Guilford Goes Back to School Aug. 28

Guilford students return to the classroom on Thursday, Aug. 28. Guilford Public Schools has provided the Courier with important information ranging from anti-discrimination to weather delay policies. For even more information, check back next week for information on new faculty members and visit the schools' website, www.guilfordschools.org, for more details, including bus schedules.

Physical Exams Required of Students

Students entering kindergarten and grades 3, 6, and 10 are required to have a physical examination, meet proof of immunity requirements, and must submit a completed blue physical form. Students in grades 3, 6, and 10 have the entire school year to return their completed exam report. The completed exam report for kindergarten students is to be returned to the school nurse before the first day of school, Thursday, Aug. 28. Kindergarten physicals performed 12 to 15 months prior to entry into kindergarten are acceptable, provided all mandated information is complete and submitted on the blue State of Connecticut Health Assessment Record form. Parents/guardians of incoming kindergarteners are encouraged to submit the physical form as soon as possible to be sure all required information is complete.

Students participating in Adams and Guilford High School (GHS) athletics must have a completed physical form on file. The revised, three page, State blue form, (4/11 or 4/12) may be used to meet the requirement for athletes. For Adams, upon selection to a team, the student must have a current physical examination form filed with the school nurse before the first competition in order to continue participation. For GHS, a current physical must be on file before the first tryout or practice. The examination expires 13 months from the date of the examination. When the physical examination expires, the student-athlete is athletically ineligible to practice and/or compete. All freshmen, new high school athletes, and juniors in some sports must also take ImPACT.

For more information regarding physical examination/athletic requirements, please contact your respective school nurse.

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Guilford Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, marital status, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, or disability in its programs, activities, and employment practices and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries related to sex discrimination or harassment should be directed to Jason J. Beaudin, Assistant Superintendent, 701 New England Rd., Guilford, CT 06437 or 203-458-6666, ext. 27; inquiries related to disabilities should be directed to Virginia Brown, Director of Pupil Services, 280 South Union St., Guilford, CT or 203-453-0128.

Guilford Public Schools Transportation Information

Guilford school buses and vans will begin their regular 2014-2015 schedules on the first day of school, Thursday, Aug. 28. There are no late buses. Bus route information has been posted on the Guilford Public Schools website at www.guilfordschools.org/transportation.

All drivers are reminded to slow down and practice extreme caution when driving past students waiting for buses and vans and when driving on or near school property. When a bus or van has amber lights flashing, it will be a signal to a driver that the bus or van will be coming to a full stop on the red flashing lights. The red flashing lights indicate that all traffic must come to a full stop from both directions.

Transportation Guidelines

• All times are approximate and may vary plus or minus six to seven minutes. Students should be waiting at the designated stop 7 to 11 minutes prior to the scheduled pick up time to assure that they will be seen by the driver.

• During the first several weeks of school, routes and times may be adjusted to assure timely arrival at schools.

• Pick up and drop off locations are determined by the Board of Education based on safety conditions in consultation with the Student Transportation of America (STA) safety director and the Guilford Police Department.

• On occasion, buses will run late due to such things as mechanical breakdowns, inclement weather or driver shortage.

• Parents are responsible for the supervision of their children until they board the bus, after which the Board of Education assumes supervisory responsibility. In the afternoon, parents assume supervisory responsibility when students get off the bus.

• Kindergarten students will be dropped off only if the driver can see an adult. If no adult is visible, the driver will radio the bus yard dispatcher who will call the home. If there is still no adult available, the student will be returned to the school.

• Pick-ups and drop-offs of students at non-home addresses (day care, etc.) are available on a route and space-available basis.

Parents should direct questions or concerns to their respective school principal, STA Transit at 203-453-9056, or Transportation Coordinator Nils Peterson at 203-458-0001.

Emergency Situations

The Guilford Public Schools will use the following means of communication during an emergency situation provided it can access power:

• A SchoolMessenger emergency message will be sent to all email and telephone contacts provided to GPS by parents and guardians.

• Updates will be posted on our website at www.guilfordschools.org

• Updates will be posted on our local access television Channel 19

• A voice mail message will be available at 203-453-8200 and 203-453-8201

2014-2015 Bus Schedules

Bus schedules will no longer be mailed to students' homes. They are now available on the Guilford Public School's website at www.guilfordschools.org/transportation.

Guilford Public Schools understands that there are families who may not have access to a computer or a printer. Printed copies of the bus schedules are available at each school, at the Guilford Public Schools central offices at 55 Park Street and 701 New England Road, and at Student Transportation of America, 130 Hubbard Road.

If you have any questions, please contact Transportation Coordinator Nils Peterson at 203-458-0001 or Student Transportation of America at 203-453-9056.

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