Notice of Non-Discrimination
Applicants for admission or employment, students, parents of elementary and secondary school students, employees, sources of referral and applicants for employment, and all professional organizations that have entered into agreements with the Northwest R-l Schools are hereby notified that the District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities. In addition, the District provides equal access to the Boy Scouts of America and other designated youth groups.
Any person having inquiries concerning the District's compliance with the laws and regulations implementing Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), the Age Discrimination Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) or the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act, is directed to one of the District Compliance Coordinators listed below, who oversee the District's efforts to comply with the laws and regulations implementing the laws and regulations cited above.
The District has established grievance procedures for persons unable to resolve problems arising under the statutes above. The District's Compliance Coordinator will provide information regarding those procedures upon request. Any person who is unable to resolve a problem or grievance arising under any of the laws and regulations cited above may contact the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, Region VII, 1 Petticoat Lane, 1010 Walnut Street, Suite 452, Kansas City, MO 64106; phone (816) 268-0550
The District's Compliance Coordinator is:
Kim Roesch, Chief Human Resources Officer, 636.692.0460
Rights of Homeless Children
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and subsequent amendments in 1990, 1994, 2001 and 2004 provide considerable protection for the educational needs of homeless children and youth in the United States. Subtitle B of Title VIII states that it is the policy of Congress that:
1. Homeless children and youth have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education as provided to other children and youth.
2. Residency requirements, practices or policies that may act as a barrier to enrollment will be revised to ensure that homeless children and youth are afforded the same free, appropriate public education as provided to other children and youth.
3. Homelessness alone should not be sufficient reason to separate students from the mainstream school environment.
4. Homeless children and youth should have access to the education and other services that such children and youth need to ensure that such children and youth have an opportunity to meet the same challenging state student performance standards to which all students are held.
School districts of each homeless child and youth are required to determine the child's best interest by either:
1. Continuing the child's education in the school of origin:
a. For the remainder of the academic year; or
b. In any case in which a family becomes homeless between academic years, for the following academic year; or
2. Enrolling the child in any school that non-homeless students who live in the attendance area in which the child or youth resides are eligible to attend.
For more information, please contact the homeless services coordinator, at 636.692.0460
Annual Board of Education Election
The voters of the Northwest School District shall annually, on the municipal election day, the first Tuesday of April, elect three directors for terms of three years, with the exception of 1993 and every third year thereafter, when three directors will be elected, in compliance with regulations specified in state law.
The next school board election will be April 3, 2018. Board of Education candidate filing opens at 8 a.m. Dec. 12, 2017, at the Northwest Central Office, 2843 Community Lane, High Ridge, MO, and closes at 5 p.m., Jan. 16, 2018. Candidates must be a U.S. citizen, a resident taxpayer of the district and at least 24 years of age by election day. For more information, call the Superintendent's Office at 636.692.0464.
Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)
PPRA affords parents of elementary and secondary students certain rights regarding the conduct of surveys, collection and use of information for marketing purposes, and certain physical exams. These include, but are not limited to, the right to:
· Consent before students are required to submit to a survey that concerns one or more of the following protected areas ("protected information survey") if the survey is funded in whole or in part by a program of the U.S. Department of Education (ED)-
1. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or student's parent;
2. Mental or psychological problems of the student or student's family;
3. Sex behavior or attitudes;
4. Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;
5. Critical appraisals of others with whom respondents have close family relationships;
6. Legally recognized privileged relationships, such as with lawyers, doctors, or ministers;
7. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or student's parent; or
8. Income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility.
· Receive notice and an opportunity to opt a student out of -
1. Any other protected information survey, regardless of funding;
2. Any non-emergency, invasive physical exam or screening required as a condition of attendance, administered by the school or its agent, and not necessary to protect the immediate health and safety of a student, except for hearing, vision, or scoliosis screenings, or any physical exam or screening permitted or required under State law; and
3. Activities involving collection, disclosure, or use of personal information collected from students for marketing or to sell or otherwise distribute the information to others. (This does not apply to the collection, disclosure, or use of personal information collected from students for the exclusive purpose of developing, evaluating, or providing educational products or services for, or to, students or educational institutions.)
· Inspect, upon request and before administration or use -
1. Protected information surveys of students and surveys created by a third party;
2. Instruments used to collect personal information from students for any of the above marketing, sales, or other distribution purposes; and
3. Instructional material used as part of the educational curriculum.
These rights transfer from the parents to a student who is 18 years old or an emancipated minor under State law.
The Northwest School District has adopted policies, in consultation with parents, regarding these rights, as well as arrangements to protect student privacy in the administration of protected information surveys and the collection, disclosure, or use of personal information for marketing, sales, or other distribution purposes. The Northwest School District will directly notify parents of these policies at least annually at the start of each school yearand after any substantive changes. The Northwest School District will also directly notify, such as through U.S. Mail or email, parents of students who are scheduled to participate in the specific activities or surveys noted below and will provide an opportunity for the parent to opt his or her child out of participation of the specific activity or survey. The Northwest School Districtwill make this notification to parents at the beginning of the school year if the District has identified the specific or approximate dates of the activities or surveys at that time. For surveys and activities scheduled after the school year starts, parents will be provided reasonable notification of the planned activities and surveys listed below and be provided an opportunity to opt their child out of such activities and surveys. Parents will also be provided an opportunity to review any pertinent surveys. Following is a list of the specific activities and surveys covered under this direct notification requirement:
· Collection, disclosure, or use of personal information collected from students for marketing, sales, or other distribution.
· Administration of any protected information survey not funded in whole or in part by ED.
· Any non-emergency, invasive physical examination or screening as described above.
Parents who believe their rights have been violated may file a complaint with :
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202
Commitment To Compliance Under the Americans With Disabilities Act
In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA"), the Northwest School District ("District") will not discriminate on the basis of disability against qualified individuals with a disability with respect to the District's services, programs or activities.
Employment : The District does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practices. The District complies with the federal regulations under Title I of the ADA (which governs the application of the ADA in the hiring and employment setting).
Effective Communication : The District will comply with the ADA with respect to providing auxiliary aids and services leading to effective communication for qualified persons with disabilities so they can participate equally in District programs, services, and activities. These aids and services are designed to make information and communications accessible to people who have impairments, in areas such as speech, hearing, and vision. The District will not place a surcharge on a qualified individual with a disability, or any group of qualified individuals with disabilities, to cover the cost of providing auxiliary aids/services or reasonable modifications of policy (for example, retrieving items from locations that are open to the public but inaccessible to users of wheelchairs).
Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a service, program, or activity of the District should contact the District's ADA Compliance Coordinator, whose contact information is listed below. Such contact should be made as soon as possible, but not later than 48 hours before the scheduled event (and, preferably, at least five (5) business days before the event).
Modifications to Policies and Procedures : The District will make reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy its services, programs and activities.
Complaints that a District service, program, or activity is not accessible to persons with a disability may be directed to the District's ADA Compliance Coordinator below. In addition, as stated in the District's Notice of Nondiscrimination, which is posted in each school facility, a person who is unable to resolve a problem or grievance arising under Title II of the ADA may contact the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 233 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 240, Chicago, IL 60601. Customer Response Center: (800) 368-1019
School District Compliance Coordinators:
Jeffrey Marker, Director of Administrative Services
Nicole Myers, Director of Student Services
Parental Information and Resource Center (PIRC)
The Parental Information and Resource Center (PIRC) program is funded by the US Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement, established to provide training, information, and support to parents and individuals who work with local parents, districts, and schools that receive Title I.A funds. PIRCs provide both regional and statewide services and disseminate information to parents on a statewide basis.
PIRCs help implement successful and effective parental involvement policies, programs, and activities that lead to improvements in student academic achievement, and that strengthen partnerships among parents, teachers, principals, administrators, and other school personnel in meeting the education needs of children; and to assist parents to communicate effectively with teachers, principals, counselors, administrators, and other school personnel.
The recipients of PIRC grants are required to: serve both rural and urban areas, use at least half their funds to serve areas with high concentrations of low-income children, and use at least 30 percent of the funds they receive for early childhood parent program.
Centers must include activities that establish, expand, or operate early childhood parent education programs and typically engage in a variety of technical assistance activities designed to improve student academic achievement, including understanding the accountability systems in the state and school districts being served by a project. Specific activities often include helping parents to understand the data that accountability systems make available to parents and the significance of that data for such things as opportunities for supplemental services and public school choice afforded to their children attending buildings in school improvement.
PIRCs generally develop resource materials and provide information about high quality family involvement programs to families, schools, school districts, and others through conferences, workshops, and dissemination of materials. Projects generally include a focus on serving parents of low-income, minority, and limited English proficient (LEP) children enrolled in elementary and secondary schools.
Missouri has two PIRCs – one in St. Louis and one in Springfield. For service and contact information, go to their website at http://www.nationalpirc.org/directory/MO-32.html
Procedure for Public Complaints
The Board of Education recognizes that situations of concern to parents/guardians or the public may arise in the operation of the District. The following steps are the proper procedures to be followed by persons with questions or complaints regarding the operation of the school district:
1. Complaints on behalf of individual students should first be addressed to the teacher.
2. Unsettled matters from (1) above, or problems and questions concerning individual schools and or specific departments, should be directed to the principal of the school or department head.
3. Unsettled matters from (2) above, should be directed to the appropriate central office administrator.
4. Unsettled matters from (3) above should be directed to the superintendent of schools.
5. If the matter cannot be settled satisfactorily by the superintendent, it should be brought to the Board of Education.
The Board considers it the obligation of the professional and support staff of the District to field the questions of parents/guardians or the public. Please refer to Board Policy 1480 and Regulation 1480 for further guidance regarding the complaint procedure.
Safe Schools Information
In 1996, Missouri legislators approved the Safe Schools Act, under which all public schools in the state are required to abide by strict security and disciplinary regulations including procedures for reporting school incidents in accordance with the Policy. The Northwest School District publishes an annual discipline handbook that includes the laws required for Safe Schools. District rules, regulations and practices related to student conduct, disciplinary procedures and consequences are included.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
The District seeks to identify, evaluate and provide free and appropriate educational services to all qualified students with disabilities within the definitions of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. No qualified student with a disability shall, on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any district program, including nonacademic services and extracurricular activities.
The District will provide a free appropriate public education to each qualified student with a disability in the District's jurisdiction. An appropriate education is the provision of regular or special education and related aids and services that are designed to meet the individual education needs of students with disabilities as adequately as the needs of students without disabilities are met, and complies with applicable federal regulations.
For more information regarding the District's obligations under Section 504 more information contact the District's Director of Special Services, at 636.692.0471.
Services and Rights for Students with Disabilities
All responsible public agencies are required to locate, evaluate, and identify children with disabilities who are under the jurisdiction of the agency, regardless of the severity of the disability, including children attending private schools, children who live outside the district but are attending a private school within the district, highly mobile children, such as migrant and homeless children, children who are wards of the state, and children who are suspected of having a disability and in need of special education even though they are advancing from grade to grade.
The Northwest School District assures that it will provide a free, appropriate public education (FAPE) to all eligible children with disabilities between the ages of 3 and 21 under its jurisdiction. Disabilities include autism, deaf/blindness, emotional disorders, hearing impairment and deafness, intellectual disabilities, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairments, specific learning disabilities, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, visual impairment/blindness and young child with a developmental delay.
The Northwest School District assures that it will provide information and referral services necessary to assist the State in the implementation of early intervention services for infants and toddlers eligible for the Missouri First Steps program.
The Northwest School District assures that personally identifiable information collected, used, or maintained by the agency for the purposes of identification, evaluation, placement or provision of FAPE of children with disabilities may be inspected and/or reviewed by their parents/guardians. Parents/guardians may request amendment to the educational record if the parent/guardian believes the record is inaccurate, misleading, or violates the privacy or other rights of their child. Parents have the right to file complaints with the U.S. Department of Education or the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education concerning alleged failures by the district to meet the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
The Northwest School District has developed a Local Compliance Plan for the implementation of State Regulations for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This plan contains the agency's policies and procedures regarding storage, disclosure to third parties, retention and destruction of personally identifiable information and the agency's assurances that services are provided in compliance with the General Education Provision Act (GEPA). This plan may be reviewed at the district administrative office, 2843 Community Lane, High Ridge, MO between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday.
Public schools in the State of Missouri are required to conduct an annual census of all children with disabilities from birth through age twenty (20) who reside in the district or whose parent/legal guardian resides in the district. This information is treated as confidential and submitted to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Information to be collected includes: name of each child, parent/legal guardian's name/address; birth date and age of each child; and each child; and each child's disability. If you have a child with a disability or know of a child with a disability who is not attending the public school, please contact the Director of Student Services.
This notice will be provided in native languages as appropriate.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students who are 18 years of age or older ("eligible students") certain rights with respect to the student's education records. These rights are:
1. The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days after the day the Northwest School District receives a request for access. Parents or eligible students who wish to inspect their child's or their education records should submit to the Director of Student Services a written request that identifies the records they wish to inspect. The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.
2. The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student's privacy rights under FERPA. Parents or eligible students who wish to ask the Northwest School District to amend their child's or their education record should write the Director of Student Services, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it should be changed. If the school decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the school will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and 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.
3. The right to provide written consent before the school discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from the student's education 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 School 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 School 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 performing 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 School may disclose education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll. The school district will make a reasonable attempt to notify the parent or eligible student of such a records request.
4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the Northwest School District to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA are:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law, requires that the Northwest School District, with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child's education records. However, the Northwest School District may disclose appropriately designated "directory information" without written consent, unless you have advised the District to the contrary in accordance with District procedures. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the Northwest School District to include this type of information from your child's education records in certain school publications. Examples include:
• A playbill, showing your student's role in a drama production;
• The annual yearbook;
• Honor roll or other recognition lists;
• Graduation programs; and
• Sports activity sheets, such as for wrestling, showing weight and height of team members.
Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be disclosed to outside organizations without a parent's prior written consent. Outside organizations include, but are not limited to, companies that manufacture class rings or publish yearbooks. In addition, two federal laws require local educational agencies (LEAs) receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, upon request, with three directory information categories - names, addresses and telephone listings - unless parents have advised the LEA that they do not want their student's information disclosed without their prior written consent.
If you do not want the Northwest School District to disclose directory information from your child's education records without your prior written consent, you must notify the District in writing by August 15 of each year. The Northwest School District has designated the following information as directory information:
Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
Weight and height of members of athletic teams
Electronic mail address
Degrees, honors, and awards received
Date and place of birth
Major field of study
Dates of attendance
The most recent educational agency or institution attended
The U.S. EPA Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) under the Federal Code of Regulations 40 CFR 763.93g (4) requires that building occupants to be notified annually of the presence of asbestos in the building and the availability of the Asbestos Management Plan. A copy of the Management Plan is available for review at the district office at 2843 Community Lane, High Ridge, MO 63049. The Management Plan identifies the types and locations of asbestos in the building and identifies inspections, sampling data and response actions taken by the district. Questions regarding asbestos or the Management Plan can be directed to the Director of Facilities and Maintenance at 636-671-5978.