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MONMOUTH COUNTY VOCATIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
CAREER CENTER



STUDENT HANDBOOK


2014 - 2015


T A B L E O F C O N T E N T S

Affirmative Action 4

Attendance Policy 4-6

Bus Arrival –Entrance & Dismissal Procedures 7

Clubs and Organizations 7-8

Customer Services 8

Dress Code Guidelines 9

Driving Privilege 9

Emergency School Closing 9

Field Trip Guidelines 9

Fire Drills 10

Fundraisers in School 10

Grading Procedures 10

Grievance Policy 11

Guidelines for Student Conduct 11-13

Hall Passes 14

Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying 14

Health Policy 14-15

Lockers 15

Lost and Found 15

Student Programs 15-17

Recycling 17

Safety Glasses 17

Support Services 17

Telephone 18

School Year Calendar 19

Parent Letter 20

Parent Involvement Policy 21-22

Notice of Nondiscrimination 23

Student Sign Off 24

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Welcome to the Career Center. We hope that your experience at the Career Center will prove to be both enjoyable and beneficial. Our goal is to provide you with the preparation and foundation for your future career direction.

The foundation and success of public school education is based on the concept of self-discipline. The development and exercise of self-discipline is the cooperative responsibility of students, parents, guardians, teachers, and administrators. Standards of student conduct are necessary to assure that students seeking to express their own individual rights do not violate the rights of others.
It is our intent that all students achieve success at the Career Center. Staff will assist you in your efforts. This handbook will help you understand the guidelines and policies of our school. If you have any questions, please call me.
We are looking forward to a wonderful year!

Thomas Sansevero, Ed.D., Principal

Monmouth County Career Center

1000 Kozloski Road

Freehold, NJ 07728

732-431-3773




Monmouth County Career Center
1000 Kozloski Road

Freehold, New Jersey 07728

732-431-3773

Fax 732-409-7292



Principal

Thomas Sansevero, Ed.D.


Assistant Principal

Nathan Kraemer, M.Ed.


Guidance Counselors

Kaitlin Candiano

Alexandra Biancosino
Learning Disabilities Teacher/Consultant

Maureen Nettis


School Nurse

Lisa Franciosi


Social Worker

Dana Sopko


AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

The Monmouth County Vocational School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, lack of English language skills, affectional or sexual orientation, gender, religion, disability, or socioeconomic status. The District Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX and Section 504 Handicapped Coordinator is Anthony J. Schaible, Assistant Superintendent, 4000 Kozloski Road, P.O. Box 5033, Freehold, New Jersey 07728-5033, 732-431-7942.

A grievance arising from alleged discriminatory practices may be made in the following manner:


  • Any person-student, parent, employee, employee-candidate, etc. may submit a grievance, in written form to the immediate supervisor of the action that caused the alleged inequity.

  • If a satisfactory settlement is not reached, the grievant may then submit the grievance in writing to the Superintendent/Designee.

  • In the event a settlement is not obtained at this level, the grievant may submit the grievance in writing to the Board of Education.

  • An aggrieved party may be self-represented or may elect to have representation.

Either party to a grievance may have the right of appeal in accordance with the Legislative Statute N.J.S.A. 18A: 6-9 by appeal to the Commissioner of Education pursuant to the procedures set forth and specified in N.J.A.C. 6:24.



ATTENDANCE POLICY

The Board of Education has an obligation to require that the pupils of the district be present in school in order that they be taught. This policy is for the benefit of the pupils, their parents, and the community at large.

Pupil participation in all regularly scheduled classroom-learning activities in each area of study is essential in order for each pupil to receive the maximum benefits of a thorough educational program.

The entire process of education requires a regular continuity of instruction, classroom participation, learning experiences, and study. The regular contact of pupils with one another in the classroom and other participation in a well-planned instructional activity under the direction of a competent teacher are vital to this purpose. Therefore, the school district policy allows students to be absent twenty (20) days over the course of the school year.


PUPIL ATTENDANCE

Definition

Regular attendance is defined as being present for all classes and activities in his/her individually approved instructional program. Absences from school are defined as non-attendance in regular classes and assigned locations for the entire school day. There are currently five types of absences students could earn:

Excused absences: Requires the student to bring in a note from a doctor or from his/her parent/guardian acknowledging and explaining the reason for the absence. Examples of excused absences are: personal illness, medical appointments, death in the family and court appearances. Notes from parents, doctors and schools are required to be handed upon the students return.
Unexcused absences: Any reason not listed above and including the following: babysitting for younger children, shopping, working, vacations, hunting, oversleeping and faulty private transportation.
Home School Functions: Any activity being sponsored by the high school, such as field trips, assemblies, pep rallies, IEP meetings and testing. All require notes from the high school.
Transportation: When district transportation is not provided. Missing the school bus does not count. Whenever transportation is provided to the Career Center, students are required to attend. This includes days that the high school is closed but transportation to the Career Center and home are provided by your district. Valid transportation issues are not counted towards the Twenty-day policy.
Suspensions
Excused and unexcused absences count towards the twenty (20) days provided by the district. All other absences do not count towards the twenty (20) days.
Truancy is defined as any unexcused absence from school or classes assigned for a portion of the school day.

Tardiness to class or school is defined as not being in an assigned location by the time class is scheduled to start.
Rules and Regulations


  1. Disciplinary action may be taken for any unexcused absences.
  2. Students absent from school for any reason are responsible within reasonable period of time (within 2 days of the absences), for the completion of the work missed.


  3. Students who are tardy to school must report to the office to sign in and obtain a pass to class. Students who are excessively tardy are subject to disciplinary action by the school administration.

  4. Students who are absent from school for the day are not eligible to participate in any after school, evening or other school sponsored activities. Any exceptions must be submitted in writing and cleared through the administration.

  5. Students who request an early release, by the parent or legal guardian (note or phone) must be cleared beforehand by the administration 24 hours in advance. The District recognizes that emergencies occur that may necessitate early release of a student. All early releases must be approved by the administration.

  6. The total number of student absences (excused or unexcused) will be scrutinized regularly and notification to students and parents will be made on the following basis:

  1. On the fifth (5), tenth (10), and fifteenth (15), absence from school the student and parent will be given formal written notification of the problem and the eventual consequence of excessive absences.

  2. On the twentieth (20) absence from school, the student and parent will receive written notification that the student may not be eligible to receive a certificate or advancement into a Level II Program. The parents and students will also be informed of the appeal procedure. (The administration may not issue grades to students who violate the attendance policy).

  3. Where class participation is a factor in the learning process, absences will be considered in marking period grades, except absences for religious holidays and suspensions.
  1. In addition to notification of parents by an administrative official, teachers will make every effort to inform the parents via progress reports and/or telephone calls when absences from their particular classes indicate impediment to the student’s instructional program.


  2. Generally, notes from parents or guardians are acceptable to explain student absences and tardiness. However, this does not exclude the fact that a physician’s note or other type of verifications may be required at the request of the school administration. If a note is not received by the school’s office within two days of the pupil’s return to school, the absence

shall be considered unexcused. All notes will be dated and placed in the student’s file in the building office.

  1. Make-up Work:

All students are responsible for arranging for make up work with their teachers when absent. If the student is expecting to be absent for an extended period (3 or more days) he/she may call the guidance office and arrangements will be made to obtain assignments from the student’s teacher. It is the responsibility of the student to pick up and return these assignments to the guidance office or teacher. It is the student’s responsibility to complete make up work. If extra help is needed, the student should make arrangements with the teacher. If help is needed to coordinate a meeting time, feel free to seek assistance from the guidance counselor.
Avenues of Appeal


  1. An Administrative review of the student’s attendance record will be conducted.

  2. If a student’s appeal is denied, the student may appeal the decision directly to the

Principal.

  1. If a student’s appeal is approved, the teacher may assign an alternate project. If all work is successfully completed, credit for the course will be reinstated.

  2. The student may successfully appeal a negative decision in the following order:

      1. Principal

      2. Superintendent

      3. Board of Education

Religious Holidays

According to the Commissioner of Education, regarding student absences from school due to religious holidays, the law (Chapter 322, P.L./1951) provides:


  • No student who is absent from school because of a religious holiday may be deprived of any award of eligibility or opportunity to compete for any award because of such an absence.

  • If a student misses a test or examination because of a religious holiday, he must be given the right to take an alternate test or examination.

  • Any absence because of a religious holiday must be recorded in the school register or in any group or class attendance record as a legal absence, but it cannot appear on a transcript or employment form.


Attendance Counseling

The principal, vice principal, and support staff shall attempt to assist each student showing attendance difficulties to develop better attendance by counseling the student and/or by contacting parents/guardians for their support. Additional support services from home school district guidance counselors and child study team members may be requested. Cooperative services will be utilized in providing specialized assistance to focus upon individual attendance problems. The goal of the Career Center is to assist the student to develop the skills needed for successful academic and/or employment placements.


BUS ARRIVAL-ENTRANCE AND DISMISSAL PROCEDURES

Home school districts provide bus transportations for all vocational students attending the Career Center. Students may not drive to or from the Career Center. Only work-placed seniors may drive with special permission. (See Driving Privileges)


ENTRANCE PROCEDURES

Students entering or leaving the school will be expected to behave in a reasonable and responsible manner. Students arriving after the bell should sign in at the office and obtain a pass to enter class.



DISMISSAL PROCEDURES


  1. Please walk to the bus.

  2. Students will board assigned bus only.

  3. Students are to board buses from curb only. If a bus is parked elsewhere, students must wait until it comes curbside.

  4. Students may not ride on buses from other districts due to insurance restrictions.

  5. Students may be signed out by their legal parents/guardian only, otherwise they may not leave in private cars for any reason.

  6. Parents should call the school with special requests.


Leaving School Grounds

A student may not leave the building and/or school grounds without permission of the administration. Disciplinary referral will result.



CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS



Club/Organization Eligibility Criteria

Participation in Monmouth County Vocational School clubs and organizations is encouraged for all vocational students. However student involvement in related competitive activities is a privilege and subject to the student’s good standing (academic/attendance) as a member of the vocational program as well as the vocational organization. Student/team attendance at national competitions will be Board approved and financially supported by the Monmouth County Vocational School District only if the student/team qualifies via a first place finish in a qualifying competition directly corresponding to a Board approved curricular or extracurricular club/activity. Second and third place qualifiers will not be permitted to attend national competitions.


Club/Organization Fundraising

During the school year a variety of fundraising activities will take place. The school requests that if possible, parents support student fundraising efforts. Selling will be voluntary and minimum sales will be required. All fundraising projects are approved in advance by the Monmouth County Vocational School District administration.

FFA

The primary aim of the FFA is the development of agricultural leadership, cooperation, and

citizenship. Members work together on community service projects, educational displays, and the production and sale of horticultural products. Members also have the opportunity to exhibit skills acquisition in state and local competitions in the areas of floral design, landscaping, nursery, and horticulture.
DECA

DECA is a national youth program designed to develop future leaders in marketing and distribution. This club provides an avenue through state and national competition to exhibit vocationally acquired skills in the areas of marketing and distribution.



Health Occupations Students of America


Through HOSA activities, the local, state and national organization promotes and encourages the development of leadership abilities, citizenship responsibilities, personal growth, health career awareness and occupational skills. Members become involved in community health care and educational projects that promote the goals of HOSA.

SkillsUSA


SkillsUSA is the nation’s largest organization for trade, industrial and technical students. The club promotes leadership, citizenship, character development program and activities to complement skill training on the secondary school level. Skills USA emphasizes respect for the dignity of work, high standards in trade ethics, workmanship, scholarship and safety, and assists students to better prepare themselves for the labor market. Skills USA conducts contests on the local, state and national level to demonstrate occupational and leadership skills.
CUSTOMER SERVICES
The Monmouth County Career Center is unique in its design having a number of “working” shops open to the public. Shops open to the public include the following:

Woodsy Lane Flower Shop

8:45 am-10:00 A.M.

12:15 pm-1:45 P.M.

Monday-Friday

Talented Hands Bake Shop

8:30 A.M – 10:00 A.M.

12:15 P.M.-1:30 P.M.

Monday-Friday


The School Store

8:30 A.M.-9:50 A.M.

12:30 P.M.-1:45 P.M.

Monday-Friday


Career Center Cafe

11:15 A.M.-11:45 A.M.

Monday-Friday
Supermarket

8:20-10:00 A.M

12:15 P.M.-1:30 P.M.

Monday-Friday



Career Center Dress Code
The Career Center Administration recognizes that each pupil’s mode of dress and grooming is a manifestation of the pupil’s personal style and individual preferences. As a vocational school, appropriate attire is stressed in preparation for the entering the workplace. All dress and grooming requirements pertain to school, school grounds and school-sponsored activities. Responsibility on the part of the students should always be exercised.
Students may not wear clothing or engage in grooming practices that creates a health or safety concern for themselves or for any Career Center students. Also, they may not wear clothing or engage in grooming practices that negatively impacts the school environment.
Pupils are prohibited from wearing any type of apparel or accessory that indicates the pupil has membership in or affiliation with any gang. Apparel that displays bias (racial hatred, stereotyping, prejudice), offensive or profane messages, alcohol, drug, tobacco, or sexual references is not allowed.

Students are to wear clothing that totally covers the upper torso. The bottom of the shirt must reach the top of the pants/skirt. Skirts, dresses, or shorts must extend to the student’s fingertips when standing upright. Strapless, low-cut, bare midriff, tube or halter tops, transparent, or suggestive clothing is prohibited. Clothing which is more appropriate for beachwear (bathing suits, very short shorts) or sleepwear (pajamas) is not to be worn at school.

UNDERGARMENTS SHOULD NOT BE VISIBLE ON ANY STUDENT.
The administration reserves the right to discipline any student who is not dressed properly. Students dressed inappropriately may be required to have a parent/guardian provide the student with appropriate clothing or the student may be sent home.
NOTE:

Some vocational programs, such as Building Trades, Landscaping and Foods Services require specific clothing guidelines for safety purposes. For safety purposes, students are expected to follow teacher directives in specific shops regarding appropriate clothing/shoe attire. All safety equipment issued to the student must be worn in the shop area.



Driving Privileges
Career Center students are strongly encouraged to use the transportation provided by the home school district. However, students who wish to use their personal vehicle may apply for special permission from the Career Center administration. Only students who attend the Training level program may apply. Student drivers and his/her parent or guardian are required to sign and adhere to the provisions in the Career Center Student Driving Registration/Contract form. Failure to abide by the contract may result in the loss of driving privileges and additional disciplinary consequences.


EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSING

In case of inclement weather, the school district uses an automated phone calling system to notify all students of school closings/delayed openings. Students may also listen to local radio/television stations for school closings/delayed openings.


IN THE EVENT OF A DELAYED OPENING, THE A.M. CLASS WILL BE CANCELLED

The school closing/delayed opening will be announced as Monmouth County Vocational Schools, not the Career Center, on the following radio stations: WBUD AM-1260/FM-101.5 or AM-1260;

WJLK AM-1310/FM-94.3 and Television stations: News 12 NJ, CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX (local)

** An announcement will also be posted on the Monmouth County Vocational School District’s website: www.mcvsd.org and on www.news12.com/nj/closings.
** Calls will be made to any student participating in “One Call Now.”
PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE SCHOOL

FIELD TRIP GUIDELINES

Students who desire to actively participate in school-sponsored field trips must have a field trip permission form completed, signed by parent/guardian and submitted by the due date indicated.



  • Students may not attend a school-sponsored trip if absent from school that day.

  • Students may not drive to or from the Career Center on field trip days without special permission from the Principal.

If the trip is expected to arrive after the P.M. dismissal, parents must indicate in writing who has permission to transport the student home from the school. Please contact the school administration with any questions regarding this policy.

FIRE DRILLS

Monthly fire drills are required by law and are an important safety precaution. It is important that the students move quietly and in an orderly manner to clear the building by the prescribed route as quickly as possible. Teachers in each classroom will provide fire drill instructions. In addition, instructions and exiting route diagrams are posted near the door in each classroom. Students should review and be familiar with exit routes in all rooms to which they are assigned.



FUNDRAISERS IN SCHOOL
Only recognized Career Center Student Organizations are permitted to sell fund-raising items within our school.

GRADING PROCEDURES

It is recognized by the Board of Education that a uniform system of assessing student growth and achievement is necessary in providing a thorough and efficient education.

The following procedures will assist the administration and faculty in achieving this goal:

1. Report cards are issued after each of four marking periods.

2. Grades are reported as:

92 – 100 Exceptional

85 – 91 Above Average

77 – 84 Average

70 - 76 Below Average

55 - 69 Failure



Final Grade - the average of the four marking periods.
3. Marking period grades will be determined by the following types of student assessment:

  1. Daily vocational assignments/competencies

  2. Testing: oral, written, practical

  3. Notebooks

  4. Reports

  5. Homework

  6. Student participation

4. Unexcused absences earn a failing grade for the day with no makeup work permitted.

5. A student who fails for the year may not be invited back to the school.

6. A student in violation of the attendance policy may receive a GNI (Grade Not Issued) and will not be issued a certificate or may not be invited to return to the school.

7. Interim reports will be issued during each marking period to share important information about student progress. The Career Center issues both positive and corrective interim reports. Parents desiring to discuss student progress with teachers should arrange for parent/teacher conferences by calling the school office at 732-431-3773.


GRIEVANCE POLICY

It is recognized by the Board of Education (Policy #510) of the Vocational Schools of Monmouth County that open lines of communication between students and the school administration must be maintained. Students are encouraged to consult with the guidance counselor and/or the school administration on any matters of concern.

When requested, the guidance counselor and/or building administrator will meet with the student or students at the earliest opportunity. If it is not possible to resolve the matter, the student may proceed formally with a grievance in the following manner:

A. A grievance shall be in writing and include each of the following:

1. The specific nature of the grievance and a brief statement of the facts giving rise to it.

2. What outcome the student desires.

3. The reasons why the student feels he/she is entitled to the requested results.

B. A copy of the grievance shall be delivered to the Principal, and the Principal shall then

arrange for and hold a hearing at which there shall be present the student or up to three students if a group is involved.

C. The Principal shall report the results of the hearing to the Superintendent of Schools with recommendations and determinations and shall convey his/her determinations to the student or students.

D. If the aggrieved is dissatisfied with the determination of the Principal, the aggrieved shall set forth

in writing reasons for disagreement and send copies to the Principal and the Superintendent of Schools.

E. Upon receipt of the report from the Principal (together with any objection set forth) the Superintendent shall, if within his authority, make a final determination. In the event it is a matter on which the Board of Education is required to act, he shall make his recommendations to the Board of Education.

F. Any party who has participated in the proceedings and is not satisfied with the determinations of the Superintendent shall have the right to request a hearing before the Board of Education, provided such a request is submitted in writing to the Superintendent. The Board shall then make a final determination subject only to such further review as may be available under the provisions of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes.


GUIDELINES FOR STUDENT CONDUCT
It is recognized by the Board of Education that in order for a thorough and efficient education to take place, there must be an organized and controlled environment. It is also recognized that due to the nature of vocational training, the safety of students, staff members and others is of utmost importance.
The purpose of disciplinary assistance is to channel student energy into acceptable patterns of behavior. This can be accomplished through a variety of support systems including; counseling of students, communication with parents/guardians, home school district intervention, as well as discipline imposed by the school. The principal, vice principal, guidance counselors, social worker, and nurse shall provide support services in an attempt to assist each student referred due to behavioral difficulties toward the development of mature modes of behavior. Our goal is to assist the student to change behavior, and whenever possible not to punish for infraction of rules.


CONDUCT POLICY
It is the responsibility of the building Principal, under the direction of the Superintendent’s office, to promote and maintain a positive educational environment that discourages the least amount of disruption of the educational program and individual safety.

DETENTION
Office detention is assigned for minor offenses.
SUSPENSION

In accordance with Title 18A: 37-2: “Any pupil who is guilty of continued and/or willful disobedience, or of open defiance of the authority of any teacher or person having authority over him, or of the habitual use of profanity or of obscene language, or who shall cut, deface or otherwise injure any school property, shall be liable to punishment and to suspension or expulsion from school.” Therefore, student suspension and/or termination from a vocational program is permissible under the following guidelines:


  1. It has been determined by the building administration that the student’s behavior and actions require temporary removal (suspension) from the vocational program.

  2. All pertinent information had been documented to support such action.

  3. The student involved is given due process in accordance with the Board Policy.


TERMINATION
A student may be terminated from a vocational program under the following guidelines:

  1. After thorough investigation it has been determined and recommended by the building principal that student termination from a vocational program is the only course of action that can be taken to insure that safety and welfare of the student and/or peers, and/or staff member and prevention of the disruption of the educational process can be achieved.

  2. Due process is afforded to the student.



CAUSES FOR DISCIPLINARY ACTION
The following offenses are cause for assignment to detention, suspension or expulsion and may also constitute juvenile or adult offenses:

  1. The use, sale, distribution, possession, or being under the influence of narcotics, dangerous drugs, controlled substances, or alcoholic beverages.

  2. Use of tobacco on school property.

  3. Destruction and/or defacing of school property.

  4. Malicious damage to school personnel’s property.

  5. Theft.

  6. Threatening or attacking other students and/or school personnel.

  7. Willful or continued disobedience.

  8. Disruptive conduct.

  9. Carrying dangerous and/or offensive weapons (including pocketknives, large knuckle rings, stars, chains, etc.).

  10. Possession of fireworks and/or smoke bombs.

  11. Gambling or extorting money
  12. Unauthorized parking or use of a student’s vehicle during school hours.


  13. Leaving the school without permission.

  14. Truancy.

  15. Invalid absence from school or assigned place.

  16. Failure to report to the office upon request.

  17. Insubordination.

  18. Creating a safety hazard.

  19. Excessive tardiness to class/school.

  20. Fighting.

  21. Public displays of affection, which are not appropriate in, or around school.

  22. Cheating.

  23. Open defiance of the authority of any teacher or person having authority.

  24. Personal use of the Internet. This includes all downloading and accessing personal accounts/ E-mail, including but not limited to: (AOL, Yahoo, hotmail, My Space, Facebook, etc.)

  25. Violation of the dress code policy.

  26. Use of cell phones, portable electronic devices including but not limited to the following: (CD players, iPods, MP3 players. etc.) are not permitted at the Career Center. Temporary confiscation may result if this rule is violated.


Due Process

The following procedure will be followed in the implementation of the discipline procedure.



    1. The student will be approached by a building administrator with a description of the alleged conduct.

    2. The student will be given an opportunity to present his/her side of the story.

    3. An administrative determination will be made on the basis of the information available.

    4. This procedure may result in disciplinary action. If suspension or termination is deemed necessary, the student and parent guardian will be informed directly of this decision.

Care of School Property

Students should not mark or deface school furniture, walls, ceiling, floor or equipment. Do not tamper with fire alarms, fire extinguishers, or any electrical systems. Anyone who willfully damages or destroys school property through vandalism, arson or larceny, or who creates a hazard to the safety of our students will be disciplined.

Drugs and Alcohol

Use of drugs (including anabolic steroids) and alcohol of any kind are illegal and students are warned against their use. Anyone found possessing, selling or buying drugs/alcohol of any kind on school grounds or while attending sponsored activities will face disciplinary action and will be referred to the local law enforcement agency. Any student suspected of being under the influence of an illegal substance is required to undergo a doctor’s examination and drug testing by state law.


Smoking

Smoking by students in or on school grounds or under the school’s jurisdiction while participating in a school-sponsored event is prohibited by state law. Smoking shall include all forms of tobacco: (cigars, cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, pipes and/or chewing tobacco).



HALL PASSES
When moving in the hallways student may not push, run, or do anything that may cause a disturbance or present a safety hazard. Students are not permitted in the halls during class periods unless they:

  1. Are conducting assigned work.

  2. Are accompanied by a teacher

  3. Have a hall pass from an authorized staff member



HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION, AND BULLYING

Every student has the right to attend school with the feeling of security and an assurance of safety. Students are expected to treat others the way they want to be treated. Harassment, intimidation, bullying, or otherwise annoying students is not permitted. Fighting in school, on school grounds, or while going to and from school will not be tolerated. Students who violate

this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, which may include suspension or termination from school.
HEALTH POLICY

In order to obtain assistance from the school nurse, a student must first report to class and obtain a pass from the teacher. No student will be admitted to the Nurse’s office without a pass except in an emergency situation.

• Injuries sustained in class, no matter how minor, need to be seen by the nurse.


  • Students may not leave the building due to illness without authorization from a parent, guardian or designated other person as stated on the emergency card. That person shall be contacted at the discretion of the nurse


Request to Parents

Parents/Guardians are requested to:



  1. Have emergency cards filled out completely with special attention to emergency phone numbers other than that of parent/guardian. Before students are permitted to work on machinery current medical history and emergency card must be on file.

  2. Carefully observe student’s condition prior to sending to school.

  3. All students with sprains, fractures, or any other injuries must report to the school nurse and should have a physician’s note concerning any limitations and the estimated time of limitation before being allowed to participate in class. A doctor’s clearance must be obtained to resume activities. Doctors must specify that the student can return to vocational work, including the operation of the commercial equipment in the shop to which the student is assigned.

  4. Please notify the school nurse if the student has any health problems.

  5. Any students retained at home or excluded from school by reason of having or suspected of having a communicable disease shall not be readmitted by school until presentation of written certificate of good health has been obtained from a physician. FOR EXAMPLE: Conjunctivitis (pink eye) etc.
  6. If a student is to be absent due to an illness or other health related matters, a telephone call should be made to the school office between the hours of 7:30- 10:30 A.M. Upon the student’s return to school a note explaining why the student was absent should be presented to the vocational teacher.



Administration of Medication in School Policy

The administration of medication is discouraged by the Board of Education (policy #521) as a

typical function of education. However, some children with chronic illnesses and specific

disabilities may require medication during the school day. Only an authorized person is able to

administer medication in the school and the following conditions must be met:


  1. The parent or guardian should provide a written request for the administration of the prescribed medication at school.

  2. Written orders are to be provided to the school from the private physician, detailing the diagnosis or type of illness involved, the name of the drug, dosage, time of administration and side effects.

  3. The medication should be brought to school in the original container, appropriately labeled by the pharmacy or physician.

  4. No over the counter medication, including aspirin, Tylenol, etc. will be administered without a doctor’s note.



LOCKERS
Each shop in the Career Center has locker or storage areas for each student. Students must provide their own lock and must provide the administration with either the key or lock combination. Students are strongly advised to lock all personal belongings in their assigned locker. The Career Center is not responsible for personal items. Please leave valuables at home. Responsibility for security of items brought to school rests with the student, not the school. The school will not conduct a search for lost, missing or stolen items. Lockers are the property of the Monmouth County Vocational School District and are subject to periodic inspection by the administration.

LOST AND FOUND

Lost and found inquiries can be made through the main office.

STUDENT PROGRAMS
Auto Mechanics-This program provides training in repair and tune-up of motor vehicles. General repairs include brakes, shocks, exhaust, tire repair, general maintenance, and vehicle emergency service. In addition to general automotive service training, the program includes the basic fundamentals of auto body repair.

Baking-Baking students experience skill development that is required for employment in a local bakery, donut shop, or supermarket bakery. Students learn the process of making rolls, pastries, cakes, cookies, and donuts utilizing the equipment found in a commercial baking establishment. Decoration of sheet and layer cakes, brownies, and cupcakes is also incorporated in the curriculum.

The students also gain valuable experience while working in the school bakery by selling the items, dealing with customers, and working with money.



Building Services- This program is designed to provide training in the care and maintenance of commercial and institutional buildings and grounds. Training includes instruction in the use of basic hand tools, power tools, and cleaning agents. Building maintenance personal maintain schools, hotels, hospitals, office buildings, apartment houses, and other commercial buildings.

Building Trades- This program provides students with basic skills and knowledge of the tools and

equipment in the construction trades such as carpentry, electrical construction, masonry, plumbing, and painting. Emphasis is placed on skills common to each of these trades.


Food Service- The Food Service program includes the operation of full-service restaurant open to the public. Instruction is given in knowledge of equipment, sanitation and safety, basic cooking principles and preparation such as stocks, sauces, and soups. Students learn style of service ranging from banquet and buffet to tableside and cafeteria. They also learn catering and fast food techniques and salad bar preparation. Through the use of a computerized restaurant system, students learn new technology and its practical application. Professionalism is stressed at all times in customer and employer relations.


Health Occupations- This is a general exploratory program focusing on skills necessary for employment in the health occupations. Employment may be found in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, day care centers, and office buildings. The course places emphasis on such occupations as nurse’s aide and orderly, physical therapy, laundry, dietary, and clinical skills. The course also deals with prevocational skills necessary for medical and dental office assistant and receptionist, and first responders.

Horticulture- Students in the Horticulture Shop gain experience in Landscape design and Construction, Floral Design, Greenhouse Operation, and Lawn Care and Landscape Maintenance. The students also manage the florist shop, which includes such tasks as taking orders from customers, selling foliage and flowering plants, floral arrangements, nursery stock and seasonal products.

Marketing Education-This program provides instruction and experience in retail sales as well as marketing occupations. Emphasis is placed on teaching basic skills and providing experience in many of the routine tasks essential to retail service centers. The school store, which is part of the Marketing Education shop, provides hands-on experience for each student. Third year students are placed in local businesses for on-the-job cooperative work experience.

Materials Handling- This program consists of a “live” warehouse situation that handles school district merchandise ranging from one ounce to one ton. The students gain experience in shipping, receiving, storage, record keeping, inventory control, and fork lift operation which are entry-level skills for employment opportunities in a wide range of warehouse establishments.

Office Occupations- The office occupations program is designed to introduce students to pre-employment office skills. Instruction is given on the responsibilities of a mail clerk, copy clerk, and office assistant. Students learn how to touch type, format and print out business documents using the Dell personal computer. They learn business math skills while using the calculator, and practice daily office procedures such as filing, taking and delivering messages, organizing workstations, keeping their calendars, and greeting callers. Office etiquette and professionalism is stressed throughout the Office Occupations program.


Prevocational Evaluation and Career Exploration- This program provides initial short-term occupational assessment and exploratory experiences necessary for students to begin the process of course selection and vocational preparation. Work samples designed to provide hands-on experience in various occupational areas are selected for each students to complete. As a result of the

prevocational experience, the student’s interests, abilities, and aptitudes are identified for vocational direction.



Related Instruction- Related instruction provides students with basic skills that are directly coordinated with the vocational shop. The concepts are taught utilizing the tools and materials that are found in the vocational shops and are directly integrated into the shop through various math and vocabulary activities. Job skills are also stressed in Related Instruction.

Skills Discovery- Through participation in the Skills Discovery program, the student will be provided with opportunities to develop the vocational skills necessary to support appropriate occupational decisions. The emphasis is on skills development in the areas of functional independent living and pre-employment readiness training. The goal of the Skills Discovery program is to provide students with entry-level employment skills that will allow them to become productive young adults and successful members within their community labor force.

Supermarket Careers-The program is designed to prepare students for careers in supermarket operations including theory and hands-on experience. Students will be exposed to grocery, produce, dairy, and frozen foods. Students will be trained in front-end operations including registers and scanners. Many jobs from janitorial to management will be sampled. A major goal of the program is placing students with a cooperating supermarket as a regular employee.


RECYCLING
Recycling containers for aluminum cans, glass, paper, cardboard and newspaper are located throughout each building. Please support our recycling efforts!

SAFETY GLASSES
Students must wear safety glasses during shop activities. One pair of safety glasses is provided by the school. Lost or broken safety glasses must be replaced at a cost to the student.

SUPPORT SERVICES
Guidance Counselors

The guidance counselor serves as a pivotal contact for students, instructional staff, and sending district personnel. The principal duties include counseling the students relative to educational objectives, vocational direction, and personal/social problems, planning and coordinating the instructional schedules for each student, and providing job placement services.


Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant

The cooperative efforts of the support staff at the Career Center include the expertise of the Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant who analyzes and assesses the learning styles and characteristics of the student as they enter the vocational program. The information is shared with the professional staff

and provides the basis for remedial and vocational activities, tasks, and instructional strategies that enhance the acquisition of the vocational skills.
School Nurse

The school nurse maintains an up-to-date health records system for students and staff. Working as a member of the support team, the nurse also teaches health and safety, counsels students and parents

on health issues, interacts with home school nurses, makes referrals, and stays current of the developments in the health-safety field of vocational education.

School Social Worker

The school social worker is the primary liaison with parents of Career Center students with such duties as conducting parent interviews and directing parent groups and organizations. In addition, contact is maintained with students by individual interviews, group and/or individual counseling, interfacing with social service agencies and developing a curriculum relative to informed life choices and decision-making.

School to Career Program

The School-to-Career program provides an opportunity for work experience to eligible students on a part-time basis. Students with specific occupational intentions attend school for one-half day and work at a local industry and businesses for standard wages the remaining half of the school day. The School to Career Coordinator provides continuous employer contact, job development, and job design to ensure a successful work experience.



TELEPHONE
Students requesting to use the telephone must come to the office. Students may not use cell phones at any time once they enter the school building. The administration will not accept responsibility for the delivery of any telephone or personal messages other than those of an urgent nature.


Adopted April 15, 2014
MONMOUTH COUNTY VOCATIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

2014-2015 CALENDAR

(10 MONTH)

Tuesday-Wednesday September 2-3, 2014 Staff Days


Thursday September 4, 2014 First Day of School
Thursday September 25, 2014 Schools Closed
Monday October 13, 2014 Staff Day
Thursday-Friday November 6-7, 2014 NJEA
Thursday-Friday November 27-28, 2014 Thanksgiving
Wednesday-Friday December 24-January 2, 2015 Winter Holiday
Monday January 19, 2015 Staff Day
Friday-Monday February 13-16, 2015 President’s Day
Friday-Friday April 3-10, 2015 Spring Break

Friday-Tuesday May 22-26, 2015 Memorial Day

Thursday June 18, 2015 Last Day for Students
Friday-Tuesday June 19-23, 2015 Staff Days

Total Days for Students 180

Total Days for Staff 187

NOTE #1 Any additional days when schools are closed for emergency purposes will be made up in this order:


February 13, May 26, May 22, June 19, June 22, June 23, June 24, June 25,
April 10, April 9, April 8, April 7, April 6

NOTE #2 Should certificated staff absent themselves for scheduled day(s) for State holiday(s), they will make up the days as assigned during winter or spring breaks or end of school year in June


Dear Parents:

The Federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation law requires that all schools receiving federal funds must inform parents of their right to ask schools about the qualifications of their child’s teachers. Our school receives federal funding and we are happy to share this information with you.


Also, in compliance with the legislation, the Monmouth County Vocational School District has attached a copy of the district’s parent involvement policy and school-parent compact.
The policy and compact are made available to all members of the school community through our district web site, www.mcvsd.org, and is available for review at all of our buildings.
The district encourages parental input on these documents and welcomes your involvement in the decision-making; planning and implementation of activities that will help improve student academic achievement and school performance. The activities will be coordinated on a school level to further enhance and coordinate parental involvement with other school wide programs.

The Principal is also available to discuss with you school curricula, assessment measures and proficiency levels of your particular school.

We encourage you to support your child’s education and communicate with his or her teacher on a regular basis. By partnering together – families and educators – we can provide your child with the best education possible.

MONMOUTH COUNTY VOCATIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
FILE CODE: 5020

Page 1 of 1
ROLE OF PARENTS/GUARDIANS
The Board believes that the education of children is a joint responsibility, one it shares with the parents/guardians and the school community. To ensure that the best interests of the child are served in this process, a strong program of communication between home and school must be maintained and parental involvement in district concerns encouraged.
The Board recognizes the vital role of parents/guardians in the welfare and education of their children and the pivotal part they play in shaping character and values. Because parents/guardians are familiar with the needs, problems, gifts and abilities of their children, staff should seek to involve parents/guardians as much as possible in the planning of the individual program. Parents/guardians are specifically requested to inform the school of any changes in legal custody of the child.
The Board will describe and explain the school’s curriculum, assessments used to measure student progress and proficiency levels students are expected to meet, report student progress and provide reasonable access to staff, opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child’s classes, and provide resources to improve student achievement.
Parents/guardians are responsible for their child’s punctuality, attendance, cleanliness and propriety of dress.
The chief school administrator shall develop procedures and regulations to implement this policy. These regulations shall include use of the parent/guardian’s native language when necessary.

Adopted August 17, 2004







  • Parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning

  • Parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school

  • Parents are full partners in their child’s education



You can help your child succeed by:


  • Providing a home that encourages learning and get your child the help he /she needs

  • Providing a home that supports your child’s physical, mental, and emotional development

  • Having positive values about education serves as an important perspective for your children

  • Work with the school and other community groups that have an impact on your child

  • Talk with your child about school, activities and friends. Be sure to listen to what they say

  • Make sure your child attends school and gets there on time

  • Set high but realistic expectations for success

  • Keep your child healthy

  • Communicate with the school about how your child learns and about other things that might affect learning or behavior at school

  • Encourage your child to develop his/her interests and help him/her find opportunities to learn more about them

  • Help your child to develop good relationships

  • Keep your child safe and help him or her understand the consequences of behaviors



MONMOUTH COUNTY VOCATIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

Annual Public Notice of Nondiscrimination

The Monmouth County Vocational School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender, religion, disability, or socioeconomic status.

Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX and Section 504 Handicapped Coordinator, Anthony J. Schaible, Assistant Superintendent, 4000 Kozloski Road, P.O. Box 5033, Freehold, New Jersey 07728-5033, 732-431-7942.



Grievance Policy - Title IX

1. A written statement of the grievance shall be presented to the Affirmative

Action Officer stating the alleged violation of the law. The Affirmative

Action Officer will hold a meeting, within ten (10) school days to resolve

the matter. If the matter cannot be resolved or if the Affirmative Action

Officer fails to act within the ten (10) days, the grieving person will

proceed to the Superintendent.
2. The Superintendent will attempt to resolve the matter within twenty (20)

school days. If the matter cannot be resolved at this level or the

Superintendent fails to act within the twenty (20) school days, the grievance

may be filed with the Board Secretary.


3. The matter will then be placed on the agenda and a decision reached by the

Board at its next regularly scheduled meeting. The decision will be

communicated to the grievant in writing within five (5) school days following

the meeting.

Affirmative Action Plans: Employment/Contract Practices and School and Classroom Practices are located in District Policy Manual and on file at the Board of Education Office, 4000 Kozloski Road, P.O. Box 5033, Freehold, New Jersey 07728-5033, 732-431-7942.


Monmouth County Vocational School District
Career Center

I have read the Career Center student handbook and I understand the information contained in the handbook.


I have read and understand the MCVSD “Acceptable Use” policy regarding computers, networks, and electronic devices.
I have completed and submitted to the school a Medical / Emergency card for the school nurse.

Student signature_______________________________________________


Parent/Guardian signature________________________________________
Date_________________________________________________________



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