Building Opens: 8:30 a.m.
Classes Start: 8:50 a.m.
Classes End: 3:25 p.m.
Building Opens: 7:15 a.m.
Classes Start: 7:30 a.m.
Classes End: 2:35 p.m.
Building Opens: 6:50 a.m.
Classes Start: 7:30 a.m.
Classes End: 2:18 p.m.
Building Opens: 8:40 a.m.
Classes Start: 9:05 a.m.
Classes End: 3:30 p.m.
If you are at least 55 years of age, retired and a resident of the school district, be sure to get your GOLDEN AGE PASS that entitles you to free admission to any activity or event sponsored by the Board of Education of the Gouverneur Central School District and open to the public. Passes may be obtained from the Superintendent's Office or by calling Mrs. Kennedy at 315-287-4870 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Breakfast: Free to all students
Lunch: Free to all students
BREAKFAST & LUNCH are available daily in all Gouverneur School cafeterias. Breakfast and lunch are free to all students. Monthly menus will be available throughout the school year in the main office at the school building your child(ren) attends. These menus are also available to view and print from our district website.
OTHER NOTES OF INTEREST: All Qualifying Meals must be "type A" meals. This means the meal must be taken in accordance with "Offer vs. Serve" guidelines.
*ALA CARTE ITEMS must be paid for separately as the student goes through the serving line. If your child is allergic to any particular foods or milk or needs a special diet, and you feel we should be aware of the situation, please send a doctor's statement. If your child is to have "special foods or liquids" from the school lunch program, a doctor's statement is required each school year.
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Parents should remember that North Country winters can be severe. It's important that students dress appropriately in case of delays or emergencies en route.
Guidelines: warm jacket or coat, hat or head covering, mittens or gloves, boots and leg coverings.
With every right comes a responsibility.
|It is the student's right:||It is the student's responsibility:|
|1) To attend school in the district in which one's parent or legal guardian resides.||→||To attend school daily, regularly and on time, perform assignments, and strive to do the highest quality work possible and be granted the opportunity to receive an education.|
|2) To expect that school will be a safe, orderly and purposeful place for all students to gain an education and to be treated fairly.||→||To be aware of all rules and expectations regulating student's behavior and conduct oneself in accordance with these guidelines.|
|3) To be respected as an individual.||→||To respect one another, and to treat others in the manner that one would want to be treated.|
|4) To express one's opinions verbally or in writing.||→||To express opinions and ideas in a respectful manner so as not to offend, slander, or restrict, the rights and privileges of others.|
|5) To dress in such a way as to express one's personality.||→||To dress appropriately in accordance with the dress code, so as not to endanger physical health, safety, limit participation in school activities or be unduly distracting.|
|6) To be afforded equal and appropriate educational opportunities.||→||To be aware of available educational programs in order to use and develop one's capabilities to their maximum.|
|7) To take part in all school activities on an equal basis regardless of race, color creed, religion, religious practice, sex, sexual orientation, gender, national origin, ethnic group, political affiliation, age, marital status, or disability.||→||To work to the best of one's ability in all academic and extracurricular activities, as well as being fair and supportive of others.|
|8) To have access to relevant and objective information concerning drug and alcohol abuse, as well as access to individuals or agencies capable of providing direct assistance to students with serious personal problems.||→||To be aware of the information and services available and to seek assistance in dealing with personal problems, when appropriate.|
|9) To be protected from intimidation, bullying, harassment, or discrimination based on actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, or religious practice, sex, gender/gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability, by employees or students on school property or at a school-sponsored event, function or activity.||→||To respect one another and treat others fairly in accordance with the District Code of Conduct and the provisions of the Dignity Act. To conduct themselves in a manner that fosters an environment that is free from intimidation, bullying, harassment, or discrimination. To report and encourage others to report any incidents of intimidation, bullying, harassment or discrimination.|
The G.C.S.D believes in the importance of uninterrupted instructional settings as critical to student attention to task and ultimately to their academic achievement. To that end, G.C.S.D. may control such interruptions to the learning climate including, but not limited to, personal electronic devices.
We also recognize that students are being educated in a global setting. Electronic devices play an important role in this education. Students now live in a technology dependent world in which electronic devices such as laptop computers, tablets and smart phones play a key role. However, the district reserves the right to monitor, control, and limit the use of any electronic device used within the school grounds and at all school functions to mitigate distractions, enhance learning, and maintain the safety of students and staff.
Students are not permitted to use any form of information technology, including their own personal electronic devices, to intimidate, harass or threaten others. This type of harassment is generally referred to as cyberbullying. If a student violates this prohibition, then he/she is subject to discipline under this provision and/or any other provision in the District Code of Conduct that may be applicable to the circumstances involved.
The intent of the Student Dress Code is to foster an environment that is sanitary, safe and conducive to teaching and student learning. It is also intended to provide guidance to prepare students for their role in the workplace and society.
All students are expected to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and to dress appropriately for school and school functions. Students and their parents have the primary responsibility for acceptable student dress and appearance. Teachers and all other district personnel should exemplify and reinforce acceptable student dress and help students develop an understanding of appropriate appearance in the school setting. A student’s dress, grooming and appearance, including hair style/color, jewelry, make-up, and nails, shall:
Each building principal or their designee shall be responsible for informing all students and their parents of the student dress code at the beginning of the school year and any revisions to the Dress Code made during the school year. Students who violate the student dress code shall be required to modify their appearance by covering or removing the offending item and, if necessary or practical, replacing it with an acceptable item. Any student who refuses to do so shall be subject to discipline, up to and including out of school suspension for the day. Any student who repeatedly fails to comply with the Dress Code shall be subject to further discipline, up to and including out of school suspension.
Nothing in this Dress Code will be construed to limit the ability of students to dress and/or groom themselves in a way that allows them to express their gender identity, or to discipline students for doing so.
Nothing in this Dress Code will be construed to limit the ability of students to wear certain protective hairstyles (including but not limited to braids, locks and twists) or to wear their hair in a particular texture, or to discipline students for doing so.
Students are to conduct themselves in an appropriate and civil manner, with proper regard for the rights and welfare of other students, district personnel and other members of the school community, and for the care of facilities and equipment. Students who will not accept responsibility for their own behavior or who violate these school rules will be required to accept the consequences for their conduct. Students may be subject to logical consequences, restorative practices and/or disciplinary action, up to and including suspension from school or removal from a program, when they engage in conduct that is disorderly, insubordinate, disruptive, violent, endangers the safety, morals, health or welfare of others, engage in misconduct on the school bus, or engage in academic misconduct including work/internship sites.
The Board of Education is committed to facilitating an atmosphere on school property and at school functions that is safe and orderly. Accordingly, authorized district personnel may conduct searches and/or questioning of students n accordance with applicable Board of Education policy.
The Board welcomes parents and other district citizens to visit the district’s schools and classrooms; however, certain limits must be set for such visits:
All students are expected to promptly report violations of the code of conduct to a teacher, guidance counselor, the building principal or their designee. Any student observing or having knowledge of a student possessing a weapon, alcohol or illegal substance on school property or at a school function shall report this information immediately to a school official. District staff will impose disciplinary sanctions in a prompt, fair and lawful manner. Persons standing in the parental relationship to the student shall be notified of code violations by telephone, followed by a letter. The building principal or their designee must notify the appropriate local law enforcement agency of those code violations that constitute a crime and substantially affect the order or security of a school as soon as practical.
The attendance policy has been formalized as Board of Education Policy 7110 and is available on the district website Board Policies or by request from the district office. The district is an active partner with students and parents in the task of ensuring that all students meet or exceed the New York State Academic Standards. The district recognizes that consistent school attendance, academic success, and school completion have a positive correlation, and therefore has developed a Comprehensive Student Attendance Policy to meet the following objectives: a) Increase school completion for all students; b) Raise student achievement and close gaps in student performance; c) Identify attendance patterns in order to design attendance improvement efforts; d) Know the whereabouts of every student for safety and other reasons; e) Verify that individual students are complying with education laws relating to compulsory attendance; f) Determine the district's average daily attendance for state aid purposes.
Determination of Excused and Unexcused Absences, Tardiness and Early Departures. a) Excused: if due to personal illness, illness or death in the family, impassable roads due to inclement weather, religious observance, quarantine, required court appearances, attendance at health clinics, approved college visits, approved cooperative work programs, military obligations or other such reasons as may be approved by the Board of Education. b) Unexcused: if the reason for the lack of attendance does not fall into the above categories (e.g., family vacation, hunting, babysitting, haircut, obtaining learner’s permit, oversleeping).
A written excuse, signed by a parent/guardian in parental relation should be presented by the student when returning to school following each absence.
The full policy can be found on our website: Board Policies as Policy 7240, Student Records: Access and Challenge.
The Board of Education recognizes the importance of accurate student records and the need to maintain confidentiality in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). With respect to a student’s educational records, parents have the right to: (1) inspect and review the student’s education records; (2) request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate; (3) consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent; and (4) file a complaint with the U.S. Dept. of Education concerning alleged failures by the district to comply with FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA are: Family Policy Compliance office, U.S. Dept. of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-4605 School contact:
Shannon Mattice, Records Access Officer
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a federal law, requires that the Gouverneur Central School District, with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child’s education records. However, the district may release student information defined as "directory information" without written consent, unless otherwise notified by parents. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the district to include this type of information from your child’s education records in certain school publications. Examples include:
Directory information can also be disclosed to outside organizations, such as companies that manufacture class rings or publish yearbooks, without a parent's prior written consent. The district has designated the following information as directory information: Student’s name; Address; Telephone listing; Date/place of birth; Major field of study; Participation in officially recognized activities and sports; Weight and height of members of sports teams; The most recent educational agency or institution attended.
If you do not want the district to disclose directory information from your child’s education records without your prior written consent, notice of refusal must be sent in writing to Shannon Mattice, Records Access Officer, at 133 E. Barney St., Gouverneur, NY 13642 by Sept.15 of each year.
In accordance with federal law, the district must release secondary school students' names, addresses and telephone listings to military recruiters or institutions of higher education unless eligible students or parents/guardians request in writing that such information not be released. If you would not like this information released, please notify the High School Principal in writing by Sept. 30 of each year.
The full policy can be found on our website: Board Policies as Policy 7516, Student Privacy, Parental Access to Information, and Administration of Certain Physical Examinations to Minors.
The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment provides parents/guardians with certain rights regarding the conduct of surveys, collection and use of information for marketing purposes, and certain physical exams. In particular, if a survey is funded in whole or part by the U.S. Department of Education, parents/guardians have the right to consent before students are required to complete a survey that asks about any of eight protected areas: a) Political affiliations or beliefs; b) Mental or psychological problems; c) Sex behavior or attitudes; d) Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating or demeaning behavior; e) Critical appraisals of other individuals with whom respondents have close family relationships; f) Legally recognized privileged or analogous relationships, such as those of lawyers, physicians and ministers; g) Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs; or h) Income (other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance under such program). The following specific activities and surveys are covered under this requirement: The collection, disclosure, or use of personal information for marketing, sales or other distribution; administration of any protected information survey not funded by the Education Department; and any non-emergency, invasive physical examination or screening. Parents who believe their rights have been violated may file a complaint with: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Dept of Education, 400 Maryland Ave, SW, Washington, D.C. 20202-5901.
In accordance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations, the district does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected class or category in its education programs and activities or when making employment decisions. Further, the district prohibits discrimination and harassment on school property and at school functions on the basis of any legally protected class including, but not limited to: race, color, religion, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, military status, sex, age, and marital status.
Further, the district does not discriminate on any other basis prohibited by state or federal non-discrimination laws, and provides equal access to its facilities to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The school district will act to promptly, thoroughly, and equitably investigate all complaints of discrimination and will promptly take appropriate action to protect individuals from further discrimination.
A formal complaint may be filed in writing with the District’s Civil Rights Compliance Officer(s): Mr. Cory Wood, Gouverneur High School, 113 E. Barney St., Gouverneur NY 13642; 315-287-1900; email@example.com; or Ms. Carol LaSala, Gouverneur CSD, 133 E. Barney St., Gouverneur NY 13642; 315-287-4836; firstname.lastname@example.org.
The full policy can be found on our website: Board Policies as Policy 7532,Dignity for All Students.
The district seeks to create an environment free of harassment, bullying, and discrimination; to foster civility in its schools; and to prevent conduct that is inconsistent with its educational mission.
The district, therefore, prohibits all forms of harassment and bullying of students by employees or other students on school property and at school functions. The district further prohibits discrimination against students, including, but not limited to, discriminatory acts based on a person's actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or sex by employees or other students on school property, at school functions, and in certain instances off school property. The district will promptly respond to reports of harassment, bullying, and/or discrimination of students, ensure that all investigations are conducted within a reasonably prompt time frame and under a predictable fair grievance process that provides due process protections, and impose disciplinary measures and implement remedies when warranted.
To make a report, contact any Dignity Act Coordinator (DAC). All district employees who witness or receive an oral or written report of harassment, bullying, and/or discrimination are required to make an oral report not later than one school day after to the Superintendent or Principal, their designee, or the DAC. All incidents are thoroughly investigated.
If a report is investigated through the proper channels and it is determined to NOT be a case of bullying or harassment, the district and school administration will work with those involved to reach a mutually agreeable solution to the problem. The District’s Dignity Act Coordinators are:
The full policy can be found on our website: Board Policies as Policy 5693, Pest Management & Pesticide Use.
The Gouverneur Central School district uses an Integrated Pest Management approach to control weeds, structural and landscape pests and to minimize pesticide exposure to students, employees and visitors. The district will maintain a list of those people who wish to receive forty-eight (48) hour notice before pesticide applications and will deliver such notice in a timely fashion to all affected. To receive these notifications, please send a written request to Harold Simmons, GCSD pesticide representative, at 133 E. Barney St., Gouverneur NY 13642, or email@example.com.
In accordance with the Federal EPA Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA), all public and private K-12 schools in the United States are required to inspect their facilities for asbestos. An additional requirement of the regulations is that parents and staff are to be informed that the inspection was done.
A copy of the AHERA management plan is in the Main Office and available for your inspection. For additional information or questions, contact Harold Simmons, Director of Facilities in the Gouverneur Central School Office at 315-287-1013.
The district is committed to maintaining the privacy and security of student data and teacher and principal data. In accordance with New York Education Law Section 2-d and its implementing regulations, the following is a summary of the district’s Parents’ Bill of Rights. The entire document and supplemental information can be found on our website at https://sites.google.com/gcsk12.org/gcsd-edlaw2-d.
Students in temporary housing (i.e., homeless children and youth) will have access to the same free and appropriate public education, including public preschool education, as other students, as well as access to educational and other services necessary to be successful in school.
The district has designated Shannon Mattice, Chief Information Officer (315-287-4836, Option 4) as the district liaison for students in temporary housing (otherwise referred to as the McKinney-Vento liaison). The district's McKinney-Vento liaison serves as one of the primary contacts between families experiencing homelessness and school staff, district personnel, shelter workers, and other service providers. The McKinney-Vento liaison coordinates services to ensure that homeless children and youth enroll in school and have the opportunity to succeed.
The district will provide free meals to all children identified as homeless. They do not have to complete a free or reduced-price meal application. When the McKinney-Vento liaison or a shelter director provides a child's name to the district's school food service office, free school meals will commence immediately.
The district will provide services to students in temporary housing comparable to those offered to other students in the district, including: transportation services; educational services for which the child or youth meets the relevant criteria, such as services provided under Title I or similar state or local programs; educational programs for students with disabilities; educational programs for English learners; programs in career and technical education; programs for gifted and talented students; and school nutrition programs.
Information about a student in temporary housing's living situation will be treated as a student education record and will not be deemed to be directory information under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). A parent/guardian or unaccompanied youth may consent to the release of a student's address information in the same way they would for other student education records under FERPA.
GCSD uses FamilyID for sports sign-ups. This provides a convenient way to sign up for one or more sports for all family members throughout the school year. Click the "Sports Signups" link on our website to enroll or access your current account.
This act is s a new law as of July 1, 2022. This law requires schools, students, and parents/guardians have information on sudden cardiac arrest risks, signs, and symptoms. To decrease any chance of SCA in a student, the Interval Health History for Athletics must be completed and signed by a parent/guardian before each sports season unless a physical examination has been conducted within 30 days before the start of the season.
The law also requires any student who has signs and symptoms of pending SCA be removed from athletic activity until seen by a physician. The physician must provide written clearance to the school for the student to be able to return to athletics. Additional information will be provided to all student athletes and their families prior to the start of their sports season, or you may contact Beverly Martin, Head of Health Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 315-287-1902.
Questions may be directed to the State Education Department’s Office of Student Support Services at email@example.com or 518-486-6090.
Please note the following key points regarding transportation of students:
Schools are responsible for providing bus transportation for students residing in their districts and who are eligible for such services.
While there is no requirement for schools to provide transportation to more than one residence, Gouverneur CSD’s policy is to provide transportation for a child to two locations if so requested in writing by a child’s parent or legal guardian.
Temporary Changes in Busing Arrangements - When circumstances of an urgent nature arise which necessitate a change in the normal busing arrangement for a child, the appropriate school office must receive written notice of a requested change no later than 11 a.m. the morning of the requested change. After 11 a.m., written emergency requests must be presented in person by the parent/guardian or person previously authorized as an emergency contact for the child. In the interest of student safety, telephone calls, voicemails, texts, or faxes will not be accepted to change a child’s busing arrangement.
All bus changes must be provided to the appropriate school office, not the bus driver or monitor.