The Hanover District has a large number of officially adopted policies governing Board and in-School practices. The following summaries outline the essence of several key policies relating to student safety, discipline and information. These summaries provide an overview only, and are not to be relied on for official wording or completeness. Full texts of these (and all other) policies are available from the Ray School office, or from the SAU office on Lebanon Street, or on the SAU web site.
Significant disciplinary problems or criminal acts at school are governed by New Hampshire statute RSA 193:13 (Safe School Zones) and by Hanover District policy JICD and related Memorandum of Understanding between the District and local police. Both statute and policy prescribe processes for dealing with occasions of violence or criminal behavior on school property. Prescribed processes include police reporting and student notification requirements, process for suspension or expulsion, avenues for waiver, appeal or review of discipline, and conditions for disciplinary procedure for pupils with educational disability.
The complete text of the statute, policy, and memorandum are available at the Ray School office or at the SAU office on Lebanon Street in Hanover.
The District is committed to protecting the confidentiality of student records. Parents are hereby notified that they have specific rights under FERPA law, including access/inspection of student records, request for amendment, consent to disclosure, filing of complaints, and access to related policies, procedures and protocols. These rights are described more fully in policy JRB.
Adequate Public Education
(State of New Hampshire, Title 15: Education, Chapter 193E, Section 193-E:3). NHDOE rules will be followed regarding Adequate Public Education Title 15: Education, Chapter 193E, Section 193-E:3)
Hanover School District policy prohibits discrimination and harassment based on gender, race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, or disability. This policy applies to all interpersonal relations among adults and children on school property and at school-sanctioned events. The Ray School discourages negative social interaction. Parents/guardians should bring incidents of bullying, harassment, or name-calling to the attention of the classroom teacher. Procedures for handling discrimination or harassment are available in the school office and at the SAU 70 office.
The following Board Policy in this handbook will serve as the annual notice to parents/guardians.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students who are 18 years of age or older (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. These rights are:
1) The right to inspect and review the student’s education records.
a) Any parent or eligible student may request the principal of the building to make available to him or her, at a time specified by the principal, the child’s cumulative record folder.
b) The request for access to records shall be granted within a reasonable period of time, but in no case more than 45 days after the request has been made.
c) Cumulative record folders may be reviewed in a school building at a specified place in the presence of a school administrator or his/her designee.
d) No material may be removed from the file, nor may the file be removed from the office.
2) The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records to ensure that they are not inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy or other rights, and be provided with a process which includes a hearing and the right to attach differing perspectives to the record.
a) Parents or eligible students who believe that inappropriate material is included in the student’s record should submit a written statement of this fact to the principal.
b) The principal will review the statement and either remove the controversial material or give a reason why this is not being done, and inform the parents or eligible students of their right to a hearing. The hearing may be conducted by any individual, including a school official, who does not have a direct interest in the outcome of the hearing. The decision shall be in writing within a reasonable amount of time after the hearing and shall be based solely on the evidence presented at the hearing.
c) Parents or eligible students may place in the student’s file a statement concerning their belief that certain material is inappropriate.
3. The right to consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information (PII) contained in the students’ education records, except to the extent the Act authorizes disclosure without consent. These exceptions include, but are not limited to, allowing disclosure without consent to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official includes a person who needs to review a student’s educational record or information contained in that record and who is:
a) A person employed by the School Administrative Unit (SAU) #70 or one of its districts as an administrator, supervisor, educator or substitute educator, paraprofessional, or support staff member, including tutorial, health, law enforcement, transportation, nutrition, athletic, extra- or co-curricular, clerical or other support staff;
b) A member of the School Board acting on behalf of the Board and with the recommendation of the superintendent;
c) A person or company with whom the SAU #70 or the School district has contracted to perform a special task, including an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, therapist, evaluator; and
d) Any other person designated by the School Board superintendent or principal to have legitimate educational interests.
4. The right to file with the U.S. Department of Education a complaint concerning alleged failures by the school to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The contact information for such a complaint is:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202
5. The right to obtain a copy of the school’s policy and written procedures or protocols related to student records.
The following information is designated as “directory information.”
1. Student’s name, address, date of birth, dates of enrollment.
2. Parent or legal custodian’s name and address.
3. Student’s grade level classification.
4. Student’s participation in recognized school activities and sports.
5. Weight and height of a member of an athletic team
6. Student’s diplomas, certificates, awards, and honors received.
The school may release directory information without proper written consent unless the parent or eligible student informs the principal in writing that any or all of the information designated above should not be released without prior consent.
Video and Audio Recording for Instructional and Professional Development Purposes (JICM)
Public Media Permission Release to be found on InfoSnap.
The District wishes to respect the privacy of those parents who may not want their child’s name, photographic and digital likeness, work or voice published. By granting permission, the parents/guardians authorize the District to publish the following information about their child:
The School Board’s policies are published on the District’s website at www.sau70.org, or are available upon request. The agreement will remain in effect for the entire school year unless it is rescinded in writing.
The SAU 70 School District, and its associated districts (Dresden, Hanover, Norwich), (“District”) maintains an official website and sanctioned social media accounts to provide general information about the school system as well as information about educational programs, extracurricular activities, school events, and student and staff achievements. In addition, throughout the school year, school related activities are frequently photographed or videotaped, including local Community Access Television. The School District may also want to give students public recognition for their work. The School District may use student work, photographs and videotapes for District purposes, including but not limited to public displays, school newsletters, open houses, classrooms, district website, and district publications, such as yearbooks and annual reports.