IC – School Year

The school year shall include a minimum of 180 instructional days for students and additional days for the teaching staff, emergency days, etc.

Any days that the schools are closed for emergency reasons will be made up at the end of the school year or during recess periods, as approved by the Board upon the Superintendent’s recommendation.

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ICA – School Calendar

The school calendar will be developed by the Superintendent or designee and approved by the School Board. Any exceptions or revisions to the calendar must be approved in advance by the Board.

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that the calendar conforms to the number of actual days of instruction and employment as required by law,

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IF – Instructional Approach

It is the policy of the School Board that instruction will be aligned with the goals, mission, and policies of the School District.  Additionally, the District’s instructional program will comply with the rules of the NH Department of Education and all applicable state statutes and federal law.

Instruction will be focused on meeting the instructional needs of all students.

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IFA – Instructional Needs Of Students

The School Board recognizes that each student has unique and distinctive learning styles, and that not all students will excel in traditional classroom settings. To that end, the administration will design the District’s instruction and curricular program to meet the instructional needs of students with different interests and development.

Administrators and teachers should collaborate to consider and address students’ different interests and academic development when planning the District’s educational programs and curriculum.

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IGA – Curriculum Development

The School Board will encourage and support the professional staff in its efforts to investigate new curricular ideas, develop and improve programs, and evaluate results.

The Assistant Superintendent is responsible for curriculum and assessment development for the school system. The Assistant Superintendent will establish curriculum committees for the study of curriculum and assessment improvements,

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IGD – Curriculum Adoption

It is the policy of the School Board that no basic course of study shall be eliminated or new courses added without approval of the Board, nor shall any significant alteration or reduction of a course of study be made without such approval.

New programs and courses of study shall not be acted upon by the Board without the recommendation of the Education Committee.

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IGDG – 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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IGE – Parental Objections To Specific Course Material

The Board recognizes that there may be specific course materials which some parents/guardians find objectionable.

In the event a parent/guardian finds specific course material objectionable, the parent/guardian may notify the building Principal of the specific material to which they object and request that the student receive alternative instruction, sufficient to enable the child to meet state requirements for education in the particular subject area. 

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IHAM – Health Education And Exemption From Instruction

Consistent with Department of Education requirements, health and physical education, including instruction about parts of the body, reproduction, sexuality education, and related topics, will be included in the instructional program. Sexuality education shall include instruction relative to abstinence, consent, and sexually transmitted infections.

Instruction must be appropriate to grade level, course of study,

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IHAMA — Teaching About Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco

District personnel shall provide students, parents, and legal guardians with information and resources relative to existing drug and alcohol counseling and treatment for students.  Information will be published in student/parent handbooks, posted on district websites, distributed along with other course material during drug and alcohol education, and shall be available through the principal’s office, school nurses’

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IHBA – Programs For Pupils With Disabilities

The District shall provide a free appropriate public education and necessary related services to all children with disabilities residing within the district, required under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans With Disabilities Act, and New Hampshire Law.

It is the intent of the district to ensure that students who are disabled within the definition of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 are identified,

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IHBAA – Independent Special Education Evaluations

The State and Federal special education laws require that the SAU #1 school districts evaluate children with disabilities who are in need of special education and related services.  The districts evaluate children upon referral for special education and re-evaluate educationally disabled children at least once every three years or when conditions warrant a re-evaluation.

The schools in SAU #1 are committed to ensuring that each child’s IEP team bases its decision on high quality,

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IHBAB – Developmental Delay

The Developmental Delay disability category has enhanced the identification process for children in early childhood age range by more accurately assessing specific areas of delay, creating a shift from less descriptive disability categories.

New Hampshire Department of Education RSA 186 C:2, I-a defines “Developmentally Delayed Child” as follows: a child at least three years of age or older but less than ten years of age,

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IHBAC- Student Evaluations: Specific Learning Disabilities

It shall be the policy of the ConVal School District to evaluate students suspected of having a specific learning disability in a manner consistent with the procedures and standards included in the Checklist entitled, “NH Specific Learning Disability Eligibility Checklist.”  The Superintendent or his/her designee is directed to review and revise the checklist, on an as needed basis,

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IHBAF – Child Find

The Contoocook Valley School District ensures that all children with disabilities who are two and-a-half (2.5) years of age or older but less than twenty-one (21) years of age, within its geographic boundaries, including children with disabilities who are homeless, wards of the State, or attending private schools, regardless of the severity of their disability,

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IHBG – Home Education Instruction


The School Board recognizes the right of parents to pursue home education within the parameters RSA 193-A and other applicable state laws and regulations.

Enrollment Procedures

Any parent commencing a home education program for a child who withdraws from the School District shall notify the New Hampshire Department of Education,

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IHBH – Extended Learning Opportunities


The Board encourages students to pursue Extended Learning Opportunities (ELO) as a means of acquiring knowledge and skills through instruction or study that is outside the traditional classroom methodology. Extended Learning Opportunities may include, but are not limited to, independent study, private instruction, performing groups, internships, community service, apprenticeships, online courses/distance education,

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IHBI – Alternative Learning Plans


In an effort to reduce the number of students who do not complete the requirements to graduate from high school and earn a diploma, the Board establishes a program for Alternative Learning Plans for students to obtain either a high school diploma or its equivalent. The start of a multi-year plan can be initiated at any point in the students high school enrollment.

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IHCA – Summer Activity

The Board recognizes that student learning is an ongoing process and that it is important for students to engage in learning activities even when not attending school. Therefore, the Board encourages students to have a plan for summer activities that support student learning. Such activities may include a summer book reading list, attending an education-themed summer camp, 

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IHCD – Advanced Coursework/Advanced Placement Courses & STEM Dual & Concurrent Enrollment Program

A. Advanced Course Work/Advanced Placement Courses

Any student who is capable of and wishes to do advanced course work or take advanced placement classes while in high school should be permitted to do so. School district administrators and school counselors will aid students who wish to enroll in such courses. If advanced course work or advanced placement courses are not available within the School District,

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IIB – Class Size

The ConVal School District will adhere to all state laws and regulations pertaining to class size. In the event of scheduling conflicts, staffing shortages, space limitations, fiscal limitations, or other issues that prevent a classroom from adhering to class size regulations, the Superintendent or designee will contact the New Hampshire Department of Education and seek alternative compliance allowances through the applicable State procedures.

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IJ – Instructional Materials Adoption

The School Board is responsible for approving and providing all instructional materials used in the District.  Since the Board is a policy-making body, it delegates to the Superintendent or his/her designee the authority for the selection of instructional materials in accordance with the policy below, but reserves its right to review these materials.

Administrators and teachers may select instructional materials from a variety of media,

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IJL – Library Collection Development

The ConVal Regional School District, in partnership with its member communities, will inspire all learners to achieve academically, contribute to the global community, and thrive as independent and productive citizens. To this end, the mission of the ConVal School District is to provide a diverse collection of educational and library materials and services to meet the educational,

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IJOA – K-12 Field Trip

Field trips that support curriculum goals shall be encouraged and shall be planned carefully as an integral part of instructional units.  Trips organized by school officials will be considered as school activities and all of the regular school rules and regulations shall be in effect.  Annual budgetary provisions may limit the extent of field trips.

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IJOC – Volunteers

The District recognizes the valuable contribution made by volunteer assistance of parents and other citizens. The Superintendent is responsible for developing and implementing procedures for the selection and utilization of volunteers, as required by state regulation. School district employees who desire the assistance of a volunteer should request a volunteer through proper administrative channels.

Designated Volunteers

Designated volunteers will be required to undergo a background investigation and a criminal records check.

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IK – Earning of High School Credit

A. Demonstration of Mastery

Students can earn course credit by demonstrating mastery of the required coursework and material. Mastery is defined in Board policy ILBAA as “a high level of demonstrated proficiency with regard to a competency.”

Student assessment of mastery outside of normal classwork is the responsibility of the building Principal.

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IKA – Grading System

The Superintendent and the building Principals will develop a grading system appropriate for the grade levels of the respective schools. The grading system will be approved by the Board and published in the Parent-Student Handbook. All grading
decisions shall be made at the building level and the decision shall be final.

Category: R

See Also: IHBH

1st Reading: December 2,

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IKAA – Interdisciplinary Credit

High school students may earn course credit in one content area required for graduation, and apply said credit in a different content area through the awarding of interdisciplinary credit. Interdisciplinary credit may be counted only once in meeting graduation requirements.

The high school Principal is charged with approving courses for interdisciplinary credit if: (1) the course has been adopted by a faculty team/committee;

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IKB – Homework

The term “homework” refers to an assignment to be completed outside of class. The purposes of homework are to improve the learning processes, to aid in the mastery of skills, and to create and stimulate interest on the part of the student. Homework is a constructive tool in the teaching/learning process when geared to the needs and abilities of students.

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IKF – High School Graduation

High School Graduation 

Students earn a high school diploma through the successful completion of a course of study that includes the 26 subject credits and/or related competencies required by the District for graduation. Methods for earning credit are outlined in Board policy IK, while competencies are defined in Board policy ILBAA.

This policy outlines the specific requirements before a student will receive a diploma or other graduation credential. 

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IKFA – Early Graduation

The Board supports early graduation as a means to earn a high school diploma. Parental involvement for students under the age of 18 is required. The high school principal shall approve such requests if he/she determines that all state and local graduation requirements will be met and that early graduation is related to career and/or educational plans of the student making the request.

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IKFB – Graduation Regalia

Acceptable attire and regalia for graduation ceremonies will be determined by the building Principal, and published in advance in the school handbook. Exceptions and changes will be made only at the discretion of the building Principal.

A student shall have the right to wear a dress uniform issued to the student by a branch of the United States Armed Forces while participating in the graduation ceremony,

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IKG – Awards

The Contoocook Valley School District offers a variety of awards sponsored by groups and individuals.  Any new award must be approved by the Contoocook Valley School Board.  The Board will not accept the offer of any award which is discriminatory on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, or disability.

A complete list of awards is available at the high school guidance office.

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IL – Evaluation Of Curricular Programs

The Superintendent or his/her designee will evaluate the curriculum programs in accordance with Board policies and state guidelines. The Superintendent will report annually to the Board on the progress the District is making towards the attainment of its educational goals and improving student performance.

The ConVal School District is committed to a major curriculum review in all curriculum areas at least once in every five years.

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ILBA – Assessment Of Educational Programs


The Superintendent or his/her SAU level designee will develop and manage an assessment framework and program that provides ongoing evaluation of the effectiveness of the curriculum on improving student performance. The program must adhere to the processes for selection, use and interpretation of assessment instruments, including both local and statewide assessment tools.

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ILBAA – High School Competency Assessments

For the purposes of assessment of high school course work through the demonstration of student mastery of course competencies, the following definitions are established:

(1) “Competencies” means student learning targets that represent key content-specific concepts, skills, and knowledge applied within or across content domains. Specific and required types of competencies include district competencies and graduation competencies.

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ILD – Non-Educational/Non-Academic Questionnaires, Surveys, & Research

Separate federal and state laws require that written consent be obtained from a parent or guardian before a student participates in a non-educational survey or questionnaire that asks about information not directly related to a student’s academics. While similar, the two laws are not co-extensive, with slightly different scope, procedures and exceptions.  


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IMAH – Physical Activity

The Board recognizes that developmentally appropriate daily physical activity, exercise and physical education are ways to promote a healthy lifestyle. The Board recommends that all students in elementary through high school participate in developmentally appropriate physical activity and exercise at for at least 30 to 60 minutes each day as a way to minimize health risks.

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IMBA — Distance Education

Students enrolled in the district may take advantage of distance education opportunities. Distance education means correspondence, video-based, internet/online-based or other similar media that provides educational opportunities, including courses, as a means to fulfill, or further supplement, curriculum requirements and/or current course offerings. Such opportunities will be implemented under the provisions set forth in Policy IHBH,

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IMBC – Alternative Credit Options

The Board encourages increased educational options for students. Credit may be earned through alternative methods outside of regular classroom-based instruction offered by the district schools. Awarding of credits to be applied toward high school graduation will be determined by the high school principal, and will be granted only if the request fulfills the following:

The request is submitted with a plan to achieve competency that meets or exceeds the rigorous academic standards required by the school for students enrolled in a credit course offered by the school.

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IMBD: High School Credit for 7th/8th Grade Coursework

Students in 7th or 8th grade may take advanced courses and apply the credit of those courses toward high school graduation, provided the course demonstrates content requirements consistent with related high school courses and the student achieves satisfactory standards of performance. School Board policies relative to assessment, mastery and competency shall apply.

The Assistant Superintendent and High School Principal shall approve such course work and credit prior to the student enrolling in the class in order for such credit to be applied toward high school graduation.

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IMC – Controversial Speakers And Programs

A goal of education is to prepare our students to participate constructively in a democratic, pluralistic society in which many different opinions are held and differing causes are espoused. It is important that students develop an understanding of ideas and of people who may seem unfamiliar to them. It is also important that students develop judgment and the capacity to discern the difference between fact and opinion.

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IMDA – Patriotic Exercises

In accordance with federal law, the District shall offer an education program(s) each year on Constitution Day to commemorate the September 17, 1787 signing of the United States Constitution.  The Superintendent or his/her designee shall establish administrative guidelines ensuring that the District observes Constitution Day properly and in a manner befitting the importance of the event.

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IMG – Animals In School

The Board recognizes that under the proper conditions, animals can be an effective teaching aid. In order to protect both children and animals, the following guidelines are adopted for use in all schools in the district.

  1. The bringing of animals into the classroom must not violate city/state/federal ordinances.
  2. The only animals and animal products (e.g.,

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IMGA – Service Animals


This policy addresses the use of service animals within school buildings and on school grounds. As established and defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act and its accompanying regulations, individuals with disabilities shall be permitted to bring their service animals in school buildings or on school grounds in accordance with this policy.

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