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Fall Mountain Regional District

Policy Manual

TABLE OF CONTENTS

SECTION A: Foundations! SECTION B: Board Governance! SECTION C: General Administration! SECTION D: Fiscal Management ! SECTION E: Support Services! SECTION G: Personnel! SECTION I: Instruction/School Activities! SECTION J: Students! SECTION K: Community Relations! SECTION L: Education Agency Relations!

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SECTION A: Foundations

AA

SCHOOL DISTRICT LEGAL STATUS

"Each town shall constitute a single district for school purposes; provided that districts organized under special acts of the legislature may retain their present organization, and the word "town," wherever used in the statutes in connection with the government, administration, support or improvement of the public schools, shall mean district." The school district is an independent unit of government - "It is a political subdivision of the state" (Clough v Osgood 87 N.H. 444, 182A 1689). As such, the school district derives its powers from the provisions made by the state legislature and it is subject to the restrictions of the legislature. The school district exists as a corporate entity - quite separate and apart from other units of local government. All school districts are considered by statute to be corporations "with power to sue and be sued, to hold and dispose of real and personal property for the use of the schools therein, and to make necessary contracts in relation thereto." The school district is the responsible fiscal entity which is the source of all educational activity.

Stat ut ory /C ase La w Re fe re nc es: New Hampshire Constitution, Pt. 2 Article 83 RSA 197:1 RSA 194:2

FMRSD Adopted: 9/11/72 Revised: 11/9/98 Reviewed: 12/07

AAA

POWERS OF SCHOOL DISTRICT

"School districts may raise money, as required by law, or in addition thereto: to procure land for lots for school houses and school administrative unit facilities, and for the enlargement of existing lots; to build, purchase, rent, repair, or remove school houses and outbuildings, buildings to be used for occupancy by teachers in the employ of such school district, and buildings to be used for educational administration including office facilities for school administrative units; to procure insurance against such risks of loss, cost or damage to itself, its employees or its pupils as its school board may determine; to provide group plan life, accident, medical, surgical and hospitalization insurance benefits, or any combinations of such benefits, for all regular employees of the district and their dependents, the cost thereof to be borne in whole or in part by the district; to plant and care for shade and ornamental trees upon schoolhouse lots; to provide suitable furniture, books, maps, charts, apparatus and conveniences for schools; to purchase vehicles for the transportation of children; to provide for health and sanitation; to provide for adult high school diploma and continuing education programs; and to pay debts."

Legal Reference: RSA 194:3

FMRSD Adopted: 9/11/72 Reviewed: 12/07

ABA COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IN EDUCATION The Board endorses the concept that community participation in the affairs of the schools is essential if the school system and the community are to maintain mutual confidence and respect and work together to improve the quality of education for students. It, therefore, intends to exert every effort to identify the desires of the community and to be responsive, through its actions, to those desires. All citizens will be encouraged to express ideas, concerns and judgments about the schools to the school administration, the staff, to any appointed advisory bodies, and to the Board. Residents, who are specially qualified because of interest, training, experience or personal characteristics, shall be encouraged to assume an active role in school affairs. From time to time, such persons may be invited by the Board to act as advisors individually and in groups in such areas as the following: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Clarifying general ideas and attitudes held by residents in regard to the schools. Developing broad policies under which the school system is to be managed. Establishing administrative arrangements and regulations designed to help implement these policies. Determining the purposes of courses of study and special services to be provided for students. Evaluating the extent to which these purposes are being achieved by present policies. Solving a specific problem or set of closely related problems about which a decision must be made.

The Board and the staff shall give substantial weight to the advice they receive from individuals and community groups interested in the schools, especially those individuals and groups they have invited to advise them regarding selected problems, but shall use their best judgment in arriving at decisions.

FMRSD Adopted: 12/6/99 Reviewed: 12/07

AC

NONDISCRIMINATION The School Board in accordance with the requirements of the federal and state laws, and the regulations which implement those laws, hereby declares formally 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 gender, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, age, or disability for employment, in participation in admission or access to, or operation and administration of any educational program or activity in the School District. Inquiries, complaints, and other communications relative to this policy and to the applicable laws and regulations concerned with non-discrimination shall be received by the Superintendent or his/her designee. This policy of non-discrimination is applicable to all persons employed or served by the district. Any complaints or alleged infractions of the policy, law or applicable regulations will be processed through the grievance procedure. This policy implements PL 94-142, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the American with Disabilities Act, Title VI or VII 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.

Legal Reference: RSA 354-A:6, Opportunity for Employment without Discrimination a Civil Right RSA 354-A:7, Unlawful Discriminatory Practices The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 Title I of The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 Title VII of The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (15 or more employees) Statutory Reference: RSA 354-A: 7. Appendix: AC-R

FMRSD Adopted: 7/12/82 Revised: 12/6/99, 1/28/2008

A C PROCEDURAL SAFEGUARDS NONDISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF HANDICAP/DISABILITY The District provides the following Notice of Procedural Safeguards to parents/guardians, and handicapped persons, as required by 34 C>F>R> Sections 104.7, 104.8, 104.33, (4) (f), and 104.36 of the Regulations implementing Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The District does not discriminate on the basis of handicap in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities. The District provides a grievance procedure with appropriate due process rights. The Assistant Superintendent for Student Services is the designated employee charged with coordinating efforts to comply with Section 504. The parent/guardian of a handicapped student or any handicapped person may use the grievance procedure established by the Board. Grievance Procedure: The parent/guardian of a handicapped student or as a handicapped person, has the right to nitify the above designated employee with any complaint. The above designated employee will respond to the complaint within ten (10) working days of receipt of the complaint. The parties will attempt to resolve their differences informally and in a timely manner. A written record of the outcome will be given to the complainant within ten (10) working days of the attempt to arrive at a solution. If the above process fails to achieve a satisfactory resolution, the complainant may: 1. Notify the Superintendent of the complaint. 2. Request that the Board place the matter on its agenda. The complainant may be represented by any person of their choosing, may introduce documents or other evidence to support their position, and may question witnesses called by the District. In all of the above, a written decision will be delivered to the complainant within ten (10) working days.

C A REGULATIONS REGIGION IN THE SCHOOL (DISCRIMINATION) The October 31, 1980 federal Register contains the Equal Employment Opportunity Commissions final guidelines regarding religious discrimination. These Guidelines make it a civil rights violation for an employer, or a prospective employer, to fail to accommodate the religious practices of an employee, unless the employer can demonstrate that accommodation would result in undue hardship. If an employees religious practices are affected by employment, the employer has a responsibility to modify work schedules. The Guidelines suggest calling for voluntary substitutes, work swapping, flexible scheduling, lateral transfer, and change of job assignments. The Guidelines also require the employer to accommodate other religious practices such as diet, dress and grooming; length of mourning period for a deceased relative; and prohibition of medical examinations. The Guidelines also contain regulations regarding selection practices. Specifically, two practices are prohibited: 1. The scheduling of selection procedures at a time when an individual cannot attend because of religious practices. 2. Inquires which directly inquire as to whether an individuals schedule will have to be modified because of religious preferences. The definition of religious is under the Guidelines, a believe is religious not because a religious group professes that belief, but because the individual; sincerely holds that belief with the strength of traditional religious views.

Adopted 12/6/99

ACA

RELIGION IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS

The Fall Mountain Regional School District will not establish, promote, or criticize any religion or religious belief. Recognition of religious occasions in schools will be considered opportunities to learn, not to practice religion. An individual's religious freedom will be protected. The school will not require any student participation in observances or practices that might violate their religious beliefs.

FMRSD Adopted: 9/27/99 Reviewed: 12/07

Investigative Worksheet Incidents of Alleged Bullying Bullying among children is commonly defined as intentional, repeated, hurtful acts, words, or other behavior, such as name calling, threatening and/or shunning, committed by one or more children against another. These negative acts are not intentionally provoked by the victims, and for such acts to be defined as bullying, an imbalance of real or perceived power must exist between the bully and the victim. Bullying may be physical, verbal, emotional, or sexual in nature. The following may constitute bullying behavior, if intentional, repeated, and not intentionally provoked by the recipient, and if there is a real or perceived imbalance of power between the bully and the recipient: Physical Bullying: can include punching, poking, strangling, hail pulling, beating, biting, and excessive tickling. Verbal Bullying: can include such acts as hurtful name-calling, teasing, and gossip Emotional Bullying: can include rejecting, terrorizing, extorting, defaming, humiliating, blackmailing, rating/ranking of personal characteristics such as race, disability, ethnicity, or perceived sexual orientation, manipulating friendships, isolating, ostracizing, and peer pressure. Sexual Bullying: may include many of the actions listed above as well as exhibitionism. Voyeurism, sexual propositioning, sexual harassment, and abuse involving actual physical contact and sexual assault. Criteria for Investigation: Do the following components exist in the evidence you have gathered: ___ Behavior appears to have been intentional ___ Behavior has been repeated ___ Behavior appears to have not been intentionally provoked by the alleged recipient ___ A perceived or real imbalance of power exists between the alleged bully and recipient Conclusions: ___ Screening of factual information does not fit the above criteria ___ Screening of factual information does fir above criteria ___ Refer to complaint managers ___ Notify police ___ Notify Superintendent Statement of Findings:

HARASSMENT REGULATIONS

ACB

Policy ACB states: Elimination of Harassment, including Sexual Harassment, Bullying, Hazing and other Forms of Harassment: The Fall Mountain Regional School District guarantees an environment free of harassment, including sexual harassment in any form. Definition of Terms Harassment: Harassment is unwanted behavior which is offensive to the person involved, causing her or him to feel threatened, humiliated or patronized. Such behavior can created a threatening or intimidating learning or work environment, and/or interfere with the persons work performance as well as undermine sense of security. The following defines some of the subcategories of Harassment included in this policy. Sexual Harassment: Sexual harassment is any unwanted sexual comments, looks, suggestions or physical contact that is found objectionable or is offensive and causes discomfort to anyone. Sexual harassment may range from sexual innuendoes, perhaps in the guise of humor, to coerced sexual relations. Harassment at its extreme occurs when a person in a position to control or influence another persons job, career, grades or progress in school, uses his/her authority and power to coerce the other into sexual relations, or to punish his/her refusal. It may include but is not limited to: -verbal harassment or abuse; -subtle pressure for sexual activity; -sexist remarks about a persons clothing, body or sexual activities; -unwanted touching, patting, brushing against a persons body or pinching; -leering or ogling of another persons body; -demanding sexual favors accompanied by implied or overt threats concerning ones job, grades, progress in school, etc.; -physical assault. Sexual harassment, as defined above, is distinct and different from child abuse and neglect as defined in Policy JHFE and RSA 169-c, 1979. It shall be the duty of the Principal to determine whether an alleged complaint of sexual harassment should be reported under Policy JHFE. Bullying: Bullying among children is commonly defined as intentional, repeated hurtful acts, words or other behavior, such as name calling, threatening and/or shunning committed by one or more children against another. These negative acts are not intentionally provoked by the victims, and for such acts to be defined as bullying an imbalance of real or perceived power must exist between the bully and victim.

ACB FALL MOUNTAIN REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT HARASSMENT REPORT FORM General Statement of Policy Prohibiting Sexual Harassment, Bullying or all other forms of Harassment. The Fall Mountain Regional School District, SAU #60 maintains a firm policy and procedures prohibiting all forms of harassment and discrimination. All persons are to be treated with respect and dignity. Sexual advances or other forms of personal harassment or bullying by any person, male or female, which create an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment will not be tolerated under any circumstances. Complainant __________________________________________________________ Home Address ________________________________________________________ Work Address/School ___________________________________________________ Home Phone _______________________ Work Phone _______________________ Date of Alleged Incident(s) _______________________________________________ Name of person(s) you believe harassed/bullied you ___________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ List any witnesses that were present: _______________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ Where did the incident(s) occur? __________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ Describe the incident(s) as clearly as possible, include such things as: what force, if any, was used; any verbal statements (i.e. threats, requests, demands, etc.); what, if any, physical contact was involved; what did you do to avoid the situation, etc. (Attach additional pages if necessary) _________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ This complaint is filed based on my honest belief that the above named individual(s) has/have ___ Sexually Harassed, ___ Bullied, or ___ otherwise harassed me. I hereby certify that the information I have provided in this complaint is true, correct and complete to the best of my knowledge and belief.

ACB STUDENT SAFETY AND VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND HARRASSMENT POLICY

Elimination of Discrimination on the basis of Sex, Race, Age, Creed, Color, Sexual Orientation, Marital Status, or National Origin. The Fall Mountain Regional School District Board is committed to nondiscrimination in relation to sex, race, creed, color, marital status, national origin, handicap, sexual orientation and any other human differences. In keeping with the requirements of Federal and State Laws, every effort will be made to remove any vestige of discrimination in employment, assignment, promotion, educational opportunities, services offered, discipline, location, and use of facilities and educational offerings and materials. Elimination of Harassment, including Sexual Harassment, Bullying, Hazing, and All Other Forms of Harassment The Fall Mountain Regional School Board guarantees an environment free of harassment in any form. The Board is committed to providing all students and staff a safe school environment in which all members of the school community are treated with respect.

Legal References: RSA 193-B, Drug Free School Zones 41 USC Section 701 Et. seq., Drug-free workplace requirements for Federal contractors Public Law 101-226, Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 FMRSB Policy JICK, Pupil Safety and Violence Prevention

FMRSD Adopted: 7/9/84 Revised: 9/11/01 Reviewed: 12/07, 5/9/2011

FALL MOUNTAIN REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT WITNESS DISCLOSURE FORM

ACB

Name of Witness: _________________________________________________________ Position of Witness: _______________________________________________________ Date of Testimony/Interview:________________________________________________ Description of Instance Witnessed: ___________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Any Other Information: ____________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________

I agree that all the information on this form is accurate and true to the best of my knowledge. Signature: _______________________________________________________________ Date: _________________________

ACBA NON-DISCRIMIATION ON THE BASIS OF HANDICAP PROCEDURES It is the intent of the Fall Mountain Regional School District that the Board and its employees will not discriminate against any intended beneficiaries of statutory protection (including , but not limited to students, employees, parents, guardians, other members of the community, or applicants for employment or admission) on the basis of handicap in the admission and access to, or treatment and employment in, any of the Fall Mountain Regional School District programs and activities, policies, procedures and practices, to the extent provided by law. The Fall Mountain Regional School District recognizes its responsibility to identify students who are qualified handicapped persons under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and to provide them regular and/or special education and related aids and services that are designed to meet their individual educational needs as adequately as the needs of non-handicapped students are met. Procedures to carry out this policy will be developed and revised by the Superintendent and his/her designees as needed. Sources: 29 U.S.C. Sec. 794, (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended); 34 C.F.R. part 104.

Adopted 8/24/92 Reviewed: 10/11/99

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ACBA NON-DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF HANDICAP (REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973) EMPLOYEES, STUDENTS Jurisdiction The Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) provides that no qualified individual with a disability shall, by reason of such disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of a public entity, or be subjected to discrimination by any such entity. The regulations provide that public entities with 50 or more employees are required to designate an ADA Specialist to oversee Title II compliance and to develop a grievance procedure. Designation of ADA Compliance Specialist The Superintendent is hereby designated as the Districts ADA Compliance Specialist. The ADA Specialist shall be responsible to coordinate the Districts efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under the ADA, including any investigation of complaints communicated to the ADA Specialist alleging the Districts non-compliance with the ADA or alleging any actions that would be prohibited by the ADA. Complaints should be addressed to the Superintendent of Schools, Fall Mountain Regional School District, PO Box 600, 159 East Street, Charlestown, NH 03603, Telephone number (603) 826-7756. Notice Notice of the name, office address, and telephone number of the ADA Compliance Specialist shall be communicated as follows: a. b. Such information shall be included in all employee manuals. Such information shall be included in all student manuals.

c. Such information shall be posted in a public place within each building owned or operated by the District. d. Such information shall be included in at least one mailing to the parents or guardians of each school. e. Such information shall be published once per year in the official newspaper of the District.

Grievance Procedure

ACBC HIV/AIDS NON-DISCRIMINATION - STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES It is the policy of the Fall Mountain Regional School District not to discriminate against students, employees, or prospective employees on the basis of AIDS/HIV infection. The District believes that the risks of transmission of the virus can be reduced through education about the risks of HIV, modes of transmission, prevention of infection and resources available. All information, materials and resources used in any educational programs for students will stress abstinence and monogamous relationships. Staff will be trained and expected to promote infection control practices in all areas which may involve risk of transmission of HIV or other body fluid borne disease. The confidentiality of any person identified as being infected with HIV will be protected. As regulated by RSA 141-F:10, action will be taken against any District employee for releasing such information to a person not authorized to be so informed. Procedures for preventing the spread of infection, reporting to the Superintendent of Schools the name of an HIV infected individual in the schools, and providing confidential services, as needed, including but not limited to provision of health services, accommodations at school for education and home tutors shall be developed. The Superintendent of Schools will also make available to students, parents, and staff NH Educators HIV/AIDS Handbook: A Guide for Developing HIV/AIDS Curriculum, NH Department of Education, Concord, NH, August 11, 1994, 2nd edition. These guidelines will be followed by the staff in implementing this policy.

Reference: Policy EBBC for AIDS Safety Issues

Adopted: 9/27/93 Reviewed: 11/8/99

ACE PROCEDURAL SAFEGUARDS NONDISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF HANDICAP/DISABILITY

The District provides the following Notice of Procedural Safeguards to parents/guardians, and handicapped persons, as required by 34 C.F.R. Sections 104.7, 104.8, 104.33, (4) (f), and 104.36 of the Regulations implementing Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The District does not discriminate on the basis of handicap in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities. The District provides a grievance procedure with appropriate due process rights. The Assistant Superintendent for Student Services is the designated employee charged with coordinating efforts to comply with Section 504. The parent/guardian of a handicapped student or any handicapped person may use the grievance procedure established by the Board. Grievance Procedure: The parent/guardian of a handicapped student or as a handicapped person, has the right to nitify the above designated employee with any complaint. The above designated employee will respond to the complaint within ten (10) working days of receipt of the complaint. The parties will attempt to resolve their differences informally and in a timely manner. A written record of the outcome will be given to the complainant within ten (10) working days of the attempt to arrive at a solution. If the above process fails to achieve a satisfactory resolution, the complainant may: 1. Notify the Superintendent of the complaint. 2. Request that the Board place the matter on its agenda. The complainant may be represented by any person of their choosing, may introduce documents or other evidence to support their position, and may question witnesses called by the District. In all of the above, a written decision will be delivered to the complainant within ten (10) working days.

ADA REGULATIONS DISCIPLINE AND DUE PROCESS IN SAFE SCHOOL ZONES NEW HAMPSHIRE CODE OF ADMINISTRATIVE RULES Part Ed 317 Standards And Procedures For Suspension And Expulsion Of Pupils Including Procedures Assuring Due Process Ed. 317.01 Purpose. (a) These rules provide the minimum requirements to assure due process and statewide uniformity in the enforcement of RSA 193:13 and 193-D relative to disciplinary action for gross misconduct, or for neglect or refusal to conform to the reasonable rules of the school, or for possession of a pellet or BB gun or rifle or possessing a firearm or other dangerous weapon by a pupil in a safe school zone. (b) These rules also provide a standard that local school boards shall use in adopting and implementing a policy relative to pupil conduct and disciplinary procedures under RSA 193-D:2, II. (c) These rules also link discipline and due process to the requirements of Ed 1109 relative to special needs students. Source. #6109, eff 10-28-95; ss by #6366, eff 10-30-96; ss by #6820, eff 9-1-98 Ed 317.02 Definitions. (a) Expulsion means the permanent denial of a pupils attendance at school for any of the reasons listed in RSA 193:13, II and III. (b) Firearm or other dangerous weapon means firearm or dangerous weapon as defined in section 921 of Title 18 of the US Code, and any weapon prohibited by RSA 159, including but not limited to dangerous weapons listed in RSA 159:16. (c) Gross misconduct means an act which: (1) Results in violence to anothers person or property; (2) Poses a direct threat to the safety of others in a safe school zone; or (3) Is identified in RSA 193-D:1,I. (d) Neglect, in the context of RSA 193:13, I and II means the failure of a pupil to pay attention to an announced, posted, or printed school rule. (e) Pupil means a child through age 21 in attendance at a school during the school day. (f) Refusal, in the context of RSA 193:13, I and II means the willful defiance of a pupil to comply

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ADA

SAFE SCHOOLS

The Fall Mountain Regional School District shall maintain a safe and nurturing educational environment where students can learn, teachers can teach, and where parents and patrons can meet and recreate without fear. The Fall Mountain Regional School District policies pertaining to school safety and student discipline shall be fairly and firmly enforced, criminal misconduct shall be reported to the proper law enforcement authority, and school district staff shall cooperate with any subsequent criminal prosecution. The provisions of RSA 193:13 and Ed. 317, as amended, prohibiting firearms and weapons on school property shall be strictly enforced.

Adopted: 9/27/99 Reviewed: 10/11/99

ADB DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE POLICY The School District will provide a drug-free workplace in accordance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1988 and Amendments of 1989 and the Drug-free workplace requirements for Federal contractors, 41 U.S.C. 701. In compliance with these requirements, the District will: 1. Notify all employees, in writing, that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of illicit drugs and alcohol is prohibited in the District's workplace and that any violation is subject to disciplinary action. Notification will be accomplished by distribution of this policy to all employees. 2. Provide a drug-free awareness program to inform employees about: a. The dangers of illicit drugs in the workplace; b. The District's policy of maintaining a drug-free workplace; c. Available drug and alcohol counseling, rehabilitation, and employee assistance and/or re-entry programs; and d. The penalty/penalties that may be imposed on employees for drug and alcohol violations occurring in the workplace. (See Policy EEAEA Alcohol and Drug Testing Program for District Drivers) 3. Notify employees that, as a condition of employment in the District, they will agree to and abide by the terms of the policy, and will notify the District of any drug statute conviction resulting from workplace conduct within five days of the conviction. 4. Establish the following as grounds for disciplinary action: a. Working under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs, no matter where consumed. b. Having an unsealed container of alcohol or consuming alcohol on School property. (Any employee who finds any type of container of alcohol on School property should report it to the administration immediately.) This is not intended to apply to gifts as long as the container remains unopened and the principal/supervisor is notified immediately. c. Possessing or distributing controlled substances as defined by state federal law RSA 318-b on School property except for legally prescribed medication taken as prescribed. d. Consuming, possessing, or distributing alcohol or illegal drugs at official student school functions not on school property. 5. When appropriate, alert the local law enforcement agency of suspected violations of the law. 6. Take any of the following disciplinary actions (either alone or in combination) regarding an employee who is in violation of the policy: a. Suspension b. Termination of employment c. Satisfactory participation in a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program approved for such purposes by a federal, state or local health or law enforcement, or other appropriate agency.

ADB REGULATIONS DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE The Fall Mountain Regional School District will provide a drug-free workplace in accordance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1988 and Amendments of 2989 (L. 202-226). In compliance with statutory requirements, the School District will: 1. Notify all Fall Mountain employees that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of illicit drugs and alcohol is prohibited in the Districts workplace and that any violation is subject to disciplinary action. Provide a drug-free awareness program to inform employees about: a. b. c. d. 3. The dangers of illicit drugs in the workplace; The Districts policy of maintaining a drug-free workplace; Available drug and alcohol counseling, rehabilitation, and employee assistance and/or reentry programs; and The penalty/penalties that may be imposed on employees for drug and alcohol violations occurring in the workplace.

2.

Notify employees that, as a condition of employment in the District, they will agree to and abide by the terms of the policy, and will notify the District of any drug statute conviction resulting from workplace conduct within five days of the conviction. Establish the following as grounds for disciplinary action: a. b. Working under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs, no matter where consumed. Having an unsealed container of alcohol, or consuming alcohol on School property. (Any employee who finds any type of container of alcohol on School property should report it to the administration as soon as possible.) Possessing or distributing controlled substances on School property. Consuming, possessing, or distributing alcohol or illegal drugs at official* School functions not on School property.

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c. d.

*An official School function is defined as one which is authorized and conducted by the School with School officials present, in charge, and on duty, such as, but not limited to: a. b. Interscholastic athletic contests Field trips

ADD SAFE SCHOOLS The Fall Mountain Regional School District shall maintain a safe and nurturing educational environment where students can learn, teachers can teach, and where parents and patrons can meet and create without fear. The Fall Mountain Regional School Board policies pertaining to school safety and student discipline shall be fairly and firmly enforced, criminal misconduct shall be reported to the proper law enforcement authority and school district staff shall cooperate with any subsequent criminal prosecution. The provisions of RSA 193:13 and Ed. 317, as amended, prohibiting firearms and weapons on school property shall be strictly enforced. Firearms are any weapon (including a starter gun) which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive: or the frame or receiver of any such weapon; or any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; or any destructive device. (Such terms do not include antique firearms). Weapons are defined as any blackjack, sling shot or metallic knuckles.

Legal References: RSA 193:13 Suspension and Expulsion of Pupils RSA 159:16 Carrying or Selling Weapons NH Code of Administrative Rules 317 18 USC921 FMRSD Adopted: 9/27/99 Reviewed: 12/07, 5/9/2011

AFI PERSONNEL EVALUATION AND SUPERVISION The Fall Mountain Regional School Board is committed to personnel evaluation and supervision that encourages employees to continually develop and excel to their optimum potential within their assigned areas of responsibility. Personnel evaluation and supervision focuses on the validation, improvement, and support of instruction in the Fall Mountain Regional School District Schools. Purposes of Evaluation and Supervision 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. To determine the extent to which the job description and performance expectations are being fulfilled. To improve staff performance and instructional effectiveness, and district programs. To encourage professional self appraisal, growth, and development. To promote collaborative processes between staff and administrators. To suggest directions for individual, local school, and system level staff development activities. To encourage the use of feedback from students, parents, administrators, and/or colleagues for the continuous improvement of student learning and district programs. To provide a basis for employment decisions.

Adopted: 12/6/99

SECTION A:

Foundations and Basic Commitments

Section A of the EPS/NSBA policy classification system is a repository for statements related to the districts legal role in providing public education and the underlying principles on which the district operates. The policies in this section provide a setting for all of the school boards other policies. *********************************************** AA AAA ABA AC ACA ACB ACE ADB ADD School District Legal Status Powers of School District Community Involvement in Education Nondiscrimination Religion in the Public Schools Student Safety, Violence Prevention, & Harassment Procedural Safeguards, Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Handicap/Disability Drug-Free Workplace Safe Schools

SECTION B: Board Governance

BB SCHOOL BOARD LEGAL STATUS

The Constitution of New Hampshire gives to the General Court of New Hampshire the responsibility for maintaining a system of public schools, and authorized the General Court to establish local school boards as the agency of organization and control. Legally, then, local school boards are instruments of the General Court and derive their authority from the Constitution of New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated Relating to Public Schools, and from the regulations of the State Board of Education, which regulations have the force of law in New Hampshire. The school board is thus controlled by statutes established by the General Court and the State Board of Education, but it also has responsibilities to the local citizenry, the school children, and its employees.

Statutory-Regulatory References: RSA 189:1a, Duty to Provide Education RSA 194:1-3, School Districts: General Powers and Duties RSA 186:5, State Board of Education Powers RSA 197:1, General Powers and Duties of School Districts N.H. Code of Administrative Rules-Section Ed. 303, Duties of School Boards

Adopted: 9/11/72 Reviewed: 12/07

BB SCHOOL BOARD LEGAL STATUS

The Constitution of New Hampshire gives to the General Court of New Hampshire the responsibility for maintaining a system of public schools, and authorized the General Court to establish local school boards as the agency of organization and control. Legally, then, local school boards are instruments of the General Court and derive their authority from the Constitution of New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated Relating to Public Schools, and from the regulations of the State Board of Education, which regulations have the force of law in New Hampshire. The school board is thus controlled by statutes established by the General Court and the State Board of Education, but it also has responsibilities to the local citizenry, the school children, and its employees.

Adopted: 9/11/72 Reviewed: 12/7/98, 11/8/99

BBA SCHOOL BOARD POWERS AND DUTIES

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The School Board shall determine the salary and term of employment of all teachers and shall elect them upon nomination by the Superintendent. If they reject any nominations, they shall require the Superintendent to make further nominations. They shall employ custodians and other employees required for the proper operation of schools, determine their salaries and terms of employment and prescribe their duties. They shall authorize all purchases. They shall make suitable provision for the accommodation of pupils in approved schoolhouses and for proper transportation and shall provide that all schoolhouses and outbuildings are kept clean and in proper condition. They shall seasonably prepare a budget of school expenditures and before September of each year make suitable assignment of the school money to the various needs of the schools. In State-aided districts, accounts shall be kept as the State Board shall require and shall be open at all times to the inspection of the Superintendent or any other officer of the State Board. They shall hold meetings for the transaction of business at least once in two months and shall require the attendance of the Superintendent. The clerk shall keep a written record of each meeting. They shall exercise all powers and perform all duties vested in and imposed upon the School Board by law or regulations of the State Board which are not committed to the Superintendent or by them expressly delegated to him/her. They shall, upon recommendation of the Superintendent and in accordance with the regulations of the State Board, determine the subjects of instruction for each of the several grades and the school time to be devoted to each subject. They shall exercise all the powers and duties prescribed to them by applicable state and federal laws and rules of the New Hampshire State Board of Education.

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Legal References: RSA 189:1-a, Duty to Provide Education RSA 195:5, Cooperative School Districts: School Board Powers and Duties N.H. Code of Administrative Rules-Section Ed. 303.01, Duties of School Board
Adopted: 9/11/72 Reviewed: 8/5/92, 12/7/98, 11/8/99, 12/07

REGULATIONS SCHOOL BOARD AUTHORITY

BBAA

To assist Board members in fulfilling this public trust with dignity and mature leadership, the following policies are presented by the Board for the consideration of its individual members as guidelines for effective parliamentary rule and to inform the public of the Board member's role. Within the capacity of Board membership the individual Board members will represent the best interests of all the schools in the district. They will suggest problems for Board consideration, inform themselves on school matters, take part in Board deliberations, arrive at opinions independently, and vote as they choose. Each Board member will be committed to reaching and supporting group decisions which represent the best judgments of the Board as a whole. This does not preclude a Board member from voicing a minority viewpoint, but such should be indicated as personal, not Board, opinion. In order to arrive at mature and functional decisions, Board members recognize the need for information and materials. All formal requests for information should be directed to the Superintendent. However, it is understood that certain informal lines of communication exist between the staff and Board members; this policy is not meant to interfere with these lines of communication. When dealing with public issues outside official Board sessions, Board members should strive at all times to represent the Board to the public in a discerning and statesmanlike manner. The following suggestions are offered to help individual Board members maintain this posture: If questioned by someone about a matter on which policy has been clearly defined, an individual Board member should answer based on policy. If approached by someone about a matter on which the Board has no established policy, individual Board members should not commit themselves to any position or promise other than to discuss the matter with the Superintendent or to present it to the Board for consideration. Individual Board members should refer all complaints or requests directly or indirectly relating to instruction, personnel, or services to the Superintendent of Schools who is chief executive officer and is charged with the responsibility of correcting deficiencies in these areas. This policy, and all other Board of Education policies, will be reviewed and made part of the orientation of every new Board member, following his or her election. In other instances, an individual Board member, including the chairperson, will have power only when the Board, by vote, has delegated authority to him or her. It is contrary to the spirit of the statutes for any Board member to seek individually to influence the official functions of the school district. The Board of Education and its members will deal with administrative services through the Superintendent and will not give orders to any subordinates of the superintendent either publicly or privately, but may make suggestions and recommendations.
Adopted: 9/27/99

BBAA SCHOOL BOARD AUTHORITY The School Board is a legal body created by the statutes of the State of New Hampshire. Its members are state officials receiving their responsibilities and powers through state laws. Board members have no authority over school affairs as individuals. They have complete authority, within state law, over school affairs when they serve as a legal body. Members of the Board shall have authority only when acting as a board legally in session. The Board shall not be bound in any way by any statement or action on the part of an individual member except when such statement or action is in pursuance of specific instruction of the Board. The Board is, in practice, primarily a policy making body. Although legally authorized to administer policy, the Board delegates this function to an officer of the Board- the Superintendent of Schools. Delegating the administrative function makes the Board responsible for evaluating the effectiveness of the execution of Board policies. Evaluation by the Board requires a continuous appraisal of the results of its educational policies as well as the effectiveness of the general administration.

FMRSD Adopted: 9/11/72 Reviewed: 12/07

BBAB DUTIES OF BOARD MEMBERS & BOARD CHAIRMAN The duties and obligations of an individual Board member shall include the following: 1. To familiarize himself/herself with the State school laws, regulations of the State Department of Education, and Fall Mountain Regional School District policies, rules, and regulations. 2. To have a general knowledge of the goals and objectives of the system. 3. To work harmoniously with other Board members. 4. To vote and act in the Board meetings impartially for the good of the district. 5. To accept the will of the majority vote in all cases and support to the resulting action. 6. To represent the Board and the Fall Mountain Regional Schools to the public in such a way as to promote both interest and support. 7. To refer complaints to the proper school authorities and to abstain from individual action outside Board meetings. 8. To exercise all the powers and duties prescribed to them by applicable state and federal laws, and rules of the New Hampshire State Board of Education. As presiding officer at all meetings of the Board, the Chairperson shall: 1. Call the meeting to order at the appointed time; 2. Announce the business to come before the Board in its proper order; 3. Enforce the Boards policies relating to the order of business and the conduct of meetings; 4. Put motions to a vote and announce the vote result. The Chairperson shall have the right, as other Board members have, to offer motions, discuss questions, and vote. Duties of the Vice-Chairperson In the absence of the Chair, the Vice-Chair shall perform all the duties of the Chair.
Legal References RSA 189:1-a Duty to Public Education Adopted: 8/14/78 Reviewed: 12/07 To PC for amendment review: 09/12/11 To SB for 1st Reading: 09/26/11 To SB for 2nd Reading and Adoption: 10/10/11 Adopted by FMRSD SB 10/10/11

BBAB DUTIES OF BOARD MEMBERS

The duties and obligations of an individual Board member shall include the following: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. To familiarize himself/herself with the State school laws, regulations of the State Department of Education, and Fall Mountain Regional School District policies, rules, and regulations. To have a general knowledge of the goals and objectives of the system. To work harmoniously with other Board members. To vote and act in the Board meetings impartially for the good of the district. To accept the will of the majority vote in all cases and give wholehearted support to the resulting action. To represent the Board and the Fall Mountain Regional Schools to the public in such a way as to promote both interest and support. To refer complaints to the proper school authorities and to abstain from individual action outside Board meetings.

Adopted: 8/14/78 Reviewed: 12/7/98, 11/8/99

BBB METHOD OF ELECTION AND TERM OF OFFICE A candidate for election to the School Board must file with the School District Clerk. The filing period runs from the seventh Wednesday prior to Election Day in March through 4:00 PM of the second Friday following that seventh Wednesday. The filing fee is $1.00, which is payable to the Clerk. The election will be by non-partisan ballot and the elections shall be decided by plurality. The members to be elected are in accordance with Article 2 of the Articles of Agreement, amended March, 1987, for the Fall Mountain Regional School District. Acworth Alstead Charlestown Langdon Walpole At Large 1 member elected every three years 1 member elected every three years 1 member elected every three years 1 member elected every three years 1 member elected every three years 2 members elected every three years

The members of the School Board are elected for a term of three years and until their successors are chosen and qualified. Each member, upon election, is required to take an oath of office at the first School Board meeting following the election. Immediately following the swearing of the oath of office, the School Board member takes office. School Board members must be sworn in before they are allowed to vote. ELECTION OF SCHOOL BOARD OFFICERS Election of School Board officers shall be conducted at the first regular meeting of the School Board following election of School Board members and after the annual School District vote. By ballot or voice vote, a chairperson, vice-chairperson, secretary and treasurer shall be elected. Officers shall serve a period of one (1) year. Voting for the above mentioned officers shall continue until a clear majority is received. From outside the Board membership, a clerk may be appointed to serve annually or for such period of time as the Board may deem wise. Vacancies in the above mentioned offices occurring during the year shall be filled by the School Board at its discretion.

Legal References RSA 189:1-c, School Board Student Member RSA 194:23-f, High School Student as a Board Member RSA 195:19-a, Cooperative School Boards: Composition of Cooperative School Boards RSA 195:19-b, Cooperative School Boards RSA 671: 4, School District Elections: Board RSA 671:22, School District Election at Town Meeting Adopted: 9/11/72 Amended: 3/87 Revised: 3/6/00 Reviewed: 12/07

BBB OATH OF OFFICE I, __________________________________, of ___________________________________ do solemnly swear that I will bear faith and true allegiance to the United States of America and the State of New Hampshire, and will support the constitution thereof. So help me God. ______________________________________________________ (Signature) I, ________________________________, do solemnly and sincerely swear and affirm that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent on me as ______________________________________________________ (Title of Office) according to the best of my abilities, agreeable to the rules and regulations of this Constitution and laws of the State of New Hampshire. So help me God. ______________________________________________________ (Signature)

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE _______________________________________SS. On the ________ day of ______________________ two thousand and __________, the said ______________________________________________ took and subscribed the above oaths. Before me, __________________________________________________ (Moderator, Clerk, Justice of the Peace)

(To be returned to the office of the School District Clerk)

BBBA

SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE - QUALIFICATIONS

A candidate for election to the School Board must be a registered voter in the district. No person holding the office of member of the School Board shall at the same time hold the office of district moderator, treasurer, or auditor. No person employed on a salaried basis by a school administrative unit or by any school district within a school administrative unit shall be a School Board member in any district of the school administrative unit. Salaried positions shall include, but are not limited to, the following: teacher, custodian, administrator, secretary, school bus driver (if paid by the district), and teachers aide. The same qualifications shall exist when the School Board seeks to fill vacancies.

Legal Reference: RSA 197:26, Vacancies RSA 671:14, School District Elections: Qualifications RSA 671:18-19, School District Elections: Nominations RSA 671:33, Vacancies

Adopted: 9/11/72 Reviewed: 11/8/99 Revised: 12/07

BBBAB

STANDARDS FOR SUPPORT STAFF NON-VOTING MEMBERSHIP ON THE SCHOOL BOARD The Support Staff Representative: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. The representative(s) will be determined by the Support Staff and may attend School Board meetings on a rotating basis. Will sit as a non-voting representative to the Board. Must attend at least one regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Board. May not attend non-public sessions of the Board unless requested to do so. Must adhere to the highest standards (code of ethics) for the School Board members as defined by the NHSBA.

Adopted: 11/8/93 Revised: 3/25/97 Revised: 3/6/00 Reviewed: 12/07

BBBAC STANDARDS FOR TEACHER NON-VOTING MEMBERSHIP ON THE SCHOOL BOARD

The Teacher Representative: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Will be selected by the Teacher Council. The Teacher Council will determine procedures for this selection. Must have taught at least three years in the District as a full-time employee. Will sit as a non-voting representative to the Board. Must attend all regularly scheduled meetings of the Board per month. May not attend non-public sessions of the Board unless requested to do so. Must adhere to the highest standards (code of ethics) for School Board members as defined by the NHSBA.

Adopted: 3/17/92 Revised: 3/25/97 Revised: 3/6/00 Reviewed: 12/07

BBBAD

STANDARDS FOR STUDENT NON-VOTING MEMBERSHIP ON THE SCHOOL BOARD THE STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Will be a prospective Senior who is not elected President of the Senior Class or President of the Student Congress during his/her senior year. This individual must be available for the entire school year. Will submit a petition for candidacy to the Student congress one week after the election of class officers in May. Will be elected by secret ballot vote of prospective Sophomore, Junior and Senior classes. Will be determined by a simple majority vote. Will sit as a non-voting representative of the Board. Will attend at least one regularly scheduled Board meeting per month and will submit a written report each month. May not attend non-public sessions of the Board unless requested to do so. Must adhere to the highest standards (code of ethics) for school board members as defined by the NHSBA.

Adopted: 6/26/00 Reviewed: 12/07

BBC

SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER - RESIGNATION

A School Board member may resign at any time by submitting a letter of resignation to the Chairman of the School Board and filing a copy with the School District Clerk. A member must resign if he/she changes his/her legal residence and no longer resides in the town from which he/she was elected. Vacancies on the Board will be filled in accordance with RSA 197:26 and RSA 671:33.

Legal References: RSA 197:26 RSA 671:33

Adopted: 8/14/78 Reviewed: 12/7/98, 11/8/99 Revised: 12/07

BBD

SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER - REMOVAL FROM OFFICE A Board member may not be removed from office except as provided in RSA 32:12 and RSA 42:1-a.

Le gal Re ference s: RSA 32:12 RSA 42:1-a

Adopted: 9/11/72 Revised: 3/24/03 Reviewed: 12/07

BBE

SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER - UNEXPIRED TERM FULFILLMENT

If a vacancy occurs on the Board or in any other district office except that of moderator, the School Board shall fill the vacancy by appointment (decided by a majority of the remaining Board members) until the next annual district vote. In the event of the inability of the remaining members to agree upon an appointment or in the case of vacancy of the entire Board membership, the selectmen, upon application of one or more voters in the district, shall fill the vacancies so existing until the next annual vote of the district.

Le gal Re ference: RSA 197:26

Adopted: 9/11/72 Reviewed: 12/07

BBFA

BOARD MEMBER CONFLICT OF INTEREST

A Board member shall not have any direct personal and pecuniary interest in a contract with the District, nor shall he or she furnish directly any labor, equipment, or supplies to the District. In the event a Board member is employed by a corporation or business, or has a secondary familial interest in a corporation or business which furnished goods or services to the District, the Board members shall declare his interest and refrain from debating, discussing, or voting upon the question of contracting with the company. It is not the intent of this policy to prevent the District from contracting with corporations or businesses because a Board member is an employee of the firm. The policy is designed to prevent placing a Board member in a position where his interest in the public schools and his interest in his place of employment (or other indirect interest) might conflict, and to avoid appearances of conflict of interest even though such conflict may not exist. Nepotism: The Board will not employ any teacher or other employee if such teacher or other employee is the parent, spouse, or child of the Superintendent, or any member of the Board. If a conflict exists, the Board member shall declare his/her interest and refrain from debating, discussing, or voting on a nomination or other issue. This shall not apply to any person within such relationship or relationships who has been regularly employed by the Board prior to the inception of the relationship, the adoption of this policy, or a Board member's election. Statutory Regulation References: Marsh vs. Hanover, 113 NH 667 (1973) and Atherton vs. Concord, 109 NH 164 (1968) NHRSA 671:18

Adopted: Reviewed: Revised:

8/24/92 11/8/99 3/24/03

BCB BOARD MEMBER CONFLICT OF INTEREST As elected officials, school board members owe a duty of loyalty to the general public in protecting the school district's interests. Therefore, the Board declares that a conflict of interest is a personal, pecuniary interest that is immediate, definite, and demonstrable and which is or may be in conflict with the public interest. A board member who has a personal or private interest in a matter proposed or pending before the Board will disclose such interest to the Board, will not deliberate on the matter, will not vote on the matter, and will not attempt to influence other members of the Board regarding the matter. Additionally, Board members should refrain from engaging in conduct or actions, that give the appearance of a conflict of interest, embarrass the Board, or personally embarrass another Board member. It is not the intent of this policy to prevent the District from contracting with corporations or businesses with which a Board member is an employee. The policy is designed to prevent placing a Board member in a position where his interest in the public schools and his interest in his place of employment (or other indirect interest) might conflict, and to avoid appearances of conflict of interest even though such conflict may not exist. Nepotism The Board may employ a teacher or other employee if that teacher or other employee is the father, mother, brother, sister, wife, husband, son, daughter, son-in-law, daughter-inlaw, sister-in-law, or brother-in-law of the Superintendent or any member of the Board. Such a relationship will not automatically disqualify a job applicant from employment with the school district. However, the Board member shall declare his/her relationship with the job applicant and will refrain from debating, discussing, or voting on a nomination or other issue. The job applicant is expected to declare his/her relationship with the Board member as well. This shall not apply to any person within such relationship or relationships who has been regularly employed by the Board prior to the inception of the relationship, the adoption of this policy, or a Board member's election.

Legal References:
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Marsh v. Hanover, 113 NH 667 (1973) and Atherton v. Concord, 109 NH 164 (1968)

FMRSD Adopted: 8/24/92 Reviewed: 11/8/99 Revised: 3/24/03, 8/26/2008

BCB

ELECTION OF SCHOOL BOARD OFFICERS

Election of School Board officers shall be conducted at the first regular meeting of the School Board following election of School Board members and after the annual School District vote. By ballot or voice vote, a chairperson, vice-chairperson, secretary and treasurer shall be elected. Officers shall serve a period of one (1) year. Voting for the above mentioned officers shall continue until a clear majority is received. From outside the Board membership, a clerk may be appointed to serve annually or for such period of time as the Board may deem wise. Vacancies in the above mentioned offices occurring during the year shall be filled by the School Board at its discretion.

Adopted: 8/14/78 Revised: 8/23/99 Reviewed: 11/8/99

BCCA

SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRPERSON

The Chairperson of the School Board shall preside at Board meetings, shall perform all duties imposed by the statutes, and shall perform such other duties as may be prescribed by action of the School Board. The Chairperson shall decide, at Board meetings, questions of order. The Chairperson shall have the same rights as other members to offer resolutions, to make motions or second motions, to discuss questions, and to vote thereon. The Chairperson shall appoint all committees of the Board unless otherwise directed by the Board, and shall be an en officio member of all such committees. The Chairperson shall call special meetings of the Board. The Chairperson shall sign official district documents that require the signature of the School Board Chairpersons office.

Adopted: 8/14/78 Reviewed: 12/7/98, 11/8/99

BCCB

SCHOOL BOARD VICE-CHAIRPERSON

The School Board Vice-Chairperson shall have the powers and duties of the School Board Chairperson in his/her absence or during his/her disability, and such other powers and duties as may from time to time be assigned by the Board or Chairperson.

Adopted: 8/14/78 Reviewed: 12/7/98, 11/8/99

BCD

SCHOOL BOARD - SUPERINTENDENT RELATIONS

The Fall Mountain Regional School Board believes that the legislation of policies is the most important function of a school board, and that the execution of the policies should be the function of the Superintendent. Delegation by the Board of its executive powers to the Superintendent provides freedom for the Superintendent to manage the schools within the Boards policies, and frees the Board to devote its time to policymaking and appraisal functions. The Board holds the Superintendent responsible for carrying out its policies within established guidelines and for keeping the Board informed about school operations.

Adopted: 8/14/78 Reviewed: 12/7/98, 11/8/99

BCE

SCHOOL BOARD STANDING COMMITTEE

The School Board shall be assisted in carrying out its responsibilities by the use of standing committees appointed by the School Board Chairperson from the School Board membership. The number of committees and responsibilities of the individual committees shall be at the discretion of the School Board Chairperson. Ad hoc committees may be created by the School Board for special assignments. When so created, such committees shall be appointed by the Chairperson and shall terminate upon completing their assignments or may be terminated by vote of the Board at any time.

Adopted: Reviewed:

8/14/78 12/7/98; 11/8/99

BCF

ATTENDANCE AREA ADVISORY COMMITTEES

In order to increase communications with the public and provide citizen involvement in problem solving at the attendance area level, the School Board encourages the formation of citizens school advisory committees composed of people representative of the attendance area served by the school. Advisory committees should be ad hoc groups assembled to address a particular question or problem by working with the principal in gathering and sharing information. The principal is responsible for selecting the advisory committee in such a manner as to insure representation of as many points of view as possible around the matter in question. Upon completion of the task for which the advisory committee was assembled, that committee shall be dissolved. Advisory committees should not continue beyond the end of any school year except to complete a task that might carry over into the summer.

Adopted: 1/21/81 Reviewed: 12/7/98, 11/8/99

BCG

SCHOOL ATTORNEY/LEGAL SERVICES

The increasing complexity of school operations requires the frequent procurement of legal services. Consequently, the Board will retain an attorney or law firm. The school attorney must be admitted to the state bar and licensed in the legal profession. In addition, the attorney will either have supplementary training in school-related law and role of the public school in society, or will commit himself or herself to acquiring such knowledge within a reasonable time following appointment. The school attorneys services will include, but not be limited to: * furnishing general legal advice in policy development and on relations with employees, employee organizations, pupils, parents, district residents, and other governmental and nongovernmental groups and agencies; aiding the well-being of the district; and rendering services in impending or actual litigation involving the school system as a whole or any unit, individual, or groups of individuals connected with the schools.

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A decision to seek legal advice or assistance on behalf of the school system will normally be made by the Superintendent. Such action will be taken as consistent with Board policy and as it meets an obvious need of the district. It may take place as a consequence of formal Board direction. Many types of legal assistance will be considered routine and will not need specific Board approval. However, when the administration concludes that an unusual type or amount of legal service may be required, the Board directs the administration to advise it expeditiously and to seek either initial or continuing authorization for such service.

Adopted: 11/8/93 Reviewed: 12/7/98, 11/8/99

BDA

SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS

The School Board shall meet regularly. Dates and times will be determined by consensus of the board members. Unless decided by prior agreement at an open meeting, the place of meeting shall be in the Library at Fall Mountain Regional High School.

Adopted: 8/14/78 Revised: 11/30/98 Reviewed: 11/8/99

BDB

SCHOOL BOARD - SPECIAL MEETINGS

Special meetings of the Fall Mountain Regional School Board may be called by the Chairperson or shall be called upon request of two Board members or the Superintendent. The calling of the special meeting shall allow time for members of the Board to be notified as to the time and place of the meeting, and the subject that will be discussed. The scope of the meeting shall be limited to the specific subject for which the meeting was called. A special meeting shall be conducted in compliance with School Board policy and RSAs. Minutes of the meeting shall be made available to the public within 72 hours.

Adopted: 8/14/78 Reviewed: 12/7/98, 11/8/99

BDC

PUBLIC AND NON-PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD SESSIONS All meetings of the Board shall be open to the public except meetings where the acquisition or sale of property is being considered, provided that no other portion of such meeting shall be closed to the public. The Board reserves the right to sit in non-public session when a majority of the members present and voting so vote (recorded roll call vote required). As required by law, the motion calling for a non-public session will indicate the matters to be discussed and the statutory exception stated. The Board may entertain a motion to hold a non-public session only for those purposes which the law recognizes. (For the list of reasons permitted by law, see RSA 91-A:3 II.) Minutes of the proceedings in non-public session shall be kept, at least to the extent of recording any decisions made therein. Decisions must be publicly disclosed within 72 hours of the meeting, unless 2/3 of the members present believe the release of the information would adversely affect the reputation of any person other than a member of the body itself or render the proposed action ineffective. Board members and any persons attending a nonpublic session are duty-bound not to disclose any details of the discussion held. The Superintendent, Administrator or his/her designated representative may attend all nonpublic sessions except those which pertain to the Superintendents employment, at the pleasure of the Board.

Statutory References: RSA 91-A:3 I, II, III RSA 91-A:4 RSA 42:1 II (a) (b)

Adopted: 8/14/78 Revised: 5/8/00

BDD

BOARD MEETING PROCEDURES

It is the desire of the Board that meetings shall be formal enough for orderly procedure but informal enough to be natural and to encourage free discussion and to promote group thinking and action. The Board desires to be cognizant of the problems, requests, complaints, and suggestions of members of the community, but it is necessary that the Board not allow the perusal of such material to interfere with diligent attention to the affairs of the district.

Adopted: 8/14/78 Reviewed: 12/7/98, 11/8/99

BDD

SCHOOL BOARD - SUPERINTENDENT RELATIONS

The Fall Mountain Regional School Board believes that the legislation of policies is the most important function of a school board, and that the execution of the policies should be the function of the Superintendent. Delegation by the Board of its executive powers to the Superintendent provides freedom for the Superintendent to manage the schools within the Boards policies, and frees the Board to devote its time to policymaking and appraisal functions. The Board holds the Superintendent responsible for carrying out its policies within established guidelines and for keeping the Board informed about school operations.

Adopted: 8/14/78 Reviewed: 12/07

BDDB

SCHOOL BOARD MEETING AGENDAS

The Superintendent of Schools in consultation with the School Board Chairperson shall prepare the agenda for each Board meeting. Whenever a matter involving policy consideration is placed on the agenda, the Superintendent shall advise the Board of any policies previously adopted affecting such matter. Any member of the Board may submit items for the agenda either to the Chairperson or the Superintendent. Individuals wishing to place an item on the Board agenda shall advise the Superintendent of Schools one week in advance. The agenda shall allow for the recognition and introduction of guests, together with remarks for the good of the school district by any Board member. Items of business may not be suggested from the floor for action at the same meeting except by 2/3 majority vote of the Board members present. Discretion should be exercised by Board members on bringing matters before the School Board that could be resolved through administrative channels.

No. Present 7 6 5 4

Required 2/3 5 4 3 3

Approved: 8/14/78 Revised: 8/23/99 Reviewed: 11/8/99 Revised: 4/22/02

BDDE

SCHOOL BOARD - RULES OF ORDE R

The Board shall observe Roberts Rules of Order, Revised, except that the Chairperson may discuss and have a vote on all matters before the Board, or except as otherwise provided by law or policy.

Adopted: 8/14/78 Reviewed: 12/7/98, 11/8/99

BDDEC

SCHOOL BOARD - ADJOURNED MEETINGS

Any meeting of the Fall Mountain School Board may be adjourned before the completion of the agenda. The time and place at which the meeting will be reconvened must be announced prior to the adjournment. An adjourned meeting shall be properly posted and conducted in compliance with School Board policy and the RSAs. Minutes for an adjourned meeting shall be kept separate and apart from those of the initial meeting and shall be approved separately.

Adopted: 8/14/78 Reviewed: 12/7/98. 11/8/99

BDDEC

SCHOOL BOARD - [RECESSED] ADJOURNED MEETINGS

Any meeting of the Fall Mountain School Board may be recessed before the completion of the agenda. The time and place at which the meeting will be reconvened must be announced prior to the recess. A recessed meeting shall be properly posted and conducted in compliance with School Board policy and the RSAs. Minutes for a recessed meeting shall be kept separate and apart from those of the initial meeting and shall be approved separately.

Adopted: 8/14/78 Reviewed: 12/7/98. 11/8/99 Revised 12/07

BDDG

SCHOOL BOARD - - MINUTES

The Clerk shall keep complete records of action taken at Board meetings. The minutes of the Board shall be kept in an official minute book which shall be a complete record of action of the Board including resolutions and motions in full. Papers not a part of a formal motion may be omitted if they are referred to and their filing location identified. Copies of the minutes of a meeting shall be sent to the members of the Board before the meeting at which they are to be approved. Corrections in the minutes may be made at the meeting at which they are to be approved. Permanent minutes shall be signed by the Chairperson or the Superintendent after approval.

Adopted: 8/14/78 Reviewed: 12/20/99

BDDH

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN BOARD MEETINGS

All meetings of the Fall Mountain Regional School Board shall be open to the public. All actions of the Fall Mountain Regional School Board shall be taken openly and the deliberation leading to Board action shall likewise be conducted openly. The public is invited to attend Fall Mountain Regional School Board meetings and will be given limited time to voice opinions or concerns. The Fall Mountain Regional School Board reserves the right to meet in a Non-public Session as provided for in RSA 91-A:3. No action shall be taken by the Fall Mountain Regional School Board while it is in Non-public Session. All action shall be taken in an open meeting. The Fall Mountain Regional School Board recognizes its responsibility to conduct the business of the district in an orderly and efficient manner and will, therefore, require reasonable controls to regulate public presentations to the Fall Mountain Regional School Board. A person wishing to place an item on the School Board agenda must submit the item in writing to the Superintendent one week prior to the meeting date. A person wishing to be heard by the Fall Mountain Regional School Board shall first be recognized by the Chairperson. He/she shall then identify himself/herself and proceed with his/her comments as briefly as the subject permits. The Chairperson is responsible for the orderly conduct of the meeting and shall rule on such matters as the time to be allowed for public discussion, the appropriateness of the subject being presented and the suitability of the time for such a presentation. Persons appearing before the Board are reminded, as a point of information, that members of the Board are without authority to act independently as individuals in official matters. Thus, questions may be directed to individual Board members, but answers must be deferred pending consideration and/or vote by the full Board.

Adopted: 9/8/75 Reviewed: 12/7/98 Reviewed: 11/8/99 Revised: 4/22/02

BDDI

BOARD MEETING NEWS COVERAGE

The Board believes that the public should be informed of its actions. Local news media representatives shall be welcome to attend all regular, special, and annual meetings of the Fall Mountain Regional School District School Board. In the event that representatives of the news media are not in attendance at any meeting of the Board, they shall be provided a summary of Board actions. Those in attendance may make use of whatever means they may desire to record activity at regular, special, or annual meetings through electronic or verbatim transcript to the extent that the deliberations of the Board or rights of others in attendance are not abrogated. Nothing in this policy shall be construed as giving permission for or allowing the use of recording devices or verbatim transcripts or proceedings at non-public sessions of the Board or its committees.

Adopted: 1/8/79 Reviewed: 11/8/99

BDE

SCHOOL BOARD STANDING COMMITTEE

The School Board shall be assisted in carrying out its responsibilities by the use of standing committees appointed by the School Board Chairperson from the School Board membership. The number of committees and responsibilities of the individual committees shall be at the discretion of the School Board Chairperson. Ad hoc committees may be created by the School Board for special assignments. When so created, such committees shall be appointed by the Chairperson and shall terminate upon completing their assignments or may be terminated by vote of the Board at any time.

Adopted: Reviewed:

8/14/78 12/07

BDF

ATTENDANCE AREA ADVISORY COMMITTEES

In order to increase communications with the public and provide citizen involvement in problem solving at the attendance area level, the School Board encourages the formation of citizens school advisory committees composed of people representative of the attendance area served by the school. Advisory committees should be ad hoc groups assembled to address a particular question or problem by working with the principal in gathering and sharing information. The principal is responsible for selecting the advisory committee in such a manner as to insure representation of as many points of view as possible around the matter in question. Upon completion of the task for which the advisory committee was assembled, that committee shall be dissolved. Advisory committees should not continue beyond the end of any school year except to complete a task that might carry over into the summer.

Adopted: 1/21/81 Reviewed: 12/07

BDG

SCHOOL ATTORNEY/LEGAL SERVICES The increasing complexity of school operations requires the frequent procurement of legal services. Consequently, the Board will retain an attorney or law firm. The school attorney must be admitted to the state bar and licensed in the legal profession. In addition, the attorney will either have supplementary training in school-related law and role of the public school in society, or will commit himself or herself to acquiring such knowledge within a reasonable time following appointment. The school attorneys services will include, but not be limited to: * furnishing general legal advice in policy development and on relations with employees, employee organizations, pupils, parents, district residents, and other governmental and nongovernmental groups and agencies; aiding the well-being of the district; and rendering services in impending or actual litigation involving the school system as a whole or any unit, individual, or groups of individuals connected with the schools.

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A decision to seek legal advice or assistance on behalf of the school system will normally be made by the Superintendent. Such action will be taken as consistent with Board policy and as it meets an obvious need of the district. It may take place as a consequence of formal Board direction. Many types of legal assistance will be considered routine and will not need specific Board approval. However, when the administration concludes that an unusual type or amount of legal service may be required, the Board directs the administration to advise it expeditiously and to seek either initial or continuing authorization for such service.

Adopted: 11/8/93 Reviewed: 12/07

BEA

SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS The Board shall meet at least once every two months. Unless otherwise determined by Board action, regular meetings of the Board shall be held at the Fall Mountain Regional High School Library/Media Center on the second and fourth Monday of each month beginning at 6:30 PM (with the exception of the months of July and August). All regular meetings shall be open to the public. The Board will set and control the agenda of each meeting. The Board reserves the right to amend the agenda during the meeting, should a majority of the board vote to do so. Additionally, the Board may or may not allow public comments at the meeting. Should the Board offer time for public comments, such comments may be restricted to agenda items only, and the Board may decline members of the public the opportunity to speak on items not on the agenda. Further clarification of the public comments policy are located in Policies BEDH, KE, and KEB. All changes of regular meetings from normal dates shall be advertised at least 24 hours prior to the date of the meeting. Special meetings shall be held at the call of the Chairperson. A majority of the Board shall constitute a quorum. The School Board recognizes that the consistent attendance of Board Members at Board Meetings is essential for the efficient, effective operation of the Board's duties as well as fulfilling our individual obligations as elected officials. The Chair and Vice Chair will formally question any Board member who misses three consecutive meetings, or more than 30% of scheduled meetings, for reasons of absences. The Board may then take such action that is appropriate. The Board Secretary is responsible for tracking attendance and providing the Chair with a quarterly report.

Legal References: RSA 91-A, Access to Public Records and Meetings N.H. Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 303.01(f), Substantive Duties of School Boards

Adopted: 8/14/78 Revised: 1/28/2008

BEB

SCHOOL BOARD - SPECIAL MEETINGS

Special meetings of the Fall Mountain Regional School Board may be called by the Chairperson or shall be called upon request of two Board members or the Superintendent. The calling of the special meeting shall allow time for members of the Board to be notified as to the time and place of the meeting, and the subject that will be discussed. The scope of the meeting shall be limited to the specific subject for which the meeting was called. A special meeting shall be conducted in compliance with School Board policy and RSAs. Minutes of the meeting shall be made available to the public within 72 hours.

Le gal Re ference: RSA 91-A:2, II, Meetings Open to the Public

Adopted: 8/14/78 Reviewed: 12//07

BEC PUBLIC AND NON-PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD SESSIONS All meetings of the Board shall be open to the public except meetings where the acquisition or sale of property is being considered, provided that no other portion of such meeting shall be closed to the public. The Board reserves the right to sit in non-public session when a majority of the members present and voting so vote (recorded roll call vote required). As required by law, the motion calling for a non-public session will indicate the matters to be discussed and the statutory exception stated. The Board may entertain a motion to hold a non-public session only for those purposes which the law recognizes. 1. The dismissal, promotion, compensation or disciplining of any public employee. 2. The hiring of a public employee. 3. Discussion of matters that are likely to adversely affect the reputation of a person other than a member of the Board. 4. Consideration of the acquisition, sale or lease of real or personal property. 5. Consideration or negotiation of pending legal claims or litigation. 6. Matters relating to the preparation and carrying out of emergency functions. Minutes of the proceedings in non-public session shall be kept, at least to the extent of recording any decisions made therein. Decisions must be publicly disclosed within 72 hours of the meeting, unless 2/3 of the members present believe the release of the information would adversely affect the reputation of any person other than a member of the body itself or render the proposed action ineffective. Board members and any persons attending a nonpublic session are duty-bound not to disclose any details of the discussion held. The Superintendent, Administrator or his/her designated representative may attend all nonpublic sessions except those which pertain to the Superintendents employment, at the pleasure of the Board.
Legal References: RSA 91-A:3 I, II, III, Public Records and Meetings: Non-Public Sessions RSA 91-A:4, Public Records and Meetings: Minutes and Records Available for Public Inspection RSA 42:1(a), Oaths of Town Officers: Manner of Dismissal; Breach of Confidentiality FMRSD Adopted: 8/14/78 Revised: 5/8/00, 7/21/2008

BEDB

SCHOOL BOARD MEETING AGENDAS

The Superintendent of Schools in consultation with the School Board Chairperson shall prepare the agenda for each Board meeting. Whenever a matter involving policy consideration is placed on the agenda, the Superintendent shall advise the Board of any policies previously adopted affecting such matter. Any member of the Board may submit items for the agenda either to the Chairperson or the Superintendent. Individuals wishing to place an item on the Board agenda shall advise the Superintendent of Schools one week in advance. The agenda shall allow for the recognition and introduction of guests, together with remarks for the good of the school district by any Board member. Items of business may not be suggested from the floor for action at the same meeting except by 2/3 majority vote of the Board members present. Discretion should be exercised by Board members on bringing matters before the School Board that could be resolved through administrative channels. The Board may choose not to deal with every agenda item. Consistent with RSA 91-A:3 and the laws pertaining to student and family privacy rights, the Board will not place any matter on the public meeting agenda that is to be properly discussed in a non-public session. This shall not preclude the Board from giving notice of its intent to hold or enter into a non-public session and the statutory reason for doing such. Board Members shall be expected to read the information provided them and to contact the Superintendent to request additional information that may be deemed necessary to assist them in their decision-making responsibilities. When the final agenda has been established, it will be made available to the public, upon request. Members of the public who wish to speak at Board meetings regarding an agenda item are encouraged to contact the Superintendent prior to the Board meeting. Additionally, the Board reserves the right to limit public discussion at Board meetings to agenda items only.
FMRSD Approved: 8/14/78 Revised: 8/23/99, 4/22/02, 8/25/2008

BEDBB

SCHOOL BOARD MEETING PREPARATION

Before actions by the Board are requested or recommended, the Board shall be provided with adequate data and back-up information to assist it in reaching sound and objective decisions consistent with establishing goals. Board members shall be expected to read the information provided them, and to contact the Superintendent or other appropriate staff members to request additional information that may be deemed necessary to assist them in their decision making responsibilities.

Adopted: 8/14/78 Reviewed: 12/07

BEDD

SCHOOL BOARD - RULES OF ORDE R

The Board shall observe Roberts Rules of Order, Revised, except that the Chairperson may discuss and have a vote on all matters before the Board, or except as otherwise provided by law or policy.

Adopted: 8/14/78 Reviewed: 12/07

BEDG

SCHOOL BOARD - - MINUTES The Clerk shall keep a record of actions taken at Board meetings. The minutes of the Board shall be kept in an official minutes file and will include resolutions and motions. Papers not a part of a formal motion may be omitted if they are referred to and identified by some method. Copies of the draft minutes of a meeting will be sent to the members of the Board before the meeting at which they are to be approved. Corrections in the minutes may be made at the meeting at which they are to be approved. All minutes will be kept in accordance with RSA 91-A:2 and RSA 91-A:3 and will be in the custody of the Superintendent. Minutes of all public meetings will be made available for public inspection no later than five (5) business days after the meeting. Minutes for all nonpublic sessions will be made available for public inspection within seventy-two (72) hours after the non-public session.

FMRSD Adopted: 8/14/78 Reviewed: 12/20/99 Revised: 2/25/2008

BEDH

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN BOARD MEETINGS

All meetings of the Fall Mountain Regional School Board shall be open to the public. All actions of the Fall Mountain Regional School Board shall be taken openly and the deliberation leading to Board action shall likewise be conducted openly. The public is invited to attend Fall Mountain Regional School Board meetings and will be given limited time to voice opinions or concerns. The Fall Mountain Regional School Board reserves the right to meet in a Non-public Session as provided for in RSA 91-A:3. No action shall be taken by the Fall Mountain Regional School Board while it is in Non-public Session. All action shall be taken in an open meeting. The Fall Mountain Regional School Board recognizes its responsibility to conduct the business of the district in an orderly and efficient manner and will, therefore, require reasonable controls to regulate public presentations to the Fall Mountain Regional School Board. A person wishing to place an item on the School Board agenda must submit the item in writing to the Superintendent one week prior to the meeting date. A person wishing to be heard by the Fall Mountain Regional School Board shall first be recognized by the Chairperson. He/she shall then identify himself/herself and proceed with his/her comments as briefly as the subject permits. The Chairperson is responsible for the orderly conduct of the meeting and shall rule on such matters as the time to be allowed for public discussion, the appropriateness of the subject being presented and the suitability of the time for such a presentation. Persons appearing before the Board are reminded, as a point of information, that members of the Board are without authority to act independently as individuals in official matters. Thus, questions may be directed to individual Board members, but answers must be deferred pending consideration and/or vote by the full Board.

Adopted: 9/8/75 Reviewed: 12/7/98, 11/8/99, 12/07 Revised: 4/22/02

BF

POLICY DEVELOPMENT

1.

Policy Development. Policy development is the Boards most important responsibility. It is the intent of the Board to develop policies for the successful and efficient operation of the Fall Mountain schools.

The Board accepts the definition of policy as set forth by the National School Boards Association: Policies are principles adopted by the school board to chart a course of action. They tell what is wanted; they may include why and how much. Policies should be broad enough to indicate a line of action to be followed by the administration in meeting a number of problems; narrow enough to give clear guidance. Policies are guides for action by the administration, who then sets the rules and regulations to provide specific directions to school district personnel. These policies should serve to inform and guide all people interested in or connected with the school district. Changes in needs, conditions, purposes and objectives will require revisions, deletions and additions to the policies of present and future Boards. The Board will welcome suggestions for ongoing policy development from citizens, students and staff in the District. The policies of the district are to be interpreted consistently with New Hampshire law and the regulations of the New Hampshire State Board of Education. These policies should be interpreted consistently with those educational objectives, procedures, and practices which are generally accepted in the public education field. 2. Policy Draft Writer. The Superintendent shall be responsible for recasting group consensus about policy recommendations into acceptable written form for further deliberation and/or action by the committee. The Superintendent, as policy draft writer, and the Board shall seek the counsel of the school attorney when there may be a question of legality or proper legal procedure in the development of a proposed school board policy. 3. System Maintenance. A member of the SAU staff is to be designated and delegated by the Superintendent with the responsibility to maintain the Boards policy reference files, to draft policy proposals as instructed by the Board and/or Superintendent, to maintain the Board policy manual and to serve as liaison between the Board, the New Hampshire School Boards Association, State Board of Education and other sources of policy research information.

Adopted: 5/9/94 Reviewed: 11/8/99 Revised: 2/18/02

BFAA

POLICY DRAFT WRITER

The Superintendent shall be responsible for recasting group consensus about policy recommendations into acceptable written form for further deliberation and/or action by the committee. The Superintendent, as policy draft writer, and the Board shall seek the counsel of the school attorney when there may be a question of legality or proper legal procedure in the development of a proposed school board policy.

Adopted: 8/14/78 Reviewed: 11/8/99

BFC

POLICY ADOPTION 1. Policy Initiation. Any person residing in or employed by the school district may suggest policies by providing a statement of need in writing to the Superintendent or Board Chair. Policy Development. The Board, acting as a whole or through a policy committee, will seek appropriate public comment and administrative guidance as it considers proposals for policy development or revision. Committee Make-up. The Board will make every effort to include representation on the committee from the teaching staff, support staff, parents, administration and School Board. Comment and information will be sought in the following areas: a. The effect of proposed policy on administrators, students, teaching staff and the community. b. The fiscal consequences of the proposed policy. c. The specific need for the policy. d. Samples of similar policies of other boards. e. Applicable provisions of state and federal law. f. The anticipated costs, benefits, and ability of implementing, enforcing and evaluating the proposed policy.

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Warnings. No policy will be adopted by the Board unless first warned publicly in accordance with applicable state statutes.

Adopted: 5/9/94 Revised: 8/23/99 Reviewed: 11/8/99

BFC

PROCEDURES POLICY ADOPTION

The Policy Manual will be reviewed in its entirety on an interval not to exceed three years. Revision of any existing policy, or a recommendation for new policy, may be initiated by the Policy Committee if, in the opinion of the Committee, such action is deemed necessary to the good order of the School District. All Committee recommendations for new or revised policies will be submitted for a first reading at a regularly scheduled meeting of the School Board. After consideration of board-suggested changes, if any, a second reading will be held at the next regularly scheduled Board meeting. At that meeting, the Board may adopt, postpone action, or send back to the Committee for further review, the proposed new or revised policy. On an on-going basis, the Committee may make non-substantive corrections to the wording of any policy.

FMRSD Adopted: 8/23/99 Reviewed: 11/8/99 Revised and 1st Reading: 11/28/05 2nd Reading and Adoption: 1/2/06

BFCA

POLICY DISSEMINATION, ADMINISTRATION, AND REVIEW

When policies are adopted, the Superintendent will publish and make them available to the public, students and school personnel. Policies will be administered through regulations and directives of the Superintendent of Schools and members of the management team. A copy of the district policy manual will be available during the normal working day in the office and/or library of each school within the district. The student handbook will include board policies related to student conduct. The teacher handbook will include board policies related to teachers responsibilities. It will be the responsibility of employees and students to know and follow board policy. All policies will be reviewed periodically and, if necessary, revised or repealed.

Adopted: 5/9/94 Reviewed: 11/8/99

BFE

ADMINISTRATION IN POLICY ABSENCE

In cases where action must be taken and the Board has provided no guides for administrative action, the Superintendent shall have the power to act. Such administrative decisions shall be subject to review by the Board at its next meeting. It shall be the duty of the Superintendent to inform the Board promptly of such action and of the need for policy.

Adopted: 8/14/78 Reviewed: 12/07

BFG

POLICY REVIEW

The Board should follow through on the policies it has formulated. It shall evaluate how the policies have been executed by the school staff and shall weigh the results. The Board shall rely on the school staff, students, and the community for providing evidence of the effect of the policies which it has adopted. The Board shall strive to keep its policies up-to-date. To achieve this end, the Superintendent shall call to the Boards policy committees attention policies that are in need of revision. The Superintendent shall see that every Board member has up-to-date and complete access to all policies. All policies will be reviewed periodically and, if necessary, revised or repealed.

FMRSD Adopted: 8/14/78

BGA
GUI DE LINE S TE AC HER C OUN CI L G RO UP ST ATE ME NT O F P UR PO SE To facilitate communication and understanding throughout the District between the Superintendent(s) and other Central Office administrators and the teachers TE AC HER C OUN CI L RE S PON SI BILITI ES 1. 2. 3. 4. Discuss important issues pertaining to the District and to the common good of teachers. Act in an advisory capacity to the administration. Act as a communication facilitator in their building. Share Teacher Council information with teachers and their Principal at regularly scheduled faculty meetings immediately following the council meeting. Administer the IDEA Awards Program. Help facilitate the National School Conference Institutes offered by the District. To supply a representative each to the Board and to the Board Policy Committee annually.

5. 6. 7.

STR UC TU RE 1. One elected teacher per building and two from the High School and the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent and Curriculum Coordinator. Meet once per quarter or a special meeting may be called by two or more members of the Teacher Council Teacher Council members will be provided with release time to attend council meetings. The agenda will be jointly prepared and finalized by the Superintendent and the Chairperson(s). Teachers will be encouraged to submit items two weeks prior to the meeting that have been addressed and/or discussed at the school level if appropriate. A chairperson(s) will usually be elected at the first meeting in September. Each Teacher Council term will last two years. When a member is finishing a term for another member, they will be allowed an additional two year term of their own. Membership selection is to be determined by staff and principal at the individual schools. The Teacher Council will approve extensions as deemed necessary.

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The new Teacher Council will be a cooperative venture between the teachers and the Superintendents Administration Leadership Team.
Adopted: 9/17/93 Revised: 9/96 Revised: 3/6/00 Revised: 3/11/02

BGA

TEACHER COUNCIL

The Superintendent of Schools is charged with the responsibility of managing the schools. In order to carry out this task, it is essential that he keep in touch with teacher opinion and at the same time present managements position to the teachers. A representative Teacher Council shall be established to implement this position. Membership and terms of membership shall be established by the Superintendent and teachers together with the proviso that every school building shall be represented by at least one person. Officers, terms of office and schedule of meetings will be determined by the membership and Superintendent working together. The Teacher Council shall meet at least once every quarter during the school year at a time and place determined by the Council. The Council and Superintendent will establish by-laws, ground rules for meetings, activities appropriate for the Councils attention and any other matters suitable for the Council to address.

Adopted: 7/14/86 Reviewed: 11/8/99

BGB GUIDELINES SUPPORT STAFF COUNCIL GROUP STATEMENT OF PURPOSE To facilitate communication and understanding throughout the District between the Superintendent, administrators, supervisors and the support staff. SUPPORT STAFF COUNCIL RESPONSIBILITIE S 1. 2. 3. 4. Discuss important issues pertaining to the District and to the common good of support staff. Act in an advisory capacity to the administration. Act as a communication facilitator in their building and/or department. Share Support Staff Council information with support staff and their supervisor/Principal at regularly scheduled support staff meetings or through interoffice mail immediately following the council meeting. To solicit a support staff representative each to the Board and to the Board Policy Committee annually.

5.

STRUCTURE 1. 2. One elected support staff per building and two from the High School and the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent and Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Meet once per quarter during the school year or a special meeting may be called by two or more members of the Support Staff Council. Support Staff Council members will be provided with release time to attend council meetings. The agenda will be jointly prepared and finalized by the Superintendent and the Chairperson(s). Support Staff will be encouraged to submit items two weeks prior to the meeting that have been addressed and/or discussed at the school level if appropriate. A chairperson(s) will usually be elected at the first meeting in September. Each Support Staff Council term will last two years. When a member is finishing a term for another member, they will be allowed an additional two year term of their own. Membership selection is to be determined by staff and principal/supervisor at the individual schools and/or departments.

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BGB POLICY ADOPTION

1.

Policy Initiation. Any person residing in or employed by the school district may suggest policies by providing a statement of need in writing to the Superintendent or Board Chair. Policy Development. The Board, acting as a whole or through a policy committee, will seek appropriate public comment and administrative guidance as it considers proposals for policy development or revision. Committee Make-up. The Board will make every effort to include representation on the committee from the teaching staff, support staff, parents, administration and School Board. Comment and information will be sought in the following areas: a. The effect of proposed policy on administrators, students, teaching staff and the community. b. The fiscal consequences of the proposed policy. c. The specific need for the policy. d. Samples of similar policies of other boards. e. Applicable provisions of state and federal law. f. The anticipated costs, benefits, and ability of implementing, enforcing and evaluating the proposed policy.

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Warnings. No policy will be adopted by the Board unless first warned publicly in accordance with applicable state statutes.

BGB

SUPPORT STAFF COUNCIL

The Superintendent of Schools is charged with the responsibility of managing the schools. In order to carry out this task, it is essential that he/she keep in touch with support staff opinion and at the same time present managements position to the support staff. A representative Support Staff Council shall be established to implement this position. Membership and terms of membership shall be established by the Superintendent and support staff together with the proviso that every school building or department shall be represented by at least one person. Officers, terms of office and schedule of meetings will be determined by the membership and Superintendent working together. The Support Staff Council shall meet at least once every quarter during the school year at a time and place determined by the Council. The Council and Superintendent will establish by-laws, ground rules for meetings, activities appropriate for the Councils attention and any other matters suitable for the Council to address.

1st Reading: 4/8/02 2nd Reading and Adoption: 6/20/02

BHA

NEW BOARD MEMBER ORIENTATION The magnitude of School Board membership calls for knowledge of and orientation to many areas of information and understandings. Under the guidance of experienced board members and the Administration, orientation will be provided to new board members through activities including the following: a. b. workshop for new Board members conducted by state and area school board associations discussions and visits with the Superintendent and other members of the school staff opportunity to make use of printed and audio-visual materials on School Board and administrative policies and procedures.

c.

Orientation shall be considered as an ongoing process for all School Board members, and may include such activities as those indicated above and the addition of the following: a. b. attendance at school board and administrative conferences and conventions on a local, area, state, and national basis exchange of ideas through joint meetings with neighboring school boards.

New board members are requested to thoroughly read the Districts Policy Manual and serve their first year on the Policy Committee.

Adopted: 8/14/78 Revised: 8/23/99

BHD

BOARD MEMBER COMPENSATION AND EXPENSES

Members of the School Board shall be paid annually an amount as determined by annual School District vote. They should be paid out of district travel expense as authorized by a vote of the School Board. They shall be reimbursed for expenses in attending meetings of the New Hampshire School Board Association.

Adopted: 8/14/78 Revised: 8/23/99 Reviewed: 11/8/99

BHE SCHOOL BOARD USE OF EMAIL The Board encourages its members to not communicate to each other via electronic communication (e-mail) regarding official school district business. The Board will not use email as a substitute for deliberations at board meetings, for other communications, or for business properly confined to board meetings. Communications via e-mail of private or confidential school district matters is strictly prohibited. If an e-mail is originated by a Board member, is communicated to a quorum of the Board, and discusses official school district business, the e-mail will be considered a public document for purposes of the Right to Know Law, RSA 91-A. As such, the contents of the email communication will be publicly disclosed and included in the minutes of the next regularly scheduled Board meeting. Legal references: RSA 91-A:2-a, Communications Outside Meetings RSA 189:29-a, Records Retention and Disposition Miller v. Fremont School Board, Rockingham County Superior Court, No. 03-E-152 (2003)
To Policy Committee 1/23/12 To SB for 1st Reading 2/13/12 To SB for 2nd Reading & Adoption 2/27/12

BIA

NEW BOARD MEMBER ORIENTATION

The magnitude of School Board membership calls for knowledge of and orientation to many areas of information and understandings. Under the guidance of experienced board members and the Administration, orientation will be provided to new board members through activities including the following: a. workshop for new Board members conducted by state and area school board associations discussions and visits with the Superintendent and other members of the school staff opportunity to make use of printed and audio-visual materials on School Board and administrative policies and procedures.

b. c.

Orientation shall be considered as an ongoing process for all School Board members, and may include such activities as those indicated above and the addition of the following: a. attendance at school board and administrative conferences and conventions on a local, area, state, and national basis exchange of ideas through joint meetings with neighboring school boards.

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New board members are requested to thoroughly read the Districts Policy Manual and serve their first year on the Policy Committee.

Adopted: 8/14/78 Revised: 12/07

SECTION B:

School Board Governance and Operations

Section B of the EPS/NSBA policy classification system is a repository for statements about the school board how it is elected, organized; how it conducts its meetings and operates. This section includes bylaws and policies establishing the boards internal operating procedures. *********************************************** BB BBA BBAA BBAB BBB BBBA BBBAB BBBAC BBBAD BBC BBD BBE BCB BDD BDDEC BDE BDF BDG BEA BEB BEC BEDB BEDBB BEDD BEDG BEDH BFE BFG BGB BIA BIB School Board Legal Status School Board Powers and Duties School Board Authority Duties of Board Members Election of Board Officers School Board Candidate Qualifications Standards for Support Staff Non-Voting Membership on the School Board Standards for Teacher Non-Voting Membership on the School Board Standards for Student Non-Voting Membership on the School Board School Board Member Resignation School Board Member Removal from Office School Board Member Unexpired Term Fulfillment School Board Member Conflict of Interest School Board - Superintendent Relations Recessed Meetings Standing Committees Attendance Area Advisory Committees School Attorney/Legal Services School Board Meetings School Board Special Meetings Public and Non-Public Board Sessions Board Meeting Agendas School Board Meeting Preparation School Board Rules of Order Meeting Minutes Public Participation at Board Meetings Administration in Policy Absence Policy Review Policy Adoption New Board Member Orientation Board Member Compensation and Expenses

SECTION C: General
Administration

CB DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS The administration of the Fall Mountain Regional School District/SAU #60 in all its aspects shall be delegated to the Superintendent who shall carry out the administrative functions in accordance with the job description manual. The Superintendent shall be the executive head of the public schools and shall have, under the direction of the Board and in conformance with state and federal laws and local policies, general supervision of the public schools and of all personnel and departments of the school district. The Superintendent is accountable to the School Board and to the NH Commissioner of Education for carrying out duties specified by the State Board of Education and Regulation Part ED 302. The Superintendent, at his/her discretion, may delegate to other school personnel the exercise of any powers and the discharge of any duties imposed upon the Superintendent by these policies or by vote of the Board. The delegation of power or duty however, shall not relieve the Superintendent of responsibility for the action taken under such delegation.

Legal Reference: NH Code of Administrative Rules - Section Ed. 302


FMRSD

Adopted: 6/26/00 Revised: 7/21/03, 8/26/2008

CB Job Description QUALIFICATIONS: 1. The Superintendent shall have completed a State Board of Education approved educational administration collegiate program at the Certificate or Advanced Graduate Study or doctorate level; or 2. Shall have acquired the following competencies, skills and knowledge through experience in comparable leadership positions in education or other professions (not necessarily in order of importance): a. b. c. d. e. f. g. h. i. j. k. Organizational Management and Development Group Leadership: Human Relations Skills Educational Philosophy and Program Development Goal Setting and Evaluation of Program Effectiveness The Law and Education Staff Development and Adult Education Community-School Partnership Development Communication Skills Needs Assessments Budgeting, Cost Effectiveness The Change Process SUPE RINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS

This alternate route requires review and approval by the Board of Examiners. Knowledge of finance and business administration is necessary, but the school administrative unit board feels that demonstrated ability to give educational leadership is the highest priority for the position at this time. Implementing the program for the professional growth of staff and tactfully managing the problems of personnel are very important, too. Skill in communications within and without the school system is very desirable. Love and concern for the welfare of children should be the basic motivation of the educational leader we seek. COMPETENCIES: Among the competencies and qualities the Board desires for the position are: 1. 2. 3. 4. Exemplary character and reputation. Vigorous health. Maintaining poise and dignity, even in the face of adversity and criticism. Provide a strong leadership role in working with the School Board and staff.

CBB

SUPE RINTENDENT APPOINTMENT

The Superintendent of Schools shall be elected by the School Administrative Unit #60, Fall Mountain Regional School District School Board in keeping with the laws of New Hampshire.

Legal Reference: RSA 194-C:4, SAU: Superintendent Services RSA 194-C:5, SAU: Organization and Duties

FMRSD Adopted: 6/26/00 Reviewed: 12/07

CBE

SUPE RINTENDENT - DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

The Board encourages the Superintendent to make every effort to stay abreast of educational trends and to seize opportunities for exploring new ideas and programs that may be used to enhance the School District. For the benefit of the entire School District, the Board encourages the Superintendent to set aside time each year to attend certain seminars and conferences and visit other school districts in which promising ideas are emerging or currently operational.

Adopted: 6/26/00

CBE

SUPE RINTENDENT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIE S

The Board encourages the Superintendent to make every effort to stay abreast of educational trends and to seize opportunities for exploring new ideas and programs that may be used to enhance the School District. For the benefit of the entire School District, the Board encourages the Superintendent to set aside time each year to attend certain seminars and conferences and visit other school districts in which promising ideas are emerging or currently operational.

FMRSD

Adopted: 6/26/00 Reviewed: 12/07

CBG

Fall Mountain Regional School Distri ct Annual Performance Evaluati on Supe rintendent of Schools

The purpose of the Superintendent evaluation is as follows: To establish high expectations for the Superintendent and the school district. To gather information relative to the Superintendents performance in order to make appropriate decisions about his/her contract. To establish clear and measurable goals for the Superintendent and the school district. Clarify the Superintendents role in the school system, as seen by the Board. Develop harmonious working relationships between the Board and the Superintendent. Provide effective administrative leadership for the school district. The process of Superintendent evaluation is as follows: 1. Superintendent self-evaluation, utilizing this form, given to the Board Chair by the first Monday in May 2. Individual Board Members complete this evaluation form by the first Monday in May 3. Board meets to aggregate the Superintendents evaluation by the first Monday in May 4. Board Chair completes the evaluation and reviews it with the Board, including the Superintendents self-evaluation by the third Monday in May 5. Board approves the evaluation and instructs the Chair to share final evaluation with Superintendent by the first Monday in June 6. Goal setting session for the next school year by the first board meeting in August 7. Goals completed with time line and objectives and reported to the Board by Superintendent by the first board meeting in September

Adopted 7/21/03

CBG SUPE RINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS ANNUAL PERFORMANCE EVALUATION

The purpose of the Superintendent Evaluation is as follows: To establish high expectations for the Superintendent and the school district. To gather information relative to the Superintendents performance in order to make appropriate decisions about his/her contract. To establish clear and measurable goals for the Superintendent and the school district. Clarify the Superintendents role in the school system, as seen by the Board. Develop harmonious working relationships between the Board and the Superintendent. Provide effective administrative leadership for the school district.

The process of Superintendent Evaluation is as follows: 1. Superintendent self-evaluation, utilizing this form, given to the Board Chair by the first Monday in May. 2. Individual Board Members complete this evaluation form by the first Monday in May. 3. Board meets to aggregate the Superintendents evaluation by the first Monday in May. 4. Board Chair completes the evaluation and reviews it with the Board, including the Superintendents self-evaluation by the third Monday in May. 5. Board approves the evaluation and instructs the Chair to share final evaluation with Superintendent by the first Monday in June. 6. Goal setting session for the next school year by the first board meeting in August. 7. Goals completed with time line and objectives and reported to the Board by Superintendent by the first board meeting in September.

FMRSD Adopted 7/21/03 Reviewed: 12/07

CBG

SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS ANNUAL PERFORMANCE EVALUATION

The purpose of the Superintendent Evaluation is as follows: To establish high expectations for the Superintendent and the school district. To gather information relative to the Superintendents performance in order to make appropriate decisions about his/her contract. To establish clear and measurable goals for the Superintendent and the school district. Clarify the Superintendents role in the school system, as seen by the Board. Develop harmonious working relationships between the Board and the Superintendent. Provide effective administrative leadership for the school district.

The process of Superintendent Evaluation is as follows: 1. Superintendent self-evaluation, utilizing this form, given to the Board Chair by the first meeting in February. 2. Individual Board Members complete this evaluation form by the first meeting in February. 3. Board meets to aggregate the Superintendents evaluation by the first meeting in March. 4. Board Chair completes the evaluation and reviews it with the Board, including the Superintendents self-evaluation by the first meeting in March. 5. Board approves the evaluation and instructs the Chair to share final evaluation with Superintendent by the second meeting in March. 6. Goal setting session for the next school year by the first board meeting in August. 7. Goals completed with time line and objectives and reported to the Board by Superintendent by the first board meeting in September.

FMRSD Adopted 7/21/03 Adopted: 8/8/2011

CD

HIRING OF ADMINISTRATIVE PERSONNEL

Administrative vacancies, (positions at the level of Assistant Principal and above, excluding the Superintendent) shall be filled expediently with the most qualified candidate obtainable.

Adopted: 12/9/80 Reviewed: 1/11/99, 12/20/99

CD

GUIDELINES HIRING OF ADMINISTRATIVE PERSONNEL Upon the acceptance of an administrative resignation by the Board, the Superintendent shall advertise the opening in the District, Statewide and beyond at his/her discretion to obtain a pool of qualified candidates. The Superintendent and/or his/her designee(s) shall screen applications to identify three to five viable applicants. These applicants shall be interviewed by the Superintendent and such other persons he/she may select, but shall include the Assistant Superintendent and Principals. No less than two candidates to be interviewed shall appear before an appropriate committee assigned by the Superintendent or School Board. The Superintendent shall be guided by the recommendations of the Committee in establishing his/her position on a final nominee. The nominee for the position shall appear before the entire Board for an interview. In the event that the Board rejects the Superintendents nominee, he/she may nominate another candidate from among the finalists or reopen the position.

Adopted: 12/9/80 Revised: 9/13/99 Reviewed: 12/20/99

CDA

COMPENSATION GUIDE FOR PRINCIPALS AND ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS

In consideration of an annual salary, Principals and Assistant Principals shall perform faithfully the responsibilities assigned. This annual salary will be paid in equal installments in accordance with the policy governing payment of other professional staff members in the District. The Principals' and Assistant Principals' salary will be reviewed annually by the Board in keeping with the following measures: 1. The Superintendent shall establish a salary range into which all Principals' base salaries shall fall. Salary adjustments may be made.

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FMRSD Adopted: 6/8/81 Revised: 8/23/99 Reviewed: 12/20/99 Revised: 12/8/2008

CDB

EVALUATION OF ADMINISTRATIVE PERSONNEL

The Fall Mountain School Board recognizes that administrative and educational leadership are most important elements in a sound educational program. Provisions shall be made to conduct appraisal of administrator performances. The appraisal of administrator performance shall serve five purposes: 1. 2. To raise the quality of instruction and educational services to the children of our district. To develop the quality of human relationships necessary to maintain maximum staff performance. To provide an in-service program for all administrators which will improve their roles of performance, retention and promotion. To provide a process by which the Superintendent will report to the Board yearly and make recommendations regarding the status of employment and salary. To provide a merit compensation process that will contribute to the continuous improvement of staff performance and sufficient to attract and retain qualified administrators.

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Evaluation of administrator performance must be a cooperative continuous process designed to improve the quality of education and the school organization. The administrator shares with those to whom he/she is responsible the responsibility for developing effective evaluation procedures and instruments. Therefore, the Board delegates to the Superintendent of Schools, the responsibility of developing, organizing, and implementing, with administration directly responsible to him/her, a program for evaluating administrator performance as one means to insure quality control of education.
Approved: 6/29/76 Revised: 8/23/99 Reviewed: 12/20/99

CF SCHOOL BUILDING ADMINISTRATION

The Principal, under the direction of the Superintendent, or his/her designee, is charged with the administration, supervision, and operation of the individual school program. It is the Principals responsibility to see that the school functions within the framework of regulations of the Superintendent, the policies of the School Board and the State Board of Education. The Principal is expected to provide leadership and be committed to working collaboratively with the Site-Based Committeee/Team.

Legal Reference NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed 304.01, Substantive Duties of School Principals

FMRSD Adopted: 12/17/01

CFA

SCHOOL-BASED QUALITY MANAGEMENT

The Fall Mountain Regional School District, in the realization of its philosophy, mission and goals for district schools, its Comprehensive Quality Educational system, promotes wide participation in developing instructional goals and objectives for the continuous improvement of all schools. The School Board is committed to involving Fall Mountain partners through site-based quality management committees. Each Attendance Area and High School will present their goals and objectives for approval annually. To this end, the School Board maintains that all schools have a plan that will meet Policy CFA and guidelines. Training and assistance will be provided to all staff on an as needed basis.

Adoption: 2/12/96 Reviewed: 12/7/98, 12/20/99 Revised: 3/24/03

CFA SCHOOL ADMINISTRATIVE PERSONNEL The principals shall be elected by the Board following nomination by the Superintendent. Should the Board fail to accept the nomination of the Superintendent; the Superintendent will be directed to present another name in nomination. Candidates for position of principal will file a formal, written application with the Superintendent. All applications will be screened by the Superintendent and a number will be selected for interview by the Superintendent and the Board. It will be the policy of the Superintendent and Board to promote candidates when such a promotion is in the best interests of the School. All such candidates must meet requirements as established by the Superintendent and Board.

Legal Reference N.H. Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed 304.01, Substantive Duties of School Principals FMRSD Adopted: 12/9/80 Reviewed: 12/07

CFA SCHOOL ADMINISTRATIVE PERSONNEL All administrative positions shall be approved by the Board following nomination by the Superintendent. Should the Board fail to accept the nomination of the Superintendent; the Superintendent will be directed to present another name in nomination. Candidates for an administrative position will file a formal, written application with the Superintendent. All applications will be screened by the Superintendent and a number will be selected for interview. At least one board member will serve on the interview committee. It will be the policy of the Superintendent and Board to promote candidates when such a promotion is in the best interests of the School. All such candidates must meet requirements as established by the Superintendent and Board.

Legal Reference N.H. Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed 304.01, Substantive Duties of School Principals FMRSD Adopted: 12/9/80 Reviewed: 12/07 To PC for amendment review: 09/12/11 To SB for 1st Reading: 09/26/11 To SB for 2nd Reading and Adoption: 10/10/11 Adopted by the FMRSD SB on 10/10/11

CFAA

ATTENDANCE AREA SITE-BASED COMMITTEES Require d Plan: Each attendance area shall implement a plan for site-base decision making approved by the Superintendent of Schools. Site-based decision making is a process to improve educational outcomes through a collaborative effort. The Committee shall be composed of individuals from the school staff, teachers, principal(s), parents, community representatives and School Board member(s). Roles and responsibilities may include planning, budgeting, curriculum, staff development and school goals. The principal shall forward the minutes of Site-Based Committee meetings to the Superintendent, who will in turn, forward them to the School Board. School Pe rformance Objectives: The principal of each attendance area and the high school, with the assistance of parents, community residents, and the professional staff of the school, shall establish school academic and other performance objectives for academic excellence which directly align to district goals. In addition, the Site-Based Team will work to improve community involvement in the school, and the flow of communication and information.

FMRSD Adopted: 2/12/96 Revised: 10/13/03, 9/28/2009

CFAA

ATTENDANCE AREA SITE-BASED QUALITY MANAGEMENT Instructi onal Goals and Objectives: Site-Based Team Decision Making

Require d Plan: Each attendance area shall implement a plan for site-base decision making approved by the Superintendent of Schools. The plan shall establish school teams, which must include school/community representatives and outline the role of the school teams regarding decision making related to goal setting, curriculum, budgeting, staffing considerations, and school organization. School Pe rformance Objectives: The principal of each attendance area and the high school, with the assistance of parents, community residents, and the professional staff of the school, shall establish school academic and other performance objectives for academic excellence. The School Board and Superintendent shall approve the objectives for each attendance area annually in accordance with CFAB.

Adopted: 2/12/96 Revised: 10/13/03

CFAB

PROCEDURES ATTENDANCE AREA SITE-BASED QUALITY MANAGEMENT TEAMS

Continuous Improvement Program or School-Based Coordinated Program The responsibilities of the school/community teams area: 1. To present to the Superintendent, following established procedures, a school improvement plan which is consistent with established district vision, mission, goals and guidelines for instruction and within budget allocations provided by the district. To ensure that all school improvement plans and functioning of the team are within existing district policies and procedures. To review the implementation of the school improvement plan. To assess periodically the effectiveness of the program during each school year. To annually review the school improvement plan, determine resources needed and, if necessary, make other modifications in the plan to reflect changing improvement needs and priorities and submit to the Superintendent for approval. To operate within policies and regulations of the School Board. To report to the School Board and Superintendent annually by October 1 , the activities and decisions of the school site team.

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The membership of the site team shall include the school principal, school board member(s), parents, teachers, support staff and community members. Optional: students, local business representatives, clergy, selectpeople, senior citizens, and law enforcement.

Adopted: 2/12/96 Revised: 12/6/99

CFB EVALUATION OF ADMINISTRATIVE PERSONNEL

The Fall Mountain School Board recognizes that administrative and educational leadership are most important elements in a sound educational program. Provisions shall be made to conduct appraisal of administrator performances. The appraisal of administrator performance shall serve five purposes: 1. district. 2. To raise the quality of instruction and educational services to the children of our To develop the quality of human relationships necessary to maintain maximum staff performance. To provide an in-service program for all administrators which will improve their roles of performance, retention and promotion. To provide a process by which the Superintendent will report to the Board yearly and make recommendations regarding the status of employment and salary. To provide a merit compensation process that will contribute to the continuous improvement of staff performance and sufficient to attract and retain qualified administrators.

3. 4.

5.

Evaluation of administrator performance must be a cooperative continuous process designed to improve the quality of education and the school organization. The administrator shares with those to whom he/she is responsible the responsibility for developing effective evaluation procedures and instruments. Therefore, the Board delegates to the Superintendent of Schools, the responsibility of developing, organizing, and implementing, with administration directly responsible to him/her, a program for evaluating administrator performance as one means to insure quality control of education.

Approved: 6/29/76 Revised: 8/23/99 Reviewed: 12/20/99, 12/07

SECTION D: Fiscal Management

DAB

DEFINITION OF CAPITAL The manner in which towns will be assessed funds to support operating expenditures and/or capital expenditures, shall conform to the articles of agreement as follows: Funds to support the operating budget shall be assessed as specified in Article 5 of the Articles of Agreement. Funds to support capital expenditures shall be assessed as specified in Article 6 of the Articles of Agreement. To be defined as a capital expenditure, an item or project must meet criteria 1 and 2 or 3 as follows: 1. 2. 3. The expected useful life of the item or project will be 10 years or more; and The item or project has a projected cost in excess of $10,000 The item must be included in the 450 or 700 object budget category as defined on pages A-62 and A-66 - 67 of the NH Financial Accounting Handbook for LEAs -1997 Edition.

It shall be the responsibility of the administration to recommend to the Board, during the budget development process, which item or projects meet the definition of capital.

Adopted: 4/13/87 Revised: 3/29/99 Reviewed: 1/10/00

DAB DEFINITION OF CAPITAL The manner in which towns will be assessed funds to support operating expenditures and/or capital expenditures, shall conform to the articles of agreement as follows: Funds to support the operating budget shall be assessed as specified in Article 5 of the Articles of Agreement. Funds to support capital expenditures shall be assessed as specified in Article 6 of the Articles of Agreement. To be defined as a capital expenditure, an item or project must meet criteria 1 and 2 or 3 as follows: 1. 2. The expected useful life of the item or project will be 10 years or more; and The item or project has a projected cost in excess of $10,000

3. The item must be included in the 450 or 700 object budget category as defined on pps. A-62 and A-66 - 67 of the NH Financial Accounting Handbook for LEAs -1997 Edition. It shall be the responsibility of the administration to recommend to the Board, during the budget development process, which item or projects meet the definition of capital.

Adopted: 4/13/87 Revised: 3/29/99 Reviewed: 1/10/00, 12/07

DBI EXPENDITURES OF SCHOOL DISTRICT FUNDS The Board is responsible for meeting the purchasing needs of the district and will follow the Districts adopted budget as closely as possible in the expenditure of funds. The Board assigns the Superintendent the responsibility for the quality and quantity of purchases made. The Superintendent may name other designees as necessary. Purchasing services will include personnel and equipment necessary to process promptly all approved requisitions, to deliver goods and services promptly. Purchasing activities will have the following as their criteria for all items and services: best possible quality, lowest possible cost meeting the specifications of the user, availability when needed, least possible expenditure of time for the person requesting, and compliance of suppliers and staff with Board policies. Competition will be the basis for purchasing. Competitive vendors will be granted equal consideration. First consideration will be given to the objectives, policies, and interest of the district. All other things being equal, contracts/awards shall be awarded and purchases made from a local firm. All requests for bids and quotations will specify that the district reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids and quotations, to waive any formalities in any and all bids, and make a vendor selection in the best interests of the district. Purchasing of any normally used supplies and materials, or any furniture and equipment items that are included in (1) any district budget, (2) approved for new buildings, or additions to existing buildings, or (3) any district proposal that has had prior approval of the Board will not require additional approval by that Board. No employee, school board member, or school board representative shall engage, directly or indirectly, in any purchasing activities that conflicts or raises reasonable questions of conflict with his/her duties and responsibilities. See Policy BCB, Board Member Conflict of Interest. CONTRACTS The Chair of the Board will sign any written contract to which the district may be a party when such contract has been authorized by the Board. Any other contract may be entered into and signed by the Superintendent or designee. Any contract signed by an administrator will not exceed one year.

FMRSB 2nd Reading and Adoption: 7/13/2009

DFA INVESTMENT The School Board authorizes the School District Treasurer working in conjunction with the Superintendent and his/her designee and pursuant to RSA 197:23-a to invest the funds of the District subject to the following objectives and standards or care. OBJECTIVES The three objectives, in priority order, of investment activities shall be safety, liquidity, and yield. 1. Safety of principal is the foremost objective in this policy. Investments shall be undertaken in a manner that seeks to ensure the preservation of capital by mitigating credit and interest rate risk. This will be accomplished by limiting the type of the investments and institutions to those stipulated by statute and fully covered by FDIC insurance or collateral approved pursuant to RSA 366:57. The district may use, in conjunction with its FDIC insured checking account, a money market sweep account with a maximum average maturity not to exceed 90 days. The sweep account must be in the name of the district and shall not be an asset of the bank issuing the checking account. Additionally, the compensating balance in the checking account shall not exceed the FDIC limit. 2. Liquidity of the investment portfolio shall remain sufficient to meet all operating requirements that may be reasonably anticipated. 3. Yield. The investment portfolio shall be designed with the objective of attaining a market rate of return throughout budgetary and economic cycles, taking into account the investment risk constraints and liquidity needs. Return on investment is of secondary importance compared to the safety and liquidity objectives described above. STANDARDS OF CARE 1. Prudence. The standard of prudence to be used by the District Treasurer and Superintendent or his/her designee involved in the investment process shall be the "prudent person" standard and shall be applied in the context of managing an overall portfolio. They are directed to use the GFOA* Recommended Practices and Policy Statements Related to Cash Management as a guide to the prudent investment of public funds. 2. Ethics and conflicts of interest. The School District Treasurer and Superintendent or his/her designee involved in the investment process shall refrain from personal business activity that could conflict with the proper execution and management of the investment program or that could impair their ability to make impartial decisions. Employees and Investment officials shall disclose any material interests in financial institutions with which they conduct business. They shall further disclose any personal financial institutions with which they conduct business. They shall further disclose any personal

DG DEPOSITORY OF FUNDS All income payable to the District and all revenue received will be deposited with the District Treasurer, who will credit it to the appropriate account. The Board will determine when other depositories are needed and will name them by resolution. Depositories will be selected only after careful review of fiscal practices and ability to meet the safety and service criteria of the District.

FMRSB Adopted: 5/9/2011

DGA AUTHORIZED SIGNATURES Checks drawn on the general fund or any special fund (with the exception of the activity fund) will require the signature of the School District Treasurer. All manifests will be presented to the School Board for review. All checks over $100,000 will require the signatures of the Treasurer and Deputy Treasurer.

Legal Reference: RSA 197:23-a, Treasurers Duties

FMRSB Adopted: 5/23/2011

DIB

SCHOOL ACTIVITIES FUND A School Activities Fund may be established by each Principal. The Principal shall be responsible for the proper administration of the financial activities of the Activities Fund in accord with provisions of the law and appropriate accounting practices and procedures. All monies shall be deposited in a bank account established for the Fund in a recognized New Hampshire banking institution. All payments made from a School Activities Fund shall have the approval of the Principal in writing. The annual School District audit shall include an audit of the School Activities Fund(s) payments which shall be made from School District funds. Monies raised by student organizations shall be expended for the benefit of the students.

Adopted: 2/13/78 Revised: 9/27/99

DIB

SCHOOL ACTIVITIES FUND A School Activities Fund may be established by each Principal. The Principal shall be responsible for the proper administration of the financial activities of the Activities Fund in accord with provisions of the law and appropriate accounting practices and procedures. All monies shall be deposited in a bank account established for the Fund in a recognized New Hampshire banking institution. All payments made from a School Activities Fund shall have the approval of the Principal in writing. The annual School District audit shall include an audit of the School Activities Fund(s) payments which shall be made from School District funds. Monies raised by student organizations shall be expended for the benefit of the students.

Adopted: 2/13/78 Revised: 9/27/99

DIBA

CLASS ACCOUNTS

Effective with the Fall Mountain Regional High School Class of 1978, any money remaining in the Class account beyond one (1) year from the date the Class is graduated will be transferred to the General Fund of Fall Mountain Regional High School.

Adopted: 2/13/78 Reviewed: 9/13/99

DIBA

CLASS ACCOUNTS

Effective with the Fall Mountain Regional High School Class of 1978, any money remaining in the Class account beyond one (1) year from the date the Class is graduated will be transferred to the General Fund of Fall Mountain Regional High School.

Adopted: 2/13/78 Reviewed: 9/13/99, 12/07

DIH FRAUD PREVENTION AND FISCAL MANAGEMENT Authority The Board expects all Board members, district employees, volunteers, consultants, vendors, contractors and other parties that maintain a relationship with the school district to act with integrity, due diligence, and in accordance with law in their duties involving the districts resources. The Board is entrusted with public funds, and no one connected with the district shall do anything to erode that trust. Definitions Fraud, financial improprieties, or irregularities include but are not limited to: 1. Forgery or unauthorized alteration of any document or account belonging to the district. 2. Forgery or unauthorized alteration of a check, bank draft, or any other financial document. 3. Misappropriation of funds, securities, supplies, or other assets. 4. Impropriety in handling money or reporting financial transactions. 5. Profiteering because of insider information of district information or activities. 6. Disclosure of confidential and/or proprietary information to outside parties. 7. Acceptance or seeking of anything of material value, other than items used in the normal course of advertising, from contractors, vendors, or persons providing services to the district. 8. Destruction, removal, or inappropriate use of district records, furniture, fixtures, or equipment. 9. Failure to provide financial records to authorized state or local entities. 10. Failure to cooperate fully with any financial auditors, investigators or law enforcement. 11. Other dishonest or fraudulent acts involving district monies or resources. Confidentiality The Superintendent shall investigate reports of fraudulent activity in a manner that protects the confidentiality of the individuals and facts. All employees involved in the investigation are required to maintain confidentiality regarding all information about the matter during the investigation. Results of an investigation shall not be disclosed to or discussed with anyone other than those individuals with a legitimate right to know, until the results are made public.

DJ

EXPENDITURE S OF SCHOOL DISTRICT FUNDS

The School Board will follow the Districts adopted budget as closely as possible in the expenditure of funds. To this end, the Board shall require that it approves in advance: 1. 2. All discretionary expenditures of funds that exceed by more than 10% the amounts budgeted for each function in the annual budget. All discretionary funds for Capital Outlay not identified in the approved budget.

In keeping with the intent and spirit of this policy, the Superintendent shall keep the Board informed of any unusual expenditures not provided for in the annual budget. All purchases of goods, services, and equipment for which the District shall be responsible for payment - except purchases made under approved Petty Cash funds, not to exceed an amount to be established by the Administration - must be made on official purchase orders, properly approved and executed. All purchases by competitive quotations or negotiated, shall take into consideration the quality of the articles supplied, their conformity with developed specifications, their suitability to the requirements of the educational system, and delivery terms and vendors performance. All other things being equal, contracts shall be awarded and purchases made from a local firm. No employee, school board member, or school board representative shall engage, directly or indirectly, in any purchasing activities that conflicts or raises reasonable questions of conflict with his/her duties and responsibilities.

Adopted: 9/76 Revised: 3/80 Revised: 6/14/82 Revised: 12/8/86 Revised: 9/27/99

DJ

EXPENDITURES OF SCHOOL DISTRICT FUNDS

The School Board will follow the Districts adopted budget as closely as possible in the expenditure of funds. To this end, the Board shall require that it approves in advance: 1. 2. All discretionary expenditures of funds that exceed by more than 10% the amounts budgeted for each function in the annual budget. All discretionary funds for Capital Outlay not identified in the approved budget.

In keeping with the intent and spirit of this policy, the Superintendent shall keep the Board informed of any unusual expenditures not provided for in the annual budget. All purchases of goods, services, and equipment for which the District shall be responsible for payment - except purchases made under approved Petty Cash funds, not to exceed an amount to be established by the Administration - must be made on official purchase orders, properly approved and executed. All purchases by competitive quotations or negotiated, shall take into consideration the quality of the articles supplied, their conformity with developed specifications, their suitability to the requirements of the educational system, and delivery terms and vendors performance. All other things being equal, contracts shall be awarded and purchases made from a local firm. No employee, school board member, or school board representative shall engage, directly or indirectly, in any purchasing activities that conflicts or raises reasonable questions of conflict with his/her duties and responsibilities.

FMRSD Adopted: 9/76 Revised: 3/80, 6/14/82, 12/8/86, 9/27/99 Reviewed: 12/07

DK

PAYMENT PROCEDURES

All bills against the Fall Mountain Regional School District shall be listed and submitted to the Board on an Expenditure Manifest which shall be signed by no less than a majority of the Board members before payment is made. Payroll Manifests will be approved by the Board at its next regular meeting after the payroll date. Certain routine bills that are subject to interest costs, deductions, or other penalties, may be paid in advance of School Board approval on the following conditions: 1. Advance payment will be subject to a limit of 30 days prior to each regular monthly meeting of the School Board. Bills paid in advance of Board approval will be listed and submitted to the Board at the time the Expenditure Manifest and Payroll Manifest is signed by the Board. Advance payment is also authorized for monthly expenditures of FICA, retirement, health and dental insurance and other employee benefits subject to conditions stated above.

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Authorization for advance payment will remain in force until the end of a fiscal year.

Adopted: 2/78 Revised: 6/14/82 Revised: 9/27/99

DK

PAYMENT PROCEDURES

All bills against the Fall Mountain Regional School District shall be listed and submitted to the Board on an Expenditure Manifest which shall be signed by no less than a majority of the Board members before payment is made. Payroll Manifests will be approved by the Board at its next regular meeting after the payroll date. Certain routine bills that are subject to interest costs, deductions, or other penalties, may be paid in advance of School Board approval on the following conditions: 1. Advance payment will be subject to a limit of 30 days prior to each regular monthly meeting of the School Board. Bills paid in advance of Board approval will be listed and submitted to the Board at the time the Expenditure Manifest and Payroll Manifest is signed by the Board. Advance payment is also authorized for monthly expenditures of FICA, retirement, health and dental insurance and other employee benefits subject to conditions stated above.

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Authorization for advance payment will remain in force until the end of a fiscal year.

Adopted: 2/78 Revised: 6/14/82, 9/27/99 Reviewed: 12/07

DKA

TUITION EXPENSES

Students of the Fall Mountain Regional School District may be placed in out-of-district or indistrict private programs for educational purposes as determined by the Special Education Placement Team or by the Superintendent. Tuition payment to out-of-district or in-district private programs will only be made with prior written approval of the Superintendent and knowledge of the School Board.

Adopted: 1/8/79 Revised: 11/8/99

DKA

TUITION EXPENSES

Students of the Fall Mountain Regional School District may be placed in out-of-district or indistrict private programs for educational purposes as determined by the Special Education Placement Team or by the Superintendent. Tuition payment to out-of-district or in-district private programs will only be made with prior written approval of the Superintendent and knowledge of the School Board.

Adopted: 1/8/79 Revised: 11/8/99

DN

SCHOOL PROPERTIES DISPO SAL School district property in the form of instructional materials, furniture, equipment, and supplies other than capital holdings such as land, buildings, and major installations may be disposed of when declared surplus or obsolete on any one of the following criteria: 1. 2. The material in question exists in quantities exceeding the possibility of effective educational use by the District. The material is educationally unsound, out-of-date, inaccurate, or in an unusable condition. The material is occupying space that could otherwise be used for educational programs and the material is not in current demand or is not anticipated to be in demand in the foreseeable future.

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Determination as to whether any of these criteria applies to materials currently possessed by the District shall be made by the Superintendent. Disposal shall be in accordance with accepted business procedures, i.e. public announcement of place and date of sale or disposal; description of materials to be disposed of; and amounts, if any, expected to be received. Any monies received as a result of disposal shall be accounted for and be placed in the District funds as receipts for the current fiscal year. The Superintendent shall see to it that the method of disposal shall be in the best interests of children and patrons of the School District. REFERENCES: RSA 195:10 Disposal of Property. Whenever any property of a cooperative school district is disposed of, the proceeds thereof shall be credited to each pre-existing district in the same proportion as the costs of making capital improvements are credited. RSA 186:11 1. ...Such supervisory unions legally organized shall be corporations, with power to sue and be sued, to hold and dispose of real and personal property...

Adopted: 3/10/80 Reviewed: 1/11/99, 12/20/99

DN DISPO SAL OF SCHOOL PROPERTY School district property in the form of instructional materials, furniture, equipment, and supplies other than capital holdings such as land, buildings, and major installations may be disposed of when declared surplus or obsolete on any one of the following criteria: 1. The material in question exists in quantities exceeding the possibility of effective educational use by the District. The material is educationally unsound, out-of-date, inaccurate, or in an unusable condition. The material is occupying space that could otherwise be used for educational programs and the material is not in current demand or is not anticipated to be in demand in the foreseeable future.

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Determination as to whether any of these criteria applies to materials currently possessed by the District shall be made by the Superintendent. Disposal shall be in accordance with accepted business procedures, i.e. public announcement of place and date of sale or disposal; description of materials to be disposed of; and amounts, if any, expected to be received. Any monies received as a result of disposal shall be accounted for and be placed in the District funds as receipts for the current fiscal year. The Superintendent shall see to it that the method of disposal shall be in the best interests of children and patrons of the School District.

Legal Reference: CFR 34, Sec. 80.32 RSA 195:10 Disposal of Property.

Adopted: 3/10/80 Reviewed: 1/11/99, 12/20/99, 12/07

DN

SCHOOL PROPERTIES DISPO SAL School district property in the form of instructional materials, furniture, equipment, and supplies other than capital holdings such as land, buildings, and major installations may be disposed of when declared surplus or obsolete on any one of the following criteria: 1. 2. The material in question exists in quantities exceeding the possibility of effective educational use by the District. The material is educationally unsound, out-of-date, inaccurate, or in an unusable condition. The material is occupying space that could otherwise be used for educational programs and the material is not in current demand or is not anticipated to be in demand in the foreseeable future.

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Determination as to whether any of these criteria applies to materials currently possessed by the District shall be made by the Superintendent. Disposal shall be in accordance with accepted business procedures, i.e. public announcement of place and date of sale or disposal; description of materials to be disposed of; and amounts, if any, expected to be received. Any monies received as a result of disposal shall be accounted for and be placed in the District funds as receipts for the current fiscal year. The Superintendent shall see to it that the method of disposal shall be in the best interests of children and patrons of the School District. REFERENCES: RSA 195:10 Disposal of Property. Whenever any property of a cooperative school district is disposed of, the proceeds thereof shall be credited to each pre-existing district in the same proportion as the costs of making capital improvements are credited. RSA 186:11 1. ...Such supervisory unions legally organized shall be corporations, with power to sue and be sued, to hold and dispose of real and personal property...

Adopted: 3/10/80 Reviewed: 1/11/99, 12/20/99

SECTION E: Support Services

EB SAFETY PROGRAM The Superintendent will cause the formation of the Joint Loss Management Committee as required by RSA 281-A:64 and a Crisis Management Plan that conforms to the national Incident Command System. The practice of safety shall also be considered a facet of the instructional plan of the District schools by incorporating educational programs in traffic and pedestrian safety, driver education, fire prevention, emergency procedures, etc., appropriately geared to students at different grade levels. Each Principal shall be responsible for the supervision and implementation of a safety program for his/her school. General areas of emphasis shall include, but not be limited to: in-service training; accident recordkeeping; plant inspection; driver and vehicle safety programs; fire prevention; catastrophe planning; and emergency procedures and traffic safety problems relevant to students, employees. The principal shall be responsible for developing student safety procedures to be used on school busses (in conjunction with the Transportation Manager), school grounds (including playgrounds), during authorized school activities (such as field trips), within school building(s) (including classrooms and laboratories), off school grounds during school sanctioned activities (including, but not limited to, work-based learning and internships), and in the use of online resources. The building's safety plan shall be on file in the SAU office.

Legal Reference: RSA 281-A:64, II, III, Workers Compensation: Safety Provisions; Administrative Penalty RSA 200:40, Emergency Care NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 306.10 (a, 2) (d), Policy Development, Safety

FMRSD Adopted: 1/28/2008

EBAAB

HAZARDOU S MAT ERIA L S The School Board recognizes its responsibility for providing an environment which is reasonably secure from known hazards. There are many areas of the school operations, from science laboratories and art departments to custodial services and vehicle maintenance, which use a variety of materials that are hazardous. Hazardous materials include any substance or mixture of substances that poses a fire, explosive, reactive or health hazard as more fully defined by law.* The Board, through the Superintendent, will create procedures which address the purchase, storage, handling, transportation, and disposal of hazardous materials for all school facilities and operations including instructional areas. Emergency response actions and evacuation plans also will be coordinated with the procedures.** The procedures will comply with all local, state, and federal laws and regulations which pertain to the safe and proper storage, transportation, and disposal of hazardous materials. The goals of the procedures will be to set into place an ongoing process by which each location in the district may begin a program of identifying and managing potentially hazardous materials. District personnel will be encouraged to make less dangerous substitutions for hazardous substances to the extent possible and to minimize the quantities of such substances stored on school property. Appropriate administrative school personnel will be trained to take precautions to prevent accidents and to handle them in the event they do occur. It is not the intent of the Board to expand or modify the districts potential liability exposure through the adoption of this policy. However, since the policy is for the safety of the students, the districts voluntary compliance with any statute or regulation to which it is not otherwise subject will not be construed to create or assume any potential liability or cost associated with compliance of our policy under any local, state, or federal law or regulation. * See MSDS publications for full list of hazardous materials. ** See also Policies EBCA - Disaster Plans, EBCAA - Crisis Intervention and Postvention, and EBCC - Bomb Threats.

Adopted: 1/10/00

EBAB

HAZARDOUS MATERIALS The School Board recognizes its responsibility for providing an environment which is reasonably secure from known hazards. There are many areas of the school operations, from science laboratories and art departments to custodial services and vehicle maintenance, which use a variety of materials that are hazardous. Hazardous materials include any substance or mixture of substances that poses a fire, explosive, reactive or health hazard as more fully defined by law.* The Board, through the Superintendent, will create procedures which address the purchase, storage, handling, transportation, and disposal of hazardous materials for all school facilities and operations including instructional areas. Emergency response actions and evacuation plans also will be coordinated with the procedures.** The procedures will comply with all local, state, and federal laws and regulations which pertain to the safe and proper storage, transportation, and disposal of hazardous materials. The goals of the procedures will be to set into place an ongoing process by which each location in the district may begin a program of identifying and managing potentially hazardous materials. District personnel will be encouraged to make less dangerous substitutions for hazardous substances to the extent possible and to minimize the quantities of such substances stored on school property. Appropriate administrative school personnel will be trained to take precautions to prevent accidents and to handle them in the event they do occur. It is not the intent of the Board to expand or modify the districts potential liability exposure through the adoption of this policy. However, since the policy is for the safety of the students, the districts voluntary compliance with any statute or regulation to which it is not otherwise subject will not be construed to create or assume any potential liability or cost associated with compliance of our policy under any local, state, or federal law or regulation.

See MSDS publications for full list of hazardous materials.

FMRSD Adopted: 1/10/00 Reviewed: 12/07

EBBB ACCIDENT REPORTS

In case of accident, the responsible party must fill out an accident form the day of any accident. All accidents judged to be other than minor require an accident report to be filled out and filed with the Principal within 24 hours of the incident. If the accident involves the services of a physician and/or is likely to result in an insurance claim, two accident reports are to be prepared: one copy filed at the school office and one copy to the District's insurance carrier. If the incident is not one involving a physician and is unlikely to be an insurance case, it will be sufficient to prepare one copy to be filed at the school. The procedures for accidents and accident reporting are to be reviewed in September by the Principals, with the staffs of each school The School Nurse, or his/her designee, shall report all instances of the use of an AED with the New Hampshire Department of Safety.

Legal Reference: NH Code of Administrative Rules - Section Ed. 306.12(b)(1), School Health Services Appendix KFD-R, NH Department of Safety Incident Report Form FMRSD Adopted: 3/24/2008

BLOODBORNE PATHOGEN EXPOSURE CONTROL PLAN

EBBC

In accordance with the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens standard, 29 CFR 1910.1030, the following exposure control plan has been developed. 1. Exposure Determination Through review of job requirements, the district has determined the employees with reasonably expected exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials in the performance of their regular duties. Exposure may be by one or more of the following routes: skin, eye, mucous membrane and parenteral contact. The exposure determination is made without regard to the use of personal protective equipment (employees are considered to be exposed even if they wear personal protective equipment such as gloves, eyeglasses, masks, etc.). At this facility, the following exposure categories have been determined: Category I: All of these employees may have contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials: Job Classification Task/Procedures School Nurse Direct health care/First aid Physical Education/Coaches First Aid Building Secretary First aid/if school nurse is not available Custodian Designated to clean up body fluid spills Designated First Aid Provider Special Education Aides Trained/Emergency First Aid Respondent INFORMATION REVIEW Employees whose job description falls in category I of the plan and have not provided documentation to date should do one of the following: 1. Consent to the Hepatitis B vaccine series and * read vaccine information * make an appointment at Valley Regional Hospital at 542-7771 2. Sign the Refusal to Consent form and return it to the school nurse employees may change status to consent and receive Hepatitis B vaccine at any time. 3. If previously vaccinated for Hepatitis B, provide documentation for confidential employee records. STEPS TO TAKE IF EXPOSED TO BLOOD OR BODY FLUIDS 1. Treatment or consultation should be obtained within 24 hours 2. Clean and treat exposed area immediately by washing with soap and warm water or flushing eyes with wate 3. Report incident of exposure to the principal, school nurse, or supervisor 4. Complete Incident and Exposure of Bloodborne Pathogen form 5. Make an appointment for treatment and consultation at Valley Regional Hospital (542-7771) Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Incident and Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogen forms are kept in each building principal's office. Personal Protective Equipment and labeled waste receptacles will be kept in the following locations: custodians room, nurses office, and other designated areas.

EBBC BLOODBORNE PATHOGEN INFECTIONS (HIV/AIDS, HEPITITIS B, ETC.) The Fall Mountain Regional School District must be prepared to respond to the situation of a student or employee diagnosed with a Bloodborne Pathogen Infection (BBPI as defined by the Center for Disease Control). Information regarding these infections will be monitored by the District. Based on available medical and educational information, the District will quickly respond to each case on an individual basis. Administration will report to the School Board periodically regarding the need for modification of this policy and its accompanying procedures.

(See Policy ACBC for HIV/AIDS Non-Discrimination- Students and Adults) Adopted: Reviewed: 9/27/93 2/4/99

EBBC PROCEDURES BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS

School personnel are advised to observe certain precautions in order to prevent direct and indirect transmission of infectious diseases. Although the AIDS virus (human immunizing virus or HIV) has been shown not to be transmitted through casual contact, this agent can be present in blood or certain other body fluids. While body fluids such as saliva, sputum, urine, vomitus and feces pose no risk of transmitting the HIV unless they contain visible blood, these excretions are certainly involved in the spread of other communicable diseases and should not be handled carelessly. The following precautions are recommended by the Centers of Disease Control for handling body fluids in schools and other settings: 1. 2. 3. 4. Gloves should be available to and worn by personnel in cleaning up blood and body fluid spills. All blood spills should be cleaned with a 10% Clorox solution. Good hand washing, using soap and running water, after exposure to body fluids (including routine use of the toilet) should be taught and observed. Open lesions on students and staff should be covered if possible. Soiled surfaces should be promptly cleaned with disinfectants such as household bleach mixed one part bleach to ten parts water every 30 days or clean with 3M #18 Phenolic Disinfectant.

5. All disposable materials, including gloves, should be disposed of in a sealed plastic bag. Body fluids may be disposed of through the normal sewage system. There is very little risk of transmission of the HIV in the traditional school setting, and that the risk is reduced even further by following these guidelines concerning routine hygiene. It is essential that schools be prepared to treat children infected with HIV in as normal a way as possible while minimizing exposure of other children to infected blood and body fluids. Given their weakened immune status, children infected with the HIV may also need special consideration. Our school physician will work with school personnel, parents, and other physicians in developing a logical course of action in the event that either a student or employee of the Fall Mountain Regional School District is identified as being infected with the HIV.

Adopted: 9/27/93 Revised: 2/4/99

E B BC REGUL ATION S S TUDENT S INF ECT ED W ITH B LOODB ORNE P ATHOGEN INF ECTION S ( B B PI ) ( e .g. HIV / AIDS, Hepa titis B , e t c . )

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All students will be educated about the transmission of communicable disease. Bloodborne Pathogen Infection education will be part of the comprehensive health education curriculum K-12. S t andard pre cautions will be adhered to by all students and staff. Parents/guardians of a student with a BBPI are not obligated to disclose information to school personnel. Parents who choose to share this information will determine to whom this information is disclosed. School personnel shall respect the confidentiality of parent disclosure. Parents/guardians of students infected with a BBPI should consider consulting with the local school's nurse if they wish to be notified by the school when illnesses are reported in the school setting that may threaten the health of the student with a BBPI. Students who are infected with a BBPI shall attend the school and classroom to which they would be assigned if they were not so infected. These students are entitled to all rights, privileges and services accorded to other students. Based on periodic reevaluation of the health status and support needs of the student infected with a BBPI, a school principal may establish a building planning team that may be able to provide special assistance to the affected students. Ongoing educational programs (NH Educators HIV/Aids Handbook: A Guide for Developing HIV/Aids Curriculum and Policy, NH Department of Education, Concord, NH, December, 1980, and OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standards, 29CFR1910:1030) will be provided to staff on general infection control, the use of standard pre cau tions, and the handling of body fluids in the school environment.

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Adopted: 9/27/93 Revised: 2/4/99

EBBC Control Plan Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan Worksheet WORKSHEET 4 EXPOSURE INCIDENT REPORTING EVALUATION OF EXPOSURE INCIDENT (to be used in connection with Section 6 of the Model Exposure Control Plan) INSTRUCTIONS : This worksheet may be used to assist you in documenting the routes of exposure and how an exposure incident has occurred. This worksheet should be completed in conjunction with WORKSHEET 5 (Report to health care professional). 1. Employee/Student Name:_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 2. Date of Incident:_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _________ 3. Description of person's activities during the exposure incident:_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________ 4. The route of exposure was: a. needlestick with contaminated needle to_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ b. piercing of skin with contaminated sharp to_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ c. splashing/spraying of blood or other potential infectious material to_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ d. other: _________________________________________________________________________________________ __________ _________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________ 5. Describe the circumstances under which the exposure incident occurred: _________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________ 6. If identification of source individual is not prohibited by law, name of source individual: _________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________ 7. Can repetition of the exposure incident be minimized by instituting a new engineering or work practice control:

EBBC EMERGENCY CARE AND FIRST AID All school personnel have responsibilities in connection with injuries and emergencies occurring in school and at school-sponsored events, which may be classified as follows: (1) administering first aid, (2) summoning medical assistance, (3) notifying administration, (4) notifying parents, and (5) filing accident/injury reports. School personnel must use reasonable judgment in handling injuries and emergencies. All personnel will understand the proper steps to be taken in the event of an injury or emergency. The Superintendent will ensure that at least one other person on staff, aside from the school nurse, has current first aid and cardiopulmonary certification (CPR). If the school nurse or licensed practical nurse is not available, the person(s) who have current first aid and CPR certification is authorized to administer first aid and CPR as needed. The school will obtain at the start of each school year the emergency contact information of each parent(s) or legal guardian(s) for each student. Additionally, emergency contact information will be collected from each staff member. The school physician, school nurse, or specially trained staff members shall assist in the treatment of injuries or emergency situations. Such individuals have the authority to administer oxygen in the case of a medical emergency, if available and appropriate. This authorization extends to administering oxygen to students without prior notification to parents/guardians. Additionally, the school physician, school nurse, or specially trained staff members may also administer epinephrine to any student in case of a medical emergency, if appropriate. This authorization extends to administering epinephrine to students without prior notification to parents/guardians. For significant injuries, the staff person witnessing the event must fill out an accident report, which must be submitted to administration so that he/she is informed and a basis is established for the proper processing of insurance claims and remediation, if necessary. The District makes it possible for parents to subscribe to student accident insurance at low rates. This program is offered each year during September. The District does not provide student accident insurance.
Legal References: RSA 200:40, Emergency Care RSA 200:40-a Administration of Oxygen by School Nurse NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 306-12(b), School Health Services FMRSD Adopted: 1/28/2008

EBBC EMERGENCY CARE AND FIRST AID All school personnel have responsibilities in connection with injuries and emergencies occurring in school and at school-sponsored events, which may be classified as follows: (1) administering first aid, (2) summoning medical assistance, (3) notifying administration, (4) notifying parents, and (5) filing accident/injury reports. School personnel must use reasonable judgment in handling injuries and emergencies. All personnel will understand the proper steps to be taken in the event of an injury or emergency. The Superintendent will ensure that at least one other person on staff, aside from the school nurse, has current first aid and cardiopulmonary certification (CPR). If the school nurse or licensed practical nurse is not available, the person(s) who have current first aid and CPR certification is authorized to administer first aid and CPR as needed. The school will obtain at the start of each school year the emergency contact information of each parent(s) or legal guardian(s) for each student. Additionally, emergency contact information will be collected from each staff member. The school physician, school nurse, or specially trained staff members shall assist in the treatment of injuries or emergency situations. Such individuals have the authority to administer oxygen in the case of a medical emergency, if available and appropriate. This authorization extends to administering oxygen to students without prior notification to parents/guardians. Additionally, the school physician, school nurse, or specially trained staff members may also administer epinephrine to any student in case of a medical emergency, if appropriate. This authorization extends to administering epinephrine to students without prior notification to parents/guardians. For significant injuries, the staff person witnessing the event must fill out an accident report, which must be submitted to administration so that he/she is informed and a basis is established for the proper processing of insurance claims and remediation, if necessary. The District makes it possible for parents to subscribe to student accident insurance at low rates. This program is offered each year during September. The District does not provide student accident insurance.
Legal References: RSA 200:40, Emergency Care RSA 200:40-a Administration of Oxygen by School Nurse NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 306-12(b), School Health Services FMRSD 1st Reading: 1/14/2008

E B BC Control Plan HEP ATITIS B V ACCINATION CON S ENT OR DEC LIN ATION S T AT EMENT
I understand that due to my occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials I may be at risk of acquiring hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. I have been given information on the hepatitis B vaccine, including information on its efficacy, safety, method of administration, the benefits of being vaccinated, and that the vaccine and vaccination will be offered free of charge.

Option 1
I, _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ have completed the following inoculation using: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Vaccine Inoculation 1 Date: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Signature _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Inoculation 2 Date: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Signature _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Inoculation 2 Date: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Signature _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Lot #: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Lot#: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Lot #: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Site: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Site: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Site: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

_ _ _ _ _ _ See attached medical form for additional information

Option 2 I have been given the opportunity to be vaccinated with hepatitis B vaccine at no charge to myself. I decline the vaccination at this time. I understand that by declining this vaccine, I continue to be at risk of acquiring hepatitis B, a serious disease. If, in the future, I continue to have occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious material and I want to be vaccinated with hepatitis B vaccine, I can receive the vaccination series at no charge to me. __________________________________________________________________ I have been informed about hepatitis B and the vaccine and at this time I am choosing: Initial _ _ _ _ _ _ to complete the vaccination series (option 1) _ _ _ _ _ _ to decline the vaccination series at this time (option 2) Employee Name (please print): _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ SS # _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Employee Signature: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Date: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
NOTE : Maintain this record for duration of employment PLUS 30 YEARS Complet e international immunization record for employee and give to them .

EBBD SELF-ESTEEM PROMOTION/SUICIDE PREVENTION GUIDELINES 1. All Suicide messages must be taken seriously. For example: a. I dont think life is worth living. b. I wish I were dead. c. I wish I could jump out of my body and into someone elses. d. I wish I could start over. e. I dont want to be here anymore. f. I feel like killing myself. 2. A student who expresses suicidal ideation needs to be seen immediately by a guidance counselor, school counselor, or a school psychologist. 3. The parents/guardians will be notified and warned by one of the above professionals, who will make a referral for a psychiatric examination if necessary. a. A call is made to the parent/guardian; referral is made for psychiatric examination if necessary. b. If the parent/guardian is not cooperative, written documentation of the concern will be sent to the parent/guardian, and the school file. 4. We all need to be aware of the tendency to deny, minimize, or not recognize suicidal clues. RISK FACTORS 1. Previous suicide attempt by student or family member. 2. Suicidal talk or behavior 3. Recent loss- death of friend, family member, or idol (especially suicide), break up with boyfriend/girlfriend, loss of stature, emotional support, etc. 4. Social isolation or alienation 5. Change in behavior (withdrawal or acting out, giving away prized belongings, etc.) 6. Depression (look for signs- disturbances in sleep, eating habits, affect, etc.) 7. Alcohol or drug abuse 8. Major losses during childhood 9. Perfectionist tendencies/ poor relationship with father/significant other) 10. Clear plan and preparation (making arrangements for their treasured belongings) 11. Impaired or improved impulse control WAYS TO RESPOND 1. Do listen (not lecture). Plan can be more tolerable when it is talked about with someone. 2. Do assess suicide potential. Ask specific questions: a. Do you have a plan? b. Is the means available? c. How do you see yourself in the future? 3. Do get help from a trained professional or call a local suicide hotline. 4. Do be supportive. Let the adolescent know you care and help can be sought. 5. Do talk openly and honestly about any statements the young person as made.

EBBD INDOOR AIR QUALITY In order to ensure that all school buildings have adequate indoor air quality, the Board directs the Superintendent to address methods of minimizing or eliminating emissions from buses, cars, delivery vehicles, and other motorized vehicles. The Superintendent may delegate the implementation of these methods to building principals. The Board encourages the Superintendent to utilize methods and recommendations established by OSHA. Building principals in junction with the Facilities Director will investigate air quality in all school buildings annually using a checklist provided by the New Hampshire Department of Education. In support of this policy, the Superintendent is authorized to establish regulations and/or administrative rules necessary to implement anti-idling and clear air measures aimed at improving indoor air quality.

Legal References: RSA 200:11-a, Investigation of Air Quality RSA 200:48, Air Quality in Schools 1st Reading: 11/8/2010 2nd Reading and Adoption: 11/22/2010

EBBD SELF-PROMOTION/SUICIDE PREVENTION The Board recognizes that self-destructive behavior and suicide occurs among children and adolescents in our country. Students who experience serious depression are unable to benefit fully from the educational program of the school. Moreover, such students pose a danger both to self and possibly others. Students identified as self-destructive are in the need of appropriate help as quickly as possible. The primary efforts of school personnel working with a depressed or suicidal student are support, parental contact, and referral. To that end, student confidentiality may be waived in life-threatening situations. The School Board directs the administration to: Develop guidelines or procedures to effectively intervene in life-threatening situations; Enlist the support, awareness, and involvement of all district staff in the identification of suicidal signals and utilize existing school staff for program implementation.

Adopted:

11/29/93

EBC

CRISIS INTERVENTION AND RESPONSE

The Board of Education recognizes that major crises (suicide, bus accident, automobile accident, shooting, etc.) could occur in its district schools. The Board, in its efforts to provide care and support for each student and staff member, accepts as a major responsibility the provision of all possible support through a qualified and competent staff who will develop procedures for dealing with trauma, tragedy and loss of life within the District and its schools. It will also provide resource materials to schools on awareness of destructive tendencies and responsible methods of prevention, and in-service training for staff. The District has, as one of its comprehensive educational outcomes, the goal of developing through its curriculum, students who will maintain healthy lifestyles. Crisis Response Teams will be established at the appropriate district and/or school level. New personnel should be apprised of their role on the Crisis Response Team and policies should be reviewed by the team at the beginning of each school year.

Adopted: 10/25/93 Reviewed: 1/11/99, 12/20/99, 4/08

EBCA DISASTE R PLANS

In recognizing the responsibility for the safety of its employees and pupils, the Board sets forth the following statements with regard to policy in the event of disaster: It is imperative that pupils, staff, and the public be protected in case of emergency and that the educational process of the school is carried out with the least amount of disruption. Common sense should indicate the reaction of school personnel to emergency situations. All situations cannot be neatly defined into a category for which hard and fast guidelines can be drawn. (See Crisis Intervention and Postvention Policies) Emergency procedures, as outlined in administrative procedure, have been designed to give guidance to those having responsibility for the safety of pupils, school staff, and the users of school facilities. The local police and fire department officials have the responsibility to transmit warning messages to the Superintendent, Facility Manager and/or Principals. The Superintendent and Principals, in turn, are responsible for getting warnings to schools of the district. The warning messages from the local police and fire officials will include all manmade and natural disasters. The Principal of each building has the prime responsibility for developing a building disaster plan and for the dissemination of emergency procedures to his/her staff. In addition, he/she must set up a designated chain of command so the safety procedures are carried out in event of his/her absence from the building.

FMRSD Adopted: 6/22/98 Reviewed: 1/11/99, 12/20/99, 12/07

EBCAA

CRISIS INTERVENTION AND POST-INTERVENTION POLICY

The Board of Education recognizes that major crises (suicide, bus accident, automobile accident, shooting, etc.) could occur in its district schools. The Board, in its efforts to provide care and support for each student and staff member, accepts as a major responsibility the provision of all possible support through a qualified and competent staff that will develop procedures for dealing with trauma, tragedy and loss of life within the District and its schools. It will also provide resource materials to schools on awareness of destructive tendencies and responsible methods of prevention, and in-service training for staff. The District has, as one of its comprehensive educational outcomes, the goal of developing through its curriculum, students who will maintain healthy life styles. Crisis Response Teams will be established at the appropriate district and/or school level.

Adopted: 10/25/93 Reviewed: 1/11/99, 12/20/99

EBCAA GUIDELINES INTERVENTIONS AND POST-INTERVENTION NOTIFICATION BUILDING PRINCIPAL Anyone who hears about a suicide or other tragedy involving a Fall Mountain Area student/employee should contact the Principal immediately. If the tragedy occurred in school, crisis intervention procedures should be followed. If the tragedy occurred outside of school, the Principal will verify the information. The information must be handled with great care. To verify the facts, a call to the local police station or coroner is important to determine precisely what happened. Be certain to whom you are talking, identify yourself as Principal of the school, and maintain a log of all communications. The Principal will inform the Superintendent who will immediately notify the Assistant Superintendent for Student Services and the Associate School Psychologists. These Special Services personnel will go directly to the school population in need and work in their Crisis Response Team.

TEACHERS The emergency telephone chain (established in each school building) will be used to notify teachers of the tragedy if the tragedy occurred outside of school hours. Teachers associated with the school that is connected with the crisis will need the opportunity to meet as a group with Special Services personnel. This will take the form of a group support meeting, and will be led by trained counseling personnel. Furthermore, the crisis intervention and post-intervention guidelines will be reviewed and, where necessary, explained.

STUDENTS Appropriate school personnel (i.e., Principal, Counselor, Teacher, Special Educator, Nurse, Coach) who form a Crisis Response Team (CRT) may be relieved of duties in order to notify students in individual classroom groupings. MEDIA Assistant Superintendent for Student Services or the building administrator will be designated by the Superintendent as spokesperson to answer the questions of the press and community SERVICES DROP-IN CENTERS Any student who would like to talk about his/her feelings regarding any crises and/or tragedy is invited to use this service. The locations of the Drop-In Centers will be posted in every classroom and office. Counselors and other professionals trained in crisis intervention will be available in the Drop-In Centers throughout the school day. This service will be available up to five days after the crisis/tragedy as determined by CRT.

EBCC BOMB THREATS


The School Board will not tolerate any action by any person that seriously disrupts or threatens to disrupt the educational process. Of particular concern to the Board is the making of a threat that a bomb or other explosive device has been placed in a school. Therefore, the board will take all legal remedies and actions against any person apprehended and proven to have made such a threat. Further, the board directs that the Superintendent implement the procedures outlined in the Student Disciplinary Code and New Hampshire Statute and federal statute regarding violation of Safe School Zones against any student of the district who has been apprehended and proven to have made such a threat. Upon a recommendation by the Superintendent, following a due process hearing by the School Board, the student so charged may be expelled from school for either the balance of the semester or for the balance of the school year. Procedures In the event of a call or notice to the effect that a bomb has been placed in a school or any other building or establishment, the following procedures are recommended: Immediate evacuation of the school or building(s). If the call was not received originally by the fire and police departments, their immediate notification is required. Both departments should respond. A search of the building or premises should be conducted only under the direction of the senior officer present from either protective department. Circumstances will dictate whether any strange or foreign objects should be removed immediately or left for removal by a qualified person. If a thorough search has been conducted and nothing found, the Principal of the school or building should be notified by the senior member of the local protective department that reentry will be permitted. Investigation of the incident should be made by the local police department assisted by the State Fire Marshals office, if requested.

Any decision concerning the dismissal of school pupils and subsequent action after the above procedures have been followed is the prerogative of the Superintendent (or his/her designee) or the School Board.
Legal References: RSA 158:9, Possession of Explosives RSA 644, Breaches of the Peace and Related Offenses
FMRSD Adopted: 6/22/98 Reviewed: 1/11/99, 12/20/99

EBCD

EMERGENCY CLOSINGS

The Board authorizes the Superintendent to close the schools in the event of hazardous weather or other emergencies which present threats to the safety of students, school staff members, or school property.

FMRSD Adopted: 3/10/80 Reviewed: 5/96, 1/11/99, 12/20/99, 12/07

ECAA KEY CONTROL POLICY Access to school buildings and grounds after regular school hours will be limited to personnel whose work requires it, or as directed in Board Policy KF (Community Use of School Facilities). An adequate key control system, which will limit access to authorized personnel and will safeguard against the potential of entrance to buildings in the hands of unauthorized persons, will be developed by the Facilities Manager. The Facilities Director is responsible for the maintenance of locks and other equipment, in addition to personnel necessary to provide security to buildings and content. Keys will be issued to building Principals through procedures which assure maximum security. Key control procedures will be established by the Facilities Director and approved by the Superintendent.

FMRSD Adopted: 11/28/94 Reviewed: 12/07

ECAA

KEY CONTROL REGULATIONS


1. ISSUING AUTHORITY It is the responsibility of the Facilities Manager to issue Grand Master Keys to personnel who can demonstrate a need to access all district buildings and maintain an accurate up- to-date list of all such issued keys. It will be the responsibility of the Principals to issue individual door keys, or Master Keys for those who can demonstrate the need to access more than one area in their attendance areas, and maintain an accurate up-to-date list of all such issued keys. It will be the responsibility of the Principals to issue keys, on a sign-out basis, to responsible individuals of groups that have been authorized by them to use their buildings after normal working hours. The names of the individuals and groups should be immediately sent to the Facilities Manager on a Building Use Form. He will forward this information to the District Security Guard. When the activity for which the key was assigned has ended, the key must be returned. Principals will submit a request for all keys on work order forms, in accordance with proper work order procedures. All keys will be returned to the Principal on the last day of school. Keys may be issued to those who can demonstrate the need to access the building during the summer months. The names of the individuals should be immediately sent to the Facilities Manager. 2. IN THE EVENT THE BUILDING PRINCIPAL CHANGES A current inventory will be presented to the incoming principal. In the event this is not feasible, the inventory will be presented to the appropriate Head Custodian. 3. KEYS MAY NOT BE LEFT UNATTENDED All keys shall be retained in the possession of the person to whom issued at all times. Keys will not be loaned out or left on or in desks. 4. LOSTISTOLEN KEYS Any person losing a key(s) must immediately notify their Principal, who will notify the Facilities Manager so that measures may be taken to protect property. Immediate notification will be in person or by telephone. Immediate notification will be followed up by completing a Lost Key Report form. The Facilities Manager will notify all such losses to the District Security Guard. The Facilities Manager will, if he deems necessary, notify the local police department.

ECAE SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS It is the policy of the Fall Mountain Regional School District to provide for safe schools in the district. Schools with lower crime statistics offer students a greater opportunity to pursue educational endeavors successfully. K-8 schools within the district will continue with current acceptable practices and shall request police officer assistance from the town which the school resides when and as needed or required by law. School Resource Officer(s) (SROs) shall be supported and deployed at any School within our district; fundamentally, logistically, and financially by the district (Funded as a High School budgeted expense). School Resource Officers shall be fully certified law enforcement officers, prior to any assignment into a school, within the jurisdiction of the town which any School resides. The SRO will receive specialized training, if needed, as a School Resource Officer within one year of assignment. School Resource Officers will perform the duties of an SRO as defined by the National Association of School Resource Officers. The SRO evaluation will be completed by the Administration and the Chief on an annual basis.

FMRSD Adopted: 2/25/2008

ECAF AUDIO AND VIDEO SURVEILLANCE ON SCHOOL BUSES Video cameras may be used on school buses to monitor student behavior in an effort to ensure the health, welfare and safety of all students while riding on school buses. Audio recordings in conjunction with video recordings may also be captured on school buses, in accordance with the provisions of RSA 570-A:2. Notification of such recordings is hereby established in this policy and in Policy JICK Pupil Safety and Violence Prevention. The Superintendent or his/her designee will ensure that there is a sign prominently displayed on the school buses informing the occupants of the school buses that such video and audio recordings are occurring. And notice is also outlined in Student Handbooks. The Superintendent is charged with establishing administrative procedures to address the length of time, which the recording is retained, ownership of the recording, limitations on who may view and listen to the recording, and provisions for erasing or destroying the recordings. Recordings may be viewed only by the following persons and only after expressly authorized by the Superintendent: Superintendent or designee Business Administrator Building Administrator Law Enforcement Officers Transportation Manager In the event an audio, video, or other digital media recording is used as part of a student discipline proceeding, such video may become part of a students education record. If an audio or video recording does become part of a students education record, the provisions of Policy JRA shall apply. The Superintendent is authorized to contact the Districts attorney for a full legal opinion relative in the event of such an occurrence.

Legal References: RSA 570-A:2, Capture of Audio Recordings on School Buses Allowed Student Handbooks

FMRSB Adopted: 5/23/2011

ECAF TELEPHONE SERVICES The School Board authorizes administrative use of voice over internet messaging in order to expedite communications to parents and staff. In order to safeguard the privacy of parents and staff, use of this technology shall be limited to the following: 1. Non-emergencies such as the following: Announcements of report card distribution dates School sponsored events that affect either an entire grade or the entire school 2. Emergency announcements such as the following: Cancellation of school Delay of school openings Early dismissal of school School bus delays due to mechanical breakdowns or accidents Emergency Evacuations 3. Under no circumstances shall the automated telephone system be used as a marketing tool for private enterprise profit; including sales of yearbooks, class rings, and the like. 4. All other situations not addressed above shall be subject, when possible, to the approval of the School Board. 5. Activation of the system will be limited to those designated by the Superintendent of Schools.

FMRSD Adopted: 4/14/2008

EDC FALL MOUNTAIN REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT CONSENT FORM Authorized Employee Use of School-Owned Materials and Equipment Under certain circumstances a staff member may need to take district material and/or equipment home for professional use or use district material/equipment away from the district.* This form must be completed prior to use in these situations. Employee Name: _____________________________________ Date of Request: ____________ Citizen Group or Organization: _____________________________________________________ Position in district: _______________________________________________________________ Building location and/or assignment: ________________________________________________ This Equipment/Material request is for: ____Professional use at home ____Citizen group or organization ____Away from district facility ____ Professional use out of district ____At district facility

Equipment borrowed ________________________ Serial number ________________________ Reason and purpose for request: ___________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ Date equipment signed out: ____________ Date equipment will be returned: _________________ I, _______________________, understand that I will be financially liable for any loss, damage or theft if I have not received prior approval or am found to be negligent or have misused school-owned materials and/or equipment. Employees Signature: ______________________________________ Date:______________ Approved: ____ Not approved: ____ Date: _______________ Director, Principal, Managers Signature: _____________________________________________ *See Policy EDC Authorized Employee Use of School-Owned Materials and Equipment
Copy: School Approval File Current: 3/13/00

EDC GUIDELIN E S AUTHORIZED EMP LOYEE U S E OF SCHOOL-OWN ED MAT ERIA L S AND EQUIPMENT

When possible every attempt should be made to eliminate the use of school-owned materials and/or equipment for professional use at home or at out of district activities. The Consent Form for Authorized Use of School-Owned Materials and Equipment must be filled out completely, including the reason and purpose for the request. The Consent Form must be signed by the director, principal or manager and approval granted prior to the use of school-owned materials and/or equipment. All borrowed materials and/or equipment will be inspected upon its return. The district employee, organization or group will be held financially responsible for the loss, damage or theft of material or equipment if written prior consent has not been granted or employee is found to be negligent or misuse of school-owned materials and/or equipment. Normal wear, such as replacement bulbs, etc. is expected and will not be considered as misuse.

FMRSD Adopted: 6/26/00

EDC AUTHORIZED EMPLOYEE USE OF SCHOOL-OWNED MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT The use of district equipment for personal purposes is prohibited. In addition, the district does not encourage employees to take district equipment home for professional use. However, there may be situations necessitated by district needs when it seems appropriate to allow employees to do so. In such instances, employees will be required to receive prior written approval from the employees immediate supervisor. A signed copy of the written approval must be on file prior to removing any equipment from district property. Occasionally employees will be required to use district equipment in presentations, etc., away from the district. For the employees protection in these instances, the district will assume responsibility for loss, damage, or theft only if prior written consent is given by the immediate supervisor. A copy of this consent should be retained by the employee and a copy must be on file with the administrator from the worksite from which the equipment is taken. The Superintendent will prepare guidelines for employee adherence in this regard. The Board recognizes the need to share certain equipment with the people when reasonable and appropriate. When citizen groups request use and movement of school equipment, it will be necessary to charge a fee amounting to the hourly rate of pay for employees involved in transporting the equipment and for other costs related to transportation. Non-reimbursable Use The manager of data processing, with the approval of the Superintendent, may enter into informal reciprocal agreements with outside organizations whereby the district could benefit from using data processing equipment not owned by the district and the district could offer without charge computer time to outside organizations. Reimbursable Use The Information Technology Director may negotiate with school or non-school users for computer time by written agreement appropriate to the type of use. Such negotiated agreements will be approved by the Business Administrator, the Superintendent, and the Board. School equipment will not be loaned if: the equipment is valued at more than $1000 per unit; it is a vehicle or implement; it is electronic equipment, projectors or scientific instruments; it represents fixed equipment such as desks, tables, bleachers, etc., not intended for portable use. Equipment such as chairs, tables, stages, pianos or similar equipment may be loaned upon the approval of the building principal. Organizations must assure that such equipment will be properly stored and returned in same condition as received. Use of Micro Computers:

EDCA EMPLOYEE USE OF ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION DEVICES The Board recognizes that the use of cellular telephones and other electronic communication devices may be appropriate to help ensure the safety and security of District property, students, staff, and others while on District property or engaged in District-sponsored activities. Use of cellular telephones and other electronic communication devices in violation of Board policies, administrative regulations, and/or state/federal laws may result in discipline up to and including dismissal. District employees are prohibited from using cell phones or other electronic communication devices while driving or otherwise operating District-owned motor vehicles. Use of Personal Cell Phones and Communication Devices A school bus driver is prohibited from operating a school bus while using a cellular telephone except: (1) During an emergency situation; (2) To call for assistance if there is a mechanical breakdown or other mechanical problem; (3) When the school bus is parked. Teaching and support staff are prohibited from using a cellular telephone during the school day except: (1) During an emergency situation; (2) During lunch time. An employees use of a cell phone shall not interfere with the employees job obligations and responsibilities. If such use is determined to have interfered with an employees obligations and responsibilities, the employee may be disciplined in accordance with the terms of the collective bargaining agreement and Board policies.
Legal References: RSA 265:105-a, Prohibited Text Messages and Device Usage While Operating a Motor Vehicle

FMRSD 1st Reading 11/8/2010 2nd Reading and Adoption: 11/22/2010

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S TUDENT TR AN S PORT ATION MAN AGEMENT

The Fall Mountain Regional School District School Board, in accordance with New Hampshire State Law RSA 189:9A, will provide transportation for public school pupils, Grade 1 through age 14, attending school who reside beyond reasonable walking distances. The transportation service will be subject to continual supervision and regular evaluation, and will include but not be limited to: Periodic reports to the School Board, particularly regarding proposed changes in service, and a monitoring of bus routes, local regulations and procedures, and equipment. In addition, violations of State and local requirements will be reported to the Board. The administration will make appropriate recommendations for changes in the transportation system to the School Board. The administration shall make such rules and regulations as are necessary regarding the qualifications and responsibilities of drivers.

Adopted: 9/13/82 Revised: 1/11/99 Reviewed: 12/20/99

EEA STUDENT TRANSPORTATION SERVICES General Operating Policy: Centralized bus routing is set up by the transportation department with final confirmation coming from the Superintendent, subject to review by the Board. Routes will be developed annually and posted. A bus stop so established will be designated as authorized when the School Board has approved its designation as such. Pupils attending private schools shall be entitled to the same transportation privileges within the District as are provided for pupils in public school. Only those pupils who meet eligibility requirements by means of residence and membership will be permitted to use school bus transportation for the purpose of travel to and from school. Band instruments, projects and other objects cannot take up pupil seating space or block the aisles. The District will take no responsibility for personal items which may be damaged, lost or stolen during normal bus route rides. Drivers may not load or unload pupils at other than authorized bus stops. The bus must follow the route as designated unless the Principal or Transportation Manager requests or recommends a change. Parents may request a stop change by filling out the proper forms and sending them to the Transportation Manager. Bus routes must follow state maintained highways, municipal streets or other streets with publicly dedicated right of ways, unless road conditions or other factors make this inadvisable. Unless the bus stop is at a point where pedestrian and vehicular traffic are controlled by adequate stop and go traffic signals, school officials may not route a school bus or authorize a driver to stop and receive or discharge passengers on a divided highway, unless the stop is a door-side stop. The Transportation Manager is responsible for assigning students to specific buses. Students may not ride any bus other than the one to which they are assigned without prior permission being filed with the Principals office. As a matter of accountability, students will normally be dropped-off in the afternoon at the same stop where they were picked-up in the morning. Students may be transported to locations other than their homes if certain criteria are met and the new assignment does not interfere with the proper administration of their school or with the safe and efficient transportation by school bus of other students enrolled in the school. Bus Stops: The board subscribes to state statutes and guidelines regarding the location of bus stops. With oversight by the Superintendent, transportation staff shall implement this strategy in cooperation with the appropriate administrative authority at the local schools. 1. Bus stops are placed no closer than one mile apart unless safety hazards exist. 2. Buses are routed on state and town roads only. 3. Buses are generally prohibited from traveling into cul-de-sacs. 4. Recommended walking distances to a bus stop for students are up to one mile unless safety hazards exist. 5. Stops must have space for proper turning radius for a school bus Service to Day Care Centers and Registered and/or NH State Licensed Child Care Providers: Service to centers and providers may be added when the following criteria are met: 1. Must be located in the base attendance or satellite/draw area of the school served. Page 1 of 3

EEA STUDENT TRANSPORTATION SERVICES General Operating Policy: Bus routes shall be established by the Superintendent, subject to review by the Board. Routes will be developed annually and posted. Pupils attending private schools shall be entitled to the same transportation privileges within the District as are provided for pupils in public school. Bus stops shall be established under the direction of the Superintendent. A bus stop so established will be designated as authorized when the School Board has approved its designation as such. Drivers may not load or unload pupils at other than authorized bus stops. Only those pupils who meet eligibility requirements by means of residence and membership will be permitted to use school bus transportation for the purpose of travel to and from school. Buses carrying school children will be considered as extensions of the school situation, and any pupil whose conduct on a school bus is improper or jeopardizes the safety of other pupils may be suspended from the bus as outlined in Policy JFCC. Uniform rules of conduct and disciplinary measures will be enforced. Student Conduct on School Buses Bus drivers have the responsibility to maintain orderly behavior of students on school buses and will report in writing misconduct to the Transportation Director. Video cameras may be used on buses to support the bus driver's reports of unacceptable conduct. The Transportation Director will have the authority, delegated by the Superintendent, to suspend the riding privileges of students failing to conform to Board rules and regulations. Parents of children whose conduct on school buses endangers the health, safety and welfare of other riders will be notified that their children face the loss of school bus riding privileges in accordance with the student discipline code. The Board must approve suspensions of the right to ride the school bus that continue beyond twenty (20) days. Resolution of Conflicts Parents who wish to request a change or exemption from any of the Student Transportation policies shall direct that request to the SAU Transportation Director. If the SAU Transportation Director's ruling does not satisfy the parent, he/she may appeal the ruling within five days to the School Business Administrator. If the parent is again not satisfied by the ruling, he/she may appeal to the Superintendent within the next five-day period. As a last appeal, the parent may request to appear before the Board's Transportation Committee which will be formed on an as-needed basis.

EEAB SCHOOL BU S SCHEDULING AND ROUTING Bus routes, schedules, and stops will be developed under the direction of the Superintendent of Schools. The purpose of bus scheduling and routing will be to achieve maximum service with a minimum fleet of buses consistent with rendering reasonable equal service to all students. Bus routes will follow the most direct roads practicable for bus travel to serve those students entitled to transportation service. Where an alternate route may be selected without sacrifice to efficiency or economy, preference will be given to that route serving the largest number of students directly. Routes will be designed to eliminate as many turnaround points as possible, and to employ as nearly as practicable the full carrying capacity for each bus trip. No bus will be overloaded. New routes will be established only when full capacity of the trips on existing routes has been reached or is imminent. Authorized bus stops will be located at convenient intervals in places where pupils may board and get off, cross highways, and await arrival of buses with the utmost safety permitted by highway conditions. The number of bus stops on each trip will be limited, consistent with the policy stated as to service, so as to enable buses to make the run in reasonable time. Insofar as educational requirements permit, school schedules will be adjusted to allow maximum utilization of each bus in the system by alternating elementary and secondary trips with the same bus or buses.

Adopted: 9/13/82 Reviewed: 1/11/99, 12/20/99

EEACA QUALIFICATIONS FOR FALL MOUNTAIN REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT BUS DRIVERS General Requi rements 1. No person shall operate a Fall Mountain Regional School District school bus unless said person: is at least 21 years of age; is licensed by the State of New Hampshire as a school bus driver; has undergone, at the districts expense, an annual physical certified by a doctor designated by the district prior to officially starting employment (this excludes new drivers only while being trained and while under the supervision of the Transportation Manager or his/her authorized representative); has undergone a pre-employment substance abuse test; submits to periodic random substance abuse testing and all other similar testing as required by law; submits to a criminal record check including fingerprinting. Said check shall be at the drivers expense.

2. No person shall operate a Fall Mountain Regional School District school bus if said person: is found to be out of compliance with the attached Bus Driver Drug Abuse and Alcohol Misuse Regulations; is suspected to have an impairment that can reasonably be assumed to represent a risk in the safe operation of a school bus; is convicted of any offense (criminal or motor vehicle) as specified by State school bus rules and regulations regarding the licensing of school bus drivers. A driver must cease operating said school bus immediately and notify the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, or Transportation Manager of said conviction.

3. The above rules and regulations are not deemed to negate any State rules and regulations, but are in addition to said State rules and regulations for school bus drivers. 4. No person shall use a school bus for personal use or deviate from their assigned schedule with respect to time or miles traveled or in any manner that is self serving. DRIVER RE SPONSIBILITIES- STUDENT RELATED

EEACAA BUS DRIVER DRUG ABUSE AND ALCOHOL MISUSE The safety and well-being of the public and our employees requires that all of our drivers perform their duties free from the effects of drugs and alcohol. A drug-free workplace is especially important in the transportation industry because of our responsibility to serve the public safely and without interruption. A driver who uses controlled substances and misuses alcohol presents a hazard to himself and the motoring public. In order to ensure a safe, efficient and drug-free workplace and to comply with federal requirements, the following policy has been adopted and will apply to all individuals hereafter applying for positions as drivers as well as to all incumbent company drivers. General Policy Fall Mountain Regional School District, numerous regulatory authorities and the general public are concerned that all persons employed in the transportation industry perform their duties in a workmanlike and professional manner, unimpaired by the effects of controlled substance abuse and alcohol misuse. While no company policy will eliminate the possibility of drug abuse completely, it is believed that the program described in this policy will greatly reduce the risks associated with drug and alcohol abuse to our employees and to the public. Use Prohibited No driver shall use any Scheduled drug included in the Schedule of Controlled Substances of the Drug Enforcement Agency or any narcotic or habit-forming drug except as permitted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. No driver shall use or misuse alcohol while on duty or four hours prior to reporting for duty. Alcohol, for the purposes of this policy, is defined as any alcoholic beverage, mixture, or preparation, including medication containing alcohol. The Schedule of Controlled Substances includes the following drugs and classes of drugs: marijuana and its metabolites, Cocaine, Stimulants, Depressants, Hallucinogenic substances, and Opium derivatives such as heroin. No driver may use any of these drugs whether on duty or off duty. The use of alcohol before reporting to duty is restricted to four hours. Any violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action which may include discharge. Impairment Prohibited No driver will report for duty or drive while impaired by the use of any controlled substance or alcoholic beverage. A driver may use a drug or a controlled substance if it has been prescribed or administered by a physician and if a physician has advised the driver that the drug or substance will not affect the drivers ability to safely operate a commercial motor vehicle. The term impairment means to be under the influence of a controlled substance or alcohol so that a drivers motor senses (sight, hearing, balance, reflex or reaction) are adversely affected or may be presumed to be so affected. Any violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action which may include discharge.

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EEACAA BUS DRIVER DRUG ABUSE AND ALCOHOL MISUSE The safety and well-being of the public and our employees requires that all of our drivers perform their duties free from the effects of drugs and alcohol. A drug-free workplace is especially important in the transportation industry because of our responsibility to serve the public safely and without interruption. A driver who uses controlled substances and misuses alcohol presents a hazard to himself and the motoring public. In order to ensure a safe, efficient and drug-free workplace and to comply with federal requirements, the following policy has been adopted and will apply to all individuals hereafter applying for positions as drivers as well as to all incumbent company drivers. General Policy Fall Mountain Regional School District, numerous regulatory authorities and the general public are concerned that all persons employed in the transportation industry perform their duties in a workmanlike and professional manner, unimpaired by the effects of controlled substance abuse and alcohol misuse. While no company policy will eliminate the possibility of drug abuse completely, it is believed that the program described in this policy will greatly reduce the risks associated with drug and alcohol abuse to our employees and to the public. Use Prohibited No driver shall use any Scheduled drug included in the Schedule of Controlled Substances of the Drug Enforcement Agency or any narcotic or habit-forming drug except as permitted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. No driver shall use or misuse alcohol while on duty or four hours prior to reporting for duty. Alcohol, for the purposes of this policy, is defined as any alcoholic beverage, mixture, or preparation, including medication containing alcohol. The Schedule of Controlled Substances includes the following drugs and classes of drugs: marijuana and its metabolites, Cocaine, Stimulants, Depressants, Hallucinogenic substances, and Opium derivatives such as heroin. No driver may use any of these drugs whether on duty or off duty. The use of alcohol before reporting to duty is restricted to four hours. Any violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action which may include discharge. Impairment Prohibited No driver will report for duty or drive while impaired by the use of any controlled substance or alcoholic beverage. A driver may use a drug or a controlled substance if it has been prescribed or administered by a physician and if a physician has advised the driver that the drug or substance will not affect the drivers ability to safely operate a commercial motor vehicle. The term impairment means to be under the influence of a controlled substance or alcohol so that a drivers motor senses (sight, hearing, balance, reflex or reaction) are adversely affected or may be presumed to be so affected. Any violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action which may include discharge.

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EEACA QUALIFICATIONS FOR FALL MOUNTAIN REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT BUS DRIVERS General Requirements 1. No person shall operate a Fall Mountain Regional School District school bus unless said person: is at least 21 years of age; is licensed by the State of New Hampshire as a school bus driver; has undergone, at the districts expense, an annual physical certified by a doctor designated by the district prior to officially starting employment (this excludes new drivers only while being trained and while under the supervision of the Transportation Manager or his/her authorized representative); has undergone a pre-employment substance abuse test; submits to periodic random substance abuse testing and all other similar testing as required by law; submits to a criminal record check including fingerprinting. Said check shall be at the drivers expense.

2. No person shall operate a Fall Mountain Regional School District school bus if said person: is found to be out of compliance with the attached Bus Driver Drug Abuse and Alcohol Misuse Regulations; is suspected to have an impairment that can reasonably be assumed to represent a risk in the safe operation of a school bus; is convicted of any offense (criminal or motor vehicle) as specified by State school bus rules and regulations regarding the licensing of school bus drivers. A driver must cease operating said school bus immediately and notify the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, or Transportation Manager of said conviction.

3. The above rules and regulations are not deemed to negate any State rules and regulations, but are in addition to said State rules and regulations for school bus drivers. 4. No person shall use a school bus for personal use or deviate from their assigned schedule with respect to time or miles traveled or in any manner that is self serving.

DRIVER RESPONSIBILITIES-STUDENT RELATED A driver shall: Be acutely aware and understand District policy regarding the procedure of student discipline and policies, especially regarding the removal of a student from any bus. However, a driver may remove a student on his/her bus if the said student presents then and there a

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NON-SCHOOL U S E OF SCHOOL BU S E S

Buses may be assigned to non-profit school-oriented groups or to non-profit locally recognized organizations which directly serve local school students upon approval by the Board. Such transportation shall be at no cost to the school district. Fees will be determined by the administration based on current expenses for bus operation. The Board may allow an exception when it is in the best interest of the District.

Adopted: 10/11/82 Revised: 3/25/97 Reviewed: 1/11/99, 12/20/99

EEAE SCHOOL BUS SAFETY PROGRAM The safety and welfare of student riders will be the first consideration in all matters pertaining to transportation. Safety precautions will include the following: 1. Children will be instructed as to the proper procedure for boarding and exiting from a school bus and in proper and safe conduct while aboard. 2. Emergency evacuation drills will be conducted at least two times a year (Oct.May) to acquaint student riders with procedures in emergency situations. 3. All vehicles used to transport children will be inspected on a regular schedule to see that they meet applicable safety regulations. 4. All drivers will be screened before employment for physical condition, proper license, and experience. The prior driving record of each driver will be checked for drug and alcohol or other convictions and a criminal records check must also be completed. 5. The board authorizes use of video and audio surveillance on school buses to ensure the health, welfare, and safety of all students while riding on school buses. 6. In the event an audio or video recording is used as part of a student discipline proceeding, such video may become part of a students education record. If an audio or video recording does become part of a students education record, the provisions of Policy JRA: Student Records shall apply. 7. The School District or independent contractor will comply with all state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to the operation of school buses and will make these requirements known to bus drivers. It will also cooperate with local safety officials in formulating and accomplishing its school bus safety program.

Legal Reference: 20 U.S.C. 1232g, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act RSA 189:6a, School Bus Safety RSA 200:40, Emergency Care FMRSD Policy JICC: Student Conduct on Buses FMRSD Policy ECAF: Audio and Video Surveillance on School Buses

FMRSD Adopted: 1/28/2008 Revised: 12/13/2010

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! PURPOSE! The!purpose!of!this!policy!is!to!establish!a!program!designed!to!prevent!accidents!from!the! misuse!of!alcohol,!controlled!substances!or!prescription!medications!by!drivers!of!District! motor!vehicles.!The!rule!requires!that!covered!employees!be!tested!in!accordance!with!Federal! Motor!Carrier!Safety!Regulations!(FMCSR)!for!drugs!as!well!as!alcohol,!and!sets!the!times,! terms,!and!conditions!of!testing.!PreDemployment,!random,!postDaccident,!reasonable!suspicion! and!return!to!duty!testing!are!required.!It!mandates!privacy!in!collection!techniques,! confirmation!of!positive!results,!collection!of!split!samples,!and!confidentiality!of!results.!The! policy!also!includes!provisions!for!treating!employees!in!need!of!assistance!due!to!misuse!of! alcohol!or!illegal!use!of!controlled!substances.!!! ! REGULATIONS! This!program!is!in!conformity!with!Department!of!Transportation!Regulations,!49!CFR!Part!382! and!49!CFR!Part!40!as!well!as!school!district!policy!regarding!duties!not!covered!under!FMCSR.! ! CONTACTS! Transportation!Manager!Fall!Mountain!Regional!School!District!!(603)!835D2527! Charlestown!Family!Medicine!!(603)!826D5711! Valley!Regional!Hospital!!(603)!542D7771!! ! APPLICABILITY! 1.!!This!policy!applies!to!all!persons!who!hold!a!Commercial!Drivers!License!(CDL)!and/or!School! Bus!Certificate!who!transport!students!for!the!FMRSD,!or!who!drive!a!District!owned!motor! vehicle.!! 2.!!A!driver!is!any!person!who!operates!a!District!owned!vehicle!or!is!performing!a!safety! sensitive!function.!The!driver!may!be!a!full!or!partDtime!worker!hired!by!the!school!district.!It! also!includes!occasional,!leased,!and!independent!drivers!who!are!employed!by!or!under!lease! to!the!District!or!who!operate!a!vehicle!with!the!consent!of!the!District.!! SafetyDsensitive!functions!include:! !All!time!at!an!employer!or!shipper!plant,!terminal,!facility,!or!other!property,!or!on!any!public! property,!waiting!to!be!dispatched,!unless!the!driver!has!been!relieved!from!duty!by!the! employer;! !All!time!inspecting!equipment!as!required!by!Sec.!392.7!and!Sec.!392.8!or!otherwise! inspecting,!servicing,!or!conditioning!any!commercial!or!school!district!owned!nonDcommercial! motor!vehicle!at!any!time;! !All!time!spent!at!the!driving!controls!of!a!commercial!motor!vehicle!in!operation;! !All!time,!other!than!driving!time,!in!or!upon!any!commercial!motor!vehicle!except!time!resting! in!a!sleeper!berth;! !!All!time!loading!or!unloading!a!commercial!motor!vehicle;!supervising!or!assisting!in!the! loading!or!unloading;!attending!a!commercial!motor!vehicle!being!loaded!or!unloaded;!
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EEAEA BUS DRIVER DRUG ABUSE AND ALCOHOL MISUSE The safety and well-being of the public and our employees requires that all of our drivers perform their duties free from the effects of drugs and alcohol. A drug-free workplace is especially important in the transportation industry because of our responsibility to serve the public safely and without interruption. A driver who uses controlled substances and misuses alcohol presents a hazard to himself and the motoring public. In order to ensure a safe, efficient and drug-free workplace and to comply with federal requirements, the following policy has been adopted and will apply to all individuals hereafter applying for positions as drivers as well as to all incumbent company drivers. General Policy Fall Mountain Regional School District, numerous regulatory authorities and the general public are concerned that all persons employed in the transportation industry perform their duties in a workmanlike and professional manner, unimpaired by the effects of controlled substance abuse and alcohol misuse. While no company policy will eliminate the possibility of drug abuse completely, it is believed that the program described in this policy will greatly reduce the risks associated with drug and alcohol abuse to our employees and to the public. Use Prohibited No driver shall use any Scheduled drug included in the Schedule of Controlled Substances of the Drug Enforcement Agency or any narcotic or habit-forming drug except as permitted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. No driver shall use or misuse alcohol while on duty or four hours prior to reporting for duty. Alcohol, for the purposes of this policy, is defined as any alcoholic beverage, mixture, or preparation, including medication containing alcohol. The Schedule of Controlled Substances includes the following drugs and classes of drugs: marijuana and its metabolites, Cocaine, Stimulants, Depressants, Hallucinogenic substances, and Opium derivatives such as heroin. No driver may use any of these drugs whether on duty or off duty. The use of alcohol before reporting to duty is restricted to four hours. Any violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action which may include discharge. Impairment Prohibited

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EEAEA MANDATORY DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING In compliance with the United States Department of Transportation (49 CFR Part 40), employees of District performing a safety sensitive job or holding a CDL license will be required to submit to drug and alcohol tests in accordance with the Rules and Regulations promulgated by that department. The testing will be done by a qualified company selected by the District. The agency will review all mandatory drug testing including pre-employment, random, post accident, reasonable suspicion and return-to-duty. A laboratory certified by the Department of Health and Human Services will perform testing in compliance with the Department of Transportation regulations on the urine samples delivered to them. Random alcohol testing will be conducted at an annual rate of 25% of safety sensitive positions and will be preformed on National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) approved evidential breath testing device. Random drug testing of employees will be done at an annual rate of 50% of the safety sensitive positions. Employee numbers will be drawn from a general pool to which the District belongs with a number of other statewide employers. Arrangements will be made with the selected agency so that these employees will go directly for a urine test when their number is drawn. The test site facility will be informed of the names to be expected. The employee will be required to submit to a reasonable suspicion drug and/or alcohol test if their supervisor suspects drug and/or alcohol use. Behaviors believed to be a result of drug and/or alcohol use must be observed directly by the supervisor. A medical review officer (MRO) will review any employee test that is positive from the Center to determine if the test is confirmed positive. The MRO will refer all employees who have a confirmed positive test for drugs to a substance abuse professional (SAP). The breath alcohol technician (BAT) will refer any employee to a SAP whose breath test is 0.04 or above. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations outline procedures dealing with employees who test 0.02 to .039. The employee must fulfill the SAP requirements and follow up testing in order to continue in their safety sensitive position. The employee is responsible for these charges associated with SAP, drug/alcohol treatment and follow up testing. Any employee who tests positive, meaning a concentration level of 0.02 or greater, will be subject to a second confirmation test. If the second test is also positive, the employee will be terminated from employment with the District. The use, possession, sale or transfer of illegal drugs, on or off the job, will be cause for termination. Refusal to participate in a drug screen or alcohol testing, whether selected randomly or for cause will result in immediate termination.

EEAEB MANDATORY DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING In compliance with the United States Department of Transportation (49 CFR Part 40), employees of District performing a safety sensitive job or holding a CDL license will be required to submit to drug and alcohol tests in accordance with the Rules and Regulations promulgated by that department. The testing will be done by a qualified company selected by the District. The agency will review all mandatory drug testing including pre-employment, random, post accident, reasonable suspicion and return-to-duty. A laboratory certified by the Department of Health and Human Services will perform testing in compliance with the Department of Transportation regulations on the urine samples delivered to them. Random alcohol testing will be conducted at an annual rate of 25% of safety sensitive positions and will be preformed on National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) approved evidential breath testing device. Random drug testing of employees will be done at an annual rate of 50% of the safety sensitive positions. Employee numbers will be drawn from a general pool to which the District belongs with a number of other statewide employers. Arrangements will be made with the selected agency so that these employees will go directly for a urine test when their number is drawn. The test site facility will be informed of the names to be expected. The employee will be required to submit to a reasonable suspicion drug and/or alcohol test if their supervisor suspects drug and/or alcohol use. Behaviors believed to be a result of drug and/or alcohol use must be observed directly by the supervisor. A medical review officer (MRO) will review any employee test that is positive from the Center to determine if the test is confirmed positive. The MRO will refer all employees who have a confirmed positive test for drugs to a substance abuse professional (SAP). The breath alcohol technician (BAT) will refer any employee to a SAP whose breath test is 0.04 or above. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations outline procedures dealing with employees who test 0.02 to .039. The employee must fulfill the SAP requirements and follow up testing in order to continue in their safety sensitive position. The employee is responsible for these charges associated with SAP, drug/alcohol treatment and follow up testing. Any employee who tests positive, meaning a concentration level of 0.02 or greater, will be subject to a second confirmation test. If the second test is also positive, the employee will be terminated from employment with the District. The use, possession, sale or transfer of illegal drugs, on or off the job, will be cause for termination. Refusal to participate in a drug screen or alcohol testing, whether selected randomly or for cause will result in immediate termination.

EEAFA

NON-SCHOOL USE OF SCHOOL BUSES

The following uses of District transportation are a privilege, not a right, and, except where bound by the terms of a lease, the District may revoke that privilege through official Board action at a regularly scheduled and legally advertised meeting. School Activities Transportation may be provided by the District for all activities which have been officially designated by the Board as school activities. Activities may include, but not be limited to: A. Educational field trips growing out of regular classroom activity which are planned by the teacher, approved by the principal and supervised by school staff, provided that any overnight trip receives prior approval of the Board; and B. Athletics, debate, drama, music or other Board approved co-curricular programs. Participants in any other activity who feel such activity should be considered an official school activity may petition the Board, through the Superintendent, to have it considered as a school activity. Extracurricular Activities The Superintendent may authorize the use of District transportation vehicles transporting nonparticipating students to extracurricular activities. Such vehicles may be so used when the users pay an amount sufficient to reimburse the District for the complete cost of such use. District drivers shall be used on all such trips. Participants shall be supervised by staff. Leasing of Buses The Board may enter into a written lease agreement with any of the following: A. A nonprofit organization transporting a specially designated group of persons to and from the site of activities or programs deemed beneficial to such persons by such organizations, provided that commercial bus service is not reasonably available. Examples include handicapped persons to Special Olympics, elderly persons attending a Sr. Center sponsored event, Girl Scouts attending a sponsored jamboree, etc. B. A governmental agency transporting personnel, supplies and/or evacuees in the event of a pending catastrophe or natural disaster, or in the aftermath of such situation. C. A user conducting an educational recreation program supported wholly or in part by tax funds. D. Other District tax payers including parents, homeowners or businesses.

EEAG USE OF PRIVATE VEHICLES TO TRANSPORT STUDENTS Any use of private vehicles for transportation of students to or from school on field trips, athletic events, or other school functions, must have prior authorization by the Superintendent or his or her designee. Those providing unauthorized student transportation do so at their own expense and liability. Any employee or private citizen using their own or a rented vehicle to provide schoolauthorized student transportation will be insured under the districts auto insurance coverage, EXCEPT for damage to the employees or private citizens own vehicle. The districts insurance will only cover liability and damage to property of others. As such, while a certificate of insurance will not be required, the authorizing administrator must be sure the employee or private citizen is aware of the aforementioned exception. A person under contract to transport one or more children to school, on field trips, to athletic events, or other school functions must have a valid School Bus Driver Certificate from the Department of Safety. This person's vehicle must be approved by the N.H. Department of Safety as meeting all applicable school bus safety standards. (Parents transporting their own children are exempt from this requirement, even if reimbursed by the School District.) Those providing transportation on an incidental basis, i.e., not specifically as part of a contract to transport, must have a valid driver's license, and a vehicle which has a current N.H. inspection sticker. A commercial license is required for any vehicle that has a capacity of 16 or more. The Board specifically forbids any employee to transport students for school purposes without prior authorization by the Superintendent or his or her designee. All employees who regularly transport students must have a School Bus Driver Certificate. No student shall be sent on school errands using any automobile. Reimbursement for use of private vehicles may be made, but only if the employee or other person has prior approval of the designated administrator. No student will transport another student when conventional, district provided transportation is not made available.

FMRSD Adopted: 11/6/85 Revised: 11/25/85, 8/29/94, 8/11/2008

E E AH

TR AN S PORT ATION FOR KINDERGARTEN

The Fall Mountain Regional School Board assumes no responsibility for the transportation of Kindergarten students; however, if space is available on an established route, Kindergarten students may ride one way.

Adopted: 1965 Reviewed: 1/11/99, 12/20/99

EEAI

TRANSPORTATION FOR TUITION STUDENTS

The Fall Mountain Regional School Board assumes no responsibility for the transportation of tuition pupils unless there is room available on the established route. The Board may allow an exception when it is in the best interest of the District.

Adopted: 4/11/66 Revised: 3/25/97 Reviewed: 1/11/99, 12/20/99

EEBB U S E OF PRIV AT E V EHIC L E S ON SCHOOL BU SIN E S S With the increased number of school sponsored activities for grades K-12 in the Fall Mountain Regional School District and with the possibility that at times the number of students involved would not make use of a school bus practical, the Board will authorize the service of private cars, subject to the following conditions: When the occasion arises for the use of private cars, the principal of the school shall approve such plans in advance. Private cars shall be driven by responsible adults and care should be taken to see that cars are not loaded over the allowable limits. It is the responsibility of the principal to approve the driver, load, and car condition. Transportation of students without the principals approval will be considered unauthorized travel for which the Board will not be responsible.

See Policy EIB: Automotive Insurance Coverage

Adopted: 5/5/69 Revised: 1/11/99, 12/20/99

EFC

FREE AND REDUCED MEALS

The Fall Mountain Regional School District Board will provide free or reduced rate meals to all children who qualify under the guidelines of the National School Lunch Program. On the first day of each new school year, Free and Reduced Lunch Applications will be sent home to all students as part of their opening day materials packets. Students who register for school after the first day will receive an application upon registration. All completed applications will be reviewed by the Business Administrator and/or his/her designee and will be approved or rejected by the Business Administrator. Appeals of the decision shall be made promptly in writing to the Superintendent of Schools, whose decision shall be final. All school provided lunches shall be obtained by the use of lunch tickets, coded in a manner that will allow for a method of accounting that will not stigmatize any student.

EFC

FREE AND REDUCED MEALS

The Fall Mountain Regional School District Board will provide free or reduced rate meals to all children who qualify under the guidelines of the National School Lunch Program. On the first day of each new school year, Free and Reduced Lunch Applications will be sent home to all students as part of their opening day materials packets. Students who register for school after the first day will receive an application upon registration. All completed applications will be reviewed by the Business Administrator and/or his/her designee and will be approved or rejected by the Business Administrator. Appeals of the decision shall be made promptly in writing to the Superintendent of Schools, whose decision shall be final. All school provided lunches shall be obtained by the use of lunch tickets, coded in a manner that will allow for a method of accounting that will not stigmatize any student.

FMRSD Approved: 2/24/69 Revised: 12/6/99 Reviewed: 12/07

EGA STUDENT INTERNET SAFETY The Fall Mountain Regional School District supports the use of the Internet as an educational tool and maintains compliancy with CIPA, N-CIPA, COPPA and FERPA regulations. It enables students, staff, and administrators to access information, research sources, and interact with people and computers throughout the world. The Internet provides a tool to support and enrich curriculum at all levels. Therefore, Internet access will be made available to students in the District for the purposes of communication, research, and education. It shall be the responsibility of all members of the Fall Mountain Regional School District staff to educate, supervise and monitor appropriate student usage of the online computer network and access to the Internet in accordance with this policy, its regulations, the Childrens Internet Protection Act, the Neighborhood Childrens Internet Protection Act and the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act. The use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use can result in a loss of those privileges as well as other disciplinary action.
Note: Please reference EGA-R for rules and regulations pertaining to this policy Students securing Internet Access should also be familiar with the Policy and Regulations for EHAA Computer Use For Students and Employees as well as ACB, ADD, EGAA, and EGAD.

FMRSB Adopted: 1/28/2008 Revised: 5/24/2010 2nd Reading & Adoption of Revision: 6/14/2010

EGAA CYBERBULLYING This District is committed to providing a positive and productive learning and working environment. Any form of harassment using electronic devices, commonly known as cyberbullying, by students, staff or third parties is prohibited and will not be tolerated in the district. Cyberbullying is the use of any electronic communication device to convey a message in any form (text, image, audio, or video) that defames, intimidates, harasses or is otherwise intended to harm, insult or humiliate another in a deliberate, repeated or hostile and unwanted manner. In addition, any communication of this form which disrupts or prevents a safe and positive educational or working environment may also be considered cyberbullying. Students and staff will refrain from using personal communication devices or district property to harass or stalk another. The district will take any report of cyberbullying seriously and will investigate reports promptly. Students are encouraged to report an incident immediately to a teacher or principal, who will take appropriate action. Students who make a report should also preserve evidence of the cyberbullying. For example a student may save or bring a copy of an email, text message, picture or other electronic transmission that the student believes was intended to harm, insult, or humiliate. Students whose behavior is found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to loss of privileges, discipline, up to and including expulsion. Staff whose behavior is found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to discipline, up to and including dismissal. Third parties whose behavior is found to be in violation of this policy shall be subject to appropriate sanctions as determined and imposed by the superintendent or Board. Any perceived criminal conduct will be reported immediately to local law enforcement.

EGAD USE OF COPYRIGHTED MATERIALS

It is the intent of the School Board of the Fall Mountain Regional School District to adhere to the provisions of the U.S. copyright law (United States Code, Title 17), and to maintain the highest ethical standards in the use of all copyrighted materials. The willful infringement of a copyright and plagiarism of any sort by district employees is prohibited. The Board, therefore, directs the Superintendent or designee to provide employees with guidelines that ensure compliance with the U.S. copyright law and adherence to standards of ethical conduct as they relate to the use of someone elses creative work. Copyrighted materials, whether they be print or non-print, may not be duplicated without first receiving written permission from the owner of such materials (copyright holder) and/or complying with guidelines presented in administrative regulations. The Fall Mountain Regional School District does not sanction the illegal use or unauthorized duplication of someone elses work in any form. Employees who willfully violate the Districts copyright policy do so at their own risk and may be required to remunerate the district in the event of a loss resulting from litigation. Employees are hereby notified that willful infringement of the law may result in disciplinary action. The legal, ethical, and practical problems caused by plagiarism should be taught in all of the schools in the Fall Mountain Regional School District.

Le gal Re ference s: US Code Title XVII, Public Law 94-533, United States Copyright Law of 1976.

FMRSD Adopted: 5/9/94 Reviewed: 2/8/99

EHAA COMPUTER USE POLICY: STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES The purposes of computer use in Fall Mountain Regional School District (FMRSD) are to support learning and student outcomes as well as allow for the completion of various administrative activities. When accessing computers and the networks, each individuals activity must be consistent with the educational goals and objectives of the FMRSD, and follow School Board regulations. All electronic data, which is transmitted and/or received on or through a computer owned by, or using the connectivity of FMRSD, is the property of the District in its entirety. The use of school computers is a privilege and may be revoked at any time for any infraction of the policy and procedures set forth by the School Board.

FMRSD Adopted: 1/10/00 Revised: 9/13/04 Revised: 12/07

EHB

DATA AND ELECTRONIC RECORDS RE TENTION The Fall Mountain Regional School District will ensure that necessary records and documents are adequately protected and stored as required by Ed 306.04 and in accordance with RSA 189:29-a. The District will keep an archive of email for up to one year, after which time electronic files will be permanently deleted The Fall Mountain Regional School District shall maintain, review and revise procedures as needed to comply with the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C. & 1232g, and RSA 91-A, Access to Public Records.

FMRSB Adoption: 6/14/2010

EIB LIABILITY INSURANCE AND POOLED RISK MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS The School Board may procure liability insurance to protect against such risks of loss, cost or damage to itself, its employees or its pupils, or other loss. Such insurance may include general liability coverage, automobile liability coverage, errors and omissions liability coverage, and other coverage as the Board may determine. Liability limits for all coverage will correspond to those limits established by applicable law. The Board may also participate in a pooled risk management program. The pooled risk management program may be utilized for: the defense of claims and indemnification for losses arising out of the ownership, maintenance, and operation of real or personal property and the acts or omissions of school officials, school employees, and agents; the provision of loss prevention services including, but not limited to, inspections of property and the training of personnel; and the investigation, evaluation, and settlement of claims by and against the school district. Membership in a pooled risk management program will conform to the provisions set forth in RSA 5-B and related statutes.

Legal Reference: RSA 5-B, Pooled Risk Management Programs RSA 507-B:4, Limit of Liability Marcotte v. Timberlane/Hampstead School Dist., 143 N.H. 331 (1999) FMRSD Adopted 4/28/2008

SECTION G: Personnel

GBAA SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND VIOLENCE- EMPLOYEES I. PURPOSE The purpose of this policy is to maintain a learning environment that is free from sexual harassment and violence, or other improper or inappropriate behavior that may constitute harassment as defined below. Any form of sexual harassment or violence is strictly prohibited. It is a violation of this policy for any employee to harass another employee through conduct or communication of a sexual nature as defined by this policy. It is a violation of this policy for any student to be sexually violent toward another student. The District will investigate all complaints, either formal or informal, verbal or written, of sexual harassment or sexual violence and will discipline any employee who sexually harasses or is sexually violent toward another person. II. SEXUAL HARASSMENT/SEXUAL VIOLENCE DEFINED Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually motivated physical conduct or other verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature when: 1. Submission to that conduct or communication is made a term or condition, either explicitly or implicitly, of obtaining or retaining employment, or of obtaining an education; or 2. Submission to or rejection of that conduct or communication by an individual is used as a factor in decisions affecting that individual's employment or education; or 3. That conduct or communication has the purpose or effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with an individual's employment or education, or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive employment or education environment. Sexual harassment may include, but is not limited to: 1. Verbal harassment and/or abuse of a sexual nature; 2. Subtle pressure for sexual activity; 3. Inappropriate patting, pinching or other touching; 4. Intentional brushing against an employees body; 5. Demanding sexual favors accompanied by implied or overt threats; 6. Demanding sexual favors accompanied by implied or overt promises of preferential treatment;

GBAA

VOLUNTARY IN-DISTRICT EXCHANGE OF STAFF The Fall Mountain Regional School District encourages teachers and staff to engage in experiences which enhance their awareness of the District, its staff and the schools. One way to accomplish this is to give teachers and staff an opportunity to participate in a voluntary in-district exchange of job placements. To ensure that such an exchange will be in the best interest of students in the District, the following guidelines apply: All exchanges under this plan are voluntary and must be requested in writing by the staff members prior to January 31, the school year preceding the proposed exchange. All voluntary exchanges must be approved by the Fall Mountain Regional School District Board, based upon recommendations. The Superintendent and both Principals of those schools affected by the exchange must agree to the exchange. Staff must have appropriate certifications and adequate qualifications for the position to which they wish to exchange. All voluntary exchanges are for a one-year period. All employees will be guaranteed a position at the end of the year. Given equivalent responsibilities, all benefits, including health, dental, life and disability insurance, leave time, etc., shall be the same for the employee as he/she would have had in his/her permanent position. Salaries will be based upon the salary assigned to the exchanged position. Seniority will accrue as per the collective bargaining agreement.

Adopted: 7/20/98 Reviewed: 2/8/99

GBAAA

EMPLOYEE TRANSFERS

The Fall Mountain Regional School District follows all contractual obligations to post, advertise vacancies and subsequently approve transfers in accordance with the Fall Mountain Teachers Association and Support Staff Master Agreements. The school district will transfer employees as stated above, making every effort to approve transfers that are in the best interest of students and the needs of the District.

Adopted: 1/10/00

GBCBB

STAFF DRESS CODE

The Fall Mountain Regional School District realizes that staffs clothing and grooming substantially affect the work and attitudes of students and their parents. Therefore, Fall Mountain Regional School District staff will dress appropriate to their assignment and position as professional employees. Attire and grooming are expected to conform with normally accepted standards common to public employees in similar positions.

1st Reading: 4/26/04

GBCBC

CHILDREN IN THE WORKPLACE POLICY

It is the goal of the Fall Mountain Regional School District to provide maximum educational opportunities and a safe environment for its students and employees. Employees are expected to conduct themselves professionally, to focus on their jobs, and to take care of personal and family responsibilities outside of school time. Except in cases of emergency, employees children are not to be brought to the workplace. In emergencies, employees may bring their own children to work subject to the following conditions: 1. They have prior approval from their supervisor.

2. There is a suitable place to put their children so that they do not disrupt school children and other employees. 3. The children behave appropriately at all times.

FMRSD Adopted: 7/22/91 Reviewed: 12/07

GBCBD

USE OF COPYRIGHTED MATERIALS It is the intent of the School Board of the Fall Mountain Regional School District to adhere to the provisions of the U.S. copyright law (United States Code, Title 17), and to maintain the highest ethical standards in the use of all copyrighted materials. The willful infringement of a copyright and plagiarism of any sort by district employees is prohibited. The Board, therefore, directs the Superintendent or designee to provide employees with guidelines that ensure compliance with the U.S. copyright law and adherence to standards of ethical conduct as they relate to the use of someone elses creative work. Copyrighted materials, whether they be print or non-print, may not be duplicated without first receiving written permission from the owner of such materials (copyright holder) and/or complying with guidelines presented in administrative regulations. The Fall Mountain Regional School District does not sanction the illegal use or unauthorized duplication of someone elses work in any form. Employees who willfully violate the Districts copyright policy do so at their own risk and may be required to remunerate the district in the event of a loss resulting from litigation. Employees are hereby notified that willful infringement of the law may result in disciplinary action. The legal, ethical, and practical problems caused by plagiarism should be taught in all of the schools in the Fall Mountain Regional School District.

Adopted: 5/9/94 Reviewed: 2/8/99

GBCCAC MATERNITY LEAVE The Fall Mountain Regional School District supports the continued employment of staff who are pregnant as long as their health allows. The District will grant to a pregnant employee (hereafter referred to as the employee) without a physicians approval, the use of sick days for up to six consecutive calendar weeks. If the employee is absent for more than this period of time and needs to use additional sick days, the employee will be required to obtain a physicians note for the additional days. Use of sick days will begin with the employees first date of absence, which may not be more than two (2) weeks prior to the employees expected delivery date, unless approved by the employees physician, or if the employee chooses to take unpaid leave. Use of sick days will end when the six consecutive calendar weeks have passed. (Six consecutive calendar weeks equals forty-two consecutive calendar days, including any and all weekends, holidays, or any other non-school days.) If an employee wishes to extend her leave, she may do so with the School Boards approval. Such extensions will be unpaid time. If an employee is absent for more than twelve (12) consecutive calendar weeks and is taking unpaid time, the employee will be liable for all costs associated with her health and dental benefits during any and all months that are comprised entirely of unpaid leave.

FMRSD Adopted: 12/8/69 Revised: 8/14/78, 5/10/82, 6/20/02, 3/27/06 Reviewed: 12/07

GBCD BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND CRIMINAL RECORDS CHECK Background Investigation The Superintendent, or his/her designee, shall conduct a thorough investigation into the past employment history, and other applicable background, of any person considered for employment with the District. This investigation shall be completed prior to making an offer of employment. The Superintendent shall develop a background investigation protocol for use in completing a background investigation and shall keep a written record of all background investigations which have been done. As part of the application process, each applicant for a position shall be asked whether he/she has ever been convicted of any crime, and whether there are any criminal charges pending against him/her at the time of application. The falsification or omission of any information on a job application or in a job interview, including, but not limited to, information concerning criminal convictions or pending criminal charges, shall be grounds for disqualification from consideration for employment or immediate discharge from employment. Any person for whom the Board requires a Criminal Records Check shall pay all fees and costs associated with the fingerprinting process and/or the submission or processing of the requests for the Criminal Records Check, unless otherwise determined by the Board. Criminal Records Check Each person considered for employment by the Board whose duties require regular contact with pupils must submit to a State and FBI Criminal Records Check. Persons regularly in contact with students means a person or persons who, in the performance of his/her duties, (1) comes in direct contact with pupils on a daily basis for any period of time, (2) meets regularly, e.g., once or twice a week, with students, including, but not limited to, an art, music, or physical education teacher, (3) a substitute teacher who comes in direct contact with pupils on a limited basis, or (4) any other persons whom the Superintendent believes, by virtue of their duties and contact with students, should appropriately undergo a Criminal Records Check. The Superintendent is responsible to establish all necessary internal procedures relative to the initiation and completion of the State and FBI Criminal Records Check. Volunteers Designated Volunteers are subject to a background investigation/criminal records check and the provisions of this policy. Designated Volunteers are defined and so designated pursuant to Policy IJOC. Volunteers not categorized as Designated Volunteers per Policy IJOC will not be

GBEA STAFF ETHICS An employee speaking or writing as a citizen should be free from institutional censorship or discipline, but his/her special position in the community carries special obligations. The employee must remember that the public may judge the profession and institution by his/her utterances. Hence the employee should, at all times, be accurate, exercise appropriate restraint, show respect for the opinion of others, and make every effort to indicate that he/she is not a school spokesperson. EMPLOYEE CONFLICT OF INTEREST Employees will not engage in, or have a financial interest in, any activity that raises a reasonable question of conflict of interest with their duties and responsibilities as employees. This includes, but is not limited to: 1. Employees will not participate for financial remuneration in outside activities wherein their position on the staff is used to sell goods or services to pupils or their parents. 2. Employees will not engage in any type of work where the source of information concerning customer, client, or employer originates from information obtained through the District. 3. School employees will not solicit or sell for personal gain any educational materials or equipment in the attendance areas served by the School to which they are assigned. Nor will any employees make available lists of names of students or parents to anyone for sales purposes. See Policy KH Soliciting Pupils and School Personnel and Advertising in the Schools. To avoid nepotism in the supervision of personnel, the Board discourages employees from being assigned to any position where the employee would be responsible to a relative.

FMRSD To Policy Committee 2/22/2010 1st Reading 3/8/2010 2nd Reading and Adoption: 3/22/2010

GBEAA

SEAT BELT POLICY

The use of seat belts in motor vehicles has proven to be a positive factor in the reduction of personal injury in the event of vehicle accidents. The Administrative Rules for Public Employee Safety and Health, Chapter 277, require the use of appropriate personal protective equipment. Seat belts are considered to be personal protective equipment; therefore, the Fall Mountain Regional School District is charged under state law to require their use while on Fall Mountain Regional School District business. All Fall Mountain Regional School District employees are required to wear seat belts while operating or riding in any vehicle while on Fall Mountain Regional School District business. This applies to personally owned vehicles, as well as the vehicles of others. In addition, passengers in vehicles operated by the Fall Mountain Regional School District staff while on Fall Mountain Regional School District business are required to wear seat belts. This requirement shall not apply in the case of vehicles in which the manufacturer has not installed seat belts.

Legal Reference: RSA 281-A:64

Adopted: 8/24/92 Reviewed: 2/8/99

GBEAB

RELEASING NAMES OF PERSONNEL

The Fall Mountain Regional School Board prohibits the release of lists of addresses of teachers or any other personnel for other than professional or official purposes.

Legal References: Dans vs. Lebanon School Board, 112 NH 160 (1972)

FMRSD Adopted: 3/21/67 Revised: 8/14/78 Reviewed: 12/07

GBEBA

STAFF DRESS CODE

The Board expects all staff members to be neatly groomed and dressed in clothing suitable for the subject of instruction, the work being performed, or the occasion. The Board retains the authority to specify the following dress and grooming guidelines for staff, within law, that will prevent such matters from having an adverse impact on the educational process. All staff members shall, when assigned to district duty: A. Be physically clean, neat and well groomed; B. Dress in a manner reflecting their assignments; C. Dress in a manner that does not cause damage to district property; D. Dress and be groomed in such a way so as not to cause a health or safety hazard.

FMRSD Adopted: 5/24/04 Revised: 4/28/2008

GBEBC

GIFTS TO AND SOLICITATIONS BY STAFF

No Fall Mountain Regional School District employee will accept or solicit any gift, favor, service, or other benefit that could reasonably be construed to influence the employees discharge of assigned duties and responsibilities. An employee who believes he or she has or may have a conflict of interest will disclose the interest to the Superintendent or designee, who will take whatever action is necessary, if any, to ensure that the districts best interests are protected.

Le gal Re ference: ED.511

FMRSD Adopted: 12/22/97 Reviewed: 12/07

GBEDB

EMPLOYEE USE OF EDUCATIONAL WEBSITES/ SOCIAL NETWORKING WEBSITES

The Fall Mountain Regional School District and School Board recognizes the great potential world&wide)web services may provide to schools for educational purposes, however, certain expectations for professional conduct by district employees extend into the personal online world of social networking, blogs, and other communication tools, especially regarding the mention of the Fall Mountain Regional School District or members of the District community. The district re-affirms that employees follow professional guidelines, and be accountable for all online interactions. Employees should respect the privacy of the District community and not divulge, or post online, any identifying information of any member of the District community without permission (including, but not limited to names, addresses, photos, videos, email addresses and telephone numbers). Access of social networking websites in the workplace is prohibited unless prior, written approval is given by the employee's supervisor.

FMRSB 1st Reading 11/8/2010 2nd Reading and Adoption: 11/22/2010

GBGAA HIV/AIDS Preamble. Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) progressively destroys the body's ability to fight infections and certain cancers. The term acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is used to mean the later stages of an HIV infection. To assist the District and infected persons, the District adopts the following policy. I. General Principles: (A) HIV is not spread by casual, everyday contact. Therefore, absent a serious secondary infection that may be transmitted to others or a significant health problem that restricts the infected person's ability to attend School, a student who is infected with HIV or AIDS shall attend the School and classroom to which he or she would be assigned, and shall receive the rights, privileges and services to which he or she would be entitled if not infected, free of physical and verbal harassment. (B) There shall be no discrimination in employment against a person infected with HIV or AIDS based solely upon said infection. No District employee shall be terminated, non-renewed, demoted, suspended, transferred or subjected to adverse action based solely upon his/her infection with HIV or AIDS, or the perception that he or she is so infected. However, the District may take whatever action is appropriate as to an employee who, despite reasonable accommodation, is unable to perform his/her duties due to an illness, including an illness related to HIV or AIDS. (C) The School District shall provide a sanitary environment and shall establish procedures for handling bodily fluids, pursuant to Section V. (D) The District shall administer a program of education about HIV or AIDS for students, their families, and School District employees to ensure that they are informed about the following: (1) The nature and effects of HIV including current information about how it is transmitted and prevented in ways that are scientifically, legally, and educationally sound; (2) District policies and procedures relating to employees and students with diseases such as HIV or AIDS; (3) Resources within the School District and elsewhere for obtaining additional information or assistance; and (4) Procedures to prevent the spread of communicable diseases at School. II. Evaluation of Infected Students and Staff (A) HIV is not transmitted casually. Accordingly, infection with HIV or AIDS is not, by itself, sufficient reason to remove a student or staff member from the

GBI

GIFTS TO AND SOLICITATIONS BY STAFF

A Fall Mountain Regional School District employee will not accept or solicit any gift, favor, service, or other benefit that could reasonably be construed to influence the employees discharge of assigned duties and responsibilities. An employee who believes he or she has or may have a conflict of interest will disclose the interest to the Superintendent or designee, who will take whatever action is necessary, if any, to ensure that the districts best interests are protected.

Legal Reference: ED.511

Adopted: 12/22/97 Reviewed: 2/8/99

GBJA
USE AND DISCLOSURE OF PROTECTED HEALTH INFORMATION This is a statement ("Statement") of the Fall Mountain Regional School District Group Health Plan ("Group Health Plan") regarding the permitted and required uses and disclosures of Protected Health Information ("PHI") as defined in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 ("HIPAA") and any other laws to which Group Health Plan is subject in connection with Group Health Plan's participation in HealthTrust and its self-funded program. (All capitalized terms in the text herein not otherwise defined herein are as defined in HIPAA unless otherwise indicated.) A. Use and Disclosure of Protected Health Information Group Health Plan will disclose or cause to be disclosed PHI to Fall Mountain Regional School District ("Plan Sponsor") to the extent of and in accordance with the disclosures permitted by HIPAA upon receipt of certification by Plan Sponsor -that it agrees to the use and disclose of such PHI as follows:
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Plan Sponsor will not use or further disclose PHI other than is permitted or required by this Policy or by law. Plan Sponsor will not use or disclose PHI for employment-related actions and decisions unless the Plan Sponsor has received an Authorization from the individual with respect to whom such PHI relates. Plan Sponsor will not use PHI in connection with any other benefit or employee benefit plan of the Plan Sponsor unless authorized by the individual with respect to whom the PHI relates. Plan Sponsor will report to Group Health Plan any PHI use or disclosure that is inconsistent with the uses or disclosures provided for in the Policy and in accordance with HIPAA or any other applicable law and of which it becomes aware. Plan Sponsor will make PHI available to an individual in accordance with HIPAAs access requirements. Plan Sponsor will make PHI available for amendment by the individual with respect to whom the PHI relates and to incorporate any such amendments to PHI in accordance with HIPAA. Plan Sponsor will make available the information required to provide an accounting of disclosures. Plan Sponsor will make internal practices, books and records relating to the use and disclosure of PHI received from Group Health Plan available to the United States Health and Human Services Secretary for the purposes of determining Group Health Plan's compliance with HIPAA. Plan Sponsor will, if feasible, return or destroy all PHI received from Group Health Plan that the Plan Sponsor still maintains in any form, and retain no copies of such PHI when no longer needed for the purpose for which disclosure was made (or if returning to HealthTrust or if destruction is not feasible, limit further uses and disclosures to those purposes that make the return or destruction not feasible). Plan Sponsor will ensure that, in accordance with HIPAA, only the employees specifically identified, or classes of employees that are under the control of the Plan

GBLA

CRIMINAL RECORD CHECKING AND FINGERPRINTING FOR SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS

School volunteers who have regular contact with pupils must undergo a background investigation, including a criminal records check and fingerprinting. Occasional school volunteering does not necessitate a criminal records check. Regularly in contact with pupils will be defined as persons who: Come into contact with pupils on a daily basis for an extended period of time; Meet once or twice a week with students for an extended period of time during the term, quarter, or semester; Substitute teach (paid) on a limited basis.

The criminal records check and fingerprinting must have been initiated before a person participates regularly in school programs. Principals are responsible for the ensuring that regular school volunteers have been cleared and for determining whether a person is exempted as an occasional school volunteer.

Source: RSA 189:13a

Adopted: 6/22/98 Reviewed: 2/8/99

GBLB

EMPLOYMENT RECOMMENDATION AND REFERENCE

The Fall Mountain Regional School District is under no legal requirement to provide current or former employees with a letter of recommendation or an employee reference. The District will disclose any information that is a matter of public record. Additionally, we will also disclose any data that would constitute indisputable fact. This policy exists to protect the district from any litigation associated with this issue. It is not intended to hinder or harm any of our current or former employees.

FMRSD Adopted: 11/8/99 Revised: 7/21/2008

GBLB

REGULATIONS EMPLOYMENT RECOMMENDATION AND REFERENCE POLICY

The District receives frequent requests from outside sources to provide or verify information about individuals currently or formerly employed within the District. Individuals may need employment verification in order to rent a home, obtain a mortgage or many other reasons. The Districts intent is to cooperate with legitimate requests, while respecting each individuals right to privacy. When an individual applies for a position in the District, they must sign an authorization that allows the district to contact former employers for references. The person requesting employment information, as well as an agency, company or school, must identify themselves to the individual providing the employment information. Information to be released would include: Employee name and assignment(s) Salary Dates of employment Current status of employment (employed or no longer employed) Would you hire him/her back (yes/no only)

Employees may provide a personal reference or recommendation for another employee. If they choose to do so, said reference or recommendation may not be on school stationery and must include a disclosure that the opinions expressed in this document are exclusively and only my own and do not represent the opinions of the District or any of its employees, students or School Board members.

Adopted: 11/8/99

GCAA HIGHLY QUALIFIED TEACHERS Pursuant to federal law, the school district will strive to ensure that all teachers who teach core academic subjects will satisfy Highly Qualified Teacher requirements set forth in the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Core academic subjects are: English, reading or language arts, mathematics, science, foreign languages, civics and government, economics, art, history, and geography. For all other subjects, teachers must be Highly Qualified, unless the Superintendent makes an exception. Because standards for satisfying Highly Qualified Teacher requirements differ between elementary school and secondary school, the Superintendent or designee and building principals are responsible for: 1. Making sure all teachers who are required to do so meet or exceed Highly Qualified Teacher requirements; 2. Properly documenting necessary paperwork and, if necessary, providing such paperwork to the New Hampshire Department of Education; and 3. Providing notice to parents/guardians whose children are not being instructed by a teacher who satisfies Highly Qualified Teacher requirements, as required by No Child Left Behind. 4. Notifying parents if students have received instruction for four or more consecutive weeks in a core academic subject by a teacher who is not highly qualified, as required by No Child Left Behind.
Legal References: Pub. L. 107-110,No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 20 U.S.C. 7801(23), Definitions, Highly Qualified Teacher 34 C.F.R. 200.55, Qualifications of Teachers

FMRSB 1st Reading 11/8/2010 2nd Reading and Adoption: 11/22/2010

GCBDA STAFF: PARENTAL AND FAMILY LEAVE


SECTION I The Fall Mountain Regional School Board accepts and shall be in compliance with the all terms and conditions set forth in the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993 in reference to all employee matters of childbirth, adoption, and care of children, care of immediate family members, and care of an employees serious health condition. A copy of the Family and Medical Leave Act shall be on file in each of the buildings of the school district, and will be made available for review by any employee upon request.

SECTION II Leave for Purposes of Adoption It shall be the Policy of the Fall Mountain Regional School Board that employees shall be granted temporary leave for the purposes of adoption of a child for up to six (6) calendar weeks42 consecutive dayssubject to the following terms and conditions:

1. The employee shall submit a formal written request to the Superintendent of Schools no later than thirty (30)
calendar days prior to the date on which the leave is scheduled to commence.

2. During the term of the leave, the employee shall continue to receive his/her then current pay and benefits, except
that the then current daily cost of a substitute for each day during the six calendar weeks of leave the employee would otherwise be contractually required to be at work shall be subtracted from the employees salary.

3. For the purposes of this policy, the employee shall be entitled to an additional six (6) calendar weeks of unpaid leave, in accordance with the requirements and conditions of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993. 4. The employee shall notify the Superintendent of Schools of the date on which the employee intends to return to
his/her normal contractual responsibilities.

Adopted: 12/8/69 Revised: 8/14/78 Revised: 5/10/82 Reviewed: 2/8/99 Revision: 4/8/02 Adoption of Revision: 6/20/02 1ST Reading of Revision: 5/8/06 2nd Reading & Adoption: 5/22/06

GCBDA MATERNITY LEAVE REQUEST FORM I, _______________________________, am requesting a maternity leave in compliance with School Board Policy GCBDA (See below). My anticipated delivery date is _______________200__ and my first date of absence will be ___________________, 200__. ________________________________________________ Employee Signature ________________________________________________ Principal/Administrator Signature ________________________________________________ Superintendents Signature

STAFF: MATERNITY LEAVE The Fall Mountain Regional School District supports the continued employment of staff who are pregnant as long as their health so allows. The District will grant to a pregnant employee (hereafter referred to as the employee), without a. physicians approval, the use of sick days for up to six consecutive calendar weeks. If the employee is absent for more than this period of time and needs to use additional sick days, the employee will be required to obtain a physicians note for the additional days. Use of sick days will begin with the employees first date of absence, which may not be more than two weeks prior to the employees expected delivery date, unless approved by the employees physician or if the employee chooses to take unpaid leave. Use of sick days will end when the six consecutive calendar weeks have, passed. (Six consecutive calendar weeks equals forty-two consecutive calendar days including any and all weekends, holidays or any other non- school days.) If an employee wishes to extend her leave, she may do so with the School Boards approval. Such extensions will be unpaid time. If an employee is absent for more than twelve consecutive calendar weeks and is taking unpaid time, the employee will be liable for all costs associated with her health and dental benefits during any and all months that are comprised entirely of unpaid leave.

GCBDA

STAFF MATERNITY LEAVE

The Fall Mountain Regional School District supports the continued employment of staff who are pregnant as long as their health so allows. The District will grant to a pregnant employee (hereafter referred to as the employee), without a physicians approval, the use of sick days for up to six consecutive calendar weeks. If the employee is absent for more than this period of time and needs to use additional sick days, the employee will be required to obtain a physicians note for the additional days. Use of sick days will begin with the employees first date of absence, which may not be more than two weeks prior to the employees expected delivery date, unless approved by the employees physician or if the employee chooses to take unpaid leave. Use of sick days will end when the six consecutive calendar weeks have passed. (Six consecutive calendar weeks equals forty-two consecutive calendar days including any and all weekends, holidays or any other non- school days.) If an employee wishes to extend her leave, she may do so with the School Boards approval. Such extensions will be unpaid time. If an employee is absent for more than twelve consecutive calendar weeks and is taking unpaid time, the employee will be liable for all costs associated with her health and dental benefits during any and all months that are comprised entirely of unpaid leave.

Adopted: 12/8/69 Revised: 8/14/78 Revised: 5/10/82 Reviewed: 2/8/99 Revision: 4/8/02 Adoption of Revision: 6/20/02

GCBDA STAFF: PARENTAL AND FAMILY LEAVE


SECTION I The Fall Mountain Regional School Board accepts and shall be in compliance with the all terms and conditions set forth in the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993 in reference to all employee matters of childbirth, adoption, and care of children, care of immediate family members, and care of an employees serious health condition. A copy of the Family and Medical Leave Act shall be on file in each of the buildings of the school district, and will be made available for review by any employee upon request.

SECTION II Leave for Purposes of Adoption It shall be the Policy of the Fall Mountain Regional School Board that employees shall be granted temporary leave for the purposes of adoption of a child for up to six (6) calendar weeks42 consecutive dayssubject to the following terms and conditions:

1. The employee shall submit a formal written request to the Superintendent of Schools no later than thirty (30)
calendar days prior to the date on which the leave is scheduled to commence.

2. During the term of the leave, the employee shall continue to receive his/her then current pay and benefits, except
that the then current daily cost of a substitute for each day during the six calendar weeks of leave the employee would otherwise be contractually required to be at work shall be subtracted from the employees salary.

3. For the purposes of this policy, the employee shall be entitled to an additional six (6) calendar weeks of unpaid leave, in accordance with the requirements and conditions of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993. 4. The employee shall notify the Superintendent of Schools of the date on which the employee intends to return to
his/her normal contractual responsibilities.

Adopted: 12/8/69 Revised: 8/14/78 Revised: 5/10/82 Reviewed: 2/8/99 Revision: 4/8/02 Adoption of Revision: 6/20/02 1ST Reading of Revision: 5/8/06 2nd Reading & Adoption: 5/22/06

GCBDB TEMPORARY MILITARY DUTY

In the event that a staff member is called to active military duty, the School Board shall, at its discretion, determine the extent and duration of continuing pay and benefits for the period of active duty. The Board shall act in accord with Federal and State regulations on such matters in effect at the time.

Adopted: 8/10/81 Reviewed: 2/8/99 Revised: 9/13/04 1st Reading for Revision: 2nd reading and Adoption:

10/25/04 11/22/04

GCBDB TEMPORARY MILITARY DUTY

In the event that a staff member is called to active military duty, the School Board shall, at its discretion, determine the extent and duration of continuing pay and benefits for the period of active duty. The Board shall act in accord with Federal and State regulations on such matters in effect at the time.

Adopted: 8/10/81 Reviewed: 2/8/99 Revised: 9/13/04 1st Reading for Revision: 2nd reading and Adoption:

10/25/04 11/22/04

GCC

STAFF ATTENDANCE AT COURT HEARINGS

The Fall Mountain Regional School District desires to work in cooperation with all local, state and federal legal authorities in the operation of district schools according to statutory regulations and procedures. In this regard, staff attendance at off-campus legal proceedings will follow the guidelines intended to fulfill contractual responsibilities and obligations within the law and district insurance policies: Personal advocacy will require the use of personal leave. Only subpoenaed personnel are lawfully required to attend court proceedings. If the School District is joined with the courts, a representative of the District should be in attendance as determined by the Principal, Assistant Superintendent or Superintendent. The laws of confidentiality and family privacy apply to all cases.

FMRSD Adopted: 2/12/96 Revised: 12/6/99 Reviewed: 12/07

GCCAD TEMPORARY MILITARY DUTY

In the event that a staff member is called to active military duty, the School Board shall, at its discretion, determine the extent and duration of continuing pay and benefits for the period of active duty. The Board shall act in accord with Federal and State regulations on such matters in effect at the time.

FMRSD Adopted: 8/10/81 Reviewed: 2/8/99 Revised: 9/13/04, 11/22/04 Reviewed: 12/07

GCE SUBSTITUTES

The Fall Mountain Regional School Board requires that positions of teachers absent from their positions be filled by substitutes. The administration shall determine requirements and rates of pay for substitute teachers, subject to School Board approval.

Adopted: Reviewed:

2/12/79 2/8/99

GCF

PARAPROFESSIONALS OR TEACHERS AIDES

The Fall Mountain Regional School District School Board recognizes that classroom and school building situations exist where the services of paraprofessionals or teacher aides are beneficial. With due regard to the Agreement between the Fall Mountain Professional Teachers Association and the Board, and the provisions of RSA 186:11 and related State Board of Education Regulations regarding certification, the Board authorizes the employment of paraprofessionals or teacher aides as recommended by the administration. Such paraprofessionals or teacher aides will assist in providing a well-organized, smoothly functioning school environment in which students can take full advantage of the instructional program and available resource materials.

FMRSD Adopted: 2/8/82 Reviewed: 12/07

GCG SUBSTITUTES

The Fall Mountain Regional School Board requires that positions of teachers absent from their positions be filled by substitutes. The administration shall determine requirements and rates of pay for substitute teachers, subject to School Board approval. SUBSTITUTES PAY The rate of pay for a substitute shall be set by the School Board and be subject to periodic review. All part-time and substitute employees must undergo a Criminal History Records Check prior to any employment. See policy GBCD for Criminal History Records Check information.

Legal Reference: RSA 189:13-a, School Employee and Volunteer Background Investigations

FMRSD Adopted: Reviewed:

2/12/79 12/07

GCI PROFESSIONAL GROWTH and STAFF DEVELOPMENT

The Fall Mountain School Board recognizes that a rapidly changing society demands continuous retraining and in-service education of teachers and other personnel as an essential ingredient to quality education, and therefore, requires that: All certified personnel participate in Staff Development as a condition of employment; A program of in-service training be established to provide an opportunity for the continuous professional and technical growth of staff; The administrative staff employing administrative and management techniques consistent with modern management development will provide leadership, and will assist staff members to make a maximum contribution to the School Districts effort to provide a quality educational program for all students.

Adopted: Reviewed:

2/13/78 12/07

GCIA

JOB SHARE

The Fall Mountain School District allows job sharing on a limited basis to recruit and keep good personnel, so long as it has no adverse affect on student learning, instructional continuity, or the effective operation of the schools. A job-shared position is one position shared by more than one employee. A shared job is a part-time position, and as such, job sharing employees are not eligible for health, dental, life and disability insurance benefits. Other benefits such as sick leave, personal days, professional days, etc., will be divided proportionately among the persons sharing the position. In any event, job sharing shall not increase total costs to the District, and combined jobshare salaries will not exceed the total cost for one employee. Job sharing shall be limited to certificated personnel. Requests for job sharing must go to the area principal no later than March 31st for the ensuing school year. Final approval for all job-share positions shall be granted annually at the discretion of the School Board.

Adopted: 6/3/91 Revised: 8/23/99 Reviewed: 12/07

GCIB

TEACHER COUNCIL

The Superintendent of Schools is charged with the responsibility of managing the schools. In order to carry out this task, it is essential that he keep in touch with teacher opinion and at the same time present managements position to the teachers. A representative Teacher Council shall be established to implement this position. Membership and terms of membership shall be established by the Superintendent and teachers together with the proviso that every school building shall be represented by at least one person. Officers, terms of office and schedule of meetings will be determined by the membership and Superintendent working together. The Teacher Council shall meet at least once every quarter during the school year at a time and place determined by the Council. The Council and Superintendent will establish by-laws, ground rules for meetings, activities appropriate for the Councils attention and any other matters suitable for the Council to address.

FMRSD Adopted: 7/14/86 Reviewed: 11/8/99, 12/07

GCK

EMPLOYEE TRANSFERS

The assignment and/or transfer of all instructional personnel will be on the approval of the Board following the recommendation of the Superintendent. All such assignments and/or transfers will be in the best interest of the schools in keeping with the training and experience of the personnel. The Fall Mountain Regional School District follows all contractual obligations to post, advertise vacancies and subsequently approve transfers in accordance with the Fall Mountain Teachers Association and Support Staff Master Agreements. If more than one presently employed teacher applies for the same position, the following provisions will be followed: instructional personnel will be assigned on the basis of their qualifications, the needs of the District and their expressed desire. When it is not possible to meet all three (3) conditions, personnel shall be assigned first In accordance with the needs of the District, second, where the Administration feels the teacher is most qualified to serve, third, as to expressed preference of teachers in order of seniority in the District; all other considerations being equal. The responsibilities and duties of all personnel will be established by the Superintendent in conjunction with the Principal.

The school district will transfer employees as stated above, making every effort to approve transfers that are in the best interest of students and the needs of the District

FMRSD Adopted: 1/10/00 Reviewed: 12/07 To PC: 5/9/2011 1st Reading: 6/13/2011

GCKA VOLUNTARY IN-DISTRICT EXCHANGE OF STAFF The Fall Mountain Regional School District encourages teachers and staff to engage in experiences which enhance their awareness of the District, its staff and the schools. One way to accomplish this is to give teachers and staff an opportunity to participate in a voluntary in-district exchange of job placements. To ensure that such an exchange will be in the best interest of students in the District, the following guidelines apply: All exchanges under this plan are voluntary and must be requested in writing by the staff members prior to January 31, the school year preceding the proposed exchange. All voluntary exchanges must be approved by the Fall Mountain Regional School District Board, based upon recommendations. The Superintendent and both Principals of those schools affected by the exchange must agree to the exchange. Staff must have appropriate certifications and adequate qualifications for the position to which they wish to exchange. All voluntary exchanges are for a one-year period. All employees will be guaranteed a position at the end of the year. Given equivalent responsibilities, all benefits, including health, dental, life and disability insurance, leave time, etc., shall be the same for the employee as he/she would have had in his/her permanent position. Salaries will be based upon the salary assigned to the exchanged position. Seniority will accrue as per the collective bargaining agreement.

FMRSD Adopted: 7/20/98 Reviewed: 12/07

GCKAA

REMUNERATION FOR ADMINISTRATION AND LEADERSHIP

The Fall Mountain Regional School District School Board believes that administrators and leaders below the level of Principal should be fairly and equitably compensated for performing those normal duties which support their particular portion of the administrative organization. In addition, the Board encourages and supports the formation of leadership teams to reward leadership personnel for going beyond the maintenance of status quo into leadership functions of their jobs. The administration shall develop, propose, implement, and maintain with approval of the Board, a Leadership Salary Program that recognizes the distribution of authority, status, accountability and achievement among the various leadership roles in the organization. A salary range with minimums and maximums shall be established for each job classification recognizing that achieving District goals is the basic goal of the salary program. Annually the Board shall review established salary ranges and consider recommendations of the administration as to possible adjustments.

Adopted: 1967 Revised: 3/10/80 Reviewed: 12/07

GCKAB CO-CURRICULAR SUPPLEMENTARY COMPENSATION PLAN

Teachers who agree to perform duties which require extra time or responsibilities over and above their basic contractual obligations will receive extra compensation in accordance with a Supplementary Schedule set annually by the Board. Most stipends will be paid on an annual or seasonal basis, although certain assignments performed at irregular or infrequent intervals may be paid at an hourly rate. Teachers will be paid salaries that are commensurate with the demands of their specific coaching or non-coaching assignments. Teachers to be appointed to extra compensation positions will be recommended by the Superintendent and approved by the Board. Appointees will be issued a contract for the terms of their extra employment stating their particular assignment, its duration, and the compensations to be paid. Appointees who are not members of the professional staff shall be paid according to the same schedule set annually by the Board.

FMRSD Adopted: Reviewed:

9/13/82 12/07

GCL PROFESSIONAL GROWTH

The Fall Mountain School Board recognizes that a rapidly changing society demands continuous retraining and in-service education of teachers and other personnel as an essential ingredient to quality education, and therefore, requires that: All certified personnel participate in Staff Development as a condition of employment; A program of in-service training be established to provide an opportunity for the continuous professional and technical growth of staff; The administrative staff employing administrative and management techniques consistent with modern management development will provide leadership, and will assist staff members to make a maximum contribution to the School Districts effort to provide a quality educational program for all students.

Adopted: Reviewed:

2/13/78 2/8/99

TEACHER EVALUATION

GCN

The Board recognizes that the teaching process is an extremely complex one and that the appraisal of this process is a difficult and technical function. But because it is universally accepted that good teaching is the most important element in a sound education program, teacher appraisal must take place. The primary objective of evaluation is to elevate the standards of the teaching process in our District. This evaluation should serve: as a learning experience to the teacher in order to improve the quality of instruction and promote professional growth as a source of information for modification of assignments (including placement in another position, adjustment of load, promotion to a leadership position, or termination of employment.) This evaluation process shall include: periodic review of instructional techniques and procedures the elements of self-evaluation, supervisor-initiated observations, and teacher-initiated observations the interpretation of the information gained in the evaluation process in terms of the objectives defined the application of the information gained to the planning of staff development and inservice training activities. In conjunction with professional staff evaluations, the Principal may implement an "improvement plan" if the Principal believes the professional staff member is not meeting district performance goals. The administration will observe and evaluate teachers in accordance with the Master Agreement between the Fall Mountain Regional School District School Board and the Fall Mountain Teachers Association.

Legal References: RSA 189:14-a, Failure to be Re-nominated or Re-elected N.H. Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 302.02(n), Substantive Duties of Superintendents N.H. Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 304.01(b), Substantive Duties of School Principals FMRSD Adopted: 5/8/72 Reviewed: 12/07

GCN TEACHER EVALUATION The Board recognizes that the teaching process is an extremely complex one and that the appraisal of this process is a difficult and technical function. But because it is universally accepted that good teaching is the most important element in a sound education program, teacher appraisal must take place. The primary objective of evaluation is to elevate the standards of the teaching process in our District. This evaluation should serve: as a learning experience to the teacher in order to improve the quality of instruction and promote professional growth as a source of information for modification of assignments (including placement in another position, adjustment of load, promotion to a leadership position, or termination of employment.)

This evaluation process shall include: periodic review of instructional techniques and procedures the elements of self-evaluation, supervisor-initiated observations, and teacher-initiated observations the interpretation of the information gained in the evaluation process in terms of the objectives defined the application of the information gained to the planning of staff development and inservice training activities.

The administration will observe and evaluate teachers in accordance with the Master Agreement between the Fall Mountain Regional School District School Board and the Fall Mountain Teachers Association.

Adopted: 5/8/72 Revised: 1/10/00

GCO DISTRICT PERSONNEL EVALUATION AND SUPERVISION The Fall Mountain Regional School Board is committed to personnel evaluation and supervision that encourages employees to continually develop and excel to their optimum potential within their assigned areas of responsibility. In the absence of written evaluation procedures contained in applicable collective bargaining agreements, the Board and Superintendent shall adopt and implement teacher and employee evaluation procedures, criteria and other necessary components. Evaluation instruments should be reviewed and evaluated at least once every five years. Personnel evaluation and supervision focuses on the validation, improvement, and support of instruction in the Fall Mountain Regional District Schools. Purposes of Evaluation and Supervision 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. To determine the extent to which the job description and performance expectations are being fulfilled. To improve staff performance and instructional effectiveness, and district programs. To encourage professional self appraisal, growth, and development. To promote collaborative processes between staff and administrators. To suggest directions for individual, local school, and system level staff development activities. To encourage the use of feedback from students, parents, administrators, and/or colleagues for the continuous improvement of student learning and district programs. To provide a basis for employment decisions.

Teacher Evaluation The performance and effectiveness of a teacher shall be evaluated through a written evaluation procedure. The administration will observe and evaluate teachers in accordance with the Master Agreement between the Fall Mountain Regional School District School Board and the Fall Mountain Teachers Association. The Board recognizes that the teaching process is an extremely complex one and that the appraisal of this process is a difficult and technical function. But because it is universally accepted that good teaching is the most important element in a sound education program, teacher appraisal must take place. The primary objective of evaluation is to elevate the standards of the teaching process in our District. This evaluation should serve: as a learning experience to the teacher in order to improve the quality of instruction and promote

GDA SUPPORT STAFF POSITIONS It is the policy of the School board to recruit and select for employment the best qualified applicant for each position within the school district without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, age, qualified handicap, marital status, or sexual orientation. The District will employ, as necessary, non-certified personnel to work in non-instructional capacities. Noncertified personnel are those people whose employment status does not require certification in accordance with rules and regulations of the State Board of Education. Non-certified staff includes, but is not limited to, the following types of positions: secretaries, technology coordinators, driver education instructors, speech therapists, maintenance staff, cafeteria workers, instructional assistants, transportation employees, etc. Job Descriptions The Superintendent will provide for the maintenance of up-to-date job descriptions covering all non-certificated positions in the school system Applications Written application will be made at the SAU office for those persons seeking employment with the school district. The application will contain information concerning job experience, personal references, and other details as may be required. The superintendent will coordinate the hiring procedures for all job applicants. Hiring will be in accordance with Policy GDF, Hiring of Non-Certified Personnel. Workday Each non-certified employee's supervisor will establish the employee's work schedule, including starting time, break time, lunchtime, and ending time. Non-certified employees working more than 20 hours per week will be provided no less than 2 paid fifteen minutes breaks during each regular workday. Payroll Deductions Appropriate payroll deductions will be made from the compensation of all personnel. These will include federal income tax and social security. Other deductions may be made on a voluntary basis.

FMRSD Adopted: 12/9/85 Revised: 10/12/87, 3/24/08

GDI

SUPPORT STAFF COUNCIL The Superintendent of Schools is charged with the responsibility of managing the schools. In order to carry out this task, it is essential that he/she keep in touch with support staff opinion and at the same time present managements position to the support staff. A representative Support Staff Council shall be established to implement this position. Membership and terms of membership shall be established by the Superintendent and support staff together with the proviso that every school building or department shall be represented by at least one person. Officers, terms of office and schedule of meetings will be determined by the membership and Superintendent working together. The Support Staff Council shall meet at least once every quarter during the school year at a time and place determined by the Council. The Council and Superintendent will establish by-laws, ground rules for meetings, activities appropriate for the Councils attention and any other matters suitable for the Council to address.

FMRSD Adopted: 6/20/02 Reviewed: 12/07

SECTION G:

Personnel

Section G of the EPS/NSBA policy classification system is a repository for personnel policies. This section has three main subdivisions: subsection GB presents policy topics that pertain to all employees; subsection GC for policies that pertain to professional personnel, including administrators, who must hold educational certification by the state to serve in their positions; subsection GC is for policies pertaining to all other personnel. *********************************************** GBCBC GBCCAC GBCD GBEAB GBEBA GBEBC GBGAA GBJA GBLB GCC GCCAD GCCBC GCF GCG GCI GCIA GCK GCKA GCKAA GCKAB GCN GCO GDA Children in the Workplace Maternity Leave Background Investigations Releasing Personnel Names Staff Dress Code Gifts to and Solicitations by Staff HIV/Aids HIPPA Employment Recommendation and Reference Staff Attendance at Court Hearings Military Duty Parental Leave Paraprofessionals Substitutes Professional Growth and Staff Development Job Sharing Employee Transfers Voluntary In-District Staff Exchange Leadership Stipends Co-Curricular Stipends Teacher Evaluations Personnel Evaluation and Supervision Support Staff Job Description

SECTION I: Instruction/School
Activities

IA CURRIC ULUM GOALS The Fall Mountain Regional School Board recognizes the importance of well researched curriculum documents which represent current educational research and content, as well as a need for close alignment between Fall Mountain Regional School District curriculum, through the Comprehensive Quality Education System (see attachment #1), and the New Hampshire State Frameworks. The School Board supports this need for constant curriculum development by Fall Mountain Regional School District professional staff. Curriculum Guides and learning Objectives will represent contemporary content. Professional staff participate in the creation and annual revision of Core Curriculum Guides and learning Objectives. Core Curriculum Guides consist of detailed, grade level curricula, including content and skills, as well as lists of related terminology, teacher resources and suggested activities. Learning Objectives represent a concise version of the grade level core curriculum and are published annually and distributed to parents, grades K-8. Learning Objectives are revised annually to reflect any changes in the Core Curriculum Guides. See IF attachment #2. NH State Frameworks are state documents published by the NH Department of Education which outline grade level proficiency standards and curricular objectives at specific benchmarked grades. NHEIAP - NH Educational Improvement and Assessment Program authors and issues these frameworks as well as the annual NH 3rd, 6th, and 10th grade tests.

Adopted: 6/26/00

IAA

EDUCATIONAL PRIORITY GOALS

The Fall Mountain Regional School Districts mission is to ensure a quality education and equal opportunities for all children by providing effective academic programs, enrichment activities, and athletic and recreational programs in each of our schools. Our educators strive to continuously improve the programs we offer and to ensure that those programs meet the goals which we and our community partners set for them. As part of our commitment to quality, it is our responsibility to develop students who can: understand themselves; accept global and social responsibility; use processing skills effectively, including communication, decision-making, goal setting, collaboration, and marketing; master the curriculum; sustain themselves economically; and lead healthy lives.

FMRSD Adopted: 6/26/00 Reviewed: 12/07

IDA MORNING EXCERCISES

Each school in the Fall Mountain Regional School District shall make available a time and place, properly supervised, for the exercise of freedom of assembly and free exercise of religion as provided under RSA 189:1B. Students and parents shall be informed annually, at the beginning of the school year, of the above opportunity.

Adopted:

2/13/78

IF

CURRIC ULUM DEVELOPMENT MODEL The Fall Mountain Regional School Board recognizes and understands the need for constant curriculum development and revision. The Director of Curriculum and Instruction, the curriculum leaders and the curriculum committees will actively research specific content and work to revise Curriculum Guides and Learning Objectives (see Policy IA, Attachment #2) to represent contemporary research and current New Hampshire state curriculum frameworks. Professional staff communicate the results of their research and make suggestions to their Curriculum Committee Representatives. Curriculum Committees discuss revisions of the Curriculum Guide at Curriculum Committee meetings, chaired by a curriculum committee Chairperson. Curriculum Chairs communicate revisions to the Director of Curriculum and Instruction and to their constituent teachers. The Director of Curriculum and Instruction oversees curriculum research, revision and assessment as well as the purchase of materials to support curriculum and instruction. Any large scale curriculum change should follow the Curriculum Adoption Policy - IFD and is subject to School Board approval.

Adopted: 6/24/96 Revised: 5/8/00

IF INSTRUCTIONAL APPROACH It is the policy of the Board that instruction will be aligned with the goals and mission of the School District and the rules of the NH Department of Education. Instruction will be focused on meeting the instructional needs of students with different talents, interests, and development levels. The instructional program will include: 1. Procedures for diagnosing learner needs 2. Research-based methods and strategies for teaching that incorporate learner needs 3. Resource-based learning opportunities 4. Techniques for the evaluation of student achievement 5. The provision of remedial and accelerated instruction as needed 6. Utilization of assessment data to drive instruction All instruction will reflect the Districts acknowledgment of diversity and respect for differences. Instruction will also include, where possible, consideration of all available community resources, including but not limited to organizations, businesses, talented individuals, natural resources and technology to engage each student in achieving necessary skills and knowledge. Students will be encouraged to participate in year-round learning.

Legal Reference: NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 306.04(a)(6), (j), (k)(4-6), Policy Development NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 306.06, Culture and Climate NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 306.14(h), Summer Learning NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 306.27(b)(3), High School Curriculum, Credits, Graduation Requirements, and Co-curricular Program FMRSD Adopted: 3/24/2008

IFA CURRICULUM RESEARCH

The School Board is committed to a policy of constant improvement of the educational program. The Board recognizes the need and value of educational research in providing for innovation and improved educational programs ad procedures. Professional staff are encouraged to participate in individual or group research and innovative ideas which support current Fall Mountain Regional District curriculum. The Board supports research activities, state and federal aid, and local, state, or national pilot programs and initiatives.

Adopted: Revised:

4/12/93 1/10/00

IFA INSTRUCTIONAL NEEDS OF STUDENTS WITH DIFFERENT TALENTS The 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 districts instruction and curricular program to meet the instructional needs of students with different talents, interests, and development. Administrators and teachers should collaborate to consider and address students different talents, interests and academic development when planning the districts educational programs and curriculum. In order to meet the instructional needs of students with different talents, administrators and staff should explore alternative learning programs such as extended learning opportunities, alternative learning plans, distance education, vocational/technical education, and others.

Legal References: NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed 306.04(a)(6), Instructional Needs of Students With Different Talents NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed 306.04(j), Instructional Needs of Students With Different Talents

FMRSD Adopted 12/8/2008

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IFA TRACKING AND GROUPING

The Fall Mountain Regional School District encourages heterogeneous grouping. Where homogeneous groups are utilized, the criteria for grouping must relate to students aptitudes for that particular subject as determined by teacher recommendations, test results, past academic performance, other pertinent information, and the students motivation.

FMRSD Adopted: 2/25/91 Revised: 9/27/99 Reviewed: 12/07

IFB TRACKING AND GROUPING

The Fall Mountain Regional School District encourages heterogeneous grouping with differentiated instruction. Where homogeneous groups are utilized, the criteria for grouping must relate to students aptitudes for that particular subject as determined by teacher recommendations, test results, past academic performance, other pertinent information, and the students motivation.

FMRSD Adopted: 2/25/91 Revised: 9/27/99, 9/28/2009 Reviewed: 12/07, 8/24/2009

IFD

CURRIC ULUM ADOPTION

The Fall Mountain Regional School District School Board recognizes its responsibility for the improvement and growth of the educational program of schools. For the purposes of this policy, the curriculum is defined as all planned learning activities within the school districts jurisdiction. The School Board delegates the direct responsibility for developing and evaluating the curriculum to the Superintendent as the educational leader of the District who shall establish procedures to ensure effective participation of all professional staff members, students as appropriate to their level of maturity, parents, and others who have a direct interest in the school. The Superintendent shall ensure that the curriculum is consistent with the goals and objectives of the educational program as approved by the Board. Any addition to, deletion, or revision of the district curriculum shall be approved by the Board before it is implemented. The Superintendent may conduct pilot programs with prior Board approval. The Director of Curriculum and Curriculum Team Coordinators shall conduct systematic evaluations of all programs within the curriculum and upon prior approval of the Superintendent will periodically report the results to the Board.

Adopted: 6/24/96 Revised: 1/10/00

IGAE

HEALTH EDUCATION The Fall Mountain Regional School District is committed to a sound, comprehensive health education program that is an integral part of each students general education. The District recognizes that parents have the primary responsibility for the education of children in the area of human sexuality. The schools support the parents efforts by offering students factual information inherent in health education. In addition to the requirements listed below, the customary policies and curriculum regulations will apply to any course dealing with Health Education offered by the District: 1. Instructional materials to be used in Health Classes will be available for inspection by the parent or guardian during school hours. These can be viewed at the childs school, Central Office and/or ITS. If a parent requests that his/her child not participate in a given aspect of the course, an alternative educational assignment will be arranged for the student with the approval of the principal. Teachers who provide instruction in Health will have professional qualifications in the subject area. Exemption forms for HIV/AIDS instruction or sex education are available in the principals office at the childs school.

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Adopted: 11/13/95 Reviewed: 3/29/99

IGAEA

DISTRIBUTION OF CONDOMS AND OTHER CONTRACEPTIVE DEVICES The Fall Mountain Regional School District Board opposes the distribution of condoms and other contraceptive devices within the district and has adopted the New Hampshire Board of Educations position and policy as outlined in its memorandum following November 23, 1993, action on this policy.

Adopted:

8/29/94

Sources: Chapter 262, Session Laws of 1988 RSA 186:11, IX-a The New Hampshire Educators Handbook, Second Edition, a Guide for Developing HIV/AIDS Curriculum

IGBA
SCHOOL DISTRICT SPECIAL EDUCATION PLAN PROGRAMS FOR HANDICAPPED STUDENTS The Fall Mountain Regional School District recognizes and affirms the rights of all children to a free and appropriate public education in compliance with the rules and regulations governing the provision of special education services. The District recognizes its obligation to implement policies and procedures in accordance with Federal and State laws. The District's policies will govern the provision of educational services to handicapped students, age three through 21 years. Child Identification: To assure that all school-age children are appropriately served, the District will carry out comprehensive child identification activities to encourage the referral of potentially un-served children. The District will inform the community of the benefits of early identification and intervention, inform the community of the services available for handicapped children and youth and assist in the location and identification of un-served and underserved handicapped children through ongoing screening activities.

Referral:
The District will carry out all referrals in accordance with New Hampshire State and Federal laws. The administration has developed forms for processing all referrals in a uniform and timely basis. All referrals shall be summarized and logged on a monthly basis. The District keeps a referral system which documents the disposition of each referral and which provides a current, ongoing record of each student's position within the identification, evaluation and placement process.

Protection in Evaluation:
The district will carry out all testing, assessment and evaluation activities in such a manner that the identification, diagnosis and placement of the student does not discriminate against a child's linguistic, racial or cultural background or handicapping condition. Before placement or denial of placement in a special education program takes place, a complete and accurate assessment will be carried out in accordance with New Hampshire State and Federal laws.

The Individualized Education Program:


The District will develop an individualized education program (IEP) for each student who receives special education or support services.

Placement of Handicapped Students:


The District will educate handicapped students to the maximum extent appropriate with Non-handicapped students and that separation from the regular educational environment will occur only when the nature and severity of the handicap is such that with the use of supplementary aids and services appropriate education cannot be achieved satisfactorily. Program and Facilities Accessibility: The District affirms the rights of handicapped students and adults to share fully in the benefits of the District's educational facilities and services. All nonacademic and extra-curricular services and activities will be available on an equal opportunity basis with non-handicapped students. Handicapped persons will not be excluded on the basis of handicap from preschool or adult education programs or activities.
Due Process Procedures: The District affirms the rights of consumers to utilize the protection afforded under New Hampshire State and Federal laws and will utilize complaint procedures pertaining to prior

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IGBB
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GIFTED/TALENTED STUDENTS The Fall Mountain Regional School District School Board believes that children and youth may have extraordinary learning ability and/or outstanding talent in a variety of fields, both in academics and fine and performing arts. The Board will support, in principle, programs that provide assistance for development of these abilities and will encourage development of resources to implement appropriate programs. The Administration suggests programs of study and/or enrichment to gifted and talented pupils with broadening and challenging experiences.

Adopted: 8/8/83 Reviewed: 3/29/99 Revised: 1/10/00

IGBFA
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE In keeping with the intention of the State of New Hampshire to offer educational opportunities to those children whose dominant language is other than English, the district will provide appropriate instructional programs for all such students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12, in accordance with the requirements of state statutes and the New Hampshire Department of Education. ESL Coordinator is the Assistant Superintendent

1st Reading: 11-8-93 2nd Reading and Adoption: 12/13/93

IGBFA ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE PROGRAM OUTLINE

1. The School Districts and Administration of SAU #60 are committed to: 1. Identifying Limited English Proficient (LEP) students in the districts 2. Assessing the LEP student's English proficiency
3. Providing appropriate services to the LEP student 4. Ensuring nondiscrimination

2. Program Goals and Objectives


The instructional program for limited English proficient students enrolled in schools in schools in the SAU #60 Public Schools has three basic goals. The first goal is to provide an instructional plan for students who are speakers of another language and who are limited in the English language to an extent that they can not learn in all-English classrooms. The aim of the instructional plan is to develop the competencies of limited English students so that they can compete with their same age English language peers in all-English language classrooms. The second level is to provide instructional and integrative activities which will lead to a recognition of the cultural attitudes and appropriate social behaviors, and the use of such attitudes and behaviors in their interactions with English speakers in the United States. These instructional and integrative activities will lead to the successful integration into the English social and school communities. The third goal is to provide curriculum objectives and learning experiences which will lead to a command of the learning strategies and skills necessary for the limited English student to compete with his or her English language chronological-age peers in the allEnglish classroom, and hopefully meet his or her learning potential. 3. Delivery of Services English as a Second Language Services (ESL) will be provided to identified LEP students as follows: a) A program for non-English or Limited English proficient students (may be either Level I, II, or III) (see appendix_) either by in-district educational programs or through an out-of-district placement as determined appropriate by the ESL Coordination Team. b) A program will be provided for Limited English Proficient students (either Levels II, III, IV, or V) within the Fall Mountain Regional School District (or SAU #60) utilizing appropriately trained staff as determined by the ESL Coordination Team. SAU #60 will use a Structured Immersion Approach for providing services to its Limited English Proficient students. Because there are presently no identified LEP students in SAU #60, the implementation of an educational program will begin upon identification of LEP students through one or more of the following screening. procedures: a) Parent responses to the home language survey (see appendix #_) b) Teacher responses on the classroom teacher survey (see appendix #_) c) Identification by parent, teacher, administrator, school nurse, guidance counselor or other person who may have knowledge of any non-English language background students residing in the districts of SAU #60. An all-English pullout ESL program will be used for those students receiving their education within the District. Multiple criteria will be used to determine placement in an ESL program including but not limited to: a) previous native language schooling b) responses to the home language survey

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IGBFFA
LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENCY The Fall Mountain Regional School District School Board is committed to providing appropriate educational opportunities for all resident students* who have Limited English Proficiency by: 1 . identifying Limited English Proficient students in the District; 2. assessing the LEP student's English proficiency; 3. providing appropriate services to the LEP student; and 4. ensuring nondiscrimination of LEP students in all areas of their educational programs. This policy does not apply to foreign exchange students.

Adopted: 3/25/91 Reviewed: 3/29/99

IGD

CURRIC ULUM ADOPTION

The Fall Mountain Regional School District School Board recognizes its responsibility for the improvement and growth of the educational program of schools. For the purposes of this policy, the curriculum is defined as all planned learning activities within the school districts jurisdiction. The School Board delegates the direct responsibility for developing and evaluating the curriculum to the Superintendent as the educational leader of the District who shall establish procedures to ensure effective participation of all professional staff members, students as appropriate to their level of maturity, parents, and others who have a direct interest in the school. The Superintendent shall ensure that the curriculum is consistent with the goals and objectives of the educational program as approved by the Board. The Administration in consultation with teachers and/or other staff shall conduct systematic and periodic evaluations of all programs within the curriculum and upon prior approval of the Superintendent will periodically report the results to the Board.

Le gal Re ference s: NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 302.02 (f), Duties of Superintendents NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 303.01 (g), Duties of School Boards

Adopted: 6/24/96 Revised: 1/10/00, 3/10/ 2008

IG DA STU DE NT CLU BS AN D AC TI VITIES LIMI TE D O PEN FO RU M The Equal Access Act requires that public schools grant equal access to student groups who wish to meet for religious, political, or philosophical purposes, if the school allows other types of noncurriculum related student groups to meet. The law establishes the open forum be held during the lunch hour or as determined by the school principal to ensure equal access to student groups wishing to meet. The principal may approve student groups use of facilities to conduct a meeting during the open forum provided that - The meeting will take place during the open forum. The open forum is defined as the lunch time or non-instructional time as determined by the principal. The meeting is voluntary and student initiated. The principal must be assured that students are the ones promoting such activities and that they are participating of their own volition. Only students enrolled in the school may request the meetings. School authorities or district employees do not promote, lead or participate in such meetings. Principals may assign personnel to supervise these meetings. This action does not constitute sponsorship by the District of such meetings. The presence of school authorities or district employees or district personnel at any student religious meeting is non-participatory in nature. The presence of school authorities is for the purpose of observation only. The meeting does not in any way interfere with the conduct of regular instructional activities of the schools. Since the education of the student is the prime responsibility of the school, any other activities are secondary. The school may deny facilities to students on the basis that such activities or meetings interfere with the instructional program and/or when space and/or staff are not available. Student meetings are not controlled, conducted or directed by person or groups not affiliated with the schools. Such persons may attend student meetings but as visitors to the school, they must be approved by the principal and clearance obtained prior to the meeting. The meeting is open to all students without discrimination.

Legal Reference(s): Federal Equal Access Act, 20USCS 4071 et. seq. Adopted: 11/13/95 Reviewed: 3/29/99

IGDI ATHLETICS

The Fall Mountain School District School Board encourages student participation in athletics, both interscholastic and intramural. Of primary concern are sportsmanlike conduct and fair play on the part of players, coaches, other participants, and spectators. Coaches are expected to maintain all sports programs in appropriate perspective with due regard to scholastic standing and personal conduct.

Adopted:

1/8/79

IGDK SUNDAY EVENTS It shall be the Policy of the School Board that school activities or events shall not be scheduled for Sundays except by the express permission of the Board granted in advance of the activity or event as requested by the administration. In the case of required participation by Fall Mountain students in a Sunday event sponsored by another school district or other outside agency, prior approval may be granted by the Superintendent, and the School Board will be notified of the circumstances.

Adopted: 11/4/68 Revised: 1/11/88, 2/12/96, 3/15/99, 10/22/01, 1/30/06 Reviewed: 12/07

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. This notification and request shall be in writing. The building principal and the parent must mutually agree to the alternative instruction. alternative instruction agreed upon must meet state and local standards. The

School district staff will make reasonable efforts, within the scope of existing time, schedules, resources and other duties, to accommodate alternative instruction for the student. Alternative instruction may be provided by the school, through approved independent study, or through other method agreed to by the parent/guardian and the building principal. Any cost associated with the alternative instruction shall be borne by the parent. Nothing in this policy shall be construed as giving parents/guardians the right to appeal to the school board.

Legal References: RSA 186:11, IX-c, State Board of Education; Duties. New Sample Policy: January 2012 FMRPC Review: 4/9/2012 FMRSB 1StReading: 4/30/12

IHA TRACKING AND GROUPING POLICY

The Fall Mountain Regional School District encourages heterogeneous grouping. Where homogeneous groups are utilized, the criteria for grouping must relate to students aptitudes for that particular subject as determined by teacher recommendations, test results, past academic performance, other pertinent information, and the students motivation.

1st Reading: 1st Reading: Adoption:

2/25/91 9/27/99

IHAE PHYSICAL EDUCATION No child shall be excused from regular physical education except on the written notice of a duly licensed physician, in which case an alternative program shall be provided. Temporary excuses on a day-to-day basis may be granted by the teacher upon the request of the parents.

Legal Reference: NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 306.35, Physical Education Program FMRSD Adopted: 3/24/2008

IHAJ COMPUTER/TECHNOLOGY LITERACY ISSUE S Technology in Society Computers, television, consumer electronics, electronic publishing and telecommunication technologies are rapidly merging to create a new medium, the information superhighway. As these technologies merge into a single interactive information industry, changes in access to and use of information services and tools will profoundly influence educational goals, content and structure. Advanced and Emerging Technologies Changes in technology require frequent reassessment of implementation strategies and the development of strategies based on system-wide standards for communications, hardware and software that provide for assessment of the cost-effective replacement and/or adaptation of both obsolete and soon-to-be obsolete hardware and software. IMPLEMENTATION STRATEGIES The Superintendent, through the Districts Director of Information Technology Services will develop and maintain a comprehensive and continuous long-range Fall Mountain Regional School District educational technology implementation planning process. This process should be designed to plan, guide and assess the effective implementation of all aspects of this policy. The Superintendent shall present this plan to the Board for its review and approval and shall from time to time develop and present to the Board for its approval revised plans. The Superintendent and Director of Information Technology Services will direct staff to develop implementation strategies which include but are not limited to the following: o Consult and collaborate on a continuing basis with education, business, community and government groups both locally and nationally. o Identify student competencies in using educational technologies to access, analyze, apply and communicate information. o Identify staff competencies required for integrating and applying information technologies in instruction and support (e.g., E-mail). o Establish and continually update an ongoing staff development program to implement this policy. o Identify educational management tools to be acquired and implemented. o Establish baseline standards to ensure that all schools and offices have adequate and appropriate hardware, software, multimedia materials and communications capabilities as rapidly as available resources permit.

IHAK CHARACTER AND CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION Those in charge of curriculum development will have the responsibility for integrating into the curriculum, as appropriate, the following principles: 1. Each individual has dignity and worth. 2. A free society requires respect for persons, property, principles, and for ones self. 3. Each individual has a right to learn and freedom to achieve. 4. Each individual, regardless of race, creed, color, sex, ethnic background, or economic status, has the right to equal opportunity. 5. Each individual has the right to personal liberties. 6. Each individual is responsible for his/her own actions, and should exercise self-discipline where and when appropriate. 7. Each individual has a responsibility to the group as well as to the total society. 8. A democratic government is established by majority vote. 9. Democratic societies are based on law. 10. Problems are solved through reason and orderly processes. 11. An individual should be tolerant of another's beliefs. 12. Each individual has the right to work, to pursue an occupation, and to gain satisfaction from personal efforts. Teaching in the area of character and citizenship will take place throughout the K-12 program.

Legal Reference: RSA 186:13, II, Americanization NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 306:04(a) (5), Policy Development NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 306:06, Culture & Climate. FMRSD Adopted: 3/24/2008

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, and related topics, will be included in the instructional program. Instruction must be appropriate to grade level, course of study, and development of students and must occur in a systematic manner. The Superintendent will require that faculty members who present this instruction receive continuing in-service training, which includes appropriate teaching strategies and techniques. Parents/guardians will have the right to inspect and review health and physical instruction materials which will be made reasonably accessible to parents/guardians and others to the extent practicable. Parents/guardians who wish to review or inspection health and physical education materials may arrange a meeting with the Principal to review the materials. Opt-Out Procedure and Form Parents/guardians, or students over eighteen years of age, who do not want their child to participate in a particular unit of health or sex education instruction for religious reasons or religious objections, are allowed to have their child opt-out of such instruction. Parents/guardians who wish to have their child opt-out of such instruction are required to complete the district opt-out form and state the particular unit of curriculum in which the student is not to participate. Any student who is exempted by request of the parent/guardian under this policy may be given an alternative assignment sufficient to meet state requirements for health education. The alternative assignment will be provided by the health or physical education teacher in conjunction with Principal. Parents/guardians who do not want their child to participate in a particular unit of health or physical education for religious reasons must complete a Health or Physical Education Opt-Out Form. Opt-Out Forms are available from either the health education teacher or the Principal. Opt-out requests must be submitted annually and are valid only for the school year in which they are submitted.

Legal References: NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed 306.40, Health Education Program NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed 306.41, Physical Education Program RSA 186:11, IX-b, Health and Sex Education FMRSD Adopted 2/23/2009

IHAMD DISTRIBUTION OF CONDOMS AND OTHER CONTRACEPTIVE DEVICES The Fall Mountain Regional School District Board opposes the distribution of condoms and other contraceptive devices within the district and has adopted the New Hampshire Board of Educations position and policy as outlined in its memorandum following November 23, 1993, action on this policy.

Legal References: Chapter 262, Session Laws of 1988 RSA 186:11, IX-a

FMRSD Adopted: 8/29/94 Reviewed: 12/07

IHB CLASS SIZE POLICY Class size will be defined as the number of students under the supervision and control of a teacher, at any one time, for the purpose of instruction and learning. The Fall Mountain Regional School Board will strive to maintain the class size that it deems appropriate for the effective instruction of students in accordance with financial realities. The Board recognizes that greater direct teacher contact with students is a positive aspect toward the educational growth of all children. The Board also recognizes that smaller class size requires a larger faculty with larger related instructional costs that will require an increasing tax burden on the taxpayers of the Fall Mountain Regional School District. The Board will seek to strike a balance in class size with its ability to finance a higher level of instructional expenditures. Therefore, when economically feasible, the following guidelines should be utilized for targeting class size: K-2 3-6 7-12 20 students per class (maximum 25)* 25 students per class (maximum 30) A school average of 20 students (maximum 30) per class (the nature of departmentalized secondary schools is that some classes will be larger than others).

Minimum Class Size: All courses with an enrollment below six students will be submitted by the Superintendent of Schools to the School Board for approval. For special subjects, class size average is determined by physical facilities, pupil stations, type of program, (vocational, physical education, arts, science laboratories). Where circumstances dictate, supplementary assistance may be provided through volunteer programs, specialist staff assignments, paraprofessional assistance, and/or additional staff requisition. Smaller classes may be combined to even out the enrollment bulges. When balancing classes, consideration should be given to the even distribution of children with exceptional needs. The School Board reserves the right and authority, within NH School approval Standards, on a case by case basis, to establish class size. *Maximum class size as determined by the NH Department of Education, 1992.

Adopted:

9/27/93

IHBA
SCHOOL DISTRICT SPECIAL EDUCATION PLAN PROGRAMS FOR HANDICAPPED STUDENTS

The Fall Mountain Regional School District recognizes and affirms the rights of all children to a free and appropriate public education in compliance with the rules and regulations governing the provision of special education services. The District recognizes its obligation to implement policies and procedures in accordance with Federal and State laws. The District's policies will govern the provision of educational services to handicapped students, age three through 21 years. Child Identification: To assure that all school-age children are appropriately served, the District will carry out comprehensive child identification activities to encourage the referral of potentially un-served children. The District will inform the community of the benefits of early identification and intervention, inform the community of the services available for handicapped children and youth and assist in the location and identification of un-served and underserved handicapped children through ongoing screening activities. Referral: The District will carry out all referrals in accordance with New Hampshire State and Federal laws. The administration has developed forms for processing all referrals in a uniform and timely basis. All referrals shall be summarized and logged on a monthly basis. The District keeps a referral system which documents the disposition of each referral and which provides a current, ongoing record of each student's position within the identification, evaluation and placement process. Protection in Evaluation: The district will carry out all testing, assessment and evaluation activities in such a manner that the identification, diagnosis and placement of the student does not discriminate against a child's linguistic, racial or cultural background or handicapping condition. Before placement or denial of placement in a special education program takes place, a complete and accurate assessment will be carried out in accordance with New Hampshire State and Federal laws. The Individualized Education Program: The District will develop an individualized education program (IEP) for each student who receives special education or support services. Placement of Handicapped Students: The District will educate handicapped students to the maximum extent appropriate with non-handicapped students and that separation from the regular educational environment will occur only when the nature and severity of the handicap is such that with the use of supplementary aids and services appropriate education cannot be achieved satisfactorily. Program and Facilities Accessibility: The District affirms the rights of handicapped students and adults to share fully in the benefits of the District's educational facilities and services. All nonacademic and extra-curricular

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GIFTED/TALENTED STUDENTS The Fall Mountain Regional School District School Board believes that children and youth may have extraordinary learning ability and/or outstanding talent in a variety of fields, both in academics and fine and performing arts. The Board will support, in principle, programs that provide assistance for development of these abilities and will encourage development of resources to implement appropriate programs. The Administration suggests programs of study and/or enrichment to gifted and talented pupils with broadening and challenging experiences.

FMRSD Adopted: 8/8/83 Reviewed: 3/29/99 Revised: 1/10/00 Reviewed: 12/07

IHBBA LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENCY INSTRUCTION If the District receives federal funding for Limited English Proficient (LEP) Programs, the following will be provided: 1. Parents will be notified of their students placement in a language program and their options associated with that placement. Notification will include the reasons for identifying the child as LEP and the reasons for placing the child in the specific program. 2. Students will participate in regular assessments in a manner that will yield an accurate assessment. Test waivers may be granted on a case-by-case basis for LEP students who demonstrate unusual and unique circumstances; however, students who have been educated in the United States for three years are required to participate in reading/language arts assessment in English. 3. Certification that teachers in the program are fluent in English as well as other languages used in instruction (if the district receives sub-grants). 4. Evaluation of the program and the academic success and language achievement of the students in the program. Parents will be notified of: Their childs level of English proficiency and how such level was assessed. The status of their childs academic achievement. The method of instruction used in the program in which the child is placed, and the methods of instruction used in other available programs. Information as to how the program will meet their childs educational strengths, assist him/her to learn English, and meet age-appropriate academic achievement standards. Exit requirements for the program. If the child has a disability, a statement as to how the LEP will meet objectives of the childs IEP. In keeping with the intention of the State of New Hampshire to offer educational opportunities to those children whose dominant language is other than English, the district will provide appropriate instructional programs for all such students in grades prekindergarten through 12, in accordance with the requirements of state statutes and the New Hampshire Department of Education.

The District ESL Coordinator is the Assistant Superintendent


Legal Reference: P.L. 107-110, No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 FMRSD Adopted: 12/13/93 Revised: 3/10/08

IHBD

HOME EDUCATION

The Fall Mountain Regional School District School Board recognizes its legal responsibility to ensure that all children of compulsory school age have the opportunity to receive an education that is adequate and equivalent to that which they are entitled under law. The Fall Mountain Regional School District School Board authorizes the school district to follow the New Hampshire Revised Statutes annotated, Chapter 193-A, Home Education, established in 1990 and revised in 1993, in cooperating with parents who wish to have their children receive education that is an alternative to education in an accredited public or private school. The Fall Mountain Regional School District School Board, in compliance with RSA 189:49, Optional Services, may grant access to district instructional materials, resources, and programs to home education families. The Homeschooling Coordinator is charged with the responsibility of developing the necessary procedures to process home education requests, to oversee home education instructional programs, and to evaluate home education student progress.

Legal Reference: RSA 193-A, Home Education RSA 193:1, Duty of Parent; Compulsory Attendance by Pupil RSA 193:1-a, Dual Enrollment RSA 193:1-c, Access to Public School Programs by Nonpublic or Home Educated Pupils NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 315, Procedures for the Operation of Home Education Programs

Adopted: 11/29/92 Revised: 7/1/94 Reviewed: 5/10/99, 12/07

IHBI ALTERNATIVE LEARNING PLANS Purpose 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 a high school diploma or its equivalent. The District, through an Alternative Learning Plan team comprised of teachers, administrators, and guidance counselors, are directed to identify students who may be at risk for dropping out of high school, for developing alternative learning plans consistent with this policy, and for assisting students who are participating in alternative learning plans. Alternative learning plans may include, but are not limited to, extended learning opportunities, independent study, private instruction, performing groups, internships, community service, apprenticeships, online courses/distance education, or other opportunities approved by the Superintendent or his/her designee, in conjunction with Board policies. The purposes of alternative learning plans are to provide students with educational experiences that are meaningful, to provide students with opportunities to explore and achieve at high levels, and to meet State and District requirements to obtain a high school diploma or its equivalent. In order to maximize student achievement, this policy permits students to employ alternative learning plans that fulfill or exceed the expectations set forth by State minimum standards and applicable Board policy. Alternative learning plans may include extended learning opportunities taken for credit or taken to supplement regular academic courses. If the alternative learning plan includes extended learning opportunities taken for credit, the provisions of Policies IMBC, Alternative Credit Options and IHBH, Extended Learning Opportunities, will apply. The granting of credit shall be based on a students mastery of course competencies, as defined by Policies ILBA, Assessment of Educational Programs and ILBAA, High School Competency Assessments. Highly Qualified Teachers and the Principal must authorize the granting of credit for learning accomplished through extended learning opportunities. If credit is not granted, the extended learning opportunity may be used to fulfill prerequisite requirements for other courses. Roles and Responsibilities Alternative learning plan components shall have specific instructional objectives aligned with the State minimum standards and District curriculum standards. All alternative learning plans will comply with applicable laws and regulations, including child labor laws and regulations governing occupational safety. Teachers, Guidance Counselors and Administrators should inform students of the Districts promotion of alternative learning plans and similar programs. District employees who believe a student may be at risk for dropping out of high school should

IHCA SUMMER ACTIVITIES 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 supports student learning. Such activities may include a summer book reading list, attending an education-themed summer camp, engaging in extended learning opportunities, or other activities that support student learning.

Legal Reference: NH Code of Administrative Rules Section Ed. 306:14(h), Instructional Program; Summer Activities That Support Student Learning FMRSD Adopted: 3/24/2008

IHCD ADVANCED COLLEGE PLACEMENT Any student who is capable of, and wishes to do, college-level work while in high school should be permitted to do so and shall be given assistance in enrolling in advanced courses. Any student whose admission to a college-level course is recommended by his/her counselor may enroll in a course at an approved college for college credit, at no cost to the District. If the student wishes to receive high school credit for the course, he/she may request permission from his Principal, through the counselor, to apply the course toward high school graduation requirements.

Legal Reference: NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 306:14(g), Basic Instructional Standards FMRSD Adopted: 4/14/2008

IIA INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS As the governing body of the school district, the Fall Mountain Regional School Board is legally responsible for the selection of instructional materials. Since the Board is a policymaking body, it delegates to the Superintendent of the district, or his/her designee, the authority for the selection of instructional and library materials in accordance with the policy below. The following principles, adapted from the School Library Bill of Rights, (see note below), shall serve as a guide in the selection of all instructional and library materials, including but not limited to textbooks, supplementary books, library books, videos, software, CDs, etc. Materials for school classrooms and school libraries may be initially proposed by administration, faculty, library medial personnel, students, and members of the educational community. Final decision on purchase shall rest with Superintendent or his/her designee. The Board believes that it is the responsibility of the district to: Provide materials that will enrich and support the curriculum, taking into consideration the varied interests, abilities, and maturity levels of the pupils served; Provide materials that will stimulate growth in factual knowledge, literary appreciation, aesthetic values, and ethical standards; Provide a background of information which will enable students to make intelligent judgment in their daily lives; Provide materials on opposing sides of controversial issues so that young citizens may develop, under guidance, the practice of analytical reading and thinking; Provide materials representative of the many religious and ethic and cultural groups, showing their contributions to our American heritage.

Note: The School Library Bill of Rights was developed and adopted by the American Association of School Libraries, a copy of which is in Appendix A.

Adopted:

2/26/01

IIAA POLICY ON RECONSIDERATION OF INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS


Recognizing that opinions about resources may differ, the Fall Mountain Regional School District adopts the following procedures for the review of resources about which concerns have been raised. Any resident, employee, parent or guardian of a child or student in the Fall Mountain Regional School District may express concerns about the resources in the districts educational program. On an informal level, the Principal or other appropriate staff will explain the selection procedures and criteria and the use of instructional resources in the educational program to those questioning the instructional materials. Individuals who wish a particular material to be reviewed must submit to the Principal a Request for Reconsideration of Instructional Materials. The request forms are available at the school office. The Principal, upon receipt of a Request for Reconsideration will acknowledge receipt to the complainant and list anticipated steps to be taken. The Superintendent, Director of Curriculum and Instruction and the Director of Information Technology Services will be notified. The Principal will convene a Materials Review Committee, and schedule meetings as necessary to review the complaint and write a report. The Materials Review Committee may consist of teachers, students or parents and for textbooks and supplemental classroom materials should include the Director of Curriculum and Instruction and the Department Head whose department is using the material or a member of the curriculum committee, or for library materials should include the Director of Information Technology Services and the professional library staff. The Materials Review committee shall review the challenged resource and decide whether it conforms to Instructional Materials Policies IIA, IIAB or IIAC by consulting with people with related professional knowledge, reading critical reviews of the resource, weighing the values and faults to form opinions on the material as a whole rather than on passages or sections taken out of context, discuss the educational content and prepare a report. The final report will be forwarded to the complainant and the Superintendent of Schools. The written report, once filed, is confidential and available for examination by board members and appropriate officials only. The decision of the Materials Review Committee is binding on the individual school, pending any other action by the Fall Mountain Regional School District School Board. If the complainant is dissatisfied, the next step is to submit their request to the Superintendent of Schools for action. If the complainant does not accept the Superintendents decision, the complainant may request a review by the Fall Mountain Regional School District School Board, whose decision will be final. The decision to sustain a challenge shall not be interpreted as a judgment of irresponsibility on the part of the professionals involved in the original selection and/or use of the resource. Professional personnel shall not be punished or have their employment affected by decisions reached as a part of this review process. During the investigation the library or classroom materials will remain in use unless the Materials Review Committee desires to remove or restrict the textbook until a final decision is made.

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IIAA RECONSIDERATION OF INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS Recognizing that opinions about resources may differ, the Fall Mountain Regional School District adopts the following procedures for the review of resources about which concerns have been raised. Any resident, employee, parent or guardian of a child or student in the Fall Mountain Regional School District may express concerns about the resources in the districts educational program. On an informal level, the Principal or other appropriate staff will explain the selection procedures and criteria and the use of instructional resources in the educational program to those questioning the instructional materials. Individuals who wish a particular material to be reviewed must submit to the Principal a Request for Reconsideration of Instructional Materials. The request forms are available at the school office. The Principal, upon receipt of a Request for Reconsideration will acknowledge receipt to the complainant and list anticipated steps to be taken. The Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent will be notified. The Principal will convene a Materials Review Committee, and schedule meetings as necessary to review the complaint and write a report. The Materials Review Committee may consist of teachers, students or parents and for textbooks and supplemental classroom materials should include the Assistant Superintendent and the Department Head whose department is using the material or a member of the curriculum committee, or for library materials should include the Director of Information Technology Services and the professional library staff. The Materials Review committee shall review the challenged resource and decide whether it conforms to Instructional Materials Policies IIA, IIAB or IIAC by consulting with people with related professional knowledge, reading critical reviews of the resource, weighing the values and faults to form opinions on the material as a whole rather than on passages or sections taken out of context, discuss the educational content and prepare a report. The final report will be forwarded to the complainant and the Superintendent of Schools. The written report, once filed, is confidential and available for examination by board members and appropriate officials only. The decision of the Materials Review Committee is binding on the individual school, pending any other action by the Fall Mountain Regional School District School Board. If the complainant is dissatisfied, the next step is to submit their request to the Superintendent of Schools for action. If the complainant does not accept the Superintendents decision, the complainant may request a review by the Fall Mountain Regional School District School Board, whose decision will be final. The decision to sustain a challenge shall not be interpreted as a judgment of irresponsibility on the part of the professionals involved in the original selection and/or use of the resource. Professional personnel shall not be punished or have their employment affected by decisions reached as a part of this review process. During the investigation the library or classroom materials will remain in use unless the Materials Review Committee desires to remove or restrict the textbook until a final decision is made.

FMRSD Adopted: 2/26/01 Reviewed 7/21/2008

IIAB TEXTBOOK AND SUPPLEMENTAL CLASSROOM MATERIALS SELECTION AND ADOPTION Responsibility for the review and selection of textbooks to be recommended shall rest with curriculum committees as appointed by the Superintendent or his/her designee. Membership on such curriculum committees shall include representation for teachers who will use the texts, administrators, and other staff members as found desirable. Responsibility for the review and selection of supplemental classroom materials shall rest with the Principals or their designee. All textbooks and supplemental materials selected shall be consistent with the stated principles of selection which apply to all instructional materials, Policy IIA. Additionally, basic textbooks, textbook programs and supplemental classroom materials shall be chosen to: Advance the educational objectives of the school system and particular objectives of the course or program; Contribute toward continuity, integration, and articulation of the curriculum; Establish a general framework for the particular course or program. Because the instructional purposes of textbooks, textbook programs and supplemental classroom materials as stated above, are of such importance, particular care shall be taken in their selection as to content. Although many points must be examined, the Fall Mountain Regional District School Board directs the staff to be particularly mindful of the following considerations: The needs of all learners, including slow learners and the exceptionally able, must be provided for through awareness of age interests, abilities, learning styles, social development and maturity levels. Insofar as possible, multiethnic materials which depict a pluralistic society should be selected. Attention should be given to gender roles depicted in the materials. The materials should lead the student and the teacher beyond the textbook into a wide variety of other materials and educational experiences, motivating them to examine their own attitudes and behavior, comprehend their duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges as participating citizens in our society and to make informed judgments in their daily lives. If the textbook deals with problems and issues of our times, it should present an examination of all points of view. Because textbooks are selected for several years use, special attention shall be given their physical characteristics, durability, format and price.

IIAC LIBRARY MATERIALS SELECTION AND ADOPTION The primary objective of the school library/media centers is to implement, enrich and support the educational program of the schools. It is the duty of the school library/media centers to provide a wide range of materials of multiple formats on all levels of difficulty, with diversity of appeal and the presentation of different points of view. The centers have the responsibility to provide these materials for pupils, teachers and administrators alike. While the legal responsibility for the purchase of all instructional material is vested in the Fall Mountain Regional District School Board, the responsibility for the selection of library materials has been delegated to the professional library staff of the district. The professional library staff, in cooperation and consultation with the administration, faculty, student body, parents, and interested community members, shall select materials considered valuable in meeting the curriculum and personal needs of its users. All materials selected shall be consistent with the stated principles of selection which apply to all instructional and library materials in policy IIA. Additionally, in maintaining and augmenting school library collections, persons responsible for selection of materials shall strive to: Meet the needs of the individual school based on knowledge of the curriculum and the stated needs of administrators and teachers; Meet the needs of individual students, according to both the stated needs of students and general understanding of childrens interests; Provide a balanced collection, with a fair proportion of each type of material selected to meet the needs of the curriculum, the students, and the professional staff at all levels; Provide a wide range of materials and various theories with diversity of appeal and different points of view; Provide quality materials based on high standards of factual content and presentation; Provide information to motivate students and staff to examine their own attitudes and behavior, to comprehend their duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges as participating citizens in our society, and to make informed judgments in their daily lives; Illustrate historical and contemporary forces in society to enable users to recognize and understand social, economic, personal and political problems. Selection Procedures Selection of all materials is based upon a variety of sources, used in varying combinations by the librarian with due regard to suggestion from faculty, parents and students. These include consultation of standard book lists, bibliographies and reviewing media; suggestions from teachers, particularly subject specialists; suggestions from students and others

IIBA

PARAPROFESSIONALS OR TEACHERS AIDES

The Fall Mountain Regional School District School Board recognizes that classroom and school building situations exist where the services of paraprofessionals or teacher aides are beneficial. With due regard to the Agreement between the Fall Mountain Professional Teachers Association and the Board, and the provisions of RSA 186:11 and related State Board of Education Regulations regarding certification, the Board authorizes the employment of paraprofessionals or teacher aides as recommended by the administration. Such paraprofessionals or teacher aides will assist in providing a well-organized, smoothly functioning school environment in which students can take full advantage of the instructional program and available resource materials.

Adopted: 2/8/82 Reviewed: 3/29/99

IIBG COMPUTER/TECHNOLOGY LITERACY ISSUE S Technology in Society Computers, television, consumer electronics, electronic publishing and telecommunication technologies are rapidly merging to create a new medium, the information superhighway. As these technologies merge into a single interactive information industry, changes in access to and use of information services and tools will profoundly influence educational goals, content and structure. Advanced and Emerging Technologies Changes in technology require frequent reassessment of implementation strategies and the development of strategies based on system-wide standards for communications, hardware and software that provide for assessment of the cost-effective replacement and/or adaptation of both obsolete and soon-to-be obsolete hardware and software. IMPLEMENTATION STRATEGIES The Superintendent, through the Districts Director of Information Technology Services will develop and maintain a comprehensive and continuous long-range Fall Mountain Regional School District educational technology implementation planning process. This process should be designed to plan, guide and assess the effective implementation of all aspects of this policy. The Superintendent shall present this plan to the Board for its review and approval and shall from time to time develop and present to the Board for its approval revised plans. The Superintendent and Director of Information Technology Services will direct staff to develop implementation strategies which include but are not limited to the following: o Consult and collaborate on a continuing basis with education, business, community and government groups both locally and nationally. o Identify student competencies in using educational technologies to access, analyze, apply and communicate information. o Identify staff competencies required for integrating and applying information technologies in instruction and support (e.g., E-mail). o Establish and continually update an ongoing staff development program to implement this policy. o Identify educational management tools to be acquired and implemented. o Establish baseline standards to ensure that all schools and offices have adequate and appropriate hardware, software, multimedia materials and communications capabilities as rapidly as available resources permit.

IIC CLASS SIZE POLICY Class size will be defined as the number of students under the supervision and control of a teacher, at any one time, for the purpose of instruction and learning. The Fall Mountain Regional School Board will strive to maintain the class size that it deems appropriate for the effective instruction of students in accordance with financial realities. The Board recognizes that greater direct teacher contact with students is a positive aspect toward the educational growth of all children. The Board also recognizes that smaller class size requires a larger faculty with larger related instructional costs that will require an increasing tax burden on the taxpayers of the Fall Mountain Regional School District. The Board will seek to strike a balance in class size with its ability to finance a higher level of instructional expenditures. (a) Class size for instructional purposes, in each school shall: (1) Be: a. Kindergarten grade 2, 25 students or fewer per teacher, provided that each school shall strive to achieve the class size of 20 students or fewer per teacher; b. Grades 3 5, 30 students or fewer per teacher, provided that each school shall strive to achieve the class size of 25 students or fewer per teacher; and c. Middle and senior high school, 30 students or fewer per teacher provided that each school shall strive to achieve the class size of 25 students or fewer per teacher; or: (2) Have received approval under alternative compliance requirements as provided in Ed 306.29, for any category listed in (1) above that does not meet the standards in (1) above. (b) These class size requirements may be exceeded for study halls, band and chorus, and other types of large group instruction, including but not limited to, lectures, combined group instruction, and showing of educational television and films. (c) In the interest of safety, the maximum number of students in laboratory classes in such areas as science and career and technical education shall be determined by the number of work stations and the size and design of the area. In no case shall the number of students in laboratory classes exceed 24. Minimum Class Size: All courses with an enrollment below six students will be submitted by the Superintendent of Schools to the School Board for approval. For special subjects, class size average is determined by physical facilities, pupil stations, type of program, (vocational, physical education, arts, science laboratories). Where circumstances dictate, supplementary assistance may be provided through volunteer programs, specialist staff assignments, paraprofessional assistance, and/or additional staff requisition. Smaller classes may be

IICA

FIELD TRIP POLICY

The teachers of the Fall Mountain Regional School District are encouraged to take their students on field trips when funds are available. Field trips are intended to allow students experiences that provide them with insight, information, and/or knowledge that cannot be adequately developed through regular classroom instruction. Field trips should support, be an extension of classroom experiences, and be a relevant part of the curriculum. Events in which students participate during school hours or as representatives of the school at places outside of the school must be school sponsored and provide age appropriate supervision. Rules of behavior will be the same as for any in-school activity or event. Procedural Guidelines follow.

1st Reading: 4/26/04

IICA

PROCEDURAL GUIDELINES FIELD TRIPS 1. Teachers must submit to the principal a written request form for all field trips which includes a statement of learning outcomes and associated costs. Parents must sign a FIELD TRIP PERMISSION FORM for their children to participate in any field trip that leaves school grounds. Transportation in most cases should be by school bus. When private vehicles are used, a certificate of appropriate liability insurance ($100,000/$300,000 liability) must be on file at the SAU office. The parent must realize that their insurance is the primary insurance that comes into effect in the event of an accident. The schools liability insurance is secondary in the event of an accident. Teachers organizing field trips will be responsible for obtaining permission forms from parents, scheduling transportation and overseeing arrangements with the site of the field trip. The teacher sponsoring the field trip is the person in charge, unless the principal attends and/or delegates this responsibility to another staff member.

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Adopted: 8/29/94 Revised: 5/26/98 Reviewed: 4/10/04

IJ INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS

The Board is legally responsible to approve and to provide the necessary instructional materials used in the District. Online materials, print materials, manipulative, equipment, and instructional technologies will be used to provide quality learning experiences for students that: Enrich and support the curriculum; Stimulate growth in knowledge, literary appreciation, aesthetic value, and ethical standards; Provide background information to enable students to make intelligent judgments; Present opposing sides of controversial issues; Be representative of the many religious, ethnic, and cultural groups and their contributions to our American heritage; Depict in an accurate and unbiased way the cultural diversity and pluralistic nature of the American society. Be matched to the appropriate skill levels of pupils. Basic instructional course material in the fundamental skill areas of language arts, mathematics, science and social studies shall be reviewed at intervals not exceeding five (5) years. All instructional materials must be sequential, and must be compatible with previous and future offerings.

Legal Reference: NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 306.06, Culture & Climate NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 306.08, Instructional Resources NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 306.14(e), Basic Instructional Standards FMRSD Adopted: 2/26/01 Revised: 3/24/08

IJJ TEXTBOOK AND CLASSROOM MATERIALS SELECTION AND ADOPTION Responsibility for the review and selection of textbooks to be recommended shall rest with curriculum committees as appointed by the Superintendent or his/her designee. Membership on such curriculum committees shall include representation for teachers who will use the texts, administrators, and other staff members as found desirable. Responsibility for the review and selection of supplemental classroom materials shall rest with the Principals or their designee. All textbooks and supplemental materials selected shall be consistent with the stated principles of selection which apply to all instructional materials, Policy IJ. Additionally, basic textbooks, textbook programs and supplemental classroom materials shall be chosen to: Advance the educational objectives of the school system and particular objectives of the course or program; Contribute toward continuity, integration, and articulation of the curriculum; Establish a general framework for the particular course or program. Because the instructional purposes of textbooks, textbook programs and supplemental classroom materials as stated above, are of such importance, particular care shall be taken in their selection as to content. Although many points must be examined, the Fall Mountain Regional District School Board directs the staff to be particularly mindful of the following considerations: The needs of all learners, including slow learners and the exceptionally able, must be provided for through awareness of age interests, abilities, learning styles, social development and maturity levels. Insofar as possible, multiethnic materials which depict a pluralistic society should be selected. Attention should be given to gender roles depicted in the materials. The materials should lead the student and the teacher beyond the textbook into a wide variety of other materials and educational experiences, motivating them to examine their own attitudes and behavior, comprehend their duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges as participating citizens in our society and to make informed judgments in their daily lives. If the textbook deals with problems and issues of our times, it should present an examination of all points of view. Because textbooks are selected for several years use, special attention shall be given their physical characteristics, durability, format and price.

IJL INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES: MATERIALS SELECTION AND ADOPTION The District shall provide a wide range of instructional resources for students and faculty that present varying levels of difficulty, diversity of appeal, and a variety of points of view. In this policy, instructional resources refers to textbooks, supplemental materials for classroom use and any other materials, including electronic resources, used for formal or informal teaching and learning purposes. The primary objectives of instructional resources are to deliver, support, enrich and assist in implementing the Districts educational program. The Board shall rely on District professional staff to select and acquire instructional resources that: Enrich and support the curriculum, taking into consideration students varied interests, abilities, learning styles and maturity levels. Stimulate growth in factual knowledge, enjoyment of reading, literary appreciation, aesthetic values and societal standards. Present various sides of controversial issues so that students have an opportunity to develop, under guidance, skills in critical analysis and in making informed judgments in their daily lives. Represent many ethnic, religious and cultural groups and their contributions to the national heritage and world community. Provide a wide range of background information that will enable students to make intelligent judgments in their daily lives. Meet the NH standards in presentation, format, readability, content, accuracy, artistic or literary quality and educational significance. Are appropriate for the subject and for the age, ability level, learning styles and social and emotional development of the students for whom they are selected. Are designed to provide information that will motivate students to examine their own attitudes and behavior , to understand their rights, duties and responsibilities as citizens, and to make informed judgments in their daily lives.

FMRSD Adopted: 2/26/01 Reviewed: 12/07 Revised: to Policy Committee 2/22/2010 1st Reading of Revision: 3/8/2010 2nd Reading and Adoption: 3/22/2010

IJL LIBRARY MATERIALS SELECTION AND ADOPTION


The primary objective of the school library/media centers is to implement, enrich and support the educational program of the schools. It is the duty of the school library/media centers to provide a wide range of materials of multiple formats on all levels of difficulty, with diversity of appeal and the presentation of different points of view. The centers have the responsibility to provide these materials for pupils, teachers and administrators alike. While the legal responsibility for the purchase of all instructional material is vested in the Fall Mountain Regional District School Board, the responsibility for the selection of library materials has been delegated to the professional library staff of the district. The professional library staff, in cooperation and consultation with the administration, faculty, student body, parents, and interested community members, shall select materials considered valuable in meeting the curriculum and personal needs of its users. All materials selected shall be consistent with the stated principles of selection which apply to all instructional and library materials in Policy IJ. Additionally, in maintaining and augmenting school library collections, persons responsible for selection of materials shall strive to: Meet the needs of the individual school based on knowledge of the curriculum and the stated needs of administrators and teachers; Meet the needs of individual students, according to both the stated needs of students and general understanding of childrens interests; Provide a balanced collection, with a fair proportion of each type of material selected to meet the needs of the curriculum, the students, and the professional staff at all levels; Provide a wide range of materials and various theories with diversity of appeal and different points of view; Provide quality materials based on high standards of factual content and presentation; Provide information to motivate students and staff to examine their own attitudes and behavior, to comprehend their duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges as participating citizens in our society, and to make informed judgments in their daily lives; Illustrate historical and contemporary forces in society to enable users to recognize and understand social, economic, personal and political problems. Selection Procedures Selection of all materials is based upon a variety of sources, used in varying combinations by the librarian with due regard to suggestion from faculty, parents and students. These include consultation of standard book lists, bibliographies and reviewing media; suggestions from teachers, particularly subject specialists; suggestions from students and others interested in the school library; and personal examination of materials when possible. In order to maintain a current and highly usable collection of materials, periodic reevaluation of the collection will be done to determine which areas need strengthening; remove worn, obsolete or outof-date materials and determine whether they should be replaced.

FMRSD Adopted: 2/26/01 Reviewed: 12/07

IJND TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION

The Fall Mountain Regional School District requires an integrated approach to the use of 21st century tools, including, but not limited to digital technology and communication tools, within all curriculum areas through the adoption of information and communication technologies literacy (ICT) program in grades K - 12 that provides opportunities at developmentally appropriate levels for students to: 1. Develop knowledge of ethical, responsible use of technology tools in a society that relies heavily on knowledge of information in its decision-making; 2. Become proficient in the use of 21st century tools to access, manage, integrate, evaluate, and create information within the context of the core subjects of: Reading; Mathematics; English and language arts; Science; Social studies, including civics, government, economics, history, and geography; Arts; and World languages; 3. Use 21st century tools to develop cognitive proficiency in: Literacy; Numeracy; Problem solving; Decision making; and Spatial / visual literacy; 4. Use 21st century tools to develop technical proficiency at a foundational knowledge level in: Hardware; Software applications; Networks; and Elements of digital technology; and 5. Create digital portfolios which address the following components: Basic operations and concepts; Social, ethical, and human issues; Technology productivity tools; Technology communications tools; Technology research tools; and Technology problem solving and decision-making tools;

IJO COMMUNITY RESOURCES The Board encourages the use of community resources and citizens to assist in furthering the educational program. Each Principal should study the needs of his or her individual school and survey the resources available in the school community. Opportunities may include school-to-work programs, community service projects, school-business partnerships, artists and writers in residence, etc. Use of outside people will conform to policies of the Board, as implemented by the Superintendent and his/her staff.

Legal References: NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 306.04(a)(13), Policy Development NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 306.04(k), Policy Development - Community Partnerships NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 306.08(a)(2)(d), Instructional Resources FMRSD Adopted: 4/14/2008

IJOA

FIELD TRIPS

The teachers of the Fall Mountain Regional School District are encouraged to take their students on field trips when funds are available. Field trips are intended to allow students experiences that provide them with insight, information, and/or knowledge that cannot be adequately developed through regular classroom instruction. Field trips should support, be an extension of classroom experiences, and be a relevant part of the curriculum. Events in which students participate during school hours or as representatives of the school at places outside of the school must be school sponsored and provide age appropriate supervision. Rules of behavior will be the same as for any in-school activity or event. Non-school employee chaperones may be required to undergo a Criminal Background Check pursuant to applicable Board Policies.

FMRSD Adopted: 5/24/04 Reviewed: 12/07

IJOC VOLUNTEERS The District recognizes the valuable contribution made to the total school program through the volunteer assistance of parents and other citizens. In working with volunteers, a District staff shall clearly explain the volunteer's responsibility. The Superintendent is responsible for developing and implementing procedures for the utilization of volunteers. The selection of volunteers will be consistent with those policies and procedures under the direction of the Superintendent or his/her designee. The voluntary help of citizens should be requested by staff through administrative channels to assist in conducting selected activities and/or to serve as resource persons. Staff members shall receive training in assignment of duties and supervision and evaluation of volunteers. Designated Volunteers Designated volunteers will be required to undergo a background investigation and a criminal records check. Designated volunteer means any volunteer who meets one or more of the following criteria: 1. Comes in direct contact with pupils on a daily basis; 2. Meets regularly with students; 3. Meets with students on a one-on-one basis; 4. Any other volunteer so designated by the School Board or Superintendent. Designated volunteers are subject to the provisions of Policy GBCD Background Investigation and Criminal Records Check. Volunteer Duties A. Complete an application form describing their skills, interests and availability. B. Serve in the capacity of assistants and not be assigned to roles which require specific professional training. Instructional services shall be rendered under the supervision of certified staff. C. Sign a confidentiality agreement, and refrain from discussing the performance or actions of a student except with the student's teacher, counselor or Principal. D. Refer any student problem that arises, whether of an instructional, medical or operational nature, to a regular staff member. E. Receive orientation, including (1) general job responsibilities; (2) information about school facilities, routines, and procedures, including safety and evaluation; (3) work schedule and place of work; and (4) expected relationship to regular staff.

IJOCA

CHAPERONES FOR SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

The Fall Mountain Regional School Board believes that the safety and well-being of children, while participating in school sponsored activities, is the prime responsibility of the District. The School Board requires that the number of chaperones supports the safety and wellbeing of students and, therefore, should be a ratio more appropriate to the age level and activity. Final determination of (the number of) chaperones will be made by the building administration. Rules of behavior will be the same as for any school activity or event as outlined in the parent-student handbook.

Designated volunteers are subject to the provisions of Policy GBCD Background Investigation and Criminal Records Check.

FMRSD Adopted: 2/13/78 Revised: 5/21/01 Reviewed: 12/07

IK EARNING OF CREDIT Students can earn course credit by demonstrating mastery of the required coursework and material. Mastery is defined as: sufficient evidence of attainment of the required content, concepts, and skills of a particular course. Student assessment of mastery is the responsibility of the building principal. Credit will be awarded upon satisfactory demonstration and mastery of the required course competencies. Additionally, credit may also be awarded if a student is able to demonstrate learning experience in compliance with the district-specified curriculum and assessment standards.

Legal References: NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed 306.04(a)(14), Earning of Credit NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed 306.14(f), Awarding of Credit NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed 306.27(d), Mastery of Required Competencies FMRSD Adopted 12/8/2008

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IKA GRADING SYSTEM

The Superintendent and the building Principals will develop a grading system appropriate for the grade levels and consistent among all district schools. The grading system will be approved by the Board and published in the Parent-Student Handbooks. Grades 5-12 A+ A A97-100 94-96 90-93

B+ 87-89 B 84-86 B- 80-83 C+ 77-79 C 74-76 C- 70-73 D F 65-69 0-64

FMRSD Adopted: 7/21/2008

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; and (2) the course addresses the objectives for the subject area in which the credit is to be counted.

Legal References: NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed 306.04(a)(14), Earning of Credit NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed 306.14(f), Awarding of Credit NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed 306.27(d), Mastery of Required Competencies NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed 306.27(p), Counting Credits

FMRSD Adopted 12/8/2008

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IKADA

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT Educational initiatives mandate or encourage the strengthening of the parent/school/community relationship. The Fall Mountain Regional School Board and District has always demonstrated their belief that the academic and social success of students is largely determined by a positive supportive relationship between staff, administration, parents and community members. The following will be promoted in the Fall Mountain Regional School District. 1. 2. Parents should be informed about significant changes in their childrens educational programs, instructional methods or objectives. Parents should be provided with information and opportunities intended to improve their abilities to work with their children at home and in school, and to build partnerships between homes and schools. Professional and non-professional staff members, administrators, school board members, and school-community partners should be provided with training opportunities intended to improve their abilities to build more effective relationships with parents. Parents should be provided with opportunities to become informed about program design, operation and evaluation, and to communicate with educators on these subjects. Parents should be encouraged to observe instructional activities, attend program meetings, discuss concerns with educators, participate in program evaluation and improvement efforts, and give recommendations to school staff, administration, and board members.

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Adopted: 10/23/95 Reviewed: 3/29/99

IKADB PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT AS IT PERTAINS TO TITLE I The Fall Mountain Regional School District recognizes the importance of having parents involved in the educational programs of their children. Current research indicates that a home/school partnership and greater involvement of parents in the education of their children generally results in higher achievement scores, improved student behavior, and reduced absenteeism. Parents of students in the Fall Mountain Regional School District are encouraged to take an active role in the education of their children. In an attempt to ensure that parents of Title I students more fully participate in their childs educational program, the following parental involvement activities will be promoted in the Title I program: The district/Title I, will establish each year a Parent advisory Council, made up of parents from all of the attendance areas served under the grant. The district/title I, will provide timely information concerning the Title I Program, including program plans and evaluations. The district/Title I, will notify each childs parents, in a timely fashion, that the child has been selected to participate in Title I, and why the child has been selected. Conferences between the individual parents and the Title I teacher will be held. The parents of each child selected for Title I services will be informed of the specific instructional objectives for their child. The district/Title I will report to the parents of each child enrolled in the Title I program on the progress of their child. The district/Title I will provide opportunities for training of parents whose children are enrolled in the Title I program, for the purpose of promoting the education of these children at home as well as school. The district/Title I will solicit parents suggestions in the planning, development, and operation of the program. The district/Title I will consult with parents about how the school can work with parents to achieve the programs objectives. The district/title I will provide timely responses to parents suggestions. The district/Title I will sponsor an annual fall meeting of parents of Title I students and Title I staff. The district/Title I will sponsor and annual spring meeting of parents of Title I students and Title I staff.

Adopted:

10/23/95

IKB HOMEWORK 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 working habits. As an extension of the classroom, homework must be planned and organized, must be viewed as purposeful to the students; and should be evaluated and returned to students in a timely manner. Teachers may give homework to students to aid in the students educational development. Homework should be an application or adaptation of a classroom experience and should not be assigned for disciplinary purposes. A teacher shall carefully explain to his/her students how homework assignments relate to the grading system. Some instructional programs may require additional academic work to be completed during the summer.

Regulatory Reference: NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 306.18 (a) (2), Basic Instructional Standards FMRSD Adopted: 3/24/2008

IKE RETENTION AND ACCELERATION OF STUDENTS, GRADES 1-8 The Board is dedicated to the best total and continuous development of each student enrolled. The professional staff is expected to place students at the grade level best suited to them academically, socially, and emotionally. It is the position of the Board that the decision to retain be made collaboratively with parents. The grade placement team should consist of parents and all appropriate personnel. The principal has the authority to promote or retain a student when the following procedures have been followed: 1. In all instances of retention, the student's parents must have been kept informed throughout the year of the student's lack of progress: a) First report period -- parent is to be notified of a student's academic problems. An early intervention meeting between the teacher and parent must occur. A collaborative plan to address the student's lack of progress must be developed. b) Second report period -- if there is continuing danger of retention, the parent shall be so notified and another meeting is to be arranged and held. c) Third report period (or 2nd Trimester) -- if the lack of progress continues, the teacher shall request the principal to convene the grade placement team to consider the retention possibility. Parents will be notified and invited to participate in this process d) *Note: In the case of Middle School Trimesters, Step "b" will be skipped. e) Last report period -- the principal will consider the recommendation of the grade placement team in making a final recommendation in the best interests of the student. This recommendation will be communicated to parents and appropriate personnel in writing. f) Parents will complete the retention/acceleration forms which will be placed in the student's cumulative file.

2. A similar process will be followed in the cases of accelerated promotion to a higher grade level than normally occurs (skipping a grade). In most cases, retention or acceleration decisions are addressed on an individual basis. A student will not be retained or accelerated more than once during their grade 1-8 schooling. Whenever possible, a retained student will be placed with a different teacher(s) than the previous school year. Records of all retentions or accelerated promotions will be kept in the student's cumulative file.

FMRSD Adopted: 3/29/93 Revised: 9/13/99 Reviewed: 12/07

IKEBA

RETEN TION AN D ACC ELE R ATI ON OF STU DEN TS , 1 -8 The Board is dedicated to the best total and continuous development of each student enrolled. The professional staff is expected to place students at the grade level best suited to them academically, socially, and emotionally. It is the position of the Board that the decision to retain be made collaboratively with parents. The grade placement team should consist of parents and all appropriate personnel. The principal has the authority to promote or retain a student when the following procedures have been followed: 1. In all instances of retention, the student's parents must have been kept informed throughout the year of the student's lack of progress: First report period -- parent is to be notified of a student's academic problems. An early intervention meeting between the teacher and parents must occur. A collaborative plan to address the student's lack of progress must be developed. Second report period -- if there is continuing danger of retention, the parent shall be so notified and another meeting is to be arranged and held. Third report period (or 2nd Trimester) -- if the lack of progress continues, the teacher shall request the principal to convene the grade placement team to consider the retention possibility. Parents will be notified and invited to participate in this process. *Note: In the case of Middle School Trimesters, Step "B" will be skipped. Last report period -- the principal will consider the recommendation of the grade placement team in making a final recommendation in the best interests of the student. This recommendation will be communicated to parents and appropriate personnel in writing. Parents will complete the retention/acceleration forms which will be placed in the student's cumulative file.

2. A similar process will be followed in the cases of accelerated promotion to a higher grade level than normally occurs (skipping a grade). In most cases of retention or acceleration are addressed on an individual basis and, in most cases, a student will not be retained or accelerated more than once during their grade 1-8 schooling. Records of all retentions or accelerated promotions will be kept in the student's cumulative file.

Adopted: 3/29/93 Revised: 9/13/99

IKF GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS The Fall Mountain Regional School Board believes that all students in the Fall Mountain School District have equity and opportunity to receive both a middle and high school diploma. Middle School Graduation: Eighth grade graduation is an integral part of the school program and is a privilege earned by each student. The staffs of Charlestown, Vilas and Walpole Schools are concerned that sound academic standards for promotion to Fall Mountain Regional High School be maintained. Any student in grade eight who receives a final grade of F in more than one subject will be denied a diploma, denied the privilege of participating in the graduation ceremony and all graduation activities and required to complete, with a passing grade, failed course work in subject areas offered at summer school. Promotion to ninth grade or retention in eighth grade will be determined by the middle school team in each of the middle schools. High School Graduation: The School Board requires twenty-eight (28) credits for graduation. The School Board realizes that an individual could have extenuating circumstances affecting this requirement. In the event that a student has not earned twenty-eight (28) credits, said student may request a meeting with a panel appointed by the Superintendent and the Principal consisting of: 1. One Administrator 2. One High School Guidance Counselor 3. Two Teachers 4. One Student 5. One Parent 6. One School Board Member to determine eligibility to participate in all graduation activities. Criteria will be determined by the aforementioned body, and the decision of the panel is final. The Fall Mountain Regional School District offers two diplomas to stude nts graduating from high school : 20 and 28 credits. Courses NH Requirements 20 Credits FMRHS 28 Credits

IKFC

GRADUATION OF HOME EDUCATION STUDENTS

Under ED 315.02 Procedures for the Operation of Home Education Programs and Chapter 193-A-Home Education, children between the ages of 6 and 16 may be eligible for a homeeducation program contingent upon the completion of the procedures specified in Ed 315. The Fall Mountain Regional School District accepts responsibility for those students who wish to enroll in Fall Mountain Regional High School at the age of 16 or at the beginning of the Junior year (11th grade) and who have followed the matriculation process for home educated students (see Procedure for Participation in the Fall Mountain Regional High School Diploma Program for Home School Students). The Fall Mountain Regional School District Board does not accept responsibility for the home education programs for students after the age of 16.

FMRHS Adoption: 9/9/96 Reviewed: 6/14/99, 12/07

IL EVALUATION OF INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS The Superintendent will evaluate the instructional programs annually in accordance with Board policies and state guidelines. S/he shall have the responsibility to report annually to the Board on the progress the District is making towards the attainment of its educational goals.

Legal Reference: NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 306:24(c) (4), Assessment FMRSD 1st Reading: 3/10/08

ILBA ASSESSMENT It is the policy of the Board that the Superintendent will develop and manage an assessment program that provides ongoing evaluation of the effectiveness of the curriculum on improving student performance. This program will include both local and statewide assessment tools. The program must be aligned with the goals of the School District and be designed to assess each student's progress toward meeting the defined curriculum objectives. Definitions For the purposes of assessment of high school course work through the demonstration of student mastery of course competencies, the following definitions are established: Course Level Competency: the expected content, concepts, and skills to be mastered in a course. Competency Assessment: the process by which a student demonstrates sufficient evidence of learning. Mastery: a student presenting sufficient evidence of attainment of the required competencies. Test Results Test results will be analyzed and used with other data for the following purposes: To identify individual student strengths and weaknesses in skill development To diagnose strengths and weaknesses of groups To individualize instruction To report progress to parents To select curriculum materials To set the pace of instruction To select methods of instruction To counsel students To help determine revisions needed in the curriculum To guide professional development in staff

Selection The selection process will include the professional staff in its efforts to investigate new assessment tools and evaluate existing ones. Assessment instruments selected will provide an authentic assessment of student learning outcomes through multiple formative and summative assessment instruments including, but not limited to teacher observation

IMAH DAILY PHYSICAL ACTIVITY The Board recognizes that developmentally appropriate daily physical activity, exercise and physical education are ways to minimize health risks created by chronic inactivity, childhood obesity, and other related health problems. The Board recommends that students and staff participate in developmentally appropriate physical activity and exercise at for at least 30 to 60 minutes each day as a way to minimize these health risks. The Board recommends the following practices: (1) Encourage parents/guardians to support their childrens participation in enjoyable physical activities, and recognize that parents/guardians act as role models for active lifestyles; (2) Support special programs such as student and staff walking programs, family fitness events, and events that emphasize lifelong physical activity; (3) Integrate health and physical activity across the school curriculum; (4) Encourage student-initiated activities that promote inclusive physical activity on a school-wide basis; (5) Commit adequate resources that include program funding, personnel, safe equipment, and facilities; (6) Provide professional development opportunities for all school staff that will assist them to effectively promote enjoyable and lifelong physical activity among youth, and that will assist school staff to recognize their influence as role models for active lifestyles; (7) Establish relationships with community recreation and youth sports programs and agencies to coordinate and complement physical activity programs; (8) Encourage physical activity recess periods; and (9) Institute a tracking and evaluation method to ensure that all students are engaging in developmentally appropriate daily physical activity.

Legal References: RSA 189:11-a, Food and Nutrition Programs NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed 306.04(a)(15), Daily Physical Activity NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed 310.04(l), Daily Physical Activity NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed 310, Daily Physical Activity FMRSD Adoption 2/23/2009

IMBA

DISTANCE EDUCATION The Fall Mountain Regional School District recognizes and encourages students to take full advantage of distance education opportunities as a means of enhancing and supporting their education. Distance education means correspondence, video-based, Internet/online-based or other similar media that provides educational courses as a means to fulfill curriculum requirements. Such opportunities will be implemented under the provisions set forth in Policy IHBH, Extended Learning Opportunities and Policy IHBI, Alternative Learning Plans. If the course is to be taken for credit, then Policy IMBC, Alternative Credit Options, will apply. Students must have distance education courses approved by the school principal prior to participating in order to receive credit. The written approval of the building principal is required before a Fall Mountain District student enrolls in an online or virtual course that is intended to become part of their educational program. Students applying for permission to take an online course must complete prerequisites and provide teacher/counselor recommendations to confirm the student possesses the maturity level needed to function effectively in a distance education learning environment. Approved distance education courses must satisfy both New Hampshire state and local standards; be delivered by staff licensed in the state where the course originates; and contain provisions for feedback and monitoring of student progress. The district requires that a syllabus, including prerequisites, specific learning goals/activities, student evaluation criteria, and teacher responsibilities be submitted for review before the course is approved. Students taking approved online courses must be enrolled in the Fall Mountain Regional School District and must take the courses during the regular school day at the school site, unless the administration has granted approval for remote access based on special circumstances. Online courses may be taken in the summer under the same conditions as during the school year. The principal will assign a teacher or Guidance Counselor to monitor student progress, grade assignments, and test. Approved distance education courses must comply with all federal and state statutes pertaining to student privacy and to public broadcasting of audio and video. Confidentiality of student record information will be maintained throughout the process. This includes

IMBC ALTERNATIVE CREDIT OPTIONS Credit may be earned through alternative methods outside of regular classroom-based instruction offered by the Fall Mountain Regional High School. Awarding of credits and approval of course application 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. - The plan includes clear expectations for performance. - The plan includes clearly defined methods and expectations for assessment. - Verification of the plan's merit can be evaluated in a timely fashion and does not cause unnecessary burden of the resources of the administration. The Board encourages increased educational options for hospitalized or homebound students, dropouts, suspended students or other atypical students for whom regular classrooms are not practical or effective. It is hoped that such offerings will serve as a motivator for students with different learning styles. Students earning credit via alternative methods will participate in all assessments required by the statewide education improvement and assessment program. The Board directs the Superintendent to establish regulations and procedures for implementing this policy that will include: - Online courses, work internships, work experience, volunteer work, travel, or research are allowable alternative learning opportunities - Twelve (12) school-wide, and four (4) per student are the number of approved alternative courses that can be administered each school year - Each student may use four (4) alternative credits toward graduation requirements - Applications are available in the Counseling Department - The alternative learning opportunity must meet the competency of the course or be used as an elective in order to satisfy the requirements of a particular subject area - The Career-to-Work Counselor is responsible for supervision and monitoring progress - Alternative opportunities must meet the same rigorous academic outcomes as traditional classroom delivery

IMC

CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES 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. Books, files, and other media are valuable for giving students exposure to many differing ideas; but for effective learning, it is also useful to invite appropriate guest speakers to meet with groups of students as part of the educational process. The Board, in an effort to uphold the students' freedom to learn, while also recognizing obligations and responsibilities that the exercise of this freedom entails, establishes the following guidelines: 1. All guest speakers must be invited through the school principal and an attempt shall be made to engage speakers for both sides of the issues. In no instance shall a speaker who advocates unconstitutional or illegal acts or procedures be permitted to address students. The teacher/sponsor and principal are expected to exercise judgment and to fully investigate proposed guest speaker. 2. An appropriate record shall be made of each guest speaker and of his/her presentation. 3. The ideas presented and the guest speaker invited to present them shall have a demonstrable relation to the curricular or co-curricular activity in which the participating students are involved. 4. Parents will be informed in writing and will have the right to deny their childs participation. 5. Prior to his or her appearance or participation, the guest speaker shall be given, in writing, and shall agree to abide by the following Board regulations: A. Profanity, vulgarity, and lewd comments are prohibited. B. Smoking is not permitted. C. The teacher/sponsor responsible for inviting the guest speaker, or any member of the school administration, has the right and duty to interrupt or suspend the proceedings if the conduct of the guest speaker is judged to be in poor taste or interfering with the legitimate educational purpose and goals of the school district

FMRSD Adopted: 2/13/78 Reviewed: 3/29/99 Revised: 2/25/2008

IMDA

THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ON A DAILY BASIS IN DISTRICT ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS

The Fall Mountain Regional School District Board believes it is in the interest of all district students Pre K-12 to be offered an opportunity to recite the Pledge of Allegiance on a regular daily basis as part of the formal program offered by individual schools. While students, who for reasons of religion or conscience, may choose to dissent from participating in the daily recitation of the Pledge, the Board requests each school to provide an opportunity for students to express their allegiance to the United States of America by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance each school day.

Le gal Re ference s: RSA 194:15; ED 306.37(c), NH State Board of Education memo of June 22, 1994.

FMRSD Adopted: 8/29/94 Reviewed: 12/07

IMDC MORNING EXCERCISES

Each school in the Fall Mountain Regional School District shall make available a time and place, properly supervised, for the exercise of freedom of assembly and free exercise of religion as provided under RSA 189:1-b. Students and parents shall be informed annually, at the beginning of the school year, of the above opportunity.

Legal References: RSA 189:1-b, Freedom of Assembly; Freedom of Religion Adopted: 2/13/78 Reviewed: 12/07

IMGA SERVICE ANIMALS Purpose 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. It is lawful for any hearing ear dog, guide dog, or service dog to accompany his or her deaf or hearing impaired, or mobility impaired master, or a master with a seizure disorder diagnosed by a physician, into any public facility, housing accommodation, or place of public accommodation to which the general public is invited, subject only to the conditions and limitations established by law and applicable alike to all persons. (167-D:3) Service Animal Defined In accordance with 28 CFR 35.104 (effective March 15, 2011) a service animal is defined as: Any dog that is individually trained to do or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purpose of this definition. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the handlers disability. Examples of work or tasks include, but are not limited to, assisting individuals who are blind or who have low vision with navigation and other tasks, alerting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to the presence of people or sounds, providing non-violent protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, assisting an individual during a seizure, alerting individuals to the presence of allergens, retrieving items such as medicine or telephone, providing physical support and assistance with balance and stability to individuals with mobility disabilities, and helping persons with psychiatric and neurological disabilities by preventing or interrupting impulsive or destructive behaviors. The crime deterrent effects of an animals presence and the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship do not constitute work or task for the purpose of this definition. This definition shall be construed to include a hearing ear dog, guide dog, or service dog, as those terms are currently defined in NH RSA 167-D:3. Permissible Inquires The District will not make the inquiry about the nature or extent of an individuals disability in determining whether to allow a service animal in a school building or on school grounds. When it is not patently obvious as to the role of the service animal, the District may ask whether the animal is required because of a disability and what work or task the animal as been trained to perform. When a student or employees disability requires the presence of a service animal in a school building or on school grounds during the school day, the District shall also require annual submission of proof of current vaccinations and immunizations of the service animal and a

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CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES

Factual materials relating to both sides of controversial issues of local, state, national, and international importance may be presented in the schools unless such presentation is forbidden by law. Principals and teachers shall exert conscientious effort to present such material objectively and impartially. Emotional criticism and/or promotion of a cause within the school will be considered inappropriate.

Adopted: 2/13/78 Reviewed: 3/29/99

INDAA

THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ON A DAILY BASIS IN DISTRICT ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS

The Fall Mountain Regional School District Board believes it is in the interest of all district students Pre K-12 to be offered an opportunity to recite the Pledge of Allegiance on a regular daily basis as part of the formal program offered by individual schools. While students, who for reasons of religion or conscience, may choose to dissent from participating in the daily recitation of the Pledge, the Board requests each school to provide an opportunity for students to express their allegiance to the United States of America by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance each school day.

Sources: RSA 194:15; ED 306.37(c), NH State Board of Education memo of June 22, 1994.

Adopted: 8/29/94 Reviewed: 3/29/99

SECTION J: Students

JBAA SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND VIOLENCE- STUDENTS I. PURPOSE The purpose of this policy is to maintain a learning environment that is free from sexual harassment and violence, or other improper or inappropriate behavior that may constitute harassment as defined below. Any form of sexual harassment or violence is strictly prohibited. It is a violation of this policy for any student to harass another student through conduct or communication of a sexual nature as defined by this policy. It is a violation of this policy for any student to be sexually violent toward another student. The District will investigate all complaints, either formal or informal, verbal or written, of sexual harassment or sexual violence and will discipline any student who sexually harasses or is sexually violent toward another student. II. SEXUAL HARASSMENT/SEXUAL VIOLENCE DEFINED Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually motivated physical conduct or other verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature when: 1. Submission to that conduct or communication is made a term or condition, either explicitly or implicitly, of obtaining or retaining employment, or of obtaining an education; or 2. Submission to or rejection of that conduct or communication by an individual is used as a factor in decisions affecting that individual's employment or education; or 3. That conduct or communication has the purpose or effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with an individual's employment or education, or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive employment or education environment. Sexual harassment may include, but is not limited to: 1. Verbal harassment and/or abuse of a sexual nature; 2. Subtle pressure for sexual activity; 3. Inappropriate patting, pinching or other touching; 4. Intentional brushing against a student's body; 5. Demanding sexual favors accompanied by implied or overt threats; 6. Demanding sexual favors accompanied by implied or overt promises of preferential treatment; 7. Any sexually motivated unwelcome touching; or

JCA

CHANGE OF SCHOOL DISTRICT POLIC Y In circumstances where the best interests of a pupil warrant a change of school district, the Superintendent is authorized to reassign a pupil from the public school to which he/she is currently assigned to another public school, or to approve a request from another Superintendent to accept a transfer of a pupil from a school district that is not part of the SAU, under the following conditions and procedures. CONDITIONS AND PROCEDURES FOR REASSIGNMENT The parent(s), legal guardian(s), student 18 years or older or Superintendent of another SAU shall make a written request to the Superintendent for a change of school assignment. In the request, the parent(s)/legal guardian(s) or student 18 years or older shall state why the best interests of the pupil warrant a reassignment. The Superintendent shall fully consider this written request, shall meet with the parent(s) or legal guardian(s), student 18 years or older and building administration for discussion, and shall make a decision concerning the reassignment request. The Superintendents decision shall be based on the best interests of the pupil, as determined by the Superintendent. If the Superintendent determines that the best interests of the pupil warrant a reassignment, he/she may approve reassignment of the pupil to a school district in another SAU, subject to the pupil meeting the admission requirements of such school, and subject to the agreement of the Superintendent of the receiving SAU. The reassignment decision shall be in writing, and shall be final and binding. The total reassignments or transfers made under this policy in any one school year shall not exceed one (1) percent of the average daily membership in residence of a school district, or five (5) percent of the average daily membership in residence of any single school, whichever is greater. Reassignments made under this policy which exceed the percentages provided in #6 above, must have the prior written approval of the School Board.

COUNT OF REASSIGNED PUPILS, TUITION PAYMENT AND RATE, AND TRANSPORTATION Pupils reassigned under this policy shall be counted in the average daily membership in residence of a given pupils resident school district. Said pupils resident district shall forward any tuition payment due to the District to which said pupil was assigned. The Superintendents involved in the reassignment of a pupil shall jointly establish a tuition

JCA CHANGE OF SCHOOL OR ASSIGNMENT In circumstances where the best interests of a pupil warrant a change of school or assignment, the Superintendent is authorized to re-assign a pupil from the public school to which he/she is currently assigned to another public school, or to approve a request from another superintendent to accept a transfer of a pupil from a school district that is not part of the SAU, under the following conditions and procedure.
CONDITIONS AND PROCEDURES FOR RE-ASSIGNMENT

1. The parent(s), legal guardian(s), or superintendent of another SAU shall make a written request to the Superintendent for a change of school assignment. In the request, the parent(s)/legal guardian(s) shall state why the best interests of the pupil warrant a reassignment. 2. The Superintendent shall fully consider this written request, shall meet with the parent(s) or legal guardian(s), if necessary, and shall make a decision concerning the re-assignment request. 3. The Superintendent's decision shall be based on the best interests of the pupil, as determined by the Superintendent. The Superintendent may develop administrative regulations concerning the factors that will be considered in making such a determination. 4. If the Superintendent determines that the best interests of the pupil warrant a reassignment, he/she may approve reassignment of the pupil to (a) another school within the same school district, (b) another school district within the same SAU, or (c) a school district in another SAU, subject to the pupil meeting the admission requirements of such school, and subject to the agreement of the superintendent of the receiving SAU. 5. The Superintendent's re-assignment decision shall be in writing, and shall be final and binding. 6. The total reassignments or transfer made under this policy in any one school year shall not exceed one (1) percent of the average daily membership in residence of a school district, or five (5) percent of the average daily membership in residence of any single school, whichever is greater. 7. Reassignments made under this policy which exceed the percentages provided in #6 above, must be have the prior written approval of the School Board.
COUNT OF RE-ASSIGNED PUPILS. TUITION PAYMENT AND RATE, AND TRANSPORTATION

Pupils reassigned under this policy shall be counted in the average daily membership in residence of a given pupil's resident school district. Said pupil's resident district shall forward any tuition payment due to the District to which said pupil was assigned. The superintendents involved in the reassignment of a pupil shall jointly establish a tuition rate for each such pupil. Some or all of the tuition may be waived by the superintendent of the receiving district for good cause shown, or pursuant to any applicable policy (ies) of the receiving district, presuming said action is not contrary to law. The cost of transportation for any pupil re-assigned under this policy shall be the sole responsibility of the parent/legal guardian.
Legal Reference: RSA 193:3, III, Change of School Assignment RSA 193:3, I. and II, Manifest Educational Hardship RSA 193:14-a, Change of School Assignment; Duties of State Board of Education FMRSD Adopted: 2/20/02

Revised: 4/14/2008

JE

ATTENDANCE

The Fall Mountain School Board supports regular school attendance on the part of all students in the District. It shall be the responsibility of the administration to establish, implement, and disseminate information regarding attendance procedures.

FMRSD Adopted: 1/9/78 Reviewed: 12/07

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REGULATIONS The policy requires a student to be in attendance approximately 85% per quarter per class in order to receive credit for a course. The plan permits students to accrue, without penalty, absences as follows: o High School (2 semester blocks) - 3 days per quarter o Middle School (trimesters) - 8 days per trimester o Elementary School (quarter) - 6 days per quarter Absences are excused for the following reasons: o Personal illness o Professional appointments that couldnt be scheduled at any other time o Serious personal or family problems These days are not to be considered as truant days. Absences include early dismissals and tardiness (see #5). When a student exceeds the allotted number of absences, the parents will be notified. When a High School student is in school but does not attend a class and is not excused from it, the student is cutting the class. o 1st cut: Parents notified along with student ( High School: A disciplinary step is assigned and a detention is given.) o 2nd cut: Student-parent-administrator conference The first and second cuts will count towards class attendance requirements as outlined in #1. Tardiness counts as a cut. (High School: Tardiness of more than 15 minutes is considered a cut.) Absences because of school sponsored or extra-curricular activities do not count as days missed under this policy. Absences in excess of five consecutive days for reasons other than illness (such as family vacations) will be reviewed on an individual basis by the school administration. Such requests must be submitted in writing to the attendance area principal prior to the absence. Students who plan college visitations must make written requests to the administration prior to the visit. Notes from home explaining any absence are required and will be filed for future reference. These notes could be especially important in appeal cases. In obvious clear cut cases involving extended illness, the steps of the Student Appeals Procedure may be waived with administrative approval. The parent/guardian will contact the school in such cases. After accumulating more than the allowed unexcused absences in any one class during a quarter, a student will have to appeal to the Attendance Appeals Committee to receive credit for that class.

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JEB SCHOOL ENTRANCE AGE

In general, parents are not encouraged to apply for early admission to kindergarten for their four-year-old children because it is felt that these formative years should be ones of exploration, small group interaction and freedom from excessive structure and stress. Compulsory attendance shall be required of all children in accordance with RSA 193.1. The Fall Mountain Regional School District will maintain kindergartens for eligible pupils. Children who will be six years of age on or before September 30 must be registered for school. The principal of each school will announce the time and place of registration annually in newspapers of general circulation. Children who will be five years of age on or before September 30 may be registered for kindergarten under the same conditions as specified in the previous paragraph. Any parent wishing to register a child who will not be five or six years old until the period between October 1 and December 31 of any year must have an evaluation administered by a certified evaluator at the parents own expense to determine the childs readiness for kindergarten or first grade respectively. The results of such an evaluation will be forwarded to the placement team which will judge each case on its own merits as to the childs readiness to attend school.

Le gal Re ference: RSA 193:1, Duty of Parent; Compulsory Attendance by Pupil

Adopted: 7/14/80 Revised: 3/25/97, 10/27/97 Reviewed: 12/07

JEBA REGULAR AND EARLY ADMISSION TO KINDERGARTEN To be admitted to kindergarten, children should be five years old by September 30 of that school year. Registration occurs in the spring preceding kindergarten and during the first week of school. Children who are found to be developmentally young are encouraged to wait a year before admission. In general, parents are not encouraged to apply for early admission to kindergarten for their four-year-old children. It is felt that these formative years should be ones of exploration, small group interaction and freedom from excessive structure and stress. However, on occasion, children are admitted early. To be admitted early, all of the following criteria must be met: 1. 2. 3. 4. Permission of the Placement Team Space is available. (Priority is given to five-year-old children) Has the appropriate socialization skills. Functions above chronological age in all areas of development as measured by commonly accepted standardized evaluation procedures to be provided by the parents at their own expense. The following areas should be examined: Receptive Language Expressive Language Cognitive development Fine motor skills Large motor skills Socialization In addition, functions at the appropriate physical, cognitive, social and emotional developmental levels.

5.

Parents must be given copies of the current available research concerning the positive or negative effects of early admission to kindergarten. All decisions made by the administration regarding early admission to Kindergarten will be final.

FMRSD

Adopted: 3/10/97 Reviewed: 4/12/99 Revised: 3/10/2008

JEC

MANIFEST EDUCATIONAL HARDSHIP

Resident students of the Fall Mountain Regional School District shall be assigned to a public school within the District by the Superintendent, or designee. The Board recognizes that in unusual and extraordinary circumstances, parent(s), guardian(s) or others legally entitled may wish to request a change of assignment to another public school in another district. When the parent(s), guardian(s) or others legally entitled believe that the assignment which has been made will result in a manifest educational hardship to the student, the Board will consider these requests according to the procedure outlined below.

1st Reading: 4/22/02 2nd Reading and Adoption: 11/4/02

JEC MANIFEST EDUCATIONAL HARDSHIP Resident students of the Fall Mountain Regional School District shall be assigned to a public school within the District by the Superintendent, or designee. The Board recognizes that in unusual and extraordinary circumstances, parent(s), guardian(s) or others legally entitled may wish to request a change of assignment to another public school in another district. When the parent(s), guardian(s) or others legally entitled believe that the assignment which has been made will result in a manifest educational hardship to the student, the Board will consider these requests according to the procedure outlined below. In order to apply to the school board for a change of school assignment based on manifest educational hardship, a parent shall demonstrate the detrimental or negative effect on the pupil if the pupil continues to attend the school to which he/she is assigned. A manifest educational hardship will be determined to exist by the School Board: (1) when the childs social immaturity and anxiety about school attendance are reasonably expected to present unsuccessful adjustment to school assignment, (2) when during extended periods of illness and the child is under the care of a physician and confined at home or at a health-care facility, (3) where a physician verifies that a childs attendance at school will constitute a serious health risk to the child, (4) when, by virtue of the childs distance from school or an approved bus route, travel to and from school is considered unsafe or excessive by reasonable standards, (5) when the employment, occupation or vocational requirements of the childs custodial parent(s) require frequent or prolonged travel such as to prevent the childs regular daily attendance at school for at least onehalf of the standard school year, (6) when it can be demonstrated objectively that the child, who has been conscientious in effort and in regular daily attendance, is substantially below expected achievement levels for his/her age, grade and ability and for whom a change in school assignment is unavailable or inappropriate, (7) when it can be demonstrated objectively that the child who has been in regular daily attendance and is substantially above the expected achievement level for his/her age and grade and for whom a change in school assignment is appropriate but unavailable, (8) when any obvious hardship related to assignment is appropriate but unavailable, (9) when any obvious hardship related to assignment or attendance not specifically noted above exists.
Le gal Re ference: RSA 193:3 NH Code of Administrative Rules, pp. 96-97
FMRSD Adopted: 11/4/02 Reviewed: 12/07

JEC

PROCEDURE FOR CONSIDERATION OF A MANIFEST EDUCATIONAL HARDSHIP REQUEST The following procedures will be utilized where a parent(s), guardian(s) or others legally entitled seeks a waiver of assignment from attending any school in the district based on an assertion that the current assignment constitutes a manifest hardship: The parent(s), guardian(s) or others legally entitled shall make a written request, through the Superintendents office, detailing the specific reasons why they believe that the current assignment constitutes a manifest educational hardship. Any such written request shall be made by the parent(s), guardian(s) or others legally entitled within fifteen (15) days of the assignment made by the Superintendent or designee. The Board will schedule a time at a regular board meeting held within thirty (30) days of receipt of the written request of the parent(s), guardian(s) or others legally entitled to hear their request. At such time, they may address the Board. The Board will hear their request in non-public session, subject to the right of the parent(s), guardian(s) or others legally entitled to have the matter heard in public session under RSA 91-A:3 II. (c). The parent(s), guardian(s) or others legally entitled of the student may use whatever information they deem appropriate to support their request. At a minimum, the parent(s), guardian(s) or others legally entitled must submit information demonstrating to the School Board that the current assignment is detrimental or has a negative effect on the student. In determining whether the current assignment of the student constitutes a manifest educational hardship, and what the corresponding appropriate action should be (which may include, but not be limited to, assignment to a public school in another district) the Board shall consider all information given it by the parent(s), guardian(s) or others legally entitled, the recommendations of the Superintendent, and any other information which the Board deems relevant and useful. The Board reserves the legal right to make a determination on whether a given request constitutes a manifest educational hardship, and what the corresponding action should be, on a case by case basis. The Board will render its decision in writing within fifteen (15) days after the Board meeting in which the parent(s), guardian(s) or others legally entitled addressed the Board, and will forward its written decision to the parent(s), guardian(s) or others legally entitled via US mail. If a parent, guardian or other legally entitled is aggrieved by the decision of the Board, he/she may appeal to the State Board of Education in accordance with the provisions of Ed 200.

JECA

REGULATIONS ATTENDANCE - RESIDENT STUDENTS Criteria for providing permanent residency shall include voter registration, automobile registration, employment, postal address, property ownership and other indications of intent to reside permanently in the District. The burden of proving residency or any other basis for entitlement to school enrollment or tuition assistance shall be on the student and/or his or her parent or guardian. In order to apply to the school board for a change of school assignment based on manifest educational hardship, a parent shall demonstrate the detrimental or negative effect on the pupil if the pupil continues to attend the school to which he/she is assigned.

A manifest educational hardship will be determined to exist by the School Board: (1) when the childs social immaturity and anxiety about school attendance are reasonably expected to present unsuccessful adjustment to school assignment, (2) when during extended periods of illness and the child is under the care of a physician and confined at home or at a healthcare facility, (3) where a physician verifies that a childs attendance at school will constitute a serious health risk to the child, (4) when, by virtue of the childs distance from school or an approved bus route, travel to and from school is considered unsafe or excessive by reasonable standards, (5) when the employment, occupation or vocational requirements of the childs custodial parent(s) require frequent or prolonged travel such as to prevent the childs regular daily attendance at school for at least one-half of the standard school year, (6) when it can be demonstrated objectively that the child, who has been conscientious in effort and in regular daily attendance, is substantially below expected achievement levels for his/her age, grade and ability and for whom a change in school assignment is unavailable or inappropriate, (7) when it can be demonstrated objectively that the child who has been in regular daily attendance and is substantially above the expected achievement level for his/her age and grade and for whom a change in school assignment is appropriate but unavailable, (8) when any obvious hardship related to assignment is appropriate but unavailable, (9) when any obvious hardship related to assignment or attendance not specifically noted above exists. RSA 193:3 NH Code of Administrative Rules, pp. 96-97
Adopted: 6/22/98 Reviewed: 4/12/99

JECA/B ATTENDANCE - RESIDENT AND NONRESIDENT ST UDENTS The schools of the Fall Mountain Regional School District are established for the education of children who are inhabitants of the District. A child shall be deemed to be an inhabitant if: (1) his/her parents reside in the District; (2) the legal guardian resides in the District; (3) he/she is a foster child placed as a ward of the state with a family in the District; (4) he/she dwells in the district as a matter of manifest educational hardship, but not for the express purpose of attending the District schools, without paying tuition; (5) a student is in an approved foreign exchange program and space is available. Children not inhabitants of the District may, with express permission of the School Board on the recommendation of the Superintendent, attend District schools and will be charged tuition based on the cost per pupil for the grade level attended for the previous school year. An exception may be made to the above by the Superintendent if: (1) the family of a pupil who has attended school in the District for the previous two consecutive years moves during a school year and his/her best interests would be served by allowing the pupil to finish the year in the District, or (2) a family plans to move into the District within 30 days of the beginning of the school year and the best interest of the child would be served by allowing him/her to enroll at the beginning of school. In the event that a family fails to move into the District within 30 days, tuition, as above, will be charged from the first day of school. If the family fails to move into the district within 60 days, the child will not be allowed to continue enrollment.

References: 193:12 Nonresidents. No person shall attend school, or send a pupil to the school, in any district of which he is not an inhabitant, without the consent of the district or of the school board except as herein otherwise provided. 193:18-b Policy Regulations JECA, JECB

Adopted: 3/10/80 Reviewed: 4/98 Revised: 6/22/98 Reviewed: 4/12/99

JECA/B ATTENDANCE - RESIDENT AND NONRESIDENT ST UDENTS The schools of the Fall Mountain Regional School District are established for the education of children who are inhabitants of the District. A child shall be deemed to be an inhabitant if: (1) his/her parents reside in the District; (2) the legal guardian resides in the District; (3) he/she is a foster child placed as a ward of the state with a family in the District; (4) he/she dwells in the district as a matter of manifest educational hardship, but not for the express purpose of attending the District schools, without paying tuition; (5) a student is in an approved foreign exchange program and space is available. Children not inhabitants of the District may, with express permission of the School Board on the recommendation of the Superintendent, attend District schools and will be charged tuition based on the cost per pupil for the grade level attended for the previous school year. An exception may be made to the above by the Superintendent if: (1) the family of a pupil who has attended school in the District for the previous two consecutive years moves during a school year and his/her best interests would be served by allowing the pupil to finish the year in the District, or (2) a family plans to move into the District within 30 days of the beginning of the school year and the best interest of the child would be served by allowing him/her to enroll at the beginning of school. In the event that a family fails to move into the District within 30 days, tuition, as above, will be charged from the first day of school. If the family fails to move into the district within 60 days, the child will not be allowed to continue enrollment.

References: 193:12 Nonresidents. No person shall attend school, or send a pupil to the school, in any district of which he is not an inhabitant, without the consent of the district or of the school board except as herein otherwise provided. 193:18-b Policy Regulations JECA, JECB

Adopted: 3/10/80 Reviewed: 4/98 Revised: 6/22/98 Reviewed: 4/12/99

JECB REGULATIONS ATTENDANCE - NON-RESIDENT STUDENTS The following procedure will be followed for review of applications for admission of nonresident students. A parent or guardian of a nonresident student will apply for admission on behalf of his/her child by completing the school district registration/enrollment application. The application form will contain information including, but not limited to, the current legal residence of the child and the school district in which he/she is currently enrolled, the basis for requesting release from the District and the specific building and grade level (elementary) or course offerings (secondary) in which the student desires to be enrolled if accepted by the District. Within five school days of receipt of the application the Principal will provide all applicants with written notification of the approval or denial of the application. If the student is to be admitted, the Principal will recommend the admission to the Superintendent of Schools, notify the resident district and make necessary arrangements for the transfer of student records. The admission will state the length of the acceptance or the subsequent condition which would cause the acceptance to be terminated. If the application is denied, the office of the Principal will notify the parent or guardian of the right to have the transfer reviewed by sending a written request to the Superintendent/designee within five school days. The Superintendent/designee will respond in writing to the request for review within five school days. If the request is denied, the Superintendent/designee will notify the parent of the right to petition the Board, upon five school days prior notice, for review of the decision and to have a hearing before the Board at its next regular meeting. Following the hearing by the Board, a final decision will be promptly communicated to the parent in writing. If review is not requested in the timelines specified, the recommended denial of the request for admission will be submitted to the Board at its next regular meeting. If the application is rejected, the parent will be notified of the right to appeal to the State Board of Education. Tuition Students: A non-resident applicant for admission as a tuition student may appeal the Superintendents denial of his or her application by submitting a written request to appeal to the Board within ten days of the denial. The Board will provide an opportunity for the applicant and/or his or her parent or guardian to discuss the request not to uphold the decision of the Superintendent. The Board will render a decision within 30 days of the request for appeal.

JECBA

FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUDENTS Foreign Exchange Students The Fall Mountain Regional High School recognizes the benefits derived from the placement of foreign exchange students in our school programs. The District believes strongly that the exchange of students will increase the understanding between peoples of the world. A foreign exchange student is a non-immigrant student entering the Fall Mountain Regional High School under the sponsorship of an approved foreign exchange organization (J-1 Visa) or an individual sponsor (F-1 visa). Non-immigrants who are in the USA on a visitor visa (B-2 Visa) may apply for entry into the District by obtaining a change of their visa status to a student visa. These students must meet all United States Information Agency (USIA) and Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSET) requirements established for J-1 or F-1 foreign exchange students. A foreign exchange student shall be accepted in district programs when there is space available and when admission of such a student is consistent with all rules and regulations of the Immigration and Naturalization Services and policies and procedures of the District. The Superintendent will establish procedures to ensure that the acceptance and placement of foreign exchange students in our schools will be a beneficial experience for all involved.

Adopted: 6/14/99

JECBA FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUDENTS- REGULATIONS The process and guidelines are applicable to those foreign exchange students entering the Fall Mountain Regional High School under the sponsorship of an organization or an individual. Students coming to the district with a J-1 visa will enroll at their assigned school through the principal's office. Students with a F-1 visa must obtain approval for admission to the district through the Guidance Office. All required documentation is to be filed with the building principal or the Guidance Office no later than August 15 for entry in the fall semester or by January 15 for entry at the second semester. Students are encouraged not to leave their country prior to review of their file and acceptance by the high school. The following procedures, timeline, and student application documents apply when enrolling a foreign exchange student. ( Submit all documents translated into English.) a. The foreign exchange student must reside with a host family or sponsoring family within the Fall Mountain Regional School District boundaries. The student must provide proof of his/her age and date of birth. b. The foreign exchange student shall have the English language competence and academic ability to effectively participate in the regular program of the Fall Mountain Regional High School. Acceptable documentation of the student's proficiency may be scores from TOEFL or SLEP or other standardized tests. The student must submit a notarized copy (in English) of his/her high school transcript showing the classes taken and grades and credits received for evaluation. Each foreign exchange student shall submit a written essay (in English) as to why he/she wants this exchange experience. c. It is not the district's responsibility to provide any form of special tutorial help in English proficiency or academic or financial assistance. d. The foreign exchange student shall be enrolled as a full-time equivalent student. e. Advance proof of adequate medical coverage for each exchange student will be required. f. Immunization record and a student health report completed by a physician in the student's resident country must have been translated into English. g. A notarized statement must be provided that the organization or natural parents/host family will meet the student's financial expenses while he/she is a full-time student. h. The foreign exchange student shall provide the district with the name, address, and phone number of both the sponsoring family and his/her natural parents/guardians. i. The foreign exchange student must comply with all laws, rules and regulations of the Immigration and Naturalization Service as well as all policies and Page 1 of 2

JECC

ASSIGNMENT OF STUDENTS TO SCHOOLS GRADES K- 8

The Fall Mountain Regional School District Board of Education has the legal authority to and will determine which district schools a child will attend. Generally, students will be required to attend school in the attendance area in which they reside, unless special permission has been granted by the Superintendent. Special permission for one school year may be granted in the following circumstances on an annual basis: When classroom enrollment is below capacity, openings may be filled. If the District reassigns students to a school outside the attendance area when enrollment exceeds capacity or when it is cost effective to transport students in proximity to a cluster of residential locations. If the change appears to be in the best interests of the child and the school. If the change involves an exceptional child, hardship case, or medical considerations. The legal residence of a child changes from one attendance area to another during the school year and the parents wish the child to remain in his former school. Such permission will be determined through the application process and may not extend beyond the current school year.

School bus transportation will not be provided for students attending schools outside their attendance area unless they can be accommodated on existing bus routes and schedules; or unless an exceptional child is involved; or unless specific permission is granted by the Board; or unless the assignment is required as outlined in #2, above.

Reference(s) RSA 193:1


Adopted: 5/11/92 Revised: 1/10/00

JECCA

PARENT/GUARDIAN REQUEST FOR STUDENT TRANSFERS K-8

The Fall Mountain Regional School District expects and encourages all students to attend the school in their local attendance area community where they would normally be assigned. Under certain extenuating circumstances, a student may be granted permission to transfer to another district school. Transfer procedures and a transfer application must be completed annually and approval granted by the receiving and sending principals. In addition, a final determination by the Superintendent of Schools is required prior to the transfer occurring.

Adopted: 6/26/00

JECCA PARENT/GUARDIAN REQUEST FOR STUDENT TRANSFER K-8 PROCEDURES Parents/Guardians may request applications from the Superintendent and/or Principals. Parents/Guardians should: 1. Complete application requesting and explaining reasons for the transfer. 2. Provide all information requested in order for the request to be considered. 3. Sign the application and send it to the receiving school principal. Action by Administration: 1. Receiving school principal will review the application and make a determination based on school district policy. 2. If the request is denied by the receiving school principal, the parents will receive notification indicating the reasons why. 3. If the request is granted by the receiving school principal, the application will be forwarded to the sending school principal, who will similarly review the request, make a determination, and forward it, with recommendations, to the Superintendent of Schools. 4. The Superintendent of Schools will review the request and make the final determination and notify the parents/guardian as to the final decision.

JEF

STUDENT RE LEASED TIME

Generally, all pupils will attend the schools to which they are assigned during all the time the schools are in session as required by law (193:1). Exceptions may be made in circumstances not contrary to law if, in the judgment of the Superintendent, a pupils best interests will be served. Such exceptions may include, but shall not be limited to: a released-time program for High School students in good standing which includes work-study, modified open campus, and enrollment in other schools for specific purposes; a modified school day/year for pupils whose special circumstances may require an atypical program, and pupils whose well-being requires out-of-school instruction carried out under the auspices and supervision of the District.

Adopted: 3/10/80 Reviewed: 4/12/99

JFAA RESIDENT AND NONRESIDENT STUDENTS The schools of the Fall Mountain Regional School District are established for the education of children who are legal residents of the District. A child shall be deemed to be an inhabitant if: (1) his/her custodial parents reside in the District; (2) the legal guardian resides in the District; (3) he/she is a foster child placed as a ward of the state with a family in the District; (4) he/she dwells in the district as a matter of manifest educational hardship, but not for the express purpose of attending the District schools, without paying tuition; (5) a student is in an approved foreign exchange program and space is available. Children not inhabitants of the District may, with express permission of the School Board on the recommendation of the Superintendent, attend District schools and will be charged tuition based on the budgeted cost per pupil for the grade level attended for the current school year. An exception may be made to the above by the Superintendent if: (1) the family of a pupil who has attended school in the District for the previous two consecutive years moves during a school year and his/her best interests would be served by allowing the pupil to finish the year in the District, or (2) a family plans to move into the District within 30 days of the beginning of the school year and the best interest of the child would be served by allowing him/her to enroll at the beginning of school. In the event that a family fails to move into the District within 30 days, tuition, as above, will be charged from the first day of school. If the family fails to move into the District within 60 days, the child will not be allowed to continue enrollment. The Boards decision on whether to enroll a non-resident student will not be based, in whole or in part, on whether that student is a student with a disability, as defined by applicable state or federal law. Under normal circumstances, the district will not provide transportation to and from school for non-resident and tuition students at district expense. The provisions of this policy may be modified on a case-by-case basis, as needed, pursuant to separate contracts, agreements and other binding arrangements

Legal Reference: RSA 193:1, Duty of parent, Compulsory Attendance by Pupil RSA 193:12,II, Legal Residence Required
Adopted: 3/10/80 Revised: 6/22/98, 3/14/11 Reviewed: 4/12/99, 12/07 2nd Reading and Adoption: 3/14/2011

JFAB

TUITION EXPENSES

Students of the Fall Mountain Regional School District may be placed in out-of-district or indistrict private programs for educational purposes as determined by the Special Education Placement Team or by the Superintendent. Tuition payment to out-of-district or in-district private programs will only be made with prior written approval of the Superintendent and knowledge of the School Board.

Adopted: 1/8/79 Revised: 11/8/99 Reviewed: 12/07

JFABB FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUDENTS

Foreign Exchange Students The Fall Mountain Regional High School recognizes the benefits derived from the placement of foreign exchange students in our school programs. The District believes strongly that the exchange of students will increase the understanding between peoples of the world. A foreign exchange student is a non-immigrant student entering the Fall Mountain Regional High School under the sponsorship of an approved foreign exchange organization (J-1 Visa) or an individual sponsor (F-1 visa). Non-immigrants who are in the USA on a visitor visa (B-2 Visa) may apply for entry into the District by obtaining a change of their visa status to a student visa. These students must meet all United States Information Agency (USIA) and Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSET) requirements established for J-1 or F-1 foreign exchange students. A foreign exchange student shall be accepted in district programs when there is space available and when admission of such a student is consistent with all rules and regulations of the Immigration and Naturalization Services and policies and procedures of the District. The Superintendent will establish procedures to ensure that the acceptance and placement of foreign exchange students in our schools will be a beneficial experience for all involved.

FMRSD Adopted: 6/14/99 Reviewed: 12/07

JFABD ADMISSION OF HOMELESS STUDENTS To the extent practical and as required by law, the district will work with homeless students and their families to provide stability in school attendance and other services. Special attention will be given to ensuring the enrollment and attendance of homeless students not currently attending school. Homeless students will be provided district services for which they are eligible, including Head Start and comparable pre-school programs, Title I, special education, bilingual education, vocational and technical education programs and school nutrition programs. Homeless students are defined as (per NCLB definitions) lacking a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence, including: 1. Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing or economic hardship; 2. Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds due to a lack of alternative adequate accommodations; 3. Living in emergency or transitional shelters; 4. Are abandoned in hospitals; 5. Awaiting foster care placement; 6. Living in public or private places not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodations for human beings; 7. Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, transportation stations or similar settings; 8. Are migratory children living in conditions described in previous examples. The Superintendent shall designate an appropriate staff person to be the district's liaison for homeless students and their families. To the extent feasible, homeless students will continue to be enrolled in their school of origin while they remain homeless or until the end of the academic year in which they obtain permanent housing. Instead of remaining in the school of origin, parents or guardians of homeless students may request enrollment in the school in which attendance area the student is actually living, or other schools. If there is an enrollment dispute, the student shall be immediately enrolled in the school in which enrollment is sought, pending resolution of the dispute. The parent or guardian shall be informed of the district's decision and their appeal rights in writing. Unaccompanied youth will also be enrolled pending resolution of the dispute. Once the enrollment decision is made, the school shall immediately enroll the student, pursuant to district policies. If the student does not have immediate access to the immunization records, the student shall be admitted under a personal exception. Students

JFC

STUDENT CONDUCT

All student behavior in the Fall Mountain Regional School District will be based on respect and consideration for the rights of others. Rules and regulations to which pupils are subject will be published annually at the beginning of school and will be concerned with speech or action which may disrupt the work of the school or interfere with the rights of others. Pupils will be expected to behave in a manner appropriate to good citizenship and public responsibility.

Adopted: 2/13/78 Reviewed: 4/12/99

JFCA

STUDENT DRESS CODE Students are expected to adhere to standards of cleanliness and dress that are compatible with the requirement of a good school environment. Those standards generally acceptable to the community as appropriate in a formal school setting ordinarily will be the reference criteria. A students appearance or mode of dress or cleanliness will not be permitted to disrupt the educational process or constitute a threat to health or safety. When, in the judgment of a Principal, a students appearance or mode of dress disrupts the educational process, or constitutes a threat to health or safety, the student may be required to make modifications. Parental judgment will also be relied on to support this policy. Parents will be notified as to the nature of code violations and remedies will be identified. In partial attainment of the foregoing, the following exceptions or guidelines will be the standards of criteria: 1. The Principal and/or designee has the absolute authority to determine what clothing is acceptable. Student and teacher concerns should be directed to the Principal. 2. Cleanliness -- clothing and grooming must be such that they do not constitute a health or safety hazard. 3. Clothing -- clothing must be adequate in ensuring a decent appearance.

4. Educational distraction -- grooming and dress must not be so unusual or bizarre as to constitute a distraction or to interfere with the educational opportunity of the other students.

Adopted: 8/29/94 Revised: 9/22/97 Revised: 2/16/98 Reviewed: 4/12/99

JFCA

REGULATIONS STUDENT DRESS CODE With ever changing styles and seasons, the following guidelines are established to help maintain high standards of dress so as to prevent distraction to the educational process. 1. 2. Skirts and shorts must be mid-thigh or lower. Shirts and tops must be, at the minimum, waist length.

3. Common courtesy and etiquette dictates that hats, bandannas, and sunglasses not be worn inside the building. 4. Apparel with slogans or graphics which promote activities prohibited by the school district code of conduct and statute are not permitted. 5. Clothing normally worn when participating in a school sponsored extra-curricular or sports activity may be worn to school when approved by the sponsor or coach; however, gym shorts will not be worn to any class other than physical education. 6. Gang-related apparel will be prohibited.

Any student deemed in violation of the dress code will be required to find acceptable clothing or will be sent home to correct the situation after parents have been notified. Refusal to comply with these standards may result in disciplinary action, including detention and/or suspension. Students and teachers are encouraged to bring concerns about the dress code and/or violations to their Principal.

FMRSD Adopted: 8/29/94 Revised: 9/22/97 Revised: 2/16/98 Reviewed: 4/12/99

JFCC

STUDENT CONDUCT ON BUSES

The Fall Mountain Regional School District recognizes that a school bus is an extension of the classroom, and that students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with established standards for behavior and courtesy. Cases of improper conduct on buses will be brought to the attention of the Principal of the offending students school, who shall be designated as the Superintendents designee in accordance with RSA 189:9-a. It shall be the responsibility of each building Principal to prepare the administration to prepare and disseminate information regarding rules of conduct on buses to all students and parents/guardians in the Principals school/attendance area. It shall be the policy of the Fall Mountain Regional School Board to employ the use of video cameras on all school buses used for transporting students. The use of video materials shall be to assist administrators and other designated employees of the district in identifying students who may be in violation of the rules of behavior while on the buses. Further, it shall be the policy of the Board that all such recorded images will be held in confidence and used only for the purpose of identification as described above., The Superintendent shall develop procedures as necessary for the implementation of this policy.

1st Reading: 10/25/04 2nd Reading and Adoption:

11/22/04

Also see EEACC: Bus Camera Policy.


FMRSD Adopted: 2/13/78 Revised: 3/25/97 Reviewed: 4/12/99

JFCC REGULATIONS STUDENT CONDUCT ON BUSES

Safety is of prime importance for our students as we transport them to and from school and for school sponsored activities. Safety requires the cooperation of students, parents/guardian and school personnel. Parents/guardian should review and discuss the school bus rules with their child/children in an effort to help him/her understand and assume responsibility for good school bus conduct. Students are charged with the responsibility of conduct which will result in safe transportation, respect for school personnel and respect for other students. Failure to abide by the school bus rules, show proper respect to others, and comply with requests of school personnel may result in a student being issued a School Bus Incident Report (see attached) and subsequent suspension or denial of bus transportation. Listed below are some specific safety requirements which can guide students toward good conduct. These rules are intended to help students become aware of their responsibility and guide discussion. This is not an all inclusive list but it is representative of the types of behavior that will be expected. Students are not allowed to: * * * * * * * * board the bus or leave their seats when the bus is moving bring articles of an injurious or objectionable nature on the bus (weapons, large bulky items which might obstruct the aisle) bring pet animals on the bus use profanity or loud disruptive language engage in activities which distract the driver open or close windows without permission of the driver stand or leave their seats while the bus is moving put their arms, etc., out the windows

JFCG REGULATIONS TOBACCO PRODUCTS BAN Signs shall be placed by the District in all buildings and facilities stating clearly that the use of tobacco products is prohibited in said buildings, facilities, and grounds by all persons, including students and employees. It is the responsibility of the building principal(s), or his/her designee, to initially enforce this policy in the facilities (and grounds) for which he/she is responsible by requesting that any person who is violating this policy to immediately cease the use of tobacco products in/on said facilities and/or grounds. After this request is made, if any person refuses to refrain from using tobacco products in violation of this policy, the principal or his/her designee may call the appropriate law enforcement authorities, who shall then be responsible for all enforcement proceedings and applicable fines and penalties. PUPILS Enforcement of this prohibition shall initially rest with building principals, or their designees. Violation of this policy by any pupil shall subject that pupil to disciplinary action by school officials. Such discipline shall be consistent with the Districts student discipline procedures. Building administrators will develop regulations which cover the disciplinary action(s) which may be taken for violations of this policy. These regulations will be published in the applicable student handbook, or communicated to pupils by other means deemed appropriate by school officials. If internal discipline procedures are not effective in curtailing violations of this policy by a pupil(s), the principal and/or his designee may report any violation to the appropriate local, county, or state law enforcement officials. In accordance with state law, these officials shall then be responsible for all enforcement proceedings and applicable fines and penalties. EMPLOYEES Initial responsibility for enforcement of this prohibition shall rest with building principals, or their designees. Any employee who violates this policy is subject to disciplinary action, which may include warding, suspension, and dismissal. Building principals will develop and implement the appropriate means of notifying employees of the possible disciplinary consequences of violating this policy. Such means may be through the orientation specified below. If internal disciplinary procedures are not successful in curtailing an employee from violating this policy, the building principal may report violations to the appropriate local, county, or state law enforcement officials. In accordance with state law, these officials shall then be Page 1 of 3

JFCIA

STUDENT DRUG ABUSE Legal Drugs: Drugs which a student has on prescription and carries onto school property for ingestion as prescribed by a doctor, will be kept in the nurses or principals office. Illegal Drugs: Use, possession or sale of illegal drugs, in any form, is prohibited. a. If a student appears to be under the influence of a substance, parents will be notified by school authorities to remove him/her to his/her home or to medical facilities. b. In severe or emergency cases, the principal will take appropriate action. Parents will be notified of this action and be responsible for expenses. c. Upon reasonable evidence of use, possession or sale of drugs by any student on School District property, appropriate disciplinary action shall be taken. A conference among the parents, student and principal should be held as soon as possible. d. Any student convicted in court for illegally selling drugs on or off campus to students or employees of Fall Mountain Regional School District may be suspended from school pending School Board action.

Adopted: 12/8/86 Reviewed: 4/12/99

JFCJ

WEAPONS IN SCHOOL

It shall be the Policy of the Fall Mountain Regional School Board to endorse, support, and implement all existing federal law and New Hampshire Statutes in reference to the use or possession of any dangerous weapon as defined by the laws/statutes referenced, and to take such disciplinary and legal actions prescribed therein.

This policy shall be amended or revised as necessary to reflect future changes in these laws/statutes as they may occur.

Adopted: 10/9/95 Reviewed: 4/12/99 Revised and 1st Reading: 11/28/05 2nd Reading and Adoption: 1/2/06

JFE

PREGNANT STUDENTS

A pregnant student shall be encouraged to remain in school and to receive any services that are a part of the regular educational program of the school district as long as her physical and emotional condition permit. Students wishing to continue receiving these services beyond the fifth month of pregnancy must receive permission monthly from a qualified physician. The student will be responsible for her own health.

Adopted: 4/10/72 Revised: 8/23/99

JFG

SEARCHES BY SCHOOL OFFICIALS

Desks and lockers are public property; school authorities will make reasonable regulations regarding their use. Students shall have the right to privacy in their lockers and desks in conformance with rules which are established for their use. Consistent with the duty to provide a safe, protected environment for education, school officials may inspect lockers and desks where probable cause or reasonable suspicion exists that prohibited articles are kept there. Prohibited articles shall include, but not be limited to: items that threaten the safety, health or welfare of persons on the premises; stolen property; anything considered obscene, illegal, offensive or discriminatory; or is considered damaging to the locker, desk or school premises. Questions as to whether a locker or desk should be searched shall be decided by the Principal.

Adopted: 12/9/80 Revised: 8/23/99

JFGA

PERSONAL SEARCHES

The Board recognizes that "student rights are not left at the school house door" and that the right of privacy should not be violated. It also recognizes that it is the Board's duty to insure a safe, protected environment for education which may be in conflict with Constitutional restrictions against search and seizure. In order to provide maximum protection against invasion of privacy and at the same time to provide a safe, protected environment for education, the Board adopts the following regulations: 1. 2. 3. 4. Strip searches shall be prohibited. Contraband* in plain view will be seized and held by authorized personnel. A pupil may be asked to open his/her belongings for inspection when there is reasonable suspicion that he/she may be concealing contraband. When probable cause exists that contraband is being concealed, a pat-down and turn-out of belongings may be carried out with due regard to preservation of privacy. Mere suspicion of the existence of contraband shall not justify a personal search.

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*Contraband Prohibited articles that include, but are not limited to: items that threaten the safety, health or welfare of persons on the premises; stolen property; anything considered obscene, illegal, offensive or discriminatory, or is considered damaging or potentially damaging to a person or the school premises.
Adopted: 1/12/81 Revised: 8/23/99

JFGB

INTERVIEW AND REMOVAL OF STUDE NTS BY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS

It is the intent of the schools to cooperate with law enforcement agencies for the welfare of all citizens. At the same time, schools have responsibilities to parents for the protection of the students rights while they are in the care of the school.

Adopted: 4/27/98 Reviewed: 4/12/99

JFGB REGULATIONS INTERVIEW AND REMOVAL OF STUDE NTS BY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS When law enforcement officials interview and/or remove students, the following shall be adhered to: 1. Interviews of school pupils will be conducted away from the school when possible. Interviews should be conducted at a school only when interviews away from the school are deemed by an authority to be impossible, impractical or would unduly interfere with the law enforcement process. 2. An in-school interview by any out-of-school authority must be with the full knowledge of the Principal or his/her designee who should be advised of the nature of the interview. 3. An interview of a juvenile will be conducted in private with a childs parents or guardian, unless permission is otherwise granted by the parent or guardian. If the student is 18 or over he/she will be treated as an adult. 4. A student should not be released to the custody of persons other than the parent or legal guardian without the parents or guardians knowledge. However, if a student is removed from the school by legal authority, parents will be notified of this action immediately with information regarding reasons for removal, destination, and name of person causing the removal.

Adopted: 4/27/98 Reviewed: 4/12/99

JFJ FALL MOUNTAIN REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT ATHLETIC CODE INTRODUCTION Students are asked to make a true commitment to the meaning of team. Students are expected to support their classmates, to be a productive student in the classroom, to be a solid school and community citizen and to, thus, be a model to others who will be part of the Fall Mountain School District tradition in the future. They are also asked to be punctual and to become as physically fit as possible. The administration in the Fall Mountain School District has high expectations which include rules to keep order and ensure that our students take proper care of their minds, bodies and attitudes. These regulations are to be adhered to and will be enforced equally to all students participating in athletic events, regardless of their year in school or status on their team. We commend you for deciding to become involved in athletics in the Fall Mountain District. Your teachers and coaches have pledged to give their best in terms of energy and knowledge to help all students reach their full potential. Remember, however, that you can only reach your potential by giving your very best and constantly strengthening your attitude and spirit. FALL MOUNTAIN HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLAR ATHLETE AWARD/SENIOR PLAQUE A special award is given to the senior girl and boy who has excelled for four (4) years in academics, athletics, and citizenship. This award is known as the Senior Scholar/Athlete Award and is sponsored by the Booster Club. Cheerleading and managing a sport is considered if one has participated in another sport as a player. Criteria for this award can be obtained from the Athletic Director. The Booster Club also presents a special plaque to senior athletes who have participated in a particular sport both their junior and senior years. INSURANCE All students participating in athletics must have medical and dental insurance. Students not presently insured may obtain coverage by purchasing the school accident insurance policy offered through the district by an independent insurance company. The cost of this policy is minimal. Families have the option of purchasing additional insurance coverage through the school if they desire. It is recommended that students playing football have additional coverage. SCHOOL POLICIES 1. Each student must present to the Athletic Director written parent/guardian approval before they participate in athletics. 2. SPORTS PHYSICALS: Every student who intends or aspires to participate in school athletics must have a physical examination by a registered physician dated May 1st or later of the previous year before entering the 6th, 9th, and 11th grades to be eligible for participating in athletics. 3.The student must present proof of insurance to the Athletic Director prior to participating in athletics.

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JFJA FALL MOUNTAIN REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT CO-CURRICULAR CODE AND PAPERWORK FOR THE MIDDLE SCHOOLS INTRODUCTION Students are asked to make a true commitment to the meaning of team. The administration in the Fall Mountain School District has high expectations which include rules to keep order and ensure that our students take proper care of their minds, bodies and attitudes. These regulations are to be adhered to and will be enforced fairly to all students participating in athletic events. We commend you for deciding to become involved in athletics in the Fall Mountain Regional School District As student-athletes you are expected to be a positive representative for your school ATHLETIC PHILOSOPHY It is the philosophy of the Fall Mountain Regional School District Athletic Council to ensure that students participating in interscholastic sports receive a rewarding and competitive experience, become knowledgeable and competent in the fundamentals of the particular sport, display good sportsmanship, and conduct themselves as representatives of the Fall Mountain Regional School District The emphasis of the athletic programs shall be on teaching progression of skills and participation, which does not necessarily include game time Though participation is important at this level, it should be noted that game time will be based on attitude and skill performance as determined by the coach Depending on numbers of participants and equipment availability, coaches may have to limit roster sizes INSURANCE All students participating in athletics must have medical and dental insurance Students not presently insured may obtain coverage by purchasing the school accident insurance policy offered through the district by an independent insurance company The cost of this policy is minimal Families have the option of purchasing additional insurance coverage through the school if they desire It is recommended that students playing football have additional coverage SCHOOL POLICIES 1. Each student must present to the Athletic Director written parent/guardian approval, proof of insurance, the permission to treat forms (attached to the insurance form) and the medical emergency form before they participate in athletics 2. Every student who intends or aspires to participate in school athletics must have a physical examination by a registered physician dated May 1st or later of their fifth grade year, to be eligible for participation in athletics. This physical form needs to be returned to the Athletic Director or Nurse. 3. The student must show respect for his/her teammates, opponents, coaches, officials, and fans at all times. Any participant engaging in unsportsmanlike conduct i.e. swearing, fighting, harassment, obscene gestures, etc., will result in disciplinary action by the coach, athletic director or principal. 4. Students may not compete in more than one sport each season. 5. If a player drops a sport after it has been in progress for two (2) weeks, he/she shall not be eligible to participate in another sport the same season. This does not apply to an athlete who is cut. 6. Athletes, who are assigned a disciplinary after-school detention, must attend the detention session and will not be eligible for games that day. Failure to do so will result in a one game suspension. 7. Students who are sewing an in-school or out of school suspension will not be able to participate in athletics for the same number of days as the suspension (i.e. 2 day suspension equals no participation in athletics for 2 days). 8. On away trips, all players must ride the team bus both to and from the game unless granted permission by the coach to ride with his/her parents. Permission to ride with the parents must be in writing and should be

JG ASSIGNMENT OF STUDENTS TO SCHOOLS GRADES K- 8

The Fall Mountain Regional School District Board of Education has the legal authority to and will determine which district schools a child will attend. Generally, students will be required to attend school in the attendance area in which they reside, unless special permission has been granted by the Superintendent. Special permission for one school year may be granted in the following circumstances on an annual basis: 1. When classroom enrollment is below capacity, openings may be filled. 2. If the District reassigns students to a school outside the attendance area when enrollment exceeds capacity or when it is cost effective to transport students in proximity to a cluster of residential locations. 3. If the change appears to be in the best interests of the child and the school. 4. If the change involves an exceptional child, hardship case, or medical considerations. 5. The legal residence of a child changes from one attendance area to another during the school year and the parents wish the child to remain in his former school. Such permission will be determined through the application process and may not extend beyond the current school year. School bus transportation will not be provided for students attending schools outside their attendance area unless they can be accommodated on existing bus routes and schedules; or unless an exceptional child is involved; or unless specific permission is granted by the Board; or unless the assignment is required as outlined in #2, above.
Legal Reference: NH Code of Administrative Rules Section Ed. 302.02(l), Duties of Superintendent NH Code of Administrative Rules Section Ed. 306:14(e), Instructional Program; Appropriate Assignment of All Incoming Students

Adopted: 5/11/92 Revised: 1/10/00 Reviewed: 12/07

JG PROCEDURES STUDENT DISCIPLINE AND DUE PROCESS IN SAFE SCHOOL ZONES Students who exhibit gross misconduct or neglect or refuse to conform to announced, posted, or printed school rules will be suspended and/or expelled. To maintain a safe and a conducive environment for learning, the authority to suspend students from school for a "short term," between one to five days or less and to recommend an extended term suspension between 6-20 days, is delegated to the Principal and to the Superintendent of Schools, respectively, by the School Board in accordance with the general statutes and regulations of the State of New Hampshire (RSA 193-D:2, Ed. 317.01). Rules governing pupil conduct, disciplinary procedures, and due process rights will be annually announced/published in Parent Student Handbooks and posted in the safe school zone by the Principal. Students may receive long-term suspensions, longer than 20 days, up to twelve months, for serious or repeated offenses and for violations of the safe school zone laws listed in RSA 193:13, II and III. Department of Education disciplinary, due process, and reporting procedures (3 pages) are attached to this policy as are the regulations for disciplining a student with an educational disability.

Adopted: 9/27/99

JG

STUDENT DISCIPLINE AND DUE PROCESS

Discipline Statement: The Fall Mountain school community believes a safe, orderly, positive environment is essential for learning and fostering personal and social responsibility. The Fall * * * * Mountain school community supports a discipline process which is: proactive consistent clearly defined fair

The Fall Mountain school community will model responsible behavior, respectful of self and others. Due Process: It shall be the duty of principals and teachers to enforce the rules and regulations as established and published under Student Conduct Policies JFC, JFCA, JFCC, JFCG, JFCI, JFCJ and New Hampshire statutes. Control of pupil conduct shall be such that procedures used will advance the purpose of education and be consistent with State Law, Chapter 355, RSA 193:13 and RSA 193-D, the Gun-Free Schools Act of 1994, and State Department of Education directives of August 30, 1994, December 16, 1994, and February 22, 1995. All students in violation of the GunFree School Act will be referred to the criminal justice or juvenile delinquency system in New Hampshire. Sources: RSA 193:13, Chapter 193-D, Safe School Zones, Gun-Free Schools Act of 1994 (ESA of 1965), State Law Chapter 355 and Amendments.
Adopted: 2/13/78 Revised: 8/31/94 Adopted: 9/26/95 Revised: 10/25/99

JGA

CORPORAL PUNISHMENT

Corporal punishment, defined as inflicting physical hurt upon a child in order to punish him/her for misconduct, shall not be permitted. Reasonable restraining force may be used when it is essential for self defense, the preservation of order, or for the protection of the student, other persons, or public property.

Adopted: 2/13/78 Reviewed: 4/12/99

JGAA

REGULATIONS RESTRAINTS Physical restraint will only be used to prevent a student from harming him/herself or others, to prevent unauthorized departure from a program*, to prevent destruction of property or to move a student to a safe physical environment. (*When departure is determined t lead to possible harm to oneself or others.) 1. Staff members are encouraged to attend training in the appropriate techniques used in physical restraints of students. Appropriate staff shall maintain certification in aggression management training. Except in emergency situations, staff not trained in aggression management are excluded from using physical restraints. When physically restraining a student, staff must use the least amount of force necessary to assure the safety of all involved. As soon as the student appears calm and under control, the physical restraint should end. Staff should elicit a verbal commitment from the student to maintain control before releasing him/her. If, during physical restraint, the student complains of an injury, staff should attempt to relax or modify the restraint and contact the school nurse. (Document time/date and alleged injury same day as it happens.) All use of physical restraint must be documented in the students file and a copy sent to the Central Office. Parents will be notified. Following physical restraint the school nurse assesses the students physical status and provides documentation of the assessment in medical notes in the students file. The building administrator shall initiate a staff review of the incident as soon as possible. The review serves as an informal evaluation of the causes of the incident, the need for restraint, strong and weak aspects of staff performance during the incident and, if necessary, recommendations regarding the future management of students requiring physical restraint.

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Adopted: 12/22/97 Reviewed: 4/12/99

JGAA

RESTRAINTS

When the need arises to physically restrain students to prevent them from harming themselves or others, approved physical intervention should be used in order to ensure the safety and security of both students and staff. In no instance is the use of physical force justifiable as punishment. More than one adult must be present when a student requires restraint.

Adopted: 12/22/97 Reviewed: 4/12/99

JGD

STUDENT SUSPENSION Student suspension is an act of last resort to deter repeated acts of undesirable behavior or for acts of gross misconduct. The suspension of a student must comply with statutory requirements set forth in RSA 193:13 and provide the student with minimum due process prior to a suspension of five days or less. The full requirements of procedural due process must be followed prior to a suspension for more than five days. The Superintendent of Schools may empower a principal to suspend a student for five days or less. The suspension of a student for more than five days must be authorized by the Superintendent of Schools. Gross misconduct as hereby defined falls within two categories: 1. 2. A student whose presence poses a continuing danger to persons or property, or A student who presents an ongoing threat to disrupting the academic process.

Principals will be responsible for establishing, implementing and disseminating information with respect to procedures for the provision of minimum due process and the full requirements of procedural process.

Adopted: 4/11/77 Reviewed: 4/12/99

JH STUDENT ABSENCES AND EXCUSES Regular and punctual patterns of attendance will be required of each student enrolled in the District. Building Principals are responsible for developing Student Handbooks which will include rules regarding student absences, excuses and truancy. These rules will apply to all students.

Legal Reference: RSA 193:1, Duty of Parent; Compulsory Attendance by Pupil RSA 193:7 Penalty RSA 193: 16 Bylaws as to Nonattendance NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 306.04 (a)(1), Attendance and Absenteeism NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 306.04 (c), Policy Relative to Attendance and Absenteeism NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 306.18 (c)(6), School Half-Day FMRSD 1st Reading: 3/10/08

JH STUDENT ABSENCES AND EXCUSES Students between the ages of six (6) and eighteen (18) are required to maintain regular and punctual patterns of attendance. Regular and punctual patterns of attendance will be required of each student enrolled in the District. Student absences will be excused for: Illness Family emergency Death Physician/Dentist/Counseling appointment Religious Holiday The Superintendent is directed to develop administrative regulations for the implementation of this policy and developing procedures to ensure that: 1. Attendance is accurately checked, recorded, and reported to the school office each day for each class. 2. All student absences are recorded. 3. All permanent records of student attendance are maintained at either the school district or SAU central office. Truancy is an unexcused absence from school or class without administrative permission. Ten half days of unexcused absences during a school year shall constitute habitual truancy. A half day absence is defined as half of 5.2 hours. When students are absent the school principal/principals designee will first phone the parent/guardian. If the truancy continues, the school administration will send by registered mail a letter to the parents of the truant student indicating the nature and seriousness of the problem and enclose a copy of RSA 193:1. If the student remains truant, the school administration will send a letter to the parents/guardian of the truant student requesting contact. Continued absences may result in contact with DCYF and the students being designated a Child in Need of Services (CHINS).
Legal References: RSA 193:1, Duty of Parent; Compulsory Attendance by Pupil RSA 193:7 Penalty RSA 193:8, Notice Requirements RSA 193:16 Bylaws as to Nonattendance NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed 306.04 (a)(1), Attendance and Absenteeism NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed 306.04 (c), Policy Relative to Attendance and Absenteeism FMRSB Adopted 4/14/2008 Revised: to PC 8/24/2009 1st Reading: 9/14/2009 (returned to PC) 2nd Reading and Adoption: 3/22/2010

JH STUDENT ABSENCES AND EXCUSES Regular and punctual patterns of attendance will be required of each student enrolled in the District. Building Principals are responsible for developing Student Handbooks which will include rules regarding student absences, excuses and truancy. These rules will apply to all students.

Legal Reference: RSA 193:1, Duty of Parent; Compulsory Attendance by Pupil RSA 193:7 Penalty RSA 193: 16 Bylaws as to Nonattendance NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 306.04 (a)(1), Attendance and Absenteeism NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 306.04 (c), Policy Relative to Attendance and Absenteeism NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 306.18 (c)(6), School Half-Day FMRSD Adopted: 4/14/2008

JHC

STUDENT RE LEASE TIME

Generally, all pupils will attend the schools to which they are assigned during all the time the schools are in session as required by law. Exceptions may be made in circumstances not contrary to law if, in the judgment of the Superintendent, a pupils best interests will be served. Such exceptions may include, but shall not be limited to: a released-time program for High School students in good standing which includes work-study, modified open campus, and enrollment in other schools for specific purposes; a modified school day/year for pupils whose special circumstances may require an atypical program, and pupils whose well-being requires out-of-school instruction carried out under the auspices and supervision of the District.

Le gal Re ference: RSA 193:1, Duty of a Parent; Compulsory Attendance by Pupil

Adopted: 3/10/80 Reviewed: 12/07

JHCAA

FALL MOUNTAIN REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT POLICY

Fall Mountain Regional School Distri ct Wellness Policy The mission of the Fall Mountain Regional School District is to provide an optimal educational environment so that every student can reach his or her maximum potential. An important educational component of this must include nutrition and education, food choices that maximize health and well-being, physical activity, and the ability to assess health problems. The Fall Mountain Regional School District will accomplish these goals by: 1. Integrating nutrition education into the K-12 curricula by an informed staff. 2. Serve as a model for good food choices and preparation through its cafeteria program, vending machines and other nutritionally related activities. This includes all fundraisers and school store sales that include food or drink items. Providing opportunities for all students to learn about and enjoy physical activity that will foster an understanding for the need for lifelong fitness and health in a safe environment. 3. Follow best food practices for content, quantity, variety and balance in food offerings. 4. Maintain appropriate health monitoring by school nurses, proactively seek to prevent health problems and to provide adequate counseling services to meet the needs of students. 5. Collaborating with families, vendors, townspeople and other school contacts to maintain adequate education about nutrition and physical activity for all students. (To provide information about the value of appropriate nutritional intake and vigorous, sustained physical activity for all students.) 6. Minimizing the use of foods and beverages as rewards such as for parties and celebrations. 7. Recommending that all students in all schools [be encouraged to participate in developmentally appropriate physical activity on a regular basis. 8. A bi-annual wellness report will be made to the Board. Statutory Reference: RSA 190:11-a

JHCBA/A & B APPLICATION TO BE EXCUSED FROM IMMUNIZATION I, Part A: I request that my child, _________ immunization for religious reasons as follows: ., be excused from , certify that I am the custodial parent of ________

I acknowledge receipt of a copy of the Fall Mountain Regional School District Boards policy on the control and prevention of communicable diseases and I acknowledge that if my child is excused from immunization that this may be revoked by the School Board as set forth in this policy. To the best of my knowledge, my child will have regular contact with the following people who have not been immunized: . I certify that my child does not exhibit symptoms of contagion and I have attached a certificate setting forth the results of a medical examination conducted within ten days of this application certifying that the child has been examined and does not exhibit symptoms of contagion. I certify that my objection on religious grounds stems from an interest religious in nature rather than philosophical or personal as follows:

I certify that this religious interest is long-standing and sincerely held. Please state particulars of length of membership and organization:

I certify that immunization poses a threat to the religious interests of (my) (our) faith in the following way:

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JHCBA

CONTROL AND PREVENTION OF COMMUNICABLE DISEASES

It is the policy of the Fall Mountain Regional School Board that RSA 200:38 and RSA 200:39, as they may from time to time be amended, shall be followed. All children shall be immunized prior to school entrance according to the current recommendations of the State Public Health Agency. Any child may, at the discretion of the School Board, be exempted, for religious reasons, from all or part of the immunization requirement, based upon standards as specified in regulations for this policy.

Adopted: 9/8/87 Reviewed: 4/12/99

JHCBA-B REGULATIONS CONTROL OF COMMUNICABLE DISEASES RE: MEDICAL REASONS Any child may, at the discretion of the School Board, be exempted, for medical reasons, from all or part of the immunization requirement, based upon the following standards: 1. 2. 3. 4. All exemptions granted shall be for a period not exceeding one year. Applications for exemption shall be made, or renewed, annually at least 30 days prior to the first day of school. Each application for health reasons shall be accompanied by a certificate from a treating licensed physician. The certificate from the treating physician shall: (a) Explain - in detail, the reasons exemption is believed to be required with specific reference to the then current edition of the report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases of the American Academy of Pediatrics. (b) (c) Include copies of the results of all tests conducted which relate to the reason for exceptions. Be based upon an examination of the child conducted within 30 days of the application for exemption. Contain a certificate setting forth the results of an examination conducted within 10 days of the application certifying that the child has been examined and does not exhibit symptoms of contagion.

(d)

5.

6.

If the exemption is believed to be required by reason of allergies, the treating physician referred to above shall be a Board Certified Allergist, and his/her certificate shall discuss both the nature and degree of the specific allergies involved as they relate to specific immunizations. The School Board shall grant exemption for a period not exceeding one school year if it finds that it is more probable than not that the risks to the child outweigh the risks to others in the school community.

See attached Application to be Excused From Immunization (JHCBA-A & B)


Adopted: 9/8/87 Revised: 8/23/99

JHCBA-A

REGULATIONS CONTROL OF COMMUNICABLE DISEASES RE: RELIG IOUS REASONS Any child may, at the discretion of the School Board, be exempted, for religious reasons, from all or part of the immunization requirement, based upon the following standards: 1. 2. 3. All exemptions granted shall be for a period not exceeding one year. Applications for exemption shall be made, or renewed, annually at least 30 days prior to the first day of school. Each application for religious reasons shall be accompanied by a statement by the parent or guardian that they are unwilling to comply with the regulations pertaining to immunization on religious grounds. In such cases, the Board will determine whether or not the request should be granted on the basis of the principles of religious freedom set forth by the United States Supreme Court in YODER v. Wisconsin (406 U.S. 205 1972) and other pertinent cases. In Yoder the court ruled that in order to establish constitutional protection (paraphrased with brackets around school district insertions): The parental interest must be religious in nature rather than philosophical or personal; the religious interest must be long-standing and sincerely held; [immunization] must pose a threat to the religious interests involved; and [the lack of immunization] should not seriously impair the childs future nor should it threaten the public [health] in any significant way.

(a) (b) (c) (d)

See attached Application to be Excused from Immunization (JHCBA-A & B)

Adopted: 9/8/87 Reviewed: 4/12/99

JHCD

Docume ntati on of Instruction from the School Nurse to Unlice nsed School Pe rsonnel

The undersigned non-nursing school personnel have been instructed in medication administration and have satisfactorily demonstrated the ability to carry out the identified health task. Both the school nurse and the unlicensed person agree that the task can be safely delegated and carried out by the unlicensed person designated below with periodic supervision at the discretion of the school nurse. FIRST: READ THE LABEL OF THE MEDICATION CONTAINER. THE MEDICATION MUST BE IN THE ORIGINAL CONTAINER FOR PROPE R INSTRUCTION. 5 Rights 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Right patient Right medication Right dose Right time Right route - by mouth, inhaler, eye drops, etc.

__________________________________ Signature of School Nurse __________________________________ Signature of Unlicensed Personnel Date of Instruction_________________

Reviewed: 12/20/99

JHCD

MEDICATIONS

The Fall Mountain Regional School District realizes that students may be required to take medication on a short term or long term basis while attending school. The District will provide a safe and consistent method, as outlined in Policy JHCDs Regulations and Guidelines, to follow a physicians order and assist students in this matter.

Adopted: 11/8/99

JHCD

REGULATIONS MEDICATIONS

Parents need to present to the school a written statement from the prescribing physician, detailing the method of taking the dosage and the time schedule to be observed. Also a written authorization from the parent or guardian of the pupil involved indicating the desire that the school assist the pupil in the matters set forth in the physicians statement. Both forms are available at the School Nurses office, and will readily be furnished to a parent on request. Local doctors will be given a supply of forms, but we will accept any form from the doctor containing the information stated above. Self medication by older students (High School) may have parent approval, in some instances, but such approval should be written and presented to the School Nurse. No non-prescription medication will be available to students or staff members by the school authorities. Physicians orders for long term medication should be renewed each school year.

Adopted: 12/8/75 Reviewed: 4/12/99

JHFA

SUPE RVISION OF PUPILS

The Board believes that the safety and well-being of children is a prime responsibility of the District. Supervision of all pupils at all times is a necessary adjunct to safety and well-being. It shall be the responsibility of the administration to insure that all pupils are under supervision from the time that they board a bus, or arrive on the school premises at a reasonable time before school begins until they leave the bus or depart from the school premises after the school day is completed.

Adopted: 3/10/80 Reviewed: 4/12/99

JHFAA

CHAPERONES FOR SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

The Fall Mountain Regional School Board believes that the safety and well-being of children, while participating in school sponsored activities, is the prime responsibility of the District. The School Board requires that the number of chaperones supports the safety and wellbeing of students and, therefore, should be a ratio more appropriate to the age level and activity. Final determination of (the number of) chaperones will be made by the building administration. Rules of behavior will be the same as for any school activity or event as outlined in the parent-student handbook.

Adopted: 2/13/78 Reviewed: 4/12/99 1st Reading: 4/23/01 2nd Reading and Adoption of Revision: 5/21/01

JHFAB

TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT AND UNIFIED ARTS SAFETY POLICY

The personal safety and health of each student is the primary concern of the Fall Mountain Regional School District. With that in mind, the instructors will give safe use instructions and safety tests related to each course. Students will be expected to know and follow the safety rules. Behavior that is detrimental to safety in the lab will not be tolerated. A student who fails to comply with the established safety rules will be removed from the program. Parents will be informed in writing about the particular hazards of each course. Each parent and student will be given a syllabus describing the course. In addition, it is strongly recommended that students who are enrolled in technology and/or unified arts courses have medical insurance coverage.

1st Reading: 3/21/01 2nd Reading and Adoption: 6/11/01

JHFD

STUDENT DRIVING

Students may drive motor vehicles to and from school with permission from the Administration and a valid parking permit. Failure to comply with reasonable rules and regulations regarding the use of motor vehicles will result in the revocation of the privilege of driving to and from school. It shall be the responsibility of the Administration to establish, implement, and disseminate information regarding student driving.

Adopted: 2/13/78 Revised: 8/23/99

JHFE

REGULATIONS REPORTING CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT Upon receiving information or becoming aware of suspected child abuse or neglect, a teacher or other school employee shall call the Division of Children and Youth Services and give the following information: 1. 2. 3. Name, address, age and sex of student; Name and address of parent or caretaker; Name and address of the person allegedly responsible for the abuse and neglect, if known; The name of siblings who may be in danger, if known; The nature and extent of injuries or description of neglect.

4. 5.

After having made a report to DCYS in accordance with RSA 169-C, the teacher or other school district employee shall notify the Principal of the school.

See attached reporting form and summary of NH Reporting Laws by David Wolowitz 1/96.

Adopted: 6/13/88 Reviewed: 4/12/99

JHFE

REPORTING CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT Because of their sustained contact with school age children, school employees are in an excellent position to identify abused or neglected children and to refer them for treatment and protection. An abused child is a child under the age of 18 who has been sexually molested or exploited, been psychologically injured so that said child exhibits symptoms of emotional problems generally recognized to result from consistent maltreatment or neglect, or been physically injured by other than accidental means. Neglect means the failure to provide necessary food, care, clothing, shelter or medical attention for a childs physical, mental and emotional health. To comply with the Child Protection Act (RSA 169-C, 1979), it is the policy of the Fall Mountain Regional School district that any teacher or other school employee who suspects that a childs physical or mental welfare may be adversely affected by abuse or neglect shall report that information to the Division of Children and Youth Services and to the Principal. It is not the responsibility of the school employee to prove that the child has been abused or neglected, or to determine whether the child is in need of protection. School personnel, who in good faith make a report of suspected child abuse or neglect, have immunity under the law from any liabilities, civil or criminal. The good faith of the reporter is presumed. Persons willfully failing to report child abuse or neglect may be guilty of a misdemeanor which, under New Hampshire law, can mean a sentence of up to a year in jail and a $1,000.00 fine. Under State Right to Know laws, parents maintain the right to access to information compiled in their childs school records. However, it is the schools right to withhold certain information which identifies either the person who made the report or those who cooperated in a subsequent investigation, if the school believes the release of this information would be detrimental to the safety and interest of the reporting person.
Adopted: 6/17/85 Revised: 6/13/88

JI STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES Student rights and responsibilities shall be published in the Student Handbook, and will be made available in another language or presented orally upon request.

Legal Reference: RSA 189:15, Regulations NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 306.04(a)(3), Policy Development, Discipline NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 306.04(f)(4), Student Discipline NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 317.04(b), Disciplinary Procedures FMRSD 1st Reading: 3/10/08

JI STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES Student rights and responsibilities shall be published in the Student Handbook, and will be made available in another language or presented orally upon request.

Legal Reference: RSA 189:15, Regulations NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 306.04(a)(3), Policy Development, Discipline NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 306.04(f)(4), Student Discipline NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 317.04(b), Disciplinary Procedures

FMRSD Adopted: 4/14/2008

JIC

STUDENT CONDUCT

All student behavior in the Fall Mountain Regional School District will be based on respect and consideration for the rights of others. Rules and regulations to which pupils are subject will be published annually at the beginning of school and will be concerned with speech or action which may disrupt the work of the school or interfere with the rights of others. Pupils will be expected to behave in a manner appropriate to good citizenship and public responsibility.

FMRSD Adopted: 2/13/78 Reviewed: 12/07

JICA STUDENT DRESS CODE Students are expected to adhere to standards of cleanliness and dress that are compatible with the requirement of a good school environment. Those standards generally acceptable to the community as appropriate in a formal school setting ordinarily will be the reference criteria. A students appearance or mode of dress or cleanliness will not be permitted to cause a substantial or material disruption or substantial disturbance to the educational process or constitute a threat to health or safety. When, in the judgment of a Principal, a students appearance or mode of dress disrupts the educational process, or constitutes a threat to health or safety, the student may be required to make modifications. Parental judgment will also be relied on to support this policy. Parents will be notified as to the nature of code violations and remedies will be identified. In partial attainment of the foregoing, the following exceptions or guidelines will be the standards of criteria: 1. The Principal and/or designee has the absolute authority to determine what clothing is acceptable. Student and teacher concerns should be directed to the Principal. 2. Cleanliness -- clothing and grooming must be such that they do not constitute a health or safety hazard. 3. Clothing -- clothing must be adequate in ensuring a decent appearance. 4. Educational distraction -- grooming and dress must not be so unusual or bizarre as to constitute a distraction or to interfere with the educational opportunity of the other students.

Adopted: 8/29/94 Revised: 9/22/97, 2/16/98, 2/25/2008

JICC

STUDENT CONDUCT ON BUSES

The Fall Mountain Regional School District recognizes that a school bus is an extension of the classroom, and that students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with established standards for behavior and courtesy. Cases of improper conduct on buses will be brought to the attention of the Principal of the offending students school and the Transportation Director, who shall be designated as the Superintendents designee in accordance with RSA 189:9-a. It shall be the responsibility of each building Principal in conjunction with the Transportation Director to prepare and disseminate information regarding rules of conduct on buses to all students and parents/guardians in the Principals school/attendance area.

It shall be the policy of the Fall Mountain Regional School Board to employ audio/video surveillance on school buses in accordance with Policy ECAF. The Superintendent shall develop procedures as necessary for the implementation of this policy.

Legal Reference: RSA 189:6-1, School Bus Safety RSA 189:9-a, Pupils Prohibited for Disciplinary Reasons
FMRSD Adopted: 11/22/04 (Replaced Policy EEACC/JFCC adopted 8/24/92) Reviewed: 12/07 Adopted: 5/9/2011

JICD STUDENT DISCIPLINE AND DUE PROCESS

Discipline Statement: The Fall Mountain school community believes a safe, orderly, positive environment is essential for learning and fostering personal and social responsibility. The Fall * * * * Mountain school community supports a discipline process which is: proactive consistent clearly defined fair

The Fall Mountain school community will model responsible behavior, respectful of self and others. Due Process: It shall be the duty of principals and teachers to enforce the rules and regulations as established and published under New Hampshire statutes. Control of pupil conduct shall be such that procedures used will advance the purpose of education and be consistent with State Law, Chapter 355, RSA 193:13 and RSA 193-D, the Gun-Free Schools Act of 1994, and State Department of Education directives of August 30, 1994, December 16, 1994, and February 22, 1995. All students in violation of the GunFree School Act will be referred to the criminal justice or juvenile delinquency system in New Hampshire.
Le gal Re ference: RSA 193:13, Suspension & Expulsion of Pupils NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 317.04(b), Disciplinary Procedures NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 306.04(a)(3), Student Discipline NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 306.06, Culture & Climate

FMRSD Adopted: 2/13/78 Revised: 8/31/94, 9/26/95, 10/25/99 Reviewed: 12/07

JICDD STUDENT DISCIPLINE/OUT-OF-SCHOOL ACTIONS The Board recognizes that out-of-school and off-campus student conduct is not normally the concern of the Board. However, the Board also recognizes that some out-of-school and offcampus conduct may have an adverse effect upon the school, school property, or school staff. Therefore, it shall be the policy of this Board that the Board or school administrators may impose disciplinary measures against students for some out-of-school or off-campus conduct. Discipline may be imposed on a case-by-case basis if, in Principal's opinion, such out-of-school conduct causes a substantial disruption with the school's educational mission, purpose, or objectives. Any off-campus or out-of-school behavior that has a strong potential to disrupt normal school operations may also be met with appropriate disciplinary actions by the Board or school administrators. Out-of-school and off-campus student conduct that may subject a student to discipline includes, but is not limited to: 1. Damaging school property; 2. Violence at or near the school's bus stop; 3. Drinking alcohol, using tobacco products, or using illegal drugs at or near the school bus stop; 4. Damaging the private property of school staff or employees; or 5. Any other activity the Board or administration determines impedes the general welfare of scholastic activities. Cyber-Bullying and Internet Threats Reports and/or allegations of cyberbullying will be addressed in accordance with the provisions of Board policy JICK.

FMRSB To Policy Committee 10/12/2010 1st Reading 10/25/2010 Returned to PC for revisions 11/5/2010 1st Reading 11/8/2010 2nd Reading and Adoption: 11/22/2010

JICFA HAZING It is the policy of the District that no student or employee of the District shall participate in or be a member of any secret fraternity or secret organization that is in any degree related to the school or to a school activity. No student organization or any person associated with any organization sanctioned by the Board of Education shall engage or participate in hazing. For the purposes of this policy, hazing is defined as an activity which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of initiation or admission into or affiliation with any organization sanctioned or authorized by the Board of Education. "Endanger the physical health" shall include, but is not limited to, any brutality of a physical nature, such as whipping; beating; branding; forced calisthenics; exposure to the elements; forced consumption of any food, alcoholic beverage, drug or controlled dangerous substance; or any forced physical activity which could adversely affect the physical health or safety of the individual. "Endanger the mental health" shall include any activity, except those activities authorized by law, which would subject the individual to extreme mental stress, such as prolonged sleep deprivation, forced prolonged exclusion from social contact which could result in extreme embarrassment, or any other forced activity which could adversely affect the mental health or dignity of the individual. Any hazing activity, upon which the initiation or admission into or affiliation with an organization sanctioned or authorized by the Board of Education is conditioned, directly or indirectly, shall be presumed to be a forced activity, even if the student willingly participates in such activity. This policy is not intended to deprive School District authorities from taking necessary and appropriate disciplinary action toward any student or employee. Students or employees who violate this policy will be subject to disciplinary action which may include expulsion for students and employment termination for employees. This policy will be referenced in student and faculty handbooks.

Legal Reference: RSA 631:7, Student Hazing New Hampshire Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed 306.04(a)(7), Student Hazing FMRSD Adopted: 4/14/2008

JICG TOBACCO PRODUCTS BAN USE OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS STRICTLY PROHIBITED IN/ON ALL SCHOOL FACILITIES AND/OR GROUNDS No person shall use any tobacco product in any facility maintained by the school district, nor on any of the grounds of the District, including field trips, away competitions and school buses. Tobacco products means cigarettes, cigars, snuff, smokeless tobacco, smokeless cigarettes, products containing tobacco, and tobacco in any other form. Facility is any enclosed place or portion of such place which is supported by public funds and which is used for the instruction of students enrolled in preschool programs and in all grades maintained by the District. This definition shall include all administrative buildings and offices and areas within facilities supportive of instruction and subject to educational administration including, but not limited to, lounge areas, passageways, rest rooms, laboratories, study areas, cafeterias, gymnasiums, maintenance rooms, and storage areas. Signs shall be placed by the District in all buildings, facilities and school vehicles stating that the use of tobacco products is prohibited. It is the responsibility of the building principal(s), or designee, to initially enforce this policy by requesting that any person who is violating this policy to immediately cease the use of tobacco products. After this request is made, if any refuses to refrain from using tobacco products in violation of this policy, the principal or designee may call the local police who shall then be responsible for all enforcement proceedings and applicable fines and penalties.

Pupils: It is against the law for any person under 18 years of age to purchase, attempt to purchase, possess, or use any tobacco product. Therefore, no pupil under 18 years of age shall purchase, attempt to purchase, possess or use any tobacco product on/in any facilities and/or grounds maintained by the District. Any pupil who is 18 years of age or older shall be subject to the prohibitions as listed above. Employees: No employee shall use any tobacco product in any facility maintained by the school district, nor on any grounds of the District.

JICH DRUG AND ALCOHOL USE BY STUDENTS The School Board is concerned with the health, welfare and safety of its students. Therefore, the use, sale, transfer, distribution, possession or being under the influence of unauthorized prescription drugs, alcohol, narcotics, unauthorized inhalants, controlled substances, illegal drugs is prohibited on any school district property, in any districtowned vehicle, or in any other district-approved vehicle used to transport students to and from school or district activities. This prohibition also applies to any district-sponsored or district-approved activity, event or function. The use, sale, transfer or possession of drug-related paraphernalia is also prohibited. For the purposes of this policy, a controlled substance shall include any controlled substance as defined in the Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. 812(c), or RSA 318B, Controlled Drug Act. Students may only be in possession of medication as detailed in Board Policy JLCD. Searches of persons reasonably suspected to be in violation of this policy will be conducted in accordance with Board 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, expulsion or other discipline in accordance with the district's disciplinary policy. Strict compliance is mandatory. The school principal shall immediately report all incidents involving a controlled substance to the appropriate local law enforcement agency and the superintendent. All controlled substances shall be turned over to local law enforcement. Students with disabilities who violate this policy will be disciplined in accordance with the student's Individual Education Program (IEP.)

Legal References: 21 U.S.C. 812(c), Controlled Substances Act RSA 318-C, Controlled Drug Act RSA 571-C:2, Intoxicating Beverages at Interscholastic Athletic Contests

FMRSD Adopted: 7/13/87 Revised: 5/26/98, 2/25/2008

JICHB STUDENT DRUG ABUSE

Legal Drugs: Drugs which a student has on prescription and carries onto school property for ingestion as prescribed by a doctor, will be kept in the nurses or principals office. Illegal Drugs: Use, possession or sale of illegal drugs, in any form, is prohibited. If a student appears to be under the influence of a substance, parents will be notified by school authorities to remove him/her to his/her home or to medical facilities. In severe or emergency cases, the principal will take appropriate action. Parents will be notified of this action and be responsible for expenses. Upon reasonable evidence of use, possession or sale of drugs by any student on School District property, appropriate disciplinary action shall be taken. A conference among the parents, student and principal should be held as soon as possible. Any student convicted in court for illegally selling drugs on or off campus to students or employees of Fall Mountain Regional School District may be suspended from school pending School Board action.

FMRSD Adopted: 12/8/86 Reviewed: 12/07

JICI WEAPONS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY Weapons are not permitted on school property, in school vehicles or at school-sponsored activities. This policy applies to students and members of the public alike. Student violations of this policy will result in both school disciplinary action and notification of local law enforcement authorities. Members of the public who violate this policy will be reported to local law enforcement authorities. 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, swords, canes, pistol canes, black jacks, daggers, dirk knives, explosives, incendiaries, martial arts weapons or self-defense weapons (as defined by RSA 159:24 and RSA 159:20 respectively), or any other object or substance which, in the manner it is used or threatened to be used, is known to be capable of producing death or bodily injury. In addition, any student who is determined to have brought a firearm (as defined by 18 U.S.C. 921) to school will be expelled for not less than one year (365 days). This expulsion may be modified by the Superintendent upon review of the specific case in accordance with other applicable law. Weapons under control of law enforcement personnel are permitted. All Students will receive written notice of this policy at least once each year.

Legal Reference: 18 U.S.C. 921 et seq. 20 U.S.C. 7151, Gun-Free Schools Act RSA 193-D, Safe School Zones RSA 193:13, Suspension and Expulsion of Students NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 317, Standards and procedures for suspension and expulsion of pupils including procedures assuring due process NCLB 20 U.S.C.A. 7139 et seq FMRSD Adopted: 10/9/95 Revised: 1/2/06, 11/27/06, 2/25/2008

JICK BULLYING Bullying among children is commonly defined as intentional, repeated hurtful acts, words or other behavior, such as name calling, threatening and/or shunning, committed by one or more children against another. These negative acts are not intentionally provoked by the victims, and for such acts to be defined as bullying an imbalance of real or perceived power must exist between the bully and the victim. Bullying may be physical, verbal, emotional or sexual in nature. The following may constitute bullying behavior, if intentional, repeated, and not intentionally provoked by the recipient, and if there is a real or perceived imbalance of power between the bully and the recipient: Physical bullying: can include punching, poking, strangling, hair pulling, beating, biting and excessive tickling Verbal bullying: can include such acts as hurtful name-calling, teasing and gossip Emotional bullying: may include rejecting, terrorizing, extorting, defaming, humiliating, blackmailing, rating/ranking of personal characteristics such as race, disability, ethnicity, or perceived sexual orientation, manipulating friendships, isolating, ostracizing and peer pressure. Sexual bullying: may include many of the actions listed above as well as exhibitionism, voyeurism, sexual propositioning, sexual harassment and abuse involving actual physical contact and sexual assault

Legal References: ED 203.01 (b), State of New Hampshire, Department of Education, Prohibiting Sexual Harassment, May 16, 1984. EEOC, 29 CRF, 1604.11, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Guidelines on Discrimination Because of Sex, November 10, 1980. Title VII, Sec. 703, Definitions of Harassment, Anti Discrimination Laws: 1096 Civil Rights Act. Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments, U.S. Department of Education, Working Definition of Prohibited Sexual Harassment, August 31, 1982. Hum 402.02, Sexual Harassment, N.H. Commission for Human Rights, April 15, 1983. RSA 193-F, Pupil Safety and Violence Prevention

Adopted: 3/20/89 Reviewed: 12/07

JICK PUPIL SAFETY AND VIOLENCE PREVENTION Bullying I. Definitions (RSA 193-F:3) 1. Bullying. Bullying is hereby 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 pupils property; (2) Causes emotional distress to a pupil; (3) Interferes with a pupils 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 pupils actual or perceived personal characteristics, behaviors, or beliefs, or motivated by the pupils association with another person and based on the other persons characteristics, behaviors, or beliefs. 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 cyberbullying. 3. Electronic devices. Electronic devices include, but are not limited to, telephones, cellular phones, computers, pagers, electronic mail, instant messaging, text 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. II. Statement Prohibiting Bullying or Cyberbullying of a Pupil (RSA 193-F:4, II(a)) The 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 hereby prohibited. Further, in accordance with RSA 193-F:4, the District reserves the right to address bullying and, if necessary, impose discipline for bullying that: (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 of school property or outside of a school-sponsored activity or event, if the conduct interferes with a pupils educational opportunities or substantially disrupts the orderly operations of the school or school-sponsored activity or event. The Superintendent of Schools is responsible for ensuring that this policy is implemented.

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PREGNANT STUDENTS

A pregnant student shall be encouraged to remain in school and to receive any services which are a part of the regular educational program of the school district as long as her physical and emotional condition permits. The Board may require a physicians statement of activity limitations.

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Adopted: 4/10/72 Revised: 8/23/99, 2/25/2008

JIH STUDENT SEARCHES AND THEIR PROPERTY The superintendent, principal, teacher, or security personnel of the school (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 or authorized by the school under the following conditions: A reasonable suspicion that the student may have on their person or in their property, alcohol, dangerous weapons, or controlled substances as defined by law. A reasonable suspicion that the student may have stolen property.

School lockers and school desks are the property of the school, not the student. 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. Lockers, desks, and other storage areas, or compartments may be subjected to searches at any time with or without reasonable suspicion. Students are not to use any school area or property to contain any thing that should not be at school. Students shall not exchange lockers or desks or use any lockers or desks other than those assigned to them by the principal. A shared locker or storage area implies shared responsibility. Authorized personnel may search a student whenever the student consents to such a search. However, consent obtained through threats or coercion is not considered to be freely and voluntarily given. Authorized personnel conducting a search shall have authority to detain the student or students and to preserve any contraband seized. Any searches of students as outlined herein will be conducted by the authorized person who is the same sex as the person being searched. Strip searches are forbidden. No clothing except cold weather outer garments will be removed before or during a search. Authorized personnel are permitted to arrange for the use of trained canines to aid in the search process. Items that may be seized during a lawful search - in addition to those mentioned in paragraph 1 above - shall include, but not be limited to, any item, object, instrument, or material commonly recognized as unlawful or prohibited. For example: prescription or non-prescription medicines, switchblade, knives, brass knuckles, billy clubs, and pornographic literature are commonly recognizable as unlawful or prohibited items. Such items, or any other items which may pose a threat to a student, the student body, or other school personnel, shall be seized, identified as to ownership if possible, and held for release to proper authority.

Legal Reference: NH Constitution, Pt.1, Art.19 State v. Drake, 139 NH 662 (1995) State v. Tinkham, 143 NH 73 (1998) FMRSD Adopted: 12/9/80, 1/12/81 Revised: 8/23/99, 2/25/2008

JIMA

INTERVIEW AND REMOVAL OF STUDE NTS BY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS

It is the intent of the schools to cooperate with law enforcement agencies for the welfare of all citizens. At the same time, schools have responsibilities to parents for the protection of the students rights while they are in the care of the school.

FMRSD Adopted: 4/27/98 Reviewed: 12/07

JJ AB STU DE NT CLU BS AN D AC TI VITIES LIMI TE D O PEN FO RU M The Equal Access Act requires that public schools grant equal access to student groups who wish to meet for religious, political, or philosophical purposes, if the school allows other types of noncurriculum related student groups to meet. The law establishes the limited open forum be held during the lunch hour or as determined by the school principal to ensure equal access to student groups wishing to meet. The principal may approve student groups use of facilities to conduct a meeting during the open forum provided that - The meeting will take place during the forum. The forum is defined as the lunch time or noninstructional time as determined by the principal. The meeting is voluntary and student initiated. The principal must be assured that students are the ones promoting such activities and that they are participating of their own volition. Only students enrolled in the school may request the meetings. School authorities or district employees do not promote, lead or participate in such meetings. Principals may assign personnel to supervise these meetings. This action does not constitute sponsorship by the District of such meetings. The presence of school authorities or district employees or district personnel at any student religious meeting is non-participatory in nature. The presence of school authorities is for the purpose of observation only. The meeting does not in any way interfere with the conduct of regular instructional activities of the schools. Since the education of the student is the prime responsibility of the school, any other activities are secondary. The school may deny facilities to students on the basis that such activities or meetings interfere with the instructional program and/or when space and/or staff are not available. Student meetings are not controlled, conducted or directed by person or groups not affiliated with the schools. Such persons may attend student meetings but as visitors to the school, they must be approved by the principal and clearance obtained prior to the meeting. The meeting is open to all students without discrimination.

Le gal Re ference s: Federal Equal Access Act, 20USCS 4071 et. seq.
FMRSD Adopted: 11/13/95 Reviewed: 3/29/99, 12/07

JJE Student Fundraising Activities Fund raising in the Fall Mountain Regional School District shall serve to provide goods and services that supplement the educational, curricular, and extra-curricular objectives of the school. All fundraising money must be deposited in the School Activity Accounts which shall be maintained according to standards and procedures established by the Superintendent or his/her designee. Principals are responsible for compliance with the following policies: A) Student Participation 1) Student participation will be voluntary. 2) No grade in course or subject will be affected by a students participation or nonparticipation in a fundraising activity. 3) Students who do not participate in fundraising activities shall not be penalized or discriminated against. Rewards for participation will not be considered discriminatory. B) Limitations 1) Each fundraising activity must be documented and approved by the school principal. Ideally, fundraisers should be planned and submitted for approval at the beginning of the school year; however, additional requests may be submitted during the school year. Such requests shall be submitted at least 30 days prior to the event. The following information is required: Description and purpose of the fund raiser Amount needed Present balance in account(s) Student involvement Beginning & ending dates Margin of profit & how paid to school 2) Monies raised should be expended in ways to benefit the student body that raised the funds. 3) Salaries, staff development, and in-service activities are not allowable expenditures from student body fund raising activities. C) Cooperative Activities 1) All cooperative fund raising activities by school support groups must be approved by the Principal. A written agreement between the support group and school must identify profit shares and responsibilities. 2) All use of building and school facilities by outside groups must follow district policy.

FMRSD Adopted: 4/28/2008

JJF STUDENT ACTIVITY FUNDS The board shall authorize the establishment of student activity accounts for the operation and maintenance of student activities. Student activities are defined as authorized clubs, class organizations, and other related activities which organize to raise money and/or promote a particular program, project, or subject area. Parent groups such as a booster or PTG are excluded from this distinction. Since student activity funds are considered school district funds, it is necessary that they be accounted for in a manner consistent with other funds of the school district. Therefore, the policy of the board shall be that the Business Administrator or designee shall establish procedures for the creation, operation, and closing of student activity accounts. Additionally, student activity accounts are subject to auditing at any time by the Business Administrator or his/her designee. The School Principal shall be responsible for the proper administration of their student activities funds. All monies collected shall be deposited to the student activities account at a local bank. All payments made from the student activities account shall have the approval of the Principal or his/her designee, in writing. Monies raised by student organizations or class activities must be expended for the benefit of students.

FMRSD Adopted: 9/76 Revised: 3/80, 6/14/82, 12/8/86, 9/27/99, 4/28/08

JJG CONTESTS (NON-SCHOOL)

No contests will be held in district schools involving school time, unless they are school sponsored. With the administrations approval, a school may co-sponsor a non-school contest. This will involve nothing more than the passing out of necessary information and collecting finished projects. No work shall be done during regular school hours.

FMRSD Adopted: 8/1/66 Reviewed: 12/07

JJI CO-CURRICULAR ATHLETIC CODE Students are asked to make a true commitment to the meaning of team. The administration in the Fall Mountain School District has high expectations which include rules to keep order and ensure that our students take proper care of their minds, bodies and attitudes. These regulations are to be adhered to and will be enforced fairly to all students participating in athletic events. We commend you for deciding to become involved in athletics in the Fall Mountain Regional School District. As student-athletes you are expected to be a positive representative for your school. It is the philosophy of the Fall Mountain Regional School District Athletic Council to ensure that students participating in interscholastic sports receive a rewarding and competitive experience, become knowledgeable and competent in the fundamentals of the particular sport, display good sportsmanship, and conduct themselves as representatives of the Fall Mountain Regional School District. The emphasis of the athletic programs shall be on teaching a progression of skills and participation, which does not necessarily include game time. Though participation is important at this level, it should be noted that game time will be based on attitude and skill performance as determined by the coach. Depending on numbers of participants and equipment availability, coaches may have to limit roster sizes. All students participating in athletics must have medical and dental insurance. Students not presently insured can obtain coverage by purchasing the school accident insurance policy offered through the district by an independent insurance company. Without mandatory medical and dental insurance, a student will be ineligible to participate in co-curricular athletics.

FMRSD Adopted 10/13/03 Reviewed: 12/07

JJIB INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETICS

The Board will offer interscholastic athletics subject to budgetary considerations. The purpose of interscholastic athletics is both educational and recreational. The athletic program should encourage participation by as many students as reasonably possible and should be carried on with the best interests of the participants as the first consideration. This should be done in conjunction with the academic program. Participation in interscholastic athletics at the middle and high school levels is subject to the rules adopted by the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association and other rules adopted by the Superintendent and the Principal.

FMRSD Adopted: 1/8/79 Revised: 3/24/2008

JJIC ELIGIBILITY FOR SCHOOL ATHLETICS

The School Board encourages all students to achieve to their fullest academic potential. While school athletics provide an opportunity for students to develop other skills and knowledge outside the classroom, the School Board expects students to study and learn to the best of their ability in the classroom and in other instructional environments. The Board, therefore, hereby establishes academic standards that will guide students by directly influencing their eligibility to participate in designated school athletics. High school students will be required to meet academic standards established by this policy for participation in school athletics. Eligibility requirements are as follows: 1. All student-athletes are required to have medical and dental insurance. 2. All student-athletes are required to maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average (GPA.) 3. Eligibility for each marking period is determined by grades received in the previous grading period. Semester and/or yearly grades have no effect on eligibility. 4. Students who lose their academic eligibility while participating in an athletic activity in which the season extends beyond the semester will not be allowed to continue participating. Students participating in athletic activities who do not meet academic requirements will lose eligibility at the time that the report card is issued. 5. Transfer students' academic eligibility for participation in an athletic activity will be determined initially by their incoming GPA. These eligibility criteria will apply through and include the student's first semester of attendance in the school district. Transfer students whose incoming GPA does not meet the academic requirements will be denied academic eligibility during their first semester in the school district. After their first semester as a student in the school district, the GPA requirements in item No. 1 shall apply. 6. Middle School Athletic academic eligibility: The student will be placed on PROBATION if he/she receives two (2) Ds The student will be declared INELIGIBLE if he/she receives three (3) or more Ds The student will be ineligible is he/she receives one (1) F

7. High School academic eligibility: A student who fails one class in a quarter will be placed on "PROBATION." A student place on probation will be ineligible for participation in games for three calendar weeks from the day grades closed. Students will be able to practice and scrimmage during the period but will be unable to participate in any regular season games. At the end of this three-week period the coach and/or Athletic Director will check the grades of all the students classes. If they are passing all subjects, they will be off probation. If they are failing one or more classes at the time grades are checked they will be declared ineligible for the remainder of the quarter. * Note: Incoming 9th graders eligibility will be determined by the 8th grade eligibility rules. The Superintendent or his/her designee to monitor the academic performance of student-athletes will evaluate the eligibility process annually.

RESTRAINTS A. Introduction The Fall Mountain School District authorizes staff members to use physical restraints in limited situations. Physical restraint may be used only under the following conditions: 1. Physical action of a student creates a substantial risk of harm to self or others and; 2. After all other positive interventions (see Appendix A).

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Physical restraint is appropriate only when a student is displaying physical behavior that presents substantial risk to the student or others, and considered when, in the opinion of the supervising adult, the threat is imminent. The use of physical intervention should not exceed that necessary to avoid injury. The degree of physical restriction employed must be in proportion to the circumstances of the incident and the potential consequences. The purpose of the restraint should be to assist the student to regain rational thought and/or emotional stability. It should last only as long as is necessary to accomplish this. Trained persons, authorized by the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, Special Education Administrator, Principal, Director, or his/her designee, should only carry out restraint. Untrained staff are limited to physically intervening by using the minimal amount of physical contact with the student to protect the student and ensure the safety of others until trained staff is available. Untrained staff should request assistance from trained staff as soon as possible. B. Definitions 1. Physical restraint (see JKA-R): occurs whenever a staff member physically restricts a child's movement against his or her will. Physical restraint is a temporary measure to be used only when necessary to facilitate care, welfare, safety, and security for all. 2. Substantial risk: is the serious, imminent threat of bodily harm where there is the ability to enact such harm. Substantial risk shall exist only if all other less restrictive alternatives to diffuse the situation have been exhausted and have failed, or the level of risk prohibits exhausting other means. 3. Trained Staff are those individuals who successfully complete and stay current in a training program that results in the acquisition of skills in preventing restraints, evaluating risk of harm in an individual situation, use of approved techniques, and monitoring the effect of the restraint. 4. District/facility shall mean the Fall Mountain Regional School District. 5. Parent shall mean the students parent, legal guardian, surrogate parent or student over the age of 18. C. Training The Fall Mountain Regional School District shall ensure all appropriate personnel are trained in the use of physical restraint procedures. Efforts will be made to apply physical restraint only by individuals who have received training in the district-approved program and have remained current in its use. The Fall Mountain Regional District will notify all new personnel working in programs where the use of restraint is "anticipated" of the Use of Physical Restraint Policy and Procedures. The FMRSD will also require that new personnel will participate in the approved training program within a reasonable period. Staff will receive on-going training to maintain the requirements of the training program chosen by the District.

JKAA

CORPORAL PUNISHMENT

Corporal punishment, defined as inflicting physical hurt upon a child in order to punish him/her for misconduct, shall not be permitted. Reasonable restraining force may be used when it is essential for self defense, the preservation of order, or for the protection of the student, other persons, or public property.

Legal Reference: RSA 627:6, 11, Physical Force by Persons with Special Responsibilities FMRSB Policy JKA: Restraints

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STUDENT SUSPENSION Student suspension is an act of last resort to deter repeated acts of undesirable behavior or acts of gross misconduct. The suspension of a student must comply with statutory requirements set forth in RSA 193:13 and provide the student with minimum due process prior to a suspension of ten days or less. The full requirements of procedural due process must be followed prior to a suspension for more than ten days. The Superintendent of Schools may empower a principal to suspend a student for ten days or less. The suspension of a student for more than ten days must be authorized by the Superintendent of Schools. Gross misconduct as hereby defined falls within two categories: 1. 2. A student whose presence poses a continuing danger to persons or property, or A student who presents an ongoing threat to disrupting the academic process.

Principals will be responsible for establishing, implementing and disseminating information with respect to procedures for the provision of minimum due process and the full requirements of procedural process.

Le gal Re ference s: RSA 193:13, Suspension and Expulsion of Students NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed 204, Minimum Requirements for Due Process by the Local School Board

FMRSD Adopted: 4/11/77 Revised: 2/25/2008

JLC STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES The Board may appoint a school nurse to function in the school health program. A school nurse shall be a registered professional nurse licensed in New Hampshire. The Board may employ or contract with a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or a Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA) to work under the direct supervision of the school Registered Nurse (RN). Responsibilities of the school nurse include, but are not limited to, providing direct health care to students and staff; providing leadership for the provision of health services; promoting a healthy school environment; promoting health; serving in a leadership role for health policies and programs; and serving as a liaison between school personnel, family, community, and health care providers. All injuries or illnesses occurring during the school day are to be reported to the school nurse or the building principal. The school nurse, principal or designee will notify parents before a student who is injured or ill is permitted to go home. Students will not be allowed to leave school without first notifying either the school nurse or principal of his/her injury or illness. Additionally, parental notification and authorization is necessary before any student will be released from school due to injury or illness. Any pupil who is required to take prescribed medication during the school day will do so consistent with the provisions of Department of Education Rule 311.02. Clarification of these provisions are in Board Policy JLCD and Appendix JLCD-R. All injuries occurring during the school day are to be reported to the school nurse or the building principal. Students attending school during the extended day, night, or summer school, or any other time when the school nurse is not in the building, are to report to the supervising adult. In addition to the provisions of this policy, the school nurse is responsible for the oversight of other school services, including but not limited to, assessing and responding to student health needs, maintaining accurate health records, screening for vision, hearing and BMI according to national recommendations, participating on 504 and IEP teams (if requested), health promotion, disease and injury prevention initiatives, student wellness, and other responsibilities and services as dictated by law or Board policy.
Legal References: RSA 200:27, School Health Services RSA 200:29, School Nurse RSA 200:31, School Health Personnel RSA 326-B, Nurse Practice Act NH Code of Administrative Rules, Sec. Ed. 311, School Health Services FMRSD Adopted: 4/14/2008

JLC-R HEAD LICE The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services Fact Sheet on Head Lice, dated October 2001 is currently followed. Students with head lice are immediately sent home for treatment. Siblings and any known close contacts of the infected student are checked for lice. Parents/guardians are given treatment instruction sheets and the information contained in them is reviewed. Parents/guardians are asked to check al family members and provide treatment when head lice are found to be present. Students returning to school after treatment will be checked for the presence of live head lice. If found, the student will be sent home for further treatment. If no live head lice are found, the student may return to class. Classroom teachers are asked to send any suspected cases of head lice to the nurses office for a head inspection.

JLCD ADMINISTERING MEDICATIONS TO STUDENTS The Superintendent shall be responsible for establishing specific procedures to control medications administered in schools. Such procedures are found in Appendix JLCD-R. Prescribed medication should not be taken during the school day, if at all possible. Medication is to be administered by the school nurse, principal or other designee. Medication will be administered in school only after receiving and filing in the student's health record the following: 1. A written statement from the licensed prescriber detailing the method of taking the medication, dosage, and the time schedule of the medication. 2. A written authorization from the parent/guardian indicating the desire that the school assist the student in taking the prescribed medication. All medication should be delivered to appropriate school personnel by the parent/guardian. All prescription medication must be delivered and contained in its original pharmacy container. The school nurse is directed to keep such medications in a locked cabinet or refrigerator. No more than a 30-day supply will be kept and maintained by the school. The school nurse will contact the parent/guardian regarding any unused medication. Such medication shall be picked up by parent/guardian within ten days after it's use is discontinued. If the parent/guardian does not pick up the medication within ten days, the school nurse may dispose of the unused medication and record as such in the student's health record file. The school nurse is responsible for keeping accurate records regarding the administration of medication to students. Students may possess and self-administer an epinephrine auto-injector if the student suffers from potentially life-threatening allergies. Both the student's parent/guardian and physician must authorize such self-possession and self-administration. If a student finds it necessary to use his/her auto-injector, s/he shall immediately report to nearest supervising adult. The school nurse or building principal may maintain at least one epinephrine auto-injector, provided by the student, in the nurse's office or other suitable location. Additionally, students may possess and self-administer a metered dose inhaler or a dry powder inhaler to alleviate or prevent asthmatic symptoms, auto-injectors for severe allergic reactions, and other injectable medications necessary to treat lifethreatening allergies. Both the student's parent/guardian and physician must authorize such self-possession and self-administration. Students shall not share any prescription or over-the counter medication with another student. Notice of this prohibition will be provided in student handbooks. Students acting in violation of this prohibition will be subject to discipline consistent with applicable Board policies.

JLCD ADMINISTERING MEDICATIONS TO STUDENTS The Superintendent shall be responsible for establishing specific procedures to control medications administered in schools. Such procedures are found in Appendix JLCD-R. Prescribed medication should not be taken during the school day, if at all possible. Medication is to be administered by the school nurse, principal or other designee. Medication will be administered in school only after receiving and filing in the student's health record the following: 1. A written statement from the licensed prescriber detailing the method of taking the medication, dosage, and the time schedule of the medication. 2. A written authorization from the parent/guardian indicating the desire that the school assist the student in taking the prescribed medication. All medication should be delivered to appropriate school personnel by the parent/guardian. All prescription and non-prescription medication must be delivered and contained in its original pharmacy container. The school nurse is directed to keep such medications in a locked cabinet or refrigerator. No more than a 30-day supply will be kept and maintained by the school. The school nurse will contact the parent/guardian regarding any unused medication. Such medication shall be picked up by parent/guardian within ten days after its use is discontinued. If the parent/guardian does not pick up the medication within ten days, the school nurse may dispose of the unused medication and record as such in the student's health record file. The school nurse is responsible for keeping accurate records regarding the administration of medication to students. Students may possess and self-administer an epinephrine auto-injector if the student suffers from potentially life-threatening allergies. Both the student's parent/guardian and physician must authorize such self-possession and self-administration. If a student finds it necessary to use his/her auto-injector, s/he shall immediately report to nearest supervising adult. The school nurse or building principal may maintain at least one epinephrine auto-injector, provided by the student, in the nurse's office or other suitable location. Additionally, students may possess and self-administer a metered dose inhaler or a dry powder inhaler to alleviate or prevent asthmatic symptoms, auto-injectors for severe allergic reactions, and other injectable medications necessary to treat lifethreatening allergies. Both the student's parent/guardian and physician must authorize such self-possession and self-administration. Students shall not share any prescription or over-the counter medication with another student. Notice of this prohibition will be provided in student handbooks. Students acting in violation of this prohibition will be subject to discipline consistent with applicable Board policies.

JLCF WELLNESS The Board recognizes the importance of proper nutrition and developmentally appropriate physical activity as ways of promoting healthy lifestyles, minimizing childhood obesity, and preventing other diet-related chronic diseases. The Board also recognizes that health and student success are inter-related. It is, therefore, the goal of the Board that the entire learning environment be aligned to positively influence a student's understanding, beliefs, and habits as they relate to good nutrition and physical activity. A District-wide wellness advisory committee will be established with the purpose of assessing the nutrition and physical activity environment throughout the district and making recommendations to the Board for a comprehensive wellness program. The committee will consist of representation from parents, students, the school's food service program, the School Board, administration, and the public. Program implementation will be monitored and progress evaluated, with an annual report to the Board. As part of the program, students will be given opportunities to gain the knowledge, skills, behavior, and motivation needed to be physically active for life through daily activity offerings such as recess periods, physical education classes, walking programs, the integration of physical activity into the academic curriculum, and after-school programs including intramurals, interscholastic athletics, and physical activity clubs. The Board directs the building principals to encourage student physical activity on a daily basis. All foods available on school grounds and at school-sponsored activities will meet or exceed the district's nutrition standards. In no circumstances will such offerings be less restrictive than the regulations and guidance issued by the US Secretary of Agriculture as applicable to schools. Foods should be served with consideration toward variety, appeal, taste, safety, and packaging to ensure that students will participate in consuming high quality meals. These nutrition guidelines apply to the school lunch and breakfast program, foods and beverages sold in vending machines, snack bars, school stores, concession stands, at parties/celebrations/meetings during the school day, and as part of fundraising activities. The Board directs the Superintendent to develop procedures to implement this policy based on the recommendations of the wellness advisory committee and in compliance with national and statewide nutritional guidelines for healthy living.
Legal References: RSA 189:11-a, Food and Nutrition Programs Section 204 of Public Law 108-265, Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 303.01 (g), Substantive Duties of School Boards NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 306.11, Food & Nutrition Services NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 306..40, Health Education Program NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 306..41, Physical Education Program

FMRSD Adopted: 5/14/2007 Revised: 2/11/2008, 8/26/2008

JLD SCHOOL GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING PROGRAM The School Board is committed to ensuring a high quality school guidance program that is comprehensive, developmentally appropriate, fosters academic achievement and personal growth, and is provided to all District students in an equitable manner. The program will include the following: - Distribution of information and support to students and families about academic programming, community supports, and other relevant information. - Coordination with national standards. - Prevention, intervention, and crisis response services. - Promotion of personal, interpersonal, health, academic, and career development for all students through classroom programs and other services. - All provisions of NH Administrative Rules, Section Ed 306, Minimum Standards for Public School Approval. (refers to ASCA Model) It is the policy of this Board that at all grade levels, school counselors collaborate with parents, students, staff, and community to create pathways to learning and provide opportunities and supports to empower students to embrace their full potential and achieve their academic and personal aspirations. The guidance counselor is responsible for developing a program or plan that identifies student success in academic performance, social awareness, and career planning. This policy will be reviewed in accordance with the Boards policy review process.

Legal References: NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed 306.13, Guidance Plan NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed 306.15(b), Provision of Staff, Guidance NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed 306.39(c) and 306.39(d), Guidance Program FMRSD Adopted 12/8/2008

JLDBA BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT AND INTERVENTION It is the policy of the Board to promote good behavior in a safe and orderly environment where all students can be fully engaged in the learning process. To ensure that our students and staff are protected against disruptive behavior, the board directs the Superintendent to set forth procedures for behavior management and interventions that are designed to maintain a positive environment conducive to learning. Student conduct that disrupts class work, involves disorder, or invades the rights of others will not be tolerated and may be cause for suspension or other disciplinary action. The administration of disciplinary action will focus both on consequences and on changing or managing inappropriate behavior. It is important that there be careful evaluation of the individual situation so that the school's response to the student is appropriate. If the student has an Individualized Education Program (IEP), the process will follow federal and state laws governing special education. All available resources should be utilized, including preventive and responsive interventions to support students' needs. Exclusion from the classroom should be the disciplinary action of last resort. The superintendent will also ensure that classroom behavior management skills are addressed through professional development, and that there is an adequate system of recordkeeping regarding disciplinary infractions and interventions. The use of corporal punishment is prohibited in District schools.

Legal References: NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed. 306.04(16), Behavior Management and Intervention for Students FMRSD Adopted: 4/14/2008

JLBDA SUICIDE PREVENTION The Board recognizes that self-destructive behavior and suicide occurs among children and adolescents in our country. Students who experience serious depression are unable to benefit fully from the educational program of the school. Moreover, such students pose a danger both to self and possibly others. Students identified as self-destructive are in the need of appropriate help as quickly as possible. The primary efforts of school personnel working with a depressed or suicidal student are support, parental contact, and referral. To that end, student confidentiality by law must be waived in life-threatening situations. The School Board directs the administration to: Develop guidelines or procedures to effectively intervene in life-threatening situations; Enlist the support, awareness, and involvement of all district staff in the identification of suicidal signals and utilize existing school staff for program implementation.

FMRSD Adopted: 11/29/93 Reviewed: 4/08, 12/07

JLF REPORTING CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT Because of their sustained contact with school age children, school employees are in an excellent position to identify abused or neglected children and to refer them for treatment and protection. An abused child is a child under the age of 18 who has been sexually molested or exploited, been psychologically injured so that said child exhibits symptoms of emotional problems generally recognized to result from consistent maltreatment or neglect, or been physically injured by other than accidental means. Neglect means the failure to provide necessary food, care, clothing, shelter or medical attention for a childs physical, mental and emotional health. To comply with the Child Protection Act (RSA 169-C, 1979), it is the policy of the Fall Mountain Regional School District that any teacher or other school employee who suspects that a childs physical or mental welfare may be adversely affected by abuse or neglect shall report that information to the Division of Children and Youth Services and to the Principal. It is not the responsibility of the school employee to prove that the child has been abused or neglected, or to determine whether the child is in need of protection. School personnel, who in good faith make a report of suspected child abuse or neglect, have immunity under the law from any liabilities, civil or criminal. The good faith of the reporter is presumed. Persons willfully failing to report child abuse or neglect may be guilty of a misdemeanor which, under New Hampshire law, can mean a sentence of up to a year in jail and a $1,000.00 fine. Under State Right to Know laws, parents maintain the right to access to information compiled in their childs school records. However, it is the schools right to withhold certain information which identifies either the person who made the report or those who cooperated in a subsequent investigation, if the school believes the release of this information would be detrimental to the safety and interest of the reporting person.

Legal References:
RSA 169-C:29, Persons Required to Report RSA 169-C:30, Nature and Content of Report RSA 169-C:31, Immunity from Liability RSA 169-C:34, III, Duties of the Department of Health and Human Services

FMRSD Adopted: 6/17/85 Revised: 6/13/88 Reviewed: 12/07

JLIA

SUPE RVISION OF PUPILS

The Board believes that the safety and well-being of children is a prime responsibility of the District. Supervision of all pupils at all times is a necessary adjunct to safety and well-being. It shall be the responsibility of the administration to insure that all pupils are under supervision from the time that they board a bus, or arrive on the school premises at a reasonable time before school begins until they leave the bus or depart from the school premises after the school day is completed.

FMRSD Adopted: 3/10/80 Reviewed: 12/07

JLIE

STUDENT DRIVING

Students may drive motor vehicles to and from school with permission from the Administration and a valid parking permit. Failure to comply with reasonable rules and regulations regarding the use of motor vehicles will result in the revocation of the privilege of driving to and from school. It shall be the responsibility of the Administration to establish, implement, and disseminate information regarding student driving.

FMRSD Adopted: 2/13/78 Revised: 8/23/99 Reviewed: 12/07

JO PROCEDURES STUDENT RECORDS DEFINITION For the purpose of this policy, the Fall Mountain Regional School District has used the following definitions of terms: Student - any person who attends or has attended a school in the Fall Mountain Regional School District. Eligible Student - a student or former student who has reached age 18 or is attending a postsecondary school. Parent - either natural parent of a student, a guardian, or an individual acting as a parent or guardian in the absence of the students parent or guardian. Education Records - any record (in handwriting, print, tapes, film, or other medium) maintained by the Fall Mountain School District or an agent of the district which is directly related to a student, except: A personal record kept by a school staff member if it is kept in the personal possession of the individual who made the record, and information contained in the record has never been revealed or made available to any other person except the makers temporary substitute. An employment record which is used only in relation to a students employment by the Fall Mountain Regional School District. Alumni records which contain information about a student after he or she is no longer in attendance at the District and the records do not relate to the person as a student. ANNUAL NOTIFICATION Parents will be notified of their FERPA rights annually by publication in their childs student handbook. PROCEDURE TO INSPECT EDUCATION RECORDS Parents of students or eligible students may inspect and review the students education records upon request. Parents or eligible students should submit to the students school principal a written request which identifies as precisely as possible the record or records he or she wishes to inspect. The principal (or other appropriate school official) will make the needed arrangements for access as promptly as possible and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. Access must be given in 45 days or less from the receipt of the request. When a record contains information about students other than a parents child or the Page 1 of 5

JO REGULATIONS STUDENT RECORDS FMRSD NOTIFICATION OF RIGHTS UNDER FERPA FOR ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age ("eligible students") certain rights with respect to the student's education records. They are: The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day the District receives a request for access. Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal (or appropriate school official) a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The principal will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate or misleading. Parents or eligible students may ask Fall Mountain Regional School District to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the school principal, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the District decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the District will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the District as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the School Board; a person or company with whom Page 1 of 2

JO

STUDENT RECORDS

The Fall Mountain Regional School District recognizes and accepts its obligation to maintain and make records available to the appropriate eligible students, parents, guardians, and agencies. The Fall Mountain Regional School District shall maintain, review and revise procedures as needed to comply with the federal Family Educational and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) and other applicable statutes governing student records.

Adopted: 11/8/99

JP VIDEO/ PHOTOGRAPH/ INTERNET RELEASE FORM FOR SCHOOL YEAR__________________ Some school related activities are videotaped and/or photographed for broadcast or publication on cable television, the internet, or in newspapers. In addition, student photographs are occasionally displayed at school on bulletin boards, posters, etc. To protect your childs privacy, we must ask you to sign one of the choices below and return this form to school.

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YES, I DO allow my child to be videotaped and/or photographed during school related activities or displays, and for such videotaped and/or photographed productions aired on cable television, on the internet, or published in local newspapers. Please note exceptions:______________________________________________________________

NO, I DO NOT allow my child to be videotaped and/or photographed during school related activities or displays, and for such videotaped and/or photographed productions aired on cable television, on the internet, or published in local newspapers. Please note exceptions: ______________________________________________________________ _________________________________________ Signature of Parent or Legal Guardian

JRA-P STUDENT RECORDS DEFINITION For the purpose of this policy, the Fall Mountain Regional School District has used the following definitions of terms: Student - any person who attends or has attended a school in the Fall Mountain Regional School District. Eligible Student - a student or former student who has reached age 18 or is attending a postsecondary school. Parent - either natural parent of a student, a guardian, or an individual acting as a parent or guardian in the absence of the students parent or guardian. Education Records - any record (in handwriting, print, tapes, film, or other medium) maintained by the Fall Mountain School District or an agent of the district which is directly related to a student, except: A personal record kept by a school staff member if it is kept in the personal possession of the individual who made the record, and information contained in the record has never been revealed or made available to any other person except the makers temporary substitute. An employment record which is used only in relation to a students employment by the Fall Mountain Regional School District. Alumni records which contain information about a student after he or she is no longer in attendance at the District and the records do not relate to the person as a student. ANNUAL NOTIFICATION Parents will be notified of their FERPA rights annually by publication in their childs student handbook. PROCEDURE TO INSPECT EDUCATION RECORDS Parents of students or eligible students may inspect and review the students education records upon request. Parents or eligible students should submit to the students school principal a written request which identifies as precisely as possible the record or records he or she wishes to inspect. The principal (or other appropriate school official) will make the needed arrangements for access as promptly as possible and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. Access must be given in 45 days or less from the receipt of the request. When a record contains information about students other than a parents child or the eligible student, the parent or eligible student may not inspect and review the portion of the record which pertains to other students.

JRA

STUDENT RECORDS The Fall Mountain Regional School District recognizes and accepts its obligation to maintain and make records available to the appropriate eligible students, parents, guardians, and agencies. The Fall Mountain Regional School District shall maintain, review and revise procedures as needed to comply with the federal Family Educational and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) and other applicable statutes governing student records.

FMRSD Adopted: 11/8/99 Reviewed: 12/07

U.S. Department of State Office of Visa Services New Legal Requirements for F-1 Foreign Students in Public Schools

March 1997

Congress recently enacted new limitations on certain foreign students planning to study in U.S. public elementary and secondary schools. Section 625 of Public Law 104-208, which took effect on November 30, 1996, places the following restrictions on foreign students in F-1 immigration status: Prohibits their attendance in public elementary schools (grades K through 8) or publicly funded adult education programs; Limits their attendance in public secondary schools (grades 9 through 12) to a maximum of 12 months; and Requires them to reimburse public secondary schools for the flail, unsubsidized per capita cost of education for the intended period of study. The new provisions affect only foreign students in F-1 immigration status, or who obtain F-1 student visas -- in other words, those to whom Form 1-20 would be issued. The provisions do not affect foreign students in any other immigration status, for example 3-i exchange visitors, or dependents of foreign nationals in the United States on long-term visas. Likewise, the new provisions do not affect foreign students attending private schools or private training or language programs. F-1 students who wish to transfer from private schools or programs into public schools or programs must meet the new public school requirements. F-1 students who were attending public schools or programs before the legislation took effect on November 30, 1996, can remain in school without penalty. If those students travel outside the U.S. after November 30, however, they will have to meet the new requirements in order to return. Suggestions for preparing Form 1-20 Public secondary schools issuing Form 1-20 should list the full unsubsidized per capita cost of education under tuition in item 7. The students payment should be noted under Remarks. Because F-1 foreign students are now limited to a maximum of 12 months in U.S. public secondary schools, the program duration listed in item 5 should not exceed the students 12-month limit. The full text of Section 625 can be found on the back of this information sheet. From: Public Law 1Q4- Omnibus Authorization Bill for the Commerce, State and Justice departments, signed into law on September 30, 1996. The bill contained provisions entitled the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996. Provisions dealing with foreign students in public schools follow

SECTION K: Community Relations

KA SCHOOL, COMMUNITY AND HOME RELATIONS The 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. It is therefore the policy of the Board to define standards for involvement between the schools the community and the parents of all students enrolled in District schools. For the purposes of this policy, the term "parent" refers to any adult - mother, father, older sibling, aunt, uncle, grandparent, guardian, mentor - who plays a significant role in the care of a student or students enrolled in District Schools. The Superintendent is directed to implement these standards. District schools are welcoming places, clearly accessible to parents and the community. Communication between home and school is regular, two-way and meaningful. Parents are full partners in the educational decisions that affect children and families. Parents will be encouraged to visit their schools for beginning of the year events such as "Open House" and new student orientations. Opportunities are provided to guide parents on ways to assist with homework, give feedback to teachers, and how parents can help their children improve skills and perform well on assessments. Reasonable efforts will be made to communicate with parents in their primary language or in the language in which they feel comfortable. The support of area businesses, agencies and faith-based organizations will be sought through financial, goods and services, and volunteer contributions. Partnerships will be developed with local organizations, local city and county governments, natural resources, and talented individuals to strengthen school programs, family practices and student learning. Student participation in community service will be encouraged. Business partnerships will also be developed to assist students in the successful transition to employment or further education.

Legal References: NH Code of Administration Rules, Section Ed. 306.04(a)(11), Policy Development NH Code of Administration Rules, Section Ed. 306.04(k), Policy Development FMRSD 1st Reading: 3/10/08

KA SCHOOL, COMMUNITY AND HOME RELATIONS The 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. It is therefore the policy of the Board to define standards for involvement between the schools the community and the parents of all students enrolled in District schools. For the purposes of this policy, the term "parent" refers to any adult - mother, father, older sibling, aunt, uncle, grandparent, guardian, mentor - who plays a significant role in the care of a student or students enrolled in District Schools. The Superintendent is directed to implement these standards. District schools are welcoming places, clearly accessible to parents and the community. Communication between home and school is regular, two-way and meaningful. Parents are full partners in the educational decisions that affect children and families. Parents will be encouraged to visit their schools for beginning of the year events such as "Open House" and new student orientations. Opportunities are provided to guide parents on ways to assist with homework, give feedback to teachers, and how parents can help their children improve skills and perform well on assessments. Reasonable efforts will be made to communicate with parents in their primary language or in the language in which they feel comfortable. Relationships will be developed with local organizations. Student participation in community service will be encouraged. Business partnerships will also be developed to assist students in the successful transition to employment or further education.

Legal References: NH Code of Administration Rules, Section Ed. 306.04(a)(11), Policy Development NH Code of Administration Rules, Section Ed. 306.04(k), Policy Development FMRSD Adopted: 4/14/2008

KB PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT

Educational initiatives mandate or encourage the strengthening of the parent/school/community relationship. The Fall Mountain Regional School Board and District has always demonstrated their belief that the academic and social success of students is largely determined by a positive supportive relationship between staff, administration, parents and community members. The following will be promoted in the Fall Mountain Regional School District. Parents should be informed about significant changes in their childrens educational programs, instructional methods or objectives. Parents should be provided with information and opportunities intended to improve their abilities to work with their children at home and in school, and to build partnerships between homes and schools. Professional and non-professional staff members, administrators, school board members, and school-community partners should be provided with training opportunities intended to improve their abilities to build more effective relationships with parents. Parents should be provided with opportunities to become informed about program design, operation and evaluation, and to communicate with educators on these subjects. Parents should be encouraged to observe instructional activities, attend program meetings, discuss concerns with educators, participate in program evaluation and improvement efforts, and give recommendations to school staff, administration, and board members.

FMRSD Adopted: 10/23/95 Reviewed: 12/07

KB PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT AS IT PERTAINS TO TITLE I The Fall Mountain Regional School District recognizes the importance of having parents involved in the educational programs of their children. Current research indicates that a home/school partnership and greater involvement of parents in the education of their children generally results in higher achievement scores, improved student behavior, and reduced absenteeism. Parents of students in the Fall Mountain Regional School District are encouraged to take an active role in the education of their children. In an attempt to ensure that parents of Title I students more fully participate in their childs educational program, the following parental involvement activities will be promoted in the Title I program: The district/Title I, will establish each year a Parent advisory Council, made up of parents from all of the attendance areas served under the grant. The district/title I, will provide timely information concerning the Title I Program, including program plans and evaluations. The district/Title I, will notify each childs parents, in a timely fashion, that the child has been selected to participate in Title I, and why the child has been selected. Conferences between the individual parents and the Title I teacher will be held. The parents of each child selected for Title I services will be informed of the specific instructional objectives for their child. The district/Title I will report to the parents of each child enrolled in the Title I program on the progress of their child. The district/Title I will provide opportunities for training of parents whose children are enrolled in the Title I program, for the purpose of promoting the education of these children at home as well as school. The district/Title I will solicit parents suggestions in the planning, development, and operation of the program. The district/Title I will consult with parents about how the school can work with parents to achieve the programs objectives. The district/title I will provide timely responses to parents suggestions. The district/Title I will sponsor an annual fall meeting of parents of Title I students and Title I staff. The district/Title I will sponsor and annual spring meeting of parents of Title I students and Title I staff.

FMRSD Adopted: 10/23/95 Reviewed: 12/07

KBA

PUBLICS RIGHT TO KNOW/FREEDOM OF INFORMATION Public Records Defined Public records means the portion of all documents, writings, letters, memoranda, or other written, printed, typed, copied, or developed materials that contains public information. Public Information Items All information collected, assembled, or maintained by or for the District, except in those situations where the District does not have either a right of access to or ownership of the information, pursuant to law or ordinance or in connection with the transaction of official business is public information. The following categories of information are among those specifically made public information: reports, audits, evaluations, and investigations made of, for, or by, the District upon completion; the names, sex, ethnicity, salaries, titles, and dates of employment of all employees and officers of the District, except that an employee or officer or a former employee or officer may choose not to allow public access to his or her home address and home telephone number by stating that choice in writing to the Districts main personnel officer; information in any account, voucher, or contract dealing with the receipt or expenditures of funds by the District, not otherwise made confidential by law; the names of every official and the final record of voting on all proceedings in governmental bodies of the District; all working papers, research materials, and information used to make estimates of the need for, or expenditure of, public funds or taxes by the District, upon completion of such estimates; descriptions of the Districts organization and where, from whom, and how the public may obtain information, submit requests, or obtain a decision; statements of the general course and method by which the Districts functions are channeled and determined, including the nature and requirements of all formal and informal procedures available; rules of procedure, descriptions of forms available or the places where forms may be obtained, and instructions as to the scope and contents of all papers, reports, or examinations; substantive rules of general applicability adopted as authorized by law, and statements of general policy or interpretations of general applicability formulated and adopted by the District; each amendment, revision, or repeal of the previous four items; Page 1 of 5

KBF USE OF STUDENTS IN PUB LIC and NON-PUBLIC INFORMATION PROGRAMS In no case shall students be permitted to distribute notices with local collective bargaining matters, and with district financial matters, including budgets and bond issues. The participation of pupils in interpreting the educational program of the schools to the community shall be encouraged, with the understanding that: 1. 2. 3. 4. Pupils shall not be exploited for the benefit of any individual or group Pupils shall participate only in appropriate situations Student participation shall always be evaluated in terms of the effect on the child The best possible community relations grow from a superior development of student potential in the classroom. Enthusiastic pupils with serious intentions, well directed by sympathetic and capable teachers, are certain to communicate with the parents and the community. The School Board believes this is the cornerstone of good community relations.

Notices will be distributed via students provided that: 1. It is clearly stated on the notice that the function being advertised is not a school-sponsored activity when that is the case. The writing or the printing in this statement, "not a school-sponsored activity," should be at least twice as large as the writing or printing in the main body of the notice. All preparation of notices has been completed by the sending agency. The classroom management of such notices does not place an unreasonable administrative burden on school personnel. The school is not held responsible for the actual delivery of the notices once they are given to the students, or the return of replies to the sending agency. The notice does not imply that school personnel will assist in the collection of funds or sale of any products or service. The School Board, or its agents, reserves the right to refuse any request for distribution of notices.

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KBF USE OF STUDENTS IN PUB LIC and NON-PUBLIC INFORMATION PROGRAMS In no case shall students be permitted to distribute notices dealing with political candidates, with local collective bargaining matters, and with district financial matters, including budgets and bond issues. The participation of pupils in interpreting the educational program of the schools to the community shall be encouraged, with the understanding that: 1. 2. 3. 4. Pupils shall not be exploited for the benefit of any individual or group Pupils shall participate only in appropriate situations Student participation shall always be evaluated in terms of the effect on the child The best possible community relations grow from a superior development of student potential in the classroom. Enthusiastic pupils with serious intentions, well directed by sympathetic and capable teachers, are certain to communicate with the parents and the community. The School Board believes this is the cornerstone of good community relations.

Notices will be distributed via students provided that: 1. It is clearly stated on the notice that the function being advertised is not a schoolsponsored activity when that is the case. The writing or the printing in this statement, "not a school-sponsored activity," should be at least twice as large as the writing or printing in the main body of the notice. All preparation of notices has been completed by the sending agency. The classroom management of such notices does not place an unreasonable administrative burden on school personnel. The school is not held responsible for the actual delivery of the notices once they are given to the students, or the return of replies to the sending agency. The notice does not imply that school personnel will assist in the collection of funds or sale of any products or service. The School Board, or its agents, reserves the right to refuse any request for distribution of notices.

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KBFA

SOLICITING PUPILS AND SCHOOL PERSONNEL AND ADVERTISING IN THE SCHOOLS

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Approval to display bulletins, posters or announcements must be requested of the Principal whose decision shall be final. Determination of which materials may be distributed to students will be made by the Principal. Materials soliciting money or personal information may not be distributed without specific Board approval. In school fund-raising activities by or for outside agencies will not be sanctioned without specific Board approval. Direct sales by outside vendors in school is prohibited unless specifically sanctioned by the Board (e.g., school pictures, class rings, yearbooks, etc.). Announcements through the principals office may be made for activities connected with charitable organizations that are operated on a regional, state or nationwide basis, such as food baskets for the needy.

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This policy should not be construed as preventing the use of instructional or informational materials which might include incidental reference to a brand, product, or service. Questions regarding appropriateness or interpretation shall be referred to the Superintendent or his/her designee.

Adopted: 2/13/84 Reviewed: 5/10/99

KCD PUBLIC GIFTS TO SCHOOLS

The Board may accept on behalf of and for the School District any bequest or gift of money or property for a purpose deemed by the Board to be suitable and to utilize such money or property so designated. The Superintendent shall set up criteria to be met in the acceptance of gifts and the procedure for examining and evaluating offers of gifts to the District. All gifts shall be given to the School District as a whole and may be used in a particular school at the discretion of the Superintendent.

Le gal Re ference: RSA 198:20-b - Appropriation for Unanticipated Funds Made Available During Year. RSA 198:20-c, VI - Trust Funds Created for Specific Purposes; Expenditures; Administration.

FMRSD Adopted: 12/8/86 Revised: 9/22/97, 10/27/97, 12/20/99, 1/10/00 Reviewed: 12/07

KE PUBLIC COMPLAINTS ABOUT INSTRUCTION, DISCIPLINE OR LEARNING MATERIALS

The Board believes that complaints and grievances are best handled and resolved by the parties directly concerned. Therefore, the proper channeling of complaints involving instruction, discipline or learning materials will be as follows: 1. Teacher 2. Principal 3. Superintendent 4. Board of Education Any complaint presented to the Board about school personnel shall be referred back through proper administrative channels. The Board will not hear complaints from individuals until such complaints have first been brought forth through the appropriate and applicable administrative procedures. Exceptions to this provision are for complaints that relate solely to Board actions or Board operations. In the event a complaint is made directly to an individual Board member, the procedure outlined above shall be followed.

FMRSD Adopted: 1/11/82 Revised: 11/27/06, 2/11/2008, 3/24/2008

KE PUBLIC COMPLAINTS ABOUT INSTRUCTION, DISCIPLINE OR LEARNING MATERIALS

The Board believes that complaints and grievances are best handled and resolved by the parties directly concerned. Therefore, the proper channeling of complaints involving instruction, discipline or learning materials will be as follows: 1. Teacher 2. Principal 3. Superintendent 4. Board of Education Any complaint presented to the Board about school personnel shall be referred back through proper administrative channels. The Board will not hear complaints from individuals until such complaints have first been brought forth through the appropriate and applicable administrative procedures. Exceptions to this provision are for complaints that relate solely to Board actions or Board operations. In the event a complaint is made directly to an individual Board member, the procedure outlined above shall be followed.

FMRSD Adopted: 1/11/82 Revised: 11/27/06, 2/11/2008, 3/24/2008

KEB PUBLIC COMPLAINTS ABOUT SCHOOL PERSONNEL, EMPLOYEES, STUDENTS OR ADMINISTRATION Any complaint presented to the Board about school personnel, employees, students or administration, will be referred back to the Superintendent. The Board will not hear or review complaints until such complaints have first been brought forth through the appropriate and applicable administrative procedures and the Superintendent or his/her designee has had a reasonable opportunity to seek to resolve the complaint. The Board may decline to hear any complaint, which will interfere with its ability to serve as an impartial trier of fact in any related student or personnel matter. This complaint procedure shall not supersede or modify any right held by employees of the District under federal law, state law, contract, or collective bargaining agreement. To the extent it is deemed appropriate by the Superintendent, the individual who is the subject of the complaint may be advised of the nature of the complaint and may be given an opportunity for explanation, comment, and presentation of the facts. The Superintendent shall seek to resolve the matter and report to the Board. Complaints about the Superintendent may be made directly to the Board through the Clerk, but only after reasonable efforts have been made by the complaining party to resolve their complaint directly with the Superintendent. The Board may, to the extent it is appropriate, advise the Superintendent of the nature of the complaint and may give the Superintendent an opportunity for explanation, comment, and presentation of facts. In the event a complaint is made directly to an individual Board member, the procedure outlined below shall be followed: 1. The Board member shall refer the person making the complaint to the Superintendent or for investigation. The Superintendent may delegate the investigation to a Principal or other administrator. 2. If the member of the public will not personally present the complaint to the Superintendent or Principal, the Board member shall then ask that the complaint be written and signed. The Board member will then refer the complaint to the Superintendent for investigation. 3. If the person making a complaint believes that a satisfactory reply has not been received from the Superintendent, he or she may request that the Board hear the complaint. The Board will hear and act upon the complaint only by majority vote. The Board may decline to act on any complaint which, in its sole judgment, would interfere with the Superintendent's ability to properly administer the district. If the Board does hear and act upon the complaint, all Board decisions shall be final. 4. If the Board decides, in accord with Paragraph Three, to hear and act upon a complaint that pertains to personnel, employee, student or administrative matters, it shall determine whether the complaint shall be heard in public or non-public session in accord with RSA 91-A:3 and the laws pertaining to student and family

KEB PUBLIC COMPLAINTS ABOUT SCHOOL PERSONNEL, EMPLOYEES, STUDENTS OR ADMINISTRATION Any complaint presented to the Board about school personnel, employees, students or administration, will be referred back to the Superintendent. The Board will not hear or review complaints until such complaints have first been brought forth through the appropriate and applicable administrative procedures and the Superintendent or his/her designee has had a reasonable opportunity to seek to resolve the complaint. The Board may decline to hear any complaint, which will interfere with its ability to serve as an impartial trier of fact in any related student or personnel matter. This complaint procedure shall not supersede or modify any right held by employees of the District under federal law, state law, contract, or collective bargaining agreement. To the extent it is deemed appropriate by the Superintendent, the individual who is the subject of the complaint may be advised of the nature of the complaint and may be given an opportunity for explanation, comment, and presentation of the facts. The Superintendent shall seek to resolve the matter and report to the Board. Complaints about the Superintendent may be made directly to the Board through the Clerk, but only after reasonable efforts have been made by the complaining party to resolve their complaint directly with the Superintendent. The Board may, to the extent it is appropriate, advise the Superintendent of the nature of the complaint and may give the Superintendent an opportunity for explanation, comment, and presentation of facts. In the event a complaint is made directly to an individual Board member, the procedure outlined below shall be followed: 1. The Board member shall refer the person making the complaint to the Superintendent or for investigation. The Superintendent may delegate the investigation to a Principal or other administrator. 2. If the member of the public will not personally present the complaint to the Superintendent or Principal, the Board member shall then ask that the complaint be written and signed. The Board member will then refer the complaint to the Superintendent for investigation. 3. If the person making a complaint believes that a satisfactory reply has not been received from the Superintendent, he or she may request that the Board hear the complaint. The Board will hear and act upon the complaint only by majority vote. The Board may decline to act on any complaint which, in its sole judgment, would interfere with the Superintendent's ability to properly administer the district. If the Board does hear and act upon the complaint, all Board decisions shall be final. 4. If the Board decides, in accord with Paragraph Three, to hear and act upon a complaint that pertains to personnel, employee, student or administrative matters, it shall determine whether the complaint shall be heard in public or non-public session in accord with RSA 91-A:3 and the laws pertaining to student and family

KED FACILITIES OR SERVICES- GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE (SECTION 504) 1. Any qualified handicapped person, or persons, who feels subject to discrimination with respect to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act has the right to file a formal grievance. 2. Any qualified handicapped person, or persons, who has a grievance shall discuss it first with the appropriate building Principal in an attempt to resolve the matter informally at that level. 3. If, as a result of the discussion, the matter is not resolved to the satisfaction of the aggrieved party within five (5) school days, the aggrieved party shall set forth the grievance in writing to the Principal. The Principal shall communicate his/her decision to the aggrieved party in writing within five (5) school days of receipt of the written grievance. 4. The aggrieved party, no later than five (5) school days after receipt of the Principal's decision, may appeal the Principal's decision to the Superintendent. The appeal to the Superintendent must be made in writing reciting the matter submitted to the Principal and the aggrieved party's dissatisfaction with decisions previously rendered. The Coordinator shall meet with the aggrieved party to attempt to resolve the matter as quickly as possible, but within a period not to exceed five (5) school days. The Superintendent shall communicate his/her decision in writing to the aggrieved party and the Principal not later than five (5) school days after the meeting. 5. If the grievance is not resolved to the aggrieved party's satisfaction, the aggrieved party, no later than five (5) school days after receipt of the Coordinator's decision, may submit a written request for a hearing with the local School Board regarding the alleged discrimination through the Superintendent of Schools. The hearing will be held within thirty (30) calendar days of the written request. The School Board must provide the aggrieved party with a written decision on the appeal within ten (10) calendar days after the hearing. 6. Between the date the aggrieved party requests the hearing and the date the hearing is held, the aggrieved party and the School District may continue to negotiate. If the School District and aggrieved party agree on a mutual solution to the alleged discrimination, the hearing would be canceled. 7. The decision of the School Board is final pending any further legal recourse as may be described in current local district, state or federal statutes pertaining to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Legal References: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 34 C.F.R. 104.7(b), Adoption of Grievance Procedures FMRSD Adopted: 4/14/2008

KF

COMMUNITY USE OF SCHOOL FACILITIES The public school facilities are provided by the people in order that the youth of the community may receive the benefits of a sound educational program. Although this is the basic purpose for which the schools are built, the complete educational function is not achieved until the school facilities are made to serve the community. The use of school facilities should demonstrate a benefit to the school and community members including residents, commerce and industry. To accomplish this objective, when possible, use may be made of school plants for studentrelated activities which are educational, recreational, and/or cultural. Activities held by approved student organizations, faculty groups, or student-related parent groups will be rental free. In addition, non-profit organization and personal uses will be considered on a case by case basis. Community-based groups, organizations and residents may be assessed appropriate fees as determined by the Special Events Committee utilizing the Special Events Procedural Fee Schedule. The Fall Mountain Regional School District Board reserves the right to make the final decisions concerning the use of facilities. The Board will require the renting organization to assume all liability for injury or damage to individuals or property and to indemnify and hold harmless the Board and employees of the Board from any loss or damage. The renting organization will observe all fire and safety regulations. In addition, as a Drug Free School Zoned District, smoking will be restricted as required by law and no alcoholic beverages and/or drugs will be used on school grounds or in the buildings. Furthermore, the Board prohibits the use of school facilities for any activity that is illegal or which it deems inappropriate for children. Sunday usage of any Fall Mountain facilities for school approved groups is prohibited according to Board Policy IGDK. Additional fees during vacation periods may also be charged to cover increased cost of operation. Refer to Policy EDC Authorized Use of School-Owned Materials and Equipment.

KFA PUBLIC CONDUCT ON SCHOOL PROPERTY

Visitors are welcome on school property, provided their presence will not be disruptive. During normal school hours, all visitors must initially report to the Building Principals office. Any person wishing to confer with a staff member should contact that staff member by telephone or email to make an appointment. The School District expects mutual respect, civility, and orderly conduct among all individuals on school property, at a school sponsored event, or has an approved building grounds use form. No person on school property or at a school event shall: 1. Injure, threaten, harass, or intimidate a staff member, a School Board member, sports official or coach, or any other person; 2. Damage or threaten to damage anothers or school district property; 3. Damage or deface School District property; 4. Violate any New Hampshire law, or town or county ordinance; 5. Use tobacco products including chewing tobacco; 6. Consume, possess, distribute, or be under the influence of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs, or possess dangerous devices or weapons; 7. Impede, delay, disrupt, or otherwise interfere with any school activity or function (including use of electronic devices in a disruptive manner); 8. Enter upon any portion of school premises at any time for purposes other than those that are lawful and authorized by the School Board; 9. Operate a motor vehicle: (a) in a risky manner, (b) in excess of the posted school speed limit, or (c) in violation of an authorized District employees directive; 10. Violate other District policies or regulations, or an authorized District employees directive. Any person who violates this policy or any other acceptable standard of behavior will be ordered to leave school grounds. Additionally, the District reserves the right to issue no trespass letters to any person whose conduct violates this policy, acceptable standards of conduct, or creates a disruption to the school districts educational purpose.
Legal References: RSA 635:2, Criminal Trespass

FMRSB To PC 6/13/2011 To PC 09/12/2011 To SB 09/26/2011 for 1st Reading To SB 10/10/2011 for 2nd Reading & Adoption Adopted by the FMRSD SB 10/10/11

KG PROCEDURES COMMUNITY USE OF SCHOOL FACILITIES It is the policy of the School Board to make district buildings and facilities available to the community when not in use for school activities. Permission for use of district facilities does not constitute a district endorsement of any organization, the beliefs of an organization or group, nor the expression of any opinion regarding the nomination, retention, election, or defeat of any candidate, nor the expression of any opinion as to the passage or defeat of any issue. Any activity within the scope of laws defining and regulating gambling may not be conducted in or on district facilities. The School Board reserves the right to refuse approval or to cancel any an all permits issued for the use of a school building or its facilities when it is deemed that such action is necessary for the best interests of the District. The applicant, by signing the building use application, agrees to hold harmless and indemnify the School Board with respect to any claim or loss, injury, or damage because of negligence of the user or users employees or agents, including damage to school board property or property for which the board is liable. (An insurance policy for such coverage is recommended and may be required.) The School Board policies and regulations which govern school use of facilities will, when applicable, also govern community use of school facilities. The District reserves the right to require a performance bond or a deposit for protection of the building facility and equipment, and to guarantee the rental or expenses. Eligible Organizations Community/Commercial Use Group I Adult groups, such as PTA and booster organizations, organized for the express purpose of supporting authorized district programs, with dues paying members and by-laws, may use school facilities during regularly staffed school days free of charge. District sponsored activities, such as wellness programs and employee organizations may use facilities free of charge. The Town Selectmen may use school facilities free of charge for any regularly scheduled hearings or special elections. Character-building, recreational, and educational groups of school-age children Page 1 of 3

KG REGULATIONS COMMUNITY USE OF SCHOOL FACILITIES To provide efficient and economical use of buildings, the following rules and regulations shall be carried out by the Superintendent/designee and Principal: The Principals of the schools are responsible for scheduling use of their assigned buildings, subject to review by the Superintendent or his/her designee. If facilities are used, an appropriate member of the staff must be present. A charge equal to the cost of providing custodians, security and/or cafeteria worker(s) will be levied unless specifically waived by the Superintendent. Custodians, security and/or kitchen personnel are to be compensated for any labor performed in preparation for an event, during an event, and following an event. A renting organization will be billed directly by the Superintendents office. Rental and payment for personnel fees are to be sent directly to the Superintendent of Schools and made payable to the Fall Mountain Regional School District. Renting organizations are responsible for: o Adult supervision (the district employee hired to be present is not responsible for supervision or correction of damage resulting from use). o Police supervision if a public affair (district security personnel will have first option [contracted] if available). A written request (on a form to be provided) for use of the school facilities must be completed and submitted to the building principal no later than two (2) weeks prior to intended use. Final arrangements for the use of school buildings or facilities must be completed at least five (5) days before actual use. Activities must be under the supervision of a responsible adult (non-student). When deemed appropriate or necessary by the Principal, a sponsoring organization will produce written parental permission for minors to participate in its activities. Refreshments and/or soft drinks may be sold, served, or consumed only in areas designated by the school principal. Stage controls, rigging, lighting, etc., must be operated only by a trained person designated by the principal. Organizations requesting the use of audiovisual equipment must arrange for their own competent operators. Operators other than school district staff members must be briefed in advance of program by qualified staff. Arrangements for displaying posters, notices, etc., must be cleared through the building principal. All properties or equipment brought into the school by outside organizations must be removed or stored in a manner satisfactory to the building principal. Entertainment presented by outside organizations must maintain the high standards

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COMMUNITY USE OF SCHOOL FACILITIES The public school facilities are provided by the people in order that the youth of the community may receive the benefits of a sound educational program. Although this is the basic purpose for which the schools are built, the complete educational function is not achieved until the school facilities are made to serve the community. School facilities should not be used for personal or commercial activities, but instead the use of school facilities should demonstrate a benefit to the school and community. To accomplish this objective, when possible, use may be made of school plants for studentrelated activities which are educational, recreational, and/or cultural. Activities held by approved student organizations, faculty groups, or student-related parent groups will be rental free. Community-based groups may be assessed appropriate fees, including custodial, to use a facility, as determined by regulation, and may only use it for a duration of two months, then renewed for additional two month periods, subject to termination at the end of any two months. Usage of school buildings will be restricted to groups residing in the Fall Mountain Regional School District. The Fall Mountain Regional School District Board reserves the right to make the final decisions concerning the use of facilities. The Board will require the renting organization to assume all liability for injury or damage to individuals or property and to indemnify and hold harmless the Board and employees of the Board from any loss or damage. The renting organization will observe all fire and safety regulations. In addition, as a Drug Free School Zoned District, smoking will be restricted as required by law and no alcoholic beverages and/or drugs will be used on school grounds or in the buildings. Furthermore, the Board prohibits the use of school facilities for any activity that is illegal or inappropriate for children. Sunday usage of any Fall Mountain facilities for school approved groups is prohibited according to Board Policy IGDK. Additional charges during vacation periods may also be charged to cover increased cost of operation. Refer to Policy EDC - Authorized Use of School-Owned Materials and Equipment adopted 9/27/93.

Adopted: 5/9/94 Reviewed: 5/10/99

KH

PUBLIC GIFTS TO SCHOOLS

The Board may accept on behalf of and for the School District any bequest or gift of money or property for a purpose deemed by the Board to be suitable and to utilize such money or property so designated. The Superintendent shall set up criteria to be met in the acceptance of gifts and the procedure for examining and evaluating offers of gifts to the District. All gifts shall be given to the School District as a whole and may be used in a particular school at the discretion of the Superintendent.

Note: Reference - 198:20-b - Appropriation for Unanticipated Funds Made Available During Year. Reference - 198:20-c, VI - Trust Funds Created for Specific Purposes; Expenditures; Administration.

Adopted: 12/8/86 Revised: 9/22/97 Revised: 10/27/97 Reviewed: 12/20/99 Revised: 1/10/00

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REGULATIONS PUBLIC GIFTS TO SCHOOLS

To be acceptable, gifts to the District must satisfy the following criteria: Have a purpose consistent with those of the District; Be offered by a donor acceptable to the District; Will not add to staff load or require additional staff; Will not cause the inception of a program or activity which would not be acceptable for continuation if and when gift funds or materials become exhausted; Would not bring undesirable or hidden costs to the School District; Would place no restrictions on District programs; Will not be inappropriate or harmful to the educational program; Will be in conformity with board policies and/or RSAs; Will conform to all fire, safety and health codes; Will be consistent with long range plans; Will meet specifications for quality, durability, and appearance.

A gift must be accompanied by a letter or personal appearance from the donor or his/her representative and be presented to the Board for acceptance. No acceptance, installation or use of a gift shall be allowed prior to acceptance by action of the Board.

Adopted: 12/8/86 Revised: 8/23/99

KH

SOLICITING PUPILS AND SCHOOL PERSONNEL AND ADVERTISING IN THE SCHOOLS

Approval to display bulletins, posters or announcements must be requested of the Principal whose decision shall be final. 1. Determination of which materials may be distributed to students will be made by the Principal. Materials soliciting money or personal information may not be distributed without specific Board approval. 2. In school fund-raising activities by or for outside agencies will not be sanctioned without specific Board approval. 3. Direct sales by outside vendors in school is prohibited unless specifically sanctioned by the Board (e.g., school pictures, class rings, yearbooks, etc.). 4. Announcements through the principals office may be made for activities connected with charitable organizations that are operated on a regional, state or nationwide basis, such as food baskets for the needy. This policy should not be construed as preventing the use of instructional or informational materials which might include incidental reference to a brand, product, or service. Questions regarding appropriateness or interpretation shall be referred to the Superintendent or his/her designee.

FMRSD Adopted: 2/13/84 Reviewed: 12/07

KI VISITORS TO SCHOOL

The Board welcomes the active interest of parents and citizens in their public schools and invites the community to visit at any time. However, since schools are a place of work and learning, certain limits must be set to visits. The building principal is responsible for all persons in the building and on the grounds. For these reasons, the following policy applies to the school: Anyone who is not a regular staff member or student of the school will be termed a "visitor." Any visitor to the school must report to the school office upon arrival at the school. Parents or citizens who wish to observe a classroom while school is in session are urged to arrange such visits in advance with the teacher, so that class disruption may be kept to a minimum. Teachers are expected not to take class time to discuss individual matters with visitors. Any person or persons engaging in unacceptable conduct in school, on school property or at school events will be reported to the principal or the principals designee. Abusive, profane language, gestures or behavior is considered unacceptable behavior. The person will be asked to leave. Law enforcement officers may be called if the situation warrants and the school's attorney may be notified.

KIA$ BOOSTER$CLUBS$AND$FUNDRAISING$ $ Booster'clubs'are'an'important'part'of'the'athletic'and'extracurricular'programming'in'the'Fall' Mountain'Regional'School'District.''Booster'clubs'play'an'important'role'in'supporting,'encouraging,'and' in'advancing'these'programs.'The'following'rules'and'regulations'are'basic'and'broad'guidelines'for'the' establishment'and'operation'of'all'booster'clubs'that'support'Fall'Mountain'Regional'Schools.'' Booster'Clubs'are'independent'parent/guardian'organizations'that'are'overseen'by'the'school' district.' ' The'principal'of'each'individual'school'must'approve'all'booster'clubs,'and'questions'about' individual'booster'clubs'will'be'addressed'to'the'administration'of'each'school.'' ' Booster'clubs'exist'only'to'support'the'school'and'its'program,'and'can'operate'in'one'of'the' following'ways:''' a. The'funds'raised'by'the'booster'clubs'are'operated'under'the'districts'federal'Tax' Identification'Number'(TIN).''The'clubs'will'turn'over'all'funds'resulting'from'fundraising' activities'and'nonKfundraising'activities'to'the'schools'designated'Student'Activity'Fund' bookkeeper.''The'district'then'exercises'discretion'over'expenditures'to'benefit'all' participants'of'the'program'regardless'of'participation'in'the'fundraising'activity.''The' funds'raised'by'booster'clubs'for'schools'within'the'Fall'Mountain'Regional'School' District'will'be'subject'to'audit'by'the'schools'principal'at'any'time.''In'addition,'they' will'be'included'in'the'independent'district'audit'as'part'of'the'student'activity' accounts.' ' b. A'booster'club'will'file'for'501(C3)'status'and'have'a'unique'Tax'Identification'Number' (TIN)'for'control'over'its'own'funds.''The'club'will'maintain'its'own'bank'accounts.''The' funds'raised'by'booster'clubs'for'schools'within'the'Fall'Mountain'Regional'School' District'will'be'subject'to'audit'by'the'schools'principal'at'any'time'and'will'have'in'its' constitution'procedures'for'an'annual'audit.''The'club'will'be'limited'in'the'type'and' scope'of'expenditures'they'make'on'behalf'of'the'participants'to$benefit$all$participants$ of$the$program$regardless$of$participation$in$the$fundraising$activity.''(Reference' Irs.gov).'A'copy'of'each'booster'clubs'constitution,'byKlaws,'and'annual'budget'must'be' submitted'to'the'principal'before'club'activities'begin'each'year.'Each'booster'club'will' have'a'written'philosophy'with'clearKcut'objectives'regarding'the'club.' ' Each'booster'club'will'develop'an'annual'budget'with'input'from'the'coach'or'sponsor,'and' submit'it'to'the'principal'for'approval'prior'to'the'start'of'the'season.'A'final'annual'financial' report'will'be'submitted'to'the'principal'at'the'conclusion'of'the'season.' ' The'booster'clubs'will'provide'a'copy'of'their'treasurers'report'and'meeting'minutes'to'meeting' attendees'and'the'school'principal.' The'principal'or'his/her'designated'representative'will'be'made'aware'of'all'booster'club' meeting'dates,'the'meeting'site,'and'the'time'of'the'meeting;'and'will'be'provided'with'meeting' minutes'and'treasurers'reports.' '

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GUIDELINES VISITS TO THE SCHOOL

The school is open to interested persons who wish to visit. In order to allow pupils and teachers to have an environment that provides the maximum opportunity for a positive learning experience, the following guidelines should be followed. Parents are welcome in their own childs classroom. These visits should be arranged in advance and via mutual agreement on date, time and duration between the building principal, classroom teacher and child. Other interested persons are invited to observe in the school at times to be arranged with the principal and teachers. These visits should be of moderate duration and cause minimal distractions to the educational process. It is requested that children, i.e., babies and pre-Schoolers, not be brought to school during visits. A visitor log shall be kept for all school visitors. The name of the visitor, date, nature, time and duration of each visit shall be noted.

Adopted: 8/22/91 Reviewed: 5/10/99

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VISITORS TO SCHOOL The Board welcomes the active interest of parents and citizens in their public schools and invites the community to visit at any time. However, since schools are a place of work and learning, certain limits must be set to visits. The building principal is responsible for all persons in the building and on the grounds. For these reasons, the following policy applies to the school: Anyone who is not a regular staff member or student of the school will be termed a "visitor." Any visitor to the school must report to the school office upon arrival at the school. Parents or citizens who wish to observe a classroom while school is in session are urged to arrange such visits in advance with the teacher, so that class disruption may be kept to a minimum. Teachers are expected not to take class time to discuss individual matters with visitors. Any person or persons engaging in unacceptable conduct in school, on school property or at school events will be reported to the principal or the principals designee. Abusive, profane language, gestures or behavior is considered unacceptable behavior. The person will be asked to leave. Law enforcement officers may be called if the situation warrants and the school's attorney may be notified. Visits by School Board members are for the purpose of becoming acquainted with school programs, personnel, and facilities. Board members will not give directions nor make suggestions to personnel during their visit.

Adopted: 11/13/95 Revised: 8/23/99

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PUBLIC COMPLAINTS The Board recognizes that situations may arise in the operation of the system which are of concern to parents or the public. Such concerns should be dealt with through communication with appropriate staff members and officers of the system, such as the faculty, principals, central office, and finally, the Board. No member of the community shall be denied the right to petition the Board for redress of a grievance. Except for complaints that concern Board actions or Board operations only, all complaints will be referred back through the proper administrative channels for solution before investigation or action by the Board. In posing questions or registering complaints about the operation of the system, including questions or complaints regarding individual students, the following guidelines will be followed. 1. 2. Matters concerning individual students first should be addressed to the teacher and/or department head where applicable. Unsettled matters from (1) above or problems and questions concerning individual schools should be directed to the principal of the school. Unsettled matters from (2) above or problems and questions concerning the system should be directed to the Superintendent. If the matter cannot be settled satisfactorily by the Superintendent, it should be brought to the attention of the Board through a letter written to the Chairman with a copy to the Superintendent.

3. 4.

All complaints, whether they concern individual students, school personnel, actions of the administration, or other matters, will be investigated by the Superintendent or his designee and a recommendation made to the Board before consideration and action by the Board. Unless of an emergency nature, complaints will be heard by the Board at the next regular meeting following the report of the investigation, but not more than two months from the date a complaint was first received in writing.

Adopted: 1/11/82 Reviewed: 9/13/99

KNAP

STAFF ATTENDANCE AT COURT HEARINGS

The Fall Mountain Regional School District desires to work in cooperation with all local, state and federal legal authorities in the operation of district schools according to statutory regulations and procedures. In this regard, staff attendance at off-campus legal proceedings will follow the guidelines intended to fulfill contractual responsibilities and obligations within the law and district insurance policies: A. B. C. Personal advocacy will require the use of personal leave. Only subpoenaed personnel are lawfully required to attend court proceedings. If the School District is joined with the courts, a representative of the District should be in attendance as determined by the Principal, Assistant Superintendent or Superintendent. The laws of confidentiality and family privacy apply to all cases.

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Adopted: 2/12/96 Revised: 12/6/99

SECTION L: Education Agency


Relations

LBD

HOME EDUCATION POLICY

The Fall Mountain Regional School District School Board recognizes its legal responsibility to ensure that all children of compulsory school age have the opportunity to receive an education that is adequate and equivalent to that which they are entitled under law. The Fall Mountain Regional School District School Board authorizes the school district to follow the New Hampshire Revised Statutes annotated, Chapter 193-A, Home Education, established in 1990 and revised in 1993, in cooperating with parents who wish to have their children receive education that is an alternative to education in an accredited public or private school. The Fall Mountain Regional School District School Board, in compliance with RSA 189:49, Optional Services, may grant access to district instructional materials, resources, and programs to home education families. The Homeschooling Coordinator is charged with the responsibility of developing the necessary procedures to process home education requests, to oversee home education instructional programs, and to evaluate home education student progress.

Refer to Policy IKFC for graduation requirements.

Adopted: 11/29/92 Revised: 7/1/94 Reviewed: 5/10/99

LBDA GUIDELINES EVALUATING ADEQUATE PROGRESS OF STUDENTS IN HOME EDUCATION PROGRAMS Home Education is governed by rules and regulations specified under Part Ed 315 All school districts who received parent notification of students in home education programs must ensure that each child is making adequate educational progress commensurate with age and ability within the child s individual home education program as described in the parents letter of notification The rules governing home education programs are described below so that the district may comply with them 1. Parents must plan for and specify a method of evaluation for each child in the letter of notification This method must comply with Ed 315 03 2. Parents must specify an evaluator It is the responsibility of the Superintendent to assist the parent in this by providing the services of an evaluator chosen by the District if requested by the parent No fee shall be collected for this service The evaluator must be a teacher or other person agreed to in writing by the parent(s) and the participating agency, in this case the District 3. The parent shall keep a portfolio of the child s work This shall be the property of the parent Access to this portfolio shall be at the parents discretion 4. Educational progress shall be deemed acceptable if a child scores at or above the 40th percentile on a standardized test Other methods may include but are not limited to a) Student interview b) Progress in a particular curriculum as specified by the parent c) Progress as measured by the curriculum provider d) Review of the child s portfolio e) Evaluation by a certified teacher f) Specially prepared tests measuring progress in a particular subject or curriculum 5. An annual evaluation must be submitted to the Superintendents Office by July 1st each year. The annual evaluation shall include: a) the name and address of the evaluator (teacher) including documentation of teacher certification (or name and address of the nonpublic school in which the teacher is currently teaching); b) date(s) on which the evaluation took place; c. description of the work reviewed including any quantitative data such as test scores; d. summary of the child s educational progress in each appropriate subject area; e. statement of whether or not the child has made adequate educational progress based upon age and abilities of the student; f. signatures of evaluator/teacher and parent(s); g. a copy of the evaluation must be returned to the parent(s) within 21 days of the evaluation. A copy must be sent to the Superintendents Office. A copy may be kept by the teacher/evaluator. 6. The parents may choose to have their child/children take nationally recognized standardized tests. Parents may select another method mutually agreed upon by the parent(s) and the participating agency (district). Composite results that meet or exceed the 40th percentile shall demonstrate educational progress. This agreement must be in writing and signed by both parents(s) and the agency. 7. If a parent fails to submit an evaluation to the District prior to July 1st a letter shall be sent indicating that unless an evaluation report is received by July 15th, the home education program shall be placed on probation for the following year. If the parent(s) comply with all rules during the following year,

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LBDA GUIDELINES HOME INSTRUCTION REQUESTS The following procedures will apply to the submittal and review of all requests from parents to educate their own children at home: Parents must submit requests to teach their own children at home to the Superintendent of Schools. Such written requests should specify those needs of the child and other special circumstances or conditions which support the parents request for a home tutorial program. Following receipt of the written request, the parent will confer with the Principal and Superintendent for the purpose of further clarification of the information presented in the written request and to adequately explore all other alternatives to home instruction which may be appropriate and acceptable to the parents. Following the receipt of the written request and conference, the parents may pursue their request for approval of a home tutorial program. School authorities may require evidence of a plan that provides reasonable assurance that the childs education will be organized, meaningful and appropriate. Such a plan may require that parents describe any special abilities, skills and experiences which qualify them as teachers of their own children. The Superintendent will review the request and examine all supporting materials and make his recommendation to the School Board. The School Board may approve such request at its discretion. A parent aggrieved by the decision of the Board may appeal to the State Board of Education under the provisions of RSA 193:3. Any approval of home tutorial programs is limited to not more than one school year at a time. Continued approval may be contingent upon sufficient evidence that parents have demonstrated special abilities as teacher(s) and that the child is responding well to their efforts. A reasonable plan for supervising and evaluating the childs educational progress will be worked out with parents and the School. Parents will report attendance information as directed by the Superintendent of Schools. Such attendance will be included in the Districts summary of attendance statistics at the end of the school year (Form A-3). Any home tutorial programs shall be reported, in writing, to the Commissioner of Education prior to the effective date.

FMRSD Adopted: 1/8/79 Reviewed: 5/10/99

LBDA

HOME EDUCATION COMPLIANCE

The Board recognizes its statutory responsibility to ensure that children who are educated at home may do so without violation of the compulsory attendance law. Therefore, the Fall Mountain Regional School District shall follow applicable State rules, regulations, and law in the administration of home education programs. Students who are in home education programs will be included in the Districts summary of attendance statistics at the end of each school year (Form A-3). Should there be written and substantiated evidence that a parent(s)/guardian(s) has failed to report students in a home education program or that the program will or does not meet statutory requirements, the District will notify the Commissioner of Education who will schedule a due process hearing with the parent(s) or guardian(s) to determine compliance. Home education programs found by the Commissioner in noncompliance will cause the Superintendent of Schools to ensure that compulsory attendance requirements are met by contacting state and local police authorities to report student truancy, if applicable. A copy of this policy and RSA 193-A:1-10 will be given annually to parent(s)/guardian(s) of all home schooled students.

Reference: RSA 193-A: 1-10

Adopted: 11/29/93 Reviewed: 5/10/99

LBDA

REGULATIONS HOME EDUCATION PROGRAM

The Superintendent shall establish procedures to effectively implement RSA 193-A which provides for home education programs for children ages 6 to 16 years. The procedures shall provide clear guidelines for parents and indicate their responsibilities under the law. Programs will not be certified unless all required information is provided. Recognition of home education programs will be limited to students ages 6 to 16 years. Students may apply for admission to the Fall Mountain Regional School District at their discretion. Upon parents request to the Principal of the school the child would normally attend, the Principal will provide available curriculum information including course/subject/grade goals, objectives, scope and sequence, information about the textbooks used by the school, and other relevant material to describe the course/subject/grade for the parent. Copies of documents in excess of ten pages will be provided at a cost to be determined by the Superintendent. Textbooks used by the school may be loaned to parents if available. Enrolled students will be given preference. Parents are responsible for any loss or damage. Lists of titles and sources for textbooks and other instructional materials will be provided by the Principal. Students who enter district schools from home education programs will be evaluated and placed in grade levels and/or classes as determined by the Principal. Carnegie Units of credit will not be awarded to students in home education programs unless such units were awarded to the student by a school or agency who are regionally accredited or approved by the State. While units of credit will not be awarded, subject area proficiency and placement in classes will be determined by the Principal. Students wishing to graduate from the Fall Mountain Regional High School must meet the requirements of IKFC. Students enrolled in home educational programs may enroll in classes on a selective, part-time basis as long as the Principal determines space is available. Upon request to the Principal of the school to which the home education student would be assigned, the student may be permitted to participate in field trips and other extra curricular activities on a space available basis, provided that all school rules and eligibility requirements are satisfied and that adequate supervision is available. The Principal will have the sole authority to determine eligibility and whether space and supervision are available. Upon request to the Principal, students in home education programs will be permitted to participate in interscholastic activities on a space available basis provided that all

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LDA STUDENT TEACHING AND INTERNSHIPS


The Fall Mountain Regional School District School Board recognizes that the public schools serve as the primary resource in the training of student teachers. The student teaching program is based on the belief that the understandings, attitudes, and skills which are desired for the prospective teacher can be developed most effectively when there is opportunity for the student to: 1. Engage in or participate in an intensive and continuous period of "full-day" experience with a given group of learners uninterrupted by campus classes, and where, under competent guidance he/she may carry major responsibilities in planning and directing the learning process. 2. Experience stimulating and challenging opportunities growing from contacts with, and participation in, the total on-going educational program both in and out of the classroom. 3. Gain information and understanding concerning the school in all of its relationships -- pupil, teacher, administrator, parent, and community. Assignments for student teachers and conduct of the student teaching program will be in accordance with the "Guide to Student Teaching Experiences in Cooperating Schools" published by Keene State College, member of the University System of New Hampshire. The Fall Mountain Regional School Board believes that the assistance of a student teacher in no way relieves the regular teacher of his educational responsibilities. The regular teacher is expected to be fully cognizant at all times of his class progress and whatever individual problems may exist therein. The regular teacher is expected to be in the classroom at all times that the student teacher is teaching, except for the minimum time required to give the student teacher a reasonable amount of experience. It is to be the responsibility of the appropriate principal to monitor the activities of student teachers to insure that his performance is not to the detriment of the class and that the regular teachers time and efforts are not diverted from his major objective.

Adopted: 3/10/80 Revised: 8/23/99 Reviewed: 12/07

LEA

STUDENT TEACHING AND INTERNSHIPS

The Fall Mountain Regional School District School Board recognizes that the public schools serve as the primary resource in the training of student teachers. The student teaching program is based on the belief that the understandings, attitudes, and skills which are desired for the prospective teacher can be developed most effectively when there is opportunity for the student to: 1. Engage in or participate in an intensive and continuous period of "full-day" experience with a given group of learners uninterrupted by campus classes, and where, under competent guidance he/she may carry major responsibilities in planning and directing the learning process. 2. Experience stimulating and challenging opportunities growing from contacts with, and participation in, the total on-going educational program both in and out of the classroom. 3. Gain information and understanding concerning the school in all of relationships -- pupil, teacher, administrator, parent, and community. its

Assignments for student teachers and conduct of the student teaching program will be in accordance with the "Guide to Student Teaching Experiences in Cooperating Schools" published by Keene State College, member of the University System of New Hampshire.

Adopted: 3/10/80 Revised: 8/23/99

LEAA

SUPE RVISION OF STUDENT TEACHERS

The Fall Mountain Regional School Board believes that the assistance of a student teacher in no way relieves the regular teacher of his educational responsibilities. The regular teacher is expected to be fully cognizant at all times of his class progress and whatever individual problems may exist therein. The regular teacher is expected to be in the classroom at all times that the student teacher is teaching, except for the minimum time required to give the student teacher a reasonable amount of experience. It is to be the responsibility of the appropriate principal to monitor the activities of student teachers to insure that his performance is not to the detriment of the class and that the regular teachers time and efforts are not diverted from his major objective.

Adopted: 11/4/68 Reviewed: 5/10/99