McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
At times, students’ families may experience a housing emergency or crisis. Services are available for students whose families lack fixed, regular and adequate overnight accommodations. A housing crisis is defined as:
•Living in emergency, transitional or domestic violence shelter;
•Living in cars, parks, public spaces, bus or train stations or similar settings;
•Living with a friend, relative or someone else because you have lost your home or can not afford housing;
•Living in a motel, hotel, trailer park or camp ground;
•Awaiting foster care placement.
For additional information please contact:
Stacey Steffes, Director of Student Services
Public Declaration of Process Used to Determine SLD Eligibility For determining the existence of a Specific Learning Disability (SLD) in Special Education, our district will use a process of analyzing a pattern of strengths and weaknesses. For more detailed information about this process, please consult the Berrien Regional Education Services Agency website at:
The Lakeshore Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies:
Julie Powell, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Human Resources
Lakeshore Public Schools
5771 Cleveland Avenue, Stevensville, MI 49127
269.428.1400 ext. 2911
RIGHTS UNDER THE PROTECTION OF PUPIL RIGHTS AMENDMENT (PPRA)
PPRA affords parents certain rights regarding our conduct of surveys, collection and use of information for marketing purposes, and certain physical exams. These include the right to: Consent before students are required to submit to a survey that concerns one or more of the following protected areas (“protected information survey”) if the survey is not funded in whole or in part by a program of the U.S. Department of Education (ED) – 1. Political affiliations or beliefs or of the student or student’s parent; 2. Mental or psychological problems of the student or student’s family; 3. Sex behavior or attitudes; 4. Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior; 5. Critical appraisals of others with whom respondents have close family relationships; 6. Legally recognized privileged relationships, such as with lawyers, doctors, or ministers; 7. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or parents; or 8. Income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility. Receive notice and an opportunity to opt a student out of – 1. Any other protected information survey, regardless of funding; 2. Any non-emergency, invasive physical exam or screening required as a condition of attendance, administered by the school or its agent, and not necessary to protect the immediate health and safety of a student, except for hearing, vision, or scoliosis screenings, or any physical exam or screening permitted or required under State law; and 3. Activities involving collection, disclosure, or use of personal information obtained from students for marketing or to sell or otherwise distribute the information to others. Inspect, upon request and before administration or use – 1. Protected information surveys of students; 2. Instruments used to collect personal information from student for any of the above marketing, sales, or other distribution purposes; and 3. Instructional material used as part of the educational curriculum. These rights transfer to from the parents to a student who is 18 years old or an emancipated minor under State law. Lakeshore Public Schools will directly notify parents of these policies at least annually at the start of each school year and after any substantive changes. Lakeshore Schools will also directly notify, such as through U.S. Mail or email, parents of students who are scheduled to participate in the specific activities or surveys noted below and will provide an opportunity for the parent to opt his or her child out of participation of the specific activity or survey. Lakeshore Schools will make this notification to parents at the beginning of the school year if the District has identified the specific or approximate dates of the activities or surveys at that time. For surveys and activities scheduled after the school year starts, parents will be provided reasonable notification of the planned activities and surveys listed below and be provided an opportunity to opt their child out of such activities and surveys. Parents will also be provide an opportunity to review any pertinent surveys. Following is a list of the specific activities and surveys covered under this requirement: Collection, disclosure, or use of personal information for marketing, sales or other distribution. Administration of any protected information survey not funded in whole or in part by ED. Any non-emergency, invasive physical examination or screening as described above. Parents who believe their rights have been violated may file a complaint with: Family Policy Compliance Office U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20202-8520
Notice of Right to Access and Privacy of Records
Parents and guardians of each student under 19 years of age and each student who is 19 years of age or older have certain rights respecting the records kept on the student by the Lakeshore Public Schools. These rights include: 1.) The right to examine the student’s record upon completion of the proper forms as provided by the school administrator. 2.) The right to have the administration hear evidence that any part of the record is inaccurate, misleading or violates a student’s privacy or other rights, to have the record changed if the administration agrees with the applicant’s evidence and to insert an explanation in the record if the administration disagrees. 3.) The right to have records, which personally refer to a student kept confidential except either by consent of the parent, student, or when being used by school personnel for school business. Certain official agencies may also request records. Within 14 days after enrolling a transfer student, the school shall request in writing directly from the student’s previous school a copy of his or her school record. Any school that compiles records for each student in the school and that is requested to forward a copy of a transferring student’s record to the new school shall comply within 30 days after receipt of the request unless the record has been tagged pursuant to section 1134 (section 1134 deals with records of missing students). The following information is subject to release (upon request for information) in the form of student directories, programs, and news releases: student’s name, address, photo, telephone number, date of birth, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, and the most recent previous school attended. If a parent or student does not wish this information to be available for publication, notice must be given to the building principal by September 1 of each school year. 4.) The right to obtain a copy of the Board of Education Policy on privacy of Student Records from the office of the Superintendent of Schools. 5.) The right to protest if the school district is not complying with the Family Rights and Privacy Act. Such protests should be sent to: Family Policy compliance Office U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington D.C. 20202-8520
Advisory To All Parents Integrated Pest Management
Lakeshore Public Schools has adopted an Integrated Pest Management program. Inherent with this are the District’s efforts to reduce pesticide use as much as possible. While it may occasionally be necessary to apply a pesticide, this program does not rely on routine pesticide applications to resolve problems. We use various techniques such as habitat alteration, sanitation, mechanical means, exclusion, etc. to prevent pest from becoming a problem.
As required by Michigan law, you will receive advanced notice of non-emergency application of a pesticide (insecticide, fungicide, or herbicide), other than bait or gel formulation, which is made to the school, school grounds, or buildings. This advance notice of a pesticide application will be given 48 hours before the application by the following two methods:
- Posting at the primary entrances to your child’s school. The entrances that will be posted are the main entrance and those that have a sidewalk that leads directly to a parking lot.
- Posting in the common area located by the main office of the school.
Please note that notification is not given for use of sanitizers, germicides, disinfectants or anti-microbial cleaners. In certain emergencies, such as an infestation of stinging insects, pesticides may be applied without prior notice to prevent injury to students, but you will be promptly notified following any such application, via the two posting methods identified (above).
You may review the school’s Integrated Pest Management program and records of any pesticide application upon request by contacting Nick White, Director of Operations and Maintenance, at 269-519-3110 or email@example.com.
Parents or guardians of children attending the school are also entitled to receive the advance notice of a pesticide application, other than a bait or gel formulation, by first class United States mail postmarked at least 3 days before the application, if they so request. If you would like to be out on the advance notification by US Mail list, please contact the Business Office at 269-428-1400 and provide your name, mailing address and what school(s) your child or children attend.