Fire Drills

Fire drills are held at regular intervals throughout the school year. They are required by law and are an important safety precaution. A fire drill evacuation plan is posted in each room and students should be aware of the routes to be followed to exit the building. When the first signal is activated or instructions are given over the public address system, students will immediately follow their teacher’s instructions and leave the building quickly and quietly. Students should stand away from the building. It is a federal violation to illegally activate a fire alarm.

Visitor Policy

No student is allowed guests in the building, or on school grounds, during the course of the regular school day.

Hall Passes

Hall passes (green) are needed when classes are in session. When a staff member asks to see the pass and/or asks for the student’s name, it is to be given without an argument. Proper hallway decorum is expected. Improper hallway behavior, such as running, yelling, disturbing classes, etc. is not tolerated. Proper passes to the library are issued by media personnel prior to study hall periods.

Bullying

Board of Education Policy 5005 defines bullying as “an overt act by a student or group of students directed against another student with the intent to ridicule, humiliate or intimidate the other student while on school grounds or at a school-sponsored activity, which acts are repeated against the same student over time”. Bullying acts are subject to school discipline up to and including suspension and expulsion.

Title IX

It is hereby made known, as a matter of public information, that Stamford High School intends to comply with Chapter IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended by Public Law 93-568, and effective July 21, 1976. The individual student or patron who feels there exists discrimination based upon sex should submit, in writing, to the building authority, a statement of the problem and the remedy sought. The grievance must be signed and include address, telephone number, and homeroom designation of the person with the grievance.

Sexual Harassment

Any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical contact of any nature may constitute sexual harassment and will not be tolerated. Students who feel they are being harassed should tell their teachers, administrators, or any other staff member in the school.

Plagarism/Copying/Web Pasting

With students having more access to computers and the internet plagiarism/copying/pasting is becoming a major issue. Any student caught submitting another’s work under his/her name will be subject to teacher disciplinary action.

ATTENDANCE/HIGH SCHOOL

The administration expects that students will attend class daily except in cases of serious illness, extreme emergency, or calendar religious holidays. Teachers, students, parents/guardians, and administrators share responsibility for student attendance.

  1. Teachers must maintain and report attendance daily.
  2. Students must attend class and keep track of any absences. They must make up any work missed during absences.
  3. Parents/Guardians must provide the school with updated phone numbers and must support the emphasis on regular daily attendance.
  4. Administrators must enforce the attendance policy and regulation

  COURSE CREDIT

To achieve a passing grade in a course, students must be in attendance regularly, except in cases of serious illness, extreme emergency, or calendar religious holidays. Should a student be absent from a course in excess of the number of days below, he or she will receive a failing grade with a maximum numerical average of 59 for that quarter. (See appeals section below)

  1. 7 absences in a quarter
  2. 14 absences in a semester
  3. 28 absences in a school year

Students exceeding the number of absences set out above in any course, will receive a failing grade with a maximum numerical grade of 59, unless the student obtains a waiver of these provisions in accordance with the appeal procedure set out below.

 CLASS CUTS AND TARDINESS

“Cuts” and tardiness are not tolerated. A “cut” is an absence from a class without permission when the student is in school for the day. Absence from class for a school activity, with prior approval from the teacher, will be counted as an absence, but not a “cut.”


Any cut may result in a grade of zero for the day and appropriate disciplinary action. Two (2) cuts from a class in a quarter will result in a reduction of the grade for the quarter to a maximum numerical grade of fifty-nine (59).


Three (3) tardies to a class will be recorded as one (1) absence. One tardy of at least 20 minutes will be counted as one (1) absence.

 APPEAL PROCEDURE

Students may seek administrative review of all absences toward a failing or potentially failing grade as follows:

• Students must make up any work missed in a quarter to qualify for an appeal.

• The principal or his administrative designee will excuse absences due to religious observance and/or extended illnesses that are documented by a physician. In such cases, no further appeal is required.

• A request for a pre-approved absence may be presented by a student’s parent/guardian to the building principal. On principal approval for the individual’s authorized absence a request may be made by the principal

to the Superintendent for such pre-approved waiver. Activities receiving pre-approval from the Board of Education or the Superintendent will not be counted as absences. In extremely extenuating circumstances, students may appeal the failing grade or the potentially failing grade resulting from the provisions of this regulation. The Appeal Committee will be made up of one (1) administrator, two (2) teachers, one (1) guidance counselor, and one (1) student. The committee shall hear from the student and, where appropriate, the teacher, and determine whether, under all the facts and circumstances, restoration of the earned grade is justified. The decision of the Appeal Committee shall be final.


NOTIFICATION

Parents/guardians are required to notify the school when a student is absent. School personnel will attempt to notify parents/guardians by telephone to report absences daily. These attempts will be documented in writing. Parents will be notified in writing, after the third, fifth and seventh absence in any class.
 

NOTIFICATION OF REGULATION

This regulation will be mailed to parents before each school year. This regulation will be included in the Student Handbook. This regulation will be reviewed with students in the first class period of each course. It will be provided to students and parents when they register during the school year.

No electronic devices, e.g., cell phones, Ipods, mp3 players, etc., will be used in school. If these devices are seen or heard, school personnel will ask for them and turn them in to the administration. These devices may be returned to the student at the end of the day.  For multiple infractions the parent or guardian must come to school to retrieve the items. Any student who refuses to hand over an electronic device when asked is subject to disciplinary action. Stamford High is not responsible for lost or stolen devices.

Students may not send or receive personal calls or text messages during the school day. Only those messages of an emergency nature will be considered

All students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that demonstrates respect for themselves, their peers, the staff and the school. Students must behave in school, on school campus, and at off-site functions in a manner that does not disrupt or interfere with the rights of other students and staff. Student behavior and disciplinary consequences are outlined in detail in the Board of Education Policy and Regulation Manual. (5131 pp. 1-21 and 5131.5 pp. 1-6). Disciplinary action for offenses includes removal from class, detention, Saturday school, and suspension. Major offenses occurring in school and some that occur in the community may be punishable by immediate suspension and possible expulsion from school. School rules apply to students in school, on school transportation, and at school-sponsored activities, such as dances and athletic competitions. The following is a summary of school rules: 

  1. No student may leave school grounds during the day without administrative permission
  2. No beepers, electronic communication devices, headphones, radios or boom boxes are allowed in school
  3. Hall passes are required when classes are in session
  4. Clothing that is offensive, disruptive, or inappropriate is forbidden (See Brd of Ed Regulation 5147-R)
  5. Smoking in school, on school grounds, and at school-sponsored activities is prohibited
  6. Profanity or vulgarity is not acceptable
  7. Cheating and plagiarism are subject to academic and disciplinary Sanctions
  8. Excessive absences or tardiness is not permitted
  9. Gambling or card playing in school is forbidden
  10. Class cutting or loitering in the hallways or on school grounds is not permitted
  11. Refusal to identify self or to give correct identification is considered a form of insubordination

The following offenses are considered serious enough to warrant immediate suspension and possible expulsion from school for up to 180 days:

  1.   Insubordination to a Stamford High School staff member
  2.   Fighting
  3.  Theft
  4.  Vandalism and/or destruction of school property
  5.  Excessive absences
  6.  Assault
  7.  Accumulation of minor offenses or excessive violation of any school rule
  8.  Arson
  9.  Pulling or attempting to pull a fire alarm
  10.  Abuse or inappropriate use of computers and other technological equipment
  11.  Any behavior that is disruptive of the education process or threatens the health or safety of students or staff
  12.  Possession, consumption, or attempted sale of dangerous drugs, illegal narcotics or paraphernalia, or alcohol in the school or community   (mandatory suspension and recommendation for expulsion)
  13.  Possession of any weapon, as defined by state statute, either in school or in the community (mandatory suspension and recommendation for expulsion) 

Stamford High School enforces the Dressing and Grooming Policy Number 5147 of The Board of Education and encourages students to dress in a manner that reflects pride in and respect for themselves, their school, and their community. To promote a positive, safe and non-disruptive learning environment, proper attire should be worn. Therefore, the following are some of the items prohibited from being worn in the Stamford Public Schools during the academic school day: 

  1. Attire or accessories that portray disruptive, obscene writing or pictures
  2. Attire or accessories that depict logos or emblems that encourage the use of drugs, tobacco products, or alcoholic beverages
  3. Shirts and/or blouses that reveal the abdomen, chest, breasts, or undergarments
  4. See-through clothing
  5. Shorts, miniskirts, or pants that reveal the upper thigh or undergarments
  6. Other attire or accessories that, in the opinion of the principal, are not in good taste or depict vulgar, illegal, racial, or sexist viewpoints
  7. Head coverings of any kind, including, but not limited to scarves, bandanas, masks, kerchiefs, athletic headbands, hoods, etc., except those worn for bonafide religious reasons
  8. Footwear that damages floors or is a safety hazard
  9. Sunglasses (unless required by a doctor’s order)
  10. “Name” or other oversized metal belt buckles
  11. Studded bracelets, oversized or multi-finger rings, belts or any other article of attire with spikes or studs attached

Stamford Public School’s Board of Education Homework Policy


Stamford Public Schools’ Board of Education believes that families and teachers must work together to motivate and support our students to develop responsibility and study habits that will enable them to become life-long learners.

The Stamford Public Schools staff assigns relevant and challenging homework assignments that reinforce classroom learning objectives. The general purposes of homework are to: reinforce classroom instruction; develop specific skills through practice; prepare for future lessons; foster the habits of consistent independent study and time management; and provide an opportunity for student learning outside the classroom. Homework can also preview new learning and ready students for their class experience. Homework assignments should never be used punitively. Homework assignments are modified based on students’ individual needs (i.e., IEP, 504 Plans, other interventions, and extenuating circumstances). Feedback for homework should be formative in nature, given in a timely fashion, and count for a maximum of 10% of the student’s grade.

Additionally, no assignments shall be due, or assessments given, on the day immediately following major religious holidays that are also school holidays (i.e., Good Friday, eve and day of Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah). When such a major holiday falls on a weekend, no assignments shall be due, or assessments given, on the day immediately following that weekend. Students observing religious holidays, that are not school holidays, shall not be assigned homework on that day if a family or student requests an extension, as described above.

Homework Regulations

Making up Homework:
Students who miss homework will receive the opportunity to make it up. Students are given a one-day minimum to make up the work. It is the students’ and/or families responsibility to communicate with the teacher, get work missed, and turn it in.

Homework Guidelines for Staff:
Assign relevant and challenging homework that reinforces the learning objective
Give clear homework instructions and check that students understand the purpose
Give formative feedback and/or correct homework, in a timely manner
Communicate with the student and/or parent if a pattern of late or incomplete homework develops
Homework assignments may be modified based on individual students needs

Homework Guidelines for Students:
Record assignments, and make sure assignments are done according to the given instructions
Be sure all assignments are clear; don’t be afraid to ask the teacher questions if necessary
Set aside a regular time for studying; managing time in a way that homework can be completed and be submitted on time
Produce original, quality work
Pursue non-assigned independent reading and/or learning activities

Homework Guidelines for Families:
Monitor student’s organization and daily list of assignments
Give students assistance, as needed, without doing the work for them
Contact teachers to stay well informed about your student’s learning process
If your student seems to be spending an inordinate amount of time doing homework, contact your child’s teachers or guidance counselor

 

Adopted – 05-05-99 Amended – 08-13 Amended – 05-15

CITY OF STAMFORD TECHNOLOGY POLICY

The City of Stamford provides information technology resources to a large and varied group, including City and Board of Education employees, elected and appointed officials, vendors, contractors, volunteers, and guests. All members of this community are accountable for using these resources in an ethical and respectful manner that protects sensitive City information and follows the information technology policies and procedures.

Purpose: To establish a policy regarding the proper use of all City computer hardware, software, internal and external storage devices, electronic and other telecommunication technology systems, including but not limited to, internet, intranet, satellite, broadband, cable and similar platforms, (collectively the "Technology Systems") of the City of Stamford, Connecticut (the "City") by City and BOE employees, elected or appointed officers, contractors, consultants, and any other person or entity authorized by the City to use the Technology Systems (hereafter referred to as a "Users").

Policy: The following policies define appropriate use of the City of Stamford computer networks, computers, mobile devices, all related peripherals, software, electronic communications, and internet access. These policies apply to the access of the City’s computer network and use of computing technology resources at any location, from any device, via wired or wireless connection. They apply to all Users of City technology resources. All Users of City computing and network resources shall use such resources in an ethical, legal, and responsible manner. All use of technology resources must be consistent with the intent and requirements of all City policies and work rules, as well as Federal and State laws. Technology resources are intended for City business purposes and may not be used for other commercial purposes.

The City owns all data, files, information, and communications created, stored, transmitted, received or exchanged on its network, communication systems, equipment and devices, including e-mail, voicemail, text messages and internet usage logs even if such communications reside with a third party provider. City systems and all information contained thereon are City property. Information created, sent, received, accessed or stored using the City systems is the property of the City.

The City has the right to inspect, monitor, intercept, restrict, filter, and evaluate any and all usage of the City’s Technology Systems as permitted by law. No User has any right or expectation of privacy in anything that is created, sent, received or stored on or by computer (including e-mail), facsimile, cell phone (including text messages) or voice mail.

The City may conduct random and requested audits of Users’ accounts (including accounts with commercial or other third party providers if used in the course of conducting City business) in order to ensure compliance with policies and requirements. Internet, e-mail, voicemail, text message communications and internet usage logs may be subject to public disclosure. Information stored, created, sent or received on City systems may be accessible under the Freedom of Information Act. Pursuant to Public Act 98-142 and the State of Connecticut’s "Electronic Monitoring Notice" the State reserves the right to monitor and/or log all activities without notice. This includes but is not limited to correspondence by e-mail and facsimile. Adopted – 05-05-99 Amended – 08-13 Amended – 05-15

1. Technology resources may be used for incidental personal needs as long as such use is de minimis and does not subject the city to additional cost or liability, interfere with business, productivity and/or performance, pose risk to security, cause damage to the City’s reputation or credibility, or conflict with the requirements of any City policy or work rule. Professional judgment, etiquette, and common sense should be exercised while using City resources.

2. Usage should be focused on business-related tasks. Incidental personal use is allowed as discussed under the previous section, but there is no right to privacy in an employee’s use of the internet. Employee internet usage is monitored. Web Usage Reports are provided to IT to help IT monitor the staff’s use of the internet.

3. Except for City business-related purposes, visiting or otherwise accessing the following types of sites is prohibited:

 "Adult" or sexually-oriented web sites

 Sites associated with hate crimes or violence

 Sites associated with discrimination (racial, sexual, etc.)

 Personal dating sites

 Gambling sites

 Sites that would create discomfort to a reasonable person in the workplace

4. The City recognizes that public internet communications technologies are effective tools to promote community and government interaction and that Users may want to participate in public communication via blogging, discussion forums, wikis, mashups, social networking, message boards, e-mail groups and other media that are now commonplace tools by which people share ideas and information.

Since activities on public internet communication sites are electronically associated with City network addresses and accounts that can be easily traced back to the City of Stamford, the following rules must be followed for participation in these interactive public communication platforms.

a. When expressing User’s personal view, make it clear beyond a doubt that the User’s view does not necessarily represent the views of the City of Stamford. Opinions or views other than those reflective of City policy must contain the following disclaimer: "The opinions expressed in this communication are those of the author and not the opinions of the City Government or management, nor are the opinions endorsed and/or encouraged in any way by the City of Stamford."

b. Always protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of all critical information.

c. Users may not post any material that is obscene, profane, threatening, harassing, abusive, hateful, or embarrassing to or of any other employee, person, and/or entity.

d. Public internet communications activity should contribute to staff’s body of work as an employee of the City and may not interfere with or diminish productivity.

Adopted – 05-05-99 Amended – 08-13 Amended – 05-15

5. E-mail content must conform to the standards that apply to any other form of written (or verbal) communication occurring in a business setting and to documents that are subject to public disclosure.

6. The City provides Users access to Exchange/Outlook messaging (email) system. Access or usage of any other messaging systems for personal use is permitted. However, such usage will not be supported by the City IT department. Staff may access web-based personal email but should not download personal documents or attachments from these sites. Staff may not install client based software such as AOL for internet service on city equipment.

7. Users should be observant of e-mails that have unusual or questionable subject lines to avoid or mitigate spam, phishing and script born viruses that come into the network through email attachments or by clicking on links that lead to hostile/inappropriate web sites. Upon discovery, Users should report suspicious emails to the IT Department.

8. Users shall not use the City’s Technology Systems, including access to the internet, to disseminate indecent information, material, images or messages including, but not limited to, sexual innuendo, chain letters, jokes, harassing or threatening statements. Additionally, Users shall not disseminate information, material or messages, which may be hostile or offensive to another based on sex, age, race, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status or disability. Indecent, vulgar, harassing, fraudulent, intimidating or other unlawful material may not be sent by e-mail, voice mail, facsimile or other form of electronic communication, or displayed on or stored in the City’s Technology Systems except by law enforcement officials during official investigations.

While Users cannot always control what material they receive, Users who do receive any such referenced material from any other User or third party must not transmit or forward such material to any other person. The recipient User should request the sender to stop sending the User inappropriate material.

9. The use of e-mail to send or solicit the receipt of inappropriate content such as sexually oriented materials, hate mail, content that a reasonable person would view as obscene, harassing or threatening and having no legitimate or lawful purpose or any other inappropriate content is prohibited.

10. The incidental personal use of e-mail from a City account to express opinions or views other than those reflective of City policy must contain the following disclaimer: "The opinions expressed in this communication are those of the author and not the opinions of the City Government or management, nor are the opinions endorsed and/or encouraged in any way by the City of Stamford."

11. The City has an obligation to retain certain information stored on the Technology Systems in accordance with General Letter 98-1 "Electronic and Voice Mail: A Management and Retention Guide for State and Municipal Government Agencies" issued by the State of Connecticut Office of Public Records Administrator and State Archives as it may be amended from time to time. While many e-mail messages are temporary communications which are non-vital and may be routinely discarded, email messages that are more formal or substantive must be retained by the City in accordance with state standards. Examples of such messages include, but are not limited to, messages related to policies, decision-making, material connected to a specific case or business matter, contracts, parts of a larger record, or business functions. Adopted – 05-05-99 Amended – 08-13 Amended – 05-15

12. The IT Department must authorize access to central computer systems. The use of another User’s account is prohibited. Users are responsible for protecting access to the network by locking their computers or logging out of their accounts when leaving their computers unattended. Staff members with access to critical information are responsible for its protection. Staff must, to the best of their ability, ensure the safety of critical information by, for example, not putting important information on laptops, not storing, saving, or transmitting critical data to a home computer or other personal devices.

13. Users should not transport critical City data on unencrypted devices such as thumb drives, CD’s, or Smartphones.

14. Users are prohibited from sharing their passwords or allowing anyone else to use their network accounts for any reason. It is the User’s responsibility to protect his/her password and access to the network.

15. Users are not permitted to directly connect devices to the City/BOE network. This includes PC’s, network hubs and switches, printers, scanners, handheld devices as well as wired and wireless devices.

16. The installation, removal, copying, or altering of any software on City-owned equipment is prohibited without authorization.

Users must comply with all software licenses, copyrights, and all other laws governing intellectual property, including all materials found on the internet.

17. Disabling, altering, over-riding, or turning off any mechanism put in place for network protection is forbidden. This includes the installation of any software designed to circumvent security measures.

18. Any technology resource found to be lost or stolen should be immediately reported to the Technology Department and the Risk Management department. If technology is stolen, a police report will be required.

19. The City may acquire and place wireless Technology (such as Cell Phones, Smart Phones and Tablets) into service in those instances where such technology will enhance the ability of City Users: to deliver services more effectively and/or to protect or otherwise secure public safety and well-being.

The approval of a request for a cellular device must be made, by the employee’s Director, before the department may proceed to purchase equipment and service. All purchases of cellular devices and services will be made through the vendor selected by the City.

Like all other City assets, technology and resources, the use of mobile devices is also subject to review at the discretion of the City. City employees are responsible for calls placed and received on the devices assigned to them.

20. Please consult with the IT department prior to purchase as not all devices are compatible with the City/BOE network. Adopted – 05-05-99 Amended – 08-13 Amended – 05-15

Each User is responsible for using the City’s Technology Systems, resources and services in an efficient, effective, ethical and lawful manner and in accordance with applicable statutes, ordinances and this Policy. This Policy applies to all Users of the City’s Technology Systems, wherever the Users or Technology Systems are located. Violations of this Policy will not be tolerated and may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination. Non-employee Users who violate this policy may have their right to access to or use of the City’s Technology Systems revoked.

The City reserves the right to monitor its Technology Systems at any time, without notice, to ensure they are being used for City purposes only. The City’s monitoring policy will be in accordance with all applicable federal and state laws, including Public Act 98-142 (codified at Conn. Gen. Stat. Sec. 31-48d).

This policy may be amended or revised from time to time at the City’s discretion.