Newsletter Oct 2018

All parents and district patrons are reminded that all visitors to any of the district’s school buildings must enter the school only at the main entrance and must report to the principal’s office be- fore proceeding to any other area in the building. Visitors will be required to sign in and out and will be required to wear an identi- fication badge while in the building. These procedures have been put in place to enhance security in the interest of the safety of students, staff and guests. The district sincerely appreciates the cooperation of all concerned with the implementation of this additional safety measure. Parents and guardians are advised that the school will not pro- vide non-prescription medications such as Tylenol, Advil, etc. for students. We have been advised that these medications must be included under the same regulations that govern the school administration of prescription medications. Medications shall not be administered to students without written authorization from a parent or legal caretaker. All medications must be in their original containers with original labeling. Prescription med- ication labels must include name of student, name of medication, and administration instructions to include frequency, dosage and duration. Medications will be appropriately and securely stored in the school nurse’s office. Students may not carry their own medications at school without written authorization from a par- ent or legal caretaker and approval of the building principal. Parents/guardians are hereby given notice of the following dead- lines pertaining to Open Enrollment opportunities: March 1, 2018 – Last date for Open Enrollment requests for the 2018-2019 school year. Parents of children who will begin kindergarten in 2019-2020 must file for Open Enrollment no later than September 1, 2019. Open enrollment students whose family income meets eligibility requirements are eligible for transportation assistance. Assis- tance may be in the form of actual transportation being provided or a stipend paid to parents/guardians. Parents should be aware that Open Enrollment may result in loss of athletic eligibility. Questions should be directed to the: Superintendent’s Office, 940 Lincoln St SW, LeMars, IA 51031 712-546-4155. All Iowa public school districts are required to provide in- struction in Human Growth and Development, including instruction regarding human sexuality, self-esteem, stress management, interpersonal relationships and HIV/AIDS in grades one through twelve. The law also requires schools to annually provide parents/guardians with information about this requirement to include the procedure by which parents/guardians may inspect instructional materials prior to them being utilized in the classroom. A student shall not be required to take instruction in Human Growth and Develop- ment if the student’s parent/guardian files with the principal a written request that a student be excused from the instruc- tion. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act permits the release of most student records in most circumstances only upon the authorization by a parent or legal caretaker or by the student if he/she is at least 18 years old. Parents/legal caretakers have the right to review students’ records and the right to request that the records be amended. Certain information known as “Directory Information”, which in the LeMars CSD includes: student’s name, address, date of birth, class designation, extra-curricular participation, student’s achievement awards or honors, student’s weight and height if a member of an athletic team, student’s photograph, and the school attended prior to enrolling at LeMars may be released without authorization unless the school has in its files a written notice from a parent/legal caretaker or qualified student directing that this information not be released.

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