Readsboro Central School
301 Phelps Lane
Readsboro, Vermont 05350
(802) 423-9914 Fax
Dear Students and Parents/Guardians:
Welcome to the Readsboro Central School. The Readsboro Eagle Handbook was designed to provide you with important information about your school. It contains rules, regulations, procedures, and school board policies, which help maintain a positive and supportive school climate.
Please take time to review and discuss the information contained within this handbook with your child (ren).
Parents/ legal guardians and students need to sign the last page and return it to school. We need to ensure that all parents/ legal guardians and students have reviewed this handbook.
By working together, we can create a school of which everyone will be proud!
Readsboro Eagle Handbook revised 2010
Readsboro Central School students will become life long learners: who will maximize their ability to learn, think and solve problems. Students will be prepared to meet their future challenges and will become responsible members of society.
In order to achieve the above mission, the Readsboro School District believes the following conditions are necessary:
· Students and staff will work in a safe and orderly climate.
· All students will have successful and challenging learning experiences.
· Programs and lessons will be designed to meet the individual needs and learning styles of each student.
· Students will be provided opportunities to work collaboratively and cooperatively to reach common goals.
· RCS students will increase and improve their use of technology in learning and working.
· High expectations will be established and maintained by faculty and staff.
· All teachers will be knowledgeable in and implement effective teaching practices.
· Whenever feasible academic disciplines will be integrated to help students understand their interrelationships and their connection to real life situations.
· An Educational Support Team (EST) will provide support and problem solving strategies to ensure that the needs of individual students are met.
· The entire Readsboro School Community will work towards reinforcing positive social skills.
· The principal will act as the instructional leader of the school by effectively communicating the vision of the school and applying the characteristics of effective schools in his/her management of instructional programs.
· Readsboro School District recognizes the importance of professional development and will encourage the continual professional growth of its staff.
· Readsboro School District will put forth every effort to facilitate communication with the entire Readsboro community.
The school day begins 8:25 am and dismissal time is 2:55.
At the beginning of each new school year, parents/ legal guardians will be requested to update a Student Emergency Information Form for the school office. It is essential that every parent/guardian do this each year. Procedure will be as follows:
a. In case of minor injuries where first aid is applied, a student will be issued an information sheet describing the injury to the parent/ legal guardian. The steps taken by the adult in charge may be listed.
b. If further attention is needed, parents/ legal guardians will be notified and asked to give further directions. If parents/ legal guardians cannot be notified, the emergency telephone number will be called.
c. In case of emergency if parents/ legal guardians or other emergency numbers cannot be reached, school personnel will determine care and treatment.
Students who walk to school are not permitted to arrive at school before 8:15 a.m. Parents/ legal guardians of students who habitually arrive earlier will be notified.
Students arriving on the buses will be supervised from arrival time.
If any professional staff gives a student permission to be at school during off hours, the person granting permission is to be at the school to provide supervision.
Arriving For Breakfast
Students who are having breakfast may come to school no earlier than 8:00 am. No one is to arrive prior to this time. There is no adult supervision before 8:00 am. Parents/ legal guardians of students who habitually arrive earlier will be notified.
Art, Music, Library, and Other Classes
These are educational classes. The building and classroom expectations will also apply in these classes.
A person having the control of a child between the ages of seven and sixteen years shall cause the child to attend an approved public school, an approved or recognized independent school, or a home study program for the full number of days for which that school is held, unless the child:
1. is mentally or physically unable to attend: or
2. has completed the tenth grade: or
3. is excused by the superintendent or a majority of the school directors as provided in this chapter.
(VSA 16 Section 1121)
a. Parents/ legal guardians need to notify the office prior to 9:00 a.m. if their son and/or daughter are to be absent.
b. If the absence is to be more than one day, parents/ legal guardians should inform the office of this, and if possible, approximate the length. In cases of prolonged illness, arrangements should be made with your child’s teacher(s) for work to be done at home. When a student is absent for an extended period of time due to illness, the parent/ legal guardian should apply to the school for a homebound tutor.
c. When a student returns to school, she/he must return with a note explaining his/her absence if contact was not made previously.
d. The school will call families of children who are absent by 9:15 a.m. each day if not notified earlier by the parents/ legal guardians that the child is to be absent.
a. Any absence of which a student has prior knowledge is pre-arranged.
b. Doctor, dentist and other medical visits should be arranged for a time outside of class, if possible.
c. Trips (family vacations, organizational trips, and contests) may be considered a sufficient reason to miss class. Notification must be given in advance to the school. Repeated extended absences (over a week in length) should be avoided. It is recommended that students obtain all assignments from teachers before leaving and if necessary make up all work missed.
A student is considered tardy when:
a. He/she arrives at school after 8:25 a.m.
b. Bus students are not considered tardy when the bus is late. However, if the bus is on time and the student is late, he/she is considered tardy.
c. Children who live on the bus route and whose parents drive them to school are not exceptions to the rule.
When a child is continuously tardy, parents will be notified and disciplinary action may result.
Students who are absent from school will not be able to attend and/or participate in after school programs, activities, or events on the day(s) on which they were absent. Students who have made prior arrangements for an excused absence may participate.
The major purpose of a school disciplinary policy is to help children develop internal controls and self-direction. Discipline is therefore something that is better learned than imposed. In dealing with many complex personalities, we can all direct our energy toward three common goals or objectives:
a. School should be a place that creates an environment where children are free to learn. A disruption that infringes upon the rights of others in the educational process is a serious offense.
b. Students should learn in an environment that is safe. Any student whose actions threaten the safety and rights of other children or his or herself, shall be disciplined.
c. The school environment should be free from discrimination and harassment. Discrimination and harassment will be considered intolerable and will be met with discipline. (see Discrimination/Harassment)
The principal, teachers, parents/ legal guardians and the students themselves, are responsible for the maintenance of these three objectives. Parents are encouraged to cooperate with teachers and the principal in their efforts to hold children to reasonable standards of good manners and appropriate behavior.
Teachers and the principal will handle disciplinary problems as their discretion directs. Students may have to forfeit recess time, or stay after school for minor problems. More serious matters may result in indoor suspension or out of school suspension. Classroom rules and consequences exist for each individual classroom.
The following general rules and consequences are for behavior in the building and were developed by a committee of RCS students, teachers, the principal, parents/ legal guardians and school board members.
1. Be nice to each other. Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself.
Set a good example.
2. Walk quietly in the halls.
3. Eat food in cafeteria properly. Learn to use good manners. No food is to be eaten during instructional times.
4. Treat school property and the property of others with respect. Use equipment properly. Always ask before using someone else’s belongings.
5. No swearing or disrespectful behavior.
First Time: Miss one (1) recess, written plan by student, parent notified by disciplinary notice, and parent/ legal guardian signature on student plan.
Second Time: Miss three (3) recesses, written plan by student, parent/ legal guardian notified by disciplinary notice, and parent/guardian signature on student plan.
Third Time: Miss three (3) recesses, written plan by student, parent/ legal guardian notified by disciplinary notice, parent / legal guardian signature on student plan, and parent/ legal guardians-student-teachers(s) conference.
*After four (4) school weeks from last entry, back to no name in Book.
First Time: Miss one (1) recess, written plan by student, parent/ legal guardians notified by disciplinary notice, and parent/ legal guardian signature on student plan.
Second Time: ½ hour detention, written plan by student, parent/ legal guardian notified by disciplinary notice, and parent/ legal guardian signature on student plan.
Third Time: Two (2) ½ hour detentions, written plan, and parent/ legal guardian notified.
Fourth Time: All of #3; plus one (1) week suspension of extra -curricular activities; out of school suspension until parent/ legal guardians -student-teachers(s) conference is confirmed.
** After six (6) school weeks from last entry, back to no name in Book.
Students can be sent to the principal’s office for the following reasons:
1. As part of the classroom discipline plan (means class plan is on file in office and has been shared with students and parents/ legal guardians).
2. Verbal / Physical assault / disrespect / swearing.
4. Discipline Book – 4th offense
If sent to the office for any of the above, the following consequences are put in place:
a. Student completes a positive discipline plan
b. Plan is reviewed, discussed, and approved
c. Parents/ legal guardians are notified
Bicycle clinics may be held periodically at the school by cooperating agencies and local
authorities. NO kindergarten children may ride bicycles to school without parental/ legal guardian consent. When bicycles are ridden to school, students dismount as they reach the school driveway and WALK the bicycle to the proper parking area. NO bicycles will be ridden during school hours. After school, bicycles will be walked to the end of the driveway and then ridden home. All bicycles shall be ridden on the riverside of the road. We strongly encourage the use of bicycle helmets.
Our contracted bus drivers are trained and tested in safety procedures. The school board will establish the code of rules that govern behavior on all buses. Student behavior problems will be handled in the following manner (also see Bus Conduct Report):
a. Drivers shall speak to the student in regard to the behavior problems. This shall be reported to the principal (Bus Conduct Report).
b. Drivers shall speak to the parent of the student. This shall be reported to the principal, in cases involving elementary students and to the Superintendent in cases involving high school students.
c. Driver shall report to the principal or superintendent of any further disturbances.
d. The principal may suspend bus-riding privileges for elementary students and the superintendent may suspend bus privileges for high school students when the above procedures fail to produce the desired results.
e. The school board may suspend privileges for longer periods of time, upon the recommendations of the superintendent.
f. Any loss of bus riding privileges will place the responsibility of transportation with the parents/ legal guardians.
It is suggested that parents/ legal guardians go to the bus stop with the child the first few days of school to show the youngster a safe place to wait. Bus schedules are made annually the week before school opens. While times may change, the bus routes are firmly established by the School Board as follows: North, South, & West Hills).
An official annual school calendar is made available to all families at the beginning of each school year.
Elementary schools are required by law to be in session 175 days, while teachers attend for 180 days. These additional days are used for in-service programs for teachers before the start of school and throughout the school year. Any “snow days” used are added at the end of the year.
All school clubs must be approved by the principal and have an adult supervisor or sponsor.
Copies of all curricula are on file with each teacher, board member, the superintendent of schools, and the principal. Interested parties may review it at any time.
All personal belongings should be properly labeled. Students and their parents/ legal guardians are responsible for the condition of textbooks and other school materials. The cost for lost and damaged articles will be billed to the parents/guardians. The school does not assume responsibility for lost, stolen, or damaged personal property.
Parents/ legal guardians will be billed for any vandalism caused by their child (ren).
School sponsored dances are for students in grades 5-8 inclusive. The Principal must approve all calendar dates for school dances at least two weeks prior to the requested date. Two adult chaperones (preferably a male and female) must be present at all times. The hours for school dances are 7:00 – 9:30 PM. Parents/ legal guardians should plan to pick up their children by 9:30 sharp. A complete list of dance rules and chaperone responsibilities are available in the school office.
Detentions may be assigned by any teacher for misconduct and inappropriate behavior.
Parents/ legal guardians will be notified by note on the day of the misconduct and the student will stay the following day. Detentions are not at the convenience of the student. Any student skipping a detention will receive another one.
Regular detentions are from 2:55 to 3:25. Parents/ legal guardians have the responsibility for picking up the student after detention.
Discrimination and Harassment
The Readsboro School District intends to provide a positive school environment that is safe, comfortable, and free from intimidation, hostility or other offenses that interfere with a student or staff member’s ability to do her or his job. No forms of harassment, visual, verbal, or physical, will be tolerated. Any student or employee who feels that he or she is a victim of harassment may (and is encouraged to) initiate a grievance. The grievance may be resolved either through informal or formal means. Examples of harassment include words, signs, jokes, pranks, intimidation, physical contact, verbal or physical violence. Examples of verbal sexual harassment include offensive sexual language, suggestive sexual comments, insults or threats, jokes of a sexual nature, unwanted flirtations, or sexually degrading words. Examples of non-verbal sexual harassment include sexually suggestive objects or pictures on books, lockers or clothing: suggestive obscene or insulting sounds or gestures: graffiti or other writings of a sexual nature. Older school students should be understanding and sensitive to the feelings of younger students in our K-8 building. See Policy F-22 for more detail.
*If you would like a complete copy of Policy F-22 please feel free to contact school. A copy is also posted in classrooms, office and hall bulletin boards.
Dismissal time is 2:55. All students who are not waiting for a bus are expected to leave the school building by 3:00 pm unless other arrangements are made with a teacher or coach. Students serving a detention must leave the building right after their detention.
If a student is ever to be picked up by someone other than a parent or legal guardian, the school should be notified.
Drugs and Alcohol
The Readsboro School District considers the use of alcohol and/or mind-altering substances as inappropriate to the educational and social development of the school population.
A detailed policy for dealing with incidents involving the misuse of drugs and alcohol has been approved by the School Directors (policy F-7p) and posted for general information. Use, possession, or distribution of drugs or alcohol, except physician approved medications, is expressly forbidden to all students while on school property or while attending school sanctioned activities.
Parents/ legal guardians needing their child/children dismissed early need to send a note with the child/children indicating the time and who will be picking them up. Parents/ legal guardians coming to pick up their child/children must first report to the office.
If a student is ever to be picked up by someone other than a parent or legal guardian, the school should be notified.
Eating and Drinking In School
The consumption of food and drink is not allowed during class time unless the class has a snack time. This includes but is not limited to gum and candy. With your help, we are looking to make our school soda free. We are asking that students do not drink soda during the school day.
Electronic Devices -IPods/CD Players/MP3 Players, Game Boys and Video Games
These items or similar ones not allowed in school. Students using these in school will have them confiscated and parents/ legal guardians will need to pick up the item in the office.
A. Early Closing of School – once school has started for the day, it may close early due to:
1. Extended power outage
2. Boiler Malfunction
3. Severe weather or threat of holocaust
4. Bomb threat
5. Civil disorder
6. Nuclear problems at Yankee Atomic
The building principal, or person in charge during his/her absence, will confer with a member of the school board. Bus drivers will be notified by the building principal or his/her designee. In addition, local areas of employment will be called ahead of time to notify employees with children that school will close. Bus drivers will be instructed not to let children out at an unattended home. Instead, children whose parents/ legal guardians are not home should be left with the nearest neighbor in an emergency situation.
B. School will be cancelled when any of the following conditions exits:
1. Severe weather (or threat of)
2. Plant malfunction
The principal has the authority to cancel school for the day in case of severe weather. In cases of plant malfunction and/or epidemics, the chairperson of the school board will be notified by the building principal. The building principal will be responsible for notifying all employees, bus drivers and radio station WNAW. Bus drivers will call a designated person on the route, which will in turn call others to announce school closing. In the village area, families will be notified by one long blast from the Town siren at 7:30 a.m. School closings are also posted on the Internet (see yearly October school newsletter for an updated website.
Students are not allowed to possess stink bombs, smoke bombs, or fire crackers, or other types of explosive devices on school property. Offenders will receive a two day in school suspension.
A field trip permission form will be sent home to be signed by parents or legal guardians. The only approved transportation includes school bus, teachers’ cars and/or parent/guardian cars properly equipped with seat belts for each passenger. All drivers need to have on file a field trip driver form, current registration, proof of insurance, a valid driver’s license and a current inspection sticker displayed on the windshield.
The School district provides secondary insurance. In case of an accident, the individual’s insurance carrier should provide coverage up to the limits of his policy. If claims are brought against an individual and the school district is a legal claim, the school district’s policy only provides for the defense and judgement against the school district.
Fire drills are held monthly. Classrooms have procedures posted and students are informed at the beginning of school and regularly thereafter about proper conduct.
A physician, public health nurse or school nurse must submit to the principal either verbal or written permission for students having had a contagious disease to return to school. (Head lice would be included in this statement.)
Health records are maintained in the school and frequently updated by the school nurse.
Students in grades K-3, 5, and 7 are tested for hearing, vision and scoliosis every year.
Homework includes all educational experiences occurring outside of school hours, but directed by school. As teachers are well aware, homework may be beneficial if it strengthens understanding and provides enrichment. Parents/ legal guardians can help their children by seeing that they have a quiet place in which to work and a regular time for doing homework. Children should never have to work on homework past their regular bedtime hours. Homework will never be assigned as punishment. Parents/ legal guardians should request specific homework policies from each of their child (ren)’s teachers.
Students in grades 5 through 8 may be eligible for honor recognition if the following conditions exist:
Highest Honors – All A’s
High Honors – Three A’s with no other grade below B
Honors – No letter grade below B
The school will provide certificates of merit for these children.
Warnings – parents/ legal guardians of students in danger of receiving a letter grade of D or F, or students whose performance has fallen off significantly, for any marking period shall be sent a warning notice to that effect. It is hoped that because parents/ legal guardians will be notified that an academic problem(s) is occurring, the pupil’s achievement would improve before the close of the quarter. (Also see Sports)
By law, all children in Vermont must be properly immunized. That information should be shown to school authorities upon enrollment. Each student’s record is checked yearly by the school nurse.
Readsboro Central School operates a half-day Kindergarten program. A student must attain the chronological age of five years prior to September 1 of the year in which they enter kindergarten.
Students transferring to Readsboro Central School previously enrolled in another kindergarten program and with a birth date falling between September 1 and December 31 will be admitted.
Knives or Razor Blades
Pocket knives, Leatherman knives, or razor blades are not allowed in school. Students with these items will have them confiscated. Parents/ legal guardians will be notified and they can pick the item up in the office. Students will receive a two day in school suspension.
Leaving School Grounds
No student is permitted to leave the school grounds without permission. Parents/ guardians need to send a note if you want your child/children to leave the grounds. If a student chooses to leave school without permission:
1. The student cannot return to school until parent(s) / legal guardians accompany his/her child for a conference.
2. The student must make up any assignments missed during recess or after school.
3. Student serves one week (5 school days) after school detention of ½ hour.
Lockers are made available to students for their use during the school year. Students will not kick, bang, slam, or otherwise damage any locker. Intentional damage or defacing to lockers will be considered vandalism. Children are expected to maintain clean lockers. Students are to use lockers for storing coats, materials, and other school items.
All personal belongings, including boots and coats, should have some type of permanent labels affixed.
If an item is lost, the classroom teacher should be notified. The school does operate a Lost and Found Box. Parents/ legal guardians should make every effort to check the box when they have occasion to visit the building. The school does not assume responsibility for lost or stolen belongings. Lost and found articles not claimed within 2 weeks of school closing are sent to a charitable organization (e.g. Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc.).
The school provides what is known as a Type A lunch. The Type A lunch includes a specific amount of nutrients and follows government guidelines. Lunch money is collected in advance weekly on Monday mornings. Monthly arrangements may be made if the parent /legal guardian feels the need. Under no circumstances may charges exceed $15.00 per family. Milk may be purchased separately from the hot lunch program.
Of special importance is the free and reduced price provision for student lunches. You may apply for free or reduced lunches any time during the school year with the principal. Applicants are notified within five school days if children can receive free meals or reduced price meals. A statement of our complete policy is available at the school. Please note that the children who receive free meals or reduced price meals are treated the same as other children. The school will try to accommodate as best it can, children with special dietary needs. Please notify the cafeteria in advance.
Children are reminded that the lunch period is a learning event. Good manners and common courtesy are expected.
It is recommended that parents/ legal guardians make every effort to administer medication at home.
All prescription or over-the-counter medication is to be accompanied by a request from a medical doctor that it be administered by school personnel. The medicine must be in the original container clearly labeled with the student’s name, name of drug, dosage, time interval medication is to be given and only a supply to last for that day in school. A parent or legal guardian must countersign below the doctor’s signature. Forms are available at school.
Medication will be administered by and from the School Nurse when he/she is in attendance. When the nurse is not in attendance, the main office will administer medication according to this policy.
Money sent to school for lunch, snack or any event should be the exact amount sealed in an envelope. The student’s name should be written on the envelope. Also, please record the purpose for which the money is to be used.
When you are planning to move, please stop by the school office and sign a release of records form so that we will know where to send your child(ren)’s records.
Newsletters & Notices
Newsletters are distributed to one child in each family on or about the first day of every month. Valuable information, important dates, and notices of special events are included in the newsletter. Parents/guardians are encouraged to read any communications from the school carefully and completely. Parents/ legal guardians should encourage their children to be responsible in bringing all notices home from school. Red folders are provided for each child for communications between home and school. Parent/ legal guardians signatures indicate communication is received.
School information can also be found on our website: www.readsboro.k12.vt.us.
Students will not possess, write, or draw, obscene words or pictures in school. Parents / legal guardians will be notified and student will receive a one day in school suspension.
Parent Teacher Organization
The Parent Teacher Organization is vital to the operation of a complete school program. Meetings are held monthly at which time activities are planned. Through various fund-raising events the PTG supports a dental health clinic, a variety of holiday events, and Academic Achievement Award, as well as providing a forum for educational discussions. Parents/ legal guardians are encouraged to support and participate in the PTG.
Participation in Extra-Curricular Activities
It is the policy of the Readsboro School District to promote the active participation of all students in academic, athletic and other extra-curricular activities. Participation in such activities by students is a privilege and not an absolute right. In order to participate in extra-curricular activities all students must:
· Achieve and maintain good academic standing in all courses
· Be in good disciplinary standing
· Be in regular attendance and should be in attendance on the day of the activity unless otherwise excused by the school administration
· Meet all prerequisite parental permission and authorizations (e.g., emergency medical, transportation)
· Abstain from the use or possession of alcohol or drugs as described in the Alcohol and Drug Policy (F7).
· For athletic participation a parent must provide written evidence of a thorough physical examination by a qualified health care provider every two years.
Pets and Animals
Pets or animals are not permitted in school, except for a specific reason under the direction of a teacher.
Occasionally dogs follow children to school. Owners of dogs will be called to remove the animal. If owners cannot be reached, or if they refuse to take immediate action, the dog warden or the police will be called.
Physical Education Classes
All students are required to participate in Physical Education unless they have a written excuse from parents/ legal guardians. Students with a written excuse from parents/ legal guardians will be excused for up to two consecutive classes. After that a written excuse signed by a physician will be necessary.
Sneakers are required. The building and classroom expectations will apply in Physical Education class.
The school owns and properly maintains various types of playground equipment. These include swings, a slide, monkey bars, tire pyramids, spring mates, and climbing apparatus. In addition, when weather and conditions permit children play hopscotch squares soccer, kickball, etc. During recess periods the playground area is supervised by a teacher or approved adult volunteer(s).
Decisions involving promotion/retention involve a wide variety of variables. The student(s) social, emotional and physical maturity and academic performance are several of the variables. The best interest and education of each individual child are also major concerns. The school makes every effort to identify at risk children and supply special services at the earliest possible opportunity. If it becomes necessary to retain a child, parents/ legal guardians will be notified of the intention by the close of the second marking period. Decisions involving the retention of a child will involve the parents/ legal guardians, classroom teacher, specialist, Teacher Assistance Team, and principal. However, the school principal is responsible for final decisions in all grade placements.
All children are expected to take part in all recess activities. Students should be fully recuperated from illnesses before returning to school, so that they will be able to participate in the total school program. Only in very extraordinary circumstances, after discussion with the principal or with the classroom teacher, may a student be permitted to stay indoors at recess time.
When, in the opinion of the recess teacher, the weather is considered to be inclement, (i.e., misty, raining, severely cold or windy, heavy, wet snow or ice) recess periods will be spent indoors by the whole school. However, all children should come prepared to be out of doors at recess time.
Students will remain outside at recess. Children caught inside will receive a detention.
Report cards are distributed quarterly throughout the school year. Exact dates are available annually in your September newsletter. Students, parents/ legal guardians, and teachers are encouraged to seek a conference whenever a need arises. Teachers will initiate annual fall and spring conferences to discuss academic and social growth at school.
Complete information concerning your child’s progress is contained in each report.
Students are allowed to go to the restrooms with teacher permission. Parents/ legal guardians are asked to instruct their child/children on the proper use of restrooms in order that sanitary conditions can be maintained during the day. Any student found hanging around and/or vandalizing the restroom parents will be notified and the student will receive a detention.
Appropriate school dress is required. The Readsboro School maintains that dress should meet the necessary criteria of good hygiene, personal safety, and non-disruption of the educational process. The school discourages apparel that promotes alcohol, drug, and/or tobacco products and inappropriate language and obscenities.
If student is found wearing inappropriate apparel parents will be notified and disciplinary action may result.
Hats or Hoods -Hats or hoods are not to be worn in the building. Hats will be confiscated. Hats may be returned at the end of the marking period.
1. Shoes must be worn and have to be able to allow for play and movement.
2. Pants have to stay up without holding them.
3. Underwear cannot be visible.
4. Clothing graphics – no offensive writing/graphics on clothing (no sexual content, meanness or offensive language); political content is okay as long as it is not insulting.
5. Scents must be mild enough to not linger in a room after the wearer leaves.
6. Make-up can be worn in moderation and applied outside of class.
7. Outer wear is temperature/weather dependent and left to the discretion of the administration and/or classroom teacher's policy.
1. Standard length – Clothing no shorter than mid-thigh (where fingertips reach thigh with arms extended down)
2. Clothing shorter than standard length are worn with leggings, pants, jeans (not see-through tights or fishnets).
3. Shirt and tops
a. Low neckline –shirt/tank worn under a second
b. No bra straps can show
c. Neckline is no lower than cleavage line
d. Midriff must be covered and shirt is long enough to keep from riding up
e. Tops have straps or sleeves, not strapless
4. Fabric – sheer or see-through clothing must have a layer underneath.
The school supplies each child with most equipment and materials such as textbooks and other academic resources for all aspects of educational programs.
Sickness during School Day
The school nurse, the principal or his/her designee will see children who report to the school office complaining of illnesses. They will try to determine if the illness is serious enough to warrant a call to the child’s parents. If parents/ legal guardians cannot be reached, the student’s emergency number(s) will be called. If the problem seems temporary, the child will be sent back to class.
Parents/ legal guardians should make school officials aware of physical ailments or allergies of their child (ren).
Skate Boards and Scooters
Skate boards and scooters are not allowed in school. If a student rides one to school they need to leave it outside the building by the bike rake.
All students are eligible for all services and programs conducted by a school district of the Windham Southwest Supervisory Union without regard to race, color, creed, sex, age or national origin.
Students in grades 5-8 at the Readsboro School are invited and encouraged to participate in sports. The school provides team sport opportunities in the following areas: soccer (mixed team), boys’ and girls’ basketball, and boys’ and girls’ baseball/softball. Practices and games are scheduled after school hours.
Children playing sports must have grades “C-“ or better. Any student receiving a “D” or “F” will be removed from the team. A child becomes eligible at the next report card if there are no “D’s” or “F’s”.
Student participation on school sports teams is voluntary. However, student participation can be suspended under the following conditions:
1. Classroom teachers(s) or parent(s) / legal guardians notices a change in classroom and/or homework performance, assignment quality and completion, and/or attitude toward learning.
2. Classroom teacher(s) conferences with students and creates a corrective action plan. The student’s parents/ legal guardians are notified and the plan is shared with his/her parents/ legal guardians.
3. After five school days, if improvement is not evident, teacher, parent/guardian and student meet to discuss plan, modifying and adjusting plan if necessary.
4. Parent/ Legal Guardians /Student/Teacher plan is reviewed after five school days by all parties to assess success. If improvement is evident student continues to participate in sports. If at this time, satisfactory progress is not evident, the student may be suspended from participation in sports until it is clear to his/her parents/ legal guardians and teachers that satisfactory progress toward improved performance, attitude, assignment completions, etc. is being made.
5. Once it is determined that progress is being made, the student will again be allowed to participate in the sport.
Any suspension from sports will involve all parties and be in the best interest of the student. (If a consensus decision cannot be reached, the principal will be requested to make the final decision).
If a student has difficulty during the last few weeks of school, a plan will be written that can be addressed during the summer months. Upon successful completion of this plan the student would be eligible for the fall sport (soccer).
Coaches of Readsboro School teams have the responsibility to ensure that all student athletes maintain the highest standard of sportsmanship and behavior towards teammates, opponents, officials and fans.
Student athletes who exhibit unsportsmanlike behavior will be warned by the coach the first time. Repeated offenses (i.e. obscene language, arguing with officials, name calling, taunting, etc) will be disciplined by the coach through benching and/or suspensions. Behavior that results in a game ejection will result in a next game suspension.
Any student wishing to bring a guest or visitor must have prior permission from the classroom teacher.
Substitute teachers are necessary in order to have school when the regular teacher is absent. The building and classroom expectations still apply when there is a substitute.
Suspension (In School)
Children receiving in school suspension will attend school and do school work but will not be with their peers.
Suspension (Out Of School)
Students on suspension are not allowed to attend school. Suspensions can be from one to ten days in length depending on the seriousness of the behavior and the age of the child. All suspensions will be made by the principal. Parents / legal guardians will be notified, due process will be followed, and a conference with the parent/legal guardian, student, and principal is required before re-entry to school.
Student use of the telephone will be for emergencies only. The only phone to be used by students is the office phone with office personnel permission. Children using other phones will receive a detention.
Students shall not possess, smoke, or use tobacco products at school or school-sponsored events. Offenders will receive a two-day out of school suspension.
Any student intentionally destroying or stealing school property will be responsible for the replacement and/or repair of damages. Students stealing, defacing, or destroying school property will receive a two day in school suspension.
All visitors to the building must first report to the principal’s office.
Walkers to and from school should walk on the riverside of the road. Students should stay out of the road while walking to and from school. Unsafe behavior while walking to and from school will be reported to parents/ legal guardians.
Weapons means a firearm as defined in section 291 of Title 18 of the United States Code are not allowed to be brought to school (which includes building, grounds and vehicles used to transport students for school activities). The superintendent shall bring any student who brings a weapon to school to the school board for an expulsion hearing (Policy F-19).
Toys, which resemble weapons, are also prohibited and will be confiscated. Parents/ legal guardians may pick up the item in the school office.
Notice to Parents/ Legal Guardians
All children need, deserve and have the right to an education. A law was passed by the Federal Government (Public Law 94-142) stating that this right to a free education should be available to all handicapped children too. We need to know if there are children or youth between the ages of 3 and 21 years who are handicapped, out of school, and are not receiving any education at all.
Parental / Legal Guardians Rights to Review Records
In accordance with State and Federal regulations, cumulative records are maintained on all students. Parents/ legal guardians wishing to review these records may do so in compliance with local school district policy. Records are also maintained for students referred for and receiving special education and related services. Such records may contain identifying information, academic work, test scores, IEP, records of meetings and observations.
To comply with the Vermont State Department of Education Special Education Rules and Regulations, Section 2364.3.1, the Windham Southwest Supervisory Union, through the office of the Coordinator of Student Services, will permit parents or legal guardians of a special education student to inspect and review the special education records of their child. These records are kept in a locked file cabinet in the office of the coordinator. A copy of these and other Parental Rights in Special Education can be secured through the Coordinator of Special Services or the local special education teacher.
The Windham Southwest Supervisory Union reminds parents/ legal guardians who do not want children’s names publicized for any reason to indicate that desire in a letter to the superintendent of schools office before the opening of school each year.
Public law 93-380 includes an amendment popularly referred to as the “Buckley Amendment,” which requires school systems to refrain from publicizing any information at all about children when the parents do not wish such publicity to occur.
Examples of the school’s publication of a list of names would include athletic events, honor roll lists, music or dramatic performances, and other student activity functions. Unless written notification is received from parents/ legal guardians by the Superintendent of Schools, it will be assumed that publication is agreeable.
The school district recognizes its obligation to comply with the federal regulation Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 which is reprinted below:
“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex. Be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal assistance.”
It is the policy and intent of the Readsboro Town School District that no person shall be discriminated against because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, or handicap in admission or access to, or employment in, its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquires regarding the non-discrimination policies:
Debra Vaughan, Principal Dr. Jack Rizzo, Superintendent
Readsboro Central School Windham SW Supervisory Union
301 Phelps Lane 211 Rte 9 West
Readsboro, VT 05350 Wilmington, VT 05363
Please be advised that results of a survey conducted by the Vermont Health Department in 1979 showed the presence of asbestos in pipe lagging elbows and joints in the boiler room, gym, stage area, library and the room 4 classroom. These areas were repaired as recommended; they are monitored and maintained by the custodian. If you have any question or concerns on this matter, please feel free to contact the Principal’s Office (423-7786).
The following notice is given in compliance with the EPA Asbestos in School Rules.
Notification of Management Plan Availability
The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (40 CRF 763.93 [g] ) requires that written notice be given that Readsboro Central School has a Management Plan for the safe control and maintenance of asbestos-containing materials found in it’s building. This Management Plan is available and accessible to the public at the administrative office of the Readsboro Central School (423-7786).
Child Abuse Reporting
Teachers are required by law to report suspected incidents of child abuse or neglect to the Vermont department of social Rehabilitative Services within 24 hours.
School Board Meetings
Regular School Board meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every month at 12:00 PM at the Readsboro Central School. Special meetings and work sessions are posted in the Readsboro Town Office, Readsboro Post Office, and the Readsboro General Store.
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