Calendars

 

Visit each school's web site or contact the school directly for information regarding activities at each school. 

A downloadable version of the 2018-2019 calendar is also available in Adobe Acrobat Reader.  

In the event of weather-related school closures, make-up days are scheduled as follows: There is one make-up day built in the school calendar.  Snow make-up days will be scheduled at the end of the school year in June.  If all snow days cannot be made up in June, the additional days would be subtracted from the spring (April) vacation, starting at the end of that week.  High School graduation date was determined at the second Board meeting in April. 

Please refer to the City of Meriden Public Meetings calendar for the most current schedule of Special Board of Education Meetings and Board of Education Subcommittee Meetings.

 

 

A MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS  

Dear Students and Parents/Guardians,

Thank you for believing in our school system and sending your children to the Meriden Public Schools. I am proud of our students and honored to be your Superintendent of Schools. As a lifelong Meriden resident, a product of the Meriden Public Schools, and a parent of two Meriden Public School students, I care deeply about our students, staff, and school system. The Meriden Public Schools provided me with an outstanding education that prepared me to be successful in college and life. As your educational leader, I am committed to making sure that all of our students complete rigorous coursework in safe, supportive learning environments, and that we support their academic and social/emotional development.

The Meriden Public Schools is very proud of its successes. We offer full-day kindergarten for all our students and two expanded learning time elementary schools. We also allow our students to utilize their own devices, as well as provide mobile devices to them in our one-to-one learning environments. Our school system has received statewide and national recognition for its student-centered approaches, academic gains, and creative programs to meet the needs of all students.

We are committed to working with students, parents, teachers, staff, administrators, Board of Education members, City officials, service providers, and all community members who can help our students succeed. To realize our goals, we encourage parents to be active partners in their child’s education. Together, we can provide an education that successfully meets the needs and desires of all students. Together, we can assure that Here, Students Succeed.

I look forward to working with you and your children. Again, I am proud to be your Superintendent of Schools, and I am excited to make the Meriden Public Schools a model of public education success. I am inspired by our students and confident that they will continue to impress us with their performance in the classroom, on the athletic field, in our theaters, and in their volunteerism in the community.

I wish you and your family a most successful and enjoyable school year.

All the best!

Sincerely,

Mark D. Benigni, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools 

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION  

From left to right (back): Donald R. Green, Esq.; Marisol Estrada; Pamela S. Bahre; Kim A. Carbone-Pandiani; Allan E. Pronovost. From left to right (front): John D. Lineen, Jr., Treasurer; Mark A. Hughes, President; Dr. Steven J. O’Donnell, Vice President; Robert E. Kosienski, Jr., Secretary. 

Note: The Board of Education meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month, unless otherwise indicated in the calendar. 

CENTRAL OFFICE ADMINISTRATION 

Superintendent of Schools Mark D. Benigni  203-630-4171 

Assistant Superintendent for Teaching & Learning

Miguel A. Cardona  203-630-4185

Assistant Superintendent for Technology & Operations

Michael S. Grove  203-630-4173

Assistant Superintendent for Personnel & Talent Development

Louis Bronk  203-630-4209
Senior Director of Student Supports & Special Education Patricia Sullivan-Kowalski  203-630-4177

 

 

 

 


Calendar published by the Meriden Public Schools 
www.meridenk12.org

SCHOOLS  

Schools *Hours Principal Phone
Elementary Schools      
John Barry 7:55-3:55  Daniel Crispino 203-237-8831
Benjamin Franklin 8:55-3:20  Joanne Conte 203-235-7997
Nathan Hale 8:55-3:20  Karen Dahn 203-237-7486
Hanover 8:55-3:20  Jennifer Kelley 203-235-6359
Thomas Hooker 8:55-3:20  Lysette Torres 203-237-8839
Casimir Pulaski 8:55-3:20  Daniel Coffey 203-238-1273
Israel Putnam 8:55-3:20  Enza Adamcewicz 203-237-8493
Roger Sherman 7:40-3:40  Louise Moss  203-238-1286
       
Middle Schools      
Lincoln  7:55-2:15  Dianne Vumback 203-238-2381
Washington  7:55-2:15  Raymond Southland 203-235-6606
       
High Schools      
Maloney  7:30-2:00   Jennifer Straub  203-238-2334
Platt  7:30-2:00  Robert Montemurro 203-235-7962

* Thursday dismissal times: 2:50 (elementary); 1:44 (middle); 1:28 (high); 3:25 (John Barry)

 

Central Registration Office, 165 Miller Street, Meriden, CT, 203-235-1507

Programs

  Coordinator  Phone
Success Academy 7:15-1:45  David Sharron 203-235-0013
Venture Academy 7:30-2:00  David Gollsneider 203-630-7850
College & Career Readiness Center  7:30-4:00  Richard Tanasi  203-237-0602

 

 

 

SYSTEM-WIDE STAFF 

Director of Business Services Donna Carnot 203-630-4170
Director of Transportation  Kenneth Dubin 203-630-4214
Director of Curriculum and Instructional Technology Barbara Haeffner 203-630-4437
Research & Evaluation Specialist Alvin Larson 203-630-4122
Grants/Special Programs Coordinator Lois Lehman 203-630-4206
Director of Food & Nutrition Services Susan Maffé 203-630-4166
Director of Facilities  David Paul 203-630-4196

Supervisor of Language and Community Partnerships

Vacant 203-630-4192

 

INVOLVEMENT WITH YOUR BOARD OF EDUCATION

REGULAR MEETINGS Regular meetings of the Board of Education shall be held in the office of the Board at 6:00 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month with the exception of July and August, when one meeting will be held in each month.

All regular meetings shall be open to the public and the news media. All changes of regular meetings from normal dates shall be advertised with the news media whenever possible.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AT MEETINGS

All meetings of the Board of Education for the official transaction of business shall be open to the public except that the Board may, by the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members present and voting, meet in executive session for the purposes specified in Connecticut General Statutes §1-255. Because the Board desires to hear the viewpoints of citizens throughout the district, it shall offer suitable time at all meetings for citizens to be heard. However, Board meetings are conducted for the purpose of carrying on the business of the schools and, therefore, are not public meetings but meetings held in public.

Any individual recognized by the Board President to speak shall give his/her name, address, the group, if any, that is being represented and the subject to be discussed. The presentation shall be as brief as possible. Unless an extension of time is granted by the President, the speaker shall be limited to three minutes.

The Board will not permit in public session any expression of personal complaint about school personnel nor against any person connected with the school system, including students. Persons with personal complaints regarding personnel should speak with the Superintendent of Schools as a means of bringing concerns for consideration and disposition. Speakers will not be permitted to participate in gossip, make defamatory comments or use abusive or vulgar language. Speakers will be advised that comments must be limited to items which directly relate to the school district. The President of the Board will maintain the prerogative to discontinue any presentation which violates any of the public participation guidelines.

As a matter of standard procedure, public comment will be confined to that portion of the agenda reserved for petitions and comments, and is subject to Board approval. In the advance of any meeting, any member of the public may request of the Board President or the Board President may extend an invitation to any member of the public for an opportunity to address the Board on one or more specific agenda items when those items are reached. The decision to honor such a request or to extend such an invitation shall be within the sole discretion of the Board President in due consideration of the Board’s goals and statement of policies especially as enumerated in Board Policy Section 1000: Community Relations. 

SCHEDULE OF MEETINGS 

2018

August 21
September 4 and 18
October 2 and 16
November 7 and 20
December 4 and 18

2019
January 2 and 15
February 5 and 26
March 5 and 19
April 2 and 23
May 7 and 21
June 4 and 18
July 16
August 20

BOARD OF EDUCATION MISSION

We strive to provide all students with educational opportunities to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes that will enable them to lead productive and self-sustaining lives in a democratic, multicultural society. 

BOARD OF EDUCATION GOALS 

1. To meet high expectations for academic achievement for all students to prepare them for productive and self-sustaining adult life, continuing education and responsible citizenship in a democratic, global society.

2. To meet the fundamental needs of all learners by providing a safe and disciplined environment conducive to learning.

3. To meet high standards for the performance of teachers and administrators leading to improved student learning.

4. To focus resources effectively, efficiently, and equitably to ensure that all students achieve at sufficiently high levels to enable them to lead productive and self-sustaining lives.

5. To increase the direct involvement of all stakeholders in public education.

SCHOOL BREAKFAST AND LUNCH PROGRAM

The Meriden Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services Program prides itself on serving nutritious breakfasts and lunches to all K-12 students at no charge in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. All meals are planned by a Registered Dietitian and are in compliance with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Menus are posted on www.meriden.nutrislice.com or can be accessed by downloading “School Lunch by Nutrislice” on Google Play or the App store. If your child has food allergies, please report them to your child’s school nurse. 

Each student has a school I.D. number, which also serves as their Food and Nutrition Services I.D./account number. This I.D. number will follow your child from kindergarten until graduation and is used for daily transactions in the cafeteria. If your child does not yet know his/her number, learning and practicing this number before school begins will give your child an advantage and make the lunch lines move more quickly during meal service. 

Your child’s Food and Nutrition Services account provides the opportunity and the benefit to make advance deposits on the account, allowing for no handling of money at the cash register at the time of service. Advance deposits can be made in cash, by check or money order, or through our on-line prepayment system, Mypaymentsplus, which can be accessed through www.meridenk12.org. Advance deposits on a child’s account enhances and improves the student’s dining experience, as lines move significantly more quickly, allowing your child more time to eat. Additional information about your child’s account and how it can best be customized to meet your needs, as well as the multiple benefits of creating an account with Mypaymentsplus, can be found on our website, www.meridenk12.org, or by calling our office directly at 203-630-4166.

Items other than meals, such as milk, beverages or healthy snacks, may be purchased with cash or may be deducted from your child's account. The district does not have a charge option, as all meals are free. 

HEALTH SERVICES 

The Board of Education and the Health Department cooperate in the interest of maintaining optimum student health. The central office staffs of both agencies develop policies and procedures to implement the mandates of city, state and federal legislation. Each building principal and school nurse is responsible foradministering a wide range of health services which vary according to the age of a child. 

All newly enrolled students entering the Meriden Public Schools must be adequately immunized in accordance with administrative regulations and state law. In addition, a complete physical, performed by a medical practitioner licensed in the United States, is required within twelve months of enrollment. 

Kindergarten, seventh, and tenth grade school entry health requirements can be found on the City of Meriden’s website, www.meridenct.gov. Exemptions to the immunizations require a certificate from a physician stating the child has had the disease or that immunization would be detrimental to the child’s health, or a written notarized statement from parents or guardians that such immunizations would be contrary to religious beliefs. 

The Board is committed to a sound comprehensive health program as an integral part of each student’s general education. Instruction on acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) is part of this curriculum. Parents or guardians who wish their child to be exempt from instruction on this topic should make a written request to the principal of the school. 

TRANSPORTATION 

In accordance with State Department of Education guidelines, the Meriden Public Schools provides transportation to students attending public and parochial schools. Eligibility for transportation is determined by the following criteria: 

  • Elementary school students (includes kindergarten) who, if not provided transportation, would have a walking distance to the school to which they are normally assigned of more than 1 mile.
  • Middle school students who, unless provided transportation, would have a walking distance to school of more than 1½ miles.
  • High school students who, if not provided transportation, would have a walking distance to school of more than 2 miles.

Transportation is provided to students placed in appropriate educational settings outside the Meriden Public Schools. Inquiries regarding eligibility should be directed to the school principal of the assigned school. 

Parents of young children are encouraged to meet buses until confident that their children are capable of properly walking to and from their school bus stop. Parents may instruct their children to remain on the school bus and ask to be returned to their school if a parent or caregiver is not present at the bus stop to meet them. This determination shall be the responsibility of the student and not the bus driver. 

ATTENDANCE, HOMEWORK AND STUDENT DISCIPLINE 

Attendance, homework and discipline are three major topics which affect students and their parents on an almost daily basis. The Meriden Board of Education has comprehensive policies and procedures to provide students and parents with direction in these areas. 

Attendance 

Attendance is a vital aspect of successful learning. Students need to be in school daily, and absences must be kept to a minimum. Parents are encouraged to avoid situations where a youngster requires an early release from school or is absent from school for avoidable reasons. Unexcused absences are directly followed up by all schools through parent contact and coordination with appropriate community agencies. At the high school level, specific guidelines have been developed to stress the importance of daily attendance and participation. Regular school attendance is the responsibility of parents. Per Connecticut General Statutes § 10-184, mandatory attendance is required for students age five to eighteen unless the child is a high school graduate, or at seventeen years of age, a parent or person having control over such student, consents to such student’s withdrawal from school. Parents of children five years of age have the option of not sending the child to school until the child is six years of age, and parents of children six years of age have the option of not sending the child to school until the child is seven years of age. Parents may annually exercise such option by personally appearing at Central Office and signing an option form. 

Reporting Daily Student Absences 

Each school makes a concerted effort daily to verify student absences by contacting the home. This is done in order to confirm that the student is absent for acceptable reasons and, as importantly, to check with parents to be sure that a child is not assumed to be in school. 

In order to be of assistance in verifying student absences, we strongly urge parents to call the school when their children are absent. The best time to do this is as early in the morning as possible. In those cases when parents do not call, the school staff will make every effort to contact the homes. 

Truancy

Unauthorized absence from school is considered truancy and will be treated as such. It is the parent’s legal responsibility to ensure a student’s regular attendance. Disciplinary action, when appropriate, shall be taken in such cases beginning with notification of parents. Continued violation may lead to suspension from school. 

The Board of Education recognizes the importance of early intervention for students exhibiting truancy behavior. A “truant” means a child between the ages of 5 and 18 enrolled in a grade who has four (4) unexcused absences in one month, or ten (10) unexcused absences in one year. A “habitual truant” means any such child who has twenty (20) unexcused absences within a school year.

Truancy will result in a referral to Juvenile Court. School personnel, wherever possible and as much as possible, will seek cooperation from parents and assist parents in remedying and preventing truancy. 

Parental Requests for Early Dismissal 

The Meriden Board of Education recognizes the tremendous importance time-on- task plays in a student’s academic success and has committed significant resources to improving time on task in the Meriden Public Schools. The Board believes that regular requests by a parent or guardian for early dismissal, although well intentioned, are contrary to its efforts, disruptive to the school program, and negatively impact student learning. Therefore, the Meriden Board of Education does not approve of and strongly discourages regular requests for early dismissal. 

Emergency School Closing 

When schools must be closed, or hours adjusted because of inclement weather or other emergency situations, announcements to this effect will be made on the following radio stations beginning as early as 6:00 a.m: WTIC (1080 AM and 96.5 FM); WRCH (100.5 FM); WZMX (93.7 FM); and WRYM-Spanish (840 AM). Announcements will also be broadcast on WFSB Channel 3, WTNH Channel 8, WVIT Channel 30, WTIC Fox 61, and our district website. In addition, the Meriden Public Schools utilizes an Automated Calling System for announcements. 

Homework

An extensive policy defines the roles of the school, student and parents with respect to homework. Teachers assign homework on a regular basis and use such assignments to reinforce skills and concepts introduced in the classroom and extend learning time for students. 

Discipline

Discipline in the Meriden Public Schools is governed by Board of Education policy that defines acceptable student behavior and disciplinary actions which may be taken when the standards are not followed. These procedures are covered in the school handbooks and the Code of Conduct. Parents are advised to review them with their children. While school discipline is more often applied by the classroom teacher, school principals and assistant principals playthe major decision-making role in the more serious disciplinarysituations. Parents are encouraged to contact their children’s schools when they have questions about any aspect of student discipline. 

Special Education 

A diversity of educational programs and related services is provided to students with disabilities from three years of age to twenty-one years of age. Please call your child’s school if you have questions or would like to refer your child to special education. Additional information can be obtained on our website, www.meridenk12.org, or by calling the Senior Director of Student Supports and Special Education at 203-630-4177. 

THREATS TO SCHOOLS

In the event of a threat to any one of the Meriden Public Schools, building administrators will follow the “incident command system.” This system, utilized by most emergency responders, allows for a unified and coordinated effort to assess the threat and provide the greatest level of safety for students and staff. The Meriden Public Schools has long partnered with the Meriden Police Department, the Meriden Fire Department, and the Meriden Health Department to protect students and staff from a full spectrum of threats, including, but not limited to, physical, biological, hazardous materials or weather-related disasters. Whenever practical, information concerning incidents in schools will be transmitted as soon as possible to parents. 

For further information on this topic, you may contact the Assistant Superintendent of Schools for Technology and Operations at 203-630-4173. 

STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES 

Student support services are provided bya staff consisting of school counselors, social workers, school psychologists, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and behavioral specialists. In addition, family-school liaisons and a family-school liaison coordinator are available to assist families. 

STUDENT RECORDS 

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), 20 U.S.C. §1232g, et seq., affords parents and eligible students certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. They are: 

  • The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within forty-five (45) days of the day the Meriden Public Schools receives a request for access. Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal (or appropriate school official) a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The principal (or appropriate school official) will make arrangements for access and notify the parents or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. 
  • The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parents or eligible student believe are inaccurate or misleading, or otherwise violates the student’s privacy rights. Parents or eligible students may ask the school to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate, misleading or violates a student’s privacy rights. Parents or an eligible student should write the school principal (or appropriate school official), clearly identifying the part of the record the parents or eligible student want changed and specifywhyit is inaccurate or misleading, or otherwise violates the student’s privacy rights. If the school decides not to amend the record as requested by the parents or eligible student, the school will notify the parents or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parents or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing. 
  • The right to consent to privacy of personally identifiable information in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception that permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to a school official with legitimate interests. A school official is a person employed by the Meriden Public Schools as an administrator, supervisor, instructor or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcements unit personnel); a person serving on the Board of Education; a person or company with whom the Meriden Public Schools has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. The Meriden Public Schools will disclose a student’s education record without consent to officials of another public school district, public charter school or private school in which the student seeks or intends to enroll. 
  • The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the Meriden Public Schools to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is: 

    Family Policy Compliance Office
    U.S. Department of Education
    400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.
    Washington, D.C. 20202-4605

STUDENT DATA PRIVACY 

The Meriden Public Schools is committed to protecting student data in accordance with FERPA, the Children’s Online PrivacyProtection Act (COPPA), and the Connecticut Student Data Privacy Act (CT PA 16-189). Additional information can be found on our website, www.meridenk12.org

RELEASE OF STUDENT DIRECTORY INFORMATION 

Unless notified by a parent or eligible student to the contrary within two weeks of the date of this notice, the Meriden Public Schools will be permitted to disclose “Directory Information” concerning a student. Directory Information means information contained in an education record of a student that would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. It includes, but is not limited to, the parent’s name and/or e-mail address, the student’s name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, photographic and/or video images, date and place of birth, major field(s) of study, grade level, enrollment status (full-time; part-time), participation in school-sponsored activities or athletics, weight and height (if the student is a member of an athletic team), dates of attendance, degrees, honors and awards received, and the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended. Directory information does not include a student’s social security number, student identification number or other unique personal identifier used by the student for purposes of accessing or communicating in electronic systems unless the identifier cannot be used to gain access to education records except when used in conjunction with one or more factors that authenticate the user’s identity, such as a PIN or password.

The school district may disclose directory information about students after they are no longer enrolled in the school district. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the district will continue to honor any valid objection to the disclosure of directory information made while a student was in attendance unless the student rescinds the objection. 

An objection to the disclosure of directory information shall not prevent the school district from disclosing or requiring a student to disclose the student’s name, identifier or institutional email address in a class in which the student is enrolled. An objection to the disclosure of directory information shall be good for only one year. 

The Meriden Public Schools is legally obligated to provide military recruiters, upon request, with the names, addresses and telephone numbers of secondary school students, unless a parent or eligible student objects to such disclosure in writing. In all other circumstances, information designated as directory information will not be released when requested by a third party unless the release of such information is determined by the administration to be in the educational interest of the Meriden Public Schools and is consistent with its obligations under both state and federal law. 

PARENTS’ RIGHT OF CONSENT TO RELEASE OF STUDENT DIRECTORY INFORMATION 

Parents and eligible students who desire the Meriden Public Schools NOT to release their or their child’s “directory information” for the purposes outlined in the paragraph above MUST, within two weeks of receipt of this notice, express their desire to opt out in the form of a written letter, clearly indicating their desire addressed to: 

Superintendent’s Office
Meriden Public Schools
22 Liberty Street
Meriden, Connecticut 06450

The letter must be delivered via postal mail each year the parent or eligible student wishes to opt out of this disclosure. 

PARENTS’ RIGHT TO REQUEST INFORMATION CONCERNING TEACHER QUALIFICATIONS 

Under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, as parents, you have a right to request the following information concerning the qualifications of teachers in core academic subject areas who work with your children: 

  • Whether your child’s teacher has met State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction; 
  • Whether your child’s teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which State qualification or licensing criteria have been waived; 
  • The baccalaureate degree major of your child’s teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree. 

This information may be obtained by contacting the Assistant Superintendent for Personnel and Talent Development at 203-630-4209.

RIGHTS UNDER THE PROTECTION OF PUPIL RIGHTS AMENDMENT

The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA), 20 U.S.C. § 1232h, affords parents and eligible students (i.e., students over eighteen or emancipated minors) certain rights with respect to the administration of student surveys, the collection and use of personal information, and the administration of certain physical exams. Additional information can be found on our website, www.meridenk12.org

TESTING PROGRAM 

The Meriden Public Schools has a testing program designed to assess, foster, and monitor the academic achievement of students and to evaluate our curriculum and instructional programs. The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) provides short, optional assessments for teachers to help them guide instruction. The State has required SBAC to be administered in grades 3 to 8 each year in April/May. The SBAC is designed to assess mathematical and English language arts achievement and to monitor progress toward the “college and career readiness” of our students. Each fall, students in grade 8, 9, 10 and 11 are administered the College Board’s PSAT in October/November. High school students in grade 11 are also assessed on the School Day SAT assessment, as well as Advanced Placement programs for possible college credit. For the 2018-2019 school year, the State has required science assessments to be administered in grades 5, 8 and 11 in March/April. To further supplement required testing, the district also periodically administers short, age-appropriate, diagnostic and/or embedded assessments in grades K- 12 in all subject areas. 

SCHOOL SURVEYS

Connecticut schools are required to administer School Climate Surveys to students, parents and staff. The results of these three surveys are used to help improve instruction, social development of students, parent involvement and collaboration among school staff. The School Climate Survey for students is administered in the fall in grades 3 through 12 and has been nationally validated. This instrument helps monitor general student social development and is part of our pro-social and bullying prevention system. This system is also supported by “Meriden Cares,” an optional, student-initiated surveyto help report social issues at any time during the school year. Another survey, “Getting to Know You,” is administered to students in grades 3-11 from April to June and in the fall to new students as they enter during the school year. This survey asks students about their interests outside of school and their engagement about each school subject area. This survey also helps teachers to quickly develop positive student-teacher relationships and to help make school more enjoyable and meaningful for students. 

REPORT CARD/PROGRESS REPORT PROCEDURES 

These documents are the basic ways of communicating student progress to parents. Much time and effort has been devoted to developing reporting procedures and instruments which clearly convey information about student performance. 

Elementary School Level:

In kindergarten through grade five, progress reports are issued three times a year. This progress report provides a detailed profile of student progress in specific skill areas. For the first and second marking periods, conferences are scheduled so teachers can discuss students’ progress directly with parents. In order to accommodate the conferences, shortened days are scheduled in October and January. 

Middle School Level:

Report cards are issued four times a year at this level. Students are evaluated in terms of key social and behavioral areas and in all academic areas. Conferences are scheduled in March and October. 

High School Level:

At this level, report cards are also issued four times yearly. High school report cards provide information about the academic and social progress of students. They are issued shortly after the close of each marking period. At the end of the year, the report cards are mailed within a few weeks of the close of school in June. Conferences are scheduled in March and October. 

At both the middle and high school levels, progress reports are also issued at mid-marking period to advise parents of significant changes that may be occurring in a youngster’s school performance. 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS 

Graduation dates are set by the Board of Education at the second meeting in April. The Connecticut General Assembly adopted legislation that mandated specific graduation requirements for all students throughout the state. The Meriden Board of Education adopted these along with locally developed requirements. Graduation requirements are detailed in the high school Program of Studies booklet which is given to every high school student. 

DRUG PROCEDURES 

The Board of Education has adopted policies and procedures to implement a program to prevent the use of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees. These items are consistent with Section 5145 of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act as added by Section 22 of the Amendments of 1989 (P.L. 101- 226). Copies of education and prevention programs, along with standards of conduct including disciplinary sanctions (including expulsion and referral for prosecution), and rehabilitation options for this mandatory program are available in the principal’s office. 

DRESS CODE 

The Meriden Board of Education takes pride in the appearance of our students. Students are expected to wear attire that is not disruptive to the education process and is not dangerous or unsafe. Students should always come to school neat and clean. The dress of a student reflects the level of respect for oneself, respect for one’s peers and respect for one’s school. 

The Meriden Board of Education, school administrators, and teachers will enforce the following guidelines as the Student Dress Code in the Meriden Public School System: 

a. Headgear - All headgear, which includes, but is not limited to, hats, caps, hoods, bandanas, bandana headbands, wave caps, doo-rags, sweatbands, visors, kerchiefs, and headbands, are prohibited, must be kept out of sight in the building and must be placed in the student’s locker or classroom closet immediately upon entering the school and should remain there for the entire school day. Head coverings shall not be worn, carried, hung on belts or around the neck or be kept in the classroom during regular school hours. Approved coverings worn as part of a student’s religious practice or belief shall not be prohibited under this policy.

b. Blouses/Shirts - Blouses/shirts should be constructed so that the tops of the shoulders are covered by at least one (1) inch-wide straps on the elementary school level and two (2) inch-wide straps on the middle and high school levels (no halter/off the shoulder tops, strapless tops, spaghetti straps or bare shoulders of any type will be allowed). Blouses/shirts that allow exposure of any portion of the waist, hips, midriff or inappropriate exposure of the chest and/or breasts are not allowed. Blouses/shirts should not be form fitting either by fabric, cut, and/or design. This will mean that undergarments and/or private body areas must not be evident or visible through clothing. Rips or holes that expose skin and see-through shirts are not acceptable. Undergarments may not be worn as outerwear.

c. Skirts/Shorts/Dresses/Pants - Skirts, shorts and dresses should have hemlines that are not more than four (4) inches above the top of the knee cap. Pants should be of a length so as not to be a danger to yourself or others walking near you. Pants should be worn close to the waist and belted or should fit well enough to stay at the waist, preventing exposure of undergarments. Skirts/Shorts/Dresses/Pants should not be form fitting either by fabric, cut, and/or design. This will mean that undergarments and/or private body areas must not be evident or visible through clothing. Rips or holes that expose undergarments or that are located more than four (4) inches above the top of the knee cap are not acceptable. Undergarments may not be worn as outerwear.

d. Outdoor Garments - All outdoor garments, which include, but are not limited to, hats, coats, gloves and winter scarves, must be placed in the student’s locker or classroom closet immediately upon entering the school and should remain there for the entire school day.

e. Shoes - Footwear must be worn at all times. Footwear must be fastened to the foot over the top of the foot as well as the heel or around the ankle. Footwear with excessive heels is not allowed. Footwear, such as, but not limited to, flip flops, clogs, and slip-on sport sandals will not be permitted. Footwear which mars floors or is a safety hazard will not be permitted. Exceptions to the shoe policy may be made according to Physical Education curriculum requirements as allowed by the administration.

f. Lounging Attire - Pajamas, slippers and all other lounging attire are not allowed.

g. Prints - No student clothing or accessories: shall display words or symbols that advocate or depict profanity, violence, drugs, alcohol, sex, hate groups, gang affiliation or illegal activity, expressed or implied; shall contain vulgarity or overly offensive or disruptive writing or pictures, which are likely to disrupt the educational environment; or that provokes others to act violently or causes others to be intimidated by fear of violence; or that contain “fighting words.”

h. Accessories - Students may not wear or possess articles of clothing or clothing accessories that could cause injury to others or are disruptive to the education process. This includes, but is not limited to, sunglasses, chains, cleats, spikes or studs.

i. Students are not allowed to display clothing or symbols that have been identified by agencies, such as, but not limited to, the Meriden Police Department,asbeingcommonlyassociatedwithgangs. Garments,jewelry, body art and tattoos that communicate gang allegiance or affiliation are not allowed to be worn or visible at school.

Exceptions to the above dress code will be considered for medical reasons, special events, cultural beliefs or to promote school spirit, as determined by the school principal or his/her designee. Students and/or sponsors wishing to request special exceptions must have permission from the school administration prior to the activity. 

Students who are not in compliance with the dress code policy will be given an opportunity to comply. Any student who refuses to comply or who repeatedly needs redirection and/or fails to comply with the policy and regulations concerning student dress will be subject to school discipline up to and including expulsion in accordance with the Board’s policy on student discipline. 

NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY 

The Meriden Board of Education, in compliance with federal and state law, affirms its policy of equal educational opportunity for all students and equal employment opportunity for all persons. It is the policy of the Meriden Board of Education to provide equal opportunityfor all students to achieve their maximum potential through the programs offered in all Meriden schools regardless of race, color, age, creed, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, ancestry, national origin, disability, marital status or pregnancy. Course offerings, counseling, assistance, employment, athletics and extracurricular activities shall be provided to all students without discrimination. Reasonable accommodations shall be made for identified physical and mental impairments that constitute disabilities, consistent with federal and state statutes and regulations. 

Complaints involving alleged discrimination based on one of the classifications listed above should be promptly reported to the Senior Director of Student Supports and Special Education at 203-630-4177 or the Assistant Superintendent for Personnel and Talent Development at 203-630-4209. All complaints of discrimination or harassment shall be investigated promptly. Corrective action must be taken when allegations are substantiated. Confidentiality of all parties shall be maintained, consistent with the Board of Education’s legal and investigative obligations. Neither reprisals nor retaliation shall occur as a result of good faith charges of discrimination or harassment. 

shall occur as a result of good faith charges of discrimination or harassment. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (commonly referred to as “Section 504") is a nondiscrimination statute enacted by the United States Congress. The purpose of Section 504 is to prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability and to assure that students with disabilities have educational opportunities and benefits equal to those provided to nondisabled students. Additional information can be found on our website, www.meridenk12.org.

A complete procedure for filing complaints is available both in the school’s office and in the district’s central office of Pupil Personnel Programs. Anyone wishing to file a formal complaint to the Office for Civil Rights should submit it in writing to the Boston Regional Office, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 5 Post Office Square, 8th Floor, Suite 900, Boston, MA 02109-3921. In addition, complaints may be filed online at: http://www.ed.gov/ocr/complaintprocess.html

BULLYING POLICY 

The Meriden Public Schools is committed to creating and maintaining an educational environment free from bullying, harassment and discrimination. Additional information can be obtained on our website, www.meridenk12.org, or by calling the Senior Director of Student Supports and Special Education at 203-630-4177.

ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES 

The thrust of the athletic program is concentrated on the development of physical fitness and the refinement of skills needed to perform well in sports. At the middle school level, the major emphasis is in the area of fine motor coordination, conditioning and good sportsmanship. The theory and strategy of each sport is stressed at this level. At the high school level, interscholastically, there are a multitude of athletic activities in which students can participate. 

Members of varsity teams are awarded certificates. All students who participate are required to have a physical examination. Opportunities exist for those students not interested in interschool sports to participate in a diverse range of intramural activities. 

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES 

The Meriden Public Schools encourages all students to participate in extracurricular activities. These programs offer a wide variety of informational learning opportunities for self-expression and the development of creative potential through club activities, theatrical groups, literary and service clubs and academic societies. 

The objective of all activities is to provide opportunities for students to explore their interests in a way which is constructive and beneficial to the student, his or her school and, ultimately, the Meriden community. 

ADULT, CONTINUING AND CAREER EDUCATION

Meriden Adult Education provides opportunities for adults who want to learn about computers, discover new hobbies, improve physical fitness or brush up on some skills. We also offer classes in English as a Second Language, Citizenship, Basic Skills and options to prepare for a high school diploma. Meriden offers a Credit Diploma Program at the College and Career Readiness Center. Options are available for students to take daytime, evening or online courses to complete degree requirements towards a Meriden high school diploma. In addition, classes are offered at the College and Career Readiness Center to prepare students for the General Education Diploma (GED®). Programming is also available for students who have received a high school diploma, but require additional academic skill development before entering credit-bearing college courses. 

Course offerings and general information are described in a catalog distributed in the local newspaper twice each year. Catalogs are available at the Meriden Public Library and the College and Career Readiness Center. For additional information, visit the website, www.meridenadulted.org

PARENT INVOLVEMENT 

Considerable experience and related evidence indicates that meaningful involvement of parents, guardians and other caregivers in the schooling of children improves the quality of education significantly. The Board of Education believes that closer connections between parents and others responsible for the home care of children with our schools can result in enhanced academic performance, improved behavior and reduced absenteeism. Therefore, all parents, guardians and caregivers of students enrolled in our school district are encouraged to take an active role in the education of their children. 

Further, the Board of Education, professional staff and parents, working in partnership, must take whatever steps are necessary to facilitate a broad variety of opportunities for parents to connect frequently with the schools in which their children are enrolled, and with the overall system. 

In order to build the schools’ and parents’ capacity for strong parental involvement, the Board shall: 

  1. provide assistance to parents of eligible students in understanding topics related to their child’s progress, such as explanation of state academic standards and assessment tools, the requirements under Title I, and how to monitor their child’s progress;

  2. provide materials and training to help parents to work with their children, such as literacy training and using technology;

  3. educate teachers, staff and administrators about how to better communicate and work with parents;

  4. ensure that information related to school and parent programs, meetings and other activities is sent to participating parents in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand;

  5. provide such other reasonable support for parental involvement activities as parents may request; and

  6. inform parents and parental organizations of the existence and purpose of the Parent Involvement Policy and the School-Parent Compact.

 

School-Parent Compact 

Each elementary school shall develop a School-Parent Compact that outlines how parents, staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership to help children achieve the State’s high standards. 

The School-Parent Compact shall: 

  1. describe the school’s responsibility to provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables supplemental services students to meet the State’s student academic achievement standards;

  2. indicate the ways in which each parent will be responsible for supporting their child’s learning, such as monitoring attendance, homework completion, and television watching; volunteering in their child’s classroom; and participating, as appropriate, in decisions related to their child’s education and positive use of extracurricular time; and

  3. stress the importance of ongoing parent-teacher communication through parent-teacher conferences, frequent reports to parents, reasonable access to school staff, and opportunities to volunteer, participate in and observe their child’s classroom activities.

The Board authorizes the Superintendent, or his/her designee, to develop a School-Parent Compact and other procedures such as those relating to meetings, parent communication and parental involvement activities, as he/she deems necessary in order to ensure compliance with this policy. 

SCHOOL VOLUNTEER PROGRAM 

Meriden has an active and widely recognized School Volunteer Program. It operates throughout the school system. Newparticipants are recruited throughout the school year. Volunteers provide tutorial services to classrooms, clerical assistance in the school library/media centers, computer and secretarial help in the school offices. 

The Meriden School Volunteer Program provides an opportunity for community members and businesses to become more familiar with our schools and for school staff to develop a more personal relationship with parents, community members, and businesses. 

The Meriden School Volunteer Program application process includes a background check. To obtain an application, please contact your nearest school or call the Volunteer Coordinator directly at 203-634-7985. 

COMMUNITY USE OF BUILDINGS/FACILITIES 

Public school facilities are community resources. The Board encourages their use for family, educational, civic, recreational, or charitable activities and events. Therefore, when schools are not in regular use for school activities, they are available to local organizations and groups. 

Applications for use are processed through the school principal and the Director of Facilities who coordinates all such use. Application is made through the office of the specific school principal except for the use of playgrounds, swimming pools, tennis courts, and school sites during the period from July 1 to August 31. During this period, application is made to the Department of Parks and Recreation of the City of Meriden. 

Requests must be made and confirmed at least three weeks prior to the time when the facility is to be used. Reservations are tentative until agreement forms are completed. The school principal will provide information regarding rental costsandthenecessarysupervisoryandcustodialstaff. Inaddition,information regarding the use of school facilities can be obtained on our website, www.meridenk12.org

INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT 

The Meriden Public School system places your child’s safety above all else in operating its school facilities. In compliance with State law, the Meriden Public SchoolsystemactivelypracticesanIntegratedPestManagementprogram. The law requires that the school system develop a registry of parents and staff that would like notification prior to application of a pesticide on school property. Parents wishing to be placed on the school notification registry should indicate so by registering in their child’s school office. 

GREEN CLEANING 

In accordance with Public Act 09-08, Green Cleaning Program in Schools, the district implements a green cleaning program in all of its schools. All cleaning supplies used in schools are environmentally-preferable cleaning products certified by either Green Seal or Eco Logo. Public Act 09-08 requires that “No parent, guardian, teacher or staff member may bring into the school facility any consumer product which is intended to clean, deodorize, sanitize or disinfect.” In addition, all schools maintain a list of the green products used in their buildings. 

ASBESTOS MANAGEMENT PLAN 

The Meriden Public Schools, in compliance with federal law, has developed an asbestos management plan, concerning the presence or suspected presence of asbestos-type materials within district school buildings, and required inspections and preventive measures related thereto. In accordance with federal law, members of the public, including parents, teachers and other employees, shall be permitted access to the asbestos management plan of the Meriden Public Schools. 

THE CARE OF SCHOOL PROPERTY 

The Meriden Public Schools believes that the school environment, both internal and external, influences the learning process. Each of its facilities, therefore, is constantly maintained by individual custodial staffs with the assistance of a system-wide maintenance department. Students are also encouraged to do their best to safeguard and improve their schools and classrooms. There is a continuous display of their classroom work, evidence of academic and athletic achievements, and special activities. 

In accordance with Board policies, pupils are held responsible for all school property which has been assigned to them. Students who damage books, equipment or other school property shall reimburse the Meriden Public Schools for all damages. Residents are also encouraged to contact the Meriden Police Department should theyobserve questionable activities during hours when school is not in session. 

MERIDEN’S COMMITMENT TO SCHOOL READINESS 

The Meriden Public Schools and the City of Meriden participate as partners in and sponsors of local School Readiness initiatives, funded through the financial support of the State of Connecticut. The ideals of School Readiness include promotion of universally high standards and best practices in early childhood education, improved access to high quality community preschool and daycare experiences for families seeking such options, and supported access to nutrition, literacy and parenting skills resources. Meriden’s School Readiness program works to assure that every child begins kindergarten ready to learn. For more information on Meriden’s School Readiness program, call 203-630-4244.