Handbook



Memorial School

Parent  Handbook

Principal: Mrs. Deb Dressler
125 Winn St., Burlington, MA 01803
Main Office Phone: 781-270-1721
Fax: 781-229-5751
Student Absence Line: 781-273-7649
School Nurse: 781-270-1724
Website: www.Memorial.bpsk12.org/
Blog:www.memorialprincipal.blogspot.com



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Burlington Public Schools Non-Discrimination Policy  

Public schools have the responsibility to overcome, insofar as possible, any barriers that prevent children from achieving their potential. The public school system will do its part. This commitment to the community is affirmed by the following statements that the School Committee intends to:

  1. Promote the rights and responsibilities of all individuals as set forth in the State and Federal Constitutions, pertinent legislation, and applicable judicial interpretations.
  2. Encourage positive experiences in human values for children, youth and adults, all of whom have differing personal and family characteristics and who come from various socioeconomic, racial and ethnic groups.
  3. Work toward a more integrated society and to enlist the support of individuals as well as groups and agencies, both private and governmental, in such an effort.
  4. Use all appropriate communication and action techniques to air and reduce the grievances of individuals and groups.
  5. Carefully consider, in all the decisions made within the school system, the potential benefits or adverse consequences that those decisions might have on the human relations aspects of all segments of society.
  6. Initiate a process of reviewing policies and practices of the school system in order to achieve to the greatest extent possible the objectives of this statement.

The Committee's policy of nondiscrimination will extend to students, staff, the general public, and individuals with whom it does business; No person shall be excluded from or discriminated against in admission to a public school of any town or in obtaining the advantages, privileges, and courses of study of such public school on account of race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or disability. If someone has a complaint or feels that they have been discriminated against because of their race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or disability, their complaint should be registered with the Title IX compliance officers Craig Robinson and Louise D’Amato at (781) 270-1800.

Revised: 10/25/16







Please keep this Reference Guide in
a convenient place as a Quick Resource
for School and Community information.




TABLE OF CONTENTS
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The Memorial School Layout of the Memorial School .........................................................4

Burlington School Administration ............................................................................,............5

School Information School Operations and Procedures.....................................................6
School Hours, Attendance, Tardiness, Early Dismissal, Excessive Absence, Call-out
Program, Emergency Dismissal, Cancellations, Delayed Opening, Student Code of
Conduct, Memorial Code, Dress Code, Electronics, Lunch/Snack/Recess, Lost and
Found, Classroom Placements, Visitors, Fire and Code Blue Drills, Animal/Pet Policy

Transportation .......................................................................................................................14
Buses, Bicycles, Walkers

Health Services…………………………………………………….……………..…………………18
Accidents, Illness and Communicable Diseases, Immunizations, Medications
Policy, Screening Programs

Communication......................................................................................................................21
Lines of Communication, School Website, Back-To-School Night, School
Improvement Council, Conferences, Parent Information Center, Progress Reports, School Records, School and PTO Notices

Kindergarten...........................................................................................................................23
Entrance Age, Orientation

Classroom Operations ..........................................................................................................24
Homework, Field Trips, Class Parties and Curriculum Events, Parent Volunteers, Cori, School Supplies

School Programs and Services............................................................................................26
Curriculum and Instruction, Response to Intervention, Problem Solving Team, Special
Education, Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment, Art/ Music/Physical Education, Technology, Media Center(Library)

Student Empowerment.........................................................................................................29
What Is Bullying? What Are the Different Forms or Kinds of Bullying? How Does Bullying Differ from Other Types of Aggression between Students? How does Burlington Public Schools and Memorial School deal with bullying concerns? What Procedures and Forms do Burlington Public Schools and Memorial School Use to Address Bullying? Confidentiality. Who do I Contact?

School Services ...................................................................................................................34
Accident Insurance, After School Program, Before and After School Care, School Pictures

School Organizations ............................................................................. ............................35
Memorial PTO

District Mandates..................................................................................................................36
Student Code of Conduct, Memorial Code, School Wide Positive Behavior Support, Acceptable Use Policy, CORI Report, Disciplinary Due Process, Discipline and Students With Disabilities, Harassment, Notice of Non-Discrimination, Smoking, Attendance Policy

Community Information Community Services...................................................................80
Burlington Community Life Center, Burlington Public Library, Burlington Recreation Department








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BURLINGTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS  
123 Cambridge Street, Burlington, MA 01803        
781-270-1800

Burlington School Superintendent
Dr. Eric Conti
781-270-1821

Burlington School Assistant Superintendent
Mr. Patrick Larkin
781-270-1801

Director of Finance and Operations
Mr. Craig Robinson

Director of Special Education
Ms. Louise D’Amato

Burlington School Committee
Stephen Nelson, Chairperson
25 Fairfax Street
781-221-5802

Michael DeSimone, Vice-Chairperson
5 Gloria Circle
781-272-1464

Christine M. Monaco
18 Corcoran Road
781-272-8922

Thomas F. Murphy Jr.
3 Lexington Street
781-273-0204

Kristin Russo
5 Kingsdale Street
781-270-3270


SCHOOL OPERATIONS AND PROCEDURE
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Regular School Hours:

  • Kindergarten:   8:10 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.

  • Grade 1 – Grade 5:  8:10 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.

  • Early Release Day Hours: Kindergarten – Grade 5:  8:10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m


Attendance
Chapter 76, Section 1 of the Massachusetts General Laws states that all children between the ages of six and sixteen must attend school. A school district may excuse up to seven day sessions or fourteen half-day sessions in any period of six months. In addition to this law, each school may have its own attendance policy with which parents and guardians should be familiar.  The administration and faculty believe that attendance by students at school is vitally important to a successful education. It is the responsibility of parents to ensure that students attend school daily.

Vacations, tardies and dismissals are strongly discouraged when school is in session. If parents choose to remove their student from school for this purpose, students will be responsible for completing missed school and home work upon their return.  Teachers will not be required to provide homework or assignments in advance.

Examples of absences or tardiness that will be excused include:
  • Documented illness, injury or medical appointment
  • Bereavement/family funeral
  • Major religious observances
  • Legal appearance
  • Extraordinary family circumstances (excused at the discretion of the principal)
  • All students are expected to attend all classes unless excused through a doctor’s note.


Examples of absences or tardiness that are unexcused include, but are not limited to:
  • Repetitive or chronic absence or tardiness due to illness or injury not documented by a doctor
  • Truancy
  • Family vacations
  • Undocumented absences
  • Non-emergency family situations
  • Non-School Related Events (competitions & performances)

Truancy
Students are considered truant if there are unexcused absences from school without a valid excuse.
  • 3 days of any unexcused absence a letter will be sent home from the principal’s office.
  • 5 days of any unexcused absence a letter will be sent home requesting a meeting with the principal or the principal’s designee within 5 school days
  • At the meeting, action steps will be developed to address the student’s attendance. Other relevant support providers may be in attendance at this meeting.   
  • Failure to attend a meeting with the school after the 5th absence will generate notification to the superintendent’s office.

If your child is going to be absent or late,  you MUST call the School Absentee Line 781-273-7649 BEFORE 8:10 a.m. on the day of the absence or tardiness.  An answering machine will record your message.  Please leave your child’s name, grade level, teacher’s name and reason for the absence.
Unreported absences will generate a phone call to your home/workplace by the school office as a safety check on your child.  Therefore, it is imperative that the nurse/main office has updated names and numbers to contact parents quickly.
If your child has been diagnosed with an infectious disease or serious illness, please call the school nurse during regular school hours at 781-270-1724.  Parents only need to contact the office once to notify the school of the illness.

Tardiness
Students arriving to school at or after 8:10 a.m. are considered tardy and must report to the office with a parent to sign them in before going to their classroom. Punctuality is an important work habit and vital to a school day. Any child who is excessively tardy during a term may be contacted to set up a conference with the principal. Any child who experiences difficulty coming to school on time is encouraged to contact the guidance counselor or principal.

Early Dismissal
Students leaving school early should only be dismissed from class in cases of illness or injury. It is recommended that doctor and dentist appointments be scheduled after school hours. Disruption to the school day has been shown to negatively affect learning. If a student must be dismissed during the school day, a note must be sent from home indicating the time the student is to be picked up and by whom. Parents or adults picking students up early are required to check in at the main office and sign out the student.


Emergency Dismissal
Every so often, due to circumstances beyond our control (snowstorms, fire, etc.) it may become necessary to send students home from school on their bus before the typical dismissal time. It is imperative you make a plan with your child to cover this possibility. Your child should know where to go and what to do in the event this should happen and you are not
at home.  It is recommended to make this plan at the beginning of the school year and review it on a regular basis. Keep in mind the bus ride home on a stormy day may take more time
than usual. Kindergarten children will take regular buses (not kindergarten buses) home with grade 1-5 students on early dismissal days including the day before Thanksgiving and the last day of school.

Withdrawal From School
If a parent should temporarily remove their child from the school for 20 or more school days, then it will be necessary to contact Central Office and withdraw their child from school.  If you return from an school withdrawal parents can register their child at Central Office.  Class placement to the same classroom is not guaranteed and is based on class size.

Transferring To and Leaving Memorial School
Parents of children entering the Burlington Schools from another system can complete student registration at Central Office on 123 Cambridge Street.  Parents are required to bring an official transfer slip from their previous school system, all immunization records, a birth certificate, proof of residency and a record of achievement from their child’s last school attended to successfully enroll their child at Memorial School.  Once registration is complete, the principal will assign your child to a classroom based on class size and the classroom teacher will be informed.  Students may attend Memorial School  within 48 hours of notification to the school.
Parents of children leaving the Memorial School must notify the office as soon as plans are finalized so students can be unenrolled and appropriate arrangements can be made for transferring school records.
Cancellation and Delayed Opening
If classes are canceled due to inclement weather, you will be notified by:
• Teleparent message issued by the Superintendent of Schools
• Radio announcements on WBZ (1030-AM) and WRKO (680-AM)
• Burlington Cable Access Television (BCAT)

In the event of a two-hour delayed opening, buses will pick up students two hours later than their regular morning time pick up time. Children should not arrive at the school until 10:10 a.m.  School dismissal times remains the same. We request that parents refrain from calling the Fire Department, Police Department, and the school department offices regarding school closing.

Student Code of Conduct
In addition to the rules and requirements set forth in this Student-Parent Handbook, students are expected to adhere to the following Code of Conduct:
  • Students are expected to assist in maintaining an orderly and calm school atmosphere that is conducive to learning.
  • Students are to respect the right of school staff and students to a safe and secure school environment.
  • Students will use appropriate language and will treat adults and students alike, politely and with respect.
  • Students are not to bring anything to school that can be harmful to themselves or others.
  • Students are to be truthful and honest at all times.
  • Students will obey all school rules and policies

Memorial Code
The Memorial Code explains the rights and responsibilities expected at Memorial School. Parents, students, teachers and administrators created the Memorial Code, thereby establishing school-wide expectations for behavior.  Character development lessons, school assemblies and classroom discussions are developed based on the Memorial Code, Social Thinking and Life Skills curriculum and Responsive Classroom.  Lessons and activities are intended to develop and strengthen positive social skills and behavior that supports their ability to become strong citizens.  Parents are notified if the Memorial Code is not being followed in a grievous way.

Classroom teachers also implement positive reward systems to commend, congratulate and acknowledge students who follow the Memorial Code. All teachers work to set expectations, teach those expectations and positively reinforce those expectations.  Students who do not follow high standards of conduct may face disciplinary action from a teacher or principal.  Depending on the severity of the student's behavior, discipline may include removal from the classroom.   Any child who is sent to the principal’s office a phone call may be made to the parent with the reason for being sent to the principal’s office and a consequence or an outcome and is shared with the parent as a result of being sent to the principal.

Each child will receive a copy of the Memorial Code at the beginning of the year. Please return the signature page to your child’s teacher indicating you have discussed the Memorial Code with your child, will respect the importance for following the Memorial Code at school and you have read the parent handbook.   We at Memorial School appreciates your efforts in reinforcing the importance of understanding and following the Memorial Code of Conduct.

Dress Code
Students are expected to be well-groomed and appropriately dressed for school activities.  The style of dress is generally determined by students and their parents.  However, clothing that is disruptive or distracting to the educational process or a danger to the health and safety of a student is not permitted.  Hats are not permitted to be worn indoors and sneakers (no black-soled) are required for physical education.  Flip-flops are not permitted during recess or physical education.
Electronics and Toys
Children may not bring electronic games, ipods, or other electronic equipment to school.  If a parent believes a cell phone is warranted for safety reasons the cell phone must be turned off and left in a student’s backpack during the school day. If a child removes an electronic device or cell phone from the backpack for any reason that electronic device  or cell phone will be confiscated by administration.  The administrator will return the electronic device or cell phone to a parent and/or disciplinary action will be taken.  The school is not responsible for the loss of any electronic equipment.

Similarly, toys, collectable cards and stuffed animals are not allowed at school, however, if  these items are needed for after school activities all non-educational items are to remain in the backpack for the school day.   

Any child who brings a potentially dangerous object to school is subject to disciplinary action.  Toy knives, toy guns or any other sharp or dangerous objects are not allowed at school at any time for any reason.  Any child who brings such items will have these items collected by staff and parents will be contacted by the principal   Students are not allowed to sell or trade toys.  
 
Lunches/Snacks
The cost for a school lunch with milk and dessert is $3.00.  Milk can be purchased separately for 50 cents. (Prices are subject to change) Prices vary on additional snacks and ice cream.  Our lunch payment system is managed by www.paypams.com.  Parents must go online to set up an account to make regular or periodic lunch payments. Parents may also pay by check.  Checks are to made out to “Burlington Food Services” and given to the school cafeteria. If a lunch account has no available funds, parents will receive a call informing them that payment is needed or overdue.  Cash is not accepted or allowed at the school building level.  Any questions can be directed to Karen Damaso, Coordinator of Food Services at 781-270-1756.
A lunch menu can also be found on the school website.  Lunch is approximately 25 minutes long followed by a 25 minute recess (weather permitting). Lunch and recess are supervised by classroom teachers. Children are expected to be courteous and well-mannered during lunchtime and safe and kind during recess time.

In the lunchroom students are expected to follow the Memorial Code and to:
  • Use an indoor voice and kind and appropriate language.
  • Stay in their seat.
  • Use appropriate manners and be polite.
  • Respect each other’s personal space.
  • Eat own lunch and food or utensils are not to be shared with others.
  • Clean up table space when finished.
  • Wait quietly for table to be dismissed when lunch is over.

Cafeteria expectations are taught, modeled, reviewed and reinforced throughout the school year.  Students not demonstrating respect and responsibility for cafeteria expectations may meet with the principal and after several repeated offenses may lose the privilege of eating in the cafeteria with their peers.

Classroom teachers allow for a snack provided by home during the morning.  A nutritious snack is recommended. Some students have severe allergies that warrant special considerations. The school nurse will inform parents if special considerations are warranted in a particular classroom. To help us manage the health and safety of all of our students, send in ONLY peanut- and tree-nut free products for snack. Please read the label on each item carefully before choosing it as a (school) snack.  Peanut- and tree-nut products MAY be included in your child’s lunch given there is a peanut- and tree-nut sensitive tables in the cafeteria.  This makes it safer for those who have food limitations.  It is essential that parents abide by these considerations for the health and welfare of all students.
 

Outdoor Recess
On most days except on days of inclement weather or when the temperature is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, students go outside to play to enjoy the outdoors.  If there is medical documentation that your child  cannot go out on cold days, a note from the pediatrician is necessary in order for your child to remain indoors.  If your child is well enough to come to school, they are well enough to go outside during recess.  It is very important that students come to school with proper outdoor attire, such as jackets, hats, and gloves in order for them to be safe and comfortable during recess.

Visitors
Visitors are welcome at school.  There is a buzzer positioned at the main entrance of the school.  Please push the button and the main office will allow you access to the building.  Upon entry, you are required to go into the main office, sign the visitor’s log and receive a visitor’s badge to wear while you are visiting Memorial.  If you do not have a badge, staff members are instructed to ask you to return to the main office to sign in and retrieve a visitor’s badge.  When you leave Memorial School you are required to return to the main office, sign out and return your visitor badge to the secretary.  This procedure ensures the safety of all students and all school staff.  

If your child has forgotten any school related item, you can bring that item to the main office and the secretary will inform their teacher that the item is in the main office.  To maintain a safe environment and to limit distractions parents do not go to classrooms to pick up their child or stop by a classroom without an appointment for any reason.  

After school hours, students may not have access to the building for safety and security reasons since teaching staff is not on duty.  Forgotten items (instruments, clothing,homework etc.)  can be retrieved the following day during school hours.
Classroom Placements
The principal in partnership with school staff reviews the following factors when making a child’s placement:
  • All pertinent information concerning the student’s learning style
  • The student’s academic, social, and emotional development
  • The student’s individual strengths and weaknesses and school history
  • Classroom cohesiveness regarding even distribution of gender, learning styles, ability levels and social relationships
Input is received from all those working with your child.  Any important information from parents must be communicated through the Student Information Form distributed to parents in the spring through the principal’s office.  Student Information Forms are returned to the principal and then distributed to classroom teachers.

We strive to create homeroom classes that are balanced in several areas, including number of students, gender, independence in learning, behavior, academic strengths, and special
needs.  Given our Response to Intervention model of instruction, all students have the opportunity to interact and learn with a variety of their peers outside their homeroom.  Student
homeroom classroom placement is primarily the school’s responsibility and a very complex process.  Parents are expected to not request a specific teacher and placement decisions are finalized by the principal.  Student placements are written on your child’s report card on the last day of school.


Retention
At very rare times, retention may be considered for specific students.  At very rare times, retention may be considered for specific students. However, a decision for retention will only be considered following extensive intervention that includes:
  • Extensive Tier 2/3 intervention with the classroom teacher and/or literacy tutor and/or math tutor and/or guidance counselor
  • Problem solving meeting(s) held with relevant staff and parents to identify the area(s) of intervention and to document progress or lack thereof relative to instructional goals.
  • Full implementation and review of a problem solving plan to determine progress.
  • First meeting with the principal, guidance counselor, reading specialist and classroom teacher to discuss retention.
  • Second meeting with the principal and parents to determine if an additional meeting is warranted or to finalize the decision regarding student retention.

If parents are interested in considering retention for their child, parents should contact the principal the last week of January.  

It is in the child’s best interest that school and home work together and develop consensus regarding a decision to retain or not retain a child. Any child who is recommended for retention will be placed in a different teacher’s classroom and may be referred for further educational testing.

Fire Drills and Code Blue Drills
Fire Drills and Code Blue lockdown practice drills are held periodically during the school year. The purpose of these drills is to prepare children for emergency situations. Fire and Code Blue Drills are conducted in conjunction with the Town of Burlington Fire and Police Departments.

Lost & Found Center
There is a Lost and Found Center located in the area next to the gym. Please check this area periodically for any of your child's lost or missing items. Parents are urged to label all of their child's belongings (lunch boxes, raincoats, jackets, etc.). Unclaimed belongings will be donated to charity periodically throughout the school year.

Animal/Pet Policy
Memorial provides a safe, comfortable environment for all students, teachers, and parents. Due to allergies, student comfort level with animals and safety; non-approved animals will not be permitted in the building or entrance of the school. Any visitor or family with non-approved pets in the building will be asked to leave.





















TRANSPORTATION
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The safe transit between home and school is a top priority for students at Memorial, whether it be by bus, by car, or as walkers. The order of dismissal at the end of the school day is:
  • 2:15pm  Walkers and Parent Pick-Up
  • 2:15pm Buses in order of arrival

Bus transportation is provided to students on a daily basis.  Requests for alternate bus transportation plans for groups of 3 or more must be approved by the principal’s office for the day before the requested date.  Requests will be approved only if there is adequate space on the bus.  Otherwise regular transportation plans will be followed.  Bus changes are not allowed for accommodating after school birthday parties.
Any change in a regular transportation routine on any given day, must be communicated to the teacher in writing on that specific day.  No child is allowed to take alternate transportation without written parental consent.  We appreciate parents making changes in dismissal procedures in the morning, therefore, any changes in dismissal plans are to be communicated by the child’s classroom lunch time.  
Bus Regulations
The driveway directly behind the building is for buses only and recess entry during school hours.   No car traffic is permitted in the back driveway at these times.

All students riding buses are expected to exhibit good conduct, safety, and courtesy on the bus and at the bus stop.   The school day begins when the student leaves home and ends when the student returns home.  During the entire period, each student is under the jurisdiction of the school administration.  Children are expected to follow and obey the directives of the bus driver and are expected to report any inappropriate behavior to the bus driver.

In the morning, bused students should be at their bus stop five minutes before the scheduled time, and wait at least five minutes after the scheduled time.  Students are to stand off the roadway at a safe distance from where the bus stops, lineup when the bus approaches, and wait for the bus to reach a complete stop before approaching. All students who ride the bus are expected to behave in a courteous, safe, and responsible manner at the bus stop.

Massachusetts State Law requires all students remain seated until the bus comes to a complete stop.  Once the bus stops, students must leave the bus in an orderly fashion, one at a time.  All parents are asked to talk with children about bus rules, safety and kindness at the bus stop and on the bus. Frequent reminders will go a long way in helping us keep our buses physically and emotionally safe.


Bus Rules
  • Stay in your seat until the bus stops.
  • Changing seats is prohibited
  • Seat saving is not allowed
  • Keep hands and feet to self.  
  • Tell the bus driver about dangerous or destructive behavior.
  • Keep hands and objects inside the bus.
  • Limit 3 people to a seat.
  • Use an “indoor voice” and kind words. Loud, vulgar and disrespectful language is prohibited
  • Be kind to everyone.  Do not pick on or tease others.
  • Listen to the bus driver and do what the bus driver says.
  • When a bus comes to a stop, students need to remain seated.
Students will sit by grade order with grade 5 sitting at the back of the bus and grade one sitting at the front. Older siblings may sit up front with their younger siblings, but younger siblings may not sit in the back with the older students.
       
Riding the bus is a privilege, which is easily revoked when students do not follow bus rules.  All bus drivers have preprinted forms to report violations to the principal.  When an offense
occurs, consequences will be at the discretion of the principal.  Bus suspensions may be a consequence as a result of repeated offenses or the severity of the incident.   In cases of property damage, parents and guardians will be held liable.

Upon receiving a report regarding inappropriate bus behavior and investigation of the incident will occur. Parents will be contacted by the principal or principal designee.

Below are the typical disciplinary responses and examples based on severity and frequency
First Offense:
  • Phone Call to Parent to Report Incident.  Consequence will be determined by the principal and parent based on the severity of the offense (i.e. assigned/designated seat, removal from bus).
Second Offense:
  • Phone Call to the Parent and Automatic Seat Change.  A different consequence may be given by the principal depending on the severity of the offense. (removal from bus)
Third Offense:
  • Phone Call to Parent and Removal from the bus.  The principal will determine the length of time based upon the severity of the offense.  If a student loses bus privileges, the parent is responsible for transporting their child to and from school.

Bicycles
For safety reasons, children are not allowed to ride bicycles to and from school during school hours.

Parent Drop Off/Pick-Up
A.M. Drop-Off is 7:55 am,  pick-up begins at 2:15 pm
Parents driving students to school in the morning are required to use the access road on the right as you enter Memorial Elementary School..  Students are to exit the car on the right  hand side of the car and walk to the sidewalk.

Parents of children in grades 1-5 who pick them up in a car at the 2:15pm dismissal time are to  drive along the Memorial access road and the first car will stop parallel to Memorial School front entrance  doors.
  • Cars will form a single line and parents will remain in their cars.
  • Teachers will walk all parent pick up students out to a designated spot at 2:15pm and teachers will dismiss students.
  • Students will enter the car on the right hand side of the car.
  • Once students are in the car and the car door is closed, parents proceed to the parking lot and exit Memorial School.
Parents who have indicated that “Parent Pick Up” is their child (ren)’s regular dismissal plan are to follow the aforementioned procedure.

Parents of kindergarten children who pick up their children at 12:40pm should follow the same procedure.

Any parent who
  • sends a different driver to pick up their child other than the usual driver must send a note to the classroom teacher stating the change of driver that includes their full name.  Students will not be dismissed to a different Parent Pick Up driver without a note from a parent.
  • changes their usual dismissal routine to “Parent Pick Up” must send a note to the teacher indicating this change in dismissal plan.
  • needs to make a last minute decision to “Parent Pick Up” must call the school office no later than 1:30pm.
  • Is late for the Parent Pick Up line must come to the main office to pick up and sign out their child.  Teachers will bring parent pick-up children to the main office to wait for late parents.
Students who walk will be dismissed from the main lobby door and are called “Walkers.”  Walkers are defined as anyone who walks home from Memorial School.  Students who are picked up by an adult in a car will be dismissed from the main lobby door of Memorial School and are called “Parent Pick-Up.”  Parent Pick-Up is defined as anyone who rides home in a car.
It is essential that no parent park in the handicap parking spots while dropping off or picking up a child from school.  If a staff member observes a parent parking in a handicap spot that parent will be asked to move their car to a regular parking spot.

Walkers
All walkers are dismissed to the main lobby entrance.   Students are required to exit the building quietly and stay on the sidewalk where they are met by the crossing guard.

The school day is over for students once they have left the building at dismissal time unless they are staying for a school-sponsored event (i.e. homework club, math club, etc).  We cannot allow students (accompanied by a parent) back into the building to collect items they have forgotten.






























HEALTH SERVICES
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Accident and Illness
In the case of accident or illness, the nurse will be the first responder, administer first aid and notify parents.

Parents/guardians will be contacted at the professional discretion of the nurse.   Nurses strive for open and consistent communication with home while at all times being mindful of confidentiality.  If your child must take medication during school hours or he/she needs to have medication available for emergencies, a permission release form is available from the nurse.  The prescribing physician and the parent must complete a two-part form.  MEDICATION IN A PHARMACY LABELED CONTAINER, MUST BE BROUGHT INTO THE SCHOOL BY AN ADULT. THE ADULT SHOULD MEET WITH THE NURSE TO DISCUSS THE STUDENTS NEEDS.

Emergency Card

Parents will be required to fill out an emergency form/card in September.  The school nurse maintains this Emergency Card and this card should be completely filled out with accurate telephone numbers, (home, work, cell) and be constantly updated so the nurse  reach you in the event of an emergency.  If any information  changes during the year, it is the parents’ responsibility to inform the nurse’s office and the main office as soon as possible to ensure we have the most accurate emergency information.  Parents are expected to provide at least one phone number that puts the nurse’s office in direct and immediate contact with you or with an alternate contact that can pick up a child immediately.
Illness and Communicable Diseases
Children who have symptoms of a communicable disease should be seen by their pediatrician. In order to prevent the spread of communicable diseases, it is advisable to keep a child home from school when they show symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, fever over 100°, chills, congestive cough, runny nose, sore throat, or skin eruptions, etc. Your child should be symptom-free of for at least 24 hours before returning to school. If these symptoms are identified at school, the parents will be notified and your child will be sent home.










PLEASE DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL WITH THESE SYMPTOMS WHILE AWAITING A CALL FROM THE DOCTOR.
All communicable diseases, when diagnosed, are to be reported to the school nurse. Please call the school nurse at 781-270-1724 . Please inform the school nurse of any conditions/illnesses and/or medications that you child may have. When reporting, please include the following information:
NAME OF CHILD
ROOM NUMBER
IS THE CHILD UNDER THE CARE OF A DOCTOR?
DOCTOR’S NAME
NAME OF THE DISEASE
The nurse will then be able to check on the classroom for further spread of the disease and report the illness to the Board of Health, if necessary.
The most common diseases and their periods of isolation are as follows:
CHICKEN POX - All lesions must be completely crusted over and dried before the child can return to school.

STREP INFECTION - STREP THROAT - SCARLET FEVER - Without medication, the child must remain at home for 1 week. The child may return to school 24 hours after medication is begun. It is necessary that all medication be taken as ordered.

IMPETIGO - Affected students may return to school after using medicine for 24 hours. The sores should be kept lightly covered until they have dried up completely.

CONJUNCTIVITIS - The child may return to school after using medicine for 24 hours.

HEAD LICE - If your child has been found to have head lice, they must be treated immediately. Your child cannot return to school until treated and nit-free. Your child must be cleared through the nurses’ office before returning to school.

Parents/guardians will be contacted at the professional discretion of the nurse. Nurses strive for open and consistent communication with home while at all times being aware of maintaining confidentiality.
Immunizations
Under Massachusetts State Law a child shall be admitted to school upon certification by a physician confirming that the child has been “successfully immunized,” or exempt.  The school requires proof of the following immunizations: DPT series, polio series, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), hepatitis B series and varicella.

Children entering kindergarten and grade 4 are required by law to have an updated physical.
Exemptions
Medical: a physician submits documentation that an immunization is medically contraindicated.
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Religious: a parent or guardian submits a written statement that immunizations conflict with the family’s sincere religious belief.
Your child will not be allowed to attend school unless documentation of immunizations and lead screening has been provided to the school.

Medications Policy
Burlington Public Schools require the following to be on file in the health room before any medicines can be given at school:
1. Signed consent by the parent or guardian to administer medication, including over the counter pain relievers (i.e.: Tylenol, Advil).
2. Signed medication orders for long-term medications by your child’s doctor.  This must be renewed at the beginning of each academic year.
Medicines should be delivered by the parent to the school in a pharmacy or manufacture-labeled container. The container must be labeled with your child’s name, room number and parent phone number (where you can be reached during the day should there be any questions).  Bring in only the amount needed.  If your child is on a prescribed medication, ask the pharmacy to provide separate containers for school and home.  No more than a thirty day supply of the medicine should be delivered to the school.  Children are not permitted to keep the medication with them or at their desk.  Parents are asked to contact the school nurse to clarify requests and to answer questions.

Screening Programs
All children are screened annually for hearing and vision. Children in grade 5 are screened for scoliosis. You will receive notice if any abnormalities are detected.










LINES OF COMMUNICATION
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Memorial School encourages parents to communicate information that will enhance the school's ability to meet their children's needs. Communication of a sensitive nature, including psychological, medical, and family situations, will be dealt with professionally and confidentially.

Communicating Student Success and Concern
The principal and the Memorial teaching staff believe it is important to maintain active, two way positive partnership between home and school. We encourage two way communication and active problem-solving related to your child with your child’s teacher.
When parents have concerns regarding their child’s progress, peer relationships, teacher relationship and/or homework the following procedure is suggested:

  • Parents contact the teacher directly and work together toward a resolution or understanding
  • Parents contact the principal if the concerned is not resolved.


  • If a parent has a concern or a question about whether their child needs a special education evaluation, please call Mrs. McCabe at 781-270-1859, or a 504 Plan is warranted, please call Miss Flaccavento at 781-270-1721 extension 6825.

At each step, please allow time for change to take place towards the agreed upon resolution. Other staff members who may be helpful include:


  • A school psychologist is available to help with a range of academic, social/emotional concerns and can be supportive to family challenges.  If a parent has questions about the problem solving process, please call Miss Sedovic at 781-270-1721 and ask for extension 2968.
  • A guidance counselor is available to help with a range of social and emotional concerns. The counselor is aware of services at school and in the community and looks forward to helping any family access those resources.  If a parent has questions regarding the 504 process please contact Miss Flaccavento  at 781-270-1721 and ask for extension 6825.

  • The reading specialist provides support to teachers and parents related to the reading curriculum and development. She can also answer parent’s questions about the reading curriculum, expectations and assessment.


  • The special education team chair provides support to teachers and parent regarding the special education process and steps necessary to request or to understand whether a special education evaluation is warranted.  The team chair can answer questions about the characteristics of disabilities and what could warrant a disability.  If a parent has questions regarding the special education process, please contact Mrs. McCabe  at 781-270-1859.    Parents should not contact the classroom teacher regarding about special education evaluations.

Principal's Blog
The Principal’s Blog is a resource that provides important information about daily and school activities and events that occur throughout the school year.  The principal’s address is http://memorialprincipal.blogspot.com.  Parents may sign up on the blog to receive email notifications when any new postings become available.
Back to School Night
Back to School Night is held at the beginning of the school year in September.  The purpose of Back-To-School Night is to familiarize parents with grade level curriculum expectations, classroom procedures, the daily schedule and homework expectations for the upcoming school year. Parents may have an opportunity to ask questions regarding the curriculum and daily expectations following the teacher’s overview. Parents meet in the cafeteria to be welcomed by the principal and introduced to teaching staff.   This is a PARENT ONLY event.

Parent Conferences
A formal parent conference to discuss your child’s progress is scheduled first term by your child’s teacher. However, additional conferences can occur with teaching staff to discuss your child’s progress either by scheduling a meeting with the teacher or by telephone.  Memorial
School is committed to building strong home-school relationships to serve the best interests of your child.  Parents are discouraged from communicating sensitive information or concerns using email.

Progress Reports
Progress reports are issued three times a year.  Burlington Public Schools has a standards-based report card that reflects the new Common Core Standards issued by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

School Records
Your child’s school record is open to parents for inspection by state law.  Please contact the school office for additional information.

Memorial Newsletter
Memorial School’s weekly bulletin published from the principal’s office will be posted on the Principal’s Blog on Fridays.




KINDERGARTEN
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Entrance age
A child entering kindergarten must have attained the age of 5 by August 31.
 
Screening
Every incoming kindergarten student will have participated in state-mandated kindergarten screening program conducted in the spring prior to entering kindergarten.  The purpose of screening is to identify any areas of concern in a child’s development.  Parents receive screening results via the US mail service.  If any kindergarten student missed kindergarten screening held in the spring, the guidance counselor will contact parents to set up an appointment in for a screening at the beginning of the school year.































CLASSROOM OPERATIONS
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Homework
The purpose of homework is to review and reinforce skills and lessons taught during the school day, to develop organizational skills and to develop and increase independence and responsibility.  Each teacher has created a classroom procedure that reinforces and supports a child’s ability to pass in and take down homework assignments.  Students may be provided with a student planner that facilitates their ability to be organized, responsible and independent.
Students require parental support at home in order to be successful with homework.  It is recommended and strongly encouraged that parents identify a quiet “homework spot” supplied with student materials.  Also, setting time each day for students to complete homework has proven to be an effective strategy to ensure more success.  Often students are
tired at the end of the day and require parent support and encouragement to complete homework.  Homework assignments and time may vary depending on the child’s grade level.  Generally, 10 minutes per night per grade (e.g., grade 2 = 20 minutes, grade 5 = 50 minutes) is assigned.  Any student who excessively struggles with homework for long periods of time, the parent is encouraged to call their child’s teacher.  An overview of each teacher’s expectations is given at Back to School Night in September.  Homework is an essential and important component of the educational experience and requires a strong home/school partnership in order for students to be successful.

Field Trips   
Field trips are considered to be a strong component to the educational process that facilitates hands-on learning, vocabulary development and background knowledge.  All field trips are curriculum-based and are connected to lessons and projects.  Buses are provided for all field trips and a permission slip with a parent signature is required in order for a student to attend a field trip.  Classroom teachers often request parent volunteers.  All parent volunteers are
required to have an updated CORI form on file at Central Office and also attend a Principal’s Confidentiality Meeting to be eligible to chaperone field trips.  Special health requests need to be communicated with the school nurse prior to the field trip.
Class Parties and Curriculum Events
In accordance will Burlington Public Schools Allergen Policy for Students with Life Threatening Allergies, all classroom events are not to include food unless provided by the BPS food services and consumed in the cafeteria. Parents are not to send in any food items to their child’s classroom. Birthday celebrations are food-free. Individual student birthdays are  acknowledged with non-food related items such as birthday crowns, pencils, and stickers etc. (if age appropriate).
Home or private parties must be arranged outside of school.  Invitations are not to be distributed at school.  Please make your own transportation arrangements for after school-parties as most of our school buses cannot accommodate additional riders.

Parent Volunteers
There are a variety of ways that parents can volunteer to support Memorial School and its students.  Volunteer opportunities include, becoming active in the Memorial PTO, supporting classroom tasks, becoming a room parent, chaperoning a field trip or supporting teachers in any way that is needed.  Anyone interested in volunteering at Memorial School is expected to attend a volunteer orientation hosted by the principal in the cafeteria in October. This orientation will review volunteer expectations and confidentiality.

All schools need to maintain strict confidentiality of all student information. It is a privilege to be a volunteer and any breach of confidentiality will result in a discontinuation of volunteer services. All parent volunteers are required to have an updated CORI form on file at the central office to be eligible to volunteer at school.

CORI

The Burlington Public Schools have been certified by the Criminal History Systems Board for access to all criminal case data including convictions, non-convictions and pending criminal case information.  All prospective employees including volunteers, chaperones, as well as contractors, working on school property are subject to a CORI check by the school department.  The Burlington School Department maintains a zero tolerance policy and any information on the CORI report, other than no record found, will result in the individual being denied employment, volunteering, chaperoning school activities, or working on school property.


School Supplies
All school supplies are provided by the school.  If your child may wants to bring in school supplies they are welcome to do so, however, it is not necessary.  The teacher is not responsible for school supplies brought in by individual children.  Smocks, which can be left at the school, are recommended for art classes, and sneakers are required for gym (non-black sole).  It is suggested that your child have a school bag to carry their belongings both to and from school.







SCHOOL PROGRAMS AND SERVICE
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Curriculum and Instruction

The primary task of education is to ensure learning, growth and progress for all children at each grade level.  An important goal at Memorial Elementary School is to provide a rich and rewarding academic program that meets students at their academic level and provides appropriate curriculum opportunities so students can apply and integrate academic skills in complex ways.  Burlington Public Schools’ academic curriculum is a standards-based curriculum as outlined by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  Parents may view elementary curriculum standards on the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s website at www.doe.mass.edu. and/or www.achievethecore.org.  


Response to Intervention
Burlington Public Schools implements a Response to Intervention three-tiered system designed to respond to the needs of ALL students in a timely way.  The components include universal screening (testing every student) three times a year to determine math and reading skills, to flexibly group students based on their skill level and need, to tailor instruction to meet student needs, to monitor progress to ensure that students are make progress, and modify instruction to ensure student growth.  A Response to Intervention framework begins with a strong core curriculum often referred to as Tier 1.  This strong core curriculum must be aligned with the state standards and includes high quality instruction and high quality research-based materials and instructional strategies. Tier 1 instruction is supplemented by Tier 2 instruction when a child is identified as struggling with core curriculum expectations identified through universal screening assessments.  Tier 2 instruction is designed to meet the areas of student need using research-based intervention materials, instruction and strategies. Tier 3 instruction includes more intensive, explicit instruction and may use alternate research-based materials.  Students receive Tier 3 instruction when a child has not responded to Tier 1 or Tier 2 instruction demonstrated over time and identified through progress monitoring and curriculum based assessments.

Problem Solving Team
Burlington Public Schools uses a problem-solving process designed to identify and meet student’s unique needs in a timely way.  The problem-solving model is a systematic approach that identifies student strengths and needs, identifies scientifically based interventions, collects and analyzes data to monitor student progress, and evaluates the effectiveness of selected interventions. The purpose of the problem-solving team is to assist the classroom teacher and parent(s)/guardian(s) in designing and selecting strategies for improving a student’s academic and/or behavioral performance. It also provides a structure for addressing the academic and/or behavioral concerns identified by teachers or parents.  A problem-solving process requires full collaboration among a team of professionals along with parents to identify specific, measurable outcomes and to design research-based interventions to address the concerns. The problem solving team must integrate the use of data, both to guide the selection and development of effective interventions and monitor progress. Family engagement in the process is vital to success.  Members of the Problem-Solving Team include the principal, the school psychologist, classroom teachers, special educators and the parents.

Special Education
The principal and the special education team chair oversee the special needs program at Memorial Elementary School.  In accordance with the Response to Intervention framework students identified as requiring specialized assessments may be referred by the Problem-Solving Team or by their parents for special education testing. When special education testing has been completed, the team, which includes the parents, the principal, the regular education teacher, special education team chair, the school psychologist, the special needs teacher(s) and other relevant support staff will meet to discuss the testing results and to make recommendations. Team recommendations may include no finding of special education or finding of special needs.  If the team determines a finding of special needs, team recommendations will include classroom accommodations, additional specialized services and/or placement. Special education services provided at Memorial Elementary School include specialized reading and/or mathematics instruction, speech and language therapy, counseling, occupational therapy, and physical therapy.   Special education placement recommendations are based on P.L. 142 that states students with special needs students have the right to be educated to the maximum extent appropriate with their non-disabled peers in the general education program called the least restrictive environment (LRE). Inclusion is the practice of implementing LRE.

Massachusetts State Testing (PARCC/MCAS)
Students in grades three and four are tested in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math and students in grade five are tested in ELA, Math and Science.  Testing windows occur in March, April and May.  Doctor’s appointments and extended vacations are not to be scheduled during testing windows.  In addition, parents are strongly advised to provide students with adequate rest, nutrition and encouragement during testing periods.

Art/Music/Physical Education
All students in grades one through five receive  music and physical education twice weekly for 45 minutes and art once weekly for 45 minutes.  Students in kindergarten are provided with multiple opportunities to be creative and art and music lessons are often incorporated into
classroom curriculum units.  Students in grades four and five have the opportunity to take small group instrumental lesson during school hours.  An adaptive physical education program is available for students who require this service.  Sneakers are required footwear in the gym.



Technology
Students are provided access to technology and technology instruction.  This instruction can occur in the classroom and in the computer room with the child’s classroom teacher and/or the computer specialist.  Memorial Elementary has one technology/computer specialist that works with students and the classroom teacher using a flexible and integrated approach.  The Burlington Public Schools has adopted an acceptable user policy for electronic and internet network access.  Parents are asked to sign a document indicating their understanding and acceptance of this policy before their children can access the internet.

Media Center (Library)

The Media Center is a very valuable resource at the Memorial School, providing books, periodicals, videos, Ipads, reference, resource materials, and audiovisual materials for curriculum support and to enhance the enjoyment of reading and learning.  The Media Specialist is a resource for children and staff and provides library skills instruction to each grade level.  Books can be borrowed for one or two weeks.  Parents are encouraged to contribute to the success of the Media Center by volunteering their time on a regular basis.



























STUDENT EMPOWERMENT
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What Is Bullying?
A person is bullied when they are exposed repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons and they have difficulty defending themselves. (Olweus, D. Bullying at School: What We Know and What We Can Do (Oxford, England: Blackwell Publishing, 1993). Expressed in everyday language: Bullying is when someone repeatedly and on purpose says or does mean or hurtful things to another person who has a hard time defending themselves.

What Are the Different Forms or Kinds of Bullying?
• verbal bullying
• social exclusion or isolation
• physical bullying
• bullying through lies and false rumors
• having money or other things taken or damaged
• threats or being forced to do things
• racial bullying
• sexual bullying
• cyber-bullying (via cell phone or the Internet)

It is possible to divide the different types of bullying into direct and indirect forms. In direct forms, bullying involves relatively open attacks, usually in a face-to-face confrontation. Typical examples of direct bullying include verbal bullying with derogatory comments and nasty names, and physical bullying with hitting, kicking, shoving, and spitting.  With Indirect bullying, the aggressive acts are more concealed and subtle and it may be more difficult for the bullied student to know who is responsible for the bullying. Typical examples include social isolation—that is, intentionally excluding someone from a group or activity—and spreading lies and nasty rumors about that person. Several forms of cyber-bullying may also be considered indirect in the sense that nasty messages are delivered from a distance and not in a face-to-face way.  And in some cases, it may be difficult or almost impossible to find out who originally sent the message.

How Does Bullying Differ from Other Types of Aggression between Students?
Bullying can be distinguished from other kinds of aggression between students in a number of ways, but most obviously by the following:
(1) The negative behaviors are intentionally targeted at a specific individual (it isn’t an accident that this incident happened);
(2) The repetitive nature of bullying (it isn’t usually a onetime event); and
(3) The power imbalance between the students.

The above information was obtained from Frequently Asked Questions provided by Dan Olweus.
How does Burlington Public Schools and Memorial School deal with bullying concerns?
Burlington Public Schools and Memorial School in accordance with Massachusetts law begins with proactive teaching approach that includes building student awareness, empathy and student empowerment. Burlington Public Schools uses Responsive Classroom and structured classroom lessons from Social Thinking curriculum and from the Life Skills curriculum developed by Dr. Greg Hanley. The guidance counselor in partnership with classrooms teachers work together to create a classroom atmosphere that ensures strong positive relationships between teacher and student, and student to student by incorporating the principles from Responsive Classroom and lessons from Social Thinking and Life Skills.  In addition, Memorial School uses and practices the Memorial Code to reinforce the core beliefs of respect and responsibility and safety.

What Procedures and Forms do Burlington Public Schools and Memorial School Use to Address Bullying?
Students, parents and teachers are encouraged to report any suspected incidents of bullying to the principal, school psychologist and/or guidance counselor either verbally or by using the Bullying Prevention and Intervention Incident Reporting Form. Once a suspected incident of bullying is reported, the principal, school psychologist and/or guidance counselor conducts an investigation of the incident. The principal, school psychologist and/or guidance counselor will talk individually to the target, to the aggressor and to any known witnesses or bystanders in order to collect the facts and to determine whether bullying or a student conflict has occurred. Once the facts are collected a detailed report is written as outlined by the Bullying Prevention and Intervention Incident Reporting Form. The Bullying Prevention and Intervention Incident Reporting Form and Burlington Public Schools Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan can be found at the end of this Parent Handbook and on the district and school websites. If bullying is determined, parents and appropriate staff are contacted; consequences and safety plans are implemented immediately and with full confidentiality.  Finally, parents are expected to support the outcome of the administration’s disposition.

Confidentiality
All incidents of alleged bullying or bullying are confidential. It is natural for parents to want to know the outcome of reported incidents, however, school staff members are expected to obey the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Schools are prohibited from sharing any information in a student’s record including disciplinary information to a third party. Parents cannot expect a school official to disclose how a student was disciplined due to privacy laws.
Please understand that everyone in Burlington Public Schools and at Memorial School is working in the best interests of all children and is implementing all procedures, teaching and training associated with bullying to eliminate bullying from our schools. It is a major goal of Burlington Public Schools to make all schools safe, comfortable and productive.




Who do I Contact?
Mrs. Deb Dressler
Principal
Memorial Elementary School
781-270-1721
DDressler@bpsk12.org


Bullying Prevention and Intervention Policy

The Burlington Public Schools will endeavor to maintain a learning and working environment free of bullying, including without limitation, cyberbullying. The Burlington School Committee and all of the Burlington Public Schools shall not tolerate bullying.

The Burlington Public Schools adopted the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (Department) Model Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan required under M.G.L. c. 71, § 37O.   
This plan applies to students and members of the school staff, including, but not limited to educators, administrators, school nurses, cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers, athletic coaches, advisors to an extracurricular activity and paraprofessionals.

Reporting bullying or retaliation
Reports of bullying or retaliation may be made by staff, students, parents or guardians, or others, and may be oral or written. Oral reports made by or to a staff member shall be recorded in writing. A school or district staff member is required to report immediately to the principal or designee any instance of bullying or retaliation the staff member becomes aware of or witnesses. Reports made by students, parents or guardians, or other individuals who are not school or district staff members, may be made anonymously. The Burlington Public Schools has made available to all members of the school community an Incident Reporting Form, Appendix A of the District Policy on Bullying Prevention and Intervention.

For more information on the district's bullying prevention and intervention efforts, contact your school’s Principal. The complete district policy can also be accessed utilizing the link below:
Complete District Policy on Bullying Prevention and Intervention

BULLYING PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION INCIDENT REPORTING FORM
1. Name of Reporter/Person Filing the Report:_______________________________________________________ (Note: Reports may be made anonymously, but no disciplinary action will be taken against an alleged aggressor solely on the basis of an anonymous report.)
2. Check whether you are the: Target of the behavior Reporter (not the target)
3. Check whether you are a: Student Staff member (specify role)_____________________________
Parent Administrator Other (specify)_______________________
Your contact information/telephone number:______________________________________________________
4. If student, state your school: ________________________________________

Grade: ____________________
5. If staff member, state your school or work site: ____________________________________________________
6. Information about the Incident: Name of Target (of behavior): _______________________________________________________________
Name of Aggressor (Person who engaged in the behavior): ________________________________________ Date(s) of Incident(s): _____________________________________________________________________ Time When Incident(s) Occurred: ____________________________________________________________ Location of Incident(s) (Be as specific as possible): ______________________________________________ 7. Witnesses (List people who saw the incident or have information about it): Name: _________________________________________ Student Staff Other _____________________ Name: _________________________________________ Student Staff Other______________________ Name: _________________________________________ Student Staff Other ______________________
8. Describe the details of the incident (including names of people involved, what occurred, and what each person
did and said, including specific words used). Please use additional space on back if necessary. FOR ADMINISTRATIVE USE ONLY
9. Signature of Person Filing this Report: ____________________________________Date: ______________
(Note: Reports may be filed anonymously.) 10: Form Given to: _____________________________Position: ______________________ Date: __________



SUPPORT PERSONNEL __________________________________________________________________________

School Psychologist

A school psychologist is available to all student, parents/guardians at Memorial School.
The school psychologist  provides direct services to students when needed and provides support, guidance, and encouragement to parents and school staff regarding a variety of academic, behavioral and emotional needs. The school psychologist works in collaboration with the principal, the guidance counselor and all teaching staff to review and analyze academic and behavioral data to ensure student needs are met.  The school psychologist manages and facilitates the problem solving process and serves as a liaison between community and state services and can assist parents with accessing these services.  

Guidance
A guidance counselor is available to all students, parents/guardians at Memorial School. The guidance counselor provides direct services to students when needed and provides support, guidance, and encouragement to parents and school staff regarding a variety of social and emotional needs. The guidance counselor teaches social skill and life skill lessons in the classroom, manages and writes 504 plans and serves as a liaison between community and state services and can assist parents with accessing these services.   The guidance counselor works in collaboration with the principal and the school psychologist.

Reading Specialist

The school is staffed with a full-time certified Reading Specialist who coordinates all aspects of the language arts program at the Memorial School.  The Reading Specialist provides direct service to children in need of reading support during the intervention block and is a resource for teachers and parents.

Math Tutor

Memorial School, is staffed with a full-time Math Tutor who works in collaboration with all classroom teachers and the principal.  The math tutor provides necessary academic math support to children in the regular classrooms during the school’s designated intervention block.  



Special Education Team Chair
A special education team evaluation, an initial special education meeting, an annual review meeting and additional meetings at the request of a parent is coordinated by the special education team chair assigned to Memorial Elementary School, Mrs. McCabe 781-270-1859. The team chair works in partnership with the building principal to manage the effectiveness of the special education process that includes sending home a permission to test form if warranted, an invitation to a team meeting, no finding of special needs statement or an individualized education plan draft that follows the special education process according to Massachusetts State Special Education Law Chapter 766 and Federal Law PL 142..  At times, a parent may feel it is warranted to exercise their right to reject an individualized education plan. This process is also coordinated by the special education team chair.   It is the goal of Memorial School to work in partnership with parents to meet the needs of a student in all cases and in all situations. Parents are welcome to request additional meetings, speak with the team chair and principal to clarify procedures and recommendations before a plan is rejected.

Special Needs Testing

Team evaluations are conducted to determine if a child has special educational needs. Team evaluations consist of testing in the areas of concern.  Parental permission must be received before any testing can begin.  If special needs services are recommended as a result of the team evaluation, an Individualized Education Plan is developed and implemented, subject to parental approval. Team evaluations follow the process stated in Massachusetts State Special Education Law Chapter 766.  Please contact the Special Education Team Chair, Mrs. McCabe at 781-270-1859..

Learning Center

The learning center is a resource room that supports student learning for students with disabilities.  Children with Individualized Educational Plans may receive academic support in the learning center and in the classroom setting.  The learning center is made up of three certified special needs teachers.  Special needs teachers also provide materials and suggestions to teachers to support a child’s ability to access the general education core curriculum.

Speech and Language Pathology

The school is staffed by a full-time certified Speech and Language Pathologist.  The Speech and Language Pathologist provides individual and small group therapy to children whose Individualized Educational Plans indicate the type and frequency of  service.

English Language Learner (ELL)

A full-time ELL Tutor is available at Memorial for children in need of this service.   ELL screenings are completed at the beginning of the year to identify students in need of this service.  Please contact the Principal for additional information.
































SCHOOL SERVICES
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Accident Insurance

Information about this optional plan is sent home early in the school year.

After School Program

A wide variety of after school enrichment programs run by the Memorial staff is offered to students.  Details and program descriptions will be sent home, along with registration materials, during the year.

Before and After School Care

Early morning (before school)  and after school care is available at the Memorial School.   For more information concerning both these programs, please contact Donna Sullivan, Program Director, at 781-270-1708.

Pictures

School pictures are taken every Fall by a professional studio.  You will be notified in advance of the actual date and your child’s pictures will be available before December vacation.  The Fifth Grade class photo, and make-up photos, are taken in the spring.



















SCHOOL ORGANIZATION
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Memorial PTO
Memorial School has an active and vibrant PTO that supports the efforts of Memorial School.  There is an executive board that consists of a president, vice president, secretary and treasurer.  The PTO welcomes every Memorial family to its organization and there is much opportunity to support Memorial School through the PTO.  There are two general meetings that occur in the fall and in the spring.  These meetings are open to all Memorial families.  At these meetings thoughts and ideas are discussed to improve Memorial School.


































DISCIPLINE
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Student Code of Conduct
In addition to the rules and requirements set forth in this Student-Parent Handbook, students are expected to adhere to the following Code of Conduct:
  • Students are expected to assist in maintaining an orderly and calm school atmosphere that is conducive to learning.
  • Students are to respect the right of school staff and students to a safe and secure school environment.
  • Students will use appropriate language and will treat adults and students alike, politely and with respect.
  • Students are not to bring anything to school that can be harmful to themselves or others.
  • Students are to be truthful and honest at all times.
  • Students will obey all school rules and policies

Memorial Code
The Memorial Code explains the rights and responsibilities expected at Memorial School. Parents, students, teachers and administrators created the Memorial Code, thereby establishing school-wide expectations for behavior.  Character development lessons, school assemblies and classroom discussions are developed based on the Memorial Code, Social Thinking and Life Skills curriculum and Responsive Classroom.  Lessons and activities are intended to develop and strengthen positive social skills and behavior that supports their ability to become strong citizens.  Parents are notified if the Memorial Code is not being followed in a grievous way.

Classroom teachers also implement special programs to commend and congratulate students on following the Memorial Code. All teachers work to set expectations, teach those expectations and positively reinforce those expectations.  However, students that do not follow high standards of conduct may face disciplinary action from a teacher or principal.  Depending on the severity of the student's behavior, discipline may include removal from the classroom.   Any child who is sent to the principal’s office a phone call may be made to the parent with the reason for being sent to the principal’s office and the consequence or outcome as a result of being sent to the principal.

Each child will receive a copy of the Memorial Code at the beginning of the year. Please return the signature page to your child’s teacher indicating you have discussed the Memorial Code with your child and will respect the importance for following the Memorial Code at school.  We appreciate your efforts in reinforcing the importance of understanding and following the Memorial Code of Conduct.


   
School-Wide Positive Behavior Support
Memorial School is working to establish a social culture and behavioral supports to achieve both social and academic success for all student while working to prevent problem behavior.  Respect, Responsibility and Safety for yourself and others are three expectations important to Memorial School.  As a school, staff have identified expected behaviors in the classroom, cafeteria, bathroom, playground, hallway and during dismissal and arrival times that are representative of these values.

Responsibility, Respect & Safety.  All staff members are expected to develop strong personal connections and positive relationships with all students and then work to define, teach, model, review and reinforce expected behavior at Memorial School.  These expectations are posted in classrooms, around the school and in the parent handbook to ensure that expectations are known to all students and all adults in the Memorial community.  Once expectations are known to students and all staff have had an opportunity to spend time teaching expectations then a positive behavior system will acknowledge, appreciate and value students working to meet or exceed behavioral expectations.

When students struggle with meeting behavioral expectations classroom teachers may seek the expertise of the guidance counselor, the school psychologist and the principal and an individual positive behavior plan is developed and implemented on a consistent basis.  Parents are informed when an individual incentive plan is warranted.  At times, it may be necessary to issue a consequence for not meeting expectations.  Consequences are given at the discretion of the teaching staff and parents  will be contacted.  At rare times and for serious infractions, a student may be referred to the principal’s office for disciplinary action.
Step 1 Discussion with the principal and a possible phone call home.


BURLINGTON PUBLIC SCHOOL’S  DISCIPLINARY DUE PROCESS
Emergency suspension, in-house suspension, suspension are considered for serious infractions that include but are not limited to the possession, the threat and/or the use of WEAPONS, SERIOUS BODILY HARM, ILLEGAL DRUGS, ALCOHOL.

Emergency Suspension
The principal can remove a student from school temporarily when a student is charged with a
disciplinary offense and the continued presence of the student poses a danger to persons or
property, or materially and substantially disrupts the order of the school, and, in the principal's
judgment, there is no alternative available to alleviate the danger or disruption. The principal shall immediately notify the superintendent in writing of the removal and the reason for it, and describe the danger presented by the student. The temporary removal shall not exceed two (2) school days following the day of the emergency removal, during which time the principal shall:
  • Make immediate and reasonable efforts to orally notify the student and the student's
              parent of the emergency removal, the reason for the need for emergency removal,
  • Provide written notice to the student and parent
  • Provide the student an opportunity for a hearing with the principal and the parent an opportunity to attend the hearing, before the expiration of the two (2) school days, unless an extension of time for hearing is otherwise agreed to by the principal, student, and parent.
  • Render a decision orally on the same day as the hearing, and in writing no later than the following school day.
  • A principal may not remove a student from school on an emergency basis for a disciplinary offense until adequate provisions have been made for the student's safety and transportation.
  • The principal may impose an in-school suspension for a disciplinary offense
provided that the principal follows due process and the process outline in BPS’s
            Discipline Policy and the student has the opportunity to make academic progress.
  • If the student is in the Burlington Early Childhood Center or grades K through 3, the
           principal shall send a copy of the written determination to the Superintendent,
           explaining the reasons for imposing an out-of-school suspension, before the short-
           term suspension takes effect.

Suspension
  • Except in the case of emergency removal as set forth below, or in school suspensions,  the principal may not impose a suspension as a consequence for a disciplinary offense
           without first providing the student and the parent oral and written notice, and providing
the student an opportunity for a hearing on the charge and the parent an opportunity to participate in such hearing.

  • The principal shall provide oral and written notice to the student and the parent in English and in the primary language of the home if other than English, or other means of communication where appropriate. The notice shall set forth in plain language:
The disciplinary offense;
The basis for the charge;
The potential consequences, including the potential length of the student    suspension;
The opportunity for the student to have a hearing with the principal concerning the proposed suspension, including the opportunity to dispute the  charges and to present the student's explanation of the alleged incident, and for the parent to attend the hearing;
The date, time, and location of the hearing;
The right of the student and the student's parent to interpreter services at the hearing if  needed to participate;
The student may be placed on long-term suspension following the hearing with the principal;

  • the rights set forth below concerning a long-term suspension hearing; and

  • the right to appeal the principal's decision to the superintendent.

  • The principal shall make reasonable efforts to notify the parent orally of the opportunity to attend the hearing. To conduct a hearing without the parent present, the principal must be able to document reasonable efforts to include the parent. The principal is presumed to have made reasonable efforts if the principal has sent written notice and has documented at least two (2) attempts to contact the parent in the manner specified by the parent for emergency notification.

  • Written notice to the parent may be made by hand delivery, first-class mail, certified mail, email to an address provided by the parent for school communications, or any other method of delivery agreed to by the principal and parent.

  • In-House Suspension The principal may use in-school suspension as an alternative to short-term suspension for disciplinary offenses.

  • The principal may impose an in-school suspension for a disciplinary offense
           provided that the principal follows due process and the process outline in BPS’s
           Discipline Policy and the student has the opportunity to make academic progress.

  • Any student who is serving an in-school suspension, short-term suspension, long-term
suspension, or expulsion shall have the opportunity to make up assignments, tests, papers, and other school work as needed to make academic progress during the period of his or her removal from the classroom or school. The principal shall inform the student and parent of this opportunity in writing when such suspension or expulsion is imposed.

  • Any student who is expelled or suspended from school for more than ten (10) consecutive days, whether in school or out of school, shall have an opportunity to receive education services and make academic progress toward meeting state and local requirements, through the school-wide education service plan.
Students with Disabilities
Students who have been identified as students with disabilities in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act or who the school has reason to believe might be eligible for special education services are entitled to additional procedural protections when a disciplinary exclusion is considered. Prior to the imposition of any disciplinary sanction that would result in a change in placement; the student’s Team will meet to determine whether the student’s conduct was a manifestation of the student’s disability. If the Team determines that the conduct was a manifestation of the student’s disability shall review any existing behavior plan or, if no such behavior plan exists, conduct a functional behavioral assessment. In many cases, a student with a disability will be
entitled to services identified by the student’s Team as necessary to provide the student with a free appropriate public education during periods of disciplinary exclusion exceeding ten (10) school days in a given year. For additional information regarding the rights of students with disabilities in the context of school discipline please contact the Burlington Public Schools’ Director of Special Education or the building principal.



BURLINGTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS POLICIES
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Allergen Policy for Students with Life Threatening Allergies
The Burlington Public Schools recognize the increasing prevalence of student allergies and the life-threatening nature of the allergy for many students.  The Burlington Public Schools cannot guarantee to provide an allergen-free environment for all students with life threatening allergies, nor prevent any harm to students in emergencies.  The goal is to minimize the risk of exposure to food allergens that pose a threat to those students, to educate the community, and to maintain and regularly update a system-wide protocol for responding to their needs.
The Burlington Public Schools will maintain a system wide procedure for addressing life threatening allergic reactions by incorporating measures to reduce the exposure to allergens and procedures to treat allergic reactions.  For any student whose physician (primary care or board certified allergist) has informed the school in writing that the student has a life threatening allergy, the school nurse will oversee the development of an Allergy Action Plan or Individual Health Care Plan (IHCP), which will includes an Allergy Action Plan (AAP) that addresses the management of anaphylaxis. Parents/guardians have the responsibility to inform the school district when a child’s medical condition might affect the child’s welfare or safety.  Effective communication is vital among all parties.
The district wide procedure addresses:
1. The training and education for all Burlington Public Schools employees.  The training will include the education on a description of severe allergies signs of anaphylaxis the proper use of an Epipen and the specific steps to follow in the event of an emergency.
2. The Burlington Public Schools is making every reasonable accommodation to lessen the possibility of exposure to food allergens by designating that at all schools, during the school day, implement the following:  birthday recognition will be food free, classroom snacks will be “known allergy free” in accordance with the Individual Healthcare  Plans of each child of the students within a given classroom, and the use of food for curriculum purposes will be restricted to approval by the Principal.  Notification will be sent to the parent/guardian if food is used with principal approval for curriculum purposes. The parent can choose to provide a food or non-food based alternative.  The use of food as a reward in school will be eliminated.  The Principal will implement a No Food or Utensil Sharing practice with particular focus at the elementary level.
3. The school nurse in conjunction with the parent/guardian and the primary care provider/allergist will prepare either the Allergy Action Plan (AAP) or the Individual Health Care Plan (IHCP) which incorporates an Allergy Action Plan (AAP) for any student with a life threatening allergy.  The IHCP and AAP will be updated annually.  The nurse will review the IHCP and AAP with teachers of the students in their classes and respond to emergencies as per the emergency protocol documented in the IHCP or AAP.  The Teachers will leave pertinent information in a substitute file.
4. Each elementary school will provide an allergen sensitive table(s) in the cafeteria.  At the middle school and high school appropriate accommodations will be made as needed.
5. The school nurse will recommend to administration the appropriateness of each field trip and consideration of safety of the student with life-threatening allergies.  Parents of a student at risk of anaphylaxis will be invited to accompany their child on school trips, in addition to the chaperone.
6. The Principal and Food Services personnel will establish a routine cleaning protocol for all food consumption areas (to include a protocol for hand-washing and table/desk cleaning before and after food/snacks have been consumed).
Adopted by Burlington School Committee: 1/25/11
Automated External Defibrillation (AED) Policy
It is the purpose of this policy to establish and formalize the standard operating guidelines that are required to have, maintain and utilize Automated External Defibrillators (AED) in the Burlington Public Schools in accordance with the Massachusetts General Laws, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the American Heart Association and the Burlington Fire/EMS Department. An Automated External Defibrillator makes early defibrillation accessible to students, faculty and staff and other persons who experience sudden cardiac arrest. The goal is to improve the likelihood of survival for people suffering cardiac arrest. The Supervisor of Nurses will notify the Burlington’s EMS system, Fire and Police Department of the location of the AED(s) in the Burlington Public Schools. Outside contractors/renters and community activities are not guaranteed access to an AED or a trained AED operator as part of the standard school facility rental contracts.

Training:
The Supervisor of Nurses, nurses and building principals will coordinate training in the use of and maintenance of the Automated External Defibrillators. Basic CPR and AED training will be offered annually to School Nurses. Training will include the following content:
  • Proper use, maintenance and periodic inspection of AED.
  • Assessment of person to determine if a cardiac arrest has occurred and the appropriateness of applying the AED.
  • Defibrillator safety precaution to enable the user to administer a shock without jeopardizing the safety of the victim. The role of the initial rescuer in the coordination of care for cardiac arrest victim and arrival of EMS. Scenario based practice.
  • Routine AED maintenance.


Maintenance:
Maintenance and testing will be conducted according to the requirements of the AED manufacturer. Documentation of maintenance and testing will be maintained in the Supervisor of Nurses’ Office for a period of two years. Documentation will record the date of testing and the signature of the person performing the testing.
The Supervisor of Nurses in coordination with the School Nurse in each building is responsible for the maintenance check assignments in each location. The School Nurse in each building will be responsible for the daily visual checks and documentation during the actual contracted year (Summer locations and checks will be determined by the Burlington Public Schools summer program use of the buildings), for prompt notification to the Supervisor of Nurses for any equipment or supply needs.
If an AED exhibits an operational problem or malfunction, it shall be immediately removed from service. Operational problems or malfunctions shall be reported to the Supervisor of Nurses as soon as possible after detection.

School Physician or Designees:
The School Physician or Designees for the Burlington Public Schools AED Program is responsible for:
Writing prescriptions for purchase of AEDs.
Providing medical direction for use of AEDs in coordination with the Supervisor of Nurses.
Reviewing and approving guidelines for emergency procedures related to the used of AEDs.
Evaluation of post-event review forms with the Supervisor of Nurses.
Coordination with local EMS Physician for consistency in operation.
AED Guidelines:
AED Guidelines define the Automatic External Defibrillator Procedures and will be followed in accordance with the adoption of the Automatic External Defibrillator Policy. See Guidelines.
Adopted by the Burlington School Committee: 12/12/06
Bullying Policy
A safe learning environment is one in which every student develops emotionally, academically, and physically in a caring and supportive atmosphere free of intimidation and abuse. Bullying of any type has no place in a school setting. The Burlington Public Schools will endeavor to maintain learning and working environment free of bullying. The Burlington School Committee and all of the Burlington Public Schools shall not tolerate bullying.
Definition:
“Bullying” is the repeated use by one or more students of a written, verbal or electronic expression or a physical act or gesture or any combination thereof, directed at a victim that: (i) causes physical or emotional harm to the victim or damage to the victim’s property; (ii) places the victim in reasonable fear of harm to himself or of damage to his property; (iii) creates a hostile environment at school for the victim; (iv) infringes on the rights of the victim at school; or (v) materially and substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school. For the purposes of this section, bullying shall include cyber-bullying.
“Cyber-bullying” is bullying through the use of technology or any electronic communication, which shall include, but shall not be limited to, any transfer of signs, signals, writing, images, sounds, data or intelligence of any nature transmitted in whole or in part by a wire, radio, electromagnetic, photoelectronic or photo optical system, including, but not limited to, electronic mail, internet communications, instant messages or facsimile communications.  Cyber-bullying shall also include (i) the creation of a web page or blog in which the creator assumes the identity of another person or (ii) the knowing impersonation of another person as the author of posted content or messages, if the creation or impersonation creates any of the conditions enumerated in clauses (i) to (v), inclusive, of the definition of bullying. Cyber-bullying shall also include the distribution by electronic means of a communication to more than one person or the posting of material on an electronic medium that may be accessed by one or more persons, if the distribution or posting creates any of the conditions enumerated in clauses (i) to (v), inclusive, of the definition of bullying. Bullying shall be prohibited: (i) on school grounds, property immediately adjacent to school grounds, at a school-sponsored or school-related activity, function or program whether on or off school grounds, at a school bus stop, on a school bus or other vehicle owned, leased or used by a school district or school, or through the use of technology or an electronic device owned, leased or used by a school district or school and (ii) at a location, activity, function or program that is not school-related, or through the use of technology or an electronic device that is not
owned, leased or used by a school district or school, if the bullying creates a hostile environment at school for the victim, infringes on the rights of the victim at school or materially and substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school. Nothing contained herein shall require schools to staff any non-school related activities, functions, or programs.

Retaliation against a person who reports bullying, provides information during an investigation of bullying, or witnesses or has reliable information about bullying shall be prohibited.
The school district shall provide age-appropriate instruction on bullying prevention in each grade that is incorporated into the curriculum of the school district or school. The curriculum shall be evidence-based.

The school district shall develop, adhere to and update a plan to address bullying prevention and intervention in consultation with teachers, school staff, professional support personnel, school volunteers, administrators, community representatives, local law enforcement agencies, students, parents and guardians. The consultation shall include, but not be limited to, notice and a public comment period; provided, however, that a nonpublic school shall only be required to give notice to and provide a comment period for families that have a child attending the school. The plan shall be updated at least biennially.

Each plan shall include, but not be limited to: (i) descriptions of and statements prohibiting bullying, cyber-bullying and retaliation; (ii) clear procedures for students, staff, parents, guardians and others to report bullying or retaliation; (iii) a provision that reports of bullying or retaliation may be made anonymously; provided, however, that no disciplinary action shall be taken against a student solely on the basis of an anonymous report; (iv) clear procedures for promptly responding to and investigating reports of bullying or retaliation; (v) the range of disciplinary actions that may be taken against a perpetrator for bullying or retaliation; provided, however, that the disciplinary actions shall balance the need for accountability with the need to teach appropriate behavior; (vi) clear procedures for restoring a sense of safety for a victim and assessing that victim’s needs for protection; (vii) strategies for protecting from bullying or retaliation a person who reports bullying, provides information during an investigation of bullying or witnesses or has reliable information about an act of bullying; (viii) procedures consistent with state and federal law for promptly notifying the parents or guardians of a victim and a perpetrator; provided, further, that the parents or guardians of a
victim shall also be notified of the action taken to prevent any further acts of bullying or retaliation; and provided, further, that the procedures shall provide for immediate notification pursuant to regulations promulgated under this subsection by the principal or person who holds a comparable role to the local law enforcement agency when criminal charges may be pursued against the perpetrator; (ix) a provision that a student who knowingly makes a false accusation of bullying or retaliation shall be subject to disciplinary action; and (x) a strategy for providing counseling or referral to appropriate services for perpetrators and victims and for appropriate family members of said students. The plan shall afford all students the same protection regardless of their status under the law.

The school district plan shall include a provision for ongoing professional development to build the skills of all staff members, including, but not limited to, educators, administrators, school nurses, cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers, athletic coaches, advisors to extracurricular activities and paraprofessionals, to prevent, identify and respond to bullying. The content of such professional development shall include, but not be limited to: (i) developmentally appropriate strategies to prevent bullying incidents; (ii) developmentally appropriate strategies for immediate, effective interventions to stop bullying incidents; (iii) information regarding the complex interaction and power differential that can take place between and among a perpetrator, victim and witnesses to the bullying; (iv) research findings on bullying, including information about specific categories of students who have been shown to be particularly at risk for bullying in the school environment; (v) information on the incidence and nature of cyber-bullying; and (vi) internet safety issues as they relate to cyber-bullying. The plan shall include provisions for informing parents and guardians about the bullying prevention curriculum of the school district or school and shall include, but not be limited to: (i) how parents and guardians can reinforce the curriculum at home and support the school district or school plan; (ii) the dynamics of bullying; and (iii) online safety and cyber-bullying.

The school district shall provide to students and parents or guardians, in age-appropriate terms and in the languages which are most prevalent among the students, parents or guardians, annual written notice of the relevant student-related sections of the plan.
The school district shall provide to all school staff annual written notice of the plan. The faculty and staff at each school shall be trained annually on the plan applicable to the school. Relevant sections of the plan relating to the duties of faculty and staff shall be included in a school district or school employee handbook. The plan shall be posted on the website of each school district.

Each school principal or the person who holds a comparable position shall be responsible for the implementation and oversight of the plan at his school. A member of a school staff, including, but not limited to, an educator, administrator, school nurse, secretary, cafeteria worker, custodian, bus driver, athletic coach, advisor to an extracurricular activity or paraprofessional, shall immediately report any instance of bullying or retaliation the staff member has witnessed or become aware of to the principal or to the school official identified in the plan as responsible for receiving such reports or both. Upon receipt of such a report, the school principal or a designee shall promptly conduct an investigation. If the school principal or a designee determines that bullying or retaliation has occurred, the school principal or designee shall (i) notify the local law enforcement agency if the school principal or designee believes that criminal charges may be pursued against a perpetrator; (ii) take appropriate disciplinary action; (iii) notify the parents or guardians of a perpetrator; and (iv) notify the parents or guardians of the victim, and to the extent consistent with state and federal law, notify them of the action taken to prevent any further acts of bullying or retaliation.
If an incident of bullying or retaliation involves students from more than one school district, the school district or school first informed of the bullying or retaliation shall, consistent with state and federal law, promptly notify the appropriate administrator of the other school district or school so that both may take appropriate action. If an incident of bullying or retaliation occurs on school grounds and involves a former student under the age of 21 who is no longer enrolled in a local school district, the school district or school informed of the bullying or retaliation shall contact law enforcement.
Whenever the evaluation of the Individualized Education Program team indicates that the child has a disability that affects social skills development or that the child is vulnerable to bullying, harassment or teasing because of the child’s disability, the Individualized Education Program shall address the skills and proficiencies needed to avoid and respond to bullying, harassment or teasing.
MGL: Chapter 92 of the Acts of 2010
First Reading: 8/24/10
Second Reading: 9/14/10
Adopted by Burlington School Committee: 9/14/10

CORI POLICY
POLICY FOR OBTAINING CORI INFORMATION FOR ALL CURRENT EMPLOYEES, PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYEES, VOLUNTEERS, LABORERS, CONTRACTORS, SUBCONTRACTORS, TRANSPORTATION PROVIDERS AND ALL OTHERS WHO MAY HAVE UNMONITORED CONTACT WITH CHILDREN IN ORDER TO FURTHER PROTECT THE SCHOOL CHILDREN OF THE BURLINGTON SCHOOL SYSTEM
In accordance with General Laws c. 71, section 38R, as well as G.L. c. 6, section 172I, the Burlington School Department is enacting the following policy relative to obtaining Criminal Offender Registry Information (“CORI”) in order to further protect its school children. All current and prospective employees, volunteers, individuals who provide school related transportation to children, contractors, subcontractors, and laborers who may have direct and unmonitored contact with children will be subject to mandatory CORI checks at least once every three years in accordance with this policy. For the purposes of this policy, “direct and unmonitored” contact will be defined as any individual who works on school grounds and/or who might come in contact with any student during the performance of his/her duties.
Pursuant to G.L. c. 71, section 38R, the Burlington School Committee adopts the following policy for use within the Burlington School Department:
1. All contractors, subcontractors and laborers who have been commissioned by the school committee to perform work on school grounds and who may have direct and unmonitored contact with children will be subject to CORI checks. Within thirty days of the effective date of this Policy, all contractors and subcontractors must submit a list of names to the Superintendent of all workers who will be performing work on school grounds and who may have direct and unmonitored contact with children. All such workers will be required to fill out a CORI authorization form. Any worker who refuses to fill out a CORI authorization form will be prohibited from working on school grounds. Additionally, any new worker hired by a contractor or subcontractor to perform work on school grounds and who may have direct and unmonitored contact with children must have his/her name submitted to the Superintendent prior to being allowed to work on school grounds. All new workers that are otherwise qualified in all respects will be required to fill out a CORI authorization form as the last step in the screening process. Any new worker who refuses to fill out a CORI authorization form will be prohibited from working on school grounds.
2. All contractors, subcontractors or taxicab companies that have contracted to provide school related transportation to children will be subject to CORI checks. Within thirty days of the effective date of this Policy, all contractors, subcontractors and taxicab companies must submit a list of names to the Superintendent of all individuals who will be providing school related transportation to children. All such individuals will be required to fill out a CORI authorization form. Any individual who refuses to fill out a CORI authorization form will be prohibited from providing school related transportation to children. Additionally, any new individual hired by a contractor, subcontractor taxicab
company to provide school related transportation to children must have his/her name submitted to the Superintendent prior to being allowed to perform such work. All new workers that are otherwise qualified in all respects will be required to fill out a CORI authorization form as the last step in the screening process. Any new worker who refuses to fill out a CORI authorization form will be prohibited from transporting children for school related purposes.
3. Any volunteer for the School Department who may have direct and unmonitored contact with children will be required to undergo a CORI check at least once every three years. All such volunteers will be required to fill out a CORI authorization form. Any volunteer who refuses to fill out a CORI authorization form will be prohibited from volunteering on school grounds. Any prospective volunteer for the School Department who may have direct and unmonitored contact with children will be required to undergo a CORI check prior to being allowed to volunteer on school grounds. All prospective volunteers that are otherwise qualified in all respects will be required to fill out a CORI authorization form as the last step in the screening process. Any prospective volunteer who refuses to fill out a CORI authorization form will be prohibited from working on school grounds.
4. Prospective Employees- all prospective employees of the School Department who may have direct and unmonitored contact with children will be required to undergo a CORI check prior to being offered employment with the School Department. All applicants that are otherwise qualified in all respects for the position will be required to fill out a CORI authorization form as the last step in the screening process. Any applicant who refuses to fill out a CORI authorization form will be prohibited from working on school grounds and will not be considered further for employment with the School Department.
5. In the event that a CORI report commissioned pursuant to paragraph 1 through 4 above reveals any adult criminal record, the following factors will be considered by the School Department in deciding whether to allow a new or current worker to work on school grounds, allow a new or current worker to transport children for school related purposes, allow a new or potential volunteer to participate in the requested activity, or hire a prospective employee, all as the case may be:
A. Whether or not a conviction was a felony or a misdemeanor;
B. The nature of the offense, including but not limited to:
1. Whether or not the conviction was for a violent crime;
2. Whether or not the conviction involved any offenses against children or minors;
3. Whether or not the conviction involved any drug or narcotics related offenses;
C. The date of the conviction:
D. The type of sentence;
E. Whether or not there are subsequent or repeated convictions and/or a pattern of criminal behavior;
F. Whether or not the individual successfully completed probation.
The School Department has the ultimate discretion and final decision, after applying the above referenced factors, to any of the people falling within the categories set forth in paragraphs 1 through 4 above.
6. Current Employees – the Burlington School Department recognizes that most employees have attained a property interest in their respective positions, which does not exist for prospective employees, volunteers, contractors or subcontractors. Consequently, the Burlington School Department recognizes that it must adhere to certain procedural requirements and meet certain standards prior to issuing any disciplinary action against any employee. Accordingly, the Burlington School Department sets forth the following procedures and standards for its employees:
A. All employees of the Burlington School Department who may have direct and unmonitored contact with school children are required to undergo periodic CORI checks, but not less than once every three years.
B. Employees will receive thirty (30) days notice from the Superintendent prior to a CORI check being performed. Upon being notified, employees are required to sign a CORI authorization form. Signing the CORI authorization form is a mandatory condition of employment.
C. If an employee’s CORI report reveals any adult criminal convictions, the following factors will be considered in determining whether or not there are grounds for discipline up to and including termination of an individual’s employment:
1. Whether or not a conviction was a felony or a misdemeanor;
2. The nature of the offense, including but not limited to:
a. Whether or not the conviction was for a violent crime;
b. Whether or not the conviction involved any offenses against children or minors;
c. Whether or not the conviction involved any drug or narcotics related offenses;
3. The date of the conviction:
a. Convictions occurring more than seven (7) years prior to the date of the CORI Report will not be considered, except for any convictions that resulted from violent crimes or crimes against children or minors.
4. The type of sentence;
5. Whether or not there are subsequent or repeated convictions and/or a pattern of criminal behavior;
6. Whether or not the individual successfully completed probation.
If it is determined that any one of the above-referenced factors, or any combination or such factors, provides cause for all discipline up to and including termination of the employee’s employment, the employee will receive the proper notice and hearing as required by any applicable law, contract or collective bargaining agreement.
D. If requested, CORI information will be shared with the individual to whom it pertains. Individuals will also be advised that they can obtain a copy of their own report at no cost by submitting a personal request to the CHSB.
E. Sealed records will not be considered in disciplining employees.
F. If the School Department is notified that an employee is challenging the accuracy of his/her CORI report, the employee will be given a reasonable period of time, but not more than 30 days, to clear up the alleged inaccuracies of the report. Burlington School Department reserves the right to place the employees on paid administrative leave during this period if it believes that the employee poses a risk to its students.
G. Any employee who is convicted of a felony, a violent crime, or a crime involving a child, after January 1, 2004, is encouraged to notify the School Superintendent immediately.

7. All CORI reports will be kept in confidential folders separate from personnel files in a secured location, where there will be no access to general support staff, except that CORI authorized support staff may have access to such reports in secured envelopes for filing purposes. CORI information will not be kept for more than three (3) years.
8. Results of all CORI checks will only be disclosed to authorized personnel and the respective individual, and will not be used for any purpose other than to further the protection of school children.
Adopted by the Burlington School Committee: 7/6/06
District Wide Parental Involvement Policy
Part 1: General expectations
The Burlington Public Schools agrees to implement the following statutory requirements:
• The Burlington Public Schools will put into operation programs, activities and procedures for the involvement of parents in all of its schools with Title I, Part A programs, consistent with section 1118 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Those programs, activities and procedures will be planned and operated with meaningful consultation with parents of participating children.
• Consistent with section 1118, the Burlington Public Schools will work with its schools to ensure that the required school-level parental involvement policies meet the requirements of section 1118(b) of the ESEA, and each include, as a component, a school-parent compact consistent with section 1118(d) of the ESEA.
• The Burlington Public Schools will incorporate this district wide parental involvement policy into its LEA plan developed under section 1112 of the ESEA.
• In carrying out the Title I, Part A parental involvement requirements, to the extent practicable, the Burlington Public Schools and its schools will provide full opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory children, including providing information and school reports required under section 1111 of the ESEA in an understandable and uniform format and, including alternative formats upon request, and, to the extent practicable, in a language parents understand.
• If the Burlington Public Schools plan for Title I, Part A, developed under section 1112 of the ESEA, is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, the school district will submit any parent comments with the plan when the school district submits the plan to the State Department of Education.
• The Burlington Public Schools will involve the parents of children served in Title I, Part A schools in decisions about how the 1 percent of Title I, Part A funds reserved for parental involvement is spent, and will ensure that not less than 95 percent of the one percent reserved goes directly to the schools.
• The Burlington Public Schools will be governed by the following statutory definition of parental involvement, and expects that its Title I schools will carry out programs, activities and procedures in accordance with this definition:
Parental involvement means the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring
a) that parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning;
b) that parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school;
c) that parents are full partners in their child’s education and are included, as appropriate, in decision-making and on advisory committees to assist in the education of their child;
d) that the carrying out of other activities, such as those described in section 1118 of the ESEA.
A detailed description of how the district will implement required district wide parental involvement policy components are on file in the Pupil Services Office.
The Burlington Public Schools will involve parents in the joint development of its district wide parental involvement plan under section 1112 of the ESEA.
1. The Burlington Public Schools will involve parents in the process of school review and improvement under section 1116 of the ESEA.
2. The Burlington Public Schools will provide the necessary coordination, technical assistance, and other support to assist Title I, Part A schools in planning and implementing effective parental involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance.
3. The Burlington Public Schools will coordinate and integrate parental involvement strategies in Part A with parental involvement strategies under the following other programs: Head Start, Reading First, Early Reading First, Even Start, Parents As Teachers, Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters, and State-operated preschool programs, by consulting with parents and developing a working relationship with the parents to offer services.
4. The Burlington Public Schools will conduct, with the involvement of parents, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of this parental involvement policy in improving the quality of its Title I, Part A schools. The evaluation will include identifying barriers to greater participation by parents in parental involvement activities (with particular attention to parents who are economically disadvantaged, are disabled, have limited English proficiency, have limited literacy, or are of any racial or ethnic minority background). The district will use the findings of the evaluation about its parental involvement policy and activities to design strategies for more effective parental involvement, and to revise, if necessary (and with the involvement of parents) its parental involvement policies.
5. The Burlington Public Schools will build the schools’ and parent’s capacity for strong parental involvement, in order to ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school involved, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement. a) The Burlington Public Schools will, with the assistance of its Title I, Part A schools, provide assistance to parents of children served by the school district or school, as appropriate, in understanding topics such as the following:
• the State’s academic content standards,
• the State’s student academic achievement standards,
• the State and local academic assessments including alternate assessments,
• the requirements of Part A,
• how to monitor their child’s progress, and
• how to work with educators.
b) The Burlington Public Schools will, with the assistance of its schools, provide materials and training to help parents work with their children to improve their children’s academic achievement, such as literacy training, and using technology, as appropriate, to foster parental involvement.
c) The Burlington Public Schools will, with the assistance of its schools and parents, educate its teachers, pupil services personnel, principals and other staff, in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, in the value and utility of contributions of parents, and in how to implement and coordinate parent programs and build ties between parents and schools.
d) The Burlington Public Schools will, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parental involvement programs and activities with Head Start, Reading First, Early Reading First, Even Start, Home Instruction Programs for Preschool Youngsters, the Parents as Teachers Program, and public preschool and other programs, and conduct other activities, such as parent resource centers,that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children, by: developing a working relationship with the area Head Start and write a Community Partnership Grant.

e) The Burlington Public Schools will ensure that information related to the school and parent- programs, meetings, and other activities, is sent to the parents of participating children in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon request, and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand.
Part III: Adoption
This District wide Parental Involvement Policy has been developed jointly with, and agreed on with, parents of children participating in Title I, Part A programs, as evidenced by (indicate evidence).
This policy was adopted by Burlington Public Schools on (date) and will be in effect for the period of (indicate dates). The district will distribute this policy to all parents of participating Title I, Part A children on or before (date).
First Reading: 10/14/08
Second Reading: 10/28/08
Adopted by the Burlington School Committee: 10/28/08
GUIDELINES FOR STUDENT ACTIVITY FUNDS
Student Activity funds are governed by MGL Ch. 66 of the Acts of 1996 and by School Committee policy.
The School Committee shall adopt procedures for the creation, operation, and control of Student Activity funds.
1. An interest bearing account has been created by the Treasurer of the Town to be used as a depository for all monies raised by student organizations. The account is titled “Burlington Student Activity Account.” The balance is limited to $125,000.
2. A sub-account will be created by the Principal for the purpose of paying daily student activity expenditures. The name of the sub-account will be the “Burlington Student Activity Checking Account.” A $60,000 limit will be maintained. When these funds need to be replenished, a warrant will be produced. A voucher (accompanied with warrant) will be produced showing amounts of the requested funds that have been paid by the Student Activity Accounts Advisor by the sub-account checks. Both the warrant and voucher must be approved by the Principal and the Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance or his designee before being presented to the School Committee for their authorization.
3. All bank deposits must be evidenced by a student activity deposit slip receipted by the depositary agent. A record will be kept for the source of received funds and the student organization to be credited. All monies received must be deposited daily into the Treasurer’s Student Activity Account. Any monies not deposited shall be held over in the school safe and deposited the next business day.
4. Miscellaneous student earnings (such as vending machines) will be distributed for student activity benefit. The earnings will be used for the direct benefit of students at Burlington High School.
5. Fundraising events must be held in accordance with School Committee policy. Fundraising financial results must be reported to the Principal within one week of the conclusion of the event. Funds must be deposited in accordance with prior instructions.
 
6. A standardized Request For Funds form will accompany all requests for check issuance. A dated form (signed by advisor) must accompany an invoice and/or receipt and/or supporting documents. The Request for Funds form will state to whom check is payable and the amount. The check will be prepared by the Student Activities Account Advisor and signed/approved by the Principal. Both the signed request form and the signed check are given to either the Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance or his designee for approval. All purchases are to be made under the town tax exempt number.
a. No check will be made payable to cash.
b. No check to be issued without bills or receipts.
c. Vendor statements shall not be used for the issuance of checks.
d. All checks shall be sequentially numbered and accounted for including voided checks.
7. Student Organization accounts within the Student Activity control account shall be maintained by the Principal and Student Activity Account Advisor. The receipts and expenditures should match to the appropriate recognized Student Activity Organization account. The student organization accounts should balance to the control account.
8. Bank and account reconciliations will be performed monthly by the Student Activity Accounts Advisor. Copies of Student Organization Accounts will be sent to the Principal, Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance, and to each account advisor.
9. School Committee policies shall specify the use and disposition of all interest earned, which shall be for the benefit of the students participating in activities.
a. Interest earned on deposits may be expended for operating costs related to the operation of the Student Activity Account, Bank charges, audits, forms, tickets, and computer supplies.

b. Balance of unused interest will be distributed to the Student Organization account using a distribution formula based on the average monthly balance in each account.
10. Any Student Organization account inactive for a period of three (3) years or more, and for which there has been no receipts or disbursements recorded on their behalf, will require the following actions to be closed.

a. Written notification by the Student Activity Account Advisor or student officer/treasurer to the Principal or other authorized administrator that the particular activity will cease to be a viable account. If an advisor or student officer/treasurer is not available, such discontinuance will be authorized by the Principal.

b. Any disposition of assets of an inactive recognized Student Activity Organization shall be determined by the School Committee, but in no case shall the disposition benefit specific individuals. (The primary goal in disposition should be to benefit the student body.)
c. Senior Class accounts shall remain open ninety (90) days after graduation to insure that all outstanding bills can be paid. Upon completion of the ninety (90) days, all funds if not withdrawn by the officers shall be forwarded to the elected treasurer of the graduation Senior Class. Once a class of students graduates, the school district is no longer responsible for these monies.
11. Storage of checkbooks and deposits shall be in the school safe. Storage of documents and records shall be in a secure and confidential place.
12. An internal audit will be conducted once a year by the Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance or his designee. Every three (3) years an audit is to be done by an outside auditing firm. The audits will be paid from the Student Activity earned interest. Ongoing internal reviews should be done by the Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance or his designee.
13. Faculty advisors or student officers shall not benefit from Student Activity Funds.
14. Staff Accounts, Athletic Revolving Accounts, and Scholarship Accounts may not be commingled and maintained under the student Activity Account.
15. A blanket bond is maintained at the Town Accountant’s office which covers all town employees including those who handle Student Activity Funds.
16. Financial advisors to other fundraising bodies not under the direct control of the Burlington Public Schools such as all Boosters, Parent-Teacher Organizations and Post Graduation Party organizers will be encouraged to purchase a bond covering funds held on deposit. The cost of the bond will be the responsibility of the individual organization.
Adopted by the Burlington School Committee: May 9, 2000
Burlington Public Schools
Homeless Students: Enrollment Rights and Services Policy
To the extent practical and as required by law, the Burlington School District will work with homeless students and their families to provide stability in school attendance and other services. Special attention will be given to ensuring the enrollment and attendance of homeless students not currently attending school. Homeless students will be provided district services for which they are eligible. Including Head Start and comparable pre-school programs. Title 1, similar state programs, special education, bilingual education, vocational and technical education programs and school nutrition programs.
Homeless students are defined as lacking a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence, including:
1. Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing or economic hardship;
2. Living in motels or hotels due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations;
3. Living in emergency or transitional shelters;
4. Being abandoned in hospitals;
5. Awaiting foster care placement;
6. Living in public or private places not designated for or ordinarily used as regular sleeping accommodations for human beings;
7. Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, transportation stations or similar settings;
8. Migratory children living in conditions described in the previous examples.
The superintendent shall designate an appropriate staff person to be the district’s liaison for homeless students and their families.

To the extent feasible, homeless students will continue to be enrolled in their school of origin while they remain homeless or until the end of the academic year in which they obtain permanent housing. Instead of remaining in the school of origin, parents or guardians of homeless students may request enrollment in the school in the attendance area in which the student is actually living, or other schools. Attendance rights by living in attendance areas, other student assignment policies, or intra and inter-district choice options are available to homeless families on the same terms as families resident in the district.

If there is an enrollment dispute, the student shall be immediately enrolled in the school in which enrollment is sought, pending resolution of the dispute. The parent or guardian shall be informed of the district’s decision and their appeal rights in writing. The district’s liaison will carry out dispute resolutions as provided by state rule. Unaccompanied youth will also be enrolled pending resolution of the dispute.

Once the enrollment decision is made, the school shall immediately enroll the student, pursuant to Burlington district policies. If the student does not have immediate access to immunization records, the student shall be admitted under a personal exemption. Any student seeking to enroll in the Burlington Public Schools that can not obtain the appropriate medical records shall be examined / screened by the Board of Health Nurse as soon as possible as to not slow the enrollment process. Records from the student’s previous school shall be requested from the previous school pursuant to district policies. Emergency contact information is required at the time of enrollment consistent with district policies, including compliance with the state’s address confidentiality program when necessary.
Homeless students are entitled to transportation to their school of origin or the school where they are to be enrolled. If the school of origin is in a different district, or a homeless student is living in another district but will attend his or her school of origin in this district, the districts will coordinate the transportation services necessary for the student, or will divide the costs equally.

The district’s liaison for homeless students and their families shall coordinate with local social service agencies that provide services to homeless children and youths and their families; other school districts on issues of transportation and records transfers; and state and local housing agencies responsible for comprehensive housing affordability strategies. This coordination includes providing public notice of the educational rights of homeless students in schools, family shelters and soup kitchens. The district’s liaison will also review and recommend amendments to district policies that may act as barriers to the enrollment of homeless students.
Adopted by the Burlington School Committee: September 27, 2005
Burlington Public Schools
Procedures for Monitoring Suspended Students
The Burlington Public Schools has established formal processes for addressing the needs of students that have been suspended for various reasons from the Burlington Public Schools. These processes are as follows:
At the high school level, Burlington High School has established a tracking system that utilizes a database of suspended students in conjunction with attendance information to monitor both the number of suspended students and the number of days each student is suspended. On a weekly basis, the high school sends suspension data on the number of times students that have been suspended to the Pupil Services Office. This information is monitored by the Director of Pupil Services and the Evaluation Administrator. When a student has been suspended 7-8 times, the Evaluation Administrator arranges for a manifestation meeting to formally address the needs of the student. However, every time a student with special needs is suspended, this information is immediately reported to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
It is recognized, that the incidents of suspension at the middle and elementary school levels are far less than the high school level. Consequently, a more informal process is followed by the Burlington Public schools at these levels. Specifically, at the elementary and middle school level, the main office at each school keeps a file on each student that has been suspended. Each of these files is monitored and maintained on an individual basis rather than in a comprehensive data base. If a student has been suspended between 7-8 times, the school is to contact the Pupil Services Office who will schedule a manifestation meeting to address this matter.
Restraint Policy
Physical Restraint is defined as the use of bodily force to limit a student's freedom of movement. Physical restraint shall only be used as a behavior management tool when other less intrusive alternatives have failed or been deemed inappropriate. In the event that physical restraint is required, the Burlington Public School System has enacted the following policy and procedures to ensure the proper use of restraint and to prevent or minimize any harm to the student as a result of the use of restraint. These procedures shall be annually reviewed, provided to school staff, and made available to parents of enrolled students and will be available in every school principal's office in the School System. None of the foregoing paragraph or the policy/procedures precludes any teacher, employee or agent of the School System from using reasonable force to protect students, other persons or themselves from assault or imminent, serious harm.
School Attendance Age
Each child must attend school beginning in September of the calendar year in which he or she attains the age of six (per Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education*). A child entering kindergarten must have attained the age of five by August 31 of that year. Effective January 1, 2012 a child entering:
• First grade must have attained the age of six by August 31 of that year
• Second grade must have attained the age of seven by August 31 of that year
• Third grade must have attained the age of eight by August 31 of that year
• Fourth grade must have attained the age of nine by August 31 of that year
• Fifth grade must have attained the age of ten by August 31 of that year
There are two possible exceptions for consideration:
1. For grades K – 5 students who move into the district: who were enrolled in kindergarten through grade 5 in their prior community and do not meet the above age requirement may be considered for an exemption. (This provision respects a grade level reciprocity for students moving into the district from other public schools within the United States only.)
2. For an exception to be admitted to first grade: for students who do not meet the kindergarten age requirement - if a child turns six years of age between August 31 and October 31, exceptions may be made by the Principal and Superintendent for those children who, in the opinion of the Principal and Superintendent have:
a. Attended and completed a rigorous kindergarten program, and
b. Can demonstrate academic, social, and emotional readiness for first grade in accordance with criteria established by the School Department
All kindergarten exemption requests must be made in writing to the Superintendent’s office by June 1 prior to the child beginning the new school year.
The decision on whether to grant either exception to the age policy can be made only by the Principal and the Superintendent and their decision is final with no further appeal.
Legal Reference: *Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Adopted by the Burlington School Committee: 12/13/11

School Security Policy
The Burlington School Committee recognizes the need to maintain safe and secure school buildings where students and staff are exposed to an inviting environment that stimulates learning and development. In order to accomplish the goal of safe and secure school buildings in Burlington, the following guidelines and procedures will assist professional and support staff in carrying out their responsibilities consistent with the recommendations of the Massachusetts Department of Education and the Burlington School Committee.
It shall be the policy of the Burlington School Committee that:
a. For every day school is in session, all school doors will be locked fifteen (15) minutes after the official start time of the school day for that building.
b. School security cameras may be placed at various locations at each school, including the front entrance and common areas, i.e. corridors, auditorium, etc. All security cameras will be connected to a recording device that will maintain a log of activity.
c. Review of security recording will be limited to the building principal/assistant principal, the superintendent or other authorized school personnel or the Burlington Police and will be used only when investigating reported illegal activity, violations of the student conduct code, or to investigate persons who attempt to gain unauthorized access to the school.
d. Security monitors, connected to the security cameras, will be placed in the school main office in two locations and will be monitored by school personnel during the day.
e. A door bell, door access pad, and door chime, will be installed at the front door of each building. The door bell or door access pad will be utilized by all visitors who wish to gain access to the school.
f. A speaker system will be installed at the front door to allow school personnel to communicate with the visitor prior to granting access to the building.
g. The school principal or other authorized person shall grant access to visitors through a release button located in or near the main office after
Burlington Public Schools visual identification is made or the visitor’s purpose for requesting access to the school is accepted.
h. All visitors are required to sign a visitor log and obtain a visitor pass from the school office before proceeding to any other part of the school. Visitors will be reminded to sign-out at the main office prior to leaving the building.
i. The school principal, or other authorized person, shall investigate all unknown persons who attempts to gain access to the school building. The Burlington Police will be notified whenever an unknown person attempts to gain access to the school without good cause.
j. Signage will be prominently displayed at all schools informing visitors that security devices are in use at the school and procedures for gaining access to the school.
k. At the close of school each day, the principal, or other authorized person will deactivate the door locking mechanism for the front door to accommodate after school activities.
l. During school vacation periods, including the summer recess period, the front door at each school will be unlocked unless ordered locked by the Burlington Police, school principal, or other authorized person.
m. The Burlington School Committee will review the security guidelines annually with the school administration to consider recommended adjustments to the policy.
Burlington Public Schools Visitor Admission and Protocols:
a. All visitors will enter the school building through the front door.
b. All front doors at each school will remain unlocked for a period of fifteen (15) minutes after the official start of the school day to accommodate students arriving late to school.
c. All school doors shall remain locked during the regular school day unless deactivated by the school principal or other authorized person.
d. All visitors will be granted access to the school via the front door after utilizing the door access bell.
e. All visitors will notify school personnel about their visitation purpose before being granted access.
f. Access will be granted by school office personnel, the building principal or other authorized person after visual identification is made or the visitor’s purpose for requesting access to the school is accepted.
g. All visitors will be directed to the school main office where they will sign a visitor log and obtain a School Department Visitor Badge.
h. Visitors who fail to report to the main office to sign-in or obtain a visitor badge will be reported to the building principal or other authorized person for investigation.
i. School front doors will be unlocked five (5) minutes prior to the official end of the school day and shall remain unlocked for after school activities unless changed by the school principal or other authorized school personnel.
j. All school employees with designated responsibility to operate the school security equipment which allows visitors to access the building will be covered by the following indemnification agreement:
Whereas, the office secretaries have the responsibility of operating a security button that allows entrance to certain areas of the school building,

The Burlington School Committee agrees as follows:
To the extent allowed by law, the Burlington School Committee shall defend, hold harmless and indemnify _________________________________, against any claim or legal action that arises out of the performance of his/her duties in relation the operation of the school’s security system, which would include any claim or demand, or other legal action, whether groundless or otherwise, arising out of an alleged negligence or omission occurring in the performance of his/her duties relating to the school’s security system.
Adopted by the Burlington School Committee: 9/13/05
SCHOOL YEAR/SCHOOL CALENDAR
The school calendar for the ensuing year will be prepared by the Superintendent and submitted to the School Committee for approval by May 1st of each year. The number of days or instructional hours scheduled for the school year will be determined in accordance with the standards set by the Massachusetts Board of Education.
1. Elementary schools will operate for a minimum of 180 days and ensure that every elementary school student is scheduled to receive a minimum of 900 hours per school year of structured learning time, as defined in 603 CMR 27.02. Time which a student spends at school breakfast and lunch, passing between classes, in homeroom, at recess, in non-directed study periods, receiving school services, and participating in optional school programs shall not count toward meeting the minimum structured learning time requirement for that student.
2. Secondary schools will operate for a minimum of 180 days and ensure that every secondary school student is scheduled to receive a minimum of 990 hours per school year of structured learning time, as defined in 603 CMR 27.02. Time which a student spends at school breakfast and lunch, passing between classes, in homeroom, at recess, in non-directed study periods, receiving school services, and participating in optional school programs shall not count toward meeting the minimum structured learning time requirement for that student.
3. For the information of staff, students, and parents, the Burlington School calendar, as approved by the Burlington School Committee will set forth the days schools will be in session, including the first and last day of school for students and staff, holidays and vacation periods, staff development days, and parent conferences.
Adopted by the Burlington School Committee: 6/13/06
Replaces policy # 2050
Sexual Harassment
The Burlington Public Schools is committed to providing an educational and working environment that is free from sexual harassment.
It shall be a violation of this policy for any student or staff member of the Burlington Public Schools to harass another student or staff member through conduct of a sexual nature as defined below.  Retaliating against an individual who reports, complains, or assists in the investigation of sexual harassment is prohibited.
Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other inappropriate verbal, written, or physical conduct of a sexual nature when made by a member of the school’s staff to a student or other staff member, or when made by a student to another student or a staff member when:
       
a. Submission to such conduct is made, either explicitly or implicitly, a term or condition of an individual’s educational or employment environment;
b. Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for academic decisions or employment decisions affecting that individual; or
c. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s academic or professional performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, humiliating, or sexually offensive educational or employment environment.
Examples of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to, the following:
·  Unwelcome touching
·  Verbal or written sexual epithets, jokes, pictures, cartoons, gossip, discussion of an   individual's’ sexual experiences or activities;
·  Suggesting or demanding sexual involvement accompanied by an implied or explicit threat concerning an individual’s grades or job.
The Principal is designated by the Superintendent as the complaint officer and is responsible for receiving, investigating, and responding to allegations of sexual harassment.  Filing a complaint or otherwise reporting sexual harassment will not reflect negatively upon an individual’s status, nor will it affect future employment, grades, or work assignments.
The right to confidentiality, both of the complainant and the accused, will be respected consistent with the district’s legal obligations and with the District’s responsibility to investigate allegations of sexual harassment and take corrective action when appropriate.
If a student or staff member believes that she/he: (1) has been subjected to or witnessed sexual harassment; or (2) has been subjected to or witnessed the retaliation of an individual associated with a complaint of sexual harassment, the student, staff member, parent, or school personnel shall report the incident promptly to a teacher, counselor, or administrator.  The teacher, counselor, or administrator shall thereafter report the complaint directly to the Principal.
Sexual Harassment Complaint Procedures
I.         A complaint may be presented orally or in writing to the building Principal.  If the complaint is submitted in writing it should include the specific date(s) and the nature of the harassment, as well as the name, address, and phone number of the complainant.  The Principal shall arrange a meeting with complainant to discuss the allegations within ten (10) school days following receipt of the complaint.
II.         The Principal shall investigate the complaint, notify the individual(s) accused of harassment, and permit a response to the allegation.  The Principal shall provide a written response to the complaint within fifteen (15) school days following receipt of the complaint.
III.         If the complainant is not satisfied with the Principal’s response, the complainant may submit the complaint to the Superintendent.  The Superintendent shall arrange separate meetings with the complainant and with the accused in order to discuss the allegations within ten (10) school days following the Superintendent’s receipt of the complaint.
        A substantiated allegation of sexual harassment against a staff member shall subject the staff member to disciplinary action, which may include discharge.  A substantiated charge against a student shall subject the student to disciplinary action, which may include suspension or expulsion, consistent with the District’s discipline code.
        In all cases of sexual harassment, the following referral services will be made upon request:
          1.       Notification of student’s teachers and counselor to monitor classroom and   campus environment.
          2.       Referral to the counselor.
          3.       Referral to school psychologist.
          4.       Referral to school nurse.
          5.       Referral to community agencies.
Use of Student Information and Images for Educational Purposes
Under Department of Education Regulations, the school may release for publication certain information concerning your child from time to time without first obtaining your consent, UNLESS you indicate now that we should not do so. The Burlington Public Schools regularly recognize students by publishing their names and/or pictures in the newspaper, Internet, school newsletters, video/cable access television, etc. The information, which may be released for publication, includes only the student's name, class, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, degrees, honors, awards, and post-high school plans. Photographs may also be taken during school activities for use on the Burlington Public Schools Web Sites, in newsletters, yearbooks, and newspaper articles.
The Burlington Public Schools has designated certain information in the educational records of students as directory information for the purposes of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Student Record Regulations of 603 CMR 23.00 et seq. We understand that you may not want to have your child’s name, photo, or achievement published. In order to respect and protect your student’s privacy rights, we would ask you to complete the form below to let us know if you do/do not wish student information published in any form. We will only request this information once and keep it on file for the entire time your child attends the Burlington Public Schools. If you wish to modify this consent at any time please contact the appropriate school your child attends to update your child’s status.
Regarding the School Department Website, to insure that information published is appropriate for the school department educational community, the following guidelines have been established for content placed on our web pages
1. All content, links, and graphics published on the school website should be appropriate for the school
community and approved by the school administration.
2. No student contact information will be posted (address, phone number, e-mail addresses etc.)
3. If a student’s photo or work is used on the web pages of the district, either the name will not be used or only
the first name will be used.
Please check and sign a copy of this form and return the form to the appropriate school office for each of your
children where it will be kept on file.
_____ Yes, I give permission for the Burlington Public Schools to photograph, videotape, or audio record my child to be used for school department publications, internet pages, and school related video productions and performances. This information may also be released to local news media.
_____ No, I do not give permission for the Burlington Public Schools to photograph, videotape or audio record my child for publication.
Student Name (Please Print): ___________________________________________
Parent Guardian name (Please Print): ____________________________________
Parent/Guardian signature: _____________________________ Date: __________
Wellness Policy on Physical Activity and Nutrition Preamble
Whereas, children need access to healthful foods and opportunities to be physically active in order to grow, learn, and thrive;
Whereas, good health fosters student attendance and education;
Whereas, obesity rates have doubled in children and tripled in adolescents over the last two decades, and physical inactivity and excessive calorie intake are the predominant causes of obesity;
Whereas, heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes are responsible for two-thirds of deaths in the United States, and major risk factors for those diseases, including unhealthy eating habits, physical inactivity, and obesity, often are established in childhood;
Whereas, community participation is essential to the development and implementation of successful school wellness policies;
Thus, the Burlington Public School District is committed to providing school environments that promote and protect children's health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity.
Therefore, it is the policy of the Burlington Public School District that:
The wellness program will be implemented in a multidisciplinary fashion and will be evidence bases.
The school district will establish a wellness committee that consists of a least one (1): parent, student, nurse, school food service representative, School Committee member, school administrator, member of the public, and other community members as appropriate. If available, a qualified, credentialed nutrition professional will be a member of the wellness committee. The School Committee designates the following individual as wellness program coordinator: Director of Food Services. Only employees of the district who are members of the wellness committee may serve as the wellness program coordinator. The Wellness Coordinator, in consultation with the wellness committee, will be in charge of monitoring and recommending policy improvements to the Superintendent of Schools and the School Committee.
All students in grades K-12 will have opportunities, support, and encouragement to be physically active on a regular basis.
Qualified child nutrition professionals will provide students with access to a variety of affordable, nutritious, and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students; will accommodate the religious, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the student body in meal planning; and will provide clean, safe, and pleasant settings and adequate time for students to eat.
Schools will provide nutrition education and physical education to foster lifelong habits of healthy eating and physical activity, and will establish linkages between health education and school meal programs, and work with related community services
To Achieve These Policy Goals:
1. The School District will create a Wellness Committee consisting of at least one (1): parent, student, nurse, school food service representative, School Committee member, school administrator, member of the public, and other community members as appropriate.
2. Meals served through the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs will be appealing and attractive to children and be served in clean and pleasant settings.
3. Meals will meet, or exceed nutrition requirements established by local, state, and federal statutes and regulations.
4. Meals will offer a variety of fruits and vegetables.
5. Meals will include whole milk, reduced fat milk, or low fat milk and nutritionally-equivalent non-dairy alternatives (to be defined by USDA); and ensure that half of the served grains are whole grain.
6. Schools should share information about the nutritional content of meals with parents and students.
7. The wellness policy promotes providing resources about fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, reduced-fat and low fat dairy products, healthy food preparation methods, and health enhancing nutrition practices; as part of an informational program.
8. Schools will encourage parents to provide a healthy breakfast for their children through newsletter articles, take-home materials, or other means.
9. Schools will make every effort to eliminate any social stigma attached to, and prevent the overt identification of, students who are eligible for free and reduced-price school meals.
10. All lunch programs in the Burlington Public Schools will meet portion size recommendations set forth by both state and federal standards.
11. The Burlington Public School District aims to teach, encourage, and support healthy eating by students.

Evaluation:
The wellness committee will assess all education curricula and materials pertaining to wellness for accuracy, completeness, balance and consistency with the state and district’s educational goals and standards. The Wellness Program Coordinator will be responsible for devising a plan for implementation and evaluation of the district wellness policy and is charged with operational responsibility for ensuring that schools meet the goals of the district wellness policy. The Wellness Program Coordinator will report to the School Committee annually.
Adopted by the Burlington School Committee: 9/12/06
Disciplinary Due Process Policy
Short Term Disciplinary Sanctions:  Prior to the imposition of any disciplinary sanction that might result in a student’s suspension from school for ten (10) consecutive school days or less, the student will be given oral notice of the offense with which he/she is charged and an opportunity to respond.  In the event that the principal determines that the student will be suspended from school, the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) will be notified by telephone and in writing.
Long Term Disciplinary Sanctions:  Prior to the imposition of any disciplinary sanction that might result in the student’s suspension for more than ten (10) consecutive school days or expulsion, the parent(s)/guardian(s) will be given written notice of a hearing at which they may be represented by an attorney at their expense and may examine and present witnesses and documentary evidence. Following this hearing, the decision maker (principal/school committee) will issue a written decision.  The parent(s)/guardian(s) will have the right to appeal any decision imposing a long-term exclusion from school.  Where the student is excluded in accordance with M.G.L. c. 71 §37H, the student shall have ten (10) days from the effective date of the exclusion to file a written appeal with the superintendent of schools.  For exclusions imposed pursuant to M.G.L. c.71 §37H1/2, the student shall have five (5) days from the effective date of the exclusion to file a written appeal with the superintendent.  For exclusions imposed by the school committee in accordance with M.G.L. c.76 §17, the student shall have the right to file a written request for reconsideration by the committee within ten (10) days of the effective date of the exclusion. Pending the outcome of any such appeal, the disciplinary sanction imposed shall remain in effect.  M.G.L. c. 76 §17, M.G.L. c. 71 §37H, M.G.L. c. 71 §37H1/2.
Students with Disabilities: Students who have been identified as students with disabilities in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act or who the school has reason to believe might be eligible for special education services are entitled to additional procedural protections when a disciplinary exclusion is considered.  Prior to the imposition of any disciplinary sanction that would result in a change in placement, the student’s Team will meet to determine whether the student’s conduct was a manifestation of the student’s disability.  If the Team determines that the conduct was a manifestation of the student’s disability, shall review any existing behavior plan or, if no such behavior plan exists, conduct a functional behavioral assessment.  In many cases, a student with a disability will be entitled to services identified by the student’s Team as necessary to provide the student with a free appropriate public education during periods of disciplinary exclusion exceeding ten (10) school days in a given year.   For additional information regarding the rights of students with disabilities in the context of school discipline please contact the Burlington Public Schools’ Director of Special Education or the building principal.
Discipline and Students with Disabilities: All students are expected to meet the requirements for behavior as set forth in this handbook.  In addition to those due process protections afforded to all students, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and related regulations require that additional provisions be made for students who have been found eligible for special education services or who the school district knows or has reason to know might be eligible for such services. Students who have been found to have a disability that impacts upon a major life activity, as defined under §504 of the Rehabilitation Act, are, generally, also entitled to increased procedural protections prior to imposing discipline that will result in the student’s removal for more than ten (10) consecutive school days or where there is a pattern of short term removals exceeding ten (10) school days in a given year.  The following additional requirements apply to the discipline of students with disabilities:
(1) The IEP for every student eligible for special education or related services shall indicate whether the student can be expected to meet the regular discipline code of the school or whether the code should be modified to address the student’s individual needs.
(2) Students with disabilities may be excluded from their programs for up to ten (10) school days to the extent that such sanctions would be applied to all students.  Before a student with a disability can be excluded from his/her program for more than ten (10) consecutive school days in a given school year or subjected to a pattern of removal constituting a “change of placement”, building administrators, the parent(s)/guardian(s) and relevant members of the student’s IEP or 504 Team will meet to determine the relationship between the student’s disability and behavior (Manifestation Determination).  During disciplinary exclusions exceeding ten (10) school days in a single school year, the student shall have the right to receive services identified as necessary by the Team to provide him/her with a free appropriate public education during the period of exclusion.
(3) If building administrators, the parent(s)/guardian(s) and relevant members of the student’s IEP or 504 Team determine that the student’s conduct was not a manifestation of the student’s disability, the school may discipline the student in accordance with the procedures and penalties applicable to all students but will continue to provide a free appropriate public education to those students with IEPs.  The student’s IEP or 504 Team will identify the services necessary to provide a free appropriate public education during the period of exclusion, review any existing behavior intervention plan or, where appropriate, conduct a functional behavioral assessment.
(4) If building administrators, the parent(s)/guardian(s), and relevant members of the student’s IEP or 504 Team determine that the conduct giving rise to disciplinary action was a manifestation of the student’s disability, the student will not be subjected to further removal or exclusion from the student’s current educational program based on that conduct (except for conduct involving weapons, drugs, or resulting in serious bodily injury to others) until the IEP or 504 Team develops, and the parent(s)/guardian(s) consent to, a new placement or unless the District obtains an order from a court or from the Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA) authorizing a change in the student’s placement.  The Student’s Team shall also review, and modify as appropriate, any existing behavior intervention plan or arrange for a functional behavioral assessment.
(5) When a student on an IEP possesses or uses illegal drugs, sells or solicits a controlled substance, possesses a weapon, or causes serious bodily injury to another on school grounds or at a school function, the District may place the student in an interim alternative educational setting (IAES) for up to forty-five (45) school days.  A court or BSEA Hearing Officer may also order the placement of a student who presents a substantial likelihood of injury to self or others in an appropriate interim setting for up to forty-five (45) school days.
Technology/Acceptable Use Policy Introduction
This Computer Access Use Policy for the Burlington Public Schools is enacted by the School Committee to provide the parents, students and staff of the Burlington School Community with a statement of purpose and explanation of the use of technology within the Burlington learning community.  This policy is reinforced by practice, acceptable use standards and an Acceptable Use Agreement Form which all users are required to read and sign before accessing the computer resources, electronic resources and network infrastructure.
Purpose
The Burlington Public Schools encourages the use of information technology to assist staff and students with academic success, preparation for the workplace and life long learning.  The Burlington Public Schools provides access to a wide range of information technology to support learning and communicating with others.  Information technology will be used to increase communication, enhance productivity and assist staff and students in upgrading existing skills and acquiring new skills.  The computer resources, electronic resources and network infrastructure will also be utilized to provide relevant school information to the community.
Implementation of this Policy
The Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee(s), shall develop and implement administrative regulations, procedures, terms and conditions for use and user agreements consistent with the purposes and mission of the Burlington Public Schools as well as with applicable laws and this policy.  
Definitions
“Information technology” is defined as Internet access, blogging, podcasting, email, published and unpublished documents, and various forms of multimedia technology.
“Computer resources, electronic resources and network infrastructure” is defined as the Burlington Public Schools network, the Internet, E-mail, hardware, software, printers, peripheral devices and individual computer work stations.
“Educational use” is defined as a use that supports communication, research and education.
Technology Related Services Provided by the Burlington Public Schools
E-Mail - Email allows employees and students to communicate with people throughout the world.  Staff is provided E-Mail Accounts.  Special class use accounts for teachers and special student e-mail projects may be provided.
World Wide Web - The internet provides access to a wide range of information in the form of graphics, text, photographs, video and sound files throughout the world.  This tool is maintained and supported for educational purposes.  Incidental personal use is permitted.
Hardware and Software Resources - The Burlington Public Schools provides network servers, computers, printers and many peripheral devices, to support instruction and administrative activities.  Other resources include productivity software, research and electronic reference software, diagnostic, assessment and reporting tools.
Content Filtering
The Burlington Public Schools uses software designed to block access to certain sites and filter content as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act.  Burlington Public Schools is aware that not all inappropriate information can be filtered and the district will make an effort to correct any known gaps in the filtering of information without unduly inhibiting the educational use of age appropriate content by staff and students.  Users will inform the teacher or administrator of any inadvertent access to inappropriate material in order that there is appropriate modification of the filtering profile.
User Access
Access to information technology through the Burlington Public Schools is a privilege, not a right.  Students, parents, and staff shall be required to sign an Acceptable Use Agreement Form acknowledging an understanding of the guidelines and agreeing to comply with them in order to obtain access privileges.  No access will be granted without a signed an Acceptable Use Agreement Form.
The Burlington Public School Acceptable Use Policy shall govern all use of computer resources, electronic resources and network infrastructure.  Student use of the computer resources, electronic resources and network infrastructure will be governed by the Burlington School committee disciplinary policies as outlined in the policy manual of the district and the student’s school handbook.  Please note, laptop use is addressed through the Laptop Appropriate Use Procedures and its sign off.
Because information technology is constantly changing, not all circumstances can be anticipated or addressed in this policy.  All users are expected to understand and comply with both the “letter” and the “spirit” of this policy and show good judgment in their use of these resources.
User Responsibilities
Some examples of inappropriate and/or illegal use are:  (This is not an exhaustive list of all possible inappropriate uses)
  • Sharing and/or distribution of passwords or using another student or faculty member’s password.
  • Intentional viewing, downloading or distribution of inappropriate and/or offensive materials.
  • Using obscene language, harassing, insulting or bullying others
  • Posting of private or personal information about another person
  • Spamming of the school email system
  • Violation of federal or state law, local regulation or school committee policy.
  • Accessing other user folders, work or files on the Burlington network
  • Installation of any shareware, freeware and other commercial software on school computers or servers
  • Intentionally distributing computer spyware and or computer viruses on district computers or network servers.
  • Gaining unlawful access to other computers, networks or information systems for the purpose of “hacking” and/or deliberately uploading/downloading viruses or other harmful forms of programming or vandalism.
  • Intentionally wasting limited network or bandwidth resources.
  • Destructions/vandalism of system software, applications, files or other network resources
  • Employing the network for commercial or political purposes.
  • Using the network for large file downloading without the permission of the network manager
  • Gaining unauthorized access to computer and or telecommunications networks and resources.
  • Copying software from Burlington Public School Computers through any electronic means unless the particular licensing agreement in place for the software allows user distribution.
  • Online chats of a non-educational nature (including instant messages or other direct electronic communication) are prohibited except for chats of incidental use in First Class.
Parent Notification and Responsibilities
The Burlington Public Schools shall notify parents about computer resources, electronic resources and network infrastructure and their educational use.  Parental consent is part of the Acceptable Use Agreement Form sign off procedure for all minor age student users of the system.
Parents may request in writing at any time or on the Acceptable Use Agreement Form that their child(ren) not be provided internet access.
Parents may request alternative activities for their child(ren) that do not require internet access.
Parents have the right at any time to investigate the content of their child(ren)’s computer files.
Monitoring
The Burlington Public Schools monitors the use of the school department’s network to protect the integrity and optimal operation of all computer and system networks.  There is no expectation of privacy related to information stored and transmitted over the Burlington Public Schools network.  The information on the network in general files and e-mail is not private and is subject to review by the network manager at the request of the Burlington Public Schools administration to substantiate inappropriate activity and to comply with requests of law enforcement agencies as part of their investigations.
The Burlington Public Schools will cooperate with copyright protection agencies investigating copyright infringement by users of the computer systems and network of the Burlington Public Schools.
Technicians and computer system administrators maintain full access rights to all storage devices, and may need to access/manage such storage devices as part of their duties.
Routine maintenance and monitoring of the system may lead to discovery that a user has or is violating the Burlington Public Schools Acceptable Use Policy, other school committee policies, state laws, or federal laws.
Search of particular files of a user shall be conducted if there is a reasonable suspicion that a user has violated the law or Burlington School Committee Policies.  The investigation will be reasonable and in the context of the nature of the alleged policy violation.
Due Process
The Burlington Public Schools will apply progressive discipline for violations of the district policy and signed Acceptable Use Agreement Form which may include revocation of the privilege of a user’s access to computer resources, electronic resources and network infrastructure.  Other appropriate disciplinary or legal action may be undertaken by the Burlington Public Schools administration.  The nature of the investigation will be reasonable and reflect the contract language for each bargaining unit.
Burlington Public Schools Limitations of Liability
The Burlington Public Schools makes no warranties of any kind, implied or expressed, that the services and functions provided through the Burlington Public Schools computer resources, electronic resources and network infrastructure will be error free or without defect.  The Burlington Public Schools will not be responsible for damages users may suffer, including but not limited to loss of data or interruption of service.
The Burlington Public Schools, along with any persons or organizations associated with the school department internet connectivity, will not be liable for the actions of anyone connecting to the internet through the school network infrastructure.  All users shall assume full liability, legal, financial or otherwise for their actions while connected to the internet.
The Burlington Public Schools assumes no responsibility for any information or materials transferred or accessed from the internet.
Parents and guardians agree to accept financial responsibility for any expenses or damages incurred as a result their student’s inappropriate or illegal activities on the Burlington Public Schools network.
Modification
The Burlington School Committee reserves the right to modify or change this policy and related implementation procedures at any time.  Prior to implementation, presidents of each of the bargaining units will be notified.
Adopted by the Burlington School Committee:  4/8/08

Non-Discrimination

The Burlington Public Schools provides equal education opportunity without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation.
The School District complies with all applicable State and Federal Law, including but not limited to, Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, the Americans with Disabilities Act, (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Massachusetts General Laws, c. 151B, c.151C, c.76, §5,  and c.71B.
TITLE IX AND CHAPTER 622, EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AMENDMENTS
POLICY, PROFESSIONAL AND SUPPORT STAFF, PARENTS, AND STUDENTS
The Burlington Public Schools insure equal employment/educational opportunities/affirmative action regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, or sexual orientation in compliance with Title VI and Title IX, Chapter 622, or handicap, in compliance with section 504.
The Superintendent of Schools shall recommend a Title IX Coordinator to the School Committee to be the person responsible for coordinating and monitoring compliance with the federal and state regulations concerning discrimination.  Inquiries about alleged discrimination may be referred to the Coordinator.
The grievance procedure providing for an equitable resolution of student or employee complaints charging violation of Title IX and Chapter 622 shall be as follows:
1.     Students, parents, and certified employees shall be required to bring any allegations of discrimination to the attention of the principal within ten (10) days of the allegation.  Non-certified employees may bring allegations to their supervisor within (10) days of allegation.
2.     If, at the end of fourteen (14) days, the matter remains unresolved in the opinion of the complaint, the student, parent, or employee has the right to appeal to the Title IX Coordinator.  All allegations of discrimination are to be communicated to the Title IX Coordinator in writing.  A copy will be shared with the Superintendent of Schools for information purposes.
3.     The Coordinator of Title IX shall investigate the complaint and respond in writing to the complaint within fourteen (14) days after having received the complaint.
4.     If the matter remains unresolved it may be appealed to the Superintendent of Schools within fourteen (14) days.
5.     If, at the end of fourteen (14) days after being investigated, it is still unresolved, it should be forwarded to the School Committee for disposition.
6.     Then, if still unresolved after fourteen (14) more days, the complaint procedure as outlined for Chapter 622 of the Act of 1971.
The School District has duly appointed individuals responsible for the overall monitoring, auditing, and ensuring compliance with this policy.  For compliance issues regarding educational activities, contact 504 & Title IX Coordinator Ms. Louise D'amato, Director of Pupil Services, at 781-270-1822, Burlington Public Schools, 123 Cambridge Street, Burlington, Massachusetts 01803.  For employment issues, contact Mr. Craig Robinson, Director of Finance and Operations, at 781-270-1814, Burlington Public Schools, 123 Cambridge Street, Burlington, Massachusetts 01803.  Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against in any of the District’s educational or employment activities can file a written grievance with the appropriate officer.
Residency Requirements
In accordance with Chapter 76 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, students shall attend the public schools of the town where they actually reside.  Students who are not residents of Burlington may only attend the Burlington Schools with the prior approval of the Superintendent of Schools.  Students living with someone other than natural parents must be aware of the following:  when a pupil has established residence within the system by means of an approved affidavit signifying that his parents have given up control to a Burlington resident, and when it can be established that the pupil is living within the system on a permanent basis, he or she may attend the Burlington Schools tuition free.  Attendance in such cases may be refused if the pupil is unable to provide reasons for living within the system other than solely for the purpose of attending its schools.
Smoking
Smoking is prohibited by law in all public buildings in the town of Burlington.  This includes the Memorial School and all Burlington Public School property.
Changes as a Result of the New Reform Bill - M.G.L. c.71 § 37H (as amended, 1994)
Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, all student handbooks shall contain the following provisions:
a)         Any student who is found on school premises or at school-sponsored or school-related events, including athletic games, in possession of a dangerous weapon, including, but not limited to, a gun or a knife; or a controlled substance as defined in chapter ninety-four C, including, but not limited to, marijuana, cocaine, and heroin, may be subject to expulsion from the school or school district by the principal.
b)         Any student who assaults a principal, assistant principal, teacher, teacher’s aide or other educational staff on school premises or at school-sponsored or school-related events, including athletic games, may be subject to expulsion from the school or school district by the principal.
c)         Any student who is charged with a violation of either paragraph a) or b) shall be notified in writing of any opportunity for a hearing; provided, however, that the student may have representation, along with the opportunity to present evidence and witnesses at said hearing before the principal.  After said hearing, a principal may, in his discretion, decide to suspend rather than expel a student who has been determined by the principal to have violated either paragraph (a) or (b).
d)         Any student who has been expelled from a school district pursuant to these provisions shall have the right to appeal to the superintendent.  The expelled student shall have TEN days from the date of the expulsion in which to notify the superintendent of his appeal.  The student has the right to counsel at a hearing before the superintendent.  The subject matter of the appeal shall not be limited solely to a factual determination of whether the student has violated any provisions of this section.
e)         When a student is expelled under the provisions of this section and applies for admission to another school for acceptance, the superintendent of the sending school shall notify the superintendent of the receiving school of the reasons for the pupil’s expulsion.
SECTION 37.  Section 37L of said chapter 71 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 1990 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following paragraphs:
In addition, any school department personnel shall report in writing to their immediate supervisor an incident involving a student’s possession or use of a dangerous weapon on school premises at any time.
Supervisors who receive such a weapon report shall file it with the superintendent of said school, who shall file copies of said weapon report with the local chief of police, the department of social services, the office of student services or its equivalent in any school district, and the local school committee.  Said superintendent, police chief, and representative from the department of social services, together with a representative from the office of student services or its equivalent, shall arrange an assessment of the student involved in said weapon report.  Said student shall be referred to a counseling program; provided, however, that said counseling shall be in accordance with acceptable standards as set forth by the board of education.  Upon completion of a counseling session, a follow-up assessment shall be made of said student by those involved in the initial assessment.
A student transferring into a local system must provide the new school system with a complete school record of entering student.  Said record shall include, but not be limited to, any incidents involving suspension or violation of criminal acts or any incident reports in which such student was charged with any suspended act.
School Attendance Policy HIV/AIDS
A student with HIV infection has the same rights to attend school and receive services as any other student and will be subject to the same rules and policies.  HIV infection shall not factor into decisions concerning class assignments, privileges, or participation in any school-sponsored activity.
The building principal, in consultation, where appropriate, with other building staff, i.e. school nurse, teacher, will determine the educational placement of a student known to be infected with HIV on a case-by-case basis by following established policies and procedures for students with chronic health problems or students with disabilities.  Decision-makers must consult with the student’s physician and parent or guardian; respect the student’s and family’s privacy rights; and reassess the placement if there is a change in the student’s need for accommodations or services.
HIV infected students, their families, and physician are not required to disclose HIV infection status to anyone in the education system.
School staff members will not allow physical or verbal harassment of a person living with HIV infection, a person perceived as having HIV infection or a person associated with someone with HIV infection.
Every employee has a duty to treat as highly confidential, any knowledge concerning the HIV status of a student.  No information regarding a person’s HIV status will be divulged to any individual or organization without a court order or the informed, written, signed, and dated consent of the person with HIV infection, or the parent or guardian of a legal minor.  The written consent must specify the name of the recipient of the information and the purpose for the disclosure.
Access to the confidential records is limited to those named in written permission from the person, or parent, or guardian.  Information regarding HIV status will not be added to a student’s permanent educational or health record without written consent.












ATTENDANCE PROCEDURES FILE: JH
Chapter 76, Section 1 of the Massachusetts General Laws states that all children between the ages of six and sixteen must attend school. A school district may excuse up to seven day sessions or fourteen half- day sessions in any period of six months. In addition to this law, each school may have its own attendance policy with which parents and guardians should be familiar. .

The administration and faculty believe that attendance by students at school is vitally important to a successful education. It is the responsibility of parents to insure that students attend school daily. Vacations and dismissals from school other than an emergency are not in the best interest of the student. School work missed for these reasons will be made up upon return to class. Students are responsible for arranging for makeup. Teachers will not be required to provide homework or assignments in advance.

Examples of absences or tardiness that will be excused include:
• Documented illness, injury or medical appointment
• Bereavement/family funeral
• Major religious observances
• Legal appearance
• Extraordinary family circumstances (excused at the discretion of the principal)

Examples of absences or tardiness that are unexcused include, but are not limited to:
• Repetitive or chronic absence or tardiness due to illness or injury not documented by a    doctor
• Truancy
• Family vacations
• Undocumented absences
• Non-emergency family situations

Attendance Regulations
1. Truancy - Unexcused absences from school without a valid excuse.
a. Within 3 days of any unexcused absence, a letter will be generated from the Principal’s office, or the Principal’s designee, notifying the parent, in writing, of the student’s absence.
b. Following the 5th absence, a letter will be generated from the Principal’s office, or the Principal’s designee, notifying the parent, in writing, of the student’s absence, and requesting a meeting with the parent to discuss the student’s attendance. The letter will direct the parent to contact the Principal’s office, or the Principal’s designee, within 5 school days to schedule a meeting. If the parent does not contact the Principal’s office or the Principal’s designee, within 5 school days, the Principal’s office, or the Principal’s designee, will call the parent for purposes of scheduling a meeting.
c. At the meeting, the Principal, Assistant Principal or other designee, the parent and the
student must develop action steps to address the student’s attendance. Other relevant school personnel and officials from public safety, health and human services, housing and nonprofit agencies, may offer input into the development of action steps.
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ATTENDANCE PROCEDURES FILE: JH
2. Absences from class: students must attend all classes and study halls to which they have been assigned.
a. Following any absence from a class, study hall or other period of the school day, the teacher will notify the Principal’s office, or the Principal’s designee, of the student’s absence.
b. Following the 4th absence from the same class, a letter will be generated from the
Principal’s office, or the Principal’s designee, notifying the parent, in writing, of the student’s absences.
c. Following the 2nd absence from any class, study hall or other period of the school day within a 5-day period, a letter will be generated from the Principal’s office, or the Principal’s designee, notifying the parent, in writing, of the student’s absences.
d. Absences that are excused by a physician’s note, field trip, result from a legal appearance, religious holiday, death in the family or suspension are excluded.
First Reading: 5/27/14 Adopted by the Burlington School Committee: 7/15/14
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COMMUNITY SERVICES
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Burlington Community Life Center
The Burlington Community Life Center (BCLC) is a town department responsible for providing mental health and social services to families with adolescents and young adults.  BLCL also provides information and referral services for ALL residents regardless of age.  For assistance, contact the Burlington Community Life Center at 781-270-1961.

Burlington Public Library

The town’s library offers many programs and activities for the children.  For more information, please call 781-270-1690.

Burlington Recreation Department

The Burlington Recreation Department offers a wide variety of programs for children and adults.  Please contact them at 781-270-1695 for specific information.