East Providence School District
    EAST PROVIDENCE SCHOOL DEPARTMENT
    INFORMATIONAL
    SCHOOL
    HANDBOOK
    2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR
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    SCHOOL COMMITTEE
    Chairperson Charles Tsonos
    Vice-Chairperson Jessica Beauchaine
    Clerk Nathan Cahoon
    Member Anthony Ferreira
    Member Joel Monteiro
    Central Office ADMINISTRATION
    Superintendent Kathryn Crowley
    Assistant Superintendent Dr. Celeste Bowler
    Assistant Superintendent Dr. Sandra Forand
    Director of Pupil Personnel Services Julian MacDonnell
    Asst. Dir. Of Pupil Personnel Services Tracy Andrews-Mellouise
    Director of Human Resources Cheryl Mammone
    Director of Facilities Anthony Feola
    Finance Director Lucy Maddock
    Chief Information Officer Kelly Ahrens
    Director of Operations Diana Clarkin
    (Registration, Attendance, Truancy, Transportation, Building Use)
    Director of Instructional Technology Rebekah Gendron
    Coordinator of ESL Programs Maria Mansella
    Administration Offices are located in East Providence City Hall, Third Floor
    145 Taunton Ave, East Providence, RI 02914
    Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Telephone: 435-7500
    SCHOOL PRINCIPAL ADDRESS PHONE (401)
    East Providence High School
    Shani Wallace
    swallace@epschoolsri.com
    2000 Pawtucket Avenue
    02914 435-7806
    Career Technical Center
    Karen Mellen
    kmellen@epschoolsri.com
    1998 Pawtucket Avenue
    02914 435-7815
    Edward Martin Middle School
    Fatima Avila
    favila@epschoolsri.com
    111 Brown Street
    02914 435-7819
    Riverside Middle School
    Dr. Cheri Guerra
    cguerra@epschoolsri.com
    179 Forbes Street
    02915 433-6230
    Myron J. Francis School
    Lloydanne Leddy
    lleddy@epschoolsri.com
    64 Bourne Avenue
    02916 435-7829
    Agnes B. Hennessey School
    Elaine Allen
    eallen@epschoolsri.com
    75 Fort Street
    02914 435-7831
    Kent Heights School
    Stephen Prew
    sprew@epschoolsri.com
    2680 Pawtucket Avenue
    02914 435-7824
    James R. Oldham School
    Donna Peluso
    dpeluso@epschoolsri.com
    60 Bart Drive
    02915 433-6209
    Orlo Avenue School
    Yanaiza Gallant
    ygallant@epschoolsri.com
    25 Orlo Avenue
    02914 435-7834
    Silver Spring School
    Michael Kirkutis
    mkirkutis@epschoolsri.com
    120 Silver Spring Avenue
    02914 435-7836
    Waddington School
    Patricia Barlow
    pbarlow@epschoolsri.com
    101 Legion Way
    02915 433-6235
    Emma G. Whiteknact School
    Teresa Medeiros
    tmedeiros@epschoolsri.com
    261 Grosvenor Avenue
    02914 435-7828
    EP Early Learning Program
    at Waddington School
    Mylissa Moon, Coordinator
    mmoon@epschoolsri.com
    101 Legion Way
    02915 433-6235
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    MISSION STATEMENT
    The East Providence School Department, in partnership with
    families and the community, is committed to provide a
    comprehensive inclusive program of academic excellence in a safe,
    nurturing environment preparing all students to become
    responsible, life-long learners able to meet the challenges of the 21st
    century.
    DISTRICT GOALS
    1. All elementary, middle, and high school students will show
    significant growth and progress in achieving proficiency in
    English/Language Arts as measured by the annual state
    assessments.
    2. All elementary, middle, and high school students will show
    significant growth and progress in achieving proficiency in
    Mathematics as measured by the annual state assessments.
    3. All elementary, middle, and high school students will show
    significant growth and progress in achieving proficiency in
    Science as measured by the annual state assessments.
    4. Ensure that the district’s technology infrastructure supports
    the use of instructional programs, instructional management
    tools, and state assessments.
    5. Design and implement a district-wide multi-leveled
    instructional and behavioral system for preventing school
    failure.
    6. Implement an extensive system of leadership development
    and support for school and central office administrators.
    7. Build collaborative family-school-community partnership
    that advances student learning and achievement.
    8. Develop contemporary and relevant HR policies.
    9. Ensure that all schools are safe, healthy and supportive
    environments for all stakeholders.
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    ATTENDANCE
    All children are expected to be in attendance each day unless they are ill, a family
    emergency arises, or there is a religious holiday. Absence and tardiness interrupt
    instruction and detract from the learning process, which inhibits academic success. If your
    child is absent from school or is going to be tardy, please call the school office. Parents
    must accompany their children into the school and sign them in if they are tardy.
    State Law requires that a written excuse from a parent for a child who has been
    absent from school must accompany their child upon his/her return. After 10 or more
    unexcused absences, students may be referred to the district Truant Officer.
    Students are expected to make up missed assignments due to absence or dismissal.
    Family vacations should be scheduled in conjunction with school vacations and not during
    instructional time. This will ensure that students will not miss instruction or work planned
    as part of their educational experience. Likewise, doctor’s appointments should be
    scheduled before or after school hours to avoid students missing instructional time.
    See complete amended Attendance Policy adopted by the East Providence School
    Committee 5/26/2015 on the School Department Website at epschoolsri.com
    BIRTHDAYS
    Student birthdays are not celebrated at school due to loss of instructional time,
    food allergies and the district’s Wellness Policy. Invitations to birthday parties are not to
    be distributed during school hours.
    BUS RULES
    East Providence school bus transportation will always center on providing safe,
    responsible and effective transportation for our students. We currently service eligible
    students to twelve East Providence Public Schools, twenty-six private and parochial schools,
    and twenty-six outside special education placement schools in Rhode Island and
    Massachusetts. East Providence School Bus Routes will be announced in the Reporter and
    Post by the middle of August.
    Eligible Riding Distances
    Pre K* Door to Door - All Students receive a bus (*Special Education Only)
    Grades K-5 Students must live further than 1.0 mile from school
    Grades 6-8 Students must live further than 1.5 miles from school
    Grades 9-12 Students must live further than 2.0 miles from school
    Bus transportation is a privilege. The health and safety of all bus students is
    jeopardized by disruptive behavior. Therefore, the following procedures will be used in
    cases of disciplinary problems on the bus unless the offense is a serious one that warrants
    suspension or a more serious consequence. Student misconduct on any bus will be reported
    as follows:
    First Offense: A verbal reprimand to the student;
    Second Offense: Principal notification to parents;
    Third Offense: Principal notification to parents and student suspended from the bus for 2
    days and
    Fourth Offense: Parent conference with the principal and the Director of Operations and
    student discipline will be determined.
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    CHANGE OF ADDRESS/TELEPHONE
    Please notify the school office immediately if you have a change of address or
    telephone number. A yearly residency affidavit and proof of residency will be required at
    the start of each school year as well as when a student’s address changes during the school
    year.
    COMMUNICATIONS
    Parent-Teacher Conferences invariably enhance student performance. Both the
    home and the school should work cooperatively to support students in their effort to
    progress. You may schedule a conference with your child’s teacher by sending a note to the
    teacher, an email to the teacher, or by calling the office to schedule an appointment for a
    conference, should the need arise to review your child’s progress.
    The following hints are helpful in preparing for a conference:
    1. Prepare a list for characteristics that will help the teacher better
    understand your child.
    2. Make a list of questions for the teacher. You may wish to know about
    programs, schedules, grading, homework, etc.
    3. Be sure to find out from the teacher what you can do at home to help
    your child.
    4. Help create a climate of partnership with the teacher and the school.
    EARLY DISMISSAL
    The dismissal of any student before the end of the school day is strongly
    discouraged. No changes in dismissal procedures will be accepted within the last 30 minutes
    of the school day. Should a serious incident occur or a student becomes ill and would need to
    be released before the official end of the school day, the school office will process the
    dismissal and document it in your child’s permanent record. The following procedural
    guidelines established by the East Providence School Committee will be strictly adhered to:
    A. To Custodial Parent:
    1. The parent/guardian should send a note to school indicating the need for
    early dismissal.
    2. Parent/guardian will be required to verify identity when picking up a
    child; a picture ID must be shown (driver’s license or RI ID).
    3. Child is released to parent who must SIGN the dismissal log.
    B. To a Person other than a Custodial Parent:
    No student will be released unless all of the following conditions have been met:
    1. A note must be sent to school naming the person who will pick up the
    child.
    2. The person must be listed on the school emergency form.
    3. Secretary must call the custodial parent and verify the dismissal.
    4. Person must show pictured Driver’s License or RI ID.
    5. Child is then released to the person who must SIGN the dismissal log.
    EMERGENCY DISMISSALS, SCHOOL CANCELLATION & DELAYED
    OPENING PROCEDURES
    In the event of stormy weather, school cancellations or delayed opening will be
    announced by approximately 6:00AM on most radio and television stations through the RI
    Broadcasters Assoc. Skyward phone messages will be sent to parents. We ask that you
    refrain from calling the Administration Building or the police for specific information
    about the delayed opening or cancellation. Should a severe storm develop while school is
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    in session, and it is determined that it is necessary to dismiss students early, in the best
    interest of safety, announcements will also be made through radio and television stations
    and through Skyward.
    Parents should make arrangements to receive students at home on early dismissal
    days. One or more of the following would be helpful:
    a. Arrange to be home early for your child’s arrival
    b. Arrange for another adult to be at home for your child’s early arrival, and/or
    c. Arrange for a relative or neighbor to provide adult supervision in their homes.
    BREAKFAST & LUNCH PROGRAMS
    1. Lunches may be purchased daily. The cost is $2.60 for elementary students and
    $2.85 for secondary students. Menus are posted in the classroom. Free and
    reduced lunch applications will be sent home and should be returned only if you are
    interested in applying for this program. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT APPLICATIONS
    MUST BE RENEWED EACH YEAR BY OCTOBER 1ST OR BENEFITS WILL BE
    DISCONTINUED AND PARENTS WLL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYMENT.
    2. The cost of reduced lunch is $.40.
    3. Milk money is collected daily. The cost is fifty-five cents ($.55).
    4. Beverages in glass containers are not allowed in school to ensure the safety of all
    students.
    5. Breakfast may be purchased daily for $1.30 at elementary schools and $1.45 at
    secondary schools. (Free breakfast at Whiteknact, Orlo, Kent Heights, Hennessey
    and Oldham Schools).
    LOST and FOUND
    Many students misplace or lose articles of clothing and personal property over the
    course of the school year. Labeling your child’s personal belongings will greatly assist us in
    returning lost items. Lost items are kept in the school office. Bringing personal property
    that is not school-related is discouraged.
    HOMEWORK
    Homework is an opportunity for students to develop good study habits and to
    reinforce skills. Since homework is an important part of your child’s educational program, it
    is important you and your child be aware of the following guidelines:
    1. Assignments are an outgrowth of class work and are intended to be practice of
    skills and concepts taught during the school day.
    2. Homework assignments emphasize good study habits.
    3. Children should:
    A. KNOW THE ASSIGNMENT – a small notebook or planner to record the
    assignments is recommended.
    B. HAVE A PLACE TO WORK – most children need the discipline of having a
    regular place, free of distractions, where they may complete homework.
    C. SET A TIME FOR HOMEWORK – most parents find that it is best to
    establish a particular time each day, which is set aside for the
    completion of homework.
    D. HELP WITH HOMEWORK – Homework is the responsibility of the child
    and should be completed independently. However, if a child lacks
    sufficient knowledge and seeks parental help, the parent should try to
    explain the concept or give an example similar to the problem with which
    your child is having difficulty. If the difficulty persists, you are advised
    to send a note to your child’s teacher explaining the problem.
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    4. Parents are asked to read daily to their children, review the child’s day, practice
    math facts, spelling and/or handwriting. If homework becomes too challenging
    or if issues arise, contact the teacher.
    5. Homework will count for no more than 10% of a student’s overall assessment of
    student learning on quarterly report cards.
    PROGRESS REPORT CARDS
    Communicating to parents about student progress is a priority. Standards-Based
    Report Cards are issued by quarter (4) four times a year: November, January, April and
    June. They should be signed and returned to school as soon as possible. Additionally,
    assessment scores and progress toward meeting standards will be shared with
    parents/guardians on regular basis or at school events.
    SCHOOL PUBLICITY
    The school uses candid photographs and videotaping of students as they participate
    in school events or classroom activities. These photos may be submitted to the local
    newspapers for publication and also displayed in the school department buildings. If you
    have any objections, please indicate that on the permission slips at the back of this
    handbook. To revoke implied consent to have your child appear in school publications and
    media, submit the Publicity Consent/Revocation Form to your child's school.
    TELEPHONE/Cell Phones, Electronic Devices
    The use of student cell phones is prohibited during school hours, unless authorized
    by the Principal or designee. The school telephone is available to students only in the event
    of an emergency. The school is not responsible for lost, broken, or stolen electronic
    devices.
    TEXTBOOKS/Classroom Instructional Materials
    Textbooks and instructional materials are loaned to students for their use during
    the school year. They should be properly cared for at all times. Destruction of books or
    other school property will require compensation. Report Cards will not be issued until all
    borrowed books are returned.
    TRUANCY COURT
    The goal of the Truancy Court in East Providence is to reduce the district’s truancy
    rate. It is the strong desire of the Family Truancy Court to dramatically reduce the
    truancy rate in our elementary and secondary schools by using collaborative efforts to
    identify and assess for services. The authority of the Court to hold truants and their
    families accountable for the violation of state statutes will assist in the goal of early
    intervention and treatment. While sanctions are possible, they will only be used as a last
    resort. A school social worker typically is assigned to the program for counseling and
    guidance for both the truant and parents.
    CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT
    This policy and any implementing procedures constitutes the East Providence School
    Department Code of Student Conduct (Discipline Code) as called for by R.I. General Laws
    §16-21-21. At the commencement of each school year each school principal shall ensure
    that the Code is distributed to each student in their school and shall ensure each student
    and their parent or guardian acknowledges in writing that they have received a copy of the
    Code. In appropriate circumstances, the distribution may be done through electronic means.
    The objective of this Code is to establish rules regarding conduct that will foster
    respect among all members of the school community for the rights of others, respect for
    property, and respect for the points of view of others. Each student, staff member,
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    teacher, and administrator has a right to attend and/or work at a school that is safe and
    secure, that is conducive to learning, and that is free from the threat of physical harm.
    (Please refer to District Policy V.D.1. Code of Student Conduct
    PBIS Program Explanation (Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports)
    The purpose of a conduct code is to foster a positive learning environment. The
    classroom teacher has the first responsibility for maintaining discipline in his/her
    classroom. The teacher shall be respected as an individual and shall be treated with
    respect by the students. In turn, the student shall be respected as an individual and shall
    be treated with respect by the teachers.
    The student is expected to:
    a. Participate in the learning process.
    b. Respect the rights and properties of others.
    c. Meet classroom and school standards.
    d. Accept constructive feedback.
    e. Seek additional help when needed.
    f. Accept responsibility for getting communications home.
    g. Obey the safety rules of the school.
    In cases where an individual is unwilling or unable to exercise self-control and does
    not meet the responsibilities of good citizenship that interferes with the learning process,
    the matter will be referred to the principal. The principal will review the case and act
    accordingly. In most cases, positive or constructive disciplinary measures will be
    undertaken. For more serious offenses, corrective disciplinary measure will be undertaken.
    Further consideration may be necessary in the following offenses.
    The following infractions warrant suspension
    1. Class disruption
    2. Fighting
    3. Rude or disruptive behavior
    4. Refusal to follow reasonable requests
    5. Continual tardiness
    6. Throwing rocks, snow, ice or other items considered dangerous
    7. Lack of respect for the rights and properties of others
    8. Threatening or intimidating students or staff
    9. The use of electronic devices (cell phones, radios, I-Pods, I-Pads, MP3
    players, hand held games, etc…)
    10. REPEATED VIOLATIONS OF THE SPECIFIC OFFENSES OR
    CONTINOUOUS VIOLATIONS OF VARIOUS OFFENSES MAY
    WARRANT SUSPENSION.
    FAMILY INVOLVEMENT
    The East Providence School Department is committed to strengthening partnerships
    between schools, students, and their families. In order to do so, the schools will:
     Involve families as partners in decisions that affect their children’s
    education
     Encourage parents to serve on School Improvement Teams and in parent
    groups
     Establish two-way communications with all families, respecting the diversity
    in culture, language and differing needs of families
     Develop strategies and programs to enable families to participate actively in
    their children’s education
     Create an environment where families are welcome in the schools
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    (Please refer to District Policy IV. F. Family Involvement and the District and
    School Parent and Family Involvement Handbook)
    ANTI-BULLYING POLICY
    East Providence School Department adopted the Statewide Bullying Policy
    effective June 30, 2012. Pursuant to RI General Law §16‐21‐34 known as the Safe
    School Act, the statute recognizes that the bullying of a student creates a climate of
    fear and disrespect that can seriously impair the student's health and negatively affect
    learning. Bullying undermines the safe learning environment that students need to achieve
    their full potential. The purpose of the Policy is to ensure a consistent and unified
    statewide approach to the prohibition of bullying at school.
    BULLYING means the use by one or more students of a written, verbal or
    electronic expression or a physical act or gesture or any combination thereof directed
    at a student that:
    a. Causes physical or emotional harm to the student or damage to the student's
    property;
    b. Places the student in reasonable fear of harm to himself/herself or of damage
    to his/her property;
    c. Creates an intimidating, threatening, hostile, or abusive educational environment
    for the student;
    d. Infringes on the rights of the student to participate in school activities; or
    e. Materially and substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly
    operation of a school.
    The expression, physical act or gesture may include, but is not limited to, an
    incident or incidents that may be reasonably perceived as being motivated by
    characteristics such as:
    Race, color, religion, religious practices, national origin, gender, sexual orientation,
    gender identity and expression, mental, physical, or sensory disability, intellectual
    ability or by any other distinguishing characteristic.
    Bullying most often occurs as repeated behavior and often is not a
    single incident between the bullying/cyber‐bullying offender(s) and the
    bullying victim(s).
    CYBER‐BULLYING means bullying through the use of technology or any electronic
    communication, which shall include, but not be limited to, any transfer of signs, signals,
    writing, images, sounds, data, texting or intelligence of any nature transmitted in whole or
    in part by a wire, radio, electromagnetic, photo electronic or photo optical system, including,
    but not limited to, electronic mail, Internet communications, instant messages or facsimile
    communications.
    Forms of cyber‐bullying may include but are not limited to:
    a. The creation of a web page or blog in which the creator assumes the identity of
    another person;
    b. The knowing impersonation of another person as the author of posted content or
    messages; or
    c. The distribution by electronic means of a communication to more than one
    person or the posting of materials on an electronic medium that may be
    accessed by one or more persons, if the creation, impersonation, or
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    distribution results in any of the conditions enumerated in clauses (a) to (e) of
    the definition of bullying.
    AT SCHOOL means:
    a. on school premises
    b. at any school‐sponsored activity or event whether or not it is held on school
    premises
    c. on a school‐transportation vehicle
    d. at an official school bus stop
    e. using property or equipment provided by the school, or
    f. Acts which create a material and substantial disruption of the education
    process or the orderly operation of the school.
    The principal shall publicize to students, staff, volunteers, and parents how to
    report bullying. The prevention of bullying is part of the school district’s strategic plan and
    each school safety plan. (Please refer to V.A.19 Anti-Bullying District Policy)
    RACIAL HARASSMENT DISTRICT POLICY
    The East Providence School Committee is committed to providing all students with a
    safe and supportive school environment where all persons treat each other with mutual
    respect. This policy is intended to ensure that every student participating in the East
    Providence School Department has the right and opportunity to study and work in a school
    community free from racial harassment, prejudice and intimidation.
    For purposes of this policy, “racial harassment” means any unwelcome written,
    electronic, verbal or physical conduct relating to a person’s race, color, or national
    origin/ancestry which offends, denigrates, or belittles that person on the basis of these
    same characteristics, when such conduct is perpetrated at or in school, and is: sufficiently
    severe, persistent, or pervasive that it affects a person’s ability to participate in or benefit
    from an educational program, service, activity or privilege, or creates an intimidating,
    threatening or abusive educational environment; or has the purpose or effect of
    substantially or unreasonably interfering with a person’s academic performance; or
    otherwise adversely affects a person’s learning opportunities.
    Examples of racial harassment include but are not limited to the following:
     Intimidation and implied or overt threats of physical violence based on or motivated
    by a person’s race, color, or national origin/ancestry;
     Physical acts of aggression or assault upon another, or damage to another’s property
    based on or motivated by the person’s race, color, or national origin ancestry;
     Depending upon circumstances and context, unsolicited and demeaning or derogatory
    comments, mimicking, behavior, jokes, taunts, slurs, nicknames, innuendos or other
    negative remarks based on a person’s race, color, or national origin/ancestry;
     Depending on circumstances and context, graffiti, slogans, or visual displays, such as
    cartoons or posters, depicting slurs or derogatory sentiments based on a person’s
    race, color, or national origin/ancestry; or
     Criminal offenses directed at persons because of their race, color, or national
    origin/ancestry.
    (Please refer to District Policy V.A.23 Racial Harassment Policy)
    COMMUNICATIONS AND NETWORKED SERVICES
    East Providence Public Schools Acceptable Use Policy
    Student Appropriate Use Policy of Information Technology Resources
    Services Provided to Students:
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     The East Providence Public School District provides all students with a network
    account and password for the purpose of facilitating education.
     Students may access printers and print when given permission by the local authority.
     Students may have access to Google for Education accounts including Gmail and
    Google Docs.
     Students have access to online course resources (if currently deployed by his/her
    teachers).
    Note these services and resources are not the same as a private home Internet and email
    accounts and therefore all actions including information stored, accessed, viewed,
    written, or actions performed are logged, and accessible by the Administration. These
    actions are also legally discoverable and could be subpoenaed by a court of law. Therefore,
    the East Providence Public School District has the right to monitor, quarantine, backup,
    move, archive and/or delete, and access all electronic files, local or remote, on systems
    managed by the East Providence Public Schools. Students should have no expectation of
    privacy.
    In accordance with CIPA (Child Internet Protection Act), the East Providence Public
    School District filters Internet content to prevent access to pornography and material that
    is otherwise inappropriate for minors. However, it is recognized that this and any filter
    alone is no guarantee that users will not be able to access Internet resources which are
    profane, offensive, obscene, or otherwise objectionable. Students should report accidental
    or inappropriate sites to a teacher or administrator for blocking.
    Students of the East Providence Public School District shall:
    Respect and protect the integrity, availability, and security of all electronic resources.
    Respect and protect the intellectual property of others.
    Respect and protect the privacy of their self and others.
    (Please refer to district policy IV. C. 4. Telecommunications and Networked Services)
    FOOD ALLERGIES
    Food allergies can be life threatening. Parents: please notify the school
    nurse/teacher of your child’s allergies (and provide any medications prescribed for life
    threatening allergies, i.e. Epi-pens and Benadryl) . Please work with the school to develop a
    plan that accommodates the child’s needs at school, in after-care programs, and during
    school-sponsored activities. Parents are asked to instruct their children not to trade food
    with others, eat anything with unknown ingredients, and notify an adult immediately if they
    eat something they believe may contain the food to which they are allergic.
    MEDICATIONS
    The East Providence School Department Medication Policy requires any medication
    administered during school hours have a signed physicians order as well as a parent/guardian
    signature. Forms may be obtained from the school nurse/teacher at your child's school. All
    medications must be in its original container with the proper name, dose and time on the
    bottle. It is encouraged that the parent or guardian deliver the medication to the nurse
    especially if it is a controlled substance. Over the counter medication, Tylenol, Ibuprofen,
    Tums and Bacitracin may be administered at school for grades 6-12 only with signed
    permission on the back of the emergency card. All other over the counter medications must
    have a physician’s signed order on file.
    HIV INFECTED STUDENTS/EMPLOYEES POLICY
    HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) cannot be spread by casual contact (e.g.
    sitting together, sneezing or coughing on each other or eating together). Rhode Island law
    prohibits discrimination against individuals who are infected with HIV. Being HIV positive is
    not grounds for dismissal from employment or enrollment in school.
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    PARENTAL RIGHTS
    Rhode Island Law (R.I.G.L. 16-22-17 “AIDS education program” and R.I.G.L. 16-22-18
    “Health and Family Life courses) permits a parent or guardian to exempt his/her student
    from certain aspects of health education instruction. Similarly, a parent or guardian may
    exempt his/her student from the corollary health education assessment. Under federal
    (Family Educational Rights and privacy Act) and state (Educational Records Bill of Rights
    Act) law, school districts must annually notify all parents and students 18 years of age and
    older of their rights regarding education records. Parents of students and students 18
    years of age and older have the right to inspect and review the student’s education records
    upon request. The annual notice given to parents and students must specify the procedure
    by which parents and eligible students may exercise the right to inspect and review
    education records. Rhode Island law requires that parents and eligible students be allowed
    to inspect the student’s education records within 10 days of the request. Parents and
    students also have the right to a reasonable explanation and interpretation of the records
    and the right to copies of the records.
    SEXUAL HARRASMENT POLICY
    It is the policy of the East Providence School Department to maintain an educational
    and working environment free of sexual harassment in any form. Supervisors,
    administrators and all other employees, as well as students, are absolutely prohibited from
    engaging in sexual harassment of school department employees, students, and visitors. Any
    act or pattern of sexual harassment in the East Providence School Department is
    unacceptable misconduct and may be the basis for discipline up to and including expulsion.
    (Please refer to district policies – III. I.2. Employee Sexual Harassment Policy and
    VA.2. Sexual Harassment-Student Policy)
    SMOKE FREE ENVIRONMENT POLICY
    Effective September 1, 1994, the use of any substance or item which contains
    tobacco, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, vapors or other smoking
    tobacco, or the use of snuff or smokeless tobacco in school buildings at any time of the day
    or night by all people who utilize East Providence school buildings is prohibited. This policy
    also prohibits having in one’s possession a lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe (or other substance
    or item containing tobacco), vapors (or any other similar devices). Further, the policy
    includes, but is not limited to, all school playgrounds, school administration buildings, indoor
    school athletic facilities, school gymnasiums, school locker rooms, school buses, other school
    vehicles, and other school buildings.
    (Please refer to district Policy III. N. Smoke Free Policy)
    SPECIAL PROGRAMS & SERVICES
    Child Outreach
    Child Outreach screening is mandated for three, four, and five year olds, not yet in
    kindergarten. The purpose of the screening is to assess the child’s development. Screening
    is done in the areas of vision, hearing, social-emotional, and general development. Screening
    serves as a first step in the identification of children who might have developmental delays
    or disabilities. Any 5 year old who is starting kindergarten without receiving this screening
    prior to the start of school, will also need to be screened. Those screenings will be
    coordinated by the Child Outreach Coordinator and completed in addition to the beginning
    of the year kindergarten screenings.
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    English Language Learners
    Students who do not speak English as their first language are screened to obtain
    their level of English language proficiency. Should they qualify for support, they are
    entitled to instructional services provided by certified English as Second Language teachers
    in either a collaborative or individualized format. The purpose of this program is to provide
    linguistic, academic and cultural support to students as they become more proficient in
    listening, speaking, reading and writing English. Parents of ELLs are encouraged to continue
    to use their native language in their homes and promote literacy in their first language as
    their children acquire English. Parents of ELLs will also receive information and assessment
    reports on how well their students are progressing in learning English. Parents of ELLs are
    highly encouraged to become part of the districts’ Parent Advisory Council to help in
    decision making related to programs and services that serve English learners.
    Kindergarten Screenings
    Methods of instruction that have been proven to work, in this nation and abroad.
    These methods drive student understanding beyond process, to deep mastery of
    mathematical concepts. The goal of Eureka Math is to produce students who are not merely
    literate, but fluent, in mathematics.
    The start of the school year for entering Kindergarten students will be slightly
    delayed so that classroom teachers can conduct one-on-one, informal screenings for
    placement into the school’s classroom(s). On the first day of school, Kindergarten students
    should report to their assigned school to meet with the Kindergarten teachers for a
    welcoming event. At that time, families will be given screening appointments before the
    first official full day of Kindergarten begins.
    Math Program
    Eureka Math is a complete Pre-K–12 curriculum and professional development
    platform. It follows the focus and coherence of the Common Core State Standards and
    carefully sequences the mathematical progressions into expertly crafted instructional
    modules. Eureka Math is taught in a sequence that follows the “story” of mathematics itself.
    This is why the elementary portion of Eureka Math is referred to as “A Story of Units" in
    elementary school, "A Story of Ratios" in middle school, and "A Story of Functions" in high
    school. Mathematical concepts flow logically from one to the next in this curriculum. The
    sequencing has been joined with methods of instruction that have been proven to work here
    and abroad. These methods drive student understanding beyond process to deep mastery of
    mathematical concepts. The goal of Eureka Math is to produce students who are not merely
    literate in mathematics but also fluent in mathematics.
    Personal Literacy Plans
    According to RI General Law 16.1-7, schools are required to develop personal
    literacy plans for all students K-5 who are reading below grade level standards. If your
    child is not reading at grade level, contact your teacher and/or principal and assist in the
    development of a PLP for your child.
    Reading and Writing Programs
    East Providence offers students the opportunity to improve their skills in basic
    reading and comprehension. Utilizing an uninterrupted 90 minute literacy block, students
    receive direct instruction in core concepts followed by small group instruction and learning
    center work. Students are taught to mastery in specific skill areas proven to be essential
    for reading comprehension. Students are exposed to a wide range of texts with an emphasis
    on literary passages and non-fiction selections. Those students showing the greatest need
    toward mastering standards will also be offered the services of the school’s Reading
    Specialist. To assist with phonics skill development, all elementary schools in the district
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    use the Project Read and Project Read Linguistics Programs. Additionally, English Language
    Arts Curriculum units have been written and are aligned to the Common Core State
    Standards. Students’ writing skills will be assessed 4 times each school year on common
    writing tasks that are scored with common rubrics related to the type of writing required.
    Parents will receive explanations of how their children scored on these writing tasks in
    addition to their report card scores and standardized reading scores obtained from
    administration of the iReady assessment.
    RTI (Response to Intervention)
    The National Center of Response to Intervention (NCRTI) defines Response to
    Intervention (RTI) as a process that integrates assessment and intervention within a multilevel
    prevention system to maximize student achievement and to reduce behavioral
    problems. With RTI, schools use data to identify students at risk for poor learning
    outcomes, monitor student progress, provide evidence-based interventions and adjust the
    intensity and nature of those interventions depending on a student’s responsiveness, and
    identify students with learning disabilities or other disabilities. RTI is a framework for
    providing comprehensive support to students and is not an instructional practice. RTI is a
    prevention oriented approach to linking assessment and instruction that can inform
    educators’ decisions about how best to teach their students. A goal of RTI is to minimize
    the risk for long-term negative learning outcomes by responding quickly and efficiently to
    documented learning or behavioral problems and ensuring appropriate identification of
    students with disabilities. The RTI Team is a system that provides support to teachers as
    they develop alternatives for students experiencing learning difficulties in the classroom.
    The support consists of a team of colleagues within the building available to join in the
    problem-solving efforts of the classroom teacher requesting assistance for students having
    difficulties academically and/or socially.
    School Improvement/Leadership Teams
    The School Improvement Team or School Leadership Team in each school is made up
    of the building administrator, teachers, parents and community members. The team(s)
    oversees the school improvement planning process that seeks to improve student
    performance though learning, teaching, and the school community.
    Section 504 Plans
    The East Providence School District (the District) will ensure that no student with a
    disability as defined in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) and the
    Americans with Disabilities Amended Act (ADAA) within the District’s jurisdiction will be
    denied, because of his/her disability, participation in curricular, intramural, or
    interscholastic activities or any of the services offered or rendered regularly to the
    students of this District. No otherwise qualified person shall, solely by reason of his/her
    disability, be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity sponsored by the
    East Providence School District. The District is committed to ensure that students with
    Section 504 disabilities be identified, evaluated, and provided with a free appropriate
    public education (FAPE). The District does not discriminate on the basis of disability with
    regard to admission, access to education services, treatment or employment in its programs
    and activities.
    To be protected under Section 504, a student must be determined to:
    1. Have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life
    activities; or
    2. Have a record of such impairment; or
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    3. Regarded as having such an impairment
    The determination of whether a student has a physical or mental impairment that
    substantially limits a major life activity must be made on an individual inquiry and is
    determined by a team of qualified individuals, including the parent.
    The team uses a variety of sources to determine eligibility. Sources can include, but
    are not limited to, student’s school records (including academic, social and behavioral
    records), any relevant medical records, any parent/teacher/staff observations, and
    student’s needs. Students requiring evaluation shall be provided appropriate assessments
    administered by qualified assessment specialists. Please see the building administrator
    (Principal) if you feel your child requires accommodations due to disability/condition.
    Special Education Programs
    The East Providence School Department provides a number of special education
    programs designed to meet the unique needs of students between the ages of 3 and 21 who
    have been identified through a process outlined in the Rhode Island Regulations Governing
    the Education of Children with Disabilities.
    The Evaluation Team (ET) at each school makes decisions concerning the eligibility
    of a student for special education services including the need for testing & eligibility. The
    Evaluation Team is comprised of the student’s parent, a special education teacher, a general
    education teacher and a school administrator or designee. The team may also include a
    school psychologist, school social worker, speech and language therapist, occupational
    therapist, or other relevant members. If a student is determined to be eligible for special
    education services, an Individual Education Program (I.E.P.) Team is convened. The IEP
    Team consists of individuals similar to the ET according to individual student needs.
    Special Education Advisory Committee (EPLAC)
    The majority of this committee is made up of parents of children with disabilities along with
    administrators, teachers, and others with a concern for our children. The committee is
    designed to provide valuable feedback about what is working well and what needs to be
    improved. The committee meets the last Wednesday of the month September to May at
    Martin Middle School 6:00 to 7:30 PM. Information is available at the schools or by calling
    the Pupil Personnel Services Office at 435-7500 Ext 30041.
    Title I
    Certain elementary schools in district qualify for Title I funding based on the
    percentage of children who qualify for and receive free or reduced lunch. Those schools
    receive additional funding above and beyond what the district may provide to support
    students with additional instructional opportunities in literacy and numeracy. Title I funds
    allow the district to provide Reading Specialists, Parent Liaisons, before/or after school
    programs, supplemental instructional materials, etc. that give students additional assistance
    to improve their skills.
    Please contact the office of Assistant Superintendent at 435-7500 to request additional
    information about Title I programs. Title I meetings are held during the year to inform
    parents about the Title I programs at their schools and to ensure that parents have the
    opportunity to contribute to decision making regarding the use of Title I funds and to
    increase parental engagement at their child’s school.