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TABLE OF CONTENTSMission Statement . . 2Programs . . 3School Counseling Services . . . 4Assessment Services . 4Student Information & Expectations . 4-6Distance Learning Requirements 4Covid-19 Compliance 6Student Rules & Regulations . 7-11FERPA Policy . 12-14PPRA Amendment 15-16Asbestos Management Plan . . . 17Pesticide Notice . 17Discipline Notice. . 17Credit Diploma Graduation Requirements & Special Information . 18-20Credit Diploma Course Offerings .20Credit Diploma Student Contract 211

MISSION STATEMENTStratford Board of Education Mission Statement:The mission of the Stratford school community is to ensure that all students acquire theknowledge, character and 21st century skills to succeed through high quality learning experiencesand community partnerships within a culture of diversity and respect.Stratford Continuing Education Mission Statement:The Stratford Continuing Education Department is responsive to the educational needs of thetown's adult population. These needs vary from one individual to another, ranging from acquiringbasic skills to receiving a high school diploma. The adult education program is mandated to providethis basic instruction by Connecticut General Statute 10-69, along with addressing the civic,cultural and vocational needs of the community.The adult education program tailors its curriculum and teaching methods to match individuallearning styles and capabilities, personal interests, goals, maturity levels, special talents andethnicities. Through a flexible curriculum, it responds to the requirements of a changing world anda shifting population. Two essential goals of the program are: To assist adults as they develop fundamental skills in fulfilling their basic educationrequirements. To enrich the personal lives of adults by providing them the opportunity to address andsatisfy their life-long educational needs, with a broad range of cultural, academic and physicalactivities.The Stratford Continuing Education Department is committed to furnishing the residents ofStratford with educational programs which provide a high level of continuing education andpersonal enrichment at a reasonable cost to the Town of Stratford and its participants.NON-DISCRIMINATION:The Stratford/Trumbull Continuing Education Program is committed to a policy of equalopportunity/affirmative action and does not discriminate in any employment practice, educationprogram, or educational activity on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age,religion or any other basis prohibited by the Connecticut state and/or federal nondiscrimination laws.Inquiries regarding the Stratford/Trumbull Continuing Education’s nondiscrimination policies shouldbe directed to our Continuing Education Administrator at (203)385-4270 or Heather Borges,Coordinator of Pupil Services, Stratford Board of Education, 1000 E. Broadway, Stratford, CT06615, (203)385-4225.GENERAL ACCESSIBILITY AND ACCOMMODATION:All activities offered by Stratford/ Trumbull Continuing Education are held in accessible locations.Accommodations for individual with a disability are available upon request. Please contact our staffDisability Contact Person, or Continuing Education Administrator, at (203)385-4270.2

PROGRAMSSTRATFORD CREDIT DIPLOMA PROGRAMStudents have the opportunity to earn their high school diplomas by acquiring credits as theysuccessfully complete required courses. Students must be at least 17 years old and havewithdrawn from high school.Depending on eligibility, students can also earn credits by completing online courses through theConnecticut virtual high school (CTVHS), verifying military service and/or work experience, andparticipating in community service.NATIONAL EXTERNAL DIPLOMA PROGRAM (NEDP)The NEDP is a high school diploma program designed for mature adults with at least one of thefollowing: job skills, specialized skills or training, advanced academic skills, home managementexperience or a documented occupation or trade. It provides flexible self-paced scheduling withthe average time for completion between six months and one year. Students must score aminimum CASAS score of 236 in Reading and 226 in Math to qualify. This is a confidentialprogram and students meet 1:1 with a mentor at mutually agreed times.BASIC SKILLS / GED PREPARATIONAdult Basic Education (ABE) classes focus on the improvement of fundamental reading, writingand math skills to ready the adult student for taking GED courses.GED PREPARATIONGED preparation classes assist students who have fundamental skills and need to demonstratereadiness for the GED Test in four areas: Language Arts/Writing Skills, Mathematics, Science,and Social Studies. All four sections of the GED Practice Test will be administered eachsemester.ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL)Stratford Continuing Education offers four levels of instruction (Beginner Level I, Beginner Level II,Intermediate, and Advanced) in English as a Second Language. An appraisal survey will beadministered to determine the class placement of new students.AMERICAN CITIZENSHIP (I and II)This course prepares a person to become a citizen of the United States. It includes informationabout the history and government of the United States. Relevant information is providedconcerning immigration and naturalization, including the application for naturalization.3

SCHOOL COUNSELING SERVICESOur School Counselor and the Program Facilitator will work with students to determine courses ofstudy that will meet requirements for graduation and address students’ needs and interests.Testing, career planning and personal counseling are available to all students.A school counselor is available Monday through Thursday evenings between the hours of 3:45 pmand 9:00 pm. The telephone number is (203) 385-4270.ASSESSMENT SERVICESFollowing registration, new students in American Citizenship, ESL, Basic Skills/ GED preparationand NEDP programs will be assessed for placement purposes only. In order to determinereadiness for the GED test, students enrolled in GED preparation courses will be offered theopportunity to participate in the GED Practice Test in each semester.Additionally, new Credit Diploma Program, National External Diploma Program and AmericanCitizenship students will be assessed. All Credit Diploma students who have not scored“Proficient” on any section of the SAT Test or have not scored 236 in Reading and 226 in Math onthe initial assessment should refer to page 18 for explanation of Stratford Continuing Education’sadditional graduation requirements.Each student is encouraged to discuss his/her test results with a Counselor or Teacher.STUDENT INFORMATION AND EXPECTATIONSDISTANCE LEARNINGIn the event that schools close during the academic calendar CDP students will be expected toparticipate in classes through online means. Students are required to have a Stratk12 emailaddress, which is available through the Continuing Education office, access to the Internet andGoogle Suite, and a computer at home. A Chromebook computer may be issued to local studentsthat do not have access.CONDUCTMature responsible behavior is expected of all students enrolled in the Stratford ContinuingEducation programs. Rude or disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. Rules and regulationshave been established in order to ensure that staff and students have a safe and orderlyenvironment in which to teach and learn.4

ATTENDANCE/TARDINESS/DISMISSAL POLICYRegular attendance is essential for an effective school experience and necessary for success.The responsibility for regular attendance rests with each student. Any Credit Diploma student withmore than 3 absences will not receive credit for their class.Successful performance in school is closely related to regular attendance. Credit DiplomaProgram students who do not accumulate 48 hours in a particular course will not receive coursecredit for that semester.All students are expected to be prompt for class. All students are also expected to remain in classuntil dismissed by the teacher.PLAGIARISM (Using another person’s work as your own; and other forms of cheating)Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any student caught cheating in any way will receive a zero on theparticular assignment and possibly fail the class.HOLIDAYS AND STORM DAYSHolidays are listed in the school calendar. Stratford Continuing Education programs follow thesame calendar as the day school. In case of inclement weather developing during the day,information regarding cancellations will be broadcast on local TV and radio stations (WICC, STAR99.9, and Channel 8 WTNH). Whenever day school is canceled or dismissed early due toweather conditions, most Continuing Education classes are also canceled. CDP classes will beheld online through distance learning.SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICYSexual Harassment is against the law! All persons associated with the school community,including but not limited to the Board, the administration, the staff, and the students, are expectedto conduct themselves at all times so as to provide an atmosphere free from sexual harassment.Any person who engages in sexual harassment while acting as a member of the schoolcommunity will be in violation of this policy.What is Sexual Harassment?Sexual Harassment is any speech or behavior of a sexual nature which is unwelcome or makessomeone feel uncomfortable. In the school building, if the conversation, display, or behavior is notpart of the classroom lesson, it is inappropriate. Sexual harassment includes public displays ofaffection, (i.e. kissing, “making out”); sexual comments; sexual gossip, comments about another’ssexual orientation; sexual advances, touching of a sexual nature; grabbing or poking; or displayingor distributing sexually explicit drawings, pictures, and written materials including displays onschool computers or web pages; sexual gestures; sexual or dirty jokes; graffiti of a sexual nature;pressure for sexual favors; Any student or employee who believes he or she has been the subjectof discrimination/sexual harassment should contact the Administrator of Stratford ContinuingEducation. All matters involving sexual harassment complaints will remain confidential to theextent possible.COMPLAINT POLICYA student with a complaint is expected to follow this procedure:1. Discuss the complaint with the teacher, school counselor, or program facilitator.5

2. If the problem has not been resolved, discuss the complaint with Administrator for StratfordContinuing Education.3. If the problem remains unresolved, the student may appeal to the Superintendent of Schools.SMOKINGWithout exception, the Stratford Board of Education prohibits smoking in all school buildings aswell as on school grounds.FOOD AND BEVERAGESOnly clear water in plastic bottles are allowed in classrooms or school corridors. Students maypurchase water in the Continuing Education Office before or after class. Due to restrictions causedby the Covid-19 virus no food is allowed in the building until further notice.PARKINGParking is permitted only in the rear of Wooster Middle School.DRILLS: FIRE, LOCKDOWN AND STAY PUTSafety drills are conducted on a regular basis. The purpose of these drills is to acquaint studentswith the correct and orderly procedure for evacuating the building so as to be prepared in theevent of an actual emergency. Instructions for evacuation are posted in each room in the building.In addition, all staff members have an emergency procedure booklet. The signal for a fire/evacuation drill is the automatic alarm sounding in all corridors.Everyone must leave the building immediately in an orderly fashion. The signal for a lockdown drill is the phrase “lockdown” three times. The signal for a stay put is “stay put”. The signal for all clear is “all clear” three times.TEXTBOOK DEPOSIT FEE Credit Diploma Program students pay a 30 deposit fee for their books. At the close of eachsemester, students will return books. This deposit fee will remain on account for the nextsemester’s books. When students withdraw from the program, the 30 book deposit isreturned to them following the return of their books in good condition. Adult Basic Education students may purchase an older Pre GED book for LanguageArts/Reading or Mathematics for a 15 fee each as available. GED Prep students may purchase an older 4-subject GED Prep book for a 30 fee. American Citizenship students may purchase an older Citizenship Book for a 15 fee.OBLIGATIONSAny obligations incurred for lost or damaged materials, equipment, or vandalism will be recorded.Student grades and records will be withheld until this debt is paid or the lost item(s) have beenreturned.COVID-19 COMPLIANCEDuring the time that the District and State require modification to the learning environmentContinuing Education students will be expected to follow compliance guidelines.6

A mask (self-provided) must be worn at all times.Social distancing in the classroom and hallways must be maintained.No food is allowed in the building.Use hand sanitizer and good hygiene habits to minimize the spread of the virus.Credit Diploma Students only will be required to attend class virtually on canceled schooldays. Students must have a computer and Stratk12 address.STUDENT RULES & REGULATIONSStratford Continuing Education is considered an adult education program, serving a student bodythat ranges from 17 years and older. As an enrolled student in any of Stratford ContinuingEducation state-mandated programs, students are expected to consistently demonstrate matureand responsible behavior in order to ensure a positive, safe and orderly learning environment.Students are expected to adhere to the following rules and expectations: Follow the cell phone/earbud policy;Follow dress code policy;Follow the computer acceptable use policy;Show respect toward staff members and classmates;Use appropriate language and behavior at all times;Respect all school property and avoid vandalism;Consume only clear water in the classroom or hallways;Smoking is not allowed in the school building or on school grounds;Avoid any disruptions in the classroom, hallways, or school premises;Avoid the influence and/or possession of drugs, alcohol, or other mood modifiers while oncampusRefrain from using any electronic devices (cell phone, I-Pods, etc.) while in class;The following are prohibited behaviors*: Stealing of personal or school propertyFightingPossession of anything that might be considered a weaponBullyingSexual harassmentPlagiarism or cheating*Exhibiting any of these behaviors will result in teacher/administrator intervention and may alsoresult in a student’s dismissal from the program.Any student who has questions or concerns regarding these expectations is advised to consultwith a Counselor or Administrator for Stratford Continuing Education.7

CELL PHONE/EARBUD POLICY The use of cell phones and earbuds/earphones is prohibited during any class. Cell phones and earphones must be kept in book bags/pocketbooks and kept on silent duringall classes. Friends and/or family members may contact our office at (203) 385-4270 in the event of anemergency and a member of our office staff will contact you immediately. Please note that if a teacher sees a cell phone out during class, that student will be asked justonce to put the phone away. If it appears again during that class, the student will be asked toleave and will lose the credit for the remaining time for that class. This will negatively impactthe student’s attendance.DRESS CODE POLICYThe expectation is that students follow the Dress Code Policy while attending classes at ContinuingEducation: No hoodies, hats or bonnetsNo pajamasNo slippersNo exposed stomachsNo profanity or controversial or political wording on any article of clothingNo tank tops or camisolesNo exposed bra straps or underwearNo costumesIf a student violates the dress code policy, it will be at the discretion of the Administrator to sendthe student home for the evening which may negatively impact their attendance.BULLYING POLICYStratford Continuing Education recognizes that it is the responsibility of program personnel tomaintain a secure and safe school climate, conducive to teaching and learning, that is free fromthreat, harassment and any type of bullying behavior in school or off school grounds. Therefore,bullying behavior, of any form, will not be tolerated.Stratford Continuing Education maintains a Safe School Climate Plan that contains the essentialelements outlined in Public Act 11-232. An Act Concerning the Strengthening of School BullyingLaws. Bullying takes many forms and may include many different behaviors.“Bullying” is defined as the repeated use by one or more students of a written, verbal, or electroniccommunication, such as cyber-bullying, or a physical act or gesture directed at another student inthe same school district that: (A) Causes physical or emotional harm to the student or damage tothe student’s property, (B) places the student in reasonable fear of harm to himself or herself, or of8

damage to his or her property, (C) creates a hostile environment at school for such student (ahostile environment is a situation in which bullying among students is sufficiently severe orpervasive as to alter the conditions of the school climate), (D) infringes on the rights of the studentat school, or (E) substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school.This definition of “bullying” includes, but is not limited to, written, verbal, or electroniccommunications, or physical acts or gestures that are based on any actual or perceiveddifferentiating characteristics, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender,sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, socioeconomic status, academic status,physical appearance, or mental, physical, developmental or sensory disability, or by associationwith an individual or group who has or is perceived to have one or more of such characteristics.Students and staff should immediately report incidents of bullying to the administrator or thecounselors of Stratford Continuing Education.COMPUTER ACCEPTABLE USE POLICYStratford Public Schools recognizes that inherent in the use of the network and its associatedinfrastructure, is the risk of access to inappropriate content and/or behavior. The procedures andguidelines related to the computer systems may be changed from time to time to meet futureneeds and circumstances. For the purposes of this policy, "misuse of the Internet or network"means any violation of this policy or any other use not included in the agreement which has theeffect of harming another or his or her property.It is the policy of the Stratford Public Schools to: filter Internet content in compliance with theChildren's Internet Protection Act, 47 USC § 254; ensure that staff have made a good faith effortto supervise and monitor usage of the computer systems for adherence to the Computer SystemAcceptable Use Policy; promote the safety and security of users when using electroniccommunications such as email, blogs, wikis, and other forms of direct communications.The superintendent or her/his designee is responsible for the development of administrativeregulations that govern the use of the computer systems.The following sets forth the procedures to implement Board Policy 5136.5 concerning theacceptable use of the computer systems in the Stratford Public Schools. Misuse of the district’scomputer systems is strictly prohibited. Students of the Stratford Public Schools who misuse thenetwork or its technology are subject to disciplinary action. Disciplinary action, should it benecessary relative to this policy, will be applied in accord with applicable laws and other applicableBoard policies.Stratford Public Schools designs its instructional program to ensure that each student becomesproficient in the skills needed to be successful in the 21st century. The Stratford Public Schoolsoffers its students access to the Internet and other electronic networks. Access to these resourcesrepresents a privilege, not a right, and carries with it responsibilities for each user. Each user mustutilize technology in an ethical manner and respect the work of other network users. Misuse of thenetworks means any violation of this agreement or any action on the network that harms anotheror his or her property. Students are expected to act in a considerate and responsible manner inusing such systems.The computer network and Internet are intended for educational use, and not for personal use.Personal use of district technology resources that interferes with instruction is prohibited.The network, while connected to the Internet, represents school property. Users should have noexpectation of privacy in the use of the district’s computer systems, including while on thenetwork. The Stratford Public Schools reserves the right to monitor, inspect, copy, review, and9

store any content and any usage of the network, Internet, or computer equipment at any timewithout notice. As part of the monitoring and reviewing process, the district will retain the capacityto bypass any individual password of a student or other user. The system’s security aspects, suchas personal passwords and the message delete function for email can be bypassed for thesepurposes. The district’s ability to monitor and review is not restricted or neutralized by thesedevices. The monitoring and reviewing process also includes, but is not limited to: oversight ofInternet site access; the right to review emails sent and received; the right to track student’saccess to blogs, electronic bulletin boards and chat rooms, and the right to review a student’sdocument downloading and printing. All collected information and all files shall remain the propertyof the Stratford Public Schools and no users shall have any expectation of privacy regarding suchmaterials.Stratford Public Schools makes its computer systems available for the purposes of educationaluse. The Stratford Public Schools will take reasonable measures to: ensure the safety of users ofthe network and Internet by prohibiting unauthorized access to the network; filter Internet contentfor obscenity and inappropriate grade-level materials; and ensure the safety of studentscommunicating with electronic resources such as wikis, email, and blogs.Students will be required to adhere to a set of policies and procedures, as set forth in the studenthandbook. Each student will sign a written agreement of this policy. Violations may lead todisciplinary measures as outlined in the Board’s student discipline policy.Stratford students agree to use the district’s computers for appropriate purposes, which includesbut is not limited to the following guidelines: Use the network for legitimate educational purposesonly. Must not send any form of communication that harasses, threatens, solicits others to behavein an inappropriate manner, contains solicitation, includes vulgar language, slanders, orintimidates any person at any time. Must not send any message that breaches the district’s confidentiality requirements, or theconfidentiality of students or staff. Must handle all network equipment and folders with care; avoid destroying, modifying,moving, or deleting resources without permission. Must not “hack”, breach, or disable any network system, security, and firewall, or use proxygateways or other technologies designed to bypass the monitoring and filtering software. Must not attach any device or downloading any software that intentionally or unintentionallydisrupts network flow. Must not share network, proxy, or any other passwords. Must not transmit or receive inappropriate email communications or accessing inappropriateinformation on the Internet, including vulgar, lewd, or obscene words or pictures. Must respect the safety and confidentiality of yourself and others when posting informationon websites by only using first names as identifiers. Must follow and respect all laws regarding plagiarism when gathering information or postingit electronically. Must adhere to copyright and licensing agreements for all software and refrain from sendingany copyrighted material over the system. Must not gain or seek to gain unauthorized access to computer systems. Must not damage computers, computer files, computer systems, or computer networks. Must not use another person’s password under any circumstances. Must not trespass in or tamper with any other person’s folders, work, or files.10

Additionally, if a particular behavior or activity is generally prohibited by law, the Boardpolicy, or by school rules or regulations, use of these computer systems for the purpose ofcarrying out such behavior or activity is also prohibited.Misuse of network or Internet resources or violation of any of these regulations may result indisciplinary action including suspension, expulsion or criminal proceedings. The Superintendent ortheir designee reserves the right to determine the appropriate discipline for any particular set ofcircumstances. In the event of suspension or expulsion the Superintendent and/or Board will followestablished disciplinary procedures.Anyone who is aware of problems with, or misuse of the Stratford Public Schools’ computersystems or has a question regarding the appropriate use of the computer systems, should reportthis to his/her Administrator or to the Director of Technology.Most importantly the Board urges any student who receives or views any harassing, threatening,intimidating, or other improper message through the Stratford Public Schools’ computer systems toreport this immediately. It is the Board’s policy that no student should have to tolerate suchtreatment regardless of the identity of the sender of the message.A copy of this policy will be distributed to staff, students, and parents. The administration of eachbuilding shall maintain a record of such distribution. In addition, a copy of the policy will be postedin each building, and contained in the student handbook.Legal References:Children’s Internet Protection Act: Pub. L. 106-554Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004: Pub. L. No. 108-446, 118Stat. 2647Universal Service Fund Requirement: 47 USC 254hFamily Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA): 20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99Freedom of Information Act: 47 C.F.R. §§ 0.441 - 0.47011

FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT (FERPA)FOR ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLSThe Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) afford parents and students over 18years of age (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s educational records.These rights are:1.The right to inspect and review the student’s educational records within 45 days of the daythe School receives a request for access.Parents or eligible students should submit to the School principal (or appropriate schoolofficial) a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The Schoolofficial will make arrangements for access and notify the parents or eligible student of thetime and place where the records may be inspected.2.The rights to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent oreligible student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of thestudent’s privacy rights under FERPA.Parents or eligible students who wish to ask the School to amend a record should write theSchool Principal (or appropriate school official), clearly identify the part of the record theywant changed, and specify why it should be changed. If the School decides not to amendthe record as requested by the parents or eligible student, the School will notify the parentor eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding therequest for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will beprovided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.3.The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in thestudent’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure withoutconsent.One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officialswith legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the Schoolas an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health ormedical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the School Board; aperson or company with whom the School has contracted as its agent to provide a serviceinstead of using its own employees or officials (such as an attorney, auditor, medicalconsultant, or therapist); or a parent of a student serving on an official committee, such as adisciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his orher tasks.A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review aneducational record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. Upon request, theSchool discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district inwhich a student seeks or intends to enroll.12

4.The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning allegedfailures by the School District to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name andaddress of the Office that administers FERPA are:Family Policy Compliance OfficeU.S. Department of Education400 Maryland Avenue, SWWashington, DC 20202-5920Stratford Board

Inquiries regarding the Stratford/Trumbull Continuing Education’s nondiscrimination policies should be directed to our Continuing Education Administrator at (203)385-4270 or Heather Borges, Coordinator of Pupil Services, Stratford Board of Education, 1000 E. Broadway, Stratford, CT 06615