Emergency Process

Ø  ALL TOYS INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO SKATEBOARDS, ROLLER BLADES, ELECTRONIC DEVICES, TOY GUNS AND KNIVES ARE NOT PERMITTED AT SCHOOL AND MUST BE LEFT AT HOME. 

Ø  GUM IS NOT ALLOWED ON SCHOOL GROUNDS.

Ø  SMOKING IS PROHIBITED ON SCHOOL DISTRICT PROPERTY.

 1. Philosophy  see  NASD Policy JG, JFC

All members of the Newfound Area Elementary School community are expected to act in a respectful and responsible manner. This includes respect for one another and for school and personal property.   

Some rules and regulations are necessary in our school community to guide our actions and behavior. The climate and success of the Newfound Area Elementary Schools depends upon the willingness of each individual to make good choices and to live with the consequences of each choice made.  The constant theme of these choices is respect, responsibility and educational achievement.

2. Discipline Consequences   see NASD Policies JGA, JGB, JGD, JGD-R, JGE-R

Possible classroom discipline sanctions that a teacher may administer:

Ø  Verbal warning/redirection

Ø  Exclusion from activities or an alternative seat assignment

Ø  Restriction during free time (recess, snack, lunch)

Ø  Assignment of extra duties or school service work

Ø  Parent/guardian contact including parent/guardian conferences

Possible administrative discipline sanctions:

Ø  Administrators may assign consequences listed under Classroom Discipline Sanctions.

Ø  In-School Suspension

Students may be placed in In-School Suspension during the school day for infractions or issues.  Students may be required to write about their behavior.  Parents/guardians will be contacted by the administrator. Students are expected to participate in the school curriculum. Students will be in the In-School Suspension for the entire assigned time and will be responsible for assignments from their classes.  Grades will be given by their teachers for work completed.  Students serving In-School Suspension may not participate in co-curricular activities.  If a student refuses to participate in the In-School Suspension, an Out-of-School Suspension from school will occur.

Ø  Out-of-School Suspension and Expulsion

Any student who refuses to conform with the standards of orderly conduct or is guilty of gross misconduct shall be suspended or expelled.  Suspension and expulsion are valid throughout school districts of the state. 

Conduct that may result in suspension shall include, but not be limited to, habitual truancy, verbal or physical abuse toward any student or adult, disobedience of reasonable requests of staff or faculty members (insubordination), possession of tobacco, controlled drugs and/or alcoholic beverages on school property, disrupting classroom atmosphere, impeding classroom decorum, causing disturbances among other students present, distracting other students so as to interfere with the educational process, disrupting the disciplinary process and violation of other policies and rules (drugs and alcohol, tobacco, dangerous weapons, etc.).

A) Suspensions of not more than 10 days may be made by the Superintendent or Principal.  Before such suspension the person ordering the suspension must conduct a rudimentary hearing that includes: a) specification of the alleged violation in detail, including evidence, b) notification of the student that the alleged violation is grounds for suspension, c) an opportunity for the student to respond.  This type of suspension may not be appealed.

B) Suspensions from 11 to 20 days may be made by the Superintendent, if the Superintendent did not suspend the student for the first 10 days.  The parent or guardian may appeal the suspension to the School Board. 

C) Suspensions of more than 20 days may be made only by the Superintendent and only if approved by the School Board. 

D) Expulsions will occur only after a hearing by the School Board.  Expulsions are subject to review not less than one month before the start of the next school year and may be appealed to the State Board of Education by the parent or guardian of the expelled student.

Before any suspension of more than 10 days or any expulsion may be made, except as provided for below, the student must be informed in writing of the charges against him or her, and a hearing scheduled before the person making the suspension (or before the School Board, if appealed to or required to be approved by it), at which time the student shall be allowed to be represented by counsel at his/her expense, to refute any charges or evidence against him/her, offer evidence, explanations or mitigating circumstances, cross-examine witnesses, and call witnesses of his/her own (see policy JGE-R for more specific procedures).

This requirement for prior hearing shall not apply where the student's presence poses a threat to persons, property or the functioning of the educational program.  In such cases, the student may be immediately suspended or dismissed if written notice is mailed to the student within one school day of such suspension or expulsion. Such notice shall state the charges and the evidence, and that a hearing provided for above, is scheduled within five school days of such suspension or expulsion.

Whenever a student is suspended out-of-school:

a) a parent/guardian will be notified,

b) students will not be permitted to attend any school sponsored activities during the suspension period, including weekend activities if the suspension includes the previous Friday, and

c) students will be held responsible for all materials covered and grades will be given for work completed. 

Ø  Child in Need of Services (CHINS)

When a student's behavior and/or attendance consistently violates the minimal standard of expectation of the school and the consequences assigned by both school and home do not deter inappropriate behavior, the school is authorized by the state to file with the courts a Child in Need of Services (CHINS) application.  The school's singular goal in filing a CHINS is to generate the assistance needed to effectively address the student's choices and move the student back toward both academic and life success. 

3. Discipline Continuum  see  NASD Policy JICD

All disciplinary rules and regulations shall apply to all students at the Newfound Area Elementary Schools. However, the consequences for student infractions will function on a continuum.  Repeated infractions will result in more severe consequences.  Students on different levels of a continuum may receive different consequences for similar offenses. 

4. Classroom Behavior

Students are expected to conduct themselves in a respectful and compliant manner in the classroom. If students are not performing in a scholastically and behaviorally accountable manner, disciplinary action will follow.  Teachers are empowered to issue any of the classroom discipline sanctions listed earlier to address student behavior. 

5. Behavior at School Functions   see NASD Policies JFC and JLDBA

Any student identified as engaging in behavior that is disruptive, dangerous or detrimental to the school at any athletic, social or cultural event involving representatives of the school, or on any bus identified as transporting Newfound Area School District students, may forfeit participation in or admittance to such events for a length of time to be determined in conference among the Principal, the student and the parents/guardians.  It shall be within the discretion of the Principal to place a student on probation for the first offense.  Consequences similar to those given for inappropriate behavior within the school day will also be applied. 

6. Specific Infractions

A. Stealing:  Stealing is a criminal act and will be dealt with severely. Any student found guilty of stealing may be assigned to in-school suspension or suspended out-of-school for a minimum of two days and be expected to provide restitution for what was taken.  Police may also be notified if the situation warrants it. 

B. Harassment:  Students who engage in harassment on school premises, or off school premises at a school sponsored activity, will be subject to appropriate discipline, including in-school suspension, suspension or expulsion.  Harassment includes extortion, bullying, stalking, verbal abuse, unwanted physical contact, threatening and intimidation.  See NASD Policies ACAA, ACAA-P ACAB, GBAA, JFCL, JICDD, JICK

Sexual Harassment: 

Individuals are prohibited from making sexually derogatory remarks or verbal or physical advances toward others or to otherwise discriminate based on gender.  Unwelcome sexual advances or physical contact, requests for sexual favors and/or other physical or verbal conduct of a sexual nature will constitute sexual harassment.  Sexual harassment includes conduct that has the purpose or affect of interfering substantially with a student's learning environment, a person's work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.  Excessive public displays of affection may be considered sexual harassment.  Students or employees should submit any complaints to the Principal or the District's Title IX Coordinator at 744-5555. See NASD Policy JFCL

 

Racial, Ethnic and Sexual Slurs:  All racial, ethnic or sexual slurs are strictly forbidden.  A slur is defined as any derogatory remark, word, phrase, act, picture or gesture referencing or directed at or to any individual or group(s) which is of a racial, ethnic or sexual nature.  Students or employees should submit any complaints to the Principal or the District's Title IX Coordinator at 744-5555. Possession of demeaning material as it relates to race, color, ethnic origin, religion, sex or sexual orientation will be considered harassment.   See NASD Policy ACAB and JFCL 

C. Destruction of School Property: Any willful act of defacing, damaging or destroying school property or property belonging to any other person while on school grounds will result with in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension and/or restitution.  See NASD Policy ECAB, JFCB 

D.  Dress Code:  The responsibility for the appearance of the students at school rests with the parents/guardians and the students themselves.  They have the right to determine student's dress, providing that such attire does not interfere with the educational process, complies with the health code of the state of New Hampshire, and the dress code listed below:

1.    Hats/head coverings, visors and sunglasses may not be worn in the building.

2.    Spandex or extremely tight fitting clothing is not to be worn.

3.    Revealing clothing, bare midriffs or low-slung pants/shorts are not permitted. All undergarments must be fully covered at all times in school. Tank tops must cover all undergarments and must have at least a 2-inch wide strap.

4.    Drug and/or alcoholic slogans are not to be worn.  This includes any article with a               tobacco or alcohol logo on it.

5.    Clothing/jewelry with obscene pictures and/or suggestive language is not to be worn.

6.    Wallet chains and/or pants with chains are not to be worn on school grounds.

7.    Shoes or appropriate footwear must be worn at all times. Due to safety concerns at the elementary level, flip-flop style footwear is not allowed.  Also, no roller sneakers are permitted in the building.

8.    Pajama pants/tops.

9.    Spiked rings, bracelets and necklaces are not to be worn.

Students not complying with this dress code will be asked to do so and will remain in the office until the problem is corrected.  Parents/guardians may be called to bring in appropriate clothing or to take a student home.  Refusal to comply with the dress code or repeated dress code violations can result in discipline consequences including in-school suspension and suspension.  Sunglasses and wallet chains may be taken by the staff and only returned to parents/guardian.    See NASD Policy JFCA

Students who purposefully expose themselves or cause others to be exposed in an inappropriate fashion will be automatically suspended for up to 10 days.

Also, students participating in physical education are asked to wear sneakers and jeans or pants.  In addition, during winter weather, please make certain your child is dressed properly with warm jackets, ski pants, hat, mittens, boots, etc. 

E.  Disruptive Behavior:  Students are expected to treat all members of the school community with respect.  Those who disrupt the educational process by not complying with classroom rules and regulations will be dealt with individually by the teacher/administrator in charge.  Any person who is disrupting the school will be removed by the police if necessary.  Administrative disciplinary action for disruptive behavior may include in-school suspension or suspension.   See NASD Policy JFCL 

F.  Swearing/Inappropriate Gestures:  Swearing or using obscene gestures in school is not acceptable and will result in school discipline. Students swearing at or threatening persons in authority (administration, teachers, staff) will receive a minimum of two days suspension for the first offense.  Additional offenses will result in more severe suspensions.  See NASD Policy JFCL 

G. Tobacco Products:  Any student in the possession of or caught using tobacco products of any kind on school grounds will be immediately subject to a minimum of 5 days out-of-school suspension.  Upon the student's second or any subsequent violation, s/he will be immediately suspended out-of-school for a minimum of 10 days.  In addition, the police department will be notified, as this is a violation of the criminal code.   See NASD Policies GBK, JFCG, JFCI 

H. Bicycles, Rollerblades, Scooters and Skateboards: The student must bring a note from home giving him/her permission to ride the bicycle to school. Students are not to ride bicycles, roller blades, scooters or skateboards on school grounds during school hours except for the purpose of getting to and from school. No person less than 16 years of age may operate or ride upon a bicycle on a public way unless he or she wears protective headgear of a type approved by the Commissioner of Health and Human Services. (RSA 265:144 X.)  Students must dismount and walk while in the bus yard and parking lot areas.  Equipment must be stored during the school day.  Students who violate this policy may have their items taken and returned only to parents / guardians and may lose the privilege of bringing the item on the school campus for a period of time. 

I. Objects not appropriate at school:  Students cannot use radios, CD players, iPods, cell phones, or video games during the school day. These items must be stored away during the school day and headphones are not to be worn on the head or around the neck.  The school is not responsible for the loss/damage of personal items.  Lighters, laser lights, balloons, food coloring, small balls, yo-yo's, squirt guns or other "toys" are not appropriate items to bring to school.  Inappropriate objects or objects being used at inappropriate times may be taken from students by teachers and will be turned over to the administration.  Things that are used inappropriately such as make-up, hot sauce, tools or perfume/cologne may also be taken from students.  Any object that is used in a dangerous manner will also be taken.  Toy knives, toy guns (including squirt guns), any metal knife, "blank" bullets, bullet shells, poppers, spiked necklaces and similar articles are not allowed in school. These articles may be subject to very stringent discipline consequences.  See NASD Policies JFC, JFCJ and JICJ 

J. Throwing an object which poses a risk to another person:  Students who throw rocks, rubber bands, pencils, sticks, coins, food, water bottles, snowballs or any other object at anyone will be subject to administrative consequences that may include in-school suspension or suspension. 

K. Deceiving, lying or defiance:  Students who deliberately deceive, lie to or defy a reasonable request of a staff member will be subject to discipline sanctions which could include in-school suspension or suspension. Forgery of notes, including absence notes, bus passes or signing off for a parent/guardian are included in this area.  See NASD Policy JFCL 

L.  Pupil Safety and Violence Prevention – Bullying, See NASD Policy JICK 

                        I. Definitions (RSA 193-F:3)

Bullying. Bullying is hereby defined as 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.

Bullying shall also include actions motivated by an imbalance of power based on a pupil’s actual or perceived personal characteristics, behaviors or beliefs, or motivated by the pupil’s association with another person and based on the other person’s characteristics, behaviors, or beliefs.

Cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is defined as any conduct defined as “bullying” in this policy that is undertaken through the use of electronic devices. For purposes of this policy, any references to the term bullying shall include cyberbullying. 

Electronic devices. Electronic devices include, but are not limited to, telephones, cellular phones, computers, pagers, electronic mail, instant messaging, text messaging, and Web sites.

Perpetrator. Perpetrator is a student who engages in bullying or cyberbullying.

School Property. School property means all real property and all physical plant and equipment used for school purposes, including public or private school buses or vans.

Victim. Victim is a student against whom bullying or cyberbullying has been perpetrated.

Any reference in this policy to “parent” shall include parents or legal guardians.

II. Statement Prohibiting Bullying or Cyberbullying of a Pupil (RSA 193-F:4, II(a))

The School Board is committed to providing all pupils a safe and secure school environment. This policy is intended to comply with RSA 193-F. Conduct constituting bullying and/or cyberbullying shall not be tolerated and is hereby prohibited.

Further, in accordance with RSA 193-F:4, the School District reserves the right to address bullying and, if necessary, impose discipline for bullying that:

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

2. 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.

The Superintendent of Schools is responsible for ensuring that this policy is implemented.

III. Statement prohibiting retaliation or false accusations (RSA 193-F:4, II(b))

False Reporting

A student found to have wrongfully and intentionally accused another of bullying may face discipline or other consequences, ranging from positive behavioral interventions up to and including suspension or expulsion.

A school employee found to have wrongfully and intentionally accused a student of bullying shall face discipline or other consequences to be determined in accordance with applicable law, District policies, procedures, and collective bargaining agreements.

Reprisal or Retaliation

The District shall discipline and take appropriate action against any student, teacher, administrator, volunteer, or other employee who retaliates against any person who makes a good faith report of alleged bullying or against any person who testifies, assists, or participates in a proceeding or hearing relating to such bullying.

1. The consequences and appropriate remedial action for a student, teacher, school administrator or school volunteer who engages in reprisal or retaliation shall be determined by the Principal after consideration of the nature, severity, and circumstances of the act, in accordance with law, Board policies, and any applicable collection bargaining agreements.

2. Any student found to have engaged in reprisal or retaliation in violation of this policy shall be subject to measures up to, and including suspension and expulsion.

3. Any teacher or school administrator found to have engaged in reprisal or retaliation in violation of this policy shall be subject to discipline up to, and including, termination of employment.

4. Any school volunteer found to have engaged in reprisal or retaliation in violation of this policy shall be subject to measures up to, and including exclusion from school grounds.

Process to Protect Pupils from Retaliation

If the alleged victim or any witness expresses to the Principal or other staff member that he/she believes he/she may be retaliated against, the Principal shall develop a process or plan to protect that student from possible retaliation.

Each process or plan may be developed on a case-by-case basis. Suggestions include, but are not limited to, re-arranging student class schedules to minimize their contact, stern warnings to alleged perpetrators, temporary removal of privileges, or other means necessary to protected against possible retaliation.
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