SCHOOL DISTRICT LEGAL STATUS

1000

SCHOOL DISTRICT LEGAL STATUS

The legal basis for education in the City of Meriden is the Constitution of the State of Connecticut, the statutes pertaining to education, court interpretation of the validity of these laws, and the powers implied in them.

The official name of the school system is:

Meriden Public Schools

Meriden, Connecticut

The territorial extent of the schools shall be that encompassed by the city lines of Meriden, Connecticut.

 

Legal Reference:

Connecticut General Statutes, Section 10-240

 

Date Adopted:  April 28, 1981

Amended:  November 6, 2013

Reviewed and No Changes Required:  December 15, 2015
Previous Policy Number: AA

Approved 12/15/2015
Previous Policy Number: AA

COMMUNITY GOALS

1005

COMMUNITY GOALS

The Board shall communicate information about the educational program of the public schools to the community and shall invite community discussion of and suggestions regarding important educational policies. To this end, the Board establishes the following goals:

To develop citizen understanding of the school system in every aspect of its operation;

To develop citizen understanding of the need for adequate financial support for a sound educational program;

To earn the good will, respect, and confidence of the citizenry in the personnel employed in and services provided by the school system; and

To promote a genuine spirit of cooperation between the Board and the community in sharing leadership for the improvement of the community.

Cross Reference:

Policy 1030 (The People and Their School District)

Approved 4/28/1981

Reviewed and No Changes Required:  December 15, 2015
Previous Policy Number: JA

Approved 12/15/2015
Previous Policy Number: JA

NON-DISCRIMINATION

1008

 

NON-DISCRIMINATION

 

            It is the policy of the Meriden Board of Education (the Board) that any form of discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, alienage, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability (including pregnancy), gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by state or federal law is prohibited, whether by students, Board employees or third parties subject to the control of the Board.  The Board’s prohibition of discrimination or harassment in its educational programs or activities expressly extends to academic, nonacademic and extracurricular activities, including athletics, as well as the district website.  It is also the policy of the Board of Education to provide for the prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging any discrimination on the basis of protected characteristics such as race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, disability (including pregnancy), gender identity or expression, or veteran status. 

 

For the purposes of this policy, “gender identity or expression” means a person's gender-related identity, appearance or behavior, whether or not that gender-related identity, appearance or behavior is different from that traditionally associated with the person's physiology or assigned sex at birth, which gender-related identity can be shown by providing evidence including, but not limited to, medical history, care or treatment of the gender-related identity, consistent and uniform assertion of the gender-related identity or any other evidence that the gender-related identity is sincerely held, part of a person's core identity or not being asserted for an improper purpose.

 

            For the purposes of this policy, “veteran” means any person honorably discharged from, or released under honorable conditions from active service in, the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Air Force and any reserve component thereof, including the Connecticut National Guard.

 

            Any individual wishing to file a complaint regarding discrimination may obtain a copy of the Board’s complaint procedures and complaint form which are included in the Board’s Administrative Regulations Regarding Non-Discrimination.  These regulations accompany Board Policy # 1008, for Community/Non-Discrimination Policy and are available online at www.meridenk12.org or upon request from the main office of any district school. 

 

            If a complaint involves allegations of discrimination or harassment based on reasons such as gender/sex or disability, such complaints will be handled in accordance with other appropriate policies: Policy # 4030, Sex Discrimination/Harassment in the Workplace ; Policy # 5020, Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment (Students); Policy #4005, Section 504/ADA (Personnel), and Policy # 5010, Section 504/ADA (Students).

 

Individuals also may file a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education (“OCR”):

 

Office for Civil Rights, Boston Office

U.S. Department of Education

8th Floor

5 Post Office Square

Boston, MA  02109- 3921

(617) 289-0111

http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/howto.html

 

Employees may also file a complaint regarding employment discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission:

 

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Boston Area Office

John F. Kennedy Federal Building

475 Government Center

Boston, MA  02203

(800-669-4000)

 

Individuals may also file a complaint with the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities:

 

Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities

450 Columbus Blvd.

Hartford, CT 06103-1835

(800-477-5737)

 

            Anyone who has questions or concerns about this policy, or would like a copy of the Board’s complaint procedures or complaint forms related to claims of discrimination, may contact:

 

Office of the Assistant Superindent

Meriden Public Schools

22 Liberty Street

Meriden, CT 06450

Telephone: 203-630-4171

 

            Anyone who has questions or concerns about the Board’s policies regarding discrimination on the basis of gender/sex may contact the Board’s Title IX Coordinator:

 

Office of the Assistant Superindent

Meriden Public Schools

22 Liberty Street

Meriden, CT 06450

Telephone: 203-630-4171

 

 

            Anyone who has questions or concerns about the Board’s policies regarding discrimination on the basis of disability may contact the Board’s Section 504/ADA Coordinator:

 

Office of the Assistant Superindent

Meriden Public Schools

22 Liberty Street

Meriden, CT 06450

Telephone: 203-630-4171

 

 

Legal References: 

 

            Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000d et seq.

            Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq.

            Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq.

            Age Discrimination in Employment Act, 29 U.S.C. § 621

            Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. § 12101

            Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. § 794

                        Connecticut General Statutes § 10-153.  Discrimination on basis of marital status

            Connecticut General Statutes § 1-1n, “Gender Identity or Expression” defined

            Connecticut General Statutes § 46a-58.  Deprivation of Rights

            Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act, Connecticut General Statutes § 46a-60

            Connecticut General Statutes § 46a-81a Discrimination on basis of sexual orientation:  Definitions

            Connecticut General Statutes § 46a-81c Sexual orientation discrimination:  Employment.

 

 

 

 

 

          

ADOPTED:  December 18, 2018

AMENDED: NOVEMBER 19, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approved 11/19/2019
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REGULATIONS REGARDING DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINTS

1008 (R)

ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATIONS REGARDING DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINTS (COMMUNITY MEMBERS)

It is the policy of the Meriden Board of Education that any form of discrimination or harassment on the basis of protected characteristics such as race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, alienage, disability (including pregnancy), gender identity or expression, or veteran status is forbidden, whether by students, Board employees or third parties subject to the control of the Board.  Students, Board employees and third parties are expected to adhere to a standard of conduct that is respectful of the rights of all members of the school community. 

It is the express policy of the Board to provide for the prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging any discrimination on the basis of protected characteristics such as race, color, religion, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability (including pregnancy), gender identity or expression, or veteran status.

If a complaint involves allegations of discrimination or harassment based on reasons such as gender/sex or disability, such complaints will be handled, as appropriate, in accordance with other Board policies Policy # 4030, Sex Discrimination/Harassment in the Workplace (Personnel); Policy # 5020, Sex Discrimination and Sexual Harassment (Students); Policy # 4005, Section 504/ADA (Personnel), and Policy #5010, Section 504/ADA (Students)).

 Preferably, complaints should be filed within thirty (30) calendar days of the alleged occurrence.  Timely reporting of complaints facilitates the investigation and resolution of such complaints.  The district will investigate such complaints promptly and equitably, and will take corrective action when allegations are verified. 

The district will not tolerate any reprisals or retaliation that occur as a result of the good faith reporting of charges of harassment or discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, disability (including pregnancy), gender identity or expression, or veteran status.  Any such reprisals or retaliation will result in disciplinary action against the retaliator, and other corrective actions as appropriate.

 

The school district will periodically provide staff development for district administrators and periodically distribute this Policy and implementing Administrative Regulations to staff and students in an effort to maintain an environment free of harassment and discrimination.

Complaint Procedure

As soon as an individual feels that he or she has been subjected to discrimination or

harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, alienage, disability (including pregnancy), gender identity or expression, or veteran status he/she should make a written complaint to the Superintendent, or his/her designee.  The individual and any respondent (if applicable) will be provided a copy of the Board’s policy and regulation and made aware of his/her rights. 

The complaint should state the:

  1. Name of the complainant,

 

  1. Date of the complaint,

 

  1. Date(s) of the alleged harassment/discrimination,

 

  1. Name(s) of the harasser(s) or discriminator(s),

 

  1. Location where such harassment/discrimination occurred,

 

  1. Names of any witness(es) to the harassment/discrimination,

 

  1. Detailed statement of the circumstances constituting the alleged harassment/discrimination; and

 

  1. Proposed remedy.

 

Any individual who makes an oral complaint of harassment or discrimination will be provided a copy of this regulation and will be requested to make a written complaint pursuant to the above procedure.  If an individual is unable to make a written complaint, the staff member receiving the oral complaint will either reduce the complaint to writing or assist the individual with completing the written complaint form. 

All complaints received by staff members are to be forwarded immediately to the Superintendent or his/her designee.  Upon receipt of a complaint alleging harassment or discrimination under this complaint procedure, the Superintendent or his/her designee shall promptly investigate the complaint.  During the course of the investigation, the investigator shall interview or consult with all individuals reasonably believed to have relevant information, including the complainant, the alleged harasser/discriminator (“respondent”) and any witnesses to the conduct.  Complaints will be investigated promptly within the timeframes identified below.  Timeframes may be extended as needed given the complexity of the investigation, availability of individuals with relevant information and other extenuating circumstances.  Confidentiality will be maintained by all persons involved in the investigation to the extent possible, as determined by the investigator.

Upon receipt of a written complaint of discrimination, the investigator should:

  1. offer to meet with the complainant and respondent (if applicable) within ten (10) business days (provided that such timeframe may be reasonably extended based on the availability of necessary witnesses and/or participants during periods of time when school is not in session) to discuss the nature of the complaint, identify individuals the complainant believes has relevant information, and obtain any relevant documents the complainant may have;

 

  1. provide the complainant and respondent (if applicable) with a copy of the Board’s non-discrimination policy and accompanying regulations;

 

  1. investigate the factual basis of the complaint, including, as applicable, conducting interviews with individuals deemed relevant to the complaint;

 

  1. conduct an investigation that is adequate, reliable, and impartial. Investigate the factual basis for the complaint, including conducting interviews with individuals with information and review of documents relevant to the complaint;

 

  1. maintain confidentiality to the extent practicable throughout the investigative process, in accordance with state and federal law;

 

  1. communicate the outcome of the investigation in writing to the complainant and respondent (if any) (to the extent permitted by state and federal confidentiality requirements), within thirty (30) business days (provided that such timeframe may be extended by fifteen (15) business days during periods of time when school is in session or reasonably extended based on the availability of necessary witnesses and/or participants during periods of time when school is not in session) from the date the complaint was received by the Superintendent’s office. The complainant and respondent (if any) shall be notified of any extension of the investigation timeline. The written notice shall include a finding whether the complaint was substantiated and if so, shall identify, to the extent possible, how the district will remedy the discrimination or harassment, adhering to the requirements of state and federal law;

 

  1. if a complaint is made during summer recess, the complaint will be reviewed and addressed as quickly as possible given the availability of staff and/or other individuals who may have information relevant to the complaint. If fixed timeframes cannot be met, the complainant and respondent (if any) will receive notice and interim measures may be implemented as necessary (see sub-paragraph 6);

 

  1. whenever allegations are verified, ensure that appropriate corrective action is taken (including, but not limited to, disciplinary action) aimed at preventing the recurrence of the harassment or discrimination. Corrective action should include steps to avoid continuing discrimination;

 

  1. if either party to the complaint is not satisfied with the findings and conclusions of the investigation, the complainant may present the complaint and written outcome to the Superintendent within thirty (30) calendar days of receiving the findings. Upon review of a written request from the party requesting an appeal, the Superintendent shall review the investigative results of the investigator and determine if further action and/or investigation is warranted.  Such action may include consultation with a designated investigator (if applicable), complainant, and respondent (if any) and meeting with appropriate individuals to attempt to resolve the complaint, or a decision affirming or overruling a designated investigator’s conclusions or findings (if applicable).  The Superintendent shall provide written notice to the complainant and respondent (if any) of the proposed actions within fifteen (15) business days (provided that such timeframe may be reasonably extended based on the availability of necessary witnesses and/or participants during periods of time when school is not in session) following the receipt of the written request for review.

 

A complainant alleging race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age discrimination may file a formal complaint with the Boston Office, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 8th Floor, 5 Post Office Square, Boston, MA  02109-3921 (TELEPHONE NUMBER: 617-289-0111). 

 

           A complainant may also file a complaint with the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, 450 Columbus Blvd., Hartford, CT  06103-1835 (TELEPHONE NUMBER: 800-477-5737).

 

           An employee alleging discrimination related to their employment may also file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Boston Area Office.

John F. Kennedy Federal Building, 475 Government Center, Boston, MA  02203

(TELEPHONE NUMBER: 800-669-4000). 

 

Adopted:  12/18/18

Amended: 11/19/19

 

Approved 11/19/2019
Previous Policy Number:

DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINT FORM

1008-e

/uploads/Exhibit_1008-E_DISCRIMINATION_COMPLAINT_FORM.pdf

 

 

Click on this link to view the Discrimination Complaint Form - 1008-E

 

 

 

 

Approved 11/19/2019
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THE PEOPLE AND THEIR SCHOOL DISTRICT

1010

THE PEOPLE AND THEIR SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

The people elect a Board of Education to represent them, to determine local educational plans and policy, and to establish publicly endorsed educational goals and objectives.

The Board is mindful that the people are the ultimate governors of public education and that the Board is directly accountable to the people through the elective process. The Board also believes that accountability is a shared responsibility involving students, teachers and other employees, the Superintendent of Schools, and the people themselves, as well as the Board of Education.

The Board, therefore, asserts these beliefs and expectations:

Students should be instructed at home and by the schools in order that they will learn to hold themselves accountable for their own lives, actions and decisions as maturing members of a democratic society.

Teachers should hold students accountable for achieving (within the limits of each student’s abilities) the objectives of each learning experience.

The Superintendent should hold teachers and other employees accountable for working with diligent effort, intelligence and imagination in achieving the objectives directly related to their stated job responsibilities.

The Board should also hold itself accountable for carrying out its mandate to plan, make policy, and lead in the identification of goals and objectives.

Cross Reference:

Policy 0200 (School District Goals)
Policy 1005 (Community Goals)

Adopted:  April 28, 1981

Approved 11/6/2013

Reviewed and No Changes Required:  December 15, 2015
Previous Policy Number: AB

Approved 12/15/2015
Previous Policy Number: AB

SEX OFFENDER NOTIFICATION

1020

SEX OFFENDER NOTIFICATION

 

The Board of Education recognizes its responsibility for the health and safety of the students enrolled within the district and for those youngsters receiving services or participating in programs or events on school district property.  Therefore, the Board is desirous of taking appropriate precautionary measures in situations where the district has been advised that a convicted sex offender resides within the district.  Pursuant to state law, the Connecticut Department of Public Safety is obligated to notify school superintendents whenever a sexual offender is released into the community or whenever a registrant changes such registrant’s address. 

 

Where school officials are advised that an individual convicted of a sexual offense resides within the school district, the district shall give notice in accordance herewith in an effort to minimize the possibility that the released and registered sex offender will come into contact with students within the district.  In addition, the Board believes that cooperation with local law enforcement officials will best promote and protect the safety and well-being of its students.

 

Whenever information is received that a registered sex offender is residing within the school district, such information will be disseminated to building principals for the purpose of confidentially informing school staff.

 

The Superintendent may also disseminate such information to such additional individuals or groups of individuals who, in the opinion of the Superintendent, have a legitimate need to be notified of such information in order to protect the health, safety or welfare of school district students. 

 

Any notification made pursuant to this policy listing the name(s) of registered sex offenders residing in the Meriden school district shall be in writing and shall include a statement that the school district does not warrant that the list or any other information contained therein is current or accurate.  Any information received regarding registered sex offenders shall be dated and kept on file in the Office of the Superintendent of Schools.

 

In addition, school district personnel shall cross-reference the Connecticut Department of Public Safety’s sexual offender registry prior to hiring any new employee and prior to permitting a vo to work with students in any capacity.   Registration as a sexual offender constitutes grounds for denial of employment and/or volunteer opportunities in the Meriden Public Schools. 

 

The Superintendent or his/her designee shall provide training to appropriate staff members regarding the methods for accessing the sexual offender registry information posted on the Connecticut Department of Public Safety and the provisions of these regulations.     

 

 

Legal Reference:         Connecticut General Statutes

Public Act No. 98-111 -An Act Concerning the Registration of Sexual   Offenders

United States Code, Title 42

Conn. Gen. Stat. §54-258

14071 Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Program Act

 

Approved:  April 28, 1981

Amended:  August 19, 2014

 Amended:  December 15, 2015

 

Previous Policy Number: ID2.9

 
Previous Policy Number: 3516.4

Approved 12/15/2015
Previous Policy Number: 3516.4

ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATIONS REGARDING SEXUAL OFFENDERS

1020-R

ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATIONS REGARDING SEXUAL OFFENDERS

Pursuant to state law, the Connecticut Department of Public Safety is obligated to notify school superintendents whenever a sexual offender is released into the community or whenever a registered sexual offender changes his or her address. 

 

In order to provide information from the Connecticut Department of Public Safety to interested persons in the Meriden Public Schools’ community, a link to the Connecticut Department of Public Safety’s sexual offender registry has been placed on the school district’s website. 

 

When the Superintendent of Schools receives a specific notification from the Connecticut Department of Public Safety that a registered sexual offender is being released into the Meriden community, the Superintendent or his/her designee will post the notification from the Connecticut Department of Public Safety on the district’s website within a reasonable period of time.

 

In addition, school district personnel shall cross-reference the Connecticut Department of Public Safety’s sexual offender registry prior to hiring any new employee and prior to permitting a volunteer to work with students in any capacity.   Registration as a sexual offender constitutes grounds for denial of employment and/or volunteer opportunities in the Meriden Public Schools. 

 

The Superintendent or his/her designee shall provide training to appropriate staff members regarding the methods for accessing the sexual offender registry information posted on the Connecticut Department of Public Safety and the provisions of these regulations.     

 

Legal references:

 

Conn. Gen. Stat. §54-258

 

Public Act 14-213, “An Act Concerning Notice To The Superintendent Of Schools Or      Chief Executive Officer Of A Municipality Upon Release Or Relocation Of A         Registered Sexual Offender Into The School District Or Municipality”

 

 

Approved:       April 28, 2015

Amended: December 15, 2015
Previous Policy Number:

 

Approved 12/15/2015
Previous Policy Number:

PUBLIC INFORMATION PROGRAM

1100

PUBLIC INFORMATION

Each principal is authorized to use all means available to keep parents and the community informed of his/her school’s programs and activities. However, the release of information of district-wide interest is to be coordinated through the Central Office.



Approved:  April 28, 1981
Amended:  December 15, 2015

Previous Policy Number: JB-R

Approved 12/15/2015
Previous Policy Number: JB

Guidelines for Public Information

1100 (R)

Each principal is authorized to use all means available to keep parents and the community informed of his/her school’s programs and activities. However, the release of information of district-wide interest is to be coordinated through the Central Office.

Approved 4/28/1981
Previous Policy Number: JB-R

Public’s Right to Know - Statistical Data

1100.1

PUBLIC’S RIGHT TO KNOW - STATISTICAL DATA

In recognition of the need for an informed citizenry and the public’s right to know, the Board provides citizens with information about the school system in statistics and studies reported at Board meetings and disseminated in the news media, as well as in special information-sharing meetings conducted by the staffs of the schools and by parent organizations.

In continuing to comply with Connecticut General Statutes §1-200, and continuing to fulfill its responsibility to keep the public informed, while at the same time attempting to control excessive expenditures of staff time in the compilation, assembly and distribution of information relating to the operation of the public schools, the Board has enacted the following policy:

Any requested information covered by Section 1-200 that is readily available in the format in which it is requested will be supplied by the Superintendent for inspection or copying by the person or group making the request. A fee of 50 cents per page will be charged for the cost of reproducing requested information.

 

Legal Reference:

Connecticut General Statutes, Section 10-15

Approved: April 28, 1981

Amended: December 15, 2015

Previous Policy Number: JB1

Approved 12/15/2015
Previous Policy Number: JB1

School-Sponsored Information Media

1100.2

SCHOOL-SPONSORED INFORMATION MEDIA

Formal publications issued by and in the name of the schools shall reflect the high regard in which our schools are held. The exercise of appropriate economy in materials and production is expected.

In addition, the Board encourages the regular distribution by each school of printed and electronic material about its activities to all district parents and interested citizens.

Cross Reference:

Policy 6145.3 (Student Publications)
Policy 1325 (Advertising in the Schools)

Approved: April 28, 1981

Amended: December 15, 2015
Previous Policy Number: JB2

 

Approved 12/15/2015
Previous Policy Number: JB2

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

1110

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

Evidence indicates that meaningful involvement of parents, guardians, and other care-givers in the schooling of children improves the quality of education significantly. The Board of Education believes that closer connections of parents and others responsible for the home care of the children with our schools can result in enhanced academic performance, improved behavior, and reduced absenteeism.

Therefore, all parents, guardians, and care-givers of students enrolled in our school district are encouraged to take an active role in the education of their children.

Further, the Board of Education, professional staff and parents working in partnership must take whatever steps are necessary to facilitate a broad variety of opportunities for parents to connect frequently with the schools in which their children are enrolled, and with the overall system. These steps should include the following:

  • Parenting skills shall be promoted and supported.
  • Communication between home and school shall be regular, two-way, and meaningful.
  • Parents shall play an integral role in assisting student learning.
  • Parents shall be welcome in every school and their support and assistance sought.
  • Parent input shall be sought regarding decisions that affect children and families.
  • Community resources shall be made available to strengthen school programs, family practices, and student learning.

In accordance with Section 1118 of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (“NCLB”), Public Act 107-110, it is the policy of the Meriden Board of Education to provide parents of all students, as well as parents of students participating in the district’s supplemental programs (supplemental educational programs funded by Title I or other federal programs as well as state-funded programs), substantial and meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their children. To facilitate parental participation, the Board encourages all parents, especially parents of Title I eligible students, to be involved in regular meetings, communications, and activities that will inform them about the district’s supplemental programs, to participate in the improvement of such programs and to help improve their child’s progress within these programs.

This policy has been developed jointly with, and agreed upon by, parents of children participating in such programs. The district shall distribute this written parental involvement policy to parents of eligible students in an understandable and uniform format. The policy shall be made available to the public and updated periodically, as necessary, to carry out the requirements of parental involvement under Section 1118 of NCLB.

The Board’s designee shall, with the involvement of program parents, conduct an annual evaluation of this policy in order to assess its effectiveness in involving parents in the improvement of the supplemental programs and to identify barriers to greater parent participation in program activities.

Each year, the Board’s designee shall also conduct a meeting, at a convenient time, to involve parents in the planning, review and improvement of programs funded by supplemental services. All parents of participating children must be invited and encouraged to attend. At this meeting, parents shall be given a description and explanation of the curriculum, the forms of academic assessment used, the proficiency levels students are expected to meet and information regarding the importance of parental involvement.

In addition to the required annual meeting, and if requested by parents, the Board’s designee shall offer opportunities for regular meetings at flexible times of the day in order to allow parents to formulate suggestions for the district’s supplemental services programs and their application to their children’s programs; and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions related to the education of their children.

Parents will be given opportunities to participate in the joint development of the district’s supplemental plan, as required by Section 1112 of NCLB, and in the process of any school review and improvement should a school fail to make adequate annual progress as required by Section 1116 of NCLB. At any time, if a parent is dissatisfied with a school’s supplemental program, he/she shall have the opportunity to submit comments for review at the district level.

The Board’s designee will provide the coordination, technical assistance and other support necessary to assist Title I schools in planning and implementing effective parent involvement. Parental involvement in Title I programs shall be coordinated with parental involvement strategies under other district programs.

In order to build the schools’ and parents’ capacity for strong parental involvement, the Board shall:

  1. provide assistance to parents of eligible students in understanding topics related to their child’s progress, such as explanation of state academic standards and assessment tools, the requirements under Title I, and how to monitor their child’s progress;
  2. provide materials and training to help parents to work with their children, such as literacy training and using technology;
  3. educate teachers, staff and administrators about how to better communicate and work with parents;
  4. ensure that information related to school and parent programs, meetings and other activities is sent to participating parents in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand;
  5. provide such other reasonable support for parental involvement activities as parents may request; and
  6. inform parents and parental organizations of the existence and purpose of the Parent Involvement Policy and the School-Parent Compact.

School-Parent Compact

This policy further requires that each school involved in supplemental programs shall jointly develop, with parents of eligible children, a School-Parent Compact that outlines how parents, staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership to help children achieve the State’s high standards.

The School-Parent Compact shall:

  1. describe the school’s responsibility to provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables supplemental services students to meet the State’s student academic achievement standards;
  2. indicate the ways in which each parent will be responsible for supporting their child’s learning, such as monitoring attendance, homework completion, and television watching; volunteering in their child’s classroom; and participating, as appropriate, in decisions related to their child’s education and positive use of extracurricular time; and
  3. stress the importance of ongoing parent-teacher communication through parent-teacher conferences, frequent reports to parents, reasonable access to school staff, and opportunities to volunteer, participate in and observe their child’s classroom activities.

The Board authorizes the Superintendent, or his/her designee, to develop a School-Parent Compact and other procedures such as those relating to meetings, parent communication and parental involvement activities, as he/she deems necessary in order to ensure compliance with this policy.

The Superintendent is required to include information about parental involvement and actions taken to improve parental involvement, in the strategic school profile he or she submits annually to the Board of Education and Commissioner of Education.  Such actions to improve parental involvement may include methods to engage parents in the planning and improvement of school programs and to increase support to parents working at home with their children on learning activities.



Legal Reference:

Connecticut General Statutes, Section 10-221
Section 1118 of No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Public Act 107-110

Cross Reference:

Policy 1210 (Relations with Parents’ Organizations)

 

Approved: March 3, 1998
Amended: March 16, 2004 

Amended: December 15, 2015
Previous Policy Number: JN

Approved 12/15/2015
Previous Policy Number: JN

School-Parent Compact

1110 (E)

View / download SCHOOL-PARENT COMPACT (printable PDF)

Approved 12/15/2015
Previous Policy Number: JN-E

USE OF STUDENTS IN PUBLIC INFORMATION PROGRAM

1140

USE OF STUDENTS IN PUBLIC INFORMATION PROGRAM

The participation of students in interpreting the educational program of the schools to the community shall be encouraged, with the understanding that:

students shall not be exploited for the benefit of any individual or groups;

students shall participate only in situations deemed appropriate by the principal; and

the use of students shall always be evaluated in terms of the effect on the student.

Materials may be distributed through the students in the schools only for organizations which are directly associated with the schools. Other materials which benefit or serve the general welfare of the community may be circulated or announced in school bulletins and/or posters only at the discretion of the Superintendent.

Approved: April 18, 1981

Reviewed and No Changes Required:  December 15, 2015
Previous Policy Number: JB4

Approved 12/15/2015
Previous Policy Number: JB4

RELATIONS WITH PARENTS' ORGANIZATIONS

1210

RELATIONS WITH PARENTS’ ORGANIZATIONS

The Board endorses the creation of parents’ organizations as an appropriate means of achieving the effective involvement of parents in the affairs of the Meriden schools. The Board expects all staff members – but most particularly principals – to work closely and in harmony with the officers and directors of all parents’ organizations in the pursuit of the following goals:

to involve parents and school personnel in a cooperative and sustained program of activities which will increase the educational opportunities of children both in the school and at home;

to improve school-home relationships by enabling parents and school personnel to [a] define their relationship; [b] define their roles as they pertain to the students served by the schools; and [c] identify family needs and resources, including those of the community as a whole, as well as school needs and resources;

to provide teachers and administrators with opinions and viewpoints that will lead to better analysis of the needs of students and more relevant program planning; and

to develop the skills needed by school personnel to function effectively in a working relationship with parents and other community members.

Approved: April 28, 1981

Review and No Changes Required:  December 15, 2015
Previous Policy Number: JM1

Approved 12/15/2015
Previous Policy Number: JM1

RELATIONS WITH EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH AND SERVICE CENTERS

1220

RELATIONS WITH EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH AND SERVICE CENTERS

The Superintendent is authorized to cooperate as far as practicable with colleges, universities, and other recognized research agencies in promoting potentially useful research.

Decisions made on research projects involving Meriden Public Schools' students, teachers or other employees will be influenced by the following factors:

The objectives of the research should be clearly stated and the design should produce valid and reliable results which will then be made available to the Meriden Public Schools.

The research should be expected to contribute to the improvement of educational or the general welfare of children.

Data derived from school records, interviews, or questionnaires which have the potential to invade the privacy of students or their families must have advanced written authorization of parents or guardians even though the data is to be collected and reported under conditions of anonymity.

Research proposals should be of sufficient scope and depth to justify the time and effort of Meriden Public Schools' students and staff members.

Instructional activities shall not be interrupted unless there is a clear benefit for the educational program of the Meriden schools.

Projects involving student researchers must have prior written approval by a faculty member of the institution in which the student is enrolled. This faculty member must have direct responsibility for the student’s research.

Notwithstanding the language of this policy, Meriden Public Schools shall at all times comply with the Federal requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act regarding personally identifiable student information and educational records.

Approved: April 28, 1981

Amended: December 15, 2015
Previous Policy Number: LB

Approved 12/15/2015
Previous Policy Number: LB

Procedures for Conducting Research Studies in Meriden Public Schools

1220 (R)

PROCEDURES FOR CONDUCTING RESEARCH STUDIES IN MERIDEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

The Meriden Public Schools has an interest in sponsoring or assisting in worthwhile research projects and encourages the use of school facilities in carrying out such projects.

The criteria upon which approval of a proposal for such a research project will be based are:

  1. value of the study for Meriden Public Schools;
  2. the demands the study makes in terms of pupil and staff time;
  3. the extent to which the project disrupts the schools regular routine; and
  4. the ultimate value of the study for education.

PROCEDURES

  1. Submission of a detailed plan of study to the Grants Administrator:

    a. Statement of the nature and purpose of the study.
    b. Name of the sponsoring institution.
    c. Information which must be obtained from school records.
    d. Amount and kind of assistance required of school personnel.
    e. Time and duration of study.
  2. Evaluation of the plan by the Grants Administrator and administrators responsible for the area in which the study will be conducted.
  3. Final approval is required by the Superintendent of Schools.

After the proposal has been approved, the person conducting the study may expect to receive the full cooperation of all concerned with it. A summary of the results of the study will be filed with the Grants Administrator.

Approved 4/28/1981

Reviewed and No Changes Required: December 15, 2015
Previous Policy Number: LB-R

Approved 12/15/2015
Previous Policy Number: LB-R

VISITORS AND OBSERVATIONS IN SCHOOLS

1240

VISITORS AND OBSERVATIONS IN SCHOOLS

 The Meriden Board of Education (the “Board”) encourages visits by citizens, taxpayers, and parents to all school buildings.  In order to promote a safe and productive educational environment for all students and staff, the Board requires all visitors to receive prior approval from the school Principal or his/her designee before being permitted to visit any school building.  The Board, through the administration, reserves the right to limit visits in accordance with administrative regulations. 

The Board further desires to work collaboratively with parents with an educational nexus with the district, its educational programs or the student being observed, to observe their students in their current classrooms or observe proposed educational placements in the Board’s schools. The Board, through the administration, reserves the right to limit observations of current and proposed educational placements in accordance with administrative regulations and the Board’s Guidelines for Independent Educational Evaluations.

Upon arrival, all visitors and observers must comply with any and all applicable building security procedures, including but not limited to utilizing security buzzers for access, complying with requests for photo identification, reporting directly to and signing in and out at the visitors’ reception area of the school office, prominently displaying visitors’ badges or other identification required for visitors to the school buildings, limiting access to those areas of the buildings and grounds for which the visitors/observers have authorized access, and complying with directives of school officials at all times.

Legal References:

           “Guidelines Regarding Independent Educational Evaluations at Public Expense and In-School Observations,” Connecticut State Department of Education (Mar. 28, 2018).

Approved: April 28, 1981

Amended: December 15, 2015

Amended: December 18, 2018
Previous Policy Number: JK

Approved 12/18/2018
Previous Policy Number: JK

Guidelines for School Visitations

1240 (R)

ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATIONS

REGARDING VISITORS AND OBSERVATIONS IN SCHOOLS 

  1. Any person wishing to visit a school building, and/or observe any student program, must obtain prior approval from the building Principal or responsible administrator of the respective school building or program.
  1. A visitor to any school building or program must be able to articulate a legitimate reason for his/her proposed visit and/or observation. Where the visitation involves direct contact with district students, or observation of an identified student or student program, the visitor must have a sufficient educational nexus with the district, its educational programs or the student to support such request. 
  1. All visits must be reasonable in length and conducted in a manner designed to minimize disruption to the district’s educational programs.
  1. When a parent/guardian makes a request to observe an identified student or student program, the request will be reviewed with the student’s parent/guardian to determine the purpose of the observation, specific questions being addressed, the location(s) of the observation, and the date, time and length of the observation.
  1. When determining whether to approve a request to visit and/or observe individual students or student programs, the building Principal or responsible administrator shall consider the following factors:
  1. the frequency of visits;
  2. the duration of the visit;
  3. the number of visitors involved;
  4. the effect of the visit on a particular class or activity;
  5. the age of the students;
  6. the nature of the class or program;
  7. the potential for disclosure of confidential personally identifiable student information;
  8. whether the visitor/observer has a legitimate educational interest in visiting the school;
  9. whether the visitor/observer has professional ethical obligations not to disclose any personally identifiable student information;
  10. any safety risk to students and school staff; and
  11. compliance with the Board’s Guidelines for Independent Educational Evaluations, if applicable.
  1. The building Principal or responsible administrator has the discretion to limit, or refuse, requests for visits and/or observations of student programs in light of the above criteria. When a requested observation is refused, the building Principal or responsible administrator will provide the parent/guardian with the reason for the decision and will work to develop alternative ways for the parent/guardian to obtain the information the parent/guardian seeks.
  1. If a building Principal or responsible administrator approves a request to visit a school building and/or observe a student program, arrangements must be made in advance to ensure that the visit will not disrupt educational programs. The length and scope of any visit shall be determined by the building Principal or responsible administrator in accordance with these regulations and accompanying Board policy. The building Principal or responsible administrator shall determine a reasonable amount of time for observations of individual students or student programs.
  1. Upon arrival, all visitors must comply with any and all applicable building security procedures, including but not limited to utilizing security buzzers for access, complying with requests for photo identification, reporting directly to and signing in and out at the visitors’ reception area of the school office, prominently displaying visitors’ badges or other identification required for visitors to the school buildings, limiting access to those areas of the buildings and grounds for which the visitors have authorized access, and complying with directives of school officials at all times.
  1. The district has an obligation to maintain the confidentiality of personally identifiable student information. All visitors and observers must restrict their visits and observations to the purpose identified in the request to visit or observe and are strictly prohibited from observing or collecting information on other students within the school.  If the visitor/observer views, accesses or otherwise obtains personally identifiable student information concerning another student, the visitor/observer must notify the building Principal or responsible administrator as soon as possible.
  1. A refusal to comply with any of the Board’s policy provisions and/or regulations concerning visitors shall constitute grounds for denial of the visitor’s privileges, as determined appropriate by the building Principal or designee. Such refusal may also result in a referral to law enforcement personnel, as determined appropriate by the building Principal or designee.

 

Legal References:

 

           “Guidelines Regarding Independent Educational Evaluations at Public Expense and In-         School Observations,” Connecticut State Department of Education (Mar. 28, 2018).

 

 

Approved: April 28, 1981

Amended: December 15, 2015

Amended: December  18, 2018


Previous Policy Number: JK-R

Approved 12/18/2018
Previous Policy Number: JK-R

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IN DECISION-MAKING

1300

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IN DECISION-MAKING

The Board recognizes that the public provides a vast resource of experience useful to the public schools. The Board encourages the involvement of citizens as advisors and resource people. The following are two major ways in which the will of the community shall influence the development of Board policies:

The Board members will remain mindful that they are elected to represent the people of the district.

All citizens of the district will be encouraged to express ideas, concerns, and judgments about the schools through such means as a) written suggestions or proposals, b) presentations at hearings, c) responses to surveys made through interviews, written instruments or other means and d) comments at meetings of the Board.

Approved: April 28, 1981

Amended: December 15, 2015
Previous Policy Number: JC1

Approved 12/15/2015
Previous Policy Number: JC1

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AS VOLUNTEERS

1305

1305

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AS VOLUNTEERS, STUDENT INTERNS AND OTHER NON-EMPLOYEES

 

The Board of Education recognizes the importance of school volunteers at all levels of schooling.  Volunteers can enhance collaboration between the school and community, broaden the school’s educational environment and ultimately enrich students’ school experience.  The Board further acknowledges that it may, from time to time, be asked to provide learning experiences for student interns within the school environments. In recognition of the benefit of having volunteers, interns and other such non-employees providing services within the schools, the Board supports the involvement of these individuals in accordance with suitable regulations and safeguards to be developed by the Administration.    

 

Volunteers, interns and other such non-employees working within the schools (“volunteers”) must work under the supervision of Meriden Public Schools staff.  Volunteers are held to the same standards of conduct as school staff and must observe all Board of Education policies, including applicable policies on the confidentiality of student information.  

 

Volunteers may be required to submit to state and federal criminal record checks and a record check of the Department of Children and Families (“DCF”) Child Abuse and Neglect Registry.  No person who is required to register as a sex offender under state or federal law, or whose name is currently listed on the DCF registry, may volunteer in the Meriden Public Schools.

 

No employee of the Meriden Public Schools shall serve as a volunteer in any capacity, except as may be approved by the Superintendent or his/her designee based on the specific situation.

 

Persons interested in volunteering their services should contact the school principal.

 

Cross Reference:

Policy 1300 (In Decision-Making)
Policy 1400 (Relations with Community Organizations)

 

Legal References:

Connecticut General Statutes § 10-4g

Connecticut General Statutes § 10-220

Connecticut General Statutes § 10-235

Connecticut General Statutes § 54-250 et seq.

 

Approved: April 28, 1981

Amended: December 15, 2015
Previous Policy Number: JC2

Approved 12/15/2015
Previous Policy Number: JC2

Procedures for School Volunteers

1305 (R)

PROCEDURES FOR SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS, INTERNS AND OTHER NON-EMPLOYEES

 

Screening Procedure

 

The following procedure has been established for screening volunteers, interns and other non-employees (“volunteers”) within the Meriden Public Schools.  For the purpose of this procedure, volunteers are defined as those individuals who volunteer their time to assist in schools for the benefit of the student body with the express knowledge, consent and direction of a Meriden Public Schools employee.  Student interns are defined as individuals currently enrolled in a post-secondary program for which an authorized internship is required or for which the student may be granted credit as part of an approved course of study.  As with other volunteers, all student interns must be approved in advance by the building administrator or his/her designee and must be under the direction of a Board employee.  

 

This procedure identifies those situations in which an individual may be required to submit to state and federal criminal record checks and a record check of the Department of Children and Families (“DCF”) Child Abuse and Neglect Registry within 10 days of application and/or request to volunteer within the Meriden Public Schools.  All results must be received by the Office of Human Resources before the volunteer may commence his or her services.  No person who is required to register as a sex offender under state or federal law, or whose name is currently listed on the DCF registry, may volunteer in the Meriden Public Schools.

 

Screening Procedure Definitions

 

The District has identified two classifications of volunteers:  Group I and Group II.

 

Group I

 

Volunteers will be classified in Group I when they assist school staff members with school activities in the presence of a Meriden Public Schools employee.  Background checks will not be required of Group I volunteers.  Group I volunteers are those who assist school staff members with school activities such as those listed below:

 

  1. assisting in a classroom, cafeteria, or library when a staff member is present; or
  2. accompanying a class on a field trip during the school day with a staff member; or
  3. helping in the school office during regular school hours; or
  4. assisting in the cafeteria or library during regular school hours; or
  5. assisting during extracurricular events, i.e., dances, fairs, open house, sporting events, etc.

 

Group II

 

Volunteers will be classified in Group II when they provide services to students when not in the direct presence of a Meriden Public Schools employee.  Group II volunteers will be required to complete a consent form regarding the release of information concerning any prior or pending criminal offenses, and such volunteers will be required to submit to a record check of the Department of Children and Families (DCF) Abuse and Neglect Registry.  Group II volunteers are those who engage in activities such as those listed below:

 

  1. accompanying a class on a field trip in which the plans include that students be divided into small groups supervised solely by the volunteer chaperone for any length of time; or
  2. chaperoning an overnight field trip; or
  3. working in direct contact with students without the direct presence of a Meriden Public Schools employee;
  4. working as a student intern; or
  5. coaching.

 

Upon receipt of DCF Abuse and Neglect Registry results indicating that the volunteer is involved in an abuse or neglect investigation or that the volunteer is listed as a perpetrator of abuse or neglect on the Registry, the Superintendent or his or her designee will notify the volunteer of the results of the Registry check and will provide an opportunity for the volunteer to respond to the results of the Registry check.  No person who is a required to register as a sex offender under state or federal law, or whose name is currently listed on the DCF registry, may be approved to volunteer within the Meriden Public Schools.

 

When a criminal record check of a volunteer reveals a criminal conviction, whether disclosed or undisclosed on the volunteer’s consent form, the Superintendent will make a case-by-case determination as to whether to allow the individual to volunteer in the Meriden Public Schools.  Prior to any such decision by the Superintendent or designee, the Superintendent or designee shall inform the volunteer and shall provide an opportunity for the volunteer to respond.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, the falsification or omission of any information on a volunteer consent form, including, but not limited to, information concerning criminal convictions or pending criminal charges, may be grounds for the Superintendent or designee to prohibit the individual from becoming a volunteer.

 

Prior Approval Required

 

All school volunteers (including student interns or other non-employee working in the schools) must be approved in advance by the building principal or other administrative designee.  The school district, acting through the appropriate building administrator or his/her designee, reserves the right to discontinue or disallow the services of any volunteer at any time at the discretion of the administration.

 

Sign-in Procedure

 

All volunteers must report to the school office upon arrival to sign in and must report to the office prior to departure to sign out.  A sign-in/sign-out log will be maintained in each school office.  Volunteers must indicate the purpose of their visit and include any other information (i.e. destination; provide proof of identification etc.) as may be required by the log.   Additionally, volunteers will be provided with identification badges, which must be displayed during each visit.

 

Legal Reference:

 

Connecticut General Statutes § 10-4g

Connecticut General Statutes § 10-220

Connecticut General Statutes § 10-235

Connecticut General Statutes § 54-250 et seq.  

Approved: April 28, 1981

Amended: December 15, 2015
Previous Policy Number: JC2-R

Approved 12/15/2015
Previous Policy Number: JC2-R

STAFF PARTICIPATION IN COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

1311

STAFF PARTICIPATION IN COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

Members of the certified staff are encouraged to take an active part in the affairs of the community.

The Superintendent, as time permits, is urged to participate in community life, providing opportunities for all citizens to be in contact with their school system and its operation.

The principals are encouraged to be active members of the school community.

Approved: April 28, 1981

Reviewed and No Changes Required: December 15, 2015
Previous Policy Number: JD

Approved 12/15/2015
Previous Policy Number: JD

Staff Participation in Political Activities

1311.1

STAFF PARTICIPATION IN POLITICAL ACTIVITIES

The Board does not discourage its employees from seeking office or from participating in campaigns for public office. Such activities, however, shall not conflict, interfere with, or detract from the performance of their duties or the duties of other Board employees.

Approved: April 28, 1981

Reviewed and No Changes Required: December 15, 2015
Previous Policy Number: GA2



Approved 12/15/2015
Previous Policy Number: GA2

PUBLIC COMMENT

1312

PUBLIC COMMENT ABOUT CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS

The Board recognizes its responsibility for all programs of study in the Meriden Public Schools, as well as for all instructional materials used in those programs. Accordingly, it is the Board’s policy to approve substantive revisions in curriculum on a K-8 basis and all additions, deletions, or substantial revisions in courses at the high school level. The Board shall also approve all basic texts and ensure that such texts are selected in a manner prescribed by the Board.

The Superintendent shall provide administrative procedures, including the establishment of a committee, to review any complaints regarding programs or instructional materials.

Cross Reference:

Policy 6141 (Curriculum Adoption & Revision)
Policy 6161 (Instructional Materials Selection and Adoption)
Policy 6160 (Textbook Selection and Adoption)

Approved: April 28, 1981

Amended: December 15, 2015
Previous Policy Number: JL1

Approved 12/15/2015
Previous Policy Number: JL

Procedures to Review Comments Regarding Programs or Instructional Materials

1312(R)

1312(R)

PROCEDURES TO REVIEW COMMENTS REGARDING PROGRAMS OR INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS

For the purposes of Policy 1312, the procedures and forms developed for the re-evaluation of texts, other classroom instructional materials, and library/media materials (6161.2 (R) and 6160.1 (E)) shall be used to review complaints about materials related to this policy. Procedure 6161.2 (R) and Form 6160.1 (E) are to be used in responding to programmatic complaints.

Approved:       April 28, 1981

Amended:       December 15, 2015
Previous Policy Number: JL1-R

Approved 12/15/2015
Previous Policy Number: JL1-R

Public Comment about School Personnel

1312.1

Complaints about school personnel made directly to the Board or individual Board members shall be referred to the Superintendent for study and possible resolution. The individual employee involved shall be advised of the nature of the complaint and shall be given every opportunity for explanation, comment, and presentation of the facts as he or she sees them.

Approved 4/28/1981
Previous Policy Number: JL2

Public Comment about Curriculum and Instructional Materials

1312.2

The Board recognizes its responsibility for all programs of study in the Meriden Public Schools, as well as for all instructional materials used in those programs. Accordingly, it is the Board’s policy to approve substantive revisions in curriculum on a K-8 basis and all additions, deletions, or substantial revisions in courses at the high school level. The Board shall also approve all basic texts and ensure that such texts are selected in a manner prescribed by the Board.

The Superintendent shall provide administrative procedures, including the establishment of a committee, to review any complaints regarding programs or instructional materials.

Cross Reference:

Policy 6141 (Curriculum Adoption & Revision)
Policy 6161 (Instructional Materials Selection and Adoption)
Policy 6160 (Textbook Selection and Adoption)

Approved 4/28/1981
Previous Policy Number: JL1

STUDENT PERFORMANCES

1321

The Board agrees that the two high school bands are required to march only in the Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day parades unless the parades are held on Sunday.

The middle school bands and elementary drum corps units march only on Memorial Day unless the parade is held on Sunday.

The participation of bands in any other parade shall be at the discretion of the Supervisor of Fine Arts.

Approved 4/28/1981
Previous Policy Number: IK

PUBLIC SALES ON SCHOOL PROPERTY

1323

inasmuch as the Meriden Public Schools is operated primarily for the academic interests of the children of Meriden, public sales will generally not be allowed on school property during school hours.

Student or PTA-sponsored sales which will benefit the student community shall be approved by the principal.

Approved: April 28, 1981

Amended: December 15, 2015


Previous Policy Number: JF1

Approved 12/15/2015
Previous Policy Number: JF1

PUBLIC SOLICITATION IN THE SCHOOLS

1324

Community charities and philanthropical organizations shall not be allowed to solicit from students or staff on school property during school hours unless such solicitation has been approved by the Superintendent of Schools.

Cross Reference:

Policy 4035 (Solicitations)

Approved: April 28, 1981

Reviewed and No Changes Required: December 15, 2015
Previous Policy Number: JH

 

Approved 12/15/2015
Previous Policy Number: JH

ADVERTISING IN THE SCHOOLS

1325

In no event shall the school system, including the staff and pupils, be employed in any manner for advertising or otherwise promoting the interests of any commercial or non-school agency.

The schools may cooperate in furthering the work of any non-profit, community-wide social service agency provided that such cooperation does not restrict or impair the educational program of the schools and benefits the community or the student body of Meriden Public Schools.

The schools may also participate in radio or television programs when such participation is supplemental and beneficial to the program of the schools.

The Superintendent may announce or authorize to be announced any lecture or other community activity of particular educational merit.

The schools may, upon approval of the Superintendent, cooperate with any governmental agency in promoting activities which are in the public interest, are non-partisan, and reflect the educational interests of the school system.

School publications may accept and publish paid advertising under established administrative procedures. However, advertising materials of a commercial, political or a religious nature shall not be displayed or distributed in the schools or on school grounds.

Further, students shall not be used as agents for distributing non-school related materials without the approval of the Superintendent.

Cross Reference:

Policy 4035 (Solicitations)
Policy 6145.3 (Student Publications)

Approved: April 28, 1981

Amended: December 15, 2015
Previous Policy Number: JJ

Approved 12/15/2015
Previous Policy Number: JJ

Distribution of Printed Advertisements or Announcements Application Form

1325 (E)

View / download DISTRIBUTION OF PRINTED ADVERTISEMENTS OR ANNOUNCEMENTS APPLICATION FORM (printable PDF)

Approved 4/28/1981
Previous Policy Number: JJ-E

SPECIAL INTEREST MATERIALS

1326

As a general rule, supplementary printed materials from commercial, political, religious, or other non-school sources will not be used in any way in the schools. Approval may be given to materials which are of an obvious educational quality, which supplement and enrich text and reference book materials used in the specific school courses, and which do not reflect a partisan or sectarian point of view.

With the approval of the principal, teachers may for specific purposes use special aids (non-printed materials) such as models, cuts, films, slides, pictures, charts and exhibits, even though such materials may bear the name of commercial business firms which may have provided the aids. Such materials must, in the judgment of the principal, meet the criteria listed in the above paragraph.

Cross Reference:

Policy 6161 (Instructional Materials, Selection and Adoption)
Policy 1312 (Public Comment)
Policy 1312.2 (Public Comment about Instructional Materials)

Approved 4/28/1981
Previous Policy Number: JE1

USE OF SCHOOL FACILITIES

1330
  1. Application Procedures

 

In accordance with Conn. Gen. Stat. § 10-239, the Board of Education may permit the use of any school facility for nonprofit educational or community purposes whether or not school is in session.  The Board of Education may also grant the temporary use of any school facility for public, educational or other purposes, including the holding of political discussion, at such time the facility is not in use for school purposes.  In addition, the Board shall grant such use for any purpose of voting under the provisions of Title 9 of the Connecticut General Statutes whether or not school is in session.  In accordance with 20 U.S.C. § 7905, the Board of Education shall not deny equal access to or a fair opportunity to meet, or otherwise discriminate, against any group officially affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America (or any other youth group listed as a patriotic society in Title 36 of the United States Code) that wishes to conduct a meeting using school facilities pursuant to this policy.  Such uses shall be governed by the following rules and procedures, and shall be subject to such restrictions as the Superin

tendent or his/her designee considers expedient.  

 

Consistent with this policy, the Superintendent shall develop and promulgate Administrative Regulations and associated forms governing use of school buildings and facilities by community and other groups.  Since the primary purpose of school facilities is for educational activities, such activities will have priority over all other requested uses.

 

Applications for use of facilities shall be submitted to the following individuals, in accordance with the Administrative Regulations:

 

Facility

Application Submitted To

For use of school buildings

Building Principal

For use of athletic fields and facilities

Athletic Director

For use of other school facilities

Superintendent of Schools

Groups requesting use of school buildings and facilities must identify the specific facilities desired, and approval will be for those specific facilities only.  All school equipment on the premises shall remain in the charge and control of the building principal or responsible administrator, and shall not be used without the express written permission of the administrator.

 

Principals and other responsible administrators shall submit copies of each building use form with a notation of whether such uses have been approved.  Approval of school facilities by the principal or other responsible party may be revoked at any time by the Superintendent or his/her designee.

 

  1. Eligible Organizations and Priority of Use

 

Administrators responsible for approving/disapproving requests for use of school district facilities will use the following guidelines regarding priority of usage of such facilities:

 

Order of priority:

 

  1. School-sponsored programs and activities.

 

  1. Activities of school-related organizations (e.g. PTO, Booster Clubs, After Graduation Committees and similar organizations).

 

  1. Town department or agency activities.

 

  1. Activities of non-profit organizations operating within the Town, other than school-related organizations covered by category #2 above.  

 

  1. Activities of for-profit organizations operating within the Town.

 

  1. Out-of-town organizations.

 

  1. Restrictions on Use of School Facilities

 

The following restrictions shall apply to the use of school facilities:

 

  1. Illegal activities will not be tolerated.

 

  1. Use or possession of tobacco, alcoholic beverages or unauthorized controlled substances shall not be permitted on school property.

 

  1. Refreshments may not be prepared, served or consumed without the prior approval of the responsible administrator.  Notwithstanding, only those beverages permitted by state law may be sold during the school day.  The responsible administrator may permit other beverages to be sold at the location of events occurring after the end of the regular school day or on the weekend as long as they are not sold from a vending machine or at a school store.   Upon approval by the administrator, refreshments may be prepared, served and consumed only in areas designated by the responsible administrator.

 

  1. Obscene advertising, decorations or materials shall not be permitted on school property.

 

  1. Advertising, decorations or other materials that promote the use of illegal drugs, tobacco products, or alcoholic beverages shall not be permitted.

 

  1. Activities that are disruptive of the school environment are not permitted.

 

Any violation of this Policy or any applicable Administrative Regulations may result in permanent revocation of the privilege to use school facilities against the organization and/or individuals involved.

 

  1. Fees and Other Costs

 

Users of school facilities shall be responsible for the fees and costs set out in a fee schedule established by the Superintendent with the approval of the Board of Education.  The following guidelines shall be incorporated into such fee schedule:

 

 
  1. Category

Fee

1.

School-sponsored programs and activities.

No rental fee or associated costs.

2.

Activities of school-related organizations (e.g. PTO, Booster Clubs, After Graduation Committees and similar organizations).

No rental fee or associated costs.

3.

Town department or agency activities.

Associated costs.  

4.

Activities of non-profit organizations operating within the Town, other than school-related organizations covered by category #2 above.

Associated costs.

5.

Activities of for-profit organizations operating within the Town.

Rental fee and associated costs.  

6.

Out-of-town organizations.

Rental fee and associated costs.  

 

“Associated costs” shall include, but shall not be limited to, fees for the services of any custodial personnel, food service personnel, security personnel or other personnel deemed by the responsible administrator to be necessary in connection with the use of a school district facility.  Such costs shall be at the rates set forth in the fee schedule.  Rental fees and/or associated costs otherwise applicable may be waived by the Superintendent or his/her designee if such waiver is deemed by the Superintendent or his/her designee to be in the best interest of the school system and/or the Town.

 

  1. Responsibility for Damage to Property or Loss of Property

 

In order to use school district facilities, any organization or individual requesting such use must agree to assume responsibility for any damage to and/or theft or loss of any school district property arising out of the use of the facilities.  



Legal References:  

 

Connecticut General Statutes §10-239   Use of School Facilities for Other Purposes

Connecticut General Statutes 10-215f   Certification that food meets nutrition standards

Connecticut General Statutes §10-221q Sale of beverages

Connecticut General Statutes Title 9    Elections

20 U.S.C. § 7905 Equal Access to Public School for the Boy Scouts of America

26 U.S.C § 101 et seq. Patriotic and National Organizations




 

Adopted: April 28, 1981
Amended: April 4, 1995 

Amended: April 4, 1995

Amended: December 15, 2015


Previous Policy Number: CB12-R

 

Approved 12/15/2015
Previous Policy Number: CB12

Agreement for Use of Board of Education Property

1330 (E)

View / Download Agreement for Use of Board of Education Property (printable pdf form)

Approved 12/15/2015
Previous Policy Number: CB12-E

Guidelines for the Use of School Facilities

1330 (R)

The Meriden Board of Education believes that public school facilities should be used as community resources for the benefit of the people of Meriden. The Board, therefore, favors and encourages family and group participation in activities on school premises which are conducive to good citizenship. To attain these ends, school buildings are made available to local organizations, except when school is in regular session or is otherwise being used for school activities.

Application for the non-school use of school facilities must be made through the particular school involved and/or the Office of Adult, Career and Vocational Education, except for the use of playgrounds, swimming pools, tennis courts, and school sites during the period from June 1 to September 1, which shall be supervised by the Department of Parks and Recreation of the City of Meriden. No non-school use may be authorized for more than five months after which a new application must be made.

No permanent structures may be erected on school sites, nor may facilities be changed or altered without specific written permission of the Board of Education. Cafeteria kitchens and equipment may not be used for non-school activities without the written permission of the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee.

Upon request, applicants for the use of school facilities will furnish certificates of insurance or other evidence satisfactory to the particular school involved and/or the Supervisor of Adult, Career and Vocational Education to protect the Board and the City of Meriden from liability for any injury or damage to persons or property occurring during the use of school facilities.

The use of schools, in its general sense, does not include the use of the school’s equipment. The principal of the school is authorized to assign such items for use at his/her discretion.

All users will pay personnel costs related to building rentals. If recommended by the Superintendent, the basic rental fee can be waived for non-profit activities that benefit the community.

If a community organization wishes to have the energy surcharges, as well as the basic rental fee, waived, they must submit in writing to the President of the Board of Education proof that the organization has provided, for at least two consecutive years, scholarships to the students of the Meriden Public Schools. The President will then respond through the Superintendent to the request within 30 days.

Detailed information may be found in the Guide for the Use of School Facilities located in the Office of the Supervisor of Adult, Career and Vocational Education.

 

Adopted 4/28/1981
Amended 4/4/1995 

Approved 4/4/1995
Previous Policy Number: CB12-R

Community Use of School Facilities

1330.1

COMMUNITY USE OF SCHOOL FACILITIES

The Board believes that the public schools are an integral part of the community. Therefore, the Board encourages the public use of school facilities.

Authorization by the Superintendent and Building Principal, or Athletic Director of the use of school facilities shall not be considered as an endorsement or approval of the activity, group or organization, nor the purposes it represents. No application for use of school facilities shall be denied on grounds of disagreement with the philosophy or views of the applicant. However, the Board or the Superintendent may deny such use when it appears to be not in the public interest.

The Superintendent, Building Principal, or Athletic Director shall permit the use of facilities and charge for them in accordance with the separate rules and regulations governing facility use.

Legal Reference:

Connecticut General Statutes, Section 10-220, 10-239

Cross Reference:

Policy 1330 (Use of School Facilities)
School Facilities Use Guide

Approved: April 28, 1981

Amended: December 15, 2015


Previous Policy Number: JF

Approved 12/15/2015
Previous Policy Number: JF

Rentals and Service Charges

1330.2

RENTALS AND SERVICE CHARGES

The Board desires to cooperate with other city agencies and community organizations by making available school facilities and certain specified items of equipment or services when doing so will not be in conflict with the educational program. Charges, if any, for use of such facilities and equipment, shall take into consideration operation and maintenance costs. Receipts for such charges shall be deposited in a proper account.

Cross Reference:

Policy 1330 (Use of School Facilities)
Policy 1330.1 (Community Use of School Facilities)

Approved: April 28, 1981

Amended: December 15, 2015


Previous Policy Number: DD2

Approved 12/15/2015
Previous Policy Number: DD2

Smoking at Public Functions on School Premises

1340

The Meriden Board of Education prohibits smoking, including smoking using an electronic nicotine delivery system (e.g. e-cigarettes) within any indoor facility owned, leased or contracted for, and utilized, by the Board, for the provision of routine or regular kindergarten, elementary, or secondary education or library services to children.  For purposes of this policy, the term “electronic nicotine delivery system” shall mean an electronic device that may be used to simulate smoking in the delivery of nicotine or other substance to a person inhaling from the device and includes, but is not limited to, an electronic cigarette, electronic cigar, electronic cigarillo, electronic pipe or electronic hookah and any related device and any cartridge or other component of such device.  

Adopted 4/28/1981

Date Amended: November 17, 2015
Previous Policy Number: JF2

 

Legal References:

 

Pro-Children Act of 2001, Pub. L. 107-110, 115 Stat. 1174, 20 U.S.C. § 7183

 

Public Act 14-76, “An Act Concerning The Governor’s Recommendations Regarding Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems And Youth Smoking Prevention”

Approved 11/17/2015
Previous Policy Number:

RELATIONS WITH COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

1400

RELATIONS WITH COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

Utilization of the talents of members of the community will assist in the success of the school system. Consequently, it is important that community groups and associations play a role in the affairs of the schools.

In support of this policy, each school should make a systematic effort to identify individuals and groups of individuals who are interested in the schools and have resources that will enhance the learning program. Plans should be made to cooperate with and involve such individuals and groups in the school program.

Organizations with educational programs to present to the students in the Meriden Public Schools should contact the Superintendent for approval.

Cross Reference:

Policy 1300 (Community Involvement in Decision-Making)
Policy 1305 (Community Involvement as Volunteers)

Approved: April 28, 1981

Reviewed and No Changes Required: December 15, 2015


Previous Policy Number: JM

 

Approved 12/15/2015
Previous Policy Number: JM

RELATIONS WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENT AUTHORITIES

1410

Inasmuch as the Meriden Public Schools serve the community at large, it is in the community’s interest to relate the functions of the Board to other city agencies concerned with the security, safety, health and well-being of the citizenry.

The Board and the administration welcome all governmental agencies and commissions to participate in the planning and execution of such projects as will be mutually beneficial to students and all city residents.

Approved 4/28/1981
Previous Policy Number: JM2

RELATIONS WITH POLICE AUTHORITIES

1411

it is the policy of the Board to cooperate with law enforcement agencies in the interest of the welfare of all citizens. At the same time, the school system has the responsibility for the welfare of the students while they are in the care of the schools. To carry out this responsibility, school officials should observe the following:

A student is not immune from the law by virtue of his/her status as a student, nor is the school building a sanctuary from the law or the proper actions of law enforcement personnel. Whenever the police have cause to believe that a crime has been committed or when they have a search warrant or an arrest warrant, they shall be admitted in the exercise of their designated authority.

In the event of student interrogation by the police on school grounds, such interrogation shall be conducted in private and in the presence of a member of the school administration. In addition, the principal shall make a reasonable effort to inform parents that such interrogation is about to take place.

Approved: April 28, 1981

Amended: December 15, 2015


Previous Policy Number: JM3

Approved 12/15/2015
Previous Policy Number: JM3

Procedures for Cooperating with Police Authorities

1411 (R)

Criminal Activity Affecting the Operation of the School

In certain circumstances, the building principal may require the assistance of police authorities in the investigation of possible criminal activity affecting the operation of the school. Should such police involvement require the questioning of students on school grounds, the building principal shall promptly notify the parent or guardian of a student about to be questioned that such questioning is about to take place and the parent or guardian of any such student shall be permitted to be present during such questioning.

Criminal Activity Not Involving the Operation of the School

Police interrogation of students regarding criminal activity not involving the operation of the school will generally not be allowed on school grounds provided that, where an emergency exists which requires speedy investigation, such interrogation of students may be allowed to take place with the approval of the Superintendent or his/her designee.

Approved: April 28, 1981

Amended: December 15, 2015


Previous Policy Number: JM3-R

Approved 12/15/2015
Previous Policy Number: JM3-R

MILITARY RECRUITERS

1412

The Board will provide the same access to student directory information and will provide the same on campus recruiting opportunities to representatives of the armed forces of the United States of America and state armed services as are offered to non-military recruiters or commercial concerns.

Legal Reference:

Connecticut General Statutes, Section 1-19, Subsection (b) Subdivision (11)
Public Act No. 84-87, An Act Providing Military Recruiters Access to Schools and to Directory Information

Cross Reference:

Policy 5200 Confidentiality and Access to Education Records
Policy 1330.1 Community Use of School Facilities

Approved: June 4, 1985

Reviewed and No Changes Required: December 15, 2015
Previous Policy Number: JK.1

Approved 12/15/2015
Previous Policy Number: JK.1

RELATIONS WITH OTHER SCHOOLS AND DISTRICTS

1413

It is the policy of the Meriden Public Schools to cooperate to the maximum extent possible with other school districts and with other local, state and regional agencies and organizations in the solution of educational problems of common concern. This cooperation shall extend to such areas as research, exchange of information and data, coordination of curriculum, and coordination of school calendars and activities.

Approved 4/28/1981
Previous Policy Number: LA

RELATIONS WITH COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

1414

1414

RELATIONS WITH COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

The Board desires that staff and students of the Meriden Public Schools benefit in every way from resources provided by the colleges and universities in our area. The Superintendent is to keep the Board and the administration informed of all opportunities for shared and cooperative services between the district and institutions of higher learning.

Approved: April 28, 1981

Reviewed and No Changes Required: December 15, 2015
Previous Policy Number: LC

Approved 12/15/2015
Previous Policy Number: LC

RELATIONS WITH EDUCATIONAL ACCREDITATION AGENCIES

1415

It shall be the policy of the Board to seek the highest status of membership for its high schools in the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, to cooperate in the Association’s evaluations, and to consider its recommendations.

Approved: April 28, 1981

Amended: December 15, 2015
Previous Policy Number: LD

Approved 12/15/2015
Previous Policy Number: LD

RELATIONS WITH NEWS MEDIA

1420

The Board encourages sound relations with the news media in the community and in the surrounding geographical area. The Superintendent shall issue periodic releases to the news media which will provide information to the community concerning the schools and various aspects of the school program.

Cross Reference:

Policy 9150 (Meeting Conduct: Broadcasting and Taping of Meetings)

Approved 4/28/1981
Previous Policy Number: JB3

SCHOOL SECURITY AND SAFETY

1500

Each school operating under the jurisdiction of the Meriden Board of Education will create and implement an all-hazards school security and safety plan to bolster its existing emergency preparedness, response capability and school safety and security measures and to best meet all-hazards threats.  This plan will adhere to the requirements of state law and will include procedures for managing various types of emergencies and crisis management procedures.  Each individual school’s plan should be kept securely and will only be provided to the Board of Education, school staff and administration, members of state and local law enforcement, first responders and local municipal officials.  Pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes § 1-210 (b)(19), the plan will not be available to the public.

 

Legal References:

State Law:

Public Act 13-3, An Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety, Sections 86, 87, 88

Conn. Gen. Stat. § 1-210 (b)(19)

Conn. Gen. Stat. § 28-7

Conn. Gen. Stat. § 10-231

Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, School Security and Safety Plan Standards, December 30, 2013.

Federal Emergency Management Agency, Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans, June 2013



ADOPTED: December 15, 2015

Approved 12/15/2015
Previous Policy Number:

SCHOOL SECURITY AND SAFETY ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATIONS

1500(R)
  1. Security and Safety Committee

 

In order to create a fully individualized safety plan for each district school, each school will establish a school security and safety committee.* The committee is responsible for assisting in the development of the school’s plan and in administering the plan.  The committee will meet at least annually to review and update the school’s security and safety plan as necessary.  In determining whether the security and safety plan requires updating, the committee will take into account the results of the security and vulnerability assessment of the school, as described in Section IV below.  The security and safety committee shall also be notified of any instances of disturbing or threatening behavior that may not meet the definition of bullying and shall report such information, as necessary, to the district safe school climate coordinator.  Any information provided under this regulation shall be provided in accordance with the confidentiality restrictions imposed under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”) and the district’s Confidentiality and Access to Student Information policy and regulations.

 

[This committee may be the same as the Safe School Climate Committee as long as the Safe School Climate Committee has the required members listed below.]

 

The school security and safety committee shall include in its membership a local police officer, a local first responder, a teacher, a building administrator, a mental health professional, and a parent or guardian of a student at the school [and any other person the Board deems necessary such as custodian, property manager, local emergency management director, local public health director, information technology manager, transportation coordinator, and school nurse].  Any parent/guardian serving as a member of the Committee shall not participate in any activities which may compromise the confidentiality of any student.  Subject matter experts, including but not limited to the local public works director, food services director, the Superintendent of Schools, additional law enforcement members or first responders and representatives of the municipality or others shall be invited to participate as needed.

 

  1. Security and Safety Plan

Each school’s all-hazards school security and safety plan will be created using the format prescribed by the Connecticut State Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection/Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security in conjunction with the Connecticut State Department of Education.  The Board will submit the finalized school security and safety plan for each school to the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.  Additionally, each plan will be filed as an annex to the municipality’s Local Emergency Operations Plan, filed annually with DESPP/DEMHS pursuant to Conn. Gen. Stat. § 28-7.  A reference kit that meets the requirements of DESPP/DEMHS will be created in conjunction with the security and safety plan, which will be available to first responders in the event of a safety or security emergency.

III. Training and Orientation for School Employees

 

Each school employee at the school shall receive an orientation on the school’s security and safety plan.  Additionally, each school employee at the school shall receive violence prevention training in a manner described in the security and safety plan.  The training will be conducted in cooperation with the school safety and security committee and shall include local law enforcement, fire, emergency management, and emergency medical services.  The goal of the orientation and training is to provide the school community and municipal officials with an understanding of the need for unified planning, preparedness and response.

  1. Assessments

At least every two years, the Board shall conduct a security and vulnerability assessment for each school in the district.  Each school’s security and safety committee shall be advised of the results of the assessment for the committee’s school and such results shall be considered by the committee in updating and revising the school’s security and safety plan.

 

Local law enforcement and other public safety officials including the local emergency management director, fire marshal, building inspector and emergency medical services representative shall evaluate, score and provide feedback on fire drills and crisis response drills at each school in the district.  By July 1st of each year, the Board shall submit a report to the Department of Emergency Management Homeland Security Regional Coordinator regarding types, frequency and feedback related to the fire drills and crisis response drills.

Legal References:

State Law:

Public Act 13-3, An Act concerning Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety

Conn. Gen. Stat. § 1-210 (b)(19) Conn. Gen. Stat. § 28-7

Conn. Gen. Stat. § 10-231

Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, School Security and Safety Plan Standards, December 30, 2013.

Federal Emergency Management Agency, Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans, June 2013

ADOPTED: December 15, 2015

 

Approved 12/15/2015
Previous Policy Number:

POOL SAFETY PLAN (ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATIONS)

1520(R)

The Board of Education establishes these procedures to govern the conduct of any student aquatic activity that takes place in any of its school swimming pools.

  1. Definitions:

  1. School Swimming Pool:  means any swimming pool approved for use by the Board for student aquatic activities;

 

  1. Student Aquatic Activities:  means any physical education class, interscholastic athletics or extracurricular activities offered to students by the board of education that makes use of a school swimming pool;

 

  1. Qualified Swimming Coach:  means any person who (A) holds a valid coaching permit issued by the State Board of Education, and (B) (i) is certified as a lifeguard by the American Red Cross or another nationally-recognized organization that conducts aquatic training programs, (ii) has completed a safety training for swim coaches and instructors course offered by the American Red Cross or an organization approved by the State Board of Education, or (iii) was certified as a lifeguard for at least five years during the previous ten years and has at least five years' experience as a swimming coach or an instructor of a physical education course that makes use of a school swimming pool;

 

  1. Qualified Educator:  means any person who (A) holds a valid certificate issued by the State Board of Education, pursuant to section 10-145b of the general statutes, with an endorsement in physical education, (B) (i) is certified as a lifeguard by the American Red Cross or another nationally-recognized organization that conducts aquatic training programs, (ii) has completed a safety training for swim coaches and instructors course offered by the American Red Cross or an organization approved by the State Board of Education, or (iii) was certified as a lifeguard for at least five years during the previous ten years and has at least five years' experience as a swimming coach or an instructor of a physical education course that makes use of a school swimming pool, (C) is certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, pursuant to section 19a-113a-1 of the regulations of Connecticut state agencies, as amended from time to time, and (D) has completed a course in first aid offered by the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, the Department of Public Health or any director of health;

 

  1. Qualified Lifeguard:  means any person who (A) is sixteen years of age or older, (B) is certified as a lifeguard by the American Red Cross or another nationally-recognized organization that conducts aquatic training programs, (C) is certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, pursuant to section 19a-113a-1 of the regulations of Connecticut state agencies, as amended from time to time, and (D) has completed a course in first aid offered by the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, the Department of Public Health or any director of health.
  1. Mandatory Supervision

 

  1. In addition to the person responsible for conducting any student aquatic activity that makes use of a Board school swimming pool, there shall be at least one qualified educator, qualified swimming coach or qualified lifeguard who shall be solely responsible for monitoring such school swimming pool during such student aquatic activities for swimmers who may be in distress and providing assistance to such swimmers when necessary.

 

  1. For the school year commencing July 1, 2014, and each school year thereafter, any physical education course that makes use of a Board school swimming pool shall have at least one qualified educator who shall serve as the instructor of such physical education course and be responsible for implementing the provisions of the school swimming pool safety plan, and at least one qualified educator, qualified swimming coach or qualified lifeguard whose primary responsibility is to monitor the school swimming pool for swimmers who may be in distress and provide assistance to such swimmers when necessary.

 

  1. For the school year commencing July 1, 2014, and each school year thereafter, any interscholastic athletic activity that makes use of a  Board school swimming pool shall have at least one qualified swimming coach who shall serve as a coach of the participating students and be responsible for implementing the provisions of the school swimming pool safety plan, and at least one qualified educator, qualified swimming coach or qualified lifeguard whose primary responsibility is to monitor the school swimming pool for swimmers who may be in distress and provide assistance to such swimmers when necessary.

 

  1. For the school year commencing July 1, 2014, and each school year thereafter, any extracurricular activity that makes use of a Board school swimming pool shall have at least one qualified lifeguard who will monitor the school swimming pool for swimmers who may be in distress and provide assistance to such swimmers when necessary, and be responsible for implementing the provisions of the school swimming pool safety plan.

 

III. Plan Review

 

The Board’s Pool Safety Plan shall be reviewed and updated as necessary prior to the commencement of each school year.

Legal References:

State Law:

Public Act 13-161, An Act concerning Pool Safety at Public Schools

ADOPTED:  December 15, 2015

Approved 12/15/2015
Previous Policy Number:

POLICY REGARDING AUTOMATIC EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATORS

1550

 

In order to assist individuals who may experience cardiac arrest on school property, the Meriden Board of Education has acquired external defibrillators for use in certain school buildings.  It is the policy of the Meriden Board of Education to support the use of these automatic external defibrillators during medically appropriate circumstances on school property.

 

Requirements concerning the use and maintenance of AEDs are set forth in the accompanying Administrative Regulations as may be supplemented by or amended by the Administration from time to time.

 

For purposes of this policy and the accompanying regulations, an AED is a device that:

1) is used to administer an electric shock through the chest wall to the heart;

2) contains internal decision-making electronics, microcomputers or special software that allows it to interpret physiologic signals, make medical diagnosis and, if necessary apply therapy;

3) guides the user through the process of using the device by audible or visual prompts; and

4) does not require the user to employ any discretion or judgment in its use.  



Legal References:

Connecticut General Statutes

19a-175   Definitions

19a-197   Automatic external defibrillators.  Registry established. Regulations.  Simultaneous communication with physician not required.

52-557b   Good Samaritan Law

10-212d Availability of Automatic External Defibrillators in Schools

 

Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies

Department of Public Health 19a-179-1 et seq.

 

ADOPTED: December 15, 2015



Approved 12/15/2015
Previous Policy Number:

AUTOMATIC EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR LOG

1550(E)

AUTOMATIC EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR LOG

Approved 12/15/2015
Previous Policy Number:

AUTOMATIC EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATORS

1550(R)
  1. Definitions:

 

Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) — means a device that: (A) is used to administer an electric shock through the chest wall to the heart; (B) contains internal decision-making electronics, microcomputers or special software that allows it to interpret physiologic signals, make medical diagnosis, and, if necessary, apply therapy; (C) guides the user through the process of using the device by audible or visual prompts; and (D) does not require the user to employ any discretion or judgment in its use.

 

CPR Provider — a person who is CPR certified, and has a copy of his/her certification on record with the Meriden Public Schools.

 

  1. Defibrillator Location

 

  1. The Meriden Public Schools will have defibrillators in school buildings designated by the Meriden Board of Education.

 

  1. The AEDs will be strategically placed and readily accessible to maximize rapid utilization.

 

  1. Each AED within the District will be registered with the Town’s Emergency Medical Service Provider and with the Connecticut Office of Emergency Medical Services through the use of Appendix VI of these Regulations.

 

  1. [Include if the District has only one AED for each school, rather than a separate portable AED for the Athletic Department]. After school hours, the AED may be moved from its designated location by an AED-certified athletic trainer/coach/staff member to support athletic department activities. A visible sign must be left in the place of the AED with the phone number and the location of the individual having possession of the AED. The AED must be returned to its designated location upon completion of the supported activity.



III. Responsibility for Operation, Maintenance and Record-Keeping

 

  1. The school nurse at each building in which an AED is installed will check the AED in the building on a regular basis, at least monthly.  It will be that nurse's responsibility to verify that the unit is in the proper location, that it has all the appropriate equipment (battery, mask, case, emergency pack), that it is ready for use, and that it has performed its self-diagnostic evaluation.  If the nurse notes any problems, or the AED's self-diagnostic test has identified any problems, the nurse must contact the School Nurse Supervisor or designee immediately.

 

  1. After performing an AED check, the nurse shall indicate on the AED service log (Appendix IV) that the unit has been inspected and that it was found to be "In-Service" or "Out-of-Service".

 

  1. The [School Nurse Supervisor or School Nurse] or his/her designee shall be responsible for the following:

 

  1. a) AED service checks during the contracted school year;
  2. b) the replacement of equipment and supplies for the AED;
  3. c) the repair and service of the AED;
  4. d) all recordkeeping for the equipment during the school year;
  5. e) providing/scheduling training for all Board employees who require such training or would like to receive such training;
  6. f) maintaining a list of CPR certified persons;
  7. g) keeping all records concerning incidents involving the use of an AED;
  8. h) maintaining copies of the certifications signed by the CPR certified person regarding understanding of and agreement to comply with Meriden Board of Education AED policies and procedures (Appendix III);
  9. i) reporting the need for revising the AED policy and administrative regulations to the Special Education Director and/or Superintendent;
  10. j) registering the AEDs in accordance with state law (Appendix VI).

 

  1. Training for CPR certified persons

 

The Meriden Board of Education will provide initial training or refresher training to the following classes of individuals on an annual basis:

 

1) Staff who work in the Health Services Department, including all school nurses and the Nursing Supervisor;

2) Staff who work in the Athletic Department, including all athletic trainers, head coaches and the Athletic Director;

3) All building administrators; and

4) Volunteers from the faculty and staff at each school.

 

The training will be provided in accordance with the standards set forth by the American Red Cross or American Heart Association.   Individuals completing this training will be considered a CPR certified person.  [Note: Additional staff members may be required to receive training if the District has received State or Federal or private funds designated for the purchase of AEDs and for training employees on the use of AEDs and in CPR.  For additional information, see Conn. Gen. Stat. § 10-212d]

 

  1. Procedures for Use of an AED

 

  1. To the extent practicable, AEDs should be retrieved and used by CPR certified persons or other trained emergency medical services personnel.  In the event no CPR certified person is available or present, an AED may be used by Trained and Untrained Individuals in order to provide emergency care to an individual who may be in cardiac arrest on school property.

 

  1. AEDs may only be used in medically appropriate circumstances.

 

  1. In the event of use, the school’s nurse shall or the school’s nurse supervisor shall promptly thereafter complete an AED check and verify that the unit is in the proper location, that it has all the appropriate equipment (battery, mask, case, emergency pack), that it is ready for use, and that it has performed its self-diagnostic evaluation. Any problems with the AED shall be immediately reported to the School Nurse.






Adopted December 15, 2015

Approved 12/15/2015
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AUTOMATIC EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR INCIDENT REPORT

1550.2(E)

AUTOMATIC EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR INCIDENT REPORT

Approved 12/15/2015
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AUTOMATIC EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR SERVICE LOG

1550.3(E)

AUTOMATIC EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR SERVICE LOG

Approved 12/15/2015
Previous Policy Number:

AED AGENCY NOTIFICATION LETTER

1550.4(E)

AED AGENCY NOTIFICATION LETTER

Approved 12/15/2015
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POLICY REGARDING POSSESSION OF DEADLY WEAPONS OR FIREARMS

1570
  1. Definitions:
  1. Deadly Weapon means "any weapon, whether loaded or unloaded, from which a shot may be discharged, or a switchblade knife, gravity knife, billy, blackjack, bludgeon, or metal knuckles."  Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a-3 (6).
  1. Firearm means "any sawed-off shotgun, machine gun, rifle, shotgun, pistol, revolver, or other weapon, whether loaded or unloaded, from which a shot may be discharged."  Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a-3 (19).
  1. Peace Officer means “a member of the Division of State Police within the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection or an organized local police department, a chief inspector or inspector in the Division of Criminal Justice, a state marshal while exercising authority granted under any provision of the general statutes, a judicial marshal in the performance of the duties of a judicial marshal, a conservation officer or special conservation officer, as defined in section 26-5, a constable who performs criminal law enforcement duties, a special policeman appointed under section 29-18, 29-18a or 29-19, an adult probation officer, an official of the Department of Correction authorized by the Commissioner of Correction to make arrests in a correctional institution or facility, any investigator in the investigations unit of the office of the State Treasurer, any special agent of the federal government authorized to enforce the provisions of Title 21 of the United States Code, or a member of a law enforcement unit of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe or the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut created and governed by a memorandum of agreement under section 2 of public act 13-170 who is certified as a police officer by the Police Officer Standards and Training Council pursuant to sections 7-294a to 7-294e, inclusive.”  Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a-3 (9).
  1. Real Property means the land and all temporary and permanent structures comprising the district's elementary and secondary schools, and administrative office buildings.  Real property includes, but is not limited to, the following:  classrooms, hallways, storage facilities, theatres, gymnasiums, fields and parking lots.
  1. School-Sponsored Activity "means any activity sponsored, recognized or authorized by a board of education and includes activities conducted on or off school property."  Conn. Gen. Stat. § 10-233a(h).
  1. Prohibition of Deadly Weapons and Firearms

In accordance with Conn. Gen. Stat. § 29-28(e) and § 53a-217b, the possession and/or use of a deadly weapon or firearm on the real property of any school or administrative office building in this district, or at a school-sponsored activity, is prohibited, even if the person possessing the deadly weapon or firearm has a permit for such item.

III. Peace Officer Exception

A peace officer engaged in the performance of his or her official duties who is in lawful possession of a deadly weapon or firearm may bring such item on the real property of any school or administrative office building in this district, or to a school-sponsored activity.  

  1. Other Exceptions

Persons in lawful possession of a deadly weapon or firearm may possess such item on the real property of any school or administrative office building in this district, or to a school-sponsored activity if:

  1. The person brings the deadly weapon or firearm on the real property of any school or administrative office building or to a school-sponsored activity for use in a program approved by school officials.  In such case, the person must give school officials notice of his/her intention to bring such item, and the person must receive prior written permission from school officials.
  1. The person possesses the deadly weapon or firearm on the real property of any school or administrative office building or at a school-sponsored activity pursuant to a written agreement with school officials or a written agreement between such person's employer and school officials.

(Optional Exception:  Connecticut General Statute § 53a-217b permits school districts to regulate access to school property by hunters in possession of firearms.  School districts concerned with this issue should consider including the following paragraph as part of their policy.)

 

  1. The person possesses the deadly weapon or firearm while crossing school property in order to gain access to public or private lands open to hunting or for other lawful purposes and entry on such school property is permitted by the Board of Education.  In the case of a firearm, the person's firearm shall not be loaded.)

(Optional Exception:  Public Act 13-188, “An Act Concerning School Safety” permits school districts to hire a sworn member of an organized local police department or a retired police officer to provide school security and to possess a firearm while in the performance of his or her duties.  School districts opting to hire such sworn law enforcement or retired law enforcement officers should ensure that their security program meets all of the requirements of Public Act 13-188 and should consider including the following paragraph as part of their policy.)

  1. An armed security officer employed by the Board of Education to provide security services pursuant to Public Act 13-188 engaged in the performance of his or her official duties who is in lawful possession of a deadly weapon or firearm may bring such item on the real property of any school or administrative office building in this district, or to a school-sponsored activity.  
  1. Consequences
  1. Unless subject to one of the exceptions listed above, any person who possesses a deadly weapon or firearm on the real property of an elementary or secondary school in this district, or administrative office building, or at a school-sponsored activity, whether or not the person is lawfully permitted to carry such deadly weapon or firearm, will be reported to the local police authorities once school officials become aware of its possession.
  1. A student who possesses and/or uses any deadly weapon or firearm on school property in violation of this policy shall be disciplined in accordance with Board of Education Student Discipline Policy.
  1. The Board of Education reserves the right to forbid anyone caught possessing a deadly weapon or firearm on the real property of its school buildings or administrative office buildings, or at a school-sponsored activity, from using any and all school facilities.

ADOPTED: December 15, 2015

Legal References:

Connecticut General Statutes §10-233a, § 29-28(e), §53a-3, §53a-217b and Public Act 13-188.

Note: Under state law, in order to prohibit all persons from carrying deadly weapons and/or firearms onto school property (including persons who hold a legal permit to carry such weapons elsewhere), a school district must affirmatively pass a policy prohibiting such items.  The policy above accomplishes this goal.  Districts may legally prohibit other weapons as well, but issues exist regarding 1) a district's practical ability to enforce such prohibitions and 2) the definitions used to describe other types of weapons.  If a district chooses to enact a wider prohibition on weapons, it is well advised to consult legal counsel for assistance in drafting a policy containing a wider prohibition.   

 

Approved 12/15/2015
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PROHIBITION AGAINST SMOKING

1600

PROHIBITION AGAINST SMOKING

 

The Meriden Board of Education prohibits smoking, including smoking using an electronic nicotine delivery system (e.g. e-cigarettes) or vapor product, within any indoor facility owned, leased or contracted for, and utilized, by the Board, for the provision of routine or regular kindergarten, elementary, or secondary education or library services to children.  For purposes of this policy, the term “electronic nicotine delivery system” shall mean an electronic device that may be used to simulate smoking in the delivery of nicotine or other substance to a person inhaling from the device and includes, but is not limited to, an electronic cigarette, electronic cigar, electronic cigarillo, electronic pipe or electronic hookah and any related device and any cartridge or other component of such device, and the term “vapor product” shall mean any product that employs a heating element, power source, electronic circuit or other electronic, chemical or mechanical means, regardless of shape or size, to produce a vapor that may or may not contain nicotine, that is inhaled by the user of such product.



Legal References:

 

Pro-Children Act of 2001, Pub. L. 107-110, 115 Stat. 1174, 20 U.S.C. § 7183

 

Public Act 14-76, “An Act Concerning The Governor’s Recommendations Regarding Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems And Youth Smoking Prevention”

 

Public Act 15-206, “An Act Regulating Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems and Vapor Products”

 

ADOPTED:   November 17, 2015

Approved 11/17/2015
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EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

1700

Extracurricular Activities                                                                                1700

The Meriden Board of Education is committed to providing a stimulating educational experience and fostering the passions, health, and curiosities of students enrolled in Meriden Public Schools.  The Board of Education recognizes the value of athletic and other extracurricular activities and the integral role that these activities play in public school education.  It is therefore the policy of the Meriden Board of Education to permit only students currently enrolled in the Meriden Public Schools to participate in extracurricular activities, including interscholastic athletics, offered by the Board. 

The Meriden Public Schools is a member of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) and, when applicable, the eligibility of students to participate in athletic programming is to be determined in accordance with CIAC criteria and regulations.  Subject to the approval of the Superintendent, the Administration at the high schools may jointly adopt additional eligibility standards for participation in extracurricular activities.

 

Approved: 12/6/2016 

Amended:  4/23/19

 

Approved 4/23/2019
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HIGH SCHOOLS EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES ACADEMIC STANDARDS

1700-S

High Schools Extracurricular Activities Academic Standards      1700-Standards

 

All students participating in designated clubs, activities, or athletics which represent Maloney or Platt High School and meet regularly are required to carry a minimum of six (6) credits per year, unless a waiver from the principal is obtained.  Students that are not passing five courses or have more than one F at the end of the three-week reporting window will be placed on academic warning.  Students on academic warning will have one week to show progress in improving their grades.  If progress is not shown after one week, students will be placed on probation.

 

The definition of probation status is that the student may participate in practices or meetings, but cannot compete in any performance or contest.  The student on academic warning or probation will be required to attend after-school support sessions. If the student is placed on probation, he/she will remain on probation until the next reporting period.  If, at any point during the probationary period, a student can provide a PowerSchool printout to the administration office or the athletic office confirming that he/she is passing five classes or has less than two Fs, he/she will be reinstated immediately.  

 

If a student is placed on academic warning for a second time during a season or activity, he/she will automatically be placed on probation until he/she meets the requirements of passing five classes or has less than two Fs.

 

Students who are placed on probation, but believe that they have extenuating circumstances, may petition their grade level administrator.  Final decisions on student eligibility are made by the school principal or his/her designee.  If a wavier is granted by the grade level administrator, this information should also be sent to the Superintendent.

 

Designated athletic teams, clubs, and ensembles include, but are not limited to:

  • All interscholastic athletics including Cheerleading
  • Drama (during the fall and spring show seasons)
  • Winter Guard (during their respective competitive seasons)
  • Other clubs that meet on a regular basis

 

4-23-19

Approved 4/23/2019
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