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Volunteer Athletic Coaches

The Board of Education recognizes the services of volunteer athletic coaches bring unique skills to the district, enrich the athletic program, assist district’s coaching staff members in the performance of their duties, and enhance the relationship between the school district and the community. The Board directs a program for the utilization of volunteer athletic coaches in grades nine through twelve.

The Athletic Director will be responsible for the recruitment and screening of volunteer athletic coaches and their assignment. The district is not obligated to utilize the proffered services of a volunteer athletic coach whose abilities or interests do not serve the needs of the school district as determined by the Superintendent. Coaching volunteers must be persons of known character, responsibility, and integrity and must be recommended by the Superintendent and approved by the Board of Education prior to assuming any coaching responsibilities.

The Athletic Director will prepare and promulgate rules of conduct for volunteer athletic coaches. Each volunteer athletic coach will be given a copy of this policy and the rules of conduct.

The following guidelines shall govern the service of a volunteer athletic coach:

1. Volunteer athletic coaches may serve only under the direction and immediate supervision of a head and/or assistant coach employed by the Board;

2. Volunteer athletic coaches must clearly understand their duties and responsibilities and perform no services outside those duties;

3. Volunteer athletic coaches serve only in a support capacity and only head or assistant coaches employed by the Board are responsible for the supervision and instruction provided to pupils participating in the athletic program;

4. Volunteer athletic coaches shall respect the individuality, dignity and worth of each pupil;

5. Volunteer athletic coaches are not permitted access to pupil records;

6. Volunteer athletic coaches must exercise discretion in disclosing any confidential pupil matters the coach becomes aware of as a result of their volunteer responsibilities;

7. Volunteer athletic coaches must consult with the Athletic Director regarding any matters or questions regarding their duties and responsibilities; and

8. Volunteers shall receive no financial remuneration

The Superintendent shall report annually to the Board on the number of volunteer coaches serving in the district, the duties performed by volunteer coaches, and the number of volunteer hours served, by school athletic program.

N.J.S.A. 18A:6-7.1

Adopted: 21 April 2005

Booster Clubs

The Board of Education recognizes that the support offered by booster clubs can benefit the school district. Because the activities of booster clubs also reflect on the district, the Board establishes guidelines for the operation of booster clubs in order to ensure that their activities assist in the attainment of district goals and objectives.

A booster club that is organized for the purpose of endorsing and supporting a school sponsored activity shall:

1. Be incorporated as a nonprofit organization;

2. Enter into a contract with this Board for the conduct of intended activities;

3. Obtain liability insurance indemnifying the Board against all suits arising from the conduct of club activities;

4. Account to the Board for all funds raised through the conduct of school related activities;

5. Utilize all funds raised through the conduct of school related activities for the benefit of school programs;

6. Certify adherence to the policies of the school district;

7. Request permission of the Board before taking any group of pupils on a trip; and

8. Obtain the approval of the Superintendent before raising funds in the name of the district.

Nothing in this policy shall be construed as the Board’s assumption of responsibility for any activity conducted by a booster club.

Adopted: 21 April 2005

Cooperation Between Parents And Schools

The Board of Education believes that the education of children is a joint responsibility that the Board shares with the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of pupils. To ensure that the best interests of the child are served in this process, a strong program of communication between home and school must be maintained.

It is the position of the Board that parent(s) or legal guardian(s) bear the ultimate responsibility for their children’s in-school behavior, including the behavior of pupils who have reached the legal age of majority, but are still for all practical purposes under parental authority.

The Board directs that cooperation be encouraged by parent­ teacher conferences that permit two-way communication between home and school; open houses in district schools that provide parent(s) or legal guardian(s) with the opportunity to see the school facilities, meet the faculty, and observe the program on a first hand basis; meetings of staff members and groups of the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of those pupils having special abilities, needs, or problems; and special events of a cultural, ethnic, or topical nature, which are initiated by parent groups, involve the cooperative effort of pupils and parent(s) or legal guardian(s), and are of general interest to the schools or community.

Adopted: 21 April 2005

School and Community Association

The Board of Education will encourage and support organizations of parent(s) or legal guardian(s) whose objectives are to promote the educational interests of district pupils.

No parent organization may organize pupils or sponsor school activities or solicit moneys in the name of this school district or of any school in the district without the prior approval of the Board. Such approval must be sought by written application to the Superintendent.

Representatives of recognized parent organizations shall be treated by district employees as interested friends of the schools and as supporters of public education in the school district.

The Board relies upon parent organizations to operate in a manner consistent with public expectations for the schools and reserves the right to withdraw recognition from any parent organization whose actions are inimical to the interests of the pupils of this district.

Adopted: 21 April 2005

Rights of Parents

The Board of Education recognizes that the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of each child are ultimately responsible for the care and custody of that child, and that both parent(s) or legal guardian(s) share that responsibility equally. The Board recognizes as well that, where only one parent has legal custody of a child, the rights and responsibilities of the other parent may be limited. The Board believes that the interests of the child are best served by the continuing involvement of both parents in the child’s life and well-being.

The Board will presume that each natural or adoptive parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of a pupil enrolled in this district possesses full parental rights of access to the pupil and to information about the pupil, notwithstanding any separation of the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) or dissolution of their marriage. Accordingly, and in the absence of notice to the contrary, the Board directs that school administrators accommodate the needs of both parent(s) or legal guardian(s) for access to their child, to their child’s teachers, and to information about their child.

Every parent, except as prohibited by federal and state law, shall have access to records and information pertaining to his/her unemancipated child, including, but not limited to, medical, dental, insurance, child care and educational records, whether or not the child resides with the parent, unless that access is found by the court to be not in the best interest of the child or the access is found by the court to be sought for the purpose of causing detriment to the other parent.

The place of residence of either parent shall not appear on any records or information released pursuant to the provisions of this section.

A child’s parent(s), guardian(s) or legal custodian(s) may petition the court to have a parent’s access to the records limited. If the court, after a hearing, finds that the parent’s access to the record is not in the best interest of the child or that the access sought is for the purpose of causing detriment to the other parent, the court may order that access to the records be limited. Proper notice of court action consists of the custodial parent’s sworn affidavit or certification supported by a copy of the pertinent portion of a legal agreement or court order that awards custody and establishes the rights and limitation of the noncustodial parent or terminates the parental rights of the noncustodial parent.

Nothing in this policy shall be construed as limiting in any way the rights of the noncustodial parent whose parental rights have not been terminated to full access to his/her child’s records.

N.J.S.A. 18A:35-4.6 et seq.; l8A:47-4; 18A:47-8

N.J.A.C. 6:3-6.1; 6:3-6.5; 6A:14-1.3; 6A:14-2.9

Adopted: 21 April 2005

Parental Liability for Vandalism

The school property held in trust by this Board of Education represents a substantial investment of the taxpayers of the school district; liability for the willful and malicious destruction of that property should be borne by those directly and indirectly responsible.

The Board further believes that parent(s} or legal guardian(s) are ultimately responsible for the supervision and discipline of pupils and that the knowledge that they are vicariously liable for the acts of their children and wards will encourage parent(s) or legal guardian(s) to exercise that responsibility more vigorously.

Where any property, real or personal, owned by this Board has been willfully and maliciously damaged by any minor, whether or not the person is enrolled in this district, the Board shall bring civil action against the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) having legal custody and control of the person at the time the damage was caused, for the full amount of the damage.

N.J.S.A. 18A:37-3

Adopted: 21 April 2005

Home Schooling And Equivalent Education Outside The Schools

The Board of Education encourages the enrollment of all children of school age resident in this district in public schools or in approved private schools so that they may enjoy the benefits of a well-planned educational program and the socialization possible in a group environment.

Every parent, legal guardian or other person having custody and control of a child between the ages of six and sixteen years shall cause such child regularly to attend the public school or a day school in which there is given instruction equivalent to that provided in the public schools for children of similar grades and attainments or to receive equivalent instruction elsewhere than at school. The Board recognizes its responsibility for assuring that every child of school age resident in the district is enrolled in a public or private school or is offered an equivalent thorough and efficient education elsewhere than at school. The Board acknowledges that a parent guardian, or other person having custody and control of a child has a constitutional right to choose the type and character of education they feel is best suited for their children, be it secular or sectarian. Home schooling is an option and when chosen this option the program will be carried out in the pupil’s home rather than the school.

If a child seeks admission to this school district from a program of home schooling, the school district will evaluate the work of the child to determine his/her appropriate grade placement. The Superintendent or designee will objectively evaluate the child’s skill and achievement levels, as it would with any transfer pupil, before making a determination as to the acceptability of credits and/or the appropriate grade level placement.

The parent or legal guardian or other person having custody and control of a child between the ages of six and sixteen, who fails to comply with any of the compulsory education provisions of N.J.S.A. 18A:38 et seq. relating to his/her duties, shall be deemed to be a disorderly person and shall be subject to a fine.

When children are home schooled and are not enrolled in a school, the school district is not required to provide any of the entitlements or privileges of pupils enrolled in the school district unless, an entitlement or privilege is specifically provided in Board policy or required by Federal law, or State statute or administration code.

A child educated at home shall not receive a state endorsed high school diploma from the Board of Education.

N.J.S.A. 18A:38-25 through 18A:38-31

U.S.C.A. 1401 et seq.

Adopted: 21 April 2005

Revised: November 2012

Parent Conferences

The Board of Education endorses the parent-teacher conference as an effective means of permitting parent(s) or legal guardian(s) and teachers to share information about pupils and the educational program in a constructive setting.

The Superintendent is directed to schedule parent-teacher conferences at such times as will permit the maximum attendance of parent(s) or legal guardian(s), including working parent(s) or legal guardian(s); to encourage the participation of parent(s) or legal guardian(s); and to provide in-service training to teachers to assist them in making most effective use of the conference.

The Board believes that the information exchanged in parent­ teacher conferences can be of great importance to the pupil’s ability to profit educationally; such conferences are, therefore, an essential part of the instructional program and an integral part of a teacher’s professional responsibility. Accordingly, all teachers are required to attend the parent conferences scheduled for the children assigned to them. A teacher’s failure to observe this policy may be cause for discipline.

The Board regards parent-teacher conferences as non- adversarial meetings in which all persons present are united in a common interest in the educational well-being of the pupil. The parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of the pupil may bring to the conference additional persons who share that interest and wish to aid the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) and the teacher. When a parent(s) or legal guardian(s) desires the representation of legal counsel at the conference, however, the Board may wish to be similarly represented. Accordingly, the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) who plans to bring legal counsel to a parent-teacher conference shall notify the school Principal of that intention no later than five working days in advance of the conference in order that the Superintendent may secure such legal representation as he/she may deem advisable.

The purposes of the parent-teacher conference are best served when all persons present share freely and candidly their knowledge of the pupil’s educational progress and information relating to that progress. Any person present may make and preserve notes, for his/her benefit, of the information shared and may, if permitted, make a tape recording of the conference as an aid to memory or to share with an absent parent or legal guardian. Because the presence of the tape recorder may act to impede the free exchange necessary to an effective conference, however, either the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) or the teacher may refuse the other’s request that a tape recorder be used.

Adopted: 21 April 2005

Cooperation With Law Enforcement Agencies

The Board of Education acknowledges the law compelling school attendance vests in the Board a custodial responsibility for the children in its charge and a duty to protect those children from persons not associated with the school district.

The Board further recognizes that its interest in helping children understand and respect the law is best served by a close and cooperative relationship with local law enforcement. The Board adopts Policy and Regulation 9320 in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:16-6.1 et seq. to ensure cooperation between school staff and law enforcement officials in all matters relating to the unlawful possession, distribution and disposition of controlled dangerous substances, as defined in N.J.S.A. 24:21-2, including anabolic steroids, drug paraphernalia, alcoholic beverages and/or firearms as defined in subsection f. of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-1.(f); and other deadly weapons as defined in N.J.S.A. 2C:39-1.(r) and in the planning and conduct of law enforcement activities and operations occurring on school property, including arrest procedures and undercover school operations. The Board directs the Superintendent to institute a program of such communication and cooperation.

Policy and Regulation 9320, as adopted by the Board, will be submitted for approval to the County Superintendent of Schools in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:16-6.2(a)2.

Policy and Regulation 9320 have been developed and approved by the Board to protect the interests of pupils and serve the legitimate needs of law enforcement in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:16-6.1 et seq.

N.J.A.C. 6A:16-6.1 et seq.

Adopted: 21 April 2005

Drug Free School Zones

The Board of Education is committed to providing the children of this district with a school environment conducive to learning, free of drugs and drug trafficking. To that end the Board will cooperate fully with law enforcement agencies in accordance with law and rules of the State Board of Education.

No law enforcement operation, program, or activity shall be permitted to interfere with educational goals and prerogatives, which must always take precedence over traditional law enforcement objectives.

The Board appoints the Superintendent to serve as liaison officer to the Vernon Township Police Department in the matter of providing drug free school zones.

The Board may enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Vernon Township Police Department governing the roles and responsibilities of school employees and law enforcement officers with respect to controlled dangerous substances and to the planning and conduct of law enforcement activities and operations occurring on school property. Any such memorandum will be reviewed periodically and revised as necessary to comply with the requirements of law and meet the changing needs of the district.

The Board authorizes the Superintendent to approve such undercover operations as may be necessary to identify and apprehend persons engaged in the illegal distribution of controlled dangerous substances on school premises. Any undercover operation must be planned and conducted in such a manner so as to minimize the risk of interruption to the educational program. The Superintendent is not obliged to reveal to the Board or to Board members individually the existence of any undercover operation.

The Superintendent shall plan and implement such in-service training programs as may be required to instruct school employees in the Board’s policy and procedures regarding cooperation with law enforcement activities in the provision of drug free school zones.

In implementation of this policy, the Superintendent shall develop and present procedural regulations to the Board for its approval. Such regulations will cover the following areas to the extent they are not provided for in an approved memorandum of understanding:

1. The roles and responsibilities of the liaison officer;

2. Staff cooperation with arrests made by law enforcement officers;

3. Searches on school premises;

4. Interviews of pupils suspected of possessing, using, or distributing a controlled dangerous substance;

5. The planning and conduct of undercover operations;

6. The handling of drugs and drug paraphernalia;

7. Notification of law enforcement authorities of suspected violations of the drug abuse laws;

8. Requesting uniformed police at extra-curricular events;

9. Notification of parent(s) or legal guardian(s);

10. The resolution of disputes; and

11. Confidentiality.

The Board will annually review and assess the effectiveness of this policy and the procedures set forth in implementing administrative regulations. The annual review will be conducted in consultation with the County Superintendent, the County Prosecutor, and members of the community.

Both policy and procedures on drug free school zones will annually be made available to all school employees, pupils, and parent(s) or legal guardian(s).

N.J.S.A. 2C:29-1 et seq.; 2C:35-1 et seq. N.J.A.C. 6:29-10.1 et seq.

Adopted: 21 April 2005

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