The Atchison County Community Schools, USD #377, Effingham, Kansas, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs or activities. Anyone having questions regarding compliance with Title VI, Title IX, Americans With Disability Act or Section 504 may contact:
Dr. Andrew Gaddis, Superintendent of Schools, 306 Main Street, P.O. Box 289, Effingham, KS
NOTICE OF COMPLIANCE
In compliance of the Executive Order 11246; Title II of Education amendments of 176; Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972; Title IX Regulation Implementing Education Amendments of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and all other Federal, State, and School rules, laws, regulations, and policies, USD 377 shall not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, or handicap in educational programs, vocational programs, employment or other activities which it operates. It is the interest of USD 377 to comply with both the letter and the spirit of the law in making certain discrimination does not exist in its policies,
Specific complaints of alleged discrimination under Title IX (sex) and Section
Title IX & Section 504 Coordinator, Dr. Andrew Gaddis, USD 377, PO Box 289, Effingham, KS 66023.
Title VI, Title IX and Section 504 complaints can also be filed with the Regional Office for Civil Rights:
US Department of Education, Region VII, Office for Civil Rights, 10220 N. Executive Hills Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64153
Asbestos-Annual Notification to Employees, Students and Parents
USD 377 has asbestos containing materials in some floor tile throughout its buildings; and the Elementary School gym has asbestos containing material in the pipe insulation coverings. These areas are being managed and maintained according to ‘AHERA’ regulations. In addition, all asbestos containing material is being monitored every six months according to law. The floor tile presents no immediate danger to students and staff and will be maintained for an indefinite period of time. The district is in compliance with the ‘EPA’ and ‘AHERA’ rules and regulations and has the safety and well being of its students and staff uppermost in mind. All asbestos information is open to the public and is available in each principal’s office. A master plan is located in the Central Office.
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT
USD 377 is in the process of evaluating all public facilities for compliance with this act. This will include all parking areas, routes from the parking area to the facility or building, entrance to the facility or building, routes within the facility or building, restrooms, drinking fountains, counters, etc. Improvements and compliance are in progress.
OSHA HAZARD COMMUNICATION STANDARD
USD 377 is in compliance with this law and has adopted a program as follows:
The program includes hazardous materials inventory listing, location listings, vendor listings, phone listings, material safety data sheets, labeling of all containers and provides direction for training of employees involved. Each building office and/or custodial work area within the building has a copy of this program and the material safety data sheets for each product used meeting these guidelines.
Annual Notice to Parents and Students of Rights Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
Under the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), parents of students and eligible students (those who are 18 or older) are afforded various rights with regard to educational records that are kept and maintained by Unified School District No. 377.
In accordance with FERPA, you are required to be notified of those rights which include:
1. The right to review and inspect all of your educational records, except those which are specifically exempt. Records will be available for your review within 45 days of the day the district receives your request for access.
2. The right to prevent disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in your educational records to other persons, with certain limited exceptions. Disclosure of information from your educational records to other persons will occur only if: a. we have prior written consent for disclosure; b. the information if considered “directory information” and you have not objected to the release of such information; or c. disclosure without your prior consent is permitted by law.
*The district may disclose, without your consent, personally identifiable information to school officials with a legitimate educational interest. 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); the school board (in executive session); 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 of 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 to fulfill his or her professional responsibility or duties. *The district will disclose a student’s education records to officials of another school district in which the student seeks or intends to enroll without your consent and without further notice that the records have been requested or forwarded.
3. The right to request that your educational records be amended if you believe the records are misleading, inaccurate, or otherwise in violation of your rights. This right includes the right to request a hearing at which you may present evidence to show why the record should be changed if your request for an amendment to your records is denied in the first instance.
4. The right to file a complaint with the Family Policy and Regulations Office at the U.S. Department of Education if you believe that USD 377 has failed to comply with FERPA’s requirements.
The address of this office is 400 Maryland Ave. SW, Room 4074, Washington, DC 20202-4605. 5. The right to obtain a copy of USD 377 policies for complying with FERPA.
A copy may be obtained from: USD 377 Board Office, 306 Main St., Effingham, KS 66023.
Directory Information: For purposes of FERPA, USD 377 has designated certain information contained in educational records as directory information. This information may be disclosed for any purpose without your consent. This information can be disclosed without consent because it is the type of information that would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed.
The following information is considered directory information: name, address, telephone number, electronic mail address, date and place of birth, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees, honors and awards received, the most recent previous school attended by the student, class designation or grade level, enrollment status (e.g., undergraduate or graduate, full-time or part-time), major field of study and photographs. You have a right to refuse to permit the designation of any or all of the above information as directory information.
If you refuse, you must file written notification to this effect with USD 377 on or before August 16, 2012. If a refusal is not filed, USD 377 assumes you have no objection to the release of the directory information designated. Recruiting Information:
Military recruiters and institutions of higher education are entitled under federal law to a list of names, addresses, and telephone numbers of high school students unless you object to the release of this information. If you notify your principal in writing at any time that you do not wish your child’s information to be released, we will honor that request.
NOTIFICATION OF RIGHTS UNDER PPRA
The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) gives parents and students who are 18 or older or emancipated minors (“eligible students”) certain rights regarding the school district’s conduct of surveys, collection and use of information for marketing purposes, and conduct of certain physical exams. These include the right to:
1. Consent to federally funded surveys concerning “protected information.” If the U.S. Department of education funds a survey in whole or in part, a student’s parents or an eligible student must consent in writing before the student may provide information relating to the following categories: Political affiliations; Mental or psychological problems of the student or student’s family; Sexual behavior or attitudes; illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior; Critical appraisals of student’s family members; Privileged or similar relationships recognized by law, such as with attorneys, doctors, and ministers; Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or student’s parents; or Income other than that required by law to determine program eligibility. A survey that concerns any of these points is called a “protected information survey.”
2. Opt out of certain surveys and exams. Parents and eligible students will receive notice of any of the following activities and will have the right to opt out of them: Activities involving collection, disclosure, or use of personal information obtained from students for purposes of marketing or selling or otherwise distributing the information to others; any protected information survey, regardless of funding; and any nonemergency, invasive physical exam or screening required as a condition of attendance, administered by the school or its agent and scheduled by the school, and not necessary to protect the immediate health and safety of a student or of another student, except for hearing, vision, or scoliosis screenings, or any physical exam or screening permitted or required under state law.
3. Inspect certain material. Parents and eligible students have the right to inspect the following, upon request, before the district administers or uses them: Protected information surveys of students (including any instructional materials used in connection with the survey); Documents used to collect personal information from students for any of the above marketing, sales, or other distribution purposes; and Instructional material used as part of the educational curriculum.
4. Receive notification of district policy. The School District will develop a policy, in consultation with parents, regarding these rights , and has made arrangements to protect student privacy in the administration of protected information surveys and the collection, disclosure, or use of personal information for marketing, sales, or other distribution purposes. The School District will directly notify parents and eligible students, such as through U.S. Mail or e-mail, of this policy as least annually at the start of each school year and after any substantive changes are made.
5. Report violations. Parents and eligible students who believe their rights have been violated may file a complaint with: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20202-4605.
USDA Nondiscrimination Statement
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 Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may
and 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: