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Mission Statement:  “Preparing students for future opportunities and success”

Beliefs:  The Olin Consolidated School District’s mission, philosophy and beliefs comprise our collective vision. Our district believes in the following:

  • All students are given the opportunity to learn and succeed, recognizing that all students learn at different rates.

  • Stakeholders have responsibility in supporting the school’s mission, enriching the curriculum and upholding community values.

  • A positive and comfortable atmosphere promotes student learning.

  • Curriculum should be responsive to a changing society.

  • Teach appropriate learning activities for students of all ages.

  • Students learn best when actively involved in learning activities.

  • Students will be aware of the world around them.

ANTI-BULLYING/HARASSMENT POLICY

HOMELESS CHILDREN AND YOUTH

MULTICULTURAL/GENDER FAIR EDUCATION

NONDISCRIMINATION STATEMENT 

IOWA NONDISCRIMINATION STATEMENT

‚ÄčPARENT'S RIGHT TO KNOW LETTER

OLIN DISTRICT EQUAL OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT: The Olin Consolidated School provides equal educational and employment opportunities and will not illegally discriminate on the issue or race, creed, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status or disability.

OCSD shall take affirmative action in recruitment, appointment, assignment, and advancement of women and men, minorities and disabled.

Inquiries regarding compliance with equal educational or employment opportunities and/or affirmative action shall be directed to the Equity Coordinator, Olin Consolidated School District, 212 Trilby St. Olin, IA  52320.  Inquiries may also be directed, in writing, to the Iowa Civil Rights Commission in Des Moines, the Director of the Region VII office of Civil Rights, United States Department of Education in Kansas City, Missouri.

EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY:  It is the policy of the Olin Consolidated School District not to illegally discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, religion, creed, age (Employment only) marital status, sexual orientation, gender identify, and socioeconomic status (students/programs only) 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 the district’s Equity Coordinator, (Employment and Education Programs Coordinator), PO Box 320, Olin, IA 52320, 319-484-2170.

NOTICE OF STUDENT FEE WAIVER AND REDUCTION PROCEDURES:  Students whose families meet the income guidelines for free and reduced price lunch, the Family Investment Program (FIP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), transportation assistance under open enrollment, or who are in foster care are eligible to have their student fees waived or partially waived. Students whose families are experiencing a temporary financial difficulty may be eligible for a temporary waiver of student fees. Parents of students who believe they may qualify for temporary financial hardship should contact the School Board Secretary at registration time for a waiver form. This waiver does not carry over from year to year and must be completed annually. 

SCHOOL BREAKFAST AND LUNCH PROGRAM:  During the 2014-2015 school year, the Olin School bagan participating in the new “Community Eligibility Provision” (CEP) provided by the Food and Nutrition Bureau. This provision allows ALL children who attend school in Olin to receive a free breakfast and free lunch. There is a simple form for all families to complete at registration due to this new provision. Additional information about the CEP program is provided on the Olin website and Facebook page.

Breakfast is served from 7:30 to 7:55 a.m.

Ala carte offerings include 2nd milk or a 2nd sandwich. These items are not part of the regular meal and will be charged to your child’s/children’s account. They can only be purchased if an adequate balance exists for the ala carte item. All parents are encouraged to talk with their children about any limits you may want to place on extra items. Our software program allows the ala carte items to be blocked. If you are interested in that feature or want to know more about it please call Carrie Fortin at 484-2261.

You can check your child’s/children’s account balance on JMC. You will use the same user name and password you have used in the past to look at your child’s/children’s grades. If you have not used this in the past and would like to start please ask us about it at registration or contact Sandy at any time by calling 484-2170, or email: sweirather@olin.k12.ia.us

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (PDF), found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities and you wish to file either an EEO or program complaint please contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish).

FOOD ALLERGIES:  Attention to all parents who have children with food allergies. We need a doctor’s verification on file stating what food your student is allergic to. We also need to know what kind of reaction to watch for.
Please send the doctors verifications to:

Sandy Weirather
Olin Consolidated School 212 Trilby St.
Olin, IA 52320

HEALTH EDUCATION:  Parents who object to health education instruction in human growth and development may file a written request that the student be excused from instruction. The written request will include a proposed activity or study acceptable to the Superintendent. The Superintendent will have the final authority to determine the alternative activity or study. Olin Consolidated School Board Policy Code 603.5.

ANNUAL NOTIFICATION ASBESTOS:  The Olin Consolidated School is required to provide annual notification regarding asbestos and the monitoring of our asbestos plan. The U.S. Congress enacted the Asbestos Hazard Act of 1986 (referred to as AHERA). AHERA was enacted to determine the amount of asbestos in public buildings and required public agencies to develop asbestos management plans for each of their facilities.

Our facilities have received regular surveillance of the asbestos containing material every three years. A copy of the asbestos management plan is available for review in the administrative office during regular hours.

OPEN ENROLLMENT TIMELINE: Parents or guardians requesting open enrollment in or out of a school district must complete a State of Iowa application form that is available in the central office of all Iowa school districts. For additional information on this topic, you can consult the Iowa Department of Education’s web site.

The completed form must be filed with both the resident and receiving districts by March 1 of the year preceding the school year for which open enrollment is desired. If the application is for a Kindergarten student, file the form with both districts on or before Sept. 1 of the school year in which open enrollment is requested. In addition, certain “good cause” circumstances defined by state law are acceptable for a timeline waiver if the change occurred/began AFTER March 1.

Parents are responsible for transporting children who are open enrolled to another district. This applies to all students including those with an IEP. Students who open enroll in grades 9 through 12 shall not be eligible to participate in varsity contests and competitions during the first 90 school days of transfer.

SEXUAL ABUSE BY SCHOOL EMPLOYEE:  It is the policy of the Olin Consolidated School that school employees and volunteers not commit acts of physical or sexual abuse, including inappropriate and intentional sexual behavior, toward students.

It is the policy of the district to respond to allegations of abuse by school employees or volunteers by investigation or arranging for the full investigation of any allegations, and to do so in a reasonably prudent manner. Anyone believing that a student has been abused by a district employee or volunteer may report the abuse to their building administrator or the Superintendent of Schools.

The entire policy on abuse of students is defined in Board Policy and is available in the Superintendent’s office. 

 

 

STUDENTS RECORDS ANNUAL NOTICE:  The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age (“eligible student”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. They are: 

1.  The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the district receive a request for access. Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal (or appropriate school official) a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The principal 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 or misleading or in violation of the student’s privacy rights. Parents or eligible students may ask the school district to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the school principal, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the district decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the district will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them 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 consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in 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 district 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 district has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, AEA employees, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee or students assistance team, 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 and education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

4.  The right to inform the school district that the parent does not want directory information, as defined below, to be released. Directory information can be released without prior parental consent. Any student over the age of eighteen or parent not wanting this information released to the public must make objection in writing to the principal. The objection needs to be renewed annually. Name, address, telephone listing, date and place of birth, e-mail address, grade level, enrollment status, 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, the most recent previous school or institution attended by the student, photograph and likeness and other similar information.

5.  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 Ave., SW Washington, DC 20202-4605

The School District may share any information with the Parties contained in a student’s permanent record, which is directly related to the juvenile justice system’s ability to effectively serve the student. Prior to adjudication information contained in the permanent record may be disclosed by the School District to the Parties without parental consent or court order. Information contained in a student’s permanent record may be disclosed by the School District to the Parties after adjudication only with parental consent or a court order. Information share pursuant to the agreement is used solely for determining the programs and services appropriate to the needs of the student or student’s family or coordinating the delivery of programs and services to the student or student’s family. Information shared under the agreement is not admissible in any court proceedings, which take place prior to a disposition hearing, unless written consent is obtained from a student’s parent, guardian, or legal or actual custodian.

Information obtained from others shall not be used for the basis of disciplinary action of the student. This agreement only governs a school district’s ability to share information and the purpose for which that information can be used.

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DISTRICT GIVES ANNUAL NOTICE OF RIGHTS OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES:  Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 requires annual notification of parents/students right in identification, evaluation, and placement.

The following is a description of the rights and options granted by federal law to students with disabilities (handicaps). The intent of the law is to keep you fully informed concerning decisions about your child and to inform you of your rights if you disagree with any of these decisions. You have the right to:

  1. Have your child take part in, and receive benefits from, public education programs without discrimination because of his/her disabling condition.

  2. Have the school district advise you of your rights and options under federal law.

  3. Receive notice with respect to identification, evaluation, or placement of your child.

  4. Have your child receive a free appropriate public education. This includes the rights to be educated with non-disabled students to the maximum extent appropriate. It also includes the right to have the school district make reasonable accommodations to allow your child and equal opportunity to participate in school and school-related activities.

  5. Have your child educated in facilities and receive services comparable to those provided non-disabled students.

  6. Have your child receive special education and related services if he/she is found to be eligible under the individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA – PL. 101.476), and/or general education intervention/modifications outside of special education under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

  7. Have evaluation, educational and placement decisions made based upon a variety of information sources, and by a person who knows the student, evaluation data, and placement options.

  8. Have transportation provided to and from an alternative placement setting at no greater cost to you that would be incurred if the student were placed in a program operated by the district.

  9. Have your child given an equal opportunity to participate in non-academic and extra-curricular activities offered by the district.

  10. Examine all relevant records relating to decisions regarding your child’s identification, evaluation, educational program, and placement.

CIVIL RIGHTS:  Anyone who believes that an educational institution has discriminated against someone on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age, or who believes that a public elementary or secondary school, or state or local educational agency has violated the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act, may file a complaint. The person or organization filing the complaint need not be a victim of the alleged discrimination but may complain on behalf of another person or group.

Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, or North Dakota Office for Civil Rights/ Chicago U.S. Department of Education Citigroup Center: 500 W. Madison Street; Suite 1475 Chicago, Illinois 60661 Tel: (312) 730-1560 Fax: (312) 730-1576 TDD: (312) 730-1609 

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