Wardsboro Elementary School

Student Handbook 

2017-2018

Table of Contents

School Staff Directory ……………………………………………………………………...                    2

Homework and School Day ………………………………………………………………….                    3

Student Attendance …………………………………………………………………………..               3- 4

School Cancellations and delayed opening…………………………………………………                              6

Dress Code ……………………………………………………………………………………                 6-7

Head Lice Procedures        ………………………………………………………………………...                7-8

L’after School …………………………………………………………………………………                8- 9

Dissemination of Written Information ……………………………………………………                  9-10

Positive Behaviors, Discipline, and Bus Procedures ………………………………………                10-12

Home – School Contract……………………………………………………        …………………..          12-14

Responsibilities of Sportsmanship Compact …………………………………………………..            14-15

Notification of Rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act ……………...                    15

Protocol for Administering Medication in School …………………………………………..              16- 17  

Attachment of Permission Forms    PLEASE SIGN AND RETURN ………………………                  18

Continuum of Behaviors ………………………………………………………………………                 19          

The Wardsboro Elementary School is a member of the Windham Central Supervisory Union.  Our Superintendent is William Anton.  He can be contacted at the following address and phone number:

Windham Central Supervisory Union

1219 VT Route 30

Townshend, VT 05353

(802) 365-9510

 Core Values Adopted by the WCSU Executive Committee: August 17, 2007

Windham Central Supervisory Union will…

Wardsboro Elementary School Mission 

To educate and connect our students, their families, and the community in a safe, supportive and respectful environment.

Wardsboro Elementary School Directory

P.O. Box 107

Wardsboro, VT 05355

Phone: (802) 896-6210                                                         Fax: (802) 896-6687

Principal:  Tammy Bates                                Administrative Assistant : Jennifer Finaldi

Teachers:

Pre K/Kindergarten:  Kathryn Addona                     First/Second Grade:  Cris Parker-Jennings

Third/Fourth Grade:  Valerie Bills                             Fifth/Sixth Grade:  Samantha Bovat

Instructional Support:  Tammy Bates                Special Education:  Darcy West

Specialists:  (Itinerant staff in Wardsboro)

Guidance Counselor:  Hannah Parker                Physical Education:  Carla West        

Art & Library:  Ann Lauterbach                        Vocal Music:  James Pecsok                        Instrumental Music (Grades 4-6):  Michael McKinney

School Nurse:  Rebecca Houle                        Technology:  Cathy Robinson                 

Speech & Language: Sarah Shine                        School Psychologist:  Sarah Keifer        

Para-Professionals:        Alison Brown, Melissa Bills, Jayne Mehner

                

Busing:  West River Transportation                                 Bus Drivers:  Lauri Miner, Bruce Cutts

Wardsboro School Board of Directors:                

School Board Chair:  David Sklar                        Clerk:  Michael Murphy

Jim Thomas, Michael Cusick, Dwight Boerem

Currently the school board meets the first Tuesday of the month.  All meeting minutes are posted on the school website.

Parents please keep this handbook as a reference during this year. Also, remember that our main form of home/school communication is our weekly newsletters. These will give you up to date information on classroom/school activities and events. A copy of the newsletter is sent home with each family weekly. The newsletter will also be posted on our website each week - www.wardsboroschool.org.

Wardsboro Elementary School Homework Expectations

In an effort to develop lifelong  learners, build independence and increase communication between home and school students will be assigned homework  Monday-Thursday.  If a student does not complete their assignment they will be responsible for completing it during their recess time.  

Please notify your child’s teacher when your child struggles with homework.

Our School Day Schedule   

Arrival: 8:15                        Dismissal:  2:55pm        

Morning and Afternoon Parent Procedures

It is our goal to ensure that morning arrival and afternoon dismissal are safe and timely for our students and families. Our parking lot can become busy in the morning and at the end of the day making it difficult to see students or cars in the parking lot. This is especially true when the buses are in the parking lot.

For the safety of all we request that parents park at the bottom of the hill and then walk up to the school during the following times:

AM - 8:05 - 8:40        PM - 2:40 and 3:05

Student Attendance:

It is our shared responsibility to ensure all of our students have access to their educational opportunities.

Your child’s attendance at school is the best insurance for developing the academic skills and social behavior of a successful student.  

We want students in school when they are healthy. After an illness, please keep your child home until he/she has been fever free (without medication to reduce fever) for 24 hours.

  1. Call the school by 8:45 am if your child is absent, letting us know the reason for the absence. This will ensure the safety of all students. Use an absence note whenever you know that your child will not be in school.  
  2. Please write a note and request your child give it to the teacher if you wish to take your child out of school before dismissal at 2:55 pm.  Always be sure to sign out with the office before leaving early with your child.
  3. Opting Out of Hearing Tests—16 V.S.A. §1422 requires schools annually to test the hearing of students in the first, second, third, fifth, seventh, and ninth grades. Parents are permitted to opt their children out of such tests and presumably parents should be given notice of the procedure for opting-out.

When you read over the following countywide protocol, remember this was designed

for K-12 students. I am obliged to include this in our handbook but will work closely

 with parents to meet an individual student’s needs when addressing excessive absences.

WINDHAM COUNTY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE PROTOCOL

Revised February 7, 2011

Purpose  To assure that the students and their families in Windham County Pre-K-12 schools have support in ensuring attendance at school. The intent is to ensure that students are in school and learning.  Daily school attendance is critical to successful school performance.  Being present on time is a life skill to be cultivated.  The long term goal is for all students to gain an education and all that it makes possible. Measurable outcomes include an increase in attendance rates, a reduction of the drop-out rate and the number of juveniles on the Department of Children and Families (DCF) caseload.

Process   School District expectations of families regarding tardiness and truancy:

TRUANCY

It is our shared responsibility to be sure that every child is safe and accounted for on every school day.  If your child is absent from school, it is essential that you notify the school within 30 minutes of your school’s start time.

The school will contact the parent/guardian at home or at work, but please note the following: If a child is not in school on a given day and we have not received notification from the parent/guardian, nor are able to verify the child’s whereabouts, we are required to report each unverified absence to the appropriate police agency or sheriff’s department as early in the day as possible. To ensure the child’s safety and to prevent truancy, the police agency will confirm the child’s whereabouts.

TARDINESS

Students not riding the bus are expected to arrive at school no later than 8:25am.  Students arriving after this time are considered late and will be marked tardy. A pattern of tardiness puts a child at a disadvantage in school.  Late arrival miss the opportunity to be greeted by everyone, settle into the day, learn the schedule for the day and generally get off to a positive start.  We ask that parents work with the school to ensure that students arrive on time.

 

PROTOCOL APPROACH

This school attendance protocol utilizes a team approach, if necessary, to explore with the student and family what obstacles are hindering school attendance.  An individualized plan will be developed to increase school attendance.  Follow-up steps are set to assess if the plan is working for the student and the family.  Records are kept in school files of all contacts related to this protocol made with the family of the student.

Team Membership  The protocol initially relies on school staff  to insure attendance.  If needed at a later stage, staff from state and community agencies, as well as parent liaison supports, will assist.

Tardiness Tardiness is a disruption to the educational process.  It sets a tone that de-values education.  It disrupts the child’s schedule for the school day.

After five tardy days                Teacher contacts family in person or by phone.

                                Letter to go out to family from principal.

                                                                

After seven tardy days                Letter to go out to family from principal.

                                Parent meeting scheduled with counselor and teacher.

                                

After ten tardy days                Letter to go out to family from principal.

Parent meeting scheduled with principal, counselor and teacher.

At the meeting, a release of information is signed by the family to allow discussion between the school and outside agencies if necessary.

Absences – both excused and unexcused

After five absent days                Phone call or letter to go out to family.

                                

After seven absent days        Letter to go out to family, including if appropriate a request for a doctor’s note for any future absences.

Parent meeting may be scheduled with Educational Support Team (EST) or school personnel.

                                

At the meeting, a release of information is signed by the family to allow discussion between the school and outside agencies if necessary. Law enforcement may assist in getting release signed.                

* Copies of correspondence should be sent to DCF at seven absent days

After ten absent days                Letter to go out to family.

Parent meeting scheduled if appropriate with school personnel and representatives from outside agencies and programs.  These could include the Youth Services, HCRS, DCF, and other community agency supports including law enforcement.

After fifteen absent days        Letter goes out to family.

Referral may be made to family physician.

Report will be made to DCF (with administrative discretion)

Dependent on the DCF

assessment        Affidavit goes to Windham County State’s Attorney and law enforcement

                                

Dependent on the State’s

Attorney’s assessment        The State’s Attorney makes the decision whether the case should go to Windham County Family Court or District Court.

End of School Year Accumulation of Absences 

If a student misses more than 15 days of school they are considered chronically absent, the administrator will take these absences into account at the start of the next school year.  If the pattern of absences once again occur, a report will be made to DCF.

Cancellation and Delayed Opening of School

The superintendent determines the closing or delayed opening of school due to weather conditions or emergencies. Days lost due to emergency closings are rescheduled so that school will be in session as required by state law. Whenever school is closed because of bad weather, road conditions, or any other emergency, public announcements are made as early as possible through the AlertNow automated phone contact system (to student’s home telephone number and/or additional number(s) provided to the school for such calls), on the radio stations WTSA or WKVT, or online at www.vpr.net.  In the event of school having an early dismissal due to inclement weather or other emergency, itis necessary to speak to a parent/guardian prior to any student getting on the departing bus. If a parent cannot be reached, emergency contacts calls will be placed and arrangements made accordingly.

Dress Code

Students are asked to wear clothes which are neat, clean and suitable for school. Clothing

which interferes with and/or distracts from the educational process will be subject to approval by

school administration. Clothing that promotes tobacco, drugs, or alcohol, sexism, racism,

obscenity, violence, or profanity may not be worn in school. In addition, students need to take

care that their choice of clothing is respectful to themselves and others, and appropriate for a

workplace environment. Students must adhere to these dress code standards:

Parents will be contacted to bring other clothing for their child if the student is not able to remedy situation him/herself. In addition, all hats must be removed prior to the start of the school day, unless it is approved (hat day).

During cold weather months, boots, hats, and mittens or gloves are necessary for outdoors, with a pair of shoes for inside use.

Wardsboro Elementary School Head Lice Procedures

 Head lice can be a problem wherever children gather. The following are recommendations that you may find helpful in the prevention and early identification of head lice.

Prevention Strategies

1.      Educational materials from the Department of Health will be included in our handbook. If needed, information will also be included in one of our weekly newsletters.

2.      School and class practices to include:

·         individual hooks for student belongings

·         students will keep their hats in the sleeve of their coats

·         sharing of combs, brushes, etc. will be discouraged

·         limiting personal toys such as stuffed animals from home to school

·         the school nurse  (or designee) will provide education for staff, as needed, with information  on diagnosis, treatment and control plans.

3.      Recommended home practices to include:

·         Check your child/ren's head and scalp at least once a week. Head lice and their eggs (called nits) are most easily found at the nape of the neck and behind the ears.

·         If your child complains of persistent itching of the scalp head lice should be suspected  with hair and scalp carefully examined.

·         Teach your child to never share hats, scarves, brushes or combs.

·         Call school to inform the office when your child has head lice. This allows us to follow through on our procedures and limit further outbreaks. Parents should also

call child care providers and close contacts to prevent further problems.

 Management of Head Lice in School

1.      Any staff member who suspects head lice will report this immediately to the school nurse  (or designee).

2.      Any student identified by the school nurse (or designee) as having head lice will be discouraged from close contact with others through the end of the day. Parents will be called immediately and encouraged to pick up their child as soon as possible. Siblings and other students in the classroom will be examined and handled appropriately.

3.      Verbal and written instructions for treatment will be given to the family of each identified student. The instructions shall include a suggestion that the parent or guardian of the student contact the child's physician or other pediatric health care provider. Instructions will be consistent with the Vermont Department of Health guidelines.

4.      Students will be readmitted to school with verbal confirmation that treatment was given. The child will be examined by the nurse (or designe)e to ensure treatment was performed and effective.

 Management of a Head Lice Outbreak

1.      Three cases of head lice within a classroom will be considered an outbreak. The above procedures will be followed.

2.      Special care will be taken by the custodian when vacuuming rooms daily.

3.      Activities that involve close person-to-person contact will be discontinued, including “dress-up” activities.

4.      We will encourage families to contact health care providers if initial treatment has failed.

5.      A notice of classroom outbreak with the fact sheet from the Vermont Department of Health will be sent to all parents.

6.      We will encourage parents to notify the school, child care provider, and other close contacts when head lice have been identified.

Student and School Safety

The Vermont Department of Education has become more comprehensive with the number of egress (evacuation) and secure the school (clear the halls) drills that schools are required to have. One or both will be held monthly to ensure they become routine so that should we have a real emergency, staff and students will be more prepared. A quote from the state’s model school crisis plan summarizes possible crises --- Crises are unexpected, often unpredictable and take many forms. No school or community can be fully prepared for everything that might happen but these simple measures in this booklet will be helpful in any crisis situation. We do have a crisis plan in place that is adapted from the state model plan to fit our particular needs.

L’after 21st Century Connections- our afterschool program.

L’After  Site Coordinator - Melissa Bills

Our mission is to make a positive difference in our student’s lives by providing creative academic, enrichment,  physical /wellness and homework support programs to our children to help them to succeed in school and in life.

We strive to bring together many talented adults from our school as well as the larger community to offer students a safe and engaging learning experience that provides for future success. Our spirited goal is to continue to develop and sustain an afterschool program that builds upon the school day experience while offering students the opportunity to explore an afterschool program.

Sign Up for Programs: A registration form will be sent home prior to each session.  A parent or guardian must return the completed form, and fees if applicable, to register a student for an afterschool program.  Programs typically run Monday through Thursday and have limited enrollments so please return the forms as soom as possible to ensure your students can participate in the program of his/her choice.

Fees: L’AFTER’s fee structure is intended to encourage families to contribute what they can afford. No student will be turned away for inability to pay but we do encourage families to contribute if they can so that we can continue to offer this wonderful opportunity to our students.

Afterschool Schedule:

2:55-3:00 - Students gather in the multi-purpose room for attendance and updates

3:00-3:15 - Recess

3:15-3:30 - Snack

3:30-5:00 -Homework/ L’after program

4:55-5:00 - Dismissal

A parent, guardian or other authorized individual is expected to pick up their child by 5:00 pm.

The parent, guardian or other authorized individual MUST come into the building and sign out the student before they can leave the building, no child will be dismissed without being signed out. Sign-out sheets will be located with the Site Coordinator or other designated program leader at the back door by the multipurpose room.  If parents arrive late several times, a student may no longer be able to participate in the afterschool program.

Any changes to normal dismissal arrangements must be in writing (note or email) or by a phone call to the Site Coordinator at school.The Site Coordinator will not take a student’s word on any changes made that day.

All School Rules and School Policies apply during Afterschool Programs. The School Rules and Discipline actions are referenced in this Handbook.

For Discipline Issues that Arise during the Afterschool Programs: The Site Coordinator will contact the parent(s) and may ask that the student be picked up. If a parent cannot be reached, the student will remain with the Site Coordinator until dismissal. A Behavioral Referral Form will be filled out by the Site Coordinator, a copy will be given to the parent or guardian, and a copy will be given to the Principal. If disruptive behavior is ongoing the Site Coordinator and Principal will determine if the student will be withdrawn from the program.

Dissemination of Written Information Procedure

The purpose of this procedure is to provide guidelines to promote proper channels of communication for disseminating written information to faculty, families or students via Wardsboro Elementary School.

Non-staff members distributing communication to staff, students or families

Any person other than district-hired full-time teacher wishing to distribute information to staff, or sent home to families must first submit the letter in its final form to the Principal. Upon deeming the information acceptable to be distributed, the Principal shall place their initials on the communication and process the material through the Administrative Assistant for duplication and mailing procedures. It is recommended that the final form of this communication be presented to the Principal no less than 48 hours prior to the preferred mailing time/date. It is not acceptable at any time to distribute any communication to staff, students or families without prior approval of the Principal.

ROARS – School-wide Positive School Intervention Behaviors

ROARS ensures that we are fair to all by meeting each student’s individual needs.

We have the following supports in place:

Tier One – Universal Level (all students)

We encourage positive school behaviors. A focus on these behaviors builds self-esteem, increases student responsibility for learning and decreases bullying. Our schoolwide ROARS attributes:

                                        Responsibility

                                        Own-It

                                        Achieve

                                        Respect

                                        Safety

We acknowledge positive behaviors school wide with fluorescent stickers that note behavior observed as badges of honor. When students receive one of these rewards, their name goes on a paw stamp. These are collected so one can be drawn at All School Meeting. That student's class gets to engage in a special activity such as extra recess, game time, etc. We celebrate accomplishments as they come up. Our universal team meets monthly; made up of all members of the core WES staff to review data and plan for school wide activities.

Tier Two - Stepping Up to ROARS with our BEST Kids (some students)

This is our second layer of support for children who benefit from periodic supports during the day. These students will be known as our “BEST Kids”. Student and teacher will set individual work habit goals with frequent check-ins with the teacher throughout the day. Parents are notified in writing when their child is chosen to participate and will be involved in the process so there is a home/school connection. Most students who participate find this to be a positive experience. Our BEST (Behavioral and Educational Support Team) meets weekly. Our current members are Tammy Bates, Hannah Parker and Melissa Bills. Our BEST and EST (Educational Support) teams provide a broad range of educational supports for students who will benefit from them.  The primary purpose of EST is to assist classroom teachers and staff develop a plan that will support a student in the educational program.  The EST team is made up of school staff members and meets monthly to discuss students who may need more supports and services than classroom instruction is able to provide.

Tier Three – Best of the BEST (few students)

This is a third layer of support for children who will benefit from significant individual supports daily and collaboration between home and school. Students are supported by a team of those who know them best.

ROARS Discipline Procedures

Discipline is designed to preserve the dignity of all individuals and foster self-control in each student. We do want children to learn from their mistakes. Minor mistakes are addressed by teachers. Major discipline matters are referred to the principal using a written discipline referral form. When a child receives a discipline referral, an investigation by the principal takes place, along with a phone call to the parent/s. A copy of the referral and the results of the investigation are mailed or given to the parent/s. This ensures that consequences are applied fairly and consistently in order to establish, maintain, and restore relationships.

 

ROARS on the Bus – OWN-IT (See also the WCSU protocol)

     bus and to yourself

ROARS in Action – Our Wardsboro team, including itinerants, have reviewed positive ROARS strategies that build student success. Students and teachers will review ROARS across the school day – in specials, lunch, recess, etc.-  over the first few weeks so a common understanding is developed.

Additional Possible Measures

When a child is A Danger to Self and Others, steps will be taken to protect the child and others as necessary.  Depending on the severity of the situation a range of steps may be taken by the principal or teacher in charge of the child:  

-     A student/parent/teacher/principal conference will be held in order to assure a safe and productive return to the classroom following an out of school suspension.

Bullying and Harassment

As a school, we are committed to encouraging and supporting positive behaviors between and among our students. Sometimes inappropriate behaviors exist. Do not hesitate to report instances of possible bullying or harassment to any staff member. Our school has harassment and bullying policies (mandated by the Vermont Department of Education) and approved by the WES Board of Directors that will be followed. All school board policies may be found online at www.wardsboroschool.org or are available upon request.  

Allegations of either Bullying or Harassment may be reported to any staff member. Tammy Bates (Principal) and (Ms. Hannah Parker, guidance counselor) are the designated employees who will investigate any allegations reported using a set procedure.  They are also the Equity Coordinators who oversee all aspects policy implementation. More information will be provided when the new policy is approved. Until then we will follow the guidelines of the current policies.

Continuum of Behaviors – Bullying and harassment can be confusing to understand. Please review the document found in the appendix. It defines a variety of behaviors. It is worthwhile for families to review this document.

TIGERS

To help students understand and deal with peer relationships and possible bullying and/or harassment situations, we will continue to emphasize TIGER strategies. These align with ROARS and are worthwhile questioning and discussion points for parents, too, when discussing an incident with their child.

As a reminder:

T stands for tell an adult

I stands for I say no!

G stands for Get Help – tell an adult (it also stands for gossip/something not to do)

E stands for Exit when necessary

R stands for Respond with respect

Wardsboro Elementary Home-School Contract

Mission: A home-school contract is a voluntary agreement between parents, students and the school. All parties agree to work together so that students will learn in a stimulating environment so students will achieve at their maximum potential as learners and citizens. Our school wide system of positive supports called ROARS ensure this happens.

WES TEACHERS AND STAFF WILL FOLLOW ROARS BY THE FOLLOWING:

Responsible

curriculum development, instruction and assessment.

Own-It

Achieve

Respect

Safety

STUDENTS WILL FOLLOW ROARS BY THE FOLLOWING:

Responsible

Own-It

 appropriately and effectively

Achieve

Respect

Safety

PARENTS/GUARDIANS WILL FOLLOW ROARS BY THE FOLLOWING:

Responsible

Own-It

Achieve

Respect

Safety

WCSU Bus Rules

Bus Rules : All students are responsible for practicing school-wide expectations of respect, responsibility, and honesty/integrity when at bus stops and on the bus. In addition, bus transportation is a privilege, not a right, which may be suspended or revoked as a result of a student’s failure to comply with bus rules. 

Bus drivers have the authority to maintain discipline on the buses and bus stops to ensure safety. In

response to misbehavior, first the driver will warn the student and second, notify by the bus referral form to the principal or designee.  Depending on the severity of the incident, the driver reports the first offense. Any bus damage will be repaired (replaced) at the student’s family expense.

Responsibilities of Sportsmanship Compact

Approved by the Wardsboro School Board July 22, 2002

These responsibilities will be respected by all at any Wardsboro Elementary School sponsored and unsponsored games on school grounds.

The Coach:

        1.  Treats own players, and opponents, with respect.

        2.  Inspires in the athletes a love for the game and the desire to compete fairly.

        3.  Is the type of person he/she wants the athletes to be.

        4.  Disciplines those on the team who display unsportsmanlike behavior.

        5.  Respects the judgment and interpretation of the rules by the officials.

        6.  Knows he/she is a teacher, & understands the athletic area is a classroom.

        

The Official:

        1.  Knows the rules and their interpretations.

        2.  Places welfare of the participants above all other considerations.

        3.  Treats players and coaches courteously and demands the same from them.

        4.  Works cooperatively with fellow officials, timers and /or scorers.

        5.  Is fair and firm in all decisions, never compensating for a previous mistake.

        6.  Maintains confidence, poise and self-control from start to finish.

The Player:

        1.  Treats opponents with respect.

        2.  Plays hard, but plays within the rules.

        3.  Exercises self-control at all times, setting the example for others to follow.

        4.  Respects officials and accepts their decisions without gesture or argument.

        5.  Wins without boasting, loses without excuses, and never quits.

        6.  Remembers that it is a privilege to represent the school and community.

The Spectator:

        1.  Attempts to understand and be informed of the playing rules.

        2.  Appreciates a good play no matter who makes it.

        3.  Does not blame or overtly criticize a player for a poor play.

        4.  Cooperates with and responds enthusiastically to cheerleaders.

        5.  Respects the judgment and strategy of the coach.

        6.  Does not interfere with players or coaches for any reason, including loss of game.

        7.  Approaches the coach at an appropriate time with feedback.

        8.  Respects property of others.

         9.  Respects the authority of those who administer the competition.

          10.  Censures those whose behavior is unbecoming.

          11.  Respects officials and accepts their decisions without gesture or argument.

Notification of Rights Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents certain rights with respect to the student’s education records.  They are:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the Wardsboro Elementary School receives a request for access.  Parents should submit to the school principal a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect.  The principal will make arrangements for access and notify the parent of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

  1. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent believes are inaccurate or misleading.  Parents may ask the Wardsboro Elementary School to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading.  They should write the school principal, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading.  If the Wardsboro Elementary School decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent, the school will notify the parent of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment.  Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.

  1. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.  

One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests.  A school official is a person employed by the Wardsboro Elementary School as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff; the School Board; a person or company with whom the school has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.

A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.  

Upon request, the Wardsboro Elementary School discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.

4.  The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the Wardsboro School District to comply with the requirements of FERPA.  The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is :  Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-4605

Protocol for Administering Medication in School

Prescription Medication:

The Wardsboro School recognizes that at the present time many children are able to attend regular school because of the effective use of prescribed medication in the treatment of chronic disabilities or illnesses.  It is more desirable for medication to be administered in the home.  However, any student who is required to take prescribed medication during the regular school day must comply with the following regulations:

1.  Written orders from a physician detailing the name of the student, the drug dosage, reason for giving, and time medication is to be given must be received by the school nurse and/or the building administrator before the medication can be given.  A renewal of a long term medication order is required each school year.

2.  Written permission from the parent/guardian of the student requesting that the school district comply with the physician’s order must accompany the physician’s order.

3.  Student’s chronic illnesses, (e.g. seizure disorders, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, etc.) who are responsible for self-administering their medications should be allowed to continue the practice.  Medication shall be kept in the school health office.

4. Medication must be brought to school in a container appropriately labeled by the pharmacy or

physician.

5.  Medication must be stored in a locked cabinet.

6.  The above procedures must be followed for all prescription medication.

7.  Unused medication shall be destroyed or returned to parent/guardian for disposition.

Non-Prescription Medication:

The school nurse must be notified if a nonprescription medication is to be used during school hours or activities.

Policy and procedure for non-prescription medication shall be developed by each school district if that district chooses to treat nonprescription drugs differently than prescription drugs.

Non-prescription medications will be administered only after a permission form has been signed by the parent.  Non-prescription medication must be left at the health room.

Prescription Medication Order and Permission Form

to be Forwarded to the School Nurse

                                                                            Date:_________________

I hereby give my permission to ________________________________________to release

                                        (Physician’s Name)

information to __________________________________________concerning medication(s)

                        (School Name)

prescribed for _________________________________________________.  (Student Name)

___________________________________________________  (Parent/Guardian Signature)

Medication (s):________________________________________________________________

Directions:___________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________

Beginning Date:________________________                Ending Date:__________________

Reason for giving:_____________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________  (Signature of Physician)

I hereby give my permission for the above named student to take the medication as prescribed above at school.

__________________________________________________  (Parent/Guardian Signature)

No medication will be given at school until the school receives this completed form with the prescribed medication in a container appropriately labeled by the pharmacy or physician.  

All medicine brought into the school must be kept in the Health Room during school hours.  

                                                                

__________________                                         ___________________________

(Date Received)                                                (School Nurse)

Please return all signed permission forms to your child’s classroom teacher.  We thank you for your time!

Handbook Review Acknowledgment

This handbook is designed to provide you with information about the Wardsboro Elementary School.  We ask that you discuss the expectations and rules with your children.  Please stress the importance of making good choices.  We want students to feel responsible for their behavior and to feel that they are treated fairly.

We have read the handbook and reviewed the information together.

Parent Signature:_______________________________________________ Date___________

Student Signature:_____________________________________________Date____________

Field Trip Permission Form

   This form grants your child permission to go on school sponsored field trips.  You will be informed of each trip, the mode of transportation, adult drivers and additional permission will be requested in advance for excursions other than Wardsboro-based events. In the case that a student forgets the permission slip and you are unable to be reached, this blanket permission will enable the student to go on the trip.

I give permission for ___________________________________ to attend field trips and to be

transported by a Wardsboro School Bus or parent chaperones if necessary.  I expect to

be informed about such trips in advance by my child’s teacher. I further understand that this permission form will serve as permission to allow my child to attend any/all Wardsboro-based field trips throughout the 2016- 2017 school year.

Parent Signature______________________________________________Date_____/_____/_____