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Glenn C. Moore Elementary

Handbook

2019-2020

707 W. Osage

Nowata, OK. 74048

918-273-0771

Sherry Campbell, Principal Gina Thompson, Dean of Student

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

To Build a Solid Foundation for Lifelong Learning

General Information

1.It is important for the safety of every student that the school is informed on how every student is to go home. Each student will have a “My Way Home” form to be completed by the parent or caregiver. Please call the office before 2:45 to make a change for the day.

2.Parents are welcome to visit the school. All visitors/volunteers should report to the office, sign in and receive a visitor/volunteer pass.

3.It is important for parents to notify the office any time there is a change of address or a new phone number for home or work. This is necessary to keep enrollment cards updated in the event of an illness or injury.

Transportation

Drop Off

Students may arrive at 7:30.Due to such limited parking it is vital that EVERYONE follow our drop-off/pickup procedures. Please enter the north side of the EAST parking lot and pull up to the yellow line making two lanes of traffic. Students will get out of the car and directly enter the building. Students should exit the vehicle promptly in order to make the process move quickly. Watch the Resource Officer for directions. Please do not pull into or through the bus lane directly in front of the school. During inclement weather, please form one line as you enter the east parking lot to drop off your student(s). Staff will be stationed at the front of the building to monitor students coming straight inside the building.

Pick Up

We will begin loading at 3:15. Please enter the North side of the East parking lot. Stop to pick up students at the north end of that parking lot. We will have two lanes of cars heading to the south during pick up times. Teachers will assist in loading students. You will not need to leave your vehicle.

If you walk to get your student, you may line up outside on the Northeast sidewalk.

Bus Riders

Elementary students are eligible for transportation services if they live more than one and one-half mile from school by commonly traveled roads or, for children identified as having a disability, if the child’s multidisciplinary team has identified transportation as a related service for that child. Students may ride only their regularly assigned bus and get off at their regularly assigned stop unless emergency arrangements have been made with the school office. Cameras and/or school staff have been placed on each bus to monitor behavior.

Students are permitted to ride the bus as long as they meet the expectations listed below:

1.Enter the bus quietly and be seated as soon as possible.

2.Remain seated until the bus comes to a complete stop.

3.Do not engage in horseplay

4.Keep head and arms inside the bus.

5.Do not throw anything in or out of the bus

6.Keep all objects out of the aisle.

7.Talk quietly to friends sitting nearby

8.Be respectful and courteous to the bus driver and others

9.Do not talk to the driver while the bus is moving unless it is an emergency

10.Never tamper with the emergency door of the bus

11.In the event of an emergency, remain seated until the driver or other responsible adult has given instructions.

Failure to meet the expectations may result in seat assignments and/or verbal correction by the bus driver. Serious or repeated infractions may require the sending of a written report to the principal and possible disciplinary action. Disciplinary action could be warnings, 3-5 day loss of bus privileges or suspension of all bus riding privileges is possible. All disciplinary actions will be taken as deemed suitable for the offense according to the investigation. Teachers and administration may choose alternatives that may be appropriate and effective for a particular situation.

Instruction

Curriculum

The curriculum at Nowata Elementary School includes an integrated study of Reading, Math, Language Arts, Spelling, Social Studies, Science, Physical Education, Music, and Art, as identified by the Oklahoma State Department of Education. A copy of the guidelines are available for review at the Oklahoma State Department of Education website.

Assessment

Teachers use multi-criteria assessments when measuring student mastery of the stated objective through projects, daily assignments, performances, tests, etc. Each child’s progress is observed and recorded at regular intervals. Results are used to improve and individualize instruction.

Grades

The Nowata Public Schools uses the following grading scale:

K4 and Kindergarten use developmental checklists to inform parents of progress.

Grade 1 Grades 2-5

S Student is Successful on a consistent basis A 90%-100%

N Needs improvement B 80%-89%

U Unsuccessful on a consistent basis C 70%-79%

D 60%-69%

F Below 60%

Report Cards will be sent home quarterly. Progress Reports are sent home at four and one-half-week each quarter to provide information to parents regarding the progress of their child. You may call the school to request a username and password to access your child’s grades for second through fifth grades.

Promotion/Retention and Failing Courses

The Nowata Public Schools determines promotion and retention through an evaluation of the total growth of the individual child, rather than his or her rate of academic achievement alone. Test Scores, grades, and/or teacher recommendation will be used to determine whether students will be retained. PK-3rd grade promotion will be determined by end of the year site and state assessments. Parents, teachers, and an administrator will sign off on Retention. All signatures are not required for retention but are preferred. Nowata Public School student retention policy is available for parent review in the principal or superintendent’s office.

Probationary Promotion

A Reading Sufficiency Team will hold meetings in May to consider students PK-3rd grade that do not demonstrate proficiency on site or state assessments for Probationary Promotion according to School Board Policy. Parents will be notified of their students’ performance and are a welcomed member of the Reading Sufficiency Team.

Appeal Process

The Reading Sufficiency Team’s decision may be appealed to the superintendent within five (5) days of the student or parent’s receipt of the report card, Consult the building principal for further information concerning the appeal process or for a copy of the Schools District’s policy.

Attendance Policy

Oklahoma law requires regular school attendance by children of school age. School districts are required to record all student absences and the reasons for them and to report excessive absences to the proper authorities. Although regular school attendance is essential for a student’s success in school, the Board of Education recognizes that an occasional absence is unavoidable. Students must be in attendance in each class 90% of the time.

Any elementary student that arrives after 8:05 a.m. or leaves before 3:00pm., is considered out of compliance. Any combination of three late arrivals or early departures equal one- half day absence.

Nowata City Ordinance:

The building principal will send a letter of notification to the parent once the student has 3 unexcused absences and 5 unexcused absences. If the student reaches a total of seven unexcused absences for the current semester the parent will be issued a truancy ticket by the school resource officer. This is in accordance to city and county ordinance. Please be advised, unless a doctor’s note is presented to the office the absence is unexcused.

Additionally,

1.Students who miss more the (9) days risk not receiving credit for the class. In the event a student exceeds nine (9) absences in a semester the student’s parent may request review by the attendance committee of the decision that the student will not earn passing grades, by letter to the building principal. If no request is received within five (5) days of the student or parent’s receipt of the report card, the decision will be final and non-appealable. The attendance committee will consist of the principal, dean, nurse, counselor, and one teacher. The committee will take into consideration any extenuating circumstances for each case of excessive absence. After deliberation, the committee will determine whether the student will or will not earn credit.

2.The parent may request a review of the committee’s decision by letter to the superintendent. If no request is received within five (5) days of the parent’s receipt of the committee’s written notification of his or her decision, the committee’s decision will be final and non-appealable.

3.The parent may request a review of the superintendent’s decision by letter to the superintendent or the Clerk of the Board of Education. If no request is received within five (5) days of the parent’s receipt of the superintendent’s written notification of his or her decision, the superintendent’s decision will be final. The parent will be notified in writing of the date, time and place of the Board meeting at which the decision will be reviewed. The Board’s decision will be final and non-appealable.

4.If a parent disagrees with the Board’s decision, he or she may prepare a written statement stating the reason(s) for disagreement, which will be placed in and become a part of the student’s permanent cumulative record.

Absence Procedure

Any time a student is absent the school office must have notification from a parent/guardian the day of the absence, contact the school secretary. Please bring documentation from doctor’s visits when students are seen in the office and particularly when students will be absent for an extended period of time.

Students who arrive after 8:05 must check in with the office and pick up a late pass. All students who are picked up during the day must be signed out in the office and it is counted the same as a tardy, unless it would be for a half day absence. Three tardies = ½ day absent.

Closing School

Should Oklahoma severe weather or emergency situations make it necessary to dismiss early or cancel, all local news media will be notified immediately. Schools are generally closed when school officials determine buses cannot operate safely due to dangerous road conditions. Please have an alternate plan for your child if you are at work. Make sure you fill out the emergency contact phone number on your child’s enrollment form.

Dismissal

If a student must leave school any time during the school day, parents or those designated on the enrollment card must check them out through the office.

Lunches

The Nowata Public Schools participate in the National School Lunch Program. Nourishing and balanced meals are served daily. Children from households whose income falls within the federal income guidelines are eligible for either free or reduced price meals. Applications must be submitted each school year for approval. Applications are available during enrollment or in the cafeteria office. The National School Lunch Program

Director will notify parents of an outstanding debt that has incurred by students allowed to charge for lunches.

Parents have the option to prepay lunch accounts. Parents are welcome to eat a meal with their children. Reservations may be made by phoning the office before 10:00 a.m. on the day you will be eating with your child.

(Meal prices are set by Nowata Public School Board along with the Nutrition Administrator and are subject to change).

DISCIPLINE PLAN

The Board of Education of the Nowata School District adopts the following policy and procedures dealing with student behavior. Nowata Elementary School teachers and administrators make every effort to use positive reinforcement, provide a pleasant environment and maintain parental contact to ensure the appropriate behavior of each child.

Inappropriate behaviors at Glenn C. Moore Elementary fall into 3 categories or levels of offenses. Each level is addressed either by the classroom teacher or the school administration.

The following tables include examples of, but are not limited to, unacceptable behaviors.

Examples of Level 1 Offenses:

Level 1 Offenses
Not following directions Running in hallways Excessive talking

Inappropriate laughing/sneering

Derogatory notes/pictures

Teasing/put downs

Inappropriate language

Eye rolling Interrupting Name calling

Misuse of materials

Wandering

Mocking

Pestering others

Examples of Level 2 Offenses:

Level 2 Offenses
Back talking/arguing/ Inappropriate gestures/language taunting Refusing to work Open defiance Cheating/lying Throwing objects

Hitting

Examples of Level 3 Offenses:

Level 3 Offenses
Fighting Ethnic slur Obscene gestures

Inappropriate touching

Damaging property

Direct and willful disobedience of school rules And policies

Repeated aggressive behaviors

Disruptive clothing

Disrespect for authority/yelling at school staff

Bullying Threatening/taunting Threatening bodily harm

Stealing

Use of profanity

Pulling fire alarm

Harassment, including sexual harassment

Zero Tolerance
Drugs/Alcohol/Dangerous Substances Nowata Elementary is Tobacco Free Campus Weapons/facsimile of a weapon/dangerous instrument Assault with intent to fight with another student Leaving school property

Possible Consequences:

Possible consequences are loss of privileges or walking laps at recess, community service within the school, recess detention, lunch detention, after school detention or in-school-suspension. (If available.)

Other consequences may be imposed.

Suspension/Expulsion Protocol

Certain offenses require an immediate office referral. Some incidents may immediately result in an Out-of-School suspension or other consequences at the discretion of the administration.

Dress Code

The way children dress greatly affects their attitude at school. Clothing should be appropriate, clean and inoffensive. Although it is impossible to identify and label every type of student attire as acceptable or unacceptable, the School District provides the following guidelines concerning student attire at school, at school-sponsored or authorized functions and on school vehicles.

1.State law requires that all students wear shoes.

2.Students will not wear hats inside school buildings.

3.Students will not wear clothing that unduly exposes their body. Tops must measure three fingers across the shoulders. Shorts, skirts, or dresses may be no shorter than the length of your fingertips with arms held straight down. Tights or leggings may only be worn with an outer garment that extends down to finger-tip length. Students should wear shorts under dresses/skirts.

4.Students shall not wear pajama pants to school.

5.Students will not wear clothing or accessories that display symbols, pictures, lettering, or numbering that is profane, vulgar, repulsive, or obscene or that advertises or promotes dangerous weapons, tobacco, alcoholic beverages, low-point beer, drugs, drug related items, drug paraphernalia or other items or activities that are illegal for the general population or for minors.

Field Trips

Many field trips are based on student behavior in class and approval is at the discretion of your child’s teacher(s). Some teacher(s) might request that for the safety of your child or other students a chaperone must accompany the student. The parents will be notified beforehand if their student is going to need a chaperone or is not going to be allowed to attend.

General Expectations

Administration, teachers, students, and parents will adhere to policies, rules, and regulations established by Nowata Public Schools and its entities. The Board of Education recognizes that students do not surrender any rights of citizenship while in attendance at Nowata Public Schools. The school is a community with rules and regulations. Those who enjoy the rights and privileges it provides must also accept the responsibilities that inclusion demands, including respect for and obedience to school rules.

Discipline Code

The following behaviors at school, while on school vehicles or going to or from or attending school events will result in disciplinary action, which may include in-school placement options or out-of-school suspension:

1.Arson

2.Attempting to incite or produce imminent violence directed against another person because of his or her race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, gender or sexual orientation by making or transmitting or causing or allowing to be transmitted, any telephonic, computerized or electronic message.

3.Attempting to incite or produce imminent violence directed against another person because of his or her race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, gender or sexual orientation by broadcasting, publishing or distributing or causing or allowing to be broadcast, published or distributed, any message or material

4.Bullying

5.Cheating

6.Conduct that threatens or jeopardizes the safety or others

7.Disruption of the educational process or operation of the school

8.Extortion

9.Failure to attend assigned detention, alternative school or other disciplinary assignment without approval

10.Failure to comply with state immunization records

11.False reports or false calls

12.Fighting

13.Forgery

14.Gambling

15.Harassment, intimidation, and bullying

16.Hazing (initiations) in connection with any school activity

17.Immorality

18.Inappropriate attire

19.Inappropriate behavior or gestures

20.Inappropriate public behavior

21.Indecent exposure

22.Intimidation or harassment because of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, gender or sexual orientation, including but not limited to: (a) assault and battery; (b) damage, destruction vandalism or defacing any real or personal property; or threatening by word or act, the acts identifies in (a) or (b)

23.Obscene language

24.Physical or verbal abuse

25.Plagiarism

26.Possession of a caustic/hazardous substance (i.e. bodily fluid)

27.Possession of obscene materials

28.Possession, without prior authorization, of a wireless telecommunication device

29.Possession, threat or use of a dangerous weapon and related instrumentalities (i.e., bullets, shells, gun powder, pellets, etc.)

30.Possession, use, distribution, sale, conspiracy to sell or possess or being in the chain of sale or distribution, or being under the influence of alcoholic beverages.

31.Possession of illegal and/or drug related paraphernalia

32.Profanity

33.Sexual or other harassment of individuals including, but not limited to, students, school employees, volunteers

34.Theft

35.Threatening behavior (whether involving written, verbal or physical actions)

36.Use or possession of tobacco in any form

37.Use or possession of missing or stolen property if property is reasonably suspected to have been taken from a student, a school employee, or the school

38.Using racial, religious, ethnic, sexual, gender or disability-related epithets

39.Vandalism

40.Violation of the Board of Education policies, rules or regulations or violation of school rules and regulations

41.Vulgarity

42.Willful damage to school property

43.Willful disobedience of a directive of any school official

In addition, conduct occurring outside of the normal school day or off school property that has a direct and immediate negative effect on the discipline action, which may include in-school placement options or out of school suspension.

Weapons

The Nowata Public Schools prohibits the possession and/or use of dangerous weapons, replicas or facsimiles of dangerous weapons and items or instrumentalities that are used to threaten or are used to harm any person. This includes pocketknives. Possession of a dangerous weapon, or a replica of a facsimile of a dangerous weapon, by any student while on school property, at a school sponsored activity or while on a school bus or vehicle is prohibited. Use of any item or instrumentality by a student to threaten harm to any person, while on school property, at a school sponsored activity or on school bus or school vehicle is also prohibited. Students who violate the School District’s Dangerous Weapons Policy may be suspended out of school, barred from school property and all school and all school activities for any period of time up to the maximum period authorized by law. Additionally, school staff members may seek to file criminal charges against the student. Parents may contact the school principal for a copy of the School District’s Policy Prohibiting Student Possession of Dangerous Weapons, which includes a descriptive list of dangerous weapons by way of example.

Student Health

The Nowata Public Schools comply with and enforce state law in regard to the dispensing of medication, the readmission of other children after exclusion due to head lice and immunizations.

Students may be sent home for unexplained rashes, congested eyes, fever, diarrhea, lice or nits, and various injuries. Any time a student is sent home it is to keep the individual student healthy and the health of the vast population of the school. Our staff is equipped with a Registered Nurse to make decisions for the health of our students.

Contact the school nurse at 273-0771 for further information.

Necessary Medications

Students may retain possession of and self-administer a medication at school only as permitted by School District policy and procedures regarding administering medicine to students.

All other students who have a legitimate health need for over-the-counter or prescription medication at school shall deliver such medications to the school nurse or principal with a parental authorization in compliance with Oklahoma law and school policy and procedures regarding administering medicine to students.

Violations of this rule will be reported to the student’s parents by the principal, and may result in discipline that could include out-of-school suspension.

Distribution of Information

Information for students and their parents about drug and alcohol counseling and rehabilitation and reentry programs in this geographic area is available from the principal or counselor at each student’s school.

Dispensing Medication

Nonprescription medication will only be administered by school staff with written authorization of the child’s parent. The nonprescription medication will be administered according to label directions or written instructions from the student’s physician. The medication must be in the original container that indicates student name (affixed to the container), ingredients, expiration date, dosage and frequency, administration route, i.e., oral, drops, etc. and other directions as appropriate.

Prescription medication will only be administered by school staff with written authorization and instructions. Prescription medication must be in original container that indicates student name, name and strength of medication and expiration date, dosage and directions for administration, name of the licensed physician or dentist and date, name, address and phone number of the pharmacy.

Prescription Inhalers may be carried by students with proper authorization and approval of school staff.

It is the responsibility of the child’s parent to maintain the supply. Forms for parent permission for administering medication are located in the office.

Head Lice

To comply with the state law and the recommendations of the Oklahoma State Department of Health, the following are required for a student who has been excluded from school with head lice:

1.Provide proof of treatment, such as the container or box from the medication used.

2.Present the school with a signed statement from a physician or nurse that the student is no longer afflicted with head lice, as determined by the absence of crawling forms and no visible nits.

3.Your students will be sent home if lice and/or nits are discovered.

Immunizations

Parents wishing to enroll children in school must first present evidence of adequate immunization. Exemptions to the immunization requirements as authorized by state law will be accepted.

Library Media Center Information

All Grades (K4- 5th)

Students may check out one book per visit, provided they have returned any previously checked out books.

Checkout time is for one-week, but books may be returned earlier, or rechecked if desired.

Additional books may be checked out with teacher approval for class projects or reports.

If your child has an overdue book, he or she will receive a notice from the librarian through the teacher. A student who has a lost book to replace will not be able to check out materials. If the book is not turned in, parents will be contacted.

The student responsible shall pay for books belonging to the school that are lost, stolen or mutilated.

Media Center Hours

The librarian is on duty from 8:05 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. Students can use the media center when the teacher allows them to leave the classroom to do so.

Requests by Non-Custodial Parents for Records

It is common for the school to receive requests from non-custodial parents for copies of report cards, Standardized test results, attendance records and other student education records. State law requires that the school honor these requests unless there is a court order on file to withhold such information.

Internet Access

The school district provides its students with age-appropriate opportunities to access the school’s computer network system, including Internet access, in an effort to expand informational and communication resources to further the school’s goal of promoting educational excellence. Access and use of the school’s computer network system and the Internet is a privilege, not a right, which will be withdrawn if abused. A student will not be allowed to access the Internet, electronic mail, or web-message boards until the student and his or her parent indicate their intent to abide by the terms of the School District’s Internet Acceptable Use Policy for Students by signing the Student Internet Access Agreement.

Harassment, Intimidation, or Bullying

BULLYING, HARASSMENT AND INTIMIDATION POLICY

Definition:

Harassment, intimidation and bullying means any gesture, written or verbal expression, electronic

communication, or physical act that a reasonable person should know will harm another student,

damage another student’s property, place another student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s

person or damage the students property, or insult or demean any student of group of students in

such a way as to disrupt or interfere with the school’s educational mission or the education of any

student. Harassment, intimidation and bullying include but are not limited to gestures, verbal,

written or physical acts, or electronic communication.

Electronic communication means the communication of any written, verbal or pictorial information

by means of an electronic device, including but not limited to a telephone, a cellular phone, or other

wireless communication device.

Reporting Harassment, Intimidation or Bullying

Any student to whom these behaviors are directed should immediately report the incident to the school principal, counselor or teacher. Reporting forms are always available through teachers and at the main office. Provide as much information as possible so that thorough investigation may be achieved. All allegations of harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying will be investigated. If you are aware of a possible harassment or bullying situation you are obligated to report that information to the school district and may do so anonymously by calling the building principal.

Non-Retaliation

It is the school district’s position that any person filing a grievance or complaining of harassment, bullying, intimidation, or participating in any way in any investigation of a harassment claim shall not be subjected to any form of reprisal, retaliation, intimidation or harassment. The school district will discipline or take appropriate action against any student, employee, agent or representative of the school district who is determined to have engaged in such retaliatory behavior.

Disability Harassment

The Nowata Public Schools prohibits disability harassment under Section 504 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Disability harassment includes intimidation or abusive behavior toward a student based on disability that creates a hostile environment by interfering with or denying a student’s participation in or receipt of benefits, services or opportunities in the school’s program. Harassing conduct may include verbal acts and name-calling, nonverbal behavior such as graphic and written statements, or conduct that is physically threatening, harmful or humiliating.

For Further Information

Contact the building principal or Dean of Students for further information concerning disability harassment or to initiate a complaint under the School District’ Grievance Procedures for filing, processing and resolving alleged discrimination complaints. Students and their parents can obtain a copy of the Grievance Procedures from their school principal or the superintendent.

Sexual Harassment

All students, employees and board members are strictly prohibited from engaging in any form of sexual harassment of any student or employee of the School District. Examples of conduct that may constitute sexual harassment include.

Reporting Sexual Harassment

Any student who is or has been subjected to sexual harassment or knows of any student who is or has been subjected to sexual harassment is encouraged to report all such incidents to his or her principal, counselor, teacher, board member, or superintendent. If a report of sexual harassment needs to be made after normal school hours then the person allegedly being harassed may contact the superintendent, principal, or any board member at home.

It is preferred that all such reports be made in person or in writing signed by the reporting party. However, in order to encourage full and complete reporting of such prohibited activities any person may report such incidents in writing and anonymously by providing such reports to the personal attention of any of the above designated persons.

All reports of sexual harassment should state the name of the student or employee involved the nature, context and extent of the prohibited activity, the dates of the prohibited activity and any other information necessary to a full report and investigation of the matter.

Drugs, Alcohol, and Hazardous Materials

Illegal and Illicit Drugs, Alcohol, and Hazardous Materials

Use of illicit drugs and unlawful possession and use of alcohol is illegal and harmful to students.

Students are prohibited from using, being under the influence of, possessing, furnishing, distributing, selling, conspiring to sell or possess or being in the chain of sale or distribution of alcoholic beverages or low-point beer (as defined by Oklahoma law, i.e., 3.2 beer), illegal or illicit drugs, or other mood-altering substances, or hazardous material/chemicals at school, while in school vehicles, or at any school-sponsored event.

“Illicit drugs” include steroids and prescription and over-the-counter medications being used for an abusive purpose, i.e., when they are not used in compliance with the prescription or directions for use and are not being used to treat a current health condition of the student. “Mood-altering substances” include paint, glue, aerosol sprays, and similar substances. “Hazardous Materials” include bodily fluids or any chemical that could potentially have harmful effects when touched, inhaled, or ingested.

Violation of this rule will result in imposition of disciplinary measures, which may include suspension for the remainder of the current semester and the following semester.

Student violation of this rule that also constitutes illegal conduct will be reported to law enforcement authorities.

Nowata Public Schools Policy Concerning Family Right

And Privacy Act

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. They are:

  • 1.The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the

School District 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 principal 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 are inaccurate, misleading or in violation of student rights. Parents

or eligible students may ask the School District to amend a record that they believe is

inaccurate or misleading. They should write the school principal, clearly identify the part of

the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate, misleading or in violation of

student’s rights. If the School District decides not to amend the record as requested by the

parent or eligible student, the School District will notify the parent or eligible student of the

decision and advise them of their 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 District 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 District has contracted to

perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a

parent or student participating in a school service program or serving on an official

committee, such as 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. Upon request, the School District discloses education records without consent

to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.

  • 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 are:

Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20202-4605

Grievance Procedure

Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in

education programs and activities. Contact the School District’s Title IX coordinator for further

information concerning Title IX or to initiate a complaint under the School District’s Grievance

Procedures for Filing, Processing and Resolving Alleged Discrimination Complaints. Students and

their parents can obtain a free copy of the Grievance Procedures from the school principal or the

superintendent.

Asbestos

As a result of recent building inspections at Nowata Public Schools concerning asbestos,

areas of buildings which were found to contain asbestos pose NO health problems to anyone.

A management plan to provide a healthful environment for staff and pupils is on file in the

Principal’s office. For more information, you may contact Bron Williams, AHERA Inspector @ 707

W. Osage Ave., Nowata, OK 74048, telephone (918) 273-2221.

Nondiscrimination Statement

It is the policy of the Nowata Public Schools to provide equal opportunities without regard to race,

color, national origin, sex, age, religion, qualified disability or veteran status in its educational

programs and activities. This includes, but is not limited to admissions, educational services,

financial aid and employment.

All handbook policies are to comply with local school board, state or federal laws and guidelines.

Changes in any of those areas would necessitate revisions in the appropriate handbook policy.