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  • TRUMBULL PUBLIC SCI-IOOLSTRUMBULL, CONNECTICUT

    Trumbull Board of Education Policy Committee

    1. PRELIMINARY BUSINESSA. Call to Order/IntroductionB. CorrespondenceC. Public Comment

    Long I-lilt Administration BuildingJuly 15, 2015 5:30 7:00 p.m.

    AGENDA

    H. CONSENT AGENDAA. Approval/Minutes-Regular MeetingJune 17, 2015

    III. REPORTS/ACTION ITEMSA. Board of Education Meeting UpdatesR. Seaman

    IV. POLICY REVIEW/DISCUSSIONA. Bullying Prevention and Intervention

    Policy Code: 5131.911

    B. Non- Discrimination iii Instruction/ClassroomPolicy Code: 6121.4 (new policy)

    (Dr. Budd)

    C. Affirmative ActionPolicy Code: 4000.100

    (Dr. Budd)

    D. Non-Discrimination in EmploymentPolicy Code: 4111.100

    (Dr. Budd)

    E. Reporting to ParentsPolicy Code: 5124

    (P. Frillici)

    F. Civility and DecorumPolicy Code: 13 16.1

    (R. Seaman)

    G. Audit Committee of the Board of EducationPolicy Code: 9133

    (L. Chory)

    V. FUTURE DISCUSSIONA. Attendance Policy Grades K-8

    Policy Code: 5113.1(Dr. Budd)

    B. Field TripsPolicy Code: 6153

    C. Special EducationD. Individualized Education ProgramlSpecial EducationE. Pre-School Special EducationF. Use of Physical Force/Restraints

    (P. Frillici)

    (P. Smith)

    (P. Smith)(P. Smith)(P. Smith)(P. Smith)

  • Trumbull Public SchoolsTrumbull, Connecticut

    Trumbull Board of Education Policy CommitteeRegular Meeting June 17, 2015

    Long 1-1111 Administration Building Assembly Room

    The Trumbull Board of Education Policy Committee convened in the Long HillAdministration Building for a Regular Meeting.

    Members present:Rosemary Seaman, Chair, BOE memberSusan La France, BOE memberPatricia Frillici, TAA RepCindy Katske, Community RepJennifer Mottolese, Parent RepMary Pierson, Community RepBryan Woodward, Parent RepRita Ciarmella, Admin. Assistant

    Members absent:Loretta Chory, BOE memberLaura McNaughton, TEA RepresentativeKristine Kelty Murano, Parent RepTiffany Monteiro, Student RepDaniel Netting, Student Rep

    Guests:Dr. Gary Cialfi, SuperintendentPauline Smith, PPS DirectorMike Ward, BOE member

    Agenda Item IPreliminary BusinessA. IntroductionThe meeting was called to order at 6:02 p.m. At this time, Dr. Cialfi

    thanked the members of the committee for their efforts and commitment and presentedeach with 1 Make a Difference pins.

    B. CorrespondenceThere was no correspondence.

    C. Public ParticipationThere were no public comments.

    Agenda Item IlConsent AgendaA. Approval/Minutes 5/13/15 meetingIt was moved (Frillici) seconded (Pierson) to

    approve the minutes as presented. Vote: Unanimous in favor.

    Agenda Item 111ReportsA. Board MeetingsMrs. Seaman conveyed the Board met on May 19 and June 9, 2015 for

    regular meetings. No policies were presented to the Board.

    B. Policy Committee Meeting ScheduleDiscussion ensued regarding availability ofcommittee members for a July meeting. The July date was changed to July 15, 2015 andall other dates were accepted.

    Agenda Item IVPolicy Review/DiscussionA. Bullying Prevention and Intervention, Policy Code 5131.911PPS Director Pauline

    Smith, policy sponsor, briefly commented on the policy stating that it is relative to theState mandated Safe School Climate Plan. She conveyed that language regarding teen

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  • dating violence must be included in the policy. Mrs. Smith revised the policy to reflectthe required language and used the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education(CABE) model. She suggested that the Boards attorney review the draft before thecommittee continues discussion. It was agreed that the draft policy should beforwarded to the Boards attorney for review.

    B. Audit Committee of the Board of Education, Policy Code 9133This policy was tabledto the next meeting.

    Agenda Item VFuture DiscussionA. Field Trips, Policy Code 6153A brief discussion ensued regarding a separate policy

    for international trips and the addition of an itinerary form to the policy. It was decidedthat there would be one policy for all types of field trips. This policy is continued forreview and discussion at the next meeting.

    B. Civility and Decorum, Policy Code 1316.1This policy will be reviewed and discussedat the next meeting.

    All other policies under this agenda item are currently being reviewed by administration.

    AdjournmentThe next Policy Committee meeting will take place July 15, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. The meetingadjourned at 6:30 p.m.

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  • TRUMBULL PUBLIC SCHOOLS SECTION: 500()BOARD OF EDUCATION CATEGORY: StudentsPOLICY MANUAL POLICY CODE: 5131.911/ Bullying!

    Teen Dating ViolenceDraft A 6/17/15First Reading ???Policy Committee changes include strikethroughs, with new wording bolded and highlighted ingreen. Page numbers and formatting will he corrected when final approval is received.

    BULLYING/TEEN DATING VIO1ENCE PREVENTION AND INTERVENTIONPOLICY

    The Trumbull Board of Education is committed to creating and maintaining an educationalenvironment that is physically, emotionally and intellectually safe and thus free frombullying/teen dating violence, harassment and discrimination. In accordance with ConnecticutState law and the Boards Safe School Climate Plan, the Board expressly prohibits any form ofbullying! teen dating violence behavior on school grounds; at a school-sponsored or school-related activity, function or program, whether on or off school grounds; at a school bus stop; on aschool bus or other vehicle owned, leased or used by a local or regional board of education; orthrough the use of an electronic device or an electronic mobile device owned, leased or used byBoard of Education.

    The Board also prohibits any form of bullying/teen dating violence behavior outside of theschool setting if such bullying/teen dating violence (i) creates a hostile environment at schoolfor the student against whom such bullying! teen dating violence was directed, (ii) infringes onthe rights of the student against whom such bullying! teen dating violence was directed atschool, or (iii) substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school.Discrimination and/or retaliation against an individual who reports or assists in the investigationof an act of bullying! teen dating violence is likewise prohibited.

    Students who engage in bullying! teen dating violence behavior shall be subject to schooldiscipline, up to and including expulsion, in accordance with the Boards policies on studentdiscipline, suspension and expulsion. and consistent with state and federal law.

    For purposes of this policy, Bullying! teen dating violence means the repeated use by one ormore students of a written, verbal or electronic communication, sLich as cyberbullying, directedat or referring to another student attending school in the same school district, or a physical act orgesture by one or more students repeatedly directed at another student attending school in thesame school district, that:

    1) causes physical or emotional harm to such student or damage to such students property;

    2) places such student in reasonable fear of harm to himself or herself, or of damage to his orher property;

    3) creates a hostile environment at school for such student:

    4) infringes on the rights of such student at school; or5) substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school.

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    Bullying! teen dating violence shall include, hut not he limited to, a written, verbal or electroniccommunication or physical act or gesture based on any actual or l)CrCCiVed differentiatingcharacteristics, such as race, color, religion, ancestry. national origin, gender, sexual orientation.gender identity and expression, socioeconomic status, academic status, physical appearance, ormental, physical, developmental or sensory disability, or by association with an individual orgroup who has or is perceived to have one or more of such characteristics.

    For purposes of this policy, Cyberbullying means any act of bullying/teen dating iolencethrough the use of the Internet, interactive and digital technologies, cellular mobile telephone orother mobile electronic devices or any electronic communications.

    Consistent with the requirements under state law, the Trumbull Board of Education authorizesthe Superintendent or his/her designee(s), along with the Safe School Climate Coordinator, to beresponsible for developing and implementing a Safe School Climate Plan in furtherance of thispolicy. As provided by State law, such Safe School Climate Plan shall include, but not belimited to provisions which:

    1) Enable students to anonymously report acts of bullying! teen dating iolence to schoolemployees and require students and the parents or guardians of students to be notifiedn-u-al4y at the beginning ol each school year of the process by which students may makesuch reports;

    2) enable the parents or guardians of students to file written reports of suspected bullying/teendating violence;

    3) require school employees and bus personnel who witness acts of bullying! teen datingviolence or receive reports of bullying! teen dating violence to orally notify the safe schoolclimate specialist, or another school administrator if the safe school climate specialist isunavailable, not later than one school day after such school employee witnesses or receives areport of bullying! teen dating violence, and to file a written report not later than two schooldays after making such oral report;

    4) require the safe school climate specialist to investigate or supervise the investigation of allreports of bullying! teen dating violence and ensure that such investigation is completedpromptly after receipt of any written report. na4e nflef4his-et4en and that theparents/guardians of the student alleged to have committed an act or acts of bullying!teen dating violence and the parents/guardians of the student against whom suchalleged act or acts were directed receive prompt notice that such investigation hascommenced;

    5) require the safe school climate specialist to review any anonymous reports, except that nodisciplinary action shall be taken solely on the basis of an anonymous report;

    6) require a prevention and intervention strategy, as defined by Statute as amended, forschool employees to deal with bullying/teen dating violence , including language aboutbullying/teen dating violence in student codes of conduct and in all student handbooks;

  • 7) include a prevention and intervention strategy for school employees to deal withbullying/teen dating violence;

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    8) provide for the inclusion of language in student codes of conduct concerning bullying/teendating violence;

    9) require each school to notify the parents/guardians of all students who commit any involvedin a verified act of bullying! teen dating violence no later than fortyeight (48) hours afterthe completion of the investigation, and the parents or guardians of students against whomsuch act; were directed not later than forty eight hours after the completion of theinvestigation The notice shall l)e simultaneously maile(l to the parentlguardian withwhom the student primarily resides and to the other parent/guardian if requested. Thenotice must (lesuribe the schools response and any consequences that may result fronifurther acts of bullying/teen dating violence;

    9) require each school to invite the parents or guardians of a student who commits any verifiedact of bullying and the parents or guardians of the student against whom such act wasdirected to a meeting to communicate to such parents or guardians the measures being takenby the school to ensure the safety of the student against whom such act was directed and toprevent further acts of bullying;

    10) require each school to invite the parents/guardians of a student against whom such actwas directed to a meeting to communicate to such parents/guardians the measuresbeing taken b the school to ensure the safety of the students against whom such act ofbullying/teen dating violence was directed and the policies and procedures in place toprevent further acts of bullying/teen dating violence;

    11) require each school to invite the parents/guardians of a student who commits anyverified act of bullying/teen dating violence to a meeting, separate and distinct from themeeting of the parents/guardians of the students against whom the act of bullying/teendating violence was directed, to discuss specific interventions undertaken by the schoolto prevent further acts of bullying/teen dating violence;

    12) establish a procedure for each school to document and maintain records relating to reportsand investigations of bullying/teen dating violeiice in such school and to maintain a list ofthe number of verified acts of bullying! teen dating violence in such school and make suchlist available for public inspection, and annually report such number to the Department ofEducation and in such manner as prescribed by the Commissioner of Education;

    13) direct the development of case-by-case interventions for addressing repeated incidents ofbullying! teen dating violence against a single individual or recurrently perpetrated bullying!teen dating violence incidents by the same individual that may include both counseling anddiscipline;

    14) prohibit discrimination and retaliation against an individual who reports or assists in theinvestigation of an act of bullying! teen dating violence;

    15) direct the development of student safety support plans for students against whom an act ofbullying/teen dating violence was directed that address safety measures the school will taketo protect such students against further acts of bullying! teen dating violence;

  • I 6) require the principal of a school, or the principals designee, to notify theappropriate local law enforcement agency when such principal, or the principals designee,believes that any acts of hullying! teen dating violence constitute criminal conduct

    5131.91 1/Bullying/Teen Dating Violence

    17) prohibit bullying! teen dating violence (A) on school grounds, at a schoolsponsored orschoolrelated activity, function or program whether on or off school grounds, at a schoolbus stop, on a school bus or other vehicle owned, leased or used by a local or regional hoardot education, or through the use o an electronic device or an electronic mobile deviceowned, leased or used by the local or regional board of education, and (B) outside of theschool setting if such bullying! teen dating violence (i) creates a hostile environment atschool for the student against whom such bullying! teen dating violence was directed. (ii)infringes on the rights of the student against whom such bullying! teen dating violence wasdirected at school, or (iii) substantially disrupts the education process or the orderlyoperation of a school;

    18) require, at the beginning of each school year, each school to provide all school employeeswith a written or electronic copy of the school districts safe school climate plan, and inaddition the policy will he available on the Trumbull Board of Education website atwww.trumbullps.org.

    19) require that all school employees annually complete the training described in Conn. Gen.Stat. 10-220a as aiiiciided. Such (raining shall include identifying and responding tobullying/teen dating violence and preventing and responding to youth suicide.

    20) require students and the parents/guardians of students to he notified at the beginningof the school year of the process by v hich the3 may make reports of bullying/teendating violence.

    The notification required pursuant to subdivision (9 above) and the invitation required pursuantto subdivisions (10 and Il above) shall include a description of the response of schoolemployees to such acts and any consequences that may result from the commission of furtheracts of bullying! teen dating violence. Any information provided under this policy oraccompanying Safe School Climate Plan shall be provided in accordance with the confidentialityrestrictions imposed under the Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA) and thedistricts Confidentiality and Access to Student information policy and regulations.

    Not later than January 1, 2012, the TrumbLill Board of Education shall approve the Safe SchoolClimate Plan developed pursuant to this policy and submit such plan to the Department ofEducation. Not later than thirty (30) calendar days after approval by the Board, the Board shallmake such plan available on the Boards and each individual school in the school districts website and ensure that the Safe School Climate Plan is included in the school districts publicationof the rules, procedures and standards of conduct for schools.

    Adopted: 02/04/03 - Approved Revision: 04/28/04, 02/13/07, 06/02/09. 01/2012 (state mandate)

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    SAFE SCHOOL CLIMATE PLAN

    The Trumbull Board of Education is committed to creating and maintaining a physically,emotionally, and intellectually safe educational environment free from bullying! teen datingviolence, harassment and discrimination. In order to foster an atmosphere conducive to learning.the Board has developed the following Safe School Climate Plan, consistent with state law andBoard policy. This Plan represents a comprehensive approach to addressing bullying/teendating violence and cyberbullying and sets forth the Boards expectations for creating a positiveschool climate and thus preventing, intervening, and responding to incidents of bullying/teendating violence.

    Bullying/teen dating violence behavior is strictly prohibited, and students who are determined tohave engaged in such behavior are subject to disciplinary action, which may include suspensionor expulsion from school. The districts commitment to addressing bullying/teen datingviolence behavior, however, involves a multi-faceted approach. which includes education andthe promotion of a positive school climate in which bullying/teen dating violence will not betolerated by students or school staff.

    I. Prohibition Against Bullying/Teen Dating Violence and Retaliation

    A. The Board expressly prohibits any form of bullying/teen dating violence behavior onschool grounds; at a school-sponsored or school-related activity, function or programwhether on or off school grounds; at a school bus stop; on a school bus or other vehicleowned, leased or used by a local or regional board of education; or through the use of anelectronic device or an electronic mobile device owned leased or used by Board ofEducation.

    B. The Board also prohibits any form of bullying/teen dating violence behavior outside ofthe school setting if such bullying/teen dating violence (i) creates a hostile environmentat school for the student against whom such bullying/teen dating violence was directed,(ii) infringes on the rights of the student against whom such bullying/teen datingviolence was directed at school, or (iii) substantially disrupts the education process or theorderly operation of a school;

    C. In addition to prohibiting student acts which constitute bullying/teen dating violence, theBoard also prohibits discrimination and/or retaliation against an individual who reports orassists in the investigation of an act of bullying/teen dating violence.

    D. Students who engage in bullying/teen dating violence behavior in violation of BoardPolicy and the Safe School Climate Plan shall he subject to school discipline, up to andincluding expulsion, in accordance with the Boards policies on student discipline,suspension and expulsion, and consistent with state and federal law.

    II. DefInition of Bullying/Teen Dating Violence

    A. Bullying/teen dating violence means the repeated use by one or more students of awritten, verbal or electronic communication, such as cyherhullying, or a physical act orgesture directed at another student attending school in the same district that:

  • 5131.91 I/Bullying/Teen Dating Violence

    causes physical or emotional harm to such student or damage to such studentsproperty;

    2. places such student in reasonable fear ol harm to himself or herself, or ot damage tohis or her property;

    3. creates a hostile environment at school for such student;4. infringes on the rights of such student at school; and/or5. substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school.

    B. Bullying/teen dating violence shall include, hut not be limited to, a written, verbal orelectronic communication or physical act or gesture based on any actual or perceiveddifferentiating characteristics, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin,gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, socioeconomic status,academic status, physical appearance, or mental, physical, developmental or sensorydisability, or by association with an individual or group who has or is perceived to haveone or more of such characteristics.

    III. Other Definitions

    A. Cyberbullying means any act of bullying/teen dating violence through the use of theInternet. interactive and digital technologies, cellular mobile telephone or other mobileelectronic devices or any electronic communications.

    B. Electronic communication means any transfer of signs, signals, writing, images,sounds, data oi. intelligence of any nature transmitted in whole or in part by a wire, radio,electromagnetic, photo electronic or photo-optical system.

    C. Hostile environment means a situation in which bullying/teen dating violeiiceamong students is sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter the conditions of the schoolclimate.

    D. Mobile electronic device means any hand-held or other portable electronic equipmentcapable of providing data communication between two or more individuals, including.but not limited to, cell phone, text messaging device, paging device, personal digitalassistant, laptop computer, equipment that is capable of playing a video game or a digitalvideo disk, or equipment on which digital images are taken or transmitted.

    E. Outside of the school setting means at a location, activity or program that is notschool related, or through the use of an electronic device or a mobile electronic devicethat is not owned, leased or used by a local or regional board of education.

    F. Teen dating violence means any act of physical, emotional or sexual abuse, includingstalking, harassing and threatening that occurs between two students who are currently inor have recently been in a dating relationship.

    G. Prevention and intervention strategy may include, but is not limited to, (1)implementation of positive behavioral interventions and supports process or anotherevidence-based model approach for safe school climate or for the prevention ofbullying/teen dating violence identiled by the Department of Education, (2) school rulesprohibiting bullying/teen dating violence, harassment and intimidation and establishingappropriate consequences for those who engage in such acts, (3) adequate adultsupervision of outdoor areas, hallways, the lunchroom and other specific areas where

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    bullying/teen dating violence is likely to occur, (4) inclusion of gradeappropriatebullying/teen dating violence education and prevention curricula in kindergartenthrough high school. (5) individual interventions with the bully, parents and schoolemployees, and interventions with the bullied child, parents and school employees, (6)schoolwide training related to safe school climate, (7) student peer training, educationand support, (8) promotion of parent involvement in bullying/teen dating violenceprevention through individual or team participation in meetings. trainings and individualinterventions and (9) culturally competent school-based curriculum focusing onsocial, emotional learning, self awareness and selfregulation.

    H. School climate means the quality and character of school life with a particular focuson the quality of the relationships within the school community between and amongstudents and adults.

    I. School employee means (1) a teacher, substitute teacher, school administrator, schoolsuperintendent, guidance counselor, psychologist, social worker, nurse, physician, schoolparaprofessional or coach employed by a local or regional board of education oi. workingin a public elementary, middle or high school; or (2) any other individual who, in theperformance of his or her duties, has regular contact with students and who providesservices to or on behalf of students enrolled in a public elementary, middle or highschool, pursuant to a contract with the local or regional board of education.

    J. School-Sponsored Activity shall mean any activity conducted on or off schoolproperty (including school buses and other school-related vehicles) that is sponsored,recognized or authorized by the Board of Education.

    IV. Leadership and Administrative Responsibilities

    A. Safe School Climate CoordinatorFor the school year commencing July 1,2012, and each school year thereafter, theSuperintendent shall appoint, from existing school district staff, a District Safe SchoolClimate Coordinator (Coordinator). The Coordinator shall:

    1. he responsible for implementing the districts Safe School Climate Plan (Plan);

    2. collaborate with Safe School Climate Specialists, the Board. and the Superintendentto prevent, identify and respond to bullying/teen dating violence in district schools;

    3. provide data and information, in collaboration with the Superintendent, to theDepartment of Education regarding bullying/teen dating violence;

    4. respond to bullying/teen dating violence in district schools;

    5. meet with Safe School Climate Specialists at least twice during the school year todiscuss issues relating to bullying/teen dating violence in the school district and tomake recommendations concerning amendments to the districts Plan;

    6. successfully complete for the school year commencing July 1, 2014, the mentalhealth first aid training provided by the Commissioner of Mental Health andAddiction Services (such training only required once).

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    B. Safe School Climate SpecialistFor the school year commencing July I , 201 2, and each school year thereafter, theprincipal of each school (or irincipaIs designee) shall serve as the Safe School ClimateSpecialist. The Safe School Climate Specialist shall investigate or supervise theinvestigation of reported acts of bullying/teen dating violence and act as the primaryschool official responsihie for preventing, identifying and responding to reports ofbullying/teen dating violence in the school.

    V. Development and Review of Safe School Climate Plan

    A. For the school year commencing July I, 2012 and each school year thereafter, thePrincipal of each school shall establish a committee or designate at least one existingcommittee (Committee) in the school to be responsible for developing and fostering asafe school climate and addressing issues relating to bullying/teen dating violence in theschool. Such committee shall include at least one parent/guardian of a student enrolled inthe school, as appointed by the school principal.

    B. The Committee shall: 1) receive copies of completed reports following bullying/teendating violence investigations; 2) identify and address patterns of bullying/teen datingviolence among students in the school: 3) review and amend school policies relating tobullying/teen dating violence: 4) implement the provisions of the School Security andSafWv Plan (developed pursuant to Section 7 of PA 13-3) regarding the collection,evaluation and reporting of inft)rmation relating to instances of disturbing and orthreatening behavior that may not meet the definition of bullying/teen datingviolence (defined in Connecticut General Statutes lO-222d) and report suchinlornuition, as necessary, to the l)istrict Sale School Climate Coordinator and tothe schools Security and Safety Committee; 5) review and make recommendations tothe Coordinator regarding the Safe School Climate Plan based on issues and experiencesspecific to the school; 6) educate students, school employees and parents/guardians onissues relating to bullying/teen dating violence: 7) collaborate with the Coordinator inthe collection of data regarding bullying/teen dating violence; and 8) perform any otherduties as determined by the Principal that are related to the prevention, identification andresponse to school bullying/teen dating violence.

    C. Any parent/guardian serving as a member of the Committee shall not participate in anyactivities which may compromise the confidentiality of any student, including, but notlimited to receiving copies of investigation reports, or identifying or addressing patternsof bullying/teen dating violence among students in the school.

    D. Not later than January l, 2012, the Board of Education shall approve the Safe SchoolClimate Plan developed pursuant to Board policy and submit such plan to the Departmentof Education. Not later than thirty (30) calendar days after approval by the Board, theBoard shall make such plan available on the Boards and each individual school in theschool districts web sites and ensure that the Safe School Climate Plan is included in theschool districts publication of the rules, procedures and standards of conduct for schools.

    VI. Procedures for Reporting and Investigating Complaints of Bullying/Teen DatingViolence

    A. Students and parents/guardians of students may file written reports of bullying/teendating violence. Written reports ot bullying/teen dating violence shall he reasonably

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    speci he as to the basis br the report, including the time and place of the alleged conduct,the number of incidents, the target of the suspected bullying/teen dating violence, andthe names of potential witnesses. Such reports may be bled with any buildingadministrator and/or the Safe School Climate Specialist (i.e. building principal), and allreports shall be forwarded to the Safe Scilool Clinlate Specialist for review and actionsconsistent with this Plan.

    B. Students may make anonymous reports of bullying/teen (lating violence to ally schoolemployee; they will be notified annually of the process by which to make suchreports. Students may also request anonymity when making a report, even if thestudents identity is known to tile school employee. In cases where a student requestsanonymity, tile Safe School Climate Specialist or his/her designee shall meet with tilestudent (if the students identity is known) to review the request for anonymity anddiscuss tile impact that maintaining tile anonymity of the complainant may have Oil tileinvestigation and on any possible remedial action. All anonymous reports shall bereviewed and reasonable action will he taken to address the situation, to the extent suchaction may he taken that does not disclose the source of the report, and is consistent withtile due process rights of tile student(s) alleged to have conlmitted acts of bullying/teendating violence. No disciplinary action shall he taken solely on the basis of ananiymu report.

    C. School employees who witness acts o bullying/teen dating violence or receive reportsof bullying/teen dating violence shall orally notify the Safe School Climate Specialist oranother school administrator if the Safe School Climate Specialist is unavailable, notlater than one (1) school day after such school employee witnesses or receives a reportof bullying/teen dating violence. The school employee shall then file a written reportnot later than two (2) school days after making such oral report.

    D. The Safe School Specialist shall be responsible for reviewing any anonymous reports ofbullying/teen dating violence and shall investigate or supervise the investigation of allreports of bullying/teen dating violence and ensure that such investigation is completedpromptly after receipt of any written reports. In order to allow the district to adequatelyinvestigate complaints filed by a student or parent/guardian, the parent of the studentsuspected of being bullied should be asked to provide consent to permit the release of thatstudents name in connection with the investigation process, unless the student and/orparent has requested anonymity.

    E. In investigating reports of bullying/teen dating violence, the Safe School ClimateSpecialist or designee will consider all available information known, including the natureof the allegations and the ages of the students involved. The Safe School ClimateSpecialist will interview witnesses, as necessary, reminding the alleged perpetrator andother parties that retaliation is strictly prohibited and will result in disciplinary action.

    VII. Responding to Verified Acts of Bullying/Teen Dating Violence

    A. Parents/guardians of the student alleged to have committed an act of buII ing/teenviolence, as well as the parents/guardians of the student who was bullied, willreceive prompt notice that an investigation has commenced.

    B. Following investigation, if acts of bullying/teen dating violence are verified, the SafeSchool Climate Specialist or designee shall notify the parents/guardians of the students

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    against whom such acts were directed as well as the parents/guardians of the studentswho commit such acts of bullying/teen dating violence of the finding not later thanforty-eight hours after the investigation is completed. This notification shall include adescription of the schools response to the acts of bullying/teen dating violence. Inproviding such notification, however, care must he taken to respect the statutory privacyrights of other students, including the perpetrator of such bullying/teen dating violence.The specific disciplinary consequences imposed on the perpetrator, or personallyidenti liable information about a student other than the parent/guardians own child, maynot he disclosed except as provided by law.

    C. In any instance in which bullying/teen dating violence is verified, the Safe SchoolClimate Specialist or designee shall also invite the parents/guardians of the student whocommits any verified act of bullying/teen dating violence and the parents/guardian of thestudent against whom such act was directed to two separate meetings to communicatethe measures being taken by the school to ensure the safety of the student/victim and toprevent further acts of bullying/teen dating violence. The invitation may be madesimultaneous with the notification described above in Section VII.A. The purpose ofthese meetings is to communicate to parents/guardians the measures being taken by theschool to ensure the safety of the students involved and to prevent further acts ofbullying/teen dating violence. Normally, separate meetings shall be held with therespective parents; however, at the discretion of the Safe School Climate Specialist andwith written consent of the parents/guardians involved, the meeting(s) may be heldjointly.

    D. If bullying/teen dating violence is verified, the Safe School Climate Specialist ordesignee shall develop a student safety support plan for any student against whom an actof bullying/teen dating violence was directed. Such support plan will include safetymeasures to protect against further acts of bullying/teen dating violence.

    E. A specific written intervention plan shall be developed to address repeated incidents ofbullying/teen dating violence against a single individual or recurrently perpetratedbullying/teen dating violence incidents by the same individual. The written interventionplan may include counseling, discipline and other appropriate remedial actions asdetermined by the Safe School Climate Specialist or designee, and may also incorporate astudent safety support plan, as appropriate.

    F. Notice to Law EnforcementIf the Principal of a school (or his/her designee) reasonablybelieves that any act of bullying/teen dating violence constitutes a criminal offense.he/she shall notify appropriate law enforcement. Notice shall he consistent with theBoards obligations under state and federal law and Board policy regarding the disclosureof personally identifiable student information. In making this determination, thePrincipal or his/her designee may consult with any other individuals the principal ordesignee deems appropriate.

    G. If a bullying/teen dating violence complaint raises concern about discrimination orharassment on the basis of a legally protected classification such as race, color, religiouscreed, religion, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation.gender identity or expression, or disability (including, but not limited to, present orpast history of mental disability, intellectual disability, learning disability orphysical disability including but not limited to blindness, genetic information), the

  • Sde School Climate Specialist or designee shall also coordinate my investigation withother appropriate

    5131.91 1/Bullying/Teen Dating Violence

    personnel within the district as appropriate (e.g. Title IX Coordinator, Section 504Coordinator etc.)

    ii. Prohibit bullying/teen dating violence (A) on school grounds, at a school-sponsoredor schoolrelated activity, function or program whether on or ofT school grounds, ata school bus stop, oti a school bus or other vehicle owned, lease(l or used b theBoard, or through the use of an electronic device or an electronic mobile deviceowned, leased or used by the Board and (B) outside of the school setting if suchbullying/teen dating violence (I) creates a hostile environment at school for (1wstudent against whom such l)ullving/teen dating violence was directed. (ii) infringesOfl the rights of the student against whom such bullying/teen dating violence wasdirected at school, or (iii) substantially disrupts the education process or the orderlyoperation of a school.

    Require, at the beginning of each school year, each school to provide all schoolemployees with a written or electronic copy of the school districts Safe SchoolClimate Plan.

    J. Require that all school employees annually complete the training described inC.(;.S. 1O-22a, as amended.

    VIII. Documentation and Maintenance of Log

    A. Each school shall maintain written reports of bullying/teen dating violence, along withsupporting documentation received and/or created as a result of bullying/teen datingviolence investigations, consistent with the Boards obligations under state and federallaw. Any educational record containing personally identifiable student informationpertaining to an individual student shall be maintained in a confidential manner, and shallnot be disclosed to third parties without prior written consent of a parent, guardian oreligible stLldent, except as permitted under Board policy and state and federal law.

    B. The Principal of each school shall maintain a list of the number of verified acts ofbullying/teen dating violence in the school and this list shall be available for publicinspection upon request. Consistent with district obligations under state and federal lawregarding student privacy, the log shall not contain any personally identifiable studentinformation, or any information that alone or in combination would allow a reasonableperson in the school community to identify the students involved. Accordingly, the logshould be limited to basic information such as the number of verified acts, name ofschool and/or grade level and relevant date. Given that any determination ofbullying/teen dating violence involves repeated acts, each investigation that results in averified act of bullying/teen dating violence for that school year shall be tallied as oneverified act of bullying/teen dating violence unless the specific actions that are thesubject of each report involve separate and distinct acts of bullying/teen dating violence.The list shall be limited to the number of verified acts of bullying/teen dating violence ineach school and shall not set out the particulars of each verified act, including, but notlimited to any personally identifiable student information, which is confidentialinformation by law.

  • C. The Principal of each school shall report the number of yen fled acts of bullying/teendating violence in the school annually to the Department ol Education in such manner asprescribed by the Commissioner of Education.

    5131.91 1/Bullying/Teen Dating ViolenceIX. Other Prevention and Intervention Strategies

    A. Bullying/teen dating violence behavior can take many forms and can vary dramaticallyin the nature of the offense and the impact the behavior may have on the victim and otherstudents. Accordingly. there is no one prescribed response to verified acts ofbullying/teen dating violence. While conduct that rises to the level of bullying/teendating violence, as defined above, will generally warrant traditional disciplinary actionagainst the perpetrator of such bullying/teen dating violence, whether and to what extentto impose disciplinary action (e.g., detention, in-school suspension, suspension orexpulsion) is a matter for the professional discretion of the building principal (orresponsible program administrator or his/her designee). No disciplinary action may betaken solely on the basis of an anonymous complaint. As discussed below, schools mayalso consider appropriate alternative to traditional disciplinary sanctions, including age-appropriate consequences and other restorative or remedial interventions.

    B. A specific written intervention plan shall be developed to address repeated incidents ofbullying/teen dating violence against a single individual or recurrently perpetratedbullying/teen dating violence incidents by the same individual. This plan may includesafety provisions, as described above, for students against whom acts of bullying/teendating violence have been verified and may include other interventions such ascounseling, discipline, and other appropriate remedial or restorative actions as determinedby the responsible administrator.

    C. The following sets forth possible interventions which may also be utilized to enforce theBoards prohibition against bullying/teen dating violence:

    I. Non-disciplinary interventionsWhen verified acts of bullying/teen dating violence are identified early and/or whensuch verified acts of bullying/teen dating violence do not reasonably require adisciplinary response, students may be counseled as to the definition of bullying/teendating violence, its prohibition. and their duty to avoid any conduct that could beconsidered bullying/teen dating violence. Students may also he subject to otherforms of restorative discipline or remedial actions, appropriate to the age of thestudents and nature of the behavior.

    If a complaint arises out of conflict between students or groups of students, peer orother forms of mediation may be considered. Special care, however, is warranted inreferring such cases to peer mediation. A power imbalance may make the processintimidating for the victim and therefore inappropriate. In such cases, the victimshould be given additional support. Alternatively, peer mediation may he deemedinappropriate to address the concern.

    2. Disciplinary interventionsWhen acts of bullying/teen dating violence arc verified and a disciplinary response iswarranted, students are subject to the full range of disciplinary consequences.Anonymous complaints, however, shall not he the basis for disciplinary action.

    In-school suspension and suspension may be imposed only after informing theaccused perpetrator of the reasons for the proposed suspension and giving him/her an

  • opportunity tO explain the sittiation, iii accordance with the Boards StudentDiscipline policy.

    5131.91 I/Bullying/Teen Datint Violence

    Expulsion may be imposed only alter a hearing belore the Board of Education, acommittee of the Board or an impartial hearing officer designated by the Board ofEducation in accordance with the Boards Standard of Conduct policy/5 13 1 . Thisconsequence shall normally he reserved for serious incidents of bullying/teen datingviolence and/or when past interventions have not been successful in eliminatingbullying/teen dating violence behavior.

    3. Interventions for bullied studentsThe building principal (or other responsible program administrator) or his/herdesignee shall intervene in order to address incidents of bullying/teen datingviolence against a single individual. Intervention strategies for a bullied student mayinclude the following:

    a. Counseling;h. Increased supervision and monitoring of student to observe and intervene in

    bullying/teen dating violence situations;c. Encouragement of student to seek help when victimized or witnessing

    victimization;d. Peer mediation or other forms of mediation, where appropriate;e. Student Safety Support plan; andf. Restitution and/or restorative interventions.

    4. General Prevention and Intervention StrategiesIn addition to the prompt investigation of complaints of bullying/teen datingviolence and direct intervention when acts of bullying/teen dating violence areverified, other district actions may ameliorate potential problems with bullying/teendating violence in school or at school-sponsored activities. While no specific actionis required, and school needs for specific prevention and intervention strategies mayvary from time to time, the following list of potential prevention and interventionstrategies shall serve as a resource for administrators, teachers and other professionalemployees in each school. Such prevention and intervention strategies may include,but are not limited to:

    a. school rules prohibiting bullying/teen dating violence, harassment andintimidation and establishing appropriate consequences for those who engage insuch acts;

    b. Adequate adult supervision of outdoor areas, hallways, the lunchroom and otherspecific areas where bullying/teen dating violence is likely to occur;

    c. Inclusion of grade-appropriate bullying/teen dating violence education andprevention curricula in kindergarten through high school, which may includeinstruction regarding building safe and positive school communities includingdeveloping healthy relationships and preventing dating violence as deemedappropriate for older students;

    d. Individual interventions with the perpetrator (student who commits Fbullying/teen dating violence), parents/guardians and school employees, andinterventions with the bullied student (student to whom the act was directed),parents/guardians and school employees;

  • e. Schoolwide training related to safe school climate, which training may includeTitle IX/Sexual harassment training, Section 504/ADA Training, culturaldiversity/muliicultural education or other training in federal and state civil rightslegislation or other t01)icS relevant to sale school climate;

    5131.911/Bullying/Teen Dating Violence

    f. Student peer training, education and support; andg. Promotion of parent involvement in bullying/teen dating violence prevention

    through individual or team participation in meetings, trainings and individualinterventions;

    It Implementation of a positive behavioral interventions and supports process oranother evidencebased model approach for safe school climate or for theprevention of bullying/teen dating violence, including any such programidentified by the Department of Education:

    i. Respectful responses to bullying/teen dating violence concerns raised bystudents, parents or staff;

    j. Planned professional development programs addressing prevention andintervention strategies, which training may include school violence prevention,conflict resolution and prevention of bullying/teen dating violence, with a focusin evidence based practices concerning same;

    k. Use of peers to help ameliorate the plight of victims and include them in groupactivities;

    I. Avoidance of sex-role stereotyping;in. Continuing awareness and involvement on the part of school employees and

    parents with regards to prevention and intervention strategies;n. Modeling by teachers of positive, respectful, and supportive behavior toward

    students;o. Creating a school atmosphere of team spirit and collaboration that promotes

    appropriate social behavior by students in support of others;p. Employing classroom strategies that instruct students how to work together in a

    collaborative and supportive atmosphere.

    D. In addition to prevention and intervention strategies, administrators, teachers and otherprofessional employees may find opportunities to educate students about bullying/teendating violence and help eliminate bullying/teen dating violence behavior through classdiscussions, counseling, and reinforcement of socially-appropriate behavior.Administrators, teachers and other professional employees should intervene promptlywhenever they observe mean-spirited student conduct, even if such conduct does notmeet the formal definition of bullying/teen dating violence.

    X. Annual Notice and Training

    A. Students, and parents or guardians of students shall he notified annually at the beginningof each school year of the process by which students may make anonymous reports ofbullying/teen dating violence.

    B. The Board shall provide for the inclusion of language in student codes of conductconcerning bullying/teen dating violence.

    C. At the beginning of each school year, each school shall provide all school employeeswith a written or electronic copy of the school districts safe school climate plan andrequire that all school employees annually complete training on the identificat ion,prevention and response to bullying/teen dating violence as required by law.

  • 5131.9llIBullying/Teen Dating Violence

    XI. School Climate Assessments

    On and alter July 1, 2012, and biennially therealer, the Board shall require each schoolin the district to complete an assessment using the school climate assessmentinstruments, including surveys, approved and disseminated by the Department ofEducation. The Board shall collect the school climate assessments for each school inthe district and submit such assessments to the Department.

    References:

    Public Act 11232, An Act Concerning the Strengthening of School Bullying/teen datingviolence Lous

    Conn. Gen. Stat. l0-222dConn. Gen. Stat. lO-233a through lO-233fConnecticut State Department of Education Circular Letter C-8, Series 2008-2009(March 16, 2009)Conn. Gen. Stat. 10-145a, Conn. Gen. Stat. l0-145oConn. Gen. Stat. 10-220a. Conn. Gen. Stat. lO-222gConn. Gen. Stat. l0-222h(cf.052 1Non Discrimination)(cf.413 1Staff Development)(cf.51 14Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process)(cf.513 1Conduct)(cf.5 131.21Violent and Aggressive Behavior)(cf.5 13 1 .8Out of School Misconduct)(cf.5131 .912Aggressive Behavior)(cf.5 13 1 .91 3Cyberbullying)(cf.513 1.91Hazing)(cf.5 144Discipline/Punishment)(cf.5 145.4Non Discrimination)(cf.5 145.5Sexual Harassment)(cf.5 145.51Peer Sexual Harassment)(cf.6 121Non Discrimination)(cf.6 121. 1Equal Educational Opportunity)Legal Reference:Connecticut General Statutes--10-15b Access of parent/guardian to students records. inspection and subpoena ofschool or student records.--10-222d Policy on bullying behavior as amended by P.A. 08-160. P.A. 06-115 and P.A.14-172--P.A. 06-115 an Act Concerning Bullying Policies in schools and Notices Sent toParents or Legal Guardians--P.A. 11-232 An Act Concerning the Strengthening of School Bullying Laws--P.A. 13-3 An Act Concerning Gun Violence Protection and Safety--P.A. 14-172 An Act Concerning Improving Employment Opportunities throughEducation and Ensuring Safe School Climates--P.A. 14-234 An Act Concerning Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

  • Truinhti II Board of Educat ion polIcies5 I 3 1 /Standaid of Conduct1212. 1/Volunteer5 I 25/Confidentiality and Maintenance of Student Records

  • 5131.91 1/Bullying/Teen Dating ViolenceAppendix A

    Truin in:!! Public Scis oolsREPORT OF StJSPECTED BULLYING/TEEN DATING VIOLENCE BEHAVIORS

    Name of Person Completing Report:

    Date:

    ____________________

    Target(s) of Behaviors:

    Relationship of Reporter to Target (sell, parent, teacher, peer, etc.):

    Report FiledAgainst:

    Date of Incident(s):

    Location(s):_________________________________________ Time:

    ___________________

    Describe the basis for your report. Include information about the incident, participants,background to the incident, and any attempts you have made to resolve the problem. Please noterelevant dates, times and places.

    Indicate if there are witnesses who can provide more information regarding your report. If thewitnesses are not school district staff or students, please provide contact information.

    Name Address Telephone Number

  • 5131.911/ Bullyingfjeen Dating ViolenceAppendix A

    Have there been previous incidents (circle one)? Yes No

    If yes, please describe the behavior of concern, the approximate dates and the location:

    Were these incidents reported to school employees (circle one) Yes No

    If Yes, to whom was it reported and when?

    Was the report verbal or written?

    Proposed Solution:

    Indicate your opinion on how this problem might be resolved in the school setting. Be as specificas possible.

    I certify that the above information and events are accurately depicted to the best of myknowledge.

    Signature of Reporter Date Submitted Received By Date Received

  • 5131.911/ BullyingjTeen Dating ViolenceAppendix A

    lor Staff Use Only:

    I-las reporter requested anonymity? Y N

    Does the school have parent/guardian consent to disclose the students name in connection withthe investigation? Y N

    Administrative Investigation Notes (use separate sheet if necessary):

    Bullying/teen (lating violence Verified? Yes NoRemedial Action(s)Taken:_____________

    If Bullying/teen dating iolence Verified, Has Notification Been Made to Parents/Guardians ofStudents Involved?

    Parents Names:

    _________________________________

    Date Notified:________________Parents Names:

    __________________________________

    Date Notified:_________________Parents Names:

    _________________________________

    Date Notified:________________Parents Names:

    __________________________________

    Date Notified:

    _________________

    If Bullying/teen dating violence Verified, Has Invitation to Meeting Been Sent toParents/Guardians of Students?

    Parents Names:

    _______________________________

    Date Sent:_______________Parents Names:

    _________________________________

    Date Sent:________________Parents Names:

    _________________________________

    Date Sent:________________Parents Names:

    _________________________________

    Date Sent:

    ________________

    Date of Meetings:

    If Bullying/teen dating violence Verified, Has School Developed Student SafetySupport/Intervention Plan? Y N(Attach bullying/teen dating violence complaint, witness statements, and notification toparents/guardians of students involved if bullying/teen dating violence is verified. Invitationsto Parent/Guardian Meetings, Records of Parent/Guardian Meetings)

  • 5131.91 1/ Bullying,Teen Dating Violence

    Appcnc1x A

    For Staff Use Only:

    Action of Reporter:

    Administrative Investigation Notes (use separate sheet if necessary):

    Bullying/teen dating violence Verified? Yes No

    Remedial Action(s) Taken:__________________________________________________

    If Bullying/teen dating violence Verified, Has Notification Been Made toParents/Guardians of Students Involved?

    Parents Names:

    _________________________________

    Date Sent:________________Parents Names:

    _________________________________

    Date Sent:________________

    Parents Names:

    __________________________________

    Date Sent:_________________

    Parents Names:

    __________________________________________

    Date Sent:

    _____________________

    If Bullying/teen dating violence Verified, Have Invitation to Meetings Been Sent toParents/Guardians of Students Involved?

    Parents Names:

    ________________________________________

    Date Sent:___________________Parents Names:

    _____________________________________________

    Date Sent:______________________Parents Names:

    ______________________________________

    Date Sent:__________________Parents Names:

    __________________________________

    Date Sent:

    _________________

    Date of Meetings:

    If Bullying/teen dating violence Verified, Has School Developed Student SafetySupportllntervention Plan?Y N(Attach bullying/teen dating violence complaint, witness statements, and notification toparents/guardians of students involved if bullying/teen dating violence is verified,invitations to parentlguardian meetings, records of parent/guardian meetings).

  • 5131.911/ Bullying/Teen Dating ViolenceAppendix B

    TRUMBULL PUBLIC SCHOOLSREPORT OF BULLYING/TEEN DATING VIOLENCE FORMJINVESTIGATION

    SUMMARY

    School _____________________________________Date

    Location(s)

    ____________________________________

    Reporter Information:

    Anonymous student report

    Staff Member report

    ________

    Name

    _____________

    Parent/Guardian report

    ______

    Name

    ____________

    Student report

    ________

    Name

    ______________________

    Student Reported as Committing Act:

    _________

    Student Reported as Target:

    Description of Alleged Act(s):

    ___________________

    Time and Place:_____________

    Names of Potential Witnesses:

  • 5131.9llfBullying/Teen Dating ViolenceAppendix C

    Trumbull Public SchoolsReport of Bullying/teen dating violence/Consent to Release Student Information

    Date:

    _________________________________

    Name of Student:

    _________________________________

    School:

    _________________________________

    To Parent/Guardian:

    A iepoit of bullying/teen dating violence has been made on behalf of your child allegingthat he/she has been the victim of bullying/teen dating violence. In order to facilitate a promptand thorough investigation of the report, the Trumbull Public Schools may need to disclose thename of your child and/or other information in connection this investigation which mayotherwise disclose your childs identity.

    (Please check one):

    ________

    I hereby give permission for the Trumbull Public Schools to disclose my childsname, along with any other information necessary to permit the district to adequately andappropriately investigate such report, to third parties contacted by the district as part of itsin vestigat ion.

    _______

    I do NOT give permission for the Trumbull Public Schools to disclose my childsname, along with any other information necessary to permit the district to adequately andappropriately investigate such report, to third parties contacted by the district as part of itsinvestigation.

    Signature of Parent/Guardian Date

    Name (Please print)

  • TRUMBULL PUBLIC SCI-IOOLS SECTION: 600()BOARD OF EDUCATION CATEGORY: InstructionPOLICY MANUAL POLICY CODE: 62l.4/Non-Discrimination ii

    ________________________________

    Instruction/Classroom

    Draft A 4/24/! 5

    New Policy

    Non-Discrimination in Instruction/Classroom

    Policy Statement

    The Trumbull Board of Education promotes non-discrimination and an environment free ofminatinn harassment based upon an individuals race, color, religious creed, religion, sex, age, nationalwording from origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability(including hut not limited to, present or past history of mental disability, intellectualby one atty disability, learning disability or physical disability, including but not limited to, blindness)different from oenelic information) or any other basis prohibited by Connecticut State and/or Federal non-what atty gave hus for this discrimination laws in all of its programs. The Board provides equal access to the Boy Scoutspolicytwo and other designated youth groups.diHerent attysworked onthose policies The Board accepts responsibility for achieving and maintaining the objective of equity amongits students. Each student, at the time he/she becomes eligible for participation, will be

    advised of his/her rights to an equal opportunity to participate in the activities, programs andcourses of students offered in the Trumbull Public Schools, without discrimination on accountof race, color, religious creed, religion, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status,sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or disability.

    In addition, the Trumbull Board of Education and the Superintendent will affirm theircommitment to the following:

    1. The promotion of positive attitudes that respect the diversity of our society throughcurriculum development.

    2. The development and encouragement of respect among students and within the schoolcommunity.

    3. The use of curriculum to teach students and staff programs which emphasize developingpositive attitudes toward relations with people of diverse backgrounds or capability.

    4. The use of educational materials and consulting sources to continue to promote learningand appreciation of peoples similarities and differences through Cultural DiversityEducation.

    5. The provision of equal rights and opportunities for students and staff in the schoolcommunity and total school program of the schools.

  • 6121.4/Non-Discrimination in Instruction/Classroom

    6. The provision ol an appropriate learning environment for students which includes:

    a. adequate instructional books, supplics. materials, equipment. stalling, facilities andtechnology;

    h. equitable allocation of resources among district schools:c. a sale school setting.

    The Superintendent will he responsible for evaluating the policies and practices related toinstruction and the pmvision of overall school programs and district activities to align withthe goals of nondiscrimination and antiharassment and may report his/her findings to theBoard. The Superintendent will call upon the advice and counsel of members of theinstructional staff and others to evaluate these instructional and school program policies andpractices.

    The Superintendent will adopt regulations to accompany this policy and will appoint andmake known the individuals to contact on issues concerning Section 504 of the RehabilitationAct of 1974, Title VI, Title IX and other civil rights or discrimination issues. The regulationsshall contain student grievance procedures for the prompt and equitable resolution of studentdiscrimination and/or harassment complaints.

    The Superintendent will communicate to students, parents/guardians and instructionalpersonnel this policy and its attendant regulations.

    Federal civil rights laws prohibit discrimination against an individual because he/she hasopposed any discrimination act or practice or because that person has filed a charge. testified,assisted or participated in any investigation, proceeding or hearing.

    Adopted: 7/7/15

    NOTE:

    Title VI ( Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on race, color ornational origin)

    Title TX (Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexin education programs or activities receiving Federal financial assistance)

    Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination on the basis onhandicap)

    United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (enforces Title VI, TitleIX, 504, Age Discrimination Act, Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act and TitleII of the Americans with Disabilities Act)

  • 6121.4/Non-Discrimination in Instruction/ClassroomRegulations

    The Trumbull Board of Education affirms the right of all students to be protected in theschool environment from intimidation, discrimination, physical harm, and/or harassmentbased upon a students race, color, religious creed, religion, sex, age, national origin,ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability (includingbut not limited to, present or past history of mental disability, intellectual disability, learningdisability or physical disability, including but not limited to, blindness) genetic information),or any other basis prohibited by Connecticut State and/or Federal non-discrimination laws. Ifan indecent, vulgar or abusive epithet is directed to a students race, color, religious creed,religion, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identityor expression, or disability, this shall he evidence that the victim was chosen because of thatcharacteristic.

    Incidents of discrimination/harassment involving students reported by students or theirparents or otherwise observed by school or district personnel or administration will beaddressed in accordance with the procedires contained herein.

    1. Designation of Employees to Reply to Complaints of Discrimination

    The Superintendent will designate individuals who will serve as civil rights coordinatorsfor the District whose responsibilities will include oversight for the receipt, investigation,and resolution of complaints of discrimination/harassment. The Superintendent willensure that the name/title and contact information for all District civil rightscoordinator(s), including a Title IX Coordinator and 504 Coordinator, is communicatedannually to students and parents/guardians. This may occur through publication inDistrict student handbooks and/or on District/school websites, as well as any other meansdeemed appropriate.

    11. Complaint Resolution/Grievance ProceduresA. All complaints of discrimination/harassment involving students as a target shall be

    made in writing to the appropriate civil rights coordinator who will share it with theSuperintendent for direction. A complaint shall be acknowledged in writing withinthree (3) business days. The complaint shall be investigated and the complainantinformed in writing of findings and recommendations within twenty (20) businessdays of receipt. If dissatisfied with the results, a complainant may appeal in writing tothe Board of Education within twenty (20) business days of receipt of the final writtenfindings and recommendations. The Board will consider the appeal and meet with thecomplainant within fifteen (15) days of receipt of a written appeal for the purpose ofresolving the grievance. The decision of the Board shall be rendered within three (3)days of the meeting and communicated in writing to the complainant and otherappropriate school administration.

    B. Confidentiality of complaints will be maintained except to the extent necessary toinvestigate. Documentation generated in the course of investigation shall heconfidential in accordance with applicable State and Federal laws including the FamilyEducation Rights and Privacy (FERPA) and Board policy.

  • 6121 .4/Non-Discrimination in Instruction/Classroom

    C. Counseling will he considered at all levels for involved students. If and when deemedappropriate, interim action may be taken to Protect targeted student(s) and/or toprevent further harassment. When appropriate, disciplinary action may he takenagainst an offending student(s) in accordance with the student Standard of Conductpolicy and other applicable Board policies. Offending student(s) may he disciplinedeven if discrimination or discriminatory harassment is not found to have occurred ifthe conduct otherwise violates Board policy, or disrupts the educational process orposes a danger to self or others. In determining responsive action, consideration mayhe given to the age of the students involved, their stage of development, all attendingcircumstances including the severity of the conduct, repetitiveness of conduct and anyprevious warnings given to offending students.

    D. At any time a complainant may, if desired or if dissatisfied with action taken at thelocal level, report the grievance directly to the United States Office of Civil Rights.

    E. Staff members must inform the principal of any discrimination or harassment incidentthat comes to their attention. The principal will report such incidents to theappropriate civil rights coordinator for consideration of investigation and/orresponsive action. Civil rights coordinators will promptly advise the Superintendentof such reports. A failure by staff to report an incident which comes to their attentionmay result in disciplinary action against them.

    III. Selection of Instructional MaterialsA. Library

    The Media Specialist in each school is responsible for recommending to the buildingprincipal the selection of instructional materials used in the classroom keeping in mindthe Districts goals to promote equity and diversity in its schools.

    B. ClassroomI. ElementaryRecommendation of selected instructional materials is made to the

    Superintendent by a committee composed of teacher representatives from thegrade level for which these instructional materials are intended.

    2. SecondaryRecommendation of selected instructional materials is made to theSuperintendent by representatives from a department for which these instructionalmaterials are intended.

    Legal References Section 10-15c Discrimination in public schools prohibited, ConnecticLit General

    Statutes as amended Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

    Trumbull Board of Education policy Selection of Instructional Materials, Policy Code

  • 6121.4/Non-Discrimination in InstructionlClassroom

    Title VI issues (Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on race, color, ornational origin) can he reported to the Assistant Superintendent, who will serve as theDistricts Title VI coordinator, at (203) 4524348, Trumbull Public Schools, 6254 MainStreet. Trumbull, CT 066 I I

    Title IX issues (Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex ineducation programs or activities) can be reported to the Assistant Superintendent, who willserve as the Districts Title IX coordinator, at (203) 452-4348, Trumbull Public Schools, 6254Main Street, Trumbull, CT 06611.

    Section 504 issues (Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination on the basis ofhandicap) can be reported to the Director of Pupil Personnel and Special Services, who willserve as the Districts 504 Coordinator at (203) 452-4352, Trumbull Public Schools, 6254Main Street, Trumbull, CT 06611.

    United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights5 Post Office Square, 8hh1 FloorBoston, MA 02109-3921Telephone (617) 289-0111Fax (617)289-0150TTY (800) 877-8339Email: [email protected]://www.ed.gov/ocr

  • TRUMBULL PUBLIC SCHOOL1 SECTION: 4000BOARD OF EDUCATION CATEGORY: PersonnelCertified andPOLICY MANUAL Non-Certified

    POLICY CODE: 4000.1/AffirmativeAction

    Draft B 7110/IS

    AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

    Policy Statement

    The Trumbull Board of Education will continue to take Affirmative Action to ensure that nopersons are discriminated against in its employment on the basis of race, color, religious creed.religion, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identih orexpression, disability (including but not limited to, present or past history of mentaldisability, intellectual disability. aftd past/present history of mental disorder. learningdisability or physical (Iisal)iIit, including hut not limited to, blindness) genetic inIrmation,or any other basis prohibited by (onnecticut State and/or Federal nondiscrimination laws.and/or di;:ihiliiv

    The Trumbull Board of Education recognizes that ensuring Equal Employment Opportunity isessential; however, it is not enough to guarantee the full and fair employment of minorities andother protected classes. Therefore, Affirmative Action is necessary because it requires theTrumbull Board of Education to make every reasonable effort to correct any major imbalances inits workforce. Special efforts will continue to be taken to ensure that full consideration has beengiven to all qualified minority and female employees and applicants.

    This Policy Statement is based on both the spirit and the letter of state and federal anti-discrimination laws, regulations, and executive orders. Accordingly, care is taken to ensure thatno person shall be excluded from participation in, he denied the benefits of, or otherwise beunlawfully discriminated against in any of its programs because of minority status asexemplified in paragraph one. The Trumbull Board of Education will not knowingly use theservices of. patronize, or otherwise deal with any business, contractor, subcontractor or agencythat engages in acts of unlawful discrimination.

    Adopted: 11/03/99Approved Revision: 04/29/03, 02/10/04Approved Revision: 09/18/07

    NOTE: Title VI (Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on race,color or national origin)Title IX (Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination ineducation programs or activities)United States Department of Education Office ol Civil RightsTitle II Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act of 2008 (prohibitsdiscrimination based on genetic information)For appropriate person to contact, please refer to attached appendix.

  • 4000.1/Affirmative Action

    References

    Guideline issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission underTitle VII

    Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

    Section 46a60, Discriminatory Employment Practices Prohibited, GeneralStatutes Connecticut as amended.

    Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

    Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972.

    (;enetic Information Non-Discrimination Act of 2008

    P.L.97-35 Section 558 (c) (d) & 34 CFR 22.60

  • 4000.1/Affirmative Action

    APPENDiX A

    Title VI issues (Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on race, color, ornational origin) can be reported to the Assistant Superintendent, who will serve as the DistrictsTitle VI coordinator, at (203) 452-4348, Trumbull Public Schools, 6254 Main Street, Trumbull,CT 06611.

    Title IX issues (Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex ineducation programs or activities) can be reported to the Assistant Superintendent, who will serveas the Districts Title IX coordinator, at (203) 452-4348, Trumbull Public Schools, 6254 MainStreet, Trumbull, CT 06611.

    United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights5 Post Office Square. 8t11 FloorBoston, MA 02109-3921Telephone (617) 289-0111Fax (617) 289-0150TTY (800) 877-8339Email: [email protected] ittp:\wed.ov!ocr

  • TRUMBULL PUBLIC SCI-IOOLS SECTION: 400()BOARD OF EDUCATION CATEGORY: PersonnelCertified andPOLICY MANUAL Non-Certified

    POLICY CODE: 4111 .1/Non-Discrimination inDraft C 7/10/15 Employment

    Changes in blue arc Dr. Budds revisions/suggestionsNON-DISCRIMINATION IN EMPLOYMENT

    Policy Statement

    The Trumbull Board of Education is an equal opportunity employer. The Trumbull Board ofEducation will not discriminate in its employment on the basis of race, color, religious creed.religion, sex, age. national oriin. ancestry, marital status. sexual orientation, gender identity orexpression. disability (including but not limited to. present or past history of mentaldisability, intellectual disabihit, n4 past/present history of mental disorder, learningdisability or physical disability, including hut not limited to, blindness) genetic information,or any other basis prohibited by Connecticut State and/or Federal nondiscrimination laws.and/or disability. No qualified person shall be subjected to discrimination in employment underany program of the Trumbull Board of Education.

    The Superintendent will continually evaluate employment policies arid practices in termsof this policy and will report annually to the Board the results of such evaluation. Whenappropriate, the Superintendent will recommend any changes of policies and practicesto eliminate the effects of any discrimination. In reviewing employment practices in terms of thispolicy, the Superintendent wi44 shall as needed call upon the advice and counsel of he aCommittee on Employment Policies.

    The Board of Education shall establish regulations to ensure that the district recruit,employ, promote, and implement the hiring of qualified staff of diversity at all levels ofemployment. Recruitment methods include, but are not limited to: urban newspapers, nationalmagazines, recruitment companies which specialize in minority educators, andto broaden and encourage internships to diverse groups of people of diversity.

    The Superintendent will communicate the contents of this policy and its attendantregulations to employees and applicants for employment.

    NOTE: Title VI (Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination basedon race, color or national origin).Title IX (Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination in educationprograms or activities).Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination on the basis ofhandicap).Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act of 2008 (prohibits discriminationbased on genetic information).United States Department of Education Office of Civil RightsFor appropriate person to contact. please refer to attached appendix.

    Adopted: 2/24/76Approved Revision: 10/79, 10/81, 1 1/884/93, 2/3/98, 04/29/03, 02/10/04, 09/18/07

  • 4111.1/Non-Discrimination in Eniployment

    Regulations The Assistant Superintendent has the responsibility for supervising this policy and

    regulations while all administrators and supervisors in (lie employ of the Board of Education

    have the responsibility for administering this policy and regulation.

    2. The Assistant Superintendent will he responsible for including in any printed materials used

    in the recruitment or application phases of the process of hiring new employees the statement

    that the Trumbull Board of Education is an Equal Opportunity Employer. He/she shall

    distribute such material without discriminadon on the basis of race, color, religious creed,

    sex, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status. sexual orientation, and past/present history

    of mental disorder and/or disability race, color. ieltius creed, religion, sex, age. national

    origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. disability

    (including but not limited to, present or past history of mental disability, intellectual

    disability, learning disability or physical disability, including but not limited to,

    blindness) genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by Connecticut State

    and/or Federal nondiscrimination laws.

    3. By means of newspaper ads and by posting in appropriate places in all buildings, the

    Superintendent will annually inform all employees and employee bargaining units about this

    policy, its attendant regulations, as well as the name, office address and telephone number of

    the administrator responsible for administering this policy and its attendant regulations.

    4. The Assistant Superintendent shall, as needed, appoint and chair a Committee on

    Employment Policies. This Committee shall be comprised of no more than five (5) members

    which shall as reasonably as possible be representative of all employee categories including,

    but not limited to race, color, religious creed, religion, sex, age, national origin, ancestry,

    marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and past/present history of

    mental disorder and/or disability (including but not limited to, I resent or past history of

    mental disability, intellectual disability, learning disability or phsical disability,

    including but not limited to, blindness) genetic information, or any other basis

    prohibited by Connecticut State and/or Federal nondiscrimination laws. This committee

    shall review employment policies and practices in terms of this policy.

    5. This Committee shall follow the established complaint procedure. The resolution of

    complaints is encouraged at the earliest stage.

    Procedures

    1. Employees shall discuss the complaint with their immediate supervisors with the hope of

    resolving the matter. Supervisors may seek assistance from other sources, including central

    office administration.

    2. If the employee is not satisfied with the proposed resolution of the matter by his/her

    supervisor, the employee shall file, in writing, a discrimination complaint with the Assistant

    Superintendent. As much as practical under the circumstances, complaints will be maintained

    confidentially on a need to know basis. A complaint shall be acknowledged, in writing,

  • 4111.1/Non-Discrimination in EmploymentProcedures contd.

    within three (3) business days. It shall be investigated, and the complainant informed of thefindings and recommendations, within twenty (20) business days of receipt of the complaint.In the unusual circumstance when an investigation cannot he concluded within twenty (20)business days, it shall he concluded as soon as possible.

    3. If a complainant is not satisfied with the findings and/or recommendations, he/she mayrequest, within ten (10) business days of the receipt of the decision of the AssistantSuperintendent, a hearing before the Superintendent. Such request shall he in writing andshall state the reasons the complainant is not satisfied. The Superintendent shall meet withthe complainant within ten (10) business days of receipt of the complaint and shall respond,in writing, within ten (10) business days of the hearing.

    4. A complainant may, if desired or if dissatisfied with action taken at the local level, report thegrievance directly to the United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights.

    5. At the conclusion of the investigation, all written complaints, investigating notes and otherdocuments, other than any discipline dispensed, shall he maintained in a secure file, separateand apart from the personnel files of the parties involved.

    Reference

    Trumbull Board of Education Policy:Affirmative Action, Policy Code 4000.1Sexual Harassment, Policy Code 4118.112

    Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Guideline issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under Title

    VI Section 46a-60, Discriminatory employment practices prohibited, General

    Statutes of Connecticut as amended Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act of 2008 P.L. 97-35 Section 558 (c) (d) & 34 CFR 200.60

  • 4111.1/Non-Discrimination in Employment

    APPENDIX A

    Title VI issues (Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on race, color, ornational origin) can he reported to the Assistant Superintendent, who will serve as the DistrictsTitle VI coordinator, at (203) 4524348, Trumbull Public Schools, 6254 Main Street, Trumbull,CT 06611.

    Title IX issues (Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex ineducation programs or activities) can he reported to the Assistant Superintendent, who will serveas the Districts Title IX coordinator, at (203) 452-4348, Trumbull Public Schools, 6254 MainStreet, Trumbull, CT 06611.

    United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights5 Post Office Square, 8 FloorBoston, MA 02109-3921Telephone (617) 289-01 11Fax (617) 289-0150TTY (800) 877-8339Email: [email protected]://www.ed.go/ocr

  • TRUMBULL PUBLIC SCI-IOOLS SECTION: 500()BOARD OF EDUCATION CATEGORY: StudentsPOLICY MANUAL POLICY CODE: 5124/Reporting to

    Parents/Guardian

    Second Reading?Policy Committee changes consist of strikcthroughs with new wording bolded andhighlighted in purple.

    REPORTING TO PARENTS/GUARDIANS

    Policy Statement

    It is the policy of the Trumbull Board of Education to periodically report-toparents/guardians on student academic, social and emotional growth anddevelopment.

    Adopted: 11/07/79Revised: 04/04/00

  • 5124/Reporting to Parents/Guardians

    Regulations

    A. Elementary Schools and Pre-schoolFormal reporting shall be accomplished for all students in prekindergartenthrough grade five.

    Report cards will he published at the following times: December, Marchand June

    2. Reporting of progress is delivered through a parent portal in thestudent information system

    3. Parent/guardianteacher conferences will be offered each year during themonth of November before the first report-card is published. Anadditional parent/guardian-teacher conference will be offered each yearduring the month of March.

    4. Additional parent/guardianteacher conferences may be scheduled at anytime during the school year by either the parent/guardian or the teacher.

    5. A parent/guardianteacher conference is required as soon as retentionbecomes a consideration. The conference will focus on criteria forpromotion and related guidelines as outlined by Board Policy 5123.PROMOTIONIRETENTION/AcCELERATI0N/(;RADEs K-8.This, and Any subsequent conference and related reports and timelineswill follow the same guidelines.

    B. Secondary SchoolsFormal reporting for middle school and high school students shall beaccomplished as follows:

    I. Parent/guardianteacher conferences will be offered each year during themonths of November and February/March. Additional parent/guardianteacher conferences may be scheduled at any time during the school yearby either the parent/guardian or the teacher.

    2. Reporting of progress is delivered through a parent portal in the studentinformation system.

    3. Report cards will be published during the following times:Grades 6 through 8 December, March and JuneGrades 9 through 12 November, January, April and June

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  • 1 24/Reporting to Parents/GuardiansRegulations contd.

    C. Identified Students with Disabilities, Pre-K-12

    A report of progress toward the measurahle annual goals and ohectives in eachstudents Individualized Educational Plan ( IEP) will be sent to parents/guardiansas required by the IEP. Progress toward goals and objectives is reported on allgoal pages of the State approved IEP form using the progress reporting providedOfl that form.

    Progress on IEP goals and objectives may he conveyed to parents/guardians atconferences scheduled with special education teachers, as indicated in A and Babove. All students with IEPs will have their goals and objectives reviewed attheir annual PPT.

    References

    IDEA Reauthorization 1997CT State PA 10-li 1Parent-Teacher Conferences

    Trumbull Board of Education Policies: Prornotion/ Retention/Acceleration/ Grade K-8. Policy Code 5 123 Trumbull High School Performance Standards/ Requirements for

    Graduation. Policy Code 5 123. 1 High School Attendance/Loss of Credit, Policy Code 5113

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  • TRUMBULL PU BLIC SCI-IOOLS SECTION: 100()BOARD OF EDUCATION CATEGORY: Community RelationsPOLICY MANUAL POLICY CODE: 1401/Civility and Decorum

    New Policy Draft A 2.11.15

    CIVILITY AND DECORUM

    Policy Statement

    It is the policy of the Trumbull Board of Education to promote an environment in which allmembers of the school community treat each other civilly, that is, with courtesy and respect in allcontacts, whether direct or indirect.

    The Trumbull Board of Education expects mutual respect, civility and orderly conduct among allindividuals on school property or at school events. District staff will treat parents/guardians andother members of the public with respect and expect the same in return. The Board of Educationis committed to maintaining orderly educational and administrative processes in keeping schoolsand administrative offices free from disruptions and preventing unauthorized persons fromentering school/district grounds.

    In the interest of presenting Board members and District employee

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