Civil Rights Compliance
In compliance with federal and state laws, the Moshannon Valley School District is an equal opportunity educational institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability in its activities, programs and services, or employment practices. Consequently, equal access and treatment shall be provided to all persons with regard to admissions, access to programs and services, and employment practices. The district Superintendent has been designated to coordinate compliance with the non-discrimination requirements contained in section 35.107 of the Department of Justice regulations as well as requirements set forth in Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, or other applicable federal and state laws and regulations. For further information including grievance procedures, contact Moshannon Valley School District
Prohibition on Harassment
It is the policy of the Moshannon Valley School District to maintain a learning and working environment that is free from harassment including but not limited to sexual harassment. Any student or employee who feels that they may have experienced harassment including sexual harassment may file a written complaint. Copies of the complaint form along with district policy which outlines complaint and resolution procedures may be obtained from the school principals, the business office, or the office of the superintendent.
Workplace Safety CommitteeProviding students, staff, and visitors with a safe and clean school environment is a major goal of the district. Periodic review of district facilities occurs with appropriate discussions held by the Workplace Safety Committee. This committee provides a monthly forum for discussion of safety concerns and possible solutions to unsafe conditions or practices. Contact the district superintendet for further information.
Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974
This Act provides the right of access to student records, the ability to challenge the contents, the right to know the policy for releasing school records as well as the exceptions and the policies relative to collection, use and dissemination. For further information including copies of request forms, contact the appropriate building principal: Dr. Jack Cunning at the Junior-Senior High School; Thomas Snyder at the elementary school.
As part of its educational program, the Moshannon Valley School District publishes information containing student names. This list includes but is not limited to awards, honor roll lists, athletic schedules and rosters, a graduation list, special recognition items, and other information involving the total school program. Release of student information to Armed Forces recruiters occurs in accordance with state law and local guidelines, a copy of which may be obtained from Dr. Jack Cunning, Principal.
Vocational Education Programs
Our district is a member of the Clearfield County Vocational-Technical School and also provides vocational business education experiences through an established high school curriculum that includes PA Department of Education approved vocational program sequences.
Curricular Objections Due To Religious Belief And Religious Instruction
In compliance with state regulations and district policy, parents may request the excusal of their child or children from specific instructional content if the objection is based on religious belief. Additionally, parents may request that their child or children be excused from school to attend bona fide religious instruction. For further information including copies of necessary forms, contact the appropriate building principal.
A complaint policy is in effect in the Moshannon Valley Schools. Parents or guardians are encouraged to discuss the problem informally with school administrators before filing a written complaint. However, written complaints may be filed at any time on an approved form available in each school principal's office.
Annual Notice to Parents or Handicapped Students
In compliance with state or federal law, the school district will provide to each protected handicapped student between the age of 3 and 21, without discrimination or cost to the student or family, those related aids, services, or accommodation which are needed to provide equal opportunity to participate in and obtain the benefits of the school program and extra-curricular activities to the maximum extent appropriate to the student's abilities. In order to qualify as a protected handicapped student, the child must be of school age with a physical or mental capability that substantially limits or prohibits participation in or access to an aspect of the school program. These services and protections for handicapped students are distinct from those applicable to all eligible exceptional students enrolled or seeking enrollment in the special education program.
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
Federal and state laws entitle exceptional children the right to a free and appropriate public education. The term "exceptional" includes children with physical or mental disabilities and children who are mentally gifted who are determined by an Individual Education Plan (IEP) team to need specially designed instruction. The Moshannon Valley School District along with the Central Intermediate Unit # 10 provides specially designed instruction for "exceptional" students who meet the eligibility criteria in any of the following exceptionality categories: autism/pervasive development disorders; emotional disturbance; neurological impairment; deafness/hearing impairment; mental giftedness. Related services, support services, and extended school year programs are also provided to assist an exceptional student who meets the eligibility criteria. The school districts may carry out identification procedures to ensure that eligible students receive an appropriate education program consisting of special education and related services individualized to meet the student's needs. At no cost to the parent, these services are provided in compliance with federal and state law and are designed to afford the eligible student an opportunity to participate in and obtain the benefits of the school program to the maximum extent appropriate to the student's abilities without discrimination. In addition to specially designed educational programs, the district provides the following related services: counseling, special transportation, physical therapy, occupational therapy. Various screening activities are carried out on an ongoing basis. The district, as prescribed by Section 1402 of the School Code, routinely conducts screening of a child's hearing, vision and speech/language. For further information including time and location of screening contact the building principal. When screening results indicate a student may be exceptional, the district contacts the parents/guardians to request permission for additional evaluation. Notifications to parents/guardians will indicate the type of evaluation sought, the reason for such evaluation, and the evaluation date and location. Parents who feel their child is exceptional may request screening/evaluation by sending a written request to the child's principal or by contacting the districts Superintendant, Compliance Officer. Written request for screening /evaluation or inquiry calls are accepted any time during the school year or the summer months. Upon completion of an evaluation, a meeting with a multi-disciplinary team, including the parents/guardians, shall occur to discuss the results. All information and discussions are held in strict confidence in accordance with Family Education Rights and Privacy Act as well as other applicable federal and state laws/regulations.