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Annual Notifications

Annual Progress Report

The APR is a report of the previous school year's data.

Southeast Polk Annual Report (2015-2016)

Asbestos

The Environmental Protection Agency has guidelines for schools to use in identifying asbestos within buildings. The Institute of Environmental Assessment has designed a system for determining relative risks and suggesting appropriate safety responses. Recommendations for the SEP district have been established to safeguard building occupants from low-risk levels of asbestos. A district Asbestos Management Plan is in place to monitor buildings containing low risk levels of asbestos. For additional information, contact the building principals.

Bullying and Harassment

It is the policy of the Southeast Polk Community School District to maintain a learning environment that is free from bullying and harassment.  Harassment includes, but is not limited to, race, color, national origin, gender, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), genetic information (for employment), sexual orientation, gender identity, and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices.  School district includes school district facilities, school district premises, and non-school property if the employee or student is at any school sponsored, school approved, or school related activity or function where students are under the control of the school district or where the employee is engaged in school business.  Violations of the district policy or procedure will be cause for disciplinary action up to and including expulsion or dismissal.  

Students or employees who feel they have been bullied or harassed are encouraged to contact a Joseph M. Horton, Associate Superintendent, 8379 NE University Avenue, Pleasant Hill, Iowa or 515-967-4294, or a Building Principal.  Procedures for addressing the alleged bullying and harassment by school personnel are outlined in Board Policy 108-00 Anti-Bullying/Anti-Harassment Policy.

Corporal Punishment, Restraint, and Physical Confinement and Detention

 

 

 

 

 

State law forbids school employees from using corporal punishment against any student. Certain actions by school employees are not considered corporal punishment. Additionally, school employees may use “reasonable and necessary force, not designed or intended to cause pain” to do certain things, such as prevent harm to persons or property.

State law also places limits school employees’ abilities to restrain or confine and detain any student. The law limits why, how, where, and for how long a school employee may restrain or confine and detain a child. If a child is restrained or confined and detained, the school must maintain documentation and must provide certain types of notice to the child’s parent.

The Board of Education has the following related policy: 503.5 - Corporal Punishment

If you have any questions about this state law, please contact your school. The complete text of the law and additional information is available on the Iowa Department of Education’s website: www.iowa.gov/educate.

Dental Screening

Beginning in 2008, Iowa law requires that children entering kindergarten, ninth grade, and out-of-state transfer students receive screening for dental disease. Proof of the dental screening must be documented on specific forms available from your school nurse.

No child will be prevented from attending school without proof of dental screening. If families have difficulty meeting the requirements, IDPH and local public health will provide assistance to children and schools to ensure that the necessary dental screenings are obtained. IDPH encourages parents of children entering kindergarten or ninth grade to contact their health provider to check their child’s records and make appointments for check-ups if necessary. For more information on dental screenings, contact your school nurse.

4th-grade reading proficiency

79.96% (435 of 544) of Southeast Polk 4th graders were proficient in reading according to the Iowa Assessment reading exam.

FERPA Notice

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) specifies rights related to educational records. This Act gives the parent or guardian the right to:

  • inspect and review his/her child’s educational records
  • make copies of these records
  • receive a list of the individuals having access to the child's records
  • ask for an explanation of any item in the records
  • ask for an amendment to any report on the grounds that it is inaccurate, misleading, or violates the child’s rights
  • have a hearing on the issue if the school refuses to make the amendment

Contact Joseph M. Horton, the Associate Superintendent, 8379 NE University Avenue, Pleasant Hill, Iowa, or  at 967-4294 for more information, or the Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Dept. of Education, 400 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, D.C. 20202-4605.

FERPA notice for parents.

Homeless Education Rights

Each State educational agency shall ensure that each child of a homeless individual and each homeless youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education as provided to other children and youths.

Human Growth and Development Instruction

In 1988, as a response to national concern about serious health issues in our society and their impact on school children, the Iowa State Legislature passed the Human Growth and Development Act which mandated school districts to develop K-12 Human Growth and Development curriculum. Iowa Code 279.5 requires all Iowa school districts to provide instruction in human growth and development. The law requires the following topics be addressed in some appropriate manner and that a representative committee in each district be responsible for recommending the extent and depth of each topic.

  • Personal Development
  • Human Sexuality
  • Sex Stereotypes and Abuse
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases

If you have questions or would like to preview materials, contact the building principal. After review, if you decide you do not want your child to participate in the Human Growth and Development instruction, you may complete the Pupil Excused from Instruction Form and return it to the building principal.

Lead Screening

In 2008, a new law requires documentation that children entering kindergarten have had a blood test to determine lead levels. Please ask your doctor if your child has been tested for lead poisoning in the past, and if they have not, please have the test done. The test should be covered by most insurance companies but if not, contact the Polk County Health Department (286-3798) where you may get the test done for free.

Level One Investigator - Abuse of Students by School Employees

Recent legislation has specific guidelines pertaining to what will be considered acts of physical or sexual abuse by school employees, including inappropriate as well as intentional sexual behavior towards students. All such activities are clearly in violation of the policies of the Southeast Polk School District.

To ensure compliance, the Superintendent or his designee, 8379 NE University Avenue, Pleasant Hill, Iowa 515-967-4294, has been appointed as the district's Level I investigator, with a designated Level II as his alternate. If the complaint is found to be without grounds, the Level I investigator can cause the complaint to be dropped. If legal action is required, or the incident comes under the auspices of the Department of Human Services, then the appropriate agency is notified. The investigator may also refer the case to the Level II investigator, as can another person if they disagree with the Level I findings.

Non-discrimination Policy

 

It is the policy of the Southeast Polk Community School District not to illegally discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), genetic information (for employment), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices.

There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy, please contact

Joseph M. Horton
Affirmative Action Coordinator, Equity Coordinator, and Title IX Coordinator
Southeast Polk District Office
8379 NE University Ave.
Pleasant Hill, IA 50327
(515) 967-4294 Joseph.Horton@SoutheastPolk.org

Inquiries or grievances may also be directed to the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Des Moines, IA, 50319-0201, (515) 281-4121; or the U.S. Department of Education, Region VII Office of Civil Rights, 500 West Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661.

The Southeast Polk Community School District offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:

- Agricultural Education

- Business Education

- Family Consumer Science

- Industrial Technology

Grievance Procedure Please follow the link to board policy 103-00-R1 for information on district grievance procedures. 

Open Enrollment Information

Please follow the links for board policies 501-14 and 501-15 regarding open enrollment. 

Physicals

 

All students entering preschool and kindergarten must have a current physical along with the state required immunizations. All students entering 9th grade are required to have a physical. Additionally, students in grades 7-12 are required to have an athletic physical prior to participating in extra-curricular sports. Junior high age students often require immunization boosters, so please check with your doctor.

All kindergartners entering school must have the Varicella (chickenpox) immunization or documented history of having the disease. If your child has had the chickenpox, then the vaccine is not needed. However, the year they had the disease will need to be placed in the space for the Varicella on the immunization form.

Teacher Qualifications

 

Parents and guardians of students in the Southeast Polk Community School District have the right to learn about the following qualifications of their child’s teachers:

  1. state licensure requirements for the grade level and content areas taught
  2. current licensing status and baccalaureate/graduate certification/degree

The information is available online at www.state.ia.us/boee, or contact the Associate Superintendent, at (515) 957-3403, or by sending a letter of request to the Associate Superintendent at SEP District Office, 8379 NE University Ave., Pleasant Hill, IA 50327.

Tobacco Free Policy

In an effort to provide a healthy, safe and productive environment in which to work and learn, the following board policies have been adopted:

All district buildings and vehicles are tobacco free. This includes the school campus. No smoking is allowed outside of the buildings.

Employees of the district are prohibited from the possession, use, or distribution of illegal drugs while on duty.

Student Discipline Policies Breach of discipline is any conduct of students which interferes with the maintenance of school decorum. Acts of behavior which conflict with or disrupt the educational program or which are antagonistic to the welfare of other students and school personnel cannot be tolerated. Insubordination and other misbehavior are incompatible with good citizenship and educational programs.
Wellness Policy Implementation Assessment Click here to view the results of the spring 2015 survey completed by Southeast Polk principals regarding the implementation of the wellness policy. 

 

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