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All policies cited in our handbook can be found on the school district webpage.





Asbestos


Annual Notification of Building Occupants - The Windsor Elementary School has been inspected for the presence of asbestos-containing materials. The school is free of all asbestos and the documentation of these findings can be viewed at the school office. The plan is available for inspection at 366 Ridge Road, Windsor, Maine 04363 or in the administration office during regular office hours. Copies may be made on request at a cost per page.


Bullying


It is the intent of the RSU#12 Board to provide all students with an equitable opportunity to learn. To that end, the Board has a significant interest in providing a safe, orderly, and respectful school environment that is conducive to teaching and learning.


The Board believes that bullying, including cyberbullying, is detrimental to student well-being and to student learning and achievement. It interferes with the mission of the schools to educate their students and disrupts the operations of the schools. Bullying affects not only students who are targets but also those who participate in and witness such behavior.


Finally, the Board recognizes the well-publicized incidents of violence and threatened violence that have occurred nationally in the past several years. As research suggests, there is a link between bullying and school violence, and the Board seeks to avoid such incidents and instead take a systematic approach to bullying prevention and intervention.


Bullying Prohibited - Bullying, including “cyberbullying,” is not acceptable conduct in RSU#12 and is prohibited. Retaliation for the reporting of incidents of such behavior is also prohibited.


In adopting this policy, it is not the Board’s intent to prohibit students from expressing their ideas, including religious, political and philosophical views that may offend the sensibilities of others, or from engaging in civil debate. However, the Board does not condone and will take action in response to conduct that directly interferes with students’ rights at school under applicable laws or with the educational mission, operations, discipline or general welfare of the schools.


Definition of Bullying - “Bullying” and “cyberbullying” have the same meaning in this policy as in Maine law:


Bullying - “Bullying” includes, but is not limited to a written, oral or electronic expression or a physical act or gesture or any combination thereof directed at a student or students that:


A. Has, or a reasonable person would expect it to have, the effect of:

  1. Physically harming a student or damaging a student’s property; or
  2. Placing a student in reasonable fear of physical harm or damage to his/her property;

B. Interferes with the rights of a student by:

  1. Creating an intimidating or hostile educational environment for the student; or
  2. Interfering with the student’s academic performance or ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities or privileges provided by the school; or

C. Is based on:

  1. A student’s actual or perceived characteristics identified in 5 MRSA § 4602 or 4684-A (including race; color; ancestry; national origin; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; religion; physical or mental disability) or other distinguishing personal characteristics (such as socioeconomic status; age; physical appearance; weight; or family status); or
  2. A student’s association with a person with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics or any other distinguishing characteristics;

and that has the effect described in subparagraph A. or B. above.


Cyberbullying - “Cyberbullying” means bullying through the use of technology or any electronic communication, including but not limited to, a transfer of signs, signals, writing, images, sounds, data or intelligence of any nature transmitted by the use of any electronic device including, but not limited to, a computer, telephone, cellular telephone, text messaging device or personal digital assistant.


Application of Policy

This policy applies to bullying that:

A. Takes place at school or on school grounds, at any school-sponsored or school- related activity or event or while students are being transported to or from school or school-sponsored activities or events; or

B. Takes place elsewhere or through the use of technology, but only if the bullying also infringes on the rights of the student at school as set forth in the definition of “bullying.”


To view the entire policy, see RSU #12 Policy JICK – Bullying.


Drug/Alcohol Policy


See RSU #12 Policy JICH – Drug and Alcohol use by Students.


Emergency Response Plan (General outline)


1. Notification

A. As soon as any staff member becomes aware of a potential threat to life/and/or property, the staff member will immediately notify the main office.

B. The main office will immediately notify the principal who will make a decision about calling the proper authorities and gather the command center team.

C. The principal and command center team will report to the office.

D. Prepare for next steps and notify parents.


2. Evacuation

A. The Fire Alarm will be pulled.

B. All book bags, pocket books and equipment must be left in the building

C. Students cannot go to their lockers.

D. Students cannot go to any cars.

E. Use of cell phones by unauthorized personnel will not be allowed.

F. Students will be directed to walk toward a designated area.


3. Transfer of Tactical Authority to the Police

A. With the arrival of the first police/sheriff unit, tactical authority over the emergency situation will be transferred to the ranking onsite police/sheriff officer.


4. Communications

A. Media- Through designated person

B. Parents- Through command center

C. Staff and students-Through Principal

D. Police- Through Principal


* A more detailed version has been provided to the staff, administration and local authorities.


No Child Left Behind


Parent's Right to Know Qualifications of Child's Teacher

Did you know you have a right to know the qualifications of your child's teachers and paraprofessionals? Did you know that your school district must notify you of your right to request information about the qualifications of your child's teachers and paraprofessionals?

At the beginning of the school year, the school district must notify parents of all children who attend Title I schools of their right to request information about the qualifications of your child's teachers and paraprofessionals, including:

(1) Whether the teacher has met State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction;

(2) Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which State qualification or licensing criteria have been waived.

(3) The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree.

(4) Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.


Qualifications of Substitute Teachers

Is your child being taught by a substitute teacher? If your child has been taught by a teacher who is not highly qualified for 4 consecutive weeks, your school district must notify you of this fact. This requirement applies to substitute teachers, many of whom do not meet "highly qualified" requirements. [Source: NCLB, Title I, Section 1111(h)(6)]


How to Request Information about Teacher Qualifications

If you want to learn the qualifications of your child's teachers and paraprofessionals, you need to write a letter to the Principal requesting this information from the school.


Pesticide Policy


In accordance with the state standards for pesticide applications and public notification (CMR 01-026 chapter 27), a well-written plan for the management of pesticide application has been approved. The plan is available for inspection in the maintenance office during regular school hours.


It is the policy of Windsor School to limit the use of any pesticide applications to the least hazardous combination of cultural, physical, biological and/or chemical controls to prevent unacceptable levels of pest activity and damage. When it is determined that a pesticide must be used, the least hazardous material and method of application will be chosen. Pesticide applications will be timed to minimize their impact. All pesticides will be handled according to state and federal law.


When pesticide applications are scheduled in school buildings and on school grounds, Windsor School shall provide notification in accordance with state regulation, including:

  • Posting a pest control sign in an appropriate area
  • Providing the pest control information sheet to all individuals working in the building
  • Providing required notice to all parents and guardians of students who have requested notification of individual applications of pesticides, such request may be made by contacting Windsor School 445-2356.

Where pest pose an immediate threat to the health and safety of students or employees, Windsor School may authorize an emergency pesticide application and shall notify by telephone any parent and guardian who has requested such notification.


Student Records


See RSU #12 Policy JRA and JRA-E Student Education Records and Information and Annual Notice of Student Education Records and Information Rights (FERPA).