JCA – Change of School or Assignment

JCA – CHANGE OF SCHOOL OR ASSIGNMENT

In circumstances where the best interests of a student warrant a change of school assignment, the Superintendent or his/her designee is authorized to reassign a student from the public school to which he/she is currently assigned to another public school, or to approve a request from another Superintendent to accept a transfer of a student from a school.

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JEB – Entrance Age

A student shall enter grade one if his/her chronological age will be six (6) before August 25 of the school year of entry.

A child may only enter Kindergarten if his/her chronological age will be five (5) before August 25 of the school year of entry.

The Superintendent is hereby authorized to grant a waiver for exceptions to Kindergarten entrance age.  

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JEC – Manifest Educational Hardship

The Superintendent will assign resident students to a public school within the District.

The School Board recognizes that in unusual and extraordinary circumstances, a parent/guardian may wish to request a change in the student’s school assignment to another public school within the District or a public school in another district. When the parent/guardian believes that the assignment that has been made will result in a manifest educational hardship to the student,

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JEDB – Student Release Precautions

All school personnel are to be instructed to refuse requests for students to leave the school grounds once they have come to the school or have been deposited there from the school buses or other vehicles.  Students shall not leave the school grounds from the time they arrive until the time of their departure for home except as follows:

  1. No school or grade may be dismissed before the regular hour for dismissal except with the approval of the Office of the Superintendent of Schools.

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JFABD – Admission Of Homeless Students

To the extent practical and as required by law, the District will work with the 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.

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JG – Assignment Of Students To Classes And Grade Levels

All students who are included under the compulsory attendance law must be enrolled and are required to attend all classes prescribed by the state and the district unless exempt by school authorities.

Beginning in grade 1, students will be placed in the grade level and class that best meets their academic needs and in which they can be expected to master established district instructional and learning objectives,

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JH – Attendance, Absenteeism, And Truancy

Absences
School-aged children enrolled in the District must attend school in accordance with all applicable state laws and Board policies. The educational program offered by the District is predicated upon the presence of the student and requires continuity of instruction and classroom participation in order for students to achieve academic standards and consistent educational progress.

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JHC – Student Health Services

1. A school nurse or principal’s designee will be in attendance during the school day. The school day is any time during the day, afternoon or evening when a child is attending school or during scheduled school activities. “School activities” are field trips, school sports events and other such gatherings that are planned for students.

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JI – Student Rights And Responsibilities

The privileges and rights of all students shall be guaranteed.

A primary responsibility of the Contoocook Valley School District and its professional staff to its students shall be the development of an understanding and appreciation of our representative form of government, the rights and responsibilities of the individual and the legal processes whereby necessary changes are brought about consistent with the United State Constitution,

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JIA – Student Due Process Rights

Students facing discipline will be afforded all due process rights given by law. The Superintendent or designee appointed in writing, is authorized to suspend any student for ten days or less for violations of school rules or policies. The School Board, or representative thereof, designated in writing, is authorized to continue the suspension in excess of 10 days following a hearing with the aforementioned representative.

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JIC – Student Conduct

Students have a responsibility to know and respect the rules and regulations of the school.

Students shall receive annually, at the opening of school, a publication (student handbook) listing the rules and regulations to which they are subject. Such publication will be made available in another language or presented orally upon request.

Legal References:

RSA 189:15,

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JICA – Student Dress Code

The ConVal School Board recognizes that student individual dress is primarily a parental responsibility that should reflect concern for health and safety of students, staff, and others. When the dress of an individual student constitutes a health problem, is unsuitable for school wear, is a danger to any person, or causes a substantial and material disruption or substantial disturbance,

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JICC – Student Conduct On School Buses

Students using District transportation must understand that they are under the jurisdiction of the School from the time they board the bus until they exit the bus.

Students transported in a school bus shall be under the authority of the District and under control of the bus driver. Continued disorderly conduct or persistent refusal to submit to the authority of the driver shall be sufficient reasons for a student to be denied the privilege of transportation in accordance with the regulations of the Board.

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JICD – Student Discipline And Due Process

Definitions

1. Disciplinary measures are reasonable, developmentally appropriate procedures that may include, but are not limited to, removal from the classroom, detention, in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension, restriction from school sponsored events and activities, probation, and expulsion, as a means of addressing student misbehavior.

2. Removal from the classroom means a student is sent to the building principal’s office.

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JICDDA – Simple Assaults: Parental Notification Policy

In cases of all assaults, the building principal, or assistant, shall notify the involved students parents by telephone and letter about the incident. The letter from the building or assistant principal shall describe the incident and the seriousness and harm done or potential harm and the School District s response to the incident to the extent permitted by confidentiality laws and regulations.

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JICE — Student Publications

The School Board may authorize school-sponsored publications, such as annual yearbooks, student newspapers, and Internet web-sites. All publications will conform to rules established by the Superintendent and the building principal. Any publication not approved by the Board will not be considered a school publication and shall not be distributed on school property. Further, school district resources shall not be used for the production,

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JICF – Gang Activity

Gangs which initiate, advocate, or promote activities which threaten the safety or well-being of persons
or property on school grounds or which disrupt the school environment are harmful to the educational
process. The use of hand signals, graffiti, or the presence of any apparel, jewelry, accessory, or manner
of grooming which, by virtue of its color,

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JICFA – Hazing

It is the policy of the District that no student or employee of the District shall participate in or be a member of any secret organization that is in any degree related to the school or to a school activity. No student organization or any person associated with any organization sanctioned by the School Board shall engage or participate in hazing.

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JICG – Tobacco Products Ban Use and Possession in and on School Facilities and Grounds

USE OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS STRICTLY PROHIBITED IN/ON ALL SCHOOL FACILITIES AND/OR GROUNDS

No person shall use any tobacco product in any facility maintained by the School District, nor on any of the grounds of the District, including parking areas and private vehicles within those areas.

“Tobacco products” means cigarettes,

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JICH – Alcohol And Substance Abuse

The Contoocook Valley School Board believes:

  • That alcohol and other substance abuse, directly or indirectly, affects a significant portion of the school population.
  • That alcohol and other substance abuse must be considered a treatable illness, a view which is consistent with that of nearly all medical and social authorities.
  • That prevention and early identification and treatment of alcoholism and substance abuse results in a high rate of recovery.

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JICHB – Alcohol and Substance Abuse Policy

The ConVal School District recognizes that substance misuse and abuse is a complex problem. For this reason, the district takes a comprehensive approach to addressing the issue through education as a means of prevention, strategies of intervention, policy and enforcement.

This policy refers to any and all illegal substances or items misused with the intention of producing an altered state.

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JICI – Dangerous Weapons On School Property

Weapons are not permitted on school property, in school vehicles or at school-sponsored activities. This policy applies to students, staff, or members of the public alike. Student violations of this policy will result in both school disciplinary action and notification of local law enforcement authorities. Members of the public who violate this policy will be reported to local law enforcement authorities.

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JICK – Pupil Safety And Violence Prevention

I. General Statement of Policy and Prohibition Against Bullying and Cyberbullying

The Contoocook Valley School District is committed to providing all pupils a safe school environment. Conduct constituting bullying or cyberbullying will not be tolerated, and is prohibited by this policy in accordance with RSA 193-F. This policy applies to all pupils and school-aged persons on school property and participating in school functions,

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JJF – Student Activities Fund Management And Fundraising

The School Board authorizes the establishment of Student Activity Funds. Such funds shall be organized and managed consistent with the provisions of this policy.

Student activity funds may be raised and spent to promote the general welfare, education of the student body and/or the extracurricular activities of student clubs, groups and organizations.

The Business Administrator shall be responsible for the proper administration of the financial activities of the Student activities fund in accordance with state law and appropriate accounting practices and procedures.

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JJI – Interscholastic Athletics

The Contoocook Valley School Board believes individual students will benefit through opportunities to grow physically and intellectually through their experience in self-discipline and their contribution to team effort made possible through competitive interschool and intramural team and individual sports activities.

It is the Board’s policy to provide interscholastic athletic competition in a variety of sports.

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JJIB — Interscholastic Athletics

The Contoocook Valley School Board believes individual students will benefit through opportunities to grow physically and intellectually through their experience in self-discipline and their contribution to team effort made possible through competitive interschool and intramural team and individual sports activities.

It is the Board’s policy to provide interscholastic athletic competition in a variety of sports. 

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JJJ — Access to Public School Programs by Nonpublic, Charter Schools and Home-Educated Pupils

The ConVal School District encourages pupils who attend nonpublic schools, public charter schools, or who are home educated access to the District’s curricular courses and co-curricular programs in the same way as that of students who attend ConVal schools.  Any School Board policy regulating participation in curricular courses and co-curricular programs shall not be more restrictive for nonpublic,

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JKA – Corporal Punishment

No teacher, administrator, student, or other person will subject a student to corporal punishment or condone the use of corporal punishment by any person under his or her supervision or control, except in self-defense or in exigent circumstances. Permission to administer corporal punishment will not be sought or accepted from any parent, guardian, or school official.

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JKAA – Use Of Restraint, Seclusion, And Physical Contact

The District and all of its employees and contractors have a duty to maintain an orderly, safe environment that is conducive to learning and the District’s educational mission. In extreme circumstances, restraint or seclusion of a student is necessary for the District to fulfill that duty, but only when needed to protect the student or others when there is a substantial and imminent risk of serious bodily harm to the child or others.

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JKB – Detention Of Students

A school administrator or teacher may detain a student for disciplinary reasons during school hours. Further, a school administrator or teacher may detain a Student for disciplinary reasons after school hours, provided the parent has been notified of the detention and, in the case of bus students, arrangements have been made for the student’s transportation home.

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JLA – Student Insurance Program

The Board recommends that all students have accident insurance for their parents’ protection.  The school does not provide insurance covering medical payment for student accidents. Although arranging for such insurances is the responsibility of the student and parents or guardians, the Board will name an insurance carrier each year to offer group rates.  Participation in the group plan is purely optional.

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JLC – Student Health Services

The School Board may appoint a school nurse to function in the school health program. A school nurse shall be a registered professional nurse licensed in New Hampshire, working within nursing scope of practice as defined by New Hampshire Board of Nursing.

The Board may employ or contract with a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or a Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA) to work under the direct supervision of the school Registered Nurse (RN).

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JLCA – Physical Examinations Of Students

Each child must have a complete physical examination within one year preceding first entry to school. The Board also requires physical exams be completed prior to entrance to middle school and again prior to entrance to high school. No medical examination shall be required of a child whose parent or guardian objects thereto in writing on the grounds such medical
examination is contrary to his/her religious tenets and teachings.

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JLCC – Head Lice Policy

Screening

Based on recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics, school-wide screening for nits alone is not an accurate way of predicting which children will become infested with head lice, and screening for live lice has not been proven to have a
significant decrease on the incidence of head lice in a school community.

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JLCD – Medication Policy

Each local school board, with the advice of the school nurse(s) and school physician if available, shall establish policy and procedures to give protection and controls to the matter of medications in schools.

The school nurse shall be responsible for establishing specific procedures to protect and control medications administered in schools.

The following policy will be adhered to when a student requires medication administration during school hours and scheduled school activities:

Medication is to be administered by the school nurse.

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JLCE – First Aid and Emergency Care

All school personnel have responsibilities regarding injuries and emergencies as follows:

  1. Administering first aid and/or summoning medical assistance
  2. Notifying administration
  3. Notifying parents/guardians
  4. Filing accident reports

School personnel must use reasonable judgment in handling accident cases. Caution should be exercised not to minimize or maximize any injuries or emergency.

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JLCF – Wellness

The Contoocook Valley School District is committed to providing a school environment that enhances learning and the development of lifelong wellness practices.

To accomplish these goals, the Board directs the administration to implement rules and regulations aimed at ensuring:

  • Child Nutrition Programs will comply with federal, state, and local requirements,

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JLCJ – Concussions And Head Injuries

The School Board recognizes that concussions and head injuries are commonly reported injuries in children and adolescents who participate in sports and other recreational activities. The Board acknowledges the risk of catastrophic injuries or death is significant when a concussion or head injury is not properly evaluated and managed. The Board recognizes that the majority of concussions will occur in “contact” or “collisions” sports.

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JLD – School Guidance Programs And Services

The School District is committed to ensuring a high quality school guidance program for all students that is comprehensive, developmentally appropriate, fosters academic achievement and personal growth.

The guidance program will:

  • Distribute information and support to students and families about academic programming, community supports, and other relevant information.
  • Conform to national standards.

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JLF – Reporting Child Abuse

Any school employee having reason to suspect that a child is being or has been abused or neglected, shall immediately report (or have the Principal or designee report) his/her suspicions to the Division for Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) Central Intake Unit and the Building Principal or designee.

After business hours, if the employee believes the child is in imminent danger,

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JLI – Safety Program

The Superintendent will cause the formation of the Joint Loss Management Committee as required by RSA 281-A:64, III, and a Crisis Management Plan that conforms to the national Incident Command System.

The practice of safety shall also be considered a facet of the instructional plan of the District schools by incorporating educational programs in traffic and pedestrian safety,

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JLIA – Supervision Of Students

The School Board is committed to ensuring that students are appropriately supervised at times when the District is responsible for providing students with a reasonable duty of care and supervision.

The Building Principal is responsible for administering and supervising the school, the general conduct of students, both on school premises and during school-sponsored activities off school grounds.

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JLIE — Student Automobile Use

Improper or unsafe use of a motor vehicle on school grounds can result in suspension from school (in-school or out-of-school) for a period of time not exceed five (5) days. Driving a motor vehicle from school grounds during the school day without authorization will be considered improper use of a motor vehicle and will be considered grounds for discipline,

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JRA — Student Records, Privacy, Family and Adult Student Rights

I.  Student Records and Access by School Officials

The District shall maintain a student record system designed to benefit the education of every student and to assist school staff in educating students.

School personnel shall maintain all student records required by federal statute, federal regulations, state statute, and State of New Hampshire Department of Education regulations,

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