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SAU 23 Mission

The fundamental aim of public education in SAU #23 is to provide opportunities for every person to develop a positive self-image, to become an effective, functional, and responsible citizen and to appreciate and understand his/her role in the global community.

Commitment to Nondiscrimination

The Haverhill Cooperative School Board is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in relation to race, religious creed, color, national origin, disability, sex, marital status, age, or sexual orientation.  In keeping with the requirements of federal and state law, the district strives to remove any vestige of discrimination in employment, assignment, and promotion of personnel; in educational opportunities and services offered students, in their assignment to school and classes, and in their discipline; in location and use of facilities; and in educational offerings and materials.

Student Rights

The privileges and rights of all students shall be guaranteed without regard to race, religion, sex, creed, or national origin. 

1.  All students have the right to receive an education.

2.  All students have the right to attend school in the district in which they reside or as assigned by the school board.

3.  All students have the right to expect that the school will be a safe and healthful place to gain an education.

4.  All students have the right to be informed of the school rules and procedures by which the school is governed.

5.  All students in matters of discipline are entitled to treatment that is fair, consistent, and appropriate to the action or the offense.

6.  All students have the right of due process in disciplinary matters resulting in suspension from school.

7.  All students shall have the right to peaceably and responsibly advocate change of any law, policy, or regulation.

Student Responsibilities

1.  All students have the responsibility to attend school daily and to be punctual in reporting to school classes.

2.  All students have the responsibility to assist the school staff in running a safe and healthful school.

3.  All students have the responsibility to apply themselves to their schoolwork, complete assignments on time, respect school property, conduct themselves properly, and to be willing to work for self-improvement.  Students are responsible for providing their own best work.

4.  All students have the responsibility to be aware of all rules and regulations for student behavior and to conduct themselves in accordance with them.

5.  All students have the responsibility to dress and appear in a manner that is both neat and clean, and which does not create a distracting hazard to himself/herself or to others.

6.  All students are responsible to exercise their rights of due process and to pursue their grievances according to the orderly process established by the school for those purposes.

7.  All students exercising their rights to freedom of expression through speech, assembly, petition and other lawful means must not interfere with the rights of others.  Freedom of expression may not be utilized to present material that is obscene or slanderous, or to defame character, or to advocate violation of federal, state, and local laws, or official school policies, rules, and regulations.


ACADEMICS


GRADE SCALE

A (93-100)                                                                                                                               

B (85-92)

C (77-84)

D (70-76)

F (69 or below)

REPORT CARDS AND PROGRESS REPORTS

A student will be issued a report card four times each academic year after the end of each quarter.  Midterm progress reports will be given at the end of the fifth week of each quarter.  The student is given the responsibility of taking his or her report card home. The parent or guardian shares the responsibility of keeping up on grade reports.

HONOR ROLL

An honor roll is posted at the end of each marking period for students in grades 5-8.  The Principal’s List recognizes any student in those grades who has attained at least 93 in all subjects for the marking period.  Honor roll status is granted to any student in those grades who has attained at least 85 in all subjects for the quarter.

STUDENT RECORDS

Parents/Guardians are able to access current grade and attendance information through the internet or phone to monitor their child’s current academic standings.  Each child has been issued an ID and password that allows access to his/her individual account.  Information about this ID and password is available in the office.  Parents and students can access this service from a link from the SAU home page located at www.sau23.org.  The federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 and regulations adopted by the U.S. Department of Education grant parents of students, along with “eligible students” (students who have attained eighteen years of age or who are attending institutions of post-secondary education), certain rights relative to education records maintained by the school district.  These rights include the following:

1.  Parents may inspect and review the education records of their children, and eligible students may inspect and review their own education records. Upon request, parents or eligible students will receive reasonable explanations and interpretations of records.

2. A parent of a student, or an eligible student, may request that the student’s education records be amended and may request a hearing if the records are inaccurate, misleading, or invade the privacy or other rights of the student.

3.  Parents may request that the school not release any directory information about a student to the public.  The school routinely releases information to newspapers that contains students’ names, grade level, and awards or honors received.  Under district policy JRC, parents may direct the school to not release any information about their child.  Parents who want to restrict the release of this information should inform the school in writing.

4.  Except in certain specified situations as stated in the policy and those items identified as directory information, personally identifiable education records will not be disclosed without prior written parental consent, or prior written consent by the eligible student.

5.  Copies of the student record policy JO/JO-R are available for inspection at each school and at the central office.

The federal statute and regulations are enforced by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington. D.C., 20202, which is empowered to investigate timely written complaints.

SERVICES FOR STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

The federal government mandates that students with disabilities be provided appropriate services.  A copy of the New Hampshire Procedural Safeguards Handbook for Special Education can be obtained from the school.  This handbook provides parents with information about the process for referring students with disabilities for special needs services.

PROMOTION AND RETENTION OF STUDENTS

If a student fails more than two classes for the year, then that student will be considered for retention.  Students in grades six through eight who fail no more than two classes for the year may avoid retention by attending summer school. 

1.  In the event that retention is being considered, the following procedure will be implemented:

a. At the end of the second marking term, the classroom teacher will notify the principal in writing of any students experiencing significant difficulty.

b. The following relevant student data shall be considered when making a decision on retention:

Chronological age                                    

Pupil placement team evaluation

Past performance

Placement of siblings

Academic attitude                            

Prediction of success

Emotional maturity    

Social maturity                                                      

Physical development                                     

Teacher recommendation                        

Minimum competencies

Attendance record     

Previous record of retention                                     

c. Parents will be notified as soon as the teacher and principal begin to consider a recommendation for retention.  Conference between the teacher(s), appropriate educational specialists, principal and parents will be arranged to discuss the reasons for the recommendation.

d. At the end of the third marking period, the classroom teacher(s) will submit a written review to the principal for each child previously referred.                                                                                                                                                                

e. A second conference between the teacher(s), appropriate educational specialists, principal and parents will be arranged to discuss student progress.

f. The building principal will make the decision as to whether a child shall be promoted or retained and if it is the decision of the principal, based on the above process, that a child should be retained the parents shall normally be notified in writing before school closes in June.

g. An individual education plan shall be developed for each student being retained in grades K-8, specifically indicating the goals and objectives that should be accomplished during the year of retention.                                                                                                                                         

h. Parents who are dissatisfied with any of the procedures or decisions may meet with the superintendent.   The superintendent of schools has the final legal authority for the placement of students, and shall make the final decision regarding the student’s placement for the ensuing academic year.

2.  The following factors will be considered by the building principal in making his/her decision about an accelerated program for a student:

a.       The sustained achievement level of the student as measured by norm referenced testing, grades, and teacher observation.

b.       The performance of the student in the enrichment program.

c.        The overall aptitude of the student.

d.       The social, emotional, and physical development of the student.                                                    

e.        The recommendations of all teachers and staff members who are affected by the student’s program.

f.        The recommendations of the student and his/her parents.

g.       The ability of the student to cope with variation in his/her daily schedule.                      

A student’s accelerated program will be evaluated following each marking period. The parent, the student, and his/her teachers will be involved in the review and evaluation.

Appeal Process

The decision for assignment shall be based upon the recommendation of the parent, teacher and in-school evaluation team.  In special instances, when retention is recommended by the school but refused by the parent, the superintendent or his/her designee may assign the student to the next grade.  It is understood that the parents will assume responsibility for this kind of assignment and acknowledgement by the parents of this assignment shall be made in writing and a copy placed in the child’s permanent record folder.  Parents who are dissatisfied with any of the procedures/decisions may meet with the superintendent.  The superintendent of schools has the final legal authority for the placement of students, and shall make the final decision regarding the student’s placement for the ensuing academic year.

HOMEWORK

Policies for homework completion will be established by each teacher and/or teaching team.  Incomplete or late homework will lower a student’s grade.  Students are expected to keep track of their homework assignments in the planner provided to them at the beginning of the year.                                                                                                                                                                

GRADUATION  

A graduation ceremony will be held at the end of the year to honor all eighth graders who have completed the year successfully.  In order to participate in the ceremony students must have a year-long average of at least a 70 in each of these classes:  Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, and Science.  In addition, each student must have successfully completed volunteer work in the school and community. 

ATTENDANCE

All students are expected to be in school every day that school is in session unless illness prevents his/her attendance. 

ABSENCES FROM SCHOOL

Within (3) days of an absence from school, a student must present to the office a note from a parent/guardian stating reason(s) for a legitimate absence.  An absence is considered unexcused if this note is not presented within the 3-day period.

ATHLETIC EVENTS/FIELD TRIPS

A student who is excused from classes to participate in a school-sponsored athletic event or a field trip is not considered absent.  A student has the responsibility to confer with the teachers of those classes from which he/she was excused in order to make up the work missed.

AFTER-SCHOOL FUNCTIONS

Each participant must attend school on the day of the event.  If a student arrives at school before 11:00 a.m. with a note from a parent, then that student will be eligible to participate in that day’s event.  (Any student who leaves the activity area of the school function will not be readmitted.) 

TARDINESS

Each tardy must be confirmed by a note from parent/guardian within (3) days of tardiness or detention will be assigned.  (If the school bus is late, the student will not be considered tardy.)   Students must immediately report to the office upon entering school for admittance to class.

EARLY DISMISSAL

A student may be dismissed early from school only if he/she has a note from parent/guardian stating legitimate reason(s) for the dismissal.  This note must be presented to the office no later than 9:00 a.m. on the day of his/her dismissal.  Students will not be released unless a parent or guardian comes to the office to sign them out.  If the dismissal is for a part of a school day, the student must report to the office when he/she returns to school. 

TRUANCY

If a student is habitually, and without good and sufficient cause, absent from school, he/she will be considered truant.  The administration will provide written notice to the parents/guardians of the alleged truancy and make every possible attempt to return the child to school.  The administration may file a CHINS (Children in Need of Services) petition if the youngster is habitually truant.

GRADE PENALTY

Students will be allowed to miss, without penalty, seven (7) classes per marking period in one (1) subject.  Such missed classes may possibly be reclaimed with the following written excuses:

1.  A doctor’s note stating the need and listing days the student will remain out of school - signed by the doctor.

2.  A death in the family - followed with a note from a parent/guardian and presented to the office stating the specific reason for the student’s absence.

3.  A family trip - a note is to be presented to the office at least one (1) week in advance.  This excuse may be used for up to five days per school year.

4.  Any other out-of-the-ordinary event may be approved at the discretion of the Principal.

Students who miss more than the allotted seven (7) classes per quarter without the above stated reason(s) will receive a grade no higher than 70 (D-) in all classes affected.  Students will still have to report to the office by 9:00 a.m. and present a note explaining reason(s) for absence as written by parent/guardian.   Only those students with the above stated and approved reason(s) will be allowed to have missed classes restored for the quarter. Students who have reached their limit, but with special circumstances that do not permit them to go to a doctor, may have the school nurse visit them at home.

MAKE-UP WORK

The student shall be allowed the opportunity to make up work missed due to an excused absence.  The make-up procedures are outlined as follows:

Following absences from school, students will be permitted one day to make up class work for each day out.  Exceptions would be in cases of long illness.  More time may be permitted at the discretion of the teacher.  Students should be reminded that they have make-up work to complete, but they must understand that ultimately it is their responsibility to find out what the missed work included.

APPEAL PROCESS FOR ATTENDANCE

Any parent/guardian who does not feel that the attendance policy has been administered fairly by the administration may appeal the Principal’s ruling to the Superintendent of Schools.  The parent/guardian or student should then write a formal letter stating the reason(s) for such an appeal and present a copy to the Superintendent of Schools and to the Principal requesting a hearing with the Superintendent (or a person designated by the Superintendent).  Any parent/guardian or student who is not satisfied with the Superintendent’s ruling may request a hearing with the School Board, in writing, which will state why such a hearing may be necessary.

BEHAVIOR


HCMS has adopted the following guiding principles for student behavior:

Cooperation

Assertion

Responsibility

Empathy, and

Self-Control

These guiding principles form the basis for many of the behavioral expectations outlined in this section of the handbook.

PROCEDURES FOR ADDRESSING MISBEHAVIOR

MINOR INFRACTIONS

Minor infractions  include but are not limited to the following:

·         Talking out of turn in class

·         Chewing gum

·         Running in the halls or classrooms

·         Cutting in line

·         Not following directions

·         Pestering others

·         Not using a hall pass

·         Not cleaning up after yourself

·         Wearing inappropriate clothing

·         Talking loudly in the lunchroom

·         Calling others’ names

·         Eating in unauthorized areas

·         Using inappropriate language

Classroom teachers by team may set forth rules and procedures that comply with the school’s general behavior expectations.  Minor infractions are to be handled with a common sense approach that sends the student a clear message of what is and what is not acceptable.  Staff responses to these behaviors will include one of the following (in no particular order):

·   Redirecting teacher language

·   Take a break in the classroom

·   Social conference

·   Time out in the office

·   Take a break out of the classroom

·   Loss of privilege

·   Logical consequence

·   Apology of action

·   Parent contact

Staff members will report these actions to the administration.  Parents should be contacted by the teachers when students repeat these behaviors after being warned and/or receiving consequences.  Students who persist in these misbehaviors after parent contact has been made will be referred to the administration.

MAJOR INFRACTIONS

Major infractions include minor infractions that have been repeated even after consequences have been given and parent contact has been made.  Teachers will refer students to the office for these repeated minor infractions.

In addition, major infractions include any dangerous or disruptive behaviors that require immediate attention by the administration.  Staff members will refer students exhibiting these behaviors to the office as soon as possible.  These behaviors include but are not limited to the following: 

  • Abusive language
  • Physical aggression
  • Disrespect
  • Non-compliance
  • Lying/cheating
  • Harassment/bullying
  • Disruption
  • Skipping class
  • Property damage
  • Theft
  • Dress code violation
  • Possession of weapons
  • Possession of drugs, tobacco, or alcohol

Consequences for major infractions may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Time in office
  • Loss of privilege
  • Detention
  • Referral to guidance counselor
  • Conference with student
  • In-school suspension
  • Out of school suspension
  • Police report
  • Written apology
  • Restitution

The administration reserves the right to remove a student from the premises if he or she is at risk or is placing others at risk.  The administration also reserves the right to take immediate action, such as suspending a student, if the situation warrants an immediate response.   Parents will be notified as quickly as possible.

Academic misconduct

Academic misconduct is defined as cheating, plagiarism, falsification, interference, and/or complicity.

1.  Cheating—providing or receiving unauthorized assistance on any schoolwork or test. (Examples: copying from another student, using cheat sheets or technology to cheat, stealing copies of tests or exams).

2.  Plagiarism – presenting someone else’s words, ideas, or graphics as one’s own without giving credit to the original author (Examples: purchasing a term paper online, copying and pasting from a website without giving credit, submitting another’s paper as your own, following the original sources too closely).

3.  Falsification – falsifying or inventing information, data, or citations in academic assignments, or forging signatures on school-related documents.

4.  Interference- interfering with or obstructing another student’s academic work (Examples: stealing notes, tearing pages out of books, hiding resources).

5.  Complicity – allowing another student to copy academic work, unauthorized collaboration on academic work, working in groups without approval from a teacher.

Violators are disciplined on a case-by-case basis depending on the seriousness of the violation, prior violations, and other factors. Disciplinary measures include, but are not limited to, redoing assignment/retaking test, receiving a failing grade on the project/test, receiving a lower overall grade in the class, losing credit for the course, or being removed from the class.

AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

Students remaining on campus after 3:30 must be under the supervision of an adult directing an authorized school activity.  Students must remain in the area supervised by the adult and must have a pass from the supervising adult to leave that area if necessary.

ALCOHOL, DRUGS AND TOBACCO

HCMS is a drug-free, tobacco-free, and alcohol-free zone.  Possession, sale, exchange, or use of alcohol, drugs (and drug paraphernalia), or tobacco at school or school-related functions are serious offenses and will lead to suspension.  Smoking or use of tobacco products is prohibited at all times on school property in accordance with state law.  Additional penalties affecting a student’s participation in extracurricular activities will be given.  See the section of the handbook outlining extracurricular policies for more detail.

ASSEMBLIES

Assemblies are a scheduled part of the curriculum and as such are designed to be educational, as well as an entertainment experience.  Assemblies provide opportunities for students to practice formal audience behavior.  Courteous and appropriate behavior is expected at all times.  A student will sit with his/her homeroom and homeroom teacher during assemblies (unless designated otherwise).

BATHROOMS

Students are requested to respect the facilities in the bathrooms.  These rooms are not for loitering.  Students are required to have a pass when going to the bathroom. Students are to use their own facilities and not the faculty restrooms in the office.

BICYCLE RIDERS

All bicycle riders should ride on the right side of the roadway, traveling with motor vehicle traffic, and should use all appropriate hand signals.  Bicycles should be parked in the bike rack and ridden directly to or from the bike racks when arriving or leaving school.  Bicycles are not to be ridden in the parking lot, on the athletic fields, or on school sidewalks.  The school recommends that bicycles be locked when students are in school.  When traveling to and/or from school, only one child is permitted on the student’s bicycle at a time.  Riding one’s bicycle to and from school is a privilege and this privilege may be revoked if a student fails to observe the common rules of bicycle safety.  The school will report students not wearing helmets while riding their bicycles to the police.

BOOK BAGS

It is not recommended that students carry their book bags or gym bags to classes.  The bags may be stored in their lockers or homeroom classroom.

BULLYING and CYBERBULLYING

Bullying” means a single significant incident or a pattern of incidents involving a written, verbal, or electronic communication, or a physical act or gesture, or any combination thereof, directed at another pupil which:

1.  Physically harms a pupil or damages the pupil’s property;

2.  Causes emotional distress to a pupil;

3.  Interferes with a pupil’s educational opportunities;

4.  Creates a hostile educational environment; or

5.  Substantially disrupts the orderly operation of the school.

 “Cyberbullying” is any conduct listed above undertaken through the use of electronic devices.

Bullying and cyberbullying are not allowed at HCMS. The school will respond to all incidents of bullying in accordance with school district policy JICK and NH law.  The school will investigate any incident of bullying or cyberbullying that meets these criteria:

a. Occurs on, or is delivered to, school property or a school-sponsored activity or event on or off school property; or

b. Occurs off of school property or outside of a school-sponsored activity or event, if the conduct interferes with a pupil’s educational opportunities or substantially disrupts the orderly operations of the school or school-sponsored activity or event.

How to report bullying or cyberbullying at HCMS:

1.  Write it down: who, what, where and when.

2.  Report the bullying immediately to an administrator, guidance counselor, teacher, nurse or other staff member.

Students who make false reports will be subject to disciplinary action.  Students who retaliate against those who report bullying or cyberbullying will also be subject to disciplinary action.  Once a report of bullying or cyberbullying is received, the administration will investigate the incident and make a finding.   Those students who have been found to commit acts in violation of the bullying policy will face appropriate disciplinary action.

CAFETERIA BEHAVIOR

Cooperation:  Work together to create a safe, respectful environment.  Sit appropriately in your seat (no more than 10 students per table, 5 on a side).  Work together to pick up your area before leaving the cafeteria.  Please do not slide, move or pick up table unless instructed to by an adult.  Wait for teacher on duty to dismiss students before leaving cafeteria.

Assertion:  Speak with kindness and consideration to others.  Be a leader set an example for others to follow.

Responsibility:  Make sure your area is picked up.

Empathy:  Invite others to eat lunch with you so people do not feel left out or alone.  Be respectful of others regardless of your differences.

Self-Control:  Talk in an appropriate voice. (Students at neighboring tables should not be able to hear your conversations.)  Use appropriate table manners.  Be in control of your emotions and body when dealing with conflict.  Refrain from throwing food or making messes.

CHEATING

If a student furnishes or receives information from someone other than the instructor during tests, examinations, or certain assignments, he/she will receive a “ZERO” for that work.  The student will also be referred to the administration.

CLASSROOM BEHAVIOR

Cooperation:  Respect others’ points of view even if they differ from your own.  Work as a team to create an environment that promotes respect of one another.

Assertion:  Stand up for your own ideas without hurting or disrespecting others.  Take ownership and pride for the climate in your classroom.  Have confidence when expressing your thoughts and opinions.  Don’t be afraid to take risks.

Responsibility:  Come prepared to class and ready to learn.  Follow classroom rules and instructions.  Have high expectations of yourself and others.  Challenge yourself daily.  Ask questions and get involved.

Empathy:  Accept and respect differences.  Treat others with common courtesy.

Self-Control:  Take responsibility for your own behavior.  Raise your hand when you wish to speak.  Listen to others; wait until others are finished speaking before you share your thoughts.  Address personal differences in an appropriate and respectful way.

DANCES

Unless specifically announced, only students from Haverhill Cooperative Middle School, former HCMS students who attend French Pond School, or homeschooled students involved in HCMS extracurricular activities may attend dances at the school.   Any student who has been suspended in or out of school during the twenty school days prior to any dance will not be permitted to go to that dance.  Any student who is referred to the office more than once during this twenty-day period will not be permitted to go to the dance as well.  Students may not leave a dance and then reenter at a later time.  General school rules and expectations apply.

DANGEROUS VEHICLES

No snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, motor scooters, or motorcycles are to be driven by students when coming to school or when returning from school.

DETENTION

While in detention, students assigned detention are expected to follow the expectations listed below or they will be required to repeat the detention and may face further disciplinary actions:

·         Arrive promptly and stay until dismissal.

·         Sit in assigned seat.

·         Refrain from talking.

·         Do homework or read.

DRESS

Haverhill Cooperative Middle School is an institution that strives to maintain a distraction-free educational setting.  Inappropriate attire can be distracting and dangerous.  Proper attire and grooming are the responsibility of the students and their parents and/or guardians.   A student’s manner of dress, grooming and/or appearance will not disrupt the normal educational process.  Students should not wear the following:

·         Clothing that reveals underwear.

·         Clothing that does not completely cover the midriff or cleavage.

·         Spaghetti-strap, strapless tops or “muscle” shirts.

·         Hats (inside the building).

·         Extremely short shorts or skirts. (Use the fingertip rule—If the clothing does not sit below the fingertips when the arms are extended naturally down the side of the body, then the clothing is too short.)

·         Tights or leggings that are not covered with skirts or shorts of appropriate length.

·         Extreme or unusual make-up.

·         Clothing with pictures or text that are offensive and/or communicate or imply messages about drugs, alcohol, and sex.

·         Heavy chains or studded accessories.

·         Clothes that are deliberately ragged or tattered.

·         Clothing that does not cover the back.

Appropriate footwear must be worn at all times. In order to help ensure that students are appropriately attired in case of an evacuation, students should not wear short pants, ¾ length pants, or capris from November 1 through March 31.   Other styles or types of clothing or makeup not mentioned above may also be inappropriate.  Ultimately, the appropriateness of a student’s appearance will be determined by the faculty and administration.  When possible, students found in violation of these guidelines will be permitted to stay in school if they change out of or remove the inappropriate attire.  Students who continue to violate the dress code or who refuse to change will be subject to detentions and/or suspensions.

ELECTRONICS

Portable audio devices, cell phones, pagers, and video games or similar equipment are not to be used in school.  Students who choose to bring these items to school are expected to leave them turned off and in their bags while in school.  Students who bring these items to school also assume the risk of losing or damaging these items.  HCMS cannot be responsible for the loss or damage of such items.  Students may have these items confiscated if they fail to adhere to these guidelines.

EMERGENCY DRILLS

Emergency drills will be held frequently during the year.  The signal shall be the ringing of the fire alarm.  Instructions are posted in each room and will be discussed with each class by the teacher.  Absolute quiet and a swift and orderly evacuation are essential.  A student must remain with his/her class and walk to the assigned area.  A student must keep in mind that when the fire alarm rings, neither he/she nor the teacher can be sure whether it is a drill or an emergency.  Everyone should walk within appropriate walkways when leaving the school building.

ENERGY DRINKS

Energy drinks that are advertised as having excessive amounts of caffeine and sugar are prohibited from being consumed on school grounds.  Soft drinks that are advertised as having excessive amounts of caffeine and sugar are also prohibited.  This policy is in effect for all school-related functions.

FIELD TRIPS

Transportation to all school-sponsored events will be arranged by the school district.  Parent permission forms must be completed for all events.  Students may be denied permission to participate on field trips for behavioral reasons.  Any student who has been suspended in or out of school during the twenty school days prior to any field trip will not be permitted to go on that field trip.  Any student who is referred to the office more than once during this twenty-day period will not be permitted to go on the field trip as well.  Field trips are school-sponsored activities; therefore, rules that apply at school apply on the trips, except where specifically waived.

FIREWORKS

Fireworks and other explosives are illegal and dangerous; they are prohibited on school grounds.

GAMBLING

Students may not gamble at school.  This includes playing games for money or for property.

GUM

Gum chewing is not permitted in the school building or on the recess grounds.  Improperly discarded gum is unsanitary and a maintenance issue.

HALLWAY BEHAVIOR

Cooperation:  Use your agenda as a hall pass: your agenda must state the time, date, and destination and be signed by a teacher.

Assertion:  Be a leader set an example for others to follow.  Be aware of your environment.

Responsibility:  Please respect others and their personal property.

Empathy:  Understand that when you are in the hallway, others are in class trying to learn; carry yourself in a way that will not disrupt the learning of others.

Self-Control:  Please keep your hands and feet to yourself at all times.  Please walk safely in the hallways; do not run, push or yell.  Always walk on the right side of the hallway.

IN-SCHOOL SUSPENSION (ISS)

ISS is a consequence designed to isolate a student from his or her peers during school hours for a period of time.  Students on ISS are expected to adhere to the following guidelines or face further disciplinary action:

·         Arrive promptly and stay until dismissal.

·         Sit in assigned seat.

·         Refrain from talking.

·         Do assigned schoolwork or read.

·         Follow all directions of the ISS supervisor.

On the day on which the ISS is served, students will not be allowed to stay after school for any activities.

LANGUAGE

Students are not permitted to use obscene, vulgar, or profane language.  Students are to refrain from explicit discussions of sex and violence.  Students who use inappropriate language may be referred to the administration.

LOCKERS

Haverhill Cooperative Middle School and the student maintain control over the locker assigned to him/her.  It is the student’s responsibility to see that his/her locker is kept closed and in order at all times.  A student is to use only his/her assigned locker.  A locker cannot be changed without permission.  Students are responsible for providing their own locks.  A duplicate of the key or the combination to a personal locker is to be turned in to the office.  A student may not tamper with another’s locker or give his/her combination to another.  The outside of the lockers should remain free of student materials.

Money and valuables should never be stored in a locker; the school is not responsible for lost or stolen articles.  School officials have the right to inspect student lockers in an emergency and/or for reasonable suspicion of illegal/dangerous materials.

PASSES

Students are not to be out of their assigned rooms at anytime without a pass, unless they are changing classes or on their way to lunch or snack.  During the before and after school bus recesses, between the times of 7:45 and 8:15 and 3:05 and 3:30, students must have passes to be in the building or be under the supervision of an adult.  Students who must see a teacher during these times and are without a pass are permitted to go to the office and ask the office to call into the classroom to see if a teacher is available.

PLAYGROUND BEHAVIOR


Cooperation:  Before playing a game agree to a set of appropriate rules and follow them.  Show good sportsmanship by having a positive attitude and encouraging your classmates.  Be aware of other people and respect their personal space.  Speak to each other in a respectful and appropriate manner.

Assertion:  Resolve conflicts in a respectful appropriate manner.

Responsibility:  Use equipment responsibly and safely.  Follow playground rules.  Dress appropriately for the different seasons.  Stay within playground boundaries.

Empathy:  Keep feelings of others in mind when dealing with conflict.  Avoid creating cliques.  Allow everyone to participate in a game if they ask to join.

Self-Control:  Be in control of your emotions and body when dealing with conflict.  Recognize warning signs your body may be telling you when you are becoming frustrated or angry.

PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION

Students are discouraged from demonstrating physical affection.  Hugging, walking arm-in-arm, hand-in-hand, kissing or anything more graphic is not appropriate school behavior.  If students persist in conducting themselves in an unacceptable manner, then students will be referred to the administration.

SCHOOL PROPERTY

Proper care of school property helps keep maintenance costs down.  School equipment and supplies are for the students to use responsibly.  Students should not mark school furniture, walls, or equipment with pen, pencil, or any other instrument.  Because considerable care and expense have gone into the beautification of the school grounds, each student is expected to use the sidewalks on school grounds.  Anyone who destroys or damages school property will be referred to the administration.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

“Sexual harassment” is any conduct that has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s academic or professional performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive employment or educational environment.  Forms of sexual harassment include but are not limited to the following:  verbal harassment, such as derogatory comments, jokes, or slurs; physical harassment, such as unnecessary or offensive touching or impeding or blocking of movement; and visual harassment, such as derogatory or offensive posters, cards, cartoons, graffiti, drawings, or gestures.

Sexual harassment is not allowed at HCMS. The school will respond to all incident of sexual harassment in accordance with school district policy ACA and NH law.

How to report sexual harassment at HCMS: 

1.  Write it down: who, what, where and when.

2.  Report the harassment immediately to an administrator, guidance counselor, teacher, nurse or other staff member.

Students who make false reports will be subject to disciplinary action.  Students who retaliate against those who report harassment will also be subject to disciplinary action.  Once a report of sexual harassment is received, the administration will investigate the incident and make a finding.   Those students who have been found to commit acts in violation of the sexual harassment policy will face appropriate disciplinary action.

SNOWBALLS

Due to possible injury, the throwing of snowballs is not allowed at any time on school property.  Throwing snowballs will result in a referral to the administration.

SKATEBOARDING/ROLLERBLADING

The riding of skateboards, rollerblades and roller skates is never permitted on school grounds.

STEALING

Students who steal school property or other students’ property will face disciplinary action from the school and may be referred to the police.

TELEPHONE USE

Students may only use the office phones for contacting parents/guardians in an emergency if they have a pass from a teacher.   Students must have permission to use phones.  Students will not be allowed to use the school phones in order to make social arrangements.  Those arrangements should be made outside of school.

TEXTBOOKS

Each student is issued (loaned) textbooks for each subject requiring them.  These books are to be covered and kept free from all marks and defacing. If a book is lost, the office will determine the charge.

VISITORS

Student visitors are only permitted on school grounds if they are potential students at Haverhill Cooperative Middle School.  Two days’ notice must be given to the principal.  Visitors are asked to report to the office upon arrival and will be asked to wear a visitor badge.  All rules that apply to Haverhill Cooperative Middle School students will apply to the visitor.

WEAPONS

Weapons are not permitted on school property, in school vehicles or at school-sponsored activities. Student violations of this policy will result in both school disciplinary action and notification of the police. Suspension or expulsion from school could result. The term "weapons" includes, but is not limited to firearms (rifles, pistols, revolvers, pellet guns, BB guns, etc.) knives, slingshots, metallic knuckles, firecrackers, billies, stilettos, switchblade knives, sword canes, pistol canes, black jacks, daggers, dirk knives, explosives, incendiaries, martial arts weapons (as defined by RSA 159:24), self-defense weapons (as defined by RSA 159:20) or any other substance, object or thing which, in the manner it is used, or threatened to be used, is known to be capable of producing death or bodily injury. In addition, any Student who is determined to have brought a firearm (as defined by 18 US 921 ) to school will be expelled for not less than one year (365 days). This expulsion may be modified by the Superintendent upon review of the specific case in accordance with other applicable laws. Weapons under control of law enforcement personnel are permitted. All students will receive written notice of this policy at least once each year.


Extracurricular Activities

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Participation in middle school athletics will be based on the following requirements:

a.  Parent’s/Guardian’s Permission - Each athlete must have a parent’s/guardian’s permission form on file in the P.E. office; this permission form lasts for the entire year.                                                                                                                                                

b.  Physicals - Each athlete must have a current physical before he/she can practice or play in a game.  The school nurse and/or athletic director have a list of athletes who have had physicals on file in his/her office.

c.  Grades - Athletes in grades seven and eight must have no more than one failing grade from the previous report card or progress report to be eligible to participate.  Students who are on the team and who are failing more than one of their current classes will not be allowed to participate until the grades come back in compliance.

d.  Medical Releases - Each athlete must have a medical release form on file in the office.  Each coach must have a copy of this form with him/her at all practices and games.

ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS

A student must be in attendance during the school day and the day after to participate in an athletic event, practice, or extracurricular activity.  If the student is sick but arrives at school before 11:00 a.m. with a parental/guardianship note, then that student will be eligible to participate in that day’s event.  The Principal or Assistant Principal may waive this attendance policy for appropriate and/or extenuating circumstances.  Such requests should be made prior to a student’s absence, except in emergencies.

ACTIVITIES ON SCHOOL CLOSURE DAYS

The School Board recognizes the fact that when school has been closed for the day, especially due to inclement weather, it is possible conditions would improve enough during the day for after school activities or sports to still take place.  Therefore, it will be the responsibility of the school Principal and/or Athletic Director to request from the Superintendent a decision on allowing the after school activity or sport to take place.  This request must be made no later than 1:00 P.M. on the day in question and the decision of the Superintendent is final.   If the decision is to allow the activity/sport to take place, the Superintendent will notify the Principal or Athletic Director and then the Principal and/or Athletic Director will notify participants via the district’s instant alert system.

CONDUCT

1.  Each student shall report promptly to scheduled events and transportation.  Time and place will be announced by the advisor/coach.  A participating student is expected to give his/her commitment to Haverhill Cooperative Middle School and the activity.

2.  Any action contrary to good student behavior on bus trips, at the destination of a field trip, at home and away athletic contests and performances, restaurants, host schools, and at Haverhill Cooperative Middle School may result in suspension from the activity and/or school.

3.  Any student who maliciously destroys, damages, or steals equipment or property may be suspended from a team, an activity and/or school.

4.  Every student shall board the bus at Haverhill Cooperative Middle School or at bus stops designated by the contracting bus service and shall return by bus to Haverhill Cooperative Middle School.  The only deviation from this rule is extenuating circumstances that must be stated in a written note and approved by the Principal at least (1) day prior to the trip; the note is then presented to the coach.  On bus trips, all girls and boys should be sitting with only members of the same sex.  Any stops on the return route are at the sole discretion of the contracting bus service. 

5.  No student is to be on the bus at any time unless supervised by a staff member and/or a member of the contracting bus service.

6.  Each student is responsible for removing litter from the bus before disembarking.

7.  Each student is expected to comply with all rules and regulations of Haverhill Cooperative Middle School.

ALCOHOL, DRUGS AND TOBACCO

The first time in his/her middle school career that a student is found to be under the influence, to possess, sell, exchange, and/or use illegal substances or their paraphernalia, in school buildings, on school property, and/or at a school-sponsored activity, he/she will/may be suspended from participation and/or attendance in all extracurricular activities for a period of sixty (60) school and activity days.  If appropriate, law officials will be notified.

The second time in his/her middle school career that a student is found to be under the influence of, to possess, sell, exchange, and/or use illegal substances in school buildings, on school property, and/or at a school-sponsored activity, he/she will be suspended from participation in and/or attendance at all extracurricular activities for a period of ninety (90) school and activity days.  Law Enforcement Officials will be notified.

Additional abuses of this policy shall result in a meeting of the student, parent/guardian and Principal to discuss further disciplinary action.

In addition to the above disciplinary action, a student will be suspended from school for a minimum of three (3) days. Students will also be referred to counseling with a drug and alcohol counselor.                                                                                      

MEDICAL TREATMENT

A student participating in an extracurricular activity must have on file at the middle school office the form:  “Haverhill Cooperative School District Consent for Medical Treatment.”   In the event of any serious injuries, the injured athlete should remain motionless, and an ambulance will be called and a doctor should make a diagnosis, not the coach or any untrained personnel.

Home-School Cooperation

BIRTHDAYS

The school recognizes that its students enjoy having their birthdays acknowledged.  During morning announcements all students with a birthday that day are recognized.  Parents are encouraged to coordinate with their child’s homeroom teacher if they would like to send treats to school for their child’s birthday.  The school strongly discourages the practice of ordering gifts for students to be delivered to the school.  The school’s office cannot be responsible for those items once they arrive at the school.  Balloons are a particular problem because of the risk that students may be allergic to them and the fact that balloons are not allowed on the school buses.

CAFETERIA PAYMENT  

The school accepts payment in advance for cafeteria expenses.  An account will be created for every student.  By using a lunch number that will be assigned to them, students can use the account to buy breakfast and lunch.  Cash will not be paid out to any student from that account.  The school will adhere to the following school board policy regarding the use of the lunch account:

In the event a student forgets or misplaces their money for lunch or breakfast, a meal will be provided to them and be charged to their account.  The second time this happens the same procedure will be followed.  The third time a student needs to charge and the previous charges remain unpaid, they will be given a peanut butter and jelly sandwich meal (or equivalent) and their account will be charged.  At this time a letter will be sent home and information passed on to the building administrators.  At no time will a student be allowed to charge any a la carte items.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Each month the SAU publishes a calendar of general school events in local newspapers.  Every month the school sends a newsletter to every student’s home.  This newsletter has the most current information about upcoming events.  In addition, the newsletter can also be found on the web at the school’s home page: http://www.sau23.org/HCMS/home.htm

CANCELLATIONS, DELAYED OPENINGS AND EMERGENCY CLOSINGS

All announcements about cancellations, delayed openings and unplanned early dismissals will be broadcast through the school’s instant alert system.  

CHANGE OF ADDRESS OR TELEPHONE NUMBER

The New Hampshire State Department of Education requires correct addresses for all school registers.  Each student should notify the office immediately stating the date he/she moved and his/her new and old address. 

The office of the principal should be notified of any telephone number change so that parent/guardian can be contacted, if necessary, during the school day.  (Should the number be changed to a non-listed number, it is requested that this number be given to the office of the principal in case of an emergency.  Confidentiality of such a number will be respected.)                                                                                                                   

FIELD TRIP CHAPERONES

School field trips may occasionally require the assistance of other adults in order to make them successful.  In those circumstances the school will invite parents to help chaperone those trips.  Each chaperone must be the parent, guardian, or immediate relative (over the age of 21) of a student going on the field trip.

HYGIENE

Poor hygiene can create social problems for students. Social acceptance is important for everyone, but it becomes a matter of greater urgency when students move into their teenage years.  In addition, students’ changing bodies require changes to their hygiene habits.  We try very hard at HCMS to help students understand that they must always be respectful to each other, but many middle school students are still learning how to appropriately handle being asked to sit next to or work with someone who has not bathed or showered in a while.  Adults at the school are also affected by a student’s poor hygiene.  They spend a great deal of time in close proximity to students, and they want to be able to focus their energy and attention on helping students learn and not be distracted by a student with poor hygiene.  Parents are asked to make sure that their children come to school with acceptable hygiene.

LIBRARY USE

Library books may be checked out for two weeks and can be renewed twice. At this time the book is due back for another student to borrow.  Please help your child follow these guidelines:

·         Find a place where your child can keep his/her library books.  This helps prevent damage and loss.

·         Remind your child to have clean hands to turn the page from the top right corners.  Do not have food or drink while reading.

·         Have a book bag or backpack to protect the book.

·         Help remind your child when it is library day to set the books out the night before.

There is not a fine for an overdue book, but we emphasize that students are responsible for damaged or lost books and will have to pay to replace them.  We do not want children to be afraid to check out a book:  we just want them to remember to be careful.  If something does happen to the book, please do not repair it yourself.  Send the book back with your child with a note, or call and the librarian will make arrangements to solve the problem.

LOST AND FOUND--All articles found in the buildings or on school property should be brought to the office.  All requests for lost-and-found items should be made at the office.

PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES

Teachers are available for parent conferences during the school year by appointment.  Parents are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to discuss their child’s progress.

PARENT VISITATION

Parents are welcome to visit classrooms.  Parents should contact the teacher and principal in advance to work out a mutually agreeable time.  All visitors to the school must sign in and out at the main office and wear a guest pass during their visit. Parents who choose to walk their children to and from class must stop in the office first, sign in, and pick up a visitor’s pass.

PARENT VOLUNTEERS

District Policy IJOC outlines the procedure for becoming a volunteer at HCMS.  A copy of that policy is available upon request.

PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION

Parents and teachers are encouraged to join the Haverhill Cooperative Parent Teacher Association.  Its purpose is to support the educational process in Haverhill.  Please contact the school for more information about this organization.

PERSONAL POSSESSIONS

Students are encouraged to not bring valued personal possessions to school.  Toys, collectibles, electronics, and other valued items may get broken or stolen.  The school cannot be responsible for these items if they are brought to school.

TRANSPORTATION CHANGES

Students must present to the school office a note from their parent/guardian in any of the following situations:

·         A walker or biker is going to ride a bus to another student’s home or to another location.

·         A bus student is going to ride a different bus (not his/her regular bus) to another student’s home or to another location.

·         A bus student is going to get off at a location that is different from his/her regular stop.                  

·         A bus student is NOT going to ride the bus and will either walk or bike to another student’s home or to another location, or will be picked up by a parent/guardian.

These notes should be addressed to the principal’s office, who will then advise the student and the appropriate bus driver of the status of the requests.  These requests may not be automatically honored.  Requests for changes must be submitted before 10:00 A.M.

 

Student Health

 

ACCIDENTS/ILLNESSES

Haverhill Cooperative Middle School will make every effort to inform a parent/guardian of an accident or illness occurring at school, which might need observation at home.  No student, however, will be sent home unless a responsible adult is there to receive him/her.  In the event of illness or an accident, school personnel will administer emergency care only.  The parent/guardian is responsible for any additional care needed.                                                   

The school or an ambulance will transport a student to the hospital when the situation requires such action.  If a parent/guardian/relative is unavailable to sign the admittance forms of the hospital, the school will do so but accepts no liability.

INSURANCE

Every middle school student is offered low-cost accident insurance as a school service.  The policy may be written for school-day coverage or a 24-hour coverage.   It is strongly suggested that any student participating in extra-curricular activities be covered by this policy, or by a family insurance plan.  If a student is injured while under the supervision of a staff member, that staff member will file a report with the office.  The principal will then give the student a claim form, which is to be submitted to the insurance company.   HCMS strongly urges parents to consider this option.

MEAL SERVICE

Breakfast--An a la carte breakfast program is offered daily to every student.  Milk and juice are also available to students during breakfast.  A reduced/free breakfast program is available to any family who meets the financial guidelines established by the federal government.

Snack--A snack time will be provided in the morning.  We encourage healthy snacks.  Milk and snacks are available for purchase at this time.  Milk and snack purchases during snack time are not covered under the free/reduced program.  Snack is sold on a cash-only basis.

Lunch--A regular hot lunch/a la carte program is offered daily to every student.  Milk is available to students also. A reduced/free lunch program is available to any family who meets the financial guidelines established by the federal government.

MEDICATION

Whenever possible, parents or guardians should try to give medication at home, arranging intervals so that medication need not be given to a student during the school day.

According to New Hampshire State Law, RSA 541:A, any pupil who is required to take, during the school day, a medication prescribed by a licensed physician, must have the following:

1.  A written statement from the prescribing physician, detailing the method of taking the medication, the prescribed dosage, and the time schedule to be observed.

2.  A written authorization (request) from the parents or guardians of the pupil indicating the desire that the school assist the pupil in the matters set forth in the physician’s statement, accompanied by a “hold harmless” release, signed by the parents or guardians.

Permission forms for the above are available in all area physicians’ offices or in the School Office.

Internal medication shall not be dispensed or administered to any child by school personnel except by the school nurse, under his/her supervision, or in his/her absence a person designated by the nurse or building Principal, and only then upon written order of the physician who has examined and prescribed for that particular child, and only with written permission of the parents.  (Over the counter drugs must be accompanied with a written note giving permission and/or directions.  Note must be signed by parent.)

In an effort to comply with New Hampshire regulations, and most importantly to assure the safety of our children, all medications both prescription and over the counter medications must be brought in by a parent or guardian.  All medications should be properly labeled in its original container.  At this time a written permission form should be filled out so that the school can administer the medication.  This form will contain the following information:

·         Name of student

·         Physician’s name

·         Name of medication

·         Dosage and how it’s to be given (i.e. by mouth, inhaler, etc.)

·         Time to be given                                                              

For all prescription drugs, the school will also need physicians’ orders before medications are administered.  Forms are kept in the Nurse’s Office.  All prescribed medication shall be brought to the school office and stored in a designated and secure place.  The medication will be delivered in a container properly labeled with the student’s name, the physician’s name, the date of the prescription, name and strength of medication, and directions for taking by the student.  At the close of the school year, all medications need to be claimed or they will properly be disposed of.  Physician’s written orders and the written authorization of parents or guardian shall be kept for three years by the school nurse.

SPECIAL MEDICAL CONDITIONS

Any student with special health problems is to report such to the nurse in the school health office at the beginning of the school year or when a problem arises.  Special problems include: vision and hearing impairments, diabetes, epilepsy, rheumatic fever, recent surgery, medication, or anything that might limit the student in school.  In addition, students absent from school because of contacting a contagious disease, must report to the school nurse upon their return to school.  Parents/guardians are urged to check with the school to see that this information has been given or, if they prefer, to provide the information themselves.

Student Transportation

BUS RULES

The right of all pupils to ride in a school bus is conditioned on their good behavior and observance of rules and regulations.  The privilege of riding the bus can be revoked by the school/transportation coordinator for misconduct and parents will then be responsible for transportation to and from school in accordance with the New Hampshire Statutes.  The bus driver and bus contractor are responsible for the safety, welfare, conduct and control of the pupils whom they are transporting.  Therefore, the following rules and regulations will be strictly enforced:

1.  Drivers will maintain posted schedules as closely as possible.  Students must be ready to take the bus when it arrives.  Drivers will not wait for students who are not ready.

2.  Students must wait for the bus in an orderly manner and must remain well out of the roadway or parking lot.

3.  Students who must cross the road to board or leave the bus will cross in front of the bus only and only after the driver signals that it is safe to cross the roadway.

4.  Students will enter or leave the bus in an orderly and courteous manner.

5.  Students must take a seat upon entering and remain in it until the bus arrives at school or home.  Students cannot stand up while the bus is in motion.  The driver may assign definite seats to pupils.

6.  Students must not throw anything in the bus or out of the bus.

7.  Students will not engage in disruptive behavior.  Shouting, profanity, abusive language, fighting, or any other major disturbances will not be tolerated.

8.  Students must not put head, hands or arms out of the windows of the bus.

9.  Aisles are to be kept free of books, lunch boxes and other objects.  (Musical instruments will be placed under a seat, or held during the trip.)

10. Students will not eat or drink on the bus.

11. Smoking or use of tobacco is prohibited on the school bus at all times.

12. Footwear must be worn on the bus at all times.

13. Students shall not knowingly possess, use, transmit, or be under the influence of any alcohol or unlawful drug, nor possess any dangerous weapon.

14. Only authorized riders will be permitted on the bus.

15. Students will only ride the bus assigned to the pupil and will be discharged at their regular bus stop unless a written parental request is approved in advance.  Approval for changing busses is contingent on space availability.  Students must apply to the school office for permission to ride a bus other than the assigned one.

16. Students will be discharged only at a designated bus stop.

17. Students will be held responsible for any and all damage to the bus perpetrated by them.

18. The school bus is an extension of the school, and all rules and regulations of the school must be observed on the bus.

19. No student shall be put off the bus while traveling to and from school.                              

20. The bus drivers are in charge of the bus, and pupils are expected to obey their requests or decisions pertaining to safe pupil transportation.

21. Permission to ride on the school bus may be taken away for lack of pupil cooperation or unsatisfactory conduct, and parents/guardians will be responsible for transportation to and from school.

All students who ride a school bus are subject to the above regulations until they get off the bus at school or at their bus stop.  Any misbehavior which distracts the bus driver is a very serious hazard to safe operation of the vehicle, and as such, jeopardizes the safety of all passengers.

First Offense-will result in a warning to the student and a report to his/her parents.  It is expected that parents will help prevent a reoccurrence of the offense.  A serious offense may result in the suspension of riding privileges.

Second Offense-may result in the suspension of riding privileges, the length of time to depend on the seriousness of the infraction.  A report will be made to the parents, to the Superintendent, and to the Transportation Contractor.

Third Offense-will result in the suspension of riding privileges, the length of time to depend on the seriousness of the infraction.  A report will be made to the parents, to the Superintendent, and to the Transportation Contractor.

1.  If a pupil has been denied the right to ride a school bus for disciplinary reasons, the parent or guardian of that pupil has a right to appeal within 10 days of the suspension to the authority that suspended this child’s right.

2.  Until the appeal is heard, or if the suspension of the pupil’s right to ride the bus is upheld, it shall be the parent’s or guardian’s responsibility to provide transportation to and from the school for the period of the suspension.

RSA 189:9-A

Not withstanding the provisions of RSA 189:6-8, the Superintendent or his/her representative, as designated in writing, is authorized to suspend the right of pupils from riding a school bus when said pupils fail to conform to the reasonable rules and regulations as promulgated by the School Board.  Any suspension to continue beyond twenty (20) school days must be approved by the School Board.  Any suspension shall not begin until the next school day following the notification of suspension is sent to the pupil’s parent/guardian.                                                                                                                                                      

BUS EVACUATIONS

Bus evacuations are required by State Law and are conducted each year.  Instructions are given by the student’s bus driver.  Absolute quiet and prompt, orderly evacuation is essential. Students are to remain together after evacuating the school bus.  Although these drills are conducted for practice, students should keep in mind that the next drill could be for real.

DRIVING STUDENTS TO SCHOOL

Students who are driven to school can be dropped off at the school after 7:45 a.m. and must be picked up by 3:30 p.m.  The drop-off and pick-up zone is the curb around the parking lot.  Private vehicles should not travel in the bus circle. 

FIELD TRIP TRANSPORTATION

District policy discourages the use of private vehicles on field trips.  Unless absolutely necessary, all students going on field trips must ride the bus transportation provided by the school.  All other transportation arrangements will be reviewed by the administration and approved on a case-by-case basis.  Requests for students to be transported by some means other than that provided by the school must be submitted in writing no later than one week prior to the field trip.  Except for trips made as part of the school’s snowsports program, students are not permitted to ride in vehicles not occupied by authorized school personnel or an authorized chaperone.  During the snowsports program, students may ride with non-custodial adults, but only with explicit permission from their parents. 

WALKERS

1.  Walkers are urged to look both ways when crossing streets and, where possible, to walk on the left side of the road facing traffic, so that they both may be more easily seen by drivers and may better see and avoid on-coming roadway traffic.

2.  Walkers are encouraged to take the safest route home.

 

TECHNOLOGY USE

TECHNOLOGY USE BOARD POLICY

The providing of a comprehensive computer network at Haverhill Cooperative

chool District provides a virtually unlimited supply of resources and information to the community, but the system also places an enormous responsibility on all users. All school rules are applicable to all uses of computers and related technologies. This document is intended to clarify those rules as they apply specifically to network usage.

ACCEPTABLE USES

All Internet or computer equipment use shall be consistent with the purposes and goals of the School District. It is imperative that users of the Internet or computer equipment conduct themselves in a responsible, ethical, moral, and polite manner. All users must abide by all local, state, and federal laws. The Internet user accepts the responsibility of adhering to high standards of conduct and the terms and conditions set forth in all parts of this policy. Users must remember that use of the Internet and computer equipment within the School District is a privilege

LIMITATIONS OF COMPUTER EQUIPMENT USES

It is understood that acceptable use of any piece of the Haverhill Cooperative School District information technology inventory includes, but is not limited to, the following:

a)  All copyright laws are to be observed.

b)  Students are to notify staff of any security problem.

c)  Students are not to log on the network(s) with another user’s ID/password.

d)  No virus propagation or deliberate destruction of data, software, or hardware will be tolerated.

e)  Students are not to tamper with any piece of information technology hardware that is property of the Haverhill Cooperative School District or SAU 23.

f)  Software installed on computers at Haverhill Cooperative School District must be properly licensed and the installer must have permission from the district’s Technology Coordinator or their designate to do so.

g)  No personal files may be stored on the network other than schoolwork.  Students are responsible for backing up their own files.

h)  Use of Personal Email, Chat, Video Game, and Social Networking websites or programs are prohibited.

i)  Printers are to be used for academic purposes only.

j)  All files downloaded on the Haverhill Cooperative School District network must be properly licensed. Using File Sharing sites is strictly forbidden.

CONTROVERSIAL MATERIAL

Internet users may encounter material that is controversial which the user or administrator may consider inappropriate or offensive. The district has taken precautions to restrict access to inappropriate materials through a filtering and monitoring system. However, it is impossible on a global Internet, to control access to all data that a user may discover. It is the user’s responsibility not to initiate access to such material. Any site or material that is deemed controversial should be reported immediately to the appropriate administrator. The School District expressly disclaims any obligation to discover all violations of inappropriate Internet access.

TERMS OF USE

Only the authorized users who have signed the user agreement shall have computer access. Users are ultimately responsible for all activity while using the Internet.  The school principal, vice-principal and/or responsible teacher may suspend or terminate any computer user’s access for any reason whatsoever. All Internet or computer equipment access of a student is automatically terminated at the moment of withdrawal, graduation, or expulsion of the student from the School District.

 DISCLAIMER OF ALL WARRANTIES

Neither the School District nor any supporting Internet services will be responsible for any damages that an Internet user suffers. The School District is also not responsible for damages to others caused by students using district computers. The School District will cooperate fully in the event that a student’s use of a computer becomes a legal matter. The School District expressly disclaims any liability in connection with the loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, failure to deliver, mistaken deliveries, viruses, backup device failure, service interruptions, or other unforeseen reasons caused by the School District or the Internet server or by the user’s error or omission.