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PUBLIC NOTIFICATIONS - August 2018

The Gladbrook-Reinbeck Community School District is required through its various publications to provide the following information concerning various state and federal programs and requirements:

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

The Gladbrook-Reinbeck Community School District shall provide equal opportunity to employees and applicants for employment in accordance with applicable equal employment opportunity and affirmative action laws, directives and regulations of federal, state and local governing bodies.  Opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment includes hiring, placement, promotion, transfer or demotion, recruitment, advertising or solicitation for employment, treatment during employment, rates of pay or other forms of compensation, and layoff or termination.

Individuals who file an application with the school district will be given consideration for employment if they meet or exceed the qualifications set by the board, administration, and Iowa Department of Education for the position for which they apply.  In employing individuals, the board shall consider the qualifications, credentials, and records of the applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed and socioeconomic background.  In keeping with the law, the board shall consider the veteran status of applicants.

MULTICULTURAL AND GENDER-FAIR EDUCATION

Students will have an equal opportunity for a quality education without discrimination, regardless of their race, religion, creed, socioeconomic status, color, sex, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.  The education program is free of discrimination and provides equal opportunity for the students.  The education program will foster knowledge of and respect and appreciation for the historical and contemporary contributions of diverse cultural groups, as well as men and women, to society.  Special emphasis is placed on Asian-Americans, African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, American Indians European-Americans and persons with disabilities.  It will also reflect the wide variety of roles open to both men and women and provide equal opportunity to both sexes.

CONTINUOUS NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION

It is the policy of the Gladbrook-Reinbeck Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact Andrew McQuillen, Co-Equity Coordinator, 600 Blackhawk Street, Reinbeck, IA 50669. Telephone: (319) 345-2921. Email: andrew.mcquillen@gr-rebels.net; or, Bradi Johnson, Co-Equity Coordinator, 300 Cedar Street, Reinbeck, IA 50669. Telephone: (319) 345-2822. Email: bradi.johnson@gr-rebels.net.

ANNUAL NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION

The Gladbrook-Reinbeck Community School District offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study: Agriculture, Industrial Technology, Business, and Family & Consumer Sciences. It is the policy of the Gladbrook-Reinbeck Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact Andrew McQuillen, Co-Equity Coordinator, 600 Blackhawk Street, Reinbeck, IA 50669. Telephone: (319) 345-2921. Email: andrew.mcquillen@gr-rebels.net; or, Bradi Johnson, Co-Equity Coordinator, 300 Cedar Street, Reinbeck, IA 50669. Telephone: (319) 345-2822. Email: bradi.johnson@gr-rebels.net.

ABUSE OF STUDENTS BY SCHOOL DISTRICT EMPLOYEES

Physical or sexual abuse of students, including inappropriate and intentional sexual behavior, by employees will not be tolerated. The school district will respond promptly to allegations of abuse of students by school district employees by investigating or arranging for the investigation of an allegation.  The processing of a complaint or allegation will be handled confidentially to the maximum extent possible. The school district has appointed a Level I investigator and alternate Level I investigator.

EQUITY GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

Students and parents/guardians are hereby notified that in accordance with federal regulations assuring all students of equal opportunity and treatment in the total school program, grievance procedures have been adopted by the Board of Education.  The first step of this procedure is an informal review whereby a student who believes he/she has been discriminated against because of age, color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status, or familial status should discuss the situation with the teacher.  If the situation cannot be resolved with the teacher, the student should discuss the matter with the building principal within 5 working days of the teacher’s decision.  If the matter cannot be resolved by the building principal, the student may discuss the situation with the Superintendent of Schools within five working days after speaking with the building principal. If the matter is not satisfactorily resolved by the superintendent, the student may ask to have the matter placed on the school board’s agenda of a regular scheduled board meeting. 

This procedure in no way denies the right of the grievants to file formal complaints with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, the Federal Office of Civil Rights or other agencies available for mediation or rectification of civil rights grievances or to seek private counsel for complaints alleging discrimination.

ANTI-BULLYING/HARASSMENT

The Gladbrook – Reinbeck CSD is committed to providing all students with a safe and civil school environment in which all members of the school community are treated with dignity and respect.  Bullying and harassment of students by students, school employees, and volunteers who have direct contact with students will not be tolerated in the school or school district.  To that end, the school district has in place policies, procedures, and practices that are designed to reduce and eliminate bullying and harassment as well as processes and procedures to deal with incidents of bullying and harassment. 

The board prohibits harassment, bullying, hazing, or any other victimization of students, based on any of the following actual or perceived traits or characteristics, including but not limited to, age, color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, socioeconomic status, or familial status.  Harassment against employees based upon the employee’s race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, age or disability is also prohibited.

This policy is in effect while students or employees are on property within the jurisdiction of the board; while on school-owned or school-operated vehicles; while attending or engaged in school-sponsored activities; and while away from school grounds if the misconduct directly affects the good order, efficient management and welfare of the school or school district.

The district will promptly and reasonably investigate allegations of harassment and bullying.  The building principal or their designee will be responsible for handling all complaints by students alleging bullying or harassment.

A complete copy of the Gladbrook – Reinbeck CSD School Board adopted Anti-Bullying/Harassment Policy is  available on the district’s web site at www.gladbrook-reinbeck.k12.ia.us.

OPEN ENROLLMENT

Parents and guardians considering the use of the open enrollment option to enroll their children into another public school district in the State of Iowa should be aware of the following dates:  March 1, 2019 is the last day for open enrollment requests to be received for students wanting to transfer to a different school district for the 2019-2020 school year unless the student qualifies for one of the good cause exemptions identified by Iowa Code Section 281 Chapter 17.4.  September 1, 2019 is the last day for open enrollment requests to be received for students entering kindergarten for 2019-2020.  Students whose family income falls below 160% of the federal poverty guidelines are eligible for transportation assistance.  Within 30 days of a denial of an open enrollment request by a district board of education, the parent/guardian may file an appeal with the state board of education only if the open enrollment request was based on repeated acts of harassment or a serious health condition of the pupil that the district cannot adequately address.  All other denials must be appealed to the district court in the county in which the primary business office of the district is located.  If your student is a High School athlete, students that open enroll in Grades 9-12, are not eligible to participate in varsity contests and competitions during the first ninety (90) days of transfer, unless an exception applies under Iowa Administrative Rule 281-36.15(4).  For more information, contact the superintendent’s office.

POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION

Students in grades nine through twelve may receive academic or vocational-technical credits that count both towards the graduation requirements here at G-R and college credits for courses successfully completed in post secondary educational institutions and dual credit courses offered here at G-R.  For more information on these programs, contact high school counselor Jill Aalderks.  

LOCKER INSPECTION

Students will use the lockers assigned to them by the school district for storing their school materials and personal belongings necessary for attendance at school.  It is the responsibility of students to keep their assigned locker clean and undamaged.  Junior High and High school students are encouraged to purchase a padlock from the office to use on their lockers for the school year.  This can help prevent theft from your locker if you have valuables there during the day.  The cost is $6.00.  To ensure proper working of student lockers, the building principal may periodically inspect all or a random selection of lockers with or without students present, at any time, with or without notice.  School authorities may seize any illegal, unauthorized or contraband materials discovered in their inspection.  Possession of such materials will be grounds for disciplinary action, including suspension or expulsion and may be reported to local law enforcement officials.

ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND DRUGS

The board prohibits the distribution, dispensing, manufacture, possession, use, or being under the influence of beer, wine, alcohol, tobacco, other controlled substances, or "look alike" substances that appear to be tobacco, beer, wine, alcohol or controlled substances by students while on school district property or on property within the jurisdiction of the school district; while on school owned and/or operated school or chartered buses; while attending or engaged in school activities; and while away from school grounds if misconduct will directly affect the good order, efficient management and welfare of the school district.

Violation of this policy by students will result in disciplinary action including suspension or expulsion.  Use, purchase or being in possession of cigarettes, tobacco or tobacco products for those under the age of eighteen, may be reported to the local law enforcement authorities.  Possession, use or being under the influence of beer, wine, alcohol and/or of a controlled substance may also be reported to the local law enforcement authorities.

HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

Parents who object to health education instruction in human growth and development may file a written request that the student be excused from the instruction.  The written request shall include a proposed alternate activity or study acceptable to the Supt. of Schools.  The superintendent shall have the final authority to determine the alternate activity or study.

INTERVENTION PROCESS

The Gladbrook-Reinbeck Community School has a problem solving intervention process in place for K-12 students experiencing learning and/or behavioral difficulties in school.  Parent/guardians concerned with their student’s progress in school and wanting to initiate this process should contact either their student’s teacher, counselor, or building principal.

ASBESTOS

The Gladbrook-Reinbeck Community School District facilities have been inspected for asbestos contamination.  The AHERA plan and reports are on file and available to the public in the superintendent’s office at 600 Blackhawk Street, Reinbeck, and at each specific building site during normal working hours from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

USE OF VIDEO CAMERAS ON BUSES

The Gladbrook-Reinbeck Community School District Board of Directors has authorized the use of video cameras on school district buses.  The video cameras will be used to monitor student behavior to maintain order on the school buses to promote and maintain a safe environment.  Students and parents are hereby notified that the content of the video data may be used in a student disciplinary proceeding.  The contents of the video data are confidential student records and will be retained with other student records.  Video data will only be retained if necessary for use in a student disciplinary proceeding or other matter as determined necessary by the administration.  Parents may request to view video data of their child if the video data is used in a disciplinary proceeding involving their child.

EDUCATION RECORDS

Parents and eligible students have the right to:

  • Inspect and review the student's education records; Seek amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes to be inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights;
  • Consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that the law authorizes disclosure without consent; and
  • File a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the district to comply with the law.
  • Complaints are forwarded to Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, Washington, DC. 20202-8520.

SCHOOL MEAL CHARGES

In accordance with state and federal law, the district adopts the following policy to ensure school district employees, families, and students have a shared understanding of expectations regarding meal charges. The policy seeks to allow students to receive the nutrition they need to stay focused during the school day, prevent the overt identification of students with insufficient funds to pay for school meals, and maintain the financial integrity of the nonprofit school nutrition program.

Payment of Meals

Meal purchases are to be prepaid before meal service begins.  Students who do not have sufficient funds shall not be allowed to charge for second meals or a la carte items until the student account has a positive balance.

When the balance reaches -$20.00 a student shall not be allowed to charge further meals or a la carte items until the negative account balance is paid. K-6 students with a negative balance exceeding -$20.00 will be provided an alternate meal. The child’s lunch account will be charged for this alternate meal.

Students who qualify for free meals shall never be denied a reimbursable meal, even if they have accrued a negative balance from previous purchases.

Students with outstanding meal charge debt shall be allowed to purchase a meal if the student pays for the meal when it is received.

Employees and other non-students must prepay for all meal purchases.  Employees and other non-students who do not have sufficient funds shall not be allowed to charge for meals or a la carte items.

Negative Account Balances

The school district will make reasonable efforts to notify families when meal account balances are low. Additionally, the school district will make reasonable efforts to collect unpaid meal charges classified as delinquent debt. The school district will coordinate communications with families to resolve the matter of unpaid charges. To give families an opportunity to avoid a negative balance, families will be notified by email when their child’s account balance has sufficient funds to cover 5 days of meals. Email notices will be sent at least twice per week to all accounts with negative balances, as well as positive balances with enough funds to cover 5 or fewer days of meals. Negative balances of more than $20, not paid prior to the end of the school year will be turned over to the superintendent or superintendent’s designee for collection. Options for collection may include:  collection agencies, small claims court, or any other legal method permitted by law.

2018-2019 LEVEL 1 and LEVEL 11 INVESTIGATORS FOR ALLEGATIONS OF ABUSE OF STUDENTS BY SCHOOL EMPLOYEES

Level I: 

   G-R Elementary = Jessica Weber

   G-R Junior High-High School = Jill Aalderks

Level II: 

   G-R Elementary = Bradi Johnson

   G-R Junior High-High School = Andrew McQuillen

2018-2019 DISTRICT COMPLIANCE OFFICERS

Affirmative Action--Asbestos -Equity -Right to Know

    David Hill, Gladbrook-Reinbeck Superintendent

Bullying and/or Harassment

    Jessica Weber or Bradi Johnson – Gladbrook-Reinbeck Elementary

            Jill Aalderks or Andrew McQuillen – Gladbrook-Reinbeck Junior High-High School        

   

 

Open Enrollment Press Release:

OPEN ENROLLMENT

Parents and guardians considering the use of the open enrollment option to enroll their children into another public school district in the State of Iowa should be aware of the following dates:  March 1, 2019 is the last day for open enrollment requests to be received for students wanting to transfer to a different school district for the 2019-20 school year unless the student qualifies for one of the good cause exemptions identified by Iowa Code Section 281 Chapter 17.4. September 1, 2019 is the last day for open enrollment requests to be received for students entering kindergarten for 2019-2020.  Students whose family income falls below 160% of the federal poverty guidelines are eligible for transportation assistance.  Within 30 days of a denial of an open enrollment request by a district board of education, the parent/guardian may file an appeal with the state board of education only if the open enrollment request was based on repeated acts of harassment or a serious health condition of the pupil that the district cannot adequately address.  All other denials must be appealed to the district court in the county in which the primary business office of the district is located.  If your student is a High School athlete, students that open enroll in Grades 9-12, are not eligible to participate in varsity contests and competitions during the first ninety (90) school days of transfer, unless an exception applies under Iowa Administrative Rule 281-36.15(4).  For more information, contact the Superintendent’s office.

 

 

Wellness Policy

The Gladbrook-Reinbeck Board of Education is committed to the optimal development of every student. The board believes for students to have the opportunity to achieve personal, academic, developmental, and social success, there needs to be a positive, safe, and health-promoting learning environment at every level, in every setting.

The school district provides a comprehensive learning environment for developing and practicing lifelong wellness behaviors. The entire school environment, not just the classroom, shall be aligned with healthy school district goals to positively influence a student's understanding, beliefs and habits as they relate to good nutrition and regular physical activity. In accordance with law and this belief, the board commits to the following:

The school district will identify at least one goal in each of the following areas:

• Nutrition Education and Promotion: Schools will provide nutrition education and engage in nutrition promotion that helps students develop lifelong healthy eating behaviors.

• Physical Activity: Schools will provide students with age and grade appropriate opportunities to engage in physical activity that meet the Iowa Healthy Kids Act.

• Other School Based Activities that Promote Wellness: As appropriate, schools will support students, staff, and parents’ efforts to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The following nutritional guidelines for food available on school campuses will be adhered to:

• Meals served through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program will be appealing and meet, at a minimum, nutrition requirements established by state and federal law;

• Schools providing access to healthy foods outside the reimbursable meal programs before school, during school and thirty minutes after school shall meet the United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) Smart Snacks in Schools nutrition standards, at a minimum. This includes such items as those sold through a la carte lines, vending machines, student run stores, and fundraising activities;

• Snacks provided to students during the school day without charge (e.g., class parties) will meet standards set by the district in accordance law. The district will provide parents a list of foods and beverages that meet nutrition standards for classroom snacks and celebrations; and

• Schools will only allow marketing and advertising of foods and beverages that meet the Smart Snacks in school nutritional standards on campus during the school day.

The superintendent or superintendent’s designee shall implement and ensure compliance with the policy by:

• Reviewing the policy at least every three years and recommending updates as appropriate for board approval;

• Implementing a process for permitting parents, students, representatives of the school food authority, teachers of physical education, school health professionals, the school board, administrators and the public to participate in the development, implementation, and periodic review and update of the policy;

• Making the policy and updated assessment of the implementation available to the public (e.g., posting on the website, newsletters, etc). This information shall include the extent to which the schools are in compliance with policy and a description of the progress being made in attaining the goals of the policy; and

• Developing administrative regulations, which shall include specific wellness goals and indicators for measurement of progress consistent with law and district policy.

Click here if you would like to read the School Wellness Policy Assessment.