Chapter 150E, the collective bargaining law for public employees, became effective July 1, 1974, superseding the original public employee collective bargaining law in place since 1965. The current statute requires that public employers bargain with their employees concerning wages, hours, conditions of employment, and standards of productivity and performance. Both parties are expected to meet at reasonable times and to bargain in good faith; neither party is compelled to agree to a proposal or to make a concession. A provision of the 1993 Education Reform Act requires that the chief executive officer of a city or town will participate and vote as a member of the committee. If no chief executive officer exists, then the chair of the board of selectmen will serve. In regional districts, the boards of selectmen from each town shall select one member to represent all the boards.
POLICYEstablish and periodically review educational goals and policies for the schools in the district, consistent with the requirements of law and the statewide goals and standards established by the Board of Education. This is the primary role of the school committee. Policies should be reflective of the fact that the school committee has oversight of and responsibility for the school system, the direction in which the system must go, and establish criteria to determine if its goal and policies are being met.
FINANCEReview and approve a budget for education in the district according to a process and timeline developed with the superintendent.Work to ensure that necessary funds are appropriated for the district and that a balance is maintained between needs and resources in the distribution of available monies.Oversee the operation of the annual school budgetSTAFFINGAppoint the superintendentAppoint the assistant/associate superintendents, school business administrator, administrator of special education, school physicians and registered nurses (unless employees of the Board of Health), legal counsel, and supervisors of attendance, upon recommendation of the superintendent.Prescribe additional qualifications for educator positions, beyond basic certification.Discipline or terminate the employment of the superintendent, in accordance with state law and the terms of the contract of employment.COLLECTIVE BARGAININGAct as employer of school employees for collective bargaining purposes.Designate a negotiator or negotiating team.Receive advice from superintendent about educational consequences of bargaining positions.PERFORMANCE STANDARDSEstablish, upon the recommendation of the superintendent, the performance standards for teachers and other employees of the school district.Evaluate the performance of the superintendent.Conduct self-evaluation of the committee's effectiveness in meeting its stated goals and performing its role in public school governance.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENTAdopt a professional development plan for all principals, teachers and other professional staff employed by the district.Provide and encourage resources for school committee professional development programs that will enable school leaders to have the knowledge and skills required to provide effective policy leadership for the school system.SCHOOL COUNCILSReview and approve an annual school improvement plan for each school in the district.Provide and encourage resources for school council professional development programs that will enable council members to have knowledge and skills required to provide effective educational leadership.ADVOCACYEngage in advocacy on behalf of students and their schools and promote the benefits of a public school system to the community.Work closely, when appropriate, with other Governmental agencies and bodiesCollaborate with other school committees through state and national school committee associations to let state legislators, members of Congress, and all other appropriate state and federal officials know of local concerns and issues.CURRICULUMApprove major adoption or revision of curriculum and textbooks upon recommendation of the superintendent.GOVERNANCEEstablish educational goals and policies for the schools in the district, consistent with the requirement of law and the standards established by the Board of Education.Delegate to the superintendent the responsibilities for all administrative functions.Act only as a body as prescribed by law and not as individual members.COMMUNICATIONSupport the development and promotion of the vision, mission, goals and strategies of the school system.Review prior to all school committee meetings the information provided by the superintendent and when possible communicate any questions or concerns to the superintendent prior to the meeting to provide and opportunity for a response. Consult and confer with the superintendent on all matters as they arise that concern the system and on which the school committee may take action.Maintain open communication between the community and the schools by scheduling public meetings on a regular basis.Support the superintendent in all matters that conform to committee policy.Source: Massachusetts Association of School Committeeswww.masc.org
“Meeting”, a deliberation by a public body with respect to any matter within the body’s jurisdiction; provided, however, “meeting” shall not include:
(a) an on-site inspection of a project or program, so long as the members do not deliberate;
(b) attendance by a quorum of a public body at a public or private gathering, including a conference or training program or a media, social or other event, so long as the members do not deliberate;
(c) attendance by a quorum of a public body at a meeting of another public body that has complied with the notice requirements of the open meeting law, so long as the visiting members communicate only by open participation in the meeting on those matters under discussion by the host body and do not deliberate;
(d) a meeting of a quasi-judicial board or commission held for the sole purpose of making a decision required in an adjudicatory proceeding brought before it; or
(e) a session of a town meeting convened under section 10 of chapter 39 which would include the attendance by a quorum of a public body at any such session.
“Deliberation”, an oral or written communication through any medium, including electronic mail, between or among a quorum of a public body on any public business within its jurisdiction; provided, however, that “deliberation” shall not include the distribution of a meeting agenda, scheduling information or distribution of other procedural meeting or the distribution of reports or documents that may be discussed at a meeting, provided that no opinion of a member is expressed.
Emergency is defined as "a sudden, generally unexpected occurrence or set of circumstances demanding immediate action." The emergency in question must be one that relates directly to the functions and responsibilities of the governmental body convening the meeting; it cannot be an emergency brought on by the needs or requirements of a person or entity not related to the governmental body. In addition, the emergency must be of such a nature that there is not time to wait forty-eight hours (the Law's prescribed notice period) to hold a meeting.
The Open Meeting Law applies to every meeting of a quorum of a governmental body if any public business over which the governmental body has jurisdiction is discussed or considered.
A meeting of a governmental body subcommittee, which is itself a governmental body, is subject to the Law if a quorum of the subcommittee is present, even if that quorum is not sufficient to constitute a quorum of the parent governmental body.
When quorums of two governmental bodies meet jointly it is a meeting of each governmental body. If only one of the governmental bodies has a quorum present, it is a meeting only of that governmental body.
The Law does not apply to any "chance" or "social" meetings of a governmental body or members of the body at which matters relating to official business are discussed, so long as no final decision on such business is reached. The Law specifically states that chance or social meetings are not to be used to circumvent the letter or spirit of the Law by treating them as occasions to discuss or act on a matter within the governmental body's jurisdiction, control or advisory power.
Except for notice requirements, the Law applies to emergency meetings. Emergency is defined as "a sudden, generally unexpected occurrence or set of circumstances demanding immediate action." The emergency in question must be one that relates directly to the functions and responsibilities of the governmental body convening the meeting; it cannot be an emergency brought on by the needs or requirements of a person or entity not related to the governmental body. In addition, the emergency must be of such a nature that there is not time to wait forty-eight hours (the Law's prescribed notice period) to hold a meeting.
Section 23C. No person shall address a meeting of a public body without permission of the chair, and all persons shall, at the request of the chair, be silent. No person shall disrupt the proceedings of a meeting of a public body. If, after clear warning from the chair, a person continues to disrupt the proceedings, the chair may order the person to withdraw from the meeting and if the person does not withdraw, the chair may authorize a constable or other officer to remove the person from the meeting.
In the event that school is unexpectedly closed or delayed due to weather, you can get information on:
Local NBC, ABC, CBS and FOX TV affiliates
Listening to WBUR (90.9)
The Sudbury Public Schools website
If your child is applying to private school, please send recommendation forms and records release forms to Tara McElroy or Rachael Robiner, the Main Office secretaries. To ensure that this process is efficient and expedient, please follow these guidelines:
To prevent a delay in the process, please make sure that the materials you provide are complete.
Please direct any questions about the status of recommendations to the following counselors:
It is recognized that teachers in the Sudbury Public Schools may at times choose to take part in private, fee-for service tutoring of Sudbury students.
It is the requirement of the Sudbury Public Schools that:
The following guidelines were developed collaboratively between Sudbury Public Schools administrators and members of the Sudbury Education Association. They are designed to provide guidance for parents and tutors.
Read more: Tutoring Guidelines
The Assistant Superintendent has oversight of curriculum, instruction, and technology. This encompasses what is taught in all subjects in K–8 classrooms, ongoing professional development, teaching and learning practices, special programs, and curriculum initiatives. Some of the numerous specific responsibilities include:
The Assistant Superintendent is also available to serve as a licensed, experienced, and informed stand-in for the Superintendent at times when the Superintendent might be out of district, on vacation, out-of town, or on medical or personal leave.
All of the public data we report to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is available through our website. Please explore these and other data links about public education and Sudbury. If you cannot find the information you need, please contact us directly and we will try to answer your question.
Assessment and Accountability
CORI – Criminal Offense Record Investigation reports are mandatory for all parents and others who would like to volunteer. CORIs are good for three years. To apply for CORI approval, you must come in person to the school main office and bring your license. It only takes 3 minutes to apply. The processing of your approval can take up to two weeks. You will only be informed if there is a problem. CORI Request Form
Please contact Dr. Anne Wilson, Supintendent of Schools.
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Fee Schedule and Building Use Guidelines
Application/Agreement for Use of School Facilities
The Education Reform Act of 1993 established School Councils at all schools in the Commonwealth. Each School Council is co-chaired by the building principal with membership, which includes parents, teachers and community members. The Council assists the principal in identifying educational needs of the students, reviewing the annual school budget, and formulating a school improvement plan. The Council and the principal are responsible for the adopting of educational goals for the school and formulating a plan to advance such goals and improve student performance.
They also address professional development for the school's professional staff, the enhancement of parental involvement in the school, safety and discipline, extracurricular activities, and other issues agreed upon by the principal and the council. Parents and community members interested in serving on their School Council should contact their building principal directly.
It is the policy of the School Committee to discourage the giving of gifts to teachers and administrators. Donations in a teacher's name may be made at each of the schools through SERF and the PTO's. Money received in such a manner is used to purchase library books, prints of artwork and other items that benefit the entire school. Massachusetts Law limits the amount of any gift a staff member may receive to $50 from an individual or a group. Collecting contributions from a group of parents to present as a gift to a teacher would be restricted by the $50 limit. The limit is not applicable if the gift from an individual or group is for the classroom, such as student materials, books or other similar items. The difference is whether the gift is a personal gift for the teacher or staff member or for the classroom or students.
We are happy to have parents be a part of our schools. However, as welcome as parents and other relatives are, they can be a focus of attention that distracts students from learning tasks. Parents are welcome to visit their child’s classroom at times arranged by the teacher. Specific details can be provided by your individual school, but we do ask that each visit be scheduled in advance with the teacher and that every visitor check in at the front office upon arrival and departure.
For the 2012-2013 school year, some activities require a specific fee. These include participation in the sports programs as well as school bus transportation for some students. There are also costs for individual field trip expenses. Specific costs are as follows:
Sports: $195 per child for first team; $95 per child for subsequent teams;After School Activity: $50 per child per activity, with some exceptions for certain programs.Music Lesson Fees: $50 one-time registration fee per student.
30 minute private lesson $35 per lesson30-minute semi-private lesson $25 per lesson45-minute private lesson $45 per lesson
Provisions will be made for families with specific financial conditions warranting scholarships and/or waiver of some or the entire fee. If you would like to have a confidential conversation about the possibility for a waiver or reduction in fees, please call the Director of Business and Operations, Mary Will, at 978-639-3218.
The Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity (METCO, Inc.) was created over forty years ago by urban and suburban educational collaborators who believed that all children should have access to quality education. As a result, the METCO Program was created to reduce racial isolation and to provide access to quality education in suburban school districts as well as improve diversity within those districts.
The Sudbury Public Schools K-8 enrolled its first students on January 27, 1975, when forty students were placed in the five Sudbury Elementary Schools. In September of the 1975-76 academic year, the enrollment of Boston students increased from forty to seventy. Today this grant-funded program supports seventy students annually.
Students completing grade 8, and any other student(s) leaving the Sudbury METCO Program, are replaced with the number of new elementary students needed to maintain a set number of about 70 for the next fiscal year.
Students from Boston currently attend the four elementary schools and the middle school. The METCO, Inc. program headquarters is located in Roxbury at 40 Dimock Street and houses administrative offices, a transportation department, student services center, and a placement office. Sudbury METCO parent meetings are held at METCO Inc. several times during the school year and provide Boston parents with an opportunity to discuss issues that are relevant to their children's academic progress and social well-being.
Students from Boston participate in a variety of activities. Community building and cultural awareness are promoted via the Cooperating Families Program which partners Boston and Sudbury families for scheduled activities throughout the year.
Sudbury residents interested in participating in the Cooperating Families Program are encouraged to contact their school principal or Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Todd Curtis at 978-639-3216.
Sudbury Public Schools has been awarded Title One funding for the 2012-2013 school year. This federal grant, as reauthorized under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, provides resources to local school districts to help students meet the challenging state and local academic standards. The focus of Sudbury's program is to provide instructional support services in mathematics at the Loring and Noyes Elementary Schools and the Curtis Middle School. These schools were ultimately selected through a combination of federal and State Department of Education data on census and demographic information.
School staff identify students who may or may not have individualized educational plans through special education for math assistance but who, through teacher recommendation and other assessment criteria, are likely to benefit from the additional available support. Accordingly, a Math Proficiency Program has been established at these schools. The goal of this effort is to provide supplemental instruction to students who may benefit from individual and small group formats. About 75 students district-wide are serviced each year.
Title I teachers and tutors are "highly qualified" by all state and federal standards, and the district is excited about their capacity and eagerness to deliver excellent instructional services.
Title I Parent Information meetings will be conducted in the fall of 2012 to provide additional information regarding the program, discuss parents' role in improving their children's achievement, and to gather input on the program's development and delivery. The federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 requires school districts that receive Title I funding to notify parents of their right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers who instruct their child.
As a recipient of these funds, the Sudbury Public Schools will provide parents with this information in a timely manner, if they request it. Specifically, parents have the right to request the following information about each of their child's classroom teachers:
• Whether the teacher meets the state qualifications and licensing criteria for the grades and subjects he or she teaches;• Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or provisional status because of special circumstances;• The teacher's college major, whether the teacher has any advanced degrees, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree; and• Whether paraprofessionals provide services to your child and if so, what their qualifications are.
Sudbury Public Schools is committed to providing quality instruction for all students and does so by employing the most qualified individuals to teach and support each student in the classroom. If, as a parent of a Title I school student, you would like to receive any of the information listed above regarding your child's teacher, or if there are questions in general about the Title I program and Sudbury's Entitlement Grant, contact Dr. Todd Curtis, Assistant Superintendent of Schools at 978-639-3216 or at firstname.lastname@example.org .
As part of the Education Reform Act of 1993, the State Board of Education has instituted a system of student assessments which culminates in a must pass assessment in Grade 10 in order to graduate from high school. The Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) now requires our students in various grades to participate in testing in the areas of Reading, English and Language Arts, Writing, Mathematics, and Science. The purpose of this assessment is to determine the progress individual students have made in acquiring the knowledge and skills as outlined in Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. In addition, this testing gives us a snapshot of a student's progress to date as measured by one assessment.
Other ways in which students are assessed include standardized tests, classroom assessments, and teacher created assessments, and student's in-class performance and products.
The following are currently the grades and content areas in which MCAS testing is scheduled to take place:
The prices for school lunch are: Elementary School: $2.75 Middle School lunch: $3.25In addition, a la carte items (salad bar, cookies, granola bars, etc.) are available for sale at each school.Students who bring their own lunches may purchase milk or juice separately. Milk: $ .75 Juice: $ .75 Breakfast is offered at each of the schools at the cost of $1.25.
The Superintendent will make the open/close/delay decision informed by input from local weather service, Sudbury DPW, Sudbury Police and area superintendents. The decision starts with an assumption that schools will be open and will operate on a regular schedule. Weather and travel conditions will determine if closing or a 1 or 2-hour delay may be necessary.
Once schools have opened for the day, it is highly unlikely that students will be dismissed early. The decision to dismiss a school or all schools rests with the Superintendent in collaboration with the principal(s). Lincoln-Sudbury will be consulted but a joint decision is not required. School principals are empowered to contact the Superintendent with the recommendation to dismiss students early based on conditions that exist at the school.
It is assumed that buses will run their regular routes any time school is open. During any type of severe storm, drivers will adjust the stops to better accommodate students and parents. This may include waiting longer at the stop or modifying the location or number of stops. Parents should understand that during storms or inclement weather, pick-up and drop-off times will be extended.
Parents are requested to ensure that the students are dressed appropriately for extreme weather conditions. It is unlikely that school will be cancelled because of extreme temperature conditions, so appropriate dress is important for travel to and from school, waiting for the bus, and for school time hours. Heavy coats, gloves/mittens, hats and appropriate footwear is vital in extremely cold conditions; appropriate dress and footwear that meets the school dress codes is required during extremely warm conditions.
In the case of emergency, a parent may request that a student who does not normally ride a bus be allowed to ride the bus to a particular stop. This would only be accommodated on an existing route, at an existing stop, and providing space is available on the bus.
If a bus is unable to travel on a particular road or unable to reach a particular stop, the driver will notify the bus dispatcher immediately. The dispatcher and driver will call parents of the students affected AND call the Sudbury Transportation Office, which in turn will notify the schools. No elementary student will be released at a non-regular bus stop unless a parent or designated adult is present to receive the student. Students shall not be left at a stop with the assumption that a parent will be coming.
If a parent or recognized adult is not present, an elementary child will remain on the bus and returned to the school. Middle School students may be released at, or near, the designated stop providing the student indicates that he/she has a safe place to go and is able to get there.
If a decision is made to dismiss school early, school principals will initiate the school dismissal notification plan. This will include initiating an emergency phone chain, an e-mail blast, a direct phone contact from a school employee, or any combination of these options. METCO students will be released as early as possible.
The METCO office will contact all parents and, to the extent possible, arrange for a single drop-off of students.
If a decision is made to delay the dismissal of a school or schools, school principals will initiate the school delayed dismissal notification plan. A school principal is empowered to make a decision to hold students at school or delay bus loading or leaving, if conditions are, or potentially could become, unsafe for travel. Parents will be informed of dismissal procedures and approximate timeline.In the event of inclement weather, announcements of school cancellations and delayed openings will be made on the major radio and TV stations in the area and on the recorded school closing lines at each school.
If your child has a fever or is too ill to remain at school, the school nurse will call you to pick up your child. If you are unavailable, she will call your emergency number so that person can take your child home.
To protect the health of your child and his/her classmates, your child needs to remain home until he/she has been fever-free for 24 hours. If your child has diarrhea or is vomiting, keep him/her home for the day. In the event that your child has had a throat culture for strep, keep him/her home until you receive the results. If the results are negative, your child can return to school.
If the results are positive, your child must be on antibiotics a full 24 hours before returning to school. Department of Public Health guidelines will be followed in the event of a specific contagious illness, i.e. chicken pox, pertussis, etc.
In the case of contagious disease, the school nurse will distribute information to all children in the appropriate grade(s). This may contain additional information about keeping the child home or seeking a doctor's advice.
No medication of any kind (including Tylenol and other over-the-counter medications) will be administered without a parent/guardian permission form. See Statement on Medication in the Parent Handbook.
Parents of students new to Sudbury Public Schools will register at the main office of the school they will attend while school is in session. During the summer when the schools are on break, all registrations will take place at the school department’s administrative office located at 40 Fairbank Road. Parents new to Sudbury should bring proof of residence or, alternatively, a signed Purchase and Sale Agreement and an approved Bank Commitment letter. An original or copy of the child's birth certificate and current health records are required.
Student Registration Form
Principals and staff work to form classroom groups in a way that balances age, ability, talents, needs and temperament. This is a complex and time-consuming process that teachers and principals take very seriously to obtain the very best class assignment for each student. Parents often ask if they can have input into the selection of their child's teacher. The principals are open to receiving your comments about your child's learning style, social and academic needs, and any other pertinent information that would be helpful in determining their placement. However, requests for specific teachers or Team (at Curtis Middle School) are not possible and will not be honored
Yes, a parent panel presentation is scheduled for December 13th 6:30-8:30 at the Noyes School, 280 Old Sudbury Road. A panel of kindergarten teachers, administrators and parents will be available to present curriculum, program and registration details as well as answer questions.
If the interest exceeds the number of designated full-day kindergarten slots available in any of the schools then a lottery will be held at that school in February 2013.
You will find the Massachusetts state curriculum standards in a document titled Kindergarten Learning Experiences at http://www.doe.mass.edu/frameworks/current.html
The Sudbury Public Schools encourages the registration and enrollment of all age-eligible children. Please confer with your child's preschool teacher while making this most important decision. Waiting until later in the spring of 2013 will help you consider your son/daughter's social emotional skill levels and expected readiness for the challenge of next year. Ask yourself 'What programming might I imagine my child in during the spring of 2014 as he/she approaches age six?'
After your child has registered, you will receive an invitation in spring 2013 to a Kindergarten Orientation scheduled at your elementary school. This orientation will include a special event for students as well as a tour and parent/principal informational session.
Contact Linda Karpeichik, Early Childhood Director in the Early Childhood Office for registration materials. Linda_Karpeichik@sudbury.k12.ma.us. Parents should bring proof of residence or, alternatively, a signed Purchase & Sale agreement and/or approved Bank Commitment letter. Your child's original birth certificate and current health records will also be required.
Both Full Day K and Half Day K are available to families. FDK (6 hrs/day) is fee-based with a sliding scale available (based on gross monthly income & family size). HDK (2.5 hrs/day) has no fee. This year, the demand for HDK decreased and as such two morning sessions are offered at the Haynes and Noyes Schools. Both are morning sessions with all students returning to their home district next year for first grade.
After returning your child’s preregistration packet along with a copy of your child's 1) Birth Certificate and 2) Proof of Residency to the Early Childhood Office at 40 Fairbank Road Sudbury, a full registration packet will be e-mailed to you as an electronic link (or as a hard copy upon request).
Please send the second completed registration packet directly to your child's elementary school.
Pre-registration begins in November 2012 with a general mailing to families identified on the town census with children age-eligible for Kindergarten. Included in the preliminary mailing are 'Kindergarten Registration', 'Full-Day or Half-Day Kindergarten Preference' & 'Not Attending Public School' forms.
A student eligible for Kindergarten must be 5 years of age on or before October 1, 2013.
Sorry, there are no exceptions.
The Food Services and Transportation Coordinator, Annalisa Michielli, working with other appropriate administrators and contractors, will be responsible for establishing bus schedules, routes, stops and all other matters relative to the transportation program. Sudbury bus route information is available to parents on the website.
In general, the public schools are required to provide a free and appropriate education to all students. In the event that a student has certain physical, mental or emotional needs that result in that student having obstacles to his/her access to the general curriculum, then he/she may be eligible for special education services. These services and accommodations are tailored to the individual student’s needs and are outlined in a document called the Individualized Educational Plan (IEP).
The range of disabilities of special education students varies greatly. The law recognizes varying degrees and forms of disabilities, including intellectual impairment, emotional disturbance, learning disabilities, speech-language (communication) disabilities, impaired hearing and deafness, low vision and blindness, autism, traumatic brain injury, other health impairments, and severe/multiple disabilities. Some disabilities may be obvious, such as a child in a wheelchair or a child with Downs syndrome. Others are much less visible, such as dyslexia or autism. Some disabilities are neurological, while others are primarily physical or emotional. The degree of the disability can vary from severe, to moderate, to mild. The common thread is that all of these disabilities affect the student’s ability to be successful in school or to “access the curriculum.”
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