2017-18 RES Student-Parent Handbook





Reading Elementary School

Student-Family Handbook

(subject to change)


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P.O. Box 176

632 VT Route 106

Reading, Vermont 05062

Website:  www.resvt.org

Blog:  http://readingelementaryvt.blogspot.com

Phone: 802 484-7230

Fax: 802 484-3818



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TABLE OF CONTENTS (Subject to change.)


Mission & Philosophy Statement   ……………………………………… .3

School Personnel  ………………………………………………………….4

Letter from the Principal……………………………………………………5

School Board  ………………………………………………………………6

Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)  …………………………..……...…6

Visitor Procedures  …………………………………………………………6

School Day  …………………………………………………………………6

Arrival/ Dismissal Procedures ……………………………………………..7

Attendance  ………………………………………………………………….7

Absences/ Extended Absences from School

Excessive Absences and Truancy

School Cancellation  ……………………………………………………..…9

Field Trips  ……………………………………………………………….....10

Health Information ……………………………………………………….....11

Immunizations

When to keep your child at home

Emergency Notification

Medications -  Prescription & Non-prescription

Opting out of Hearing and Vision Screenings  (16 VSA: 1422)

Homework Guidelines  …………………………………………………….12

Safety Drills  ……………………………………………………………...…13

Transportation to School  ………………………………………………….13

Student Portraits  …………………………………………………………...14

Food Service - Breakfast, Snack and Lunch  ………………………...…15

Guidance  ……………………………………………………………………15

Student Assessment and Parent Teacher Conferences  ……………….16

Local, State and National Standardized Testing  ………………………..16

SBAC, NAEP, NECAP, Fountas & Pinnell, PNOA,

Common Core, NGSS  

Student Cumulative Record Folder  ……………………………………….17

FERPA- The Family Educational Rights Act   …………………………….17

Student Support Programs and Services  ………………………………...18

IDEA – Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

Civil Rights Law 504

Educational Support System – Act 117

School Conduct and Discipline  ……………………………………….........19

Harassment Policy  ………………………………………………………..….20

Reporting Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect CODE F8……………........21

Designation of Directory and First Right of Refusal …………………….....22

Acceptable Use of Technology Agreement ………………………………....25

Handbook Review Acknowledgement  Form   …………………………......26



                                                               




READING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MISSION


To inspire and educate students to make decisions with an understanding of the interrelatedness of social equity, the economy and the environment for today

and in the future.



READING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PHILOSOPHY


We, the Reading Elementary School and the community, will collaborate to foster an educational environment which embraces:

  • A safe, healthy, respectful environment which maximizes learning and develops self-esteem

  • A challenging, standards-based academic curriculum, built on fundamental skills, which address the needs of the whole child and validates risk-taking

  • Diverse practices which recognize uniqueness and engage each child thereby enhancing the educational experience

  • An awareness of personal responsibility and citizenship by working cooperatively to encourage open, honest communication

  • Positive modeling, guided discovery, and creative thinking to promote lifelong learning and inquisitive spirits.








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READING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PERSONNEL 2017-18


READING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

484-7230


Mrs. Cathy Knight (.8)

Principal, Ext.1501; Library Media/Tech Teacher

Mrs. Sherry Hatt

Mrs. Kathi Faulkner

Mrs. Pam Boyer-Sheldon

Ms. Leticia Denoya

Administrative Assistant, Ext. 1507

Pre-K Teacher, Ext. 1511

Kindergarten Teacher, Ext. 1503

1/2 Multi-grade Teacher, Ext. 1504

Mrs. Jen Mayo

3/4 Multi-grade Teacher, Ext. 1514

Ms. Patty Collins

5/6 Multi-grade Teacher, Ext. 1513

Mrs. Lisa Kaija (.2)(Mon.)

Mrs. Christine Morton (.2)(Thurs.)

Mrs. Rose Grenier (.2)(Tues.)

Visual Arts Teacher

Music Teacher

Physical Education Teacher

Ms. Libby Curran (.8)

Special Education(.5),Title 1 Teacher, Ext. 1512

Mrs. Elaine Leibly (.2)

Foreign Language Teacher

Mrs. Jill Tofferi(.4)

Ms. Libby Curran

Ms. Heather Evans                                                

Guidance, Ext. 1508

Special Educator (.5) Interventionist (.3), Ext.

Food Service Manager, Ext. 1505

Ms. Joan Nagle & Ms. Liza Dionne

Mrs. Amy Harkins (.3)                                                                                                                  

Para-Educators (1 Reg.; 1 Special Ed)

Pre-School Aide(MWF <15 PK3/4)

Mrs. Hilder Allen (.3)

Kitchen Aide

Mrs. Jean Chick (.2)(Tues.)

Nurse, Ext. 1502

Mr. Jared Jackson(.6) M-F

Maintenance/Custodian, Ext. 1516

Mr.  Curtis Kinsman


WCSU STAFF

 Butler Bus Service Driver


 

TBA

Speech/Language Pathologist 457-1213 X 1091

Ms. Nancy Nicholas

TBA

Mr. Fritz Weiss

Mr. Raphael Adamek                               

Occupational Therapy  457-1213, Ext. 1094

EEE Coordinator  457-1213 Ext. 1095

Consulting Educator/Behavior Specialist

Director of Instructional Technology



RES SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS

Mr. Justin Sluka, Chair                     802-484-8957

Mrs.. Donna Martin-Stahl, Clerk      802-952-1119

Mr. Timothy Bishop                          802-484-


Windsor Central Supervisory Union                  802-457-1213

Mrs. Mary Beth Banios                                           Superintendent/Director of Education -  Ext. 1083

Ms. Sherry Sousa                                                   Director of Student Support Services,  Ext. 1216

Mr. Richard Seaman                                               Director of Finance & Operations, Ext. 1089




NOTE:  

Time allotment:  A full-time employee works 1.00.  A part-time employee works .2 each day.



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P. O. Box 176, 632 Vt. Rt. 106, Reading, VT  05062

Website:  www.resvt.org  Blog:  readingelementaryvt.blogspot.com

Phone:  802-484-7230     Fax:  802-484-3818

Dear Students, Parents, and Families of the Reading “Rockets” School Community,

Soon we begin “re-entry” into the 2016-17 school year and we are delighted to take this journey with your student and YOU!  All members of the staff are energized and ready for a fantastic learning year with your student.  

I began my Vermont teaching career at Reading 11 years ago, and am honored to come “home” to Reading as the principal beginning this 2016-17 school year.  I will be in the school four days a week as principal and will also be teaching library and technology skills.

We are the “Reading Rockets,” and the parents and this community are “Mission Control” and that’s where communication is a MUST.  You can all expect a weekly blog called “Reading Rockets Report” (http://readingelementaryvt.blogspot.com) by 5 PM Sunday with details for the upcoming week.     For those who don’t have web access, you can receive yours in student folders or in the mail if you inform us that you don’t have e-mail.   

There is a myth that teachers don’t work in the summer. We can be very proud of our dedicated staff and appreciate the countless hours they have invested in preparing for your student’s learning opportunities this year.

The first day of school is Wed., Aug. 31.  Please join us for the PTO Back to School Breakfast 7:15 – 7:45 AM.  Students should arrive to their classes at 7:45 so that learning can begin promptly after that.

Positive support and flexibility are always appreciated as we learn together this year.  If you have a concern regarding your child’s progress, please contact your child’s teacher first.   My main focus during school hours is YOUR child and supporting the teachers as they do their job learning with your children!  If you’d like to make an appointment before or after school, I’ll always welcome the opportunity to meet with you.  Feel free to call me at school and I’ll get back to you within 24 hours unless it’s urgent.  Your concerns are important to all of us!  We appreciate all YOUR efforts in supporting Reading Elementary!

Respectfully yours,

 

Cathy Knight, Principal

802-484-7230(school); 802-779-5577 (cell)


READING SCHOOL BOARD

The Reading Elementary School is governed by a board of three members who are elected at Town Meeting for a term of 3 alternate years. The Board meets on the third Tuesday of each month in the Reading Elementary School at 6:00PM.   As your elected representatives, they welcome Reading residents at the meetings.  Your voice is important and needs to be heard!  Minutes of the meetings are posted on the Reading Elementary School website www.resvt.org


READING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PTO

Welcome to the 2017-18 school year from the Reading PTO! The Reading PTO is the volunteer parent teacher organization at Reading Elementary School.  The PTO strives to augment the school/district budget by providing funds for enrichment programs and parent volunteers for academic support.  The PTO’s mission is to provide enrichment, support and assistance to the Reading Elementary School community through challenging learning activities that nurture mind, body and spirit.    


Substantial fundraising from a number of events/activities such as the Leaf Peepers Breakfast, Thanksgiving Pie Sale, Read-a-thon, and Amazon SMILE, each year supports a variety of programs:

  • Field trip support including Arts enrichment performances at the Hopkins Center/Hood Museum, Lebanon Opera House, Yoh Theatre and Pentangle Arts—historically, each class has chosen two or three performances to enhance the classroom curriculum.

  • Winter Sports Program—skiing and swim lessons are offered each winter.  PTO funds a generous portion of each student’s total expense; some receive full scholarships.

  • Purchase of computer hardware, microscopes, playground equipment, special requests from faculty, etc.

  • Parent/Community education, donations to Town Library, Town Hall & urgent global issues.

The Reading PTO meets at 6:00 pm on the third Monday of each month during the school year.  We invite you to join us at our meetings to help set and reach appropriate goals. There are plenty of opportunities for you to help, volunteer, and support if you cannot attend meetings.   Tatiana McCarthy is the current president and can be reached at her e-mail: office@sbfvt.org 


VISITOR PROCEDURE

Our staff values a strong partnership between home and school.  For safety sake, all visitors must sign in the front office and wear a “visitor” badge while in the building.  


We welcome and encourage parents to participate in their child's education.  In an effort to offer a continuous flow of instruction and to maintain a safe learning environment, we ask that all parents, visitors, and volunteers first sign in at the office.  If you would like to be a volunteer in the classroom or discuss your child's education with his/her teacher, please call to make an appointment with the classroom teacher in advance.  Thank you.


SCHOOL HOURS

7:15 AM  ....................................................... Bus arrives and breakfast starts

7:30 AM   .......................................................Breakfast ends

7:35 AM  ........................................................Morning Circle, then K through 6 - Students report to class

11:30 AM – 12:35 PM.....................................Lunch and recess rotation

11:30-45 AM ..................................................Pre-K dismissal

2:20 PM………………………………………….Bussers dismissed

2:25-30 PM…………… ………………………..Dismissal for walkers/parent pick-ups



ARRIVAL/ DISMISSAL  PROCEDURES

Arrival Procedures

  1. All non-bussed students should  be dropped off in the parking areas and walked to the front doors. Directly in front of the school is a fire safety lane which needs to remain clear at all times.

  2. For the safety of the students, please DO NOT DRIVE AROUND TO THE BACK OF THE SCHOOL to drop your child off. Students should enter the school building ONLY through the main doors.

  3. Upon arrival, all K-6 students should check in with Mrs. Hatt and then report to the multi-purpose room unless otherwise directed.

  4. Students arriving to school late, at any point after 7:30 AM, must report to the office with a parent/guardian to sign in before going to the classroom.

  5. Instruction begins at 7:45 AM. If you wish to observe the classroom, please make arrangements with your child’s teacher in advance.


Dismissal Procedures

The following procedure has been made to ensure the safe dismissal of all Reading Elementary School children, and to promote the uninterrupted flow of learning in the classroom. Parents and guardians are asked to wait for their children in the foyer or outside at the picnic tables.  


Grades K-6  School Dismissal

Instruction ends at 2:20 PM.  Students will be released from the school only to their parent/guardian or to persons authorized by the parent/guardian. Students will follow only their prearranged dismissal schedule.


Students are dismissed in the following order:

  1. Students taking the bus depart at 2:20 PM.

  2. Students walking home and students being picked up by a parent or other designated adult will be dismissed at 2:25 PM.


Preschool Dismissal

  1. Dismissal for preschool students is at 11:45 PM

  2. Parents and authorized persons may pick up preschool students from the classroom except on Fridays when the children will meet you in the foyer. If a parent will be late picking up their child, a note or phone call to the school is requested.


Early Dismissal

  1. Any student who needs to leave school before the end of scheduled instructional time is required to provide a note to the classroom teacher.

  2. Parents picking up early dismissal students must report to the office to sign out the student. The office will then call the classroom teacher to have the child excused from class.  Please do not enter the classroom as this may interrupt the flow of instruction.


Change in Routine Dismissal Plan

To ensure the safety of your child and the least amount of worry for them, it is very important that any change in routine be done in advance by a written note or phone call. Attempting schedule changes at dismissal time will not be permitted. No student will be allowed to make any change to his/her routine unless a note or phone call has been logged in at the office. Written notes can be sent with the student or via fax at 802-484-3818.

It is imperative that any changes involving a student riding the bus be conveyed with a written note. This prevents confusion on the part of the child, the school, and the bus driver. It should be provided to the teacher and then logged in at the office. This includes, but is not limited to, the following: bused students that will not be taking the bus, non-bused students who must ride the bus, or bused students that must get off the bus at a stop other than their designated stop.



ATTENDANCE

Students who are absent from school on the day of an event, performance, or other school sponsored activity will not be able to attend or participate in said event, performance, or activity without specific approval of the principal.


In case of tardiness, the student and parent must stop at the main office before going to the classroom.  (See “Arrival Procedures.”)


We request that parents call the school (484-7230) between 7:15 and 7:45 if they know their child will not attend or will be late.  In order to ensure our students' safety and gain information regarding possible communicable disease, the school must be made aware of the reasons for absences.


Absences:

I. Students not present in class for any reason are considered absent.  

  Any absence is classified by the Vermont Agency of Education in one of the following categories:

  1. Excused – personal illness; appointments with health professionals that cannot be made outside of the regular school day; observance of recognized religious holidays when the observance is required during a regular school day; emergency family situations such as a death in the family; planned absences for personal or educational purposes which have been approved 2 weeks in advance by the principal; absences due to suspension or expulsion.

  2. Unexcused- these absences will be viewed as truancy. Any absence not accounted for with a note or phone call to the office will be marked unexcused in the student’s permanent record.


II. Extended Absences from School - Student Vacation

The decision to take a student out of school should not be taken lightly since it is nearly impossible to make up for missed instruction.  If a student will miss 2-3 days of school due to a reason other than illness/emergency, the Principal must be notified in writing at least two weeks in advance. The Principal has the right to deny approval for the extended absence if the absence will be detrimental to the student's progress.  At the discretion of the teacher/principal, work will be assigned before or following the absence.  The student will have not more than six days after returning to complete all makeup work and tests/quizzes.  If there is no advance notification, the extended absence will be considered an unexcused absence and will be marked as such in the student’s permanent record.


III.   Excessive Absences and Truancy

Vermont law, 16 VSA section 1121, requires that “A person having control of a child between the ages of six and sixteen years shall cause the child to attend a public school, an approved or recognized independent school or a home study program for the full number of days for which that school is held”. Students of concern shall also include students older than 16 who have enrolled in school.  Under Vermont law, Title 33, educational neglect by families as well as habitual and unjustified truancy cases may result in CHINS (Child in Need of Supervision) petitions being filed in Windsor County Family Court.  Tardy/truant procedures are found in the Windsor County Truancy Response Protocol.  (8/10/11)

Note:  Excessive unexcused absences shall be defined as more than 5 days of unexcused absences.  Unexcused absences shall also be interpreted to mean a pattern of concerning tardiness or early school departures or failure to attend classes as defined by the school.  The school shall make personal contact with the parents or guardian of any student identified as have excessive unexcused absences to express the school’s concern.  The contact may be followed by a letter from the school documenting said concern.  The superintendent and truant officer will be notified of concern.  After 10 days of unexcused absences, the school shall arrange a “CSP (Coordinated Services Plan) Meeting - Act 264.

If the CSP is not successful and more formal state intervention is deemed necessary, a formal referral to DCF Central Intake is made.  16 VSA 1127(c)


SCHOOL AGE ENTRY

Students entering elementary school must comply with the following age requirements:

  1. Pre-kindergarten is available for children ages three(3) and four(4). For admission into pre-kindergarten, a child must have attained the age of three (3)years or four(4) years respectively on or before September 1 the year of entrance.

  2. For admission into Kindergarten a child must have attained the age of five(5) years on or before September 1 the year of entrance.

  3. For admission into Grade 1 a child must have attained the age of six(6) years on or before September 1 the year of entrance, or may be admitted to Grade 1 if they have successfully completed a state recognized Kindergarten program


TRANSFERRING TO A NEW SCHOOL DISTRICT

If a child will be moving please notify the school as much in advance as possible.  The school registrar will record transfers of students into or out of Reading Elementary School.  Permanent record files and health files will be mailed to the receiving school upon request by the new school and following the submission of a release form.


CANCELLATION of SCHOOL

When it becomes necessary to cancel school because of inclement weather or any other emergency, families will be notified by the Rediker automated call system that is utilized by the Windsor Central Supervisory Union.  Please notify the school office if you would like to be omitted from the automated system. Local television stations also broadcast cancellations. In addition, announcements will be made over the following radio stations:

MIX98 98.1 WCVR 102.1 WGXL 92.3

KIXX100.5 Q106 106.1 WWOD104.3

Or online at: www.sover.net or www.cancellations.com

Please make sure your contact information is current at all times.  


DRESS CODE

The standards for elementary school dress reflect “common sense” and a concern for each child’s comfort, safety, cleanliness, and sense of modesty. There is a strong relationship between neat, appropriate attire and a positive learning environment.


To help create the best learning environment for elementary students, the following standards for student dress must be observed:

  1. You have a right to choose your own style of dress and personal appearance, as long as it does not interfere with the educational process or academic decorum, endanger student health and safety, or cause undue maintenance problems for the school.

  2. Dress is a reflection of how one feels about oneself. All students will follow the regulations below:

    1. Pant hems must not drag on the floor, as this creates a tripping hazard.

    2. Undergarments must be covered at all times and shall not be seen through outer garments.

    3. Shirts, blouses, and dresses must completely cover the underarms, abdomen, back, chest, and cleavage at all times while sitting or standing. Shirts or tops must cover or be tucked into the waistband of pants, shorts, or skirts with no midriff visible.

    4. Head apparel, except for religious or health/medical reasons, should not be worn inside the school building.

    5. Footwear is required and must be safe and appropriate for indoor and outdoor physical activity. Sandals should have side and back straps that keep them securely on the feet. Flip-flops and shower-type shoes are examples of inappropriate footwear for school.

    6. Clothing or accessories may not display offensive, vulgar language or images and must not advertise products  which students may not legally purchase.

    7. All shorts, skorts, and skirts should be a length where underclothes are not seen.. “Short shorts,” mini skirts, and spandex are inappropriate attire at school.

    8. Students may not wear sunglasses in the building.


Your voluntary monitoring of your child’s clothing is greatly appreciated. In the event that your child is not in compliance with the guidelines, we may assist them by arranging some modifications:

  • Students with inappropriate writing on their clothes may be asked to wear them inside-out.

  • Students with sagging clothing may be provided a belt substitution.

  • Students with improper footwear may not be allowed to participate in some activities.

  • Students with improper shorts or skirts will be provided with an appropriate cover-up to wear for the rest of the day.

  • Other modifications and assistance may be given as well.

  • The school administration reserves the right to determine whether the student’s attire is within the limits of decency and modesty.


FIELD TRIPS

From time to time, children will have the opportunity to go on field trips in connection with their instructional program. Field Trip Permission & Acknowledgement Forms will be sent home prior to each planned field trip.  Field trip reminders will be made periodically through notices and newsletters.  In addition, a general “walking permission slip” will be provided at the beginning of the year to allow teachers to take students to areas within walking distance of the school such as the Town Hall, Hall Art Foundation, hiking trails, the Town Library, and other town offices/businesses without the requirement of an additional field trip permission form.


HEALTH INFORMATION

School nursing is a specialized service that contributes to the process of education.  The school nurse, as a member of the professional team, provides needed health services and acts as an advocate for the health rights of all children in school.  A school nurse is available one day a week at the Reading Elementary School.


Children entering school for the first time or transferring from another school district must be properly immunized.  Vermont Law states that children shall not enter as students in a Vermont school unless they meet the requirements below:


To meet the requirements you have two choices:

1.   To provide the school with an immunization record from a school, health department or physician that shows that your child has received the vaccines listed below. Diseases that can be prevented by immunizations are an unnecessary hazard to the health of the children in the classroom, their families and the community. These requirements have been updated and pertain to all incoming Kindergarteners.


DTaP                                 5 doses - 4 if the 4th dose was given on/after the 4th birthday

Polio 4 doses – 3 if the 3rd dose was given on/after the 4th birthday

Measles                                 2 doses

Mumps                                 2 doses

Rubella         2 doses

Varicella (chicken pox)         2 doses

Td         1 dose

Hepatitis B Series 3 shots must be completed before entering Kindergarten.


Children may be exempt from immunization requirements for medical, religious or moral reasons if the following is provided to the school: Medical- A statement signed by a physician stating that specific vaccines are medically contraindicated; Religious/Moral-   A signed statement from the parent or guardian that immunization is against their religious or moral beliefs.

When to Keep Your Child at Home

We ask parents to show consideration and keep your child home when they are not feeling well or have just experienced a condition that may spread to others.  It is expected that you will keep your child home if they have experienced within the previous 24 hours: fever, rash, uncontrolled diarrhea, or vomiting.  Keep children home when they show signs of possible or severe illness including: unusual lethargy, persistent crying, or difficulty breathing.  Calling your medical provider is encouraged.

Emergency Notification

Occasionally situations arise in school that require emergency care.  It is essential that we have on file current home and cell phone numbers, work numbers for both parents/guardians, and at least two friends or relations who may be contacted during school hours.  If we cannot reach a parent in the event of an illness or emergency, we will proceed to call the contacts you have listed. These forms are sent home at the start of each school year.  Please return them as soon as possible so that we have them in case there is an emergency.  Please notify our office if these numbers change.

Medication

Whenever possible, student medication should be administered at home.  However, there are times when it is either necessary or preferable for medication to be administered at school.  It is strongly recommended that the school nurse be kept aware of all medication a student is taking.  This information will be kept confidential unless a school official or teacher has a legitimate educational need to know.  All medication must arrive at school in the original container.   Health Update forms and Prescription & Non-Prescription Medication forms are available from the office.  Please request and return all necessary forms as soon as possible so that we can keep our files up-to-date in case of an emergency. The school nurse or her specifically trained designee will dispense all medication. All medication will be kept in a locked cabinet in the school nurse’s office.  


Non-Prescription Medication – At the Discretion of the School Nurse OR Designee

The Vermont Boards of Medical Practice and Nursing regarding the administration of non-prescription medication states: “While providing nursing care, the utilization of non-prescription medication is within the scope of practice of the Registered Nurse.” (26 VSA §1572E and 26 VSA §1311)  In the elementary school, the school nurse, admin. asst., principal,  or classroom teacher will obtain permission from a parent if a student may need a medication at school.   Parents are asked to sign a form indicating their approval of designated school personnel providing non-prescription meds.


Prescription Medication

Long-term prescription medication that is to be administered on a daily or “as needed” basis through the school health office must have both a written order by a physician and written permission from a parent or guardian.  Changes in this order must be in writing by the physician.  Long-term prescription medication must be renewed each school year.


Medication Delivery

All medication must be brought to the school in its original, properly labeled container by the parent or guardian unless other arrangements have been made.  Most pharmacists will divide the medication into two labeled containers, one for school and one for home.  Only the amount needed for use in school may be brought.  Controlled medications will be counted when they are brought in. Reports of medication administration shall be entered on the medication record form including student name, medication, time, dosage, signature and initials of the person administering the medicine.


Self-Administered Prescription Medication

Students who have learned to self-administer their medication correctly (for chronic illnesses such as asthma or diabetes) can do this at school at the discretion of the school nurse or the staff responsible for the student at the time.


Opting Out of Hearing Tests —16 V.S.A. §1422

This federal law requires schools annually to test the hearing and vision of students in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, first, second, third, and fifth grades pursuant to research-based guidelines , which can be found at this link:  

http://education.vermont.gov/documents/edu-memo-aoe-vdh-school-health-screenings.pdf


Parents are permitted to decline such tests on their child’s behalf. It is the parents’ responsibility to notify the school nurse of their desire to opt out.


HOMEWORK

The staff members of the Reading Elementary School believe that homework is an important part of our children’s learning. We believe that it teaches responsibility, independence, good study and work habits, the ability to plan and manage time, and a good work ethic.  Homework provides students with a chance to practice the skills and concepts they have learned during the school day.  It gives them the opportunity to complete work not finished in school, or to extend their learning at home through teacher and/or parent directed projects.


Homework also provides parents the opportunity to monitor their child’s progress in school. We believe that there must be this consistent two-way communication between parents and teachers throughout the year.  Teachers must provide guidelines and parents must provide feedback as to their child’s needs.  Only by working together in this area can our children excel in their learning.  If parents feel their child has individual needs in the area of homework, they should notify the classroom teacher.


Finally, we believe that time spent outside of school with family and friends while engaged in outdoor play, extracurricular activities, and social events is also important.  We encourage parents to work with their children to find a healthy balance of work and play and to keep teachers informed if the balance between homework and these other priorities is problematic.


Teachers will provide written expectations to parents regarding homework at the onset of the school year. Homework at Reading Elementary School will be directly connected to academic and/or student needs.  The following guidelines provide expectations for homework to be given during the school year.


Pre-K/Kindergarten homework guidelines:  Students are encouraged to reflect on their day with their families, and to spend 20 minutes each night reading or being read to.

First Grade homework guidelines:  Students should read or be read to for at least 20 minutes each night.  In addition, 10 minutes of work may be sent home on occasion.

Second Grade homework guidelines:  Students should spend 20 minutes reading each night and an additional 20 minutes of homework may be sent home on occasion.

Grades 3-4 homework guidelines:  Students will be expected to read a minimum of 30 minutes each evening.  Students will also have math and/or language arts activities, which should take no longer than an additional 30 minutes.  Occasionally, other subject activities may be substituted.  Homework should not exceed a total of 60 minutes each night.

Grades 5-6 homework guidelines:  Students should expect to spend 60 minutes each night on homework, in math, language arts, literature, science, and social studies.  Additionally, 30 minutes should be spent reading each evening.  Students will also have projects to work on which may require occasional weekend time.  Homework should not exceed a total of 90 minutes each night.  There can also be Foreign Language homework, typically very easy, requiring 15 minutes at the outside, and of course students have a week to complete.


If your child is experiencing difficulty, or if homework is taking longer than the given times, please notify your child’s teacher.

SAFETY  DRILLS

In accordance with state law, monthly evacuation and security drills are held. IF you come to school during a drill, please wait and allow the drill to continue. If there is a real emergency, we will notify parents via the Rediker Emergency Alert system.   Doors of the school must remain locked at all times when students are in the building.  


STUDENT PORTRAITS

Options for student portraits are given once per school year, in the fall. The purchase of portraits is optional. Information regarding the date of the portrait session and package choices will be sent home with the students prior to Picture Day.


TRANSPORTATION

Bus transportation is provided to students attending the Reading Elementary School, and bus routes will follow the most direct roads to serve our students.  Bus routes will be formulated as needed by the District in conjunction with the transportation contractor.


Students may be required to walk a reasonable distance (up to 1/2 mile) from the school or from an established bus route.  In locations where, in the opinion of the school directors, it is neither feasible nor practical to drive a school bus, parents may be required to provide transportation for their child to the nearest established bus route.


Students are expected to follow the designed set of expectations to decrease inappropriate behavior on school buses while creating a climate of respect and cooperation.  

  • Speak respectfully to the bus driver.

  • Speak nicely to others on the bus using inside voices

  • Keep your feet under your seat and out of the aisle

  • Keep your body in your seat.

  • Keep the bus clean


In cases when a child does not conduct himself properly on the bus, such instances are to be brought to the attention of the Principal by the bus driver.  Children who become a serious disciplinary problem on the bus may have their privileges suspended by the Principal.  In such cases the parents of the children involved become responsible for transporting their child to school.


Butler Bus Company Rules

  1. Observe school and classroom conduct

  2. Be courteous: no profane language

  3. No eating or drinking on the bus

  4. Keep the bus clean

  5. Cooperate with the driver

  6. No smoking

  7. Do not damage or tamper with bus or equipment

  8. Stay in your seat

  9. Keep head, hands & feet inside bus

  10. No fighting, pushing, or shoving

  11. No pets on the bus

  12. No flammable materials on the bus

  13. Provide a signed permission slip to get off at a different bus stop

  14. The driver has the authority to assign seats at any time

  15. Items carried on the bus are only allowed if space permits.

  1. All equipment (including skis, sticks & boards) must be in fully enclosed bags.

  2. Carry-on items must be held on lap or between knees unless there is space on the adjacent seat.

  3. Aisles must remain clear for emergency evacuation.

  1. If the bus driver refers a student for distracting or potentially dangerous behavior, the student will receive a warning and appropriate consequences from the school administration.


Bus Discipline Procedures:

  1. If a rule is broken, the driver will warn your child once.

  2. Second incident, results in written notification from the bus driver or call from me per district policy.

  3. Third incident, the parents of the child involved will become responsible for transporting their child to school.  




FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM:   BREAKFAST AND LUNCH

Menus for the food service program can be found on our school website www.resvt.org  and will be sent home to each household at the end of each month showing the upcoming month's menu for breakfast, snack, and lunch. We encourage that students pay for meals in advance. Families with meal balances due will be given a bill at the beginning of each month. Written notification and a follow-up telephone call to parents/guardians will be made to notify of overdue charges.  Parents paying a month in advance will pay a $2.50 per meal rate.  Paying ahead keeps our costs down.  Thank you for keeping your lunch balance pre-paid.  


The cost for meals is as follows: Breakfast is $ 1.50 and lunch is $3.00; snack is free, courtesy of a Fresh Fruits and Vegetable Grant through the Vermont Department of Child Nutrition. Those who qualify for reduced priced meals will be provided meals at no charge. One glass of milk is included with each meal. Milk is available at $.50/glass for snack or to accompany lunches brought from home.  All accounts are expected to be paid in full by the end of each month. All households are encouraged to review the qualifications for free or reduced meals.  These forms will be included in the packet sent home on the first day of each school year.


Children eating breakfast at school should be in the cafeteria by 7:15 AM.  We hope this will eliminate the number of children arriving late to class.  Remember that classes START at 7:45 AM.


Reading Elementary School participates in the Farm-to-School initiative. Farm-to-School brings healthy food from local farms to school children nationwide. The program teaches students about the path from farm to fork, and instills healthy eating habits that can last a lifetime. Students not taking school lunch  are encouraged to sample the healthy Farm-to-School offerings. We ask that snacks brought from home be of low sugar content, are not chocolate, and are preferably fruits, cheeses & crackers and vegetables.


Students are NOT permitted to use the microwave. Due to staffing restrictions, we cannot accommodate heating students’ lunches.


GUIDANCE

The mission of the Reading Elementary School counseling program is to provide academic and social/emotional support for our students; to serve as an advocate and resource toward this aim; and to serve as a system of support and resource for administration, staff and community.


Our program is student centered and in compliance with the American School Counselors Association (ASCA) National Model for effective school counseling programming,  This comprehensive approach addresses the academic, personal, social and emotional skills necessary for each student to realize his/her own potential for lifelong learning.


Our goal, with individuals, small groups and whole class guidance, is to help students with:

  • Establishing personal goals

  • Developing future plans

  • Decision making skills

  • Communication skills

  • Life skills

  • Attitudes and Behaviors

  • Character values

  • Self- knowledge and worth

  • Social skills

  • Conflict Resolution skills

The school counselor can be reached at  the Reading Elementary on Wed. and Fri..  HCRS can also be reached 24 hours a day as a resource at 1-800-622-4235 at any time as a resource and source of support for RES families.


STUDENT ASSESSMENT AND PARENT CONFERENCES

Student's academic report cards are sent home with the children in November, January, April, and June. These report cards combine checklists and teacher narratives to summarize student progress.


All parents will be contacted and scheduled for a parent/teacher conference in November. The initial conference provides an opportunity for the parent and teacher to become acquainted with and to discuss the general educational goals for each student’s progress. Additional conferences may be scheduled at the request of both teacher and/or parent.  A spring conference may occur to provide an opportunity for the teacher to summarize the work and growth of the child during the year and recommend continued study, when necessary.  


If an emergency arises once you have made a commitment for a conference, please call the school to reschedule the appointment at 484-7230.


Parents should contact the classroom teachers directly for questions regarding the student’s report cards. A teacher may be contacted by email or by calling the school and leaving a message.  Please understand that it may be the end of the school day before a teacher is able to return your call.


LOCAL, STATE AND NATIONAL STANDARDIZED TESTING

Reading Elementary School uses the information from national, state and local assessments to inform decisions about school improvement plans and to create annual Action Plans. Action planning is the key to continuous school improvement. It ensures that the educational programs students receive provide the content, knowledge and skills necessary to meet rigorous academic standards. Action plans developed at the school-level have the greatest impact on student achievement when teachers, parents, administrators, School Board, and the community are members of the action planning team.


State Standardized Tests include:

NAEP (National Assessment of Education Progress ) 4th grade only         March

SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium)* 3-6th grade Spring

SCIENCE NECAP                 3rd grade         Spring


*The SBAC—which includes both summative assessments for accountability purposes and optional interim assessments for instructional use—will use computer adaptive testing technologies to the greatest extent possible to provide meaningful feedback and actionable data that teachers and other educators can use to help students succeed.  This assessment is in its second year in the State of Vermont.


Reading Elementary School administers local assessments in reading, writing, and math at critical points during the school year (typically at the beginning of the year, midyear, and at the end of the school year).  These assessments are used to guide instruction for individual students and to inform teachers about adjustments they may need to make to their instruction for an entire class.


Local Assessments include:

PNOA (Primary Number and Operations Assessment in Math) K-2     Sep, Jan, May

Fountas & Pinnell  BAS (literacy/ reading assessments) K-4     Sep, Jan, May

OGAP (Ongoing Assessment Project in Math & Language Arts3-6           Twice a year

TCWP Writing Assessment                 K-6     September

Teaching Strategies Gold                 Pre-K ongoing


Reading Elementary School also assesses student performance in additional subject areas and at additional grade levels using portfolios (collections of student work), norm-referenced standardized tests (NWEA), and locally developed assessments.


Common Core State Standards (CCSS), Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)


In August 2010, the Vermont State Board of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. These standards are the result of an initiative led by the National Governors’ Association and the Council of Chief School Officers, and are designed to reflect the knowledge and skills our young people need in order to experience success in our K-12 system and then in college and careers. Over 40 states have now adopted the standards and entered into the implementation effort. Vermont has joined the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) to facilitate the development of a student assessment system aligned to the CCSS.


In June 2013, the Vermont State Board of Education adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These standards are based on the National Research Council’s publication, A Framework for K-12 Science Education and were developed by 26 lead states directed by the Achieve Organization. These standards are also designed to reflect the science knowledge and skills our young people need in order to experience success in our K-12 system and then in college and careers.


For more information about CCSS and NGSS visit their sites: www.corestandards.org and http://www.nextgenscience.org.


STUDENT  CUMULATIVE RECORD FOLDER

A cumulative record file will be initiated on each student upon entering our school system.  The cumulative file folder will contain duplicate copies of report cards, standardized testing results, as well as letters and reports pertaining to that child.  Parents have a legal right to see their child’s records.  Access will be arranged within two days of the request. A staff member will be present for interpretation of the records.


FERPA- The Family Educational Rights Act

The Family Educational Rights Act of 1974 defines who may and may not see student records and guarantees privacy of student records. FERPA guarantees parents or guardians the right to inspect and review their child's records and establishes policies through which parents can challenge the accuracy of student records. FERPA prohibits the release of information about a student without the parent or guardian's consent, except to those who have a legitimate right to know. People who 'have a legitimate right to know’ include staff who are involved in the student's education (e.g., administrator, counselor, school psychologist, general education teacher), correctional facilities, administrators of schools to which the student is transferring or applying for financial aid, and in emergencies, persons who act to protect the student's health and safety. Access to files must be granted to both parents unless a court order denies access to a parent. The important components of FERPA are that all of a student's records are located in the files, parents have access to them, they can challenge them, and the files contain confidential information. Knowing this, RES is judicious about who has access. We safeguard all files and ensure that the appropriate information remains in the files.


STUDENT SUPPORT PROGRAMS & SERVICES

IDEA - Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

Under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Vermont is required to identify and evaluate students who have disabilities and to offer them individualized education programs (IEP) for special education and related services. A team using a process specified in the law makes decisions regarding the services that are included in an IEP. An IEP team includes a student’s classroom teacher, special educator, parent(s) and a representative of the school district who is empowered to commit resources such as staff time or funding. By law, schools are required to carry out provisions outlined in a student's IEP.


Civil Rights Law 504

Section 504 is a civil rights law. The purpose of Section 504 is to protect individuals with disabilities from discrimination for reasons related to their disabilities. ADA broadened the agencies and businesses that must comply with the non-discrimination and accessibility provisions of the law.  Unlike IDEA, Section 504 and ADA do not ensure that a child with a disability will receive an individualized educational program that is designed to meet the child's unique needs and provide the child with educational benefit, so the child will be prepared for "for employment and independent living."

The child who has a disability or impairment does not automatically qualify for special education services under the IDEA. If the child has a disability but does not need special education services, the child will not qualify for special education and related services under the IDEA but may receive protections under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.  To be eligible for protections under Section 504, the child must have a physical or mental impairment. This impairment must substantially limit at least one major life activity. Major life activities include walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, writing, performing math calculations, working, caring for oneself, and performing manual tasks. The key is whether the child has an "impairment" that "substantially limits, one or more, major life activities."


Act 117 - Educational Support System

Passed by the Legislature in 2000, Act 117 is designed to increase the capacity of the educational system to meet the needs of more students outside of special education while curbing special education cost increases. It is the policy of the state that each local school district develop and maintain, in consultation with parents, a comprehensive system of education that will result, to the extent appropriate, in all students succeeding in the general education environment. Within each School district's comprehensive system of educational services, each public school shall develop and maintain an educational support system for children who require additional assistance in order to succeed or be challenged in the general education environment. The educational support system includes an educational support team and a range of support and remedial services, including instructional and behavioral interventions and accommodations.



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STUDENT CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE POLICY

Our motto at the Reading Elementary School is:  YES

Respect Yourself, Each Other and our School Community


Rules and consequences are necessary in order to guarantee the educational rights of all students.  Students must comply with school rules and accept the enforcement of those rules by the adults in the building.  Those rules are embodied by our motto above. 


We are a PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports) School.  Students have expected respectful  behaviors for every environment in school and on field trips.  When students meet expectations, students are reinforced by receiving a blue “respect” tile.  Students place their tiles in their classroom respectacle containers.  Weekly classes deposit all their tiles in the large school respectacle.  Student council members help determine the school celebrations as the letters are reached in the “rocket respectacle.”  We emphasize a positive and respectful school environment.  


The classroom teacher is the first responder to student misbehavior. We are all humans and make mistakes and inappropriate choices sometimes.  If a student makes an inappropriate choice, the following discipline flowchart is followed.  Should the incident rise to the attention of the Principal, the Principal or her designee shall be responsible for carrying out discipline procedures conforming to established  guidelines.  See the chart below to help explain the process.  

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Suspension

Suspension or expulsion of students shall follow due process requirements below (CODE: F1):

1. The Principal/designee may assign a student to in-school suspension for as many as ten consecutive days for violation of school rules.  The education program of a student assigned to such a suspension shall be continued to an extent determined to be feasible and appropriate by the Principal.

2. The Principal may suspend a student from school for a period of ten days or less for violations of school rules.  The student and parent or guardian must be given notice of the charges, an explanation of the evidence against the student, an opportunity for the student to tell his/her side of the story, and a decision in writing to the parent or guardian.

3. A student who poses a continuing danger to persons or property or an ongoing threat of disrupting the academic process of the school shall be immediately removed from the school or to a place within the school determined by the Principal/designee to be sufficiently secure to permit the academic process of the school to continue.  The Principal/designee will notify the parent or guardian of a student who is to be removed from the school, and the due process described in paragraph 2 shall be provided as soon as possible following removal.

4. The Superintendent or Principal may recommend suspension of a student for more than ten days but for a fixed period of time for misconduct when the misconduct makes the continued presence of the student harmful to the welfare of the school.  This type of suspension must be preceded by notice and formal due process procedure, including the opportunity for a hearing before the School Board.  The student and parent/guardians must be notified in writing of the date, time, and place of the hearing and given an opportunity to present evidence, to cross-examine witnesses, and to be represented by counsel and to receive a written decision.  The notice shall also include a statement of the rule infraction alleged, the potential consequences of the hearing, and a summary of the evidence to be introduced at the hearing.

5. The Superintendent or Principal may recommend for expulsion any student whose misconduct makes the continued presence of the student harmful to the welfare of the school. A student may be expelled only after a majority vote of the board supporting the recommendation of the superintendent or principal preceded by notice and a due process hearing as described in paragraph 4.

6. Suspensions and expulsions of students shall be imposed in compliance with constitutional statutory and regulatory requirements, including Vermont Department of Education regulations 4311 and 4312.


HARASSMENT POLICY CODE: F20

Bullying is a form of disrespectful and dangerous behavior that will not be tolerated at the Reading Elementary School. Bullying may involve a range of misconduct that, based on the severity, will warrant a measured response of corrective action and or discipline.


Legal Definition of Bullying and Harassment

16 VSA 11(32) defines bullying as:

Any overt act of combination of acts directed against a student by another student or groups of students and which:

  • (A) is repeated over time;

  • (B) is intended to ridicule, humiliate, or intimidate the student; and

  • (C) occurs during the school day on school property, on a school bus or at a school-sponsored activity, or before or afterschool day on a school bus or at a school-sponsored activity

16 VSA 11(26) defines harassment as:

  • (A) An incident or incidents of verbal, written, visual or physical conduct based on or motivated by a student’s or student’s family member’s actual or perceived race, creed, color, national origin, gender identity, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, disability that has the purpose or effect of objectively and substantially undermining and detracting from or interfering with a student’s educational performance or access to school resources or creating an objectively intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment,

  • (B) “Harassment” includes conduct which violates subdivision (A) of this subdivision (26) and constitutes one or more of the following:

(i) Sexual harassment, which means conduct that includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal, written, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature when one or both of the following occur:

      • Submission to that conduct is made explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of a student’s education.

      • Submission to or rejection of such conduct by a student is used as a component of the basis for decision affecting that student.

(ii) Racial harassment, which means conduct directed at the characteristics of a student’s or a student’s family member’s actual or perceived race or color, and includes the use of epithets, stereotypes, racial slurs, comments, insults, derogatory remarks, gestures, threats, graffiti, display, or circulation of written or visual material, and taunts on the manner of speech and negative references to racial customs.

(iii) Harassment of members of the other protected categories, which means conduct directed at the characteristics of a student’s or a student’s family member’s actual or  perceived race or color, and includes the use of epithets, stereotypes, racial slurs, comments, insults, derogatory remarks, gestures, threats, graffiti, display, or circulation of written or visual material, and taunts on the manner of speech and negative references to racial customs related to any of these protected categories.


Reporting Bullying and Harassment

The Reading Elementary School encourages students to report personally or anonymously to teachers, the school counselor or the principal any act of bullying.


REPORTING SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT CODE F8

Policy:  It is the policy of the Windsor Central Supervisory Union to ensure that all School District employees report suspected child abuse and/or neglect as outlined in 33 V.S.A. §4911 et seq.

Purpose:  The purpose of this policy is to protect children whose health and welfare may be jeopardized by abuse or neglect. It is further the purpose of this policy to make clear to all School District employees and school officials that it is not their role to be investigator, judge and jury in cases of suspected abuse or neglect. Rather, it is the role of School District employees to be faithful and timely reporters of suspected abuse or neglect so that allegations can be brought to the attention of objective, trained and experienced investigators.

Definitions:

  1. 1. Immediately means as soon as the abuse or neglect is suspected but in no case later than 24 hours after such abuse or neglect is suspected.

  2. 2. Suspected means the School District employee has reasonable cause to believe such abuse or neglect occurred. This does not mean that the employee must be convinced the abuse or neglect occurred. Doubts the employee may have shall be resolved in favor of reporting the suspicion. Further, the employee shall not refrain from making a report under this policy for the reason that there may be retaliation against the child because the employee has a confidential relationship with the child, or for any other reason no matter how well-intentioned.

  3. 3. Report means an oral or written description of the suspected abuse or neglect. If the report is made orally, the reporter should note in writing the person to whom the report was made and when the report was made. A report made to SRS shall contain the following:

    • the name and address of the reporter

    • the name and address, if known, of the child and the child's parents or the persons responsible for the child's care

    • the age of the child

    • the nature and extent of the child's injuries together with any evidence of previous abuse or neglect of the child or the child's siblings

    • any other information the reporter believes might be helpful

  4. 4. Abused or neglected child means a child under the age of eighteen whose physical health, psychological growth and development or welfare is harmed or at substantial risk of harm by the acts or omissions of the child's parent or other individual who may be responsible for the child's welfare (e.g. guardian, foster parent, stepparent, teacher, etc.), or in the case of sexual abuse, of any individual.

Harm can be caused by the actual infliction of harm, including physical injury or emotional maltreatment, by allowing such harm to occur, by failing to provide the child with adequate food, clothing, shelter or health care, or by abandonment of the child.

  1. 5. Sexual abuse means any act by a person involving sexual molestation or exploitation of a child including but not limited to incest, prostitution, rape, sodomy, or any lewd and lascivious conduct involving a child. Sexual abuse also includes the aiding, abetting, counseling, hiring, or procuring of a child to perform or participate in any photograph, motion picture, exhibition, show, representation, or other presentation which, in whole or in part, depicts sexual conduct, sexual excitement or sadomasochistic abuse involving a child. NOTE: THE LAW PROVIDES THAT SEXUAL ABUSE MAY ALSO BE SEXUAL HARASSMENT. HOWEVER, FOLLOWING THIS SCHOOL DISTRICT'S POLICY ON SEXUAL HARASSMENT DOES NOT FULFILL A MANDATORY REPORTER'S LEGAL RESPONSIBILITIES UNDER THE SRS REPORTING LAW. SUSPECTED SEXUAL ABUSE MUST BE REPORTED TO SRS.

Implementation   Any School District employee or school official, regardless of whether he or she is a "mandated reporter," under Vermont law (33 V.S.A. §4913), shall report suspected child abuse or neglect to the Summer SOAK Program Director or his or her designee. If the building Summer SOAK Program Director or designee is the person suspected of child abuse or the person who suspects the abuse or neglect, the report shall be made to the Superintendent of schools.

Upon receiving a report, the Summer SOAK Program Director, the Director’s designee or the Superintendent, as the case may be, shall report the incident immediately to the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS).

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Please review the memos below from the Windsor Central Supervisory Union.

Windsor Central Supervisory Union

ANNUAL NOTIFICATION OF RIGHTS OF PARENTS

AND ELIGIBLE STUDENTS CONCERNING EDUCATION RECORDS

Date: August 31, 2017

To: All parents of students, and to eligible students*, currently attending schools in the Windsor Central Supervisory Union and its member districts (including Barnard Academy, Prosper Valley School, Reading Elementary School, Killington Elementary School, Woodstock Elementary School, Woodstock Union Middle and High School):

1.   As the parent of a student enrolled in a school in a member district of the Windsor Central Supervisory Union, or as an eligible student, you have the following rights with respect to your child's (or, if an eligible student, your own) education records:  

a.  To inspect and review the student's education records;

b.  To seek amendment of the student's education records to ensure that they are not  inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student's privacy rights;

c.  To provide consent prior to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that the law allows disclosure without your consent;

  1. To file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the school district to comply with the requirements of law with respect to your rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  A complaint may be made in writing to the Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S Department of Education, 4512 Switzer Building, Washington, DC  20202-4605.    

  1. The procedure for exercising your right to inspect and review education records is as follows: schedule an appointment through the school principal to review records with an authorized member of the school staff.

  2. The procedure for seeking amendment of education records is as follows: submit a written request to the school principal identifying the part of the record you would like changed and specify why you believe it is inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the student’s privacy or other rights.

  3. The supervisory union and its member districts have a policy of disclosing educational records to school officials with a legitimate educational interest without prior consent.  A “school official with a legitimate educational interest is defined as follows: “School official with a legitimate educational interest” means any teacher, administrator, other professional or service provider employed by or contracted with the district to provide educationally-related services (including, but not limited to, consultants, attorneys, auditors, insurers, evaluators, support staff, substitutes, assigned student teachers, interns, volunteers, teacher’s aides), or school board members who need information relating to a particular student in order to carry out his/her official duties for the district.  Where an issue is raised, the principal (or superintendent) shall decide whether an individual has a legitimate educational interest in the information or record.

  4. The supervisory union and its member districts forward education records to other agencies or institutions that have requested records and in which the student seeks or intends to enroll.


This Annual Notification of Rights is only a summary of rights.  Your rights to inspect and review education records, and the school district's duty to have your written consent prior to disclosure of personally identifiable information, are subject to limitations. Further details are contained in the school district’s detailed student record policy and procedures, and in state and federal law.

*You are an eligible student if you are at least 18 years of age or are attending an institution of post-secondary education.



WINDSOR CENTRAL SUPERVISORY UNION

ANNUAL NOTIFICATION OF DESIGNATION OF DIRECTORY INFORMATION AND RIGHT OF REFUSAL

  TO: All parents of students, and to eligible students*, currently attending schools in the Windsor Central Supervisory Union (including Barnard Academy, Prosper Valley School, Reading Elementary School, Killington Elementary School, Woodstock Elementary School, Woodstock Union Middle and Union High School).

  DATE:  August 31, 2017

Schools in Windsor Central Supervisory Union may disclose designated directory information on students and eligible students without the prior consent of the parent of eligible students, and without any record of such disclosure.  The following types of personally identifiable information have been designated directory information:

  • Student’s name, address, date of birth, dates of enrollment;

  • Parent or legal custodian’s name and address;

  • Student’s grade level classification;

  • Student’s participation in recognized school activities and sports;

  • Weight and height of member of athletic teams;

  • Student’s diplomas, certificates, awards and honors received.

Disclosure may include such personally identifiable information contained or reflected in photographs.

If you are an eligible student and are currently attending any of the above-named schools, or if you are the parent of a student currently attending school in any of the Windsor Central Supervisory Union school districts, you have a right to refuse to permit the designation of any or all of these types of information as directory information concerning your child or (if you are an eligible student) yourself, by providing written notice of your refusal, listing the type(s) of information which you refuse to have so designated, to the principal of the school your child attends (or the school you attend, if you are an eligible student), on or before September 15, 2016.

*You are an eligible student if you are at least 18 years of age or are attending an institution of post-secondary education.


WCSU Elementary Schools - Student Technology Agreement

Reading Elementary School 2017-2018 (V1 8/26/17)     (Sent home in back to school folders.)

Name _______________________ Grade _____ Date ____________

While using digital devices, networks, and software in school, students will act as responsible digital citizens. A responsible digital citizen is one who:

Respects Oneself.

● I will only visit websites on the computer that have to do with my lesson and that my teacher has told me to visit.

Respects Others.

● I will raise my hand and wait for an adult to assist me when there is a computer problem.

Protects Oneself and Others.

● I will use respectful language when communicating with others using technology.

● I will not share passwords with friends. Only share passwords with a trusted adult.

Respects and Protects Intellectual Property.

● I will not copy others’ work.

Respects and Protects Property.

● I will respect all equipment and keep my hands away from the monitors.

● I will keep food and drink away from all computers.

● When using a device, I will properly log out of my account, power off (“shut down”), and gently store the device when finished.

I am signing this agreement to honor and respect technology equipment. I understand that if a device is damaged due to my negligence or abuse, there will be consequences and I may be financially responsible for repairs and / or replacement. I understand that if I disobey any of the expectations listed above, I will lose technology privileges.

Student Signature ________________________Date: _____________  Parent Signature _________________________Date: _____________

WCSU Elementary Terms and Conditions: Adopted June, 2015


Subject to Change - This handbook is subject to change.  Version 1 (9/6/17)


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Reading Elementary School Parent/Student Handbook

2017-2018


Reading Elementary School

P.O. Box 176

632 VT Route 106

Reading, Vermont 05062


www.resvt.org

Phone: 802-484-7230

Fax: 802-484-3818




ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF STUDENT/PARENT HANDBOOK CONTENTS


We _____________________________________________________

              Please print student name and parent/ guardian name(s)


have reviewed the contents of the Reading Elementary School Student/Parent Handbook.  We reserve the right to make changes throughout the year posting changes in the weekly Principal’s Blog as necessary.




Signed________________________________________ Date ___________

Student signature



Signed  _______________________________________ Date____________

Parent signature(s)





Please detach this page and return this page to your child’s  teacher.

Thank YOU!


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