Board Of Education Policies
The goal of the Andover School System is to provide students with sufficient basic content information and skills from the various curriculum areas so that they will be knowledgeable and informed citizens who can utilize their public school education in the global economy of the twenty-first century. To that end:
- Students will develop a love of learning, a motivation to learn during and beyond formal education, and a persistence in accomplishing tasks.
- Students will develop competency in reading, writing, and mathematics.
- Students will develop their speaking, listening, and viewing skills.
- Students will develop reasoning and problem solving (critical thinking), and learning skills.
- Students will develop the skills required to use technology as a tool to support learning, problem-solving, and communication.
- Students will acquire an understanding of the physical, biological, and social sciences, the creative and performing arts, physical fitness and health, and careers and vocations.
- Students will develop a positive sense of self-worth and a confidence in their personal abilities and relationships.
- Students will develop productive and satisfying relationships with others based on mutual respect.
- Students will develop the sensitivity to and understanding of the need opinions, concerns, and customs of others necessary to become successful members of the global community.
- Students will develop self-discipline and creativity on an individual and group level, and the ability to work well as a team member.
- Students will develop a concept of community, local and global, in which the importance of each individual’s responsibility and commitment to the improvement of the quality of life for all members of the community is stressed.
- Students will develop and expand their personal criteria to make informed moral judgments and ethical decisions.
The Board of Education shall maintain a manual of policies as the base for the governance of the school system. The policies must at all times be in harmony with applicable laws.
The Board of Education views its policies as aids to decision making and will to the best of its abilities make all its actions consistent with those policies.
The 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.
Nondiscrimination in School and Classroom Practices
It is the policy of the District to provide equal opportunity for all students to achieve their maximum potential through the programs offered in all District schools regardless of race, color, age, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ancestry, national origin, or disability.
The District shall provide to all students without discrimination, course offerings, counseling, assistance, employment, athletics, and extracurricular activities. The District shall make reasonable accommodations for identified physical and mental impairments that constitute disabilities, consistent with federal and state statutes and regulations.
Students and third parties who have been subject to discrimination are encouraged to promptly report such incidents to the District’s Compliance Officer.
All complaints of discrimination shall be investigated promptly. Corrective action must be taken when allegations are substantiated. Confidentiality of all parties shall be maintained, consistent with the District’s legal and investigative obligations.
Neither reprisals nor retaliation shall occur as a result of good faith charges of discrimination.
Nondiscrimination in Employment/Contract Practices
It is the Board’s policy to provide all persons equal access to all categories of employment in this District regardless of race, color, age, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ancestry, national origin, or disability. The District shall make reasonable accommodations for identified physical and mental impairments that constitute disabilities, consistent with federal and state statutes and regulations.
Employees and third parties who have been subject to discrimination are encouraged to promptly report such incidents to the District’s Compliance Officer.
All complaints of discrimination shall be investigated promptly. Corrective action must be taken when allegations are unsubstantiated. Confidentiality of all parties shall be maintained, consistent with the District’s legal and investigative obligations. Neither reprisals nor retaliation shall occur as a result of good faith charges of discrimination.
Mission – Goals – Objectives
In order to maintain a program of nondiscrimination practices that is in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, the Board directs the Superintendent to designate the District’s Compliance Officer.
The Compliance Officer shall publish and disseminate this policy and complaint procedure annually to students, parents, employees, and the public. Nondiscrimination statements shall include the position, office address, and telephone number of the Compliance Officer.
The Compliance Officer is responsible to monitor the implementation of nondiscrimination
(cf. 4111 – Recruitment and Selection)
(cf. 4111.1/4211.1 – Affirmative Action)
(cf. 4118.11 – Nondiscrimination)
(cf. 4118.111 – Grievance Procedure-Title IX)
(cf. 4118.113/4218.113 – Harassment)
(cf. 5145.4 – Nondiscrimination)
(cf. 5145.5 – Sexual Harassment)
(cf. 5145.51 – Peer Sexual Harassment)
(cf. 5145.52 – Harassment)
(cf. 5145.6 – Student Grievance Procedure)
(cf. 6121 – Nondiscrimination)
(cf. 6121.1 - Equal Educational Opportunity)
Legal Reference: Title VII, Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. 2000e, et seq.
29 CFR 1604.11, EEOC Guidelines on Sex Discrimination.
Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. 1681 et seq.
34 CFR Section 106.8(b), OCR Guidelines for Title IX.
Definitions, OCR Guidelines on Sexual Harassment, Fed. Reg. Vol 62, #49, 29 CFR Sec. 1606.8 (a0 62 Fed Reg. 12033 (March 13, 1997) and 66 Fed. Reg. 5512 (January 19, 2001)
Meritor Savings Bank. FSB v. Vinson, 477 U.S. 57 (1986)
Faragher v. City of Boca Raton, No. 97-282 (U.S. Supreme Court, June 26,1998)
Mission – Goals – Objectives
Legal Reference: (continued)
Gebbser v. Lago Vista Indiana School District, No. 99-1866, (U.S. Supreme Court, June 26,1998)
Davis v. Monro County Board of Education, No. 97-843, (U.S. Supreme Court, May 24, 1999.)
Connecticut General Statutes
46a‑60 Discriminatory employment practices prohibited.
10-15c Discrimination in public schools prohibited. School attendance by five-year olds. (Amended by P.A. 97-247 to include “sexual orientation”)
10‑153 Discrimination on account of marital status.
17a-101 Protection of children from abuse.
1110 Parent Involvement
1112 News Media Relationships (Public Press, Radio & TV)
1120 Citizen's Participation at Board Meetings
1140 Distribution of Materials by Students
1150 Responsibilities of School Personnel
1167 Summary of Negotiations' Activities
1210 School-Community Associations
1212 School Volunteers
1250 School Visitors
1251 Loitering or Causing Disturbances
1252 Motorized Vehicles on School Property
1311 Community Relations Political Activities of School Employees
1312 Public Complaints
1313 Gifts to School Personnel
1316 Relations Between Public and School Personnel
1324 Soliciting Funds from and by Students
1326 Solicitations By Staff Members
1330 Use of Facilities
1331 Smoke Free Environment
1350 Senior Citizen Benefits
1411 Law Enforcement Agencies
1412 Fire Department
1500 Relations between Area, State, Regional and National Associations and the Schools
2000 Concepts and Roles in Administration
2111 Equal Employment Opportunity
2121 Lines of Responsibility
2130 Administrative Personnel Positions
2131 Superintendent of Schools
2135 Director of Special Education
2140 Superintendent of Schools
2151 Hiring School Administrators
2200 Administrative Operations
2210 Administrative Leeway in Absence of BOE Policy
2220 Staff Advisory Functions
2232 Dismissal of Classes -Teachers
2232.1 Administrative Reports-School District Annual Reports - Announcements
2240 Educational Research in District Schools
2300 Statement of Ethics for Administrators
3100 Budget/Budgeting System
3160 Transfer of Funds Between Categories; Amendments
3170 Budget Administration
3220 State/Federal Funds
3250 Materials/Services; Fees, Fines, Charges
3260 Sales and Disposal of Books, Equipment and Supplies
3280 Gifts, Grants and Bequests
3281 School Fund Raisers
3293 School District Receipts of Moneys
3320 Purchasing Procedures
3321 Requesting Goods and Services (Requisitions)
3323 Soliciting Prices (Bids & Quotations)
3324 Ordering Goods and Services: Contracts
3326 Paying for Goods and Services
3410 System of Accounts
3430 Periodic Financial Reports
3434 Periodic Audit
3450 Monies in School Buildings
3453 School Activity Fund
3513 Energy Conservation
3514 Use of School Equipment or Property
3516 Buildings and Grounds Inspection/Reporting
3517 Security of Buildings and Grounds
3520 Data Processing Services: Information Security Breach and Notification
3523 Electronic Information Security: Acquisition and Updating of Technology
3524 Hazardous Materials in Schools: Pesticide Application
3532 Fixed Operations Insurance
3541 Auxiliary Agencies
3542 Food Service
3543 Office Services
4000 Title IX
4111 Recruitment and Selection
4112 Appointment and Conditions of Employment
4115 Evaluation Supervision
4116 Probationary/Tenure Status
4119 Staff Conduct
4120 Temporary and Part-Time Personnel
4121 Substitute Teachers
4122 Student Teachers/Internships
4131 Staff Development
4132 Publication or Creation of Materials
4133 Travel: Reimbursement
4138 Non-School Employment
4140 Compensation and Related Benefits
4147 Employee Safety
4148 Employee Protection
4151 Short-Term Leaves
4152 Long-Term Leaves
4158 Jury Duty
4212 Appointment and Conditions of Employment
4215 Evaluation Supervision
4217 Separation/Disciplinary Action
4222 Teacher Aides/Paraprofessionals
4241 Salary Guides
5113 Attendance and Excuses
5114.a In-School Suspension, Suspension, and Expulsion
5118 Nonresident Attendance
5122 Assignment to Teachers and Classes
5124 Student Progress
5125 Student Records: Confidentiality
5132 Student Dress
5141 Health Services
5141.2 Communicable/Infectious Diseases
5141.3 Health Assessments & Immunizations
5141.4 Child Abuse and Neglect
5143 Insurance (Student Accident Insurance)
5144 Use of Physical Force (Physical Restraint/Seclusion)
5145 Civil & Legal Rights and Responsibilities
5141.25-27 Management of Food Allergies in Schools
5151 Child Identification
5156 Research Involving Students
6000 Concept and Roles in Instruction Student Achievement
6111 School Calendar
6114 Emergencies and Disaster Preparedness
6115 Ceremonies and Observances
6141.2 Religion in the Public School
6141.3 Programs for Limited English Proficient Students
6142 Family Life and Sex Education
6144 Controversial Issues
6145 Extra-Class Activities
6146 Grading/Assessment System
6153 Field Trips
6154 Homework/Make-up Work
6156 Off-Site Computer Use
6159 Teachers Aides
6160 Instructional Resources
6161 Evaluation of Instructional Materials
6162 Instructional Resources for Teachers
6163 Instructional Resources for Students
6164 Individual Services & Diagnostic Counseling
6171 Curriculum Extensions: Special Education
6172 Home Schooling
6173 Homebound/Hospitalized Instruction
6174 Summer School/Evening School
6177 Commercially Produced Video Recording (Use of)
6180 Evaluation of the Instructional Program
7000 Concepts and Roles in Planning for Educational Facilities
7112 Enrollment Projections
7113 Evaluating Existing Buildings
7114 Facilities Renovation
7115 Developing Education Specifications
7123 Educational, Architectural Consultant
7230 Indoor Air Quality
7240 Selection and Installation of Playground Equipment
7310 Method of Financing: Funding
7330 Determination of Costs
7410 Project Bids and Quotations
7411 Compliance with Equal Opportunity Requirements
7500 Certificate of Occupancy
7523 Inspection by Board of Education
9000 Role of Board and Members (Powers, Purposes, Duties)
9010 Limits of Authority
9012 Legal Responsibilities of Board of Education
9020 Public Statements
9030 Commitment to Democratic Principles in Relation to Community, Staff and Students
9040 Board-Related Responsibilities
9110 Number of Members; Terms of Office
9120 Officers and Auxiliary Personnel
9131 Committee of the Whole
9132 Standing Committee
9212 Filling Vacancies
9221 Oath of Office
9230 New Board Member Orientation
9240 Board Member Development
9250 Remuneration and Reimbursement
9260 Board Member Protection
9270 Conflict of Interest
9271 Code of Ethics
9300 Methods of Operations
9311 Formulations, Adoption, Amendment of Policies
9312 Formulation, Adoption, Amendment of Bylaws
9313 Administrative Regulations
9314 Suspension of Policies, Bylaws, Regulations
9323 Construction of the Agenda
9325 Meeting Conduct
9327 Electronic Mail Communications
9330 Board/School System Records
9400 Monitoring Products and Processes
9420 Recognition of Accomplishments by Citizens, Staff Members or Members of the Board of Education