III. Ray School Environment
The Ray School is fortunate and grateful for the generosity of many donors who have contributed to enhancing our campus and physical plant over the years. From gardens to playgrounds, and from book funds to electronics, our children and our whole community have benefited enormously from the stream of thoughtful and generous support.
Animals in the school. (Hanover School District Policy: EBBG) The health and safety of students and employees is a top priority of the School District; therefore, the inclusion of animals (small birds, fish, and small rodents) in instructional areas is allowed if such inclusion does not compromise the health and safety of people. Such determination shall be made in consultation with the school nurse.
The following guidelines will apply:
Suitable cages must be provided and placed in such a location as to not interfere with safety in moving about the classroom. Such cages should be of a nature that food, water, and waste material does not accumulate outside the cage.
Animals are to be outside the cage only when under direct supervision of an individual student or teacher.
All animals must have adequate provisions for care during the weekends and vacations.
Large animals (such as dogs) which are not normally confined to cages may be allowed, e.g., under special circumstances required for an instructional program. The principal, in consultation with the school nurse, shall review related requests, During such times these animals are to be provided for by their owners, and will be removed immediately at the end of the instructional program.
For reasons of health and sanitation, the school nurse may require animals to be removed from the school.The Library/Media Center. The school library is a media center containing books, magazines, records, tapes, DVDs, computers, and videotapes. The mission of the library is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information. The library offers story time, book talks, book discussions, media presentations, and instruction in skills such as use of the on-line catalog. The library program is integrated into the curriculum, in coordination with classroom goals and language arts. Students are taught to find what they need independently.
The library is open from 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. (2:15 p.m. on Wednesdays). Children are encouraged to come in before class starts, or after school, during lunch or recess, or with permission of the classroom teacher. Overdue notices are sent to the classroom. After several notices, a bill for the cost of the book is sent home.
Parents are welcome in the library during school hours. A reference section includes books on education, child development, and parenting.
Internet. The school is pleased to offer the vast resources of Internet access to students and staff. Our purpose is to promote educational excellence through resource sharing, innovation, and communication. The value of this interaction far outweighs the possibility that users may procure material inconsistent with our educational goals. Our Internet Acceptable Use Policy is distributed to students on the first day of school. Parents are asked to review it with their child, and return the signed portion of this policy to the student’s teachers.
The Nature Trail. The Ray School Nature Trail is used in the school curriculum in conjunction with the Guide to Ray School Nature Area. Local residents are encouraged to use the trail. Copies of the Guide are available from the school library or the Hanover Recreation (Black Center) office, located on Lebanon Street.
Colonial House. The Colonial House is an authentic reproduction of a post-and-beam residence from the 1700s. Its construction was the idea of three second grade teachers in 1970, designed in Hanover High student research, and constructed by local volunteers with hand tools of the era. The house is located behind the school, and is used by second graders every year to live and learn the history of colonial times.
Gathering Garden. Created by students, staff, botanists, artists, and volunteers, this garden is an outdoor classroom. Students learn how native plants might be used as foods or herbs by Native Americans, American Colonists, or other historical/cultural groups.
Playground. The playground is next to the sidewalk of the entrance driveway, extending from the school building back to Reservoir Road. There are three play structures on the playground: Big Playspace, Little Playspace, and a Universal Playspace III. All are open for public use when school is not in session, and Little Playspace is also open from 8:15 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.
Playground supervision is provided for students during the school day. For before- or after-school use, children must be under adult supervision.
Playground rules allow for social and physical activity, while maintaining children’s safety. Students are expected to follow the ”Three Rs”—Rights, Respect, Responsibility—at all times. Children should use the equipment only for activities for which they were designed. In addition, we expect compliance with the specific playground rules listed in Appendix D or posted at the playground.