Culture and Climate
State Report Card
School District Improvement Plans and Parental Outreach Activities, 2018-19
The 2018-2019 District Improvement Plan supported universal Pre-K, Scientific Research-Based Interventions (SRBI), wrap-around services, job-embedded instructional coaching for teachers, and professional learning dedicated towards improved teacher practice, data collection, and technology integration. Over the past five years, Derby Public Schools has increased the continuum of special education services that are provided within district. We have increased our ability to educate students at their neighborhood schools, with the addition of four specialized elementary Learning Centers. These small classrooms are supported by a special education teacher, paraeducators, and behavior specialist. In 2018, a new Academic Learning Center was opened at Derby Middle School. The district is focused on increasing daily student attendance rates and decreasing chronic absenteeism by engaging students and families, recognizing good and improved attendance, monitoring s tudent attendance, providing early outreach and support, and developing supports to remove barriers to regular school attendance. This PK-Grade 12 priority is part of our district Improvement Plan and is supported by each school's principal, attendance coordinator, school climate specialist, social worker, nurse, psychologist and secretary. The district partners with the Derby Youth Bureau and local non-profits to provide outreach and support for families in need of assistance. A new district Attendance Team was created in 2018 to develop systems, procedures and protocols for supporting regular school attendance. In an effort to support student learning at home, Derby utilizes several web based programs that parents and students can access from home. Most content areas have a web based learning component for parents to stay connected, to follow their child's learning, and to engage in meaningful activities that will support continued learning. The programs available for parents are: Reflex Math, iXL Math, Khan Academy, Edgenuity, Lexia, and Raz-Kids. Strong home-school connections are made through the use of the district's website, our school's social media posts, Class Dojo, school newsletters, daily student newscast, and regular school events designed to engage families and the community. The Derby Board of Education received the Bonnie B. Carney Award for Excellence in Educational Communication from the CT Association of Boards of Education for the district's social media submission and W-IRV student news broadcast. The district holds regular parent events and workshops to support home-school partnerships. This year included several information nights, including: district-wide Open Houses and Report Card Nights, a Kindergarten, Grade 6 and Freshman Orientation, a Junior Parent Information Night to prepare for Senior Year, an SAT/PSAT Informational Night, Financial Aid Night, and a Vaping Presentation hosted by BH Care and the Derby Youth Bureau. The elementary schools hosted several family Literacy Nigh ts, Math Nights, and Family Game Night.
Efforts to Reduce Racial, Ethnic and Economic Isolation, 2018-19
Derby Public Schools participate in Open Choice magnet schools through our RESC and have 116 students attending local magnet schools during the 2018-2019 school year. In 2018, DHS opened a new, $1.2 million Advanced Manufacturing Center in partnership with Asnuntuck and Housatonic Community Colleges. Students earned dual credit for courses in computer-aided design (CAD), Blueprinting, and Introductory Tool Bench Work, The Advanced Manufacturing Program will provide students with a career path and high earning potential which will positively impact the student's lives and the community. Derby Schools offer many extracurricular opportunities. One of our strongest clubs is our Human Relations Club (HRC), which is in its 6th year at DMS and DHS. The Human Relations Club is a student run organization in which students plan, organize and coordinate activities to reduce prejudice, bias, and discrimination and to increase cultural and ethnic awareness in our scho ols and community. The program helps to expand understanding of issues beyond one's own view, promotes critical thinking, and builds positive relationships. Derby participates in varsity and junior varsity sports/clubs, including: football, soccer, cheer, dance, indoor/outdoor track, wresting, basketball, baseball, and softball. At the elementary level, there are regular performances which promote multiculturalism, diversity and an appreciation for other traditions through music, dance, theater and puppet shows. Also, the annual Multicultural Night, which features performance by students wearing clothing from their native country and a pot-luck dinner, is a very popular event. The two elementary schools also plan several combined trips, events and activities to promote equity and community. Many of our K-12 teachers lead programs and plan field trips that bring Derby students into other local communities to extend and connect learning outside of the traditional classroom. Hundreds of students also parti cipated in several extended, overnight trips outside of Derby including, Nature's Classroom, Boston, New York, Washington D.C., Delaware, Maryland, California, and Italy to gain an appreciation of our state, nation and world.
Equitable Allocation of Resources among District Schools, 2018-19
All school administrators are active participants in the budgeting process and provide allocation requests to the Business Manager and Superintendent to adequately accommodate each student's needs. The Business office works directly with each administrator to facilitate the equitable allocation of funds; each school is identified as a cost center and the distributed funds are constantly monitored to ensure each school's financial needs are accommodated. Derby Public school students in kindergarten - Grade 5 attend one of two neighborhood elementary schools: Bradley School and Irving School. Specialist positions (psychologists, social workers, counselors, library clerks, nurses, etc.) are distributed equitably on a per pupil basis. Paraeducator staff is allocated on the basis of student need, including the requirements of Individual Educational Plans. Beyond these resources, Irving receives additional staff and program funding through Title I due to its re latively larger proportion of low income children. All Derby students in grades 6-8 attend the Derby Middle School, while all 9 -12 students attend Derby High School. Thus resource equity is ensured at the secondary level.
In compliance with regulations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Civil Rights Act of 1987 and the American With Disabilities Act, the Board of Education adopts the following Equal Employment Opportunity and Equal Education Opportunity Policies.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Both federal and state law prohibit discriminatory practices in hiring and employment. The Board of Education prohibit discriminatory acts in all district matters dealing with employees and applicants for positions and requires equal employment opportunities for all employees and applicants. As an equal opportunity employer, the Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation past or present history of mental disorder, mental retardation, learning disability, physical disability (including blindness) or other disability except in the case of a bona fide occupational qualification or need and when the individual can perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.
Equal Education Opportunity
Compliance MonitoringLegal Reference: Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII, 42 U.S.C. 2000‑e, et seq. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Policy Guidance (N‑915.035) on Current Issues of Sexual Harassment, effective 10/15/88.Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 34 CFR Section 106.Meritor Savings Bank. FSB v. Vinson, 477 U.S. 57 (1986)Connecticut General Statutes46a‑60 Discriminatory employment practices prohibited. Constitution of the State of Connecticut, Article I, Section 20.Policy adopted: December 20, 2001
Title IX Policy
Sexual HarassmentLegal references: 42 U.C.C. §2000(e) (Title VII)29 C.F.R. §1604.11 (EEOC Guidelines on Sexual Harassment)20 U.S.C. §1681-1688 (Title IX)Connecticut General Statutes §46a-60(a)(8)Policy adopted: December 20, 2001
An employee who feels he or she has been the victim of discrimination or sexual harassment may process a complaint in accordance with the following complaint procedure:Policy adopted: December 20, 2001