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August 2013 Page 3 of Vol. 6 No. la Parents Notes www.drayton.k12.nd.us Phone (701)454-3324 Fax: (701)454-3485 clinic has set aside times on July 31st (Morning Only) and August 6th (All Day) for physicals. The fall seasons are soon upon us so student athletes get your physicals. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Ralston at the school. STUDENT ORIENTATION / REGISTRATION Drayton School will be holding registration for 2013 - 2014 for all students, grades K - 12, Tuesday, August 6th through Thursday, August 8th. Registration hours will be 8:00 am to 4:00 pm each Tuesday and Thursday and from noon to 8:00 pm on Wednesday. Parents are requested to accompany their child(ren) again this year to confirm directory information for each family. In order to provide better access to educational information, we need to have accurate contact information. All students are expecied to complete this process prior to the beginning of school. If you are new to the district or are unable to register during the times set aside, please contact the school to make arrangements to complete this process at a different time. The Back-to-School information packet will also be available at the school during these times including Hot Lunch Applications and numbers, Power School Iogin information, Release of Information forms, website information, etc. Also, bring your $ 3 locker fee with to registration. Preschool Roundup and screening occurred this past spring and will be available by arrangement. Please contact the school if you are new to the district or your child missed the screening earlier during the year. Please mak e every effort to come to verify your information during the times we are making available. If you will not be able to come to the school during this time, please contact Mrs. Dahl or Mrs. Stellon to make arrangements for a different time. SCHOOL DISTRICT POLICIES Technology Acceptable Use Policy Part of the Drayton Public School District's responsibility in preparing students for the future is to provide access to the tools they will be using as adults. With this access comes the responsibility to use them appropriately. The use of electronic tools include but are not limited to the following: TV's, DVD's, fax and copy machines, activboards, PDA's, e-book readers, local and wide area networks, computers and related peripherals including printers, camcorders, cameras, flash drives, portable hard drives, USB devices, rap3 players, etc. The use of these tools is a privilege, not a right. Inappropriate use will result in termination of those privileges. The Drayton Public School District participates in internet filtering services to help prevent the access to internet content that is inappropriate such as obscene, pornographic, or harmful as defined by the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA). CIPA imposes requirements on all schools receiving E-rate funding support for internet access. The filtering system does not guarantee that all unwanted sites will be filtered or blocked. The district is not responsible for information available from other parties such as those in the internet. It is the responsibility of the user to navigate on the network appropriately. Some internet sites may be blocked which do not have objectionable material. If blocked web sites are required for educational purposes, a request may be made to the district's technology committee to bypass the filter. Users are required to comply with all local, state, and federal laws which include regulations against computer/networking hacking, software piracy, copyright infringement, and other illegal behaviors. The district reserves the right to inspect folders, files, use history, communications, as well as to use remount observation to ensure compliance with this policy. The district may require new registration account information in order to assure security and continued service. Student email account will be provided through EduTech upon request and for educational purposes. Student accounts may be cancelled for inappropriate use as outlined in the EduTech Acceptable Use Policy or this policy. The Drayton School Library refers to the ALA (American Library Association) Library Bill of Rights and CIPA as guidelines in use of technology tools for students. Teachers reserve the rightto restrict student access to certain course files. Virus checks must be done by students or staff on any downloaded files to avoid the spreading of computer viruses. The following are inappropriate or prohibited uses of the system: 1. The use of the system to submit, publish, or display inaccurate information. 2. The use of the system to submit, obtain, publish, store, or display objectionable material or for illegal activity. Objectionable material includes: a. Information that encourages the use of tobacco, alcohol, or controlled substances or otherwise promotes associated activities. b. Information or software which is in violation of the copyright or license agreements including plagiarizing, downloading, or exchanging pirated software, music, or other files. Copyright material will only be placed on the system with the author's permission. c. Information which encourages the toleration or promotion of discrimination against either individuals or groups which includes attacking, insulting, or harassing others. d. Information or software that is pornographic or sexually explicit in nature. 4. Students may not use another individual's account, email, or folder. They may not read, copy, write, or save files to an account or email other than their own. 5. Vandalism of technology which includes uploading or creation of computer viruses. 6. The personal use of the district's system for commercial transactions. This relates to purchasing goods and services over the internet. If violations occur, the student and his/her parents or guardians assume full responsibility for any liabilities or costs generated by such activities. The district is not responsible for any liability or expense in connection with the studeht's use of the technology tools. 7. Any action of the user which results in a compromise of the system security. Internet safety precautions are the responsibility of the user. Some guidelines include: Understand that nothing on the internet is done in private. Understand the use of social networking such as Facebook or MySpace are permanent records seen by anyone. Use proper etiquette while online. Keep personal information private by not using it online. Do not read emails, respond to emails, or download attachments from people you do not know. Do not meet online friends in person without parent permission. Tell a responsible adult if you receive inappropriate emails or unwelcome information. Possible consequences for inappropriate use of technology include, but are not limited to: Loss of use/access to technology tools for 18 weeks. Loss of use/access to technology tools for the school year. Account access denied. If this happens, the user forfeits all information in the account. Suspension Expulsion Restitution of costs for repairs or the restoration of the system due to '' ' inappropriate use. Legal prosecution. Additional disciplinary actions may be determined on an individual basis. Challenges to this policy may be submitted to the Drayton Public School District technology committee who will review the challenge. If the patron continues to disagree with the policy, a meeting will be set up with the superintendent. If the issue is still not resolved, then the policy will be brought to the school board to make the final decision about the part of the policy in question. This agreement as well as any violations of this agreement will be kept in the student's permanent record file. Volunteers The Drayton School District is always looking for individuals to assist in a variety of areas. If you have some time, are looking for something to do, and are willing to volunteer, please contact the school. It does not matter if the time is regular or of some duration, any assistance will be appreciated. Visitors Visitors are welcome at the Drayton School. We encourage parents to visit with the teachers while following the progress of their children. If you do come to visit however, we request that you stop in the Office to notify us that you are in the building and, if possible, please make arrangements prior to your visit. We try hard to keep interruptions to a minimum. Annual Notification of Asbestos Containing Materials In compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA), the Drayton School District had inspections of the school buildings for asbestos containing building materials (ACBM). The results of the inspection findings and the asbestos management plans are on file in the Office. The District is required to complete a follow up inspection of the ACBM every three years. (Our most recent re-inspection occurred in September of 2009.) An accredited Inspector / Management Planner from TRIO Environmental Consulting performed this re-inspection. There were no significant changes in the condition of the remaining ACBM. TRIO Environmental Consulting is been contracted to provide environmental services including maintenance of compliance with Federal regulations regarding asbestos and other regulated environmental concerns. All ACBM are in good condition and we will continue to manage them in place as recommended in the Management Plan. The results of the re-inspection as well as the last six-month surveillance are on file in our Management Plan. Anyone wishing to review the plan may do so by stopping at the Office during normal school hours. Our Asbestos Program Manager is available to answer any questions you may have regarding asbestos in our building or you may contact Hy Schlieve at 701-454-3324. We are intent upon not only complying with, but exceeding federal, state, and local regulations in this area. We plan to take whatever steps are necessary to insure your children and our employees have a safe and healthy environment in which to learn and work. Annual Notification of Parental Right to Request Teacher and Paraprofessional Qualifications The Drayton School District receives federal funds for Title I programs that are a part of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001. We will provide you with additional information about this law and its impact on the education of students throughout the United States, North Dakota, and the Drayton School District as the year progresses. Under NCLB, you have the right to request information regarding the professional qualifications of your child's classroom teacher or teachers. If your child also receives services from a Title I paraprofessional, you have the right to request information regarding his or her professional qualifications as well. If you request this information, our office will provide you with the following as soon as possible: Whether or not the teacher has met North Dakota's licensing requirements for the grade level(s) and core academic subject(s) taught by the teacher; , If the teacher is teaching under an emergency status for which state licensing requirements have been waived; The education level and subject area (field of discipline) of the teacher's college degree major and for any graduate degree or certificate; and If you child is receiving Title I services from paraprofessionals, his or her qualifications. If you would like to request any information, please contact the Drayton School Office. Hazing The purpose of this policy is to maintain a safe learning environment for students, free from hazing. Activities of any type that are inconsistent with the educational goals of the school district are prohibited at all times. GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY A. No student, teacher, administrator coach ! advisor, volunteer, contractor or other employee of the school district shall plan, direct, encourage, aid or engage in hazing. B. No teacher, administrator, coach/advisor, volunteer, contractor, or other employee of the school district shall permit, condone, actively ignore, or tolerate hazing. C. Apparent permission or consent by a person being hazed does not lessen the prohibitions contained in the policy. D. This policy applies to behavior that occurs on or off school property and during and after school hours, whether school is in session or not. E. A person who engages in an act that violates school policy or law in order to be initiated into or affiliated with a student organization shall be subject to discipline for that act. F. The school district will act to investigate all complaints of hazing and will discipline or see that appropriate action is taken against any student, teacher, coach / advisor, administrator, volunteer, contractor, or other employee of the school district who is found to have violated this policy. DEFINITIONS "Hazing" means committing an act against a student, or coercing a student into committing an act, that creates a substantial risk of harm to a person, in order for the student to be initiated into or affiliated with a student organization, or for any other purpose. The term hazing includes, but is not limited to: 1) Any type of physical brutality such as whipping, beating, striking, paddling, branding, electronic shocking or placing a harmful substance on the body. 2) Any type of physical activity such as sleep deprivation, exposure to weather, confinement in a restricted area, calisthenics or other activity that subjects the student to an unreasonable risk of harm or that adversely affects the mental or physical health or safety of the student. 3) Any activity involving the consumption of any alcoholic beverage, drug, tobacco product or other food, liquid, or substance that subjects the student to an unreasonable risk of harm or that adversely affects the student's mental or physical health or safety. 4) Any activity that intimidates or threatens the student with ostracism, that subjects a student to extreme mental stress, embarrassment, shame of humiliation, which adversely affects the mental health, or dignity of the student or discourages the student from remaining in school. 5) Any activity that causes or requires the student to perform a task that involves violation of state or federal law or of school district policies or regulations. "Student organization" means a group, club or organization having students as its primary members or participants. It includes grade levels, classes, teams, activities or particular school events. A student organization does not have to be an official school organization to come within the terms of this definition. REPORTING PROCEDURE A. Any person who believes he or she has been the victim of hazing or any person with knowledge or belief of conduct that may constitute hazing shall report the alleged acts immediately to an appropriate school district official. Generally the building principal is the person responsible for receiving reports of hazing at the building level. School employees are considered mandatory reporters. B. Any such person who received a report of, observes, or has other knowledge or belief of conduct which may constitute hazing shall inform the building principal immediately. The principal will further report such incidents to law enforcement when it's appropriate. C. Submission of a good faith complaint or report of hazing will not affect the complainant or reporter's future employment, grades or work assignments. SCHOOL DISTRICT ACTION Upon receipt of a complaint or report of hazing, the school district shall undertake or authorize an investigation by school district officials or a third party designated by the school district. All efforts will be taken to assure the confidentiality of the victim(s). Upon completion of the investigation, the school district will take appropriate action. Such action may include, but is not limited to, warning, suspension, exclusion, expulsion, transfer, remediation, termination or discharge. Disciplinary consequences will be sufficiently severe to deter violations and to appropriately discipline prohibited behavior. REPRISAL The school district will discipline or take appropriate action against any student, teacher, administrator, volunteer, contractor, or other employee of the school district who retaliates against any person who makes a good faith report, testifies, assists, or participates in an investigation, or participates in a proceeding or hearing relating to such hazing. Retaliation includes, but is not limited to, intimidation, reprisal or harassment. Harassment The following procedure is designed to resolve harassment and discrimination complaints as defined in board policy in a prompt and equitable manner. Board policy requires all students and staff to fully cooperate when asked to participate in a harassment investigation. RETALIATION PROHIBITED: The District prohibits retaliation for an individual's participation in and / or initiation of a harassment / discrimination complaint investigation, including instances when a complaint is not substantiated. The consequences for violating this prohibition are delineated in policy. COMPLAINT FILING FORMAT AND DEADLINES: Complaints can be filed verbally or in writing and should be filed as soon as a victim or witness of alleged harassment and / or discrimination becomes aware that alleged harassment or discrimination occurred. Complaints must be filed within statutory deadlines contained in law. INFORMAL COMPLAINT PROCEDURE: An informal harassment or discrimination complaint shall be filed using the following procedure: 1 ) The complainant may file the complaint with an immediate supervisor, principal, school counselor, the Superintendent, or the Title IX coordinator. 2) The individual receiving the complaint shall document receipt and forward the complaint to the Superintendent who shall designate an investigator. If the Superintendent is the subject of the complaint, the recipient shall forward the complaint to the Board President who shall designate an investigator. 3) The designated investigator shall meet with each party individually and collect information needed to arrive at an equitable solution. At no time shall the complainant be required to work out the problem directly with the accused. 4) Within thirty (30) calendar days of the complaint being filed or as soon as practical, the investigator shall issue a written notice of recommendations to both parties. Prior to issuing this notice, the investigator shall meet with the Superintendent (or Board President if the Superintendent is the subject of the complaint) to receive his / her concurrence on the recommendations and receive his / her approval on any disciplinary recommendations. Disciplinary recommendations shall be carried out in accordance with policy, law, and, when applicable, the negotiated master agreement. 5) The investigator or designee shall monitor the implementation and effectiveness of recommendations and shall notify the Superintendent (or Board President if the Superintendent is the subject of the complaint) if harassment / discrimination persists. 6) Both the complainant and the accused have the right to terminate the informal procedure at any time to pursue a remedy under the formal grievance procedure. 00iii !i iiii00ii!00ii! !II iii!00!iiii!iii i!il !ii!!i! I!!! !!!!!!i! !!i i i! ii iiiiiiiiii!iii::iiiiiiiiiiii!ili ' i i i iiiiiil i i i i  "Striving for excellence today to prepare students to succeed ,n a challenging wodd, tomorrow.'