We are required to provide annual notices to our families and community.

Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act

The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) requires Intermediate District 287 to inspect our buildings for asbestos-containing building materials, and develop, maintain, and update an asbestos management plan. The management plan and any planned or in-progress inspections, re-inspections, response actions, and post-response actions, including periodic re-inspection and surveillance activities can be requested by emailing the Senior Manager, Health, Safety, and Security at jchorejsh@district287.org. 40 C.F.R. §§ 763.84(c), (f), 763.93(g)(2).

Child Nutrition Programs

Intermediate District 287 families may qualify for free and reduced-price meals and/or free milk.

View the eligibility form (click on “Forms and Resources”)

View the Wellness policy

If your child has a food allergy or disability that requires a special diet, you may submit a special diet request form to your schools nurse or contact the Food Service
Department at 763-550-7136 or foodservice@district287.org.

Directory Information Notice (FERPA)

Directory Information is available to the general public and for 287 to use for school or district purposes, such as yearbooks, graduation programs, and website and social media stories.

  • Student’s name
  • Address
  • Telephone listing
  • E-mail address
  • Date and place of birth
  • Grade level
  • Dates of attendance
  • Name, address and telephone listing of the parents/guardians
  • Student photo/video for school approved publication and/or social media
  • Participation in officially recognized activities
  • Honors and awards received
  • Degrees
  • Most recent educational agency or institution attended

Sometimes District 287 is asked to disclose directory information for non-District purposes, including postsecondary education institution mailing lists or military service mailing lists.

The District does not provide student directory information for commercial purposes.

To prevent the release of any or all student directory information, students and parents/guardians should sign an opt-our form and send it to the school principal within two weeks of the student’s enrollment date, or September 15 of each subsequent year of enrollment.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Applicants to and employees of most private employers, state and local governments, educational
institutions, employment agencies and labor organizations are protected under Federal law from discrimination on the following bases:

RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, SEX, NATIONAL ORIGIN
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, protects applicants and employees from discrimination in hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, fringe benefits, job training, classification, referral, and other aspects of employment, on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), or national origin. Religious
discrimination includes failing to reasonably accommodate an employee’s religious practices where the accommodation does not impose undue hardship.

DISABILITY
Title I and Title V of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, protect qualified individuals
from discrimination on the basis of disability in hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, fringe benefits, job training,
classification, referral, and other aspects of employment. Disability discrimination includes not making reasonable accommodation to the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual with a disability who is an applicant or employee, barring undue hardship.

AGE
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended, protects applicants and employees 40 years
of age or older from discrimination based on age in hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, fringe benefits, job
training, classification, referral, and other aspects of employment.

SEX (WAGES)
In addition to sex discrimination prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, as amended, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, as amended, prohibits sex discrimination in the payment of wages to women and men performing substantially equal work, in jobs that require equal skill, effort, and responsibility, under similar working conditions, in the same establishment.

GENETICS
Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 protects applicants and employees from
discrimination based on genetic information in hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, fringe benefits, job training,
classification, referral, and other aspects of employment. GINA also restricts employers’ acquisition of genetic information and strictly limits disclosure of genetic information. Genetic information includes information about genetic tests of applicants, employees, or their family members; the manifestation of diseases or disorders in family members (family medical history); and requests for or receipt of genetic
services by applicants, employees, or their family members.

RETALIATION
All of these Federal laws prohibit covered entities from retaliating against a person who files a charge of
discrimination, participates in a discrimination proceeding, or otherwise opposes an unlawful employment practice.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU BELIEVE DISCRIMINATION HAS OCCURRED
There are strict time limits for filing charges of employment discrimination. To preserve the ability of EEOC to act on your behalf and to protect your right to file a private lawsuit, should you ultimately need to, you should contact EEOC promptly when discrimination is suspected:

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission (EEOC) 1-800-669-4000 (toll-free) or 1-800-669-6820 (toll-free TTY number for individuals with hearing impairments). EEOC field office information is available at www.eeoc.gov or in most telephone directories in the U.S. Government or Federal Government section. Additional information about EEOC, including information about charge filing, is available at www.eeoc.gov.

Employers Holding Federal Contracts or Subcontracts

Applicants to and employees of companies with a Federal government contract or subcontract are protected under Federal law from discrimination on the following bases:

RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, SEX, NATIONAL ORIGIN
Executive Order 11246, as amended, prohibits job discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin, and requires affirmative action to ensure equality of opportunity in all aspects of
employment.

INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES
Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, protects qualified individuals from discrimination on the basis of disability in hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, fringe benefits, job training, classification, referral, and other aspects of employment. Disability discrimination includes not making reasonable accommodation to the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual with a disability who is an applicant or employee, barring undue hardship. Section 503 also requires that Federal contractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified individuals with disabilities at all levels of employment, including the executive level.

DISABLED, RECENTLY SEPARATED, OTHER PROTECTED, AND ARMED FORCES SERVICE
MEDAL VETERANS
The Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as amended, 38 U.S.C. 4212, prohibits job
discrimination and requires affirmative action to employ and advance in employment disabled veterans,
recently separated veterans (within three years of discharge or release from active duty), other protected
veterans (veterans who served during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized), and Armed Forces service medal veterans (veterans who, while on active duty, participated in a U.S. military operation for which an Armed Forces service medal was awarded).

RETALIATION
Retaliation is prohibited against a person who files a complaint of discrimination, participates in an OFCCP
proceeding, or otherwise opposes discrimination under these Federal laws.

Any person who believes a contractor has violated its nondiscrimination or affirmative action obligations
under the authorities above should contact immediately:

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution
Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210, 1-800-397-6251 (toll-free) or (202) 693-1337 (TTY). OFCCP may also be contacted by e-mail at OFCCP-Public@dol.gov, or by calling an OFCCP regional or district office, listed in most telephone directories under U.S. Government, Department of Labor.

Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance

RACE, COLOR, NATIONAL ORIGIN, SEX
In addition to the protections of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin in programs or activities receiving Federal financial assistance. Employment discrimination is covered by Title VI if the primary objective of the financial assistance is provision of employment, or where employment discrimination causes or may cause discrimination in providing services under such programs. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs or activities which receive Federal financial assistance.

INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of disability in any program or activity which receives Federal financial assistance. Discrimination is
prohibited in all aspects of employment against persons with disabilities who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of the job.

If you believe you have been discriminated against in a program of any institution which receives Federal
financial assistance, you should immediately contact the Federal agency providing such assistance.
EEOC 9/02 and OFCCP 8/08 Versions Useable With 11/09 Supplement
EEOC-P/E-1 (Revised 11/09)

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

Under The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), parents and students who are 18 years of age or older have rights to inspect and review education records, amend education records, consent to disclose personally identifiable information in education records, and file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education.

These rights are:

The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days after the day the Intermediate District 287 receives a request for access.

Parents or eligible students who wish to inspect their child’s or their education records should submit to the school principal a written request that identifies the records 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.

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

Parents or eligible students who wish to ask Intermediate District 287 to amend their child’s or their education record should write the school principal, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it should be changed.  If Intermediate District 287 decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, we will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and 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.

The right to provide written consent before the school discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from 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 includes Intermediate District 287 employees who operate as school or district administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel) or a person serving on the school board.A school official also may include a volunteer,  contractor, or consultant who, while not employed by the school, performs an institutional service or function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, audi­tor, medical consultant, or therapist; a parent or student volunteering to serve on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee; or a parent, student, or other volunteer assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official typically has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an educa­tion record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

Upon request, Intermediate District 287 discloses education records without consent to officials of another school or school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll, or is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes of the student’s enrollment or transfer. Intermediate District 287 make a reasonable attempt to notify the parent or student of the records re­quest unless it states in its annual notification that it intends to forward records on request or the disclosure is initiated by the parent or eligible student.

The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the Intermediate District 287 to comply with the requirements of 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

FERPA permits the disclosure of PII from students’ education records, without consent of the parent or eligible student, if the disclosure meets certain conditions found in § 99.31 of the FERPA regulations.  Except for disclosures to school officials, disclosures related to some judicial orders or lawfully issued subpoenas, disclosures of directory information, and disclosures to the parent or eligible student, § 99.32 of the FERPA regulations requires the school to record the disclosure.  Parents and eligible students have a right to inspect and review the record of disclosures. Intermediate District 287 may disclose PII from the education records of a student without obtaining prior written consent of the parents or the eligible student:

  • To other school officials, including teachers, within the educational agency or institution whom the school has determined to have legitimate educational interests.  This includes contractors, consultants, volunteers, or other parties to whom the school has outsourced institutional services or functions, provided that the conditions listed in § 99.31(a)(1)(i)(B)(1) - (a)(1)(i)(B)(3) are met. (§ 99.31(a)(1))
  • To officials of another school, school system, or institution of postsecondary education where the student seeks or intends to enroll, or where the student is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes related to the student’s enrollment or transfer, subject to the requirements of § 99.34.  (§ 99.31(a)(2))
  • To authorized representatives of the U. S. Comptroller General, the U. S. Attorney General, the U.S. Secretary of Education, or State and local educational authorities, such as the State educational agency (SEA) in the parent or eligible student’s State.  Disclosures under this provision may be made, subject to the requirements of § 99.35, in connection with an audit or evaluation of Federal- or State-supported education programs, or for the enforcement of or compliance with Federal legal requirements that relate to those programs.  These entities may make further disclosures of PII to outside entities that are designated by them as their authorized representatives to conduct any audit, evaluation, or enforcement or compliance activity on their behalf, if applicable requirements are met. (§§ 99.31(a)(3) and 99.35)
  • In connection with financial aid for which the student has applied or which the student has received, if the information is necessary for such purposes as to determine eligibility for the aid, determine the amount of the aid, determine the conditions of the aid, or enforce the terms and conditions of the aid.  (§ 99.31(a)(4))
  • To State and local officials or authorities to whom information is specifically allowed to be reported or disclosed by a State statute that concerns the juvenile justice system and the system’s ability to effectively serve, prior to adjudication, the student whose records were released, subject to § 99.38.  (§ 99.31(a)(5))
  • To organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, the school, in order to:  (a) develop, validate, or administer predictive tests; (b) administer student aid programs; or (c)  improve instruction, if applicable requirements are met. (§ 99.31(a)(6))
  • To accrediting organizations to carry out their accrediting functions.  (§ 99.31(a)(7))
  • To parents of an eligible student if the student is a dependent for IRS tax purposes.  (§ 99.31(a)(8))
  • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena if applicable requirements are met.  (§ 99.31(a)(9))
  • To appropriate officials in connection with a health or safety emergency, subject to § 99.36.  (§ 99.31(a)(10)
  • Information the school has designated as “directory information” if applicable requirements under § 99.37 are met.  (§ 99.31(a)(11))
  • To an agency caseworker or other representative of a State or local child welfare agency or tribal organization who is authorized to access a student’s case plan when such agency or organization is legally responsible, in accordance with State or tribal law, for the care and protection of the student in foster care placement.  (20 U.S.C. § 1232g(b)(1)(L))
  • To the Secretary of Agriculture or authorized representatives of the Food and Nutrition Service for purposes of conducting program monitoring,  evaluations, and performance measurements of programs authorized under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act or the Child Nutrition Act of 1966, under certain conditions.  (20 U.S.C. § 1232g(b)(1)(K))
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

Notice of Parent/Student Rights in Identification, Evaluation, and Placement of Individuals with Disabilities

This document is provided to ensure that you are aware of the regulations regarding the identification, evaluation or placement under Section 504 that may pertain to your child. Should you have any questions, contact info@district287.org.

As the parents/guardians, you may also meet with the superintendent or a designee and/or the local school board to resolve any objections to the evaluation or educational placement of your child.

  1. Section 504 is enforced by the U. S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR). If you need information about Section 504, the contact information is as follows:

Office for Civil Rights, Chicago Office (Region V)

  1. S. Department of Education

500 W. Madison Street Suite 1475

Chicago, Illinois 60661

(312) 730-1560

FAX: (312) 730-1576

TDD: (312) 730-1609

Email: OCR.Chicago@ed.gov

  1. The following is a description of some of the rights granted by this federal law pertaining to students with disabilities who are subject to identification, evaluation or placement under Section 504. (See 34 C.F.R. § 104 for a full compilation of regulations.)
  2. Your child is entitled to take part in and receive benefits from public education programs or activities without discrimination because of his or her disability. 34 C.F.R. §104.21
  3. Your child is entitled to receive a free appropriate public education regardless of the nature or severity of his or her disability. 34 C.F.R. § 104.33(a)
  4. Your child is entitled to receive regular or special education and related aids and services that are designed to meet his or her individual educational needs as adequately as the needs of students without disabilities. 34 C.F.R. § 104.33(b)
  5. Your child is entitled to receive free educational services except for those fees that are imposed on students without disabilities or their parents. 34 C.F.R. § 104.33(c)
  6. Your child is entitled to be educated with students without disabilities to the maximum extent appropriate to the needs of your child. 34 C.F.R. § 104.34(a)
  7. Your child is entitled to be educated in facilities and receive services and activities comparable to those provided to students without disabilities. 34 C.F.R. § 104.34(b)(c)
  8. Your child is entitled to an evaluation prior to an initial placement and any subsequent significant change in placement. 34 C.F.R. § 104.35(a)
  9. Your child is entitled to be evaluated and tested with procedures in accordance with regulations pertaining to evaluation procedures. 34 C.F.R. §104.34(b)
  10. Your child is entitled to have evaluation data and placement decisions based upon information from a variety of sources, including aptitude and achievement tests, teacher recommendations, physical condition, social or cultural background, and adaptive behavior. 34 C.F.R. § 104.35(c)(1)
  11. Your child is entitled to have interpretation of data and placement decisions based on evaluation procedures that ensure information is obtained from a variety of documented and carefully considered sources. 34 C.F.R.§ 104.35(b)(c)(2)
  12. Your child is entitled to have placement decisions made by persons knowledgeable about your child, the meaning of evaluation data, and placement options. 34 C.F.R. § 104.35 (c)(3)
  13. Your child is entitled to periodic evaluations. 34 C.F.R. § 104.35(d)
  14. Your child is entitled to an equal opportunity to participate in nonacademic and extracurricular activities offered by the school district. 34 C.F.R. § 104.37
  15. You are entitled to notice prior to any action by the district pertaining to the identification, evaluation, or placement of your child. 34 C.F.R. § 104.36
  16. You are entitled to examine relevant records relating to decisions regarding your child’s identification, evaluation, educational program, and placement. 34 C.F.R. § 104.36
  17. You are entitled to request an impartial hearing and an appeal of any decisions or actions taken by the school district regarding your child’s identification, evaluation, educational program, or placement. The school district will bear the costs for these due process procedures. You and your child may take part in these proceedings and have an attorney represent you. The following details the procedures:
  18. If you disagree with the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or with the provisions of a free appropriate public education for your child, you may make a request for a hearing to the superintendent or the Section 504 coordinator, indicating the specific reason(s) for the request. Upon receipt of the request, the superintendent shall appoint the hearing officer.
  19. The school district may initiate a hearing regarding the identification, evaluation, or educational placement of the student or the provision of a free appropriate public education to the student. The school district shall notify you of the specific reason(s) for the request.
  • The school district shall conduct hearings within twenty (20) instructional days after it receives the request, unless the hearing officer grants an extension, and at a time and place reasonably convenient to you.
  1. You are entitled to request a review (appeal) of the hearing, should you not prevail.

The following details the procedure:

  1. You or any party to the hearing may petition to review (appeal) the decision of the hearing officer. The request must specify the objections and be filed with the superintendent and the opposing party within twenty (20) instructional days of the date the hearing officer’s decision is received. The school district must appoint an independent appeals officer to conduct an impartial review of the record as a whole. The officer may, at his/her election, conduct the review with or without oral argument. Such review shall be conducted within twenty (20) instructional days of the receipt of the petition to review, unless either party requests an extension of time.
  2. The appeals officer shall ensure that a transcript of the review is prepared and made available to any party upon request.
  • Any party disagreeing with the decision of the appeals officer may appeal to a civil court with jurisdiction.
  1. A parent/guardian represented by legal counsel during the proceedings of a due process hearing, appeal, or civil action may be entitled to reimbursement of legal fees if the parent ultimately prevails.

This procedure does not deny the right of the grievant to file a formal complaint in federal court or with the U.S. Department of Education. Changes in the law, including timelines for filing a complaint, may affect your rights.

The person in this school district who is responsible for assuring that the school district is in compliance with Section 504 is the Section 504 Coordinator. This document is not to be a substitute for legal advice. It contains portions of the Section 504 regulations. For a complete compilation of the law, see 34 C.F.R. Part 104.

Lead in Water and Radon Testing Results

121 samples of drinking water were collected from the following sites on November 29, 2018: Ann Bremer Education Center, District Service Center, North Education Center, South Education Center and West Education Center. Of the 121 samples, 2 samples at Ann Bremer were higher than the 20 ppb threshold. These water source locations were immediately removed from service. One of the sources was permanently removed from service and the other source was flushed and retested on December 20, 2018, and was below the threshold.

 

Radon Testing:

EVALUATION CRITERIA: The MDH and the EPA have established a recommended action level in frequently occupied areas of 4.0 picoCuries per liter (pCi/L) for an annual average. Testing was conducted during the winter, as recommended by the MDH, when the ventilation system was operating normally, and windows and doors were closed. Consequently, sampling under these “closed” conditions should be considered “worst case.”

Intermediate District 287 contracted with IEA to place 140 Air Chek Pro Chek short-term radon test kits in frequently occupied areas for the purpose of sampling for radon in accordance with the MDH’s Guidance for Radon Testing in Minnesota Schools (2018) and ANSI/AARST ‘Protocol for Conducting Measurements of Radon and Radon Decay Products in Schools and Large Buildings’ (ANSI/AARST MALB 2014).
A total of 140 detectors were placed from December 17 and 18, 2018 to December 20, 2018 for a total short-term sampling period of two (2) to three (3) days. The detectors were analyzed by Air Chek, Inc. and all The radon levels in the sampled locations were below the EPA action level of 4 pCi/L.

Indoor Air Quality, Pest Control, Asbestos Management

Intermediate District 287 has developed and implemented an Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Management Plan. Walkthrough inspections of District 287 buildings are performed annually and as needed to detect issues that could lead to IAQ problems and to prevent future problems from occurring.

Intermediate District 287 utilizes a professional pest control service for the prevention and control of pests in and around District 287 buildings. The methods used are designed to minimize risk to human and environmental health and to reduce the use of chemical pesticides. Nevertheless, the long-term health effects on children from the application of such pest control products, or the class of products to which they belong, may not be fully understood.

Estimated Schedule of Pest Control Service Visits/Pesticide Applications

Site  Estimated Schedule 
Ann Bremer Education Center February, May, August, November
District Service Center  February, May, August, November
North Education Center  February, May, August, November 
South Education Center February, May, August, November
West Education Center  February, May, August, November

Upon request, District 287 will provide prior notification of pest control applications. District 287 buildings are inspected regularly for asbestos-containing materials. Based on inspection results, plans have been developed and implemented to safely manage asbestos-containing materials at the affected location.

For more information, please contact District 287 Senior Manager of Health, Safety, and Security Jac