LONGMEADOW PUBLIC SCHOOLS | 535 BLISS ROAD | LONGMEADOW, MA 01106 | P 413-565-4200 | F 413-565-4215
FOOD SERVICE INFORMATION
REGISTRATION & ENROLLMENT OF STUDENTS
Please note the Central Office has temporarily moved to Longmeadow High School for the summer, 2023. Please enter through the LHS main door, 95 Grassy Gutter Rd.
*For students residing with one parent, the district must receive a copy of an Order of the Probate Court designating current physical custody of the student.
BUS TRANSPORTATION 2023-24
BUS TRANSPORTATION FOR 2023-2024
ALERTS & HOME-TO-SCHOOL MESSAGING
Longmeadow Public Schools uses the SchoolMessenger service for school-to-parent communication which allows for periodic and personalized messages to be sent by telephone, email and text message. There is no need to sign up for this service as we use the phone numbers and email addresses you provide during registration. To verify or make changes to the information we have on file, please use the PowerSchool Public Portal. For more information about the portal, please contact your school office.
If you wish to exclude certain numbers from the School Messenger system you may do so in the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Please keep in mind that excluding a phone number from the system prevents that number from receiving any messages, including emergency messages.
WELLNESS POLICY & PARENT INFORMATION
By supporting healthy eating and physical activity, the Longmeadow public schools provides school environments that promote and protect children's health, well-being, and ability to learn. Schools contribute to the basic health of students and staff by facilitating learning through the support and promotion of good nutrition, physical activity, and positive dietary and lifestyle practices. In compliance with recommendations by the Massachusetts departments of Elementary and Secondary Education and Public Health, the Longmeadow School Committee approved a wellness policy in 2006. The policy outlines the district's ongoing commitment in support of wellness in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, and other school-based activities. We believe community participation and parental support is essential to the policy's success.
Additionally, students with serious food allergies are on the rise and we must take responsible steps to ensure their safety by exercising control over the food products that are distributed to children in school.
With this in mind, parents are asked for their cooperation in not bringing baked goods from home to be shared at school. However, store bought, packaged items, will be allowed as long as they comply with the wellness policy's nutritional guidelines and the ingredients are listed on the package. The nutritional guidelines state that snacks be 2 ounces in size or less and that they contain no more than 10 grams of fat per serving. Additionally, they must contain no nuts, including peanuts.
The policy highlights are summarized here:
No baked goods from home. Store bought foods must follow guidelines from the Wellness policy.
Only 100% juice, water or milk will be allowed for school/classroom celebrations
No candy is allowed
The Wellness Policy and the Parent Packet are posted below.
Bullying & Prevention
Longmeadow Public Schools is committed to providing all students with a safe learning environment that is free from bullying and cyber-bullying. We seek to eliminate all forms of bullying and other harmful and disruptive behavior that may impede the learning process. This commitment is an integral part of our mission as a learning community. Posted below you will find the full Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan, an incident reporting form, and parent guides.
The Superintendent must certify that a Home Schooling program meets the minimum standards established for public schools in the Commonwealth prior to approving such a program.
When a parent or guardian of a student below the age of 16 wants to establish a home-based educational program for his/her child, the following procedures shall be followed in accordance with the law:
Prior to removing the child from public school:
The parent/guardian must submit written notification to the Superintendent of the parent’s/guardian’s intent to establish a home-based educational program. The notice must be provided as early as possible, but no fewer than 21 calendar days, before the program is established. The notification must be resubmitted on an annual basis as long as the parent/guardian seeks to continue to educate the child in a home-based environment.
The parent/guardian must certify in writing, on a form provided by the District, the name, age, place of residence, and number of hours of attendance per academic year of each child in the program and must submit a proposed curriculum for each child in the program.
The Superintendent, in deciding whether or not to approve a proposed home education program, may consider the following factors:
1. The proposed curriculum and the number of hours of instruction in each of the proposed subjects.
2. The competency of the individual(s) designated to teach the child/children.
3. The textbooks, workbooks and other instructional aides to be used by the child/children and the lesson plans and teaching manuals to be used by the individual(s) designated to teach the child/children.
4. Periodic standardized testing of the child/children to ensure educational progress and the attainment of minimum standards.
A home-based educational program must be approved by the Superintendent before a parent/guardian may remove the child from the District. To obtain the Superintendent’s approval of a proposed educational program, the parent/guardian must demonstrate that the home-based educational program proposal meets the requirements of G.L. c. 76, § 1 by providing instruction that is equal in thoroughness, efficiency, and progress to the education provided in the District. The Superintendent may designate the Director of Pupil Services to review the proposed plan and make a recommendation as to whether the proposed plan should be approved. Parents/guardians shall have an opportunity to explain their proposed plan to the Superintendent or designee, including presenting witnesses on their behalf.
Any approval or rejection by the Superintendent of an application to establish a home-based educational program is subject to review by the School Committee.
A rejection by the Superintendent shall detail the reasons for such rejection and provide an opportunity for the parents/guardians to revise their proposal to remedy inadequacies.
A student being educated in a home-based program within the District may have access to public school activities of either a curricular or extracurricular nature upon approval of the Superintendent.
A parent/guardian in charge of home instruction should make provision for regular testing or the use of other indicators of student progress such as standardized achievement tests, periodic progress reports, or dated work samples.
Within thirty (30) calendar days of the ending date of the home instruction year, as indicated on the home instruction application form, the parent/guardian shall submit a completed home instruction summary form to the Superintendent. This summary form must be returned to the School District office before annual approval of home instruction can be made for any succeeding year. The home instruction summary form must include either a summary of home testing results for each required subject for each child or a summary of the alternate indicators of student progress for each required subject for each child.
The Superintendent will act in a responsible, cooperative manner to ensure that all students, including children in home education programs, in the School District receive competent, adequate instruction. If the Superintendent determines that a home instruction situation is inadequate, a conference between the parent/guardian and the Superintendent or the Superintendent’s designee will be scheduled to find mutually acceptable ways to correct any deficiency. If deficiencies in a home education situation are not corrected or the proper annual application or summary is not completed by the parents or legal guardian, an appropriate referral will be made.
LEGAL REFS.: M.G.L. 69:1D; 76:1, Care and Protection of Charles, 399 Mass. 324 (1987)
TO APPLY FOR HOME EDUCATION
Notification must be made to the Superintendent of schools by parents of their intent to home-school their child/children.
On behalf of the Superintendent, the Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, will process the notification and send the proposing parents/guardians a copy of the relevant policy and the associated regulation and exhibit.
For a child to be home schooled, parents must submit the completed Home Education application and the proposed curriculum plan to the Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment.
Parents may be asked to meet with the Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment to review the proposal and curriculum plan.
The Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment will review the proposal and curriculum plan and consult with the school principal (and the Superintendent of Schools) when appropriate.
The Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment will recommend approval/disapproval or modification of the curriculum plan to the Superintendent of Schools.
The Superintendent of Schools will approve/request modification of/deny the home education plan based on the proposed program's demonstrated ability to provide adequate education comparable to that of the Longmeadow Public Schools.
A letter of approval/request for modification/denial will be sent to the parents/guardian under the signature of the Superintendent of Schools. If the plan is denied or a request for modification is made, parents/guardians will be notified of the reasons(s) for the request or denial and be given the opportunity to resubmit the adjusted proposal.
Individual records for student with approved Home Education Plans will be updated annually and kept on file in the ' Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment office.