STUDENT HANDBOOK Child and Career Development Center

 
STUDENT HANDBOOK Child and Career Development Center
Child and Career Development Center
      1525 East Lincoln Highway, Coatesville, PA 19320
                       610-383-7400
                    www.cciu.org/ccdc
Facebook Page: Chester County Child and Career Development
                           Center

                 2020-2021
             STUDENT HANDBOOK
                    George Fiore, Ed. D.
                  CCIU Executive Director

                    Anita Riccio, Ed. D.
          CCIU Student Services Assistant Director

                   Susan Mateka, Ed. D.
                        Principal

                 Jennifer Williams, M. Ed.
                      Vice Principal

                    Nancy Young, M. Ed.
                      Vice Principal

                   Husky Pride
STUDENT HANDBOOK Child and Career Development Center
Child and Career Development Center
                                  Important Dates for the 2020-2021 SY

 All dates subject to change due to emergency school closings and other circumstances

August 31 .................................................................................................................................. First Student Day
September 10 .....................................................................................................Virtual Back to School Night
September 16 .............................................................................................................................. Early Dismissal
October 21 .................................................................................................................................... Early Dismissal
October 22 ..................................................................................................Virtual Evening IEP Conferences
November 5 ........................................................................................................ End of First Marking Period
November 11............................................................................................................................... Early Dismissal
January 6 ................................................................................... Early Dismissal/ Virtual IEP Conferences
January 22 ...................................................................................................... End of Second Marking Period
February 17 ................................................................................................................................ Early Dismissal
March 17 ....................................................................................................................................... Early Dismissal
March 31 ............................................................................................................ End of Third Marking Period
May 12............................................................................................................................................ Early Dismissal
May 14................................................................................................................................................................ Prom
June 3.......................................................................................................................................................Graduation
June 10 ........................................................................................................................................ Last Student Day

School Closing Information:
-Dates listed above are subject to change due to emergency school closings and
other circumstances.

Please verify with Aubrey Stephens at 610-383-7400 that you have the correct
phone number and email address on file for automated messages.

Please check your local listing for school closing information. The CCDC closing
number is listed below:
School Closing Number: 1195

Television Stations
WCAU Channel 10 Philadelphia

Automated phone calls will also be used to communicate school closings and other
essential information. Please make sure that the CCDC main office is aware of any
change in contact information.

                    Check the CCDC website for school closings and school events.
                        www.cciu.org/child and career development center

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STUDENT HANDBOOK Child and Career Development Center
Child and Career Development Center Office Staff

Dr. Susan Mateka               Principal
Mrs. Jennifer Williams         Vice Principal
Mrs. Nancy Young               Vice Principal
Mrs. Ann Furlong               Principal’s Secretary
Mrs. Bel Klingensmith          Financial Secretary
Mrs. Aubrey Stephens           Guidance Secretary
Ms. Mary Ellen DiEmedio        Scheduling Assistant
Ms. Jessica McEntee            Data Coordinator
Mrs. Lana Murphy               Receptionist
Mrs. Carolyn Durner            Dean of Students
Mrs. Christyn Dodla            Social Worker
Mrs. Julie Gonzalez            Mental Health Specialist
Ms. Kellyn Wright              Mental Health Specialist
Ms. Kelly Rebar                Mental Health Specialist
Mrs. Sandy Rocker              School Nurse
Mrs. Sarina Weaver             School Psychologist
Mrs. Caitlyn Eshelman          School Psychologist

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CCIU Mission Statement

The Chester County Intermediate Unit is a dynamic educational service agency
providing quality, innovative and cost-effective programs to enhance the lives of
students and members of our communities.

These are our beliefs in support of the mission:
Customer Service:
We do everything with the goal of exceeding our customers’ expectations.
Partnership:
We work collaboratively with our partners.
Leadership:
We accept a leadership role in serving the needs of our communities.
Innovation:
We promote change to meet evolving needs and foster innovation.
Advocacy:
We serve as a liaison for our member districts at the county, state and national
levels.
Professional Commitment:
We maintain the highest standards of conduct.
Organizational Culture:
We provide an environment that fosters teamwork, creativity, professional growth,
high morale, opportunity, and pride in all we do.

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CCDC Mission Statement

The Mission of the Child and Career Development Center (CCDC) is to provide a
child-centered teaching and learning environment that enables students to reach
their full potential in all aspects of their lives.

                                 Non-Discrimination

The Board declares it to be the policy of the Intermediate Unit to provide an equal
opportunity for all students to achieve their maximum potential through the
programs offered by the Intermediate Unit regardless of race, color, age, creed,
religion, sex, sexual orientation, ancestry, national origin, marital status, pregnancy
or handicap/disability.

The Intermediate Unit shall provide to each qualified student with a disability
participating in Intermediate Unit programs, without cost to the student or
parent/guardian, a free and appropriate public education (FAPE). This includes
provision of education and related aids, services, or accommodations which are
needed to afford each qualified student with a disability equal opportunity to
participate in and obtain the benefits from educational programs and
extracurricular activities without discrimination, to the same extent as each student
without a disability, consistent with federal and state law and regulations.

The Board encourages students and parents/guardians who believe they have been
subjected to discrimination or harassment to promptly report such incidents to
designated employees.

The Board directs that complaints of discrimination or harassment shall be
investigated promptly, and corrective action be taken for substantiated allegations.
Confidentiality of all parties shall be maintained, consistent with the Intermediate
Unit’s legal and investigative obligations.

The Intermediate Unit shall not intimidate, threaten, coerce, discriminate or
retaliate against any individual for the purpose of interfering with any right or
privilege secured by this policy.

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Table of Contents
I. Attendance …………………………………………………………………………………………………7
       Attendance line
       Compulsory Attendance
       Acceptable/Unacceptable Reasons for Absences or Lateness
       Unexcused Absences/Truancy/Habitual Truancy
       Lateness To Class or School
       Early Dismissals
       Excessive Absences
II. Academics………………………………………………………………………………….…………..…10
       Grading
       Curriculum Review by Parents/Guardians and Students
       Report Cards
III. Student Rights and Responsibilities………………………………………………….…..…11
IV. Student Discipline Policy………………………………………………………………………….12
       Philosophy
       Procedures
       Actions
       Definitions
       Electronic Devices
       Search & Seizure
       Video Surveillance
       Dress and Grooming
       Acceptable Use of Internet, Computers and Network Resources
V. Student Health Services………………………….……………..………………………………….23
       Nurse’s Office and Medications
       Student Health Summary and Emergency Contact Information
       Accidents
       Integrated Pest Management
       Student Wellness and Smart Snack Guidelines
       Classroom Incentives, Parties and Celebrations
VI. Cafeteria Services……………………………………….…….……………………………………..27
       Procedures
       Breakfast and Lunches
       Nutritional Services
VII. Transportation Services………………..………………………………………….…………….28
       Busing Regulations
       Driving Regulations
VIII. General Information………………………………………………………………………….….29
       Fire/Emergency Drills/Lockdown Procedures
       Visitation Policy
       Field Trips and Excursions
       Personal Property
       Lost and Found
       Use of the Telephone
       Advertising Flyers
IX. CCIU Board Policies…………………………………………………………...…………………….31

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Student Handbook Agreement Form (p.32)
   I. Attendance

                 School Attendance Number: 610-383-1917

Parents or guardians are to notify the school via the attendance line 610-383-1917
by 9:30 a.m. the day of the student’s absence. Please include the student’s name,
teacher’s name, and date of absence, and reason for absence with the message.
Written excuse notes are required within three (3) days upon the student’s return
to school. E-mailed notes are acceptable.
                            Compulsory Attendance

        Parents or guardians of all school aged children enrolled in school are required
   by the compulsory school attendance laws to ensure that their children attend an
                approved educational institution unless legally excused.

   -   Compulsory age of attendance is defined as a student between the age of
       entry into school (or age 8) to age 17

              Acceptable Reasons for Absences or Lateness

   •   Observance of religious holidays
   •   Religious instruction (maximum of 36 hours per school year).
   •   Trips to exhibitions, colleges, places of constructive educational interest and
       planned vacations may be excused, to a total of two (2) weeks duration per
       year, provided prior written notification is received from the parents, the
       student is in good academic standing and approval is granted by the
       principal.
   •   Domestic shelters, clinics, mental health, medical or dental appointments
       that cannot be arranged after school hours. Verification from the provider or
       a note from the parent/guardian is required.
   •   Illness or recovery from an accident
   •   Quarantine of the home
   •   Death in the family
   •   Court appearance
   •   Unavoidable family emergency

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Unacceptable Reasons for Absences, Lateness or Early Dismissals
The following are examples of unacceptable reasons for absences, lateness or early
dismissals:
   • Babysitting
   • Running errands
   • Shopping
   • Participating in private lessons or hobbies
   • Oversleeping

                        Unexcused/Illegal Absences

Any absences for reasons other than those listed previously or without written
documentation within three (3) school days of a student’s return to school will be
recorded as unexcused/illegal.
   -   A student is considered Truant if they have three (3) or more days of
       unexcused absences
   -   A student is considered Habitually Truant if they have six (6) or more days of
       unexcused absences

If a student is absent without excuse for three (3) days in one school year,
parents/guardians will be provided with written notice of the truancy status and
invited to participate in a school attendance improvement conference. The purpose
of this meeting will be to collaboratively develop a school attendance improvement
plan, address any educational barriers that negatively impact the child’s attendance,
and identify any additional supports necessary to ensure consistent school
attendance.

If a student is absent without excuse for six (6) days or more in one school year,
written notice of habitual truancy status will be provided and a subsequent school
attendance improvement conference will be held. With continued concern for
excessive absences, additional supports may be recommended including a referral
to a school based or community-based attendance program, a referral to the County
Children and Youth Agency (CCYA), and notification to the member of the home
school district who makes determination to file a truancy citation.

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Lateness/Early Dismissals

Students are expected to be in homeroom or in their virtual program by 8:55 a.m.
daily and remain in school for the entire day (2:30 p.m.). Changes to a student’s
typical departure require a written note.
Habitual lateness to class will result in non-exclusionary disciplinary actions as
deemed appropriate by the administration, including loss of privileges or social
restrictions. Lateness to school will be reported to home school officials. A note
may or may not be accepted by school officials, dependent upon the reason.

No student will be permitted to leave school without an approved note and
acceptable reason as listed above. Early dismissal notes must be presented to the
office staff at the start of the school day. The early dismissal request must have the
following information: student’s full name, parent/guardian’s signature, reason for
request, home phone number, and time of dismissal. Prior to pick up, the
parent/guardian is expected to come into the front office and show ID to the office
staff. Early Dismissal note should be limited to four (4) per marking period.

We are unable to accept phone calls or notes requesting temporary or permanent
transportation changes. Please contact your child’s school district transportation
department to make arrangements.

                               Excessive Absences

A physician’s excuse may be required for any consecutive absence of three (3) or
more school days.

Students who are absent more than 15 days during a marking period will receive an
INCOMPLETE for that marking period. An exception to this rule will be considered
if a student is absent for medical reasons in excess of two weeks and all assigned
work is completed satisfactorily.

The student’s home district will be notified with habitual truancy. Illegal
absences may result in a CRIMINAL CITATION of the parent(s)/guardian(s) or
student.

Act 29 of 1995 provides that District Judges may fine parents or truant students up
to $300.00 for violating the compulsory attendance statues of the Commonwealth of
PA and pay court costs or be sentenced to complete a parenting education program,
and in default of payment of such fine, costs or completion of program shall be
sentenced to the county jail for a period not exceeding five (5) days.

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II. Academics
                                      Grading

Grading is done on an individual basis and reflects student growth and
development. Grading incorporates assessment of student attitudes, participation
and skills and knowledge in proportions appropriate for Individualized Educational
Program(IEPs).

Students who are absent more than 15 days during a marking period may receive an
INCOMPLETE for that marking period. Students have a total of 15 school days to
complete identified missing assignments for an assigned grade. Work not
completed beyond 15 school days may result in lost credits by the home school
district.

   Grading Information
90+: Outstanding Achievement; Meets All Requirements
80+: Above Average Achievement; Making Consistent Progress
70+: Average Achievement
60+: Below Average
55-59: No Credit Earned

I: Student has 15 School Days to Complete Missing Assignments for Credit

Standards Based Report Cards are appropriate for some students, to provide progress
codes for credits

                                   Report Cards

Report cards are issued quarterly with IEP Progress Reports. A progress report may
not be included if a student’s IEP was recently completed (less than half way
through the marking period). Report cards are typically issued within 15 school
days after the end of the marking period.

The CCDC does not assign credits, but provides the home school district the
necessary documentation to issue official transcripts.

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Curriculum Review by Parents/Guardians and Students

Upon request by a parent/guardian or student, the Intermediate Unit will make
available existing information about the curriculum, including academic standards
to be achieved, instructional materials, and assessment techniques.

The following conditions shall apply to any request:
   • Any parent/guardian, or student, for each enrolled child, may make no more
       than one (1) request per semester.
   • To assist the Intermediate Unit in providing the correct records to meet the
       needs of the requesting party, the request must be in writing, setting forth
       the specific material being sought for review.
   • The written request will be sent to the building administrator or program
       supervisor.
   • The Intermediate Unit will respond to the parent/guardian or student within
       ten (10) school days by designating the time and location for the review.
   • The Intermediate Unit may take necessary action to protect its materials
       from loss, damage or alteration and to ensure the integrity of the files,
       including the provision of a designated employee to monitor the review of
       the materials.
   • No parent/guardian or student shall be permitted to remove the material
       provided for review or photocopy the contents of such file. The taking of
       notes by parents/guardians and students is permitted.

III. Student Rights and Responsibilities

Students who attend the Child and Career Development Center (CCDC) are extended
rights and assume responsibilities.

Student Rights
The Child and Career Development Center encourages students to be cognizant of
their rights as citizens and as students. Students attending the CCDC have the right
to:

   •   Be welcomed to the CCDC and to be informed of school procedures.
   •   Be informed about curriculum, materials and assessment utilized in their
       programs and classes.
   •   Meet state and local curriculum standards and other individual goals
       established in their IEPs, if applicable, through appropriate educational
       programming offered regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual
       orientation, marital status, pregnancy or disability.
   •   Express concerns regarding their education in an appropriate and respectful
       manner to administration and/or guidance.
   •   Report and have investigated allegations of bullying, harassment or hazing.

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Student Responsibilities
Students at the CCDC are expected to accept responsibilities in order to maximize
their education and that of others. Students are expected to:
   • Accept responsibility for their own action
   • Respect the rights and property of others, including their right to an
       education that is orderly and disciplined
   • Attend school on a regular basis
   • Be punctual at all times
   • Maintain habits of personal cleanliness
   • Respect school property and help to keep it damage free
   • Make an earnest effort to do their best work on a daily basis
   • Contribute toward establishing and maintaining an atmosphere that
       generates mutual respect and dignity for all
   • Obey school rules and regulations made by school authorities
   • Read this handbook and seek interpretation of parts not understood

IV. Student Discipline Policy
                                    Philosophy
CCDC believes in a safe school environment, and one that fosters an atmosphere of
mutual respect and trust, allowing all students to develop to their fullest potential.
An orderly school environment requires a code of conduct that clearly defines the
individual responsibilities, classifies unacceptable behaviors and provides
appropriate disciplinary responses. The student code of conduct:

   •   Is restorative in nature
   •   Promotes self-discipline
   •   Utilizes restorative practices when appropriate
   •   Concerns itself with the welfare of the individual as well as that of the school
       community as a whole
   •   Promotes a close working relationship between parents/guardians and the
       school staff
   •   Discriminates between minor and major offenses, as well as between first
       time and repeated offenses
   •   Promotes disciplinary responses that are appropriate and timely to the
       misbehavior
   •   Is cumulative in progression. This means that each time there is an
       additional disciplinary infraction, the offense is considered to be a higher-
       level offense, resulting in more stringent consequences. This is known as
       progressive intervention.
   •   Is administered by all in a way that is fair, firm, reasonable and consistent
   •   Complies with the provisions of federal, state, and local laws

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Parent Involvement

Parents are an integral component of effective programming. Disciplinary issues
handled by school staff will be communicated to parents promptly. Should student
conduct present an immediate threat to the health, safety or welfare of the student
or other students/staff in the building, and if positive behavioral supports are
insufficient to avoid such threat, school staff may contact the parent for immediate
pickup, contact mental health agencies for support, or refer the matter to the police.
Examples of behavior that could constitute a threat to health, safety, or welfare
include, but are not limited to, physical aggression, destruction of property,
possession of a weapon, and the possession or consumption of drugs or alcohol.
Parents are required to provide updated working numbers and secondary contacts
to ensure effective communication.
                                    Procedures

The discipline code shall be interpreted by the principals and their designees, in a
manner, which they deem just, given the circumstances of the individual case. In
addition, students and parents must understand that administrators shall have the
authority to enforce other reasonable disciplinary action, which they find warranted
by situations not covered.

Student discipline at CCDC will be assessed as falling into one of four levels. Each
level is explained below along with examples. Each level also contains progressive
intervention methods to address continued inappropriate behavior.

Level I
Level I offenses represent misbehavior on the part of the student that impedes
orderly classroom procedures or interferes with the orderly operation of the school.
These offenses will typically be handled by individual staff members, but may
require the intervention of other school support personnel, such as: behaviorists,
mental health specialists or school administrators. Repeated violations will elevate
to a Level II offense. Offenses at this level are as follows:

   •   Electronic device violation
   •   Dress code violations
   •   Failure to be present during the instructional period or leaving the
       instructional environment without authorization
   •   Failure to follow directions delivered by teachers or other instructional staff
   •   Disrespect to teachers or other staff
   •   Profanity
   •   Infringing on the educational rights of others or otherwise disrupting the
       educational environment
   •   Sleeping in class
   •   Inappropriate display of affection

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Possible Interventions – Inability to advance in the classroom behavior system,
verbal reprimand, counseling, withdrawal of class/school privileges, confiscation of
electronic device(s), parent/guardian notification and/or behavior support.
Repeated violations will elevate to a Level II violation.

Level II
Level II offenses are misbehaviors on part of the student whose frequency or
seriousness tends to disrupt the learning climate of the school. These infractions,
which may be a result from the continuation of Level I offenses, require the
intervention of the school administration. Offenses at this level are as follows:

 •   Behavior that threatens or could be reasonably perceived as threatening to others
 •   Harassment and sexual harassment
 •   Bullying or cyber bullying
 •   Insubordination
 •   Repeated electronic device violation
 •   Forgery
 •   Obscene conduct
 •   Minor riding/parking violations
 •   Being out of assigned area
 •   Horseplay
 •   Misuse of the Internet

Possible Interventions – Inability to advance in the classroom behavior system,
behavior support, counseling, parent/guardian notification, time in the restorative
center, behavior contract. Repeated violations will elevate to a Level III offense.

Level III
Level III offenses are acts directed against persons or property that endanger the
health or safety of the student him/herself or others in the school. Some of these acts
are considered criminal and may involve local law enforcement. Offenses at this level
are as follows:
 • Theft
 • Fighting
 • Tobacco violation
 • Serious or repeated threatening or intimidating behavior
 • Repeated harassment and sexual harassment
 • Repeated bullying or cyber bullying
 • Hazing
 • Jeopardizing the safety of self or others
 • Ethnic/racial intimidation
 • Reckless use of automobile
 • Inciting a level III behavior of another student

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•   Major misuse of Internet
 •   Computer use violation
 •   Simple assault
 •   Leaving school property without permission

Possible Interventions – referral to student behavior center, one to ten days in or
out of school suspension, behavior contract, counseling services, determined by the
severity of the violation, parent/guardian notification, and/or police
involvement/report. Repeated violations will elevate to a level IV offense.

Level IV
Level IV offenses often represent acts of intentional violence to another person or
property, or pose a threat to the health, safety and welfare of others in the school.
These actions necessitate immediate response by the school administration.
Examples include, but are not limited to:

 • Sexual assault
 • Assault resulting in serious injury
 • Possession, use, sale, or distribution of alcohol, controlled substances, or
   paraphernalia
 • Directly striking, pushing, or threatening a staff member
 • Arson
 • Possession of an explosive device
 • False fire alarm
 • Terroristic Threats/Acts
 • Risking a catastrophe
 • Inciting a Level IV behavior of another student
 • Possession and/or use of tobacco on school grounds
 • Theft/possession of stolen property (major)
 • Commission of any other act punishable under the PA Crimes Codes
 • Possession of deadly/offensive weapons
 • Any attempt to compromise or attack the IU server or network
 • Any action not listed above that would constitute a crime under Pennsylvania or
   federal law

Possible Interventions - Out of school suspension, police involvement/report,
parent/guardian notification, notification to sending school district.

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Actions

Suspension

Out of school suspension (OSS) is the removal of a student from the school for a
period of one to ten consecutive school days. When a CCDC student is suspended out
of school, an administrator or designee will immediately notify the
parents/guardians of the student and inform them of the reason for, and duration
of, the suspension. The sending school will then be notified.

Students that are suspended from the CCDC are excluded from extra-curricular
activities at both CCDC and the home school and are not permitted on the property
of either school for the duration of the suspension.

In all suspension cases, students must be permitted, and are responsible for making
up assignments and exams under the guidelines established by the teacher and/or
administrator.

Students that are suspended for three consecutive days or more shall be notified in
writing of the offense for which the suspension is imposed and will be afforded the
opportunity for a hearing before an administrator within the first five days of
suspension. If a hearing is not requested, parents/guardians and an administrator
from the CCDC will schedule a meeting as soon as possible to determine how best to
ensure the offenses do not recur.

Expulsion

Expulsion is the exclusion from school for a period exceeding ten (10) days up to a
permanent expulsion from school rolls. All expulsions require a formal hearing with
either the Chester County Intermediate Unit Board or with the student’s home
district school board. Either board may designate a committee of the board or a duly
qualified hearing examiner to conduct the hearing. All due process requirements of
Chapter 12, Section 8 of the Pennsylvania School Code will be adhered to.

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Definitions

Possession of a weapon is defined as a weapon being found on the person of a
student, or under a student's control, in a student’s possession, on school property
or at any school activity, or when the student is traveling to or from school property
or a school sponsored activity or when the student is on a school bus or vehicle or
other transportation service sponsored by the school.

“Weapon” includes, but is not limited to:

   • Any knife, cutting instrument, cutting tool, firearm, shotgun, rifle and any
     other tool, instrument or implement capable of inflicting serious bodily injury,
     but excluding a pocket knife with a blade of 2 ½ inches or less.
   • Any firearm which is not loaded or lacks a clip or other component to render it
     immediately operable, and components which can readily be assembled into a
     weapon.
   • Any destructive device, including any explosive, incendiary or poison gas
     bomb, grenade, rocket, missile ammunition or similar device.
   • Any "look-alike" of any items listed above.
   • Any item intended to be used or being used, offensively or defensively, to harm
     or threaten or harass students, staff members, parents or patrons.

“Weapon” includes instruments, tools, implements and other devices being used as
part of an approved school program by an individual participating in the program if
used to threaten or inflict serious bodily injury.

Arson is defined as Intentionally starting a fire or causing an explosion or
aiding/counseling/paying another to cause a fire or explosion.

Aggravated Assault is an unlawful attack by one person upon another in which the
offender uses a weapon or displays it in a threatening manner, or the victim suffers
obvious severe or aggravated bodily injury involving apparent broken bones, loss of
teeth, possible internal injury, severe lacerations, or loss of consciousness. This also
includes assault with disease (as in cases when the offender is aware that he/she is
infected with a deadly disease) by biting, spitting, etc. A simple assault inflicted
upon a school staff member or administrator constitutes aggravated assault.

Simple Assault is the unlawful physical attack by one student upon another where
neither the offender displays a weapon, nor the victim suffers obvious severe or
aggravated bodily injury involving apparent broken bones, loss of teeth, possible
internal injury, severe laceration or loss of consciousness.

Fighting (Mutual Altercation) Is a student confrontation with another student in
which the altercation is mutual, requiring physical restraint or resulting in injury or
property damage. If the incident does not rise to that level, the incident should be

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classified as minor disruptive behavior or a minor infraction. Mutual participation in
a fight involving physical violence, where there is no one main offender and no
major injury. This does not include verbal confrontations, tussles or other minor
confrontations. Law enforcement officers may refer this offense as simple assault.

Bullying is defined as an intentional electronic, written, verbal or physical act or
series of acts directed at another student or students, which occurs in a school
setting and/or outside a school setting, that is severe, persistent or pervasive and
has the effect of doing any of the following:

   •   Substantial interference with a student’s education
   •   Creation of a threatening environment
   •   Substantial disruption of the orderly operation of an Intermediate Unit
       school, class or program
   •   Bullying, as defined in this policy, includes cyber bullying

Cyber Bullying defined as the use of any electronic communications devices to
convey a message in any form (text, image, audio or video) that defames,
intimidates, harasses, insults or humiliates another student or students in a severe,
persistent or pervasive manner that results in any of the bullying effects
enumerated in this policy.

Harassment consists of verbal, written, graphic or physical conduct relating to an
individual's race, color, national origin/ethnicity, sex, age, disability, sexual
orientation or religion when such conduct:

   •   Is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it affects an individual's
       ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program or activity or
       creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environment.
   •   Has the purpose or effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with an
       individual's academic performance.
   •   Otherwise adversely affects an individual's learning opportunities

Sexual Harassment - Consist of unwelcome sexual advances; request for sexual
favors; and other inappropriate verbal, written, graphic or physical conduct of a
sexual nature when:

   •   Submission to such conduct is made explicitly or implicitly a term or
       condition of a student's academic status.
   •   Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for academic
       or work decisions affecting the individual.
   •   Such conduct deprives a student of education aid, benefits, services or
       treatment.
   •   Such conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it has the
       purpose or effect of substantially interfering with the student's academic

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performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational
       environment.

Hazing is defined as any intentional, knowing, or reckless act direct against a
student that endangers the mental or physical safety OR causes willful destruction
or removal of property with the purpose of gaining or maintaining membership into
an organization.

Controlled Substances is defined as students are prohibited from using,
possessing, distributing, and being under the influence of any controlled substances
during school hours, at any time while on Intermediate Unit property, at any
program or activity sponsored by the Intermediate Unit, and during the time spent
traveling to and from programs and activities sponsored by the Intermediate Unit.
For the purpose of this policy, controlled substances are defined as: all controlled
substances prohibited by federal and state law, look-alike drugs, alcoholic
beverages, anabolic steroids, drug paraphernalia, any volatile solvents or inhalants,
substances that when ingested cause a physiological effect that is similar to the
effect of a controlled substance as defined by state or federal law, prescription or
patent drugs, except those for which permission for use in school has been granted
pursuant to Board policy. For purposes of this policy, under the influence shall
include any consumption or ingestion of controlled substances by a student.

A student who must take a prescription or nonprescription medicine during the
school day must bring a written request from the parent and the medicine, in its
properly labeled bottle, to the school nurse. The nurse will validate prescriptions and
dispense the medicine at the proper time(s). Student’s who are prescribed an asthma
inhaler and an epinephrine auto-injector must present written statement from the
parent/guardian and order from the medical professional.

Violations of the controlled substance policy will be reported to the local police
authorities. It is mandatory that any student violating this policy be referred to the
Student Assistance Program, BIG team at TCHS Brandywine, and be evaluated by the
drug and alcohol assessor. That student must follow the assessor’s recommendation
for treatment. Failure to comply with the assessor’s recommendations may result in a
recommendation for removal from the school. The following action will be taken for
violation of the controlled substance policy:

Consequence - Possible suspension plus a hearing to determine whether
circumstances warrant (a) additional days suspension, (b) filing of criminal charges as
deemed appropriate by the school.

Tobacco use shall be defined as use and/or possession of a lighted or unlighted
cigarette, cigar and pipe; other lighted smoking product; and smokeless tobacco in
any form or look-alike of any of the above. The school prohibits tobacco use and
possession by students at any time in a school building and on any property or
school transportation. Students are prohibited from possessing tobacco in personal

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vehicles when on school property. The school prohibits tobacco use and possession
by students at school sponsored activities that are held off school property.
Disciplinary measures include issuing citations for which conviction could result in
fines plus court costs and/or out of school suspension.

Theft is all crimes in which a person intentionally and fraudulently takes personal
property of another without permission or consent. robbery (taking by force),
burglary (taken by entering unlawfully), and embezzlement (stealing from an
employer or organization) are all commonly thought of as theft, they are
distinguished by the means and methods used, and are separately designated as
those types of crimes in criminal charges and statutory punishments.
to take or appropriate without right or leave and with intent to keep or make use of
wrongfully

Extortion is the act or practice of obtaining or attempting to obtain money or
property from a person by intimidation, threat or force.

Intimidation is, in most cases, any attempt to influence the behavior of another by
threat or by the appearance of a threat.

Vandalism means any act of intentional or reckless damage to the property of
another or an attempt to damage the property of another or the causing of damage
while committing an act contrary to this code or to the law. Graffiti is considered
vandalism. Each person using school property, equipment or supplies is responsible
for its proper use and care. Those charged with vandalism may be subject to legal
action beyond that indicated here. For the purpose of this code, “property” means all
school property, whether on or off school premises, and all personal property, either
on or off school premises while the owner is engaged in school business.

Terroristic Threat shall mean a threat to commit violence communicated with the
intent to terrorize another; to cause evacuation of a building; or to cause serious
public inconvenience, in reckless disregard of the risk of causing such terror or
inconvenience.

Terroristic Act shall mean an offense against property or involving danger to
another person.

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Electronic Devices

Students are encouraged not to bring personal electronic devices to school. This
includes but is not limited to laptops, cellular phones, iPods, iPads, and MP3 players.
The building administrator may approve for educational purposes.

If a student chooses to bring an electronic device to school, it is expected to stay in
the student’s backpack or be turned in to the classroom teacher, per classroom
expectations.
If the student uses the electronic device without permission from a staff member,
the device will be confiscated and returned at the end of the day. Repeated offenses
will result in parent/guardian needing to pick up the device.

CCDC shall not be liable for the loss, damage, or misuse of any electronic device or
accessory, nor shall the administration conduct investigations resulting from loss or
damage of electronic devices. Violations of this policy by a student shall result in
disciplinary action. The CCDC does not replace electronic devices lost or damaged at
school or on the bus.

Students are prohibited from videotaping, audiotaping, or photographing others.

                                 Search & Seizure

Students who cause reasonable suspicion that they possess illegal items will be
searched for evidence. The degree of intrusiveness of the search will depend upon
the suspected danger to the student, student body, staff or school.

Reasonable suspicion shall be based upon action, speech, expression and behavior
or activities that indicate possession of something which school regulations forbid a
student to bring upon school grounds or which the laws of the Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania forbid him/her to have at any time or place.
School lockers, desks, cabinets, etc. are the property of CCDC, and are subject to
search for at any time based upon reasonable suspicion.

School authorities may search the student’s person and possessions upon
reasonable suspicion that the student is hiding evidence of an illegal act. These
searches include a search of student vehicles parked on school property. Such
searches are a reasonable exercise of Board power in the interests of the health,
welfare and safety of all school students. Materials, which are seized in this manner,
may be used as evidence against the student in disciplinary proceedings.

Testing for the presence of alcohol using a Breathalyzer is also covered under this
policy.

Students who refuse to be searched or checked for the presence of any prohibited

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items as described in this policy will be immediately suspended from school for up
to ten days. If the suspected offense for which the search is requested involves a
crime, the student will be held and the police contacted.

                                Video Surveillance

To assist school personnel in maintaining a safe school environment, the school
building and grounds are electronically monitored at all times. Any recording of
such surveillance will be considered no longer educationally relevant at the end of
the day on which such recording is made, unless such recording becomes evidence
in a disciplinary matter, in which case such recording will be considered no longer
educationally relevant upon the completion of all disciplinary process.

                              Dress and Grooming

Students are expected to dress in an appropriate manner. Any attire that is unsafe,
disruptive, offensive, and/or obscene, is prohibited. The following items are
unacceptable:

   •   Clothing that exposes directly or by tightness of fit any portion of the torso,
       including breasts, buttocks, and sexual organs (Tank tops must be 2” wide at
       the shoulder)
   •   Slippers
   •   Pajamas
   •   Clothing with offensive language, or references to alcohol, gangs, drugs,
       violence, sex, tobacco, ethnic prejudice or words or symbols likely to cause a
       substantial disruption to school activities.
   •   Hats, headbands, bandanas, and other head coverings

       If a student is dressed in inappropriate clothing, he/she will be asked to
       change. If the student refuses to change, the student’s family/guardian will
       be contacted to bring appropriate clothing or pick him/her up from school.

  Acceptable Use of Internet, Computers, Network Resources and
                              Devices

The Internet is a useful educational tool available for student use providing that both
the student and their parent(s) sign and return the CCIU Acceptable Use Policy User
Contract to the school administrator or their designee.

Violations of this policy will result in the loss of Internet privileges for a period of
time dependent upon the seriousness of the policy violation. In addition to
suspension of privileges, other disciplinary actions may be taken. These include, but
are not limited to, parental conferences, suspension, restitution, and referral to the

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appropriate law enforcement agencies.
Digital technology is incorporated to support instruction. Computerized devices
such as chrome books, laptops, tablets and desktop computers are accessible for
students. Students should not bring personal devices unless otherwise specified in
specially designed instruction. If a family requests a student have access to a
personal device for transportation purposes, the student is expected to turn in the
device upon arrival at school. Classroom lockboxes are available for safe keeping.
However, the CCDC will not replace lost or damaged personal devices.

V. Student Health Services

                                 Nurse’s Office

Students who become ill or receive an injury during the day are to report to the
nurse. Students are not to leave the school because of illness unless authorized to
do so by the nurse or a building administrator. Students must sign out before
leaving. No matter how minor, all accidents must be reported to the teacher and
then to the nurse. The nurse will notify parents and guardians of all accidents. A
parent/guardian must immediately pick up students that present with symptoms of
COVID-19 for a health assessment by the family provider.

                                  Medications

When necessary to take medication during the school day, the following procedures
must be adhered to, and are non-negotiable:

   •   Medication must be in the original pharmacy container
   •   The original container, written orders from the doctor, and a permission note
       from a parent must be brought to the school nurse at the beginning of the
       student’s day
   •   Students are not permitted to keep medication of any kind in pockets, purses
       or lockers, unless self-carry is permitted under the guidelines of the
       Pennsylvania Department of Health or by other law. Medication must not be
       given to, or taken from, one student to another.
   •   Medications should be given at home whenever possible. Most medications
       can be given before or after school hours. Medications given less than four
       times each day should be given at home, unless otherwise ordered by a
       physician.
   •   All controlled medications must be transported to school by a parent, or
       responsible adult, and given directly to the school nurse. Students are not
       permitted to carry controlled substances on the bus or in school at any time.

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Student Health Summary and Emergency Contact Information

Students are required to return their Student Health Summary and Emergency
Contact Information with accurate information and parent/guardian signature
within ten days of the start of the school year. Failure to do so may result in
exclusion from program participation and disciplinary action.

                                    Accidents

Accidents resulting in injury, whether major or minor, must be reported to the
teacher and the student must be sent to the school nurse. The school nurse will take
whatever measures appear to be necessary. If a student requires additional medical
attention, his/her parent/guardian will be contacted so that they may pick up their
child and take them to a doctor or hospital. In an emergency situation if the
parent/guardian is unable or not available to pick the student up, the CCDC reserves
the right to send that student to the hospital by other means of transportation.

                        Integrated Pest Management

The Chester County Intermediated Unit (CCIU) uses an Integrated Pest Management
(IPM) approach for managing insects, rodents and weeds. Our goal is to protect
every CCIU student and staff member from pesticide exposure by using and IPM
approach to pest management. Our IPM approach focuses on making our facilities
and grounds an unfavorable habitat for these pests by removing food and water
sources and eliminating their hiding and breeding places. We accomplish this
through routine cleaning and maintenance. We routinely monitor the school
buildings and grounds to detect any pests that are present. The pest monitoring
team consists of our building maintenance, office, and teaching staff, and includes
our students. Pest sightings are reported to our IPM coordinator who evaluates the
“pest problem” and determines the appropriate pest management techniques to
address the problem. The techniques can include increased sanitation, modifying
storage practices, sealing entry points, physically removing the pest, etc.

From time to time, it may be necessary to use pesticides registered by the
Environmental Protection Agency to manage a pest problem. A pesticide will only be
used when necessary, and will not be routinely applied. When a pesticide is
necessary, the school will try to use the least toxic product that is effective.
Applications will be made only when unauthorized persons do not have access to
the area(s) being treated. Notices will be posted in these areas 72 hours prior to
application and for two days following the application.

Staff and parents or guardians of students enrolled in the school may request prior
notification of specific pesticide applications made at the school. To receive

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notification, you must be placed on the CCIU’s notification registry. If you would like
to be placed on this registry, please notify your building manager or principal in
writing. Please include your email address if you would like to be notified
electronically.

If a pesticide application must be made to control an emergency pest problem,
notice will be provided by telephone to any staff, parent or guardian who has
requested such notification in writing. Exemptions to this notification include
disinfectants and antimicrobial products; self-containerized baits placed in areas
not accessible to students, and gel type baits placed in cracks, crevices or voids; and
swimming pool maintenance chemicals.

              Student Wellness and Smart Snack Guidelines

The Child and Career Development Center (CCDC) is committed to providing a
school environment that promotes student and staff wellness by supporting the
connection between health and student success.

The commitment and adherence to CCIU Student Wellness Policy 246 is supported
by the following components:

Physical Education/Swimming

All students participate in Physical Education, in order to promote a healthy
lifestyle. Curriculum is aligned with the Physical Education academic standards,
while also providing facilitated opportunity to develop cooperative play skills,
generalize learning and develop safe and healthy leisure skills. Exclusion from
participation as a consequence for behavioral infraction outside of the Physical
Education or Swimming environments may be used only as a last resort or in the
interest of safety. A pattern of exclusion shall be documented within a student’s
individualized behavioral support plan.

Nutritional Education

Nutritional education is incorporated with our secondary programs, but shall be
encouraged across all grade levels. Special events, including Healthy Snack Cart,
Wellness Day, and the CCIU Fitness Challenge will provide opportunity for students
and staff to gain knowledge and skills needed to make healthy food choices.
Curriculum Activities Involving Food Items: Instructional use of food in the classroom
or apartment shall follow Smart Snack guidelines to promote healthy food choices.

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Recess

The CCIU believes in the benefits of fresh air and outdoor play. Decisions on
whether to have indoor or outdoor recess due to weather is determined by outside
temperature, wind chill factors, and the surface condition of our playgrounds.
Generally, if the sun is shining and the temperature is 25 degrees or higher, outdoor
recess is scheduled. Students may stay in from recess if they are recovering from an
illness and a note to that effect is sent to the teacher. Students needing to stay in for
recess may be supervised in an alternative but staffed location. While generally
CCDC staff do not utilize recess as a consequence, students may be excluded from
recess for disciplinary reasons. A pattern of exclusion shall be documented within a
student’s individualized behavioral support plan.

Birthday Celebrations

Birthdays can be very special days for young students and students with complex
needs. Given our student population's diverse needs, no homemade food items sent
from home are permitted. Snack donations are allowed, but all items must pre-
packed.

Classroom Parties

Classroom parties involving non-Smart Snack approved foods will be limited to four
parties per year, per home room. Additional parties can occur if they are either
facilitated by the PBIS school facilitator or follow approved Smart Snack/non-food
item recommendations. While these parties may include non-Smart Snack
approved items, such items will be accompanied by approved Smart Snack items (i.e
pizza with fresh fruit and water versus pizza with soda and cookies).

Food Incentives

Many CCDC students are working to increase expected behaviors and, at times, food
may be used for incentives or rewards. While non-food items are generally
preferred, individual student behavior plans may indicate that food be offered as a
reinforcement if other interventions are not effective. However, these foods must
be allergen free in accordance with individualized classroom needs.

School Sponsored Activities

School sponsored activities that occur during the school day and include food items
must be preapproved by building administration or the PBIS facilitator, in order to
ensure adherence to Smart Snack guidelines and CCIU Student Wellness Policy 246.

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Fundraising

Non-Smart Snack approved food items sold for the purpose of fundraising may not
be eaten by students during the school day. All fundraising activities must be
approved by administration. The CCDC will not intentionally advertise or market
foods and beverages during the school day for consumption that do not meet the
Smart Snack criteria to students (signs and marketing materials promoting non-
Smart Snack food or beverages). Online fundraising is only permitted upon approval
from the CCIU Assistant Student Services Director in accordance with CCIU policies
and procedures.

Family and Community Events

The CCDC will welcome students, parents, teachers, food service professionals and
other interested community members in development, implementing, monitoring
and periodically reviewing school activities and guidelines that promote school
wide wellness. If you wish to participate on one of these committees, please contact
CCDC administration.

VI. Cafeteria Services
                                   Procedures

Students’ behavior in the cafeteria should be based on courtesy and cleanliness. A
school cafeteria is maintained as a vital part of the health program of the school. To
encourage good nutrition, a well-balanced meal is offered at no charge. Students are
also welcome to bring their own bag lunches. Observing and following rules will
tend to make the cafeteria a more pleasant place to eat and facilitate service:

   •   While eating all students must be seated.
   •   All students must take their place in line in order of arrival.
   •   Students should have their money ready for snack purchases when arriving
       at the cash register. No snacks will be sold to students carrying a balance.
   •   All paper, cartons, napkins, and other waste should be put into containers
       provided for that purpose.
   •   Boisterous conduct, running, shouting, throwing paper or food, etc. are
       considered poor conduct and will not be tolerated.
   •   Students are to remain in the cafeteria until they are dismissed.

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