Nurture and challenge for success.
Dear Manheim Township Elementary Family:
Welcome to the 2022-23 school year! We are excited to work with you as a partner on your educational journey. As the elementary administrative team, we believe that these early school years are essential in the development of young people. We know all students have the tools it takes to succeed and agree that the best part of our jobs is watching students achieve success.
We also believe that students thrive best when there are clear expectations and routines. While each school may have slightly different routines, we work hard to maintain consistency whenever possible. Please read this Student/Parent Handbook carefully; the procedures and guidelines presented have been prepared to help students realize success in school. Knowing what is expected is helpful for everyone, and helps the transition from grade level to grade level and school-to-school.
Our elementary handbook outlines specific procedures related to many school functions and answers commonly asked questions. Our procedures are in place to maintain a safe and productive school environment. In addition, many of our procedures are required as per the Pennsylvania School Code and/or Manheim Township School Board Policy. Please know that handbook contents may be adjusted and/or superseded by district protocols associated with COVID-19. Direct any questions on this topic to your building principal.
Our elementary administrative team is confident that positive, meaningful experiences are a part of each day for all of our students. We believe that communication is a critical component for student success. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school directly so the principal can answer them for you. We look forward to a great 2022-23 school year!
Dr. Nicole Irish Dr. Andy Martin Ms. Travis Bash
Brecht Principal Bucher Principal Neff Principal
Mr. Dana Schrodel Mrs. Lindsay Capoferri Mrs. Elizabeth Edwards
Nitrauer Principal Reidenbaugh Principal Schaeffer Principal
Table of Contents
McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act 12
MTSD K-12 Assessment Philosophy 12
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and Classroom Meetings 18
Brecht Elementary School
Principal: Dr. Nicole Irish
1250 Lititz Pike
Lancaster, PA 17601
Phone: (717) 291-1733
Fax: (717) 735-0939
Bucher Elementary School
Principal: Dr. Andy Martin
450 Candlewyck Rd
Lancaster, PA 17601
Phone: (717) 569-4291
Fax: (717) 569-3060
Neff Elementary School
Principal: Ms. Travis Bash
PO Box 5134 School Rd
Lancaster, PA 17601
Physical Address (NO MAIL):
21 Valley Road
Lancaster, PA 17601
Phone: (717) 569-8502
Fax: (717) 569-8226
Nitrauer Elementary School
Principal: Mr. Dana Schrodel
811 Ashbourne Ave
Lancaster, PA 17601
Phone: (717) 569-4239
Fax: (717) 569-7973
Reidenbaugh Elementary School
Principal: Mrs. Lindsay Capoferri
1001 Buckwalter Rd
Lititz, PA 17543
Phone: (717) 626-1000
Fax: (717) 627-3887
Schaeffer Elementary School
Principal: Mrs. Elizabeth Edwards
875 Pleasure Rd
Lancaster, PA 17601
Phone: (717) 392-6797
Fax: (717) 735-8292
Visit all school websites by going to www.mtwp.net and clicking on the school’s tab.
Elementary School Day: 9:00 AM - 3:40 PM
Students may enter the building at 8:45 AM
Office Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
August 23, 2022 First Day of School for Students Grades 1-4
August 24, 2022 First Day of Kindergarten
September 2, 2022 No School
September 5, 2022 No School
October 6, 2022 Early Dismissal Day- Elementary dismissal @ 1:40 PM
October 7, 2022 Teacher In-Service Day- no school for students
October 10, 2022 No School
October 28, 2022 End of Marking Period 1
November 2, 2022 Early Dismissal Day- Elementary dismissal @ 1:40 PM
November 21-22, 2022 Teacher In-Service Day/Parent Conferences-no school for students
November 23-25, 2022 No School
December 23, 2022 Early Dismissal Day- Elementary dismissal @ 1:40 PM
December 26-30, 2022 No School
January 2, 2023 No School
January 16, 2023 Teacher In-Service Day-no school for students
January 17, 2023 End of Marking Period 2
January 25, 2023 Early Dismissal Day- Elementary dismissal @ 1:40 PM
February 3, 2023 Teacher In-Service Day-no school for students
February 16, 2023 Early Dismissal Day- Elementary dismissal @ 1:40 PM
February 17, 2023 Teacher In-Service Day- no school for students
February 20, 2023 No School (Snow make-up day)
March 16, 2023 Early Dismissal Day- Elementary dismissal @ 1:40 PM
March 17, 2023 No School
March 20, 2023 No School (Snow make-up day)
March 28, 2023 End of Marking Period 3
April 6, 2023 Early Dismissal Day - Elementary dismissal @ 1:40PM
April 7, 2023 No School
April 10, 2023 No School
April 24-28, 2023 PSSA Testing- ELA Gr. 3 & 4
May 1-5, 2023 PSSA Testing- Math Gr. 3 & 4/Science Gr. 4
May 26, 2023 Early Dismissal Day - Elementary dismissal @ 1:40PM
May 29, 2023 No School
June 2, 2023 End of Marking Period 4; Last Student Day*
*Last Student Day is tentative and based on snow make-up days. Make-up days will be used first; additional make-up days will be added to the end of the school year.
Arrival 8:45 AM
School Begins 9:00 AM
Academic Subjects Daily
Art/Music/Physical Education/Library Once per six-day cycle
Library Book Exchange Once per six-day cycle
Lunch 30 minutes
Recess 30 minutes Kindergarten, 25 minutes grade 1-4
Dismissal 3:40 PM
All elementary schools will be utilizing a six-day cycle. This will only impact your child with regard to “specials” (Art, Music, P.E., Library). For example, rather than having art on Mondays, your child may have art on Day 3. This is extremely helpful when we miss days of school. If we do not have school on Monday of a certain week (due to holidays, snow days, etc.), the cycle days will resume once we are back in school, and your child will not miss an art day. The school district website (www.mtwp.net) will always post which cycle day it is, and your child’s teacher will also keep you informed of the upcoming cycle days.
Inclement weather may force the delay or close of school. This information may be found on a number of radio and TV stations or the school district website (www.mtwp.net). Please DO NOT phone the school for information regarding school closings or delays.
One-Hour Delay Schedule Two-Hour Delay Schedule
10:00 AM School Begins 11:00 AM School Begins
3:40 PM Dismissal 3:40 PM Dismissal
Dismissal at 1:40 PM
Students will be released from school only to their parents, legal guardians, or a person authorized in writing by parents.
Dental and medical appointments are honored if you cannot schedule them at non-school times. Please give your child’s teacher advance notice in writing. Please provide the school office with a doctor’s note upon returning.
Physical Education is an important part of the elementary education curriculum. All students are expected to participate in physical education (PE). If a child needs to miss one PE class, the parent may send in a note and the child will be excused. If the child must miss additional PE classes, the parent must provide a doctor’s excuse. Whenever possible it is preferred if the doctor provides specific restrictions so that the PE teacher can adapt the lesson for the student.
Students MUST ride the bus to which they are assigned. Please encourage your child to value this service and respect the bus drivers. If a student needs to be a “car rider,” the office must be notified in writing. All changes to dismissal must be made prior to 3:00 PM.
According to The Local Wellness Policy requirement established by Section 204 of Public Law 108-265, the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004, the law requires each local education agency (LEA) participating in the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program to develop a local wellness policy that promotes the health of students and addresses the growing problem of childhood obesity. In light of this School District policy, guidelines for nutritional standards include:
Breakfast is available for all students from 8:45 AM-9:00 AM in the cafeteria.
Lunch orders are needed by 9:00 AM to allow for off site preparation and delivery of food to the cafeteria. Milk can be purchased separate from a student lunch for $0.70. A la carte items are also available for purchase.
All students are given a cafeteria account in the School Cafe system through which meals can be paid. Funds of any amount may be placed on student accounts through building cashiers. Make checks payable to: Manheim Township School District or MTSD. Money can also be placed in your child’s account by accessing information through the SchoolCafe link on the district’s website. If there is no money in your child’s account, a lunch purchase can be charged to his/her account but must be repaid ASAP.
See the Food Service web page found on Manheim Township’s home site (www.mtwp.net under “District”) for details on how to pay for meals online, sign up for a SchoolCafe account that enables you to view your student’s account and see monthly school lunch menus. All meals meet or exceed USDA’s National School Lunch Program requirements. If your child has allergies, written notification must be given to the Health Room.
For the safety of our students, parents/guardians are not permitted to have lunch with their child/children during the school day in the school building. An exception to this policy may be made if the building principal elects to participate in a celebration, such as National Lunch Week. If the school is participating in a celebration where parents/guardians are invited to have lunch with their child, the building principal will establish specific guidelines for parents/guardians. Parents electing to participate in this celebration will not be permitted to bring in restaurant food from outside sources. (as per the School Board Policy # 907 approved on March 21, 2013)
SchoolCafe allows you to make one-time or automatic deposits into your students’ lunch accounts, monitor your students’ purchases, and keep track of your students’ balances and receive low balance notifications. SchoolCafe also enables users to view menus and rate menu items so that we know what our students enjoy most.
New students/never used School Cafe?
Go to www.schoolcafe.com and follow the instructions to create an account.
I forgot my Username or Password:
Click on Forgot Your Username or Password? Enter your login name or email address. Answer your security question correctly and you'll be prompted to enter a new password. If you can't remember your security answer you may alternatively choose the option to receive a password reset request by email.
How does my child make purchases using a SchoolCafe account?
Students will use their 7-digit student ID number at the register in the cafeteria. This number is assigned to students at registration and can be found on Sapphire under the student information
section. ID cards will be printed for elementary students and they can be scanned at the register PIN pads until the student learns his or her ID number.
Can I monitor my child’s purchases in SchoolCafe?
Yes. You can restrict your child’s snacks purchases by logging into SchoolCafe.
What credit cards/methods of payment are accepted?
Visa and MasterCard are accepted for online payments through SchoolCafe.. Cash and
checks are accepted at your child’s school and the District Office. The district is only able to accept checks written in blue or black pen ink. To ensure proper account credit, please write the student’s full name on an envelope, as well as in the memo line if writing a check.
Is there a fee for credit card payments?
There is a $2.25 fee per transaction via credit card. (MTSD does not control or collect this fee.) You are not required to make deposits via credit card to use SchoolCafe. You can make deposits via cash and checks at your student’s school without incurring a fee. You can always view purchases and balances via School Cafe.
Who should I contact if a payment hasn’t shown up in my child’s balance?
A payment should show up in your student’s balance within 48 hours. Please verify the payment before contacting us. If you can verify that a payment has been made on your end but is not showing up in SchoolCafe, contact the Food Service Office at (717) 735-1720.
How do I transfer funds between students?
If both students attend the same school, contact the cafeteria manager at the school. If they attend different schools, contact Stacy Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or (717) 735-1720.
We are moving and I would like a refund of my balance. Who do I contact?
Refund requests are processed by Stacy Smith. Email or call email@example.com or (717) 735-1720.
How do I…?
The SchoolCafe website can help you set-up email notifications, schedule payments, cancel payments, etc. Login to your account and click on Help in the menu at the top of your screen.
In light of our district wellness policy #246 and to make our classrooms as safe and inclusive as possible, only non-food items will be permitted for birthday celebrations. A few options could be: special pencils, bookmarks, stickers, or a donation of a book in your child’s name to their classroom. Of course, it is optional if you choose to have your child celebrate his/her birthday in school. By eliminating food in the classroom for birthday celebrations, we reduce the risk of potential allergic reactions and health concerns. Food items are not permitted.
Please understand that we are not able to facilitate the receipt and delivery of gifts, flowers, balloons (and the like) to students within our school day. These deliveries are best reserved for time outside of the school day.
Invitations to outside birthday celebrations are permitted to be distributed in school if the entire class is invited. Please know the school staff is not permitted to share contact information (email address, phone numbers, physical address) with parents.
Students go out for recess each day unless the weather is inclement. If a child needs to remain indoors due to illness, the parent may send in a note and the child will be excused. If the child must miss more than one day, the parent must provide a doctor’s excuse. If a child needs to remain indoors, the placement of the child will be determined by the building principal.
Helping students complete homework successfully depends upon setting strong expectations at home as well as at school. It is important to help students become responsible and independent – two of homework’s most valuable end results.
Homework may be required for a variety of reasons:
We believe that homework should follow significant interaction between a teacher and a student. Therefore, teachers will hold to these practices:
Remember, homework for elementary students may not be a paper and pencil task! Nightly reading, spelling, practice, and review of math facts are “standing assignments” to be done even if the teacher provides no other homework.
The only time students should bring toys, electronic games, etc. to school is when their teacher/principal instructs them to do so (Show and Tell, for example). The students will assume responsibility for any items brought to school. Such belongings can be lost or broken at school presenting a problem for the child. We would appreciate your help in keeping toys at home.
The school year consists of four report card periods, with written reports concluding each period. Report cards will be available electronically through the Sapphire Community Portal. Please access this link to sign up for an account if you don't already have one. Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled in November to coincide with the end of the first marking period. If you’d like to schedule an additional conference, please contact your child’s teacher.
Students should be responsible for their own clothing and lunch-bags. Name tags on these items are helpful. Unclaimed clothing is kept in the lost and found. Small “found” items such as jewelry are kept in the school office. Unclaimed items are periodically disposed of or donated to charity.
Students must dress appropriately so as not to disrupt the educational atmosphere of the classroom. Students are permitted to wear: shorts, skirts, skorts, and dresses at mid-thigh length or longer. Students who dress inappropriately, as outlined below will change clothing (provided by school or parent) before returning to class. Any clothing that disrupts or creates a reasonable apprehension of disruption of the educational environment, including but not limited to the items mentioned below will be deemed unacceptable (School Board policy 221.).
Students are NOT permitted to wear:
Clothing, jewelry or any other attire that disrupt or create a reasonable apprehension of disruption of the educational environment; present a health or safety concern; contain lewd, profane or obscene language or messages; advertise or advocate the use of alcoholic beverages, drugs, or other illegal behavior or behavior that violates Board policy; include messages that advocate violence and mayhem or messages that have as their sole purpose the harassment and/or intimidation of others in the school community.
All the elementary schools are air-conditioned. Students are encouraged to wear “layers” so that they can adjust their clothing for different indoor and outdoor temperatures. Students are not excused from school activities, such as recess, because of their clothing choices. Students should wear clothing that lets them move and play safely (example: sneakers, shorts, T-shirts) when physical education is scheduled. Students should come to school clean and neatly dressed so they are ready to learn.
McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
Homelessness is defined as lacking a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. McKinney-Vento defines homeless as:
As part of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, homeless students:
MTSD K-12 Assessment Philosophy
To nurture and challenge all learners for success, we believe the purpose of assessment is to measure and communicate progress and achievement toward mastery of core concepts and standards.
Assessment should be a collaborative process between learners and teachers with support from families.
All academic areas at the K-4 level will be reported using a standards-based system. Scores are based on a student’s level of mastery of the standards. Students who are working towards grade-level expectations will receive additional instruction and opportunities to demonstrate growth and mastery. Similarly, students who are performing above grade-level expectations will be provided with opportunities for enrichment to demonstrate growth and deepen understanding.
Where students are not meeting grade-level expectations for the marking period, teachers shall notify the parents/guardians (either by email, phone call, or conference).
Reporting Key for Students in Grades K-4
1 – At this time, the student is not meeting grade-level expectations. Performance is inconsistent with guidance and support.
2 – The student is progressing toward grade-level expectations. Performance varies regarding consistency and level of support needed.
3 – The student is consistently meeting grade-level expectations with little or no support. Performance is characterized by a thorough understanding of concepts and skills.
K-12 Homework Philosophy & Guidelines
District Beliefs about Homework
Frequency & Estimated Time to Complete Nightly Homework
Not to exceed 15 minutes per night of some type of reading, plus 5 minutes per night for other content areas combined (20 minutes total)
Not to exceed 15 minutes per night of some type of reading, plus 15 minutes per night for other content areas combined (30 minutes total)
Not to exceed 15 minutes per night of some type of reading, plus 25 minutes per night for other content areas combined (40 minutes total)
● Students with disabilities and students participating in ESL/Bilingual Education programs shall participate in homework, with appropriate accommodations when necessary. This may result in a deviation from the guidelines listed above.
● Spanish Immersion may have varying estimated times for homework assignments due to programming.
● K-6 – Homework may be assigned Monday-Thursday with no new assignments being given on Fridays.
Manheim Township Health Services seeks to provide an optimum educational environment by promoting a climate of health and well-being and minimizing absenteeism
When Should a Student Stay Home From School?
When Should a Student Return to School?
Medication Administration During the School Day
If your child needs to take medication during the school day a parent or designated adult must bring the medication to school with a completed Medication Permission Form signed by a doctor and a parent. Medication must be in a properly labeled container. Medication Permission Forms are available on the MTSD website (mtwp.net) or from the Health Room.
Emergency Epinephrine Administration
Per Pennsylvania law, emergency epinephrine may be administered to students who have a known history of severe life-threatening allergies and have a prescription for an epinephrine auto-injector, and to students who have their first life-threatening allergic reaction to an unknown or undiagnosed allergy while at school.
Parents or legal guardians may decline to have emergency epinephrine administered to their child in the event he or she exhibits signs of a severe allergic reaction. To opt-out, a parent/guardian must sign and return the district's exemption form to the school nurse, acknowledging the possible negative health consequences for their child if he or she is experiencing a severe allergic reaction and does not receive emergency epinephrine. Please contact your school nurse for additional information.
Head lice infestation is not associated with any disease but causes a high level of anxiety among parents of school aged children. We recommend that you check your child’s hair and scalp weekly to identify an infestation early in its course. Discourage your children from sharing hats, hair accessories and head to head contact. Lice are tiny bugs that can be seen scampering across the scalp. They crawl quickly but do not fly or jump. The eggs they lay are sometimes easier to see. They appear as tiny specks attached to the hair strand and cannot be flicked away or moved easily like hair casts or dandruff. Nits are often found at the neck hairline, crown of head and above the ears. If you find head lice on your child, treatment products can be purchased over the counter at any drug store. Follow the directions exactly and notify the school nurse. We will check your child on return to school and again in one week. The products do not kill the eggs, which can hatch and restart the infestation. For this reason, it is critical to remove all nits.
Students should strive to be present every day school is in session and arrive at school on time. Please call your school nurse if your child has a health condition that is affecting his/her attendance.
If your child has been diagnosed with a concussion, please provide the School Nurse with documentation of the diagnosis from the physician. The Concussion Management Team will assist your child as he/she recovers.
Please keep your emergency contacts current throughout the school year. It is critical for the school to be able to reach a parent or designee during the school day in the event of illness, injury or any other emergency.
The Manheim Township School District requires that school age students enrolled in district schools attend school regularly, in accordance with state laws. Students should strive to be present every day school is in session. Every absence and tardy is entered on students’ permanent records. Regular attendance affects scholastic performance, social development, and academic standing. The educational program offered by the district is predicated upon the presence of the student and requires continuity of instruction and classroom participation in order for students to achieve academic standards and consistent educational progress.
All absences are required to be treated as unlawful until the district receives an excuse explaining the absence. For any absence related to illness, death in family, family emergency (restrictions apply) to be excused, an electronic absence form through Sapphire Community Portal or a written excuse note must be submitted within three (3) days upon the student’s return to school. Standard excuse cards are available for parent/guardian convenience or notes can be provided on separate paper, or electronically via Sapphire Community Portal. Please provide the child’s name, grade, date(s) of absence, reason for absence, and parent/guardian signature. An emailed excuse is not an acceptable format for an absence.
Excused Absences for Religious Holidays:
Upon written request by a parent/guardian, an absence for observance of a student’s religion on a day approved by the School Board as a religious holiday shall be excused.
Excused Absences for Educational Tours and Trips:
Parents are urged to schedule educational trips or tours during days when school is not in session. Classroom work and interaction is important even in the lower grades in order to stay on grade level. Requests must demonstrate that the trip will provide an opportunity for the student's educational enrichment under the direction and supervision of an adult acceptable to the parents/guardians and the Superintendent. A trip may be considered an educational experience if it broadens the student's understanding of social, cultural or geographic values and concepts.
Non School-sponsored educational trips or tours require a request form to be submitted at least two (2) school days prior to the trip and are limited to a cumulative total of five (5) days per school year. The forms are available online or at your school’s office. Any trip or tour days taken in excess of the five (5) cumulative days will be coded as unlawful absences.
Maximum School Year Cumulative Excused/Lawful Absences:
Pennsylvania law allows a maximum of ten (10) school days cumulative excused/lawful absences verified by parental notification during a school year. All cumulative excused/lawful absences verified by parent note beyond ten (10) days will require an excuse from a physician.
Please note: educational trip/tour days are counted towards the ten (10) cumulative days.
Students are to be in school at or before 9:00 a.m If a student has accumulated five (5) instances of unexcused tardies, a letter will be sent to the parents/guardians indicating the tardy dates. If your child is late or is absent, you will receive a phone call generated by an automated school message program stating that your child is not in school. Upon every 10th unexcused tardy, a letter will be sent to parents/guardians. School administration, under the direction of state code, will make the final determination on whether a tardy will be considered excused or unexcused.
Consequences for tardy to school are as follows, but may vary on individual student circumstances and needs.
Note: Tardiness for reasons such as oversleeping, missing the bus, and car troubles are not excused tardies.
Students are expected to be in their building at the start of the school day. Tardiness is excused in cases of illness, doctor appointment, bus delays, or extreme emergencies as determined by the building principal, and shall be accompanied by a note from a parent or guardian. Failure to submit a tardy excuse signed by a parent/guardian within three (3) days of the tardy will be considered an unexcused tardy.
In the event that your child arrives at school after 9:40 A.M. or is absent from school, you will receive a phone call generated by an automated school message program stating that your child is not in school. If you concur with this information, nothing more is necessary except to send a properly completed excuse note when your child returns to school. If you believe your child is in school, please call your child’s school office immediately and we will contact your child’s classroom teacher to verify the information.
The goal of the Manheim Township School District is to partner with families to ensure consistent school attendance for our students. Compulsory attendance is the law, and if truancy goes unaddressed it can lead to numerous problems for youth. The Manheim Township School District offers a School Attendance Improvement Plan (SAIP) to help guide the school and family on the path to the elimination of truancy. A cooperative school-family conference is scheduled to engage participants involved in the student’s life to explore possible solutions to increase the student’s school attendance. Maintaining open communication between the student and adults will facilitate positive outcomes. The purpose of the school-family conference is to discuss the cause(s) of truancy and develop a mutually agreed upon plan to assure regular school attendance. The school family conference provides all individuals the opportunity to identify, understand, and explore all issues contributing to the student’s truant behavior.
Our elementary buildings utilize PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports). PBIS is a team-based process including a broad range of systemic and individualized strategies for achieving important social and learning outcomes. PBIS focuses on preventing problem behavior of all students at the school-wide, classroom, non-classroom, and individual levels. PBIS instruction is embedded into elementary classroom meetings, which take place every morning in K-6 classrooms. Manheim Township School District’s K-6 PBIS core values focus on respect, responsibility, and safety.
Manheim Township School District
The Manheim Township School District Code of Student Conduct was developed to inform you of the crucial nature of a positive learning environment that includes clearly defined expectations for student attendance and behavior. The Board of School Directors has approved numerous policies to address areas relating to pupils within the Board’s policy manual. The Code of Student Conduct includes reference to each of these applicable Board approved policies. Copies of these policies are available in the district office, school offices, and libraries and the district website at http://www.mtwp.net. These policies contain within them, the legal citations from which they were developed. When student behaviors are inappropriate and impact negatively on a positive learning environment, the disciplinary options that are identified in the Code of Student Conduct will be utilized by School Administrators.
This publication meets the federal requirements of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), Section 4114 (7) (e) by establishing a code of student conduct that clearly states the responsibilities of students, teachers, and administrators in maintaining a classroom environment that –
This Code of Student Conduct also:
This Code of Student Conduct was designed to help provide a safe school environment that is conducive to learning. The Code outlines the cooperative effort among students, parents and school personnel and defines the essential role of each participant in the process.
Please review this Code of Student Conduct to ensure your understanding in this vital approach toward guiding our young people and providing a safe school environment.
Manheim Township School District has a compelling responsibility to develop reasonable rules and regulations regarding student conduct. Schools have an institutional responsibility to provide a safe and healthy environment for all students. The climate of the school must provide for the protection of the rights of students to receive an education. Excellence in education requires an orderly instructional environment. Teachers must be able to teach and students must be able to learn in an environment that is free from undue disruption. This Code of Student Conduct is intended to be a clear and understandable message of the critical nature of this mission.
Elements of a Positive Learning Environment
The maintenance of a positive learning climate in the schools of the district is dependent upon the provision of a controlled environment free from undue disruption and destruction. To accomplish this objective, four critical elements must exist:
This Code of Student Conduct is intended to provide a base for this interaction and cooperation of these critical elements.
Free Education and Attendance
All persons residing within the Manheim Township School District between the ages of 6 and 21 are entitled to a free public education. Effective with the 2020-2021 school year, a child must comply with compulsory attendance requirements from age 6 to age 18. Specifically, a child who has attained the age of 6 on or before September 1 must enroll and attend school or begin a homeschool program that year. Additionally, any student less than 18 years of age must comply with compulsory school age requirements. A student may not be excluded from school nor from extra-curricular activities because of being married or pregnant, unless it can be medically determined that the activity would be harmful to the health and welfare of the individual. Consistent with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (43 P.S. §§ 951-963), and all other non-discrimination statutes, no student shall be denied access to a free and full public education on account of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability.
The Manheim Township School District is committed to maintaining an educational environment free from hazing, harassment and intimidation. All employees and students are to be treated with dignity, respect and courtesy, regardless of race, gender, religion, disability, age, national origin or sexual orientation. Harassment or intimidation shall be defined as any action that is so offensive as to undermine or detract from another student’s worth or educational experience. Students who feel they are being harassed should see a guidance counselor and/or a principal. Students who are found guilty of hazing, harassment or intimidation shall be subject to appropriate discipline. Any of the above may also violate local, state and/or federal law and may be the basis for exclusion under those provisions.
To the extent the District disciplines a student for verbal expression, the District does not intend to regulate any particular viewpoint or content, that is, constitutionally protected free speech, but rather to set a standard to address the appropriateness of the manner in which the message is conveyed and to protect against substantial disruption or interference with the rights of other students or the work of the school.
Public schools are governed by the complex interaction between the U.S. Constitution, the Statutes of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Regulations of the State Board of Education, policies of the board of school directors, and court decisions. Administrative regulations at the district and building levels flow from these laws.
The general authority of school officials can be found in Section 510 of the School Code that reads in part:
The board of school directors in any school district may adopt and enforce such reasonable rules and regulations as it may deem necessary and proper, regarding the management of its school affairs and the conduct and deportment of all pupils attending the public schools in the district, during such time as they are under the supervision of the board of school directors and teachers, including the time necessarily spent in coming to and returning from school.
This general authority is extended to administrators and teachers in Section 1317 of the Code. This section gives school personnel in Loco Parentis (in place of the parent) status and reads:
Every teacher, vice-principal and principal in the public schools shall have the right to exercise the same authority as to conduct and behavior over the pupils attending his school, during the time they are in attendance, including the time required in going to and from their homes, as the parents, guardians, or persons in parental relation to such pupils may exercise over them.
This broad authority is limited by the constitutional rights of students, court decisions, and the Regulations of the State Board of Education. All actions under this section must meet the test of reasonableness.
Suspension and expulsion of students are also authorized by statute. Section 1318 of the statute provides:
Every principal or teacher in charge of a public school may temporarily suspend any pupil on account of disobedience or misconduct, and any principal or teacher suspending any pupil shall promptly notify the district superintendent or secretary of the board of school directors. The board may, after a proper hearing, suspend such child for such time as it may determine, or may permanently expel him. Such hearings, suspension, or expulsion may be delegated to a duly authorized committee of the board, or to a duly qualified hearing examiner, who need not be a member of the board, but whose adjudication must be approved by the board.
The length of exclusion from school and the nature of the hearings required are outlined in Section 12.8 of the State Board Regulations.
The Board of School Directors of the Manheim Township School District has adopted policies that relate to its expectations regarding school climate and pupil conduct. Copies of these policies are available in the district office, school offices, and libraries and on the district web site at http://www.mtwp.net.
Student Responsibilities (from 22 Pa Code 12.2)
Student responsibilities include regular attendance, effort in classroom work, and adherence to school rules and regulations. Most of all, students share a responsibility with the administration and faculty to develop a climate within the school that is conducive to wholesome learning and living. No student has the right to interfere with the education of his or her fellow students. It is the responsibility of each student to respect the rights of teachers, students, administrators, and all students who are involved in the educational process. Students should express their ideas and opinions in a respectful manner.
It is the responsibility of the students to conform to the following:
All Manheim Township elementary students will:
These behaviors are expected from all students while on school property, which includes the playground and the bus. It is recognized that mistakes will be made, and district staff will take the opportunity to teach and allow each student to grow. Consequences for the behavior will be based upon the developmental needs of the child.
A positive educational atmosphere is critical for student success. For learning to occur, appropriate behavior is expected. Infractions of class or school rules will result in consequences. Please contact your child’s teacher or the principal with any questions concerning disciplinary procedures.
The Manheim Township School District recognizes that some behaviors are unacceptable. These unacceptable behaviors could include but are not limited to: physical fighting, obscene language/gestures, stealing, vandalism, harassment, physical intimidation, and hazing. For drug and alcohol offenses, please refer to the Manheim Township District Policy.
The following is a list of behavior offenses and disciplinary procedures to be used for the students on school property. The behaviors and the disciplinary procedures are broken into three levels. As the behaviors increase in severity, the disciplinary actions to be taken become more severe.
Level One Offenses
Behaviors could include, but are not limited to:
The following consequences may be used at the discretion of the building administrator.
Level Two Offenses
Behaviors could include, but are not limited to:
The following consequences may be used at the discretion of the building administrator.
Level Three Offenses
Behaviors could include, but are not limited to:
The following consequences may be used at the discretion of the building administrator.
Note: The Manheim Township Controlled Substance Policy states that “a student shall not possess, use, transmit, nor be under the influence of any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, steroid, amphetamine, barbital, marijuana, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant of any kind in school buildings, on school buses, on school property, or off school property at a school activity, function or event. Violation of this school district policy will result in a full suspension (up to 10 days) immediately.
Suspension will remain in force until an expulsion hearing is scheduled with the Discipline Committee of the Board of School Directors. Use of a drug in accordance with a medical prescription from a registered physician shall not be considered a violation of this rule provided the medication is stored in the health room and is administered by the school nurse. Any exception to this policy must be cleared with the nurse. Under no circumstance should a student give another student prescription or over-the-counter medication (including inhalers).
The Manheim Township School District promotes Bully-Free Schools. It is important that all students understand that bullying will not be tolerated. Acts of bullying are intentionally cruel, repeated over time, and are not provoked or reciprocated. The behavior can be, but is not limited to, physical (hitting, kicking, tripping), relational (isolating your playgroup, gossiping, spreading rumors), or verbal (threats, name calling, teasing).
Discrimination and Title IX/Sexual Harrassment Affecting Students (S.B. policy #103)
Per School Board Policy No. 103 (Discrimination and Title IX/Sexual Harrassment Affecting Students), the district does not discriminate in any manner, including Title IX sexual harrassment, in any district education program or activity. For accessing additional information related to Policy No. 103, the district’s Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator, Ms. Katherine Ward, can be reached at the Manheim Township School District Office, 450A Candlewyck Road, Lancaster, PA, 17601 - firstname.lastname@example.org - (717) 569-8231.
All school rules and policies are in effect when students choose to ride the buses or school vans. Additional rules are posted in each school bus to provide for their safe operation. Violations of school rules may result in the suspension or termination of bus riding privileges. Each bus is equipped with a video camera that records images and audio while the bus is in operation. As per Policy number 810.2, all video and audio tapes are the property of the school district and may be used by the district, as it deems appropriate. The school district encourages adult supervision at each bus stop, as parents are responsible for their children at the bus stop. School officials have limited jurisdiction at bus stops.
Students should be cooperative and follow the school bus or van driver’s instructions. The driver has the authority to assign students to designated seats. For reasons of safety, it is required that students remain seated the entire time that they are in the bus or the van. Students should never place any part of their body out the vehicle’s window.
The following actions are prohibited while a student is in the school vehicle:
The Board prohibits all students from any use of electronic devices in locker rooms, bathrooms and other changing areas.
The Board prohibits the use of electronic devices to take photographs, or to record audio or video at any time during the school day or at any school-sponsored event that is not open to the general public, unless the building administrator has authorized the photograph or recording by giving written consent, unless the use is authorized for educational purposes as outlined below.
The Board prohibits the use of any electronic device by any elementary school student while in district buildings, on district property and grounds, and at school-sponsored activities. An electronic device that is possessed by any student in school buildings or on district property must remain powered off and kept out of sight at all times except as outlined below.
Students may use electronic devices in the classroom during the school day for instructional purposes, if and only if they have prior permission of the teacher or building administration to do so.
A student shall not knowingly possess, handle or transport a weapon or any object that can reasonably be considered a weapon (an object which could inflict bodily injury on others) or any look-a-like weapon at any time on the school grounds, in school buildings and on school transportation vehicles, or off school grounds at any school activity, function or event. (Spray irritants or “stink bombs” which create an unsafe environment will be considered as an endangerment to public safety and welfare and could be considered a weapon if used in an offensive manner.)
Violation of this policy would make the student liable for suspension or expulsion. (Policy #218.1)
Any student who is at school who finds him or herself to be in possession of an object which may be considered a weapon or a look-a-like weapon should immediately self-report to a teacher, counselor or administrator. Doing so could minimize any consequences which might befall the student.
In-school suspension means a student attends school but is removed from regular classes. The student is assigned to a supervised in-school suspension area where the student will continue regular class assignments. Only students assigned to in-school suspension are permitted in the in-school suspension room.
Out-of-School Suspension means exclusion from school as determined by a building administrator/ superintendent.
Temporary Suspension (in or out-of-school) shall mean exclusion from school for an offense for a period of up to three school days in accordance with policies of the Board of School Directors. The student and parent/guardian(s) will be informed of the reason for suspension and will have a chance to respond prior to the suspension becoming effective.
Full Suspension (in or out-of-school) shall mean exclusion from school for an offense for a period of four to ten school days, after an informal hearing with a principal is offered to the student and the student's parents, in accordance with policies established by the Board of School Directors.
On the day or days a student is assigned to in-school or out-of-school suspension, the student may not practice or participate in any school activity on or off campus. This includes but is not limited to concerts, clubs, or other school sponsored events. Students also may not attend school-sponsored events as a spectator or audience member.
If a suspension ends on a Friday, the student may not participate, practice or attend on Friday but may do so on Saturday. If a suspension carries over a weekend, the student will not be permitted to attend or participate in weekend events.
Expulsion means exclusion from school for an offense for a period exceeding ten school days, and may mean permanent removal from the school rolls. This action is taken on a majority vote of the entire School Board and must be preceded by a formal hearing for the student.
ACCEPTABLE USE OF THE COMPUTERS, NETWORK, INTERNET, ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS, AND INFORMATION POLICY
Based on MTSD School Board Policy #815
Acceptable Computer Equipment and Network Use
The purpose of the AUP Guidelines is to give students and parents/guardians an understanding of the general rules and guidelines for using the MT network. In case of a discrepancy between a board policy or revised administrative guideline and the provisions of this guideline, the policy/guideline most recently adopted or revised shall prevail.
Students and parents/guardians should be aware that this document is reviewed annually because policy and guideline revision is an ongoing process. Changes enacted during the school year will be communicated to students, parents/guardians, and staff via bulletins, newsletters and the school website.
Internet and MT Network access is available to students, staff and community in the Manheim Township School District (MTSD) to promote educational excellence in MTSD by facilitating resource sharing, innovation and communication through vast, diverse and unique resources. The Internet and MT Network shall be limited to educational and instructional purposes related to course curricula appropriate to the user.
With access to computers and people all over the world also comes the availability of material that may not be considered to be of educational value in a school setting. MTSD firmly believes that the valuable information and interaction on this worldwide network far outweigh the possibility that users may procure offensive material that is not consistent with the educational goals of MTSD.
The smooth operation of the MT Network relies upon the proper conduct of all users who must adhere to strict guidelines. These guidelines are provided here so users are aware of their responsibilities. This requires efficient, ethical and legal utilization of the network resources. If a Manheim Township School District user violates any of these provisions, his or her access to the Internet and MT Network will be temporarily or permanently terminated. Violation of the Acceptable Use Policy could jeopardize continued enrollment in a course that depends on computer access. In addition, appropriate school or legal proceedings may be deemed necessary for those who violate any part of this agreement after signing the Application for Internet and MT Network Access.
The use of the MT Network and of the Internet must be in support of education and research and consistent with the MTSD educational objectives. All persons who access the Internet and MT Network must conduct themselves in a responsible, ethical, and polite manner while using the network.
In keeping with the acceptable use policy all users are expected to abide by the following rules of network etiquette:
The following is a list of some of the uses of district computer equipment and network which are prohibited:
Privacy - Users should not expect that files stored on district servers or computers will be private. To guarantee smooth operations, the System Administrator has the authority to monitor all email and network files. Other school district personnel have "read-only" access to student files in order to evaluate student work and ensure appropriate use of network resources. Messages or files relating to or in support of illegal activities will be reported to the proper authorities. Creation of inappropriate data files could result in the loss of network privileges.
Email - At designated locations and times students who have signed the Application for Internet and MT Network Access may use personal email accounts with teacher permission for educational purposes. Students may be granted email use at the sole discretion of school personnel.
System Security - Security on any computer system is a high priority, especially when the system involves many users. Users are required to report any security problems to the system administrator and are forbidden to demonstrate the problem to other users.
Security restrictions include the following:
Charges - MTSD assumes no responsibility or liability for any charges incurred by a user on the Internet or MT Network. Under normal operating procedures, no cost will be incurred.
Errors / Omissions / Risks - MTSD makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the service it is providing. MTSD will not be responsible for any damages, including loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, missed deliveries, or service interruptions. Use of any information obtained via MTSD is at the user's risk. MTSD specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information through its services.
Consequences - The use of the Internet and MT Network is a privilege, not a right. Inappropriate use will result in a cancellation (either temporary or permanent) of those privileges as well as appropriate disciplinary action. In addition, school or legal action may be pursued. Any user identified as a security risk or having a history of problems with other computer systems may be denied access. Violation of the Acceptable Use Guidelines could jeopardize continued enrollment in a course that depends on computer access.