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About Our School
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Bullying Homework Technology  
Bus Conduct Lockers Transportation  

 

ATTENDANCE

     Daily, consistent attendance at school equates with school success. We urge students and parents to make school a priority. If your child will be absent, please call the School Office as soon as possible. A dated note, stating the specific  reason for an absence, signed by a parent or guardian, is required no later than one day following an absence.

 

  •   Excused absences from school include: illness, doctor or dentist appointment, death in the immediate family, observance of a religious holiday, or a court order.
  •  Students who are absent five (5) consecutive days or more MUST return with a medical note.  A Family with Service Needs will be filed with Juvenile Court when a student has ten (10) unexcused absences or twenty (20) days regardless of excused or unexcused.

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BEHAVIOR/DISCIPLINE
      Children are expected to conduct themselves in such a manner that they and their classmates will gain the most from their school experience. School provides many opportunities for children to develop respect for others and the ability to work, learn, and live together in harmony.

     Behavior and discipline are shared responsibilities of the home and the school. A cooperative and supportive partnership benefits students best and leads to the best type of discipline: self-discipline.  

             

In order to meet this shared goal Parents/Guardians are expected to:

  • Maintain a positive attitude towards school and education.
  • Ensure that their children arrive at school ON TIME.
  • Teach their children respect for the authority of school personnel.
  • Cooperate with school personnel in solving behavior problems.
  • Show interest in their child’s progress.
  • Ensure that their children are neat, clean, and appropriately dressed.

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GENERAL RULES OF BEHAVIOR

   Students will be disciplined for: disrespect, insubordination, inappropriate use of technology, for the use of foul language and/or fighting.

  • Rules of behavior established by a teacher to maintain order and control in his/her classroom will be followed.
  • Appropriate behavior is expected at ALL times outside of the classroom, but not limited to cafeteria, bathrooms, hallways, library, specials, busses and field trips.
  •  Students will not be permitted to bring personal items such as cell phones, IPods, electronic games, and other toys, etc. to school. These items will be confiscated and returned to parents.
  • Students are not permitted to bring any type of weapon or any item construed as a weapon(including toy weapons) to school.
  • Students will be severely disciplined for threatening, bullying, cyber bullying, and/or sexual harassment. These offenses are against the law.

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BULLYING/CYBER BULLYING

     The New Haven Board of Education will not tolerate any form of bullying/cyber bullying or harassment of members of the New Haven Public School Community by students or employees of the New Haven Public Schools. Bullying and/or harassment, includes but is not limited to, acts based on: gender, ethnicity, national origin, race, sexual orientation, physical characteristics, or mental capacity.

     The New Haven Public Schools requires students, staff, and/or parents to report all cases of bullying/cyber bullying and harassment immediately, to the school’s administrator, administrator’s designee, or director.  Teachers and other school staff that receive reports of bullying from students are required to report this information to the appropriate administrator immediately.

     Bullying/cyber bullying  is defined as physical, verbal or psychological attacks or acts of intimidation or the intentional isolation that is intended to cause fear, distress, or harm to the victim while on school grounds or at a school sponsored activity. Parents and students will be required to sign the student information card stating that your child will abide by the rules and regulations of Jepson Regional Magnet School and the New Haven Public Schools.

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BUS CONDUCT

     Our bus drivers are responsible for getting students to and from school safely and we will do everything possible to support them in their job. Students are to get on the bus, sit down, and stay seated until they arrive at school.  Students are to obey all bus rules.  The following plan will be enforced for all students who misbehave on the bus:

  •  1st offense: Verbal Warning
  •  2nd offense: Written Warning
  •  3rd offense: Bus Suspension 3 days
  •  4th offense: Bus Suspension 5 days
  •  5th offense: Bus Suspension 10 days
  •  6th offense: Bus Suspension for the remainder of the school year.

     Severe problems, such as fighting, will result in immediate suspension from the bus.  There will be NO exceptions. It is the students’ responsibility to act appropriately on the bus.

In the event of a child’s bus suspension, it is the responsibility of the parents to provide transportation to and from school.

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CAFETERIA RULES

     The cafeteria is the school’s dining room. It serves more than 550 students each day. It is the responsibility of each student to leave his/her place clean and tidy for the next student who will be using it.  Since we have large groups of students who must have lunch at the same time, we must have certain rules of conduct and respect the rights of others. These rules are:

  • Students and visitors will NOT be permitted to have lunch brought from outside food service facilities (i.e. McDonalds etc…)
  •  Food will NOT be heated in any school microwave.
  • ·Glass drinks are not allowed in the cafeteria at lunch time.
  •  Students are responsible for keeping their eating area clean.
  •  Students must eat seated at a table.  No one may walk around and eat or leave  their seat during the lunch period.
  •  NO food may be taken out of the cafeteria.
  • Any loud yelling, talking, fighting, or unacceptable behavior will result in disciplinary action.

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CONCERNS

     If you have questions that are specific to your child’s progress or a classroom issue, please approach your child’s teacher or appropriate staff member directly before bringing the concern to school administration.  It is important to keep open lines of communication between parents and teachers to ensure the best education for your child.

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DRESS

NHPS policy regarding dress:

     In order to maintain an atmosphere conducive to learning and prepare students for working environments, the Board shall require that all students, grades K-12, exercise good taste with regard to their personal appearance. Attire considered disruptive or a risk to health or safety is not appropriate.

 

     With this in mind the following rules concerning dress and grooming are mandatory to students in all grades.

 

Bottom Wear:

Bottom wear must be size appropriate and worn securely around the waist.  NO sagging or too tight clothing will be allowed.  Pajama pants are NOT allowed.

 

Skirts OR Shorts:

Must be no shorter than 3” above the knee.

 

Top Wear:

All top wear must be size appropriate, NOT too tight.  Shirts must have sleeves.  NO bare midriffs will be allowed.

 

Coats:

Coats are NOT to be worn in school or classroom during the school day.

 

Headwear:

NO hats, bandanas, hoods, sweatbands, or sunglasses.

 

All Apparel:

Any type of clothing bearing reference to alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, drugs, drug-related slogans, and /or any other work, drawing, pictures, etc… which in any way can be interpreted as suggestive, obscene, or offensive are NOT permitted in school or at any school related activity.

 

Jewelry/ Accessories:

Students are not to wear jewelry, ornaments or accessories, which distract from the educational process.  No heavy metal chains are allowed around the neck, around the waist, or hanging from the waist into a pocket. Students may not wear metal spiked apparel or accessories.

 

Special Situations:

If a student cannot comply with the standardized dress code based on religious beliefs, his/her parent or guardian may write a letter explaining the situation to the school principal.  Each case will be dealt with on an individual basis.

 

Physical Education:

All students will wear clothing appropriate to be able to participate in physical education class on their assigned day for PE.  This policy shall include appropriate shoes for PE class.  Shoes must have rubber soles.

 

Students dressed inappropriately will be subject to

disciplinary consequences as per board policy.

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HOMEWORK
     Homework is an integral part of school and learning. It is expected that students spend time nightly on extending their attainment of skills and knowledge.

 

     Loss of school privileges (activities, events, trips etc.) will result when repeated assignments are not completed.

 

     Students in grades 4-8 must record all homework assignments in their student agenda (planner).  Planners will be given to students in September.  It is the students’ responsibility NOT to lose their planner.  Lost planners may be replaced for a fee of $5.00.

 

Instructional Materials

     Students are responsible for the care of any and all textbooks, library books, and instructional materials which they use. Students will be charged a FULL replacement cost for any lost or damaged material which was assigned to them. All debts must be paid for before the end of the school year.  Students who fail to do so will be denied report cards.

 

Teachers will assign homework in accordance with district policies:

   

  The minimum homework requirement is: 

  • Primary: four times per week, no more than 15 minutes per day
  • Intermediate: four times per week, not more than 20-30 minutes per day
  • Upper Intermediate: four times per week, not more than 40-50 minutes per day
  • Middle School: at least two major subject assignments, 6 hours per week

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LOCKERS

     Having a locker is a privilege.  Students that are issued lockers are also given locks.  Lockers are to be kept neat and clean and should always be left locked.

 

Only locks issued by the school can be used.

 

*Note, combinations are private and should NOT be shared with friends!

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MEDICATION POLICY

     In the event that your physician decides that your child needs to receive medication at school during the school day, an Administration of Medication Request Form must be completed and on file. Forms are available in the school office or in the Nurse’s Office.

 

     Medication must be brought to the school by the parent or guardian.  Under no circumstances will medication be given which is brought to school by a student.  Medication must be properly labeled by a pharmacist. Over the counter medication, e.g  aspirin, must also be prescribed by a physician as noted above an brought to the school by the parent or guardian in the original container with the dosage labeled by the manufacturer.

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PARENT VOLUNTEERS / VISITORS

     Jepson parents are encouraged to volunteer and visit the school.  It is best to arrange a time ahead by calling the classroom teacher.  Please look for a schedule posted in classrooms on the most convenient times and ways to help. 

 

     Volunteers who spend more than one hour volunteering at the school per week must be background screened and approved by the New Haven Public School Foundation, Inc.  Application forms are in the main office or at the School Volunteers Office at 80 Hamilton St., New Haven, CT 06511 (203)-46-6950

 

     Visitors are welcomed to and encouraged to attend conferences, Town Meetings, Fairs, and School performances.  While visiting please remember that an informal visit is NOT the time to speak to teachers. If you need to discuss a matter with your child’s teacher please   schedule a conference.

 

ALL VISITORS MUST REPORT TO THE MAIN OFFICE AND SIGN IN.

 

Students from other schools and or districts will not be allowed to visit students or staff without the permission of administration.

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PARKING, TRAFFIC, AND SAFETY

If you drive your child to or from school, please remember to use the legal drop-off points around the designated circle.  Children are NOT allowed to walk through the parking lot unattended by an adult. Cars may not see the children and can be very treacherous.

 

Please exercise PATIENCE when in the parking lot.  This site gets very congested and can easily turn dangerous.  Do NOT double park your car.  This only adds to the congestion.

 

Handicapped spaces are for handicapped drivers.  ONLY those with the appropriate handicapped ticket hanging from their mirror are allowed in the designated spaces.

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TECHNOLOGY

     The use of any New Haven Public School computer must be in support of education and research and must be consistent with the educational objectives of the New Haven Public School District.  Transmission of any material in violation of school policy, local, state, or    federal regulations is prohibited.  This includes, but is not limited to:

 

  • Accessing, displaying, or sending offensive messages or pictures
  •  Using impolite, profane, rude, vulgar, offensive, disrespectful, or abusive language
  •  Harassing, insulting, threatening or attacking others, including, but not limited to sexual harassment
  •  Damaging computers, computer systems, or computer networks
  •  Violating copyright laws
  •  Using another’s password
  •  Trespassing in another’s folder, work, or files
  •  Intentionally wasting limited resources (Color Printing)
  •  Employing the network for commercial purposes

 

     Violations of Internet or Network use may result in a loss of access as well as other disciplinary or legal action.

 

     All users will be expected to sign an acceptable use policy, which outlines standards for behavior and communication.

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TRANSPORTATION AND BUS ROOM

     Bus students and walkers report to the following assigned areas upon arrival:

  • Primary, Intermediate, and Upper Intermediate teams report to the gym.
  • Grades 6, 7, & 8 will report to the cafeteria.

 

     Bus room supervision begins at 9:00am and ends at 3:30pm.  Parents who bring children to school may NOT leave them before 8:45am. Students who get picked up at the end of the school day MUST be picked up by 3:30pm in the Library Media Center.

 

If there is any change to your child’s usual method of transportation, a note must be given to your child’s teacher FIRST thing in the morning. PLEASE do NOT call last minute.  In addition, make sure your child is made aware of any change before they come to school.

 

Children may NOT ride any other bus besides the bus they are assigned.

 

Primary students (k/1) MUST be met at the bus by an approved adult EVERY day.

 

If you need to make a PERMANENT change to your child’s bus transportation, please send a written request to the main office.

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TRUANCY POLICY

     New Haven Public School district is committed to reduce chronic truancy and promote positive school attendance through a comprehensive, multi-agency approach. Our truancy program starts with early interventions in elementary and middle grades and engages the support and accountability of schools, families, police, state agencies and the courts in reducing chronic truancy.  If a student is absent 4 consecutive days without an excuse, the telephone auto dialer will call the student’s home and notify the parent.  If a student is absent 5 days without an excuse, the school will send a letter home requesting that the parent   contact the school. In addition, the student may be placed on academic probation.  If a student is absent 10 days without an excuse, the parent must attend a formal hearing within 5 days or the student may lose course credit.  If a student is absent 20 days without an excuse, the student is referred to truancy court and may face sanctions. If school absences exceed 5 days and parents do not respond to the school’s request for meetings, truancy and police teams may make evening and /or limited weekend visits to the home.

 

     The school day begins at 9:15am.  Students will be marked tardy if they arrive after 9:30am.  Students MUST arrive by 11:00am or will not be allowed to enter for the day unless they bring a doctor’s note.

 

Please provide us with a written excuse for any absence due to illness.

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SCHOOL CLOSINGS

     On occasions when school will open late, dismiss early (1:30pm) or even cancel due to bad weather or power failures, parents should tune into the following radio stations: WELI, WPLR, WAVZ, WKCI, WEZN, WYBC or watch channel 8 or channel 3.

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VALUABLES

     Students should at no time bring valuable personal items to school.  In the event of loss, due to theft or damage, etc. the school will NOT be held responsible.

 

     Administrators, teachers, security guards, substitutes have the right to confiscate cell phones, IPods, trading cards, toys, etc….

 

Parents will be responsible for picking up any confiscated items from school.

 

     Items such as cell phones MUST be turned OFF before entering school or may be turned in to the main office to be locked up until the end of the day

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