Student Handbook 2017-2018

2017-2018 BTS Student Handbook (printable)



A.  Introduction                                    

1.     Table of Contents                                                            1-2

2.    Mission Statement and Beliefs                                      3-4

3.    School Board Directors                                                  4         

4.    School Board Meetings                                                   4

5.    School Board Responsibilities                                       4

6.    Basic Information                                                           4-5

a.   School Address, telephone numbers, website

b.  School hours

7.    Compact for Learning and Responsibilities                  5-6

8.    Required Title I Parental Notifications                       6-7

a.     Adequate Yearly Progress Report

b.     Supplemental Educational Services

c.     Parental Rights Notice for Teacher/Instructional Assistant Qualifications

d.     Parental Involvement Policy and Hearing Complaints Policy

e.     Parental Notice for Students Who are Limited English Proficiency

B.  Emergency Information                                7-8

1.     Student/Family Emergency Information                     

2.    Custody/ Legal Decisions                                  

3.    Emergency School Closings                                           

4.    School Cancellation/Delay                                            

5.    Student Phone Calls and Use of Electronic Devices   

C.  Safety Information                                                             8-9

1.     Visitors                                                                            

2.    Parking                                                                            

3.    Bicycles and Walkers                                                    

4.    Cubicles                                                                           

5.    Lost and Found                                                                

6.    Surveillance Cameras                                                    

7.    Emergency Drills                                                            

D.  School Expectations       for Preventing and               9-22

Responding to Student Misbehavior                                 

1.     PBiS and Core Expectations at Burke Town School   

2.    Rules of Conduct                                                            

a.     Items Not Allowed in School                             

b.     Academic Honesty Expectations                                                                      

c.     Inappropriate Displays of Affection              

d.     Dress                                                                   

e.     Care of School Property                                    

f.     Parent/Guardian Concerns                                

g.     Technology                                                          

h.     One to One Technology Use at Home               

i. Bullying, Cyber-bullying, Bullying Prevention Plan   16-20

            j. Hazing, Harassment, Harassment Prevention Plan    

            k. Reporting Bullying, Harassment, Hazing                     

            3.  BTS Behavior Consequence Matrix                               21-22

            l. Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students    21

            m.  New Americans                                                               21

            n. Seclusion and Restraint                                                    21

E.  Academic Information                                  23-28

1.     Class Preparation                                                                       

2.    Homework                                                                                   

3.    Missed Assignments                                                       

4.    Progress Reports and Report Cards                              

5.    Assessments                                                                    

6.    Retention, Grade Advancement, Acceleration             

7.    Parent Input and Student Class Placement                   

8.    Burke Parent Teacher Organization (BPTO)                                                               

9.    Curriculum                                                                      

10.  Health Services and Wellness Programs                                                                      

a.     Immunization                                                      

b.     Medication                                                          

11.   Guidance                                                                         

12.   Educational Support Services                                     

i.       Student Intervention Team (S.I.T.)                

j.      Special Education, 504 ACT                             

13.   Student Mental Health Supports                                  

14.  Breakfast/Lunch/Snack/Expanded ASP Snack         

F.  Attending School                                       28-29

1.     Absences/Tardiness /Truancy                                     

2.  Early Departure or Late Arrival                                   

G.  Transportation                                          29

1.  Bus Transportation Procedures

2.  Authorized Drivers                                            

H.  Field Trips & Guidelines                                                    30-31

I.   State/Federal Laws and School Policies               31-40       

1.     Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect      

2.    Protection of Parent Rights Act (PPRA)                       

3.    FERPA (Family Ed. Rights and Privacy Act)                 

4.    False Public Alarms                                                        

5.    Burke Town School District Policies: G11 Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources and the Internet, F25 Student Attendance Policy, F30 Prevention of Harassment             


















Burke Town School’s mission is to embrace the diverse identity of our small community while promoting unity. Together, the school and community will provide an excellent education rooted in respect, responsibility, and positive relationships among all.




1.  We believe that in order for students to express themselves and to do their best, the environment for learning needs to be safe, welcoming, friendly, cheerful, and fun for students, educators, families, and the community.


2.  We believe that learning should be connected to our diverse, fragile and ever-changing world.  Student’s experiences should encourage, promote, and strengthen their sense of citizenship in their class, school, community, state, country, and world reaching toward global and ecological awareness.


3.  We believe in the Common Core State Standards and learning opportunities that include, but are not limited to, the core subjects of language, mathematics, science, social studies, literature, history, visual and performing arts, and technology.  These core subjects should promote the areas of communication, reasoning, problem solving, personal development, and civic and social responsibility. 


4.  We believe that to educate a child is to develop his/her social, emotional, cognitive and physical abilities to their fullest.  High expectations, varied teaching methods, and every-day real-life situations that connect to students’ interests and skills should be used to enhance individualized challenging instruction.


5. We believe respect, responsibility, and positive relationships are at the heart of this school’s community.  Members of our school community should develop and model these three qualities in their learning and actions.    


6.  We believe that students should be empowered in school and given opportunities to develop strong leadership skills that will instill a sense of belonging and help students take ownership of their learning and experiences.


7.  We believe that our community’s natural, social, cultural, and historical heritages affect our present lives and should be embedded in the curriculum.


8.  We believe in developing internally motivated, self-disciplined, life-long learners, who have well developed life skills, such as, cooperation, competition, and civility; who realize that taking risks and making mistakes are a part of learning.


9.  We believe that all parents, community members, teachers and administrators need to have open, ongoing, two-way communication that fosters respect and encourages life-long relationships.


10.  We believe that in order for a child to best succeed, family involvement and support are critical.



Tony DeMasi, Jon Rice, Dean Shatney



The Burke Town School Board holds regularly scheduled meetings on the second (2nd) Monday of each month, at 5:00pm at the Burke Town School. The public is encouraged to attend these meetings.



The school board is charged with the responsibility of developing and writing policies that govern the operation of the school.  New policies must be warned before adoption. Any pending changes in existing policies must also be warned. Copies of the policies are available from the school office and are also located on the CNSU website:



The Burke Town School is a pre-k through 8th grade school serving approximately 210 students.  For more detailed information, please visit the school’s website or call the school’s office.

                  Burke Town School                   Telephone:  467-3385

                  3293 Burke Hollow Road            Fax:            467-3323

                  Burke, VT  05871                     website:


Office staff will be available to answer the phone between 6:00 AM – 4:00 PM on school days.   When the office is closed, voicemail or email may be used to leave a message for any staff member. 


                  STUDENT ARRIVAL K-8          7:15 AM – 7:55 AM

                  GRADES K – 8                         8:00 AM – 2:55 PM

PRESCHOOL  Mon.-Friday (morning session) 8:00 AM-10:15 AM (pick up by 10:30)

                      Mon.-Friday (afternoon session) 11:30 PM-2:45 PM

                  EARLY RELEASE DAYS DISMISSAL - 12:10 PM


PLEASE NOTEStudent supervision begins at 7:15 AM. Students should not arrive before this time.  Students are dismissed at 2:55 PM.  Families must pick up students prior to 2:55 PM.  Students are not supervised after 2:55 PM unless participating in the Afterschool (KEAP) Program or in an afterschool activity.  KEAP runs Monday through Thursday 2:55-5:15.  Students must be registered with the KEAP in order to attend.



Both parents and all school personnel are working towards the same goal, providing the best possible education for our children.  Students also need to accept responsibility for being the best student they can be.  When the three combine forces, the results are unbeatable. A committee comprised of the principal, school board members, parents, teachers, and students developed certain responsibilities that parents, school personnel and students need to accept and carry out in order for our school to promote the best possible education for students.



School Responsibilities


      Create an optimal learning environment in the building and classroom.

      Afford every student the opportunity to work to his or her fullest potential each and every day.

      Communicate frequently with parents for positive reinforcement as well as “when necessary”.

      Work closely with BPTO to provide activities and programs for students.

      Assign homework regularly that helps children learn; provide parents with direction on how they can work with their children to get the most out of homework.

      Respect student individuality.

      Promote self-esteem and encourage respect for elders/others/everyone.

      Set high academic standards for all students and help them reach their potential.

      Reinforce a positive discipline code based on clear and fair rules that are established at the beginning of each school year and remember to reinforce positive classroom behavior

      Encourage parent involvement by reaching out to involve them in their children’s education, showing them how they can help their children at home, all the while remembering that parents want to work with teachers to help their children do their best.


Parent Responsibilities


      Provide regular time, and a quiet well-lit space for homework.

      Be available during homework time to help with questions but not to give answers.

      Read to your child and ask your child to read to you.

      Talk with your child about the day at school so you can better understand what happens there.

      Set positive learning examples for your child; i.e., if the child sees the parent reading, he/she may be influenced and want to read more.

      Communicate on a regular basis with the teacher (s) to be sure that the child and parent know what is expected and to relate any special home situations so that optimal teaching and learning can take place in the classroom.

      Be willing to volunteer in the school system, even if you can only do so for a short period of time or at times other than when school is in session.

      Be aware that the educational process is a joint effort that involves you as well as the child, teachers and school administration.

      Try to make comments that help the child feel valued as a person.                  

      Use positive, encouraging language to promote self-respect and self-esteem.  Make your child feel good about themselves and recognize their progress.

      Send your child to school rested, nourished and dressed in appropriate clothing for the weather and school activities, and aware of appropriate school behavior. 

      Encourage your child to be the best he/she can be.


Student Responsibilities


       Understand the purpose of learning and therefore want to learn.

       Be willing to put time and effort to produce quality work.

      Have an open mind to accept new and different ideas.

      Be willing to risk contributing his/her own new and different ideas.

      Exhibit a caring to help and encourage peers.

      Always be confident enough to accept criticism.

      Demonstrate good study skill habits daily.

      Set short and long term goals.



Adequate Yearly Progress Report:  BTS has developed a school improvement plan called the Burke Town School Continuous Improvement Plan.  The Burke Town School CIP is a working document and will be available at the school office.  More information on student SBAC scores is available on the state web site or by contacting the school.


PARENTAL RIGHTS NOTICE FOR TEACHER/INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANTS QUALIFICATIONS:  Parents have the right to request information as to whether their child’s teacher has met the state qualification and licensing criteria.  Parents may also request whether the teacher is teaching under a waiver or provisional license.  The request can also include what the designated major of the teacher was in his/her bachelor degree.  If the child receives services from an instructional assistant (IA) or behavioral interventionist (BI), their qualifications may also be requested.  Please call Principal Stacy Rice at 467-3385 if you would like to request any of this information.


PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY AND HEARING COMPLAINTS POLICY:  These policies were developed jointly with parents in April 2009, and updated and adopted in June 2010 and February 2014.  These policies (H7, D10) are available on the website.



20 U.S.C. §6312(g)(1) provides that parents of students who are of limited English proficiency are to be notified not later than 30 days after the beginning of the school year that their child has been identified as in need of services.





The school MUST HAVE CURRENT EMERGENCY INFORMATION FOR EVERY CHILD.  The school will send home a student emergency information sheet for you to fill out or make changes.   Forms are also available on the school’s website. The school must have on record your current address, home and work telephone numbers, along with the names and phone numbers of family or friends.  This information is the bases for the school’s emergency contact system, and ensures the school has a contact in the event that you cannot be reached.  Parents/guardians are responsible for notifying the school office immediately if changes occur.



Court documentation is needed for all custodial and/or binding legal decisions.  Please update your child’s file when any changes occur.  It is the parties’ responsibility to provide written documentation to the school. 



When inclement weather or an emergency situation occurs school may close early. The changes will be broadcast using our School Messenger system and VT Broadcasting system and will notify the primary contacts as outlined in the emergency information form.



Families will be notified through the School Messenger system and VT Broadcasting system regarding school cancellations or delayed openings. Information from any of the above sources will be available by 6:30 AM.   If school opening is delayed by 2 hours, school opening activities will begin 2 hours later than their original schedule.  This refers to bus transportation and parent drop off times.  If school is delayed, please continue to listen to reports in case we are forced to do a full cancellation.  It is possible that breakfast will not be served when school is operating on a delayed schedule.  Busses and morning activities will be delayed for the same amount of time that school is delayed.  MORNING PRESCHOOL WILL BE CANCELLED ON DAYS WHEN THERE IS A DELAYED OPENING.



Student phone calls and messaging:  School telephones are to be used by students only in emergencies.  Parents/Guardians should call the main office to leave a message for the student’s teacher or administrative assistant to deliver. Students are allowed to use the classroom telephones with permission from school staff.  Parents and guardians should avoid communicating with their child using electronic devices while students are in school.





In order to be proactive in maintaining student safety, the Burke Town School requires all visitors to enter and report through the Main Entrance in Building 1.  Once inside, visitors shall report immediately to the main office and will be helped. All visitors must sign-in immediately in the main office.


The Burke Town School welcomes parents and community members to visit school and observe the academic setting. Any visitor wishing to observe the academic setting, are required to receive approval from administration prior to the day of the visit.   Visitors are expected to abide by school rules, policies, regulations and emergency procedures.  Please review policy (D7, H2) for further information.



Visitor parking is located in the designated area in the upper parking lot.  Specific traffic patterns are clearly marked.  In order to insure student safety, all families and visitors shall follow the traffic flow patterns. Do not park in front of the cafeteria / town hall building at any time during the regular school day.  This area is for busses only and must be maintained as a possible fire lane. 



Students riding their bikes to school or walking are expected to walk their bikes onto and off the school grounds at entrance and exits.  Wearing a bicycle helmet and locking bicycles is strongly recommended.  Bikes must be left in the bike racks.  Bikes cannot be ridden during recess or interfere with the afterschool program.  The school will not be responsible for any damages to or theft of a bicycle or personal property left on a bicycle.  Students riding bicycles should not arrive before 7:15 AM.  Bikers are dismissed at approximately 2:55 PM and are expected to leave promptly once busses have departed.



Students may be assigned a cubical. The school cannot be responsible for loss from cubicles or bookbags/backpacks.  Cubicles are school property. Students must keep cubicles neat and orderly.  The administration or designee have a right to inspect cubicles.



Clothes, books, etc. should be clearly marked to ensure prompt return to their rightful owners.  Lost articles found at school are turned in to the lost and found. Personal items will be disposed of at the end of each year.  Clothing items not claimed will be cleaned and donated to a clothing collection agency.  Burke Town School cannot assume responsibility for valuables or personal property belonging to a student or adult under any circumstances. 



The Burke Town School uses security cameras to monitor the campus- outside, the parking lot, and several hallways and egresses in the buildings.  Any recordings made with these cameras become the property of the Burke Town School.



By state statute §§ 1481 – 1483, the school is required to conduct an emergency drill each month, to ensure the safety of all our children.  Drills are held at the discretion of the Administration or designee with consideration given to program, weather, and health. If families or other visitors are on campus during one of these drills, they will follow the same procedures as the students.






The Burke Town School enters its ninth year as a PBIS school. PBIS (Positive Behavior Support) is an application of a behaviorally-based systems approach to enhance the capacity of schools, families, and communities to design effective environments that improve the fit or link between research-validated practices and the environments in which teaching and learning occurs. Attention is focused on creating and sustaining primary (school-wide), secondary (targeted group or simple individual plans), and tertiary (individual) systems of support that improve lifestyle results (academic, personal, health, social, family, work, recreation) for all children and youth by making problem behavior less effective, efficient, and relevant, and desired behavior more functional.  It is the plan of the PBIS team that students and staff are involved in several opportunities for being acknowledged for their positive behaviors and meeting the core expectations of the school.  Students earn Panther Puzzle Pieces for their class, which results in class rewards.  When the Panther Puzzle is filled, the entire school participates in a school-wide reward.  Monthly Panther Meetings provide opportunities to celebrate birthdays and acknowledge students who meet the core expectations. Each month a grade level class will be honored and will invite their families to attend the Panther Meeting.  Additionally, students in the middle school, 6th, 7th and 8th grade, will be acknowledged for outstanding academic and citizenship accomplishments.


The following are prohibited at all times.  The underlined rules could result in law enforcement intervention or suspension at the discretion of the Administration.

      Any activity that disrupts the learning environment.

      Behavior harmful to the welfare, safety or morals of others.


      Profanity, obscene language or possession of obscene materials.

      Disobedience or disrespect towards adults who are acting to support

           school policies and standards.

      Technology violation

      Harassment, hazing, or bullying.

      Physical violence and/or verbal abuse.

      Stealing / Theft.

      Damage to school property or the property of others.

      Possession of weapons or a potentially dangerous object.

      Use of or possession of tobacco, alcohol, or drugs on school

         property or at school recognized events.

      Threats to any individual at school or to the school.

      False claims of endangerment to an individual or the school.

      Leaving the school grounds without permission.



Violations or continued violations of the school rules of conduct will be resolved in the following steps:

Step l.    The teacher or other supervising adult may address the misbehavior.  This may include time out and/or buddy room procedures.  (Students are responsible for all work missed during these times unless otherwise approved by the principal). A minor or major office discipline referral (ODR) may be filled out by the school staff.  For detailed minor and major problem behaviors, please refer to the BTS Behavior Consequence Matrix located in this handbook.


Step 2.  The teacher may notify the Home School Coordinator.  If the behavior is considered a major, the Home School Coordinator may notify the principal or designee.


Step 3.  In the event the student receives 3 minor ODRs within a 2-week period, or if the student receives a major ODR, the principal or designee may assign a consequence or implement restorative practices using the BTS Behavior Consequence Matrix as a guide. Parents or guardians will be notified when a major behavior has occurred, and if a consequence or restorative process has been assigned.  It is not an expectation that parents or guardians be notified for minor behaviors. A conference with the principal, teacher, parents, guidance counselor, home school coordinator and student may occur.  With support, the student will develop a plan for changing his/her behavior.


Step 4.  In the event of re-occurring minor or major behaviors and/or non-conforming behaviors, students may be assigned consequences or restorative practices consistent with the BTS Behavior Consequence Matrix as outlined in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd offenses. Parents or guardians, shall be notified immediately when student behavior requires in-school or out-of-school suspension, if possible.  In addition, a written notice shall be given to the parents or guardians outlining the type of suspension, the cause for the suspension, the length of the suspension and the procedure for readmission.  A team that may include: the principal (or designee), teacher (s), parents/guardians, guidance counselor, home school coordinator and student, may conference prior to the student returning to school.  The team will develop a plan for changing his/her behavior prior to when the student re-enters the classroom environment.  Please refer to Burke policies (F1) and (F1P) for more details.


Step 5.  If changes in behavior have not resulted after this point, adaptive measures to ensure the rights of others will be designed.





The following items are not allowed at school or school functions:

      Weapons of any type including toy weapons (policy F21)

      Matches / lighters

      Tobacco products / drugs / alcohol / e-cigarettes (policy D8, E8, F7, F7P)

      Aerosol spray (policy F28B)

Items not allowed at school that are found to be in a student’s possession will be confiscated and turned in to the principal.  Possession of these items and their return will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.



Academic integrity is important for two reasons. First, independent and original scholarship ensures that students derive the most from their educational experience and the pursuit of knowledge. Second, academic dishonesty violates the most fundamental values of an intellectual community and depreciates the achievements of the entire school community. Accordingly, Burke Town School views academic dishonesty as one of the most serious offenses that a student can commit while in school.  Each teacher can provide guidance to students about academic honesty. Students with questions about whether particular situations may be considered to be academically dishonest should ask the classroom teacher.  Academic dishonesty is prohibited at Burke Town School. Violation of the Academic Honesty/Anti-Plagiarism Procedure shall result in discipline in accordance with the BTS Rules of Conduct and Behavior Consequence Matrix. The student caught cheating will be reported in writing using a major ODR.

In the 7th and 8th grades, a student caught violating the academic honesty expectations may become ineligible to receive honor roll or citizen of the trimester.

The parent(s) or guardian shall be notified and a conference may be required, with the student, parent (s) or guardian, a member of the administration, and the teacher involved.

It is understood that school is an educational experience and therefore the classroom teacher will explain what academic honesty is and what it is not. 

The following is a broad overview of what constitutes academic dishonesty, but is not meant to be an all-encompassing definition.

Cheating - defined as intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise.


      Unauthorized use of notes, text, or other aids during an examination;

      Copying from another student’s work, research paper, case write-up, lab report, homework, computer disc, and so on;

      Talking during quizzes or tests;

      Handing in the same paper for more than one class without the explicit permission of the teacher;

      Perusing a test before it is given;

Fabrication - defined as intentional and unauthorized falsification, misrepresentation, or invention of any information, data, or citation in an academic exercise.


      Making up the data for a research paper;

      Altering the results of a lab experiment or survey;

      Listing a citation for a source not used;

      Stating an opinion as a scientifically proven fact.

Plagiarism - defined as intentionally or knowingly representing the words or ideas of another as one's own in any academic exercise without providing proper documentation of source by way of a footnote, endnote, or intertextual note.

The following sources demand notation:

      Word-for-word quotation from a source, including another student's work;

      Paraphrase: using the ideas of others in your own words;

      Unusual or controversial facts - facts not apt to be found in many places;

      Interviews, radio, television programs, and telephone conversations.

Unauthorized collaboration - this refers to instances when students, each claiming sole authorship, submit separate reports that are substantially similar to one another. While several students may have the same source material (as in case write-ups), the analysis, interpretation, and reporting of the data must be each individual's.

 Participation in academically dishonest activities.


      Stealing a test;

       Purchasing a pre-written paper through a mail-order or other service, including via the Internet;

       Selling, loaning, or otherwise distributing materials for the purpose of cheating, plagiarism, or other academically dishonest acts;

       Alteration, theft, forgery, or destruction of the academic work of other students, library materials, laboratory materials;

       Intentionally missing a test or assignment deadline to gain an unfair advantage.

Facilitating academic dishonesty - defined as intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to violate any provision of this policy.


      Inaccurately listing someone as co-author of a paper, case write-up, or project who did not contribute;

      Sharing with another student a take-home examination, homework assignment, case write-up, lab report, and so on, without expressed permission from the teacher

      Writing a paper for another student.


All members of the Burke Town School community - students, faculty, and staff - share the responsibility to bring forward known acts of apparent academic dishonesty. Any member of the academic community who witnesses an act of academic dishonesty should report it to the appropriate staff member. The teacher, as a professional educator, makes the final decision as to whether or not cheating has occurred. In a case of a student looking at another student’s work during a test, for example, a teacher needs no further evidence than to be sure that this is what he/she saw.



Students at Burke Town School are expected to act in a manner that allows them to function safely, comfortably and without distraction to oneself or others. The conduct of students should reflect appropriate behavior for a public building.  Students, who are embracing, kissing, and otherwise displaying physical affection will not be allowed.



Students at Burke Town School are expected to dress in a manner that allows them to function safely, comfortably and without distraction to oneself or others. The school recognizes that the personal grooming and dress of students is primarily a matter of concern between students and their parents/guardians.  It becomes a concern of the school, however, when grooming and dress patterns create a disruptive influence upon the educational program of the school or when health or safety of the student body is affected.  Appropriate dress is clothing that covers the body and underwear sufficiently so as not to attract excessive attention.  Spaghetti straps, over-sized tanks, mini shorts and skirts, midriff-showing tops and low-slung pants revealing tummies or underwear are examples of clothing that are not considered appropriate school attire.  Clothing and accessories that promote drugs, alcohol, tobacco, or are sexual in nature are not allowed. Messages and artwork on clothing should support positive behaviors and habits.  Headgear such as baseball caps, hats and bandanas are to be worn only at the discretion of the school staff.  For health and safety reasons appropriate footwear must be worn at all times.  As a general guideline for students they can follow: top straps that are more than two fingers wide and bottoms that are longer than finger length when the arms are to the side.


The administration or designee will evaluate questionable attire and determine the action to be taken, which could include being asked to change, a warning, being sent home to change, and/or in-school suspension.  Parents, particularly those of younger children, should plan for proper outdoor and indoor wear during inclement and winter weather.  When students wear boots to school, they need to bring a pair of shoes to wear inside. In Physical Education classes, it is expected that students wear sneakers.


Clothing fads and fashions are constantly changing.  If the guidelines above still create doubt as to the suitability of a particular student’s appearance or attire, the administration may discuss it with the child and/or his or her parent(s). Please refer to policy C7 for more information.



School property consists of textbooks, library books, electronic equipment, cubicles, the school busses, the school campus and buildings and all its contents.  Students will be held responsible for lost or damaged school property. Replacement costs will be assessed and the parents/guardians may receive a bill from the school and will be expected to pay to replace or repair the item.  *Macbook Air technology care has a separate use agreement.



In order to maintain positive school climate, it is important to us that the parents/guardians and school work closely together.  Parents/guardians should address their concerns first to their child’s teacher, and then if the matter has not been resolved, please contact the principal.  If still not resolved, you may contact the Superintendent of Schools.  Please refer to policy D10 for more information.



The use of technology at BTS provides great educational benefits to students.  It is to be used for educational purposes only.  Please read the Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources and the Internet policy (G11). Your child will not be allowed to use the computers or electronic devices at school until the Handbook & Compact agreement is signed by Parent/Guardian and Student, and returned to their homeroom teacher.


Cell phones or any electronic device capable of electronic communication:  Students are not allowed to use cell phones or electronic devices capable of calling texting, chatting or messaging while at school unless otherwise necessary for academic purposes and have been granted prior permission by the supervising school staff.  Any cell phone or electronic device capable of electronic communication that is brought to school must be turned off and kept in cubicles, backpacks or other location as designated by school staff.  Cell phones or electronic devices may be confiscated if these guidelines are not followed.  Parents/Guardians may be required to pick up the device from the main office.  Personal cell phones or electronic devices brought onto school property (school bus, school campus or school sponsored function) are the student’s and family’s responsibility if lost, stolen, or damaged.



All students in 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades are assigned a Macbook Air for the school year.  It is the intention that these devices go home with all of these students during the school year for academic use only. All 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade students and parents/guardians are required to attend a mandatory technology meeting prior to the student taking the device home.  Annually, parents and students must agree to and sign the following prior to the student taking the device home:  BTS School District Macbook Air Use Agreement, Handbook & Compact for Learning agreement (policy G11), and the Student Responsibilities for Macbook Air Use Agreement.  It is at the discretion of the principal or designee whether or not a student is eligible to take a device home.


HARASSMENT,HAZING & BULLYING:  On May 29, 2015, Secretary Holcombe announced a new single Model Harassment, Hazing and Bullying Policy/Procedures ( VSBIT was proud to assist the AOE, and other educational stakeholders, in this endeavor. We agree with the Secretary that this “unified document should make it easier for school leaders and designated reporters to appropriately address allegations of harassment, hazing or bullying”.  The CNSU school boards have adopted this policy.



Definition:  Bullying means any overt act or combination of such acts directed against a student by another student or group of students which: (policy F30)

      Occurs during the school day, on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored activity. 

      Is intended to ridicule, humiliate, or intimidate the student; and

      Is repeated over time. 



Definition:  Cyberbullying refers to bullying through information and communication technologies.  If cyberbullying occurs, meets the definitions of bullying or harassment, and is brought into the educational environment, the same reporting, investigation, consequences and prevention will occur.  (policy F30)



Introduction:  Burke Town School follows the Burke School District (“the District”) policy, which states that the District is committed to provide a safe and supportive school environment in which all students are treated with respect.  This commitment involves incident(s) and/or conduct that occur on school property, on a school bus, at a school-sponsored activity, or misconduct not on school property, on a school bus, or at a school sponsored activity where direct harm to the welfare of the school can be demonstrated.[1]  Bullying is a form of dangerous, disrespectful behavior.  It will not be permitted or tolerated.  Bullying may involve a range of misconduct that will warrant a measured response of corrective action and/or discipline.  Behaviors that are inappropriate but do not rise to the level of bullying will be subject to corrective action and/or discipline. 

1.     Definition:  Bullying means any overt act or combination of such acts directed against a student by another student or group of students which:

a.     Occurs during the school day, on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored activity.[2]  

b.     Is intended to ridicule, humiliate, or intimidate the student; and

c.     Is repeated over time.[3] 

2.    Notice of Prohibition Against Bullying and Anti-Bullying Interventions: The 

     Burke Town School recognizes that students should have a safe, orderly,

     civil and positive learning environment.  Bullying will not be tolerated.  The

     Burke Town School shall:

a.              Include the prohibition against bullying in the Student Handbook

b.              Make student aware of prohibition against bullying, the penalties for engaging in bullying, and the procedure

for reporting bullying, at assemblies, workshops specifically designed for bullying, during Morning Meetings, and/or classroom meetings and information           provided to students by the school counseling department.

c.              Develop strategies for school staff to prevent and intervene in bullying

3.    Reporting, Investigating, and Notifying Parents of Bullying Reports.

            To address bullying, the Burke Town School shall:

      a.         Provide information to students on how and why to                                              report bullying.

b.         Encourage students to report acts of bullying to teachers

                and school administrator. [4]The school has established the

                following methods for such reporting:

             Anonymous Reporting:  written message to be left for Principal or School Counselor or Home/School Coordinator. 

             Personal Reporting:  speak in person with any staff member, Principal, Home/School Coordinator or with a School Counselor.

You may call (802) 467-3385 and speak with any of the above.

c.         Encourage parents/guardians of students to file written

            reports of suspected bullying or personally contact the

            school principal, school counselor, or homeschool coordinator.

          d.        Require school staff that witness acts of bullying or receive

                      student reports of bullying to promptly notify the principal,   

                      Home/School Coordinator, or school counselor.

e.         Require the principal or her designee to accept and review all                             reports of bullying, including anonymous reports.  If after initial inquiry, further investigation appears warranted, an investigation will continue.

f.          As with any other disciplinary action, the parent/guardian of                           both the bully and the victim will be notified as soon as                                         possible if investigation appears warranted.

g.          To the extent permitted under the Family Educational Rights                              and Privacy Act, (FERPA), the parent/guardian of a student who is a target of bullying will be notified of actions taken to prevent further acts of bullying.

4.    Data Gathering

a.              The Burke Town School delegates the responsibility of data       collection to the principal.  He/she shall collect    data on the number of reported incidents of bullying and the number of incidents verified and report them as required by law to the Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Education and the public.

Quick Reference on Bullying Prevention & Intervention

            Possible Strategies for Prevention

   Assess the school Environment.

   Adopt a comprehensive approach that considers the bully, the    target and bystanders.

   Provide bullying prevention and intervention training to all faculty and staff

   Closely supervise all areas of the school.

   Update discipline plan and procedures; adopt all legally required related policies.

   Utilize multiple means for publicizing clear behavioral standards/rules.

   Establish an anonymous reporting system.

   Encourage parent and community involvement in bullying prevention.

      Use appropriate discipline and classroom management techniques for response to classroom behavior when needed.

   As warranted, refer victims and bullies to school counselors or mental health   professionals.

       Possible Steps for Intervening in Bullying Situations

   Intervene immediately to stop the bullying.

   Talk to the bully and the victim separately.  If more than one      student is involved in bullying behavior, talk to each separately, in quick succession. (Expect bullies to minimize [or] deny their actions.)

   Remind the bully about school and classroom rules, reiterate what behavior is expected, and discuss sanctions that will be imposed for future bullying behavior.

   Reassure the victim that everything possible will be done to prevent a recurrence.

   Make other students aware of the consequences of the bullying behavior. Reiterate the school’s policy of zero tolerance toward bullying.

   Phone the parents of both the bully and the victim as soon as possible.  If possible, involve the parents in designing a plan of action.

   Continue to monitor the behavior of the bully and the safety of the victim.

   Consult teachers, administrators, and staff members to alert them to the           problem and to get a better understanding of it.

   If the situation does not change, remove the bully – not the victim –

            from the classroom.

            Education World citing The Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System of the London Family Court Clinic.

       For bullying prevention and intervention, see also:

1.     BEST: Building Effective Supports for Teaching Students with Behavioral Challenges. Call Anne Dubie, 656-5775 or visit

2.    Bullying Strategies That Work, Education World.

3.    Blueprints for Violence Prevention, www.colorado.educspv/blueprints/.

4.    Think You Know What A bully Looks Like?  Think Again. . . National PTA.

5.    Project on Teasing and Bullying, Wellsley Centers for Women,

6.    A World of Difference Institute.

7.    Bully Free Classroom, Allan L. Bean, PH.D. (Over 100 Tips and Strategies for Teachers K-8), this source is located in the School Counselors Office.  

Please refer to policy F30 for more information.  CNSU Policy on the Prevention of Harassment, Hazing, and Bullying of Students F30  CNSU Procedures on the Prevention of Harassment, Hazing, and Bullying of Students



The definition of hazing is similar to that of harassment.  The key difference is that hazing is identified in connection with being a member of a team, club, or organization affiliated with the school.  Please refer to policy F30 for more information.



Definition:  Harassment means an incident or incidents of verbal, written, visual or physical conduct based on or motivated by a student’s or a student’s family member’s actual or perceived race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, or disability that has the purpose or effect of objectively and substantially undermining and detracting from or interfering with a student’s educational performance or access to school resources or creating an objectively intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.  Please refer to policy F30 for more information.


Prevention of Harassment of Students Purpose:

The purpose of this policy is to prevent harassment as defined in 16 V.S.A. § 11(a) (26) and amended by Act 91 0f 2004 and to ensure that the District’s responses to allegations of harassment comply with 16 V.S.A. § 565 as amended by Act 91 of 2004, Title VI and IX of the Civil Rights Act.  It is the further purpose of this policy, when it is found that harassment has occurred, to ensure that prompt and appropriate remedial action, reasonably calculated to stop harassment, is taken by school district employees.  Please refer to the appendix in the back of the handbook for a complete copy of C.N.S.U. policy F30.

Definition of Harassment:

(1.)   Harassment means an incident or incidents of verbal, written, visual or physical conduct based on or motivated by a student’s or a student’s family member’s actual or perceived race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, or disability that has the purpose or effect of objectively and substantially undermining and detracting from or interfering with a student’s educational performance or access to school resources or creating an objectively intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.

(2.)  Harassment includes conduct which violates subsection (1) of this definition and constitutes one or more of the following: 

(a.)  Sexual Harassment, which means conduct that includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal, written, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature when one or both of the following occur:

I.   Submission to that conduct is made either explicitly or

      implicitly a term or condition of a student’s education. 

II. Submission to or rejection of such conduct by a student is 

      used as a component of the basis for decisions affecting that 


(b.)  Racial Harassment, which means conduct directed at the characteristics     

      of a student’s or a student’s family members, actual or perceived race or     

      color, and includes the use of epithets, stereotypes, racial slurs,    

      comments, insults, derogatory remarks, gestures, threats, graffiti, display,  

      or circulation of written or visual material, and taunts on manner of speech

      and negative references to racial customs.

(c.)  Harassment of members of other protected categories, which means   

      conduct directed at the characteristics of a student’s or a student’s family

      member’s actual or perceived creed, national origin, marital status, sex,

      sexual orientation, or disability and includes the use of epithets, 

      stereotypes, slurs, comments, insults, derogatory remarks, gestures,

      threats, graffiti, display or circulation of written or visual materials, taunts

      on manner of speech, and negative reference to customs related to any of

      these protected categories.


Reporting of Student Harassment Complaints:

A student who believes that he or she has been harassed, or who witnesses’ conduct that he or she believes might constitute harassment, should report the conduct to the designated employee at school who are the principal, home/school coordinator, or school counselor.   The student may report to any other school employee who should then report it to a designated employee.  An Administrator or designee will investigate the complaint.  Upon completion of the investigation, an Administrator or designee will meet with all concerned parties and present options for formal or informal resolution.  Please refer to the Harassment policy in the Appendix for further information. 



Students and parents are to report acts of bullying to teachers and school administrators. The school has established the following methods for such reporting: Anonymous Reporting:  written message to be left for Principal-Stacy Rice, Home/School Coordinator- Jo Ann Golden or School Counselor- Lauren Grader-Fox.  Personal Reporting:  speak in person with any staff member, Principal-Stacy Rice, Home/school coordinator- Jo Ann Golden, or with a School Counselor- Lauren Grader-Fox.  You may call (802) 467-3385 and speak with any of the above. 



The following employees of the Burke Town School have been designated by the Caledonia North Supervisory Union to receive harassment complaints pursuant to this policy and 16 V.S.A. §565(c)(1):

See appendix A, CNSU Policy F30.


Name: Stacy Rice

Title: Principal                                                                   

Contact information: 467-3385,            



Name:  Jo-Ann Golden                                                          

Title:  Home School Coordinator                                            

Contact information:  467-3385,


Name:  Lauren Grader-Fox

Title:  School Counselor                                                       

Contact information:  467-3385,



















BTS Behavior Consequence Matrix


Minor Problem Behavior

1st Offense

2nd Offense

3rd Offense w/in 2 weeks




-Classroom problem solving procedures

-Classroom problem solving procedures



-Classroom problem solving procedures

- Teacher notify parent

-Becomes major infraction




-Classroom problem solving procedures

-Classroom problem solving procedures


-Classroom problem solving procedures

- Teacher notify parent

-Becomes major infraction


Dress Code Violation


-Classroom problem solving procedures

-Classroom problem solving procedures


-Classroom problem solving procedures

- Teacher notify parent

-Becomes major infraction


Inappropriate Language


-Classroom problem solving procedures

-Classroom problem solving procedures


-Classroom problem solving procedures

-Teacher notify parent

-Becomes major infraction


Physical Contact/Physical Aggression


-Classroom problem solving procedures

-Classroom problem solving procedures


-Classroom problem solving procedures

-Teacher notify parent

-Becomes major infraction


Property Misuse


-Classroom problem solving procedures

-Classroom problem solving procedures


-Classroom problem solving procedures

-Teacher notify parent

-Becomes major infraction




-Classroom problem solving procedures

-Classroom problem solving procedures


-Classroom problem solving procedures

-Teacher notify parent

-Becomes major infraction



Technology Violation


-Classroom problem solving procedures


-Classroom problem solving procedures

- possible loss of privilege of use of device for 1-2 days


-Classroom problem solving procedures

-possible loss of privilege of use of device for 3-4 days

-Teacher notify parent

-Becomes major infraction


Unprepared for Class


-Classroom problem solving procedures

-Classroom problem solving procedures


-Classroom problem solving procedures

-Teacher notify parent

-Becomes major infraction

Major Problem Behavior

1st Offense

2nd Offense

3rd Offense


Abusive Language/ Inappropriate Language/ Profanity


- teacher notify parent

-lunch or recess detention

-restorative process

-teacher notify parent

-lunch and recess detention (1-3 days)

-restorative process

-meeting with parent

-in-school suspension (1-3 days)

-restorative process


Defiance/Disrespect/ Insubordination/ Non-Compliance


-teacher notify parent

-lunch and recess detention (1-3 days)

-restorative process

-teacher notify parent

-lunch and recess detention (3-5 days)

-restorative process

-meeting with parent

-in-school suspension (1-3 days)

-restorative process



-teacher notify parent

-lunch and recess detention (1-3 days)

-restorative process

-teacher notify parent

-lunch and recess detention (3-5 days)

-restorative process

-meeting with parent

-in-school suspension (1-3 days)

-restorative process


Dress Code Violation


-change clothes

-teacher notify parent


- change clothes

- teacher notify parent

-lunch or recess detention

- Change clothes

-meeting with parent

-lunch and recess detention



Forgery/Academic Dishonesty/Lying/Cheating


- teacher notify parent

-lunch or recess detention

-restorative process

-teacher notify parent

-lunch and recess detention

-no honor roll/citizenship

- re-do alternative assignment

-restorative process

-Meeting with parent

-in school suspension (1-3 days)

-no honor roll/citizenship

- re-do alternative assignment

-restorative process


Inappropriate Display of Affection

-teacher notify parent

-lunch or recess detention

-restorative process

-teacher notify parent

-lunch and recess detention (1-3 days)


meeting with parent

-in-school suspension (1-3 days)



Property Damage/Theft


-teacher notify parent

-lunch and recess detention (3-5 days)

-restorative process

-meeting with parent

-in-school suspension (1-3 days)

-restorative process

-Meeting with parent

-out-of-school suspension (1-10 days)


Skip class


-teacher notify parent

-lunch and recess detention (3-5 days)

-restorative process

-meeting with parent

-in-school suspension (1-3 days)

-restorative process

-Meeting with parent

-in-school suspension (1-10 days)



Technology Violation


- teacher notify parent

-lunch and recess detention(1-3 days)

-possible confiscation of device (1 week)

-restorative process

-teacher notify parent

-lunch and recess detention(3-5 days)

-possible confiscation of device (2 weeks)


-meeting with parent

-loss of device

Non-weapon tool/device

-teacher notify parent

-confiscation of non-weapon

-lunch and recess detention(3-5 days)

-restorative practice

-teacher notify parent

-in-school suspension (1-3 days)

-restorative practice

-Meeting with parent

-out-of school suspension (1-3) days

Critical Problem Behavior

1st Offense

2nd Offense

3rd Offense




-Meeting with parent

-out of school suspension (8-10 days)




Bomb Threat/False Alarm


-Meeting with parent

-out of school suspension (5-10 days)






-notify parent

-safety plan, administrative meeting with student

-lunch and recess detention 5 days, or suspension (case by case basis)

-restorative process

-Meeting with parent and student

-out of school suspension (1-3 days)

-restorative process

-Meeting with parent

-out of school suspension (3-10 days)



Off School Location


-notify parent

-in-school detention (1-3 days)

-restorative process

-Meeting with parent

-out of school suspension (1-3 days)

- Meeting with parent

-out of school suspension (3-10 days)


Fighting/ Physical Aggression


-notify parent

-in school suspension (1-3 days)

-restorative process

-Meeting with parent

-out of school suspension (3-5 days)

-restorative process

-Meeting with parent

-out of school suspension (5-10 days)



Use/Possession of Alcohol or Drugs


-Meeting with parent

-in school suspension (1-3 days)

-restorative process

-Meeting with parent

-out of school suspension (3-5 days)

-restorative process

-Meeting with parent

-out of school suspension (5-10 days)



Use/Possession of Weapons


-Meeting with parent





***This matrix is intended to be a guide for students, parents, teachers, and administrators of Burke Town School.  Final decisions rest with the administration.  School policies, state and federal laws take precedent over all handbook procedures.







Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students

All students need a safe and supportive school environment to progress academically and developmentally. Many questions arise for students and school staff when considering the best supports for transgender and gender nonconforming students. The Continuing Best Practices for Schools Regarding Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students are designed to provide direction for schools to address issues that may arise concerning the needs of transgender and gender nonconforming students.


New Americans

We have a responsibility to ensure that all of our students feel safe and supported. This occurs when we create school cultures that are responsive to the needs of the children in our care, and our families. Under Federal law, undocumented children and young adults have the same right to attend public primary and secondary schools as do U.S. citizens and permanent residents (Plyler vs. Doe, 457 U.S. 202 (1982.). And, under state law, all Vermont children, including undocumented children are required to attend school until the mandated age of 16. Meeting this obligation means going beyond telling families to enroll their student(s). It includes working proactively to ensure they feel safe, supported and welcomed.

Public schools may not:

1. Deny or terminate a student’s enrollment on the basis of actual or perceived immigration status.

2. Treat a student differently to verify legal residency in the United States.

3. Engage in any practices that have the effect of discouraging students from enrolling or attending school based on their immigration status.

4. Require students or their parents to disclose their immigration status or inquire of students or parents in ways that may expose their undocumented status.

5. Deny or terminate a student’s enrollment due to the student’s or parent’s failure to provide a social security number.


Seclusion and Restraint

State Board Rule 4500 defines the appropriate use of seclusion and restraint. Rule 4500 also sets forth the reporting requirements that flow from any use of seclusion or restraint in school (e.g. – teacher to administrator, administrator to superintendent, and school to parent/guardian of affected student). 
Here is a link to a “Q & A” about Rule 4500: Questions_and_Answers_on_Rule_4500.pdf





The students are expected to come to school prepared and ready to be involved in their learning. Being prepared includes: being well rested and fed, homework completed, having supplies and needed materials (i.e. pencils, paper, books, electronic devices, classwork, etc.).



         Homework is given for the following reasons:

   To reinforce lessons and skills.

   To complete assignments not finished during class.

   To work on independent assignments such as research or projects.

   To encourage independent learning.

   To involve families with their child’s schoolwork and create a positive home/school relationship

   Build personal responsibility, accountability and organization


If homework is assigned, it is our expectation that it will be completed and turned in on time.  Incomplete or missing homework may result in parental contact.   If your child is having difficulty with homework, check with the teacher. Teachers can clarify or help solve problems or make adjustments as needed. Your interest at home can have a positive influence on your child’s success. You can help by providing a study area at home, setting aside a specific homework time free from interruptions, monitoring work, and above all, showing an interest.  If your child is absent from school, you may request homework by calling the school by 9:00AM to pick up by 4:00PM.


The afterschool (KEAP) program is available and can help support students with academics.  This is available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons.  Strategic Support and tutoring may be available to help support students with academics.  Students who wish to attend must be registered with the Afterschool (KEAP) Program.



It is the student’s responsibility to see his/her teacher for any assignments missed.



All students shall receive progress reports mid-way through each trimester.  This will provide parents/guardians with a written assessment of their child’s progress.


Report cards are standards-based and are prepared at the end of each trimester.  Please review the report cards and progress reports carefully with your child.  Feel free to contact teachers for information or to request a conference.



Throughout the school year, students in all grades are given a variety of assessments to measure learning progress. Scores are used by BTS to adjust and adapt instruction.  SBAC is the most recent state-wide test.  These scores are used by the Burke Town School to inform their instructional practices and are used by the Vermont Agency of Education to help measure school AYP progress.  Once the scores are received they are available to parents/guardians.  Please see policy F22 for more information.



A decision for grade retention, advancement, acceleration or placement for a student will be made only after the BTS ESS (SIT) process has been utilized and a collaborative team decision has been made.  This team is comprised of teachers, administration, parents, and when appropriate, the student.  If all members are not in agreement, the final decision shall be made by the principal.  Parents and guardians have a right to appeal the principal’s decision to the Superintendent.  (See Policy G7 & G9 for more information)



The Burke Town School recognizes the importance of providing parents and guardians with the opportunity to give valuable input regarding the educational needs, goals and learning styles of their students.  Parents/guardians are provided the opportunity to give input that will assist the administration, sending team, and receiving team by informing them of insights and concerns regarding their child.  The Burke Town School also recognizes the importance of balanced classrooms.  The administration is charged with the responsibility to uphold what is in the best interest of the total educational system, and the final decision regarding student placement rests with the administration. 



The Burke Parent Teacher Organization (BPTO) is made up of parents, teachers and community members. The function of the group is to support students by funding various activities and by providing support to our students by linking school and community.



Our school supports a variety of learning styles, and classrooms may vary in the routines, materials, and methods used.  However, we also support the need for consistency in the scope and sequence of learning for all students.  The common links that hold the curriculum and learning programs together are the National Common Core Standards and the CNSU curriculum guides.  Through parent conferences, our assessment program, progress reports, and report cards, you should have a clear picture of the milestones of learning for your child.  If you have any questions about the standards, curriculum guides or assessments, ask your child’s teacher for more information.


For this school year we are offering a number of “specials” classes for your child.  Specials classes include art, health and guidance, library/technology integration, music, Spanish, and physical education.


Speak directly to your child’s teachers to see the details of what your child is expected to learn this year.  This is usually done at regularly scheduled conferences in October, but you can arrange a meeting with your child’s teacher at a mutually convenient time by calling the school or by emailing your child’s teacher.  Please refer to policies G1B and F21 for more information.



The Burke School health services will be provided to all of its students.  The health services will be provided by a school nurse who will demonstrate medical knowledge and skill in nursing techniques, demonstrate knowledge of child and adolescent development, establish goals for a school-wide nursing program, and demonstrate knowledge of the Vermont Department of Health Standards of Practice in addition to government, community, and district laws and regulations.  The school nurse will ensure school wellness programs are shared with the community.  A link to the list of school and community wellness programs can be found at:  For a hard copy of this information, please contact the main office. 

The school nurse will take preventative steps needed to control communicable diseases and conduct health screenings.  Periodic hearing and vision screening—16 V.S.A. §1422 requires schools to test the hearing and vision of students pursuant to research-based guidelines, which can be found at this link: screenings.pdf  Parents or guardians choosing to opt out of screening must contact the school nurse prior to September 1st, 2017 or within one week of the official enrollment date.

Policies and services are provided which will cover all aspects of a child’s cumulative health history and are recorded in confidential health files. Each student will gradually assume more knowledge and responsibility for their own health and wellness by means of direct and indirect health teaching.  The school nurse will facilitate, assess, plan, evaluate, refer, and serve as the direct link between the doctor, family, and the community services to assure a continuity of care for each student.  The school nurse will follow the laws and regulations outlined in student immunization and student medication.  The school nurse will be an integral member of the crisis team and managing emergency situations.  In the event of diverse medical needs or 504 plans, the school nurse will be an integral member of this team.

If a child is in school, he/she is expected to attend all scheduled classes for that day beginning at 8:00am and ending at 2:55pm.  If unable to participate in the activity, a note from the parent/guardian may allow the child to observe while remaining with the class.



Effective July 1st, 2016, there was a change to The Vermont Immunization Law.  After much debate and passionate testimony on both sides of the issue, the House and Senate passed H.98, eliminating the philosophical exemption to the requirement (per 18 V.S.A. 1121) for children to be vaccinated in order to attend schools (public and independent) and child-care facilities in Vermont.  After eliminating the philosophical exemption, the sole exemptions to the vaccination requirement are for health-related reasons and religious beliefs.  The effective date for the elimination of the exemption is July 1, 2016. The current Immunization Law requires all students be immunized before school entry unless exempted for immunization for health-related and religious reasons.  Please see Vermont Immunization Law in accordance with 2012 Act 157 for more information or contact the Burke Town School nurse for assistance.



If you want your child to receive either Tylenol or Non-Aspirin non-prescription medication without a call from the nurse, please fill out a “Parent Permission for Administration of Non-Prescription Medication” form. The medical community is very responsive to scheduling prescription drugs for students during non-school hours, however, if your child’s Dr. deems it necessary to prescribe doses during school hours, all prescription and non-prescription drugs must be given to the school nurse and must be in the original container(s) and include the dr.’s directions for administering it.  With non-prescription drugs (cough medicine, etc.), please send in a note signed by a parent or guardian.  No non-prescription drugs will be given without a signed Parent’s Permission Form or note from a parent/guardian.  This saves time and insures accurate delivery of medications.  Please refer to policy F6 for more information.



Although the Burke Town School currently does not operate their own student athletic teams or clubs, many students participate in CNSU athletics.  It is critical that you are provided with the most up-to-date concussion and other head injury guidelines.  Please refer to the following link:  Hard copies of the information are available per your request.


The Burke Town School guidance services will be provided to all of its students.  Guidance services at Burke include the counselor coming into the classroom to deliver a developmental guidance program. The developmental guidance program focuses on academic development, personal and social development, and career development.  The program is based on the American Association of School Counselor Standards. The expectation is that guidance counselor also works with small groups or individual children for more specific supports.




The members of this team include, but are not limited to, classroom teachers, intervention specialists, special educators, home school coordinator, guidance counselor, school nurse, specials teachers, principal, and school-based clinicians.   This team meets regularly, once every six weeks. The purpose of this team is to activate intentional interventions and supports for students who have not responded to school-wide systems of supports, or for students that may require accelerated learning programs so that they can succeed academically, socially, and emotionally.



Some students in our school have special needs that require individual education plans.  Services are provided to these students in a variety of ways. Special education is designed instruction for students who have been identified as needing an individualized program. This individualized education plan (IEP) is designed in collaboration with an educational team consisting of parents, teachers, case managers, administration, related service providers, students, and any other supports requested by the family.  It includes school programs, services, and related activities that are necessary in order to insure that the students make realistic progress and have a successful school experience.  A special education case manager oversees and coordinates these plans.  There are special education services available for qualifying students with disabilities from birth to age 21. Some students require specialized plans to insure access to their education, section 504.  If you feel your child needs specialized services or needs section 504 accommodations or if you have any questions concerning these, please call the principal or the special education personnel at 467-3385. The Burke Town School does not discriminate on the basis of handicap.  BTS’s Section 504 case managers are Lauren Grader-Fox and Louise Vinton.  Parents have the right to contact administration in the event of a complaint or grievance. (34 C.F.R. §§104.7 and 104.8)



The School-to-Home Coordinator, School Counselor, School-Based Mental Health Clinician, and Therapeutic Case Manager are individuals who provide school services for students at the Burke Town School.  All of these services are coordinated with the school’s instructional program and work to promote family and student supports. 



The Burke Town School provides several opportunities for students to access healthy and nutrition food before, during and afterschool. Dependent on federal grant funding, prek-8th grade students receive fresh fruit and veggie snack during the week, and ll students up to age 18 who stay afterschool receive a free afterschool expanded snack.  You will receive an application describing the guidelines for free and reduced student breakfast and lunch meals.  We strongly encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity, as it will benefit your child and our school.  Information is kept strictly confidential.  Breakfasts and lunches are required to be paid in advance or on a daily basis. The school meals program is a contracted service.  The Abbey Food Service Group currently provides delicious, nutritious, and high quality meals to students and staff. They utilize the Meals Plus online payment feature to ensure a sound fiscal program. Visit their website for more information on how the system works, visit the website or call the main office.





Absent and tardy days affect student performance.  Vermont law mandates that children between the ages of six and sixteen years shall attend an approved school for the full number of days and times for which that school is in session. Please refer to policies F25 and F25P.


      A student six years old or older is required to attend school every day and the times that it is in session except for reasons as determined by the Burke Town School Attendance Policy (F25 & F25P) and the Vermont Agency of Education.  Examples of valid causes for absences include illness, observance of a religious holiday, death in the family, other situations as determined by the principal.  Absence is defined as not being present during normal school operating times of 8:00am to 2:55pm on regular school days and 8:00am to 12:10pm on early release days.  Absences must be communicated to the Burke Town School staff and may need to be confirmed in writing by the parent or guardian. The responsibility for a child’s regular attendance lies with the parent or guardian. A truant student is one who is subject to compulsory school attendance and who is absent without valid cause.

      Parents/guardians are required to notify the school prior to 8:30 A.M. if their child will be absent.

      When a student returns to school following an absence, he/she may be asked to provide a written excuse from his/her parent or guardian explaining the reasons for the absence.  This excuse should be given to the main office upon returning to school.  A student who has been absent for 3 or more consecutive days may be required to provide third party documentation.


      Students who are absent without valid cause shall not be eligible to participate in extra curricular activities that day, i.e., games, practices, rehearsals. A student who has an excessive number of unexcused absences and/or whose absences of any kind significantly interfere with his/her educational progress shall be dealt with in the following manner with the parents/guardians involved at all levels:


1. Counseling by guidance, Principal and/or teaching staff

2. Investigation and action by the school administration

3. Referral to the designated Truancy Officer

4. Referral to the Superintendent      

5. Referral to the state’s attorney


Please make every effort to schedule appointments when school is not in session.  For any extended absences please contact the office or notify your child’s classroom teacher.


Parents/guardians have the responsibility to ensure that their children attend school daily and on time.  Parents will be notified when total student absences reach a designated threshold of concern (5 days).  Absence is defined as not being present during normal school operating times of 8:00am to 2:55pm on regular school days and 8:00am to 12:10pm on early release days. This notification is meant to help parents be aware of the number of absences, and may require a meeting between the administration and the parents.  Depending on the individual situation, cases of truancy may be referred to DCF or the State’s Attorney’s Office.  Please reference:  BTS Student Attendance Policy F25 and F25P and Vermont State Statute 16 VSA § 1121 for more information.



If it is necessary for a student to leave before the end of the day, a note must be sent with the child that morning, giving the teachers and office notice of the early departure.  All students must be signed in when arriving at school after 8:00am and for early dismissal, signed out by an adult or a person identified by the parent/guardian allowed to dismiss the student.  Students must be dismissed by the office.  For safety reasons the person picking up the student is required to sign the student sign-out log and may be asked to provide identification.  





Bus transportation is a privilege.  For the safety and well being of all children, certain rules of conduct must be observed.  Standing, throwing things, running, undue noise, vandalism, fighting and vulgar language will not be tolerated.  Assigned seats may be given at the discretion of the bus driver.  School bus drivers are responsible for pupil discipline on the school bus in the same manner that teachers are responsible for pupil discipline in the classroom.  The operator is expected to uphold on the school bus the same standard of conduct that has been established in the Burke Town School Rules of Conduct section of the student handbook.  The bus driver shall determine whether to issue school bus minor or major office discipline referral (ODR) to administration or if the situation could be handled in another manner.  In the event of 3 minor behaviors within 2 weeks or a major behavior, administration or designee will follow the guidelines represented in the BTS Consequence Matrix.  The guidelines will also pertain to re-occurring or non-conforming behaviors and will follow the 1st, 2nd, 3rd offense consequences or restorative process as outlined in the BTS Consequence Matrix.  All other general transportation policy information can be found in policy F9B.



Parents/guardians are required to sign a release as part of the Burke Town School registration process:  By my signature on the BTS Handbook & Compact for Learning form, I understand that I waive the right to hold the school responsible for the actions of the authorized drivers listed on the emergency form. 






Field trips are basic to a well-rounded approach to learning.  While most of our curriculum can be conveyed through engaging teaching strategies, experiences that can be found in the community work-places, museums, public service agencies, and the natural world can also be considered educational tools.  The same guidelines that are indicators of a good lesson are also guidelines for an appropriate field trip.  Proper behavior while on a field trip is expected at all times and the principal reserves the right to deny any student permission to participate in a school trip if recent behavior by that student indicates that their safety or the safety of others would be a risk.


At the beginning of the year, you will be asked to sign a field trip permission form. Each time a trip is planned for your child you will be notified.  If you decide that your child should not be included in the trip, please notify the appropriate teacher of your decision.  If the teacher receives no such notice from you, your child will be expected to participate in the trip.


Parents and guardians who wish to volunteer to accompany student groups on trips are welcome as approved by the classroom teacher and principal.  Your participation is greatly appreciated and encouraged. Please refer to policy G3 and G3B for more information.



Field trips are offered to enhance the learning experience of all students.  While the goal is for all students to participate, it is important that individual students demonstrate the willingness and ability to participate in a way that ensures a positive experience for all participants.  Students must have demonstrated through their behavior at school that they can conduct themselves in a manner that values the safety of themselves and others, shows respect for those around them and accepts personal responsibility for their actions.


When student behavior presents a safety concern and/or creates a disruption for the learning experience of those around him/her, individual students may lose the privilege of attending field trips.  Serious and/or repeat violations of school expectations may also lead to a student being ineligible to participate in field trips.

In reviewing field trip eligibility, the following will be considered:

      Does the student demonstrate a concern for the safety of him/herself and others?

      Does the student follow adult directions on a consistent basis?

      Does the student’s behavior create a disruption in the learning experience of those around him/her?

      Any other information deemed relevant for the individual student.

At any time in the school year, student conduct may lead to a review of his/her eligibility to attend a specific field trip.  For end of year class field trips, teachers will review the conduct of all students following the middle of the third marking period.  If a student’s eligibility to attend an end of year field trip is in question that student may be placed on probation and his/her parents will be invited to meet with the principal and classroom teacher to discuss the concerns.  Except in extreme cases, a student will be given the opportunity to develop a plan to address staff concerns about his/her behavior that will be reviewed with the principal and classroom teacher.  For students on probation, decisions regarding eligibility will take place approximately one month prior to the date of the trip.


Any serious student misconduct in the month leading up to a field trip may result in a student being determined ineligible to participate.  The school principal or designee will make the final determination regarding student eligibility to attend field trips.  Please refer to policy G3 and G3B for more information.





Act 77 of 2013 expanded the availability of “flexible pathways” for students. Some features include (i) eliminating an age cap for the funding of the “high school completion program,” (ii) expanding opportunities for “dual enrollment;” (iii) beginning in November 2015 Act 77 also requires the establishment of a personalized learning plan for every student in grades 7-12; and (iv) expands “early college” to all Vermont state colleges. While the law does not require that schools inform the education community of these opportunities, it is recommended that administrators do so through outreach by guidance offices and in collaboration with career and technical centers. Here is a link to more information about flexible pathways:


As educators and mandated reporters, it is our duty to help protect students from abuse and neglect. Act 60 of 2015 provides that any mandated reporter who reasonably suspects abuse or neglect of a child shall report in accordance with the provisions of Section 4914 of this Title within 24 hours of the time information regarding the suspected abuse or neglect was first received or observed. 33 V.S.A. § 4913(c). BTS employees do not investigate any abuse or neglect but are mandated to cause a report to be filed when there is reasonable cause for concern.



The following information serves as parent annual notification and your rights related to Vermont state law 20 U.S.C. §1232h (PPRA).  Parents have the right to inspect surveys created by third parties before it is administered, inspect any instructional materials used as part of the educational curriculum and be notified prior to any physical examinations or screenings disclosure of student information for marketing purposes.  Parents have the right to opt out of certain screenings, surveys containing sensitive questions, collection of personal information for marketing purposes and non-emergency physical examinations or screenings. All students participate in academic and physical education screenings regularly.  Some students participate in behavioral and social emotional screenings.  All middle school students participate annually in the Youth Risk Behavior Survey.  Periodic vision and hearing screenings are conducted according to the guidelines developed by the Vermont Agency of Education and Department of Health. In order to inspect or opt out of certain activities, surveys and non-emergency physical examinations or screenings, you must submit your request in writing to the Principal of the Burke Town School. The principal will obtain access or respond to such requests in a timely fashion. 


FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)

P.L. 93-380 (34 CFR 99) Notice to Parents Regarding Directory Information as Required by the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act.  Parents at the Burke Town School have a right to: Inspect and review your children’s records, seek amendment of the record if it is inaccurate or misleading, consent to disclosure of personally identifiable student information 
except as provided in 34 C.F.R. §99.31, and if you believe the Act has been violated, file a complaint with the 
Family Policy Compliance Office of the United States Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20202. To request inspection and/or review of your child’s educational records, please submit your request in writing to the Principal of the Burke Town School.  If you wish to amend your child’s records, please submit your request in writing to the Principal of the Burke Town School.  The school follows the CNSU Student Records Policy F5 when disclosing student records to persons within the school and when disclosing “directory information”.  "Directory information" means information contained in an education record of a student which would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed.  Often information of this nature is included in school publications such as websites, newsletters and yearbooks, in press releases and on some emergency closing lists.  A parent has the right to refuse to let the school designate any or all of those types of information about his/her child as directory information.  If you wish to exercise this right, please notify the Principal of Burke Town School in writing within five school days of your child’s first day of school for that school year.  The principal will respond to your request in a timely fashion.



Under current law: Sec. 4.  13 V.S.A. § 1753 is amended to read:

A person who initiates or willfully circulates or transmits a report of warning of an impending bombing or other offense or catastrophe, knowing that the report or warning is false or baseless and that it is likely to cause evacuation of a building, place of assembly, or facility of public transport, or to cause public inconvenience or alarm, shall, for the first offense, be imprisoned for not more than two years or fined not more than $5,000.00, or both.  For the second or subsequent offense, the person shall be imprisoned for not more than five years or fined not more than $10,000.00, or both.  In addition, the court may order the person to perform community service.  Any community service ordered under this section shall be supervised by the department of corrections.






School Reports to Parents and Communities


Required Annual Student Performance Results: Burke Town School Report Card 2016-2017


Required Financial and Other Information: please refer to the copy of Annual Burke Town Report located at the Burke Town Clerk’s office, School Street, West Burke VT.


Required proposed budget for FY19 is a function of the Kingdom East School District
























Caledonia North Supervisory Technology Use Requirements      G11          8/12


A. Students and staff are responsible for good behavior on school electronic equipment, network, and the Internet just as they are in the school building. General school rules for behavior and communications apply.


B. Computer and network storage areas will be treated like school lockers.  Administrators will review rules and communications to maintain system integrity and to ensure network users are using the system responsibly. Users should not expect their files will be private.


C. The following activities are not permitted:

1.Sending or displaying offensive messages or pictures.

2. Using obscene language.

3. Harassing, ìnsulting, or attacking others.

4. Modifying or damaging computers, computer systems or networks.

5. Violating copyright and intellectual property laws.

6. Using another person’s password.  Signing in as another user not yourself.

7. Trespassing in folders, work or messages belonging to or created by others. .

8. Sending chain letters.

9. Using Internet email, chat lines or chat rooms other than for ìnstructional

purposes without express permission of instructor or supervising adult .

10. Downloading or using programs or other executable files without express permission.

11. Using the network for commercial purposes.

12. Revealing one’s personal address, phone number or any other identifiable information, except as necessary, with approval, to support online information searches or similar activities.

13. Uploading information to Web sites without permission of the principal/superintendent.

14. Using software, CD’s, DVD’s other than those belonging to the school system.

15.  Other limitations made necessary by changes or actions of the staff or students.


D. Violations of these policies will result in the immediate loss of computer and/or

network access privileges and may also involve other disciplinary or legal action.


As the parent or legal guardian of the minor student signing the Burke Town School Handbook & Compact for Learning, you are granting permission for your child to access networked computer services and the Internet. You understand that some materials on the Internet may objectionable, but accept responsibility for providing guidance to your child on Internet use both inside and outside the school setting, and for explaining the requirements listed above for your child to follow when selecting, sharing, or exploring information and media.












TITLE:                        STUDENT ATTENDANCE                                                       CODE: F25



It is the policy of the Caledonia North Supervisory Union to set high expectations for consistent student school attendance in accordance with Vermont law in order to facilitate and enhance student learning.



Vermont law requires school attendance for students between the ages of 6 and 16 so a student may complete a course of study that will facilitate the transition to the responsibilities of adulthood. The Caledonia North Supervisory Union believes consistent attendance is a prerequisite for assuring the academic, social and emotional growth of students. In addition, regular and punctual attendance is important to the development of responsible and effective work/study habits as well as a demonstration that students are assuming responsibility for their own behavior. Encouraging students to take full advantage of their education is a shared responsibility of students, families, schools, and communities.



1.     A truant student is one who is subject to compulsory school attendance (16 V.S.A  §1121) and who is absent without valid cause or excuse.

2.     Valid causes for absences include illness, observance of a religious holiday, death in the family, other situations  as determined by the Administration or circumstances which cause reasonable concern to the parent or guardian for the health or safety of the student and are confirmed in writing by the parent or guardian of the student.


Administrative Responsibilities

1.     The Principal (Superintendent) is responsible for developing procedures to guide the implementation of this policy. The procedures will address the following issues and may include others as well:

A.   written excuses;

B.    tardiness;

C.   notification of parents/guardian;

D.   signing out of school;

E.    excessive absenteeism;

F.    homebound and hospitalized students;

G.   early dismissals;

H.   homework assignments; make-up work;

I.      communication of procedures to students and parents.

2.     The principal is responsible for maintaining accurate and up-to-date records of student attendance.

3.     The Principal is responsible for assuring that the school has the appropriate family information that allows the school to contract the parent(s) or guardian(s) of all students whenever necessary.

Date Warned               Date Adopted

Burke                    05/03/13                      05/13/13         

Policy on the Prevention of Harassment, Hazing, and Bullying of Students


I.  Statement of Policy

The CNSU School District (hereinafter “District”) is committed to providing all of its students with a safe and supportive school environment in which all members of the school community are treated with respect.


It is the policy of the District to prohibit the unlawful harassment of students based on race, color, religion, creed, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. Harassment may also constitute a violation of Vermont’s Public Accommodations Act, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and/or Title IX of the federal Education Amendments Act of 1972.


It is also the policy of the District to prohibit the unlawful hazing and bullying of students. Conduct which constitutes hazing may be subject to civil penalties.


The District shall address all complaints of harassment, hazing and bullying according to the procedures accompanying this policy, and shall take appropriate action against any person - subject to the jurisdiction of the board

- who violates this policy. Nothing herein shall be construed to prohibit punishment of a student for conduct which, although it does not rise to the level of harassment, bullying, or hazing as defined herein, otherwise violates one or more of the board’s disciplinary policies or the school’s code of conduct.


The Model Procedures are expressly incorporated by reference as though fully included within this Model Policy. The Model Procedures are separated from the policy for ease of use as may be required.


II. Implementation

The superintendent or his/her designee shall:


1.   Adopt a procedure directing staff, parents and guardians how to report violations of this policy and file complaints under this policy.  (See Model Procedures on the Prevention of Harassment, Hazing and Bullying of Students)


2.  Annually, select two or more designated employees to receive complaints of hazing, bullying and/or harassment at each school campus and publicize their availability in any publication of the District that sets forth the comprehensive rules, procedures, and standards of conduct for the school.


3.  Designate an Equity Coordinator to oversee all aspects of the implementation of this policy as it relates to obligations imposed by federal law regarding discrimination. This role may be also be assigned to one or both of the Designated Employees.


4.  Respond to notifications of possible violations of this policy in order to promptly and effectively address all complaints of hazing, harassment, and/or bullying.





5.  Take action on substantiated complaints. In cases where hazing, harassment and/or bullying is substantiated, the District shall take prompt and appropriate remedial action reasonably calculated to stop the hazing, harassment and/or bullying; prevent its recurrence; and to remedy the impact of the offending conduct on the victim(s), where appropriate. Such action may include a wide range of responses from education to serious discipline.


Serious discipline may include termination for employees and, for students, expulsion or removal from school property. It may also involve penalties or sanctions for both organizations and individuals who engage in hazing. Revocation or suspension of an organization’s permission to operate or exist within the District’s purview may also be considered if that organization knowingly permits, authorizes or condones hazing.


III.        Constitutionally Protected Speech

It is the intent of the District to apply and enforce this policy in a manner that is consistent with student rights to free expression under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The purpose of this policy is to (1) prohibit conduct or communication that is directed at a person’s protected characteristics as defined below and that has the purpose or effect of substantially disrupting the educational learning process and/or access to educational resources or creates a hostile learning environment; (2) prohibit conduct intended to ridicule, humiliate or intimidate students in a manner as defined under this policy.


IV.       Definitions. For the purposes of this policy and the accompanying procedures, the following definitions apply:


A. “Bullying” means any overt act or combination of acts, including an act conducted by electronic means, directed against a student by another student or group of students and which:

a.   Is repeated over time;

b.  Is intended to ridicule, humiliate, or intimidate the student; and

c.   (i) occurs during the school day on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored activity, or before or after the school day

on a school bus or at a school sponsored activity; or

(ii) does not occur during the school day on school property, on a school bus or at a school sponsored activity and can be shown to pose a clear and substantial interference with another student’s right to access educational programs.


B.   “Complaint” means an oral or written report information provided by a student or any person to an employee alleging that a student has been subjected to conduct that may rise to the level of hazing, harassment or bullying.

C.   “Complainant” means a student who has provided oral or written information about conduct that may rise to the level of hazing, harassment or bullying, or a student who is the target of alleged hazing, harassment or bullying.


D. “Designated employee” means an employee who has been designated by the school to receive complaints of hazing, harassment and bullying pursuant to subdivision 16 V.S.A. 570a (a)(7). The designated employees for each school building are identified in Appendix A of this policy.




E.   “Employee” includes any person employed directly by or retained through a contract with the District, an agent of the school, a school board member, a student teacher, an intern or a school volunteer. For purposes of this policy, “agent of the school” includes supervisory union staff.


F.    “Equity Coordinator” is the person responsible for implementation of Title IX (regarding sex-based discrimination) and Title VI (regarding race- based discrimination) for the District and for coordinating the District’s compliance with Title IX and Title VI in all areas covered by the implementing regulations. The Equity Coordinator is also responsible for overseeing implementation of the District’s Preventing and Responding to Harassment of Students and Harassment of Employees policies. This role may also be assigned to Designated Employees.


G.  “Harassment” means an incident or incidents of verbal, written, visual, or physical conduct, including any incident conducted by electronic means, based on or motivated by a student’s or a student’s family member’s actual or perceived race, creed, color, national origin, marital status disability, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity, that has the purpose or effect of objectively and substantially undermining and detracting from or interfering with a student’s educational performance or access to school resources or creating an objectively intimidating hostile, or offensive environment. Harassment includes conduct as defined above and may also constitute one or more of the following:


(1) Sexual harassment, which means unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, that includes sexual violence/sexual assault, sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, written, visual or physical conduct of a sexual nature, and includes situations when one or both of the following occur:

(i) Submission to that conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of a student’s education, academic status, or progress; or

(ii) Submission to or rejection of such conduct by a student is used as a component of the basis for decisions affecting that student.


Sexual harassment may also include student-on-student conduct or conduct of a non-employee third party that creates a hostile environment. A hostile environment exists where the harassing conduct is severe, persistent or pervasive so as to deny or limit the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the educational program on the basis of sex.


(2) Racial harassment, which means conduct directed at the characteristics of

a student’s or a student’s family member’s actual or perceived race or

color, and includes the use of epithets, stereotypes, racial slurs, comments,

insults, derogatory remarks, gestures, threats, graffiti, display, or circulation of written or visual material, and taunts on manner of speech and negative references to cultural customs.


(3) Harassment of members of other protected categories, means conduct directed at the characteristics of a student’s or a student’s family member’s actual or perceived creed, national origin, marital status, disability, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity and includes the use of epithets, stereotypes, slurs, comments, insults, derogatory remarks, gestures, threats, graffiti, display, or circulation of written or visual material, taunts on manner of speech, and negative references to customs related to any of these protected categories.


H. “Hazing” means any intentional, knowing or reckless act committed by a student, whether individually or in concert with others, against another student: In connection with pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in any organization which is affiliated with the educational institution; and

(1) Which is intended to have the effect of, or should reasonably be expected to have the effect of, endangering the mental or physical health of the student.


Hazing shall not include any activity or conduct that furthers legitimate curricular, extra-curricular, or military training program goals, provided that:


(1) The goals are approved by the educational institution; and

(2) The activity or conduct furthers the goals in a manner that is appropriate, contemplated by the educational institution, and normal and customary for similar programs at other educational institutions.


With respect to Hazing, “Student” means any person who:

(A) is registered in or in attendance at an educational institution;

(B) has been accepted for admission at the educational institution where

the hazing incident occurs; or

(C) intends to attend an educational institution during any of its regular sessions after an official academic break.


I.    “Notice” means a written complaint or oral information that hazing, harassment or bullying may have occurred which has been provided to a designated employee from another employee, the student allegedly subjected to the hazing, harassment or bullying, another student, a parent or guardian, or any other individual who has reasonable cause to believe the alleged conduct may have occurred. If the school learns of possible hazing, harassment or bullying through other means, for example, if information about hazing, harassment or bullying is received from a third party (such as from a witness to an incident or an anonymous letter or telephone call), different factors will affect the school’s response. These factors include the source and nature of the information; the seriousness of the alleged incident; the specificity of the information; the objectivity and credibility of the source of the report; whether any individuals can be identified who were subjected to the alleged harassment; and whether those individuals want to pursue the matter. In addition, for purposes of violations of federal anti-discrimination laws, notice may occur when an employee of the district, including any individual who a student could reasonably believe has this authority or responsibility, knows or in the exercise of reasonable care should have known about potential unlawful harassment or bullying.


J.  “Organization” means a fraternity, sorority, athletic team, association, corporation, order, society, corps, cooperative, club, or other similar group, whose members primarily are students at an educational institution, and which is affiliated with the educational institution.

K.  “Pledging” means any action or activity related to becoming a member of an organization.


L.    “Retaliation” is any adverse action by any person against a person who has filed a complaint of harassment, hazing or bullying  or against a person who assists or participates in an investigation, proceeding or hearing related to the harassment complaint.


      Such adverse action may include conduct by a school employee directed at a student in the form of intimidation or reprisal such as diminishment of grades, suspension, expulsion, change in educational conditions, loss of privileges or benefits, or other unwarranted disciplinary action. Retaliation may also include conduct by a student directed at another student in the form of further harassment, intimidation, and reprisal.


M. “School administrator” means a superintendent, principal or his/her designee assistant principal//technical center director or his/her designee and/or the District’s Equity Coordinator.


N.  “Student Conduct Form“ is a form used by students, staff, or parents, to provide, in written form, information about inappropriate student behaviors that may constitute hazing, harassment and/or bullying.


                                    Date Warned                        Date Adopted


Burke                         10/01/15                    10/12/15

Miller’s Run              10/08/15                    10/19/15

Lyndon                       10/23/15                    11/02/15

Newark                      10/24/15                    11/03/15

Sutton                                    10/24/15                    11/04/15

CNSU                                    10/09/15                    12/10/15






[1] Conduct that might otherwise be considered bullying but does not occur during the school day, on school property, on a school bus or at a school-sponsored event still may be subject to disciplinary action pursuant to 16 V.S.A.   1161(a) and 1162; however, such misconduct would not meet the definition of bullying. 

[2] See footnote 1

[3] In certain circumstances a one time incident might be considered bullying and subject to further discipline. This will be determined by the administration.

[4] Any student, who knowingly makes false accusations regarding bullying, may be subject to disciplinary action.