STUDENT HANDBOOK AND AGREEMENTS
SCHOOL CLOSING INFORMATION
USD #223 BOARD OF EDUCATION POLICY
POLICIES AND FEES
First Day of School - August 21st, Wednesday
Hanover Public School
August 6th 12pm To 6pm
August 7th 9am To 3pm
Linn Public School
August 6th 12pm To 6pm
August 7th 9am To 3pm
SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM
All schools in USD 223 participate in the school lunch and breakfast program. Prices are subject to change. Click here to view the District's Meal Policy Charge.
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Elementary K-6 $1.70
Jr/Sr High $1.90
Elementary K-6 $2.75
Jr/Sr High $3.05
Extra Milk $0.40
FREE/REDUCED LUNCH APPLICATIONS
We encourage families to apply for the Child Nutrition Program Benefits. This program helps determine funding for different school programs. All information is kept confidential.
FEE STRUCTURE FOR 2018-19
Textbook/Technology K-12 $50
Athletic Fee $20 per sport per student
St Johns 7/8 Textbook/Tech. $40
Vo-Ag 9-12 $20
FBLA Sr High $15 Jr High $10
Art 9-12 $20
Woods 9-12 $20
Summer Drivers Ed $100
USD 223 NOW ACCEPTS CREDIT/DEBIT CARDS
Hanover and Linn Schools are now accepting credit/debit cards to pay for school fees and lunch balances. This point-of-sale solution is made available through the state's eGovernment service provider Kansas.gov. There is a 2.5% service fee for each transaction that will be the responsibility of the individual making the payment. To make payments using your credit or debit card stop by the office or you call the office to make a payment over the phone.
FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.
FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students."
Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student's education records maintained by the school. Schools are not required to provide copies of records unless, for reasons such as great distance, it is impossible for parents or eligible students to review the records. Schools may charge a fee for copies.
Parents or eligible students have the right to request that a school correct records which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student then has the right to a formal hearing. After the hearing, if the school still decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student has the right to place a statement with the record setting forth his or her view about the contested information.
Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student's education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34CFR § 99.31):
o School officials with legitimate educational interest;
o Other schools to which a student is transferring;
o Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;
o Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;
o Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;
o Accrediting organizations;
o To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;
o Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and
o State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law.
Schools may disclose, without consent, "directory" information such as a student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. However, schools must tell parents and eligible students about directory information and allow parents and eligible students a reasonable amount of time to request that the school not disclose directory information about them. Schools must notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights underFERPA. The actual means of notification (special letter, inclusion in a PTA bulletin, student handbook, or newspaper article) is left to the discretion of each school.
The Board of Education of USD 223, Barnes, Kansas on this date, July 1, 1985, hereby provides assurance of compliance with Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, and that no person in USD 223 shall be, on the basis of sex, excluded from participating in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination under any educational program of activity.
The Superintendent of Schools, USD 223, Washington County, Kansas, is hereby designated to coordinate the school district's efforts to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Americans withDisabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, TitleVI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and to investigate non-compliance complaints.
A grievance procedure and form for students, employees and district patrons is developed as follows: (1) The aggrieved party, where applicable, will present his grievance to the building principal where the student attends, the employee is employed, or the patron feels that there is reason for grievance. (2) If the building principal cannot satisfactorily explain circumstances and resolve the grievance, he shall so state on the proposed grievance form. (3) The aggrieved will present the grievance to the designated employee who will then have 45days from receipt of the grievance. (4) The aggrieved party will have ten days in which to notify the superintendent of the aggrieved party's desire to appeal the superintendent's decision of the Board of Education. (5) The board of education will have 45 days in which to investigate and provide a written answer to the aggrieved.
In keeping with P.L. 94-469, USD 223 wishes to inform you that there is asbestos present in some of the buildings of USD 223.
Sexual harassment will not be tolerated in the school district. Sexual harassment of employees or students of the district by board members, administrators, certified and support personnel, students, vendors, and any others having business or other contact with the school district is strictly prohibited. For further information refer to Board Policy. (GAAC and JGEC)
It is the policy of the board to encourage regular attendance at school by all students. Regular attendance contributes not only to the probability of scholastic success but also to the development of attitudes of consistent performance, which will carry over into adult life.
All building principals are authorized to report truancies as required by law. Parents or guardians will be notified of each unexcused absence and excessive absences will result in a parent conference.
Good school discipline is essential if learning is to take place. Students are expected to assume their share of responsibility in maintaining an atmosphere conducive to good learning. Disruptive behavior is not tolerated. Detention periods may be provided and principals are authorized to use probation where better discipline will be served. Specific policies have been adopted concerning suspension and expulsion.
GRADING, PROMOTION, RETENTION, ACCELERATION
Each student will be encouraged to achieve the highest academic level in line with his or her abilities. As a barometer of progress, periodic reports will be issued to parents. Parents will be informed of students failing to make satisfactory progress. Teachers are urged to make reports of students making satisfactory progress. Letter grades (A, B,C, D, F) are used in grades 1 through 12 at the Hanover AttendanceCenter and 3 through 12 at the Linn Attendance Center.
Classroom teachers professional qualifications can be requested from the teachers or on the district website on the teachers' webpage. If parents have concerns about their child being taught by a highly qualified teacher they can refer to the district website teacher pages or contact the district office.
The policy of the district is to encourage and assist each student to progress in a way that is consistent with his or her best level of academic, social, and emotional maturity. The teacher will always consult with the parents, counselor, and principal when making all such decisions, although the final decision rests with the principal.
In giving homework and assignments, teachers are encouraged to give primary consideration to each child's individual needs and abilities. The purpose of homework is to help the student prepare for the next day or to extend and enrich what has been learned previously.
It is the policy of the schools that most work in primary grades be done in the classroom. As students progress towards junior and senior high, increasing amounts of homework are assigned.
USD #223 does not provide insurance for students or athletes. Parents are encouraged to purchase insurance prior to the beginning of the season. By USD #223 membership in KSHSAA, catastrophe insurance is provided, but this has a large deductible clause and covers only those cases in which lifetime disability results. USD #223 does offer voluntary student accident insurance for students to purchase. Please contact building administrations for more information.
SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES
A full range of special education services are provided through theTwin Lakes Educational Cooperative to area school districts. Other services are provided to the hearing and visually impaired, mentally handicapped, the physically handicapped, to those with personal and social adjustment problems, the learning disabled, and to the gifted. Older students receive vocational training as well.
Steve Joonas, Director (785)632-3176 (Clay Center)
The guidance and counseling services of the district are available to all secondary students. The program is designed to meet the individual needs of students and assists students in formulating vocational and occupational goals. The program also provides personal guidance counseling to students when necessary. Two school counselors are employed along with school psychologist services. The district also has access to a social service consultant and a chemical abuse prevention specialist.