The superintendent, subject to the approval of the School Committee,
is authorized to cooperate with colleges, universities, and other
recognized research agencies and researchers in promoting potentially
useful research. Because of the potentially large number of requests
for studies in our schools, it is necessary to limit the number and
establish guidelines for the approval of studies.
Decisions in connection with outside research involving students,
teachers, or other employees will be influenced by the following
- The objectives of the research should be clearly stated and should
be designed to produce valid and reliable results that will then be made
available to the Amherst-Pelham schools.
- The research should be expected to contribute to the general
improvement of the education or welfare of students attending the
- Data from school records, interviews, or questionnaires which may
have potential for invasion of the privacy of students or their families
must be authorized in advance, in writing by a parent or guardian, even
though the data are to be collected and reported under conditions of
- Research proposals should be of sufficient scope and depth to
justify the time and effort of Amherst-Pelham students and staff
- In general, instructional activities will not be interrupted unless
there is a clear significance for the educational program of the
- Projects involving student researchers must have the prior written
approval of a faculty member of the institution in which the student is
enrolled. This faculty member must have direct responsibility for
supervising the student’s research.
- The Human Subjects Review Committee of the university, college, or
research agency in which the researcher is employed should also approve
the project. If the researcher is not associated with a college,
university, or research agency, the superintendent will make a
determination on the suitability of the proposed research design.
- All research projects shall be conducted under the auspices of the
superintendent or his/her designee. The school system reserves the
right to discontinue a project if it becomes disruptive to the school
process or is not carried out in accordance with agreed upon conditions.
- The school district will make a determination about the level of parent consent needed in each project.
Please refer to School District Guideline 33, as it pertains to
notification of the right of parents and students over 18 years of age
to opt out of participation in certain surveys.
Region Voted to Approve: 4/23/01
Amherst Voted to Approve: 6/19/01
Pelham Voted to Approve:
Effective Date: 4/23/01