Preschool Student Handbook
   
Sweet Springs R-7

3 & 4 year old

Pre-school

Handbook

2014-2015

Board Approved:  2014
 
DISTRICT VISION STATEMENT
The Sweet Springs R-VII School District will develop policies; guidelines and programs which will help students succeed in life.   Progress will be achieved through the accomplishment of a district improvement plan in the special areas of need.

DISTRICT MISSION STATEMENT
To provide an educational environment which will encourage students to realize their potential and to serve as a resource for the community in promoting lifelong learning experiences.

DISTRICT PRE-SCHOOL PHILOSOPHY
A philosophy of education is the foundation on which a school district is built, and upon which the product of the school program is evaluated.  The philosophy herein subscribed to by the Board of Education shall be a guide in determining the policies, rules and regulations of the school district.

Recognizing each student as a unique individual, we believe that education should provide an opportunity for the maximum development of each individual within the limitations of his or her capacities.  Through education, it is possible for the individual to discover and endeavor to achieve to the limits of his or her capacities.
       
We believe that in a democratic society, education must help the student realize his or her worth and to impart this confidence to the students.  The parents/guardians may do this by cooperating to the fullest with the schools, by encouraging the student to give his or her best efforts to the daily school responsibilities, and by participating in school activities.

We believe that the student must have responsibilities in the educational program of the community.  The most important of these is attitude.  The student is obliged to come with an open mind, equipped with all the necessary materials, ready to fulfill the responsibilities in the learning process.  The basic attitude should be that the school is an institution of opportunity, staffed with trained personnel to help the student become a contributing member of society.

We believe that the foundation of the district’s educational program is based on the development of competencies in the basic fundamentals of reading, oral and written communication and mathematics.

DISTRICT BELIEF STATEMENTS
1.     Quality education is essential to a progressive community.
2.     All children deserve optimum learning opportunities.
3.     Each person has the right to realize his/her potential.
4.     Each person has the right to a safe, caring and positive learning environment.
5.     All students can learn through a variety of styles and modalities.
6.     Quality instruction by well-trained and professionally developed staff is necessary 
        for maximum learning.
7.     In the learning process each person should have access to current educational tools 
        including technology.
8.     Skills should be taught that will enable each person to become a responsible and 
        productive citizen able to compete and cooperate in the ever-changing global  
        society.
9.    Critical thinking skills should be developed in all learners.
10.  Learning is acquiring knowledge and knowing how to use resources effectively.
11.  Learning should be exciting, interesting, and stimulating.
12.  Each person has the responsibility to participate in the learning experience.
13.  Learning is a life-long process.
14. Personal excellence is achieved through positive attitude and effort.

GOALS OF PROGRAM
Establish and maintain a high quality preschool in the Sweet Springs R-7 School District through:
a broad range of activities for community and parent involvement;
continuous staff training and development opportunities;
GOALS OF PROGRAM CONTINUED
facilities and health and safety standards according to Missouri Statutes and Department of Health rules;
federal and state program which guarantee adequate nutrition to children;
children who enter the program have access to appropriate health care;
subject to a regular, external review by community members and early childhood development experts.

Establish a developmentally appropriate program and environment for each child through:
a curriculum that is culturally sensitive and appropriate to the child’s age and level of development;
a positive atmosphere, for optimal growth, that encourages and supports the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of each child;
value individual children’s differences, interest and their particular needs;
a positive sense of self for each child;
a foundation for a healthy self-concept for all future growth that is essential for becoming a self-motivated, independent learner.

DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM
The Sweet Springs R-7 School District will establish and maintain a high quality preschool program based on the identified needs of the local 3-4 year old children and their parents.
This pre-school program will implement the researched-based early childhood curriculum framework of Project Construct in a developmentally appropriate environment.
The Sweet Springs R-7 School District, the community, and the parents will be active partners in their support, services, and promotion of the preschool.

OBJECTIVES OF PROGRAM
1. The establishment of a successful preschool is ensured through the following objectives: 
a. To maintain the Parent Advisory Committee and hold biannual meetings and regularly update parents on the opportunities in the Parent Association;
b. To maintain a highly qualified teaching staff trained in the Project Construct through the Project Construct National Center;
c. To continue to meet the health and safety standards required by the Department of Health and maintain a license;
d. To provide healthy and nutritious snacks;
e. To have affordable fees with special rates;
f. To utilize a wide array of sources to evaluate the preschool program;
g. To continue to meet the requirements of Missouri Accreditation and maintain our current accreditation status;
h. To implement the researched-based early childhood curriculum framework of Project Construct;
i. To provide an attractive, safe, orderly environment where children are active in their own learning process;
j. To purchase materials, supplies and equipment that are safe and developmentally appropriate;
k. To provide for a working partnership between parents and teachers to support the development of each child.

PRESCHOOL CURRICULUM
Sweet Springs R-VII Preschool implements Project Construct curriculum, which is based on the constructivist theory of learning. The constructivist theory, states that children actively construct their own knowledge and values as a result of interactions with the physical and social worlds. The Sweet Springs R-VII Preschool teachers follow the Project Construct curriculum: The Early Childhood Framework for Curriculum and Assessment, to create hands on lesson plans in which children learn through interactive experiences. The framework is closely linked to state and national standards and allows the preschool teacher to meet learning objectives and translate their observations of young children into appropriate teaching practices.  The Missouri state standards are available in the parent information corner outside of the preschool room. 



HOURS
Session One Monday through Friday 7:45 – 10:45
Session Two Monday through Friday 12:00 – 3:00
Parents will be asked their preference of morning or afternoon sessions. It is understood that the school will attempt to accommodate these requests. The ability to do so is limited since there is a maximum of 20 students per session.
  There will be a teacher who is certified early childhood, as well as a teacher’s aide in each class.

PRESCHOOL ORIENTATION
Parents will come into the preschool classroom on Pre-enrollment night to enroll their child for the next school year sometime in April.  At this time the children are welcome to come into the classroom and interact while their parents fill out the necessary paperwork.  
Parents receive a welcome packet at the beginning of July or upon enrollment (if enrolling after July 1.)  The packet includes an introductory letter, a school supply list, an information survey on their child, and a checklist of any paperwork or fees needed before the beginning of the school year.  Parents will be invited to a parent orientation night in August.  Families are invited to an Open House a few days before school begins.  At this time, children can explore their new classroom and meet their teachers.  Parents sign up for volunteer opportunities, meet the teachers, obtain copies of preschool standards and ask any questions they may have.
During the first few weeks of school children are welcome to bring comfort objects such as blankets or stuffed animals to ease the home to school transition.
Families are encouraged to place a family photo in their child’s cubbies to help their child with separation anxiety.  
If there are any other needs or requests for a child to become comfortable with the teachers and the classroom environment, parents and teachers will work together to accomplish that goal.
The policy listed above will also be followed for students who enroll in preschool throughout the school year.  Families will also be allowed to visit the classroom prior to the first day of attendance.  At this time, the student would be able to explore their new classroom and meet their teachers.

SCHOOL CALENDAR
The preschool will follow the same school calendar as all other schools of the Sweet Springs R-7 District.

EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSINGS
If it becomes necessary to close school early or for school not be in session at all, an announcement will be made as early as possible on KMMO(102.9 FM) radio in Marshall and KXKX (105.7 FM) School closing information will also be sent as a cellular phone text message and/or E-mail to those students/patrons choosing to subscribe to the TextCaster Alert System.  If you need to sign up to receive TextCaster alerts please stop by the Elementary office.
SCHOOL LATE START
There may be occasions when conditions justify delaying the opening of school by two hours.  In the case of a delayed opening, school schedules will be delayed for the amount of time announced.  When a two hour late start is announced:
A.M. preschool will be cancelled, but P.M. preschool will run as normal.  
Delayed opening announcements will be carried on the same radio stations as school cancellations.


CHECKING IN AND CHECKING OUT
Morning Preschool Procedures:  Students will be brought to the classroom by their parent/guardian and will sign in their child.  Students should not arrive at the classroom before 7:30 a.m.  When dismissing at 10:45 parents will park by the preschool entrance.  The preschool teachers will meet parents at the gate, where parents will sign their child out for school release.
Afternoon Preschool Procedures:  Students will be brought to the classroom by their parent/guardian and will sign in their child.  Students should not arrive at the classroom before 11:45 a.m.  When dismissing at 3:00 students will be brought to the elementary entrance.  The preschool teachers will meet parents as they arrive, so that they can sign their child out for school release.  
REGISTRATION AND REQUIREMENTS
To be admitted as a three-year-old, children must be three by August 1. To be admitted as a four-year-old, children must be four by August 1.  The registration forms can be picked up at the Sweet Springs R-7 Elementary School office.

Students shot records need to accompany registration.
The pre-school cannot accept students whose immunization records are incomplete.
Students must have a current physical on file with the school.
A nonrefundable registration fee of $10.00 is required at the time of application.
Children who enroll will be expected to be potty trained.  Children who have repeated accidents will not be allowed to remain in the program.

ENROLLMENT PROCEDURE
Pre-Enrollment is due by the last week day in June.  Students whose paperwork is complete and $10 fee is paid will receive a spot in the following order:
1. Four year old in-district students
2. Three year old in-district students
Remaining students enrolling the first week day in August through one week before school starts will receive a spot using the same criteria.
Starting 5 week days before school starts any remaining spots will be filled on a first come first serve basis with out of district students included.
If there is a waiting list, students will be added as positions become available based on the following criteria:
1. Four year old in-district students
2. Three year old in-district students
3. Four year old out of district students
4. Three year old out of district students

FEES
A nonrefundable registration fee of $10.00 is required at the time of application. This fee will be used to buy snacks, classroom material etc.
Monthly tuition: full reduced free
Session 1 or 2 $90.00 $45.00 $0

Parents or guardians will fill out a free and reduced tuition form to determine eligibility for free and reduced tuition. The monthly tuition is due on the first day of school and then on the 15th day of each month.  
A student entering pre-school after the month has started will be charged on a pro rated basis, with that month’s fee not to exceed thirty dollars. Students withdrawing from pre-school during a calendar month will not be reimbursed for non attended days. Notification of withdrawal from pre-school is required or fees will continue to be assessed. Students’ absences from school due to illness or family reasons will not affect tuition.
Fees may be paid to the pre-school teacher, or to the elementary office on 600East Marshall Street. We will send home periodic notices of payments due, however the responsibility for payment resides with the parent. Fees may be paid yearly, by semester, or monthly.  If tuition becomes 30 days past due, a student may not attend preschool until tuition has been paid in full and is up to date.  All unpaid tuition debt owed to the Sweet Springs R-7 Preschool may be turned over to the Saline County Prosecuting Attorney’s office for collection.

TRANSPORTATION
Parents are responsible for taking students to and from preschool. 

 HEALTH AND SAFETY
Children who are ill should remain at home so that their illness is not spread to the rest of the class. It is the parent’s responsibility to ascertain whether their child’s illness is a danger of infecting others and acting accordingly. Before a student can return to school they must be symptom and fever free for a period of 24 hours. If your child has been exposed to an infectious disease but has not begun showing symptoms, please keep your child home to avoid infecting the entire group. If your child has already been to school and gets an infectious disease please notify his/her teacher of the situation.

HEALTH AND SAFETY CONTINUED
If you or someone else is going to pick up your child at the close of the school day it is necessary that you are prompt. Repeated failure to pick up your child in a timely manner or failure to make arrangements for your child to reach home may result in them being removed from Sweet Springs R-7 Pre-school.
Shot records must accompany your child’s application to attend pre-school. We can not accept students whose shot records are not current.

INJURY/ ACCIDENT PROCEDURES
The classroom teacher will handle minor scrapes and bumps.  All other injuries will be handled by the school nurse.  Parents will receive a copy of the injury form.  Another copy of the injury form will be sent to the office.  
In the case of a student emergency, the situation will be handled as expeditiously as possible.  The school will attempt to reach the parent/guardian or designated emergency contact immediately, administration will proceed as they deem necessary.  The family physician may be called if available.

In the case of extreme medical emergency, (An extreme medical emergency exists when a student loses consciousness or exhibits other behaviors indicative of grave physical illness at school.  In these circumstances, time is limited and parents/guardians cannot be contacted until after emergency personnel have been called.) Teachers will follow these guidelines.
a. If the nurse or other trained personnel are available, seek their assistance immediately.
b. Stay calm.  Stay with student or students, attempt to keep the student comfortable and safe.  Do not otherwise attempt First Aid.
c. Send for an administrator.
d. The school nurse, if available, will decide whether or not an ambulance is necessary.  If so, call the ambulance (911) and the parent/guardian.
e. Other faculty or staff persons on the scene should attempt to clear the area of students and maintain calm.

ATTENDANCE
It is clearly in the best interests of students to be at school regularly.  A student will be allowed ten absences per semester.  The ten days are for such things as: illness, death in the family, and legal matters.  Unexcused absences would include shopping, recreational trips, and hair appointments.  
If a student misses more than ten days due to illness, written medical records need to be provided.  Notices of absences will be sent home periodically.
1. When a child is absent it is the parents’ responsibility to contact the school either in person, by phone, or by note to explain the absence.  A doctor’s note should be provided when a child misses school for a doctor’s appointment.
2. If a child misses more than ten days during a semester, attendance records will be looked at more closely.  A child missing more than ten days per semester of preschool will be in jeopardy of losing their spot.  
When your child is not in attendance at school he/she will not be allowed to attend after school functions in the evening of the same school day.  Special circumstances will be at the discretion of the building principal and should be cleared through him/her prior to the time of the after school function.


MEDICATION
It is best if your child’s medication is given at home. If this is not possible the school nurse can dispense medicine. If the school nurse is to give your child medicine, you must send the prescription bottle to school with all necessary instructions. Please note we must have the actual prescription bottle to dispense medicine.








DISCIPLINE
A goal of the pre-school is to better prepare students to enter kindergarten and the elementary grades. One major part of that preparation involves discipline. Discipline is an integral component of the education process and a symbol of the commitment of parents, students, and administrators to the maintenance of an effective learning environment.
A further goal of the Sweet Springs Preschool is to guide young children in making the right choices. Positive reinforcement will be used for suitable behavior. Redirection or temporary separation from an area will be used for inappropriate behavior. The students will set the classroom rules and appropriate discipline for breaking those rules with guidance from the teacher. The Sweet Springs R-7 School District has a code of conduct for students grades K-12. That code will also be administered for the pre-school; however the fact that the pre-school students are 3 and 4 years old will be taken into consideration before disciplinary decisions are reached.  (The Sweet Springs Code of Conduct can be furnished upon request.)

NUISANCES
Any item or article, that may become a nuisance in the pre-school, is subject to confiscation. As a general rule students should not bring playthings to school.

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES/PROGRESS REPORTS
Your child’s progress is documented through a portfolio on a continuing basis.  You are welcome to look through his/her portfolio as often as you like.  If you would like to do so please put in a request with the preschool teacher.  The portfolio contains samples of your child’s work, anecdotal records, and checklists.

Those parents with students entering kindergarten the following year will have two scheduled meetings with the preschool teacher to discuss their child’s progress.  One will be held in the Fall, with the second following in the Spring.  Those parents with students returning to preschool the following year will have one scheduled meeting in the Fall, with an optional meeting in the Spring.

DRESS
During the school year weather will vary drastically. It is the parent’s responsibility to see that their child is dressed appropriately for the current weather. Recess will be outside when weather permits and that also needs to be taken into consideration. Please also take into account how able your child is to dress him/her self, and choose clothes that maximize that ability.

Desirable dress includes: few fasteners
Armholes and sleeves of appropriate size

It is requested that students not wear sandals or flip flops, to prevent injury, while in attendance at preschool.  
SUPPLY LIST
Parents will be contacted prior to the start of school with a list of day-to-day supplies.  The supply list will also be included in the pre-enrollment packet and listed on the elementary website.

PARENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (P.A.C.)
The Parent Advisory Committee will consist of eight pre-school parents. There will be four parents from each of the age groups. Committee members will serve until their students complete pre-school. There will also be four alternate members to take the place of members who move or otherwise leave the committee. The role of the committee is to enhance communication between parents, community, students and school administration and staff, to promote cooperation between home and the school in providing for the development of children, and to contribute to the effectiveness of the school by promoting the involvement of parents and other community members. 
TYPICAL DAY
Approximate
Schedule Activity Possible Learning Experiences

20 minutes Large Group Shared Reading
Shared Writing 
Meeting/Discussion (daily schedule)
Organizing Data (attendance)
Music

60 minutes Center Time Art
Board/Card Games
Construction/Blocks
Dramatic Play
Experimenting with objects
Music
Personal Reading
Personal Writing
Sand/Water Investigations

20 minutes Snack & Food Experiences
Personal Hygiene Distributing Things (food, utensils)
Self Help (disposing of cups, napkins etc.)

30 minutes Outdoor play Group Games
Exercise Play
Sand Investigations

30 minutes Closing Distributing Things (newsletter)
Meeting/Discussion (celebrate learning experience)
Read Aloud
The above schedule is compatible with the concepts developed by project construct.
Detailed lessons plans are on display in the entry area of the classroom.  These are updated weekly for parents review.

SNACKS
Sweet Springs R-7 will furnish a nutritious snack daily for our pre-school students.  The students will eat their snack in the preschool classroom.

The Sweet Springs R-7 Preschool is a sponsor of the Missouri Child and Adult Care Food Program.
The same meals will be made available to all enrolled participants at no separate charge regardless of race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability, and there is no discrimination in the course of the meal service. If you believe that you have been treated unfairly in receiving food services for any of these reasons, write immediately to the Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250.

MATERIALS ACCESSIBLE TO FAMILIES
The Sweet Spring Preschool program has various materials available for use by families which include puzzles, shapes, crayons, books, and literacy backpacks.  Various books/resources are available in the library including:  Making Children MIND without Losing Yours, My Body Is Mine, Everything I Do You Blame On Me!, All Feelings are OK, The Windows on Nature Collection.  The teacher also has a variety of both children’s and parenting books that parents can check out in the classroom.    If you would like information or materials please consult the preschool teacher or principal.  




COMMUNITY RESOURCES
Early Intervention is a nation-wide program that provides community-based support to children  ages birth to 3 years who have disabilities or delays, or need any kind of therapy.  Please Call Missouri First Steps in Saline County (660) 827-5004 or contact the preschool teacher or principal for more information.  
Parents as Teachers is also a great way to learn how to ready your child for school with fun activities and interesting parenting tips.  Please Call Sweet Springs PAT (660) 335-6348.  The Parents as Teachers coordinator is Christie Hedgpeth.  
ParentLink is designed to increase parents’ confidence and skills by supporting and linking them with a network of information, ideas and community services. It can be accessed by their website www.parentlink.act.gov.au

KINDERGARTEN TRANSITION
Children who are age eligible for Kindergarten will be given a screening assessment in the spring.  Once the Kindergarten screening is completed, parents will be asked to schedule a conference with the preschool teacher.  During this conference, the parents and the teacher will review the child’s preschool portfolio and the results of their screening.  A decision will be made collectively by all teachers and parents of the child, and in some instances by the principal, on whether the child is developmentally ready to begin their Kindergarten year. 
Children entering Kindergarten are given the option to attend a five-week long summer school.  This will better prepare children for an all day long school experience.  The Kindergarten classrooms also hold an Open House for students at the beginning of the school year.


PRESCHOOL LICENSING
The Sweet Springs R-VII Preschool is licensed through the state of Missouri. The Sweet Spring’s Preschool follows all rules and guidelines set forth by the state of Missouri. A copy of the licensing guidelines can be found in the parent information corner outside of the preschool classroom.  Parents who wish to see any inspection reports can request to look at them from the preschool teacher. 

NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION
Applicants for admission and employment, students, parents of elementary and secondary school students, employees, sources of referral of applicants for admission and employment, and all unions of professional organizations holding collective bargaining or professional agreements with Sweet Springs R-7 School District are hereby notified that this institution does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or handicap in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities.  Any person having inquiries concerning Sweet Springs R-7 School District compliance with the regulations implementing Superintendent of Schools, 600 East Marshall, Sweet Springs, Missouri, 65351, (660) -335-6341.  The Superintendent of Schools has been designated by Sweet Springs R-7 School District to coordinate the institution’s efforts to comply with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504.  Any person may also contact the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, regarding the institution’s compliance with the regulations of Education, regarding the institution’s compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title IX, or Section 504.

The Sweet Springs R-VII School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Title IX Coordinator


CHILD ABUSE POLICY
The Board of Education requires its staff members to comply with the state child abuse and neglect laws and the mandatory reporting of suspected neglect and/or abuse. Any school official or employee who knows or has reasonable cause to suspect that a child has been subjected to abuse or neglect, or who observes the child being subjected to conditions or circumstances that would reasonably result in abuse or neglect, will immediately report or cause a report to be made to the school principal, or designee, who will then become responsible for assuring a report is made via the Child Abuse Hotline to the Missouri Children’s Division, as required by law. 


STANDARD COMPLAINT RESOLUTION PROCEDURE FOR IMPROVING AMERICA’S SCHOOLS ACT PROGRAMS
  This complaint resolution procedure applies to all programs administered by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education under the Goals 2000: Educate America Act and the Improving America’s Schools Act (IASA).  A complaint is a formal allegation that a specific federal or state law or regulation has been violated, misapplied, or misinterpreted by school district personnel or by Department of Education personnel.
  Any parent or guardian, surrogate parent, teacher, administrator, school board member, or other person directly involved with an activity, program, or project operated under the general supervision of the Department may file a complaint.  Such a complaint must be in writing and signed; it will provide specific details of the situation and indicate the law or regulation that is allegedly being violated, misapplied, or misinterpreted.
  The written-signed complaint must be filed and the resolution pursued in accordance with local district policy:
The following steps are proper procedures to be followed by persons with questions or complaints regarding the operation the school district:
1. Complaints on behalf of individual students should first be addressed to the teacher.
2. Unsettled matters from (1) above, or problems and questions concerning individual schools should be directed to the principal of the school.
3. Unsettled matters from (2) above, or problems and questions concerning the school district should be directed to the superintendent.

STANDARD COMPLAINT RESOLUTION PROCEDURE FOR IMPROVING AMERICA’S SCHOOLS ACT PROGRAMS
CONTINUED
4. If the matter cannot be settled satisfactorily by the superintendent, it should be brought to the Board of Education.  Questions and comments submitted to the secretary of the Board in letter form will be brought to the attention of the entire Board at a regularly scheduled or called meeting.  If necessary, a Board hearing will be scheduled to resolve the complaint.    
If the issue cannot be resolved at the local level, the complainant may file a complaint with the Missouri Department of Education.  If there is no evidence that the parties have attempted in good faith to resolve the complaint at the local level, the Department may require the parties to do so and may provide technical assistance to facilitate such resolution.
  Any persons directly affected by the actions of the Department may file a similarly written complaint if they believe state or federal laws or regulations have been violated, misapplied, or misinterpreted by the Department itself.
  Anyone wishing more information about this procedure or how complaints are resolved may contact local district or Department personnel.

PUBLIC NOTICE
     All responsible public agencies are required to locate, evaluate, and identify children with disabilities who are under the jurisdiction of the agency, regardless of the severity of the disability, including children attending private schools, highly mobile children, such as migrant and homeless children, and children who are suspected of having a disability and in need of special education even though they are advancing from grade to grade.  The Sweet Springs R-7 School District assures that it will provide a free, appropriate public education (FAPE) to all eligible children with disabilities between the ages of 3 and 21 under its jurisdiction.  Disabilities include autism, deaf/blindness, emotional disorders, hearing impairment and deafness, mental retardation, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairments, specific learning disabilities, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, visual impairment/blindness and young child with a developmental delay.
     The Sweet Springs R-7 School District assures that it will provide information and referral services necessary to assist the State in the implementation of early intervention services for infants and toddlers eligible for the Missouri First Steps program.
     The Sweet Springs R-7 School District assures that personally identifiable information collected, used, or maintained by the agency for the purposes of identification, evaluation, placement or provision of FAPE of children with disabilities may be inspected and/or reviewed by their parents/guardians.  Parents/guardians may 
request amendment to the educational record if the parent/guardian believes the record is inaccurate, misleading, or violates the privacy or other rights of their child.  Parents have the right to file complaints with the U.S. Department of Education or the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education concerning alleged failures by the district to meet the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
PUBLIC NOTICE CONTINUED
The Sweet Springs R-7 School District has developed a Local Compliance Plan for the implementation of State Regulations for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  This plan contains the agency’s policies and procedures regarding storage, disclosure to third parties, retention and destruction of personally identifiable information and the agency’s assurances that services are provided in compliance with the General Education Provision Act (GEPA).  This plan may be reviewed at the office of the superintendent at Sweet Springs R-7 105 Main, Sweet Springs, MO  65351 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. This notice will be provided in native languages as appropriate.

ASBESTOS NOTICE
The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act of 1986 determined the extent of and developed solutions for any problems schools may have with asbestos.  All of the Sweet Springs School facilities have been inspected by a certified asbestos inspector as required by the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act.  The inspector was Mead Environmental Associates, Inc. of Cape Girardeau, Mo.  Mead inspectors located, sampled and rated the condition and hazard potential of all material in our facilities suspected of containing asbestos.  The inspection and laboratory analysis records were utilized to develop an asbestos management plan for the school district.  Mead Environmental Associates, Inc. physically inspects all district facilities every three years.  Every six months an inspection is conducted by the Program Manager of the Sweet Springs R-VII School District.  Under existing conditions, there is no danger to building residents.  Should conditions change, all building residents will be notified immediately.
Asbestos is located in the following areas:
High School: Boiler room (pipe wraps), East wing (tile floor), and custodial closets.
Elementary School: Glue on back of baseboard. 
A copy of the asbestos management plan is available for your inspection in our administrative offices during regular office hours.  


SEXUAL HARASSMENT OF STUDENTS
Sexual harassment of students of either sex by employees or other students of the opposite or same sex is strictly prohibited in the Sweet Springs R-VII School District.  For purposes of sexual harassment and sexual discrimination policies only, a student is any person enrolled in the school district or in district instructional programs.  Sexual harassment is defined as sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of sexual nature made by a member of the school staff to a student or when made by any student to another students when:
submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of a student’s academic status or progress; or
submission to or rejection of such conduct by a student is used as the basis for evaluating the student’s performance within a course of study or other school-related activity; or
such conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with a student’s educational performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment.
such conduct has the effect of favoring another student.
Students who believe they have been victims of or have witnessed sexual harassment should report the incident to any teacher, guidance counselor, or school administrator.  Mrs. Donna Wright-- is the District’s Title IX Coordinator, Superintendent of Schools, 105 Main Street, Sweet Springs, 660-335-4860.

PARENTS RIGHT TO KNOW
Our district is required to inform you of certain information that you, according to The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (Public Law 107-110), have the right to know.
Upon your request, our district is required to provide to you in a timely manner, the following information:
Whether the teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction.
Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived.
Whether your child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.

PARENTS RIGHT TO KNOW
What baccalaureate degree major the teacher has and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification.
       In addition to the information that parents may request, districts must provide to each individual parent—
information on the achievement level of the parent’s child in each of the state academic assessments as required under this part; and
timely notice that the parent’s child has been assigned, or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by, a teacher who is not highly qualified.

Parents also have access to all Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Bureau of Child Care licensing regulations and all reports/inspections of the Sweet Springs Preschool.  If you would like to review these documents, please talk to the preschool teacher or principal.













                        























 Index
Asbestos Notice------------------------- 14
Attendance------------------------------- 6
Calendar 4
Checking In/Out     --------------------- 4
Child Abuse Policy 9
Community Advisory Committee----- 8
Community Resources----------------- 9
Complaint Resolution Procedure----- 10
Description of program----------------- 3
Discipline--------------------------------- 6,7
District Belief Statement-------------- 2,3
District Mission Statement------------ 2
District Philosophy--------------------- 2
District Vision Statement-------------- 2
Dress-------------------------------------- 7
Emergency School Closings---------- 4
Enrollment Procedure ----------------- 5
Fees---------------------------------------- 6
Goals of program------------------------ 2,3
Health and Safety------------------------ 5,6
Hours-------------------------------------- 4
Injury and Accident Procedures------- 6
Kindergarten Transition---------------- 9
Licensing 9
Materials Accessible to Families------ 8
Medication------------------------------- 6
Notice of Nondiscrimination---------- 9
Nuisances--------------------------------- 7
Objectives of program------------------ 4
Orientation                                                      4
Parent Advisory Committee--------------- 7
Parents Right to Know----------------- 11,12
Parent Teacher Conferences----------- 7
Preschool Curriculum                                     3,4
Progress Reports------------------------- 7
Public Notice---------------------------- 10, 11
Registration------------------------------ 5
Requirements---------------------------- 5
Sexual Harassment--------------------- 11
Schedule 10
School Calendar------------------------- 5
Snacks------------------------------------ 8
Supply List------------------------------- 7
Transportation--------------------------- 5
Typical Day------------------------------ 8