2022-2023 SUMMER INFORMATION TO FAMILIES

TO: All BHS Students and Parents/Guardians

FROM: BHS Administration

RE: Tentative Schedules

Schedules for the 2022-2023 school year will be available on August 24, 2022. Please log on to the parent portal to view your student’s tentative schedule.  If you are experiencing an issue accessing your schedule, please contact our School Counseling Department at (203) 315-6730. 

The tentative schedule should allow you to check the following:

  1. Scheduling Conflicts (i.e., two courses scheduled at the same time, or an advanced course taken before or without the prerequisite course).

  2. Failure to meet a course prerequisite.

  3. Total Credits – All students must carry at least 6.5.

  4. Missing core course (Math, Science, English, Social Studies, PE/Health).

  5. In order for students to be eligible for the Honor Roll, sports, and certain extracurricular activities, the student must be carrying a full course load (see number 3).

  6. Please refer to The Guide about the Add/Drop policies of classes.

Paper schedules will be available to students on the first day of school.

Thank you,

BHS Administration

BHS Class of 2025 Freshman Orientation 

Monday August 23, 2022 - BHS CathyAnn Roding Auditorium -

All incoming freshmen students need to bring their WIS issued chromebook.
We look forward to seeing everyone.
See below for your child time slot:

  • 9:00 am - 10:30 am ( Students last name starting with A to F and all new to BHS sophmores,)

  • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm ( Students last name starting with G to O and all new to BHS juniors)

  • 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm (Students last name starting with P to Z and all new to BHS seniors)
       

Please adhere to these time slots as they were divided to create three rqual groups

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INFORMATION REGARDING CHRONIC ABSENTEEISM

In accordance with the State Board of Education's definition of attendance, any student who is not physically attending their assigned school for at least half of the school day is reported as absent to the Connecticut Department of Education
(CSDE) at the end of the year. When a student is absent more than 10% of the year, they are classified as being chronically absent.

In alignment with this definition, excused absences that result in a student not being in their class are counted as part of a student’s chronic absence total. The only exceptions are religious holidays and Branford High School sponsored events such as internships, field trips, or CIAC/SCC sanctioned events.

A copy of the attendance guidelines can be found on our website at www.branfordhigh.org under the Parent Resources (The Guide).

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DIVORCED/SEPARATED PARENTS INFORMATION

It is the mission of Branford High School to be a support to families and to promote positive development for children. We recognize that many families are in transition and have experienced divorce and/or separation. Please provide us with either updated information or information regarding custody/visitation so that we may avoid any confusion. Please communicate with your child's school counselor or contact the school's registrar with this information. If there are any persons not authorized to pick up children at BHS, please give that information to your child's school counselor or school registrar..

Thank you for helping us to provide the best possible care for your children. For questions for our Registrar, please contact Susan Wallace, Registrar at Branford Public Schools, 203-315-6723.

August 2022

Dear Parent/Guardian of Branford Public School Student(s),

BRANFORD PUBLIC SCHOOLS
185 Damascus Road, Branford, CT 06405
203.488.7276  •  Fax 203. 315.3505
www.branfordschools.org

The food service staff is busy preparing for the opening of schools!  The school nutrition program is an essential part of the education system and, by providing good-tasting, nutritious meals in pleasant surroundings, we are supporting the learning environment and helping to teach students the value of good nutrition 

The federal programs that have allowed us to provide breakfast and lunch at no cost to all students for the past two years are no longer available.  While we continue to explore alternative sources of funding, there is a significant possibility that students will be required to pay for meals this year. Therefore, we recommend that you complete and submit the enclosed application for free and reduced-price meals if your family is at all near the income eligibility guidelines.  If your child(ren) qualify for free meals, they will be free regardless of the District’s meal funding situation.  Similarly, if your family qualifies for reduced-price meals, at most you will only have to pay the non-subsidized portion.  Your applications are confidential and only seen by one, trained person unless you appeal the decision.

If you have received a NOTICE OF DIRECT CERTIFICATION for free or reduced-price meals, do not complete the application unless instructed to do so by the district. Free meal benefits are extended to all children in a household when directly certified.  If any children in your household are not listed on your Notice of Direct Certification letter, please call 203-315-7806 for assistance. 

If you would like to apply for Free and Reduced-price meals, please complete, sign and return the yellow form so that your eligibility can be determined. Information you provide on the application is confidential. In order to maximize confidentiality, we are collecting all applications at the Board of Education Central Office, 185 Damascus Road, Branford, CT 06405.  Please do not return the application to your child’s school.

Included in your packet are:

  • 2022-2023 Application for Free and Reduced-price School Meals (Yellow form)

  • Branford Public Schools Breakfast and Lunch Program and MySchoolBucks overview

  • Board of Education Policy 3542.43 Charging Policy and Administrative Regulation-Bad Debt

  • Branford Public Schools calendar 2022-23 (also on www.branfordschools.org)

  • Frequently Asked Questions about Free and Reduced-Price School Meals

  • Addendum C: Information on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

  • Information about Connecticut’s HUSKY child health insurance plans

  • Information on Student Accident Insurance

If you have any questions, please contact Maria Cacace, Determining Official at (203) 315-7806. If your situation changes or you change your mind, you may apply any time during the school year.

Thank you,

Hamlet M. Hernandez
Hamlet M. Hernandez Superintendent of Schools