• Public Declarations

    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
    269.428.1407
    ssteffes@lpslancer.net

    SLD Eligibility
    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:
    http://www.berrienresa.org/downloads/_acct_/00/00/00/51/sld_guidelines_20100625_084814_8.pdf

    Non-Discrimination Policy
    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
    Email: jpowell@lpslancer.net
    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

    Privacy Policy File: JO-E
    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, these will only be used as a last resort. 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. You will receive advanced notice of the application of a pesticide, other than bait or gel formulations at your child’s school. This advance notice of the application will be given 48 hours before the application. The law requires us to do this notification by using two methods. The first method required by the law is the posting at entrances to your child’s school. The entrances that will be posted are the primary entrances to the building from the parking lot(s). The second method we are going to use is the posting in a common area located by the main office of the school. Parents are also entitled to receive this notice by first class United States mail postmarked at least three days before the application. If you would like to be notified by mail please contact the Business Office at the (269) 428-1400. Please give the Business Office secretary your name, mailing address, and what school your child attends. In an emergency (for example, bees nest), pesticides may be applied without prior notice, but if you desire you will be provided notice following any such application. You may review our IPM program or pesticide application records for your child’s school by calling or emailing Nick White, the District’s Director of Operation and Maintenance, at phone number (269) 428-1400 or email: nwhite@lpslancer.net