• General Education Information


    Annual Parent Notifications Required by No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

    Annual Notification of Rights Under FERPA

    Notification of Release of Directory Information Under FERPA

    Notification of Rights Under the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)

    Asbestos in School Rule


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    Annual Parent Notifications Required by No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

    The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001(NCLB) has required school districts to add to their annual parents notifications information on the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendments (PPRA) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

    The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.  The law applies to all schools that receive funds under and applicable programs of the U.S. Department of Education.  FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their childrens educational records.  The rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level.  Students to whom the rights have transferred identified in the law as "eligible students."

    Further, the NCLB law requires school districts to inform parents if their school is unsafe or if it is potentially unsafe for a student/students to attend.  Northern Bedford County School District maintains a safe environment for its students and staff.  The board has adopted policies to ensure the safety of students, staff, and visitors.  School administrators are responsible for enforcing the policies to avoid unsafe conditions and promote a safe educational environment.

    Northern Bedford County School District is responsible for notifying all parents of these rights.  The following notices are published in this publication.

    • Notice of Rights Under FERPA
    • Notice of Release of Directory Information Under FERPA
    • Notice of Rights Under the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)
    • Notice of Right to Request Teacher Qualifications.
    • Notice of Homeless Education Programs.
    • Notice of Disclosure of Student Information to military Recruiters and Institutions of Higher Learning
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    Annual Notification of Rights under FERPA

    The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age (eligible students) certain rights with respect to the students education records. These rights are:

    1.  The right to inspect and review the students education records within 45 days of the day the school receives a request for access.

    Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

    2. The right to request the amendment of the students education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate or misleading, or otherwise in violation of the students privacy rights under FERPA.

    Parents or eligible students who wish to ask the School to amend a record should write the School principal, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it should be changed. If the School decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the School will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.

    3.  The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the students 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 School as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the School Board; a person or company with whom the School has contracted as its agent to provide a service instead of using its own employees or officials (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.

    4.  A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

    The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the Northern Bedford County School District to comply with the requirement so FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA are:

    Family Policy Compliance Office

    U.S. Department of Education
    400 Maryland Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC 20202-5920

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    Notification of Release of Directory Information Under FERPA

    The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law, requires that the Northern Bedford County School District, with certain exceptions obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your childs educational records.  However, the Northern Bedford County School District may disclose appropriately designated directory information without written consent, unless you have advised the district to the contrary in accordance with district procedures.  The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the Northern Bedford County  School District to include this type of information from your childs educational records in certain school publications. 

    Examples include:

    • A playbill showing your students role in a drama production
    • The annual yearbook
    • Honor roll or other recognition lists
    • Graduation programs, and
    • Sports activity sheets such as for wrestling showing weight and height of team members

    Directory information which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released can also be disclosed to outside organizations without a parents prior written consent.  Outside organizations include but are not limited to companies that manufacture class rings or publish yearbooks.  In addition, two federal laws require local educational agencies (LEAs) receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to provide military recruiters upon request with three directory information categoriesnames, addresses, and telephone listingsunless parents have advised the LEA that they do not want their students information disclosed without prior written consent.

    If you do not want the Northern Bedford County School District to disclose directory information from your childs educational records without your written consent, you must notify your school principal in writing. 

    Northern Bedford County School District has designated the following information as directory information:

    • Students name
    • Address
    • Telephone Listing
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    Notification of Rights Under the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)

    The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (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 (i.e., protected information survey) if the survey is funded in whole or in part by a program of the U.S. Department of Education (ED)
    • Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or students parents;
    • Mental or psychological problems of the student or students family;
    • Sex behavior or attitudes;
    • Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior
    • Critical appraisals of others with whom respondents have close family relationships
    • Legally recognized privileged relationships, such as with lawyers, doctors, or ministers
    • Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or students parents
    • Income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility
    Receive notice and an opportunity to opt a student out of
    • Any other protected information survey, regardless of funding;
    • Any non-emergency, invasive physical exam or screening as a required 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 screening, or any physical exam or screening permitted or required under state law; and
    • 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 and use
    • Protected information surveys of students
    • Instruments used to collect personal information from students for any of the above marketing, sales, or other distribution purposes, and
    • 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.
       
    Northern Bedford County School District has developed and adopted policies, in consultation with parents, regarding these rights, as well as arrangements to protect student privacy in the administration of protected surveys and the collection, disclosure, or use of personal information for marketing, sales, or other distribution purposes. Northern Bedford County School District will also directly notify, such as through U.S. Mail, 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.  Northern Bedford County School District 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 provided 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 exam or screening described above.
    Parents and/or eligible students who believe their rights have been violated may file a complaint with the:

    Family Policy Compliance Office
    U.S. Department of Education
    400 Maryland Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC 20202-4605


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    Asbestos in School Rule

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires all public schools (K-12) to identify and manage asbestos-containing building materials (ACBM) located inside all school buildings.  These requirements range from inspection to maintaining proper records regarding the management of ACBM located in your schools.  

    Schools are required to have a properly trained designated person to ensure that the all the Asbestos in School Rules requirements are met.  Custodial and maintenance personnel are properly trained in identification and maintenance of ACBM.

    Following an initial inspection for locating and identifying asbestos containing materials, a re-inspection of the school must be conducted every three years by an accredited inspector.

    At the last re-inspection conducted in 2008, all materials listed in the Management Plan as asbestos-containing (or assumed to be asbestos-containing) were inspected and their condition did not warrant any further activities at this time.

    The school district conducts a periodic surveillance every six months to observe and note the changes in the conditions of the ACBM.  

    The school district is responsible to develop a management plan for each school and maintain records of inspections, training records, and response actions reports.

    All asbestos containing materials are addressed by assigning appropriate response actions.  The plan is available for your inspection and review in the Superintendents Office.  The Asbestos Program Coordinator is Scott E. King, superintendent. 


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