LHS Policies & Procedures
2021-2022 School Year
Regular Day: 9:00am – 3:45pm (doors open at 8:45am)
Early Dismissal: 9:00am- 1:50pm (doors open at 8:45am)
Delayed Opening: 11:00am - 3:45pm (doors open at 10:45am)
Mask Wearing Expectations
Masks are mandatory for all K-4 students inside the building and on school buses. Mask breaks will be given throughout the day. Students may take off masks when outside.
Based on the correspondence shared by Mr. Saranich, our Superintenedent, on Wednesday August 11:
"Per Governor Ned Lamont's Executive Order #13, all students and staff, vaccinated or unvaccinated, will be required to wear masks indoors at school until September 30th, unless otherwise changed by the Office of the Governor. This mask mandate currently only applies to indoors. Students and staff will not be required to wear masks outdoors unless the individual chooses to wear a mask.
If the Governor rescinds or extends Executive Order #13, the Shelton Public Schools will communicate any changes to the community."
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation with this State of Connecticut mandate.
The transportation department’s policy is the following: It is the responsibility of the bus company to take students from home stop to school and back. To assist working parents, they will take students to a daycare stop within the Long Hill School District on a set schedule. For example, Mrs. Smith sends in a request for her son to go to a local daycare on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays every week. They will take students to ONE other address besides the home stop in the Long Hill School District on the same fixed, day/days each week.
We will communicate these requests to the bus company who will add them to the transportation information system and make it part of the driver’s regular route. This is especially important if the student will ride two buses and will allow the bus drivers to know when to expect the student to ride his/her bus. Without these stops being part of the routes, a spare driver will not be aware of stops the regular driver may do automatically. In the event of an accident or emergency situation, the transportation company looks to the transportation information system for student lists because this is how they track everyone.
We encourage you to send your child(ren) by bus. Parents are requested to refrain from driving in the bus loop prior to 9:20am in the morning and between 3:30pm-4:00pm in the afternoon. Parking in front of the school during these times is reserved for buses only. This will provide a safe and secure environment for our bus drivers and our bus transportation students. Appropriate behavior is important so that drivers are not distracted and all students can ride safely and happily. Inappropriate behavior may result in a suspension from the bus. Masks MUST be worn at all times on buses.
Any transportation questions or issues, you may contact the Board of Education directly at 203-924-1023, extension 310 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Morning Drop-Off Procedure:
- Parents/guardians should pull up to the end of the lot. A staff member will be stationed there each morning at 8:45am to 9:00am to ensure the safety of your child(ren). Please do not get out of the car. Your child must exit the car on his/her own. Staff members will not open cars doors or unbuckle children.
- Please DO NOT pass any cars in the drop off line. You must remain in line at all times until you exit the parking lot. This is to ensure the safety of our students and staff.
- If you choose to walk your child to the front door, you must park in a parking space and walk to the front door. Once at the front door, your child will enter the building.
- To ensure the safety of all children, parents are not allowed to walk their child(ren) into the building or classroom. Staff members are stationed throughout the building to guide your child(ren) to classrooms as needed.
- Students can not be dropped off prior to 8:45am as there are no staff members on duty to supervise. They will not be allowed to enter the building or wait in the main corridor of the school.
- If you are dropping your child off after 9:00am and no staff members are on duty, please park in a parking space (do not pull into the bus loop) and escort your child to the front door. Once you are at the front door, please push the call button and wait for a response and direction from the main office. Do not leave your child outside the school door until someone from the school has spoken with you over the intercom.
Students are allowed up to two different ways of dismissal. Examples of two different ways of dismissal are:
- A student takes the bus home on Mondays and Wednesdays and is a pick up on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
- A student takes the bus to a daycare stop within the Long Hill School District on Mondays-Wednesdays and takes his bus home on Thursdays and Fridays.
Please note that daily dismissal changes will NOT be approved. Any change in your child’s daily dismissal (i.e. bus student being picked up by parent, after school activities such as religious education, Boy & Girl scouts, or early dismissal for a doctor’s appointment) must be put into a note to the classroom teacher. If you have more than one child, each teacher must receive a dismissal note. The school will provide you with a Change in Dismissal Form for you to use when making any changes to your child’s normal dismissal. This form is also located on your website.
If during the day an emergency arises, you must call the school NO LATER than 3:00pm on a full day or 1:00pm on an early dismissal day to notify us. The phone call will need to be followed up by something in writing, either a fax or an email to either email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. DO NOT email just the classroom teacher as they might not be able to check their email, thus creating a safety issue for your child.
Student Afternoon Pick-Up Procedure for Dismissal
- Parents/guardians picking up their child(ren) at dismissal time are to park in the rear of the building. Cars must be turned off and minor children cannot be left in any car unattended.
- Parents will not be allowed to the rear of the building until 1:35pm on early dismissal days and 3:35pm on full school days. There will be NO access to park in the rear of the building until then.
- Parents/guardians will line up at the cafeteria door. Please be sure to maintain proper social distancing while waiting in line. Parents/guardians will NOT be allowed in the building.
- Once it is your turn at the cafeteria door, you will inform the school staff member of your child’s name and grade.
- You will need to present picture identification to the school staff member.
- Your child will be brought to the cafeteria door to the parent/guardian picking up the child.
- If someone other than a parent/guardian is picking up your child, they MUST be listed as an emergency contact in Infinite Campus. Students will NOT be released to anyone who is NOT on your Infinite Campus Emergency Contact list.
Please remember when entering or exiting our school parking lots that BUSES AND PEDESTRIANS HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY. Passing a bus with its lights flashing is a $450 fine.
Picking up prior to dismissal time
At the main entrance, please push the call button and wait for a response from the main office. An office staff member will ask you over the intercom, the name and grade of your child. You will need to show picture identification through the intercom camera. Please make sure you have your photo identification with you when you arrive at the main entrance. Your child will be dismissed to you through the main entrance doors. Please note that these early dismissals are unexcused until we receive proper paperwork informing us otherwise (i.e. note from the doctor for a doctor's appointment).
Unplanned Early Dismissal
We ask that you DO NOT call the school or radio/television stations. It is imperative that these phone lines be kept open for communication purposes during an emergency. It is important to review with your child(ren) alternative arrangements regarding where they should go if you are not home on an emergency early dismissal day. Information regarding emergency delayed openings/early dismissals may be obtained from various radio and television stations or by checking the district website (www.sheltonpublicschools.org). Please refer to our website for planned and unplanned early dismissal times.
Students are expected to attend school each day school is in session for the entire day. Students arriving after 9:00am will be marked as tardy, unless they have arrived on a bus. Being late to school is disruptive for all in the classroom.
Our instructional blocks will be starting promptly at 9:10am daily. To ensure a smooth morning transition, please have your child to school on time.
Students have 9 excused absences allotted to them-after that all absences are considered unexcused unless accompanied by a doctor's note.
Absence Verification: 203-929-4077
Board of Education policy requires that parents/guardians call the school when their child will be absent.
- Attendance is taken daily.
- Automated absence calls go out at 10:30am daily. If you did not call your child out of school, whether in person or on a distance learning day, you will receive a call.
- All absences are unexcused unless we receive a call or email about an absence.
- A voice mailbox is available for calls at night or early morning for your convenience. When you leave a message, please state the student’s first and last name, the date of the absence, the classroom teacher, and the reason for the absence.
- If your classroom teacher uses Class Dojo, a Dojo message to the teacher is NOT an approved way to notify us of your child’s absence. Please either call the school, email your child’s teacher, or Mrs. Sastram (school secretary) at email@example.com or Mrs. Quirk (school secretary) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- No outside food will be allowed for any birthday celebration, no exceptions.
- No items can be passed out to the students in the class either. This includes, but is not limited to, pencils, small toys, erasers, etc.
Birthday Books may be donated in honor of a student's birthday. If you would like to donate a book to celebrate your child's birthday, contact the classroom teacher. Once the birthday book has been shared with the birthday child and class, it will be added to the school library. This is a great opportunity to recognize a child's birthday as well as help LHS at the same time!
Classroom teachers will not pass out birthday invitations or permit students to pass out paper invitations in school. Please be cognizant of this if you are planning a birthday party for your child.
School Medication Policy
If your child requires a prescription or over-the-counter medication during the school day, you must follow the procedures required by the Shelton Public Schools, the Connecticut General Statues, Sec. 10-212a, and the Connecticut Administrative Regulations, Sec. 10-212a-1 through 10-212a-9. These procedures promote safe practices for students and staff. All medications administered in school must adhere to the following:
- Contact the school nurse to make arrangements to drop off medication.
- NO medications are to be given to a student to bring to school to hand in to their nurse.
- The medication must be packaged in the ORIGINAL PHARMACY CONTAINER, clearly labeled, with the student’s name, the authorized prescriber’s name, and the prescription information.
- Given to the school nurse or in her absence, an administrator.
- Accompanied by a signed authorization from the physician and parent/guardian with the time to be taken, reason, and duration. Medication will not be administered without this documentation.
- Over the counter medications, such as Tylenol, MUST follow the same procedure. The medication must be in a new, unopened container.
- No more than a three (3) month supply may be stored at school. Unused medication must be destroyed if not picked up by a responsible adult by the end of the last day of school.
Student Items and Belongings
- Students are NOT permitted back into the building for forgotten items.
- If your child(ren) brings a cell phone to school, it must remain in their backpack and in the off position.
- IPads and other electronic devices (including, but not limited to, Smart Watches) are NOT to be brought to school.
- LABEL all student items and belongings.
- Reusable water bottles must be brought home daily. Non-reusable water bottles will be disposed of daily if they are not taken home.
Make Up Work Procedure for Vacations
For planned absences, such as vacation during the school year, teachers are NOT required to provide students or parents/guardians with advance work or assignments. It is the student’s and/or parent’s responsibility to get the work upon their return. Taking time from school to go on a vacation poses a risk to your child’s educational progress. Both students and parents must understand that when school is missed due to vacations, it is not the responsibility of the teachers to provide remedial instruction for the assignments/content that has been missed.
Message and Telephone Use
The main office will not interrupt classroom instruction to deliver parent/guardian messages to their child. If the message is a true emergency, your child will be notified between lessons. Parents should not contact their child via cell phone or any other electronic device during the school day. Students are allowed to use the office phone during the day, with the permission of the principal or designee.
Breakfast and lunch are available every day for all students. The USDA has extended free breakfast and lunch for the 2021-2022 school year. Due to allergies, all classrooms and the cafeteria are nut free. Your child’s classroom teacher will communicate this to all parents and if there are any allergies in the classroom. Breakfast and lunch menus will be send home electronically at the beginning of each month with food choices (subject to availability). Students may also bring a lunch from home.
Free and Reduced Priced Meals and Insurance Links
Dear Shelton Families -
Please find the 2021-2022 information and application for free/reduced price meals/benefits in the links:
Playground Access and Rules
PBIS and Positive School Culture
At Long Hill School, we use the PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) Program, which focuses on using proactive strategies to define, teach, and support appropriate student behaviors to create a positive school environment. PBIS lessons on how to be respectful, responsible, and safe are taught in the beginning of the school year and are retaught on an ongoing basis throughout the school year. At LHS, all students expected to be SPOT On in all areas of the school and on the bus.
A student demonstrates SPOT On behavior when he/she:
- Shows respect
- Plays and works responsibly
- Outstanding behavior
- Timely and ready to learn
Please be sure that your child(ren) are dressed for the day’s weather. Flip flops are NOT allowed in school. Open toed sandals or clogs can be dangerous as well. Students will be outside for recess as much as possible, weather permitting. Please refer to the district dress code policy. Students should wear sneakers on gym days. Students should wear comfortable shoes as they will be taking walks outside on school grounds during mask breaks.
- Students will have access to computers through the day.
- Technology agreements outline the expectations and usage of school technology, which are signed off at the beginning of the school year.
- The policy has been updated this school year 2021-2022.
- Misuse of school technology may result in disciplinary action.
- Computers are for school use only.
- If a student is quarantined by the school, technology will be available during the quarantine timeframe.
Fire Drills/Lockdown Drills/Shelter in Place Drills
Over the course of the school year, students will be taking part in various drills as monthly safety routines. The purpose of conducting monthly drills is to give students and staff the opportunity to practice what they need to do should an emergency occur.