Newport School District Non-Discrimination Statement
Newport School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employee has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Title IX Coordinator/ Compliance Coordinator, Section 504/ADA Coordinator, Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator, Dave Smith (509.447.3167 x4500)
The Newport School District’s achievement data and reports can be accessed through the OSPI Report Card site at: http://reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us/summary.aspx?groupLevel=District&schoolId=183&reportLevel=District&year=2015-16&yrs=2015-16
When you access the website, Washington State’s report card information will be displayed. To access Newport School District’s information, type in Newport School District in place of Washington State or use the drop down menu, scroll down to Newport School District; click “go” to refresh the page with our School District’s data. From the menu you can access individual schools in the District using the drop down box. You can access AYP, EOC and other assessment indicators on this website. Last year, Newport School District participated in the pilot of the Smarter Balanced Assessment. The most current state assessment data for K-8 in reading and math is 2012-13 data. NAEP data is also available and can be accessed at the following link: http://reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us/naepCurrent.aspx?dmain=NAEP&groupLevel=District&schoolId=1&reportLevel=State&year=201213&gradeLevelId=4&waslCategory=1&yrs=2012-13 NAEP data is not specific to schools and districts, but compares how Washington State student achievement compares to the nation. If you have any questions or would like a hard copy of the data, you can contact the District Office at 447-3167 or you can contact your child’s school office directly.
Prohibition of Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying - (Policy 3207 Students)
The District is committed to a safe and civil educational environment for all students, employees, volunteers and patrons, free from harassment, intimidation or bullying. “Harassment, intimidation or bullying” means any intentional written message or image - including those that are electronically transmitted - verbal, or physical act, including but not limited to one shown to be motivated by race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, including gender expression or identity, or mental or physical disability, or other distinguishing characteristics, when an act: Physically harms a student or damages the student’s property; or has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education; or is so severe, persistent or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment; or has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school. Nothing in this section requires the affected student to actually possess a characteristic that is a basis for the harassment, intimidation, or bullying. “Other distinguishing characteristics” can include but are not limited to: physical appearance, clothing or other apparel, socioeconomic status and weight. The full policy can be viewed on our website at www.newportgriz.com or you can request a copy from the district office.
School Policies Explained and Non-discrimination Rules in Effect
Newport School District #56-415 complies with all federal rules and regulations and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. This holds true for all students who are interested in participating in educational programs and/or extracurricular school activities. It is the policy of Newport School District not to discriminate on the basis of handicap in its educational program, activities, and employment practices pursuant to Section 504 of Public Law 91-112, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The Newport School District policies and procedures concerning students’ rights and responsibilities (behavior, attendance, discipline, etc.) are published as a Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook and are available from each school principal. Parents are advised of their right to review classroom materials and to consent to any psychological testing/treatment proposed for their children. Inquiries regarding the above compliance procedures and laws may be directed to Dave Smith, Superintendent, PO Box 70, Newport, WA 99156; telephone 509-447-3167.Employment inquiries may be directed to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 2401 E. Street NW, Washington, DC 20506.
Compulsory School Attendance
Parents of any child eight years of age and under eighteen years of age shall cause such child to attend school and such child shall have the responsibility to and therefore shall attend for the full time when such school may be in session unless the child is enrolled in an approved private school, an educational center as provided in chapter 28S.205 RCW or is receiving home-based instruction. Parents of any child six or seven years old, who have enrolled the child in school, shall cause the child to attend school for the full time when such school may be is session, unless the child is formally withdrawn from enrollment by the parents. Exception may be granted by the superintendent in the following circumstances: The student is physically or mentally unable to attend school; The student is attending a residential school operated by the Department of Social and Health Services; The student’s parents have requested a temporary absence for purposes agreed to by the district and which will not cause a serious adverse effect on the student’s educational process. The student is sixteen years of age, regularly and lawfully employed and either has parent permission or is emancipated pursuant to chapter 13.64 RCW; The student has met graduation requirements; or the student has received a Certificate of Educational Competence (GED). Any law enforcement officer authorized to make arrests can take a truant child into custody without a warrant and must then deliver the child to the parent or to the school. The District shall not require enrollment for either (a) a minimum number of semesters or trimesters or (b) a minimum number of courses in a semester or trimester which exceeds the enrollment time or courses necessary for a student to meet established course, credit, and test requirements for high school graduation.
Title I, Part A Citizen Complaint Procedure
Complaints that Allege Discrimination - Complaints Related to Federal Programs
A citizen complaint is a written statement that alleges a violation of a federal rule, law or regulation or state regulation that applies to a federal program. Anyone can file a citizen complaint, there is no special form. There is no need to know the law that governs a federal program to file a complaint. File a Citizen Complaint Against Newport School District, Educational Service District (ESD) or Other School Service Provider (Subgrantee). The following link will provide you the 5-step process through which a citizen can file a complaint against a school district or other school service provider or you can obtain a copy from the District or school offices. http://www.k12.wa.us/titleI/familyinvolvement/default.aspx
Annual Notice: Teacher Qualifications
Title I, Part A, Section 1111 (h)(6)(A)Title I, Part A is a federal supplemental program designed to high academic standards. In receiving funds from this program the District shall, at the beginning of each school year, notify the parents of children attending a Title I school that you may request information regarding the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teacher (s). Upon written request, the District will provide the following information to the parents in a timely manner: 1. Whether the teacher has met Washington State qualification and certification requirements for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction; 2. Whether the teacher received an emergency or conditional certificate through which Washington State qualifications were waived; 3. What undergraduate or graduate degrees the teacher holds, including graduate certificates and additional degree, and major (s) or area (s) of concentration; 4. Whether your child is provided services from a paraprofessional and, if so, their qualifications.
Notification of Rights Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age (eligible student) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. They are as follows: 1) The right to inspect and review the student’s educational records. 2) The right to request the amendment of the student’s education record that the parent or eligible student believes is inaccurate or misleading. Parents or eligible students may ask Newport School District to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the school principal, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the District decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the District will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. 3) The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the District as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the School Board; a person or company with whom the District has contacted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate, educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her responsibilities. Upon request, the District discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks to or intends to enroll. 4) The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the District to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is listed below. Family Policy Compliance Office; U.S. Department of Education; 400 Maryland Ave. SW; Washington D.C. 20202-8520
Education of Students with Disabilities Under Section of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
It is the intent of the District to ensure that students who are disabled within the definition of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 are identified, evaluated, and provided with appropriate educational services. Students may be disabled under this policy even though they are not eligible for services pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a civil rights law, which protects the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education. A child is a “qualified disabled person” under Section 504 if he or she (1) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities (such as caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working), has a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment; and (2) is between the ages of 3 to 21 years old. Information and application forms for 504 accommodations are available at the Newport School District Office.
Newport School District is committed to a positive and productive education and working environment free from discrimination, including sexual harassment. The District prohibits sexual harassment of students, employees and others involved in school district activities. RCW 28A.640.020 requires that the Superintendent of Public Instruction shall develop regulations and guidelines to eliminate sexual discrimination as it applies to public school employment, counseling and guidance services to students, access to course offerings, and in textbooks and instructional materials used by students. Newport School District is in compliance with all requirements as mandated by state and federal law.
Fostering an educational environment that is safe and free of discrimination for all students regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. The board recognizes the importance of an inclusive approach toward transgender students with regard to official records, confidential and educational information, communication, restroom and locker room accessibility, sports and physical education, dress codes and other school activities, in order to provide students with equal opportunity for learning and achievement. NSD board policies and procedures are available online or upon request.
We encourage and welcome parent involvement in our schools. We value your input and suggestions for creating an environment and developing opportunities for parent engagement. Parents and community members can visit our website at https://www.newportgriz.com/pages/Newport_SD_056/Title_1 to review our District Parent Involvement policy, procedures and plan or stop by the District or any of our school offices for a copy. If you are interested in participating in the development and revision on of our parent involvement plan, please contact the District OPffice at (509) 447-3167.
Newport School District is a Tobacco, Drug and Weapons free campus, every day, all day, by everyone! For a list of policies and procedures visit the School District website at: www.newportgriz.com