Provincetown Schools

An International Baccalaureate World School since 2013

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Middle Years Programme – Grades 5-8

 Primary Years Programme – PreK- Grade 4

STUDENT & FAMILY HANDBOOK

2016-2017

Provincetown Public School District is an Affirmative Action Employer.  

We do not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.

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Provincetown Schools

2016-2017

Student & Family Handbook

Please review the Provincetown Schools Student & Family Handbook.  Information is provided to help understand school policies, procedures and expectations so as to allow for a positive and successful school experience.

The handbook is reviewed yearly with adjustments or changes as needed.  

Acknowledgement:

Students and Parents/Guardians Grades PK-4 should sign and return this page to your classroom teacher.

Students and Parent/Guardians in Grades 5-8 should return signed page to their homeroom teacher.  

I have received and agree to adhere to the policies of the Student & Family Handbook.

(Each student and parent/guardian must sign this acknowledgement form indicating that he/she has received and read the Student and Family Handbook.)

Student Name__________________________________________________

                                            Please PRINT Name

Student Signature_______________________________________________

Parent/Guardian Signature_________________________________________

**If the signed acknowledgement form is not received by September 16, 2016 then Provincetown Schools will presume that the student and parent have received and reviewed the handbook.

Table of Contents

Welcome – Principal         5                

Provincetown Schools  6                

Staff 7                

School Calendar 8                        

Mission Statement Vision Statement – Provincetown Schools 9

Core Values & General Expectations  9

Code of Conduct 9

Statement of Non-Discrimination  9

IB Learner Profile 10

1. General Information & Operating Procedures

The School Day 11

Breakfast/Lunch 11

Celebration of Religious Holidays  11

Confidentiality  11

CORI 11

Crisis Protocol  11

Dance Rules 11 & 12

Drop off/Pick Up  Page 12

Early Release Days 12

Electronic Devices 12

Field Trips/Off School Activities 13

Emergency Response Plans 13 & 14

Food or Drink in Classrooms 14

Grievance Procedures for Students 14

Health Services 14 & 15

Homeroom 16

Invitations 16

Language Policy 16

Lockers, Desks, Cubbies, Backpacks 16

Media Center 16

Parent Conferences 17

Playground and Outdoor Spaces 17

Programs 17

Publication of Names and Photos 17

School Cancellations 17

School Phones 17

School Pictures 18

Special Education 18 & 19

Student Dress 19

Student Fees, Fines and Charges 19

Student Insurance 19

Student Records 19 & 20

Technology: Acceptable Use 20

Toys From Home 20

Visitors 20

Working Papers 21

2. Academics

Expectations Regarding Academic Integrity 21

Assessment Policy 21 -23

Homework (Primary/Middle) 23

MCAS Testing (Grades 3-8) 23

Report Cards (PK-8) 23

Counseling Services 24

Conferences 24

Grades 24

Incomplete Grade 25 (MYP) 24

Teacher Responsibilities 24

Student Responsibilities 24

Honor Roll 24

Eligibility 24 & 25

8th Grade “Moving On” Ceremony 25

National Junior Honor Society 25

3. Attendance

Procedures 25

Absence  25

Tardy 25

Early Dismissal 26

Excessive Tardiness/Absences/Truancy 26

4. Student Discipline

Detentions 27

Office Detentions 27

Suspensions 27

Expulsions 28 & 29

Harassment/Discrimination/Bullying 29 & 30

Hazing 32

De-Escalation & Physical Restraint 32

Search and Seizure 32

Drugs and Alcohol 32

Smoking 33

Notification of the Principal 33

Possession of Controlled Substances 33

Students Suspected of Being Under the Influence 33

Memorandum of Understanding 33

Discipline Regarding SPED/504’s 34

Manifestation Determination 34

Student Conduct 34

PBIS/Student Discipline 34

5. Athletics

2016/2017 35

6. Academic Options Outside of PHS

High School 35

7. Student Involvement & Government

Site Council 35

Student Council 33

Student Newspaper 33

8. Transportation

Bikes, Roller Blades, Skateboards 33 & 34

Bus Transportation & Student Behavior on 34 & 35

Transportation Safety 35

Student Transportation in Private Vehicles 35

APPENDIX – PBIS Consequences

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An International Baccalaureate World School since 2013

12 Winslow Street

Provincetown, MA 02657

Dr. Beth Singer                                                                                                    Kim Pike, M.Ed.

Superintendent                                                                                        District Principal

508-587-5000                                                                                            508-487-5020

September 2016

Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,

                   

On behalf of the Faculty and staff of Provincetown Schools it is a great pleasure to welcome you to the 2016-2017 School Year!

The Student/Parent Handbook provides general information about Provincetown Schools and tries to answer questions that you may have. If you do not find answers to your questions, please do not hesitate to contact me (Tel: 508-497-5200 or e-mail: kpike@provincetownschools.com) if any further clarification is required.

                   

We are committed to the spirit of international education. We aim to provide an academically rigorous, socially balanced education of high standard. Our goal is to develop a caring school community fostering respect for individual and cultural diversity. Our staff promotes the IB learner profile.  We are a community of learners. Please take the time to read the program information available on our website: www.provincetownschools.com which outlines the international program that we offer in the Primary Years and Middle Years Programs.

                   

Children thrive and learn when parents are actively engaged in support of the school and their child’s education. Parents are helped through the philosophies of the PYP and MYP and are expected to attend parent education sessions that we offer and also grade level events and the three-way student-led conferences that you are invited to during the year. By actively participating in this way you can learn more about the program, your child’s education and ultimately your own child.

                   

Please read through this handbook with your children, as it contains important information that should be helpful in answering questions about Provincetown Schools. In addition, our faculty and staff will discuss the handbook with students throughout the year.

It includes a summary of important school policies, procedures, and standards that you should review and discuss with your children. Provincetown Schools is required to have a copy of its handbook on file with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Much of the information in the handbook (e.g., medical policies, student code of conduct) is written to comply with Massachusetts laws pertaining to schools.

Please read this handbook carefully and keep it in a convenient place for future reference.  It is the responsibility of parents/guardians and students to be aware of the content of this handbook.  If you have questions or concerns regarding the contents of this handbook, please do not hesitate to contact me.

We hope the handbook will provide you with a better understanding of our schools, and help you to become an active member of our community. Please contact me anytime with questions, concerns, or ideas that you may have about Provincetown Schools. We look forward to working with students and their families during the 2016-2017school year. We look forward to seeing you in school frequently during the coming academic year and trust that all our students have a safe, productive and enjoyable year at Provincetown Schools.

Sincerely,

Kim Pike, M.Ed.

Principal

Please Note:

The laws, school committee policies and school rules stated in the handbook are intended to ensure the safe, orderly, and educationally sound operation of Provincetown Schools. In addition to these written provisions, there may be times where, to further ensure the safe, orderly, and educationally sound operation of the school, the school administration may enforce a standard of conduct upon students that furthers this end. Furthermore, the school administration has the right to enforce any law, ordinance or school committee policy not written in this handbook. If a new law is passed, it supersedes current rules

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Provincetown Schools

An International Baccalaureate World School

Middle Years Program - Grades 5 - 8

Primary Years Program - Preschool - Grade 4

Wee Care in Provincetown - Infant - Toddler

12 Winslow Street

Provincetown, MA 02657

508-487-5020 – Provincetown Schools

FAX: 508-487-5089

508-487-5000  - Superintendent

FAX: 508-487-5098

Provincetown Public Schools

Superintendent: Dr. Beth Singer

Principal: Kim Pike, M.Ed.

Business Manager: Mrs. Betty White

Administrative Assistant to the Principal: Mrs. Judy Ward

MYP Coordinator:

PYP Coordinator: Ms. Elizabeth Francis

School Adjustment Counselor/Human Rights and Attendance Officer – Mr. John Morgan

Provincetown Schools Site Council 

Chairperson

Ms.Kim Pike

Parents/Guardians

Ms. Jamie Kryszkiewicz

Mr. Robert Speiser

Faculty

Mrs. Peggy Donoghue

Mrs. Shelley LaSelva

School Committee

Chairperson

Mr. Anthony Brackett

Ms. Tracey Katchik-Anders

Ms. Cass Benson

Ms. Elizabeth Lovati

Ngina Lythcott


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Faculty and Staff

Superintendent’s Office                                        Principal’s Office

Beth Singer – Superintendent/Special Education Director                 Kim Pike - Principal

Betty White – Business Manager                                 Judy Ward – Administrative Assistant to the Principal                

Sharon Bunn – Special Education Secretary

Primary Years Program Teachers                                        Middle Years Program Teachers and PYP Special Teachers

Beth Francis – Primary Years IB Coordinator/PYP Interventionist         Mary Abt – Preschool-Grade 8 Performing Arts/Instrumental Teacher        

Preschool Teacher – Rebecca Yeaw                                Lisa Colley – Preschool-Grade 8 Wellness/PE

Kindergarten Teacher – Lisa Daunais                                Nancy Flasher - Grades 5-6 Science/Grades 5-8 Community Projects

Grade 1 Teacher – Shelly LaSelva                                (Grade 5 Homeroom)

Grade 2 Teacher – Brittany Kenyon                                Ken Kevelson – Grade 5 – 8 Mathematics (Grade 6 Homeroom)

Grade 3 Teacher – Eric Shannon/ Judy Ainsworth                Angela Lamber – Preschool-Grade 8 Spanish

Grade 4 Teacher – Marianne Lynch                                         TBA - STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts, Math) Grades 1-8

                                                                                        David McGlothlin – Grade 5-8 Individuals & Society (Grade 7 Homeroom)                                                                                       Amy Rokicki – Grades 5-8 Language & Literacy (Grade 8 Homeroom)

Specialized Instructional Support Personnel                        Paraprofessionals

Jim Abbott – Physical Therapy                                 Nora Lee Ashe

Bruce Boren-  Occupational Therapy                                  Cynthia Gilman

*Kimberly Brown - ELL MYP Teacher                                Val Golden

Annmarie Chang – Speech & Language                        Michele Jelley

Peggy Donoghue – School Psychologist                         Deanna Johnson

Helena Ferreira – PYP ELL Teacher                                Jill Lambrou

Darlyn McCormick – Speech & Language                        Veronica Londergan

John Morgan – School Adjustment Counselor                        Marty Menangas

Marcia Rose Packett- PYP Resource Teacher                        Kim Rowe

Judith Stayton – MYP Resource Teacher                        Kathy Smola

John Vosburgh –Title I Teacher/Interventionist                        Sheree Silva

 

Cafeteria Staff                                                  Custodians

Claudia Colley                                                Robert Noll – Head Custodian

Brenda Costa                                                 Juliann Ericson

Jill Sawyer

Technology and MIS

Tracey Anderson – Integrated Technology Grades PK-8

Beau Jackett

Tyler Keyes

All staff email includes the first letter of the first name of the staff member, followed by their last name and then: @provincetownschools.com. Please let us know if you have any problems contacting a staff member.  Exceptions noted*

*Kimberly Brown = KiBrown

MISSION STATEMENT

Provincetown Schools is a learning community committed to academic excellence. We ensure that all students acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to become compassionate, responsible, and reflective members of a global society. Establishing high expectations, we immerse students in other cultures while promoting home, school and community partnerships.

  CORE VALUES

EXPECTATIONS FOR SCHOOL PERFORMANCE

  1. Provide a safe and supportive school climate.
  2. Deliver a comprehensive and rigorous curriculum that meets or exceeds state standards.
  3. Deliver a curriculum, which is intellectually challenging and developmentally appropriate.
  4. Administer a continuous program of assessment and evaluation.
  5. Promote community partnerships and involvement.
  6. Provide opportunities to employ problem-solving and critical thinking.
  7. Understand the importance of emotional well-being, intellectual curiosity, and social responsibility.
  8. Provide opportunities for students and staff to use technology.

EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENT ACADEMIC, SOCIAL AND CIVIC PERFORMANCE

  1. Effective literacy and communication skills through reading, writing, speaking, listening and creative thinking.
  2. Knowledge of principles of social studies.
  3. Ability to use computers and other technology to attain knowledge.
  4. Knowledge of an appreciation for visual and performing arts.
  5. An understanding of world languages and cultures.
  6. Knowledge of how to attain personal health and exercise habits that enhance physical, social, emotional, and intellectual wellness.
  7. Knowledge and understanding of math and science.
  8. Develop self-worth and emotional maturity using positive interpersonal and intra-personal skills.
  9. Develop coping skills that promote self-advocacy and self-confidence in real-life situations.
  10. Gain knowledge and respect for the diversity on campus, in the community, and the world.

CODE OF CONDUCT

In order to challenge each student to attain a level of academic excellence and to create an atmosphere that allows for an open exchange of ideas among administrators, staff, students, parents/guardians, and community members, it is important to provide consistent standards of behavior.  These standards of behavior for all members of the Provincetown Schools community can be summarized as follows:

To always respect everyone.

To arrive each day prepared to share what you know with others.

To celebrate the uniqueness of each individual.

To demand the best from yourself and from those with whom you work.

To raise questions that result in learning.

To demonstrate self-discipline as well as personal responsibility.

Rules are in place to ensure the safety of the students and staff, the learning environment, and universal respect for all people, people’s feelings, and the school building.  Consequences will be assigned for unsafe, disruptive, or disrespectful behaviors.  For further information, please contact: Ms. Kim Pike, Principal.  Disciplinary infractions may result in the creation and/or addition to a student disciplinary file.

STATEMENT OF NON-DISCRIMINATION

According to MGL Chapter 76, Section 5: it is unlawful in Massachusetts to discriminate. Provincetown Schools ensures that all students, regardless of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, limited English proficiency, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, or housing status have equal access to all programs.

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GENERAL INFORMATION & OPERATING PROCEDURES

THE SCHOOL DAY:  

The school day begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 2:55 p.m.  Students are expected to be seated at 8:25 a.m. Doors open to the school at 8:15 a.m.

FREE BREAKFAST/LUNCH FOR ALL STUDENTS:  

Breakfast and lunch service is provided daily by School Food Services.   Menus are posted monthly on our website and are available at café/classroom. In addition to the hot lunch choices, a soup/sandwich, bagel/yogurt or salad choice is also offered daily.  There is NO COST for breakfasts or lunches for all Provincetown Schools students.

The cost of a la carte milk or water is .50 cents.  

Grades 1-8 students will go directly to the cafeteria when they enter the building to pick up breakfast bags. Homeroom/Classroom teachers will take lunch orders for the week online.

PreK and K students will be provided a morning breakfast/snack each day. PreK and K teachers will place orders online for lunches by 9 a.m. each day.

CELEBRATION OF RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS

In accordance with G. L. Ch. 151C, sec. 2B, Provincetown Schools recognizes and supports a staff person’s or student’s right to observe religious holidays. Any staff person wishing to observe a religious holiday that does not fall within regular school vacations, may take a personal day. A student, for whom a religious holiday falls outside the regular school vacations, will be accommodated in the following manner: the student will be excused from attending classes on the religious holiday, and will be provided an opportunity to make up work or tests missed due to the absence. No adverse or prejudicial effects shall result to any student because of absence due to observance of religious holidays.

In accordance with G.L. Ch. 71, sec. 31A, Provincetown Schools has set the following guidelines around the celebration of religious holidays:

CONFIDENTIALITY:

Student records will be shared with parents/guardians and can be viewed and copied upon request.  By law, the school needs to give parents/guardians access within 48 hours, but in most cases, parent/guardians would have access either immediately or within hours.  In the case of custody issues and student records, the school refers to M.G. L. 603 CMR 23.07(5).  Parents/ guardians are expected to provide the school with complete and current court orders where applicable.

        

CORI:

Provincetown Schools encourages family involvement in the schools.  All individuals wishing to work with students in classrooms or go on field trips with students must submit to a CORI check. CORI forms are available in the office and online. It takes about 1-2 weeks to get CORI’s back, so please plan ahead.  

CRISIS PROTOCOL:

The purpose of the Provincetown School System’s crisis protocol is to assist trained school department personnel in responding quickly and appropriately when a crisis occurs.  Crisis is defined in this policy as a tragedy, disaster or dangerous situation occurring during or after school hours which could profoundly impact students, staff and/or parents/guardians.  Additionally, these guidelines serve to help members of the school community to respond to the needs of students and faculty at times of grief, loss, and crisis in order to help them remain psychologically healthy.

Members of the crisis team include the following: Superintendent, Principal, Nurse, School Social Worker, School Psychologist, Lead teacher, SPED staff, and Early Education Coordinator as trained.  The Police Department, Fire Department and Human Services Providers will be contacted as needed.

DANCE RULES: The following rules apply to all sponsored dances regardless of the location:

  1. All school dances must be approved by the Principal (please use the appropriate form to request building use through the

                               Superintendents’ office)

  1. All dances must have sufficient chaperones (MYP dances must have at least one staff member as a chaperone)
  2. Students in Grades PK-5 must be accompanied by their parent or other chaperone (NO drop offs allowed)
  3. Students who do not attend school on the day of the dance, may not attend.
  4. No person is allowed to attend a school dance under the influence or in possession of any controlled  

substance.  Individuals suspected of being under the influence or in the possession of such a substance will be refused admittance or if already admitted to the dance will be placed in the custody of the police.   Parents/guardians will be immediately notified.  Discipline referrals will apply.

4.        No violence or threats of any kind will be tolerated.

5.        Once a student enters the dance, they will be required to remain at the dance.  Students who leave the dance will not be readmitted.

6.         School dances are not open to students who do not attend Provincetown Schools.

DROP OFF/PICK UP:  

Drop off: Students may not be on school grounds before 8:15 a.m. Please do not drop your child/children off before 8:15 a.m. We do not have staff available to supervise prior to 8:15 a.m.

Grades 1-8 should be dropped off in the Winslow Street circle of Provincetown Schools high school building. Entry is on the left hand side of the building.

 If you plan to walk your child into the building, please park your car in the parking lot and enter the doors by the patio/playground in the rear of the building.  (DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CAR IDLING WHILE COMING IN TO DROP OFF YOUR CHILD.) Students will proceed to the cafeteria to pick up a breakfast bag and then to their classrooms/homerooms. Students picking up a breakfast bag proceed directly to their classrooms/homerooms.

Pick Up: All students will be dismissed at 2:55 p.m. SHARP from their classrooms.

Students who will be going on the bus will gather in the auditorium. Walkers and Pick-ups will be dismissed from the cafeteria.

Any students going to afterschool recreation will be met by recreation staff in the nurse’s wing hallway.  

Students will be released only to:

1. Custodial parent (s), Guardian (s)

2.  The contact people listed on the pick-up release form (available on-line)

3.  A person authorized by the custodial parent /guardian (in writing).

4. Students grades 4-5 will be allowed to walk home by themselves if a permission note has been submitted in advance by the parent/guardian.  Students in grades 6-8 are deemed responsible to walk home unless parent notifies the school otherwise.

Please plan ahead and send a note in with your child if the end of the day routine will be different then what is “normal”.

If you need to make a change – please call the front desk and let us know as soon as possible prior to 2 pm. The end of the day is a very busy time at the school and it is often difficult to locate classes. PLEASE DO NOT CALL AFTER 2 PM.

        

EARLY RELEASE DAYS:  

Early release days occur in order to provide for parent/guardian- teacher conferences and professional development for staff.  Notification of early release days are on the District Calendar included in this handbook.  Scheduled conferences occur twice a year for primary years and middle years students.  Most often lunch will be provided on early release days and children will be dismissed at 12:00 p.m.  Exceptions include the last day of school.

ELECTRONIC DEVICES AND TECHNOLOGY:

All students and staff at Provincetown Schools will have access to technology as part of their learning environment. It is expected that Provincetown Schools students and staff will abide by the Acceptable Use Policy when using computers and other technology at the school.                                                                                                                                        

Electronic Communication: Texting and wireless phone calls are prohibited during the school day.  Phone calls may be made, with permission, from the office.                                                                                                                                               

Cell Phones, iPods and electronic gadgets:  Students are not to use cell phones, iPods (or music listening devices of any type), or any other electronic gadgets during the school day.  Students may utilize devices before and after school. They should leave all such electronics at home, or stowed away in lockers. Laptops being used for school work are acceptable but their use is limited to school assignments. Failure to follow this protocol will result in confiscation of electronic device to be returned at the end of school day.  Continued violations may result in loss of electronic devices and possible disciplinary action. Please see the discipline section of the handbook for further information. Students bringing such devices to school do so at their own risk, and the school is not responsible for attempting to retrieve lost or stolen property.

The unauthorized taking and /or using of visual images or audio recordings in the school or on the school grounds is prohibited. This violation of the personal rights of staff and students will result in severe penalty including suspension.

FIELD TRIPS/OFF SCHOOL GROUNDS ACTIVITIES:

Field trips can bring the school and the community closer together, which can result in real life experiences that enrich the curriculum for students and also bring about better public relations.  Classroom field trips are often unit activators, research or culminating events, and are considered natural extensions to the curriculum; therefore, the faculty considers them of considerable educational value.  Students are expected to attend all field trips planned by his/her teachers.  In the event that a student’s parent/guardian feels justified that the student should not attend a planned field trip, the parent should inform the principal of this decision in writing.

Students not participating in a scheduled field trip may be required to attend school on the day of the field trip.  The student will be given related assignments and/or projects in all his/her subjects in lieu of the organized field trip activity.  

Parents/guardians will be asked to sign a blanket permission for local walking field trips and field trips requiring the use of the school bus on local Cape trips, for the school year.  Children will bring home permissions slips, which require parent/guardian signature when a field trip utilizes transportation off of the Cape.  All chaperones must complete the CORI process a minimum of 2 weeks in advance of trip.  

Students are expected to be respectful to each other, teachers and adults while in public, on or off school grounds, including while riding on buses or other vehicles.  Teachers may restrict students from field trips when students have shown inappropriate, unsafe, or disrespectful behavior on a previous field trip.  When a student’s behavior in school prior to a field trip is consistently of a nature that may negatively affect the event for others, her/his attendance may be prohibited.

Specific guidelines and appropriate administrative procedures have been developed to screen, approve, and evaluate trips and to ensure that all reasonable steps are taken for the safety of the participants. These guidelines and appropriate administrative procedures shall ensure that all field trips have the approval of the Principal and that all overnight trips have the prior approval two months in advance by the Superintendent and School Committee.

Field Trip Procedures

1. All students have parental permission for trip.

2. All trips are properly supervised.

3. All safety precautions are observed.

4. All trips contribute substantially to the educational program.

All out-of-state or extended (overnight) trips and excursions must have advance approval of the School Committee. (School sleepovers excluded.) Fundraising activities for such trips will be subject to approval by the Principal.

Behavioral/performance expectations for participation in extended field trips                                          

Extended field trips, including International Travel, at Provincetown Schools are designed to build class unity, meet specific learning objectives, and serve as a reward for students’ enthusiastic participation in the academic and civic life at our school. The success of the trips requires students, parent chaperones and teachers to uphold very high standards of behavior. Living together in harmony requires a climate of mutual trust between students and staff.

We strive to make these trips positive growth experiences for ALL students, but it does sometimes happen that students need to be excluded from a class trip. These exclusions are rare, and are based on the student’s behavioral and academic performance at school, as well as attendance at school. In order to be included in a class trip, a student must meet the following academic standards.

Any student in danger of falling short of these standards will receive warnings when they fall out of compliance, so that they can complete the work necessary to be included in the trip.  Students can also be excluded from overnight field trips for behavioral reasons. These behaviors include serious violations of school rules - such as possession of drugs or weapons, vandalism, assault or harassment or multiple less serious violations.  Teachers will routinely review students’ field trip participation status. Students excluded from a trip will be informed with a letter from the school at least one week before the trip, unless the event leading to the exclusion happens closer to the trip date.  

EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLANS:

EVACUATION DRILLS:

By law, evacuation drills, must be held on a regular basis. Students are expected to comply with safety procedures.  At the beginning of each school year, staff members and their students will review evacuation procedures and exit routes from each classroom.  Routes and exits are prominently displayed in each classroom.  In emergency evacuations, students are to vacate the building in a quiet and orderly fashion.  In the event that an alarm sounds when a student is in the hallway or lavatory, the student will join the first class of students with an adult and proceed to the outside of the building.  Teacher will notify team of location of students who are not normally with them.

A.L.I.C.E: 

Provincetown Schools is an A.L.I.C.E. school. In the event of a perceived emergency disruption, staff will:

ALERT: Use plain and specific language. Avoid code words.

LOCKDOWN: Barricade the room.  Silence mobile devices. Prepare to evacuate or counter if needed.

INFORM: Communicate the shooter’s whereabouts. Use clear and direct language.

COUNTER: Counter is an absolute last resort.  Move, make noise. Throw objects to distract the shooter.  Use body weight and gravity to gain control.

EVACUATE: Break windows from the top corner.  Move to rally point (Town Hall) Keep hands visible and follow law enforcement commands.

FOOD OR DRINK IN CLASSROOMS:

        PYP - Snacks for PYP students happen mid-morning in the classroom.  Teachers include mindfulness breathing/meditation during the break.

        MYP - The MYP lunch occurs at 11:30 a.m. There are no snack times offered to children. Teachers may include mindful minutes at the start of class to help focus students on their learning.

 

We encourage students to eat nutritious snacks and lunches.  Soft drinks, candy and commercial snacks containing substantial amounts of artificial ingredients and sugar are not encouraged at school.  Fruit, vegetables, and low-fat/low-sodium/low artificial ingredient snacks are encouraged.  Water is the beverage of choice and is encouraged throughout the day.

When celebrating a child’s birthday, we ask that you send healthy choices. Cupcakes and cookies are not considered healthy and we kindly ask that you refrain from sending in.

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES FOR STUDENTS:  

        Students are free to report grievances to their teachers, school adjustment counselor, school psychologist, and  the Principal, who will investigate the specifics of the students’ grievance and attempt to resolve the issue or use peer mediation.

        

HEALTH SERVICES:

        A school nurse is available to implement the health program, give individual advice on health problems, and provide emergency first aid. The school nurse manages regular health maintenance programs such as fluoride administration and routine vision, hearing and scoliosis screenings. The school nurse is available to parents/guardians seeking advice on health related issues or to discuss their children’s specific healthcare needs.  Parents/guardians can call the school nurse to set up an appointment.  

        Early Childhood Center: Early Childhood teachers at VMCC will call the nurse for consultation when a child requires first aid or complains of illness.  

        

        K-8 Students: Teachers of students who become sick or require first aid will call down to the nurse to ensure that the nurse is present. Students in grades K-4 will be escorted to the nurses office by a friend or staff member (at the teacher’s discretion.)

        If nurse is unavailable, teacher will call the front office, the nurse will be called via radio. If there is an emergency, teacher will contact the office and call 911 as appropriate. Principal/Designee will be notified immediately.

The nurse/designee will assess the student’s complaints and will notify parents/guardians when warranted or when the student needs to be dismissed due to an illness.  These records are open for parent/guardian inspection upon request.  All students’ medical records are kept confidential. The nurse will share information with appropriate staff as necessary to maintain the safety and health of students.

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        Injuries during school or at any school event must be reported at once to a teacher or coach and an accident report must be filed with the Principal’s Office within 24 hours.

        

        PHYSICAL EXAMS: The nurse maintains a medical history of all students.  Parents must meet with the nurse upon enrolling in the school. Required health exams and immuizations must be up-to-date in order to begin school. The following examinations are required.

        MENTAL HEALTH PLAN:

The Provincetown Schools engages students, families, teachers and school administrators with the following:

        Athletics: Every student who intends to participate in interscholastic athletics must have a qualifying physical examination each year prior to participation.  

        Condoms: Condoms are available to students from the school nurse and other designated, trained resource people.  Students receiving condoms also receive abstinence information and other appropriate counseling and information as appropriate.  The interaction is strictly confidential and no records are kept in accordance with School Committee policy.  

        Immunizations: Children cannot be enrolled without a complete immunization record as mandated by the Massachusetts Department of Health.

        

        Medications: If possible, parents are advised to give medication at home and on a schedule other than during school hours (i.e. medications prescribed three times a day should be taken outside of school hours). It is also advised to inform the nurse of any and all medications that your child requires, either at school or home. If it is necessary that a medication be given during school hours, the following regulations must be followed::

               All medications (including over-the-counter) ordered by a physician/dentist must be accompanied by his/her signed order. The doctor should fill out a school permission form with permission granted to the nurse at school to give medicine, if necessary. Medication must be brought to school by parent/guardian of all Primary Years and Middle Years students. ** All medications must be in the original container with appropriate label intact and given to the nurse at the beginning of the school day where it will be kept in the locked medicine area of the clinic. If medication is not properly labeled, it may not be given. (Pharmacists will provide an extra bottle to the parent for purpose of single doses at school.) Parent/guardian must sign a form granting the nurse permission to administer medication according to regulations set herein or to have their child self-administer certain prescription and/or non-prescription medications. All medication in the elementary schools must be kept and taken in the nurse’s office. NO medication will be given by telephone request. Permission for continuing medication must be renewed at the beginning of each school year.  Health concerns that require monitoring or medication will have a health plan on file.

**Per MA Gen’l Law, Chapter 71, Section 54 B: Students are allowed to carry epi-pens, asthma inhalers, and enzymes for cystic fibrosis.

        

        Pediculosis:  Are parasites that live on the surface of the body. They affect the hair and the scalp and cause severe itching. Lice can spread easily by direct contact with the infected person or personal items such as hats and clothes.  A person with lice can spread them until he/she is successfully treated. When a person has head lice, the lice lay their eggs on the hair strand: they are called nits. A person is still contagious until all of the nits are dead and removed. Keep the student home until he/she has been treated and is free of live lice and nits.

               Vomiting/Flu/Fever: Vomiting can have many causes. Vomiting (two or more bouts) is a sign of an infection and infections are contagious. Keep the student home until they are symptom free (for 24 hours and are hydrated.) Flu involves a stuffy, runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes, sore throat, muscular aches, fever, chills, and lack of appetite. Students may not attend school for 7 days if they are diagnosed with the flu. Students should be fever free for 24 hours before coming back to school.

HOMEROOM

Every student in grades 5-8 is assigned to a homeroom at the beginning of the school year. Homeroom is structured to provide the opportunity for every student to explore issues of personal concern with their homeroom teacher. This teacher endeavors to create a homeroom environment where students may feel comfortable seeking advice on issues relating either to their peers or the school.

INVITATIONS:

        (Birthday parties, etc.) When EVERY child in the classroom is invited, students may distribute invitations at the end of the school day.  IF not every student then we suggest you speak with the parents/guardians of those students invited outside of school – it may be hurtful to children not invited and invites may not be distributed.

LANGUAGE POLICY

Vision Statement

The teaching and learning of language at Provincetown Schools is based on the belief that language is a means to express, convey, explore, reinforce and expand the learner's self-discovery, ideas, perspectives, culture, and to understand those of others. Students learn language, learn through language, and learn about language.

Statement of Philosophy

All teaching and learning is driven by the idea that through language instruction, we are encouraging intercultural awareness and new perspectives, a culture of curiosity, as well as an appreciation of the richness of our world’s diversity. We believe that through this exploration of language, students develop as deeper, independent thinkers; as responsible, understanding citizens of the world; and as better communicators in our multilingual world.

All students experience an enriched, language program in which English is the primary language of instruction and Spanish is taught as an additional language. At Provincetown Schools, we consider Math, Visual Arts, and Music as other valuable languages to which all students are consistently exposed and encouraged to use to understand the world. As language is the key to all learning, all teachers at Provincetown Schools are language teachers.

Through language, our students acquire the ability to think and to learn, to develop social skills and values, and to acquire knowledge.

Second Language Aquisition

We believe language reflects the values, history, and way of thinking for those who speak it, learning another language is a particularly effective means of understanding others, and speaking that language is a powerful statement of respect for them.

LOCKERS, DESKS, CUBBIES, BACKPACKS:

        Lockers are school property and are loaned to students.  Middle Years students in grades 5-8 will have combination lockers. They are expected to keep lockers in a clean and sanitary condition.  The Principal or Principal’s designee has the right to inspect the locker, desk, cubby or backpack of an individual student if there is reason to believe that a condition is present which places others in jeopardy, that a criminal act has taken place, or that a school rule has been broken.  All searches will be conducted by the Principal or Principal’s designee in the presence of another staff member. Problems with lockers and locks should be reported immediately to the office.  The school and the School Committee do NOT assume responsibility for any items left in student lockers.  

MEDIA/TECHNOLOGY CENTER:

PYP and MYP students are encouraged to make frequent use of the Media and Technology Centers. The Media Center includes print and non- print resources, library services, and computers with Internet access.  The MacLab  is equipped with iMacs with various applications and Internet access.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

PHS  Media Center Hours

        Hours:                Monday - Friday                                                8:30 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

                        MYP Afternoon Hours, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday                3:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.

PYP Afternoon Hours – by teacher recommendation only

        Borrowing:        Books                                                        Two weeks (renewal possible)

                        Other Resources                                                Overnight, or by special arrangement

MEDIA/TECHNOLOGY CENTER RULES:  

Students must have a COMPUTER ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY form signed and on file with our technology integration teacher before they may use computers.

1.         Food and drinks are prohibited in the MacLab.

2.        Students are expected to respect the rights of others to have a quiet place to work.  No cell phones, players or other devices which may disturb others are allowed.

3.        Students are expected to leave their work area clean and return resources to the designated area.

4        Respect for staff, other students, and all Media Center resources are expected at all times.

CONFERENCES:

The home-school partnership is crucial to the successful school experiences of all students.  Parents/guardians are encouraged to call the school whenever the need arises.  Requests for conferences with teachers, counselors or the Principal can be made by calling the school at 508-487-5020 between 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Please note: Primary Years and Middle Years  students (PK-8) have Parent/Teacher/Student conferences scheduled twice a year in October (goal setting) and May (reflection)– see the District Calendar.

 PLAYGROUND AND OUTDOOR SPACES: 

        Provincetown Schools has several outdoor learning and playing spaces including two playgrounds and Motta Field. Behavior in the spaces should be safe and respectful.

PROVINCETOWN SCHOOLS PROGRAMS

        WEE CARE IN PROVINCETOWN:

        Provincetown Schools offers an Infant/Toddler Program for children 2 months to 3+ years. Parents/Guardians who would like more information should call 508-487-5020 and speak with Nancy Gross, Lead Teacher.  Children turning 3 after 9/1 will remain in the Wee Care program until the following school year.

        

        PRESCHOOL 3 - 5 year olds:

Provincetown Schools offers an excellent integrated preschool program.  Children must be 3 by September 1st of the year they are entering. Parents/Guardians wishing for more information should call 508-487-5020 and speak with Kim Pike.

        

        AFTERSCHOOL RECREATION:

         The town managed Provincetown Recreation Department offers an afterschool program for students in Preschool through Grade 8.  More information is available at the school office or through Brandon Motta and Angel Lammie at the Recreation Center at VMCC.  

        

        PYP ACTIVITIES:

         A wonderful variety of enrichment activities are offered afterschool to students in grades PK-4.  Sign-up sheets are sent out prior to the start of all programs.

        

        AFTERSCHOOL CLUBS:          

        Provincetown Schools offers students in Grades 5-8 several clubs in areas such as: Sports, Ecology, Music (including instrumental lessons), Art, Drama, Technology, Homework Club and more. Information will be sent home for students to sign up.

        MYP SPORTS:

        Provincetown Schools Fisherman Pride is alive and well. We offer co-ed soccer in the fall, boys and girls basketball during the winter, and individualized sports such as biking and kayaking in the spring.  We encourage students in grades 6-8 to participate in team sports. Students in grade 6 and under are encouraged to participate in Recreation Sports. Please contact Brandon to find out more!

PUBLICATION OF NAMES AND PHOTOS OPT-OUT FORM: 

        At the beginning of the new year, the school will request that parents/guardians who do not want their child to be photographed/or have their child’s name released, to complete the appropriate opt-out form in September.  If you do not complete the opt-out form and return it by September 15th, 2015 your child or their work, will/may be photographed and the image used in publications of the school and news media.  The school plans to publish the names of students who receive recognition for awards and accomplishments during the school year. On occasion, student artwork will be displayed in the school, at various locations and on the school website. In addition, the school will release names and addresses of students and parents to school-based groups such as the Parents/Teachers/Students Association.  If a student or parent/guardian does not wish to have such information released, the Principal must be informed in writing at the beginning of the year through the opt-out form.

SCHOOL CANCELLATIONS and NOTIFICATIONS:

         School cancellations will be posted on the school website and parents will be notified through the Student notification system via text, phone and email. PLEASE BE SURE TO KEEP CURRENT CELL PHONE NUMBERS AND EMAILS UP TO DATE TO ENSURE YOU WILL RECEIVE THE NOTICES.  In addition, notifications will be posted on website and on the school answering system.

                  

SCHOOL PHONES:

        The office telephones are for school business only and may be used by students with permission.  Families are requested not to telephone students during the school day except in emergencies.  Every effort will be made to communicate information in a timely manner. The main school number is 508-487-5020.

SCHOOL PICTURES:  

        School pictures are taken at the beginning of each school by a professional vendor as a service to families. Families are under no obligation to purchase pictures or have their children’s picture taken.  The school will take pictures for purposes of identification.

SPECIAL EDUCATION:

        Provincetown Schools offers a comprehensive range of services for students who have been identified through a formal evaluation process as having a learning disability requiring special education services. Provincetown Schools is committed to fully implementing the Individual Education Program (IEP) of students with disabilities.  State and federal law requires that efforts be made to assist students prior to referral.  In Provincetown Schools this might include teacher interventions, Title I services, tutoring, after school or early morning extra help, consultation from specialists or a program change.  For further information please contact your child’s classroom teacher or the Special Education Director – Dr. Singer at (508) 487-5020.

Special Education Needs (SEN) Statement

Rationale: To ensure that all students are provided the necessary support to allow them to achieve academic success and reach their fullest potential as they progress through the PreK-Grade 8 IB continuum while attending Provincetown Schools.

Mission: The primary mission of the Provincetown Schools Special Education Department is to provide appropriate special education programming for all students with special educational needs.

Background: Provincetown Schools (a public school district) is located in Provincetown, MA, USA, and is a candidate school for IB Primary and Middle Years to offer the following programs:

Primary Years Program – a schoolwide PK-4 program located at Provincetown Schools

Middle Years Program – a comprehensive program providing an IB education to all Provincetown Schools students – Years 0-3 (Grades 5-8)

U.S. Special Education Statutes

To provide appropriate services and interventions for student success, the Provincetown Schools community acknowledges the following United States’ requirements.

Three existing federal statutes address the rights of children with disabilities to receive a free and appropriate public education (FAPE): Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). FAPE is a civil right rooted in the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution which includes Equal

Protection and Due Process clauses.

Section 504 - Section 504 covers qualified students with disabilities who attend schools receiving Federal financial assistance. To be protected under Section 504, a student must be determined to: (1) have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; or (2) have a record of such an impairment; or (3) be regarded as having such an impairment. Section 504

requires that school districts provide a free and appropriate public education to qualified students in their jurisdictions who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Section 504 is a federal law designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive Federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education (ED). Section 504 provides: "No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States . . . shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance .

IEP - State and Federal laws must be followed and the appropriate accommodations must be made. The U.S. government guarantees each preschool and school age child an education in the least restrictive environment.  Schools must provide this education to all handicapped students between the ages of 3 and 21 years. This was written into federal law as PL 94-142, passed in 1975. Since then the law has been modified and refined by the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA 2004).

The IDEA act requires that public schools create an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for each student who is found to be eligible under both the federal and state eligibility/disability standards. The IEP is the cornerstone of a student's educational program. It specifies the services to be provided and how often; describes the student's present levels of performance and how the student's

disabilities affect academic performance, and specifies accommodations and modifications to be provided for the student. (Public Law 108-466 – 108th Congress)

SEN statement for students in Provincetown Schools

Provincetown Schools IB continuum embraces the philosophy and ideals of IB. We acknowledge that the student is at the heart of the program as expressed through the IB Learner Profile. All teachers are expected to teach their students who are identified as having Special Education Needs (SEN). As Provincetown Schools offers the IB continuum, we will ensure that the support for students with special education needs will follow the student as they progress through the programs.

SEN in the PYP – The PYP philosophy acknowledges and accommodates thediverse learning styles of all children. To this end, we seek to offer a differentiated teaching and learning environment. When educationally appropriate, we provide an inclusive experience for students with special needs.

We also acknowledge that in order to fulfill the requirements of an IEP, a student may require individualized instruction to reach their academic goals. Special education teachers are IB trained and participate in the collaborative planning process at each grade level. The six transdisciplinary themes provide learning opportunities for each student at their level of understanding.

SEN in the MYP – Teachers in the MYP identify student learning styles in order to implement modifications. Teachers respond to diverse learning needs by differentiating their instruction. During the middle years, it is important that procedures and processes are put in place to support students as they learn throughout their time in the MYP.

Learning Support Proctocol

If a student is not responding to specific strategies by an instructor, the following

support procedures are as follows:

Other Accommodations

Additional individualized academic support may include: IEP, 504, student contract, assistive technology devices or services or both, physical and/or sensory needs accommodated, small group or one on one learning, differentiated instruction or testing modifications.

STUDENT DRESS:

        Students have the right to determine how they shall dress providing that such attire is not destructive to school property, complies with requirements for health and safety, and does not interfere with the educational process. Bathing suits, short shorts, clothing exposing undergarments, mid-driffs, chests, etc, clothing and accessories expressing profanities, weapons or are inappropriate because of discriminatory sentiments. The school is a drug-free zone and clothing advertising or promoting drugs, alcohol and smoking is prohibited. Wearing of hoods (sweatshirts) in school is not allowed.

        Wearing of hats and hoods in school is prohibited.  Occasionally students are given permission to wear hats for a specific day or when it is part of a  education plan. Students are discouraged from wearing open toed shoes including “flip-flops” to school.

        The administration is authorized to take action in instances where individual dress does not meet the stated requirements.

 

STUDENT FEES, FINES AND CHARGES:

The school may charge students enrolled in certain afterschool enrichment workshops.                      

The school may charge for field trips and curricular programming.

No student will be denied access to any program because of inability to pay supplementary charges.  

Students are responsible for the condition of books and equipment loaned to them and will be charged for lost or damaged books and equipment.

The school may charge for lost and damaged books, materials, supplies and equipment.

        Any fee or charge due to any school in the District and not paid at the end of the school year will be carried forward to the next succeeding school year, as such debts are considered to be debts of the student to the district.

STUDENT INSURANCE PROGRAM:

        Student Accident Insurance is available for purchase to all enrolled students, faculty and administration. Coverage is purchased by the parent/guardian of enrolled students or by individual faculty or administrative members interested in enrolling in the program. Enrollment applications are available in the office- please see Mrs. Ward.

STUDENT RECORD REGULATIONS:

Students and parents have the right to examine their student’s transcript and/or temporary records upon request and the right to make additions and to request deletions.  They also have the right to receive copies of any part of the record. Parents/guardians of students under the age of fourteen and not yet in the 8th grade may exercise these rights.  Students age fourteen through seventeen and in the 8th grade or above and/or the student’s parents/guardians may exercise these rights.  Except for authorized school personnel and certain other exceptions named in the State Regulations, no individual or agency may have the right of access to the Student Transcript or the Temporary Record without the student’s or parent’s permission.  

As a result of changes in Massachusetts law as of August 2006, we will now automatically share student records with non-custodial parents unless the school has been given documentation that:

The parent has been denied legal custody or has been ordered to supervised visitation, based on a threat to the safety of the student and the threat is specifically noted in the order pertaining to custody or supervised visitation, or the parent has been denied visitation, or the parent’s access to the student has been restricted by a temporary or permanent protective order, unless the protective order (or any subsequent order modifying the protective order) specifically allows access to the information contained in the student record, or there is an order of a probate and family court judge which prohibits the distribution of student records to the parent.

Student Record Information includes, but is not limited to:  Report cards, progress reports, intelligence and achievement tests, special education notifications, 504’s, IEP’s, notifications of absences, illnesses, detentions, suspensions, expulsions, or permanent withdrawals.        

RELEASE OF STUDENT RECORDS:

 Pursuant to 603 CMR 23.07 (g), notice is hereby given to parent/guardian and eligible student that Provincetown Schools will forward complete student records of a transferring student to schools in which the student seeks to attend or enroll.  A complete school record includes, but is not limited to, “any incidents involving suspension or violation of criminal acts or any incident reports in which such student was charged with a suspended act.”  Such transfer of records takes place without consent of the parent or eligible student. This information is confidential and cannot be shared with anyone outside of the school without written permission. Your “Permanent Record” consists of name, address, phone number, birth date, parents, courses and grades while your “Temporary Record” consists of test scores, class rank, teacher comments, etc. Both are available for your inspection. You may have them interpreted for you. Requests for inspection of record should be made in writing to the school principal at least two days prior to the date you want to view the records. Copies of student record rights are available upon request.

TECHNOLOGY: ACCEPTABLE USE OF TECHNOLOGY:

Provincetown Schools shall provide access for employees and students to the system network, including access to external networks, for limited educational purposes. Educational purposes shall be defined as classroom activities, career and professional development, and activities related to the individual’s public education role and responsibility.

The purpose of the system network is to assist in preparing students for success in life and work by providing access to a wide range of information and the ability to communicate with others. The system network will be used to increase communication (staff, parent, and student), enhance productivity, and assist staff in upgrading existing skills and acquiring new skills through a broader exchange of information. The system network will also be utilized to provide information to the community, including parents, governmental agencies, and businesses.

The superintendent or designee shall implement, monitor, and evaluate the district’s system/network for instructional and administrative purposes.  Access to the system network, including external networks, shall be made available to employees and students for instructional and administrative purposes and in accordance with administrative regulations and procedures.

Access to the system network is a privilege, not a right. All users shall be required to acknowledge receipt and understanding of all administrative regulations and procedures governing use of the system and shall agree in writing to comply with such regulations and procedures. Noncompliance with applicable regulations and procedures may result in suspension or termination of user privileges and other disciplinary actions consistent with the policies of the Provincetown Schools. Violations of law may result in criminal prosecution as well as disciplinary action by the Provincetown Schools.

The Superintendent or designee shall develop and implement administrative regulations, procedures and user agreements consistent with the purposes and mission of the Provincetown Schools as well as with law and policy governing copyright.

TOYS FROM HOME:

We ask that children not bring toys/cards from home. They represent a distraction and make it difficult for children to focus during the school day. If a toy is brought from home, students will leave them in their lockers or parents will be asked to come and pick it up.  The school and school committee do not accept responsibility for lost or stolen toys.

VISITORS:

         All visitors must check in at the Superintendent’s office or the main office at the PHS building and with the Administrative Assistant at the Early Learning Center at VMCC. Visitors, including parents, friends, community members, volunteers, and/or substitutes should pick up a badge upon entering and wear during their time in the building, return and sign out upon exiting the building. Visitors must be escorted by a staff member at all times when in the building for safety and security reasons. Students will not have personal guests visit or attend classes except with special permission from the principal at least one week in advance.

 

WORKING PAPERS:

Students ages 14+ may contact the Superintendent’s Office to secure working papers.  Evidence of age and promise of employment must be provided according to state law.  This service is available throughout the summer. Please call the Superintendent’s Office for an appointment at (508) 487-5000.

2.  ACADEMICS

EXPECTATIONS REGARDING ACADEMIC INTEGRITY:

Academy Honesty Statement

Respect and integrity are Provincetown School’s core values. Students are expected to respect each other and themselves and to adhere to a code of moral, ethical, and artistic values.

Embedded in these core values is the understanding that students will hold themselves to the highest standards in the presentation of their work. This requires that no student will attempt to gain an academic advantage by inappropriate sharing of information (cheating) or by taking credit for work that is not their own (plagiarism).

Cheating involves the sharing of information, use of information, or presentation of work or information that is not truly reflective of the student’s own work that would result in an academic advantage such as on a test, quiz, or written assignment. This includes, but is not limited to, the use of unauthorized notes or tests and the sharing of information, through any means, of the content of a test, quiz, or written assignment such as a laboratory report or term paper.

Plagiarism involves presenting as one’s own the words, thoughts, ideas, or work of another. This may include, but is not limited to, copying or paraphrasing the words, expressions, or ideas from another source without giving proper credit. The source could be a text, the Internet, or the work of another student. In order to avoid plagiarism, students must give proper credit to all sources.

Students are expected to refrain from cheating or plagiarism. Prior to turning in an assignment, whether it is a test, report, or other work, students should be able to acknowledge that they have neither given nor received help on the assignment and that the work is of their own creation. If a student has been found to cheat or plagiarize, the penalty will be a total loss of academic credit (0) on the assignment. Additional penalties may include, but are not limited to, removal from or prevention from National Honor Society.

Copyright and Plagiarism (from the technology use handbook):

Adherence to federal copyright laws is required in both the print and the electronic environments.  The District intent is to adhere to the provisions of Public Law 94-553 and subsequent federal legislation and guidelines related to the duplication and/or use of copyrighted materials. Guidelines only permit copying specifically allowed by copyright law, fair use guidelines, license agreements or proprietor’s permission. 

ASSESSMENT POLICY

Vision Statement

Assessment plays a vital role in driving instruction and providing students and parents with feedback on progress towards educational goals.  We strive to provide students with concepts and skills they need to be reflective and responsible members of a global society. 

Statement of Philosophy

We believe that students should take part in and be aware of how they will be assessed including the use of common assessments, criterion-based rubrics, and additional opportunities to demonstrate proficiency.  In Provincetown Schools we believe effective assessments:

Common Assessment Practices

Primary Years (PYP) and Middle Years (MYP)                                                     

Planning for assessment:

Analysis of Assessment

Assessment Strategies

Feedback and Reporting on Assessment

PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAMME (PYP) PRACTICES

(Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 4)

MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAMME (MYP) PRACTICES

(Grade 5 – Grade 8)

HOMEWORK (PYP): 

Homework is assigned in Grades K through 4 on a regular basis.  Individual teachers will communicate homework guidelines and procedures to families at the beginning of the school year.  Parents/guardians are encouraged to speak with their child’s teacher for details and to answer questions or problem-solve any time homework becomes an issue.

Parents should support and encourage the student’s completion of homework.  When necessary, review homework assignment requirements.  Contact the teacher as soon as any concerns arise to ensure that the home-school partnership supports student achievement

HOMEWORK (MYP):

        Homework is a carefully planned and well-coordinated extension of school learning experiences.  Homework constitutes an important element of the teaching and learning process.  Home-study activities are designed to reinforce student learning and to prepare the student for class discussion, future instruction and advancement to the next level of learning.  The appropriate assignment of homework by the teacher and acceptance of that responsibility by the student will further aid the student in the development of mature work habits, organization of time, and self-reliance.

        

        It is important that homework include time spent reviewing notes, organizing materials, completing projects and preparing for various tests and quizzes. Students are encouraged to schedule extra help after school with their teachers if they are having difficulty with a concept. Teachers are respectfully requested to submit their class homework policies to the Principal for approval and to students and parents/guardians once approved. Parents should support and encourage the student’s completion of homework.  When necessary, review homework assignment requirements.  Contact the teacher as soon as any concerns arise to ensure that the home-school partnership supports student achievement

STATE TESTING (Grades 3-8):

All students in grades three through eight, will take the grade specific state mandated state tests in the spring of each school year. The current year’s district testing schedule is available upon request. Beginning with the class of 2003, students must take and pass the state required MCAS in order to graduate.

REPORT CARDS (PK-8): 

Report cards and parent/guardian/teacher/student conferences provide an evaluation of student progress. Report cards are issued 3 times a year with an Interim report issued once during the 2nd Trimester.  If a student is struggling, please contact the teacher immediately. Teachers will work with students and will contact parents with concerns.

COUNSELING SERVICES:

Provides individual counseling for growth and development and for social or emotional difficulties.  Refers students to school support services, such as the special education staff, school adjustment counselor or school psychologist, the school nurse, speech/hearing specialist and reading specialists.

CONFERENCES (PK-Grade 8):

        Parent-teacher conferences occur twice a year for the PYP.

        Student-parent-team conferences occur twice a year for the MYP.

        Parents may call teachers at any time at 508-487-5020  or email to have a conference or private meeting.

GRADES (MYP): Grades are given in numerical form “0” to “8”

INCOMPLETE GRADE (MYP): An Incomplete (I) may be given to a student in a course where the student has not completed all of the required work by the end of the term. A student who receives an Incomplete and completes the missing work within the allotted time (generally no longer than two weeks), shall be given a numerical grade appropriate to his/ her performance in the course.  A student, who receives an Incomplete and does not complete the missing work within two weeks from close of the term, shall receive a grade for  incomplete assignments.  Under appropriate circumstances, the Principal may grant an exemption to the previous section and may make other arrangements.

TEACHER RESPONSIBILITIES FOR INSTRUCTION (MYP):  

Teachers are expected to make clear the purpose and importance of each homework assignment. Furthermore, teachers are expected to:

Give written and reading assignments on a regular basis.

Ensure that evaluated homework assignments will influence the student’s trimester grade.

Set guidelines for accepting and evaluating late homework assignments and convey these guidelines to students.

Articulate clearly the assignment and the criteria and standard for evaluation.

Evaluate, return and discuss assignments within a reasonable time after they become due.

Make assignments meaningful and pertinent to the curriculum.

Share any concerns with students and parents.

Record homework and long-term projects online.        

Ensure that major assignments from different teachers are not due at the same time.

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES DURING INSTRUCTION (MYP):  

HONOR ROLL (MYP):

        A student will be listed on the Honor Roll in keeping with the following conditions and requirements:

ELIGIBILITY: Students must meet various requirements to be eligible for extracurricular activities.

        Students may not be failing classes for the term in question; "I" counts as an "F" until made-up.

8th GRADE “MOVING ON” CEREMONY:

        In order to attend the “Moving On” ceremony,  8th grade students must have completed all requirements including classroom work and attendance of practices, prior to the ceremony.

NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY

To be eligible for National Junior Honor Society, one must be a  (MYP 1-3 grade) 6th, 7th or 8th grader and have been in attendance at the school at least one semester. The student must have a cumulative average of 6/7 or higher.. A student MUST also show evidence of significant achievement in the areas of SERVICE, LEADERSHIP, and CHARACTER. Final selection is determined by majority vote of the faculty selection committee.

3.  ATTENDANCE   

Provincetown Schools attendance policy is in compliance with Massachusetts General Law (M.G.L. c76 sections 1 and 2) - Massachusetts Department of Education Time on Learning Regulation and No Child Left Behind. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) requires that all schools maintain a minimum of 95% attendance and holds the school accountable for assuring that this requirement is met. Tardiness and early dismissals are considered attendance issues. If your child will not be in school, the school must be notified no later than 8:45 a.m. Please call 508-487-5020 and leave a message if your child will not be in school. Experiences that occur in the classroom are considered to be meaningful and essential components of the learning process.        

Please note: a student must be present in school in order to participate in extracurricular activities after school, including sports and clubs.

ATTENDANCE PROCEDURES:

It is important for children to attend school every day and be on time.  If your child will be absent from school for reasons other than illness, and you are not sure if it will be excused, please check with us first.  If you do not have a phone, please send a note the next day explaining the absence. Under M.G.L., public schools are responsible for the safety and welfare of children and for knowing where each child is every school day.  

Teachers will take attendance each morning at 8:30 a.m. and record the names of those who are absent electronically. All students are expected to be seated in their classroom before 8:30 a.m.  Any student entering a classroom after the 8:30 a.m. bell is TARDY and NEEDS A PASS from the front office. If the student DOES NOT have a pass, the teacher send them to the office for a pass.

ABSENCE:

On the day a student is absent, the parent/guardian is expected to CALL THE SCHOOL BEFORE 8:30 a.m. at 508-487-5020.  If a parent/guardian has not called in an absence, a note is required for an excused absence.  On the day the student returns to school, a written excuse note from the parent stating the date(s) and reason for absence is required and must be turned into the office upon arrival.

The following are acceptable excuses for absences:

  1. Personal illness and/or hospitalization (after 3 consecutive days, a doctor’s note and/or school nurse examination may be required.);
  2. Serious illness or death in the family;
  3. A religious obligation;
  4. Medical appointment that cannot be made at a time other than during school hours;
  5. Severe storm or impassable roads;
  6. Approved school activities;
  7. Court appearance;
  8. Other absences accepted in advance by the Principal;

*When there are extenuating circumstances in a student’s life, the family is encouraged to contact the Principal.

TARDY:

In order for a student to have an excused tardy, he/she must present the office upon arrival to school, a note from the parent/guardian explaining the reason for being late and the expected or actual time of arrival.  If you drive your child to school, please be sure to arrive by 8:15 a.m.  A student is considered late if they arrive in the classroom after 8:30.  When primary years and middle years students are late, they miss the opening of the school day and often feel anxious and rushed.  Please set a good example for your children by getting them to school on time. Students who arrive late without a note from their parents/guardians, will be marked tardy unexcused.  Unexcused absence from class may result in disciplinary action.  Students arriving after 11:45 will be marked absent for the day.

EARLY DISMISSAL: Students who need to be excused early from school must bring a note from home stating the reason for the early dismissal.  Notes should be brought to the office before the start of the school day.  Parents/guardians are urged to request early dismissal only in cases of emergency.  The request for early dismissal must be signed by the parent/guardian.   The student’s name and time of dismissal will appear on the daily bulletin so that teachers will be notified. Any student dismissed before 3:00 p.m. must be signed out at the office except students dismissed early because of illness who will be signed out by the School Nurse. Students dismissed before 11:45 a.m. will be marked absent for the day.

EXCESSIVE TARDINESS/ABSENCES/TRUANCY

Parents are notified as attendance issues arise and every effort is made to address unexcused absences informally. Chronic attendance issues, which remain unresolved may necessitate notification to social service agencies or the filing of a Child Requiring Assistance petition with the court system. In addition, a hearing may be held with the parents and the school principal, along with the student’s teachers, for students absent and/or tardy in excess of 15 days. A student who is absent and/or tardy in excess of 20 days will trigger an administrative review to determine if the student is eligible for promotion to the next grade. Special help is provided for specific, documented, excused absences such as medical issues.

There is no doubt that one of the keys to academic achievement is good attendance. Consistent participation in school and school-based activities is important for making a successful transition from youth to adulthood. Student tardiness and truancy are challenges that confront many across the state. Often, these behaviors are the first indicators that a student may be experiencing stress or other difficulties in his or her life.

Though students and their families face many challenges throughout the school year, one of the most important concerns we share is the need for consistent and timely school attendance for all students. Parents and guardians, as well as students themselves, have the statutory responsibility to ensure that attendance at school is regular and timely. If we identify a student who is exhibiting an attendance problem, which includes tardiness, the school is required by law to address that problem. This could be as simple as notifying the parent or guardian and working together to improve that student’s attendance. However, in extreme instances, it may require the school to solicit assistance from the Court or The Department of Children and Families.

Below you will find a summary of the Massachusetts General Laws pertaining to attendance. Please feel free to contact the Principal, Kim Pike if you need further information. We all share the goal of enabling our students to reach their full potential, and that begins with a student’s regular and timely attendance at school.

School Attendance
Chapter 76, section 1 of the Massachusetts General Laws states that all children between the ages of six and sixteen must attend school. A school district may excuse up to seven day sessions or fourteen half day sessions in any period of six months.

Notification and Contact Information
Chapter 76, section 1A of the Massachusetts General Laws states that parents/guardians must be provided each year with the instructions for calling a designated phone number at a designated time to inform the school of the absence of a student and the reason for the absence. In addition, parents/guardians must provide the school with a home, work or other emergency telephone number so that they may be contacted during the school day so the school may call and inquire about said absence.

        

Parental Responsibility
Parents or guardians are legally responsible for ensuring that a child under their control attends school daily. It is a crime for a responsible parent or guardian not to cause such a child to attend school. If a child fails to attend school for seven day sessions or fourteen half day sessions within any six month period, the supervisor of attendance may file a criminal complaint in court against the responsible parent/guardian.

CRA

In November 2012, a new Massachusetts law entitled an Act Regarding Families and Children Engaged in Services (FACES), Chapter 240 of the Acts and Resolves of 2012, replaced Child in Need of Services (CHINS) cases with Child Requiring Assistance (CRA) cases. The FACES law also mandates a change to service delivery systems, effective in 2015. “Habitual Truant”: A child between 6 and 18, who, without excuse, willfully fails to attend school for more than 8 days in a quarter. The school applicant must state whether or not the child and the child's family have participated in a truancy prevention program. M.G.L. c. 119, § 39E. Under M.G. L. c. 119, § 39G, dismissal must occur when the child turns 16. (Note the contradiction regarding age limits in these statutory provisions.)

51A
A 51A is a report of suspected child abuse or neglect that is filed with the Department of Social Services. Under Chapter 119, section 51A of the Massachusetts General Laws, a report can be filed on behalf of a child under the age of eighteen for educational neglect if a child is not attending school on a regular basis.

Inducing Absences
It is a crime to induce or attempt to induce a minor to miss school, or unlawfully to employ or to harbor a minor who should be in school.

4.  STUDENT DISCIPLINE

 

In order for an educational institution to ensure that students are given the opportunity to reach their maximum potential, it is necessary that an environment exist within the school that allows for teachers to concentrate their efforts on working productively with students.  To create this environment it is necessary to establish certain policies, rules and procedures that will allow for the handling of those students who are unwilling to cooperate in the creation of such an environment.

DETENTIONS:

        TEACHER DETENTION:

Any teacher may issue a teacher detention to a student for any inappropriate behavior taking  place in their presence. This detention will be served in the presence of and under the supervision of the teacher. If a student does not attend a teacher attention, he/she will serve one (2) teacher detentions. If he/she does not serve teacher he/she will serve an  office detention.

        REMOVAL OF A STUDENT FROM CLASS:

A member of the staff has the authority to remove a student from class when the student causes a disruption to the learning process.   In some rare circumstances, a teacher may send a student to another teacher’s room for a chill break. The student will then proceed to his/her next period class provided they are ready to transition.  This procedure will be used only when there are extenuating circumstances.  The Principal/Designee will be notified when the time-out procedure has been used. Otherwise, the student will be issued a Referral form, the teacher will call the office and the student will report directly to the Principal or his/her designee if available.

OFFICE DETENTION:         

Office detentions are held on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday with the Lead Teacher.  Students assigned to office detention must arrive by 3:05 p.m. Depending on the offense, administration will determine activities during detention including community service, writing about the offense and creating proactive action plans to avoid the problem from reoccurring. Office detentions end at 4:00 p.m.

ARRANGEMENTS FOR TRANSPORTATION: A parent/guardian may request a delay in the serving of a detention of one school day following imposition to allow him/her to make arrangements for transportation if necessary.

CUTTING A DETENTION:  If a student cuts a teacher detention, he/she will be issued one (1) additional teacher  detention.  Failure to serve the two detentions will result in an office detention. Failure to serve an office detention will result in a two (2) day office detention and a phone call to parents/guardians.  An in-school suspension will occur if a student continues to cut office detentions; this will also require a parent/guardian meeting.

RESCHEDULING OF DETENTION:  A detention takes precedence over any other student obligation, including athletics and practices. Only the respective teacher, the principal, or his/her designee may excuse and reschedule a detention.

SUSPENSIONS:

        IMPOSITION OF SUSPENSION:

A suspension shall mean the temporary removal from school of a student whose conduct endangers persons or property or is seriously disruptive of the educational process, or whose conduct is in violation of publicized policy of the Provincetown School Committee.  Suspensions can be imposed only by the Principal or his/her designee.  Prior to, or as soon after the imposition of a suspension as is reasonably possible, the student will be informed of the accusations and will be given an opportunity to respond.  If a suspension is imposed by a designee of the Principal, the student may request in writing an appeal to the Principal.  Any such appeal to the Principal will not, however, delay the implementation of the suspension.  The Principal’s decision will be final, except for suspensions under M G. L. Chapter 71, section 37H ½ which allows for appeals to the Superintendent of Schools. At the discretion of the Principal, an in-school suspension can be imposed.  

OUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSION, IN-SCHOOL SUSPENSION PROCEDURES:

A student, who is suspended from the Provincetown Schools and is serving an Out-of-School suspension, is not permitted on school grounds except with the rare exception of permission from the Principal.  A student serving an In-School suspension will be assigned to a supervised room, work on assignments from his/her teacher(s), and eat lunch in the In-School suspension room.

EXPULSIONS:

        EXPULSION BY THE PRINCIPAL:

 M.G.L. Chapter 71, sections 37H and 37H ½ allow for students to be expelled by the Principal under certain conditions.  The relevant text of these statutes is as follows:

M.G.L. Chapter 71, Section 37H

(a) Any student who is found on school premises or at school-sponsored or school-related events, including athletic games, in possession of a dangerous weapon, including, but not limited to, a gun or knife; or a controlled substance as defined in Chapter 94, section C, including, but not limited to, marijuana, cocaine, and heroin, may be subject to expulsion from the school or school district by the Principal.                        

 (b)**Any student who assaults a principal, assistant to the principal, teacher, teacher’s aide or other educational staff on school premises or at school-sponsored or school-related events, including athletic games, may be subject to expulsion from the school by the Principal.

DUE PROCESS:

Any student who is charged with a violation of either paragraph (a) or (b) shall have prior notice of charge and written notice of right to hearing prior to expulsion or suspension for more than 10 days; right to representation at hearing; and to present evidence and witnesses at hearing.  

After said hearing, the Principal may, in his/her discretion, decide to suspend rather than expel a student who has been determined by the Principal to have violated either paragraph (a) or (b).

APPEAL:

Any student who has been expelled from the school district pursuant to these provisions shall have the right to appeal to the Superintendent of Schools.  The expelled student shall have ten days from the date of the expulsion in which to notify the Superintendent of his appeal.  The student has the right to counsel at a hearing before the Superintendent. The Superintendent can make factual determinations as well as determine consequence.

When a students is suspended under the provision of this section, the school will provide an opportunity for student to make academic progress during the period of suspension (whether in-school or out- of-school),to make up assignments, and earn credits missed. A district that suspends or expels a student for more than 10 consecutive days must provide the student and the parent with a list of alternative educational services.

If the student applies for admission to another school or school district, the superintendent of the school district to which the application is being made may request and shall receive from the superintendent of the school expelling said student a written statement of the reasons for said expulsion.

        ** (Provincetown Schools considers assault to be both physical and/or verbal)

M.G.L. Chapter 71, Section 37H ½

Notwithstanding the provisions of section eighty-four and sections sixteen and seventeen of chapter seventy-six:

Upon the issuance of a criminal complaint charging a student with a felony or upon the issuance of a felony delinquency complaint against a student, or the conviction, adjudication, or admission of guilt within respect to such felony, the Principal of the school in which the student is enrolled may suspend or remove for a period of time up to explusion (i.e. permanent explusion), such student for a period of time determined appropriate by said Principal or if said Principal determines that the student’s continued presence in school would have a substantial detrimental effect on the general welfare of the school.  

DUE PROCESS:

The student shall receive written notification of the charges and the reasons for such suspension prior to such suspension taking effect.  APPEAL:

The student shall also receive written notification of this right to appeal and the process for appealing such suspension; provided, however, that such suspension shall remain in effect prior to any appeal hearing conducted by the Superintendent.

The student shall have the right to appeal the suspension to the Superintendent.  The student shall notify the Superintendent in writing of his request for an appeal no later than five calendar days following the effective date of the suspension.  The Superintendent shall hold a hearing with the student and the student’s parent or guardian within three calendar days of the student’s request for an appeal.  At the hearing, the student shall have the right to present oral and written testimony on his behalf, and shall have the right to counsel.  The Superintendent shall have the authority to overturn or alter the decision of the Principal, including recommending an alternate educational program for the student.  The superintendent shall render a decision on the appeal within five calendar days of the hearing.  Such decision shall be the final decision of the city, town or regional school district with regard to the expulsion.  Upon expulsion of such student, no school or school district shall be required to provide educational services to the student.

M.G.L. Chapter 71, Section 37H ¾

Any offense not addressed in Section 37H or 37H ½.  

The school will avoid suspending a student from school long-term (i.e. more than 10 days) until other remedies and consequences have been considered; The school will consider ways to re- engage the student in learning.  

Consequences other than suspension may draw from evidence- based strategies and programs such as mediation, conflict

resolution, restorative justice, and behavioral interventions and supports.  

No student may be suspended for more than 90 school days in a school year.

DUE PROCESS:

Except for in-school suspension and emergency removals, prior oral and written notice of the charge to the student, and to the student’s parent, and the opportunity for a meeting/hearing with the principal before suspension takes effect. Consult 603 CMR 53:08 for details on notices, which vary for long- and short- term suspensions.  

Consult 603 CMR 53:07 for emergency removal process and 603 CMR 53:10 for in-school suspension process  

Explicit requirement to translate notice of the charges and the   reasons in primary language of the home if other than English, or other means of communication where appropriate.

Principal must make and document reasonable efforts to include the parent in meeting/hearing with the student.  

Principal must audiotape the hearing if requested by the parent and all those attending the hearing must be informed of the taping.  

Following hearing, principal must provide a written decision; and if a long-term suspension imposed, must inform student and parent in writing of the right to appeal to the superintendent and the process to be followed; translate notice of appeal rights in primary language of the home, or other means of communication where appropriate.  Before any out-of-school suspension of a student in preschool or grades K-3, principal must notify Superintendent in writing of the alleged conduct and the reasons for suspending the student out-of-school.

APPEAL:

Written request must be made no later than 5 calendar days following effective date of suspension; parent can request extension for up to 7 calendar days, which must be granted.  The Superintendent must hold hearing within 3 calendar days of the parent’s request for a hearing. The student or parent may request up to 7 additional calendar days. If so, the Superintendent must allow the extension. The Superintendent may have the hearing without the parent if the Superintendent has made a good faith effort to include the parent. The student has the right to present oral and written testimony, to cross-examine witnesses, and to counsel at his or her expense at the hearing.   The Superintendent must audiotape the hearing and notify hearing participants that the hearing will be taped.  The Superintendent determines the facts and consequences, if any, but cannot impose a consequence greater than previously imposed.

PERIODIC  REVIEW OF POLICY AND PRACTICE:

The Principal will periodically review discipline data by selected student populations; determine extent of disciplinary removals and the impact on such populations; adjust practice as appropriate. Data concerning the types and lengths of removals, suspensions, and expulsions, and access to education services will be collected and reported to the Department of Education.

        EXPULSION BY SCHOOL COMMITTEE:  

Upon recommendation of the Superintendent, after a hearing at which the student, the student’s parent/guardian, and legal counsel if desired may appear and speak, the Provincetown School Committee may expel any student who is found responsible for conduct that endangers persons or property, or is seriously disruptive of the educational process or is in violation of publicized policies of the School Committee or in serious violation of the student handbook.  

HARASSMENT ~ HATE CRIMES ~ DISCRIMINATION ~ BULLYING ~ CYBER-BULLYING ~ HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT ~ RETALIATION

The Provincetown School District has an established policy that supports and protects students from Harassment/Discrimination/Bullying, crimes and/or hate language.  Harassment/Discrimination/Bullying on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation or disability in any form will not be tolerated.  Any member of the school community, staff, student, volunteer, parent or committee member is expected to act in a manner that conveys respect for every person.

If you believe your civil rights have been violated, notify your school Principal or the school district’s Human Rights Officer who handles Harassment/Discrimination/Bullying discrimination complaints. You may also contact the US Dept. of Education’s Civil Rights office:

The U.S. Department of Education/Office for Civil Rights/ED

8th Floor, 5 Post Office Square

Boston, MA 02109-3921

Telephone (617)289-0111

Email: ocr.boston@ed.gov

Harassment:

Harassment in school occurs when a student’s or an adult’s behavior or inappropriate language creates a hostile, offensive, or intimidating school environment. A single incident, depending on its severity, may constitute illegal harassment. A hostile, offensive, or intimidating school environment may be created by the following: • Degrading, demeaning, insulting, or abusive verbal statements, or writings of a sexual or racial nature, or related to a student’s race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability; • Graffiti, slogans, or other visual displays which contain racial, ethnic, or religious slurs or insults based on the student’s gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability; • Treatment of a student in a more or less favorable way because the student submitted to or rejected sexual advances or requests for a social relationship; and • Unwelcome sexual advances, including same-gender harassment. The laws regarding harassment and discrimination are complex. For more information, please consult applicable state and federal anti-discrimination laws, including, the Massachusetts Student Anti-Discrimination Act (M.G.L. c. 76, § 5), Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972.

Hate Crimes:

Students have the right to attend school without being the victim of physical violence, threats of harm, intimidation, or damage to their personal property. A hate crime has occurred when a student is targeted for physical assault, threat of bodily harm, or intimidation, at least in part because of his or her race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or because he or she has a disability. Certain types of language or conduct may indicate that a hate crime has occurred. Some indicators that a crime was hate-motivated include: • Use of racial, ethnic, religious, sexual, or anti-gay slurs; • Use of symbols of hate, such as a swastika or a burning cross; • Similar behavior by the wrongdoer towards other students from the same racial, ethnic, or religious group or against students of the same sexual orientation, gender identity or gender; and • The victim was participating in an activity supporting a particular racial, religious, ethnic/national origin, disability, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation. The Massachusetts Civil Rights Act, M.G.L. c. 12, § 11, permits a victim and the Attorney General to seek a civil rights injunction on behalf of any victim of bias-motivated violence, threats, or intimidation.

Discrimination:

Every student is entitled to equal educational opportunities. A student may not be subjected to discipline or more severe punishment for wrongdoing nor denied the same rights as other students because of his or her race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability, including in: • Course registration; • Guidance counseling and course instruction; and • Extracurricular activities and athletic programs. Students may not be denied registration in public schools on the basis of their own citizenship or immigration status, or that of their parents or guardians. Under state and federal law, students with disabilities are protected from discrimination and are eligible for reasonable accommodations or modifications in the school environment so that they may enjoy equal access to educational opportunities.

Bullying:

Bullying is a repeated pattern of behavior directed at a victim that results in any of the following: • Physical or emotional harm or reasonable fear of harm; • Damage to personal property; • A hostile environment at school for the victim; or • Disruption of the education process or orderly operation of a school. Bullying can take many forms, including verbal statements, writings, e-mails, text messages, on-line postings, and physical acts or gestures. It can be carried out by one or more students. Sometimes bullying is targeted at a particular student because of his or her race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability – but it does not have to be. Under the state anti-bullying law, M.G.L. c. 71, § 37O, all schools are required to implement procedures for investigating and responding to reports of bullying. In certain circumstances, schools may be required to notify the parents of the students involved, or local police. The law also requires training for teachers, staff, and students about bullying prevention.

Cyber-bullying:

Cyber-bullying is bullying through the use of technology or any electronic communication, which shall include, but not be limited to, any transfer of signs, signals, writing, images, sounds, data or intelligence of any nature transmitted in whole or in part by a wire, radio, electromagnetic, photo electronic or photo optical system, including, but not limited to, electronic mail, internet communications, instant messages or facsimile communications.  Cyber-bullying shall also include (i) the creation of a web page or blog in which the creator assumes the identity of another person or (ii) the knowing impersonation of another person as the author of posted of posted content or messages, if the creation or impersonation creates any of the conditions enumerated above in clauses (i) to (v), inclusive, of the definition of bullying.  Cyber-bullying shall also include the distribution by electronic means of a communication to more than one person or the posting of material on an electronic medium that may be accessed by one or more persons, if the distribution or posting creates any of the conditions enumerated above in clauses (i) to (v), inclusive, of the definition of bullying.  Cyber-bullying may include conduct such as sending derogatory, harassing or threatening email messages, instant messages, or text message; creating websites that ridicule, humiliate, or intimidate others; and posting on websites or disseminating embarrassing or inappropriate pictures or images of others.

Hostile Environment: 

A hostile environment is a situation in which bullying causes the school environment to be permeated with intimidation, ridicule or insult that is sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter the conditions of the student’s education.

Retaliation:

Retaliation is any form of intimidation, reprisal, or Harassment/Discrimination/Bullying against a person who reports bullying, provides information during an investigation of bullying, or witnesses or has reliable information about bullying.

Authority of the School Administration:

Bullying can occur in many places among and between students.  Bullying which occurs away from school can nevertheless have a serious impact on a student’s ability to engage in the educational process.  Therefore, students are prohibited from engaging in any bullying conduct:

•        on school grounds or any space adjacent to school grounds;

•        at the bus stop or on school buses or any other school vehicle;

•        at any school-sponsored, or school-related activities, functions or programs;

•        through use of any school-based technology including but not limited to school computers or the school’s internet connection;

•        at a location, activity, function or program that is not school related, or through student owned technology, including home computers and cell phones, if the bullying creates a hostile environment at school for the victim, infringes on the rights of the victim at school or materially and substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school.

In addition, students may not retaliate against any person who reports bullying, provides information during an investigation of bullying, or is witnesses or has reliable information about bullying.

Reporting Bullying - A protocol has been established in the school district to deal with harassment/discrimination/ bullying. Students who are victims of bullying, who witness bullying activity, or who are retaliated against for reporting bullying, have been physically attacked, threatened with physical harm or verbally assaulted should report the incident to the principal immediately.  Students may also report to a teacher or human rights officer, or other trusted adult in the building, who will in turn report the incident to the principal. When a complaint has been filed, the Principal will notify the parent(s) and arrange a meeting with the School Resource Officer, the Human Rights Officer, the parent and the student as appropriate. If the harassment/bullying continues, the school will notify the parent(s) of the consequences (see below) up to and including expulsion.  If the bullying/harassment continues, the school will notify the Orleans Juvenile Court. A student who knowingly makes a false accusation of bullying or retaliation shall be subject to disciplinary action.

Consequences for Bullying and Retaliation - Students who engage in bullying will be subject to discipline by the Principal or Assistant to the Principal.  Depending on the nature and severity of bullying, students may face a range of possible consequences, including but not limited to, one or more of the following:

•        verbal warning;

•        written warning;

•        reprimand;

•        detention;

•        short-term or long-term suspension; or

•        expulsion from school as determined by the school administration and/or school committee, subject to applicable procedural requirements. Nothing in this policy is intended to prevent the school administration and/or school committee from taking disciplinary action against a student for conduct that does not meet the definition of bullying, as defined above, but nevertheless is inappropriate for the school environment.

HAZING:

Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 269, S.17 - Crime of Hazing; Definition; Penalty.  

Whoever is an organizer or participant in the crime of hazing as defined herein, shall be punished by a fine of not more than three thousand dollars or by imprisonment in a house of correction for not more than one year, or both such fine and imprisonment.  The term hazing as used in this section shall mean any conduct or method of initiation into any student organization, whether on public or private property, which willfully or recklessly endangers the physical or mental health of any student or other person.  Such conduct shall include whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the weather, forced consumption of any food, liquor, beverage, drug or other \\\substance; or any other brutal treatment of forced physical activity which is likely to adversely affect the physical health or safety of any such student or other person, or which subjects such student or other person to extreme mental stress, including extended deprivation of sleep or rest or extended isolation.  Notwithstanding any other provision of this section to the contrary, consent shall not be available as a defense to any prosecution under this action.  Add by St. 1985, c536; amended by St. 1987, c665.

DE-ESCALATION AND PHYSICAL RESTRAINT OF STUDENTS:

In accordance with Provincetown School Committee policy, maintaining and orderly, safe environment conducive to learning is an expectation of all staff members of the Provincetown Schools.  Further, students in the district are protected by law from the unreasonable use of physical restraint. The school will follow physical restraint policy of the district (Policy Section JKAA.)  All incidents that include restraint of students will be documented and copies given to Principal. Parent/guardian will be notified.

SEARCH AND SEIZURE:  

All students attending Provincetown Schools and their parents/guardians must understand that the Principal or his/her designee may conduct a search of a student on school premises if he/she has reason or cause to believe that the student has in his/her possession any item, which constitutes the breaking of a school rule or a criminal offense under the Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  The search will be made in the presence of a third party; the school employee and the third party need to be the same sex as the alleged suspect.  The Principal and his/her designee may conduct a search of the physical plant of the school including lockers and desks.  Since lockers and desks are school property, the administration reserves the right to inspect them and their contents at any time.  If a student’s locker is searched, the Principal or his/her designee will inform the student.

DRUGS AND ALCOHOL- USE, POSSESSION AND DISTRIBUTION:

Provincetown Schools and the Provincetown Police Department have reached an agreement pertaining to student drug and/or alcohol use which establishes procedures for communication between the School Department and the Police Department on incidents of drug and alcohol use, possession and distribution.

SEARCHES (INCLUDING DRUG SNIFFING DOGS): 

All students have a right to be educated in a safe and healthy environment.  To preserve this right, school officials will take appropriate action whenever it is felt that the health or safety of students is in jeopardy. One such action may include a general search of the student(s), locker(s), desks or other personal property items brought onto the school premises or brought to school functions. Student’s cars, student lockers or student backpacks brought to school or school functions serve a school related purpose, and are not to be considered private property for purposes of a general administrative search.

Provincetown Schools may employ trained drug sniffing dogs to conduct random unannounced searches of student’s cars, lockers and backpacks brought to school or school related activities. Such searches will be conducted in a manner consistent with the recognized rights of students and for the purpose of promoting a safer school environment.  Provincetown Schools reserve the right to conduct an individual search of a student or his/her property whenever school officials have reasonable suspicion that the search will turn up evidence that a student has violated or is violating a law or a rule of the school. This statement is intended to serve as notice of the school district’s right and intent to conduct individual searches based upon the established reasonable cause standard.

SMOKING:  

State law has designated all schools as NON-SMOKING areas. Smoking is banned on campus and will result in suspension.  It is noted that any student who is believed to be in possession of tobacco or to have been smoking will be searched as per the regulations in the previous section.

NOTIFICATION OF PRINCIPAL:  

All staff members will be required to immediately inform the Principal when a student or staff member is found to possess alcohol, suspected drug material or narcotic devices.  The Principal will ask the police department to analyze all suspected materials.  The student’s parents/guardians will be called to inform them of the suspicion of alcohol or drugs.  The Principal may also take any other action at this time as deemed appropriate.  Any suspected drug substance found on school property is to be brought to the Principal immediately.

POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES:

A student who is found in possession of alcohol or illegal drugs will be liable for disciplinary action.  The Principal will be notified immediately.  The Principal will notify the student’s parents/guardian and request an immediate meeting.  The police officer designated to work with the school will be notified and requested to attend the meeting.  After a consultation with the student’s parents/guardians, police officers and other appropriate members of the staff, the Principal will take the appropriate disciplinary action which could include, but not limited to, suspension (in-school or out-of-school), at the Principal’s discretion.  

STUDENTS SUSPECTED OF BEING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE: 

A staff member who suspects a student is under the influence of alcohol or any other controlled substance will report the student to the School Nurse and Principal immediately.  If the school nurse believes that the physical condition of the student warrants medical attention, he/she will notify the student’s parents/guardian and/or rescue squad. The School Nurse and/or Principal are not in attendance the Principal’s designee will notify the police.

MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING:  

It is essential that the positive learning environment should not be undermined by drug and alcohol abuse. The use, possession, and sale of drugs/alcohol will not be tolerated in our schools. The success of this depends, in part, on creating a link between the educational community and the local law enforcement agencies. Provincetown Public Schools and the Provincetown Police Department agree to coordinate their efforts to prevent and control drug/alcohol abuse and to respond effectively to incidents in school, on school premises or at school sponsored events. The parties have adopted a written memorandum of understanding clarifying the notification process and procedures necessary when a student is discovered using, possessing and/or distributing drugs or alcohol on school premises.

DISCIPLINE REGARDING SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS OR STUDENTS ON 504’s: 

All students are expected to meet the requirement for behavior as set forth in this handbook.  However, IDEA 2004 – 20 U.S.C. 1415 (K), 34 CFR 300.530-300.536 requires that students who have IEP’s and/or 504’s have additional provisions/procedures related to discipline. The following requirements apply to the discipline of special needs students.

  1. The IEP for every special needs student will indicate whether the student can be expected to meet the discipline code or if the student’s IEP needs modification.  Any modification or behavior plan will be described in the IEP.
  2. The Principal or his/her designee will notify the Special Education Office of the suspension of a special needs student and a record will be kept of such notices.
  3. When it is known that the suspension(s) of a special needs student is approaching ten (10) days in a school year, a manifestation determination hearing will be held to determine if the student’s behavior is related to his/her special needs and to make appropriate IEP adjustments.  A review of the IEP will be held to determine the appropriateness of the student’s misconduct.

In addition, the Department of Education will be notified, as required by law, and the procedures promulgated by the Department of Education requesting approval of the alternative plan will be followed. The IEP for every special needs student will indicate whether the student can be expected to meet the discipline code or if the student’s handicapping condition requires a modification.  Any modification will be described in the IEP.

MANIFESTATION DETERMINATION

  1. The principal or designee will send prior written notice, a meeting notice, and procedural safeguards to the parents and will notify

                                the special education director and appropriate district administrators.

  1. The principal or designee will notify the IEP team.
  2. At the hearing, the principal or designee will describe student’s alleged misconduct.
  3. The principal or designee will complete a manifestation determination report (Form SP130)
  4. The special education director or designee will make a manifestation determination.
  5. The special education director or designee will give a copy of the manifestation determination report to the parents.
  6. Based upon the manifestation determination, the IEP team will follow the procedures described in the long term suspension section of this page.

Timeline: A manifestation hearing will be scheduled no later than 10 calendar days after the 6th day of suspension.  Parents must be notified in writing five calendar days prior to the hearing. Parents may waive the five-day timeline.

INTERIM ALTERNATIVE EDUCATIONAL SETTING

Regardless of the manifestation determination, Provincetown Schools may place the student in an interim alternative setting (as determined by the Team) for up to 45 days.

  1. on its own authority if the behavior involves weapons or illegal drugs or another controlled substance or the infliction of serious bodily injury on another person while at school or a school function or, considered case by case, unique circumstances; OR
  2. b. on the authority of a hearing officer if the officer orders the placement after the district provides evidence that the student is “substantially likely” to injure him/herself or others.

In either case, the interim alternative setting enables the student to continue in general curriculum and to continue receiving services identified on the IEP, and provides services to address the problem behavior.  All procedural safeguards and regulations will be followed in this process.

STUDENT CONDUCT:

Students are expected to exhibit their best behavior. Respect for others and for public property is an important part of student responsibility.  The teacher involved will handle disruptive behavior, which involves a particular class or study. Failure to bring class materials, to make up assigned work missed during absences, to follow classroom rules or policies are examples of violations which may be treated through parental notification, detention or other means. If the student does not satisfy his/her obligation, he/she will be referred to the principal.

PBIS/STUDENT DISCIPLINE:

Provincetown Schools practices proactive measures to insure positive school culture and respectful behavior for  all students. When students do not meet school expectations, teachers have developed a practice of teaching and re-teaching to ensure that students understand. Occasionally, students do not comply and a consequence is determined to ensure student understanding and help students develop strategies that help to improve behaviors.  

The goal of all student discipline is not about punishment, it is about learning to meet expectations.  In order to ensure that goal, the Principal or Designee has the discretion to determine the appropriate response to student misconduct taking into account such factors as the nature and severity of the offense, whether the offense was intentional or malicious, any past misconduct on the part of the student, a student’s academic standing and/or participation in school and community activities, family, social and economic circumstances, and any other factors that would bear upon selecting an appropriate response.  All disciplinary measures reflected in the table below are subject to that discretion.  In addition, the Principal or Designee shall have the discretion to substitute measures such as community and/or school service for any disciplinary measure, when in the judgment of the Principal or Designee the goal of correcting student behavior is better served.

Rarely, when students continue to fail to obey the rules, and behavior plans and parent interventions have not proved successful the school will turn to the legal system to help the student and family.  “Habitual School Offender”: A child between the ages of 6 and 18 who repeatedly fails to obey school rules. A school district may file an application but must state the specific steps that the school district has taken to improve the child’s conduct. M.G.L. c. 119, § 39E. A school-filed matter must be dismissed when the student turns 16. M.G.L. c. 119, § 39G.

BEHAVIORS/CONSEQUENCES:

Please see the 2016-2017 Behavior/Consequence Grid at the end of this manual.

5.   ATHLETICS

During the 2016-2017 school year, Provincetown Schools will encourage students in the MYP to participate in organized intramural sports such as soccer and basketball. We are working on sports such as tennis, yoga, biking and kayaking for the spring.  

6.  ACADEMIC OPTIONS FOR MYP AND BEYOND

HIGH SCHOOL OPTIONS:

Students in Grade 8 will visit Nauset Regional High School, Monomoy Regional, Cape Tech and Sturgis High School to better understand their options for high school and beyond. Students who complete the 8th grade in Provincetown Schools and attend/graduate from a Cape Cod public high school are eligible scholarships available through the town. Students will receive a letter at the end of 8th grade detailing scholarship.

7.  STUDENT INVOLVEMENT & SCHOOL GOVERNANCE

SITE COUNCIL:

The School Site Council is a representative, school-based committee composed of the Principal, parents, teachers, and community members..  The Site Council assists the Principal by reviewing the school budget, developing the School Improvement Plan and helping shape the policies and programs of the school.  The School Site Council meets once each month.

STUDENT GOVERNMENT:

        Members of the Student Council are government representatives of the student body who address the interests and concerns of student climate and work to elicit changes when needed.  A teacher is appointed as Advisor to the Council.  Meetings are held a minimum of once a month after school or during lunch.  Student Council members shall be elected by their peers.

STUDENT NEWSPAPER: 

        Any student may submit an article to the Foghorn, our student newspaper. Articles are submitted to the Foghorn advisor.  Meetings will be held throughout the year.        

8.  TRANSPORTATION, MOTOR VEHICLES & PARKING

         

BIKES, ROLLER BLADES, SKATEBOARDS: 

Bikes must be walked on and off school grounds and parked during the school day in the bike rack.  Students who do not follow these guidelines will lose the privilege of bringing their bike to school for a period of time as determined by the Principal.  Helmets are required by law.  Roller blades, skateboards, scooters, and roller shoes cannot be used on school grounds.  The school cannot accept responsibility for lost, stolen, or damaged equipment.

BUS TRANSPORTATION:

Bus service is provided to students who live beyond a two-mile radius of the schools.  Individual bus routes for A.M. pickup are communicated to students and their families at the beginning of the school year.  

School buses depart from the school at 3:00 p.m. daily.  Late bus for students in Enrichment programs, tutoring programs or Afterschool activities departs at 4:00 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

STUDENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO RIDE THE LATE BUS HOME IF THEY ARE NOT PARTICIPATING IN A SCHOOL SPONSORED AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM.

SPACE ON OUR BUSES IS LIMITED. Visitors and friends are permitted to ride the bus with permission of the administration and a written note from a parent/guardian.

STUDENT BEHAVIOR ON BUSES:

Students are extended the privilege of riding on the bus to and from school and to certain school activities.

To ensure the safety of all students who ride in buses, it may occasionally be necessary to revoke the privilege of transportation from a student who abuses this privilege.  Parents of children whose behavior and misconduct on school buses endangers the health, safety and welfare of other riders will be notified that their children face the loss of transportation privileges in accordance with regulations approved by the School Committee. If a student’s privilege to ride the bus is suspended, he/she is responsible for his/her own transportation to and from school.  Absences for lack of transportation will be considered unexcused.

        

The following expectations will be adhered to by all who ride on a school bus:

The right of students to ride a school bus is contingent upon their good behavior and their observance of the above regulations. The bus driver of a school bus shall be responsible for the safety of the students on a bus, both during the ride and while students are entering or leaving the vehicle it is the bus driver’s duty to notify the Principal if any student continues to violate the established rules of conduct.  The Principal may withhold from the student the privilege of riding the school bus for a violation of established regulations.

        Procedures for Drivers and Parents

  1. In case of any misconduct on a bus, the driver will report the incident on the proper form to the school principal.  The Principal will report the incident in writing to the parent concerned with a copy to the superintendent.
  2. In case of a repetition of misconduct, the Principal will suspend the student’s transportation privileges with written notice to the parent to report at once with the child to the Superintendent’s office.
  3. After a second offense and a conference with the superintendent, if a third such incident occurs, bus privileges will be denied the student and the responsibility for transportation will then rest with the parent.

        Loading and Unloading at Bus Stop

  1. Riders must be on time.  Bus drivers will not wait.
  2. Riders will enter or leave the bus at regular stops only.
  3. Orderly behavior and respect for private property will be observed.
  4. Instructions and directions of the driver must be followed by the riders at all times.

        Required Conduct Aboard the Bus

  1. Riders must remain in seats or in place when the bus is in motion.
  2. The following (although not exhaustive) are disturbances prohibited:

Pushing or wrestling

Annoying other passengers or disturbing their possessions

Talking to the driver

Throwing objects within the bus or out of windows

Climbing over seats

Opening or closing windows

Leaning out of windows

Littering the bus

Whistling and shouting

Smoking

Profanity and obscene language

  1. Students/Parents will be held responsible for any defacing or damaging of the bus

TRANSPORTATION SAFETY:

All riders of bicycles, scooters, skateboards and rollerblades are required to comply with town and state regulations for safe and legal operation.  Regulations will be enforced by the Provincetown Police Department.  Provincetown Schools will not assume responsibility for the safekeeping of any transportation equipment.

STUDENT TRANSPORTATION IN PRIVATE VEHICLES: 

School buses will be used for the transportation of students participating in curricular or extra-curricular activities. However, when buses are not available, private vehicles may be permitted to transport students to or from school activities that fall within the academic day or extend the school day provided the activity has been approved by the Superintendent and the driver has submitted evidence of insurance and license check.