EDIT MAIN
Plus_blue

Anti-harassment Policy

The Perry County School District Board of Education is committed to maintaining a workplace and educational environment that is free from discrimination and harassment in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs, services, activities and facilities. In accordance with law, the district strictly prohibits discrimination and harassment against employees, students or others on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law. The Perry County School District is an equal opportunity employer. (Reference: MSBA Policy AC)

Asbestos Management at Perry County School District 32

The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act of 1986 (referred to as AHERA) was enacted by Congress to determine the extent of and to develop solutions for any problems schools may have with asbestos.

District 32 facilities have been inspected by a certified asbestos inspector as required by AHERA. The inspector located, sampled and rated the condition of the hazard potential of all materials in our facilities suspected of containing asbestos. The inspection and laboratory analysis records were given to a management planner certified to develop an asbestos management plan. He has developed an asbestos management plan for our facilities which includes:

this notification;

education and training of our employees;

a set of plans and procedures designed to minimize the disturbance of the asbestos-containing materials;

and plans for regular surveillance of the asbestos-containing materials.

A copy of the asbestos management plan is available for inspection in the Board of Education Office during regular office hours.

The superintendent is the asbestos coordinator, and all inquiries regarding the plan should be directed to him. We have begun implementing the asbestos management plan and are intent on not only complying with but exceeding federal state, and local regulations in this area. We plan to take whatever steps are necessary to insure your children and our employees have a healthy, safe environment in which to learn and work.

During 1984, the EPA reviewed the school’s plan and found the school district to be in compliance with the EPA standards. All asbestos locations in all buildings are reinspected every three years and the management plan is updated as required by AHERA. At last inspection, no apparent problems were noted.

For more information, contact Mr. Comstock at 573-547-7500 Ext. 328.

Assessment Plan

Perry County School District 32, in accordance with federal and state law, makes available to all parents/guardians the district’s Local Assessment Plan. This plan can be found athttps://www.perryville.k12.mo.us/Domain/791. Missouri does not allow students to opt out of assessments. Students with special needs will be provided appropriate accommodations in compliance with Individual Education Plans and 504 Plans. (Reference: MSBA Policy KB), 20 U.S.C. §6312, and RSMo. §160.570)

Bullying Policy JFCF

In order to promote a safe learning environment for all students, the Perry County School District prohibits all forms of bullying. The district also prohibits reprisal or retaliation against any person who reports an act of bullying among or against students. (Reference: MSBA Policy JFCF)

Directory Information (FERPA)

From time to time, student directory information is published on the Perry County School District 32 Website, Facebook page and other social media, in school and other publications or released to the media to recognize student achievement or depict activities of the District.

Directory information can include but it not limited to:

• Student’s name;

• Student’s grade;

• Student’s school;

• Student’s city of residence;

• Names of student’s parents or guardians

  • Student’s photograph;
  • • Student’s participation in officially recognized activities or sports;

    • Any honors or awards a student receives;

    • Student’s plans for higher education

    Parents who object to the disclosure of their child’s directory information should notify BOTH the superintendent of schools and their child’s building principal - in writing - on or before September 15 of each school year.

    The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law, allows schools to disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without written parental consent, unless the parents have advised the school district to the contrary. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the school district to include this type of information from your child’s education records in school publications, on the school Web site or for appropriate release to the media or other outside organizations such as companies that make school rings or publish yearbooks.

    Examples include but are not limited to:

    • A school playbill, showing your child’s role in a drama production;

    • School yearbooks;

    • Honor roll or other recognition lists (released to the media, posted on the district

    web site, etc.)

    • Graduation programs;

    • Sports stories in the local newspaper including photos of athletes and/or team

    statistics showing weight and height of team members;

    • Photos of your child in the school newsletter or on social media.

    Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can be disclosed to outside organizations, by law, without a parent’s prior consent.

    PLEASE NOTE: While the district will honor the request of any parent who has submitted written notification opting their child out of publicity efforts, the district is not responsible for media that covers news happenings, or public sporting events or school events, such as Community Day. (Reference: MSBA Policy JO-1)

    Educational Rights of Homeless Students

    The Perry County School District Board of Education recognizes that homeless students are particularly vulnerable and need special assistance to access and benefit from the education environment. Therefore, the district, in accordance with state and federal law and the Missouri state plan for education of the homeless, will give special attention to ensure that homeless students in the district are promptly identified and have access to a free and appropriate public education and related support services.

    Homeless students are individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence and include the following: homeless

    1.Children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; or are abandoned in hospitals.

    2.Children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designated for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.

    3.Children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations or similar settings.

    4.Migratory children who meet one of the above-described circumstances.

    (Reference: MSBA Policy IGBCA)

    The Board designates the following individual to act as the district's liaison for homeless students:

    Stacey Seabaugh

    Director of Special Services

    Perry County School District 32

    Mailing Address: 326 College St., Perryville, MO 63775

    547-547-7500 Ext. 352

    sseabaugh@pcsd32.com

    Federal Programs Complaints and Concerns

    The Perry County School District receives funds under the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and is required to follow federal statutes and regulations regarding the programs governed by the ESEA. If any individual or organization (person) has a complaint or is concerned that the district may be violating these laws, the Board wants the superintendent or designee to immediately investigate and address the issue. For that reason, the Board has adopted this policy to address specific allegations of violations of federal statutes and regulations governing Title I, Parts A, B, C, D; Title II; Title III; Title IV, Part A; or Title V of the ESEA. You can read the complaint process here. (Reference: MSBA Policy KLA)

    Free and Appropriate Public Education

    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, children who live outside the district but are attending a private school within the district, highly mobile children, such as migrant and homeless children, children who are wards of the state, and children who are suspected of having a disability and in need of special education even though they are advancing from grade to grade. Perry County School District 32 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, intellectual disability, 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. Perry County School District 32 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. Perry County School District 32 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).

    Perry County School District 32 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 Monday – Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This notice will be provided in native languages as appropriate. (Reference: MSBA Policy IGB)

    Stacey Seabaugh

    Director of Special Services

    Perry County School District 32

    Mailing Address: 326 College St., Perryville, MO 63775

    547-547-7500 Ext. 352

    sseabaugh@pcsd32.com

    Immunization of Students

    It is the policy of the Perry County School District that all students attending the district schools shall be immunized in accordance with law. The district will not allow a student to attend school until the district has satisfactory evidence on file demonstrating that the student has been immunized, that the immunization process has begun and satisfactory progress is being accomplished or that the student is exempted from obtaining immunizations in accordance with law.

    A student is exempted from obtaining immunizations if the district has on file the completed, original forms necessary to prove that the student will not be immunized for religious or medical reasons. An exemption for medical reasons requires certification by a licensed doctor of medicine or doctor of osteopathy that either the immunization would seriously endanger the child's health or life or that the child has documentation of laboratory evidence of immunity to the disease. An exemption for religious reasons requires written certification from one parent or guardian that immunization of the student violates his or her religious beliefs.

    Homeless students who cannot provide proof of immunization will be immediately enrolled, and the district's homeless coordinator will work with the students to obtain the necessary immunizations as soon as possible. Students who are in the household of an active duty member of the military and who cannot provide evidence of having received immunizations required under Missouri law shall be immediately enrolled and given 30 days to obtain the required immunizations or, if the immunization is a series, to begin the series.

    The district will exclude from school all students who are not immunized or exempted as required by law. When immunization is in progress, failure to meet the next scheduled appointment constitutes noncompliance with the immunization law, and the student should be excluded from school immediately.

    The district must report to the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) the name of any parent or guardian who neglects or refuses to permit a nonexempted student to be immunized. The district will also report to the Children's Division (CD) of the Department of Social Services any instance of educational or medical neglect.

    The superintendent or designee shall institute procedures for the maintenance of health records, which are to show the immunization status of every child enrolled or attending in the district, and for the completion of all necessary reports in accordance with guidelines prepared by DHSS. (Reference: MSBA Policy JHCB)

    Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program (MOCAP)

    Students may have the option of enrolling in a district-sponsored virtual course if it is determined that this is in the best educational interest of the student. The principal or designee will educate the student and the student's parents/guardians about how virtual instruction is provided and the key differences between virtual and in-person instruction. The principal or designee will discuss the virtual course options available to the student, determine which course or courses interest the student and how the course or courses will assist the student in meeting his or her academic and personal goals. The student and parents must contact the principal to request a review of their current educational situation. A meeting will be scheduled to discuss the student’s educational and career goals as well as extenuating circumstances necessitating this request. In accordance with state law, the district will pay the cost of the MOCAP virtual cost if the above conditions are met and the student resides in and is enrolled in the district on a full-time basis; and the student has attended a public school or charter school for at least one semester basis immediately prior to enrolling in a MOCAP course.PCSD utilizes the Edgenuity online suite of courses for the virtual instructional needs of the district. If district staff determine that it is not in the best educational interest of a student to take a virtual course, that decision will be documented in writing and provided to the student and the parents/guardians. (Reference: MSBA Policy IGCD-AP1)

    Nondiscrimination Policy

    Perry County Public School District 32 strives for equal opportunity in the educational programs and activities it offers and in the district’s employment policies. The present nondiscrimination policy has been approved by the Board of Education.

    No person attending, being served by, seeking employment with or being employed by Perry County School District 32 shall be excluded from participating in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program, or activity of the school system on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, or handicapping condition.

    Individuals have the right to pursue rights guaranteed by law and to contest decisions or actions that individuals perceive to be discriminatory on the basis of handicap without being intimidated, harassed, or discriminated against.

    Any person or persons who feels that he, she, or they have been discriminated against in violation of the Board of Education’s non-discriminatory policy shall apply for redress or direct questions to the following Compliance:

    Stacey Seabaugh

    Director of Special Services

    Perry County School District 32

    Mailing Address: 326 College St., Perryville, MO 63775

    547-547-7500 Ext. 352

    sseabaugh@pcsd32.com

    Andy Comstock

    Superintendent

    Perry County School District 32

    Mailing Address: 326 College St., Perryville, MO 63775

    547-547-7500 Ext. 329

    acomstock@pcsd32.com

    • 1.If the complainant does not agree with the Superintendent’s decision, appeals shall be directed in writing to the Superintendent of Schools. At that time, an appeals package consisting of the complainant’s grievance and the coordinator’s decision shall be reviewed by the Superintendent of Schools. Decisions or replies will be returned in writing within 15 days.
    • 2.If the complainant does not agree with the Superintendent’s decision, a similar appeals package shall be directed in writing to the Board of Education. Decisions or replies will be returned in writing within 45 days.
    • 3.Further appeals shall be directed to the appropriate court.

    Further information regarding regulations, inquiries, or complaints may be obtained from:

    The Director, Office of Civil Rights, Region VII

    1150 Grand Avenue

    Kansas City, MO 64106

    (Reference: MSBA Policy

    Parents’ Bill of Rights

    1.Attend individualized education program (IEP) meetings and represent your child's interests.

    2.Have an advocate or expert present at individualized education program (IEP) meetings.

    3.Receive a copy of your child's evaluation, disagree with it, and request one independent educational evaluation at public expense.

    4.Provide a written report from outside sources as part of the evaluation process.

    5.Examine all education records pertaining to your child and be provided with a copy of the individualized education program.

    6.Disagree with the decision of the individualized education program (IEP) team and pursue complaint procedures, including: filing a child complaint with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, state paid mediation, have an impartial due process hearing, and appeal the due process decision to the court.

    7.Participate in reviews of the individualized education programs (IEPs) and in any decision to change any aspects of the IEP, as well as receive a written notice of action before a change in your child’s educational placement or the provision of a free and appropriate public education.

    8.Have your child placed in the least restrictive environment and in a general education classroom to the greatest extent appropriate.

    9.Request an accommodation to provide effective communications if you have limited English language proficiency.

    10.A free appropriate public education for your child with an individualized education program designed to meet your child's unique needs, which may include, but not be limited to, special education and related services, such as assistive technology devices and services; transportation; speech pathology services; audiology services; interpreting services; psychological services, including behavioral interventions; physical therapy; occupational therapy; recreation, including therapeutic recreation; counseling services, including rehabilitation counseling; orientation and mobility services; school health services; school nurse services; social work services; parent counseling and training; and, medical services for diagnostic or evaluation purposes. (Reference: DESE)

    Parents’ Right To Know: Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015

    • Whether the student’s teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction.
    • Whether the student’s teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived.
    • Whether the teacher is teaching in a field or discipline of the certification of the teacher.
    • Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.

    Requirement to Release Information to Higher Education and Military Recruiters

    All secondary schools are required to release the names, addresses and telephone numbers of secondary school students to representatives of higher education and military recruiters. Parents/guardians and secondary students who are over age 18 may submit a written request not to release the information without prior written consent of the parent/guardian or student. The written request to withhold this information should be submitted to Principal Jeff Steffens, Perryville High School, 326 College Street, Perryville, MO 63775 no later than Sept. 1 of the current school year. (MSBA Policy KB and 20 U.S.C. §7908)

    Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

    Perry County School District 32, as a recipient of federal financial assistance from the United States Department of Education and operates a public elementary or secondary education program and/or activity, is required to undertake to identify and locate every qualified person residing in the District who is not receiving a public education; and take appropriate steps to notify disabled persons and their parents or guardians of the District's duty.
    Perry County School District 32 assures that it will provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to each qualified disabled person in the District's jurisdiction regardless of the nature or severity of the person's disability. For purposes of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the provision of an appropriate education is the provision of regular or special and related aids and services that (i) are designed to meet individual educational needs of disabled persons as adequately as the needs of nondisabled persons are met and (ii) are based on adherence to procedures that satisfy the requirements of the 504 federal regulations. This notice will be provided in native languages as appropriate. (Reference: MSBA Policy IGB)
    Stacey Seabaugh
    Director of Special Services
    Perry County School District 32
    326 College St., Perryville, MO 63775
    573-547-7500 Ext. 352
    sseabaugh@pcsd32.com

    Trauma-Informed School Information

    In compliance with Missouri law, Perry County School District 32 is making district parents aware of a website which outlines the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Trauma-Informed Schools Initiative. The website is motraumaschools.com.
    If you have any further questions about this initiative at District 32 schools, please contact Assistant Superintendent Jeanie White at jwhite@pcsd32.com or 573-547-7500 Ext. 329.

    Unpaid Meals Policy

    It is our mission at the Perry County School District to provide nutritious, balanced and affordable breakfasts and lunches to every student. We know that a healthy body supports a healthy mind, and we want our children to learn and grow to the best of their abilities.
    The Perry County School District participates in the National School Lunch Program, which is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman in 1946.
    Unless meals are provided at no charge, the district expects students and employees to pay for meals prior to or at the time of receipt. The ability to charge meals is a privilege, not a right, and is subject to the limitations established in this procedure. (Reference: MSBA Procedure EF-AP1)

    Weapons in Schools Policy

    The Board recognizes the importance of preserving a safe educational environment for students, employees and patrons of the district. In order to maintain the safety of the educational community, the district will strictly enforce the necessary disciplinary consequences resulting from the use or possession of weapons on school property. No student may possess a weapon on school property at any time, except as specifically authorized during a school-sponsored or school-sanctioned activity permitting weapons. The school district will provide secured storage of student firearms if necessary.

    School property is defined as: Property utilized, supervised, rented, leased, or controlled by the school district including but not limited to school playgrounds, parking lots and school buses, and any property on which any school activity takes place.

    A weapon is defined to mean one or more of the following:

    1.A firearm as defined in 18 U.S.C. § 921.

    2.A blackjack, concealable firearm, firearm, firearm silencer, explosive weapon, gas gun, knife, knuckles, machine gun, projectile weapon, rifle, shotgun, spring gun, switchblade knife, as these terms are defined in § 571.010, RSMo.

    3.A dangerous weapon as defined in 18 U.S.C. § 930(g)(2).

    4.All knives and any other instrument or device used or designed to be used to threaten or assault, whether for attack or defense.

    5.Any object designed to look like or imitate a device as described in 1-4.

    Pursuant to the Missouri Safe Schools Act and the federal Gun-Free Schools Act of 1994, any student who brings or possesses a weapon as defined in #1 or #2 above on school property will be suspended from school for at least one calendar year or expelled and will be referred to the appropriate legal authorities. The suspension or expulsion may be modified on a case-by-case basis upon recommendation by the superintendent to the Board of Education. Students who bring or possess weapons as defined in #3, #4 and #5 and not otherwise included in #1 and #2, will also be subject to suspension and/or expulsion from school and may be referred to the appropriate legal authorities.

    Students with disabilities who violate this policy will be disciplined in accordance with policy JGE.

    This policy will be submitted annually to the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education along with a report indicating any suspensions or expulsions resulting from the possession or use of a firearm as defined in 18 U.S.C. § 921. The report will include the name of the school in which the incidents occurred, the number of students suspended or expelled and the types of weapons involved. (Reference: MSBA Policy JFCJ)

    Wellness program

    The Board recognizes the relationship between student well-being and student achievement as well as the importance of a comprehensive district wellness program. Therefore, the district will provide developmentally appropriate and sequential nutrition and physical education as well as opportunities for physical activity. The wellness program will be implemented in a multidisciplinary fashion and will be evidence based. (Reference: MSBA Policy ADF)