Tag: Policies

Please inform your staff members and mostly teachers who dislike President Trump to stop making their feeling toward him known. My son does not care nor think it is appropriate for the teacher to be influencing the young minds of America with such negativity

Written by on December 8, 2017 in Grapevine

A. Please see BOE policy 6193 which addresses this matter: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IYU6Dei8YLG8wyawzZ6dtQqj7ETafRtxSRlH8vdb8JQ/view

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What is the rule for buying your teacher a class christmas gift?

Written by on November 30, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  In accordance with Board of Education Policy 5230,  the Board of Education recognizes that gift giving, especially during the holiday season, may be a common practice for many District employees.  While the giving or exchanging of gifts may be acceptable among staff members, the Board strongly encourages District employees and students to show appreciation […]

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Are elementary school students allowed to be kept inside for recess? My son says he is not allowed to go outside for recess because he did not answer questions from a book report. I strongly believe he should be allowed outside with the rest of the class for recess.

Written by on November 21, 2017 in Grapevine

A. In accordance with BOE policy 5661 and 5661R at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wP_5DncMarWQxG16Rjaj77RCyj5drIuq7NWCdt2UGXg/view: Physical activity shall only be withheld if a student is a danger to him/herself or others. Recess or other physical activity time will not be cancelled for instructional make up time. The withholding or denial of recess time should be limited and used only as […]

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You still never told me why my shoulders are stopping my peers from getting an education :(

Written by on November 17, 2017 in Grapevine

A. The dress code does not say anything about prohibiting shoulders showing. It says: Student’s dress, grooming and appearance, jewelry and accoutrements (such as spiked belts, spiked bracelets, spiked choker collars, or long hanging chains), makeup and nails shall be safe and appropriate and shall not disrupt, distract or interfere with the educational process or participation […]

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Head Lice ( Pediculosis ) Policy 7516R – Changed 7/11/17 I have become aware that the Shenendehowa Central School District’s Head Lice Policy was recently changed in July 2017. The campus no longer follows a “no-nit” policy. A child found to have head lice can now return to school the very next day as long as their parent has initiated the recommended treatment, even though the child may still have nits (eggs) in their hair. The school nurse no longer does whole classroom checks on the children and is no longer required to examine infected children prior to reentering the classroom. Verification of the absence of live lice or nits is now left to the unprofessional and untrained eyes of the parents. It is also no longer a requirement to do a classroom check. I have read the school policy and understand it in its entirety. It cites recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics and has changed their policy to reflect this more conservative view. The reasoning behind this is to minimize absenteeism amongst the student population and maximize attendance. I can see the value in this but feel this is illogical. Parents are likely to keep healthy children home and out of school for a day or two after the news of classroom exposure and thereby contradicting the intent of this new policy. There is a significant burden experienced in the home of an infected child in an effort to contain and eradicate these parasites, including bagging every stuffed animal for 3 weeks and keeping them in the garage, treating all occupants and thoroughly sanitizing all linens and clothes. I feel our local school policy should be modified in order to fully contain these outbreaks and maximize prevention of further infestation. It is my belief that there should be a trained professional (i.e. school nurse) who examines the returning child after treatment for lice to verify the absence of live head lice or nits prior to the student re-entering the classroom. Nits will hatch into live lice within 7 to 10 days so even missing one or two can allow for cross contamination within the classroom. This slightly more aggressive policy requires minimum labor and can help to prevent further spread of these parasites. What does everyone think? Do any of you have any suggestions as to how to request modification of the current protocol? Thank you in advance for any suggestion or feedback.

Written by on November 17, 2017 in Uncategorized

A.  No,  we do not check them anymore when they return to school. They do NOT need to be nit free. According to the AAP and CDC, they can come back the next day as long as they have been treated. If the parents request us to check their child, we certainly can do it […]

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If a student becomes homeschooled/online schooled, is it possible to still tryout/compete for a shen team?

Written by on November 17, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  In accordance with Board of Education policy 8470R, homeschooled/online schooled students are not allowed to participate.

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Re: the Confederate flag question, if a student were to walk into school wearing the Confederate flag (or a depiction of it), would he or she be told to remove the clothing? I understand the code of conduct restricts, “racially or ethnically provocative or divisive symbols,” but does that include the Confederate flag? If not, why? If so, shouldn’t it be explicitly outlined? The verbiage is a bit ambiguous. Thanks!

Written by on November 17, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  The verbiage is meant to be more encompassing than limiting to only certain items listed. Yes, the confederate flag is a symbol that is not to be worn or displayed in Shen schools per policy. 

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Are the therapy dogs screened for aids before they were introduced to Shen? As my daughter said she got sick from one of them and other parents are concerned.

Written by on November 17, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  In accordance with policy all dogs are required to show record of immunizations/shots.

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If you are 18 are you allowed to have cigarettes or a vape on you/in your backpack during school? As long as you aren’t using them

Written by on November 3, 2017 in Grapevine

A. In accordance with the Code of Conduct, possession and/or use of tobacco products (including Vape) on school property is prohibited.

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Children at Shen are currently being taught gender identity concepts such as pansexual and gender fluid. Can you post all the gender identities children are being taught? Two days of HIV instruction used to be the only NY State mandated part of sex ed and parents could opt their children out no questions asked. When did gender identity become mandated?

Written by on November 3, 2017 in Grapevine

Everyone has a gender identity, whether or not that gender identity is different from that traditionally associated with the person’s physiology or assigned sex at birth.   The terminology that the high school reviews is to assist the school district in fostering an educational environment for all students that is safe and free from discrimination […]

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