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Dress Code

Students are required to dress in a reasonable and responsible manner.  We encourage parents to see that their children are dressed appropriately at all times.  The purpose of the student dress code is to ensure that students, parents, staff members, and members of the community will not be distracted, harassed, intimidated, or offended by student dress.  Inappropriate dress would consist of, but is not restricted to:


- Items that promote drugs, alcohol, or tobacco

- Items with profane or sexually suggestive writing/pictures / images

- Items that exhibit involvement in gangs

- Items in conflict with community standards, district policy, or state law

- Halter tops, tube tops, or clothing that exposes the  midriffs or back

- Chains, handcuffs, spikes, leather and other metal paraphernalia


It is explicitly recognized that circumstances may cause the school to modify its dress code and appearance expectations.  In those cases, parents and students will be provided notice in advance of the effective date of the change.

During snowy, cold or windy weather, appropriate boots, hats, gloves/mittens, ski pants, and warm jackets are requested.  Students should bring in an additional pair of sneakers or shoes with their boots so that winter footwear might be removed during the day.  Questions regarding the dress code should be directed to the building administration.

Students are scheduled for daily recess periods and need to be prepared for the variety and fluctuation of New England weather.




The only time students should bring toys, games, pets, etc. to school is when their teacher instructs them to do so or gives them permission. 

The following are some examples of specific toys/items that are not allowed at EDMES: trading cards, electronic pets, yo-yos, laser pointers, toy guns and toy knives.  Under no circumstances are firearms, ammunition (live or spent), weapons, pyrotechnics (e.g. fireworks, caps etc.) allowed on school property.

Objects transported to school on school buses have to fit on the lap of students or are deemed unsafe.




The use of cell phones, electronic games, iPods (or music players), cameras and similar non-instructional devices is prohibited during school hours.  Optimally, such devices should stay home.  The opportunity to use such devices during the school day is limited (unless specifically instructed by the teacher).  At recess time, it is important for the children to participate in some type of physical and ‘face to face’ social activity.

Recognizing that we are in the digital era and cell phones are a very useful tool in our world, it is important that if your child does bring a cell phone to school the following rules are followed:

Cell phones and personal music devices remain off and packed in the backpack throughout the school day (unless specifically instructed by the teacher).

Cell phones and personal music devices remain off and packed in the backpack while on the bus (unless specifically instructed by the bus driver).

The school is NOT responsible for any personal electronic devices being lost, stolen, or broken.

These rules and guidelines about cell phones and electronic devices are to help ensure the safety and integrity of other students at school.  When the phones/devices are off and put away they cannot be used to take pictures and/or send inappropriate messages.  If a child is unable to follow these basic guidelines, parents will be notified for a meeting to discuss other options.  The office and classroom telephones are used during school hours.



Students in grades four and five only may ride their bicycles to school. Bicycles must be locked in the rack provided when unattended. All students riding bicycles must have written parental consent provided to the school office. Forms for permission to ride bicycles may be obtained from the child’s teacher or from the office. 

All bicycle riders should be instructed by parents to:

- Use a bicycle helmet.

- Ride with the flow of traffic.

- Ride in a single line.

- Never ride a passenger.

- Always walk the bicycle on school property.

- Go straight home after school and “check in” before meeting friends.

Skateboards and roller blades are prohibited from use on any school property or in any school building.


In order to create a safe and positive atmosphere for everyone in our schools, we expect students to conduct themselves in an orderly, courteous, and responsible manner. Students are expected to respect the rights and property of others. Students will refrain from the following, as well as other inappropriate behaviors: 

- Sale, use, or possession of alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, energy drinks or imitations

- Possession of dangerous objects 

- Harassment

- Vandalism

- Theft

- Fighting or roughhousing

- Throwing objects

- Obscene language or materials

- Improper attire

PUPIL SAFETY AND VIOLENCE PREVENTION - BULLYING (copy of policy can be found in back of handbook)

It is the policy of the Derry Cooperative School District that its students have an educational setting that is safe, secure, peaceful, and free from student harassment also known as bullying or cyberbullying.  The School Board recognize that out-of-school and off-campus conduct is not normally the concert of the School Board.  However, the School Board also recognizes that some out-of-school and off-campus conduct may have an adverse effect upon the school, students, school property, or school staff.  The School District will not tolerate unlawful harassment of any type and conduct that constitutes bullying or cyberbullying as defined herein is prohibited.  Retaliation or false accusations against a victim, witness, or anyone else who in good faith provides information about an act of bullying or cyberbullying is prohibited.  All students are protected regardless of their status under the law.  Any person violating this policy may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.  Each building principal is responsible for the implementation of this law. 

Bullying Defined:  “Bullying” is a single significant incident or a pattern of incidents involving a written, verbal, or electronic communication; or a physical act or gesture; or any combination thereof, directed at another student which: a) physically harms a student or damages the student’s property; b) causes emotional distress to a student; c) interferes with a student’s education opportunities; d) creates a hostile educational environment; e) substantially disrupts the orderly operation of the school.  “Bullying” includes actions motivated by an imbalance of power based on a student’s actual or perceived personal characteristics, behaviors, or beliefs; or motivated by the student’s association with another person and based on the other person’s characteristics, behaviors, or beliefs.

East Derry Memorial Elementary School’s Behavior Matrix (Revised 09/18/12)  





Arrival/ Dismissal in hallways and foyer

 *  Use quiet voices

*  Walk directly to destination


* Go to the end of the line


* Respect personal space

* Keep all personal belongings in backpack


*  Keep hands/feet to self


*  Raise hand for permission to leave line





* Use QUIET voices (also called 2 inch voice or whisper)


* Respect & follow the directions of the adults on duty

* Make sure you have everything you need for dismissal in your back pack before leaving the classroom.


* Walk directly to bus line from classroom. Respect personal space and belongings


* Pay attention and remain in line to ensure you get on the correct bus

* Keep all personal belongings in backpack


 * Keep hands/feet to self


 * Stay in single file lines all the way to the bus


* Look ahead while walking.








* Be kind, be fair, and share.


*Take turns


*Follow adult direction.


*Stay in designated areas.


*  Use school equipment only.


*  Bring it out, bring it back in.

*Run in sandy areas and on basketball courts only.


* Shoes with backs on play ground equipment/ Use equipment safely


*Follow the rules of game.


*Report unsafe behavior (The 5 B’s-blood, bruised, broken, bullying, blue)




* Use indoor voices


* Use good manners


 * Respect personal space

* Follow adult direction


*Clean up after self


*Be prepared to eat/ Be prepared to leave


*Lights out-hand up-voices silent

*Walk at all times


*Raise hand and wait for adult direction.


*Sit properly



* Sit on your bottom


*Look and listen to presenter

*Listen and follow adult direction.


*Show appreciation by clapping.

* Stay in assigned place


*Keep hands and feet to self




*  Silent voices


*  Allow others to pass through

*  Keep feet on floor


*  Respect personal space

*  Walk directly to destination

* Sign in and out of classroom if leaving without group.


*  Keep hands/feet to self

*  Stay to the right in single file


*  Look ahead while walking



*  Respect privacy for self  and others


*  Indoor voices

*  Always flush


*  Use bathroom time wisely


*  Keep bathroom clean

*  Notify adults if a problem


*  Wash hands


*  Use facilities appropriately




*  Use active listening skills


*  Work in your own personal space


*  Respect the differences/

opinions of others

*  Be prepared


*  Take ownership for actions


*  Listen to and follow directions

*  Know emergency procedures


*  Follow classroom rules


*  Use classroom supplies and equipment correctly



Indoor Recess


*  Use indoor voices


*  Choose a quiet activity


*  Put games away neatly and in correct space

*  Walk


*  Keep doorways clear/ Stay in classroom


*  Report unsafe behavior




*  Use indoor voices


*  Follow bus driver’s directions

*  Keep bus clean


*  Keep aisles clear

*  Sit on bottoms


*  Stay in seat/ Hands & feet to self


*   Keep feet out of aisles/ head & hands inside bus.

Field Trips

                          * Please refer

to assembly, classroom, &

bus procedures

         Voice Levels:
Silent = NO Talking; Quiet Voice = 2” Voice (Whisper); Indoor Voice = Telephone Voice; Outdoor Voice = Loud Voice




Students who are kept after school hours for disciplinary reasons will be provided twenty-four hours written notice, and parents will be called.  The student must return the written notice, signed by a parent, indicating that transportation home has been arranged.  It is the responsibility of the parent, not the school, to arrange transportation home in such cases. 




Any student who, in the opinion of the building administration, would benefit from in-school suspension may be so disciplined.  The in-school suspension will last no longer than five days or the same informal hearing procedures that apply to out-of-school suspensions will apply.

 The following guidelines will be observed:

  - Students will be assigned to a special in-school area where they will be adequately supervised at all times.  The classroom teacher will see that the student has textbooks and class work assignments.

 - The administration will notify the parent or guardian by telephone if their child has been placed in in-school suspension, and will follow up this verbal communication in writing.   A reason for the in-school suspension will be given.

- Students may not participate in extracurricular activities while they are under in-school suspension, but they will receive credit for work satisfactorily completed during the suspension period.    




It is administrative prerogative to remove a student from his/her present school setting because of willful conduct which materially and substantially disrupts the rights of others to an education, or willful conduct which endangers the student, staff, other students, or the property of the school is affirmed, provided that such action is taken with due regard for the welfare of both the individual and the school.  School attendance may be temporarily denied to individuals by the administrative act of suspension, but expulsion and exclusion can be placed in effect only through the specific action of the Board of Education.

The right to attend school is a civil right, fully recognized in the courts.  It is not an absolute right, however, but is one which an individual possesses until the exercise of this right becomes damaging to the rights of others.  The right of one person to attend school must not place in serious jeopardy the opportunity of others to profit from school.

No student will be recommended for expulsion or exclusion and a hearing set until a report is made to the Superintendent.  All expulsion or exclusion procedures will support student due process rights as outlined in school board policy JFAR.


The major concern with bus transportation is for the safety and well being of all children. Inappropriate behavior on a school bus can create potentially dangerous situations for all passengers.  It is of the utmost importance that students follow the expectations provided in the EDD Way Behavior Matrix. In addition:


1.  Children may ride only on their own bus. (Unless a bus pass is assigned.)-Any parent requesting that his/her child ride an alternate bus must request so in writing to the office.

2.  The students must remain seated until the bus comes to a complete stop.

3.  The students should only open windows if permission is given.

4.  The students should not operate the front door or handle the emergency doors except in an emergency or as directed.

5.  The children should be punctual to their morning bus stop.- Please be reminded that children must be at the bus stop promptly in the morning. The bus WILL NOT wait for children who remain in their houses waiting for the bus regardless of the weather.

Inappropriate behavior will be addressed by the bus driver and/or the school principal. Discipline may include but not limited to warning, change of seat, and/ or bus suspension. Section RSA 189 of the state statutes authorizes the suspension of students from buses for misbehavior.  This means that if a student is suspended from riding the bus due to misbehavior, transportation of the student then becomes the responsibility of the parent or guardian until the suspension period is over.  Absenteeism due to transportation problems (because of a bus suspension) is not an acceptable excuse.

Bus stop behavior is also a concern.  Parents are requested to report any dangerous or hazardous situations they may observe at the bus stop.