A.  Health Office

The health office is located across the hall from the Library.  The Nurse’s hours are from 7:40a.m. to 2:10 p.m. each school day.

If you are sick or injured . . 

Ask your teacher for permission to see the school nurse.  The nurse will decide if there is a need for you to leave school or seek further medical attention.  In such cases, parents or guardians will be notified.  You are not to call home to ask your parents to come pick you up.  Students who are dismissed by the nurse will have an excused dismissal.  The nurse does need to track reports of illness and communication with families.  The nurse will handle this. If the nurse is temporarily out, students are to report to the office.

B.  Medication Policy

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Please click HERE to view the School Committee's policy for Head Lice


C.  Concussion Policy

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D. Nurse Coverage for Field Trips

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E. No School Announcements

“No School” and “Delays” are determined by the Superintendent of Schools. Notification will be made via the District’s computerized notification system and announcements will be made on Radio Stations WTAG, WSRS and TV Channel 5. Students and parents should not call the administration, faculty or staff.


E. No School Announcements

We all hope there will not be a need to evacuate our school, but precautions must be taken to insure the safety of our students.

  1. Students are expected to know the proper exit from any place in the building.
  2. Be ready to act in case of an emergency. Think clearly and avoid confusion.
  3. Walk in a quiet and orderly manner (absolutely no talking during a fire drill).

There is a law against false reports to the police, and it is strict. Why? Because a false alarm is not a prank; it is a serious offence. It puts the lives of responding emergency personnel in danger as they rush to the scene, and it puts others at risk of injury. Action will be taken by the administration in regard to anyone who falsely reports or sets off an alarm.


F. Food In The Classroom


Leicester Middle School has developed a protocol for food celebrations in the classroom to address three issues:

·  There has been an increase in life-threatening food allergies in our schools, especially to nuts

·  New legislation has been passed which supports Leicester Public Schools’ efforts to help prevent obesity in children

·  We are concerned about the importance of good hygiene in the classroom in the light of the H1N1 outbreak

 

Curriculum Related Food Lessons:  When a teacher decides to include food as part of the curriculum, he/she will choose from Allowable Food List, or will send permission forms home 7 calendar days before the lesson.

 

At the beginning of the year, a general food permission form will be included in the forms sent home on the first day of school for every student. On this form, parents/guardians will be able to indicate if their child can participate in any food celebration during the school year, or if the student has a special circumstance and the parent/guardian must be informed of the food to be provided.

 

During the school year, teachers will only need to send permission forms home with students who require permission for each food lesson or to students who do not have a permission form on file at school.  The nurse in each building will keep track of these forms and will provide teachers with the list of students who require permission forms for each food related lesson. Permission forms must be sent home at least 7 days before the food is to be provided. If a student cannot have a food, the teacher and parent/guardian will work out an acceptable alternative food.

 

During some teaching units, students are asked to bring in homemade food that enhances a unit or lesson plan. If a teacher is including homemade food during a lesson such as this, a letter will be sent home to parents of students who require permission describing the event and the foods that will be available (e.g. homemade food representing cultures studied in our lesson) at least 7 calendar days before the event. If a student cannot sample the homemade foods, the teacher and parent will work out an alternative that will still allow the student to participate in some way. An example would be having that parent/student make a cultural food item that that student can eat.  Teachers and parents are responsible to remind the student that he/she cannot sample the foods.

 

Holidays and Other Celebrations:  We recommend that these be limited as much as possible. Teachers will follow the same protocol as for Curriculum Related Food Lessons when a holiday or other celebration is planned and involves food.


Rewards and Incentives:  Food will not be used as a reward or incentive for any student unless indicated in an IEP.  As always, children are not allowed to share snacks or food with each other, either in school, on the bus, or at school sponsored events such as field trips.



F. Unpaid Meal Transactions

Unpaid Meal Transactions – Students

 

It is a parent or guardian’s full responsibility to ensure that each student(s) bring a lunch from home or to ensure student(s) have the necessary funds to purchase a meal at school.   A parent or guardian that fails to provide for a nourishing midday meal at school, in either manner, is neglecting the health and welfare of their child.

Leicester Public Schools recognizes that healthy, nutritious meals are an important component to student readiness and the ability to learn.  In addition, Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), part 210.10 (a) (1) General Nutrition Requirements states “Schools must provide access to nutritious and well–balanced meals to all the children they serve.”  In accordance with this regulation, the Leicester Public Schools will not deny any student access to meals at school; however, they must pay for all meals purchased. 

By statute, the district’s Food Services department is a self-supporting fund that shall not have a negative balance at the close of a fiscal year.  Unpaid charges place a financial strain on the Food Services department and on the district’s operating budget.  To be fair and equitable and to maintain compliance with federal reporting requirements for USDA Child Nutrition Programs, Leicester Public Schools will provide necessary oversight and accountability for meal purchases and collection of outstanding student meal fees.

 

1. The Leicester Public Schools cannot lend money or give credit to any student to purchase breakfast or lunch, per USDA federal regulations. A “Courtesy Meal” will however be provided to a student in grades K – 8 if the student does not come to school with a lunch from home or the money needed to purchase a meal at school. A “Courtesy Meal”   for $3.00 will consist of a peanut butter & jelly or cheese sandwich, vegetable, fruit and milk.  It is the district policy that no more than three (3) “Courtesy Meals” may be charged to any student account.  After three (3) “Courtesy Meals” are charged, students will be required to bring a lunch from home until the balance owed is paid in full.  They are no longer eligible to purchase meals at school until balances are paid in full.  Students in grades 9 – 12 may not charge meals.  .

 

          Students who accumulate $15 or more in charges are required to bring a lunch from home until the charge balance is paid in full.   Families who do not resolve their delinquent account will be notified and their account will be turned over to the Principal at     each school, and a call will be made to the household requesting prompt payment.

 

2. Students from grades 3 and up will receive requests from the food service cashier to bring in money from home for their charged meals and to replenish accounts when balances run below the purchase price of 2 meals. 

 

3. Balance Due Notices are sent home on a weekly basis through email notification or by phone call.  

 

4. It is highly recommended for families to set up FREE student meal account reminders to receive notification when account balances are low to avoid insufficient funding of school meal accounts. Parents and Guardians can set up the free reminders by logging into www.myschoolbucks.com 

5.    Students who have an outstanding balance will not be allowed to participate in Senior Events including graduation. 

The Leicester School District reserves the right to revise any aspect of these procedures to ensure student meal accounts are paid in full and to promote prompt recovery of balances owed. 

If a student is without money on a consistent basis, and the family fails to pay charges owed, the administration will investigate the situation and take further action as needed.  If financial hardship exists, parents and families are encouraged to apply for free and reduced price lunches for their children.

G.  School Meal Charges


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H.  Free and Reduced Price Food Service


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I.  School and District Wellness Program


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J. Emergency Plans


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K. Evacuation Plans
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A. Health Office
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C. Concussion Policy
D. Nurse Coverage for Field Trips
E. No School Announcements
F. Food In The Classroom
E. Unpaid Meal Transactions
G. School Meal Charges
H. Free and Reduced Food Service
I. School and District Wellness Program
J. Emergency Plans
K. Evacuation Plans