NOTICE OF POSTING OF OPEN MEETINGS
Notice is herby given to the public that RSD Charter School, Inc. will post the Notice of Public Meetings of the Governing Board in the main lobby at 13615 N. 35th Avenue, Suite 11, Phoenix, Arizona 85029 and on its website at www.rsdcharterschool.com/publicnotices.
Annual Financial Report
Annual Notification of Rights under Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act(FERPA) for the 2016-2017 School Year/Notice to Parents and GuardiansRegarding the Disclosure of Student "Directory Information" The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. Â§ 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. 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 within 45 days of the day the School receives a request for access. Parents or eligible students should submit to the school’s Director Sandra Davis, a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The Director will make arrangements for access and will make certain notification is given to the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. 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. FERPA allows schools to disclose these records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR Â§ 99.31):
· School officials with legitimate educational interest;
· Other schools to which a student is transferring;
· Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;
· Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;
· Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;
· Accrediting organizations;
· To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;
· Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and
· 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. Parents or eligible students have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the School 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 Avenue SW; Washington, D.C. 20202-4605 Directory Information Directory information means information contained in the educational record of a student, which is not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed, so that it may be disclosed without prior parental consent, unless you have advised RSD Charter School to the contrary in accordance with School procedures. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the Charter School to include this type of information from your student’s education records in certain school-related publications or notices.
Military RecruitersDisclosure of Student Contact Information
Federal law requires public school districts, upon request, to release the name, home address and telephone number of all high school students to military recruiters UNLESS a parent or student informs the school not to release this contact information.
RSD High School will submit contact information to recruiters from branches of the armed forces as requests are received.
If you or your student do not want contact information included in the lists that are released to military recruiters, submit a signed written statement to the school that says you do not want the information released to the military.The law also applies to the release of contact information to institutions of higher learning (such as colleges and universities).
You or your student may choose to prohibit disclosure of contact information to just military recruiters, just institutions of higher learning, or to both groups.
Written statements may be returned at any time to the school secretary at 13615 N. 35th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85029. (602) 993-5225.Once this written statement to not release the information is filed, you do not need to do so again while your student is in high school, unless you wish to change your prior decision.
McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act Notification
RSD High School shall provide an educational environment that treats homeless students with dignity and respect. Homeless students are provided with equal access to educational programs provided to other students, have an opportunity to meet state and district academic achievement standards to which all students are held and are not segregated or discriminated against on the basis of their homeless status. This commitment to the educational rights of homeless children and youth applies to all services, programs, and activities provided or made available.
Definition of Homeless Children and Youth
Under McKinney-Vento (McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. ss11431-11436, sec. 25), homeless children and youth are defined as "individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate night-time residence." The term includes children and youth who:
· are living with other persons due to the loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason, including children and youth living doubled-up with family or friends;
· are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative, adequate accommodations;
· are living in emergency or transitional shelters;
· are abandoned in hospitals;
· are temporarily housed while awaiting foster care placement;
· have a primary night-time residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;
· are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings;
· are migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above.
Rights of Homeless Students
All homeless students have a right to:
· immediate public school enrollment. A public school must immediately enroll students even if they lack health, immunization or school records, proof of guardianship, or proof of residency.
· enroll in: » the school he/she attended when permanently housed (school of origin).» the school in which he/she was last enrolled (school of origin).» any public school that non-homeless students living in the same attendance area are eligible to attend.
· remain enrolled in his/her selected public school for as long as he/she remains homeless or, if the student becomes permanently housed, until the end of the academic year.
· free breakfast and lunch.
· books and school supplies.
· participate in all school-related activities, i.e. tutorial, instructional support, etc.
· obtain information regarding how to get fee waivers, free uniforms, and referrals to low-cost or free medical services.
· transportation to and from the public school of origin for the duration of homelessness, including preschool children who attend programs that provide transportation to non-homeless children.
· assistance with the dispute resolution process if a dispute arises over school selection or enrollment in a school.
Guidance on Constitutionally Protected Prayer in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools
February 7, 2003
(a) GUIDANCE- The Secretary shall provide and revise guidance*, not later than September 1, 2002, and of every second year thereafter, to State educational agencies, local educational agencies, and the public on constitutionally protected prayer in public elementary schools and secondary schools, including making the guidance available on the Internet. The guidance shall be reviewed, prior to distribution, by the Office of Legal Counsel of the Department of Justice for verification that the guidance represents the current state of the law concerning constitutionally protected prayer in public elementary schools and secondary schools.
(b) CERTIFICATION- As a condition of receiving funds under this Act, a local educational agency shall certify in writing to the State educational agency involved that no policy of the local educational agency prevents, or otherwise denies participation in, constitutionally protected prayer in public elementary schools and secondary schools, as detailed in the guidance required under subsection (a). The certification shall be provided by October 1 of each year. The State educational agency shall report to the Secretary by November 1 of each year a list of those local educational agencies that have not filed the certification or against which complaints have been made to the State educational agency that the local educational agencies are not in compliance with this section.
Annual Financial Report A.R.S 15-904.C C. Except as provided in subsection D of this section, the governing board shall publish, by November 15, the annual financial report for the school district either in a newspaper of general circulation within the school district, by electronic transmission of the information to the department of education for posting on the department's website or in the official newspaper of the county as defined in section 11-255 or the governing board may mail the annual financial report for the school district to each household in the school district. If the governing board chooses to transmit the report electronically to the department of education, the school district shall provide a link on the school district's website to the report on the department's website. If the governing board chooses to publish the report in a newspaper, the size of the newspaper print shall be at least eight-point type. The cost of publication or mailing shall be a charge against the school district. The publisher's affidavit of publication shall be filed by the governing board of the school district with the superintendent of public instruction within thirty days after publication.