- Character and Citizenship Education
- School, Community, and Home Relations
- School lunch program meal charges
- Student Conduct, Discipline and Due Process
- Student Wellness Activity
- Interscholastic Athletics
- student interrogations, searches and arrests
- alcohol and other drug use by students
- school district internet access
- weapons on school property
- student absences and truancy
- Pupil Safety and violence prevention bullying
- student dress code
- video and audio surveillance
- tobacco products ban
- GWRSD internet acceptable use agreement for students
- student electronic communications
- parent/student rights in identification, evaluation, and accommodation
- directory information and student records
- reunification plan
In order for the students of the Governor Wentworth Regional School District to have a
comprehensive educational experience in grades kindergarten through grade twelve,
the following principles shall be integrated into the curriculum, in an age-appropriate
1. Each individual has dignity and worth
a. Self respect
b. Self control
e. Human worth
2. Personal integrity and honesty rooted in respect for the truth, intellectual curiosity,
and love of learning
3. A sense of- discipline and pride in one's work, while respecting the achievement of
4. Each individual has responsibility
a. For one's own actions
b. To the group as well as the total society
i. Community service
ii. Responsible citizenship at the local, state and national levels
5. A free arid democratic society requires
a. Respect for persons, property, and principles
b . Citizen participation
c. Respect for legitimate authority
d. Respect for the Constitution and the rule of law
e. Knowledge of
i. The history of our Nation
ii. The democratic principles of freedom, justice and equality
iii. · Our heritage
iv. The development of our democratic form of government
The Governor Wentworth Regional School Board recognizes the importance of having a
strong partnership between the school system and the parents of our students as well as
the community at large. The Superintendent is directed to ensure that:
1) Each school strives to involve parents and family members of all ages and grade
levels to be full partners in the education process.
2) Each school encourages parents to visit their school at the beginning of the
year/semester at events such as "Back to School Night" and new student
orientations. These events will be used to disseminate information on school
policies/procedures, discipline procedures, assessment tools and student learning
3) Communication between home and school is regular, two-way, and meaningful.
4) The support of community and business organizations is sought through financial,
goods and services, and volunteer contributions.
5) Opportunities are provided to guide parents in ways to assist with homework, give
feedback to teachers, and aid parents to improve their children's academic skills.
Breakfast, lunch, and milk are available at each school in the Governor Wentworth Regional
School District (GWRSD). The menu can be found on each school website by clicking on the
parent link. Please pre-pay for all lunches, breakfasts and milks.
Information on free/reduced meals will be sent home with students. Please send the forms
back to the school and they will be forwarded to the director. Any child approved for either free or
reduced meals is eligible for both breakfast and lunch, however this does not include extra milk. If
a student who is eligible for free or reduced lunch brings his/her own lunch, the student is charged
for the milk.
Please note: If you are experiencing financial hardship, the District does participate in the
National Free & Reduced Lunch and Breakfast program. You may apply at any point during the
year. Applications are available at the school office or online from each school website. You may
also go directly to https://www.myschoolapps.com.
Meal Charge Procedure - Parents are responsible for providing their children with lunch money or
to provide a packed lunch from home. Parents are encouraged to put money "on account" for each
of their children in the district. This can be done directly through the MySchoolBucks website or by
sending a check to food service.
Collection of funds - The procedures for meal charging, which is discouraged, are set in place by
the district. They are intended to outline the parameters of charges for school meals and to set a
process for collection of funds owed to the district when extenuating circumstances exist and a
balance is owed. Parents/Guardians of students will be alerted of a negative balance once a
student's account is overdue by five days, or is over $10. If not collected at that point, the debt
is delinquent. At this point, notification to parent/guardians will be sent requesting immediate
payment. If the debt is not paid after letters are mailed, the principal and/or Food Service Director
will contact the parent/guardian to seek payment. If the debt is not paid by the end of the current
fiscal year (June 30th), the food service account must be made whole by the school district by the
end of the following fiscal year. However, the family still remains responsible for the debt.
Therefore, please be sure to take care of any outstanding charges immediately.
MySchoolBucks - makes paying for school lunches easy! With MySchoolBucks, the service is
easy-to-use, convenient, private, and secure. Simply go to www.MySchoolbucks.com to enroll and
start using the site to deposit funds into your child's lunch account. Once the account is
established, you can check balances and fund the account any time from your home computer or
phone. Your personal and card payment information is protected by the most advanced Internet
security. You may log onto PowerSchool to obtain your child's District ID#, or feel free to call the
Food Service Office at 569-2433.
If you have any other questions, or wish to receive an update on your child(ren)'s breakfast/lunch
balance, feel free to contact your building principal or Karen Michalski, Food Service Director, at
Philosophy: Each student is unique, and grades reflect a student's ability, effort and
achievement. The purpose of grades is to communicate progress and to motivate each student to
be her or his personal best.
• There are four grading periods.
• Each teacher will explain the grading procedure at the beginning of each course.
• Achievement grades are based solely on meeting the Course Standards
• An "incomplete" requires completion of the assignment within two weeks
• Each team will request a parent-teacher meeting if progress is not being made toward the
standards in two or more courses.
ACADEMIC MASTERY GRADE: The knowledge and skills achieved by the student at this
particular point in time, as measured by performance on final projects, reports, tests, and other
demonstrations of learning. It is designed to provide you with an accurate picture of your level of
achievement in mastering specific standards.
4 = Consistently excels at meeting the standards for the quarter
3 = Consistently meets the standards for the quarter
2 = Progressing toward meeting the standards for the quarter
1 = Has not met the standards for the quarter
WORK HABITS/ LIFE SKILLS GRADES: Teacher's assessment of student's demonstration of
the successful habits that maximize learning in each subject. This is measured by such things as
demonstrating responsibility for learning, challenging self, and citizenship.
4 = Consistently
3 = Usually
2 = Sometimes
1 = Rarely
Demonstrates Responsibility for Learning
• Plans and manages time and resources to complete quality work
• Practices to improve skills
• Demonstrates the perseverance to meet task requirements
• Cooperates with and respects others
• Demonstrates individual responsibility
The Middle School uses JumeRope as our standards based grading program. Grades will
become available to you via the school's website at some point in the school year. When the
parent and student portal go live, usernames and passwords will be issued along with directions
of how to access your accounts.
The Governor Wentworth School Board endorses the following principles of student
1. Respect for law and those given authority to administer it shall be expected of all
students. This includes conformity to school rules as well as to general
provisions of the law regarding minors.
2. Respect for the rights of others, consideration of their privileges, and cooperative
citizenship shall be expected of all members of the school community.
3. Respect for the real and personal property, pride in one's work, and exemplary
personal standard of courtesy, decency, honesty, and wholesome attitudes shall
4. Respect for individual worth and diversity is the obligation of the school
community. Diligence and a desire to benefit from the opportunity is the
obligation of the student.
The Board expects student conduct to contribute to a productive learning climate.
Individual rights are to be honored and protected in all instances; however, the rights of
one individual shall not take precedence over those of another individual or of the group
itself, and all students shall have equal rights and equal responsibilities in the
classroom or at any school-sponsored activity. Consequences for misconduct will be
fair and developmentally appropriate in light of the circumstances.
Student conduct that disrupts or interferes with the school environment, conduct which
disrupts the orderly and efficient operation of the school district or school activity,
conduct which disrupts the rights of other students to participate in or obtain their
education, conduct that is violent or destructive, or conduct which interrupts the
maintenance of a disciplined atmosphere, or conduct which violates the law, District
policies or school rules is subject to discipline. Disciplinary measures include, but are
not limited to, removal from the classroom, detention, suspension, probation, and
Due process shall be afforded to any student involved in a proceeding that may result in
suspension, exclusion, or expulsion. Students expelled from school may be reinstated
by the Board under the provisions of RSA 193:13.
The Superintendent may modify expulsion requirements as provided in RSA 193: 13, IV.
In addition, the District shall comply with the provisions of the Individuals With
Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) when disciplining students.
The Governor Wentworth Regional School District (the District) recognizes the
importance of promoting the physical well-being of students and staff. Scientific
research indicates a positive relationship between adequate nutrition and physical
activity as they relate to academic success. Poor nutrition and lack of physical activity
can place students at a higher risk for diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and other
health ailments. Federal and state laws mandate that school districts provide students
with healthy food choices while in school, whether the students are obtaining food
and/or beverages from the Food Service Program, school stores, vending machines,
snack bars, fundraisers, or other sources.
The District will provide students and families with educational opportunities regarding
healthy choices in nutrition. Educational opportunities will include formal academic
instruction in health, physical education, family and consumer science and science
classes. Other opportunities could include individual counseling by school nursing
personnel, dietary direction by athletic coaches and an explanation of food choices
provided by the school food service. While healthy food choices brought from home are
encouraged, food for individual consumption is excluded from this policy.
An assessment on the implementation of this policy will be completed every three
years, and will include a summary of adherence to the policy as well as progress in
attaining the nutrition and wellness goals set forth by the District.
All foods available during the school day will meet or exceed the district's nutrition
standards, as required by the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) of 2010. Such
offerings will meet or exceed the regulations and guidance issued by the US Secretary
of Agriculture as applicable to schools. Schools in the district will offer food choices that
are nutrient dense per calorie, have low fat and low sugar content, are of a moderate
portion size, and include a variety of fruits and vegetables. Foods should be served with
consideration toward variety, appeal, taste, safety and packaging to ensure that
students will participate in consuming high quality meals. Students shall be provided
with adequate time to consume meals in accordance with the New Hampshire
Department of Education Minimum Standards Section 306.11. During the school day,
the New Hampshire School Nutrition Guidelines will apply to the school lunch and
breakfast programs, all food and beverages sold in vending machines, school stores,
classroom parties/celebrations, communal snacks, meetings, fundraising activities that
exceed the three allowable exemptions per school, or any school sponsored activities
on school grounds. When the Culinary Arts program is selling or providing food to the
community at the Lakes Region Technology Center, it is exempt from this policy (USDA
memo dated April 22, 2014; code SP 40-2014).
The District Food Service Department will strive to:
1. Enhance the online menu to allow individuals to click on each item to
receive the nutrition and allergy information
Each school will strive to:
1. Promote healthy food and beverage choices through health education
2. Ensure that any promotional materials for food or beverages meet the
criteria of this policy
The purpose of the District's physical activity policy is to promote daily participation in
physical activity for all students. The goal is to promote and maintain physical fitness
and to provide students with the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills needed to
understand the short and long term benefits of physical activity. Physical activities
offered may include, but are not limited to, recess periods, physical education classes,
walking programs, the integration of physical activities into the academic curriculum and
after-school programs, including intramurals, interscholastic athletics, and physical
The District recognizes that sixty (60) minutes of moderate to vigorous daily exercise is
a reasonable goal for students. The goal may be accomplished through a combination
of the following:
1. A sequential physical education program;
2. Time in the elementary school day for supervised recess with physical
3. Opportunities and encouragement for students to initiate and voluntarily
participate in before- and after-school physical activity or programs, such as
intramurals, clubs, etc.; and
4. School support for community recreation, youth sports programs, and
agencies that complement physical activity programs.
The District shall establish a District Wellness Committee (DWC) with representation
from parents, students (at grade levels where appropriate), food service, the school
board, building administration, school nurses, classroom teachers, and health/physical
education teachers that will meet monthly and report to the administration and school
board as appropriate.
At the last meeting of each year, a review of this policy will take place and feedback
from all stakeholders will be considered for any necessary revisions.
The assistant superintendent, as a member of the DWC, will monitor compliance with
all nutrition, wellness, and physical activity components of this policy. The DWC will
publicize activities, events, and programs that support healthy lifestyle, nutrition
education, and physical activity. These activities could include, but are not limited to:
1. Quarterly outreach to parents/guardians that provides tips for living healthy,
active, and nutritionally sound lifestyles through websites, school newsletters,
2. Providing resources and programs that provide parents/guardians with
strategies to support their children;
3. Adopting a student reporting system, such as the Fitnessgram Program, that
annually illustrates a student's physical growth and is practiced in all physical
education classes and serves as the tracking mechanism to monitor student
growth and progress;
4. Ensuring that student/parent/guardian handbooks contain specific reference
to this policy; and
5. Developing and sharing a list of healthy snacks and party ideas.
Athletics are an important part of. school life and require as much careful planning and
supervision as regular curricular subjects. The Governor Wentworth Regional School
Board will offer interscholastic athletics subject to budgetary considerations. The
purpose of interscholastic athletics is both educational and recreational.
Students who decide to participate in athletic teams do so on a volunteer basis with the
understanding that it is a privilege and not a right to be a member of a school team.
Participation in interscholastic athletics is subject to the rules adopted by the New
Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association and other rules adopted by the
Superintendent and the Principal.
The Governor Wentworth Regional School District, through the Superintendent of
Schools, hereby designates the Athletic Director to oversee the athletic programs within
the district. Each principal is responsible for programs conducted in her/his building.
Coaches will be responsible for the safety and welfare of all players, whenever the
player is under the general supervision of the coach. All coaches are responsible for
adhering to the rules, regulations and procedures outlined in the GWRSD Coaches'
Code of Ethics and Coaches' Handbook.
STUDENT PHYSICALS FOR SCHOOL ATHLETICS
Students who participate in any interscholastic athletics or practices must have a
physical examination signed by a physician or nurse prior to their first day of
practice or play. The results of the examination and the physician's signature must
appear on, or be attached to, the local form. Such examination results must be on file in
the school where the student is enrolled to participate in athletics. These forms must be
signed by the parent/guardian to signify her/her permission.
There must be no more than 13 months between physicals for a student to participate
in athletics on a continued basis.
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.
However, in order to ensure the safety of all District student-athletes, this policy will apply to
all interscholastic sports.
Consistent with the National Federation of High School (NFHS) and the New Hampshire
Interscholastic Athletic Association (NHIAA), the District will utilize recommended
guidelines, procedures and other pertinent information to inform and educate coaches,
student-athletes, and parents/guardians of the nature and risk of concussions or head
injuries, including the dangers associated with continuing to play after a concussion or head
Annually, a concussion and head injury information sheet shall be distributed to the student athlete
and the athlete's parent/guardian prior to the student-athlete's initial practice or
competition. This information sheet will be incorporated into the parent permission sheet
that allows students to participate in extracurricular athletics as well as incorporated into
athletic registration for interscholastic sports.
For purposes of this policy, "student-athlete" means a student involved in any intramural
sports program conducted outside the regular teaching day or competitive student sports
program between schools in grades 7 through 12, including all NHIAA sanctioned activities,
including cheer/dance squads, or any other district-sponsored sports or activities as
determined by the board or administration.
All coaches of students in grades 7-12, including volunteers, will complete training in
concussion management as recommended and/or required by NHIAA, and/or other
pertinent organizations. Additionally, all coaches of competitive sport activities will comply
with NHIAA recommended procedures for the management of head injuries and
Athletic Director or Administrator in Charge of Athletic Duties
Updating: Annually, the athletic director or designee shall review any changes that have
been made in procedures required for concussion and concussion management by
consulting with the NHIAA or other relevant professionals (i.e. physician) or organizations, if
applicable. If there are any updated procedures, they will be adopted and used for the
upcoming school year.
Coach's Responsibility: A student-athlete who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or
head injury in a practice or game shall be immediately removed from play, and referred to
the appropriate medical provider.
Administrative Responsibilities: The Superintendent or his/her designee will keep abreast
of changes in standards regarding concussion and concussion management, explore staff
professional development programs relative to concussions, and will explore other areas of
education, training and programs.
Removal from Play and Protocol For Return To Play
Any coach, official, or health care provider who suspects that a student-athlete has
sustained a concussion or head injury in a practice or game shall immediately remove the
student-athlete from play. A student-athlete who has been removed from play shall not
return to play until he/she is evaluated by a health care provider and receives medical
clearance and/or written authorization from that health care provider to return to play. The
student-athlete shall also present written permission from a parent/guardian to return to play
if not returned on the same day.
The District may limit a student-athlete's participation due to number of concussions,
severity of injury, etc.
Concussion Awareness and Education
To the extent possible, the District will implement concussion awareness and education into
physical education and/or health education curriculum.
Academic Issues in Concussed Students
In the event a student is concussed, regardless of whether the concussion was a result of a
school-related or non-school-related activity, school district staff should be mindful that the
concussion may affect the student's ability to learn. In the event a student has a
concussion, that student's teachers will be notified and "Return to Learn" guidance may be
offered by the school. Teachers should report to the school nurse if the student appears to
have any difficulty with academic tasks that the teacher believes may be related to the
concussion. The school nurse will notify the student's parents and treating health care
provider, as appropriate. Administrators and district staff will work to establish a protocol
and course of action to ensure the student is able to maintain his/her academic
responsibilities while recovering from the concussion.
Section 504 accommodations may be developed in accordance with applicable law and
All students are entitled to a safe and healthy educational environment. Therefore, the
school has the responsibility to protect students from anti-social behavior on the part of
irresponsible classmates. Furthermore, school administrators must take preventive and
disciplinary measures that are both swift and informal in order to be effective.
The Superintendent, principal or authorized personnel may detain and search any
student or students on the premises of the public-schools, or while attending, or while in
transit to, any event or function sponsored by or authorized by the school when any
authorized person has reasonable suspicion that the student may have on their person
or property alcohol, dangerous weapon, electronic-devices, controlled substances as
defined by law, stolen property if the property in question is reasonably suspected to
have been taken from a student, a school employee, or the school, or any other items
which have been or may reasonably be disruptive of school operations or in violation of
student discipline rules and applicable provisions of the student handbook.
The school district retains ownership and possessory control over student lockers and
desks and; therefore, reserves the right to inspect lockers and desks at all times. The
users of lockers, desks, and other storage areas or compartments have no reasonable
expectation of privacy from school employees as to the contents of those areas. A
shared locker or storage area implies shared responsibility.
Authorized personnel conducting a search shall have authority to detain the student or
students and to preserve any contraband seized.
The use of "sniffer'' dogs, trained for the search of drugs, alcohol, related paraphernalia
or explosives will be permitted as a general facility search. This search will be
conducted by a qualified law enforcement officer upon request of the building principal
and/or superintendent of schools or designee.
Students recognize that parking their automobiles on school property is a privilege and
not a right. As part of this privilege, the district may search a student's automobile while
parked on school property if the district has reasonable suspicion that a violation of
school rules has occurred. Students consent to having their automobiles searched by
parking on school property.
Any student found selling, giving, possessing or having used alcohol or any controlled
drug or look-alike drugs or being under the influence thereof anywhere on school district
property, in any, district owned vehicle, or in any other district-approved vehicle used to
transport students to and from school or district activities shall be liable for suspension
and/or expulsion following the completion of investigation and consultation with parents
or guardian. Look-alike Drug means any substance other than a controlled substance
or prescription drug, or combination of such substances which is marketed, sold, or
distributed to encourage recreational drug use or abuse or any similar nonmedical use
1. by representation or appearance (including color·, shape, size, and markings)
would lead a reasonable person to believe that the substance i$ a controlled
2. purports to act, either alone, in multiple doses, or in combination with a
substance or substances, like a controlled substance, either stimulant or
depressant as defined in title Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C 812 (c) or
RSA 318.-b, controlled Drug Act.
The use, sale, transfer or possession of drug-related paraphernalia is also prohibited.
Students may only be in possession of medication as detailed in Policy JLCD. Searches
of persons reasonably suspected to be in violation of this policy will be conducted in
accordance with Policy JIH.
Any student who is found by the administration to be in violation of this policy shall be
referred for prosecution and subject to disciplinary action up to and including
suspension and/or expulsion.
The rich resources of information available on the internet hold the promise of greatly
enhancing the quality of education for each student. The use of technology is integrated
throughout the goals and performances described in the Governor Wentworth Regional School
District's Strategic Plan. In order to support and enhance teaching and learning, electronic
communication and information resources must be provided. The utilization of these resources
will facilitate the implementation and attainment of the District's Commencement Goals.
The Internet is a global information infrastructure. The vast resources and opportunities which
the Internet provides to users made the use of this technology a powerful and innovative
teaching and learning tool. Users have access to:
1. Electronic mail (email) communication with people around the world;
2. Information and news from a variety of sources and research institutions used by
educators, businesses, government, the military, organizations and private individuals;
3. Public domain and shareware software of all types;
4. Discussion groups on a wide variety of topics, and
5. Courses and workshops.
Weapons, whether visible or concealed, are not permitted on school property, in school
vehicles or at school-sponsored activities. This policy applies to students, faculty, staff
and members of the public alike. Student, faculty and staff violations of this policy will
result in both schoo/school district disciplinary action and notification of local law
enforcement authorities. A student violation of this policy will result in immediate
confiscation of the weapon and notice to the student's patents or guardians. If the
student violation involves a firearm, the police will be notified and disciplinary action will
be taken in accordance with the mandates of RSA 193:13 111, which states that any
pupil who brings or possesses a firearm in a safe school zone without written
authorization shalI be expelled from school for a period of not less than 12 months. This
expulsion may be modified by the Superintendent upon review of the specific case in
accordance with other applicable law.
Members of the pUblic who violate this policy will be reported to local law enforcement
The term "weapons" includes, but is not limited to firearms (rifles, pistols, revolvers,
pellet guns. BB guns, etc.), knives. slingshots·, metallic knuckles, firecrackers, billy-clubs,
stilettos, switchblade knives, martial arts weapons or self-defense weapons (as
defined by RSA 159:24 and RSA 159:20 respectively) or any other substance, object or
thing which, by appearance or function, is known, or thought to or is capable of
producing death or bodily injury.
The superintendent of schools, or designee, shall have the authority, pursuant to RSA
193:13. 111, to grant written authorization to a student or others to possess a firearm or
other weapon on school property. Any such authorization shall be requested in writing,
any such request by a student shall also be signed by a parent or guardian. The
authorization shall be issued in advance of the possession. Any such authorization
shall identify the student or others, the weapon or firearm, the purpose of the
possession, and time frames(s} of the authorization.
The only persons who are exempt from this policy are law enforcement personnel.
The Board requires that school-aged children enrolled in the District 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.
Attendance shall be required of all students enrolled in the District during the days and
hours that school is in session, except that the Principal may excuse a student for
temporary absences when receiving satisfactory evidence of conditions or reasons that
may reasonably cause the student's absence.
The Board considers the following to be excused absences:
2. Recovery from an accident
3. Required court attendance
4. Heath care appointments
5. Death in the immediate family
6. Observation or celebration of a bona fide religious holiday
7. Such other good cause as may be acceptable to the Principal or permitted
Any absence that has not been excused for any of these reasons will be considered an
Truancy is defined as any unexcused absence from class or school. Any absence that
has not been excused for any of the reasons listed above will be considered an
Ten half-days of unexcused absence or its equivalent during a school year constitutes
A half-day absence is defined as a student missing more than two hours of instructional
time and less than three and one-half hours of instructional time.
Any absence of more than three and one-half hours of instructional time shall be
considered a full-day absence. The Principal is hereby designated as the District
employee responsible for overseeing truancy issues.
Intervention Process to Address Truancy
The Superintendent is authorized to develop and utilize other means, guidelines and
programs aimed at preventing and reducing truancy.
The Principal shall ensure that the administrative guidelines on attendance properly
address the matter of truancy by including a process that identifies students who are
habitually truant, as defined above.
When the Principal identifies a student who is habitually truant or who is in danger of
becoming habitually truant, he/she shall commence an intervention with the student, the
student's parents, and other staff members as may be deemed necessary. The
intervention shall include but not be limited to the following:
1. Notifying the parent of unexcused absences;
2. Investigating the cause(s) of the student's truant behavior;
3. Involving the parents in the development of a plan designed to reduce the truancy;
4. Considering, when appropriate, modification of her/his educational program to meet
particular needs that may be causing the truancy;
5. Seeking alternative disciplinary measures, but still retaining the right to impose
discipline in accordance with the District's policies and administrative guidelines on
Truant Officer Authority
Truant officers shall have authority without a warrant to take and place in school any
children violating laws relating to compulsory attendance. A truant officer or school
official shall not file a petition alleging that a child is in need of services pursuant to RSA
169-D:2(a) until all steps in the school district's intervention process have been
Parental Notification of Truancy Policy
The Superintendent shall also ensure that this policy is included in or referenced in the
student handbook and is available on the district website.
Procedure for Excused Absences
In the event of an excused absence, parents must call the school and inform the school
of the reasons for the student's absence. For other absences, parents must provide
written notice or a written excuse that states one of these reasons for non-attendance.
The Principal may require parents to provide additional documentation in support of
their written notice, including but not limited to doctor's notes, court documents,
obituaries, or other documents supporting the claimed reason for non-attendance.
If parents wish for their child to be absent for a reason not identified in Policy JHB, the
parent must provide a written explanation of the reason for such absence, including why
the student will be absent and for how long the student will be absent. The Principal will
make a determination as to whether the stated reason for the student's absence
constitutes good cause and will notify the parents via telephone and writing of her /his
decision. If the Principal determines that good cause does not exist, the parents may
request a conference with the Principal to again explain the reasons for nonattendance.
The Principal may then reconsider her/his final determination.
Procedure for Family Vacations
If a student's family plans to take a vacation during the academic year, the student must
bring a note signed by a parent or guardian pertaining to the vacation.
This note must be brought to the office at least one week or five school days in advance
to receive a vacation request form, which must be completed and returned to the
principal for consideration and disposition.
Students granted approval for vacation time are responsible for making up all missed
assignments. It should be noted that absences for vacation could have a negative
effect on grades and/or course credit.
Parental Involvement in Truancy Intervention
When a student reaches habitual truancy status or is in danger of reaching habitual
truancy status, the Principal will send the student's parent a letter which includes:
1. A statement that the student has become or is in danger of becoming habitually
2. A statement of the parent's responsibility to ensure that the student attends school;
3. A request for a meeting between the parents and the Principal to discuss the
student's truancy and to develop a plan for reducing the student's truancy.
In addition to the above, once intervention plans have been exhausted, the Principal
may include a statement indicating that if the truancy problem is not resolved, the
school will file a petition with the court alleging that the child is in need of services
pursuant to RSA 169-D:2(a).
ATTENDANCE POLICY ON DAYS DESIGNATED AS BLIZZARD BAG DAYS
Blizzard Bag assignments are due the next day the student is in attendance following
the Blizzard Bag day. A student who does not hand in completed assignments will be
marked as absent. Missing assignments may also affect a student's grade. The
prinipal may deem incomplete work as an excused absence according to School
Board Policy JHB....., Student Absences and Truancy. A student who is excused will be
allowed additionaI time to make up the work as with any excused absence.
1. Bullying. Bullying is defined as a single significant incident or a pattern of
incidents involving a written, verbal, or electronic communication, or a physical
act or gesture, or any combination thereof, directed at another pupil which:
1) Physically harms a pupil or damages the pupil's property;
2) Causes emotional distress to a pupil;
3) Interferes with a pupil's educational opportunities;
4) Creates a hostile educational environment; or
5) Substantially disrupts the orderly operation of the school.
Bullying shall also include actions motivated by an imbalance of power based on
a pupil's actual or perceived personal characteristics, behaviors, or beliefs, or
motivated by the pupil's association with another person and based on the other
person's characteristics, behaviors, or beliefs.
Certain behaviors may or may not constitute bullying depending on the context in
which they occur. Behaviors such as teasing, property destruction, disrespectful
behavior or comments, for example, though inappropriate and in violation of the
code of conduct, may not necessarily constitute bullying. In these cases, the
disciplinary actions and procedures outlined in the school's code of conduct will
be followed. (Please refer to the paragraph above.)
2. Cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is defined as any conduct defined as "bullying" in
this policy that is undertaken through the use of electronic devices. For
purposes of this policy, any references to the term bullying shall include
3. Electronic devices. Electronic devices include, but are not limited to, telephones,
cellular phones, computers, pages, electronic mail, instant messaging, texting
messaging, and websites.
4. School Property. School property means all real property and all physical plant
and equipment used for school purposes, including public or private school
buses or vans.
Any reference in this policy to "parent" shall include parents or legal guardians.
Statement Prohibiting Bullying or Cyberbullying of a Pupil (RSA 193-F:4, ll(a))
The Governor Wentworth Regional School Board is committed to providing all pupils
a safe and secure school environment. This policy is intended to comply with RSA
193-F. Conduct constituting bullying and/or cyberbullying will not be tolerated and is
Further, in accordance with RSA 193-F:4, the District reserves the right to address
bullying or cyberbullying and, if necessary, impose discipline for bullying and
1) Occurs on, or is delivered to, school property or a school-sponsored activity
or event on or off school property; or
2) Occurs off school property or outside of a school-sponsored activity or event,
if the conduct interferes with a pupil's educational opportunities or
substantially disrupts the orderly operations of the school or school sponsored
activity or event.
Ill. Statement prohibiting retaliation or false accusations (RSA 193-F:4, ll(b))
A student found to have wrongfully and intentionally accused another of bullying or
cyberbullying may face discipline or other consequences, ranging from positive
behavioral interventions up to and including suspension or expulsion.
A school employee found to have wrongfully and intentionally accused a student of
bullying or cyberbullying shall face discipline or other consequences as determined
in accordance with applicable law, District policies, procedures and collective
Reprisal or Retaliation
The District will discipline and take appropriate action against any student, teacher,
administrator, volunteer, or other employee who retaliates against any person who
makes a good faith report of alleged bullying or cyberbullying against any person
who testifies, assists, or participates in a proceeding or hearing relating to such
bullying or cyberbullying.
1. The consequences and appropriate remedial action for a student, teacher,
administrator, volunteer, or other employee who engages in reprisal or retaliation
shall be determined by the Principal after consideration of the nature, severity and
circumstances of the act, in accordance with law, Board policies and any applicable
collective bargaining agreements.
2. Any student found to have engaged in reprisal or retaliation in violation of this policy
shall be subject to measures up to, and including, suspension and expulsion.
3. Any teacher, administrator, or other employee found to have engaged in reprisal or
retaliation in violation of this policy shall be subject to discipline up to, and including,
termination of employment.
4. Any school volunteer found to have engaged in reprisal or retaliation in violation of
this policy shall be subject to measures up to, and including, exclusion from school
Process to Protect Pupils from Retaliation
If the alleged victim or any witness expresses to the Principal or other staff member that
he/she believes he/she may be retaliated against, the Principal shall develop a process
or plan to protect that student from possible retaliation.
Each process or plan may be developed on a case-by-case basis. Suggestions include,
but are not limited to, re-arranging student class schedules to minimize their contact,
stern warnings to alleged perpetrators, temporary removal of privileges, or other means
necessary to protect against possible retaliation.
IV. Protection of All Pupils (RSA 193-F:4, ll(c))
This policy shall apply to all pupils regardless of their status under the law.
V. Disciplinary Consequences for Violation of This Policy (RSA 193-F4, (d))
The district reserves the right to impose disciplinary measures against any student who
commits an act of bullying or cyberbullying, falsely accuses another student of bullying
or cyberbullying, or who retaliates against any student or witness who provides
information about an act of bullying or cyberbullying.
~ VI. Distribution and Notice of This Policy (RSA 193-F:4 ll(e))
Staff and volunteers
All staff will be provided with a copy of this policy annually in the school's staff
handbooks and on the District website.
All students will be provided with a copy of this policy annually in the school's student
handbook and on the District website.
Students will participate in an annual education program which sets out expectations for
student behavior and emphasizes an understanding of harassment, intimidation, and
bullying or cyberbullying of students, the District's prohibition of such conduct and the
reasons why the conduct is destructive, unacceptable, and will lead to discipline.
Students shall also be informed of the consequences of bullying or cyberbullying
conduct toward their peers.
The Superintendent may authorize student anti-bullying, anti-cyberbullying training and
education into the district's curriculum, but shall not be required to do so.
All parents will be provided with a copy of this policy annually in the parent/student
handbook. Parents will be informed of the means for students to report bullying and
cyberbullying acts toward them or other students. They will also be told that to help
prevent bullying and cyberbullying at school they should encourage their children to:
1. Report bullying and cyberbullying when it occurs;
2. Take advantage of opportunities to talk to their children about bullying and
3. Inform the school immediately if they think their child is being bullied or is
bullying or cyberbullying other students;
4. Cooperate fully with school personnel in identifying and resolving incidents.
Procedure for Reporting Bullying (RSA 193-F:4, II (f))
At each school, the Principal shall be responsible for receiving complaints of alleged
violations of this policy.
1 . Any student who believes he or she has been the victim of bullying or cyberbullying
should report the alleged acts immediately to the Principal. If the student is more
comfortable reporting the alleged act to another administrator, teacher,
paraeducator or counselor other than the Principal, the student may tell any school
district employee about the alleged bullying or cyberbullying.
2. Students, parents, volunteers and visitors may report anonymously to the principal
or other administrator, or teaching or counseling staff. Formal disciplinary action
may not be based solely on an anonymous report. Independent verification of the
anonymous report shall be necessary in order for any disciplinary action to be
3. The administration may develop student reporting forms to assist students and staff
in filing such reports. An investigation shall still proceed even if a student is
reluctant to fill out the designated form and chooses not to do so.
4. Upon receipt of a report of bullying or cyberbullying, the Principal shall commence
an investigation consistent with the provisions of Section XI of this policy.
1. An important duty of the staff is to report acts or behavior or evidence that they
witness that appears to constitute bullying or cyberbullying.
2. All district employees and volunteers shall encourage students to tell them about
acts that may constitute bullying or cyberbullying.
3. Any school employee or volunteer who witnesses, receives a report of, or has
knowledge or belief that bullying or cyberbullying may have occurred shall inform the
Principal as soon as possible, but no later than the end of that school day.
Upon receipt of a report of bullying or cyberbullying, the Principal shall commence an
investigation consistent with the provisions of section XI of this policy.
VIII. Procedure for Internal Reporting Requirements (RSA 193-F:4, ll(g))
In order to satisfy the reporting requirements of RSA 193-F:6, the Principal or designee
shall be responsible for completing all New Hampshire Department of Education forms
and reporting documents of substantiated incidents of bullying and cyberbullying. Said
forms shall be completed within 1 o school days of any substantiated incident. Upon
completion of such forms, the Principal or designee shall retain a copy and shall
forward one copy to the Superintendent. The Superintendent shall maintain said forms.
IX. Notifying Parents of Alleged Bullying or Cyberbullying (RSA 193-F:4, ll(h))
The Principal shall report to the parents of a student who has been reported as a victim
of bullying or cyberbullying and to the parents of a student who has been reported as a
perpetrator of bullying or cyberbullying within 48 hours of receiving the report. Such
notification may be made by telephone, writing or personal conference. The date, time,
method, and location (if applicable) of such notification and communication shall be
noted in the report. All notifications shall be consistent with the student privacy rights
under the applicable provisions of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974
X. Waiver of Notification Requirement (RSA 193-F:4, ll(i))
The Superintendent may, witA within a 48 hour time period, grant the Principal a
waiver from the requirement that the parents of the alleged victim and the alleged
perpetrator be notified of the filing of a report. A waiver may only be granted if the
Superintendent deems such a waiver to be in the best interest of the victim or
perpetrator. Any waiver granted shall be in writing.
XI. Investigative Procedures (RSA 193-F:4, IIU))
1. Upon receipt of a report of bullying or cyberbullying, the Principal shall, within 5
school days, initiate an investigation into the alleged act. If the Principal is directly
and personally involved with a complaint or is closely related to a party to the
complaint, then the Superintendent shall direct another district employee to conduct
2. The investigation may include documented interviews with the alleged victim,
alleged perpetrator and any witnesses. All interviews shall be conducted privately,
separately and shall be confidential. Each individual will be interviewed separately
and at no time will the alleged victim and perpetrator be interviewed together during
3. If the alleged bullying was in whole or in part cyberbullying, the Principal may ask
students and /or parents to provide the District with printed copies of e-mails, text
messages, website pages, or other similar electronic communications.
4 . A maximum of 1 O school days shall be the limit for the initial filing of incidents and
completion of the investigative procedural steps.
5. The Principal shall complete the investigation within 10 school days of receiving the
initial report. If the Principal needs more than 10 school days to complete the
investigation, the Superintendent or designee may grant an extension of up to 7
school days. In the event such extension is granted, the Principal shall notify in
writing all parties involved of the granting of the extension.
6. Whether a particular action Gf or incident constitutes a violation of this policy shall
require a determination based on all facts and surrounding circumstances and shall
include recommended remedial steps necessary to stop the bullying or cyberbullying
and a written final report to the Principal.
7. Students who are found to have violated this policy may face discipline in
accordance with other applicable board policies, up to and including suspension.
Students facing discipline will be afforded all due process required by law.
XII. Response to Remediate Substantiated Instances of Bullying or Cyberbullying
(RSA 193-F:4 ll(k))
Consequences and appropriate remedial actions for a student or staff member who
commits one or more acts of bullying or cyberbullying or retaliation may range from
positive behavioral interventions up to and including suspension or expulsion of
students and dismissal from employment for staff members.
Consequences for a student who commits an act of bullying or cyberbullying or
retaliation shall be varied and graded according to the nature of the behavior, the
developmental age of the student, and the student's history of problem behaviors and
performance. Remedial measures shall be designed to correct the problem behavior,
prevent another occurrence of the problem, protect and provide support for the victim,
and take corrective action for documented problems related to bullying or cyberbullying.
Examples of consequences may include, but are not limited to:
• Temporary removal from classroom
• Deprivation of privileges
• Classroom or administrative detention
• Referral to disciplinarian
• In-school suspension
• Out-of-school suspension
Examples of remedial measures may include, but at not limited to:
• Peer support group
• Corrective instruction or other relevant learning experience
.. Behavior assessment
• Student counseling
• Parent conferences
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XIII. Reporting of Substantiated Incidents to the Superintendent (RSA 193-F:4, 11(1)
The Principal or designee shall forward all substantiated reports of bullying or
cyberbullying to the Superintendent upon completion of the investigation.
XIV. Communication With Parents Upon Completion of Investigation (RSA 193-F:4
1. As soon as possible but no later than within 10 school days of completing an
investigation, the Principal will notify the students involved in person of her /his
findings and the result of the investigation.
2. The Principal will notify via telephone, the parents of the alleged victim and
alleged perpetrator of the results ·of the investigation. The Principal will also
send a letter to the parents as soon as possible but not later than 10 school days
after the completion of the investigation, notifying them of the results of the
3. In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and other law
concerning student privacy, the District will not disclose educational records of
students including the discipline and remedial action assigned to those students
and the parents of other students involved in a bullying or cyberbullying incident.
1. For non-disciplinary remedial actions where no other review procedures govern,
the parents of the pupils involved in the bullying or cyberbullying shall have the
right to appeal the Principal's decision to the Superintendent in writing within five
(5) school days. The Superintendent shall review the Principal's decision and
issue a written decision within ten (10) school days. If the aggrieved party is still
not satisfied with the outcome, the aggrieved party may file a written request for
review by the School Board within ten (10) school days of the Superintendent's
decision. The School Board will adhere to all applicable New Hampshire
Department of Education administrative rules.
2. The procedures under RSA 193: 13, Ed 317, and District policies establish the
due process and appeal rights for students disciplined for acts of bullying or
XVI. School Officials (RSA 193-F:4, ll(n)
The Superintendent of Schools is responsible for ensuring that this policy is
implemented. In order to facilitate the implementation of this policy, the Superintendent
may establish further administrative rules or regulations.
XVII. Use of Video or Audio Recordings in Student Discipline Matters
The District reserves the right to use audio and/or video recording devises on District
property (including school buses) to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all staff,
students and visitors. Placement and location of such devices will be established in
accordance with the provisions of Policy ECAF.
In the event an audio or video recording is used as part of a student discipline
proceeding, such video may become part of the student's education record.
COMMUNICATION OF POLICY
All students shall receive a copy of the dress code policy annually through the student/parent
GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR DETERMINING APPROPRIATE DRESS
• Tops - all tops shall cover at least the entire shoulder area and extend to the start of the
clothing article that covers the lower body. Bare middles or the exposure of cleavage
shall hot be permitted. Additic;mally, for boys, the top must have a sleeve that extends to
approximately the middle of the bicep. Tops shall not be firstname.lastname@example.org shall they permit the
exposure of any part of a student's undergarments. There shall be no holes in the
garment that create an indecent exposure of the student's body. Additionally, the top
must conform to the standards set forth in the policy.
• Footwear - Footwear must be worn and be of a type that does not damage property,
create a distraction to others and not generate a potential hazard to the wearer. Some
examples of unacceptable footwear include: cleated boots, shoes or boots with heels
that mar, footwear that has either heels or soles that are high enough to create a safety
hazard and footwear that create excessive noise when the wearer is walking are some,
but not all, of the examples of such unacceptable footwear. ·
• Slacks -All slacks, including jeans, must be wom at the waistline and must not drag on
the floor when the wearer is walking. Slacks shall be neither excessively baggy nor
overly tight. The slacks shall hide undergarments and there shall be no holes in the
garment. It shall be understood that an inadvertent tear could appear on a slack that
does not create an indecent exposure of the student's body. It is expected that common
sense will prevail in handling this type of issue. All aspects of this policy apply to the
wearing of slacks.
• Skirts - Skirts shall be .worn from the waistline with a minimum length of approximately 3
inches above the knee. Skirts deemed to be overly tight shall not be acceptable. Any
slits in the garment shall not extend higher than approximately 3 inches above the knee.
Skirts shall not be sheer nor shall they have any holes in the material that create an
indecent exposure of the student's body. As with other clothing items, the standards
specified in the policy apply to skins.
• Dresses - Dresses shall conform to the policy standards as well as the requirements
articulated for both tops and skirts. ·
• Shorts- Students may wear·shorts provided that the garment conforms to the dress
standard. Like slacks, the shorts must be worn at the waistline with mid-thigh as the
Jewelry - No jewelry or accessories shall be wom that shall be considered a safety
problem. Examples include, but are not limited to: oversized earrings, pocket chains or
other heavy chains, spiked collars, etc. Jewelry or accessories that create a distraction,
generate a hazard, or provide a reference to sex, violence, discrimination and drugs
(including alcohol and tobacco) shall be considered inappropriate.
The Board recognizes that circumstances may necessitate reasonable variations in the student
dress code. Some of the exceptions that may be considered by the building principal and/or
Superintendent of Schools include:
• A medical condition supported by a written order from a qualified physician
• Field trips where, due the nature of the planned activities, a variation in clothing is
temporarily requested for the duration of the trip.
• special program requirements, such as the wearing of gym shorts for physical education
• Special dress that is required as part of a school-to-career experiences
• A costume that is part of an approved play
• An approved uniform worn by an athletic team
, Special school events that specify a temporary variation in the dress code
• A staff member may make a request to the building principal for a variation in the student
dress standard. The Board expects that common sense shall be used in allowing such
ENFORCEMENT AND CONSEQUENCES
The Board believes that it is every employee's responsibility to enforce the standard of dress
articulated in Policy TICA and this regulation. Violation of this policy will result in the
• First offense - student is sent/brought to the office. Parents are contacted. Student
receives a warning and the school administrator shall, if possible, have the student correct
the deficiency. Should the violation of the policy be, in the opinion of the administrator,
extreme and the student cannot or will not correct it, the student shall be sent home and
readmitted only when the matter is rectified.
• Second offense - student is sent/brought to the office. Parents are contacted. Student is
suspended for -l day..- The student shall be required to he appropriately dressed for
• Third offense - student is sent/brought to the office. Parents are notified. Student is
suspended for 3 days. The student shall be required to be appropriately dressed for
• Fourth offense - student is sent/brought to the office and is suspended for at least 10
days. The Superintendent shall make a recommendation for expulsion to the Governor
Wentworth Regional School Board for the failure of the student to follow the reasonable
rules of the school district.
Homework is a constructive tool in the teaching/learning process when geared to the
needs and abilities of students. Purposeful assignments not only enhance student
achievement, but also develop self-discipline and associated good work habits. As an
extension of the classroom, homework must be planned, organized, purposeful, and
should provide feedback to students in a timely manner.
Teachers may give homework to students to aid in the student's educational
development. Teachers may assign homework as part of their curriculum. [If homework
is to be used by teachers as part of a student's grade, the teacher will explain to
students how such homework assignments relate to the evaluation of their
performance.] Homework should be an application or extension of a classroom
experience, and should not be assigned for disciplinary purposes.
To promote further the health and safety of all students and staff, and to promote the
cleanliness of all facilities, the Board bans the use of all tobacco products in all school
building in the district, on all school vehicles by all persons at all times, and on grounds
of any public educational facility. Tobacco products~ means -cigarettes, cigars, snuff,
smokeless tobacco, products containing tobacco and tobacco in any other form.
Students are prohibited from tobacco products.
In accordance with RSA 126-1:7, individuals found violating this policy may be subject
to a fine of not less than $100.00
Plagiarism is using others' ideas and words without clearly acknowledging
the source of that information. Notice that it does not matter whether or not the
failure to give credit is intentional. Any lack of credit, even accidental, is
Plagiarism may be defined as:
1. not giving proper credit for ideas, words, or specific substance of
2. claiming authorship on a group project without actually doing the work,
3. claiming someone else's artistic or scholarly work as your own.
Any form of information requires acknowledgement. A common perception is
that only the exact copying of words from a printed publication constitutes
plagiarism. The requirement to acknowledge sources is much broader. In
particular, it is important to understand that the source of ideas---opinions,
theories, facts, etc.---as well as words must be credited.
Sources of words and ideas come in many forms, all of which require proper
attribution to avoid plagiarism. Information sources can include:
o spoken words such as conversations and interviews,
or written words including email and web pages as well as published and print
o multimedia such as movies, music and photographs, and
o any other way to express an idea including statistics, drawings, graphs,
All academic dishonesty will be treated as a level II offense and will be
handled as such according to the school code of conduct.
The use of technology is integrated throughout the goals and performances described in the Governor
School District Strategic Plan. In order to support and enhance teaching and learning, electronic
communications and information resources must be provided. The utilization of these resources will
facilitate the implementation and attainment of the District's Commencement Goals.
The Internet is a global electronic information infrastructure. The vast resources and opportunities which
the Internet provides to users make the use of technology a powerful and innovative teaching and
learning tool. Users have access to:
1) Electronic mail (email) communication with people around the world.
2) Information and news from a variety of sources and research institutions used by educators,
business, government, the military, organizations and private individuals.
3) Public domain and shareware software of all types, and
4) Discussion groups on a wide variety of topics.
All users will be granted access to as many network services as their technology allows. Exploration of
the Internet is encouraged within the bounds of the Governor Wentworth Regional School District
Acceptable Use Policy Statement of Purpose. Internet access is a privilege, not a right, and
inappropriate use will result in cancellation or suspension of that privilege. After basic training, users
must display an understanding of the following acceptable and unacceptable uses to gain online
1. All use of the Internet must be in support of education and research and consistent with the goals
and objectives of the Governor Wentworth Regional School District.
2. Network accounts are to be used only by the authorized user of the account for the authorized
3. Users shall not intentionally seek information on, obtain copies of, or modify files, other data, or
passwords belonging to other users, or misrepresent other users on the network.
4. All communications and information accessed via the network should not be assumed to be private
5. Users are responsible for getting approval from supervisory staff for all subscriptions to
newsgroups, listservs, and similar files.
6. Any student work must be signed with the student's full name.
7. Individuals in pictures, movies or sound recordings may be identified only initials (e.g. JQP for John
Q. Public}. Absolutely no first or last names may appear in reference to individuals in any image,
movie, or sound recording.
8. Individuals who can identify an inappropriate use of online resources or a security problem must
notify supervisory staff.
9. While exercising the privilege of using the Internet as an educational resource, users shall also
monitor and accept the responsibility for all material received.
10. Only those students with Internet instruction shall be given the privilege of using the Internet.
11. No personal information about a student will be allowed to go out on the Internet. This includes
home telephone numbers and addresses, as well as information regarding the specific location of
any student at any given time.
12. Any use of the network for commercial or for-profit purposes is prohibited.
13. Users have the responsibility of keeping all pornographic material, inappropriate text files, or files
dangerous to the integrity of the network from entering the school via the Internet, and to report all
violations to supervisory staff.
14. No use of the network, such as, the use of obscene, abusive, or threatening messages, or chain
letters, shall serve to disrupt the use of the network by others; hardware or software shall not be
destroyed, modified, or abused in any way.
15. Malicious use of the network to develop programs that harass other users or infiltrate a computer or
computing system and/or damage the software components of a computer or computer system is
16. Limits on the installation of copyrighted software are to be respected.
17. From time to time, the Governor Wentworth Regional School District will make determinations on
whether specific uses of the network are consistent with the Acceptable Use Policy.
MISUSE OF PRIVILEGES AND CONSEQUENCES
The use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right. The student user will be held responsible for her/his
actions and activities. Infractions of guidelines 1-9 will be dealt with as a Level I offense as detailed in
the Governor Wentworth Regional School District Discipline Code. Infractions of guidelines 10-16 will be
dealt with as a Level II offense.
The School Board recognizes that technological resources can enhance student
performance by offering effective tools to assist in providing a quality instructional
program, facilitating communications with parents/guardians, teachers, and the
community, supporting District and school operations, and improving access to and
exchange of information. The Board expects all students to learn to use the available
technological resources that will assist them in the performance of their education. As
needed, students shall receive lessons and instruction in the appropriate use of these
Students shall be responsible for the appropriate use of technology and shall use the
District's technological resources primarily for purposes related to their education.
Students are hereby notified that there is no expectation of privacy on district
computers, computer files, email, internet usage logs, and other electronic data.
The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that all District computers with Internet
access have a technology protection measure that prevents access to visual depictions
that are obscene or pornographic and that the operation of such measures is enforced.
The Superintendent or designee may disable the technology protection measure during
use by an adult to enable access for bona fide research, educational or other lawful
The Superintendent shall establish administrative regulations and an Acceptable Use
Agreement that outlines student obligations and responsibilities related to the use of
District technology. He/she also may establish guidelines and limits on the use of
technological resources. Inappropriate use may result in a cancellation of the student's
user privileges, disciplinary action, and/or legal action in accordance with law, Board
policy, and administrative regulations.
The Superintendent or designee shall provide copies of related policies, regulations,
and guidelines to all students. Students shall be required to acknowledge in writing that
they have read and understood the District's Acceptable Use Agreement.
The following is a description of the rights granted under Section 504 to students with
disabilities. The intent of the law is to keep you fully infonned concerning decisions
about your child and to inform you of your rights rf you disagree with any of. these
You have the right to:
1. Have your child take part in, and receive benefits from public education
programs without discrimination because of disabling condition;
2. Have the school district advise you of your rights under federal law;
3. Receive notice with respect to identification, evaluation, or placement of your
4. Have your child receive a free appropriate public education. This includes the
right to be educated with nondisabled students to the maximum extent
appropriate. It also includes the right to have the school district make
reasonable accommodations to allow your child an equal opportunity to
participate in school and school-related activities;
5. Have your child educated in facilities, and receive services comparable to those
provided nondisabled students;
6. Have your child receive special education and related services if eligible
under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) (20 U.S. C. Sections
1400, et seq.);
7. Have your child receive an individualized evaluation;
8. Have evaluation, education, and placement decisions made based upon a
variety of information sources. and by persons who know the student, the
evaluation data, and the placement options; ·
9. Have transportation provided to and from an alternative placement setting at no
greater cost to you than would be incurred tf the student were placed in a
program operated by the district;
10. Have your child be given an equal opportunity to participate in nonacademic and extracurricular activities offered by the district;
11 . Examine all relevant records relating to decisions regarding your child's identification, evaluation, educational program, and placement;
12. Obtain copies of educational records at a reasonable cost unless the fee would
effectively deny you access to the records;
13. Receive a response from the school district to reasonable requests for
explanations and interpretations of your child's records;
14. Request amendment of your child's educational records if there is reasonable
cause to believe that they are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise are in
violation of the privacy rights of your child. If the school district refuses this
request for amendment, it shall notify you within a reasonable time, and advise
you of the right to a hearing.
15. File a local grievance, in accordance with the School District's 504 grievance
16. Request an impartial hearing related to decisions or actions regarding your
child's identification, evaluation, or placement. You and the student may take
part in the hearing and have an attorney represent you.
17. File a complaint with the Office of Civ11 Rights, Region I, U.S. Department of
Education, John W. McCormack Post Office and Court House Square, Room
222, Boston, MA 02109.
18.Ask for payment of reasonable attorney fees if you are successful in your claim.
The person in this district who is responsible for assuring that the district complies with
Section 504-_ is the 504 Coordinator for the Governor Wentworth Regional School
District, SAU '49, P.O. Box 190, Wolfeboro Falls, NH 03896. The telephone number
is (603) 569-1658.
The Governor Wentworth Regional School Board, in accordance with the requirements of federaland state
laws, and the regulations that implement those laws, hereby formally declares that it is the policy of the Board, in
its actions and those of its employees, that there shall be no discrimination on the basis of age, sex, race, creed
(religion), color, marital status, physical or mental disability, national origin, or sexual orientation for employment
in, participation in, admission/access to, or operation and administration of any educational program or activity in the District.
The Superintendent or designee shall designate a district administrator to be r,ue IX Coordinator and
receive inquiries, complaints, and other communications relative to this policy and to the applicable
laws and regulations concerned with non-discrimination at
Title IX Coordinator
SAU #49, P.O. Box 190, Wolfeboro Falls, NH 03896-0190
Telephone (603) 569·1658
This policy of non-discrimination is applicable to all persons employed or served by the district. Any complaint
or alleged infraction of the policy, law, or applicable regulations will be processed 1hrough AC-R. This policy
implements PL 94-142, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title 11 oflbe Americans with Disabilities
Act, Title V1 or VD of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and the
laws of New Hampshire pertaining to non-discrimination.
The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR
Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law
and its corresponding regulations apply to all schools that receive funds under an
applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. In this act, directory
information is defined as information that is generally not considered harmful or an
invasion of privacy. The Governor Wentworth Regional School District has the right to
release "directory information" without the parent/guardian's prior written consent,
unless the parent/guardian or student of age informs the principal that any or all of the
information designated below should not be released without prior consent.
Student's name, grade, grade level/year of graduation, age, activity participation,
school, honors and · awards, weight and height for athletic teams (secondary
schools), and parent/guardian name
Each year the Governor Wentworth Regional School District will give public notice of
the categories of information it considers directory information. The Governor
Wentworth Regional School District will allow parents/guardians until October 1, or 30
calendar days after enrollment in the district, to notify the building principal in writing of
specific directory information that should not be released without prior consent of the
parent/guardian or student of age, except as provided by law. If no objection is received
within the designated time period, the information will be classified as directory
information until the beginning of the next school year.
In addition to directory information, the Governor Wentworth Regional School District
may disclose student records, including special education records (if applicable), and
other student information without consent to the following parties or under the following
1. School officials with a legitimate educational interest. "Legitimate educational
interest: refers to school officials or employees who need to know information in
a student's education record in order to perform the employee's employment
responsibilities and duties.
2. Other schools into which a student is transferring or enrolling.
3. Officials for audit or evaluation purposes.
4. Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid or financial reimbursement.
5. Accrediting organizations.
6. Judicial orders or lawfully issued subpoenas.
7. Health and safety emergencies.
Two federal laws require that local education agencies receiving assistance under the
Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965 to provide military recruiters, upon request, with
three specific directory information categories - names, addresses and telephone
listings - unless parents have advised the local agency that they do not want their
child's information disclosed without prior consent. Additionally, the district will release
information to any public or private educational institution to which a pupil has made
application for purposes of enrolling in the school or to any agencies to which the pupil
has applied for scholarship or other educational aid. The release to said designated
school or agency may include information that is not considered part of the directory
information, including, but not limited to: address, telephone number, grades, test
scores, reports, recommendations and immunization records. Written permission must
be obtained from the pupil's parent/guardian prior to releasing non-directory
Even though statistics show schools are among the safest places to be day-to-day,
emergencies sometimes do occur. Should an emergency or disaster situation arise in our area
while school is in session we want you to know that our schools have made preparations to
respond effectively to these situations. Each of our schools has a detailed Emergency
Operations Plan and we also work closely with our local police and fire departments.
Your cooperation is necessary in an emergency and we ask the following:
1. Do not call the school. Telephone lines may be needed for emergency communication.
2. Please be aware that in the event of a serious emergency, students will be kept at their
schools until they are picked up by a parent, guardian or responsible adult who has been
identified on the emergency card.
3. Emergency announcements will be made through the School Messenger system, look and
listen for these announcements and please listen to the entire message.
4. Impress upon your children the need to follow the directions of school personnel in times of
Students will be released only to parents and persons identified on the School District
Emergency Card. During an extreme emergency, students will be released at designated
reunion gates. The location of the reunion area(s) will be disseminated through the School
Messenger system and will depend on the nature and location of the emergency. Any decision
to keep students at school will be based upon whether or not the streets to return your student
home are open.
We hope that a serious emergency situation will never happen. However, it is important for you
to know that we do prepare for such events. We know that crisis situations are very stressful
for parents and students and we will communicate all available information as soon as possible.
We appreciate your cooperation in these matters and will do all in our power to provide a safe
and supportive environment for your children in all circumstances.