Section 3000 Business
- 3020.7 Board Budget Procedures and Line Item Transfers
- 3100.3 Petty Cash Accounts
- 3130 Money in School Buildings
- 3240 Non-Resident Admission and Tuition Fees
- 3260 Disposal of Obsolete or Surplus Equipment/Materials
- 3280 Fundraising - is now 5141
- 3281 Gifts, Grants and Bequests to the District
- 3323 Soliciting Prices (Bids and Quotations)
- 3453 School Activity Funds
- 3541.5 Transportation
- 3542.4 Lunch Charging
3020.7 Board Budget Procedures and Line Item Transfers
Formerly 3020.7 Budget Adoption
In accordance with Conn. Gen. Stat. § 10-222, the Board of Education (the “Board) will present an itemized estimate of the cost for the operation of the public schools to the fiscal authority not later than two months preceding the annual meeting at which appropriations are to be made. The estimated cost of operating the public schools for the ensuing year shall be the final budget for the schools, modified, if necessary, by any difference in the amount requested by the Board of Education and the amount appropriated by the legislative authority for the operation of the schools.
If reductions are made in the budget by the Board of Finance or at the town budget meeting or referendum, the Superintendent shall prepare a final budget recommendation for Board of Education review, modification if needed, and approval; such budget shall reflect changes made from the originally approved education budget to remain within the reduced figure ultimately approved by the legislative authority.
The Superintendent and/or his/her designee shall be responsible for administering and monitoring the budget through the course of the year. The Superintendent or his/her designee shall maintain a system of appropriate expenditures and encumbrance accounting that is organized to conform with the requirements for State and Federal Accounting Reports. A budget report shall be prepared and presented to the Board for approval at the first regularly scheduled meeting of each month.
Line Item Transfers
The Board of Education recognizes the need for transfers between object line items of the approved budget. All transfers of funds between and within object codes in excess of $10,000.000 shall be subject to prior approval by the Board of Education. A formal request will be submitted from the cost center requesting the transfer. This request will be reviewed by the department of Fiscal Services and approved for submission to the Board of Education by the Superintendent. The Board shall be provided with complete information regarding the request for transfer of funds and the rationale for the expenditure.
Transfer of Funds Under Emergency Conditions
If there is an urgent need for a line item transfer and the Board is unable to meet in a timely fashion to consider such transfer, the Superintendent or his / her designee is authorized to transfer funds from any line item. All transfers made in such instances shall be announced at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board and the rationale for the transfers shall be provided.
All such transfers shall be subject to administrative regulations promulgated by the Superintendent. The Department of Fiscal Services will prepare a monthly reconciliation statement indicating the transactions to and from accounts affected by these transfers.
Total expenditures by the Board of Education shall not exceed the appropriation made by the Town of Madison. If any occasion arises whereby additional funds are needed by such board, a Special Appropriation request must be made to the Board of Selectmen and subsequently to the Board of Finance.
Connecticut General Statutes
- § 10-221
- § 10-222
Date of Adoption: June 24, 1997
Date of Revision: October 12, 2021
#3100.3 Petty Cash Accounts
The Board of Education recognizes that efficient operation of the Madison Public Schools is facilitated by the availability of petty cash funds. Monies used for this purpose by the individual schools and offices of the school district shall be handled with good and prudent business practices.
The Superintendent shall establish limits for petty cash accounts, not to exceed $500.00. Petty cash accounts are to be used in the payment of necessary incidental expenses needed in too short a period of time to utilize the established purchase order system.
Petty cash disbursements shall be documented by voucher. Petty cash accounts shall be replenished through the submission of a purchase order with receipts. Appropriate accounting procedures consistent throughout the school district shall be established and maintained.
- Connecticut General Statutes
- 10-237 School Activity Accounts
Date of Adoption: June 24, 1997
Date Revised: April 26, 2022
#3130 Money in School Buildings
Money collected by school system employees and by student organizations shall be handled both carefully and prudently. All monies collected shall be receipted and accounted for and directed without delay to the proper location of deposit.
In no case shall cash be left overnight in schools except in safes provided for safekeeping of valuables, and when possible, no more than $2,000 should be so kept. To avoid any necessity for leaving money in schools overnight, schools shall understand and use procedures for making bank deposits after regular banking hours.
Date of Adoption: June 24, 1997
Date Revised: April 26, 2022
#3240 Non-Resident Admission and Tuition Fees
The following terms and conditions are to be used as guidelines when determining eligibility of a non-resident student to enroll or continue enrollment in the Madison Public Schools. This policy shall not be applied to decisions about enrollment of students who reside in a town that has a designated high school agreement with the Madison Public Schools or to non-resident students who are otherwise entitled to attend Madison Public Schools in accordance with law.
- he Superintendent or his/her designee may approve the enrollment or continuation of enrollment of a non-resident student if class size and other considerations such as the availability of resources permit. The Superintendent shall make decisions regarding class size and/or the availability of resources.
- The Superintendent or his/her designee shall not hire additional staff to permit enrollment or continuation of enrollment for a non-resident student under this policy.
- The Superintendent or his/her designee shall make the decision about class assignment.
- The decision to permit non-resident enrollment shall be for one school year or less but may be extended from year to year at the discretion of the Superintendent or his/her designee. Such extension decisions shall be made on an annual basis.
- This policy does not obligate the Madison Board of Education to provide special education programs or services or create unique programs for students. If a non-resident student is enrolled or continued in enrollment in the Madison Public Schools and such student is eligible for services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”), the Madison Board of Education shall not act as the local education agency for such child. In instances where special or additional services are provided for a non-resident student, a supplemental tuition or fee may be charged based upon the actual costs associated with providing the special or additional services.
- Application for initial enrollment shall be made in writing on a form supplied by the Superintendent or his/her designee.
- Application for continued enrollment shall be made on an annual basis, in writing on a form supplied by the Superintendent or his/her designee.
- No student applying for enrollment pursuant to subsections G or H, above, shall be enrolled in the Madison Public Schools until the Board has received tuition payment on behalf of such student in accordance with Section II, below.
- At the discretion of the Superintendent or his/her designee, the candidate for initial or continued enrollment shall be interviewed by the principal or assistant principal of the school at which enrollment or continued enrollment is sought.
- The non-resident student’s immediate past principal or responsible administrator must make a recommendation on behalf of the child, attesting to his/her good citizenship, in order for the Student to be eligible for initial or continued enrollment.
- All non-resident students or their parents or guardians, or the school district of residence, shall provide necessary transportation to and from school.
- A non-resident student’s continuation in the Madison Public Schools will be contingent upon the student’s compliance with all applicable rules and regulations of the Madison Board of Education and the individual school, satisfactory attendance and academic progress, and the availability of staff and school resources. The Superintendent or his/her designee may terminate the non-resident student’s enrollment at any time if, in his or her opinion, continuation is not in the best interest of the school system or the student.
Only non-resident students who meet the criteria set forth in this policy may enroll or continue in enrollment in the Madison Public Schools.
Tuition and Fees
- The annual tuition fee for grade K-12 regular program students will be calculated as follows:
- The base rate will be the average per-pupil cost as reported by the CPSE (Connecticut Public School Expenditures) data on net current expenditure per pupil.
- Tuition may be paid in full prior to the first day of school or per the following schedule: September 1, or the first day of school, whichever comes first, December 1 and March 1.
- If a non-resident special education student’s IEP/504 Accommodation Plan includes provisions requiring additional expenditures, those costs will be added to the student’s yearly tuition fee.
- A tuition charge for students enrolled or withdrawn at times other than the beginning and end of the school year will be determined on a pro rata basis.
Waiver of Tuition and Fees for Certain Students
Non-resident students may be allowed to attend a local school without tuition upon the approval of the Superintendent of Schools following written parental request when:
- A family moves from the district after the beginning of the fourth quarter of the current school year; or
- A family residing outside the district demonstrates firm plans to move into the district within the current school year. The parent or legal guardian must sign an agreement to make payments on September 1, December 1 and March 1., if residency is not achieved by the stated date, in order for the child or children to continue attending the Madison schools. If a non-resident special education student’s IEP/504 Accommodation Plan includes provisions requiring additional expenditures, those costs will be added to the student’s quarterly tuition fee.
- Non-resident students may be allowed to attend a local school with a tuition adjustment upon the recommendation of the Superintendent and approval of the Board of Education following written parental request if the Superintendent of his/her designee makes a finding that when extraordinary circumstance(s) regarding the child and/or their parent(s) supports a tuition adjustment.
Tuition and Fees for Children of Non-resident Staff
Children of non-resident staff may be allowed to attend the Madison Public Schools with the written approval of the Superintendent of Schools following a written request. The guidelines in Section I, General Provisions and Section II, Tuition & Fees above shall apply to such requests except for the payment terms and schedule described below.
- The annual tuition for these students will be based on the staff member’s length of continuous service in the Madison School System.
- Total of 0-5 years of completed service – the staff member will be charged 75 percent of the tuition rate established under Section II.
- Total of 5-10 years of completed service – the staff member will be charged 50 percent of the tuition rate established tuition rate established under Section II.
- Total of 10 or more years of completed service – the staff member will be charged 30 percent of the tuition rate established under Section II.
For staff members accepted in the program on or before September 1, 2021, the district will honor the tuition rates established in the original policy adopted September 10, 2019, as follows:
- Total of 0-5 years of completed service – the staff member will be charged 50 percent of the tuition rate established under Section II.
- Total of 5-10 years of completed service – the staff member will be charged 25 percent of the tuition rate established tuition rate established under Section II.
- Total of 10 or more years of completed service – the staff member will be charged 10 percent of the tuition rate established under Section II.
- Tuition payment will be made on a payroll deduction basis.
- If special education services are required, and the student’s IEP/504 Accommodation Plan includes provisions requiring additional expenditures, the staff member shall be charged those additional costs as fees in addition to the tuition charge without any proration or reduction for years of service.
Legal Reference: Connecticut General Statutes
- 10-35 Notice of discontinuance of high school service to nonresidents.
- 10-220(a) Duties of boards of education.
Policy Adopted: September 10, 2019
Date Revised: November 30, 2021
#3260 Disposal of Obsolete or Surplus Equipment/Materials
(formerly Sale & Disposal of Books, Equipment & Supplies)
No obsolete or surplus equipment or materials will be discarded or disposed of by a teacher or other school employee. Such items will be set aside and reported to the principal. The principal or his/her designee will prepare lists of such equipment and materials annually and forward such lists to the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee.
The Superintendent shall bring before the Board a listing of all furniture, equipment, books, and materials to be disposed of as well as supplies in excess of $500.00 which warrant disposal. Items with values less than $500.00 may be disposed of upon the authority of the Superintendent or his/her designee. Items without market value may be disposed of in such manner as the responsible building principal shall determine, with the prior approval of the Superintendent or his/her designee. Disposal will be in accordance with state laws and local ordinances.
Obsolete or surplus equipment or materials shall be donated or sold only upon the approval of the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee.
Prior to making a donation or conducting a public sale, and after determining there is no appropriate use of such equipment or materials within the school system, and upon authorization by the Board, the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee shall notify the First Selectman of the Town of the equipment or materials approved for disposal, and shall request a written response within 15 days indicating the Town's interest, if any, in such equipment or materials. Any transfer costs shall be borne by the recipient of the surplus or obsolete equipment or materials.
Obsolete or surplus equipment or materials not retained within the school system or transferred to the Town may be donated or sold to the general public in a manner determined by the Superintendent of Schools to be in the best interests of the school district. Such equipment or materials shall not be donated to an employee of the school district and shall only be sold to an employee of the school district if the equipment or material is offered for sale to the general public. Under those circumstances, the employee shall receive an equal, but not preferential, opportunity to purchase the equipment or materials.
If the equipment and materials cannot be donated or sold, the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee may dispose of such items.
Date of Adoption: July 7, 1988
Date of Revision: February 6, 1990
Date of Revision: April 18, 2006
Date of Revision: June 21, 2022
#3281 Gifts, Grants and Bequests to the District
(formerly Grants, Gifts and Donations)
Gifts of personal property to the district, including monetary donations, that meet criteria set forth in the administrative regulations established in accordance with this policy are welcomed and encouraged.
The Superintendent of Schools shall develop administrative regulations governing the acceptance of gifts and the procedure for examining and evaluating offers of gifts to the district.
The school principal may approve gifts to a school that are valued at $500 to $,1000 and meet criteria established by the administrative regulations established in accordance with this policy. Only the Superintendent of Schools can accept gifts that are valued over $1,000 and meet criteria established by the administrative regulations established in accordance with this policy. The Board of Education shall approve all gifts of more than one thousand dollars ($1,000). All gifts received become the property of the Board of Education to be expended or used at its discretion. Gifts shall include money, services, program, equipment, or other items of value to be used in connection with or participation in any school activity or program.
The Superintendent, in consultation with the principals and considering the wishes of the donor, may determine the school(s), program(s) or facility(ies) to which the gift shall go if it is valued at more than $1,000.
If the Superintendent determines that a gift fails to meet the criteria established in the administrative regulations, the Superintendent shall inform the Board of Education. Any gift rejected by the Board of Education shall be returned to the donor or the donor's estate, with a statement indicating the reason for rejection of such gift.
Conn. Gen. Stat. § 10-237
Date of Adoption: October 16, 2001
Date of Revision: March 12, 2002
Date of Revision: April 26, 2022
This policy shall be followed when the Superintendent determines that it is in the best interests of the Board that prices be solicited. Equipment, supplies, and operational services exceeding $10,000.00 shall be bid. Quotes shall be received for equipment, supplies, and operational services exceeding $5000.00 but less than $10,000.00.
- The Superintendent (or designee) shall periodically estimate requirements of standard items or classes of items and make any possible quantity purchases, thereby effecting economies. Whenever storage facilities or other conditions make it impractical to receive all of any item at one time, the total quantity should be bid or quotations received and staggered delivery dates made a part of the specifications, or quantities estimated with deliveries to be made as requested;
- Instructions and specifications should be clear and complete, setting forth all necessary conditions conducive to competition.
- Bids or quotes should be sought, whenever possible, from at least three sources able to offer the best prices, consistent with quality, delivery and service unless covered by local, state, or federal purchasing agreements.
- The bid or quote award shall be made in the best interest of the school district and not necessarily be the lowest bid or quote.
- The bids shall be opened at the prescribed time and place and tabulated for study. Whether or not bid opening occurs exactly at time advertised, no bids may be accepted after said advertised time. The bid tabulation shall include the Board of Education budgeted amount and a cost estimate prior to receiving bids.
- After the bids have been opened and tabulated, they will be available for those interested to copy or study. They shall not, however, be removed from the bidding location by such interested persons.
- Prices or fees for goods and services shall be verified periodically to assure competitiveness.
- Sole source bids and quotes may be sought when specified by curriculum needs or compatibility needs to be maintained.
- Bids and quotes need not be sought when an emergency exists and to maintain the least interruption to instruction.
- Results of bids or quotes exceeding $25,000.00 shall be reported to the Board.
- The Board may request a report on specific bids or quotes.
Adopted: July 8, 1988
Revised: October 7, 1997
The Superintendent or his/her designee may establish school activity funds to handle any of the following: 1) the finances of that part of the cost for the school lunch program that is not provided by local appropriations; 2) the finances of that part of the cost of the driver education program that is not provided by local appropriations; and/or 3) such funds of schools and school organizations as the Superintendent or his/her designee may determine to be in the best interest of the school district (which funds may include amounts received as gifts or donations).
The Superintendent or his/her designee shall designate a person to serve as treasurer of any school activity fund. Such treasurer shall be bonded and shall keep separate accounts for each school activity fund. The treasurer may expend monies from the school activity funds only to the extent such expenses are in furtherance of the stated purposes of the school activity fund, and subject to any restrictions imposed by the Superintendent or his/her designee at the time the school activity fund is established or subsequently. The control of school funds and funds of any school organizations shall remain in the name of the respective schools and organizations.
The accounts of any school activity fund shall be considered town accounts and shall be audited by the town auditor in the same manner as all other town accounts.
(cf. #5100.6 Student Activities Funds / Donations)
Legal Reference: Connecticut General Statutes, 10-237 School activity funds
Date of Adoption: April 18, 2006
Date of Revision: June 21, 2022
Statement of Policy
The Board of Education will provide transportation for students under provisions of state law and regulations. In determining the provision of transportation, the superintendent of schools shall consider the guidelines contained in this policy and shall administer the operation so as to:
- provide for the safety of students, including consideration of hazardous conditions whether or not described in this policy;
- provide for appropriate supervision for students while on school transportation, consistent with the Board’s student discipline policy; and
- assist disabled students by providing appropriate specialized transportation when required by law.
- "School transportation" means the procedure, program, or implemented plan by which a pupil is transported to and/or from school from the pupil’s residence or the assigned bus stop at public expense, whether by use of publicly owned equipment or by contract. Such transportation shall be over public roads approved and maintained by the municipality or the state of Connecticut, or private roads approved pursuant to C.G.S. Section 10-220c.
- "Walking distance" means the linear measure of a prescribed or authorized pedestrian route between the pupil's residence and the pupil’s school from a point at the curb or edge of a public or private road nearest the pupil's residence to a point at the entrance of the school, or a safe entrance to the school grounds located within one hundred feet of the school building entrance or the bus pick-up area, or the route from the point on the public thoroughfare nearest the residence to the school bus or vehicle embarkation point established by the Madison Board of Education.
- "One-mile walking distance" means a reasonable measurement of a route to be traversed extending from the point of measurement at least 5,280 feet, but not more than 5,380 feet.
- "Grade K" means kindergarten, or a school program appropriate to a beginning pupil.
- "Hazard" means a thing or condition, as prescribed in this policy under "Hazardous Conditions" that affects the safety of pupils walking to or from school and/or to or from a designated bus pick-up area.
- "Sidewalk" means a portion of the landscape right of way approximately three feet wide, usually parallel to the traffic lanes which may be paved or unpaved, and marked by curbing, drainage ditch, grass area or fencing; apart from and independent of any white line safety markings along the street pavement.
- "Raised walk area" means a portion of the landscape right of way approximately three feet wide, usually parallel to the traffic lanes which may be paved or unpaved, distinguished by some elevation above the street pavement level and marked by curbing, drainage ditch, grass area or fencing; apart from and independent of any painted safety markings along the street pavement.
- “Walking route” means the route that the student is expected to travel between his/her residence to and from school and/or an assigned bus stop.
- “Bus stop” shall be defined as a geographical location designated by the Board of Education, school administration or their designee where students can safely wait for purposes of embarking or disembarking a school bus.
- "Pupil" means any individual of school age enrolled in a public or nonprofit private school located within the school district or contiguous school district as the case may be.
Provision of Transportation
Transportation by private carrier may be provided whenever such practice is more economical than using school district-owned/leased facilities. If parents volunteer, and the administration permits, parents may be reimbursed for transportation of eligible students whenever such practice is more economical or convenient for the school district.
In determining the provision of transportation for resident public and eligible private school students, the following guidelines regarding walking distances will be considered. Distance measurements will be based on the most direct route from the student's home beginning at a point at the curb or edge of a public road or highway nearest the home to the edge of the school property or bus pickup areas.
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Students living within the stated distance limits will receive transportation when, in the opinion of the Superintendent of Schools, it is in the best interests of the district to provide transportation.
Access to Bus Stops/Transportation
Parents and/or guardians are responsible for ensuring the safety of their children up until the point when students board the school bus or other school provided transportation, and after students get off the bus after school. This responsibility includes the selection of walking routes
to/from any bus stop and/or the school building, compliance with health and safety precautions at the bus stop and along walking routes, and the provision of supervision that is appropriate to the student’s age, maturity and conditions along the walking route and/or at the bus stop at all times.
Given that bus pick up times may vary, the Board expects that parents and/or guardians will ensure that their children arrive at the bus stop in advance of any scheduled pick up time.
Students accessing school transportation are expected to behave in an appropriate manner, in accordance with all school rules and regulations. The Board’s policies and procedures concerning student discipline shall apply to student behavior while accessing student transportation.
The administration shall consider the following guidelines for hazardous conditions when making decisions regarding the transportation of children:
- Except as provided in Paragraph 7 of this Section, a street or road, along a designated walking route to or from school and/or to or from a designated bus pick-up area, having an adjacent or parallel sidewalk or raised walk area shall be deemed hazardous when any one of the following conditions exist:
- For pupils under age ten, or enrolled in grades K through 3:
- the absence of a pedestrian crossing light or crossing guard where three or more streets intersect, and a pupil is expected to cross the street; OR
- street crossings where there are no stop signs or crossing guards and the traffic count during the time that pupils are walking to or from school exceeds sixty vehicles per hour at the intersection, and a pupil is expected to cross the street.
- For pupils over age ten, or enrolled in grades 4 through 12, the absence of a traffic light or stop signs or crossing guard at an intersection where three or more streets intersect which has a traffic count which exceeds ninety vehicles per hour during the time that pupils are walking to or from school, and such pupils are expected to cross the street;
- For all pupils:
- any street, road, or highway with speed limits in excess of forty miles per hour which does not have pedestrian crossing lights or crossing guards or other safety provisions at points where pupils must cross when going to or from school or the bus stop; OR
- the usual or frequent presence of any nuisance such as open man-holes, construction, snow plowed or piled on the walk area making walkways unusable, loading zones where delivery trucks are permitted to park on walkways, commercial entrances and exits where cars are crossing walking areas at speeds in excess of five miles per hour, and the like, including such nuisances which are hazardous or attractive to children.
- For pupils under age ten, or enrolled in grades K through 3:
- Any street, road, or highway, along a designated walking route to or from school and/or to or from a designated bus pick-up area, that has no sidewalks or raised walk areas shall be deemed hazardous if any one of the following conditions exist:
- For pupils under age ten, or enrolled in grade K through 3:
- any street, road, or highway possessing a traffic count of sixty or more vehicles per hour at the time that pupils are walking to or from school; OR
- any street, road, or highway possessing a speed limit in excess of thirty miles per hour.
- For all pupils:
- the presence of human-made hazards including attractive nuisances, as stated in 1(c)(ii) above; OR
- any roadway available to vehicles that does not have a minimum width of approximately twenty-two feet; OR
- any roadway available to vehicles that, when plowed free of snow accumulations, does not have a minimum width of approximately twenty feet; OR
- any street, road, or highway where the line-of-sight visibility together with posted speed limits do not permit vehicular braking/stopping in accordance with the Connecticut Drivers Manual or Department of Transportation, Division of Design Standard, or other reasonable standard.
- For pupils under age ten, or enrolled in grade K through 3:
- Any walkway, path, or bridge, along a designated walking route to or from school and/or to or from a designated bus pick-up area, in an area adjacent or parallel to railroad tracks shall be considered hazardous unless a suitable physical barrier along the entire pedestrian route is present and fixed between pupils and the track; and any crossing of railroad tracks carrying moving trains during hours that pupils are walking to or from school or to and from a designated bus pick-up area shall be deemed hazardous unless:
- a crossing guard is present; OR
- for pupil under age ten, an automatic control bar is present at crossings; OR
- for pupils over age ten, a bar or red flashing signal light is operational.
- For pupils in grades K through 4, the following conditions shall be deemed hazardous:
- a lake, pond, stream, culvert, water-way, or bridge shall be deemed a hazard in the absence of a fence or other suitable barrier fixed between the pupil and the water; OR
- any area adjacent to a roadway, sidewalk, or bridge, along a designated walking route to or from school and/or to or from a designated bus pick-up area, having a drop of three or more feet per four feet of travel length on either side of the established lanes, in the absence of a fence or other suitable barrier.
- For pupils in grades K through 8, walking to or from school or the bus stop at any time prior to one-half hour before sunrise or any time one-half hour after sunset shall be deemed hazardous.
- For all students, walking along any street, road, walkway, sidewalk, or path designated as a walking route which passes through an area which has a history of aggressive acts of molestation resulting in actual or threatened physical harm or moral degradation during the hours when pupils ordinarily walk to or from school shall be deemed hazardous.
- It shall not be a “hazard” or “hazardous condition” for a pupil whose residence abuts a public street, road or highway to (1) wait for the bus on the private property where the pupil resides for the school bus, until the school bus’s flashing red lights are activated to stop traffic so that the student can enter onto or cross the public street, road or highway to get on a school bus; or (2) exit a school bus that is stopped on the public street, road or highway, when the bus’s flashing red lights are activated to stop traffic so that the pupil can enter onto or cross such street, road or highway to access the private property where the pupil resides.
Applicability and Exceptions
- This policy is applicable to public road approved and maintained by the municipality or state of Connecticut, or private roads approved for passage of school transportation vehicles in accordance with C.G.S. Section 10-220c.
- Special Education pupils and pupils eligible for accommodations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act shall be judged on an individual basis, and appropriate transportation provided.
- The Superintendent of Schools may grant an exception to any guideline set forth in this policy where a peculiar condition or combination of conditions renders such condition(s) a hazard based upon reasonable judgment; or where under the circumstances, other conditions exist under which the safety of students necessitates a variance with the guidelines within this policy.
- All complaints concerning school transportation safety shall be made in writing to the Superintendent of Schools or designee. The Superintendent or designee shall maintain a written record of all such complaints, and shall conduct appropriate investigations of the allegations in a timely manner. The investigation shall include 1) the review of the complaint raised with appropriate personnel responsible for transportation of students and 2) the opportunity for the parent or other person making the complaint to meet with the Superintendent to discuss the complaint and any possible resolution thereof.
- Annually, within thirty (30) business days of the end of the school year, the Superintendent of Schools or designee shall provide the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles (“Commissioner”) with a copy of the written record of complaints received during the previous twelve (12) month period.
- The Superintendent of Schools or designee shall make a written report of the circumstances of any accident within the Board’s jurisdiction and knowledge, involving a motor vehicle and any pedestrian who is a student, which occurs at a designated school bus stop or in the immediate vicinity thereof, to the Commissioner within ten (10) business days thereafter on a form prescribed by the Commissioner.
- If a complaint covered by Section 10-186 of the Connecticut General Statutes, and is not resolved by the Superintendent, the Superintendent shall inform parent or guardian, or an emancipated minor or a pupil eighteen years of age or older, of the right to request a hearing regarding the complaint. Such hearing, if requested, shall be held in accordance with Section 10-186 of the Connecticut General Statutes, as it may be amended from time to time.
Legal Reference: Connecticut General Statutes
10-186 Duties of local and regional boards of education re: school attendance. Hearings. Appeals to state board. Establishment of hearing board. Readmission. Transfers.
10-187 Appeal from finding of hearing board.
10-220 Duties of boards of education.
10-220c Transportation of children over private roads. Immunity from Liability.
10-221c Development of policy for reporting complaints regarding school transportation safety.
10-273a Reimbursement for transportation to and from elementary and secondary schools.
10-280a Transportation for students in non-profit private schools outside school district.
10-281 Transportation for pupils in nonprofit private schools within school district.
14-275 Equipment and color of school buses.
14-275b Transportation of mobility impaired students.
14-275c Regulations re: school buses and motor vehicles used to transport special education students.
Date of Adoption: October 6, 2020
Date of Revision: October 12, 2021
# 3542.4 Lunch Charging
The Madison Public Schools’ food services program is an essential part of the education system. By providing good-tasting, affordable, nutritious meals in pleasant surroundings; we are supporting the learning environment and helping to teach students the value of good nutrition.
The Board accepts full responsibility for providing free and reduced price meals for eligible elementary & secondary students enrolled in the district’s schools.
The Board recognizes that there is no legal requirement to allow students to charge meals, and the District strongly discourages the charging of meals. However, it is understood, that an occasional emergency may occur. In the event a student has no money, or their account balance is insufficient, the student will be allowed up to $20 in meal charges. No snack or a-la-carte items shall be charged. Parents shall be notified of any negative balance and asked for prompt payment. Adults are not allowed to charge meals and shall pay for such meals at the time of service or through pre-paid accounts.
Once a student has reached their charging limit of $20, they will be offered an alternate meal, which will be identified at the discretion of the District. “Alternate Meals” are not clearly defined in federal and state regulations but refer to a meal served to a student that is different from the day’s advertised meal. The District shall determine the alternate meal to be offered.
Legal Reference: Connecticut General Statutes
10-215 Lunches, breakfasts and other feeding programs for public school children and employees.
10-215a Nonpublic school and nonprofit agency participation in feeding programs.
10-215b Duties of State Board of Education re feeding programs.
State Board of Education Regulations
Operational Memorandum #19-10, State of Connecticut, Bureau of Health/Nutrition, Family Services and Adult Education. “Unallowable Charges to No-profit School Food Service Accounts and the Serving of Meals to No-Paying Full and Reduced Price Students.
National School Lunch Program and School breakfast Program; Competitive Foods. (7 CFR Parts 210 and 220, Federal Register, Vol 45 No. 20, Tuesday, January 29, 1980, pp 6758-6772¬)
State of Connecticut, Bureau of Health/Nutrition, Family Services and Adult Education Operational Memorandum No. 4-17, “Guidance on Unpaid Meal Charges and Collection of Delinquent Meal Payments”, November 2, 2016.
SP46-2016, “Unpaid Meal Charges: Local Meal Charge Policies”
SP47-2016, “Unpaid Meal Charges: Clarification on Collection of Delinquent Meal Payment”
SP57-2016, “Unpaid Meal Charges: Guidance Q and A”
SP58-2016, “2016 Edition: Overcoming the Unpaid Meal Challenge: Proven Strategies from our Nation’s Schools”
Date of Adoption: October 4, 2011
Date of Revision: October 3, 2017
Date of Revision: January 7, 2020