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School Policy Notices at Whitmore Lake Public Schools

It’s important for parents, students, and employees to stay aware of school policy notices at Whitmore Lake Public Schools. Understand these policies that satisfy notification requirements of State and/or Federal Law can help all members of WLPS participate in a safe and enjoyable journey through our educational system.

Please review the following school policy notices at WLPS so that you’re aware of what WLPS condones, rights afforded to individuals and WLPS, and other important information. For questions regarding all school policies, please contact your building’s principal or Superintendent Tom DeKeyser at 734-449-4464 or by email at tom.dekeyser@wlps.net.

Disclosure of Personal Information

If you do not want the following information available to the public, notify your building principal before October 7th, 2015. Designation of “Directory Information” In accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 USC 1232[g]), the Board of Education of the Whitmore Lake Public School District has designated the following information as directory information: a student’s name; the image or likeness in pictures, videotape, fi lm website or other medium; participation in officially recognized activities and sports; height and weight, if a member of an athletic team; degrees and awards received; and school photographs or videos of students participating in school activities, events or programs.

Designation of “Directory Information” 

In accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 USC 1232[g]), the Board of Education of the Whitmore Lake Public School District has designated the following information as directory information: a student’s name; the image or likeness in pictures, videotape, film or other medium; participation in officially recognized activities and sports; height and weight, if a member of an athletic team; finally, degrees and awards received. While other information concerning students of the school district remains confidential and will be released only in accordance with the school district’s Student Record Policy, the above “directory information” will be released to a requesting party unless a parent/guardian or an adult student advises the school district that such information should not be so released with respect to that particular student. If a parent or adult student desires that the above “directory information” or any part thereof, concerning a particular student not be released, he/she should contact the student’s building principal.

Drug-Free Schools

In accordance with federal law, the board of education prohibits the use, possession, concealment, or distribution of drugs by students on school grounds, in school or school-approved vehicles, at any school-related event. Drugs include any alcoholic beverage, anabolic steroid, dangerous controlled substances as defined by state statute, substance that could be considered a “look-alike” controlled substance. Compliance with this policy is mandatory for all students. Any student who violates this policy will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with due process and as specified in the student handbook, up to and including expulsion from school. When required by state law, the district will also notify law enforcement officials. The district is concerned about any student who a victim of alcohol or drug abuse and will facilitate the process by which she/he receives help through programs and services available in the community. Students and their parents should contact the school principal or counseling office whenever such help is needed.

Disclosure of Personal Information to the Military

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) provides for disclosure of a student’s personal information to military recruiters upon request unless parents have advised us that they do not want their student’s information disclosed without their prior written consent. If a parent or adult student does not want Whitmore Lake Public Schools to disclose personal information from a student’s education records to military recruiters without prior written consent, the building principal must be notified in writing no later than October 7th, 2010

Student Privacy & Parental Access to Information

The Whitmore Lake Public Schools Board of Education respects the privacy rights of parents and their children. No student shall be required as a part of the school program or the district’s curriculum, without prior written consent of the student (if an adult or an emancipated minor), or, if an emancipated minor, his/her parents, to submit to or participate in any survey, analysis, or evaluation that reveals information concerning political affiliations or beliefs of the student or his/her parents; mental or psychological problems of the student or his/her family; sex behavior or attitudes; illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior; critical appraisals of other individuals with whom respondents have close, family relationships; legally-recognized privileged and analogous relationships, such as those of lawyers, physicians, and ministers; religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or his/her parents; or income (other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance under such a program).

Right to Deny Use of Student’s Image

WLPS recognizes the value of utilizing audio-visual and other types of electronic communication in providing an effective education for the students of Whitmore Lake. Unless otherwise notified, the district assumes the parent’s permission in the use your child’s image, name, work product,school and grade for use in district prepared printed materials, and in presentations that may be posted on the district website or cable channel. If you do not wish to grant the district this right, please access and return the Student Photograph/Videotape Form on the website at: www.wlps.net, or by contacting your specifi c school building office.

Right to Inspect Instructional Materials

Parents and students may inspect, request, suggest, complain, or file a grievance as it relates to instructional materials such as textbooks, library books, reference works, and other instructional aids used in the district; however, the following procedure must be followed: Complete a “Request for Review of Materials or Course Content” form which is available at the school office or at the Superintendent’s office. Submit the form to the school principal who will respond to your request in accordance with the steps outlined in Board of Education Policy 9130, a copy of which is available online or upon request from the superintendent’s office.

Nondiscrimination in Education

The Whitmore Lake Public School District hereby agrees that it will comply with federal laws prohibiting discrimination and with all requirements imposed by or pursuant to regulations of the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, it shall be the policy of the schools that no person on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, age, sex, or marital status shall be discriminated against, excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise discriminated against under any federally funded program or activity for which Whitmore Lake Public Schools is responsible or for which it receives federal financial assistance. This policy of nondiscrimination shall also apply to otherwise qualified handicapped individuals.

Use of Pesticides

The Michigan Department of Agriculture now requires schools to notify parents when pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, etc. are being applied on school grounds. The Whitmore Lake School District normally applies these chemicals during the summer vacation and other vacation periods when school is not in session. Occasionally, in emergencies, we may be required to apply these chemicals when school is in session. You have the right to be informed prior to any pesticide application made on the school grounds and buildings. In certain emergencies, pesticides may be applied without prior notice, but you will be provided notice following any such application. If you want prior notification, please contact the superintendent’s office at (734)449-4464.

Asbestos Management

In accordance with the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act [AHERA] – Section 763.93 [g], [1.], Management plans for the High School, Middle School, and Elementary School are available for public review. Plans are located at 8845 Main Street Whitmore Lake, Michigan in the District’s Maintenance Office, on the district website, and in the office of each building. A request for review can be obtained from the Superintendent’s office.

Notification of Rights under FERPA For Elementary and Secondary Schools

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. These rights are:

(1) The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the school receives a request for access. Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal (or appropriate school official) a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

(2) The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes is inaccurate. Parents or eligible students may ask the school to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate. They should write the school principal (or appropriate school official), clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate. If the school decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the school will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise him/her of his/her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.

(3) The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the school as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the school board; a person or company with whom the school has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

(4) The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the school district to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20202-4605

Bullying and Aggressive Behavior

It is the policy of the District to provide a safe and nurturing educational environment for all of its students. This policy protects all students from bullying/aggressive behavior regardless of the subject matter or motivation for such impermissible behavior. Bullying or other aggressive behavior toward a student, whether by other students, staff,or third parties, including Board members, parents, guests, contractors, vendors, andvolunteers, is strictly prohibited. This prohibition includes written, physical, verbal,and psychological abuse, including hazing,gestures, comments, threats, or actions to a student, which cause or threaten to cause bodily harm, reasonable fear for personal safety or personal degradation. Demonstration of appropriate behavior,treating others with civility and respect, and refusing to tolerate harassment or bullying is expected of administrators, faculty, staff, and volunteers to provide positive examples for student behavior. This policy applies to all “at school” activities dent or employee is at any school-sponsored, school-approved or school-related activity or function, such as field trips or athletic events where students are under the school’s control, or where an employee is engaged in school business. Misconduct occurring outside of school may also be disciplined if it interferes with the school environment. in the District, including activities on school property, in a school vehicle, and those occurring off school property if the employee is at any school-sponsored,school-approved or school-related activity or function, such as field trips or athletic events where students are under the school’s control,or where an employee is engaged in school business. Misconduct occurring outside of school may also be disciplined if it interferes with the school environment.

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible State or local Agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600(voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information is available in languages other than English.

To file a complaint alleging discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

 mail:

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

fax:

(202) 690-7442; or

email:>program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

 

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