Student & Family Handbook
Students and families -
On behalf of the entire staff, we would like to welcome you to the 2023-2024 school year. We are very excited about this school year. For all of us, each school year is a new adventure. We look forward to making this a successful year for all students.
This year we are offering our entire handbook online - we hope that it makes it easier for you to access important information.
Mary-Ellen Labrie, Principal
First Grade, Dr. HO Smith building
Nancy Maguire, Principal
Kindergarten, Library Street building
Kindergarten school day is from 8:50AM to 3:10 PM
Please note that students may not be dropped off prior to 8:25 as staff is not available to supervise students until that time.
Students drop off startsDuty teachers supervise students
Final bell ringsStudents must get a tardy slip if arriving afterwards
|3:10pm||Parent pick up starts|
1st Grade school day is from 8:55AM to 3:10 PM
Please note that students may not be dropped off prior to 8:25 as staff is not available to supervise students until that time.
Students drop off startsDuty teachers supervise students
Final bell ringsStudents must get a tardy slip if arriving afterwards
|3:10pm||Parent pick up starts|
Consistent attendance and punctuality are essential to success in school. Absences and tardiness can result in the loss of learning time, and that can affect your educational progress. The Hudson School District has implemented this policy to support attendance.
- At 8 days of absences or tardies, an attendance letter from the school will be sent home, addressing the concern about the amount of absences and lost instructional time.
- At 15 days, a second letter from School Administration will be sent to the parents/guardians. At this point, the parents/guardians will be asked to meet with our school counselor and School Administration so we can offer support and assistance in assuring regular attendance. Please be mindful that in the eyes of NH law, 10 half-days or 5 full-days of unexcused absences would identify a student as truant, which could be considered educational neglect on the part of the parent/guardian
First-Grade Families: If your child is going to be absent, fill out the Dr. HO Smith absentee form or call the Absentee Telephone line at Dr. H.O. Smith School (603) 886-1248 and follow the instructions.
To ensure the safety and well-being of all our students, you will be called to confirm that your child isn’t in school if we haven’t received notification from you.
Whenever your child is absent, even though you called the school, you must send a note from home explaining the absence. This information is kept on file for the annual report of illness to the State Department of Health.
It is your responsibility to call your daycare provider or the After-School Program if your child will not attend the program for the day.
Students: Riding the bus to and from school is a privilege. To maintain an efficient, orderly, and safe means of transportation, please remember to be on your best behavior on the bus, in the bus lines at school, and neighborhood bus stop areas.
Remember that being on a bus or waiting at a bus stop is like being in a classroom. The same rules apply in both places. Students are expected to show respect, follow directions, and ride the bus safely. You are assigned one bus and that is the bus you can ride, unless you get permission from the Transportation Coordinator and send in a note to the school. The following rules apply to everyone who rides on a school bus:
Boarding the School Bus
- Arrive at the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is due.
- Keep at least five feet away from the roadway until the bus has fully stopped. In the winter, DO NOT stand on the snow banks.
- At the driver’s signal, approach the bus in single file. Do not push and shove or run to the bus. When approaching from the road, keep at least ten feet from the bus until you are at the entrance door.
- If you must cross in front of the bus, do not begin to cross until the driver signals you that it is safe to do so. Then look left and right, before crossing. Keep at least ten feet in front of the bus at all times (the student should be able to see the driver at all times). Cross only in front of the bus.
- After boarding the bus, go directly to a seat and sit down.
Leaving the School Bus
- Pay attention to your surroundings. Know when the bus is approaching your stop and be ready when it reaches your stop. Remain in your seat until the bus has fully stopped.
- When the bus has fully stopped, walk directly to the door and carefully exit the bus. Immediately move at least ten feet away from the bus.
- If you must cross in front of the bus, wait for the driver to signal that it is safe to do so. Then walk to the headlight on the driver’s side of the bus, stop and wait for the driver to signal that it is safe to continue. When the driver signals that it is safe to continue, step to the corner of the bus and look left and right yourself, before doing so. Always keep at least ten feet in front of the bus (the student should be able to see the driver at all times). Cross only in front of the bus.
- Never try to pick up or go after an object that has been dropped near or under the bus without telling the driver first. Wait for the driver to tell you that it is safe for you to go after the object before doing so.
Students: You are expected to follow the same rules of appropriate behavior while on a school bus that you do in the classroom. The school bus driver is in complete charge of the school bus and the students. The driver shall be responsible to the transportation coordinator and shall have the same authority in maintaining discipline as a teacher in the classroom under the supervision of the school board and the superintendent of schools. The school supports the bus drivers’ judgment in providing for the safety of students on each bus. Non-compliance with bus safety rules can result in bus suspensions.
The School District’s Transportation Coordinator handles any problems related to busing schedules and routes; any concerns should be directed to her.
Parents and Students: Lunch time is a time to quietly talk with friends and eat lunch. Please think of the cafeteria in the same way you would treat your dining area at home and behave respectfully.
Please remember, the same behavior is expected in the cafeteria as in your classroom too. During lunch and recess students are supervised by monitors. These people are hired by the school district to act as teachers at these times. If an issue arises due to negative behavior, they will report the issue to administration or classroom teacher, and from there, appropriate consequences will be given. Monitors are responsible for monitoring behavior and ensuring the safety of all students during lunch and recess times.
The following guidelines apply to everyone eating in the cafeteria:
- Enter the cafeteria with voices off and in an orderly manner – the monitors will direct you to the lunch lines and tables.
- Good manners make everyone happy. Please remember to say “please,” “thank you,” and “no, thank you.”
- As you eat, talk quietly. The lunch monitors will frequently make announcements and give directions. When an adult is speaking to the group, you may continue eating, but voices need to be off.
- Please keep food on your plate. It is your responsibility to pick up the trash around you when you are done eating.
- If you need to leave your seat, raise your hand and get permission from an adult. The monitors will call for “quiet time” during the last few minutes of lunch. All talking should stop, as there are only a few minutes left for you to finish eating and, begin the process of getting ready for recess.
- Lunch/Recess monitors are here to supervise and ensure the safety of all students.
Eating healthy foods gives you all the energy it takes to learn. Rather than carbonated beverages, students are encouraged to bring non-breakable containers of juice, water or buy milk.
Students: If you should become injured and arrive at school with a cast or crutches, please bring a note from home or the doctor letting us know if special arrangements are needed.
Cell phones, smart watches, tablets, and other electronic devices that allow children to receive or send text messages are not permitted in school. If your child must have a phone or device, it needs to remain off and in his or her backpack at all times.
Please dress to ensure that students, parents, staff members, and members of the community will not be offended or distracted and that students are appropriately dressed for playing outside.
- Inappropriate clothing items not allowed at school include, but is not restricted to:
- Items that promote drugs, alcohol, or tobacco
- Items with inappropriate words or pictures
- Halter-tops, tube tops, cropped shirts and those with spaghetti straps
- Loose fitting footwear i.e. Flip flops or shoes with high soles. For safety at recess, sneakers are the best option. When sandals are worn, please make sure they have a strap that goes around the back of the heel/ankle.
- Low fitting pants or “short shorts”
Shoes appropriate for the weather and activities of the day should be worn. Pants should be worn around the waist. School officials will use their discretion in enforcing the dress expectations to ensure community standards are maintained.
Parents: It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to inform the office of any custody stipulations/restrictions that are in place and supply any and all legal documentation pertaining to your child each year. It is not the school’s responsibility to solicit these types of documents.
All matters will be handled in a confidential manner. Our priority is the safety and the well-being of each child and the school will remain a neutral safe haven for them. We expect and appreciate your cooperation.
At the end of the school day, HOS students will go to either bus or car pickup lines at 3:10 PM.
Permission for early dismissal
If your child must be excused from school before the regular day is over, write a note to the teacher stating the reason and time of the dismissal. Upon arrival, parents are requested to report to the office where you will be asked to sign out your child and present an I.D.
Per safety guidelines, please do not be offended when we ask that no parent go directly to the classroom.
After school parent pick-up
Student dismissal is a time when many adults come to the school to pick up their children. To ensure safety the following procedures are in place:
Students are released only to the parents or emergency contacts listed on the emergency release form. Picture identification is required for all individuals in order for the child to be released. If you would like another individual to pick your child up, then a note must be written stating who will be picking up your child and that individual must show a picture ID to the office staff.
If you decide to pick up your child at the end of the school day and they usually ride the bus or attend the after school program, write a note to the teacher/office stating your child will be picked up, rather than take the bus. Please include who will be picking up.
If an emergency arises, or no note was written, call the office before 2:00, so there will be no confusion at dismissal time. If you plan to pick up your child every day, please send in a note to give blanket permission for the year.
First Grade Dismissal (Car Pick Up) Procedures at Dr. H.O. Smith School
*Please note, we do not allow independent walkers.*
Car Pick-up students are dismissed via the side door, located on First Street. Parents are asked to stay in their cars and form a line that goes down First Street, with overflow traffic going onto School Street. A staff member will check your child’s name off the dismissal list and will then escort him/her to your car. We will provide each pick-up vehicle with an identification number to place on the front dash or mirror to expedite this process. Once you have your child in your car safely buckled-up, you may exit the school area by continuing up First Street. Proper identification will be required. The only parents that should be standing outside by the door are those who live close by and walk home with their children. Unless you are walking home, please follow the car pick up line process. By staying in the car pick-up line you help mitigate the potentially dangerous situation of children and cars leaving the parking lot when those cars in the pickup line are exiting the line.
Inclement Weather Dismissal – the students will be dismissed through the same routine as above, via the car line.
Bus students will wait for buses inside at their assigned spot and then be dismissed to their bus by staff on duty.
Kindergarten - Library Street School
Add kindergarten drop off
First Grade - Dr. H.O. Smith School
Students are to be dropped off on the First Street side of the school after 8:25 AM, as there is no supervision before that time. The circular drive located directly in front of the school is not a drop-off option due to the high traffic of students that use that area. Only in the case of emergency can vehicles come into the circular drive to pick up or drop off children. If you are going to stop and need to go to the building fo[ML1] r any reason, you must park your car on First Street (see Parking Signs) or behind the school itself.
The Hudson School District is dedicated to ensuring the safety of students and staff. Policies and procedures support the prevention of, and immediate response, to emergency situations. The procedures have been developed in cooperation with New Hampshire Homeland Security, the Hudson Fire Department and the Hudson Police Department.
Staff and student training are important to establish the preparedness of our schools. Emergency drills are practiced throughout the year to familiarize students and staff with the efficient and effective responses during emergency situations.
The Incident Command System (ICS) is the method used to manage any emergency situations. Both the Hudson Fire Department and Hudson Police Department use this system. Therefore, coordination will occur when all the above organizations are on scene during a crisis situation. Key personnel are assigned particular jobs to promote efficiency in handling the situation.
Emergency situations occur as a result of natural disasters, hazardous materials, and sometimes violence or threats. While schools are still statistically the safest place for students to be, we want to be prepared for any emergency situation in order to react in the most effective way to keep our students and staff safe. The following exercises will be used in response to various emergency situations.
ALICE protocol is used to handle the threat of an armed intruder or intruders in the building. The acronym stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate and represent the options that may be used given the specifics of the threat. Drill are held twice a year, with the training and practice being age and grade appropriate. Students are given an overview of all potential responses along with the opportunity to practice prior to all ALICE drills.
Evacuation - clears the building for any emergency situation, i.e. a fire or gas leak.
Reverse Evacuation - brings students and staff into the building for any emergency situation that is occurring while students are outside the building, i.e. severe weather.
Shelter in Place - used when remaining in the building or in a location of the building due to an emergency situation to allow safe access for EMS personnel.
Drop and Cover - used for personal protection from an immediate emergency situation, i.e. extreme winds or earthquake.
Scan in Place - used to search the building due to a low-level bomb threat. A low-level threat is one in which school and police personnel have no reason to believe is substantial
Emergency release information
All parents will be required to provide the school with emergency release information. The information is important to have in the event that an early release occurs or for an emergency situation. This information includes important medical information. Please name two local individuals, other than the adults that the child lives with, who can be contacted if the parents/guardians cannot be contacted. Throughout the school year, if changes occur (i.e. phone numbers, addresses, contact people…) you must update the school records with those changes.
Please pay particular attention to the fire lanes that surround the buildings and border the sidewalks. NO vehicles are allowed to park in or obstruct these areas.
Counseling services are available to everyone. School counselors work as part of a team with teachers, administration, and the Student Support Center to support the success of students at school. Our goal is to assist you in making decisions and solving problems as you grow up, no matter how small or large a problem may seem to be. Another goal is to provide all students with life success skills through a program of classroom guidance lessons, small group counseling, and individual support. If you have concerns or conflicts, feel free to stop by and talk to our school counselor.
Throughout the school year, teachers will use a variety of tools to assess student learning. This will include both formative and summative assessments. The goal of formative assessment is to monitor student learning and to provide ongoing feedback that will help students identify their strengths and weaknesses and target areas that need work. These assessments help teachers recognize where students are struggling and address problems immediately. The goal of summative assessments is to evaluate student learning at the end of an instructional unit by comparing it against some standard or benchmark. Results of assessment help us evaluate programs and tailor instruction for students. Data collection regarding student growth also provides important information to develop curriculum and programs. Some examples of assessments used at Dr. H.O. Smith include:
- Teacher designed tests
- Curriculum based math assessments
- Reading Benchmark Assessments
- Phonemic Awareness assessments
- Writing Prompts
- Fluency checks in reading
- Math fact fluency checks
- i-Ready Assessment information: The Hudson School District uses the i-Ready assessment to measure progress in reading and math. It is administered in September, January and May. This assessment provides teachers with information that allows them to target instruction and identify students who need intervention.
Intervention & Remediation
When the information gathered through assessment is analyzed, it helps the school to make instructional decisions about pacing, remediation, program design and staff development. The Responsive to Intervention (RTI) process is a multi-tiered approach to providing services and interventions to struggling learners at increasing levels of intensity. RTI can be used for making decisions about general, compensatory, and special education, creating a well-integrated and seamless system of instruction and intervention guided by child outcome data. RTI calls for early identification of learning and behavioral needs, close collaboration among teachers and special education personnel and parents, and a systemic commitment to resources that help students make progress in the general education curriculum.
Regular data meetings are held to review school, grade level and individual student progress based on assessment results. Reading Specialist – Our Reading Specialist facilitates the administration of standardized testing in reading to drive instructional decisions. The Reading Specialist also administers individual diagnostic testing, provides consultation to teachers and parents about reading progress, strategies and interventions, and supports students directly with reading instruction and intervention.
Should your child present with difficulty in meeting grade level standards, the following interventions may be put into place to increase their academic success:
- SST –Student Success Team. If your child is identified by the classroom teacher or assessment results as requiring additional intervention for their academic success, you may be invited to attend a Student Success Team meeting. SST meetings are an opportunity for school staff and parents to discuss concerns, problem solve, and develop an action plan to help support your child’s needs. The SST meets regularly to monitor and review student response to intervention.
- Special Education Referrals/Individual Education Plan (IEP) – If your child continues to demonstrate additional academic needs, the SST may request permission to complete some screening, and you may be referred to the Special Education Department.
- 504 Plans – Some students may have a medical condition that will require accommodations in order for the student to access the curriculum. If this need does not fit the profile of Special Education, the School Counselor will contact parents to discuss the criteria for a Section 504 Plan.
- Reading and Math Intervention and Support. Using assessment data, your child may be identified for intervention in the area of reading or math in addition to classroom instruction. This will be provided within the school day with the assistance of district tutors. Please contact your child’s teacher to discuss supports and interventions provided by the district.
If your child is having social or academic difficulties in school in school, please schedule a time to meet with your child’s teacher to discuss other services and interventions provided by the district.
The State of New Hampshire provides guidelines for health requirements for students in the public schools. The nurse is required to follow these rules:
- All children must be immunized in accordance to State Law on mandatory immunizations.
- Kindergarten, first grade and preschool students must have a complete physical exam prior to entering school. The health records are transferred to the elementary schools when the student enters second grade.
- Transfer students from another school district must provide written health records that are signed by a physician.
- FERPA Laws mandate that schools can only share medical information on a “need to know” basis with parent permission. Please complete student verification on the PowerSchool Parent Portal.
- If a student has a fever, or if they experienced vomiting or diarrhea, they need to stay home for 24 hours to recover.
- Below are the guidelines the school nurse will follow regarding attendance at school.
|Disease||Isolation of Patient at home|
Until sores have healed
|Scarlet Fever||When verified by a physician and on medication, and when rash has disappeared, a student may return to school with the physician’s permission.|
|Strep Throat||When verified by throat culture, and on medication for over 24 hours, a student may return to school if free from other symptoms.|
|Measles/Mumps||If verified by a physician, a student will be excluded from school until all symptoms and rashes have disappeared. NOTE: With proper immunization or vaccines, the above diseases are rare.|
Pediculosis Screening (Head Lice)
|The American Academy of Pediatrics recognizes that school-wide screening for nits alone is not an accurate way of predicting which children will become infested with head lice, and screening for live lice has not proven to have a significant decrease on the incidence of head lice in a school community. The school nurse will periodically provide information to families of all children on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of head lice. Parents are encouraged to check their children’s head for lice if the child is symptomatic. The school nurse may check the child’s head if the student is demonstrating symptoms. If the student is identified by the nurse as having live head lice or nits in a student previously untreated, a parent/guardian will be called, the student will be dismissed and treatment options will be discussed. Following appropriate treatment, the student may return to school after being reevaluated by the school nurse. Students with nits remaining after appropriate treatment, but with no evidence of live lice may be permitted to remain in school dependent upon school medical staff clinical judgment. A recheck should be done by the school nurse in 10-14 days. Every effort is made to ensure that student confidentiality is maintained.|
- Students may NOT keep medicine on their persons or classroom at any time.
- A designated adult must bring all medicines in their original containers to the nurse, with information on the container stating student name, medication, dose and frequency. All medication must be dispensed by the nurse or the nurse designee.
- If a child requires medication and the school does not have the above order, the parent or guardian must come to the school to dispense meds in the nurse’s office
- The school nurse or nurse designee receiving the prescription medication shall document in the SNAP data base, the quantity of the medication delivered by parent/guardian
- Prescription medicines may be delivered to the school by other designated adults, provided the parent/guardian notifies the nurse in advance and specifies the quantity of prescription medication being delivered, accompanied with a doctor’s order.
- All medicines, prescriptions, or over the counter medicines, must be picked up at the end of the school year by an adult. If these medicines are not picked up by a parent/guardian or designee, the medicines will be disposed of by the nurse. These medicines cannot go home with the child.
The school may make vision screenings available to students at the elementary level and on a referral basis, with parent permission. Parents are notified of all findings so they can follow-up when needed.
Illness and Emergencies
School personnel may not diagnose illness or injury. Injured or ill students must be picked-up from school by an adult who is authorized on the student's emergency data base.
Allergies, Asthma and Medications
Many of our students have allergies to environmental, food or airborne allergens. Should your child require medication at school or extra support due to food allergies, please contact the School Nurse.
Students must be immunized against certain communicable diseases, u nless a pupil's parent or legal guardian provides the school with an acceptable signed and notarized medical exemption or religious exemption. Students are prohibited from attending school until the immunization requirements are met. The school district cooperates with local health officials to provide measures necessary for the prevention and control of communicable diseases in school age children.
Casts and crutches
If your child has been injured and requires the use of a cast or crutches, please provide a note from the doctor letting us know if special arrangements are needed. Parents and student should check in with the school nurse to discuss accommodations and receive an elevator pass.
You can expect assigned homework will be purposeful, and geared to help your student practice, review, and reinforce classroom instruction. An overabundance of homework assigned without purposeful objectives can be detrimental, rather than beneficial. Children at the elementary level should be afforded the opportunity to socialize with their peers after school is dismissed. It is with this thought in mind that homework is not overly stressed at the primary levels.
The most important way to help your child to increase his/her life-long literacy skills and develop good study habits is to set aside a time for daily reading. The elementary schools have implemented the following reading requirement to make reading a part of your child’s daily routine. Children should read at home AT LEAST four out of seven days per week. The following times are the MINIMUM appropriate guidelines for each grade level. We will provide you with a monthly calendar (Reading Contract) to monitor this reading requirement.
KINDERGARTEN AND GRADE 1 = 10 minutes
GRADE 2 = 15 minutes
GRADES 3 and 4 = 20 minutes
GRADE 5 = 25 minutes
How can you help? When possible, you should:
- Set aside time when homework is to be done
- Allot an adequate space, free from distractions
- For Kindergarten and first grade, provide “just right” books (books at their level) • Provide the right tools – paper, pencil, etc.
- Provide proper lighting
- Set an appropriate time limit
Students: Every year many articles of clothing are given away because students lose them and do not check the lost and found box. If you lose something, be sure to check the lost and found area at your school. It would be helpful to label your things with your full name. The Lost and Found collection is cleaned periodically, and all items are given to Goodwill. You can look through the lost and found anytime during the day, with your teacher’s permission. Your parent/guardian can look through the lost and found any time between 8:30 A.M. and 3:30 P.M. by checking in at the main office to find out where the lost and found is and to obtain a visitor’s pass.
Students: The Media Center houses collections of books, reference materials, periodicals, video and audiovisual equipment.
All classes are scheduled to visit the Media Center throughout the school year. The media staff is available to help you with your research projects and to help you find a good book to read.
Student circulation procedures
You may borrow materials that are due back on the next library class day. You are responsible for returning the material in the same condition in which it was signed out and must pay for lost or damaged materials. Renewals are permitted unless there is a waiting list for the book.
If you do not return material within the circulation period you will not be allowed to check out other material until the overdue item is returned. You are first given an oral reminder of due materials and then two separate written reminders. After the third reminder, a letter to your parent/guardian is sent through the mail asking for assistance in returning the overdue materials or paying for lost items.
Students/Parents: Only in an emergency will students be called from class to receive messages. STUDENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO CALL FOR BOOKS OR HOMEWORK TO BE BROUGHT TO SCHOOL. IF THERE IS AN EMERGENCY, ANY CALLS WILL BE MADE BY THE ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT.
Students/Parents: The required 180 days of school brings the closing of the year well into June. The school board believes it would be unwise to call off school unless it is impossible for the buses to negotiate their routes. A policy on delayed openings has been developed and is sent home at the start of the school year with each child. We ask all parents to use their discretion in sending children to school during a storm.
In the event school sessions are canceled or delayed, you will receive a recorded message through the district’s messaging system that will inform you of such a change. Therefore, it is extremely important that we have current and accurate phone numbers for all families.
PLEASE DO NOT TELEPHONE SCHOOL AUTHORITIES ON INCLEMENT MORNINGS. If there isn't a message from the district office, school will be in session.
Parents: Conferences are scheduled two times a year – November and February. Conferences are an opportunity to sit down and discuss all facets of your child’s development. Even though conferences are only scheduled twice yearly, parents wishing to meet with teachers in addition to those times are encouraged to contact the office or the teacher to make an appointment.
We encourage regular communication with your child’s teacher. Teachers report to work at 8:15 A.M. and their day officially ends at 3:35 P.M. If you wish to arrange an appointment with a teacher, call the office to make an appointment or email your child’s teacher to schedule a time.
Students: Recess is time to have fun! Please remember that safety comes first, and that everyone has the right to play. Your lunch/recess monitor will remind you of the playground rules and expectations and help you to have a safe, enjoyable recess.
The following guidelines have been established to allow for safe play and a fun recess for ALL!
PLEASE remember when playing games, be fair and consistent with your rules and take turns. Try to include everyone in your game. No one likes to feel left out.
Note: these guidelines apply to ALL the district's elementary schools, equipment varies at each building.
- Slides – only one person down at a time, sitting – don't climb up the slide.
- Ladders/climbers – one person up at a time.
- Swings – swing sitting down, one at a time. Do not jump off. You must take turns – a monitor will be nearby and signal you to switch.
- Balance beam – line up and ALL go across the same direction.
- Sandboxes – nice play only – NO throwing sand. Share the sand toys – keep the sand in the sandboxes.
- Talk tubes – quiet talk – NO yelling into them.
- Hardtop Games/Ball Games – Equipment is to be shared by everyone. Be fair and consistent with your rules and try to include everyone in your game.
- Tag/Running – Tag, running, and games such as soccer or football are allowed on the field only. Please do not run near the playground structures or swings.
- NEVER push or pull anyone on the equipment.
Students: At the end of recess the monitors will blow the whistle. Stop what you are doing and line up, by classroom. The monitors will walk you in a single file line to the door. Students will then enter the building silently, so as not to disturb others working.
Report problems to an adult
|Work & play safely||
Respect personal space
Use equipment the right way
Use appropriate words
Students: One thing that you have to learn as you grow up is how to solve the problems that face you. This can be a very difficult thing to do and sometimes can get you confused and upset. At school, if you are faced with a situation that you cannot solve, you should ask for help. Ask a monitor or teacher, go to the office and ask to speak with the Principal, Nurse and/or School Counselor, whomever you feel most comfortable. There is always someone with whom you can talk and get help.
Parents: To be considered for promotion to the next grade level, a student must be in attendance for at least 150 days. If a student is absent more than 20 days per marking period, he/she will be considered for retention. Exceptions may be granted by the principal in special circumstances.
Parents: The Parent/Teacher Organization is a key opportunity for parents to get involved in their child’s school. Help is welcomed throughout the day, including special activities beyond the school day. The PTO meets monthly throughout the school year. Check the school newsletter or the school website for the dates and time of meetings. Please feel welcome to join us in making our schools a better place to learn!
Parents: Students are assigned to individual classrooms with consideration given to: teacher recommendations, age, past performance, interactions with peers, and individual needs. Final placement decisions will rest with the Principal and Placement Team.
We DO NOT accept ‘teacher requests’ from parents when determining placement of students.
Parents: Report cards provide information to parents about student performance. Report cards are distributed electronically three times per year, after each marking period.
Each child’s progress is based on pre-established standards. By comparing the student’s performance to a clearly defined standard, parents, children, and teachers all know precisely what is expected. Every time the child attempts a task, that performance is compared to the standard, not to other children’s performances. The advantages to this approach, for children and parents alike, are fairness, clarity, and improved learning. Standards allow each child to know what must be done before the task is attempted; the definition of success is never a mystery. If the standard is not met, there is added opportunity for the student to improve.
The elementary schools utilize a standards-based report card. It is important to remember that the information on the report card reflect specific skills and criteria that are used to gauge levels of achievement both academically and social/emotionally. These factors can include daily work, tests, projects, quizzes, homework, participation, individual and group work.
Please remember: if you have any concerns about your child’s report card or progress, feel free to contact the classroom teacher.
Parents: To be eligible to enter first grade in September, a child must attain his/her 6th birthday before September 30th of the school year. Children who meet the entrance age requirements are to participate in a registration period usually held in the months of February or March. At this time, the parent is required to provide a copy of their child’s birth certificate, updated immunization records and proof of residency.
During the school day building access is limited to the front doors for ALL visitors. All other doors will be locked and secured. Visitors must sign in at the main office and receive a visitor’s pass to wear while in the building. AT NO TIME should a parent or visitor leave the lobby to go directly to a classroom, nurse’s office, cafeteria or recess area without reporting to the office for clearance. It is necessary to enforce this practice to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Thank you for your support.
Parents: In September, parents are given the opportunity to purchase accident insurance for their children. Two plans are offered: one involving children during school hours, while the other policy provides twenty-four-hour coverage. A similar dental plan is also available. After the official enrollment period in September, parents wishing to obtain the insurance must contact the insurance company personally. The name of the company can be obtained through the school.
Students: There are three primary rules that everyone must follow at all times. These are easy to remember: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Safe. We expect everyone to follow these rules on the bus, on the playground, in the classroom, and in the lunchroom. We follow these rules to create a a safe, happy, and caring school community. If you ignore these rules, there are consequences. Each classroom teacher develops specific behavior guidelines for you to follow to help establish an organized, positive and kind classroom.
Students: We all want other people to respect us and treat us in a fair and friendly way. If a classmate is rude or mean, it is important to work at staying kind and respectful. We all need to remember that everyone has feelings, and everyone deserves respect. If there is a problem, you will always have a chance to tell your side of a story. There may be times when you may meet with Student Support staff, school counselor, or the principal to resolve an issue.
Respecting other people does not include the use of violence, ever.
Violence is any mean word, look, sign or act that hurt’s a person’s body, feelings, or things. There are different kinds of violence.
- Physical – harming a person or property
- Social – hurting a person by excluding or betraying a trust
- Verbal – hurting a person through comments (name calling, spreading rumors, gossiping, making fun of a person, etc.)
- Visual – drawing degrading pictures of a person, sending hate mail, mimicking, etc.
Respect in Conversation
Students: You are old enough now to realize that HOW you say something is just as important as WHAT you say. You should always remember the importance of a “please” and a “thank you” and a kind, respectful tone of voice. Many students will tell you they’re hurt by comments intended to get laughs at their expense. Treat other people the way that you would like to be treated. Don’t be a BULLY.
At school we do not:
- use bad language
- spread rumors
- make a derogatory comment to a person’s face or behind their back
- make fun of a person’s ability, body, clothing or idea
- criticize a person
- insult a person’s ethnic or religious identity
- try to make others feel ashamed
- call people names
Students: You are responsible for your learning and behavior. You should come to class ready to learn, making sure that your homework is done, and that you have all the right books and supplies. Remember to be kind, friendly and try your best.
We are all responsible for taking care of school property and others’ belongings. You must remember that any time you do something to damage the school building or the school property; you may have to pay for the repair or replacement.
When inside the school, students should always use walking feet and respect the quiet zones within the halls. You should be careful and make safe choices around the outdoor playground equipment. When using supplies in school, such as pencils, scissors, etc. remember to always use them carefully.
Student: For every action there is a consequence. The level of consequence is determined by the nature of the action. If your behavior doesn’t meet with the expectations of the school community, one or more of the following actions may be appropriate:
Recess/Lunch & Student Behavior Expectations
Students are expected to follow three rules: (1) show respect (2) follow directions, and (3) be safe. For students having difficulty with these rules, a teacher and or monitor will determine if the problem behavior is minor (teasing, disruptions, failure to follow rules, etc.) or major (fighting, harassment/threats, abusive language, etc. If the problem behavior is a major offense, the monitor will send the student to the Student Support Center for processing and possible consequences. If further action is needed, administration will determine appropriate consequences based on behavior, and the behavioral specialist will send a letter home to notify parents that a student had difficulty managing their behavior in school and state the consequences administered.
If negative behaviors continue, there may be an arrangement made by the administration, with the parents, for an in-school suspension. There are two behavioral requirements expected during an in-school suspension. The student must complete a given amount of work that is supplied by the classroom teacher. Appropriate behavior is expected to be maintained during the course of the day.
You can be suspended from school after repeated in-school restrictions, or for offenses such as fighting, extreme inappropriate actions, or causing physical injury to others. Suspension usually ranges from one to five days. Remember that you will always be given an opportunity to tell your side of a situation. During a suspension, schoolwork is expected to be completed. Any tests and/or projects occurring within the suspension period can be made up or turned in upon returning to school.
All schools are designated NON-SMOKING zones! All staff members, visitors, and students must refrain from smoking anywhere on the school grounds.
Children are encouraged to bring a snack each day. Teachers will set aside time for the students to replenish their energy by eating something nutritious. The children consider this an important part of their day.
Please understand that our goal is to keep everyone safe at snack time, too. A number of our classrooms are designated peanut and nut free, as the likelihood of these life-threatening allergies is increasing. If your child is placed in one of these classrooms, we respectfully request that you provide your child with a snack that does not include peanuts or nuts. If you are uncertain as to what foods contain such items or their by-products, we have a list available in the nurse’s office.
It is the intent of the Hudson School District to use computers to support learning and to enhance instruction. The use of computers as well as access to the Internet is a privilege.
- Students and staff must reflect behavior that is responsible, ethical, considerate, and legal while using these resources.
- Students will not reveal personal contact information about self or other people. Personal contact information includes home/school addresses and telephone numbers.
- Students will only access websites that have been approved by the teacher.
- Students will report to their teacher or another school official any message they receive that is inappropriate or makes them feel uncomfortable.
Toys and trading cards are NOT permitted at any time, unless explicitly requested by the classroom teacher for a special event. Examples: Video games, radios, iPods, DS players, toys of any kind (cars, dolls, action figures, pretend/play weapons, etc) stuffed animals, Yugio/Pokeman cards, etc.
The possession of a dangerous object in the school building, on school property and school buses, or at school functions is not allowed and will result in suspension, police intervention, and possible expulsion from school. Dangerous objects include, but are not limited to knives, sling shots, pepper spray, and other similar chemicals and/or sprays. In addition to these dangerous objects, almost any object can be potentially dangerous, depending upon its use. Any object used in an aggressive or reckless manner shall fall under the consequences of this section.
All students are permitted to turn in “dangerous objects/other weapons” which were “accidentally” brought to school as soon as they are discovered, thus averting the serious consequences described by the regulations.
NOTE: Look-a-likes and/or toy weapons will be included in the category of “other weapons” providing a means of harsh consequences for students who intend to use them to frighten, harass, or intimidate others and then use the disclaimer “it was only a toy”.
Hudson’s Strategic Plan for 2019-2024 has three pillars including Strong Learning Environments, Vibrant Learning System, and Strong Connection: School, Family and Community. Two out of the three pillars directly address Student Behavior. These connections are found in:
- Strong Learning Environment Goal 1: The Hudson School District (HSD) will provide safe and secure schools that support welcoming learning environments and foster continuous learning for students, staff, and the community
- Vibrant Learning Community Goal 1: Students in the Hudson School District are actively engaged in goal setting and accountability related to their learning.
These standards are based on district policy JICD Student Discipline and Due Process.
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