Student/Parent Handbook
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To view the contents of the Galloway Township Public Schools Guidebook, either scroll down the page, or click on a topic below:
Our Educational Family Zero Tolerance Policy GTMS Discipline Code
Our Mission and Core Values No Smoking Policy Special Education
District Website Animal Policy Specialized Programs
School Safety Attendance/Tardiness Multidisciplinary Assistance Team (MAT)
Arriving to School Safely Rights of Parents Home Instruction
Arriving to School Safely by Bus Physical Education/Recess Exclusions District Testing Information
Annual Notifications Transportation Student Progress & Parent Conferences
Food Allergies & Special Dietary Needs Promotion/Retention Policy Emergency Closing of Schools
Visitors to Our Schools Textbooks School Messenger
Student & Athletic Insurance Protection Personal Property The Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)
Hospitalizations/Surgeries Homework Notice of Privacy Practices
Technology in Our Schools School Discipline Policy Overview School Board Elections
Acceptable Use Policy Elementary School Discipline Policy Food Services
Photo Permission Form Elementary Discipline Code, Grades K-3 Before and After School Child Care
Email, eBoards, Blogs & Websites Elementary Discipline Code, Grades 4-6 The Galloway Family-School Association (GFSA)
Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying GTMS Discipline Policy Galloway Township Education Foundation
Residency   Galloway Township Board of Education

Our Educational Family
To reach ANY District or School Office, please call 609-748-1250 and FOLLOW THE PROMPTS
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Reeds Road Elementary School

Home of the Bulldogs

Grades K-6

8:50am - 3:20pm; Early Dismissal: 1:30pm

103 South Reeds Road

Galloway, NJ 08205

Principal: Dr. William Zipparo

Assistant Principal: Mr. Terrence O’Connor Jr.


Arthur Rann Elementary School

Home of the Dragons

Grades K-6

8:50am - 3:20pm; Early Dismissal: 1:30pm

515 South Eighth Avenue

Galloway, NJ 08205

Principal: Mr. John Gibson

Assistant Principal: Mr. Kevin McGloin


Smithville Elementary School

Home of the Dolphins

Grades K-6

8:50am - 3:20pm; Early Dismissal: 1:30pm

37 South Old Port Road

Galloway, NJ 08205

Principal: Dr. Kathie Hathaway

Assistant Principal: Mr. Jamie Gillespie

Roland Rogers Elementary School

Home of the Tigers

Grades K-6

8:50am - 3:20pm; Early Dismissal: 1:30pm

105 South Reeds Road

Galloway, NJ 08205

Principal: Dr. Robin Moore

Assistant Principal: Mr. Michael Silvestri


Galloway Township Middle School

Home of the Grizzlies

Grades 7 & 8

7:30am - 2:20pm; Early Dismissal: 12:20pm

100 South Reeds Road

Galloway, NJ 08205

Principal: Ms. Sharon Kurtz

Assistant Principals: Mr. Carl Dolente & Ms. Paula Junker


Pomona Preschool Center

Home of the Penguins

Preschool

9:20am - 3:20pm; Early Dismissal: 1:30pm

400 South Genoa Avenue

Egg Harbor, NJ 08215

Principal: Mr. John Gibson

Assistant Principal: Mr. Kevin McGloin

 

Administrative Offices

101 South Reeds Road, Galloway, NJ 08205

Phone: 609-748-1250 Fax: 609-748-1796

http://www.gtps.k12.nj.us


Annette C. Giaquinto, Ed. D., Superintendent of Schools - 748-1250 x. 1011 or 1016

Timothy Kelley, School Business Administrator - 748-1250 x. 1014

Thomas E. Hand, Director of Special Education – 748-1250 x. 1612

Michael Hinman, Supervisor of Curriculum and Assessment x. 1009

Betty Napoli, Supervisor of Curriculum and Assessment x.1047

Marilyn Moore, Supervisor of Testing, Guidance, Health Services & Grants Management x.1012

James Bruffy, Human Resources Manager x. 1011 or 1016

Gil Chapman, Manager of Technology Services x. 1020

Robbin Remster, Director of Food Services x. 5046

Cathy Hilferty, Child Care/Community Ed. Coordinator x. 1029

Georgette Reeves, Transportation Coordinator x. 1004

Joanna Westcott, Communications Officer x. 1001

Sharon Delany, Student Registrar x.1015

Our Mission and Core Values:

Galloway Township Public Schools, a diverse and progressive district that unifies educators,
families and community to provide a safe, challenging learning environment for all children
to succeed in meeting the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards and develop
as lifelong learners and productive citizens.

The above mission statement was created by a group of school district staff, town council members, parents and community leaders at a meeting led by members of the NJ School Boards Association in February of 2002.

In the summer of 2011, the Board of Education adopted the following "Core Values" to guide the Galloway Township Public School District. Our core values influence every facet of our work in the district; from collegial interactions, planning for student learning, ensuring safety for students and staff, and the home-school connection. They are*:

Communication: 1: an act or instance of transmitting. 2a : information communicated b: a verbal or written message. 3: a process by which information is exchanged between individuals through a common system of symbols, signs, or behavior <the function of pheromones in insect communication>; also : exchange of information.

Hard Work: 1: activity in which one exerts strength or faculties to do or perform something: a: sustained physical or mental effort to overcome obstacles and achieve an objective or result; b: the labor, task, or duty that is one's accustomed means of livelihood; c: a specific task, duty, function, or assignment often being a part or phase of some larger activity.

Excellence: 1: the quality of being excellent ("Excellent": very good of its kind; superior; eminently good).

Integrity: 1: firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values; incorruptibility 2: an unimpaired condition : soundness. 3: the quality or state of being complete or undivided: completeness.

Diversity: the condition of being diverse : variety; especially : the inclusion of diverse people (as people of different races or cultures) in a group or organization <programs intended to promote diversity in schools> ("Diverse": : differing from one another : unlike; composed of distinct or unlike elements or qualities).

Respect: 1: a relation or reference to a particular thing or situation. 2: an act of giving particular attention: consideration. 3a : high or special regard : esteem. b: the quality or state of being esteemed.

* Please note that all definitions are from Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary (http://www.m-w.com)

District Website: Our district’s website address is: http://www.gtps.k12.nj.us. You can find information on each of the district's schools, curriculum programs, intervention and support services, child care program forms and facts, information on registering children, and much more! Note: Important information received from the department of education regarding their initiatives are listed in our Galloway Families tab.

Special features of our site include: Superintendent’s Weekly Message, District Calendar, School lunch menus

Emergency school closing information, Board of Education meeting schedule, meeting highlights, and BOE policies, Pages specific to school programs and services (e.g. Child Study Team, Curriculum, School Nurses, & School Counselors)

You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter: facebook.com/GallowaySchools |twitter.com/gallowayschools

Health & Safety

School Safety:

The Galloway Township Public School District is committed to keeping our children safe in their schools. Safety measures already in place in our schools include the following:

1.  All schools have safety and security plans that are reviewed and updated regularly.

2.  We have had a district Crisis Manual in place for many years. The manual addresses all non-typical events in a school day, including: accidents at school, assaults, terroristic threats, intruders in the building, and other events. Plans are established for these issues both at the building and district level. The contents of the manual are revised on an annual basis and necessary changes are made based on the needs of the district.

3.  Galloway Township Public Schools have strict disciplinary sanctions for incidents involving weapons.

6.  Elementary students are regularly instructed on how to deal with strangers.

7.  The District has trained crisis teams to work with school staff members and students.

8.  The school system has programs for students in grades K-8 to resolve conflicts, prevent violence, prevent bullying and harassment, and promote tolerance and social skills.

9.  School Social Workers, School Psychologists, School Counselors and administrators are trained to identify and assist students as needed.

10.  Trained peer mediators are available to help students in need of mediation services and conflict resolution.

11.  School Social Workers, School Psychologists, School Counselors receive training in teaching social skills to antisocial youth.

12.  A number of school-community coalitions provide ongoing programs on preventing youth violence and substance abuse.

13.  School Social Workers, School Psychologists, School Counselors work with parents, individually and in groups, to help them understand and recognize student depression, addiction, and other serious mental health problems.

14.  COPS 5 Officers (A program between the Galloway Township Police Department and School District) are available to assist school administration.

15. School Security Drill Legislation (A2003) was signed into Law on January 11, 2010.This law (18A:41-1) went into effect on November 1, 2010, and states that New Jersey schools are required to conduct one school security drill and one fire drill each month that school is open. The statute defines a school security drill as "an exercise, other than a fire drill, to practice procedures that respond to an emergency" including a non-fire evacuation, lockdown, bomb threat, or active shooter situation. The duration of a school security drill is similar to that of a fire drill.

The goal of any drill is to familiarize faculty, staff and students with specific procedures so they feel confident, safe, and secure in the event that an actual emergency arises. Just as there are responsibilities for faculty, staff and students during an emergency, parents can play an essential role in keeping the school community safe. Please consider the following guidelines so that you can help your child’s school respond effectively:

    • Keep your emergency contact information up to date. If your contact information changes during the school year, notify Mrs. Delany at 748-1250 x1015.

    • In certain emergency situations (e.g., a school lockdown), all of the building’s outside doors will be locked. Do not come to school to pick up your child. This could put you at risk and may take away from the primary focus of student safety.

    • Use of cell phones is prohibited during school hours, including during school security drills and fire drills. The use of cell phones during an actual emergency can lead to confusion and misinformation.

For more information regarding school safety procedures and drills, please visit the NJ Department of Education School Security website at: www.state.nj.us/education/schools/security.

Arriving to School Safely:

The following safety rules were developed for children arriving at school through means other than the school bus to reduce the large number of vehicles in the school driveways, to avoid pedestrian accidents and relieve traffic congestion around the school complex, especially during arrival and dismissal times. Please observe these rules and ask that your children abide by them:

Arriving to School Safely By Bus:

The well-being of our children is of utmost importance to the Galloway Township Public Schools. Bus transportation to and from school is one area that we continually work to ensure safety. At the school level, all administrators are reviewing with students safety rules for riding the bus.

Here’s a reminder about bus safety and bus rules:

  • When you get on the bus, go to your assigned seat and buckle your seat belt. Students are required by law to wear seat belts. Also, by law, drivers may not buckle the belt for students.

  • Every student must be seated before the bus starts moving. You must remain seated during the entire bus ride.

  • Voice volume must be kept similar to classroom voices and language must be school appropriate.

  • Actions like throwing things or putting your body parts out the window are not allowed.

  • Just like at school, you may not hit or touch another student in a harmful manner.

  • Take care of the bus – do not leave trash, damage the bus, etc.

  • If a student does not follow the rules, the student will receive consequences. This could include detention, in-school-suspension, and/or being suspended from school or the bus. Riding the bus is a privilege that you keep by behaving properly.

  • Everyone – adults and students – need to do the right thing for the bus trip to be safe.

Additionally, in an effort to provide students with a quiet activity on the bus, we are going to allow students to listen to iPods or other electronic devices on the bus. Students must wear ear buds or some other type of ear phone. It is important to note that students are responsible for their electronic device, and it must be kept in their book bag or locker during the school day. The school is not responsible if the device is lost or taken.

Annual Notifications:

We are required by law to report the below information to parents/guardians annually. Updated notifications will appear in this handbook every year in compliance with the plan.

Annual Integrated Pest Management Notification:

This notice is being distributed to comply with the New Jersey School Integrated Pest Management Act. Galloway Township Public Schools has adopted an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Policy and has implemented an IPM Plan to comply with this law. IPM is a holistic, preventative approach to managing pests that is explained further in the districts IPM Policy which can be viewed at http://www.gtps.k12.nj.us.

All schools in New Jersey are required to have an Integrated Pest Management Coordinator (IPM Coordinator) to oversee all activities related to IPM and pesticide use in schools.

The IPM Coordinator for Galloway Township Public Schools is:

Name of Coordinator: Steven Bolli Sr.

Business Phone Number: 609-748-1250 ext. 5121

Business Address: 101 S. Reeds Road Galloway, NJ 08205

The IPM Coordinator maintains the pesticide product label, and the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) (when one is available), of each pesticide product that may be used on school property. The label and the MSDS are available for review by a parent, guardian, staff member, or student attending the school. Also, the IPM Coordinator is available to parents, guardians and staff member for information and to discuss comments about IPM activities and pesticide use at the school.

As part of a school pest management plan Galloway Township Public Schools may use pesticides to control pests. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) register pesticides to determine that the use of a pesticide in accordance with instructions printed on the label does not pose an unreasonable risk to human health and the environment. Nevertheless, the EPA and the DEP cannot guarantee that registered pesticides do not pose any risk to human health, thus unnecessary exposure to pesticides should be avoided. The EPA has issued the statement that where possible, persons who are potentially sensitive, such as pregnant women, infants and children, should avoid unnecessary pesticide exposure.

A copy of the school districts IPM Policy can be viewed at Galloway Township Public Schools website; http://www.gtps.k12.nj.us

Food Allergies and Special Dietary Needs:

The nurses in Galloway Township Public Schools are requesting parents/guardians to assist in helping children with peanut, nut, and other food allergies. We also want to help children that eat special foods because they have diabetes, celiac disease, PKU, autism, etc. Food allergies can be life threatening. Children with special dietary needs can compromise their health if they eat certain foods. The risk of accidental exposure to foods that children are allergic to or cannot eat can be reduced/eliminated if parents/guardians, staff, students, and physicians work together to minimize risks and provide a safe educational environment for food allergic students and children with special needs.

This process can be accomplished in the following ways:

1. When parents/guardians send in food for classroom celebrations- birthday, holiday, etc. contact the classroom teacher to see if any student has a food allergy.

2. All foods should come in a package with a preprinted label that lists all the ingredients/foods.

3. If the food is homemade, send in the recipe/ingredients so that it can be reviewed.

4. If you are a parent of a child allergic to a food such as peanuts, nuts, milk, eggs, etc. provide your child with a container that has safe food for your child to eat and enjoy during birthday celebrations/class snacks.

5. During holiday parties provide a special holiday food for your child.

6. If your child has a food allergy or another health condition offer to be a room parent.

7. Parents/guardians of children with food allergies and/or special dietary needs should educate their children about their specific food allergy and/or special dietary needs.

8. The school can educate staff and students about food allergies and special dietary needs.

9. Classmates should not share food.

Food allergies are very common. The peanut allergy is one of the Big 8 of food allergies. Approximately 1% of the United States population suffers from a peanut allergy. Diabetes, celiac disease, autism, and PKU are also common in the school aged child. The nurses and staff of GTPS want to be proactive in preventing food allergy emergencies and food related incidents, and we can only do this with your help. PLEASE NOTE; ACCORDING TO STATE/FEDERAL REGULATIONS DOCUMENTATION FROM YOUR CHILD'S HEALTH CARE PROVIDER IS NECESSARY WHEN MODIFICATIONS TO SCHOOL BREAKFAST OR LUNCH IS REQUIRED. If you have any questions or concerns, please call or email your building school nurse.

Visitors to Our Schools: 

Each school is equipped with security cameras at the main entrance to each building. All doors are locked at all times for the safety of our students and staff. Admittance to each building will be limited to the front entrance of each building and monitored through the use of security cameras and a "buzz in" system. You will be required to show identification, (driver’s license, etc.) and will be asked to wear a visitor’s badge while on school property.

 

1.  All visitors must report directly to the office upon being allowed entry into the school.

2.  Visitors will sign in using the visitor’s book in the main office and will receive an identification badge.

3. Unscheduled conferences or impromptu classroom visits are discouraged because teachers follow a daily schedule and are responsible for the supervision and safety of all children. Preparation periods are available for conferences or meetings. Please write a note to the teacher or call the school to schedule an appointment.

Student and Athletic Accident Insurance Protection

The Galloway Township Board of Education is pleased to inform you that they have contracted with Bollinger, Inc. to provide student and athletic accident insurance protection for your children. The policy provides coverage for accidental injuries while students are participating in school sponsored and supervised academic activities and interscholastic sports. In order to participate in this program, you must enroll your child(ren) at the beginning of each school year.

The school’s policy pays benefits on an excess basis. This means that if your child was currently covered under a policy sponsored by your employer or that of your spouse, that insurance would be primary. The Bollinger plan would be secondary. If neither you nor your spouse has employer provided insurance, the Bollinger plan becomes primary. If your child is injured while participating in a school sponsored and supervised activity and you anticipate that there will be medical bills incurred, you should obtain a student accident claim form from the school office. You should complete the claim form and submit it to Bollinger at the address indicated on the form. Any bills for medical treatment would first be submitted to your employer’s plan or that of your spouse. Any remaining balances would then be submitted along with the primary carrier’s "Explanation of Benefits" statement to Bollinger.

Hospitalizations/Surgeries:

If your child is returning to school following surgery and/or hospitalization and may require modifications upon his/her return, please contact the school principal several days in advance. Medical services will require doctor’s orders and will benefit from communication between the physician’s office and the school nurse. Students are unable to be transported on school busses while utilizing crutches. Please make arrangements to transport your child to school or if the recuperation period is greater than ten (10) days. Speak to your physician regarding home instruction.

Technology

Technology in Our Schools: The district is proud of our continued innovations in terms of technological advancement. To date, every single classroom in the district has computers with Internet access, and computer labs are in place for students in grades K-8. There are many opportunities for students to use technology every day.

Acceptable Use Policy (AUP): This document, signed by every staff member, student and their parent/guardian at the beginning of their tenure in our district, has been adopted by the Board of Education in order to ensure that technology is being used properly for educational purposes. Any student who fails to return this document will have limited or no access to the available technology until this signed form is returned to the school. Any violations of the AUP will result in disciplinary action in accordance with the discipline code and may include loss of use of technology resources. To view a copy of our AUP, please visit our website: www.gtps.k12.nj.us then click on "Technology".

Photo Permission Form: We love to brag about the great things our students are doing! Every year, as required by law, the school will send home a Photo Permission Form for you to read and sign that gives your consent to having your child’s picture taken for articles in the local newspaper, on TV news clips, and for district brochures, calendars, and presentations. You, of course, also have the option of denying this permission, or only allowing it in certain instances. The form explains all of these options for you.

E-mail, eBoards, web pages, blogs, etc: Every staff member and/or department of the Galloway Township School District has an e-mail address that you can use to contact them. To learn more, please visit the district website. Our teachers also have the option to create a web page, eBoard or blog as another method of keeping you informed. Go to the district website to visit these "virtual classrooms."

District Policies & Procedures:

One of the responsibilities of the board of education is to establish rules and policies for the good of the student body as a whole. All policies may be reviewed by the public at any time by logging on to our website and clicking on the "Board of Education" section. Some examples are:

Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying:

On January 5 2011, Governor Chris Christie signed into law P.L. 2010, Chapter 122, known as the Anti-bullying Bill of Rights. The law includes new requirements for school districts, charter schools, the New Jersey Department of Education, other state agencies, professional associations and institution of higher education. The law became effective during the fall of 2011. To review our policy and procedure, please go to the district website-board of education-board policies – policy 5131.00 and regulation 5131.00.

Our Supervisor of Guidance, Testing, Health Services & Grants Management is the District Anti-Bullying Coordinator, and our school counselors are site coordinators for this program. Contact information can be found on our district and school websites.

We strongly believe that school can be a safe and nurturing environment for all. One of our goals is to continue to create a caring community at our school where everyone feels safe and has a sense of belonging. To facilitate this effort we have implemented a state endorsed school wide safety program called Bully Proofing Your School.

The Bully-Proofing Program enhances the anti-bullying initiatives currently in place in our schools. It is implemented with our conflict resolution programs of "De-Bug" and Peer Mediation. This association ensures that staff and students understand the difference between bullying and normal conflict. Each Galloway School has a "Bully-Busting Team" which includes the Assistant Principal, a School Counselor and a Classroom Teacher. The School Safety Team includes these members as well as a member of the community. These Teams provide information and training to all of our staff thus assuring that the program truly becomes a part of our school culture.

Further information is available on our school and district websites. Our programs will be most effective when the parental community, the administration, the staff, and the students all have a shared belief that kindness and a respect for each other is of great value in our school and contributes to a positive environment for better academic performance. With the Bully-Proofing Program bullying and aggressive behaviors do not have a place at our school and will not be tolerated.

The Bully-Proofing Program consists of six lessons that will be taught during the first few months of school. The topics are:

1- definition of bullying

2- recognizing aggressive, passive, and assertive behaviors

3- students learn to use "I" messages

4- recognize differences between telling and tattling

5- recognize and use bystander strategies

6- solving normal conflict

These topics will be reinforced and addressed with additional lessons held on early dismissal days throughout the school year. Letters will be sent home to further explain the topics taught and discussed at the school. Each school will present a Powerpoint to review the program at their scheduled Back to School Night. After the Back to School Night Presentations are completed, a copy of the PowerPoint will be on the District’s website. Thank you for your support with this endeavor. Your commitment to this program is important in promoting a safe and positive academic environment. The following link will allow you to review the new anti-bullying law in its entirety http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2010/Bills/PL10/122_.PDF

Residency:

New Jersey state law states that children must attend school where they live. The Board of Education can (and has) filed criminal charges and received remuneration from parents or guardians of students who do not legally reside in Galloway Township or who falsify residence documents. Individuals who rent are required to present a new lease when their current one expires. The names of all residents of the home must be noted on the lease or on an attachment signed by the home owner. In addition, those attending school while living with a home owner are required to renew the Verification of Residency form annually.

Please be reminded that it is very important that your current home address, email address and phone number be on file in our offices in the case of an emergency. If you move or change your phone number during the school year, please contact the registrar immediately in the central office at 748-1250, ext. 1015. If you change your email address or change your phone number please contact the school secretary. This way we can be assured that all communication and correspondence reaches you.

Zero Tolerance Policy:

In accordance with the Galloway Township Police Department and the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, Galloway Schools have a zero tolerance policy in regard to the possession, use and distribution of tobacco, alcohol, drugs, and weapons. These standards apply on school grounds as well as at school sponsored events. Please be aware that violations in these areas will be reported to appropriate law enforcement agencies.

Our school district enforces and supports the Drug/Tobacco Free School Zones, Weapon Free School Zones and Bias/Hate Crime Laws. In order to ensure a safe environment for our students.

No Smoking Policy:

Smoking is prohibited on all Galloway Township Public School grounds. Violators are subject to fines and penalties. P.L. 2001, c. 226 prohibits the smoking of tobacco products anywhere on school grounds, including sidewalks, athletic fields, parking lots, and automobiles on the parking lots. Any person smoking on school premises in violation of this act is subject to a fine not to exceed $100.

Animal Policy:

For the safety and health of all our students, no furred or feathered animals will be permitted in school unless there is written permission from the building principal. Parents will be notified of any presentation involving animals, and must provide a written request to the school principal if they do not want their child to participate.

Attendance/Tardiness:

The frequent absence of pupils from classroom learning experiences disrupts the continuity of the instructional process and limits the ability of pupils to complete the prescribed curriculum requirements successfully. Please try to arrange appointments after school hours and limit vacation trips to those delineated in the annual school calendar. If you plan on taking children on vacation for 20 or more days, or if your child(ren) will otherwise be absent from school for more than 20 days, you are required to withdraw from school and re-register upon your return. Please contact the registrar to schedule an appointment. Absenteeism and tardiness shall be cumulative, may affect promotion and involve disciplinary sanctions as well as legal consequences.

Parents/guardians are responsible for notifying the school early in the day and within 30 minutes of the start of the school day when a child will be absent and for informing the school of the reason for the absence. The board considers the following as cause for excused absence:

A. Disabling illness (one or two days with a note from the parent/guardian or three (3) or more than days absent, supported by a Doctor’s note presented upon the student’s return to school)

B. Recovery from accident

C. Required court attendance

D. Death in the family

E. Religious and state approved observances (this list can be found on the district website)

If daily attendance records indicate a child is absent, and the parent/guardian has not called, contact will be made through School Messenger for each day the student is absent. If no telephone contact can be made, the attendance officer shall investigate. If the attendance officer cannot locate the child, he/she shall inform the principal, who shall inform the appropriate local authorities. Students may not attend after-school or evening activities unless they are present during the school day.

Late Arrival:

The board recognizes that from time to time compelling circumstances will require that a pupil be late to school.

As the agent responsible for the education of the children of this district, the board shall require that the school secretary be notified in advance of such absences by written request of the pupil's parent/guardian, which shall state the reason for the tardiness. Justifiable reasons may include:

A. Medical or dental appointments which cannot be scheduled outside of school hours;

B. Medical disability;

C. Family emergency;

D. Court appearance

Students must be in school four hours or more to be considered present for the day.

Release of Pupils During School Hours:

When necessary, students may be dismissed early for medical, dental and other such appointments and days of religious observance upon written request of the parent/guardian. No student shall be permitted to leave before the end of the school day unless they are met in the school office by a parent or a person authorized in writing by the parent. A Parent/guardian will be called to verify such authorization. Positive identification (driver’s license, etc.) will be required of any person meeting a student. Parents/guardians are asked to sign out children in the book at the school office counter.


Rights of Parents/Guardians:

The Board of Education recognizes that the parents/guardians of each child are ultimately responsible for the care and custody of that child, and that both parents share the responsibility equally. The Board recognizes as well, that when only one parent has legal custody of that child, the custodial rights and responsibilities of the other parent may be limited.

Copies of restraining orders or custody orders must be presented at the time of registration and when changes to the order occur. Please contact our registrar, at ext. 1015.

Physical Education/Recess Exclusions:

Students are required to participate in physical education each time it is held. State law requires that all students, unless medically excused by a certified physician, must participate in physical education classes. Students may be excused for a one-day period based on a parent/guardian’s note specifying that the student is either injured or ill. For an extended absence (two days or more), the P.E./Recess excuse form must be completed by a physician specifying the duration and reason for the excused absence. This form is available from the school nurse. Please note, a child excused from Physical Education may not participate in active recess.  In the middle school, if a student is excused from physical education, he/she may not participate in after-school sports on that day.

Promotion/Retention Policy: 

The Board of Education has established rigorous promotion policies based upon high standards of achievement and adherence to the compulsory attendance laws of the State of New Jersey. Students must meet all of the requirements of the promotion and retention policy each year, and be in attendance at least 160 days with all their absences being for legitimate purposes, parental or doctor’s excuses provided. Eighth grade students must meet the prescribed academic requirements in order to participate in the annual promotional ceremony.

Promotional Ceremonies are held for each Team in June, and take place in the auditorium of the Galloway Township Middle School. Parents and guests are asked to give all students the attention and respect due an event of this nature, and are encouraged NOT to bring noisemakers, horns, or any other device of that nature.

More details regarding dates, times and ticket redemption will be sent home from the middle school as the dates get closer.

Transportation Policy: 

Your cooperation with the following policies is greatly appreciated, and can go a long way to ensure that children being transported to and from school are safe and transported in a timely manner. If you have questions or concerns, please contact our District Transportation Coordinator at: 609-748-1250, ext. 1004. Please also see "Arriving to School Safely by Bus" (page 6) and "School Bus" (under "School Discipline Policies"; page 31) for more information.

  • Students in Pre-K and Kindergarten must be met by a parent or designated adult at the assigned bus stop. If no parent or designated adult is at the stop, the child will be transported back to school at the end of the run and placed in our After School Child Care Program. Pomona students will be taken back to Arthur Rann Elementary School.
  • A request to change bus stop pick-up or drop-off locations must be made in writing with the Transportation Office. Please do not ask the driver to change the stop; drivers are not permitted to make any changes. Changes (if approved) can take up to 48 hours.
  • Students are assigned to one bus route only and shall be transported to and from the same bus stop daily.
  • Students are not permitted to ride another student’s bus.
  • Students should be at their assigned bus stop 10 minutes prior to the scheduled pick up time.

Reminder for the first few weeks of school:

  • Please be patient! Routes can take longer to run during the first few weeks of a new school year.
  • The pickup time on the bus pass (mailed to parents in August) is approximate and may need to be adjusted. You will be notified if any adjustment of 8 minutes or more will be implemented. It is not our intent to make significant changes during the first two weeks of school.
  • Be sure your child arrives at the bus stop at least ten minutes prior to the actual pick up time.

Student Discipline & Other Information for Students:

Textbooks:

Textbooks will be provided by the Board of Education for all students. Students will be responsible for the proper use and care of all books issued to them and will be financially liable for loss or damage. Books issued to students are to be covered to reduce damage.

Personal Property:

Electronic devices are permitted on the bus and in school at the student’s risk. For the safety of our students, cell phones may be brought to school, but must be left in the locker and/or bookbag; they may be used before or after school hours and if otherwise granted permission by an administrator or teacher. Misuse of any electronic device is subject to the school discipline code.

Homework

The Board of Education believes that homework, like other aspects of our educational program, should reflect research and best practice. Ensuring that homework is meaningful in its nature and manageable in terms of its scope are the two guiding principles that govern this policy.

Guidelines for Assigning Homework

  1. Based on the instructional objectives and the need for practice, the teacher will determine if homework is needed on a daily basis. Homework may be the same for the entire class or may reflect individual student needs. Students’ development level needs to be considered; differentiation should occur when possible and necessary.

  2. Written assignments should reinforce learning, not provide new skill instruction. For practice, the number of items that are similar in nature should be limited. (e.g. assign 6 double digit multiplication problems not 20 of the same type)

  3. When homework does need to be given, teachers should assign a maximum based on the ten-minutes per grade concept. In grades where students have more than one teacher assigning homework, teachers must make every effort to coordinate their assignments.

  4. For middle school students in high school level courses (i.e. algebra, geometry, and Spanish I), the maximum may be 10-20 minutes greater than what peers taking the regular middle school curriculum experience.

  5. At the elementary level, weekend homework should only include studying, reading, and long term projects. At the middle school level, weekend homework may be given. Written assignments should not be due on a Monday or the day after a holiday. Tests and quizzes may be given on Mondays, but not the day after a holiday. Holidays include Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, and Spring Break.

  6. Students should receive timely feedback on all their homework.

  7. Homework may not be assigned for punitive reasons.

Make-up Work Due to Absences

  1. If a student is absent from school for any reason, make up assignments, class work and tests must be completed within a reasonable length of time. In most cases, a reasonable length of time shall be the same number of school days as the days missed. The teacher should advise the student and, as needed, the parent/guardian of the timeline.

  2. If a student is going to be out of school due to a family vacation, the parent/guardian shall notify the teacher (s) in advance. Together, the teacher and parent/guardian will determine whether the assignments will be given in advance or upon the student’s return. In either case, the time frame for the make-up work will be as indicated in the aforementioned item.

  3. If a student misses class due to enrichment, intervention, or reward programs/activities, consequences (e.g. missing recess to make-up the work) may not be given to the student. The student should be provided make-up time equal to the number of classes missed.


Incomplete Work at the End of a Marking Period

  1. When a pupil does not complete required work missed for absence or other reasons, he / she will receive an "Incomplete" for the marking period. Pupils will be given 10 school days following the end of the marking period to make up the missed work. The grade for the marking period will be calculated based on the work submitted.

  2. If work is missing during the final marking period of the school year, the grade will be left to the discretion of the teacher.

School Discipline Policies:

In order to provide all our students with a safe and orderly environment in which to learn, we must have the cooperation of all students and all parents/guardians. We expect all students to conduct themselves as responsible individuals who show respect for self, peers, and adults while in class, during lunch and recess, in the halls, on the bus, etc. If misconduct occurs in the community and continues into the school, causing a disruption in the educational process, the district can impose discipline to students for conduct away from school grounds.

Parents/guardians are requested to assist in keeping their children within these codes to develop a sense of pride as well as contribute to the attitude of the student body as a whole. A good partnership may require you to say "no" at home so the school can devote its time to instruction.

If you have any questions regarding school discipline, please visit our website at: www.gtps.k12.nj.us, or contact your child’s principal. Remember, school rules are set up first and foremost for our students’ safety so that they can concentrate on their studies. Your support helps us keep the district a place "where children and learning come first."

 

Elementary School Discipline Policy
We believe our school-wide approach to discipline is positive and constructive in nature while reflecting sound child development practices. Students must adhere to school rules and procedures at all times and accept responsibility for their behavior. A reprimand will be given to the first time offender for minor infractions. Continued infractions will result in appropriate disciplinary action, such as loss of privileges. The parent of a child who experiences repeated difficulty will be asked to attend a conference to discuss the matter and to work with the teacher and administration in finding a solution. A student who is referred to the principal/assistant principal has resisted efforts to improve his/her behavior and persists in maintaining a disruptive pattern of action. The principal/assistant principal has the legal authority to suspend a student from school. Please be advised, "Any student who is guilty of continued and willful disobedience, or of any open defiance of authority of any teacher or person having authority over him, or the habitual use of profanity or obscene language, or who shall cut, deface, or otherwise injure school property, shall be liable to punishment and suspension or expulsion from school." NJSA 18A:37-2.

 

Galloway Township Public Schools

Elementary School Discipline Code

Grades K-3 (Revised 6/11)

Infraction

1st Action

2nd Action

3rd Action

Follow all directions given by any school employee as soon as you are asked

Leaving School Grounds / Assigned Area without Permission

 

1-3 ISS

PC

1-3 OSS

PC

3-5 OSS

PC

Truancy - Absent from school without Parent Permission

 

1-3 AD

PC

1-3 ISS

PC

RTA

PC

Respect yourself, others, and property

Inappropriate Language/Gestures

 

1-5 AD

PC

1-3 ISS

PC

1-3 OSS

PC

Harassment /Intimidation/ Bullying

 

PC and/or AD

ISS/OSS

PC

1-3 ISS/OSS

PC

3-5 ISS//OSS

Disrespectful response to an adult/insubordination

 

1-5 AD

PC

1-3 ISS

PC

1-3 OSS

PC

Bus Referral

 

 

W

PC

W

AD

ISS

1-3 Day Bus Removal

PC

 

3-5 Day Bus

Removal

PC

Dishonesty: Forgery, Cheating, Lying

1 AD

PC

1 ISS

PC

 

1 OSS

PC

Vandalism

 

RT

PC

1-3 ISS

RT PC

 

1-3 OSS

RT PC

Stealing

 

1-5 AD

PC

1-3 ISS

PC

 

1-3 OSS

PC

Medication-Possession, Distribution, or Use without Specific Authorization

 

 

PC/AD/ISS/

OSS

 

1-5 AD/1-3 ISS/OSS

PC

 

1-5 ISS/OSS

PC

Set off alarms/call 911/causing an alarm

1-3 ISS/OSS

PC RTA

1 OSS

PC RTA

3 OSS

PC RTA

Possession/Use of Dangerous Materials: Matches, lighters, stink bombs, fireworks, etc.

 

1-5 ISS

PC

 

3-5 OSS

PC (RTA for fireworks)

 

5-10 OSS

PC (RTA for fireworks)

Violation of Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)

PC

AD/ISS/OSS/Removal from computer--

RT/RTA (if appropriate)

PC

ISS/OSS/ & Immediate removal from computer--

RT/RTA (if appropriate)

 

Possession of cigarettes/tobacco products

PC

OSS

PC

3 OSS

PC

5 OSS

Keep your hands, feet, and objects to yourself

Endangering the safety of others

 

PC/AD/ISS/

OSS

1-5 AD/1-3 ISS/OSS

PC

1-5 ISS/OSS

PC

Physical Behavior –

Kicking, pushing, tripping, hitting, spitting

 

PC/AD

1-5 AD

PC

1-3 ISS

PC

Fighting

 

1-5 AD

PC

1-3 ISS

PC

1-3 OSS

PC

 

Sexual misconduct

 

1-3 ISS/OSS

PC

3-5 OSS

PC

5-10 OSS

PC

 

Aggressive Behavior Towards Student(s)/Staff

  1. Verbal/Written Threat

     

     

  2. Physical Threat/Contact

 

 

 

 

1-3 AD/ISS

PC

 

1-3 ISS/OSS

PC

 

 

 

1-3 OSS

PC

 

3-5 OSS

PC

 

 

 

3-5 OSS

PC

RTA

5-10 OSS

PC

Illegal Activities

Illegal Drugs / Alcohol- Possession, Sale, Distribution or Use of intoxicants or narcotics *(Please note: incident to be reviewed by administration for determining the number of days OSS – minimum 5 days OSS) Note: Any student exhibiting behavioral, physical and/or emotional characteristics of substance abuse will be required to undergo a drug/alcohol screening as per Galloway Township BOE Policy5131.60

 

5 OSS* PC

Possible removal from school pending Superintendent/ BOE hearing

5 OSS* PC

Possible removal from school pending Superintendent/ BOE hearing

5 OSS* PC

Possible removal

from school pending Superintendent/

BOE hearing

Terroristic threat against school/Student(s)/Staff

*(Please note: incident to be reviewed by administration for determining the number of days OSS – minimum 5 days OSS)

 

5 OSS* PC

Possible removal from school pending Superintendent/ BOE hearing

5 OSS* PC

Possible removal from school pending Superintendent/ BOE hearing

5 OSS* PC

Possible removal

from school pending Superintendent/

BOE hearing

Weapons – Possession/ harm and/or use of *(Please Note: incident to be reviewed by administration for determining the number of days OSS – minimum 5 days OSS)intent to

 

 

5 OSS* PC

Possible removal from school pending Superintendent/ BOE hearing

5 OSS* PC

Possible removal from school pending Superintendent/ BOE hearing

5 OSS* PC

Possible removal

from school pending

Superintendent/

BOE hearing

    AD - Administrative Detention
    PC - Parent Contact

    ISS - In–School Suspension
    OSS - Out-of-School Suspension

1RTA - Referral to Authorities
HB – Home bound instruction

RT – Restitution
AM/PM – morning and afternoon detention

W - Warning

Galloway Township Public Schools administration reserves the right to use discretion when administering the appropriate level of discipline in relation to the nature and severity of the offense committed.

Galloway Township Public Schools

Elementary School Discipline Code

Grades 4-6 (Revised 6/11)

Infraction

1st Action

2nd Action

3rd Action

Follow all directions given by any school employee as soon as you are asked

Leaving School Grounds / Assigned Area

without Permission

 

1-3 ISS

PC

1-3 OSS

PC

3-5 OSS

PC

Truancy – Absent from school without

Parent Permission

 

1-3 AD

PC

1-3 ISS

PC

RTA

PC

Continual Refusal to Complete school work

1-3 AD

PC

3-5 AD

PC

1-3 ISS

PC

Respect yourself, others and property

Inappropriate Language/Gestures

 

1-5 AD

PC

1-3 ISS

PC

1-3 OSS

PC

Harassment /Intimidation/ Bullying

PC and/or AD

ISS/OSS

PC

1-3 ISS/OSS

PC

3-5 ISS//OSS

Disrespectful response to an adult/insubordination

 

1-3 OSS

PC

3-5 OSS

PC

5-10 OSS

PC

Bus Referral

 

W

PC

W

AD

ISS

1-3 Day Bus Removal

PC

 

3-5 Day Bus

Removal

PC

Dishonesty: Forgery, Cheating, Lying

 

3-5 AD

PC

1-3 ISS

PC

1-3 OSS

PC

Vandalism

1-3 ISS

RT PC

1-3 OSS

RT PC

3-5 OSS

RT PC

Stealing

 

1-3 ISS

PC

1-3 OSS

PC

3-5 OSS

PC

Medication-Possession, Distribution, or Use without Specific Authorization

 

PC/AD/ISS/

OSS

1-5 AD/1-3 ISS/OSS

PC

1-5 ISS/OSS

PC

Setting off alarms/call 911/causing an alarm

1 OSS

PC RTA

3-5 OSS

PC RTA

5-10 OSS

PC RTA

Possession/Use of Dangerous Materials: Matches, lighters, stink bombs, fireworks, etc.

 

3-5 ISS/1-3 OSS

PC

3-5 OSS (RTA for fireworks)

PC

5-10 OSS (RTA for fireworks)

PC

Violation of Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)

 

PC

AD/ISS/OSS/Removal from computer--

RT/RTA (if appropriate)

 

PC/ISS/OSS &

Immediate removal from computer--

RT/RTA (if appropriate)

Possession of cigarettes/tobacco products

 

1 OSS

PC

3 OSS

PC

5 OSS

PC

Keep your hands, feet, and objects to yourself

Endangering

the safety of others

AD/ISS/OSS

PC

1-5 AD/1-3 ISS/OSS

PC

 

1-5 ISS/OSS

PC

Physical Behavior –

Kicking, pushing, tripping, hitting, spitting

 

AD

PC

1-5 AD

PC

1-3 ISS

PC

Fighting

 

1-3 ISS/OSS

PC

3-5 ISS/OSS

PC

5-10 OSS

PC

 

Sexual Misconduct

1-3 ISS/OSS

PC

3-10 OSS

PC

5-10 OSS

PC

 

Aggressive Behavior Towards Student(s)/Staff

  1. Verbal/Written Threat

  2. B. Physical Threat/Contact

 

 

 

1-3 AD/ISS

PC

 

1-3 OSS

PC

Possible Superintendent/BOE hearing

 

 

 

1-3 OSS

PC

 

3-5 OSS

PC RTA

Possible Superintendent/BOE hearing

                                   Illegal Activities

Illegal Drugs / Alcohol- Possession, Sale, Distribution or Use of intoxicants or narcotics *(Please note: incident to be reviewed by administration for determining the number of days OSS – minimum 5 days OSS) Note: Any student exhibiting behavioral, physical and/or emotional characteristics of substance abuse will be required to undergo a drug/alcohol screening as per Galloway Township BOE Policy5131.60

 

5 OSS* PC

Possible removal from school pending Superintendent/ BOE hearing

5 OSS* PC

Possible removal from school pending Superintendent/ BOE hearing

5 OSS* PC

Possible removal

from school pending Superintendent/

BOE hearing

Terroristic threat against school/Student(s)/Staff *(Please note: incident to be reviewed by administration for determining the number of days OSS – minimum 5 days OSS)

 

5 OSS* PC

Possible removal from school pending Superintendent/ BOE hearing

5 OSS* PC

Possible removal from school pending Superintendent/ BOE hearing

5

OSS* PC

Possible removal

from school pending Superintendent/

BOE hearing

Weapons – Possession/intent to harm and/or use of *(Please Note: incident to be reviewed by administration for determining the number of days OSS – minimum 5 days OSS)

 

5 OSS* PC

Possible removal from school pending Superintendent/ BOE hearing

5 OSS* PC

Possible removal from school pending Superintendent/ BOE hearing

5 OSS* PC

Possible removal

from school pending

Superintendent/

BOE hearing

AD - Administrative Detention
PC - Parent Contact

ISS - In–School Suspension
OSS - Out-of-School Suspension
RTA - Referral to Authorities
HB – Home bound instruction

RT – Restitution
AM/PM – morning and afternoon detention

W - Warning

Galloway Township Public Schools administration reserves the right to use discretion when administering the appropriate level of discipline in relation to the nature and severity of the offense committed.

 

GTMS Discipline Policy

In an effort to see that rules are enforced in a fair and consistent manner, the Galloway Township Middle School has adopted a discipline code consistent with Board of Education policy. This code explains what is expected of students and outlines the consequences assigned to a student who violates the rules during the school day, as well as during all school sponsored activities, on school property, and on school buses.

DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES:

When students are referred to the office for disciplinary reasons, they meet with one of the administrators to discuss the situation. Students will be informed of the types of behavior that they have been referred for and will have an opportunity to share their views with the administrator. Together with the administrator, the student will discuss what improvements need to be made and a plan of action will be developed to prevent any further incidents. The appropriate consequences will be applied and thoroughly explained to each student. Parent/guardian contact, discipline letters, and parent conferences will be utilized where indicated. Parents/guardians are encouraged to contact the office whenever they have a concern about a discipline matter. It is through working together that we can assist students to mature and develop self-control and good character.

Students who are assigned a P.M. administrative detention are expected to serve it on the designated day. In the event that a student is issued an administrative detention on the same day a teacher detention has been issued, the administrative detention must be served. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the teacher to reschedule the detention for the next available day . Out-of-school suspensions will begin the same or next day, depending upon the time of day the suspension is assigned, the nature of the incident, and parent/guardian availability. Out-of-school suspensions may be subject to a Superintendent’s review and possible hearing before the Board of Education. Students assigned administrative detention; In-school suspension and/or out-of-school suspension are not permitted to attend/participate in any after school activity that day or during the duration of the suspension.

Galloway Township Middle School Discipline Code
A good citizen is respectful. The GTMS discipline code is divided into the following sections: Respect for Learning Environment, Self, Peers, Adults, Property, and Laws/Rules. There are three levels of offenses based on severity in each section.

Level I: Documentation utilizing the Team/Teacher Level I intervention form will be completed by the teacher and forwarded to the administrator with each accumulation of three offenses in a marking period. With each accumulation of three offenses, the student will receive one administrative action on the discipline code. Interventions at the Team/Teacher level might include the following: Parent contact, student-team/teacher conference, and think sheets. Cooperative efforts with guidance should be initiated by the teachers to assist students with behavioral improvement strategies. Additional measures may include, but are not limited to: behavioral contracts, team restrictions, restricted passes, loss of locker privilege, MAT referral, and teacher detentions.

Level II: Behaviors categorized as Level II are referred to the administration. They are investigated and handled by the building administration. Cooperative efforts with guidance may be initiated. Peer Mediation, MAT or Child Study Team (CST) interventions are also initiated as appropriate.

Level III: Behaviors categorized as Level III are considered to be the most serious and are immediately referred to administration for investigation and resolution. Guidance, MAT and/or CST intervention may also be initiated as appropriate.

NOTE: (**) GTMS administration reserves the right to administer the appropriate level of action as it relates to the nature and severity of the offense committed.

I. Respect for Learning Environment – Level I (**)

TYPES OF

LEVEL I BEHAVIORS

1st & 2nd Offenses-

Teacher Action

1st Administrative ACTION

(3 offenses in same quarter)

2nd

Administrative ACTION

(6 offenses in same quarter)

3rd and Subsequent

Administrative ACTION

(9 – 15 offenses)

Excessive

Misconduct

(18 or more offenses)

  1. General Misconduct
  • Inappropriate behaviors
  • Ignoring directions
  • Misuse of pass
  • Unexcused lateness to class
  • Inappropriate display of affection
  • Horseplay
  • Willful disobedience
  • Disruptive behavior in class

Refer to the Level 1 paragraph above.

1 pm detention

Parent contact

2 pm detentions

Parent contact

1 ISS

PC, SP, AAS

RP-1 month

 

 

 

 

1-3 OSS

PC, SP, AAS

RP-3 months

II. Respect for Learning Environment – Level II (**)

TYPES OF

LEVEL II BEHAVIORS

1st

Administrative

ACTION

2nd

Administrative

ACTION

3rd and

Subsequent

ACTION

1. Late to school

Administrative warning

3 times per marking period

PC

1 p.m. detention

5 times per marking period

PC

2 p.m. detentions

7 times per marking period

PC, SP, AAS

2A. Cutting homeroom/Portion of a class

1 p.m. detention

PC

2 p.m. detentions

PC

1 ISS

PC, SP, AAS

2B. Cutting class

2 p.m. detentions

PC

1 ISS

PC

1 – 3 OSS

PC, SP, AAS

 

III. Respect for Self - Level II (**)

TYPES OF

LEVEL II BEHAVIORS

1st

Administrative

ACTION

2nd

Administrative

ACTION

3rd and

Subsequent

ACTION

4. Violation of dress code

Administrative warning

PC

Isolation until appropriate clothing is brought to school

1 p.m. detention

PC, SP

Isolation until appropriate clothing is brought to school

2 p.m. detentions

PC, SP, AAS

Isolation until appropriate clothing is brought to school

IV. Respect for Peers - Level II (**)

TYPES OF

LEVEL II BEHAVIORS

1st

Administrative

ACTION

2nd

Administrative

ACTION

3rd and

Subsequent

ACTION

5. Obscene or vulgar language or gestures.

 

1 p.m. detention

PC

2 p.m. detentions

PC

1 ISS

PC, SP, AAS

6. (HIB)

Harassment/Intimidate/Bully

2 p.m. detention

PC

1-2 ISS

PC, SP, AAS

RP – 1 month

1 -2 OSS

PC, SP, AAS

RP – 3 months

7. Verbal abuse/threatening comments, repeated put-downs, etc.

1 p.m. detention

PC

2 p.m. detention

PC, SP, AAS

1-2 ISS

PC, SP, AAS

RP – 1 month

8. Endangering the safety of oneself / another

Dangerous behavior with no intent to harm.

2 p.m. detentions

PC, SP, AAS

1 ISS

PC, SP, AAS

1 – 3 OSS

PC, SP, AAS

RP – 1 month

V. Respect for Adults – Level II (**)

TYPES OF

LEVEL II BEHAVIORS

1st

Administrative

ACTION

2nd

Administrative

ACTION

3rd and

Subsequent

ACTION

10. Sexual Harassment – comments about one’s body, sexual jokes, gestures, and/or drawings.

2 p.m. detentions

PC

1 ISS

PC, SP, AAS

RP-1 month

1 – 3 OSS

PC, SP, AAS

RP-3 months

Police Complaint

11. Misbehavior towards a substitute teacher

1 p.m. detention

PC

2 p.m. detentions

PC

RP-5 days

1 ISS

PC, SP, AAS

RP-1 month

12. Severely disruptive/inappropriate behavior

1 p.m. detention

PC

2 p.m. detentions

PC

RP-5 days

1-3 ISS

PC, SP, AAS

RP-1 month

 

VI. Respect for Property - Level II (**)

TYPES OF

LEVEL II BEHAVIORS

1st

Administrative

ACTION

2nd

Administrative

ACTION

3rd and

Subsequent

ACTION

14. Destroying/Defacing the property of another

2 p.m. detentions

Possible restitution

PC

1 ISS

Possible restitution

PC, SP, AAS

1 – 3 OSS

Possible restitution

PC, SP, AAS

15. Vandalism – Destroying/Defacing Property/building

1 ISS

Possible restitution

PC, SP, AAS

RP – 1 month

1 – 2 OSS

Possible restitution

PC, SP, AAS

RP-3 months

Police Complaint

3 - 4 OSS

Possible restitution

PC, SP, AAS

RP- Indefinite

Police Complaint

VII. Respect for Laws/Rules – Level II (**)

TYPES OF

LEVEL II BEHAVIORS

1st

Administrative

ACTION

2nd

Administrative

ACTION

3rd and

Subsequent ACTION

16. Forgery on a school document

1 p.m. detention

PC, SP

2 p.m. detentions

PC, SP

1 ISS

PC, SP, AAS

17. Cheating on tests/quiz and/or Plagiarism

1 p.m. detention

PC, SP

2 p.m. detentions

PC, SP

1 ISS

PC, SP, AAS

18. Stay after school without signed permission slip

Administrative warning

PC

2 p.m. detentions

PC

1 ISS

PC, SP, AAS

19. Cutting teacher detention

1 p.m. detention

PC

2 p.m. detentions

PC, SP

1 ISS

PC, SP, AAS

RP - 1 month

20. Cutting / Misbehaving administrative detention

Make-up detention

1 additional detention

PC

1 ISS

PC, SP, AAS

RP- 1 month

1 – 3 OSS

PC, SP, AAS

RP - 3 months

21. Cutting In-School Suspension

1 ISS

Rescheduled In-School Suspension

PC, SP, AAS

1 OSS

Rescheduled In-School Suspension

PC, SP, AAS

RP- 1 month

2 OSS

Rescheduled In-School Suspension

PC, SP, AAS

RP- 3 months

22. Truancy - absent from school without permission from parent or guardian

1 p.m. detention

PC, SP, AAS

2 p.m. detentions

PC, SP, AAS

Report to truancy officer

1-2 ISS

PC, SP, AAS

Report to truancy officer

23. Possession of cigarettes or tobacco products

1 ISS

PC, SP, AAS

RP - 1 month

Confiscation

1 -2 OSS

PC, SP, AAS

RP - 3 months

confiscation

2 – 4 OSS

PC, SP, AAS

RP – Indefinite

confiscation

24. Possession of inappropriate materials (lighters, matches, stink bomb, etc.)

2 p.m. detentions

PC, SP, AAS

RP - 1 month

Confiscation

1 ISS

PC, SP, AAS

RP - 3 months

confiscation

1 – 3 OSS

PC, SP, AAS

RP – Indefinite

confiscation

25. Use of inappropriate materials / non tobacco: lighters, matches, stink bombs, etc.)

1- 2 OSS

PC, SP, AAS

RP – 1 month

2 - 3 OSS

PC, SP, AAS

RP – 3 months

3 - 5 OSS

PC, SP, AAS

RP- Indefinite

Review of academic program

26. Unauthorized area without permission (locker rooms, storage rooms, offices)

1 p.m. detention

PC

1 ISS

PC, SP, AAS

RP- 1 month

1 OSS

PC, SP, AAS

RP- 3 months

VIII. Respect for Adults – Level III (**)

TYPES OF

LEVEL III

BEHAVIORS

1st

Administrative

ACTION

2nd

Administrative

ACTION

3rd and

Subsequent

ACTION

1. Gross Disrespect: the use of profanity or inappropriate gestures directed towards a faculty / staff member

1 OSS

PC, SP, AAS

2 - 3 OSS

PC, SP, AAS

3 - 5 OSS

PC, SP, AAS, SR

Review of academic program

2. Disorderly Conduct – Behavior that is deemed out of control

 

1- 2 OSS

PC, SP, AAS

3 - 5 OSS

PC, SP, AAS

Police Complaint

5 OSS

PC, SP, AAS, SR

Police Complaint

Review of academic program

IX. Respect for others - Level III (**)

TYPES OF

LEVEL III

BEHAVIORS

1st

Administrative

ACTION

2nd

Administrative

ACTION

3rd and

Subsequent

ACTION

3. False accusations of a less severe nature against any student, faculty or staff member

2 p.m. detentions

PC, SP, AAS

1 ISS

PC, SP, AAS

RP – 1 month

1 – 3 OSS

PC, SP, AAS

RP – 3 months

4. False accusations of a severe nature against any student, faculty or staff member

2 – 3 OSS

PC, SP, AAS

RP - 1 month

3 – 5 OSS

PC, SP, AAS

RP – 3 months

5 -7 OSS

PC, SP, AAS

RP - Indefinite

X. Respect for Peers - Level III (**)

TYPES OF

LEVEL III

BEHAVIORS

1st

Administrative

ACTION

2nd Administrative ACTION

3rd and

Subsequent

ACTION

5. Fighting – two students (willful, deliberate intent to do harm)

2-3 OSS**

PC, SP, AAS

RP - 1 month

4-6 OSS**

PC, SP, AAS

RP - 3 months

Police Complaint

Minimum 7 days OSS**

PC, SP, AAS

RP – Indefinite

Review of academic program

Police Complaint

6. Incitement to Fight - encouraging others to fight

1 OSS

PC, SP, AAS

RP-1 Month

2 -3 OSS

PC, SP, AAS

RP-3 Months

3 - 5 OSS

PC, SP, AAS

RP-Indefinite

Police Complaint

7. Physically Violating the Rights of Others: attacking another, punching, hitting, etc. (not including a fight)

3-5 OSS**

PC, SP, AAS

RP - 1 Month

5 - 7 OSS**

PC, SP, AAS

RP – 3 Months

Police Complaint

8 - 10 OSS**

PC, SP, AAS

RP - Indefinite

Police Complaint

8. Sexual Misconduct – physical / sexual touching of other student/students.

1-3 OSS**

PC, SP, AAS

RP – 1 month

4-6 OSS**

PC, SP, AAS

RP-3 months

Police complaint

7-10 OSS**

PC, SP, AAS

RP-Indefinite

Police Complaint

Review of academic program

 

XI. Respect for Laws/Rules – Level III (**)

TYPES OF

LEVEL III

BEHAVIORS

1st

Administrative

ACTION

2nd Administrative ACTION

3rd and

Subsequent

ACTION

9. Leaving school grounds without proper authorization

2 p.m. detentions

PC, SP, AAS

RP-1 month

Police notified

1 ISS

PC, SP, AAS

RP – 3 months

Police notified

1 – 3 OSS

PC, SP, AAS

RP – Indefinite

Police complaint

Possible alternative placement

10. Smoking in or on school grounds – Including the bus, during school functions/games, dances, etc.

3- 5 OSS

PC, SP, AAS

RP - 1 month

Police complaint

5 - 7 OSS

PC, SP, AAS

RP – 3 months

Police complaint

8 – 10 OSS

PC, SP, AAS

RP – Indefinite

Police complaint

Review of academic program

11. Stealing - Taking possession of school property and/or of another person without permission

1 ISS

PC, SP, AAS

RP - 1 month

Possible Restitution

(If teacher/school Police Complaint)

1 – 3 OSS

PC, SP, AAS

RP - 3 months

Possible Restitution

Police Complaint

4 – 6 OSS

PC, SP, AAS

RP-Indefinite

Possible Restitution

Police Complaint

12. Violation of

Acceptable Use Policy – includes

identity theft which is the use of

another’s name and/or password

1-2 p.m. detentions

PC, SP, AAS

RP – 1 month

15 day technology exclusion

1 – 2 ISS

PC, SP, AAS

RP – 3 months

30 day technology exclusion

1 – 2 OSS

PC, SP, AAS

RP - Indefinite

Indefinite technology exclusion

Review of academic program

13. Medication – Possession / Use of medication without specific medical and school authorization on school property or during a school sponsored activity; includes Prescription - (antibiotics, penicillin, diet pills, etc.) or

Non-Prescription - (over the counter drugs, aspirin, Tylenol, Nodoz, Vivarin, laxatives, etc.)

1-3 OSS**

PC, SP, AAS

RP – 1 month

4-6 OSS**

PC, SP, AAS

RP – 3 months

 

 

 

 

 

 

7-9 OSS**

PC, SP, AAS, SR

Review of academic program

RP –Indefinite

 

 

 

 

 

 

14. Medication - Possession/ Intent to distribute medication.

3 - 5 OSS**

PC, SP, AAS

RP-1 month

5 - 7 OSS**

PC, SP, AAS

RP – 3 months Police Complaint

7 – 10 OSS**

PC, SP, AAS, SR

RP- Indefinite

Police Complaint

15. Setting off alarms/ calling 911 / Causing alarm within the school

3 - 5 OSS**

PC, SP, AAS

RP-1 month

Police Complaint

5 - 7 OSS**

PC, SP, AAS

RP-3 months

Police Complaint

7 - 10 OSS**

PC, SP, AAS

RP-Indefinite

Police Complaint

16. Possession or the sale of fireworks

3 – 5 OSS**

PC, SP, AAS

RP- 1 month

Police Complaint

5 – 7 OSS**

PC, SP, AAS

RP- 3 months

Police Complaint

7 - 10 OSS**

PC, SP, AAS

RP- Indefinite

Police Complaint

17. Extortion - to obtain money or something of value by force or threat of harm.

3 – 5 OSS**

PC, SP, AAS

RP-1 month

5 – 7 OSS**

PC, SP, AAS

RP-3 months

Police Complaint

7 - 10 OSS**

PC, SP, AAS

RP-Indefinite

Police Complaint

 

 

 

18. Weapons - Possession/Intent to Do Harm – possession of a weapon including razor blades, box cutters, knives, guns, etc.

(Please Note: Incident to be reviewed by administration for determining additional days of OSS.)

5 – 7 OSS**

PC, SP, AAS, SR

BOE

RP-1 month

Possible alternative placement

Police Complaint

8 – 10 OSS**

PC, SP, AAS, SR BOE

RP-3 months

Possible alternative placement

Police Complaint

Minimum 10 OSS**

PC, SP, AAS, SR

BOE

RP- Indefinite

Possible alternative

placement

Police Complaint

 

19. Drugs/Alcohol - possession, distribution, or use of intoxicants or narcotics.

(Please Note: Any student exhibiting behavioral, physical and/or emotional characteristics of substance abuse will be required to undergo a medical screening as per Galloway Township Board of Education policy. Failure to comply with screening will result in a 5 day suspension.)

5 – 7 OSS**

PC, SP, AAS, SR

RP - 1 month

Police Complaint

8 – 10 OSS**

PC, SP, AAS, SR

RP- 3 months Possible alternative placement

Police Complaint

 

 

Minimum 10 OSS**

PC, SP, AAS, SR

BOE

RP- Indefinite

Alternative placement

Police Complaint

20. Assault – Any physical act of aggression or attack towards faculty, staff, student or administration.

5 – 7 OSS**

PC, SP, AAS

RP-1 month

Police Complaint

8 - 10 OSS**

PC, SP, AAS, SR

RP-3 months

Police Complaint

Minimum 10 OSS**

PC, SP, AAS, SR, BOE

RP- Indefinite

Police Complaint

 

21. Terroristic Threat – Threats against faculty, staff, student, administration or school building.

(Please Note: Incident will be reviewed by administration for determining additional days of OSS.)

3 – 5 OSS**

PC, SP, AAS, SR

RP – 1 month

Police Complaint

6 – 8 OSS**

PC, SP, AAS, SR RP- 3 months Possible alternative placement

Police Complaint

Minimum 10 OSS**

PC, SP, AAS, SR, BOE

RP- Indefinite

Alternative placement

Police Complaint

 

22. Physical Threat - Verbal or implied threats to do harm to faculty, staff, student or administration.

(Please note: Incident to be reviewed by administration for determining additional days of OSS.)

3 – 5 OSS**

PC, SP, AAS, SR RP- 1 month

Police Complaint

6 – 8 OSS**

PC, SP, AAS, SR BOE

RP- 3 months

Police Complaint

Minimum 10 OSS**

PC, SP, AAS, SR, BOE

RP- Indefinite

Alternative placement

Police Complaint

DISCIPLINE CODE KEY:

OSS OUT OF SCHOOL SUSPENSION PC PARENT CONFERENCE

RP RESTRICTED HALL PASS (limits time out of class) E EXPULSION

SR SUPERINTENDENT REVIEW

BOE BOARD OF EDUCATION HEARING

SP SOCIAL PROBATION (DANCE AND/OR TRIP EXCLUSION)

AAS ATHLETIC AND ACTIVITIES SUSPENSION

OSS* DENOTES INCIDENT NEEDS TO BE REVIEWED BY ADMINISTRATION

(**) GTMS administration reserves the right to administer the appropriate level of action as it relates to the nature and severity of the offense committed.

Please note: Administrative conferences MUST be held between a building administrator, parent/guardian and student upon a student’s return to school from out of school suspensions. School Service may be assigned when deemed appropriate by the administration. School Service activities are designed to enhance a student’s sense of school affiliation and pride and will be assigned based on the nature of the offense and the individual student. Activities may include clerical, restoration/maintenance, etc.

Galloway Township Middle School Cafeteria Code (**)

Types of

Behaviors

1st

ACTION

2nd

ACTION

3rd and

Subsequent

ACTION

1. Not remaining seated at designated table

1 lunch detention

2 lunch detentions

3 lunch detentions

PC

2. Throwing food or other objects

2 lunch detentions

PC

3 lunch detentions

PC

Refer to GTMS discipline code

3. Leaving the cafeteria without permission

1 lunch detention

2 lunch detentions

Refer to GTMS discipline code

4. Not waiting to be called for lunch, trash or dismissal

1 lunch detention

2 lunch detentions

3 lunch detentions

PC

5. Not cleaning eating area

1 lunch detention

2 lunch detentions

3 lunch detentions

PC

6. Taking food out of the cafeteria

1 lunch detention

2 lunch detentions

3 lunch detentions

PC

7. General disruption

1 lunch detention

2 lunch detentions

3 lunch detentions

PC

Other disciplinary measures might include assigned seats, cafeteria exclusion, school service time, or more serious consequences.

Galloway Township Middle School Bus Code (**)

TYPES OF BEHAVIORS

1ST

Administrative

ACTION

2ND

Administrative

ACTION

3RD and

Subsequent

ACTION

1. Eating/drinking

Administrative warning

PC

1 p.m. detention

PC

2 p.m. detentions

PC

2. Excessive noise

Administrative warning

PC

1 p.m. detention

PC

2 p.m. detentions

PC

3. Leaving bus stop without authorization

Administrative warning

PC

1 p.m. detention

PC

2 p.m. detentions

PC

4. Failure to remain seated

Administrative warning

PC

1 p.m. detention

PC

2 p.m. detentions

PC

5. Using obscene or vulgar language toward other students

1 p.m. detention

PC

2 p.m. detentions

PC

3 day bus suspension

1 ISS

PC

5 day bus suspension

6. Throwing or shooting objects

1 p.m. detention

PC

2 p.m. detentions

PC

3 day bus suspension

1 ISS

PC

5 day bus suspension

7. Spitting out bus windows and or on others

1 p.m. detention

PC

2 p.m. detentions

PC

3 day bus suspension

1 ISS

PC

5 day bus suspension

8. Placing body or objects out of window

1 p.m. detention

PC

2 p.m. detentions

PC

3 day bus suspension

1 ISS

PC

5 day bus suspension

9. Unauthorized bus or bus stop use

1 p.m. detention

PC

2 p.m. detentions

PC

3 day bus suspension

1 ISS

PC

5 day bus suspension

10. Excessive misconduct (horseplay)

1 p.m. detention

PC

2 p.m. detentions

PC

3 day bus suspension

1 ISS

PC

5 day bus suspension

11. Failure to comply with driver’s directions

1 p.m. detention

PC

2 p.m. detentions

PC

3 day bus suspension

1 ISS

PC

5 day bus suspension

12. Inappropriate response to driver

1 p.m. detention

PC

2 p.m. detentions

PC

3 day bus suspension

1 ISS

PC

5 day bus suspension

Driver/Admin./Student conference

13. Endangering the safety of others

2 p.m. detentions

PC

1 ISS

PC

3 day bus suspension

1 – 3 OSS

PC

5 day bus suspension

14. Possession of combustible materials

1 ISS

PC

3 day bus suspension

1 – 3 OSS

PC

5 day bus suspension

4 – 6 OSS

PC

10 day bus suspension

15. Unauthorized use of bus emergency exits

2 p.m. detentions

PC

1 ISS

PC

3 day bus suspension

1 – 3 OSS

PC

5 day bus suspension

16. Gross disrespect toward driver – the use of profanity towards the driver

1 OSS

PC

3 day bus suspension

2 – 3 OSS

PC

5 day bus suspension

4 - 5 OSS

PC

10 day bus suspension

17. Vandalism – Damaging school bus (cutting, dismantling, writing on, etc.)

1 ISS

PC, SP, AAS

RP - 1 month

3 day bus suspension

1 – 2 OSS
PC, SP, AAS

RP – 3 month

5 day bus suspension

3 – 4 OSS

PC, SP, AAS

RP – Indefinite

10 day bus suspension

18. Fighting

2 – 3 OSS

PC, SP, AAS

RP – 1 month

5 day bus suspension

4 – 6 OSS

PC, SP, AAS

RP – 3 months

10 day bus suspension

Minimum 7 day OSS *

PC, SP, AAS

RP – Indefinite

15 day bus suspension

19. Potentially dangerous conduct

2 p.m. detentions

PC, SP, AAS

1 ISS

PC, SP, AAS

3 day bus suspension

1 – 3 OSS

PC, SP, AAS

5 day bus suspension

20. Possession of weapons, firearms, and/or hazardous/injurious items

5 – 7 OSS

PC, SP, AAS. SR

RP - 1 month

Police complaint

10 day bus suspension

8 - 10 OSS
PC, SP, AAS, SR, BOE

RP – 3 months

Police complaint

20 day bus suspension

Minimum 10 day OSS *
PC, SP, AAS, SR, BOE

RP – Indefinite

Police complaint

30 day bus suspension

21. Possession Drugs/Alcohol

5 – 7 OSS

PC, SP, AAS, SR,

RP – 1 month

Police complaint

10 day bus suspension

8 – 10 OSS

PC, SP, AAS, SR

RP – 3 months

Police complaint

20 day bus suspension

Minimum 10 OSS *

PC, SP, AAS, SR, BOE

RP – Indefinite

Police complaint

30 day bus suspension

Additional Information (applies to both elementary & middle school students):

School Bus:

Students are not permitted to ride on any bus other than their regularly assigned bus. In the event of an emergency, a request must be made by the parent/guardian in writing and submitted to the main office prior to the school day the bus change would occur. This allows for parental contact to be made. Additionally, students who are bus riders may not walk and/or ride a bike to/from school. Riding the school bus is a privilege. It is imperative that all students observe the rules of proper conduct while riding the bus. To ensure the proper safety of all passengers, students must follow these guidelines:

  1. The driver is in full charge of the bus and the students.

  2. Serious misbehavior by students will result in suspension from riding the bus. If this occurs, parents/guardians will be responsible for providing transportation to and from school.

  3. When you get on the bus, go to your assigned seat and buckle your seat belt. Students are required by law to wear seat belts.

  4. Every student must be seated before the bus starts moving. You must remain seated during the entire bus ride.

  5. Voice volume must be kept similar to classroom voices and language must be school appropriate.

  6. Actions like throwing things or putting your body parts out the window are not allowed.

  7. Just like at school, you may not hit or touch another student in a harmful manner.

  8. Take care of the bus – do not leave trash, damage the bus, etc.

Additionally, in an effort to provide students with a quiet activity on the bus, we are going to allow students to listen to iPods or other electronic devices on the bus. This change in practice is being offered on a trial basis. Students must wear ear buds or some other type of ear phone. It is important to note that students are responsible for their electronic device, and it must be kept in their book bag or locker during the school day. The school is not responsible if the device is lost or taken.

Violation of these rules will result in disciplinary action according to our bus code. If a student is suspended from the bus it is the parent/guardian responsibility to provide transportation. Students suspended from the bus are still required to attend school.

Dress Code:

Another measure to maintain a safe, orderly learning climate for our students is a dress code. This code provides guidelines for students to follow in dressing appropriately for the school setting. Failure to comply will result in action as per the discipline code.

  • Pants, jeans, etc. must be worn appropriately. In particular, pants may not be worn below a student’s natural hip – undergarments must be fully covered. Pants may not hang or drag on the floor.

  • Jewelry/accessories which could be used as a weapon may not be worn. This includes "wallet chains", spiked collars, and the like.

  • Nothing that is made for outdoors or exercise may be worn on a student’s head. This includes sunglasses, hats, sweatbands, etc. (Traditional bows, barrettes, etc. may be worn.)

  • T-shirts must have slogans, pictures, etc. which are school appropriate. Therefore, beer logos, foul language, drug references, sexual innuendoes, demonic messages, etc. are unacceptable.

  • Skirts, shorts, and tops must cover a student’s body. A general rule for skirt/short length is a student with her hands by her side must touch skirt, not skin. Tops must fully cover the chest, shoulder, and midriff area. Tank tops and spaghetti straps are not permitted.

  • Any clothing style which promotes, represents, or symbolizes a gang or gang mentality is strictly prohibited. Bandanas worn anywhere on the body are not permitted.

  • Shorts may be worn, however we ask that students, along with the assistance of parents/guardians, use good judgment when choosing to wear shorts based on the weather. Shorts must be school appropriate – biker/lycra shorts, cut-offs, and "hot pants" are not permitted. A general rule for short length is a student with his/her hands at her side must touch short, not skin.

  • For safety reasons, flip-flops may not be worn, and sandals must have secure back and/or ankle straps.

Student Support Services:

Special Education:

The district ensures that all students with disabilities as defined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) receive a free, appropriate public education from pre-school to grade eight. The district ensures that these students with disabilities are educated in the least restrictive environment and that the provision of Special Education and Related Services are given to children on an individual basis. In order to render these services, the district has five (5) full time Child Study Teams, five (5) Speech Therapists, two (2) Occupational Therapists, one (1) Physical Therapist and a Director of Special Education. The district ensures that each eligible student has an individual education program (IEP) and this program is evaluated on a yearly basis. Child Study Team members include: a school psychologist, a learning disabilities teacher consultant and a school social worker. Child Study Team members are full time employees of the district. If you as a parent have any questions regarding your child’s IEP, the case manager is the appropriate individual to make contact with. The district ensures that the rights of students with disabilities are protected and the district ensures that all services are provided at public expense with no charge to the parent. All programs are administered, supervised and provided by appropriately certified professional staff members.

Specialized Programs:

GEM (Galloway Enrichment Model):
The Galloway Enrichment Model is provided for those students who have been designated via a matrix selection process as Gifted and Talented which is defined by the NJ Department of Education as "Those exceptionally able students who possess or demonstrate high levels of ability, in one or more content areas, when compared to their chronological peers in the local district and who require modification of their educational program if they are to achieve in accordance with their capabilities." In addition to classroom instruction and arts and humanities offerings, our district provides a Primary Enrichment Program (PEP) in grades K-3, GEM in grades 4-6, and subject specific accelerations in grades 7 & 8.

Basic Skills:
Our Basic Skills Programs are state, federal, and locally funded program for students who would benefit from assistance in the areas of reading, writing and mathematics. Identified students in grades K- 6 receive assistance during the school day through our intervention program. Our summer learning program offers additional support for targeted students. Transportation home is provided.

ESL (English as a Second Language):
English as a Second Language is for pupils who are identified as having difficulty meeting academic requirements of the classroom because their native or dominant language is other than English. An English as a Second Language Program shall be provided in conformity with state guidelines.

School Counseling Programs:
Our focus is on preparing our students to learn, work, and live with each other in the 21st century, including the academic, career and personal/social development of all our students. If your child requires assistance, please contact the school counselor in his/her building if he/she is a regular education student or his/her case manager if he/she is a classified student. For further information, please see our web page.

Multidisciplinary Assistance Team (MAT):
Multidisciplinary Assistance Team (MAT) assists teachers with strategies for working with non-disabled students who are experiencing mild learning or behavioral problems. The building principal or assistant principal chairs a committee of professional staff members who offer structured support and assistance to teachers by providing instructional strategies to promote student success. Parents will be notified when consultation with MAT occurs. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s educational progress, please contact your school administrator.

Home Instruction

When a child is expected to be out of school for at least a two week period of time because of certain illness or immobility, parents/guardians may request that a teacher be furnished for home instruction. A certificate must be obtained from the attending physician with a statement of the nature of the illness and the estimated length of confinement, and that the child is capable of receiving instruction without endangering the child’s health. Please contact the principal of your child’s school for additional information or to request this service.

Curriculum, Testing & Report Cards:

District Testing Information:

Under the provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), every state is required to administer annual standards-based assessments of all children in grade 3 through grade 8 that are grounded in that state’s content standards and that assesses students’ critical thinking skills in three fundamental areas of learning: language arts literacy, mathematics, and science.

Testing dates for the 2012-13 school year are:


NJASK (New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge)

Grade 3:  May 13 - 16, 2013;

Grade 4: May 13 - 16, 2013;

Grades 5 & 6: May 6 - 9, 2013;

Grades 7 & 8: April 29, 30 & May 1 & 2, 2013

Since experience shows us that students perform best during the regular testing period, the district requests that you mark these dates on your calendar and avoid scheduling any event that would cause your child to miss testing. Should that be unavoidable (e.g. child is ill), make-up testing will be required.


ACCESS for ELLS
test March 18 – April 30, 2013

This test is for English Language Learners who participate in our ESL program. The specific test date for each child will be determined by the school and parents/guardians will be notified accordingly.


NAEP
(The National Assessment of Educational Progress) is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas. Assessments are conducted periodically in mathematics, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography, and U.S. history. Schools are chosen randomly. Arthur Rann Elementary School will participate in a random sampling of 4th grade students in the areas of Reading and Math on February 28, 2013. Additional information will be provided to the parents/guardians of the students prior to this time.


Student Progress & Parent Conferences:

Report cards are issued several times during the school year and reflect academic and behavioral progress during that marking period. The report card envelope needs to be signed by a parent/guardian and returned to the school promptly. Additionally, at the mid-point of each marking period a progress report is sent home. Mid-marking notices also need to be signed and returned. Each school schedules parent-teacher conferences during the school year and notifies parents/guardians of the available dates/times. This method of direct contact between home and school is most beneficial in analyzing and understanding the student’s progress and development. Please see below for the distribution schedule, and be sure to look for more detailed information with your child’s first report card. (Note: Dates are subject to change due to weather or other conditions)

 

Grades K- 6

Report Cards and mid-marking progress issued three (3) times per year*

First Trimester: October 30, 2012—Progress Report | December 19, 2012—Report Card

Second Trimester: February 11, 2013—Progress Report | March 27, 2013—Report Card
Third Trimester: May 13, 2013—Progress Report | June 14, 2013—Report Card

* Please note: Kindergarten does not issue mid-marking notices, just report cards for each trimester.

  

GTMS (gr. 7 & 8)

Report Cards and mid-marking progress reports issued four (4) times per year

First Quarter: October 18, 2012—Progress Report | November 28, 2012—Report Card
Second Quarter: January 8, 2013—Progress Report | February 11, 2013—Report Card

Third Quarter: March 18, 2013—Progress Report | April 22, 2013—Report Card

Fourth Quarter: May 23, 2013—Progress Report | June 14, 2013—Report Card

 

General District Information:

Emergency Closing of Schools:

Emergency closing, delayed openings, and early emergency dismissals will be announced via School Messenger (see below for explanation). They are also announced on the below listed radio and television stations. Radio/TV announcements begin at approximately 6:00am.

 

AM BROADCAST: 1400AM (WOND) TV BROADCAST: GTV Channel 2

1060AM (KYW) WMGM Channel 4

WPVI Channel 6


FM BROADCAST:
103.7 FM (WMGM) KYW Channel 3

 

Communication in on-going emergencies will be done through School Messenger, and/or the district website (http://www.gtps.k12.nj.us). Please consult them for district plans and reactions to school, local, state, and/or federal emergency situations.

 

Please DO NOT CALL THE SCHOOL. It is important to keep the school lines open.


Please also note
: Beginning with with 2011-2012 school year, the school district has the option to call for a two-hour delay in opening school. If the notification you receive indicates a two-hour delay, simply add two hours to the time your child normally reports to the bus stop or the timeyour child typically walks or is driven to school. The school day ends at the normal dismissal time when a delayed opening occurs.

 

School Messenger

School Messenger is a telephone communications system that allows the Superintendent, Principal of the school, or other administrator to record messages that get sent to every student’s household.

 

We will use this system to make daily attendance calls, and also for emergency situations like snow days, late buses, and the like. Because of this, it is VERY important that we have the correct contact number(s) for every student. To help you provide us with the correct information, we ask that you give phone numbers for:

 

  • Daytime emergencies; including anything that happens during school hours (approximately 7:30am - 4:30pm)

  • General information; including "good" news items (usually an evening call), and

  • INCLEMENT WEATHER calls, which are sent to your home at approximately 5:45 am on the morning of the closing. BE AWARE that if inclement weather is imminent, you may receive a call in the evening before the day of the actual closing.

You may receive multiple calls like this during the school year, and that they are meant for your information. If after receiving a call, you need further clarification, please call your child’s school.

 

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act:

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 USC § 1232g: 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the US Department of Education.

 

FERPA gives parents/guardians certain rights with respect to their children’s education records:

• Parents/guardians or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student’s education records maintained by the school.

• Parents/guardians or eligible students have the right to request that a school correct records which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading.

• FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions:

    • School officials with legitimate educational interest

    • Other schools to which a student is transferring, including disciplinary records, with respect to a suspension or expulsion by local educational agencies

    • To any private or public elementary school or secondary school for any student who is enrolled in or seeks, intends, or is instructed to enroll in on a full or part time basis in the school

    • Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes

    • Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student

    • Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school

    • Accrediting organizations

    • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena

    • Appropriate school officials in cases of health and safety emergencies

    • State and local authorities, with a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific state law

 

For additional information or technical assistance, you may call (202) 260-3887. Individuals who use TDD may call the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339. You may also contact them in writing: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, D.C., 20202-5901

 

Notice of Privacy Practices:

On April 14, 2003, the Health Information Patient Privacy Act (HIPPA) was passed. It applies to all protected health information as defined by federal regulations. This notice describes how medical information about you and your child may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information. Please be assured that your child’s medical information is important and confidential. Our ethics and policies require that the information be held in strictest confidence.

 

We maintain Board of Education policy and regulation as well as district protocols to ensure the security and confidentiality of your child’s personal information. We have physical security in our buildings, passwords to protect databases, and compliance audits. Access to the information is limited to those who need it to perform their jobs. For additional information, please see the notice posted in the School Nurse’s Office.

 

School Board Budget Elections: 

Every year, the community is invited to vote on new school board members for the next school year. These elections now occur in November, and polls are usually open from 7:00am until 9:00pm. We encourage the public to become an integral part of our decision-making process by participating in board meetings, asking questions, and voting in the elections! Your support allows the school district to continue to remain a place "where children and learning come first!"

 

Only registered voters may participate in the elections. The deadline for registering is twenty-one (21) days prior to the election date. To register, you must be:

  • A U.S. citizen

  • At least 18 years of age on the date of elections

  • A county resident for at least 30 days prior to the election date.

  • Get your Voter Registration Application at any of the following locations:

    • The NJ Division of Elections (44 South Clinton Avenue, PO Box 304, Trenton, NJ 08625)

    • The Commission of Registration (Historic Court House Complex, 5903 Main Street, Mays Landing, NJ 08330)

    • Municipal Clerk’s Office (300 East Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway)

    • Our website (www.gtps.k12.nj.us, click on "Budget Central")

  • If you are serving oversees, attending college/university, or will otherwise be absent the day of the elections, you may choose to "Vote by Mail" (formerly known as "Absentee Ballot"). Applications for this may also be found at any of the above listed locations.

 

Food Services:

Good nutrition is necessary for success in school. Experts say that children who get basic nutrition every day have better physical development and better grades. If you think your child may be eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, please take the time to fill out and submit an application. Applications have been mailed to your home and are also available on the district website. Please note: we are now using Family/Household Applications. You only need to submit one application for all the students in your household who attend Galloway Township Public Schools. If your income changes, you are encouraged to complete a new form. The information you provide is private. Our new, computer-based point of sale system will provide complete confidentiality for your child, since all students must use a PIN number to access their account. For further information or if you have any questions, contact the district Director of Food Services, 748-1250, ext. 5046, or visit the new "Food Services" section of our website: http://www.gtps.k12.nj.us/foodservice/main.htm.

 

Children need healthy meals to learn ….

The Galloway Township Public School District participates in the Federal Child Nutrition programs. Children in households receiving Food Stamps or TANF and most foster children can receive free meals regardless of your income. Your children can also receive free or reduced price meals if your household income is within the limits on the federal income guidelines. If your income or family size changes through the year, you can reapply for the program. If you would like assistance in completing the application, please contact the district Director of Food Services, 748-1250, x. 5046.

 

Before & After School Child Care Program:

The Galloway Township Board of Education offers a Child Care Program for all elementary school students enrolled in our district. Children in grades K-6 may attend both Before and After School programs. A before school program at your child’s school is provided from 7:30 a.m. until school begins for $6.00 a day per child. Breakfast is optional and available daily at a minimum cost. The after school program at your child’s school is available from the time school ends until 6:00 p.m. for $9.00 a day per child. We also offer the after school program on some early dismissal days, which is indicated on the school calendar/website.  The fee is $18.00 per student and you must be registered in the program in order to attend. Snacks may be purchased for $1.25 a day or your child may bring a snack/drink from home.

 

The Child Care Program provides staff members who will offer help (not tutoring) with homework and learning concepts. In addition, recreational activities are provided - art projects, organized games, and community service projects, for example - and there are plenty of opportunities for children to socialize with their peers. All children must be registered in order to participate. For further information contact Ms. Bette Merkel at 748-1250, x. 1029, or visit our website: http://www.gtps.k12.nj.us (Click on "District", then "Child Care").

 

 

Our Extended District Family

The GFSA (Galloway Family-School Association):

The Galloway Family-School Association (GFSA), is the name of the entire group of FSA’s that operate in each school. These parent volunteers take time out of their schedules to arrange book fairs, candy sales, and other fundraisers. They also purchase special items for the schools, like signs, playground equipment, and assembly programs. The FSA’s are always on the look-out for volunteers. You can find out more about each school’s FSA by visiting the district website, clicking on "eBoards", then clicking on the link under each building that indicates their eBoard (i.e. "Reeds Road FSA").

 

Galloway Township Education Foundation:

The Education Foundation is a group of community members that provide educational opportunities for our students and teachers by awarding grants, purchasing land for the district, equipment and other materials for students, and much more. The Education Foundation holds fundraisers throughout the year, like the fall Golf Tournament, the spring 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk, or the annual "People of the Year Dinner Dance", where the foundation names a Governmental Advocate for Education, Business Advocate for Education, and Teacher of the Year, just to name a few of the honors. For more information, visit our new webpage by clicking the "Education Foundation" button from our homepage, or visiting their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/GTEdF.

 

Galloway Township Board of Education

The Board of Education invites the public to be involved with the education of their child. Parents and community members are encouraged to attend BOE meetings to make suggestions, share opinions, and join with us as we recognize staff and students for their achievements throughout the school year (click the "Board of Education" button from the district homepage).

 

Your 2012-2013 Board of Education:

Ernest D. Huggard-President

George Schwenger-Vice President

Suzette Cordero

Richard Dase

Beverly Evensen

Eileen Kasunich

John W. Knorr

Rosemary Hollway

Robert Iannacone

Board members hold this elected position for three years, after which they can run to be re-elected to the board. YOU decide who holds these positions by voting in November’s School Board Elections. You can download forms, check polling locations, and find out so much more online. Go to the district website and click "Budget Central" to start your search.