2013-08-18 / News
Chesaning Union Schools — Annual Notices
This notice is to inform you that the district has conducted an extensive inspection as required by the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA). A management plan has been completed and submitted to the State of Michigan for approval and is currently available for your review in any of the school offices.
The management plan contains information regarding the locations of asbestos-containing materials (ACM) in our school buildings, the condition of the ACM and a plan for dealing with the ACM from previous construction.
At least once each year the district will inform residents about asbestos activities including reinspection, periodic surveillance, response actions, and post response actions that are planned or are in progress. The following asbestos activities are currently planned for the district:
Reinspection: A reinspection of all district buildings is required by law every three (3) years after implementation of the management plan.
Periodic Surveillance: Once every six (6) months, ACM must be visually inspected for changes in condition. This will be performed by school personnel.
Response Actions: These are activities designed to reduce or eliminate the potential for asbestos hazards. In general, the asbestos containing materials present in district buildings include:
Chesaning High School and Big Rock Elementary – thermal pipe insulation, mud packed elbows on fiberglass lines, and floor tile. If you have any questions, please call the superintendent’s office at (989) 845-7020. Title VI, Title IX Complaint Procedures
If any person believes that the Chesaning Union School District any part of the school organization had inadequately applied the principles and/or regulations of Title VI or Title IX on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, age sex, marital status he/she may bring forward a complaint to the Administrative Office at the following address: Superintendent, P.O. Box 95, 850 North Fourth Street, Chesaning, Michigan, 48616. Anti-Harassment
It is the policy of the Board of Education to maintain an education and work environment which is free from all forms of unlawful harassment, including sexual harassment. This commitment applies to all School District operations, programs, and activities. All students, administrators, teachers, staff, and all other school personnel share responsibility for avoiding, discouraging, and reporting any form of unlawful harassment. This policy applies to unlawful conduct occurring on school property, or at another location if such conduct occurs during an activity sponsored by the Board.
The Board will vigorously enforce its prohibition against harassment based on sex, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, or any other unlawful basis, and encourages those within the School District community as well as third parties, who feel aggrieved to seek assistance to rectify the problems. The Board will investigate all allegations of harassment and in those cases where unlawful harassment is substantiated; the Board will take immediate steps to end the harassment. Individuals who are found to have engaged in unlawful harassment will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.
For purposes of this policy, “School District community” means students, administrators, teachers, staff, and all other school personnel, including Board members, agents, volunteers, contractors, or other persons subject to the control and supervision of the Board.
The Superintendent will appoint a Complaint Coordinator who shall conduct a prompt and timely investigation. The coordinator will share his/her findings with the Superintendent who will make the final determination.
Questions regarding the policy should be directed to the Superintendent of Schools at 845-7020. Notification to Parents Regarding HIV/AIDS Education Reproduction Health and Family Planning
The Board of Education directs that students receive instruction in reproductive health and family planning. Reproductive Health shall be defined as the state of an individual’s well being which involves the reproductive system and its physiological, psychological, and endocrinological functions.
The Chesaning Board of Education has also established a program of instruction in health education which includes HIV/AIDS and other serious communicable disease prevention education.
According to the State School Aid Act, the District shall notify the parents in advance of the instruction, give the parents the opportunity to review the curriculum content and materials to be used (other than tests), and observe the instruction, by calling their child’s building principal as follows: High School at 845-2040 or the Middle School at 845-7040.
In addition, parents have the right to excuse their child from instruction without penalty, by providing written notice to the principal of your child’s school as soon as possible. Notice of Nondiscrimination The Chesaning Union School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, height, weight, marital or family status, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected category, in its programs and activities, including employment opportunities.
The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the policy of nondiscrimination:
Michael R. McGough,
Title IX Coordinator/Civil Rights
Chesaning Union Schools
P.O. Box 95
Chesaning, MI 48616
(989) 845-7020 Assurance Compliance of Section 504
Pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and its implementing regulations (Section 504) no otherwise qualified individual with a disability shall solely by reason of his/her disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance in its programs and activities.
The Board of Education does not discriminate in admission or access to participation in, or treatment, or employment in, its programs or activities. As such, the Board’s policies and practices will not discriminate against employees and students with disabilities, will provide equal opportunity for employment, and will make accessible to qualified individuals with disabilities its facilities, programs, and activities. No discrimination will be knowingly permitted against any individual with a disability on the sole basis of the disability in any of the programs, activities, policies, and/or practices in the District.
The Board is committed to identifying, evaluating, and providing a free appropriate public education to students within its jurisdiction who are disabled within definition of Section 504, regardless of the nature or severity of their disabilities.
The Superintendent is the District’s 504 Compliance Officer/ADA Coordinator and may be reached at 845-7020. Drug Free School Zone
In accordance with Federal and State law, the Board of Education hereby establishes a “Drug Free School Zone” that extends 1000 feet from the boundary of any school property. The Board prohibits the use, possession, sale, concealment, delivery, or distribution of any drug or any drug related paraphernalia at any time on any District property, within the Drug Free School Zone, or at any District related event.
Furthermore, the Superintendent shall take the necessary steps so that an individual eighteen (18) years of age or older who knowingly sells, delivers, or distributes controlled substances so designated and prohibited by Michigan statute within the Drug Free School Zone to another person is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Pesticide Control
The Pesticide Control Act requires school administrators to notify parents/guardians of children attending a school of their right to be informed prior to application of pesticides at the school. If you wish to be notified, please contact your child’s building principal immediately.
The school district will provide advance notice of pesticide application by posting a notice of pesticide application at least 48 hours prior to the application at the affected building or location as well as sending home letters to the affected building. Notice of outdoor application will be posted in the Tri County Citizen.
Chesaning Union Schools contracts with The Bug Guys for application of pesticides inside our buildings and on our school grounds. In case of an emergency, pesticides may be applied without prior notice, but those parents who request notification will be notified of the emergency application after it occurs. Freedom Of Information Act
Under Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act, the law allows a person to inspect, copy, or receive copies of certain public records. However, ‘privacy exemption’ permits a public body (Chesaning Union Schools) to exempt from a public record information of a public nature where the public disclosure of the information would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of an individual’s privacy. MCL 15.243 (1) (a).
FOIA request should be made in writing and directed to the following address and/or office: Superintendent, Chesaning Union Schools, P.O. Box 95, 850 N. Fourth Street Chesaning, MI 48616 Civil Rights Compliance
Chesaning Union Schools will receive and use federal funds and U.S. Department of Agriculture donated foods. No person because of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or handicap shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subject to discrimination in our U.S. Department of Agriculture donated food and child nutrition programs. Any person who believes he/she has been discriminated against should write immediately to the Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, D.C., 20250, or contact the Superintendent’s office of Chesaning Union Schools at P.O. Box 95, 850 North Fourth Street, Chesaning, Michigan, 48616. Weapon Free School Zone / Concealed Weapons Law
The Board of Education prohibits visitors, students, and staff from possessing, storing, making, or using a weapon in any setting that is under the control and supervision of the District for the purpose of school activities approved and authorized by the District including but not limited to, property leased, owned, or contracted for the District, a school sponsored event, or in a District vehicle without the permission of the Superintendent.
State law establishes a “Weapon Free School Zone that extends 1000 feet from the boundary of any school property.
The term weapon means any object which in the manner in which it is used, is intended to be used or is represented, is capable of inflicting serious bodily hard or property damage, as well as endangering the health and safety of persons.
Weapons include but are not limited to, firearms, guns of any type, including air and gas powered guns (whether loaded or unloaded), knives, razors, clubs, electric weapons, metallic knuckles, martial arts weapons, ammunition, and explosives.
Exceptions to this policy:
A) weapons under the control of law enforce ment
B) items approved by a principal as part of a class, presentation, or theatrical prop under adult supervision. Working firearms and ammunition shall never be approved.
C) Starter pistols used in appropriate sporting events.
These restrictions shall not apply in the following circumstances:
A) A parent or legal guardian of a student of the school, who is properly licensed to carry a concealed weapon may carry a concealed pistol while in a vehicle on school property, if she/he is dropping the student off at the school or picking up child from the school.
B) A county corrections officer, a motor carrier officer, a State Police officer, a member of the Sheriff’s posse, police or sheriffs reserve or auxiliary officer, a State Department of Corrections parole or correction officer, or a Federal officer, provided she/he is properly licensed to carry a concealed weapon and is on duty or in the course of his/her employment carries a concealed firearm.
C) A retired police or law enforcement officer, if properly licensed to carry a concealed weapon may do so on school property.
Chesaning Union Schools emphasizes the district’s policy that firearms, pistols, and other dangerous weapons are prohibited on school property and strongly discourages all parents and guardians from bringing concealed weapons on school grounds, even for the pick up and drop off of students.
Unauthorized incidents should be reported to the Superintendent at 989-845-7020. Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act/Student Records Policy and Procedures
The Board of Education of the Chesaning Union Schools recognizes the importance of maintaining records for all students in attendance. While a student’s educational interests require the collection, retention, and use of information about the student, the student’s right to privacy requires careful custodianship and limitations on access to education records. The maintenance and disclosure of student records by this institution are governed by state and federal law, particularly the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”), 20 USC 1232g, and its implementing regulations, 34 CFR 99.1 et seq. Annual Notification of Rights
FERPA affords parents and eligible students certain rights with respect to education records. Those rights include the following: • Right to Inspect • Right to Request Amendment • Right to Consent to Disclosure • Right to Challenge • Right to File Complaint of Non-Compliance • Right to Obtain Copies of this Policy Disclosure of Education Records
The district will disclose information from a student’s education record only with the written consent of the parent or eligible student, except when disclosure without consent may be made: • To school officials who have a legitimate educational interest. • To officials of other schools where a student seeks or intends to enroll. • To federal and state officials in connection with their duties to audit or enforce legal conditions. • To the United States Attorney General. • In connection with a student’s request for or receipt of financial aid. • To state juvenile justice system officials as permitted by state law. • To organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the district for the purposes of predictive testing, student aid, and instructional improvements. • To accrediting organizations to carry out their functions. • To parents who claim the student as a dependent for income tax purposes. • To comply with a court order or lawfullyissued subpoena. • To appropriate parties in connection with a health or safety emergency that threatens the health or safety of the student or other individuals. • For designated directory information. • To the parents of a non-eligible student or to a student. • As necessary for the district to either prosecute a legal action against the student or parent or to defend itself against a lawsuit initiated by a parent or eligible student. Directory Information
Under FERPA, the district is authorized to designate certain personally identifiable information contained in education records as “directory” information and to disclose such information without prior consent unless a parent or eligible student objects to such disclosure.
The district designates the following personally identifiable information contained in a student’s education record as directory information:
Student’s name, participation in officially recognized activites and sports; height and weight, if a member of an athletic team, date of graduation, awards received, honor rolls and scholarships.
A parent or eligible student shall have until October 1, 2013 to indicate in writing that he/she does not want some or all of this designated directory information released. Written objections to the release of directory information should be submitted to the Principal’s Office. Career and Technical Education Opportunities
Each year, the Chesaning Union School District offers career and technical education programs at Chesaning High School. These programs are designed to prepare youth for a broad range of employment and training services and are offered under the guidance of certified teachers, counselors, and cooperative education coordinators. The following is a list of programs being offered this year and criteria for admission. Program Criteria for Admission Agri-Science Sophomore Business Management Sophomore Finance Sophomore All career and technical education programs follow the district’s policies of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, height, weight, marital or family status, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected category, in its programs and activities, including employment opportunities. In addition, arrangements can be made to ensure that the lack of English language proficiency is not a barrier to admission or participation. For general information about these programs, contact: Steve Clark, Chesaning High School Principal 850 N. Fourth Street Chesaning, MI 48616 (989) 845-2040 Inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies should be directed to: Mike McGough, Superintendent Chesaning Schools 850 N. Fourth Street Chesaning, MI 48616 (989) 845-7020 To obtain this information in [Another Language, i.e., Spanish], call (989) 845-7020.
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