School Committees have a responsibility to create policies in order to establish the direction and structure of the school district using the authority granted by state laws. School Committee policies have the force of law equal to statues or ordinances. Policies establish the direction for the district as they are designed to set goals, assign authority, and establish controls that make school governance and management possible. Policies are reviewed by the School Committee on an ongoing basis. Changes made to policies are in response to state and federal regulations as well as in response to district needs and priorities.
In compliance with State Law, each school district is required to post specific information regarding the district as part of the Access to Public Records Act (APRA) requirements. This information is contained on the district website. If the information you are seeking is not found on this website, you may request copies of existing documents using the APRA Request to Inspect Records.
The policy and procedures for handling APRA requests are found below.
Requests should be sent to the Superintendent's Office, to the attention of Amanda Sousa, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent, at 29 Middle Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871
Business and Non-Instructional Operations 3440 Inventories 3470 Records Retention and Destruction 3513 Items Unacceptable for Use in Schools 3514 Furniture and Equipment 3515 Electrical Devices 3520 Indoor Air Quality 3530 Heating 3600 Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) 3610 Crisis Intervention 3620 Building Security 3621 Keys/Access Cards/Access Codes 3631 Climbing Wall Safety 3700.1 Walkers and Riders 3700.2 School Bus Code Personnel 4111.1 Educator Code Of Conduct 4111.2 Leave of Absence 4111.6 Equal Employment Opportunity Policy 4112.2 Extra-Curricular Positions 4115.3 Acting Positions 4120 School Nurse/Teacher 4134 Participation in Recognition Programs 4141 Crediting Related Experiences as Teaching Experience 4147 Health Insurance 4160 Part-Time, Non-Certified Salary 4210 Bus Inspection and Driver Certification 4211.5 School Bus Monitors 4211.6 School Bus Monitors - Recruitment and Operating Procedures 4211.7 Video Cameras on School Buses 4211 School Bus Operations 4212.1 Summer Maintenance Employment 4310 Employee Assistance Program 4340 Employment Contracts 4341 Operation and Maintenance of Vehicles 4351 Webmail Guidelines 4352 Software Licensing, Approval and Installation 4353 Portsmouth School Department Websites 4355 Information Technology Equipment Students 5100 Comprehensive Health Plan 5100.1 Health and Wellness 5111.2 First Grade 5113 Student Eligibility for Middle and High School Interscholastic Athletics 5113.1 Participation in Extra-Curricular Activities 5116 Student Residency 5117 Student Attendance Areas 5118.4 Reciprocal and Interdistrict Educational Agreements 5118.5 International Exchange Arrangements 5121.1 Release Time for Religious Observance 5124 Flagging Records of Missing Children 5125 Student Records 5126.5 High School Student Recognition Awards/State Championships 5126 State and National Recognition 5131.01 Chemical Health and Student Safety 5134 Student Solicitation at School Events 5143 Sports Insurance - Interscholastic Sports 5150 Responsible Use for Network Access 5151 Electronic Mail (Email) System Policy and Guidelines 5152 Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) 5210 Field Trips 5310 Parking 5320 Use of Bicycles for Transportation to and from School 5330 Skateboards/Roller Skates On School Property/School Buses 5411 Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 5800 High School Yearbook Instruction 6010 Comparability of Staff and Services 6111 School Calendar 6116 Inclement Weather or Other Emergency 6117 Early Dismissal or Cancellation of Local Schools 6140 Curriculum 6143 Curriculum Guides 6144.5 Social Networking and Text Messaging 6145 Electronic Calculation 6148 Selection of Instructional Materials 6149 Textbook Replacement and Modification 6150 Interscholastic/Intramural Athletic Program 6155 Sex Education 6160 Homework 6165 Exclusion of a Child from Instruction Because of Religious Beliefs 6200 Gifted and Talented Education 6210 Procedures for Service to Students by Non-Staff Members 6400 Unsafe School Choice