K-12 Parent/Student Handbook
Portrait of the Craftsbury Graduate Page 2
Personnel and Contact Information Pages 3-5
School-Wide Expectations and Discipline Procedures Pages 5-8
Common Guidelines (including lunch, dress, recess, parking) Pages 8-9
Senior Privileges Page 9
Electronic Device Procedures Pages 11-12
Attendance Pages 12-14
Co-Curricular Activities, including eligibility Pages 15-17
Health Services Pages 17-20
Frequently Asked Questions about School Operations Pages 20-24
School Board Policies, Including Bullying/Harassment Pages 24-44
State and Federal Mandated Laws and Notifications Pages 44-47
Technology--Acceptable Use Notification/Agreement Pages 47-49
Home/School Compact Pages 50
School Year and Grade Reporting Calendars Pages 51-53
Principal's Message – Merri Greenia
Much is new in Craftsbury Schools this year. We welcome many new students, from preschool through grade 12. Fourteen students from Wolcott and Stannard are coming to grade 7, and five students are joining as part of the Craftsbury Outdoor Education Academy (COSA), a joint venture between Craftsbury Academy and the Outdoor Center. We are also excited by some program changes. Spanish instruction will now begin in kindergarten, thanks to the addition of a part time Spanish teacher for grades K-7. As we move to proficiency based grading by 2020, a 4 point scale will replace percentage scores on middle and high school report cards. To increase learning engagement, the staff has developed new procedures for digital devices. Please review the new procedures on pages 11 and 12 of the handbook. The staff is focusing on school climate through a focus on C.A.R.E.S. Learn more about Craftsbury CARES, our school wide expectation, on pages 5 and 6. We will host a parent meeting on Thursday, August 31st beginning at 6:00 for middle and high school parents to talk about all that is new. Please join us.
What are the outcomes we are aiming for? In 2011 the Craftsbury School Board established the following Ends for all Craftsbury students.
The Portrait of the Craftsbury Graduate
KNOWLEDGE AND CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS: The graduate has a high level of content mastery and demonstrates creative and critical thinking. The student can acquire, integrate and use this information in novel situations.
COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION PROCESSING: The graduate can organize and express ideas clearly and communicate effectively to diverse audiences, using a variety of media. The graduate can differentiate and assess the validity of information sources and interpret and analyze the information effectively.
LEADERSHIP AND COLLABORATION: The graduate is able to both lead groups and follow the leadership of others in a variety of settings, monitoring and regulating his/her behavior in order to achieve group goals.
CITIZENSHIP: The graduate regularly volunteers his or her time and talents in the school and town. As a member of the larger state, national, and global communities, the graduate lives in a way to ensure quality of life for future generations.
PERSONAL WELLNESS: The graduate is physically, emotionally and fiscally prepared and participates in a variety of sustainable activities.
Who leads and staffs our schools?
Craftsbury School Board
Harry Miller, Chair John Smith
Mary Lou Ryland Isaacson Anne Morse
School Board meetings are generally held the second Tuesday of each month in the Academy Common Room. Additional meetings are warned on an as-needed basis. Three times per year, the Board meets with other district Boards in a Carousel meeting. A schedule of these meetings is available on the School Board website and at the supervisory union office. Board meetings generally begin at 6:00 pm, and meetings are open to the public.
Carolyn Aiossa Elementary Instructional Support
Senta Augsberger Elementary Physical Education
Jack Bassett Technology Support
Christina Billings Kindergarten Instructional Support
Derek Cipriano Middle/High School Physical Education
Alana Considine Pre-K to 7 World Language
Aaron Cornelius 9-12 Social Studies
Andrea Dobson K-12 School Nurse
Dominique L. Dubuque High School Consulting Teacher & Social Studies
Jean Dutton Elementary Math
Tule Fogg K-12 Art
Sally Guebara K-12 Guidance
Emmie Guild Planning Room Supervisor and Study Hall Monitor
Mary Hall High School Instructional Support
Anne Hanson Preschool
Aimee Harnden-McPhee Middle School Special Education
Charles Hess Drivers’ Education
Hillarie Holbrook 5-6 Team
Gailene Hurlbut Elementary Instructional Support
Thomasina Jacobs Middle School Instructional Support
Alyssa Krebs 7-8 English Language Arts
Christine Languerand 7-8 Math
Jennifer Linck K-12 Librarian
Tina Lyon 5-6 Team
Lisa Martin-Baker Middle and High School Instructional Support
Barbara Massucci 3rd and 4th Grade Teacher
Casey McGill 9-12 English
Val Mesa Kindergarten
Sarah Miller 8-12 Spanish
Joshua Prue 9-12 Math
Ethan Self 9-12 Science
Susan Steenkamp Elementary Special Education
Val Smith Elementary Instructional Support and Food Service
Amy Thompson Elementary Student Support
Beverly Thurber High School English
Jacob Topping Pre K-8 Music, Chorus, and Band
Francine Valcour Service Learning
Jane Walczykowski 7-8 Science and Social Studies
Amy Williams 5-6 Team
Cheryl Williams 1st & 2nd Grade Teacher
Tara Young REACH Coordinator and Preschool Instructional Support
Merri Greenia Principal
Derek Cipriano Director of Athletics
Jane Linck Administrative Assistant
Bruce Prescott Custodian
Scott Reed Custodian
Nan Richardson Administrative Assistant
Darrin Tourangeau Custodian
Fay Wright Food Service Director
Edna Coffin Food Service Assistant
Office of the Superintendent, Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union
Joanne LeBlanc Superintendent of Schools
David Martin Network Manager
Tess Martin Executive Assistant to the Superintendent
Heather Freeman Director of Student Services
Richard Pembroke Chief Financial Officer
Rhoda McClure Director of Curriculum & Assessment, Grants
Grace Maniatty Accounting Manager
Cynthia Epinette Financial Assistant
Cheryl Dopp Human Resources
Sonya Darling Financial Assistant
Angela Smith Payroll Clerk
Brice McIntosh Tech 1 Support
Ted Gates Tech 2 Support
Wanda Webster Medicaid Clerk
Craftsbury Academy Main Office 586-2541
Craftsbury Academy Fax 586-7524
Craftsbury Elementary School 586-9671
OSSU Superintendent’s Office 472-6531
E-Mails may be sent to any OSSU staff member by using the first initial and last name @ossu.org. (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you do not hear back within one business day, please contact the staff member by phone.
We acknowledge and thank the many volunteers who have given so freely of their time and effort. If it were not for their input we would be unable to offer enrichment at its present level. Thank you for your endeavors on behalf of our students. All volunteers must undergo a criminal background check, and approval must be received, in order to volunteer in the school or participate in field trips. This includes fall hikes and winter skiing. If you have not completed the process, please get a form from the office or your child’s teacher and complete as soon as possible. Approval can take up to 8 weeks. If you have not already completed the process, it is unlikely that you will be able to participate in fall field trips.
How do Craftsbury Schools operate?
School-Wide Expectations & Discipline Procedures
Craftsbury is a Positive Behavior Instruction and Support, PBIS, school. We strive to maintain a supportive and engaged learning environment by developing and teaching school wide expectations through C.A.R.E.S, which stands for:
Craftsbury Chargers show cooperation when they:
Craftsbury Chargers show positive assertiveness when they:
Respect, Reliable, Responsible
Craftsbury Chargers show respect, reliability and responsibility when they:
Craftsbury Chargers show empathy when they:
Craftsbury Chargers show self-control when they:
By maintaining a focus on positive expectations and celebrating positive actions as they occur, negative behaviors will decrease. As part of PBIS, it is also important to have a discipline system that supports the Craftsbury Town School District policy, to maintain a safe, orderly, civil, and positive learning environment. A description of the tiered system of behaviors and consequences follows. During the year, staff members will work with the Student Council to explore adding a restorative justice component to the school discipline system.
Tier 1: Tier 1 behaviors are behaviors that disrupt the learning environment. These behaviors include, but are not limited to, interrupting the teacher or other students repeatedly, failing to follow learning directions, or repeated motions or noise that distracts self or others. Teachers may identify other behaviors that negatively impact the learning environment in their classrooms, and may assign a classroom-based intervention to stop the behavior. Classroom-based interventions include redirection, time-outs, and teacher-administered recess detentions. When redirections or other classroom approaches don’t stop the behavior, middle school and high school teachers use a “3 strike” system. Tier 1 behaviors that do not respond to interventions are recorded, and, when 3 are accumulated, a student is given an office referral. The office referral for 3 accumulated Tier 1 violations will result in 3 lunch detentions. The student will be required to fill out a behavior report form, and this form will be sent home along with the staff member report form. A report will be entered in the PowerSchool discipline log as three accumulated Tier I reports.
Tier 2: Tier 2 behaviors violate school policy. These behaviors include, but are not limited to, verbal or physical aggression, insubordination, disruption of the learning environment that makes engagement in learning difficult for most students, destruction of property, or misconduct that could be a violation of Craftsbury’s Hazing, Harassment, or Bullying policies. In cases of a Tier 2 violation, a student will be asked to leave a classroom or other school area and will be directed to report to Mrs. Guild in the study hall or to Mrs. Greenia in the office. Students will generally be assigned 3 lunch detentions for a first Tier 2 violation. However, an after school detention, or an in school or out of school suspension may be assigned based on the severity of the policy violation, the number of such violations that a student has accrued, and/or the emotional state of the student at the time of the incident. Parents will be notified of all out-of-classroom interventions by email or phone, and a staff report of the incident and the student behavior report form will be mailed home. When a student receives multiple behavior reports for either repeated Tier 1 or Tier 2 behaviors, the school will initiate a behavior planning process. The school will consult with the district behavior specialist to create a plan for success. Parents will be invited to participate in the process.
Tier 3: Tier 3 behavior is any behavior that puts members of the school community in immediate danger of harm. This includes any violation of the school weapon or drug policies. Law enforcement will be notified, and the student will receive an immediate out of school suspension.
Middle and High School Planning Room Process
Disciplinary interventions for elementary students will generally involve loss of recess time during which the student will make a plan with a teacher for ways to make restitution and improve behavior. Consequences are based the age of the child or children involved.
Remember--Any behavior that threatens the safety of others will result in immediate in or out of school suspension.
Common Guidelines for School Operations
Food Service Guidelines
This year we are pleased to offer a universal “grab and go” breakfast, free of charge to all students. This change is made possible by a grant from the USDA. As part of the grant, we are committed to expand our procurement of local foods by 10%.
While lunch is an opportunity for students to eat, visit with friends, and get some exercise, it is also part of the school day and students are therefore expected to conduct themselves in a manner that promotes safe behavior and a positive school environment. Except in special circumstances, students are expected to eat lunch in the lunchroom. Students are not allowed to “table surf” during the lunch period.
Guidelines for School Dress
Craftsbury students have the right to choose their own styles of dress and hair. However, school officials have the right to reasonably limit personal appearance and dress of students in order to maintain a safe and orderly educational environment. Clothing which constitutes a health hazard, is offensive or abusive to others, violates the Prevention of Harassment, Hazing & Bullying of Students Policy, or otherwise disrupts the educational environment is not acceptable at school. Students are responsible for dressing appropriately. Items of clothing inappropriate for school include those which:
❏ Promote the use of alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs;
❏ Depict in words or graphics messages that demean, harass, exploit, or ridicule others;
❏ Contain profanity in words, graphics, obscene gestures, actions, or messages; and
❏ Are excessively revealing. Such items include but are not limited to those which expose the chest, abdomen, navel, buttocks,
Final determination of appropriate dress will be made by the administration, and students may be asked to change if clothing violates any of the standards listed above.
In order to play in the gym during recess or class, students must wear clean sneakers. For safety reasons, students may not play in socks or barefeet.
All students are expected to use recess as an opportunity to get exercise and socialize with friends within the parameters of school rules for learning and safety. Ensuring that members of the school community are safe while at school and school functions is the school’s primary responsibility. Conditions can change from day to day based on weather, special activities, or unique student needs. The supervisor on duty may make changes in typical recess activities and guidelines based on those changing conditions.
All students and staff are responsible for maintaining clean and organized common areas, such as hallways and eating areas. Students should use appropriate language, respect others’ property, appreciate student work displays, and walk while passing between classes or periods. Eating in an area other than the cafeteria may be prohibited if students fail to take care of food scraps or food wrappings.
The library and media centers are for students to learn how to access resources and use them to accomplish educational objectives. Students are expected to use the library for doing research or serious study. Students may only use the library with the permission of their assigned teachers. Students are expected to return books on time.
The Craftsbury Town School District will furnish transportation to resident students who reside within the limits of the transportation system as defined by the Board. Several bus routes are available for students to use to get to school. All school rules apply from the moment a student arrives at the bus stop until the time that they are dropped off in the afternoon. Prior written permission must be given for a student to ride on a different bus or to a destination other than his/her home. Notes for K-6 students should be given to the classroom teacher and notes for 7-12 students should be turned in at the office. Students who do not comply with school rules while on the bus may lose their riding privileges, and parents will be responsible for transportation.
The safety of children is our primary concern. Remember when dropping off or picking up students that it is illegal to pass a school bus on the highway or in the school yard when the red lights are flashing.
By policy of the Craftsbury School Board, all students who drive to school must register their vehicles at the school office and park in the designated parking lot, located in Dustan field. Any student who does not park in the designated parking area will be in violation of school rules and subject to school disciplinary consequences, up to and including loss of driving privileges. Seniors who have senior privileges could lose those privileges as a result of parking violations. A copy of the parking policy is available in the school office.
Senior Privileges are a tradition at Craftsbury Academy. It is a way for seniors to demonstrate their responsibility and for the faculty to demonstrate their trust in the members of the senior class. Any senior at Craftsbury Academy who has a cumulative average of 3.0 (85%) or higher at the end of the junior year may begin senior privileges at the beginning of the third week of school. To retain privileges, students must:
* maintain an average of 2.5 (78%) or above in all classes, and
* within the quarter, have a behavior record with no tier 2 policy violations, or more than 2 referrals for accumulated Tier 1 violations
If a student fails to meet academic or behavioral expectations, privileges will be suspended until the next progress report is issued. For reinstatement, all grades must be 2.5, and no further office referrals may occur during the reporting period. Seniors who do not begin privileges during the first quarter may do so at the beginning of the second quarter if they earn grades of 2.5 or higher during quarter 1 and have no more that 2 office referral for accumulated Tier 1 behaviors during that time. The same rules for retaining privileges apply.
Senior privileges allow students to work in a school space of their choice during study halls. They may also leave campus as long as they sign out, and sign back in when they return. Students must attend tutorial, and they must park in the student parking lot, even if they plan to leave and return within a single class period.
Craftsbury Academy’s Electronic Device Procedure 2017-2018
Craftsbury Academy’s electronic device procedure is established under the Craftsbury School Board policy on acceptable use of technology. Electronic devices have become a common means of communication and information access in today’s society. However, these devices have the potential of disrupting the orderly operation of the school. The school has therefore created this procedure to govern the possession and use of electronic devices during school hours.
For purposes of this policy, “Electronic Device” means any privately owned wireless and/or portable electronic handheld equipment. Examples include, but are not limited to, existing and emerging mobile communication systems and smart technologies (cell phones, smartphones, walkie-talkies, 2-way radios, pagers, etc.), portable internet devices (mobile managers, mobile messengers, BlackBerry ™ handsets, etc.), Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs, Palm organizers, pocket PCs, etc.), handheld entertainment systems (video games, CD players, compact DVD players, MP3 players, electronic pets, iPods ©, Walkman ™ devices, etc.), and any other convergent communication technologies that do any of the previously mentioned functions. Electronic devices also include any current or emerging wireless handheld technologies or portable information technology systems that can be used for word processing, wireless Internet access, image capture/recording, sound recording and information transmitting/receiving/storing, etc.
Possession and Use of Electronic Devices
Students and staff may possess and use school-sanctioned devices (approved devices and school-provided laptops/ iPads). Other personal electronic devices, as defined above, are encouraged to be left at home. If the personal electronic device is brought to school, the personal electronic device will be placed in a locked box, where it will remain until the end of the school day at 2:40pm.
Electronic devices shall not be used in a way that threatens, humiliates, harasses, or intimidates any school-related individual. This includes students, employees and school visitors. Devices should never be used in a way that violates local, state or federal law.
If a student violates this procedure, his/her electronic device will be confiscated until the end of the school day. When a school employee confiscates an electronic device under this procedure, he/she shall take reasonable measures to label and secure the device, and will then turn the device over to a school administrator as quickly as the employee’s duties permit.
First offense - The parent/guardian, or student (if 18 or older), must pick up the electronic device at his or her convenience, but no sooner than the end of the school day.
Second offense - The parent/guardian, or student (if 18 or older), must pick up the electronic device at his or her convenience, but no sooner than the end of the school day. The student must also complete a one-hour, after-school detention.
Third offense - The parent/guardian, or student (if 18 or older), must pick up the electronic device at his or her convenience, but no sooner than the end of the school day. The student must also complete two, one hour, after school detentions.
Potential Disciplinary Actions
A student who violates this policy may be prohibited from possession of an electronic device at school-related events such as Hike Day, CAPE, and more.
Security of devices
Students shall be personally and solely responsible for the security of electronic devices brought to school. The school shall not assume responsibility for theft, loss or damage. The school shall not assume responsibility for unauthorized calls made with an electronic device. If devices are loaned to and misused by non-owners, device owners are jointly responsible for the misuse or policy violation(s).
Individuals wishing to report a violation of this policy should contact a school administrator or school employee.
Audio Recording Prohibitions
Camera or audio recording functions of electronic devices may pose threats to the personal privacy of individuals, used to exploit personal information, or compromise the integrity of educational programs. Accordingly, use of the audio recording or camera functions of electronic devices will be strictly prohibited on school premises at all times.
With prior approval of the principal, the above prohibitions may be relaxed under the following circumstances:
How do students learn? The first requirement for strong learning is...
It is the policy of the Craftsbury Town School District to set high expectations for consistent student school attendance in accordance with Vermont law (V.S.A. Title 16, Chapter 25) in order to facilitate and enhance student learning.
The Craftsbury Schools recognize that regular attendance at school is essential for students to succeed. Accurate records of attendance will be kept for all students, and parents will be notified if their child’s attendance becomes a concern. Craftsbury Schools use the Lamoille Restorative Center for issues relating to school attendance. When a student misses 10 or more days of school, a social worker from the Lamoille Restorative Center may contact the family.
VT State Law
Vermont State Law requires that parents ensure that their children attend school regularly. Vermont school law is specific in stating that all students, regardless of age, once enrolled, shall attend school continuously for the full number of days school is held unless the student is mentally or physically unable to attend. For absence of any reason, a student will be allowed to make up work missed.
* Students are expected to remain in school for the entire day. If a student must leave the building because of illness or any other emergency, he/she must be signed out by personnel in the main office. Any parent or designated person picking up a 5-12 student before dismissal must check in at the Academy office, and the Administrative Assistant will have the student report to the office for pick up. Any parent or designated person picking a K-4 student must check in with the student’s classroom teacher.
* A student who must leave because of a doctor's appointment or other appointment that comes up during the day should notify the office first thing in the morning or as soon as he/she knows of the appointment. For students who are under 18 years of age, contact must be made through parents or guardians.
* All middle and high school students leaving early will be required to sign out at the office.
Parents or guardians should contact the school if a student is absent. If no contact is made, a student on returning to school must bring a note to the office from a parent/guardian explaining the reason for an absence. If parents do not notify the school for the reason for an absence by phone or note, the absence will be recorded as unexcused.
The School day begins with homeroom at 7:50 am. Students and parents should plan to be on time every day. Middle and high school students who are late for school will receive a tardy slip from the office before being admitted to class. High school students will receive a lunch detention for every 3 tardies received within a quarter. Students who are late due to a late bus will be admitted without this procedure. All students arriving late must sign in at the office.
If a student has been or will be absent for more than 5 consecutive days, parents should contact the principal to discuss the circumstances of the absences. If a student will be absent due to a scheduled trip, parents should contact the principal at least five days prior to the period of absences to request a waiver of the attendance policy. The principal, after consultation with the appropriate teachers, shall determine whether the request is to be granted. High school students will be required to complete a white slip prior to such an activity. The slip will be signed by each of the student’s teachers and the principal, and will list all work to be completed by the student and the timeline for completing the work (See Make Up Work, below). Extenuating circumstances may be discussed with the student’s teachers, guidance counselor, principal, parent, etc. Absences in excess of ten (10) consecutive school days are in violation of the statutes that pertain to compulsory attendance.
Make up work
The purpose of make-up work is to keep students from falling behind in the subject matter and to ensure that they master the required material. A student will generally be allowed one calendar day for each day of excused absence to make up work. Exceptions may occur in the case of time-sensitive projects. In such cases, students will be notified of the fact before or during an absence. It is the student's responsibility to get all assignments and to make arrangements with the teacher to make up tests and quizzes. Tests announced prior to an absence, or which were communicated to a student during an absence, will be made up on the day of return to school or as determined by the teacher. If a student fails to make up work for excused absences during the required time, he/she will receive a grade reduction as determined by the teacher for the work. Teachers shall allow a student to make up work for unexcused absences for instructional purposes using the time guidelines as above. Partial credit may be given at the discretion of the teacher.
How can students learn and grow outside of class? Students are encouraged to take part in...
Co-curricular activities provide students with opportunities to explore different areas of interest and become more deeply involved in the school environment. These activities are extensions of the school’s academic program, and help students attain important quality indicators such as citizenship, respect for others, problem-solving, and lifelong activities. Co-curricular activities include sports, National Honor Society, Junior National Honor Society, VKAT, the REACH after school program, Student Council, or any other activity determined to be extra--curricular by the administration.
Eligibility for High School Students
Beginning in 2017-2018, all high school teachers will evaluate work habits for each student separately from academic achievement. The habits of work (HOW) evaluated are aligned to the Vermont transferable skills, the Craftsbury Portrait of the Graduate, the the Craftsbury CARES expectations. The habits of work measured are:
A copy of the habits of work rubric can be found on the school website under the high school tab.
Habits of work scores, not academic grades, will be used to determine eligibility for athletics and other co-curricular activities. To be eligible for co-curricular activities, a student must maintain habits of work scores of 2.5 or above in all classes. HOW scores will be evaluated at the end of each progress report and marking period. If a student has a habits of work score below 2.5 in any class, the student will be placed on academic probation for the duration of the next marking period (Progress Report or End of Quarter).
Students on probational eligibility may continue to practice and participate in co-curricular activities as long as they meet the following guidelines:
Students who have been deemed ineligible will follow the following steps.
* A student with any scores below 2.5 at the end of the 4th quarter will carry his/her eligibility status over to quarter one of the following school year.
* A student may request an appeal of eligibility status at any time. A committee, composed of the principal, a teacher, the athletic director, and the superintendent or her designee will make a final decision on a discretionary basis for individual students.
* Ineligible Students may not be dismissed early for games or team functions during the time that they are ineligible. They may not ride a team bus to away games or events.
Eligibility for Students in Grades K-8
Students in grades K-8 may participate in co-curricular activities as long as they maintain acceptable progress in their academic classes and appropriate behavior in the co-curricular activities. Students who demonstrate habits of work that are consistently below proficient may lose the ability to participate, based on the decision of a team meeting that includes the student, parents, faculty, and the principal. In such cases, the student would be able to resume participation when work habits improve. Students in grade 8 participating at the varsity level will be subject to the same eligibility requirements as students in 9-12.
Attendance as applied to extra-curricular and co-curricular activities
Students must attend school in order to practice or participate in any extracurricular activity, including athletics. If a student has a legitimate reason for being absent, such as a college interview, service physical, etc., he or she will be allowed to practice or play that day provided he/she has obtained the principal's permission in advance. Students will be allowed to practice when ineligible, but not to participate in games or public events.
School Suspensions as applied to co-curricular activities
Students may not practice or participate in any athletic activity while they are suspended either in or out of school. If the suspension lasts more than one day, the student cannot participate until the total suspension has been served.
Code of Conduct
By choosing to participate in the Craftsbury Schools co-curricular program, students are accepting the responsibility to represent the school beyond the normal school day. The code of conduct as outlined in the co-curricular contract must be followed.
Substance Abuse Policy
Substance Abuse: The use of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, or performance enhancers by student athletes is prohibited. If a student athlete is found to be using any of these substances, they will be faced with the following consequences:
First offense: Players will be suspended from participating in games for 2 weeks from the date of the infraction. If the student is found using any of these substances in between seasons, they will be suspended for the first two weeks of the next season of play. During this time they are expected to attend all practices and will be subject to the general school rules regarding substance abuse as written in the student handbook. Athletes who fail to attend practices will be removed from the team.
Second offense: If a student is found to have violated the substance abuse policy for a second time they will become ineligible to participate for one month after the infraction. The student will be removed from all games and practices for this month, but may participate in practices once the month long suspension is completed.
* A student may appeal a suspension at any time. A committee composed of the principal, a teacher, and the athletic director will make the final decision on a discretionary basis for individual students.
Participation of Transfer Students
A transfer student is eligible at once provided he/she was a bona fide student in the school from which he/she transferred and was eligible at the time of transfer.
How do we keep everyone healthy?
Health Service Issues
The school employs a part-time nurse who oversees physical, dental, eye and ear examinations. The school nurse monitors immunization records and informs parents/legal guardians of requirements.
The nurse's office is located in the Academy. If a student feels ill, he/she should report directly to the nurse's office. When the nurse is not in, the student should report to the office where he or she will receive assistance from office staff.
In cases of frequent absences, the school nurse may contact the parent or legal guardian to provide assistance and suggestions if such appears warranted.
Any accident which occurs on school property must be reported immediately to the teacher in charge, to the nurse, or to the office. In cases when the nurse is not available, an EMT on staff will provide assistance. The office will inform the student's parents/legal guardians if it is necessary to take the student to the doctor or hospital. In cases of serious illness or injury, staff will call 911 and request an ambulance.
Children should remain at home if they have a severe head cold, fever, sore throat, rash, nausea or vomiting during the night, or have any symptoms of a contagious disease. If a child becomes ill at school or is injured the child's parent or guardian will be notified and asked to take the child home. Parents who do not have a phone should give the office a phone number of a friend or relative whom we may contact in case of an emergency. If a student has a prolonged illness of more than one week or is taking an antibiotic, even if it is not taken at school, please notify the school nurse. Generally, a child needs to take an antibiotic for 24 hours before returning to school. (This is especially important with conjunctivitis, and strep throat.)
When a student has been absent for two or more weeks due to illness, a note from the child's physician is required before the student may return to school.
From time to time, we have had a problem with pediculosis (head lice). The nurse will periodically check students for head lice. If a child is diagnosed with pediculosis parents will be asked to treat him/her before the child returns to school. Parents should check children monthly; if head lice or nits are found, the school nurse should be contacted.
According to state health regulations, all students must have the necessary immunizations in order to attend school, unless a family applies for and receives a religious exemption. Applications for a religious exemption to the immunization law are available in the office. Required exemptions include diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio, and MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) immunizations. HIB and Hepatitis B immunizations are also recommended for your child. When your child receives an immunization, please provide proof of the immunization for the school.
The following screening tests are given by the nurse: hearing and vision screening tests, height and weight measurements, a blood pressure check and scoliosis screening. When there is a need for further evaluation by a physician or an eye doctor, the nurse will contact the parent/legal guardian. It is requested that the results of a doctor's evaluation be reported to the nurse.
It is recognized that some children may be unable to attend school on a regular basis unless they receive prescription medication. While it is more desirable for medication to be administered at home, there may be circumstances that require a student to receive medication during the school day. If this is true, and the school nurse or other school personnel are in any way involved in administering or monitoring the medications, procedures for both prescription and nonprescription medication must be carefully followed.
There must be a current medication order and permission form on file with the school nurse. Permission forms are available at the physician's office or the school nurse's office. The form must be signed by the physician and parent/guardian. A new form for long-term medication is required at the beginning of each school year.
The medication must be brought to school in a container labeled by a pharmacy or practitioner and given to the nurse for safe keeping. The container must have the student's name, the name of the medication, the time the medication is to be given and the name of the doctor who prescribed the medication. We encourage parents to transport medication to and from school. This will protect all children from accidental ingestion of medication and prevent the medication from being misplaced or lost.
Whenever possible, please request two labeled containers from the pharmacy so that one may be kept at home and the other kept at school.
Inhalers labeled with directions for use and the student' name should be kept in the nurse's office. No medication should be carried with the student unless written instructions from his/her physician and parent/guardian to carry and self-medicate are provided to the nurse.
If a prescription is for three times a day, ask your doctor if it can be given before school, after school, and before bed. This avoids medication being transported back and forth from school and from being kept out of refrigeration (i.e. antibiotics).
Non-prescription medications (examples: Tylenol, Advil, etc.) will be administered only after a signed permission form has been received by the school nurse.
General Information About Frequently Asked Questions
What should I do if I have Questions/Concerns/Complaints?
Whenever possible, all questions, concerns or complaints should begin with the person most responsible for a situation. In most cases, a quick meeting or phone call with a teacher or coach will address the issue. If not, please contact the principal, who will hear the concern and take appropriate action. If you are unsatisfied with the principal’s response, please contact the superintendent of schools, Joanne LeBlanc. In all cases, communication must remain respectful. The staff of Craftsbury Schools will suspend conversation with any person who becomes verbally aggressive or abusive.
Will my child go on Field Trips, and will I have the chance to chaperone?
Teachers arrange field trips to supplement and enhance classroom instruction. Parents who would like to accompany a group may make arrangements with the teacher in charge. All field trip chaperones must complete the Criminal records check process. The process can take up to 8 weeks. Request a form from the office if you have not already completed the process and want to chaperone a trip later in the year. Board policy requires all students to have written permission from parents/legal guardians in order to participate in field trips. Attendance on field trips is a privilege. Teachers establish and communicate criteria and necessary preparation for field trips. Students who do not complete assignments or who do not meet the criteria will remain at school under adult supervision. If a fee is involved and a student is unable to pay, he/she should notify the teacher in advance so that other arrangements can be made. School buses or other approved means of transportation will be used for field trips.
Will there be Volunteers and/or Work Study Students in my child’s class? How does the school assure that all volunteers are safe?
The Craftsbury School Board recognizes the valuable contributions made to the schools by volunteers and work study students. It further recognizes that appropriate supervision of volunteers and work study students will enhance their contributions as well as fulfill the responsibility that the school district has for the education and safety of its students. All volunteers must complete the criminal records check process. Forms are available in the school office. A person who is on the Vermont Internet Sex Offender Registry shall not be eligible to be a work study student or serve as a volunteer.
How can I find out what is happening day to day? Where can I find the Daily Announcements?
Published daily, school announcements containing notice of meetings, schedule changes, and general information are distributed to each classroom every morning, generally by 9:30, and classroom teachers are expected to read aloud all pertinent information to their students. Copies of the announcements are posted in each building and posted on the web by the end of the day on most days. The office also e-mails announcements directly to those parents who request the service. If you would like to be added to the list, call Jane or Nan. Students and teachers must submit clearly written items for announcements to the office by 7:45 a.m.
What should I do if there is a Change in Residence or Contact Information?
Please inform the school of any changes in residence, mailing address, telephone numbers (home, work or emergency contact person), and relevant changes in family situations. If your child will be transferring to a school in another town, you will need to complete a records transfer form in the new school. Once our school is notified, the office staff will send health and academic records to the receiving school.
How do I find out about Emergency Closings and Delayed Openings?
In inclement weather the superintendent or her designee may cancel school, or may delay the opening of school. On rare occasions, an emergency such as loss of heat or electricity may cause an early dismissal. Emergency closings and delayed openings will activate individual calls to families using the automated telephone system. The calls go to the numbers we have in PowerSchool, so it is important for families to update contact information as numbers change. Emergency closings and delayed openings will also be broadcast on radio stations WLVB (FM 93.9), WEZF (FM 92.9, WOKO (FM 98.9) and WMOO (FM 92.1) and TV stations WCAX (Channel 3) and WPTZ (Channel 5). In cases where a delayed opening was announced and it becomes necessary to close for the day, the announcement will be made as soon as possible. Early dismissal announcements will be broadcast as soon as the decision is made. Parents are encouraged to have a plan in place for the unlikely event of an early dismissal call.
Will my child need to pay any fees?
Students will be asked to pay for the cost of lost books, or damaged materials, and materials consumed in specialized classes. Students may be asked to pay for field trips. The school may choose not to release final grades until all fees and fines are paid. There may be a charge for admission to certain concerts, plays and athletic events. However, no child will be denied the opportunity to participate due to lack funds. Applications for scholarship support to cover fees should be made through the principal.
Will the school practice Fire Drills and lockdown drills?
Title 16, section 1481 of Vermont Education Law requires every Vermont school to conduct regular fire and secure the building (lockdown) drills. Schools are required to record both the date and time of the drill. These drills are held at the discretion of the principal who gives consideration to such factors as program, weather, and health. Schools must hold an equal number of fire and secure the building drills. Normally students do not remain outside the building for more than three minutes. Specific school evacuation procedures are outlined in the faculty/staff handbook.
Can I purchase Insurance for my child through the school?
Parents may purchase school accident insurance policies to provide coverage for their children either for the school day or for 24 hours a day. These policies are not sponsored by the school system. They are contracts between the insurance company and the insured. The school will provide website contact information to families interested in the program. Students who participate in sports must have accident insurance.
Will my child have a locker? What protection will my child have with his or her locker?
Lockers are assigned to students in grades 5-12 on a "loan" basis for the storage of school materials during the school year. Please be reminded that valuables should not be left unattended in lockers or anywhere else. If a student has an item of value that needs storage, he/she may bring it to the office for safekeeping. It is important that no valuables be stored in lockers used for physical education classes. A locker will be assigned to each student for his/her use and only his/her use. No decals, stickers or writing will be allowed on the outside of lockers. Students are encouraged to buy a combination lock and keep their lockers locked. A second key should be left with the secretaries in the office. As per Craftsbury Schools Policy #F-5, all lockers are the property of the school district and may be opened by school authorities if it is suspected that the contents may be harmful to the safety and/or well-being of the school population. Appropriate due process procedures will be employed in those instances.
Will my child be able to eat breakfast, lunch, or snack at school? What is the Food Program like?
All students can take breakfast and lunch at school. With the support of a Universal Meals grant, all students will now be able to have a “grab and go” breakfast free of charge. Students in the elementary school also have free morning snacks, and snacks are also provided in the REACH after school program. New federal requirements set a minimum price each school can charge for school meals. As a result, full price student lunches are currently priced at $2.80. Menus are sent home and are published on the website. Payment in advance is appreciated and makes it much easier to ensure that meal service is not interrupted due to overdue accounts. Parents will be notified if their child’s account becomes overdrawn before meal service is discontinued. No child will be denied a meal due to a negative account balance, but an alternative meal may be provided. Lunchtime milk is available to students in grades K - 12. All parents are encouraged to apply for free or reduced price meals. Information and applications for each family are sent home with students at the beginning of the school year. Forms are also available in the office. Applications for free or reduced meals may be made at any time during the school year.
We do have almond milk available for those students with a milk allergy that has been verified by a medical professional.
Can my child use the telephone to call home?
Students may use office phones with specific permission from office personnel. Except in emergencies, secretaries will not call students from their classrooms to accept phone calls; however, they will deliver important messages.
What will happen if my child loses a book or destroys school property?
Students are responsible for the proper care of all books, supplies, and furniture supplied by the school, including lockers. Please remember that while you have the right to use the facilities of the school, you do not have the right to abuse them. Those found littering may be assigned a detention period to clean a designated area. Students and parents shall be held responsible for damage to school property caused by negligence and/or malicious intent. Disciplinary action will be initiated when appropriate, and police may become involved.
I belong to a group that would like to use the school for a special event. How can I arrange use of school facilities?
Craftsbury School buildings will, to the extent economically feasible, be made available to civic organizations and groups within the town of Craftsbury. All requests for use of the school must be made through the school office, and the representative of the group requesting the use of the facilities must complete a facility use form.
What will the school do to protect my child’s expensive tablet and other valuables?
The school system assumes no responsibility whatsoever for goods or valuables belonging to pupils, personnel, or visitors whether or not the items are in places designated for safekeeping or elsewhere in the buildings or on the grounds.
Large sums of money or other valuables should be left at home. If this proves impractical on occasion, such items should be turned in to the main office for safekeeping during the normal school day. Theft is a serious offense and will result in appropriate school disciplinary action. In some cases, the State Police will be contacted.
Will outside visitors come to school while my child is there? What should I do if I would like to visit?
All visitors, both student and adult, must report to the office immediately upon arrival and receive permission to visit. Visitors will only be permitted if they have legitimate business and the visit does not disrupt the normal operation of the school.
* Parents/legal guardians and community members are welcomed and encouraged to visit the school. Please call to arrange a visit.
* Students wishing to bring a visitor to school must arrange permission with the principal prior to the day of the visit. Unauthorized visitors will be sent home.
What should I know about Pick-Up/Drop-Off of my child?
Parents/guardians who are transporting students should not drop them off before 7:30a.m. If this is not possible, please contact the principal to make different arrangements. No formal supervision exists at the Elementary School before 7:30 a.m. in the morning.
If your child/children are to be picked up by someone other than you or the person who usually picks them up, a note must be submitted to the classroom teacher or the office before the child will be released for that pick-up. A sign out procedure will be used for students K-4.
What can we expect for homework?
Homework provides a means of extending a student's classroom experience. Homework assignments should relate to classroom learning and are designed to fulfill one or more of the following purposes:
· Strengthen basic skills and give extra practice on work that has been introduced in class.
· Extend and enhance knowledge and skills studied in class.
· Reinforce study habits.
· Develop initiative, responsibility, and self-direction.
· Stimulate independent thinking.
· Increase the range and scope of student interests.
If you have any concerns about too much or too little homework, please talk to your child’s teacher.
School Board Policies
(All mandated School Board Policies can be found on the school website under the About Us, Board of Directors)
Student Records, Rights and Responsibilities
Parents/legal guardians and students 18 years of age and older have the right to access personally identifiable information. An appropriate form must be completed from the office. Access to student information is governed by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, which sets requirements for the protection of privacy of parents and students.
A parent has the right of access to educational records concerning only his or her child. On request, a parent has the right to know the location of personally identifiable information. A parent has the right to a copy of a student's educational records for the standard copy fee. A parent has the right to request the amending of the educational record of his or her child. A parent has the right to challenge the educational record of his or her child.
A parent is assured that parental permission will be obtained prior to disclosure to any other educational agencies serving the child. Parents are assured that each agency possessing personally identifiable information will safeguard it.
It is the policy of the Craftsbury Town School District to maintain a safe, orderly, civil and positive learning environment, and to be prepared, in so far as possible, to prevent and respond to unexpected crises quickly and appropriately. While the very unexpected nature of a crisis may make preparation difficult, the Board believes that staff and students should be ready to respond quickly and appropriately to emergency situations. The Superintendent is directed to develop protocols and procedures to implement this policy.
Educational Support System
It is the policy of the Craftsbury Town School District to provide a continuum of educational services through a comprehensive Educational Support System to increase the ability of the schools to meet the needs of all students in the general education environment.
The Superintendent will assure that the District shall develop a comprehensive system of education services to create an Educational Support System (ESS) to assist teachers in accommodating children in the regular classroom. This policy will comply with the requirements of 16 V.S.A. §§ 2901, 2902 and 2904, and Rules 2194 and 222.214.171.124.1 of the Vermont State Board of Education.
Features of the system that are available to students include Educational Support Teams, Individualized Educational Plans, and Section 504 Individuals with Disabilities Act plans. Please contact your child’s teacher, guidance counselor, or the administration if you have questions.
Policy on Nondiscrimination
The Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union, and the Craftsbury Town School District will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex or handicap in admission to, access to, treatment in or employment in its programs and activities. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Merri Greenia, Principal of Craftsbury Schools, who has been designated to coordinate the school's efforts to comply with Federal laws VI, Title IX and Section 504, or Joanne LeBlanc, Superintendent and Equity Coordinator for the Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union.
Prevention of Harassment, Hazing and Bullying of Students
Type: Mandatory Policy
Area: Students 12
Date Warned: July 29, 2015
I. Statement of Policy
The Craftsbury Town School District (hereinafter “District”) is committed to providing all of its students with a safe and supportive school environment in which all members of the school community are treated with respect.
It is the policy of the District to prohibit the unlawful harassment of students based on race, color, religion, creed, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. Harassment may also constitute a violation of Vermont’s Public Accommodations Act, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and/or Title IX of the federal Education Amendments Act of 1972.
It is also the policy of the District to prohibit the unlawful hazing and bullying of students. Conduct which constitutes hazing may be subject to civil penalties.
The District shall address all complaints of harassment, hazing and bullying according to the procedures accompanying this policy, and shall take appropriate action against any person - subject to the jurisdiction of the board
- who violates this policy. Nothing herein shall be construed to prohibit punishment of a student for conduct which, although it does not rise to the level of harassment, bullying, or hazing as defined herein, otherwise violates one or more of the board’s disciplinary policies or the school’s code of conduct.
The superintendent or his/her designee shall:
1. Adopt a procedure directing staff, parents and guardians how to report violations of this policy and file complaints under this policy.
2. Annually, select two or more designated employees to receive complaints of hazing, bullying and/or harassment at each school campus and publicize their availability in any publication of the District that sets forth the comprehensive rules, procedures, and standards of conduct for the school.
3. Designate an Equity Coordinator to oversee all aspects of the implementation of this policy as it relates to obligations imposed by federal law regarding discrimination. This role may be also be assigned to one or both of the Designated Employees.
4. Respond to notifications of possible violations of this policy in order to promptly and effectively address all complaints of hazing, harassment, and/or bullying.
5. Take action on substantiated complaints. In cases where hazing, harassment and/or bullying is substantiated, the District shall take prompt and appropriate remedial action reasonably calculated to stop the hazing, harassment and/or bullying; prevent its recurrence; and to remedy the impact of the offending conduct on the victim(s), where appropriate. Such action may include a wide range of responses from education to serious discipline.
Serious discipline may include termination for employees and, for students, expulsion or removal from school property. It may also involve penalties or sanctions for both organizations and individuals who engage in hazing. Revocation or suspension of an organization’s permission to operate or exist within the District’s purview may also be considered if that organization knowingly permits, authorizes or condones hazing.
III. Constitutionally Protected Speech
It is the intent of the District to apply and enforce this policy in a manner that is consistent with student rights to free expression under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The purpose of this policy is to (1) prohibit conduct or communication that is directed at a person’s protected characteristics as defined below and that has the purpose or effect of substantially disrupting the educational learning process and/or access to educational resources or creates a hostile learning environment; (2) prohibit conduct intended to ridicule, humiliate or intimidate students in a manner as defined under this policy.
IV. Definitions. For the purposes of this policy and the accompanying procedures, the following definitions apply:
A. “Bullying” means any overt act or combination of acts, including an act conducted by electronic means, directed against a student by another student or group of students and which:
a. Is repeated over time;
b. Is intended to ridicule, humiliate, or intimidate the student; and
c. (i) occurs during the school day on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored activity, or before or after the school day
on a school bus or at a school sponsored activity; or
(ii) does not occur during the school day on school property, on a school bus or at a school sponsored activity and can be shown to pose a clear and substantial interference with another student’s right to access educational programs.
B. “Complaint” means an oral or written report information provided by a student or any person to an employee alleging that a student has been subjected to conduct that may rise to the level of hazing, harassment or bullying.
C. “Complainant” means a student who has provided oral or written information about conduct that may rise to the level of hazing, harassment or bullying, or a student who is the target of alleged hazing, harassment or bullying.
D. “Designated employee” means an employee who has been designated by the school to receive complaints of hazing, harassment and bullying pursuant to subdivision 16 V.S.A. 570a(a)(7). The designated employees for each school building are identified in Appendix A of this policy.
E. “Employee” includes any person employed directly by or retained through a contract with the District, an agent of the school, a school board member, a student teacher, an intern or a school volunteer. For purposes of this policy, “agent of the school” includes supervisory union staff.
F. “Equity Coordinator” is the person responsible for implementation of Title IX (regarding sex-based discrimination) and Title VI (regarding race- based discrimination) for the District and for coordinating the District’s compliance with Title IX and Title VI in all areas covered by the implementing regulations. The Equity Coordinator is also responsible for overseeing implementation of the District’s Preventing and Responding to Harassment of Students and Harassment of Employees policies. This role may also be assigned to Designated Employees.
G. “Harassment” means an incident or incidents of verbal, written, visual, or physical conduct, including any incident conducted by electronic means, based on or motivated by a student’s or a student’s family member’s actual or perceived race, creed, color, national origin, marital status disability, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity, that has the purpose or effect of objectively and substantially undermining and detracting from or interfering with a student’s educational performance or access to school resources or creating an objectively intimidating hostile, or offensive environment.
Harassment includes conduct as defined above and may also constitute one or more of the following:
(1) Sexual harassment, which means unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, that includes sexual violence/sexual assault, sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, written, visual or physical conduct of a sexual nature, and includes situations when one or both of the following occur:
(i) Submission to that conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of a student’s education, academic status, or progress; or
(ii) Submission to or rejection of such conduct by a student is used as a component of the basis for decisions affecting that student.
Sexual harassment may also include student-on-student conduct or conduct of a non-employee third party that creates a hostile environment. A hostile environment exists where the harassing conduct is severe, persistent or pervasive so as to deny or limit the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the educational program on the basis of sex.
(2) Racial harassment, which means conduct directed at the characteristics of
a student’s or a student’s family member’s actual or perceived race or
color, and includes the use of epithets, stereotypes, racial slurs, comments,
insults, derogatory remarks, gestures, threats, graffiti, display, or circulation of written or visual material, and taunts on manner of speech and negative references to cultural customs.
(3) Harassment of members of other protected categories, means conduct directed at the characteristics of a student’s or a student’s family member’s actual or perceived creed, national origin, marital status, disability, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity and includes the use of epithets, stereotypes, slurs, comments, insults, derogatory remarks, gestures, threats, graffiti, display, or circulation of written or visual material, taunts on manner of speech, and negative references to customs related to any of these protected categories.
H. “Hazing” means any intentional, knowing or reckless act committed by a student, whether individually or in concert with others, against another student: In connection with pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in any organization which is affiliated with the educational institution; and
(1) Which is intended to have the effect of, or should reasonably be expected to have the effect of, endangering the mental or physical health of the student.
Hazing shall not include any activity or conduct that furthers legitimate curricular, extra-curricular, or military training program goals, provided that:
(1) The goals are approved by the educational institution; and
(2) The activity or conduct furthers the goals in a manner that is appropriate, contemplated by the educational institution, and normal and customary for similar programs at other educational institutions.
With respect to Hazing, “Student” means any person who:
(A) is registered in or in attendance at an educational institution;
(B) has been accepted for admission at the educational institution where
the hazing incident occurs; or
(C) intends to attend an educational institution during any of its regular sessions after an official academic break.
I. “Notice” means a written complaint or oral information that hazing, harassment or bullying may have occurred which has been provided to a designated employee from another employee, the student allegedly subjected to the hazing, harassment or bullying, another student, a parent or guardian, or any other individual who has reasonable cause to believe the alleged conduct may have occurred. If the school learns of possible hazing, harassment or bullying through other means, for example, if information about hazing, harassment or bullying is received from a third party (such as from a witness to an incident or an anonymous letter or telephone call), different factors will affect the school’s response. These factors include the source and nature of the information; the seriousness of the alleged incident; the specificity of the information; the objectivity and credibility of the source of the report; whether any individuals can be identified who were subjected to the alleged harassment; and whether those individuals want to pursue the matter. In addition, for purposes of violations of federal anti-discrimination laws, notice may occur when an employee of the district, including any individual who a student could reasonably believe has this authority or responsibility, knows or in the exercise of reasonable care should have known about potential unlawful harassment or bullying.
J. “Organization” means a fraternity, sorority, athletic team, association, corporation, order, society, corps, cooperative, club, or other similar group, whose members primarily are students at an educational institution, and which is affiliated with the educational institution.
K. “Pledging” means any action or activity related to becoming a member of an organization.
L. “Retaliation” is any adverse action by any person against a person who has filed a complaint of harassment, hazing or bullying or against a person who assists or participates in an investigation, proceeding or hearing related to the harassment complaint. Such adverse action may include conduct by a school employee directed at a student in the form of intimidation or reprisal such as diminishment of grades, suspension, expulsion, change in educational conditions, loss of privileges or benefits, or other unwarranted disciplinary action. Retaliation may also include conduct by a student directed at another student in the form of further harassment, intimidation, and reprisal.
M. “School administrator” means a superintendent, principal or his/her designee assistant principal//technical center director or his/her designee and/or the District’s Equity Coordinator.
N. “Student Conduct Form“ is a form used by students, staff, or parents, to provide, in written form, information about inappropriate student behaviors that may constitute hazing, harassment and/or bullying.
The following employees of the Craftsbury Schools have been designated by the District to receive complaints of bullying and/or harassment pursuant to this policy and 16 V.S.A. § 570a(a)(7) and 16 V.S.A.
§570c(7) and under federal anti discrimination laws;
Name:MerriGreenia Title:Principal Contact Information:802-586-2541
Name:Sally Guebara Title:Guidance Director Contact Information:802-586-2541
Name: Emmie Guild
Title: Planning Room Supervisor
Contact Information: 802-586-2541
Prevention of Harassment, Hazing and Bullying of Students
Type: Mandatory Policy
Area: Students 12
I. Reporting Complaints of Hazing, Harassment and/or Bullying
A. Student Reporting: Any student who believes that s/he has been hazed, harassed and/or bullied under this policy, or who witnesses or has knowledge of conduct that s/he reasonably believes might constitute hazing, harassment and or/bullying, should promptly report the conduct to a designated employee or any other school employee.
B. School employee reporting: Any school employee who witnesses conduct that s/he reasonably believes might constitute hazing, harassment and/or bullying shall take reasonable action to stop the conduct and to prevent its recurrence and immediately report it to a designated employee and immediately complete a Student Conduct Form.
Any school employee who overhears or directly receives information about conduct that might constitute hazing, harassment and/or bullying shall immediately report the information to a designated employee and immediately complete a Student Conduct Form. If one of the designated employees is a person alleged to be engaged in the conduct complained of, the incident shall be immediately reported to the other designated employee or the school administrator.
C. Other reporting: Any other person who witnesses conduct that s/he reasonably believes might constitute hazing, harassment and/or bullying under this policy should promptly report the conduct to a designated employee.
D. Documentation of the report: If the complaint is oral, the designated employee shall promptly reduce the complaint to writing in a Student Conduct Form, including the time, place, and nature of the alleged conduct, the identity of the complainant, alleged perpetrator, and any witnesses. Both the complainant and the alleged perpetrator will have the right to present witnesses and other evidence in support of their position.
E. False complaint: Any person who knowingly makes a false accusation regarding hazing, harassment and/or bullying may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension and expulsion with regard to students, or up to and including discharge with regard to employees. There shall be no adverse action taken against a person for reporting a complaint of hazing, harassment and/or bullying when the person has a good faith belief that hazing, harassment and/or bullying occurred or is occurring.
F. Rights to Alternative Complaint Process: In addition to, or as an alternative to filing a harassment complaint pursuant to this policy, a person may file a harassment complaint with the Vermont Human Rights Commission or the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education at the addresses noted below:
Vermont Human Rights Commission
14-16 Baldwin Street
Montpelier, VT 05633-6301
(800) 416-2010 or (802) 828-2480 (voice) (877) 294-9200 (tty)
(802) 828-2481 (fax)
Office for Civil Rights, Boston Office
U.S. Department of Education
5 Post Office Square
Boston, MA 02109-3921
II. Responding to Notice of Possible Policy Violation(s)
A. Upon notice of information that hazing, harassment and/or bullying may have occurred the designated employee shall:
i. Promptly reduce any oral information to writing, including the time,
place, and nature of the conduct, and the identity of the participants and complainant.
ii. Promptly inform the school administrator(s) of the information;
iii. If in the judgment of the school administrator, the information alleges conduct which may constitute harassment, hazing or bullying, the school administrator shall, as soon as reasonably possible, provide a copy of the policy on hazing, harassment and bullying and these procedures to the complainant and accused individual, or if either is a minor, cause a copy to be provided or delivered to their respective parent or guardian.
B. Upon initiation of an investigation, the designated employee shall:
i. Notify in writing both the complainant and accused individual (or if either is a minor inform their respective parent or guardian) that:
1. an investigation has been initiated;
2. retaliation is prohibited;
3. all parties have certain confidentiality rights; and
4. they will be informed in writing of the outcome of the investigation.
C. All notifications shall be subject to state and/or federal laws protecting the confidentiality of personally identifiable student information. Pursuant to 34
CFR Part 99.30, a school administrator may seek the consent of the parent/guardian of the accused student, or the accused eligible student (if 18
or older, the accused student has the ability to consent), in order to inform the
complainant of any disciplinary action taken in cases where the school determined that an act(s) of harassment, hazing, and/or bullying, or other misconduct occurred. The parent/guardian or eligible student shall provide a signed and dated written consent before an educational agency or institution discloses personally identifiable information from the student's education records.
III. Investigating Hazing, Harassment and/or Bullying Complaints
A. Initiation of Investigation - Timing. Unless special circumstances are present and documented, such as reports to the Department for Children and Families (“DCF”) or the police, the school administrator shall, no later than one school day after Notice to a designated employee, initiate or cause to be initiated, an investigation of the allegations, which the school administrator reasonably believes may constitute harassment, hazing or bullying.
B. Investigator Assignment. The school administrator shall assign a person to conduct the investigation; nothing herein shall be construed to preclude the school administrator from assigning him/herself or a designated employee as the investigator. No person who is the subject of a complaint shall conduct such an investigation.
C. Interim Measures. It may be appropriate for the school to take interim measures during the investigation of a complaint. For instance, if a student alleges that he or she has been sexually assaulted by another student, the school may decide to place the students immediately in separate classes and/or transportation pending the results of the school’s investigation. Similarly, if the alleged harasser is a teacher, allowing the student to transfer to a different class may be appropriate.
In all cases, the school will make every effort to prevent disclosure of the names
of all parties involved – the complainant, the witnesses, and the accused -- except to the extent necessary to carry out the investigation. In all cases where physical harm has resulted and/or where the targeted student is known to be expressing suicidal ideation, or experiencing serious emotional harm, a safety plan will be put in place. Safety plans must also be considered in cases where the targeted student is known to have difficulty accessing the educational programs at the school as a result of the inappropriate behavior. No contact orders, or their enforcement, may also be appropriate interim measures.
D. Due Process. The United States Constitution guarantees due process to students and District
employees who are accused of certain types of infractions, including but not limited to sexual
harassment under Federal Title IX. The rights established under Title IX must be interpreted
consistent with any federally guaranteed due process rights involved in a complaint proceeding,
including but not limited to the ability of the complainant and the accused to present witnesses and
other evidence during an investigation. The District will ensure that steps to accord due process
rights do not restrict or unnecessarily delay the protections provided by Title IX to the
E. Standard Used to Assess Conduct. In determining whether the conduct constitutes a violation of this policy, the investigator shall consider the surrounding circumstances, the nature of the behavior, past incidents or past or continuing patterns of behavior, the relationships between the parties involved and the context in which the alleged incidents occurred. The complainant and accused will be provided the opportunity to present witnesses and other evidence during an investigation. The school will also consider the impact of relevant off- campus conduct on the school environment where direct harm to the welfare of the school can be demonstrated or the conduct can be shown to pose a clear and substantial interference with another student’s equal access to educational programs. Whether a particular action constitutes a violation of this policy requires determination based on all the facts and surrounding circumstances.
F. Completion of Investigation – Timing. No later than five school days from the filing of the
complaint with the designated employee, unless special circumstances are present and documented,
the investigator shall submit a written initial determination to the school administrator.
G. Investigation Report. The investigator shall prepare a written report to include a statement of the findings of the investigator as to whether the allegations have been substantiated, and as to whether the alleged conduct constitutes hazing, harassment and/or bullying. The report, when referencing student conduct, is a student record and therefore confidential. It will be made available to investigators in the context of a review conducted by either Vermont AOE, or investigations of harassment conducted by the Vermont Human Rights Commission or U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights.
H. Notice to Students/Parents/Guardians. Within five school days of the conclusion of the investigation, the designated employee shall:
i. Notify in writing both the complainant and accused individual (or if
either is a minor inform their respective parent or guardian) that:
1. the investigation has been completed;
2. whether or not the investigation concluded that a policy
violation occurred (and which policy term was violated, i.e. harassment, hazing and/or bullying);
3. that federal privacy law prevents disclosure of any discipline imposed as a result of the investigation unless the
eligible student consents to such disclosure, pursuant to 34
CFR Part 99.30, as set forth in Section II, Part C, above.
ii. Notify the Complainant Student - or if a minor, their parent(s) or guardian - in writing of their rights to:
1. an internal review by the school of its initial determination as a result of its investigation as to whether harassment occurred;
2. request an Independent Review of the school’s “final” determination as to whether harassment occurred within thirty (30) days of the final determination or although a “final” determination was made that harassment indeed occurred the school’s response to that harassment was inadequate to correct the problem; and that the review will be conducted by an investigator to be selected by the superintendent from a list developed by the Agency of Education;
3. file complaints of harassment with either the Vermont Human Rights Commission and/or the federal Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.
iii. Notify the Accused Student – or if a minor, their parent(s) or
guardian - in writing of their right to appeal as set forth in Section V
of these procedures.
I. Violations of Other Policies. In cases where the investigation has identified other conduct that may constitute a violation of other school disciplinary policies or codes of conduct, the designated employee shall report such conduct to the school administrator for action in accordance with relevant school policies or codes of conduct.
IV. Responding to Substantiated Claims
A. Scope of Response. After a final determination that an act(s) of hazing, harassment and/or bullying has been committed, the school shall take prompt and appropriate disciplinary and/or remedial action reasonably calculated to stop the hazing, harassment and/or bullying and prevent any recurrence of harassment, hazing and/or bullying, and remedy its effects on the victim(s). In so doing, the following should be considered:
(i) Potential Remedial Actions. Remedial action may include but not be limited to an age appropriate warning, reprimand, education, training and counseling, transfer, suspension, and/or expulsion of a student, and warning, reprimand, education, training and counseling, transfer, suspension and/or termination of an employee. A series of escalating consequences may be necessary if the initial steps are ineffective in stopping the hazing, harassment and/or bullying. To prevent recurrences counseling for the offender may be appropriate to ensure that he or she understands what constitutes hazing/harassment and/or bullying the effects it can have. Depending on how widespread the hazing/harassment/bullying was and whether there have been any prior incidents, the school may need to provide training for the larger school community to ensure that students, parents and teachers can recognize hazing/harassment/bullying if it recurs and know how to respond.
(ii) School Access/Environment Considerations. The District will also take efforts to support victims’ access to the District’s programs, services and activities and consider and implement school-wide remedies, where appropriate. Accordingly, steps will be taken to eliminate any hostile and/or threatening environment that has been created. For example, if a female student has been subjected to harassment/bullying by a group of other students in a class, the school may need to deliver special training or other interventions for that class to repair the educational environment. If the school offers the student the option of withdrawing from a class in which a hostile environment/bullying occurred, the District will assist the student in making program or schedule changes and ensure that none of the changes adversely affect the student’s academic record. Other measures may include, if appropriate, directing a bully/harasser to apologize to the affected student. If a hostile environment has affected the entire school or campus, an effective response may need to include dissemination of information, the issuance of new policy statements or other steps that are designed to clearly communicate the message that the school does not tolerate harassment and/or bullying and will be
responsive to any student who reports that conduct.
(iii)Hazing Case Considerations. Appropriate penalties or sanctions or both for organizations that or individuals who engage in hazing and revocation or suspension of an organization’s permission to operate or exist within the institution’s purview if that organization knowingly permits, authorizes, or condones hazing.
(iv) Other Remedies: Other remedies may include providing counseling to the victim(s) and/or the perpetrator(s), and additional safety planning measures for the victim(s).
B. Retaliation Prevention. It is unlawful for any person to retaliate against a person who has filed a complaint of harassment or against a person who assists or participates in an investigation, proceeding or hearing related to the harassment complaint. A person may violate this anti-retaliation provision regardless of whether the underlying complaint of harassment is substantiated.
The District will take reasonable steps to prevent any retaliation against the student who made the complaint (or was the subject of the harassment), against the person who filed a complaint on behalf of a student, or against those who provided information as witnesses. At a minimum, this includes making sure that the students and their parents, and those witnesses involved in the school’s investigation, know how to report any subsequent problems and making follow- up inquiries to see if there are have been any new incidents or any retaliation.
C. Alternative Dispute Resolution. At all stages of the investigation and determination process, school officials are encouraged to make available to complainants alternative dispute resolution methods, such as mediation, for resolving complaints. Certain considerations should be made before pursuing alternative dispute resolution methods, including, but not limited to:
(1) the nature of the accusations (for example, face-to-face mediation is not appropriate for sexual violence cases), (2) the age of the complainant and the accused individual, (3) the agreement of the complainant, and (4) other relevant factors such as any disability of the target or accused individual, safety issues, the relationship and relative power differential between the target and accused individual, or any history of repeated misconduct/harassment by the accused individual.
V. Post Investigative Reviews
Rights of Complainants
A. Internal Review of Initial Harassment Determinations By Complainant.
A complainant or parent of a complainant may request internal review by the District of a designee’s initial determination (following investigation) that harassment has not occurred via written request submitted to the District superintendent. All levels of internal review of the investigator’s initial determination, and the issuance of a final decision, shall, unless special circumstances are present and documented by the District, be completed within
30 calendar days after review is requested.
B. Independent Reviews of Final Harassment Determinations By Complainant.
A complainant may request an independent review within thirty (30) days of a
final determination if s/he: (1) is dissatisfied with the final determination as to whether harassment occurred, or (2) believes that although a final determination was made that harassment occurred, the school’s response was inadequate to correct the problem.
The complainant shall make such a request in writing to the superintendent of schools within thirty (30) days of a final determination. Upon such request, the superintendent shall promptly initiate an independent review by a neutral person as described under 16 V.S.A. § 570a.(b)(1) and shall cooperate with the independent reviewer so that s/he may proceed expeditiously. The review shall consist of an interview of the complainant and relevant school officials and a review of the written materials from the school’s investigation.
Upon completion of the independent review, the reviewer shall advise the
complainant and school officials in writing: (1) as to the sufficiency of the school’s investigation, its determination, and/or the steps taken by the school to correct any harassment found to have occurred, and (2) of recommendations of any steps the school might take to prevent further harassment from occurring. A copy of the independent review report shall be sent to the Secretary of Education.
The reviewer shall advise the student of other remedies that may be available if the student remains dissatisfied and, if appropriate, may recommend mediation or other alternative dispute resolution. The independent reviewer shall be considered an agent of the school for the purpose of being able to review confidential student records. The costs of the independent review shall be borne by the District. The District may request an independent review at any stage of the process.
C. Rights to Alternative Harassment Complaint Process. In addition to, or as an alternative to filing a harassment complaint pursuant to this policy, a person may file a harassment complaint with the Vermont Human Rights Commission or the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education at the addresses noted below:
Vermont Human Rights Commission
14-16 Baldwin Street
Montpelier, VT 05633-6301
(800) 416-2010 or (802) 828-2480 (voice) (877) 294-9200 (tty)
(802) 828-2481 (fax)
Office for Civil Rights, Boston Office
U.S. Department of Education
5 Post Office Square
Boston, MA 02109-3921
Rights of Accused Students
A. Appeal. Any person determined to have engaged in an act(s) of hazing, harassment and/or bullying may appeal the determination and/or any related disciplinary action(s) taken, directly to the school board of the school district. The school board shall conduct a review on the record. The standard of review by the school board shall be whether the finding that an act(s) of hazing, harassment, and/or bullying has been committed constitutes an abuse of discretion by the school level fact finder. Appeals should be made to the school board within ten (10) calendar days of receiving the determination that an act(s) of hazing, harassment and/or bullying has occurred and/or any announced discipline. The school board shall set the matter for a review hearing at the next scheduled school board meeting to the extent practicable, but not later than 30 days from receipt of the appeal filing.
B. Accused Student/Appellant Access to Investigative Reports/Findings. The school district shall make available upon request of the Accused Student/Appellant, any relevant information, documents, materials, etc. related to the investigation and related finding on appeal that can be redacted and de-identified in compliance with the requirements set forth at 34 CFR Part 99. For those documents that cannot be provided due to the requirements set forth at 34 CFR Part 99, when an Accused Student/Appellant seeks a review on the record before the school board of the
school district, a school administrator may seek the consent of the parent/guardian of the targeted student, or the accused eligible targeted student (if 18 or older, the targeted student has the ability to consent), in order to inform the accused student of the findings which gave rise to the school’s determination that an act(s) of harassment, hazing, and/or bullying occurred. The parent/guardian or eligible student shall provide a signed and dated written consent before an educational agency or institution discloses personally identifiable information from the student's education records.
VI. Confidentiality and Record Keeping
A. Privacy Concerns. The privacy of the complainant, the accused individual, and the witnesses shall be maintained consistent with the District’s obligations to investigate, to take appropriate action, and to comply with laws governing the disclosure of student records or other applicable discovery or disclosure obligations.
i. Concerns Related to Harassment Complaints. The scope of appropriate response to a harassment complaint may depend upon whether a student or parent of a minor student reporting the harassment asks that the student’s name not be disclosed to the harasser or that nothing be done about the alleged harassment. In all cases, school officials will discuss confidentiality standards and concerns with the complainant initially. The school will inform the student that a confidentiality request may limit the school’s ability to respond. The school will remind the student that both federal Title IX and Vermont Title 9 prevent retaliation and that if he or she is afraid of reprisals from the alleged harasser, the school will takes steps to prevent retaliation and will take strong action if retaliation occurs. If the student continues to ask that his or her name not be revealed, the school should take all reasonable steps to investigate and respond to the complaint consistent with the student’s request as long as doing so does not prevent the school from responding effectively to the harassment and preventing harassment of other students.
The school will evaluate the confidentiality request in the context of its responsibility to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment for all students. The factors the school might consider in this regard include the seriousness of the alleged harassment, the age of the student harassed, whether there have been other complaints or reports of harassment against the alleged harasser, and the rights of the accused individual to receive information about the accuser and the allegations if a formal proceeding with sanctions may result. If information about the incident is contained in an “education record” of the student alleging the harassment, as defined by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), 20 U.S.C. 1232g, the school will consider whether FERPA prohibits it from disclosing information without the student’s consent.
B. Document Maintenance. The Superintendent or school administrator shall assure that a record of any complaint, its investigation and disposition, as well as any disciplinary or remedial action taken following the completion of the investigation, is maintained by the District in a confidential file accessible
only to authorized persons. All investigation records, including but not limited to, the complaint form, interview notes, additional evidence, and the investigative report, shall be kept by the Equity Coordinator, Designated Employees and District/Supervisory Union Central Office for at least six years after the investigation is completed.
VII. Reporting to Other Agencies
A. Reports to Department of Children and Families. When a complaint made pursuant to this policy includes allegations of child abuse, any person responsible for reporting suspected child abuse under 33 V.S.A. § 4911, et seq. must report the allegation to the Commissioner of DCF. If the victim is over the age of 18 and a report of abuse is warranted, the report shall be made to Adult Protective Services in accordance with 33 V.S.A. § 6901 et seq.
B. Reports to Vermont Agency of Education. If a harassment complaint is made in a public school about conduct by a licensed educator that might be grounds under Vermont law for licensing action, the principal shall report the alleged conduct to the Superintendent and the Superintendent shall report the alleged conduct to the Commissioner. If a harassment complaint is made in an independent school about conduct by a licensed educator that might be grounds under Vermont law for licensing action, the head of school is encouraged to report the alleged conduct to the Secretary of Education.
C. Reporting Incidents to Police
a. FERPA Rights. Information obtained and documented by school
administration regarding the school’s response to notice of student conduct that may constitute hazing, harassment and/or bullying may constitute an “educational record” regarding the student or student(s) involved as defined by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act. Accordingly, such information may not be disclosed without prior parent approval to local law enforcement except in response to a lawfully issued subpoena, or in connection with an emergency if disclosure is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals.
b. First Hand Reports. Nothing in this policy shall preclude persons from reporting incidents and/or conduct witnessed first-hand that may be considered to be a criminal act to law enforcement officials.
c. Hazing Incidents. It is unlawful to (1) engage in hazing; (2) solicit direct, aid, or attempt to aid, or abet another person engaged in hazing; or (3) knowingly fail to take reasonable measures within the scope of the person’s authority to prevent hazing. It is not a defense in an action under this section that the person against whom the hazing was directed
consented to or acquiesced in the hazing activity. Hazing incidents will be reported to the
police in a manner consistent with the confidentiality rights set forth above in this section.
D. Continuing Obligation to Investigate. Reports made to either DCF or law enforcement shall not be considered to absolve the school administrators of their obligations under this policy to pursue and complete an investigation upon receipt of notice of conduct which may constitute hazing, harassment and/or bullying.
VIII. Disseminating Information, Training, and Data Reporting
A. Disseminating Information. Annually, prior to the commencement of curricular and co-curricular activities, the District shall provide notice of this policy and procedures to students, custodial parents or guardians of students, and staff members, including references to the consequences of misbehavior contained in the plan required by 16 V.S.A. 1161a. Notice to students shall be in age-appropriate language and include examples of hazing, harassment and bullying. At a minimum, this notice shall appear in any publication of the District that sets forth the comprehensive rules, procedures and standards of conduct for the District.
B. Student Training. The school administrator shall use his/her discretion in developing age-appropriate methods of discussing the meaning and substance of this policy with students to help prevent hazing, harassment and bullying.
C. Staff Training. The board or its designee shall ensure that teachers and other staff receive training in preventing, recognizing and responding to hazing, harassment and bullying.
D. Data Gathering. Public school districts shall provide the Vermont Agency of Education with data requested by the Secretary of Education.
Title V, Section B, 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. §794 et seq.; Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. §2000d;
Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq.;
Family Education Rights Privacy Act; 20 U.S.C. §1232g; Public Accommodations Act, 9 V.S.A. §§4500 et seq.;
Education, Classifications and Definitions, 16 V.S.A. §11(26);(30)(A);(32);
Education, 16 V.S.A. §140(a)(1); Education, 16 V.S.A. §166(e); Education, Bullying, 16 V.S.A. §570c;
Education, Harassment, Hazing and Bullying, 16 V.S.A. § 570; Education, Harassment, 16 V.S.A. §570a;
Education, Harassment, 16 V.S.A. §570c;
Education, Harassment, 16 V.S.A. §570f; Education, Hazing, 16 V.S.A. §570b; Education, Hazing, 16 V.S.A. §570f Education, Discipline, 16 V.S.A. §1161a;
Education, Suspension or Expulsion of Pupils; 16 V.S.A. §1162;
Child Abuse, 33 V.S.A. §§4911 et seq.;
Adult Protective Services, 33 V.S.A. §6901 et seq., all as they may be amended from time to time.
Washington v. Pierce, 179 VT 318 (2005).
The following personnel are designated to receive and investigate complaints of bullying, hazing, or harassment: Merri Greenia, Sally Guebara, and Emmie Guild.
What is bullying? Can you give me some Examples?
What Is Bullying?
Bullying is different from the typical disagreements or conflict that occur between friends or classmates. What’s the difference?
It’s bullying if:
* ”Power” can include such things as being older, being physically bigger or stronger, having more social status, or when a group of students “gang up” on someone.
A lot of teens describe bullying as, “When someone tries to make you feel less about who you are as a person, and you aren’t able to make it stop.
This one’s easy to recognize. Examples include pushing, shoving, hitting, kicking, biting, hair pulling, inappropriate touching, breaking objects, and taking or damaging another’s possessions.
It’s really common because it is quick, direct, and easy to do. Examples include teasing, name calling, threats, intimidation, demeaning jokes, rumors, gossip, and slander.
This one is something that not everyone thinks of as bullying. It can include using words that demean someone about their gender or sexuality, inappropriate touching of body parts, unwelcome physical contact, or even posting inappropriate photos online.
This type of bullying is more sophisticated. It’s calculated and often done by a group. This is nasty stuff. It hurts people on the inside and makes them feel bad about themselves. Examples include leaving someone out on purpose, telling lies to hurt another person’s reputation, and humiliating somebody publicly.
Using technology is the newest way to bully. Examples include sending mean text messages, posting videos, stories, or photos that ridicule someone, and spreading rumors through social networking sites.
Bullying can be:
Where Does Bullying Happen?
Bullying can happen anywhere. It can occur in your neighborhood, while going to school, at school, and while on-line.
What is Cyberbullying?
Using technology—internet, email, cell phones, social media, pictures— to hurt or harm someone else.
Bullying is never okay, cool, or acceptable.
No one EVER deserves to be bullied.
Substances: Alcohol and Drug Abuse
The Craftsbury School Board's policy (F-10) on Drug and Alcohol Abuse prohibits the use, possession, distribution and sale of alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, or any substance portrayed as a drug or any device associated with these substances in school and in all buildings and grounds owned, operated, or rented by the Craftsbury School District or at any school-sponsored activity. When a student recognizes that he/she has a problem with alcohol, tobacco, and/or other drug abuse and chooses to do something about this problem by referring him or herself to a staff member, school staff members shall support the student to the extent they can without jeopardizing the interests of other students.
Alcohol or Other Drug Possession
* 1st offense - 5-10 day suspension and ineligibility in extracurricular activities for up to one year.
* 2nd offense – Expulsion*
Alcohol or Other Drug Use or Suspicion of Use
* 1st offense - 5-10 day suspension and ineligibility in extracurricular activities for up to one year.
* 2nd offense – Expulsion*
*Consequences may be reduced or held in abeyance if the student and family agrees to participate in education and/or cessation programs.
Substances: Smoking/Possession of Tobacco Products
Due to the serious health threat posed by the use of cigarettes and tobacco products to both users and those in the immediate vicinity, the use of these substances is prohibited on school property or in the school building at any time. Federal law prohibits the use of tobacco products in public buildings. Vermont law prohibits persons less than 18 years of age from possessing tobacco products. Violation can result in confiscation of the tobacco product and civil penalty of $25.00. Failure to pay the penalty can result in suspension of the person's operating license for 90 days.
Tobacco Product Possession and/or Circumstantial Smoking
* 1st offense – development of a plan and a call home
* 2nd offense – 1 day ISS and police may be notified
* 3rd offense – 2 days ISS and police may be notified
* 1st offense – 1 day of ISS and completion of smoking education program
* 2nd offense – 2 day suspension, police may be notified, and the student will be encouraged to enroll in a smoking cessation program
* 3rd offense – 5 day home suspension, police notification, and parental conference
It is the policy of the Craftsbury Town School District to maintain a positive, safe, secure learning and working environment. It is also the intent of the Board of School Directors to comply with the Vermont Education Law (Title 13, section 4003,4004) and Federal Gun Free School Act of 1994, and Act No. 35 of the 1995 session of the Vermont General Assembly. A weapon means a firearm, knife, incendiary device, or other object which may be used to inflict bodily harm. Any student judged to be in violation of this policy will be suspended for up to 10 days and will face an expulsion hearing with the school board. With permission from the principal or his/her designee, when the weapon will be used for a school sanctioned demonstration or an educational or cultural purpose, such weapon will be locked in the principal’s office when not in use.
It is the intent of the Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union School District to comply with the requirements of Act 154 of 2008 regarding the right of students to be excused from participating in or observing activities involving the dissection or vivisection of animals. Students enrolled in District schools shall have the right to be excused from participating in any lesson, exercise or assessment requiring the student to dissect, vivisect or otherwise harm or destroy an animal or any part of an animal, or to observe any of these activities, as part of a course of instruction.
Home study students
In accordance with Act 119 of the 1998 Vermont legislative session it is the policy of the Craftsbury Town School District to encourage home study students to participate in courses, programs, activities, and services and use school educational materials and equipment. Close communications between home study students and their local public schools are encouraged to promote the benefits of joint participation.
It is the policy of the Craftsbury Town School District that the school establish goals for nutrition education, physical activity and other school based activities that are designed to promote student wellness. With the objective of promoting student health and reducing childhood obesity, the district will also establish nutrition guidelines for all foods available at school during the school day.
It is the policy of the Craftsbury Town School District to support the important connection between educator professional development and improved student achievement and assure that staff members broaden their knowledge and skills in order to contribute effectively to the achievement of the goals and strategies articulated by the school action plan. Five days are included in professional contracts for district professional development, and five additional days are included for work at the building level. Faculty take a range of courses each year. One staff meeting per month will be dedicated to professional development that supports school and district goals.
English Language Learners
It is the policy of the Board to ensure that national origin minority students who are English Language Learners (ELL) have meaningful access to school programs.
It is the policy of the Craftsbury Town School District to assure all students are progressing in their educational program and have reached a standard of achievement necessary for satisfactory progress in the next grade. Special education students who are working under an Individual Education Plan are excluded from this policy and will be promoted or retained in accordance with their IEP.
Information About State and Federal Laws and Mandates
Act 1: Vermont’s Sexual Prevention and Abuse Information
Letter to Parents/Guardians :
This is to inform you that S.13/ACT 1 of 2009 amended the definition of “health education” in Vermont education law, 16 V.S.A.§ 131 (11), to include the study of:
“how to recognize and prevent sexual abuse and sexual violence, including developmentally appropriate instruction about promoting healthy and respectful relationships, developing and maintaining effective communication with trusted adults, recognizing sexually offending behaviors, and gaining awareness of available school and community resources.”
Effective July 1, 2011, all schools were required to provide training to school personnel and communities. Each school and the SU worked hard last year to inform the communities and all employees. Implementation of health curriculum began last year and will be continuing. For more information on the health curriculum standards , you may visit the Dept. of Education website or Department of Children and Families website or contact the guidance counselor.
Report Child Sexual Abuse
If you suspect a child is being, or has been, sexually abused, call Vermont’s 24-hour Child Protection Line to report it.
Preventing sexual abuse helps ensure the safety, health, and optimal development of children.
FERPA and Directory Information
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law, requires that Craftsbury Schools, with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child’s education records. However, Craftsbury Schools may disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without written consent, unless you have advised the District to the contrary in accordance with District procedures. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the Craftsbury Schools to include this type of information from your child’s education records in school publications. Examples include:
Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be disclosed to outside organizations without a parent’s prior written consent. Outside organizations include, but are not limited to, companies that manufacture class rings or publish yearbooks. In addition, two federal laws require local educational agencies (LEAs) receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, upon request, with the following information – names, addresses and telephone listings – unless parents have advised the LEA that they do not want their student’s information disclosed without their prior written consent.
If you do not want Craftsbury Schools to disclose directory information from your child’s education records without your prior written consent, you must notify the District in writing by September 27, 2017. Craftsbury Schools has designated the following information as directory information:
Electronic mail address
Date and place of birth
Major field of study
Dates of attendance
Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
Weight and height of athletic team members
Degrees, honors, and awards received
THE PROTECTION OF PUPIL RIGHTS AMENDMENT (PPRA)
PPRA affords parents certain rights regarding our conduct of surveys, collection and use of information for marketing purposes, and certain physical exams. These include the right to:
Consent before students are required to submit to a survey that concerns one or more of the following protected
areas (protected information survey) if the survey is funded in whole or in part by a program of the U.S. Department of Education.
• Political affiliations;
• Mental or physical problems of the student or student’s family;
• Sexual behavior or attitudes;
• Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;
• Critical appraisals of student’s family members;
• Privileged or similar relationships recognized by law, such as with attorneys, doctors, and ministers;
• Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or student’s parents; or
Income other than that required by law to determine program eligibility.
Receive notice and an opportunity to opt out of -
• Any protected information survey, regardless of funding; and
• Any non-emergency physical exam or screening required as a condition of attendance, administered by the school or its agent, and not necessary to protect the immediate health and safety of a student, except hearing, vision, or scoliosis screenings, or any physical exam or screening permitted or required under state law.
• Activities involving collection, disclosure, or use of personal information obtained from students for purposes of marketing or selling or otherwise distributing the information to others;
Inspect, upon request and before administration or use –
• Protected information surveys of students;
• Documents used to collect personal information from students for any of the above marketing, sales, or other distribution purposes; and
• Instructional material used as part of the educational curricula
These rights transfer from the parents to a student who is 18 years old or an emancipated minor under state law. Parents and eligible students who believe their rights have
Flexible Pathways Available to Students
Craftsbury Academy students are able to meet graduation proficiencies through a variety of flexible pathways. These pathways can be developed through personal learning plans and offer students many ways to become college and career ready. They can attend the Green Mountain Technical Career Center, GMTCC, in Hyde Park beginning in their junior year. Students can apply for an exploratory program at GMTCC that begins in grade 10. Students in grades 11 and 12 may take dual enrollment college courses at several Vermont colleges. Each high school student is eligible for vouchers for two free college courses. Students may also apply for early college, earning both one year of college credit and high school credit during their senior year. Craftsbury offers a wide variety of online courses through Virtual High School, and students can earn credit through the school’s service learning program.
Each February, Vermont students entering grade 9 may apply for school choice. Each public high school annually establishes the number of students that may receive choice out of and choice into the school. Craftsbury currently allows 5 choice in and 5 choice out students. Generally the school choice forms are sent to all families of students in grades 8 through 11 around the first of February, and applications must be returned on or before the Wednesday preceding February break. In cases where more students apply than there are slots available, students are selected for choice in or choice out by lottery. The lottery is conducted by the Winooski Valley School Choice Coordinator.
20 U.S.C. §7908(a)(2) requires schools to notify parents that they may request that their child’s name, address and telephone listing not be released to military or postsecondary recruiters without prior written parental consent. Parents may request that their child’s name and other information not go to to military or other post secondary recruiters on the directory information section of the Craftsbury student information form.
Section 504 Grievance Procedures
By 34 C.F.R. §§104.7 and 104.8 schools are required to notify parents and others that the school does not discriminate on the basis of handicap. Guidance Director Sally Guebara is the 504 coordinator. Anyone with a concern about implementation of Section 504 should notify Ms. Guebara, who will initiate an investigation of the complaint. If the concern is not resolved at this level, parents should contact the Orleans Southwest Student Services Director, Heather Freeman.
Civil Rights Act Provisions
As a recipient of federal funds, the Craftsbury Town School District is required by 34 C.F.R. §100.6(d) to notify all members of the school community that the our schools comply with the nondiscrimination requirements of the Civil Rights Act.
Title IX Grievance Procedures and Dissemination of Policy
As recipients of federal funding, the Craftsbury Town School District is required by 34 C.F.R. §§106.9(b) and 106.9(a)(1) to notify students and parents that the school does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program, or in any activity that the school operates. Anyone who has a complaint relative to Title IX should file a written complaint with the Orleans Southwest equity coordinator, Superintendent Joanne LeBlanc, who will investigate and file a written response within 5 school days.
Craftsbury Schools Student Acceptable Use Notification and Agreement
Introduction to Parent/Guardian
The Internet and electronic communication are important educational tools which provide students access to a vast array of resources. Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union (OSSU) firmly believes that the valuable information and interactions outweigh the possibility that the user may access materials not consistent with the educational goals of OSSU.
To this end, Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union (OSSU) provides network services and e-mail for all K-12 students. These resources include the use of computers or school issued mobile devices and access to the Local Area Network, OSSU Wireless Network and Internet services. OSSU has initiated reasonable safeguards to filter and monitor inappropriate materials. While OSSU has taken steps to restrict student access on the Internet to inappropriate information and sites, it is impossible to restrict access to all controversial materials. If your child does not abide by the rules of acceptable use, the school administrator may ask for your involvement and/or take disciplinary action. OSSU is not responsible for materials your child may acquire on the Internet.
To qualify for use of electronic communication and resource, students must be willing to abide by OSSU’s rules of acceptable use. Please work with us in helping your child understand and abide by these important rules of appropriate use.
For the Student
As a student of Craftsbury Schools and in order to maintain access to OSSU’ networks, electronic resources and communication, including the Internet, please carefully review and abide by the following terms and conditions for OSSU network use and email communication.
Privileges: The use of the OSSU Network is a privilege, not a right. Inappropriate use will result in the cancellation of those privileges. OSSU reserves the right to terminate, suspend, or otherwise limit network access at any time as required in its judgment. Such decisions of OSSU are final. OSSU reserves the right to inspect or review accounts and files for security and compliance purposes without prior notice to the user.
Acceptable Use: The computer network, Internet access, and electronic communication may be used for educational purposes only consistent with OSSU policy and procedures. Use of the network for commercial activities, product solicitations or political lobbying is also prohibited. Inappropriate use will be reported to responsible authorities. Examples of inappropriate usage, material, and communication that may be potentially harmful, inappropriate, illegal, and non-educational include, but are not limited to:
Keep Personal Things Private: It is advised that students not tell or show others any personal or family information over the Internet, such as: home address, phone numbers, passwords, personal photos when used with names, or Social Security numbers. Do not log on or use another person’s account. Keep personal and electronic information private.
Etiquette: You are expected to comply with all school rules regarding behavior and personal conduct. Use only your own user ID and password. You may not allow others to use your user ID and password to access the network or the Internet. If this occurs you will be held accountable. Do not reveal or transmit personal addresses, personal information, or telephone numbers.
Liability: OSSU cannot be held responsible for any lost resources or damages incurred through the use of the student network or e-mail accounts.
Security: Users of the network agree not to violate or attempt to violate network security or intentionally interfere with network performance, or access to another person's account, files or password. Individuals may be denied access to the network based upon security violations of other computer systems. Electronic mail (E-mail) and all student files are not guaranteed to be private. System administrators have access to all mail and files and reserve the right to monitor the use of the OSSU network, including all e-mail, without prior notice to the user. Nothing may be downloaded that requires a fee for any service or program. Persons doing so are liable for any and all charges.
Violation: Students determined to be in violation of this acceptable use agreement may have access privileges revoked or suspended AND school disciplinary actions and/or appropriate legal action may be taken. Additionally, the student’s parent or guardian will be notified of the suspension or termination of network and/or e-mail privileges.
Inappropriate Use of Technology
1st offense—Restriction of network privileges for up to two weeks
2nd offense—Restriction of network privileges for up to one marking period
3rd offense—Restriction of network privileges for up to one year.
*if the inappropriate use of technology violates other school rules as well, such as bullying or harassment, or, if the use of technology disrupts the learning environment for others, students may be assigned additional consequences, including suspension or expulsion.
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Policy and School-wide Expectations
It is the policy of the Craftsbury Town School District to encourage and support the involvement of parents in their children’s education. Together, we help students meet challenging learning expectations in a positive, supportive school environment. To accomplish this goal, the faculty has established the following school-wide expectations, expressed by the acronym Craftsbury CARES. Craftsbury students and staff are:
A--Assertive in a positive way
R--Responsible, Respectful, Reliable
Craftsbury Staff will strive to
We encourage parents to
Craftsbury students are expected to
Together we can achieve great things!
When will school be in session? When will I get progress reports and report cards?
August 21-25………………………………………………… Staff Development Days
August 28……………………………………………………….First Day for Students
September 1-4………………………………………………….Labor Day Holiday
October 18………………………………………………………Early Release, PLC’s
October 19………………………………………………………Staff Development Day (no school for students)
October 20………………………………………………………No School
November 10 …………………………………………………...Parent Conferences 12:00-7:00
November 22-24………………………………………………..Thanksgiving Recess
December 8……………………………………………………...Early Release, PLC’s
December 25-January 1 ……………………………………….December Recess
January 15 ……………………………………………………... Staff Development Day (no school for students)
February 1……………………………………………………… Early Release, PLC’s
February 2……………………………………………………….Staff Development Day (no school for students)
February 26-March 6 …………………………………………..Winter Recess
March 6………………………………………………………….Town Meeting Day
March 23 ………………………………………………………..Staff Development Day
April 5 ……………………………………………………………Early Release Day, Parent
April 6…………………………………………………………….Early Release Day
April 16-20 ……………………………………………………...Spring Recess
May 8…………………………………………………………….Early Release, PLC’s
May 25…………………………………………………………...Craftsbury Memorial Day
May 28…………………………………………………………...Memorial Day
June 8... …………………………………………………………175th day
June 15…………………………………………………………..Last student day if 5 weather days
June 15……………………………………………………………Graduation, 6:00 pm
Grade Reporting Calendar**
Middle and High School
First Marking Period 43 Days
Term begins Monday, August 28, 2017
Mid-term progress reports due in office by 12:00 pm, Tuesday, October 3
Progress reports mailed home Thursday, October 5
Term ends Tuesday, October 31
Grades due in office at 12 pm on Thursday, November 2
Report cards mailed home by Friday, November 3
Second Marking Period 43 Days
Term begins Wednesday, November 1
Mid-term progress reports due in office by 12:00 pm on Wednesday, December 6
Progress reports mailed home on Friday, December 8
Term ends Friday, January 12, 2018
Mid-Year Exam Schedule: January 9-12
Grades due in office by 12:00 pm Tuesday, January 16
Report cards mailed home by Thursday, January 18
Third Marking Period 45 Days
Term begins Saturday, January 13*, 2017
Mid-term progress reports due in office by 12:00 pm on Friday,
Mid-term progress reports mailed home by Tuesday, February 20
Term ends Friday, March 30
Grades due in office by 12:00 pm, Tuesday, April 3
Report cards mailed home on Thursday, April 5
Fourth Marking Period 44 Days
Term begins Saturday, March 31*
Mid-term progress reports due in office by 12:00 pm on Wednesday, May 9
Progress reports mailed home by Thursday, May 10
Final Exam Schedule: Dependent on number of snow days
Term ends Friday, June 8
Grades due Wednesday, June 13
Report Cards mailed home by Tuesday, June 19
First Marking Period 59 Days
Term begins Monday, August 28, 2016
Progress Reports go home Friday, October 6
Trimester 1 ends Tuesday, November 28
Report cards mailed home Thursday, November 30
Second Marking Period 58 Days
Term begins Wednesday, November 29
Progress Reports go home Thursday, January 18, 2018
Trimester 2 ends Friday, March 9, 2018
Report Cards mailed home Tuesday, March 13
Third Marking Period 58 Days
Term begins Saturday, March 10*
Progress Reports go home Friday, May 4
Term ends Friday, June 8
Report cards mailed home by Tuesday, June 19
*These are start/end dates required by the PowerSchool calendar system (e.g. no gaps)
**All dates are subject to change given emergency days or extenuating circumstances.