MANDATED PARENT NOTIFICATION
NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION
Triad Community Schools does not discriminate in treatment, admission or access and participation in district programs and activities on the basis of sex, race, color, age, national origin or disability. Inquiries concerning the implementation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (minorities), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (sex equity), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (handicapped) should be directed to Mrs. Leigh Lewis, Superintendent at (618) 667-8851.
NOTICE OF SPECIAL EDUCATION RIGHTS
Students with identified disabilitieshave the right to a free and appropriate education. Any questions regarding the identification,assessment, and placement of students with disabilities should be directed tothe Special Education Department Chairperson at 667-8851 ext. 7122. As a part of the Regional II SpecialEducation Cooperative, Triad Community Schools offers the following programs:TLS (Training for Life Skills), Cross Categorical Program (EMH, LD, and BD),and Self-Contained Behavioral Disorders.
The 2009 special education rights guide, Educational Rights and Responsibilities: Understanding Special Education in Illinois, is now available. This document is a major rewrite of the 2001 A Parents’ Guide: The Educational Rights of Students with Disabilities. The guide was collaboratively developed and reviewed by the Parent Task Force on Accessible special Education Materials, parent leaders, special education administrators, parent and advocacy organizations, and the Illinois State Board of Education.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of1974 (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their educationalrecords. Those rights are listed here:
1. The right to inspect and review the student’seducational records within 45 days of the day the District receives a requestfor access. A parent/guardian oreligible student should submit to the Records Custodian, Principal, or otherappropriate official, written requests that identify the record(s) they wish toinspect. The District official will makearrangements for access and notify the parent/guardian or eligible student ofthe time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by theDistrict official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advisethe parent/guardian or eligible student of the correct official to whom therequest should be addressed.
2. The right to request the amendment of thestudent’s education records that the parent/guardian or eligible studentbelieves is inaccurate or misleading. Aparent/guardian or eligible student may ask the District to amend a record thatthey believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the District official responsible for the record,clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why itis inaccurate or misleading. If theDistrict decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent/guardian oreligible student, the District will notify the parent/guardian or eligiblestudent of the decision and advise the parent/guardian or eligible student oftheir right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearingprocedures will be provided to the parent/guardian or eligible student whennotified of the right to a hearing.
3. The right to consent to disclosures ofpersonally identifiable information contained in the parent/guardian oreligible student’s educational record, except to the extent that FERPA authorizesdisclosure without consent. Oneexception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to schoolofficials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by theDistrict in an administrative, supervisory, academic, or support staff position(including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person orcompany with whom the District has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, orcollection agent); or a person serving on the Board of Education. A school official has a legitimateeducational interest if the official needs to review an education record inorder to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities. Upon request, the District discloseseducation records without consent to officials of another school in which astudent seeks or intends to enroll. School officials may also disclose information from a student’seducation records in compliance with a lawfully issued subpoena or court order.Before complying with such a subpoena or court order, the school will make areasonable effort to notify the student’s parent. The school does not, however, need to notifythe parent if the subpoena or court order has been issued for a law enforcementpurpose and the court order or other issuing agency orders that the existenceor contents of the subpoena not be disclosed.
4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S.Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the District to complywith the requirements of FERPA. The nameand address of the office that administers FERPA is:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20202-4605
Directory information may be disclosed without prior notice or consentunless the parent/guardian or eligible student notifies the Records Custodianor other official in writing, before October of the current school year, thathe does not want any or all of the directory information disclosed. Directory information includes the student’sname, address, telephone listing, date and place of birth, major field ofstudy, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight andheight of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awardsreceived, and the most recent previous educational agency or institutionattended.
NOTIFICATIONOF THE TRIAD DISTRICT COMPUTER/INTERNET POLICY
Each student and his or her parent(s)/guardian(s) must sign theDistrict’s Electronic Network and Internet Authorization form before beinggranted access. All use of theDistrict’s Electronic Network, including the Internet, shall be consistent withthe District’s goal of promoting educational excellence by facilitating resourcesharing, innovation, and communication. The District’s Authorization does not attempt to state all required orproscribed behavior by users. However,some specific examples are provided. Thefailure of any user to follow the terms of this Authorization will result inthe denial, revocation, or suspension of the Network/Internet privilege,disciplinary action, and/or appropriate legal action.
NOTIFICATIONOF STUDENT HARASSMENT POLICY
Harassment of Studentsis Prohibited
The District will not tolerate harassing orintimidating conduct, whether verbal, physical, or visual, that affectstangible benefits of education, that unreasonably interferes with a student’seducational performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensiveeducational environment. Examples ofprohibited conduct include name-calling, using derogatory slurs, or wearing orpossessing items depicting or implying hatred or prejudice of one of thecharacteristics stated above.
The Superintendent shall use reasonable measures to inform staff membersand students that the District will not tolerate harassment, such as byincluding this policy in the appropriate handbooks.
A person, including a District employee,agent, or student, engages in sexual harassment whenever he or she makes sexualadvances, requests sexual favors, and engages in other verbal or physicalconduct of a sexual or sex-based nature, imposed on the basis of sex, that:
1. denies or limits theprovision of educational aid, benefits, services, or treatment; or that makessuch conduct a condition of a student’sacademic status; or
2. has the purpose or effect of:
a. substantially interfering with astudent’s educational environment;
b. creating an intimidating, hostile, oroffensive educational environment;
c. depriving a student of educational aid,benefits services, or treatment;
d. making submission to or rejection of suchconduct the basis for academic decisions affecting a student.
The terms “intimidating,” “hostile,” and“offensive” include conduct which has the effect of humiliation, embarrassment,or discomfort. Examples of sexualharassment include touching, crude jokes or pictures, discussions of sexualexperiences, teasing related to sexual characteristics, and spreading rumorsrelated to a person’s alleged sexual activities.
Students, who believe they are victims of sexualharassment or have witnessed sexual harassment, are encouraged to discuss thematter with the Student Nondiscrimination Coordinator, Building Principal,Assistant Building Principal, Dean of Students, or a Complaint Manager. Students may choose to report to a person ofthe student’s same sex. Complaints willbe kept confidential to the extent possible given the need to investigate. Students who make good faith complaints willnot be disciplined.
An allegation that one student was sexuallyharassed by another student shall be referred to the Building Principal,Assistant Building Principal, or Dean of Students for appropriate action.
Mrs. Lewis, Triad District Superintendent ofSchools serves as the Nondiscrimination Coordinator. Her business address is 203 E. Throp St.,Troy, IL 62294. She can be reached at(618) 667-8851 ext.1113. The ComplaintManagers as appointed by the Superintendent are found at the end of the UniformGrievance Policy (Mr. Ken Miller, Business Manager and Mr. Robert Sudhoff,Principal).
NOTIFICATION OF UNIFORM GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE
Students, parents, guardians, employees, or community members shouldnotify any District Complaint Manager if they believe that the Board of Education,its employees, or agents have violated their rights guaranteed by the State orfederal Constitution, State or federal statute, or Board policy, or have acomplaint regarding:
1. TitleII of the Americans with Disabilities Act;
2. TitleIX of the Education Amendments of 1972;
3. Section504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973;
4. Sexualharassment (Illinois Human Rights Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of1964, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972);
5. Themisuse of funds received for services to improve educational opportunities foreducationally disadvantaged or deprived children; or
6. Curriculum,instructional materials, programs.
The Complaint Manager will attempt to resolve complaints withoutresorting to this grievance procedure and, if a complaint is filed, to addressthe complaint promptly and equitably. The right of a person to prompt and equitable resolution of thecomplaint filed hereunder shall not be impaired by the person’s pursuit ofother remedies. Use of this grievanceprocedure is not a prerequisite to the pursuit of other remedies and use ofthis grievance procedure does not extend any filing deadline related to thepursuit of other remedies. Thisprocedure does not supersede any negotiated grievance procedure.
1. Filing a Complaint
Aperson (hereinafter Complainant) who wishes to avail himself or herself of thisgrievance procedure may do so by filing a complaint with any District ComplaintManager. The Complainant shall not berequired to file a complaint with a particular Complaint Manager and mayrequest a Complaint Manager of the same sex. The Complaint Manager may request the Complainant to provide a writtenstatement regarding the nature of the complaint or require a meeting with theparent(s)/guardian(s) of a student. TheComplaint Manager shall assist the Complainant as needed.
TheComplaint Manager will investigate the complaint or appoint a qualified personto undertake the investigation on his or her behalf. If the Complainant is a student, the ComplaintManager will notify his or her parent(s)/guardian(s) that they may attend anyinvestigatory meetings in which their child is involved. The complaint and identity of the Complainantwill not be disclosed except (1) as required by law or this policy, or (2) asnecessary to fully investigate the complaint, or (3) as authorized by the Complainant. The Complaint Manager shall file a writtenreport of his or her findings with the Superintendent. If a complaint of sexual harassment containsallegations involving the Superintendent, the written report shall be filedwith the Board of Education, which shall render a decision in accordance withSection 3 of this policy. TheSuperintendent will keep the Board informed of all complaints.
3. Decision and Appeal
Afterreceipt of the Complaint Manager’s report, the Superintendent shall render awritten decision which shall be provided to the Complainant. If the Complainant is not satisfied with thedecision, the Complainant may appeal it to the Board of Education by making awritten request to the Complaint Manager. The Complaint Manager shall be responsible for promptly forwarding allmaterials relative to the complaint and appeal to the Board of Education. Thereafter, the Board of Education shallrender a written decision which shall be provided to the Complainant. This grievance procedure shall not beconstrued to create an independent right to a Board of Education hearing.
Appointed Complaint Managers
Mr. Ken Miller, 203 E. Throp Street, Troy 62294 (618) 667-8851 ext. 1103
Mrs. Cathy Buller, 9539 E. US Highway 40, St. Jacob, IL 62281 (618)644-5511 ext. 4503
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2002 (NCLB) was enacted to ensure thatall children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a highquality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging statewide academic achievement standards and state wide academic assessments. As a result of NCLB, parents have a right torequest information about the educational qualifications of their children’steachers.
The purpose of the IHSA organization is to provide leadership for the development, supervision and promotion of good sportsmanship in interscholastic competition and other activities in which its member schools choose to engage. Participation in such interscholastic activities offers eligible students experiences in an educational setting which provide enrichment to the educational experience. IHSA Eligibility Rules
PARENT/GUARDIAN STATE PUPIL TRANSPORTATION REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM
This state program is for parents/guardians to whom free bussing is not provided. It is also utilized by parents/guardians which live less than 1.5 miles from the school and have a Serious Safety Hazard approval on file with their Regional Office of Education. The reimbursement rates are usually prorated, and are paid out on a per pupil basis.
ILLINOIS TEXTBOOK LOAN PROGRAM
This state program was authorized in 1975 legislation to provide textbooks free of charge to any public and nonpublic student enrolled in grades K-12. Illinois is not an "adoption state" and this program is not part of a funding program of that nature. Curriculum materials selections in Illinois are the decision of each school or local district. The state purchases the materials and then loans them to pupils. The program funding is only enough to provide supplemental dollars for materials and is not aimed at total funding for all instructional materials. To participate, schools must be registered with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) as in compliance with the compulsory attendance laws and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. Student materials are requested by school staff from catalogs sent to schools by the various bonded publishers participating in the program. Legislation in 1996 specifically added instructional computer software to the textbook definition.
LINKS TO MANDATED PARENT NOTIFCATION
If a Triad student becomes homeless (i.e. lacks a regular, fixed, adequate nighttime place of abode or lives in a shelter), the student (which may include those in foster care or in the care of others) may be permitted to remain enrolled in Triad CUSD #2 while homeless or until the end of the school year in which the student obtains regular housing. Also, if the parents/guardians/caretakers of a homeless student enroll the child in the Triad CUSD #2, the student will be enrolled; however, the contact information of the parent/guardian must be provided to school personnel upon enrollment.
Parents should contact the Regional Office of Education, Madison County Administration Building, 157 N. Main Street, Suite 438, Edwardsville, Illinois, if they need any information regarding the rights of a homeless student. Parents may also contact the Triad District’s Homeless Liaison, Dale Sauer, at Triad Central Office.