6 months ago
It is the opinion of the School Administration and staff that regular attendance in all classes is essential to the learning process and establishes good work habits. Therefore, students are expected to be in attendance every day of the school year. Parents/guardians have a legal responsibility to ensure that their child or children are in attendance each day school is in session.
A student must be at school or at a school-related activity (e.g., field trip) for at least half the school day to be counted as present.
Homeless Coordinator- Liason.
6 months ago
Homeless Assistance Act
The McKinney-Vento Assistance Act ensures education rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness.
The term “homeless children and youth” is defined as follows:
- individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence or have a primary nighttime residence in a supervised, publicly or privately, operated shelter for temporary accommodations (including welfare hotels, congregate shelters, and transitional housing for the mentally ill), an institution providing temporary residence for individuals intended to be institutionalized, or a public or private place not designated for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.
This definition shall include:
- children and youth who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals; or are awaiting foster care placement;
- children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;
- children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings;
- migratory children (as such term is defined in section 1309 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965) who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above; and
- unaccompanied youth a youth not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian.
In addition, according to McKinney-Vento, a fixed residence is one that is stationary, permanent, and not subject to change. A regular residence is one which is used on a regular (i.e., nightly) basis. An adequate residence is one that is sufficient for meeting both the physical and psychological needs typically met in home environments. Therefore, children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate residence will be considered homeless.
Enroll and enrollment shall mean attending classes and participating fully in school activities.
School of origin shall mean the school the child or youth attended when permanently housed, or the school in which the child or youth was last enrolled.
For assistance, please call:
180 Broadway Street
Chicopee, MA 01020
Tel. 413-594-1450, Cell: 413-454-2950
School Choice Policy
6 months ago
SCHOOL CHOICE PROGRAM
The School Choice Program allows a parent to enroll his or her child in a school district that is not the child's home district. Because of space limitations, not all school districts accept out-of-district students under this program. Every year the school committee in each school district decides whether it will accept new enrollments under this program and, if so, in what grades.
In Chicopee, the school committee decides whether the district will participate in the School Choice Program in the spring. It is advisable to contact the Attendance Department in advance, generally during the month of April prior to the year in which you want to enroll your child. If you are interested in having your child attend Chicopee Public Schools under this program, you should contact our Attendance Department at 413-594-3522 or 413-594-1450 at that time.
Chicopee Public Schools requires the submission of an application. If more students apply than there are spaces available, the district will hold a lottery to select which students will be admitted. A sibling of a child currently attending Chicopee Public School under the School Choice Program will receive preference in the admissions lottery. Parents will be notified in writing of the lottery results before the end of the school year.
Once your child is accepted into Chicopee Public Schools under the School Choice Program, he or she is entitled to attend Chicopee Public Schools until high school graduation or until the program is discontinued by the state. You do not have to reapply each year.
If during your tenure as a student in the Chicopee Public Schools under the School Choice Program, M.G.L. c. 76 §12B, you happen to move into the city of Chicopee and become a resident or move to a different city, please immediately notify your school or the Attendance Department at 413-594-3522.
Transportation is not provided for students attending our district under this program. You are responsible for getting your child to and from the school in a timely manner.
School Starting Time
Elementary 8:30 - 2:38
Middle and High 7:41 - 2:08
A Parent's Guide to Educational Choices in Massachusetts
DESE School Finance: School Choice