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Family Support Policies

Sharing Student Information
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a federal law, requires that Sheridan County School District #1, with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child’s education records.  However, we may disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without written consent, unless you have advised the district to the contrary.  We have designated the following information as directory information:

  • Student’s name
  • Address
  • Telephone listing
  • Grade level
  • Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
  • Height of members of athletic teams
  • Degrees, honors, and awards received

The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the school to include this type of information from your child’s education records in certain school publications.  Examples include:

  • A program for a concert or student production
  • The annual yearbook
  • Honor roll or other recognition lists
  • Graduation programs
  • Sports activity sheets, such as for basketball, showing grade level and height for team members.

Directory information can also be disclosed to outside organizations without a parent’s prior written consent.  Outside organizations include, but are not limited to, parent organizations, community foundations, and companies that manufacture class rings or publish yearbooks.  In addition, two federal laws require local educational agencies receiving federal assistance to provide military recruiters, upon request, with three directory information categories – names, addresses, and telephone listings – unless parents have advised the school that they do not want their student’s information disclosed without their prior written consent.

If you do not want SCSD#1 to disclose directory information for your child without your prior written consent, you must notify the district in writing.  Should you have questions contact Marty Kobza at the Central Office (655-9541), or send your written communication to Brandi Miller, Box 819, Ranchester, WY, 82839

Information about Staff
The new Federal legislation entitled the No Child Left Behind Act requires each school district to provide parents with information about their child’s teachers.  If requested by a parent, our district may disclose the following information about staff members’ qualifications:

  • Grade level and subject areas in which they are certified
  • Status of their teaching certification – full, temporary, or provisional
  • College degrees (bachelors, masters, doctorate) and majors

If you would like to request this information please call or write Marty Kobza, Superintendent, 655-9541, Box 819, Ranchester, WY 82839.

Do You Know The Immunization Law?
Under the Wyoming state law (W.S. 21-4-309) K-12 students are required to be fully immunized against vaccine preventable diseases as designated by the State Health Officer. An official record of immunization is required to be on file for all students.  Wyoming state law allows medical and religious waivers to vaccination, and can be obtained from the State or County Health Officer by submitting written evidence of religious objection or medical contraindication to the administration of any vaccine.  If you have any questions concerning the requirements contact your personal physician; Tammy Aksamit, Big Horn School Nurse, 672-3497; or Emily Lewis, Tongue River School Nurse, 655-2206.

Crisis Plan
A primary responsibility of public schools is to provide a safe and secure environment for students, employees, and the public. Sheridan County School District #1 has clearly defined policies and procedures for responding to situations that threaten the health, safety, and welfare of students, staff, and community members using our facilities. The district crisis plan includes written procedures for taking action and communicating with local law enforcement agencies, community emergency services, parents, students and media in the event of a crisis.  You can view the Sheridan County School District #1 Crisis Plan on the district website: http://www.sheridan.k12.wy.us/ under Parent Resources.

Unsafe School Choice Option 
The federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, at Title IX, Section 9532, entitled “Unsafe School Choice Option,” requires each state receiving funds under the Act to establish and implement a policy requiring that a student attending a persistently dangerous public elementary school or secondary school, be allowed to attend a safe public elementary or secondary school within the local educational agency.

A Wyoming public school is considered to be persistently dangerous if the following condition exists:

In any two consecutive years, the school has experienced expulsions (as defined by the Wyoming State Education Code) for drug, alcohol, weapons, or violence that exceed an expulsion rate of 2% per year of the student body or four students, whichever is higher, as figured from the most currently available year’s enrollment.  For the purpose of this definition, a “violent criminal offense” shall mean homicide, rape, robbery, and/or aggravated assault (as defined by Wyoming Violent Index Offenses). 

Persistently dangerous schools will be identified based on school safety data such as the types and occurrences of violent criminal acts in public elementary schools or secondary schools.  Schools at risk of being identified as persistently dangerous will be monitored in an effort to address and correct those areas posing risks within the schools.  Parents of students attending schools identified as persistently dangerous will be provided notice of the school status and of the option of allowing their children to transfer to a safe public school.

McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act of 2001
Each State Educational Agency shall ensure that each child of a homeless individual and each homeless youth have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, as provided to other children and youth.” (Title X, Part C, § 721(1))

The McKinney-Vento program is designed to address the problems that homeless children and youth face in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school.  Homeless children and youth should have access to educational and other services that they need to meet the same Wyoming State Standards and Assessments to which all students are held. States and local education agencies are required to review and undertake steps to revise laws, regulations, practices, or policies that may act as barriers to the enrollment, attendance, or success in school of homeless children and youth. For more information, contact Pete Kilbride, At-Risk Coordinator, at 655-2236.

Equal Educational Opportunities
The Sheridan County School District #1 Board of Trustees believes that discrimination has no place in public education. Schools should be open to all who wish to enjoy their benefits. This right should not be curtailed because a student possesses characteristics, which do not conform to majority patterns. In accordance with the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA), the district will assure equal access and participation of all students regardless of gender, color, race, disability, national origin, or age, and will remove barriers to learning that would limit participation in educational activities. The district shall also be responsible for providing materials and equipment to assure equal access.

REF: Policies IGB, IGBA, IGBFA, IGBG, IGBJ, IHBC,    
20 U.S.C. 794, Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504
20 U.S.C. 1401, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
20 U.S.C. 1681, Education Amendments of 1972, Title IX
20 U.S.C. 1703, Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972
20 U.S.C. 2000, Civil Rights Act of 1964, Titles VI and VII
42 U.S.C. 12101, et seq., Americans with Disabilities Act

 

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