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Township of Franklin Public Schools

Main Road School

1452 Main Road

Newfield, NJ  08344

www.franklintwpschools.org

Phone: 856-697-0220

Fax: 856-697-1870

Mrs. Amy Morley, Principal

Mrs. Joey Bilinski, School Secretary

Mission Statement of the Township of Franklin Public Schools
The mission of the Township of Franklin Public Schools is to develop the unique potential of each individual student and create global learners through a challenging and diverse curriculum in a positive learning climate that promotes the development of the whole child and fosters respect for all students.

GREAT PARENTS + GREAT TEACHERS = GREAT STUDENTS

Most parents want their children to gain the maximum benefits from their school careers.  Here are some ways parents can help:

1.        Work with your child.  Parents can help as well as teachers.  

2.        Show your child how to work efficiently and effectively.

3.        Give your child an incentive to study.  Praise or an occasional reward for continued good work will reap benefits.

4.        See that your child has the proper amount of sleep.  A child should have at least 8-10 hours sleep.

5.        Good health and nutritional habits are essential in rounding out a child’s education.  

6.        Stay positive and encourage your child.

7.        Monitor your child’s progress by using RealTime and staying in contact with your child’s teachers.

8.         Make sure your child has good attendance and is on time for school. 

                                

BOARD OF EDUCATION
Mr. Jason Brandt, President     Mr. Nicholas DeSilvio, Vice President

Mrs. Leiha Caselli                          Mrs. Michele Cunningham                                       

Mr. Jonathan Keen                   Mrs. Jennifer Metzger

Ms. Diane T. Trace                    Mrs. Alicia Fragoso            Mrs. Dawn Gelsi-Collins                 


CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION

Mr. Troy Walton, Superintendent of Schools

Mrs. Trish Birmingham, School Business Administrator/Board Secretary

Mrs. Barbara Dobzanski, Supervisor of Special Services

Mrs. Jaime Doldan, Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction  

Mr. Zachary Slaven, Instructional Supervisor 


BUILDING PRINCIPALS

Caroline Reutter School, Mr. Theodore Peters

Main Road School, Mrs. Amy Morley

Mary F. Janvier School, Mr. Henry Kobik


BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETINGS

September 20, 2021                …………...MFJ School/All Purpose Room… 7:00 P.M.

October 13, 2021                        ……………MFJ School/All Purpose Room… 7:00 P.M.

November 15, 2021                ……………MFJ School/All Purpose Room… 7:00 P.M.

December 13, 2021                ……………MFJ School/All Purpose Room… 7:00 P.M.


KEY PERSONNEL CONTACT INFORMATION

Superintendent’s Office                                856-629-9500 X1200

Curriculum and Instruction Office                        856-629-9500 X1221

Child Study Team Office                                856-629-9500 X1212

District Transportation Office                        856-629-9500 X1210

Main Road School Main Office and Principal        856-697-0220 X2101

Main Road School Nurse’s Office                856-697-0220 X2103

Main Road School Counselor’s Office                856-697-0220 X2104

Main Road School Cafeteria Office                856-697-0220 X2109

Parent - Teacher Communication

Our teachers and principals communicate often to keep parents informed of school events and procedures. Because our primary concern is of the well-being and education of our students, the Main Road School faculty and staff is committed to open, honest communication with parents. Despite our very best efforts, questions and concerns do arise. Part of our school procedure is that, in these cases, the parent must first contact the teacher or staff member involved before involving the school administration. This is because the teacher is the closest to the question or concern and is most likely able to resolve it quickly and effectively. To ensure the success of our students, we recommend that the following steps be followed when a question or concern arises:   (All correspondence should be in writing).

  1. Students and parents must first go to the teacher or staff member involved with their questions, concerns, or comments.
  2. The teacher or staff member involved will follow up with the parent on the resolution of questions, concerns, or comments.
  3. If questions or concerns continue, the parent may choose to contact the principal.

    NEXT LEVEL
    (COMMENTS, CONCERNS, and COMPLAINTS)

Any parent/guardian or pupil who has a complaint against an employee, school policy, school rules or regulations, shall present the complaint in writing and proceed as follows:

  1. Present the complaint to the appropriate Administrator who will arrange for a conference between the aggrieved person, the employee, an administrator, or a supervisor.  
  2. If the grievant is not satisfied with the decision at the first level, the grievant may present the complaint in writing to the Superintendent who will arrange a meeting to discuss the situation with the aggrieved party.
  3. If the grievant is not satisfied with the decision of the Superintendent, the grievant may request an appearance before the Board of Education.  The written request must be submitted within ten (10) school days of the conference with the Superintendent, otherwise it will be dismissed.  The Board shall decide whether or not to hear the complaint.

DAILY SCHEDULE

Main Road School – 8:12 a.m. – 3:02 p.m.                        Students not arriving at school by 8:25 a.m. will be marked tardy.

Parents are asked to be present for pick-up at 3:00.  Students will be sent home on the bus if the child is not picked up by 3:05.  

DELAYED SCHOOL OPENING

A situation may arise when it would be necessary to delay the opening of school for students.  Should a school opening be delayed due to inclement weather or other causes, announcements will be made through the same means as emergency school closings, but the message will be a 2-hour “delayed opening”: The school hours under a delayed opening declaration will be as follows:

Main Road School                10:12 a.m. – 3:02 p.m.

ONE SESSION DAY SCHEDULE

Students will be dismissed early on announced days during the course of the school year according to the following schedule:  

Main Road School – 1:00 p.m.        Lunches will not be provided on one session days. Parents are encouraged to send their children to school with a light snack.

        Parents are asked to be present for pick-up at 1:00.  Students will be sent home on the bus if the child is not picked up by 1:05.  

EMERGENCY CLOSINGS (7130)

In the event it becomes necessary to close school due to inclement weather or other causes, announcements will be made through the following: television (Philadelphia stations 3, 6, and 10), and School Messenger. An announcement will be posted on our website, www.franklintwpschools.org

In the interest of safety, it occasionally becomes necessary to dismiss the Township of Franklin Public Schools prior to the dismissal times due to inclement weather or other cause. Parents/Guardians will be notified via the District’s Emergency Contact System (School Messenger).

We share parents’ concern over young children going home at times when no one is home to receive them. In view of this situation, parents are requested to inform their children beforehand what to do in the event they are not at home. Parents should make arrangements with a friend or neighbor to care for their child.  This will assist everyone should there be an unexpected emergency closing.  

STUDENT DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP

MORNING: Our school doors open no earlier than 8:12 a.m. You do not have to walk your child in, but please do not leave your child unattended at the front door, especially during the inclement weather.  We do offer before and after care through the Just Kids program 856-768-8190.  Your child will be considered late after 8:25 a.m.  We ask that this be avoided as much as possible.  **When a student is consistently late it truly does disrupt the classroom routine. 

       
AFTERNOON: Dismissal starts at 3:00 p.m.  If you are picking a student up from school at the end of the day, you must be here no later than 3:05 pm, or that student will be placed on the bus. The proper authorities will be contacted by students who are consistently picked up late.   When picking up your child for dismissal, always send in a note prior to the pick-up or call before 2:00 p.m.   Please include the child’s first and last name, teacher’s name, and the name of the person who’s picking up on every note. The secretary will not be able to accommodate “last minute student pick-ups.**Our teachers instruct up until the last minute, so every time your child is pulled early, their classroom is being disrupted.  ALWAYS bring proper photo identification when picking up students. 


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LAVATORY USAGE

Students may use the lavatory at any time.  The children should first ask an adult for permission, but if the child is denied use of the lavatory, (and it is a true emergency) the student is then permitted to use the bathroom without permission from an adult.   If lavatory usage becomes excessive, a meeting with the school nurse will be scheduled in order to discuss potential medical concerns.  

CHILD CUSTODY ISSUES (9240)

Current court orders, signed by a judge or alternate official, must be provided to the school in order to assure the proper management and release of students.  Office personnel are required to follow official court documents only.  Personal notes and requests that do not follow the court order on file will not be accepted.  It is the responsibility of the parents to provide current court documents.  If there is a discrepancy, the police may be contacted in order to provide guidance to the school officials making the decision.  

DISTRICT WEBSITE

Parents and students may access updated information by logging onto the district website at www.franklintwpschools.org.  Click the tabs (and links) to learn more about academics, activities, cafeteria menus, etc. Pertinent district policies can be obtained through the district’s website.  

SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS

Substitute teachers are employees of the Township of Franklin Schools.  Student behavior for a substitute teacher should follow regular classroom rules and is subject to discipline.

ACADEMIC AREAS

Children will be instructed in the following academic areas:  English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Health, Spanish, Physical Education, Art, Music, Computers, and Technology.  (These areas are subject to change due to curricular revisions on the NJDOE, and local level.)  Most children will have more than one teacher during the academic school day.  During the current school year, most children will experience a “team teaching” approach where they will receive math instruction and ELA instruction from two separate teachers.

INTERIM PROGRESS REPORTS

(Policy 5420) At the mid-point of each trimester, all students will receive a progress report that will be available through the parent portal.  This will allow parents to monitor their child’s progress within a specific marking period and alert them to any problem areas which need attention.  Various formative assessments such as unit assessments, and iReady are administered during the course of the school year.  Students should be encouraged to perform to the best of their ability in order for an accurate assessment of their academic progress can be determined.  

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES

Parent-teacher conferences provide an opportunity for the teacher and parent to develop a mutual understanding and exchange valuable information that will aid the child’s progress.  The parent conferences will be scheduled in the month of November.  



                                                      REPORT PERIODS

Student Report Cards will be available on the parent portal three times a year for students in all schools.  Report period information is as follows:

         Begin                          End                           Issue Date
       
September 7                       December 7                   December 13
        December 8                          March 14                           March 21
        March 15                          June 16                   Last Day of School


                               STANDARDS-BASED REPORT CARDS/EVALUATION

The fundamental purpose for using standards is to identify and prioritize content standards to appropriately identify student learning in the classroom. Educators are expected to teach to the  NJ State Standards. A standards-based report card provides a tool to accurately communicate to parents and guardians the progress their child is making on district-identified essential standards for each grade level. These foundational standards are those that students need to master in order to be successful in the next grade level. There are more NJ State Standards for each grade level, for the complete list of standards visit the district website at www.franklintwpschools.org. The report card accurately represents a child’s growth and clearly communicates progress of students, relative to grade-level standards. Performance indicators are used to indicate progress, as follows: E—meaning the student has excelled, and consistently exceeds performance on grade-level standards; M—meaning the student has met and consistently demonstrates mastery of grade-level standards; P—meaning the student is progressing and approaching mastery, but does not consistently meet grade-level standards; N—meaning the student needs improvement, is not meeting expectations for grade level standards. The standards-based report card is helpful in several ways. First, it helps make sure there is more consistency of expectations from teacher to teacher. It helps teachers and students focus on the standards from the very beginning of the school year, giving students the opportunity to get help early if they are not making adequate progress. Finally, it gives parents information on how their student is doing based on the standards.

                                 


BUS RULES

School bus service is maintained to provide transportation to and from school for all students.  It is our aim to provide efficient service and to ensure the health and safety of all passengers.  To accomplish this goal, please recognize your bus driver as responsible for students’ personal health and welfare.  Directions must be followed.  The driver must concentrate on driving the bus.  Therefore, the following must be observed in regard to bus transportation:

  1. Be courteous, friendly and obedient to the drivers at all times, recognizing his/her authority while on the bus.
  2. Wait for the driver’s signal before crossing the road.  All children must cross at least ten (10) feet in front of the bus so that the driver can watch them.
  3. The bus driver is authorized to assign seats.
  4. Children must remain seated and seat-belted while on the bus.
  5. Arguing, hitting, yelling, throwing objects, and vandalism will not be tolerated.
  6. Eating or drinking is not permitted on the school bus.
  7. Keep feet, arms, book bags, and other objects out of the aisle so others will not trip on them.
  8. Repeated offenses may result in temporary or permanent suspension of bus riding privileges.  

                Students are expected to behave appropriately on the school bus.  When a student has a behavior problem on the bus, a Bus Discipline Referral will be processed to the child’s respective school principal.  The Bus Discipline steps are outlined below.  At the principal’s discretion, these guidelines can be adjusted based on the severity of the infraction.

  1. Warning (except for a serious overt disciplinary problem)
  2. Recess/Lunch Detention(s)
  3. After School Detention(s) and/or Recess/Lunch Detention
  4. Three Days removal from the bus (parents are responsible for their child’s transportation)
  5. Five Days removal from the bus (parents are responsible for their child’s transportation) and parent conference
  6. Ten Days removal from the bus (parents are responsible for their child’s transportation) and parent conference
  7. Twenty-Five Days removal from the bus (parents are responsible for their child’s transportation) and parent conference
  8. Removal from the bus for the remainder of the year (parents are responsible for their child’s transportation)

TRANSPORTATION REQUESTS (8600)

  1.  The primary responsibility of the Board of Education is to transport students from their bus stop to and from school.
  2. The Board recognizes that on any given day a situation could arise that would necessitate having a child/children picked up or dropped off at a different location.  This is construed as an emergency situation.  Accordingly:
  1. All emergency transportation requests must be confirmed by the principal or secretary.
  2. Principal or designee must contact the Transportation Supervisor regarding the request.
  3. The Transportation Supervisor will determine the feasibility of handling the request based on existing routes and vehicle capacities and notify the Principal or designee accordingly.
  4. It is understood that:
  1. Routes and stops will not be altered to accommodate non-emergency requests.
  2. Vehicles will not be overloaded to accommodate requests.
  3. Babysitting (caregiving) on a regular basis is not considered an emergency situation.

Written requests to handle caregiving situations must be submitted to the Transportation Supervisor who will make a recommendation to the School Business Administrator/Board Secretary.  The final decision regarding the disposition of the request will be made by the School Business Administrator/Board Secretary.  Requests will not be considered unless they are on a caregiver application form available at the school and online.

                                                                                                                

TRANSPORTATION GUIDELINES (8600)

FOR QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS REGARDING TRANSPORTATION, PLEASE CONTACT THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT AT 856-629-9500.

  1. If possible, it is recommended that an adult accompany each child at pick-up and drop-off.  Students are to be at the bus stop 10 minutes prior to pick-up time. (not in home) Please make every effort to refrain from having a child wait inside the home for the bus.  
  2. Large projects are not permitted on the school bus.  Parents must make alternate arrangements if these items need to be brought to school.
  3. The Board of Education policy prohibits the backing up of school buses unless specifically approved by the Board.  This policy is enforced in the interest of safety.
  4. The Township of Franklin Board of Education has authorized the use of surveillance cameras in its school buses to support the provision of a safe environment for all students transported to and from school.  Administrators may use the images to determine appropriate discipline for inappropriate student behavior.


FIRE DRILLS (8420)

At the sound of the fire alarm, students should proceed through the nearest exit silently and in single file.  All windows and doors of all rooms should be closed.  All lights should be turned off.  If the alarm should sound while students are passing in the corridors, they should fall into single file on each side of the corridor and file out the nearest exit.  If the fire alarm should sound while students are in the cafeteria or gymnasium, they should proceed orderly through the nearest exits.  When students are outside, they should move away from the parking areas and paved areas onto the grass, leaving all driveways clear and follow the directions of the faculty or staff.  Students are to remain orderly and attentive so that they may hear any possible directives and announcements.  No one is to enter the building without administrative permission (PA announcement).

EMERGENCY EVACUATION (8420)

Students and staff will be directed over the public address system to gather up all belongings and quickly evacuate the building using the same evacuation procedures as utilized in a fire drill.  STUDENTS SHOULD NOT GO TO ANY OTHER AREAS TO SECURE BELONGINGS.  STUDENTS SHOULD ONLY TAKE THE ITEMS THAT ARE WITH THEM AT THE TIME THE EVACUATION IS ORDERED.  CELL PHONES ARE NOT PERMITTED TO BE USED DURING AN EMERGENCY EVACUATION.

Students are to remain orderly and attentive so that they may hear any possible directives and announcements.  If the students are not orderly, attentive, and quiet, the discipline code will be enforced. No one is to enter the building without administrative permission (PA announcement).

In the event that the school needs to relocate to an alternative facility, the school will enact its reunification plan.  Information regarding the reunification of students with their parent/guardian will attempt to be disseminated through the School Messenger System and District Website.  Parents/Guardians are asked to bring a photo ID when retrieving their child.

EMERGENCY LOCKDOWN / LOCKOUT

Students and staff will be notified of an emergency lockdown/lockout over the public address system.  Staff and students will quickly move into lockdown/lockout mode.

Students are to remain orderly and attentive so that they may hear any possible directives and announcements.  If the students are not orderly, attentive, and quiet, the discipline code will be enforced. No one is to enter the building without administrative permission (PA announcement).

In case of an emergency situation, parents, please do not come to schools. The district will keep parents informed

VIDEO SURVEILLANCE (7441)

The Township of Franklin Board of Education has authorized the use of surveillance cameras in school and on school grounds to support the provision of a safe environment.  The Administration may use images depicted on video surveillance to determine appropriate discipline for inappropriate behavior.  Please understand video cannot be viewed by non-school personnel for confidentiality reasons

VISITORS

All visitors must report to the main office for a visitor’s pass in order to be present in the building.  Except in cases of emergency, parents/guardians are encouraged to make an appointment in advance.  Student visitors are not permitted.  Parents will be asked to show identification prior to picking up their child.  If someone other than a parent/guardian is picking up a child, written documentation is required.  

A drop off cart will be placed at the school’s entrance.  Parents wishing to simply drop off an item for a student or to the school are asked to leave the item (with the child’s name on it) for retrieval by main office personnel.  

PETS

Sorry, but pets and other animals are not permitted in school due to student allergies and liability concerns.

SELLING OF GOODS AND “TRADING”

At no time are students permitted to sell goods or “trade” with other students.  Students may be subject to disciplinary consequences at the discretion of the Principal.

CHANGE OF ADDRESS/PHONE NUMBER


If a student is moving from one address to another within the school district, the parent/guardian must report the change to the Administrative Office in the form of a letter. Furthermore,
proof of residency will be required.

If a student is going to transfer to another school district, the parent must first schedule an appointment with the school’s main office. Once the appointment has been made, parents/guardians are expected to gather all the “new school” information and bring it with them to their scheduled appointment. A transfer card will then be prepared, processed, recorded and approved in the school office and given to the student’s parent/guardian. Once the release of records form has been signed, the transfer process will take place.  Transcripts (cumulative/permanent records) will be forwarded later to the student’s new school provided the student has fulfilled all responsibilities, returned all textbooks, material, and/or equipment, and paid any outstanding fines.

Parents who change their telephone number at any time are requested to notify the school ASAP so that this change is registered in our office. Only by such notification are we able to keep our records up-to-date and notify parents in the case of an emergency.

LOST AND FOUND

All valuable articles and/or clothing found at school are taken to the school’s cafeteria.  It is important to mark coats, hats, sweaters, sneakers, boots, lunch boxes and lunch bags with the student’s name so that the owner can be readily identified.  It should be noted that the school is not liable for lost, stolen, or damaged property.  Unclaimed items will be donated to a local cause/foundation twice annually.                                                                                                            

Care of School Property (7610)

Students are to maintain respect for school property at all times.  Each student is responsible for his/her own books.  He/she will have to pay for any of his/her books, which are damaged, lost or stolen.  All books are to be covered.  Damage or destruction of school property is covered under the Discipline Code.  The full cost of a replacement textbook will be charged when textbooks are lost or not usable because they are damaged beyond repair.  In a case where a student owes an obligation/fine to the school, including the year-end obligations such as lost books, locks, etc., report cards will be withheld until the obligation has been satisfied.  No student with an outstanding obligation will be allowed to attend a school trip.


Book Fees

Book, novels, instructional resources fees will be in accordance with the following scale:

CONDITION        PAYMENT

New        Full price

Good        3/4 of new price

Fair        1/2 of new price

Poor        1/4 of new price

Payment will be based upon this rating.  

Philosophy

We believe that extra-curricular activities contribute to school loyalty and happiness in school life, develop personality, establish habits of good citizenship and increase the powers of self-direction. Student activities at Main Road School provide opportunities for students to engage in special interests in addition to curricular experiences.  Student activities help to develop student abilities necessary for leadership as well as those necessary for group participation.  Students who have special talents in fields such as music, art or athletics are given an opportunity to improve their skills to an extent not usually afforded in the classroom.

While student activities are important for the all-around development of the student, regular classroom work must take precedence.  The needs and interest of students, availability of faculty advisors and other factors determine the program of activities developed in our school.  

Parents are requested to promptly pick up their child from after school extra-curricular.  Any student participating in an extra-curricular activity who is not picked up by 4:15 PM may be asked to no longer participate in after school extra-curricular programs.

All students who participate in extra-curricular activities must have good academic, discipline, and attendance standing to remain enrolled in their selected program(s).  Extra-curricular Advisors, respective teachers, and administration reserve the right to exclude a student from a program or school activity/trip due to poor academics, behavior, or attendance.

AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS
We offer a variety of after school clubs.  Your child is not always guaranteed a spot, so do not hesitate to put in for several.  Franklin Twp. Schools do not offer transportation for these students that participate in the after school programs.  So please make sure to include at least two back up people that would be allowed to pick your child up if you are not available.  Please note that a student can be dismissed from clubs at any time if: their attendance, discipline and grades become a problem, students go home on the bus when they are supposed to stay for clubs, and if a parent is late to pick up their child 2 or more times.

Social Activities

(Policy 5850) In keeping with the philosophy of Main Road School, the administration and staff strive to develop a program of positive social activities planned in such a manner as not to interfere with the academic program.  Minimum financial responsibility is placed upon the student, and care is exercised so that no student is excluded for financial reasons.

Any student absent from school, in violation of the district’s attendance policy, assigned restricted study or suspended from school externally (on that given day) is not permitted to attend any after school activities.  Absent students may be allowed to attend with a physician’s note and advanced administrative approval.


Dances

 A Dance is held for 4th grade students to provide a pleasant social experience.   General guidelines are listed below covering responsibilities and conduct.

1.        PTO representatives are in complete charge and all situations are under their authority.

2.        Disruptive behavior will be dealt with in accordance with the guidelines established in the Disciplinary Code.  Social privileges may be revoked at the discretion of the Principal.

3.        Once a student enters a dance, he/she may not leave until it is over, or until his/her parent/guardian comes to take him/her home.

4.        Transportation to and from dances is the responsibility of the parents/guardians.  The school does not provide buses.

5.        Any student may be refused admittance at the discretion of the administration or chaperones.

6.        No guests, other than one guardian, are permitted at school for the dance. 

Concerts

Our music department presents chorus and band concerts in the Winter and Spring.  The concerts enable students to demonstrate their musical abilities and talents.  Such events are scheduled as evening performances typically at Delsea High School’s main theatre.  Parents/guardians and family members are welcome to attend.  

Appropriate concert etiquette is requested at all events.  Cell phones should be powered off, and visitors should only enter and exit the theatre in-between songs.    

FOR ALL EVENING ACTIVITIES--ALL STUDENTS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT OR GUARDIAN THROUGHOUT THE EVENT.

FIELD TRIPS (2340)

Any student who is not in good academic standing, demonstrates chronic or serious misbehavior, may not be eligible to attend a field trip.  Ineligible students will stay back from the trip and participate in an alternate activity during the regular school day.

INTERNET ACCESS AND CONSENT (2361)

Because the school district provides, through connection to the Internet, access to other computer systems around the world, pupils and parents must understand that the Board and System Administrators have no control over content. While most of the content available on the Internet is appropriate and valuable some objectionable material exists. The Board will provide pupil access to the Internet resources only in supervised environments and has taken steps to lock out objectionable areas, but potential dangers still remain. The Board does not condone the use of such materials and does not permit the usage of such materials in the school environment. Some information may contain defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually orientated, threatening, racially offensive or otherwise illegal material. In addition, information that is shared between home and school computers may contain the risk of contaminated or corrupted information. Pupils who knowingly bring such materials into the school environment will be disciplined in accordance with school policy and such activities may result in the termination of such pupils’ accounts on the computer network and their independent use of computers while at school. Specific conditions and services on the computer network and the Internet change from time to time. The Board makes no guarantees with respect to services and specifically resumes no responsibility for:

1. The content of any information or advice received by a pupil from a source outside of the school district or any cost that are incurred

2. Any cost, liability or damage caused by pupil use of the computer network or Internet

3. Any consequence of service interruptions or changes whether or not they were under the control of district staff

4. The privacy of electronic mail the Board shall not be held liable for the use of the computer network and the Internet.

All users will abide by the following terms:

1. Use of the computer network and Internet shall be for educational purposes only.

2. Use of the computer network and Internet shall be for legal purposes only.

3. The computer network and Internet shall not be used to transmit threatening, obscene or harassing material in any form.

4. Pupils will not disrupt the computer network or the Internet services by any unauthorized personal action.

5. Pupils will not attempt to gain access or access any computer sites or files for which they do not have authorization.

6. Pupils will not copy any information in any form to which individuals or organizations hold copyright without specific written permission.

7. Pupils will not engage in game playing on computer networks except when authorized for educational purposes.

8. Pupils will print materials for educational purposes only and only to authorize printers.

9. Pupils will not engage in other activities that do not advance the educational purposes for which computer networks and computers are provided.

VIOLATIONS OF INTERNET ACCESS AND CONSENT (2361)

Individuals violating this policy shall be subjected to the consequences as indicated in Regulation 2361 and other appropriate discipline which includes but not limited to:

1. Use of computer network/computers only under direct supervision

2. Suspension or revocation of network privileges

3. Suspension or revocation of computer privileges

4. Suspension from school

5. Expulsion from school

6. Legal action and prosecution by the authorities

Please refer to the 1-1 ChromeBook Initiative website for specific student technology-related information and procedures at www.franklintwpschools.org

Electronic Devices (5516)

(Policy 5516) Radios, headphones, beepers, cellular phones, iPods, laser pointers, video games or other electronic devices are not to be used during school hours, unless permission is granted by a teacher or staff member.  Students must have all electronic devices turned off and put in their book bag as they enter the building each day.  All electronic devices must remain off and secured throughout the school day, and during after-school activities.  Students with visible electronic devices in their possession will be subject to the Discipline Code.  No videotaping of students or district employees is allowed without permission.  The school is not responsible when these items are lost or stolen.

Furthermore, e-books or tablets (such as Kindles, Nooks, and iPads) can be used for educational purposes only with the permission of a teacher or staff member. If a student uses an electronic device without teacher consent, the infraction is subject to the disciplinary code (as in the case of any other electronic device).  Furthermore, students may not utilize electronic devices in non-instructional areas unless they have obtained prior approval from the principal or his designee.  Students in violation of school procedures may be prohibited from using electronic devices.  Infractions will include detention(s) / suspension of privileges

TOYS and PERSONAL ITEMS

No toys, trading cards, stuffed animals, etc. should be brought to school.  The school is not responsible when these items are lost or stolen.

STUDENT ABSENCES/EARLY RELEASE/TARDY FROM SCHOOL (5200)

THE TOWNSHIP OF FRANKLIN BOARD OF EDUCATION WILL NOT CONDONE NOR PERMIT ABSENCES FROM SCHOOL ON ANY DAY FOR ANY REASON NOT SPECIFIED IN LAW OR POLICY.

A written note from the parent/guardian for the absence is required upon the student’s return to school. The note must contain the pupil’s name, date, reason for absence and the signature of the parent/guardian. In such cases, students are encouraged to make up the work missed.

The orderly conduct of class activity is predicated upon the prompt and precise beginning of the program. Tardiness and Early Release hinders the proper conduct of such activity, imposes distraction which leads to a loss of instructional time for pupils properly in attendance, and denotes school time loss by the tardy pupil.

In the case of lateness, students are required to bring a note written by the parent/ guardian on the day of tardiness. The note should indicate the reason for tardiness. Parents/Guardians and the student must share the responsibility of being on time. (Policy 5200)        Every Five (5) Unexcused Tardies will constitute One (1) Unexcused Absence.

A student shall be recorded as absent in the school register when not in attendance at a session of the school while a member of the school, except students excused for religious observances who shall be recorded as excused.  An unexcused absence that counts towards truancy is a student’s absence from school for a full or portion of a day for any reason that is not an excused absence as defined below:

An absence for a reason not listed above, but deemed excused by the Principal upon a written request by the parent.

The district recognizes and will grant permission for four (4) reasons which create a legitimate need for release from school:

  1. Illness which manifested itself after having reported to school.
  2. Certified appointment with a physician/dentist.
  3. Court appearance with verification of appointment.
  4. Emergencies (as approved by the Principal).

The student must be picked up at the school office. No pupil will be released from school without:

  1. A note from the parent/guardian containing the pupil’s name, date, reason for early dismissal and the signature of the parent/guardian.
  2. A parent/guardian or other authorized person signing a release form in the office.

An absence of five (5) consecutive days or more shall require a doctor’s certificate immediately upon return to school.                                                                        

REPORTING STUDENTS ABSENT/LATE

Parents/Guardians are responsible for notifying the school on the first day of a student’s absence. Notification should be made prior to the beginning of the school day by calling the respective school voice mail box 24 hours a day as follows: MAIN ROAD SCHOOL   629-9500, Ext. 2500.  When calling, give your name, your absent child’s name and grade, and the number of days you expect the child to be absent. By keeping the calls brief, the telephone lines will be open for other parents to report their child’s absence.  It is EXTREMELY important that the parent/guardian call the school. However, in the event this procedure is not followed by the parent/guardian, assigned school personnel shall contact the home. If contact cannot be made, the attendance officer shall be sent to the home. If the absence continues unexplained, the local police will be notified.

Students with 12 or more unexcused absences will lose all “extra” privileges and extra-curricular activities.  Doctor’s notes must be dated within 10 days of the date the child returns to school.  DCP&P may also be contacted with the concern that the child may be suffering from parental neglect.  

Parents will be notified periodically, in writing, of their child’s absence and tardy totals.  Parents and students are also encouraged to regularly view their absence and tardy totals through the Real Time system.  A list of New Jersey Department of Education authorized religious holidays can be accessed at http://www.state.nj.us/education/genfo/holidays1415.htm.

                                          MAKE-UP WORK

Pupils absent for any reason must make up assignments, class work, and tests within a reasonable length of time. Parents should provide adequate notice to teachers for requests of make-up work (preferably 24 hours). Such requests shall be limited to five days of work at a time. Additional requests will be honored when the work from the initial request is completed and submitted.

HOMEWORK/CLASSWORK

All children are expected to complete homework/classwork.  Children who do not complete homework will stay in for recess, until the assignments are complete.  This is not a punishment, but instead an opportunity to complete the school work which was not completed when originally requested.  Regardless of whether it is a missed homework assignment or schoolwork that was missed due to absenteeism, all schoolwork must be completed for assessment purposes and for promotion to the next grade level.  

                             STUDENT CLASSROOM PLACEMENT (5120)

Generally, parent’s and /or legal guardian’s requests on behalf of their child for specific teacher assignments will not be considered.  However, it is recognized that occasionally an extenuating circumstance may exist based on a parent’s personal experience with a teacher that may result in a request for a child to not be assigned to a specific teacher’s class.    Parents /guardians who choose to communicate this type of information are to do so in writing prior to June 1st.  The decision of the Principal regarding the teacher assignment shall be final.  Students have been placed into their academic assignments according to a multiple measures rubric and teacher’s recommendation.

HOME INSTRUCTION (2412)

To provide uninterrupted education for students unable to attend their regular classes because of illness or disability, away from school instruction will be provided subject to the following conditions:

PROMOTION/RETENTION (5410)

The Board of Education recognizes that each child develops and grows in a unique pattern and that pupils should be placed in the educational setting most appropriate to their social, physical, and educational needs.  Each pupil enrolled in this district shall be moved forward in a continuous program of learning in harmony with his/her own development.

 

Standards for pupil promotion shall be related to the NJ State Standards and district goals and objectives and to the accomplishments of pupils.  A pupil in the elementary grades will be promoted to the next succeeding grade level when he/she has completed the course requirements at the presently assigned grade; has achieved the instructional objectives set for the present grade; has demonstrated the proficiencies required for movement into the educational program of the next grade; and has demonstrated the degree of social, emotional, and physical maturation necessary for a successful learning experience in the next grade.

School attendance shall be a factor in the determination of a pupil's promotion or retention.  A student may be retained at grade level, in accordance with Policy 5410, when he/she has been deemed chronically absent, whatever the reason for the absence, except for the observance of a religious holiday and absences due to student’s suspension will not count towards the total.

Classroom teachers shall recommend to the Building Principal the promotion or retention of each pupil.  Parent(s) or legal guardian(s) and adult pupils may appeal a promotion or retention decision to the Superintendent whose decision shall be final.  

FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION PROGRAM (2242)

A Family Life Education Curriculum is presented in grade 4.  The curriculum guide and all instructional materials are available for review upon the written request of parents and guardians to the school principal.  The child of any parent or guardian who presents to the school principal a signed statement that any part of the instruction in family life education is in conflict with his/her conscience or sincerely held moral or religious beliefs, shall be excused from that portion of the course where such instruction is being given and no penalty shall be incurred.

Gifted Program (2464)

The district operates a program for students in grades 3 and 4 who are identified as “gifted and talented” according to Board approved district criteria and procedures.  All students are assessed for their eligibility in the program.  Information regarding an overview of the program and the criteria for the selection is available upon written request from the curriculum office.   Parents who feel their child was overlooked for the program should send a letter of appeal to the curriculum office.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM

The school system has developed a complete program of physical education in accordance with state regulations.  All students are required to wear appropriate footwear, (sneakers) and participate in this program unless excused for valid medical reasons.  A written Doctor’s note must be provided for any exclusion from physical education.  Proper footwear must be worn for the teacher to conduct assessment in instruction.

BASIC SKILLS INSTRUCTION

This program offers remedial services in Language Arts Literacy and Mathematics.  Students are identified for remedial and/or supplemental instruction by district assessments, teacher recommendation, report card progress, and performance level.  Small group instruction focuses on individual needs of the children.

INTERVENTION AND REFERRAL SERVICES ( 2417)

This group, guidance counselor, the school nurse, and teachers, provides assistance in the development of educational strategies for students experiencing academic and/or behavioral difficulties.  Parents may access information regarding this program through the school counselor.

SPECIAL EDUCATION

The Child Study Team provides the district with diagnostic, instructional and counseling services. In addition to its supervisor, the department is made up of teachers, speech therapists, psychologists, social workers, learning disability specialists and consultant psychiatrists, all of whom work with the district’s professional staff in helping students overcome severe learning problems. Parents may access referral information through the Supervisor of Special Services or the district’s website- www.franklintwpschools.org.

INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT (IPM) (7422)

School follows all IPM protocols for treating pests in and around the building. Methods of treating any pest problems always begin with non-chemical remedies. Specific information regarding IPM practices is located in the main office, or can be discussed by contacting Mr. Thomas Rambone, Facilities Supervisor at 856-629-9500 X1210.

SECTION 504 / ADA Compliance

The School Curriculum Coordinator, Mrs. Jaime Doldan , is the district’s ADA Coordinator and Public Agency Compliance Officer.  She is responsible for ensuring adherence to the law.  Alleged grievances relating to compliance or ADA should be presented promptly to Mrs. Doldan. Any questions or concerns should be addressed to this supervisor at 3228 Coles Mill Road, Franklinville, NJ 08322-3029.  Phone 626-9500, Ext. 1218.  

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/TITLE IX (1140)

  1. The Township of Franklin Board of Education is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment because of sex, race, color, creed, religion, handicap, domicile, marital or parent status or national origin. The Board ensures equality in all educational programs and services.
  2. A copy of the district’s affirmative action plan and grievance procedure is available for review from a school Principal or Superintendent upon request. Also available for review is the district’s equity objectives and plans.
  3. Alleged grievances of discrimination should be presented promptly to the affirmative action officer. Any questions or concerns regarding affirmative action should be addressed to 3228 Coles Mill Road, Franklinville, NJ 08322. Phone: 629-9500, extension 1221.
  4. Anyone interested in participating in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the District’s equity programs should contact the Superintendent.

RIGHT TO KNOW / MEDICAL ALERTS (7433)

Safety includes information about the use and storage of hazardous substances. Parent/Guardians are advised as follows:

  1. Notice of any construction or other activities involving hazardous substances will be posted on the bulletin board of their children’s school;
  2. Hazardous substances may be stored at the school at various times throughout the year;
  3. Hazardous substances fact sheets for any of the hazardous substances being used or stored are available at the school.

CONTAGIOUS DISEASES (5320)

In order to prevent epidemics and protect the health of the children, the exclusion periods for communicable diseases are as follows:

Chicken Pox-6 days or until all lesions are in the scab stage.

Conjunctivitis-24-72 hours or until the discharge has ceased or doctor’s certificate is presented.

Measles-5 days after onset of rash.

Mononucleosis-doctor’s certificate required.

Mumps-minimum of 9 days or until swelling subsides.

Pediculosis (head lice)-lice and eggs must be removed before returning.

Scabies, Impetigo, Ringworm (Tinea Capitis)-doctor’s certificate required.

Scarlet Fever-excluded for two days after the onset of therapy.

Streptococcal Infection-(Strep Throat, Scarletina)-doctor’s certificate to return or after 24 hours of treatment.

Whooping Cough-doctor’s certificate required.

Children who have an elevated temperature should always be kept home and away from other children for 24 hours. Other children in the family may attend school. A physician’s note is required for a student to return to school who has been absent for five or more consecutive days due to illness/injury.  

MEDICATION (Policy 5330)

The Board shall not be responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of student illness.  The administration of prescribed medication to a student during school hours will be permitted only when failure to take such medication would jeopardize the health of the student or the student would not be able to attend school if the medicine were not made available to him/her during school hours.

Before any medication shall be administered, the board requires that pertinent information be provided by a physician and the parent(s). A medication consent form is available from the school nurse. The nurse will handle any necessary inquiries regarding the information provided, secure the medication, and dispense the dosage to the student.  All medicine should be brought to and from school by a parent.  Children should never bring medicine to and from school.  (This includes prescription medicine as well as over-the-counter medicine.)  

MANAGEMENT OF LIFE THREATENING ALLERGIES IN SCHOOLS (Policy 5331)

The Board recognizes pupils may have allergies to certain foods and other substances, and may be at risk for anaphylaxis. If your child is allergic to foods and/or other substances, notify the nurse of the school your child is attending.  Parents of children with food allergies are not guaranteed attendance at classroom parties and field trips since a certified school nurse will be present at all times.

DRUG/ALCOHOL POLICY (5530)

The Board has adopted policy and procedures for the evaluation and treatment of pupils who possess, consume or who, on reasonable grounds, are suspected of being under the influence of alcoholic beverages or controlled dangerous substances.                                                                 

DRESS CODE

Certain styles of dress and grooming are not considered appropriate for public school. In making the determination for appropriate school dress, the administration considers three important areas: modesty, cleanliness and safety. Examples of inappropriate student attire include, but are not limited to, the following:

Shirts, blouses, dresses, etc., with bare backs or that display a bare midriff; or inappropriately short skirts and shorts- must reach fingertips; bike shorts or inappropriately tight skirts or pants; net shirts; shirts with inappropriate wording, messages or pictures; tank tops, sleeveless shirts; undergarments worn as outer garments; hats worn in the building, sunglasses. For student safety, all footwear should cover the entire foot and all laced shoes must be tied securely. Shoes that contain roller skates are not permitted.

When the administration has determined that a student is inappropriately dressed, that student will be given the opportunity to change into appropriate attire if it is available. If appropriate attire is not available, the student will be removed from class and the parents notified. This action could result in an absence of school for the day. Continued violations may also result in further disciplinary action. 

CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT

The Board of Education adopts a Pupil Discipline/Code of Conduct Policy to establish standards and procedures for positive pupil development and behavioral expectations on school grounds, including on a school bus or at school-sponsored functions, and as appropriate, for conduct away from school grounds.

Every pupil enrolled in this district shall observe promulgated rules and regulations and submit to the discipline imposed for infraction of those rules.  Regulation 5600 shall include a description of school responses and consequences to violations of the behavioral expectations established by the Board that, at a minimum, are graded according to the severity of the offenses, considering the developmental ages of the pupil offenders and pupils’ histories of inappropriate behaviors pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:16-7.1(c)5. 

Students who demonstrate general classroom misconduct or non-compliance, may receive a recess or after school detention and/or loss of classroom privileges at the discretion of his/her teacher.  Students who demonstrate ongoing misbehavior and/or are suspended from school within thirty (30) days of a field trip/activity will lose their privileges to attend such field trip/activity.  The removal of a field trip/activity may be used as an alternative or supplemental consequence to the normal discipline consequences stated in the chart of discipline.

DISCIPLINE CHART

 

Below is a listing of pupil behaviors that are subject to pupil discipline including suspension or expulsion pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:37-2.  The School Principal and/or Superintendent may modify the disciplinary actions specified in the chart of discipline on a case by case basis. Restorative practices may be issued in conjunction with discipline. The behaviors include, but are not limited to:

Main Road School

STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT

Infraction

Occurrence

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

  1.  Class Contact Time 

(If a student incurs four incidents within this category of offenses, the student will not be permitted to attend activities or trips for 30 days.)  Learning assignments, referral to the counselor, and assignment of mentors may be utilized as Restorative practices in replacement of traditional class contact time violations.

A. Leaving class without permission

Parent Contact

2 Recess Detentions

Restorative

Parent Contact

After School 

Detention

Restorative

Parent Contact

2  After School

Detentions

Restorative

Parent Contact

1 Day of

External Suspension

Parent Contact

2 Days of

External Suspension

B. Leaving the school grounds or site of school activity without permission

Parent Conference

2 Days of

External Suspension

Parent Conference

5 Days of

External Suspension

w/ Referral to Crisis Team

Parent Conference

10 Days of External Suspension

w/ Referral to Crisis Team

C. Misbehavior in restroom

Administrative Warning

Parent Contact

1 Recess

Detention Restorative

Restroom

Restriction

Parent Contact

2 Recess

Detentions Restorative

Restroom

Restriction

w/escort

Parent Contact

1 After School

Detention Restorative

Restroom

Restriction

w/escort

Parent Contact

2  After School

Detentions

Restorative

Restroom

Restriction

w/escort

D. Refusal to leave a classroom (or other assigned area of the school)

Parent Contact

1 Recess Detention

Restorative

Parent Conference

2 Recess Detentions

Restorative

Parent Conference

1 After School 

Detention

Restorative

Parent Conference

2  After School

Detentions

Restorative

Parent Conference

1 Day of

External Suspension

  1.   General Student Behavior

(If a student incurs two incidents within this category of offenses, the student will not be permitted to attend activities or trips for 30 days.)  Learning assignments, referral to the counselor, and assignment of mentors may be utilized as Restorative practices to supplement general student misbehavior violations.

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

A. General misconduct including, but not limited to, disruption of school activities, excessive noise, throwing objects, distracting actions or comments, inappropriate language.

Parent Contact

1 Recess Detention

Restorative

Parent Contact

2 Recess Detentions

Restorative

Parent Contact

1  After School Detention

Restorative

Parent Contact

2  After School Detentions

Restorative

Parent Conference

1 Day of

External Suspension

Additional Infractions will yield a 2 Day External Suspension

B. Physical displays of affection on school property

Parent Contact

Administrative

Warning

Parent

Contact

1 Recess

Detention

Restorative

Parent

Conference

2 Recess

Detentions

Restorative

Parent Conference

1  After School Detention

Restorative

Parent Contact

2  After School Detentions

Restorative

C. Dress Code Violation

1st Offense

Warning

Parent Contact

2nd Offense

2 Recess Detentions Restorative

Parent Contact

3rd and other offenses

Parent Contact

1 Day In School Detention Restorative

Note: Student will be dressed in proper clothing before returning to class

D. Acceptable Use of Technology/Internet Agreement Violation

  • Refer to Electronic Device Code of Conduct
  • Detentions and/or suspension
  • Loss/Limitation of access to computer use
  • Legal action may be necessary if infraction is considered to be of very serious nature.

E. Possession and or playing of electronics, etc.

Administrative

Warning

Confiscation

1 Recess

Detention

Restorative

Confiscation

Parent Conference

2 Recess

Detentions

Restorative

Parent

Conference

1  After School Detention

Restorative

Parent

Conference

2  After School Detentions Restorative

1 Day of

External Suspension

F. Possession/Sounding of of a cell phones (in open view or sounding of device WITHOUT permission)

Administrative

Warning

Confiscation

1 Recess

Detention

Restorative

Confiscation

Parent Conference

2 Recess

Detentions

Restorative

Parent

Conference

1 After School Detention

Restorative

Parent

Conference

2  After School Detentions

Restorative

Note:  At third confiscation, students will lose cell phone privileges


G. Cell phone usage during school day. This includes all unauthorized devices.

Confiscation

Parent Contact

1 Recess

Detention

Restorative

Confiscation

Parent Contact

2 Recess

Detentions

Restorative

Confiscation

Parent

Conference

1  After School Detention

Restorative

Parent

Conference

2 After School Detentions

Restorative

Parent Conference

1 Day of

External Suspension

Note:  At third confiscation, students will lose the privilege of bringing devices to school

L. Failure to report to teacher detention.

Parent  Contact

2 Recess Detentions

Restorative

Parent Contact

1 After School Detention

Restorative

Parent Contact

2  After School Detentions

Restorative

Parent Conference

1 Day of

External Suspension

M. Disruptive behavior in class.

Parent Contact

1 Recess Detention
Restorative

Parent Contact

2 Recess Detentions
Restorative

Parent Contact

1  After School Detention
Restorative

Parent Contact

2  After School Detentions
Restorative

Parent Conference

1 Day of

External Suspension

Additional Infractions will yield a 2 day External Suspension

N. Cafeteria Misbehavior

Administrative Warning

Parent Contact

1 Lunch Detention Restorative

Parent Contact

2  Lunch Detentions Restorative

Parent Contact

3 Lunch Detentions Restorative

Parent Contact

Removal from the cafeteria for 30 days

O. Recess Misbehavior

Administrative Warning

Parent Contact

1 Recess Detention
Restorative

Parent Contact

2 Recess Detentions
Restorative

Parent Contact

1 After School Detention
Restorative

Parent Contact

2 After School Detentions
Restorative

P. Disrespectful Behavior  Towards Another Person

Parent Contact

2 Recess Detentions
Restorative

Parent Contact

1 After School Detention
Restorative

Parent Contact

2 After School Detentions
Restorative

Parent Contact

1 Day of

External Suspension

Parent Contact

2 Days of External Suspension

Q. Disrespectful Comments That Include Racial or Sexual Content OR Content Directed Towards a Protected Class or Distinguishing Characteristic

Parent Contact

2 Recess Detentions

Restorative

Learning Assignment

Possible Referral to LEA and AA Officer

Parent Contact

1 After School Detention

Restorative

Learning Assignment

Possible Referral to LEA and AA Officer

Parent Contact

1 Day of External Suspension

Possible Referral to LEA and AA Officer

Parent Conference

2 Days of External Suspension

Possible Referral to LEA and AA Officer

Parent Conference

5 Days of External Suspension

Possible Referral to L

EA and AA Officer

R. Insubordination / Not Following Directions

Parent Contact

2 Recess Detentions

Restorative

Parent Contact

1  After School Detention


Restorative

Parent Contact

2 After School Detentions

Restorative

Parent Contact

1 Day of

External Suspension

Parent Conference

2 Days of

External Suspension

S. Chewing gum.

To be handled by the classroom teacher

T. Destruction of school or individual’s property  ( over $25 value)

  • Parent Contact/Conference
  • Restitution and/or Repair
  • External Suspension (three to five days for first offense / five days for second or more offenses)
  • Referral to Local Law Enforcement (LEA)

U. Taking the property of the school or an individuals without permission of owner

( over $25 value)  

  • Parent Contact/Conference
  • External Suspension (two days for first offense / five days for second or more offenses)
  • and the return and/or restitution for stolen property
  • Referral to Local Law Enforcement (LEA)

V. Threats or pressure to take property of others

  • Parent Contact/ Conference
  • External Suspension (two days for first offense / five days for second or more offenses)
  • Referral to Local Law Enforcement (LEA)

W. Causing public alarm

  • Parent Contact/ Conference
  • External Suspension pending clearing of a district psychological assessment
  • Charges filed with Local Law Enforcement (LEA)
  • Possible Hearing with Board of Education

III.  Infractions against the person and/or the school

All acts of violence, whether contained in the following section of infractions or not, will not be tolerated. In addition, the student misconduct may be so serious in nature as to require further disciplinary action such as long-term suspension and/or referral to civil authorities. The consequences for each infraction are guidelines rather than a lock step progressive discipline system. The administration reserves the right to impose lesser or greater penalties at any time, depending on the circumstances of the particular infraction.  

(Violations in this category will also yield a 45-day minimum loss of all activities and field trips per incident.)

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

A. Threat of Bodily Injury with intent of harm

Parent Contact

1  After School Detention

Restorative

referred to crisis team  

Parent Conference

2  After School Detentions

Restorative

referred to crisis team  

Parent Conference

1  Day  of External Suspension

referred to crisis team

Parent Conference

 2 days External Suspension

referred to crisis team

B. Jeopardizing the Safety of Others

Parent Contact

1  After School Detention

Restorative

Parent Conference

2  After School Detentions

Restorative

Parent Conference

2  Days of External Suspension

Parent Conference

3 Days of External Suspension

C. Physically violating the rights of others. Including, but not limited to, shoving, pushing, poking, (spontaneous roughhousing) without causing injury

Parent Contact

2 Recess Detentions

or a Restorative Meeting

Parent Contact

1 After School Detention

Restorative

Parent Contact

2 After School Detentions

Restorative

Parent Conference

1 Day of External Suspension

D. Fighting or provoking willful intent to do harm

Parent Conference

2 Day External Suspension or Restorative Meeting

Notification  to LEA

Parent Conference

3 Days External Suspension

Notification to LEA

Parent Conference

5 Days External Suspension

Notification to LEA

Parent Conference

10  Days External Suspension

refer to crisis team

Notification to LEA

E. Assault with Injury

Parent Conference

External Suspension pending school district psychological review

Notification to LEA

F. Profanity or Obscene Language/Gestures Directed Towards a School Employee

Parent Contact

2  After School detentions  Restorative Detention

Parent Conference

1 Day of  External Suspension

Parent Conference

3  Days of External Suspension

G. Possession of a dangerous weapon or use of anything as a weapon, Threatening bodily harm to another with a weapon or dangerous instrument

  • Minimum of two to five days external suspension and parent conference before re-admittance to school. This offense may result in an alternate placement or a disciplinary hearing before the Board of Education. 
  • The weapon will be confiscated and a referral will be made to the local authorities.

H. Possession and/or Use of Firearms

  • Any pupil in possession of and/or committing a crime using a firearm on school property, on a school bus, or any school sponsored function shall be immediately removed from the school’s general education program for a period of not less than one calendar year, and placed on an alternative education school or program depending on a Board of Education hearing. 
  • Immediate notification to Local Law Enforcement (LEA)

 The New Jersey Administrative Code includes in its definition of a firearm “any device or instrument in the nature of a weapon from which may be fired or ejected any solid projectile, slug, pellet, missile or bullet, or any gas vapor, or any other noxious thing.

Note: * In cases involving threats of physical violence in which use of a weapon is either implied or present, the parent must be contacted, the local police authorities must be notified, and the student must be referred immediately to the local crisis center to be seen by a physician, preferably a psychiatrist, to determine if the pupil poses harm or threat to himself/herself or others. The district also reserves the right for an additional clinical psychological examination.  This is a precondition to the student’s re-admittance to school.

I. Possession of a Weapon Facsimile or Illegal Object

Parent Conference

2 Days of  External Suspension

Notification to LEA

Parent Conference

5 Days of  External Suspension

Notification to LEA

Parent Conference

External Suspension Pending a Psychological Examination

Notification to LEA

J. Attempted or Actual Incident of Arson

Parent Conference

External Suspension pending psychological review

Notification to LEA and Municipal Fire Marshal’s Office

K. Substance Abuse Use (including alcohol)

Parent Conference

5 Day External Suspension

Notification to LEA

Parent Conference

External Suspension Pending a Psychological Examination

Notification to LEA

L. Substance Abuse Distribution (including alcohol)

Parent Conference

External Suspension Pending a Psychological Examination

Notification to LEA

  • Any pupil in possession of and/or distributing Substance Abuse (including alcohol) on school property, on a school bus, or any school sponsored function shall be immediately removed from the school’s general education program for a period of not less than one calendar year, and placed on an alternative education school or program depending on a Board of Education hearing.

M. Possession of Fireworks, Tobacco (or Related Product), lighter, matches, e cigarette, etc.

Parent Contact

1 Day of  External Suspension

Notification to LEA

Parent Conference

2 Days of  External Suspension

Notification to LEA

Parent Conference

5 Days of External Suspension

Notification to LEA

Parent Conference

10 Days of External Suspension

Notification to LEA

N. Smoking on School Property or at a School-Sponsored Function

Parent Conference

2 Days of  External Suspension

Notification to LEA

Parent Conference

5 Days of External Suspension

Notification to LEA

Parent Conference

10 Days of External Suspension

Notification to LEA

O. Possession or use of cigarettes, matches, pipes, or any other type of smoking paraphernalia on school property or fireworks.

Parent Conference

2 Days of External Suspension

Notification to LEA

Parent Conference

5 Days of External Suspension

Notification to LEA

Parent Conference

10 Days of External Suspension

Notification to LEA

P. Setting off fireworks, smoke bombs, etc.

Parent Conference/ Contact

Referral to Law Enforcement

5 Days External Suspension (First Offense)

External Suspension pending a hearing with the Board of Education (Second or more Offenses)

Q. Tampering with a fire extinguisher or other safety device.

Parent Conference/ Contact

Referral to Law Enforcement Agency and/or Municipal Fire Marshal's Office

5 Days External Suspension (First Offense)

External Suspension pending a hearing with the Board of Education (Second or more Offenses)

R. Pulling a fire alarm without cause, and/or making telephone threats, which affect school/students’ safety (i.e.; bomb threats); starting a fire in school whether the intent is malicious, damaging, prankish, and/or deliberate.

  • External Suspension pending a hearing with the Board of Education
  • Notification of LEA and Municipal Fire Marshal’s Office
  • Charges will be filed with the local authorities when the infraction is in violation of local, state or federal law

S. Terroristic threats against staff, students and/or facility

  • External Suspension pending a hearing with the Board of Education
  • Notification of LEA

T. Harassing, intimidating, or bullying (including cyber bullying) another student as defined in policy 5512.1 via constant putdowns, ** threats, discriminatory pr prejudicial remarks or acts. This includes inappropriate comments, or behavior which demeans the race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexual orientation of another student, as well as any form of hazing.

Follow District HIB Policy and Regulations

Note: * Should the nature and gravity of a single act of violence and/or harassment be deemed of a very serious nature, the administration reserves the right to place a student in an alternative educational program or be brought before the Board of Education for a disciplinary hearing.

Note: The term LEA is referring to the “Local Law Enforcement Agency”.  For our school district purposes the Local Law Enforcement Agency is the Franklin Township Police Department.

  Administrative discretion will be used when determining discipline categories and infractions of incidents due to the varying maturity levels of students within these grade levels.


1-1 Chrome Book Initiative Code of Conduct Related Infractions

Infraction

First Offense

Second Offense

Third Offense

Accidental Damage to a Chrome Book or Accessory

Warning / Written Reflection

Detention / Loss of Chrome Book for Ten Days

Detention / Loss of Chrome Book for Thirty Days

Misuse of a Chrome Book or Accessory

Written Reflection / Loss of Chrome Book for Five Days

Detention / Loss of Chrome Book for Thirty Days

Detention / Loss of Chrome Book for One Trimester

Uncharged or Chrome Books Left at Home

(per trimester)

Warning

Detention / Loss of Chrome Book for Five Days

Detention / Loss of Chrome Book for Thirty Days

Lost / Destroyed Chrome Book or Accessory

Warning / Written Reflection / Loss of Chrome Book of Five Days / Restitution

Detention / Restitution / Written Reflection / Loss of Chrome Book for Thirty Days

Two Day Out of School Suspension / Restitution / Loss of Chrome Book for One Trimester

Intentional Damage to a Chrome Book or Accessory

Three to Five Day Out of School Suspension /  Referral to Local Law Enforcement Agency / Loss of Chrome Book / Restitution

Administration reserves the right to modify the consequences of chrome book related infractions as necessary.

Further information pertaining to the code of conduct and the appeals procedure can be found on our district’s website at www.franklintwpschools.org.

HARASSMENT/INTIMIDATION/BULLYING (5751)

Harassment is a violation of state and federal laws. The Board of Education has adopted Policy 5751 to address this topic. Copies are available online or upon written request to the Principal.

The Board of Education prohibits acts of harassment, intimidation, or bullying of a pupil.  A safe and civil environment in school is necessary for pupils to learn and achieve high academic standards. Harassment, intimidation, or bullying, like other disruptive or violent behaviors, is conduct that disrupts both a pupil’s ability to learn and a school’s ability to educate its pupils in a safe and disciplined environment.  Since pupils learn by example, school administrators, faculty, staff and volunteers should be commended for demonstrating appropriate behavior, treating others with civility and respect, and refusing to tolerate harassment, intimidation, or bullying.

“Harassment, intimidation, or bullying” means any gesture, any written, verbal or physical act, or any electronic communication, as defined in N.J.S.A. 18A:37-14, whether it be a single incident or a series of incidents that:

1.         Is reasonably perceived as being motivated by either any actual or perceived characteristic, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or a mental, physical or sensory disability; or by any other distinguishing characteristic; and that

2.         Takes place on school property, at any school-sponsored function, on a school bus, or off school grounds, as provided for in N.J.S.A. 18A:37-15.3, and that

3.         Substantially disrupts or interferes with the orderly operation of the school or the rights of other pupils; and that

4.         A reasonable person should know, under the circumstances, that the act(s) will have the effect of physically or emotionally harming a pupil or damaging the pupil’s property, or placing a pupil in reasonable fear of physical or emotional harm to his/her person or damage to his/her property; or

5.         Has the effect of insulting or demeaning any pupil or group of pupils; or

6.         Creates a hostile educational environment for the pupil by interfering with a pupil’s education or by severely or pervasively causing physical or emotional harm to the pupil.

 “Electronic communication” means a communication transmitted by means of an electronic device, including, but not limited to: a telephone, cellular phone, computer, or pager.

The Board Of Education has adopted Policy 5512.01 and 5512.02 prohibiting acts of harassment, intimidation and bullying. You can view this policy by visiting our website, www.franklintwpschools.org. The school principal and school anti-bullying specialist are to be promptly notified when instances of H.I.B. are suspected.

The District Anti-Bullying Co-Coordinators are Mrs. Barbara Dobzanski, Supervisor and Mr. Theodore Peters, Principal.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

Throughout the course of the school year, in-class student recognition programs often culminate with the child’s parent/guardian having the opportunity to come into the class to read to the students or assist with school-wide events.  Parents are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.  Older siblings can, at times, be involved in these activities with Principal approval but at no time will non-school age children be permitted in the classroom. Parents are strongly urged to join and support the PTO.  This organization can be helpful in keeping parents aware of the progress and development of our school program and in helping to make our school an increasingly effective educational institution.  Similarly, parents may choose to join “Parents for Positive Change”, a parent group which supports the programs of special needs students within the district.  Meeting dates are published on the District’s website and on the school’s monthly calendar. Parents interested in participating in school events are encouraged to view the website at: http://www.franklintwpschools.org/index.php/parentsstudents/ptopta/

SEASONAL CELEBRATIONS

(Policy 5850) Main Road School recognizes that seasonal events and activities are important to the children’s understanding of the world around them and related activities provide practice in student development of appropriate socialization skills.  Specific school wide celebrations are run by the teachers and PTO. Note: Permitted and/or not permitted per Health department recommendations/guidelines ( 2021-2022)

        PTO head room parents coordinate the above listed events and up to three parents per classroom are permitted to attend each of these activities.  Each person attending must be on the guest list, provide valid photo identification, and wear an ID sticker at all times while in the building.  Children’s siblings and additional relatives or friends are not permitted to attend.

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS

Birthdays are a special time and while it is recognized that parents/guardians would like to bring in a birthday treat, they are restricted from doing so as some children in our school have food allergies and sensitivities.  Instead, parents are encouraged to contact our cafeteria Food Services Director at 856-697-0220 X2109, to purchase a cafeteria provided treat to be given to the class during lunch.  (Birthday treats cost a total of approximately $10-$20 for a classroom of 25 students, depending on the treat selected.)  Cafeteria personnel will ensure that all children in the class have dietary requirements met.  Parents/guardians are also invited to eat lunch with their child in the cafeteria on that day.  Please notify the main office 24 hrs. prior to a lunch visitation or visitation will not be granted.  Cafeteria staff will gladly take a birthday photo of your child but parents/guests photographing others in the Cafeteria is unfortunately not permitted. Parents are only permitted to eat lunch with their child for a birthday celebration.  Note: Permitted and/or not permitted per Health department recommendations /guidelines ( 2021-2022)

CAFETERIA (8500)

The Township of Franklin Public School cafeteria offers a balanced lunch at a minimum cost to the student. The cafeteria participates in the federal lunch and milk program and abides by its rules and regulations. Lunch includes a choice of three to five items. These lunches are paid on a daily basis. All students eat in the cafeteria whether lunches are brought or purchased. Breakfast is also available at Main Road School. Parents may monitor their child’s lunchroom purchases through the Realtime Parent Portal on the district’s website. School Lunch Calendars for breakfast and lunch are posted on the district’s website along with prices, at www.franklintwpschools.org.