APPROVAL OF HANDBOOKS AND DIRECTIVES
The law directs that high schools (grades nine to twelve, inclusive) shall distribute a student handbook setting forth the rules pertaining to conduct of students. The West Springfield School Committee approves distribution of handbooks in all grades. The principal of each building, in consultation with the school council, shall review the handbooks each spring to consider changes in the disciplinary policy to take effect in September.
Each handbook shall include a letter to parents indicating that they have read, discussed with their child(ren) and understood the information contained in the handbook. Said letter shall be signed by the parent/guardian and returned to the student’s school.
It is essential that the contents of all handbooks conform to School Committee policies. It is also important that all handbooks bearing the name of the school system or one of its schools be of a quality that reflects credit on the school department. Therefore, the School Committee will approve all handbooks prior to publication.
Committee approval will be necessary for any handbooks that pertain to required standards of conduct for employees or students so that their contents may be accorded the status of Committee-approved policy or regulation. The Superintendent will use his/her judgment as to whether other specific handbooks need Committee approval; however, all handbooks published will be made available to the Committee for informational purposes.
LEGAL REFS.: M.G.L. 71:37H
West Springfield Public Schools (S.C. Approved 5/10/05)