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North Country Supervisory Union

Annual Policy Notification

 Vermont and Federal laws require that students, parents, and school district employees be notified annually of specific district policies.  Below is a brief description of those policies.  Complete copies of these as well as all school district polices which include General Information, Definitions, Reporting, etc. are available in the school office.

 

All common NCSU policies are available athttp://www.ncsuvt.org/.  Consult this site for revisions and new policies.

 

 

C.9 Board Commitment to Non-Discrimination

 

This District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), ancestry, national origin, place of birth, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, or marital status in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities.

 

Notice of Non-Discrimination

 

Applicants for admission and employment, students, parents, employees, sources of referral of applicants for admission and employment, and all unions or professional organizations holding collective bargaining or professional agreements with the North Country Supervisory Union are hereby notified that this District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), ancestry, national origin, place of birth, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, or marital status in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities.

 

The NCSU Office Manager has been designated by the North Country Supervisory Union to coordinate the District's efforts to comply with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other non-discrimination laws or regulations. The NCSU Office Manager (non-discrimination coordinator) may be reached at 121 Duchess St., Suite A, Newport, Vermont, 05855 (802-334-5847).

 

D.6 Substitute Teachers & Paraeducators

 

Individuals wishing to substitute in North Country Supervisory Union must meet the Federal “No Child Left Behind” requirements: minimum of 48 college credits; for paraeducators a paraeducator certificate and portfolio; or successfully passing the para pro test. The superintendent may approve a waiver of this standard on a case by case basis. A person employed pursuant to local school board policy may substitute for up to fifteen (15) days per teacher absence. A person holding any professional license may substitute for thirty (30) days per teacher absence. Substitute teachers who are licensed but not appropriately endorsed will be employed for more than thirty (30) days per teacher absence only when the superintendent secures an extension allowing such employment from the commissioner in compliance with regulations of the State Board of Education. Upon application by the superintendent, the Commissioner may allow substitution by such licensed teachers for additional thirty (30) days. Extensions are granted only when the superintendent has presented evidence that an appropriately licensed teacher is not available. The superintendent may apply for additional extensions. Search for an appropriately licensed person shall continue throughout any extension.

 

 

D.8 Alcohol and Drug-Free Workplace

 

It is the policy of the North Country Supervisory Union to maintain a workplace free of alcohol and drugs. No employee shall knowingly possess, use, sell, give or otherwise transmit, or be under the influence of any illegal drug, or look alike drug, regulated substance, or alcohol or being in the possession of drug paraphernalia or device in the workplace or on any school property, or at any school sponsored activity away from or within the school.

 

 

D.12 Harassment of Employees

 

The North Country Supervisory Union is committed to providing all employees a safe and supportive work environment in which all members of the school community are treated with respect. Harassment is a form of unlawful discrimination, as well as disrespectful behavior, which will not be tolerated.

 

The North Country Supervisory Union shall provide employees a work environment free of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct, or communications constituting harassment as defined and otherwise prohibited by state and federal law. Further, it shall be a violation of this policy to retaliate against any complainant raising good faith allegations of unlawful harassment or witness cooperating in an investigation by the District pursuant to this policy.

 

E.7 School Crisis Prevention & Response

 

It is the policy of the North Country Supervisory Union to maintain a safe, orderly, civil and positive learning environment, and to be prepared, in so far as possible, to prevent and respond to unexpected crises quickly and appropriately.  While the very unexpected nature of a crisis may make preparation difficult, the Board believes that staff and students should be ready to respond quickly and appropriately to emergency situations.  Examples of crises include fire, bus accidents, nuclear disaster, civil disturbancescriminal acts, disease epidemic, physical injury or death, presence of intruders on school premises, hazardous materials spills, weather related emergencies, natural disasters, bomb threats, terrorist activities or other emergencies.

 

 

E.26 Tobacco Prohibition

 

It is the policy of the North Country Supervisory Union to prohibit the use of tobacco on school grounds in accordance with state law. This ban extends to any student, employee or visitor to the school, and applies at all times, whether or not school is in session. Students are, furthermore, prohibited from possessing tobacco products at all times while under the supervision of school staff or at school sponsored activities.

F.1 Student Conduct and Discipline

 

It is the policy of the North Country Supervisory Union to maintain a safe, orderly, civil and positive learning environment. In order to ensure that the school is free from hazing, harassment, bullying and other disruptive misconduct, a system of classroom and school management practices, supported by consistent, clear and fair disciplinary procedures, will be utilized.

 

The goal of this policy is to create an environment where the rules for student behavior are clearly stated, are understood and accepted by students and staff, and are applied in compliance with due process requirements. This policy is to be applied in conjunction with the school's overall discipline plan developed pursuant to 16 V.S.A. § 1161a.

 

F.3 Restrictive Behavioral Intervention

 

It is the policy of this school district/supervisory union that students not be subjected to the unreasonable use of restrictive behavioral interventions, and that there be a common understanding within the District/Supervisory Union of appropriate interventions by District staff.

 

Section 4. Physical Restraint

4.1 Purpose. The purpose of non-violent physical crisis intervention is to control a student who is a danger to him or herself and/or others. Non-violent physical crisis intervention is used only as a last resort.

4.2 Use. Non-violent physical crisis intervention and personal safety techniques, as outlined by the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) will be used as a last resort when a student is a danger to him or herself and/or others.

4.3 Trained staff. . Only CPI trained staff may apply Non-violent physical crisis intervention and/or personal safety techniques unless no such staff member is available. The District will provide training to an appropriate number of staff members in each school that includes instruction in (a) a continuum of prevention techniques; (b) a continuum of de-escalation techniques; (c) environmental management; (d) nationally recognized methods of physical management and restraint; and (e) appropriate documentation and notification procedures.

4.4 Duration. Non-Violent Physical Crisis Intervention may be used only until the student displays signs (as indicated by CPI, consult district trainer) of tension reduction. If the student continues to display unsafe behavior after 30 minutes, continued use must be authorized by the CPI team leader. If continued use of Non-Violent Physical Crisis Intervention is ineffective, the team leader shall contact the student’s parent(s) for assistance, or seek assistance from law enforcement or other emergency service personnel.

4.5 Limitations. Only those personal safety techniques and non-violent physical crisis intervention restraints taught through CPI may be used (consult your district CPI trainer).

4.6 Observation. To the extent practicable, the use of non-violent physical crisis intervention will only be used using a CPI trained response team (minimum of 3 members).

 

 

 

F.4 Search and Seizure

 

It is the policy of the North Country Supervisory Union to maintain school property to assure the safety and enjoyment of students, school employees and the general public and to extend the useful life of the school facilities.

To carry out this policy the school retains the right to examine all its property and to carry out searches or to seize property under the guidelines provided in this policy.

 

F.6 Student Records – Family Privacy

 

The North Country Supervisory Union recognizes the importance of keeping accurate and appropriate education records for students as part of a sound educational program and is committed to act as trustee of this information, maintaining these records for educational purposes to serve the best interests of its students.   

 

The information contained in students' education records belongs primarily to the students and/or their parent(s), or guardians.  Under the Family Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974.  

Parents and eligible students have a right to:

 

  • Inspect and review the student's education records;
  • Request the amendment of the student's education records to ensure that they are not inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student's privacy or other rights;
  • Consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that the Act authorizes disclosure without consent;
  • File with the U.S. Department of Education a complaint concerning alleged failures by the school to comply with requirements of the Act; and
  • Obtain a copy of the school's policy and written procedures or protocols related to student records.

 

 

F.9 Alcohol and Drugs

 

It is the policy of the North Country Supervisory Union that no student shall possess, use, sell, give or otherwise transmit, or be under the influence of any illegal drug, or look alike drug, regulated substance, or alcohol or being in the possession of drug paraphernalia or device on any school property, in school lockers, on school buses, or at any school sponsored activity away from or within the school.

 

F.10 Reporting Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect

 

It is the policy of the North Country Supervisory Union to ensure that all School District employees report suspected child abuse and/or neglect as outlined in 33 V.S.A. §4911 et seq.  The purpose of this policy is to protect children whose health and welfare may be jeopardized by abuse or neglect. It is further the purpose of this policy to make clear to all School District employees and school officials that it is not their role to be investigator, judge and jury in cases of suspected abuse or neglect. Rather, it is the role of School District employees to be faithful and timely reporters of suspected abuse or neglect so that allegations can be brought to the attention of objective, trained and experienced investigators.  Immediately means as soon as the abuse or neglect is suspected but in no case later than 24 hours after such abuse or neglect is suspected.

 

 

F.20 Pupil Privacy Rights: Student Surveys

 

It is the policy of the North Country Supervisory Union to comply with the provisions of the federal Pupil Privacy Rights Amendment (PPRA) governing the administration of certain student surveys, analyses or evaluations funded in whole or in part of the U.S. Department of Education.  No student shall be required, without parental consent, to take part in a survey, analysis, or evaluation funded by the U.S. Department of Education that reveals protected information.

 

 

F.23 Harassment of Students

 

See attached.

 

 

F.24 Homeless Education Act

This school district will ensure that all children and youth receive a free appropriate public education and are given meaningful opportunities to succeed in our schools.  This district will also follow the requirements of the McKinney-Vento Act.  Under federal law, children and youth in transition must have access to appropriate public education, including preschool, and be given a full opportunity to meet state and local academic achievement standards.  Our schools will ensure that children and youth in transition are free from discrimination, segregation and harassment.

 

F.26 Weapons

 

It is the policy of the Board to comply with the federal Gun Free Schools Act of 1994, and 16 V.S.A. §1166 requiring school districts to provide for the possible expulsion of students who bring weapons to school. It is further the intent of the Board to maintain a student discipline system consistent with the requirements of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Vermont State Board of Education rules.

 

 

 

F.39 Hazing

 

It is the policy of the North Country Supervisory Union that all its schools provide safe, orderly, civil and positive learning environments. Hazing has no place in the District's schools and will not be tolerated.  Hazing means any act committed by a person, whether individually or in concert with others, against a student in connection with pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in any organization which is affiliated with the District; and which is intended to have the effect of, or should reasonably be expected to have the effect of, humiliating, intimidating or demeaning the student or endangering the mental or physical health of the student. Hazing also includes soliciting, directing, aiding, or otherwise participating actively or passively in the above acts.  Hazing may occur on or off school grounds.

 

F.49 Anti Bullying

 

See attached.

 

G.19 Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources and the Internet

 

The North Country Supervisory Union School Districts use electronic resources including the Internet to support and enrich the curriculum, to allow students to benefit from access to electronic information resources and opportunities for collaboration that are uniquely provided by certain electronic technologies, and to enhance staff professional development.

This policy is intended to ensure compliance with the requirements of applicable federal and state laws that regulate the provision of access to the internet and other electronic resources by school districts.

 

 

Act 1 – Vermont’s Sexual Abuse Response System

 

The school board of a school district shall ensure that adults employed in the schools maintained by the district receive orientation, information, or instruction on the prevention, identification, and reporting of child sexual abuse, as defined in subdivision 4912(8) of Title 33, and sexual violence.  This shall include information regarding the signs and symptoms of sexual abuse, sexual violence, grooming processes, recognizing the dangers of child sexual abuse in and close to the home, and other predatory behaviors of sex offenders.  The school board shall also provide opportunities for parents, guardians, and other interested persons to receive the same information.  The school designated resource person is the school nurse.

 


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