In compliance with Maine Statute, M.S.A.D.#6 permits excused absences from school for the following reasons only:
Students should not arrive at school before 8:25 A.M. Each school has their plan for supervision prior to the beginning of school depending on facilities and personnel. Please check with your child’s teacher for a clarification of procedures.
Students are considered tardy to school if they are not in their classrooms by 8:45 A.M. Habitual tardiness will be dealt with by the principal.
A student being dismissed early must bring a note which includes the date and time for which early dismissal is requested and the parent/guardian’s signature. No child will be dismissed early from school until a parent, guardian or authorized person reports to the office to sign the child out.
During the winter months, if roads are impassable, the Superintendent of Schools will close schools for the day. Local television and radio stations will make the appropriate announcement:
WFNK FM 107.5
WBLM FM 102.9
WPOR FM 101.9|
WTHT FM 99.9
WLOB AM 1310
Should bad weather or other emergency require the closing of school during regular school hours, please make arrangements for the care of your children should they not find you at home. While it does not happen often, it is sometimes necessary to close school early. Your child should know what do do if he/she finds no one at home. The decision to send children to school ultimately rests with the parent. If, in your opinion, school is held and you feel it would not be safe to ride the bus, please have your child stay home or should you wish, transport your child yourself to school.
Early Release Days
Students will be dismissed at 1:00 pm on the following days:
|October 7, 2010||December 8, 2010
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||March 24, 2011||May 4, 2011|
In case of a 1 or 2 hour delay in the opening of a school day, buses would pick up one or two hours later than usual and students would thus arrive between 9:25 and 9:45 A.M. or 10:25 and 10:45 A.M. Dismissal for all students would be at the usual time, 2:45 P.M.
Inclement Weather and/or Early Dismissals
One of the most difficult decisions facing school officials during the school year is whether or not to cancel school. Do we cancel, call a one or two hour delay, or have school? This decision may be made very early in the morning (5:30 A.M.) or sometimes unavoidably during the school day. This decision is based upon available information from the National Weather Service, law enforcement officials, and road crews. We put a great deal of time and effort into making our decision and many people are involved. Occasionally, we make the “wrong call“ but we are trying our best.
Ethical and responsible student behavior is an essential part of the education mission of our schools. To that end, the Board has developed this System-Wide Code of Conduct with input from school staff, students, parents, and the community. The Code defines our expectations for student behavior and provides the framework for a safe, orderly, and respectful learning environment.
Standards for Ethical and Responsible Behavior
The Code of Conduct is intended to support and encourage students to meet the following statewide standards for ethical and responsible behavior:
Code of Conduct
All students are expected to comply with the Code of Conduct and all related Board policies and school rules. The Code applies to students:
General Behavior Expectations and Discipline Policies
The following expectations for student behavior are fundamental to a safe, orderly and respectful environment in our schools. Each student should:
Policies referenced as a part of the handbook have been developed by the MSAD#6 Board of School Directors. The complete policies may be viewed online at www.sad6.k12.me.us or by inquiring in the office at any MSAD#6 school, or by visiting the office of the Superintendent of Schools.
Staff Conduct With Students
The MSAD #6 School Board expects all staff members, including teachers, coaches, counselors, administrators, and others to maintain the highest professional, moral, and ethical standards in their conduct with students. For the purpose of this policy, staff members also include school volunteers.
The interactions and relationships between staff members and students should be based upon mutual respect and trust; an understanding of the appropriate boundaries between adults and students in an educational setting; and consistent with the educational mission of the schools.
Parents and/or their parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to notify the principal (or other appropriate administrator) if they believe a teacher or other staff member may be engaging in conduct that violates this policy.
Staff Conduct with Students
Questioning and Searches of Students
The School Board seeks to maintain a safe and orderly environment in the schools. School administrators authorized by the Superintendent may question and/or search students in accordance with this policy and accompanying administrative procedure.
Questioning and Searches of Students
For more information see MSAD#6 Policies:
JIH - Questioning and Searches of Students
ACAC - Hazing
ADAA - Ethical & Responsible Behavior
GBAA - Harrassment & Sexual Harrassment of Students
Violations of the Code of Conduct may result in disciplinary action. Disciplinary consequences depend upon the seriousness of the violation and the students prior disciplinary record. Consequences will range from a verbal warning for miner misconduct up to and including expulsion for the most serious offenses. Behavior that also violates the law may be referred to law enforcement authorities.
In many cases, the Board has adopted policies that address these expectations in greater detail. Students, parents, and others should refer to the policies and student handbooks for more information about the expectations and consequences. In case of an inconsistency between the Code of Conduct, Board policies and/or school handbooks, Board policies will prevail.
A. Violence and ThreatsReference: JICIA
Students shall not engage in violent or threatening behavior. Prohibited behavior includes fighting, assault and/or battery, taking hostages, threats to commit violence against persons or property, or threats, intimidation, or harassment. Violations may result in disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.
Students shall not possess or use weapons of any kind (examples include but are not limited to firearms, explosives, and knives). Students also shall not use any object, although not necessarily designed to be a weapon, to inflict bodily harm and/or to threaten, intimidate, coerce or harass another person (examples include but are not limited to bats, lighters, tools, and toy weapons). Firearms violations will result in expulsion in accordance with state and federal statutes; other weapons violations may result in disciplinary action up to and including expulsion. see (Behavior)
The School Board recognizes the right of each employee and student to work and learn in an atmosphere which is free of hostility, intimidation, and offensiveness. The Board has developed policies to support this. These policies are on file at both the Supervising Principal’s office and at the Superintendent’s office.
The policy of MSAD #6 shall be to provide educational programs for students as needed on the basis of individual interest, values, abilities, and potential. There shall be no discrimination against any student because of race, color, religion, national origin,sex, social class, sexual orientation, or disability.
For the policy in its entirety, see Reference: JBA
Parents of MSAD #6 students are asked to sign an Acceptable Use Policy form that would allow their children to use the Internet under adult supervision in the classroom. In addition, a Permission to Post to the Internet form enables parents to decide if their child’s name, picture, and work could be posted on the district web site.
Reference: MRSA, Title XX-A, 1.001
Students Records: Dissemination of Information
District policy requires parents to sign permission forms in Kindergarten, and in grades 3, 6, and 9. Forms will be sent to parents each fall.
If you have a student in one of the following grades: 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, the choices that you made the previous year will remain in effect unless you submit a new form. If you wish to file a new form, it may be downloaded from this web address: http://www.sad6.k12.me.us/tech/index.html. The form is also available at your child’s school. If you can’t remember what you decided last year, that information is available at your child’s school.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s school.
Student Computer and Internet Use
U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights
33 Arch Street, Suite 900, Boston, MA
The office of Civil Rights enforces several Federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance from the Department of Education. Discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin is prohibited by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964: sex discrimination is prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1872: discrimination on the basis of disability is prohibited by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973: and age discrimination is prohibited by the Age Discrimination Act of 1975. OCR enforces the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act (Section 9525 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001). http://www.ed.gov/OCR
Please email any questions to: OCR.Boston@ed.gov
Students are expected to wear clothing appropriate to a school setting. Shirts which expose the midriff, shorts and skirts that are extremely short, and beach wear are not permitted. Hats are to be removed in the building. Clothing suggesting alcoholic beverages, tobacco, or inappropriate messages will not be worn at school. Proper footwear is essential for physical education classes and playground. Footwear with wheels will not be permitted (i.e., Heelies). The principals shall have discretion to make decisions regarding appropriateness of dress.
Students are expected to wear appropriate clothing during winter weather, including appropriate footwear. During supervised periods of outdoor recess, children are required to wear boots or other appropriate footwear on the playground through the winter months. Often we will experience a warm day. Boots are still required due to the melting snow and wet conditions on the playground. We appreciate parent cooperation in stressing this requirement.
Lost and Found
There is a lost and found basket located near the office of each school. Feel free to check it periodically. Items will be displayed during conference times. Those items remaining unclaimed will be sent to Goodwill. Labeling all items reduces the chance of their loss.
At their discretion, parents may permit students to bring CD or MP3 players to school for use during long bus rides and/or carry cell phones for emergency purposes (cell phones must NOT be used on buses). These items must, however, be kept in the student's backpack upon arrival at school and must remain there for the entire day. The school assumes no responsibility for the loss or theft of these items.
For the safety of our students and staff, all entrances to our school are secured from the outside with the exception of the entrance to the school office. All visitors, to include parents, guardians, grandparents and volunteers are to sign in at the office upon entering the building. Parents needing to have their children dismissed are to wait in the area off the office for their child to meet them. Your cooperation in assisting us with safety in our schools is greatly appreciated.
Fire Drills and Drills to Secure the Building
Fire drills and drills to secure the building will be conducted on a regular basis. These necessary safety precautions are intended to assist students and staff to respond appropriately and safely to emergency situations.
A Comprehensive Crisis Plan utilizing both building and community resources is an effective way to manage the stress resulting from any critical incident. This Plan is reviewed periodically in conjunction with local law enforcement and fire and rescue personnel.
According to the Family Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, “Custody or other residential arrangements for a child do not, in themselves, affect the rights of the child’s parents under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.“
Parents who have sole custody rights must file with the school a copy of the court order. Unless the school has such an order on file, we cannot deny either parent from requesting the child be dismissed into his/her custody. Should you have further questions regarding this matter, please contact the school office. If the status changes, it is the responsibility of the parents to provide us with updated court orders so that we can be responsive to the current situation.
Students planning to transfer are requested to notify the school office a week in advance. This gives our staff time to notify teachers and to prepare records. Official records are completed and are mailed when a request is received from the new school.
Please inform the school secretary if you change your address and/or telephone number. This is extremely important in the case of an emergency.
It would be most helpful if you could send your child's lunch money for the week on the first school day of the week. Collecting the money once a week will mean fewer interruptions of valuable learning time during the rest of the week. Should your child be absent or for some reason miss a lunch that was paid for, he/she will be given credit for that lunch during the next week.
A nutritious breakfast and lunch is available daily to all students in grades Kindergarten through grade 5. Milk and juice may be purchased separately. Monthly menus are sent home with students and are available on the school website. Most classes have a morning snack. We recommend a small, healthy snack that may be brought to school each day.
Each parent receives a bus schedule and a copy of the “rules and regulations for pupils transported on school buses“ prior?to the start of school. These rules are important for the safety of the children. Please review these with your child.
Bus Conduct Reports
The bus driver is responsible for bus safety. A BUS CONDUCT WARNING will be issued for any behavior that, in the opinion of the driver, is detrimental to the safety of other pupils, or to the safe operation of the bus. Serious offenses will require immediate suspension. Suspension of the privilege of riding buses does not excuse the pupil from school attendance.
Conduct on School Buses
The P.T.O. is a community of parents, teachers, students and support staff who have joined together to educate and nurture the children of the citizens of the community. The P.T.O. is an organization whose sole purpose is to lend its energy, talent and time to improve the quality of the community’s education. It has been established so that teachers and parents can work together to make the community more effective in reaching its educational goals.
The membership of the P.T.O. includes all parents and staff of M.S.A.D.#6 who are interested in improving and making our community more effective in reaching its educational goals. This is without regard to race, color, creed, or national origin.
Parent and community involvement are key ingredients for the success of our schools. Volunteering provides an opportunity for moms, dads, grandparents and community members to work with children and to learn more about our schools. Regardless of how small or large the amount of time you can give, it will be greatly appreciated and will make a difference. A volunteer may choose to work in the school library or classroom. They may choose instead to work at home on special projects and events. The only qualification is a “desire“ to help out. Volunteer information will be sent out in September or you can speak with your child’s classroom teacher, or leave a message at the school office.
The privacy of parents and students is protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). You are required to keep student information confidential under FERPA. Thank you for doing your part to protect the rights of our HBE/GEJ students and families.
Grades K-5 are on a trimester system with conferences held in November/December and March. Portfolios are used to demonstrate student work and progress.
Reports will be issued three times a year: November, March, and June. These reports reflect a child’s development and progress in areas such as reading, social studies, mathematics and science. Other areas of the child’s experience such as work habits and social growth are also important parts of these reports. They help the student, the teacher, and the parent to understand what has been learned and to work closely together.
Such written reports may not reflect all aspects of a pupil’s growth and progress. Teacher and parents need to communicate and share additional information and concerns. Conferences between parents and teachers provide an excellent opportunity to discuss many details about the child’s school experiences that cannot be easily conveyed in a report card. These conferences may be requested by either the teacher or the parent. Regular contact between the home and school will help the child see that both parents and teachers care about the child’s success.
We work to provide every student what they need to fully access appropriate, educational opportunities here at school. Students who are in need of supportive services or special education may be identified through the 504 process or the Pupil Evaluation Team (P.E.T.) process at anytime during the year. This team is usually comprised of parents, teachers, administrators, and special services providers. The purpose of these meetings is to determine the concerns of the parents/guardians and staff and to discuss the next steps. A copy of parents’ rights publication is available in the Principal’s office. For more information, you may contact the building administrator, your child’s teacher or the special services director. There is also more information on the district’s web site.
Special Education: Child Identification
The reporting system for this year will be as follows:
Kindergarten - Grade 5
Reports will be issued three times a year: November, March, and June.
Parent conferences will be held in
November/December and March for all grade levels.
Homework may be assigned to reinforce material which has been taught in school. It is not used to introduce new material.
Mathematics homework is generally assigned daily.
Assignments are intended to develop good work habits, improve academic progress and help inform parents of the school’s curriculum.
The privacy of parents and students is protected by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act. A copy of these rights are available at the Supervising Principal’s office or at the Superintendent’s office
The school provides a testing program to assess the academic abilities and achievement of each student. For example, reading tests are given as a child progresses from one reading level to the next. This information aids in the effective supervision of instruction and individualization of teaching during the most crucial learning years of a child’s life. All schools are required to participate in testing for grades 2 - 5.
Grade 2 - Measures of Academic Progress (NWEA)
Grade 3 - Measures of Academic Progress (NWEA)
Maine Educational Assessment in March
Grade 4 - Measures of Academic Progress (NWEA)
The Maine Educational Assessment is administered in March.
Grade 5 - Measures of Academic Progress (NWEA)
Maine Educational Assessment in March
It is vital that your child attends school during these time frames. These tests supply information needed for effective educational strategies and curriculum planning.
A field trip is a planned school-sponsored educational activity in which a class or group of students leaves school grounds for the purpose of continuing, extending or enriching the instructional program.
The School Board believes in the educational benefits of curriculum-connected field trips and agrees that such field trips can promote learning and foster better attitudes toward school, curricula, and the learning process.
Students are required to turn in permission and medication forms at least two weeks prior to the trip.
The number of chaperones required for any field trip will be determined by the superintendent or principal.
Questions regarding field trips should be directed to the teacher.
EEAFB - Transportation-Field Trips
JLCD - Administering Medication to Students
Each year, parents of students in the Title I Math and Reading Programs are invited to attend a meeting or event sponsored by the Title I staff. This is an opportunity to meet with the Title I staff and learn more about the program. It also may be a chance to work with your child on educational activities and celebrate their learning.
The K-8 District Writing Contest is voluntary and open to all students K-8. Specific categories are available for various grade levels. Students may enter one piece of writing for all categories open to their grade level.
District Elementary Math Meet
During each school year, the district hosts two math meets to encourage intermediate level students to exercise their abilities in mathematics. Each Fall all fifth grade students are invited to participate in the first math competition of the year. In the Spring students from grade 4 and grade 5 will have an opportunity to attend another district meet.
Under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, teachers must meet general qualifications as well as the specific requirements of the subject they are teaching. This means we will be informing parents whenever a child is taught for four consecutive weeks by a teacher who does not meet the federal definition of "Highly Qualified."
Currently, all professional staff in our Title I schools have the appropriate certification and meet the requirement to be designated as "Highly Qualified."
Additional information on the NCLB act, as well as the qualifications of your child's teacher is available on request. Please contact the school principal if you have questions or would like further information. Working with parents is an important aspect of our efforts to help students learn and we welcome your interest.
GATES identification occurs in grade 3 and provides services through grade 5. All students are then reevaluated to determine the appropriateness of middle school GATES placement. Initially, students are screened in the spring using standardized testing results and nomination information received. This screening phase, objective and subjective data collected on each student being considered for the GATES program, at grades 3, 5 and 8. The Selection committee then determines which students are identified to receive services in the GATES program. The Special Services Department notifies parents of the Selection Committee decision.
"The Gates staff reviews objective test scores annually, which includes, but is not limited to, the NWEA and the MEA. Students may be referred annually by self-nomination, peers, teachers, GATES staff and parents.
These nominations will be reviewed and considered for admission to the GATES Program by April 1st for inclusion in the GATES Program the following FAll. When a decision for admission to the GATES Program has been made, an appeal must be made within two weeks of notification."
Title I is a federally funded regular education program that supports and reinforces classroom instruction. To receive services, each school must meet the federal regulations. Federal regulations state that the school must meet or exceed the district's percentage of students receiving free lunch. Our Title 1 Program services students in the areas of reading and math. Students in grades K-2 may receive services in reading, and students in grade 3-5 may receive assistance in math. Students must meet the guidelines established by the federal government to receive assistance.
Student Assistance Team
The Student Assistance Team is a group of school professionals whose goal is to help students experience greater success in the school setting. The team discusses referrals and develops interventions to assist students before they experience social, emotional or academic failure. In addition, the team may serve as pre-referral system to the Special Education process. We have a fully implemented Student Assistance Team in the school. Our Student Assistance Teams have been trained by the maine Department of Education at our request. Teachers meet to share ideas to assist students learning. This team works absolutely confidentially with the child's teacher, who is in contact with the parent.
Student Assistance Teams
The physical education curriculum offers a varied program for grades K-5
at the elementary level. The program includes, but is not limited to,
movement and related activities for K-3, and sports related team games
and activities for grades 4-5.
Since physical education is a curriculum requirement by the State Department of Education, students can only be excused from the program by a physician. There are times however, when a student might require a temporary excuse from class. In such situations, a note to the teacher would be sufficient for excusing the students from active participation for the class period. The student would still be responsible, however, for paying attention to the instruction being given for the class activity.
Art and Music
Art and music education is provided for students in grades K-5 at the elementary level. In addition to classroom instruction, students in grade five have an opportunity to participate in chorus or band.
The vision of Project Peace is to ensure a positive, secure, respectful school environment in which all persons are valued for their similarities and their differences. Lessons are taught at each grade level throughout the year by classroom teachers who are not the students' regular teachers. Lesson themes will include, appreciation of differences and what to do about teasing, bullying, and harassment.
Each school in MSAD#6 has a library. Volunteers assist the librarian by helping students check books in and out and by performing a variety of necessary clerical tasks. The librarian teaches the library skills curriculum by introducing students to many types of literature and providing instruction on how to locate materials for a variety of uses. These skills are integrated with the classroom curriculum and students are also introduced to "in print and electronic" formats. Students are expected to treat library materials with care and return books when they are due.
In accordance with State Law, all textbooks are supplied at the expense of SAD #6. These books are the property of SAD #6 and are loaned to the students. When students lose, destroy, or unnecessarily misuse any school books, school equipment, or school property, parents are responsible and shall be asked by the Principal or Superintendent to make proper restitution for damages or loss.
The health of all pupils is of vital concern. Your support on the following guidelines will help keep a healthy school environment. Parents of children who become ill, or have symptoms of illness at school, will be contacted to pick them up. If parents are not at home, the person designated on the emergency information sheet is called to care for the child until a parent can take over. It is IMPORTANT to notify the school of any changes that need to be made on the emergency information sheet.
Children should not be sent to school when ill. Please note that if a child is well enough to be in school, he/she is expected to participate in all classes and recess (unless a written note from a physician is provided). School policy requires that parents notify the school office when their child will be home sick. If a child is absent and we have not been notified we may contact the home/or workplace. When your child returns to school, please send a written note explaining the absence.
A list of health concerns that might interfere with the child’s academic progress is provided to teachers on an annual basis. A list of serious health problems such as asthma, diabetes, seizure disorders, hemophilia, etc., is provided to the bus drivers in order to readily identify these children if an emergency arises.
The only medications considered necessary to be taken at school are those prescribed by a physician to be taken on a schedule that cannot be adjusted to outside school hours. When it becomes necessary for a student to take any form of medication at school, a Permission to Administer Medication in Schools Form signed by the parent and health care provider prescribing the medication must be returned to the school before any medication will be administered by the nurse.
References: JLCD* Administering Medications to Students
JLCD-BA* -Permission to Administer Medicine
All medications will be kept in the clinic, main office or designated area for each school and taken under adult supervision. The medication must be clearly labeled with name of medicine, name of child, dosage, frequency, physician’s name, and in the original container.
Administering Medications to Students
Maine State law requires that all children meet certain immunization requirements for school entry. If a child’s health records are not in compliance with the state law, the school nurse will notify the student’s parent(s) or guardian(s).
Head Lice (Pediculosis)
Many people associate head lice with unclean people or homes. This is
NOT true! Lice are usually transmitted by contact with infected
persons, by wearing infested clothing, hats, etc., or by using an
infested comb or brush. Lice are small insects about the size of a
sesame seed. Nits (lice eggs) are tiny, yellow-white oval specks
attached to the hair shafts. They will NOT wash off. Intense itching
is the main symptom of head lice.
Parents should check their child?s head periodically.
In accordance with the Center for Disease Control and American Academy of Pediatrics, students with Pediculosis (head lice) no longer need to be excluded from school. When cases are identified, the school nurse will contact parents and provide educational material on treatment options. In the case of difficult individual cases, the school nurse will develop a plan with the student, the student's family and other staff members as appropriate.
Vision and Hearing Checks
School volunteers, under the direction of the school nurse, perform vision checks on students in kindergarten and Grades 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9: and hearing checks on students in kindergarten and Grades 1, 3, 5, and 7. A school nurse will recheck students who do not pass the screening and the parents will be notified if any concerns are found.
It is the intent of MSAD #6 to provide a healthy learning environment for all students. The District recognizes that animals have been part of the learning experience at school for many years and they have beneficial and therapeutic effects for some students including acceptance, bonding, caring, and teaching of responsibility. However, for students with certain health conditions, animals can trigger reactions that, in some cases, can be severe. Potential consequences could include allergic reactions, scratches and bites, infections, and infestations.
In an effort to provide a safe environment for all students, the following applies. (This does not apply to law enforcement and service animals. See paragraph G) The most effective method to control student exposure to animal allergens is to keep the school free of feathered or furred animals. No live furred or feathered animals will be permitted in school buildings.
Live animals on school grounds should be directly related to the objectives of the instructional program. The following will apply:
Permission must be obtained from the Principal to bring animals on school grounds.
References: IMG-A - Outdoor Animal PResentation Notification/Permission Form
JLCE - First Aid and Emergency Medical Care
IMBAA - Alternatives to Biological Dissection
JIH & JIH-R - Questioning and Searches of Students
MSAD #6 recognizes allergic reactions to latex have become an increased health risk, sometimes life threatening. Therefore, no latex gloves or latex balloons are permitted in schools.
Additionally, MSAD #6 encourages the purchase of non-latex products.