Important Links

 

All educational and non-academic programs, activities and employment opportunities at Beverly Public Schools are offered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, and any other class or characteristic protected by law.

 
Parent Resources

 

The office of Child Welfare and Attendance oversees a wide array of important functions for the school district. These include: oversight to ensure that civil rights are protected; that the district’s Discrimination/Harassment and Bullying Policies are properly implemented; and attendance regulations are enforced. For more information on any of these areas, you may confidentially contact Emily Rockwell at 921-6100, ext. 747.

 

Accommodation Plans (504)

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination against persons with a disability in any program receiving federal financial assistance. The act defines a person with a disability as anyone who:

· has a mental or physical impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities (major life activities include activities such as caring for one's self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working);

· has a record of such an impairment; or

· is regarded as having such an impairment.

In order to fulfill its obligation under Section 504, the Beverly Public Schools recognizes a responsibility to avoid discrimination in policies and practices regarding personnel and students. No discrimination against any person with a disability will knowingly be permitted in any of the programs and practices in the school district. The school district has specific responsibilities under the Act, which include the responsibility to identify, evaluate, and, if the child is determined to be eligible under Section 504, to afford access to appropriate accommodations to enable access to educational services.

 

Immunizations
Immunizations are a requirement of the state of Massachusetts. Please check with your child’s School Nurse if you have any problems or questions. You may also find useful information regarding immunizations in your child’s Student Handbook. Lydia Pindham Memorial at 250 Derby Street in Salem offers free physicals and immunizations: (978) 744-3288.

 

Homeless Assistance

In accordance with the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act, the Beverly Public Schools provides homeless students and unaccompanied youth all of the educational services for which they are eligible, including education programs for students with disabilities, free school meals, English language services, vocational and technical education, gifted and talented services, special education, preschool and Title I services. All students, regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, homelessness, age and/or disability, and any other class or characteristic protected by law, shall have equal access to the general education program and the full range of any occupational/vocational education programs offered by the district.

Extracurricular activities sponsored by the district are nondiscriminatory in that: 1) BPS provides equal opportunity for all students to participate in intramural and interscholastic sports; 2) extracurricular activities or clubs sponsored by the school do not exclude students on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, homelessness, age and/or disability, and any other class or characteristic protected by law.  All user fees are waived for students without a permanent place of residence.

The district will enroll homeless students even if they do not have the documents required for enrollment, such as school records, medical records or proof of residency. Homeless students are entitled to transportation to their school of origin or the school in which they are to be enrolled, if required. For further information on the services and supports available, please call Emily Rockwell, Homeless Liaison, at 978.921.6100, ext. 747.

 

Children Living in Foster Care and Kinship Families
In an effort to provide appropriate social and/or mental health services to “at risk” students, we attempt to facilitate entry into the Beverly Public Schools for children living in foster and kinship families and provide access to services that will promote their well being and integration into our school community.

 

Student Assistance Program
The Student Assistance Program, a substance abuse prevention and intervention initiative funded by the United Way through a grant to Northeast Behavioral Health, is a supportive resource available to any Beverly middle and high school Student. The goal of this program is to minimize obstacles which may interfere with a student’s ability to succeed in school. The Student Assistance Program is a strength-based, collaborative approach in supporting the student. The services provided include drop-in support, counseling services, prevention education, and assistance for outside services, as indicated. These services also include drug and alcohol prevention, education and intervention and a variety of mental health and wellness issues. A student may seek services for him/herself, be referred by their parent, a peer, the school or any other concerned individual. These services are provided confidentially and are completely voluntary. The program is provided and supervised by Northeast Behavioral Health through United Way funding.

 

Beverly Public School Wellness Policy

The Beverly School District develops this policy to provide our school community with guidelines, Grades PreK-12, to foster an environment in which students and staff can make healthy choices related to food and physical activity, helping to alleviate the burden of overweight children in Beverly.

Becoming overweight during childhood has potential negative health outcomes for children in the Beverly community. Overweight children have a much greater risk for serious, negative health outcomes including diabetes, mental health, coronary heart disease, hypertension, various types of cancer and mortality compared to children who are not overweight. Studies have also shown that children who receive healthy nutrition and who are physically active perform better academically.

BPS strives for academic excellence, and in doing so, we believe that students must have a healthy and balanced lifestyle that incorporates nutrition and physical activity into their daily lives. Good health fosters student attendance and educational success.

 

 

 

Helpful Links

 

 

 

Beverly Public Schools
502 Cabot Street
Beverly, MA 01915
voice: 978-921-6100
fax: 978-922-6597