Student Behavioral Expectations

  • The District strives to provide a safe and inviting place for students and staff. Maintaining a climate of safety and respect is everyone’s responsibility. It is expected that both children and adults will respect the rights of all others in helping to create a safe environment.

    Courtesy and consideration for people and property is expected of students while in school and at school-related functions, regardless of location.

    Disciplinary procedures will be considered within the context of the circumstances. Consequences may also arise for misconduct that occurs off school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored activity where the misconduct can be shown to pose a clear and substantial interference with another student’s equal access to educational programs.

    Discipline Philosophy and Student Expectations and Consequences: The consequence for every offense cannot be prescribed and may include disciplinary consequences and/or restorative practices. The Board believes every offense should elicit an appropriate consequence. It also recognizes the need for discretion and sensitivity with regard to the unique circumstances of each case.

    Consequences for failure to meet student expectations and violations of school policies may result in, but not be limited to, disciplinary actions, including: loss of appropriate activity or privilege, disciplinary warning, detention, community service, probation, suspension, long-term suspension or other restorative or disciplinary actions as deemed appropriate by school administrators.

    According to policy, students who violate drug and alcohol expectations will be removed from participation from all extra and co-curricular activities for three months. Co- and extra-curricular activities include: participation on sports teams, clubs, drama productions, attendance at athletic contests, dances, graduation exercises, and those schoolsponsored organizations, activities, and events not directly related to the academic and/or testing programs. Violations of weapons policies may result in long-term suspension. Students and parents/guardians are encouraged to consult the district’s policy manual for specific details on suspension and long-term suspension.

    While out of school, the student is expected to work on school-related tasks and complete all homework. Suspension or long-term suspension may result in the loss of academic credit or loss of grade for assignments due or tests taken during suspension or long-term suspension.

    Chronic violation of student expectations will result in increased severity of disciplinary consequences and may ultimately result in long-term suspension and loss of credit.

    Examples of behaviors that will result in disciplinary consequences include: insubordination or failure to comply with a reasonable request from staff; threats of any sort; profanity; bullying; harassment; fighting or assaulting behavior of any type on school premises or at any school function regardless of location; lying; stealing; hazing; trespassing; deliberate destruction of property; use of fraud in any school-related activity; willful creation of any safety hazard or mischievous activation of any type of safety or fire alarm.

    The Administration and School Board may also discipline any student for misconduct on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored activity when the misconduct makes the continued presence of the pupil harmful to the welfare of the school, or the misconduct does not occur on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored activity where direct harm to the welfare of the school can be demonstrated. Additionally, the Administration and the School Board may discipline any student for misconduct that does not occur on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored activity where the misconduct can be shown to pose a clear and substantial interference with another student’s equal access to educational programs.

    The Administration will use discretion, where such flexibility is permitted, in the application of consequences. Disciplinary consequences imposed by the administration shall be final and not subject to appeal. What follows are guidelines, benchmarks, and portions/summaries of policies used most often.

    Preparation for an active participation in learning: It is important for students to be engaged. Full and active participation means listening, talking, doing, creating, reading, laughing, thinking, drawing, searching, or anything else involved in the learning process. Being prepared for class means being on time, begin ready to start, having all necessary supplies, and completing homework before class begins.

    Positive attitude toward learning: A positive attitude means trying new things, establishing goals, and becoming involved in one’s studies. Students must challenge themselves and put forth the effort to learn new content and skills.

    Respect for self, others, and the environment: Respect is a central theme in all of our schools. Words and actions should be considerate of people and things. This means polite language, a helpful attitude, and a regard for property. Students are expected to be courteous and respectful to staff, faculty, and to one another.

    Hazing, Harassment, Bullying and Retaliation
    Retaliation for making a report of HHB or participating in an investigation into allegations of HHB is prohibited. The School District will take appropriate action against any student, volunteer, contractor, or employee of the school district who retaliates against any person who makes a good faith report of HHB. Retaliation against a student can take many forms and includes, but is not limited to: any form of intimidation, reprisal, or continued hazing, harassment, and or bullying. A student that feels as they are experiencing retaliation for making a report of HHB or being involved in the investigation of an alleged HHB incident should immediately report the situation to a Designated Employee.

    Each school campus has at least two Designated Employees that are charged with receiving and investigating reports of hazing, harassment and bullying. Any person who believes they have been the victim of hazing, harassment and/or bullying or the victim of retaliation by making a complaint of such behavior, or any person with knowledge or evidence of conduct which may constitute hazing shall report the alleged acts immediately to a Designated Employee, a school administrator, coach or the superintendent’s office.

    Teachers, administrators, volunteers, contractors, coaches, or other employees of the school district shall be particularly alert to possible situations, circumstances, or events which might include hazing, harassment, bullying and/or retaliation. Any such person who receives knowledge or evidence of conduct which may constitute these behaviors shall inform the building principal or assistant principal or Designated Employee.

    The following is a list of Designated Employees for HHB reporting for each school campus:
    ADL: Jennifer Wood, Amie Conger, and Nicole Williams
    CTE: Robert Travers and Carolyn Dickinson
    EES: Peter Farrell and Julia McGrath
    EHS: Ben Johnson, Louise Strong, and Mark Floyd
    EMS: Kevin Briggs
    Fleming: Dan Ryan and Amy Bigelow
    Founders: Wendy Cobb and Joe Arigo
    Hiawatha: Katherine Grykien and Scott Evans
    Summit: Suzanne Gruendling and Ashley Cate
    Westford: Marcie Lewis and Vanessa Habedank

    The EWSD School District is committed to providing all of its students with a safe and supportive school environment in which all members of the school community are treated with respect. It is the policy of EWSD to prohibit the unlawful harassment of students based on race, color, religion, creed, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability and other legally protected status under federal or state law.

    EWSD holds the civil rights of individuals in great esteem and importance as we consider access to our school environments. We are dedicated to creating a safe and non-discriminatory environment for all students. Privacy is also an important issue for any student who feels a need for privacy regardless of gender identify or sex assignment. In order to be supportive and to create safe spaces for of all our students, all bathrooms and locker rooms across EWSD will be accessible to students and people in our schools based on their identified gender.

    It is also the policy of EWSD to prohibit the unlawful hazing, harassment, bullying of its students and prohibits retaliation against students for making complaints of HHB or their involvment in an investigation into HHB.

    EWSD shall address all complaints of harassment, hazing and bullying, and shall take appropriate action against any person - subject to the jurisdiction of the board - who violates this policy. Nothing herein shall be construed to prohibit punishment of a student for conduct which, although it does not rise to the level of harassment, bullying, or hazing as defined herein, otherwise violates one or more of the board’s disciplinary policies or the school’s code of conduct.


    BULLYING

    All EWSD schools should be a safe and kind learning environment, free from any bullying. Bullying is a form of dangerous and disrespectful behavior not permitted or tolerated within EWSD schools.
    Definition: "Bullying" means any overt act or combination of acts, including an act conducted by electronic means, directed against a student by another student or group of students and which:

    1. Is repeated over time
    2. Is intended to ridicule, humiliate, or intimidate the student; and
    3. Occurs during the school day on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored activity, or before or after the school day on a school bus or at a school-sponsored activity; or does not occur during the school day on school property, on a school bus, or at a schoolsponsored activity and can be shown to pose a clear and substantial interference with another student`s right to access educational programs.

    Please note that bullying behavior is behavior which can occur on or off school grounds and which can occur through electronic means (email, internet, cell phones, texting, etc.). EWSD schools will take appropriate steps to respond to bullying behavior that takes place off school grounds as it affects the school environment or substantially interferes with any student’s ability to access educational programs at school.

    Reporting Bullying: If a student feels they are being bullied, and it is safe to do so, the student may tell that person to stop. Victims and witnesses are asked to report bullying to their grade-level administrator or, if this proves difficult, any teacher or staff member. Students may anonymously report acts of bullying to their teachers and school administrators, or can call the Safe Schools Hotline at 872-5888. Parents/guardians may file written reports of suspected bullying with the school. Any student or parent/guardian of a student who believes they have been a victim of bullying should report the matter immediately to the principal. All EWSD employees are required to advance reports of bullying to their respective administrator or supervisor immediately.

    Consequences: Bullying will result in the bully being disciplined. The disciplinary consequences include the full range of disciplinary consequences outlined in EWSD discipline policies and the school discipline plan (e.g. confiscation of cell phone, denial of internet privileges, detention, loss of privileges, denial of participation in co-curricular activities and sports). Disciplinary consequences may also include a recommendation to the school board for longterm suspension.

    To the extent permitted by federal and state confidentiality laws, the school may notify the parent/guardian of the student who is a victim of bullying of the action taken to prevent further acts of bullying. The school will also provide notification to the parents/guardians of the student who commits a verified act of bullying of the school’s response and consequences of any further bullying by their child. Law enforcement authorities may be contacted upon verification of acts of bullying. It should be noted that misconduct, while serious, may not meet all the standards of bullying. However, it may be behavior that is subject to the full range of disciplinary actions utilized by the school including, but not limited to, suspension and long-term suspension.

    Bullying incidences are subject to report requirements of the Vermont Secretary of Education. All EWSD schools will collect data on the number of reported and verified incidents of bullying. For more information on the bullying, please see policy C10 on the EWSD website.


    HARASSMENT

    All EWSD schools should be educational settings where students are free from harassment. EWSD schools are committed to providing a safe and respectful learning environment for all students. We support and value tolerance and responsibility, and expect students to treat each other and with respect.

    Harassment will not be tolerated in EWSD schools, and any student who participates in the harassment of another individual or group while at school or attending a school-sponsored activity will be subject to the full range of disciplinary actions utilized by the school. This includes, but is not limited to: detention, loss of co-curricular privileges, suspension, and/or long-term suspension. Please note that harassment is behavior which can occur on and off school grounds. EWSD schools will take appropriate steps to respond to harassment that takes place off school grounds, provided it has a nexus to the school environment, and where the misconduct can be shown to pose a clear and substantial interference with another student’s equal access to educational programs.

    Definitions and Examples: As it relates to students and the schools, “Harassment” means an incident or incidents of verbal, written, visual, or physical conduct, including any incident conducted by electronic means, based on or motivated by a student’s or a student’s family member’s actual or perceived race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or 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.

    Harassment can also include conduct such as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal, written, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature when submission to that conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term of condition of the student’s education, or submission or rejection of the conduct is used as a component for decisions affecting the student.

    Harassment can also include conduct directed at the characteristics of the student’s or their family’s actual or perceived race or color, creed, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, or disability. It can include the use of stereotypes, racial slurs, comments, insults, derogatory remarks, gestures, threats, graffiti, display or circulation of written or visual material and taunts on the manner of a student’s speech or negative references to racial customs.

    Examples of harassment based or motivated on the characteristics outlined above can include:

    1. Verbal: Foul, racist, offensive, or demeaning language; persistent teasing, offensive or degrading jokes or comments; embarrassing someone with comments or cracks, making fun of the way someone talks or looks, using degrading words to describe someone; repeatedly flirting with someone who’s not interested, participating in gossip, passing rumors or threats, etc.
    2. Non-Verbal: Gestures, graffiti or pictures on books, lockers, hats, clothing; suggestive, obscene or insulting sounds, whistling, leering; sexually suggestive objects, notes, or other writings of a teasing, insulting, racist or otherwise offensive nature; displays of obscene or sexually explicit materials.
    3. Physical: Unwanted contact which may include: touching, pinching, pushing, hitting or brushing up against someone’s body. Unwanted contact could also constitute assault and involve the police and DCF.
    4. Electronic Means: Includes harassing conduct which occurs via the internet or cell phone,such as email communication(s), web postings, voice mail(s), and texting.

    Reporting Harassment: If a student feels that they are being harassed, and it is safe to do so, the student may tell that person to stop. Victims and witnesses are asked to report harassment to their grade-level administrator, or if this proves difficult, any teacher or staff member. Any student or parent/ guardian of a student who believes they have been the victim of harassment should report the matter immediately to the principal.

    Administrative Procedures: EWSD schools receiving notice of alleged conduct constituting harassment will promptly investigate the matter. After receiving actual notice (a written complaint or oral information that harassment may have occurred), the school official will provide the alleged victim and the alleged perpetrator (or their parents/guardians if under the age of 18) with a copy of the EWSD policy and procedure. The school official shall promptly initiate an investigation of the complaint no later than one school day from the filing of the complaint. The determination should be completed no later than five days from the filing of the complaint with the designated person (unless special circumstances exist).

    If harassment is found to have occurred, the school will take prompt and appropriate remedial action reasonably calculated to stop it. The privacy of the complainant, accused individual(s), and witnesses shall be maintained. If either the complainant or the alleged individual is under the age of 18, subject to state and/or federal laws protecting the confidentiality of personally identifiable student information, the complainant and the accused individual shall be informed in writing of the results.

    EWSD schools also provide students with the opportunity to have an independent review of the final determination of the school or the school’s response to the documented harassment. 

    Consequences for Harassment: Documented acts of harassment will result in the perpetrator being disciplined. The disciplinary consequences include the full range of disciplinary consequences outlined in the EWSD student discipline policies and school discipline plan. These include, but are not limited to: afterschool detention, loss of privileges, loss of ability to participate in after-school and co-curricular activities, mandatory remedial classes, parent/guardian conferences, and suspension. Disciplinary consequences may also include a recommendation to the school board for long-term suspension. The school will provide notice to the parents/guardians and complainant of the results of the investigation. The school will also provide clear notification to the parents/ guardians of the student who commits a verified act of harassment of the school’s response and consequences of any further harassment by their child. Law enforcement may be contacted upon verification of acts of harassment. At all stages of the investigation and determination process, alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation are available to the complainant to resolve the complaint.

    It should be noted that some misconduct, while serious, may not meet all the standards of harassment. However, EWSD schools may respond to such behavior in an appropriate manner to prevent misconduct from escalating to harassment. Therefore, it may be behavior that is subject to the full range of disciplinary actions utilized by the school, including, but not limited to suspension and long-term suspension.

    Harassment incidences are subject to reporting requirements of the VT Secretary of Education. All EWSD schools will collect data on the number of reported and verified incidences of harassment. For more information on the harassment, please see policy C10 on the EWSD site.


    HAZING 

    Hazing means any intentional, knowing or reckless act committed by a student, whether individually or in concert with others, against another student:

    • In connection with pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in any organization which is affiliated with the educational institution; and
    • Which is intended to have the effect of, or should reason ably be expected to have the effect of, endangering the mental or physical health of the student

    Hazing shall not include any activity or conduct that furthers legitimate curricular, co-curricular, or military training program goals, provided that:

    • The goals are approved by the educational institution; and
    • The activity or conduct furthers the goals in a manner that is appropriate, contemplated by the educational institution, and normal and customary for similar programs at other educational institutions.


    Reporting Procedures:

    1. Any person who believes they have been the victim of hazing, or any person with knowledge or evidence of conduct which may constitute hazing shall report the alleged acts immediately to a school administrator or the superintendent.
    2. The building principal is the person responsible for receiving reports at the building level. Any person may report hazing directly to a school administrator or to the superintendent.
    3. Teachers, administrators, volunteers, contractors, or other employees of the school district shall be particularly alert to possible situations, circumstances, or events which might include hazing. Any such person who receives knowledge or evidence of conduct which may constitute hazing shall inform the building principal.
    4. The school district will take appropriate action against any student, volunteer, contractor, or employee of the school district who retaliates against any person who makes a good faith report of alleged hazing. Retaliation includes, but is not limited to: any form of intimidation, reprisal, or harassment.


    Consequences: The building administrator (or designee), in accordance with established policy, procedures, and school rules, is responsible for managing student discipline in cases of hazing. Discipline and consequences will be at the discretion of the building administrator (or designee) after consultation with the superintendent. A range of disciplinary consequences including warning, suspension, exclusion from co- or extra-curricular opportunities, revocation of non-curricular privileges (i.e. parking, attendance at events, etc.), or long-term suspension may be applied. Repeat offenders should expect increasingly severe penalties.

    In cases of student athletes, consequences for hazing violations may range from individual suspension from participation in athletic programs for a period of time to cancellation of an athletic schedule, depending on the magnitude of the incident and the number of athletes involved. Consequences for athletic hazing violations brought to the attention of the administration after-the-season may include restriction on subsequent athletic eligibility, revocation, or denial of athletic letter awards, and/or athletic probation.

    Students having knowledge of the planning or occurrence of a specific hazing activity, and who fail to report it to the required officials as noted previously may be subject to discipline involving loss of non-curricular privileges.

    Potentially illegal acts will be brought to the attention of law enforcement. For more information on the hazing, please see policy C10 on the EWSD site.


    - Responsible Computer, Network, and Internet Use Policy

    Internet access is available to students and educators across the EWSD. EWSD believes access to the internet offers vast, diverse, and unique resources to both students and teachers. Our goal in providing this service to educators and students is to promote educational excellence in our schools by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication. The network relies upon proper conduct of end users who must adhere to strict guidelines. These guidelines are provided so the user is aware of the required responsibilities. In general, this requires efficient, ethical, and legal utilization of the network resources.

    If a user within EWSD violates any of these provisions, their account may be suspended, and future access could possibly be denied. Further disciplinary measures may also be taken. An Electronic Information Resource Agreement between EWSD and the user will be provided to students in grade four and to newly registered students, indicating the user who signed has carefully read the terms and conditions, and understands its significance. This agreement is maintained in each student’s file.

    Terms and Conditions: These policies shall apply to:

    • Users of electronic information resources which are utilized with equipment located or accessed in the district
    • Users who obtain their access privileges through association with the district

    Personal Responsibility: I will accept responsibility in reporting misuse of the network to the System Administrator or a school principal. Misuse can come in many forms, but it is commonly viewed as any material sent or received indicating or suggesting pornography, unethical or illegal behavior, racism, sexism, inappropriate language, or violation or other issues described below.

    Responsible Use Guidelines:

    • I agree that the use of electronic information resources must be in support of education, research, and the educational goals and objectives of the district.
    • I agree not to submit, publish, display, or retrieve any defamatory, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, racially offensive, harassing, illegal material other than for educational purposes as approved by a district educator.
    • I will protect my own and others’ information. I will not reveal others’ personal address or phone numbers.
    • I will lock or log off my device when I am not using it.
    • I understand that email is not private.
    • I will not use the network in any way that would disrupt the use of the network by others.
    • I understand that many services and products are available for free and acknowledge that I am responsible for any expenses incurred (such as online buying, research fees, etc.).
    • I will not use the network for commercial purposes.
    • I will follow the rules of the District’s Discipline and Required Student Behavior policy while using electronic information resources.
    • I will not attempt to harm, modify, or destroy hardware or software, or interfere with system security.
    • I will use a password that has at least one special character, is not a word that can be found in the dictionary and is at least six characters long. 
    • I agree not to bypass the district’s internet filter by using a proxy site, web browser plugin, or any other method.
    • I agree not to intentionally hide, obscure, mask or encrypt data on the network.
    • I agree not to connect district owned wireless devices to mobile hotspots on school property.
    • I agree to not lock district owned devices by putting passwords on them or enabling lock screens.
    • I agree to remove my unwanted or unused files regularly.
    • I will not use, or attempt to use, others’ electronic passwords or account information.
    • Online behavior should reflect the same standards of honesty, respect, and consideration used face-to-face. Any speech that is considered inappropriate in the classroom is inappropriate online. This includes, but is not limited to: profanity; racist, sexist or discriminatory remarks; and personal attacks. All CCSU policies and procedures are relevant when using social media.
    • Respect copyright and fair use guidelines. Refer to the U.S. Copyright Office (www.copyright.gov), along with Fair Use and CCSU Copyright Policy and Handbook and references.
    • Be sure to familiarize yourself with all Terms and Conditions prior to using any online services including age requirements.


    Services:

    • The district reserves the right to log the use of all systems and monitor file server and cloud space utilization.
    • The building administrator is authorized to close an account at any time through the System Administrator, whose decision may be appealed to the Superintendent. The decision of the Superintendent is final.
    • The district is not responsible for any service interruptions, changes, or consequences arising there from, even if these arise from circumstances under the control of the district.
    • The district makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied. Service is provided on an "as is, as available" basis.
    • The district reserves the right to establish rules and regulations as may be necessary to maintain the operation of the electronic information systems.

    Consequences:

    • Infractions of the provisions set forth in this Agreement may result in the suspension or termination of access privileges and/or appropriate disciplinary action.
    • Activities in violation of state and federal statutes will be subject to prosecution by those authorities. Disciplinary action may be taken by the district as appropriate.
    • The administration, faculty, and staff of the district may request the System Administrator to deny specific user accounts due to inappropriate use.

    RESPONSIBLE COMPUTER, NETWORK, AND INTERNET POLICY

    Internet access is available to students and educators across the EWSD. EWSD believes access to the internet offers vast, diverse, and unique resources to both students and teachers. Our goal in providing this service to educators and students is to promote educational excellence in our schools by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication. The network relies upon proper conduct of end users who must adhere to strict guidelines. These guidelines are provided so the user is aware of the required responsibilities. In general, this requires efficient, ethical, and legal utilization of the network resources.

    If a user within EWSD violates any of these provisions, their account may be suspended, and future access could possibly be denied. Further disciplinary measures may also be taken. An Electronic Information Resource Agreement between EWSD and the user will be provided to students in grade four and to newly registered students, indicating the user who signed has carefully read the terms and conditions, and understands its significance. This agreement is maintained in each student’s file.

    Terms and Conditions: These policies shall apply to:

    • Users of electronic information resources which are utilized with equipment located or accessed in the district
    • Users who obtain their access privileges through association with the district

    Personal Responsibility: I will accept responsibility in reporting misuse of the network to the System Administrator or a school principal. Misuse can come in many forms, but it is commonly viewed as any material sent or received indicating or suggesting pornography, unethical or illegal behavior, racism, sexism, inappropriate language, or violation or other issues described below.

    Responsible Use Guidelines:

    • I agree that the use of electronic information resources must be in support of education, research, and the educational goals and objectives of the district.
    • I agree not to submit, publish, display, or retrieve any defamatory, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, racially offensive, harassing, illegal material other than for educational purposes as approved by a district educator.
    • I will protect my own and others’ information. I will not reveal others’ personal address or phone numbers.
    • I will lock or log off my device when I am not using it.
    • I understand that email is not private.
    • I will not use the network in any way that would disrupt the use of the network by others.
    • I understand that many services and products are available for free and acknowledge that I am responsible for any expenses incurred (such as online buying, research fees, etc.).
    • I will not use the network for commercial purposes.
    • I will follow the rules of the District’s Discipline and Required Student Behavior policy while using electronic information resources.
    • I will not attempt to harm, modify, or destroy hardware or software, or interfere with system security.
    • I will use a password that has at least one special character, is not a word that can be found in the dictionary and is at least six characters long. 
    • I agree not to bypass the district’s internet filter by using a proxy site, web browser plugin, or any other method.
    • I agree not to intentionally hide, obscure, mask or encrypt data on the network.
    • I agree not to connect district owned wireless devices to mobile hotspots on school property.
    • I agree to not lock district owned devices by putting passwords on them or enabling lock screens.
    • I agree to remove my unwanted or unused files regularly.
    • I will not use, or attempt to use, others’ electronic passwords or account information.
    • Online behavior should reflect the same standards of honesty, respect, and consideration used face-to-face. Any speech that is considered inappropriate in the classroom is inappropriate online. This includes, but is not limited to: profanity; racist, sexist or discriminatory remarks; and personal attacks. All CCSU policies and procedures are relevant when using social media.
    • Respect copyright and fair use guidelines. Refer to the U.S. Copyright Office (www.copyright.gov), along with Fair Use and CCSU Copyright Policy and Handbook and references.
    • Be sure to familiarize yourself with all Terms and Conditions prior to using any online services including age requirements.


    Services:

    • The district reserves the right to log the use of all systems and monitor file server and cloud space utilization.
    • The building administrator is authorized to close an account at any time through the System Administrator, whose decision may be appealed to the Superintendent. The decision of the Superintendent is final.
    • The district is not responsible for any service interruptions, changes, or consequences arising there from, even if these arise from circumstances under the control of the district.
    • The district makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied. Service is provided on an "as is, as available" basis.
    • The district reserves the right to establish rules and regulations as may be necessary to maintain the operation of the electronic information systems.

    Consequences:

    • Infractions of the provisions set forth in this Agreement may result in the suspension or termination of access privileges and/or appropriate disciplinary action.
    • Activities in violation of state and federal statutes will be subject to prosecution by those authorities. Disciplinary action may be taken by the district as appropriate.
    • The administration, faculty, and staff of the district may request the System Administrator to deny specific user accounts due to inappropriate use.

    DRUGS, ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, WEAPONS, ASSAULT/FIGHTING

    EWSD is committed to maintaining a safe, positive learning environment free of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, weapons and assault/fighting: Students are expected to avoid any action that may endanger themselves or others. Students and adults are expected to attend school and school-related events free of the influence of drugs, tobacco, or alcohol. The use or possession of alcohol, drugs, and /or tobacco products is prohibited on school grounds, or during school activities (refer to “Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco listed under A below). Students must not carry or possess (openly or concealed) any type of weapon on school grounds or at a school activity (refer to “Weapons” listed under ‘B’ below). Students are expected to treat each other and staff with respect (refer to “Assault/fighting listed under C below).

    1. Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco: EWSD upholds a drug, alcohol, and tobacco-free environment. The possession, use, or sale of tobacco, alcohol, and/or drugs is prohibited. Please refer to EWSD Policy C2: Alcohol and Drugs.

      Definition: The term “drug” is defined as a mood-altering substance to include, but not be limited to, the following categories: tobacco and nicotine products (including electronic cigarettes and vaporizers), illegal drugs and substances, inhalants, controlled drugs, prescription medication, and alcohol.

      Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program: In keeping with Title 16, VSA sections 1165 and 909, and other state and federal regulations, the School Board supports a comprehensive program which includes at least the following components: education/prevention programming and staff training; support and referral systems and cooperative agreements; immediate and emergency procedures; possession, use, and/or distribution intervention; performance and behavior-related interventions; and community awareness programming.

      • Education/Prevention Programming: EWSD has implemented a welldeveloped sequential tobacco, alcohol, and drug abuse prevention education curriculum for elementary and secondary schools.
      • Support and Referral Systems and Cooperative Agreements:Each school within the district has an in-school process for initial assessment, support, and, if necessary, referral to community resources for students affected by their own or another’s drug use.
      • Immediate Procedures: Emphasis shall be placed on the welfare and rights of the individual to the extent such consideration does not jeopardize the welfare and rights of others. With regard to students, in-school procedures shall provide for an immediate response to any drug-related incident until the student has been discharged to the parent, guardian, social services, medical, or law enforcement agency. As part of school procedure, the administration shall be immediately informed by school staff of any violation of the law and/or school policy. The administration shall follow the appropriate legal procedures and due process for discipline.
      • Emergency Procedures: In the event of an emergency involving alcohol or drug abuse, every precaution must be taken to protect the person’s health and well-being while protecting the health and wellbeing of the remaining school population.
      • Possession, Use, or Distribution Consequences/Interventions:Any student discovered in a school building, on school property, or at a school-sanctioned activity, having possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia, using or distributing drugs, or knowingly and willfully assisting another person in using or distributing drugs shall be disciplined with established school policy and procedure. The matter shall be referred to the police as necessary. Students found to be in violation of district policies, including drug, alcohol, and tobacco policies, will have their parking privileges revoked and will lose the opportunity to participate in campus-sponsored Drivers Education classes.
      • Performance and Behavior-Related Problems: According to school procedures, a minimum of two staff persons shall be designated for consultation regarding a student whose behavior or performance may indicate a problem with alcohol or other drug use. These staff persons shall assist the determination of need for further screening, education, and counseling in referral to treatment.

        Employees of the supervisory union (including contractors and drivers) shall report incidents and/or behavior of students, other employees, or visitors who display evidence of impairment. Employees shall report incidents to the principal (or designee) or the superintendent.

        When a student is determined to be under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, they shall be discharged to a parent, guardian, social service, medical, or law enforcement agency. Following appropriate consultation and deliberation, the parent or guardian of any student suspected of being under the influence of drugs shall be notified by school authorities. A course of action leading toward the determination of facts, and, if necessary, toward the treatment and rehabilitation of said student, shall be jointly considered by school authorities.
      • Follow-Up Procedures: It is recognized retaining or returning persons to the school setting is desirable whenever such action is consistent with the individual’s own rehabilitation and well-being, and whenever such action does not interfere with the learning process for students and the maintenance of discipline and safety. Students may be required to seek professional guidance/rehabilitation as a condition of enrollment/re-enrollment in school or other alternative education program provided by the district.
      • Prescription Drugs and Other Medication: Any student who must take medication during the regular school day shall do so in accordance with the district procedure concerning the administration of medications. Also, see the health services section of this handbook.
      • Community Involvement: EWSD shall provide for a program to inform the community about alcohol and other drug abuse prevention, intervention and education programs, and community-wide responsibility for effective alcohol and drug abuse prevention.
      Discipline Procedures for Alcohol, Drug Use, and/or Possession: Below is an excerpt from EWSD Policy C2: Alcohol and Drugs. Substance Abuse is the use of any drugs and/or alcohol in such a way that it interferes with a person’s ability to perform physically, intellectually, emotionally, or socially. Drug means any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana or any other controlled substance as defined by state or federal regulation or statute.
      • First Offense
        1. Parents/guardians will be notified and the student sent home for the remainder of the day. The student must be picked up by a parent/guardian, social services, medical, or law enforcement agency.
        2. Notification under Emergency Conditions: if, in the opinion of the principal (or designee), an emergency situation exists, an area rescue squad and/or the local police will be called. The parent/ guardian will be notified prior to such action when possible, and in all other instances as soon as possible thereafter.
        3. Suspension for up to 10 days. Notification of Police: the principal or designee will notify the Essex Police Department in any instances of suspected or actual alcohol or drug use, possession, or distribution that would violate state laws.
        4. Upon re-entry to school, the student, parent/guardian must meet with an administrator, the school`s Substance Abuse Provider (if available), and show evidence of an appointment with a substance abuse counseling program. The student must comply with the counseling program`s treatment recommendations.
        5. Exclusion for 90 days from co- and extra-curricular activities. This applies to events sponsored by the school regardless of location. This can be modified to 30 days upon complying with recommendations from an outside counseling agency and in conjunction with the school SAP.
        6. While out of school, students are expected and responsible for all school related tasks. It is the student`s responsibility to contact their teachers and make appropriate plans for completion of assignments; students are encouraged to use the school website and/or email system.
      • Second Offense - all of the above and:
        1. 10 days out-of-school suspension
      • Third Offense - all of the above and:
        1. Minimum 10 days out-of-school suspension
        2. Further disciplinary action, up to and including: long-term suspension shall be recommended to the CCSU Superintendent.
    2. Weapons: EWSD will comply with federal and state laws in regarding the prohibition of weapons on campus, requiring school districts to provide for the possible long-term suspension of student who bring weapons to school.

      Definitions:
      • "To school" means any setting under control and supervision of the school district, including school grounds, facilities, and vehicles used to transport students to/from school or school activities. Students are not permitted to carry or possess (openly or concealed) any type of weapon, or facsimile or replica of a weapon, on school grounds.
      • "Weapons" may include: any type of firearm, knife, brass knuckles, rifle, and any object which could be used to inflict serious injury.
      • Mace, pepper spray, or other personal defense items are not permitted on school property.
      • Weapons may not be left in any vehicle as well.

      No knives of any length are acceptable on school property. Technical program students will be provided with all appropriate tools. These tools shall remain in the lab, shop, or work-site, and are not to be brought to school, in the possession of a student during breaks, or carried home.

      Consequences: Any student who brings a weapon to school may be brought by the superintendent to the school board for a hearing. Any student who brings a firearm to school shall be brought by the Superintendent to the school board for a long term suspension hearing. The board may modify the long-term suspension on a case-by-case basis when it finds certain circumstances exist. In addition, any student who brings a weapon to school shall be referred to a law enforcement agency.
    3. Assault/fighting: Assaulting and threatening behavior, including fighting or physical aggression, of any type on school premises or at any school function regardless of location will not be tolerated.

      Consequences: Any student found in a school building, on school property, or at a school-sanctioned activity engaging in assault, threatening behavior, or physical aggression of any type shall be disciplined with established school policy and procedure. The matter shall be referred to police as necessary.

    ACADEMIC HONESTY

    Students are expected to hand in their own work appropriately citing the ideas of others. Students are also expected to take care that their behavior in testing situations is open and honest, an no assistance is provided to other students in testing. Students must use only approved aids in classroom, lab, testing, and performance situations. There shall be no academic dishonesty such as cheating, violation of copyright protection, willful plagiarism, or misrepresentation in any way of one`s work.

    Definitions:

    • "Cheating" is defined as using someone else`s work as your own, violating the conditions of the assignment, giving another student questions or answers from a test already taken, or speaking or using electronic messaging with someone during a test or quiz.
    • "Plagiarism" is defined as the presentation of another`s work - the ideas, arguments, facts, or phraseology - as one`s own work. Unacknowledged quotation of another`s sentences, phrases, or keywords is plagiarism. Unacknowledged paraphrasing of someone else`s ideas or arguments is plagiarism. Using papers (in whole or in part) from the internet as one`s own work is plagiarism.

    Consequences: A first offense will result in the student receiving a zero on the assignment, with notification to teachers and parents/guardians. A meeting will be held involving the student, parents/guardians, teacher, guidance counselor, and appropriate school administrator.

    Subsequent offenses may result in the loss of credit for class(es) in which the offense(s) occurs, and/or possible retention. The appropriate school administrator will meet with the student and parent/guardian to inform the parties of the loss of credit, to review its impact on the student’s academic performance, and to reassert the school’s academic honesty expectations.


    ELECTRONIC DEVICES

    Electronic devices are prevalent in today`s society. It is important these devices be used to enhance learning, and not take away from learning occurring in the classroom. As such, the following apply in all EWSD schools:

    • Students may use electronic devices in designated areas. The use of camera functions is strictly prohibited.
    • Electronic devices may be used in academic classrooms at the discretion of the classroom teacher.

    Any electronic device brought to school must be the responsibility of the student, and the school is not liable for safe-keeping. Students are expected to use electronic devices respectfully. If a student fails to do so, they will be asked to relinquish the device to school personnel. The device shall be returned to the student/parent/guardian at the end of the school day. Any student who fails to relinquish an electronic device shall be considered insubordinate and disciplinary actions can occur.


    IDENTIFICATION (ID) BADGES

    Student identification (ID) will be provided to all EHS/CTE students. Badges are to be used for admittance to school activities and events (such as dances, sporting competitions, etc.), for library use, or for security reasons. Students are required to identify themselves upon request, and failure to do so will lead to an administrative response.


    LEAVING SCHOOL GROUNDS

    No student shall, at any time during the day, leave the school grounds without permission from the main office or nurse’s office. Students who leave campus without permission will be listed as off school grounds with an unauthorized absence (commonly referred to as “skipping”). Parents/guardians will be notified and an administrative response will occur.


    LOCKERS

     

    1. Lockers are the property of school and may be opened by school personnel. Students should not have any expectation of privacy in lockers.
    2. Use of school lockers shall be consistent with school rules and CCSU policies. Unsafe or unsanitary conditions will result in loss of locker privileges.
    3. Only non-permanent decorations are allowed on the inside of the locker.
    4. Students should not share locker combinations to ensure that personal belongings are safe and secure.
    5. Any problems relating to lockers should be reported to the main office.
    6. The school is not responsible for personal belongings left in the locker room, outside of the lockers, or in the gym.


    Label all personal belongings. Each year, many valuable items with no labels go unclaimed. If not claimed within a reasonable period of time, these items - regardless of value - are donated to charity.


    SCHOOL DRESS

    The dress code reflects our commitment to promote a positive, comfortable learning environment for all, as well as our continued effort to help prepare students for the workforce beyond school. Students should arrive at school, school events, and/or functions dressed appropriately. Please make sure your child(ren) is dressed appropriately for school activities and weather conditions. Parents/guardians are responsible for ensuring their student(s) meet these expectations.

    Appropriate attire meets acceptable criteria for hygiene and safety, and does not distract from the learning process. Items with obscene or vulgar terms; messages of hatred, violence, discrimination, sexual innuendo, or that promote the use of alcohol, drugs, and tobacco are not permitted.

    Any item of clothing deemed by school personnel to be distracting, disruptive, or provocative is also inappropriate as school attire.

    CTE School Dress Standard: CTE students are expected to dress appropriately for a professional work environment. Many programs require professional attire or uniforms.

    If you have any questions regarding this issue, please talk with the building principal.


    SCHOOL TEXTS AND PROPERTY/EQUIPMENT

    Any student assigned school materials (including “minis,” laptops, and other electronic devices) is responsible for those items. Damage or destruction of school property will result in an administrative response and restitution to the district.


    SKATEBOARDS

    Students may not use skateboards, roller blades, scooters, or Heelies on school property.


    VANDALISM

    Students who willfully damage or destroy school district property and property of its agents will be held responsible for payment of damages. In addition, criminal charges may apply.

    Guidelines and Procedures:

    1. Any teacher, employee, student, or public member in a school who witnesses willful damage will attempt to identify those responsible for the damage and will report to the principal immediately.
    2. In case of damage deemed significant by the principal, the principal will advise the superintendent.
    3. The principal will obtain an estimate of the damage and report it in writing to the superintendent.
    4. Upon receiving a report of willful damage, the school district will do any or all of the following:
      • Recover damages from parents/guardians or from the student (in the case of an independent student);
      • File charges if deemed necessary by Administration
    5. In the case of damage deemed significant by the principal, the student may be suspended and/or be recommended for long-term suspension.