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Policy Categories Archives: Section I: Instruction

Section I contains policies on the instructional program: basic curricular subjects, special programs, instructional resources, and academic achievement.

Methods Of Learning

ASD FILE: III
AUBURN SCHOOL DISTRICT
METHODS OF LEARNING

The Auburn School District recognizes that In-Person Learning is the optimal method of learning. To that end, the District will provide regular classroom instruction for all students. The School Board recognizes, however, that in extreme circumstances, regular in-class instruction may need to be halted or suspended. In such instances, the District will provide quality education in the form of Remote Learning.

In-Person Learning is instruction provided by the District to students with direct face-to-face interaction between teacher and student.

Remote Learning is instruction provided by the District to any group of students or by any teacher unable to attend class in-person.

Distance Learning is instruction received by students either remotely or in person by as educator outside of the district.

The District will shift to Remote Learning when deemed necessary by the Superintendent and approved by the School Board. Remote Learning provides instruction that closely mirrors what is/would be taught in the classroom and can occur synchronously or asynchronously.

Synchronous Learning includes various forms of televisual, digital, and online learning through which students learn from instructors, colleagues, or peers in real time, but not in-person.

Asynchronous Learning occurs when instruction and learning are not only in different locations, but also at different times. This can include recorded lessons or videos and emails between teacher and student.

If the District offers both In-Person and Remote Learning, students may not switch from one method to the other within the marking period except for extenuating circumstances reviewed and approved by the Superintendent or his/her designee.

Student Services
Special education requirements will continue to be met in accordance with Individual Education Plans (IEPs) regardless of method of learning.

All students may participate in extracurricular activities.

Adopted: November 10, 2020

Permission To Participate In Non-Educational Survey

ASD File: ILD-R
See Policy ILD
PERMISSION TO PARTICIPATE IN NON-EDUCATIONAL SURVEYS, QUESTIONNAIRES, OR RESEARCH

Dear Parent/Guardian,

On ___________________________________ at Auburn Village School, there will be a survey, analysis, or evaluation (“survey”), and your consent is required so that your child(ren) may participate. The description and purpose of the survey, how and when it will be administered, and the intended results of the survey are as follows:

 

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If you would like to review any survey instrument or instructional material used in connection with any protected information or marketing survey, please submit a request to your Principal/designee. You will be notified of the time and place where you may review these materials. You may review a survey an/or instructional materials before the survey is administered to a student.

STUDENT(S) NAME                                                                                                                           GRADE

 

_____________________________________________________              __________

 

_____________________________________________________               __________

 

_____________________________________________________               __________

As the parent/guardian, I approve my child(ren)’s participation in the activity designated above.

 

_______________________________                          ______________________________
Parent/Guardian                                                                               Signature Date

 

Adopted: March 13, 2018

School District Internet Access For Students

ASD File: IJNDB/JICL
AUBURN SCHOOL DISTRICT
SCHOOL DISTRICT INTERNET ACCESS FOR STUDENTS

The School Board recognizes that technological resources can enhance student performance by offering
effective tools to assist in providing a quality instructional program, facilitating communications with
parents/guardians, teachers, and the community, supporting District and school operations, and
improving access to and exchange of information. The Board expects all students to learn to use the
available technological resources that will assist them in the performance of their education. As needed,
students shall receive lessons and instruction in the appropriate use of these resources.

Students shall be responsible for the appropriate use of technology and shall use the District’s
technological resources primarily for purposes related to their education. Students are hereby notified
that there is no expectation of privacy on district computers, computer files, email, internet usage logs,
and other electronic data.

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that all District computers with Internet access have a
technology protection measure that prevents access to visual depictions that are obscene or pornographic
and that the operation of such measures is enforced. The Superintendent or designee may disable the
technology protection measure during use by an adult to enable access for bona fide research,
educational or other lawful purpose.

The Superintendent shall establish administrative regulations and an Acceptable Use Agreement that
outlines student obligations and responsibilities related to the use of District technology. He/she also
may establish guidelines and limits on the use of technological resources. Inappropriate use may result
in a cancellation of the student’s user privileges, disciplinary action, and/or legal action in accordance
with law, Board policy, and administrative regulations.

The Superintendent or designee shall provide copies of related policies, regulations, and guidelines to all
students. Students shall be required to acknowledge in writing that they have read and understood the
District’s Acceptable Use Agreement annually.

Appendix: JICL-R

Adopted: May 8, 2012
Revised: April 10, 2018
Reviewed: June 11, 2019, June 8, 2021

Legal References:
RSA 194:3-d, School District Computer Networks

Special Education Evaluation Procedures

ASD File: IHBAA-R
AUBURN SCHOOL DISTRICT
SPECIAL EDUCATION EVALUATION PROCEDURES

School Districts are required to provide and guarantee special procedural safeguards with respect to special education matters. However, those procedures are established via federal and state law. They are not matters of local board policy or local administrative regulations.

Adopted: February 14, 2017

Legal Reference:
Procedural Safeguards-
NH Department of Education

High School Credit For 7th AND 8th Grade Coursework

ASD File: IMBD
AUBURN SCHOOL DISTRICT
HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT FOR 7TH & 8TH GRADE COURSEWORK

Students in 7th or 8th grade may take advanced courses offered by the district and apply the credit of those courses toward high school graduation, provided the course demonstrates content requirements consistent with related high school courses and the student achieves satisfactory standards of performance. School Board policies relative to assessment, mastery and competency shall apply.

The high school principal shall approve such course work and credit prior to the student enrolling in the class in order for such credit to be applied toward high school graduation.

Legal References: Ed 306.26(f) (until July 1, 2017), Ed 306.261(e) (after July 1, 2017)

Adopted: June 14, 2016

 

Non-Educational Questionnaires, Surveys, And Research

ASD File: ILD
AUBURN SCHOOL DISTRICT NON-EDUCATIONAL QUESTIONNAIRES, SURVEYS, AND RESEARCH

Separate federal and state laws require that written consent be obtained from a parent or guardian before a student participates in a non-educational survey or questionnaire that asks about information not directly related to a student’s academics.

Federal law, the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment, imposes the prior written consent requirement only if the survey, analysis, or evaluation or its administration is paid for or in any way uses federal funds from the federal Department of Education and reveals information concerning the following:
1. Political affiliations;
2. Mental and psychological problems potentially embarrassing to the student or the family;
3. Sexual behavior and attitudes;
4. Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, and demeaning behavior;
5. Critical appraisals of other individuals with whom respondents have close family relationships;
6. Legally recognized privileged or analogous relationships, such as those of lawyers, physicians, and ministers;
7. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or student’s parent; or
8. Income (other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance under such program).

State law, RSA 186:11, IX-d, imposes the prior written consent requirement on questionnaires, or other documents designed to elicit information about:
1. A student’s social behavior;
2. family life;
3. religion;
4. politics;
5. sexual orientation;
6. sexual activity;
7. drug use;
8. or any other information not related to a student’s academics.

School District Approval
For the purpose of this policy, “non-academic survey” shall include a survey, analysis, or evaluation which seeks any information in the categories listed above. All non-academic surveys must have the prior approval of the Superintendent or his/her designee.
Surveys conducted for other agencies, organizations or individuals must have the recommendation of the Superintendent and the approval of the School Board as to content and purpose. The results of such approved surveys must be shared with the School Board.
No questionnaire or survey requesting sexual information will be administered to any student in kindergarten through grade six unless required by federal or state law or regulation. School personnel administering any such questionnaire or survey will not disclose personally identifiable information.

Parental Notification
Prior written consent from a parent or legal guardian is required to administer a non-academic survey to a student, unless the student is an adult or an emancipated minor who consents. Parents/Guardians will be notified at least ten (10) days prior to administration when a school intends to administer a non-academic survey. Included in the notice will be information regarding the purpose of the non-academic survey, how the survey will be administered; how it will be utilized; and the persons or entities that will have access to the results of the completed survey. Parents or guardians wishing to inspect a non-academic survey will be able to do so in the administrative office. Parents may refuse to give consent for their student to participate, with or without first reviewing the non-academic survey. The school will not penalize students whose parents/guardians decline to provide written consent. The school will take reasonable precautions to protect student privacy during their participation in any non-academic survey.

Youth Risk Behavior Survey Developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
State law does not require prior written consent from a parent or guardian for administration of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Guidance issued by the Center for Disease Control, United States Department of Health and Human Services, concludes that federal law, including the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment, also does not require prior written consent from parents or guardians because students are not required to participate and the survey is not paid for by the United States Department of Education. As required by both New Hampshire and federal law, the District shall provide parents and guardians with notice at least ten (10) days before the Youth Risk Behavior Survey is administered. Parents may inspect the Youth Risk Behavior Survey at the school’s administrative office. Parents or guardians may opt their student out of participating in the Youth Risk Behavior Survey by providing the Principal with written notice. District staff administering the Youth Risk Behavior Survey shall insure students understand that participation is voluntary and that students who opt-out will not be penalized.

Miscellaneous Provisions
This policy does not apply to the collection, disclosure, or use of personal information collected from students for the exclusive purpose of developing, evaluating, or providing educational products or services for, or to, students or educational institutions, such as the following:
College or post-secondary education recruitment, or military recruitment;
Book clubs, magazines, and programs providing access to low-cost literary products;
Curriculum and instructional materials used by schools;
Tests and assessments used by schools to provide cognitive, evaluative, diagnostic, clinical, aptitude, or achievement information about students, or to generate other statistical data for educational purposes;
The sale of products or services to raise funds for school-related or education-related activities; and
Student recognition programs.

Adopted: December 8, 2015
Revised: March 13, 2018

Legal Reference:
20 U.S.C. § 1232h; 34 CFR Part 98, Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment,
RSA 186:11, IX-d 2017 CDC YRBS Guidance Manual

Promotion And Assignment Of Students

ASD File: IKE
AUBURN SCHOOL DISTRICT
PROMOTION AND ASSIGNMENT OF STUDENTS

The Superintendent and the building principal shall develop rules for the promotion and retention of students. The rules will be approved by the Board. These rules shall be published in the Student Handbooks.

Criteria to be considered regarding the promotion of students should include, but are not limited to, a student’s mastery of course level competencies, grades, teacher recommendations, and the student’s social growth and readiness.

Adopted: January 10, 1990
Adopted: November 14, 2000
Revised: January 13, 2009
Revised: January 9, 2018

Legal Reference:
NH Admin Rules Sec. Ed 306.14(d)

Evaluation Of Instructional Programs

ASD File: IL
AUBURN SCHOOL DISTRICT
EVALUATION OF INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS

The Superintendent, Principal, and teachers will evaluate instructional programs in accordance with local and state guidelines. She/he shall have the responsibility to report periodically to the Board on the progress the district is making towards the attainment of its educational goals.
Adopted: November 14, 2000

Assessment

ASD File: ILBA
AUBURN SCHOOL DISTRICT
ASSESSMENT

It is the policy of the Board that the Superintendent will develop and manage an assessment program that provides ongoing evaluation of the effectiveness of the curriculum on improving student performance. The program must adhere to the processes for selection, administration, and interpretation of assessment instruments specified below. This program will include both local and statewide assessment tools. The program must be aligned with the goals of the School District and be designed to assess each student’s progress toward meeting the defined curriculum objectives.

Test Results
Test results will be analyzed and used with other data for the following purposes:
– To identify individual student strengths and weaknesses in skill development;
– To diagnose strengths and weaknesses of groups;
– To individualize instruction;
– To report progress to parents;
– To select curriculum materials;
– To set the pace of instruction;
– To select methods of instruction;
– To counsel students;
– To help determine revisions needed in the curriculum.

Selection
The selection process will include the professional staff in its efforts to investigate new assessment tools and evaluate existing ones. Assessment instruments selected may provide an authentic assessment of student learning outcomes through multiple formative and summative assessment instruments including, but not limited to teacher observation of project-based learning, including off-site learning projects; competency-based assessments; and teacher-designed quizzes and tests. Additional instruments may include written examinations, oral examinations, alternative questions, demonstrations, writing exercises, individual projects, group projects, performances, student portfolios, and samples of student’s best works.

Administration
To the extent possible, the assessment program will include a schedule for administration to students, distributed to staff and the board before the start of each school year.
Each building principal will provide assurance that test procedures are followed at the school level including the distribution and collection of test materials, test security, use of test results and testing dates as well as other pertinent requirements. Any modifications in administration should be made and documented during the Individualized Education Program (IEP) review.

Interpretation
The Superintendent or designee will ensure that data from the student assessment program is compiled, analyzed, summarized, and reported to the Board annually. The Superintendent or designee is responsible for the scores of individual students and they shall be made available only to appropriate personnel within the school in which the student is enrolled and to parent(s) or legal guardians(s) of each student as provided by law. Interpretation of test results shall be made available to parents and students.
The Board will provide funding for the student assessment program, including professional development for teachers in the use of tools to understand assessment results, to adjust instruction to meet personalized needs of students, and to monitor progress.
The Superintendent will provide an ongoing evaluation of the assessment program, and will provide regular reports to the Board showing the effectiveness of the curriculum on improving student performance.

Legal Reference: RSA 193-C; NH Ed Rule, Section 306.24

Adopted: January 8, 2008

Daily Physical Activity

ASD File: IMAH
AUBURN SCHOOL DISTRICT
DAILY PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

The Board recognizes that developmentally appropriate daily physical activity, exercise and
physical education are ways to minimize health risks created by chronic inactivity, childhood
obesity, and other related health problems. The Board recommends that students and staff
participate in developmentally appropriate physical activity and exercise for at least 30 to 60
minutes each day as a way to minimize these health risks. The Board recommends the following
practices:
(1) Encourage parents/guardians to support their children’s participation in enjoyable physical
activities, and recognize that parents/guardians act as role models for active lifestyles;
(2) Support special programs such as student and staff walking programs, family fitness events,
and events that emphasize lifelong physical activity;
(3) Encourage the integration of health and physical activity across the school curriculum;
(4) Encourage student-initiated activities that promote inclusive physical activity on a school wide
basis;
(5) Seek adequate resources that include program funding, personnel, safe equipment, and
facilities;
(6) Encourage professional development opportunities for all school staff that will assist them to
effectively promote enjoyable and lifelong physical activity among youth, and that will assist
school staff to recognize their influence as role models for active lifestyles;
(7) Establish relationships with community recreation and youth sports programs and agencies to
coordinate and complement physical activity programs;
(8) Encourage physical activity recess periods; and
(9) Support a tracking and evaluation method to ensure that all students are engaging in
developmentally appropriate daily physical activity.

Legal Reference:RSA 189:11-a;  NH Ed Rule Section  Ed. 310

Adopted: December 11, 2007