LEAD TESTING IN SCHOOLS
On Sept. 6, 2016, the governor signed into law Chapter 296 of the Laws of 2016. This law requires school districts and BOCES to conduct testing of school potable water sources in occupied buildings and to monitor for lead contamination and remediate where necessary. This legislation also requires that we notify the general public of the test results and, when applicable, efforts to remedy sources of water containing lead levels greater than or equal to 15 parts per billion.
Results of testing of school potable water sources can be found by clicking on this link.
SCHOOL CLOSINGS & DELAYS
When school is closed or delayed because of weather or other emergencies, early morning announcements will be made over local radio and TV stations. (See list below.)
Schools closings, delayed openings and early dismissals also will be:
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- announced via automated phone calls by School Messenger;
- posted on the district website (www.marcellusschools.org);
- posted on Twitter (@MarcellusCSD); and
- sent via email to those individuals who have signed up for "District News" alerts from School News Notifier (SNN). (Please note: Due to the volume of closing notifications sent via the SNN service and precautions put in place by recipients' email servers, these SNN notifications may not be received immediately. We encourage you to check the district website and/or consult local media outlets—in addition to awaiting text or e-mail notification—to ensure that you and your child(ren) receive the information as soon as possible.)
WSYR WSTM, Ch. 3
WHEN WTVH, Ch. 5
WFBL WSYR, Ch. 9
WNDR News Ten Now
On rare occasions, emergency conditions may necessitate early dismissal of students. In those instances, the above radio and television stations will be notified, so that information may be broadcast. To ensure that your child is properly cared for in these kind of situations, please make sure that you fill out and return the emergency cards sent home on the first day of school. Accurate information is essential. Also, please be sure to explain these arrangements to your child(ren). We thank you for your cooperation.
Asbestos Management Plan
In accordance with the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) of 1987, Marcellus Central School District’s facilities have been inspected and response actions are planned to ensure a continued safe environment for our students and employees. The district conducts re-inspections every three years. The Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES safety department was contracted to complete the 2010 triennial inspection of all facilities and update the asbestos management plan, which is available for your review in the district office in C.S. Driver Middle School, 2 Reed Parkway, Marcellus.
Body mass index reporting policy
New York State requires schools to track each student’s Body Mass Index (BMI) and weight status category as part of school health examinations. Every year, the NYS Department of Health will survey some schools for the number of pupils in each of six possible weight status categories. If Marcellus is surveyed by the state, the district will share summary group data only, not individual names or information. Parents who wish to exclude their child’s data from such group calculations must contact the child’s school nurse.
Child Abuse Hotline Notification
If you suspect a child is being abused or maltreated (neglected), report it by calling 1-800-342-3720, a toll-free 24-hour hotline operated by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. If you believe a child is in immediate danger, call 911 or your local police department. Information about reporting child abuse and maltreatment (neglect) is available online at http://ocfs.ny.gov/main/cps/
Code of Conduct
The Marcellus Board of Education is committed to providing a safe and orderly learning environment in which students may receive – and Marcellus schools personnel may deliver – quality educational services without disruption or interference. Responsible behavior by students, teachers, other Marcellus Central School District personnel, parents and other visitors is essential to achieving this goal.
To this end, the Board of Education has adopted a district Code of Conduct. The Code applies to all students, school personnel, parents and other visitors when on Marcellus Central School District property or attending a Marcellus schools function. Additional expectations in support of the Code can be found in each school’s handbook, the Interscholastic Athletic Plan and the Extracurricular Activities Eligibility Plan.
Copies of the Code are available in the district office and online at www.marcellusschools.org.
FERPA: Access to Student Records
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) gives students over 18 years of age and parents the right to review certain educational records. Pursuant to law, the following records are available for review:
· the guidance folder, which contains standardized test scores, biographical data and elementary progress reports;
· academic records for grades seven through 12;
· cumulative health records;
· attendance records;
· student disciplinary records reflecting superintendent’s hearings in which the student has been found guilty and letters and/or records of school suspension lasting five days or less;
· school medical records maintained at the school nurse’s office that contain the student’s medical history;
· pupil service records that include psychological reports maintained by school personnel.
These records are confidential and cannot be released without the prior written consent of the parent or guardian. The law does provide for limited exceptions to the prior consent requirement, e.g., certain school employees or state or federal officials have a legitimate purpose for needing access to information contained in the students’ records.
The Board of Education has established a policy for maintaining the confidentiality of student education records, and for providing access to such records for parental review. Copies of this policy are available in the district office in C.S. Driver Middle School. Applications for access to student records also are available in the district office. Please direct any questions about the right to review student records to the building principal.
Fire inspection report policy
Notice is hereby given that the annual inspection for 2012 of structures within the Marcellus Central School District for fire hazards which might endanger the lives of students, teachers, and employees therein has been completed.
Structures inspected include: K.C. Heffernan Elementary School, C.S. Driver Middle School, Marcellus Senior High School, the bus garage, maintenance building, stadium press box, baseball field dugouts, utility sheds, storage pole barn and Kasson Road School. The report is available for review by all interested persons at the Maintenance Office at 1 Learners Landing, Marcellus, NY 13108.
Health information privacy
Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), some districts or schools may be a “covered entity.” If a district or school (or person within that school, i.e. the school nurse) is included in the “covered entity” category, then the district must provide notice of its privacy practices with regard to protected health information.
Homeless students policy
As required by No Child Left Behind, all districts have responsibilities to homeless students in the district. In order to serve these students, each district must appoint a liaison for homeless children that are currently residing within a district. The liaison must first identify these students and, to aid in doing so, post notifications regarding educational services and contact information at places where the parents of homeless students will see it. These locations can include, but are not limited to, homeless shelters, medical clinics, post offices and local Social Service offices. Director of Special Education and grants, Kara Lux is the liaison for Marcellus Central School District.
Idling School Buses on School Grounds
New York Codes, Rules and Regulations require that the engine of a bus or truck powered by diesel fuel shall not idle for more than five consecutive minutes when the bus or truck is not in motion except when a bus or truck is forced to maintain motionless because of the traffic conditions over which the operator thereof has no control or when state regulations require the maintenance of a specific temperature for passenger comfort.
It is the policy of the district not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, political affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, military status or disability in its educational programs, activities or employment, in accordance with Title IX of the 1972 Educational Amendments and Section 504 of the Rehabilitative Act of 1973. Any parent who believes his or her child is disabled has the right to refer the child to the building principal for evaluation. No otherwise qualified individual with a disability solely on the basis of that disability, shall be denied benefits of, or be subject to, discrimination from any program or activity of the district.
Any parent who believes his or her child has been denied the benefits of an appropriate education as a result of discrimination based on disability should contact the building principal or or Director of Special Education and grants, Kara Lux. Moreover, any person who believes his or her rights have been violated should contact the Mrs. Lux at 315-673-6006.
Parents’ Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security
The Marcellus Central School District is committed to ensuring student privacy in accordance with local, state and federal regulations and district policies. To this end, in accordance with the requirements of a new Section 2-d that was added to the New York Education Law in 2014, the Marcellus Central School District provides the following Parents’ Bill of Rights with respect to maintaining the privacy and security of student data.
This bill of rights is subject to change based on regulations of the commissioner of education and the SED chief privacy officer. Changes/additions are also anticipated when SED releases further guidance documents.
- A student’s personally identifiable information cannot be sold or released for any commercial purposes.
- Parents have the right to inspect and review the complete contents of their child’s education record.
- State and federal laws protect the confidentiality of personally identifiable information and safeguards associated with industry standards and best practices, including but not limited to, encryption, firewalls and password protection, must be in place when data is stored or transferred. To this end, the district has implemented the following safeguards to protect personally identifiable information about students, which is stored or transferred by the district, against unauthorized disclosure.
- All databases that have student information are protected by a secure password and login. Logins are monitored, and passwords are kept up-to-date.
- A complete list of all student data elements collected by the state will be available for public review both online and via regular mail, upon written request, when this list is provided by New York state. In the meantime, information regarding data elements collected by the New York State Education Department (SED) is available online at:
- Parents have the right to have complaints about possible breaches of student data addressed. Complaints should be directed to:
- Superintendent of Schools, Michelle Brantner
Marcellus Central School District
2 Reed Parkway
Marcellus, NY 13108
- Chief Privacy Officer
New York State Education Department
89 Washington Ave.
Albany, NY 12234
More information is also available on the following websites:
Marcellus Central School District practices Integrated Pest Management to keep pests a safe distance away from students, staff and property, while limiting the use of pesticides.
New York State Education Law requires school districts to notify parents/guardians, faculty and staff about the potential use of pesticides periodically throughout the school year. Further, the state requires us to maintain a list of those who wish to receive 48-hour prior written notification of certain pesticide applications. The following pesticide applications are not subject to prior notification requirement:
• anti-microbial products;
• non-volatile rodenticides in tamper-resistant bait stations in areas inaccessible to children;
• non-volatile insecticidal baits in tamper-resistant bait stations in areas inaccessible to children;
• silica gels and other non-volatile, ready-to-use pastes, foams or gels in areas inaccessible to children;
• boric acid and disodium octaborate tetrahydrate;
• the application of EPA-designated bio-pesticides;
• the application of EPA-designated exempt materials under 40CFR152.25;
• the use of aerosol products with a directed spray in containers of 18 fluid ounces or less when used to protect individuals from an imminent threat from stinging and biting insects, including venomous spiders, bees, wasps and hornets.
In the event of an emergency application necessary to protect against an imminent threat to human health, a good faith effort will be made to supply written notification to those on the 48-hour prior notification list.
To receive 48-hour prior notification of pesticide applications scheduled to occur in a school, please contact the Maintenance Office at 1 Learners Landing, Marcellus, NY 13108.
Release of Student Information to Military Recruiters
Pursuant to the federal No Child Left Behind Act, the Marcellus Central School District upon request will disclose students’ names, addresses and telephone listings to military recruiters. Parents and students can request the district not release such information without prior written parental consent.
Staff Qualifications: Parents’ Right to Know
In accordance with the federal No Child Left Behind Act, parents/guardians are entitled to information about the professional qualifications of their children’s classroom teachers. This includes whether the teacher has state certification for the classes being taught; the teacher's bachelor's degree major and any other certifications or degrees by field or discipline; and whether the child is provided services by instructional aides or similar paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications. To obtain this information, call the district office at 673-6000.
Student Directory Information
From time to time, student directory information (e.g., name, grade, photo, awards) depicting activities in the schools is released for use in district publications, on the district website or given to the media. Parents who object to the release of their child’s directory information and/or photograph should notify both the superintendent and their child’s building principal in writing by Sept 15.
The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) to the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents certain rights regarding district surveys, collection and use of information for marketing purposes, and certain physical exams. Parents may exercise their right to excuse their child from participating in any survey created by a third party (before it is distributed to students) and questionnaires intended to collect personal information from students for marketing purposes.