Cassy is an experienced educator with a master's degree in Curriculum (26% of Instruction) from the University of Texas at Austin and a professional degree in Elementary Education from the University of Hawaii. She has been a classroom teacher for more than 20 years and recently joined the EAC community as a higher-level teaching assistant. This summer, Cassy began training Montessori teachers at the Montessori Elementary Teacher Training Collaboration in Lexington, MA. In her free time, Cassy enjoys swimming, reading, photographing, paddling, and hiking in her hometown of Ithaca.
As an expert in the field of education, she is well-versed in the policies and regulations that govern schools in Gainesville, Virginia. Virginia Code § 22.1-277.07 and § 22.1-277.08 describe violations that can lead to suspension for more than 45 school days. The School Board or Superintendent or designee can determine if there are aggravating circumstances as defined by the VDOE. Policy 747 from the Department of Student Management and Alternative Programs outlines the rules for student behavior on school property, during school-sponsored activities, or on school buses.
Disruptive behavior is not tolerated and can lead to suspension or expulsion from school. The School Board Disciplinary Committee (SBDC) is responsible for deciding appeals related to suspensions or expulsions. The COB rules and regulations are intended to guide student behavior while they are under the supervision of schools. The Guide to Inclusive Practices for Elementary and Secondary Education provides information on how to best meet the needs of students with disabilities in general education environments. The principal has the authority to establish appropriate consequences for violations which can range from counseling to referral for new disciplinary action (extended suspension, placement in a non-traditional environment, or recommendation for expulsion). School administrators must notify parents within 24 hours of any incident of alleged harassment. Each school has a threat assessment team to evaluate and intervene with people whose behavior may pose a threat to the safety of school staff or students.
Virginia Code § 22.1-176 allows school boards to provide transportation to students but does not require them to do so. Weapons and other prohibited items are not allowed on any school property, school buses, going to or going to school, or any school-related activity. In order to create a safe and inclusive environment in Gainesville, Virginia schools, teachers must be aware of all relevant policies and regulations. They must also be vigilant in monitoring student behavior and intervening when necessary. By providing a secure and supportive atmosphere for teaching and learning, teachers can ensure that all students have equal access to educational opportunities.