In compliance with Title IX and the Affirmative Action Employment Program, the following information is provided to the public: The College Place School District Title IX Compliance Officer is Tim Payne, 1755 South College Avenue, College Place, WA 99324, (509) 525-4827. Appeal procedures for complaints or grievances under the above legislation are available from the District Compliance Officer.
In accordance with the Federal Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) Regulations, the College Place School District is required to notify parents, teachers, and other employees each year of the availability of Asbestos Management Plans and actions the District is taking to maintain asbestos-containing materials in its buildings. The Asbestos Management Plans are maintained and available for review in the College Place School District Administrative Office. If you would like additional information regarding the District's Asbestos Program, please contact Julie James at (509) 525-4827.
The Compulsory Attendance Law of the State of Washington requires that any child between 8 years of age and 18 years of age must attend school full time when school is in session unless the child is enrolled in an approved private school, education center, or is receiving home-based education. The College Place School District Board Policy and Procedure 3122 defines excused absences, unexcused absences, truancies, and also defines the responsibility of the school district, parent/guardians, and teachers in monitoring school attendance. Based on State Law, a petition must be filed with the Juvenile Court if a student has 7 unexcused absences in a month or 10 unexcused absences in a year.
College Place Public Schools offers comprehensive special education services to eligible students in grades
preschool through 11th. Students above 11 th grade receive services from Walla Walla Public Schools. Screenings for children from birth to age three are provided by College Place Public Schools. Birth to three evaluations and services are provided by Walla Walla Public School and other appropriate local agencies. All special education referrals are considered confidential, and services are provided at no cost. The parent, legal guardian, or surrogate parent retains the right to refuse services and are provided other procedural safeguards under Federal and State Law.
Public school services include screening in areas of suspected disabilities, such as vision, hearing, motor skills, speech, language, and general development. Evaluations in the schools are provided for all areas of suspected disabilities, including learning disabilities, speech and language development, physical impairments, vision or hearing problems, mental retardation, emotional disturbances, autism/pervasive developmental disorders, health impairments, or traumatic brain injuries.
A free, appropriate, public education with a full continuum of services is available. For more information concerning eligibility criteria and referral procedures contact the Principal or Counselor of your local school, or call the College Place Public Schools Special Education Office at (509) 525-4827. If your family is living in a temporary situation, you may contact the district where you are staying to attend a screening. Also visit the school district website http://www.cpps.org/special-programs-contacts to learn more and review information about Special Education. Special Education brochures are available at the school offices.
DIRECTORY INFORMATION & PHOTOS
The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student educational records. Student educational records are private. Schools may only release them to the student's parents/legal guardians.
However, FERPA does allow school districts to release a student's "directory information" to anyone. FERPA defines "directory information" as information in a student’s educational record that generally would not be considered harmful or invasive to privacy if disclosed. Parents/legal guardians have the option to ask the school district to keep directory information private.
If you do NOT want College Place School District to release directory information, you MUST notify your school each year. Instructions to opt-out are listed below.
Note: you may complete this process at any time, however, to ensure your student's information will not be released, we request that you complete the opt-out.
To make a request to withhold your child's directory information from release, you must complete one of the following processes: 1) Complete the Directory Information Opt-Out portion of the Online Student Registration during the registration of your new student. 2) Complete the request as part of the Online Check-In process 3) Complete an online request through Skyward Family Access - after Online Check- In process ends 4) Write a letter to your school's principal letting them know that you would like to opt-out of the release of Directory Information under FERPA.
For more information about your rights under FERPA: https://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html
DRUG-FREE SCHOOLS, COMMUNITY AND WORKPLACE
The College Place School District Board has an obligation to staff, students, and citizens to take reasonable steps to assure safety in the workplace and to provide safety and high quality performance for the students served by our staff. (See Policy and Procedure 3241 and Policy 5201).
"Workplace" is defined to mean the site for the performance of work done in connection with a Federal grant. That includes any school building or any school premises; any school-owned vehicle or any other school-approved vehicle used to transport students to and from school or school activities; off school property during any school-sponsored or school-approved activity, event, or function, such as a field trip or athletic event, where students are under the jurisdiction of the school district where work on a Federal grant is performed.
For these purposes, the Board declares that the following behaviors will not be tolerated:
A. Reporting to work under the influence of alcohol, illegal chemical substances, or opiates.
B. Using, possessing, or transmitting alcohol, illegal chemical substances (including anabolic steroids), or opiates in any amount or in any manner on district property at any time. Any staff member convicted of a felony attributable to the use, possession, or sale of illegal chemical substances or opiates will be subject to disciplinary action, including immediate termination.
C. Using district property or the staff member's position within the district to make or traffic alcohol, illegal chemical substances, or opiates.
D. Using, possessing, or transmitting illegal chemical substances and opiates in a manner which is detrimental to the interest of the district.
FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT (FERPA)
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.
(2) The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes is inaccurate or misleading.
(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.
(4) 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, DC 20202-5901. For more information, please contact the Principal or Counselor of your local school.
FILING A COMPLAINT
Should you wish to file a complaint in our school district, please follow the procedures in School Board Policy 4220. The links to the policy and procedure are listed below:
If your complaint is not resolved after following the steps in School Board Policy 4220 and procedure 4220P, you may contact the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI and follow their complaint procedure. http://www.k12.wa.us/TitleI/CitizenComplaint.aspx
HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION, AND BULLYING The district is committed to a safe and civil educational environment for all students, employees, parents/legal guardians, volunteers, and patrons that is free from harassment, intimidation, or bullying. “Harassment, intimidation, or bullying” means any intentionally written message or image (including those that are electronically transmitted), verbal or physical act, including, but not limited to one shown to be motivated by race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation (including gender expression or identity), mental or physical disability, or other distinguishing characteristics, when an act:
- Physically harms a student or damages the student's property.
- Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student's education.
- Is so severe, persistant, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment.
- Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.
Nothing in this section requires the affected student to actually possess a charecteristic that is a basis for the harassment, intemidation, or bullying. "Other distinguishing characteristics" can include, but are not limited to: physical appearance, clothing or other apparel, socioeconomic status, and weight. "Intentional acts" refers to the individual's choice to engage in the act rather than the ultimate impact of the action(s).
State Law requires that orders from a licensed health care provider for medication and/or treatments and a nursing care plan be in place before a student with a life-threatening health condition attends school (RCW 28A.210). A "life-threatening condition" means a health condition that will put the child in danger of death during the school day if a medication and/or treatment order and a nursing plan are not in place.
HIGHLY CAPABLE PROGRAM (HI-CAP)
Any College Place School District resident child can be nominated to participate in the Highly Capable Program. Nominations come from any source, including teachers, other staff, parents, students, and members of the community. Nomination forms are located at the school offices as well as the Special Programs Office. Currently, the District accepts nominations and tests for its program twice a year. The cutoff date for fall is October 1 st and for spring is May 1st.
INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES EDUCATION ACT (IDEA) Parents of children with disabilities must receive a copy of procedural safeguards one time a year (and upon initial referral or parental request for an evaluation) and upon filing a request for due process hearing.
The McKinney-Vento Act is a federal law that ensures children and youth who do not have permanent housing can go to school and preschool. It gives children and youth rights to enroll in school, stay in school, and get transportation to and from school, as well as access to school lunch programs. If you become aware of students who may qualify for services under the McKinney-Vento Act, or are in need of services for students in your family, please contact Blake Limburg at Davis Elementary at 509-525-5110.
College Place School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The Superintendent has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination and can be contacted via phone at 509-525-4827 or mail at 1755 S. College Avenue, College Place, WA 99324.
NOTIFICATION OF THREATS
Students and school employees who are subjects of threats of violence or harm shall be notified of the threats in a timely manner. Parents shall be included in notifications to students who are subjects of threats of violence or harm. Timing and details of the notice will be as extensive as permitted by the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, other legal limitations, and the circumstances of the situation. Policy 4314
State Law requires school districts to notify parents or guardians of students and employees of the school’s pest control policies and methods. For information about the use of pesticides in the school district, please contact Cyndi Mehling at (509) 525-4827.
PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST
State Law requires school districts to provide parents and guardians with information regarding their rights under the Washington Public Disclosure Act to request public records regarding school employee discipline. To make a Public Records Request, please contact Julie James at (509) 525-4827.
PROHIBITION OF TOBACCO
The College Place School District Board Policy and Procedure 4215 states the use and possession of any and all tobacco products in or on property owned or leased by the school district is prohibited. Please note that Washington State Law prohibits minors from possessing any tobacco product regardless of how the minor obtained it. (RCW 28A.210.310)
REGULATION OF DANGEROUS WEAPONS ON SCHOOL PREMISES
College Place School District Policy and Procedure 4210 states that it is a violation of district policy and state law for any person to carry a firearm or dangerous weapon on school premises, school-provided transportation, or areas of other facilities and non-school facilities being used exclusively for school activities. Our district posts "Gun-Free Zone" signs and all violations of this policy and RCW 9.41.280 are reported annually to the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
SCHOOL CHOICE OPTIONS IN WASHINGTON STATE
Most students in Washington go to the public schools that are closest to their homes. But parents and guardians have many enrollment options for their kids. Students can attend an approved private school, enroll in an Alternative Learning Experience program (such as an online school), be taught at home, or attend a charter school. In some circumstances, they also can transfer to other schools within or outside the district in which they live.
In 1990, the state Legislature formalized some of the public school options by passing the Learning by Choice law.
To learn more visit: http://www.k12.wa.us/GeneralInfo/EnrollmentOptions.aspx
STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
TITLE I TEACHER AND PARA QUALIFICATIONS
Under Federal Law, parents and guardians are entitled to request information about the professional qualification of their child’s teachers and educational assistants, when applicable. Such requests can be made to Julie James at (509) 525-4827.
WASHINGTON STATE SCHOOL REPORT CARD
The Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) offers parents and community members a simple on-line link named School Report Card which provides information you need about how your child’s school compares with state averages on class size, academic performance, and other education indicators.
The School Report Card is designed to make it easier for you to get critical data about your child’s school in a format that is easy to understand. You’ll find key information like average class size, student body makeup, average test scores, teacher experience, and student academic performance at different grade levels. You can view School Report Card online at http://reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us/ or contact your school’s Principal for a copy of the reports.