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Summit State Championship Boys Varsity Ice Hockey Team Wins School Board Commendation; Award-Winning Student Inventors Honored

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SUMMIT, NJ—In a come-from-behind victory in overtime at Newark’s Prudential Center last Friday the Summit High School Boys Varsity High School Team captured the 2012 Group B State Championship.

At the Summit Board of Education meeting on Thursday, board member, Celia Colbert, presented a commendation from the board to the team members and their coaches.

Also honored at Thursday’s session were the winners in the local Student Inventions Through Education (SITE) competition in the third through fifth grades at Washington, Franklin, Jefferson, Brayton and Lincoln-Hubbard Schools.

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Prior to the meeting, at Washington School, students displayed their inventions in tables arranged around the auditorium. At the meeting, Washington School Principal Lauren Banker announced the winners from each school in multiple categories.

Members of the Washington School Hispanic Leadership Group, Ole’ Ole’ presented a video highlighting the group’s celebration of the many Hispanic countries from which Summit students hail and a look at the cultures and customs of each.

Students noted that the city’s students come from a total of 53 countries around the globe.

Members of the group then highlighted their research in preparing for the video.

In other business, Superintendent of Schools Nathan Parker announced that, due to the October snowstorm, the district had originally planned to open schools on April 13, cutting short the spring break by one day. He announced however, in a move that the board later confirmed, that the school year in June would be extended by one day and schools would remain closed on April 13.

The school body also introduced a policy on the use of physical restraint of students when their behavior reaches the level of an emergency.

According to the policy, the use of physical restraint would be subject to the following requirements:

  • The student must possess a physical risk to him or herself or others;
  • Restraint techniques must consider the student’s medical conditions and be modified as necessary;
  • Staff applying physical restraint shall have been trained in the safe application of restraint;
  • Students will not be subjected to restraint for using profanity or “other verbal displays or disrespect, or for non-compliance.” A verbal threat will not be considered as constituting a physical danger unless a student also demonstrates a “means of or intent to carry out the threat;”
  • Supervising staff, in determining whether the person being physically restrained should be removed from the area where the restrain was initiated, will be instructed to consider the potential for injury to the student, his or her need for privacy and the educational and emotional well-being of the other students in the vicinity;
  • The person restrained will be released from restraint immediately after the staff member administering the restraint determines that the person restrained is no longer in imminent danger of causing harm to him or herself or other or in imminent danger of destroying property; and
  • The school nurse will examine the restrained person after the restraint.

The policy also sets forth limitations on restraint, training of school personnel who would be responsible for initiating physical restraint, the parameters of classroom and security interventions and definitions of situations requiring restraint and procedures to be following before, during and after the restraint situation.

Board Vice President George Lucaci, who presided over Thursday’s meeting in the absence of President Michelle Stevenson, announced the second reading of the policy will be held at the board’s next regular board meeting.

The school body also adopted on second reading policies on school volunteers and volunteer athletic coaches.

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