The Daniel Boone Area School District offers special programs for eligible students in these three categories. Students in these programs will receive information about the program, placement, and services from the staff working in these programs. Parents who think that their child may be eligible for any of these programs or services should contact their child’s principal.
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The Daniel Boone Area School District engages in a continuous asbestos surveillance program to assure that there are no asbestos problems or danger to students and employees. Contact the Office of the Supervisor of Building and Grounds in the District Office with any questions.
Assessment Instruments/Individual Student Results
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).
Confidentiality – FERPA
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.
Gifted Education (Chapter 16)
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.
Legislation Regarding Military Recruiters
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.
Limited English Proficiency, Migrant & Homeless Education Programs
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:
No Child Left Behind Sets Academic Standards
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 the 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.
Other Protected Handicaps (Chapter 15)
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.
Pupil Rights – PPRA
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 the collection, disclosure, or use of personal information obtained from students for marketing.
- Inspect upon request and before administration or use any protected information surveys of students; instruments used to collect personal information from students for any marketing, sales or distribution purposes, and instructional material used as part of the educational curriculum.
Rights of Disclosure Protected Under FERPA
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.