2018-2019

Frelinghuysen Middle School Student and Parent Handbook


Table of Contents

GENERAL INFORMATION        4

Morris School District Board of Education        4

Morris School District Administration        4

Frelinghuysen Middle School Administration        4

Frelinghuysen Middle School Counseling Office & Support Services        4

Bell Schedules        5

Regular School Day        5

Early Dismissal (All Grades)        5

Delayed Opening        5

504 Committee        6

Intervention and Referral Services        6

Guidance Services        6

Parent/Guardian Grievances        6

Pupil Records        6

Emergency Closing        7

Morris School District Calendar        7

ACADEMIC PROGRAM        7

Uniform Grading System        7

Grading Notifications        7

Mid-Period Progress Reports:        7

Report Cards:        7

Academic Honors        7

Homework Responsibilities        8

School-wide Homework Program        8

FMS Weekly Homework Calendar        8

Use of Canvas for Homework        8

Procedures to Follow When Absent        9

Academic Integrity        9

Students in Danger of Failing        9

Standardized Assessments        9

Library - Media Center        9

ATTENDANCE        10

Attendance Policy        10

Excused/Unexcused Absences        10

School Response to Unexcused Absences        10

Non-School Vacation        12

Parent/Student Responsibilities Regarding Absences        12

Tardiness to School        12

Early Dismissal        12

STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT        12

Morris School District Code of Conduct (Grades 6-12)        13

Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying - H.I.B.        19

Use of Personal Technology        20

Cell Phones        20

Chromebooks        21

Drug, Alcohol Use/Possession        22

Tobacco/Nicotine/E-Cigarette Use        22

SCHOOL OPERATIONS        22

Transportation        22

Bus Conduct        22

Dismissal        23

Activity Buses and Late Runs        23

Athletics Registration        23

Athletics/Extra-curricular Activities        23

Cafeteria        23

Conduct in the Hallways        24

Dress Code        24

Emergency Drills/Fire Drills        24

Elevator Use        24

Electronic Surveillance in School Buildings and on School Grounds        24

Late to Class        24

Lockers        25

Backpacks        25

Lost and Found        25

Medication        25

Students with Medical Conditions        25

Personal Belongings        25

2NDFLOOR® New Jersey’s Youth Helpline        25


  1. GENERAL INFORMATION

The Morris School District

(973) 292-2300        www.morrisschooldistrict.org 

Morris School District Board of Education

Leonard Posey

Nancy Bangiola

Peter Gallerstein

Linda K. Murphy

Meredith Davidson

Lisa Pollak,  President

Ann Rhines

Vij Pawar

Jennifer van Frank, Vice President

Lucia Galdi

Morris School District Administration

Mr. Mackey Pendergrast

Ms. Kelly Harte

Ms. Suzanne Olimpio

Ms. Josephine Noone

Ms. Deborah Engelfried

Ms. Erica Hartman

Dr. Jessica Neu

Mr. Brian Young

Mr. David Thompson

Dr. Kara Douma

Mr. Michael Lockman

Superintendent of Schools

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction

Assistant Superintendent of Pupil Services

Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Supervisor of Strategic Planning/ HIB Coordinator

District Supervisor of Technology Integration

Director of Pupil Services

Supervisor of STEM, PreK-12

Supervisor of Mathematics, 6-12

Supervisor of English/Language Arts, 6-12

Supervisor of History and Humanities, 6-12

Frelinghuysen Middle School Administration

Mr. Joseph Uglialoro

Mr. Matthew Fabricant

Mr. Marc Gold

Ms. Belinda Casais-McBride

Principal

House of the Phoenix Supervisor

House of the Tiger Supervisor

House of the Dragon Supervisor

joseph.uglialoro@msdk12.net

matthew.fabricant@msdk12.net

marc.gold@msdk12.net

belinda.casaismcbride@msdk12.net 

Frelinghuysen Middle School Counseling Office & Support Services

Ms. Jessica Hidalgo

Ms. Carolina Puccio

Mr. Vince Phinn

Ms. Renee Brown

Ms. Kim Campbell-Studer

Mr. Andrew Perez

Mr. Ricky Osborne

Counselor, 7th Grade, House 1 & 2

Counselor, 7th Grade House 3, Bilingual

Counselor, 6th & 8th Grades, House 1

Counselor, 6th & 8th Grades, House 2

Counselor, 6th & 8th Grades, House 3

Counselor, Bilingual, CST psychologist

Dean of Students

jessica.hidalgo@msdk12.net

carolina.puccio@msdk12.net

vincent.phinn@msdk12.net

renee.brown@msdk12.net

kim.campbell-studer@msdk12.net

andrew.perez@msdk12.net 

ricky.osborne@msdk12.net

Main Office               973-292-2200 ext.8051                Nurse                        973-292-2200 ext 8052

Guidance Office       973-292-2200 ext 8070                Attendance Office    973-292-2200 ext.8066

Bell Schedules

Regular School Day

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8

HR

7:58 – 8:10

7:58 – 8:10

7:58 – 8:10

Block 1/2

8:13 – 9:35

8:13 – 9:35

8:13 – 9:35

Block 3/4

9:38 – 11:30

Lunch 1 (10:07-10:32)

Lunch 2 (10:33-10:58)

9:38 – 11:00

9:38 – 11:00

Block 5/6

11:30 12:53

11:03 12:53

Lunch 1 (11:03-11:28)

Lunch 2 (11:30-11:55)

11:03 12:53

Lunch 1 (11:59-12:24)

Lunch 2 (12:28-12:53)

Block 7 & 8

12:56 – 2:18

12:56 2:18

12:56 2:18

Early Dismissal (All Grades)

HR

7:58 – 8:10

Block 1/2

8:13 – 9:12

Block 3/4

9:15 – 10:14

Block 5/6

10:17 11:16

Block 7 & 8

11:19 – 12:18

Delayed Opening

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8

HR

9:55 – 10:00

9:55 – 10:00

9:55 – 10:00

Block 1/2

10:00-11:18

Lunch 1 (10:38-10:56)

Lunch 2 (11:00-11:18)

10:00-11:00

10:00-11:00

Block 3/4

11:18-12:18

11:00 – 12:18

Lunch 1 (11:38-11:56)

Lunch 2 (12:00-12:18)

11::00-12:00

Block 5/6

12:18-1:18

12:18-1:18

12:00 – 1:18

Lunch 1 (12:38-12:56)

Lunch 2 (1:00-1:18)

Block 7 & 8

1:18 – 2:18

12:56 2:18

1:18 – 2:18

School rules, published in this handbook, are subject to such changes that will ensure continued compliance with federal, state or local regulations. They are subject to such review and alteration as becomes necessary for the routine operation of the school. Not all rules of behavior can be written and inserted in a handbook; however, we expect students to exhibit reasonable behavior and not violate the rights of others.

504 Committee

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, section 504 is a Federal Civil Rights statute which protects the rights of persons with disabilities. Section 504 prohibits discrimination against handicapped persons, including both students and staff members, by school districts receiving federal financial assistance. The Frelinghuysen Middle School Coordinator designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination under Section 504 is the student’s guidance counselor, Frelinghuysen Middle School, 973-292-2200 Ext. 8070. Included in the U.S. Department of Education regulations for Section 504 is the requirement that handicapped students receive a free and appropriate education (FAPE). School districts have specific responsibilities under the Act, which include the responsibility to identify, evaluate and if the child is determined eligible under Section 504, to afford access to appropriate educational services.

Intervention and Referral Services

The educational mission is made more complex by the increased incidence, prevalence and intensity of problems students bring to school. Due to these at risk behaviors, the school provides a program of Intervention and Referral Services (I&RS) for general education students. Referrals to this committee can be made by counselors, parents, or any other staff member with concerns about a specific student. The committee will collectively suggest appropriate interventions to be tried in the classroom setting.

Guidance Services

Guidance services are available to every student. Services include assistance in educational planning, interpretation of test scores, provision of occupational information, study aids, assistance with school-related problems and home and/or social concerns. Sign-up sheets are available in the Guidance Office for students who wish to confer with their guidance counselor. Students are assigned to counselors based on their grade level and house. A parent wishing to set up a parent/teacher conference should call the Guidance Office and speak to the student’s guidance counselor. The guidance counselor will then be able to schedule the conference at a mutually convenient time.

Parent/Guardian Grievances

Official avenues for the expression and correction of parent/guardian concerns are available in this school district. Whenever a student or parent/guardian has a complaint relating to the school district, the complainant should first attempt to resolve the dissatisfaction directly with the staff member. If the complainant is not satisfied, the complainant should attempt to resolve the dissatisfaction informally with the staff member’s House Supervisor and then the building principal.

Pupil Records

Parents or legal guardians and adult pupils are informed that the district maintains records on all students. A parent, legal guardian or adult pupil has the right to inspect and question the contents of these records. Should a parent, legal guardian or adult pupil request, they have the right to prohibit the release of directory information. Copies of applicable federal and state laws, Board policy, and administrative regulations governing pupil records are available to the parent or legal guardians and adult pupils on request.

When the language of the parent or legal guardian or adult pupil is not English or the parent or legal guardian or adult pupil is auditory-impaired, the school administrators shall, whenever possible, provide interpretation in the dominant language or assist in securing the services of an interpreter.

If the consent to release pupil record information is refused by a parent or legal guardian, the district shall institute due process hearing procedures as indicated by Board Policy 8330.

Mandated records include the pupil’s personal descriptive data, daily attendance records, report card, and physical health records; records required for educationally disabled pupils; and all other records required by the State Board of Education. All information in pupil records must be educationally relevant, objective, and based on the first-hand observation or personal knowledge of the originator. No record may be made or kept of a pupil’s religious or political affiliation or any indication of a pupil’s illegitimacy.

Emergency Closing

  1. Certain weather conditions may dictate a delayed opening, early dismissal or school closure for all district schools.
  2. An automated phone message will be sent to all parents and guardians through the district’s communication system (Honeywell).
  3. Area residents may check the school website or call the school at 973-292-2200
  4. Television stations: Fios1, News 12 NJ and Fox 5 Good Day NY will announce school closing or delayed opening.
  5. Local websites: Morristown Patch and Tap into Morristown
  6. Please do not call the police concerning school closing.
  7. Severe weather conditions may necessitate early dismissal

Morris School District Calendar

School Calendar 2018-2019

Please find our District Calendar at the link below for important dates throughout the school year.

School Calendar 2018-2019

  1. ACADEMIC PROGRAM

Uniform Grading System

The grading system at FMS is as follows:

A+  (100-98)         C+  (79-78)         

A    (97-93)        C    (77-73)         

A- (92-90)         C-   (72-70)        

B+  (89-88)         D+  (69-68)          

B    (87-83)        D    (67-63)

B-   (82-80)         D-   (62-60)

Grading Notifications

Mid-Period Progress Reports:

Teachers may choose to use Mid-Period Progress Reports to notify parents of progress during the marking period. Progress Reports are posted on PowerSchool (the student information system) and can be accessed midway through each marking period via the PowerSchool Parent Portal. This gives parents an opportunity to check on their child’s work and to partner with the school in optimizing their child’s academic success.

Report Cards:

Report cards are generated four times a year in order to keep parents informed of their child’s progress. Report cards are not mailed home - they will be accessed via the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Parents who want a paper copy of their child’s report card can make that request through the FMS Guidance Office.

Academic Honors

Superior effort and academic achievement are valued goals for our students. The Middle School recognizes the academic accomplishments of students in grades six through eight with an Honor Roll and during awards assemblies held throughout the year. At this time, certificates of achievement are presented to students who meet the following criteria.

Homework Responsibilities

Administration and staff at Frelinghuysen Middle School recognize that homework contributes towards building student proficiency in the state and district’s rigorous academic standards.  Students, parents/guardians, and staff members are expected to view homework as a routine and important part of a child’s educational experience. Therefore, FMS teachers will assign homework on a regular basis and students will be expected to complete and submit it to their teachers.

School-wide Homework Program

The FMS School-wide Homework Program has been created to ensure that a student’s time outside of school is used to focus on the most essential skills in literacy and math, and to ensure that the quality and quantity of homework assigned is consistent across classrooms. This program is also intended to ensure that there is transparency for students and families around what the homework requirements are on each night of the week.  A complete description of the FMS School-wide Homework Program can be found below:

 FMS Weekly Homework Calendar

The table below illustrates the highly structured new school-wide homework guidelines:

Subject

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Math

*Students will have math homework assigned every night that they have math class. Math homework is to be independent practice of skills/concepts learned in class.

Problem of the Week (Math)

Math Problem of the Week Assigned/Due the Following Week

Language Arts

Reading & Night Write*

Nightly Reading

Nightly Reading

Revision of Monday Night Write

Nightly Reading

Science (Weeks 1 & 3)

None assigned

Science Reading & Night Write

*Assigned on day class meets (A or B)

None assigned

None assigned

Social Studies

(Weeks 2 & 4)

None assigned

SS Reading & Night Write

*Assigned on day class meets (A or B)

None assigned

None assigned

World Language

None assigned

 None assigned

World Language HW focused on interpretive skill acquisition

*Assigned on day class meets (A or B)

Vocabulary

Weekly Vocabulary Practice***

Use of Canvas for Homework

FMS classroom teachers will post all homework, test, quiz, and project due dates on the their Class Canvas Calendar. Students will be given a Canvas account at the beginning of the year which will allow them to view the calendar for each of their classes. A Parent Canvas Account can be created by parents by following the directions at http://tinyurl.com/FMSCanvasAcct. Parents can use their Parent Canvas Account to check for upcoming homework, tests, and quizzes in all of their child’s classes.

Procedures to Follow When Absent

For short absences (less than 3 days) students should contact a classmate or check Canvas for any missing assignments. If students are going to be absent 3 or more days, parents may call the guidance office (292-2200, ext. 8070) by 8:00 on the third day to arrange for work to be picked up at the end of the school day. All work sent home must be handed in the day the student returns unless otherwise arranged with the teacher.

Academic Integrity

Frelinghuysen Middle School advocates for high standards of intellectual honesty and conduct of our Academic Integrity Policy. In order to create an ethical learning environment, students must recognize that they are responsible for their choices. Their actions are a direct reflection of themselves, as well as the school community.

Cheating is defined as giving or receiving any unauthorized aid on tests, quizzes, reports, papers, homework, or any school/course related assignments. Cheating includes, but is not limited to, the unauthorized use of information orally, in writing, by signs, or through electronic devices.

Plagiarism is to use, intentionally or unintentionally, without crediting the source, to commit literary theft, and to present as new and original an idea derived from an existing source.

Consequences for Cheating and/or Plagiarism:

Students in Danger of Failing

At the conclusion of each marking period, each House Counselor will review student grades and identify students with grades placing them in danger of failing key academic subjects. Based upon this information, the Team Leader will schedule a meeting for each identified student that will include the student, the parents or guardians, the school counselor, the Team Leader, and the House Supervisor.

At this initial meeting, an action plan will be developed to put supports and interventions into place that will help the student to improve his/her grade(s) and remove them from the danger of failing classification. A follow-up meeting will also be scheduled to assess student progress resulting from the action plan.

According to MSD BOE Policy 5410, students who are not demonstrating basic skill proficiencies in reading, writing, and math, and/or not meeting grade-level academic standards may be retained in their current grade or be required to pass a summer school program.

Standardized Assessments

Parents/Guardians shall be informed of the District Assessment Program, and of any special tests that are to be administered to their children. Please note the following dates for our standardized tests:

Library - Media Center 

The Frelinghuysen Middle School Library and Media Center is staffed by a certified School Librarian to help students navigate an information and technology rich world. The Library has numerous fiction and nonfiction print books, eBooks and audiobooks, and magazines available for check out, with new materials arriving every month. Students are asked to return library materials promptly to allow others an opportunity to use the materials. Students will be required to pay the value of the book if it is lost. The charge for a lost book will be equal to its replacement cost. A fine shall be paid for any damage to a book other than ordinary wear and tear. Students must clear outstanding balances to access semester grades.  The library also subscribes to a wide variety of online databases that support all areas of the curriculum. Students have access to these outstanding research materials 24/7 from any internet-connected device. The Library website is the portal to all library materials and activities all of the subscription databases, research guides for individual project, summer reading lists, library activities and upcoming events. It is available 24/7. In the library, students have access to desktop and laptop computers, reading areas, printers and a photocopier, free of charge. Students can visit the library during lunch and after school with permission from the librarian. Students also visit the library frequently with classroom teachers to conduct research and inquiry in collaboration with the Librarian.

  1. ATTENDANCE

Attendance Policy

Regular attendance by all students in the public schools of New Jersey is a well established, long-standing policy (NJSA 18A-38: 25, 26) that has repeatedly been upheld by the courts of the state as well as by the Supreme Court of the United States. The school cannot teach students who are not present. The entire process of education requires regular continuity of instruction, classroom participation, and study in order to reach the goal of maximum educational benefits for each student.

That being the case, the Morris Township Board of Education requires all students to be regular in attendance, and as a result has established MSD BOE Policy 5200 which states that students must be in attendance for a minimum of 164 days in order to be considered to have successfully completed the academic requirements and be promoted to the next grade level. Therefore, all students are expected to be prompt and in attendance when school is in session.

Excused/Unexcused Absences

The state and the school district realize that there may be some legitimate exceptions. Therefore all days of absence are counted toward the total with the following exceptions:

  1. The pupil’s illness with a doctor’s note.**
  2. Family illness or death in the immediate family.
  3. School-sponsored activities.
  4. Religious holidays pursuant to NJSA 18A:36-14 through 16.
  5. The pupil’s suspension from school.
  6. The pupil’s required attendance in court.
  7. Necessary and unavoidable medical or dental appointments that cannot be scheduled at a time other than the school day.

**All physician or medical notes regarding absences must be submitted to the attendance office no later than three (3) days after the student’s return to school.

Family vacations are not waived from the attendance policy. Parents are strongly urged to schedule family vacations to coincide with school vacations.

School Response to Unexcused Absences

In order to ensure that all students are regularly attending school, specific interventions have been put in place to address an accumulation of unexcused absences.

If a student has received 3 unexcused absences the following will occur:

If a student has received 6 unexcused absences the following will occur:

If a student has received 10 unexcused absences the following will occur:

If a student has received 12 unexcused absences the following will occur:

If a student has received 17 unexcused absences the following will occur:

What Can Parents Do about Truancy?

Non-School Vacation

These are considered unexcused absences. Parents who choose to remove their children from school must provide advance written notice explaining the reason and length of the trip. The classroom teacher will only be required to provide a general listing of materials to be covered. Any missed tests or quizzes will be made up at the teacher’s discretion.

Parent/Student Responsibilities Regarding Absences

  1. Parents should notify the school by telephone on the morning of a student’s absence. The attendance office telephone number is (973) 292-2200, x 8066.
  2. Parents will be notified via a voice-activated phone call if their child is absent from their HR/first block class.  
  3. Parents must send a note explaining the reason for an absence upon the student’s return to school.
  4. Students must present the excusal note to the attendance secretary on the day of return.

Tardiness to School

The MSD BOE believes that promptness is an important element of school attendance. Pupils who are late to school or to class miss essential portions of the instructional program and may create disruptions in the academic process for themselves and other pupils. In an effort to maximize educational time and minimize disruptions, the following guidelines have been implemented at FMS:

  1. Students are to be in their homerooms by 7:58.
  2. Students who are not in their homeroom by the 7:58 bell will be marked as tardy to school.
  3. Students who arrive late to school (after 7:58), are required to check in with an Attendance Officer before going to homeroom.
  4. Approved reasons for a student’s late arrival to school include 1) observance of a state-approved religious holiday; religious instruction; a medical or dental appointment that cannot be scheduled at a time other than during the school day; the pupil’s attendance in court; and a family emergency approved by the House Supervisor or Principal.
  5. An administrative referral will be generated for any student who accumulates 8 lates to school.

Early Dismissal

Appointments should be scheduled outside school hours or on school holidays. Students who need to leave the building during the school day must bring an excuse, signed by a parent/guardian, to the Attendance Office before homeroom on the morning of the day they are to leave early.  All students must be signed out of the building by the parent/guardian in the nurse’s office. Justifiable excuses may include: medical or dental appointments, medical disability, and family emergency or court appearance.

  1. STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT

The Morris School District is committed to ensuring that all of our schools are predictable, consistent, safe, and supportive spaces for each student each day.  Our enduring aspiration is that each child will sense a belonging to each school community through strong connections to his or her classmates, teachers, ideas, and the future.  This is the essential condition-- for all students to ascend through our schools and reach their full potential. To this end, our Code of Conduct  seeks to bring greater clarity in our expectations for student behavior, accountability and supportive interventions as well as the promotion of positive social behaviors.  It outlines the rights and responsibilities of all stakeholders.

   Morris School District Code of Conduct (Grades 6-12)


Levels of Behavior Concerns, Violations, and Responses

LEVEL 1 Behaviors

Classroom Infractions: Behaviors that involve a minor classroom infraction, the student has had no prior incidents, and/or interventions have not been put in place.  Teacher aims to prevent minor discipline problem from becoming a major disciplinary incident.

• Classroom distractions

• Use of cell phones/electronics

•  Student non-compliance with directions, rules, requests

• Tardies to class

• Misuse of MSD Technology

• Hallway misconduct

• Leaving class without permission

LEVEL 1 Interventions and Possible Teacher Responses

Classroom Interventions and Responses: These interventions aim to interrupt unsuccessful behaviors and teach skills so students can learn and demonstrate safe and respectful behavior. Teachers are encouraged to try a variety of teaching and classroom management strategies. Teachers are expected to collaborate effectively and report concerns to support staff.

• Positive directives that state expectations

• Increase teacher proximity

• Use of Restorative questions

• Daily progress sheets on

  behavior

• Other evidence based student specific strategies

• Positive and specific feedback

• Verbal prompt, redirection and/ or

  correction

• Restorative conference

• Create a classroom check-in plan

• Restitution/Restoration strategies

• Re-teaching and rehearsal of skill

  or procedure

• Reminders and redirection

• Develop relationship with families

• Reflection activity

• Increased opportunity to respond

  during instruction

• Student/Teacher conference

• Family conference

• Reset Pass


LEVEL 2 Behaviors

Infractions:

• Unmodified Level 1 classroom behaviors

• Cutting class

• Minor bus infractions

•  Physical aggression (pushing,

   shoving)

• Excessive tardies to class

• Plagiarism/cheating

• Misuse of MSD Technology

• Hallway misconduct

• Leaving class w/out permission

LEVEL 2 Interventions and Possible Responses

Classroom Interventions and Responses: These interventions can build on or replace existing interventions and supports put in place by the the teacher during Level 1.

• Positive directives that state

  expectations

• Increase teacher proximity

• Use of Restorative questions

• Daily progress sheets on

  behavior

• Other evidence based student specific strategies

• Positive and specific feedback

• Verbal prompt, redirection and/ or

  correction

• Restorative conference

• Create a classroom check-in plan

• Restitution/Restoration strategies

• Reflection activity

• Re-teaching and rehearsal of skill

  or procedure

• Reminders and redirection

• Develop relationship with families

• Collaborate with family

• Collaborate with School

  Counselor/Team Leader

• Increased opportunity to respond

  during instruction

• Student/Teacher conference

• Family conference

• Reset Pass

Administrative Level and Student Support Team Interventions and Consequences: These interventions can involve support staff or administrative staff when needed and are designed to correct behavior by addressing the seriousness of the behavior while keeping the student in school.

• Reflection activity

• Check-In with school staff

• Family conference with teacher,

  counselor, and Dean or AP.

• Service to the school community

• Restitution plan

• Small group counseling

• Conflict mediation

• Administrative and/or support

  team conference

• Individual behavior plan

• Mentoring

• Lunch detention

• Administrative detention

• Referral to school-based health

  or mental health providers

LEVEL 3 Behaviors

Infractions: May be appropriate given the seriousness of the offense and impact on the school community, and/or when documented interventions and supports have been put in place but the behavior is escalating.

• Using or possessing controlled

  substances, alcohol, tobacco

• Attack on a student

•  Damage to property over $500

•  FIghting

• Verbal threat against staff

• Theft

• Unmodified Level 2 behaviors with documented interventions

LEVEL 3 Interventions and Possible Teacher Responses

Classroom Interventions and Responses: These interventions aim to interrupt unsuccessful behaviors and teach skills so students can learn and demonstrate safe and respectful behavior. Teachers are encouraged to try a variety of teaching and classroom management strategies. Teachers are expected to collaborate effectively and report concerns to support staff.

• Daily progress sheets on

  behavior

• Reminders and redirection

• Restitution/Restoration strategies

• Re-teaching and rehearsal of skill

  or procedure

• Develop relationship with families

• Reflection activity

• Family conference

• Increased opportunity to respond

  during instruction

• Reset Pass

Administrative Level and Student Support Team Interventions and Consequences: These interventions and responses may include removing the student from the classroom or school environment because of the seriousness of the demonstrated behavior. The duration of the removal from the learning environment is to be limited as much as possible while still adequately addressing the seriousness of the behavior.

• Mediated Conflict Resolution

  conference

• Referral to School-based

  (TeenPride) or Community-based

  health or mental health providers.

• Administrative and/or Support

  Team conference.

• Mentoring/coaching

• Small group counseling

• Family/Guardian/Student/School

  Team conference

• Referral to student support team

  for behavior evaluation

• Restitution plan

• In-School Suspension up to 3 days (FMS), Family/Guardian notification of due process rights

• Up to 5 day Out-Of-School suspension

• Up to 5-day suspension from transportation


LEVEL 4 Behaviors

Infractions: May be appropriate when behavior presents an imminent threat of serious harm to the school community, or when the student’s behavior seriously affects the safety of others in the school and/ or educational process

LEVEL 4 Interventions and Possible Responses

Administrative Level and Student Support Team Interventions and Consequences: These interventions and responses may include removing the student from the classroom or school environment because of the seriousness of the demonstrated behavior. The duration of the removal from the learning environment is to be limited as much as possible while still adequately addressing the seriousness of the behavior.

•  Family/Guardian notification of

   due process rights and informal

   conference with principal and

   student

• Referral to School-based

  (TeenPride) or Community-based

  health or mental health providers.

• Administrative and/or Support

  Team conference.

• Develop Functional Behavioral

  Assessment and Behavior

  Intervention Plan

• Individualized case management

  for students with 504 plans or

  IEPs

• 5 days or more of Out-Of-School

  suspension

• Request for District hearing to

  request long-term suspension/

  alternative placement

• Develop, implement and monitor

  Transition Plan

• Long-term suspension from

  transportation

• Comprehensive student success

  plan meeting

KEY: USE LOWEST LEVEL RESPONSE FIRST

Level 1

Classroom Infractions

Is behavior that involves a minor classroom infraction, the student has had no prior incidents, and/or interventions have not been put in place.  Teacher aims to prevent minor discipline problem from becoming a major disciplinary incident.

Level 2

Intensive Support and Administrative Response

May be appropriate when interventions and supports have been put in place in the classroom to address the behavior, but the behavior has become persistent and has continued to negatively influence the learning of the student and others.

Level 3

Short-term suspension

May be appropriate given the seriousness of the offense and impact on the school community, and/or when documented interventions and supports have been put in place but the behavior is escalating.

Level 4

Request for long term or permanent suspension

May be appropriate when behavior presents an imminent threat of serious harm to the school community, or when the student’s behavior seriously affects the safety of others in the school and/or educational process.

At a minimum, teacher responses must include:

  • Teacher-student conference
  • Teacher-parent phone conference
  • One or more interventions listed on page 1

At a minimum, responses must include:

  • Teacher-counselor-administrator- parent-student conference
  • Individual student behavior plan

Behavior Violation

Level

1

Level

2

Level

3

Level 4

SRO

Notes

Absences

Cutting class

X

Excessive absences

See Attendance Policy

Academic Dishonesty

Plagiarism, copying another’s work, cheating or altering records

X

X

See Academic Honesty section of Student Handbook

Alcohol

Under the influence

X

X

X

*School staff required to refer student suspected to be under the influence to nurse and administration

*Initiate District Policy 5530 and Procedure for Testing

Using or possessing

X

X

X

Distributing or selling

X

X

X

Arson

Starting a fire, destruction of property as a result of starting a fire

X

X

Attack on Student

Hitting, kicking, or punching a student without warning or provocation.

X

X

X

Bomb Threat

Making threats or providing false information about the presence of explosive materials or devices on school property.

X

X

X

Bullying - Verbal, Physical or Electronic

Follow HIB investigation protocols

Bus Infraction

Minor disruptions on the bus (i.e. eating, drinking, being too loud, standing)

X

Serious disruptions on the bus

X

X

X

X

Classroom Distraction

Does not work silently or independently without bothering others

X

X

Throws objects without physical harm to others

X

X

Talking out in class or talking out of turn

X

X

Makes excessive, distracting, or disruptive movements or noises

X

X

Other behavior that distracts from student learning

X

X

Damage to Personal or School Property

Damage to another person’s or school property less than $500

X

X

X

Restitution for all damaged property is required.

Damage to another person’s or school property greater than $500

X

X

X

Disrespectful Behavior Against School Personnel

Name-calling, insults, making inappropriate gestures, symbols, or comments, or using profane or offensive language

X

X

Misleading or giving false information to school staff

X

X

Disrespectful Behavior Against Students

Name-calling, insults, making inappropriate gestures, symbols, or comments, or using profane or offensive language

X

X

Drugs

Under the influence

X

X

X

*School staff required to refer student suspected to be under the influence to nurse and administration

*Initiate District Policy 5530 and Procedure for Testing

Using or possessing

X

X

X

Distributing or selling

X

X

X

Electronic Devices

Use of cell phones, handheld mobile devices, electronic game devices, and other similar items

X

X

Possession and/or transmission of child pornography is subject to prosecution and will be reported to the police

Use of electronic devices that lead to the threat of harm to another person

X

X

Recording and/or publishing a fight

X

X

Use of electronic devices for which it is determined that such use directly causes physical or emotional harm to another person

X

X

X

Extortion

Obtaining money or property from another student through coercion, intimidation, or threat of physical harm

X

X

X

False Activation of Fire Alarm

Intentional false activation of fire alarm

X

X

X

Fighting

Physical aggression (pushing or shoving) with another student

X

X

Minor fighting

X

X

Fighting with serious injury and/or premeditation

X

X

X

Gambling

Requires the use of money or exchangeable goods.

X

X

Hallway Misbehavior

Running, making excessive noise, loitering, or persistent hall-walking

X

X

Harassment Based on Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Sexual Orientation, Disability or Religion, Including Cyber-harassment, Against Members of the School Community

Follow HIB investigation protocols

Inciting or Participating in a Disturbance

Causing a large disruption to the atmosphere of order and discipline in the school that is necessary for effective learning, outside of general classroom disruption (such as a riot or walkout)

X

X

X

X

A large disruption is defined as a disruption which causes the principal to initiate “stay in place” emergency procedures, prevents large numbers of students from moving through the halls, disrupts the educational process for large numbers of students across the school, or poses a serious and grave threat to the safety of large numbers of students.

Using an electronic device to bring others to initiate or engage in a disturbance

X

X

X

X

Leaving Classroom Without Permission

Leaving classroom without permission

X

X

Leaving School Without Permission

Leaving School Without Permission

X

Non-Compliance

Confrontational and/or argumentative

X

X

Nonviolent/non-physical

Failure to comply with school rules, regulations, policies, or procedures

X

X

Failure to follow directions

X

X

Failure to respond to school staff directives, questions, or requests

X

X

Physical Contact with School Personnel

Unintentional physical contact with school personnel

X

X

Unintentional striking a staff member who is intervening in a fight or other aggressive behavior

X

X

Intentional physical contact with school personnel

X

X

X

Offensive touching, poking, pushing, shoving or physical intimidation

X

X

X

Robbery

Taking money or property from another by force

X

X

X

Sexual Assault or Offense

Forced sexual act

X

X

Sexually-Based Infraction

Sexual harassment* (e.g. unwelcome sexual advances; request for sexual favors; other inappropriate verbal, written, or physical conduct of a sexual nature)

X

X

X

Follow HIB investigation protocols

Sexual activity or sexual misconduct (e.g. indecent exposure, engaging in sexual activity, etc.)

X

X

X

Tardiness

Excessive tardiness to class or school

X

X

See Code of Conduct for Tardiness

Technology Acceptable Use Policy Violation

Violation of the MSD Technology Acceptable Use Policy

X

X*

See MSD Technology Acceptable Use Policy (MSD AUP).

*Continued infractions may result in loss of device per the MSD AUP.

Theft

Under $500

X

X

X

Restitution for stolen property is required

Over $500

X

X

X

Threat Against School Personnel, Written or Verbal

Verbal or written threat against school personnel

X

X

X

Tobacco or Vaping

Using or possessing tobacco or vaping products

X

X

Distributing or selling tobacco or vaping products

X

Weapons, Firearms, Explosives

Firearms (possession of a firearm as defined by 18 USC 921 of the federal code; e.g. handguns, rifles, shotguns, and bombs

X

X

Other guns (possession of any gun of any kind, loaded or unloaded, operable or inoperable including BB guns and pellet guns, etc.)

X

X

Possession of instruments or objects that could be used as weapons

X

X

X

Possession of instruments or objects with intent to use as a weapon

X

X

X

Possession of instruments or objects used as weapons with intent to cause injury

 

X

X

Explosives (possession, sale, distribution, detonation, or threat of detonation of an incendiary or explosive material or device including firecrakers, smoke bombs, flares, or any combustible or explosive substances or combination of substances or articles, other than a firearm)

X

X

X

The Code of Conduct may also be found on the school and district website: 6-12 District Code of Conduct

Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying - H.I.B.

The Morris School District Board of Education prohibits acts of harassment, intimidation, or bullying against pupils (5512.01).  Harassment, intimidation, or bullying means any gesture, written, verbal  or physical act, or any electronic communication whether it be a single incident or a series of incidents, that is reasonably perceived as being motivated by any actual or perceived characteristic, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or a mental, physical, or sensory disability, or any other distinguishing characteristic, that takes place on school property, at any school-sponsored function, on a school bus, or off school grounds as provided by Section 16 of the Anti-Bullying Rights Act which substantially disrupts or interferes with the orderly operation of the school or rights of other students.  

Use of Personal Technology

Cell Phones

Students are not permitted to use cell phones or send/receive text messages during the school day.  Students are expected to turn off their cell phones and place them in their locker from 7:58 - 2:18.  If necessary, students may request a pass from their teacher to use the main office phone to call home during the school day. The only reason a cell phone may be permitted during school hours, is if the teacher has allowed it in the classroom for educational purposes.    

Consequences for unauthorized use:

Unauthorized use texting/calling:

Chromebooks

The rules and regulations are provided here so that students and parents/guardians are aware of the responsibilities students accept when they use a district-owned device.  This requires efficient, ethical and legal utilization of all technology resources.  Violations of these rules and guidelines will result in disciplinary action.  

Security Reminders

Students are prohibited from:

General Precautions/Caring For the Device

Screen Care

The Chromebook screens can be damaged if subjected to rough treatment. The screens are particularly sensitive to damage from excessive pressure on the screen.

Carrying Your Device

Charging Your Chromebook's Battery

Photo Library/Screensavers/Background photos

Sound, Music, Games, or Programs

Student Email

All FMS students are issued an email account.  Morris School District email allows students to safely and effectively communicate and collaborate with teachers and classmates, giving them an authentic purpose for writing.

Chromebook Incidents

A complete description of our Chromebook Program, including policy and procedures can be found here:  FMS Chromebook 1:1 Program: Policy, Procedures, and Information.

Drug, Alcohol Use/Possession

The Board of Education prohibits the use, possession, and/or distribution of alcohol or other drugs on school grounds, including on school buses or at school-sponsored functions according to law. Such use, possession and/or distribution is a violation of the Code of Student Conduct and will result in discipline.

As set forth in Board of Education Policy 5530, any educational staff member or other professional to whom it appears/suspects that a student may be currently under the influence of alcohol or other drugs on school grounds shall report the matter as soon as possible to the principal or his designee, who shall immediately notify the parent and the chief school administrator or his designee and arrange for an immediate medical examination of the student by a physician for the purposes of providing appropriate health care and for determining whether the student is under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

The chief school administrator or his designee  shall disclose to law enforcement authorities the identity of any student reasonably believed to be in possession of a controlled dangerous substance or related paraphernalia or a student reasonably believed to be involved or implicated in distribution activities regarding controlled dangerous substances.

For more information about the procedures involved with drug and alcohol use and possession, please review Board of Education Policy/Regulation 5530, which is available on the District's website.

Any student or parent who would like information about substance abuse intervention, prevention and/or treatment referral programs, should contact Karen Jones-Williams, 973-292-2000, ext. 2132, or Susan Mele, 973-292-2000, ext. 2173.

Tobacco/Nicotine/E-Cigarette Use 

The Board of Education recognizes the usage of tobacco and nicotine products present a health hazard that can have serious implications for both the smoker and nonsmoker and that smoking habits developed by the young may have lifelong harmful consequences. The Board of Education prohibits the use of tobacco products, electronic cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, vapor cigarettes, and nicotine gum/lozenges by pupils at any time in school buildings and on any school grounds, at events sponsored by the Board away from school, and on any transportation vehicle supplied by the Board.  Violations of these rules and guidelines will result in disciplinary action as indicated in our student Code of Conduct.  

  1. SCHOOL OPERATIONS

Transportation

The school provides bus transportation for all students to and from school.  Students are expected to conduct themselves on the buses just as they would in school.  

Bus Conduct

Students are expected to:

 

Due to the fact that many buses are at the legal capacity allowed by law, students must ride home on the bus that has been assigned to them by the Transportation Coordinator. Under No Circumstances can the school permit a student to ride on another bus. Any requests for a change of bus must be directed to the Transportation Department at 973-292-2066.

Dismissal

Activity Buses and Late Runs

Athletics Registration

Two-Part Process:

  1. Online Registration: https://frelinghuysenms-ar.rschooltoday.com/ 
  2. Submission of Medical forms to the nurse’s office (forms can be found on link above).

Physical Exams for Athletics: A physical exam must be within the past 365 days and on file in the nurse's’ office at FMS.  The required medical forms for participation must be submitted in hard copy only.  This includes the New Jersey Department of Education Forms A and B and/or the Health History Update Form.  The Health History Update Form is the only medical form required if your child’s physical is current and on file with the school nurse.  The medical forms are available on our website: https://frelinghuysenms-ar.rschooltoday.com/ 

Athletics/Extra-curricular Activities

Students must be in good academic and behavioral standing to participate in any clubs/activities/sports. Eligibility for all extra curricular activities is determined by several criteria that are reviewed at the beginning of each marking period. 

Students must remain with their coach/advisors throughout the activity. Coaches/Advisors will escort students to their buses and remain with them until all have boarded or are picked up by their parents.  Students should never remain in an area unsupervised.  

Cafeteria

Conduct in the Hallways

To provide a safe, orderly environment:

Dress Code

Students are expected to dress in a manner that is neat, clean and appropriate for school.  Articles of clothing that are too revealing, tattered, or unkempt should not be worn.  Attire that is unduly distracting is prohibited.  Students must wear shoes, sandals, or boots at all times.  Head coverings of any kind are not permitted in the building during school hours, except those used for religious purposes.  Clothing must not be disruptive to the educational process or pose a hazard to the health and safety of oneself or others.  Such clothing includes:  

The school reserves the right to ask students to change inappropriate clothing. Parents may be called to bring in additional clothing if necessary.

Consequences for inappropriate clothing:

Emergency Drills/Fire Drills

Elevator Use

Students needing to use the elevator must present a physician’s note to the nurse.     

Electronic Surveillance in School Buildings and on School Grounds

In order to enhance a safe and secure environment, the Board authorizes electronic surveillance devices to be used on district property and on school grounds.

 Late to Class

Students have three minutes to transition between their classes.  Lateness is defined as arriving after the period has begun.  Continued lateness creates a disruption to the learning process.  Excessive lateness will result in disciplinary action.  


Lockers

Each student is assigned a school locker and combination. Students should not share their combination. Lockers are the students’ responsibility and are to be kept neat and clean.  School personnel may inspect lockers at any time.

*In accordance with district policy (MSD BOE Policy 5770), the administration reserves the right to inspect and/or search lockers at any time.  This may include the periodic use of the K-9 Unit in conjunction with the local Police Department. The student assigned to the locker will be held accountable for the contents of the locker.

Each student will be assigned a gym locker and a lock to secure their belongings during physical education classes. Care should be taken to ensure that lockers are closed and locked at all times. It is strongly recommended that students never bring large sums of money, valuable jewelry or expensive equipment to school.  The school cannot assume responsibility for the safety of such items.  Students will not be allowed in the locker room unless supervised.  Students are responsible for returning their locks at the end of the year or a replacement fee will be charged.     

Backpacks

Due to space and safety issues, students will not be permitted to carry their backpacks during the school day. All students will place their backpacks in their locker upon arrival to school, and will carry their books to class throughout the school day. Students will be permitted to go to their lockers at appropriate times during the school day to collect their proper learning materials for their classes. 

Lost and Found

Lost items such as books and clothing can be found in the main office “lost and found.” Articles of value, such as glasses, watches, etc., should be turned into an administrator who will secure the item in the safe where they may be claimed upon identification. If something is lost, report this immediately to your teacher or administrator. Unclaimed articles will be disposed of at the end of the academic year. It would be reasonable for students to place their name in items of outerwear, gym clothing and purses for easy identification and return.

Medication

According to District Policy 5330, medication includes prescriptive and over-the-counter (non-prescription) medicine.  It may only be administered in school by the school physician, a certified or non-certified school nurse a substitute school nurse employed by the district.  

Self-administration of medication by the student is only permitted for life threatening illnesses such as asthma, diabetes, or severe allergic reaction.  Please contact the nurse's office to receive instructions and forms to have medication administered on school grounds and/or at school functions.  

Students with Medical Conditions

For students who may have medical conditions such as Diabetes, Asthma, Epilepsy, or Severe Allergic Reaction, parents/guardians of these students are requested to contact the school nurse regarding special information and forms that need to be completed to better care for the student in the school setting.

Personal Belongings

Only school related items should be brought to school. Games, toys, laser pointers or electronic devices are not permitted in school. If any of these items are found in a student’s possession during the school day, they will be confiscated and only returned to a parent.  

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