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OLUSTEE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

 

STUDENT HANDBOOK

 

 

POLICIES, LOYALTY, & PHILOSOPHY

This handbook has been prepared in the hope that it will assist in carrying out a more effective and unified school program in our elementary school. We are devoted to the enrichement of the lives of our students and strive to provide the best educational opportunities possible.

It is through the cooperation of parents, student, teachers, school administrators, the Board of Education, and the entire community that the best opportunities will be made available.

We encourage parents and district patrons to visit the school so that together we can become acquainted with each other and understand our common problems and direct the school work of your children.

If school is to be ever greater and better, its school citizens must be loyal, devoted, and faithful in every relation of school life. Each student should commit to, "obey and help others obey those rules, which further the good of all." Such rules include proper conduct in the halls, assemblies, classrooms, and lunchroom; respect for superiors, classmates, and buildings, as well as for themselves; faithful preparation of lessons; observance of appropriate language; a sportsmanlike attitude at all times; and the development of valuable citizenship traits.

The mission of the Olustee Elementary School is to create an alliance among students, teachers, parents, and the community, thus creating an environment where all students can learn and meet the academic and career challenges of the 21st Century, constantly striving to improve the meet the needs of our changing society.

ENROLLMENT

Any student who is a legal resident of Olustee School District or who has been legally transferred from another school district and who has attained the age of five(5) year of age on or before September 1, and twenty-one (21) years of age on or before September 1, shall be entitled to enroll in school free of charge. No child shall be enrolled in the first grade unless he or she will has reached the age of six (6) years on or before September of the school year. Enrollment privileges may not be applicable to any student who has been suspended from any other school for disciplinary reasons. The Board of Education will deny application for student transfer to Olustee School from another school if student request is due to discipline, suspension, expulsion, or other questionable circumstances at the previous school.

 

 

GENERAL STUDENT BEHAVIOR

1. Students should take as much pride as possible in keeping the building and premises clean and free from paper and other waste.

2. No candy or pop are to be allowed in the classrooms during the school day. The only times that pop or candy may be in the classrooms are with special permission from the administration to have a party as a reward or as a special occasion, or when the classroom teacher(s) provide it as a reward.

3. Students shall not leave the school grounds unless the parent notifies the administration ahead of time.

4. Students should not arrive at school before 8:00 am.

5. Parents will be held responsible for any damages that are willfully and intentionally inflicted on school property by their child (School Law of Oklahoma: Section 663).

 

GRADING SCALE

The Olustee Public School will utilize the following grading scale:

A+ 97 to 100 A 93 to 96 A- 90 to 92

B+ 87 to 89 B 83 to 86 B- 80 to 82

C+ 77 to 79 C 73 to 76 C- 70 to 72

D+ 67 to 69 D 63 to 66 D- 60 to 62

F 59 or below

 

 

 

PROMOTION OR RETENTION

A final evaluation of the achievements of students enrolled in Olustee Elementary School will be made prior to the end of each current school year. Students who are deficient academically as determined by the classroom teacher and the administration shall be retained in the same grade the next year.

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVIITIES ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

The following are requirements set forth by the Olustee Board of Education and the Administration. These standards are applicable to any activity that involves competition between schools. To be eligible, a student must be in attendance 90% of the time. They must maintain passing grades in all classes. Academic Eligibility will be checked at the end of each week, starting with the third week of a semester. If a student is failing a class at the end of a week, they will be placed on probation for the next week period. If a student is failing a class at the end of the probationary period, they will be ineligible to participate during the next one-week period. They will continue to be ineligible until they no longer have a failing grade in any class. An eligible grade is a current passing grade above 59 in any class. This rule applies to all extracurricular activities and class activities. To participate in extracurricular activities, a student must be in attendance one half day at school. The principal can make exceptions for extenuating circumstances.

WITHDRAWAL PROCEDURE

Students who are moving or leaving this school for any reason should report to the principal’s office before the last full day of attendance to get proper instructions on withdrawing. All books must be checked in, records cleared, and any indebtedness paid before a transcript of the student’s record will be forwarded to another school.

TRANSPORTATION

School Bus transportation is not a requirement by law, but is an option given to the individual school district. Transportation is provided for school sponsored trips and activities. Bus drivers are given complete authority to maintain control and discipline of student on the bus. Any student that is a frequent disciplinary problem may be deprived of the privilege of riding the bus. Buses will be used on all school sponsored trips and activities, unless permission is secured from the parent and authorized by the principal. Students must return on the bus unless released to the parents by the sponsor.

FIRE AND STORM WARININGS

State law requires that every school must have a fire drill during the first fifteen (15) days of school. A procedure for the orderly evacuation of buildings when a fire alarm is sounded will be formulated by the building principal under the direction of the superintendent. A record of each drill is to be kept and made available to the State Fire Marshall or his agent upon request.

Fire – One continuous blast of the bell or fire alarm

Storm Threats – Three short blast of the bell at 3 second interval

Students will be instructed on how to react to emergency situations. It is very important the students follow their teacher’s instructions. In case of emergency, parents are urged to NOT try to pick up their children until all children are put in a safe situation.

DRESS AND APPEARANCE

Students should regard neatness and cleanliness in grooming and clothing as important. Dress or grooming which is in any way disruptive to the operation of the school will not be permitted. The following are prohibited:

1. Revealing or provocative clothing.

2. Short shorts, loosely woven knit or mesh shirts, muscle shirts without a shirt underneath.

3. Shirts or blouses that do not overlap skirts, shorts, trousers, including brief sun tops, tube tops, and crop tops. Shirts should cover the chest area.

4. Shirts with the sleeves removed or tops designed to reveal a portion of the front, back, or middle, Sleeveless tops will be allowed as long as the breast area is not exposed or the side body is not exposed under the arms.

5. Indoor wearing of hat or caps during school hours. Rags that completely cover the head cannot be worn by boys or girls.

6. Bicycle shorts or tights by themselves.

7. Clothing shall not display any figures or lettering which carry a connotation of immorality, vulgarity, or obscenity including any display or lettering pertaining to alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, or controlled substances.

8. Clothing that is baggy or loosely hung on the hips by a belt so the crotch hangs at the knees will not be worn.

9. Any clothing that the administration or faculty recognizes as gang related will not be worn.

10. All other forms of appearance will be left up to the discretion of the principal.

Principals, in conjunction with sponsors, coaches, or other persons in charge of extracurricular activities, may regulate dress and grooming of students who participate in a particular activity if they reasonably believe that the students dress or grooming creates a hazard, or may prevent, interfere with, or adversely affect the purpose, direction, or effort required for the activity to achieve its goals.

If a student’s dress or grooming is objectionable under the above provisions, the principal shall request the student to make appropriate corrections. If the student declines, the principal shall notify the student’s parents or legal guardian and request that person to make the necessary correction.

PRESCRIPTION AND NONPRESCRIPTION DRUGS

All medicine brought on campus by students must be brought to the principal’s office, where it will be monitored. Written permission from the student’s parent or legal guardian will be required before medicine is dispensed. Medicines will be given only in the principal’s office. This is for the student’s protection.

 

 

TELEPHONE USE

The telephones at Olustee are for business use only. Student will not be permitted to use these phones except in an emergency or other situation deemed necessary by the administration. If you receive a call, a message will be delivered to you. Plan ahead so you will not need to call for forgotten books, clothing, etc.

 

 

CELL PHONES AND OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Students are discouraged from bringing radios, tape players, CD/MP3 players, electronic pagers, cell phones, lasers, or other electronic devices to school. If a student brings these to school, the school will not be responsible for the items. These items should be turned OFF during the school day, and kept in the students backpack or other secure places. Electronic devices that are used or taken out of their secure area during class time will be confiscated until the end of the day. Repeated offenses will result in confiscating the items and notifying parents to pick up the item in the Principal’s Office. Exceptions to this rule apply due to extenuating circumstances, and the exemption must be approved by the principal. Cell phones may be taken on extracurricular activity trips with the sponsor's and administrator's approval.  The sponsor will have control over when and how the item is to be used.

 

CLASS PARTIES

We request that all parents who attend class parties with small children keep their children with them at all times and provide refreshments, party favors, etc for them.

 

 

 

ATHLETIC POLICY

Olustee School provides an excellent opportunity for students to participate in competitive athletics. A student assumes a responsibility when they travel to other schools and communities to be a representative of our school. The staff and administration feel that we should be proud of the student’s conduct. In order to insure that these expectations are met, the Board of Education has formulated the following rules. Violation of any of these rules may be grounds for suspension or expulsion from competitive programs.

1. No profanity

2. Obedience of basic school rules

3. No use of any harmful, illegal drugs, alcoholic beverages, or tobacco

4. Respect for coaching staff, officials, faculty, and peers

5. Students must remain scholastically eligible in order to participate in sports.  The principal will present notification to those students who are failing any class each Monday during the athletic season.  Students who are failing will be placed on probation for one week.  If those students continue to have failing grades the following week, they will be ineligible to participate in athletic activities until the grade(s) are no longer failing.

Coaches have the right to remove from their team, any participating student whose conduct or attitude is considered detrimental to that particular activity. Any student with discipline action pending is ineligible for any activity.

Athletes who quit a sport will be allowed to return to the team only at the discretion of the coach.

 

CLOSED CAMPUS

Olustee Elementary School maintains a closed campus during the lunch period.  Exceptions to this policy are listed below.

1. Parents my send a note for their child to allow them to walk home for lunch.  Notes can only be for their child.  Notes will be verified on a random basis.

2. Parents can pick up their child for the lunch period.  Parents need to send a note to let the school know they will be picking their child up for lunch.  Parents may only pick up their child unless previous arrangements have been made through the principal's office.

in either instance, students are required to be back at school when classes resume.  If they are not, they will receive an unexcused tardy.

 

LOST AND FOUND ARTICLES

The school will not be responsible for lost articles. You should not bring more money to school than is necessary for the day’s activities. Loss of money or articles should be reported promptly to the teacher in charge or the principal and every effort will be made to find the missing item. Articles which are found should be brought to the principal’s office.

 

 

 

ATTENDANCE

No single factor does more to aid a student’s successful progress in school than regular attendance. The purpose of this policy is to provide for uniformity in student attendance recording and to explain the penalty assessment for absenteeism. In accordance with the Policy of the Board of Education, each student should attend class as much as possible to receive an appropriate education. In any instance that a student is absent (whether excused or unexcused)for more than ten (10) days a semester, that student will need to bring a written doctor’s statement for each day over the 10 day limit. If no doctor’s statement is obtained, those absences over ten (10) days each semester will be unexcused and an attendance committee will be consulted to determine a course of action including but no limited to possible retention.

Excused absences will be granted for the following reasons:

1. Personal or family illness

2. Medical appointments

3. Legal matters

4. Extenuating circumstance deemed necessary by the principal

5. Observance of holiday required by the student’s religious affiliation including any travel to and from the site where the holy days are to be observed.

It is the responsibility of the parent to notify the school by 10:00 am if a child is to be absent for one of the above reasons. If no contact is made, the parent must send a note or call the day the child returns before the student can be excused. The student may make up all work missed without penalty when an excused absence is received. It is the responsibility of the student, on the day of the return, to make arrangements to see that the work is completed. The student will be allowed to be absent from the classroom for a maximum of ten day per year to participate in activities sponsored by the school. They will be allowed to make up any work missed while participating. Students who are absent for more than 10% of the time will be ineligible for all extra-curricular activities and field trips that are not part of the class curriculum.  Three tardies will equal one absence.

ABSENCES BY ARRANGEMENT

There are absences in which the parents deem it necessary that a child miss school for reasons other than those that fall within the above mentioned excused absences. A student may take a trip up to five days of absences by arrangement per semester. These five absences are included in the total ten days allowed absences. A student may make up all work missed without penalty. It is up to the student on the day of his return to make arrangements to see that the work is completes. In order to take an absence by arrangement, the parent or legal guardian must submit a written request at least two (2) days prior to the absence. If the request is not made as required, the absence will be treated as an unexcused absence.

UNEXCUSED ABSENCE

This is an absence that does not fall within one of the previously mentioned categories. Work can be made up, but must be done so in a timely manner.  Work missed during an absence that is not completed in a timely manner will be recorded as a zero.

 

TRUENCY

Students who are absent without a valid excuse for more than 4 days or parts of days will receive notification to the parents or guardian.  The county district attorney may also be notified

 

ATTENDANCE LAWS AND REGULATIONS

It is unlawful for a parent, guardian, custodian or other person having control of a child who is over the age of five (5) years, unless such child has been screened as provided for in Section 1210.282 of this title and such child is determined not to be ready for kindergarten, and under the age of eighteen (18) years and who has not finished four years of high school work, to neglect or refuse to cause or compel such child to attend and comply with the rules of some public, private or other school, unless other means of education are provided for the full term the schools of the district are in session. The county district attorney will be notified in case of chronic absence.

 

HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION & BULLYING

Olustee School is committed to maintaining a learning environment that is free from harassment where all employees and students can work and study together comfortably and productively. The school district prohibits any form of harassment.

Harassment, intimidation and bullying, as defined by Oklahoma Statutes at 70 O.S. 24-100.2 means any gesture, written or verbal expression, or physical act that a reasonable person should know will harm another student, damage another student's property, or insult or demean any student or 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, a gesture or written, verbal, or physical act that is reasonably perceived as being motivated by a student's religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, height, weight, socioeconomic status, or any other distinguishing characteristic.

"At school" means on school grounds, in school vehicles, at designated bus stops, at school-sponsored activities, or at school sanctioned activities.

Harassment, intimidation and bullying are specifically prohibited by the Olustee School District.

Students violating the prohibitions set forth in this policy shall be subject to any and all disciplinary measures the district deems appropriate.

Prevention of and education about harassment, intimidation and bullying behavior by students shall be addressed by the district in its Safe School Committee, pursuant to 70 O.S. 24-100.

Adopted by the Olustee Board of Education at its regular meeting on August 13, 2002.

 

 

STUDENT SUSPENSION – PROCEDURAL RULES AND REGULATIONS

 

The principal shall have authority to suspend any pupil who is guilty of any of the following acts while in attendance at school or in transit by school transportation or under school supervision to or from school or any school function authorized by the school district or when present on any facility under the control of the school district. The principal shall conduct an informational conference by telephone or in person with the student and/or parent/legal guardian for any suspension of three school days or less.

…Immorality or profanity

…Truancy

…Violation of written school rules, regulations, or policies

…Assault upon another student or person

…Possession, threat, or use of a dangerous weapon as defined by the State Statute

…Possession, distribution, or under the influence of any illegal drug or controlled substance

…Conduct disruptive to the operation of the school

…Conduct which jeopardizes the safety of others

…Willful disobedience of the request of any school official in the performance of such school official’s duties

 

Suspension involving ten or more school days is entitled to this system of constitutionality and legally sound procedures:

The administration of discipline in the school district:

...The hallmark of the exercise of disciplinary authority shall be fairness. Every effort shall be made by administrators and faculty members to resolve problems through effective utilization of school district resources in cooperation with the student and his/her

parent or guardian.

... A teacher has the authority to remove a student from class temporarily. If possible, the teacher shall accompany the student to the office of the principal and shall file with a principal a written statement of reasons for the student's removal from class. The

principal shall determine whether to reinstate the student in class, reassign him/her, or take other disciplinary action.

.. .Guidelines for due process procedure in student suspension from school:

...Step One. Evidentiary hearing: Prior to any suspension, a student shall be given an oral or written notice of the charges against him/her. The student shall have an opportunity to present his/her version of the incident or circumstances involved in the

accusation.

...Step Two. Following the evidentiary hearing with the student, an informal conference with the parent, student, and principal, or his/her designee shall be scheduled in an effort to resolve the matter. The parents shall be notified by certified mail concerning the conference (Appendix 1). The principal shall make and retain a record of the conference. If the matter is resolved without suspension, then no further action is necessary at this time.

...Step Three. If the matter is not resolved during the information conference, and the principal decided upon suspension, then the parent shall be notified of the action by certified mail by the principal (Appendix 2). The letter shall set forth the right to appeal to the board of education, that the student has a right to a closed hearing, the right to an attorney, and a clear concise

statement of the evidence to be presented to the board.

...Step Four. Should a parent desire to appeal the action to the board of education, and notify the clerk of the board of that wish, the clerk shall schedule a hearing before the board of education and shall notify the student and his/her parents or guardian as to the time, place, purpose of the hearing, and that on request, a closed hearing will be held. The following guidelines shall be used in the hearing procedure:

The charges against the student shall be stated in clear and concise terms and must be in writing

A parent or legal guardian of the student shall be present at the hearing, and legal counsel may be present and represent the

student if desired.

The student shall be allowed to observe all evidence offered against him/Tier and cross examine.

The student shall be given an opportunity to present his/her case in the fullest manner.

A record must be kept of the hearing.

The board of education shall state at the end of the hearing after closed deliberation, its findings as to whether the student

is guilty or innocent. (25 O.S.A., 307)

General Considerations:

If the student is over 18 years of age, said student shall be accountable and not his/her parents.

(70 O.S.A. 5-118)

Any student with an IEP shall begin the procedure with a placement committee meeting.

(70 O.S.A. 24-102)

No suspension shall be for more than through the last day of the next succeeding semester.

(70 O.S.A. 24-102)

Any hearing with the board must be held within ten days, unless the student requests an extension.

Emergency Suspension:

The principal, or his/her assistant in charge, is authorized to invoke an emergency suspension when the presence of the student at school is disruptive or threatening. In cases of emergency suspension, the parents should be contacted immediately by telephone, if possible, followed by written notification by certified mail (Appendix 3). Regular due process procedure should follow this action, except that the student is not permitted to return to class during the hearing procedure.

 

 

STUDENT DISCIPLINE

 

The goal of any disciplinary policy should be to correct the misconduct of the individual and to promote adherence by that student and other students to the policies and regulations of the district. The school district, in order to provide quality education for all its students, will not tolerate disruptive acts that would interfere with the tranquility of its school or the safety of its students. Furthermore, damaging of school property will not be tolerated. Students, while enrolled in this district, shall be under the supervision of and accountable to school personnel.

 

A disruptive or interfering act shall be defined as, but not limited to, inciting, encouraging, promoting, or participating in activities which interfere with the due process of the educational program of the school. Administrative response to student misconduct is a matter directly influencing the morale of the entire student body. As such, all student discipline should be based on a careful assessment of circumstances surrounding each infraction (i.e. the student's attitude, the seriousness of the offense, and its potential effect on other students).

 

In administering discipline, consideration should be given to alternative methods of punishment to ensure that the most effective discipline is administered in each case. In all disciplinary action, the administration should be mindful of the fact that they are dealing with individual personalities. The administration should consider consultation with parents on disciplinary measures that might prove most effective in particular instances. Realize that a steady progression of misconduct without remediation could well lead to removal from the system by suspension-short or long term

Teachers have the right, when necessary, to discipline children. Oklahoma State Law protects this right. When corporal punishment is administered, it must be administered by an adult and must not be administered in the presence of other pupils. A witness must be present.

It is expected that all teachers in the school district will assume the responsibility that teaching discipline and control is part of their classroom responsibility. It is expected that students will know and expect to behave properly in the classroom and during other school activities. Special effort must be exerted by the principal and classroom teacher to see that student behavior in the classroom and at other school functions is acceptable. This is only part of the total learning process.

The following steps will be followed by all district personnel when corporal punishment—paddling—is warranted:

.. .When misbehavior occurs, a student is first talked to and warned that if the behavior continues a paddling will be given. Based on the serious nature of act, this warning can be circumvented. ...If a paddling is administered, the following procedure is followed:

Parents will be contacted to sign a corporal punishment permission form.

Explain to the student why he is being paddled.

It is done in private.

It is witnessed by the principal or another teacher.

No more than three (3) swats will be given, and punishment shall not be given by a teacher who is angry or upset.

A discipline record is filled out and kept on file until the end of the school year.

An effort will be made to contact the parent after the paddling by telephone.

.. .In some situations the parent may be contacted first and the problem discussed before any action is taken. This would occur if punishment is refused or on parental request. In the case a parent does not want a child to be paddled, the parent must provide written notification. The parent will then be contacted and the child sent home for the remainder of the day.

SEARCH AND SEIZURE POLICY

 

The superintendent, principal, teacher, or security personnel of any public school in the state of Oklahoma, upon reasonable suspicion, shall have the authority to detain and search or authorize the search of any pupil or property in the possession of the pupil when said pupil is on any school premises, or while in transit under the authority of the school or while attending any function sponsored or authorized by the school, for dangerous weapons or controlled dangerous substances, as defined in the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Act, intoxicating beverages, nonintoxicating beverages, as defined by Section 163.2 of Tide 37 of the Oklahoma Statutes or for missing or stolen property if said property be reasonably suspected to have been taken from a pupil, a school employee, or the school during school activities. The search shall be conducted by a person of the same sex as the person being searched and shall be witnessed by at least one other authorized person, said person to be of the same sex if practicable.

The extent of any search conducted pursuant to this section shall be reasonably related to the object of the search and not excessively intrusive in light of the age and sex of the student and the nature of the infraction. In no event shall a strip search of any student be allowed. No student's clothing, except cold weather outerwear, shall be removed prior to or during the conduct of any warrantless search.

The superintendent, principal, teacher, or security personnel searching or authorizing the search shall have authority to detain the pupil to be searched and to preserve any dangerous weapons, controlled dangerous substances, intoxicating beverage, nonintoxicating beverages or missing or stolen property that might be in their possession including the authority to authorize any other persons they deem necessary to restrain such pupil or to preserve any dangerous weapons, controlled dangerous substances, intoxicating beverages, nonintoxicating beverages or missing or stolen property.

Any pupil found to be in possession of dangerous weapons, controlled dangerous substances, intoxicating beverages or missing or stolen property may be suspended by the superintendent or principal for a period not to exceed the current school semester and the succeeding semester. Any such suspension may be appealed to the Board of Education of the school district by any pupil suspended under this section. Pupils shall not have any reasonable expectation of privacy towards school administrators or teachers in the contents of a school locker, desk or other school property. School personnel shall have access to school lockers, desks, ad other school property in order to properly supervise the welfare of pupils. School lockers, desks, and other areas of school facilities may be opened and examined by school officials at any time and no reason shall be necessary for such search. Schools shall inform pupils in the student discipline code that they have no reasonable expectation of privacy rights towards school officials in school lockers, desks, or other school property. (70 O.S.A. 24-102)

 

 

Policy and Procedure,

Reference to Drugs , Alcohol and Students

Olustee School through approval of the Olustee Board of Education has acquired the services of a drug dog, which makes unscheduled periodic visits to our school building and its grounds. The EBS (extra-biosensor) handler and dog have access to all buildings, vehicles, and lockers located on school property.

The following policies and procedures are not absolute but reflect the normal response when drugs or alcohol are detected on students at Olustee School.

The dog alerts on a student or item belonging to the student (i.e. clothing, books, purse, etc.) The student is asked to get all belongings and is escorted to the principal's office by the principal. With student's permission all items are checked to include pockets of all clothing.

Substance found—First Offense—three (3) day suspension

Second Offense—Suspended for the remainder of the school year

No substance found—First Offense—Warning to student

Second Offense—three (3) day suspension Third Offense—Suspended for the remainder of the school year

In all cases the parents are notified as soon as possible as to the facts surrounding the dog's alert and the results of the check. If the student refuses to be checked or vehicle examined after the dog has alerted, the situation and consequences will be treated the same as substance found.

We at Olustee School believe that there is an obligation to the students to provide to them, in as much as possible, a drug free environment in which to study and learn. It is also the belief of Olustee School that students who are using drugs should be afforded all the help possible to stop the use and or abuse of drugs and alcohol, more so than punish them. Olustee School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or veteran.

NOTICE OF PARENTAL RIGHTS UNDER SECTION 504

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act is a nondiscrimination statute barring discrimination on the basis of one's disability. It is the policy of this school district not to discriminate on the basis of disability in its educational programs, activities or employment policies as required by the Act. The Act requires the school district to locate, evaluate and determine if the student is a qualified individual requiring accommodations necessary to provide access to educational programs. Parents are entitled to have the opportunity to review relevant educational records under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Parents or guardians disagreeing with the decisions reached by school personnel for accommodations necessary for access to educational programming and/or facilities may request a hearing before an impartial hearing officer by notifying the school principal. The designated school district 504 Coordinator is Danielle Fleming.

 

notice to parents regarding teacher qualifications

 

As a parent in the Olustee Public School Distric that is receiving Title I funds, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers who instruct your child. Federal law allows you to ask for certain information about your child's classroom teacher, and requires us to give you this information in a timely manner if you ask for it. Specifically, you have the right to ask for the following information about each of your child's classroom teachers:

Whether the Oklahoma State Department of Education has licensed or qualified the teacher for the grades or subjects he or she teaches.

Whether the Oklahoma State Department of Education has decided that the teacher can teach in a classroom without being licensed or qualified under state regulations because of certain circumstances.

The teacher's college major; whether the teacher has any advanced degrees and, if so, the subject of the degrees.

Whether any teacher's aides or similar paraprofessionals provide services to your child and, if they do, their qualifications.

If yon would like to receive any of this information, please contact the Superintendent's office, telephone number 580-648-2243.

 

 

NOTICE OF RIGHTS UNDER FERPA

FOR

ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS

The Family Educational 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:

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

The right to request the amendment of the student’s educational records that the parent or eligible student believes is inaccurate or misleading. Parents or eligible students may ask the District to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the

Superintendent, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the District decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the 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.

The right to consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in the student's educational 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 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 district 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 performance of 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 District discloses educational records without consent to officials of other school districts or post-secondary schools in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.

The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the 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, D.C. 20202-4605.

The right to object to the disclosure of directory information. Directory information may be disclosed without prior written consent of a parent or eligible student if the parent or eligible student has not notified the Superintendent in writing at least ten (10) days after receipt of this Notification of any or all items they refuse to permit the District to designate as directory information regarding the student. In addition, two federal laws require the District to provide military recruiters, upon request, with three directory information categories - names, addresses, and telephone listings -unless parents have advised the District in writing that they do not want their student's information disclosed without prior written consent.

"Directory Information" shall include a student's name, parent's name, parent's or guardian's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, weight and height, courses taken, major field of study, dates of attendance, grade level, degrees, honors, and awards received, most recent previous school attended, student statements, photographs, audio or videotapes depicting students and/or a student's work, and electronic mail addresses. Any parent or eligible student's objection to the release of directory information shall be appropriately designated on the student's educational records. 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.