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   CRANSTON SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING

APRIL 14, 2015

WESTERN HILLS MIDDLE SCHOOL

400 PHENIX AVENUE, CRANSTON, RI 02920

EXECUTIVE SESSION – 6:00 P.M.

IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING - PUBLIC SESSION

 

AGENDA

 

1.    Call to order- 6:00 p.m. Convene to Executive Session pursuant to RI State Laws  -

2.    PL 42-46-5(a)(1) Personnel:

3.    PL 42-46-5(a)(2) Collective Bargaining/Litigation:

4.    PL 42-46-5(3)

A.    District Safety Plan

  1. Executive Session
  2. Call to Order  - Public Session
  3. Roll Call – Quorum
  4. Executive Session Minutes Sealed – April 14, 2015
  5. Public Acknowledgements/Communications
  6. Chairperson’s Communications
  7. Superintendent’s Communications
  8. School Committee Member Communications
  9. Public Hearing

      a. Students (Agenda/Non-Agenda Matters)

      b. Members of the Public (Agenda Matters Only)

  1. Action Calendar/Action Agenda

 

RESOLUTIONS

 

PERSONNEL

 

Resolution No. 15-04-28       RESOLVED,  that at the recommendation of the School Committee, the appointment of Jeannine Nota-Masse as Superintendent effective July 1, 2015 be approved.

 

BUSINESS

 

Resolution No. 15-04-29       RESOLVED, that at the recommendation of the Superintendent the Food Service Management Company (FSMC) contract be awarded to ARAMARK pursuant to the terms and conditions of the RFP and bid documents for the period 2015-2016 with 4 subsequent one year renewal options.

           

15.  Public Hearing on Non-Agenda Items

  1. Announcement of Future Meeting(s) – May 13, 2015 and May 18, 2015
  2. Adjournment

 

School Committee members who are unable to attend this meeting are asked to notify the Chairperson in advance.

Interested persons and the public at large, upon advance notice, will be given a fair opportunity to be heard at said meeting on the items proposed on the agenda.

Individuals requesting interpreter services for the hearing impaired must notify the Superintendent’s Office at 270-8170  72 hours in advance of hearing date. Any changes in the agenda pursuant to RIGL 42-46-6(e) will be posted on the school district’s website at www.cpsed.net, Cranston Public Schools’ administration building, 845 Park Ave., Cranston, RI; and Cranston City Hall, 845 Park Ave., Cranston, RI and will be electronically filed with the Secretary of State at least forty-eight hours (48) in advance of the meeting. 

 

Notice posted:  April 12, 2015

 

        CRANSTON SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING

APRIL 13, 2015

WESTERN HILLS MIDDLE SCHOOL

400 PHENIX AVENUE, CRANSTON, RI 02920

EXECUTIVE SESSION – 6:00 P.M.

IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING - PUBLIC SESSION

IMEDIATELY FOLLOWING – PUBLIC WORK SESSION

IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING – PUBLIC SESSION

 

AGENDA

 

1.    Call to order- 6:00 p.m. Convene to Executive Session pursuant to RI State Laws  -

 

2.    PL 42-46-5(a)(1) Personnel:

A.   Discussion of Certified Administrator A

B.   Discussion of Certified Teacher A

 

3.    PL 42-46-5(a)(2) Collective Bargaining/Litigation:

A.   Good Friday Litigation

 

4.    PL 42-46-5(3)

A.   District Safety Plan

 

  1. Executive Session
  2. Call to Order  - Public Session
  3. Roll Call – Quorum
  4. Executive Session Minutes Sealed – April 13, 2015
  5. Minutes of Previous Meetings Approved – March 11, 2015 and March 16, 2015
  6. Public Acknowledgements/Communications
  7. Chairperson’s Communications
  8. Superintendent’s Communications
  9. School Committee Member Communications
  10. Public Hearing

      a. Students (Agenda/Non-Agenda Matters)

      b. Members of the Public (Agenda Matters Only)

  1. Adjourn to Public Work Session
    1. Discussion on recommendation of Food Service bid
  2. Adjourn to Public Session
  3. Consent Calendar/Consent Agenda
  4. Action Calendar/Action Agenda

 

RESOLUTIONS

 

Resolution No. 15-04-01   - RESOLVED that, the following individuals have been recognized for outstanding individual achievement in interscholastic athletics:

 

Whereas, MAX O’CONNELL who is a student at Cranston High School West was undefeated in the Rhode Island Metropolitan Division Dual Meets Competition with a record of 30-0 for 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 wrestling seasons;

 

Whereas, Max was the Rhode Island Interscholastic League State Champion in the 145lb weight class for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 wrestling seasons;

 

Whereas, he was selected by the Providence Journal for All State 1st Team honors for the past two wrestling seasons;

 

Whereas, Max was selected by the Providence Journal for 1st team Metropolitan League honors for the  2013-2014 and 2014-2015 wrestling seasons;

 

Whereas, in 2015 he was selected by the Rhode Island Coaches Association as the Academic State Candidate in the 145lb weight class;

 

Whereas, in the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 wrestling seasons he was undefeated in Pre-State Tournament Play;

 

Whereas, RYAN GOMEZ, a student at Cranston High School West was undefeated in the Rhode Island Metropolitan League Dual Meets with a record of 15-0 for the 2014-2015 school year;

 

Whereas,  Ryan was selected  by the Providence Journal for 1st Team Metropolitan League honors during the 2014-2015 wrestling season;

 

Whereas, he was selected the Team Providence Journal for All-State 2nd Team honors in the 138lb weight class for the 2014-2015 wrestling season;

 

Whereas, Ryan for Pre-State Tournament Play had won 1st place, three 2nd places and one 3rd place finishes in the 138lb weight class for the 2013-2014 wrestling season;

 

Be it RESOLVED, that the above student athletes be formally congratulated by the Cranston School Committee for their outstanding accomplishments, and for their exemplary leadership in their schools and community.

 

Be it further RESOLVED, that he be presented with a copy of this Resolution signed by the members of the School Committee.

 

ADMINISTRATION

 

Resolution No. 15-04-02               RESOLVED, that at the recommendation of the Superintendent, the following certified personnel be appointed as substitutes on a temporary basis as needed:

 

                              Mark Pechak, Social Studies

                              Beverly Smith, Nurse-Teacher

                              Kimberlee Mowbray, Special Education Elementary\Middle

 

Resolution No. 15-04-03               RESOLVED, that at the recommendation of the Superintendent, the following certified staff member be granted a leave of absence without compensation as provided in Article XIX, Section F of the Master Agreement between the Cranston School Committee and the Cranston Teachers’ Alliance:

 

Jill Robbins, Teacher

            Peters

            Effective Date…August, 2015 to August, 2016

 

 

Resolution No. 15-04-04               RESOLVED, that at the recommendation of the Superintendent, the following individual(s) be appointed as an athletic coach:

 

Nancy Hersey, Assistant Coach Boys’ Tennis

CHSW

Step-7

Class-D

Playing Competition-High School

Experience-CHSW Assistant Coach Girls’ Tennis 

Certification-RI Coaches Certification; CPR\AED\First Aid

 

Resolution No. 15-04-05               RESOLVED, that at the recommendation of the Superintendent, the retirement of the following certified personnel be accepted:

 

Audrey Guttin, Teacher

Cranston West

Effective Date…June 30, 2015

 

Ruth Billings, Teacher

Arlington

Effective Date…June 30, 2015

 

Resolution No. 15-04-06               RESOLVED, that at the recommendation of the Superintendent, the following non-certified employee(s) be appointed:

 

Cheryl Ann Stern, Bus Monitor

Transportation

Effective Date….March 23, 2015

Replacement

Fiscal Note…12445090 51110

 

George Thibault, Jr., 5hr Custodian

Plant Operations

Effective Date…April 14, 2015

Replacement

Fiscal Note…12447050 51110

 

Raymond Ustinovich, Computer Technician

Technology

Effective Date…April 27, 2015

Replacement

Fiscal Note…17342660 51110

 

Abby Milson, Assistant

Kidsventure

Effective date…April 14, 2015

Replacement

Fiscal Note…51719111 51308

 

 

 

 

Alfred Quinones, 5hr Custodian

Plant Operations

Effective Date….April14, 2015

Replacement

Fiscal Note…11047050 51110

 

Levy Valenzuela, 5hr Custodian

Plant Operations

Effective date…April 14, 2015

Replacement

Fiscal Note…11647050 51110

 

Resolution No. 15-04-07               RESOLVED, that at the recommendation of the Superintendent, the following non-certified personnel be appointed as substitutes on a temporary basis as needed:

 

Lisabeth Apodaca, Secretary

Richard Gemma, Custodian

            Audra Vadnais, Secretary

 

Resolution No. 15-04-08   RESOLVED, that at the recommendation of the Superintendent, the following non-certified staff member be granted a leave of absence without compensation as provided in Article X, Section C of the Master Agreement between the Cranston School Committee and the Cranston Teachers’ Alliance:

                        Carol Russell, Bus Aide

                                    Transportation

                                    Effective Date…February 23, 2015 to August 31, 2015

 

Resolution No. 15-04-09               RESOLVED, that at the recommendation of the Superintendent, the retirement(s) of the following non-certified personnel be accepted:

 

Maureen DeCesaris, Teacher Assistant

Hope Highlands

Effective Date…June 30, 2015

 

Carol Goding, Teacher Assistant

Hope Highlands

Effective Date…June 30, 2015

 

Resolution No. 15-04-10               RESOLVED, that at the recommendation of the Superintendent, the resignation(s) of the following non-certified personnel be accepted:

 

Diane Ruggiero, Teacher Assistant

Orchard Farms

Effective Date…March 20, 2015

 

Carly Brunette, Bus Monitor

Transportation

Effective….March 23, 2015

 

 

Honey Camacho, Bus Monitor

Transportation

Effective….April 17, 2015

 

BUSINESS

 

Resolution No. 15-04-11               RESOLVED, a withdrawal in the amount of $500,000 from excess funds currently on hand with the West Bay Health Collaborative be authorized by the School Committee.  These funds will be earmarked toward the School District’s initial contribution into an “Other Post Employment Benefits” (OPEB) Trust Fund.

 

PURCHASED AND PURCHASED SERVICES

 

Resolution No. 15-04-12               RESOLVED, that the following purchases be approved:

 

District-wide internet services and participation in the E-rate reimbursement process be approved for OSHEAN as our service provider for the 2015-2016 school year at a cost of $36,000 of which approximately $21,600 will be reimbursed by e-rate. (Purchase pending the availability of funding 2015-2016 budget)

 

Resolution No. 15-04-13               RESOLVED, that the following purchases be approved:

 

Elevator Maintenance per the bid contracted between The West Bay Collaborative and

the National IPA for the period of 2015-2018 at a rate of $2,751 per month payable quarterly. (Purchase pending the availability of funding 2015-2016 budget)

 

Resolution No. 15-04-14               RESOLVED, that the following purchases be approved:

 

Physical Therapy Services in the yearly amount of $150,000 through the West Bay Collaborative for the 2015-2016 academic school year. (Purchase pending the availability of funding 2015-2016 budget)

 

Resolution No. 15-04-15               RESOLVED, that the following purchases be approved:

 

            Student Planners (funded by Middle School annual order allocation) n the amount of $6,555 (Purchase pending the availability of funding 2015-2016 budget)

                                                Number of bids issued          4

            Number of bids received      1

 

Resolution No. 15-04-16               RESOLVED, that the following purchases be approved:

 

Subscriptions in the amount of $4,298 (Purchase pending the availability of funding 2015-2016 budget)

Number of bids issued          5

            Number of bids received      5       

 

 

 

 

 

Resolution No. 15-04-17               RESOLVED, that the following purchases be approved:

 

Photocopy supplies in the amount of $31,090.50  (Purchase pending the availability

of funding 2015-2016 budget)

Number of bids issued          2

                                                Number of bids received      2

 

Resolution No. 15-04-18               RESOLVED, that the following purchases be approved:

 

Dishwasher for the CACTC in the amount of $11,000.  Funding provided through Grant state funds.

Number of bids issued          3

                                                Number of bids received      3

 

Resolution No. 15-04-19               RESOLVED, that the following purchases be approved:

 

Athletic Supplies in the amount of $14,173.96.

 

Number of bids issued        13

Number of bids received    8

 

POLICY AND PROGRAM

 

Resolution No. 15-04-20               RESOLVED, that at the recommendation of the School Committee, the following policy be approved for first reading (see attached):

 

            Policy No. TBD                                 Security Policy

                                                           

Resolution No. 15-04-21               RESOLVED, that at the recommendation of the School Committee, the following 5000 series, Students be amended or deleted for first reading (see attached):

 

                        Policy No. 5118.7                 Affirmation of Residency Affidavit & Exhibit A   Delete

                        Policy No. 5131.1                 Bus Conduct                                                             Amend

                        Policy No. 5131.1a              Rules for Students Riding School Buses                       Amend

 

Resolution No. 15-04-22               RESOLVED, that at the recommendation of the School Committee, the following 6000 series, Instruction be amended for first reading (see attached):

           

                        Policy No. 6153.1                             Field Trip Procedures                                  Amend

                        Policy No. 6153a, b, c, d                 Field Trip Procedures                                  Amend

           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resolution No. 15-04-23   RESOLVED, that at the recommendation of the School Committee, the following 3000 series, Non-Instructional Operations be deleted for first reading (policies on file with the Superintendent’s Office):

 

                        Policy No. 3541.1                 Operation – Use of Busses                        Delete

                        Policy Bo. 3541.3                 Routes and Services                                   Delete

                        Policy No. 3541.21              School Committee                                       Delete

                        Policy No. 3541.22              Superintendent of Schools                                    Delete

                        Policy No. 3541.23              Principals                                                      Delete

                        Policy No. 3541 23a                        Principals                                                      Delete

                        Policy No. 3541.24              Bus Drivers                                                   Delete

                        Policy No. 3541.31              Transportation/Disembarking Students   Delete

                        Policy No. 3541.33              Special Transportation for Exceptional    Delete

Children

                        Policy No. 3541.34              Special Transportation for Non-Public    Delete

School Pupils

                        Policy No. 3541.41              Maintenance of Equipment                                   Delete

                        Policy No. 3541.42              Vandalism                                                     Delete

                        Policy No. 4216.2                 Bus Drivers                                                   Delete

 

Resolution No. 15-04-24               RESOLVED, that at the recommendation of the School Committee, the following policy be approved for first reading (see attached)

 

                        Policy No. TBD                     In-School Observations of Students

                       

Resolution No. 15-04-25               RESOLVED, that at the recommendation of the superintendent, the following Conference/ Field Trip of Long Duration be authorized:

 

1.    Ms. Vitulli, Mr. Gluck along with four chaperones and 56 students at Cranston High School West to travel to Rockport, Maine on Wednesday April 22, 2015 through Saturday, April 25, 2015. Students will participate in the New England Drama Festival and attend theater workshops, observe award winning productions and perform Radium Girls. Transportation will be provided by MDT, and housing arrangements are at Samoset Resort, 220 Warrenton St, Rockport, Maine. Trip funded through fundraising efforts.

 

Resolution No. 15-04-26               RESOLVED, that the School Committee hereby approves the revisions to the Teacher Evaluation Handbook (first reading) (on file with the Superintendent’s Office).

 

Resolution No. 15-04-27               RESOLVED, that at the recommendation of the Superintendent, the 2015-2016 School Calendar be adopted.

 

TABLED RESOLUTION(S)

 

Resolution No. 15-03-21   RESOLVED, that at the recommendation of the School Committee, the following policy be approved for first reading (see handout).

 

            Policy No. TBD         Comprehensive Assessment System

           

19. Public Hearing on Non-Agenda Items

  1. Announcement of Future Meeting(s) – May 13, 2015 and May 18, 2015
  2. Adjournment

 

School Committee members who are unable to attend this meeting are asked to notify the Chairperson in advance.

Interested persons and the public at large, upon advance notice, will be given a fair opportunity to be heard at said meeting on the items proposed on the agenda.

Individuals requesting interpreter services for the hearing impaired must notify the Superintendent’s Office at 270-8170  72 hours in advance of hearing date.

Any changes in the agenda pursuant to RIGL 42-46-6(e) will be posted on the school district’s website at www.cpsed.net, Cranston Public Schools’ administration building, 845 Park Ave., Cranston, RI; and Cranston City Hall, 845 Park Ave., Cranston, RI and will be electronically filed with the Secretary of State at least forty-eight hours (48) in advance of the meeting. 

 

Notice posted:  April 11, 2015


CRANSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS     

CALENDAR FOR 2015-2016

Resolution No. 15-04-

 

At the discretion of the Superintendent of Schools, and with School Committee approval, this calendar may be altered during the scheduled recess periods or at the end of the school year, due to emergencies affecting the health and safety of our students and/or operation of our schools.

 

MONTH   M       T          W         T          F          DAYS               MONTH   M       T          W         T          F          DAYS

Aug.     24         25         26         27         28                                 Feb.                                                    

            31                                                         (0)                                1          2          3          4          5

                                                                                                                        8          9          10         11         12                          

Sept.                1          2          3          4                                            X          X          17         18         19                                 X          8          9          10         11                                             22         23         24         25         26            (19)

            X          X          16         17         18                                             29

            21         22         X          24         25         (18)                   Mar.                                                    

            28         29         30                                                                                 1          2          3          4

Oct.                                          1          2                                              7          8          9          10         11

            5          6          7          8          9                                              14         15         16         17         18

            X          13         14         15         16                                             21         22         23         24         X          (22)

            19         20         21         22         23                                             28         29         30         31

            26         27         28         29         30         (21)                   Apr.                                                      1

                                                                                                            4          5          6          7          8

Nov.                                                                                                     11         12         13         14         15

            2          3          4          5          6                                              X          X          X          X          X

            9          10         X          12         13                                             25         26         27         28         29         (16)

            16         17         18         19         20

            23         24         25         X          X                                              May                                                     

            30                                                         (18)                               2          3          4          5          6

                                                                                                            9          10         11         12         13

Dec.                 1          2          3          4                                              16         17         18         19         20

            7          8          9          10         11                                             23         24         25         26         27        

            14         15         16         17         18                                             X          31                                             (21)

            21         22         23         X          X

            X          X          X          X                      (17)                   June                             1          2          3

Jan.                                                      X                                              6          7          8          9          10

            4          5          6          7          8                                              13         (14        15         16         17

            11         12         13         14         15                                             20)        21         22         23         24        

            X          19         20         21         22                                             27         28         29         30                     (9)

            25         26         27         28         29         (19)                                                                                           87

                                                                        93                                                                                             180             

*New Teacher Orientation –                                            **All Professional Staff Orientation –

First Day of School for Students – Tuesday, September 1, 2015 – ALL GRADES REPORT

SCHOOLS WILL BE CLOSED (X=no school)

Sept. 7, 2015                            Labor Day

Sept. 14-15, 2015                      Rosh Hashanah

Sept. 23, 2015                           Yom Kippur

Oct. 12, 2015                            Columbus Day Observed

Nov. 11, 2015                            Veterans’ Day Observed

Nov. 26 and 27, 2015                 Thanksgiving Recess

Dec. 24 to Jan. 1, 2016             Holiday Recess (includes Christmas Day/Dec. 25 & New Year’s Day/Jan 1)

Jan. 18, 2016                           Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Feb. 15 - Feb. 16, 2016              Winter Recess (includes Presidents’ Day / Feb. 15)

March 25, 2016                          Good Friday

April 18 to April 22, 2016            Spring Recess

May 30, 2016                            Memorial Day Observed

 

Schools close June 13, 2016 or the 180th student day (June 14th to June 20th) = make-up days for inclement weather)

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Cranston Public Schools Policy                                                          #.......

SECURITY POLICY

Proposed by Assistant Superintendent Jeannine Nota-Masse and School Committee Member (TBD)                              

Effective (DATE TBD)

General Policy Statement

This policy shall provide guidelines and establish procedures for identification protocols, camera surveillance systems, authorized users who may monitor, modify, expand, and maintain/repair such system(s) for the Cranston Public Schools.

Staff will be required to wear school-issued identification badges during the work day as well as during any paid assignments (i.e. extracurricular activities, summer school, after school activities).  

 

Cameras shall only be placed in public areas such as hallways, classrooms, athletic areas, parking lots and public walkways. The surveillance system cameras shall not be placed in areas where individuals may have a reasonable expectation of privacy (e.g. restrooms, locker rooms, private offices, staff lounges). Audio recordings shall not be taken.

Signs will be posted in conspicuous locations informing persons that the buildings and grounds may be under video surveillance.

 

The District shall notify students, staff and the general public that video surveillance will occur on school property through use of the signage and other appropriate notifications including a notice in the student handbook.

 

Maintenance of the cameras and recording systems will be the responsibility of the District.

 

The use of video surveillance equipment on school grounds shall be supervised by the Superintendent or Designee. Only individuals authorized by the Superintendent or Designee may view the surveillance recordings. The recordings may be used in investigations pertaining to violations of school policies including but not limited to, acts of theft, vandalism, assault or any acts which could compromise student/staff safety.


All such recordings shall be treated as confidential and shall not be released to individuals or agencies outside of the District except through subpoena or other court order requiring such release. Any requests for recordings must be sent in writing to the superintendent of schools. Any law enforcement agency may be provided with a duplicate of the recorded materials in conjunction with an ongoing investigation by that agency.


 

           5118.7

 

STUDENTS

 

AFFIRMATION OF RESIDENCY AFFIDAVIT

The Cranston Public Schools has constantly established a reputation for  excellence, and due to

their success and Cranston’s proximity to other urban areas, Cranston Public Schools may

occasionally attract students who may not live in Cranston.

 

The committee hereby authorizes the Superintendent to include and require the attached affidavit (see Exhibit A) to be signed (along with the disciplinary code letter of understanding) at the beginning of each school year, or, in the case of new students entering during the school year, before such students are admitted.

This affidavit should identify the student, his or her parent, guardian, or approved caretaker along with the legal Cranston address where the student resides.  This shall be a legally binding agreement for the liability of payment of out-of-district tuition (as set by the committee) by the parent, guardian, or caretaker should it be determined that the student does not reside in Cranston.  The student will be automatically demitted from the school and may not be re-admitted until such time as proof of residency is made.

This affidavit would exclude those out-of-district students who attend the Cranston Area Career & Technical Center, the New England Laborers’/Cranston Public Schools’ Construction Career Academy, or any out-of-district students attending Cranston Public Schools under state and federal mandates.

 

Policy Adopted: May 16, 2007                                                        CRANSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Resolution No.: 05-5-7                                                                      CRANSTON, RI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                              5118.7

                                                                                                                               (Exhibit A)

CRANSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

AFFIDAVIT

Caution: Read this statement carefully before signing.  This document requires you to provide information which, if not true, could make you responsible for the payment of tuition for your child to attend the Cranston Public Schools.

I.

I, _____________________________________, affirm that ______________________

                          (name)                                                                   (child’s name)               

whose birth date is _____________________________resides permanently with me at

                                        (month/day/year)                                                                       

my residence at_________________________________________, in the Cranston, RI

                                            (street address)

Public School District.  I am the (check one):

                        _____ custodial parent

                        _____ legal guardian

                        _____ state appointed custodian

_____ person responsible for the child who resides with me for other than

           the sole purpose of attending the Cranston Public Schools

of the above-named child.  Submitted with this statement, if applicable, is a certified copy of a court order granting me custody, legal guardianship, or temporary state custody of the above-named child.

II.

I understand that only legal residents of the City of Cranston, who are otherwise eligible, are entitled to be educated by the City of Cranston without charge.

 

III.

If any of the information above ceases to be true, I shall immediately notify the Cranston Public Schools in writing and, if the child is permitted to remain in the Cranston School System, I will be responsible for payment of tuition for the child at the prevailing district rate on a pro-rated basis (unless otherwise permitted to remain in the district by applicable law or regulation.)  Such payment shall be charged from the date that any of the above information ceases to be true.  Such tuition shall become immediately due and payable.

 

I affirm that the above statements are true and accurate to the best of my knowledge:

 

_____________________________________________      ____________________

                                   Signature                                                                Date

 


 

 

STUDENTS                                                                                                                         5131.1

 

Bus conduct

 

No unauthorized person or persons shall be allowed to ride on a school bus or other vehicle belonging to the Cranston School Department.

 

Individuals transported by bus, shall conduct themselves in accordance with all rules and regulations established by the School Committee or their designees and the individuals’ conduct shall demonstrate regard and safety for other passengers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Policy                                                                         CRANSTON SCHOOL DEPARTMENT

Adopted:                                                                    Cranston, Rhode Island

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STUDENTS                                                                                                 5131.1a

 

Bus conduct

 

Rules for Students Riding School Buses

 

1.    The driver is in full charge of the bus and pupils.  Pupils must obey the driver promptly and willingly.

 

2.    Pupils shall ride their regularly assigned bus at all times, unless permission has been granted by the school authorities.  School authorities should verify with the drivers the availability of extra seating space and should not issue bus passes for non-regular riders if it will cause standees on the bus.

 

3.    Unless by written permission of school authorities, no pupil shall be permitted to leave the bus except at his or her regular stop.

 

4.    Each pupil may be assigned a seat in which he/she will be seated at all times, unless permission to change is given by the school principal and/or driver.

 

5.    Outside of ordinary conversation, classroom conduct must be observed.

 

6.    Pupils are to assist in keeping the bus clean by keeping their waste paper off the floor.  Pupils must also refrain from throwing refuse out of the windows.  To help keep the bus clean, eating is not allowed.

 

7.    No pupil will smoke or light matches/lighters on a school bus.

 

8.    No pupil shall at any time extend his/her head, hands or arms out of the windows, whether the school bus is in motion or standing still.

 

9.    No pupil shall open a window on a school bus without first getting permission from the school bus driver.

 

10. Pupils must see that they have nothing in their possession that may cause injury to another, such as sticks, breakable containers, any type of weapon, straps or pins extending from their clothing.

 

11. Each pupil must see that his books and personal belongings are kept out of the aisle.  Special permission must be granted by school authorities to transport any large items.

 

12. No pupil will be allowed to talk to the driver more than is necessary.

 

13. No pupil shall sit in the driver’s seat, nor shall any pupil be located to the immediate left or right of the driver.

 

14. Pupils are to remain seated while the bus is in motion, and they are not to get on or off the bus until it has come to a full stop.

 

15. Pupils must leave the bus in an orderly manner and must obey the orders of the school bus driver.  They must not cross the road until given consent by the school bus driver.  When boarding or leaving the bus, pupils should be in view of the driver at all times.

 

16. Pupils must cross the road at least ten (10) feet in front of the bus and never behind it.

 

17. Pupils must not stand or play in the roadway while waiting for the bus.  Pupils should leave home early enough to arrive at the bus stop before the bus is due.  When the bus approaches the stop, the student shall remain over to the right until the bus makes a complete stop.  There shall be no pushing or shoving on boarding the bus.

 

18. Self-discipline should be exercised by pupils at the bus loading area.  Students should refrain from pushing and shoving other students.

 

19. Pupils who have to walk some distance along the road to the bus loading zone, where practicable, must walk on the left hand side facing the oncoming traffic.  This will also apply to pupils leaving the bus loading zone in the afternoon.

 

20. Students’ misconduct on a bus will be sufficient reason to discontinue providing bus transportation to those students involved.

 

21. In the event of an actual emergency, emergency exits procedures, as established by the emergency exit drills, will be followed.

 

22. Parents of students damaging school buses will be responsible for proper reimbursement to the school district.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative Regulations                                                CRANSTON SCHOOL DEPARTMENT

Adopted:                                                                    Cranston, Rhode Island

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                    6153.1

 

 

            INSTRUCTION

           

Field Trip  Procedure

 

Any trip including Cranston school students made during school periods or vacation periods must be in compliance with Administrative Regulations for Policy 6153a and meet appropriate school system bidding, insurance, safety and transportation procedures.

 

Any other pertinent requirements to insure complete compliance with all school committee policies may be added to the administrative regulations.

 

            The superintendent will report all overnight approved activities to the

            school committee at the next regular monthly meeting.

 

 

 


 

                                                                                                                                     6153a           

FIELD TRIP PROCEDURES

 

1.    Field trip request forms should be sent to the Assistant Superintendent’s Office three weeks days prior to the trip. (Per our field trip documents)

 

2.    Buses are available from 9:00 A.M.  (pick-up) to 1:50 P.M. (return to school).  In some cases we can provide a bus at 8:30 A.M., but you must call Transportation first to check availability.

 

3.    Field trips will be accepted throughout Rhode Island, and at the discretion of the Director of Transportation, outside of the state within the hours listed in number 2.

 

4.    Approximate cost for your trip can be figured by the number of hours of the trip plus one (1) hour for travel time.

 

5.    Due to the cost of fuel there will be a surcharge over the cost of the driver.  Outside of city limits there will be a fuel surcharge fee.  If the trip involves travelling over the Newport Bridge the toll fees will be the responsibility of the school.

 

6.    YOU WILL RECEIVE CONFIRMATION OF THE TRIP 4-5 DAYS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THE TRIP.  IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE CONFIRMATION WITHIN THIS TIME, CONTACT THE TRANSPORTATION OFFICE IMMEDIATELY.

 

7.    At least one (1) teacher MUST be on the bus during the trip and is responsible for the behavior of the students.  There is NO EATING OR DRINKING allowed on the bus while it is moving.  THIS APPLIES TO EVERYONE.

 

8.    If you feel a driver was discourteous or their driving made you uncomfortable, please contact the Transportation Office when you return from the trip.

 

9.    Trips travelling outside the state may be booked with a private contractor.  Cost of the trip will be based on the availability of the bus size and field trip request forms should be sent in at LEAST ONE (1) MONTH in advance.  Buses will be Coach buses.  Cost will be determined upon availability.

 

10. When you receive your bill, please send payment to the Transportation Office within ten (10) days after the receipt of the bill.

 

11. If for any reason you are going to cancel a trip, you MUST call this office at least ONE (1) HOUR prior to pick-up time or you will be charged a minimum fee.

 

12. Capacity of buses is sixty-five (65) persons.  Middle and high schools should not exceed 45-50 passengers per bus, including adults, because students will have to sit three (3) to a seat.

 

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

 

1.    Adequate instructional preparations for the trip should have been made.

 

2.    Follow-up activities should be planned.

3.    Necessary safety precautions including permission slips, adult/student ratio, insurance coverage of carrier, etc. have been investigated to the satisfaction of the Transportation Department, principal or his/her designee.

 

4.    Students have been properly instructed as to the code of conduct expected.

 

*Programs involving school bus transportation which are an integral part of the program such as computer math, swimming, YMCA, physical education, etc. will be ongoing.






 






 

 

                                                                                                                   6153b

 

 

II.         Procedures for Obtaining Transportation

 

A.         Using School Vehicles

 

1.     A permission slip must be obtained from parent or guardian for each

 student who participates in the field trip prior to its taking place.

 

2.     Bus Request Form will be utilized for all field trips.           

                        3.    Request must be submitted at least two weeks prior to a planned trip.                                             Requests submitted with less than two weeks lead time, may be returned

                               with no action taken.  The school or teacher will be notified of action taken

                               on a request at least five days prior to the trip.

 

                        4.    All requests will be submitted to the Office of the Assistant Superintendent.

 

                        5.    Approval will be based on revised established Criteria for Field Trips.

 

                        6.    The entire cost for the use of the school vehicle for the trip will be deducted

                                from the building’s field trip allocation.

 

            B.        Using Commercial Carriers - Using School Funds (Partial Payment)

           

                        1.     Same as item 1 above

                        2.     Same as item 2 above

                        3.     Same as item 3 above

                        4.     Same as item 4 above

                        5.     A portion of the school’s cost may be approved for payment with school

                                 funds with the balance made up by the individual school and/or participating

                                 students.  Consideration might be given to charging a small fee to students

                                 to defray the higher cost of commercial carriers.

 

                        6.     With the request for the field trip, a cost estimate must be submitted.

 

                        7.     When using a commercial carrier, under this section, the Transportation

                                 Department will make arrangements with the carrier.

       

                       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                    6153c

 

            C.        Use of Vehicles and Funds Other Than Those of the School Department

 

1.    Permission for such trips must be approved by the principal and notification to the Assistant Superintendent must be made at least ten days prior to the trip taking place.

 

2.    Permission must be granted in writing by parent or guardian before each student is allowed to go on any field trip.

 

3.    Cost to students to cover the expense of such trips should be kept as low as possible.

 

4.    Proper adult supervision must be maintained; no less that a 1:10 ratio.

 

5.    Transportation Department will be responsible for ensuring that the commercial carrier is safe and adequately insured for such trips.

 

            D.        General Consideration Covering All Trips

 

1.    No student should be denied the privilege of any trip because of his inability                  to pay the established charge.

 

2.    Permission in writing must be obtained before any student will be allowed to participate in a field trip experience.

 

3.    A 1:10 pupil/adult ratio will be maintained on all trips.

 

4.    Arrangements for safe conduct home must be made prior to the trip for any group arriving back after normal school hours.

 

5.    Necessary safety precautions must be maintained during the time students are away from the vehicle and while them are aboard the vehicle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                    6153d

 

 

III.        Guidelines for Field Trips

            Well organized, carefully planned tours and field trips that contribute to the

            educational growth of the students involved, shall be considered an important

            adjunct to pupil activity.

 

            A.      Field Trips of Short Duration

 

                      Field Trips of short duration shall be considered as any field trip whose total

                      time to and from the destination shall not exceed one day.

 

                      Guidelines

 

                        a.         Planned at least one week in advance, longer if possible.

 

                        b.       Approved by the building principal, even if it is a walking trip and it involves                                                 leaving the school grounds.

 

                        c.       A part of the instructional program of the class.

 

                        d.       Organized under the “buddy system” whenever possible.

 

                        e.       No child shall be restricted from making any trip because of lack of finances.

 

                        f.        Parental permission forms must be signed by the parents and placed on file                                               with the building office for all field trips except those within walking                                                         distance of the school.

 

                        g.      Principals must see to it that field trips are equalized within their building.

           


 


CRANSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

Guidelines Regarding In-School Observations for all Parents

 

 

These guidelines have been established in order to minimize disruption in instruction and/or to the educational process in general.

 

1.         Requests to observe classrooms in the school shall be provided in writing to the school administration. The request must state the reason for said observation. Only a parent may observe, and the parent shall not bring anyone else to the observation.

 

2.         Parents requesting to observe a classroom must comply with the “Visitor Policy” adopted by the Cranston School Committee (Policy 1250).

 

3.         Parents requesting to observe a classroom must be accompanied by an administrator at all times.

 

4.         Parents may observe no more than one (1) time per quarter unless specific permission has been granted by the Superintendent or his/her designee.

 

5.         Parents observing a classroom shall be apprised of the confidentiality requirements under the law. The scope of the observation shall be limited as necessary and as determined by the Administration. Parent may be required to sign a separate confidentiality and indemnity agreement as determined by the Administration.

 

6.         Prior to the observation, school administration shall establish the time and duration of the observation. In no event shall an observation be longer than thirty (30) minutes unless express permission is granted by the Superintendent or his/her designee. During the observation, there can be no attempt to engage a teacher or therapist in conversation or ask questions during the instruction. There shall be no attempt to engage with the student being observed or any other students unless expressly authorized by the administrator accompanying the observer. Taking notes, tape recording, or videotaping shall not be allowed during the visit unless permission is granted by the administration prior to the observation. Such behavior will be considered disruptive and the parent will be asked to leave the classroom.

 

7.         The Cranston Public Schools reserve the right to rescind observation privileges allowable under state and federal regulations to any parent who does not comply with the guidelines established by the school administration or when such visits disrupt the educational environment as determined by the building principal.

 

I understand and agree to comply with the above-referenced policy regarding in-school observations. By signing this agreement, I agree to comply with the terms and conditions herein.

 

 

                                                                                                                                                           

Name                                                                                     Signature

 

                                                                       

Student’s Name

 

Cranston Public Schools

 

Confidentiality and Indemnity Agreement

 

Observation of Student

 

 

It is the responsibility of the Cranston Public Schools (hereinafter “CPS”) to follow all state and federal laws relating to the confidentiality of information for both students and staff. Additionally, it is the policy of CPS to provide our students and employees with a level of privacy and confidentiality with any information concerning any of our students or employees.

 

In the course of your observation you may have access to information about other students or employees, their families and/or personal business.

 

Therefore, I agree that:

 

I will hold confidential any information I may observe or derive from tangible Education Records of any student other than my own child. I understand that the term "Education Records," as used in this agreement, means records and other tangible materials that contain information directly related to a student, or any information derived from tangible records, and are maintained by the Cranston School Department or its agents and employees

 

I understand that if I violate this confidentiality agreement, I shall never again be allowed to observe any student in the CPS and legal action could be taken against me. I further agree to indemnify the CPS in the event that I violate my confidentiality requirement and legal action is taken against CPS for any damages assessed against CPS.

 

I further understand that an administrator and/or staff member shall accompany me throughout the observation.  I agree not to take any action during the course of the observation which would disrupt the educational environment.  I understand that if I do disrupt the educational environment at any time the observation shall be terminated immediately.

 

I have read this confidentiality agreement and agree to its terms.

 

Name                                                                                                 

 

Signature                                                                                            

 

Date                                                                                                   

 

 

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