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1 Sabre Drive, Schenectady, NY 12306 • Phone: 518.355.6110 Fax: 518.355.8720

HS Student Handbook

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Secretary, Mrs. McKeon: 355-6110 ext.3047

School Counselors: Mr. Bailey, Ms. Banner, Mr. Loiacono

School counselors provide an organized program of counseling, instruction and consultation to all students. This includes an annual review of each student’s progress, college and career guidance and planning, academic advisement and
counseling services and opportunities for parental involvement.

Students are informed of the visitations of college admissions staff, armed services recruiters and prospective employers through the daily bulletin. The times and dates of the visits of these personnel are also available in the Guidance Office.

Parents and students are encouraged to attend these

Working Papers

Students under 18 years of age need working papers to be employed. The guidance secretary will supply the forms and information needed. If students plan to work during the summer, they should get working papers before school closes in June.

 Homework Requests for Absent Students

When a student is absent for a day or two, the homework assignments may be obtained by calling friends, if possible. When a student is absent for more than a few days, it is17 recommended that a request for homework be made through
the Guidance Office. Assignments can be picked up in the Guidance Office after 2:00 P.M. the day after the request.

Social Workers: Mr. Condemi

A social worker is available to students and parents to assist with issues, which may interfere with a student’s education. This offers strictly confidential services including referral to community agencies as desired. The social worker may be reached by contacting the Guidance Office.

School Psychologist: Ms. Shapiro, 355-6110 ext 3202

A school psychologist is available to staff and parents to assist with issues, which may interfere with a student’s education. The school psychologist may conduct educational testing as agreed to by the parents to assess a student’s learning ability. The school psychologist may be reached by contacting the Main Office.


This section is intended to advise parents, legal guardians and students of their rights with respect to the school records pursuant to the Federal FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974). Rights under FERPA regarding access to student records:

A. Student records will be maintained for use by appropriate district personnel in developing the best possible educational program for each student.

B. Parents or legal guardians are entitled to inspect the student’s cumulative record.

C. Access to permanent student records is available to authorized school personnel and to the student’s parents or legal guardian in consultation with school officials.

D. The parent or legal guardian is afforded the opportunity, through a hearing to challenge the accuracy content of the child’s records. A student over the age of
18 is given these same rights.

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Nurse - Mrs. VanEtten 355-6110 ext. 3041

Health Office

The Health Office has many functions, most of which center around the health, safety, and well-being of the student body. These functions include:

  • Attend to the daily medical needs of the student body.
  • Run tests on student vision and hearing
  • Supervise athletic and school physical exams
  • Administer prescription drugs to students
  • Maintain student medical records
  • Attend to all accidents and emergencies
  • Contact doctors and hospitals concerning students’ health
    problems in emergency situations.

Students who have working parents must file the parents’ work phone numbers or that of a close relative with the Health Office and Main Office each September as requested. Emergency contact cards must be completed and returned to the nurse every year.


If a student becomes ill at school, the student should report to the Health Office immediately after obtaining permission from the staff member in charge. When students arrive at the nurse’s office they must sign in the log book. This is the only proof that you were in the Health Office.


Students who are required to take medication of any kind during school hours are to report this fact to the Health Office by a note from the parent, stating specifics about the use of the medication. This requirement is prescribed by New York State Education Law and is inclusive of aspirin, vitamins and cough medications. Such medication is to be stored and administered in the Health Office under the supervision of the school nurse.

Dispensing of Medication in the School Setting

In order for the school nurse to give your child medication (prescription or over the counter) during school hours, all of the following requirements must be met:

1. All medications must be in their original pharmacy containers, which are properly labeled with the following information:

a. Student’s name

b. Name of medication

c. Prescribing doctor’s name

d. Dose

e. Time of dose to be given

2. An ORIGINAL SIGNED NOTE from the prescribing physician containing all of the information below:

a. Student’s name

b. Name of medication

c. Dose and time to be administered

d. Reason for prescribing the medication

e. Adverse reactions that need to be observed and reported

3. A signed note from the parent giving the school nurse permission to dispense the medication as prescribed by the doctor with the same information as the physician’s note.

4. All medication must be hand delivered to the school nurse by a parent or other responsible adult. Students are not allowed to carry medications to and from school, have medications with them during the school day or in their lockers, backpacks or pocketbooks.

Immunization Policy

New students and transfer students are required by state law to produce evidence of immunization for the following diseases: measles, rubella (German or 3 day measles), polio, diphtheria and mumps. They will not be admitted to school
until such evidence is produced.


All injuries to students or staff while at school must be reported to the Health Office as soon as possible after the occurrence. The school nurse will inspect the injury and take the necessary steps, including the filing of an accident report.
In emergencies, Rotterdam ambulance service will be called and the parent will be notified along with the family physician, if necessary.

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Cafeteria Services

Food Service Director: Mrs. Heller  355-9200 ext 4020

Breakfast Program

Breakfast items may be purchased from 7:20 A.M. to 7:33 A.M. Students who have study halls may request permission from their study hall teacher to purchase breakfast items during periods 2 (8:40 – 8:55) and 3 (9:40 to 9:50).

Lunch Program

There are three lunch periods designated as Lunch 5, Lunch 6 and Lunch 7. The lunch periods run from 10:45 A.M. to 11:16 P.M.; 11:30 to 12:01 and from 12:15 P.M. to 12:46 P.M. A student is allowed only one lunch period daily.

Cafeteria Rules

Each student is expected to practice the general rules of good manners. Students are expected to:

1. Observe good dining room standards at the table.

2. Leave the table and the surrounding area clean and orderly.

3. Put trash in the proper containers.

4. Do not leave the cafeteria while eating or carrying food.

5. All food must be eaten in the cafeteria only.

 Students Are Not Allowed To Purchase Food Or Drinks From The Vending Machines Or Cafeteria  Between Classes.

 Food Or Drink Is Not To Be Taken From The Cafeteria.

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School Librarian: Mrs. O’Keeffe

Hours: Monday, Tuesday & Thursday- 7:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. & Wednesday and Friday - 7:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M.

During the school day and after school, students must have a pass to use the library and are expected to remain in the library for the entire period. Passes must state the academic material that the student will be completing while in the library.

Students may stay after school in the library only if they have a pre-signed pass from a teacher, or prior permission from the librarian. Students must sign into the library in order to be counted as being in attendance.

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The school resource officer (SRO) program is a nationally accepted program involving the placement of a law enforcement officer within the educational environment on several different levels. The officer is involved in a variety of

  •  As a visible, active law enforcement figure on campus dealing with any law related issues.
  •  As a classroom resource for instruction in the following areas: law related education, violence diffusion, safety programs, alcohol and drug prevention, crime prevention
    and other areas.· As a member of the faculty and administration team working hand in hand to solve problems in the school community.
  •  As a resource for the students, which will enable students to be associated with a law enforcement figure in the student’s community.
  •  As a resource to teachers, parents and the students for conferences on an individual basis, dealing with individual problems or questions.
  •  As a counseling resource in areas which may affect the educational environment but may be of a law related nature.

The officers are in the schools to serve as resources to students, teachers, parents, non-instructional staff, administrators and the community at large. A major part of their school day is spent walking through the halls, dropping into the cafeteria, visiting classrooms by invitation, and visiting the library, study halls and in-school suspension rooms.

Officers may also chaperone dances, concerts, assist with school club activities, and assist instructional and support staff in reviewing and improving security procedures. Officers will respond to non-student trespassers on campus, responding to a direct request for help that results in averting potential
problems, assist in the drug and alcohol unit in health class and provide career advice.

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