2016-17 Student-Parent Handbook

Reading Elementary School

Student-Parent Handbook

2016-2017

 

P.O. Box 176

632 VT Route 106

Reading, Vermont 05062

www.resvt.org

Phone: 802-484-7230

Fax: 802-484-3818

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

(Subject to change.) 

Mission & Philosophy Statement   ……………………………………….....……………………  2

School Personnel  ……………………………………………………...…………………...…………..  3

School Board  …………………………………………………………………………...…….………………  3

Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)  ………………....................………………………  4

School Entry Age  ……………………...........................…………………………………….  4

School Day  ………………………………………………………………..…………………...……………..  4

Arrival/ Dismissal Procedures …………………………………………………...,,,,……………...  5

  • Change in Routine

Attendance  ………………………………………………………………………………...…………….……. 6

  • Absences - Extended Absences from School,  Excessive Absences and Truancy

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

Health Information …………………………………………………………………...………..………….  7

  • Immunization, When to keep your child at home
  • Emergency Notification
  • Medications - Prescription & Non-prescription
  • Opting out of Hearing and Vision Screenings (16 VSA: 1422)       

Field Trips  ………………………………….........................……………….......……………  8

Routine Practice Drills  ………………………………………………....................l....…….  9

Student Portraits  …………………………………………………………............................  9

Transportation ………….……………………………………………...........................……..  9

  • Bus Conduct

School Cancellation  ………………………………………....................………………........ 10

Breakfast, Snack and Lunch Programs  …………….............………………………........ 10

Student Assessment and Parent Teacher Conferences  ……......…………….......….  11

Student Cumulative Record Folder  ……………………………………….......................  11

FERPA- The Family Educational Rights Act   ………………………........……..............  11

Notification of Rights  …………………………………………………….............................… 12

Right of Refusal  …………………………………………………................,..............…………  13

Transferring to a New School District  …………....................……………………...…...  13

Local, State and National Standardized Testing  ……………….................………….... 13

     SBAC, NAEP, NECAP, Fountas & Pinnell, PNOA, Common Core, NGSS 

Homework Guidelines  ………………………………..............................……………………..  15

Student Support Programs and Services  ……………………......................…………….... 15

  •             IDEA – Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  •             Civil Rights Law 504
  •             Educational Support System – Act 117

School Conduct and Discipline  ………………………............................……………………. 16

Guidance  ……………………………………….....................................…………………………… 17

Dress Code  ………………………....................................…………………………………………. 18

Harassment Policy  …………................................……………………………………………….. 19


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.

READING SCHOOL

484-7230

 

Ms. Cathy Knight

Principal, Ext. 1501

Libbet Downs

 Ms. Kathi Faulkner

Mrs. Pam Boyer-Sheldon

Mrs. Beth Ann Drinker

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

Ms. Christine Morton

Mr. Greg Labella

Visual Arts Teacher

Music Instruction

Physical Education Teacher

Mrs. Pam Selen

Special Education Teacher, Ext. 1512

Mrs. Elaine Leibly

Foreign Language Teacher

Mrs. Shajen Lichtensteinr

Mrs. Heather Evans

Guidance, Ext. 1508t

Food Service Manager, Ext. 1505

Mrs. Sherri Hatt, Ms. Liza Dionne

Para-Educators

Mrs. Jean Chick

Nurse, Ext. 1502

Mr. Dennis Goodenough

Maintenance/Custodian, Ext. 1516

Ms. Nancy Nicholas

Occupational Therapy  457-1213, Ext. 1094

Ms. Lori Poludin

Speech & Language Path. 457-1213 X1091

Ms. Catherine Malo

Mr. Bill Witham

EEE Coordinator  457-1213 Ext. 1095

Transportation/Butler Bus Service

SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS

Mr. Justin Sluka, Chair          802-484-8957

Mrs. Shiri Macri, Clerk          802-484-9930

 

Mr. John Philpin                    802-484-7235

WINDSOR CENTRAL SUPERVISORY UNION

Rayna Bishop, Admin. Asst.    802-457-1213

Alice Worth, Superintendent

 



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 Wednesday of each month in the Reading Elementary School at 6:00 PM. As your elected representatives, they are always pleased to see Reading residents at the meetings.

Minutes of the meetings are posted at the Reading Town Hall, in the Reading Elementary School foyer, and on the Reading Elementary School website www.resvt.org

READING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PTO

Welcome to the 2016-17 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 supportThe 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 sales each year supports a variety of programs, including the following:

·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, snowboarding and swim lessons are offered each winter.  PTO funds a generous portion of each student’s total expense; some receive full scholarships.

· Purchase of 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 help set and reach appropriate goals. There are plenty of opportunities for you to help, volunteer, and support if you cannot attend meeting.

Boolie Sluka is the current president and can be reached at booliesluka@gmail.com

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.

SCHOOL DAY

7:15 AM  ......................................................Bus arrives 

7:30 AM   .....................................................Breakfast starts

7:45 AM  ......................................................School day begins 

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

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

2:35 PM - 2:40 PM ....................................... Dismissal for bused students

2:40 PM - 2:45 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. 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.

2.     Upon arrival, all K-6 students should report to the multi-purpose room unless otherwise directed.

3.     Students arriving to school late, at any point after 7:50 AM, must report to the office with a parent/guardian to sign in before going to the classroom.

4.     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.  Thank you.

 

Grades K-6 School Dismissal - Instruction ends at 2:35 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 walking home and students being picked up by a parent or other designated adult will be dismissed after the bus has departed, usually 2:40 PM.
  2. Students taking bus depart at 2:35- 2:40PM.

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.
  3. If a parent will be late picking up their child, a note or phone call to the school is expected.

 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 8:15 and 9:00 if they know their child will not attend.  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:

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 two 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 

VISITOR PROCEDURE

Our staff values a strong partnership between home and school.  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, we ask that you call to make an appointment with the classroom teacher in advance.  Thank you.

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.

 

2.  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

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 or classroom teacher will obtain permission from a parent if a student may need a medication at school.

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. 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. 

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, hiking trails, and the Town Library without the requirement of an additional filed trip permission form.

ROUTINE PRACTICE DRILLS 

In accordance with state law, monthly evacuation and security drills are held.

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.

THE BUS IS AN EXTENSION OF THE CLASSROOM. When on the bus, students must conduct themselves in a manner consistent with established standards for classroom behavior.  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.

School Bus Expectations:

  1. Observe EXPECTED school and classroom behaviors.
  2. Be courteous.
  3. Keep the bus clean. 
  4. Cooperate with the driver. 
  5. Do not damage or tamper with bus or equipment 
  6. Stay in your seat. 
  7. Keep head, hands & feet inside bus 
  8. No:
    • eating or drinking on the bus
    • fighting, pushing, or shoving 
    • pets on the bus
    • profane language  
    • flammable materials on the bus 
  9. Provide a signed permission slip to get off at a different bus stop. 
  10. The driver has the authority to assign seats at any time. 
  11. Items carried on the bus are only allowed if space permits. 
  12. All equipment (including skis, sticks & boards) must be in fully enclosed bags. 
  13. Carry-on items must be held on lap or between knees unless there is space on the adjacent seat. 
  14. Aisles must remain clear for emergency evacuation. 
  15. No smoking. 
  16. 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. 
                                            SCHOOL CANCELLATIONS

When it becomes necessary to cancel school because of inclement weather or any other emergency, families will be notified by the Blackboard Connect 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

KIXX              100.5                           Q106   106.1                           WWOD           104.3

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

BREAKFAST AND LUNCH PROGRAM

Menus for the food service program can be found on our school website www.resvt.org  and will be sent e-mailed to each household at the end of each month showing the upcoming month's menu for breakfast, snack, and lunch. We ask 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. 

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 7:30 AM.  We hope this will eliminate the number of children arriving late to class.  Remember that classes START at 7:50 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.

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 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 could 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.

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.

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

 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, Reading Elementary School, Killington Elementary School, Prosper Valley School, Woodstock Elementary School, Woodstock Union Middle and Union High School #4).

 DATE:  August 11, 2016

 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 photograp

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, 2014.

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

 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 and following the submission of a release form.

 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              February

Science NECAP (New England Common Assessment Program)     4th grade only              May

(This test will be phased out and replaced by the SBAC in 2017)

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

*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 will be new this 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:             

PMA (Primary Math Assessment)                                                K-2 grades                        Sept., Jan., May

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

Fountas & Pinnell BAS(literacy/ reading assessments)                 K-4 grades                              September

OGAP (Ongoing Assessment Project in Math & Language Arts)     3-6 grades                              twice a year

TCWP Writing Assessment                                                          K-6 grades                              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.

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.

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

                                                    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.

 STUDENT CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE POLICY 

Our motto at the Reading Elementary School is:  YES

Take Care of 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.  The classroom teacher is the first responder to student misbehavior. Should

lf 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.

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.

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 School on Mondays and Wednesdays or by email slichtenstein@wcsu.net  any time as a resource and source of support for RES families.

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 guidelines below:
    • Clothing or accessories may not display offensive, vulgar language or images and must not advertise products which students may not legally purchase.
    • Pant hems must not drag on the floor, as this creates a tripping hazard.
    • Head apparel, except for religious or health/medical reasons, must not be worn inside the school building.
    • Footwear is required and must be safe and appropriate for indoor and outdoor physical activity. 

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

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 improper footwear may not be allowed to participate in some activities.
  • Other modifications and assistance may be given as well.

 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 after school 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. 

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 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. 

 

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