Required Notices & Policies

CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE

For more information on the Children's Health Insurance Program, click here.

EEO & TITLE IX STATEMENT


The South Park School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, disability or any other legally protected classification in its education programs, activities or employment practices. Announcement of this policy is in accordance with state and federal laws including Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act.


Any person who believes that s/he has been subjected to discrimination shall report all incidents of such conduct to Wayne P. Gdovic, Title IX Coordinator, 2005 Eagle Ridge Drive, South Park, PA 15129 or by calling (412) 655-3111, extension 8010.


EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT


As required by the Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA) [Section 1112(e)(1)(A)] and the Every Student Succeeds Act [Section 1112(e)(1)(A)], parents/guardians have a right to know the professional qualifications of their children’s teacher(s). This is to inform you of your right to ask for the following information about each of your child’s classroom teachers:


  • Whether the State of Pennsylvania has licensed or qualified the teacher for the grades and subjects he or she teaches.
  • Whether the teacher is teaching under an emergency permit or other provisional status through which state licensing criteria have been waived.
  • The teacher’s college major, whether the teacher has any advanced degrees and, if so, the subject of the degrees.
  • Whether any instructional aides or similar paraprofessionals provide services to your child, and if they do, their qualifications.


All teachers and paraprofessionals are highly qualified. If you would like to receive specific information about your child’s teachers or paraprofessionals, contact your school’s principal. 


More information is provided on the Pennsylvania Department of Education website.


FERPA


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students who are 18 years of age or older (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records.  These rights are:


  • The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days after the day the district receives a request for access. Requests should be submitted in writing to your child’s principal and should identify the records you wish to inspect.
  • The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent/guardian or eligible student believes are inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA. Parents/guardians or eligible students who wish to ask the district to amend their child’s or their education record should write the school principal, clearly identify the part of the record they want to be changed and specify why it should be changed. If the school decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent/guardian or eligible student, the school will notify the parent/guardian or eligible student of the decision and of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent/guardian or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.
  • The right to provide written consent before the school discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from 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.
  • 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 are: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202.


For more information about FERPA, please contact your building principal or the South Park School District Administration Office at (412) 655-3111, extension 8010.

INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT

The South Park School District uses an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach for managing insects, rodents and weeds. Our goal is to protect every student from pesticide exposure by using an IPM approach to pest management. Our IPM approach focuses on making the school building and grounds an unfavorable habitat for theses pests by removing food and water sources and eliminating their hiding and breeding places. We accomplish this through routine cleaning and maintenance. We routinely monitor the school building and grounds to detect any pests that are present. The pest monitoring team consists of our building maintenance, office and teaching staff and includes our students. Pest sightings are reported to our IPM coordinator who evaluates the “pest problem” and determines the appropriate pest management techniques to address the problem. The techniques can include increased sanitation, modifying storage practices, sealing entry points, physically removing the pest, etc.

From time to time, it may be necessary to use chemicals to manage a pest problem. Chemicals will only be used when necessary, and will not be routinely applied. When chemicals are used, the school will try to use the least toxic product when possible. (Applications will be made only after normal school hours.) Notices will be posted in these areas 72 hours prior to application and for two days following the application.

All parents or guardians of students enrolled in the affected school will receive notification via a flyer distributed to students at the school three days prior to spraying. Parents or guardians of students who may be more susceptible to pesticide spray may be placed on the school notification registry. Students on the registry will receive notification via direct mail. If you would like to be placed on the registry, please notify the principal of your child’s school in writing. Each year the District will prepare a new notification registry.

If a chemical application must be made to control an emergency pest problem (ex. stinging insects), notice will be provided by telephone to any parent or guardian who has requested such notification in writing. Exemptions to this notification include disinfectants and antimicrobial products, self-containerized baits placed in areas not accessible to students, and gel type baits placed in cracks, crevices or voids, and swimming pool maintenance chemicals.

If you have any questions, please contact your building principal or Mr. Lou Flotta, IPM coordinator, at (412) 655-3111 or lou.flotta@sparksd.org.


RELEASE OF INFORMATION

The South Park School District receives funds from the federal government under the Every Student Succeeds Act. These funds are used in a variety of ways to provide additional help to students in greatest academic need. The law also requires that districts receiving these funds must, upon request, provide to military recruiters, colleges and universities access to the names, addresses and telephone listings of secondary students.


Parents/guardians who do not want their student’s information to be released by South Park High School to military recruiters, colleges, universities and/or institutions of higher learning should submit a written request to Dr. David S. Palmer, high school principal.


STUDENT PHOTOGRAPHS & VIDEOS


The South Park School District promotes and communicates student achievements and activities through district publications and the media. Students may be interviewed, photographed and/or recorded on video and their names may appear for use in district publications, on the district’s website, on the district’s social media pages, on South Park Community TV, in local newspapers or on television. Names of students may appear in district publications, the district’s website, the district’s social media pages, on South Park Community TV,  in local newspapers or on local television. Students are also identified by name when appropriate to the use of the photograph or video footage.


Photos and/or videos will be taken unless a note from the student’s parent/guardian is sent to the school office stating you do not want your child’s photo and/or name to be used. The request will be in effect for that school year only and can be changed by submitting a written request to the school office.





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