The Home of the Hawks - (updated August 2020) - SAU 21

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The Home of the Hawks - (updated August 2020) - SAU 21


    The Home of the Hawks
        (updated August 2020)

                                         219 Main Ave.
                                   South Hampton, NH 03827
                          Phone: (603) 394-7744    Fax: (603) 394-0267

                                School Administrative Unit #21
                                         Alumni Drive
                                     Hampton, NH 03842
                          Phone: (603) 926-8992  Fax: (603)-926-5157

Superintendent of Schools                                                              Bill Lupini, Ed.D.

Assistant Superintendent of Schools                                                 David Hobbs, Ed.D.

Director of Student Services                                                  Caroline Arakelian, Ph.D.

Business Administrator                                                       Matthew Ferreira, M.S. Ed

                                      Michelle Witt, M.Ed., CAGS

                                      Director of Special Services
                                       Aline Donabedian, M.Ed.
                                   South Hampton School Board
                                          Jim Kime, Chair
                                         Rebecca Burdick
                                          Sharon Gordon

We are pleased to have your children as members of the student body. We will make every effort to
provide each student with a positive educational experience. This handbook was designed to keep
us all informed about rules, guidelines, policies, and procedures. Please review it carefully and keep
it on hand for reference.
The ultimate purpose of education is to help each student become an effective citizen in a democracy.
Developing and accepting the responsibilities and obligations of good citizenship will help each student
to become successful in the world of tomorrow. We welcome your input and hope that students and
families will participate in the various activities offered at Barnard School which will enrich your lives.

Kindness                                           Counts!

             TABLE OF CONTENTS

           ABOUT BARNARD SCHOOL              3-8

             GENERAL INFORMATION         9-20

                   GUIDELINES 21-24

            POLICY (not all-inclusive)   25-32


Create a school that continues the atmosphere and character of Barnard School which includes
strong academics, a center of community focus, and an emphasis on the development of the
whole person. The vision will be funded through creative financial planning both public and

OUR MISSION AT BARNARD SCHOOL IS TO:                 (revised 5/06)

 1.    Emphasize the development of the whole person by
       * Meeting the needs of all learners in an inclusionary setting
       * Encouraging students to explore opportunities in the arts, athletics, and careers
       * Sharing our concerns for the safety of all children
       * Bringing the unique talents of the staff and community to the school
 2.    Provide a program of strong academics by
       * Aligning curriculum with State frameworks
       * Creating high expectations that challenge all learners
       * Working as a team to develop an integrated grade K-8 curriculum
       * Participating in professional development activities
 3.    Be a center of community focus by
       * Implementing a Character and Citizenship Education program that builds respect for
          self and others
       * Valuing volunteerism within the school setting and throughout the region
       * Honoring traditions and hosting cultural events
       * Opening the doors of current technology

Barnard School must provide the foundation for life-long learning, teaching the basic skills and an
understanding of the value of continuing education.
   • We believe each child must have the opportunity to develop independence, self-reliance,
       self-confidence, and a positive view of life and learning.
   • We believe high expectations are desirable for each child in developmentally appropriate
       programs at all age levels.
   • We believe it is important to develop children’s ability to transfer knowledge across content
   • We believe the physical and mental well-being of each child is of paramount importance.
   • We believe the school community working cooperatively will develop a strong, active
       partnership, which will support the child throughout the educational experience.
   • We believe the elementary program must develop critical thinking and problem-solving
       skills and also encourage increased use of technology in order to prepare each child for
       his/her place in our ever-changing world.
   • We believe it is necessary to understand, appreciate and respect cultural and individual
       differences in order to live successfully in a global community.
   • We believe the elementary school experience should afford South Hampton’s young
       people the opportunity to develop to their highest potential intellectually, physically,
       socially, emotionally and creatively.

Kindergarten was first designed as a “garden for children.” In our “garden” children receive the
nurturing needed to develop independence, responsibility, and respect for self and others.
Emphasis is placed on educating the whole child, focusing on social/emotional, physical,
intellectual, and cultural development.
Play is the most important way by which children learn. Through play, our child-centered
environment promotes creativity, imagination, cooperation, discovery, problem-solving, and motor
Opportunities are provided for participation in large and small groups as well as independent
activity. These activities center around kindergarten children’s interests and satisfy their curiosity
for learning. Using an interdisciplinary approach, children engage in meaningful and relevant
activities to learn concepts and make connections to life experiences.
At Barnard School we strive to ignite a passion for lifelong learning and to ensure that each child
feels success in the process every single day.

Based upon its philosophy, Barnard School will strive to achieve the following goals. As a result
of education in grades K-8, children should be able to
   1. Enjoy, comprehend and summarize what is read.
   2. Read critically and purposefully.
   3. Write effectively to define, develop and refine their ideas, serve their daily needs, and
      express their creativity.
   4. Communicate orally and listen effectively.
   5. Communicate and reason mathematically.
   6. Formulate and solve mathematical problems.
   7. Develop the skills necessary to hypothesize, analyze, synthesize and evaluate.
   8. Appreciate the interdependence of people and the environment and develop an
      understanding of the limited natural resources and the need for conservation.
   9. Use geography skills.
   10. Be aware of the major events in history and their impact on today’s world.
   11. Develop an appreciation of the arts and the interrelationship between the arts and other
       content areas.
   12. Apply the basic skills across all content areas.
   13. Think critically and inferentially.
   14. Understand the attitudes and behaviors necessary for physical and emotional well-being.
   15. Demonstrate a questioning attitude, open-mindedness, and curiosity.
   16. Experience the pride of accomplishment that results from hard work and persistence.
   17. Recognize the value of education as a life-long endeavor.
   18. Demonstrate attitudes and habits that will make them productive participants in life, school
       and society.

19. Develop a positive sense of self by recognizing their own strengths and weaknesses and
    dealing with them realistically.
20. Develop a sensitivity to and an understanding of the needs, opinions, concerns, customs,
    and languages of everyone in a global community.
21. Appreciate the merits of honesty, dependability, and self-discipline.
22. Demonstrate an appreciation of America, its heritage, and the values of a democratic
23. Acquire technical proficiency and responsible use of 21st century tools within the context
    of core subjects.


                  MAIN LEVEL
  Conference Room -------------- ----------221
  Grade K/1 ------------------------- ----------226
  Grade 2/3 ------------------------- ----------227
  Grade 4/5---------------- --------- ----------203
  Guidance/Reading -------------- ----------225
  Language arts, grades 6-8 --- ----------207
  Learning Center ----------------- ----------217
  Learning Center/Reading ----- ----------224
  Main Office/Secretary ---------- ----------215
  Math, grades 6-8 ---------------- ----------208
  Computer Lab -------------------- ----------209
  Nurse ------------------------------- ----------213
  Principal --------------------------- ----------220
  Science, grades 6-8 ------------ ----------204
  Director of Special Services-------------218
  Work Center ---------------------- ----------219

             LOWER LEVEL
  Art/Music/Spanish ------------------------106
To Gymnasium

    Physical Education
    Sensory Motor Education
    Sporting events
    Lunch Mondays and Fridays

    Special Education
    Occupational Therapy



Staff Member                          Position
Benosky, Stanley            --------- Custodian
Bowen-Irish, Tere           --------- Occupational Therapist
Brown, Kyle                 --------- Computer Technician
Casassa, Sara               --------- Grades 6-8 Language Arts Teacher
                                      Technology Integration Specialist
Cestrone, Carmelina         --------- Grades 6-8 Science Teacher
                                      Middle School Social Studies Teacher
                                      Health Co-Teacher
Cole, Patty                 --------- Spanish/ World Language Teacher
Collins, Daniel             --------- Custodian
Donabedian, Aline           --------- Director of Special Services/Teacher
                                       504 Coordinator
Gioia, Peter                --------- Facilities Supervisor
Hayes, Kira                 --------- Nurse
                                      Health Co-Teacher
Johnson, Martha             --------- School Counselor
Healey, Charlotte           --------- Special Education Assistant
Hernon, Joanne              --------- Special Education Teacher
Lamontagne, Sherry          --------- Speech/Language Pathologist
Lindsay, Heather            --------- Art Teacher
Kernus, Alecia              --------- Literacy Specialist
Meehan, Lynn                --------- Physical Education Teacher
Moran, Tara                 --------- Multiage K/1 Teacher
Orlando, Joan               --------- Special Education Assistant
Peterson, Courtney          --------- Multiage 4/5 Teacher
Pruett, Amy                 --------- Multiage 2/3 Teacher
Cullinane, Karen            --------- Grades 5-8 Mathematics Teacher
                                       Middle School Social Studies Teacher
TBD                         --------- K-5 Teacher Assistant
Trinceri, Michelle          --------- Administrative Assistant
Corey Wells                 --------- Music Teacher
Witt, Michelle              --------- Principal
                                      Homeless Education Liaison
                                      Volunteer Coordinator
Wright, Haley               --------- Special Education Teacher/ Case Manager

Our specialists for Art, Music, PE, World Language, Guidance, Health, PT, and Speech all work
part-time, and their days vary. Please contact the school office for scheduling information.

School Office Hours Phone 394-7744            FAX 394-0267
If parents have any questions or wish to make an appointment with a staff member, they are
encouraged to call between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday. At other times you
may reach an answering machine. Your call will be returned as soon as possible.
Attendance, Absenteeism and Truancy (See policy JH in its entirety.)
   1. A pupil may enter kindergarten if his/her chronological age will be five on or before
      September 30 of the year of entering school.
   2. Parents are asked to refrain from taking students out of school to go on a trip while school
      is in session. There are essential activities and instruction that occur daily that cannot be
      duplicated outside a classroom situation with make-up work. Being absent from school
      interferes with a student’s academic achievement and can result in a lower letter grade.
      The Principal may excuse an absence for a family vacation. The request to do so must
      be in writing prior to the trip. Because daily activity in the classroom cannot always be
      predicted, assigning make-up work in advance of the trip is not possible. Therefore, make-
      up work will be dispersed after the student returns from the trip. No loss of credit will occur
      if the work is completed within a reasonable time period and to the teacher’s satisfaction.
      It is the parents’ responsibility to monitor their child’s make up schedule.
   3. Each student is required by law to attend school during all times the school is in session.
      Acceptable reasons for absences are personal illness, family emergencies, religious
      holidays or other situations that are cleared through the principal prior to the absence.
      Any student with ten half days of unexcused absence during a school year is considered
      "habitually truant" and will require a meeting with parents and the principal.
   4. When a student is going to be absent from school, a parent must report absences on
      the Pick-Up Patrol App the morning of the absence. Should an absence not be
      reported on Pick-Up Patrol, the school secretary will call the home to insure the safety of
      the child. If both parents work, one parent will be called at work. If a student is absent
      from school more than 3 hours, he/she shall not participate in any after-school or evening
      activity that day.
   5. Parents of students who plan to be dismissed from school during the hours school is in
      session should submit early dismissal through Pick-Up Patrol. Please be sure to enter
      who will be picking up the student in the App. Parents must sign out their child. Upon
      arrival, the parent should push the door buzzer and a staff member will bring out the sign-
      out sheet for dismissal.
   6. Students who arrive in their homerooms after 8:10 (Bus A arrival), or after 9:00 (Bus B
      Arrival) are tardy and should have checked in at the office. Time will be made up for an
      unexcused tardiness after school or at recess. If the buses arrives late, students will
   7. Tardiness is a serious infraction. The third and subsequent unexcused late arrival per
      trimester will result in a one-hour office detention.
   8. There are times when after-school or evening activities are scheduled. We strongly
      encourage participation. (Also see #4.)

Administering Medicine to Students (see Policies JLCD and JLCDD in their entirety)
Any pupil, who is required to take prescribed medication during the school day and/or on a school
field trip, shall be supervised by the school nurse or another member of the school staff, so
designated by the building principal, and subject to the School District having received and filed
the following with the student health record:
a.   A written statement from the licensed prescriber detailing the method of taking the dosage
     and the time schedule to be observed.
b.   A written authorization from the parent/guardian of the pupil indicating a desire for the school
     to assist the pupil in the matters set forth in the physician’s statement, accompanied by a
     “hold harmless release” signed by the parent or guardian.
Non-prescription medication shall be given only with the written request and permission of the
parent/guardian. Dosages will not exceed label directions without a prescribing order.
A responsible adult must deliver both prescribed and non-prescription medication to school in its
original container and collect any dosages that were not dispensed. Any medication remaining
at the school at the end of the school year will be discarded.
Forms for giving prescription and/or over-the-counter medication are available upon request at
the school office.

Snacks, Lunch, Milk
Teachers will provide breaks according to their classroom’s schedules.
11:40: K-5 Recess/6-8 Lunch
12:00: 6-8 Recess/K-4 Lunch
Each day students need to bring nutritious snacks and lunches to school. Do not bring glass
containers or food that requires heating or refrigeration. Please label lunch bags, boxes, etc. with
the child’s name. White or chocolate milk may be purchased for lunch. Purchase price is 25
cents ($.25) payable on the first school day of the month or annually. Teachers will provide a
break/snack time every day according in accordance to their learning schedules.

Bus Schedule
Students must be at the bus stop prior to the scheduled pick up. The driver cannot wait for late
students and will not allow students to return to the house for forgotten items. The first school
bus run starts on Route 150 about 7:15 AM and drops students off at Barnard School at
approximately 8:00 AM. The bus will be disinfected and then leave the school immediately for
its second run and drops students off at Barnard School at approximately 8:50 AM.
At 12:00 pm the kindergarten students will be transported home.
In the afternoon the first bus run will leave Barnard School approximately at 1:45 PM. The second
bus run leaves Barnard School at approximately 2:35 PM; second bus students will be home by
approximately 3:05 PM.
Sports have been canceled until further notice. When sports are allowed, it is important to adhere
to the following rules:

•   Grade K-4 students must be accompanied by a parent/guardian to enter the gym or playing
     field area and cannot be left unsupervised between the departure of 2nd bus and game
 •   Grade 5-8 students may enter the gym or playing field area after the 2nd bus departure and
     without parental supervision, being fairly warned that even a single incident of poor behavior
     will result in being “uninvited” to the next two home games. Coaches are not there for day
     care. Spectators must not interfere with coaches or players preparing for game time.
 •   Everyone is expected to be courteous and welcoming to the visiting teams.

Care of Books & Materials (Policy JQ and JQ-E)
Students are responsible for all books and materials issued to them. A record is made of books
and their condition when distributed. Students will be expected to pay for any lost or damaged
books. Books should be covered, kept neat and clean, and treated with respect. Any item lost
or defaced will result in the student paying for said item, with payment to be made to Barnard
School. Report cards or transfer of records may be withheld until all obligations are met.

Cell Phones (See Use of Phones)

Character And Citizenship Education
At Barnard School we strive daily to promote and practice strong values: respect, responsibility,
kindness, fairness, self-control, hard work, moral courage, trustworthiness, caring, and
citizenship. Staff in charge of implementing curriculum have the responsibility for integrating, as
appropriate, character and citizenship education.

Community Service
Barnard School would like to encourage students to participate in a variety of community service
projects. We believe that good citizenship is an important educational goal. Throughout the year
teachers may offer students an opportunity to share their time and skills with their community.
(Also, detention time will include service to the school.)

Daily School Schedule
       Homeroom                       8:00 (Student on Bus A route)
                                      8:50 (Students on Bus B route)

       Instruction Begins             Upon Arrival

       Kindergarten Dismissal         12:00 pm

       Recess and Lunch               11:40-12:20

       Grade 1-8 Dismissal            1:45 (Students on Bus A route)
                                      2:35 (Students on Bus B route)

Damage to School Property
Students should be careful not to damage either the building or its equipment in any way. We
each have a responsibility to see that the building is used but not abused. If you should
accidentally damage anything, please report it promptly to the office so that it can be repaired. If
you should deliberately inflict damage to the building or its contents, you will be expected to pay
for the damages and will also be subject to disciplinary action.

All property brought onto school grounds and/or into school by student shall be at the total risk
of student and if the whole or any part shall be damaged, destroyed, misplaced, lost or stolen,
no part of the loss or damage shall be charged to or borne by the school.

Delayed Opening and No School Procedure
A delayed opening procedure will be used for reasons such as severe inclement weather,
unplowed roads, or heat or water problems in the school. The time schedule will be delayed two
hours. This means that students should be at bus stops two hours later than usual and walkers
should arrive two hours later than normal starting time. Dismissal will be at the regular time.
The School Messenger communication system is in effect; however, in the event of a breakdown
in communication, it is important that all concerned listen for the radio announcements on the
following stations:
                Radio:                                        TV:
WTSN            AM 1270       Dover                  WBZ CHANNEL 4 Boston (CBS)
WNBP            AM 1450       Newburyport            WHDH     CHANNEL 7 Boston (NBC)
WOKQ            97.5 FM       Dover                  WMUR CHANNEL 9 Manchester (ABC)
WBYY            98.7 FM       Dover
WHEB            100.3 FM      Portsmouth
WSHK            102.1 FM      Dover
WPKQ            103.7 FM      Dover
WSHK            105.3 FM      Dover
WERZ            107.1 FM      Portsmouth

A student may be issued a detention notice by a teacher or the principal for infractions of school
or classroom rules. This notice must be signed and returned immediately. Community service
may be assigned.
Transportation is then the responsibility of the student’s parent or guardian. Parents/Guardians
are notified in advance of the detention.

Early Closure
When rapidly worsening weather conditions require that students be sent home before the usual
2:35 PM dismissal time, the above radio stations will broadcast that announcement. Typically, in

this situation, dismissal will be at 11:55 AM. Parents are advised to tune into these stations when
it appears early closure is a possibility. We will also implement School Messenger

Educating Children with Disabilities
Barnard School is committed to providing equal educational opportunities for all of our students.
The provision of quality education, special education, related services, and early intervention for
children with disabilities is considered integral to the total school program. High expectations are
held for all children with disabilities insuring participation and progress in the general curriculum
and in extra-curricular school-supported activities.         Our children with disabilities learn and
develop with their nondisabled peers, as appropriate. A continuum of services is considered on
an individual basis according to the needs of the child and within the least restrictive environment.
Any person may make referrals for special education services. Persons normally making referrals
include parents, school personnel and area agencies, such as physicians or human services
agencies. The special education process is a team process that includes the parents as team
members in all of the steps from evaluation to placement.
Parents who are concerned about their child’s educational progress may wish to refer their child
for consideration of special education services by contacting the classroom teacher or the Director
of Special Services.
Emergency Cards, Insurance Forms
Emergency information must be completed annually for each student. Please print the name of
the mother, father, or guardians, the correct address and telephone numbers. Please include the
names of people you have contacted to be available for emergencies. Also include the names of
immediate family members with whom your child should not go based on legal restriction. No
child will be released to any unauthorized person. PLEASE NOTIFY THE SCHOOL IF CHANGES
ARE REQUIRED. Follow the directions on the insurance form.
Emergency Evacuation
If evacuation is necessary due to an emergency situation during school hours, parents can go to
the school and get their children. However, should children at school be evacuated by bus due
to a radioactive emergency, all remaining students will be sent to Manchester Memorial HS or the
adjacent Southside Middle School on South Jewett St. in Manchester, NH, on buses provided by
our transportation company or by the office of Emergency Management. Students will NOT be
left behind to wait for their parents. At this point, if it is a local emergency, the school will evacuate
to the town offices across the street from the school.
At the beginning of each school year each child will be given an “Authorization For Student Pickup”
form, which must be signed by a parent/guardian and returned to school to be filed for use in the
event of such an emergency.

Field Trips and Excursions
All field trips are canceled this year. In the event of changing circumstances see below:

Field trips are considered part of the curriculum, and student/faculty participation is expected.
Student permission slips must be completed and signed by the parent/guardian before students
will be allowed to go on these trips. Those without permission to attend will remain in school for
the day and will be given an alternative learning assignment. If school bus transportation is
provided for the trip, students must ride the bus to and from the trip. They are not allowed to be
transported by a parent or guardian unless there is a special exception requested in writing in
advance and granted by the principal. The use of electronics on a long bus trip may be allowed

with special permission; If used inappropriately, electronics will be confiscated for parent pickup
during a conference at the school. An infraction will be noted. Walking trips are permissible when
the parent or guardian has signed written permission forms.

Fire and Emergency Drills
Fire, lockdown, reverse evacuation, or other drills are conducted to insure that students and
school personnel know the proper procedures in case of emergencies. The Fire Chief conducts
fire drills according to NH law. Since drills are not always announced, footwear must be worn at
all times.

Head Injury and Concussion Protocol
Any student participating in an afterschool sport will receive a Concussion Fact Sheet that must
be signed by both the student and parent/guardian and returned to the school nurse before
they are permitted to practice with the team. Coaches and physical education staff will also
complete a head injury and concussion education program prior to beginning their duties.
Any coach or physical education teacher who suspects that a student may have sustained a head
injury or concussion must immediately remove the student from play. The school nurse, if
available, should be notified immediately to assess the student. If the school nurse is unavailable,
it is the coaches’ responsibility to notify the parents/guardians of the injury. Any student that
has been removed from play may not return to play on the same day.
Any student suspected of sustaining a head injury or concussion must be evaluated and medically
cleared by a physician before returning to play. Written authorization from the physician and
parent/guardian must be presented to the school nurse. The student will then be permitted to
begin the gradual return to play process. Please contact the school nurse for more information.

Fund Raising (See policy KI)
All fund-raising projects must be approved by the principal in advance of the activity.

Parents should encourage children to strive for good work habits so that they will complete their
work at school whenever possible.
Homework is a very important part of a child’s education. The purpose of this is:
       (a) To start children in the process of carrying out independent reference work;
       (b) To provide a way of combining a child’s learning experiences in school and out of
       school; and
       (c) To encourage children to do more extensive reading than can be covered during the
       school day.
A teacher shall carefully explain to his/her students how homework assignments relate to the
grading system.
Children are assigned homework regularly and appropriately to their grade level and ability. In
Grades 6-8 missed homework assignments will be given an incomplete grade. In grades K-5
incomplete assignments will be completed during flex time and/or recess.

Parents are encouraged to work closely with the teachers to make sure the child is doing his/her
required work. After school Homework Club may be an option for those needing additional help.

Birthdays and Invitations
Safety precautions surrounding Covid-19 do not allow for the sharing of food or other
items. Therefore, we cannot celebrate birthdays with cake/food or prizes. We will
celebrate in non-contact ways. Please do not send in food or other items to celebrate
your child’s birthday.
Legal Custody and Restraining Issues
Unless we have legal documentation on file, we are compelled to give full parental rights to all
parents. If there are custody documents or restraining orders which affect your child, please
provide the school with a copy each year. Notify the school in writing if you would like report cards
or other information sent to a non-custodial parent.

Make-up and Missed Work
When students return from an absence, it is their responsibility to make up missed assignments
conforming to rules set up by individual teachers. Please be reminded that no work will be
assigned prior to anticipated vacation absence while school is in session.

Notes from Home
According to State guidelines, when a student returns to school after being absent, he/she must
bring a written note, signed by a parent or legal guardian, which explains the reasons for the
A student must bring a note if he/she is going anywhere but home. One note can be kept on file
to cover a regularly scheduled activity, such as Brownies, childcare, etc. If a student plans to
walk or ride a bicycle to or from school, a written note giving parental permission must be on file.
(This includes skateboards, roller blades, etc.)
In order to be excused from physical education classes a student must have a note from home.
A doctor’s note is required for extended absences.
If you would like your child to be given non-prescription drugs at school such as Tylenol or cough
remedies, use the "Permission to Administer Medication in School" form in the online parent
permission forms if you have not given this permission on the emergency card.

Parent / Teacher Conferences (after midterms)
Conferences are held in the classrooms.
       Thursday, October 22, 2020             3:00-6:00
       Thursday, February 4, 2021             3:00-6:00
*These dates are subject to change. The school will notify families as soon as possible on the

         Term             Progress Reports             Marks Close           Grades Released
                             Distributed                                     on PowerSchool

(Gr. 6-8)
      Trimester 1              October 16               December 4              December 11
      Trimester 2              January 22                March 12                March 19
      Trimester 3                April 23                June 15                  June 15

*These dates are subject to change. The school will notify families as soon as possible on the

Visitors are asked to park in delineated spaces if available. There should be no parking at any
time in the playground area or in the fire lanes in front of the school or surrounding the gymnasium.
Please drop off and pick up at the circle at the south driveway or at the school entrance during
bad weather or for morning activities.

Parent Teacher Association
The PTA is a non-profit organization, which meets monthly during the school year. They exist to
serve and support every student, the staff and their goals at Barnard School. Their membership
is open to all parents, guardians and school staff. Officers are elected yearly.
The PTA believes that our school, located in the center of our community, centers our community.
In support of the students and staff, we hold various fund-raisers throughout the year. Throughout
the years, the PTA has provided a lunch program twice a week for students in grades 1-8, a ski
program for grades 3-8, a team building challenge course for our 7th and 8th graders, field trip
transportation and expenses for all grades, support for our sports programs and extra-curricular
activities including music and arts programs. They have also provided classroom supplies and
playground equipment to enhance and support the total school environment. They often provide
the funds for the students to participate in school-wide enrichment activities through the Artist-in-
Residence program. Additionally, PTA members volunteer in the school, working with staff and
students throughout the year
The PTA believes that no child should be left behind, unchallenged or denied an opportunity. All
of this hard work is not possible without support, time, creativity, effort and energy of their
members. The PTA encourages everyone to get involved in whatever way that you can. Working
together, this unique community can make a tremendous difference in the quality of the lives of
the children in South Hampton. Please join them and make a difference.
Due to circumstances around Covid-19 the PTA will not be providing the lunch program.
Reporting to Parents and Students
The faculty at Barnard School recognizes the philosophy that when student expectation is high
the result is increased student performance.
The aim of the faculty is to work with parents so that each student may become a happy,
productive citizen. Academic, artistic, musical, and physical talent as well as effort and conduct
are considered vital to the overall development of each student.
Report cards are issued three times per year in grades K through 8. The purpose of the report
card is to convey the student’s progress to both the student and his/her parents/guardians. This
reflects only one method of evaluating success in school.

Students in grades K through 3 receive a primary level report, which will reflect the student’s
progress, effort and conduct in both academic and special areas based on state standards.
Students in grade 4-5 receive an intermediate level report, which will reflect the student’s
progress, effort and conduct in both academic and special areas based on state standards.
Students in grades 6-8 receive an upper level report with letter grades for academic subjects,
number grades for levels of performance, and symbols for behaviors affecting success.
In all cases, please sign and return the report card envelope ONLY. Mid-term progress reports
will be sent home three times per year with students in grades K-8. A parent/guardian must sign
and return one copy of the report.

Those students in grades 6 through 8 who have met the following standards
will be awarded honor roll status after each trimester:
       Highest Honors:         All A’s in academics
                               All outstanding in behaviors
       High Honors:            A minimum of three A’s plus one B in academics
                               All outstanding with the exception of one satisfactory in behaviors
       Honors:                 All A’s and B’s in academics
                               All outstanding or satisfactory in behaviors

Public Complaints (Policy KEB)
While the School Board recognizes its obligation to be available to the public at all times, it also
believes that individual complaints can usually be resolved most effectively by parties directly
concerned. The Board, therefore, will not hear complaints from individual parents until such
complaints have been raised, first with the child’s teacher, and, if not resolved, successively with
the principal and superintendent.

School/Home Communication
A parent or legal guardian who perceives a school-related problem exists relative to his/her child
is advised to consult with the classroom teacher or special education case manager first. If the
matter is not resolved at the initial level, the concern should be reduced to writing so as to provide
adequate documentation of the issue. The following people are to be approached at each
subsequent level until the problem is resolved:
                    ü Appropriate Staff Member
                    ü Principal
                    ü Superintendent
                    ü School Board
For bus problems contact the Principal. Also see "Student Conduct on School Buses" in this

School Counseling Program
The School Counselor is prepared to help students in such areas as personal, social and
academic difficulties. The School Counselor also acts as a consultant and coordinator in assisting
the teacher and the parent as they provide for the needs of the student. Teachers and parents

may refer a child to the School Counselor. A student may request services. The School
Counselor will inform and get permission from parents/guardians if a child is scheduled to meet
with the Counselor on a regular basis or with concerns of a serious nature.
School Dress
The following applies to school and school-sponsored events. Please have your child dress
according to predicted weather conditions as we do go outside on most days. Students who wear
dresses should also wear shorts, leggings, or opaque tights if they plan to climb, tumble, or hang
upside down on playground equipment.
Students are not allowed to go barefoot. For your child’s safety, be sure footwear is appropriate
(i.e. no slippers, flipflops, wheeled heels roller skate shoes, or dangerously high heels). Sneakers
and appropriate dress are required for physical education classes.
Tops and bottoms must overlap. Hands raised to the sky should not result in “tummies” showing.
Shorts, skorts, or skirts should be at a reasonable length. Shirts, crop tops, halter-tops, spaghetti
straps or anything else showing too much bare skin should not be worn. Underwear straps, tops,
or bottoms may not be visible. Students will not be allowed to wear clothing with inappropriate
language or graphics, including reference to alcohol, drugs, or tobacco. The administration has
final discretion. Students will be asked to call home for a change of clothes, to wear clothing
inside out, or to wear clothing provided by the school, if necessary.
Students may not wear hats, hoods, bandanas, etc. in the school buildings except on designated
spirit days.

Sports Eligibility
Sports are canceled until further notice. In the event that circumstances change,
please note the following:

In order for a student to be eligible to play Barnard School sports, the student
must have no grade lower than 60% and no "unsatisfactory" marks in
behaviors on his/her mid-term report or report card. In addition,
students must present documentation from a doctor's office of a                             physical
examination completed within the last twelve months.

Student Recognition Awards
When students at Barnard School exhibit exemplary achievement, or citizenship, they are
recognized with a Student Award at a monthly all-school assembly. It’s a terrific way to note the
positive things that are happening. We sincerely appreciate all of the wonderful things that
students do every day.

Town Library (394-7319)
         Monday                       6-8 PM
         Wednesday, Thursday         10-5 PM
         Friday                      12-4 PM
Please feel free to check the library their hours, as they are subject to change.
In the event of a fire when classes are visiting the town library, students should
leave through the library front door, if possible, and go to the paved basketball
court to meet the classroom teacher. If that area is blocked, students should meet
in the Town Hall parking area.

Use of Telephone / Cameras
Children are not allowed to make or accept telephone calls except under unusual circumstances.
We encourage all parents to make arrangements for their children before they come to school.
Phone messages for where to go after school, etc. must be kept to a minimum. All cell phones
must remain off and stowed in backpacks while in school, at a school event, on the playground,
and on the bus. Students may use the school phone or a cell phone with a staff member or
coach’s permission. For safety reasons, staff members use cell phones and walkie-talkies on
playground duty, during emergencies, and on field trips.
For school projects the school will supply digital cameras and camcorders. Students do not need
their own cameras at school. Since students have a right to privacy, taking a picture of another
student with personal equipment will not be allowed. Should a student be caught taking a picture,
a staff member or bus driver will take the device and shall give it to the principal for a
parent/guardian to pick up and delete photos as needed.

Visitors to the School
Due to Covid-19 safety protocols, visitors are generally not permitted into the building. Visitors
must make an appointment in advance if there is an urgent need to meet with a staff member.
All IEP meetings and parent-teacher conferences will be held virtually to the fullest extent

Parent/Guardian Guidelines

                                      Drop-Off Procedures
The bus will enter the parking lot and take a left to pull-up to the main door and let
students off. Students will go directly to their classrooms upon arrival. Students in K-3
will use the Vanbokellen wing door (door to the right of the main door) to enter the
building. Students in grades 4-8 will use the front door to enter the building. Staff will
be outside directing students, but please remind your child which door s/he should be

Parents dropping off their child will enter the parking lot and take a sharp right turn to
enter the loop. They should wait in line to drop off their child. When they reach the
Vanbokellen wing door, the student may exit the car and enter the correct door to the
building. Students will go directly to their classrooms upon arrival. Students in K-3 will
use the Vanbokellen wing door (door to the right of the main door) to enter the
building. Students in grades 4-8 will use the front door to enter the building. Staff will
be outside directing students, but please remind your child which door s/he should be

                                  Pick-Up Procedure
The bus will be picking up students at their designated times (Bus A dismissal at
2:05/Bus B dismissal at 2:35). The bus will enter the parking lot and take a left to stop
at the main entrance. Students in grades 1-3 will exit the building using the
Vanbokellen wing door and go directly to the bus. Students in grade 4-8 will exit the

main door of the building and go directly to the bus. Staff members will be monitoring
the bus dismissal.

We are asking parents to utilize the Pick-Up Patrol app for dismissal. Once parents
have registered their child in the app, they should download…… to put into their car
window. Upon entering the school parking lot, drivers should take a sharp right turn to
enter the loop. They will wait in line to pick up their child. The staff members on duty
will see the Pick-Up Patrol sign in the car window which will allow them to digitally alert
the classroom teacher to send the child directly to their dismissal door. When the
parent reaches the Vanbokellen wing door, the student may enter the car.

If parents need to park, use one of the marked spaces to the left front or left side of the building.
Please do not park in the fire lane.

Barnard School is in a tobacco, alcohol and drug-free school zone. Neither students nor adults
can smoke anywhere on school property. Tobacco and alcohol advertising and logos are
prohibited in school, on grounds, on/in vehicles, in school publications, or on clothing or
merchandise. (See policies JICG and JICH)

Pick-Up Patrol
   o   Absence:
       Barnard School uses a dismissal system called Pick-Up Patrol. Parents will be asked to
       create a login on this application and all dismissal and absences will be reported through
       this system. When your child is absent from school, you must submit his/her absence
       through the Pick-Up Patrol app prior to 9:00am. If we have not received notice of a child’s
       absence by 9:00am, we will contact the child’s parent to confirm the absence. This helps
       verify the whereabouts and safety of every child every day. When submitting our child’s
       absence, please identify the reason for the absence. This written documentation meets
       the regulations of the State Department of Education.

   o   Dismissal/Transportation Change:
       If a student will be going anywhere but home, the parent/guardian must enter that
       information into the Pick-Up Patrol application prior to 2:00pm each day. Any dismissal
       changes after 2:00 pm will not be received in the office.
        If a student is being dismissed during school hours, the parent/guardian should enter the
        information into the Pick-Up Patrol app. THE PARENT/GUARDIAN MUST SIGN THE
   o   If a student plans to walk or ride a bicycle (or skateboard, roller blades, etc.) to or from
       school, a written note giving parental permission must be on file in our office in addition to
       submitting to Pick-Up patrol. Helmets are mandatory.

Student Guidelines - Rules are in effect beyond the regular school hours both inside the
buildings and on the playground for the safety of students, staff, parents, delivery people,

etc. who are entering and leaving the buildings. Also read parent/guardian guidelines, in
particular, #8 above.
1.   Honesty in communication, both written and verbal, is expected in all aspects of school life.
2.   All students are to be respectful and responsible toward each other and adults in their speech
     and in their action. A reminder…Kindness Counts!
3.   State and federal laws as well as school policy JICI make it illegal for anyone to have a
     weapon on school grounds, on a school bus, or at a school sponsored activity. Weapons
     include but are not limited to firearms, explosives, incendiaries, martial arts weapons,
     electronic defense weapons, clubs, billies, metallic knuckles, mace, and pepper gas. (See
     RSA 159:24) This guideline prohibits guns (including BB, pellet, or antique) or other
     weapons, real or toy.
4.   Students will respect school property, individuals’ possessions, and others’ projects.
5.   Voices are to be normal speaking voices and poor language is never to be used.
6.   Gum chewing is prohibited except under certain circumstances with teacher permission.
7.   Littering is not permitted.
8.   Pushing, hitting, spitting, fighting, etc. are not allowed.
9.   The use of audio or video devices and electronic equipment (gaming systems, cell phones,
     music players, etc.) is not allowed in school. On the bus (and at the bus driver’s discretion),
     students may use headphones for the sole purpose of listening to music. Breaking this rule
     will be considered an infraction. The device will be taken from the child and left in the office
     for parent/guardian pick up. A teacher may allow the use of an electronic book in the
     classroom. The school does not assume responsibility for the loss or damage to such
     personal property.
10. Students need permission to use any telephone.
11. Students are to line up quickly and quietly in a courteous manner at the beginning of school.
    Then and at all other times they are to be orderly when entering and leaving the building and
    when passing from classroom to classroom. Running is not permitted going to and from
    recess, in the school building, or between classes. All should stay on the right side when
    going up or down stairs or when passing in corridors or on sidewalks.
12. Students are not allowed to bring laser pens to school, on the bus, or on the playground.
13. Students will comply with individual classroom rules.
14. Students will not enter a classroom until the preceding class has departed and a teacher is
15. Bicycles, skateboards, roller blades, etc. are not to be ridden in the playground area. Written
    parental permission is required to bring these to school. Students must stay away from the
    bicycle rack during school hours.
16. Unless there is an emergency, permission and/or a pass signed by a staff member is needed
    to enter the building, go into the shed, or use the lab during recess, before/after school, etc.
17. For safety reasons students must remain within the designated boundaries of the playground
    (from the dumpster to the first field, excluding the grassy area leading down to the
    playground). If playground balls go beyond the boundaries, students must ask permission
    to retrieve the ball. No ball games or Capture the Flag-type games are allowed in the mulch

18. Food is not allowed on the playground at lunch recess. At other times, if teachers allow
    students to bring a snack to the playground, it can only be consumed while sitting at a picnic
19. Any activity that threatens the safety of others is not allowed.
    Examples include but are not limited to the following:
    a. snowball throwing      d. king of the hill
    b. rock throwing          e. lifting others
    c. sliding on ice          f. tackling
20. Swings, slide, and other playground equipment shall be used in compliance with school
21. Students need permission to leave the school grounds.
22. Indoor recess guidelines state that recess will be a quiet time for reading, homework,
    conversation or indoor games, not to include running, throwing, chasing, etc.
23. Students are not allowed to use computers for personal email or for listening to music
    (unless, of course, there is a classroom requirement). Each student's home page must be
    the Barnard School site. Only the standard wallpaper is allowed. Students cannot download
    programs, create screen savers, or customize settings on any school computer.

Establishing and teaching clearly defined parameters of acceptable behaviors is a critical part of
classroom discipline. Every teacher will formally take the time to teach and enforce clearly
defined parameters of acceptable student behaviors at the beginning of the year and continue to
revisit these parameters throughout the year.
It is our responsibility to teach students social-emotional and behavioral skills, as well as
academic skills. The goal of disciplining students is to help students learn from their
mistakes. Using natural and logical consequences will be a teacher’s first priority when
disciplining students. Providing students with an action plan to correct their behavior and learn
how to appropriately respond in the future is the ultimate goal of discipline.

1.   Minor offenses will be given a warning. When a teacher feels that he/she has given fair
     warning, the next offense becomes an infraction.
2.   Ordinary infractions -- The student will make an oral plan with a teacher (member of the staff)
     in order to identify the particular offense, identify rules that might have been broken, and
     initiate a plan for solving the problem. The student will receive an appropriate consequence,
     and the offense will be recorded. Multiple infractions will result in a conference with parents.
3.   Failure to show up for a penalty results in a detention. Parents will be notified.
4.   During detention, the student will meet with the principal or other designated staff member
     to develop a plan to see that the offense does not continue. The student will present the plan
     to the individual who issued the detention. In addition, the student may be asked to do
     additional service to the school.

5.    Fighting - First offense is an in-school suspension. Second and additional offenses will result
      in an out-of-school suspension with parent meeting and an action plan for re-entry.
6.    Drugs, tobacco, and alcohol – Suspension. Police may be notified.
7.    Weapons – Suspension or expulsion. Police may be notified.
8.    Firearms – Expulsion for not less than one year (365 days)
9.    Infractions against individual classroom rules may be handled in the classroom. Infractions
      would include but are not limited to cheating and plagiarism.
10. Serious incidents of cheating or plagiarism will be addressed by administration and could
    result in suspension.

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Promotion, Assignment, Retention (Policy IKE)
The decision to promote, assign or retain a student will be made by the teachers and families on
an individual basis.
In order for a student to be promoted or assigned to the next grade, he/she must meet certain
academic requirements which may vary according to the individual.

Extended Learning Opportunities (See Policies IHCA and IJOA)
Students are expected to participate in scheduled class field trips which are considered
appropriate extensions of the classroom. They are designed to stimulate student interest and
inquiry and to provide opportunities for social and cultural development.
The Board recognizes that student learning is an ongoing process and that it is important for
students to engage in learning activities even when not attending school. Therefore, the Board
encourages students to have a plan for summer activities that supports student learning. Such
activities may include reading, attending an education-themed summer camp, or engaging in
other extended opportunities that support student learning.

Acceptable Internet Use Procedures – Students (Policy JICL-R)
See Policy JICL and JICL-R in their entirety which includes the School District Rights and the
School District Internet Code of Conduct
     School District Internet Access Release Form
     As a condition of my right to use the School District network resources, including access to
     the Internet, students understand and agree to the following:
              1. To abide by the District Acceptable Use Procedures and Code of Conduct.
              2. That District administrators and designated staff have the right to review any
                  material stored on District computers in files and to edit or remove any material
                  which they, in their sole discretion, believe may be unlawful, obscene, abusive,
                  or otherwise objectionable and students hereby waive any right of privacy which
                  I may otherwise have to such material.
              3. That the School District will not be liable for any direct or indirect, incidental or
                  consequential damages due to information gained and/or obtained via use of
                  the District's network resources.

4. That the School District does not warrant that the functions of any District
             network, or any network accessible through District resources, will meet any
             specific requirements you may have, or that the network resources will be error-
             free or uninterrupted.
          5. That the School District shall not be liable for any direct or indirect, incidental or
             consequential damages (including lost data or information) sustained or
             incurred in connection with the use, operation, or inability to use District
             networks and resources.
          6. That the use of the District network(s), including access to public networks, is a
             privilege which may be revoked by network administrators at any time for
             violation of the Acceptable Use Procedures and Code of Conduct. The School
             District will be the sole arbiter(s) of what constitutes violation of the Acceptable
             Use Procedures or Code of Conduct.
          7. In consideration for the privilege of using the School District network resources
             and in consideration for having access to the public networks, I hereby release
             the School District, its operators, and any institutions with which they are
             affiliated from any and all claims and damages of any nature arising from my
             use, or inability to use, the District network resources.

Computer Security, Email, and Internet Acceptable Use Policy
See Policy EHAA (also GBEF, GBEF-R, JICL, and JICL-R) in its entirety which
includes the rights of the District to:
1. Monitor all activity.
2. Make determinations on whether specific uses of systems are consistent with
   acceptable use procedures.
3. Log network use, monitor disk storage space, delete or print electronic data,
4. Determine what appropriate use is.
5. Remove a user’s access to the network at any time it is determined that the user engaged in
   unauthorized activity or has violated these acceptable use procedures.
6. Proceed with disciplinary action if terms of acceptable use are violated.

Student Conduct On School Buses (Policy JFCC)
School boards and staff members of School Administrative Unit #21 are very much concerned
about safety as we transport pupils. Cooperation from both parents and students is requested as
we attempt to keep the buses safe for all concerned.
Bus Regulations
  1. No smoking at all on any bus, including charter trips.
  2. No profane language, obscene gestures, excessive noise, fighting, wrestling, or other acts
     of physical aggression will be tolerated.
  3. Keep head, hands, feet, etc., inside the bus.
  4. Once a student has boarded the bus he/she may not get off except at his/her destination.
     (Exception will be made only with a note from a principal/parent.)

5. Students may ride only the bus to which they have been assigned. (Exception will be made
     only with a note from a principal or designee.)
  6. Stay in your seat until you reach your designated stop and the bus has stopped. Emergency
     doors are for emergencies only.
  7. Take a seat promptly when getting on the bus.
  8. The law allows and students are expected to sit three per seat.
  9. No eating or drinking on the bus.
 10. No marking or defacing the bus.
 11. No throwing things in the bus, at the bus, or out the window.
 12. Always cross the street in front of the bus.
 13. You are due at your bus stop before the bus is due; the driver does not have to wait for you.
 14. The driver is allowed to assign seats.
 15. Anything that would create a safety hazard for the passengers or vehicle will not be
 16. The bus drivers are in complete charge of the bus and their decisions are to be followed.
 17. Only authorized riders will be permitted on the buses.
A. The school bus operator is responsible for proper discipline while students are on the bus.
B. Any rules infractions should be brought to the attention of the Principal who, in turn, will notify
   parents. Repeated violations of rules will be cause to exclude student from transportation
   service for a stated period of time up to the remainder of the school year.
C. No student shall be put off the bus while traveling to and from school unless a dangerous
   situation occurs. Parents shall be notified and the daily trip shall be completed before the
   student can be removed from transportation service.
Administrative Procedure on Student Conduct, Discipline, and Due Process
(Revised and Adopted 5/2019)
(See Policy JICD in its entirety)
At all times, students are required to conduct themselves in accordance with behavioral
standards set forth in Policy JIC and all other applicable Board policies and all District or school
rules. Failure to comply can lead to disciplinary consequences as set forth in this policy and
applicable law.

Disciplinary Measures
     A. "Definitions". Disciplinary measures include, but are not limited to, removal from the
         classroom, detention, in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension, restriction from
         activities, probation, and expulsion.
         1. "Removal from the classroom" means a student is sent to the building Principal's
office. It is within the discretion of the person in charge of the classroom to remove the student.
         2. "Detention" means the student's presence is required for disciplinary purposes before
or after the hours when the student is assigned to be in class. The building Principal is
authorized to establish guidelines or protocol for when detention shall be served (either before
school or after school). Whether a student will serve detention, and the length of the detention,
is within the discretion of the licensed employee disciplining the student or the building Principal.
         3. "In-school suspension" means the student will attend school but will be temporarily
isolated from one or more classes while under supervision. An in-school suspension will not
exceed ten (10) consecutive school days.

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