleged failures by the District to comply
with the requirements of FERPA. The
name and address of the Office that
administers FERPA is:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
600 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-4605
[Note: In addition, a school may want to
include its directory information public
notice, as required byS99.37 of the
regulations, with its annual notification of
rights under FERPA.]
CANTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
August (0 days) September (20 days) October (21days) November (19 days)
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December (17 days) January (19 days) February (18 days) March (23 days)
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April (16 days) May (20 days) June (10 days)
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12 13 14 15 *16 17 18 *19 20 21 ^14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 21 22 23 24 25
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August 27,28,31 Professional Development
September 1 First Day of School No School
September 7 Labor Day ** Conferences - early release
September 28 Yom Kippur 11/17,11/18,11/19,3/23,3/24,3/25
October 12 Columbus Day * Early Release-Professional Dev.
November 26 & 27 Thanksgiving Recess 9/25,10/28,12/9,1/15,4/16,5/19
December 24 to 1-4 Winter Recess ^ Early Release 11/25,12/23, 6/11, 6/14
January 18 Martin Luther King
February 15 & 16 President's Day-Winter Recess
April 2 Good Friday
April 19-23 Spring Recess
May 31 Memorial Day
June 14 Tentative Last Day***
June 15,16,17,18,21 Make-Up Days for Emergency Closings
If the number of emergency closing days exceeds five (5) days, any additional days will be taken from the spring recess beginning
Monday, April 19, 2010.
Canton High School – Principal, Mr. Gary Gula 693-7707
Canton High School – Assistant Principal, Dr. Nancy Bean 693-7707
Canton Middle School – Principal, Mr. Joseph Scheideler 693-7712
Canton Intermediate School – Principal, Dr. Jordan Grossman 693-7717
Cherry Brook Primary School – Principal, Mr. Andrew Robbin 693-7721
Director of Pupil Personnel Services – Ms. Mary Dorpalen 693-7714
Central Services: Superintendent – Mr. Kevin Case 693-7704
Central Services: Assistant Superintendent – Ms. Lynn McMullin 693-7704
Central Services: Business Manager – Mr. Jerry Domanico 693-7704
Adopted: April 15, 2009