MISSOURI VALLEY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
ANNUAL PUBLIC NOTIFICATION
Each year school districts across the state are required to make certain information available to all community members in the districts. A listing of that information is as follows: (If you have additional questions, please contact the superintendent at 712.642.2706.)
It is the policy of Missouri Valley Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact:
MVCSD High School Guidance Counselor, District Equity Coordinator,
605 E Lincoln Hwy.
Missouri Valley, IA 51555
ANTI-BULLYING/HARASSMENT (Policy # 104.2)
It is the policy of the Missouri Valley Community School District to maintain a learning and working environment that is free from harassment. The board prohibits harassment, bullying, hazing, or any other victimization, of students, or staff, based on any of the following actual or perceived traits or characteristics, including but not limited to, age, color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status, or familial status. Complaint(s) should be directed to a building teacher, counselor, or principal. Any person alleging harassment by a staff, bullying by a staff member or student in the school district may use the procedure detailed in Board Policy #104.2R1. Level I Investigator: Angie Williams (PK-5)/Ashley Denton (6-12)
HEALTH EDUCATION (Policy #603.5)
The Human Growth and Development (Health) curriculum may be reviewed by appointment in the respective principal’s office. If a parent/guardian wishes to have their student excused from a specific instructional unit, they will need to complete the Human Growth & Development Waiver. This waiver is available at the principal’s office or via the board policy on the district website.
If anyone in the Missouri Valley Community School District is aware of a homeless student(s), or students who are not attending school and they are believed to be of compulsory school age, they are encouraged to notify the building principals, who will in turn, encourage these youths to enroll in school.
If you are homeless and feel you have been denied access to a free and appropriate public education, please contact MVCSD High School Guidance Counselor, phone 712-642-4149.
NOTICE OF NON DISCRIMINATION, EDUCATIONAL EQUITY, AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
(Policy Section #102)
Applicants for admission and employment, students, parents of elementary and secondary school students, employees, sources of referral applicants for admission and employment, and all unions or professional agreements with the Missouri Valley Community School district are hereby notified that this institution does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, socioeconomic status or disability in admission or access to, treatment or employment in its activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the Missouri Valley Community school District’s compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title IX, or Section 504 is directed to contact the High School Guidance Counselor or designee at 712.642.4149.
The Missouri Valley Community School District offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study: Business Education, Industrial Technology Education, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, Health Occupations Education, and Agriculture Science Education. (No.102.1E-A)
OPEN ENROLLMENT (Policy #501.15)
Parents/guardians considering the use of the open enrollment option to enroll their children in another public school district in the State of Iowa should be aware of the following dates: March 1–Last date for regular open enrollment requests for the year. September 1-Last date for open enrollment requests for entering kindergarten students and those students falling under the “Good Cause” definition. Parents/guardians of open enrolled students whose income falls below 160% of the federal poverty guidelines are eligible for transportation assistance. This may be in the form of actual transportation or in the form of a cash stipend. Parents should be aware that open enrollment may result in the loss of athletic eligibility. For further details, contact the superintendent’s office at 712.642.2706.
RELEASE OF STUDENT INFORMATION (Policy # 506.2/506.2 Exh. A)
The following information may be released to the public in regard to any individual student of the district as needed: name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth; major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, previous education agency or institution attended by the student, photographs and likenesses; and other similar information. Any student over the age of eighteen or any parent or guardian not wanting this information released to the public must make an objection in writing by September 15, to the principal or other person in charge of the school which the student is attending. The objection needs to be renewed annually.
RESTRAINT AND PHSYICAL CONFINEMENT
State law forbids school employees from using corporal punishment against any student. Certain actions by school employees are not considered corporal punishment. Additionally, school employees may use “reasonable and necessary force, not designed or intended to cause pain” to do certain things, such as prevent harm to persons or property.
State laws also place limits on school employee’s ability to restrain or confine or detain any student. The law limits why, how, where, or for how long a school employee may restrain or confine and detain a child. If a child is restrained or confined and detained, the school must maintain documentation and must provide certain types of notice to the child’s parent.
If you have any questions about this state law, please contact the building principal.
STUDENT RECORDS ACCESS (POLICY #506.1)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and student over 18 years of age (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. Detailed information may be found in Board Policy No. 506.1.
USE OF VIDEO CAMERAS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY
The Missouri Valley Community School District Board of Education has authorized the use of video cameras on school buses and the inside and outside of school buildings. The video cameras will be used to monitor student behavior, to maintain order on the school buses, and/or to promote and maintain a safe environment. Students and parents are hereby notified that the content of the videotapes may be used in a student disciplinary proceeding. The contents of the videotapes are confidential student records and will only be retained if necessary for use in a student disciplinary proceeding or other matter as determined necessary by the administration. Parents may request to view videotapes of their child if the videotapes are used in disciplinary proceeding involving their child.
WAIVER OF STUDENT FEES (Policy #503.3/503.3R1)
Students whose families meet the financial eligibility criteria for free and reduced price meals, under the Child Nutrition Program, the Family Investment Program (FIP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or transportation assistance under open enrollment will be granted a full wavier or partial waiver of fees. Students whose families are experiencing a temporary financial difficulty may be eligible for a temporary waiver of student fees. Parents or students who believe they may qualify for temporary financial hardship should contact the school secretary at time of registration for a waiver form. This waiver does not carry over from year to year and must be completed annually.
The buildings of the Missouri Valley Community School District have been inspected for asbestos. Those areas with known asbestos are marked (however, other areas of the buildings may contain assumed asbestos building materials). Every precaution will be utilized to provide the protection required. The asbestos management plan of the Missouri Valley Community School District, containing all past, present, and future asbestos activity, is located at 418 North 7th Street, Missouri Valley, Iowa. Persons wishing to review this plan may contact the maintenance department at 712.642.3666.
Be advised that hazardous chemicals are listed and areas marked but that these warnings may not cover all hazardous chemicals. Therefore, individuals are advised to follow written instructions when using all chemicals. Other hazardous chemicals are monitored on a regular basis and corrected when needed. Contact the Maintenance Department at 712.642.3666.
www.movalleyschools.org website has the following information available:
- Board Policies (select “District Info” tab)
- Student Handbooks
- Calendar for activities
- Monthly menu