2110 M | PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION/DISTRICT MISSION STATEMENT (M)

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PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION/DISTRICT MISSION STATEMENT (M)

2110 PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION/DISTRICT MISSION STATEMENT (M)

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As members of the Board of Education of the Alpha Public School District, we believe we have an obligation to seek the thinking and wishes of the citizens of the community insofar as it is possible to do.

It is the expectation of this school district that all pupils achieve the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards at all grade levels.

In discharging the responsibility for educating our youth, we shall spend the tax moneys appropriated for this purpose to the greatest advantage.  It is the intent of this Board to retain local control of the school district so that the educational program will be consistent with the wishes of the community.

We believe that when cooperation and mutual understanding prevail among the Board of Education, the administrator and his/her staff, and the professional personnel, the school district will obtain the benefit of the dedication of many to a common cause, providing the best possible education for the children of the district.

The Chief School Administrator, by reason of the authority vested in him/her by the Board, should be the channel through which all communication with the Board should pass.  He/she has an obligation to keep Board members informed of all problems, issues, and internal matters which will enable the Board to perform its duties more effectively.

We believe the Chief School Administrator should be the technical adviser to the Board in all educational matters.  When necessary, he/she may wish to consult other authorities and make known to the Board the opinions of those authorities on a given subject.

In the interest of the community, and as an incentive to the Chief School Administrator, we believe the Board of Education should annually evaluate his/her performance.  In so doing, the Board should be guided by its goals and the achievement of those goals where they lie in the province of the Chief School Administrator.

The decisions of the Board should receive the full support of every Board member and of the Chief School Administrator.  The public shall be made welcome at all regular and special meetings of the Board and, when advisable, other means of communication shall be used to maintain a close relationship between the Board and the community.

In securing personnel, we believe it is vital to obtain individuals who will serve as good examples to the children with whom they have daily contact.

We shall endeavor to help our children to develop a realistic faith in themselves and an intelligent faith in our American democracy.

Adopted:  13 November 2008

2260 M | AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PROGRAM FOR SCHOOL AND CLASSROOM PRACTICES (M)

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AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PROGRAM FOR SCHOOL AND CLASSROOM PRACTICES  (M)

2260 AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PROGRAM FOR SCHOOL AND CLASSROOM PRACTICES (M)

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The Board of Education shall provide equal and bias-free access for all students to all school facilities, courses, programs, activities, and services, regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, or socioeconomic status, by:

                1.         Ensuring equal and barrier-free access to all school and classroom facilities;

2.         Attaining minority representation within each school, which approximates the district’s overall minority representation.  Exact apportionment is not required, however, the ultimate goal is a reasonable plan achieving the greatest degree of racial balance, which is feasible and consistent with sound educational values and procedures;

3.         Utilizing a Stateapproved English language proficiency measure on an annual basis for determining the special needs of English language learners and their progress in learning English pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:15-1.3(b);

 4.         Utilizing bias-free multiple measures for determining the special needs of students with disabilities, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:14-3.4;

 5.         Ensuring that support services, including intervention and referral services and school health services pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:16, are available to all students; and

6.         Ensuring that a student is not discriminated against because of a medical condition. A student shall not be excluded from any education program or activity because of a long-term medical condition unless a physician certifies that such exclusion is necessary.  If excluded, the student shall be provided with equivalent and timely instruction that may include home instruction, without prejudice or penalty.

The Board of Education shall ensure that the district’s curriculum and instruction are aligned to the State’s Core Curriculum Content Standards and address the elimination of discrimination by narrowing the achievement gap, by providing equity in educational programs and by providing opportunities for students to interact positively with others regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, or socioeconomic status, by:

 

1.         Ensuring there are no differential requirements for completion of course offerings or programs of study solely on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, or socioeconomic status;

 2.         Ensuring courses shall not be offered separately on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, or socioeconomic status;

 

a.         Portions of classes which deal exclusively with human sexuality may be conducted in separate developmentally appropriate sessions for male and female students, provided that the course content for such separately conducted sessions is the same.

 

3.         Reducing or preventing the underrepresentation of minority, female, and male students in all classes and programs including gifted and talented, accelerated, and advanced classes;

 4.         Ensuring that schools demonstrate the inclusion of a multicultural curriculum in its instructional content, materials and methods, and that students understand the basic tenet of multiculturalism;

 5.         Ensuring that African American history, as well as the history of other cultures, is infused into the curriculum and taught as part of the history of the United States, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:35-1 and the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards; and

                   6.         Ensuring that instruction on the Holocaust and other acts of genocide is included in the curriculum of all elementary and secondary schools, as developmentally                              appropriate, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:35-28.

The Board of Education shall ensure all students have access to adequate and appropriate counseling services.  When informing students about possible careers, professional or vocational opportunities, the Board shall not restrict or limit the options presented to students on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, or socioeconomic status.  The district will not use tests, guidance, or counseling materials which are biased or stereotyped on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, or socioeconomic status.

 The Board of Education shall ensure that the district’s physical education program and its athletic programs are equitable, co-educational, and do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, or socioeconomic status, as follows:

 

1.         The district shall provide separate restroom, locker room, and shower facilities on the basis of gender, but such facilities provided for students of each gender shall be comparable;

2.         A school within the school district may choose to operate separate teams for both genders in one or more sports or single teams open competitively to members of both genders, so long as the athletic program as a whole provides equal opportunities for students of both genders to participate in sports at comparable levels of difficulty and competency; and

 3.         The activities comprising such athletic programs shall receive equitable treatment, including, but not limited to, staff salaries, purchase and maintenance of equipment, quality and availability of facilities, scheduling of practice and game time, length of season, and all other related areas or matters.

N.J.S.A. 18A:36-20

N.J.A.C. 6A:7-1.7

Adopted:  13 November 2008

Revised:  23 August 2016

2330 | HOMEWORK

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HOMEWORK

2330 HOMEWORK

The Board of Education acknowledges the educational validity of work assigned to pupils for completion outside the classroom as an adjunct to and extension of the instructional program of the schools.

 The Chief School Administrator shall develop regulations for the assignment of homework according to these guidelines:

1. Homework should be a properly planned part of the curriculum, extending and reinforcing the learning experience of the school;

2. Homework should help children learn by providing practice in the mastery of skills, experience in data gathering and integration of knowledge, and an opportunity to remediate learning problems;

  1. Homework should help develop the pupil’s responsibility and provide an opportunity for the exercise of independent work and judgment;

4. The number, frequency, and degree of difficulty of homework assignments should be based on the ability and needs of the pupil and take into account other activities that make a legitimate claim on the pupil’s time;

5. As a valid educational tool, homework should be clearly assigned and its product carefully evaluated and that evaluation should be reported to the pupil;

  1. The schools should recognize the role of parent(s) or legal guardian(s) by suggesting ways in which parent(s) or legal guardian(s) may assist the school in helping a child carry out assigned responsibilities;

7. Homework should always serve a valid learning purpose; it should never be used as a punitive measure.

Adopted:  13 November 2008

2340 | FIELD TRIPS

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FIELD TRIPS

2340 FIELD TRIPS

The Board of Education recognizes that field trips properly planned and integrated with the curriculum are an educationally sound and important part of the program of the schools that can supplement and enrich classroom instruction by providing learning experiences in an environment outside the schools.

For purposes of this policy, a field trip means any journey by a group of pupils away from the school premises, under the supervision of a teacher, and integrally related to an approved course of study.

The Board of Education shall approve all proposed field trips.

The Board may authorize field trips for which all or part of the costs are borne by the pupils’ parent(s) or legal guardian(s), except that no pupil in a special education class or pupil unable to pay the cost assessed shall be prohibited from attending a field trip.  (N.J.S.A. 18A:36-21)

The determination of a pupil’s inability to pay will be based upon the pupil’s eligibility for free and reduced meals in accordance with Board Policy No. 8540.

Pupils on field trips remain under the supervision of this Board and are subject to its rules and regulations.

A pupil who violates rules or disregards the authority of supervisors on a field trip significantly endangers the safety of other pupils and may be summarily dismissed from the trip.  The teaching staff member in charge will make arrangements for the dismissed pupil’s transportation to home or school as appropriate.  The cost of any such transportation will be borne by the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of the pupil.  The Board reserves the right to take further disciplinary measures in accordance with Policy No. 5600.

The Chief School Administrator shall prepare regulations for the operation of field trips that ensure that the safety and well-being of pupils shall be protected at all times; that parental permission is sought and obtained before any pupil may be removed from the region for a field trip; that each field trip is properly planned, integrated with the curriculum, and followed up by appropriate activities that enhance its usefulness; that the effectiveness of field trip activities are monitored and continually evaluated; that teachers are allowed a considerable degree of flexibility and innovation in planning field trips; that no field trip will be approved unless it contributes to the achievement of specified instructional objectives; and that teachers are not permitted to make on-site alterations to a trip itinerary, except where the health, safety or welfare of pupils is imperiled or where changes or substitutions beyond the control of the teacher have frustrated the purpose of the trip.

N.J.S.A. 18A:36-21 et seq.; 18A:53-2

Adopted:  13 November 2008

2361 M | ACCEPTABLE USE OF COMPUTER NETWORK/COMPUTERS AND RESOURCES (M)

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2361 ACCEPTABLE USE OF COMPUTER NETWORK/COMPUTERS AND RESOURCES (M)

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The Board of Education recognizes as new technologies shift the manner in which information is accessed, communicated and transferred;these changes will alter the nature of teaching and learning.  Access to technology will allow  students to explore databases, libraries, Internet sites, and bulletin boards while exchanging information with individuals throughout the world.  The Board supports access by student to these information sources but reserves the right to limit in school use to materials appropriate to educational purposes. The Board directs the Chief School Administrator to effect training of teaching staff members in skills appropriate to analyzing and evaluating such resources as to appropriateness for educational purposes.

The Board also recognizes technology allows student access to information sources that have not been pre-screened by educators using Board approved standards.  The Board therefore adopts the following standards of conduct for the use of computer networks and declares unethical, unacceptable or illegal behavior as just cause for taking disciplinary action, limiting or revoking network access privileges and/or instituting legal action.

The Board provides access to computer networks/computers for educational purposes only.  The Board retains the right to restrict or terminate  student access to the computer networks/computers at any time, for any reason.  School district personnel will monitor networks and online activityto maintain the integrity of the networks, ensure their proper use, and ensure compliance with Federal and State laws that regulate Internet safety.

Standards for Use of Computer Networks

Any individual engaging in the following actions when using computer networks/computers shall be subject to discipline or legal action:

A.  Using the computer networks/computers for illegal, inappropriate or obscene purposes, or in support of such activities.  Illegal activities are defined as activities that violate Federal, State, local laws and regulations.  Inappropriate  activities  are defined as those that violate the intended use of the networks.  Obscene activities shall be defined as a violation of generally accepted social standards for use of publicly owned and operated communication vehicles.

B.  Using the computer networks/computers to violate copyrights, institutional or third party copyrights, license agreements or other contracts.

C.  Using the computer networks in a manner that:

  1.  Intentionally disrupts network traffic or crashes the network;

2.  Degrades or disrupts equipment or system performance;

3.  Uses the computing resources of the school district for commercial purposes, financial gain or fraud;

4.  Steals data or other intellectual property;

5.  Gains or seeks unauthorized access to the files of others or vandalizes the data of another user;

6.  Gains or seeks unauthorized access to resources or entities;

  1.  Forges electronic mail messages or uses an account owned by others;
  1.  Invades privacy of others;

9.  Posts anonymous messages;

10. Possesses any data which is a violation of this Policy; and/or

11. Engages in other activities that do not advance the educational purposes for which computer networks/computers are provided.

Internet SafetyProtection

As a condition for receipt of certain Federal funding, the school district is in compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act, the Neighborhood Children’s Internet Protection Act, and has installed technology protection measures for all computers in the school district, including computers in media centers/libraries. The technology protection must  block and/or filter material and visual depictions that are obscene as defined in Section 1460 of Title 18, United States Code; child pornography, as defined in Section 2256 of Title 18, United States Code; are harmful to minors including any pictures, images, graphic image file or other visual depiction that taken as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to a prurient interest in nudity, sex, or excretion; or depicts, describes, or represents in a patently offensive way, with respect to what is suitable for minors, sexual acts or conduct; or taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value as to minors.

This Policy also establishes Internet safety policy and procedures in the district as required in the Neighborhood Children’s Internet Protection Act.  Policy 2361 addresses access by minors to inappropriate matter on the Internet and World Wide Web; the safety and security of minors when using electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communications; unauthorized access, including “hacking” and other unlawful activities by minors online; unauthorized disclosures, use, and dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors; and measures designed to restrict minors’ access to materials harmful to minors.

Notwithstanding blocking and/or filtering the visual depictions prohibited in the Children’s Internet Protection Act and the Neighborhood Children’s Protection Act, the Board shall determine other Internet material that is inappropriate for minors. 

In accordance with the provisions of the Children’s Internet Protection Act, the Chief School Administrator or designee will develop and ensure education is provided to every student regarding online behavior, including students interacting with other individuals on social networking sites and/or chat rooms, and cyberbullying awareness and response.

The Board will provide reasonable public notice and will hold one annual public hearing during a regular monthly board meeting or during a designated special board meeting to address and receive public community input on the Internet safety policy – Policy and Regulation 2361. Any changes in Policy and Regulation 2361 since the previous year’s annual public hearing will also be discussed at a meeting following the annual public hearing.

The school district will certify on an annual basis, that the schools, including media centers/libraries, in the district are in compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act and the Neighborhood Children’s Internet Protection Act and the school district enforces the requirements of these Acts and this policy.

Consent Requirement

No  student shall be allowed to use the computer networks/computers and the Internet unless they shall have filed with the Chief School Administrator or designee a consent form signed by the  student and his/her parent(s) or legal guardian(s).

Violations

Individuals violating this policy shall be subject to the consequences as indicated in Regulation No. 2361 and other appropriate discipline, which includes but are not limited to:

  1.  Use of the network only under direct supervision;

2.  Suspension of network privileges;

  1.  Revocation of network privileges;
  1.  Suspension of computer privileges;
  1.  Revocation of computer privileges;
  1.  Suspension from school;
  1.  Expulsion from school; and/or
  1.  Legal action and prosecution by the authorities.

N.J.S.A. 2A:38A-3

Federal Communications Commission:  Children’s Internet Protection Act.

Federal Communications Commission:  Neighborhood Children’s Internet Protection Act

Adopted:  13 November 2008

Revised:  20 January 2015

2415.20 M | NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND COMPLAINTS (M)

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NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND COMPLAINTS (M)

2415.20 NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND COMPLAINTS (M)

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Pursuant to 20 USC 7844, Sec 9304 (a)(3)(C), of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), a Board of Education shall adopt a policy and written procedures that offer parent(s) or legal guardian(s), public agencies, other individuals, or organizations a method for receipt and resolution of complaints alleging violations in the administration of the NCLB programs as identified by the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE).

Policy and Regulation 2415.20 set forth the requirements for resolving complaints presented by any individual or organization that:

1.         A school, school district, other agency authorized by the school district, or by the NJDOE violated the administration of education programs required by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act as amended by NCLB; and/or

2.         The NJDOE violated the administration of education programs required by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act as amended by NCLB.

A Complaint shall be a written allegation that shall identify the alleged NCLB violation, the facts supporting the alleged violation, and any supporting documentation.

A Complaint alleging a school in the district, school district, or other agency authorized by the school district, or the NJDOE violated the administration of a program must be submitted to the Supervisor of Instruction.  The Supervisor of Instruction shall be responsible to coordinate the investigation of the Complaint.  The Supervisor of Instruction shall submit a written report regarding the outcome of the investigation to the complainant.  If the complainant is not satisfied with the outcome of the investigation, the complainant may initiate a Complaint by submitting a written Complaint to the NJDOE to the attention of the County Superintendent.  The County Superintendent will coordinate the investigation of a Complaint.  When the investigation is complete, the County Superintendent will  notify the complainant in writing regarding the outcome of the investigation.  If it is determined a violation has occurred, the Assistant Commissioner assigned to oversee the matter shall identify and impose appropriate consequences or corrective actions as required by regulation to resolve the Complaint.

If the complainant does not agree with the NJDOE’s decision, the complainant may appeal to the United States Department of Education Secretary.

A Complaint alleging the NJDOE violated the administration of a program must be submitted to the New Jersey Department of Education Chief of Staff or the United States Department of Education Secretary.  The NJDOE requests the complainant first contact the New Jersey Department of Education Chief of Staff to resolve the issue.  The NJDOE Office of Strategic Initiatives and Accountability will coordinate the investigation of a Complaint.  When the investigation is complete, the Chief of Staff will notify the complainant in writing regarding the outcome of the investigation.  If it is determined a violation has occurred, the Chief of Staff shall identify and impose appropriate consequences or corrective actions as required by regulation to resolve the Complaint.  If a complainant does not agree with the NJDOE’s decision, the complainant may appeal to the United States Department of Education Secretary.

New Jersey Department of Education 1/26/07 Memorandum –

No Child Left Behind Complaint Policy and Procedure

Adopted:  13 November 2008

2464 M | GIFTED AND TALENTED PUPILS (M)

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GIFTED AND TALENTED PUPILS (M)

2464 GIFTED AND TALENTED PUPILS (M)

The Board of Education recognizes its responsibility to identify gifted and talented students within the school district and to provide these students with appropriate instructional adaptations and services.  To that end, the Board directs each such student in the school district be identified and offered an appropriate educational program and services.

For purposes of this Policy, “gifted and talented students” means students who possess or demonstrate high levels of ability in one or more content areas when compared to their chronological peers in the district and who require modification of their educational program if they are to achieve in accordance with their capabilities.

The Superintendent will develop appropriate curricular and instructional modifications used for gifted and talented students indicating content, process, products, and learning environments.

The Superintendent will develop procedures for an ongoing Kindergarten through grade twelve identification process for gifted and talented students that includes multiple measures.  Multiple measures may include, but are not limited to:  achievement test scores; grades; student performance or products; intelligence testing; parent, student, and/or teacher recommendation; and other appropriate measures.  The identification methodology will be developmentally appropriate, non-discriminatory, and related to the programs and services offered by the district.  The identification procedures will be reviewed annually.

The Superintendent will take into consideration the Pre-Kindergarten through Grade Twelve Gifted Programming Standards of the National Association for Gifted Children in developing programs for gifted and talented students.  The educational program offered to gifted and talented students will encourage and challenge them in the specific areas of their abilities, but will not replace the basic instructional program of the various grades of this district.  The program offered to gifted and talented students may include, but are not limited to:  pull-out programs; classroom differentiated instruction; acceleration; flexible pacing; compacted curricula; distance learning; advanced classes; or individual programs infused into the student’s regular instructional program, provided that a written description of the infusion has been prepared and filed in the student’s record.

Programs for gifted and talented students will be periodically evaluated for their continuing efficacy and adjusted accordingly.

The parent of any student identified as gifted or talented shall be consulted regarding any program designed to address the student’s particular needs.

N.J.S.A. 18A:61A-2; 18A:35-4.16

N.J.A.C. 6:37-1.1; 6A:8-1.3; 6A:8-3.1(a)5.

P.L. 108-382, Sec. 10201 et seq.

Adopted:  13 November 2008

Revised:  25 April 2017

2624 | GRADING SYSTEM

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GRADING SYSTEM

2624 GRADING SYSTEM

The Board of Education recognizes that a system of measuring, recording, and reporting the achievements of individual pupils is important to the continuing process of learning.  The Board, therefore directs the instructional program of this school district include a system of grading that measures progress toward the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards and the educational goals of the district.

Pupils shall be informed at the outset of any course of study of the behaviors and achievements that are expected of them and shall be kept informed of their progress during the course of study.  As a rule, grading should reward pupils for positive efforts and minimize failure, and pupils should be encouraged to evaluate their own achievements.

The Chief School Administrator shall develop and continually review in consultation with teaching staff members, parent(s) or legal guardian(s), and pupils, a grading program appropriate to the course of study and maturity of pupils.  The final decision on any contested grade will be the responsibility of the Chief School Administrator.  A pupil classified as disabled will be graded in accordance with his/her Individualized Educational Program (IEP) or the Section 504 Plan.

Adopted:  13 November 2008