Annual Notices

As required by law, the Plymouth School District annually notifies community members of various School District Policies and Procedures.

 

STUDENT AND STAFF NONDISCRIMINATION AND STUDENT ACCESS TO EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY

Title IX, 34 C.F.R. 106.9, Section 504 34 C.F.R. 104.8, Title II, 28 C.F.R. 35.106; Students – Board Policies 2260, 2260.01, 5517, 1623; Staff – Board Policy 1422, 1623, 1662, 3122, 3123, 3362, 4122, 4123, 4362

No person may be denied admission to any public school in the district or be denied participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be discriminated against in any curricular, co-curricular, student services, recreational or other program or activity because of the person’s sex, race, color, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, handicap or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability in the educational programs or activities operated by the Plymouth School District. Compliance officers are Mrs. Anne Gamoke and Mr. Andy Novak.

TITLE IX SEXUAL HARASSMENT

34 C.F.R. Part 106; Board Policy 2266

The district does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates or employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinators or the Assistant Secretary of Education, or both. ANY person may report sexual discrimination, including sexual harassment, to the district's Title IX Coordinator(s), regardless of whether the person is the alleged victim or the report conduct. The report may be made in person, by mail, by telephone, or by email. The report may be made at any time, including during nonbusiness hours. Title IX Coordinators for the Plymouth School District are:
Mrs. Anne Gamoke, District Director of Student Services, agamoke@plymouth.k12.wi.us, (920) 892-2661 Ext. 1024
Mr. Andy Novak, Plymouth High School Associate Principal, anovak@plymouth.k12.wi.us, (920) 892-2661 Ext. 1036

STUDENT NONDISCRIMINATION IN CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION

34 C.F.R. Part 100; Board Policy 2421

The district offers its career and technical educational program on a nondiscriminatory basis. Available courses are in Agriscience, Business Education, Family and Consumer Science, Project Lead the Way Engineering, and Technical Education. Complaints may be brought to compliance officer Mrs. Anne Gamoke, District Director of Student Services, agamoke@plymouth.k12.wi.us, (920) 892-2661 Ext. 1024.

SURVEYS, STUDENT PRIVACY, AND PARENTAL REVIEW AND ACCESS

Board PolicY 2416; 20 U.S.C. 1232G and 1232h

The District shall provide parents with the approximate date of the administration of any survey by a third party that contains one or more of the items described in A through H of Policy 2416. Parents may opt their child(ren) out of participation in any survey involving any of the items above.

TITLE I ASSESSMENT INFORMATION

Board Policies 2623 and 2261; 20 U.S.C. 6312

The District shall annually assess the educational needs of eligible children, as determined by Federal and State criteria. Such assessment shall include performance measures mandated by the Department of Public Instruction as well as those determined by the District professional staff, that will assist in the diagnosis, teaching, and learning of the participating students. The Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS) is a comprehensive statewide program designed to provide information about what students know in core academic areas and whether they can apply what they know. Assessment schedule and associated information can be found on the DPI website at https://dpi.wi.gov/assessment. Parents may request additional information regarding any state or local policy regarding student participation in any assessments mandated by law and by the district.

TITLE I STATE ASSESSMENT OPT-OUT

Wis. Stat. 118.30(2), 20 U.S.C. 6312; Board Policy 2623

The Board shall excuse any student from the State examination administered in 4th grade, 8th grade, 9th grade, 10th grade, or 11th grade whether the test administered is the one developed by the Department of Public Instruction or the District’s own test developed and approved by the DPI and the U.S. Department of Education. To opt out of these examinations, the student’s parent must submit a statement in writing to the building Principal stating that the parent is opting the student out of the examination(s).

TITLE I REPORT CARD

Board Policies 2261.03 and 2700.01; 20 U.S.C. 6311

The annual School District Performance Report prepared by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction can be found at http://apps2.dpi.wi.gov/reportcards. To request a paper copy of the report, please contact Dena Budrecki in the District Office at 920-892-2661, Ext. 1002.

EDUCATION OF HOMELESS CHILDREN AND YOUTH

Board Policy 5111.01; 42 U.S.C. 1431, McKinney-Vento Act

The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children and youth as children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. Such children shall be immediately enrolled and allowed to fully participate in school, even if unable to produce records normally required for enrollment (e.g., academic records, immunization and other required health records, proof of residency, or other documentation) or has missed application or enrollment deadlines during any period of homelessness. Please contact Dena Budrecki, homeless liaison for the Plymouth School District, at (920) 892-2661 or budrecki@plymouth.k12.wi.us for additional information about the rights and services described above.

CHILD NUTRITION PROGRAMS AND FREE/REDUCED-PRICE MEALS

Board Policy 8531; Wis. Stats. 118.34, 118.341, 118.343; 42 U.S.C. 1771

The Board of Education recognizes the importance of good nutrition to each student's educational performance. The Board shall provide needy children with lunch at a reduced rate or at no charge to the student. Children, eligible for free or reduced-price meals, shall be determined by the criteria established by the Child Nutrition Program. These criteria are issued annually by the Federal government through the State Department of Public Instruction. The Board designates the Director of Business Services to determine in accordance with Board standards, the eligibility of students for free and/or reduced-price meals. More information and application forms can be found in the National School Lunch Program section of our School Food Service and Nutrition webpage. Please note that all student meals are free for the 2021-22 school year, thanks to funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

MEAL CHARGE POLICY

Board Policy 8500; USDA Guidance SP23-2017

Students will be permitted to purchase meals from the District's food service using either cash on hand or a food service account. A student may be allowed to incur a negative food service account balance as determined by the District Administrator for each grade level. A student shall not be permitted to purchase a la carte items without sufficient account balance or cash on hand. Please note that all student meals are free for the 2021-22 school year, thanks to funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

AUTHORIZATION FOR RELEASE OF STUDENT TO A NON-CUSTODIAL PERSON

Board Policy 5230

If only one (1) parent is permitted to make educational decisions or to approve absences of the student by Court order, the responsible parent shall provide the school with a copy of the Court order. Absent such notice, the school will presume that the student may be released into the care of either parent.

ASBESTOS NOTIFICATION

Board Policy 8431.01; 40 C.F.R. 763 AHERA

In compliance with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA), this is notice that the Plymouth School District has an Asbestos Management Plan at the school district office. The plan is available for inspection by the public, parents, and district employees. The District performs six month periodic surveillance of asbestos in April and October with full re-inspections every three years. For more information please contact Richard Niehueser, Director of Building and Grounds, at 920-892-2661, Ext. 1070.

SCHOOL PERFORMANCE REPORT

Board Policies 0174.2, 2605, and 2700.01; Wis. Stat. 115.38(2) and 115.385(4)

The Board believes that a vital component of the District’s educational programs is ensuring that parents and other individuals are informed of the performance of the schools and the School District. To this end, the Board shares an annual school and School District performance report including all information prescribed by statute. By January 1st of each year, the Board shall notify the parents of each student enrolled in the District of the right to request a school and School District performance report. The performance report will be provided to the parent electronically unless the parent requests a written copy of the report. By May 1st, the Board shall distribute copies of the report to those who have requested the report including students enrolled in charter schools located in the District, that have requested the report. The annual School District Performance Report prepared by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction can be found at http://apps2.dpi.wi.gov/reportcards. To request a paper copy of the report, please contact Dena Budrecki in the District Office at 920-892-2661, Ext. 1002.

NONDISCRIMINATION AND EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Board Policies 1422, 3122, 4122, 3123, 4123; Wis. Stat. 111.31; 34 C.F.R. 110

The Plymouth School District Board does not discriminate on the basis of the Protected Classes of race, color, national origin, age, sex (including transgender status, change of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity), pregnancy, creed or religion, genetic information, handicap or disability, marital status, citizenship status, veteran status, military service (as defined in 111.32 Wis. Stats.), ancestry, arrest record, conviction record, use or non-use of lawful products off the District’s premises during non-working hours, declining to attend an employer-sponsored meeting or to participate in any communication with the employer about religious matters or political matters, or any other characteristic protected by law in its employment practices.

BOARD ADOPTED ACADEMIC STANDARDS

Board Policy 0151.2; Wis. Stat. 120.12(13)

The Board has adopted the Wisconsin Academic Standards (http://dpi.ei.gov/standards) as its 2021-22 Academic Standards.

SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY AND EDUCATIONAL OPTIONS NOTICE

Board Policy 8146; Wis. Stat. 118.57

The Board recognizes the need to provide alternative means by which students achieve the goals of the District. Educational opportunities available to Plymouth resident students include:

NOTICE OF CHILD FIND ACTIVITY FOR THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PLYMOUTH

Wis. Stats. 115.77(1m)(a) and 115.777(3)(d)

The Plymouth School District, upon request, will screen any child who has not graduated from high school to determine whether a special education referral is appropriate. A request may be made by contacting Anne Gamoke, Director of Student Services, Plymouth School District, at 920-892-2661, Ext. 1024, or by writing her at Plymouth School District, 125 Highland Avenue, Plymouth, WI 53073.

Annually, screenings are offered throughout the year to children under school age. The information from the screening is also used to determine whether a child should be evaluated for a suspected disability.

Student records are maintained in the interest of the student to assist the school in providing appropriate educational experiences. Student records are defined as all records relating to an individual student other than notes or records for personal use by teachers or other certified personnel which are not available to others and records necessary for and available only to persons involved in psychological treatment of a student. These personal notes and records become a part of a student’s records only when they are used to affect the student’s educational experience. The guidance counselor will have primary responsibility for maintaining the confidentiality of all student records. All requests for transfer of student records should be made to the guidance department who will determine whether the inspection or transfer is permitted.

WELLNESS POLICY

Board Policy 8510; 7 C.F.R. 210.31

The Board recognizes that good nutrition and regular physical activity affect the health and well-being of the District's students. Furthermore, research suggests that there is a positive correlation between a student's health and well-being and his/her ability to learn. Moreover, schools can play an important role in the developmental process by which students establish their health and nutrition habits by providing nutritious meals and snacks through the schools' meal programs, by supporting the development of good eating habits, and by promoting increased physical activity both in and out of school. The entire Wellness Policy, major updates, and the activities of the district Wellness Committee can be found on the Wellness page of the district website. For more information, contact Mrs. Anne Gamoke, District Director of Student Services, at agamoke@plymouth.k12.wi.us, (920) 892-2661 Ext. 1024.

STATE ASSESSMENTS

Board Policy 2623; Wis. Stat. 118.30(1m)(d)

All students shall participate in Statewide assessments in grades 4, 8, 9, 10 and 11. Any student with a disability shall be provided appropriate accommodation and/or alternate assessments where necessary as indicated in the student's IEP or Section 504 plan. To opt out of these examinations, the student’s parent must submit a statement in writing to the building Principal stating that the parent is opting the student out of the examination(s).

ACADEMIC & CAREER PLANNING

Board Policy 2411; PI 26.03(1)(b)1

The Board requires that a planned program of school counseling be an integral part of the educational program of the District. The plan shall be developed by licensed school counselors in collaboration with student services staff, teachers, parents, and community health and human service professionals. The developed plan will be adopted by the Board and maintained by the District. Information regarding Plymouth School District compliance with PI 26.03(1)(b)1 related to academic and career planning services can be found on the district website under the PHS Counseling tab at: plymouth.k12.wi.us.

EDUCATION FOR EMPLOYMENT

Board Policy 2420; PI 26.04(4)

The education for employment program provides career awareness for elementary grade level, career exploration at the middle-school level, and career planning and preparation at the high school level. Career programs are available at technical colleges. An education for employment program shall include a long-range plan approved by the Board and developed by a team of District staff and community stakeholders, which may include businesses, postsecondary education institutions, and workforce development organizations.

SPECIAL EDUCATION PRCEDURES AND SERVICES

Board Policies 115.77 and 115.792; Wis. Stats. 115.77

Upon request, the Plymouth School District is required to evaluate a child for eligibility for special education services. A request for evaluation is known as a referral. When the District receives a referral, the District will appoint an Individualized Education Program (IEP) team to determine if the child has a disability, and if the child needs special education services. The District locates, identifies, and evaluates all children with disabilities who are enrolled by their parents in private (including religious) schools, elementary schools and secondary schools located in the school district.

A physician, nurse, psychologist, social worker or administrator of a social agency who reasonably believes a child brought to him or her for services is a child with a disability has a legal duty to refer the child, including a homeless child, to the school district in which the child resides. Before referring the child, the person making the referral must inform the child’s parent that the referral will be made.

Others, including parents who reasonably believe a child is a child with a disability may also refer the child, including a homeless child, to the school district in which the child resides.

Referrals must be in writing and include the reason why the person believes the child is a child with a disability. A referral may be made by contacting Anne Gamoke, Director of Student Services, Plymouth School District, at 920-892-2661, Ext. 1024, or by writing her at 125 Highland Avenue, Plymouth, Wisconsin 53073.

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