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Parents have the right to review state assessments and data, except personally identifiable information.
Contact the guidance counselor in a child’s school in writing two weeks prior to the administration of the PSSA. Individual PSSA achievement results will be distributed to parents as soon as possible following the receipt of scores of the assessment(s).
The Family educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and eligible students certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. The parent or eligible student has a right to:
- Inspect and review the student’s education records;
- Seek to amend the student’s education records;
- Consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent (see Releasing Information below);
- File a complaint with the US Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the school to comply with the requirements of the act. Parents wishing to review their children’s records should contact the principal’s office.
The State Board of Education added rules and regulations for gifted education in Chapter 16 of the Pennsylvania School Code. To comply with these regulations for gifted education, the district will provide:
- Services and programs planned, developed, and operated for the identification and evaluation of each gifted student.
- Gifted education for each gifted student that is based on the unique needs of the student, not solely on the student’s classification.
- Gifted education for gifted students that enables them to participate in acceleration or enrichment programs, or both, as appropriate, and to receive services according to their intellectual and academic abilities.
Parents who have questions about gifted screening, eligibility, and programs should contact the building principal.
Section 952B of the No Child Left Behind Act, also known as Armed Forces Access to Students and Student Recruiting Information, requires schools to provide student contact information to military recruiters and other institutes of higher unless a parent has opted out of providing such information.
Secondary school students or the parent of the student may request that the student’s name, address and telephone listing not be released to military recruiters or institutions higher education. Parents wishing to exercise their option to withhold their consent release of the above information to military recruiters and/or institutions of higher learning should send a written note to the High School Principal’s Office.
State law requires schools to provide meningococcal information to parents and students in grades 6-12.
Meningococcal disease, commonly known as meningococcal meningitis, strikes up to 3,000 adolescents and adults in the US each year. A vaccine is available and it can help protect against up to 83% of the disease cases occurring among adolescents and young adults. Vaccination is not required for school attendance.For additional information, see the following web site:
On January 8, 2002, President Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). This new law represents his education reform plan and contains the most sweeping changes to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) since it was enacted in 1965. It changes the federal government’s role in kindergarten-through-12 education by asking America’s schools to describe their success in terms of what each student accomplishes.
Pennsylvania has established strong academic standards for what every child should know and learn in reading, math, and science for elementary, middle and high school as well as a corresponding mandatory state assessment (PSSA) to verify mastery of these standards in grades three, five, eight and eleven. Daniel Boone has revised curriculum to be aligned with state and national standards. Results of these assessment tests will show up in annual state and district report cards, so parents can measure their school’s performance and their state’s progress.
In addition to overall grade-level results, annual state and district report cards will provide parents with data on numerous student subgroups. These reports will indicate any existing achievement gaps between students who are economically disadvantaged, from racial and ethnic minority groups, have disabilities, or have limited English proficiency. The report cards will also sort results by gender and migrant status. The intent of this legislation is to provide districts with the information necessary to help close the achievement gap between students of different groups and make sure that no child is left behind.
In turn, all school districts are responsible for improving the academic performance of all students. By 2014-2015, all students are required to perform at a proficient level under Pennsylvania state standards. To this end, the Daniel Boone Area School District is committed to developing appropriate programs, assessments and services to ensure that the district is in compliance. Students will be assigned to components as deemed necessary by the administration to assure progress in attaining proficient status.
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, commonly referred to as “Section 504” is a non-discrimination statute enacted by the United States Congress. The purpose of the Act is to prohibit discrimination and to assure that disabled students have educational opportunities and benefits equal to those provided to non-disabled students.
An eligible student under Section 504 is a student who has, or has a record of having, or is regarded as having, a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities such as learning, self-care, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, working, and performing manual tasks. In compliance with state and federal law, the school district provides services to each protected handicapped student without discrimination or cost to the student or family. These related services or accommodations are intended to provide equal opportunity to participate in and obtain benefit from school programs to the maximum extent appropriate to the student’s abilities.
These services and protections are distinct from those applicable to all eligible or exceptional students enrolled (or seeking enrollment) in special education programs. For further information on the provisions of services to protected handicapped students, contact the student services office.
Pursuant to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, parents have a right to request certain information about the background and qualifications of their classroom teachers. (NCLB, Section 1111 (h)(6)(A)) In addition, federal law permits parents of children in Title I schools to request information on the professional qualifications of their child’s teachers.
Specifically, parents have the right to ask for the following information:
– Whether the Pennsylvania Department of Education has certified the teacher for the grades and subjects he or she teaches.
– Whether the Pennsylvania Department of Education has decided that the teacher can teach in a classroom without being certified under state regulations because of special circumstances.
– The teacher’s college major, whether the teacher has any advanced degree and, if so, the subject of the degree; and
– Whether any teachers’ aides or similar paraprofessionals provide services to your child and, if they do, their qualifications, and if paid through Title I funding do they meet the minimum educational requirements to be a Title I funded paraprofessional.
If you would like to know if your child’s school is a Title I school and/or receives any of this information, please call the District Office.
Parents wishing to receive any faculty information should send a written note to the Office of the Superintendent.
Parents have the right to opt their students out of invasive physical exams and screenings. A private physical exam may be completed at the parent’s expense in lieu of a school physical at required grade levels.
Parents and guardians of students who are to be examined shall be notified of the date and location of the exam, as well as their right to attend or to have the exam conducted privately.
The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) affords parents certain rights regarding the conduct of surveys, collection and use of information for marketing purposes and certain physical exams. These include the right to:
- Consent before students participate in a survey that concerns one or more of the protected areas: political affiliations or beliefs; mental or psychological problems, sex behaviors or attitudes, illegal, anti-social or self-incriminating behavior, legally recognized privileged relationships; religious practices, affiliations or beliefs; and income, other than required by law to determine program eligibility.
- Receive notice and an opportunity to opt a student out of any other protected information survey; any non-emergency, invasive physical exam or screening required as a condition of attendance, except for those required under state law; and activities involving collection, disclosure, or use of personal information obtained from students for marketing.
- Inspect upon request and before administration of use any protected information surveys of students; instruments used to collect personal information from students for any marketing, sales or distribution purposes, and instructional matierial used as part of the educational curriculum.
The Daniel Boone Area School District and its employees are required by Federal Law and State and Federal Rules and Regulations to protect the rights of students. The foundation of these rights comes from Federal legislation entitled, Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), also known as the Buckley Amendment.
School districts maintain directory information available on each student. For purposes of this Act, “directory information” related to a student includes the following: the student’s name, address, telephone listing, date and place of birth, 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, and the most recent previous educational institution attended by the student.
Under the guidelines of FERPA, the district is required to give public notice of the categories of information that it has designated as such information with respect to each student attending the institution. The district shall then allow parents a reasonable period of time after this notice has been given for a parent to inform the district in writing that any or all of the information designated should not be released without the parent’s prior consent. Any parent who wishes their child’s directory information not to be released without prior consent should send a letter to the building principal.
The Daniel Boone Area School District has adopted an internal grievance procedure providing for the prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging any action prohibited by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (Title II), or Title lX of the Education Amendment of 1972. Both Section 504 and Title II prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. Title IX prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of gender.
The below identified officials have been designated the authority and responsibility to respond to, investigate, and resolve complaints of unlawful discrimination and harassment:
For Section 504/Title ll complaints at the Elementary level contact:
Amity Elementary Center
200 Boone Drive
Douglassville, PA 19518
Birdsboro Elementary Center
400 West Second Street
Birdsboro, PA 19508
Monocacy Elementary Center
576 Monocacy Creek Road
Birdsboro, PA 19508
For Section 504/Title ll complaints at the Middle level contact:
Daniel Boone Middle School
1834 Weavertown Road
Douglassville, PA 19518
For Section 504/Title ll complaints at the High School level contact:
Daniel Boone High School
501 Chestnut Street
Birdsboro, PA 19508
610-582-6100, Ext 2096
For Title lX complaints contact:
Daniel Boone High School
501 Chestnut Street
Birdsboro, PA 19508
610-582-6100, Ext 1103
NOTE: Contact the Office of the Superintendent of Schools (address and telephone number below) if the designated school official identified above is the person against whom you are filing a grievance. The Superintendent shall designate an alternate individual to investigate and respond to the complaint.
Any person who believes she or he has been subjected to discrimination on the basis of disability and/or sex may file a grievance under this procedure. This procedure is applicable to complaints of discrimination carried out by district employees, students or other third parties.
If discrimination is determined to have occurred, the district will take prompt steps to correct any effects of the discrimination and prevent further occurrence.
- A complaint must be filed in writing, contain the name and address of the person filing it, briefly describe the alleged discriminatory action, and identify the date the action occurred and the name(s) of the person(s) responsible.
- A complaint must be filed within 60 days after the complainant becomes aware of the alleged discrimination. (Processing of allegations of discrimination which occurred before this grievance procedure was in place will be considered on a case-by-case basis.)
- Unless the matter can be promptly resolved informally, an investigation will be conducted with respect to all timely filed complaints which raise issues under Section 504, Title ll, and/or Title IX. These procedures contemplate informal but thorough and impartial investigations affording all interested persons and their representatives, if any, and opportunity to submit evidence relevant to a complaint.
- A written determination as to the validity of the complaint and a description of the resolution, if any, shall be issued by the designated school compliance investigation official and a copy forwarded to the complainant no later than 20 days after its filing. A copy shall also be provided to the Superintendent.
- The complainant can request a reconsideration of the case in instances where he or she is dissatisfied with the resolution. The request for reconsideration should be made within 5 days at the Office of the Superintendent of Schools:
Daniel Boone Area School District
2144 Weavertown Road
Douglassville, Pa 19518
610-582-6140, Ext. 1106
- The Superintendent shall issue a written determination to the complainant as to the validity of the complaint and any proposed resolution within 10 days of receiving the request for reconsideration. The Superintendent may request additional information from the parties and may conduct additional interviews if needed.
- The right of a person to a prompt and equitable resolution of the complaint filed hereunder shall not be impaired by the person’s pursuit of other remedies such as the filing of a Section 504, Title II, or Title IX complaint with the responsible state or federal department or agency. Utilization of this grievance procedure is not a prerequisite to the pursuit of other remedies.
- These rules shall be construed to protect the substantive rights of interested persons, to meet appropriate due process standards, and to assure that the Daniel Boone Area School District complies with Section 504, Title II, Title IX, and their implementing regulations.
To the extent possible, confidentiality will be maintained throughout the investigation of a complaint of unlawful discrimination or harassment.
Prohibition against Retaliation
The filing of a complaint or otherwise reporting discriminatory or harassment conduct shall not reflect upon the individual filing the complaint. Any act of retaliation against any person who has filed a complaint, testified, assisted, or participated in an investigation of a discrimination or harassment complaint is prohibited. Any person who retaliates is subject immediate disciplinary action.
Daniel Boone Area School District is committed to providing an extensive array of services and programs for ALL students, including children eligible for special education services. The District conducts comprehensive screening and ongoing evaluation of students beginning in kindergarten.
Communications, hearing, vision, and physical movement issues are targeted regularly. Standardized tests and individual student’s class work and behaviors are monitored daily by their teachers to help determine children who may be at risk or exhibiting achievement beyond the abilities of their peers.
When necessary, an elementary student may be referred to a group of teachers led by the building principal and a specially trained teacher whose role is to devise strategies and adaptations to alleviate or correct academic or behavior problems. This group, called an Instructional Support Team (IST), is in place at the Amity Primary, Amity Intermediate, and Birdsboro Elementary buildings. If modifications or adaptations to regular instruction are unsuccessful, parents will be asked to give written permission allowing the District to conduct more specific testing and evaluation. A parent may also request these services by contacting the building guidance counselor. A representative of the District will explain the reasons for testing and the type of testing to be used. This phase, called the multidisciplinary evaluation (MDE), will involve input from the parent, school psychologist, teachers and other staff as appropriate. The end product of this process, a typewritten report called the Evaluation Report (ER), will summarize the results of testing and observations and make recommendations as to the eligibility for special education.
If a student is found to be in need of special education, an individual education plan (IEP) will be developed. This is a document describing the student’s needs, goals aimed at meeting those needs, and the unique methods (specially designed instruction) that will be used to reach those goals. The IEP team, composed of the student’s parent, special and regular education staff, will also determine the location where the specially designed instruction will take place.
Often referred to as the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), the location of instruction varies from child to child. One student may continue in his regular class receiving support from a certified special education teacher, while another may need a special education classroom or a combination of both settings. Effort is always made to support students in regular classes to the greatest extent possible.
Daniel Boone Area School District’s special education program is a combination of services provided both in and out of the District. Programs outside the District are either in consortia with neighboring districts or with the Berks County Intermediate Unit. In some instances another educational service agency may be contracted to provide appropriate services for the child. All staff, whether District or contracted, will have the appropriate qualifications and experience necessary to provide quality special education supports. Our District provides a full continuum of services to meet the needs of students requiring:
- Autistic Support
- Deaf/Hearing Impaired Support
- Emotional Support
- Gifted Support
- Learning Support
- Life Skills Support
If a child is a victim of a violent criminal offense at school, parents have the option to transfer their child to another school in the district, not identified as persistently dangerous.
If a child is a victim of a violent criminal offense while at school, parents/guardians will be notified by letter of options available.